WEEK 8 REVIEW: Round-up of all the league and county cup action from the weekend
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Just five points separate the top five sides in the Senior Division as the chasing pack took advantage of the leaders being out of action. Woodford East moved to within two points of Spartans after they returned to winning ways on the back of a terrific 7-0 home win against Leyton Royal in Hackney. Frank Glock and Lucio Uare both scored twice with Will Letchford , Ben Smith and Adam Tabbani goals rounding off a win.
Jolof Sports remain the only side with a perfect record in the division as they extended their perfect start to four games, still being yet to concede a goal also. They were 4-0 victors on Saturday with a home victory against Blue Marlin in East Ham. Mody Gaye, Papa Ndiaye, Bogdan Ursica and Jeremias Visi all netted to move within four points of the leaders.
The other side in the top flight yet to experience defeat are DTFC and the Harlow based side romped into a 4-1 half time lead away to Chigwell Town through goals from Jake Kissiedu, Stanley Green and Billy Golledge. But Town fought back hard through Ellis Morgan, Harry Tew-Robinson and Wesley Adeyemi goals though their efforts were not quite enough, going down 4-3.
It was a big afternoon for Tower United who moved themselves away from relegation worries following a shock away win as they returned home with three points from their trip to the County Ground against Lymore Gardens. Abdi Jama, Kayis Mohamed and Yaqub Haji were the goal scorers to edge the contest 3-2, a crucial result affecting both ends of the table.
Another five goal thriller was witnessed down at the Lakeside Sports Ground where Rapid Chingford were the hosts, taking on FC Petrocub, the sides both occupying places in the bottom half. An in-form FC Petrocub side though were the winners on the day, earning a 3-2 win to leap above their opponents and up to ninth.
In the final game in the Senior Division, there was a crucial point earned by CSM London who took their tally to four for the season as they held sixth placed Kit Out London to a 1-1 draw in Beckton. Daniel Muamba came off the bench to score an equaliser for Kit Out after CSM thought they had won the game late on via Ramone Senior’s goal, the sides eventually settling for a share of the spoils.
North East Lions have closed the gap on the leaders to just three points in the Premier Division after the Walthamstow based side returned home with all three points from their trip to All Prospects in Hainault. Lions were 5-1 winners as Mikael Martin netted two with one apiece from Lorenc Hoxha, Adnan Miah and Louis Blake.
Wapping remain in the hunt for promotion as they picked up an important third win of the campaign so far, coming away with all three points with victory in Seven Kings against London Park City. Wapping goals from Sabiq Khan, Mohammed Asrar, Joel Brown and Shamsun Noor were the difference between the sides, helping their team win it 4-2.
There was another big win for undefeated Dagenham United who moved up to fourth in the table following a 6-1 home win on Saturday against Eastside at Castle Green. Charlie Fiander came off the bench to score twice with Jay Fenton, Shaquille Mathurin, Iaia Jau and Victor Mendes efforts also on the scoresheet to give United their second win in three.
In Division One, Wanstead have found some form in recent weeks and have moved into the top half of the table on the back of a terrific 8-3 win on Saturday as they travelled to Leyton to take on Forest Green. Zoltan Balogh and Edson Lami were on fire with four and three goals respectively, Robert Clarke netting the other secure a first league win of the campaign.
The day’s other action in the third tier cam from Beckton where Kwanzas London Sport were in action for the second time this season with Renegade their visitors on the day. Renegade have made an indifferent start in the league but were able to secure all three points on Saturday, winning 3-1 as goals from Fernandez Kogneman, Praise The Lord Masasu and Vincent Follea confirmed the points.
There were two goal filled contests in Division Two where Unitey moved up to fourth place in the standings, coming through a ten goal thriller in a 6-4 scoreline at home to Royal Forest. Mohammed Abaker scored a hat-trick and Gaeton Mukoko also netted to give the hosts a crucial victory, their third of the season.
The other game of the day saw Redbridge Community pick up a big win, their second of the season. Redbridge were 7-2 victors at home to bottom of the table Newbury East as Jayke Welch and Tevini French both scored twice, adding to further goals from Dean Cole, Dylan Broadley and debutant Akilijo Bullio.
There is a change at the top in Division Three where Royal Forest Reserves have become the new leaders on goal difference as they recorded a third league win of the season with a 4-1 victory at home against Terin. Tom Alexander scored twice with Sereign Lette-Jallow and Josh Trainor goals, cancelling out a Fahad Abdallah effort from the visitors.
Lymore Gardens Reserves join Forest at the top on nine points, though from a game more, after they saw off the efforts of Melbourne Sports on the very next pitch. Garden, who have made a terrific start to the new season, will be more than pleased with their efforts thus far, recording a 6-2 win on Saturday to trail at the top by just goal difference.
The movement at the top was made possible after previous leaders, FC Baresi Under 23s, saw their perfect start to the season reach a conclusion as they were held to a 1-1 draw against ASA in Walthamstow. Harrez Aliane struck for the hosts but an ASA leveller from Ramanan Selvarasa off the bench levelled up the game.
Together United bounced back well from defeat in their opening game of the season last time out as they defeated a high flying Buckhurst Way side in Walthamstow, coming out on the right side of a 6-3 win. Andrei Rizea netted twice and Myles Croxford once for Way but a four goal Stanley Kweya performance plus two from Remel Green proved enough in the end.
It was also an important afternoon’s work from Romford based Flyers Under 23s as were up against visitors Harlow Inter on Saturday seeking to open their points account for the new season. And that was exactly what they did, completing a 2-1 win at King George’s to move them up to eleventh in the standings.
Things remain tight at the top in Division Four with Chingford Harriers ahead of their closest rivals on goal difference, aided by their win over the weekend at home against Flyers Under 21s. Harrier goals from Alex Diner, Jake Kemp, Edwin Jabbari and Jemel Richards were the difference with their side cruising to a 4-1 win.
The other side sitting well placed for a promotion push are Fairlop Rovers Reserves who’s good start to the season continued on Saturday with a home victory against Newham & Havering Borough at Redbridge Sports Centre. Rovers edged a close game by the odd goal, 3-2 victors to make it four wins from five this season.
West Essex Under 23s will also be pleased with the start to their season and moved third over the weekend with a narrow win on the road, taking maximum points from their trip to Emerson & Upminster A. Tyler Huggett and Tashan Diamond struck for the hosts but West goals from Charles Jeans, Javen Cole and Ciaran Farrell-Christian were sufficient to earn their side a 3-2 win.
The biggest win of the day came from Forest Row where hosts, Collier Row A, made it two wins from three this season with a home victory against Avondale Rangers. That saw Row move their points tally to nine for the season and shifting up to fourth in the standings in the process.
It was a busy county cup weekend with action across three competitions. In the Essex Junior Cup, there were progressions for our clubs in both ties with Crookz United earning a terrific 6-0 home win against Harold Wood Athletic A. Crookz will now travel to Billericay in the next round to take on Hashtag United Development.
In the other tie played, it was an all-EAL affair in Hainault where Oakside played host to fellow Premier Division side Frenford A. The visitors continued their league form into this competition, completing a 5-2 win to confirm a trip to Ramsey & Mistley Reserves in the next round of the competition.
In the Essex Junior Trophy, seven of the eight ties saw our sides progress on with Something From Nothing the biggest winners of the day, the Division One side putting in a solid performance to defeat Dagenham United Reserves 7-0 and set up a home tie against Chingford Athletic A in November.
The biggest shock of the day came from Hainault where Division Two leaders, Fairlop Rovers, put an end to Ilford Reserves’ run in the competition, defeating the Division One high-flyers in a 4-2 scoreline. They will now travel to an as yet unidentified Mid Essex League side in the third round.
There were three 5-2 scorelines in the round and Francis Luke produced what might be construed as a shock as the winless side ended Barkingside A’s perfect start to the season at the Marshes to set up a home game against Brentwood Athletic Reserves in round three.
There was a near miss for Rainham Working Mens Club in Hainault as the Division Two high-flyers were held to a 1-1 draw by Division Three Glendale at ninety minutes and it needed the extra time period to eventually separate the teams with the Workies running out 5-2 in the end.
The third 5-2 result came from Barking Abbey School where Old Barkabbeyans Reserves hosted Ryan Under 23s and it was Division Two side Ryan who made the move into the next round, avoiding any kind of slip up to book a trip to Benfleet Reserves next month.
Belfry are also into the hat for round for the third round as they came through an all-EAL tie at home to RCXI, winning the tie 3-1 on the day. They now head up the A12 next month to face Great Baddow in the next round of the competition.
The finalists in this competition from the 2019/20 campaign, Cowley Community extended their form in this competition to another round after defeating FHN Athletic 2-0 in Newbury Park on Saturday. They will now take on Rainham Working Mens Club in the third round.
The day’s only reverse against an outside club came at Hendersons where Emerson & Upminster Reserves saw their run in the competition come to an end with a narrow 3-2 defeat, going down 3-2 against Harold Hill Reserves.
Two of our clubs made their inaugural appearances in the London Senior Trophy over the weekend with FC Baresi renewing old acquaintances with a trip to Middlesex League side, Indian Gymkhana. After the sides battled to a 2-2 draw at full-time, Baresi were eventually knocked out on spot-kicks, losing 4-3 in the shootout.
In the other Trophy tie played involving our clubs, Athletic Newham Under 23s came up against a side expected to go far in this competition, going down 6-3 to Barking Under 23s at Mayesbrook Park to end EAL involvement in the competition.
Photo Credit: Jolof Sports FC