BERKS & Bucks FA are to launch an adult male Futsal League in Reading later this month.

They describe it as an "exciting, fast-paced small-sided game which places a large emphasis on technical skill and ability in situations of high pressure," and considers it an "excellent breeding ground for a player's technique, movement, tactical awareness and fitness."

B&B plan to start the league at Maiden Erlegh School on Thursday, February 21, with the 40-minute matches kicking off at 7pm and 8pm.

The cost for each team – players must be at least 16 years of age – will be £35 per week, with a discount if the whole season, which will initially last for eight weeks, is paid in advance.

More details can be found on the B&B FA website.

Futsal competitions for the Under 10s up to U16s are also planned for February 21-22, at Bohunt School in Arborfield.

THE Thames Valley League and Hellenic League certainly did the right thing in announcing on Friday that all of their Saturday fixtures were postponed due to the bad weather.

It's annoying and frustrating if players, officials and spectators have to wait around on Saturday morning wondering if their game will go ahead.

Also, it takes the pressure off referees needing to go along to inspect a pitch and having to make a tricky decision when conditions are bordering between the playable and unplayable.

A WELL-KNOWN face has sadly been absent from Rivermoor Stadium in recent weeks.

Peter Toft, who takes photographs of matches involving Reading City and Woodley United for the Chronicle, has been laid up due to a problem with his left leg.

He spent a month, including Christmas, in the Royal Berks Hospital, but is happily now back at his Tilehurst home.

Peter reports: "My leg is still very weak, but I can just about get around at home with the help of a walker. I am hoping my leg will get stronger in time."

City chairman Martin Law said: "We all wish Peter a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back at the Rivermoor in the near future."