Eureka survive the big freeze to progress

PUBLISHED: 10:44 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:56 05 October 2010

The Hackney and Leyton League suffered an inauspicious start to 2009 on Sunday as almost the entire weekend's programme of fixtures were wiped out because of frozen pitches

The Hackney and Leyton League suffered an inauspicious start to 2009 on Sunday as almost the entire weekend's programme of fixtures were wiped out because of frozen pitches.

On a day that was due to have seen a series of intriguing cup clashes, only one tie managed to beat the freeze as the Dickie Davies Cup meeting between Division Three leaders Hoxton Foxes and Premier Division outfit Eureka was given the all-clear.

Eureka, the reigning London Sunday Intermediate Cup champions, have endured a fitful start to the current league campaign, but their cup pedigree was on show as they recorded a 6-1 thrashing of the lower-league side.

The sub-zero temperatures took a heavy toll on the East Marsh pitches, with all but one of the matches called off, although play was possible on some of the playing fields at South Marsh, where a handful of lower-division games took place.

The Aberfeldy sprang a surprise in the only Division Three game to escape the weather as the strugglers overcame Lammas 3-1.

The remaining action all took place in Division Four, where three games survived the cold snap.

Bethnal Green's Florist Arms edged out Regents Park Rovers 2-1, Royal Oak prevailed over Shoreditch Fire Penguins in a 2-0 victory, while a five goal-thriller saw AC Islington take the points with a 3-2 win over Ravenscroft.

With warmer weather forecast for this weekend, a full programme of fixtures is due to take place, highlighted by the second round of the Hackney Gazette Cup, where favourites Bancroft United will expect to progress from their meeting with East London.

In the weekend's league action, Premier Division title contenders Clapton Rangers face Albion Manor while champions Lapton meet Red Devils.

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