Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League Writer
Hello and welcome to another edition of the Essex Olympian League round-up, here on my blog, looking at the action from Saturday 3rd October from the Premier Division all the way to Division Four this week, also including sections on the Senior & Reserve League Cup action this weekend. Thanks for reading.
Essex Olympian League – Saturday 3 October
EOFL Premier Division
In the only Premier Division match that took place this weekend, Leigh Ramblers put in a great performance to win 3 – 1 at local rivals Catholic Utd. First-half goals from skipper Ryan Lowe and Harry Haysom overturned an earlier Harley Kee spot-kick for the ‘Super Hoops’ and the win was secured by a late goal by replacement George Moxon. I attended this match and if you’d like more on this good advert for the division, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/10/03/s20-21-match-report-catholic-utd-1-3-leigh-ramblers-sat-3rd-oct/
EOFL Senior League Cup
The EOFL Senior Cup once again involved most of the sides in the top three tiers and although it was curtailed by the elements, we still had some surprise results. In the first of our six featured matches, Epping Town of Division Two defeated Division One side Old Chelmsfordians 3 – 1 at Epping Rugby Club. Strikes from Callum Turner, Kai Bowers and Ben Collier sent the OC’s out of the competition. Premier side Shenfield AFC had to survive with ten men before edging to a 2 – 1 success at Division One side Manford Way. Liam Burgess netted for Trevor Grace’s side but AFC responded through strikes by Tom Blackmur and Ben Carroll to go through.
Elsewhere, in the first of two all top-tier clashes, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts defeated Old Southendian 2 – 0 with both goals for Billy Cove’s side coming through Chris Gibbs. Also, Harold Wood Athletic got a morale-boosting win, dispatching Kelvedon Hatch as Alex Goldstone’s side won 3 – 0 at Harold Wood Park. Robert Whitnell, John Bradley and Jack Baines got the goals on a fine day for Ath. Top-tier Rayleigh Town were too strong for Division Three hosts Lakeside Utd as they emerged with a 5 – 0 victory, with Bailey Moss earning a hat-trick and Harry Talbot netting twice for Paul Higgins’ team.
It wasn’t so clear-cut as Westlands though as Division Three outfit ACD Utd gave Premier side Sungate a scare, holding them to a 0 – 0 draw, with the ‘Gate going through 6 – 5 on penalty kicks. The visitors will be happy to get through but credit has to go to Michael Wade’s side for the progress they have made since joining the EOFL. Buckhurst Hill join them in the next round as they got a home Walkover with opponents Leigh Town unable to field a side for their contest.
Other Results (Senior Cup):
Beacon Hill Rovers 6 – 1 Wakebury
Herongate Athletic 1 – 1 Runwell Sports (Herongate won 4 – 3 on pens)
Collier Row P – P Roydon
Galleywood P – P Basildon Town
Hutton P – P Springfield
May & Baker ‘A’ P – P Newbury Forest Res
EOFL Reserve League Cup
Finally for the Cup action this week, there was goals aplenty in the Reserve Cup. Old Southendian Res comfortably won 4 – 1 over Wakering Sports Development at Garon Park. Thomas Smith struck twice for Oliver Tatton-Bennett’s team, with Nico Debouchet and Jared Brand also on target as they progressed. Rayleigh Town Res also had a great day, defeating Runwell Sports Res 6 – 0 at London Road. Among their scorers was a double for substitute Samuel Barker, plus goals for Matthew Bampus, Matthew Oaten and Kalvin Armstrong as Dave Gipp’s side went through comfortably. Also, Springfield Ressies went through with a 3 – 1 win against Shoebury Town Res at Arun Close. Harrison Elles, Liam England and James Page strikes outdid the response for Town from Simon Pearce as Peter Ellwood’s side went through to the next round.
Chingford Athletic Res P – P Manford Way Res
Sungate Res P – P Collier Row Res
EOFL Division One
Returning to league action now and it was kudos all round to the home sides in Division One as all three matches went ahead. Chingford Athletic got their first league win this term with a 4 – 1 victory at Shoebury Town and in doing so leapt out of the bottom two. Snaresbrook went up to third spot after edging to a 4 – 3 win over Ramsden Scotia at Nutters Field, with a pair of spot-kicks from Ife Ogunbayo and goals from Daniel Tesfay and Drew Barbier secured the points for Rob Caine’s team.
Meanwhile, Toby continued their good start to the campaign by holding irrepressible Ongar Town to a 2 – 2 draw in Newbury Park. Chris Rowland got both goals for Mark Jones’ side but Aaron Blair made it twelve league goals already this term by grabbing another brace here as Ongar eked out a one-point lead over nearest rivals Runwell Sports, who were in Cup action this weekend.
EOFL Division Two
The weather further limited the Division Two action, though Wakering Sports handed Rochford Town a first league loss this term as Sports won 1 – 0 at Cupid’s. Meschack Kisoka got the decisive goal for the home side as they moved up above their opponents into fourth. Elsewhere, Laindon Orient were held 2 – 2 by an improving Ryan side at Markhams Chase. James Shadwell and Ashley Blackburn both netted for Neil Blackburn’s side but both sides remain in mid-table.
Match Off: Corinthians P – P AS Rawreth
EOFL Division Three
Unfortunately, all three Division Three matches were postponed this week so It’s ‘as you were’ at the top of the standings with ACD Utd, Collier Row, Buckhurst Hill Res and Basildon Town Res all on six points each, with ACD and Row the only sides with a 100% league record.
Matches Off: Basildon Town Res P – P Toby Res |
Buckhurst Hill Res P – P Corinthians Res |
Leigh Town Res P – P Hutton Res |
EOFL Division Four
This week, we’ll go into more detail in Division Four. Leaders Catholic Utd Res further endorsed their goal difference as well as their 100% winning start with a huge 9 – 0 triumph at Old Chelmsfordians Res. Also on nine points are Laindon Orient Ressies who won 2 – 0 at Shenfield AFC Res, with replacement Olanrewaju Aborisade and Thomas Springer both netting for Kevin Scott’s side, who sit second. In third spot are Hashtag Utd Development, who got their third win in four games, defeating Galleywood Res at Barleylands. William Santos and substitute Michael Parkinson scored for the ‘Wood second side, but a brace for Harry Braysher and goals for Harrison Michaelson and substitute Kai Warren ensured the three points stayed with Denis Simpson’s team.
Match Off: Ongar Town Res P – P Leytonstone Utd (Due to a Waterlogged pitch)
EOFL Division Five
Old Barkabbeyans 3 – 0 Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res
Matches Off: AS Rawreth Res P – P Herongate Athletic Res
Leigh Ramblers Res P – P Epping Town Res