THE prolific Tom King was again at the double as South Berkshire men maintained their MBBO Regional Two title hopes with a dramatic 4-3 victory in a seven-goal thriller at lowly Reading 4ths, writes Richard Ashton.

King took his seasonal tally to 20 goals – six more than any other player in the division – and with Kaya Campion and Connor Eatwell also finding the back of the net, the visitors were able to hold on for the win which keeps them just two points adrift of table-toppers Sonning, albeit the leaders have a game in hand.

Joe Evans, Rob Farrow and Joe Rogers were all on target for second-bottom Reading.

South Berkshire will seek another win when they visit relegation-threatened West Hampstead 2nds on Saturday (1.40pm).

Mike Baylis and Oliver Bruce got the goals as Division Two trailblazers South Berkshire 2nds maintained their 11-point advantage at the summit and remarkably guaranteed a top-two finish and promotion with a 2-0 success at home to third-placed West Hampstead.

South Berkshire are now 17 points clear of their opponents, who have only five games remaining this season.

In Division Three, mid-table South Berkshire 3rds put up a gallant effort in losing 1-0 at home to promotion-chasing Sonning 3rds.

South Berkshire 4ths picked up a point from their 2-2 draw at Gerrards Cross 2nds in Division Seven, while South Berkshire Terriers gave their Division Eight West title dreams a major boost with a 5-2 drubbing of third-placed Henley 4ths.

Fourth-placed South Berkshire are now four points behind leaders Oxford 8ths, and two adrift of Reading Rovers in second spot, but they have a game in hand on both of those sides.

South Berkshire ladies gave their Trysports Three Counties League Premier Division One survival hopes a significant lift with a 5-2 triumph at basement side Henley 2nds.

The result lifts South Berkshire four points clear of the bottom two, with a game in hand, ahead of their next fixture at home to Oxford ladies on Saturday, February 29.

Second-bottom South Berkshire 2nds were thumped 5-1 by Thame in their Premier Division Two encounter.

South Berkshire 3rds were without a Division Three fixture, but South Berkshire 4ths moved up to sixth in Division Five after cruising past cellar-dwellers Oxford Hawks 7th 3-0.