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Bancroft crash out in Real upset

PUBLISHED: 17:39 16 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:42 05 October 2010

By PHIL RAVITZ STEPNEY outfit Bancroft United were high-profile casualties as the Hackney and Leyton League s Jack Walpole Cup kicked off last weekend. The Premier Division side were dumped out of the competition by Division One newcomers Real Romania a

By PHIL RAVITZ

STEPNEY outfit Bancroft United were high-profile casualties as the Hackney and Leyton League's Jack Walpole Cup kicked off last weekend.

The Premier Division side were dumped out of the competition by Division One newcomers Real Romania as Antonio Mieroi netted twice for Real and Tim Brinza added a third, with Justin Weatherman hitting Bancroft's sole reply.

The Hackney derby between Gascoyne and Maynell almost produced another surprise as Gascoyne struck in extra time to seal a remarkable 4-3 win and survive a spirited display from their Division Three foes.

Wenlock Arms and Hospital Tavern were also forced to go into extra time before they were eventually separated as Wenlock emerged with a 4-2 triumph courtesy of four goals from striker Harry Turner.

Last season's treble winners Clapton Rangers may have found the man to replace league top scorer Nathan Scarborough with the recruitment of former FC Kenton and Metwin striker James Smith.

Smith notched a hat-trick while Ashley Bennett and Daniel Senghore also found the net as Clapton beat Wounded Knee 5-1 to cruise into the second round.

Army and Navy were 3-0 winners over Club 93 thanks to goals from Ronnie Flynn, Azmal Ali and Yuseff Etti, while FC Metwin recorded a 7-0 thrashing of Old George.

Homerton Rangers' impressive early-season form came to an end in a local derby as they were beaten 4-2 by league newcomers Hackney Borough.

Lancresse Rangers secured the biggest win of the cup's opening round with a 9-0 rout of new side Royal Oak while Mile End also earned a place in the second round as Aaron Williams bagged a hat-trick in a 4-0 victory over Royal Boys of Division Three.

Midfield also progressed thanks to a double from Ben Achempong as they beat FC Storm, while Prince Regent got the better of Old King John's Head 4-2. Garry Clayton and Jamie Wakefield both scored twice for Regent, while Anthony White got a double for their opponents.

AC Islington overcame Florist Arms 4-1, Delta proved too strong for Shoreditch Fire Penguins in a 5-1 victory, and Jay Cubed were edged out 3-2 against AFC Knights.

Cock Tavern were 3-1 victors over Old George reserves, FC Lockers prevailed 4-2 against Baris Sports, while the Aberfeldy progressed in extra time against Walthamstow Village following a 3-2 win.

In the sole Premier Division game of the day, last season's runners-up Black Meteors showed a welcome return to form and put a large dent in Eureka's title hopes with a 4-1 win.

In the London Sunday Challenge Cup, league newcomers Red Devils recovered from a two-goal deficit to force a 2-2 draw with Flamingos.

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