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The top flight action got underway on Friday evening at Mayesbrook Park where Billy Barr’s first half penalty gave Woodford East a lead. But second half Aveley Under 23 goals, firstly from John Silva and then a Ben Warren free-kick turned the game on it’s head to give the Millers a first league victory of the season in a 2-1 scoreline.
On Saturday afternoon, in scorching conditions, FC Baresi put in an emphatic performance to take all three points at home against Kit Out London and moved two points clear at the summit, winning 10-1 at Wodson Park. Andre Graham, Lamine Brandao and Murat Karagul all scored twice with Lewis Jones, Marvin Hamilton-Omole and Bogdan Brinzaniuc goals finishing it off, Marios Lazaris netting the Kit Out consolation.
There was a first point of the season for Chingford Athletic, going into their away trip to FC Petrocub without a point to their name but producing a solid performance to take a draw from the unbeaten high-fliers. A goal apiece from Mofi Tunde-Ojolowo and Tyla Fenton helped the visitors take a point in a 2-2 draw at Noak Hill.
Over at Lakeside, Sporting Hackney were the visitors to take on an unbeaten Chadwell Heath Spartans side. Peter Adeleye netted another for the Spartans to give his side a lead but Sandro Pereira’s leveller brought the sides level before Jerrel Watkins came off the bench to strike a winner for the Parrots late in the game to hand them a hard fought 2-1 victory.
In Dagenham, Bakers693 went into their home fixture with CSM London with a two point advantage over their visitors, both having seen indifferent starts to their respective campaigns. There was just a single goal between the sides in a close contest with Bakers the scorers of that only effort to hand them a second league win of the campaign, the game finishing 1-0.
There was a third league win of the season for Walthamstow Reserves on Saturday as they took all three points from their home clash against Frenford Reserves at Wadham Lodge. Stow were 4-1 winners in the game as Ezra Agyiri and Matt McDowell both bagged a brace to give their another three point haul, overcoming a Tyler Shillingford goal for the visitors.
Rapid Chingford will have also been pleased with their efforts as they bounced back to winning ways to pick up win number three this term, returning home from Priory Park Rangers with all three points. Cristian Cazacu struck two goals, Vlad Bucur, Vlad Farcas and Marian Buzatu also on the scoresheet in a 5-1 win for the visitors.
In Leyton, there was a thriller of a game between Lymore Gardens and Haringey Borough Under 23s as Lymore raced into a two goal lead through Malik Donaldson who netted both of their efforts. But Borough fought back to level and then netted a winner to turn the game on it’s head to 3-2, the visitors making it four wins in five this term.
PREMIER DIVISION EAST
Things couldn’t be much tighter in the East division where three clubs sit on six points from two games so far, beginning with the league leaders, Waltham Abbey A, who made it two from two on Saturday with a narrow 2-1 success against Something From Nothing. Cassidy Igwe and Harry Lea goals were the difference, overcoming Derek Adenuga’s effort from the visitors.
Ongar Town are also part of the six-point club after their second league win of the season, taking away all three points on familiar territory, beating Southend City 3-1 at Lakeside Sports Ground. Finlay Cook, Ethan Hook and Ben Newman were the goalscorers on the day to give Town their second successive victory.
It’s been a good start for third placed Soul who also made it six points from six with another closely fought victory, this time defeating Leyton City on the road. Joseph Andrews struck with both of the City goals but two Duke Aidoo efforts and a Taylor Rand goal for Soul ensured they edged the game 3-2 to take the spoils.
There was a first league success of the season for Newbury Athletic who began their campaign in a winning fashion, taking all three points from their local derby fixture against Redbridge Community in Barkingside. Deividas Sertvietas and Junior Milla both struck for the visitors to render Frankie Francis’ goal as just consolation for the hosts, the game ending 2-1 to Athletic.
PREMIER DIVISION WEST
There are two clubs in the six-point club in the West division where Phillip United extended their great start to the new season with a big home against last season’s promotion challengers, North East Lions. Tamas Retyi scored a hat-trick and John Quissua two for United as they were big 5-1 winners, Tyee Watson responding with the Lions consolation.
It was also a good afternoon for Snaresbrook who made it two wins from two, the promoted side coming out on the right side of the Nutter Lane derby with co-tenants, Barkingside Under 21s. A goal apiece from Ife Ogunbayo, Max Catherall and Yevhen Zhyvka proved to the be the difference in the game with ‘Side only able to fashion one goal themselves, the game ending 3-1.
London Park City turned things around from the opening weekend to secure their first win of the new season, the Seven Kings based side defeating FC Baresi Reserves in a 3-1 scoreline to move up into the top half of the table. Lucas Araujo Tavares got himself on the visitors’ scoresheet but that goal wasn’t quite enough in the end as City took the points.
There was a thriller of a game in the division’s remaining game where Renegade and Newham Wanderers played out a seven-goal thriller in east London, a match eventually edged by Wanderers in a 4-3 scoreline. Addae Paponette’s hat-trick and a Bradley Harris goal sent their side on the way to victory with Aamir Salah, Anthony Ralenekov and Nawttan Sanca all scoring in consolation.
There were plenty of goals in Division One, beginning with a ten-goal winning performance for Freetown, defeating Haringey United in a 10-3 scoreline to pick up their first win of the new season. Substitute Elijah Dapaah came off the bench to score an incredible five goals, Cameron St Rose, Emmanuel Ozioma, Donald Adaakwah and Tom Barton netting the others. Darren Hamilton, Andre Johnson and Eric Smith struck the United goals in reply.
Chingford Athletic Reserves sit top of the pile after two weeks of their season, making it six points from six with a home win against Eagles Football at Parmiters. Mihai-Alexandru Circiumaru got on the Eagles scoresheet with their effort but it proved to be not quite enough as Chingford ran out 4-1 winners.
It was a big winning debut for Saint City as their competitive bow saw them take all three points in South Ockendon, defeating Thurrock Thameside in an 8-0 scoreline. Edilson Cruz scored a hat-trick for City with Noah Chesmain, Mohamed Koita, Richard Seixas, Derek Adu and Gasser Hendawi goals rounding off a strong performance.
And there was another eight-goal winning performance in the other game from the division where Old Esthameians remained unbeaten from their first two games with another high-scoring affair, this time defeating Lymore Gardens Under 23s in an 8-3 win in Newbury Park. That result saw E’s move up into second place in the standings.
It’s been a strong start to the season for Royal Forest who made it two wins from two on Saturday with a big 7-0 winning performance on the road, defeating Collier Row Reserves. Stanley Kweya extended his scoring form with a hat-trick, Fifi Banin struck two off the bench and Frank Carver scored the other to make it two wins for the season.
Old Barkabbeyans sit second with four points to their name, backing up last weekend’s opening draw with a seven-goal winning performance themselves, beating Dagenham United Reserves 7-1 at South Park Drive. Josh Robinson and Jay Elliott both scored two, Geovany Cruz, Mitchell Day and Dre Ferlisi scoring the others as Cain Dash struck with the Dagenham consolation.
The goals were flying in over in Dagenham where Redbridge Community Reserves started their season with a comprehensive victory, defeating Romford A 14-0 at Robert Clack. Tevin Ffrench scored a double hat-trick for the hosts, Luke Matthews and Williams Yahaya scored hat-tricks, Zbirnea Slavic a brace, to complete the scoring.
After defeat on the opening day, Rainham & Barking Phoenix rose to the occasion on gameday two to record their first win of the season, defeating promoted Chingford Harriers in a 4-0 scoreline at Harris Academy. Victor Kuyoro will take the plaudits for his hat-trick performance, Khairee Ahmad also scoring for the Phoenix.
Over at The Drive, promoted Frenford A picked themselves up an opening win with a 2-0 home success against Chadwell Heath Spartans Reserves, positioning them third in the table after that win. Olayinka Sanusi and Anand Patel were the scorers for the hosts to make it a solid opening performance of the season.
Four was the theme in Division Three, beginning in Broadway Athletic’s debut competitive victory as they took the spoils in their maiden performance, defeating Buckhurst Way in Newbury Park. Billy Harding scored twice, Harry Palmer and Oscar Witcomb bagging the others for the hosts to win the game 4-1.
After a big scoreline on the opening day last weekend, it was another winning day out for Woodford Town Under 23s who made it two wins from two with a 4-0 away win at Old Parkonians A on Saturday afternoon. Gabriel Suciu, Ousman Bangura, Jake Draper and Bradley Porter all scored for Town to stay top of the pile.
The third four goal performance of the division saw Changing Lives bounce back well from their opening day reverse to record a 4-0 win this time out, beating Romford Flyers 4-0 at Ladyshot Sports Ground. Victor Addai, Ussri Badawi, Abdulhalim Alhadi and Samuel Afriyie all struck for the hosts to produce their first victory in Saturday football.
The last game of the divisions saw a fourth four goal win as Collier Row Wheels made it two wins from two on Saturday with a home win against Melbourne Sports at Forest Row. Luke Fearne scored twice for the hosts, Jack Stockdale and substitute Cody Harris netting the others to keep the Wheels rolling at the beginning of this new season.
Photo Credit: Dagenham United FC