Newham United through to Essex Premier Cup final after 3-1 win over Harold Wood Athletic

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Essex Premier Cup

Newbury Forest moved into their second final in three years after they won their semi-final with Harold Wood Athletic 3-1.

Bradley Gates, Andrew Lane and Jason Reynolds-Blanche fired home the goals that put them into the final on April 23 at Thurrock.

Joining them will be Kelvedon Hatch who have won the tournament three times before but have not made the final since 1999.

Hatch made it through after a Lee Cody double cancelled out Garry Mackin’s effort for May & Baker E.C.

Senior Division Cup

Southminster St Leonards booked their place in the semi-finals of the Senior Divisions Cup after a 2-1 win against Bishop's Stortford Swifts.

A James Thomas goal gave Swifts the lead before they were reduced to ten men and then conceded a Harry Stevens goal in quick succession.

A neat passing move resulted in Nathan Clarke scoring after the break which saw his side through to full time.

It means Southminster remain on course to win the double as their victory sets up a semi-final match with Leigh Ramblers as well as leading the Premier Division table.

Joining them will be Rayleigh Town, who booked their semi-final meeting with Kelvedon Hatch, after beating Galleywood on penalties.

Adam Dowsett gave Galleywood the lead but Rayleigh equalised late in the game via Lewis Manor.

Extra-time couldn’t separate the two teams so it went down to spot kicks.

John Taylor, John Wheatstone, Ross Webster and Harly Kee all converted for Rayleigh who won the shootout 4-3.

Premier Division

Three goals for Harold Hill were not enough for victory against Hannakins Farm as their opponents scored six to secure the three points.

Ben Swifts bagged four with one apiece for Chris Gormley and Brett Munyard.

Defeat means Harold Hill are 12 points from safety and have played more games than the teams above them. Hannakins Farm meanwhile move up to sixth.

Darren Burrell scored for relegation battlers White Ensign but Frenford Senior move up to second after they won the encounter 2-1 courtesty of an own-goal from Brad Foley.

A Chris Stowe brace for Buckhurst Hill gave them a 2-1 win at Wadham Lodge who scored a penalty through Bobby Dweyne.

Division One

League leaders Hutton remain four points clear after thrashing Westhamians 4-0.

Second placed Leigh Ramblers won their local derby with Old Southendian 3-2 which aids their promotion charge.

Max Corrigan and Luke Read added to their tallies, the latter via a penalty, with the Leigh scoring completed by Motiz Uphoff.

Fellow promotion chasers Springfield posted another win and in some style as they hammered Old Barkabbeyans 6-0.

Steve Wareham scored a brace with other goals coming from Andy Elgar, Matt Chorley, Ross Lamb and Ryan Batchford.

Hamzy Jomandy hit the net for Newham United as they claimed a 1-1 with relegation battlers Benfleet.

United's fight for survival received a boost too as Herongate Athletic slipped up in a 2-1 loss at Canning Town.

Herongate scored through Ryan Sibbons, but Canning Town scored twice via Paul Saunders and Danny Alleyne.

Division Two

Ongar Town completed a 3-1 win over bottom placed Broomfield.

A Ben Polley brace alongside a solo effot from Niki Love gave the league leaders all three points.

Second-placed Shenfield AFC stumbled in a 2-1 home defeat to Toby.

A Ben Absolon goal was cancelled out by Toby’s Paul Carr and Bradley Woodards.

Lakeside’s promotion chances are fading after they lost 3-1 at Basildon Town.

Marcus Bowers, Wayne Bowers and Jack Main scored the goals.

Lakeside scored a sole consolation goal courtesy of Lewis Taylor.

Runwell Hospital also had their promotion chances damaged as Roydon's Steve Banks sealed a 1-0 win that aids their relegation survival.

Ryan FC gained an important 3-0 victory over fellow relegation battlers Upminster.

Ricky White (2) and Reece Capleton were on target.

Division Three

League leaders Rochford Town were held to a 1-1 draw at lowly Forest Glade.

Nathan Dewberry scored for Rochford while Glade took a point thanks to Perry Green.

Second-placed Snaresbrook beat Epping 6-2.

Daniel Tesfay and Jack Sim both scored twice with Stephen McCormich and Junior Dentele also on target for Snaresbrook.

Sungate twice took the lead at promotion hopefuls Alemite Athletic but had to settle for a point in a hard fought 3-3 draw.

Terry Lennon scored with a 30 yard shot while Paul Deller and David Whiting scored the other two for Sungate, who are now unbeaten in seven.

Alemite, sitting third, scored via Kevin Brown, Lewis Whitnall and Jim Macleay.

There was last minute drama at Stambridge United who lost 2-1 against LOASS.

Abiola Balogun opened the scoring for LOASS but United grabbed a last-minute equaliser only for Kieran Weekes to restore LOASS's lead with the last kick of the game.

Catholic United won 2-0 at Leytonstone United.

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