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The Halloween weekend produced a number of shock results in the Senior Division with Sporting Hackney’s unbeaten start finally coming to an end with May & Baker EC Reserves the side to end that run. Aaron Blake and Sean Kettle braces were all important for Bakers who came through in a 4-2 success to move themselves onto the cusp of the top half.
Previously second placed Lymore Gardens also slipped to a reverse, making it three defeats on the trot, Jolof Sports the side to take victory on this occasion and leapfrogging their opponents in the table. Abib Diop and Papa Ndiaye were the Jolof scorers at Coles Park, Ryo Brown netting what proved to be a Garden consolation in a 2-1 scoreline.
The Noak Hill derby also produced a big result with Kit Out London, starting the day ten points behind their co-tenants, FC Petrocub, came through by the odd goal in seven, winning 4-3. Marios Lazaris was the hero with a hat-trick, Felicien Bradeo the other scorer for the hosts to secure a third league win of the season.
The leaders, FC Baresi, were the side to take the greatest advantage from the weekend after they done what they needed to do up at Ware to take maximum points against Crookz United, winning 4-0. Edson Lami scored twice with Raymond Poku and Tyreece Roberton grabbing the others to push their lead out to six points.
Over at Lakeside, a really tight game was witnessed between hosts Chadwell Heath Spartans and their Brimsdown visitors with a single goal enough to separate the sides in the end. That effort from substitute Jacob Wint saw Brimsdown take the honours in a 1-0 scoreline, pushing them up to fourth place and well in contention for promotion matters.
It was also a great day for Rapid Chingford who finally got a win on the board at the eleventh attempt, producing a successful performance against Dagenham United at Barking & Dagenham College to win the game 3-1. A goal apiece from Zoltan Mihaly, Vlad Bucur and Alin-Cristian Cosma were enough in the end, Liam-Taylor Aguiyi netting the United goal in reply.
In another massive result at the bottom, Oakside went into their home game against Walthamstow Reserves trailing their opponents by three points but ended the day level with them, edging a close game 3-2 at Fairlop to take all three points moving to within a point from safety. Walthamstow move down to twelfth after a difficult run of results.
PREMIER DIVISION EAST
There are new leaders in Premier Division East where RCXI moved top of the standings, taking full advantage of other results, and banking three points from their home clash with Freetown in Newbury Park. Ayo Matthews and Samuel Abundant both scored for the hosts, a 2-0 win seeing them move three points clear at the top.
That outcome was made possible as Fairlop Rovers saw their unbeaten start finally come to an end after six games with Waltham Abbey A the side to end that, themselves moving up to fifth place as a result. Tom Marchant’s second half goal was the difference between the sides in a close game, his effort for Abbey making it three wins from four.
Two of the division’s unbeaten sides met in one of the hotly anticipated games of the day with Aveley Under 23s the visitors to Town Mead to face Chingford Athletic. There was little between the sides on the day in a game which ended 1-1 and saw both sides take a point and retain their unbeaten starts, Jack Newbury-Neale the scorer for Chingford with their goal.
Underscore United underlined their promotion credentials once again making it three wins from three with a terrific 7-0 performance away at old rivals Cowley Community. Gabriel Ogunwomoju and Kieran James both scored twice, adding to goals from Jordan Mullings, Sam Paterson and Dan Osborne.
In the battle of two of the relegation threatened sides, London Park City moved themselves out of the relegation zone on Saturday with an important win at Barkingside Under 23s who they leapfrog in the process. A goal apiece from Youcef Bazine and Daniel Croituru for City were the difference between the sides, their side taking all three points in a 2-0 win.
PREMIER DIVISION WEST
AEK London have increased their gap at the top to three points following the weekend’s action, themselves producing another winning performance with a 3-0 home victory against Leyton City in a local derby game at Mabley Green. That saw the leaders earn win number six for the season from eight games.
The chasing pack is now led by London Cranes who sit second in the standings following a solid home performance against G7 down at Flanders. Shafik Walusimbi added two goals to his record for the season, Mathius Sendawula striking the other to make it five wins for the season for an in-form Cranes side who won here 3-1.
The division’s other game came from Beckton where CSM London played host to local rivals Athletic Newham Under 23s in their fixture seeking to keep in touch with matters above. The hosts were clear 3-0 winners on the day, securing a third win in four this season with goals from Conrad Doggett, Luke McElroy and Tay Chambers earning the points.
Newham Wanderers have opened up a three point lead at the very top of the Division One standings with a hard fought victory against fellow Wanstead Flats based opponents, Something From Nothing. Robertson Morais and Addai Paponette goals were just enough to edge a close game 2-1, ending SFN’s perfect start to the season in the league.
Ilford Reserves are looking to be a side to be watched this season and their winning start was extended to three from three in the league on Saturday following a 7-2 away win against Atholl over in Chingford. The young Foxes were 7-2 winners, returning home with all three points and now sitting up in fourth, just three points off the promotion places with games in hand.
Redbridge Community are another side in that and just goal difference sees them sitting outside the promotion places after they picked up all three points from their latest game, beating Kwanzas London Sport 4-0 over in Beckton. Frankie Francis scored twice with Jay Omotosho and Tevin French netting the others.
Over in Newbury Park, Old Esthameians remain in the top half of the table as they held off the efforts of eighth placed Eagles Football to take a point from their game. The sides started three points apart and it remained that way by full-time as the game ended at 1-1, the sides having to settle for a share of the points.
The weekend’s local derby game in Division Two saw St Francis play host to Snaresbrook who made the trip down to the Flats and it was the leaders who took all three points home with them after an 8-0 win. Daniel Tesfay and Drew Barbier both scored hat-tricks with Yevhen Zhyvka and Will Gleeson scoring the others to take the points.
Rainham Phoenix have returned to second place in the table following the weekend’s results, coming out on the right side of their game at home to Lymore Gardens Reserves to win 7-3. Johneli Lungikisa scored a hat-trick for Lymore his efforts were in vain as Cameron Shakes netted five in reply, adding to goals from Billy Humphries and Connor Kain.
Moving up to fifth place, Woodford East Reserves picked up a terrific win, beating previously second placed Royal Forest in a 5-2 scoreline over in Loughton to make it three wins for the campaign. Tom Osmond scored twice, Harry Drew, Owen McKelvey and Will Osmond the other men to find the back of the net on the day and earn themselves three points.
Old Barkabbeyans went into their away game against Chadwell Heath Spartans Reserves with a three point deficit on their opponents but were able to clash that by full-time with a 3-1 winning performance at Hainault Rec. Fabio Balde, Jay Elliott and Michael Rogers were the scorers for Old Barks, cancelling out a Toheeb Oladimeji effort from the Spartans.
A derby game completes the Division Two action which saw Redbridge Community Reserves take on Barking Potters with some familiar faces between them, both sides looking for their first points of the season. Dylan Broadley’s hat-trick was the difference though for Redbridge with Seth Mutsvanga grabbing the other to hand their side a 4-2 win and their first points.
Newbury East remain seven points clear at the top of Division Three, coming through a tough game with late goals against Glendale to earn a 4-1 win. With the game well poised at 1-1, Muhammed Camara scoring the Dales goal, second half strikes from Junior Milla saw him complete a hat-trick for East, an unfortunate own goal accounting for the other.
Returning to second place, Jolof Sports Reserves remaining well placed for a promotion challenge and they extended that confidence with a solid away victory, beating Melbourne Sports 4-1 at Fairlop Oak. That was the visitors’ fifth win in seven so far this season while the Mels drop into sixth as a result.
Another big result in the top half saw Flyers Under 21s slip to defeat with a home reverse at the hands of Frenford A at King George’s. The visitor’s trip along the A12 proved fruitful as they took all three points in a 5-3 winning performance, moving up into fifth and with just a three point deficit to make up on the sides above.
Just a point separated the sides in seventh and eighth with Dagenham United Reserves bouncing back well from their defeat last time out to earn a point at home against Buckhurst Way as the sides finished 2-2 at Castle Green. Goals from Marcus Ursu and Abba Emejuru for Dagenham ensured a share of the spoils for their side.
In the battle of the bottom two at Lakeside, the two sides without a point met with Football Club of Riverside the hosts to Romford Under 21s. In what was a closely fought contest, two Romford goals from Ryan Power provided the energy for the visitors to pick up a first win of the season in a 2-1 scoreline.
It was a good day for Romford who saw their Under 19s move top of Division Four with an incredible 7-5 winning performance at home against an in-form Avondale Rangers side. Mohammed Yaqoob, Praise Ogbebor and Charlie Howell all scored braces, Stephen Toussaint netting the other. Tobias Hubbard, Jake Clarke, Phillip Heinen, Joe Powell and George Ayers all netted for Rangers but just as consolation in the end.
Collier Row Wheels are just a point off the promotion places following the weekend’s action as they got back to winning ways with a terrific home win against winless Newham & Havering Borough. Lewis Deacon scored twice at Forest Row with Kai Geere and Luke Woodgate efforts completing the scoring to make it four wins in six.
That record is matched almost entirely by fourth placed Fairlop Rovers Reserves who sit just behind on goal difference after adding another win to their record, beating Flyers Under 23s in Romford in a 5-0 scoreline, despite a man disadvantage. That was Fairlop’s fourth league victory of the season with Flyers dropping to eighth.
Inter London took advantage of results around them to move up into sixth place, returning home from their trip to Newbury Park with all three points with a 2-1 win against Old Esthameians Reserves. Edmund Adade and Stefan Spinu both got on the scoresheet for Inter who picked up a third success of their campaign.
Forest Green are into the hat for round three of the London Junior Cup after producing a great result against a higher ranked side in the form of Anubis from the Middlesex League. Green scored the only goal of a close game to ensure their place in the next round.
Also safely through into the third round are Renegade who overcome a significant threat from lower ranked opposition, eventually edging a nine goal thriller at home against FC Baresi Under 23s. The Hackney based side were 5-4 winners to make the draw for the last thirty-two.
Blue Marlin’s involvement in the competition came to an end as they entertained Southern Amateur League sides Hammersmith in their game at Fairlop. A 2-0 win for the well travelled visitors saw them head on through into the next round.
Also exiting the competition were Wanstead as the Premier Division side went down in a 6-2 scoreline at home against a Wood Lane side to end their interest in the competition for another season.
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