After being awarded the game at Highworth in the previous round (we won't go into the reasons), Monk have an extremely tough looking away Knockout Cup Quarter-Final game next weekend as they travel to Division One side AFC Mannington who are currently third in the top league. However, they have a game in hand on the top two and are only 3 points adrift. Unlike Mink, who haven't kicked a ball in anger since mid-December, Mannington have managed to get a couple of games under their belts in 2022, although both were defeats, 2-1 at FC Devizes United in the Wiltshire Cup and 3-0 at Penhill in the league. So, they are not in the best of form, something Monk will want to take advantage of.
AFC Mannington v Jovial Monk
KO 10:30. Mannington Rec Pitch 4, SN5 7YW
Let's hope Full-Time is incorrect because it seems to say that FC Walcot v DPR is on the same pitch at the same time.
The Goats face a fixture that probably could be described as a six-pointer as they welcome 9th placed GC United to Mapeldurham. United may be three places and four points above Caversham but they have played three more games than the Goats. Looking at GC's record this season, they don't win often but, when they do, they win big. Their three victories so far, two of which were on the road, have been 4-1, 4-0 and, most recently, a 14-2 demolition of bottom side Reading Kites. This last game was extraordinary in that no fewer than 9 different GC players got on the score sheet. Caversham went down 4-1 in their last game, against high-flying Give Back, but by all accounts the performance in that game was better than the score suggests.
Caversham United v GC United
KO 10:30. Mapledurham Playing Fields, RG4 8LD
Caversham United Women
As I said above, Caversham United Women go into this weekend looking to make it seven wins on the bounce in all competitions as they entertain the team directly below them in the league, Mortimer Ladies. The Goats have a six point cushion between themselves and Mortimer and have played a game less. However, I am sure they will want to see this stretched to 9 points by the end of the game. Mortimer will be buoyed by the fact that both of their league wins this season have come away from home. However, they have also conceded the highest number of goals in the league, 42 in their 10 games. The Goats will be looking to turn their recent excellent cup form into league points.
Caversham United Women v Mortimer Ladies
KO 14:00. Mapledurham Playing Fields, RG4 8LD