Week 4 of the season and the first weather disruption of the season already. The heavens opened Saturday night. and the rain continued until midday on Sunday and following the hot summer, it wasn’t muddy waterlogged pitches, it was pitches with standing water on the hard ground which caused the issues. While not a huge number lost, a number of County and Plumstead Challenge Cup games were postponed which causes issues into the following weeks.
So we start in the Kent FA Premier Cup and mixed emotions for the WESFA teams. Progressing to the next round are The Oddfellows Arms after a 5-2 win over Real Gima or the North Kent Sunday League, although the score did flatter the hosts slightly. Jake McIntyre scored twice with Eddie Rowland, Richie Hamill and Joe Ellis all also on target. Not progressing are Premier Division Barnehurst who went down 3-0 at home to Denton.
In the Kent FA Sunday Junior Cup again 50/50 success for the two WESFA teams although Erith Athletic took extra time to get past Gravesend Spartans by the odd goal in 11. Gareth Standley bagged a hat-trick, while Steven Ratcliffe, Josh Pavey and Robert Easterling were also on target. Blackfen United travelled to Swanscombe for their tie and although Daniel Bannett was on target, it was the hosts who progress after scoring three of their own.
A couple of Dewar Shield game took place, and Sabanoh 97 of the Premier Division travelled to Division 3 Seven Acre, and the hosts gave them a fright, but it was the Premier Division side progressing to a second round tie against Orpington Eagles 3-2. Senior Division Leaders Springhill United took their 100% winning start to the YouTube stars of Under the Radar and it was the YouTube side who progress thanks to a brace from Thomas Ngegba. Patrick Ward was on target for Springhill but its Under the Radar who face Burrage Blues or Peckham Rye in round 2.
In the Amalgamated Lifts Limited Premier Division, Jam go top of the table after a Richard Akinlade goal gave them a share of the spoils against St Michaels who had Billy Skinner on target. Up into third spot are Woodside Celtic after their 7-2 win over Burrage Blues. Bradley Killick scored a hat-trick, while Darren Flaherty scored twice with Dan Emmett & Georgie Lowes both also on target.
In the Supreme Engraving Senior Division, with Springhill in cup action, Bayswater RK closed the gap at the top with a stonking 9-1 win over Mottingham Forest. Edi Borges struck 4 times, while Jack Smith, Ryan Styles, Tunde Aderonmu, Harry King & Dominic Odusanya also chipped in with goals. Reece Williams with Forest’s consolation. South East Athletic Maroon got their first win of the season with a 5-2 win over Catford Wanderers. Alex Fitzpatrick, Dan Lott and Patrick O’Connor were among the goals.
In the Danson Property Services Division One, Welling Town are top of the tree after Frederick Agyemang, Joshua Cooper & Daniel Tsangarides all scored twice and Markus Marcus once, in their 7-3 win at Junior Reds Athletic. Ben Malyon (2) and James Beasley were on target for Athletic. FC Forza slip to second after going down 4-2 at home to Woolwich Spartans, with Alfie Collins and Lee Taylor on target for Forza. FC Plasma are up to 4th spot after a 7-2 win at Bostall Rangers with Jason Hammett (2), Bobby Rochford (2), Louie Rowbotham, Jamie Southin & James Bell on target for Plasma. Ben Blackmun and Bobby Casey for Bostall. At Meridian Sports, Phoenix Knights got their first 3 points of the season after a 9 goal thriller against Mottingham Park Rangers. Andrew Ridgers, Dave Blackall, James Groom, David Guthrie and Paul Morgan giving Phoenix a 5-4 win. Stuart Jordeson (2), Justin Gould & Kal Vaughan for Mottingham but it wasn’t to be.
In the ABA Technical Division Two, a horrific injury to Alfie Atkins of Greenwich Park Rangers overshadowed the leaders 2-0 win over Danson Albion. A 50/50 challenge resulted in a severe leg break for the 17 year old who has since had surgery on the damage. Frankie Church scored both goals, and we wish Alfie all the best in his long journey to recovery. Russellers are in second spot after a Conor Edwards goal gave them a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw with Woolwich Royals. Michael Shote with the goal for the hosts who are now 5th. Bexley Wanderers are up to 4th spot with a 5-0 win over Abbeymead. Ayman El Mantawy scored twice, with Omar El Mantawy also hitting the net with Callum Mantell and Taylor Bloomfield also weighing in to the newly promoted side.
In the Summerhill Music Division Three, AFC Kingfisher and Baldon Sports Reserves can only be split by goal difference. Kingfisher being the leaders at the moment courtesy of Patryk Smereczynski’s hat-trick, Dominik Smereczynski and Raimond Camans goals giving them a 5-4 win over Orpington Eagles Reserves. Adam Chapman (2), Gary Pryde and Lee Thraves on target for Eagles. Baldon Sports Reserves are second 6 goals behind the leaders after a 4-3 win over Heath who had Blair Anderson, Connor Kennedy & Zayddin Mackop on target. Peckham Rye lose their 100% record and drop to 3rd spot after being held 3-3 by Lessa FXI. Iain Bell, Emre Bayram and Patrick Jeram on target for Lessa.