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Pearce nets late double as Windsor beat Walton & Hersham to go through in FA Vase

Pearce nets late double as Windsor beat Walton & Hersham to go through in FA Vase

Walton & Hersham 1, Windsor 2 (FA Vase)

Bradley Pearce netted twice in the final few minutes as Windsor came from behind to beat Walton & Hersham 2-1 and booked their place in the next round of the FA Vase.

Mauachi Thomas had given the home side the lead when he swept home a right-wing cross in the 72nd minute. But with three minutes to play Pearce netted the first of his double with a tap in from close range after the ball had cannoned back off the Walton crossbar.

Then, deep into stoppage time, Pearce won it for Windsor when he drove into the box after collecting Barry Hayles pass and slipped the ball under keeper Brendan Norris.

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Flackwell Heath 3, Tuffley Rovers 1

Jamie Essex scored a hat-trick to give Marcus Richardson his first league win in charge of Flackwell Heath.

The Heathens came into the game off the back of their impressive 4-0 win over Tring Athletic in the Wycombe Senior Cup on Tuesday, and they backed that up with another decent display at Wilks Park to stay in the running at the top of the Hellenic Premier Division.

Essex headed home Joel Jacobs’ centre to put the home side in front before Tuffley hit back when Brett James exchanged passes with Shayne Bradley and picked out the bottom corner of the Flackwell net.

Flackwell got their noses back in front before half-time when Dean Allen’s testing free-kick was met by Essex who slid the ball home on the volley. Essex completed his hat-trick in the second half when he headed home from close range.

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Burnham 1, Lydney Town 0

Burnham picked up a crucial win, and their first league success at The Gore this season, with a 1-0 win over Lydney Town.

However, it was a good day for teams down at the bottom of the Hellenic Premier Division. Neil Richard’s Ascot United were 4-0 winners over Brimscombe & Thrupp at the Racecourse Ground, while Fairford Town moved themselves further clear of the bottom three with a 3-1 win over Highmoor Ibis, who sit bottom on 11 points.

Alan Paris’ side are third from bottom with 15 points from their 23 matches so far.

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Holyport 3, Wokingham & Emmbrook 0

Holyport closed the gap to fourth placed Wallingford to three points after comprehensively seeing off Wokingham & Emmbrook 3-0 at Summerleaze Village.

Paul Rake gave Port the lead on the half hour when he headed home a Nat Green cross and the manager’s son coolly netted his second in the 58th minute after racing onto a Alan Akerman pass. Andy Frisky completed a solid win for Holyport with a 20 yard strike in the 89th minute.

Barry Rake’s men will hope to further improve their standing in Division 1 East when they host Milton United next Saturday.

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Sunderland 1, Reading 3

Reading scored three second half goals to heap further pressure on Sunderland down at the bottom of the Championship.

The Black Cats were reduced to 10 men when Callum McManaman was sent off after receving two yellow cards in first half stoppage time.

That handed Jaap Stam’s men a huge advantage, and they took advantage of it when Dave Edwards broke the deadlock , prodding home from close range in the 54th minute. Modou Barrow then firmly put the Royals en route to three important points when he got on the end of Liam Kelly’s cross to double their advantage. Two became three moments later when Barrow netted his second after finishing Yann Kermorgant’s lovely volleyed cross.

Former Royal Lewis Grabban cut the deficit from the penalty spot, after Joel Asoro went down under the challenge of Bacuna, but there was no danger of the Royals relinquishing their lead. Reading are now unbeaten in four, and have won their last two, scoring six goals in the process.

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Wycombe Wanderers take on Leatherhead in the second round of the FA Cup tomorrow (Sunday), while Slough Town host League 1 Rochdale at the same stage of the competition at Arbour Park on Monday evening. The Rebels clash with Rochdale is now a sell-out clash, but it will be screened live on BT Sport 1. 7.45pm kick off.  

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