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Collings brace fires Rangers’ title chase

20 October, 2017 — By Steve Barnett

Simon Collings

MIDFIELDER Simon Collings struck twice as Crouch End Rangers returned to winning ways in Division One of the Camden Sunday League with victory over Philippine FC at the weekend.

Also all on target was fellow midfielder Sam Williams, defender Ash Clark and striker Jon Taylor as Rangers shared the goals around on their way to recording a 5-1 win at Hackney Marshes.

The result was the perfect tonic for Declan Taylor’s side following back-to-back defeats against London Badgers and Badu Sports FC.

Second-placed Rangers are now just three points behind the Badgers, who are the only team in the two tiers of the Camden Sunday League that haven’t yet tasted defeat this season.

Goals from Ashley Rowlands and Tristan Buckley were enough to earn the Badgers a 2-1 victory over Auld Shillelagh, leaving them sitting at the top of the table having won all four of their league games so far.

Joe Stephenson’s side will be looking to extend their lead to six points by winning the game in hand that they have over their rivals.

The only remaining fixture in the top flight saw The Hurricanes beat Badu Sports in one of the most exciting games of the weekend.

Forward Simon Lawrence capped his first appearance of the season by scoring a hat-trick, while strike partner Ejike Onuchukwu bagged a brace as The Hurricanes ran out 5-3 victors.

Meanwhile, in Division Two, hotshot Martyn Davies made it 20 goals in just five appearances as league leaders Hackney Wednesday put eight past Dinamo Dorigo.

The on-fire striker has picked up the habit of scoring four goals every time he takes to the field, and Sunday was no exception as he repeated the unbelievable feat against Dorigo.

However, Davies still left a few goals for his team-mates, with Fergus McIntosh, Joseph Benjamin, Anthony Sharpe, and Leo Dawson also all finding the back of the net as Wednesday netted a comfortable 8-0 victory.

Other results in the second tier saw Sherfield Town beat Chalk Scratchings 5-1; AFC Shooters score a 1-0 win over Enate United, while Surreal Madrid ran out 2-1 winners against AFC Brasenose.

Old Boys set cup marker

THE Camden Sunday League Challenge Cup is also officially under way with Clerkenwell Old Boys beating rivals St Peters in the preliminary round.

Striker Daniel Attard scored twice, while Jamie Salvoni and Denzel Attoh were also on target as Clerkenwell progressed, court­esy of a 4-1 win.

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