Epping Town FC 3 vs Hampton Town 3 (Hampton win 8-7 on pens)

Epping Town went out of the Anagram Records Trophy when they were beaten by Hampton Town 8-7 on penalties after the first round match finished 3-3 after 90 minutes.

Epping Town went 3-0 down before Daniel Garfinkle pulled one back for the hosts before half-time.

Epping Town then dominated the second half with goals from Brad Gayer and Dagyaran Taner leveling the score at full-time, before the visitors from Division One of the Middlesex County League edged through to the Second Round at Stonards Hill.

Next Saturday Epping Town play their third successive cup match in as many competitions when they welcome Great Bentley to Stonards Hill in the First Round of the Essex Premier Cup (2pm kick-off).

It was a good day for Epping Town as far as their league position is concerned with one of their closest rivals, Corinthians, dropping points for the second successive week.

The other pace-setters in the division, Leigh Town, won 4-2 at home to Rochford Town to remain unbeaten after five matches in Division Two of the Essex Olympian League.

Epping Town are now third (with 12 points), unbeaten after four matches, and with a far superior goal difference (+30).

Unbeaten leaders Leigh Town have 15 points from 5 matches with Corinthians second with 12 points from six matches.

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