Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 2 Mar) [EOFL 2.3.19]

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 2 March, from the top tier to the results from Division Four.

EOFL Premier Dvivision

Leaders Buckhurst Hill made the most of a poor day for all their rivals to go five points clear. Courtesy of a 4 – 0 away win at nearest challengers Harold Wood Athletic. Nathan Sollosi struck twice with Suley Zuhdu and Keaton Moore also notching in Hill’s eighth straight league win. Kelvedon Hatch narrowly lost 1 – 0 at home to mid-table Rayleigh Town as Jack Long got he decisive goal that damages Hatch’s title tilt. Bishop’s Stortford Swifts also fell to defeat at Sungate 3 – 0. Daniel Candy, Ciaran Kelly and Jermaine Purchase saw ‘Gate to their third straight win to pretty much secure their Premier Division status for next season.

Leigh Rams v M Way video highlights (Courtesy of @wilkins_media) here:

Manford Way were held 2 – 2 by Leigh Ramblers at Belfairs. Stephen Judge and Joshua Seal strikes were cancelled out by Andrew Webster and Jack Deasy goals for the Rams. This result leaves them nine points off Springfield with five matches to play. The Chelmsford-based side didn’t have a good day either as Springfield lost 2 – 0 at Hutton. Brad Freeman’s brace sealed the match for the improving hosts.

Catholic Utd continued their steady rise up the standings with a 1 – 0 home win over Canning Town. Simon Thomas got the only goal as Utd’s fourth consecutive win takes them up to 5th, eight points off Swifts in 4th. Town’s 5th straight loss drops them to tenth. Great Baddow are perched nearer to the relgation trap-door as they couldn’t contest their match with Old Southendian at Garon Park, so OS got the points.


EOFL Senior One

In the only match in Senior One, Old Chelmsfordians continued their good recent form with a 3 – 1 win at second-placed Snaresbrook. Harry Prince got the goal for the hosts though strikes by Jordan Boden, Sam Adams & Gareth Williams overcame that to give OC’s a forth straight victory which sees them up to 7th spot. Snaresbrook remain three points off leaders Shenfield AFC, with two matches in hand.


Senior League Cup Result

Basildon Town 3 – 3 FC Hamlets  (Basildon won 3 – 1 on pens)


EOFL Senior Two

In Senior Two, Lakeside came from behind to beat May & Baker ‘A’ 4 – 2 away from home. Luke Quinton’s double plus goals from Drew Klessa-Smith and Matthew Vambe outdid strikes by Jordan Adesanya and Joseph Wain. Lakeside went third with this result as Shoebury Town were held 1 – 1 at home by Chingford Athletic.


EOFL Senior Three

Laindon Orient got a fine win as they won 3 – 2 at Academy Soccer. Billy Field, Jason Purewal and James Shadwell goals did the job for Orient though Chris Cox and Alfie Sayers replied for Academy, who remain third though they can be caught by rivals Leigh Town and Old Southendian Res. Orient stay 6th.


Essex Junior Cup : Semi-Final

It was a battle of Senior Three sides at Fairlop Oak as Westhamians defeated Leigh Town 2 – 0 to make the final. Ben Jones and Ryan Creed were the marksmen who made the difference to continue a fine season for the Senior Three leaders.

EOFL Senior Four

Finally for this week, in Senior Four, leaders Corinthians soared to a huge 8 – 1 win over bottom side Old Barkabbeyans. John Bolton-Smith led the way with a double, with the ensemble cast of Luke Owen, Connor Summerhill, Theo Cannon and Alfie Knight plus substitutes Jake Lang and Drew Rawlinson all getting on the score-sheet as well as they remain four points clear at the summit. Nearest rivals Epping Town also won this weekend, 5 – 0 at Shenfield AFC Reserves. Gen Warwick struck twice for Town with Liam Clifton, Chris Lockwood and Alex Paraskeva also on target here. Old Barks are four points adrift at the bottom as Toby Reserves drew 3 – 3 with Catholic Utd Res.

Meanwhile, Leigh Ramblers Reserves went four points clear of the bottom two with a 3 – 0 away win at fellow strugglers Canning Town Res. Lewis Kelsey’s brace and one from Harry Goodwin saw their side to a good victory in their penultimate game of the season. Galleywood Res also drew 2 – 2 with Buckhurst Hill Res though ‘Wood still need a few points to drive off the threat of relegation this term.




Author: survivor16b

I'm a Mental Health survivor (been surviving for years) & campaigner. I also like Music & Sport. This blog is centred on all things Non-League Football, mainly Match Reports of matches I've seen (mainly Essex Senior League (ESL) but also other Leagues) though it also houses the regular round-up's of the ESL action plus the Essex Olympian League divisions regularly. It also has the odd post about the scary world that we're all in, talking from a Mental Health perspective. Thank you for reading.

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