Foxes fall short in cup upset bid
PUBLISHED: 07:11 26 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:49 05 October 2010
HOXTON FOXES put up a valiant effort in the second round of the Jack Walpole Cup last weekend but the Division Three outfit were unable to produce a memorable upset as they went down to Premier Division champions Lapton
By PHIL RAVITZ
HOXTON FOXES put up a valiant effort in the second round of the Jack Walpole Cup last weekend but the Division Three outfit were unable to produce a memorable upset as they went down to Premier Division champions Lapton.
Lapton, the reigning champions for the past two seasons, scored twice in the first half through Ade Wale and condemned battling Hoxton to a second-round exit from the competition.
Division Two side Homerton Rangers took an early lead against Premier opponents Black Meteors through Damon Brown.
But their hopes of an upset proved short-lived as Meteors hit back with a vengeance, smashing six past the South Hackney side as Maxwell Sarfo-Adu netted a hat-trick.
The all-Premier tie between Clapton Rangers and Three Compasses was locked at 3-3 with just 10 minutes to go, but title contenders Clapton stepped up a gear in the dying stages, netting three times to seal a 6-3 win.
James Smith grabbed a treble, Ashley Bennett fired two goals and Ashley Taylor-Forbes scored the other Clapton goal, while Daniel Fitzpatrick netted a brace in reply.
Albion Manor were given a tough test by useful Division Two outfit FC Highstone but the Premier team ultimately prevailed 4-2, while London Aprilia secured a 3-0 win over FC Lockers through Ben Jones' double and a goal from Tom Allen.
Lancresse Rangers overcame Big Kahuna 6-5 in a thrilling encounter, while Division One leaders Real Romania easily accounted for Leyton Trades Reserves in a 6-1 victory.
Prince Regent took an early lead in the Tower Hamlets derby with Mile End after Nicholas Clegg opened the scoring, but Mile End hit back to stun their Premier Division opponents in a 4-1 victory.
Abraham Mahmood netted twice for Mile End, while James Morris and Aaron Williams completed an impressive recovery.
In the weekend's only Premier Division fixture, lowly Bancroft United staged a miraculous comeback to record a 5-3 win over Eureka, last season's London Intermediate Cup winners.
Bancroft scored four goals in the final 10 minutes of the contest, having trailed 3-1 following strikes from Michael Donaldson, Eric Williams and Shane Joseph. Bancroft's improbable victory was secured by goals from Ashley Diamond, Dean and Joseph Ellul, Jake Davey and Temi Otto.
In Division Four, an equally remarkable clash saw Old George's reserves collect an 8-7 win over Royal Oak, while the Tower Hamlets derby between East London and Ravenscroft ended with honours even after a thrilling 4-4 draw.