Walthamstow Red Star Crowned Champions

Opponents Laud Red Star on Magnificent Achievement

Senior Division

Akber Sadiq & players and management celebrate with the Shield

A goal early into the game at Ashton Playing Fields was enough to see Walthamstow Red Star over the line and end their recent development, being crowned ESFC Senior Division Champions. They now join an elite bunch and add their name to the famous shield, which is one of the most prestigious and revered titles to win. As Bob Chesney, Chairman of the League says. "It's one thing to win it, but another to successfully defend it. Red Star have laid down the gauntlet for another tremendous season to come. Well done to Walthamstow!"

Despite the pain of defeat Ross Weare, Manager/Coach at Weare United, reminded his players that they were also in the fight and to learn how much that it "hurts" and use this experience to make sure they were the ones to celebrate next season. Pretty soon he was adding his hearty congratulations to Akber Sadiq & lads as they celebrated wildly, lifting the shield and letting off a few celebration "bangers" along the way.

In truth, it has been a long and arduous season for all teams, and we thank all who contributed to it. JK Silvertown & Barkingside are left to fight it out for the silver medals, Weare Utd, who were always in it but found goals hard to come by at the end. Outgoing champs Global found themselves short of numbers but noted that they were not at the races when it mattered, promising to "put that right." Newbury Forest played their part too, enjoying some success but ultimately proving that they have the right setup, with the quality & talent to keep pace in the division. Also, FC Leytonstone, having played their part in the early phase of the campaign but succumbing to the COVID-19 intervention. Looking forward to you all ignoring the clandestine approaches from rival leagues to continue your journey with us here at the ESFC as we build a better and brighter future & a whole season without interruption.

For the record, JK Silvertown currently claim second place, rounding off their first ever season at this level with a 4-0 win and an outside chance of remaining there should Barkingside fail to beat Weare Utd in an interesting contest in the next couple of weeks.

Division One

Loxford Lions are the absolute form team of the division as they hit double figures in pursuit of promotion and a remote chance of the actual title (Hillford failing to win any of their remaining games for that to happen). The Lions season roared to its conclusion and they will finish in the top two as a minimum, courtesy of their five-match winning run when it mattered most.

Hillford, with keeper Mark Newman returning & securing his ninth successive clean sheet, visited the Douglas Eyre Centre and beat Flamengo 4-0 to be three points adrift of Loxford but three games still to play. Newbury Forest Reserves failed to beat Debden Sports and the chance to make the top two. Despite an impressive late season run, it's not a bad record considering the quality in this division. Abidemi Lamina & Dean Ben Yosef grabbed their goals whilst brothers Jamal & Eyram Dzotsi replied for Debden.

Division Two

New champions SFN enjoyed a romp at Barking Colts, celebrating their title & promotion in style, cracking seven goals in the process. A Temi Alaka hat-trick plus contributions from Micah Innocent, Adil Mahi Azad & Jesse Sekiswa wrapped up proceedings at Barking Park. Horse & Well proved to be the team on a mission when they visited Hainault Athletic and coming away with a 3-1 win. Goals from Aaron Ali, Joshua French & James Marsh kept them in the driving seat with a game in hand on their nearest rivals. In order to secure the second promotion spot, Horse & Well must overcome runaway title winners SFN or Cardinals Athletic to usurp the early season leaders Essex Minors. Two draws will not be enough if EMH defeat Cardinals in their last game!

In the last game of the day, Sher Force edged a very close game at home to the Β to make sure keep close to their conquests in the table and an outside chance of climbing above them by the end of the season.