BERKS County have been in seventh heaven this week after walloping Windlesham United 7-0 in the Premier Division of the Thames Valley League, writes Dave Wright.

Sean Hanley and substitute Les Sackey both bagged braces, with Ben Hall, Dan Money and replacement Ebenezer Opoku-Ware adding one goal apiece.

They go back to the top of the table on goal difference, moving above Westwood Wanderers, who went down 4-2 at fourth-placed Maidenhead Town.

Sam Angel, James Rattenbury and Jake Wheeler, with two in the last 10 minutes, netted for Town.

Only three points separate the top four sides, with Reading City Under 23s and Maidenhead having played two fewer games than the leaders.

Richings Park are up to sixth after their 2-0 victory over Wraysbury Village, the goals coming from Brad Cunningham and Jack Bees.

Reading City U23s were in Reading Invitation Cup Junior action against Division Two side Harchester Hawks, but lost 4-3 on penalties after the tie had ended goalless.

The same competition produced a remarkable tie that saw Woodley United Reserves come from one goal down at half-time to crush Cookham Dean Reserves 8-3 in extra time, having managed only two goals in the previous 90 minutes.

There was a hat-trick for Jordan Goddard, two goals apiece for Danny Blatchford and Shamen Goswell (2) and one for Ice Goswell, while for Cookham, Callum Deeming and Ben Ridley scored in normal time, with Jack Stokes on target in extra time.

It also was not a good day for Cookham’s first team as they bowed out of the Reading Senior Cup, losing 4-2 at Mortimer, their goals coming from Nathan Lishman and Dan Stacey.

Mortimer’s marksmen were Stefan Allen, Doug Groves, Carl Self and Lee Vincent.

Another side to make their Senior Cup exit were Finchampstead, who lost 4-3 in extra time at Woodcote, having been 2-2 at 90 minutes.

Jake Dillon bagged a brace for Cote with Sam Green and Connor Mattimore also on target.

In the first round of the Berkshire Trophy Centre Senior Cup, Reading YMCA edged home 1-0 against Newbury thanks to a 22nd-minute goal from James Bozarth.

There was just one game in Division One and it saw leaders Wargrave extend their unbeaten run to eight games by drawing 2-2 at fifth-placed Imaan Lions, whose two goals came from Kamran Khan.

Division Three side Pangbourne are through to the second round of the BTC Intermediate Cup after beating Division Two outfit Phoenix Old Boys 3-0 on penalties. A goal from Will Hambridge left it 1-1 after 90 minutes. while further strikes from Luke Stroud and Perry Lewington left it 3-3 at the end of extra time.

In Division Three, Phoenix Old Boys Reserves drew 1-1 with fellow mid-table side Robertswood, with Danny Bastidus and Steve Park the respective scorers.

Table-toppers Goring United crashed 4-0 away to Berks County Reserves, who move up to fourth.

One point above them are Maidenhead Town A, who inflicted a 3-1 defeat on Taplow United Development. James Tann scored twice in the opening 30 minutes with substitute Jack Sharping adding a late third, while the visitors’ sole reply came from Seamus Stapleton.

Hambledon went down 3-0 at home to FC Titans in the Berks & Bucks Junior Cup.

Leaders Goring United Reserves knocked Division Four rivals Berks County Rovers out of the Reading Invitation Diamond Cup, winning 4-1 thanks to a first-half hat-trick from Dan Reynolds and a late goal by Sam Alexander.

Joining them in the next round are Farnham Royals Mavericks, who defeated Harchester Hawks Development thanks to goals from Chris Maynard, Ciaran Crean, Rio Clifford-Lake, Martin Hudson and Tyrese Connor.

White Eagles continue to make progress in the Berks & Bucks Junior Cup after a fine 5-0 away win at Faringdon Town A with their goals coming from Jacek Bojda, Bartosz Rochatka, Marek Zeman, Tomasz Maciuk and Michal Szulik.

They will be home to Burghfield Reserves in the fourth round on January 4.