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The second round stage of this season’s Corinthian Cup has now been completed and Premier Division side Ultimate Vision avoided a potential banana skin, completing a comfortable 5-0 win away at St Augustines. Joe Oates scored a brace with Sean bush, Ryan Chapman and Kieran Ryan all netting the goals to secure their quarter final place.
El Valiente have closed the gap at the top of the table on the leaders to five points as they secured a hard fought victory at home against an in-form Barking & Dagenham Wanderers side. A pair of goals from Danny Bird were the difference in the end, running out 2-1 victors to record a fifth league of the season.
Moving level on points with second placed El Valiente are Romford Elite who were at home on Sunday to fourth placed Warren United with both sides looking to move closer to the top two sides. The game produced a seven goal thriller with Jon Docker, Harry Agombalor and James Peagram all scoring for United but four Elite goals earned them a narrow 4-3 win and three points.
Completing the top half of the table, Flanders remain fifth in the table as they recorded a fourth league win with victory away at Brook Athletic. Shomari Barnwell netted a hat-trick for Flanders with King Sayi and Kweku Gyasi scoring the others in a 5-1 win, overcoming a Kyle Thompson effort for Brook in consolation.
In Division One, the game of the day saw the top two sides meet in Aveley with SL Menfica playing host to Chingford Athletic in a five goal thriller. David Hornsby and Thomas Rice both got onto the Menfica scoresheet but Chingford goals from Michael Boahene, Michael Johnson and Thomas Pearce were enough to edge it 3-2 and maintain top spot.
With the sides above them out of action, Korona Redbridge had the chance to regain some momentum and close the gap with a trip ninth placed Wanstead Albion on Sunday. Albion gave a good account of themselves however, netting through Luke Williams’ effort. But Tomasz Cenin and Jacek Miedzak scored in reply for Korona to earn a 2-1 win.
There was also an important win for a side at the other end of the table as Valentine United secured themselves an encouraging win at home against Valiant in the Forest Road derby. In a close encounter between two well matched sides, Charlie Fiander and James Gibbings both scored for United, overcoming a late Valiant effort form Ben Cox to take home the points.
There are new leaders once again in Division Two as Dagenham United became the latest side to hold top spot following a victory on Sunday over London Fire Brigade in Dagenham. Home goals from Ricardo Teixeira, Sean Thomas and Thomas Carter were instrumental in the 3-0 win, opening a three point gap in the process.
The last remaining side in the division with an unbeaten record, Royal Albert, saw that record come to a grinding halt on Sunday with an emphatic 4-0 home defeat against an in-form Ferns Seniors side. A Tyler Rothon brace was added to with goals from Liam Coney and PJ Marcus to earn the win and bag maximum points, moving Ferns up to fifth place.
Holding sixth place are Lonsdale, who moved level on points with Ferns with a win of their own, returning home from Leyton with a 5-1 victory away at Walthamstow Avenue. Daniel Toy grabbed the Avenue goal but a four-goal haul for Klodian Gjings and a Geoffrey Holmes effort completed the victory.
Division Three leaders, Central Colts, maintained their seven point lead at the top of the table with their latest win at home to Masterman in Dagenham. Colts goals from Simplice Lukuamusu and Ansel Abrams helped their side to a 3-0 victory, their eighth from ten games this season.
Staying second are Thames Ironworks Community who continued their good form with a comfortable win at home to Ping City Phoenixes. Thames goals from Charles Donald, Ewan Macauley, Billy Scott and Paul Scanlan completed a 4-0 win that keeps them well in the frame for promotion this term.
There was a big match in Chadwell Heath as third placed Alpha took on fourth placed Hornchurch Oakmont. Oak had the better of the opening proceedings but Alpha rode the storm to prevail 3-0 winners with some clinical finishing. Kai Brown scored a brace with Dominic Crichlon scoring the other to maintain Alpha’s charge for promotion.
Roneo Colts have moved up to sixth place in the standings following a third league victory of the season on Sunday, winning 6-3 at home to Dagenham United Reserves. A Joshua Craske double and James Gomez effort accounted for the Daggers’ efforts but Colts responded through a Chris Pope hat-trick and efforts from Charlie Dow, James Pottle and Oscar Gibson to take home the points.
In the E4 derby match, West Essex will have been the happier with their efforts as they beat E4 Rangers at the weekend, a single goal being the only difference between the sides. Connor Brathwaite got that only goal for West, earning them a second league win and shooting them up to seventh place in the standings, three points behind their opponents.
Returning to the top of the table in Division Four are Woodford who edged their contest with Custom House Community by the odd goal in five. Jake Silk scored a hat-trick to overcome the dogged determination of their visitors and earn a 3-2 win to move them back to the top on goal difference.
Asianos Reserves took advantage of sides around them dropping points to close the gap on the sides above them with a 5-2 win over Epping Forest Falcons in Woodford. Naeem Monsur scored a hat-trick and Abdinasir Hashi and Ali Jalo scored one apiece to render Falcons efforts from Jamie King and Adam Brewer as juts consolation in the end.
There were some terrific results for sides at opposite end with all three sides at the bottom avoiding defeats. Oak Royals had a tremendous result as they opened their wins account this year with a 3-1 win at third placed Grey Area. Goals from Connor Connelly, Daniel Gotobed and Mitchell Drewe were enough to see Royals to an important win to boost their confidence.
Thames Ironworks Community Reserves summoned up a tremendous response to their heavy defeat last time out as they took on fourth-placed East Ham Inter once again, picking up a point in a 4-4 draw. Joshua Gonsalves, Delphin Xavier, Adam Bessadi and Sofyan Khalfi got the Inter goals but Wayne Gittens’ two goals in reply plus efforts from Lucas Argente and Tony Bones grabbed a share of the spoils.
Another side who had a good weekend were Alliance United who picked up a hard fought 2-0 win against AC Milano Reserves, just a second league win of the season. A goal each from Harry Smith and Robert Ashdown done the damage for United who were able to shift up a place to tenth in the standings as a result of that performance.
The last action of the weekend came in the Essex Sunday Junior Trophy where the delayed tie for Goresbrook saw them up against a Tuilip Royals side from the Chelmsford League. The hosts were on the wrong end of a 3-2 defeat which saw an end to their campaign at the third round stage.