EOFL Round-up (Sat 30 Mar)
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 30 March, from the top tier to the results from Division Four as the season run-in continues.
EOFL Premier Division
In Olympian Premier, the stand-out result was Catholic Utd’s 6 – 2 success over faltering Bishop’s Stortford Swifts at the Len Salmon. Aaron Baldwin and Tom Hollingsworth both grabbed braces here with Jamie Salmon and Max Kent also netting to see the ‘Super Hoops’ rise above their opponents into fourth spot. The most important result though came at Roding Lane where Buckhurst Hill squeezed past Leigh Ramblers 2 – 1. Andrew Webster struck for the Rams though goals from Sam Sollosi and talisman Steve Townsend secured a huge win which means in all likelihood Hill will not be passed and therefore will be crowned Premier Division champions next month. Leigh stay 7th and are winless in their last four.
Meanwhile, Harold Wood Athletic defeated fellow high-flyers Kelvedon Hatch 1 – 0, thanks to the ever-reliable Robert Whitnell getting on the score-sheet in Ath’s final league match this term. Hatch only need a maximum of five points to secure the runners-up spot with only Swifts in position to deny them. In South Essex, Rayleigh Town drew 2 – 2 with Springfield, with Joe Mayer and Jack Mundy strikes for the visitors being cancelled out by Damien Siemienczuk and Jack Long goals for Town, who have secured a top-six finish this term. Credit to them. Springfield can still slip into the top ten but will need to better Sungate’s result in the latter’s last match of the campaign.
As we ,mention the ‘Gate, Old Southendian held them 0 – 0 at Garons Park, which means OS only remain above them on goal difference due to them both having identical records (8 wins, 5 draws, 12 losses in 25 matches).
EOFL Senior One
On an action-packed day in Senior One, leaders Shenfield AFC roared to a 5 – 1 win over challengers Basildon Town to extend their cushion over them to 14 points. Mitchell Day’s double, plus strikes by James Bigmore, George Cunningham and Harry Hatt overcame a solitary consolation by Jamie Miller for Town. The ramifications of this result means that even with six matches yet to play, Town’s chances of winning the title are slim. AFC have struck eight wins in their last nine matches and that is promotion-winning form, you must say.
FC Hamlets are still in the promotion hunt after a thumping 6 – 0 win over Herongate Athletic. John Gilroy plundered a hat-trick, while Aaron Glasgow, Charlie Heatley and Ashley King were all also on target. FC have five matches to play and have lost one of their last 14 league matches. Ongar Town beat strugglers Rayleigh Town Reserves 2 – 1 thanks to a pair of Ben Polley spot-kicks and end a four-match winless run. Old Chelmsfordians’ fine end to the season continued with a 1 – 0 win at Galleywood. Sam Adams got the only goal to extend OC’s unbeaten run to seven matches whilst also ending ‘Wood’s five-match winning streak.
EOFL Senior Two
Into Senior Two now and Chingford Athletic really kept themselves in promotion nick with a 7 – 0 battering of Ryan, in what was the visitors’ last game of the campaign. Jack Yates led proceedings with a treble for Ath, while Alex Gordon grabbed two, with Luke Dimond and Jonny Hirst also finding the net to extend their unbeaten stretch to six games. Ath need eight points from their last three matches to pip Toby to the title and face fellow promotion-hunters Runwell Sports next weekend.
Runwell need to win that battle as they were held to a disappointing 3 – 3 draw at basement side May & Baker ‘A’. Ernest Dunlop, Marcellino Rodrigues and Gyane Sanderson all struck for the hosts, while Declan Carke fired back two of the goals for Sports here though one win in their last five leaves their hopes of elevation in jeopardy.
EOFL Senior Three
We start Senior Three with a massive win for Laindon Orient, 7 – 0 at Basildon Town Reserves. Samuel Lake led the scorer’s chart with two to take his tally to 18 this season with Jason Warner, Michael Agba, Jasper Read, Rodney Sarah-Wilson and Henry Ballard all getting their names on the same sheet. Orient go top thanks to their vastly superior goal difference though have ended their campaign now. Bas remain third-bottom with three matches left.
Former leaders Westhamians were held 0 – 0 at Leigh Town, though have two matches remaining to be one of four possible winners of the division. The other two challengers faced each there at Cupids, though Wakering Sports lost at home, 5 – 2 to Old Southendian Reserves. Tom Judge and Dave Stubbs both nabbed a double each and Oliver Tatton-Bennett also notched here. The OS’ second-side know victory in both of their last two matches will seal the title.
EOFL Senior Four
Finally, in Senior Four, the top two were both in action. Epping Town won 2 – 0 at Galleywood Reserves to heap the pressure on rivals Corinthians. Lennox Forster and Alex Paraskeva got the goals, with Paraskeva hitting 25 goals for the season in Town’s last match here.
Lakeside Reserves held Corinthians 4 – 4 in an epic encounter. The hosts were in command after David Alele struck twice, plus Ben Christie and Damilola Olusanya also notched. However, the Stambridge-based side are a good side and once again showed their mettle as a brace of Leo Clarke strikes and Theodore Cannon & Ashley Webb goals ensured they got a point. Even so, they still need to win all three of their remaining matches to win the title.
In the remaining two matches, Shenfield AFC Reserves defeated Toby Res 2 – 0 thanks to Paul Constable and Corley Ross strikes. AFC move away from the bottom three while Toby need two points to stave off the drop . Canning Town Res also moved into mid-table with a 3 – 1 success over Buckhurst Hill Res. Daniel Aworinde, Calum Newson and substitute Marcel Bayfield netted for Town as they went 6th, one place behind their opposition here.