Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & EOFL Writer
Hello all and welcome to the final edition of the Essex Olympian League round-up, looking at the action from Saturday 21 May, from the Premier Division & Division One. There were still big things to settle, with the identity of the clubs being relegated from the top two tiers was pretty much assured after this weekend’s action. Lead image is from Ongar Town v Catholic Utd last weekend.
Essex Olympian League Round-up – Saturday 21 May
In the Premier Division, they key game was at the Len Forge Centre which saw Catholic Utd launch a stirring comeback from two goals behind to claim a 3 – 2 victory over Canning Town. Goals by Franklin Craik, Thomas Kearney and an OG sealed the turnaround and send Canning down with two matches left to play for them. Utd got the points in their last game of the campaign to strengthen their position in sixth, but Sungate can overhaul them if they win their last two games – both against Canning Town.
This was club stalwart Louis Godwin-Green’s last game before retiring from playing & I’d just like to wish him well for the future and congratulate him on a super career for several clubs in the area. Fellow Non-League writer Pete Dudley was there & here is his report: pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2022/05/catholic-united-3-canning-town-2.html
Elsewhere in the top division, Harold Wood Athletic ended their 15 year tenure in the EOFL Premier Division with a spirited & welcome 3 – 1 victory over Old Southendian at Harold Wood Park. Tommy Harber, Oluwatomiwa Bankole and Thomas Butler got the goals for Gary Willis’ side, with the Wood gaffer standing down from over a decade of service to the club in various management roles, I’d like to wish Gary well for his future as well. Wood will compete in Division One next term after seeing their relegation confirmed several weeks ago. Finally, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts ended their season with a walkover win over Hutton, which saw the latter deducted two points but their finishing place of fourth is not affected. Swifts will finish tenth, on 30 points.
In the big game in Division One, Snaresbrook retained their status in the division with a brilliant 4 – 2 victory over Leigh Town in a match moved to Ilford Wanderers RFC, where Sungate usually play. The Snaresbrook scorers were Yehven Zhyvka from the penalty spot, Rajpal Bumbra, Max Catherall and Youssef Moumen. The result leaves Snaresbrook in eighth place, having moved above their opponents here on goal difference. They finished ninth, with Herongate Athletic finishing second-bottom, which could see them relegated.
One game to Division Four to round off the EOFL articles this term, which was Springfield Res winning 2 – 0 at home to Roydon which meant they secured third spot and a possible promotion, given that Division Three is also short on clubs.
Thank you for reading this article series during the season, it’s certainly taken hours & hours to put together. Have a good summer everyone.
Corinthians: Blue & White Shirts, Black Shorts & Socks
Wakebury: Yellow Shirts, Blue Shorts, Yellow Socks
Corinthians battle hard to claim Southend Charity Cup
Corinthians 2 – 1 Wakebury
Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]
Additional photo by Daniel Mann/Corinthians FC [@_corinthiansf_c], used with thanks
There was a ‘bonus’ match which saw a return to the Len Forge Centre for this Southend Charity Cup Final between two local sides in EOFL Division One side Corinthians and another ambitious side in EOFL Division Two side Wakebury. It is a credit to both teams that they named near full-strength sides for this contest, and as you often see in a Cup Final, it was a slow-building start to the game as broth sides were keen not to hand the initiative to their opponents.
As it happened, the opening goal cropped up on the quarter-hour, as a good ball in from left side evaded the Corinthians backline and found Wakebury skipper Ben Perry at the back post and his strike fizzed low into the left corner past stopper Nathan Warren with a similar calmness to a goal-hungry striker. It added to the intrigue of the game & as you’d expect, Corinthians responded quickly. Forward Leo Clarke had two decent strikes denied by a well-drilled ‘Bury defence but Clarke was having an increasingly important part to play here.
Chris Stoneham’s side did find their rhythm as the half went on, and Wakebury’s spirited defending was holding them off well, until the ‘home’ side got an equalizer on 26 minutes. Matt Burrell’s well-placed corner into the back post found top scorer Bailey Moss who powered in a header into the right corner. Matt Cardy’s team were still well in the contest here, and their pace in attack was finding the gap between the opposition’s midfield and defence to good effect. Unfortunately though for them, after making a fine run down the left, Wheeler’s strike couldn’t bypass Warren.
The Berries had a let-off of their own three minutes before the interval as Corinthians recycled the ball well and Moss displayed good close control before having another low shot denied by the advancing ‘Bury custodian Lewis Catling. The ball trickled towards the goal-line before it was cleared by the well-positioned Liam Ellis.
Half-Time: Corinthians 1 – 1 Wakebury
The second half began with a higher tempo, Wakebury had the first effort on goal as Wheeler was again well-denied by Warren and although they had several decent chances, the Corinthians backline was also stifling their enterprising forward moves. Moments later, forward Harry Kateley got in behind the opposition defence utilizing his pace well but Warren again blocked his fierce shot with his legs.
Those two saves by Warren did prove important as Corinthians took the lead for the first time soon afterward as a deft set-piece by Clarke was slid through to substitute John Bolton-Smith who sent the ball on, but centre-back Connor Summerhill got the final tough to force the ball into the net. Wakebury midfielder Junior Lawrence also had a well-struck effort which was off-target.
At the other end, Clarke was unfortunate to see his powerful, curling strike go narrowly wide of the top left corner, as the number of chances increased as the half went on. Wakebury kept going admirably, but the Corinthians backline was not as troubled by them as they were earlier in the game. The latter’s concern would have been that they had to recoup their tempo & rhythm a little.
As we got into the latter phase of the this game, Corinthians were getting a bit tense and were conceding several free-kicks did not help their cause. On the stroke of 70 minutes, Wakebury underlined that the main inhibitor for them was finishing as a decent corner by full-back Kofi Gyamfi was turned towards goal by substitute Ben Morley’s swiveling effort but it was straight at Warren, who gathered. Chris Stoneham’s side responded at the other end with 14 minutes of normal time left as forward Jake Hodder broke forward well, twisting and turning past his marker before his low strike was well-denied by Catling, who had to get down well to avoid the ball creeping in at left-side post.
The six minutes of added time did not help the Corinthians’ contingent’s understandable nerves and at the end of that stopage time, Wakebury thought they had levelled as Gyamfi had put stuck the ball into the net well from another set-piece, but was denied by an assistant’s flag. In the end, Corinthians did deserve the victory, mainly because of their more assured finishing but Wakebury really gave them a good match here and they certainly have positives to take, ahead of next season.
Full-Time: Corinthians 2 – 1 Wakebury
To sum up this one, Wakebury took a surprise lead and whilst Corinthians produced a stirring comeback to take the lead shortly after the interval, they were also made to battle hard because of an exuberant ‘Bury forward line that couldn’t quite find the required finishing. This was a good match, and credit to both teams for contributing heavily to it so late in the campaign.
There were several fine performances from both sides in this match. Firstly for winners Corinthians, I thought full-back Bill Wilton had a good game, showing characteristically high energy levels, and was an important player down the left side in both boxes. Forward Leo Clarke also had a strong match, making several important driving runs and made some astute passes as well. Captain Matt Burrell was a decent threat from set-pieces & put in a good shift in central midfield, while forward Jake Hodder also put in a good display
For Wakebury, tricky forward Will Wheeler once again put in a good display, showcasing his dribbling & passing ability. The only thing that denied him at least one goal was clinical finishing. Harry Kateley was also a threat in the forward line and was well-denied by the opposition backline, and showed good tracking back in defence when required. Skipper Ben Perry took his goal well & defensively was also robust too. Full-back Kofi Gyamfi had a good match too & in the second half was a threat from set-pieces and would have levelled, but for an off-side flag.
Best wishes to both sides for the forthcoming season & it was good to see them both in action once again. Finally, congratulations to the Southend Borough & District Combination Committee for holding a good event here, which was well supported by the local area.
Teams (up to 5 substitutes allowed)
Corinthians | Manager: Chris Stoneham | Assistant: Graham Owen
Starting XI (Subs): 1 Nathan Warren (GK), 2 Charlie Marden, 3 Bill Wilton, 5 Connor Summerhill, 6 Alfie Knight, 7 Jordan Stoneham, 8 Matt Burrell (Capt), 11 Damien Siemienczuk, 9 Jake Hodder, 18 Bailey Moss, 10 Leo Clarke
Fairlop: Green & Black Shirts, Black Shorts & Socks
Old E’s: White Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Red Socks
Good Finishing gives Rovers the EAL Fenton Trophy at Orient
Fairlop Rovers 3 – 1 Old Esthamieans
(Short) Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]
The ‘Cup Finals’ fortnight began with a welcome first visit to Leyton Orient’s Brisbane Road for my first of the series of Essex Alliance League Cup Finals, in this first-ever Fenton Trophy Final between Division Two champions Fairlop Rovers & mid-table D2 side Old Esthameians. Fairlop had James Crowe in goal here, with skipper Ellis Simmonds in central defence, allied with the forward line of Jake Kibblewhite, Dylan Scutt & Harry Oliver. Old Esthameians named Johnny Clayton between the posts, Les Moyo & Bradley Harris in central midfield & the trio of David Watson, Nelson Goncalves & Neil Robinson.
The match really found its rhythm early on as Fairlop broke the deadlock after just three minutes. Fairlop took advantage of some hesitant defending by Old E’s, which allowed forward Harry Oliver to head home into the corner from about six yards out with opposition stopper Johnny Clayton stranded. You may have thought that Old Esthamieans may take some time to recover their rhythm, but much to their credit, they responded in a fine and rapid manner. Their forward line of quick & tricky forward Nelson Goncalves and central forwards Dave Watson & Neil Robinson did pose problems for the Fairlop defence, marshalled well by Rovers skipper Ellis Simmonds. In fairness, both teams were showing good build-up play to support their respective forward lines.
Watson himself had a header off target for Old E’s just short of the quarter-hour but they retained the impetus and had a good chance on 18 minutes as good link-up play from Goncalves and Robinson ended with the latter’s effort lacked the power to get past Fairlop custodian James Crowe. That was a warning as to things to follow as more decent build-up ended with a leveller for Old E’s on twenty-four minutes as Les Moyo showed good athleticism to strike past Crowe from about seven yards out.
With the half-hour approaching, Crowe was called into action again as Robinson’s low drive was again denied as the Old E’s were edging their way ahead at this point, in terms of ball time. As you’d expect, the League champions responded in a big way on the half-hour, with Oliver again finding space in behind the opposition backline but his strike was well-stopped by Clayton.
Half-Time: Fairlop Rovers 1 – 1 Old Esthameians
The match was an entertaining one in the first half but again you felt Fairlop needed to make the most of their chances. In the early stages of the second period, they certainly showed that. Eight minutes after the break, referee Nathan Buckle took a moment before pointing to the penalty spot after a foul in the Old E’s penalty area. Oliver duly stepped up to emphatically strike home the resulting spot-kick and celebrated in front of both teams’ fans, which were part of impressive attendance of over 400 here tonight.
Crucially though, Fairlop maintained the pressure after that second goal and Clayton made an unorthodox save with his legs moments later to deny Rovers midfielder George Birch’s powerful effort. The third goal did materalise though for Fairlop on the hour as forward Jake Kibblewhite smashed in a superb, skilful strike into the left-side corner to really put the pressure on the Old E’s to recover.
Again, credit goes to Old Esthameians for keeping on going and robust defending from Fairlop stifled their attempts to grab a goal back and that would have made for a heck of a nervy end to the match. As it happened, Robinson was sent off late on adjudged simulation but it was too late for Fairlop to make the most of their numerical advantage. The clock did wind down and after six minutes of stoppage time, Fairlop could at last celebrate what has been a truly memorable campaign for them as they celebrated a Trophy triumph to go with their league honours. Congratulations to them on their fantastic season but also a big well done for Old Esthameians who also showed why they are a decent side as well in a match which was a good advert for the EAL and for Division Two specifically.
Full-Time: Fairlop Rovers 3 – 1 Old Esthameians
To summarise this good all-round Final, Fairlop taking the early lead did really spur Old E”s to a fine comeback which saw them level and they threatened to wrestle the impetus back as well, buoyed by a decent supporting contingent. However, Rovers hit hard in the early part of the second half and crucially got a two-goal lead, which their opponents could not ultimately battle back from.
There were some good performances from both sides here. For victors Fairlop, Harry Oliver had a fine game, scoring two goals and also providing a constant threat in attack against a decent Old E’s backline. Centre-back & captain Ellis Simmonds also made a number of important interceptions to rebuff some decent build-up play by their opponents, who certainly threatened to take the game away from the League Division Two champions before the break. Finally, forward Jake Kibblewhite deserves a mention for his terrific goal on the hour, while he also put in a good shift for Andrew Moffat’s team.
For Old Esthameians, forward Nelson Goncalves had a really strong game, showing good skill and passing to aid his side’s first-half comeback and kept the Fairlop defenders occupied. Midfielder Les Moyo also took his goal well & made some good tackles to stifle the Fairlop forward line. Finally, goalkeeper Johnny Clayton also pulled off some decent saves after conceding early on.
Thanks to the Essex Alliance League for having us & also congratulations again to both Finalists.
Fairlop Rovers | Manager: Andrew Moffat |
Starting XI: 1 James Crowe (GK), 12 Harrison McDonagh, 88 Ellis Simmonds (Capt), 6 Lewis Crowe, 28 Dylan Bruns, 32 Ben Harris, 8 George Birch, 21 Aodan Downer, 9 Jack Kibblewhite, 27 Harry Oliver, 37 Dylan Scutt
Goal-scorers: Harry Oliver [3′] & [pen 53′], Jake Kibblewhite [60′]
| Substitutes: Kian Burton, Michael Colgan, Toby Stephens, Logan Simmonds, Sam Beaman
Old Esthameians | Player-Manager: Danny Harris |
Starting XI: 1 Johnny Clayton (GK & Capt), 16 Henry Gray, 3 George Coffey, 6 Bartosz Bak, 14 Tavershima Yongo, 11 Shaun Vickers, 8 Les Moyo, 10 Bradley Harris, 5 David Watson, 7 Nelson Goncalves, 9 Neil Robinson
Goal-scorer: Les Moyo [24′] | Sent Off: Robinson
| Substitutes: Danny Harris, Jack Smerdon, Harland Taylor, 13 Dave Seed, 17 Josh Mitsu
Referee: Nathan Buckle Assistants: Robert Watson & Tyriq Spencer
Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & EOFL Writer
Hello and welcome to this week’s extended round-up of the action in the Essex Olympian League this week, including the midweek action In League & Cups and the action on Saturday 14 May. The focus this week is on the League action in the top three divisions. Thank you for reading.
Photos by Trevor Robinson Photography [@TrevRobPhoto] & Scott W
Essex Olympian League – Midweek [Tues 10 May]
The solitary midweek match this week was the EOFL Senior League Cup Final, which saw Canning Town grab a surprise 3 – 2 triumph over Sungate at Woodside. Goals from Dominic Lewis, Karl Harms and Jack Williamson confirmed a memorable evening for Canning. Jake Willis and Petrit Elbi both netted for Sungate but they will have to be content with their Essex Premier Cup success this term.
Essex Olympian League – Saturday 14 May
Now moving on to the weekend action, and Ongar Town got a big 4 – 0 victory over Catholic Utd to confirm the EOFL Premier Division title for the first time. Second-half goals from Evernage Nyahunda, Joe Lilly, Mitchell McCabe & a Fred Mattock special secured a memorable day (and evening) of celebrations for Richard Ponsford’s team as they won the title on goal difference. Utd will finish no worse than seventh and have one more match to play at home to Canning Town next weekend. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2022/05/15/s21-22-match-report-ongar-town-4-0-catholic-utd-sat-14-may/
Continuing with the Premier Division, Galleywood secured their divisional safety for another season with a 3 – 0 success at Springfield. Matthew Crick scored twice for the visitors there, with Thomas Watling again on target in this win against their local rivals. Canning Town retained their slim hopes of avoiding a bottom two finish with a 3 – 0 home victory over Bishop’s Stortford Swifts in Beckton. Town will have to win all three of their remaining matches to do that, and two of those games are against Sungate. Swifts fell to 11th but are out of immediate danger.
Finally in the Premier, Old Southendian grabbed a 2 – 0 win at Sungate, with two Daniel Frimley goals giving Altar Ali’s team the points, they will likely finish in eighth in what has been a good season in the main for OS.
In Division One, Beacon Hill Rovers confirmed their safety for another season with a superb 3 – 2 win away at rivals Snaresbrook at Hackney Marshes. ‘Brook need at least a point to avoid a bottom two finish from their last match – against rivals Leigh Town next weekend.
In Division Two, Manford Way got given the points from a recent match after an infringement from the opposition and that boost assisted them to a runners-up finish (and promotion so congratulations to them) as they won 4 – 3 at AS Rawreth. James Dobson, Alfie Smith and substitutes Samuel Oramadike and Dawid Potoczek all netted to secure the win for the East London side. Harold Hill finished third as they lost 1 – 4 to Hutton Res at Polo Fields, which also ensured the Hutton scond-side will avoid a bottom two finish and likely avoiding relegation along with it. With Division One short of clubs, Hill might still get elevated. Rawreth & Rochford Town are the bottom two clubs and will likely be demoted.
Finally, in Division Four Old Chelmsfordians Res secured their promotion as they grabbed a 4 – 1 victory over Ongar Town Res. They will finish second and congrats to them as well. Champions Chingford Athletic Res also ended their season with a home walkover win against Sungate Development, who finish bottom and will be relegated.
The last edition of this round-up for the season will be online on or soon after Monday 23 May. Thank you for reading.
Catholic Utd: Green & White Shirts, Black Shorts, Gren & Socks
Hutton: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks
Super Hoops put on convincing display to defeat hard-working Hutton
Catholic Utd 4 – 0 Hutton
Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]
The ‘Senior’ (Step 6 & above) season may have ended but the Intermediate season re-started for me with a welcome return to Len Forge 3G to see an intriguing match between two top six sides in Catholic Utd and Hutton in an Essex Olympian League Premier Division match. Both sides were looking to finish the season strongly and have big matches coming up at the weekend, with Galleywood the visitors to the Len Forge and Hutton welcoming promotion-chasing Basildon Town so both teams would have wanted to put in a good performance here.
This match got underway with the home side enjoying an early flourush, with quick forward Joe O’Kane doing well to bypass approaching defenders before firing off-target on two seperate occasions. Fortunately though for the supporting home contingent watching, they didn’t have to wait long for the opening goal. Midfielder Carl Read was involved in the build-up, finding forward Aaron Baldwin well before the latter struck low past Hutton stopper Adrian Faherty and into the corner to give Simon Thomas’ side the advantage.
The visitors were up for the challenge of dealing with some fine forward play by Utd, but couldn’t threaten at the other end enough, as on 22 minutes a good cross from the right side allowed George Nash to get a header in on goal but Utd custodian Louis Godwin-Green could gather comfortably. Catholic Utd continued to press forward and it was little surprise they got the next goal. On 37 minutes, the impressive Franklin Craik got past a covering defender well before firing a goal-bound strike which Faherty did well to keep out, but fellow forward James Warder was following up and he helped himself to a tap-in from close range.
With the interval approaching, Hutton did have a good chance six minutes before half-time, as hard-working forward Brad Freeman’ strike forced a good save out of Godwin-Green before midfielder Lewis Scott’s follow-up header was also saved.
Half-Time: Catholic Utd 2 – 0 Hutton
Matt Singh’s side knew they had to get the next goal to reinvigorate their chances in this game, but it was Utd who started the second half well, with Craik making another fine sprint before his effort went narrowly wide of the goal frame. The hosts pretty much sealed the points with a counter-attack on 56 minutes. Godwin-Green had punched away a teasing Freeman cross and from that, a quick forward move allowed Joe O’Kane to show good composure before stroking the ball into the net, to cap a good performance from him.
James Warder made it four two minutes later as he finished a fine move also involving Baldwin & Craik to end up with a close-range finish. The Reds just looked a little tired, understandable given they had a tough battle with rivals Rayleigh Town only four days previously. They did find some energy though in the latter stages as Utd backed off a little defensively given their hefty lead.
With seventeen minutes left, midfielder Joshua Seal made a super surging run down the middle but again, Lewis Scott was denied as he couldn’t find the target. Godwin-Green also made two good clearances late on, remaining alert and earning his team a satisfying defensive shut-out.
Full-Time: Catholic Utd 4 – 0 Hutton
To summarise, Utd put in a very good display here, particularly in the first hour or so. Their defending was decent but their four-man forward line was difficult for their opponents to deal with, utilising pace, movement and good passing. Allied with good finishing, Simon Thomas’ team deserved the win though as ever, Hutton kept going and created a bit more late on in the game with their approach play, they just couldn’t find that telling final pass.
There were several good performances here. For victors Utd, I thought Franklin Craik put in a very good display, showcasing his high work rate, good movement and decent ball striking which provided at least one assist. Fellow forward Joe O’Kane also impressed, showing good awareness and an eye for goal, showing good composure to get his goal. Centre-half John Nutman was a good steadying influence at the back and goalkeeper Louis Godwin-Green needed to make a few good clearances to keep his team’s clean sheet.
For Hutton, I thought dependable centre-back James Gardner made several good interceptions to help his team stay in the game in the first half, while Joshua Seal making several runs from midfield and also showing good passing & determination. Forward Brad Freeman also put in a characteristic hard-working display and replacement Billy Chilcott also gave his team more pace in attack after the break.
With this win, Utd still have a shot of taking fifth spot while Hutton still need a point to secure another fine fourth-placed finish. My thanks to Catholic Utd boss Simon Thomas and Hutton boss Matt Singh for their assistance pre-match.
Catholic Utd | Player-Manager: Simon Thomas | Assistant: Tom Harding
Starting XI: 1 Louis Godwin-Green (GK), 2 Patrick Kearney, 3 Alfie Whiteaker, 20 John Nutman, 8 Michael Sammut (Capt), 16 Carl Read, 7 Thomas Kearney, 10 Joe O’Kane, 9 James Warder, 19 Aaron Baldwin, 11 Franklin Craik
Goal-scorers: Aaron Baldwin [13′], James Warder [37′ & 58′], Joe O’Kane [56′]
Subs On (Time): 17 Jay Nash [62′], 5 Tom Elliott [73′], 14 Alex O’Leary [73′]
Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Harding, Thomas
Hutton | Manager: Matt Singh | Assistant: Bill Stratford
Starting XI: 1 Adrian Faherty (GK), 2 Tom Stephens, 3 John Carroll, 5 James Gardner (Capt), 4 Stephen Judge, 8 Lewis Scott, 18 Joshua Seal, 7 Luke Ricketts, 9 Brad Freman, 10 Will Marlowe, 11 George Nash
Subs On (Time): 12 Billy Chilcott, 17 Jude Keeling & 19 Jamie Rivers [all three on 46′], 6 Jamie Greenwood [64′]
Booked: None | Sub Not Used: None
Referee: James Perry Assistants: Oliver Townsend & Simon Brickwood
Hashtag: Blue & Yellow Shirts, Blue Shorts, Yellow Socks
Ensign: White Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Blue Socks
Hashtag Reserves battle hard to overcome resilient Ensign Res in LCP Final
Hashtag Utd Res 2 – 1 White Ensign Res (AET)
Short Match Report by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]
with Photos by Scott W & Katie Dorling (on behalf of ESL)
The first match of ‘ESL Finals Day’ saw an early kick-off for the Len Cordell Plate Final between Hashtag Utd Res and White Ensign Res. Both sides have good campaigns in their respective Reserve Divisions (One and Two) for different reasons, and the Tags side was looking to end the campaign on a high after losing out of the League title to Billericay Town U23 recently.
This match got underway with both sides looking to gain an early advantage but also content to keep things tight and give their opponents an edge. Central defender Joe Burgess had a header gathered by Tags stopper Jack Gannon and layer-boss Kiernan Hughes-Mason’s free-kick also came off the woodwork but there were relatively few chances. That was until the deadlock was broken on 25 minutes as forward Emmanuel Abudiore stole in ahead of his marker from yard out to head home past Gannon and give the Ensign team the lead.
Hashtag did respond well to that setback and importantly, they levelled before the break. Hughes-Mason was again involved as his set-piece was powerfully headed in by Brandon Chapman, who did have a strong all-round performance here. Ensign custodian Archie Matthews could do nothing to prevent that fine header. The tension was exacerbated just before the interval as Jonny Vandyck was given a straight red card for kicking out at an Ensign defender, after the Tags player had won a free-kick at the edge of the penalty area. Even so, we went into the break all-square and that feeling continued into the second half though Hashtag were having more ball time, with winger Ed Cooper having a few good darting runs down the flank, assisting creative forward Tommy Sykes, who was also posing problems.
The match itself was getting gritty with chances not overly apparent, although substitute Kieran Wilson-Fowler was giving Ensign an important outlet down the flanks to keep the Tags defence alert. They were well marshalled by Tags stalwart Marcus Stamp. Ensign nearly won it in added-time as Abudiore was in on goal with only Gannon to beat but the Tags stopper did well to gather the forward’s strike.
Full-Time (90 mins): Hashtag 1 – 1 Ensign
So Extra Time was required and seven minutes in, Hashtag replacement Brad Bunker did well to guide a header from another good Hughes-Mason centre on target, but Matthews did well to judge the trajectory of the ball and gather. As it turned out, that was a let off for the robust but tiring Ensign backline and four minutes into the second part of Extra Time, another Hughes-Mason free-kick was angled into the back post and Bunker was there to pounce with a firm header past Matthews.
The last chance of note for the Division Two side came seven minutes from time as a set-piece by Ensign skipper Zach Somerset-Butler was on target but lacking the power to bypass Gannon. The Final whistle blew and Hashtag could at last celebrate a victory in a match that will many watching may mention as gritty. Ensign have every reason to be proud of their efforts though some would debate that they needed to create more to test a good Hashtag backline here.
Full-Time (AET): Hashtag Res 2 – 1 Ensign Res
Congratulations to Hashtag Utd Res on their Plate victory and best wishes to White Ensign Res who made the Tags work hard for the win, despite them being a division below their opposition in the Reserve divisions.
You have to give the Tags’side credit though for pushing on well in extra time and they were the more attacking side in the latter stages of the contest, despite playing more than 75 minutes with ten men. Good performances in this match for Hashtag were led by captain Tommy Sykes who really looked to instigate forward moves by way of good passing & had several decent efforts on goal. Winger Ed Cooper and player-boss Kiernan Hughes-Mason also played their part in a good team performance, as did Brandon Chapman, who got awarded man of the match.
The young Ensign side also put in a good display and kept things tight for long periods with a hard-working display. Forward Emmanuel Abudiore took his goal well and put a good shift in, while defender Owen Dixie also did well to make it difficult at times for the opposition forwards and made some good passes. Finally, Josh Reilly also made a difference when he came on or the last hour or so of the game and gave his team some more impetus with some timely tackles.
Hashtag Utd Res | Player-Manager: Kiernan Hughes-Mason | Assistant: Paul Prosser
Starting XI (Subs): 1 Jack Gannon (GK), 2 Nathan Wilson, 3 Matas Skarna (14 Ali Alanezi 84′), 5 Marcus Stamp (16 Joel Bevan 105′), 6 Brandon Chapman, 7 Ed Cooper (9 Brad Bunker 69′), 8 Jonny Vandyck, 4 Iyiola Adebayo, 12 Tommy Sykes (Capt), 10 Kiernan Hughes-Mason, 11 Rujorn Tuitt (15 Tommy Kilcast 116′)
Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & EOFL Writer
Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 2 April. The focus this week is on the League action and we have additional sections on Divisions Four & Five. Thank you for reading.
Essex Olympian Lge – Saturday 2 April
EOFL Premier Division, Divisions One & Two
In the Premier Division, Rayleigh Town got the big win this weekend to stay in the title hunt, as they got a 3 – 1 triumph over rivals Hutton at London Road. Will Baldry, Liam Oliver and Harry Talbot all netted for Paul Higgins’ side as they stayed second. Stephen Judge got the reply for the visitors. Fellow Non-League writer Pete Dudley was there and his report can be viewed here: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2022/04/rayleigh-town-3-hutton-1.html
Elsewhere, Basildon Town remain third after a 3 – 1 victory over Kelvedon Hatch at Gardiners Lane. The trio of Graham Harrison, Rhys Fatt and James O’Brien got the goals for Marcus Bowers’ team there. They still have two games in hand on the top two with a four point deficit to make up. Sidney Walker netted for Kelvedon , who are in fifth spot. Leaders Ongar Town remain three points clear at the summit after a 5 – 1 success at bottom side Harold Wood Athletic. Joe Lilly netted twice for Richard Ponsford’s side here, with Harry Rawlins, Brandon Wood and an OG accounting for the other goals. Max London responded for Ath but they have six games left to overhaul a nine point deficit to third-bottom Galleywood. Speaking of Galleywood, they got a big 2 – 1 victory at Shenfield AFC, with Harry Bond and Tyler Tredgett netting for ‘Wood there.
Also, Leigh Ramblers got a massive three points by overcoming Old Southendian 3 – 0 at Belfairs. George Moxon, Tom Franks and Ryan Lowe (on his 200th appearance for the club) all netted for Mark Hunter’s team here. They have four games left to gather as many points as possible as all the sides below them have matches in hand on them. OS remain seventh. Finally, Catholic Utd had goals from Tom Elliott and replacement Joe O’Kane to thank for a 2 – 0 success at home to Bishop’s Stortford Swifts, which keeps them in sixth spot and a chance of a top-five finish. Swifts remain tenth.
In Division One, the only match was a big one which saw Epping Town grab a 3 – 2 triumph at rivals Beacon Hill Rovers, thanks to a fine treble by Joe Rickett. The win takes Epping six points clear of the bottom two. Rovers will need at least one win from their last two matches to avoid a bottom-two finish.
Moving into Division Two now, Hutton Res drew 1 – 1 with AS Rawreth in a big battle at the bottom of the division. Both teams remain in the bottom three, with Rawreth having one more match to play. There was a walkover win for Manford Way also, over bottom side Rochford Town which saw them rise back up to third spot. It’s worth noting also that all of the top four sides have three matches remaining.
EOFL Divisions Three, Four & Five
Into Division Three, Hashtag Utd Dev took a big step towards the title with a huge 10 – 1 triumph at Toby Res. The ensemble cast of goal-scorers for Denis Simpson’s included doubles for Shaun Warren, Matthew Gauci and Josh Jarvis with Samuel Pratt, Chandler Wray, Jake Smith and Bradley Bunker all adding one each to take them to the top, with three matches left. Also, Hullbridge Sports Res drew 3 – 3 with Corinthians Res at Lower Road. Jay Knight got two goals for Sports here, with Owen Barrett also scoring for the hosts.
Moving into Division Four, Springfield Res got a important 3 – 1 victory over Leytonstone Utd to remain second, with two games in hand on nearest rivals Ongar Town Res, who also got three points after a 2 – 1 victory at Southend Manor Dev, in a match played at Cupid’s. Hudson Lawrence scored for Manor’s side there. Elsewhere, Old Chelmsfordians Res secured a 3 – 2 win at home to Galleywood Res, thanks to Timothy King who struck two twice for OC’s second side, with Shane Pritchard also finding the net. Oliver Sadler and Lee Judd responded for the visitors but they remain third-bottom. There are as many as four teams who could finish in second spot and the OC side and Roydon have the most matches left (four each) to play.At the bottom, Canning Town Res rounded out their campaign with a 3 – 1 win at home to Shenfield AFC Res, to record their second win this term but it is most likely they will still finish bottom of the table.
In Division Five, Old Barkabbeyans drew 4 – 4 with top four side Herongate Athletic Res at Barking Abbey. The point means the hosts go up to sixth, but this was their last match of the season so they could yet be caught by the two teams immediately below them in the standings. Herongate have two matches left. There was a walkover win for Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res as well over Runwell Sports Res, which sent Swifts top by two points and ended the Runwell team’s season, in which they will finish fifth.
EOFL Senior Lge Cup – Semi-Finals
Harold Hill 1 – 2 Canning Town
Sungate p1 – 1 Corinthians ( Sungate won 6-5 on penalties)
EOFL Reserve Lge Cup
Wakering Sports Res 6 – 1 Chingford Athletic Res
EOFL Res Lge Trophy
May & Baker A 2 – 1 Leigh Town Res
EOFL Denny King Cup
Runwell Sports 2 – 1 Collier Row
Snaresbrook p1 – 1 Wakering Sports (Snaresbrook won 7 – 6 on penalties)
Hello and welcome to the latest action from the Essex Alliance League, which continues on this blog this season under the “Guest Blog” strand. This edition looks at the action across the League divisions and action in the respective Divisional Cups on Saturday 26 March. My thanks to the EAL’s Rob Parker. This round-up is posted with the author’s permission. Thanks for reading.
Guest Blog written by Rob Parker for EAL [EAL Twitter: @EssexAllianceFL]
With additional reporting by Scott W
Essex Alliance League Round-up- Saturday 26 March
PREMIER DIVISION CUP
The last weekend of GMT brought the first of the Premier Division Cup semi-finals as an east London derby saw Wapping taking on Crookz United at Victoria Park. Jordon Mills-Smith netted off the bench for Wapping but his efforts were not quite enough as Crookz scored three of their own in the game and record a 3 – 1 triumph to see them book their maiden cup final with the league.
DIVISION THREE CUP
In the day’s only other cup tie, in the Division Three Cup competition, hosts FC Baresi Under 23s were in action with a first round tie against Terin at the Britannia. The hosts continued their excellent form to book a last eight tie with a thumping 5 – 0 win as Joshua Adu and Maamoon Khan both scored twice, along with a Marco Perkola effort.
Chadwell Heath Spartans have moved two points clear at the top of the Senior Division with four games to go as they came away with all three points from their trip to Hainault defeating Blue Marlin 4 – 0. Harry Payne was the difference between the sides, netting a hat-trick, along with an Elie Fanga goal which saw their side move top on the back of other results around them. That switch at the top came on the back of a draw between the sides placed second and third now as Lymore Gardens took a point as they drew 1 – 1 against DT FC at the County Ground. Tyrique Peters struck for Gardens with their goal but DTFC ensured they took a point which, with their game in hand still, retains their position as the favourites.
Woodford East are continuing to lurk in the background and with games in hand, could still present a huge threat for the silverware, aided by a terrific 5 – 2 victory at the Marshes against Tower United in the Hackney derby. Connor Brathwaite bagged a hat-trick for his side with Callum Maltese and Billy Barr also on the scoresheet with another crucial three point haul. Abdi Jama and Ousman Bangura replied for Tower in that game. At the other end of the table, what a fortnight it’s been for Chigwell Town who put in a huge performance at home to FC Baresi on Saturday to put the quest for safety in their own hands, moving level with eleventh placed Blue Marlin with a 2 – 1 victory. John Lye and Ellis Morgan both got on the score-sheet to keep their hopes of survival well and truly alive.
Over at Noak Hill, Rapid Chingford’s own quest for survival was all but assured at the weekend as they moved up to eighth, eight points clear of the drop zone with plenty still to play after they defeated London Cup finalists, FC Petrocub, in a 2 – 1 scoreline. Andrei Boga and Darwin Romero both scored for Rapid as they returned home with the points. The division’s remaining game was an East Ham derby fixture as Jolof Sports saw the visit of CSM London to their old stomping round of Flanders Playing Fields. A close game was settled by just the single goal and it was Jolof who took the accolades following the reappointment of Danny Brissett in the hot seat, Jolof winning 1 – 0 to maintain their hold of fifth spot.
There was an exhilarating game between two of the promotion contenders in the Premier Division where Oakside hosted leaders, Frenford A, over at Fairlop Oak with ‘Side knowing the importance of getting something from the game. The match ended in a six-goal thriller, 3 – 3, with Joel Opara netting two and Isima Iguisi once for Frenford as the teams settled for a point each. In the other game, London Cranes have moved up a place to seventh in the standings after they came away 1 – 0 victors in their home clash against London Park City. Moses Kazibwe was the man to score with that only goal of the game, netting to give his Cranes side their seventh league success of the campaign.
In Division One, Belfry made sure of at least a promotion place on Saturday with a double header success against Barkingside A over in Dagenham. A 4 – 0 victory in game one saw Kieron James net twice along with efforts from Gabriel and Solomon Ogunwomoju to net their first points. They then followed that up with a narrow 1 – 0 success in the second fixture with Gabriel Ogunwomoju once again on target with the only goal of that game. Success next weekend will see the title heading to Belfry. The goals were flying in over Newbury Park where Cowley Community’s last game before their huge county final saw them take part in a ten-goal thriller against Wanstead. An entertaining game saw Cowley goals from James Allen, George Anthony, Joel McEwan, Michael Taylor and Chris Wright account for their goals but the visitors were on form themselves with five goals to see this finish 5 – 5.
That results enabled Ilford Reserves to take their place in the top two as they came through a close game against fellow promotion hopefuls, RCXI, in their game in Hainault. Joseph Sulola scored twice for the Foxes with RCXI only able to respond with one goal of their own, going down 2 – 1 as Ilford racked up win number twelve. Forest Green have given themselves the best chance of avoiding the drop as they confirmed an important victory against bottom of the table Francis Luke. Green were 6 – 4 winners to move ninth, despite a Jahvarn Steward hat-trick and a Kennerly Cassius effort for the hosts for whom time is running out to beat the drop. The afternoon’s mid-table battle saw Kwanzas London Sport go into their game against Something From Nothing, two points behind their opponents in the race to finish in the top half. But by full-time they had leapt above SFN as they won 4 – 2 to pick up win number seven, moving to twenty-four points, a point clear of their rivals.
In Division Two, Fairlop Rovers have returned to the top of the standings after a few weeks away as they made it a six point Saturday with a double header success against FHN Athletic in the Hainault Derby, They were 2 – 1 winners in game one with Jack Kibblewhite and Logan Simmonds scoring, cancelling out an Aldo Vani strike for the visitors. In game two, another close game was edged by the odd goal with Rovers winning 3 – 2, Kibblewhite scoring twice this time and Sam Beaman once. Terron Fordjoe and Kieran McKoy grabbed the FHN goals in consolation.
Emerson & Upminster Reserves stay in the promotion hunt, sitting second, after they took home three points on Saturday with a 4 – 2 win at Hall Lane against Loughton Lions. Owen McKelvey and Will Osmond both scored for Lions but two Billy Biggs efforts plus goals from Tobi Onafeko and Reece Martin ensured it was their Emerson side taking the spoils. Owen McKelvey and William Osmond got the goals in reply for Loughton in that one. Fifth placed Old Esthameians lost ground on the promotion chase a little as they were held to a 3 – 3 away draw against Newbury East as the two Newbury Park based sides met at Oaks Park High School. Habeeb Gayle scored a hat-trick for an improving East side who took their points tally to five as they will seek further improvement next season. Neil Robinson got two goals in reply for Old E’s plus Nelson Goncalves also netted.
It was a good afternoon for Redbridge Community who took their place in the top half of the table with a double header success in both fixtures against St Francis on Saturday. Redbridge were 3 – 1 winners in the first fixture before following that up with a 5 – 2 success in game two to take their wins tally to eight for the campaign.
Old Barkabbeyans Reserves took their place once again at the top of the Division Three standings after an empathetic winning performance at home against ASA, winning 11 – 2. Jay Elliott scored four, Michael Ryder three and one each from Alex Donkor Junior, Josh Robinson, Jerome Morris and Simeon Peter completed a profitable day for them. It was also a good day for Lymore Gardens Reserves who moved up into fourth place in the table as they overtook opponents Melbourne Sports with a 3 – 1 win at Fairlop Oak. Kevin Monteiro, Warren Isoka and Omani Green were the men who found the back of the net with their efforts seeing Lymore record win number ten this season.
Tenth placed Flyers Under 23s made it three wins for the season in their penultimate game as they came from behind to take home the points with a terrific second half performance against Glendale. Josh Adeojo’s solo effort had given the Dales a 1-0 half time lead but capitulation in the second half, coupled with a vastly improved Flyers performance saw the visitors win the game 4 – 2, despite Attila Szabo also netting for the hosts.
On an adjacent pitch, promotion chasing Royal Forest Reserves saw their title hopes all but extinguished as they were held to a 1 – 1 draw against Together United. Together led through Fifi Banin’s strike but a Josh Trainor leveller in stoppage time rescued a point that, mathematically, does keep them in the race but now out of their hands.
Both of the leading sides in Division Four were in action over the weekend with Sporting Pillars travelling to Romford to face a Flyers Under 21s side who had ended their cup hopes earlier in the month. It was a league clash this time but, once again, there will be disappointment in the visitors camp as Max Wellard’s goal for Flyers meant they took a point, Rayan Allam striking the Sporting goal in a 1 – 1 draw. That result could have been terminal for their league hopes but Chingford Harriers, presently sitting top, had a battle of their own at Peter May with Emerson & Upminster A the visitors ahead of their own cup tie. Neither side was able to find the back of the net as a 0 – 0 draw was recorded at full-time, Harriers therefore maintaining a one point lead with one game to go for both of the top two sides.
Hello and welcome to the latest action from the Essex Alliance League, which continues on this blog this season under the “Guest Blog” strand. This edition looks at the action across the League divisions and action in the respective Divisional Cups on Saturday 19 March. My thanks to the EAL’s Rob Parker. This round-up is posted with the author’s permission. Thanks for reading.
Guest Blog written by Rob Parker for EAL [EAL Twitter: @EssexAllianceFL]
Essex Alliance League Round-up- Saturday 19 March
It was another great afternoon in outside competitions for our clubs as FC Petrocub returned to the London Junior Cup final for the second time in successive seasons with a 2 – 1 win away at Yorxeter on Saturday. Many congratulations to Adrian and his team who, I’m sure, will want to go one better than last year and lift the trophy. They take on London Hibernian in the showpiece final on Friday 29th April at Haringey Borough FC.
Another side just a game away from a showpiece final of their own is Frenford A who have made the draw for the semi-final of the Fenton Cup with a terrific away victory, defeating Crookz United 4 – 1 to book their place. Goals from Callum Alexander, Tiwa Owifuwa, Isima Iguisi and Omotola Oyerokun were enough to confirm a home semi final against top flight side, Rapid Chingford in coming weeks.
SENIOR DIVISION CUP
The Senior Division Cup action also continued at the weekend with Tower United looking to cause a surprise as they entertained leaders DTFC at Mabley Green. In an extremely close game, it took just a single goal to separate the sides and that moment went to Bailey Hossack of DTFC who netted to put his side through 1 – 0 into the semi-finals.
DIVISION ONE CUP
A similarly close Division One Cup quarter-final was witnessed over in Wanstead where a local derby game saw Something From Nothing make the short trip to Barkingside A with both sides looking to continue cup quests. A tight game ended 2 – 2 with Josh Rowe and Sebastian Ramirez scoring for the hosts meaning a dreaded shootout was required and it was hosts ‘Side held their nerve in that, going through 7 – 6 to now face Wanstead in the last four.
DIVISION TWO CUP
Three out of four semi-final places are now secured in the Division Two Cup where Rainham Working Mens Club booked themselves into another semi-final after a solid 3 – 1 victory away at Redbridge Community at Castle Green. Nathan Wilson scored twice and Josh Perry grabbed the other to put their side into a last four place against Loughton Lions.
It was a tense affair in the other quarter final where Unitey were the visitors to Hainault to take on Fairlop Rovers with the sides combining to produce a 1 – 1 draw at full-time as Harry Rouse netted for Rovers and Peter Spencer struck for Unitey. Despite a recent shootout success for Rovers, it was Unitey this time who held their nerve to win it 3 – 2 and progress on.
DIVISION FOUR CUP
It was quarter finals day for two of Division Four’s leading clubs as Chingford Harriers took on Fairlop Rovers Reserves at Peter May, going in search of a semi-final spot against Emerson & Upminster A. With the sides finishing locked at 1 – 1 at full-time, Gerard O’Hara netting for the hosts, a third shootout of the day was required and Harriers held their nerve to win it 4 – 3 from the spot to put them into the semi-finals.
There were some big results affecting both ends of the Senior Division table, firstly as Jolof Sports lost ground on the sides above as they fell to defeat against third placed Lymore Gardens in their clash in Leyton. Ryo Brown and Tyrique Peters both struck for Lymore to see them walk away 2 – 1 victors and move third in the standings. At the other end of the table, Chigwell Town’s late quest to avoid the drop got a massive boost with an away victory against fellow strugglers Blue Marlin in the Hainault derby match. A goal apiece from Phorell Brooke and Harry Tew-Robinson were enough to edge them to a 2 – 1 win, taking them off of the bottom for the first time in a while and just three points adrift of safety with seven games to go.
The other top flight game also saw plenty of entertainment as FC Baresi and Kit Out London combined for a nine goal thriller at the Britannia, the hosts coming out 5 – 4 winners by full-time. Bashir Ali struck a hat-trick and Ali Shikheey scored twice with Marlon Ortiz netting a hat-trick in reply for Kit Out and Rio Mudhar-Hedley once, those efforts proving in vain in the end.
Wapping missed the chance to go top of the table at the weekend as they were held to a 1 – 1 draw away at Oakside to keep them sitting second in the standings with a game to go. Andy Adomakoh struck for the hosts but Wapping were able to score one of their own as the sides settled for a share of the spoils by full-time. The other game came from East Ham where London Cranes were the hosts and up against a North East Lions side playing their final league game of the campaign. Cranes started the day six points adrift of their opponents but they had cut that to three by full-time as Mathius Sendawula scored to help his side win 2 – 1, despite a Taylor Mitchell goal for the visitors.
The headline game in Division One came from Newbury Park where the top two, Cowley Community and Belfry, faced off once again, the former knowing that a win was the only outcome that would put significant pressure on the leaders. But a dramatic last few minutes put paid to their efforts as Belfry scored late on to win it 3 – 1 with Gabriel Ogunwomoju and Kieran James netting. That result enabled a couple of sides to close the gap on the promotion places with Ilford Reserves surge up the table continuing on the back of a solid victory away at Kwanzas London Sport where they were 3 – 0 winners. Rhys Clements, Abdul Cheraitia and Joseph Sulola all got on the scoresheet to keep their side placed for a promotion push.
Fourth placed RCXI are similarly well placed to pounce on any slip ups by sides above as they made no mistake with their win against Forest Green, winning 6 – 0 on the road to take the points home with them. Daniel Williams and Michael Temitayo both scored twice with Tosin Blacky and Oluwaseun Koya also finding the back of the net. Over at the Marshes, a close game between Francis Luke and Newham Wanderers saw the sides separated by just a single goal, despite Wanderers holding an eighteen point advantage over their opponents. But it was Wanderers who strolled away with three points with Mahein Zaman netting that only goal to win it 1 – 0.
The Division Two matches both saw goal-filled contests with Ryan Under 23s adding to their points tally with a three-point haul in Hainault against FHN Athletic. Ryan were 4 – 2 winners on the day, completing an eighth league win of the season and moving level on points with their opponents in the process too. The other game in the division saw a combined seven goals as Loughton Lions were the visitors to Royal Forest for a local IG10 derby fixture. The two teams started the day just three points apart but that was increased to six by full-time as Royal Forest won the game 5 – 2 to pick up win number seven this season.
FC Baresi Under 23s have returned to the top of the table in Division Three as they took full advantage of the previous leaders being out of action to move top themselves, with a game in hand, after a 5 – 3 win at home against Melbourne Sports. Zach Aliane was in fine form, striking a hat-trick with Joshua Adu and Tayyab Mahmood also on target to keep them in pole position.
It’s as you were in the middle of the table as Together United remained fifth with a 4 – 1 home win at the weekend as they beat ASA at Peter May. That victory puts them just a point behind the Mels with a game in hand, that being Together’s ninth league success of the season following elevation over the summer. Lymore Gardens Reserves remain level on points with Together but with an inferior goal difference though they did boost that somewhat with a solid win against second bottom Flyers Under 23s on Saturday, winning 5 – 2 at King George’s in Romford to confirm a ninth win of their own.
Over in Hainault, bottom of the table Terin will be pleased with their efforts as they secured just their second ever win, defeating Glendale at Fairlop Oak with a late goal. The Dales will rue a host of missed chances before being punished to the fullest extent, Okey Obialo following up on a defensive error to net the only goal of the game in a 1-0 scoreline.
There was a huge twist in the race for the title in Division Four on Saturday as Dagenham United Reserves pulled off a huge win, defeating second placed Sporting Pillars 3 – 2 at Castle Green to put the race back into Harrier hands. Dagenham’s win was their eighth of the season which leaves Sporting a point off the top with two games left to play in what is sure to be a dramatic conclusion. Cup finalists, Flyers Under 21s, kept their strong momentum push going with a 2-1 away win against Newham & Havering Borough at the weekend, retaining their hold on fourth spot going into the last couple of fixtures. Jake Atherton and Luke Foster both came off the bench to score with Alexander Gerada striking the Borough goal in reply.
Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & EOFL Writer
Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 19 March. This weekend saw a promotion confirmed in the match I saw first-hand. As ever, there was a number of competitions being played (the EOFL Senior Cup, Reserve League Cup, Ressie Trophy, Denny King Memorial Cup & Essex Premier Cup). This week, the focus is on the League action once again, and we will have additional sections on Division Three plus the results in Divisions Four & Five plus the Cups.
Essex Olympian Lge – Saturday 12 March
EOFL Premier Division, Divisions One & Two
In the Premier Division, Ongar Town kept their four point lead at the summit with a comprehensive 6 – 1 success at home to Sungate. The ensemble cast of Jack Zielinski, Harry Rawlins, Fred Mattock, Joe Lily, Conner Jones and Paul Cox were all on target for Richard Ponsford’s side, with a fine strike from Kyran Chiedozie proving little consolation for ‘Gate here, they remain seventh with 11 matches still to play. Elsewhere, Rayleigh Town remain second after a 3 – 1 victory at Kelvedon Hatch. Liam Oliver, Ben Baxter and replacement Habeeb Apatira all netted for Paul Higgins’ side who remain in the hunt for the title. Joseph Newson responded for Kelvedon who drop to fifth but have still have a great season under Darren Hunt’s management team.
Also, Hutton are fourth on goal difference after a tight 1 – 0 win at home to Springfield, with Brad Freeman once again the goal-scoring talisman for Matt Singh’s side. They went level on points with Basildon Town in third after they beaten 2 – 1 by Bishop’s Stortford Swifts at Silver Leys. Sam Chaney and Samuel Brown both scored for Swifts as they got a memorable win which almost secures their place in the division. Basildon still have eight games to overhaul the sides above them, and player-boss Marcus Bowers netted for them here.
Old Southendian strengthened their position in the top ten with a fine 3 – 1 victory at Galleywood, with goals courtesy of Mitchell Ali, Mattias Tonking and substitute Harry DaCosta securing their ninth win this term. Thomas Watling got the solitary goal for ‘Wood here, they remain in the bottom four. Finally, Shenfield AFC got a 1 – 0 success at home to Leigh Ramblers to remain comfortably clear of the bottom four in eighth.
In Division One, there were big wins for the chasing pack as they sought to join Runwell Sports in the promotion spots. Toby got a terrific 3 – 1 win at Old Chelmsfordians, with Albert Perry, Harry Barham and Luis Ruiz all scoring for the Brewers to maintain a chance of pinching the title on their last game. Liam Landers responded for OC’s who will have to be satisfied with a mid-table finish. Wakering Sports also got a precious three points with a 2 – 1 triumph at strugglers Beacon Hill Rovers. Aaron Clark and substitute Ben Burrows got the points for Paul Morgan’s side here, who remain third but must win both their remaining games to have any chance of a top-two finish. Bertie Whymark scored for Rovers in that game. Corinthians got a Walkover win against Chingford Athletic, who have now been removed from the divisional table after withdrawing from the remainder of the campaign. Chris Stoneham’s Corinthians side still have the opportunity of finishing third if they win their last two games.
Moving into Division Two, Harold Hill remain in prime position for a promotion spot after a hard-fought 5 – 4 win at May & Baker A. Braces for Alagi Juwara and Jose Hernandez were not enough for Bakers’ to grab a point here, they remain seventh. Wakebury also got a narrow win to go back into third spot, following a 3 – 2 triumph at Rayleigh Town Res. Jerry Nkoy, Will Wheeler and an OG were enough to give Matt Cardy’s side the win and keep them in with a chance of a top-two finish. Town remain eighth. Also, Manford Way drew 2 – 2 with Shoebury Town with Samuel Oramadike and Charlie Parish scoring for Manford. Player-boss Garry Johnson and substitute Steven Sharpe both got on the scoresheet for Town, who edge five points clear in sixth with this point. Manford need one more victory to secure fourth spot as a minimum this term.
Finally, Harold Wood Athletic Res took a big stride toward safety with a 3 – 2 success at Old Southendian Res. Daniel Spittle, Thomas Butler and Arthur Simmons all scored for Steve Hubbard’s side here to go six points clear of the bottom two. Charlie Kernott and replacement Charlie Carter both netted for Josh Bambury’s side who look set for a mid-table finish.
EOFL Senior League Cup – Canning Town 2 – 0 Catholic Utd
EOFL Divisions Three
Into Division Three now, Basildon Town Res got a 5 – 1 win at Collier Row to confirm they will finish at least fourth in the table. Grant Cumming scored twice here with Benjamin Smith, Joe Barnett and Louis Hill also on target for Tony Bowers’ side. Row look set for another relegation as they are two points adrift at the bottom, with only one match remaining. Corinthians Res got a decent 2 – 2 with improving Buckhurst Hill U23 at Stambridge. Bailey Moss got both goals for the hosts, with Harry Maslin and Louie Cooper responding for Hill who could still finish sixth this term. Wakering Sports Res got an away Walkover with Hullbridge Sports Res conceding their match, which means Wakering stay third but are level on points with Hashtag Utd Development above them.
EOFL Division Four Results
Canning Tn Res 3 – 3 Old Chelms Res,
Springfield Res 3 – 0 Galleywood Res
And Sungate Dev 4 – 3 Shenfield AFC Res
EOFL Division Five Results
Herongate Ath Res H – W Snaresbrook Res,
Leigh Ramblers Res 1 – 3 Pitsea Ath Res
Old Barkabbeyans H – W Wakebury Res
EOFL Reserve League Cup
Toby Res 2 – 4 Chingford Ath Res
EOFL Reserve League Trophy
Leigh Town Res p1 – 1 Hutton Res (Leigh Town Res won 8 – 7 on pens)