Written by Scott W [@ScottMHC14] – Non-League Writer
Hello & welcome to the round-up from the action in the Essex Olympian League. This week on Saturday 1 October, we look at the action in all five divisions, plus an extra section on the various Cup competitions, including the EOFL Senior Cup.
EOFL – Saturday 1 October
EOFL Premier Division & Division One
As ever we begin with the top-tier, and Rayleigh Town went up to second spot after a 4 – 0 victory against Springfield at Thames Road. George Vile grabbed a rare hat-trick, alongside a goal from replacement Lewis Robson for Paul Higgins’ team. After the game, Springfield boss Franco Zabotti stepped down as manager, I’d like to wish him and club well for the future. Also, Runwell Sports got a 1 – 0 success, against Canning Town at St Luke’s. Charlie Little getting the goal there for Robert Hodgson’s side. Leigh Ramblers also got a 1 – 0 win, over Bishop’s Stortford Swifts as Andrew Webster struck again for Mark Hunter’s team, who are in fourth.
Galleywood narrowly won at Sungate 1 – 0, with Ben Smith netting the solitary goal as they secured their first win this season. In the match I was at this weekend, Hutton made the most of big goals at important times as they won 4 – 1 at Catholic Utd. Jude Keeling netted twice for Matt Singh’s team, with an OG & David Johnson accounting for the other goals. If you’d like more on that game, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2022/10/02/s22-23-match-report-catholic-utd-1-4-hutton-sat-1-oct-eofl/
Meanwhile at St Martins’ Sch 3G, Shenfield AFC got a 2 – 1 success over Toby, with Ben Carroll netting both goals for AFC. Luis Ruiz’s penalty responded for Toby as they finished the game strongly. Finally, Kelvedon Hatch were pleased to record a 2 – 0 triumph over Old Southendian at New Hall. Drew Klessa-Smith was back on the score-sheet, with Charlie Nichols also on target as Hatch leapt out of the bottom two after netting first win this season.
In Division One, Manford Way went up to fourth spot after a fine 4 – 2 win at Old Chelmsfordians. Charlie Parish scored twice here, while Samuel Oramadike & James Dobson also netted for Manford here. Beacon Hill Rovers held Harold Hill 1 – 1 as well with Jack Walker scoring for the home side. Billy Cove’s side are in mid-table, seven points clear of the bottom three. Epping Town were held 3 – 3 at ACD Utd, with Joe Rickett, Scout Bown and Chris Gormley all scoring for Stuart Hoskins’ side. ACD responded through a double from Frank Markham & one from Jacob Dingli, as they remained fifth.
EOFL Divisions Two & Three
In Division Two, Harold Wood Athletic Res are three points clear at the summit after a 3 – 2 victory at home to Catholic Utd Res. Josh Portway’s superb treble was enough to send the hosts to the win, overhauling goals by Finley Lewis and Utd club stalwart Dan Trenkel. Shoebury Town are second after they humbled Wakebury 10 – 0 at Ekco Sports Club in Prittlewell. Kian Bradshaw netted four goals himself, Mechack-Kisoka Asuka grabbed three goals on his league debut while Aaron Marshall scored another brace plus there was a goal for Takondwa Maosa as Garry Johnson & John Galley’s team heavily bolstered their goal difference with this huge win.
Elsewhere, Old Southendian Res narrowly defeated Hutton Res 1 – 0 in the late game at Garon Park 3G. Nico Dubouchet got another decisive goal for Josh Bambury’s team, who got their first win this term. Finally in this division, Hashtag Utd Dev were held 2 – 2 by bottom side Rayleigh Town Res at Barleylands. Tommy Green & Matthew Gauci netted for Denis Simpson’s team.
In Division Three, Springfield Res went into mid-table after a 1 – 0 win over Buckhurst Hill U23, with Liam England getting the only goal. Leigh Town Res were held 2 – 2 by Basildon Town Res. The visitors netted through a brace from Joe Fogarty but strikes by Steve Birnie & replacement Callum Stone and they went up to third. Lastly, Chingford Athletic Res won 4 – 0 at Toby Res.
EOFL Division Four
Moving into Division Four now, and Leigh Ramblers Res went up to fourth after a fine 4 – 1 victory at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res. Lewis Wake netted for Swifts at Silver Leys but goals by Mickey Dodkins, Luis Bracci, Jacob Meads & Joe Howson secured the win for the Rams second-side. Herongate Athletic Res are still unbeaten after a 2 – 1 success against Ongar Town. Habeeb Apatira’s double saw Ath go two points clear at the top. Ongar’s struggles continue, having lost all four games thus far.
Elsewhere, Galleywood Res drew 1 – 1 with Shenfield AFC Res. Substitute Ebenezer Fasoranti scored for the hosts, and Ross Riding again netting for AFC’s second side. The other game saw Wakering Sports A win 5 – 1 against second-bottom Leytonstone Utd. Joe Young scored a hat-trick for the hosts, with James Medlock getting a solitary goal for Utd.
No action in Division Five this week.
Essex Premier Cup R1
So the EPC had one additional fixture this week with Corinthians going through after defeating Stanway Rovers U23 2 – 1 at the Stambridge Memorial Ground. Bailey Moss & Jake Hodder got the goals to overturn Ehren Collins’ strike for the Rovers’ developmental side.
EOFL Senior League Cup
There were four ties in the Senior League Cup. First, May & Baker EOFL won 6 – 1 at Wakering Sports, with braces for Carl Patten & Jack O’Connor plus goals for Kane Messenger & Scott O’Connor as they progressed. Harold Wood Athletic also went through after a 4 – 1 triumph at Hullbridge Sports Res. Max Shepherd, Zach Holding, Matty Donovan and Owen Edwards all netted with Harry Mole scoring for the ‘Bridge side. Pitsea Athletic joined them in the next round as they won 3 – 1 at AS Rawreth, with Reece Stone, Kwadwo Asante & Josh Ledger all scoring for the visitors. Collier Row also went through 5 – 4 on spot-kicks after a 0 – 0 draw with Leigh Town.
Essex Junior Trophy Results
Ashingdon Res 3 – 2 Wakebury Res
Basildon Town A 8 – 0 Rochford Town
Epping Town Res 1 – 6 Great Baddow
Hutton B 3 – 2 Runwell Sports Res
Leigh Ramblers A 6 – 1 AS Rawreth Res
Manford Way Res 3 – 0 Dagenham Utd Res
Shoebury Town Res 5 – 0 Catholic Utd A