Guest Blog: Essex Alliance League Round-up (Wk 21 – Sat 22 Jan) [EAL 21-22 24.1.22]

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 22 January. 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- Sat 22 January

SENIOR DIVISION CUP

The Senior Division Cup got underway on Saturday with the first three ties of the competition. League leaders, DT FC, made safe passage into the quarter finals as they won 5 – 1 at home against Kit Out London with new signing Robbie Farrell scoring a hat-trick, alongside two from Billy Golledge. Ayoub Billouche struck the Kit Out goal in reply. Joining the leaders in the hat for the last eight were FC Baresi who entertained Rapid Chingford in their tie at Lakeside Sports Ground. Another goal filled contest saw Baresi take the victory, winning the game 6 – 2 with Paul Benfield’s hat-trick leading the way. Tyreece Robertson scored twice and Raymond Pok once to finish things off with Federico Ardei and Vlad Bucur netting for Rapid.

In the third game played on the day in the competition, two of the division’s leading sides went head to head at the Marshes where Chadwell Heath Spartans were the visitors to take on Woodford East for a place in the last eight. A typically close game saw the just one goal settle the tie with East the beneficiaries of that key moment as they went through 1 – 0 winners.

PREMIER DIVISION CUP

There was a shock in the opening Premier Division Cup ties as bottom of the table London Park City secured themselves a tremendous win against an Oakside outfit who had lost just the once in the league this season, City returning home with a 1 – 0 win under their belts. The victors will undoubtedly like to turn this cup form into league points too but they can at least enjoy this moment. There was somewhat of a further shock in the tie involving the sides at the top end which saw the league leaders, Frenford A, eliminated from the competition at the first hurdle as Crookz United continued their run of form of late to make the quarter finals. Luke Stewart was in fine form and scored a hat-trick for his side, Miles Mercury putting a shine on the performance with the other in a 5 – 0 win.

Joining those teams in the last eight will be Dagenham United and made another trip to East Ham on Saturday to as they took on Athletic Newham Under 23s. The two sides once again produced a thriller of a game which Dagenham won by the odd goal in seven, securing a 4 – 3 win. Shaquille Martin scored a hat-trick with Tashawn Brown’s goal finishing it off. Christopher Barbosa scored twice for the Newham U23 side, with Rodney Botuli also on target.

DIVISION FOUR CUP

The Division Four Cup first round cup action continued at the weekend with Sporting Pillars putting themselves safely through into the last eight as they came away 7 – 2 winners from their trip to Avondale Rangers. Rayan Allam scored twice as Emanuel Jacob, Grant Lungley, Daniel Gutierrez, Rajai Millwood and Rhyss Tappenden netted the others. Jake Clarke’s brace proved just consolation in the end for Rangers. There was also one quarter final tie completed, a game which saw Emerson & Upminster A book their place in the semi finals of the competition with a bit of a shock win away at Newham & Havering Borough. Just one goal separated the teams on the day with Matt Gray scoring that effort to give Emerson a 1 – 0 victory and placing his side just one game away from a cup final.


SENIOR DIVISION

With sides around them in cup action, Jolof Sports were able to make up ground on the sides above, closing the gap on opponents, FC Petrocub, to just three points after coming away 4 – 0 winners in their game in Noak Hill. Papa Ndiaye scored a hat-trick and Ahma Seye grabbed the other to help the visitors secure victory with games in hand still placing them with an advantage on sides above. The division’s other game came from Hainault where two of the bottom three sides, Blue Marlin and Tower United, went head to head with both sides in search of crucial points to steer clear of danger. The two sides were well matched and had to share the spoils as the sides finished level at 1 – 1. Ni Acquaye scored for Marlin with Abdi Mohamed on the United scoresheet.


PREMIER DIVISION

With cup games in action, there was just the one game in the second tier which saw an in-form North East Lions side attempting to extend their run with a game against London Cranes who themselves were in search of crucial league points. A game of eight goals was won 5 – 3 by Lions for whom Charles Akingbade, Lorenc Hoxha, Adnan Miah, Shane Thomas and Kojo Asare all netted. Cranes’ goals were scored by Moses Kazibwe, Isa Mwebe and Muhammad Mutesasira.

DIVISION ONE

There were victories for each of the promotion chasing sides in Division One with RCXI remaining three points clear at the top, edging a close game against Ilford Reserves at Belhus Park. The hosts were 3 – 2 winners, thanks to strikes by Ayo Matthews, Michael Temitayo and Sammy Anjorin. The Foxes’ second-side responded through goals by Joseph Sulola and Joel Gones. Elsewhere, Belfry who sit second with an impeccable record to date, extending that two eight wins from eight on Saturday with a  further success against Kwanzas London Sport as they game out 3 – 0 winners. Gabriel Ogunwomoju, Lewis Prainer and Luyando Muhwanga all got on the scoresheet to keep their side in the driving seat.

Third placed Wanstead are only one point further back, albeit from a greater number of games, and they extended their points tally with a solid away win, returning home from the Marshes with all three points in a 2 – 0 win against Renegade. Edson Lami is a man who knows where the net is and it was his brace that made the difference on the day. Also at the Marshes, there was plenty of entertainment in the game between hosts Francis Luke and their visitors Something From Nothing with the teams combining to produce a nine goal thriller. Adam Rowe scored a hat-trick and Jahvarn Steward one for Luke but their efforts proved not quite enough as SFN rattled in five of their own to edge it 5 – 4.

There was a crucial three points attained by Forest Green over the weekend as they moved themselves well clear of danger of relegation with an important win against eleventh placed Barkingside A. The Leyton based side were 3 – 1 winners to move up a number of places into eighth in the standings.


DIVISION TWO

The gap at the top of Division Two is down to just a single point as Old Esthameians moved third on the back of a 3 – 2 win against top of the table Unitey in Loughton. Bubintende Masadi and Ahmed Dousa both struck for the hosts but E’s were in fine form themselves to continue their own promotion charge. Sitting between those sides in the table are second placed Emerson & Upminster Reserves and their own promotion challenge continued in earnest with a big home win at the weekend against Redbridge Community as the sides met at Hall Lane. Reece Stringer was in great form, scoring four for Emerson, Harry Wilkins with netting the other goal as their won the game 5 -1. Melanijus Butkus got the solitary reply for Redbridge Community here.

FHN Athletic are well placed for a push with games in hand on teams above and that was further enhanced by a narrow victory on Saturday as they took all three points from their clash against bottom side Newbury East. Athletic were 2 – 1 winners on the day in a close game, taking their points tally to twenty four for the season.   Moving up to seventh place in the standings, Ryan Under 23s took their wins tally to four on Saturday after picking up a win against Royal Forest, leapfrogging their opponents in the process in the table. Jonathan Hick scored for the Trees but Ryan responded with three goals of their own from Leon Humphrey, Ryan Washington and Mekhi Wilson-Braithwaite to take a 3 – 1 victory home with them.

There was an equally important result for St Francis who took their points tally to six with a win against Loughton Lions, coming through a seven-goal thriller by the odd goal to win 4 – 3. Ross Basunda scored twice off the bench with Theo Jacobs-Aaron and Aenayat Nesari also scoring to hand Saints a big win. The Lions responses came via Harry Drew, Owen McKelvey and Lucas Maxwell.

DIVISION THREE

The chase for glory in Division Three continues to be a tense affair with Old Barkabbeyans Reserves still leading the way following a good patch of form, including a quite incredible 6 – 5 win on Saturday as they defeated Melbourne Sports in Hainault. Michael Ryder scored a hat-trick, Robbie Osborne scored twice and Kacper Kasprzycki scored the other to edge a real thriller. Dexter Stuart struck a treble for Sports as well, with Ryan Lincoln and Jordan Green also netting for the home side here. Royal Forest Reserves are just two points further back and ready to pounce with games in hand, aided by a ninth league win in ten this season on Saturday as they ran out 6 – 1 winners at the County Ground against Lymore Gardens Reserves. Tom Alexander extended his scoring record with a hat-trick which was supplemented by further goals from Tom Briggs and James Nelson.

The division’s other unbeaten side are FC Baresi Under 23s and there was certainly a whiff of déjà vu for the title challengers as they once again saw off Glendale in the two sides’ second consecutive meeting. Kii Jean-Baptiste scored twice with Harrez Aliane, Joshua Adu and Hamza Hafesji also netting for the victors with Maryis Shamku scoring twice for the Dales in a 5 – 2 scoreline. It was a memorable day for bottom of the table Terin who, after some spirited recent performances, finally got themselves a win on the board as a club, defeating Together United in a 5 – 2 win at Oaks Park. Emmanuel Adade scored twice adding to strikes from Miran Miran, Ali Mohammed and Rakin Suleiman, proving that patience really does pay off.

The division’s final game saw ASA play host to fellow mid-table Buckhurst Way as the teams battled it out at the Marshes for the points. Way ended a poor run of form with a solid victory on the road, with a Myles Croxford goal enough to defeat ASA 1 – 0 to move them up to sixth in the standings, this being their sixth league success of the campaign.


DIVISION FOUR

In Division Four, Fairlop Rovers Reserves’ return to some form has seen them shoot back into a promotion contention position, sitting second following their win at the weekend against West Essex Under 23s in Walthamstow. Deshaun Johnson and Javen Cole both netted for the hosts but Fairlop goals from Joseph Head (2), Sean McGilloway, Matthew Stratton, Harry Oliver and Gianluca Halil gave Rovers a 6 – 2 win.

It was also a productive afternoon for Flyers Under 21s who moved to third following their weekend’s efforts, beating Dagenham United Reserves 2 – 0 to move above their opponents in the process. Sam Maydell and Charlie Portlock both scored for the Romford based side to keep things really right at the top of the table.

COUNTY CUP

It was quarter final day in the Essex Junior Trophy on Saturday and it was another fine afternoon in the county cup for Cowley Community who booked their place in the semi finals once again with a terrific 5 – 0 home win against Ashingdon Reserves. That result sets up another last four battle with Brentwood Athletic Reserves, the same side they beat at this stage of the competition back in 2020.

Guest Blog: Essex Alliance League Cup Round-up (Wk 4 – Sat 1 May) [EAL 20-21 4.5.21]

Hello and welcome to a guest blog, going through the action in the Essex Alliance League Cup groups on Saturday 1st May, My thanks to the EAL’s Rob Parker. This round-up is posted with the author’s permission, with additional reporting by Scott W. Thanks for reading.

Guest Blog written by Rob Parker for EAL  [EAL Twitter: @EssexAllianceFL]

Essex Alliance League – Saturday 1 May

 
GROUP A

The race for the Group A silverware remains well poised with FC Petrocub holding a two point gap at the top, helped by a big 6 – 1 win on Saturday away at Rapid Chingford. Vasilica Ilie led the visitors on with a treble here, to which Nicolai Gutu added a brace. Ghenadie Moisei also chipped in with the other goal in this big win which saw the visitors make it three wins from three and in pole position in the group going into their two huge remaining fixtures.

One of those will be against second-placed Lymore Gardens next week and Lymore warmed up for the huge showdown with a comfortable win of their own, ending West Essex Reserves’ hopes of silverware with a 3 – 1 victory. Andre Rashford, Dylan Roberts and Tyrique Peters grabbed the winning goals.

With games in hand, DT FC still have both of the leading sides to play away from home and kept up their hopes with a big home win as they beat FC Baresi 5 – 0 at the Harlow Arena. Carlos Simao notched twice here, with Jermaine Francis, Ayrton Coley and Steve Domfeh also on target to give the hosts a first win in the competition and, with three games still to go, can they chase down the leading pack?

GROUP B

Group B was thrown wide open at the weekend after a huge result in Noak Hill saw Kit Out London keep their unbeaten record in tact by beating another previously unbeaten side, Woodford East. Jay Stavri scored for East but a Erik Rusnak brace in reply added to Sami Bessadi’s goal to make it 3 – 2 to the Kit side.

Chigwell Town returned to contention at the top end of the standings after an impressive 4 – 2 victory at home against Tower United to dent the latter’s hopes. Ross Chimes scored two with Mark Howe and Modestas Dainuskas netting the others to render Tower goals from Abdi Abdikarim and Abubakar Maxamed as just consolation.

And in the group’s remaining fixture, Chadwell Heath Spartans opened their wins account in the group as they picked up a huge 5 – 1 win against higher league opposition, CSM London. Antonio Azevedo scored for CSM but a Rashid Matabaro hat-trick and goals for Rob Hodgson and Miguel Martins rounded things off for Spartans.

GROUP C

Four sides will go into the final weekend of Group C fixtures with hopes of silverware but it’s unbeaten Frenford A who hold the advantage after their beat now second-placed North East Lions 5 – 3 on Saturday to go top. Lorenc Hoxha, Romelle Pile and Chad-Troy Payne goals proved not quite enough for the Lions. Among the scorers for the Frenford developmental side were Gabriel De Souza Dias, Daniel Francis, Isima Iguisi and Joel Opara.

London Park City and Kwanzas London Sport are the other two sides with an outside chance but will require a significant goal difference swing after they could only finish level at 1-1. Antonio Semedo scored the hosts goal but City scored one themselves to send them into a showdown with the leaders next weekend.

In the battle between the fifth and sixth placed sides, Belfry earned their first points of the group after they secured victory in Dagenham against Francis Luke. Jose Nelson Da Silva scored for Luke but three Belfry goals from Gabriel Ogunwomoju, Daniel Osborne and Louis Window were enough to earn a 3 – 1 win for the hosts.

GROUP D

Two sides remain locked at the top in Group D as Unitey and Dagenham United, both sides sporting unbeaten records, met in Loughton on Saturday. With both having won all three games, it was perhaps no surprise to see this one finish level. Brandon Fulton scored twice for Unitey with Sean Kettle and Charlie Fiander goals ensuring it ended 2 – 2 to see this group go to the wire.

Third-placed Cowley Community, a point back, remain poised to sweep up if results go their way and they ensured they will remain interested on the last day as Chris Wright and Mark Farinha efforts gave them a 2 – 1 win against Chingford Athletic A. Sam Matthews scored the Chingford goal in reply.

GROUP E

In Group E, the first silverware was mathematically confirmed with Fairlop Rovers confirmed as group winners after Loughton Lions could only pick up a point on the road at Old Barkabbeyans Reserves. The Lions had two goals from William Osmond and one from Jay Lutman to thank for keeping them in the contest but two Michael Ryder goals and a Josh Robinson strike help Old Barks pick up a first point as the game ended 3 – 3.

The group’s other action came from Newbury Park where the other side with outside hopes, Glendale, saw their hopes ended despite fighting back from conceding early  against Old Esthameaians to lead through two Wesley Kanga goals. But goals from Neil Robinson and Danny Harris saw the tie finish at 2 – 2 on the day.

GROUP F

The drama in Group F will go to the final set of matches with three sides still in with a shout. Royal Forest Reserves are in pole position following a hard fought away win at Emerson United Reserves over the weekend as goals from Tom Alexander and Will Asenso carried their side to a 2 – 0 victory in Upminster.

Custom House United will hope for a Royal slip on the final day after they kept their hopes alive with a big 7 – 1 win at home against Eastern Avenue. Jamie Wooster was in fine form here with a hat-trick, with further goals arriving through Bobby Devlin, Paul Stringer, Robert Wooster and Tommy Douglas.

Chingford Harriers will require a lot of things to go their way to be putting hands on silverware but they will have a big say either way, coming through the Chingford derby contest against Lymore Gardens Reserves in a 3 – 0 scoreline. Paul Shawyer and Darnell Lamothe were on the scoresheet for the Harriers ahead of their showdown with the leaders next weekend.

GROUP G

In Group G, Collier Row A moved level on points with the top placed side in the group on the back of a big 7 – 1 Row victory against Dagenham United Reserves. Rahman Byjid scored for United but Tommy Mottram’s treble led an ensemble cast of scorers for Row which also included Joe Willson’s brace plus one each for Pete Adeleye and Jordan Reece-Peprah to leave them needing the leaders to drop points if they are to challenge.

Brentwood United Reserves have been creeping their way up the table in the last couple of weeks and could still have a big say in things, lying just two points off the leading teams. Their second win was secured as a double from Danny Walker and strikes from Alfie Wiseman and Tony Wyman assisted them to a 4 – 2 home win against Avondale Rangers on Saturday, a result which keeps them in touch.

LONDON JUNIOR CUP

Goals were the order of the day in the London Junior Cup where Jolof Sports’ chase for county cup glory continued with the visit of AFC Cubo Reserves to Dagenham on Saturday. An entertaining game saw Jolof run out 10 – 4 victors to become the third EAL club into the last sixteen where they face either West Fulham or Exeter Old Boys this month.

S2020-21 Round-ups: Essex Alliance League (Wk 3 – Sat 19 Sept) [EALL 20-21 21.9.20]

Hello and welcome to a guest blog, going through the action in the five Essex Alliance League divisions on Saturday 19th September, along with the Olympian League & ESBL action, it is good to have guest content on other Grassroots Leagues, thank you Rob. This round-up is posted with the author’s permission, with thanks. Thanks for reading.

Guest Blog written by Rob Parker for EAL [EAL Twitter: @EssexAllianceFL]

Essex Alliance League – Saturday 19th September

SENIOR DIVISION

FC Petrocub have moved top of the standings in the Senior Division as they made it three wins from their opening three games this season. They were on the right end of a seven-goal thriller at home to Lymore Gardens as Valentin Siciov’s hat-trick and a Alexandru Iusco single earned them a 4 – 3 win, overcoming Lymore goals from Dylan Roberts, Ryo Brown and Devonte Forsythe-Young.

Moving up to second place are FC Baresi as the Walthamstow based side kept their own unbeaten start going with a narrow 3 – 2 victory on Saturday over All Prospects. Prince Eze and Zivonimur Lopes were both on target for Prospects but Mark Matthews, Hadi Osman and Ali Shikheey strikes completed a win in favour of the hosts.

West Essex Reserves continued their perfect start to the campaign, making it two wins from two so far as they defeated winless Rapid Chingford in Hainault by two goals to nil. The all-important goals arrived through Adam Norris and Josh Flood goals helping last season’s title chasers resume where they left off.

CSM London will be pleased with their afternoon’s efforts over the weekend as they recorded their first win of the season, beating winless London Cranes 1 – 0 in Beckton to take all three points. The all important goal came from Keifer Cole who netted the only goal of the game to move ninth in the standings.

There was a winning return to the league for Jolof Sports as the East Ham based outfit got underway with three points from their home fixture against Chigwell Town. The former, and technically current, league champions from 2018/19 were narrow 1 – 0 winners as they started off their season in positive fashion.

Tower United have moved to fifth place in the table with two wins from their first three fixtures in the top flight following promotion. After last week’s reverse, they battled past Blue Marlin in Newbury Park with Guled Abdirahman, Sayid Abdi and Abdi Abdikarim all netting in a solid 3-1 victory.

DIVISION ONE

Woodford East have made a terrific start to life in the second tier as they wrapped up a third league win in three so far and are yet to concede a goal. Their flying start continued with a terrific 7 – 0 win on Saturday as they beat Wapping, helped by a Billy Barr hat-trick plus further efforts from Ben Smith, Frank Glock, Callum Maltese and William Letchford.

Another side with a perfect start to the campaign so far are Leyton Royal as the new boys made it two wins from two to go second. They were 5 – 1 home winners this week as they saw off the efforts of North East Lions to continue their positive start. George State scored twice, accompanied onto the score-sheet by Tamer-Andrei Bozgan, Cosmin Capatina and Catalin Gavril.

It’s also been a great start to the new season for London Park City who made it two wins from two with a massive local derby victory over a well-rated Frenford A side in Ilford. City made the short trip back to Seven Kings with maximum points, earning a 3-0 win to go third in the table after three weeks.

Another of the league’s new sides, Francis Luke, got their points account underway for the season as they defeat fellow new side, Kwanzas London Sport. An eight-goal thriller ensued between the sides as Joel Malundama, Benjamin Sokomay, Aliu Balde, Saico Djop and Reumel McIntosh all netted for FL to give their side a maiden 5 – 3 win.

Completing the day’s action in Division One, promoted Chadwell Heath Spartans finally got their season underway as they made the trip to Mabley Green to take on Eastside. The defences reigned supreme in this one with a rare goalless draw the outcome as the sides settled for a share of the spoils, just alphabetical order separating these teams in the table!

DIVISION TWO

Belfry are top of Division Two on goal difference following their opening two matches of the campaign as they completed their first home fixture with a 5 – 2 win against Rainham Working Mens Club. Jamie Redington scored a hat-trick to help his side towards victory, with Patrick Macdonald and Liam Pickett scoring the others.

Just behind the leaders are Newham Wanderers whose elevation to this level has been quite successful thus far with a second win in two games. The latest victims of said success were Royal Forest who have made a difficult start themselves, succumbing to two Robertson Morais efforts and further Newham goals from Bradley Harris and Macane Caleir in a 4 – 2 score-line.

Cowley Community move up to third in the table after securing a second win in three games so far, this week winning a local derby against St Francis at Wanstead Flats. Chris Wright was on target once again with Ryan Thompson-Cobham netting the other to hand Cowley a 2 – 0 win.

Sitting fourth in the standings, Forest Green couldn’t have wished for a better start to the season as they wrapped up win number two on Saturday, taking all three points from their away trip to Old Esthameians in Newbury Park. In a five-goal thriller, Green came out on the right side of a 3 – 2 scoreline to return home the happier of the sides.

Just behind Forest Green, Dagenham United are up to fifth in the standings as they were victorious on Saturday in their home clash against Chingford Athletic A. United were 3 – 1 victors, with a double from Agbor Sobeh and one from Charlie Fiander overcoming a Warren Isoka goal for previously unbeaten Chingford to ensure the points remained at Castle Green with the hosts.

DIVISION THREE

Melbourne Sports opened their account for the new season with a big home win in their opening fixture, defeating Flyers Under 23s 5 – 0 who themselves were making their league bow. That win sees the Mels move straight up into second place in the table ahead of what they hope will be a successful campaign.

Also taking part in their first fixture of the season, Loughton Lions made a winning start to life at this level as they came through with all three points against FHN Athletic at Mayfield School. In a topsy-turvy game in which Lions had to come from behind, they netted the all important fifth goal which saw them take a 3-2 victory.

The day’s other action came from Walthamstow where Bailey Football Academy led then had to come from behind against Glendale to take a late, late point. Maryis Shamku and Paul Oriakhi goals appeared to have given the Dales the points but Bailey strikes from Ayo Dosunmu and Berdan Yelken made it 2 -2 to share the spoils.

DIVISION FOUR
Royal Forest Reserves have made a good start to life in Division Four with a pair of opening wins, their latest coming at the expense of Together United in Walthamstow. Tom Alexander and William Asenso both scored twice for Forest to set their side on the way to a 4 – 2 win that keeps them clear at the top.
There was a first win of the season for Chingford Harriers over the weekend as they were victorious in their win at home against Collier Row A. Andrew Bowring, Jake Kemp and Stephen Duberry all found the back of the net to earn their team a 3 – 1 win, taking their side up to second place while Row remain in search of their opening points.

Sitting third on goal difference, Custom House United have kept their unbeaten run going for another week and had to come through a close battle against Emerson United Reserves. Anthony Reeve and Archie Pitfield both netted for Emerson but their efforts proved in vain as Charlie Clarke, Robert Wooster and Tim Mason scored for the Dockers to win 3 – 2.


Newham Royals are up to fourth in the standings, extending their own unbeaten run to two games with another 3-2 score-line in the division. They edged past Dagenham United Reserves at Castle Green as Anthony Adade scored twice and Desmond Wilson once to render a Dan Lane brace as just consolation.

Completing the weekend’s action, Avondale Rangers bounced back from their opening reverse last week to take a big 4 – 0 victory home with them in Loughton. Brentwood United Reserves were the side on the wrong end of this result as Jake Clarke scored twice and further goals arrived from William Coakley and Paul Regan.

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