Lots of action in the Plumstead Challenge Cup this week as the biggest PCC in years kicks off in earnest. Looking down the results for “upsets”, one immediately springs out. Third Division Eltham Lions hosted Springhill United currently 2nd place in the Senior Division. Patrick Ward was on target again for Springhill but it wasn't enough as Eltham Lions held them back through a goal-scorer who hasn’t been named, and eventually held their nerve to progress on spot kicks 5-4 and onto a second round tie at Metropolitan Sunday League side Beckenham Manor. Also going to penalties were Brockley of the London & Kent Suburban League and Senior Division Orpington Eagles. A fiery bad tempered game saw Orpington think they had taken the lead in the first half, but a linesman’s flag saw the goal ruled out for offside. Orpington continued to press and eventually took the lead through Liam Clubb-Cannon, but in the second half Brockley pulled it back to send it to extra time. Orpington then took advantage of Brockley’s goalkeeper being sin-binned in the 1st period with James Brand firing them into the lead, but as time ticked on, Brockley fired in the equaliser to take it to penalties, holding their nerve to progress 4-3 onto a second round tie against Premier Division Woodside Celtic. Baldon Sports Reserves of the Third Division were another side making headlines, dumping out First Division South East Lads 5-3. No goal-scorers again recorded for Baldon, while Patrick Carey (2) and Brad Glennon were on target for SE Lads. Baldon now face Orpington Eagles Reserves in an all third division, all reserves, second round tie. FC Royals keep their good cup season going, with a hard fought 4-3 win over Welling Town. Leon Nicholas bagged a brace, Jerel Morris and Douane West sending FC Royals through to a second round tie against SEL or Bexley Athletic. Frederick Agyemang, Joshua Cooper and Alex Kirby with the goals for Welling. No giant killing for Junior Reds Athletic as they faced a strong Barnehurst side and despite goals from Karl Lattimore and Ben Malyon, Ross McCall & Andrew Browne both scored twice, Steve Gillett, Chris Johnson, Ben Short & Giorgio Fullone all scored once as the Premier Division side progressed 8-2 and on to a tie at Beacons in round 2. Under the Radar had the daunting task of hosting last season’s league champions Welling Town A, and it all went with form as goals from Sam Bailey (2), Lee Caffell and Tony Robinson overcame UTR’s scorers Tolulope Jonah and Thomas Ngegba to progress 4-2 onto a second round tie against Premier Division rivals Woolwich 90. Another London & Kent Suburban League side progressing are Baldon Sports who dispatched second division Bexley Wanderers 4-2 to set up a second round tie against Premier Division Burrage Blues. Ryan’s Green and Minett were both on target for Bexley. Second Division Russellers progress in what some would call a giant killing, but despite Woolwich Spartans being in the higher division, there are only 4 league positions between them. Two goals from Sam Wilkins and one from Luke Mercer setting up a second round tie against Petts Wood Vultures of the Metropolitan Sunday League or Senior Division Phoenix Knights with a 3-1 win. Goals from Richie Hamill and Eddie Rowland see The Oddfellows Arms past Bostall Rangers 2-0 to set up a second round tie against Woolwich Royals who overcame Springhill United Reserves by the same score. Steven Armstrong and Malik Alia with the goals. Finally Karlton Lynch scored the only goal as Abbeymead progressed past Baldon Sports (WESFA) to set up a second round tie against Footscray Lions, Long Lane or Jam.
More penalty drama in the Presidents Cup (Premier Division) as Woolwich 90 and St Michaels faced off. Goals from Danny Edwards (2) and Tremaine Brown for Woolwich and Laurent Hamill, John Woodcock and Belal Behery saw the game finish 3-3 after extra time. Woolwich 90 progress after the spot kick lottery winning 4-3, to set up another cup tie against Welling Town A.
In the Win Jones Memorial Bowl (Senior Division) Dan Lott was on target for South East Athletic Maroon, but goals from Connor Ives, Matt Tibby and Courtney Ubank see Mottingham Forest into the next round and a Quarter Final tie against Springhill United.
In the Alliance (Division One) Cup, Phoenix Knights ran out 5-1 winners against Kent Wanderers with doubles from Jack Cox and Andrew Ridgers, and a strike from Zack William-James. Connor Barry was on target for Kent Wanderers who saw Shane Gitters see red. Knights now face Bostall Rangers in the Quarter Final.
In the Len Wareham (Division Two) Cup, two five star performances from Danson Albion and Greenwich Park Rangers to set up a mouth watering Quarter Final tie between the two teams. Danson progressed past Advent Royals 5-0 with Jon Wayment, Alex Potter and James Horan all on target. Greenwich Park Rangers progress 5-2 against Meridian Sports with Frankie Church (2), Charlie Gaish, James Simmons and David Serodio on target for Rangers. James Chalkin and Max Foreman on target for Meridian.
In the Leader (Division Three) Trophy, Heath and Lessa FXI went the full 120 minutes, and it was Heath who edged the tie with the odd goal in nine. Blair Anderson and Aaron Anthony both scored twice for Heath with Connor Kennedy also on target while for Lessa Keith Miller bagged a hattrick, with Thomas Podciborski also on target. Heath now travel to Dulwich for a tie against Peckham Rye. The Smereczynski brothers were the tormentors in chief for AFC Kingfisher against Vanbrugh with Patrick bagging a hat-trick and Dominik a brace as they progress 5-1 to a Quarter Final tie against Springhill United Reserves.
Some league action as well, and in the Amalgamated Lifts Limited Premier Division, Luke Smith of Footscray Lions was the week’s star performer with SIX goals as they close the gap on Woodside Celtic with a stunning 8-1 win. William Muckle and Steven Smith were also on target for the Lions, while Harry Mahoney scored the consolation for Celtic. Elsewhere another point for bottom of the table Burrage Blues as they draw 3-3 with Sabanoh 97.
In the Supreme Engraving Senior Division, Bayswater RK climb to the top of the division with a 4-1 win at Catford Wanderers. While Erith Athletic are up to 5th with a 3-2 win at Turk Ocagi Bermondsey. Carl Oblitey with a brace for Turk Ocagi.
In the Danson Property Services Division One, FC Forza Greenwich closed the gap on leaders FC Plasma by beating them 4-3, Nick Anderson, Charlie Payne and Matthew Woolf all on target for Forza, with Louie Rowbotham, John Townrow and Noel Rodney on target for FC Plasma. Two goals from Stuart Jordeson and one from Charlie Richmond see Mottingham Park Rangers beat SEL 3-2.
No games in the ABA Technical Division Two, so onto the Summerhill Music Division Three; Peckham Rye are up to third with a 3-1 win over Orpington Eagles Reserves. Freddie Ward with the consolation for Eagles. Finally goals from Stephen Alexander, William Brown, Roberto Faratro, Matthew Kolseth, David Paulizky and Steven Sage gave Seven Acre Sports a 6-1 win over AFC Sporting Greenwich, Stephen Bailey with the goal for Greenwich.