WEEK 11 REVIEW: More county cup successes; Jolof suffer first defeat

WEEK 11 REVIEW: More county cup successes; Jolof suffer first defeat

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There were some great results for Essex Alliance League sides in the county cups over the weekend as five of our sides confirmed places in the next round of their respective competitions.

In the Essex Junior Cup, Melbourne Sports entertained FC Clacton Reserves and cruised past their Essex & Suffolk Border League opponents, winning 6-1 with goals from Greg Justham (2), Luke Newson, Russel Laird, Marcus Dadson and Jordan Green confirming a new year fourth round clash at Kelvedon Hatch Reserves. Chingford Athletic’s opponents were unable to fulfil so they are also through to round four where they will face Southend-based side, Christchurch, in January.

Buckhurst Hill Under 21s secured safe passage into round four of the Essex Junior Trophy with a 5-0 home win over Danbury Mission confirming a fourth round clash against either Cowley Community or Royal Oak. Also victorious were Three Colts who defeated Romford League outfit, Colebrook Royals Reserves 3-1, setting up a tie against either Weir Sports of Frenford Senior A. Grove United’s participation was ended with a 5-2 extra time defeat away at Extreme United.

In the London Junior Cup, Forest Green’s run continues following a 3-2 home win over North Acton. That win sets up a third round clash with Essex Olympian League outfit, FC Hamlets. St Francis were defeated 6-1 by Tottenham Hale Rangers to end their interest in the competition.

Rainham Working Mens Club are through to the quarter finals of the Fenton Cup after a 3-2 win away at London Falcons. Tony Maynard, Tony Hall and Michael Aramide scored the goals that see them through to a clash against either Chingford Town or London APSA. Also confirming their place in the quarter final are May & Baker EC A who saw off the challenge of Custom House, winning 8-1, with a hat-trick from Joshua Lowbridge, a brace from Darren Seymour and further goals from Alec Simm, Lewis Edmunds and Kane Messenger. Their reward is a trip to face Kitgum Boys in the next round.

Back in domestic action, shock of the day saw the Premier Division’s leaders, Jolof Sports, suffer their first reverse of the season as they went down 5-0 to third placed Blue Marlin. A goal apiece from Rorie McKenzie, Kieron James, Matthew Hamilton, James Toppin and Ophel Idris saw Marlin cruise to a big victory on the day and maintain their pressure on the leaders.

Kitgum Boys kept up with the pace in Division One as late goals saw off Glendale in a 3-1 result. Dennis Ssuubi netted a double with Musa Kizito scoring the other goal, cancelling out a Mark Conway equaliser for the Dales. Paul and Nick Shawyer were the Chingford Harriers heroes as they netted to carry their side to a 2-1 win at West Essex Reserves, moving them up to sixth in the table in the process.

In Division Two, Newham Royals picked up a second win of the season with a 3-1 home win over St Francis Reserves despite Tony Abraham netting Saints’ goal. Goals from Danny Vass and Mason Brown for Inter Plaistow proved not enough as despite taking a 2-0 lead, saw their opponents Leyton Green come back to steal a point with Shaun Symister netting both goals. Northend and Singh Sabha Barking shared the points in another 2-2 draw with Edmond Dushi and Max Skimmings bagging the goals for the home side.

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