Clapton close the gap

PUBLISHED: 11:54 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:59 05 October 2010

Clapton Rangers cut into Lapton's lead at the top of the Hackney and Leyton League's Premier Division following a 7-0 rout of Red Devils

Clapton Rangers have cut into Lapton's lead at the top of the Premier Division following a 7-0 rout of Red Devils in the only top-flight game on Sunday.

Substitute Marlon Campbell, who joined the club from rivals Eureka last week, scored twice for his new club, while James Smith hit another double and Courtney Laidley, Bradley Drisdale and Reece Darreville were also on target.

Most of the other Premier Division outfits were involved in the first round of the Albert Daniels Senior Cup, where Lapton secured a 3-0 win over Dalston rivals Three Compasses through goals from Daniel Stephenson, Dean Robinson and Ahmed Salvitor.

Last season's losing finalists Bancroft United underlined their impressive recent form with a 7-0 defeat of Black Meteors. Justin Weatherman and Kadir Jama both scored twice, with further strikes from Dominic Asabor, Temi Ohoto and Vincent Williams.

Gascoyne took an early lead against Division One leaders Real Romania, but Real hit back to win 4-1, while Army and Navy overcame Mile End 4-0 thanks to a hat-trick from Jamie McDonald and a further strike from Philip Slade.

Marvin Patterson hit the winner as Club '93 fought back from a two-goal deficit to defeat FC Metwin 3-2, while a 30-yard effort from Chris Byrne secured Midfield's 1-0 triumph over Wounded Knee.

In Division Two action, Delta remain in pole position in the title race following a 3-1 victory over Old George, but FC Highstone are still in contention after Chris Chika scored twice in a 3-0 defeat of AC Scorpions.

Hoxton Foxes lost ground in the Division Three promotion chase after going down 3-1 to the Aberfeldy, while Wenlock Arms secured a 3-2 derby win over Borough rivals Maynell.

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