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PREMIER DIVISION CUP
Melbourne Sports secured a place in the quarter-finals of the Premier Division Cup with a 9-1 win in the first round against Rainham Working Mens Club. A hat-trick from John Shubert, plus further goals from Scott Lincoln (2), Ryan Lincoln, Wayne Matthews and Greg Justham sent the Mels through to a tie away at Grove United.
DIVISION ONE CUP
Kitgum Boys were winners on the road on Saturday at Singh Sabha Barking as they saw their opponents in the Division One Cup first round, winning 2-0. A pair of goals from Mathew Mugisha were the difference on the day to secure a spot in the quarter-finals at home to St Francis.
DIVISION TWO CUP
Lymore Gardens were big winners in their Division Two Cup quarter-final where they saw off Chingford Harriers in a 5-0 win to book a place in the semi finals. Dylan Roberts scored twice for his side with goals from Mark Morris, Ashley Godwin and Warren Isoka rounding things off.
Another side who progress in the competition were Forest Green who remain in contention for both competitions with a 6-2 over Glendale in Hainault. Muharrem Sener and Mouhamed Gueye were the Glendale scorers but their goals proved mere consolation as Green progressed on.
DIVISION THREE CUP
Custom House maintained their hopes of winning a double this season with a 3-1 win in the first round of the Division Three Cup on Saturday. Goals from Adam Turner, Kristopher Griffin and Richard Bazley were enough to secure a 3-1 at Newham Royals and book their spot in the quarter-finals.
Upminster Reserves edged their own cup tie with Old Esthameians Reserves in a five goal thriller with the hosts running out 3-2 winners. Alex Booker and Shaun Vickers were both on target for the visitors but proved not quite enough on the day.
Looking back at the weekend’s league action, the Premier Division title race might just have been reignited as Jolof Sports Club sprung a first defeat of the season on Chingford Athletic in West Ham. Modou Jammeh scored a hat-trick and debutant Armel Njonga a single to carry them to a 4-1 win. Tom Pearce was the man on target with Chingford’s consolation goal.
And continuing the theme of shock results, lowly Lopes Tavares London secured a massive victory in their quest to avoid the drop with a 6-0 away win at sixth placed Blue Marlin. That win moves them to within just a point of eighth placed Melbourne Sports in the relegation race.
Colebrook Royals’ Chris Stowe single handedly dismantled Sporting Hackney Reserves’ defence at the weekend with a double hat-trick to hand his side a 7-3 win and regain his own position at the top of the scorers charts. Jordan Childs was also on target to help the Royals open up their eight point gap at the top.
Also scoring seven goals were West Essex Reserves who beat East Ham International 7-0 in Buckhurst Hill on Saturday. Braces for each of Jack Miles, Callum Bloss and Adam Norris plus a Josh Flood strike led fourth-placed West to a comprehensive victory.
The theme of seven also spread into the Wanstead derby where hosts St Francis were seen off 7-2 by Cowley Community. Rodney Capemba and Izunna Ogedi-Uzokwe both scored hat-tricks to lead their side to victory. Gideon Odubayo was also a Cowley scorer, cancelling out Jack Hall and Steven Porter strikes for the Saints.
Lee Niven continued his fine goalscoring form for Ferns Seniors with another hat-trick to help his side to a 6-2 win at St John's Deaf. Kane Greene scored twice and Sean Howe once to keep a grip on sixth place in the table.
Old Barkabbeyans Reserves secured a very important victory in the race to avoid relegation with a 3-2 win at the weekend over Chigwell Rovers. Will Osmond and debutant Charlie Saywood both scored for Rovers but strikes from Luke Gabriel, Tola Oyerokun and Timi Olaniyan confirmed the win for the visitors.
Wapping made it thirteen matches unbeaten in Division Three with a comfortable 6-0 win on Saturday over Wanstead Warriors in Hainault. Abdulwahid Zerkouki scored four goals for his side with Fuad Ibrahim and Mohammed Hussain also netting to secure victory and an eight point lead at the top of the table.
Kitroom made their debut in the quarter-finals of the Essex Junior Trophy with a trip to Stanford-le-Hope to take on Mid Essex League side St Clere’s. Despite some impressive results on cup run so far, this match proved one step too far as they exited the competition in a 7-0 result.