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The Corinthian Cup was in action once again on Remembrance Sunday as two of Division One’s clubs faced each other with a place in December’s quarter-final at stake for the winning side. Leyton Celtic were the hosts as rivals Waltham Athletic visited Douglas Eyre in a game which was tightly contested. The match ended 1-1 after normal time but Celtic used the extra thirty minutes to their advantage to secure a 3-1 win. Two goals from James Toppin and an Ophel Idris strike cancelled out Bradley O’Donovan’s goal for the visitors.
There are new leaders at the top of the Premier Division as Romford Elite inflicted a first league defeat of the season upon Emerson Park to overtake them at the top of the table. Ben Fogg and Ben Woolley were the Park scorers but their efforts were in vain as a Chris Bird brace and strikes from Aaron Gill, Joshua Thompson and Ben Bickford were enough to earn a 5-2 victory for Elite.
Closing the gap on the sides above them were Repton Park on Sunday as the Hainault based side travelled the short distance to Barkingside to face Warren United in a mid-table match-up. And it was Repton who returned home with maximum points as they put six goals past their opponents aided by a Jesse Spearing hat-trick, a Jayden Ambrose brace and singles from Sonny Tovey and Joe McEvoy. James Peagram was on target with Warren’s consolation goal.
The division’s draw specialists were at it again this weekend with Flanders and Liberty Stars taking home a point each in the Newham derby in East Ham. Flanders came into the game knowing a that a victory would likely carry them into the top half of the table but they had to settle for a point apiece as Shomari Barnwell’s goal for the hosts was cancelled out with the match ending 1-1.
There was plenty of drama in Division One with three very hotly contested battles being settled by the odd goal. The new leaders of the division are Ultimate Vision who battled back very late on in their match against Barking & Dagenham Wanderers to snatch a 3-2 win from the grasps of defeat. Ashton Lord and Nick Read were the Wanderers scorers but goals from Jack Mooney, Luke Thomas and Charlie Birleson catapulted Vision to top spot.
And that result was made possible by a shock result involving fellow title chasers East London Old Boys who were in Barkingside to face Valentines United on Sunday. The hosts put in a sterling performance to see off the Old Boys in a 2-1 final scoreline despite a Thomas Quinn strike for the visitors proving not enough in the end.
It was also an important weekend for Korona Redbridge who moved up a place in the table to eighth with a tightly fought match at home to Park Tavern. Despite the difference in league positions, Korona goals from Dawid Smolarek and Robert Kalinka proved decisive to hand them a 2-1 win on the day.
It was a Super Sunday of sorts in Division Two with four of the top five sides facing each other in an increasingly congested top end of the table. The previous leaders, Barca, were knocked off top spot this week with a difficult trip to Westferry Elite who netted the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win.
Taking full advantage of that result, Wanstead United overcame the efforts of Masterman in Plaistow, comfortably seeing off the visitors in a 4-1 scoreline. Joe Phillips netted for Masterman but his efforts were in vain a Jason Branche, Adam Hunt, Johnnie Offei and Oron Bristol goals helped Wanstead to victory.
Fourth placed Upshire have closed the gap on the leaders to just three points with a solid win at the weekend over rivals Chingford Athletic in Waltham Abbey. Matt Thompson scored Chingford’s only goal of the game but it wasn’t enough as Upshire ran in five goals of their own to win 5-1.
Dagenham United continued their solid start to the season as Timmothy Clutterbuck’s rich vein of form in front of goal showed no end, netting another brace to help his side to a 3-2 victory over Lonsdale. Charlie Land got United’s other goal on the day to help his side up to sixth in the table.
In another division which is showing strong signs of being a fantastic title chase, three of the top four sides were all victorious on Sunday. The current leaders, FC United of Hornchurch, survived a scare against Hornchurch Oakmont as Billy Pearce’s hat-trick rescued his side after Oakmont goals from James Bailey, Charlie Woods and Luke Newman with the match ending locked at 3-3.
That result gave Ridgeway Rovers the chance to close the gap and they did just that as they beat a solid Dagenham United Reserves side 4-1 in Walthamstow. Goals from Tajh Rufai, Jaden Maloney, Jordon Charles and Duone Minors proved decisive to help Rovers close the gap to just a single point.
Alpha remain third in the table but had to come from behind in Sunday’s clash with league debutants Lings Elite Under 21s but eventually prevailed comfortably in a 7-2 win. George Burton’s form in front of goal sees no end with a four goal haul adding to strikes from Nathan James, Ashley Godwin and Mikey Ward.
And it was a big weekend for Goresbrook on Sunday as they made it a whole year unbeaten in the league but not without a scare against local rivals, Morfdown Elect. The sides were level at the break but Goresbrook’s form prevailed in the end to edge the five goal thriller 3-2 with goals from Charlie Barrett, Liam Coney and Ricky Cripps.
It was also an important morning for Asianos Reserves who finally got their points tally off the mark with a victory over fellow relegation rivals Alliance United. Jamie Rump scored twice and Darren Thomson once for Alliance but four goals for Asianos meant they confirmed a 4-3 win and move up to ninth in the table.
The Division Four title race is increasingly showing signs of a one horse race this year as Central Colts managed to open up their lead at the top further on Sunday. They beat visitors, Custom House Community Reserves, 5-0 as Tunde Olagunju’s hat-trick and goals from Bradley Williams and Jimmy Turner ramped up the pressure on the chasing sides.
The division’s second placed outfit, Highams Park Royals, slipped to a narrow defeat to aid Colts’ endeavours as Oak Royals made the long journey to Walthamstow in the “Royal” derby. The recent upturn in form of the visitors is nothing short of remarkable and a single Harry Goodman goal here settled the match in a 1-0 victory as their side move up to fourth place in the table.
There was also a defeat for another promotion chasing side as Thames Ironworks Community endured a difficult morning, going down to a 2-0 defeat against Emerson Park Under 21s. Ben Musslewhite and Liam Rooney were the heroes for their side to make it two consecutive wins for the new boys.
The biggest winners of the day in this division were Bata United who faced fellow strugglers, Newham Athletic, in their match at Wanstead Flats on Sunday. Abolade Siyanbola done the significant damage with a hat-trick with Ricky Ford, Ayo Falade and Brandon Wells goals completing the resounding 7-1 win for the Rainham-based side.
And rounding off the day’s football action, East Ham Inter climbed up a place to fifth in the table after picking up a fourth league win of the season on Sunday at home to Grey Area. In a game of six goals, Inter were scorers for four of them to secure a 4-2 win which sees them overtake their opponents in the process.