Written by Scott W – Non-League & EOFL Writer
Hello and welcome to the last of my round-up’s on the Festive action in the Essex Olympian League action here on my blog, which is also the first of 2020. The impact of the weather is receding though a few sides may have a fixture backlog to contend with later this campaign. To see last week’s round-up of the action (Sat 28 Dec), click here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/12/29/round-up-essex-olympian-league-sat-28-dec-eofl/
Saturday 4 January 2020
In the top division, Rayleigh Town ended their barren spell with a stirring comeback to win 3 – 2 at Leigh Ramblers. Harry Talbot and a brace from Jamie Blewitt saw Paul Higgins’ team to a much-needed win and extend their cushion in sixth to four points. Ramblers had led through Patrick Cannon and Dan Williams goals though they remain third, they are five points adrift of leaders Sungate. The ‘Gate won 4 – 1 at Catholic Utd in the top-two battle at the Len Salmon Stadium, which was their third straight win. Springfield stay fifth after a 4 – 2 triumph over Old Southendian with Dave Wareham getting another brace, assisted by goals from Joe Nathanson and replacement Alfie Halliday. Ed Gould’s spot-kick and a Nick Henesy strike were not enough for Connor Lane’s side who slide back into the bottom two.
Elsewhere, Canning Town won a showdown of the bottom two sides, with a 3 – 1 victory at Shenfield AFC. Bishop’s Stortford Swifts were held 2 – 2 by Hutton at Silver Leys with Brad Freeman and Thomas Price scoring for the South Essex side. Kelvedon Hatch continue to struggle to attain wins as they were held 1 – 1 by Harold Wood Athletic at New Hall. John Bradley struck for Ath, though replacement Lee Hamill netted for Hatch, who sit 7th but are only five points clear of bottom side Shenfield in a congested lower half on the table.
In this week’s Senior One action, Chingford Athletic extended their lead at the summit to nine points with a 3 – 1 win over Snaresbrook. Alex Gordon struck twice for Dave Richbell’s side, with Lee Lashley grabbing the other goal for the hosts. ‘Brook remain third-bottom after their sixth match in succession without a win. Shoebury Town got a second win in as many weeks with a massive 6 – 3 win at Manford Way. Dominic Binns was back in the goals with a brace for Town, with Mitchell Odd also nabbing twice plus Matthew Smith and replacement Jake Byford were also on target for Shoebury, who leap up to seventh. Manford responded through strikes by Kevine Kinzonzi, Felix Onyango and substitute Kyle Matthew-Thompson though it is five matches without victory now for them.
Elsewhere, second-placed Old Chelmsfordians were held 1 – 1 by mid-table Galleywood at Lawford Lane, with Sam Donn getting the goal for the visitors. Runwell Sports were 3 – 0 winners at fellow strugglers Herongate Athletic while the bottom two faced off in Newbury Park as Toby drew 2 – 2 with Ramsden Scotia.
Match Off: Ongar Town P – P Lakeside | Fyfield Village Hall
Essex Premier Cup
In the two Essex Premier Cup ties played this weekend, Basildon Town secured their progress into the next round with a 4 – 1 victory over Laindon Orient of Senior Two in a match moved to Waterside Leisure Centre’s 3G on Canvey Island. Keith King struck twice for the hosts with Brodie Horne and Kieran Case also on target for Gareth Cleverly’s side. Carlos Dias got the consolation for Laindon here though they went out. Also, Buckhurst Hill came from behind to power past Senior One hosts Rayleigh Town Res 5 – 2 at London Road. Braces for Fenti Falola and Tyer Jalland were added to late on by Eren Muti though credit has to go to Lee Bunn’s team for leading at the break.
EOFL Senior TWO
In the two surviving Senior Two matches this weekend, two of the high-flyers continued their good form. Leaders Leigh Town continued their unbeaten run with an impressive 4 – 2 win at Epping Town. The quartet of scorers for Leigh were Daniel Driscoll, Max Jones, Harry Payne and Sam Irvine. Epping responded through strikes by Glen Warwick and James Peagram though were hampered by a serious injury to goalkeeper Trevor Grace, we wish him well in his recovery. Take nothing away from Jack Pearman’s side though as Leigh are four points clear at the summit now. Corinthians also triumphed, 4 – 1 at strugglers AS Rawreth. Leo Clarke struck twice for Chris Stoneham’s side, with Nathan Dewberry and Ollie Brickwood also finding the net to push their side back into 3rd spot. Louis Hill notched again for Rawreth though it is ten straight losses for the bottom side now.
Harold Wood Athletic Res P – P Beacon Hill Rovers | Harold Wood Park (Pitch 1)
Old Southendian Res P – P Ryan | Garon Park [3G] (Ryan unable to travel)
Rochford Town P – P Wakering Sports | Rochford Rec Ground
In Senior Three, a full programme of six matches was played and it wasn’t a day for the away teams here. ACD Utd dispatched White Ensign Res 5 – 0 at Westlands, with the ensemble cast of Billy Wren, player-boss Michael Wade, Liam Porter, Connor Lambert and Charlie Munns all on target for the hosts in their fourth consecutive victory. Wakebury also won to remain three points clear at the top of the table with a 5 – 0 victory over Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ at Shoebury Park. Charlie Little struck four goals himself here with Ben Munday grabbing the other for Matt Cardy’s side.
Corinthians Res remain second after a comfortable 3 – 0 success over strugglers Basildon Town Res at the Stambridge Memorial Ground. Max Hall, Steve Solarin and Luke Smith were all on the score-sheet here as Terry Rose & Ben Adams’ side made it eight wins from their nine matches thus far. Lakeside Res finally got their maiden win this term with a very hard-fought 4 – 3 win at home to Collier Row. David Alele, Harry Davison, Salem Said and Daniel Damain all struck to move ‘Side’s second team above the bottom of the standings.
Also, Leigh Town Res defeated Buckhurst Hill Res 5 – 2 at John Burrows Rec to remain in sixth and Hutton Res also secured a home win, 3 – 0 over Toby Res with Sean O’Callaghan’s double and one from George Wickings seeing them to a fourth win on-the-trot.
Senior Four Results
Catholic Utd Res 0 – 3 Forest Glade
Galleywood Res 5 – 0 Laindon Orient Res
Ongar Town Res P – P Old Chelmsfordians Res
Roydon 1 – 1 Chingford Athletic Development
Wakering Sports Res 2 – 1 Shenfield AFC Res
Senior Five Results
Collier Row Res 2 – 2 Roydon Res
Newbury Forest Res 1 – 0 Wakering Sports Development
Runwell Sports Res 1 – 6 Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res
Shoebury Town Res 1 – 6 Leigh Ramblers Res