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Mile End title hopes take a dent with Clapton loss

PUBLISHED: 15:08 20 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:08 05 October 2010

LONDON Sunday Junior Cup finalists Clapton Rangers took a massive step towards this season s Division One title when they overcame third-placed Mile End in Sunday s top-of-the-table clash. The 2-0 defeat delivered a major blow to Mile End s promotion hope

LONDON Sunday Junior Cup finalists Clapton Rangers took a massive step towards this season's Division One title when they overcame third-placed Mile End in Sunday's top-of-the-table clash.

The 2-0 defeat delivered a major blow to Mile End's promotion hopes, and Clapton now head Wentworth Arms by three points at the head of the table.

The top-scoring duo of Nathan Scarborough and Daniel Senghore were again Clapton's goal heroes.

At the other end of the table, Delta closed their league programme on a high note in a clash of the bottom clubs by beating Shakespeare 4-1.

Rob Taylor, Toby Barnes, Martin Hawkes and Massimo Manchini were the Dalston side's marksmen, while David Newby got Shakespeare's only consolation.

In the Hackney derby between Wounded Knee and FC Kenton, a single goal from Andy Matyo was enough to give Knee a 1-0 victory.

In the cup competitions, Gascoyne joined Wounded Knee in the last four of the Hackney Gazette Cup as they recovered from last week's defeat by Pollard United in the Albert Daniels Cup.

Gascoyne overcame fellow South Hackney side Homerton Rangers in their quarter-final 4-2 to set up another meeting with Pollard in the semi-finals. Michael McKenzie and David Genus both scored twice to give Gascoyne a second shot at Pollard, while Lee Greenaway and Mario Allen got the Homerton replies.

In the one outstanding Albert Daniels quarter-final, Premier leaders and champions Lapton proved too strong for a plucky Army and Navy N 16, although A & N kept it scoreless in the second-half, having fallen 2-0 behind to goals from Ahmed Salvador and Daniel Stephenson in the first 45 minutes. Lapton now meet Prince Regent in the semi-finals.

In the second-round tie in the Dickie Davies Cup, London Sunday Intermediate finalists Eureka overcame Three Compasses 3-0 with a double from Eric Palmer and a Justin Cummins goal.

Tottenham Phoenix continued their much improved form to reach the semi-finals of the Jack Morgan Cup when they overcame long-time Division Three leaders Hospital Tavern 5-2 in extra time. Menalik Richards, Ryan Lehane, Fozi Abdi, Saeed Ali and an own goal counted for Phoenix, John Kelly and Lee Spence got the goals for Homerton's Tavern.

Phoenix will now meet Midfield from Division Two in their semi-final, while Lockers meet Old George E2 in the other half of the draw.

On the league scene, Black Meteors moved closer to the top, when they hit back from 3-2 down with five minutes to win 4-3 against Prince Regent. Mutula Mohammed scored twice, with Enoch Boateng and Michael Williams also finding the net for Meteors, while a Garry Clayton double and a Daniel Sabaroche goal counted for Regent.

Pollard United moved up two places to eighth with their 3-2 win in the Tower Hamlets derby with Bancroft. Dylan McEvoy, David Laird and David Toscano netted the Pollard goals, while Justin Weatherman and Brett Carter were on target for Bancroft.

In the division's other game, London Aprilia came from behind to force a 2-2 draw with Santos in the

meeting of the Premier's bottom two.

In Division Two, Lancresse Rangers became the league's first champions and did so without playing this weekend. Lockers's 4-0 defeat to Old George E2 did the trick for the De Beauvoir side. Jason Cann-Woode got a hat-trick for Old George and Tony Bradley scored the other to put them third.

Midfield stay second after repeating their cup win over Athletico Angels last week with a 3-1 league triumph this weekend. Luke Trimm got two and Michael Parker was also on target, while Midfield keeper Rob Wolfe made an outstanding double penalty save.

In Division Three, FC Highstone's sudden lack of form was further underlined when they lost one of their games in hand on leaders Hospital Tavern. Highstone, who had lost only once all season until a fortnight ago, have now lost three successive games, and were beaten 3-2 by an improving Florist Arms.

Highstone were quickly 2-0 up with an Alim Bagura double, but their Bethnal Green opponents were level at the interval thanks to goals from Jim Barr and Kane Reid. Jamie Duell got the second-half winner for Florist.

The highest scoring game of the day came in this division with Wenlock Arms triumphing 7-5 over East London in a game that produced 12 goals.

Harry Turner got a hat-trick and Alex Garrett, Andrew Parker, Karl O'Flaherty and even keeper David Beadle, with a long punt from his own area that was fumbled in, counted for Wenlock. Dan Debuc got a hat-trick for East London, but it was all in vain.

There was also a victory for long-time bottom side Old George IIs, who overcame Shoreditch Fire Penguins 3-1 to move off the foot of the table. John Petrella got two and James Panton also hit the target.

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