WEEK 24 REVIEW: Round-up of Saturday's league and cup action

WEEK 24 REVIEW: Round-up of Saturday's league and cup action

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Wapping have secured their place in the quarter finals of this season’s Fenton Cup as they put to an end a magnificent run in the competition by bottom division Soul Youth in the east London derby. Saddik Azizur and Kai Maynard goals for Soul gave them a chance in this tie against a side from three divisions above them. But Wapping strikes from Mohammad Rafe, Mohammed Rahman and Hamza Hanif completed a 3-2 win for the Division One outfit.


It was quarter finals day in the Senior Division Cup competition where six sides were competing to take places in the semi final and only ninety minutes from a place at Dagenham & Redbridge in May. Shock of the day came in West Ham where London Cranes booked their place in the last four with a stunning 4-0 win over league leaders, ACD United. Matthew Mugisha came off the bench to score twice with Mathius Sendawula and Valentine Ngaham also netting on the big win.

Previous finalists in the competition, Jolof Sports, are one game away from a return to the final as they made the trip to Blue Marlin in Newbury Park. Jolof followed up Fenton Cup success last weekend with a comfortable 3-1 win in this competition. This result now sees them through a last four tie away at London Cranes in a local derby.

And completing the day’s action in the competition, last year’s winners of the top flight cup competition, West Essex Reserves, were looking to re-create that run of last season as they started their journey with a home tie against fourth placed East Ham Inter. Defences were on top in the clash with the sides battling to a 0-0 draw after ninety minutes meaning the dreaded shootout. And it was West who held their nerve, winning 5-4 from the spot to book a semi final place.


There was just one tie this weekend in the Division One Cup but it was which brought about a shock result as Chingford Athletic Reserves hosted Rapid Chingford in the Chingford derby. Umar Ali got on the scoresheet for Athletic but his effort proved in vain as Constantin Banu netted twice for Rapid and Cristian Burzo scored the third as Rapid Chingford won through 3-1 to take their place in the semi finals.


There was also an upset in the Division Two Cup competition where Upshire Forest faced a tough trip to Leyton to take on fourth placed Cowley Community in the quarter finals, Cowley holding a four position and thirteen point lead over Upshire in the league standings. Anything can happen in the cup as proved by Leighton Hughes-Franklin popping up with the only goal of the game for Upshire as they edged a tight contest in a 1-0 victory.


Over in the Division Four Cup competition, there was also quarter final action in Chadwell Heath where Sungate Reserves were looking to continue an already success laden season as they hosted Chigwell Mens Club in an interesting looking clash. Jake McMullen gave Chigwell an early lead but Sungate bounced back through a Danny Downer hat-trick and a Chris Ross goal to send Sungate through to the semis.


Back into domestic league action, Docklands Albion have moved up a place in the Senior Division standings as they returned home with all three points in their home match against London Park City in Walthamstow. Albion ran in four goals without reply, winning 4-0 to move sixth with a number of games still in hand on the sides above them.


Chigwell warmed up for the biggest match of their careers next weekend as they saw off Forest Green in Hainault by a 2-0 scoreline. With a county cup semi final just a week away, the Chigwell side kept their solid momentum going in this victory, a result which sees them move top of the table, level on points with fellow challengers, FC Baresi.

We wish Chigwell all the best for next weekend in that Essex Junior Trophy semi-final as they play host to Mid Essex League side, Harold Hill with a place at Aveley on offer for the winners next month.


In the day’s sole Division Two clash, Old Esthameians’ recent surge of form in front of goal continued as, following an avalanche of nine goals last Saturday, they put six past Puma Kings this weekend, running out eventual 6-1 winners. That result was enough for the E’s to move up a place to seventh in the standings and just three points behind their opponents.


It was a busy afternoon in Division Three with a near full fixture list as Royal Forest cut the gap at the top of the table to four points as they returned home from their trip to Flyers Reserves having earned a 7-2 win to their name. Both Forest and third placed Haver still have plenty of games in hand to overcome the presently top Custom House outfit.

Haver Town Reserves’ own quest for the title continued as they were comfortable winners in their home clash against Brook City in Harold Hill. A goal apiece from Billy Biggs, Connor Budny and Reece Simpson were the difference as Haver recorded a 3-1 win, their eleventh victory of a terrific campaign so far.

Moving up to fourth, Tower Hamlets Reserves are at their highest place this season as they took on bottom of the table St Francis seeking all three points to keep them interested in the promotion proceedings. Hamlets were 6-2 winners on the day to confirm a tenth league win in fourteen and hover ten points off the lead with five games in hand.

Frenford A’s recent poor run continued as they followed up defeat by bottom side St Francis last week with a loss against second from bottom Glendale on Saturday. Leon Sterling netted from long range mid-way through the first half with Voulter Correia rounding the keeper for the second shortly after. The Dales held on despite a second half fightback from the hosts to record a 2-0 win that keeps things interesting at the bottom.

In the division’s final game, there was plenty of entertainment as New Star Soccer faced Forest Green Reserves in Seven Kings. It was a game which twoed and froed with Green leading three times through efforts from Mikael Martin, Shaya Hewitt and Tommy Whelan only New Star Soccer to level each time, including an 88th minute leveller to make it 3-3. Kyran Chiedozie, Tyrese Sutherland and Lheureux Menga were the New Star men on target to rescue a point for their side.


There was a big result in the Division Four title race over the weekend as Avondale Rangers’ grasp on the title race was taken out of their hands for the first time as they were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Loughton Lions in a local derby. Graham Learner and Paul Regan got on the Rangers scoresheet but Lions took home a share of the spoils to leave Rangers four points off the lead now at the top.

That result also served up the opportunity for the now third placed Brentwood United Reserves to close the gap on the promotion places and they duly obliged, edging a tight game at home against Newham Royals in a 2-1 scoreline. That ninth win of the season for Brentwood United sees them close the gap on second to seven points with fourth placed Debden Park also sniffing around the promotion scene.

Debden Park’s promotion push took a bit of a hit however as they were held to a rare goalless draw in their home clash against Dagenham United Reserves. Both sides had chances to win it but the defences reigned supreme on the day and saw the teams ultimately take a share of the spoils.

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