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It was a huge weekend for one of our clubs on Saturdays as Cowley Community headed into semi-final action in the Essex Saturday Junior Trophy, facing up to a high-flying Brentwood Athletic Reserves side in Walthamstow. They settled the nerves with a terrific finish mid-way through the first half but had to weather the storm, literally and meteophorically, either side of half time. But a late second goal drilled in from close range completed a 2-0 win as they booked a place in the final at Bowers & Pitsea FC on Friday 27th March, where they will face either Sungate Reserves or Hutton A.
SENIOR DIVISION CUP
Also in Walthamstow, the second game on grass to survive the week’s inclement weather saw FC Petrocub the visitors to take on Lymore Gardens at Low Hall in the quarter final. Constantin Tronciu handed Petrocub a lead but the game turned on it’s head in the last ten minutes with Nicolas Wilson and Dushane Powell efforts affecting a leveller and then a late, late winner for Garden, winning the tie 2-1.
A further last eight tie took place as West Essex Reserves and Blue Marlin managed to switch their fixture to 3G at Noak Hill to ensure it was played. And that move worked well in West’s favour as they secured an emphatic 3-0 win to extend a prolific spell of form and book their place in the semi-finals as they hope to repeat the feats of two years ago.
DIVISION ONE CUP
In the Division One Cup, group A action saw Tower Hamlets Reserves put themselves in the driving seat for a place in the semi-finals as they made it three wins from three with a victory in Seven Kings against London Park City. Teraun Davis and Carone Scott goals were sufficient for the visitors who won 3-1 to top the group with a round of games to go.
DIVISION THREE CUP
It was quarter-finals day in the Division Three Cup where just one game survived the weather with Chadwell Heath Spartans taking on St Francis with both sides eyeing a spot in the semi-finals. But Spartans put in a top performance as goals from Jeffrey Nketia, Rob Hodgson, Ryan Sroka and debutant Miguel Martins took the honours on the day in a 4-1 scoreline to see them through to the last four.
Just one league match was able to take place and, unsurprisingly, that was on an artificial surface with Woodford East completing the most comprehensive of victories with a 15-0 win at home against Together United. Billy Barr scored five of the goals with hat-tricks for Ben Smith and Matthew Stacey plus single efforts from James Collier, Kai Law, Jay Stavri and James Watts.