Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
Hello and welcome to an extended round-up of the action in the Essex Olympian League this weekend, stretching from the Premier Division to Senior Division Two plus results from Divisions Three & Four and action in the Anagram Records Trophy & Senior League Cup.
Anagram Records Trophy – Quarter-Final
Catholic Utd 2 – 0 Sporting Hackney
The Super Hoops progressed to the last four of the competition as they saw off Middlesex County Premier side Sporting Hackney at Wellstead Gardens. Goals from Max Kent and Mike Trenkel were enough to seal the win and they will face Wormley Rovers at home in the Semi-Finals on Saturday 24th March.
Senior League Cup – Quarter-Finals
Frenford 4 – 3 White Ensign
Frenford battled past fellow Olympian Premier side White Ensign to progress to the semi-finals. The visitors led 2-0 before a penalty from Bradley Nobbs five minutes before half-time and a Danny Lock [51′] free-kick levelled things up for Frenford. Daniel Driscoll made it 3-2 before Ensign levelled and late on, substitute Georgie Fairhead got the winner to secure the Premier Division leaders’ progression.
Springfield 2 – 4 Newham Utd
Newham caused an major upset at Arun Close and sent Premier Division Springfield out of the competition. Goals from Omar Jomanday, Ousman Ndure, Michael Omari and Nick Read did the business for the EOFL Div Two outfit. Springfield replied thanks to goals from Jamie Doyle and Jack Mundy.
Olympian League – Premier Division
Basildon Town 3 – 1 Bishop’s Stortford Swifts
Basildon picked up only their second win of the season here. Strikes from Yaw Danso, Dominic Locke and Sam Marsh sealed the win and kept alive their slim hopes of avoiding the drop this season. Stortford are in 8th spot.
Harold Wood Athletic P – P Manford Way (Due to a waterlogged pitch)
Leigh Ramblers 1 – 4 Kelvedon Hatch
Keveldon powered to a big win over Ramblers at Belfairs Park. Anthony Aylett, James Burt, Lee Newton and George Saunders goals sealed the points which leaves Hatch in 4th spot and Ramblers in 10th.
Rayleigh Town 3 – 2 May & Baker E.C
May & Baker’s topsy-turvy form continued as Rayleigh grabbed a last-gasp win over the former leaders. Town led through Aaron Pallett and Harry Talbot goals before an Oxby penalty and a Henry Osei strike brought them back level. Peter Beaumont’s 90th minute goal sealed all three points for second-bottom Rayleigh and therefore May & Baker missed the chance to leapfrog Frenford at the summit.
EOFL – Senior Division One
Galleywood 1 – 0 Great Baddow
Galleywood ended Baddow’s long unbeaten run to go three points clear of bottom side Runwell Sports. Craig Skipper got the only goal of the game to leave Baddow top but vulnerable as Buckhurst Hill are two points behind though have four matches in hand.
Hutton 6 – 1 Old Southendian
Hutton moved ahead of their opponents here into 3rd after a crushing win. A double from Matt Price plus further strikes from Dan Carpenter, Keelan O’Donovan, Thomas Price and Chris Rowlatt ensure the win.
Runwell Sports 0 – 1 Sungate
Sungate edged to victory here despite ending the match a man light. Jake Clarke got the only goal for the mid-table side. Stephen Harding was the man dismissed though the visitors held on to stay 5th on goal difference, with matches in hand. Runwell remain bottom with only five matches to play.
Shenfield AFC 4 – 0 Old Chelmsfordians
Shenfield stay 6th after goals from Francis Wright (2), Will Marlowe and Luke Williamson ensured the win over Old Chelmsfordians, who stay 10th.
FC Hamlets 1 – 1 Newbury Forest
Harold Hill P – P Snaresbrook
EOFL – Senior Division Two
Benfleet 2 – 1 Ongar Town
Benfleet overcame Ongar Town at Park Lane thanjs to goals from Ben Foord and Sonny Hartman to go three points behind their opponents here, in 5th and 4th respectively.
A1 Sports 4 – 1 Rochford Town
Ryan (R) 2 – 3 Rayleigh Town Res.
Toby 2 – 2 Herongate Athletic
Upminster P – P Ramsden Scotia
EOFL – Senior Division Three
Leigh Town 6 – 3 Roydon
Manford Way Reserves 12 – 0 Leytonstone Utd
Old Chelmsfordians Res. 3 – 0 Debden Sports
Shoebury Town 3 – 2 Harold Wood Athletic Res.
White Ensign Res. 2 – 3 Beacon Hill Rovers
EOFL – Senior Division Four
Chingford Athletic 5 – 2 Toby Res.
Old Southendian Res. 7 – 2 Southend Sports
Sungate Res. P – P Epping
That’s all from this round-up though check out the slightly larger round-up on the Grassroot Football Show every week, usually read by Pete D. Goodbye for now & thanks for reading.