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PUBLISHED: 17:36 04 February 2009 | UPDATED: 14:01 05 October 2010

Hackney Downs are making a late bid to break into the Premier Division title in the East London Sunday League

Hackney Downs are making a late bid to break into the Premier Division title race after Sunday's defeat of Crownfield put them hot on the heels of leaders Inter Lucia.

Downs recorded a 3-1 win over the Waltham Forest outfit and are now three points behind the table-toppers, who were without a fixture last weekend.

With reigning champions Meath United also out of action, Rolls Park continued their recent progress with a 5-0 win over Athletico Hackney, while Beaumont International increased Hench FC's relegation fears with a 4-2 triumph.

In Division One, Arbour Athletic moved level on points with leaders East Moore after a thumping 10-1 demolition of Haggerston Park Lions - despite finishing the match with 10 men.

John Gilroy bagged a hat-trick for Arbour, who lost Leroy Kemai midway through the second half following a red card for dissent.

White Swan and Cuckoo lost ground in the title race as they were held 2-2 by Leyton Trades, who netted their leveller just two minutes from time.

Adritiku have moved clear at the top of Division Two courtesy of a 6-0 win over East End United, but fellow promotion hopefuls Springfield crashed to a shock 3-1 defeat to lowly Gervic Palace.

Besiktas cemented their hold on third spot in Division Three without having to lace their boots after they were awarded a walkover win against opponents Juva, who failed to show for their scheduled fixture.

New North Rangers have moved within a point of leaders William Fitt Tigers, as the pair race away with promotion from the division. New North demolished Concordia's Under-18 side 8-0 with Alfie Moss netting a hat-trick.

In the sole tie in the Dick Coppock Cup, Millwall Albion progressed to the third round with a 6-2 success over Byron Athletic.

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