WEEK 22 REVIEW: Chingford Athletic book place in semi finals of Essex Junior Cup
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The Essex Alliance League will have semi-final representation in the Essex Junior Cup after Chingford Athletic beat league rivals, Melbourne Sports, 4-1 to book their place. The damage was done early with Chingford racing into an early lead that couldn’t be surmounted by the home side and thus they booked their place in Wednesday’s draw.
On the domestic front, Jolof Sports Club have gone five points clear in the Premier Division with just three games to play following Saturday’s win at May & Baker EC A courtesy of a brace from Jeffrey Cobblah. Blue Marlin also kept their hopes alive with a 2-0 home win over Chingford Town with Keiron James and Matthew Hamilton netting the all-important goals to keep them in second place ahead of next week’s clash with the leaders. London Falcons remain fifth in the table after edging to a 2-1 win over Buckhurst Hill Under 21s courtesy of goals from Luke Berte and Connor Weston. Rainham Working Mens Club stay sixth after a comfortable 6-0 win over St Francis. Michael Aramide picked up a brace with Antony Holmes, Ben Brown, Connor Kain and Joshua Perry rounding off the scoring top secure the points.
The big game of the day in Division One saw Grove United travel to fellow title challengers, Three Colts, with both sides looking to enhance their credentials. Grove United however saw they perfect start to the season ended as Three Colts ran out 3-0 winners to really open up the title race. Jason Fox was the hero with a double while David Watson also found the back of the net. Kitgum Boys will undoubtedly also be in the mix as they ran out emphatic 11-0 winners over Glendale. Completing a high-scoring division were Forest Green and West Essex Reserves who played out an exciting nine-goal thriller as Lloyd Renvoize netted four times for West Essex but it was a fortunate own goal that eventually separated the sides and handed the visitors the points to win 5-4.
Singh Sabha Barking have moved five points clear in Division Two with just a game to play as they secured a 5-3 win over fellow title chasing Northend. A brace each for debutant Indervir Virdi and Jordan Hamilton plus a single from Taranjit Birring saw off the scoring efforts of Ryan Leddra (2) and Max Skimmings for Northend. There are still four sides who could catch Singh Sabha so this division is far from finished. Custom House, although out of the race themselves, have had a dramatic effect on the top of the division in recent weeks and that continued this Saturday as they held London APSA to a 0-0 draw. That result allowed Inter Plaistow to close the gap at the top and they duly obliged with an emphatic 10-2 win over Newham Royals as they moved third on goal difference. Samuel Garrett led the way with a hat-trick adding to a brace from Mason Brown and single strikes from Jake Flynn, Louis Kane, Thomas Graham, Casey Parram and Jason O’Hare.
In the Division One Cup first round clash, Flyers hosted Chingford Harriers and came away 1-0 winners to book their place in the quarter finals against Cowley Community.
In other footballing action this week, St John’s Deaf travelled to the continent to take part in the Deaf Champions League for Futsal and came away with a creditable 12th place finish. Well done to the boys at St John’s Deaf.