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The Essex Alliance League once again demonstrated its strength in depth this weekend with no fewer than seven our of clubs winning through in their respective county and national cup ties. Chingford Athletic travelled down the A127 to face Southend-based Rochford Town Res in the Essex Junior Cup and came from behind to win 4-2. Also facing Southend-based opponents were Chingford Town who hosted Leigh Town and picked up a 1-0 win. Rounding off the Junior Cup action were Melbourne Sports who were awarded a walkover against Southend Sports Res making it all three sides through to the third round. In the Essex Junior Trophy, West Essex Res make it through to the next round following the defeat of Glendale, 7-1, and they join Northend in the third round after beating Ekco Whitecaps 5-2. Grove United’s visit to Mayland Village ended in a 5-2 reverse to end their interest in this season’s competition along with Chingford Town Res who were eliminated in a 6-1 defeat against Barkingside U21s.
Leyton Green continued the theme of county cup success and make it through to round 2 of the AFA Intermediate Cup with a 2-0 home win against Enfield Old Grammarians Res. St John’s Deaf travelled up to Birmingham for their English National Deaf Cup tie against Birmingham Deaf and came away with a 6-2 win to make it through to the next round.
In the league’s Fenton Cup competition second round, Cranes United pulled off the shock of the day as they took on league leaders, May & Baker EC A, and came away 4-3 winners on penalties after a 3-3 draw in extra time. Division Two leaders, Cowley Community, saw their interest in the Fenton Cup ended by Premier Division St Francis, losing 9-0 to their local neighbours. Division One high-flyers Vittoriosa Falcons put Division Two St Francis Res to the sword, winning by a baker’s dozen, 13-0. Daniel Vearer scored four goals for his side adding to a hat-trick by Faybian Dawson, a double from Nathan Scarborough and singles from Carlos Fowler, Glen Reeves, Jason Anthony and Matthew Senghore.
There were three Premier Division matches played where AAH Romford’s upturn in form continued with a 3-0 home win against Rainham Working Mens Club courtesy of goals from James Herrmann, Casey Quincey and Steven Richards. Chingford Harriers also continue their winning streak with a 1-0 win away at Newham Res with Edwin Jabbari bagging the winning goal. Jolof Sports Club have moved up to second place in the table after a 2-1 win against Eastside Rangers with goals from Modou Jammeh and Papa Sene but they still trail leaders May & Baker by five points.
In Division One, London Bari Res got back to winning ways with a 3-1 win at home to Three Colts with goals from Craig Heskey and Jeffrey Nketia lifting them up to third place in the table.
Dagenham United were the biggest winners of the day in Division Two as they secured an 8-1 home win against Canio to lift them to fourth in the table. Also winning at home were Newham Royals who defeated Northend Res 5-2 with Etinosa Igiebor and Diego Fuentes netting for Northend. Singh Sabha Barking were 2-1 winners against Custom House in the final league match.
Next weekend the attentions turn to eight Fenton Cup ties being played across the league along with eight league matches also.