It wouldn’t be accurate to say that a hurricane hit East London this week. Not in terms of meteorology, although there have been some very strong winds, and not on the pitch. But Hackney Wednesday leaders Kozel 5, who had previously blown away all their opponents, showed their very first signs of weakness, shipping 5 and being held by fourth-placed The Baxters Courtiers. The 5-5 draw offered encouragement for challengers Recreativo Hackney and FC East Gammon, who both won, Rec against Stroke Titty Weds and Gammon against Orinoco Flow FC, to start to narrow the deficit at the top. Kozel remain four points ahead of both, though, and have a game in hand on Gammon.
Hackney Monday leaders Boiler Room FC were made to sweat by Athletico Aesthetico, but eventually overcame them to grind out a 6-5 win. Things were rather more comfortable for second-placed Stroke Titty, who are still four points off but with a game in hand. Their next encounter, on 18 December, seems likely to be an early Christmas present for the neutral.
The Hackney Thursday title race remains as close as ever. Tuna Kanu and LTS both won despite conceding twice apiece. They beat Bethnal Pirates and YNOT FC 8-2 and 7-2 respectively.
What’s happened to Cookie Monsters? The Clapham Monday champions had been cruising towards a title defence, qualifying for the Premiership in first after an unbeaten seven games. But, since the Premiership has got underway, they’ve lost two out of three, this time being beaten by Rapid P13 to put themselves in serious danger of failing to secure a final place. FC Zenit have the first in the bag, and Sir Rickies Six’s 2-1 win against Atletico Spinello puts them three points better off with a single game to go. Who should they meet in that game, however, but Cookie Monsters themselves? As the pair have identical goal difference, a win for Cookie Monsters would mean the Six are pipped.
Last season’s Clapham Tuesday champions Farcelona fell to a surprisingly comfortable 6-2 defeat to Sugar Cane Bees. The Bees always have the potential to sting their opponents on their day, but few would have expected the team that won last season’s title so emphatically to fall to such a heavy defeat so early into this campaign. The Bees are joined on nine points by Game of Throw Ins, who edged past NDC.
They weren’t the only Clapham champions beaten this week. West End Kew suffered their first defeat since winning last season’s Clapham Wednesday title. They lost 2-1 to Hillside, one of only two unbeaten teams along with Easy, who beat Gary Khole 2-0.
EFD showed the kind of menace in front of goal that helped them to seven consecutive wins. They’ve now won two in a row since dropping their first points of the season. This time out, they won 3-1 against KAFC, who they now trail by a single point in the upper echelons of the Clapham Thursday Premiership.
At the top of the Kennington Monday league, FC Dutch Rudder conquered FC Sporting Debacle 4-0 to draw level with champions Neymar Pollution. Neymar were held to a 3-3 draw by Special Olympiakos, who, though winless, will feel encouraged by their display. The latter surely need to put a run together past, though, to have any chance of a Premiership place.
It was a week full of surprise defeats for the big guns. Runaway Kennington Tuesday leaders DFAS had won seven and drawn one going into their game against Borussia Skkrtttt. But Borussia enjoyed an impressive 4-3 triumph to allow fellow winners Tropic Thunder to narrow the gap at the top.
The Kennington Wednesday Premiership final will be contested by Dirty D Floors and The Elephants. The pair played what turned out to be a dress rehearsal this week, Elephants emerging as 2-1 winners to secure their place and eliminate any Old Man FC hopes of booking a date with D Floors.
South London Bhoys, Thundering Typhoons and Laaaaadssssio all won again and are still level at the top of the Kennington Thursday league.
Pathetico Madrid beat Paddington Tuesday rivals Rabie United again, this time 8-4, to set the pace in the Premiership alongside fellow victors The Gym Utd.