Essex Olympian League round-up (EOFL 18.4.18)



Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to my round-up of the Essex Olympian League action from the last week, from the Premier Division through to Senior Division Two, starting off with the weekend’s games then moving on to the midweek action…

Senior League Cup Semi-Final

Leigh Ramblers defeated Kelvedon Hatch 2 – 0 to reach the Senior League Cup Final against Frenford at Bishop’s Stortford FC on Tuesday 15th May. Goals from Tommy Hollingsworth and Seb Allen completed the job at Belfairs Park. Congrats to Ramblers and I wish them well in the showpiece Final.


Essex Olympian League Premier Division

In an goal-laden fixture schedule, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts withstood a superb comeback from Catholic Utd to triumph 4 – 3. Gavin Cockman, Danny Morgan and Charlie Pollard strikes put the hosts three up before the visitors responded through strikes from Mark Baptist, a Harley Kee spot-kick & Max Kent though the Westcliff-based side conceded late on through an unfortunate OG. Swifts stay 9th while the “Super Hoops” dropped to 5th after Saturday’s action.

Meanwhile, Springfield comprehensively won at Canning Town 6 – 0, courtesy of a brace from Josh White & goals from Jamie Doyle, Jack Mundy, Charles Egleton and Louis O’Sullivan to ensure they remained 2nd after the weekend’s action. Canning stay 11th.

Harold Wood Athletic won 2 – 1 at Manford Way thanks to goals from Steve Willis and Tom Quinn to keep their slim chances of winning the title intact. Henry Fisher replied for Manford who reside in 7th while Ath rose to 3rd, thanks to their 10th win of the season.

There was an eight-goal thriller at the Len Forge Centre 3G as leaders Frenford came back from two goals down to power past 10-man White Ensign 5 – 3. Daniel Driscoll had put the visitors ahead early on though Brett Munyard’s side roared back through strikes from Connor Barnby, Andy George and Luke Skinner to take the lead. Luke Woodward made it 2 – 3 before the half-time introduction of substitute Ashley Taylor-Forbes changed the game. Taylor-Forbes grabbed a second-half hat-trick to keep Frenford at the summit, while Ensign stayed 6th.

Moving into Senior Division One now and Hutton continued their good season with a hefty 6 – 0 win at Snaresbrook. Chris Rowlatt did the bulk of the damage with a hat-trick and goals from George Nash, Thomas Price and substitute Brad Freeman sealed the win. Elsewhere, Great Baddow defeated Newbury Forest 4 – 2 while Galleywood drew 1 – 1 with Old Southendian.

Sungate travelled to Lawford Lane and won 3 – 2 over Old Chelmsfordians thanks to a brace from Nicholas Muir and one from Stuart Griffiths. The hosts’ reply came thanks to a brace from Josh Goodey. Buckhurst Hill also maintained their sterling season with a 4 – 1 victory over ten-man FC Hamlets in a match that was switched to Hackney Marshes. Jose Espinoza, Fehinti Felola, substitute Eren Muti and Sam Sollasi fired the goals to provide the win. Substitute Ashley King got Hamlets’ goal who also had Josh Brind dismissed.

Harold Hill v Shenfield AFC was postponed.


Finally on Saturday, in Senior Division Two, three matches provided 11 goals. Ongar Town won 4 – 0 at home to relegation-battlers Rochford Town thanks to a brace from Peter Davies with Steve Merrick and Ben Stone also netting. May & Baker Reserves also maintained their title tilt with a 5 – 0 triumph at strugglers Upminster. Carl Patten helped himself to a hat-trick, supported by strikes by Kane Messenger and Darren Seymour while Ramsden Scotia defeated Benfleet 2 – 0 with Max Corrigan and Ryan Leddra finding the net as Ramsden went level on points with their opponents here.

Into the midweek action and in Olympian Premier on Monday night, Catholic United edged Harold Wood Athletic 2 – 1 at Bowers & Pitsea’s Len Salmon Stadium. Dan Trenkel and Brad Vaughan struck to seal the points for the Super Hoops, while Charlie Liddiard replied for the visitors. Catholic went above Ath into 3rd spot on goal difference with this win.

In the only other match on Monday night, in Olympian Senior One, Buckhurst Hill smashed strugglers Newbury Forest 9 – 1 at Oakside. Nathan Sollose scored four while Fehinti Falola and Steven Townsend each grabbed braces and Sam Sollasi added another as the leaders had a night they won’t soon forget.

On Tuesday night, Great Baddow kept their grip on 2nd spot in Olympian Division One with a 3 – 1 home win over Old Southendian while Galleywood won handsomely, 4 – 0 at out-of-form Snaresbrook thanks to a double from Craig Skipper and strikes from Matthew Ridley and Lewis Rose.

On Wednesday evening, there were two encounters in Olympian Premier. First, leaders Frenford were held 2 – 2 by Leigh Ramblers at Belfairs Park. Ramblers remain 10th while Frenford are 7 points clear at the summit though Catholic Utd in 3rd have 6 matches in hand on them. Elsewhere, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts won 3 – 0 at Manford Way to go above them into 7th spot.

Finally on Wednesday, in Senior One, Hutton won 2 – 1 at Old Chelmsfordians to stay 3rd, nine points clear of their nearest challengers.

One match takes place tomorrow (Thursday) at Oakside: Newbury Forest v Galleywood in Senior Division One.

That’s your lot for this week, thanks for reading.




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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