Essex Olympian League – Premier Division
Venue: Garon Park [3G]
2021-22 Season: Match 53
Attendance: 20 (est)
Saturday 29 January 2022 – 2.30pm KO
OS: Green Shirts, Black Shorts, Green Socks
Hutton: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks
Hutton put in fine performance to win well at Garon Park
Old Southendian 0 – 3 Hutton
Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]
This weekend saw a welcome return to the Essex Olympian League with a Premier Division match between Old Southendian and Hutton, who are chasing a top-three finish & have impressed again this season under manager Matt Singh. The hosts were looking to grab the points to cement a decent mid-table standing and they named Charlie Eagles in goal, deputising for regular stopper Peter Loveday. Former Southend Manor player Jordan Faulkner lined up alongside Daniel Frimley in central defence too, with Sam Adcock and Ruari McIntyre completing the back four. The forward line was led by Callum Ludlaim and Mitch Ali, with support from Ed Gould, captain Nick Henesy and Matt Tonking. Options on the bench included Harry Venables and Billy Taylor. Hutton had regular stopper Adrian Faherty in goal, with a defence of full-backs Sean O’Callaghan and John Carroll, with skipper James Gardner alongside George Ezekiel in the middle. Their attack was comprised of Brad Freeman, Will Marlowe and Joshua Seal.
This match started with the visitors having more time on the ball and forcing a number of set-pieces against the OS backline. Big chances were not so apparent though early on, as Joshua Seal’s low drive went close for the visitors, and a clever lob from OS centre-back Jordan Faulkner nearly caught out Hutton custodian Adrian Faherty before going narrowly over the woodwork. Hutton did make their early pressure pay on twenty minutes as from another set-piece, centre forward Brad Freeman was there where it matters in a congested penalty box to stroke home from close range past Old Southendian stopper Charlie Eagles.
OS did respond well in the minutes after conceding with a fine cross from the left side by Ed Gould nearly connecting with the advancing Callum Ludlaim, though the forward couldn’t quite connect with his header. Ludlaim also had a chance moments later which saw him get the better of the last visiting defender, but Faherty was able to deny his low strike with his legs at the near post.
In turn, this prompted another wave of forward moves by Hutton, and moments after Eagles had done well to claw the ball over the bar from a good strike by forward Will Marlowe, Hutton did get that crucial second goal on 26 minutes. Eagles had come off his goal-line which allowed Freeman to stroke home well into the net. It could’ve been worse for Old Southendian as Marlowe had a goal ruled out for off-side before half-time, beating Eagles with a strike that went high into the net.
Half-Time: Old Southendian 0 – 2 Hutton
In truth, Hutton were good value for their lead at the interval. I pondered that OS have been scoring goals in recent matches so Hutton needed to keep the concentration going for a while yet to prevent a comeback by the hosts. The visitors did exactly that and had a decent sight of goal in the early stages but Seal could only drill his effort off-target. However, that warning was not heeded as soon afterwards a good ball in to the far post on the hour allowed half-time substitute Tom Stephens to slide home from yards out past Eagles. Seal was again involved in the build-up to add to his good performance in this match.
Hutton were just that bit sharper with their passing and defensively at times and spurned further chances to add gloss to the scoreline, with headers by Marlowe and captain James Gardner from a wind-assisted corner going narrowly wide. Old Southendian were decent on the counter-attack themselves, despite not creating a number of good chances at goal, with Ludlaim keeping the visiting backline alert by making good darting runs and displaying good energy and movement. Mitch Ali also played his part with good passes though his & Gould’s passes did get cut out by a Hutton defence in no mood to lose their clean sheet.
To use the often-used cliche, if OS had got a goal back then it could have been a nervy end to proceedings though as it was, Hutton did more than enough to get the win which keeps them in the top three and with Ongar Town dropping points on this match day, they now sit second in the table, a point behind leaders Basildon Town having played a match more.
Full-Time: Old Southendian 0 – 3 Hutton
In summary, OS did have a few good spells in the game but were undone by a comparative lack of finishing. On the contrary, Hutton created a number of chances and were characteristically miserly in defence, also playing good stuff at times. It does seem that for the second season in succession, Matt Singh’s team are one of the surprises of the campaign in this division, which is much to their credit.
As ever, there was a number of good performances in this match. First for winners Hutton, forward Brad Freeman was a thorn in the side of a decent OS backline, though he did take his goals well. Strike partner Will Marlowe again put in a hard-working display & was unfortunate to not be on the score-sheet. Quick winger Joshua Seal also had a fine game, getting in behind the home defence and putting in teasing crosses from the left channel mainly, while full-back John Carroll also had a good game, as part of a tough visiting back four. For Old Southendian, the main attacking threat came from energetic forwards Callum Ludlaim and Mitch Ali, with Ludlaim inches away from finding the net on at least two occasions. Also, Jordan Faulkner had a good game at centre-back, displaying good positioning and made several good clearances. Finally, a word for forward Ed Gould who again put in a good display, creating the odd good chance which got through the Hutton rearguard.
Best wishes to both teams for the rest of the campaign. My thanks to both teams, was good to see both in action today.
Teams (Rolling Subs Used in EOFL matches)
Old Southendian | Manager: Altar Ali | Assistant: Dave Tubbs
Starting XI: 1 Charlie Eagles (GK), 2 Sam Adcock, 3 Ruari McIntyre, 5 Daniel Frimley, 6 Jordan Faulkner, 4 Neil MacLean, 8 Nick Henesy (Capt), 9 Matt Tonking, 7 Callum Ludlaim, 10 Mitchell Ali, 11 Ed Gould
Subs On (Time): 15 Harry Venables [40′], 14 Billy Taylor [70′], 12 Charlie Carter [85′]
Booked: None | Subs Not Used: None
Hutton | Manager: Matt Singh | Assistants: Robert Lorkins & Bill Stratford
Starting XI: 1 Adrian Faherty (GK), 2 Sean O’Callaghan, 3 John Carroll, 5 James Gardner (Capt), 6 George Ezekiel, 4 Lewis Scott, 7 Luke Ricketts, 8 Stephen Judge, 9 Brad Freeman, 10 Will Marlowe, 11 Joshua Seal
Goal-scorers: Brad Freeman [20′ & 26′], Tom Stephens [60′]
Subs On (Time): 16 Elliott Fraser [38′], 12 Tom Stephens [46′] , 18 Owen Chesney [58′], 19 Robert Lorkins [70′]
Booked: None | Sub Not Used: Keeling
Referee: Keith Barron