Guest Blog: Essex Alliance League Round-up (Wk 20 – Sat 15 Jan) [EAL 21-22 17.1.22]

Hello and welcome to the latest action from the Essex Alliance League, which continues on this blog this season under the “Guest Blog” strand.  This edition looks at the action across the League and Cup competitions as well from the first matchday of the New Year on Saturday 15 January 2022. My thanks to the EAL’s Rob Parker. This round-up is posted with the author’s permission. Thanks for reading.

Guest Blog written by Rob Parker for EAL  [EAL Twitter: @EssexAllianceFL]

With additional reporting by Scott W

Essex Alliance League Round-up- Saturday 15 January 2022

DIVISION ONE CUP

The weekend saw a continuation of the Division One Cup action with the line-up for the quarter finals now complete.  Tenth placed Barkingside A are into the hat for the last eight, coming away 3 – 1 winners from their trip to Hackney where they faced Francis Luke. Josh Rowe scored twice and Mohamed Sheikhnor once for ‘Side, Kennerly Cassius netting the Luke goal in reply.

Title favourites, Belfry are also safely through to the quarter finals as they beat the traffic and their opponents to run out 5 – 1 winners away at Kwanzas London Sport over in Beckton. Kieran James has been in good form this season and he scored twice, adding to goals from Luke Macdonald, Gabriel Ogunwomoju and Ryan O’Connell.

The third of the cup ties came from Hainault where Ilford Reserves were in action at London Marathon, facing up to an eleventh placed Forest Green side, those two sides separated by three points going into the game. It proved a tight game with just one goal, scored by the Foxes’ Mario-Angelino Lipetz, accounting for a 1 – 0 Ilford victory.

DIVISION FOUR CUP

There was just one tie completed in the Division Four Cup competition as a local derby saw Chingford Harriers make the short trip to face West Essex Under 23s. And the unbeaten league leaders were the happier side, earning a 4 – 2 win through goals from Gerard O’Hara, William Akins, Darlington Ojo and Edwin Jabbari. Deshaun Johnson and Javen Cole both struck for West in consolation.

League Action – SENIOR DIVISION

DT FC remain top of the Senior Division following the weekend’s results, coming through a well contested game away at Leyton Royal with maximum points to secure themselves a 4 – 2 win. Alex Paraskeva scored twice here for Billy Cove’s new side, with Billy Golledge and Kevin Bondjanga also on target for the Harlow based side. They remain unbeaten and take their points tally to thirty-five, four clear of the chasing pack. Moving up to second in the table, Chadwell Heath Spartans kept their hat in the mix for a title tilt, moving four points behind the leaders with a narrow 3 – 2 win away at CSM London. Meer Ishanzadeh and Spencer Forte both got on the CSM scoresheet but their efforts proved ultimately in vain as Harry Payne struck twice in reply and Bradley Downes also netted to take the win for their side.

FC Petroclub have moved level with fourth placed Woodford East following their seventh league success of the season on Saturday as they took their points tally to twenty five for the season with a 3 – 1 win at home against Tower United. Hamsa Hassan struck for Tower but his goal wasn’t enough as they remain in difficulty, eight points adrift of safety. Sixth placed Jolof Sports had a tough fixture ahead of them on Saturday with the visit of FC Baresi to East Ham in their quest for the title. They followed up their defeat last weekend with just a draw this time around as Paul Benfield netted for the visitors on an eventual 1 – 1 draw. Jolof now sit six points behind the sides around them with five games in hand.

Kit Out London closed the gap in the middle of the table to just a point as they saw off the threat of bottom of the table Chigwell Town at London Marathon. Amalraj Kakumanu, Marioz Lazaris, Ayoub Billouche and Keyshawn Greenaway  all found the back of the net as Kit Out won the game 4 – 0 to move away from the relegation places. Over at Lakeside, hosts Rapid Chingford were in action, hosting Blue Marlin with both sides still in a dangerous position near the bottom end of the table. A close game saw the points shared with the match finishing level at 1 – 1. Darwin Romero continued his Rapid scoring streak and Ni Acquaye grabbed the Marlin goal in reply to take something from the game.

PREMIER DIVISION

Frenford A returned to the top of the table over the weekend as they edged a close game away at bottom side London Park City, winning 1 – 0 in Seven Kings. Nesar Torkamani scored the only goal of a tight game to move them back to the top on goal difference, earning a ninth league win of the season in the process. There was a shock result involving second placed Dagenham United who slipped to a 2 – 1 defeat in their away visit to ninth placed London Cranes, putting a dent in their title challenge. Moses Kazibwe scored twice for Cranes with Dante Vincent responding for United, giving Cranes a vital three points in their quest to avoid the drop.

Third placed Crookz United have positioned themselves ready to pounce and put in a spirited performance in defeating All Prospects 11 – 0 at Fairlop Oak. Abdouaziz Jeng scored four goals himself here, Anselmo Gomes bagged a hat-trick, Daniel Gbadeyan a brace, with Kevin Osei and Ousama Bousba goals finishing it off convincingly. Wapping sit just a couple of points further back in the table after the weekend’s round of results as they picked up an impressive 3 – 0 home win against Athletic Newham Under 23s to scoop a sixth win of the season. Jordon Mills-Smith was in fine form yet again, scoring twice, with Muhammad Mikaeel striking the other goal. North East Lions inflicted a first league defeat of the season on visitors Oakside, the Walthamstow based side finding a bit of good form in early 2022 to stay in the top half. Lorenc Hoxha and Joseph Goodall both found the back of the net in a solid 2 – 0 win, giving them a sixth league win of the campaign.

DIVISION ONE

There was plenty of drama in Division One where two games ended in exciting 3 – 3 draws involving sides at the top. Top of the table RCXI were held to such a scoreline in their home game against fourth placed Wanstead as Oluwaseun Koya, Michael Temitayo and Ayo Matthews struck for the leaders. But Wanstead took a point as Suhaib Abeid, Dan Gardner and Zoltan Balogh efforts levelled the game. Second placed Cowley Community were also involved in a six goal thriller of their own as they faced local rivals, Something From Nothing, over at the Flats. This one also finished 3 – 3 as Thomas Bergmann (2) and Temi Alaka strikes for SFN were countered by Cowley goals from Elvis Sheta, Michael Taylor and, of course, Chris Wright.

There was one winning scoreline in the division and that saw somewhat of a shock as Renegade’s positive spell of form was rewarded with a 2 – 1 win at home to Newham Wanderers, moving them up four places to eighth. Manuel Sanuo struck for Wanderers but goals from Foday Jaiteh and Kane Knight ensured the Renegade side got the points.

DIVISION TWO

Unitey remain top of Division Two and they continued their good run of form in the last few weeks but securing their tenth league win of the season, defeating St Francis 4 – 1 to reach the thirty point mark. Bubintende Masadi and Ahmed Dousa both scored twice to extend their respective scoring records with Leo Eleftheriou scoring Saints’ sole effort. Third placed Emerson & Upminster Reserves lost a little ground in the race for promotion as they were held to a draw against sixth placed FHN Athletic in the their game in Upminster. Ross Braybrooke got on the Emerson scoresheet to ensure they took a point in a 1 – 1 draw, keeping them well placed. Kieran Mckoy levelled for FHN here.

Old Esthameians made up a little ground with the side above, closing to within a point of Emerson with two games in hand over them, courtesy of a 4 – 2 win at home against Rainham Working Mens Club. Joshua Iyen struck both goals for the Workies but his efforts were not enough as the Newbury Park based hosts ran out winners. There were some crucial wins for teams in the bottom half as Loughton Lions moved 9 points clear of danger after they defeated Newbury East at Oaks Park, edging the game 2 – 1 to make it three wins for the season. Harrison Andrews and Jordan French scored the all important goals, Mohammed Janneh’s effort accounting for East’s consolation.

An equally important result was achieved by Royal Forest who went into their away game against Redbridge Community trailing their opponents by a point in the table. But a 3 – 2 Forest win ensured they leapfrogged their opponents into eighth. Joshua Kane, Joe Owers and Frank Carver all netted for the Trees confirming win number four.

DIVISION THREE

Old Barkabbeyans Reserves remain top of the Division Three table but they had a battle on their hands against bottom side Terin, eventually coming through to win 3 – 1 in Barking. Fahad Abdallah scored for the visitors but host goals from Fabio Balde, Geovany Cruz and Rexheinaldo Dauti ensured the points went their way. Royal Forest Reserves have jumped into second place on goal difference following the weekend’s results, coming through a comfortable 4 – 1 win at home against Flyers Under 23s in Hainault. Tom Alexander was in great scoring form, netting a hat-trick, with Will Asenso striking the other to render Mohammad Miah’s goal as just consolation.

Moving up to third, Lymore Gardens Reserves kept themselves well in the mix for the promotion race with an eighth league win of the season as they beat Buckhurst Way 5 – 1 at the County Ground in Leyton. Omani Green netted twice for the hosts here, with further strikes coming thanks to Ryan Sylvester and Alexander Oludairo. That saw the hosts to twenty five points, just two off the top albeit having played more games than their rivals. Tom Glattback responded for Buckhurst here. The division’s second unbeaten side are FC Baresi Under 23s and they faced a trip to Glendale, flying out of the blocks to establish a 6 – 1 half time lead with Joshua Adu scoring a hat-trick, Zach Aliane, Hamza Hafesji and Kii Jean-Baptiste also netting. The Dales did improve as the game went on with it eventually finishing 6-3. Maryis Shamku, Valter Correia and Seyi Agboola all netted in reply for the Dales.

The division’s final game saw fifth meet seventh with Melbourne Sports the visitors to take on Together United at Peter May in Walthamstow. The two sides were well matched and ended up taking a point apiece, the game ending 2 – 2. Fifi Banin and Stanley Kweya scored for Utd here. With games in hand, both teams remain well in the mix for a promotion tilt in the second half of the campaign.

DIVISION FOUR

There were a shed load of goals in Division Four where Fairlop Rovers Reserves re-established their promotion challenge with a solid home victory against an in-form Flyers Under 21s. A 3 – 2 win for Rovers, their seventh of the season, saw them jump up four places in a really tightly contested top end of the table. Billy Ling and Sam Maydell goals accounted for the Flyers’ strikes. Goals were the order of the day over in Dagenham too where Newham & Havering Borough were facing Dagenham United Reserves once again after their success the last time out. But this time the teams couldn’t be separated with the game ending 3 – 3 at full time, both sides dropping down the table a place or two as a result. Courtney Linton scored twice for Borough here, with Andrew Elie also netting The goals for Utd’s second-side were scpred by Cain Dash, Mamadou Soumare and Imad Khan.

Saving the best for last, a nine goal thriller rounds off the action as Avondale Rangers made the trip over to Upminster to face an Emerson & Upminster A side who were locked on the same points starting the day. A terrific 5 – 4 win for Rangers saw them move clear with Jake Clarke (2), Phillip Heinen, Chris Harper and Blaijan Kitufueni all scoring. Philip Cresswell, Robert McKnight, Ryan Whitton and Tashan Diamond scored the Emerson goals in reply.

COUNTY CUP

There was BBC Essex Premier Cup action for Woodford East with a second trip to Braintree to complete their fourth round tie against Dunmow Town after last weekend’s postponement. A real battle saw Dunmow Town eventual prevail from the tie in a 3 – 1 scoreline.

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Sat 15 Jan) [EOFL 21/22 17.1.22]

Image from Basildon Town v Hutton in Essex Premier Cup [Image by Peter D]

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 15 January. This week, the league action returned for the majority of teams, in addition to a smattering of matches in several Cup competitions. This week’s round-up includes a section on the Senior League Cup & EOFL Division Four. Main image supplied courtesy of Pete Dudley [Twitter: @ped1980]

Essex Olympian League Round-up – Saturday 15 January

EOFL Premier Division & Division One

In the top-tier, with most of the top seven sides in Cup action, Rayleigh Town went back up to third spot with a 2 – 1 success at home to Shenfield AFC. Liam Oliver’s strike and a spot-kick from Harry Talbot was enough to overpower Perry Robinson’s goal for AFC and get the points. Kelvedon Hatch narrowly defeated Springfield 1 – 0 at New Hall, with Chris Denham’s solitary strike enough to send Darren Hunt’s team up to fourth spot.

Also in the Premier Division, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts went up to eighth in the table with a 3 – 1 home win against strugglers Canning Town at Silver Leys. Lawrence Healey’s double and Sam Chaney’s 12th league goal this term was enough for Craig Glashan’s side here. In Division One, Runwell Sports increased their lead tat the top to six points with a 2 – 0 win at fellow top four side Toby. Oliver Quick and substitute Luca Frankis got the goals to give Rob Hodgson’s side their tenth win of the season.

Meanwhile, Corinthians rose to third spot after a hugely important 5 – 3 triumph at Epping Town. Bailey Moss netted four goals here to take his tally to 21 in the league this term, with Cameron Glover also finding the net. Snaresbrook gained ground on Epping in the bottom four after a 2 – 1 win at home to Herongate Athletic.


EOFL Senior League Cup

There was another six matches in the Senior Cup this week, with ACD Utd more than securing their spot in the next round with a 14 – 0 triumph over Rochford Town at Westlands. There were no less than three hat-tricks for the hosts, from Shaun Goddard, Warren Taylor and from substitute Jacob Dingli. Samuel Payne added a pair, with strikes by Charlie Munns, Shaun Farrow & an OG completing a crushing victory for Greg Knock’s side. Galleywood also progressed with a 4 – 2 success at local rivals Old Chelmsfordians, with the ensemble cast of Freddie Bartram, Thomas Watling, Ben Smith and replacement Matthew Buckingham all on target in a good win at Lawford Lane.

Elsewhere, Wakering Sports prevailed with a 3 – 1 win against Manford Way at Cupid’s. Joseph Barton and substitutes Alfie Fossett & Mohammed Sesay all netted for Mitchell Gleeson’s team, outweighing a strike in response for Manford by David Alele. Catholic Utd won the battle of the Premier Division sides at the Len Forge, as they narrowly defeated Ongar Town 3 – 2. The other two matches played went all the way to spot-kicks. First, Sungate edged an epic penalty shoot-out after they drew 3 – 3 with Old Southendian. The East London side won the shoot-out 13 – 12 to get through to the next stage. At John Burrows Recreation Ground, Leigh Town won the 12-yard contest 4 – 3 after a goalless draw with Harold Wood Athletic. And Chingford Athletic went through via a walkover as Beacon Hill Rovers were unable to contest their fixture.


Essex Premier Cup – Last 16

The last remaining match in the EPC Last 16 saw Basildon Town launch another stirring comeback to win 2 – 1 at home to Hutton at Basildon Sports Club. An OG gave Matt Singh’s side the advantage, though a brace from the ever goal-hungry player-boss Marcus Bowers meant that Town made the quarter-finals. If you’d like more on this match, Pete Dudley’s report is available here: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2022/01/basildon-town-2-hutton-1.html  


EOFL Divisions Two & Three

Moving back into the League action in Division Two, Old Southendian Res moved up to fourth place with a 3 – 1 win over May & Baker A in the late kick-off at Garon Park. Thomas Margerison, Oliver Tatton-Bennett and Sean Simmonett all scored for Josh Bambury’s team here. Also, Shoebury Town got a 2 – 1 success at Harold Wood Athletic Res, with player-boss Garry Johnson and replacement Kyle McAlindon netting at the Robert Clack Sch 3G. This win keeps them in sixth spot.

In Division Three, Wakering Sports Res strengthened their hold on third place with a 5 – 1 triumph at Collier Row. Connor Fardyga got another double to reach 18 league goals this term, with David Watson reaching 15 league goals thanks to a brace as well, with substitute Eben Rowledge also notching. Leigh Town Res also got a 5 – 1 win away from home, as they defeated Corinthians Res at Stambridge. Lewis Brooks, Zack Walker, Chris Pope, Jack Pearman & replacement Callum Stone all scored for Josh Burrage’s new side.

Elsewhere, Hashtag Utd Development remain four points clear in second spot as they won 1 – 0 at improving Buckhurst Hill U23, with Shaun Warren getting the only goal in that game. Finally, Catholic Utd Res retained their three point lead at the summit as they won 7 – 2 against Pitsea Athletic at Basildon Sports Village.


EOFL Reserve League Cup Results

Herongate Athletic Res  2 – 2 Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  | Billericay Road  (Swifts won 4 – 2 on penalty kicks)

Hutton Res  1 – 3  Rayleigh Town Res  | Polo Fields


EOFL Divisions Four & Five

In Division Four, Galleywood Res got a fine 4 – 0 victory over Leytonstone Utd at Slades Lane. Replacement Oliver Sadler netted twice for the hosts here, with Bradley Taylor and Clarke Green also adding a goal each. Roydon were held 1 – 1 at home to Old Chelmsfordians Res, with Connor Riddoch once again on the score-sheet for Roydon. And Wakering Sports A came away with a big 6 – 1 triumph over strugglers Canning Town Res, who now haven’t won since the opening match of the campaign. Lewis Brooks fired in a treble here for the Sports development side, with Harry Groves, Danny Pallett and Adam Smith also scoring.

Division Five Results

Collier Row Res  4 – 3  Pitsea Athletic Res  | Forest Row Centre (Pitch 2)

Leigh Ramblers Res  H – W  Epping Town Res | Home Walkover

Runwell Sports Res  3 – 1  Old Barkabbeyans  | St Luke’s Park  

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S21-22 Match Report: Benfleet 1 – 1 Buckhurst Hill (Sat 15 Jan) [EaSL Sth 21\22 15.1.22]

Eastern Senior League – South Division

Venue: Park Lane

Attendance: 52

2021-22 Season: Match 49

Saturday 15th January 2022 – 3pm KO

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

Buckhurst Hill: White Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks


Benfleet deny Buckhurst Hill in hard-fought match

Benfleet 1 – 1 Buckhurst Hill

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

This weekend’s match was a fascinating encounter at Park Lane which saw two of the current top four sides in the Eastern Senior League South clash as Benfleet welcomed promotion-chasing Buckhurst Hill. Both sides have had something of an extended break from action of late but with other sides in the top six having played more matches already, that might be in both teams’ favour come April. Benfleet named Daniel Smith as their goalkeeper, with a back four of Darnell Shakes, Joe Hunter & centre-backs MacKenzie Davidson and Sonny Hartman. Ben Foord led the forward line as ever, with support from Rob Lacey and skipper Aaron Russell. Options on the bench included forwards Billy Bonham-Dare and Mason Shave and centre-back Cameron Harris.

Buckhurst were keen to grab another win here to keep tabs on rivals Ipswich Wanderers and had regular custodian Daniel Blockley in goal, with Alfie Harris and Henry Day as centre-backs and Liam Foster & Edward Buchanan as the attack-minded full-backs. Captain Suleyman Zuhdu led their attack, with support from the Sollosi brothers (Sam & Nathan). Their substitutes included Brad Rowland, Sonny Shilling and Max Nicholson.

The match began with Buckhurst Hill having more possession and therefore having more impetus to break the deadlock. On seven minutes, after Josh Banfield had been involved in the build-up, full-back Liam Foster’s centre found forward Suleyman Zuhdu who retained the ball well just inside the Benfleet penalty area before firing a speculative overhead kick which home stopper Daniel Smith had to gather.


The visitors were showing their high work rate & energetic style of Football, which forced Benfleet to deal with several waves of forward moves from their opposition, although Buckhurst did not create a huge array of clear chances as they sought to regain their clinical finishing. Zuhdu sent in another powerful free-kick which Smith was equal to, before the half-hour though Buckhurst’s final ball was eluding them on occasion.

Benfleet were focused on keeping things tight and were grateful for several important defensive blocks by Sonny Hartman to keep things level, as well as the alertness of goalkeeper Daniel Smith. A minute before the interval, their miserly attitude defensively was rewarded as Hartman took advantage of a momentary lapse of concentration from the visitors to head home a set-piece at the near post and altogether change the tone of this match.. and the half-time team talks along with it.


Half-Time: Benfleet 1 – 0 Buckhurst Hill

Unsurprisingly, Buckhurst were fired up after the break to get themselves level and Zuhdu was in good form, piercing the home defence on 55 minutes, sprinting to the loose ball ahead of the onrushing Smith but with the ‘Fleet custodian off his goal-line, Zuhdu’s curling finish was headed away on the line by a well-positioned home defender. Rapid winger Nathan Sollosi also had a decent header well thwarted from a set-piece thanks to determined defending by Rob Polkinghorn’s side. At the other end, Benfleet were still decent on the counter, and forward Aaron Russell was unlucky to see a fine strike cannon back off the crossbar with visiting goalkeeper Blockley beaten.

It was becoming apparent that it may not be Buckhurst’s day when they were awarded a penalty, seconds after they had the ball in the net. Tyler Dolan stepped up to take it from twelve yards, but Smith was in no mood to concede, making a fine save. However, Mark Williams’ team did get a deserved goal on sixty-three minutes as from the right side of the 18-yard area, Nathan Sollosi fired home a superb low effort which found the bottom left corner, giving Smith no chance of preserving his clean sheet.



Again, Buckhurst pushed for a decisive goal in the latter stages, with full-back Foster firing wide from a narrow angle and Zuhdu was well-denied by Smith after once again evading the ‘Fleet backline and only had the goalkeeper to bypass. The last key moment of the match came in added time as with Benfleet admirably trying to stifle the rapid forward moves of the visitors, they conceded another spot-kick. Centre-back Henry Day took the responsibility of taking the penalty, but again Smith underlined his good perormance by making a good penalty save, for the second time in the match.

Soon after, the final whistle blew on a match that had a lot of intrigue and good attacking build-up play though not the goals that many may have thought.


Full-Time:  Benfleet  1 – 1 Buckhurst Hill

To sum up this match, Buckhurst Hill had enough ball retention in the first half but couldn’t make the most of the chances they had. Benfleet’s goal just before half-time altered the complexion of the game and although the visitors scored a fine leveller, they were not their usual clinical selves in terms of their finishing. In fairness, both sides were lacking some rhythm, after an extended break from action recently though ‘Fleet will be the happier of the two sides, having got a point.

As ever, there were a number of good performances in this entertaining match. For Benfleet, stopper Daniel Smith had an excellent day, denying penalties from Tyler Dolan and then Henry Day in added-time, which added to fine saves to deny Buckhurst talisman Suleyman Zuhdu. Centre-back Sonny Hartman also shone, making several important defensive blocks as well as scoring his side’s goal with a near-post header. Aaron Russell also did well & was unfortunate to not score from a fine strike. Joe Hunter also showed good energy at left-back.

For Buckhurst, creative midfielder Josh Banfield made several fine passes & some good interceptions. Forward Nathan Sollosi scored a fine leveller & made a number of good runs while Suleyman Zuhdu showed good work rate and was only denied from getting on the score-sheet thanks to fine defending. Lastly, Louis Wynter had a good game as well getting in good positions and setting up good forward moves.

Best wishes to both sides for the remainder of the season.

Buckhurst’s Josh Banfield in possession [Image: Scott W]

Teams

Benfleet  | Manager:  Rob Polkinghorn |

Starting XI: 1 Daniel Smith (GK), 2 Darnell Shakes, 3 Joe Hunter, 5 MacKenzie Davidson, 6 Sonny Hartman, 4 Stephen Ellery, 8 Taylor Lawrence (14 Billy Bonham-Dare 66′), 7 Aaron Russell (Capt) (17 Sam Dulieu 83′), 9 Ben Foord (12 Mason Shave 70′), 10 Robert Lacey, 11 Henry Sims

Goal-scorer: Sonny Hartman [44′]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Harris, Scott


Buckhurst Hill     |  Manager: Mark Willams |

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Daniel Blockley (GK), 2 Liam Foster (18 Max Nicholson 77′), 3 Edward Buchanan (12 Keaton Moore 55′), 4 Alfie Harris, 15 Henry Day, 16 Louis Wynter, 8 Josh Banfield, 14 Tyler Dolan, 7 Sam Sollosi (21 Sonny Shilling 61′), 10 Suleyman Zuhdu (Capt), 11 Nathan Sollosi

Goal-scorer: Nathan Sollosi [63′]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Falola, Rowland


Referee: Steven Marr
Assistants: Michael Jarvis & Amy Purser

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Sat 8 Jan) [EOFL 21/22 10.1.22]

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 8 January. This week, the league action was rather gazumped by a huge number of Cup matches, in no less than three Cup competitions, two of them being EOFL competitions – we’ll have round-ups of those. The League action centres on the two matches that were played in the Premier Division. Happy New Year to all the readers of this column, thank you for your support.

Essex Olympian League Round-up – Saturday 27 November

EOFL Premier Division

In the top-tier, Springfield continued their quest to get themselves out of the danger zone, as they won 4 – 1 at bottom side Canning Town. Adam Cole netted twice, with Jack Gibbons and Jack French also on target for Francesco Zabotti’s side here. In the other match, Shenfield AFC held Kelvedon Hatch to a 3 – 3 draw at St Martin’s Sch 3G. Joseph Newson, Lewis Young and Wayne Semanshia all scored for Darren Hunt’s side but the point means they are in fifth spot, behind Rayleigh Town on goal difference.

Before we move on to the Cup action, here’s a quick reminder of the top of the table ahead of the second half of the season. Basildon Town lead the standings with 38 points from their 15 matches, four points clear of Hutton who continue to prosper under Matt Singh & his staff. Ongar Town are also well placed in third, with 31 points from 15 matches. It is sure to be a dramatic end to the campaign.

EOFL Senior League Cup

Moving into the five matches played in the EOFL Senior League Cup, and Toby progressed with an impressive 7 – 1 success at Leytonstone Utd in their game which was moved to Robert Clack Sch 3G. Albert Perry continued his fabulous goal-scoring campaign with four goals here, with Jake Jones, Jamie Simpkins and Marc Porter-Brown on target for Mark Jones’ side here. Shoebury Town also made it into the next round after a 5 – 3 victory against high-scoring Old Barkabbeyans at Cupid’s. Player-boss Garry Johnson and Steven Sharpe netted twice for the hosts, with Oliver Jenkins getting the other goal. Josh Robinson responded for Barkabbeayans with a fine treble but they exited here. Runwell Sports also went through with a 2 – 0 win against Collier Row at St Luke’s Park. Charlie Little and Isaac Pascal got the goals for Rob Hodgson’s team there.

Meanwhile, Corinthians progressed with a 5 – 0 victory over Wakebury at Stambridge Memorial Ground. Bailey Moss netted another two goals, with Leo Clarke, Cameron Glover and Connor Summerhill adding to the visitors’ pain as they can now focus on the League. Finally, Herongate Athletic got a fine 4 – 1 win over Southend Manor Development at Billericay Road. Benjamin Clarke netted a great treble, with Carey Wallace adding the other strike for Kurt Smith’s new side.


Essex Premier Cup – Last 16

The EPC reached the last 16 stage and the story goes on for Clapton CFC as they defeated Leigh Ramblers 4 – 2 at Wadham Lodge 3G. Josh Adejokun, Jake Stevens, Julian Austin and Noah Adejokun all scored for the hosts as the Middlesex County League Premier Division side knocked out the EOFL Premier side, and also can say they’ve knocked out both Leigh-on-Sea clubs in this competition this term, having beaten Leigh Town in a previous round. Catholic Utd will play in the Quarter-Finals though after a 5 – 3 success at Essex & Suffolk Border League Premier side Colne Athletic. James Warder scored a brace here, supplanted by strikes from Aaron Baldwin, Alfie Whiteaker and Jay Nash as Simon Thomas’ team took a fine win.

In other action, Manford Way edged to a 2 – 1 win over Chingford Athletic, with James Dobson and David Hornsby scoring for Manford. Old Southendian exited the competition as they lost 3 – 1 to the Border League Premier leaders Stanway Pegasus and Sungate got a 5 – 1 win over Harold Hill at Ilford Wanderers RFC.


EOFL Reserve League Cup

Finally this week, in the Reserve Cup there were goals aplenty. Collier Row Res got a fine 5 – 1 victory at Canning Town Res with Raheem Bravo and Anton Ostrii both notching twice here, with Jordan Adesanya also netting for the Row second side. Toby Res had a superb five-goal haul from Ollie Dingli to thank for a 5 – 0 home win over Corinthians Res at Ford’s Newbury Park. Hashtag Utd Development got one over on their divisional rivals as they defeated Catholic Utd Res 6 – 1 at Barleylands. Jay Knight and Matthew Gauci both scored twice for Denis Simpson’s team. That was allied with goals for Kai Warren and Samuel Pratt and the solitary reply for Utd came from Thomas Elliott.

Elsewhere, PItsea Athletic Res went through to the next round with a 4 – 1 win at AS Rawreth Res, thanks to trikes by Rinor Zeqiri, Vishnu Panikkar, Joe Shulver and replacement Sean Devlin. Old Southendian Res joined them with a 4 – 2 win at local rivals Leigh Town Res. Jack Cripps, Thomas Magerison, Daniel Frimley and Sean Simmonett netted for Josh Bambury’s side, outweighing goals in reply by Chris Pope and Danial Roberts for Town. Wakering Sports A safely negotiated a tricky match at Hackney Marshes with a 4 – 3 win at Snaresbrook Res. Tom Vine struck a fine treble, with Chay Saggers also scoring for Sports’ third-team. Also, Springfield Res went through after a 2 – 1 win over Basildon Town Res. Rhys Willson netted for Town but goals from Harrison Elles and substitute Owen Stewart saw the hosts make the next round.

In other action, Buckhurst Hill U23 continue to impress under boss Darren Gosnell as they won 5 – 2 at Ongar Town Res in Chelmsford. Chingford Athletic Res went through 5 – 3 on spot-kicks after a 1 – 1 draw with May & Baker A at Town Mead.

Guest Blog: Essex Alliance League Round-up (Wk 19 – Sat 8 Jan) [EAL 21-22 10.1.22]

Hello and welcome to the latest action from the Essex Alliance League, which continues on this blog this season under the “Guest Blog” strand.  This edition looks at the action across the League and Cup competitions as well from the first matchday of the New Year on Saturday 8 January 2022. My thanks to the EAL’s Rob Parker. This round-up is posted with the author’s permission. for reading.

Guest Blog written by Rob Parker for EAL  [EAL Twitter: @EssexAllianceFL]

With additional reporting by Scott W

Essex Alliance League Round-up- Saturday 8 January 2022

DIVISION ONE CUP

The heavy lunchtime rain over the weekend put paid to a number of fixtures but many did survive as the first divisional cup action of the season took place, Renegade the visitors to Newham Wanderers seeking a place in the quarter finals. A five goal thriller was won by Newham as Otto Bolton, Admir Cassama and Manuel Sanuo scored the goals to win the tie 3 – 2.

SENIOR DIVISION

In the Senior Division, DTFC retain their slender lead at the top of the table as they earned another hard fought win against one of their rivals for the title, beating Jolof Sports 2 – 1 at the Harlow Arena. Cory Ugbomah and Kieran Hipgrave goals proved enough for the unbeaten hosts to make it ten wins from twelve so far this campaign.

Lymore Gardens sit just behind the leaders by two points with the Leyton based side picking up a 4 – 0 victory from their home game against Leyton Royal. Andre Rashford scored twice in the game with Ryo Brown and Tyrique Peters also netting to help their side move into the top two ahead of a crucial period of the season. FC Petrocub also had a great afternoon as they came through a seven goal thriller to beat Tower United 4 – 3 at Mabley Green, earning themselves a move up to fifth in the standings as a result. Abdi Jama, Mustafa Ali and Kayis Mohamed scored the Tower goals but they proved just consolation with their side remaining in the bottom three, eight points adrift of safety.

Another side on the move were Rapid Chingford who took their points tally to seventeen for the season with a solid home win against Chigwell Town over at Lakeside. Constantin Banu scored twice off the bench with Darwin Romero netting the other to secure the points in a 3 – 0 victory, lifting them a couple of places to ninth.


PREMIER DIVISION

Game of the day in the second tier surely has to have been the nine goal thriller in East Ham which saw Dagenham United snatch top spot in the table with a late winner against Athletic Newham Under 23s. Two Shaquille Mathurin efforts plus one each from Jay Fenton, Dante Vincent and Charlie Fiander proved just enough for the visitors to win an entertaining game 5 – 4. The cast of goalscorers for Newham were Derrick Mintah, Rodney Botuli, Bryan Henry and Ciaran Innis. Crookz United were also on the move and made their ascent to third place with a strong home win against the side they were replacing, Wapping. Stephane Trah’s brace along with singles from Steven Tshiamala and Abdouaziz Jeng gave the hosts a 4 – 1 win over in Walthamstow to complete a sixth league win of the season. Jordon Mills-Smith scored the Wapping goal in consolation.

North East Lions profited from results around them to move back into the top half of the standings after they picked up a crucial victory at home against struggling All Prospects at the Peter May Centre. Jonas Borges grabbed the solo Prospects effort but Joseph Goodall scored twice off the bench for Lions with Mikael Martin netting the other to see their side win 3 – 1.


DIVISION ONE

The weather impacted hard in Division One but two games did survive with Forest Green picking up a vital win in a six-pointer against fellow relegation threatened Francis Luke. The sides started the day level at the bottom on six points but Green moved out of the relegation zone by full-time, winning 4-1 despite a Kennerly Cassius goal for Luke. Promotion chasing Wanstead dropped vital points on their return to action in 2022, the fourth placed side being held to a draw by eighth placed Kwanzas London Sport, the sides combining for an entertaining 3-3 draw. Edson Lami scored two and Zoltan Balogh continued their respective scoring streaks from the last calendar year but their efforts could only secure a point for Wanstead.

DIVISION TWO

Division Two has new leaders following the weekend’s results as Unitey took their place at the head of the standings having come through a six goal contest in the Roding Valley derby match, defeating co-tenants Royal Forest in a 4-2 scoreline. Bubintende Masadi has been in great scoring form this season and he netted a hat-trick, David Otley grabbing the other to render Royal goals from Charlie Palline and Huai-Ginn Oliver as just consolation.

Also up a couple of places are Emerson & Upminster Reserves who continued their good form to go second after they came away from Ryan Under 23s with maximum points in a 4-2 win over at Wadham Lodge. Tobi Onafeko scored a hat-trick which combined with an Alex Pizzey strike to take all three points back to Upminster.

Rainham Working Mens Club secured a seventh league win of the season on Saturday with a home win against St Francis, taking them up into the top five of the standings. Cameron Shakes was on target along with Odo Osei-Tutu to earn a solid 2-1 home win against the Saints, the latter remaining six appoints adrift of safety with four games in hand on the side above. The division’s remaining game saw promotion chasing Old Esthameians travel to Loughton Lions in search of further points in their respective chases. The game ended in a 2 – 2 draw with Lions taking a vital point thanks to strikes by William Osmond and Alex Nicoll to move up a place to ninth, steering them clear of imminent danger for the time being.


DIVISION THREE

There are new leaders in Division Three where Old Barkabbeyans Reserves now sit top of the table after picking up their first win of the new calendar year, as they defeated Glendale 4 – 1 at home. They rode out the early storm to take all three points with Robbie Osborne (2), Klodian Meta and Alex Donkor Junior all netting. Maryis Shamku scored the Dales consolation in the second half.

The division’s other game saw a real belter of a game with Flyers Under 23s and ASA combining for ten goals in their clash at King Georges. Deren Kale scored four for Flyers with Mohammad Miah and Kai Eaton efforts accounting for their other efforts in a critical 6 – 4 home win. That result moved them level with the side above with just goal difference keeping them in the bottom two. ASA got their goals courtesy of a double for Ramanan Selvarasa and a goal apiece for Mithurn Vijayarajah and David Rigby.

DIVISION FOUR

Chingford Harriers started the new year in positive fashion, recording a thumping 8 – 1 win at home against struggling Newham Royals to maintain their eight point gap at the summit. Edwin Jabbari was in fine form scoring a hat-trick with Jemel Richards scoring two and one each from Nick Shawyer, Darnell Lamothe and Jake Kemp completing the scoresheet. The race for the runners-up spot is really hotting up with five clubs separated by just two points. Flyers Under 21s presently hold that position and continued their run with a 4 – 1 home win against Emerson & Upminster A at the weekend, earned through a pair of braces from Charlie Portlock and Sam Maydell. Tyler Huggett scored the Emerson goal in reply.

Newham & Havering Borough have pushed themselves up the table with two wins in five days, following up their bank holiday victory with a further win on Saturday as they defeated fellow promotion challengers Dagenham United Reserves. Jack Wood scored twice and Owen Rice once to help Borough win the game 4 – 0. Also sitting on seventeen points are Sporting Pillars who had a top of the table battle of their own as they faced up to previously third placed Fairlop Rovers Reserves at Drapers Field. Sporting were in good form however, improving on their performances of late 2021 with a winning one this time. Rayan Allam and Emanuel Jacob both scored twice to secure a 4-2 victory for the hosts.

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Fixtures – Saturday 15 January (Top Two tiers of League & Cups only)

EAL Senior Division

Chigwell Town  v  Kit Out London  | London Marathon Sports Ground, Hainault

CSM London  v  Chadwell Heath Spartans  | West Ham Community Ground 3G, Beckton

FC Petrocub  v  Tower Utd  | Noak Hill 3G

Jolof Sports  v  FC Baresi  | Flanders Playing Fields, East Ham

Leyton Royal  v  DT FC  | Fairlop Oak Playing Fields, Hainault

Rapid Chingford  v  Blue Marlin  | Lakeside Sports Ground, RM16


EAL Premier Division

All Prospects  v  Crookz Utd  | Fairlop Oak Playing Fields

London Cranes  v  Dagenham Utd  | Flanders Playing Fields

London Park City  v  Frenford A  | Seven Kings Sch 3G

North East Lions  v  Oakside | Peter May Centre, Walthamstow

Wapping  v  Athletic Newham U23  | Victoria Park, E9

Essex Premier Cup R4 – Dunmow Town  v  Woodford East | Cressing Road (Braintree Town FC)

Division One Cup

Francis Luke  v  Barkingside A  | Hackney Marshes

Ilford Res  v  Forest Green  | London Marathon Spts Grd

Kwanzas London Sport  v  Belfry  | Beckton District Park Sth, E6

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Senior League (Sat 8 Jan) [ESL 21-22 9.1.22]

Archive Image from Dec 2021 – Ensign v Sawbo at Burroughs Park [Image by Scott W]

Hello and welcome a bonus blog (replacing this week’s Match report as the focused match fell to the weather) rounding-up the four Essex Senior matches that took place on the 8th January. We’ll also have a short look at the standings as well, with nearly four months of the season remaining (if there are no remaining Covid interruptions). Thanks for reading & a Happy 2022 to you all.

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


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Essex Senior League Round-up- Sat 8 January

The match with the most on the line was at the Hawthorns as Saffron Walden Town set aside a challenging week with a 4 – 2 success at fellow top six side Stanway Rovers. Walden started the match the stronger and after leading the way at the interval, two goals from Joe Pullen from a goal apiece for Tom Skelton and Craig Calver was enough to give the Bloods a vital win, which sees them reduce the deficit on the top three to five points. Recent signing Ayo Odukoya got both goals for Stanway though they fell to only their third loss at home this term.

Elsewhere, Athletic Newham went into seventh spot, only two points adrift of Walden following a 3 – 0 victory over Ilford at the Terry Mac. Jailson Seidi opened the scoring for Chris Davis’ side, before a late brace for the League’s top-scorer Richard Kone secured the win for Newham and took Kone to the 25-goal mark this season. Ilford remain in 16th, nine points clear of the bottom four. There was an extraordinary comeback by FC Clacton as they won 4 – 3 in added-time at Little Oakley. Strikes by Danny Garrad and Mason Ridgway-Lumley had put Matt Carmichael’s side two goals up at half-time, but Clacton were level on the hour thanks to goals from Harry McDonald and Jordan Lartey. Tyler Sullivan netted for Oakley with fourteen minutes left to give them a narrow lead but injury-time strikes from McDonald and Mekhi McKenzie secured the points for the visitors which took them back into the top ten.

Finally, in their derby at Hargrave Park, Stansted had first-half goals from John Clarke and Paul Clayton to be thankful for in their 2 – 1 success over Sawbridgeworth Town. Teddy Hall got a late consolation for Kieran Amos & Alex Salmon’s side who continue to seek points to draw in the sides above them .

The six matches that were off this weekend (Sat 8 Jan) were as follows:

Enfield P – P Takeley, Hoddesdon Town v St Margaretsbury, Redbridge v Clapton, Southend Manor v White Ensign, Sporting Bengal Utd v Woodford Town and Walthamstow v Cockfosters.

With regards to the table, Walthamstow are still strong favourites to finally seal the promotion they have sought for some time. They are on sixty points (with 19 wins from their 24 matches), ten points clear of nearest rivals Stansted who are again having a fine season under the tutelage of Paul Pittuck and John Watters. Then we have the chasing pack of Redbridge (3rd – 48 points from 24 games), Stanway Rovers (4th – 47 points from 26 matches), Enfield (5th – 43 points from 22 matches) and Saffron Walden Town (6th – 43 points from 23 matches) who are all striving to find themselves in the play-off mix at the end of the campaign, where the victors will face-off against a struggling side from a local Step 4 division, as I understand it.

At the foot of the table, there are debatably five sides who are most wary of avoiding relegation. Sporting Bengal remain at the bottom after one win all season to date (4 points from 23 matches). Steve Clark’s side also need to help their goal difference though Southend Manor are only seven points better off (11 points from 23 matches) and recently appointed former Hullbridge assistant boss James Wakeling as their new boss. Both teams will need more goals in their armoury to catch up to Sawbridgeworth Town who sit 19th, on 16 points and St Margaretsbury are just above them on goal difference. Clapton also will be mindful of securing points as they are 17th, with 18 points from their 23 matches to date.

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S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 18 Dec) [EOFL 21/22 19.12.21]

First look at Nursery Sports Ground where my match took place this week

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 18 December. This week, we had a deluge of matches postponed because of Covid-related reasons (with the fixture list’s proximity to Christmas & rising case numbers in the county) plus the advance of Wintery weather would also have had an effect.

Included in this mini-article is the surviving action this weekend & a look at the Division Two table at Christmas, with four months remaining of the season. Many thanks for reading.

Essex Olympian League Round-up – Saturday 18 December

EOFL Division Two

Two matches were played in Division Two and they involved the top three teams in the division. ACD Utd are the new leaders after a conclusive 5 – 1 win over AS Rawreth at Westlands. Michael Wade lead the goal-scoring here with two goals for Greg Knock’s side. Jacob Dingli, Jamie Alexandrou and Billy Rungay also scored as ACD got their 12th win of the league season.

They lead the standings because rivals Harold Hill dropped points. The East London had a rather tougher assignment as they travelled to third-placed Wakebury. Indeed, it was Wakebury who came out on top with a fine 6 – 2 victory over Harold Hill at the Nursery Sports Ground in the match I attended this weekend. Max Hall netted four goals for Matt Cardy’s side here, with Will Wheeler and substitute Brodie Horne netted minutes into his debut for the club. James Hughes and Harry Agombar’s free-kick got the goals for Hill though they also had two players dismissed and one more sent to the sin-bin late on. For more on this match, my report is available here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/12/18/s21-22-match-report-wakebury-6-2-harold-hill-sat-18-dec-eofl/

Here is a look at the Division Two Table, in this 22-game season for clubs at this level.

I’d like to wish all the reders of this column and all involved in the Essex Olympian League a Happy Christmas & sincere best wishes for 2022.

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S21-22 Match Report: Southend Manor 0 – 4 Enfield (Tues 14 Dec) [ESL 21/22 15.12.21]

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Essex Senior League  – Premier Division

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: TBC

2021-22 Season: Match 47

Tuesday 14th December 2021 – 7.45pm KO

S Manor: Yellow & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Enfield: White Shirts, Blue Shorts, White Socks


Enfield garner comfortable win at Manor

Southend Manor  0 – 4  Enfield

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

The midweek match was a short trip to Southchurch Park to see Southend Manor face Enfield in an Essex Senior League encounter. Manor were looking to recover from a hefty loss at home to Walthamstow the previous weekend. Enfield were keen to gain the win after being held late on at home to Redbridge four days previously. The hosts were somewhat affected by players unavailable, and named Sean Campbell in goal, with a defensive four of full-backs Jaiden Odle & Ben Sargent plus centre-backs Montel Shonubi and the returning Ope Mosuro, who also skippered the side. Andre Embalo led the forward line, with support from Daniel Medina and Isaac Acquah. Enfield had commanding goalkeeper James Bransgrove between the sticks here, along with a back four of Tyler Corlett, captain Reece Conway and centre-backs George Essuman and Jack Grosvenor. Alex Warman and Dave Cowley were the attack-minded midfield, supporting forwards Louie Johnson, Dwade James and Samrai Gebrai.

This match did have a bit of a slow start, with Manor starting quite well in defending their goal and making it hard for the E’s to make that telling pass into forwards Louie Johnson, Dwade James and Samrai Gebrai. Gebrai made a good darting run into the near post around ten minutes in, only to denied by the alertness of Manor full-back Jaiden Odle who got back to clear with Gebrai about to pounce. Enfield did have more of the ball, but were not creating a huge array of chances.


Tyler Corlett (#5) about to take a throw-in for Enfield

Midfielder Alex Warman was unfortunate to see his fine strike cannon back on the crossbar when it was heading for the top corner and centre-back Jack Grosvenor also headed not far wide from a set-piece. The hosts were sticking to their task quite well in limiting the E’s though going forward, they didn’t unduly trouble a strong physical Enfield backline. Andre Embalo led the line admirably but passes were going astray from the Manor midfield and they were having to cope with more & more pressure as the half went on.

With the interval approaching, two defensive errors were rather costly for the hosts. Firstly, on 38 minutes the E’s broke the deadlock with Gebrai breaking through down the left and finding a low pass which found James in prime position, with his firm strike going high into the net. It got worse just four minutes afterward for the home side, as Warman saw a glimmer of a chance at goal and duly made the most of it, launching a powerful strike from 20 yards out of the grasp of Manor custodian Sean Campbell. Certainly was the pick of the goals in this match.


Half-Time: Manor 0 – 2 Enfield

As we resumed proceedings after the break, the onus were on the hosts to build momentum but any such idea was thwarted seven minutes into the half as Manor ‘keeper Campbell fouled an Enfield forward in the area, which allowed James to step and convert the resulting penalty, although Campbell did get something on it, the ball still trickled over the goal-line. to give James his second goal of the evening.

The only concern of sorts really for the E’s here was that they didn’t put the game beyond any doubt in the next phase of the match. Just before the hour, with the impressive Gebrai involved in another good move, the ball again came to James, but this time his effort was narrowly over the woodwork. Louie Johnson also fired a free-kick over the goal frame although he did put in a good stint to assist his side here.

Ben Sargent (#3) launches a long throw for Manor

The visitors did get a fourth goal with seven minutes remaining. Manor switched off defensively as from a set-piece, Enfield skipper Reece Conway glanced home a fine header into the left corner to complete a good evening’s work for Jamie Cureton’s side. The visitors were much the better side as Manor need to rediscover their goal threat, with substitute Daniel Devey forcing the only real save for Bransgrove to make in the match from a header in the last twenty minutes or so.


Full-Time: Southend Manor 0 – 4 Enfield

To sum up this match, Enfield were comfortable winners and although they didn’t create masses of chances, their finishing was decent and they will be happy with the three points. Manor couldn’t create much in the way of chances, despite competing well in the first half hour or so, dealing with the possession play of their opponents. But two defensive errors before the interval made it an uphill task and they could not respond in the second period.

The stand-out performances for Enfield here were led by a fine match for creative forward Samrai Gebrai, who made several telling runs fown the left flank and put in good crosses, which directly led to at least one goal for the visitors. Dwade James again showed his hunger for goals & showed his importance to the team with his double here, also narrowly missing out on another treble. Tyler Corlett also had a good game in defence, making several well-placed interceptions. For Manor, forward Andre Embalo put in a hard-wrking display, making decent runs throughout and keeping the visiting defence alert, and was a little frustrated by his team’s inability to pick out passes to put Embalo in on goal. Right-back Jaiden Odle also had another good match, making good tackles and showed a high work rate, and midfielder Josh Devlin also worked hard to stifle the opposition’s passing game.

I’d just like to wish both sides a good remainder of the campaign.


Teams

Southend Manor   | Manager: Ryan Gordon  | Assistants: Josh Hutchins & Callum Bolger

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Sean Campbell (GK), 2 Jaiden Odle, 3 Ben Sargent, 4 Montel Shonubi, 6 Ope Mosuro (Capt), 5 Cesario Mendes (14 Daniel Devey 26′), 7 Daniel Medina, 8Josh Devlin, 9 Andre Embalo, 10 Sha’mar Lawson (15 Troy Walters 57′, replaced by 13 Billy Harrison 72′), 11 Isaac Acquah

| Subs Not Used: O. Johnson (GK), Dominguez


Enfield  | Player-Manager: Jamie Cureton | Assistant: Jim Duggan 

Starting XI (Subs): 1 James Bransgrove (GK), 5 Tyler Corlett, 18 George Essuman, 6 Jack Grosvenor (17 Benji Crilley 73′), 8 Reece Conway (Capt), 2 Danny Palmer, 10 Dave Cowley, 4 Alex Warman (3 Toby Barlow 78′), 11 Louie Johnson (20 Hugo Vasconcelos 78′), 27 Dwade James, 14 Samrai Gabrai

Goal-scorers: Dwade James [38′ & pen 52′], Alex Warman [42′], Reece Conway [83′]

Subs Not Used: Murphy


Referee: Daniel Ripton
Assistants: Glenn Michaels & Nicholas Hodges

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 11 Dec) [EOFL 21/22 13.12.21]

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 11 December. This week, the league action takes centre stage, despite a reduced amount of action this weekend due to Weather. Also includes results from Division Four & Five at the end of the article.
Many thanks for reading.

Essex Olympian League Round-up – Saturday 11 December

EOFL Premier Division

Five matches survived in the Premier Division, with Leigh Ramblers grabbing an important 3 – 1 victory at out-of-form Old Southendian. Barv Waiwaiku, Nathan Dewberry and Matt Brinklow all netted for Mark Hunter’s side, with the win taking them up to 12th, four points clear of the bottom two. Mitchell Ali replied for OS here. Bishop’s Stortford Swifts also got a big 2 – 0 success at home to mid-table Sungate. Strikes by James Baughurst and Eugene Sago saw Craig Glashan’s side go up to ninth, above Shenfield AFC.

Also, Kelvedon Hatch made it five consecutive league wins with a 3 – 1 triumph over Shenfield AFC at New Hall. The trio of Drew Klessa-Smith, Chris Denham and James Burt all netted for Darren Hunt’s side to fortify fifth spot and they are only three points adrift of the top three. Hutton went up to second spot after a 2 – 1 win at Canning Town in Beckton. Brad Freeman and replace Will Marlowe got the goals to see Matt Singh’s side to a third straight victory and keep the gap to leaders Basildon Town to four points. Bas Town themselves got a narrow 1 – 0 success at top-four side Rayleigh Town, with substitute Jamie Bradbourn getting the crucial goal for Marcus Bowers’ side.

Matches Postponed: Galleywood P – P Springfield

                                     Harold Wood Athletic  P – P  Ongar Town


EOFL Division One

In the second-tier, Runwell Sports got a 2 – 1 win over Snaresbrook at St Luke’s Park to extend their lead at the summit to three points. Chingford Athletic rose to second spot following a 3 – 0 home win against Wakering Sports who now drop to fourth. Toby  were held 2 – 2 by fellow top six side Corinthians at Stambridge, with Luis Ruiz and Chris Cox goals for Toby being cancelled out by strikes from Bailey Moss and Jake Hodder by the hosts, who have now drawn four of their last six league matches.

Elsewhere, Leigh Town drew 3 – 3 with Herongate Athletic at John Burrows Recreation Ground. This result ends both sides’ losing runs and gave new Herongate boss Kurt Smith a decent start in his new role. We wish him well for the rest of the season.

Match Postponed: Epping Town P – P Beacon Hill Rovers


EOFL Divisions Two & Three

In Division Two, it was a rare blemish for the top two as they both suffered defeats away from home. Rochford Town got a huge result, defeating Harold Hill 2 – 1 at Rochford Recreation Ground. Matt Welsh and Own Pedder supplied the goals to push them up above AS Rawreth on goal diference at the bottom of the table. James Hughes got the solitary response for Hill. Shoebury Town got the better of ACD Utd at Cupid’s, with Town grabbing a 4 – 0 victory to lift Garry Johnson’s team up to sixth thanks to the ensemble cast of scorers comprising of Steven Valente, Kian Bradshaw, Tyler Boosey & Luke Bull. Town are now four points adrift of Manford Way in fourth. Manford Way defeated Rayleigh Town Res 3 – 1 at London Marathon Sports Ground, with James Dobson scoring twice and Mohammed Bouzeryouh also on target for them.

Elsewhere, May & Baker A went up to seventh place after a comprehensive 5 – 0 success against Harold Wood Athletic Res. Alagi Juwara scored another two goals for Steve Hogg & Matt Guidera’s side, and was joined on the score-sheet by Rowan Newland, Abraham Jairette and Nuno Espadaneira.

With only one match surviving this weekend in Division Three, the top two duked it out as leaders Catholic Utd Res drew 3 – 3 with second-placed Hashtag Utd Dev at St Thomas More Sch. Kai Warren netted a fine treble for the visitors to reach twelve league goals so far. New recruit Daniel Williams, Joe O’Kane and Alasdair Grant-Browning goals responded for the hosts retained their three-point lead at the summit and also their unbeaten record in the Division thus far.

Matches Postponed (Div Two): Hutton Res  P – P  AS Rawreth

(Div Three): Buckhurst Hill U23 P – P Leigh Town Res

                      Pitsea Athletic  P – P Corinthians Res


EOFL Divisions Four & Five Results

Division Four

Canning Town Res  3 – 4 Chingford Athletic Res | Bobby Moore Pavilion

Leytonstone Utd  2 – 4  Roydon  | Moved to Robert Clark Sch 3G

Old Chelmsfordians Res  3 – 0  Wakering Sports A  | Lawford Lane

Shenfield AFC Res  2 – 2  Galleywood Res   | Warley Playing Fields (Pitch 1)

Springfield Res  3 – 1  Southend Manor Dev  | Slades Lane

Sungate Dev  2 – 6  Ongar Town Res  | Ilford Wanderers RFC


Division Five

AS Rawreth Res  3 – 5  Collier Row Res | The Warren

Leigh Ramblers Res  2 – 2  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  | Belfairs Park

Snaresbrook Res  3 – 0  Runwell Sports Res  | Nutter Lane

Wakebury Res  6 – 3  Epping Town Res  | Nursery Sports Ground

Match Postponed: Herongate Athletic Res P – P  Pitsea Athletic Res

S21-22 Match Report: White Ensign 0 – 0 Sawbridgeworth Town (Sat 11 Dec) [ESL 21/22 11.12.21]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: TBC

2021-22 Season: Match 46

Saturday 11th December 2021 – 3pm KO

Ensign: Red & Navy Blue Shirts,  Red Shorts, Red Socks

Sawbo: Blue & White Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks


Burroughs Park surface pre-match

Ensign held by determined Sawbridgeworth at a damp Burroughs Park

White Ensign  0 – 0 Sawbridgeworth Town

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

This weekend’s main match saw a return trip to Burroughs Park for an enticing encounter which saw a new-look White Ensign side face a determined Sawbridgeworth Town who are still looking to climb away from the bottom four. Ensign are still in a transition phase after the departure of previous management team Brett Munyard & Mark Healy which also saw several players follow them to new club Brightlingsea Regent. New joint-managers Jack Maleary & Carl Conway were given the reigns to aid continuity though this match would be a test against a Sawbo side that has started to concede less goals recently and got a big League win recently too.

Ensign had Louis Hawes in goal, with a defensive unit of full-backs Thando Moyo & Courtney Justin alongside centre-backs Carl Conway & skipper Jake McWee. Teddy Henderson and Jason Reynolds-Blanche were looking to support centre forward Luke Woodward, with Jake Chaplin just behind him in the formation. Sawbo had Jimmy Parker once again between the sticks, with Jake Knight and Lewis Wicker their full-backs with Ethan Barton and Joshua Bardouleau in central midfield. Teddy Hall & Morgan Arnold led the forward line with the experienced Daryl Doolan just behind them.


Courtney Justin (left) in possession for Ensign

In the early stages of this match, Sawbridgeworth did start quite well as tricky forward Morgan Arnold struck his strike wide of Louis Hawes’ goal. Seconds later, strike partner Teddy Hall was denied at the near-post by another decent Hawes save. It was soon apparent that the damp conditions would add to a pretty open match which made it tricky for both defences. Ensign did respond on eleven minutes through Luke Woodward’s low drive which visiting stopper Jimmy Parker did well to deny with a one-handed save.

The home side did have more ball retention in the middle part of the first half, as Jason Reynolds-Blanche showed his pace and trickery down the right flank, stretching the Sawbo defence. With seventeen minutes played, full-back Courtney Justin struck a decent effort which Parker again did well to block, in a congested eighteen-yard box from a set-piece. Sawbridgeworth were also decent going forward as well and soon after they nearly broke the deadlock. Arnold once again broke down the left side, finding strike partner Hall who in turn fizzed across a centre which went all the way across the six-yard line just out if reach of Daryl Doolan at the far post and out of danger.


Jason Reynolds-Blanche (#11) making another darting run down the right flank for Ensign in first half

Both sides were continuing to trade chances in what was a really even match. Sawbo had to make an enforced change midway through the first half with Arley Barker replacing the injured Ethan Barton in central midfield. Ensign couldn’t quite build their momentum to assist the hard-working Luke Woodward who was leading the forward line. Reynolds-Blanche was involved in another decent chance just past the half-hour, which ended up with Ollie Bell firing off-target. The visitors again replied down the other end, with a good strike by Arnold again denied well by Hawes. In fairness though, both sides were struggling to find that telling final ball to create clear-cut chances, in the slippery conditions.

Grant Webb (#7) about to take a set-piece for Sawbo

Half-Time: Ensign 0 – 0 Sawbo

If the first 45 minutes was frustrating viewing, things certainly lived up after the break. Sawbo brought on James Falaise to replace joint-boss Kieran Amos at centre-back, alongside skipper Cory Rider. Sawbridgeworth started the half well, with only a assistant’s flag denying Doolan a chance to defeat Hawes one-on-one. There certainly was a big moment on fifty-eight minutes as Sawbo custodian Parker came out from his area and caught Reynolds-Blanche just outside the 18-yard area. It was a bit reckless though as referee Ben Kelly dished out the red card, you had to feel for the young goalkeeper as he trudged off the field. Doolan had to step in as the stand-in goalkeeper for Sawbridgeworth for the remainder of the match.

The tense moments only continued from there on in as Sawbridgeworth at the other end were awarded a spot-kick for an apparent handball in the penalty area. Teddy Hall stood up to take it but Hawes again showed his talent at saving penalties, denying the young Sawbo forward and clawing the ball away. Of course at this point with an added player advantage, Ensign were looking to pour the pressure back on Sawbo. They had chances in the period after Parker’s dismissal with substitute Eddy Cooper firing wide and soon after, another good move involving Cooper found Woodward, whose fierce strike from close range was well saved by Doolan.

Luke Woodward (#19) in possession for Ensign, with Ben Austin (far left) in support

As we entered the latter stages of the contest, it was clear to see that Ensign were feeling the pressure of being ‘favourites’ to get that decisive goal to win the contest. To be fair, the Sawbo defence once again showed their organisation and work rate to clear their lines and also force passing errors from the hosts’midfield. Substitutes Bradley Gates and Cooper did make an impact, Cooper giving his side another option down the left channel and Gates characteristically fizzing passes from deep into the forwards, providing another headache for the visiting backline.


Both co-managers (Salmon & Maleary) look on from dug-outs, Arnold (#11 – centre) in possession for Sawbo

However, you could debate that Ensign didn’t have tons of chances to bypass stand-in ‘keeper Doolan, though Ollie Bell did have a decent free-kick parried away from danger as the minutes elapsed. Sawbo did slow the game down but they also had a fair amount of possession in the opposition’ half too as the hosts couldn’t retain the ball for long periods. Reynolds-Blanche fizzed in another strike in added-time which Doolan gathered before the forward’s momentum took him into the Sawbridgeworth player and after five minutes of stoppage time, Sawbo could at least be pleased with a hard-earned point.

White Ensign will be disappointed by their Team performance today though I strongly suspect they will still claim good wins this term, just maybe less often than they have so far this season. It’s hard to be too critical of this Ensign side, in the middle of a rebuilding phase – It’ still been a good campaign I feel for the promoted side to date.


Full-Time:  White Ensign  0 – 0 Sawbridgeworth Town

In summary, the conditions affected both sides’ ability to play good football but the visitors dealt with them marginally better. Otherwise, it was a really even, open match with both teams having several chances to claim the points. Sawbo did well to keep the stalemate after having to play with an outfield player in goal (Doolan) for 35 minutes after Parker’s dismissal.

There were a number of good performances in this match. For Ensign, I thought Luke Woodward and Jason Reynolds-Blanche had good games today, leading the line well and making good runs down the channels respectively.Both of tgem could be key players in the next few months. Ollie Bell also had a good game today, as did full-back Courtney Justin who got forward well in addition to his defensive duties.

For Sawbo, forward pair Morgan Arnold and Teddy Hall showed a lot of pace, energy and movement to test the Ensign defence and they were unforunate not to score today. Full-back Lewis Wicker put in a very good shift as well, making several good interceptions defensively as well. Finally, a word for forward & stand-in ‘keeper Daryl Doolan who made one very good saveand two more decent ones to keep the scores level.

I’d just like to wish both sides a good remainder of the campaign, thanks to Les from Ensign for his assistance today. Thank you to you all for reading.

Here’s a couple of Extra photos to round out this article:

Ensign set-piece just before the interval
Ollie Bell (#10) about to strike a free-kick as Ensign late on

Teams

White Ensign     |  Joint-Managers: Jack Maleary & Carl Conway  | Assistant: Steve Thomson

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Louis Hawes (GK), 5 Courtney Justin, 6 Jake McWee (Capt), 14 Carl Conway, 3 Thando Moyo, 4 Ben Austin (8 Bradley Gates 56′), 7 Teddy Henderson (16 Eddy Cooper 56′), 10 Ollie Bell, 11 Jason Reynolds-Blanche, 9 Jake Chaplin, 19 Luke Woodward

Booked: Austin, Bell | Sub Not Used: Salako & Maleary


Sawbridgeworth Town  | Joint-Managers: Alex Salmon & Kieran Amos | Assistant: Paul Gissing

Starting XI: 1 Jimmy Parker (GK), 2 Jake Knight, 3 Lewis Wicker, 5 Cory Rider (Capt), 17 Kieran Amos (18 James Falaise 46′), 4 Joshua Bardouleau, 8 Ethan Barton (14 Arley Barker 24′), 7 Grant Webb, 9 Teddy Hall (16 Jake Skeet 85′), 10 Daryl Doolan, 11 Morgan Arnold

Booked: Hall | Sent Off: Parker (GK)  | Subs Not Used: Frances, Spillane

Referee: Ben Kelly
Assistants: Ray Parmenter & Joe Lannon