Finch on top after seven-goal thriller
RICHARD JOHNSON bagged a second half hat-trick as Finchampstead won a sevengoal thriller against Westwood United Reserves.
Finches trailed the Division One strugglers at The Memorial Park before Johnson netted in the 61st, 78th and 87th minutes and Nick Payne grabbed a dramatic stoppage time winner to complete a remarkable turnaround.
The 4-3 win sees Finches sit fifth going into the Christmas break.
HURST are up to sixth following their 2-0 win over Maidenhead Town thanks to a Shaun Bannon brace.
Up in the Premier Division, WOODLEY UNITED ROYALS became the first side all season to lose against Taplow United.
Still rooted to the foot of the table, Taplow claimed a
2-1 victory despite a Sam Guze strike for Woodley.
Edward Ramsey’s early goal came in vain as WOKINGHAM AND EMMBROOK RESERVES were beaten 4-1 at home by Westwood United.
John Smith netted a treble to help AFC CORINTHIANS to a 4-3 win over South Reading in Division 2.
Baily Fullbrook also netted in the win, which ended Reading’s unbeaten record.
FC WOODLEY are still well clear at the top after thrashing Berks County Rovers 4-1 with goals from Liam Besant, Benjamin Clark, Ricky Pelham and Christopher Waring.
In Division 3, WARGRAVE were denied by a last-gasp equaliser against Maidenhead Town Reserves.
Dan Patterson’s penalty looked like being enough but Wargrave ended with just one point and nine men following red cards for Ben Carter and Stuart Moss.
HURST A were beaten 4-1 at home by Goring United with Jamie Grainger scoring the only goal for the hosts.
WOODLEY UNITED B leapfrogged Goring United Reserves up into third place in Division 4 by beating them 3-2.
Alex Hudson’s first half goal saw Woodley pull the score back to 2-1 at the break and second half strikes from Callum Fox-Spence and then Peter Wareing in stoppage time secured victory.
Elsewhere HARCHESTER HAWKS are out of the BTC Intermediate Cup following a 3-2 loss at Reading YMCA Rapids, despite goals from Daniel Adkins and Daniel Leather.
Reading and District Sunday League
Senior Division: Woodley Wanderers 1-2 FC Bentons
Premier Division: Le Galaxy 4-2 Mortimer, Tilehurst YM 2-1 116 Exiles, Woodley United 2-3 Athletico Forest
Division 2: Whitley Athletic 1-3 Forest, Wokingham and Emmbrook 3-3 Southbank
Division 3: Southcote Colts 0-9 Twyford Comets
Division 4: Shinfield Rangers 3-4 Caversham Fox and Hounds
Bracknell Town and District Sunday League
Division 1: Binfield Royals v
Ashridge Park (home walkover), Finchampstead Athletic Reserves v Hurricanes (home walkover)
Division 2: Ashridge Park Royals 7-2 Bracknell Athletic, Newbold College v Woodley United (away walkover)
Division 3: Winnersh Rangers 2-1 Woodley Saints, Silver Birch 2-0 Bearwood Wanderers
Division 4: Crownwood Dukes 2-1 Silver Birch A, Whitegrove Pythons 2-4 Finchampstead Athletic A
Berks and Bucks Intermediate Cup: Fin champ stead Athletic 1-4 Purley