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Jan 17, 2013, 8:09 PM
Team(s): Edmonton Rovers (Sunday League) ...and whoever I film for !
This coming Sunday (20th January) sees the Fourth Round (last 16) being played, although I suspect the forecast snow will put paid to that and all matches will end up being re-scheduled for the following Sunday instead. Nevertheless, here's a look at the teams involved:
Sandmere v. Poplar Boys
Sandmere play at Battersea Park and they are currently struggling near the bottom of the table in the top division of the two-division Central London 'Super' Sunday League. Whether that League really is 'super' I have no idea, as historically their member clubs rarely enter London FA Cup competitions, and with club names such as 'Jeffs Chippy', 'Barking Mad', and 'Bacardi Sagna' in the second division, it does give the impression that it is very much a 'fun' League compared to other Sunday Leagues in London. However, Sandmere won 6-0 in the Second Round (against a weak AC Milano 'B' side), but then they received a Bye in the First Round and a walkover in the Third Round.
Poplar Boys play in the top division of the two-division London City Airport League and they look to be a better side than Sandmere going by their current position in the table where they have games in hand on the leaders. They had a walkover in the First Round and then two good Away wins in the Second & Third Rounds.
I am taking Poplar Boys to win this one.
Seven Acre & Sidcup 'A' v. Asianos
Seven Acre & Sidcup's 'A' Team are one of the top teams in the Premier (top) division of the four-division Kent Suburban League. They also play at Step 6 on Saturdays in the Kent Invicta League and it looks like they probably should have been put in the London Sunday Intermediate Cup instead of the Junior. They had an easy 7-0 win in the First Round, then a walkover in the Second Round and a 4-2 Away win in the Third Round to a decent FC Cortez side from the Premier Division of the Metropolitan Sunday League.
Asianos are an Asian community team who run several adult and Youth teams in East London, with their adult teams all playing in different Leagues with varying degrees of success. This is supposed to be their team from the London Communties League, but it looks as if that League has now folded, so maybe it's their Ford Sunday League team instead ? Although they are doing well in that League, they have had relatively easy games so far to reach the Fourth Round and I cannot see them beating Seven Acre & Sidcup here.
Danson Albion 'B' v. Inter Trac
Danson Albion 'B' are doing quite well in Division One (the third division down) of the Woolwich & Eltham Sunday Alliance, while they had a really good 4-1 win in the last round Away to Turkish Community Football Federation side Turk Ogaci, although Turk Ogaci are a struggling side in the bottom division of that League.
As The_Player has said on here, his team Inter Trac reached the Semi-Finals of this competition last season and they quite rightly fancy their chances. They are currently in mid-table of Division One of the Barnet Sunday League, but that is now a very strong League following it's merger with the North London S.L. and the Hendon S.L. during the summer.
Although it's a long journey for them to South-East London/Kent, I can't see Inter Trac slipping up here and I expect them to get through.
Middlesbrough Supporters v. Woodford Wanderers
Although the Supporters' League (APFSCIL) is not as strong as other Sunday Leagues in London, Middlesbrough are always going to be a threat with Marlon Beresford in goal for them and a number of other (lesser known) ex-pros in their ranks. They have had three good wins so far in the first three rounds, none more so than their 2-1 Away win against the highly-fancied Tristars & Deloitte in the last round.
Woodford Wanderers are currently struggling near the bottom of Division One (the second division down) of the Maccabi Sunday League, but they do have a lot of games in hand. They had a Bye in the First Round and a walkover in the Third Round, and although they had a good 4-2 Away win in the Second Round, I will be surprised if they do that again here.
I am taking Middlesbrough Supporters to win this one.
Interestingly though, on the Maccabi League website, they have Woodford Wanderers down as playing a League match on this date. I wonder if they (or even Middlesbrough Supporters) have withdrawn from the London Sunday Junior Cup ?!
Guzelyert v. Maronites
Here is a clash of Turkish Community League and Cypriot (KOPA) League 'titans'. Well maybe not quite compared to other teams in those Leagues, but this will undoubtedly be a good-standard match. Guzelyert are currently second in the second division of the TCFF, and although Maronites are currently bottom of the top division in the KOPA League and without a point so far this season, we know how strong that division is with the likes of Tripimeni and New Salamis in it, so I doubt whether Maronites are 'mugs'. Both teams have had good results to get this far, with Maronites winning 4-1 Away to Aberdeen Supporters in the Second Round. (Is that scottorae's team ?)
I think I will go for Guzelyert to win this one, but it could well be very close.
White Hart Lane v. Kenningwell United Reserves
White Hart Lane play in Division Three of the Barnet Sunday League where they have improved considerably as the season has gone on. They provided one of the shocks of the last round for me when they beat a very strong Enfield Royals side (from the Waltham Sunday League) 4-2.
Kenningwell United Reserves look a very good side though. Although they are only in the fifth division down of the Orpington & Bromley Sunday League, they look like winning that division and we know that League is probably the strongest Sunday League in London at the moment. They have won their three Sunday Junior Cup matches so far by scorelines of 8-0, 5-1 & 4-1, so they are probably going to take some stopping. As with all Reserve Teams though, it's possible they may be weakened by First Team call-ups, while the long journey to North London from south of the river might also be a factor. If White Hart Lane can beat Enfield Royals, then they can beat anyone in this competition. I am going for them to sneak a win here, but it could be a close one.
Burnt Oak Builders Merchants v. CFC Flamengo
As has already been said on this thread, Burnt Oak Builders Merchants clearly should be in one of the more senior Sunday Cups. Their Third Round match Away to Komi-Kebir was played eventually, and as expected, BOBM came through that without any problems.
CFC Flamengo could be capable of giving them a really close game though judging by their two results so far. They had a Bye in the First Round, then an easy 9-3 win Away to Dulwich Tandoori Cobras in the Second Round, but it was their Third Round win Away to Thames Borough that was really impressive. Thames Borough are the top team in the five-division strong Woolwich & Eltham Sunday League, but CFC Flamengo blew them away, winning 6-2. CFC Flamengo look as if they will win Division Two of the Essex Sunday Football Combination this season, and as that is the same division that spawned last season's London Sunday Junior Cup winners Lord Stanley, it is clearly a strong League and there is a possibility that Burnt Oak Builders Merchants could meet their match here.
I will still go for BOBM, but be prepared for a 'shock'.
London Maccabi Lions 'B' v. Edmonton Rovers (My own team).
We are quietly confident, having got through three really tough matches so far against in-form opponents. Although we are second from bottom at the moment in Division One of the Waltham Sunday League, we are having close matches against top-quality sides and the new younger players we have brought in this season are now starting to gel.
London Maccabi Lions 'B' will be really tough opponents though. It looks like they will win Division One of the Maccabi Sunday League this season and possibly even 'overtake' their 'A' Team...who play in the F.A. National Sunday Cup ! Their 4-3 win against our fellow Waltham Sunday League colleagues Edmonton Blades in the last round has since proved to be an excellent result as the Blades are most certainly a very good up-and-coming side.
With LML 'B' not having played since before Christmas, we will have a big advantage if this game gets played (on their 3G pitch by the way) this Sunday as we have played twice since Christmas and are match fit. Unfortunately the weather is likely to damage our hopes there as snow cannot be swept off 3G pitches. so it will be back to square one in terms of preparation and fitness by the time the game is played. We are hoping to get through, but we know it is going to be extremely tough, despite the Maccabi League allegedly not being what it once was (according to others ! )