WOODLEY United brought an end to an excellent November which has seen four wins and a draw in six outings by progressing to the second round of the Bluefin Sports Supplementary Cup with a 2-0 home win against Pewsey Vale on Saturday.

Like Woodley, Pewsey Vale’s form had improved with four wins in their last five outings, and it was the visitors who enjoyed the opening quarter-of-an-hour with Tom Bryant twice parrying shots, while Josh Fowler headed against the home crossbar, only to be flagged off-side.

United gradually got a foot hold in the match with Max Laschok having a good run, only to be blocked in the penalty area and Pablo Fernandez seeing a cross go through the goal area and a shot wide.

It was Laschok who opened the scoring on 27 minutes when another run saw him withstand a challenge to slot pass the visiting keeper Sam Tuttle.

Ryan Thomas shot at distance to Bryant as Pewsey sought to equalise before Leon Mannion broke from a Vale corner to force Tuttle into a save.

A minute before half-time Freddie Barron made a good run to find Fernandez, who was fouled in the penalty area, only for Mannion to put the spot-kick over the bar.

Woodley started the second half well with Mannion being tackled by Liam Edmondson as he was preparing to shoot and Edmondson was called upon to clear Fernandez’s goal-bound shot two minutes later.

The 55th minute saw Pele Hagger called upon to prevent Vale’s Ryan Thomas from shooting before the influential Fernandez set up Laschok who saw his shot blocked.

United doubled their lead in the 66th minute as Fernandez passed to Mannion whose cross was headed home by Laschok as he out jumped Tuttle.

Harvey Tooth was to prevent Laschok completing his hat-trick 10 minutes later, while Bryant did well to keep the visitors goalless with 15 minutes remaining.

The closest Woodley came to scoring again was three minutes from full time when Mannion’s cross saw substitute Toby Briggs turn and see his shot rebound off the base of the upright.

Woodley United visit Burnham in Division One East on Saturday, before travelling to Farnham Town in the Aldershot Senior Cup on Tuesday (7.45pm).

READING City endured a tough few days with a 4-2 Premier Division defeat at Wantage Town on Saturday followed by a 3-0 reverse at Abingdon United on Tuesday.

Following the loss at Abingdon, manager Rob Creech announced he was stepping down from the role.

Against high-flying Wantage, Ben Cook put the visitors in front on the half-hour mark, only for Jack Dunmall to level six minutes before the break.

Ousman Darboe put City back in front before half-time, but further goals from Ryan Markham, Stephen Robinson and Harvey Scholes gave Wantage victory.

On Tuesday, following a goalless first period, a double from Thomas Butler and a Nathan Baker strike gave all three points to Abingdon.

Reading City – who have dropped to 14th in the table – host Abingdon Town in the Bluefin Sports Supplementary Cup on Saturday (3pm), before welcoming Binfield to Rivermoor in the league on Monday (7.45pm).

A Jamal Forde-Small brace and a goal from Josh Blackwood earned AFC Aldermaston a 3-1 win at Wallingford Town in Division One East on Saturday.

However, they were then thumped 6-0 by Holyport in the Division One Subsidiary Cup on Tuesday.

The Atom Men face a trip to Gloucestershire when they visit Cheltenham Saracens in the Supplementary Cup this coming Saturday (3pm).