Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] Non-League & EOFL Writer
Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of the Essex Olympian League action, which focuses on the seven Premier Division matches this weekend. The action in the other divisions starts next week.
EOFL Premier Division
We start at Basildon Sports Club where Basildon Town started life back as a top-tier club with a 3 – 1 success over Canning Town. Keith King got the first for the hosts, with Tommy Green and Brodie Horne also on target for Gareth Cleverly ‘s side.
Bishop’s Stortford Swifts were also among the day’s victors with a 3 – 0 triumph over visitors Old Southendian at Silver Leys. Xaniel Doku, Terrell Hunter and a Chris Gibbs thunderbolt secured the points in their first home match. Catholic Utd were the day’s ‘entertainers’ with a hefty 6 – 2 victory over Kelvedon Hatch at the Len Salmon Stadium. Simon Thomas was the leading scorer with a brace, with Tom Hollingsworth, Dan Trenkel and Tony Jacobs also getting themselves on the score-sheet, alongside an OG.
Elsewhere, Leigh Ramblers continued their early 100% start with a fine 3 – 0 victory at Harold Wood Athletic. New signing Rhys Fatt got a double to get things moving for Wayne Seal’s side, to which Jack Davies got the other goal as the Rams took all three points there. Rayleigh Town also got a stand-out result as they defeated last season’s champions Buckhurst Hill 3 – 1. Paul Morris got two of the home side’s goals, scoring on 25 and 65 minutes. Cameron Glover got a late third to seal the points for Paul Higgins’ team. Suley Zuhdu struck back for Hill though this result might imply the division could be a bit stronger than last season this time around.
Also this weekend, Springfield started their campaign with an impressive second-half showing in a 5 – 2 win at Shenfield AFC. Ryan Batchford, Mason Sprott, Dave Wareham, Oliver Brittain and Joe Nathanson were the ensemble cast of scorers here as the visitors took the spoils. Joe Oliver and Jordan Elliott got consolation goals for the hosts. Finally, Sungate started their season with a 4 – 1 win over Hutton at Ilford Wanderers Rugby Club. Jake Clarke, Shaun Goddard, James Smith and substitute Gabriel Ogunwomoju all netted to overwhelm Joshua Bardouleau’s solitary goal for the South Essex side.
To round off this week’s EOFL round-up, here are the many fixtures that are set for next weekend, with Senior Divisions One, Two & Three all getting underway.
EOFL Premier Division – Saturday 24th August
Basildon Town v Shenfield AFC | Basildon Sports Club
Canning Town v Kelvedon Hatch | West Ham Community Ground (3G)
Hutton v Catholic Utd | Polo Fields
Rayleigh Town v Leigh Ramblers | Rayleigh Sports Club, London Road
Sungate v Springfield | Ilford Wanderers RFC
EOFL Senior Challenge Cup (aka Kershaw Cup) – Sat 24 August
Buckhurst Hill v Bishop’s Stortford Swifts | Roding Lane
EOFL Senior Division One – Saturday 24th August
Chingford Athletic v Herongate Athletic | Town Mead Leisure Park (3G)
Ramsden Scotia v FC Hamlets | Nursery Sports Ground
EOFL Senior Division Two – Saturday 24th August
AS Rawreth v Harold Wood Athletic Res | The Warren
Laindon Orient v Westhamians | Ford’s (Basildon) Sports Club
Rochford Town v Leigh Town | Rochford Recreation Ground
Wakering Sports v Old Southendian Res | Cupid’s Country Club (Pitch #1)
EOFL Senior Division Three – Saturday 24th August
Corinthians Res v Dagenham Utd | Stambridge Memorial Ground
Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ v Buckhurst Hill Res | Lower Road
Lakeside Res v Basildon Town Res | Lakeside Sports Ground (3G)
Toby Res v Leigh Town Res | Ford’s (Newbury Park) Sports Club (Toby Pitch)
Finally, a little reminder that the aim is to cover upto & including Senior Divsion Three this term so check back every Sunday/Monday for the latest Essex Olympian League action. Thanks for reading.