By Tony Incenzo
I had wanted to visit Caversham United in Reading for quite some time as the club are very active on social media. The well-maintained Twitter accounts for both their men’s and women’s teams display a great sense of fun whilst interacting massively with a wide range of other grassroots football clubs all over the world.
In addition, Caversham United tried to launch a national Sunday League Day a couple of years ago to promote and embrace matches across the country but it was eventually cancelled due to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Hopefully this potentially fantastic event can be fitted in towards the end of the current season and I look forward to helping with the publicity.
Overall, I am very pleased to note that Sunday football is increasing in popularity all the time these days with some clubs having YouTube channels that attract thousands of views. With evertything in mind, I set off on a 140 miles round trip to take in a 2pm kick-off involving Caversham United Women having dashed hot foot from attending a morning fixture in the Maccabi GB Southern Football League in Middlesex en route.
Where was it played?
The Atrium Health Club has recently been revamped and reopened after previously being called the Rivers Ibis. Facilities include a gym, coffee shop and bar. Access from the spacious car park to the football pitches is a short walk across Scours Lane. The Atrium is almost adjacent to Reading City FC of the Combined Counties League who I visited for a match in the late 1990’s.
What’s in the programme?
An excellent glossy production was on sale at £2 for eight pages. The front cover dramatically declared: “IT’S WAR (MINSTER TOWN)…THE ROAD TO THE FA CUP.” The contents inside include an in-depth analysis of women’s football in Berkshire, colour photos plus the history of both teams competing on the day. I liked the fun fact which revealed: “DID YOU KNOW? Caversham United Women’s shirt actually features a road map of Caversham across the upper part!”
And the match itself?
With the team founded as recently the summer of 2021, it was the biggest match in the short lifespan of Caversham United Women FC. But they comfortably won this thoroughly entertaining Vitality Women’s FA Cup tie courtesy of goals by Rosie Page-Smith (50 minutes), Freya Jenkins (54 mins) and Holly Swan (73 mins). The scorer for Warminster Town Ladies was Mia Blazey (71 mins).
Facts and figures
Score: Caversham United Women 3 Warminster Town Ladies 1
Where: The Atrium Health Club, Scours Lane, Reading, Berkshire RG30 6AY
Competition: The Vitality Women’s FA Cup
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