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PUBLISHED: 11:21 17 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:12 05 October 2010

By PHIL RAVITZ CHAMPIONS Meath United maintained their unbeaten record in Division One with a 1-0 win over Hackney Downs B, but the major interest in the top division now is the battle for the runners-up spot. Beaumont International currently hold a sl

By PHIL RAVITZ

CHAMPIONS Meath United maintained their unbeaten record in Division One with a 1-0 win over Hackney Downs B, but the major interest in the top division now is the battle for the runners-up spot.

Beaumont International currently hold a slender advantage, but the Waltham Forest side were not in action last weekend.

That looked as though it might open the way for Prospect, who were due to play Reama on Sunday, and were just a point behind Beaumont with THREE games in hand.

But an administrative blunder saw Reama's pitch at Ashton Playing Fields, Woodford, double booked and the game was unable to be played - meaning the destination of the points rests with the league committee.

In the other game in the division, mid-table Rolls Park beat lowly Crownfield 3-1.

The Division Two title race is still alive after SK Veleciku closed the gap on leaders Arbour Athletic thanks to a 3-1 success over Leyton Predators.

Arbour still have a five-point advantage at the top, but Veleciku have three games in hand.

Larkswood strengthened their hold on third position with a 1-0 win over Byron Athletic, but East Moore picked up three points without playing a game - because East End United were unable to field a team.

East Moore currently also have a three game advantage on Larkswood.

Hackney's Royal Standard Rangers got the better of Adriatku thanks to goals from Guibera and Brennan in a 2-1 win, while Clapton Rangers overcame Leyton United 2-0.

There was plenty of movement in Division Three, where William Fitt Tigers took maximum points from cellar dwellers Chettle Court in a double-header fixture.

Tigers won back-to-back games 2-1 and then 6-0 and have now taken over top spot on goal difference.

Newham Rangers, leaders of the division all season, dropped their first point in a 1-1 draw with Broadwater to concede the leadership. The point also lifted their Haringey opponents into third spot, a point ahead of Tower Hamlets' outfit Juva A, who have played two games more.

Juva overcame a plucky Shoreditch Youth 3-2 thanks to goals from Gino Phillip, Corrin Harrison and Matty Phillips. Stratford Juniors won the section's other game by beating London Football Academy 2-1.

In this weekend's games, second-placed outsiders Rolls Park will be desperate to take maximum points from Inter Lucia, who are three points better off, but have played three more games than their opponents.

Reama and Hackney Downs B both need the points to help steer them away from bottom spot.

In Division Two, SK Veleciku have an opportunity to further reduce the gap on leaders Arbour Athletic when they take on lowly Byron Athletic.

East Moore can also make progress with victory over Leyton United, while Clapton Rangers should pick up points against East End United.

Broadwater have a double header with William Fitt Lions in Division Three, while there is also a Hackney derby between Shoreditch Youth and New North Rangers.

The league are now accepting applications for season 2008-09. Officials expect Division Three, the youth division, to be oversubscribed and recommend that any application is made early.

Further details are available from secretary Eugene Egan at egan914@hotmail.com or 07901 964988 and chairman Brian Hannon on 07956 819829 or bpphannon@sky.com.

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