Wentworth moving on up with derby triumph

PUBLISHED: 11:15 17 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:12 05 October 2010

By PHIL RAVITZ WENTWORTH Arms moved level with Clapton Rangers at the top of Hackney and Leyton League Division One last weekend following an emphatic derby defeat of Mile End. Wentworth, who currently trail Clapton on goal difference, boosted their pro


WENTWORTH Arms moved level with Clapton Rangers at the top of Hackney and Leyton League Division One last weekend following an emphatic derby defeat of Mile End.

Wentworth, who currently trail Clapton on goal difference, boosted their promotion hopes with a 3-0 win that inflicted a major blow on Mile End's own hopes of reaching the Premier Division this year.

Two goals from Darrius Freeman did the damage while Lee Smith's strike settled the outcome.

In the weekend's cup action, Wounded Knee made it through to next weekend's Hackney Gazette Cup final after Phil Long hit the winner four minutes from time to book a meeting with Division One rivals Gascoyne on Sunday.

Knee took first blood after a goalless opening 45 minutes against Stoke Newington's Army & Navy when Andy Matyo put them in front from the penalty spot.

Army & Navy hit back and Jamie McDonald netted to restore parity. Extra-time seemed a real possibility until Long's late heroics secured Knee's passage to the final.

Lapton secured the Jack Walpole Cup when the reigning Premier Division champions and current leaders scotched any chances of an upset by crushing Riviera in a five-goal rout.

The Albanian side have a reputation of springing cup shocks but once Lapton skipper Wale Fanibuyan put the Dalston side ahead, it opened the floodgates.

In the second-half, a penalty from Dean Robinson and further goals from Daniel Stephenson, Donny Dudicoff and Deniz Bozdogan ensured a 5-0 victory.

The expected Dickie Davies final clash between the league's two London FA Sunday finalists was confirmed.

Clapton Rangers warmed up for Sunday's Junior Cup final by crushing Shakespeare 6-0.

Top scorer Nathan Scarborough added another four to his total and maintained his amazing record of having scored in every Clapton game this season, while Daniel Senghore and Sid Egan added the others.

Clapton will meet Eureka, who have had their Sunday Intermediate final rescheduled for Sunday May 4.

Eureka overcame Prince Regent 4-2 thanks to two goals from Eric Palmer and further strikes from Marlon Campbell and player-boss Chris Williams. Jamie Barry and Nicholas Clegg got Regent's replies.

The Tower Hamlets derby in the Albert Daniels Cup semi-final went Bancroft's way as the cup holders edged a 4-3 thriller against Pollards.

Justin Weatherman, Wayne Gittens and a double from Shane Fergus took Bancroft through, while two goals from David Laird and another from Luke Rowlands were in vain for Pollards, who suffered their second semi-final defeat this season.

In the top division, St George's Islington took advantage of their rivals' cup distractions by moving level with Lapton at the summit following a 2-0 defeat of Santos Athletic, although they have played three games more.

Three Compasses are up to fourth thanks to a 3-0 victory over Albion Manor. Two goals from Javan Trotman and a Daniel Little effort lifted the Dalston side.

Homerton Rangers and FC Lockers shared the points and four goals in a 2-2 draw in Division Two. Tony Dyer got both for the Hackney team, but their lead was cancelled out by efforts from Lockers' Andrew Gilbert and Phil Ellerby.

Athletico Angels are up to fourth on the back of a 4-1 defeat of lowly Jay Cubed. Two goals from Mario Elia and additional efforts from Ashley Green and Andrew Brockbank secured the victory, while Darren Dennis replied for Cubed.

Hoxton Foxes won a thrilling Hackney derby with Shoreditch Fire Penguins 3-2 in the only Division Three game played last weekend.

Foxes are now up to fourth thanks to a Dean Da Costa double and a Jamie Rooney goal. Andy Brunskill notched a brace for Fire Penguins.

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