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The old footballing cliche of David vs Goliath was in full operation this Saturday as the form book was torn up with a number of surprising results rolling in at 6pm.
In Fenton Cup action, there were two potential banana-skin ties with sides facing lower league opposition and, indeed, banana-skins they turned out to be! Leyton Green, fourth in Division Two travelled to face last season's Premier Division runners-up, AAH Romford, in a cracking goal-filled encounter as they eventually ran out 5-4 winners after a late winner. Bradley O'Donovan led his side with four goals alongside a Nick Oliver strike to book a place in the next round. Division Two side Custom House have taken a distinct liking to penalty shootout wins this season as, having already despatched Premier Division side Eastside Rangers in round 1, saw off the efforts of Division One's Northend 4-3 in the shootout having drawn 2-2 in regular time. Paul Wooster was again the man for the big occasion, scoring twice to cancel out Northend goals for Chris Margiotta and Edmond Dushi.
The shocks weren't confined to just the Fenton Cup as both Premier Division Cup ties went the way of the lower sides. Title chasing Chingford Athletic were undone by a quartet of strikes from Cranes United's Senkatuka Nelson with Kalyango Fred notching a fifth in a 5-2 win for Cranes. Second bottom Eastside Rangers were also victorious as they ended Melbourne Sports' involvement in the competition in a 3-1 win to book a semi final slot. Gavin Merrifield's strike for the Mels was cancelled out by winning goals Gary Murray (2) and John Mensah.
St Francis were the league's final representatives in London Junior Cup Quarter Final action away at Sloane but, despite a brave performance, were knocked out losing by a single goal, 1-0. Congratulations to Saints on their progress in that competition this season.
Restoring some order of sanity, in the Premier Division, leaders May & Baker EC A were 3-1 winners at home to third placed Jolof Sports Club, a result opens up a fifteen point gap over second placed Chingford Athletic. Chingford Harriers moved up to eigth in the table with a 2-0 win at Rainham Working Mens Club courtesy of Dan Pereira and Edwin Jabbari goals.
In Division One, Forest Green secured a terrific win against title-chasing St Johns Deaf with a 2-1 victory. That result coupled with leaders Blue Marlin's narrow 1-0 win over Lord Nelson secured by a James Topping winner leaves Blue Marlin one result away from confirming promotion and a further win away from securing the league title.
The Division Two clash between two sides in the upper echelons of the table saw unbeaten West Essex Res host Cowley Community. West Essex prevailed 3-1 winners despite an Alex Topping goal for Cowley to move up to within a single point of leaders Grove United. Samuel Kingett's goal for Dagenham United helped them secure a 1-1 draw against Singh Sabha Barking, a result which leaves both sides locked in mid-table.