Here’s the initial look at the games coming up this Sunday
Premier Cup Semi-Final
Global vs Belfry at the M&B Club
This match is lining up to be the battle of all battles as arguably two of the top cup protagonists of recent times square off for a place in the showpiece final at Dagenham & Redbridge. Having already secured the Senior Division title plus a beaten finalist at Aveley in the Charlie White, there is the small matter of these teams also meeting in the Ernie George Trophy Final next Sunday too. But Belfry will be there in the reckoning as their exploits this season has seen them get to the SF of the County Cup, the Final of the West Essex Charity Cup and the Final of the previously mentioned Ernie George. They are also in pole position for the First Division title with their nearest challengers metaphorically in the pit lane! Expect this match to be feisty, full of promise and a pleasure to watch.
Collier Row Sunday vs Barkingside Sunday at the Forest Row Centre
What a good year it has been for both these sides, the adaptation to life at Senior level for Collier Row and the late season push for success for Barkingside. Both teams deserve credit for their application and approach, playing the game in the right spirit and seeing the season out with their heads held high. Barkingside have already secured third place while Collier Row will be trying to add a notable scalp and prove to themselves that they belong amongst the elite of Sunday football.
AC Milano vs Abridge Village at Flanders PF.
Two wins from their last two games will make life interesting in the push for promotion. AC Milano have a squad capable of so much more and when they are on fire, not many can live with them. But consistency and application is key and probably kept them from titles and finals this season. Abridge, if they manage to have a decent squad available will relish the opportunity to emulate another top side after seeing off Fairlop Oak not so long ago and that shows their hidden potential too. It’s a tough division and those who succeed have found the right elements at the time they have needed them. This is a chance to prove to others that strides have been made.
Hillford vs JK Silvertown at the Peter May Centre
These two sides have a bit of history going back to last season and the winner takes all scenario that saw the Canning Town lads edge over the line and claim the Division Two title. There’s never been much more than a point or two between them this season either so it’s no great surprise we find ourselves running the rule over another potentially epic encounter with lots riding on it. Someone needs to overtake Uplands Town who currently sit in the second spot, but who have finished their campaign already. Either Hillford or JK Silvertown will be favourites should either of them take the honours in this game. It’s game on as Allan & Ben guide their teams on a day when nobody will want to lose.