Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
Hello & welcome to my last round-up of Olympian Lge action this term. In this week’s action, the dstination of the Premier Division title was confirmed, along with other crucial results across the top three-tiers.
Essex Olympian League Premier Division
In the lead match on Saturday, Catholic Utd knew a draw would be enough to seal another title for them and they edged a committed match 1 – 0 against Bishop’s Stortford Swifts in their fourth match of the week. Harley Kee got the only goal to seal the Super Hoops 15th win of the league season though the celebrations were tempered by the following news that co-managers James Paviour and Dan Trenkel will step down following this weekend’s match at White Ensign.
Elsewhere, Leigh Ramblers won at Basildon Town 2 – 1 to rise to 8th in the standings after the weekend’s action. Town suffered their 21st defeat in their 24 matches this term here and will surely look to have a better season next time out. Also, Kelvedon Hatch were held 2 – 2 by Harold Wood Athletic. Kelvedons goals came through James Burt and Ben Gibbons while Ath were grateful for Charlie Liddiard and Robert Whitnell strikes to claim the point which took them 3rd while the hosts were 6th after the weekend’s matches.
White Ensign remain 5th by virtue of a ‘Home Walkover’ victory over Manford Way who couldn’t field a side in their final match of the season, which saw them drop to 10th following a points deduction.
Into Olympian Senior One now and Sungate powered past relegated Harold Hill 5- 1 to rise to 5th in the standings following the weekend’s action. Hutton drew 1 – 1 with champions Buckhurst Hill and Old Southendian were held to the same scoreline by Snaresbrook.
Lastly for the Saturday action, in Senior Two, Newham Utd thumped Upminster 6 – 0 to leave the visitors sweating over their place in the division next season. Utd are 8th, with one match left. Also, Ramsden Scotia’s promotion hopes had a setback as they were held 0 – 0 by rivals Herongate Athletic, who ended their season here.
Moving onto the midweek action now and on Monday night in Senior One, Newbury Forest triumphed 4 – 3 over Great Baddow in an epic match to really put ‘a spanner in the works’ of Baddow’s promotion dreams. Baddow ended their season here, while Hutton need to beat Harold Hill this weekend to pip Baddow to promotion. Forest go up to 8th spot with this win.
On Tuesday night, in Olympian Premier, Springfield won 3 – 2 at May & Baker in what was both clubs’ last match of the season. Springfield finish 3rd while the hosts finish the season in 7th though a bright future awaits them. In Senior One, Sungate confirmed a top-four finish by holding Buckhurst Hill 3 – 3 at Ilford Wanderers Rugby Club.
In Senior Two, Ramsden Scotia kept their promotion dreams alive with a 2 – 0 home win over Rochford Town. Scotia’s 15th win of the season here means a win on May 26th at Newham will see them promoted. At the other end of the scale, Rochford’s 17th loss of the season meant they will drop back to Division Three next term, unless they get a repreieve, ala last term.
Also on Tuesday was the EOFL Senior Cup Final at Bishop’s Stortford FC’s Dunmow Road home, and Frenford won 4 – 2 against fellow Premier Division side Leigh Ramblers to claim the trophy. Ramblers led early through Tom Hollingsworth and Andrew Webster goals though a brace from Ashley Taylor-Forbes plus strikes from Charlie Fairhead and substitute Nick Hughes powered the top tier runners-up to glory.
And that’s all from this round-up and for the round-up’s this season. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading and that you agree that it gives EOFL clubs the ‘limelight’ that they deserve.