Season Review 2019-20: Essex Olympian League Premier Division [EOFL SR 19/20 30.4.20]

Written By Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to the fifth piece of a mini-series of blog articles looking back at the ‘void’ Season 2019-20, as deemed by the FA.

In this piece, I look back what was a fascinating Essex Olympian League Premier Division campaign, rounded out with an array of statistics compiled from the EOFL FA Full-Time website including top goal-scorers & top appearance makers in the League fixtures. I was fortunate to see a few of the teams in action live this term.

 

EOFL Premier Division   (as of season cut-off point of March 14th 2020)

As with all the EOFL divisions, the season was halted in mid-March 2020 before eventually being curtailed several weeks later. At the summit were Sungate, who amassed forty-four points from their 22 matches in what was a very good season for the East London-based side. They had the secod-best defensive record, conceding twenty-nine times (at a average per game (or GpG) of 1.32) and also enjoyed the joint-best goal-scoring record, scoring 52 times (GpG of 2.36). I saw them come back to win a really enterprising game at Old Southendian in February and you could certainly see why they were hot in front of-goal and they will hope to carry on the impetus going forward. Leigh Ramblers had a really good campaign, finishing in second spot. Wayne Seal’s team had a strong end to the season, ending up with thirty-eight points from their 22 games played. They won seven of their 11 matches at their Belfairs Park home and were also joint-high goal-scorers with 52 strikes this term. Murmurings indicate that they are looking to build the club going forward and they will be a threat next term you feel. Last season’s champions Buckhurst Hill finished in third, with 32 points gained from only fourteen matches. Postponements and Cup runs perhaps thwarted Mark Williams’ side from a higher finish and you would not have gone against Hill obtaining a top-two finish, had the season gone on for another month. As it was, they still got ten league wins, along with being the division’s fourth-best goal-scorers with 46 strikes (a GpG of 3.28) and held the best defensive record (16 goals shelled) for the second consecutive campaign. Not bad going! Factor in their three entrants in the leading goal-scorers chart (see below) and you start to see why Hill are highly-regarded in the local Non-League scene. Both of their losses this season came in South Essex, at Rayleigh Town and Leigh Ramblers but it does seem they are well-placed for another tilt at success next term.

In fourth place were Catholic Utd, having managed 31 points from their twenty-one matches this term. The ‘Super Hoops’ are based at Bowers & Pitsea’s Len Salmon Stadium [3G] and grabbed seven wins from their thirteen games there. They scored fifty-one goals (GpG of 2.43) to put them in third in the list of ‘Entertainers’ this term though it was at the other end where the issues were, having shelled 39 goals this season. Their form tailed towards the end of the campaign, and they were uncharacteristic in their loss at Old Southendian in late January, which I watched. Utd have announced that former Southend Manor & Waltham Abbey Reserves boss Stuart Marshall will take the reins next season and it is good to see him back in the game, all the best to him. Kelvedon Hatch made the most of a decent run prior to the cut-off to finish fifth, having got thirty points from their 20 outings. Glen Golby & Steve Willis’ side certainly were not dull to watch, having struck the net forty-one times and conceded 45 times (a GpG of 2.25) this term. I saw them lose out narrowly at Old Southendian in December and you could see why quite a few of their players have played at a higher level, the guile and the craft is there. On that note, Petrit Elbi deserves a mention as their top goal-scorer with eight goals.

Into mid-table now, with Springfield finishing sixth with twenty-eight points from their 20 games played. Nine of them were wins with 44 goals scored, the fifth-best record in the division. Unfortunately, they conceded forty-nine goals as well, the second-worst in the division. Their Arun Close home was the place of six of their wins this term, and they also can champion the league’s top goal-scorer in Dave Wareham who netted fifteen times. Congratulations to him. The club saw a transition as well as stalwart Glen Wilkinson moved upstairs to Director of Football, with former Laindon Orient & Rayleigh Town Reserves co-boss Dan Williams coming in the second half of the season. They seem well set for another promising campaign next term. Rayleigh Town are another club with plans for the future, and they ended up seventh with twenty-five points from their 16 matches. They were hampered by weather & Cup fixtures somewhat though still won eight of their games, having scored thirty-three times and conceded 33 times as well – the fifth-best defensive record. I saw Paul Higgins’ side in action back in August as they defeated Leigh Ramblers, though I must note that like a lot of clubs at this level, they are welcoming and do deserve to increase their fan following as they play decent football as well.

In eighth place were a club I saw a few times in the second half of the campaign: Old Southendian. They found a degree of form in that second part of the season to also end on twenty-five points from their 22 matches. An inferior goal difference saw them below their local rivals Rayleigh, but Connor Lane’s team still won seven times, three of which I saw in person. Stats-wise, they struck 38 goals (a GpG of 1.73) and shelled 42 times as well though as is so often the case, the stats don’t tell the whole story. At their best, they do play some good stuff and given the experience they have in abundance in their squad, that isn’t a surprise.  Nick Henesy and Ed Gould both got eight goals apiece and as has been well-publicised, they are another of the clubs to play on artificial 3G at Garon Park.

 

Another club that saw a managerial change in Bishop’s Stortford Swifts finished ninth. They accrued twenty-three points from their 20 matches and on the face of it, you may call it a very mixed campaign. They scored 35 goals (a GpG of 1.75) and conceded forty-three times but they did get five of their seven wins at Silver Leys this term. Former Epping Town boss Billy Cove came in as manager in February and you sense the club’s focus has been renewed as they picked up two important wins over Kelvedon Hatch and Sungate which staved off immediate relegation worries at that time. I would predict a more positive season to come for the Swifts. Canning Town ended up tenth with twenty-three points coming from the 22 matches they contested. Their defence was the most troublesome area for the Beckton-based team, having conceded 49 times, the joint-second highest in the division. They did finish the season well though, with four wins in their last eight games with the pressure on so that may bode well for the next campaign. Another side who finished strongly sits in eleventh, which is Shenfield AFC, who won Division One in 2018/19. They garnered twenty-two points from their 18 matches, having won four of their last seven matches. That was quite the opposite of their early-season woes, as they didn’t win any of their first six games. It is true that only the bottom three sides had more trouble in front of goal, as AFC netted thirty times in all, though the team were more than decent at the back, shelling 35 goals to gain the sixth-best defensive record in the division. Ben Carroll also deserves to be mentioned as he grabbed nine league goals this term, well done Ben. Basildon Town were just below them in 12th, with 21 points from their fifteen outings. Those points came from their seven league wins, and they struck the net 27 times, the joint-lowest in the division. Couple that with conceding 48 times and you can see why the management would be frustrated to say the least. I saw Town at Old Southendian in late February and to be honest, they played well in patches so that must add to the frustration.

Now to the bottom two, with Hutton ending up 13th having gathered eighteen points from their 14 matches, having been one of many clubs affected by the deluge of rain over the winter. Gary Damrill’s team on five of their matches and although going forward they scored 27 times (joint-lowest with Basildon Town), the promising statistic is that they conceded 32 goals, which was the fourth-strongest defensive record. Quirks of numbers indeed. Top scorer Will Marlowe netted eight times as well so congrats to Will. Finally, Harold Wood Athletic ended a season they would probably like to forget bottom, also on 18 points from the same amount of matches. They finished below Hutton because of a much weaker goal difference, largely due to conceding 53 times. Stalwart boss Kris Taylor moved sideways at season’s end, to be replaced by former Barkingside boss Alex Goldstone and they will certainly want a better season next time out.

To close this part, I’d like to note my belief that the quality of the Premier Division is rising this season. Some may disagree with that and they are welcome to their opinion, I just don’t think it is an accident that players are dropping into Step 7 and on the same note, there are some good managers as well. All in all, it should be a really fascinating division next season, if it isn’t too badly affected by the current world events (No, I’m not saying the ‘C-word here). I hope to watch a few matches in this division again next term.

 

EOFL Premier Division  – Top Goalscorers 2019-20 Season

    Club/s League Goals League Starts
1 Dave Wareham Jr Springfield 15 18
         
=2 Nathan Sollosi Buckhurst Hill 12 12
  Jake Clarke Sungate 12 15
         
=4 Fehinti Falola Buckhurst Hill 10 8
  Suleyman Zuhdu Buckhurst Hill 10 11
         
6 Ben Caroll Shenfield AFC 9 15
         
=7 Will Marlowe Hutton 8 8
  Petrit Elbi Kelvedon Hatch 8 13
  Nick Henesy Old Southendian 8 13
  Joe Nathanson Springfield 8 13
  Aaron Baldwin Catholic Utd 8 14
  Rhys Fatt Leigh Ramblers 8 14
  Reece Clarke Sungate 8 15
  Daniel Williams Leigh Ramblers 8 16
  Ed Gould Old Southendian 8 18
         

 

Finally, here’s the top page of the Leading Appearance Makers in Premier Division  (focus on League Starts)

      Appearances
    Club/s League Starts Bench Total
1 Michael Sammut Catholic Utd 21 0 21
           
=2 Thomas Kearney Catholic Utd 20 1 21
  James Smith Sungate 20 1 21
  Ryan Batchford Springfield 20 0 20
  Ryan Lowe Leigh Ramblers 20 0 20
  Rorie McKenzie Sungate 20 0 20
  Tyron Thomas Canning Town 20 0 20
           
=8 Billy Evans Canning Town 19 1 20
  Reece Still Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 19 1 20
  Dylan Skinner Leigh Ramblers 19 0 19
           
=11 Ed Gould Old Southendian 18 2 20
  Dave Wareham Jr Springfield 18 1 19
  Adam Palmer Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 18 0 18
  Scott Truman Sungate 18 0 18
  Bradley Vaughan Catholic Utd 18 0 18
  Matt Wilson Old Southendian 18 0 18
           

 

Preview: Essex Olympian League & Senior Cup (Sat 14 Mar) [EOFL 19/20 13.3.20]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s preview of Essex Olympian League action on Saturday 14 March. Weather continues to pose a risk to fixtures, those denoted (TBC) are most liable to be moved in my view. Thanks for reading.

 

Essex Olympian League – Saturday 14 March (2.30pm KOs unless stated)

Premier Division

Basildon Town  v  Springfield   | Basildon Sports Club (TBC)

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  v  Harold Wood Athletic   | Silver Leys

Buckhurst Hill  v  Old Southendian   | Roding Lane (TBC)

Leigh Ramblers  v  Kelvedon Hatch   | Belfairs Park

Shenfield AFC  v  Catholic Utd   | St Martins Sch [3G]

 

Senior Division One

Chingford Athletic  v  Runwell Sports  | Town Mead [3G]

Herongate Athletic  v  Lakeside   | Billericay Road
Manford Way  v  FC Hamlets   | London Marathon Sports Ground (TBC)

Shoebury Town  v  Ramsden Scotia | Cupid’s CC (TBC)

Snaresbrook  v  Galleywood | Nutters Field (TBC)

 

Anagram Records Trophy –  Sandridge Rovers  v  Hutton  (2pm KO)

 

Senior League Cup (2.15pm KO)

Rayleigh Town  v  Old Chelmsfordians   | London Road (TBC)

Essex Premier Cup: Semi-Final

Leigh Town  v  Ongar Town  | John Burrows Rec Ground

 

Senior Division Two

AS Rawreth  v  Rochford Town  | The Warren

Harold Wood Athletic Res  v  Corinthians | Moved to Frances Bardsley [3G] (3pm KO)

Laindon Orient  v  Beacon Hill Rovers  | Ford’s (Basildon) (TBC)

Ryan  v  Epping Town   | Wadham Lodge (Intermediate Grass Pitch)

Wakering Sports  v  May & Baker Res  | Cupid’s CC (TBC)

 

Senior Division Three

Buckhurst Hill Res  v  ACD Utd   | Roding Lane (pitch 2) (TBC)

Lakeside Res  v  Toby Res  | Lakeside Sports Ground [3G]

Leigh Town Res  v  Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ | Waterside Farm Leisure Centre [3G] (2.15 pm KO)

White Ensign Res  v  Collier Row   | Len Forge Centre [3G]

 

Senior Division Four

Galleywood Res  v  Roydon

Leytonstone Utd  v  Catholic Utd Res

 

Senior Division Five

Newbury Forest Res  v  Runwell Sports Res

Old Barkabbeyans  v  Wakering Sports Dev

Shoebury Town Res  v  Springfield Res

 

EOFL Reserve League Cup  (2.15pm KOs)

Collier Row Res  v  Rayleigh Town Res

Corinthians Res  v  Shenfield AFC Res

Hutton Res  v  Old Chelmsfordians Res | Moved to Billericay Sch 3G

 

Round-up: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Sat 15 Feb) (EOFL 19/20 16.2.20)

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Image from Corinthians 3 – 1 Rochford Town (Sat 15 Feb)

 

Written by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Olympian League round-up, tracking the action from a weather-affected programme on Saturday 15th February in League action and one Senior League Cup tie. Thanks for reading.

 

Essex Olympian League – Saturday 15 February

Premier Division

In the Premier Division, there were surprises aplenty in the five matches that did take place. Basildon Town got a much-needed win as they defeated leaders Sungate 2 – 1 at Ilford Wanderers Rugby club. Jamie Bradbourn and James O’Brien got the crucial goals as Gareth Cleverly’s side ended a three-match losing run to rise up to 10th. The ‘Gate’s nine-match unbeaten run ended here though they still remain six points clear at the summit.

Meanwhile, Leigh Ramblers got their fifth win in their last seven matches by securing a 3 – 1 victory over Springfield at Belfairs Park. Rick Alabaster, Alfie Lindfield and Justin Hazell netted for Wayne Seal’s side as they strengthened their position in second. Buckhurst Hill put another dent in Catholic Utd’s title challenge as they won 4 – 1 at the Len Salmon Stadium. Braces for Nathan Sollosi and Fenti Falola did the damage to outweigh Harley Kee’s penalty for the Super Hoops. Hill rise back to fourth place in the standings, just six points off second spot with a number of matches in hand on the top three.

At the bottom, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts began their new era with a fine 4 – 2 win against Kelvedon Hatch at Silver Leys. Oliver Fortune, Bryn Thorpe, Danny Palmer and replacement Sipho Mtyanda all struck for Billy Cove’s new team and although Calvin Poku & Joe Gregory responded for Kelvedon, it was the Swifts who ended a six-match winless streak here to move off the bottom into 12th. Hatch drop to sixth, nine points above the bottom two. In the battle of the strugglers, Old Southendian got a huge 4 – 1 triumph over Harold Wood Athletic in a game moved to the Frances Bardsley Academy 3G, given the Harold Wood Park continues to be unavailable. Nick Henesy, Elliot Hemmings, Ed Gould and Ryan Stillwell all netted to move Connor Lane’s side up to seventh, though with the bottom half still so tight, they are still only five points above bottom side Harold Wood and have played more games than most. Chris Muir struck for Ath here though they are winless in their last four matches now.

 

Match OFF: Hutton  P – P  Shenfield AFC  |

 

EOFL Senior League Cup

In the one EOFL Senior Cup tie, Premier side Rayleigh Town showed what they can achieve by dismantling Senior One strugglers Toby 6 – 2 at Beauchamps Sch 3G. Bailey Moss grabbed a treble, with Paul Morris, Harry Talbot and substitute Teddy Rumsey all scoring too as Paul Higgins’ side made it through to the next round.
London Junior Cup Semi-Final

Also in their London Junior Cup Semi-Final, FC Hamlets made it to another Final with a 3 – 1 win over UCC Diaspora at Mabley Green. Player-boss Ashley King got a brace here with Charlie Heatley netting the other to ensure they will play at Haringey Borough’s Coles Park on Friday 17th April. Congratulations to all at the club on making another appearance in the Final.

Senior ONE

In Senior One,  only two matches survived the weather as Old Chelmsfordians maintained their place in second with a 3 – 1 win over Shoebury Town at Lawford Lane. Shoebury remain seventh, three points behind Galleywood who drew 1 – 1 with Runwell Sports. Max Orrin got the goal for the hosts though they haven’t won in their last four matches, while Runwell rise one place to 11th on goal difference.

 

Matches OFF:
Manford Way  P – P  Chingford Athletic  |

Ramsden Scotia  P – P  Rayleigh Town Res  |

Snaresbrook  P – P  Herongate Athletic |

 

 

Senior TWO

Senior Two was also heavily affected by the rain as only two of the five set matches were played. One of those ended up being scrapped as Leigh Town got a home walkover over struggling Ryan, who were unable to make the fixture. Town extend their lead at the summit to seven points and now need six wins from their last eight matches at present to secure the title. Ryan remain bottom, eight points off their nearest rivals, with only four matches left to play.

Also, Corinthians were made to work hard before claiming a 3 – 1 win over local rivals Rochford Town in the match I attended at Stambridge Memorial Ground. John Bolton-Smith got a double here for the hosts, with Jake Hodder getting the other goal in a wind-affected tussle. Jack Power got a well-taken consolation goal for Town, though they remain third-bottom. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/02/16/match-report-corinthians-3-1-rochford-town-sat-15-feb-eofl/

 

Matches OFF:

AS Rawreth  P – P  Wakering Sports   |

Beacon Hill Rovers  P – P  Old Southendian Res  |

Laindon Orient  P – P  May & Baker Res  |

 

Senior Division Three

Finally for the round-up section, in Senior Three, ACD Utd went top of the division with a 3 – 0 success over Buckhurst Hill Res at Westlands. Player-boss Michael Wade, Connor Lambert and Shaun Farrow struck for Utd as they made it eleven matches unbeaten and are now two points ahead of Wakebury, with a further match in hand. However, both of the top two sides can still be caught by Corinthians Ressies who sit 3rd & Collier Row in fifth as they both have a number of matches in hand.

Elsewhere, Basildon Town Res defeated Toby Res  1 – 0 in a match moved to the Hannakins Farm Community Centre 3G. This win lifts Town to ninth, while also damaging Toby’s second-side’s promotion aspirations. Also, Leigh Town Res got a  2 – 1 success at Lakeside Res to head up to sixth spot though they are eight points off the top four.

Match OFF: Collier Row  P – P  Hutton Res  |

 

Senior Division Four Results

Catholic Utd Res 5 – 2  Ongar Town Res

Chingford Athletic Dev  2 – 2  Canning Town Res

Leytonstone Utd  P – P  Laindon Orient Res

Roydon  P – P Galleywood Res

Wakering Sports Res  1 – 0  Forest Glade

 

Senior Division Five Results


Herongate Athletic Res  4 – 1 Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res

Newbury Forest Res  P – P  Old Barkabbeyans

Roydon Res  P – P  Leigh Ramblers Res

Runwell Sports Res  P – P  Collier Row Res

Wakering Sports Dev  4 – 1  Shoebury Town Res

 

 

Match Report: Old Southendian 2 – 3 Sungate (Sat 8th Feb) [EOFL 19/20 8.2.20]

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EOFL Crest

Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Venue: Garon Park [3G]

2019 – 20 Season: Match 56

Saturday 8th February 2020 – 2.30pm KO

Old Southendian: Green Shirts, Black Shorts, Green Socks

Sungate: Royal Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Navy Blue Socks

 

 

Sungate secure win after fiery comeback at Garon Park

Old Southendian 2 – 3 Sungate

 

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

After a tough week, the Non-League season resumed with a return to Garon Park to see Old Southendian continue their battle to stay in the division next term by welcoming leaders Sungate. It’s hard to avoid the fact that OS were missing half a dozen players here, including the influential Nick Henesy & Ed Gould. Manager Connor Lane could call on Charlie Merrin in goal, with a back four of Charlie Kernott, skipper John Nutman and the centre-back pairing of Connor Burrows and Matt Wilson. Wingers Daniel Flack and Elliot Hemmings provided the support to the forward pair of Nico Dubouchet and Riley Oliver. Lewis Telling and newcomer Lawrence Phillips were named on the bench along with Lane himself.

On balance, the East London side were also missing a few here, including their two leading goal-scorers in Jake Clarke and Reece Clarke. Boss Bobby Port was also absent so assistant Ryan Bussey stood in, and he named Joe Egan between the posts, a back four comprised of Daniel Cundy, Ashley Daniels and in central defence, Josh Addinall (formerly of EOFL champions Buckhurst Hill) and ex-Barkingside stalwart Daniel Callaway. James Smith was their creative midfielder, feeding a line led by Paul Ojejemi. Jayke Welch, Danny Lopes and Jonathan Ogunsanya were among the options from bench.

The match got underway under the low sun, in the first minute, home forward Nico Dubouchet had a sight of goal though his early effort was blocked by the retreating ‘Gate backline. Five minutes in, Sungate forward Paul Ojejemi looked to have peeled away from the home defence, though as he faced OS custodian Charlie Merrin, left-back John Nutman did well to intercept and block the drive. The visitors were getting their passing game going, with Ojejemi’s pace posing a probem down the right channel and midfielder James Smith’s runs from deep and incisive passing also proving an issue for the home defence. On the ‘dreaded’ 13 minutes, a superb through ball by Smith found winger Zach Davidson though his effort skewed wide with only Merrin to beat.

Ryan Bussey’s side had enough possession though couldn’t quite make the most of it, though just shy of the half-hour, more decent build-up play resulted in finding Smith though he could only fire over the goal frame. Those missed chances would prove costly as with 32 minutes on the watch, a fine pass found OS forward Riley Oliver who stayed on-side before going on and slotting low past visiting stopper Joe Egan. The visitors frustrations only grew as right on the stroke of half-time, after more decent build-up play, impressive winger Daniel Flack blasted home past Egan to give Connor Lane’s a solid two-goal lead at the break.

Half-Time: Old Southendian  2 – 0 Sungate

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‘Gate’s Jayke Welch (#10) with the ball as they launch another attack [Image: Scott W]
You might surmise that the half-time ‘talking to’ may have been a bit loud at the break for the visitors. However it came, it certainly had the desired effect. The hosts had a let-off four minutes into the second half as a good ball in to the box found full-back Daniel Cundy in a promising position 10 yards out, though his poise wasn’t there as Merrin gathered with relief. The ‘let-off’ did not last long’ In the very next minutes, Davidson played in replacement Jonathan Ogunsanya who didn’t lack composure as he coolly struck home past Merrin to get the ‘Gate back into the contest. The next ‘flash-point’ came moments later as forward Jayke Welch went down from cente-back Connor Burrows’ challenge deep into the penalty area, though referee Luke Scottow was unimpressed and waved #play on;, much to the ire of the ‘Gate dug-out.

Two minutes shy of the hour mark, Ogunsanya blazed over the woodwork, before a rare chance for OS at this stage of the game saw Flack find midfielder Ryan Stillwell who could only shoot off-target. The visitors certainly made the most of this period of the game as right on the hour, they levelled. Substitute Daniel Lopes did well to find half a yard of space in a congested 12-yard zone though could still fire home low past Merrin and his defenders. Another turning point came soon after Dubouchet took a knock after a challenge by visiting centre-back Daniel Callaway, though in a different turn of events, the OS forward was sent to the sin-bin for his reaction, apparently to the challenge by bomping the turf. It was Old Southendian’s turn to feel aggrieved.

And with OS down to ten men temporarily and frustrations growing, Sungate took advantage with another well-taken goal. Ogunsanya was well found and another fiercely-struck effort sailed home past Merrin to give the Premier Division leaders the lead in this match for the first time. To be fair to the hosts, they tried their hearts out late on, though their main chances were Oliver firing wide from a promising position before Stillwell’s free-kick struck the crossbar from 30 yards out.

Full-Time: Old Southendian  2 – 3  Sungate

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OS boss Connor Lane watches on in the last few minutes of the match [Image: Scott W]
All in all, a quite enthralling match though one which the hosts will not remember with much fondness, despite the lead they did hold at half-time. In the end though, the depleted hosts could not withstand the barrage which came at them after half-time, as the Premier Division leaders did carve out enough enterprising attacking play and with it, the chances to claim the three points which keeps them top of the table by nine points.

For stand-out performances, winger Daniel Flack had a good game down the right side, with forwards Nico Dubouchet and Riley Oliver looking a threat and the latter took his goal well. Centre-backs Matt Wilson & Connor Burrows did what they could to repel the promising passing moves of their opponents too. For Sungate, midfielder James Smith impressed with his searing passing setting up chances for their forwards.  Speaking of the front line, Jonathan Ogunsanya took his two goals well after he entered the action, with winger Zach Davidson also a good outlet for his side. Jayke Welch also did well after also coming off the bench.

Finally, my thanks to the hosts for the kind welcome as ever, it is appreciated. I’d like to wish both teams well for the rest of their respective seasons.

 

Teams

Old Southendian  | Manager: Connor Lane | Assistant: David Tubbs

Starting XI: 1 Charlie Merrin (GK), 2 Charlie Kernott, 3 John Nutman (Capt), 4 Luke Moloney, 5 Connor Burrows, 6 Matt Wilson, 7 Daniel Flack, 8 Ryan Stillwell, 9 Nico Dubouchet, 10 Riley Oliver, 11 Elliot Hemmings

Goal-scorer: Riley Oliver [32’], Daniel Flack [45’+2]

Subs On: 14 Lewis Telling, 12 Lawrence Phillips | Sub Not Used: Lane

Booked: Moloney, Dubouchet (Sin-Bin), Hemmings (Sin-Bin)

 

Sungate  | Stand-in Manager: Ryan Bussey

Starting XI: 1 Joe Egan (GK), 2 Daniel Cundy, 3 Ashley Daniels, 5 Josh Addinall, 17 Daniel Callaway, 4 Scott Truman (Capt), 6 James Smith, 7 Zachary Davidson, 8 Rorie McKenzie, 9 Paul Ojejemi, 18 Ciaran Kelly

Goal-scorers: Jonathan Ogunsanya [50’ & 71’], Daniel Lopes [60’]

Subs On: 10 Jayke Welch, 11 Daniel Lopes, 14 Jonathan Ogunsanya, 15 Billy Wells |

Subs Unused: None   | Booked: Callaway, Egan, Wells

 

Referee: Luke Scottow

Assistant Referees: Ryan Bennett & Elliott Hardcastle

 

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri/Sat 31 Jan/1 Feb) [ESL 19/20 2.2.20]

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and a warm welcome to another of my semi-regular round-up pieces looking at this weekend’s Essex Senior League action, from Friday 31st January & Saturday 1st February.

 

Essex Senior

Friday 31 January

Redbridge  2 – 7  Clapton  | Oakside  | Att: 49

Clapton put in an outstanding showing to batter the Motormen at Oakside on Friday night. Deimar Queni, Jaydon Charles and Nana Boakye-Yiadom all got braces for the Tons, to which Asher Modeste added a goal so Clapton led 7 – 0 before a late double from Hassan Nalbant and substitute Charlie Portway spared the hosts from a heavier loss. The Tons’ recent form continues to impress as its five wins from their last seven matches which sees them in 11th. Redbridge fell to their second loss in their last five though remain eighth.

Saturday 1 February    –   Essex Senior

Hashtag Utd  2 – 2  Takeley  | Chadfields  | Att: 139

Hashtag fought back twice to claim a share of the points at Chadfields. An OG put Marc Das’ side ahead on the quarter-hour, though Kris Newby got the Tags back on terms four minutes into the second half. In an encounter that was getting increasingly fraught, Reece Barrett put the visitors back in front on 55 minutes and it looked as though they may eke out the win though it wasn’t to be. Tom Anderson kept up his knack of scoring goals with a late equaliser to preserve the unbeaten run at five matches for Jay Devereux’s team.  Takeley remain 5th while Utd go up to second with rivals Walthamstow in Cup action this weekend.

Sawbridgeworth Town  0 – 1  Enfield   | Crofters | Att: 40

Enfield left it late before getting a crucial win at fellow strugglers Sawbridgeworth. Prince Adeyemi’s 90th-minute goal was enough to give Matt Hanning’s team an important three points, their first in eleven games to gain ground on rivals Tower Hamlets in the bottom three. Sawbo’s losing run extends to eight matches now and they are now 14 points adrift at the bottom with twelve matches remaining.

Southend Manor  1 – 0  Hoddesdon Town  | Southchurch Park | Att: 21

Manor emerged with a narrow win over Hoddesdon, thanks to Ruben Kennedy’s strike seven minutes before the end to obtain their first win in four games and leap up above Tower Hamlets into 16th and they are only three points off Sporting Bengal in 12th spot. Hoddesdon’s top-five aspiration this term is slipping as their winless run extended to four as they remain in ninth.

Stansted  3 – 2  West Essex  | Hargrave Park | Att: 68

The Airportmen made it ten straight league wins with a battling win over West Essex at Hargrave Park. Ryan Ramsay got the opener for the hosts inside a minute, though West have shown they are fired up in recent matches and levelled the match after 12 minutes through Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe. The game was well-poised into the second-half though Paul Clayton turned the game in a big way with a brace [70’ & 87’]. The Stags were depleted through illness and suspension though still got one back in added-time through Hakim Medfai though Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ side held on to remain sixth though they went four points clear of Cockfosters in 7th.

My Non-League colleague Matt North was at the game and here is his report: mattnorthfootball.wordpress.com/2020/02/01/match-report-stansted-3-2-west-essex-esl-19-20-01-02-20/

Tower Hamlets  0 – 2  Sporting Bengal Utd  | Mile End ‘derby’ | Att: 30

Bengal got their second Mile End ‘derby’ win of the season as they got a much-needed three points. Curtley McIntosh got the opener for Imrul Gazi’s side five minutes before the break and Bobby Redwood ended up securing the win midway through the second-half to give Bengal their second win in their last six to rise up to 12th spot. Hamlets’ quest for a win goes on and they drop to third-bottom after a winless stretch which now sits at eight matches.

 

News: In better news for Hamlets, starlet Ali Omar signed for EFL Championship side Barnsley this week so plaudits have to go to the Essex Senior side for the project they have instigated this term and best wishes go to Ali as he continues his football development at Oakwell.

 

Errington Challenge Cup : Quarter-Final

Walthamstow  0 – 2  Cockfosters  | Wadham Lodge | Att: 40

The new dawn at Walthamstow began with defeat as Cockfosters made the last four of the Errington Cup. First-half goals by Ceykan Karagozlu [20’] and Harley Haag five minutes before the break ensured that Ryan Wade’s team got the win though for ‘Stow, it is arguably more important that new boss Max Mitchell & his new signings get settled quickly as the club seeks to maintain its promotion challenge this season.

Round-up: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Sat 11 Jan) [EOFL 19/20 12.1.20]

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Written by Scott W   [Twitter:@ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to another of my round-up articles on my blog, looking at the action from the Essex Olympian League divisions & Cup action on Saturday 11th January. As ever, we have a round-up of the top four tiers plus a bonus section on the various Cup action, plus results from Senior Divisions Four & Five.

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Shoebury Park pitch (taken on Sat 11 Jan) [Image: Scott W]
Saturday 11 January

Premier Division

As ever, we begin with the Premier Division, as Springfield dazzled their way to a 7 – 1 win over Basildon Town to take them up to fourth in the process, six points off leaders Sungate, who also won this week, 2 – 0 at Kelvedon Hatch to extend their cushion at the top to four points. Elsewhere, Catholic Utd lost ground as they fell to a 4 – 2 loss at Canning Town. The dismissal of custodian Louis Godwin-Green just before the break ended up being the decisive factor after Aaron Baldwin’s brace had put Dan Trenkel’s side ahead early on. Town responded after the break to get their third win in their last four matches to leap up to seventh. The downer for the Beckton side is that all seven sides below them have matches in hand and they are only six points clear of bottom Shenfield in a very tight-knit part of the table.

 

Buckhurst Hill were back in league action too and won a tight match 2 – 1 at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. James Richardson got the goal for Swifts though Hill made it five consecutive wins to keep the gap to the leaders to six points with five matches in hand. Hutton also got a late comeback win at Old Southendian. Nick Henesy had put Connor Lane’s side ahead though after Steven Sharpe’s red card had impeded their progress, goals by James Gardner and substitute George Nash late on sealed a huge win for the visitors as they rose to 8th.

Also this week, it was announced that former Laindon Orient & Rayleigh Town Reserves co-manager Dan Williams has been appointed as the new manager at Springfield. We wish him well in his new role.

 

Senior ONE

In Senior One this weekend, Galleywood got the points without playing as Manford Way were unfortunately unable to contest their match set for Clarkes Field. ‘Wood stay fourth while Manford remain in eighth. Rayleigh Town Res got a important win, 2 – 1 at Runwell Sports thanks to goals from Tom Read and James Braithwaite. The win keeps them sixth, ahead of a resurgent Shoebury Town who won again, 4 – 2 at winless strugglers Toby. Town are unbeaten in six matches and are only four points adrift of Ongar in fourth spot. Finally, Ramsden Scotia leapt up to tenth spot after a 3 – 2 success in their bottom-of-the-table clash with Herongate Athletic, who now fall to second-bottom.

 

Cup round-up

Across the ties in three Cup competitions played this weekend, we start our round-up with the Essex Premier Cup, where it wasn’t a great day for Olympian Premier sides. Chingford Athletic of Division One travelled to Premier side Rayleigh Town and won 2 – 1., thanks to strikes by Sam Coe and Tayo Olasanoye. Paul Morris got Town’s goal though their focus will be on the league now as Ath advanced. Essex Senior Reserve Division leaders Grays Athletic Res got the better of a tight match, winning 1 – 0 over Olympian Premier side Shenfield AFC.

Also, Leigh Town continued their imperious run in all competitions this season with a 2 – 0 win over Harold Wood Athletic. The Senior Two side had goals from Sam Gillmore and Max Jones to thank for sending top-tier Athletic out. Corinthians also flew the flag for the third-tier as they overpowered Premier side Leigh Ramblers 3 – 1. Nathan Dewberry was among the goals again with a double here, with John Bolton-Smith also on target. Ongar Town also won 2 – 1 at Lakeside while in the one Senior League Cup tie, Old Chelmsfordians won 2 – 0 at Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ at Lower Road and in the London Junior Cup, Senior One side FC Hamlets defeated Essex Alliance League Senior Division side Rapid Chingford 4 – 0 at Hackney Marshes.

 

Senior TWO

Five matches took place in Senior Two, with Leigh Town and Corinthians both in Essex Premier Cup action. Old Southendian Res took advantage with a decent 2 – 0 win at strugglers AS Rawreth. Andy Turner and Ben Franklin goals saw Ben Manley’s side to a fourth straight win ad with it, they rise to third spot. Beacon Hill Rovers also powered to a 5 – 1 victory over third-bottom Rochford Town to rise up to second, a point shy of leaders Leigh Town. Harold Wood Athletic Res got a crucial 1 – 0 win over Epping Town with Joe Pyne the hero to give the Ath second-side a five point cushion over the bottom three. Epping drop to sixth after May & Baker Res continued their fine form with a 6 – 0 win over second-bottom Ryan. Tyler Richardson grabbed a hat-trick here with Connor Kain, Charlie Onslow and Michael Agha all also hitting the net to give Jimmy Donald’s side a fourth consecutive success and rise to fifth in the standings.

Laindon Orient are seven points clear in seventh after a 2 – 1 win at fellow mid-table side Wakering Sports. Mohammed Sesay got the goal for Sports though strikes by teenager Tom Merritt and Ashley Blackburn ensured the points went with the visitors.

 

Senior Division Three

On a day of contrasting fortunes for the top five, ACD Utd breezed past Lakeside Res, winning 4 – 0, thanks to a brace from Michael Wade plus goals by Brad Falco and Billy Wren which in turn secured Utd their fifth straight win to go back into second spot. Collier Row edged fellow high-flyers Toby Res 1 – 0 in a match moved to Toby’s Newbury Park ground. Row retain fifth spot and went level on points with their opponents here though Toby stay above them by virtue of a better goal-scoring record.

Hutton Res also won this weekend, as they defeated Buckhurst Hill Res 3 – 2 in a lively encounter at Polo Fields. The goal-scorers were exactly the same as last weekend, with Sean O’Callaghan endorsing his goal-scoring touch with another brace here and George Wickings picked up another goal as well. It is five wins on-the-bounce now for the Hutton side which sees them up to sixth. The Hill second-team have lost three on-the-spin and remain eighth, though they do have more matches to play than the sides around them.

At the bottom, Basildon Town Res  got only their second win this term with a narrow 1 – 0 triumph win over White Ensign Res. Grant Cumming got the only goal as the hosts went up one to tenth. Finally, Wakebury maintained their good run with a 3 – 1 home win over Corinthians Res at Shoebury Park in the match I attended. Max Hall put Terry Rose’s side ahead moments after the restart, though left empty-handed as a brace from Charlie Little and one from Ben Munday completed the comeback and ended the Corinthians’ side’s unbeaten league run this term. Matt Cardy’s side are four points clear at the summit though all their rivals have at least three games more to play. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/01/11/match-report-wakebury-3-1-corinthians-res-sat-11th-jan-eofl/

 

Senior Division Four Results

Canning Town Res  1 – 1  Forest Glade

Chingford Athletic Development  1 – 1  Galleywood Res

Old Chelmsfordians Res  1 – 3  Wakering Sports Res

Ongar Town Res  1 – 6  Catholic Utd Res

Roydon  4 – 0  Leytonstone Utd

Shenfield AFC Res  2 – 4  Laindon Orient Res

 

Senior Division Five Reults

Leigh Ramblers Res  1 – 2  Collier Row Res

Old Barkabbeyans 5 – 1  Roydon Res

Shoebury Town Res  A – A  Springfield Res

Wakering Sports Development  1 – 0  Runwell Sports Res

Preview: Essex Olympian League (Sat 11 Jan) (EOFL 19/20 9.1.20)

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Archive Image – Corinthians v Old Southendian Res from later 2019 [Image by Scott W]


Written by Scott W 
[Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to another Preview listing of the Essex Olympian League action set for Saturday 11th January, looking at the fixtures from the Premier Division, right the way through to Senior Division Five & Cup fixtures as well. Thanks for reading, fixtures are subject to alteration.

Saturday 11 January (2.00pm KO’s unless stated)

Premier Division

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  v  Buckhurst Hill  | Silver Leys

Canning Town  v  Catholic Utd   | West Ham Community Ground [3G], Beckton

Kelvedon Hatch  v   Sungate  | New Hall

Old Southendian  v  Hutton   | Garon Park [3G]

Springfield  v  Basildon Town    | Springfield Hall Park

 

Senior ONE

Galleywood  v  Manford Way   | Clarkes Field

Herongate Athletic  v  Ramsden Scotia   | Billericay Road

Runwell Sports  v  Rayleigh Town Res   | St Luke’s Park, Runwell

Toby   v   Shoebury Town  | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park)

 

Senior League Cup (1.30pm KO)

Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  v  Old Chelmsfordians | Lower Road

 

Essex Premier Cup (1.30pm KOs)

Corinthians  v  Leigh Ramblers   | Stambridge Memorial Ground

Grays Athletic Res  v  Shenfield AFC

 

Senior TWO

AS Rawreth  v  Old Southendian Res   | The Warren

Beacon Hill Rovers  v  Rochford Town   | Wickham Bishops Sports Ground

Harold Wood Athletic Res  v  Epping Town | Harold Wood Park  [Pitch 1]

May & Baker Res  v   Ryan  | May & Baker FC

Wakering Sports  v  Laindon Orient   | Cupid’s CC [Pitch 1]

 

Senior Division Three

ACD Utd  v  Lakeside Res  | Westlands Playing Fields

Basildon Town Res  v  White Ensign Res  | Basildon Sports Club

Collier Row  v  Toby Res | Forest Row Centre

Hutton Res  v  Buckhurst Hill Res | Polo Fields

Wakebury  v  Corinthians Res   | Shoebury Park

 

Senior Division Four

Canning Town Res  v  Forest Glade

Chingford Athletic Development  v  Galleywood Res

Old Chelmsfordians Res  v  Wakering Sports Res

Ongar Town Res  v  Catholic Utd Res

Roydon  v  Leytonstone Utd

Shenfield AFC Res  v  Laindon Orient Res

 

Senior Division Five

Leigh Ramblers Res  v  Collier Row Res

Old Barkabbeyans v  Roydon Res

Shoebury Town Res  v  Springfield Res

Wakering Sports Development  v  Runwell Sports Res

Preview: Essex Olympian League (Sat 14 Dec) [EOFL 19/20 12.12.19]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to my preview of Essex Olympian League action on Saturday 14th December. The Olympian League gets its own Half-Season Report episode on Grassroots Football Show, set for next Thursday (19th Dec), check out @ELRFootball on Twitter for details. This weekend’s are highly likely to be subject to change/postponement due to inclement weather, with the exception of artificial pitches, noted as [3G] below.

Saturday 14 December

Premier Division

 

Basildon Town  v  Catholic Utd    | Basildon Sports Club

Canning Town   v   Sungate    | West Ham Community Grd [3G]

Harold Wood Athletic  v    Old Southendian   | Harold Wood Rec

Kelvedon Hatch   v    Shenfield AFC    | New Hall

Leigh Ramblers   v   Buckhurst Hill    | Belfairs Park

Springfield   v   Bishop’s Stortford Swifts    | Springfield Hall Park

 

Senior Division One

Chingford Athletic  v   Lakeside   | Town Mead [3G]

Galleywood   v   Herongate Athletic    | Clarkes Field (* 2.30pm KO)

Old Chelmsfordians  v    Toby   | Lawford Lane

Rayleigh Town Res    v    Manford Way  | London Road

Snaresbrook   v   Runwell Sports   | Nutters Field

 

Anagram Records Trophy – Hutton  v  FC Hamlets  | Polo Fields

 

Senior Division Two

Beacon Hill Rovers  v  Laindon Orient   | Wickham Bishops Sports Ground (1.30pm KO)

Corinthians  v  Harold Wood Athletic Res  | Stambridge Memorial Ground

Epping Town  v  Wakering Sports   | Stonards Hill

May & Baker Res  v  Rochford Town  | May & Baker FC

Old Southendian Res  v  Leigh Town   | Garon Park

 

 

Senior Division Three

Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  v  Basildon Town Res   | Lower Road

Leigh Town Res  v  Corinthians Res    | John Burrows Recreation Ground

Wakebury  v  Collier Row   | Shoebury Park

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

Lakeside Res  v  ACD Utd  | Lakeside Sports Ground [3G]

 

 

 

Senior Division Four

Roydon  v  Ongar Town Res  (1.30pm KO)

Forest Glade  v  Catholic Utd  Res

Laindon Orient Res  v  Canning Town Res

Leytonstone Utd  v  Old Chelmsfordians Res

Shenfield AFC Res  v  Galleywood Res

Wakering Sports Res  v  Chingford Athletic Development

 

Senior Division Five

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  v  Springfield Res

Collier Row Res  v  Herongate Athletic Res

Roydon Res  v  Leigh Ramblers Res

Runwell Sports Res  v  Newbury Forest Res

Wakering Sports Development  v  Shoebury Town Res

 

 

Mini-Report: AFC Basildon 6 – 4 Stevenage Women (Sun 8th Dec) [Women’s 19/20 8.12.19]

FA Women’s National League – Division One South East

Venue: Park Lane

2019 – 20 Season: Match 45

Saturday 8th December 2019 – 2.00pm KO

Basildon: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Stevenage: White & Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

 

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AFC Basildon hit six in brilliant battle with Stevenage at Park Lane

AFC Basildon 6 – 4  Stevenage

 

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

A rare Sunday match saw me join fellow Non-League correspondent Pete Dudley (Twitter: @ped1980) in travelling to Canvey Island’s Park Lane for this FAWNL Division One South East match between AFC Basildon Ladies and Stevenage Women.

This match gathered pace quickly, certainly assisted by a very early goal as Alex Bailess struck high into the net past Stevenage goalkeeper Grace Brooks after skipper Mollie Debell’s initial effort was blocked. The home forward pair of Holly Turner and Kelly Wealthall were causing the visiting defence problems with both having chances to add to the hosts’ goal-tally. Basildon did double their advantage with 26 minutes gone as Turner manufactured some space behind the Stevenage defence and slotted home, with only Brooks to bypass.

It nearly got better for the hosts nine minutes later as Wealthall glided an effort narrowly wide of the goal frame. Credit to the visitors though as they halved their deficit eight minutes before the interval as skipper Amy Makewell raced beyond the home backline before confidently firing home to make it 2 – 1. The half did not end there though as with moments remaining, Wealthall did get on the score-sheet, evading her marker before curling her effort well into the corner.

Half-Time: AFC Basildon  3 – 1 Stevenage

 

The second half had something to live up to though Basildon did have the majority of the possession and with it, the attacking play. Stevenage did have the odd foray forward and as we began after the interval, they had substitute Erin Pope to thank for a superb strike finding the far corner from a narrowing angle. The hosts responded immediately and after seeing one well-struck drive crash off the woodwork, they did restore a two-goal advantage as a cross by Holly Turner was spilled by Brooks and Wealthall was there in the ‘right place, right time’ to grab a tap-in on 49 minutes. It was a case of ‘deja vu’ only three minutes later as Wealthall happily grabbed a hat-trick, thanks to another close range finish.

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Both sides were showing good energy levels, particularly the home side and skipper DeBell exemplified that from right-back. There was a late flurry of goals to send the crowd home happy as first, Makewell grabbed a second as as a powerful free-kick evaded the home custodian, who was somewhat distracted by Pope in her eye-line. That made it 5 – 3 though it only stayed that way for five minutes before a good header at the near-post by Jodie Osborne was too powerful for the unfortunate Brooks to save, despite getting a glove on it.

The scoring literally ended with the last kick of the match, somewhat fittingly as Ashleigh Deacon’s low strike added a fourth for the visitors who may look back on their first-half performance with some frustration. All in all though, despite the chill of a December afternoon, the quality on show from both sides was a terrific advert for the Women’s game and credit has to go to both teams. Basildon remain 6th after this win, their fifth of the season while Stevenage stay 8th. Thanks also to the club for their kind comments post-match.


Full-Time: AFC Basildon 6 – 4  Stevenage

Goal-scorers (Basildon): Alex Bailess [1’], Holly Turner [26’], Kelly Wealthall [44’, 49’ & 52’], Jodie Osborne [88’]

Goal-scorers (Stevenage): Amy Makewell [37’ & 83’], Erin Pope [46’] & Ashleigh Deacon [90’+1]

Preview: Essex Senior League (Sat 23 November) [ESL 19/20 21.11.19]

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Manor v Cockfosters (Archive Image by Scott W)

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

Hello and welcome to this week’s preview of the Essex Senior action this weekend as nine matches take place.

Saturday 23 November – 3pm KOs

Cockfosters  v  Woodford Town  | Chalk Lane

Woodford are the next visitors to Chalk Lane as they face Cockfosters this weekend. Ryan Wade’s side are entering a blip as they lost at Sawbridgeworth last weekend, to be followed by a loss to Redbridge in midweek at home. Woodford’s week has been slightly better, as their two home games in the last week saw them hold Saffron Walden in a match they nearly won, with tht being followed up by a defeat to Sporting Bengal Utd in midweek to leave them tenth going into this match. I believe this one will be a highly-entertaining encounter with a few goals in it. Going to venture towards an away win as Town’s rapid attacking line will take some stopping.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

Hadley  v  Tower Hamlets   | Brickfield Lane

Hadley’s run of home matches continues with Hamlets making the trip to Brickfield Lane. The Bricks have convincingly won their last two league matches at home against Clapton and Ilford. Tower Hamlets were beaten well by Walthamstow last weekend and although they will give Anthony Clark’s side a good test, the hosts look very strong indeed at present and with games in hand on all the current top four (Hashtag, Saffron Walden, Takeley & Walthamstow) they cannot be ignored, far from it. Home win for moi.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

Hoddesdon Town  v Sawbridgeworth Town | Lowfield

Hoddesdon face local rivals Sawbridgeworth in what is an important match for both sides, for very different reasons. Simon Riddle’s team were last in action in midweek where they drew with Ilford, also at home. Sawbo finally got that first league win last weekend, defeating Cockfosters though in midweek they lost out at home to reinvigorated Stansted. The hosts only have one win in their last five matches and are losing pace with the top four while Lee Mackman’s visitors will want to claw some points back to close in on nearest rivals Clapton and Southend Manor. This is a hard one to call though the Lilywhites are unquestionably a tough side to beat, so that may edge it in their favour.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Ilford  v  West Essex    | Cricklefield

The Foxes welcome the Stags to Cricklefield. The squad rebuild is well underway for Jonny Fowell’s team and they did well to draw at Hoddesdon in midweek, while West battled hard before succumbing to leaders Hashtag at Mayesbrook last weekend. The hosts haven’t won in three matches while Kwame Kwateng’s West side have lost their last four on-the-spin. Honestly, I think the visitors will take a point here & that could well happen.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1

 

Redbridge  v  Enfield   | Oakside

Redbridge face Enfield at Oakside in a re-run of their Errington Cup tie from the end of last month. The Motormen won that tie, though have had contrasting fortunes in the last week. A hefty loss to Stansted last weekend was bridged by a good win at Cockfosters in midweek. Two wins in their last eight games isn’t great though and their home form they will know needs some sprucing up (one win in five thus far). Enfield’s week hasn’t been super either. They made Takeley work hard last weekend before falling to defeat and Saffron Walden handed them another loss in midweek. The tide will turn for Matt Hanning’s side and it could do here as Micky Wetherall’s team looks for that old adage: consistency.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Saffron Walden Town  P- P  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Catons Lane

Scott’s would-be Prediction: 3 – 1

Update: This match at Catons Lane is now off due to issues at the grund caused by the recent downturn in weather. It will be played in due course.

 

St Margaretsbury   v  Takeley  | The Recreation Ground

St Mags take on in-form Takeley at the Rec. Ray Bartlett & Tony Wild’s side have had two weeks off league-related action though did exit the Herts County Cup in midweek away at Ware in a nine-goal thriller. Their last league match was a good win at Ilford though this will be an altogether different test. Marc Das’ side have beaten Enfield and Walthamstow in the last week, both away from home to extend their winning run to five matches to sit 3rd, two points adrift of leaders Hashtag. It’s hard to see the visitors not racking up another win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

 

Stansted  v  Clapton   | Hargrave Park

The Airportmen face Clapton at Hargrave Park. Messrs Pittuck & Watters have overseen a fine week with wins over Redbridge and Sawbridgeworth. The ‘Blue Brazil’ have five wins on-the-bounce now which has rocketed them up to 7th in the table before this weekend. The Tons have had ten days off after their loss to Takeley. It would be a surprise if Stansted don’t get another three points here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

Walthamstow  v  Southend Manor    | Wadham Lodge

Finally this weekend, ‘Stow seek to get rid of the memory of rare loss in midweek as they face Manor at Wadham Lodge. Ryan Maxwell’s side overwhelmed Hamlets last weekend before coming unstuck themselves in a gritty battle with Takeley in midweek which saw them drop to fourth after their 12-match unbeaten streak this term ended. Manor have had a week off following a narrow loss at Saffron Walden. Could be another battle this but you’d be surprised if the hosts did not prevail.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 0