Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
Hello & welcome to another of my round-up pieces, this time looking at the Essex Olympian League action on Saturday 15th December, from the top tier to the results from Division Four. Also this week as we have hit the rough -mid-way’ point of the season, also in this piece are the lead goal-scorers from the top four tiers (Source: FA Full-Time – EOFL Section)
EOFL Premier Dvivision
Leaders Buckhurst Hill continued their superb season thus far with a huge 9 – 1 success at Canning Town. Suleyman Zuhdu led the goal-scorers for Hill with a hat-trick with Steve Townsend netting a brace plus Josh Banfield, Nathan Sollosi, Sam Sollosi and Sonny Shilling joining that cast with one each. Patrick Damali netted the scant consolation for the home side.
Kelvedon Hatch joined the ‘heady goal-club’ as well with a big 8 – 3 home win over Leigh Ramblers. Ramblers got their goals courtesy of a brace by Jamie Selby-Knight and one from Ben Munday though Hatch overwhelmed them as Theo Ola and Anthony Aylett both netted hat-tricks and Dan Gillard & Dan Johnson also chipping in to give the hosts their fourth straight league win.
Old Southendian also had a day to savour with a fine 6 – 1 home triumph over Springfield. Ryan Stillwell nabbed two goals while Riley Oliver, Elliott Hemmings, Nick Henesy and Matt Tonking all also struck to render Dare Wareham’s strike for the visitors a mute consolation. Harold Wood Athletic continued their strong campaign with a 4 – 2 success at Rayleigh Town. Town struck through Jack Long and Damien Siemienczuk goals though a double from Lee Newton allied with one each for Matthew Donovan and Scott Williams sealed the win for Ath, they are unbeaten in eight matches now.
Catholic Utd defeated Sungate 4 – 1 as two goals from Tom Hollingsworth and strikes by Aaron Baldwin and Jamie Salmon saw the Super Hoops to victory. Strikes by Tom Price and Chris Skingley saw Hutton to a 2 – 1 comeback victory at lowly Manford Way, who had led through Lee Lashley’s strike. Great Baddow held high-flying Bishop’s Stortford Swifts to a 2 – 2 home draw as Ashley Cole and Dan Gage goals for Baddow were levelled out by Mark Robinson and Michael Moore for Swifts, who are now unbeaten in the league since their first match of the campaign.
Lead Goal-scorers (EOFL Prem – Lge Only)
- Theo Ola (Kelvedon Hatch) – 11 goals
- Michael Daniels (Kelvedon Hatch) – 9 goals
- Steven Townsend (Buckhurst Hill) – 9 goals
- Robert Whitnell (Harold Wood Ath) – 8 goals
- Jamie Selby-Knight (Leigh Ramblers) – 7 goals
- Suleyman Zuhdu (Buckhurst Hill) – 7 goals
EOFL Senior One
In Senior One, Frenford Res got a fine 5 – 1 victory over struggling May & Baker Ressies with Hendrew Schimidt’s double leading the way with Michael Appiah, George Fairhead and Christopher Ifill also notching. Daniel Pandele’s effort was not enough to prevent M & B’s seventh straight defeat in the league. Leaders Snaresbrook continued on their merry way with a 2 – 0 triumph at Galleywood as efforts from Scott Hill and Max Catherall were enough to seal their ninth win of the season.
Herongate Athletic continued their recent revival with a 2 – 1 success at fellow strugglers Old Chelmsfordians. Glen Jordan and Ben Warren strikes outmatched Gareth Williams’ goal for OC. Athletic now only four points adrift of FC Hamlets in fifth spot in an increasingly-congested mid-table.
Basildon Town’s game with Shenfield AFC had to be abandoned due to the effect of the relentless rain that made the pitch unplayable.
Lead Goal-scorers (EOFL D1 – Lge Only)
- Ryan Leddra (Ramsden Scotia) – 10 goals
- James Stevens (Ongar Town) – 9 goals
- Tyriquee Solomon (Snaresbrook) & Sener Suavi (Basildon Town) – 8 goals
- Martin Mixture (Old Chelmsfordians) & Thomas Watling (Galleywood) – 6 goals
EOFL Senior Two
In Senior Two, Lakeside pummeled Harold Wood Athletic Reserves 9 – 0 away from home in an emphatic result. Drew Klessa-Smith led the charge with a staggering six goals here, and Luke Quinton, Charlie Ashpole and Harry Hearn also notched here. Beacon Hill Rovers defeated Rochford Town 4 – 2 as Stephen Bennett, Charles Brewer, David Heward and Mat Kosinski all struck for Rovers, outweighing strikes by Grant Lye and David Watson for Rochford. Toby went joint-top of the standings with a 4 – 1 win at Newham Utd. Ben Britton’s brace plus goals from Junior Bammeke and David Major saw the visitors to their 9th win this term. Utd responded through Richard Boah’s goal though they remain third-bottom.
Unfortunately, two matches ended in walkovers with Shoebury Town getting the win over May & Baker ‘A’ and Ryan similarly over Upminster.
Lead Goal-scorers (EOFL D2 – Lge Only)
- Dominic Binns (Shoebury Town) – 28 goals
- Drew Klessa-Smith (Lakeside) – 26 goals
- Declan Clarke (Runwell Sports) – 12 goals
- David Watson (Rochford Town) – 10 goals
- Luke Quinton (Lakeside) – 9 goals
EOFL Senior Three
Division Three provided goals aplenty as well as Laindon Orient waved goodbye to boss Neil Blackburn (who has joined Bostik North side Basildon Utd) with a fabulous 8 – 2 home win over fellow high-flying side Old Southendian Res. Jason Purewal grabbed a hat-trick with Henry Ballard and Ally Collins both getting braces with Jason Warner also on target. Tom Margerison and Pete Jelley strikes were not enough to prevent their second loss this term.
Leaders Westhamians retained their four-point cushion at the top of the standings with a 3 – 0 home win over Roydon. Jamie Reddington’s brace was supplemented by Ryan Creed’s goal as the hosts keep their unbeaten stretch this season. Basildon Town Res leapt off the foot of the table with a fine 5 – 3 win at fellow strugglers Hutton Res. Alex Shields contributed a double with Ross Jeffrey, Sam Green and Levi Harbour also on the score-sheet. Strikes by Tony Winchelo, Adam Player and Tom Biddiss weren’t enough to save the day for the home side.
Wakering Sports and Academy Soccer both continued their good seasons. Sports overcame Old Chelmsfordians Res 5 – 0 at Cupids Country Club. Jamie Brown, Conor Cobb, Bill Crumpton, Aaron Marshall and Brennan Nolan all hit goals for Aaron Bloxham’s men. Academy picked up a fine 4 – 0 win at White Ensign Res. Jake Jones got two of those goals with Luis Ruiz and Ben Picton also finding the net.
Lead Goal-scorers (EOFL D3, Lge Only)
Samuel Lake (Laindon Orient) – 10 goals
Nader Benzid (Roydon) & Lewis Lawrence (Westhamians) – 7 goals
George Darby (Leigh Town) & Carl Dutton (Hutton Res) – 6 goals
Lakeside Reserves 4 – 4 Galleywood Reserves
Canning Town Reserves 1 – 4 Shenfield AFC Reserves
Epping Town 1 – 0 Corinthians
Leigh Ramblers Reserves 2 – 3 Buckhurst Hill Reserves
Old Barkabbeyans 3 – 4 Catholic Utd Reserves
Toby Reserves 3 – 4 Dagenham Utd