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East Ham International produced the shock of the day in the Fenton Cup as the Division One outfit knocked out Premier Division side Lopes Tavares London. The Buckhurst Hill-based side saw off their higher league opposition in a 5-2 win to book a place at home in round three to Grove United.
The Premier Division’s leaders, Jolof Sports Club, came through a potentially tricky tie away at unbeaten Division One side Three Colts in Chigwell on Saturday, winning 2-0 to move into the last sixteen. Modou Jammeh and Papa Ndiaye were the players who made the difference, scoring the goals to send their side through.
Also moving into the last sixteen are Old Barkabbeyans Reserves who saw off Division Three’s Newham Royals in a 4-0 victory to book a third round tie against Old Esthameians Reserves. Timi Olaniyan scored twice with debutants Klodian Meta and Abiodun Bailey rounding off a comfortable victory.
Chingford Athletic kept up the pressure on the leaders in the Premier Division, securing a narrow 1-0 victory in a Waltham Forest derby against LOASS. Charlie Heatley scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot to cut the lead at the top to just a single point.
Old Esthameians are showing a real turn in form with a third win in four games on Saturday as they beat Grove United 4-1. Danny Morgan was the hero, scoring all four of the team’s goals for the E’s as they move up to the heady heights of sixth in the table after a difficult start.
Also on the climb are Blue Marlin who moved up to fourth position on Saturday with a tight 1-0 win over local rivals, Melbourne Sports, in Barkingside. Nathan Desnoes scored the game’s only goal in a result that extends Marlin’s unbeaten run to five matches in the process.
London Falcons were 3-1 winners on Saturday as they took on Rainham Working Mens Club in an important match-up between two sides at the wrong end of the table. Lucas Adeyefa scored for Rainham but saw his efforts superseded by strikes by Jason Anthony, Seb Gardiner and Daniel Vearer for the hosts to take home maximum points.
Colebrook Royals opened up a five point lead in Division One at the weekend with a emphatic 4-0 win at previously unbeaten Kitgum Boys. Mark Wright led the way for the Royals with a brace with Chris Stowe and Timothy Langer also finding the back of the net to secure victory.
Also scoring four goals were Ferns Seniors who made it three wins in four games with a 4-1 win at St Francis at the weekend. A goal apiece for each of Billy Howe, Craig Wallace, Jamie Redington and Chris Wilby cancelled out Thomas Clarke’s goal for the Saints as Ferns continue a fine period that has seen them rise to fourth in the table.
Just below them in the table now are Sporting Hackney Reserves who won 2-1 at home to Singh Sabha Barking on Saturday to record a second league victory of the season. The Hackney side now move to fifth place in the table.
Cowley Community recorded a solid victory at the weekend, travelling to struggling St Johns Deaf and coming away 3-0 winners. Izunna Ogedi-Uzokwe was again on target for the visitors with Andrew Mooney also scoring to see their side to victory in Leyton.
Colebrook Royals Reserves maintained their perfect league start to the season with an emphatic 8-0 win over Avondale Rangers on Saturday in a local derby. Ashley Somers scored a hat-trick to lead the way with Adam Young and Paddy Sheehy also scoring twice each. Dion Bishop’s strike rounded off the scoring and recorded another cleansheet with Royals having only conceded a single goal this season so far.
It looks like being a red vs blue battle this season in Division Two with the red of Ryan Reserves having had an equally impressive first two months of the season. Their own perfect start continued on Saturday as they beat Inter Plaistow 4-0 at Parmiters.
Also making strides in the division are Forest Green who made it five matches unbeaten with another high-scoring victory at the weekend, seeing off Chigwell Rovers 7-5 to go fifth in the table. Kristos February led the way with a hat-trick with Ricky Stewart, Curtis Brown, Marcel Destouche and Marlon Corbin all netting to complete the win.
Third placed Chingford Athletic Reserves followed the lead of their first team counterparts with a win of their own, beating Glendale 7-1. Aaron French scored a hat-trick with James Clarke, Sam French, Sean Clarke and Michael Johnson also finding the back of the net to cancel out a late Joe Boot goal for the hosts.
A single Dylan Roberts goal for Lymore Gardens was enough to see his side to a narrow 1-0 victory on Saturday, seeing off Chingford Harriers at Parmiters in a middle of the table derby to take his side up to fourth in the table.
Wapping extended their lead in Division Three at the weekend to three points as they secured a comfortable home win over Brentwood United Reserves. This week it was Abdulwahid Zerkouki who did the damage with a hat-trick with Fuad Ibrahim and Hamza Hussain also scoring to maintain their grip on top spot.
Flyers saw their perfect start to the season in Division Three ended as they were beaten 4-2 at home by struggling Old Esthameians Reserves. Alex Booker, Lee Vickers, Shaun Vickers and Thomas Boomsma all found the back of the net for the E’s to record a crucial victory that keeps them in touch with the middle of the table. Robert Ashdown and Jack Swaby were accredited with Flyers’ consolation goals.
Custom House missed the chance to close the gap on Wapping as they were held to a draw at home against Kitroom. Bradley Routledge scored for the Dockers but a Raj Bumbra goal for Kitroom saw the sides share the spoils on the day.
It was a big day for Royal Forest who recorded a maiden league victory on Saturday, seeing off neighbours Wanstead Warriors in a 4-2 win in Hainault. A brace each for Kirk Hodgskin and Tom Laker were enough to take the points back across the hedge and give the side plenty of confidence for the coming weeks. George Murcott and debutant George Reynolds were on target with the Warriors’ goals.
Also recording an important victory were Upminster Reserves who got back to winning ways with a stunning 7-0 home victory over St Francis Reserves. Warren Taylor was the hero with a hat-trick with Daniel Lister (2), Matthew Taylor and James Lakey completing the win for the home side.