Reading City set up massive final day fixture with win over Longlevens

Longlevens face a crucial home fixture with Reading City on Good Friday, after being beaten 2-1 at Friday’s visitors this afternoon. 

Levens travelled to Berkshire knowing that a draw would all but guarantee their position in the Hellenic Premier and started brightly, with Shaun O’Connor firing over from 18 yards inside the first 60 seconds.

Lewis Spurrier was slipped in down the right side of the box, but his effort was well saved by Reading City keeper Charlie York. York then threw a glove up to deny Ellis Sausman from the following corner.

York then produced a massive save to deny Longlevens midfielder Dave Merrick, who had been played in by Brad Martin.

Ten minutes before the break Longlevens were made to pay for their missed chances when Reading City forward Lorenzo Medford was sent through one on one with Kane Winman and the Reading man drilled the ball home.

The second half started with chances at either end, with Adam Cashin-Murray firing over for the hosts before Shaun O’Connor pulled the ball back from the byline to Lewis Spurrier – but once again York was on hand to palm the ball away.

Riccardo Andrady saw his effort beaten away by Winman as the hosts pushed for a second, before both Cashin-Murray and Ousman Darboe squandered good opportunities for Reading.

Then with three quarters of the game gone, Reading doubled their lead when Trevor Mutero headed in from a pinpoint corner. Longlevens will be disappointed as Mutero was allowed a free header in the box.

From there Longlevens huffed and puffed as they tried to get back into the game, with Dave Merrick firing over and Brad Martin having a great effort saved by York.

Merrick then blazed over from 18 yards before Martin forced the ball home just as the game ticked into stoppage time. Longlevens picked the ball out of the back of the net and went in search of an equaliser.

Despite James Barnett’s long throw ins to push Longlevens forward, the hosts held on to take the potential relegation battle to the final weekend.

On Good Friday Longlevens host Reading City at Saw Mills where the winner takes a giant leap to securing survival. A draw is enough for Longlevens though and even a Reading City win will allow Longlevens a second attempt in their final fixture at home to Binfield on the Bank Holiday Monday.

However, both sides could be safe regardless depending on the confirmation of how many teams actually get relegated from the Hellenic Premier.

Reading City: C York, Downes (Whittaker 80′), McDonnell, Davies, Cowd, Howell, Andrady (Crawford 85′), Cashin-Murray (Dyer 72′), Medford, Mutero, Darboe

Subs not used: Best, R York

Longlevens: Winman, Long, Brown, Barnett, Sausman, Merrick, Rich, T Callinan, O’Connor (G Callinan 77′), Spurrier, B Martin

Subs not used: Wintle, C Martin

Severn Sport Man Of The Match – James Barnett (Longlevens)

 

Check out the full list of results in and around the county this weekend right here.