Hackney & leyton League round-up: Clapton Rangers up to second

Clapton Rangers have moved up to second, level on points with Lapton in the Premier Division after a crushing 7-0 victory over title rivals Real Romania

Clapton Rangers have moved up to second, level on points with Lapton in the Premier Division after a crushing 7-0 victory over title rivals Real Romania.

Prolific marksman Joe Seabrook hit no fewer than four goals against an inconsistent Real, who hit 10 goals last week, but suffered their first defeat a week before that.

Clapton were completely dominant, as a brace from Ashley Taylor-Forbes and a Junior Konadu strike helped Rangers through what could have been a difficult fortnight following the loss of a two-goal lead in last week's draw at champions Lapton.

The title-holders are now above Real on goal difference, after Maurice Byfield hit four to help Lapton to a 4-1 win against MSW. Daniel Mehmet had given the visitors a shock lead.


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Strikes from Peter Nyarde and Enoch Boateng were enough for Black Meteor to claim three points against Irawo Reds, who took the lead through a Victor Igbo goal.

Lee Brown was on form for Three Compasses as he bagged four goals to help his side overcome a depleted Red Devils 6-1. Danny Fitzgerald and Liam Allen also found the target for the Devils, while Alistair Buffonge's strike was a consolation.

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Bancroft United powered to victory over OKJH, as Justin Weatherman scored four, while strikes from Warren Blair and Benja Obvsina completed the scoring.

Adam & Eve remain top of Division One after a Sean Morgan hat-trick and a a Lee Vega goal helped them to a 4-2 win over London Aprilla, for whom Duncan Ellis and Jack Flerier found the target.

Gascoyne are still only three points behind with a game in hand as they edged past Wounded Knee 2-1. Scott Merry and Ryan Merry scored for the hosts, while Andrew Matyo replied for Wounded Knee.

The Jekyll and Hyde team of the division, FC Metwin, have now won three and lost three and moved up to third with a 5-0 win over Mile End. Nathan Scarborough and James Smith both scored twice, while Filletti scored the other.

Lancresse Rangers got the better of bottom club FC Highstone 8-2, with doubles from Tols Williams, Victor Frank and Dean Richards, plus strikes from Jermaine Hawkins and Andy Benskin. James David scored both of Highstone's goals.

Division Two leaders Cosmopolitan were held to a surprise 2-2 draw at struggling Midfield. Vernon Small hit two for the table-toppers, but Mike Porter and David O'Donnell replied for Midfield.

FC Storm stay second, but lost their second game of the season despite taking a two-goal lead through Constantin Smal and Sergey Babrick, before losing to Tottenham Phoenix, whose goals came from a Karvey Thompson double and Menalick Richards.

In a nine-goal thriller, Hare & Hounds edged out Lockers 5-4. Aaron Weccit hit three, while a Dwayne Sharron strike and an own goal were enough for Hounds. Lockers' goals came from Martin Key, Sean Hincheon, Cass Weaver and Phil Ellery.

Athletico Angels remain in touch with the top two after an Ashley Freen double helped them to a 2-1 win over Jay Cubed, for whom Pat Barrett was the scorer.

Strikes from Danny Walker, Denis Osbourne and Nick Connor earned Lammas a 3-1 win over Delta. Tyrone Gannon scored their consolation.

Cock Tavern went top of Division Three after a 2-1 win over AC Islington coutesy of goals from Raphael and Kazz, while Wenlock Arms move up to third place after a 3-2 win over Hoxton Foxes, with Mohamed Kali, Karl O'Flaherty and Lee Southlott netting.

AFC Knights beat Walthamstow Village 5-2 thanks to a doubles from Dean Scoggins and Dom Couriace and a a Dave Wells strike, while Kieran Conway's goal was the difference between Mustard and Maynell and Alpha Grove beat Mile End Colts 4-1.

Shoreditch Fire Penguins remain top of the Division Four after a Adam Hills strike earned them a 1-1 draw at Baris Spor, while hat-tricks from Antoine Carriene and Chris Salisbury, a double from Cuneyt Mehmet and goals from John McEwan, M Tonna and Chris Buck handed Ravenscroft a 11-2 win over Volker United.

Strikes from Jag Phullock and Alish Patelon were not enough for East London against Royal Oak, who earned a draw thanks to strikes from Mark and Phil Christodoulou. Uli Izzet was on target for Comet, who lost 5-1 to Florist Arms.

Elsewhere, Albion Manor crashed out of the FA London Sunday Challenge Cup at the second-round stage after losing 3-1 at NW Neasden. Luke Rowland was on target for the Manor.

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