Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – EOFL Blogger
Hello and a warm welcome to another of my mini-series of articles previewing the upcoming 2019-2020 Essex Olympian League season, division-by-division. We continue with Senior Two now which will have 13 sides competing in it with sides getting promoted from both Senior Three and Senior Four to stem the loss of a number of sides who also got elevated in the close season (see Senior One Preview).
May & Baker Reserves will look to re-build following that side’s relegation from Senior One and May & Baker ‘A’ being withdrawn following their lacklustre form in this division in 2018-19. With champions of last term Chingford Athletic being promoted, along with the rest of last season’s top five, this division has a very different look about it though there are still teams hungry for progression.
EOFL Senior Two Constitution (2019-20)
- AS Rawreth (see below) (P) (Fmrly Academy Soccer)
- Beacon Hill Rovers
- Corinthians (P)
- Epping Town (P)
- Harold Wood Athletic Res
- Laindon Orient (P)
- Leigh Town (P)
- May & Baker Res (R)
- Old Southendian Res (P)
- Rochford Town
- Wakering Sports (P)
- Westhamians (P)
Beacon Hill Rovers, Harold Wood Athletic Res, Ryan and Rochford Town are the only ‘survivors’ from last term. Rochford got a reprieve once again from demotion, as did Ryan though among the teams they face from mid-August onwards are the likes of Senior Three champions Old Southendian Reserves, who I saw win the title at their Garon Park home, back in April. OS Ressies won that division by four points in the end, ahead of runners-up Laindon Orient who also make the step up, in their new home at Basildon Sports Club. Laindon will look to continue last term’s record of scoring goals – they got 75 in the net back then in just 20 matches.
Academy Soccer finished third in Senior Three after another fine season with the joint second-best defence in that division which was good enough for elevation, though a name change means they are known as AS Rawreth this term, presumably reflecting the fact they play in Rawreth, just east of Wickford. Westhamians continue their progress up the divisions with a ‘seat at the Senior Two table’ this term after enjoying the best defensive record last term league-wise, they are joined by Wakering Sports and Leigh Town who finished mid-table last term. Sports are committed to improving their home ground at Cupid’s Country Club in Shoebury and will looking for a season that consolidates their position in this division this coming season.
Then, last but by no means least, we have two clubs who have got the ‘double bubble’ of being promoted two divisions in Senior Four champions Corinthians and runners-up Epping Town who are still managed by Billy Cove and his team. Both sides finished well clear of the field in the end come May. Not really a surprise when you factor in that the Stambridge-based Corinthians side had the best defence in Senior Four last term and Epping overwhelmed the goal-scorers’ chart with a whopping 103 goals to their name last term. I wouldn’t rule out a promising campaign for either side this coming season either.
To all the clubs, managers, players and many others who support them, have a good season all. I look forward to keeping tabs on the action. Best, Scott
Fixtures for First two weekends of EOFL Senior Two (Subject to change)
Saturday 24th August – 2.30pm
AS Rawreth v Harold Wood Athletic Res | The Warren, Old London Road
Laindon Orient v Westhamians | Basildon Sports Club
Wakering Sports v Old Southendian Res | Cupid’s Country Club, Cupid’s Chase
Saturday 31st August – 2.30pm
AS Rawreth v Epping Town | The Warren, Old London Road
Beacon Hill Rovers v Leigh Town | Wickham Bishop’s Sports Ground
Corinthians v Laindon Orient | Stambridge Memorial Ground
Ryan v May & Baker Res | Wadham Lodge Sports Ground (Grass Pitch)