Newbury Forest book place in Essex Premier Cup semi-final against Harold Wood after 3-0 win over Manford Way

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: FOOTBALL: Forest and Wood to battle again in cup semis FOOTBALL: Forest and Wood to battle again in cup semis

Essex Premier Cup

Newbury Forest moved into the semi-finals after they dispatched Manford Way 3-0 on Saturday.

Matt Connelly and Bradley Gates both fired home efforts with a further goal coming through a Manford Way own-goal.

Newbury Forest, who won the competition in 2011/12, now face Harold Wood Athletic.

Premier Division

League leaders Southminster St Leonards maintained their winning home record on Saturday by brushing May & Baker E.C. aside with a 4-1 victory.

Greig Taylor was on top form as he bagged a hat-trick with Nathan Clarke being the other Southminster marksman.

Chris Sullivan was on hand to score the May & Baker consolation.

Southminster lead the table by three points as second-placed Bishop's Stortford Swifts also gained maximum points via a 2-1 home win over Frenford Senior.

Gavin Cockman and Anthony James were the Swifts scorers.

Brad Foley was on the scoresheet for Frenford.

A goal in either half gained Hannakins Farm a 2-0 away win at Wadham Lodge.

Anthony Aylett opened the Hannakins account in the first half while a Chris Gormley header in the second half made sure of victory.

Division One

Newham United aided their relegation fight on Saturday by snatching all the points in a shock 3-1 win at table toppers Hutton.

Duane Jackman scored a brace with David Nott scoring the other to move Newham United on to 18 points and three away from the drop zone.

Hutton, who scored through Luke Meadwright, remain top with a four-point lead over Leigh Ramblers. Canning Town are keeping the pressure on the top two after their 3-1 home win over Springfield sees them in third place and two points away from the promotion zone.

Paul Sanders (2) and Chris Barratt bagged the goals.

Springfield, who drop down to fourth, scored through Max Johnson.

A Tom Lakin hat-trick also keeps Galleywood in the promotion hunt as they rolled over Westhamians 5-1.

Tirion Sherbourne and Jack Mundy completed the Galleywood scoring while Reagan Panzu added the Westhamians consolation.

Division Two

Ongar Town beat fellow promotion candidates Runwell Hospital 4-2 .

Ben Polley, Ross Carpenter, Adam Burnett and Nick Evans were all on the scoresheet and the result keeps Ongar Town top of the table.

Both Runwell goals came via James Morkunas but they drop down to third. Billy Texeria scored an astonishing six times for Shenfield AFC in a 7-1 win against Lakeside.

A further goal was added by Sam Bubb in a victory which takes Shenfield into second place.

Ryan remain in the relegation zone despite a 3-2 win over bottom of the table Broomfield.

However they are level on points with Roydon who are one place above them in the table.

Broomfield scored through Aaron Elvin and Nic Horsnell but gifted Ryan an own goal and then had their defences breached by Joe Grimmer and Daniel Kika.

The other game in the division involved two teams embroiled in the relegation dogfight as Upminster beat Roydon 2-1.

A James Lakey brace earned Upminster the three points while Roydon score through Martin O’Rouke.

Two points separate Ryan, Roydon and Upminster. Broomfield are rooted to the bottom and are now ten points adrift.

Division Three

The only game in the division served up a ten-goal treat as Catholic United and Ramsden Scotia ended up sharing a point each from a 5-5 draw.

Harry Honesty scored a hat-trick for Catholic United with their other goals being scored by Mike Gerrard and Jon Nutman.

Dave Hollis and Steve Paoletti both score two apiece for Ramsden Scotia with Nick Arnold netting their other goal.

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