Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]
Hello & welcome to my round-up of this weekend’s action in the Essex Olympian League, from the Premier Division all the way to the results from Senior Division Four, on the first weekend of December.
Saturday 1st December
EOFL Premier Division
Harold Wood Athletic leapt to the summit of the top-tier with a 4 – 2 win at Manford Way. Scott Williams and substitute Brad Foley both nabbed braces as Ath secured their ninth win of the season. Manford responded through goals from Tyler Le-Poiderin and Jimmy Nganga though their losing run extends to ten matches. Kelvedon Hatch went second with a narrow 3 – 2 triumph over Canning Town in Beckton. Ben Gibbons, Daniel Johnson and Theo Ola all notched to continue a great season thus far for Hatch. Canning are half way through their league campaign and remain in mid-table.
Elsewhere, Leigh Ramblers hit five in an impressive 5 – 3 success at Springfield. Alfie Halliday, David Wareham and Josh White all struck for the hosts though Ramblers overcame them thanks to a double for Montana Stewart plus one each for Ronnie Bridges, Justin Hazell and Jamie Selby-Knight, which sees them rise to fifth place. Catholic Utd finally erased their winless streak with a 3 – 0 victory over Hutton and their new home of Bowers & Pitsea’s 3G Len Salmon Stadium. Patrick Kearney, Aaron Baldwin and Louis Robinson provided the strikes to see Dan Trenkel’s side to within a point of nearest rivals Great Baddow.
EOFL Senior Division One
Two matches in the division took place this weekend, with Old Chelmsfordians upsetting mid-table Frenford Reserves 4 – 2 at the Drive. Tom Tinsley-Gardner’s double and further strikes by Tyrese Fairmaner and Martin Mixture saw OC to their third win this season, though they have only played seven matches thus far.
In the other fixture, Galleywood defeated Ongar Town 4 – 2 as well at Clarkes Field. A brace for Tom Lakin set them on their way while Sam Donn and Tyler Tredgett goals completed the damage. Ongar have a taste for scoring goals themselves this term and struck two back through Ross Carpenter and Peter Davies though they fell to 9th spot. Galleywood rise to 6th after this victory.
EOFL Senior Division Two
In Senior Two, leaders Runwell Sports pulled three points clear at the summit with a 4 – 1 home success over third-placed Toby. Declan Clarke was among the goals again, grabbing a pair while Jordan Gregory and Thomas Howe added to the score-sheet. Des Gallen netted the solitary reply for the visitors though Sports have struck an impressive 26 goals in just five home matches thus far.
Meanwhile, A Tyson Browning hat-trick saw Beacon Hill Rovers to a 3 – 1 win at Upminster. Matthew Taylor got the consolation for the hosts, who still haven’t won at Belhus Park this term. Rovers move up to 6th spot.
Rochford Town got the better of a tough contest, with a 3 – 2 home win over Lakeside. David Watson hit 10 goals for the season with a brace here, with Aaron Smith getting the other goal. The visitors made it tight through strikes by Sam Pettit and Luke Quinton though they stay 5th while Rochford solidify themselves in 8th place. Finally for this division, Ryan won 5 – 0 at May & Baker ‘A’ who continue to really struggle this season with 12 defeats in 12 matches.
EOFL Senior Division Three
Goals were aplenty in the two league matches that took place. Hutton Reserves secured only their third win this season with a 4 – 0 victory at fellow strugglers Old Chelmsfordians Reserves. Harry Calder, Gaston Mendy, Tom Stephens and Tony Wichelo all scored to elevate themselves to 8th spot while OC’s Ressies remain second-bottom.
The Len Forge Centre saw a cracker as White Ensign Reserves held Laindon Orient 3 – 3. Jon Wightman grabbed a brace while Dean Nevill got the other strike for the hosts though their endeavours were cancelled out by Samuel Lake’s brace and substitute Rodney Sarsah-Wilson’s goal. Ensign’s second-string remain in mid-table while Orient missed the chance level on points with leaders Westhamians.
EOFL Senior Division Four Results
Canning Town Res 1 – 1 Galleywood Res
Epping Town 0 – 1 Buckhurst Hill Res
Leigh Ramblers Res 3 – 3 Dagenham Utd