Kew keep calm to claim Clapham title (round-up, 16/03/18)

West End Kew successfully retained the Clapham Wednesday title this week. They went into the game unbeaten since 24 January, and having beaten final opponents Ruud Van Nipplejoy 6-2 in February. But the final was a much tighter affair, and went to penalties after a 1-1 draw. Like their last final win, which saw an improbable comeback, they didn’t always look in control. But they kept calm and carried on playing throughout, composed in the shoot-out to make sure they hung onto the title. Defending the title is an impressive achievement in any league, and Kew deserve tremendous credit.

One place where the title did change hands was Hackney, where LTS became the new Thursday champions. Runners-up last year, Andrew’s side went one better this time out, winning the title with an impressive 46 points from a possible 54 despite a narrow 9-8 defeat to Sonic Huth. Reigning champions Tuna Kanu fell to a 4-2 defeat against F567, having left themselves too much to do to keep their hands on the trophy. They’d put together an excellent run to take LTS right to the wire though. It would have been the mother of all comebacks, even more spectacular than Manchester United’s in 1995-96, for Tuna to overhaul the LTS point tally, and in the end, it wasn’t as much of a case of Tuna losing the title as LTS winning it. LTS have been simply sensational over the course of the season. Congratulations! YNOT FC beat Wogan & The Saganauts 4-3 in the other game.

Reigning Hackney Monday champions Stroke Titty swept aside MKAT Dons 7-0 to open their title defence up with a comfortable victory. Athletico Anaesthetico won the evening’s other game, but not without a scare. It all looked like plain sailing when they led opponents Somehow United 1-0 early on, but somehow, Somehow turned it around to lead 2-1 at one point. Athletico’s struggles weren’t to last, though. A late blitz saw them emerge as 7-2 winners.

FC East Gammon are the early Hackney Wednesday leaders. They beat Boiler Room FC 6-2 to win their second game in a row. Recreativo Hackney, the team that pipped them to last season’s title, suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat to Orinoco Flow. In the evening’s other game, SJSJFC trounced Somehow United 12-1.

Clapham Monday leaders FC Zenit took on reigning champs Cookie Monsters, and the eagerly-awaited encounter didn’t disappoint. Evenly contested like many would have predicted, it finished 1-1, a result which keeps the pair in with a chance of reaching the final without either of them guaranteeing themselves a place. Atletico Spinello recorded a vital 6-1 win against Curse These Metal Hands to give themselves a chance of reaching the Premiership final. In the Championship, goals from Joe and Henry helped Rapid P13 beat Leavemyarcelona 3-1, while Brio Boys won 3-0 against Sir Rickies Six.

Penguins’ excellent start to the season cooled off slightly, but they remain unbeaten and top of the Clapham Tuesday league on goal difference after drawing 1-1 with Don’t Cry For Me Di Maria. The side to have caught up with them on points are Farcelona, who beat Sunderland SA 5-3. Fellow top half sides Game of Throw Ins and Balls & Boxes won, the latter beating Honey Badgers, the other side currently occupying the Premiership qualification places, in a 4-3 thriller.

Adam was on the scoresheet as EFD thrashed KAFC 7-3 to win their fourth Clapham Thursday game on the spin. Boom Xhaka Lacazette picked up their first win of the season, 7-3 against Abou. Earth Blind & Fire beat The Jan Vennegoors 7-4 to pick up their first win in five.

Kennington Monday leaders Special Olympiakos came from behind to beat Yellows 3-1. They enjoy a three-point lead at the top from second-placed AjaxTreesDown, who edged Gabriel STATistuta 4-3 in what was probably game of the day. Borussia Skkrttt continued their good run with a 4-2 win vs Cannon Fodder, while Overfriendly Martins thrashed FC Sporting Debacle 14-3.

De Wolfe, Bacon Sane and DFAS all got off to winning starts in the new Kennington Tuesday season, beating Shahmiri All Stars SAS, GOTS and It’s A Mainz World respectively. Josh (DFAS) is the league’s early top scorer. He picked up three of his side’s four and will be looking for more when DFAS meet Bacon Sane meet next week.

Kennington Wednesday Premiership leaders The Elephants beat 1-0 Dirty D Floors in a tight encounter, holding their nerve to move one step closer to a final spot. Old Man FC grabbed a vital 4-3 win against Alan Shearers to boost their hopes of reaching the final. They now lead D Floors by a point after three games, but with it being a six-game Premiership, Shearers aren’t out of the running themselves despite being a further two points back.

Kennington Thursday side Environ FC continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 5-3 win against Black Lions FC. They remain two points behind Red Star Juniors, who maintained their 100% record with a 5-1 victory against South London Bhoys. Laaaaadsssssio overtook Thundering Typhoons, who they beat 3-1. Typhoons remain the other top half side though and are still in with a good chance of qualifying for the Premiership themselves.

Not So Athletic made it two Paddington Tuesday Premiership wins out of two, moving within inches of a final place after a 10-4 triumph against International FC. The Gym Utd beat F567 Utd 9-7 to maintain their own final hopes. They and International FC both sit on three points, three behind leaders Athletic.