Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
Hello & welcome to another of my round-up pieces, this time looking at the Essex Olympian League action on Saturday 29th December, from the top tier to the results from Division Four as the EOFL got in on the ‘festive action’ here.
EOFL Premier Dvivision
Leaders Buckhurst Hill had to fight for a fine away win, 4 – 2 at Hutton with a Steve Townsend brace plus strikes by Keeton Moore and an OG responsible for the win. Brad Freeman and Chris Skingley goals made it tricky though Hill grabbed their fifth straight league victory.
Bishop’s Stortford Swifts suffered their second straight home loss as Rayleigh Town upset them 3 – 2. Charles Brown and Gavin Cockman strikes were not enough for Swifts as Harry Talbot, Max Jones and Dillion Southgate goals saw Town to their second consecutive victory away from home. Catholic Utd rounded off 2018 with a fine 4 – 1 win at inconsistent Springfield. Tom Hollingsworth snared all four of the Super Hoops’ goals as they compiled their fourth straight league win.
Elsewhere, there were entertaining draws. First, Great Baddow held Canning Town 3 – 3 at home with Luke Perry notching a double and Dan Gage also struck for the hosts. Neil Barrett got a brace of his own and Chris Barrett also netted for the visitors to ensure the points were shared and Baddow’s winless stretch continues.
Sungate denied Harold Wood Athletic another win at the Harold Wood Rec as their battle ended 2 – 2. Charlie Liddiard and Brad Foley strikes were cancelled out by Reece Simpson and James Smith goals though Sungate haven’t won in their last seven matches now. Finally in the Premier Division, Old Southendian held Kelvedon Hatch 1 – 1 at Garon Park. John Staines scored for the home side though Dan Gillard hit back for Hatch who are unbeaten in six matches.
EOFL Senior One – no action in this division this weekend.
EOFL Senior Two
In the only match that was played in Senior Two, Shoebury Town edged Harold Wood Athletic Reserves 3 – 2 at Cupids. Derek Hawtin and Joe Pyne strikes for the visiting side were outmatched by goals from the prolific Dominic Binns, Scott Clark and Richard Treveil.
Two matches were conceded before they took place with Beacon Hill Rovers getting a home walkover over struggling May & Baker ‘A’ and Rochford Town also getting a walkover against Upminster in a match that had been due to be played at Rochford Recreation Ground.
EOFL Senior Three
Division Three saw three matches take place this weekend. Laindon Orient fought back from a goal down to win 3 – 1 at Roydon. Charlie Rider had put the hosts ahead though second-half goals by James Shadwell, Henry Ballard and substitute Ashley Blackburn turned the tide. Academy Soccer achieved a fine win at Leigh Town as goals from Rhys Wilson and Sam Parrish overcame home scorer Sam Irvine’s strike.
Old Southendian Reserves continued the trend of away wins in this division with a 3 – 1 success over local rivals Basildon Town Reserves. Dave Stubbs scored twice and Harry Da Costa got the other goal. Scott Cooper got the solitary reply for the hosts.
EOFL Senior Four
One match also took place in Division Four which saw Corinthians continue their fine season with a 4 – 0 home win over Canning Town’s Ressies. John Bolton-Smith, Leo Clarke, Alfie Knight and Luke Owen all netted to send the home side into the new year on a fine platform for a promotion tilt.