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On a chilly Sunday morning, Theydon bounced back well from their county cup exit last weekend as they came through a potentially tough looking Trophyland Cup second round clash at home to Blackwall Rovers. Jack Morgan scored a hat-trick and Dion Bishop netted the other as they won 4-1 to book a quarter final at home to Roneo Colts Reserves.
DIVISION ONE CUP
In the day’s surviving Division One Cup match, there was quarter final action in Barkingside where FC Mexico A were the visitors to face Valentine United with a semi final place on the line for the winners. Joe Ewenson scored for the Mexicans but his efforts weren’t quite enough on the day as United romped to a 5-1 win to place themselves one game away from a cup final day out.
DIVISION FOUR CUP
There was also quarter final action in the Division Four Cup competition where Asianos Reserves grasp on the cup continued with the holders edging a very close encounter by the odd goal against Romford Athletic Dons. Just one moment separated the sides and Asianos were the beneficiaries, earning a 1-0 victory to through to the semi finals.
DIVISION FIVE CUP
More quarter final action was witnessed in the Division Five Cup where two debutant sides booked semi finals this season with Cobra putting in an impressive performance to beat Epping Forest Falcons 5-2. Ryan Lawless scored twice for the Falcons but Aaron White’s brace in reply plus efforts from Alfie Dove, Bradley Johnson and Jamie Morris sent the Dagenham side through.
And they will take on Ridgeway Rovers Under 21s Reserves in that semi final as Rovers continued their impressive first season in the competition with another win although they had to battle past a decent Thames Ironworks Community Reserves side to go through. Ben Burn and Rhys Clements netted the all important Rovers goals however as they won 2-1 on the day.
It was a busy morning in the top flight where Flanders maintained their advantage at the top of the table, earning themselves a big 6-3 win against Barking & Dagenham Wanderers. Derrick Osei and Leon Lewis both scored twice with Shamari Barnwell netting the other, rendering two Peter Spicer goals plus a Nick Read effort as just consolation.
Elda have moved into second spot as they took advantage of sides not in action around them to earn a seventh league win of the campaign. They were also 6-3 winners as they returned home from Asianos with all three points, that victory moving them to within just two points of the leaders, albeit from a game more.
The reigning champions, Repton Park, look to be relinquishing their grasp on the title but aren’t giving up without a fight and remain fourth on the back of a home win on Sunday against Ultimate Vision. Stephen Judge and Sean Bush both struck for Vision but Park doubles from Jesse Spearing and debutant Justin Joseph plus a George Johnson effort, gave their side a 5-2 victory.
Completing the day’s action in the top flight, SL Menfica maintained their outside chances of silverware in the league as they took all three points from their trip to Barkingside to face Warren United. Menfica scored three goals without reply to run out 3-0 winners and earn a fifth league win of the season.
The KLIK show sees no end in Division One this season and, with three quarters of their league campaign now complete, they remain in the driving seat for the title as things stand. They were helped by another big win on Sunday, beating St Augustines 6-0 with Ricardo Teixiera on fire with a hat-trick and single efforts from Isacka Mncube, Thomas Carter and the prolific Sean Thomas.
The Division Two table is as was with Central Colts still leading the way at the top by seven points as they target back-to-back promotions. They came through the Roose test on Sunday with flying colours, netting themselves a 4-1 win to take maximum points, that being their eleventh win of another fruitful campaign.
Another big game at the top saw second placed Walthamstow Avenue play host to Goresbrook with both sides eyeing up the league title themselves this season. But it was fourth placed Goresbrook who will have been the happier of the sides, continuing their unbeaten start with a 2-0 victory as Liam Coney and Alex Duodu scoring the goals.
Sandwiched in between those sides, Hornchurch Oakmont are another side well in this battle and they remain third after edging a victory on Sunday away to Abridge Village. Jake Clarke and Aaron Gurney both struck for the hosts but Oak goals from Martin Swanwick, Jake Young and James Mitchell were enough to edge a 3-2 win.
The biggest winners of the day in Division Two were Wanstead Albion who had a field day in front of goal with a big 7-0 win against FC Mexico B. That seventh win of the season was made possible through a Harry Prince hat-trick, two from Aidan Bailey and one each from Sean Ashman and Keion Brown to keep themselves fifth in the standings.
The remaining game saw two sides battling it out at the wrong end of the table as Barking and Thames Ironworks Community met at the Flats with the sides placed ninth and eleventh respectively. David Cole scored for Barking but Thames responded with a goal of their own as the teams settled for a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw.
In Division Three, Barking Riverside continue to impress at the top of the table as they maintained their perfect record with an eleventh straight league win of the season, beating East Ham Inter 4-1. Adam Bessadi’s goal for Inter proved not quite enough with debutant Callum McCarthy netting twice for Barking and further efforts arriving through Dami Edun and Oussama Bennani.
It was a game of two games for Alpha and West Essex on Sunday who combined for a rare double header. West were 2-1 winners in the first of those two games as Harry Rouse and Jack Newbury-Neale scored a goal apiece. The tables turned in the second fixture however as, despite another Harry Rouse goal, Alpha took their chances to win 4-1 as the sides took a win apiece.
Just one game survived the elements in Division Four with Upshire Forest Reserves and title chasing Monkhams combining in an eight-goal thriller at the Flats. George Oake’s been pulling up trees in front of goal recently and scored a hat-trick here for Upshire. But Sam Snell’s hat-trick in reply plus George Moore and Jack James efforts completed a 5-3 win in Monkhams favour.