Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & EOFL Writer
Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 4 December. This week, the league action returned on a bigger scale this weekend.. Also includes results from Cup ties involving EOFL sides and a partial round-up from Divisions Four & Five.
Many thanks for reading.
Essex Olympian League Round-up – Saturday 4 December
EOFL Premier Division
In what was another big day of action in the Premier Division, Basildon Town retained their four-point lead at the summit with a 3 – 0 success over Springfield. Graham Harrison scored another two goals here for Marcus Bowers’ side, with substitute Antony Aylett also netting to complete the win. Ongar Town remain second after a 4 – 0 victory against Canning Town at Lakeside Sports Ground 3G. Joe Lilly, Rodney Wilson, Kane Adams and replacement Jack Zielinski all scored for Richard Ponsford’s side here.
Elsewhere, Hutton also are still in the chasing pack in third after a hard-fought 2 – 1 win over Leigh Ramblers at Polo Fields. Stephen Judge and George Ezekiel both scored for Matt Singh’s side who remain two points clear of Rayleigh Town in fourth. Town completed a memorable 7 – 0 win at Old Southendian with Harry Talbot netting four goals alone to take him to eleven league goals this term. Liam Oliver also scored a fine treble to go joint-top of the goal-scoring charts with twelve goals in the league thus far. OS remain eighth.
Also, Kelvedon Hatch went up to sixth place after a 3 – 2 success against Galleywood at New Hall. Joseph Newson, Wayne Semanshia and James Burt were all on the score-sheet for Darren Hunt’s team, to outdo strikes by Thomas Watling and Freddie Bartram for ‘Wood, who stay in 1th. Sungate are up to fifth after they won 3 – 2 at home to Shenfield AFC, with Ben Carroll scoring both goals for AFC in their valiant effort there.
In the match I saw this weekend, Harold Wood Athletic got only their second win of the season as they emerged with a 3 – 1 victory at Catholic Utd at the Len Forge. Half-time substitute Freddy Shepherd, James Pottle and Billy Reed all netted for Gary Willis’ side, with Harley Kee’s penalty little consolation for the Super Hoops as they fell to seventh place – eight points adrift of the top three. If you’d like more on this match, my report is available here:
EOFL Division One
In the second-tier, Chingford Athletic went into the top five after a resounding 5 – 1 win at Snaresbrook. Jed Arthur scored twice for Declan Murphy’s team, with Scout Bown, Eren Muti and Valter Simao all also on target on a fine day for Chingford. Toby are also well in-form after a 2 – 1 success at home to Herongate Athletic. Ben Picton and Marc Porter-Brown both netted for Mark Jones’ side who sit third, just a point adrift of the leaders with matches in hand as well. One other note on Herongate to mention, which is that manager Billy Cove and his coaching staff have all departed the club, I’d like to wish them well for the future.
In other results, Old Chelmsfordians are up to fourth spot after a battling 3 – 2 victory at Epping Town. Joe Rickett and Conor Corrigan goals for Town were not enough to stop OC’s from picking up another victory. Finally, Runwell Sports went to the summit on goal difference after a 4 – 1 triumph over Leigh Town at St Luke’s Park.
EOFL Division Two
In Division Two, there was just two matches that took place due to the weather starting to have its wintery impact on the season. ACD Utd won’t mind too much though as they got another handsome win, as they defeated Hutton Res 9 – 2 at Westlands to go top of the table on goal difference. Jacob Dingli and Michael Wade both got four goals here for Greg Knock’s team, with Shaun Goddard also on target as his side reached sixth goals scored in just thirteen games. That’s some goal-scoring feat.
Elsewhere, Manford Way edged to a 2 – 1 victory at Shoebury Town to rise up to fifth spot. Kemari Hypolite and Charlie Parish got the goals for Manford, with Kirk Hudson responding for Shoebury. One match which wasn’t contested saw Rayleigh Town Res get a home walkover against May & Baker A.
Essex Junior Cup Result
Wakering Sports Res 8 – 1 Springfield Res
Herts Junior Cup Result
Lemsford Res 2 – 1 Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res
EOFL Division Three
In Division Three, and with leaders Catholic Utd Res not in action this week, nearest challengers Hashtag Utd Development sought to gain ground and crikey, did they do that. They emerged with a comprehensive 17 – 1 triumph over Toby Res at Barleylands. Samuel Pratt led the huge list of goal-scorers for Denis Simpson’s team with six goals here himself, and reach 15 league goals this term. Tony Stevens also netted a treble, with Matthew Gauci, Jake Smith and Chandler Wray all notching doubles here for the Tags’ youth side, with Alex Warren and Jay Knight completing the score-sheet. Meanwhile, Basildon Town Res remain seven points clear in fourth place after a 4 – 2 success at Leigh Town Res. Louis Hill netted a brace here for the Basildon side, with Rhys Willson and Scott Cooper also finding the net for the visitors.
Pitsea Athletic went up to fifth spot after a 3 – 1 triumph at home to Buckhurst Hill U23. Sean Devlin netted twice and there was a goal for Jason Stanhope for Pitsea at Basildon Sporting Village. There was also a win for Hulbridge Sports Res as they won 3 – 1 against Collier Row at Lower Road. Michael Clark, Jake Frost and Henry Hands got the goals as Sports ended a three-match losing run.
EOFL Divisions Four & Five Round-up
In an extended round-up this week, we move into Division Four. Leaders Chingford Athletic Res kept their four-point lead as they powered to a 7 – 1 victory over Shenfield AFC Res at Town Mead. Southend Manor Dev are second after a good 3 – 1 success at Ongar Town Res, with Jack Mead scoring twice and there one for Harry Lincoln as well. Roydon are up to fourth after a fine 4 – 2 win at Galleywood Res. Connor Riddoch, Connor Presland, Karim Francis and Halcyon Griffith all netted for Roydon to overcome strikes by substitute Lee Judd & an OG to secure the win at Slades Lane.
Meanwhile, Old Chelmsfordians Res are nine points clear in eighth after a 3 – 2 win over strugglers Canning Town Res at Lawford Lane. Timothy King, Lee Mulholland and replacement Henry Field all scored for the OC second side there. The other result in this division was Leytonstone Utd’s 3 – 0 win over bottom side Sungate Dev. Utd rise one place to ninth after this win.
Finally this week, in Division Five there was a surprise loss for leaders Leigh Ramblers Res as they lost 5 – 3 at home to mid-table Snaresbrook Res. Charlie Batchelor’s double and a goal for Kai Baker for the Rams was outdone by a four-goal haul for Rajpal Bumbra and one from Liam Adams for the visitors at Belfairs Park.
Other Results in Division Five
AS Rawreth Res 1 – 2 Old Barkabbeyans | The Warren
Herongate Athletic Res 2 -2 Epping Town Res | Billericay Road
Wakebury Res 2 – 3 Runwell Sports Res | Nursery Sports Ground