Joseph double downs Rivieira to take Mile End four points clear
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Mile End extended their lead at the top of the Hackney & Leyton League Premier Division after two goals from Shane Joseph consigned Riviera to a 2-0 defeat.
End are now four points clear of second-placed FC Bartlett, who beat Tottenham Phoenix 7-1, with Amor McClaren hitting a hat-trick and Nze Onyekwelu scoring twice in a resounding win.
London Meteors won by the same margin against hapless FC Niva, as Jose Acfuah’s treble and a brace from Toks Williams helped move them up to fifth.
Islington-based Mustard were beaten 4-2 by Shakespeare, despite Joe Seabrush putting them ahead. Alfie Dunford doubled Mustard’s lead, but the Shakes came storming back after the interval through goals from Scott Truman, Ashley Lee, Troy Deering and John Hind.
Forest Athletic have gone three points clear at the top of Division One after trouncing Athletico Angels 10-1 thanks to doubles from Dwane Sharon, Benjamin Nworfor and Riphat Mabengi.
Third-placed Wounded Knee were held to a 1-1 draw with Dynamics, as Knee’s Dominic English cancelled out Jose Cruz’s opener.
Bristow City are up to fourth as five goals from Jordan Smith Spring brought El Valiente back down to earth from their London Junior Cup heroics in a resounding 6-1 win.
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Meanwhile, Heegan kept up their recent run of form but were held to a 4-4 draw against Hackney Allstars.
In Division Two, FC Stepney missed a late penalty as they drew 3-3 with promotion-chasing Boroughs United, but they remain the only team unbeaten in the league this season.
Nial Cashman, Robert Moore and substitute Denny Curran were all on target for Stepney, while goals from Jason Fevrier, top goalscorer David Frost and John Gyeuo for Boroughs meant the points were shared.
Delta Athletic maintained their push for promotion with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Jay Cubed. Jordan Langford scored twice and Daniel Anthony was also on target to move Athletic up to third, as strikes from Jason Harley and Reece O’Connell proved to be nothing more than consolations for Cubed.
BG United are up to fourth after two goals from top goalscorer Hristo Andonov helped them to a 3-2 win over Tommy Flynn. Bilyan Karakashev opened the scoring for United, but Flynn then went 2-1 in front through goals from Wayne Worrell and Dean Richards before Andonov settled the affair with his double.
In Division Three, Waltham Forest United continued their fine start to the season with an 8-0 win over FC BKT that consolidated their position at the top.
Top scorer Ciaran McLean netted a hat-trick, while Henry Mintah and substitute Jim Harrison both registered twice on a comfortable outing for United.
Boston Celtics romped to a 6-1 triumph over Wojak Sunday as braces from Nathan Joseph and Leigh Hartley helped move them up to third, and in so doing consigned Sunday to a fourth league defeat of the season.
Gladstone Wanderers are fifth after edging a close- fought contest against ELE FC 3-2, despite a brace from Brinthan Varathalingham.
Maynell ran out 4-1 winners against Football Club 22, as Ergin Cenciz scored twice, and Regent’s Park Rovers kept up their push for the title after a 3-0 win over South London Sharks, with two goals from Martin Pelummy and a further strike from Alex Allgood.
Bocca Albion have moved away from the relegation places after edging a nine-goal thriller, with Tim Lineman scoring twice in a thrilling 5-4 win against Stratford Athletic.
In Division Four, Eagle FC kept up their title ambitions with a 5-1 win over Dynamo Gobbler thanks to another hat-trick from Tommy Maher and a double from Carl Mullins.
Bethune are now four points adrift in second after losing 6-4 to Bow Badgers, while third-placed Woodford Rovers drew 6-6 with Black Borough as Kain Lowe and David Dice cancelled each other out by scoring hat-tricks for their respective sides.
Boundary Estate scored all six goals in a 5-1 win over East London to move up to fourth. Sam Kilby and braces from both Greg Double and Ben Watson capped a comfortable afternoon for Boundary, but Jack Pegg unfortunately put through his own net to deny them a clean sheet.
Elsewhere, Harry Smith’s late free-kick helped Wenlock Arms beat Birkbeck Orient B 4-3, despite a hat-trick from top scorer Idris Shittu.