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It was raining goals this weekend as over 60 found the back of the net across the divisions on a wet weekend.
In the Premier Division, Chingford Athletic continue to have one of the best defences around aided in no small part by keeper Jack Francis who picked up his fifth sheet clean in a row in a 7-0 win at London Falcons. Michael Mignot helped himself to a hat-trick with further goals arriving through Jack Eva, David Livie, Tom Pearce and Gary Murray to keep them two points off the leaders. Leaders Jolof Sports Club secured an important 2-1 away win over fellow high-flyers, May & Baker EC A, with the winning goals coming from Jeffrey Cobblah and Medoune Fall. Blue Marlin took advantage of Bakers’ slip to move up to third in the table with a 2-0 win against Chingford Town as goals from Kieron James and Matthew Hamilton enough to secure the points aided by a cleansheet from Vaschil Rughoo. Rounding off the division’s action, Melbourne Sports find themselves up to fifth place in the table with a 4-1 win over St Francis as goals by Patrick King, Luke Newson, John Shubert and Marcus Dadson gave them the points to take home.
The battle for the title in Division One remains intriguingly poised for a seemingly three-way battle come the end of the season. Grove United made it six league wins in a row, continuing their winning streak this time with Flyers on the wrong end of a 3-0 result. Harry Chalk, John Hughes and Ben Lowes were the Grove scorers to keep them top. Three Colts keep the pressure on Grove as the only other team have a perfect record so far and increased that with a narrow 3-2 win against Forest Green. Debutant Jack Luck found the net alongside strikes from Matthew Daley and Marshall Smith to secure victory. St Johns Deaf are the other side in the title shakeup and picked up a 4-2 win on the road this week away at Glendale. Dales goals from Les Sampson and Terry Allen were cancelled out by St Johns’ goals from James Paull, Abdul Benameur and a double from Marios Costi to keep their side second in the table. A Lee Chambers goal from Cowley Community wasn’t enough as visitors West Essex Reserves secured a 3-1 win to take home the points and keep their side fifth in the standings.
London APSA moved to within a point of top of the table in Division Two, leapfrogging opponents Chingford Athletic Reserves in the process with a 4-2 win. Goals from Chingford debutant Jayson McLeod and Sam French proved not enough for their side but they remain third in the table and only two points off the pace. Inter Plaistow were convincing winners in their trip away at Newham Royals, as they bagged an 8-3 win with Samuel Garrett once again the hero with four goals alongside Mason Brown’s brace and further goals from Danny Vass and Jack Cassidy.
Kitgum Boys are the first side through to the quarter finals of the Fenton Cup following a 7-1 win at Chingford Harriers and they will now face the winners of May & Baker EC A vs Custom House which is taking place next weekend. Dave Birchnall was the man on target for Harriers.
The first cup finalists of the season were confirmed in the East Ham Memorial Hospitals Charity Cup as Custom House secured their place with a win over fellow Essex Alliance League side, Northend, winning 4-2. Two goals from Bradley Routledge along with goals from Liam Sullivan and Chris Hill were enough to see their side through and they now await the winners of the other semi-final between Canning Town and East Londoners.