County Cups taking centre stage this week, and Footscray Lions continue to carry the torch for WESFA in the Kent Sunday Premier Cup, a Luke Smith goal giving the lions a 1-0 against Lullingstone.
Not so much luck for Mottingham Forest, whose exploits in the Kent Sunday Junior Cup ended at the hands of Bexley United. Goals for David Shaw and Adam Shulver were not enough for Forest as they bowed out in round 2 by 4 goals to 2.
The London Cup was a happy hunting ground for Woolwich 90 last season, until the final hurdle, and they are looking to go all the way this year, and Sunday's 4-1 win against Wounded Knee in the London Sunday Trophy sends a signal out that last season's finalists are not messing around this year. Danny Edwards hit a hat-trick, with Joe Baker bagging the 4th. A trip to Catford Wanderers is the reward in round 2. No further County Cup action for Orpington Eagles though, a long trip to Southfields to play Streatham Stanley started well with James Leahy putting the Eagles one up in the first half, but Stanley came back to secure a 3-1 win, to progress to the next round. Turk Ogaci Limassol Russellers faced a tricky tie away to Kocgiri, and found it a step too far with a 7-0 defeat. New London travelled to Middlesbrough Supporters South, and after a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes, fell to an extra-time goal. As many of our readers will know, extra-time is not played in the early rounds of the adult county cups, however the referee in charge was not as clued up, so the game gets replayed this week as it should have gone straight to penalties, so a second chance for New London.
One game in the Second round of the Dewar Shield, saw 9 goals as defences took the day off in the Bayswater RK v Bostall Old Boys tie. Peter Tyrell's hat-trick and Jack Duvall's sending Bostall through to face Footscray Lions in round 3, despite the efforts of Bayswater who had Joey White (2), Joseph Grant-Hines and Bradley Johnson on target.
In the Plumstead Challenge Cup first round, two goals from Tony Stanley along with strikes from Jerron Cragg and Ross Gregory saw Long Lane A upset FC Plasma 4-0. Long Lane now face the winners of Advent Royals and Eltham SF who play Sunday. Abbeymead hosted Junior Reds Athletic, and despite Alex Akinrinmade's brace and Karlton Lynch's strike, the hosts bowed out as 4 from Paul Christodoulou, 3 from Ben Malyon, 2 from Jack Hughes and 1 from Daniel Jackaman gave Junior Reds a 10-3 win. They go on to host FC Royal Sports and Social of the London & Kent Suburban League in round 2. Also handing out some punishment were Woodside Celtic to Springhill United Reserves with an 8-0 thumping. Bradley Killick hit a hat-trick, Joseph Bardwell 2, with Dennis Williams and Alexandru Loan Bobeica also weighing in with goals. Woodside Celtic will now travel to the winners of the New London and AFC Croydon Town first round tie.
In the Amalgamated Lifts Limited Premier Division, St Michaels are still top after a battling draw at Club Santacruzense de Londres. Sergiomar Da Silva on target for Santacruzense but no details recorded for St Michaels. Hot on their tails are Eltham Phoenix B, in second place who recorded a 5-2 win at Long Lane B thanks to goals from Jordan McTigue (2), Lemarl Hubbard (2) and Mustafa Karababa. Jack Carthy and Steve Smith with the consolations for Long Lane. Elsewhere Springhill United and Sabanoh 97 shared 6 goals and the points thanks to goals from Marcus Nielson, Danny Parmenter & Patrick Ward for Springhill & Emmanuel Hanson, David Noel and Anthony Sam-King for Sabanoh 97.
In the Supreme Engraving Senior Division, Eltham SF are now 6 points clear at the top thanks to a 5-2 win at Woolwich Spartans, all 3 substitutes on target for Eltham SF, James Simmons coring twice, Thomas Ngegba & Temitope Oladimeji scoring from the bench while Jedidiah Brown also scored. Billy Granger and Jack Oliver were on target for Spartans. Hornfair Athletic are up to third after a supreme show of counter attacking football at Cutty Sark (Thamesmead). Cutty Sark forced the game and had most of the first half possession but found themselves 5-0 down at half time thanks to goals from Jack Henderson, Lewis Oduku, Laurent Mendy & two from Sam Bailey. Cutty Sark concentrated more on their football in the second half as Tom Barton and Sam Simpson gave them hope with two goals back, but Lewis Oduku hit his second of the match and Sam Bailey completed his hat-trick to record a 7-2 win.
In the Danson Property Services Division One, Abbey Wood maintained their 100% record with a 5-2 win against Junior Reds Spartans to remain 3 points clear at the top of the table. Callum Newitt scored twice with further goals from David Bacon, James Plaster & Alan Turner, while Spartans had Charlie Griffin on target. Ryan House, Owen Jeavons and Jake Darling were on target as Teviot Rangers remain 3 points behind in second spot securing a 3-1 win against Danson Albion. Billy Standen the scorer for Danson. We welcomed FC Forza Greenwich into the frame and they recorded their first win in their first game with a 3-1 win over Kent Wanderers, thanks to strikes from Billy Cox, Christopher Hill and Henry Lee. Nick McGinty scored the consolation for Kent Wanderers.
In the ABA Technical Division Two, Mottingham Park Rangers go 3 points clear at the top with a stonking 8-1 win against Advent Royals. Esmail el Khabaz hit a hat-trick, Jordan Johnson (2), with David Harvey, Stuart Jordeson & Lois Reven also on target. Rewan Fernandez was on target for Advent Royals. Eltham Phoenix A played their first league game after their name change, and are up to 6th spot above opponents Bexley Athletic after a 3-1 win. Conor Reardon, Peter Flood & Zach Davis for Eltham, while Renell George was on target for Bexley. Elsewhere Baldon Sports WESFA and Thamesmead shared the spoils with a 1-1 draw. Paul Joy and Calvin Dovaston the scorers.
In the Summerhill Music Division Three, things all went a bit bonkers. The one game we can report on involves Vanbrugh and Lessa FXI who drew 1-1. Keith Miller on target for Lessa, while no stats recorded for Vanbrugh. The remaining 2 games between AFC Kingfisher & Meridian and Heath & Woolwich Royals saw a flurry of red cards, poor discipline among some of the participants and the matches being abandoned. The league will not stand for such actions demonstrated by some of the people involved and rule 5(D) has been invoked for the first time in two seasons or more to enable the league to carry out proper investigations.
Fixtures this week, and the juicy looking tie takes place well out of our manor, in Hackney Marshes. El Valiente of the Hackney & Leyton Premier Divison, take on Eltham Phoenix B in the WESFA Amalgamated Lifts Ltd Premier Division in the Plumstead Challenge Cup. In the same competition another game worthy of being a final is Long Lane B v Sabanoh 97, while Turk Ocagi turn their attentions from London Cup to Kent Cup, with a trip to Crayford Athletic.
Wherever you are playing or supporting, remember your behaviour reflects on others and ultimately the club you play for or support are responsible for you. If you really support them in whatever capacity, you will do all you can to promote them, and not drag them down. This is not the Premier League, everyone running the clubs are volunteers, the referees in most cases are starting out their progression or are happy with their level, they will miss bits here and there but they like the rest of us, are there to enjoy the game. Strange as it may seem, if a referee is enjoying the game, they have a better game, so the players enjoy it more; well in most cases
Good Luck to all!