Season Review 2019-20: Essex Olympian League Division Three [EOFL SR 19/20 23.4.20]

Written By Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to the second 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 at Essex Olympian League Division Three, including an array of statistics compiled from the EOFL FA Full-Time website including top goalscorers & top appearance makers in the League fixtures. I was fortunate enough to attend a few Division Three matches this term so they may be referenced to as well here.

 

EOFL Division Three  (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 that point, ACD Utd held the top spot with 43 points from 18 matches. This record included thirteen wins and only the one loss, which was away at rivals Wakebury in late October. Michael Wade’s side were also the best side defensively in this division this term with only 19 goals conceded all league campaign, not bad for their first campaign as an Olympian League side. Fellow newcomers Wakebury were four points adrift in second place, with twelve wins from their 19 matches this term. Matt Cardy & Dan Blewett’s side were the most entertaining side this term with 56 goals scored, at an average of 2.95 Goals per game (GpG). The Shoebury-based side were not as proficient in defence and that may have cost them the top spot but both Wakebury & ACD have a lot to be proud of this season.

Another promoted side ended up being third in Corinthians Reserves. Terry Rose & Ben Adams’ team had an impressive twelve wins from their 15 matches, with only two losses, at home to Buckhurst Hill Ressies and away at Wakebury, which I was pleased to watch in-person. On a better note, they are the second-best goal-scorers this term with 51 goals (but in fewer matches than the Berries so the GpG is 3.40). A sturdy defence as well may have seen them climb into the top two, had the season continued. The next two sides ended in close formation in fourth & fifth respectively. Firstly, Toby Reserves were fourth on 29 points, with nine wins from their 18 matches. They were also fourth in the ‘Entertainers’ listing, with a substantial number of their 40 goals this season coming from forwards Marc ‘The Flea’ Porter-Brown and Luis Ruiz. In fifth place are Collier Row with 28 points from fourteen matches, which included an impressive nine wins for you guessed it, another promoted side (from Div Five in 2018/19). What is also noteworthy is that Row have the third-most miserly defence this term as well with 25 goals conceded, so plaudits to them on that.

Another side I saw this term in Hutton Reserves finished in sixth spot, having played the least amount of matches this term (13), ending up with 21 points. Matt Singh’s side grabbed seven wins this term, though as a caveat, six of those wins were at home. The other win was at White Ensign Reserves in mid-December, which happened to be the game I watched them in. Factor in an impressive goal-scoring record of 35 strikes (a GpG of 2.69) this season and again, they also have grounds for optimism next season. Leigh Town Reserves and Buckhurst Hill Reserves finished in seventh and eighth spot respectively. Leigh’s second-side, under the leadership of Robert Hutchings-Spiller ended up with 20 points from their 14 matches played. Unlike their first team in the division above, Town’s defence was breached 33 times this term as they won six and lost six of their matches this season. Hill’s second-team were two points behind them in eighth spot with 18 points from their fourteen games. Again, their defence was their ‘Achilles heel’, shipping 35 goals at an average of 2.50 per game.

Into the bottom four now, with Lakeside Reserves ending up ninth on 14 points from their 17 matches. All four of their wins this term came in their last nine matches as the latter half of the campaign saw them evade the dreaded bottom two. It was that poor start to the campaign (they didn’t win in their first ten matches) that contributed to them having the second-worst defensive record, conceding 48 times. Basildon Town Reserves finished tenth with 13 points from 15 matches. A difficult campaign at both ends of the pitch was highlighted by them having the third-weakest side in terms of goal-scoring, having scored 23 times and also conceding 41 goals, the fourth-worst in the division. Even so, their four wins this term matches the win count combined for the bottom two sides this term.

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Still from White Ensign Res v Hullbridge ‘A’ (2nd Nov 19)

White Ensign Reserves were 11th, with three wins chalking up the bulk of their ten points gained this term. Manager Jack Caten has had it hard this term, as his side conceded 53 times in their 18 matches, the worst in the division. That said, they continue the club’s tradition of playing at the Len Forge Centre [3G] which is good to see. Finally, another new side in Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ ended up propping up the table, with one win all season – away at rivals Lakeside Reserves. It was a rare great day for Jason Mole’s side, as they scored four points all season and conceded forty-six  goals in their 15 matches this term. I saw the bottom two duke out a 1 – draw in November (image above) at the Len Forge.

EOFL Division Three – Top Goalscorers 2019-20 Season

  Club/s League Goals League Starts
   
1 Max Hall Corinthians Res 18 14
2 Charlie Little Wakebury 17 10
3 Ed Hart Collier Row 16 13
   
=4 Sean O’Callaghan Hutton Res 15 9
Michael Wade ACD Utd 15 11
   
6 Marc Porter-Brown Toby Res 14 14
   
=7 Harry Davison Lakeside Res 9 10
Harry Kateley Wakebury 9 17
Luis Ruiz Toby Res 9 17
Ben Munday Wakebury 8 (+1 pen) 14
   
=11 Chris Pope Leigh Town Res 7 12
Alex Hubbard Leigh Town Res 7 14
   
=13 Tommy Fraine Buckhurst Hill Res 6 9
George Wickings Hutton Res 6 10
Grant Cumming Basildon Town Res 6 11
Landry Gogoa Buckhurst Hill Res 6 11
Luke Smith Corinthians Res 6 13
Samuel Payne ACD Utd 6 14
Ashley Webb Corinthians Res 6 14
   

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

  Appearances
  Club/s League Starts Bench Total
   
1 Liam Jarrett Wakebury 19 0 19
   
=2 Jamie Alexandrou ACD Utd 17 1 18
Harry Kateley Wakebury 17 1 18
   
   
=4 Ben Perry Wakebury 17 0 17
Luis Ruiz Toby Res 17 0 17
Ollie Williams ACD Utd 17 0 17
   
=7 Daniel Buglione Wakebury 16 1 17
Dominic Cooper Toby Res 16 1 17
Chris Gore Wakebury 16 1 17
   
=10 Yaw Danso White Ensign Res 16 0 16
Archie Matthews White Ensign Res 16 0 16
Mason Oakley ACD Utd 16 0 16
Matthew Thompson Lakeside Res 16 0 16
   

 

Season Review 2019-20: Essex Olympian League Division Four [EOFL SR 19/20 22.4.20]

Written By Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to the first of a mini-series of blog articles looking back at the ‘void’ Season 2019-20, as deemed by the FA. Sufficed to say, I felt it was important to mark what’s been another fascinating campaign in the Essex Olympian League, Essex Senior League & Eastern Senior League South (leagues I’ve watched mostly this season just gone).

Anyway, we begin the series with a look at Division Four, including an array of statistics compiled from the EOFL FA Full-Time website including top goalscorers & top appearance makers in the League fixtures. Thanks for reading.

 

EOFL Division Four  (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 that point, Roydon took advantage of a fine run of six wins from their last eight matches to get themselves to the top of the standings, with 39 points from their 15 unbeaten matches played. Ten of those matches were at home and the North West Essex side won eight of them, drawing the other two. They also were the best ‘Entertainers’ in the division this term, scoring 67 goals at an average of 4.46 Goals per game (GpG).

Their nearest rivals in second spot were former leaders Chingford Athletic Development, who if I recall correctly were a new side in the EOFL this season, supporting the club to begin a pathway for the first team (who played in Senior One this term) for players. The Ath ‘second-side’ amassed 38 points from their 19 matches, scoring 61 goals in the process (the second best in the division) and having three entrants in the Top Goalscorers listing but more on that later.

Ongar Town Reserves finished in third spot after a mixed campaign, with 28 points from their 17 matches. Five of their nine wins came away from home interestingly though it is also worth noting that only six of those 17 games were at home. A leaky defence arguably stopped them from being nearer the top two at the cut-off point, though it is certainly a campaign to build on next term.

Next, three clubs all on 27 points with goal difference proving decisive in separating them. In fourth spot are Wakering Sports Reserves, having won eight of their 16 matches and having a better defence than their nearest rivals. Forest Glade also ended on 27 points though ended up fifth, because of inferior (and zero) goal difference. They won eight of their 19 matches in total, though had a better second half of the campaign as they rose up the mid-table spots. Catholic Utd’s Reserve side finished in sixth, also on 27 points though because a negative goal difference dragged them down. Continuing the mantra of the first team somewhat, the ‘second-side’ scored 52 goals and conceded 58, the second worst defence in the division. Also, five of their eight wins at their home pitch at the Len Forge Centre [3G].

There lays a gap of seven points before we reach the bottom half sides. Firstly, Galleywood Reserves are in seventh spot, having won six of their 14 matches to end on 20 points. A hard-earned quirk of their season is that they have the fourth best defensive record in the division, with 26 goals conceded. Only three of the top four sides are above them in terms of having a more miserly defensive record. Leytonstone Utd are a point behind them in eighth place, having grabbed six wins from their 15 matches which isn’t bad going when you factor in they were the second weakest in terms of scoring goals in Division Four in 2019-20. Laindon Orient Reserves are just behind in ninth spot, with six wins and nine losses from their 15 matches. Unfortunately, the O’s second-side do have that poorest goal-scoring record this term, along with the third-worst defence. Club Chairman Neil Blackburn will hope for better next term, you feel.

Rounding off the division are Old Chelmsfordians Reserves (10th, 17 points from 15 matches), Shenfield AFC Reserves (11th, 12 points from 16 games) and lastly, Canning Town Reserves who amassed two wins  from their 18 matches to end up with ten points, whilst also conceding sixty goals, the worst in the division.

 

EOFL Division Four – Top Goalscorers 2019-20 Season

 

Player Club/s League Goals League Starts
 
1 Franklin Craik Catholic Utd Res 19 13
2 Lewis Watson Roydon 17 12
3 Tom Vine Wakering Sports Res 16 12
4 Lewis Page Roydon 15 9
5 Frankie Goodhall Ongar Town Res 14 10
 
=6 Zak Robinson Galleywood Res 12 10
James Medlock Leytonstone Utd 12 15
 
=8 Luke Dimond Chingford Athletic Dev 11 7
Jack Zielinski Ongar Town Res 11 7
George Burton Chingford Athletic Dev 11 9
Scout Bown Roydon 11 11
 
12 Dean Peck Galleywood Res 10 7
 
=13 James Warder Catholic Utd Res 8 10
Matthew Gauci Forest Glade 8 16
 
15 Umar Ali Chingford Athletic Dev 7 12

 

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

  Appearances
  Club/s League Starts Bench Total
 
1 Kian Burton Chingford Athletic Dev 18 1 19
 
=2 Joseph Edwards Forest Glade 17 0 17
Shaun Warren Forest Glade 17 0 17
 
 
=3 Nathan Ackie Chingford Athletic Dev 16 2 18
Patrick Clarke Chingford Athletic Dev 16 1 17
Billy Calder Shenfield AFC Res 16 0 16
Matthew Gauci Forest Glade 16 0 16
Charles Simpson Forest Glade 16 0 16
 
=8 Jayson De Araujo Canning Town Res 15 1 16
Harry Holt Ongar Town Res 15 1 16
Trevor Kabuchu Ongar Town Res 15 1 16
James Medlock Leytonstone Utd 15 0 15
Lee Pellin Laindon Orient Res 15 0 15
 

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 0 – 2 Dereham Town (Tues 10th Mar) [ILN 19/20 11.3.20]

Isthmian League Division North

Tuesday 10th March 2020 – 7.45pm KO

Venue: Len Salmon Stadium [3G]

Attendance: 70

2019-20 Season: Match 62

Hullbridge:  Blue & White Hooped Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Deeham: Greeen Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

Dereham’s fast-paced attack grabs the points with win at Hullbridge 

Hullbridge Sports 0 – 2 Dereham Town

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

A ‘bonus’ match saw me travel to the Len Salmon Stadium to see last season’s Essex Senior champions Hullbridge Sports continue their Isthmian League North campaign with a ‘home’ match against Dereham Town. ‘Bridge had a mixed week with a heavy loss to Cambridge City a week ago being part-vanquished by a decent point at Bury Town last weekend. Darren Manning fielded an unchanged side from that draw at Bury Town, with Lewis Greene between the sticks and in front of him, a defence of full-backs Courtney Homans and skipper Matt Rose with Michael Agboola and Jamal Allen as centre-backs. Jamie Salmon and Emmanuel Okunja made up the central midfield with Daniel Gilchrist and Joe Wright leading the line. Forwards Dan Walker and Kieran Bishop were among the options from the bench. Dereham were in decent form coming into this match, having won 3 – 1 away to Brentwood Town last weekend.

Adam Gusterson’s Magpies side featured Elliot Pride in goal, with Shaun Wones among the centre-backs and in central midfield, George Quantrell and David Hinton were named with a front three of Nathan Stewart, Ryan Crisp and top-scorer Adam Hipperson. The added factor here was that this is my first visit to the Bowers & Pitsea’s Len Salmon Stadium since it went 3G and goodness, the good talk I’ve heard about it is more than accurate, so fair play to Rob Small’s side on that development.

Onto the match and in the early-going, Dereham started well with the lively Nathan Stewart being denied by a timely interception by Sports centre-back Michael Agboola on four minutes. Minutes later, a good run down the middle by the rapid Adam Hipperson fed Stewart with an unselfish pass though with the angle on goal declining with only home custodian Lewis Greene to beat, his strike was well-blocked by Greene getting down low. At this point, the Hullbridge goal was living a tad of a charmed life as a succession of corners heaped the pressure on as the nippy visiting front line gave the home backline enough to handle with mazy runs.

With eighteen minutes on the watch, Hullbridge ventured forward and box-to-box midfielder Emmanuel Okunja played in forward Daniel Gilchrist as he bared down on goal, though visiting goalkeeper Elliot Pride did well to deny his strike. Joe Wright followed up in the next attack with an attempted chip which lacked the finesse to bypass Pride. Midway through the half, a fine long ball sprayed in by experienced midfielder Jamie Salmon found Wright down the right channel and Wright’s cut-back only just escaped the run of onrushing winger Callum Thompson, who felt he was impeded.

The Magpies responded at the other end, taking advantage of a defensive lapse by the hosts as Stewart ghosted in, though with only Greene to beat, the advancing forward’s drive was well-blocked by Greene’s legs. As we entered the last few minutes before the interval, Agboola made a couple of good interceptions for the hosts though Stewart made a fine run down the left-side on the penalty box, evading Agboola in the process but unfortunately for Adam Gusterson’s side, his effort was tame and Greene could gratefully gather. ‘Bridge had periods in the half but ultimately their final ball was letting them down, plus Dereham showed their pace and passing game enough to make you feel this wasn’t going to stay a stalemate.

Half-time: Hullbridge 0 – 0 Dereham

Hullbridge changed their system just before the hour, with Kieran Bishop and Dan Walker replacing Gilchrist and midfielder Gregory Frederick who worked hard in breaking up the opposition attacks. Soon after coming on, Walker was played in by full-back Courtney Homans’ long-throw and his strike was well-saved by Pride in the Dereham goal. The deadlock was finally broken midway through the half as a free-kick from the half-line fell to Dereham skipper David Hinton after Sports were unable to clear their lines defensively and Hinton weaved away from a couple of defenders before striking low and calmly past Greene  to give the visitors a deserved lead.

To their credit, Hullbridge kept trying to get back on level terms showing passion and energy, though that crucial final pass continued to elude them and the frustration was starting to show. With eleven minutes remaining, another defensive mix-up allowed the tireless Ryan Crisp in on goal, though Allen got in first to pick his pocket before facing Greene one-on-one.

Then, in added-time, Crisp got his reward for holding on to a ‘lost cause’ down the left wing, before gliding impressively past three defenders and working the angle to slot past Greene from about five yards out. Not one for the home defence to remember perhaps, though Crisp’s ninth league goal this term sealed the points.

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports 0 – 2 Dereham Town

In all fairness, it was the right result as Dereham had more than enough chances to score and win the game conclusively and they did play some really good stuff at times, though it is a credit to ‘Bridge that the Magpies didn’t look quite so assured in defence in the second half.

In my view, the stand-out performances for Dereham were tireless forward Ryan Crisp who typified his work rate with a well-taken goal in added-time. Playmaker David Hinton got his side going supporting the frontline and also took his goal well, with Nathan Stewart also having a lot of joy on the right flank with his pace and directness. Shaun Wones also stood out with an assured performance at centre-back. For Hullbridge, on a difficult evening, centre-back pairing Michael Agboola and Jamal Allen played their part to repel the fast-paced Magpies attacks, though goalkeeper Lewis Greene had a fine match with at least five good saves. Dan Gilchrist also did a fair wad of unselfish work up front down the channels for the Bridge Boys.

Finally, as ever I would like to say thank you to Hullbridge for their welcome & hospitality. Also, my thanks to the Webb family. Best wishes to both sides for the remainder of the season. Dereham went up into eighth place with this win, while Hullbridge remain in 16th, seven points clear of the relegation spot.

Teams

Hullbridge Sports  | Manager: Darren Manning  | Assistant Mgr: James Wakeling

1 Lewis Greene (GK), 2 Courtney Homans, 3 Matt Rose (Capt), 4 Jamal Allen, 5 Michael Agboola, 6 Gregory Frederick (10 Daniel Walker 54′), 7 Callum Thompson, 18 Jamie Salmon, 8 Emmanuel Okunja, 9 Daniel Gilchrist (16 Kieran Bishop 54′), 11 Joe Wright (12 Tim Monsheju 74′)

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Rahman Fujah, Garrett-Douglas

Dereham Town    | Manager: Adam Gusterson | Assistant: Olly Willis

1 Elliot Pride (GK), 2 Thomas Matthews, 3 Owen Murphy, 4 Robbie Linford, 5 Tomas Snapkauskas, 6 Shaun Wones, 7 Nathan Stewart (12 Lagshan Sivakumar 90′ +1), 8 George Quantrell, 9 Ryan Crisp, 10 David Hinton (Capt), 11 Adam Hipperson

Goal-scorers: David Hinton [67′], Ryan Crisp [90′ +2]

Booked: None   | Subs Not Used: Willis, Smith

Referee: Jamie Pope
Assistant Referees:  Kennedy Kikulwe  & Andy Simmonds

Round-up: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Sat 7 Mar) [EOFL 19/20 8.3.20]

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Archive Image: Corinthians v Rochford Town in EOFL D2 last month 

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s review of Essex Olympian League action on Saturday 7 March. The weather continued to blight fixtures though there were still a lot of big matches in League & Cups that took place. Thanks for reading.

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Essex Olympian League – Saturday 7 March

Premier Division

In the Premier Division, Sungate picked up a narrow 1 – 0 win at Rayleigh Town to extend their lead at the summit to six points. Buckhurst Hill can still catch them if they win five of the eight matches they have in hand on the ‘Gate. Rayleigh remain in seventh spot. Meanwhile, Kelvedon Hatch rose to fifth place after a 3 – 2 win over Harold Wood Athletic in a match moved to Frances Bardsley Academy 3G in Romford. Calvin Poku, Theo Ola and Joe Gregory all netted for Hatch, with Rob Whitnell and Jack Brown-Sykes scoring for Ath, who remain bottom, five points adrift of the top ten.

Shenfield AFC also secured a much-needed three points with a fine 5 – 2 win at mid-table Springfield. Ben Carroll grabbed a treble here, with Samuel Lock and Alex Tredgett also notching for AFC to send them up to 11th spot, four points clear of the bottom two.

Match OFF: Basildon Town  P – P  Leigh Ramblers   |

 

Senior Division One

In Senior One, FC Hamlets won 2 – 0 at bottom side Toby through goals from Charlie Heatley and Jack Patten to secure their fifth league win this term, having played only 11 matches, due to postponements & Cup ties. Ashley King’s side rise to seventh spot and still have an outside chance of securing a top-four finish.

Lakeside edged to a 1 – 0 success over Runwell Sports with Jody Reynolds getting the only goal to go five points clear in fourth. Runwell remain in the bottom three. Also, Galleywood also won away from home, 2 – 0 at Ramsden Scotia thanks to strikes by Matthew Buckingham and replacement Jamie Rick, which sent ‘Wood up to fifth. Ramsden have lost three on-the-spin and remain in tenth.

 

Matches OFF:
Manford Way  P – P Rayleigh Town Res   |

Shoebury Town P – P   Herongate Athletic |

Snaresbrook  P – P  Old Chelmsfordians |

 

Senior League Cup

In the one EOFL Senior Cup Quarter-Final tie, Catholic Utd edged to a 1 – 0 win over fellow Premier side Hutton at the Len Salmon Stadium. Jay Nash got the only goal to see the Super Hoops through to the last four.

Essex Premier Cup: Semi-Finals

In the one Essex Premier up Semi-Final that did take place at Roding Valley Sch 3G, Premier side Buckhurst Hill edged past impressive Senior One side Chingford Athletic on penalties after a pulsating 3 – 3 score-line after extra-time. Sam Sollosi netted twice for Mark Williams’ side in normal time, before Fenti Falola netted in extra time though Chingford showed their warrior spirit with Alex Gordon netting a double of his own which was added to by Gary Murray. Hill won the ensuing shoot-out 5 – 4 though this battle adds fuel to the thought that Dave Richbell’s side will be a Premier Division side next term. Congrats to both teams though it is Hill who make it through to the Final to defend their title at Billericay Town’s New Lodge on Wednesday April 11th.

Match OFF: Leigh Town  P – P  Ongar Town  | New Date: Sat March 14th

 

Senior Division Two

Two matches survived in Senior Two, as Beacon Hill Rovers went back up to second spot with a 3 – 1 home win over Wakering Sports in the early kick-off, moved to Plume Sch in Maldon. Nathan Ruggles, Ade Adeyemi and a late Stephen Bennett spot-kick saw Rovers to a fifth straight win and are seven points off leaders Leigh Town. Corinthians also endorsed their promotion chances with a 4 – 2 win at May & Baker Res. Alfie Knight, Ollie Brickwood, John Bolton-Smith and Dan Cooksley all netted for Chris Stoneham’s side who went above their opponents into fourth place. Ryan Leavens and Ricardo Teixeira struck for Jimmy Donald’s team though their own aspirations of elevation took a dent here as they have five matches left to play.

Match OFF: Laindon Orient  P – P  Epping Town

 

Senior Division Three

Finally for the round-up section in Senior Three, Wakebury failed to gain ground on leaders ACD Utd as they were held 0 – 0 by Toby Res at Shoebury Park. It looks increasingly likely that Corinthians Res are the biggest threat for the title though the Berries will still want to secure a top-two finish for the best chance of promotion. Elsewhere, Lakeside Res got their third win in their last five with an important 3 – 1 win at Collier Row. This win sent ‘Side up to ninth, four points clear of the bottom two and handed Row a setback in their focus for a top-three finish.

Also, Corinthians Res handed White Ensign Res another heavy loss as Terry Rose’s side won 6 – 0 at Stambridge Memorial Ground. It was an ensemble cast of scorers with Steve Solarin, Max Hall, Ashley Webb, Ryan Woodley, George Penfold and Taner Dagyaran all on target as the hosts remain third and cut the deficit to leaders ACD to six points with three matches in hand on them. Ensign’s second side have three matches left to get out of the bottom two, they sit second-bottom and are three points away from Basildon Town Ressies.

Matches OFF:

Buckhurst Hill Res  P – P  Hutton Res   |

Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  P – P Basildon Town Res |

 

Senior Division Four results

Canning Town Res  1 – 1  Roydon

Forest Glade  P – P  Catholic Utd Res

Galleywood Res   P – P  Wakering Sports Res

Old Chelmsfordians Res  2 – 4  Chingford Athletic Development

Ongar Town Res  P – P  Laindon Orient Res

Shenfield AFC Res  0 – 2  Leytonstone Utd

 

Senior Division Five results

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  4 – 0  Shoebury Town Res

Herongate Athletic Res  P – P  Collier Row Res

Roydon Res  2 – 2 Springfield Res

Runwell Sports Res  1 – 0  Newbury Forest Res

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 7 Mar) [ESL 19/20 8.3.20]

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Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to my semi-regular review of this week’s Essex Senior League action on Saturday 7 March. Weather put paid to two fixtures this weekend as pitches continue to recover from the recent hefty rain.

 

Essex Senior League results – Saturday 7 March

Hadley 7 – 0  West Essex | Brickfield Lane | Att: 86

Hadley inflicted another heavy defeat on the Stags at Brickfield Lane as they continue to chase down the top three. The Bricks held a two-goal lead at half-time as Manny Hammond [35’] and a Yemi Buraimoh strike five minutes later gave them a cushion. After the break, a depleted West side were exposed as Sam Edwards got a quick-fire brace just after the hour mark, before Hammond got his second of the afternoon on 65 minutes to give Anthony Clark’s side a 5 – 0 lead with time remaining in the match. Cameron Ferguson endorsed his growing reputation with a double of his own [75’ & 85’] and complete a super day for Hadley who remain in 4th but are only ten points off leaders Saffron Walden with four matches in hand on them. West’s form is mixed right now after a fine win in midweek, they remain in 10th spot.

 

Saffron Walden Town  1 – 2  Walthamstow  | Catons Lane | Att: 302

This battle at the top of the Essex Senior saw Walthamstow emerge with what could be a priceless win at Catons Lane in front of a crowd of around 300. Connor Scully smashed ‘Stow into an 12th-minute lead and that lead held until the break. A frantic start to the second period started with a leveller for Walden as Julian Simon-Parsons made it three goals in his last two games on 48 minutes. Two minutes later though, Max Mitchell’s side re-took the lead through recent signing Tommy Fletcher and despite seeing forward Callum Ibe sin-binned late on, the gutsy East Londoners made it ten matches unbeaten and are only three points adrift of Walden with four more matches to play. Walden are vulnerable to being overtaken by ‘Stow, Hashtag and Hadley though on paper at least, have a decent recent run-in before hosting Hashtag on the final day next month.

Fellow Non-League blogger Matt North was there & here is his report: mattnorthfootball.wordpress.com/2020/03/07/saffron-walden-town-1-2-walthamstow-fc-esl-19-20-07-03-20/

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  1 – 2 Redbridge   | Crofters | Att: 25

Redbridge recovered from a heavy defeat in midweek to get the win at Crofters over Sawbridgeworth. Strike pair Taylor Tombides and Hassan Nalbant got the goals for the visitors who obtained their fourth win in their last seven matches to remain in eighth spot, seven points ahead of West Essex in tenth. Jake Sleet’s fourth goal of the season gave Sawbo some hope but ultimately they fell to another loss and remain marooned at the foot of the table, 13 points behind nearest rivals Enfield with eight matches to play.

 

Stansted  0 – 0  Enfield  | Hargrave Park  | Att: 52

Enfield put in an improved display to hold Stansted at Hargrave Park. The E’s had a penalty saved by home ‘keeper Jarvis Monk though the Airportmen had chances of their own before ultimately ending a draw. Stansted remain fifth at present, four points clear of Takeley while Matt Hanning’s side inch closer to the sides above them in Tower Hamlets and Southend Manor and have a game or so in hand on both.

 

Tower Hamlets  1 – 1  Ilford  | Mile End | Att: 20

Hamlets showed promise again but could not complete the job as they were pegged back by gritty Ilford at Mile End. Suiabo Balde put Hamlets ahead with his 15th league goal of the campaign on 65 minutes. Jeffrey Cobblah got the Foxes leveller with three minutes remaining to see Jon Fowell’s side to 30 points in 13th spot. Hamlets haven’t won in eleven games now and stay third-bottom on 22 points.

 

Matches OFF (Due to Waterlogged pitches)
Hashtag Utd  P – P St Margaretsbury

Southend Manor P – P Takeley

 

Thanks for reading, they’ll be more blogs on the Essex Senior to come as we approach the run-in with seven weeks to go.

Match Report: White Ensign 1 – 2 Lopes Tavares (Sat 7 March) [EaSL Sth 19/20 7.3.20]

Eastern Senior League South

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: TBC

2019 – 20 Season: Match 61

Saturday 7th March 2020 – 3pm KO

W Ensign: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Lopes T: & Yellow & Green Shirts, Green Shorts, Green Socks

 

Lopes end Ensign’s record run with fine display at Burroughs Park

White Ensign  1 – 2  Lopes Tavares

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

The weekend’s Non-League match saw a change in the ‘billing’ as after a match elsewhere was shelved, it was a return trip to Burroughs Park to see this Eastern Senior League South top-of the-table clash between White Ensign and Lopes Tavares. The scene was set, a win for the hosts would make it 12 straight league triumphs whereas Lopes needed the points to reduce the gap to the leaders and stay in the promotion hunt. Ensign did have a stronger squad available here as centre-back Andy George returned to join skipper Jake McWee at the back. Cannor Barnby also came back into the side to partner Brett Munyard in attack, with Jason Reynolds-Blanche and Dominic Locke providing the support from the flanks. Dave Limber, Rhys Fatt and John Hilliard were among the options on the bench.

Lopes Tavares fielded a number of familiar names who previously played for Hackney Wick, with Simpson Mpalampa captaining the side, Alvaro Guerrero their technical playmaker and Simon Bamidele & Jeff Idemudia on the flanks. The line was led by experienced forward Tony Cookey and Joel Appiah, with Akin Akinola and tricky forward Richard Kone were among the replacements.

This encounter started slowly in the early minutes, though Lopes did start off the stronger with winger Simon Bamidele’s dangerous cross from the left evading everyone in the six-yard area after getting past Ensign right-back Charlie Buffin. The Navy Boys couldn’t quite find their passing game in the first throngs of the contest as both sides perhaps realised the importance of the three points. There wasn’t a huge amount of goal-mouth action in the first part of the half though as we approached the half-hour mark, a good through ball by home player-boss Brett Munyard found rapid winger Dominic Locke though the angle wasn’t favourable and he struck wide of visiting custodian Wilkinson Boateng’s far post. Moments later, Munyard was denied a one-on-one chance with the ‘keeper himself as Lopes defender Carlos Indjai closed out the chance as quickly as it had arisen.

Lopes powered forward on the counter-attack, and after winger Jeff Idemudia’s drive was deflected out for a corner, the delivery found forward Joel Appiah whose well-directed header was cleared away by the well-positioned Buffin on the goal-line. Right on the half-hour, Tony Cookey added to the chance count for the visitors as he powered a drive just over the goal frame. Minutes later, Ensign responded as from a Bradley Gates free-kick, centre-back Andy George’s header flew just wide of the ‘onion bag’. Connor Barnby also fired over the bar from another set-piece as the minutes ebbed away.

It was Lopes who got the crucial breakthrough three minutes before the break as a fine cross from the left by Bamidele found Cookey who superbly guided a header past Ensign ‘keeper Nick Wilson. On the balance of play, it was a lead Chris Davis’ side did deserve though you also felt there was more to come.

Half-Time: White Ensign 0 – 1  Lopes Tavares

After the break, it was the visitors who had the better opportunities in the first phase of the second half. Idemudia fired over the target after a surging run through the middle, before Appiah had a shot well-saved by Ensign stopper Wilson’s foot. On the hour, an initial error by Lopes goalkeeper Boateng gave a half-chance to George though his header was well tipped over by the recovering Lopes custodian. From that corner, substitute Dave Limber had a header saved before Munyard headed over seconds later. As we entered the final twenty minutes here, energetic winger Jason Reynolds-Blanche had a firm header well-clawed away by Boateng and Locke couldn’t make the most of a rare chance with only Boateng to bypass. The frustration from the home dug-out was audible and you couldn’t really blame them.

Lopes doubled their lead with thirteen minutes remaining as Ensign pushed forward, substitute Richard Kone powered forward on the counter and bypassed the covering McWee and slotted low past the exposed Wilson with aplomb into the far corner. Moments afterward, Kone danced his way past the tiring home backline again though this time Wilson did well to deny him a quick-fire second. Lopes Tavares sensed the chance was there to close the game out and Appiah sent a good centre in which the ever-watchful Wilson did well to palm away from the top corner though thanks to his efforts, Ensign did have a sniff of a point at the end.

Four minutes before the end of the ninety, Locke was felled in the penalty area and Luke Skinner blasted the resulting spot-kick in. That said, a slack throw-in from the hosts allowed Kone another chance at goal though again, custodian Wilson did well to deny him with his feet. What ensued after was a fraca after a bad tackle by Skinner saw him dismissed by referee Ryan Smith, once the situation had been calmed down. However, Idemudia and Indjai were also sent to the dressing rooms for Lopes for respective second bookings for their part in the resulting arguments. Ensign nearly had an unlikely hero deep into added time as from substitute John Hilliard’s deep free-kick, Wilson, up from the back headed towards goal  though his opposite number Boateng was equal to it and gathered. Lopes held on after a tough end to the game but you have to applaud their forward play which involved invention, pace and power.

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Full-Time : White Ensign  1 – 2  Lopes Tavares

It was the right result, although in fairness Lopes Tavares did have more of the chances and showed once again why they are right in amongst the challengers for promotion from this division come of the next month though at time of writing, they still have thirteen matches yet to play. Ensign were not at their peak, by their own admission though are still well-placed to secure an elevation to Step 5 whatever happens.

In terms of stand-out performances, for the hosts centre-back Andy George had to be on good form to repel some of the Lopes attacks, while goalkeeper Nick Wilson pulled off at least four good saves to keep his side in the contest. Jason Reynolds-Blanche & Connor Barnby arguably had the better of the forward line displays today though they could not bypass the visitors’ backline often enough. For Lopes, Joel Appiah was a big threat all match with his pace, unselfish passing and movement. Strike partner Tony Cookey took his goal very well and Simon Bamidele was another constant presence on the left flank and his crossing was really good at times.

Finally, I’d like to wish both teams the best for the rest of the campaign. Also, a thank you to Ensign for their welcome today.

 

Teams

White Ensign    | Player-Manager: Brett Munyard | Assistant: Mark Healy

1 Nick Wilson (GK), 12 Charlie Buffin (14 John Hilliard 72’), 3 Thando Moyo (13 Dave Limber 52’), 5 Andy George, 8 Jake McWee (Capt), 6 Bradley Gates, 10 Luke Skinner, 7 Connor Barnby, 9 Jason Reynolds-Blanche (15 Rhys Fatt 82’), 20 Brett Munyard , 11 Dominic Locke

Goal-scorers: Luke Skinner [pen 86’]

Booked: Barnby | Sent Off: Skinner [90’ +2] | Subs Not Used: Maleary, Austin, Martin (GK)

 

Lopes Tavares |  Manager: Chris Davis

1 Wilkinson Boateng (GK), 2 Carlos Indjai, 3 Louis Hiobi, 20 Khalifa Jabbie, 5 Simpson Mpalampa (Capt), 19 Simon Bamidele, 8 Alvaro Guerrero (14 Akin Akinola 88’), 11 Babs Sonupe (16 James Purdon 64’), 7 Jeff Idemudia, 9 Tony Cookey (17 Richard Kone 71’), 10 Joel Appiah

Goal-scorers: Tony Cookey [42’], Richard Kone [77’]

Booked: Mpalampa, Guerrero, Jabbie | Sent Off: Idemudia [two bookings], Indjai  [two bookings] |

Subs Not Used: Jimali, Asaro

 

Referee: Ryan Smith

Assistant Referees: Martin Green & Daniel Keeble

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 29 Feb) [EOFL 19/20 1.3.20]

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Image from OS 4 – 1 Basildon Town (Image by Scott)

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Review of Essex Olympian League action from Saturday 29 February. A lot of matches were stifled by weather but there were important wins in the matches that did take place. Thanks for reading.

 

Essex Olympian League – Saturday 29 February

Premier Division

In the top-tier, Catholic Utd were held 2 – 2 by a revitalized Bishop’s Stortford Swifts side in an early kick-off at Len Salmon Stadium. Eamon Pyne and Bryn Thorpe got the goals for Billy Cove’s side as they rise up to 9th. , five points off the bottom. Finally, in the match I attended at Garon Park 3G, Old Southendian put in a fine display with a 4 – 1 win over Basildon Town. Ed Gould, Riley Oliver, Luke Moloney and Matt Wilson all struck for Connor Lane’s team, with replacement Barv Walkuaika getting a late consolation for Gareth Cleverly’s side. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/03/01/match-report-old-southendian-4-1-basildon-town-sat-29th-feb-eofl/

 

Matches OFF:

Springfield  P – P  Leigh Ramblers  |

Sungate  P – P  Kelvedon Hatch |

 

 

Senior Division One

Into Senior One now and the highlight of the day saw Toby defeat fellow strugglers Herongate Athletic 3 – 1 in Newbury Park. A brace from Larry Asare and one from Marc Porter-Brown saw the hosts to their first win this season and reduce the gap to Herongate to just a single point. Herongate have lost seven on-the-reel now. Elsewhere, Ongar Town won 1 – 0 at Lakeside in their top-four clash at Lakeside Sports Ground 3G. Joe Lilly got the decisive goal as they continued their unbeaten run for the 3rd-placed side and they went five points clear of their opponents here in 4th.

Matches OFF:

Chingford Athletic  P – P  Old Chelmsfordians  | (Flooded 3G pitch)

Manford Way  P – P  Galleywood   |

Ramsden Scotia P – P  Shoebury Town  |

Rayleigh Town Res  P – P  FC Hamlets  |

Snaresbrook  P – P  Runwell Sports  |

 

 

Anagram Records Trophy

In the surviving Anagram Records Trophy Quarter-Final, Buckhurst Hill made it to the last four with a powerful 5 – 2 victory over fellow Olympian League Premier side Rayleigh Town at Roding Valley Sch 3G. Suley Zuhdu got a first-half treble to lead the way, with Sam Sollosi and Tyler Dolan also scoring here for Mark Williams’ side. Town responded after the break but ultimately had too much to do. Fellow Non-League blogger Pete Dudley was there & here is his report: pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2020/03/buckhurst-hill-5-rayleigh-town-2.html

 

Match OFF: Sandridge Rovers  P – P  Hutton

 

Essex Junior Cup

Collier Row  3 – 1  FC Clacton Res   | Forest Row Centre

Hutton Res  3 – 1  Bowers & Pitsea U23  | Billericay Sch 3G

 

 

Senior Division Two

Only one match survived in Division Two, and that was moved to 3G. Leaders Leigh Town edged to a 1 – 0 win over Epping Town in a battling affair. Harry Payne got the only goal for Jack Pearman’s side who have racked up nine straight wins and also extended their lead at the top to seven points. Epping’s new-look side fought hard and remain 7th.

 

Matches OFF:
AS Rawreth  P – P  Wakering Sports  |

Harold Wood Athletic Res  P – P  Old Southendian Res  |

May & Baker Res  P – P  Beacon Hill Rovers  |
Rochford Town  P – P  Corinthians |

Ryan  P – P  Laindon Orient  |

 

Senior Division Three (All Matches OFF)

Basildon Town Res  P – P  Lakeside Res  |

Buckhurst Hill Res  P – P  Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  |
Corinthians Res  P – P  ACD Utd  |

Leigh Town Res P – P  White Ensign Res |

 

Senior Division Four

Given that Division Three was wiped out because of the weather, we have a one-off round-up of Division Four. Leaders Roydon maintained their unbeaten streak this term with a 4 – 2 win at Catholic Utd Res, played at the Len Forge Centre 3G. Lewis Page struck a treble, to which Lewis Watson added the other goal to see their side three points clear at the summit. Utd’s Ressies remain in mid-table. Laindon Orient Res won 2 – 0 over Shenfield AFC Res in an early kick-off moved to St Martins Sch 3G. Tommy Wolfe and Carlos Dias got the goals to see Laindon’s second-side go up to 8th place. AFC’s Reserve side remain second-bottom, three points ahead of Canning Town’s second-team.

Matches OFF: Galleywood Res   P – P  Old Chelmsfordians Res

Ongar Town Res  P – P  Forest Glade

Wakering Sports Res  P – P  Leytonstone Utd

 

Senior Division Five (All Matches OFF)

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  P – P  Springfield Res

Herongate Athletic Res  P – P  Old Barkabbeyans

Newbury Forest Res  P – P  Roydon Res

Runwell Sports Res  P – P  Shoebury Town Res