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Southminster St Leonards maintained their seven-point lead in the Olympian League Premier Division on Saturday by beating Buckhurst Hill
11:00am Monday 28th April 2014 in Latest Sport
League leaders Southminster St Leonards racked up another victory, beating fifth-place Buckhurst Hill 2-0 to maintain their seven-point lead at the top of the table.
Tom Hine and Scott Pethers were the Southminster scorers, extending Southminster's unbeaten home record this term.
Frenford Senior did their bit to keep the pressure on Southminster, winning 4-1 at May & Baker EC.
Damon O'Neil got two, with Lee Samways and Jon Wightman also netting. Aaron Chambers was the May & Baker goalscorer.
Frenford and Southminster meet in a fortnight in a crucial title showdown.
At the other end of the table Harold Hill's relegation was finally confirmed with a 6-1 defeat at Kelvedon Hatch.
Chris Neville scored twice, with Jake Marsh, James Burt, Stephen Willis and Reiss Kingsley also among the goals.
Perry Burns got Harold Hill's consolation strike.
Newbury Forest were comprehensively beaten 4-1 at strugglers White Ensign.
A first-half brace from Darren Burrell had White Ensign in control before further goals from Joe Gilbert and Dan Brown.
Bradley Gates got Forest's goal.
Manford Way claimed an important 7-2 win over Harold Wood Athletic to leapfrog Wood in the relegation battle.
Teddy Watson scored a hat-trick, with Michael Burton, Gavin Toussaint, Nick Lacy and Jamie Lovell all notching too.
Hannakins Farm beat Bishops Stortford Swifts 3-1, denting Bishops' chances of finishing second.
James Thomas put Bishops ahead before Anthony Aylett equalised.
Andy Gorman put Hannakins Farm ahead before Aylett added his second to round off the scoring.
Rayleigh Town were held 1-1 at home by Wadham Lodge.
Chris Baker opened the scoring for Rayleigh, but Bobby Clarke levelled for Wadham Lodge to take a point.
Newham United beat Old Chelmsfordians 3-1 ahead of their final fixture.
Fourth with that game in hand, Newham have a better goal difference and are just one point behind the three sides above them.
Lee Springer scored twice for Newham before Duane Jackman added a third as a substitute.
Dan Griffin got the Chelmsfordians' goal.
Old Barkabbeyans were relegated to Division Two after losing 3-0 at home to Galleywood.
George Nash bagged two, with Aaron Riley scoring the third.
Herongate ended their season with a 3-0 defeat at home to Old Southendian.
Defeat for Herongate means that Benfleet - who didn't play on Saturday - have their fate in their own hands next weekend.
The only fixture in Division Two saw Runwell Hospital win a seven-goal thriller 4-3 against Toby.
William Pittman helped himself to a hat-trick and Aaron Rix got the other for Runwell.
There was also just the one fixture in Division Three, where Catholic United lost 3-1 at home to Rochford Town.
Shaun Ilett, Jamie Salmon and Nathan Dewberry were the Rochford goalscorers.
Reserve Division One
Table-toppers Frenford Senior beat Rayleigh Town 3-2, with Rayleigh missing a penalty.
Duane Miller and Steve Hutchinson got the Frenford goals, whilst Alex Witham and Royce Aldridge scored for Rayleigh.
Hutton moved out of the relegation zone by beating Debden Sports 2-1.
Rob Lorkins and Justin Pinder-Bates were the Hutton scorers, ending a run of five straight defeats.
Harold Wood Athletic ran out 5-3 winners against White Ensign in an entertaining encounter.
Sam Bissue and Joe Pyne both got braces with Darren Wettner rounding off the scoring.
White Ensign scored through Sam Irvine, Charlie Edwards and Chris Haycock.
Canning Town comfortably swept aside Old Chelmsfordians 3-0 with Sam Carter, Matt Betts and Chris Preston on the scoresheet.
May & Baker beat relegation-threatened Kelvedon Hatch 2-0 thanks to a Ryan Luxford double.
Manford Way were awarded a walkover after their opponents failed to turn up.
Reserve Division Two
Promotion hopefuls Catholic United thumped Upminster 6-1 with Sean Hewett the Upminster scorer.
Runwell Hospital kept themselves in the promotion shake-up with a 4-0 win at Benfleet.
Ricky Gill, John Smithwick, David Botjer and Tony Brown scored for Runwell.
Old Southendian relegated Herongate Athletic and kept their promotion hopes alive by winning 3-0.
Stambridge United were awarded a walkover after Buckhurst Hill failed to field a side.
Reserve Division Three
Sungate suffered a blow in their promotion push, losing 3-2 at Shenfield AFC.
Robert Chessher, Richard Lowe and Amardeep Rayat scored for Shenfield, David Whiting and Aundre Wholas-Spencer for Sungate.
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