Lapton take an early lead as Hackney & Leyton League rivals falter

PUBLISHED: 18:16 16 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:53 05 October 2010

By Champions Lapton were given an unexpected boost in their bid to retain the Hackney & Leyton League title after two of their major rivals slipped up


Champions Lapton were given an early and unexpected boost in their bid to retain the Hackney & Leyton League title after two of their major rivals slipped up on Sunday.

The title-holders maintained their unbeaten run with a 3-1 win over Black Meteors after Ade Wale headed in Daniel Roach's free-kick to give Lapton the lead and Daniel Senghore's second-half double sealed the outcome before Meteors converted a late penalty through Mutala Mohammed.

But challengers Clapton Rangers, the London Sunday Intermediate Cup winners last season, fell to a late comeback as Irawo Reds netted a stoppage-time penalty to deal an early blow to their title hopes.

Ashley Taylor-Forbes and Brian Owekera had given Rangers the lead, but goals from Keith Thompson, Nana Yaw and Emmanuel Anyiamo gave the Reds a shock win.

Eureka, who are also former Sunday Intermediate Cup winners, also faltered after slipping to a 4-1 defeat by newcomers Real Romania, who maintained their impressive start to life in the top flight through goals by Costi Lazar, Ionut Zglimbea and a double from Ionut Corpceanu.

Red Devils and Albion Manor shared an exciting 3-3 draw. Matthew Harris, Ricky Edwards and Tony Walker were on target for Manor, with Carlos Nelson's double and an additional strike from Kay Jones replying for the Devils.

Old King John's Head looked to have rescued a late point for the second week in succession but fell to a 3-2 defeat as Nathan Scarborough struck a last-minute winner for Three Compasses. Joe Benjamin's double had given Compasses a two-goal lead before Anthony White and Chris Mayo hit back for Old King John's.

In Division One, Mile End staged a second-half fightback to secure a 3-3 draw with Old George E2, who had led through goals from Stuart Pearson, Shane Janvier and Jason Cann-Woode. A brace from Jack Higgs and a strike by Darly Levy replied for Mile End.

Goals from Jermaine Hawkins and Adrian Sterling secured a point for Lancresse Rangers, who had trailed Gascoyne 2-1 at half-time through Sam Okat-Uma and Michael O'Donoghue.

Shaun Morgan hit a double as Adam & Eve drew 2-2 with Wounded Knee, who replied through John Bray and Paul Fella.

FC Storm maintained their winning start in Division Two with a 5-4 win over Athletico Angels courtesy of doubles from Konstantyn Smal, Marksin Volosin and a further strike by Kirilyk Andriy. Ashley Green scored twice for Angels.

Ricardo Goffe scored twice and Dwayne Sharrow and Josit Stirling also hit the net as Hare & Hounds overcame FC Big Kahuna 4-3, with Mike Deagle and Tom Willow's double replying for Kahuna.

Ben Hall and Dave Armstrong scored as Delta came from behind to earn a 2-1 win over FC Lockers, who had led through Tom George, while Danny Walker, Denis Osbourne and Nick Connor cancelled out Luke Trimm's effort as promoted Lammas collected a 3-1 win over Midfield.

Goals from Thady Ramos, Matt Thurner, Darren Linnell and Barry Gahan gave Hoxton Foxes a 4-3 win over AC Islington in Division Three, with John Barfoot and Daniel Harrold replying for Islington.

Two goals from Andy Thirst earned AFC Knights a 2-2 draw against Cock Tavern, while Tony Connor, Ross Patten, Perry Hanmore and Francis King were all on target as Mile End Colts beat Walthamstow Village 5-4.

Hackney Borough defeated Maynell 9-2 with Alfie Greenaway, Ben Milford and Fenu Akinyisoli each scoring twice.

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