Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]
Hello and welcome to another of my round-ups of the action in the Essex Olympian League this weekend, from the Premier Division, all the way down to Division Three, with thanks to Scott Lanza for the data used in this piece. Thanks for reading.
EOFL Premier Division
We start off with the Premier Division and Bishop’s Stortford Swifts ended Buckhurst Hill’s long unbeaten stretch with a 1 – 0 home win over Hill thanks to Joel Brown’s solitary strike. Canning Town extended the ‘sinking feeling’ somewhat for Catholic Utd as Town won 3 – 2 in Beckton. Sean Mooney’s brace and one from Luke Nickles sealed the London outfit’s third win of the season.
Harold Wood Athletic won 3 – 1 at home to strugglers Manford Way with King Amieye, Michael Burton and Robert Whitnell all getting on the score-sheet for Ath in what was their sixth win of the campaign. Manford have lost all eight matches thus far and are one of only two sides that are winless this term, the other being Catholic Utd.
Springfield got the win of the day with a big 7 – 2 win at Leigh Ramblers. Jamie Selby-Knight got both Leigh goals though the Chelmsford-based side responded with a goal-glut. Dave Wareham got a double, with Dave Morgan, Ollie Gentry, Ross Lamb, Zach Davidson and Jack Mundy all also netting in their second win of the season.
Elsewhere, Great Baddow were held 2 – 2 at home by Sungate. Dane Nelson and Ryan Baxter struck for Baddow while Jake Clarke’s double ensured a point for the visitors. ….. Old Southendian also won 3 – 0 at home to Hutton to obtain their second win in their last three matches.
Senior League Cup Results
FC Hamlets 3 – 0 Galleywood
Leigh Town 1 – 0 Westhamians
Newham Utd 3 – 6 Chingford Athletic (AET)
EOFL Senior Division One
Three matches in Senior One saw 20 goals scored. Basildon Town got a healthy chunk of them in a 6 – 2 win at Frenford Reserves. Alfie Phillips’ hat-trick and strikes from James Humphreys, Sener Suavi and substitute Billy Markham did the job as Town won their fourth match in five this term.
Elsewhere, a treble from Ryan Leddra assisted Ramsden Scotia to a 4 – 3 home win over Shenfield AFC. Antony Driscoll got the other goal for the hosts while Ben Absolon, James Bigmore and Jordan Elliott netted for AFC. Scotia have now won five of their six outings thus far. Snaresbrook retained the leadership with a hard-fought 3- 2 win over Ongar Town. Ryan Barker-Francis, Anton Ostrii and Tyriquee Solomon goals saw ‘Brook to their 5th straight win of the season while Ben Polley and James Stevens responded for Town, who are still having a decent campaign.
EOFL Senior Division Two
Senior Two saw an incredible 33 goals fly in from only four matches played. Runwell Sports got their biggest win for many a week with an absolute demolition of bottom side May & Baker ‘A’ – the match finished an astonishing 15 – 0. Four goals from Jae Lovell, a hat-trick from Declan Clarke plus braces from Charlie Adams and Aaron Rix, not forgetting one each for Corey Wallace, Scott Mortlock, debutant Charlie Gerada and substitute John Smithwick made it a day to remember for the hosts.
Elsewhere, Lakeside put seven past Rochford Town in a 7 – 1 home victory. Braces from top-scorer Drew Klessa-Smith and Connor White was added to by Luke Quinton, Harry Hearn and Jamie Jarvis to seal their third win of the season. Grant Lye got Town’s consolation.
Meanwhile, also in Senior Two, Shoebury Town now have a six-point lead at the summit following a 4 – 1 victory over Ryan. Dominic Binns got all four goals as Town continued their 100% home record and have now scored 38 goals in six matches. Beacon Hill Rovers edged to a much-welcomed 3 – 2 home triumph over Toby thanks to Charlie Brewer, Dave Howard and Matt Wilsher all notching. Justin Clarke and Ross Dipple replied for Toby though their fell to defeat for the first time in the league season.
EOFL Senior Division Three
With leaders Westhamians in Senior Cup action, all three of the chasing pack did their bit to close the gap. First, Academy Soccer won 4 – 1 at Old Chelmsfordians Res thanks to Dom Cooper’s brace plus added goals from Sam Parish and Luis Ruiz. Laindon Orient ‘stepped it up’ in the latter stages to win 4 – 1 at Wakering Sports with Sam Lake getting two with Rodney Sarsah-Wilson and James Shadwell also netting. Terry Horner got Sports’ strike though Orient are third spot, a point behind Academy in second.
White Ensign Ressies are fourth after a 3 – 2 win over Roydon at the Len Forge Centre. Adam Smith, Harrison Somerset-Butler and Lubona Wyatt goals did the business and overcame Nader Benzid’s double for the visitors.
Finally, in EOFL Division Four, Corinthians went two points clear at the top with a 3 – 1 win at Dagenham Utd.