Match Report: Benfleet 2 – 3 May & Baker (Sat 16 Nov) [EaSL South 19/20 16.11.19]

Eastern Senior League South

Venue: Park Lane

Attendance: 23

2019 – 20 Season: Match 39

Saturday 16th November 2019 – 3pm KO

Benfleet: Sky Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

M & Baker: Red & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

 

Bakers edge a pulsating match with Benfleet at Park Lane

Benfleet  2 – 3  May & Baker

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

The weekend’s match took me to Park Lane, to see the Eastern Senior League South match between Benfleet and May & Baker. The increasing chill of November made it a good job that it wasn’t too long a trip to be fair. The Fleet named Danny Confrey between the posts, Emmanuel Adetokunbo and Finlay Dopson on the flanks with a front pair of Ben Foord and Taylor Lawrence. The likes of Jamie Brown, Alfie MacDonald and Ethan Evison were all on the bench. Bakers were missing the influential Kai Warren, though could still name Carl Patten and Danny Gillham in attack, with Darren Seymour and Henry Osei on the flanks. Gabriel Odili and Besmir Hoxhaj were options from the sidelines.

Perhaps it was the mentioned ‘chill’ that got this game to a strong start as Bakers custodian Frankie Worboyes was in action early-doors to deny the pacey Benfleet winger Emmanuel Adetokunbo from having a clear chance at goal after the latter had bypassed visiting defender Josh Perry. The increasing amount of chances in this match started in earnest about ten minutes in as Bakers skipper Scott O’Connor had a header cleared off the goal-line before Mitch Curran fired wide for the Fleet from twenty yards out. Minutes later, a good team move from the hosts ended with forward Taylor Lawrence striking wide of the right-side post. Bakers should really have led on 23 minutes though as a peach of a cross from the left by forward Carl Patten set up winger Darren Seymour well, only for Seymour to head wide, having evaded his marker.

 

It was a costly miss as Benfleet did break the deadlock moments later. From a good Lawrence corner, Curran got a glancing header which sailed past Worboyes into the net. Much to their credit, Bakers were not rattled though as just past the half-hour, a good run by winger Henry Osei ended up with a fine delivery from the left, though onrushing midfielder Josh Lowbridge could not get his header on target. As it turned out, those missed were not as costly as they could’ve been as five minutes prior to the interval, the match was level. Nifty footwork by Patten gave him a chance to find Osei who had breached the home defence before powering home with only Confrey to beat at the near post.

Half-Time: Benfleet  1 – 1  May & Baker

The attack-focused nature of the match continued after the break, as Benfleet sent out a few ‘warning shots’ just after the restart. Strikes on goal by Adetokunbo, Lawrence and strike partner Ben Foord all failed to severely trouble visiting stopper Worboyes, who gathered on all three occasions. With 49 minutes on the watch, a super strike by Lowbridge was superbly parried onto the crossbar by Confrey before the fortunate home defence somehow kept out the ensuing rebound. Soon after, the enterprising winger Finlay Dopson fizzed a strike wide of the right-side post and it’s worth noting he had a good impact on his side going forward making good runs down the channel.

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For the visitors, Patten really was a very useful focal point in attack and his great through ball found Osei who unleashed a curling effort which went the wrong side of the woodwork. Again though, the chances not taken were costly for Jordan Harris & Alec Simms’ side as Benfleet re-took the lead midway through the half. A pearler of a ball in from deep by substitute Alfie MacDonald found the run of attacking midfielder Aaron Russell who headed home with aplomb. However, the lead lasted eight minutes before the visitors levelled things up once again on 72 minutes. A good free-kick into the penalty box caught the Fleet defence napping, with Patten nipping in to slot home past Confrey.

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Bakers were buoyed by their leveller and looked to push on for the points in the latter stages. With 13 minutes left, a soaring run down the left by Osei fed substitute Gabriel Odili who unleashed a fierce effort which Confrey did well to keep out. Bakers also hit the woodwork from replacement Besmir Hoxhaj’s free-kick before the crucial goal came four minutes from time. Odili outpaced the tiring home backline before firing past Confrey when one-on-one, much to the delight of the travelling side.

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Full-Time : Benfleet  2 – 3  May & Baker

All in all, this was a match that you couldn’t really predict the winner, such was the openness of the encounter, with both sides looking more than useful going forward. You could argue that the visitors wasted a number of good chances though ultimately they did finish quite strongly. Have to add it was good to see Benfleet at home for the first time, and good to see Bakers in action again.

In terms of stand-out performances, for the hosts there were a number of strong performances. Winger Finlay Dopson was certainly a key member of the forward line today with his pace and delivery, with ex-Great Wakering midfielder Aaron Russell having a telling presence too. Finally for them, have to give a mention to goalkeeper Danny Confrey who pulled off a few superb saves today, and winger Emmanuel Adetokunbo also stood out for the hosts. For Bakers, rapid winger Henry Osei really made a difference, after the interval in particular, with forward Carl Patten a big asset to his team with his height and build-up play. Centre-back Josh Perry also had a good game making a few important interceptions with on-loan full-back Cain Brougham making good runs from right-back.

Finally, I would like to pass on my thanks to ‘the Fleet’ for their hospitality today. It makes a difference as we now enter into the cold time of the year.

 

Teams

Benfleet    | Manager: Stuart Batch |

1 Danny Confrey (GK), 2 Charlie Cobb, 3 Martyn Lacey (14 Alfie MacDonald 46’), 4 Jamie Williams, 5 Sonny Hartman (Capt), 6 Mitch Curran, 7 Emmanuel Adetokunbo (16 Charlie Sullivan 60’), 9 Ben Foord, 10 Taylor Lawrence (15 Ethan Evison 78’), 11 Finlay Dopson

Goal-scorers: Mitch Curran [25’], Aaron Russell [64’]

Booked (Sin Bin): Curran | Sub Not Used: Brown, Webb

 

May & Baker |  Joint-Managers: Jordan Harris & Alec Simm

1 Frankie Worboyes (GK), 2 Cain Brougham, 3 Steve Johnson, 4 Scott O’Connor (Capt), 5 Josh Perry, 6 Kane Messenger, 7 Darren Seymour (17 Ben Saunders 83’), 8 Josh Lowbridge (14 Gabriel Odili 67’), 9 Carl Patten, 10 Danny Gillham, 11 Henry Osei

Goal-scorers: Henry Osei [40’], Carl Patten [72’], Gabriel Odili [86’]

Booked: Lowbridge, Odili | Subs Not Used: Leavens, Richardson

Referee: Joe Burgess

Mini-Report: Burnham Ramblers 0 – 7 Benfleet (Eastern Snr Lge Sth) [EaSL 16.10.18]

Eastern Senior League South

Tuesday 16th October – 7.45pm KO

Venue: Leslie Field

2018-19 Season: Match 23

Burnham: Black & Navy Blue Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Sky Blue Shorts

Benfleet: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Report by Scott W

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A welcome trip to Leslie Field saw me taking in a rare Eastern Senior Lge Sth match which saw Benfleet travel to Burnham Ramblers. The hosts named skipper Alex Salmon in defence and prolific goal-scorer Karl Swanborough in attack. Benfleet had Leon Gordon, their skipper in attack supported by wingers Taylor Lawrence and Mason Shave.

Burnham have struggled to adapt to this new division somewhat, particularly in defensive terms. The visitors perhaps would have scouted this before kick-off as early on they did pour forward, as after only eight minutes, the Benfleet full-back unleashed a powerful effort that the Burnham goalkeeper did well to deny.

Unfortunately for Lee Hughes’ side, it was a sighter of things to come as Benfleet roared into a three-goal lead before the half-hour mark. First, ex-Hullbridge midfielder Sam Dulieu opened the scoring on 12 minutes with a low shot into the corner before doubling his tally only seven minutes later with a blasted strike from 15 yards into the corner. Skipper Gordon got into the match with a goal as well after having an initial header saved, he made no mistake stroking home well with 27 minutes on the watch.

The hosts didn’t have too many openings with forward Karl Swanborough lofting an effort over the bar early-doors though the pain wasn’t over yet. The fourth goal for the visitors did have an element of fortune about it as a short cross hit midfielder Jack Unwin [32′] on the forehead which sent the ball careering into the top corner. That said, there was nowt that was lucky about the fifth as ten minutes before half-time, winger Taylor Lawrence smashed a cracker from 25 yards which flew into the corner with terrific technique.

Half-Time: Burnham 0 – 5 Benfleet

You may have thought that the visitors would settle a bit after the break for what they had. Not a bit of it as only five minutes into the second half, Unwin’s powerful effort was parried by the Burnham ‘keeper who was unfortunate to see the ball still trickle into the net.

Burnham fashioned a few chances in the half through Swanborough’s free-kick which just dipped over the bar just past the hour and who I believe to be Oliver Miller, who did keeep the visiting defenders alert in the latter stages though in trith, the hosts didn’t overwhelmingly look like scoring.

Unsurprisingly, the Burnham ‘keeper was the stand-out player on the night for them as he did well to deny Unwin twice in the latter parts of the match and so denying him a hat-trick though Dulieu did get his treble with a super chip over the goalkeeper to seal a dominant victory for the hosts.

Full-Time: Burnham Ramblers 0 – 7  Benfleet

You must credit Benfleet in that they were quick, powerful and clinical in their finishing this evening and much deserved the three points.

No team-sheets available unfortunately tonight. My apologies.

Results Round-up: Eastern Senior Lge Sth & Thurlow Nunn Premier (Fri 21st/Sat 22d Sept) [EaSL & TNP 22.9.18]

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello again and welcome to my results round-up of the action in the Eastern Senior League South and the Thurlow Nunn Premier division. Thanks for reading.

Eastern Senior League South (EaSL)

Saturday 22nd September

Brightlingsea Regent Res  1 – 3  May & Baker

Burnham Ramblers  1 – 5  Halstead Town

Frenford  0 – 3  Hashtag Utd

Hackney Wick  3 – 0  Holland

Lopes Tavares  1 – 2  Benfleet

Newbury Forest  2 – 2  Fire Utd

White Ensign  2 – 4  Coggeshall Utd

Wivenhoe Town  3 – 3  Little Oakley

Wormley Rovers  1 – 2  Braintree Town Res

 

 

Thurlow Nunn Premier

Friday 21st September

Ely City 1 – 2  Thetford Town

Kirkley & Pakefield  1 – 2  Great Yarmouth Town

Saturday 22nd September

Framlingham Town  2 – 2  Gorleston

Hadleigh Utd  2 – 4  Godmanchester Rovers

Histon  2 – 0  Whitton Utd

Newmarket Town  4 – 3  FC Clacton

Stowmarket Town  5 – 0  Long Melford

Walsham-le-Willows  1 – 1  Norwich Utd

Wroxham  0 – 1  Woodbridge Town

 

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

Round-up: Essex Senior League & Eastern Snr Lge Sth & Thurlow Nunn Prem Rs (Sat 15th Sept) [ESL, EaSL & TNP 16.9.18]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to my mini round-up of the action in the Essex Senior League plus results from the Eastern Senior League South and Thurlow nunn Premier.
Essex Senior League

Saturday 15th September

Hullbridge Sports  1 – 1  Walthamstow   | Lower Road | Att: 76

Hullbridge denied ‘Stow an important victory with a second-half leveller at Lower Road. In first-half added-time, James Peagram struck to give Ryan Maxwell a slightly better team talk at the interval. Sports recovered and ended up with a point thanks to Jimmy Cox’s goal on 58 minutes. Darren Manning’s side stay top of the table at this early stage.

Redbridge  1 – 4  Ilford  | Oakside  | Att: 48

The Foxes sent the Motormen careering off to the first league loss with this surprise win at Oakside. Jamal Dzotsi put the visitors ahead on 31 minutes before the opening 10 of the second half sealed the contest. Yemi Adelani [49′] continued his good scoring run this term and Yasseir Nazor netted six minutes later to leave Martin Haywood’s side in a super position. Ex-Ilford defender Sam Balfour pulled one back for the hosts late on before Adelani got his second of the afternoon in the dying minutes to seal a great day for the visitors.

Tower Hamlets  1 – 2  Stansted  | Mile End Stadium  | Att: 50

Finally in the ESL action, Stansted completed a good win at Mile End. Callum Ibe struck early [7’] and a Paul Clayton goal followed on 20 minutes to leave the Airportmen in a good position at half-time. Clayton struck at the wrong end late on though despite an improvement from the hosts in the second half, Stansted held on for another good three points.

 

Eastern Senior League South – Sat 15th Sept

Benfleet 1 – 0 Brightlingsea Regent Reserves

Braintree Town Reerves  3 – 3  Frenford

Halstead Town  2 – 1  Fire Utd

Hashtag Utd  3 – 2  Harwich & Parkeston

Lopes Tavares  0 – 0  Wivenhoe Town

Wormley Rovers  1 – 4  Burnham Ramblers

 

 

 

Thurlow Nunn Premier Division

Saturday 15th September

Godmanchester Rovers  3 – 2  Stowmarket Town

Long Melford  2 – 1  Histon

That is all for this week. Thank you for reading.

Round-up: Eastern Snr Lge Sth, Thurlow Nunn Premier & Essex Olympian Lge Premier (Sat 18th Aug) [EaSL, TNP & EOFLP 18.8.18]

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello again and welcome to my results round-up of the action from the Eastern Senior League South division, Thurlow Nunn Premier and the Essex Olympian League Premier Division on the weekend of the 7th & 18th August. Enjoy.

Eastern Senior League South (EaSL)

Saturday 18th August

 

Benfleet  3 – 1  Wormley Rovers

Burnham Ramblers  2 – 2  Little Oakley

Coggeshall Utd  2 – 3  May & Baker

Frenford  3 – 2  Holland

Hackney Wick  6 – 1  Brightlingsea Regent Res

Harwich & Parkeston  4 – 3  Fire Utd

Hashtag Utd  1 – 1  Wivenhoe Town

Newbury Forest  4 – 5  Halstead Town

White Ensign  3 – 0  Braintree Town Res

 

Thurlow Nunn Premier Division

Friday 17th August

 

Godmancester Rovers 1 – 3  Histon

Wroxham  3 – 1  Great Yarmouth Town

 

Saturday 18th August

 

FC Clacton  0 – 3  Stowmarket Town

Framlingham Town  0 – 2  Haverhill Rovers

Gorleston  0 – 3  Walsham-le-Willows

Hadleigh Utd  3 – 4  Kirkley & Pakefield

Long Melford  3 – 1  Ely City

Newmarket Town  1 – 1  Brantham Athletic

Norwich Utd  4 – 1  Woodbridge Town

Whitton Utd 1 – 1 Thetford Town

 

Essex Olympian League Premier Division

 

Saturday 18th August

 

Buckhurst Hill  6 – 2  Old Southendian

Harold Wood Athletic  3 – 0  Springfield

Hutton  2 – 1  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts

Kelevedon Hatch  2 – 1  Great Baddow

Rayleigh Town  0 – 1  Leigh Ramblers

That’s all from this round-up, it’ll return next week.

Essex Olympian Football League round-up (EOFL 2.5.18)

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Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to my round-up of the Essex Olympian League action from the last week, from the Premier Division through to Senior Division Two, starting off with the weekend’s games then moving on to the midweek action…

 

Essex Olympian League Premier Division

In the Essex Olympian Premier Division on Saturday, Catholic Utd continued their title-chase with a good 3 – 1 win at Rayleigh Town. Brad Vaughan, Brad Williams and Max Kent all netted for the Super Hoops who jump above Springfield into 2nd, four points adrift of leaders Frenford so two wins will suffice from their four remaining matches to win the title. Aaron Pallett replied for Town.

Elsewhere, Harold Wood Athletic defeated Canning Town 3 – 1 with Charlie Liddiard, Joe Stevens and Matty Game all scoring. Kelvedon Hatch won 3 – 2 at out-of-form May & Baker thanks to George Saunders, Lee Newton and substitute Michael Daniels’ goals while Craig Hall and Dan Mackin responded for the hosts.

Manford Way also tasted success with a 2 – 0 triumph at relegated Basildon Town. Julian Edwards and Callum Ibe got the all-important goals there.

 

In Olympian Senior One, the ‘battle of the current top-two’ went the way of leaders Buckhurst Hill who kept up their march towards the title with a 3 – 2 victory over Great Baddow. A Steven Townsend hat-trick was ‘just the job’ for the Hill though Dane Nelson’s brace for the hosts made it tight. Meanwhile, Hutton won an entertaining match 5 – 3 at Harold Hill. Dan Carpenter’s treble plus goals from Justin Bardouleau and Chris Rowlatt were enough to claim the points.

Relegated Runwell Sports earned only their 3rd win of the season with a 2 – 0 victory at mid-table Sungate. James Driver and Chris Stokes strikes sealed a morale-boosting win for Sports. Shenfield AFC edged Newbury Forest 3 – 2 thanks chiefly to Ben Carroll’s brace. Thomas Oliver got the other goal while Jason Reynolds-Blanche and substitute Bobby Wise netted for Forest.

Also, Old Chelmsfordians bested Snaresbrook 3 – 2 thanks to goals from Hayden Brunt, Jamie Gray and Lee Ifield.

Finally for the Saturday action, in Olympian Senior Two, the two fixtures produced 17 goals! May & Baker Reserves clinched a 4 – 3 success at Newham Utd. Addean Gallimore, Lamar Obinkwo and Lisandro Tavares all netted for the hosts though Carl Patten grabbed another hat-trick and substitute Derek Hawtin completed the scoring for the visitors who secured their 15th win of the season here.

Meanwhile, Benfleet edged Rochford Town closer to the drop with a huge 8 – 2 win at the Rochford Rec. Ben Foord’s hat-trick, braces from Robert Lacy and Taylor Lawrence plus a Sam Dulieu goal secured the win for the Canvey-based side. Shane Holyland and Steven Sharpe replied for Town, who now must win their final match to have any chance of avoiding relegation.

 

Into the midweek action now and on Tuesday night in the Olympian Premier, Harold Wood edged Rayleigh Town 3 – 2 as Charlie Liddiard, Joe Stevens and substitute Rob Whitnell goals for the hosts outmatched Aaron Pallett’s brace for the visitors. Ath sit 4th, behind Springfield on goal difference. Rayleigh remain 12th.

White Ensign powered to a 4 – 1 victory over mid-table Kelvedon Hatch at the Len Forge. Doubles from David Limber and Liam Sewell did the damage though substitute Michael Daniels again struck for the visitors. Ensign went above May & Baker into 5th with this win while Kelvedon are 8th.

In Senior One on Tuesday, Shenfield AFC continued their fine end to the season with a 2 – 0 win at relegation-battling Harold Hill. Ben Absolon and Will Marlowe goals saw AFC up to 4th spot. Meanwhile at Polo Fields, Hutton put four past Newbury Forest in a 4 – 1 victory that strengthened their grip on 3rd spot. Another double by Dan Carpenter plus strikes from Jonathon Hilliard and Chris Rowlatt secured the win.

 

Moving onto the action in Olympian Senior Two on Tuesday and Ramsden Scotia kept their chances of promotion well & truly alive with a 2 – 1 success over May & Baker Reserves. Aaron Chambers struck for the visitors though goals from John Burdett and Kurt King sealed Scotia’s 14th win of the season and up to 3rd, five points behind their opponents here with two matches in hand.

Elsewhere in the Denny King U21 Cup, Buckhurst Hill U21’s defeated A1 Sports U21’s 4 – 1 so congratulations goes to the champions, who are having a successful league season in 5th (at present) in the U21 Division. A1 Sports side are 2nd in the same division.

In the one match in Senior Two on Wednesday, Ongar Town won 3 – 1 at home to Rayleigh Town Reserves to go above their opponents into 5th place in their final match of the campaign.

 

That’s all for this week, the Olympian League continues into May, as will the round-up’s.

Essex Olympian League round-up (EOFL 11.4.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to my round-up of Essex Olympian League action from the last week, from the Premier Division all the way through to Senior Division Three, starting off with the weekend action then moving on to the midweek matches that survived the returning rain..

Senior League Cup Quarter-Finals

The two remaining quarter-finals took place on Saturday, as Olympian Premier side Kelvedon Hatch comprehensively beat Olympian Senior One side Great Baddow 5 – 0 at New Hall thanks to doubles from Antony Aylett and George Saunders plus a Chris Neville strike.

Leigh Ramblers edged Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 2 – 1 with goals from Seb Allen and Ryan Lowe. Josh Daniel got the Swifts goal. Ramblers face Kelvedon at home in the second semi-final next weekend for the chance to face Frenford, who effectively got a bye through to the Senior Cup Final as opponents Newham Utd could not raise a side on Saturday.

 

Essex Olympian League Premier Division

In an unruffled fixture schedule this weekend, Catholic Utd returned to league action and their title credentials were enhanced with a 4 – 0 victory over relegation-haunted Basildon Town at Wellstead Gardens. A Dan Trenkel brace plus further goals from Max Kent and Thomas Kearney saw the Super Hoops up to 4th spot with ten matches still to play. Town simply have to win all three of their remaining matches to have any chance of averting the drop.

Elsewhere, Springfield won 3 – 0 at Rayleigh Town through a Joe Mayer brace and one from Josh White. Harold Wood Athletic maintained their slim title chances in 5th (with games in hand) with a 2 – 1 success over May & Baker thanks to strikes from Matt Donovan and Charlie Liddiard, with James Barlow the scorer for May & Baker, who remain 3rd.

Also, Manford Way edged to a 2 – 1 victory over fellow mid-table side White Ensign as Henry Fisher and Lubona Wyatt both netted for the Fairlop-based side, while Elliot Vile responded for Brett Munyard’s men. Manford rise to 7th with this win, while Ensign drop to 6th and both sides have seven matches remaining.

 

Into Senior Division One and Buckhurst Hill apparently did win on Saturday 6 – 0, despite Full-Time showing the match being abandoned on 82 minutes.  Meanwhile, Shenfield AFC secured another three points with a 3 – 1 win over Old Southendian with Will Marlowe bagging a brace for the hosts and substitute Francis Wright sealing the win, Nick Henesy replied for OS who drop behind Shenfield into 5th spot though have six matches left. Shenfield rise to 4th with just a solitary match to play. Galleywood also tasted success with a 3 – 2 win over fellow strugglers Newbury Forest. Jack Chatterway, Lewis Rose & substitute Matthew Buckingham all netted for the hosts though Forest replied thanks to goals from Matt Connolly and Scott Emmons.

Hutton recorded a narrow 1 – 0 away win at FC Hamlets with Chris Rowlatt the difference-maker to keep them 3rd., while Harold Hill drew 0 – 0 with Snaresbrook.

Moving into Senior Division Two on Saturday, and Benfleet continued their good form with a big 5 – 0 win over A1 Sports at Park Lane. A double from Ben Foord plus strikes from Brad Camm, Sonny Hartman and Tyler Hubbard did the job for the hosts, who rise to 3rd, courtesy of their 10th win of the season.

In the only other match, title challengers May & Baker Reserves kept the pressure on leaders Herongate Athletic with a 5 – 1 win at Rochford Town. Carl Patten’s hat-trick saw them well on their way and goals from Kane Messenger and Darren Seymour sealed the points. Rochford stay 11th, with three matches left to overhaul rivals Upminster and prevent relegation.

Finally on Saturday, in Senior Division Three, Frenford Reserves defeated Leigh Town 3 – 2 thanks to a Nick Hughes brace and one from Thomas Waymouth, Alfie Phillips and Gbavalena Waiwaiku replied for Town. Roydon won 2 – 1 at Hutton Reserves thanks to goals from Connor Ellis and Wesley Penny and stay 9th while Harry Calder netted for the hosts, who ended their season here and are currenly 5th.

Old Chelmsfordians Reserves drew 2 – 2 with Beacon Hill Rovers to see the hosts go up to 6th. In the late kick-off, the ‘battle of the top-two” saw leaders Manford Way Reserves lose 3 – 2 at home to Shoebury Town. Lee Lashley and Connor Leon netted for Manford though a brace from Dominic Binns and Scott Clark saw Town to victory and on the verge of promotion.

Into the matches that survived the weather in midweek now and on Monday night in Senior Division One, Newbury Forest battered Harold Hill 7 – 1 at Oakside. Braces from Bradley Gates and Matt Connolly were added to by Jason Reynolds-Blanche, Alfred Egembah and Adam Hunt as Forest got the win they badly needed and go four points clear of Galleywood in the second relegation spot, with three matches still in hand.

On Tuesday night in the Premier Division, I saw Springfield edge to a late 3 – 2 victory over Leigh Ramblers at Belfairs Park as goals from Joe Mayer, Louis O’Sullivan and Jamie Doyle sealed a comeback victory having gone behind early on. Credit must go to both sides who battled hard in tricky conditions after rainfall earlier in the day.

 

Ramblers stay 10th, while Springfield remain 2nd, six points behind current leaders Frenford – both the top two have four matches left though will still be wary of Catholic Utd who have six matches in hand over both of them.

There is one fixture set for Thursday and that sees Newbury Forest take on high-flyers Great Baddow in Senior Division One.

That’s all from the Essex Olympian League round-up this week, cheers for reading.