We start this week with another midweek fixture in the Danson Property Services Division One, as FC Royals continue playing catch up, this time playing Mottingham Park Rangers. Goals from Stefan Jones, Douane West and Daniel Doyle securing a 3-0 win against the team in second spot. Royals are 7th in the table, 12 points off of top spot, unbeaten with 7 games in hand. Will there be a late sprint finish, or will time run out for the Royals??
Onto Sunday 10th March and huge congratulations to Turk Ocagi Limassol Russellers who reach their first WESFA Final in the Win Jones Memorial Bowl, after a thrilling 5-4 win over Bayswater RK. Carl Oblitey scored twice, with Ben Lovell, Habib Jakkari and Tijani Eshilokun also on target. Anthony Putrus-Schnell bagged a hat-trick for Bayswater but it wasn’t to be. Jack Smith grabbed the other. TOL will now face Springhill United in the final which will be played at VCD Football Club in Crayford on 28th April at 2:30pm. You can buy your tickets in advance here.
In the Bert Holloway Cup a brace from Aaron Escudier pushed FC Forza one step closer to the final with a 3-1 win over AFC Kingfisher. Matthew Woolf scored the third, and Leo Bidewell was on target for the Fish. Forza now face Beacons in the Semi Final after they secured a 4-1 win over Eltham Lions. Two goals a piece from Callum Flynn and Taylor Lewis did the damage, despite a Ben Newham goal for the Lions.
Two thrillers in the Fred Jolly Cup, first Premier Division Footscray Lions progress past all conquering FC Royals by the odd goal in seven which was definitely a game for the neutrals and not for the managers! Matthew Knuckey hit a brace for the Lions with Steven Smith and William Muckle also weighing in. Tyrone Headley, Douane West and Jay Thomas were on target for Royals but it wasn’t to be. Footscray Lions now face Beacons or Burrage Blues in the Semi Final. In the other Quarter Final it was another Division One club bowing out, as Senior Division Blackfen United overcame Mottingham Park Rangers 3-2. Glen Bannell, Lee De Maertelaere and Daniel Tidnam all on target for Blackfen with Jordan Johnson and David Ricketts on target for Rangers. Blackfen now face Woolwich Spartans or Springhill United in the Semi Final.
A giant killing took place in the Peter Smith Cup, and the fairytale ends for Woolwich 90, leaving the cup dedicated to their late Secretary in it’s inaugural year at the hands of Senior Division South East Athletic Maroon 4-2. Darren Wynne, Owen Rice, Pod Biggane & Rauri McFarlane all on target for SEA Maroon, while Danny Edwards struck twice for Woolwich. A Semi Final trip to Bayswater now awaits for Maroon.
Into the Amalgamated Lifts Limited Premier Division, a thumping 6-0 win for Welling Town A against Sabanoh 97 keeps them top of the table on goal difference from The Oddfellows Arms, goals were from Sam Bailey (3)), Brima Daramy (2) and Taylor Robinson. The Oddfellows stay level on points in second spot, with a 2-1 win over Burrage Blues. Coy Hardy and Eddie Rowland were on target for the Odds, who have played 3 games more than the leaders, and have a inferior goal difference of -17. Barnehurst swap places with opponents Jam into 4th spot with a 4-1 win. Andrew Brown, Craig Cook and Chris Johnson were among the goals.
In the Supreme Engraving Senior Division, Long Lane took full advantage of Bayswater playing in a cup match to go top with a thumping 5-1 win at Catford Wanderers. Femi Orenuga scored twice, with Jordan Clark, Grant Duff and Matthew McFarlane all also on target. Ricky Farquharson scored the consolation for Catford. Hot on their tails and into second spot are Under the Radar, after Thomas Ngegba scored 4 in a 5-2 win over Orpington Eagles. Jed Brown scored the other, whilst Mitchell Row scored twice for the Eagles. Springhill United are in the mix as well, just 3 points off of top spot in 4th place after a 4-0 win over bottom side Mottingham Forest. Luke Miller scored a hat-trick while Aaron Miller scored the other. What a finish we are going to have at the top of this division!!
In the Danson Property Services Division One, the top seven weren’t in league action, although Phoenix Knights did fail to field a side against Welling Town so expect the 3 points to be awarded, in a goal bonanza 8th placed Woolwich Spartans overcame 9th placed FC Plasma 8-5, and I suspect both teams still have their calculators out trying to work out the goal-scorers as Full Time hasn’t been updated for either side.
In the ABA Technical Division Two, Frankie Church was on target for leaders Greenwich Park Rangers but they went down 2-1 to 4th placed Meridian Sports who had Robert Yardley sent off. Russellers remain second with 3 games in hand after a 5-3 win over Bexley Wanderers. Omar El Mantawy, Ayman El Mantawy and Aaron Edwards were on target for Bexley but it wasn’t enough. No credit for Russellers who haven’t updated Full Time. Abbeymead a 3rd thanks to an Adam Fahy hat-trick securing a 4-1 win over Bexley Athletic. Karlton Lynch getting the 4th.
In the Summerhill Music Division Three, with the top two in cup action, Springhill United Reserves jumped into third spot with a 2-1 at Peckham Rye. Boluwatife Ogunbona and Robin Barber-Street with the goals. At AFC Sporting Greenwich, Baldon Sports Reserves came away with the points but it was AFC Sporting Greenwich who won the day and the hearts of many. The game was played in memory of Baldon Sports Reserves Mitchell Tayor’s nephew James Daniel Russell who sadly passed away at the age of just 2. AFC Sporting Greenwich pulled together to give the family a card and a donation. A superb gesture and shows the strength of the WESFA Family. A minutes silence was held and MItchell Taylor scored twice in the match which caused players and supporters of both sides to applaud. Joshua Evans, Conor Parfitt and Lewis Togwell scored the other for Baldon Sport, while Louie Dane and Elliot McCloskey scored for AFC Sporting Greenwich Come down and show your support. All at WESFA would like to pass on our condolences to Mitchell and the family of young James, may he rest in peace.
Finally we have the WESFA Shield, which is a bolted on competition for the teams that have nearly finished their games. A round robin first round ending with a final match, saw Vanbrugh take on Advent Royals in the first match. Richard Jerman, Darren Nelson and Alan Said were among the goals for Vanbrugh, while Lawrence Boamah scored for Advent.