Plumstead Challenge Cup took centre stage again this week, and the biggest game of the day was at Hackney Marshes as El Valiente of the Hackney & Leyton Sunday League Premier Division took on Woolwich 90 of our own Premier Division. Joe Dady slammed El Valiente into a 1st minute lead, and with the game swinging from end to end, James Noel equalised for Woolwich after 31 minutes. Just ten minutes later and Woolwich were in the lead with Dan Edwards scoring from the spot after being fouled. Chances came and went for both sides in the second half, but it was Woolwich 90 who were more lethal in front of goal, with Dan Edwards completing his hat-trick, and Joe Baker also hitting the net. Danny Bird scored a late second for El Valiente but it was all too late for them to progress in this competition this season. Woolwich 90 now travel to Woolwich Royals in the third round, after they progressed with a 3-2 win over Eltham Lions. Mark Rickwood and Issac Weston among the goals. Abbey Wood are also progressing to round 3 after a 3-2 win over Maroon XI. Tom Cirulis with a brace and David Bacon with the goals. Their opponents in the next round will be Junior Reds Spartans after Jamil Musa & Faisal Qadri gave them a 2-0 win over Lessa FXI. No giant killing exploits for Bexley Athletic this week though as they paid respects to Ben Purdy, tragically shot dead 3 years ago. Bostall Old Boys were just too strong, running out 5-1 winners, Peter Tyrell with a hat-trick, with Gary Carr and Adam Williams also on target. Elton Lewis with the consolation for Bexley. Awaiting Bostall in the next round are Footscray Lions, who needed extra time to get past fellow Premier Division side St Michaels. Dean Warner and Jamie Williams both hitting two, Peter Smith and Ben Williams also on target for Lions. Adam Fahy, Billy Skinner, James Horn & Daniel Tarrant with the goals for St Michaels but it wasn't to be for them. Also needing extra time were Eltham SF who edged past Long Lane A 4-2. Two goals from Bradley Simms, plus strikes from Jack Corr & Tommy Gaish cancelling out Tony Stanley & Ross Gregory's goals. New London or Woodside Celtic wait in round 3. Two goals from Tomarieo Whyte helped Jam to a 5-1 win over Danson Albion. Michael Soile, Kwame Mensah- Sarpong & Clement Edewor also on target. Jam now face Long Lane B, Sabanoh 97 or Teviot Rangers in the third round, as we await the outcome from London FA of the first round tie between Long Lane and Sabanoh. The game between Club Santacruzense de Londres and Eltham Phoenix A was abandoned in the dying minutes with the home side 2-1 up.
In the Presidents Cup Quarter Final, Long Lane B upset the form book by sending Eltham Phoenix B packing with a 5-2 win. Tom Rush hit 2, while Joe Borland, Jack Robbins and Ben Clements were also on target. Two goals from Jordan McTigue were not enough for Phoenix. Long Lane now face the winners of the Santacruzense v Orpington Eagles tie.
Two goals from Stuart Jordeson see Mottingham Park Rangers through to the Semi Final of the Len Wareham Memorial trophy with a 4-2 win over Baldon Sports. David Harvey and Alfie Gosnell completing the scoring for Rangers. Paul Joy and Charlie Robinson for Baldon Sports. Rangers now face Junior Reds Athletic or Eltham Phoenix A in the semi final.
In the Dewar Shield, an inspired performance from Freddie Baverstock was not enough for Mottingham Forest as they went down 3-1 to FC Forza Greenwich. Daniel Bunce, Henry Lee & Shakeel Zuberi on target for Forza, while Corey Lye was on target for Forest.
The Fred Jolly Memorial Plate kicked off in earnest for the first time in years, and AFC Kingfisher take a 5-2 lead into the second leg against Baldon Sports Reserves. David Scott hit a double, Dominik Smereczynski, Will Stent and James Harrington were also on target. Billy Hosmer hit a double for Baldon to leave hope for the second leg.
In the Amalgamated Lifts Limited Premier Division, a hat-trick from Elliot Gyasi Mensah and a brace from David Noel see Sabanoh 97 jump up to 3rd spot, with a 5-2 win over Orpington Eagles, in the closest Premier Division race in years, just 4 points separate 3rd spot from bottom and just 9 points between the top & bottom spots.
With Eltham SF in Cup Action, Hornfair Athletic seized the chance to go top of the Supreme Engraving Senior Division with a 5-2 win over Blackfen United. Jay Naiwo with two, Sam Bailey, Lewis Oduku & Michael Fernley with the goals for Hornfair while James Goodman and Jamie Jeffrey were on target for Blackfen. Two goals from Luke Gray and one from Richie Hammill saw The Oddfellows Arms record their second league win with a 3-0 win over New London while Turk Ogaci Limassol Russellers also recorded their second league win of the season with a 4-2 win over Woolwich Spartans. Jason Thanni hit a hat-trick with Christopher Sholu scoring the other for TOL while Billy Granger and Eni Penev were on target for Spartans.
One game in the Danson Property Services Division One saw Welling Town and Kent Wanderers share two goals and the points. Jourdan Coupland and Ricky Gould on target for their respective teams.
At the top end of the ABA Technical Division Two Junior Reds Athletic closed the gap on second placed FC Plasma with a 2-1 win to close the gap to just two points. Paul Christodoulou and a penalty from Joe Lattimore sealing the points for Reds. David Coker with the goal for Plasma. At Hornfair Park goal galore as Advent Royals and Springhill United Reserves drew 2-2. Conor Mansfield and Papaa kwame Owusu for Advent, while Patrick Haverty and Charlie Troke were on target for Springhill.
In the Summerhill Music Division 3, Abbeymead move back to second spot courtesy of a 1-1 draw with Heath. Alex Akinrinmade for Abbeymead and Jack Howell for Heath were the scorers.