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Emerson Park remain top of the Premier Division after they secured a hard fought victory in their second fixture, beating Warren United 3-2. Isaac Edughele, Joey Harris and Lewis Pether were the men on target for Park to cancel strikes from James Peagram and Max Ward for the visitors.
Repton Park bounced back well from their opening day defeat to see off Liberty Stars 4-1 in Beckton at the weekend. Jayden Ambrose scored twice with Sonny Tovey and Jesse Spearing also netting to secure the win.
Opening their league points account for the season were new side, Peacock, who saw off the efforts of last season’s county cup finalists, Romford Elite, in West Ham. The match ended 3-0 to the hosts.
Game of the day in Division One saw an almighty comeback as Robert Eden’s hat-trick plus a Nick Read strike for Barking & Dagenham Wanderers appeared to be sending their side to victory at 4-0. However, Aldborough Hatch had other ideas and stunned the visitors with five comeback goals to win 5-4 in an incredible match.
Promoted Park Tavern continued their perfect start to the new season with a second win, this time a 4-2 victory against Ultimate Vision in Dagenham. Last season’s top scorer, David Hornsby, was in the thick of the action with a brace with Rodney Sarsah-Wilson and Nick Tormey also netting. Timothy Conroy and Ryan Chapman both scored for Vision but their efforts proved not quite enough.
East London Old Boys recorded their first point of the campaign as they shared the spoils in an entertaining 3-3 draw against fellow new side, Leyton Celtic. Bekim Dushku scored twice and Thomas Quinn one for the Old Boys with goals from Jason Shaw, James Toppin and Zachery Leitch levelling things for Celtic.
Upshire stay top of the pile in Division Two, carrying on their form of their first season with a narrow 3-2 win against Barca in Waltham Abbey. Billy Barr and Scott O’Connor were both scorers for Barca but their efforts were rendered consolation by goals from Danny Haigh, Ross Paterson and Tommy Marchant for the hosts.
Chingford Athletic made it two wins from their opening two games on their return to the league with a 2-0 victory away at Lonsdale. A goal apiece for Thomas Pearce and James Reeves proved decisive as the Chingford outfit took the points back to north-east London.
Continuing the theme of high-scoring close encounters, Dagenham United bagged their first win of the season with a 5-4 victory against Wanstead United at Manor Road. Timothy Clutterbuck scored a hat-trick for his side adding to Joshua Craske and Craig Cagehin goals. Jason Branche responded with a brace for Wanstead to go with goals from Shaun Clarke and Adam Hunt but it wasn’t quite enough.
Seven goals were shared by Masterman and London Fire Brigade in their match at Newbury Park with the odd goal in seven just enough for Fire to take home the points. Tunoe Alimi scored twice and Billy Gray once for Masterman but strikes from John Dillon, Brendan Sebuliba and Samora Bowen for the visitors confirmed their opening win.
In a game of not so many goals, with defences very much in control, a rare goalless draw for Sunday football saw Westferry Elite draw 0-0 with St Augustines in Wanstead as both sides confirmed their first points of the season.
Ridgeway Rovers are setting the early pace in Division Three and continued their good start with a 4-2 victory on Sunday against Alliance United in Dagenham. Two goals apiece for each of Carlo Boamah and Duone Minors did the damage and cancelled out Alliance goals from Darren Thomson and Jamie Rump.
Not far behind the leaders are Roneo Colts who also have a perfect record thus far, assisted by their latest win, a 3-1 victory at home to Alpha. Dominic Crichlon scored the visitor’s goal but this wasn’t quite enough as Campion Leroy scored twice and Michael Jones once for Colts to take the points.
Dagenham United Reserves move up to third place in the table as they confirmed their first league win of the season with a 5-1 away win at promoted Hornchurch Oakmont. Goals from Garry Shea, Matthias Lionel, Ricardo Teixeira, Gary Adams and George Martin did all of the damage to get their season kick-started.
Another side securing a first win of the season were Goresbrook who, after the dramas of their opening day draw, picked up a hard fought win on the road in Leyton against Asianos Reserves. Charlie Barrett was amongst the goals again with both of his side’s efforts in a 2-0 victory.
There was a seven goal thriller in Dagenham where Morfdown Elect were involved in another close match as they hosted FC United of Hornchurch. After a closely fought defeat on the opening weekend, Elect were edged out once again by the odd goal, going down 4-3 Hornchurch in the end.
The early season leaders in Division Four are Central Colts who made it two wins from two games with a win on the road in Beckton. They travelled down the A13 to face Custom House Community Reserves where a Jiri Kucera goal was rendered consolation as Tunde Olagunju, Ricky Rix and Jimmy Turner all scored to take the points back home.
Another side with maximum points after their opening two fixtures are Highams Park Royals who were 5-0 winners as they saw off Oak Royals in Newbury Park. Sam Jones was a hat-trick hero for his side with Mitchell-Christopher Edmonds scoring twice to complete a solid victory.
Bouncing back well from an opening defeat were Epping Forest Falcons who hosted Bata United in Woodford with both sides looking to get their first points on the board. Daniel Abreu scored for Bata but it wasn’t enough as Peter Andrew’s double added to strikes from Ryan Lawless, Ashley Conroy and Rory Fairweather to complete victory.
The first cup tie of the season was played on Sunday as FC Mexico took on Waltham Athletic in the opening round of the West Essex Sunday Charity Cup competition. There was a just a single goal to separate the sides as Adam Roberts got the only goal to send Mexico through to the next round in a 1-0 win.