Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Premier – Senior Division 3 – Sat  24th Aug) [EOFL 25.8.19]  

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Still from Rayleigh v Leigh R (Sat 24 Aug) [Image: Scott W]
Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & EOFL Writer

 

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of the Essex Olympian League action, which looks at the top four tiers spanning the Premier Division all the way until Senior Division Three with results from Senior Division Four. My thanks to the clubs and to EOFL Publicity Officer Andy Wilkins for his assistance in this piece.

 

Premier Division

So, we start with Catholic Utd giving us another reminder of their strength as they won 7 – 0 at Hutton. Tom Hollingsworth led the charge with four goals himself, with Simon Thomas, Tony Jacobs & Aaron Baldwin the supporting cast of goal-getters on this occasion. Sungate were also among the goals as they won 5 – 2 at home to Springfield. Jake Clarke struck twice here, with Reece Clarke, Shaun Goddard and substitute Gabriel Ogunwomoju also finding the target for Bobby Port’s side.

Meanwhile, Basildon Town dispatched Shenfield AFC  3 – 0 in a battle of the newly-promoted sides. Keith King, Tommy Green and Junior Lawrence strikes gave Gareth Cleverly’s side the points. Kelvedon Hatch also triumphed, with a 2 – 1 win away at Canning Town. Veterans Petrit Elbi and Alan Taylor did the business with the goals for Hatch in that one.

Also, in the match I attended at London Road, Rayleigh Town defeated Leigh Ramblers 3 – 1 in a battle of the then top-two. Danny Hurford, Henry Sims and substitute Bailey Moss all scored for the hosts, while Joe Hunter’s crisp curling strike pulled one back late on for Wayne Seal’s team. If you’d like to see my report on this match, you can find it here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/08/24/match-report-rayleigh-town-3-1-leigh-ramblers-sat-24th-aug-eofl/

 

Senior Challenge Cup (aka Kershaw Cup)

In the show-piece early-season event of the Olympian League calendar, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts narrowly defeated Buckhurst Hill 1 – 0 at Roding Lane as Stuart Hoskins’ team took home the first piece of silverware this term.

 

Senior Division One

Next, into Senior One now and Chingford Athletic opened their season with a fine 3 – 0 win over Herongate Athletic. Alex Gordon, Gary Murray and Eric Kelly all notched here to give Dave Richbell’s side the win. Also, Ramsden Scotia were held 0 – 0 by visitors FC Hamlets at the Nursery Sports Ground.

 

Senior Division Two

Senior Two’s matches were awash with goals this weekend. First, Laindon Orient powered to a 9 – 1 victory over Westhamians. Substitute Jasper Read helped himself to a hat-trick, with Troy Reed getting a double plus Samuel Burton, Adam Cole, Ashley Blackburn and James Shadwell all got one apiece for Neil Blackburn’s side.

AS Rawreth beat Harold Wood Athletic Reserves 4 – 2 with Chadrack-Kisoka Domingo , Louis Hill, Lewis Wynne and substitute Peter Mwaura all netting to outdo strikes by Joe Pyne and Joe McBurney for the Wood second-side. Leigh Town defeated an under-strength Rochford Town side 3 – 1 away from home with Tom McKeon, Sam Gillmore and substitute Kieron Crane netting for the visitors. Luke Jackson struck for Rochford though they fell to defeat here.

Finally in this division, Old Southendian Res started life in Div Two with a fine 2 – 0 win at Wakering Sports. David Stubbs and Greg Molford got the goals in this one at Cupid’s.

 

Senior Division Three

Into Senior Three now and with Corinthians Reserves getting the points via a home walkover as opponents Dagenham Utd couldn’t field a side, attention turned to the other three matches. Buckhurst Hill Ressies’  were the first visitors to the new Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ side as Hill won 3 – 2. George Mole and Joseph Darby struck for Sports though a Rhys Davies’ brace and one from Landry Gogoa ensured the points went back with Hill.

The other two games were both drawn. Firstly, Lakeside Reserves were held 3 -3 by Basildon Town Reserves. David Alele, Harry Davison and Marley Wright all netted for the hosts, though Bas left with a point thanks to strikes by Jake Bridgeman, Sam Green and player-boss Alex Shields. Second, Toby Reserves  held Leigh Town Reserves  3 – 3 in a battle of two new sides to the division. Ben Forsyth, Chris Pope and Connor Tyler netted for the visitors though Toby got a point through an OG plus Rhys Willson and Sam Parish goals.

 

Senior Division Four (Results only)

Catholic Utd  5 – 1 Laindon Orient Res   | Len Forge Centre (3G)

Forest Glade  1 – 2  Wakering Sports Res  | Barleylands Road

Roydon  2 – 2 Old Chelmsfordians Res  | Paringdon Sports Club

 

 

Finally, a little reminder that the aim is to cover up to & including Senior Divsion Three this term so check back every Sunday/Monday for the latest Essex Olympian League action. Thanks for reading.

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2019-20 Season Preview: Essex Olympian League Senior Three (EOFL D3 31.7.19)

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Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – EOFL Blogger

 

Hello and a warm welcome to the last of my mini-series of articles previewing the upcoming 2019-2020 Essex Olympian League season, division-by-division. We continue with Senior Three now which will have 13 sides competing in this division with sides getting promoted from both EOFL Senior Four and Senior Five, plus other sides have moved across from the now-defunct Under-21 division and it’s a progressive new era for two clubs making their way into the EOFL family this term. This is partly due to the number of clubs being promoted from this level to the divisions above.

With May & Baker ‘A’ folding in the close-season, there are no teams relegated from Senior Two, though that does not mean the division doesn’t have a ‘new look’ about it – it does. Here’s how it shapes up…

 

EOFL Senior Three Constitution (2019-20)

  • ACD Utd (NEW)
  • Basildon Town Res
  • Buckhurst Hill Res (P)
  • Collier Row (P)
  • Corinthians Res (P)
  • Dagenham Utd (P)
  • Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ (NEW)
  • Hutton Res
  • Lakeside Res (P)
  • Leigh Town Res (NEW)
  • Toby Res (P)
  • Wakebury (NEW)
  • White Ensign Res

Starting with the sides remaining from last season, Hutton Res were the highest finishers in 7th, with White Ensign Res and Basildon Town Res immediately below them. Given that two sides (Roydon & Old Chelmsfordians Res) were relegated to Senior Four, these three sides are the only survivors from last year and are out-numbered by the five teams promoted from Senior Four & Five. The teams finishing 3rd to 6th in Senior Four are elevated so Dagenham Utd, Lakeside  Res, Toby Res and Buckhurst Hill Res respectively will face the step up.

Dagenham and Lakeside’s second-string both had very respectable campaigns last time out, and although Toby and Hill’s Ressies finished a smattering of points behind them, both clubs’ first teams are in the top two divisions (Hill in the Premier and Toby in Senior One) so they could adapt well to the climb.

Factor in the elevation of the top-two from Senior Five as well and you could have a tough division. Corinthians Reserves won Senior Five last term to complete a league-winning double for the First team (Senior Four) and the Reserves. Also, it’s good to see a name from the past return in Collier Row who got the runners-up spot in Senior Five in April. Hullbridge Sports have also entered an ‘A’ team in this division this term so it will be interesting how effectively their ‘third team’ will do here though it is a pathway up to the Reserve team I suspect.

Three sides have joined from other leagues as well. First, former Essex Alliance League (EAL) outfit ACD Utd are placed here and the Romford-based side will be looking to follow on well from finishing 2nd in the EAL’s top-tier last term.

Also there are two sides joining from the Southend Borough Combination Premier Division. Leigh Town Res finished third in that division last term and although the side currently play in neighbouring Hadleigh, Robert Hutchings-Spiller’s side will enjoy the journey this term after their upward progression. Joining them are Shoebury-based outfit Wakebury. They managed a very respectable fourth-place in the Southend Boro Combination Premier, finishing 13 points off league winners Shoebury Town Res, who interestingly will compete in Senior Five of the Olympian League this term.

To all the clubs, managers, players and many others who support them, have a good season everyone. I look forward to keeping tabs on the action and I hope that round-ups on Senior Three will join the sections from the top three tiers of the Essex Olympian League this term. Best, Scott

 

 

Fixtures for First Two Weekends of EOFL Senior Three (subject to change)

Saturday 24th August  – 2.30pm

Corinthians Res  v  Dagenham Utd  | Stambridge Memorial Ground

Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  v  Buckhurst Hill Res   | Lower Road

Lakeside Res    v   Basildon Town Res  | Lakeside Sports Ground (3G)

Toby Res  v  Leigh Town Res  |  Ford’s Sports Club, Newbury Park

 

Saturday 31st August – 2.30pm

Basildon Town Res  v  Leigh Town Res   |  Basildon Sports Club

Buckhurst Hill Res  v  Collier Row  | Roding Lane (Pitch 2)

Dagenham Utd  v  Lakeside Res  | Ford’s Sports Club, Newbury Park

Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  v  Toby Res  | Lower Road

Hutton Res  v  ACD Utd   |  Polo Fields

White Ensign Res  v  Corinthians Res  | Len Forge Centre (3G)

 

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 23 Mar) [EOFL 23.3.19]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another of my round-up pieces, this time looking at the Essex Olympian League action on Saturday 23 March, from the top tier to the results from Division Four as promotion & relegation issues continue to be sorted as we enter the last six weeks of the campaign.

EOFL Premier Dvivision

In Olympian Premier, the top-two faced off at Roding Lane. Buckhurst Hill defeated Kelvedon Hatch 3 – 0 with former May & Baker striker Reece Tranter getting all three goals to grant them their 10th straight win and extend Hill’s cushion to nine points at the top. Ten points from their last eight matches will be enough to seal the title and crown off a dominant season.

Springfield went up to 11th after a 3 – 0 win at Manford Way – a result which will see Manford relegated, unless off-pitch issues elsewhere see them be granted a reprieve. Rayleigh Town continued their good form with a 2 – 1 win at Old Southendian. Luke Stillwell netted for OS though Harry Talbot and Bailey Moss strikes overcame the hosts and increase Town’s hopes of getting a top-six finish.

Sungate also tasted triumph, with a 3 – 2 over Hutton. Rory McKenzie struck twice for the home side with Alan Brown also finding the ‘onion bag’. Will Marlowe and John Hilliard hit back for Hutton but they stay 8th while ‘Gate go 10th.  Finally, Bishop Stortford Swifts’ quest for a top-three finish gained momentum after a 3 – 2 win over Leigh Ramblers at Silver Leys. Steve Moore, Gavin Cockman and substitute Ashley Taylor-Forbes were the Swifts marksmen though Ramblers hit back through Seb Allen and Dan Martin goals. Swifts and Catholic Utd are the sides likely to battle ‘to the wire’ for that 3rd spot.

 

EOFL Senior One

Shenfield AFC won the top-four clash with Ramsden Scotia 5 – 3 with an ensemble cast on the score-sheet. Alex Broadbridge, Mitchell Day, Harry Hatt, Ronnie Hobbrough and substitute George Cunningham all netted to send AFC six points clear at the summit after their fourth straight league win. Basildon Town are among the challengers as they came from behind to win 2 – 1 at Ongar Town. Alfie Phillips and substitute Ross Giles both netted to keep the gap to 11 points though they have five matches in hand on the leaders. Lee Perry had put Ongar ahead though their mixed end to the season continues.

Rayleigh Town Res also had a forgettable afternoon as they lost 4 – 2 at home to Galleywood. Jack Chatterway hit another brace with Luke Osborne and Lewis Rose the other scorers for ‘Wood. Eight straight losses for Town mean they need at least three points to avert the drop, though they have five games to get those points in.

Herongate Athletic had a fine day to remember with a 7 – 1 demolition of basement side May & Baker Res. Ben Warren grabbed three goals, with Lee Atkinson and Ben Lambert both nabbing braces each to give Ath their ninth win of the season. Also, FC Hamlets were held 1 – 1 at home by fellow mid-table side Old Chelmsfordians.  Jordan Boden struck for OC’s who are unbeaten in their last six matches while Darren Serrano-Griffiths netted to ensure FC took a point to keep above their opposition here.

EOFL Senior Two

There were no fixtures in Division Two this weekend – another reminder that the end of the season Is approaching.

 

EOFL Senior Three

Into Senior Three now, with the most significant result being Basildon Town Reserves 6 – 3 home win over relegated Old Chelmsfordians Res. Player-boss Alex Shields got a double, and he was joined in the ‘brace club’ by none other than the Essex Senior League’s top scorer from last season in Marcus Bowers. Jake Bridgeman and Tommy Green were also on target as Town’s second side secured their Division Three status for another season. The same relief couldn’t be said for Roydon who lost 3 – 2 at Hutton Res in their final match of the season. Micky Coppin and Lewis Watson both struck for the visitors though Hutton got the win thanks to Tom Biddiss, Ben Trigg and Dan Grennell strikes.  Six defeats on-the-roll for Roydon has been very costly as they will likely join OC’s in Div Four next term.

Meanwhile, Laindon Orient won 2 – 0 at home to mid-table Leigh Town to endorse their chances of a top-four finish. A James Shadwell spot-kick was added to by Samuel Lake as Orient got their fourth consecutive success to go third on goal difference.

 

EOFL Senior Four

Finally, in Senior Four, Toby Res enhanced their chances of avoid the drop as they won 3 – 1 at mid-table Galleywood Res.

Buckhurst Hill Res strengthened their grip on fifth spot with a 2 – 1 win over Lakeside Res. That result means that a point in Dagenham Utd’s final match will mean Utd will finish third this term.

Also, Epping Town defeated Old Barkabbeyans 6 – 0 in Ilford. Glen Warwick led the charge with a treble, while Alex Paraskeva, Chris Lockwood and Daniel Garfinkle were also on target as Billy Cove’s side went five points clear at the summit, although Corinthians have three matches in hand. That result also meant that Old Barks will succumb to relegation next month after only three wins this term.