FOOTBALL: Southminster remain on course for league and cup double

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: FOOTBALL: Southminster remain on course for league and cup double FOOTBALL: Southminster remain on course for league and cup double

Senior Division Cup

Southminster St Leonards reached the final of the Senior Division Cup after they thrashed Leigh Ramblers 4-1. Greig Taylor scored a hat-trick with Tom Hine netting the other. The win means the current Premier Division leaders are closing in on a league and cup double. Tom Hall was the Leigh Ramblers goalscorer.

Soutminster will face mid table outfit Rayleigh Town after Luke Wilson and Chris Brown fired them into the final at the expense of Kelvedon Hatch in a 2-0 victory.

Anagrams Records Trophy

Galleywood made it into the final of the Anagrams Records Trophy after a victory on penalties against Bedmond Sports & Social. In a dramatic shoot-out, the Olympian Division One side fired themselves into the final with a 6-5 victory.

Premier Division

Champions Frenford Senior went joint top with league leaders Southminster St Leonards after Brad Foley scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win over bottom club Harold Hill. Southminster St Leonards remain top the table on goal difference and have two games in hand.

Bishops Stortford Swifts' 2-2 draw with Manford Way effectively rules them out of the title race as they are now two points behind but have played four games more than the leaders. Anthony James and Gavin Cockman scored the Swifts goals while Manford Way’s Teddy Watson notched a double.

Bradley Gates scored for Newbury Forest in their 1-0 win over Buckhurst Hill. Elsewhere in the battle for fourth, Hannakins Farm secured a third straight win with a goal in each half from Anthony Aylett to overcome May & Baker E.C. 2-1.

At the bottom end of the table White Ensign posted a valuable win which put them within three points of Harold Wood Athletic. White Ensign opened the scoring in the first half through Yaw Dansot. Wadham Lodge levelled through Junior Sanyo before James Brown scored the winner in a 2-1 victory.

Division One

After two defeats on the spin, Hutton returned to winning ways and regained top spot after a seven goal rout against Westhamians, with Luke Meadwright bagging a hat-trick.

Old Chelmsfordians pulled away from the relegation zone after they beat Benfleet 2-0, with Marti Callum and Ryan Baxter the scoring the pivotal goals. The defeat leaves Benfleet one place above the drop zone after Old Barkabbeyans’ 5-3 defeat at Old Southendian. David Tubbs and David Stubbs both netted braces for Old Southendian.

Herongate Athletic remain bottom after a 5-1 reverse at Newham United.

Division Two

Shenfield AFC gained promotion after thumping Upminster 5-0. However the defeat leaves Upminster fighting a battle for Division Two survival.

Bottom-place Broomfield signed off for the season with by losing to Debden Sports by the odd goal in nine. The game featured hat-tricks for Nic Horsnell of Broomfield and Dave Limber of Debden.

Runwell Hospital's slim chances of promotion were ended at Toby with a 2-1 defeat.

Division Three

Rochford Town took a step closer to grabbing promotion after grinding out a 1-0 win over Catholic United. Rochford sit top of the table with a five point lead over Snaresbrook who slipped up as they lost 3-1 at home to Ramsden Scotia. The win puts Ramsden just four points off second placed Snaresbrook.

Alemite Athletic's 5-3 win at Forest Glade saw them close the gap on Snaresbrook to a point. LOASS dropped points in the race for promotion after a 1-1 draw with lowly Epping.

Elsewhere, Sungate returned to winning ways by registering a 4-0 win over bottom-place Leytonstone United.

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