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…
Essex Olympian League Premier Division
On Saturday, Harold Wood Athletic were victorious at Silver Leys, defeating Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 4 – 1. A Charlie Liddiard double plus strikes from Danny Gillard and Robert Whitnell kept up Ath’s good form. Abraham Adejokun replied for Swifts. Meanwhile, Catholic Utd gave their title chances ‘the world of good’ by edging to a 1 – 0 home win over leaders Frenford, thanks to Thomas Kearney finding the net.
Elsewhere, Rayleigh Town won 2 – 0 at Kelvedon Hatch, courtesy of goals by Aaron Pallett and George Vile. This victory, Rayleigh’s 5th win of the season, confirmed Basildon Town’s relegation from the division at season’s end.
In other results, Leigh Ramblers defeated Manford Way 2 – 1 with Jack O’Connor and Luke Read netting for Ramblers, substitute Sam Coe replied for Manford. White Ensign were also trimuphant on the day, winning 2 – 0 over May & Baker at Barking Rugby Club. A Liam Sewell brace sealed the win and moved Brett Munyard’s side above their opponents here into 5th spot on goal difference, after the weekend’s action.
In Olympian Senior One, Galleywood secured an important three points with a 3 – 1 victory over high-flying Hutton at Clarkes Field. Sam Donn, Sean Lander and substitute Jared Cousins all scored for the hosts, while Chris Rowlatt grabbed Hutton’s consolation.
In other action, already-relegated Runwell Sports had a day to remember with a win at out-of-form Snaresbrook thanks to strikes from Destiny Oduh and Aaron Rix, the latter of which was later sent off. Old Southendian damaged Sungate’s charge towards the top with a 2 – 1 win, thanks to Ed Gould and Tom Judge goals while in the late kick-off, Newbury Forest were held 2 – 2 by Old Chelmsfordians (Peter attended this one) at Oakside. Ex-Redbridge duo Jason Reynolds-Blanche and Adam Hunt both found the net for the strugglers while Robert King grabbed both of the Chelmsford side’s goals.
Harold Hill once again couldn’t field a side on Saturday so Buckhurst Hill took the points on a ‘Home Walkover’.
Finally for the Saturday action, in Olympian Senior Two, Benfleet continued their fine end to the season with a 4 – 1 triumph over strugglers Upminster at Park Lane. Brad Camm, Sam Dulieu, Ben Foord and Robert Lacy all scored for the hosts, while James Lakey gave Upminster ‘something to shout about’.
In the only other match in the division, a brace from substitute Jack Wiley helped high-flying Ramsden Scotia to a 5 – 1 success at Ongar Town. Antony Driscoll, Kurt King and Jamie Auvache also found the target for Ramsden who bagged their 12th win of the campaign though Ross Carpenter pulled one back for Town.
Into the midweek action now and on Monday night, Catholic Utd won 1 – 0 at ‘home’ to Canning Town at the Len Salmon Stadium. Substitute Ellis Sands got the only goal of the match to maintain the Super Hoops’ title-tilt.
Elsewhere on Monday in Senior One, Newbury Forest triumphed with a 3 – 0 win over Sungate at Oakside.
Moving onto the action on Tuesday night now and May & Baker held improving Leigh Ramblers to a 2 – 2 draw at Belfairs Park. Jack Deasy and Harry Goodwin netted for the hosts while Petrit Elbi and Dan Mackin scored for the visitors. In Senior One, Great Baddow edged a thrilling game against Harold Hill 5 – 4 with braces from Matthew Crick and Samuel Mead plus another from Ryan Baxter sealing the win that almost secures Baddow second spot in the division.
In Senior Division Two, Ramsden Scotia kept up their promotion charge with a 4 – 2 home win over Upminster. Antony Driscoll, Kurt King and Ryan Leddra all found the net as well an own goal. James Lakey and Ollie Williams scored for Upminster though Ramsden rise to 3rd and have games in hand over the top-two.
Onto the Wednesday action and in the Premier Division, Springfield won 4 – 1 at Manford Way thanks to a hat-trick from Ross Lamb and one from Joe Mayer though other results mean that the Chelmsford-based side cannot retain their Premier title now.
That was partly because Frenford rocked up at Harold Wood Recreation Ground and powered their way to a 7 – 2 thumping of Harold Wood Athletic in a match that Peter & Scott both attended. Hat-tricks from Nick Hughes and Luke Woodward was added to by a Daniel Driscoll strike to ensure that only Catholic Utd can catch them now in the title-race. Charlie Liddiard and Rob Whitnell both netted for Ath, who played their part in a really good match, played in tricky conditions. Frenford ended their season here and are seven points clear at the summit though the Super Hoops still have five matches remaining.
As it happens, Catholic Utd were also in action and they grabbed their third win in five days with a 4 – 2 win over Kelvedon Hatch to go level on points with Springfield. In the Senior One matches that took place, leaders Buckhurst Hill won 2 – 1 at Galleywood while FC Hamlets bagged a good 4 – 3 success at Old Chelmsfordians to go into 5th spot in the process.
That’s all for this week, thanks for reading.