Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Premier – Senior Division 3 – Sat  24th Aug) [EOFL 25.8.19]  

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Still from Rayleigh v Leigh R (Sat 24 Aug) [Image: Scott W]
Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & EOFL Writer

 

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of the Essex Olympian League action, which looks at the top four tiers spanning the Premier Division all the way until Senior Division Three with results from Senior Division Four. My thanks to the clubs and to EOFL Publicity Officer Andy Wilkins for his assistance in this piece.

 

Premier Division

So, we start with Catholic Utd giving us another reminder of their strength as they won 7 – 0 at Hutton. Tom Hollingsworth led the charge with four goals himself, with Simon Thomas, Tony Jacobs & Aaron Baldin the supporting cast of goal-getters on this occasion. Sungate were also among the goals as they won 5 – 2 at home to Springfield. Jake Clarke struck twice here, with Reece Clarke, Shaun Goddard and substitute Gabriel Ogunwomoju also finding the target for Bobby Port’s side.

Meanwhile, Basildon Town dispatched Shenfield AFC  3 – 0 in a battle of the newly-promoted sides. Keith King, Tommy Green and Junior Lawrence strikes gave Gareth Cleverly’s side the points. Kelvedon Hatch also triumphed, with a 2 – 1 win away at Canning Town. Veterans Petrit Elbi and Alan Taylor did the business with the goals for Hatch in that one.

Also, in the match I attended at London Road, Rayleigh Town defeated Leigh Ramblers 3 – 1 in a battle of the then top-two. Danny Hurford, Henry Sims and substitute Bailey Moss all scored for the hosts, while Joe Hunter’s crisp curling strike pulled one back late on for Wayne Seal’s team. If you’d like to see my report on this match, you can find it here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/08/24/match-report-rayleigh-town-3-1-leigh-ramblers-sat-24th-aug-eofl/

 

Senior Challenge Cup (aka Kershaw Cup)

In the show-piece early-season event of the Olympian League calendar, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts narrowly defeated Buckhurst Hill 1 – 0 at Roding Lane as Stuart Hoskins’ team took home the first piece of silverware this term.

 

Senior Division One

Next, into Senior One now and Chingford Athletic opened their season with a fine 3 – 0 win over Herongate Athletic. Alex Gordon, Gary Murray and Eric Kelly all notched here to give Dave Richbell’s side the win. Also, Ramsden Scotia were held 0 – 0 by visitors FC Hamlets at the Nursery Sports Ground.

 

Senior Division Two

Senior Two’s matches were awash with goals this weekend. First, Laindon Orient powered to a 9 – 1 victory over Westhamians. Substitute Jasper Read helped himself to a hat-trick, with Troy Reed getting a double plus Samuel Burton, Adam Cole, Ashley Blackburn and James Shadwell all got one apiece for Neil Blackburn’s side.

AS Rawreth beat Harold Wood Athletic Reserves 4 – 2 with Chadrack-Kisoka Domingo , Louis Hill, Lewis Wynne and substitute Peter Mwaura all netting to outdo strikes by Joe Pyne and Joe McBurney for the Wood second-side. Leigh Town defeated an under-strength Rochford Town side 3 – 1 away from home with Tom McKeon, Sam Gillmore and substitute Kieron Crane netting for the visitors. Luke Jackson struck for Rochford though they fell to defeat here.

Finally in this division, Old Southendian Res started life in Div Two with a fine 2 – 0 win at Wakering Sports. David Stubbs and Greg Molford got the goals in this one at Cupid’s.

 

Senior Division Three

Into Senior Three now and with Corinthians Reserves getting the points via a home walkover as opponents Dagenham Utd couldn’t field a side, attention turned to the other three matches. Buckhurst Hill Ressies’  were the first visitors to the new Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ side as Hill won 3 – 2. George Mole and Joseph Darby struck for Sports though a Rhys Davies’ brace and one from Landry Gogoa ensured the points went back with Hill.

The other two games were both drawn. Firstly, Lakeside Reserves were held 3 -3 by Basildon Town Reserves. David Alele, Harry Davison and Marley Wright all netted for the hosts, though Bas left with a point thanks to strikes by Jake Bridgeman, Sam Green and player-boss Alex Shields. Second, Toby Reserves  held Leigh Town Reserves  3 – 3 in a battle of two new sides to the division. Ben Forsyth, Chris Pope and Connor Tyler netted for the visitors though Toby got a point through an OG plus Rhys Willson and Sam Parish goals.

 

Senior Division Four (Results only)

Catholic Utd  5 – 1 Laindon Orient Res   | Len Forge Centre (3G)

Forest Glade  1 – 2  Wakering Sports Res  | Barleylands Road

Roydon  2 – 2 Old Chelmsfordians Res  | Paringdon Sports Club

 

 

Finally, a little reminder that the aim is to cover up to & including Senior Divsion Three this term so check back every Sunday/Monday for the latest Essex Olympian League action. Thanks for reading.

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Match Report: Rayleigh Town 3 – 1 Leigh Ramblers (Sat 24th Aug) [EOFL 19/20 24.8.19]

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Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Venue: Rayleigh Sports Club, London Road

2019 – 20 Season: Match 16

Saturday 24th August 2019 – 2.30pm KO

Rayleigh: Navy Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Navy Blue Socks

Leigh R: Red & Black Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

 

 

 

 

 

Rayleigh battle hard to defeat Ramblers at London Road

Rayleigh Town 3 – 1 Leigh Ramblers

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] with additional photos by Andy Wilkins [Twitter: @wilkins_media]

A nice detour from regular Essex Senior League action saw me make the relatively short trip to London Road to see Rayleigh Town take on Leigh Ramblers in the Essex Olympian League Premier Division (Step 7). Yes, it was FA Cup weekend though on occasion I feel it is important to watch some clubs further down the ‘pyramid’ too.  Anyway, onto the teams and Paul Higgins’ home side were strong with former Great Wakering pair Charlie Seaden and Danny Hurford lining up at right-back and left-wing respectively. Paul Morris and Jamie Blewitt were the front two with Jack Long skippering the side. Bailey Moss, Connor Bridger and Jake Chaplin comprised the bench for the hosts. For Ramblers, Dylan Skinner once again donned the gloves, with Rhys Fatt and Ola James on the flanks, centre-back Ryan Lowe captaining the side and Acer Wake, Rick Alabaster and Joe Hunter among the options on the bench for Wayne Seal’s team.

 

So as the match got underway on a baking hot day in South Essex, both sides traded early blows. With two minutes on the watch, a good ball in from the right flank found winger Danny Hurford though his header back across goal flew wide of visiting custodian Dylan Skinner. Moments later, Ramblers winger Rhys Fatt saw his strike fizz wide of the target. Town raised it a gear in response as forward Jamie Blewitt’s 20-yard drive fizzed wide of the left-side post.

The hosts broke the deadlock on 26 minutes as after a good run and turning past his marker, Hurford sent a cool low finish beyond Skinner into the far corner. The visitors so nearly responded four minutes later as a powerful free-kick from forward Sam Mountstephens was heading for the top corner, but home ‘keeper Mark Brown did brilliantly to tip it onto the crossbar and out. The hosts kept going well despite the heat and held their lead going into the break. Ramblers couldn’t quite find their rhythm and get past a tough home defence often enough.

Half-Time: Rayleigh Town  1 – 0  Leigh Ramblers

 

 

The second half beckoned and once underway, we had a dramatic opening third of it. Firstly, three minutes after the restart, midfielder Pat Cannon made a good turn before sending a tame effort which Brown gathered comfortably. Minutes later, Rayleigh forward Bailey Moss had a sight of goal though his effort was denied by Skinner. With 56 minutes played, the visitors were awarded a penalty for handball in the area, and Fatt stepped up to take it. However, goalkeeper Brown guessed the way and saved the resulting spot-kick. Right on the hour mark, the hosts added to the opposition’s pain as casual defending on the edge of the Ramblers own 18-yard area saw midfielder Henry Sims nick the ball before slotting home well past Skinner to double their advantage.

Although Ramblers were starting to find their prowess going forward after that second goal, chances were quite rare and from a promising free-kick, Fatt blazed over the bar. As we entered the last seven minutes of the contest, Leigh did pull one back as substitute Joe Hunter powered in a crisp curling strike past Brown to knacker the home side’s idea of a clean sheet. That wasn’t the final word though as with the visitors piling forward in search of an leveller, Town countered with a right-wing cross by Blewitt finding Moss in space and the substitute did the rest, coolly slotting past Skinner to seal the points for Paul Higgins’ side and retain their 100% start to the league campaign.

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Full-Time: Rayleigh Town  3 – 1  Leigh Ramblers

As the full-time whistle sounded, my thoughts are that Town deserved to win this match, as their forward line was a bigger headache to the visitors than the Ramblers attackers, who did cause the hosts’ nervous moments, ultimately they were not at their best today, in my opinion.

Finally, I’d like to first say a big thank you to Rayleigh Town FC for their kind hospitality today, which is much appreciated. Second, it was great to talk to former Clapton & Southend Manor boss Wayne Seal today too. I wish both sides well for the long season ahead.

 

 

Teams

Rayleigh Town    | Manager: Paul Higgins

Starting XI: Mark Brown (GK), Charlie Seaden, Harry Higgins, Jack Long (Capt), Tom Franks, Cameron Glover, Connor Peralta, Henry Sims, Paul Morris, Jamie Blewitt, Danny Hurford

Goal-scorers: Danny Hurford [26’] , Henry Sims [60’], Bailey Moss [88’]

Booked: Hurford  | Subs Named**: Bailey Moss, Connor Bridger, Jake Chaplin

 

Leigh Ramblers   | Manager: Wayne Seal

Starting XI: Dylan Skinner (GK), Lewis Kelsey, Jack Davies, Montana Stewart, Ryan Lowe (Capt), Harry Haysom, Rhys Fatt, Pat Cannon, Dan Williams, Sam Mountstephens, Ola James

Goal-scorers: Joe Hunter [84’]

Booked: Alabaster | Subs Named**: Acer Wake, Rick Alabaster, Bobby Brocklebank, Joe Hunter

Referee: Stuart Nixon

 

** – as the EOFL uses the ‘rolling substitutes’ system, the substitutes are not listed as replacements by name as they are in Essex Senior League/Eastern Senior League. They in all likelihood would have played at least some part of the match. Apologies.

2019-20 Season Constitution: Essex Sunday Corinthian League (ESCL 19/20 22.8.19)

 

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

 

Hello and a warm welcome to a one-off piece looking at the Constitution that makes up the various divisions of the Essex Sunday Corinthian League in the 2019-20 season, with a listing of the fixtures for the first two weeks of action straight after. For more information, check out their website at http://www.escfl.co.uk  or via Twitter – @EssexCorinthian

You can also hear the results weekly as part of the Intermediate Football round-up which continues on the Grassroots Football Show on East London Radio from next month.

Regular readers of this blog may notice that Sunday Football doesn’t often get mentioned. On this occasion, I thought even a small piece looking at the ESCL would be helpful as the game on Sundays is still an important ‘piece of the Grassroots puzzle’ so to speak.

The Essex Sunday Corinthian League started in 1986 and covers parts of East London going into the Essex surburbs from Newham in the Western edge to Havering in the Eastern side. (Source: ESCL website). Below is a listing of who is in what division this coming season, following that will be the fixtures for the opening day on September 8th.

 

 

Key: (C) – Champions | (Ru) – Runners-up from last season | (P) = Promoted

 

ESCL Premier Division Constitution (2019-20) (11 clubs)

  • Asianos
  • Barking & Dagenham Wanderers
  • El Valiente (Ru)
  • Elda
  • FC Mexico A
  • Flanders
  • Repton Park (C)
  • Romford Elite
  • SL Menfica (P)
  • Ultimate Vision
  • Warren Utd

 

 

 

ESCL Division ONE Constitution (2019 -20) (11 clubs)

  • Brook Athletic
  • Chingford Athletic (Ru)
  • Colebrook Royals
  • FC Mexico B
  • KLIK
  • Korona Redbridge
  • Kulture Klub (P)
  • Oceana
  • St Augustines
  • Valentine Utd
  • West Abbey

 

ESCL Division TWO Constitution (2019 -20) (12 clubs)

  • Abridge Village
  • Barking
  • Central Colts (P)
  • Chingford Athletic Reserves
  • Frenford
  • Goresbrook
  • Hornchurch Oakmont
  • Royal Albert
  • Roose
  • Thames Ironworks Community (P)
  • Walthamstow Avenue
  • Wanstead Albion

 

 

ESCL Division THREE Constitution (2019 -20) (13 clubs)

  • AFC Theydon
  • Alpha
  • Barking Riverside
  • Blackwall Rovers
  • Chigwell Utd
  • E4 Rangers
  • East Ham Inter (P)
  • Havering Well
  • London Fire Brigade
  • Lonsdale
  • Newham Athletic (P)
  • Roneo Colts
  • West Essex

 

ESCL Division FOUR Constitution (2019-20) (12 clubs)

  • Asianos Reserves
  • Bretons Manor
  • Inter Ladzio
  • Monkhams
  • Ping City Phoenixes
  • Ridgeway Rovers Under-21 A
  • Romford Athletic Dons
  • Roneo Colts Reserves
  • Selwyn Rovers
  • Titans Utd
  • United Amateurs
  • Upshire Forest Reserves

 

ESCL Division FIVE Constitution (2019-20) (11 clubs)

  • Cobra
  • Custom House Community
  • East Tilbury Town
  • Eastern Avenue
  • Epping Forest Falcons
  • Keith Park Rangers
  • Ridgeway Rovers Under 21 B
  • Singh Sabha Barking
  • Thames Ironworks Community Reserves
  • Total Football
  • Woodford Green Utd

 

FIXTURES – September 8th (10.30am KOs – all are subject to alteration)

Premier Division

Elda v El Valiente  | Oakside (Redbridge FC)

Repton Park  v  Romford Elite  | Roding Valley High Sch (3G)

Ultimate Vision  v  Barking & Dagenham Wanderers | Warren Sports Centre

 

Division ONE

Brook Athletic  v  KLIK   | Ford’s Sport & Social Club (Newbury Park)

Chingford Athletic  v  Valentine Utd  | Town Mead Leisure Park (3G)

Colebrook Royals  v  Kulture Klub  | The Pavillon, Grange Farm Centre

FC Mexico B v St Augustines   |  Emerson Park Sch

West Abbey   v  Oceana   |  Larsens Recreation Ground

 

Division TWO

Abridge Village  v  Frenford  | Abridge Village Hall

Barking  v  Chingford Athletic Res  | Mayesbrook Park

Goresbrook  v  Central Colts    | Warren Sports Centre

Hornchurch Oakmont  v  Roose   | Westlands Playing Fields

Wanstead Albion  v  Thames Ironworks Community  | Wanstead Flats

 

Division THREE

Alpha  v  East Ham Inter  | Wanstead Flats

Barking Riverside  v  AFC Theydon  | Castle Green Leisure Centre

Blackwall Rovers  v  Havering Well  | Wanstead Flats

Chigwell Utd  v  Lonsdale   | TBA

Newham Athletic  v  West Essex  | Beckton District Park South

Roneo Colts  v  E4 Rangers   | Robert Clark Sports Centre (3G)

 

Division FOUR

Bretons Manor  v  United Amateurs  | Castle Green Leisure Centre

Monkhams  v  Ridgeway Rovers U21 A  | Roding Valley Playing Fields

Ping City Phoenixes  v  Romford Athletic Dons   | Low Hall Sports Ground

Selwyn Rovers  v  Inter Ladzio  | The Rolls Sports Ground

Titans Utd  v  Roneo Colts Res   | Old Dagenham Park

Upshire Forest Res  v  Asianos Res   |  Town Mead Leisure Park

 

Division FIVE

Cobra  v  Woodford Green Utd  | Old Dagenham Park

Epping Forest Falcons  v  Eastern Avenue  | Ashton Playing Fields

Keith Park Rangers  v  Custom House Community  | Ford’s Sport & Social (Newbury Park)

Total Football  v  Singh Sabha Barking   | Epping St John’s Sch

Preview: Gordon Brasted Trophy & FA Cup Prelim Round (ESL Sides) (Sat 24th Aug) (ESL 19/20 22.8.19) 

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Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) – ESL Writer & Grassroots Football Show Contributor

Hello all and welcome to an extended preview piece looking at the two Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy ties this weekend, plus a wealth of FA Cup Preliminary Round matches involving Essex Senior League sides. We’ll also be listing the remaining Eastern Senior League South fixtures as well this weekend.

Enjoy your weekend whoever you are watching. Thanks for reading.  Love Non-League!

 

Gordon Brasted Trophy Saturday 24rd August – 3pm KO

 

Clapton  v  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Moved to Oakside  (Redbridge FC)

The Tons face Sporting Bengal for the second time this month, in a match again moved to Oakside in the Gordon Brasted Trophy First Round. Glen Kendall’s team won on that occasion in the league though have been inactive in terms of competitive action due to continuing off-field issues. Bengal by contrast have had a mixed week with defeat at Hadley last weekend being followed by a hard-fought win at Sawbridgeworth in midweek. I’m going go for a narrow away win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

Ilford  v  Southend Manor   |  Cricklefield

The other tie in the GBT this weekend sees the Foxes welcome Manor to Cricklefield. You would believe that both of these teams would like a cup run this term, though the Foxes will have to rally after a hard-fought win over Tower Hamlets in midweek. Manor have had a week off and that may hold them in good stead here. My gut instinct says that Manor have more momentum with them at this stage of the season and therefore they will be the side to progress.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

The FA Cup Prelim Round – Sat 24 August

 

Cockfosters  v  Coggeshall Town   | Chalk Lane

The first of our featured FA Cup ties sees the ESL’s Cockfosters welcome Isthmian North side Coggeshall to Chalk Lane. The hosts have certainly not been goal-shy, scoring eight goals in their four league matches to date. That said, they have also conceded as many goals too so you feel they will have to raise their game defensively to increase their chances of an upset against a side unbeaten, albeit early in their league campaign.

I also feel it fitting to mention that the hosts will want to put in a good performance in memory of long-serving player & secretary Graham Bint, who sadly passed away this week. My thoughts & respects to his family & all at Cockfosters FC.

 

Hadley  v  Hoddesdon Town   | Brickfield Lane

It’s an all-ESL battle at Brickfield Lane as Hadley welcome local rivals Hoddesdon. Anthony Clark’s side beat Redbridge in the last round while Hoddesdon knocked out Brantham Athletic. The hosts are yet to lose at home in all competitions and that may prove to be the slight edge they need in what could be a tight battle. The Lilywhites defeated Ilford last weekend and are looking to continue their own good start to the season here.

 

Saffron Walden Town  v  Maldon & Tiptree  | Catons Lane

Walden entertain Isthmian North side Maldon at Catons Lane. Jason Maher’s side knocked out Baldock Town in the last round before going on to defeat Takeley (away) and Stansted (home) in the last week. They will be another side who will fancy a run in the FA Cup though face a Maldon side who have scored five league goals already this term. This one could be a cracking encounter.

 

Takeley  v  White Ensign  | Station Road

Ensign continue their maiden FA Cup voyage with a trip to ESL pace-setters Takeley, who knocked out Crawley Green in the last round. Ensign showed a lot of guts in their replay win over Woodford and they will need that to overpower Marc Das’ side here. Brett Munyard & Mark Healy’s side unsurprisingly rested a few in their Essex Senior Cup loss at home to Holland in midweek and this tie could be another stonker.

 

Tower Hamlets  v  Horsham      |  Mile End Stadium

Hamlets have a formidable task on their hands as they welcome Isthmian Premier Division (Step 3) side Horsham to Mile End. Damien Briggs’ side won well at Sawbridgeworth last weekend before succumbing to a late defeat at Ilford in midweek. Horsham won well at Enfield Town last weekend in their division and you’d be very surprised to see anything except an away win.. though the FA Cup does have its ‘magic dust’ and some could be sprinkled here…

 

Walthamstow  v  Great Wakering Rovers    | Wadham Lodge Stadium

Finally in the Cup action, Isthmian North side Great Wakering travel to Wadham Lodge to face Walthamstow. ‘Stow defeated Stansted last weekend in the ESl while Wakering defeated Tilbury at Burroughs Park in the Isthmian North. If Steve Butterworth’s side are not on-song, they could get a bit of a ‘rude awakening’ here though six goals in their recent two league matches sets them up well. This one could be a battle though you would still expect the Step 4 visitors to triumph.

 

Eastern Senior League South Fixtures (23/24 August)

Friday 23 Aug: Brightlingsea Regent Res  v  Frenford   | North Road

Sat 24 Aug: Benfleet  v  Lopes Tavares   | Park Lane

Burnham Ramblers v Wivenhoe Town    |  Leslie Field

Coggeshall Utd  v  Newbury Forest   |  West Street

Holland  v  Leyton Athletic   | Dulwich Road

 

 

 

Match Report: Ilford 1 – 0 Tower Hamlets (Wed 21st Aug) [ESL 19/20 22.8.19]

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Essex Senior League

2019-20 Season: Match 15

Wednesday 21st August – 7.45pm KO

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: TBA

Ilford:  Blue & White Hooped Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue & White Socks

Hamlets: Orange Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

 

Ilford edge this battle with Hamlets at Cricklefield

Ilford  1 – 0  Tower Hamlets

Report & Photos by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Our latest trip took me back to Cricklefield for this Essex Senior League encounter between Ilford and Tower Hamlets – two sides that have undergone management changes and hefty squad turnovers as well in the summer. Ilford were somewhat under-strength here with midfielder Connor Kain unavailable though could name goalkeeper Hugo Rossetti, the only survivor from last season’s regular side, in their starting XI. Former Watford and Norwich midfielder Clint Easton (who is also assistant manager) lined up at centre-back at the princely age of 41, respect to you Clint for ‘giving back’ to the game. The front two were Joshua Ekada and Valter Simao with academy graduate Ryan O’Connell and Felix Laws-Cochrane on the flanks. Hamlets’ management and squad are largely the team that competed for their reserve side in the Essex Alliance League last season with Anthony Folkes skippering the side, Jack Gannon in goal and a front three of Miles Mercury, Deese Kasinga-Madia and the hat-trick hero from last Saturday’s win at Sawbridgeworth, Ezra Ndukuba.

The first sighter of goal came on five minutes as Ilf winger Felix Laws-Cochrane’s strike at the near-post was gathered by visiting goalkeeper Jack Gannon. At the other end, Hamlets forward Miles Mercury had shown some neat touches in the early-going and his good forward run on 12 minutes ended with a shot lacking the power to beat home custodian Hugo Rossetti. Hamlets did have the edge overall in the first-half in what was growing to be a pretty lifeless match, with both sides cancelling each other out in midfield. With 25 minutes on the clock, visiting wing-back Anthony Musoke cut inside well though his drive at goal was gathered by Rossetti before it snuck inside the near post. The hosts suffered a blow when defender Clint Easton was forced off on the half-hour, to be replaced by Santana Porter. As half-time approached, a powerful long ball from centre-back Jedidiah Brown-Johnson found forward Ezra Ndukuba though his header couldn’t bypass Rossetti to break the deadlock.

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Half-time: Ilford  0 – 0  Tower Hamlets

As the second-half progressed, the match continued to be rather devoid of ‘stand-out’ moments or clear-cut chances. Seven minutes into the second-half, right-back Tyson Talanya’s stinging cross forced ‘keeper Gannon to remain alert to gather ahead of the opposition forwards. With less than twenty minutes remaining on the watch, a good delivery from an Ilford corner found Simao who headed wide.

The hosts had to play the last eleven minutes with ten men after full-back Talanya hobbled off and Morgan LaForce’s team had already used all three substitutes. At that point, you may thought this match would have trickled its way to a goalless stalemate. Not so though. With ten minutes left, substitute Nic Keyamo forced his way into the area with a good run and just when he was poised to strike, Hamlets midfielder Kahlil Kirwan-Meade snuffed out the chance with a well-timed challenge under pressure. As it happened though, the breakthrough came moments later as after another corner caused some anxiousness in the Hamlets defence, centre-back Clifford Newby-Harris powered in a strike from close range to hand his side their first win of the campaign.

Full-Time: Ilford  1 – 0  Tower Hamlets

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Ilford held out to get all three points in a match they may not have enjoyed much, though in fairness they did edge the second-half. Stand-outs for me today were winger Felix Laws-Cochrane who looked to get things going, centre-back Newbuy-Harris who did well after Easton was substituted and full-back Lewis Wicker. For Hamlets, midfielder Kahlil Kirwan-Meade and forward Miles Merciry did well and for both sides you suspect this is going to be a ‘learning’ season and there will be peaks & downturns along the way.

Finally, my thanks to Steve & the Ilford committee for the welcome pre-match & wish the side well this term. Best wishes to Hamlets for the reminder of the campaign as well.

Teams

Ilford  | Manager: Morgan LaForce | Player-Assistant Mgr: Clint Easton

Hugo Rossetti (GK), Tyson Talanya, Lewis Wicker, Clint Easton (Santana Porter 30′), Clifford Newby-Harris, Connor Duffey, Felix Laws-Cochrane, Said Ali, Joshua Ekada (Nic Keyamo 46′), Valter Simao, Ryan O’Connell (Aiden Tolley 66′)

Goal-scorer: Clifford Newby-Harris [81′]

Booked: Newby-Harris | Subs Not Used: Clements, Browne.

Tower Hamlets      | Manager: Damien Briggs

Jack Gannon (GK), Benas Vaivada, Anthony Musoke, Alan Zuqolli, Jedidiah Brown-Johnson, Joshua Rusoke, Kahlil Kirwan-Meade, Miles Mercury (Yoan Edoukou 60′), Deese Kasinga-Madia (Suaibo Balde 46′), Ezra Nudukuba

Booked: Rusoke   | Subs Not Used: Temur, Brookes.

Round-up: Essex Olympian League Premier Division (Sat 17 Aug) [EOFL 19.8.19]

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] Non-League & EOFL Writer

 

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of the Essex Olympian League action, which focuses on the seven Premier Division matches this weekend. The action in the other divisions starts next week.

EOFL Premier Division

We start at Basildon Sports Club where Basildon Town started life back as a top-tier club with a 3 – 1 success over Canning Town. Keith King got the first for the hosts, with Tommy Green and Brodie Horne also on target for Gareth Cleverly ‘s side.

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts were also among the day’s victors with a 3 – 0 triumph over visitors Old Southendian at Silver Leys. Xaniel Doku, Terrell Hunter and a Chris Gibbs thunderbolt secured the points in their first home match. Catholic Utd were the day’s ‘entertainers’ with a hefty 6 – 2 victory over Kelvedon Hatch at the Len Salmon Stadium. Simon Thomas was the leading scorer with a brace, with Tom Hollingsworth, Dan Trenkel and Tony Jacobs also getting themselves on the score-sheet, alongside an OG.

Elsewhere, Leigh Ramblers continued their early 100% start with a fine 3 – 0 victory at Harold Wood Athletic. New signing Rhys Fatt got a double to get things moving for Wayne Seal’s side, to which Jack Davies got the other goal as the Rams took all three points there. Rayleigh Town also got a stand-out result as they defeated last season’s champions Buckhurst Hill 3 – 1. Paul Morris got two of the home side’s goals, scoring on 25 and 65 minutes. Cameron Glover got a late third to seal the points for Paul Higgins’ team. Suley Zuhdu struck back for Hill though this result might imply the division could be a bit stronger than last season this time around.

Also this weekend, Springfield started their campaign with an impressive second-half showing in a 5 – 2 win at Shenfield AFC. Ryan Batchford, Mason Sprott, Dave Wareham, Oliver Brittain and Joe Nathanson were the ensemble cast of scorers here as the visitors took the spoils. Joe Oliver and Jordan Elliott got consolation goals for the hosts. Finally, Sungate started their season with a 4 – 1 win over Hutton at Ilford Wanderers Rugby Club. Jake Clarke, Shaun Goddard, James Smith and substitute Gabriel Ogunwomoju all netted to overwhelm Joshua Bardouleau’s solitary goal for the South Essex side.

 

To round off this week’s EOFL round-up, here are the many fixtures that are set for next weekend, with Senior Divisions One, Two & Three all getting underway.

 

EOFL Premier Division – Saturday 24th August

Basildon Town  v  Shenfield AFC  | Basildon Sports Club

Canning Town  v  Kelvedon Hatch  | West Ham Community Ground (3G)

Hutton  v  Catholic Utd   | Polo Fields

Rayleigh Town  v  Leigh Ramblers | Rayleigh Sports Club, London Road

Sungate  v  Springfield  | Ilford Wanderers RFC

 

EOFL Senior Challenge Cup (aka Kershaw Cup) – Sat 24 August

Buckhurst Hill v Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  | Roding Lane

 

EOFL Senior Division One  – Saturday 24th August

Chingford Athletic  v  Herongate Athletic  | Town Mead Leisure Park (3G)

Ramsden Scotia  v  FC Hamlets  | Nursery Sports Ground

 

EOFL Senior Division Two  – Saturday 24th August

AS Rawreth  v  Harold Wood Athletic Res  | The Warren

Laindon Orient  v  Westhamians  | Ford’s (Basildon) Sports Club

Rochford Town  v  Leigh Town  | Rochford Recreation Ground

Wakering Sports  v  Old Southendian Res  | Cupid’s Country Club (Pitch #1)

 

EOFL Senior Division Three  – Saturday 24th August

Corinthians Res  v  Dagenham Utd  | Stambridge Memorial Ground

Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  v  Buckhurst Hill Res  | Lower Road

Lakeside Res  v  Basildon Town Res  | Lakeside Sports Ground (3G)

Toby Res  v  Leigh Town Res  | Ford’s (Newbury Park) Sports Club (Toby Pitch)

 

Finally, a little reminder that the aim is to cover upto & including Senior Divsion Three this term so check back every Sunday/Monday for the latest Essex Olympian League action. Thanks for reading.

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri 16/Sat 17 Aug) [ESL 2019/20 18.8.19]

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Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) – ESL Writer & Grassroots Football Show Contributor

Hello all and welcome to another of my weekly Preview pieces for the 2019-20 Essex Senior League campaign. After a frenetic two weeks of ESL & FA Cup matches which involved replays for a few of our sides, the league programme to take centre stage, hot on the heels of the Replays that two of our sides had in midweek.

Friday 16th August

Woodford Town  1- 3  West Essex   | the Harlow Arena | Att: 58

West started the weekend’s action with a fine win at Woodford. Symeon Taylor opened the scoring for Kwame Kwateng’s side. Sharn Quinn levelled for Dee Safer’s Town side though it was the visitors who took the points as Hakim Medfai & Brad Russell both struck to make it a night to remember for the Stags.

 

Saturday 17th August 

Enfield   1 – 3   Cockfosters  | Woodside

Cockfosters came away from Woodside with a good three points. James Verney, on loan from Hitchin Town, got the first for Player-manager Ryan Wade’s side on 19 minutes. Wade then notched himself as the visitors had a 2 – 1 lead at the break. Verney then got his second with three minutes remaining to give the ‘Fosters their second win of the campaign. The E’s tricky start to the season continued here with their fourth loss in five matches in all competitions.

 

Hadley  2 – 0  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Brickfield Lane | Att: 52

The Bricks kept their home form going in all competitions with a hard-fought win over Bengal at Brickfield Lane. After an own goal had put the hoss ahead, substitute Peter Rosemin completed the scoring to give Anthony Clark’s team the win, their third in League and Cup.

 

Ilford  0 – 3   Hoddesdon Town  | Cricklefield

Hoddy overpowered the Foxes with a fine display at Cricklefield. All the goals came after the hour as Connor Scully’s double [62’ & 80’] more than set Simon Riddle’s side on their way to victory. Blue Gallagher added a late third as Ilf extended their wait for a first win this term.

 

Redbridge  0 – 2   Hashtag Utd  | Oakside

Hashtag held firm to record their second win of the season at Oakside. Substitute George Smith was the difference-maker as he got the opening goal on the hour, just six minutes after entering the fray. Smith then completed his brace five minutes later as Jay Devereux’s side showed they can get results wherever they play here. The Motormen were defeated at home for the second time this term, though remain in the top ten in this embryonic table.

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  1 – 4  Tower Hamlets  | Crofters

Hamlets produced a fine display to add to Sawbo’s early-season woes at Crofters. Ezra Ndukuba grabbed a hat-trick to make it a day worth savouring personally while Kahlil Kirwan-Meade got the other goal for Damien Briggs’ side, who racked up their first win of the season here.

 

Takeley  0 – 1  Saffron Walden Town  | Station Road

Walden got the result in this local derby, laying another foundation for a possible challenge on the top three here. Jack Leachman got the only goal of the game just shy of the hour mark as the Bloods got their second win of the season. Takeley’s 100% start to the campaign ended here though they remain top of the standings.

 

Walthamstow  1 – 0  Stansted       | Wadham Lodge Stadium | Att: 63

Finally, ‘Stow won a battle with rivals Stansted as Dwade James struck again on 56 minutes to edge a tight affair at Wadham Lodge.

I attend this match & my in-depth report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/08/17/match-report-walthamstow-1-0-stansted-sat-17-aug-esl/

 

That’s all for this weekend’s Essex Senior League action. Thank you for reading. Check back regularly for more Essex Senior League round-up articles, Match Reports from the ESL & elsewhere, plus the regular Essex Olympian League round-up articles here on my blog. Finally, here are the results from this weekend’s Eastern Senior League South matches. Thanks for reading.

 

Eastern Senior League South Results

Friday 16th August

Barkingside 1 – 0 Hackney Wick

Frenford  2 – 2  Coggeshall Utd

May & Baker  3 – 0  Newbury Forest

Wivenhoe Town 3 – 0 Brightlingsea Regent Res

 

Saturday 17th August

Benfleet  5 – 1  Holland

Halstead Town  1 – 0  Burnham Ramblers

Little Oakley  2 – 0 Fire Utd

White Ensign  3 – 1  Harwich & Parkeston