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AFC Aldermaston prepare for Berks and Bucks Intermediate Cup final
AFC Aldermaston are ready for a great day out on Saturday, when they travel to Newport Pagnell to face Hale Leys United in the final of the Bucks and Berks Intermediate Cup.
It is the first time the Berkshire side have reached this stage of the competition and standing in their way is a side from the South Midlands League.
Manager Terry Rooney said: “It is a big day out for the club and we face a side we know nothing about, except they won their last two cup games 8-1 and 12-1.”
Aldermaston look set to be without full back Jamie Porter for the game with a knee injury.
The defender was sent flying off the pitch thanks to a body check in Saturday's Hampshire Premier League Cup tie and clattered into a scaffolding pole.
Aldermaston lost the quarter-final encounter at Baffins Milton Rovers 2-1.
Michael Porter got their goal after they had centre-half Alex Sylvester sent-off for abusive language at his own club linesman.
Rooney said: “They bullied us out of the game and the officials were too weak. Alex was not swearing at the linesman, it was at another team mate. Their guy also got a booking for a challenge on Jamie Porter.
The previous Wednesday in the Hampshire Premier League, Aldermaston drew 1-1 with visiting Colden Common.
The visitors' goalkeeper had a stunning game and produced four excellent saves to deny Matt Wilkins, Kai Parton-Edey and Kevin Hill.
Aldermaston finally went ahead on 44 minutes, as Wilkins scored after a nice one-two with Parton-Edey.
After the break, the home side's Jon Rooney drove a shot through the wall and the Colden goalie only saw it late, but was able to push the ball around the post.
The visitors' first attack of the game yielded them an equaliser, before Porter nearly scored a late winner.
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