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Another Essex Alliance League side confirmed a county cup quarter final place on Saturday as Chingford Athletic overcame the efforts of Essex Olympian League outfit, Sungate Reserves, in the Essex Junior Cup winning emphatically 7-0 to reach the final eight where they will now face Melbourne Sports. It’s been a terrific season for EAL sides in the county cups this year with Three Colts also looking to make it to the last eight when they eventually play their postponed tie against Frenford Senior A.
On the domestic front, Forest Green have made it into the quarter-finals of the Division One Cup after a penalty shootout win over Glendale. Michael Kemp’s last gasp equaliser for the Dales had cancelled out a second half opener for Green but a single miss in the resultant shootout proved costly as Forest Green booked their quarter final place against Kitgum Boys.
Jolof Sports Club continue to provide a spirited challenge for the Premier Division title this season with another win, this time over Buckhurst Hill Under 21s by a 1-0 scoreline. Ahmadou Seye notched the all-important goal to see his side five points clear of the side in second place. Blue Marlin are that side in second place now following a 1-0 home win against London Falcons. Another side who made up ground on the league leaders were May & Baker EC A who won 3-2 on the road at Melbourne Sports with Greg Justham and John Shubert netting consolation goals for the Mels. Chingford Town picked up their first league win of the season with a 4-2 home win over St Francis. Goals from Ian Tywe, Tashon Townsend, Joseph Johnson and Matt Lustig were enough to carry them to victory and close the gap at the bottom on their opponents.
In Division One, Grove United made it ten league wins in ten games with a 4-0 win over Chingford Harriers and who would bet against them finishing the season unbeaten with the way their form is presently. West Essex Reserves are up to fifth place with a thumping 6-0 win over Flyers who drop to the bottom of the pile as Cowley Community secured a second win of the season, edging a seven goal thriller 4-3 against St Johns Deaf courtesy of a debut hat-trick for Lekam Bakare. Leigham Stone was also on target for the visitors who move up to eighth place.
The Division Two action saw a pair of draws as Custom House picked up a valuable point against league leaders Singh Sabha Barking in a 1-1 draw that sees them move up one place to seventh. Bradley Routledge was the man on target for Custom House. In the only other game of the day in the division, title chasing pair - Leyton Green and Chingford Athletic Reserves – played out a rare 0-0 draw with defences on top.