Carterton 1-3 Milton United
The day may have ended in defeat again for Carterton but, after losing heavily to the second-placed side last weekend, a visit from the leaders was probably the last thing they needed. However, showing the same sort of spirit that was on evidence during the defeat to Woodley, they upped their game and only lost out by 3-1. Zoe Pugh was on the mark again and has now scored 50% of their league goals this season. Milton goals were scored by Charlotte Comley (2), who now shares the league top scorer top spot with team-mate Mollie Dyer, and a second of the season for Katie Miller.
Caversham United 1-1 Eversley & California
A tense encounter between two evenly matched sides. Eversley took the lead soon after the break when a handball presented them with a penalty which Rae Roberts converted. The Goats kept at it and grabbed an equaliser with 16 minutes to go, when a Freya Jenkins shot was parried by the keeper only for Sam Thoreau to pounce on the loose ball.
Although not SRWFL related, I've been asked to give a shout out to Eversley's reserve side who are currently top of the TVWFL Div. 3 following their 9-1 demolition of Burghfield on Sunday. Strength in depth down at Fox Lane.
Kidlington 2-2 Penn & Tylers Green
It's now five without a win in the league for Penn. Although this run only contains one defeat, they have started drawing too many for their liking. It seemed they might take their first three pointer since October when a brace from Emma Nolan put them 2-0 up. However, Isabelle Thacker pulled one back before, top-scorer Courtney Sumner squared it up for The Greens.
Woodley United 3-0 Long Crendon
The United train keeps on thundering along. A sixth straight league win with 26 scored and none conceded keeps the pressure on Milton at the top.
Lucy Routledge, Michelle Quinn and Maddie Sawyer on the mark this week. Check out the match reports on the Woodley United web site and Reading Today. You can also take a look at the action, once again superbly captured by Oakmist Photography.
Fixtures - 22nd January, 2023 - (14:00 ko unless stated)
Oxford Athletic v Carterton (13:30 ko)
Another welcome break from league action for Carterton as they make the journey up the A40 to face Thames Valley Division 1 side Oxford Athletic in a County Cup Quarter-Final tie. Carterton saw off Headington Amateurs in the previous round whilst Athletic had a walkover against Summertown Stars. On Sunday Zoe Pugh's goal for Carterton meant that she had now scored half of Carterton's goals. However, Oxford Athletic's Beverley Hirons can also lay claim to this statistic, having scored 13 of Athletic's 26 in all competitions this season.
The Swan School, Marston, OX2 7EE
Long Crendon v Selsey Dev
It's been an exciting week off the pitch at Long Crendon, who announced a proposal for a community sports hub. You can help support this project by signing up here (Crendon's Coming Home). On the pitch, they suffered only their second league defeat of the season at Woodley. However, they'll be looking to bounce straight back in the League Cup as they face Division 1 South side, Selsey Dev, who are currently second from bottom. Crendon defeated Carterton 5-0 in the 1st Round, Selsey progressed via a bye.
Long Crendon Recreation Ground, Chearsley Road, Long Crendon, HP18 9BS
Eversley & California v Kidlington
This will be the first meeting between these sides this season. Both drew at the weekend but, with the teams above them either not playing or in cup action, both know that a win could lift them a couple of places in the table. The draw with Caversham last Sunday made it three games without defeat for Eversley, their best run of the season so far. Kidlington's recovery, from 2-0 down against Penn, to draw 2-2 showed that they too may have turned the corner after a run of defeats.
Eversley Sports Association, Fox Lane, Eversley, RG27 0NS
Penn & Tylers Green v Woodley United
Penn's draw at the weekend may well have finished off their chances of catching the top two. However, they can certainly put a dent in Woodley's charge up the table if they can get a result this weekend. Of course, to do this, they are going to have to do something that no-one has managed now for six league games, score against United. This will be the second meeting this season. The sides met at Bulmershe Pavilion towards the end of November in the game that ended Penn's unbeaten start to the season. Michelle Quinn, two from May Hamblin and another from Gemma Sims saw United run out 4-0 winners.
French School Meadow, Elm Road, Penn, HP10 8LG