S 20-21 Match Report: Corinthians 3 – 1 AS Rawreth (Thurs 29 April) [EOFL 20-21 30.4.21]

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Essex Olympian League – Division Two

Venue: Stambridge Memorial Ground

2020 -21 Season – Match 30

Thursday 29th April 2021 – 7.30pm KO

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

Rawreth:  Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Stambridge Memorial Ground pitch pre-match

Corinthians withstand a battle with bottom side Rawreth to go second in D2

Corinthians  3   –  1   AS Rawreth

Match Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

In the second match of a populated Essex Olympian League midweek fixture list, I returned to Stambridge to see Corinthians face bottom side AS Rawreth in Division Two. Chris Stoneham’s side have two games in 48 hours with fellow promotion hopefuls Wakering Sports on Saturday (1 May), and fielded the ‘two Jakes’ – Hodder and Lang in attack here, with support from marauding wingers Leo Clarke and Damien Siemienczuk . The back four was comprised of full-backs Brad Smith and Bill Wilton with the centre-half pairing being captain Connor Summerhill and Alfie Knight. Options from the bench included forwards John Bolton-Smith and Daniel Cooksley. Rawreth got their first league point last weekend and general manager Shane Bird named Harry Hickman between the posts, with Muntizir Hussain skippering the side here and Nathan Cox leading the attack from the start. Centre-back Glody Mabassa was also in their starting line-up. The visitors also had substitutes Billy Brown, Ramadhan Ramadhan , Brandon Pembele-Basase and Jeffrey Hlongwane.

The match got going in quite a odd way as Rawreth were forced to begin two players shy of the full eleven but fortunately they were up to full compliment within the first few minutes. Chances were at a premium in the early stages, with a lob from home forward Jake Lang which was parried by visiting stopper Harry Hickman the main chance of note. If you was being really critical, the hosts were trying to ‘force the pace’ and this restricted their ability to settle into their attacking rhythm in the first half-hour. By comparison, Rawreth were not giving their opponents any space and playing through the thirds with relative ease though showed good pace and passing at times.  

Indeed, the hosts had a bit of a let-off on thirty-one minutes as substitute Billy Brown showed his pace and craft by evading the home defence before facing home custodian Ethan Lemmon one-on-one, though Lemmon did well to deny Brown’ strike. The hosts went right up the other end and much to their relief, broke the deadlock a minute later in unfortunate circumstances for the visitors. Winger Leo Clarke broke free of the Rawreth defence before striking a firm strike which slipped through the hands of Hickman before trickling in to the net. It wasn’t what the visitors deserved but to be fair to Hickman, he soon redeemed himself. The hosts were chasing more telling blows in a decent attacking move, Lang’s initial strike was blocked by the covering defender Herbert Ndlovu but following-up, Ollie Brickwood’s shot was well-blocked by Hickman’s feet.  

In the minutes before the interval, Ndlovu also headed over the goal frame. The hosts took the lead in first-half added-time as Lang struck from close range.



Half-Time:  Corinthians  2 – 0  AS Rawreth

The second began with a flourish and importantly for the visitors, they halved the deficit as Brown weaved through the home defence and slotted home after Lemmon’s initial save. Predictably, the home side launched forward and impressive forward Jake Hodder made a good run before sending a curling effort goalwards though Hickman pulled off another great save, parrying the ball onto the far post. Clarke then got in on the attacking act a few minutes later, as his fierce goal-bound effort was also tipped wide by Hickman.

Corinthians (#3)’ Wilton about to take a FK

Rawreth had a glimmer of a chance with 64 minutes on the watch as a free-kick angled in by Jordy Moyo caused a moment of worry for home stopper Lemmon who swung for the ball but got the chilly thin air instead. Hodder got the goal his performance deserved with ten minutes remaining as a fine rapid run down the left ended by cutting inside with the ball and curled a fine effort past Hickman to finally secure a welcome three points for Chris Stoneham’s side, which sends them up to second in the table and level on points with leaders Leigh Town.

Full-Time: Corinthians  3 – 1   AS Rawreth

To sum this game up, Corinthians found it tricky at times to unlock the visiting defence, who fought for each other well and showed good promise going forward as well. The hosts had enough quality to secure the points but may consider themselves happy to have navigated this encounter in which Rawreth belied their current league position with a spirited display with good counter-attacking play in their own right.

There were a few ‘stand-out’ performers on both sides this evening. Top of the list for the hosts was forward Jake Hodder who made countless runs down the flanks and worked hard throughout with his pace, direct running and poise, as he showed with his well-taken goal late on. Right-back Brad Smith also had a really good game showing good energy levels and some decent passing too. Winger Leo Clarke also contributed to his side’s attacking moves and kept the visiting defence alert, even if his finishing wasn’t quite on point this evening. For Rawreth, goalkeeper Harry Hickman pulled off at least three very good saves here, which took some character after his unfortunate error earlier on. Fair play to him as he more than made up for said error for the remainder of the contest. Forward Billy Brown took his goal well and also made a number of telling runs through the home defence and was a good outlet for his side after coming off the bench to replace the unfortunate Nathan Cox, who came off with a knock. Centre-back Glody Mabassa made a number a well-timed challenges as well.

Teams

Corinthians      | Manager: Chris Stoneham

Starting XI: 1 Ethan Lemmon (GK), 2 Brad Smith, 3 Bill Wilton, 4 Connor Summerhill (Capt), 5 Alfie Knight, 6 Jordan Stoneham, 8 Reece Barfoot, 7 Damien Siemienczuk, 17 Leo Clarke, 11 Jake Hodder, 20 Jake Lang

Goal-scorers: Leo Clarke [32’], Jake Lang [45’+2], Jake Hodder [80’]

Subs On: 15 Ollie Brickwood [22’], 12 Matt Burrell [46’], 9 John Bolton-Smith [59’], 14 Daniel Cooksley [74’]

Booked: None   | Subs Not Used: Ayres

AS Rawreth    | General Manager: Shane Bird

1 Harry Hickman (GK), 3 Daniel Hooper, 6 Jordy Moyo, 2 Glody Mabassa, 25 Herbert Ndlovu, 5 Thabo Ngwenya, 18 Connor MacLeod, 15 Muntizir Hussain (Capt), 8 Jamie King, 14 Said Ahmed, 9 Nathan Cox

Goal-scorers: Billy Brown [47’]

Subs On: 10 Billy Brown [20’], 19 Ramadhan Ramadhan [46’], 17 Brandon Pembele-Basase [46’], 13 Jeffrey Hlongwane

Booked: None | Sub Not Used: Salmon

Referee: Daniel Ripton

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S 20-21 Match Report: Ryan 5 – 5 Epping Town (Tues 27 April) [EOFL 20-21 28.4.21]

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Essex Olympian League – Division Two

Venue: Wadham Lodge (Inter. Grass Pitch)

2020-21 Season: Match 29

Tuesday 27th April 2021 – 6.30pm KO

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

Epping: Sky Blue Shirts, Sky Blue Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

Wadham Lodge pitch pre-match

Incredible match sees Ryan deny Epping a much-needed win

Ryan  5 – 5  Epping Town

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

After an adventure of a journey getting to this midweek Olympian League Division Two match between Ryan and promotion-chasing Epping Town at Wadham Lodge, I was hoping for a good match but crikey was we unprepared for what we got. Ryan  are an unpredictable side, as they have been in recent seasons, whereas Epping’s away form needed to improve to really be amongst the top three by the end of next month. Ryan manager Declan Murphy named a front two of Aymen Mekni and top-scorer Scout Bown who had six leagues goals before this encounter but I remember from his days at Roydon that he is a threat. The hosts’ skipper was Ross Bourke and the options from the sidelines included Bruce Aghaji, Aaron Ige and Jamal Elliott. Epping were still missing a few layers including the likes of Sam Law, Joe Rickett and George Clarke. However, the back four were comprised of full-backs Tyler Sanago-Ismael and Harry Banister plus centre-backs Charlie Pollard and player-boss himself Stuart Hoskins. Town’s front-line was led by Callum Turner, with support from Daniel Hurwood and Graeme Turner. The visitors’ options on the bench were restricted, but could still field player-coach David Limber and Peter Paoletti along with Jamaine Belle.

The match got underway with the curious quirk of having no less than three goals chalked off in the opening five minutes. Graeme Turner for Epping and the pair of Tom Craig and Aymen Mekni for Ryan were all slightly aggrieved. Even so, that did rather set the tone from then on as on twelve minutes, Ryan midfielder Sam Bentley blasted over the goal frame as the hosts looked to get ahead early. But it was Epping who broke the deadlock on 18 minutes as a good run by skipper Joe Rudkin down the right channel evaded the generous marking of the home side and Rudkin’s cross found Callum Turner whose firm header found the net, evading home stopper Ciaran Glazebrook. The end-to-end nature of this match was only starting to rev up at this point as both sides spurned chances. Just short of the half-hour, Graeme Turner for Epping was denied a decent chance on goal by the well-timed interception of Ryan centre-back Rubin Dershi.

Soon afterward, Epping should really have been further ahead but Callum Turner skewed a strike wide when in a decent position, and then fellow forward Daniel Hurwood curled agonizingly wide of the far corner from no more than six yards out. On 35 minutes, it was Epping’s turn to have a let off as custodian Will Skingley misjudged his run to claim the ball ahead of a opposition forward but the hosts’ Tom Craig could not make him pay by slotting wide of an unguarded goal. You knew more goals ere coming and we were not disappointed (even before the interval) as two minutes later, Skingley again rushed out of his goal a bit too keenly, with substitute Bruce Aghaji in on gal but the ball fell to forward Scout Bown who made no mistake to open his account for the evening and level things up.

What followed was hectic to say the least. Ryan made the most of a recovering Town side as a minute later, forward Aymen Mekni slotted home past Skingley to give the hosts the lead for the first time. But again, the lead didn’t last long as on 41 minutes, a fine free-kick from Chris Gormley evaded Glazebrook and found the top corner. Now it was 2 – 2 but there was still room before the break for another twist. From a far-side set-piece, an angled ball unfortunately found a visiting defender who couldn’t avoid taking the ball in to give Ryan a narrow advantage at the break.

Half-Time:  Ryan  3 – 2  Epping Town

If this scribe thought the pace of the game would suffer because of the energetic first-half, it was soon shown there was more drama to come. There were more forward moves from both sides. Just shy of the hour, a well-directed free-kick from Tyler Sanago-Ismael was gathered by Ryan custodian Glazebrook. Eight minutes later, there was yet another goal chalked off (made it four in the match) as substitute David Limber was the unfortunate party.  The visitors did level things up again on 71 minutes as a fine centre from the right flank by Graeme Turner found Gormley at the far post for a comfortable tap-in.

But as was the way this match evolved, it didn’t stay that way for long. Ryan took the advantage again three minutes afterward as a powerful strike from Bown deflected off a defender and sailed in past Skingley to make it 4 – 3. Town had more half-chances in the moments following Ryan’s fourth goal through Limber & Sanago-Ismael but they just needed one clear-cut opportunity. The recovery job for Stuart Hoskins’ side got bigger on 79 minutes as Bown evaded the visiting defence again before slotting home from point-blank range with only Skingley to defeat.

If anyone thought this game was going to peter out, then they had another thing coming. Within six minutes, Epping had neutralised that lead again as first, Callum Turner’s decent header made it 5 – 4 with seven minutes to play and soon after, tugging in the penalty box gave Limber a chance to level from twelve yards, which he duly took to incredibly make it 5 – 5. Moments after that, Glazebrook was dismissed, possibly for remonstrating with referee Kevin Nicholson regarding that spot-kick that was given so Ryan were down to ten men and had to put an outfield player in goal.

There was still two good chances that followed in added time, with Gormley being well-denied by stand-in ‘keeper low down before the hosts nearly pinched it as skipper Bourke’s free-kick cannoned off the post after Skingley had got something on it. That ended up being the final action and the hosts must’ve been relieved to hear the final whistle.

Full-Time: Ryan  5 – 5  Epping Town

In summary, this match may not win many awards for out & out quality but when you’re talking about the very soul of entertaining, dramatic Non-League Football and indeed Sport along with it, this tie was hard to beat. I’ve seen some brilliant games in the Essex Olympian League this season and this match goes right with them. As some fellow attendees remarked, it was hard to deny this was a fair result as both teams fought so hard for the three points.

Talking about stand-out performances is hard also but for the hosts, forward Scout Bown once again showed how predatory he is in front of goal with a well-taken treble, which really added to the course of the match. Centre-back Rubin Dershi made a number of well-timed interceptions in defence and stood out, as did forward Aymen Mekni who made a few good runs down the channels as well. For Epping, forward Callum Turner was a constant presence and his movement and finishing were telling. Winger Chris Gormley got arguably the goal of the game with a fine free-kick and made telling runs and passes. Skipper Joe Rudkin also did well and looked to drive his side on in a big way. His cross for Turner’s first goal really did set the tone at that time.

Epping rise to fifth but lost ground on the top three. Ryan remain in eighth spot after this match. To round off, I have to pay trubute to the spectacle of a match these two sides put on and it is a credit to the Olympian League and their Division. Best wishes to both teams for the rest of the campaign.

Teams

Ryan    | Manager: Declan Murphy 

Starting XI: 1 Ciaran Glazebrook (GK), 2 Tom Craig, 3 Joseph Iseghoimen, 4 Ross Bourke (Capt), 5 Rubin Dershi, 6 Sam Bentley, 7 Scout Bown, 8 Billy Stewart, 9 Aymen Mekni, 10 Mamadi Mendes, 11 Oscar Tribe

Subs On: 12 Bruce Aghaji [29′], 14 Aaron Ige [41′], 15 Jamal Elliott [45′], 16 Brendan Allen [64′], 13 Eru Avgousti [74′]

Goal-scorers: Scout Bown [37′,74′ & 79′], Aymen Mekhi [38′], OG [43′]

Sent Off: Glazebrook  | Subs Not Used: None

Epping Town   | Player-Manager: Stuart Hoskins

Starting XI: 1 Will Skingley (GK), 2 Harry Banister, 3 Tyler Sanago-Ismael, 4 Joe Rudkin (Capt), 5 Charlie Pollard, 6 Stuart Hoskins, 7 Chris Gormley, 8 George Spillane, 9 Daniel Hurwood, 10 Callum Turner, 11 Graeme Turner

Goal-scorers: Callum Turner [18′, 83′] , Chris Gormley [41′, 71′], David Limber [pen 85′]

Subs On: 16 David Limber [52′], 17 Peter Paoletti [61′], 14 Jamaine Belle [77′]

Booked: Limber  | Subs Not Used: None

Referee: Kevin Nicholson

S20-21 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 24 April) [EOFL 20/21 25.4.21]

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

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of my round-up articles, looking athe action in week four of the ‘mini-season’ in the  Essex Olympian League divisions on Saturday 24th April. As ever, our focus here is on the top four tiers, with results from Divisions Four & Five. After each division, you’ll notice an image of the updated divisional standings (Source: FA Full-Time website). Image is from Buckhurst Hill v Harold Wood Ath, taken by me. Thank you for reading.

EOFL Premier Division 

Starting off in the Premier Division and Bishop’s Stortford Swifts made it five league matches unbeaten with a good 3 – 0 win over Leigh Ramblers at Silver Leys. The goal-scorers for Billy Cove’s side were Tola Odedoyin, Gabriel Odili and Chris Gibbs as they reduced the deficit to Catholic Utd in third to four points, ahead of their visit to the Len Forge next weekend. The Rams remain in fourth spot. Basildon Town remain in second after a 2 – 0 win over third-placed Catholic Utd at the Basildon Sports Club. Goals from Charlie Kendall & player-boss Marcus Bowers ensured that caretaker boss Simon Thomas’s first game in charge (after the resignation of boss Stuart Marshall last week citing work commitments) ended in defeat.

In my featured match this weekend, Buckhurst Hill pulled off a fine 5 – 0 win over Harold Wood Athletic at Roding Lane. Tyler Dolan struck twice here for Mark Williams’ side, with Jack Griggs, Nathan Sollosi and replacement Fehinti Falola all netting as well to keep Buckhurst five points clear at the summit. My report from this match is available here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/04/24/s-20-21-match-report-buckhurst-hill-5-0-harold-wood-athletic-eofl/

Elsewhere, Rayleigh Town got a super away-day victory, 3 – 1 at Shenfield AFC with Bailey Moss, Shaun Gittleson and George Vile the scorers for Paul Higgins’ side. Town rise to ninth spot in the table while Shenfield drop to 11th. Sungate also got back to winning ways with a 2 – 0 win at Kelvedon Hatch, which sent them back up to seventh. Two of the bottom three sides met at Arun Park as Springfield were held 1 – 1 by Old Southendian. David Knight struck for Dan Williams’ side but a late leveller for OS from Lewis Caplin denied them a much-needed victory. Other results meant that OS are now bottom, while Springfield reside in 12th. Finally, Canning Town leapt off the bottom with a superb 3 – 1 win over Hutton in Beckton. Town’s third league win this term leaves them in tenth, while Hutton’s third loss on-the-rack see them stay in fifth.  

EOFL Premier Division table (after April 24 action)

EOFL Division One 

Moving into Division One, with perhaps the most surprising result this week being Rayleigh Town Reserves fighting back to claim a 4 – 4 draw with Old Chelmsfordians at London Road. The result means the hosts inch to a three-point cushion in tenth spot while the OC’s drop to fourth place. Leaders Ongar Town continued their sparkling form with a 7 – 0 victory over struggling Herongate Athletic at Lakeside. Aaron Blair grabbed yet another treble to move to 18 league goals this term for Ongar, with Harry Rawlins notching twice alongside singles for Frankie Goodall and Rodney Wilson. Richard Ponsford’s side now have an eight-point lead at the summit and surely won’t be caught before the end of May.

That being said, Manford Way could give it a good go as they won 6 – 2 at Shoebury Town. Tyrone Scarlett netted a superb treble to lead the way for Trevor Grace’s side here, with Jourdon Sabarouche also grabbing two goals himself. Ronnie Hobbrough got the other goal as Manford made it four wins from their last five games. Shoebury probably cannot wait to regroup in June now as they are four points adrift of Herongate at the foot of the table.

There were goals aplenty in other matches this weekend too, only the 41(!) being scored overall in the six matches in the division this weekend. Snaresbrook certainly did their bit for that tally as well with a 5 – 2 win at Toby. Daniel Tesfay got another double here for Rob Caine’s side, as Drew Barbier also notched a pair plus Ife Ogunbayo also netted from twelve yards. ‘Brook go above their hosts here into sixth and they are only three points adrift of a top-three place, such is how congested the top half of the standings are. Also, Galleywood managed a fine 3 – 0 win at Runwell Sports with Matthew Buckingham, Thomas Watling and substitute Luke Osborne all finding the net at St Luke’s Park. ‘Wood go up to third in the standings while Runwell drop to fifth.

Finally for this division, Chingford Athletic made it four games unbeaten as they won 4 – 2 at Ramsden Scotia. Michael Mignot got another double here to take his tally to nine goals in a Chingford shirt in the last month. Archie Stojic and George Miller also netted to send Lee Bowers’ side up to eighth. I wouldn’t rule them out making a late run for a top-four spot either. Scotia drop to ninth spot.

EOFL Division One Table (after April 24 action)

EOFL Division Two

On a day of movement in the top half in Division Two, Leigh Town got back to their irrepressible selves with a thundering 6 – 1 at Old Southendian Res. Brodie Horne netted another three goals here to make it to five league goals this term now. Tom Byford, Sam Irvine and Lewis Lawrence completed the ensemble cast of scorers for Jack Pearman’s side who remain a point clear at the summit, while OS Ressies remain seventh. Beacon Hill Rovers ended a three-match winless run with a 3 – 0 win at my local club Rochford Town. Bradley Morgan, Karl Swanborough and Josh Perry all struck to give Stephen Bennett’s side renewed impetus in second spot, Rochford drop to tenth.

Elsewhere, Corinthians moved into third place with a decent 2 – 0 win over Ryan at Stambridge. John Bolton-Smith and Leo Clarke provided the goals as Chris Stoneham’s side got their third straight win. Ryan remain in eighth spot, a point clear of Harold Wood Athletic Reserves who were held 1 – 1 by AS Rawreth at Harold Wood Park. Substitute Darren Wettner got the crucial goal there for the hosts as bottom side Rawreth finally got their first point of the campaign. May & Baker ‘A’ also got a fine 3 – 2 win over Laindon Orient with Nimaga Dauda notching twice for Scott Harding’s team. A known name to fans of the whole club, Carl Patten got the other goal for Bakers. Carlos Dias and an OG accounted for Laindon’s goals but this loss drops them to fourth and makes them vulnerable to being caught by both Wakering & Epping as Orient have played more matches.

Speaking of Wakering, Wakering Sports took on Epping Town this weekend at Cupid’s. A fine performance saw the hosts emerge with a 3 – 1 victory with Ben Rowe, Ben Burrows and Max Drury goals sealing a third win in succession for Mitchell Gleeson’s side. Charlie Pollard netted a late goal for Town but Wakering go above their opponents here into fifth spot.

EOFL Division Two updated Table (after April 24 action)

EOFL Division Three

In Division Three this week, leaders ACD Utd came away with a fine 3 – 2 win over Collier Row at the Forest Row Centre. Jamie Alexandrou, Connor Lambert and Jake Noble all struck for player-boss Michael Wade’s side as they extended their lead at the summit to four points. Row suffered a damaging defeat here in their own promotion ambitions and fall to sixth. ACD’s two nearest rivals also had setbacks, with Manford Way Res being held to a 1 – 1 draw at Hullbridge Sports ‘A’. Edward Hawney netted for the Lower Road developmental side, with David Hornsby notching his 18th league goal of the season to level for the visitors, who are still unbeaten in their last six matches.

Elsewhere, in the late kick-offs, Basildon Town Reserves came from behind to defeat Wakebury 2 – 1 at Basildon Sports Club. Late goals from Mark Squibb and a Scott Cooper penalty were enough to overhaul Adam Topley’s earlier goal for the Berries to give the hosts their fourth win in their last six outings. Wakebury’s three-match winning run is over and they are four points adrift in third now. Also, Toby Res were held 2 – 2 by Corinthians Res at Ford’s Sports Club in Newbury Park. The result doesn’t do much for either side as they both are in the bottom three.

Buckhurst Hill Res got a fine 4 – 1 win at home to Lakeside Utd with Harry Davison scoring for the visitors there. Buckhurst’s second-side had a brace from Louie Cooper to set them on their way to success, with Endrit Abazi and Genit Abazi both also netting here. Buckhurst’s second-side rose to ninth after this victory. Also, Hutton Res had two matches this week which heralded six points. Firstly in midweek, they defeated Collier Row 4 – 1, in a match I attended at Polo Fields, my report is available here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/04/22/s-20-21-match-report-hutton-res-4-1-collier-row-wed-21-apr/

Meanwhile at the weekend, Hutton Res defeated Leigh Town Res 5 – 1 with Jack Shaw scoring twice, plus Carl Dutton, Thomas Price and substitute Bailey Morris were all also on target in their fourth consecutive win. Bill Stratford’s side sit fourth, level on points with Wakebury just above them in what is a tight top six (see table below).

EOFL Division Three table (after April 24 action)

EOFL Division Four Results  

Chingford Athletic Res  1 – 4 Catholic Utd Res   | Town Mead [3G]

Galleywood Res  5 – 4  Leytonstone Utd   | Moulsham High Sch [3G]  

Hashtag Utd Dev  4 – 0  Wakering Sports Res   | Barleylands Road

Laindon Orient Res  2 – 1  Canning Town Res   | Markhams Chase

Old Chelmsfordians Res  1 – 3  Shenfield AFC Res  | Lawford Lane

Sungate Res  5 – 4   Ongar Town Res    | Ilford Wanderers RFC

EOFL Senior Five Results  

AS Rawreth Res  1 – 10  Springfield Res   | The Warren

Collier Row Res  H – W  Shoebury Town Res   | Home Walkover

Epping Town Res 3 – 3  Newbury Forest Res  | Epping UC Rugby Club

Herongate Athletic Res  2 – 0  Leigh Ramblers Res  | Billericay Road

Roydon  H – W Old Barkabbeyans  | Home Walkover

Runwell Sports Res A – W  Wakering Sports ‘A’  | Away Walkover

S20-21 Round-ups: Len Cordell Cup (Fri/Sat 23/24 April) [LCC 2021 25.4.21]

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

Hello and welcome to my round-up of third & final weekend of the Group Stages of the Len Cordell Cup, a competition run by the Essex Senior to remember a pillar of the Non-League Family in Len Cordell, who was associated with Redbridge FC for many years. Thanks to Pete Dudley (@ped1980) for the main image above (from Holland v FC Clacton)

All the results from this week’s action are below, they took place on Saturday 24th April unless stated in the Result line. The sides highlighted in bold progress to the next round. After each group, we have a final table and at the end of the article we have the draw for the last 16 of the Len Cordell Cup and the eight sides that will face each other in the Len Cordell Plate.

Len Cordell Cup  – Saturday 24 April 

Cockfosters   3 – 2  Hoddesdon Town |  Chalk Lane  | Group A

The ‘Fosters went through from Group A in second spot after a good win over Essex Senior rivals Hoddesdon at Chalk Lane. James Verney put his side ahead early on, which was added to by Marcus Crowther five minutes before the break and Jo Wilkinson late on. Harrison Rookard and Alfie Little responded for the Lilywhites but they finish bottom and go into the Plate mini-competition.

DT FC   0 – 2   St Margaretsbury | the Harlow Arena  [3G] | Group A

St Margs did enough to inflict the first defeat on newcomers DT at the Harlow Arena. Strikes from Aiden Read [35’] and Jermaine Nicholson in added time secured a place in the last 16 for Ray Bartlett and James Falaise’s side. DT’s loss means they slip down to third but they still make it to the next round.  

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Clapton 2 – 0 Barkingside | Played at J. Carter Cen. [3G], Frenford  | Group B | Fri 23 Apr 

The Tons sealed their progress to the knockout stages of the competition with a decent win over Barkingside in this match played at Frenford on Friday night . Second-half goals from Melos Ajvasi and Bayemore Ndiaye were enough to claim the win which sent the home side to their second win in three games. Both sides go through, with Clapton in second spot.

My good friend Pete Dudley was at this match & his report is here: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2021/04/clapton-2-barkingside-0.html

Woodford Town  2 – 3   Redbridge  |  Coles Park [3G]  | Group B | Sat 24 April

In the match on Saturday, Redbridge recovered from a poor start to complete their third win in succession. Tariq Alexander had given Dee Safer & Julian Charles’ side a first-minute lead but Tony Martin erased that lead two minutes later. Further strikes by tricky winger Ayub Kadiri [21’] and Sonny Fish [61’] turned the tide of the match. Josh Steele pulled one back on the stroke of the 90 minutes but it is the Motormen who advance as group winners in this competition that they dearly want to get to the latter stages at least. Woodford finish bottom and therefore head into the Plate mini-competition.

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Saturday 24 April – Group C

Billericay U23s  2 – 3  Stansted   | New Lodge [3G]   | Group C 

Stansted made a heroic comeback after their interval to defeat Billericay’s development side at New Lodge. The hosts were two goals to the good at the break thanks to strikes by Gabriel Ipanga Mbambo [25’] and Nyan Msuria five minutes later. But Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ side once again showed the “Stansted resolve” and goals from John Clarke, Michael Salako and Jack Mitchell’s winner later on sealed their first win and progression into the last 16 as the ‘best’ of the fourth-placed sides.

Holland  3 – 2   FC Clacton   | Dulwich Road   | Group C 

These two local rivals met for the first time in a competitive match and it was the Step 6 hosts who prevailed. It was some match for Louis Olymbios who not only netted a treble but was also later dismissed for persistent fouling. Kevin Coyle’s spot-kick and an OG saw Clacton close but ultimately both sides progressed with Holland topping the group.

Fellow Non-League writer Pete Dudley (@ped1980) was also at this match & his report is here: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2021/04/holland-3-fc-clacton-2.html

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Barking  2 – 1  West Essex  | Mayesbrook Park [3G] | Group D  | Friday 23rd April

West Essex faced their landlords Barking for the last time whilst being tenants in this local derby on Friday night. It was to be the Blues who won and progressed as Group winners. Strikes from Louis Dillion six minutes before the break & Johnny Ashman midway through the second half cancelled out a thunderbolt from the returning James Jewers early on. West still head into the knockout phase as they finished in second spot.

Frenford 0 – 2  Hackney Wick | Jack Carter Centre [3G] | Group D  | Sat 24th April

The Saturday game saw Wick grab their first win & with it progression to the knockout phase with victory at Frenford. Mohamed Raza and Jermain Lachoo provided the goals to ensure they leapfrogged Dave Forbes’ side into third spot and sent the hosts out of the Cup and into the Plate mini-competition.

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Athletic Newham  6 – 2   Great Wakering Rovers   | Terry Mac | Group E 

Finally in Group E, Athletic Newham sealed a hugely morale-boosting win over Great Wakering at the Terry Mac. Anderson Baro put the hosts head just past the 20-minute mark, with Richard Kone and Joel Appiah both adding doubles to add to Stephen Butterworth’s team’s pain. Babs Sonupe added further gloss to the score-line late on and render strikes by Jake Gordon and Louie Hay to be mere consolation. Newham go through in second while Wakering exit and will compete in the Plate next weekend.

Brimsdown   0 – 3  White Ensign | Moved to Lower Road | Group E 

Ensign ended a superb group stage for them with a fine win over Brimsdown at Lower Road. Luke Skinner, Dominic Locke and Luke Woodward all struck to complete a decent three weeks for Brett Munyard & Mark Healy’s team and they march on to the next round as group winners. Brimsdown’s defensive record has assisted them to the last sixteen as they ended up third.

As promised earlier, here is the draw for the knockout round of the Len Cordell Cup. Fixtures in both competitions will be played on weekend of April 30/May 1.   

Draw for Len Cordell Cup Last 16

Billericay U23  v  Athletic Newham

Brimsdown  v  Clapton

Cockfosters  v  Barking

DT FC   v  Redbridge

Holland  v  Hackney Wick

St Margaretsbury  v  FC Clacton

West Essex  v Stansted

White Ensign  v  Barkingside

Here is the draw for the Cordell Cup Plate competition as well:

Draw for QFs on Len Cordell Plate

Frenford v Hoddesdon Town

Frenford Res. v Walthamstow Res.

Great Wakering Rovers v Woodford Town

Sawbridgeworth Town Res. v West Essex Development

S20-21 Round-ups: Len Cordell Trophy (Thurs-Sat 22-24 April) [LCT 2021 25.4.21]

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

Hello and welcome to my look at the last weekend of the group stage of the Len Cordell Trophy, a competition run by the Essex Senior League for Reserve sides to also remember the contribution the late Len Cordell made to local Non-League Football.

After the Results section in each group, we also have a Final table and a projected look at which sides have advanced in the Trophy and which sides will be moved to the Cordell Plate competition.

In the Tables themselves, those sides highlighted in bold are those that have progressed to the Quarter-Finals. Thanks for reading.

Friday 23rd April – Group A

Harlow Town Res  5 – 1   Sawbridgeworth Town Res  | Harlow Arena [3G]  | Group A

Harlow confirmed their place in the knockout stages on Friday night with a second big win in as many weeks. Sam Bashua netted for the Sawbo side but a double for Mahedul Hasan Muzib plus strikes by Dillion Gordon, Graeme Butler and replacement Said Issa meant that Harlow finish in second spot.

Saturday 24 April

Walthamstow Res  1 – 6  Woodford Town U23  | Ashton’s (Side Pitch) | Group A

Woodford sailed through to the last eight with a big win over ‘Stow’s reserve side at Ashton’s. George Thompson grabbed a hat-trick here, with Prince Ofori-Duodu, Harry Carter and Esat Saiti all also scored to maintain the 100% winning record in the group for Shane Baptiste’s team. Louie Maxwell struck for W’stow but they go into the Plate competition after finishing bottom of the group.  

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Thursday 22nd April – Group B

Redbridge Res  2 – 2  West Essex Development  | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park)

On Thursday night, Redbridge Ressie side were held by West Essex’s development side at Ford’s Sports Club in Newbury Park. Emmanuel Odunaike and Mohamed Allie both scored for the visitors, but strikes from Landry Gogoa and Chris Kitanos ensured the home side got a second point of the group stage which was ultimately enough to see them through to the last eight as one of the two best third-placed sides. West’s youthful side exit & will go into the Plate competition.     

Saturday 24th April –  Group B

May & Baker Res  1 – 2   Tower Hamlets Res  | May & Baker FC |

On Saturday, Tower Hamlets’ second-side made it three wins from three with a good win at May & Baker. Goals from Paolo-Armani Okoye and Abdirahman Ahmed secured the win, despite David Asante-Boateng’s reply for Jimmy Donald’s side. Both sides go through as they finished in the top two (see below).

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Friday 23rd April – Group C

Barkingside Res  1 – 1     Frenford Res |  Lakeside Sports Ground [3G]  |

Barkingside’s second team were held on Friday night by visitors Frenford but still went through in a tight Group C. Dominic Edwards netted for ‘Side three minutes after the interval, with Julian Edwards getting the leveller for the Frenford second-string. Frenford unfortunately exit the competition despite amassing two draws.

Saturday 24th April – Group C

White Ensign Res 0 – 2    Grays Athletic U23   | Len Forge Centre [3G]

A fine away-day for Michael Walther’s Grays side meant they also went through. A brace from Callum Watts was enough to defeat Jack Caten’s side and go above them in the group stages. Both sides go through to the last eight.

The draw for the Quarter-Finals of the ESL Len Cordell Trophy was made on Saturday night, here it is (Matches to be played on weekend of Friday 30 April/Saturday 1 May)

Draw for Len Cordell Trophy Last 8 \ QFs

Barkingside Res  v  Woodford Town U23s

Grays Athletic U23s  v  May & Baker Res

Harlow Town Res   v   Redbridge Res

Tower Hamlets Res  v  White Ensign Res 

S 20-21 Match Report: Buckhurst Hill 5 – 0 Harold Wood Athletic (Sat 24 April) [EOFL 20-21 24.4.21]

Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Venue: Roding Lane (Stadium Pitch)

2020-21 Season: Match 28

Saturday 24th April 2021 – 2.30pm KO

Buckhurst Hill: Blue & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Red & Black Socks

Harold Wood: Sky Blue & White Shirts, Sky Blue Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

Sam Sollosi (B Hill) striking a free-kick (Image: Scott W)

Buckhurst seal fifth consecutive League win at Roding Lane

Buckhurst Hill 5 – 0 Harold Wood Athletic

Match Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

The weekend’s Non-League adventure took me to Roding Lane for a first visit since the facilities have been upgraded (last summer). This Essex Olympian League Premier Division match saw Buckhurst Hill having to face a tricky test in Harold Wood Athletic, managed by ex-Barkingside boss Alex Goldstone. The hosts had to do without top goal-scorer Suleyman Zuhdu as well who was unavailable. Tyler Dolan led the forward line here, with the Sollosi brothers, Nathan & Sam being his chief support. Josh Banfield skippered the side, alongside Jack Griggs in central midfield. Harold Wood were also missing several players from their squad, which severely restricted their substitute options, but could still field rugged centre-back Matthew Donovan, alongside James Ishmail in central defence. Support from the flanks came from wingers Jack Sykes-Brown and Chris Denham, with skipper Rob Whitnell and Josh Steel in attack.

In great conditions for Sport, the match got going with both sides looking to wrestle the momentum and therefore it was a little bit of a cagey, slow-burn start. One thing was clear, Buckhurst left-sided pair Liam Foster and Nathan Sollosi were getting some joy over-loading on that side, finding space but in the early-going at least, the chances on goal did not arise. Indeed it was the visitors who tested the alertness levels of home custodian Daniel Blockley on seven minutes, as Blockley superbly tipped over a sweet curling free-kick from experienced forward Robert Whitnell which was heading for the top corner. You may not be surprised to read that Jill continued with their patient build-up play and kept faith with their attack-minded ethos. It nearly paid dividends with 17 minutes on the clock as another good weaving run by the tricky winger Sam Sollosi fed forward Tyler Dolan though his glimmer at goal ended sailing over the goal frame.


Visiting goalkeeper Steven Reynolds was in action again four minutes later as a good Hill attack ended with a curling strike from Foster which Reynolds did well to gather. At the other end, Wood’s forays forward were becoming a little less frequent by this stage, though a powerful free-kick by winger Jack Sykes-Brown was well gathered by Blockley. Moments after Dolan had a decent header denied by Reynolds, it would be the home side who broke the deadlock. Athletic could not clear their lines sharply enough and a fine strike from 25 yards by central midfielder Jack Cripps sailed in low into the corner past Reynolds for a fine opening goal. Hill finished the half strongly as well as five minutes before the break, a free-kick from twenty yards out was curled over the woodwork by Sam Sollosi but that was another warning for the visitors.

Unfortunately, Alex Goldstone’s were unable to see out the last few minutes of the half as on 42 minutes, winger Nathan Sollosi came into possession and fired a low drive which just evaded Reynolds and found the far corner. Two clinical strikes were the difference at the interval but in fairness, it was Mark Williams’ side who more than shaded both the possession stats and keenness to create opportunities.

Half-Time:  Buckhurst Hill  2 – 0  Harold Wood Athletic

After the interval, Buckhurst continued with their passing game, out from defence with centre-back Henry Day particularly keen to set the tone and the pace of attacking moves. Another decent move involving captain Josh Banfield and Day ended up with Sam Sollosi not getting enough venom on his goal-bound effort which gave Reynolds ample chance to gather comfortably. Just after the fifty-minute mark, it was a four-minute spell which effectively ended the contest. Firstly on 51 minutes, a Buckhurst counter-attack saw Dolan in goal with only Reynolds to bypass and the forward calmly struck home with a low strike into the left-side corner to make his side three-nil up. Merely four minutes after that, Dolan was again presented with a clear run at goal and again he buried it with an opportunistic finish as the spirits of the visiting side were starting to ebb away.


To be fair to Harold Wood even though they did struggle to create enough chances to consistently test home ‘keeper Blockley, they did still venture forward. Midway through the half, a good effort from Sykes-Brown found Blockley ever-alert and showing good positional awareness to gather well. The hosts brought on a number of replacements in the latter stages, including full-back Brad Gayer and forwards Zachary Davidson & Fehinti Falola but it was fair to say the tempo of the game was slowing but Hill were still keen to improve their goal difference.

With four minutes left, Sam Sollosi found himself one-on-one with Reynolds but the stopper managed to fumble the ball wide for a corner. He wasn’t so fortunate moments later as Falola had to score from close range, but Reynolds denied his first effort but it was to no avail as Falola was able to turn in the rebound to seal a good afternoon’s work for the defending champions, who remain five points clear at the summit with above five weeks of the ‘mini-season’ remaining.

Full-Time: Buckhurst Hill  5 – 0  Harold Wood Athletic


In summary, Buckhurst were too strong and fluid in their attacking moves for Harold Wood to cope with, and the hosts have done that to many sides in the last few seasons. The lack of options off the bench also made it more awkward for Alex Goldstone’s side, who had to name both his assistants on the bench today. Before kick-off, you’d be tempted to think that without talisman Suleyman Zuhdu and with ‘guest’ forward Callum Ibe limping out of the warm-up with a groin niggle, it may not have been their day but before the hour was reached, Hill more or less sealed the game thanks to the sheer depth of their squad and their attacking ethos.

In terms of stand-out performances, Buckhurst may have another promising forward joining a long line of contemporaries in Tyler Dolan, who deserved his two goals and led the line well with both the Sollosi brothers in support. Nathan Sollosi in particular showed good awareness down the left channel and a good passing range. He also  linked up well with wing-back Liam Foster, who also had a fine afternoon showing good energy levels, willingness to run in behind the opposition full-back and a good cross or two along with it. Centre-back Henry Day also marshalled the backline well and even drove forward on a few lung-busting runs forward in possession too.

For Harold Wood, winger Jack-Sykes-Brown showed the most impetus going forward and kept going pretty much all match and his runs and passing showed he could be one to watch. Centre-back Matthew Donovan was his usual miserly self in defence and broke up a few promising Hill attacks and kept his side going on-pitch too. Forward Robert Whitnell also merits a mention as despite not receiving the array of service he’d like, he still made a few good runs and battled on in his characteristic way to try and give his side a glimmer of hope but it wasn’t to be today.

If you’d like to view the week’s Olympian League round-up, you can do so here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/04/25/s20-21-round-ups-essex-olympian-league-sat-24-april/

I’d also like to thank the hosts, in particular Buckhurst boss Mark Williams who is a great advocate of the Olympian League as well as supportive of the likes of myself & my Non-League media colleagues. If Buckhurst do get promoted in the summer, they will be missed, on-pitch & off it too.

Teams

Buckhurst Hill    | Manager: Mark Williams 

Starting XI: 1 Daniel Blockley (GK), 2 Alfie Harris, 3 Liam Foster, 4 Henry Day, 5 Max Nicholson, 6 Jack Griggs, 7 Sam Sollosi, 8 Joshua Banfield (Capt), 15 Louis Wynter, 10 Tyler Dolan, 11 Nathan Sollosi


Subs On: 12 Bradley Gayer [57’], 18 Daniel Whitehead [57’], 17 Zachary Davidson [67’], 16 Fehinti Falola [79’]


Goal-scorers: Jack Griggs [31’], Nathan Sollosi [42’], Tyler Dolan [51’ & 55’], Fehinti Falola [89’]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Ibe



Harold Wood Athletic   | Manager: Alex Goldstone

Starting XI: 1 Steven Reynolds (GK), 2 Jacob Roberts, 3 Jack Baines, 4 James Ishmail, 5 Ben Dosad, 6 Matthew Donovan, 7 Jack Sykes-Brown, 8 Dan Johnson, 9 Robert Whitnell (Capt), 14 Josh Steel, 11 Chris Denham

Subs On: 15 Max Sheppard [23’]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Benson, S Williams



Referee: Kevin Nicholson

Assistant Referees: Keith Gold & Margarit Tsekov

S 20-21 Match Report: Hutton Res 4 – 1 Collier Row (Wed 21 April) [EOFL 20-21 22.4.21]

EOFL crest

Essex Olympian League – Division Three

Venue: Polo Fields

2020-21 Season: Match 27

Wednesday 21st April 2021 – 6.15pm KO

Hutton Res: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red & White Socks

Collier Row: Blue & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Polo Fields surface pre-match

Hutton Ressies secure third win on the reel with fine win over Row at Polo Fields

Hutton Res 4 – 1 Collier Row

Match Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

In another midweek adventure, I returned to Polo Fields to see in-form Hutton Reserves face fellow promotion rivals Collier Row in this Essex Olympian League Division Three match. The hosts had won at the weekend without conceding at home to Toby’s reserve side, while Collier Row lost at Basildon Town’s second side – and Hutton Res defeated the latter side here last week.

The match got underway with a flourish for the visitors as they saw two half-chances go narrowly wide of home custodian Scott Allison’s goal. Bill Stratford’s side responded on ten minutes with the tricky winger Carl Dutton striking narrowly wide of Owen Dunn’s post, Moments later, it was forward Matthew Price’s turn to test stopper Dunn before also being denied by a well-placed covering defender in the same move. As it turned out, the depleted visitors, missing the likes of talismanic goal-scorer Ed Hart, conceded with 21 minutes on the watch as the hosts made the most of slack marking with centre-back Jim Gardner tapping in from close range.

Row responded with characteristic attacking vigour with Ben Woolven sending in a fine cross from the left side of the penalty box, but good tracking back by midfielder Owen Chesney allowed him to clear in the nick of time an prevent a chance at goal. Collier Row did level with twenty-four minutes on the watch, with a good free-kick angled in evaded the home defence, allowing skipper Brandon Nicholson to force the ball over the goal-line from a yard or two away. At this point of the match, there wasn’t a lot in it though Hutton Res were yet to really find their cohesive rhythm going forward.

However, it was the Hutton side who got that crucial next telling goal, eleven minutes before the interval. Dutton’s good run was well-spotted and his cool, assured finish gave Dunn little chance as the ball sailed into the far corner. That lead held until the break, though you still felt there was more drama to come.


Half-Time:  Hutton Res 2 – 1  Collier Row

That drama was to follow very quickly after the restart as Row showed a lot of tenacity to boss the first ten minutes or so of the second period. Three minutes after the resumption, Woolven found himself one-on-one with Allison, but the young Hutton ‘keeper did well to deny Woolven’s strike with his feet. The Hutton goalkeeper was again in the action before the hour mark as a well-floated cross in deep eventually found its way in to forward Daniel Reeve but a combination of Allison’s good reaction and the deep-sitting home defence denied him from notching again this season. At the other end, Dutton was in the action again as another strike was well stopped by visiting stopper Dunn. The above defensive prowess served Hutton well as on the hour, a well-placed chip by forward Matthew Price managed to bypass Dunn before sailing into the net to finally give the Reds some distance on the score-sheet and go three-one up.

Unfortunately for the visitors, they couldn’t maintain the rapid pace of their counter-attacks or be clinical in their finishing. The hosts pretty much wrapped up fourteen minutes from time as a fine cross by Matthew Price found the advancing Thomas Price and the latter slotted home well to secure a deserved victory in the end. Collier Row did well in the latter stages to deny Matthew Price and Jack Shaw but ultimately gave themselves too much to do in the latter stages.

Full-Time: Hutton Res  4 – 1 Collier Row

In summary, it was the Hutton side’s efforts in the second-half that made sure they got the points and being earnest, they played some neat Football with good attacking moves. What hurt Row the most here was accuracy of their final ball into the forwards which was intermittent at best and their finishing, combined with home stopper Scott Allison making some good saves as well. In terms of stand-out performances for the hosts, winger Carl Dutton drove his side on well and set up promising moves. Goalkeeper Scott Allison also had a good confident match, as did winger Thomas Price as did his brother, forward Matthew Price. For Collier Row, the pair of Ben Woolven and Dan Reeve did cause problems for a physical home backline, and their ‘keeper Owen Dunn also made some smart saves to prevent a heavier loss.

For the several hardy spectators in attendance, it was a good game to watch (despite the declining temperature) and a good spectacle for this division. My thanks to both managers for their assistance pre-match & I wish them well for the remainder of the season.


Teams

Hutton Res    | Manager: Bill Stratford 

Starting XI: 1 Scott Allison (GK), 12 Thomas Price, 3 Mike Cason, 4 Ryan Thorne, 5 Ben Trigg (Capt), 6 Jim Gardner, 7 Carl Dutton, 8 Owen Chesney, 16 Conor O’Regan, 10 Matthew Price, 11 Jack Shaw

Subs On: 14 Stewart Biggie [46′], 15 Dayne Wood [46′], 17 George Grant [66′], 2 Harry Lane [68′], 18 Brad Freeman [68′]

Goal-scorers: Jim Gardner [21′], Carl Dutton [34′], Matthew Price [60′], Thomas Price [76′]


Booked: O’Regan | Subs Not Used: None


Collier Row   | Manager: Wayne Sainty

 Starting XI: Owen Dunn (GK), Ryan Bishop, Nicky Webber, Brandon Nicholson (Capt), Jack Bird, Freddie Donkor, Alfie Kempton, Elliott Burrows, Scott Dunn, Ben Woolven, Daniel Reeve

Goal-scorer: Brandon Nicholson [26′]


Referee: Matthew Pointer


S20-21 Round-ups: Len Cordell Trophy (Fri/Sat 16/17 April) [LCT 2021 18.4.21]

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

Hello and welcome to my look at the second weekend of the Len Cordell Trophy, a competition run by the Essex Senior League for Reserve sides to also remember the contribution the late Len Cordell made to local Non-League Football.

After the Results section in each group, we also have a brief table and a look at the Fixtures for next weekend (Kick-offs may be subject to alteration)

Len Cordell Trophy  – Friday 16th April

Barkingside Res   2 – 0    White Ensign Res  |  Lakeside Sports Ground [3G]  | Group C

Barkingside’s second team got their first win of the competition and went top of Group C after Saturday’s action (see table below) after this win over White Ensign Reserves at the Lakeside Sports Ground. First-half goals from Dominic Edwards [14’] and Manraj Phagura ten minutes after the opener were the difference-makers for the hosts who remain unbeaten from their two matches thus far. Ensign’s Ressie side know that a win against will put them in the top two.

Saturday 17 April

Walthamstow Res  0 – 7    Harlow Town Res   | Wadham Lodge | Group A

Harlow’s second-side made easy work of this tricky encounter at Wadham Lodge. Hassan Muzib grabbed a treble, being well-supported by the ensemble cast of Dillon George who grabbed a brace, plus there were goals for Graeme Barker and Said Issa. Harlow’s thumping win gives their first points of the tournament whereas it was a day to forget for the ‘Stow development side.

Woodford Town U23s  3 – 2   Sawbridgeworth Town Res | Ashton’s (Side pitch) | Group A |

Woodford continued their good start to the Cordell Trophy with their second successive 3 – 2 win, this time over Sawbo’s Ressies at Ashton’s. Luke Steele, Alexandros Ndoj and Rashaad Ogun’s second goal in as many weeks sealed the win for Shane Baptiste’s team. Ollie Palmer and Jack Taylor both netted for the visitors but they are yet to win and they will have to beat Harlow Town to get in the top two.

Group A Table after Week Two (Apr 17, 2021)

Saturday 17 April

May & Baker Res  1 – 1  Redbridge Res  | May & Baker FC | Group B  

May & Baker Reserves maintained their unbeaten run with this draw with Redbridge Ressies. David Asante-Boateng scored for Jimmy Donald’s side, with Landry Gogoa’s goal ensuring that the visitors got their first point of the competition thus far. May & Baker know that if they avoid defeat in their final group match they will be assured of a top two finish in the group.

West Essex Dev  0 – 1   Tower Hamlets Res  | Debden Park Sch   |  Group B

Tower Hamlets’ second-side made the trip to Debden and handed the West development side a second consecutive narrow defeat. Paolo-Armani Okoye got the only goal five minutes before the break and that ended up being enough to see Hamlets to remain top of the standings.

Group B Table after Week Two (April 17,2021)

Saturday 17 April

Frenford Res  1 – 1   Grays Athletic U23s  | The Drive, Frenford  |  Group C

In this encounter at Frenford’s the Drive, the youthful Grays side made it two draws from two games. Harry Baker got the visitors’ goal with Julian Edwards responding for the home side but there was to be no breaking the stalemate. Both sides know they need a win to advance in the main competition.

Group C Table after Week Two (April 17, 2021)

Fixtures for next Weekend  (Friday/Saturday 23/24 April)

Group A

Harlow Town Res v Sawbridgeworth Town Res

| Fri 23 April 7.45pm KO | Harlow Arena [3G]

and Walthamstow Res v Woodford Town U23
| Sat 24 April 2.30pm KO | Wadham Lodge |

Group B (both on Saturday 24 April at 2.30pm)

May & Baker Res v Tower Hamlets Res | May & Baker FC |

and Redbridge Res v West Essex Dev. | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park) |

Group C

Barkingside Res v Frenford Res
| Fri 23 Apr 6.45pm KO | Lakeside Spts Grd [3G] |

and White Ensign Res v Grays Athletic U23 |

Sat 24 April 2.30pm KO | Len Forge Centre [3G]

That’s all from this week’s round-up, thank you for reading.

S20-21 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 17 April) [EOFL 20/21 18.4.21]

Image from Cor 3 – 3 OS Res (EOFL D2 18.4.21)

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

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of my round-up articles, looking at the action in third week of the ‘mini-season’ in the  Essex Olympian League divisions on Saturday 17th April. As ever, our focus here is on the top four divisions but myself and fellow writers were out watching Olympian League matches this week. Thank you for reading.

EOFL Premier Division 

As ever we start in the Premier Division and in a crucial match between the top two, Buckhurst Hill emerged with a 3 – 0 win at Basildon Town. Talisman Suleyman Zuhdu notched another two goals to make it to 19 goals already this term. Recent recruit Callum Ibe had earlier put Mark Williams’ side ahead with a good piece of opportunism. Hill have now won all six of their home matches and extend their lead at the summit to five points. Catholic Utd could yet challenge the leaders as well after they emerged from a bruising encounter with a 5 – 3 win over Sungate at the Len Forge Centre. Rhys Fatt notched a brace here for Stuart Marshall’s side, with Michael Sammut, Aaron Baldwin & Brad Rowland also netted to overpower goals for the visitors from Petrit Elbi, Jamie Doyle and George Johnson. Utd remain third, seven points away from Buckhurst, while Sungate remain in 8th and even with matches in hand on the sides above them, it’ll take quite a run to break into the top three I feel.

Meanwhile, Rayleigh Town picked up an important 2 – 0 win over Canning Town at London Road which pushes them up to 9th spot and drops their opponents to the foot of the table. Old Southendian rose off the bottom despite being held 1 – 1 by Kelvedon Hatch at Garon Park. Ryan Scott netted for the visitors who drop to eleventh place. That was because Shenfield AFC grabbed only their second away win this term, defeating Harold Wood Athletic  2 – 1 at Harold Wood Park. Josh Steel netted again for the home side, but strikes by Ben Absolon and Joe Heath ensured the victory which sees them rise to tenth. It’s also worth noting that the bottom six are separated by just three points.

Springfield fell to third bottom after sharing a 2 – 2 draw with Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. The hosts were two goals to the good at half-time but late goals from Kurt Smith and Chris Gibbs meant it was Billy Cove’s side who left the happier of the two sides.  

Finally, in the lunchtime kick-off, Leigh Ramblers had a fight hard for a 4 – 3 victory over fellow top five side Hutton at Belfairs Park. Justin Hazell nabbed a brilliant treble, which was added to goal-scoring centre-back Harry Haysom. Matt Singh’s side fought back through a double from Will Marlowe and Mason Hall from the penalty spot. Ramblers replace Hutton in fourth spot but both sides will be looking to surprise the top three in the remaining weeks of the campaign.

EOFL Division One

There were mixed fortunes for the top four in Division One this weekend. Leaders Ongar Town retained their unbeaten record with a 3 – 0 win at second-placed Runwell Sports with Frankie Goodall, Harry Rawlins and Aaron Blair all on target for Richard Ponsford’s side. Ongar extend the lead at the summit to six points now. Manford Way also picked up a great 2 – 0 win at rivals Old Chelmsfordians, with Connor Hammond netting both goals there for Trevor Grace’s side. Manford rise to fourth in the standings while the OC’s first loss in six matches sees them lose ground on leaders Ongar.

Elsewhere, Chingford Athletic continued their rise in the form book with an emphatic 11 – 0 win over struggling Shoebury Town at Town Mead. Michael Mignot again showed the art of finishing by notching five times here, with Sam Coe netting three times also, plus substitute Lee Lashley struck twice and George Miller added the other goal.  Chingford remain ninth but are only six points away from the top four now. Shoebury remain bottom after another hard loss for them this weekend.


In the other action this weekend, in the lunchtime kick-off, Ramsden Scotia nabbed a narrow 1 – 0 win over Galleywood in the match reversed to Clarkes Field. The win keeps Ramsden in eighth while ‘Wood drop to fifth. Rayleigh Town Res got their third win of the season and go up to ninth spot after a 2 – 1 success at Snaresbrook. And Toby had a Rhys Willson goal to thank for a 1 – 0 triumph over second-bottom Herongate Athletic at Ford’s Sports Club in Newbury Park, which takes them up to sixth spot. Fellow Non-League writer Aaron Moore was watching and his report is available here: https://footballreview.net/match-report-toby-1-0-herongate-athletic/

EOFL Division Two

Moving into Division Two now and Laindon Orient arguably got the result of the weekend with a 5 – 0 victory over Rochford Town at Markhams Chase. Ashley Blackburn led the way with a brace to take his tally to nine goals so far this term. The other scorers were Anthony Hill, Jason Purewal and a well-known name in Non-League circles in Shomari Barnwell. Neil Blackburn’s side go up to second, level on points with leaders Leigh Town. Rochford dop to ninth spot.

The other contender for result of the week was Epping Town’s 2 – 1 win over Leigh Town which ended Town’s hugely impressive 30+ match undefeated streak. Callum Turner got both goals for Stuart Hoskins’ side while Kieran Craine netted for Jack Pearman’s side. Epping go up to fourth in the standings and cannot be discounted in the race for promotion.

Another side who may have a say in the promotion race are fifth-placed Corinthians who were held to a 3 – 3 draw by Old Southendian Reserves at Stambridge Memorial Ground, which I was fortunate to watch first-hand. This was a brilliant, see-saw, end-to-end dramatic encounter filled with attacking football. Jordan Stoneham, Leo Clarke & Damian Siemienczuk all scored for Chris Stoneham’s side. Nico Dubouchet’s brace and a tap-in from Thomas Margerison made sure Josh Bambury’s side left with a deserved point. My in-depth report on this pulsating match is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/04/17/s-20-21-match-report-corinthians-3-3-old-southendian-res-sat-17-april/

Meanwhile, Beacon Hill Rovers are yet to win since the season restarted after they were held 1 – 1 by Harold Wood Athletic Res. Adam Farley got the goal for the Athletic second-side as they fortified ninth spot. Rovers drop to third and are vulnerable to being caught by Epping & Corinthians as the latter two sides have games in hand on Stephen Bennett’s side. Also in this division, Ryan emerged with a 3 – 2 win at home to AS Rawreth which sent Declan Murphy’s side up to eighth place in the table.

EOFL Division Three

In Division Three, Manford Way Res remain in second place after a comprehensive 5 – 0 win at Buckhurst Hill Res at Roding Lane. Jack Barraclough’s superb hat-trick led the way though David Hornsby stuck for the third successive match to add further gloss to the score-line. The East London side are three points clear of Wakebury in third who clinched a 4 – 1 win away at Leigh Town Reserves. Daniel Buglione scored another double here for Matt Cardy’s side to take his tally to seven goals in the last three matches alone. Harry Kateley and Charlie Little also chipped in to give the Berries a three-point cushion over nearest rivals Collier Row. Row lost 1 – 0 at Basildon Town Res with Nathan Fisher getting the decisive goal for Richard Bennett’s side there for their third win in their last five games and they remain seventh.

ACD Utd were not in action as they got the points, courtesy of home walkover in their match with Corinthians Res, who were unable to field a side. Elsewhere, Lakeside Utd got their first win since the restart with a 3 – 1 home triumph over Hullbridge Sports ‘A’. David Alele notched twice here with Mohamed Bouzeryouh grabbing the other goal to keep them comfortably in eighth spot.

Finally in this division, Hutton Res made it two wins in four days, firstly with a midweek 1 – 0 win over Basildon Town Res at Polo Fields with Keelan O’Donovan getting the goal of that game, watched by myself and Non-League colleague Pete Dudley – his report on that game is here: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2021/04/hutton-reserves-1-basildon-town.html

The Hutton second-side followed that up on Saturday with a 2 – 0 win against Toby Res, also at Polo Fields. Conor O’Regan got both goals in that match, which sees them remain in sixth place but are only six points adrift of the top three.   

Finally for this division, some news this week. Leigh Town Reserves boss Robert Hutchings-Spiller has elected to step down at the end of the season, after four years in charge. I’d like to wish ‘Hutch’ well in his future in the game.

EOFL Division Four Results  

Canning Town Res  2 – 5  Old Chelmsfordians Res  | Jo Richardson Sch 

Catholic Utd Res H – W Laindon Orient Res  | Home Walkover

Galleywood Res  2 – 2  Hashtag Utd Dev   | Clarkes Field

Leytonstone Utd 1 – 9  Chingford Athletic Res | Forest Row Centre 

Shenfield AFC Res  1 – 3  Ongar Town Res   | The Drive, Warley

Sungate Res A – W  Wakering Sports Res   | Away Walkover

EOFL Senior Five Results  

AS Rawreth Res A – W  Newbury Forest Res  | Away Walkover

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res 4 – 2 Old Barkabbeyans  | Silver Leys |

Roydon  3 – 0 Springfield Res  | Roydon Playing Fields   |

Shoebury Town Res  4 – 0  Runwell Sports Res | Cupid’s CC (pitch 4) |

Wakering Sports ‘A’ 5 – 0 Leigh Ramblers Res  | Cupid’s CC (pitch 2)  |



S 20-21 Match Report: Corinthians 3 – 3 Old Southendian Res (Sat 17 April) [EOFL 20-21 17.4.21]

EOFL crest

Essex Olympian League – Division Two

Venue: Stambridge Memorial Ground

2020 -21 Season – Match 26

Saturday 17th April 2021 – 3.05pm KO

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

OS Res: Green Shirts, Black Shorts & Green Socks

Stambridge pitch pre-match on a glorious day for Sport

Corinthians & OS Reserves both take a point in a pulsating match at Stambridge

Corinthians  3 – 3  Old Southendian Res

Match Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

In my second match of the weekend, it was a return visit to Stambridge for this Essex Olympian League Division Two encounter between Corinthians and Old Southendian Reserves. The hosts fielded Ethan Lemmon in goal, with a back four of George Fulcher, Brad Smith plus centre-backs Alfie Knight and skipper Connor Summerhill. Leo Clarke and Dan Cooksley led the new-look forward line, with support from recent recruit Damian Siemienczuk and Ollie Brickwood. Among the options on the bench were forward Jake Lang, wing-back Bill Wilton and teenage midfielder Ted Turnham.

Old Southendian’s second side had George Dugdale between the posts, a three-man central defence of former boss Oliver Tatton-Bennett, Tom Adams and skipper Thomas Margerison, with Luke Stillwell and Andy Turner pulling the strings in midfield. Jack Cripps and Nico Dubouchet made up the forward pairing, with David Stubbs and Daniel Dowd options from the dugout.

Both sides observing the minute’s silence pre-match

Before we got underway, there was a well-observed minute’s silence marking the HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral which took place today. Right, onto the match itself then and we didn’t have to wait long for a goal. Just two minutes in, a free-kick just outside the 18-yard area was given to the hosts and midfielder Jordan Stoneham pitched up to take it, sending a good curling drive around the defensive wall and although visiting custodian George Dugdale got a hand on it, he was unable to stop it crawling over the goal-line. Home forward Leo Clarke was also already making piercing runs down the channels, which brought him some joy but more on that later. The see-saw nature of this match was evident as early as the sixth minute when the ‘Old Boys’ levelled as a fine ball in by forward  Jack Cripps found strike partner Nico Dubouchet who drilled home a low strike from about ten yards out, giving home stopper Ethan Lemmon little chance.

Soon after that equaliser, it was the visitors who piled on the pressure with a number of well-directed set-pieces that gave the home defence some nervous moments. This was shown well by a free-kick just before the quarter-hour by visiting defender Oliver Tatton-Bennett which required Lemmon to claw it away from danger. That save was important though as only three minutes later, the hosts countered and a good run by winger Damian Siemienczuk to the halfway line saw him pick out another piercing run by Clarke down the opposite flank with a superb cross-field 35-yard pass and Clarke made the most of it, chipping Dugdale well to give Corinthians the lead once again. The drama was intensifying at this point, as was the pace of the match as on 23 minutes, the sheer nous of visiting experienced midfielder Luke Stillwell picked out Dubouchet  with a good pass and the forward rifled home a fierce strike which left Lemmon beaten and made it two-two with the majority of the match left to play.



It was the visitors who were enjoying a decent spell at this point, and just shy of the half-hour mark, after continuing to have some joy down the channels, Dubouchet was in on goal again but the declining angle on the right-side and stopper Lemmon denied him a hat-trick. The hosts realised they needed to get a foothold in midfield and Reece Barfoot led the way there in looking to break up the flowing passing moves of the visitors. That said, Corinthians took the lead for the third time ten minutes before the break as a fine long pass found the run of Siemienczuk who controlled the ball well before firing firmly into the net past Dugdale.

Half-Time:  Corinthians  3 – 2  Old Southendian Res

It was a pulsating first-half and a great example of why Intermediate or Grassroots leagues are important. But then again, the second half was no ‘damp squib’ either. Just three minutes after the restart, a powerful strike from Cripps just outside the 18-yard area cannoned off the crossbar with Lemmon again under pressure. Josh Bambury’s side kept up the pressure as moments afterward, a good run down the right by full-back Ryan Kelly needed the alertness of home centre-back Alfie Knight to clear for a corner. That set-piece by Jack Pagett was arrowed in to a congested six-yard area and centre-back Thomas Margerison stole a yard and prodded home from close range to once again level this match at three goals apiece.

The chances continued to come for the hosts as on the hour, after a move involving Ollie Brickwood and half-time replacement Jake Lang, Barfoot’s low drive needed Dugdale to make a smart reaction save. The tension was still there in the latter stages and with ten minutes remaining, a fine effort from thirty yards out by substitute Bill Wilton left Dugdale having to claw the ball away. At the other end, Dubouchet turned provider as his right-wing centre found replacement David Stubbs whose strike was gathered by home stopper Lemmon.

It was the hosts who finished the stronger and could have won as substitute Brad Read spurned two promising chances before on the stroke of the ninety minutes, the forward rounded Dugdale but perhaps being off-balance, could only skew his strike agonisingly wide of the left-side post, much to the relief of Dugdale and the visiting dugout.

After navigating a few nervy minutes of added-time, referee Billy Stevens blew the final whistle and although the home side were disappointed, there was no denying they had been involved in a superb battle and that both sides had fought hard for the point they had each earned.

Full-Time: Corinthians  3 – 3  Old Southendian Reserves

This match is difficult to sum up but I’ll give it a go. This was not a day for defences, it was a day for showing that different styles of play really do add to the intrigue of a match and it is a cliché but this was a fair result, in my opinion. The hosts showed more signs of being the youthful attacking unit that will be a headache for many a team in the top three tiers of the Olympian League, but also showed they can be got at defensively. Old Southendian’s second-side showed there is no substitute for match experience and their physical style does get results as well. That and having a good finisher (in Dubouchet) certainly helps too.

Again, it’s hard to dish out ‘stand-out’ mentions given the general quality & intensity of this match. But it is a stalwart of my reports so it has to be done. For Corinthians, Damian Siemienczuk was a livewire, with that brilliant cross-field pass to Clarke for their second goal, and getting on the score-sheet himself before half-time. The forward has played at higher levels before and hopefully gets a run of games now and will be an important part of his new team. Leo Clarke as well had a really good game, gallivanting down the flanks with ferocious energy and his chip for his goal wasn’t bad either. Reece Barfoot had a fine game in central midfield with some strong tackles and good passing, plus Bill Wilton had a good second half as well, really sprinting down the left flank well and doing his defensive duties as well.

For OS Reserves, Nico Dubouchet again showed why he’s having a good season in front of goal with two really good finishes, and generally being a nuisance to the opposition defence. Andy Turner had a good game also, showing his customary tricks & flicks as well as good energy levels and pace. Oliver Tatton-Bennett also did well as a ball-playing centre-half & a set-piece specialist and forward Jack Cripps also shone as a good foil for his strike partner Dubouchet.

Results elsewhere meant this wasn’t a bad point for Corinthians as they sit in fifth spot, just three points behind leaders Leigh Town. OS Ressies remain in seventh spot and don’t rule them out entirely for a late push into the top four.

If you’d like to check out the rest of the Essex Olympian League action, this weeknd’ round-up is available here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/04/18/s20-21-round-ups-essex-olympian-league-sat-17-april/



Finally, can I just thank the hosts for their continued kind welcome & I wish both sides well for the rest of the campaign.

Teams

Corinthians      | Manager: Chris Stoneham

1 Ethan Lemmon (GK), 2 George Fulcher (14 Ted Turnham 64’), 3 Brad Smith (12 Bill Wilton 46’), 4 Connor Summerhill (Capt), 5 Alfie Knight, 6 Jordan Stoneham, 17 Leo Clarke, 8 Reece Barfoot, 7 Damian Siemienczuk, 9 Dan Cooksley (19 Jake Lang 46’), 11 Ollie Brickwood (20 Brad Read 81’)

Goal-scorers: Jordan Stoneham [2’], Leo Clarke [17’], Damian Siemienczuk [35’]

Booked: Smith, Knight | Subs Not Used: Ayres

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Old Southendian Res    |  Manager: Josh Bambury 

1 George Dugdale (GK), 2 Ryan Kelly (16 David Manley 80’), 3 Jack Pagett, 4 Oliver Tatton-Bennett, 5 Tom Adams (12 Kieran Judd 70’), 6 Thomas Margerison (Capt), 7 Luke Stillwell (15 Daniel Dowd 46’), 8 Andy Turner, 9 Nico Dubouchet, 10 Jack Cripps, 11 Tom Judge (17 David Stubbs 56’)

Booked: None | Sub Not Used: Bambury

Goal-scorers: Nico Dubouchet [6’ & 23’], Thomas Margerison [51’]

Referee: Billy Stevens