WEEKEND PREVIEW: YELLAMEN GO FOR SUPER 8 / LADIES TEAMS BOTH FACE TOUGH LEAGUE CUP TESTS

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Ascot United are bidding for an eighth consecutive win on Saturday when they make the relatively short hop to The 1878 Stadium to face Burnham (3pm, Wymers Wood Rd, Burnham SL1 8JG).

The Yellamen enjoyed a big win in the reverse fixture – the visitors’ manager Manny Williams would depart the club soon afterwards – although their form has improved since then contributing towards their rise to 12th in the league and they are unbeaten in their last three games.

The Yellamen will be mindful of Burnham’s victory over 2nd-placed North Greenford last time out, but coming into the game with a 100% record since mid-December and buoyed by booking a county cup semi-final berth last Tuesday, morale is definitely high. And, 7 of Ascot’s next 8 matches are against sides in the bottom half of the table, so there is a real opportunity to keep the pressure on those around them.

Also this weekend is an interesting clash between Southall and North Greenford; both sides also in contention for the league runner’s-up spot.

Furthermore, both Ladies’ teams are in league cup action on Sunday. Ascot United Ladies face a daunting trip to Abingdon United (2nd in the league) although will remember the opening day of the season when they narrowly lost 4-3 in their league opener at Northcourt Stadium. Meanwhile, Ascot Ladies Reserves will need to pull out all the stops to extend their huge winning streak as they must bridge a 2-division gap when they entertain Division 1 outfit Long Crendon Ladies (Racecourse, 2pm); the visitors being 2nd in the top tier of the Thames Valley Counties Women’s Football League.

Saturday’s combined counties league program is below:

Abbey RangersvWembley
BurnhamvAscot United
Egham TownvWindsor
HolyportvTadley Calleva
Reading CityvHanworth Villa
SouthallvNorth Greenford United
St PanteleimonvSpelthorne Sports
Virginia WatervEdgware Town
Wokingham & EmmbrookvCB Hounslow United

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