A ONE minute silence was observed in all Basingstoke Saturday and Sunday matches in respect after the sad passing on of John Ward last weekend.

He along with John Povey formed the Basingstoke Sunday League back in 1966 and has served on a number of positions as an administrator in the League.

He was also the North Hants FA President and a Life Vice President of the Hampshire F A and the Basingstoke and District Football League.

John will be badly missed by all involved in local football. Our commiserations go to his dear wife Freda and his family.

In Saturday's action, Silchester Village returned to the league and started with an impressive 7-0 win over Herriard Sports in Division One.

The squad was is littered with former Tadley Calleva players, including Kyle Theodore who scored four of the goals, with another Tadley striker Peter White netting twice. Matt Foreman was their other scorer.

The other Division One match was up the road at Aldermaston saw AFC Aldermaston Reserves shared a nine goal thriller with AFC Berg, losing it 5-4 thanks to a late winner from Ben Clarke.

Carlos Gonzales (2) and Lee Neal had Berg 3-0 at half-time. Aldermaston hit back as Zac Tull (2) and Liam Belcher levelled things. Jamal Forde also missed a penalty, before giving Aldermaston the lead. Kieran Alleyne made it 4-4, before Clarke scored the winner.

Newly formed Renegades proved too good for Basingstoke Athletic in Division Two winning 4-1.

Ricky Smith gave them the lead and Athletic had great chance to level, but goalkeeper Dave Purt saved the Kieran Challis spot kick, his first miss in the last 20 he has taken.

Smith and Matt Baker made it 3-0, before Athletic did pull a goal back from Aaron Barton, before George Lagden netted a fourth.

Connor Parker gave Oakridge the lead against AFC Berg Reserves, for whom Karl Holborough scored an equaliser.

Twentyten Reserves lost to North Warnborough 3-1, as Jake Tanner scored their only goal. Warnborough goals came from Khalil Bentaleb, Luke Scannelli and Benito Oprea.

Overton United B were easy 5-1 winners over Chineham as Andy Tottman helped himself to a hat-trick. Ross Harwood and an own goal completed their tally. Chineham managed to claw one back when their Spanish striker Eugenio Carrato went on a fine solo run.

Saturday fixtures Division 1: AFC Berg v Twentyten, Herriard Sports v Tadley Calleva A, Hook v Silchester, Overton Utd A v AFC Aldermaston Res.

Division 2: AFC Aldermaston A v AFC Berg Res, Chineham v North Warnborough, Oakridge v Overton Utd B, Twentyten Res v Renegades.