Upminster's men maintain form, while Riva bags brace to earn women full rewards
PUBLISHED: 14:30 17 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:52 17 November 2017
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Upminster's men continued their good run of form in East League Division One with a 4-0 win over Cambridge City at Coopers.
Steve Wright’s attempted deflection was the closest they came to scoring in the goalless opening exchanges, before captain Jack Coleman was forced off temporarily with injury.
The hosts eventually broke the deadlock when Wright fired home and they doubled their advantage on the stroke of half time when the returning Coleman converted a short corner.
Upminster raced out of the blocks in the second half and went 3-0 up when a good team move ended with the previous weekend’s hat-trick hero Ollie Cipa finding the net.
Wright deflected in his second goal of the game to complete the tally, but the visitors went close to a late consolation when the ball was slotted past keeper Phil Dixon, only for Chris Abrey to produce a stunning diving stop.
Victory leaves Upminster two points off top spot ahead of their trip to lowly Long Sutton this weekend.
The women were also able to celebrate as they earned a 2-1 home victory over winless Holcombe in East One South.
Riva Siggins netted both goals to clinch all three points and mid-table Upminster will be hoping for more success when they make the trip to lowly Folkestone tomorrow (Saturday).
The men’s seconds earned a share of the Division Three spoils at Maldon after a 1-1 draw, but the thirds were edged out 2-1 by Division Five rivals Wapping eights and the fourths slipped to a 5-1 loss at Crostyx thirds in Division Six.
The fifths also fell to a heavy defeat against East London eighths in Division Eight at Mile End Stadium.
The home side made a fast start and took an early lead, which they doubled just before half time.
And a superb piece of skill led to a third goal at the start of the second half, with the hosts netting three more times for a 6-0 victory against winless Upminster, who face Romford seconds next.
The women’s seconds drew 2-2 with Maldon in the Essex League Premier Division and the thirds shared the spoils with Waltham Forest seconds in Division One after their match also ended 2-2.
Upminster fourths were 3-1 winners over Basildon in Division Three, but the fifths and sixths both lost.