WRAYSBURY completed a hat-trick of wins in Division One of the East Berkshire League after a 2-0 victory against Stoke Poges Saints on Saturday.

The Stags

welcomed the Saints to the Memorial Ground in game with huge implications on the top of the table.

Wraysbury went into the match sitting top of the pile and nine points ahead of Stoke Poges who held three games in hand, so a win for either side gave them a huge momentum boost heading into the final weeks of the season.

The Stags ran out 1-0 winners earlier in the season but, given how tight the previous fixture was between these two sides, the home team were expecting a strong start from an in-form Stoke Poges outfit.

Wraysbury had the best chance in a goalless first half as Garret Pikulak flicked a header onto Kalim Ahmed, who had timed his run to perfection and forced the keeper into a good save.

Ahmed and Pikulak combined again before the break but the low drive from the latter was turned behind for a corner by the Saints keeper.

The home team broke the deadlock when Mack Bermingham whipped in a corner and Mitch Formaisano glanced the ball on to Ahmed. His run to the back post was not matched and he headed home from close range.

The pendulum swung again however as Luke White, who had earlier been booked in the first half, slid in for a tackle that the referee deemed worthy of a second yellow.

Wraysbury were now a goal ahead but down to 10-men with 35 minutes of the game still to play.

Stoke Poges thought they had equalised when a forward put the ball into the back of the net but the effort was ruled out for offside.

Stags substitute Jack Quelch almost made an instant impact when he also had the ball in the net but was flagged offside.

Stoke Poges threw everything at their hosts inside the final 10 minutes and almost equalised with an audacious over-head kick that was saved by keeper Nathan Woakes.

He knew that a clean sheet would mean three points for his side but it was his quick thinking that sent substitute Brandon Blair down the left side and through on goal.

Blair chose this moment to show an incredible team attitude as he squared the ball with just the keeper to beat for the on-rushing Richard Clark-Wilson to bury the ball high into the net.

Jake Bermingham from the Wraysbury management said: "This was a solid performance where we created chances, especially in the first half.

"We need to be more clinical going forward but the highlight was the togetherness the squad showed. They really pulled together and battled for the three points. We need the same mentality in the remaining fixtures.

"A special shout out to Dan Scarlett, out Ngolo Kante. He really needs to let someone else have a turn at winning man of the match."