Match Report: Corinthians 6 – 0 Wakering Sports (Sat 21st Sept) [EOFL 19/20 21.9.19]

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Essex Olympian League – Senior Division Two

Venue: Stambridge Memorial Ground

2019 – 20 Season: Match 24

Saturday 21st September 2019 – 2.30pm KO

Corinthians: Sky Blue & White Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Wakering: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

 

 

Superior finishing sees Corinthians triumph at Stambridge

Corinthians 6 – 0 Wakering Sports

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

This weekend, I elected to stick with Essex Olympian League action with a trip to the peaceful surroundings of Stambridge Memorial Ground to see two more promoted sides in Corinthians and Wakering Sports face off in this early-season fixture. After watching Epping Town last week, it had a fitting tone with me to see the hosts here. Chris Stoneham’s side has had one or two additions recently, with goalkeeper Nathan Warren recently joining former Basildon Utd & Southend Manor forward Nathan Dewberry in the ranks. Both started here, with Dewberry being supported by lively fellow forwards John Bolton-Smith and Leo Clarke, with Theo Cannon on the bench. Wakering fielded a defensive four of Callum Burns-Green, Brad La Pundire, skipper Russell Beck and Tyler Machon. Player-boss Mitchell Gleeson was in the midfield ‘engine room’ with Zac Wheatley leading the line alongside Craig Paton.

We had an early breakthrough in this match, just as last week with Nathan Dewberry striking a curling free-kick past visiting stopper Tyler Bonham with about 90 seconds on the watch. If anyone thought that goal would be the catalyst for a one-sided match, they would be disappointed. On six minutes, Sports pushed forward with onrushing midfielder Ben Burrows played in well though with only home custodian Nathan Warren to beat, his shot lacked power and the goalie gathered. Buoyed by some stirring runs by left-back Tyler Machon, Sports had a decent spell in attack, though forward Zac Wheatley couldn’t seriously test Warren with a headed chance.

The hosts doubled their lead midway through the half as following a powerful run down the left by winger Leo Clarke, the ball fell to forward John Bolton-Smith who evaded his marker before striking low past Bonham. Wakering nearly pulled one back on the half-hour as Craig Paton’s free-kick cracked the crossbar. Dewberry was denied well by Bonham’s shins minutes later and as the half was drawing to a close, after a good move, winger Ben Rowe was one-on-one with Warren though the ‘keeper denied him with his feet.

Half-Time: Corinthians 2 – 0 Wakering Sports

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The match started to swivel in the hosts’ favour early in the second period. After a good team move involving neat passing, Dewberry fired home low to get his second of the afternoon was denied a third on the cusp of the hour mark. In fairness, Wakering were tiring in the heat as the hosts really got into their rhythm and showed good pace in attack. Midway through the half, midfielder Luke Owen powered in a strike from about 15 yards which cannoned in off the inside of a post. Dewberry then turned assist-maker for the next two goals. He first played in substitute Theo Cannon who fired into the far corner well on 73 minutes before Dewberry then looped in a cool pass for Jake Hodder to coolly fire home six minutes later. In the final few minutes, Clarke blasted a good strike at goal though Bonham did well to keep it out. Sports couldn’t seriously trouble the home back five in the latter stages though they did have positives to take from their first-half performance as both teams played neat, incisive football at times here.

Full-Time: Corinthians 6 – 0 Wakering Sports

In some ways, the score-line is a tad misleading and harsh on the visitors who could really have been level at the break, such were the calibre of chances they had. Corinthians certainly had the better of the second period in hot conditions and were more than worthy of the victory. In terms of stand-out performances, the hosts benefitted from the surging runs of winger Leo Clarke, the cool finishing of forward Nathan Dewberry, plus the energy and touch of John Bolton-Smith, Matt Burrell and Theo Cannon. Sports did have a few players that shone in my opinion today. Forward Zac Wheatley was energetic and purposeful in leading the line, with defenders Brad La Pundire and Tyler Machon showing pace and decent skills at centre-back and marauding left-back respectively. Player-boss Mitchell Gleeson pinged some challenging passes forward for the home defence to handle and forward Craig Paton also had a presence in attack too.

Finally, my thanks to the hosts for the welcome they gave as ever, and I wish both clubs well for the remainder of what could be a very interesting Division Two campaign.

 

Teams

Corinthians    | Manager: Chris Stoneham   

Starting XI: Nathan Warren (GK), Connor Summerhill (Capt), Alfie Knight, Sammy Ayres, Luke Owen, Jordon Stoneham, Leo Clarke, Matt Burrell, Jake Hodder, John Bolton-Smith, Nathan Dewberry

Goal-scorers: Nathan Dewberry [1’ & 50’], John Bolton-Smith [22’], Luke Owen [67’], Theo Cannon [73’], Jake Hodder [79’]

Subs On: Ethan Lemmon, Theo Cannon, Brad Smith, Ollie Brickwood & Blaine Pearson | Subs Unused: None

 

Wakering Sports  | Player-Manager: Mitchell Gleeson

Starting XI: Tyler Bonham (GK), Callum Burns-Green, Tyler Machon, Russell Beck (Capt), Brad La Pundire, Mitchell Gleeson, Ben Rowe, Ben Burrows, Zac Wheatley, Craig Paton, Tom Dosser

Subs On: Danny Pallett, Daryl Wyatt | Subs Not Used: Aston, M Machon

Referee: Chris Bunce

 

 

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Round-up: Essex Olympian League & Senior Cup (Sat 14 September) [EOFL 19/20 15.9.19]

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Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & EOFL Writer

Hello and welcome to this week’s extended round-up of Essex Olympian League action, which includes matches from the top four divisions, plus a round-up/results from the Senior League Cup action and results from Senior Division Four and the Reserve League Cup action this weekend – Saturday 14th September. Thanks for reading.

 

EOFL Premier Division

In this week’s Premier action, Basildon Town got a fine 4 – 2 win at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts with Keith King, Tommy Green, Jimmy Markham and replacement Daley Grant all finding the net. Terrell Hunter got both strikes for Swifts though their three-match winning run ended here. Harold Wood Athletic registered their first win of the new season as they defeated Canning Town 2 – 0. Reiss Kingsley and Robert Whitnell got the goals for Kris Taylor’s side. Kelvedon Hatch also triumphed, defeating Old Southendian 3 – 1. Petrit Elbi struck twice with substitute Reece Morgan also notching for Hatch, while Mattias Tonking netted for OS.

Springfield edged a tight affair with Hutton as a late Ryan Batchford penalty saw them to a 1 – 0 home win. Rayleigh Town made it six league wins from six as they won 3 – 1 at Shenfield AFC. George Vile, Harry Talbot and Bailey Moss goals saw them extend their cushion at the top to six points. Leigh Ramblers drew with Sungate 2 – 2 for the second time this term, with Acer Wake and Justin Hazell netting for Wayne Seal’s side.

 

FA Vase Second Qualifying Round result

Lopes Tavares  3 – 1  Catholic Utd   | Terence MacMillan Stadium

Essex Thames-side Trophy result

Buckhurst Hill 1 – 1 Walthamstow (‘Stow won 3 – 0 on penalties) | Roding Lane

 

 

EOFL Senior Division One (result only)

Toby  1 – 2  Lakeside   | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park – Toby pitch)

 

EOFL Senior League Cup 2019-20

Chingford Athletic advanced in the Senior Cup as they defeated Beacon Hill Rovers 5 – 0 at Town Mead. Mickey Mesmin got a brace, with Eric Kelly, Lee Lashley and Warren Isoka all getting on the scorer’s sheet as Ath continued their strong start to the campaign in all competitions. Leigh Town also progressed with a 2 – 1 success at Ramsden Scotia with Max Jones grabbing both Town goals there.

 

Other Results in Senior League Cup this weekend:

Ongar Town  8 – 1  Snaresbrook  |  Fyfield Village Hall

Runwell Sports  0 – 3  Manford Way   |  Runwell Sports Club

Shoebury Town  6 – 1  Old Barkabbeyans  | Cupid’s Country Club (Pitch 2)

 

Senior Division Two

In Senior Two, Laindon Orient got their second win this term with a 3 – 0 home win over Rochford Town. A brace from Ashley Blackburn and one from Jasper Read saw them to victory there. Westhamians got their first league win in Senior Two with a super 4 – 2 win over Wakering Sports. Substitute John Massala got two, while Monty Hussain and Abel Okoghenu also netted for the hosts. Zac Wheatley and skipper Russell Beck responded for Sports though they have yet to register a point on the board.

Corinthians had a new star to thank for their 5 – 2 win at Ryan as recent signing, former Basildon Utd, Southend Manor & White Ensign forward Nathan Dewberry got all five goals for the visitors at Wadham Lodge. May & Baker Reserves outshone all on the ‘goals count’ as they defeated AS Rawreth 10 – 2.

Finally, Epping Town came away from Garon Park with a fine 5 – 0 win over Old Southendian Reserves, as Alex Paraskeva netted twice, with Bradley Gayer, Glen Warwick and Tommie Turner also getting on the score-sheet. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/09/14/match-report-old-southendian-res-0-5-epping-town-eofl-14-9-19/

 

EOFL Senior Division Three

Into Senior Three now, Corinthians Reserves continued their 100% start to the league campaign with a 4 – 2 win over Wakebury. Max Hall, Luke Smith, Sener Suavi and Ashley Webb all struck for Terry Rose’s team. Oliver Laycock and substitute Daniel Blewett netted in reply for the EOFL newcomers.  White Ensign Res also won this weekend, after a fine 5 – 2 win at Dagenham Utd. Kieran Follett, Joss Pountney, Lewis Brown, another spot-kick from Zach Somerset-Butler and one from fellow substitute Mechack Kisoka-Asuka gave Jack Caten’s team the points.

Collier Row got their second league win with a 4 – 1 triumph over Buckhurst Hill Res at the Forest Row Centre. Also, ACD Utd won 3 – 0 over Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ with Brad Falco, Frank Markham and replacement Michael Wade all on target for the EOFL newcomers.

 

Senior Division Four  (results only)

Canning Town Res  0 – 5  Galleywood Res

Leytonstone Utd  0 – 6  Chingford Athletic Dev

Roydon  4 – 1  Forest Glade

 

Reserve League Cup 2019 – 20  (Results only)

AS Rawreth Res A – W Leigh Town Res   (Leigh Town go through uncontested)

Basildon Town Res   2 – 1  Ongar Town Res

Catholic Utd Res  4 –  0  Leigh Ramblers Res

Herongate Athletic Res  1 – 4  Lakeside Res

Hutton Res  5 – 1 Laindon Orient Res

Old Chelmsfordians Res  1 – 0  Harold Wood Athletic Res

Rayleigh Town Res  H – W  Roydon Res (Rayleigh go through uncontested)

Wakering Sports Res  1 – 5  Collier Row Res

 

Match Report: Old Southendian Res 0 – 5 Epping Town (Sat 14th Sept) [EOFL 19/20 14.9.19]

Essex Olympian League – Senior Division Two

Venue: Garon Park

2019 – 20 Season: Match 22

Saturday 24th August 2019 – 2.30pm KO

Old S Res: Green Shirts, Black Shorts, Green Socks

Epping: White Shirts, Black Shorts, Red Socks

 

Epping comfortably defeat OS Ressies at Garon Park

Old Southendian Reserves 0 – 5 Epping Town

 

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Another rare weekend off from Essex Senior action saw me travel to Garon Park to see Old Southendian Reserves face Epping Town in Senior Division Two of the Essex Olympian League. The hosts won Division Three last season while their opposition and strengthened again since they were promoted two divisions, along with Corinthians up to Div Two for this term. OS Ressies’ were missing the likes of David Stubbs, Greg Molford and Oliver Tatton-Bennett though still named Andy Turner and Harry Da Costa as their front two. Tom Judge was the anchor at the back for Ben Manley’s side, with George Dugdale continuing in goal. For Epping, their strong squad saw a bit of rotation with the likes of Remi Nelson, Billy Rees and Patrick Duggan all unavailable though could still field at least five players that have played higher in the Non-League pyramid prior to joining the club. The back four was comprised of Jack Sawyer, Bradley Gayer, skipper Glen Warwick and William Weightman, with Alex Paraskeva leading the attack.

The hosts had a let off only two minutes into this one, as a powerful header by Epping forward Taner Dagyaran thundered back off the underside of the crossbar. The visitors didn’t have to wait long to break the deadlock as on seven minutes, left-back Bradley Gayer’s floated free-kick deceived the hosts’ backline, along with a dummy run by midfielder Tommie Turner which distracted them enough for Gayer’s effort to nestle into the corner. Old Southendian’s second-side did respond as following a telling run down the right by full-back Thomas Margerison which led to a throw-in, towering centre-back Tom Judge headed off-target. The searing heat was not doing either side any favours, though the Greens did force a decent save from Town goalkeeper Trevor Grace, whose one-handed save did scupper a rebound chance.

For the next phase of the half, the home defence were up for the challenge of stifling a quick and skilful Epping forward line. On 32 minutes, another searching long pass by creative midfielder Joey May found Dagyaran though OS full-back Jack Pagett denied him a strike at George Dugdale’s goal. Much to their credit, OS Reserves did finish the half strongly, with forward Andy Turner leading the line well with his pace and running. Seven minutes before the break, Peter Jelley’s cross was deflected wide by centre-back Thomas Adams and although Ben Manley’s side had their share of the ball at this point, they couldn’t quite carve out the chances to isolate visiting ‘keeper Grace.

Half-Time: Old Southendian Res 0 – 1 Epping Town

 

The second half certainly didn’t disappoint either as barely a minute in, Judge’s ball in for the hosts found forward Harry Da Costa, following some neat build-up though the forward could only strike wide. If Town were snoozing for that moment, they certainly raised it minutes later. Five minutes after the interval, their lead was doubled as centre-back Glen Warwick powered in at the near post to head home past a helpless Dugdale. In the ‘blink of an eye’, it was three as Tommie Turner’s low drive snuck in low to really put Billy Cove’s team in a commanding position. It could have been worse for the Greens as a sweet curling drive by forward Eben Rowledge was only denied by a fine save by Dugdale. Soon after, OS midfielder Luke Stillwell fired over with only Grace to beat. Finishing was proving to be the difference as Epping extended their lead still further just shy of the hour as after a super run from Dagyaran down the right flank, his cross found rapid forward Alex Paraskeva, who made no mistake from close range.

Into the last third of this match, and after Margerison had a header blocked for the hosts, the over-worked Dugdale again did well to deny another Dagyaran strike. In the latter stages, Turner struck wide wth Grace doing well to narrow down his angle at the near post before Epping rounded off a fine afternoon for them as Dugdale did superbly to deny Town twice before Paraskeva smashed home the rebound as OS could not clear their lines.

Full-Time: Old Southendian Res 0 – 5 Epping Town

In all fairness, OS Reserves showed no lack of heart & endeavour today, though they did lack that final ball and crucially as it turned out, finishing prowess. Even so, goalkeeper George Dugdale had a fine game and more than arguably reduced what could have been a ‘worse day at the office’. Centre-back Tom Judge, forward Andy Turner and full-back Thomas Margerison also stood out in my view today. Epping showed just why they are highly thought of and could well be up there this term. They just had that added bit of craft and creativity in their play. Forward Taner Dagyaran had a really good game, with forward Alex Paraskeva, full-back Bradley Gayer and midfielder Joey May all also making telling contributions to the cause.

Finally, I’d like to first say thank you to ‘Old Boys’ manager Ben Manley for the welcome, on behalf of the club. It was also great to catch up with the one-off that is Epping boss Billy Cove today. Best wishes to both sides for the rest of the season.

 

Teams

Old Southendian Res    | Manager: Ben Manley

Starting XI: George Dugdale (GK), Thomas Margerison, Jack Pagett, Greg Smith (Capt), Thomas Adams, Tom Judge, Luke Stillwell, Daniel Dowd, Harry Da Costa, Andy Turner, Peter Jelley

Booked: Margerison | Subs On: Kieron Judd | Subs Unused: Manley, Warrington

 

Epping Town   | Manager: Billy Cove

Starting XI: Trevor Grace (GK), Jack Sawyer, Bradley Gayer, Glen Warwick (Capt), William Weightman, Tommie Turner, Joe Thomas, Joey May, Eben Rowledge, Alex Paraskeva, Taner Dagyaran

Goal-scorers: Bradley Gayer [7’], Glen Warwick [50’], Tommie Turner [51’], Alex Paraskeva [59’ & 87’]

 

Subs On: Ryan Folan, David Watson | Subs Not Used: Molloy (GK)

Referee: Mark Irvine

Preview: Essex Olympian League & Senior Cup (Sat 14 Sept) [EOFL 13.9.19]

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Rayleigh Town’s pitch last month [Image: Scott W]
Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & EOFL Writer

Hello and welcome to a part preview of this weekend’s Essex Olympian League action, which sees the Senior Cup action continuing alongside some really fascinating league fixtures. Below is a brief look at my pick of the weekend’s action per division plus the rest of the fixtures from the Premier Division, all the way up to Senior Division Three.

 

Essex Olympian League Fixtures  –  Saturday 14th September

Premier Division  (2.30pm KO’s)

Pick: Leigh Ramblers  v  Sungate   |  Belfairs Park

Ramblers welcome in-form Sungate to Belfairs. Wayne Seal’s side may be happy to get back to home comforts after mixed away days recently, as they haven’t won in their last three matches. Sungate by contrast are unbeaten after three wins in their first four matches, although they have all been at home. These two sides locked horns last just two weeks ago – that match ended in a draw though both sides are looking like they could be in for good seasons this term.

Other Fixtures in Premier Division

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  v  Basildon Town    |  Silver Leys

Harold Wood Athletic  v  Canning Town  |  Harold Wood Park

Kelvedon Hatch  v  Old Southendian   | New Hall

Shenfield AFC  v Rayleigh Town  | St Martins Sch [3G]

Springfield  v   Hutton   |  Springfield Hall Park

 

FA Vase Second Round Qualifying (3pm KO)

Lopes Tavares  v  Catholic Utd   | Terence MacMillan Stadium

Essex Thames-side Trophy (3pm KO)

Buckhurst Hill v Walthamstow  | Roding Lane

 

Senior Division One

Toby  v  Lakeside   | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park – Toby pitch)

Toby face a Lakeside outfit that make their league bow this term here at Ford’s Newbury Park. The home side here were in Senior Cup action last weekend, making the long trip to Southend as they defeated White Ensign Reserves to advance in the competition then. It wasn’t so great a day in their only previous league match though as they lost out at home to Old Chelmsfordians. It will be fascinating how both of these sides adapt to Senior One following their respective promotions in May.

 

EOFL Senior League Cup 2019-20   (2.15pm KO’s)

Chingford Athletic  v  Beacon Hill Rovers   | Town Mead [3G]

Ongar Town  v  Snaresbrook  |  Fyfield Village Hall

Ramsden Scotia  v  Leigh Town   | Nursery Sports Ground

Runwell Sports  v  Manford Way   |  Runwell Sports Club

Shoebury Town  v  Old Barkabbeyans  | Cupid’s Country Club (Pitch 2)

Springfield  v   Hutton   |  Springfield Hall Park

 

Senior Division Two

Pick: Old Southendian Res  v  Epping Town   | Garon Park

OS’ Ressie side welcome Epping to Garon Park. The hosts won Division Three last term under former long-serving boss Lee Warrington. Under the tutelage of new gaffer Ben Manley, they handsomely defeated Canning Town’s reserve side in the Reserve Cup last time out and also won their only league game to date at Wakering Sports three weeks ago. They face a wholly different test here though as Billy Cove’s Epping rock up following a hard-fought win after extra-time over rivals Corinthians in the Senior Cup last weekend. For me, this is one of the matches of the weekend outside the top division of the EOFL, given that both sides score goals.

Also in Senior Two this weekend:

Laindon Orient  v  Rochford Town    |  Ford’s Sports Club (Basildon)

May & Baker Res  v  AS Rawreth  |  May & Baker FC

Ryan  v  Corinthians   |  Wadham Lodge (Intermediate Grass Pitch)

Westhamians  v  Wakering Sports  | Fairlop Oak Playing Fields

 

Senior Division Three

Corinthians Res  v  Wakebury   | Stambridge Memorial Ground

Corninthians’ second-string take on newcomers Wakebury at the Stambridge Memorial Ground. Terry Rose’s team have record three wins from three matches thus far. Factor in their keenness to out-score their opposition and this makes this tie another interesting one. Wakebury started their season last weekend with a fine win at Basildon Town Reserves and the Shoebury-based team cannot be discounted in this one.

 

Also in Division Three this weekend

ACD Utd  v  Hullbridge Sports ‘A’    |  Westlands Playing Fields

Collier Row  v  Buckhurst Hill Res  | Forest Row Centre

Dagenham Utd  v  White Ensign Res |Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park) – Dag U pitch)

 

Don’t forget to check back by Monday to see how these matches played out in my Essex Olympian League round-up, here on my blog. Thank you for reading.

 

Round-up: Essex Olympian League & Senior Cup (Sat 7 September) [EOFL 19/20 8.9.19]

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Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – EOFl & Non-League Writer

Hello and welcome to this week’s extended round-up of Essex Olympian League action, which includes matches from the top four division, plus a round-up from the Senior League Cup action and results from Senior Division Four and the Reserve League Cup action this weekend – Saturday 7th September. Thanks for reading.

 

Premier Division

As ever we start in the top-tier, as Buckhurst Hill re-opened the refurbished Roding Lane ground with a 4 – 0 win over Basildon Town. Suley Zuhdu’s penalty gave Mark Williams’ side the half-time advantage. Zuhdu struck again after the break and Sam Sollosi got two late goals to give Hill the win on their special day. Rayleigh Town remain top though after a 4 – 3 triumph at Harold Wood Athletic, despite playing nearly an hour with ten men. Reiss Kingsley got all three goals for Ath. Paul Morris netted for Town before being given his marching orders though one from Harry Talbot and a brace from substitute Bailey Moss did the business for Paul Higgins’ team.

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts won 3 – 2 at Canning Town while Kelvedon Hatch defeated Leigh Ramblers 3 – 2 at home. Ryan Lowe and Dan Williams notched for the Rams though their away-day stretch without a win continued. Hutton also notched three points with a 3 – 2 success over Old Southendian, who responded through Ed Gould and Mattias Tonking. Sungate also got a third win in four league matches by defeating Shenfield AFC 2 – 1.

Finally for this division, Springfield handed Catholic Utd a rare loss as the hosts won 1 – 0, thanks to Joe Nathanson’s solitary goal.

 

Senior Division One

Senior One saw three matches this weekend. Manford Way won their first match back in the division with a 2 – 0 success at Ramsden Scotia. Joe Lovell as among the scorers there while Ongar Town won 6 – 0 at Shoebury Town and Snaresbrook also won 2 – 1 at Rayleigh Town Ressies.

 

EOFL Senior League Cup 2019-20

In a myriad of Cup action, AS Rawreth won through, 2 – 1 over Newbury Forest Reserves thanks to two goals from Harry Barham. Epping Town defeated Div Two rivals Corinthians  2 – 1 after extra-time, thanks to goals by Joe Thomas and Joey May. Also, Herongate Athletic progressed with a 2 – 1 triumph at Laindon Orient with Jordan Martyn and Glen Jordan on target for Ath.

FC Hamlets breezed through to the next round with a 6 – 0 home win over Rochford Town. John Gilroy got a treble, with Kevin Baudrier, Ishmael Carter and Darren Serrano-Griffiths all on target. Westhamians hit six past Forest Glade in a 6 – 1 away win. John Massala got five of them, with Shakim Thomas getting the other strike as the visitors went through.

Roydon sent Ryan crashing out as the Div Four side won 4 – 1. Aymen Mekni got a double here, while Lewis Watson and Scot Bown also struck. Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ also went through, following a 2 – 1 win at Leytonstone Utd. William Bray and Billy Carter got the goals as ‘Bridge’s third-team went through. Meanwhile, Toby also advanced as goals from Tolu Dina and Peter Spicer saw them win 2 – 1 at White Ensign Ressies.

 

Other Results in Senior League Cup:

Dagenham Utd  0 – 2  Galleywood  | Ford’s Sports Club (Dagenham U Pitch)

Wakering Sports  2 – 1  Collier Row  | Cupid’s Country Club (Pitch 1)

 

Senior Division Two

We head back into League action now with Senior Division Two. Beacon Hill Rovers defeated Harold Wood Athletic Res 3 – 0 with goals from Will Simpson, Stephen Bennett and Lewis Sherwood assisting Rovers to their opening win this term. Also, Leigh Town won 4 – 0 at May & Baker Res with Shane Cooper, James Roberts, Tom Byford and Sam Gillmore on the score-sheet as Town got their third consecutive league win.

 

Senior Division Three

In Senior Three, Wakebury won their opening match in the Olympian League with a 3 – 1 triumph at Basildon Town Reserves. Liam Jarrett, Oliver Laycock and Charlie Little all netted for the visitors. Alex Witham struck for the Town second-string as they have yet to win in their three league matches thus far.

Toby Reserves maintained their unbeaten streak with a 3 – 1 home success over Hutton Reserves. Marc Porter-Brown got all three of the Toby goals as he kept up his impressive scoring run early-doors this term. Elsewhere, Corinthians Reserves also got their third straight win as they won 3 – 1 against Leigh Town Reserves.

 

Senior Division Four (result)

Old Chelmsfordians Res 2 – 6 Ongar Town Res

 

Reserve League Cup (results only)

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res 3 – 3 Springfield Res (Swifts won 4 – 2 on pens)

Chingford Athletic Development 4 – 0 Shoebury Town Res

Old Southendian Res  7 – 0  Canning Town Res

Runwell Sports Res  2 – 3  Buckhurst Hill Res

Shenfield AFC Res  2 – 1  Galleywood Res

 

 

 

Preview: Essex Senior League with the FA Cup FRQ & Essex Olympian League (Sat 7 September) [ESL 19/20 6.9.19]

 

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Action Still from St Margs v S Manor on Tuesday 3rd Sept (Image: Scott W)


Written by Scott W
(Twitter: @ScottMHC14) – ESL Writer & Grassroots Football Show Contributor

Hello all and welcome to the latest of my weekly Preview pieces for the 2019-20 Essex Senior League campaign, with a run-down on the fixtures in the FA Cup First Qualifying Round involving the three remaining ESL sides plus the Essex Olympian League as well this weekend, which also sees the return of its Senior Cup.

 

Essex Senior League

Saturday 7th September

Cockfosters  v  Tower Hamlets  | Chalk Lane

First up this weekend is this intriguing tie as Hamlets travel to North London to face Cockfosters at Chalk Lane. Ryan Wade’s side lost out after extra-time to Coggeshall Utd in the FA Vase last weekend and will be wary of an unpredictable youthful Hamlets side that lost to Redbridge last weekend before getting a hard-fought win over Enfield on Monday night. That said, they haven’t lost in three league matches now so with that in mind, I’ll plump for a narrow home win.

 

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Enfield  v  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Woodside

Enfield entertain Sporting Bengal at Woodside, following a mixed week for Matt Hanning’s team. First, they won against Ilford at Cricklefield in the FA Vase last weekend before a rapid turnaround saw them fall to defeat at Tower Hamlets on Monday night. Bengal also lost, in the FA Vase to Wormley Rovers last weekend so they will look to ‘hit the ground running’ now that the league focus has returned for them. I find this one very tough to predict though the E’s only have one league win in five league matches thus far, which they will know they need to improve on. That league win did come at home and they may just edge this one as well.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Redbridge  v  Saffron Walden Town  | Oakside

A fascinating game in prospect sees the Motormen face a formidable test in Saffron Walden at Oakside. The hosts have had a free midweek after a big win over Hamlets last weekend while Walden were held by gallant Hadley

last weekend in the league before getting the better of Woodford Town in a goal-laden tie in the Gordon Brasted Trophy in midweek. Jason Maher’s side are still unbeaten with three wins in their five league matches and you sense that the improving hosts will have to be at their best to get a win here, given the goal-scoring power the Bloods have. Away win.

 

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 4

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  v  Hashtag Utd  | Crofters

The next chapter in Hashtag’s journey sees them visit Sawbridgeworth. Town are still looking for their first league point and it didn’t get any better for them in the FA Vase last weekend as they battled to a loss at Wodson Park. Hashtag’s week hasn’t been serene though it was successful, with wins over now-defunct Leyton Athletic in the FA Vase last weekend before a win at Halstead Town in the Essex Senior Cup in midweek, watched by a crowd of over 400. Hard to see anything but an away win here to be honest.

 

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 3

 

Stansted  v  St Margaretsbury   | Hargrave Park

The Airportmen return to ‘home comforts’ at Hargrave Park as they welcome St Margaretsbury, who are another side who have had quite a week. The hosts have had a break recently, while St Margs won at Woodford Town and at home to Southend Manor this week in the FA Vase and league respectively. That isn’t the whole story though as on Wednesday manager Jon Fowell departed, with Tony Wild and Ray Bartlett in caretaker charge. It remains to be seen what impact that will have on the squad though with both sides currently in the bottom four, they could both do with a win here. Home win in my view.

 

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

West Essex  v  Woodford Town   | Mayesbrook Park

Another side who return to their home ground is West Essex, who take on Wododford Town at Mayesbrook Park. West have had an emotional week it is fair to say as after the initial FA Vase tie at Park View was abandoned due to a serious injury to one of their players, West returned there on Wednesday night and won well to advance to the next round. Woodford will want to get a result here after defeats to St Margaretsbury and Saffron Walden this week in the Vase and Gordon Brasted Trophy respectively. Both teams reside in mid-table currently and with both of them having attacking natures, I reckon goals will be in store here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

 

For more of a preview on the FA Cup ties below, have a listen to this week’s Grassroots Football Show (in the last half hour or so) here: http://www.mixcloud.com/EastLondonRadio/grass-roots-football-5-sep-19

 

The FA Cup  – First Round Qualifying  (ESL Sides)

Saturday 7th September

Hadley  v  Arlesey Town  | Brickfield Lane

Takeley  v  Potters Bar Town  | Station Road

Sun 8th Sept  – Aylesbury Utd  v  Walthamstow

 

To round out this week’s piece, we have a listing of the many fixtures in the Essex Olympian League this weekend. The EOFL round-up will return on Sunday/Monday with all the action from the top four divisions & Cup ties too.

 

Saturday 7th August

EOFL Premier Division

Buckhurst Hill  v  Basildon Town    |  Roding Lane

Canning Town  v  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  | West Ham Community Ground [3G]

Harold Wood Athletic  v  Rayleigh Town  |  Harold Wood Park

Hutton  v  Old Southendian             | Polo Fields

 

Kelvedon Hatch  v  Leigh Ramblers   | New Hall

Springfield  v  Catholic Utd   |  Springfield Hall Park

Sungate  v  Shenfield AFC  | Ilford Wanderers RFC

 

Senior Division One

Ramsden Scotia  v  Manford Way  | Nursery Sports Ground

Rayleigh Town Res  v  Snaresbrook   | Rayleigh Sports Club, London Road

Shoebury Town  v  Ongar Town    |  Cupid’s Country Club

 

EOFL Senior League Cup 2019-20 (2.15pm kick-offs)

AS Rawreth  v  Newbury Forest Res   | The Warren

Dagenham Utd  v  Galleywood  | Ford’s Sports Club (Dagenham U Pitch)

Epping Town  v  Corinthians  |  Stonards Hill Recreation Ground

FC Hamlets  v  Rochford Town   | Hackney Marshes, Pitch 2

 

Forest Glade  v  Westhamians    | Barleylands Road

Laindon Orient  v  Herongate Athletic  | Ford’s Sports Club (Basildon)

Leytonstone Utd  v  Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  | Forest Row Centre, Lodge Lane

Roydon  v  Ryan   | Paringdon Sports Club

Wakering Sports  v  Collier Row  | Cupid’s Country Club (Pitch 1)

White Ensign Res  v  Toby  |  The Len Forge Centre [3G]

 

Senior Division Two

Beacon Hill Rovers  v  Harold Wood Athletic Res  | Wickham Bishops Sport Ground

May & Baker Res  v  Leigh Town   | May & Baker Sports Club, Dagenham Road

 

Senior Division Three

Basildon Town Res  v  Wakebury  | Basildon Sports Club

Corinthians Res  v  Leigh Town Res  | Stambridge Memorial Ground

Toby Res  v  Hutton Res   | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park)

 

Round-up: Essex Olympian League [Premier – Snr Div 3] (Sat 31 August) [EOFL 19/20 1.9.19]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & EOFL blogger

Hello again & welcome to this week’s bumper Olympian League round-up, taking in the top four tiers of league action, one FA Vase tie and a Senior Challenge Cup tie as well. Thanks to the clubs for their assistance in this piece & to you for reading.

 

EOFL Premier Division

We start off as ever with the top-tier and Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 2 – 1 away win at Harold Wood Athletic. John Clarke and James Richardson were the heroes for Swifts with Bradley Foley scoring for Wood as they fell to defeat.  Buckhurst Hill got back to winning ways with a 4 – 2 win at Kelvedon Hatch. Suley Zuhdu, Nathan Sollosi, Sam Sollosi and a second-half penalty by Josh Banfield effectively sealed the win for Mark Williams’ side, though Hatch finished strongly as Danny Gillard and Theo Ola both struck for Kelvedon here.

Springfield also triumphed this weekend as they defeated early strugglers Canning Town 2 – 0 thanks to an own goal and one from Joe Nathanson. Rayleigh Town went five points clear at the top with a 1 – 0 away win at Old Southendian. Paul Morris got the only goal in that local derby.

Elsewhere, Sungate were held 2 – 2 by the visiting Leigh Ramblers, with Rhys Fatt and Dan Williams on target for the Rams in that match. Shenfield AFC also drew, 1 – 1 at home to Hutton with Mitchell Day grabbing AFC’s goal.

 

FA Vase – First Round Qualifying

In their first-ever FA Vase match, EOFL Premier Division side Catholic Utd powered ESL side Clapton with a 6 – 1 win at Parkside. The ensemble goal-scoring cast were Brad Vaughan, Tom Kearney, Simon Thomas, Tony Jacobs, Max Bradford and Max Kent as Mick Jacobs’ team roared into the next round, where they are set to face Lopes Tavares of Eastern Senior League South.

 

EOFL Senior Division One

In Senior One, Rayleigh Town Ressies started with a bang as they won 6 – 1 against Herongate Athletic. Rodney Wilson and Billy Field each nabbed doubles while Lewis Lawrence and Ryan Scougall also netted as Dan Williams and Lee Bunn’s side got the points. Ongar Town won 4 – 2 at Runwell Sports with Harry Rawlins netting twice plus Joshua Boxall and Joe Lilly contributed to the visitors’ tally. Chingford Athletic continued their strong start with another 3 – 0 home win, this time over FC Hamlets at Town Mead. Tayo Olusanoye, Alex Gordon and Eric Kelly provided the goals for them in that victory.

Shoebury Town were held 2 – 2 by visitors Galleywood with Dominic Binns and Juan Rushton the scorers for the home side.  Also, Old Chelmsfordians won 2 – 0 at Toby.

 

EOFL Senior Challenge Cup

In the single Senior Cup tie, Lakeside of Division One defeated newcomers Wakebury 5 – 1 with talisman Drew Klessa-Smith grabbing another hat-trick plus Mason Iley and Luke Quinton also joined him on the score-sheet. Matthew Hubbard got the consolation for Wakebury though the hosts went through.

 

EOFL Senior Division Two

Corinthians started their season with an impressive comeback win, 4 – 1 over Laindon Orient. Orient led after just four minutes through Jasper Read though the hosts responded through John Bolton-Smith, Leo Clarke, Bill Wilton and Theo Cannon to take the points. Epping Town also started their campaign wit an away win as they triumphed 6 – 1 at AS Rawreth. Louis Hill netted for the hosts though Town got the points thanks to Alex Paraskeva’s double plus one apiece for Glen Warwick, Patrick Duggan, Joey May and Bradley Gayer. Both of these sides could be in for another good campaign this term.

Leigh Town made it two wins from two matches with a 2 – 0 win at Beacon Hill Rovers. Shane Cooper and Tom Byford goals meant they go top of the very early standings. Harold Wood Athletic Reserves won 2 – 0 at Rochford Town as Del Hawtin fired both goals in that contest for the Wood second-string. Finally for this division, Ryan made a winning start to their campaign with a 5 – 2 win over May & Baker Reserves at Wadham Lodge.

 

EOFL Senior Division Three

Into Senior Three now and we start with a massive win for Lakeside Reserves as they won 10 – 2 at Dagenham Utd. Substitute Ben Austin led the way with a treble, with David Alee and Damilola Olusanya both grabbing braces plus Dale Kenyon, Azeez Aileru and fellow replacement Alex Swan also getting on the hefty scorer’s sheet as they won their first match of the new season in some manner. Toby Res also got their opening win with a 5 – 1 triumph at Hullbridge Sports’A’ with Marc Porter-Brown the leading light with a hat-trick plus Rhys Willson and Matt Davies were also on target.

Corinthians Reserves also won this weekend, with a 4 – 2 success at White Ensign Reserves. Max Hall, Luke Smith, Sener Suavi and Sonny Woodward all struck for the Stambridge-based side and although they saw Charlie Carter dismissed, Ensign’s second-side couldn’t match them despite Zach Somerset-Butler’s brace of penalties for them. ACD Utd won their first match at Olympian level with a 2 – 1 win at Hutton Reserves. Brad Falco and substitute Sam Page did the job for the visitors, while Hutton responded through Josh Sumner’s goal.

Leigh Town Reserves also tasted success with a 3 – 1 win at Basildon Town Reserves. Ben Forsyth’s spot-kick plus Miles Waddilove and Alex Hubbard strikes outdid a solitary goal from Grant Cumming for the hosts as Leigh took the points.  Meanwhile, Collier Row began life in Div Three with a 2 – 1 success at Buckhurst Hill Reserves. It’s worth noting that not one home side won in this division this weekend.

 

EOFL Senior Division Four (Results only)

Forest Glade  13 – 1  AS Rawreth Reserves

Laindon Orient Reserves  0 – 1  Chingford Athletic  Development

Leytonstone Utd 2 – 3  Shenfield AFC Reserves

Roydon  4 – 2  Canning Town Reserves

Wakering Sports Reserves  6 – 1   Ongar Town Reserves