Tyler D’Cruz hat trick helps Reading City to FA Vase win

Reading City celebrate. Photo: Peter Toft.
Reading City celebrate. Photo: Peter Toft.

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Reading City advanced to the First Round Proper of the Buildbase FA Vase on Saturday despite a late charge from Woodley United in a 3-2 win.

The Cityzens lead their tenants Woodley 2-0 at half time at the Rivermoor through a Tyler D’Cruz double and the forward had his hat-trick on the 50th minute, heading past Perry Howard in the Kestrels goal.

The fightback came with 20 minutes to go though when Max Laschok scored, and he got the home sides second 11 minutes later to set up a tense final nine minutes – but the Cityzens held on.

Elsewhere in the Vase, it was a bad day on the road for AFC Aldermaston in Gloucestershire as the Atom Men lost 5-0 to Premier Division Brimscombe & Thrupp while a spirited Wokingham & Emmbrook lost 2-0 at Longlevens. Read Rob Davies’ report from Saw Mills here.

Brandon Lewington. Photo: Andrew Batt.

Sandhurst Town did make it through though, winning 3-1 on Friday night at home to Hellenic League Long Crendon. Joao Jardim gave the Fizzers the lead after 10 minutes while there were also goals for Hayden Richardson and Liam Hind.

Vanarama National League

Hungerford Town are yet to conced a league goal this season and made it two from two in the Vanarama National League South as they won 2-0 at Tonbridge Angels on Saturday.

Second half goals from Ryan Seager and James Harding did for Danny Robinson’s men who sit second in the league behind Dorking Wanderers who were 3-1 winners over Slough Town at Meadowbank despite the Rebels opening the scoring through a Edward Harris own goal.

Meanwhile, Maidenhead United’s poor start to the season continued with a 4-0 home defeat to National League leaders Hartlepool United.

Sean Moore equalises for Binfield against Windsor. Photo: Neil Graham / ngsportsphotography.com

In the Uhlsport Hellenic League – Friday night saw Premier Division football between Binfield and Windsor with the Berkshire neighbours sharing eight goals – you can read Dave Wright’s report from the game here.

In Division One East, Langley won 2-1 at Abingdon Town, Holyport won 3-0 at Chalvey Sports thanks to goals from Charlie Greaves, Adam Sharpe and Alan Akerman while Wallingford Town beat Thame Rangers 2-0.

Ellis Wint rides a challenge. Photo: Richard Milam.

In the Cherry Red Records Combined Counties League, Ascot United were held to a 1-1 draw at Spelthorne Sports after Daniel Bailey had given the Yellamen a 69th minute lead before the home side levelled in the final five minutes.

In Division One, goals from Ross Mckernan and Ellis Wint were enough to give Eversley & California a 2-1 win at British Airways.

In the Pitching In Isthmian Bracknell Town followed up a good midweek win at Chertsey Town with a 4-0 win at home to Chalfont St Peter thanks to goals from Mickel Platt, Joe Grant, Seb Bowerman and Daniel Bayliss while a Connor Lynch double gave Thatcham Town a 2-2 draw at Bideford in the Pitching In Southern League South Division One.

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