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Frenford A have put themselves into the hat for the third round of this season’s Fenton Cup after as they secured a big 6-0 at the weekend over fellow Division Three side, Flyers Reserves. Jovan Shand-Aldridge scored twice with Callum Alexander, Hendrew Schmidt, Paul Iseghohi and Tiwa Osifuwa all netting in the victory.
There is no change at the very top of the Senior Division as the leaders, ACD United, made no mistake in despatching their opposition on Saturday, Lopes Tavares London Reserves. ACD were winners in a 6-0 scoreline to remain two points clear, following this seventh victory of the season.
Remaining second and just behind the leaders are East Ham Inter as they faced up to a tough London Cranes side who were looking to bounce back from a recent reverse. Inter, however, made no mistake but were made to work for the win, edging a five goal thriller 3-2 to stay second. Meelad Hamard scored twice and Sofyan Khalfi once in the Inter win.
Remaining unbeaten and with a perfect record so far are Jolof Sports who returned to action to secure a fifth league win on the spin as they defeated a tough Blue Marlin side in a 3-1 scoreline. That result sees up to third now and looking like a front-runner for the title this season.
Getting back to winning ways after an indifferent few weeks recently were West Essex Reserves who made the most of home advantage to secure a big victory against London Park City in Hainault. West romped to an 11-1 win that saw them record a third league win and a move up to sixth position in the standings.
And completing the day’s action in the top flight was the clash between Grove United and Singh Sabha Barking just over the hedge in Hainault. After ending Cranes’ unbeaten start last weekend, Singh Sabha had another weekend to remember as they ran out comfortable 3-0 victors to make a move up the table to eighth.
Game of the day in Division One saw the two undefeated sides go head-to-head as the reigning Division One Cup holders, Three Colts, took on last season’s invincibles in the form of FC Baresi. In a hugely competitive match, Mark Matthews netted for Baresi but a Tom Jakob brace and Matt Daley effort saw Colts run out 3-1 winners to put an end to a 28-match unbeaten league run for the visitors.
Chigwell have moved up to fourth in the standings after picking up a fourth league win of the season on Saturday as they were emphatic victors against Chingford United. A 9-0 win for Chigwell sees them move to within just three points of the promotion places albeit having played more matches than the sides above them.
Also moving back into the promotion chase were Lymore Gardens who, after an indifferent run of results recently, have bounced back to winning ways following a victory against Rapid Chingford. Bradley Williams and Courtney White both netted as Lymore ran out 3-0 winners on the day.
It’s all change once again at the summit of the third tier as CSM London took full advantage of the leaders slipping up to record a hugely important sixth win of the season way at South Marsh United. Micail Koulibaly was the hero netting a hat-trick for his side to pave the way with James Henry and Keifer Cole efforts completing a 5-0 scoreline for the visitors, moving them top.
That outcome was made possible after previous leaders, Eastside, fell to a shock defeat away at Cowley Community in Leyton. In a tight contest, it took just a single goal to separate the sides with Cowley the beneficiaries of the 1-0 scoreline to record a fourth win in six matches.
Chingford Athletic Development are third in the table and eagerly poised to remain part of the promotion picture for the rest of the season as they battled to a victory at home against Old Esthameians in Waltham Abbey. Chingford were 3-1 winners, placing them just three points off the pace of the leaders.
The two remaining games saw a glut of goals including an eleven-goal contest between Rainham Working Mens Club and Inter Plaistow. Rainham’s David Hornsby scored four and Liam Tormey a hat-trick with Ricardo Teixeira and Sam Playle efforts completing a 9-2 win for the hosts. Rakeim Blaize and Julian Amaya efforts accounted for the Inter consolation goals.
The other goal-filled contest happened in Waltham Abbey where Upshire Forest entertained FC BKT. A game of six goals saw George Oake, Jack Marrion and Mark Lawn all hit the target for Upshire but BKT also scored three in reply to take a share of the spoils in an eventual 3-3 draw that keeps the sides locked in mid-table.
Haver Town Reserves are four points clear at the top of Division Three as they extended their lead courtesy of their win at the weekend over Brook City. Zak Robinson got himself on the City scoresheet but a Ryan Kelland brace and further goals from Johnson Aju and Lee Harris earned Haver a 4-2 win.
Moving up to second place in the table were Royal Forest who took advantage of other results to move up there on goal difference. Sam Porter was the hero, scoring a hat-trick on Saturday in their win at Glendale in the battle of the hedge, Jake Cuthbert and Tom Osmond scored the other goals in an eventual 5-0 victory.
In the battle of the two previously point-less sides at the very bottom, Forest Green Reserves were on the road at St Francis on Saturday with both sides eagers to get some points under their belts. Kane Bovell, Matthias Lionel and Thomas Teseay grabbed the Saints goals but Tommy Whelan scored twice and George Martin one to level it up at 2-2 for Green as the sides took home a point apiece.
There was a huge shock in the day’s Division Four action as Sungate Reserves finally saw their unbeaten record and perfect start come an end as they were beaten 2-1 at home by Soul Youth, a side showing some good form presently. Nazmul Ahmed and Saddik Azizur got the Soul goals to hand their side victory, cancelling out a Brett Freeman effort by the hosts.
The lead at the top of the table is down to just two points now as Avondale Rangers threw their hat into the promotion ring with a fifth victory out of seven on Saturday, They put in a stunning performance to beat fourth placed Brentwood United Reserves 4-0 with Adam Friend scoring twice and one each from Graham Learner and Thomas Jackson-Lyall
Newham Royals have moved to sixth place in the standings after they beat an Old Barkabbeyans Reserves side 4-1 at South Park Drive. Brandon Johnson scored for Old Barks but his effort was in vain as Royals responded with four goals of their own to take home the points.
There was a third league victory of the season for Chigwell Mens Club who make the move up to seventh place following a 4-0 win away at Gatcliffe. The victory was made possible by Billy Barr netting a hat-trick with Sean Bellamy scoring the fourth to wrap up the win for the visitors,
ESSEX SATURDAY PREMIER CUP
It was Essex Saturday Premier Cup day for one of our sides as Docklands Albion made the trip to the other end of the county face Arlesford Colne Rangers from the Essex & Suffolk Border League Premier Division. Having already dispatched step 7 opposition in the first round, Albion went down to 10 men early on but battled their way to a 1-1 draw after extra time Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be their day as Arlesford held their nerve in the shootout to progress on,