WEEK 26 REVIEW: Round-up of all the league and cup action from the weekend

WEEK 26 REVIEW: Round-up of all the league and cup action from the weekend

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The inclement struck the fixture list hard on Saturday with just three Senior games surviving, beginning at Noak Hill where the old derby game saw Kit Out London make their journey to familiar territory to take on FC Petrocub. Despite their lowly league position, KIt Out put in a strong display to take all three points in a 2-0 victory as Adam Okorodudu and Kacper Kot goals set them up for a vital win.

Another big result affecting both ends of the table came from Parkside where there was rare Saturday action for Aveley Under 23s who were taking on Woodford East, both sides knowing the importance of the win. And the two teams could not be seperated on the day as Reece Simpson and BIlly Barr goals were levelled by the Millers, ZIad Bakarr one of those to find the target for the hosts in a 2-2 draw.

Not too far away at Lakeside Sports Ground, Lymore Gardens' trip to Thurrock saw them start the day with a three point lead over their opponents, Rapid Chingford, as they sought to continue a spurt of improved form. Rapid led at the break through goals from Claudiu Florea and Ionut Labunt as it appeared things were heading their way. But Lymore turned things on their head in the second half, scoring four to win it 4-2.


The Premier Division East table couldn't look much tighter if it tried with the top six clubs now seperated by just five points with everything to play for still. Waltham Abbey A have pushed themselves up into third and two points off the top following a strong 6-2 away win against fellow challengers, Newbury Athletic. Joel Mputu and Emmanuel Chukwumah both struck for the hosts but those proved in vain in the end.

Over at Mark Hall, Ongar Town ensured their side remain well in the mix, moving fourth on the back of a big 6-1 home win against struggling a Redbridge Community side. Eftekhar Golam struck for the visitors but two William Lockett goals and strikes from Finlay Cook, Ethan Hook, Jack Walden and Mofi Tunde-Ojolowo meant that it was the hosts who earned all three points.

Just below them, sitting sixth, are Unitey who with games in hand hold many of the cards with regards to the title and promotion race as we enter the last few months of the season. They were 7-2 winners at home against an in-form Soul side, with recent recruits Muhammed Camara and Junior Milla contributing a hat-trick and a brace respectively, Ibrahim Saleh and Ahmed Dousa netting the others.


Just the one game survived the weather in the West but what a cracker it proved to be, Barkingside Under 21s rushing into a two goal lead at Parsloes Park in their quest to move up the table. But Renegade fought back and had levelled it up with two goals before the break, then went ahead for the first time shortly after. But 'Side scored a third to see the game end in a 3-3 draw by the end, sharing the spoils.


In Division One, Saint City took advantage of sides around them being out of action to move within four points of the leaders, earning their second win in succession against Haringey United, this time producing a 7-1 winning performance in Dagenham. Gasser Hendawi scored a hat-trick, Leo Gaspar a brace with Derek Adu and Yuri Escovalo also netting, while Dwayne Smith struck for United off the bench.

WIth sides above them dropping points, it was also a good afternoon for fifth placed Old Esthameians who moved a point behind the team above them following a 5-3 away win against Freetown at Castle Green. Donald Adaakwah scored a hat-trick for the hosts but his efforts proved just consolation as E's ran in five goals of their own to take the honours.

Over in Walthamstow, hosts Ocean Pacific could have moved third on Saturday with a win against a Lymore Gardens Under 23s side who started seventh before the game. But it was the lower placed visitors who made it a good day for the club, Lymore Gardens following the lead of their first team in taking home all three points in a 3-0 victory.


There was some huge results in Division Two, beginning at Parsloes Park where the unbeaten league leaders, Royal Forest, finally saw their long run come to an end, Chadwell Heath Spartans Reserves the side to infict a 4-2 defeat upon the Trees. Denis Musteata scored twice with Owen Rami and Samir Aboulainaf goals making it a memorable afternoon for Spartans.

That result meant that second placed Rainham & Barking Phoenix could move to within three points with a win, and also holding a game in hand, their visitors on Saturday being bottom of the table Redbridge Community Reserves to Harris Academy. And they made no mistakes with a hat-trick of braces, Connor Kain, Cameron Shakes and Sean Tormey all scoring twice in a 6-0 win.

For third placed Old Barkabbeyans, their latest endeavours saw them with a home fixture, taking on a Chingford Harriers side at South Park Drive with a seventeen points gap between the two. That was increased to twenty by full-time as Barks earned themselves a 5-2 win. Dre Ferlisi scored two, Jay Elliott, Mitchell Day and Robbie Osborne all on the scoresheet.


In Division Three, one of the biggest games of the season so far pitted league leaders, Woodford Town Under 23s, up against the last remaining side in the league with a perfect record, Collier Row Wheels, in a gargantuan clash. The visitors, Town, will be the side walking away the happier as they inflicted Wheels' first defeat, Gabriel Suciu scoring a hat-trick and Arman Uzzaman one in a 4-0 success.

Over at Bancroft Rugby Club, hosts Buckhurst Way went into their game with Beckton Sporting Club hoping for a change in fortunes following defeat last time out and they did just that, making no mistakes in an 8-1 win against the bottom side in the league. That earned the hosts a fifth league win of the season to take their points tally to eighteen.

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