HAVING exchanged some unpleasantries via social media last week, Reading City didn't exactly receive the red-carpet treatment when they turned up at Moneyfields for their FA Cup tie last Saturday.

With Rivermoor Stadium being used by Reading Festival staff, City looked to find an alternative venue for the tie, including Bracknell Town and Binfield on Friday evening or Sunday afternoon, but neither suited the Portsmouth club.

Technically, City were the home side, but they were put in the visitors' dressing room, where they found the showers only spouting out cold water after the game.

IT was cold water only at most grounds over the boiling-hot Bank Holiday weekend with games being stopped for a water-break.

But the one in the first half of the Southern League match between Met Police and Hartley Wintney led to a bizarre incident involving Mitchell Parker

It appears the former Reading City star wasn't happy with a Hartley Wintney teammate and, according to a witness he "stormed off the pitch following a quarrel."

Parker was replaced by Dean Rule in the 35th minute and the sub went on to score in a 1-0 win.

"Never seen anything like this," tweeted the Met Police.

BRACKNELL Town, following a 5-0 drubbing of Wessex League club Bournemouth FC and Binfield, 3-2 winners over Lymington Town, will fly the flag for Berkshire in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup.

Town host Carshalton Athletic, while Binfield will be away to Harrow Borough.

Harrow's coaching staff includes Reading-born Darron Wilkinson, who as a youngster played for the old Wokingham Town club before becoming a professional with Brighton & Hove Albion.

After going on to play for a number of non-league clubs, he joined Wokingham & Emmbrook, where he assisted manager Roger Herridge, who is now in charge of Binfield.

WELL done to those Reading FC supporters who made it to all of the last three games – West Bromwich Albion, Huddersfield and Plymouth – a total round-trip of about 1,052 miles. You're a real fan.