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 16 March, from the top tier to the results from Division Four as some promotion & relegation issues continue to be set.
EOFL Premier Dvivision
We start in the EOFL Premier, where Catholic Utd got their ninth win in their last ten games with a 3 – 2 win over Sungate at the Len Salmon. Aaron Baldwin’s brace took him past ten league goals this season with Simon Thomas also on target. Reece Clarke and Rory McKenzie hit back for the visitors though the ‘Super Hoops’ are up to 4th spot and still have a shot at a top-two finish. ‘Gate remain 11th. Kelvedon Hatch rise above Harold Wood Ath into 2nd as they defeated Ath 3 – 1 at home. Anthony Aylett, Michael Daniels and Chris Neville got the goals for Hatch, with Joe Moffat responding for the visitors, who only have one match to play after losing their last four.
Meanwhile, Rayleigh Town narrowly won 1 – 0 at Hutton to rise to sixth place. Bradley Confrey got the only goal to give Town their third win on-the-bounce. Hutton stay in 8th spot.
EOFL Senior One
In Senior One, only one match took place as Old Chelmsfordians continued their fine form with a 2 – 1 home win over promotion-chasers Snaresbrook. Martin Mixture scored his 14th league goal of the campaign for his OC side, with Josh Chapman also netting. Tyriquee Solomon hit back for ‘Brook though couldn’t get a leveller against their hosts who ended matters with ten men here. OC’s stay in 7th spot though are only six points off the top three now. ‘Brook missed a chance to go joint-top of the standings here.
EOFL Senior Two
In Senior Two, Shoebury Town won 1 – 0 at fellow high-flyers Runwell Sports through Omar Mahmood’s goal, though it wasn’t enough for Town to be in the promotion mix next month as this was their last match of the season, whereas Sports have two more to play though still have to be wary of Chingford Athletic who have four to play and are only four points behind them.
Rochford Town ended their time in Division Two for the time being with a 3 – 1 win at May & Baker ‘A’. Abel Okoghenu got the hosts’ strike though Town responded through goals from Tyler Akerman, Serkan Cihan and Matthew Pettitt as they got their fifth win of the season.
EOFL Senior Three
Into Senior Three now and we begin with Old Southendian Ressies’ 4 – 0 win over Hutton Res. Dave Stubbs got another double here with Oliver Tatton-Bennett and Thomas Magerison also on the score-sheet to secure OS’ third win on-the-reel to go third, only a point adrift of the top-two. Laindon Orient also won, 3 – 1 at home to leaders Westhamians with Samuel Lake, Henry Ballard and Jordan Williams all finding the net. Ben Jones struck for the visitors though their form has dipped at exactly the wrong time, with three losses in their last four meaning they lead the division on goal difference alone.
EOFL Senior Four
Finally, in Senior Four, the day belonged to Epping Town as they won 3 – 1 at Lakeside Res to secure promotion. Ex-Ilford trio Joe Killingback, Chris Lockwood and Glen Warwick (who reached 15 league goals here) were all on target to ‘seal the deal’ and go top of the table, although Corinthians have two more matches to play. Shenfield AFC Res were held 2 – 2 by Old Barkabbeyans though Old Barks chances of avoiding the drop are dimming now.
Also, Canning Town Res won over Catholic Utd Res by walkover, as Utd couldn’t take part in their last match of the season.