Senior Division

Barkingside 11, Greatchester 1

All too easy for Franco's boys, two straight wins and now sitting atop the division courtesy of a superior goal difference. A lot of credit has to go to the visitors though, as they seek to find a firm footing in a such a tough competitive division. A bit ragtag & bobtail but certainly prepared to mix it with the big boys and make a statement. I am hoping their time will come soon enough. Reece Simpson scored six goals, with one apiece for a a host of others.

Global 3, Loxford Lions 1

Global continue their rebuild and are "pleased" with the way the lads are gelling & developing as a group. Despite having to cope with a few injuries and unavailability, the road ahead looks rosy as they seek to establish themselves as viable challengers for the title. A big test comes next week when they travel to the current champs but they will have celebrated todays victory, courtesy of a pair from Tony Da Silva plus one from Rob Sheehan.

JK Silvertown 4, Weare Utd 2

I can only envisage that this game had it all, and a bit more to boot!  There have been some interesting meetings over the last 12 months or so and know how much the visitors are hurting as their general play hasn't seen the results come their way in the opening three fixtures. The work's being put in but maybe a little belief has deserted them at crucial moments. Tommy Jackson & Jordan Johnson grabbed the goals for the visitors but it'll be interesting to see how they pull themselves out of the spiral. But for JK, this was another example of the fight they have within, to keep themselves at the forefront of the challenge. The standards need to be maintained as, once again, there are several candidates keeping pace for the title.

Next Week....

Loxford Lions vs Barkingside

Walthamstow Red Star vs Global

Weare Utd vs Greatchester Utd

Division One

Debden Sport 3, Rainham WMC 4

A wonderful game sees Rainham edge a 7 goal thriller and head to the top of the table. There are waypoints during a season on how you can judge your season, and a win at Debden Sports will be right up there. Never an easy place to visit, nor to take points without earning them, Andy & Violet will be best pleased to hear how well their first team has done. Despite two goals from Carl White and another from Jamal Dzotsi, Debden took nothing from the game, although the signs are that they are not out of the fight for the podium & promotion places.

FIFE 7, Warren Utd 1

Now sitting in second place are newcomers FIFE, having upped the gears are the interval against fellow debutants Warren Utd, and being clinical in front of goal. Amongst the scorers for the home team were John Kweku Gyasi (2), Yaya Bamba, Naseer Ishanzadeh & Christian Londono. Rightly installed as one of the pre-season favourites, the pressure is now on them to continue the push for the top places. Warren, on the other hand, can now focus on putting it all together for next week and know they probably won't face such a stern test.

Gants Hill 3, Real Dagenham 0

Unfortunate events preceded this game as the designated ref was involved in a car accident and, understandably, could not attend. So credit to both sides for attempting to play the game with a trainee ref. I applaud you both for having the right attitude in allowing the game to go ahead. In the end I guess it was always going to be a challenge for whoever takes control and so it proved. In general there will always be winners and losers, sometimes decisions come and equally they will go, but I do know that everyone tried to the best of their ability. I've heard from all involved and the outcome would have been the same regardless of who was in the middle. Both teams showed passion and for most if it, respected each other. Of course, some things might have, or might not, have happened the same way but overall, maybe the best team won. It's early doors and plenty of chances for each side to continue or regain the initiative.

Horse & Well 0, Newbury Forest 4

This meeting of two teams with impressive current form, and each a 100% record, was to prove one of the achievements of the day. Bits said on social media the previous evening showed the passion of the home side, but the visitors packed the punch when it mattered. There's no doubt that both will be battling right throughout the season at the business end of the table, but on this occasion Newbury Forest will be pleased to come away with the points and sit nicely poised in third, but with games in hand. Similarly, H&W could leap into the promotion positions with their game in hand to. It's nicely tightly knit at the top.

South Ilford Catholics 4, Brentwood Rangers 2

The Catholics will be pleased to have notched their first win of the season, but from the scoreline, it seems anything but straight forward. Having encountered the visitors a couple of weeks back, I know what they are capable of. Perhaps a win will turn the corner for them, but they are refusing to roll over and this is another game finding their feet against good hosts who are famed for their togetherness and a willingness to fight for each other. Both teams are on different paths and will cross again, maybe next time the tables will be turned.

Next Week....

Brentwood Rangers (10) vs FC Leytonstone (-)

Rainham WMC (1) vs Horse & Well (4)

Real Dagenham (8) vs FIFE (2)

South Ilford Catholics (6) vs Gants Hill (5)

Warren Utd (9) vs Debden Sports (7)

Division Two

Hainault Athletic 3, Cardinals Athletic 7

Injuries and no keeper (I am sure they didn't play rush goalie!) played their part as Hainault were crushed by a rampant Cardinals team. Greg Barteluk, Stuart Downes & Luke Sutcliff grabbed the consolation goals for the home side, who will be expecting much more from their season when the ill wind changes direction. For the visitors, it was their first triumph of the season and proved last year, that they can earn some notable victories. Onwards and upwards for both from here on in.

Rainham WMC Res 0, Debden Sports A 0

An absolute rarity in grassroots football....a no score draw!!  But with both now sitting handily in second and third place, perhaps we shouldn't be surprised they were deadlocked after 90 mins. It's looking good and promising as each maintained a doughnut in the losses column but now the 100% record to match the leaders has disappeared.

Sher Force 4, Essex Minors 1

Far from the early domination of last season EMH are finding life a lot tougher this time around and are seeking to ride out the storm. It was never going to be an easy task, in trying to defeat Sher Force, but they are probably learning a lot and seeing some sunshine on the horizon. For the home team & their first game of the new campaign it's a great start. Consistent performances will see them challenging the leaders and proving to be hard to beat.

Barking Colts vs BSL, Postponed

Next week.....

BSL (7) vs Rainham WMC Res (1)

Debden Sports A (3) vs Bretons Manor (1)

Hainault Athletic (8) vs Sher Force (4)