READING City have appointed Sam Woodruff as their new assistant to manager Simon Johnson.

He has had considerable experience coaching young players with a number of academies including Reading FC, Wycombe Wanderers and Barnet.

“I can’t wait to get started and hopefully push the team up the table,” said the PE teacher.

City’s fixture with Shrivenham last Saturday had to be called off as the pitch at Rivermoor Stadium was unplayble following heavy rain.

Last night (Wednesday) they were due to visit Brackley Town Saints in the second round of the Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup and this coming Saturday they visit Fairford Town, looking to end a run of six successive league defeats which has seen them slip to 15th in the Premier Division standings.

AFC Aldermaston were left without a game for the second successive Saturday as their scheduled opponents, Abingdon Town, were unable to raise a side.

They stay second in the Hellenic League Division 1 East, eight points behind leaders Burnham having played a game more.

This coming Saturday, the Atom Men are home to Thames Valley Premier League leaders Cookham Dean in the Reading Invitation Senior Cup.

Thames Valley Church League

WEST Reading produced one of the shock results at the weekend as they stunned league-leaders YCMA Newbury in Thames Valley Church League.

The home side ran out 2-1 winners thanks to goals from Lewis Doe and Jordan Onraet-Wells. It was West Reading’s second win of the season and they will be keen to build on this shock result.

Norreys stunned Tilehurst this weekend to make it two major scalps in two weeks after their win over Barkham last week. They raced into a 3-0 lead at half time thanks to goals from Adam Toft, Shaun Gray and Matt Loxton, before they were reduced to 10 men for the whole of the second half through a serious looking injury. Despite a fightback from the title contenders, Norreys’ spirit shone through and Adam Toft added another to all but seal the win as Norreys ran out 4-3 winners.

Wycliffe Wanderers picked up their first win of the season, and they couldn’t have picked a better time to do it. Wanderers beat their local rivals, Wycliffe United 1-0 thanks to a goal from Michael Roberts. The win sees Wanderers keep up the pressure on West Reading at the foot of the table.

Bethel United are the form team in the league and they kept up that impressive run of form with a 4-2 win over Brookside St Laurence. Sid Abu, Sheriff Salah and a brace from Scott Shepherd proved to be enough for Bethel as they fire themselves into the title hunt this season. Jack Perret netted a brace for Brookside who fall below Norreys in the table.