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Maidstone United celebrate Ryman League title win

Maidstone United fans celebrated today as the club all-but secured the Ryman League title.

The Stones drew 0-0 with Dulwich Hamlet this afternoon which means Hendon would need to make up some 19 goals and six points in their last two matches to reach Maidstone.

The Stones will go into National League South, as it will be known next season.

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Resolute Royals made Arsenal look like underdogs

Reading boss Steve Clarke told us his side were going to have to play the perfect game here today and for much of the game they did just that - more organised and more resolute throughout.

Reading's Jamie Mackie controls the ball in the air despite the challenge of Laurent Koscielny Credit: PA

They looked like a side determined to put themselves in the history books. Only a stroke of Sanchez class gave Arsenal the edge before the break and when Garath McCleary equalised the Royals looked to be on the brink of a famous giant killing.

Any part Federici played in Arsenal's eventual winner was instantly forgiven by fans and teammates alike. He is so often the difference for a Reading side that today made Arsenal look like the underdogs.


Sir John Madejski 'immensely proud' of Royals

Sir John Madejski has spoken of his pride, as Reading more than matched their Premier League opponent Arsenal.

The Reading Chairman was quick to leave the stands and address the team in the dressing room where he described the mood as sombre.

Sir John speaking after the match Credit: ITV Meridian

I am immensely proud of the manager and every one of those players.

I am also incredibly proud of our fans. Each and every one of them played their part here today. This has been the most wonderful day for everyone in the Thames Valley.

– Sir John Madejski

Football scores in the ITV Meridian region

Football scores across the region Credit: PA

In the Premier League, Southampton were away at Stoke. Saints return home defeated, having lost 2-1.

It was an important match for Bournemouth in the Championship, who are chasing automatic promotion. They drew 2-2 at home to Sheffield Wednesday. Meanwhile Brighton lost 2-1 away at Wigan.

In League One, there were 3 three home matches in our region. Crawley welcomed Notts County - that game finished 2-0 to the Sussex side. Swindon lost 1-0 to Yeovil and Gillingham beat Rochdale 1-0.

In League Two, Portsmouth hosted Bury but lost 1-0. Southend beat Exeter 1-0. And it was goals galore for Oxford United who won 3-0 against Tranmere.

Great atmosphere in stadium with minutes to kick off


In pictures: Wembley ready for historic FA Cup match

Arsenal and Reading pin badges on sale before match Credit: PA
Young fan on the way to the ground Credit: Vikki Bray
Arsenal and Reading scarves on sale Credit: PA
A young Reading fan arrives at Wembley stadium for the game Credit: PA
A Reading fan with a half and half scarf as he makes his way to the stadium for the match Credit: PA

Wembley awaits arrival of The Royals

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