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


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

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


Essex Olympian League Fixtures  –  Saturday 14th September

Premier Division  (2.30pm KO’s)

Pick: Leigh Ramblers  v  Sungate   |  Belfairs Park

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

Other Fixtures in Premier Division

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  v  Basildon Town    |  Silver Leys

Harold Wood Athletic  v  Canning Town  |  Harold Wood Park

Kelvedon Hatch  v  Old Southendian   | New Hall

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

Springfield  v   Hutton   |  Springfield Hall Park


FA Vase Second Round Qualifying (3pm KO)

Lopes Tavares  v  Catholic Utd   | Terence MacMillan Stadium

Essex Thames-side Trophy (3pm KO)

Buckhurst Hill v Walthamstow  | Roding Lane


Senior Division One

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

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


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

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

Ongar Town  v  Snaresbrook  |  Fyfield Village Hall

Ramsden Scotia  v  Leigh Town   | Nursery Sports Ground

Runwell Sports  v  Manford Way   |  Runwell Sports Club

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

Springfield  v   Hutton   |  Springfield Hall Park


Senior Division Two

Pick: Old Southendian Res  v  Epping Town   | Garon Park

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

Also in Senior Two this weekend:

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

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

Ryan  v  Corinthians   |  Wadham Lodge (Intermediate Grass Pitch)

Westhamians  v  Wakering Sports  | Fairlop Oak Playing Fields


Senior Division Three

Corinthians Res  v  Wakebury   | Stambridge Memorial Ground

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


Also in Division Three this weekend

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

Collier Row  v  Buckhurst Hill Res  | Forest Row Centre

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


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



Preview: Essex Senior League (with FA Vase 2RQ & EaSL fixtures) (Sat 14 Sept) [ESL 12.9.19]

Action Still from Ilford 1 – 2 Enfield (FA Vase 1RQ on Aug 31) [Image: Scott W] 
Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Preview piece looking at the five Essex Senior League matches, plus a listing of the Essex Senior & Eastern Senior South sides involved in The FA Vase weekend, plus fixtures in the Eastern Senior League South for Friday 13th September – Sunday 15th September


Essex Senior League

Friday 13th Sept  –  Woodford Town  v  Southend Manor  | Harlow Arena

The first of the weekend’s league action starts here with this battle at the Harlow Arena as Manor travel to face Woodford. Despite having a number of players unavailable, Woodford battled hard before losing out to West Essex last weekend. On-the-pitch, Manor have been inactive though off-it, it has not been quite so quiet, after news emerged of chairman Jerry Omango appointing himself as the club’s new manager, with support from the coaching staff. Difficult to gauge this one as Manor will need to keep the same core group of players that started the season in my opinion to do alright. Wins have not been too far from Town’s grasp of late and they may get one here.

Scott’s Prediction:  3 – 1

Saturday 14th Sept

Hadley  v  Sawbridgeworth Town  | Brickfield Lane

The Bricks welcome Sawbridgeworth to Brickfield Lane. Anthony Clark’s side are certainly in the midst of a ‘bubble’, particularly at home after a win over Arlesey Town in the First Round Qualifying of the FA Cup last weekend. They are unbeaten at home in the league thus far as well though they do face a busy ten days ahead with Cup action, in the Gordon Brasted Trophy and back in the FA Cup. Sawbo have been improving in some ways, just not in results terms recently as they lost out narrowly to Hashtag Utd last weekend, having led earlier in the match. Hard to go against a home win though it may be a tight one.

Scott’s Prediction:  2 – 1


Hoddesdon Town  v  Clapton   | Lowfield

Hoddesdon welcome Clapton to Lowfield. The hosts had a free weekend last time out and will want to get their league campaign rolling here, while the Tons had another disappointing defeat last weekend at Ilford. This will be a tough match for the visitors and I would head for a win for the hosts here.

Scott’s Prediction:  2 – 0

Sporting Bengal Utd  v  Ilford   | Mile End

Bengal entertain an Ilford side that has seen a mini-renaissance of sorts recently. The Foxes comfortably defeated Clapton last weekend to put them up into the top half with two wins from their opening six matches. Bengal played their part in a terrific match for the neutral with a high-scoring draw at Enfield last time out and are only one spot below their opposition in 10th spot, with only goal difference separating them.  This is Imrul Gazi’s first home league match this term so that may their side a lift. Draw for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Stansted  v  Cockfosters   |  Hargrave Park

Finally in the ESL this weekend, Stansted welcome Cockfosters to Hargrave Park. Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ team were held at home by St Margaretsbury last weekend before defeating Eastern Senior South side Benfleet in the Essex Senior Cup in midweek. The ‘Fosters defeated Tower Hamlets last weekend and have only lost once in the league, at Takeley on the opening day. This will be another intriguing battle, though the Airportmen’s steely defence may give them the edge here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1



The FA Vase – Second Qualifying Round   (ESL & EaSL sides)

Friday 13th Sept   –   New Salamis  v  Tower Hamlets   | Queen Elizabeth II Stadium


Saturday 14th September


Enfield  v  Enfield Borough   | Woodside
FC Broxbourne Borough  v  Wivenhoe Town   | Goffs Lane
FC Clacton   v  Redbridge    | Rush Green Bowl
Frenford  v  Hashtag Utd   | Len Salmon Stadium [3G]

Langford  v  Hackney Wick

Lopes Tavares  v  Catholic Utd   | Terence MacMillan Stadium

Takeley  v  Wormley Rovers   | Station Road
West Essex  v  Brantham Athletic   | Mayesbrook Park

White Ensign  v  Newbury Forest   | Burroughs Park
Whitton Utd  v  St Margaretsbury   |  King George V Playing Field

Sun 15 Sept  –  Coggeshall Utd  v  Long Melford   | West Street


And.. Eastern Senior League South (Sat 14 Sept)


Barkingside  v  Brightlingsea Regent Res   | Cricklefield

Benfleet  v Little Oakley    | Park Lane

Burnham Ramblers  v  Holland  | Leslie Field

Harwich & Parkeston  v  Halstead Town  | Royal Oak


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



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

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

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


Essex Senior League

Saturday 7th September

Cockfosters  v  Tower Hamlets  | Chalk Lane

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


Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


Enfield  v  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Woodside

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

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


Redbridge  v  Saffron Walden Town  | Oakside

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

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


Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 4


Sawbridgeworth Town  v  Hashtag Utd  | Crofters

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


Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 3


Stansted  v  St Margaretsbury   | Hargrave Park

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


Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


West Essex  v  Woodford Town   | Mayesbrook Park

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

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2


For more of a preview on the FA Cup ties below, have a listen to this week’s Grassroots Football Show (in the last half hour or so) here:


The FA Cup  – First Round Qualifying  (ESL Sides)

Saturday 7th September

Hadley  v  Arlesey Town  | Brickfield Lane

Takeley  v  Potters Bar Town  | Station Road

Sun 8th Sept  – Aylesbury Utd  v  Walthamstow


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


Saturday 7th August

EOFL Premier Division

Buckhurst Hill  v  Basildon Town    |  Roding Lane

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

Harold Wood Athletic  v  Rayleigh Town  |  Harold Wood Park

Hutton  v  Old Southendian             | Polo Fields


Kelvedon Hatch  v  Leigh Ramblers   | New Hall

Springfield  v  Catholic Utd   |  Springfield Hall Park

Sungate  v  Shenfield AFC  | Ilford Wanderers RFC


Senior Division One

Ramsden Scotia  v  Manford Way  | Nursery Sports Ground

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

Shoebury Town  v  Ongar Town    |  Cupid’s Country Club


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

AS Rawreth  v  Newbury Forest Res   | The Warren

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

Epping Town  v  Corinthians  |  Stonards Hill Recreation Ground

FC Hamlets  v  Rochford Town   | Hackney Marshes, Pitch 2


Forest Glade  v  Westhamians    | Barleylands Road

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

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

Roydon  v  Ryan   | Paringdon Sports Club

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

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


Senior Division Two

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

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


Senior Division Three

Basildon Town Res  v  Wakebury  | Basildon Sports Club

Corinthians Res  v  Leigh Town Res  | Stambridge Memorial Ground

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


Preview: Essex Senior Lge,FA Vase & Essex Olympian Lge Fixtures (Sat 31 Aug) (ESL 19/20 30.8.19)


Still from Rayleigh Town v Leigh Ramblers (EOFL Premier) [Image: Scott W]
Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) – ESL Writer & Grassroots Football Show Contributor

Hello all and welcome to an expanded piece looking at the reduced Essex Senior League & Eastern Senior League South fixtures this weekend, plus a look at all the FA Vase ties involving the region’s ties plus the Essex Olympian League matches this weekend. Thanks for reading.

If you’d like more previews on the weekend’s action, have a listen to this week’s Grassroots Football Show from 2 hours 19 minutes in:


Essex Senior League

Friday 30th August :  Tower Hamlets   v   Redbridge  | Mile End

The weekend’s Essex Senior action begins at Mile End as Hamlets face Redbridge. Damien Briggs’ team had a fine win at Takeley to cherish in the Gordon Brasted Trophy in midweek though consistency is still what they need to find. Redbridge have had a little time away and could be ready to ‘hit the ground running’ here. Have to plump for an away win here though Hamlets may pull off a surprise.

Scott’s Prediction:  1 – 2


Saturday 31st August  – Saffron Walden Town  v  Hadley  | Catons Lane

The only other ESL tie this weekend sees Walden welcome in-form Hadley. Walden progressed in the Essex Senior Cup with a win over Southend Manor in midweek and new signing, prolific goalscorer Charlie Cole could well have a big say in how their season goes. Hadley have also had a good week though as they progressed in the FA Cup last weekend before holding Walthamstow away from home in midweek. This will be a tough match for both sides though the Bloods are a tough outfit and their home crowd could be the difference here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


Eastern Senior League South

Saturday 31st August –  Brightlingsea Regent Res  v Newbury Forest | North Road


Here is a listing of the FA Vase ties this weekend, with action spread across three days.

The FA Vase First Qualifying Round –  Friday 30th August (7.45pm KO)


Clapton  v  Catholic Utd    | Moved to Parkside (Aveley FC)

Hackney Wick  v  May & Baker    | Coles Park (3G)

Park View  v  West Essex   | New River Sports Ground

(all three ties will be settled on the night with a penalty shootout if required I understand)


The FA Vase First Qualifying Round –  Saturday 31st August

Erith & Belvedere  v  Fire Utd   | Park View Road

FC Broxbourne Borough  v  Barkingside  | Goffs Lane

FC Clacton  v  Southend Manor   | Rush Green Bowl

Halstead Town  v  Haverhill Borough   |  Rosemary Lane


Hashtag Utd  v  Leyton Athletic  | Chadfields

Hoddesdon Town  v  Stanway Rovers  | Lowfield

Holland  v  Baldock Town   | Dulwich Road

Ilford  v  Enfield          | Cricklefield



Long Melford  v  Little Oakley   | Stoneylands

Lopes Tavares  v  Harwich & Parkeston   | Terence MacMillan Stadium

Potton Utd  v  Frenford   | Biggleswade Road

Sporting Bengal Utd  v  Wormley Rovers   | Mile End Stadium


Takeley  v  Burnham Ramblers   |  Station Road

Wivenhoe Town  v  Clapton Community FC (CFC)   | Elmstead Road

Wodson Park  v  Sawbridgeworth Town   | Wodson Park Sports Centre

Woodford Town  v  St Margaretsbury    |  The Harlow Arena (3G)


The FA Vase – First Qualifying Round – Sunday 1st September

Benfleet  v  Haverhill Rovers   | Park Lane   (2pm KO)

White Ensign  v  Cornard Utd   | Burroughs Park  (3pm KO)



Finally, we have a list of the fixtures in the Essex Olympian League divisions this weekend. Check back on Sunday or Monday for my Olympian League round-up here on the blog.

Essex Olympian League Fixtures – Saturday 31 August (2.30pm kick-offs unless stated)

Premier Division

Harold Wood Athletic  v  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  | Harold Wood Rec

Kelvedon Hatch  v  Buckhurst Hill   | New Hall

Old Southendian  v  Rayleigh Town  | Garon Park

Shenfield AFC  v  Hutton   | St Martins Sch (3G)

Springfield  v  Canning Town  | Springfield Hall Park

Sungate  v  Leigh Ramblers  | Ilford Wanderers RFC


EOFL Senior Division One

Chingford Athletic  v  FC Hamlets   | Town Mead Leisure Park  (3G)

Rayleigh Town Reserves  v  Herongate Athletic   | Rayleigh Sports Club,

Runwell Sports  v  Ongar Town  | Runwell Sports Club

Shoebury Town  v  Galleywood  | Cupid’s Country Club

Toby  v  Old Chelmsfordians  | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park)


EOFL Senior Challenge Cup

Lakeside  v  Wakebury   | Lakeside Sports Ground (3G pitch)



EOFL Senior Division Two

AS Rawreth  v  Epping Town   | The Warren

Beacon Hill Rovers  v  Leigh Town   | Wickham Bishops Sports Ground

Corinthians  v  Laindon Orient       |  Stambridge Memorial Ground

Rochford Town  v  Harold Wood Athletic Reserves   | Rochford Recreation Ground

Ryan  v  May & Baker Reserves    | Wadham Lodge Sports Ground (Intermediate Grass Pitch)


EOFL Senior Division Three

Basildon Town Reserves  v  Leigh Town Reserves   |  Basildon Sports Club

Buckhurst Hill Reserves  v  Collier Row   |  Roding Lane (Pitch 2)

Dagenham Utd  v  Lakeside Reserves  | Ford’s Sports Club (Dagenham U pitch)

Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  v  Toby Reserves  | Lower Road

Hutton Reserves  v  ACD Utd   | Polo Fields

White Ensign Reserves  v  Corinthians Reserves   | Len Forge Centre (3G)




2019-20 Season Constitution: Essex Sunday Corinthian League (ESCL 19/20 22.8.19)


Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]


Hello and a warm welcome to a one-off piece looking at the Constitution that makes up the various divisions of the Essex Sunday Corinthian League in the 2019-20 season, with a listing of the fixtures for the first two weeks of action straight after. For more information, check out their website at  or via Twitter – @EssexCorinthian

You can also hear the results weekly as part of the Intermediate Football round-up which continues on the Grassroots Football Show on East London Radio from next month.

Regular readers of this blog may notice that Sunday Football doesn’t often get mentioned. On this occasion, I thought even a small piece looking at the ESCL would be helpful as the game on Sundays is still an important ‘piece of the Grassroots puzzle’ so to speak.

The Essex Sunday Corinthian League started in 1986 and covers parts of East London going into the Essex surburbs from Newham in the Western edge to Havering in the Eastern side. (Source: ESCL website). Below is a listing of who is in what division this coming season, following that will be the fixtures for the opening day on September 8th.



Key: (C) – Champions | (Ru) – Runners-up from last season | (P) = Promoted


ESCL Premier Division Constitution (2019-20) (11 clubs)

  • Asianos
  • Barking & Dagenham Wanderers
  • El Valiente (Ru)
  • Elda
  • FC Mexico A
  • Flanders
  • Repton Park (C)
  • Romford Elite
  • SL Menfica (P)
  • Ultimate Vision
  • Warren Utd




ESCL Division ONE Constitution (2019 -20) (11 clubs)

  • Brook Athletic
  • Chingford Athletic (Ru)
  • Colebrook Royals
  • FC Mexico B
  • KLIK
  • Korona Redbridge
  • Kulture Klub (P)
  • Oceana
  • St Augustines
  • Valentine Utd
  • West Abbey


ESCL Division TWO Constitution (2019 -20) (12 clubs)

  • Abridge Village
  • Barking
  • Central Colts (P)
  • Chingford Athletic Reserves
  • Frenford
  • Goresbrook
  • Hornchurch Oakmont
  • Royal Albert
  • Roose
  • Thames Ironworks Community (P)
  • Walthamstow Avenue
  • Wanstead Albion



ESCL Division THREE Constitution (2019 -20) (13 clubs)

  • AFC Theydon
  • Alpha
  • Barking Riverside
  • Blackwall Rovers
  • Chigwell Utd
  • E4 Rangers
  • East Ham Inter (P)
  • Havering Well
  • London Fire Brigade
  • Lonsdale
  • Newham Athletic (P)
  • Roneo Colts
  • West Essex


ESCL Division FOUR Constitution (2019-20) (12 clubs)

  • Asianos Reserves
  • Bretons Manor
  • Inter Ladzio
  • Monkhams
  • Ping City Phoenixes
  • Ridgeway Rovers Under-21 A
  • Romford Athletic Dons
  • Roneo Colts Reserves
  • Selwyn Rovers
  • Titans Utd
  • United Amateurs
  • Upshire Forest Reserves


ESCL Division FIVE Constitution (2019-20) (11 clubs)

  • Cobra
  • Custom House Community
  • East Tilbury Town
  • Eastern Avenue
  • Epping Forest Falcons
  • Keith Park Rangers
  • Ridgeway Rovers Under 21 B
  • Singh Sabha Barking
  • Thames Ironworks Community Reserves
  • Total Football
  • Woodford Green Utd


FIXTURES – September 8th (10.30am KOs – all are subject to alteration)

Premier Division

Elda v El Valiente  | Oakside (Redbridge FC)

Repton Park  v  Romford Elite  | Roding Valley High Sch (3G)

Ultimate Vision  v  Barking & Dagenham Wanderers | Warren Sports Centre


Division ONE

Brook Athletic  v  KLIK   | Ford’s Sport & Social Club (Newbury Park)

Chingford Athletic  v  Valentine Utd  | Town Mead Leisure Park (3G)

Colebrook Royals  v  Kulture Klub  | The Pavillon, Grange Farm Centre

FC Mexico B v St Augustines   |  Emerson Park Sch

West Abbey   v  Oceana   |  Larsens Recreation Ground


Division TWO

Abridge Village  v  Frenford  | Abridge Village Hall

Barking  v  Chingford Athletic Res  | Mayesbrook Park

Goresbrook  v  Central Colts    | Warren Sports Centre

Hornchurch Oakmont  v  Roose   | Westlands Playing Fields

Wanstead Albion  v  Thames Ironworks Community  | Wanstead Flats


Division THREE

Alpha  v  East Ham Inter  | Wanstead Flats

Barking Riverside  v  AFC Theydon  | Castle Green Leisure Centre

Blackwall Rovers  v  Havering Well  | Wanstead Flats

Chigwell Utd  v  Lonsdale   | TBA

Newham Athletic  v  West Essex  | Beckton District Park South

Roneo Colts  v  E4 Rangers   | Robert Clark Sports Centre (3G)


Division FOUR

Bretons Manor  v  United Amateurs  | Castle Green Leisure Centre

Monkhams  v  Ridgeway Rovers U21 A  | Roding Valley Playing Fields

Ping City Phoenixes  v  Romford Athletic Dons   | Low Hall Sports Ground

Selwyn Rovers  v  Inter Ladzio  | The Rolls Sports Ground

Titans Utd  v  Roneo Colts Res   | Old Dagenham Park

Upshire Forest Res  v  Asianos Res   |  Town Mead Leisure Park


Division FIVE

Cobra  v  Woodford Green Utd  | Old Dagenham Park

Epping Forest Falcons  v  Eastern Avenue  | Ashton Playing Fields

Keith Park Rangers  v  Custom House Community  | Ford’s Sport & Social (Newbury Park)

Total Football  v  Singh Sabha Barking   | Epping St John’s Sch

Preview: Gordon Brasted Trophy & FA Cup Prelim Round (ESL Sides) (Sat 24th Aug) (ESL 19/20 22.8.19) 

FA Cup Image

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

Hello all and welcome to an extended preview piece looking at the two Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy ties this weekend, plus a wealth of FA Cup Preliminary Round matches involving Essex Senior League sides. We’ll also be listing the remaining Eastern Senior League South fixtures as well this weekend.

Enjoy your weekend whoever you are watching. Thanks for reading.  Love Non-League!


Gordon Brasted Trophy Saturday 24rd August – 3pm KO


Clapton  v  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Moved to Oakside  (Redbridge FC)

The Tons face Sporting Bengal for the second time this month, in a match again moved to Oakside in the Gordon Brasted Trophy First Round. Glen Kendall’s team won on that occasion in the league though have been inactive in terms of competitive action due to continuing off-field issues. Bengal by contrast have had a mixed week with defeat at Hadley last weekend being followed by a hard-fought win at Sawbridgeworth in midweek. I’m going go for a narrow away win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2


Ilford  v  Southend Manor   |  Cricklefield

The other tie in the GBT this weekend sees the Foxes welcome Manor to Cricklefield. You would believe that both of these teams would like a cup run this term, though the Foxes will have to rally after a hard-fought win over Tower Hamlets in midweek. Manor have had a week off and that may hold them in good stead here. My gut instinct says that Manor have more momentum with them at this stage of the season and therefore they will be the side to progress.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2


The FA Cup Prelim Round – Sat 24 August


Cockfosters  v  Coggeshall Town   | Chalk Lane

The first of our featured FA Cup ties sees the ESL’s Cockfosters welcome Isthmian North side Coggeshall to Chalk Lane. The hosts have certainly not been goal-shy, scoring eight goals in their four league matches to date. That said, they have also conceded as many goals too so you feel they will have to raise their game defensively to increase their chances of an upset against a side unbeaten, albeit early in their league campaign.

I also feel it fitting to mention that the hosts will want to put in a good performance in memory of long-serving player & secretary Graham Bint, who sadly passed away this week. My thoughts & respects to his family & all at Cockfosters FC.


Hadley  v  Hoddesdon Town   | Brickfield Lane

It’s an all-ESL battle at Brickfield Lane as Hadley welcome local rivals Hoddesdon. Anthony Clark’s side beat Redbridge in the last round while Hoddesdon knocked out Brantham Athletic. The hosts are yet to lose at home in all competitions and that may prove to be the slight edge they need in what could be a tight battle. The Lilywhites defeated Ilford last weekend and are looking to continue their own good start to the season here.


Saffron Walden Town  v  Maldon & Tiptree  | Catons Lane

Walden entertain Isthmian North side Maldon at Catons Lane. Jason Maher’s side knocked out Baldock Town in the last round before going on to defeat Takeley (away) and Stansted (home) in the last week. They will be another side who will fancy a run in the FA Cup though face a Maldon side who have scored five league goals already this term. This one could be a cracking encounter.


Takeley  v  White Ensign  | Station Road

Ensign continue their maiden FA Cup voyage with a trip to ESL pace-setters Takeley, who knocked out Crawley Green in the last round. Ensign showed a lot of guts in their replay win over Woodford and they will need that to overpower Marc Das’ side here. Brett Munyard & Mark Healy’s side unsurprisingly rested a few in their Essex Senior Cup loss at home to Holland in midweek and this tie could be another stonker.


Tower Hamlets  v  Horsham      |  Mile End Stadium

Hamlets have a formidable task on their hands as they welcome Isthmian Premier Division (Step 3) side Horsham to Mile End. Damien Briggs’ side won well at Sawbridgeworth last weekend before succumbing to a late defeat at Ilford in midweek. Horsham won well at Enfield Town last weekend in their division and you’d be very surprised to see anything except an away win.. though the FA Cup does have its ‘magic dust’ and some could be sprinkled here…


Walthamstow  v  Great Wakering Rovers    | Wadham Lodge Stadium

Finally in the Cup action, Isthmian North side Great Wakering travel to Wadham Lodge to face Walthamstow. ‘Stow defeated Stansted last weekend in the ESl while Wakering defeated Tilbury at Burroughs Park in the Isthmian North. If Steve Butterworth’s side are not on-song, they could get a bit of a ‘rude awakening’ here though six goals in their recent two league matches sets them up well. This one could be a battle though you would still expect the Step 4 visitors to triumph.


Eastern Senior League South Fixtures (23/24 August)

Friday 23 Aug: Brightlingsea Regent Res  v  Frenford   | North Road

Sat 24 Aug: Benfleet  v  Lopes Tavares   | Park Lane

Burnham Ramblers v Wivenhoe Town    |  Leslie Field

Coggeshall Utd  v  Newbury Forest   |  West Street

Holland  v  Leyton Athletic   | Dulwich Road




Preview: Essex Senior League (Fri 16/Sat 17 August) [ESL 19/20 15.8.19]

Still from Hashtag Utd v S Manor on August 7th (Image: Scott W)

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

Hello all and welcome to another of my weekly Preview pieces for the 2019-20 Essex Senior League campaign. After a frenetic two weeks of ESL & FA Cup matches which involved replays for a few of our sides, the league programme to take centre stage, hot on the heels of the Replays that two of our sides had in midweek.


Friday 9th August – 7.45pm KO


Woodford Town v West Essex   | the Harlow Arena

The weekend kicks off with Woodford back in action just 48 hours after their battle with White Ensign in the FA Cup Extra Prelim Round Replay which went to extra-time on Wednesday night. They face a West Essex who also went out of the FA Cup this week so both teams may feel they have to ‘get back in the saddle’ with a league triumph. If both sides play near their best, this could be another corker of a match given both teams’ attacking nature. Have to go with my gut instinct which says a narrow West win, purely because they’ve had three more days to recover from their last match than their hosts.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2


Saturday 10th August – 3pm KO


Enfield    v   Cockfosters  | Woodside

Our look at the Saturday action begins at Woodside as Enfield welcome Cockfosters. The E’s haven’t had the best week with a loss in their long trip to Fairford Town last weekend in the Cup before getting narrowly beaten by Hoddesdon in midweek, also at home. Their only win in their opening three has come at home though, ten days ago at home to Stansted so there are signs they could make their new home a fortress, which you sense boss Matt Hanning & co will want to do. Cockfosters may be ‘riding high’ after progression in the FA Cup with a win over Eastern Senior League South side Leyton Athletic last weekend, which was followed by a super comeback to draw at home to Ilford in midweek. Player-boss Ryan Wade scored twice in that latter match and I can see this one perhaps being a draw as well.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2


Hadley  v  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Brickfield Lane

The Bricks return to ‘home comforts’ after a good win over ESL side Redbridge in the FA Cup last weekend. Anthony Clark’s team have scored ten goals in their three matches in League & Cup thus far so that is a record they will want to keep adding to at this early stage of the season. Bengal were overpowered by Walthamstow in the Cup last weekend and will seek to avoid a repeat here. Imrul Gazi’s side are not one to under-estimate though in my view they will need to improve defensively to get anything out of this away-day. Home win for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1


Ilford  v  Hoddesdon Town  | Cricklefield

Ilford are at home once again as they welcome the Lilywhites to Cricklefield. Morgan LaForce’s Foxes have had a mixed week at best. Last weekend wasn’t a happy one as they exited the FA Cup with a home loss to Eastern Senior League South side Harwich & Parkeston. That said, their midweek exploits was better as they battled to an entertaining draw at Cockfosters, which was their first points of the campaign. Hoddesdon have had a brighter week with a good win over Brantham Athletic in the FA Cup before a good away performance in the win at Enfield on Wednesday night. If Simon Riddle’s side keep stern in defence then it could be an away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2


Redbridge   v   Hashtag Utd  | Oakside

The Motormen entertain Hashtag Utd at Oakside. Micky Wetherall’s side played their part in their recent two matches, before succumbing to successive defeats at Hadley and Takeley in the FA Cup and league respectively in the past week, despite four goals in those two games. Jay Devereux’s Hashtag outfit will be buoyed after a late five-goal flourish in a hefty win over Tower Hamlets in midweek at Chadfields. This is a tricky one to call as both sides have the firepower to score goals though will narrowly go with ‘the Tags’.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 3


Sawbridgeworth Town  v  Tower Hamlets  | Crofters

Sawbo welcome Hamlets to Crofters. These two sides had many battles last term though since then both have had rather extensive squad changes and their recent results suggest that those changes will take time to settle. Sawbridgeworth went out of the Cup with a home loss to Step 6 side Halstead Town last weekend though did score in that match. Hamlets did triumph in the Cup last weekend with a battling win over Selsey at Mile End though had a chastening end to their match at Hashtag in midweek. Manager Damien Briggs will want to get that out result out of his team’s systems. Instinct says a narrow win for the hosts.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


Takeley  v  Saffron Walden Town  | Station Road

Takeley face Saffron Walden in an early-season belter at Station Road. Marc Das’ side has started the season in a spritely fashion and backed that up in the last week with wins in League & Cup. First, a good victory at Crawley Green in the Cup last weekend was followed by a hard-fought win at Redbridge in the league in midweek. Forward Bryn Thorpe has notched five goals in all competitions already though this match represents arguably their toughest test yet. Walden also progressed in the FA Cup with a narrow win over Baldock Town last weekend and you do sense their forward line will click into goal-scoring touch sooner or later. Takeley powered to a good win in this fixture last season so Jason Maher’s team may have that in their minds too. Draw in my view.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2


Walthamstow  v  Stansted       | Wadham Lodge Stadium

Finally this weekend, another potential corker awaits as ‘Stow entertain Stansted at Wadham Lodge. Ryan Maxwell’s side have started the season as they mean to go on, in regards to goal-scoring. They progressed in the Cup with a big win over Sporting Bengal last weekend though following that match, it was revealed that promising forward Samrai Gebrai has departed for Step 3 Canvey Island. Stansted had a hiccup last Sunday as they crashed out to Eastern Senior League South side Barkingside in the Cup as they seek to settle following minor squad changes recently. This may be closer than some think though hard to go against another home triumph.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1


That’s all for this edition of the ESL preview blogs. Check back on Sunday/Monday  when I’ll have the round-up of what happened in this weekend’s matches of the 2019 – 20 Essex Senior League season. Thanks for reading.