Friday, 12 August 2022

Town close in on first league title in 20 years

WATLINGTON TOWN need just two points from their remaining two matches to secure the North Berks League Division 3 title following last Saturday’s home win against local rivals Benson Lions.

Visitors Benson, who went into the match one point ahead of Watlington, started the livelier of the sides and soon found themselves in front when a cross from the right caused havoc in the box and Luke Vincent fired past Town stopper Chuck Selwood with aplomb.

Watlington equalised 10 minutes later when Alex B’layachi’s corner was forced in by William Wright, for his first goal for the club.

Minutes later the striker turned provider as Dom Selwood found him on the edge of the box and his cross-shot was volleyed into the roof of the net by Adam Holloway, with his 10th goal of the season for the Town.

A nervy start to the second half saw both sides have chances and Benson hit the outside of the post.

Town eventually settled the game when a Ben Little free kick was dropped by Benson keeper David Barker and defender Dom Selwood reacted quickest and forced the ball over the line.

Watlington need just two points from their remaining two away matches to secure the club’s first men’s league title for 20 years. The last title they won was the Oxfordshire Senior League top division title in 1997.

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