So with a full week to get over the excesses of the previous two weeks it was back to action and we start in the Plumstead Challenge Cup, with Woodside Celtic hosting Welling Town of the London & Kent Suburban League. James Tester's goal for the home side was not enough as the visitors progress to the next round with a 3-1 win. Welling Town now face a wait while we still wait for London FA to deal with the Round 1 abandonment between Woolwich Spartans and Baldon Sports Reserves of the LKSL, before we can even think of Welling Town's 3rd round tie.
A 3rd Round tie of the Dewar Shield was played however, and it's WESFA's Baldon Sports progressing from this one. Danny Rogers and Bradley Shepherd were on target as Baldon progress past Plumstead AFC 2-0 to face either Sabanoh 97 or Phoenix Knights in the Quarter Finals.
Into the Amalgamated Lifts Limited Premier Division and Sabanoh 97 got back to winning ways with a 5-2 win at Turk Ocagi Limassol Russellers. Wilson Brown scored twice, with Rashid Kamara, Abbie Jabbie and Bankole Koroma also on target. In second spot Long Lane welcomed New Life United back from their break with little sympathy, 9-0 the final score with Jack Webber and Johnny Wright both hitting braces. 3rd spot belongs to Club Santacruzense de Londres, after a last gasp winner gave them a 3-2 win a Welling Town Woolwich. Joel Ramos scored twice and Vitor Abreu once for the Portuguese side. Shane Smith and Joseph Tamlyn were on target for Welling Town who had skipper Jason Elliott sent off moments before the final whistle. Jam move into 4th spot above today's opponents Footscray Lions after a 3-2 win. No goalscorer information available on Full Time. Springhill United also leapfrog their opponents after today's result, that being a 4-3 win over Junior Reds Seniors. Patrick Ward scored twice, with Danny Shaw and Harry Nelson also on target for Springhill who also saw goalkeeper Steven Gobbett sent off for the second time this season.
The Supreme Engraving Senior Division leaders Woolwich 90 got 2017 off to an absolute stormer with a 10-1 thrashing of Maroon XI in what many perceived to have the prospect of being a really close hard fought game. Sadly Maroon's defence seemed to still be in the Christmas trifle, as a 3 first half goals conceded saw 7 added in the second half. A superb 6 goals from Danny Edwards, plus braces from James Noel and Renato Marinalli, however one of the goals of the match was scored by Maroon's Dan Lott. A Paul Morgan hat-trick sees Phoenix Knights retain second spot with a 4-3 win over Woolwich Spartans. Rob Dennis scored the other goal, while Adam Roberts hit two in reply with Al Ameen Amodu scoring the other for Spartans.
Into Division One and we start at the bottom, by congratulating Royal Arsenal on their first WESFA points, collecting all 3 with a 3-2 win against Teviot Rangers. Felix Beck, Diogo Moreira and Giuseppe Vammacigno scoring the goals for a first win of the season. Back to the top of the table and with Woodside Celtic in Cup action, FC Plasma took the chance to go level on points at the top with a 5-2 win over Woolwich Royals. Joe Perry, Steven Armstrong & Jamie Southin among the goals for Plasma. Old Roan Red Lions remain in 3rd spot just 3 points behind after a 4-0 win over Mottingham Park Rangers, Ben Eades, Paul Greenhead, Danny Lawson and Giles Wilmore with the goals. Right on their tails on goal difference and New London who had a Jerry Reeves goal secure a 1-0 win over FC Puma.
Division Two and it really is a two horse race at the top, with Kent Wanderers a short head in front thanks to a goal difference of 8 greater than 2nd placed Advent Royals who are themselves 11 points clear of 3rd spot. A hat-trick from Chris McGinty saw the leaders edge past Bayswater RK with a 4-3 win, Harvey Kidd scoring the other goal, while Advent Royals edged past 3rd placed Junior Reds Athletic 3-2 thanks to goals from Conor Mansfield, Ryan McDermott, Kwadwo Gyimah and apparently a fair amount of help from the woodwork! Sutcliffe Rangers in 4th spot, succumbed to a shock 8-4 defeat against Springhill United Reserves, only United's 3rd league win of the season, and Sutcliffe's 2nd defeat. 4 goals from Daniel Quarshie, 2 from Moses Omoruyi along with Charlie Troke and Jean-Luc Daley strikes securing the points. A goal from James Moore was not enough for Mottingham Forest as they fell to a 3-1 defeat against 6th placed Vanbrugh with 7th placed Lessa FXI shared to points and 4 goals against AFC Kingfisher. Balazs Szucs and Blaine Carey on target for Lessa while Lewis Blenkinsop and Christopher Peasey scored for the home side. Finally Sam Winter was on target as 8th placed Borussia Heath 15 secured a 2-1 win against Meridian Sports.