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As we enter the month of May will still a fair few matches to be played, West Essex Reserves “warmed” up for their upcoming cup final in ten days time as they played host to London APSA in Hainault. In a closely fought match, the sides had to settle for a share of the spoils in an eventual 2-2 draw.
In the day’s first division action, we must congratulate Docklands Albion who made it a week to remember, building on their Fenton Cup Final victory last weekend, with two wins on Saturday in a double header against Cowley Community. Samuel Daminabo scored twice and Tashan Benjamin once in the first game as the Albion were 3-0 winners. Then, needing just a point from the second match, a further 2-0 victory saw them secure the league championship as goals from Ronaldo Merchan, Haseeb Kashmiri and Jack Blackburn handed them a well-deserved title.
Congratulations to everybody involved with Docklands Albion on what has been a terrific season and we look forward to welcoming them into the Premier Division for next season.
Elsewhere in the division, the race for the second promotion place continues to see no end with second placed East Ham Inter hanging onto the spot presently, aided by a comfortable 5-1 away win on Saturday against Forest Green which puts them three points clear of Singh Sabha but from a game more.
Singh Sabha Barking themselves were at home to Sporting Hackney Reserves on Saturday and they earned maximum points, putting seven goals past Hackney with just three replies in a 7-3 win. Next weekend sees the two promotion chasing sides meet in Seven Kings which you imagine will decide the runners-up position.
Wapping completed their maiden Division One campaigns with a victory as they made their way to Walthamstow to take on Ryan Reserves. The visitors were comfortable 8-0 winners to end their season in sixth spot although Ryan could still move above them with a number of games still to play.
In Division Two, the top two sides both secured promotions with just the league title to be sorted in a couple of week’s time. Chingford Athletic Reserves made it sixteen wins from twenty matches with a 5-2 win away at Flyers. Stephen Claxton and Patrick Junior both got on the Flyers scoresheet but two goals from Umar Ali and singles from Samuel Matthews, Sean Clarke and Alexander Abela were enough to win it.
Their closest rivals, ACD United, warmed up for Tuesday night’s cup final with a hugely important league win as they beat Lymore Gardens 6-3 in an exciting match in Chadwell Heath. Michael Wade was once again the hero for his side with a hat-trick with supplement strikes from Scott Perkins, Greg Knock and Liam Porter. Ashley Godwin, Alex Osbourne and Lee Benjamin got the Garden goals which sees them move one victory away from securing a third placed finish.
We start our Division Three round-up by congratulating FC Baresi who made it a league and cup double this season, overcoming their cup final opponents of Thursday night, New Star Soccer, in a huge 11-1 win on Saturday in the league to take the crown. Delano Lloyd went goal crazy with an eight-goal haul with Mark Matthews, Adnan Miah and Hasan Yildiz scoring goals of their own to render Kemston Allen’s strike as mere consolation for the hosts.
Congratulations to the everybody involved with FC Baresi who have completed a huge achievement of winning both the league and divisional cup competition in just their first season with the league. They will now look forward to moving up the league for next season.
In the day’s remaining league action, Chingford Harriers played host to Glendale in Walthamstow with the latter completing their fixture list for the season. Glendale took a 1-0 lead just before half time as a Abbas Khabbasz volley found the top corner. But a Thomas Holt effort mid-way through the second half saw Harriers level it up as the two sides had to settle for a point apiece for the second time this season.
(Thank you to Lamo the Lion for this weekend's headline photo)