READING FC will kick-off their Berks & Bucks Senior Cup campaign with a quarter-final tie away to Isthmian League club Marlow.

Royals are expected to field their Under 23 side, as they did last season when they lost 3-1 to Slough in the final at Bracknell Town.

Marlow, managed by Reading-based Mark Bartley, currently sit 12th in the South Central Division.

Last Tuesday, they defeated neighbours Maidenhead United 3-1 on penalties after their second tie at York Road had ended 1-1.

Slough open their defence of the cup at home to Milton Keynes Dons.

The third of the Football League clubs in the competition, Wycombe Wanderers, travel to Hungerford, while Newport Pagnell host Didcot Town.

Dates for all four ties have yet to be arranged.

THE Thames Valley Cricket League have announced their structure for the 2020 season and Division 9a has raised a few eyebrows as it must be the largest in the league's history.

It comprises 18 teams with Kidmore End's 3rds and 4ths both involved, along with Teddington-based NPL 2nds and 3rds.

The Gallowstree Common showdown will be on June 27.

This division also include Reading 4ths, Sonning 3rds, Wargrave 4ths and Wokingham Oaks & Acorns.

Division 9b contains only 10 teams, two of them from Maidenhead & Bray, with the same number in all of the higher divisions.

BERKS & Bucks FA are to hold a female-only Level One coaching course in the Reading area, starting on Sunday, February 23.

There will be six sessions in all over a four-week period at Ryeish Green Sports Hub and at Loddon Valley Leisure Centre.

The total cost is £100 and more details can be found on the B&B FA website.

LADY Celina Carter, a well-known name in Berkshire racing circles, has become a Trustee of the Ascot racing authority, an appointment approved by the Queen.

For nearly 20 years, she was a Steward at a number of courses, including Ascot, Newbury and Windsor.

Celina said she is "thrilled and honoured" to be appointed.