Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 24th Nov) [EOFL 24.11.18]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to another of my extended round-up pieces covering the top five tiers of the Essex Olympian League. How did your local side do this weekend?

Saturday 24th November

EOFL Premier Division

In a reduced fixture list due to Essex Premier Cup action, Harold Wood Athletic and Bishop’s Stortford Swifts took the opportunity to reduce the gap to leaders Buckhurst Hill to a single point. Athletic won 3 – 2 at Great Baddow thanks to strikes by John Bradley, Robert Whitnell and substitute Brad Foley to remain 2nd because of their superior goal difference. Swifts are right there with them in terms of points as they won 2 – 0 at Leigh Ramblers. Charlie Brown and Danny Morgan goals saw the visitors to their fourth straight win.

Meanwhile, Old Southendian powered to their third win of the season in defeating Catholic Utd 4 – 0 at Garon Park. Jon Staines and Ryan Stillwell both netted as the hosts were assisted by two OGs as Utd continued their mystifying league form. Rayleigh Town also won, 3 – 2 at home to Canning Town. Joe Hall and Kevin Songolo struck for the visitors though a Paul Morris brace, either side of a strike by former Hullbridge youngster Damien Siemienczuk aided Rayleigh to a third win in their last five and elevate them to 5th place.

Essex Premier Cup R’s

Beacon Hill Rovers  0 – 3  Hutton

Buckhurst Hill  5 – 0  Sungate

Galleywood  2 – 0  Old Chelmsfordians

Kelvedon Hatch  2 – 1  Chingford Athletic

Tiptree Heath  5 – 1  Shoebury Town

EOFL Senior Division One

Now we head into Senior One and we start with a fine win for Rayleigh Town Reserves who won 6 – 1 at bottom side May & Baker EC Res. Doubles for James Nottage and Billy Field were added to by Charlie Sullivan and Taylor Armstrong as Town rose to fourth spot in consigning their hosts to a fifth straight loss. FC Hamlets continued their fine recent form with a 3 – 2 win at Ongar Town. Tyler Sanago-Ishmael, Charlie Heatly and Farren Smith provided the goals for Hamlets and although Town responded through James Stevens and Ross Carpenter, they went down to their fourth loss in five league matches.

Ramsden Scotia had a day to remember with their 5 – 2 home win over Basildon Town. Max Corrigan got another brace with Sam Wren, Ryan Leddra and Anthony Driscoll all also netting to overwhelm Town who pulled two back through the prolific Sener Suavi. Shenfield AFC had a Robbie Hobbrough hat-trick to thank in a 3 – 0 home victory over Herongate Athletic for their fourth league win on-the-bounce which keeps them third. Elsewhere, Frenford Reserves won 2 – 0 at Snaresbrook, who lost for only the second time his season.

EOFL Senior Division Two

Next, in Senior Two, three matches saw 18 goals scored. Harold Wood Athletic’s Ressies matched leaders Runwell Sports on points with a 2 – 1 home success over Rochford Town. Jason Patmore’s goal for the visitors was outdone by Joe Pyne’s brace as Town remain 8th. Lakeside got the better of joint-leaders Toby 5 – 3 thanks to five different goal-scorers. Drew Klessa-Smith, Connor White, Matthew Vambe, Ollie Pettitt and Ryan Budd made up the five while Ben Turner, David Major and Junior Bammeke all notched for Toby who were dethroned to third due to only their second loss of the season.

Newham Utd also hit five with a 5 – 2 win over May & Baker ‘A’. Omar Jomanday secured a treble while Lisandro Tavares also netting a brace to send Newham into 9th place with only their second win this season. Runwell Sports’ match with Upminster ended in an away walkover as their hosts couldn’t field a side.

EOFL Senior Division Three

It was another goal-laden weekend in Senior Three as 23 goals flew in from five matches. First, Wakering Sports won  5 – 3 at Basildon Town’s Reserve side. A hat-trick for Mike Curtis and a brace for Nick Bettis saw them Aaron Bloxham’s side on their way to the points though Town played their part in an entertaining match with Tommy Green bagging a brace and Jake Bridgeman also netting though Sports went fourth with this result.

Laindon Orient reduced Westhamians’ lead at the summit to four points with a 2 – 1 triumph at Hutton Reserves. Jasper Read and James Shadwell’s penalty provided their sixth win in seven matches for Neil Blackburn’s side. Hutton responded through Tom Biddiss though they stay 9th. Leigh Town were held 1 – 1 by Roydon with Zac Mashford’s goal for Town being cancelled out by Charlie Rider for Roydon.

White Ensign Reserves got their fourth league win of the season with a 3 – 1 success at Old Chelmsfordians Reserves. Lubona Wyatt, Chadrack Kisoka-Domingo and Zach Somerset-Butler all netted for the visitors. Also, Academy Soccer were held 3 – 3 by third-placed Old Southendian Reserves.

Finally for the this week, here are the results from

EOFL Senior Division Four.

Buckhurst Hill Res  4 – 2  Galleywood Res

Catholic Utd Res  8 – 1  Shenfield AFC Res

Corinthians  2 – 3  Lakeside Res

Dagenham Utd  3 – 3  Old Barkabbeyans

Epping Town  10 – 3 Leigh Ramblers Res

Toby Res  4 – 3  Canning Town Res

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2018-19 Season Review – Essex Olympian League Premier Division (part 1) [EOFL PDR 20.11.18)

Written By Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

 

Hello and welcome to the first of a mini-series of articles looking at the EOFL divisions thus far this season. We start off with the top tier – the Premier Division with a look at all 14 sides from the bottom-up.

 

The beginning of the season saw somewhat of a upheaval with the likes of May & Baker, Frenford & White Ensign moving up to compete in the new Eastern Senior League South at Step 6. To compensate, a number of existing EOFL sides were promoted into the Premier Division (Step 7) and they were Great Baddow, Hutton, old Southendian, Sungate as well as Div One Champions Buckhurst Hill.

As I write this in mid-November, most sides have played ten matches and filling the bottom two places are Manford Way and last season’s champions Catholic Utd. Manford sit bottom after a very difficult start, with nine losses from their nine matches so far. A narrow loss at Rayleigh Town on the opening day started off the train which hasn’t yet been stopped. Arguably the biggest issue on-the-pitch at present is their scoring record: Nine goals in those nine matches.

Catholic Utd are the only other side yet to win this campaign and to be fair, a transition both in terms of management and a change in venue to Bowers & Pitsea’s new 3G pitch may have added to things. The ‘Super Hoops’ have only played eight matches, mainly due to Cup action (They also heavily beat Frenford Res in the Senior Challenge Cup in August). Their only points this season have come in the shape of draws at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts and at home to Leigh Ramblers in a rare midweek match. With their form in the Anagram Records Trophy (which they won last season), surely their league form will pick up at some point.

The next three sides (in 10th,11th & 12th) are promoted sides in Old Southendian, Sungate & Great Baddow. In one of these twists, all three sides have conceded 23 goals so far. OS had a rough start to proceedings with five straight losses though a big win over Manford Way prompted a run of only one loss in their last four matches. Sungate started with promise with wins at Kelvedon Hatch and at home to Manford in their first three matches though they are winless in their last six outings as they are finding out how strong the division is perhaps. Great Baddow round out this mini-group as they started the campaign with three defeats on-the-bounce though a home win over Leigh Ramblers and at Manford suggested an upturn may come. It hasn’t as yet as they are winless in their last five though a comfort to them may be that the three sides ahead of them are within five points of them at present.

 

Ahead of them in quite a tight cluster are five sides in the form of Canning Town (5th), Hutton (6th), Leigh Ramblers (7th), Rayleigh Town (8th) and Springfield (9th).

Springfield started fairly slowly with one win in their opening five though have picked up a bit recently with wins at Leigh Ramblers and at home to Old Southendian and it is that home form which may be a solid base for them, as for many sides in this tier for the remainder of the season. Rayleigh Town have made a solid start to the division and the stat the stands out for me is they’ve only conceded ten goals in their nine matches to date. They count wins over Hutton and Great Baddow as part of their fairly strong record at home.

Leigh Ramblers and Hutton made good starts themselves to the season though the latter have picked up in recent weeks with three straight wins (all at their Polo Fields pitch to Catholic Utd, Canning Town and Sungate respectively) which coincides with their increased goal-scoring threat. Leigh brought in a few new signings in the summer, all of whom have played at Essex Senior League level or higher and though at least three of them have since departed, it will be intriguing to see how they get on in the next few months.

Canning Town are another of the sides who have done well at home, at their ground in Beckton. They’ve beaten the likes of Catholic Utd and Springfield there whilst also can get the odd result away from home too so they probably will be happy with their work thus far.

Now onto the top four, which have a cushion on those below though only four points separates the top lot. Kelvedon Hatch in 2nd are two points clear of Harold Wood Athletic (3rd) and Bishop’s Stortford Swifts (4th) who are separated only Ath’s superior goal-scoring prowess. Buckhurst Hill have continued their superb form of last season to top the standings by two points.

Let’s look at the 3rd and 4th-placed sides first. Swifts have only lost one in ten thus far, with that coming in their opening match at Hutton. Since then, seven wins in nine matches has brought about wins over leaders Buckhurst Hill and Canning Town in recent times. Factor in that they don’t score many, little over a goal a game on average and you need a miserly defence and they have it – nine goals shipped thus far – the second best defensive record in the division at present.

Harold Wood Athletic are a side known to pose a threat and they started well with four wins in their first five league outings showed they meant business. They are strong at Harold Wood Rec though their battling qualities were also in evidence when I saw battle to a win at Leigh Ramblers (Summary here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/11/03/match-summary-leigh-ramblers-0-2-harold-wood-athletic-eofl-3-11-18/  ) earlier this month. They are unbeaten in their last four also.

Kelvedon Hatch sit 2nd, thanks largely to a run of eight games unbeaten and are the best goal-scoring side in the top-tier thus far. It’s always handy to have goals throughout the team and that logic seems to apply to Hatch. When you average nearly three goals a match, you know you’re in for a game and Kelvedon are also unbeaten away from home currently as well.

Finally for this tier, Buckhurst Hill have almost flawless record with nine wins from ten matches, with that only blemish coming at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. They also have a knack of grinding out wins and that is no bad thing, as well as being able to pile the goals on. They are unbeaten at their Roding Lane ground and the longer that run holds, the more likely they may be to be among the top teams this term.

Thanks for reading.

Round-up: Bostik Division North (Fri 16/Sat 17 Nov) [BLN 18.11.18]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to the latest of my regular round-ups of the action in Bostik Division North this weekend. How did your side do? Following that are the results from both the Bostik South Central and Bostik South East Divisions this weekend.

Friday 16th Nov

BLN

Witham Town   1 – 3  Aveley  | Spa Road  | Att: 166

Aveley started off the weekend’s action with a win at Spa Road. Tom Richardson put the visitors here ahead after only three minutes, although Johnny Ashman levelled for Town only six minutes later. The Millers found another gear after the break though as goals from Sam Cross [49’] and Reggie Hubbard [90’] saw them to a fourth straight win and leave their hosts still bottom of the standings.

Sat 17th Nov

Barking  2 – 1  Soham Town Rangers | Mayesbrook Park | Att: 73

The Blues took advantage of a good start here to record their third win in their last six outings. Joshua Davidson broke the deadlock after seven minutes before Darelle Russell made it two with 34 minutes on the watch. Soham responded late on through prolific scorer Sam Mulready though they fell to their 5th loss in their last six matches and remain second-bottom. Barking sit 12th.

Basildon Utd  0 – 1  Felixstowe & Walton Utd   | Gardiners Close | Att: 100

The new era at the Bees under joint-managers Michael Walther and Lee Connor started with a narrow defeat at home to Felixstowe. Sam Ford got the only goal after 27 minutes to the visitors to their sixth win of the season thus far and they reside in ninth place. Basildon’s winless stretch extends to six matches now and therefore drop to 5th place.

Brentwood Town  3 – 0  Bowers & Pitsea   | Brentwood Arena  | Att: 190

Town got arguably the result of their league season thus far by defeating under-par Bowers and consequently ending their unbeaten streak this term. The hosts broke the stalemate thanks to goalkeeper James Pellin’s long free-kick midway through the first half. Two former Bowers players struck the other goals with Ryan Mallett [49’] and substitute Charlee Hughes [82’] also netting to give Craig Shipman’s men their third win of the campaign. Rob Small’s side remain top on goal difference.

Bury Town  2 – 3  Coggeshall Town   | Ram Meadow  | Att: 372

Coggeshall went joint-top of the division after coming through in this thriller at Ram Meadow. Cemal Ramadan’s spot-kick after four minutes gave the hosts the lead though two quick-fire goals from Curtis Haynes-Brown [12’] and Connor Hubble [20’] turned the tide in the visitors’ favour. Ollie Hughes then struck two minutes before the break to make it even-stevens again. Ross Wall got the decisive strike nine minutes after the interval to see Cogg to their sixth win in their last seven matches. Bury remain 8th.

Canvey Island  0 – 2  AFC Sudbury   | Park Lane  | Att: 214

The Suds continued their upturn in form with this good win at out-of-form Canvey. First-half goals from Reece Harris [18’] and Thomas Monk [24’] saw the visitors to the win and have only lost one of their last seven now. Canvey have won only one of their last seven themselves and drop to 12th place.

Grays Athletic  5 – 1  Dereham Town  | Parkside (3G) | Att: 188

Another cracker of a performance saw Ath to a big win at Parkside. It started poorly for Jamie Stuart’s side as Joe Gatting put Town ahead on seven minutes. The hosts showed their spirit soon after as Tommy Wade levelled on the quarter-hour before Joao Carlos’ spot-kick put the hosts ahead just two minutes later. Wade’s second on 59 minutes plus late strikes by Mitchell Hahn [80’] and Michael Finneran four minutes afterward steered Ath to their 5th win in their last six matches, they rise to 6th while Dereham drop to 14th.

Great Wakering Rovers  3 – 2  Heybridge Swifts  | Burroughs Park | Att: 237

Rovers continued their good start to life back in Isthmian North by edging this cracker at Burroughs Park. Jake Gordon’s penalty on eight minutes put them ahead though Odei Martin restored parity for Swifts seven minutes later. Billy Johnson handed the lead back to Garry Kimble’s side on 33 minutes and after Gordon grabbed his brace four minutes into the second half, the hosts had the initiative.
Swifts are made of tough stuff though and Kreshnic Krasniqi’s strike eight minutes from time made it a nervy end, despite Heybridge being down to ten men after forward Matt Price’s dismissal. Wakering’s fifth win this term sees them rise to tenth while Swifts’ first loss under boss Julian Dicks sees them fall to seventh.

Maldon & Tiptree  0 – 0  Tilbury   | Park Drive  | Att: 137

New Dockers boss Marc Harrison began his tenure with a more than respectable draw at Maldon. Maldon are a tough side to beat though with only two defeats in seven now residing in 4th spot while third-bottom Tilbury haven’t won in seven outings now.

Mildenhall Town   2 – 1  Romford  | Recreation Way  | Att: 149

A good first 45 minutes saw Town to eventual victory over Boro at Recreation Way. Emmanuel Osei-Owuso’s eighth-minute strike put the hosts ahead before Aboudhadje Kouassi doubled that advantage ten minutes before the break. Henry Fisher did give Paul Martin’s side hope by reducing the deficit on 61 minutes though they still fell to their 5th straight loss and sit 16th. Town go level on points with their opponents here in 17th after ending their own four-match losing run.

Here’s your results from the Bostik South Central & South East divisions now:

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Before I close, we heard the sad news this week that long-serving Isthmian League President and former Chairman Alan Turvey has died at the age of 85. My very best thoughts to Alan’s family and I am aware he was held in very high regard by many people in Non-League for many years.

That’s all for this week, thank you for reading.

Round-up: Eastern Snr Lge Sth (Fri 2/Sat 3 Nov)

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello again and welcome to my results round-up of the action in the Eastern Senior League South division. Thanks for reading.
Eastern Senior League South (EaSL)
Friday 2nd November

Braintree Town Res  0 – 6    Halstead Town

Harwich & Parkeston  4 – 2   Brightlingsea Regent Res
Saturday 3rd November

Coggeshall Utd 2 – 0  Newbury Forest

Hashtag Utd  1 – 1  Little Oakley

Holland  2 – 0     Hackney Wick

Lopes Tavares  1 – 1   Burnham Ramblers

White Ensign 2 – 0   Fire Utd

Wivenhoe Town  1 – 3   Benfleet

That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading.

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 20th Oct) [EOFL 22.10.18]

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to another of my round-ups of the action in the Essex Olympian League this weekend, from the Premier Division, all the way down to Division Three, with thanks to Scott Lanza for the data used in this piece. Thanks for reading.

 

 EOFL Premier Division

We start off with the Premier Division and Bishop’s Stortford Swifts ended Buckhurst Hill’s long unbeaten stretch with a 1 – 0 home win over Hill thanks to Joel Brown’s solitary strike. Canning Town extended the ‘sinking feeling’ somewhat for Catholic Utd as Town won 3 – 2 in Beckton. Sean Mooney’s brace and one from Luke Nickles sealed the London outfit’s third win of the season.

Harold Wood Athletic won 3 – 1 at home to strugglers Manford Way with King Amieye, Michael Burton and Robert Whitnell all getting on the score-sheet for Ath in what was their sixth win of the campaign. Manford have lost all eight matches thus far and are one of only two sides that are winless this term, the other being Catholic Utd.

Springfield got the win of the day with a big 7 – 2 win at Leigh Ramblers. Jamie Selby-Knight got both Leigh goals though the Chelmsford-based side responded with a goal-glut. Dave Wareham got a double, with Dave Morgan, Ollie Gentry, Ross Lamb, Zach Davidson and Jack Mundy all also netting in their second win of the season.

Elsewhere, Great Baddow were held 2 – 2 at home by Sungate. Dane Nelson and Ryan Baxter struck for Baddow while Jake Clarke’s double ensured a point for the visitors. …..   Old Southendian also won 3 – 0 at home to Hutton to obtain their second win in their last three matches.

 

Senior League Cup Results

FC Hamlets 3 – 0 Galleywood 

Leigh Town 1 – 0 Westhamians

Newham Utd 3 – 6 Chingford Athletic (AET)

 

EOFL Senior Division One

Three matches in Senior One saw 20 goals scored. Basildon Town got a healthy chunk of them in a 6 – 2 win at Frenford Reserves. Alfie Phillips’ hat-trick and strikes from James Humphreys, Sener Suavi and substitute Billy Markham did the job as Town won their fourth match in five this term.

Elsewhere, a treble from Ryan Leddra assisted Ramsden Scotia to a 4 – 3 home win over Shenfield AFC. Antony Driscoll got the other goal for the hosts while Ben Absolon, James Bigmore and Jordan Elliott netted for AFC. Scotia have now won five of their six outings thus far. Snaresbrook retained the leadership with a hard-fought 3- 2 win over Ongar Town. Ryan Barker-Francis, Anton Ostrii and Tyriquee Solomon goals saw ‘Brook to their 5th straight win of the season while Ben Polley and James Stevens responded for Town, who are still having a decent campaign.

 

EOFL Senior Division Two

Senior Two saw an incredible 33 goals fly in from only four matches played. Runwell Sports got their biggest win for many a week with an absolute demolition of bottom side May & Baker ‘A’ – the match finished an astonishing 15 – 0. Four goals from Jae Lovell, a hat-trick from Declan Clarke plus braces from Charlie Adams and Aaron Rix, not forgetting one each for Corey Wallace, Scott Mortlock, debutant Charlie Gerada and substitute John Smithwick made it a day to remember for the hosts.

 

Elsewhere, Lakeside put seven past Rochford Town in a 7 – 1 home victory. Braces from top-scorer Drew Klessa-Smith and Connor White was added to by Luke Quinton, Harry Hearn and Jamie Jarvis to seal their third win of the season. Grant Lye got Town’s consolation.

Meanwhile, also in Senior Two, Shoebury Town now have a six-point lead at the summit following a 4 – 1 victory over Ryan. Dominic Binns got all four goals as Town continued their 100% home record and have now scored 38 goals in six matches. Beacon Hill Rovers edged to a much-welcomed 3 – 2 home triumph over Toby thanks to Charlie Brewer, Dave Howard and Matt Wilsher all notching. Justin Clarke and Ross Dipple replied for Toby though their fell to defeat for the first time in the league season.

 

EOFL Senior Division Three

With leaders Westhamians in Senior Cup action, all three of the chasing pack did their bit to close the gap. First, Academy Soccer won 4 – 1 at Old Chelmsfordians Res thanks to Dom Cooper’s brace plus added goals from Sam Parish and Luis Ruiz. Laindon Orient ‘stepped it up’ in the latter stages to win 4 – 1 at Wakering Sports with Sam Lake getting two with Rodney Sarsah-Wilson and James Shadwell also netting. Terry Horner got Sports’ strike though Orient are third spot, a point behind Academy in second.

White Ensign Ressies are fourth after a 3 – 2 win over Roydon at the Len Forge Centre. Adam Smith, Harrison Somerset-Butler and Lubona Wyatt goals did the business and overcame Nader Benzid’s double for the visitors.

Finally, in EOFL Division Four, Corinthians went two points clear at the top with a 3 – 1 win at Dagenham Utd.

Round-up: Essex Senior League with FAV R1 (ESL) R’s [ESL 14.10.18]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to my round-up of ESL action this weekend, with results from the FA Vase action involving ESL sides. Enjoy.

Saturday 13th Oct – Non-League Day

Barkingside  –   Stansted   | Cricklefield  | Att:

 

 

Hullbridge Sports   –   Leyton Athletic   | Lower Road  | Att:

I attended this match, my full report is here:

 

Saffron Walden Town   –  St Margaretsbury  | Catons Lane | Att:

 

 

Sporting Bengal Utd   –   Hoddesdon Town   | Mile End Stadium  | Att:

 

 

Stanway Rovers   –   Tower Hamlets   | the Hawthorns  | Att:

 

Results from FA Vase First Round (Sat 13th Oct)

 

Leverstock Green  –   Sawbridgeworth Town  |

 

Little Oakley   –   Enfield 1893  |

 

May & Baker E.C   –  North Greenford Utd  | Barking Rugby Club

 

Newbury Forest   –   Newport Pagnell Town  |  Oakside

 

Southend Manor   –   Redbridge  | Southchurch Park

 

Takeley  –  Wodson Park   |  Station Road

 

Match Mini-Report: Southend Utd 4 – 2 Hullbridge Sports (Essex Women’s Lge Prem – Sun 7th Oct) [ELP 10.10.18]

Essex Women’s League – Premier Division

Sunday 7th October – 2pm KO

Venue: Len Forge Centre  (Grass Pitch)

2018-19 Season: Match 20

Southend: Navy Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts & Navy Blue Socks

Hullbridge: Yellow & Black Shirts, Black Shirts, Yellow Socks

 

Valiant Hullbridge test Blues at the Len Forge

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

Southend Utd welcomed Hullbridge Sports in this local derby in the Essex Women’s League Premier Division encounter. The Blues defeated the a ‘Bridge outfit that was ‘against the odds’ right from the kick-off. The visitors showed no lack of character and tenacity to restrict the hosts though they went ahead on 17 minutes thanks to a delicate chip which just escaped the fingertips of the ‘Bridge ‘keeper.

Hullbridge did create a few half-chances, skipper Danielle Dorrington heading wide from Megan Marney’s corner right on the stroke of half-time.
Half-Time: Southend Utd 1 – 0 Hullbridge Sports

After the break, the visitors started to tire understandably though the hosts’ pace down the channels also told and good goals on the hour mark and seven minutes afterward with the first of those coming being Ria Toovey’s first of the match. That gave Southend some breathing room though ‘Bridge rallied and Marney’s oppurtunistic lob on 68 minutes after a defensive mishap and Molly Johnson’s headed 79th-minute goal gave the hosts a few nervy moments as Hullbridge believed they could snatch an equaliser.

In the latter stages though, Utd struck again as Toovey blasted home on 83 minutes when one-on-one to seal the points.

Full-Time: Southend Utd  4 – 2  Hullbridge Sports

All in all, Hullbridge showed glimpses of why they won the Division One title last season and they should be proud of their efforts here. The Blues are more than useful side as well and I wouldn’t be that surprised if both sides have a decent season.

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