Essex Olympian League round-up (EOFL 4.4.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to my round-up of the Essex Olympian League (Premier Division – Senior Division Three) action from last weekend which saw the various divisions begin to take shake, particularly at the bottom of Division One.

 

Anagram Records Trophy Semi-Final

Catholic Utd defeated Wormley Rovers 3 – 0 to advance to the Anagram Records Trophy Final on May 5th. Rovers were down to ten men early on after a early dismissal. The ‘Super Hoops’ made the tie safe thanks to goals from Louis Robinson, a penalty from Ellis Sands and Dan Trenkel. They will face Broadfields in the Final at Baldock Road (which is the Hertfordshire FA County Ground).

 

Essex Olympian League Premier Division

 

Canning Town narrowly beat Leigh Ramblers 3 – 2, as a brace from Shaun Farnum and one from Rahan Ali did the business for the hosts. Tom Hollingsworth’s brace wasn’t enough for Leigh. Canning Town are 11th on 21 points with four matches still to play. Ramblers are a point better off in tenth and also have four games remaining.

Next, Harold Wood Athletic triumphed 2 – 1 over Manford Way with Tom Quinn and Robert Whitnell grabbing the goals for the hosts. Manford’s reply came courtesy of Sam Coe’s goal. Athletic are up to 5th on 26 points, with nine matches left. Manford Way are in 8th, two points adrift of their opponents here.

Also, leaders Frenford were held to a 2 – 2 draw by visiting Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Lewis Bartrip and a Bradley Nobbs spot-kick assisted Frenford while Lee Samways and substitute Oliver Slater replied for Swifts. Frenford stay top, nine points clear though only have four outings left whilst a number of their rivals have games in hand.  Swifts are in 9th spot.

Three matches fell foul of the weather, Basildon Town v White Ensign, May & Baker v Springfield and Rayleigh Town v Kelvedon Hatch.

Into Olympian League Division One now and leaders Buckhurst Hill continued their 100% home record with a 5 – 1 victory over Runwell Sports. Hill are now three points clear at the summit with ten matches to play. This defeat also confirmed relegation for Runwell after only one win in 22 matches.

Meanwhile, Galleywood and Shenfield AFC drew 2 – 2. A brace from Jack Chatterway assisted the hosts while Shenfield responded through George Cunningham and substitute Will Marlowe. Galleywood, the lowest scorers in the division remain second-bottom, four points behind Newbury Forest having played four more games. Shenfield are in 5th spot.

Great Baddow were held 1 – 1 by Sungate on the Melbourne Park 3G pitch in Chelmsford. Dan Gage got the goal for Baddow though Spencer Pitfield responded for Sungate. Baddow are in 2nd spot, while Sungate are 6th with a number of matches in hand over some of their rivals. Snaresbrook also won 3 – 1 at home to FC Hamlets to go level on points with them. FC Hamlets are 7th only on goal difference.

Two matches were postponed: Newbury Forest v Harold Hill and Old Chelmsfordians v Hutton

Into Division Two and Benfleet drew 1 – 1 at Toby. Ryan Morgan put Toby ahead before Brad Camm struck to snatch a point for the visitors. Toby are in 6th place, and Benfleet are in 4th spot.

Upminster v Ramsden Scotia wasn’t contested as the hosts couldn’t fulfil the fixture so an Away Walkover it was. Upminster are 10th, two points above Rochford, while Scotia are 5th.

One game also fell foul of the incessant rain this week which was Rochford Town v May & Baker Reserves.

 

Finally on Saturday, in Division Three we had two games that produced an eye-watering 15 goals!!

Roydon won 7 – 0 at strugglers Debden Sports through braces from Nader Benzid and Connor Ellis plus strikes from Carl Gregory, Darren Williams and substitute Aymen Mekni. Debden stay 11th while Roydon are in 9th place.

Meanwhile, relegated Leytonstone United suffered a heavy defeat, 7 – 1 to Harold Wood Athletic Reserves. Sam Bissue’s hat-trick set the tone with further goals from Thomas Lamb, Tom Rice, Chris Pope and Darren Wettner sealing a big win. James Medlock’s goal was mere consolation for Leytonstone and they are still without a win this season. The ‘Wood Reserves sit 3rd in the table.

Two matches were postponed: Beacon Hill Rovers v Manford Way Reserves and Shoebury Town v White Ensign Reserves.

There was a element of ‘a false dawn’ as the first midweek fixtures in the Olympian divisions were all postponed due to… you guessed it – the weather.

Tuesday 3rd April

Galleywood P – P Harold Hill (Olympian Lge Division 1)
Ramsden Scotia P – P Rochford Town (Olympian Lge Division Two)
Leigh Town P – P Beacon Hill Rovers (Olympian Lge Division Three

Wednesday 4th April

Great Baddow P – P Newbury Forest  (Olympian Lge Division One)

Author: survivor16b

I'm a Mental Health survivor (been surviving for years) & campaigner. I also like Music & Sport. This blog is centred on all things Non-League Football, mainly Match Reports of matches I've seen (mainly Essex Senior League (ESL) but also other Leagues) though it also houses the regular round-up's of the ESL action plus the Essex Olympian League divisions regularly. It also has the odd post about the scary world that we're all in, talking from a Mental Health perspective. Thank you for reading.

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