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Division Three side Old Esthameians Reserves sprung another shock in the Fenton Cup this season on Saturday, completing a 3-2 win over Division Two’s Old Barkabbeyans Reserves. Christopher Hubble and Tola Oyerokun were both on target for Old Barks but E’s goals from Thomas Boomsma, Danny Morgan and Joshua Pemberton confirmed the giant-killing and a place in the quarter-finals against Kitgum Boys.
PREMIER DIVISION CUP
The first semi-finalists of the season have been confirmed as United London booked their place with a comfortable 6-0 quarter-final win at home to Lopes Taveres London. George Ketoka-Olongo was the difference with a four-goal haul with Jermeel Jno-Baptiste continuing his prolific season with a brace.
DIVISION ONE CUP
East Ham International hosted West Essex Reserves in Buckhurst Hill in the opening round of the Division One Cup on Saturday for a place in the quarter-finals. And it was the hosts who booked their place by the smallest of margins as Darnell Baptiste’s strike gave East Ham a place in the next round against Three Colts.
Reigning champions Chingford Athletic have opened up an eight point lead in the Premier Division following a narrow 3-2 home win on Saturday over London Falcons. Gary Murray was the man in the goals, scoring all three, to lead his side to victory.
Blue Marlin closed the gap on the chasing pack with a vital 7-2 win at the weekend against fifth placed Grove United. A five-goal performance from Charlie Georgiou proved to be Grove’s undoing adding to strikes from Ethan Morris and Tonderai Robinson to cancel out Grove goals from Harry Chalk and Will Pendley.
Three Colts got back to winning ways in Division One and closed the gap on the leaders to just a couple of points with a 3-1 home win against St Francis at the weekend. Former Saint, Tom Jakob, came back to haunt his old side with a brace with Ross Murray completing the scoring.
Previously bottom side Singh Sabha Barking caused an upset on Saturday with a vital 5-1 win over Ferns Seniors to move themselves off the foot of the table. Sean Howe was the man on target for Ferns but his goal proved just a consolation as the hosts ran out winners.
St John’s Deaf made it a great start to 2017, following up last weekend’s shock win with another victory, this time a 3-1 win over Sporting Hackney Reserves. This moved St John’s up a place to eighth in the table and in touch with the mid-table sides above them.
Ryan Reserves have maintained their five point gap at the top of Division Two after securing a 3-0 away win at Lymore Gardens on Saturday in a Waltham Forest derby match.
Running close behind them are Colebrook Royals Reserves who kept up the pace with a 6-3 win at home to Chigwell Rovers in a local derby match. Ashley Somers was once again in the goals with a hat-trick adding to strikes from Matthew Stacey, Robbie Carter and Luke Haydon. For Rovers, Sean Wyatt, James Smith and Will Osmond all found the back of the net in a high-scoring encounter.
Glendale ended a poor run of results with a 4-2 win at home in the Dales derby over Avondale Rangers. John Taylor scored twice with Ricky Hall and Mo Sener completing the victory.
Inter Plaistow closed the gap on their mid-table opponents, Chingford Harriers, to just goal difference on Saturday with a 2-1 win against them. Samuel Garrett and Davion Anderson were both on target for Inter with Adam Eastick’s effort for Harriers proving not quite enough.
County cup quarter-finalists Kitroom have moved up to third in Division Three following a 7-0 thumping win at the weekend over local rivals, Royal Forest. Mohamed Kidia scored a hat-trick for his side with Sameer Patel, Christopher Mogekwu, Hristo Sirakob and Lewis McCarthy also netting in a resounding win.
And finally, in the Newham derby, Custom House came out victors in their clash with Newham Royals as goals from Paul Wooster and Kelvin Bartlett edged out their opponents in a 2-1 win. That win keeps Custom House in second place and just a couple of points behind the leaders which sets up their next clash quite nicely.