THREE goals in as many minutes sent Reading on their way to a 4-2 win at Sevenoaks in their Investec Women's League Division One South match on Saturday, writes Dave Wright.

With the opening half-hour fast approaching, it was beginning to look as though the Blues would go into the interval with nothing to show for their efforts.

However, the game then changed in dramatic fashion.

Keelie Perham secured the breakthrough in the 29th minute with Sophie Shakespeare scoring a minute later, and Milly Crosby quickly following up with the third goal.

Despite being left stunned, Sevenoaks started the second half on the front foot and within four minutes pulled two goals back through Maddie Thompson and Hannah Pike.

The Blues tightened up in defence, but were still relieved to see Jenny Crossley increase their lead in the 56th minute, all six goals in the afternoon coming from open play.

Their eighth win in 11 games takes them on to 26 points, seven less than Wimbledon, who have yet to drop a point this season.

In turn, Reading are nine points clear of Harleston in third place and they could extend that advantage when the Magpies visit Sonning Lane this Saturday (1.30pm).

Reading 2nds were beaten 3-1 at home by Maidenhead in Division One of the South Clubs' League, while the 3rds lost 7-0 away at Division Three A leaders Harrow.

Reading Men 2nds, the unbeaten MBBO Regional One leaders, were held to a 2-2 draw at home by OMT, but are still nine points clear of second-placed Amersham & Chalfont, who inflicted a 7-2 reverse on Reading 3rds.

Reading's senior side return to Premier Division action a week on Saturday (February 16) when they visit fellow strugglers University of Exeter.

They beat Oxford Hawks 2-0 in a friendly on Tuesday of last week and are due to host East Grinstead this Sunday.

SONNING Men have taken a two-point lead in MBBO Regional Two following their 3-2 win away at Oxford Hawks 3rds thanks to a Noel Plant brace and one from Stephen Ridley.

On the same day, previous joint leaders South Berkshire were being held to a 4-4 draw at Marlow 2nds.

Sonning are at home to Harrow this Saturday (1.30pm).

In MBBO Division One, Sonning 2nds squeezed home 1-0 against Newbury & Thatcham, the only goal coming from Steve Crowther, his 19th of the season.

And in the same division, Martin Newell netted five times as Phoenix & Ranelagh crushed Oxford University 3rds 6-0.

Sonning Ladies lost 2-1 at Eastcote in Division Three A of the South Clubs League, their goal coming from Frankie Knight.

They remain fourth-in-the-table ahead of this coming Saturday's visit to second-placed Southgate 2nds.

Sonning 2nds handed out an 11-1 hiding to pointless Witney 2nds in Premier Division Two of the Trysports Three Counties League to remain second in the table, five points behind local rivals Phoenix & Ranelagh, who were 7-1 winners against South Berkshire 2nds.