READING produced an Oscar-winning performance to beat Brooklands Manchester University 3-1, but they are going to need a repeat if they are to stand a chance of staying in the Premier Division, writes Dave Wright.

The battling Blues came from a goal down to secure only their second win of the season thanks to a brace from Oscar Allan, his first Premier Division goals, and one by Peter Scott.

They remain bottom-of-the-table with one game to play and that is this Sunday (2pm) when they are away to a high-riding Old Georgians side packed with former Reading players.

Blues are one point below Brooklands – whose final fixture is at home to East Grinstead – and two behind University of Exeter, who travel to Holcombe.

If they finish above the Manchester side they will qualify for the promotion/relegation play-offs and if they leapfrog University of Exeter as well, then they will survive.

Reading found themselves trailing from the fifth minute to a Leo Watton goal, but Allan equalised with just a minute of the second half gone and he fired Blues into the lead in the 62nd minute with Scott quickly following up with the third.

Reading 2nds moved closer to winning the MBBO Regional One title by winning 4-1 at Eastcote, leaving them four points clear of Amersham & Chalfont, while Reading 3rds are down in 10th place following a 5-1 home defeat by Oxford Hawks 2nds.

Reading Over 60s defeated Yorkshire 2-0 at Sheffield with goals from Micky Denehy and Peter Wright to reach the final of England Hockey's Masters Cup.

In a competition dominated by county sides, Reading will play Iceni Rex Essex in the final at Lee Valley on April 25.

But the clubs's O50s won't be joining them on finals day as they lost 2-0 to Indian Gymkhana last Sunday.

Reading Under 18s are through to the semi-finals of the England UI8s Tier 1 Championships after beating Surbiton 3-0.

Runners-up Reading Women lost 3-0 at home to undefeated champions Wimbledon in the match between the top two sides in the Investec League's Division One South.

Eliza Brett, Olivia Chilton and Fiona Burnet were on target as Wimbledon made it 16 wins from 16 games.

Reading are away to Harleston Magpies this Saturday.

SONNING Men missed a chance to clinch the MBBO Regional Two title when they lost 4-2 to their nearest challengers, South Berkshire.

They are top by two points with three games remaining, while their rivals have just two left.

The exciting end-to-end game at the Berks County Sports ground was in the balance until the final stages.

After Ian Finlayson had put Sonning ahead, keeper Ben Sulley make a couple of fine saves before the visitors equalised through Kaya Campion.

In the second half, Noel Plant restored Sonning's lead, but it did not take long for Sam Fuentes-Moreno to bring the scores back level.

Both sides had chances, but it was South Berks who were more clinical inside the circle, securing victory with two goals in quick succession in the last 10 minutes through Jack Baverstock and Ben Dudley.

Sonning are away to West Hampstead 2nds this week, while South Berks host Banbury 2nds.

Third-placed Sonning Ladies lost 5-1 at home to West Hampstead in the South Clubs' League Division 3a, their consolation goal coming from Harriet Wilkinson.

Sonning 2nds' hopes of winning the Three Counties League Premier Division Two suffered a set-back with a 1-0 loss to Thame. They trail leaders Phoenix & Ranelagh – who hammered Wycombe 2nds 6-1 – by five points with three games remaining

This Saturday, they are away to second-placed Oxford University Ladies 2nds, who are one point above them.