Monk were the only team of our three favourites who played last week. However, after going down 2-1 on a very blustery morning with a thin squad, they may well wish they hadn't. This weekend it's yet another crucial game as they welcome Mario's FC to Lambourn. Currently the two sides sit next to each other in the table, Monk holding sway by one point but having played a game more than Mario's. Whilst a win can't move Monk up the table, it would keep them in touch with the Casuals and Stratton, in fourth and third respectively. When the teams met at Meadowcroft back in September, Monk clinched a point in a 2-2 draw with goals from Dan Bond and Jono Peachey-Score. This was the notorious game where the referee turned up 20 minutes late because he was 'waiting in his car'. (Ref! Ref!)
Jovial Monk v Mario's FC
KO 10:30. Lambourn Sports Club, RG17 8PS
United's men's team will try again at home to Burghfield Reserves after last week's game was postponed. Burghfield have dropped off the pace at the top of the table in recent weeks, losing their last five in all competitions including their last four league games. Their last victory came on the 28th November when they demolished Reading Kites 9-1 on their own patch. United drew 4-4 with Loxwood on their last outing two weeks ago and have not yet met Burghfield in the league this season.
Caversham United v Burghfield Reserves
KO 10:30. Mapledurham Playing Fields, RG4 8LD
Caversham United Women
With two weeks to go until their Cup Final appearance, Caversham United Women face a massive test on Sunday as they travel to Wrecclesham to face table-topping Badshot Lea Ladies. There is good news and bad news about the Baggies Ladies recent form. The good news, for the Goats, is that Badshot Lea lost their 100% record last weekend, proving that they are beatable. The bad news is that they lost it to Caversham's Cup Final opponents, Penn & Tylers Green Ladies. The meeting between these two earlier in the season finished 6-1 to Badshot Lea with Eleanor Blake grabbing a hat-trick for The Baggies.
Badshot Lea Ladies v Caversham United Women
KO 14:00. Westfield Lane, GU10 4PF.
As always, all of the teams would massively appreciate extra support. If you are in the area, why not go along and savour some top grassroots football? You won't regret it.