Senior Division

JK Silvertown 2, Global 5

A devastating 10-minute spell turned this game right on its head as Global roared straight back into the game, and contention, for the title. Despite going ahead 2-1 through Bradley Drisdale & Reece Morgan, the latter, courtesy of a stunning solo effort, the game was certainly in favour of the well-backed home side, for they were returning to their spiritual home at Lyle Park for the first time since the lockdowns began. That dark period saw an own goal, a red card, resulting penalty and an outrageous own goal settle the game as a contest and leave Silvertown counting the cost. But not all is lost, their place in the table was secured due to other results and a chance to go again. Global put themselves back in the picture and will not relinquish their title without a fight. Goals today were a brace by Danny Cox (1 pen) with one apiece for Ryan Gardiner, Melvyn Nketia & the own goal.

Weare Utd 1, Belfry 1 (D/H)

A last gasp effort by Jamie Redington secured a point for Belfry in the first part of this anticipated double header. Jonas Bospes had earlier put Weare Utd ahead and they looked to be heading for a much-needed win until the late intervention.

Belfry 1, Weare Utd 2 (D/H)

So, the second part of this double banker secured all three points and great day for Weare Utd. Four points from the two games and they will now be looking forward with renewed confidence and a chance to make waves in the push for the podium spots. Grabbing the all-important goals in this second encounter for Weare were Sean Ekila & Nathaniel Omope.

Newbury Forest 4, Barkingside 2

Now that’s what the doctor ordered. After heralding their return to action last week and playing well despite a draw, today’s game was very different. A stellar performance did not surprise many independent observers as this has been threatened for quite a while. Goals came a Lloyd Ross double (that’s 3 in 2 games now), Dan Ross and another from sub Chris West. The only way is up from here.

The whole of the division is now bunching up and your guess is as good as mine who will take the honours at this stage.

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Global v Barkingside

Resurgent Global face off against the old enemy in what’s sure to be a classic encounter with Barkingside looking to recover from a surprising loss yesterday

Newbury Forest v Weare Utd

Newbury Forest will be looking to continue where they left off. Three points garnered from their opening two return games and the belief is there. Weare Utd are cock-a-hoop with their weekend return and working hard to learn and push forward, which they did effectively yesterday

Walthamstow Red Star v Belfry

Red Star lead the way and will be boosted by results which went their way. Now they have a chance to forge ahead with the visit of Belfry, who will have a point to prove after stuttering on the opening two weekends this far.

Division One

Debden Sports 2, Flamengo 1

An Eyram Dzotsi double secured a fabulous victory over Flamengo which has lifted them up to third in the table. Knowing both teams, this game was keenly fought and as the scoreline suggests, wasn’t one-sided but makes the rest of the division sit up as Sports have hit the ground running.

Hillford 1, South Ilford Catholics 0

Rob Sheehan will be the man grabbing the headlines for scoring the only goal of the game against a dogged and determined South Ilford Catholics today, but all attention must go to goalkeeper Mark Newman & the defence who have now not conceded for SEVEN straight games. A remarkable stat at any level. Knowing the qualities of the other teams they have faced; you will know how special this is. Well done to the rest of the team too as I know they have a special bond and will all share in that stat.

Mark Newman (Hillford FC)

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Flamengo D/H South Ilford Catholics

Both sides will be eager to overturn their reverses of the weekend and prove that they are better than what their latest results are showing. Six points on off in this double banker

Hillford v Debden Sports

A repeat of a cup final match-up back in October when Hillford put Debden to the sword to lift the trophy. Allan & Martin will have prepared their teams to up the ante as both knows what the other is capable of. One slip will be punished and no way back. There’s no doubt this will be the place to be on Sunday.

Loxford Lions v Newbury Forest Reserves

Loxford have a chance to cement second place but the Forest Reserves are pulling up trees and marching relentlessly towards all opponents. This is going to be one tasty encounter.

Division Two

Barking Colts 0, Hainault Athletic 1

What a tight encounter at Barking Park for these two teams who went out there and thoroughly enjoyed the occasion, proving that football exists at every level and should be enjoyed by all. The visiting boss, Damo will be especially pleased as will Luke Sutcliff, who notched the only goal of the game. Teams remain in 6th & 7th in the division

Cardinals Athletic 0, Belfry Reserves 6

What a turn up for the books as this devastating win was achieved against a backdrop of much disappointment for Belfry from last week. An Alex Robinson hat-trick was the highlight but Billy Harding with 2 and another from Reece Dye pushed the visitors back into contention for a promotion berth.

Horse & Well 0, Something From Nothing 2

Temi Alaka & David Prenga scored the goals that ensured SFN secured all three points in this major battle at the top of the division. Horse & Well are a force but the tornado has just struck and put the visitors in prime promotion position.

Sher Force 0, Essex Minors (Hornchurch) 3

Sher Force remain rooted to the foot of the division in this fragmented season but they were facing the might of the leaders EMH. In the end the visitors will have been pleased to overcome what could have been a tricky game and thankful for goals from Callum Willis, Alex Bailey & Cain Dash.

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Belfry Reserves D/H Hainault Athletic

Two winners from last weekend and their tails will be up. John Blasdale and Damo Clark locking horns with six points on offer from this double fixture

Essex Minors v Something From Nothing

The top two square off in the game of the day. Both teams are absolutely on top of their game and I await the result with anticipation. Lee & Nathan are keenly involved with their teams and building substantial legacies. Look out for this one.

Horse & Well D/H Barking Colts

On paper this will be one way traffic but the Colts are unpredictable. Another double header so who knows what will come of this marathon next week. They won’t lie down though so Horse will have to do more than canter to take the spoils.

Sher Force v Cardinals Athletic

Both teams will be hurting after being scoreless and pointless last week. Both are very capable of pulling it out of the bag when needed, so those who turn up with the best attitude, will also be rolling away with the points.