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There were some great results for EAL clubs in the Essex County FA cup competitions this weekend with six sides successful in making the draw for round 3.
In the Essex Junior Cup, Melbourne Sports secured result of the day in a high-scoring encounter against Pro Essex, leaders of the Mid Essex League Premier Division, winning 6-4. Wayne Matthews’ hat-trick helped them on their way to the result with Jordan Green, Scott Lincoln and John Shubert also on target. That win sets up a home third round clash against FC Clacton Reserves. Also victorious were Chingford Athletic who travelled to Olympian outfit, White Ensign Reserves, and secured a 5-0 win aided by Michael Mignot’s hat-trick and another clean sheet by Jack Francis. Their reward is a home tie against Old Chelmsfordians Reserves in the third round.
Grove United secured the biggest win in the Essex Junior Trophy as they recorded a 16-0 thumping of Southend-based side, Southend Collegians Reserves, to set up a third round away trip to Extreme United. Three Colts saw off the efforts of Benfleet A, winning 5-0, to set up a home third round tie against JMC Athletic or Colebrook Royals Reserves. Buckhurst Hill Under 21s secured safe passage into round 3 with a 4-2 home win over Valley Green which sets up a tie against Danbury Mission in the next round for them, the latter ending West Essex Reserves’ campaign also in a 4-2 scoreline. Flyers Reserves will want to forget their tie against Weir Sports very quickly following a 21-0 defeat.
On Sunday, St Johns Deaf travelled to face Fulham Deaf in the opening round of this year’s British Deaf Football National Cup and found themselves on the wrong end of a 1-0 defeat to end their participation in that competition this season.
Back to domestic action, Jolof Sports Club keep their unbeaten season alive in the Premier Division with 4 wins out of 4 in the league, their latest result being a 4-0 win over Chingford Town. Blue Marlin move up to third in the table with a 4-0 win over St Francis with the Marlin goals arriving through Nathan Johnson, Matthew Hamilton, Ophel Idris and James Toppin to secure the points assisted by Myron Stoby’s cleansheet. They wasn't the only team to move up as May & Baker EC A rose to fourth in the table with a 5-2 win over Rainham Working Mens Club. Alec Simm notched a brace with Jack Boys, Darren Seymour and Shane Messenger rounding off the scoring for Baker while Tony Maynard and Steve Barlex struck the consolation goals for Rainham.
In Division One, Glendale picked up their first win of the season with a 1-0 home win against Chingford Harriers. Ed Brotherton was the hero notching the only goal of the game with Derry Burns’ cleansheet performance securing the win and moving them up to seventh in the table. Kitgum Boys move up to third in the table as they managed to come out on top in a five-goal thriller, winning 3-2 against Forest Green.
Singh Sabha Barking move back to top of Division Two with their 3-1 win at home against Custom House who find themselves in trouble in the league as they move down to second from bottom. Game of the day was at Inter Plaistow where the hosts secured a win by the odd goal in eleven against second placed London APSA, winning 6-5 through a hat-trick from Samuel Garrett and further goals from Jack Cassidy, Mason Brown and Danny Vass to move them to fourth place in the table. Leyton Green picked up an impressive 4-2 away win against Chingford Athletic Reserves, with debutant Sean Synister notching a hat-trick to lead his side to victory alongside Ryan Jewell’s goal. Michael Boahene was Chingford’s scorer for both of their goals. Northend got back to winning ways with an emphatic 8-2 win over Newham Royals as braces from Timi Olaniyan and Ryan Leddra added to further goals from Paul Margiotta, Chris Margiotta, Richard Holland and Christopher Hubble. In response, Christopher Cuming and Lewis Stichbury were on target with Royals’ consolation goals.