Regent’s beat Cricklewood to regain top spot from Admiral in Islington Midweek League title race
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Naim Essaghi and Yemi Buraimoh both netted braces as Regent’s FC brushed aside defending champions Cricklewood Wanderers 4-1 to reclaim top spot in the Islington Midweek League Premier Division.
Regent’s were briefly displaced at the summit by Islington Admiral United, who had triumphed 3-0 against Albion Reds 24 hours earlier and remain unbeaten in the league this season.
But Regent’s responded by dispatching third-placed Cricklewood, who are now 12 points off the top – suggesting that the leaders’ clash with Admiral later this month is likely to prove crucial.
“It was a good win, which keeps in a great position – we’ve won four games in a row and now we’ve got a week or two to rest,” said Regent’s boss Des Casey.
“The boys are really peaking at the moment and morale is high. Ever since I’ve been manager of Regent’s I don’t think I’ve ever seen everyone so happy to be part of this.”
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Regent’s should have top scorer Alfie Francis available again for the clash with Admiral on February 17, along with fellow forward Meshach Williams.
Admiral maintained their title challenge in windy conditions against the Reds, scoring three excellent goals to secure maximum points.
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Haben Tesim put Admiral ahead on 20 minutes, unleashing a 20-yard rocket into the roof of the net after Andrew White’s initial effort had been saved.
Substitute Niko Muir doubled his side’s advantage with a clinical second goal 10 minutes into the second half and White then made it 3-0 with a scorching strike from 30 yards.
Admiral could regain the league leadership on Wednesday when they take on Cricklewood, while Regent’s are in Islington Gazette Cup action against Albion Reds on the same night.