Stonewall 3rds consolidated an opening-day win with a 2-2 draw against league title holders London Falcons. The away side opened the scoring against the run of play with a Paddy Eccles-Williams goal, and Eccles-Williams completed a brace late on to rescue a point for Falcons. In between, Stonewall dominated possession and created most of the play, but it was a speculative effort from Gary Williams which bounced over the keeper, and a strong James Baker shot which spilled out of the netman’s hands, which gave Stonewall hope that six points out of six would be theirs. Falcons manager Pete Ransom ended pleased not to lose but made it clear he expects more from his team.
Five different names put themselves on the scoresheet for AFC Muswell Hill in their first home game of the season at the New River Centre. Ian Pocock, Ed Fite, Gareth Stephens, Paul Francis and Andy Rose slotted home but it was not plain sailing for the north London side. Titans XXL took the lead twice, through Scott De Blasio and Tom Smith, before being pegged level just after half-time. After Muswell Hill took the lead, Titans XXL kept their nerve to make it 3-3 through Rob Barr, but the game’s momentum remained with the home team, and they ran out 5-3 winners.
The ecstasy of a debut win for new Titans 2Brewers manager Alan Grimsley turned into the agony of defeat against a resurgent East End Phoenix. With the home team firing blanks, the eastenders picked off a couple of chances via a mistake at the corner flag and a fluffed clearance to take the game 2-0. Even a change to 4-3-3 at half-time wasn’t enough to improve Titans 2Brewers’ fortunes. Javier Caballero and James Little, with his second of 2017-18, scored the goals at Duke’s Meadows.
With both Titans teams losing, Stonewall 3rds sit on top of the London Unity League by a point, and Paddy Eccles-Williams leads the Golden Boot competition with three goals. Sunday 24th September features three fixtures, including the first game of the season for Soho FC:
London Falcons v AFC Muswell Hill
London Romans v Titans 2Brewers
London Titans XXL v Soho FC