SECOND-BOTTOM Berks County Reserves suffered another blow in their bid to escape Division Two relegation after slumping to a 5-3 home defeat to Harchester Hawks, writes Richard Ashton.

Piotr Grzywacz, Mateusz Olszewski, Michal Szulik and Sebastian Urbanski were all on the scoresheet as White Eagles – 12 points off top spot but with three games in hand – kept their title hopes alive with a 4-2 success at third-placed AFC Corinthians.

Premier Division champions Reading YMCA made it 11 wins from 11 matches as they climbed to fourth with a come-from-behind 2-1 success at second-placed Wright & Unity Sports, Young Men skipper Dan Donegan getting both the goals.

Daniel Langford scored a brilliant hat-trick before Jemel Johnson’s 94th-minute winner gave Newbury a thrilling 4-3 home victory against Wraysbury Village.

Ivan Thompson-Cole bagged a brace for the visitors, with Mike Wilson adding the other.

Table-toppers Woodcote Stoke Row were gifted three points after basement boys Taplow United could not raise a side for their fixture.

FC Imaan Lions moved to the top of Division One as an Aqeel Butt double inspired them to a 5-1 victory at Maidenhead Town.

Sabeel Ashgar, Usman Tariq and Isaac Sedu were also on target for the new leaders, with Daniel Hoskins getting the only goal for the home side.

Jack Bustard scored twice and Ryan Adams added the other for Richings Park, but they dropped to second after being held to a shock 3-3 draw at rock bottom Frilsham & Yattendon.

Westwood United Reserves remain at the wrong end of the table following their 3-1 home loss to Eldon Celtic.

Second-placed Maidenhead Town Reserves cut the gap at the top of Division Three to a solitary point after winning 3-1 at leaders Goring United.

Scott Cooper gave the visitors a 1-0 lead at the break, but Goring equalised with 20 minutes to go through Marley Ipinson.

However, it was Town who finished the stronger, and goals from Gary Moore and Steve Newell gave them three vital points in their bid for the title.

Braybrooke’s bid to be crowned champions were dealt a blow as they lost 2-1 at home to Hurst A. James Gregory scored for Braybrooke, but strikes from Ryan and Bradley Hawkley gave Hurst the victory.

In Division Four, champions-elect Twyford & Ruscombe extended their perfect record to 11 wins with a 3-1 success at Woodley United B.

A brace from Cameron Netherwood-Meek and goals from James Guest and Jamie Romaine gave Maidenhead Town A an exciting 4-3 success at Harchester Hawks Development.

Berks County are just one game from a Madejski Stadium final after winning a thrilling Berkshire Trophy Centre Senior Cup quarter final 4-3 at Finchampstead.

James Payne, Jason Baverstock and Max Swift were on target for the hosts, with Ryan Senussi among the Swords’ goalscorers.

Taplow United A were given a free pass to the last four of the Junior Cup after White Eagles Reserves conceded their quarter-final clash.

A Danny Seaward effort was not enough for Mortimer Reserves as they were beaten 4-1 by Woodley United Royals in the Reading Junior Cup.

In the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup, Reading YMCA Rapids reached the semi-final stage with a dramatic 5-3 penalty shoot-out success at Olney FC. The sides had been locked together 0-0 before spot-kicks decided the outcome.

FC Woodley were knocked out though, going down 2-1 at Penn & Tylers Green Reserves.

Cookham Dean crashed out of the Maidenhead Norfolkians Senior Cup at the last-eight stage as they went down 5-4 at Langley.

The hosts led 4-1 at the break despite Jack Alder’s strike, but goals from Jordon Newman and Jamie Burton reduced the arrears.

However, Langley found the net again to restore their two-goal advantage, meaning Jack Shea’s late effort was only a consolation.

Cookham Dean Reserves had more joy in the Junior Cup, though, advancing with a 3-2 triumph at Windsor Great Park .

Austyn Chadwick, Jon Schaaf and Martin Kitley grabbed the all-important goals to send Cookham into the next round.