S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 12 Mar) [EOFL 21/22 14.3.22]

Issac Pascal (#11) leads Runwell on another forward press

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 12 March. This weekend saw a promotion confirmed in the match I saw first-hand. As ever, there was a number of competitions being played (the EOFL Senior Cup, Reserve League Cup, Ressie Trophy, Denny King Memorial Cup & Essex Premier Cup), our focus remains on the League action. This week, the focus is on the League action once again, and we will have additional sections on Divisions Three, Four & Five plus the Reserve League Cup.

Essex Olympian Lge – Saturday 12 March

EOFL Premier Division, Divisions One & Two

As ever, we begin with the Step 7 Premier Division. Ongar Town went four points clear at the summit with a 1 – 0 win over Shenfield AFC. Jake Chadwick got the crucial goal to ensure Richard Ponsford’s team added to the pressure for the chasing pack, most of which have games in hand looking to overhaul them. Rayleigh Town remain second on goal difference after an impressive 5 – 0 win at Galleywood. Club skipper George Vile scored twice for Paul Higgins’ side here, while Harry Higgins, Harry Talbot and Charlie Seaden all also netted. Basildon Town are level on points with Rayleigh in third after an excellent 6 – 0 triumph at home to Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Ronnie Hobbrough scored twice for Bas, and the additional scorers included Graham Harrison, Rhys Fatt, Ryan Scougall and substitute Rhys Willson. Marcus Bowers’ side still have nine matches remaining.

Meanwhile, Catholic Utd went up to sixth after a 3 – 1 success at Springfield. Jay Nash maintained his scoring streak with a double here, and Franklin Craik added a late third. Lee Harris got a consolation for the hosts who remain 10th. Harold Wood Athletic got an important point as they drew 2 – 2 with fellow strugglers Canning Town. James Pottle and Billy Reed goals were cancelled out by Town replies by Alfie Fry and Napat Pattanawanitkikkul. Wood remain four points adrift at the bottom. Finally, Sungate defeated Leigh Ramblers 2 – 1 at Belfairs Park to fortify their seventh position.

In Division One, Runwell Sports finally confirmed their long sought-after place in Step 7 after a battling 1 – 0 win at Wakering Sports, in the match I attended this weekend. Skipper Oliver Quick got the only goal in a tense match though the celebrations post-match signified a dream realised for Chairman Jason Emery, with Runwell playing in the Premier Division next season for the first time in more than twenty years. If you’d like more on this match (including photos), then my report is available here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2022/03/12/s21-22-match-report-wakering-sports-0-1-runwell-sports-sat-12-mar-eofl/  

Wakering Sports still have three more matches to play as they duke it out with rivals Toby for the other likely promotion spot. Leigh Town also got a welcome win via walkover over Chingford Athletic, which sees them up to eighth spot. They have three matches to stay above the bottom two.

Moving into Division Two, Shoebury Town continued their good season with a 6 – 3 win at Hutton Res, in a match played at Hannakins Farm Community Centre 3G. Kian Bradshaw grabbed a fine treble to double his goal tally to six league goals this term. Kyle McAlindon, player-boss Garry Johnson and Daniel Brooker all also netted for the visitors, who remain sixth, two points adrift of Old Southendian Res. The Hutton scorers were Connor O’Regan with a double, plus one for Jack Shaw. They remain third-bottom with five matches left. Manford Way continued their good form with a 6 – 2 triumph at fellow top five side Old Southendian Res at Garon Park 3G. The ensemble cast of scorers here for Manford were David Alele, James Dobson, Joshua Owoaje, Dominic Esty-Wilkinson, Charlie Parish and an OG. The win saw them rise to third, three points adrift of Harold Hill in second. The Os side remain fifth.

In the other game in D2, Rayleigh Town Res had a Ebeneezer Djan treble to thank for a 3 – 0 victory at home to Harold Wood Athletic Res at London Road. The win takes them five points clear of their opponents here in eighth spot and seven points clear of the bottom three.


EOFL Senior League Cup Result –   Toby  1 – 2  Harold Hill


EOFL Divisions Three, Four & Five

In Division Three, the one match that took place ended in a draw. Basildon Town Res were held 2 – 2 by visitors Wakering Sports Res. Louis Hill and Jamie Bradbourn netted for the Town side, with Connor Fardyga and Scott Clark responding for Wakering, who remain in the running for a top-three finish.

In Division Four, Chingford Athletic Res benefitted from a walk over win in their game with Leytonstone Utd, which took them ten points clear at the summit and only requiring two more wins to seal the title. Wakering Sports A defeated Springfield Res 3 – 1 to record a welcome win at Cupid’s. Paul Wines, Mekhi Weekes and Nathan Roche all netted for them, while Liam England replied for the visitors.

Finally, in Division Five, AS Rawreth Res were held 2 – 2 by Herongate Athletic Res at the Warren. Ethan Bird got both goals for the Rawreth side, with Lee Glynn and Samuel Tshiamala goals securing a point for Herongate.


EOFL Reserve League Cup

This week, we also have a bonus section on the Reserve League Cup. Buckhurst Hill U23’s secured their place in the next round after a fine 6 – 0 win at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res. Stefanos Ladoukakis led the way for Darren Gosnell’s side with a double here, with Louie Cooper, Luka Ferraglioni, Jacob Richards and Casey Lockhart also on target at Silver Leys. They will joined in the next round by Hashtag Utd Development, who won 3 – 0 at Collier Row Res, with Shaun Warren’s opener being added to late on by Samuel Pratt and replacement Jake Smith. Lastly in this competition this week, Toby Res edged to a good 4 – 3 win at Pitsea Athletic Res, with Oliver Dingli scoring twice for the Toby side, allied to goals from Alkan Ali and substitute Marsell Uba. Pitsea responded through Sean Devlin’s fine treble.


EOFL Reserve League Trophy

Catholic Utd Res  10 – 0  Shenfield AFC Res

Ongar Town Res  4 – 1  Corinthians Res

Snaresbrook Res  A – W May & Baker A (May & Baker A Progress)

Sungate Dev  2 – 5  Leigh Town Res


EOFL Denny King Cup

Collier Row  6 – 0  Beacon Hill Rovers

Old Chelmsfordians  6 – 1  Wakebury

And Southend Manor Dev 2 – 4  Snaresbrook


Thanks again for reading.

S21-22 Match Report: Wakering Sports 0 – 1 Runwell Sports (Sat 12 Mar) [EOFL 21/22 12.3.22]

Essex Olympian League – Division One

Venue: Cupid’s (Main Pitch)

2021-22 Season: Match 61

Attendance: 35 (est)

Saturday 12th March 2022 – 2pm KO

Wakering: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Runwell: Grey Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Yellow Socks


Runwell clinch promotion with a battling win over Wakering

Wakering Sports 0 – 1 Runwell Sports

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

This weekend, we remained in the Intermediate Leagues but with good purpose as we saw this big promotion six-pointer at Cupid’s Country Club, between hosts Wakering Sports and leaders Runwell Sports, who were playing their last league game here. Their job was clear, win this game and a top-two finish was assured. Wakering have three more games after this but knew they had to try and derail the Runwell side from winning this one to aid their cause. The hosts were without Connor and Ben Burrows, Matthew Catlin and Aaron Marshall but did have Matt Wilson in goal, captain Russell Beck and Alex Jenkins in central defence, with Ryan Wyatt, Joe Burton and top club scorer Alfie Fossett. Among those on the bench were Mo Sesay, Steve Solarin and Callum Burns-Green. Runwell fielded a strong side, with Josh Hudson between the posts, a defence of Charlie Little, Jordan Gregory and centre-backs Dylan Hawley and skipper Oliver Quick. The forwards were Jimmy Cox and Joe Olley, with wingers Gianni Frankis and Issac Pascal.

The match got underway with a torrent of tension with both side’s very keen to assert themselves to build a base from. Early on, Gianni Frankis had an early strike deflected wide for the visutors from about ten yards out. After a long stoppage on twelve minutes to assess a head injury to skipper Russell Beck, the hosts did get more into the contest as Runwell conceded a few niggly fouls. Chances were at a premium, though just shy of the half-hour there was a good chance for Rob Hodgson’s side. Hodgson himself headed the ball on to forward Joe Olley at the back post but Olley’s header lacked power and glanced agonizingly off-target.

Issac Pascal (#11, centre left) making another run down left flank for Runwell

However, it was the hosts who finished the half marginally stronger. A decent lob in the eighteen yard area from a central position from midfielder Ben Rowe kept visiting goalkeeper Josh Hudson alert and he grasped the ball well. Soon after, a set-piece from deep by centre-back Alex Jenkins was headed narrowly wide by an off-balance Runwell defender. For the neutral, it would’ve been an unfortunate OG to see, to say the least.


Wakering captain Russell Beck clears once again at edge of his own 18-yard area

Half-Time: Wakering Sports 0 – 1 Runwell Sports

The deadlock was pretty tight and in the early minutes of the second half, it showed little signs of fading. What was rising though was the free-kicks being conceded and players being booked as well. The game did badly need a goal and it duly arrived ten minutes after the restart. Issac Pascal had been one of the visitors’ stand-out players and only endorsed that view as his set-piece evaded the home backline and found his captain Oliver Quick who headed home well at the back post. It was a hard one to take, understandably so for the gritty Wakering defence.


Just before the hour, a decent move involving Wakering forwards Ryan Wyatt and Alfie Fossett down the left channel, ended with Fossett firing wide of Hudson’s left-sided post, much to the forward’s disappointment. Paul Morgan’s side admirably kept up the work rate but found Runwell’s defence in good form and giving away little in the way of chances. Midway through the half, a good run by substitute Mohammed Sesay ended with the ball finding spirited winger Aaron Clark but his finish lacked the direction and power to bypass Hudson.


With the hosts pushing forward in search of an important leveller, Runwell did have chances to put the game away, but after another good run, Pascal’s effort was parried well by Wilson, but Charlie Little was there following-up and was also well thwarted. Olley also headed wide following decent build-up play but in the end, one goal was enough to confirm Runwell’s promotion and they will play in Step 7 (EOFL Premier Division) for the first time in over twenty years.


Full-Time: Wakering Sports  0 – 1  Runwell Sports

In summary, yes it was a scrappy game at times but perhaps the emphasis on this match was there in both teams’ minds. Runwell did look the better side at times, but were prevented from playing their rapid game via the channels by a typically miserly Wakering Sports team mindset and defensive performance. Best not forget that Wakeri g also had their moments going forward as well, but couldn’t test a resolute Runwell backline enough either. There is little doubt that Paul Morgan’s team will go close, as they seek to pip Toby to that other promotion spot.

As ever, there were perfornances to commend here. First up for victors Runwell, winger Issac Pascal had an excellent game, providing a strong outlet down the left flank as well as good dribbling and pace. He also got a telling assist for the goal. Central midfielder Taylor Armstrong had a strong game with a all-action performance and forward Joe Olley contributed well to his side’s attack, showing good work rate and had several decent moments. Rounding out the mentions for Runwell is Charlie Little, pressed into action as an emergency right-back here but did a solid job and also got forward quite well in the latter stages.

For Wakering, winger Aaron Clark had a very good game, showing good energy, passing and movement, so credit to him. Daniel Regan did a good job in midfield, setting moves in motion and was a decent set-piece taker too. A mention also for skipper Russell Beck who continued admirably until the latter stages of the game even after sustaining a head wound in the early stages, needing a “Terry Butcher-style” bandage. Beck made several important interceptons too and assisted his team in keeping the match tight.

Best wishes to Wakering Sports for the rest of the campaign and congrats to Runwell on their promotion (see final picture). My thanks to both teams, was good to see them in action here.

Runwell team & management celebrate promotion post-match

Teams (Rolling Subs Used in EOFL matches)

Wakering Sports | Manager: Paul Morgan |

Starting XI: 1 Matt Wilson (GK), 3 Paul Brennan, 4 Russell Beck (Capt), 5 Alex Jenkins, 6 Max Drury, 7 Daniel Regan, 8 Ben Rowe, 2 Aaron Clark, 9 Ryan Wyatt, 10 Joe Burton, 11 Alfie Fossett

Subs On (Time): 16 Mohammed Sasay [60′], 15 Steve Solarin [71′], 17 Callum Burns-Green [71′], 12 Mitchell Gleeson [83′]

Booked: Drury, Regan, Burton, Sesay  | Subs Not Used: None

Runwell Sports | Player-Manager: Rob Hodgson  | Assistants: Jason Davis & Ian Read

Starting XI: 1 Josh Hudson (GK), 2 Charlie Little, 3 Jordan Gregory, 5 Dylan Hawley, 6 Oliver Quick (Capt), 4 Taylor Armstrong, 7 Gianni Frankis, 8 Robert Hodgson, 9 Jimmy Cox, 10 Joe Olley, 11 Issac Pascal

Goal-scorer: Oliver Quick [55′]

Sub On (Time & replaced): 12 Riley Armstrong [66′ on for Hodgson)

Booked: Cox, Olley, R Armstrong   | Subs Not Used: Cramp, Offord, Watson


Referee: Stiofan Appleby

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 5 Mar) [EOFL 21/22 7.3.22]


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 5 March. This weekend saw a large number of postponements, unsurpriningly down to the miserable weather Essex has had this week. As ever, there was a number of competitions being played (the EOFL Senior Cup, Reserve League Cup, Ressie Trophy, Denny King Memorial Cup & Essex Premier Cup), our focus remains on the League action. This week, EOFL clubs were grateful for the virtue of artificial pitches with several matches moved, We have action from the top three tiers, plus we have sections on Essex Premier Cup & Division Five.

Main Image is from my featured match this week: Rochford Town 0 – 2 Manford Way, a link to that report is mentioned later. Many thanks for reading.


Essex Olympian Lge – Saturday 5 March

EOFL Premier Division, Divisions One & Two

In the top-tier, all three games that got played were on artificial pitches. At Garon Park, Basildon Town got a fine 5 – 2 win over Old Southendian. Rhys Fatt and Graham Harrison both scored two goals each and Ryan Scougall also netted for Marcus Bowers’ side, who went up to fourth spot – four points adrift of leaders Ongar with three matches in hand. OS got their goals from Mitchell Ali and Jack Lelliott, but this loss meant they dropped one place to ninth.

Both of the other games were rare goalless draws for this division. Hutton were held 0 – 0 by Kelvedon Hatch in a match moved to Hannakins Farm Community Centre 3G. Hutton fell to fifth but still have two games more to play than the leaders to catch up the four point deficit. Shenfield AFC were also held 0 – 0 by Bishop’s Stortford Swifts, which saw AFC move up to eighth while Swifts are five points clear in eleventh.

Division One saw just the one match irrespective of the weather, as Beacon Hill Rovers climbed out of the bottom two with a 2 – 1 triumph over Herongate Athletic. Lee Henry netted for Herongate in what was their final league game of the campaign, their rivals in Rovers, Leigh Town and Snaresbrook all have four games to overhaul their tally of 17 points, which does make Herongate vulnerable to demotion.

There was two matches this week in Division Two. ACD Utd extended their lead at the summit to six points with a comfortable 3 – 0 victory at May & Baker A. Michael Wade’s 22nd league goal of the season allied with strikes by Warren Taylor and Ollie Williams meant they left Dagenham with the win. Greg Knock’s side know they need a maximum of ten points from their remaining four matches to confirm the Division Two title. Also, in a match reversed to Rochford Recreation Ground, Manford Way had to work hard to grab a 2 – 0 victory against Rochford Town in the match I saw this weekend. Harry Davison and Salum Said got the goals to seal the win that keeps Manford in the hunt for a top-three finish at least. If you’d like more on this match, here’s my report: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2022/03/05/s21-22-match-report-rochford-town-0-2-manford-way-sat-5-mar-eofl 


EOFL Senior League Cup – Canning Town  2 – 2  Epping Town (Canning won 4 – 3 on penalties)


Essex Premier Cup – Semi-Finals

In what features a crossover with the Essex Alliance League, we now know who will contest the Final of the EPC on April 13th. There was guaranteed to be an Olympian League representative and Catholic Utd emerged with a hard-fought 2 – 1 victory at Sungate.  Strikes by Harrison Day and Jay Nash meant that Simon Thomas’ team will make it to the Premier Cup Final once again. Their opponents will be EAL Senior Division side Woodford East, who got an impressive 3 – 1 win at Clapton CFC. It is right to respect also what has been a superb run to the last four for CFC, but a James Briggs penalty wasn’t enough to get the Middlesex County Premier Division side back into the contest. The Final will be played at Billericay Town’s New Lodge, it should be a fascinating match. Congrats to both finalists.


EOFL Divisions Four Results

Canning Town Res  0 – 1  Ongar Town Res

Chingford Athletic Res  4 – 1  Southend Manor Dev

Leytonstone Utd  3 – 2  Wakering Sports A

Shenfield AFC Res  5 – 3  Sungate Dev


EOFL Division Five

In Division Five, Old Barkabbeyans are chasing a top-five finish now after a 3 – 1 victory at home to AS Rawreth Res. Lucas Winzar netted for Rawreth, but strikes by Jay Elliott, Jordan Mullings and Sean Doyle ensured Old Barks gained ground on the sides above them, with three matches remaining.

EOFL Reserve League Cup

Finally, in the Ressie League Cup, Wakering Sports Res went through after a 4 – 1 home win over Rayleigh Town Res at Cupid’s. The ensemble cast of Connor Fardyga, Scott Clark, Ciaran Sweeney and Charlie Smith all netted for the Sports second-side.

Thanks again for reading.

S21-22 Match Report: Rochford Town 0 – 2 Manford Way (Sat 5 Mar) [EOFL 21-22 5.3.22]

Essex Olympian League – Division Two

Venue: Rochford Recreation Ground

2021-22 Season: Match 60

Attendance: 10 (est)

Saturday 5th March 2022 – 2pm KO

Rochford: Sky Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

Manford: Red & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks


Still of the early action as Manford sought to keep possession

Manford emerge with a hard-fought win at Rochford Town

Rochford Town  0 – 2  Manford Way

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

This weekend, the solitary match was a local but still interesting battle in Essex Olympian League Division Two, between strugglers Rochford Town and relative high-flyers Manford Way, still looking for a top-three finish. Rochford are heading towards the end of their campaign and they were missing several players. Player-boss Jim Cooper had to don the gloves, with a defence led by skipper Terence Hare. Jack Power and Matt Welsh were in midfield, supporting the front three of Owen Pedder, Freddie Pettitt and Lewis Watson. Manford had the benefit of forward Harry Davison being available, and he joined David Alele and Salum Said in their front line. Right-back Aiden O’Connell captained the side, alongside him in defence was Gideon Sengulay-Thomas, Josh Owoaje and Will Sheehan.

Manford forward David Alele (#9 in red) about to strike from close range

The weather in the week before this day was very wet and conditions were tricky, but pretty good considering. Rochford set their stall out early to build their play from the back and in the early stages, they had some possession but they were unable to consistently get into the opposition half. Manford were starting to create chances as well. On twelve minutes, a good run by forward Harry Davison down the right channel ended with a centre which found fellow forward Salum Said but he could loft his strike off-target. Five minutes later, winger Daniel Demain evaded his narker in the penalty area but was thwarted by a well-timed challenge.

As the half wore on, the visitors were creating more chances and also forcing Rochford to defend deep. Midway through the half, a fine tackle from home captain Terence Hare denied Davison another chance at goal after Said’ fine cross from the left. Stand-in Town stopper James Cooper pulled off a good save to deny Davison again soon afterwards, following good work by full-back Gideon Sengulay-Thomas.

Manford winger Daniel Demain (#7 in red) poised to shoot

Manford were starting to get frustrated at their inability to break the deadlock, with another strong Davison effort adjudged not to have got over the goal-line before coming back off the upright. Davison was the focal point for Manford’s attack at this point and his cross found fellow forward David Alele whose effort forced Cooper into another good save to tip it over the woodwork.

By the interval, there were signs that Manford Way’ passing gane had excerabated the distance between Town’s defence and midfield. Even so, Rochford had done well to withstand many attacking moves to get back to the dressing room without conceding. Although to maintain it, they would have to put in another huge effort.

Half-Time: Rochford Town  0 – 0  Manford Way

Another set-piece angles in towards the Rochford box

After the resumption, Rochford were concentrating their efforts on being hard to break down, with rare forays forward involving club stalwart Freddie Pettitt and Owen Pedder, with Lewis Watson in support though the nervy moments for visiting goalkeeper Joe Insole was from set-pieces. More on that later. In the early stages of the second half, Manford midfielder Mohammed Bouzeryouh fired over the woodwork from 20 yards out. You felt that Manford needed to break the stalemate sooner rather than later.

After substitute Charlie Parish and Alele had both headed wide of goal, Manford got the goal that they cherished. A decent move ended with a well-directed cross by Alele from the right side of the penalty box being headed home by Davison, right into top corner of the net. It was a well-taken goal and you sensed the hosts’ task had just gotten considerably more difficult.


To their credit, the hosts did keep striving to get back into the game and they thought they had levelled as a free-kick was directed low and Insole couldn’t gather, allowing substitute Michael Browne to nip in and put the ball in the net, only for it to be ruled out, probably for off-side. Manford also had a goal chalked off soon afterwards as the tension was starting to rise.

There was another goal though as in added-time as Said notched with a low strike after Cooper had blocked an initial effort back into the forward’s path. The visitors will be happy with the points which takes them to just two points adrift of Wakebury in third, with Manford having one more game to play than their rivals.

Full-Time: Rochford Town  0 – 2  Manford Way

In summary, Manford more than deserved the victory for the possession they had and the chances they created. What may concern them though was their finishing, as they could have made the result much more conclusive. However, you also have to applaud the battling efforts of the Rochford side as well, led by a excellent performance by skipper Terence Hare and some good saves by stand-in stopper James Cooper. They should not be too disheartened by this effort, though goals are what they will need to garner points in their remaining games.

As ever, there was a number of good perfrmances in this match. First for winners Manford Way, the forward line led the way as David Alele put in a strong display, full of energy, pace and good passing. Harry Davison also stretched the hosts backline and was only denied at least another goal by good defending. Salum Said also made good use of the left-sided channel to send in good crosses and capped his afternoon with a late goal. Finally, skipper Aiden O’Connell was a reassuring presence at the back and sent in some good set-pieces as well.

For Rochford, captain Terence Hare made a number of good, last-ditch tackles and marshalled his defence well too. Owen Pedder offered a good outlet down the channels and was involved in the occasional forays forward his side had. Matt Welsh contributed well to his team’s midfield with good passing and movement, while stand-in goalkeeper James Cooper made four good saves as well to add to the visitors’ frustration, particularly in the first half.

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)

Rochford Town   | Player-Manager: James Cooper |

Starting XI: 1 James Cooper (GK), 23 Harrison Lomax, 12 George Hare, 2 Bobby Anderson, 18 Terence Hare (Capt), 4 Jack Power, 3 Alex Gray, 8 Matt Welsh, 7 Owen Pedder, 10 Freddie Pettitt,  15 Lewis Watson

Subs On (Time & replaced): 17 Michael Browne [55′, on for F Pettitt], 11 Elliott Pattison [80′, on for Browne], 20 Matthew Pettitt [85′, on for Lomax]

Booked: Anderson  | Subs Not Used: None

Manford Way | Interim Manager: Bill Bailey  | (Regular boss Colin Dobson was away)

Starting XI: 1 Joe Insole (GK), 2 Aiden O’Connell (Capt), 3 Gideon Sengulay-Thomas, 4 Josh Owoaje, 14 Will Sheehan, 6 Dominic Esty-Wilkinson, 7 Daniel Demain, 8 Mohammed Bouzeryouh, 9 David Alele, 10 Harry Davison, 11 Salum Said

Goal-scorers: Harry Davison [65′], Salum Said [90’+2]

Subs On (Time & replaced): 20 Charlie Parish [13′, on for Owoaje], 12 Dada Popoola  [62′, on for Sheehan]

Booked: Esty-Wilkinson  | Sub Not Used: None


Referee: Richard Wilsher

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 26 Feb) [EOFL 21/22 28.2.22]

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 26 February. This weekend saw big results and with a number of different competitions being played (the EOFL Senior Cup, Reserve League Cup, Ressie Trophy, Denny King Memorial Cup & Essex Junior Cup), our focus remains on the League action. This week, in addition to the usual top three tiers, we have sections on the Senior Lge Cup & Division Four.


Main Image is by Peter Dudley [@ped1980], used with permission & thanks. Many thanks for reading.


Essex Olympian Lge – Saturday 26 February

EOFL Premier Division, Divisions One & Two

In the Premier Division, Kelvedon Hatch maintained their excellent campaign with a tough 3 – 2 win against improving Springfield at Arun Park. Max Bradford, James Burt and Tom Johnson got the important strikes for Darren Hunt’s side, with Garjay Thompson and Roland Oteniya responding for Francesco Zabotti’s side. Kelvedon are now up to second and face Hutton away next weekend (see fixtures at article’s end) which will be a tough one for Hutton as they look to stay in the top two. Springfield remain in tenth but are vulnerable to be caught by two sides just below them (Stortford Swifts & Galleywood) who have matches in hand.

Elsewhere, Shenfield AFC got another good win away from home with a 4 – 0 triumph over Harold Wood Athletic at Robert Clack Sch 3G. A double from substitute Ross Riding was added to by strikes from Samuel Lock and Elliott Thompson to put them three points clear in ninth. Athletic remain bottom, seven points adrift of exiting the bottom two with nine matches left. Catholic Utd also got a narrow 1 – 0 success at Leigh Ramblers, with Jay Nash getting the only goal to see his side back up to sixth. The Rams have eight games to retain their status as a Step 7 side arguably.

Rounding the top-tier action, Old Southendian got a memorable 2 – 0 win at Rayleigh Town to shore up their own mid-table ambitions and also dent Rayleigh’s chances of the title. On that note, Ongar Town went back up to the top after a hard-fought 2 – 1 victory at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Archie Gerard gave Swifts a surprise lead but Ongar displayed their spirit once again as goals from Joe Lilly and Jack Zielinski turned the game and gave Richard Ponsford’s side another important three points.


Division One saw two matches that did not go ahead. Firstly, Epping Town were the first beneficiaries of a Home Walkover in their match with Chingford Athletic, as the Town Mead side have withdrawn their first team only from their remaining matches, in the division (Source: EOFL website) after boss Declan Murphy departed the club this week. I understand their Reserve team is not affected, but let’s hope Chingford Firsts return next season.

Also, Toby’s match with Old Chelmsfordians also ended up in a walkover in favour of the hosts. That result sends them into second spot on their own but with Wakering Sports having one more match to play, Mark Jones’ side will need to amass as many points as they can from their remaining three matches.


There was also one match in Division Two, and it was an important one. ACD Utd continued their leap towards Division One with a hard-fought 2 – 1 success over rivals Wakebury at Westlands. Michael Wade and Mason Oakley got the crucial goals for Greg Knock’s team to outweigh Jamie Bradbourn’s strike for the Berries. ACD go back to the summit, three points clear of rivals Harold Hill, with Wakebury’s destiny now not entirely in their own hands given they are four points behind Hill in second and Manford Way are five points behind them but with two further matches to play.


EOFL Divisions Four & Five

In Division Four, the top two did battle at Town Mead as Chingford Athletic Res drew 3 – 3 with Roydon. Luke Dimond, Cane Sullivan and replacement Benson Osejindu got the goals for the hosts but the visitors are having a good run and strikes by Nader Benzid, Halcyon Griffith and Rene Pivarnik claimed a point which means the gap between the two teams remains at four points, with both teams having five matches left.

Division Five Results

AS Rawreth Res  1 – 2 Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res | The Warren

Runwell Sports Res  1 – 1  Epping Town Res  | St Luke’s Park

Wakebury Res  A – W Collier Row Res | Away Walkover


EOFL Senior League Cup

Three matches were played in the Senior League Cup and two of them were surprises. Corinthians showed how strong they are at their best as late goals assisted them to a superb 5 – 0 win at Premier side Hutton. There were doubles for Bailey Moss and Jake Hodder for Chris Stoneham’s side, with Leo Clarke also on target. They face a trip to Sungate next, while Hutton will have ten league matches to focus on. Sungate went through 5 – 4 on penalties, after a 0 – 0 draw with Basildon Town. Both sides will have hectic conclusions to the season, including midweek league matches in April and May.

Finally for this part, Harold Hill also issued a reminder of their talents as they won 4 – 2 at Galleywood. Craig Skipper and Oliver Sadler got the goals for ‘Wood but Hill still progressed.  


Essex Junior Cup Semi-Finals:

Belle View SC  3 – 2 Hashtag Utd Development

And Wormingford Wanderers 0 – 3 Catholic Utd Res

EJC Final: Belle View SC  v  Catholic Utd Res (set for Wednesday April 6th, at Concord Rangers FC)


EOFL Reserve League Cup Results

Buckhurst Hill U23  6 – 0   Galleywood Res | Roding Lane

Old Southendian Res  3 – 5  Wakering Sports Res  | Garon Park 3G


EOFL Reserve Lge Trophy:  Ongar Town Res  2 – 1  Leigh Ramblers Res


EOFL Denny King Memorial Cup

Old Barkabbeyans  2 – 4  Beacon Hill Rovers  | Barking Abbey Sch 3G

Pitsea Athletic  2 – 6  Runwell Sports  | Basildon Sports Village

Shoebury Town  2 – 2p  Manford Way | Cupid’s (Pitch 2) | Manford won 4 – 3 on pens

For more on this game, fellow Non-League writer Pete Dudley was watching & his report Is here: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2022/02/shoebury-town-2-manford-way-2-manford.html 

Season Run- in: Fixtures for March 5th (top two tiers only, stc)

EOFL Premier Division (2pm KO unless stated)

Hutton  v  Kelvedon Hatch  | Polo Fields

Leigh Ramblers  v  Springfield  | Belfairs Park

Rayleigh Town  v  Galleywood  | London Road

Old Southendian  v  Basildon Town  | Garon Park 3G (2.30pm KO)

Shenfield AFC  v  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  | St Martins Sch 3G (2.30pm KO)

One game in EOFL Division One:

Beacon Hill Rovers  v  Herongate Athletic  | Wickham Bishops Sports Ground

Thanks again for reading.

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Sat 19 Feb) [EOFL 21/22 21.1.22]

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 19 February. This week, the league action takes the central focus, with a few matches also in several Cup competitions (the Senior Cup does have a short round-up section). This week, because of a number of Cup matches there was no league action in Division Three, Four or Five.


Essex Olympian League Round-up – Saturday 19 February

EOFL Premier Division & Division One

In the top-tier, with their rivals not in league action, Ongar Town kept their title hunt going with a fine 3 – 0 victory over Basildon Town at Lakeside Sports Ground 3G. Jack Zielinski continued his fine scoring run with a double here, which was added to by George Hayes. Richard Ponsford’s side lead the table, having played the most of the top three sides. Basildon temporarily dropped to fifth spot but have eleven matches remaining, in what will be a hectic last three months for Marcus Bowers & Lee Bunn’s side. Kelvedon Hatch rose to fourth spot after a battling 2 – 1 victory over Leigh Ramblers at Belfairs Park in the match I attended. Drew Klessa-Smith’s 15th league goal of the season and skipper Wayne Semanshia’s goal was enough for Darren Hunt’s side here. Tom Franks had levelled for the Rams soon after they fell behind. If you’d like to see more on this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2022/02/19/s21-22-match-report-leigh-ramblers-1-2-kelvedon-hatch-sat-19-feb-eofl/

Elsewhere, Old Southendian went up to eighth spot after a 3 – 1 success over Sungate at a very windy Garon Park 3G. Ruari McIntyre’s double and a Callum Ludlaim strike ensured an important win for Altar Ali’s team. Sungate have the most games to play in the entire division, with 13 matches left and they will be looking to to get into the top five at least. Springfield took another good step towards safety with a huge 6 – 0 victory over bottom side Harold Wood Athletic. The trio of Joe Kiff, Tristan Ofori-Sampong and substitute Reece Simpson all got two goals each here as Francesco Zabotti’s side rose to tenth spot, six points clear of the bottom three. Ath are four points adrift at the bottom with ten matches left after Canning Town defeated Shenfield AFC  2 – 0 in Beckton. AFC fell one to ninth spot.

In Division One, Runwell Sports got the win they needed in their penultimate league match of the season, as they defeated Corinthians 2 – 1 at a wet St Luke’s Park. A brace from James Cox was enough to outdo Bailey Moss’ penalty for the visitors, whose quest for promotion will go to the wire and isn’t entirely in their own hands. Wakering Sports got a narrow 1 – 0 win over Herongate Athletic at Cupid’s, with Alex Jenkins getting a crucial goal to get the win they required. Herongate have one match left this term and seventh is the best they can finish. I would also like to give a mention to the character that is Nick Wilson, who has been Ath’s goalkeeper for most of this season.

Elsewhere, Old Chelmsfordians were held 2 – 2 by Leigh Town, with Daniel Driscoll and Aaron Tyler netting for Town, who still need points to avoid finishing in the bottom two.


EOFL Senior League Cup

In the Senior Cup, Toby progressed after a narrow 3 – 2 victory over fellow Division One side Chingford Athletic. Goals from Harry Barham, Albert Perry and Callum Mann were enough to see Mark Jones’ side progress. Catholic Utd also went through after staging a good comeback in defeating Rayleigh Town 3 – 2 at the Len Forge 3G. Aaron Baldwin, Alfie Whiteaker and replacement Jay Nash got the goals to render strikes by Paul Morris and skipper George Vile as not enough for the visitors as Utd went through.

Galleywood  P – P  Harold Hill (Rescheduled for next weekend)


EOFL Reserve League Cup

Chingford Athletic Res  3 – 2  Springfield Res  | Town Mead 3G

Harold Wood Athletic Res  2 – 4  Collier Row Res  | Moved to Robert Clack Sch 3G

Rayleigh Town Res  2 – 0  Old Chelmsfordians Res  | London Road

Wakebury Res  0 – 4  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  | Nursery Sports Ground

Wakering Sports ‘A’  A – W  Hashtag Utd Dev (Visitors progress via away walkover)


EOFL Reserve Lge Trophy

Corinthians Res  3 – 2  Runwell Sports Res  | Stambridge Memorial Ground

Epping Town A – W  Snaresbrook Res   (Away Walkover, Snaresbrook progress)

and  Herongate Athletic Res 2 – 4  Shenfield AFC Res  | Billericay Road


EOFL Division Two

Returning to the League action now, starting in Division Two. With the top two of ACD Utd and Harold Hill not in league action, Wakebury needed a big result to maintain their good chances of leapfrogging them for the title. Hutton Res had other ideas though as they edged to a 4 – 3 triumph at Hannakins Farm Community Centre 3G. The cast of goalscorers were Jack Shaw, Thomas Price plus substitutes Jude Keeling and Benjamin Rose for the hosts, though the Berries showed their spirit again through a brace from Daniel Buglione and one from Max Hall but ultimately they lost out and their match against ACD Utd at Westlands next weekend could be pivotal for them.

Also, May & Baker A continued their fine recent form with a 7 – 4 victory over Shoebury Town. A double for Daniel Brooker plus one each for player-boss Garry Johnson and Kyle McAlindon was insufficient for the ten-man Town side as Bakers took the points thanks to the ensemble cast of goalscorers led by Alagi Juwara and Ryan Stowell but also included Ryan Mugera, Nuno Espadaneira, Adnan Malik, Jack Howard and Michael Begg.


EOFL Denny King Memorial Cup

AS Rawreth  3 – 0  Leytonstone Utd | The Warren

Rochford Town  1 – 3  Collier Row | Rochford Recreation Ground

Southend Manor Dev P – P Snaresbrook

End

S21-22 Match Report: Leigh Ramblers 1 – 2 Kelvedon Hatch (Sat 19 Feb) [EOFL 21-22 19.2.22]

EOFL logo

Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Venue: Belfairs Park

2021-22 Season: Match 58

Attendance: 25 (est)

Saturday 19th February 2022 – 2pm KO

Leigh Rams: Blue & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Kelvedon: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks


Kelvedon captain Wayne Semanshia clears the ball for his team

Kelvedon battle hard to claim good win in awful weather at Belfairs Park

Leigh Ramblers  1 – 2  Kelvedon Hatch 

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

A day after the hefty winds of Storm Eunice, I was pleased to have a match on as I made a welcome return to Belfairs Park (for the first time this season) for this Essex Olympian League Premier match between Leigh Ramblers and Kelvedon Hatch. The ‘Rams’ have had a tough season so far and they were missing a host of players including midfielders Patrick Cannon and Richard Alabaster plus defenders Will Hayes and Barv Waiwaiku. Mark Hunter did field a four-man defence of Sam Nagle, George Moxon, Tom Franks plus club stalwart & captain Ryan Lowe, ahead of stopper George Hills. Paul Hayes and Andrew Webster led the attack, with support from Jack Unwin and Matt Brinklow. Kelvedon have undergone a squad change since the return of boss Darren Hunt, and had James Alborough in goal, with a defence including Tom Mann, Reiss Hatwell and skipper Wayne Semanshia. The front three for them were Joe Newson, Chris Denham and Drew Klessa-Smith.

The aforementioned storm may have departed our shores but the gloom and the rain certainly didn’t which made for terrible conditions for both teams. However, both sides started the game strongly, with Kelvedon taking an eighth-minute lead as forward Chris Denham’s super floated ball found strike partner Drew Klessa-Smith in at the back post and his crisp volley found the far corner of the net. The Rams are known for the spirit and responded barely two minutes later, as a set-piece evaded the visiting backline and allowed Tom Franks to slot home from mere yards out, much to the elation of the home supporters.



From afar, I’ve seen Kelvedon pick up good results this season and their steel were in good evidence again as they wrestled back the advantage on fourteen minutes. The hosts would not have been happy with their defending as another set-piece found its way to skipper Wayne Semanshia and he made no mistake, slotting home low past home stopper George Hills with a oppurtunistic finish. As far as the goals went, that turned out to be the lot but the intruigue continued, as this report does.

Kelvedon certainly looked useful going forward and Klessa-Smith was hungry as ever for more goals. He struck wide shortly after the second goal though the visitors also had a let-off when winger Jack Unwin fired wide for the Rams, who did concede possession more than boss Mark Hunter would have liked. Denham also had another sight at goal just before the break but Rams goalkeeper George Hills was equal to it.

Half-Time: Leigh Rams 1 – 2 Kelvedon Hatch



The conditions continued to be trying for both teams after the interval and whilst the number of clear-cut chances lessened, the strong tackles did not. As the half progressed, the home side did have more impetus and kept the Kelvedon defence alert, though they were frustrated as their forward moves were stifled by a combination of a lack of a telling final ball and stoic defending by the visitors.

During the good spells that Leigh Ramblers had, Unwin had a strike that drifted wide and as the clock moved on towards the match’s conclusion, Jack Gardner’s set piece from 20 yards out was well denied by visiting stopper James Alborough, who had a good presence to assist his defence.

Captain Ryan Lowe also powered a header towards goal in the latter stages but it didn’ quite have the placement to bypass Alborough, who gathered. In the end though, it was another frustrating day for the hosts but take nowt away from Kelvedon Hatch, who battled away well to claim the win which took them up to fourth spot. The Rams likely will need a few wins from their remaining games to stay in the division.

Leigh Ramblers push on from midfield

Full-Time: Leigh Ramblers  1 – 2  Kelvedon Hatch

In summary, kudos to both teams for the spirit and work rate they put in despite hefty amounts of rain and wind here. Kelvedon showed enough to display why they’ve had a good season, with work rate, grit and good finishing. Leigh Ramblers will be disappointed that they couldn’t make the most of good spells in the second half through they gave their opponents a tough game and made them earn the points.

As ever, we had a number of good performances. For victors Kelvedon, Drew Klessa-Smith led the forward line well and was a constant threat to the home defence down the right channel and took his goal very well, was nice to see him in action for the first time, having seen his goal record for previous clubs. Also, Chris Denham had a good game showing pace and good passing and was only denied a goal through decent saves by the goalkeeper. Kelvedon custodian James Alborough deserves a mention for a few good saves and skipper Wayne Semanshia took his goal well and had to marshal his defence well to keep the points intact.

For Leigh Ramblers, I felt winger Jack Unwin had a very promising game, showing good pace, energy levels and an eye for a pass to go with it. Winger Matt Brinklow also was a threat down the left side and put in several good crosses into the box as well as showing good desire. Jack Gardner had a good game in central midfield also and was well-denied from a free-kick towards the end of the match. Finally but not least, skipper Ryan Lowe had another strong match making several important defensive clearances early on and likely kept his side in contention because of them.

Best wishes to both teams for the rest of the campaign. 

Jack Gardner about to take a set-piece for the hosts

Teams (Rolling Subs Used in EOFL matches)

Leigh Ramblers  | Manager: Mark Hunter |

Starting XI: 1 George Hills (GK), 2 Sam Nagle, 14 George Moxon, 4 Tom Franks, 5 Ryan Lowe (Capt), 6 Jack Gardner, 7 Jack Unwin, 8 Justin Hazell, 9 Andrew Webster, 16 Paul Hayes, 11 Matt Brinklow

Goal-scorer: Tom Franks [10′]

Subs On (Time if known): 15 Charlie Batchelor [59′], 10 Niyazi Sahan [72′], 12 Jacob Meads

 Booked: Franks | Subs Not Used: None

Kelvedon Hatch | Manager: Darren Hunt  |

Starting XI: 1 James Alborough (GK), 2 Tom Mann, 3 Reiss Hatwell, 6 Wayne Semanshia (Capt), 5 Daniel Tapper, 15 Sidney Walker, 12 James Burt, 19 Lewis Young, 20 Joe Newson, 11 Chris Denham, 7 Drew Klessa-Smith

Goal-scorers: Drew Klessa-Smith [8′], Wayne Semanshia [14′]

Booked: Ventura | Sub Not Used: Iley, Fortune

Subs On (Time if known): 9 Joe Kebbell [on 8′], 4 Gavin Walker [27′], 8 Oliver Ventura


Referee: Josh O’Sullivan
Assistant: Guy Pell-Ilderton

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Sat 5 Feb) [EOFL 21/22 7.1.22]


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 5 February. This week, the league action takes the central focus, with a few matches also in several Cup competitions. This week’s round-up includes a section looking at EOFL Division Four & Five, with results from the Cup competitions.


Essex Olympian League Round-up – Saturday 5 February

EOFL Premier Division & Division One

In the Premier Division, with Basildon Town in Cup action, the focus turned to the chasing pack. Hutton went to the summit after a comprehensive 5 – 1 win over Harold Wood Athletic at Polo Fields. Luke Ricketts got a double, with Brad Freeman, Stephen Judge and substitute Jack Shaw all joined him on the score0-sheet as Matt Singh’s team made it five straight wins in the league. Rayleigh Town are two points behind them as they got a decisive 4 – 0 success at Sungate. Liam Oliver, Harry Talbot, Charlie Seaden and replacement Ben Baxter all scored for Paul Higgins’ side.

Meanwhile, Shenfield AFC got a fine 3 – 1 victory at Catholic Utd to move up to eighth in the table. A double from Luke Williamson and one from Ben Carroll overhauled Michael Sammut’s reply for Utd and give the visitors another good three points. Also, Canning Town leapt off the bottom of the standings with a 2 – 1 win over Leigh Ramblers in Beckton and Ongar Town were again held at home to a goalless draw by Old Southendian.


In Division One, leaders Runwell Sports were not in action but would have been reasonably happy with their rivals’ results. Toby were held to a 3 – 3 draw by fellow top six side Chingford Athletic, Albert Perry notched two goals for Mark Jones’ side, with Dean Maguchu getting the other goal but a brace of his own from Eren Muti and a goal from Airon Paul was enough to claim a point for Declan Murphy’s side. Wakering Sports were held 1 – 1 at Cupid’s by Epping Town, with Alfie Fossett scoring for Mitchell Gleeson’s side there and Old Chelmsfordians slipped up, as they were beaten 2 – 1 by improving Beacon Hill Rovers, with Charles Brewer and Jack Walker on target for Hill there.

Also, Corinthians got a vital win as they triumphed 6 – 2 at Herongate Athletic to go back up to fourth, just a point adrift of Toby in second.


EOFL Senior League Cup

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  9 – 0  Snaresbrook | Silver Leys

Springfield  2 – 3  Basildon Town  | Arun Park


EOFL Reserve Lge Cup

Epping Town Res  0 – 7  Wakering Sports Res  | Epping UC Rugby Club

Galleywood Res  1 – 1  Leigh Ramblers Res (Galleywood won 5 – 4 on pens)  | Slades Lane


EOFL Divisions Two & Three

Into the League action with the three games played in Division Two. With leaders ACD Utd not in action, Harold Hill got a fine 5 – 0 win over Rochford Town, with Peter Tyler and George Shelvey both scoring twice there. Manford Way also won 3 – 0 at home to Harold Wood Athletic Res, with David Alele, Dominic Esty-Wilkinson and substitute Samuel Oramadike all netted for Manford to take them up to fourth, above Old Southendian Res. Also, Shoebury Town won 2 – 1 at Rayleigh Town Res, with Tyler Boosey and Steven Valente scoring for Town. William Vile got Rayleigh’s reply but they are six points behind Shoebury in seventh.

In Division Three, Basildon Town Res extended their lead in fourth spot to ten points after a 3 – 0 victory over leaders Catholic Utd Res. Keith King scored twice for Town, with Sam Marsh also on target here. Utd lost their unbeaten league record which had held since August. Pitsea Athletic remain in fifth place after a 3 – 2 victory at Leigh Town Res. Sean Devlin, Jason Stanhope and Reece Stone were the goalscorers there for Pitsea. Lastly, Buckhurst Hill U23 also won 3 – 1 against Collier Row at Roding Lane.


EOFL Divisions Four & Five

In Division Four, Roydon once again got a good three points to remain second in the table, after a 3 – 0 victory against Canning Town Res. Nader Benzid, Connor Presland and Ross Bourke all netted for the hosts here. Old Chelmsfordians Res are still third after winning 2 – 0 at Leytonstone Utd, with Martin Mixture on target for the visitors at the Forest Row Centre. Southend Manor Development are now up to fourth spot after a fine 3 – 1 triumph at local rivals Wakering Sports A. Max Franzosi netted twice for the visitors, with Marly Gunn also scoring for Carlos Codinha’s team.

Elsewhere, Sungate Development got their first league win in several weeks with a 4 – 3 success at mid-table Ongar Town Res. Finally, leaders Chingford Athletic Res are four points clear at the top after a 3 – 1 win at Shenfield AFC Res at Warley Playing Fields. Luke Dimond got another two goals here to reach 33 league goals this term, which is some achievement. Billy Calder’s eighth goal of the campaign for Shenfield wasn’t enough to prevent defeat for them.

In Division Five, AS Rawreth Res got another important victory with a 2 – 1 success over Wakebury Res at the Warren. Substitute Justin Burrell got both goals for the hosts, with Ben Morley getting the reply for the Berries’ second-side. In the other game in the division, Old Barkabbeyans went up to seventh spot following a 2 – 1 win at top four side Pitsea Athletic Res. Jay Elliott and Tyler Turner both got on the scoresheet for the East London side. Replacement Vishnu Panikkar responded for Ath at the Basildon Sports Village.

End

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Sat 29 Jan) [EOFL 21/22 31.1.22]

Still Image from OS v Hutton, Ed Gould [#11] on the ball for OS

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 29 January. This week, the league action takes the central focus, with a number of matches also in several Cup competitions. This week’s round-up includes a section looking at EOFL Division Four, in addition to the top four tiers of league action & Results in the Cups.

Essex Olympian League Round-up – Saturday 29 January

EOFL Premier Division & Division One

In the top-tier, Shenfield AFC got another important victory as they won 2 – 1 at Galleywood. Charlie Heatley and Luke Williamson strikes were enough to give AFC the win which means they are ten points clear of the bottom two. Jamie Lockwood got a goal back for Galleywood though they still need points to move away from the bottom three. Leigh Ramblers also managed a vital victory, defeating Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 3 – 1 at Belfairs Park. Harry Bovington’s goal wasn’t enough to gain a point for Swifts, as the Rams rose one place to 12th.

At the summit, Hutton went into second spot with a fine 3 – 0 win at Old Southendian. Brad Freeman’s double and Tom Stephens’ goal was enough to keep Matt Singh’s side well in the title hunt. I attended this match & my report is here: Link:  https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2022/01/29/s21-22-match-report-old-southendian-0-3-hutton-sat-29-jan-eofl/

Meanwhile, Ongar Town lost ground as they were held 0 – 0 by an improving Springfield side at Lakeside Sports Ground. Richard Ponsford’s team are in fourth spot, three points adrift of leaders Basildon Town. Kelvedon Hatch are also moving into contention for a top four finish after a 2 – 0 triumph against Canning Town at New Hall. Joseph Newson and substitute Drew Klessa-Smith got the goals for Darren Hunt’s team as they moved seven points clear in fifth spot.

In Division One, leaders Runwell Sports took a big stride towards promotion with an important 5 – 1 win over Herongate Athletic at St Luke’s Park. Jimmy Cox and Charlie Little both netted doubles for Rob Hodgson’s side, with Gianni Frankis’ goal competing the scoring. George Doyle got the only goal for Herongate here but the win for Runwell means they lead by six points putting the onus on the chasing pack who do all have games in hand. Toby moved into second spot after a narrow 1 – 0 success at Leigh Town. Luis Ruiz got the only goal there, and Town need a couple of wins to avoid getting drawn into the bottom two.

Beacon Hill Rovers got a much-needed victory also, as they triumphed 3 – 1 at rivals Epping Town. Callum Turner got the only goal for Epping but they are in a similar position to Leigh with four teams in that battle to stay in the division. Also, Old Chelmsfordians defeated Chingford Athletic 2 – 0 at Town Mead to put themselves in a good position as one of five teams that could challenge the leaders for promotion.


EOFL Senior League Cup

Harold Hill 4 – 3 AS Rawreth | Noak Hill

Rayleigh Town  1 – 0  Wakering Sports | London Road


Essex Premier Cup – Quarter-Finals

Catholic Utd  2 – 1  Stanway Pegasus  | Len Forge 3G

Clapton CFC  3 – 2  Manford Way | Held at Oakside

Sungate 5 – 3  Basildon Town (AET) | Ilford Wanderers RFC


EOFL Divisions Two & Three

Into the League action with the four games played in Division Two, and ACD Utd were held to a 3 – 3 draw at Westlands by improving Rayleigh Town Res. Even a brace from Michael Wade and one from Jacob Dingli was not enough to claim the points for Greg Knock’s side Wakebury are right there in the promotion running now after a 2 – 1 success at Shoebury Town. Harry Kateley netted both strikes for Matt Cardy’s side, which sees them strengthen their position in third & are four points behind leaders ACD Utd.

Hutton Res were also held at home, as they drew 3 – 3 with Old Southendian Res at Polo Fields. Thomas Adams, Oliver Tatton-Bennett and replacement Harry DaCosta all netted for Josh Bambury’s team as they maintained fourth spot but their advantage over their rivals is slim. Finally. Harold Wood Athletic Res edged an outstanding game to win 5 – 4 over Rochford Town at Robert Clack Sch 3G. Billy Spencer netted twice for the hosts, with Ben Rowe, Thomas Butler and Josh Portway all also on target for Steve Hubbard’s side. Rochford responded through a four-goal haul for club stalwart Freddie Pettitt but the Wood second-side go three points clear of Town after this win.

In Division Three, Pitsea Athletic went three points clear in fifth spot after a 2 – 1 triumph at Collier Row. Kwadwo Asante and Sean Devlin got the goals which meant Pitsea got their seventh win this term, while Row remain second bottom. Catholic Utd Res extended their lead to six points after a 6 – 1 victory over Buckhurst Hill U23 at St Thomas More Sch.

Meanwhile, Basildon Town Res look set for a top four finish after a 5 – 1 victory at Corinthians Res. Matthew Keiller got two goals here for Town, with Rhys Willson, Nicholas Bowers and Sam Marsh also netting to overpower a solitary goal for substitute Jacob Hudson for the Corinthians Ressie side. Town are ten points clear of Pitsea with both having only four league games left. Finally in this division, Wakering Sports Res maintained their chance of promotion with a 7 – 0 success over Hullbridge Sports Res at Cupid’s. Connor Fardyga netted another fine treble to pass 20 league goals this term, with Scott Clark notching twice and Ciaran Sweeney also on target.


EOFL Reserve League Cup Results

Old Chelmsfordians Res 2 – 0 Runwell Sports Res | Lawford Lane

Wakebury Res 3 – 2 Sungate Dev  | Nursery Sports Ground

EOFL Reserve League Trophy  – May & Baker A 2 – 1  Canning Town Res

EOFL Divisions Four & Five

In Division Four, Roydon got another fine win as they defeated Wakering Sports A 3 – 0 at home. Nader Benzid, Connor Riddoch and Connor Presland all were on the score-sheet as Roydon continue their aspiration to get promoted once again. Also, Shenfield AFC Res got a 3 – 1 triumph at Springfield Res, with Billy Calder netting twice and there was also a goal for Ben Cawood. Finally, Leytonstone Utd won 2 – 1 at Southend Manor Development, with Jack Mead notching the consolation goal for the Manor reserve side.

Division Five Results

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  H – W Old Barkabbeyans  | Home Walkover

Collier Row Res  0 – 0 Leigh Ramblers Res  | Forest Row Centre (Pitch 2)

Pitsea Athletic Res  1 – 2  Herongate Athletic Res | Basildon Sporting Village   

S21-22 Match Report: Old Southendian 0 – 3 Hutton (Sat 29 Jan) [EOFL 21/22 29.1.22]

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.

Matt Tonking [#9] steps up to take free-kick for OS

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.

Tom Stephens celebrates his goal with his team-mates (in red)

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.

OS forward Ed Gould [#11] gets past Hutton defender Lewis Scott [#4]

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.

Hutton forward Will Marlowe lines up free-kick in 2nd half

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