Season Review 2019-20: Essex Olympian League Premier Division [EOFL SR 19/20 30.4.20]

Written By Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to the fifth piece 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 what was a fascinating Essex Olympian League Premier Division campaign, rounded out with an array of statistics compiled from the EOFL FA Full-Time website including top goal-scorers & top appearance makers in the League fixtures. I was fortunate to see a few of the teams in action live this term.

 

EOFL Premier Division   (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 the summit were Sungate, who amassed forty-four points from their 22 matches in what was a very good season for the East London-based side. They had the secod-best defensive record, conceding twenty-nine times (at a average per game (or GpG) of 1.32) and also enjoyed the joint-best goal-scoring record, scoring 52 times (GpG of 2.36). I saw them come back to win a really enterprising game at Old Southendian in February and you could certainly see why they were hot in front of-goal and they will hope to carry on the impetus going forward. Leigh Ramblers had a really good campaign, finishing in second spot. Wayne Seal’s team had a strong end to the season, ending up with thirty-eight points from their 22 games played. They won seven of their 11 matches at their Belfairs Park home and were also joint-high goal-scorers with 52 strikes this term. Murmurings indicate that they are looking to build the club going forward and they will be a threat next term you feel. Last season’s champions Buckhurst Hill finished in third, with 32 points gained from only fourteen matches. Postponements and Cup runs perhaps thwarted Mark Williams’ side from a higher finish and you would not have gone against Hill obtaining a top-two finish, had the season gone on for another month. As it was, they still got ten league wins, along with being the division’s fourth-best goal-scorers with 46 strikes (a GpG of 3.28) and held the best defensive record (16 goals shelled) for the second consecutive campaign. Not bad going! Factor in their three entrants in the leading goal-scorers chart (see below) and you start to see why Hill are highly-regarded in the local Non-League scene. Both of their losses this season came in South Essex, at Rayleigh Town and Leigh Ramblers but it does seem they are well-placed for another tilt at success next term.

In fourth place were Catholic Utd, having managed 31 points from their twenty-one matches this term. The ‘Super Hoops’ are based at Bowers & Pitsea’s Len Salmon Stadium [3G] and grabbed seven wins from their thirteen games there. They scored fifty-one goals (GpG of 2.43) to put them in third in the list of ‘Entertainers’ this term though it was at the other end where the issues were, having shelled 39 goals this season. Their form tailed towards the end of the campaign, and they were uncharacteristic in their loss at Old Southendian in late January, which I watched. Utd have announced that former Southend Manor & Waltham Abbey Reserves boss Stuart Marshall will take the reins next season and it is good to see him back in the game, all the best to him. Kelvedon Hatch made the most of a decent run prior to the cut-off to finish fifth, having got thirty points from their 20 outings. Glen Golby & Steve Willis’ side certainly were not dull to watch, having struck the net forty-one times and conceded 45 times (a GpG of 2.25) this term. I saw them lose out narrowly at Old Southendian in December and you could see why quite a few of their players have played at a higher level, the guile and the craft is there. On that note, Petrit Elbi deserves a mention as their top goal-scorer with eight goals.

Into mid-table now, with Springfield finishing sixth with twenty-eight points from their 20 games played. Nine of them were wins with 44 goals scored, the fifth-best record in the division. Unfortunately, they conceded forty-nine goals as well, the second-worst in the division. Their Arun Close home was the place of six of their wins this term, and they also can champion the league’s top goal-scorer in Dave Wareham who netted fifteen times. Congratulations to him. The club saw a transition as well as stalwart Glen Wilkinson moved upstairs to Director of Football, with former Laindon Orient & Rayleigh Town Reserves co-boss Dan Williams coming in the second half of the season. They seem well set for another promising campaign next term. Rayleigh Town are another club with plans for the future, and they ended up seventh with twenty-five points from their 16 matches. They were hampered by weather & Cup fixtures somewhat though still won eight of their games, having scored thirty-three times and conceded 33 times as well – the fifth-best defensive record. I saw Paul Higgins’ side in action back in August as they defeated Leigh Ramblers, though I must note that like a lot of clubs at this level, they are welcoming and do deserve to increase their fan following as they play decent football as well.

In eighth place were a club I saw a few times in the second half of the campaign: Old Southendian. They found a degree of form in that second part of the season to also end on twenty-five points from their 22 matches. An inferior goal difference saw them below their local rivals Rayleigh, but Connor Lane’s team still won seven times, three of which I saw in person. Stats-wise, they struck 38 goals (a GpG of 1.73) and shelled 42 times as well though as is so often the case, the stats don’t tell the whole story. At their best, they do play some good stuff and given the experience they have in abundance in their squad, that isn’t a surprise.  Nick Henesy and Ed Gould both got eight goals apiece and as has been well-publicised, they are another of the clubs to play on artificial 3G at Garon Park.

 

Another club that saw a managerial change in Bishop’s Stortford Swifts finished ninth. They accrued twenty-three points from their 20 matches and on the face of it, you may call it a very mixed campaign. They scored 35 goals (a GpG of 1.75) and conceded forty-three times but they did get five of their seven wins at Silver Leys this term. Former Epping Town boss Billy Cove came in as manager in February and you sense the club’s focus has been renewed as they picked up two important wins over Kelvedon Hatch and Sungate which staved off immediate relegation worries at that time. I would predict a more positive season to come for the Swifts. Canning Town ended up tenth with twenty-three points coming from the 22 matches they contested. Their defence was the most troublesome area for the Beckton-based team, having conceded 49 times, the joint-second highest in the division. They did finish the season well though, with four wins in their last eight games with the pressure on so that may bode well for the next campaign. Another side who finished strongly sits in eleventh, which is Shenfield AFC, who won Division One in 2018/19. They garnered twenty-two points from their 18 matches, having won four of their last seven matches. That was quite the opposite of their early-season woes, as they didn’t win any of their first six games. It is true that only the bottom three sides had more trouble in front of goal, as AFC netted thirty times in all, though the team were more than decent at the back, shelling 35 goals to gain the sixth-best defensive record in the division. Ben Carroll also deserves to be mentioned as he grabbed nine league goals this term, well done Ben. Basildon Town were just below them in 12th, with 21 points from their fifteen outings. Those points came from their seven league wins, and they struck the net 27 times, the joint-lowest in the division. Couple that with conceding 48 times and you can see why the management would be frustrated to say the least. I saw Town at Old Southendian in late February and to be honest, they played well in patches so that must add to the frustration.

Now to the bottom two, with Hutton ending up 13th having gathered eighteen points from their 14 matches, having been one of many clubs affected by the deluge of rain over the winter. Gary Damrill’s team on five of their matches and although going forward they scored 27 times (joint-lowest with Basildon Town), the promising statistic is that they conceded 32 goals, which was the fourth-strongest defensive record. Quirks of numbers indeed. Top scorer Will Marlowe netted eight times as well so congrats to Will. Finally, Harold Wood Athletic ended a season they would probably like to forget bottom, also on 18 points from the same amount of matches. They finished below Hutton because of a much weaker goal difference, largely due to conceding 53 times. Stalwart boss Kris Taylor moved sideways at season’s end, to be replaced by former Barkingside boss Alex Goldstone and they will certainly want a better season next time out.

To close this part, I’d like to note my belief that the quality of the Premier Division is rising this season. Some may disagree with that and they are welcome to their opinion, I just don’t think it is an accident that players are dropping into Step 7 and on the same note, there are some good managers as well. All in all, it should be a really fascinating division next season, if it isn’t too badly affected by the current world events (No, I’m not saying the ‘C-word here). I hope to watch a few matches in this division again next term.

 

EOFL Premier Division  – Top Goalscorers 2019-20 Season

    Club/s League Goals League Starts
1 Dave Wareham Jr Springfield 15 18
         
=2 Nathan Sollosi Buckhurst Hill 12 12
  Jake Clarke Sungate 12 15
         
=4 Fehinti Falola Buckhurst Hill 10 8
  Suleyman Zuhdu Buckhurst Hill 10 11
         
6 Ben Caroll Shenfield AFC 9 15
         
=7 Will Marlowe Hutton 8 8
  Petrit Elbi Kelvedon Hatch 8 13
  Nick Henesy Old Southendian 8 13
  Joe Nathanson Springfield 8 13
  Aaron Baldwin Catholic Utd 8 14
  Rhys Fatt Leigh Ramblers 8 14
  Reece Clarke Sungate 8 15
  Daniel Williams Leigh Ramblers 8 16
  Ed Gould Old Southendian 8 18
         

 

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

      Appearances
    Club/s League Starts Bench Total
1 Michael Sammut Catholic Utd 21 0 21
           
=2 Thomas Kearney Catholic Utd 20 1 21
  James Smith Sungate 20 1 21
  Ryan Batchford Springfield 20 0 20
  Ryan Lowe Leigh Ramblers 20 0 20
  Rorie McKenzie Sungate 20 0 20
  Tyron Thomas Canning Town 20 0 20
           
=8 Billy Evans Canning Town 19 1 20
  Reece Still Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 19 1 20
  Dylan Skinner Leigh Ramblers 19 0 19
           
=11 Ed Gould Old Southendian 18 2 20
  Dave Wareham Jr Springfield 18 1 19
  Adam Palmer Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 18 0 18
  Scott Truman Sungate 18 0 18
  Bradley Vaughan Catholic Utd 18 0 18
  Matt Wilson Old Southendian 18 0 18
           

 

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 22 Feb) [EOFL 19/20 23.2.20]

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Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of Essex Olympian League action from Saturday 22 February. A few matches fell to the weather but with the aid of 3G pitches, most teams were in action as the promotion & relegation battles intensify. Thanks for reading.

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Essex Olympian League – Saturday 22 February
Premier Division

It was a day of mixed results for the top four in the Premier as Bishop’s Stortford Swifts new dawn continued as they defeated leaders Sungate 3 – 1 at Silver Leys. A brace from Jayden Hocking-Rising and one from fellow new recruit Matt Gill saw Billy Cove’s side up to tenth, four points clear of the bottom two. The ‘Gate saw their lead at the summit cut to three points as second-placed Leigh Ramblers won their local derby with Old Southendian 3 – 0 at Belfairs Park. Andrew Webster got a double here with Matt Allum getting the other goal as the Rams made it five wins from their last six outings. OS drop one to ninth, still too close for comfort to the bottom two.

Rayleigh Town powered to a 7 – 1 win at Basildon Town in one of a number of matches moved to 3G pitches this weekend with this one took place at Hannakins Farm Community Centre. Doubles for Paul Morris & George Vile were added to by Charlie Seaden, Bailey Moss and debutant Neil Richmond as Paul Higgins’ side sit 7th, five points off the top four with a huge 13 league matches remaining, thanks to recent postponements. Sam Green got a scant consolation for Bas who also have matches to make up, ditto Rayleigh. In their bottom-of-the-table clash in Beckton, Canning Town were held 1 – 1 by bottom side Harold Wood Athletic, with Reece Baker getting the goal for the visitors here.

Also, Buckhurst Hill defeated Springfield 4 – 0 in a match moved to St John’s 3G in Epping to advance to third spot, nine points behind the leaders with at least seven matches in hand on the top two.

Match OFF: Kelvedon Hatch  P – P  Shenfield AFC

 

Senior Division One

Now into Senior One, and Chingford Athletic continued their quest for the title as they defeated strugglers Toby 2 – 0 at Town Mead. Goals from Sam Coe and Luke Dimond were enough to give the hosts their third straight win. Toby are now four points adrift at the foot of the table. Old Chelmsfordians remain seven points off the leaders as they narrowly defeated Ramsden Scotia 1 – 0. Lakeside lost ground on the top three as Snaresbrook won their match 3 – 1. Jazreel David, Mitchell Collymore and Jermaine Purchas got the goals for ‘Brook as they went up to ninth and are one of three sides who have only played ten matches thus far. Ollie Pettit struck for ‘Side here.

Rayleigh Town Res rise to fifth after a 2 – 1 win over Shoebury Town in their match, moved to Beauchamps Sch. Rodney Wilson and Adam Bessadi strikes extended the unbeaten run for Lee Bunn’s side to five matches. Shoebury remain seventh after failing to win in their last six. FC Hamlets came back to hold Galleywood 1 – 1 at Hackney Marshes. Billy Kinchlea put ‘Wood ahead before player-boss Ashley King levelled as both sides remain in mid-table.

 

Match OFF: Runwell Sports P – P  Herongate Athletic   |

 

Essex Premier Cup – Grays Athletic Res  1 – 3  Ongar Town |

Ongar make it to the all-EOFL Semi-Finals

 

Senior Division Two

In Senior Two, with leaders Leigh Town not in action, Old Suthendian Res retained second spot with a 3 – 0 win over Rochford Town at Garon Park. Luke Stillwell, Ben Franklin and Jack Pagett all scored to give Ben Manley’s side a healthy win, despite Thomas Magerison’s dismissal reducing them to ten men. OS Ressies were further boosted last week as they were handed an additional two points as an opposition side fielded an ineligible player in a drawn match with OS late last year. Beacon Hill Rovers remain third after a battling 1 – 0 win at Harold Wood Athletic Res in the late game at Noak Hill. Ade Adeyemi got the goal as Rovers made it four wins on-the-bounce. Ath’s Ressies remain ninth, eight points adrift of Wakering Sports just above them, who also got a narrow win, 3 – 2 over AS Rawreth at Cupid’s. Ben Aston, Scott Clark and Mitchell Gleeson netted for Sports here over the fellow strugglers AS, who remain second-bottom.

Finally, Corinthians won 3 – 1 at a new-look Epping Town side, with Jake Hodder, Leo Clarke and Ollie Brickwood all on target for Chris Stoneham’s side, who go back up to fourth. They are eight points off Old Southendian Ressies, with four matches in hand on them. Town have lost four of their last five but perhaps their target now is stability in this division ahead of next term.

Match OFF: Laindon Orient  P – P  Leigh Town   |

 

Senior Division Three

In Senior Division Three, ACD Utd are five points clear at the top after a 3 – 1 win at Toby Res. Player-manager Michael Wade got another double here to reach 15 league goals this season. Paul Mangan got the other goal though there was another milestone moment for the EOFL newcomers. Shaun Farrow and Connor Lambert both reached 100 appearances for ACD so congrats go to them. Connor Walk’s wind-assisted corner got the reply for Toby’s second-side though they slide to fifth.

Elsewhere, Corinthians Res edged to a 3 – 2 triumph over Lakeside Res at Stambridge. Max Hall’s hat-trick here takes him to 19 league goals, above Wakebury’s Charlie Little in the race for the ‘Golden Boot’ in this division. Harry Davison got both goals for Lakeside’s second team here though they remain third-bottom while Terry Rose’s side cut the gap to second-placed Wakebury to four points and they also have four matches in hand on the top two. Also, Hutton Res grabbed a 6 – 3 win over Basildon Town Res at Billericay School. Sean O’Callaghan led the way with a treble here, wit Stephen Judge, Conor O’Regan and George Wickings also on target as they go up to sixth. Jamie Miller’s double and Nicholas Bowers accounted for Town’s goals though they remain ninth.

Finally,  Collier Row went back up to fourth after a 5 – 3 win over Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ in the midday kick-off at the James Hornsby Centre 3G. Joshua Boswell, Will Bray and George Mole all scored for Sports though remain bottom, six points behind local rivals White Ensign Res.

 

Matches OFF:

Buckhurst Hill Res  P – P  Wakebury   |

Leigh Town Res  P – P  White Ensign Res   |

 

Senior Division Four

Canning Town Res  0 – 1  Leytonstone Utd 

Catholic Utd Res  2 – 1 Wakering Sports Res

Galleywood Res  1 – 2  Forest Glade

Shenfield AFC Res  2 – 0  Old Chelmsfordians Res

 

Senior Division Five

Collier Row Res  2 – 0 Wakering Sports Dev
Herongate Athletic Res  P – P  Runwell Sports Res

Roydon Res  4 – 2  Leigh Ramblers Res

Shoebury Town Res  3 – 3  Old Barkabbeyans

Springfield Res  1  – 3  Newbury Forest Res

Round-up: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Sat 15 Feb) (EOFL 19/20 16.2.20)

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Image from Corinthians 3 – 1 Rochford Town (Sat 15 Feb)

 

Written by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Olympian League round-up, tracking the action from a weather-affected programme on Saturday 15th February in League action and one Senior League Cup tie. Thanks for reading.

 

Essex Olympian League – Saturday 15 February

Premier Division

In the Premier Division, there were surprises aplenty in the five matches that did take place. Basildon Town got a much-needed win as they defeated leaders Sungate 2 – 1 at Ilford Wanderers Rugby club. Jamie Bradbourn and James O’Brien got the crucial goals as Gareth Cleverly’s side ended a three-match losing run to rise up to 10th. The ‘Gate’s nine-match unbeaten run ended here though they still remain six points clear at the summit.

Meanwhile, Leigh Ramblers got their fifth win in their last seven matches by securing a 3 – 1 victory over Springfield at Belfairs Park. Rick Alabaster, Alfie Lindfield and Justin Hazell netted for Wayne Seal’s side as they strengthened their position in second. Buckhurst Hill put another dent in Catholic Utd’s title challenge as they won 4 – 1 at the Len Salmon Stadium. Braces for Nathan Sollosi and Fenti Falola did the damage to outweigh Harley Kee’s penalty for the Super Hoops. Hill rise back to fourth place in the standings, just six points off second spot with a number of matches in hand on the top three.

At the bottom, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts began their new era with a fine 4 – 2 win against Kelvedon Hatch at Silver Leys. Oliver Fortune, Bryn Thorpe, Danny Palmer and replacement Sipho Mtyanda all struck for Billy Cove’s new team and although Calvin Poku & Joe Gregory responded for Kelvedon, it was the Swifts who ended a six-match winless streak here to move off the bottom into 12th. Hatch drop to sixth, nine points above the bottom two. In the battle of the strugglers, Old Southendian got a huge 4 – 1 triumph over Harold Wood Athletic in a game moved to the Frances Bardsley Academy 3G, given the Harold Wood Park continues to be unavailable. Nick Henesy, Elliot Hemmings, Ed Gould and Ryan Stillwell all netted to move Connor Lane’s side up to seventh, though with the bottom half still so tight, they are still only five points above bottom side Harold Wood and have played more games than most. Chris Muir struck for Ath here though they are winless in their last four matches now.

 

Match OFF: Hutton  P – P  Shenfield AFC  |

 

EOFL Senior League Cup

In the one EOFL Senior Cup tie, Premier side Rayleigh Town showed what they can achieve by dismantling Senior One strugglers Toby 6 – 2 at Beauchamps Sch 3G. Bailey Moss grabbed a treble, with Paul Morris, Harry Talbot and substitute Teddy Rumsey all scoring too as Paul Higgins’ side made it through to the next round.
London Junior Cup Semi-Final

Also in their London Junior Cup Semi-Final, FC Hamlets made it to another Final with a 3 – 1 win over UCC Diaspora at Mabley Green. Player-boss Ashley King got a brace here with Charlie Heatley netting the other to ensure they will play at Haringey Borough’s Coles Park on Friday 17th April. Congratulations to all at the club on making another appearance in the Final.

Senior ONE

In Senior One,  only two matches survived the weather as Old Chelmsfordians maintained their place in second with a 3 – 1 win over Shoebury Town at Lawford Lane. Shoebury remain seventh, three points behind Galleywood who drew 1 – 1 with Runwell Sports. Max Orrin got the goal for the hosts though they haven’t won in their last four matches, while Runwell rise one place to 11th on goal difference.

 

Matches OFF:
Manford Way  P – P  Chingford Athletic  |

Ramsden Scotia  P – P  Rayleigh Town Res  |

Snaresbrook  P – P  Herongate Athletic |

 

 

Senior TWO

Senior Two was also heavily affected by the rain as only two of the five set matches were played. One of those ended up being scrapped as Leigh Town got a home walkover over struggling Ryan, who were unable to make the fixture. Town extend their lead at the summit to seven points and now need six wins from their last eight matches at present to secure the title. Ryan remain bottom, eight points off their nearest rivals, with only four matches left to play.

Also, Corinthians were made to work hard before claiming a 3 – 1 win over local rivals Rochford Town in the match I attended at Stambridge Memorial Ground. John Bolton-Smith got a double here for the hosts, with Jake Hodder getting the other goal in a wind-affected tussle. Jack Power got a well-taken consolation goal for Town, though they remain third-bottom. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/02/16/match-report-corinthians-3-1-rochford-town-sat-15-feb-eofl/

 

Matches OFF:

AS Rawreth  P – P  Wakering Sports   |

Beacon Hill Rovers  P – P  Old Southendian Res  |

Laindon Orient  P – P  May & Baker Res  |

 

Senior Division Three

Finally for the round-up section, in Senior Three, ACD Utd went top of the division with a 3 – 0 success over Buckhurst Hill Res at Westlands. Player-boss Michael Wade, Connor Lambert and Shaun Farrow struck for Utd as they made it eleven matches unbeaten and are now two points ahead of Wakebury, with a further match in hand. However, both of the top two sides can still be caught by Corinthians Ressies who sit 3rd & Collier Row in fifth as they both have a number of matches in hand.

Elsewhere, Basildon Town Res defeated Toby Res  1 – 0 in a match moved to the Hannakins Farm Community Centre 3G. This win lifts Town to ninth, while also damaging Toby’s second-side’s promotion aspirations. Also, Leigh Town Res got a  2 – 1 success at Lakeside Res to head up to sixth spot though they are eight points off the top four.

Match OFF: Collier Row  P – P  Hutton Res  |

 

Senior Division Four Results

Catholic Utd Res 5 – 2  Ongar Town Res

Chingford Athletic Dev  2 – 2  Canning Town Res

Leytonstone Utd  P – P  Laindon Orient Res

Roydon  P – P Galleywood Res

Wakering Sports Res  1 – 0  Forest Glade

 

Senior Division Five Results


Herongate Athletic Res  4 – 1 Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res

Newbury Forest Res  P – P  Old Barkabbeyans

Roydon Res  P – P  Leigh Ramblers Res

Runwell Sports Res  P – P  Collier Row Res

Wakering Sports Dev  4 – 1  Shoebury Town Res

 

 

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 16 Nov) [EOFL 19/20 17.11.19]

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Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & Essex Olympian League Writer

Hello and welcome to this week’s review of the Essex Olympian League action, from Saturday 16th November in the Premier Division all the way to the results in Senior Five. Thanks for reading.

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Premier Division

Starting as ever with the top division, with Buckhurst Hill really gathering their momentum with a 5 – 2 win over fellow high-flyers Leigh Ramblers at St John’s [3G]. Dan Whitehead put the hosts ahead early on though after a tough battle, a four-goal salvo courtesy of braces for Nathan Sollosi and Fenti Falola late on ensured Hill went top on goal difference. The Rams’ third straight loss means they fall to fifth.  Hutton edged Sungate 3 – 2 at Polo Fields to extend their unbeaten run to three matches. A brace from George Nash and one from replacement Will Marlowe sees the home side up to tenth. The ‘Gate suffered only their second loss this term here and drop to third place.

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts defeated Rayleigh Town  2 – 1 to rise to eighth place. By Contrast, Rayleigh’s winless run now extends to six matches and they sit second, level on points with leaders Buckhurst Hill now. Also, Shenfield AFC were held 1 – 1 by improving Old Southendian at St Martin’s School.

 

Match Postponed: Harold Wood Athletic P – P Springfield  (Due to a waterlogged pitch)

 

Senior Division One

Moving into Senior One, Chingford Athletic continued their superb form since entering the division with a 4 – 0 win at Snaresbrook. Lee Lashley’s brace plus strikes by Alex Gordon and substitute Gary Murray increased their lead at the summit to five points, although their nearest rivals all have games in hand on them. Snaresbrook haven’t won in five matches now as they drop to 11th spot. Galleywood strengthened their hold on fifth spot with a 1 – 0 win at Runwell Sports, thanks to a Luke Osborne goal. Old Chelmsfordians thumped Manford Way 7 – 0 to rise to third spot, and the OC’s are one of only two sides still unbeaten this term, the other being Ongar Town, whose match at Ramsden Scotia failed to beat the elements.

Elsewhere, Lakeside were held 3 – 3 by Herongate Athletic. Drew Klessa-Smith was back in the goals for ‘Side with a brace, with Ryan Budd also notching here though they dropped to fourth. And in the clash of the bottom two, Shoebury Town were held 2 – 2 by Toby at Cupid’s. Both sides are yet to win this term, though Toby did pick up their first point of the campaign here.

 

EOFL Senior League Cup

ACD Utd  3 – 5  Catholic Utd   | Westlands Playing Fields

Roydon  P – P  Basildon Town  | Paringdon Sports Club

 

Essex Premier Cup:  Rayleigh Town Res P – P Kelvedon Hatch

 

Senior Division Two

In Senior Two, with Epping Town not in action, it was a chance for the rest of the top five to gain ground. Corinthians did exactly that, overcoming a less than super start to demolish AS Rawreth 9 – 3 at the Stambridge Memorial Ground. Louis Hill powered a hat-trick for AS here, though the hosts’ firepower roared back as Nathan Dewberry got another four goals here, with Jake Hodder getting two himself and Bill Wilton, Theo Cannon and Oliver Brickwood also notching here. Chris Stoneham’s side went back top on goal difference, Leigh Town are the other side on 22 points as they just got the better of Wakering Sports 3 – 2. Shane Cooper, Harry Payne and Max Jones were their scorers here, with Danny Pallett and Mohammed Sesay hitting back for ten-man Sports here. Beacon Hill Rovers are only a point behind in third as they defeated Ryan 3 – 1. Laindon Orient sit fifth as an Ashley Blackburn brace assisted them to a 2 – 1 win over Harold Wood Athletic Res in Basildon. Joe McBurney hit back for the Ath second-string though they stay 7th.

Old Southendian Res also had a thriller as they were held 3 – 3 at home to fellow mid-table side May & Baker Res. Andrew Cable, Lewis Caplin and Greg Molford struck for OS though they drew for the fourth time in their last six matches. Rochford Town also got a win by way of Home Walkover as struggling Westhamians could not field a side.

 

Senior Division Three

Finally for the main section, in Senior Three, Toby Res remain top of the standings as they triumphed 4 – 2 against Collier Row. Braces from Chris Cox and Luis Ruiz sealed their fourth consecutive win and also handed Collier their first loss of the season. Wakebury stay second after they beat strugglers Hutton Res 5 – 2 at Shoebury Park. Harry Kateley got another double here, with Ben Perry, Oliver Laycock and George Tinneny also netting for ‘Bury. Stephen Judge and Jack Shaw struck for Hutton’s second side though they drop to tenth. Leigh Town Res got their third win on-the-trot with a 3 – 1 win at White Ensign Res. Ben Forsyth, Aaron Tyler and replacement Callum Stone all scored for Town here as they rose to fifth spot.

Elsewhere, Buckhurst Hill Res won 2 – 0 over Lakeside Res, thanks to strikes by Landry Gogoa and Beau Hogan to make it four wins in succession for them. Lakeside’s second team are yet to win this term. On that note, Basildon Town Res got their first league win as they powered to a 4 – 1 win over bottom side Hullbridge Sports ‘A’. Grant Cumming, Jack Main, Ryan Morgan and Alex Shields all netted to see them go up to ninth spot.

 

Senior Division Four  results

Chingford Athletic Development  4 – 0  Ongar Town Res

Galleywood Res  6 – 1  Catholic Utd Res 

Leytonstone Utd  P – P  Old Chelmsfordians Res

Wakering Sports Res  0 – 1  Laindon Orient Res

 

 

Senior Division Five results

Collier Row Res  3 – 2  Old Barkabbeyans

Herongate Athletic Res  10 – 0  Wakering Sports ‘A’

Leigh Ramblers Res  2 – 3  Newbury Forest Res

Roydon Res  1 – 0  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res

Springfield Res  7 – 1  Runwell Sports Res

Round-up: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Sat 19 October) [EOFL 20.10.19]

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Corinthians push forward in their win over Barking U23s this weekend [Image: Scott W]

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] : Non-League & EOFL Writer

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Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Olympian League preview, looking at the action from the top tier all the way to from Senior Division Five plus results from all the Cup action, including a big programme of Essex Junior Cup action.

 

Saturday 19 October 2019

Premier Division

Starting in the top-tier, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts returned to winning ways with a 2 – 0 victory over Springfield at Silver Leys. Goals from Terrell Hunter and Michael Moore saw the hosts to their first win in four matches. Elsewhere, Sungate drew 1 – 1 with Catholic Utd with Aaron Baldwin getting the goal for the ‘Super Hoops’.

NO EOFL Senior Division One this weekend due to Essex Premier Cup etc.

 

 

Anagram Records Trophy Result

Ware Sports  0 – 5  Hutton

 

Essex Premier Cup

There was a huge array of Essex Premier Cup action this weekend and in the first of my ten featured matches this weekend, Buckhurst Hill defeated Ramsden Scotia 5 – 2 as braces from Suley Zuhdu and Dan Whitehead assisted Mark Williams’ side to the win. Nathan Sollosi had earlier got the opener as Hill progressed. Also, Corinthians advanced into the next round on their Premier Cup debut by defeating Barking Under-23’s  4 – 1. A brace from Nathan Dewberry and strikes by Jake Lang and Leo Clarke did the job for Chris Stoneham’s side in the match I attended this weekend.

Epping Town went through to the next round with a 3 – 1 win over Great Bentley, thanks to a Daniel Garfinkle brace and one from Jack Jeffries. Leigh Ramblers also got one of the results of the round by winning 6 – 1 at Flitch Utd. Braces by Justin Hazell and Pat Cannon were added to by Sam Mountstephens and new signing Jack Gardner as Wayne Seal’s side had a fine afternoon.

 

Chingford Athletic got a fine win as they travelled to Essex Senior League Reserve side Frenford Res and won 5 – 3 at the Drive. The ensemble cast of Sam Coe, Gary Murray, Louis Bollard, Warren Isoka and Mickey Mesmin were all on target for the Senior One high-flyers. Reece Morley, George Fairhead and Ryan McDonach all struck for the Frenford second-string but they went out.

Lakeside also went through with a 3 – 0 win over May & Baker Res. Luke Quinton’s penalty was followed up by goals from Matt Bearman and Charlie Ashpole as the hosts prevailed.

 

Leigh Town continued their fine form in all competitions as they defeated Takeley Res 3 – 0, with a Max Jones double and Harry Payne’s goal sending them through. Joining them in the hat, Grays Athletic Res won 3 – 1 at Old Chelmsfordians with Warren Kayembe, Karl Kayembe and Remi Awosanya strikes sending the OC’s out. Rayleigh Town Reserves outshone the lot in terms of goal-scoring as they thumped AS Rawreth 10 – 1 at London Road. The ‘doubles club’ inducted Sam Lake, James Nottage and Adam Bessadi in this match with Rodney Wilson, Teddy Rumsey, Jason Warner and Joe Pidgeon all also hitting the net here.

Finally for the featured matches, Rayleigh Town won 3 – 0 at Ryan with Henry Sims, an OG plus a Bailey Moss strike sending Paul Higgins’ side through.

 

Other Results in Essex Premier Cup:

Arlesford Colne Rangers  2 – 1  Toby

Basildon Town  4 – 0  Laindon Orient | Basildon Sports Club

Canning Town  2 – 1  Chigwell   | West Ham Community Ground [3G]

Earls Colne  3 – 2  Old Southendian  | Earls Colne Rec Club

Galleywood  0 – 1  West Bergholt  | Clarkes Field

Halstead Town Res  1 – 6  Ongar Town  | Rosemary Park

Harold Wood Athletic  H – W  Little Oakley Res  | Harold Wood Park (Pitch #1)

Harold Wood Athletic Res  3 – 5  Lawford Lads (AET) | Harold Wood Park

Kelvedon Hatch  3 – 1  Shoebury Town   | New Hall

 

Rochford Town  3 – 4  Barkingside Res  | Rochford Rec Ground

Runwell Sports  1 – 2  Clapton CFC   | Runwell Sports Club

Shenfield AFC  4 – 0  Herongate Athletic   | St Martins Sch [3G]

Snaresbrook  1 – 3  Hullbridge Sports Res   | Nutters Field

Wakering Sports  2 – 0  Old Southendian Res   | Cupid’s CC (Pitch #1)

 

 

Essex Junior Cup  Results

Buckhurst Hill Res  2 – 2  Roydon Res  | Roding Lane [Hill won 6 – 5 on pens]

Dagenham Utd  A – W  Lakeside Res  (Dag Utd couldn’t field a side)

 

London Junior Cup Results

Canning Town Res  5 – 0  Catford

FC Hamlets 3 – 1  St Francis 

 

EOFL Senior Division Two

In the one Senior Two match this week, Beacon Hill Rovers dismantled Westhamians  11 – 1 at Wickham Bishops Sports Ground. Adebolu Adeyemi got another four goals to go with his hat-trick last weekend. Josh Perry and George Davis both got trebles in this one with Will Simpson the other scorer as Rovers went top on goal difference.

 

Senior Division Three

In Senior Three, five matches took place this weekend. Leaders Corinthians Res extended their 100% start to five matches with a 3 – 1 at Hutton Res. Sean O’Callaghan netted for Hutton though Max Hall’s double and another from Ryan Woodley saw Terry Rose’s side to the win. They are two points clear of Toby Res after Toby’s second-side won 4 – 1 at home to White Ensign Res. A brace from Rhys Willson plus goals from Jordan Aspinell and Marc Porter-Brown saw Sam Polston’s side to second spot. Collier Row were held 1 – 1 at ACD Utd with Michael Wade on target for ACD.

 

Wakebury powered to a 5 – 0 success over luckless Basildon Town Res, who had to field player-boss Alex Shields in goal at Shoebury Park. A hat-trick from Ben Munday and two more from Harry Kateley ensured the hosts’ fourth win of the season. Finally, Leigh Town Res won 2 – 1 at winless Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ with Alex Hubbard and Chris Pope hitting the net to send Robert Hutchings-Spiller’s side into mid-table.

 

 

Senior Division Four Results

Catholic Utd Res  5 – 2  Old Chelmsfordians Res   | Len Forge Centre [3G]

Forest Glade  4 – 1  Galleywood Res  | Barleylands Road

Laindon Orient Res  3 – 2  Leytonstone Utd  | Ford’s Sports Club (Basildon)

Roydon  3 – 0  Wakering Sports Res  | Paringdon Sports Club

Shenfield AFC Res  0 – 1  Ongar Town Res  | The Drive, Warley

 

Senior Division Five Results

Collier Row Res  3 – 4  Newbury Forest Res   | Robert Clack Sch [3G]

Leigh Ramblers Res  4 – 1  Runwell Sports Res   | Belfairs Park

Shoebury Town Res  4 – 3  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  | Cupid’s CC (Pitch #4)

Springfield Res  3 – 3  Harold Wood Athletic Development  | Springfield Hall Park

Wakering Sports ‘A’  2 – 2  Old Barkabbeyans  | Cupid’s CC (Pitch #2)

Round-up: Essex Olympian League & Senior Cup (Sat 7 September) [EOFL 19/20 8.9.19]

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Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – EOFl & Non-League Writer

Hello and welcome to this week’s extended round-up of Essex Olympian League action, which includes matches from the top four division, plus a round-up from the Senior League Cup action and results from Senior Division Four and the Reserve League Cup action this weekend – Saturday 7th September. Thanks for reading.

 

Premier Division

As ever we start in the top-tier, as Buckhurst Hill re-opened the refurbished Roding Lane ground with a 4 – 0 win over Basildon Town. Suley Zuhdu’s penalty gave Mark Williams’ side the half-time advantage. Zuhdu struck again after the break and Sam Sollosi got two late goals to give Hill the win on their special day. Rayleigh Town remain top though after a 4 – 3 triumph at Harold Wood Athletic, despite playing nearly an hour with ten men. Reiss Kingsley got all three goals for Ath. Paul Morris netted for Town before being given his marching orders though one from Harry Talbot and a brace from substitute Bailey Moss did the business for Paul Higgins’ team.

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts won 3 – 2 at Canning Town while Kelvedon Hatch defeated Leigh Ramblers 3 – 2 at home. Ryan Lowe and Dan Williams notched for the Rams though their away-day stretch without a win continued. Hutton also notched three points with a 3 – 2 success over Old Southendian, who responded through Ed Gould and Mattias Tonking. Sungate also got a third win in four league matches by defeating Shenfield AFC 2 – 1.

Finally for this division, Springfield handed Catholic Utd a rare loss as the hosts won 1 – 0, thanks to Joe Nathanson’s solitary goal.

 

Senior Division One

Senior One saw three matches this weekend. Manford Way won their first match back in the division with a 2 – 0 success at Ramsden Scotia. Joe Lovell as among the scorers there while Ongar Town won 6 – 0 at Shoebury Town and Snaresbrook also won 2 – 1 at Rayleigh Town Ressies.

 

EOFL Senior League Cup 2019-20

In a myriad of Cup action, AS Rawreth won through, 2 – 1 over Newbury Forest Reserves thanks to two goals from Harry Barham. Epping Town defeated Div Two rivals Corinthians  2 – 1 after extra-time, thanks to goals by Joe Thomas and Joey May. Also, Herongate Athletic progressed with a 2 – 1 triumph at Laindon Orient with Jordan Martyn and Glen Jordan on target for Ath.

FC Hamlets breezed through to the next round with a 6 – 0 home win over Rochford Town. John Gilroy got a treble, with Kevin Baudrier, Ishmael Carter and Darren Serrano-Griffiths all on target. Westhamians hit six past Forest Glade in a 6 – 1 away win. John Massala got five of them, with Shakim Thomas getting the other strike as the visitors went through.

Roydon sent Ryan crashing out as the Div Four side won 4 – 1. Aymen Mekni got a double here, while Lewis Watson and Scot Bown also struck. Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ also went through, following a 2 – 1 win at Leytonstone Utd. William Bray and Billy Carter got the goals as ‘Bridge’s third-team went through. Meanwhile, Toby also advanced as goals from Tolu Dina and Peter Spicer saw them win 2 – 1 at White Ensign Ressies.

 

Other Results in Senior League Cup:

Dagenham Utd  0 – 2  Galleywood  | Ford’s Sports Club (Dagenham U Pitch)

Wakering Sports  2 – 1  Collier Row  | Cupid’s Country Club (Pitch 1)

 

Senior Division Two

We head back into League action now with Senior Division Two. Beacon Hill Rovers defeated Harold Wood Athletic Res 3 – 0 with goals from Will Simpson, Stephen Bennett and Lewis Sherwood assisting Rovers to their opening win this term. Also, Leigh Town won 4 – 0 at May & Baker Res with Shane Cooper, James Roberts, Tom Byford and Sam Gillmore on the score-sheet as Town got their third consecutive league win.

 

Senior Division Three

In Senior Three, Wakebury won their opening match in the Olympian League with a 3 – 1 triumph at Basildon Town Reserves. Liam Jarrett, Oliver Laycock and Charlie Little all netted for the visitors. Alex Witham struck for the Town second-string as they have yet to win in their three league matches thus far.

Toby Reserves maintained their unbeaten streak with a 3 – 1 home success over Hutton Reserves. Marc Porter-Brown got all three of the Toby goals as he kept up his impressive scoring run early-doors this term. Elsewhere, Corinthians Reserves also got their third straight win as they won 3 – 1 against Leigh Town Reserves.

 

Senior Division Four (result)

Old Chelmsfordians Res 2 – 6 Ongar Town Res

 

Reserve League Cup (results only)

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res 3 – 3 Springfield Res (Swifts won 4 – 2 on pens)

Chingford Athletic Development 4 – 0 Shoebury Town Res

Old Southendian Res  7 – 0  Canning Town Res

Runwell Sports Res  2 – 3  Buckhurst Hill Res

Shenfield AFC Res  2 – 1  Galleywood Res

 

 

 

Round-up: Essex Olympian League [Premier – Snr Div 3] (Sat 31 August) [EOFL 19/20 1.9.19]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & EOFL blogger

Hello again & welcome to this week’s bumper Olympian League round-up, taking in the top four tiers of league action, one FA Vase tie and a Senior Challenge Cup tie as well. Thanks to the clubs for their assistance in this piece & to you for reading.

 

EOFL Premier Division

We start off as ever with the top-tier and Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 2 – 1 away win at Harold Wood Athletic. John Clarke and James Richardson were the heroes for Swifts with Bradley Foley scoring for Wood as they fell to defeat.  Buckhurst Hill got back to winning ways with a 4 – 2 win at Kelvedon Hatch. Suley Zuhdu, Nathan Sollosi, Sam Sollosi and a second-half penalty by Josh Banfield effectively sealed the win for Mark Williams’ side, though Hatch finished strongly as Danny Gillard and Theo Ola both struck for Kelvedon here.

Springfield also triumphed this weekend as they defeated early strugglers Canning Town 2 – 0 thanks to an own goal and one from Joe Nathanson. Rayleigh Town went five points clear at the top with a 1 – 0 away win at Old Southendian. Paul Morris got the only goal in that local derby.

Elsewhere, Sungate were held 2 – 2 by the visiting Leigh Ramblers, with Rhys Fatt and Dan Williams on target for the Rams in that match. Shenfield AFC also drew, 1 – 1 at home to Hutton with Mitchell Day grabbing AFC’s goal.

 

FA Vase – First Round Qualifying

In their first-ever FA Vase match, EOFL Premier Division side Catholic Utd powered ESL side Clapton with a 6 – 1 win at Parkside. The ensemble goal-scoring cast were Brad Vaughan, Tom Kearney, Simon Thomas, Tony Jacobs, Max Bradford and Max Kent as Mick Jacobs’ team roared into the next round, where they are set to face Lopes Tavares of Eastern Senior League South.

 

EOFL Senior Division One

In Senior One, Rayleigh Town Ressies started with a bang as they won 6 – 1 against Herongate Athletic. Rodney Wilson and Billy Field each nabbed doubles while Lewis Lawrence and Ryan Scougall also netted as Dan Williams and Lee Bunn’s side got the points. Ongar Town won 4 – 2 at Runwell Sports with Harry Rawlins netting twice plus Joshua Boxall and Joe Lilly contributed to the visitors’ tally. Chingford Athletic continued their strong start with another 3 – 0 home win, this time over FC Hamlets at Town Mead. Tayo Olusanoye, Alex Gordon and Eric Kelly provided the goals for them in that victory.

Shoebury Town were held 2 – 2 by visitors Galleywood with Dominic Binns and Juan Rushton the scorers for the home side.  Also, Old Chelmsfordians won 2 – 0 at Toby.

 

EOFL Senior Challenge Cup

In the single Senior Cup tie, Lakeside of Division One defeated newcomers Wakebury 5 – 1 with talisman Drew Klessa-Smith grabbing another hat-trick plus Mason Iley and Luke Quinton also joined him on the score-sheet. Matthew Hubbard got the consolation for Wakebury though the hosts went through.

 

EOFL Senior Division Two

Corinthians started their season with an impressive comeback win, 4 – 1 over Laindon Orient. Orient led after just four minutes through Jasper Read though the hosts responded through John Bolton-Smith, Leo Clarke, Bill Wilton and Theo Cannon to take the points. Epping Town also started their campaign wit an away win as they triumphed 6 – 1 at AS Rawreth. Louis Hill netted for the hosts though Town got the points thanks to Alex Paraskeva’s double plus one apiece for Glen Warwick, Patrick Duggan, Joey May and Bradley Gayer. Both of these sides could be in for another good campaign this term.

Leigh Town made it two wins from two matches with a 2 – 0 win at Beacon Hill Rovers. Shane Cooper and Tom Byford goals meant they go top of the very early standings. Harold Wood Athletic Reserves won 2 – 0 at Rochford Town as Del Hawtin fired both goals in that contest for the Wood second-string. Finally for this division, Ryan made a winning start to their campaign with a 5 – 2 win over May & Baker Reserves at Wadham Lodge.

 

EOFL Senior Division Three

Into Senior Three now and we start with a massive win for Lakeside Reserves as they won 10 – 2 at Dagenham Utd. Substitute Ben Austin led the way with a treble, with David Alee and Damilola Olusanya both grabbing braces plus Dale Kenyon, Azeez Aileru and fellow replacement Alex Swan also getting on the hefty scorer’s sheet as they won their first match of the new season in some manner. Toby Res also got their opening win with a 5 – 1 triumph at Hullbridge Sports’A’ with Marc Porter-Brown the leading light with a hat-trick plus Rhys Willson and Matt Davies were also on target.

Corinthians Reserves also won this weekend, with a 4 – 2 success at White Ensign Reserves. Max Hall, Luke Smith, Sener Suavi and Sonny Woodward all struck for the Stambridge-based side and although they saw Charlie Carter dismissed, Ensign’s second-side couldn’t match them despite Zach Somerset-Butler’s brace of penalties for them. ACD Utd won their first match at Olympian level with a 2 – 1 win at Hutton Reserves. Brad Falco and substitute Sam Page did the job for the visitors, while Hutton responded through Josh Sumner’s goal.

Leigh Town Reserves also tasted success with a 3 – 1 win at Basildon Town Reserves. Ben Forsyth’s spot-kick plus Miles Waddilove and Alex Hubbard strikes outdid a solitary goal from Grant Cumming for the hosts as Leigh took the points.  Meanwhile, Collier Row began life in Div Three with a 2 – 1 success at Buckhurst Hill Reserves. It’s worth noting that not one home side won in this division this weekend.

 

EOFL Senior Division Four (Results only)

Forest Glade  13 – 1  AS Rawreth Reserves

Laindon Orient Reserves  0 – 1  Chingford Athletic  Development

Leytonstone Utd 2 – 3  Shenfield AFC Reserves

Roydon  4 – 2  Canning Town Reserves

Wakering Sports Reserves  6 – 1   Ongar Town Reserves