Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 27 Apr) [EOFL 28.4.19]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to a shorter Essex Olympian League round-up’s, here on my blog, given that the matches are few & far between now & mid-May.  There were still plenty of issues that were settled this weekend though in Divisions One, Two & Four.

 

Sat 27 April

EOFL Premier Division

In the only match in the top-tier, Buckhurst Hill returned to winning ways with a  4 – 1 win at runners-up Kelvedon Hatch. Steve Townsend got another brace to take him to 15 league goals this term. Keaton Moore and Eren Muti also netted as Hill moved 22 points clear at the summit.

 

EOFL Senior One

Now in Senior One, FC Hamlets really did make the tile race interesting as they beat promotion rivals Basildon Town 4 – 1. John Gilroy got all four of his side’s goals to propel himself to 11 goals in all competitions and his side into second spot. If FC beat May & Baker Res next weekend, then Town will have to win all three matches (including leaders AFC Shenfield on the last day) to get promoted. Keith King got Basildon’s goal here though this loss is a setback for them.

 

EOFL Senior Two

In Senior Two, Chingford Athletic produced an astounding performance with a 21 – 0 demolition of May & Baker ‘A’ at Town Mead’s 3G pitch. Gary Murray got a mere eight goals here, with Alex Gordon & Jack Yates getting trebles. Archie Stojic & substitute Tayo Olasanoye both got braces with Louis Bollard and Jonny Hirst also netting as Ath pipped Toby to the title. This one match meant that Ath also jumped ahead of Toby and Lakeside to finish top of the goal-scorers pile this term. Many congrats to all at the club on their success.

 

EOFL Senior Three

In the only Senior Three match this weekend, Academy Soccer won 4 – 1 at Basildon Town Res. Ben Picton, Dom Cooper, substitute Marc Porter-Brown and Luis Ruiz all netted for Academy, Ruiz netting his 12th league goal of the campaign. They finish third though they may still get elevated next term due to Division Two needing more clubs in it next term. Town player-boss Alex Shields got their goal though they remain third-bottom. Westhamians are their opposition on May 11th with the high-flyers needing all three points to pip Laindon Orient to promotion.

 

EOFL Senior Four

Finally in Division Four, Corinthians finished their campaign with a 3 – 0 win over Toby Reserves to pip Epping Town and claim the EOFL Division Four title at the first time of asking. Jake Lang, Bill Wilton and Alfie Knight strikes did the job for them as their 17th league win of the campaign saw them in the title by two points.

So despite scoring over 100 goals this term, Billy Cove’s Epping get the runners-up spot though they will battle Corinthians again in Division Three next term.

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Match Report: Catholic Utd 1 – 5 Buckhurst Hill (Wed 10 Apr) [EPC Final 11.4.19]

BBC Essex Premier Cup Final

Venue: New Lodge (Billericay Town FC)

Attendance: 266

2018-19 Season – Match 68

Wednesday 10th April 2019  – 7.45pm KO

Catholic Utd: Green & White Hooped Shirts, Black Shorts, Green & White Socks

Buckhurst Hill: Navy Blue & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Hill power past Super Hoops to lift the Essex Premier Cup

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

On a chilly Wednesday night at Billericay Town’s New Lodge, I joined colleague Pete Dudley for this BBC Essex Premier Cup Final between Essex Olympian League (EOFL) heavyweights Catholic Utd & Buckhurst Hill – with the latter riding high on the back of sealing the EOFL Premier Division title a matter of days previously. Catholic Utd named a strong team with Louis Godwin-Green between the sticks, a forward line of Aaron Baldwin, Tom Hollingsworth and Tony Jacobs with player-boss Dan Trenkel and Mark Baptist among those on the bench. For Hill, their front four of Sam Sollosi, Nathan Sollosi, Steve Townsend and Suleyman Zuhdu have chipped in with goals this season in the league, with skipper Billy Wells in the heart of the defence. Sonny Shilling and Fehinti Falola were among the options on the bench.

The match got underway with Utd pushing forward and having the bulk of the forays going forward. Hill had a nervous moment five minutes in as a under-hit back pass to ‘keeper Daniel Blockley was half-cleared though it cannoned off Super Hoops forward Tony Jacobs and before it trickled over the goal-line, centre-back Josh Addinall had the awareness to clear. Hill responded sharply as captain Billy Wells 20-yard curling drive sailed just wide of the right-side post. Moments later, it was the Olympian League champions who took the lead as from a super cross from the right flank, full-back Keaton Moore rose highest to power a header into the net.

Jacobs was the biggest threat for Utd at this point, ghosting all over a fluid Catholic forward line to give the Hill defence a headache, Jacobs also had an effort which sailed over the woodwork. At the other end though, Buckhurst were getting into their stride as prolific forward Steve Townsend was in on goal, one-on-one with Utd stopper  Louis Godwin-Green, though the stopped did well to deny Townsend’s low drive. Just before the half-hour, former Bowers & Pitsea midfielder Jamie Salmon blasted a drive from 18 yards which Blockley did well to scout and tip over the bar.

On that half-hour mark, Utd fell further behind as a errant clearance from Godwin-Green looped up in the air but didn’t get the distance as it fell to forward Suleyman Zuhdu who back-heeled it to winger nathan Sollosi who slotted home into an unguarded net. Hill knew they couldn’t concede before the break though Utd had other ideas, with Jacobs once again testing the palms of Blockley with a decent effort on goal. In fairness, Utd were finding the sheer pace, energy and crossing of the Hill front four (the Sollosi brothers, Townsend & Zuhdu) difficult to cope with. After Hill had two half-chances for Townsend and Addinall denied, they did make it 3 – 0 a minutes before the interval.

A rapid counter-attack from Mark Williams’ team saw Nathan Sollosi repay the favour from earlier as his pass found Zuhdu who controlled the ball smartly before beating Godwin-Green on its way into the corner of the net with a well-taken finish. At this point, the score-line was slightly flattering to Hill given the impetus Catholic had shown going forward. Sometimes you get teams ‘slowing down’ after the break, though there wasn’t a bit of it here.

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Half-Time: Catholic Utd  0 – 3 Buckhurst Hill

So, the second-half got going and the chances continued to flow. Moments after the restart, Townsend’s first-time strike cannoned off a post for Hill and Utd hit back soon afterward, as Jacobs was denied yet again by watchful defending on the line by full-back Liam Foster. Mike Sammut’s drive and forward Tom Hollingsworth’s cross-shot couldn’t find the target those misses proved semi-costly.

Two goals in three minutes sealed the win for Hill. On 64 minutes, a loose ball found Zuhdu who sprinted past centre-back Bradley Vaughan and buried a strike past Godwin-Green to make it four and then two minutes later, from a corner arrowed into the near-post by winger Sam Sollosi, Nathan Sollosi rose almost unchanged to nod it high into the net. The goals didn’t end there as Utd got one back with 71 on the watch as a rash punch out by Blockley fell to to Salmon who rifled hop a sweet lob from fully 25 yards out to give his side something to shout about.

That said, that goal seemed to further gee up the Hill forward line who soared back the other end asUtd ‘keeper Godwin-Green prevented further embarassment making good saves to deny the unfortunate Townsend and midfielder Josh Banfield. With all respect to Utd, Hill could’ve had three or four more goals than the scoreline showed as going forward they were relentless – another shining example of why they have scored a high amont of goals in the Olympian League this term. Six minutes from time, Foster blasted a stinging drive just wide though Hill had done more than enough to win this match and do the double – a far cry from the sinking feeling of relegation from the top-tier two seasons ago.

Full-time: Catholic Utd  1 – 5 Buckhurst Hill

 

Utd are by no means a bad side, though they were made to look more ordinary than they are here by a very driven Buckhurst Hill outfit.

In terms of stand-out performances, for Hill it is quite difficult to pick out individuals given the sheer team performance though the front two of Steven Townsend and Suleyman Zuhdu plus wingers Sam & Nathan Sollosi really harried the Utd backline and barely gave them much peace at all. Josh Addinall also did a stern job at the back as well. For Utd, goalkeeper Louis Godwin-Green pulled off a number of good stops to dampen the number conceded here by his side. Forward Tony Jacobs shone as well, being his side’s chief threat in attack while Jamie Salmon also provided a characteristic presence in midfield.

Finally, congratulations to Buckhurst Hill who retain the Essex Premier Cup while Utd are runners-up for the fourth time in five seasons.

Catholic Utd   | Player-Manager: Dan Trenkel

Louis Godwin-Green (GK), Patrick Kearney, Max Kent (Capt) (Dan Trenkel 60′), Louis Robinson, Bradley Vaughan, Jamie Salmon, Mike Sammut, Tom Hollingsworth, Thomas Kearney, Aaron Baldwin (Mark Baptist 60′), Tony Jacobs (Franklin Craik 70′)

Goal-scorer: Jamie Salmon [71′]

Booked: Kent, Robinson    | Subs Not Used: Sands, Ebbles

Buckhurst Hill  | Manager: Mark Williams

Daniel Blockley (GK), Liam Foster, Keaton Moore, William Wells (Capt), Josh Addinall, Alfie Harris, Josh Banfield, Sam Sollosi (James Sacre 81′), Steven Townsend (Sonny Shilling 83′), Suleyman Zuhdu, Nathan Sollosi (Frank Glock 85′)

Goal-scorers: Keayton Moore [9′], Nathan Sollosi [30′ & 71′], Suleyman Zuhdu [44′ & 64′]

Booked: None     | Subs Not Used: Falola,  Gregory
Referee: Artyon Hursey
Assistant Referees: Craig Charles & Rob Collins
Fourth Official: Kevin Nicholson

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 6 Apr) [EOFL 7.4.19]

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Action from Corinthians v Galleywood Res (Image: Scott W)

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 6 April, from the top tier to the results from Division Four on what was a joy-filled day for some sides, whgo secured promotion.

EOFL Premier Dvivision

In the Premier Division, Buckhurst Hill are the champions following a 7 – 0 hammering of out-of-form Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Fehinti Falola led the charge with four goals, with Liam Foster, Alfie Harris and Eren Muti completing the rout for Hill’s 20th win in 21 games thus far. Swifts stay 5th and could be caught by Rayleigh Town as the latter have a game in hand. Hutton won 4 – 1 at Springfield to end their season on a high. Will Marlowe’s treble & a Jack Shaw strike saw them rise to 7th while Springfield remain 11th.

Meanwhile, Manford Way held Kelvedon Hatch 2 – 2 to end any hope of Hatch catching Hill in the title race. Goals from Danny Spicer and substitute Joe Lovell cancelled out Theo Ola’s brace for the visitors. Manford are finishing the season in decent form though will still go down, while Hatch’s run of one win in their last five has been costly to their title chances.

 

Reserve League Cup – Semi-Finals

In the two semi-finals played this weekend, Senior Three’s Basildon Town Res shocked Senior One side Rayleigh Town Res as Bas got a 3 – 1 away win. Tommy Green, player-boss Alex Shields & Andrew Wiggins strikes secured the win and their place in the final. Joining them there are Catholic Utd Res of Division Four who also won 3 – 1, at Herongate Athletic Res. Franklin Craik, Angelo Louis and James Warder got the goals on a good day for the Utd second-string.

Anagram Records Trophy – Semi-Final

Catholic Utd made the final again after a 2 – 0 win at PFC Victoria (London). Pat Kearney and player-manager Dan Trenkel got the goals to see the Super Hoops advance.

 

EOFL Senior One

In the two matches that did take place, both were drawn. Galleywood held promotion-chasing FC Hamlets to a 2 – 2 draw. Sam Donn and substitute Paddy Dowse got the home goals with player-boss Ashley King & hot-shot Charlie Heatley netting for FC. ’Wood rise to 6th while FC are two points ahead in fifth, knowing they need at least six points to be among the top-two next month. Fellow promotion-hunters Basildon Town were held 0 – 0 by Snaresbrook, who still have a chance of promotion though results here confirmed Shenfield AFC will be promoted as will finish in the top-two regardless of the result in their last match.

 

EOFL Senior Two

Into Senior Two now and the one match that took place was the six-pointer between high-flyers Chingford Athletic and Runwell Sports. It finished honours-even at 1 – 1 with Will Gleeson netting for Ath and Aaron Rix for Sports in their last match of the campaign. Chingford need only one win from their last two matches to leapfrog Runwell and get promoted.

 

EOFL Senior Three

Now moving into Senior Three, and Old Southendian Res held rivals Wakering Sports  to a 0 – 0 stalemate, which confirms they will be promoted thanks largely to a nine-game unbeaten run. Sports will have to wait for next season to go again as they ended their season here. Only Westhamians can deny OS Ressies the title now.

Academy Soccer still have a slim chance of promotion after a 5 – 2 home win over Leigh Town. Harry Barham, Jake Jones, Sam Parish, Graham Knight and Luke Jones all netted for Academy here though they have to win their last match and hope others falter.

 

EOFL Senior Four

Finally, in Senior Four – I attended a crunch match at the Stambridge Memorial Ground as Corinthians defeated Galleywood Res  3 – 1. Luke Owen grabbed two goals with Jake Lang getting the other to overwhelm a super free-kick from Craig Robertson and stay in the title hunt.

For more on this match, my summary is here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/04/07/match-summary-corinthians-3-1-galleywood-res-sat-6-apr-eofl-d4/  

Meanwhile, Dagenham Utd won 5 – 2 at Buckhurst Hill Res to end their campaign on a high. It was ‘the Dingli show’ again as brothers Oliver Dingli and Jacob Dingli got doubles each, with Morgan Smith getting a late fifth. Jacob has finished the season with 34 goals this term, not bad at all.

Finally, Toby Res got a huge 3 – 0 win at relegated Old Barkabbeyans to secure their spot in the division next season. It’ll be Leigh Ramblers second-string who will join Old Barks in Division Five next term in all likelihood.

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 30 Mar) [EOFL 31.3.19]

EOFL Round-up  (Sat 30 Mar)

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 30 March, from the top tier to the results from Division Four as the season run-in continues.
EOFL Premier Division
In Olympian Premier, the stand-out result was Catholic Utd’s 6 – 2 success over faltering Bishop’s Stortford Swifts at the Len Salmon. Aaron Baldwin and Tom Hollingsworth both grabbed braces here with Jamie Salmon and Max Kent also netting to see the ‘Super Hoops’ rise above their opponents into fourth spot. The most important result though came at Roding Lane where Buckhurst Hill squeezed past Leigh Ramblers 2 – 1. Andrew Webster struck for the Rams though goals from Sam Sollosi and talisman Steve Townsend secured a huge win which means in all likelihood Hill will not be passed and therefore will be crowned Premier Division champions next month. Leigh stay 7th and are winless in their last four.

Meanwhile, Harold Wood Athletic defeated fellow high-flyers Kelvedon Hatch 1 – 0, thanks to the ever-reliable Robert Whitnell getting on the score-sheet in Ath’s final league match this term. Hatch only need a maximum of five points to secure the runners-up spot with only Swifts in position to deny them. In South Essex, Rayleigh Town drew 2 – 2 with Springfield, with Joe Mayer and Jack Mundy strikes for the visitors being cancelled out by Damien Siemienczuk and Jack Long goals for Town, who have secured a top-six finish this term. Credit to them. Springfield can still slip into the top ten but will need to better Sungate’s result in the latter’s last match of the campaign.

As we ,mention the ‘Gate, Old Southendian held them 0 – 0 at Garons Park, which means OS only remain above them on goal difference due to them both having identical records (8 wins, 5 draws, 12 losses in 25 matches).

 

EOFL Senior One

On an action-packed day in Senior One, leaders Shenfield AFC roared to a 5 – 1 win over challengers Basildon Town to extend their cushion over them to 14 points.  Mitchell Day’s double, plus strikes by James Bigmore, George Cunningham and Harry Hatt overcame a solitary consolation by Jamie Miller for Town. The ramifications of this result means that even with six matches yet to play, Town’s chances of winning the title are slim. AFC have struck eight wins in their last nine matches and that is promotion-winning form, you must say.

FC Hamlets are still in the promotion hunt after a thumping 6 – 0 win over Herongate Athletic. John Gilroy plundered a hat-trick, while Aaron Glasgow, Charlie Heatley and Ashley King were all also on target. FC have five matches to play and have lost one of their last 14 league matches. Ongar Town beat strugglers Rayleigh Town Reserves 2 – 1 thanks to a pair of Ben Polley spot-kicks and end a four-match winless run. Old Chelmsfordians’ fine end to the season continued with a 1 – 0 win at Galleywood. Sam Adams got the only goal to extend OC’s unbeaten run to seven matches whilst also ending ‘Wood’s five-match winning streak.

 

EOFL Senior Two

Into Senior Two now and Chingford Athletic really kept themselves in promotion nick with a 7 – 0 battering of Ryan, in what was the visitors’ last game of the campaign. Jack Yates led proceedings with a treble for Ath, while Alex Gordon grabbed two, with Luke Dimond and Jonny Hirst also finding the net to extend their unbeaten stretch to six games. Ath need eight points from their last three matches to pip Toby to the title and face fellow promotion-hunters Runwell Sports next weekend.

Runwell need to win that battle as they were held to a disappointing 3 – 3 draw at basement side May & Baker ‘A’. Ernest Dunlop, Marcellino Rodrigues and Gyane Sanderson all struck for the hosts, while Declan Carke fired back two of the goals for Sports here though one win in their last five leaves their hopes of elevation in jeopardy.

 

EOFL Senior Three

We start Senior Three with a massive win for Laindon Orient, 7 – 0 at Basildon Town Reserves. Samuel Lake led the scorer’s chart with two to take his tally to 18 this season with Jason Warner, Michael Agba, Jasper Read, Rodney Sarah-Wilson and Henry Ballard all getting their names on the same sheet. Orient go top thanks to their vastly superior goal difference though have ended their campaign now. Bas remain third-bottom with three matches left.

Former leaders Westhamians were held 0 – 0 at Leigh Town, though have two matches remaining to be one of four possible winners of the division. The other two challengers faced each there at Cupids, though Wakering Sports lost at home, 5 – 2 to Old Southendian Reserves. Tom Judge and Dave Stubbs both nabbed a double each and Oliver Tatton-Bennett also notched here. The OS’ second-side know victory in both of their last two matches will seal the title.

 

EOFL Senior Four

Finally, in Senior Four, the top two were both in action. Epping Town won 2 – 0 at Galleywood Reserves to heap the pressure on rivals Corinthians. Lennox Forster and Alex Paraskeva got the goals, with Paraskeva hitting 25 goals for the season in Town’s last match here.

Lakeside Reserves held Corinthians 4 – 4 in an epic encounter. The hosts were in command after David Alele struck twice, plus Ben Christie and Damilola Olusanya also notched. However, the Stambridge-based side are a good side and once again showed their mettle as a brace of Leo Clarke strikes and Theodore Cannon & Ashley Webb goals ensured they got a point. Even so, they still need to win all three of their remaining matches to win the title.

In the remaining two matches, Shenfield AFC Reserves defeated Toby Res 2 – 0 thanks to Paul Constable and Corley Ross strikes. AFC move away from the bottom three while Toby need two points to stave off the drop . Canning Town Res also moved into mid-table with a 3 – 1 success over Buckhurst Hill Res. Daniel Aworinde, Calum Newson and substitute Marcel Bayfield netted for Town as they went 6th, one place behind their opposition here.

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.

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 9 Mar) [EOFL 10.3.19]

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 9 March, from the top tier to the results from Division Four as some promotion & relegation issues are closer to being answered. Thanks for reading.

EOFL Premier Division

As always we begin in the Premier Division on what coud be a week with lasting consequences. On-the-pitch, Springfield got a huge win, 3 – 1 at Sungate to extend their cushion over nearest rivals Manford Way to eleven points. Manford were held 2 – 2 by Canning Town, who played their final game of their season. Alfie Walker got both of Manford’s goals though Suliaman Massaquoi’s 8th league goal of the season and Ricardo Texeria replied for Town who sit 11th at present. Manford’s survival chances have to ated as ‘unlikely’ given they have to win all four remaining matches by a hefty margin to have a chance of staying in the division next term.

Old Southendian’s match with Leigh Ramblers had to be abandoned due to a serious injury to the Rams’ Jack Deasy. We wish him well in his recovery.

Finally, there was also some sad news of another sort this week as Great Baddow announced they were unable to commit to playing their remaining fixtures and have resigned from the division. We wish the club well and hope, along with the other sides who have withdrawn this season, they return in some form next term.

Essex Premier Cup: Semi-Finals

The Essex Premier Cup semi-finals took place this weekend. First, Catholic Utd had a Tom Hollingsworth brace to thank for a 2 – 1 victory at Hutton. In the other match, Buckhurst Hill made the final with an impressive 4 – 0 success at Kelvedon Hatch. Steve Townsend opened the scoring for Hill, before a late hat-trick from Nathan Sollosi ensured they will face the ‘Super Hoops’ at Billericay Town’s New Lodge on Wednesday 10th April.

EOFL Senior One

In Senior One, Shenfield AFC smashed Rayleigh Town Res 7 – 2 at St Martins’ School’s 3G pitch, with Mitchell Day leading the way with a hat-trick. James Bigmore and Ronnie Hobbrough got doubles each as well as AFC extended their unbeaten run to seven matches whilst retaining their three point lead at the summit, although they only have two games left to play.

Snaresbrook also won, 5 – 0 at stuttering Ongar Town. Scott Hill powered a treble, with John Blount and Ryan Barker-Francis also netting to give ‘Brook a five-point cushion in second. FC Hamlets returned to form as well with a hefty away win of their own, 7 – 1 at mid-table Herongate Athletic. Charlie Heatley continued his fine form in front of goal with another treble, while Ishmael Carter also struck a hat-trick and Darren Sarrano-Ishmael also netted to keep FC in the hunt due to still having seven matches to play. Ben Warren got a fleeting consolation for Ath, they sit 8th with two games remaining.

Meanwhile, Galleywood defeated May & Baker Reserves 2 – 0, which confirmed the latter’s relegation after a winless season thus far. Luke Osborne and Sam Donn strikes saw ‘Wood to their fourth straight triumph in the league.

Finally, Ramsden Scotia gave their slim promotion chances ‘a shot in the arm’ with a fine 4 – 2 victory over fellow contenders Basildon Town. Town finished the match with ten men after Scott Keys was dismissed. Brodie Horne and Sener Suavi got their goals.

EOFL Senior Two

In Senior Two, leaders Toby ended their campaign with four wins on-the-trot, after a 2 – 0 win in their top-two clash with Runwell Sports. David Major and James Coleman got the all-important goals to extend their lead to six points, although Sports have three matches yet to play.

Chingford Athletic are the only other side who can challenge the top-two now for promotion, after their 2 – 1 success at mid-table Beacon Hill Rovers. Alex Gordon and Will Gleeson got the goals in a match which was delayed for an hour, due to a player injury.

Also, Ryan secured their Division Two status by edging a spectacular home match, 5 – 4 over Shoebury Town, whose promotion hopes ended with this result. The ramifications of this also mean that after reprieves in the last two seasons, Rochford Town will join May & Baker ‘A’ in the relegation places this term.

EOFL Senior Three

In Senior Three, Laindon Orient are finishing the campaign strongly as they won 6 – 1 at relegated Old Chelmsfordians Res. Samuel Lake bagged a hat-trick, while Jason Purewal struck twice and Michael Bottone also chipped in. Old Southendian Ressies maintained their shot at elevation with a fine 4 – 2 at leaders Westhamians. Ben Jones got both goals for the hosts though David Stubbs got a brace of his own for OS, with Ben Franklin and Greg Smith also on target here. Westhamians need three wins to make sure of the title at this point.

Lastly for Senior Three, Wakering Sports edged to a 1 – 0 win at local rivals Leigh Town to remain in the ‘box seat’ for promotion.

EOFL Senior Four

Finally, in Senior Four, with leaders Corinthians not in action, Epping Town knew a win would put them in a very strong state for promotion. They made no error, recording a 6 – 0 success at home to Canning Town Res. Alex Paraskeva passed the 20-goal mark this season with a hat-trick here and Jack Leachman grabbed two while Eamon Payne got his 5th goal this term as well here. Billy Cove’s side need only to avoid defeat at Lakeside Res next weekend to ‘seal the deal’.

That is the situation as Lakeside Res won 3 – 1 at Leigh Ramblers Res. Lewis Kelsey got the Rams goal though strikes from Ben Christie, Daniel Damain and Ifedayo Kayode ensured the visitors left with the points. Ramblers ended their season here and have an anxious wait to see if their rivals overhaul them in the last weeks of the campaign and sent them down.

Finally, Dagenham Utd are doing their best to secure a top-three finish as they won 4 – 1 at basement side Old Barkabbeyans. Ashley Retter and Michael Frostick opened the scoring for Utd before Jacob Dingli got back on the score-sheet with a brace to seal the win. Old Barks need to win at least three of their last four matches you feel to avoid the drop themselves and pull other teams back into the drop-zone at the same time.

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 16 Feb) [EOFL 17.2.19]

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 16th February, from the top tier to the results from Division Four plus one match in the Senior League Cup.

EOFL Premier Dvivision

Starting off as ever in the Premier Division, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts fell to a home loss to improving Sungate. Ciaran Kelly’s double outweighed Josh Osunde’s strike for Swifts as the visitors got their third win in their last four to rise to 11th spot. Swifts dropped to fourth because Kelvedon Hatch won their match, 2 – 1 at Springfield. Substitute Anthony Aylett got both of the Kelvedon goals, though fellow substitute Ryan Batchford struck for the hosts, who ended the match with ten men.

Leaders Buckhurst Hill showed no signs of relenting in their titled quest, as they secured a 5 – 1 home win over Rayleigh Town. Suley Zuhdu grabbed a double with Steve Townsend, Sam Sollosi and Nathan Sollosi also finding the ‘onion bag’. Harold Wood Athletic also failed to get a win as they were held 3 – 3 by out-of-form Hutton. Michael Burton, Reiss Kingsley and Robert Whitnell all found the net for Ath, though the visitors secured a point through strikes by Brad Freeman, Keelan O’Donovan and substitute George Nash. Ath remain second though their title chances are slim given they have played more games than either Buckhurst Hill or Hatch.

Meanwhile, Old Southendian won 3 – 1 at home to Canning Town to stay 10th. A brace from Ryan Stillwell and one from substitute Ed Gould outdone a consolation from Abdul Shobawale for the visitors, who stay 8th.

Senior League Cup

In the one SLC quarter-final played this weekend, Catholic Utd won 3 – 0 at Great Baddow. Simon Thomas nabbed a double with Aaron Baldwin getting the other goal.

 

EOFL Senior One

Moving into Senior One, Basildon Town roared into the top three with a 10 – 1 demolition at strugglers Rayleigh Town Res. Sener Suavi struck four goals himself, Alfie Phillips secured another hat-trick plus Brodie Horne’s double and one from substitute Levi Harbour sealed a big win to leave Town five points off the top spot with games in hand on all the sides around them. Rayleigh have games in hand on rivals Frenford Res, Old Chelmsfordians and Ongar Town though have points to make up as well.

Also in a crucial relegation six-pointer, Old Chelmsfordians narrowly won 1 – 0 at home to Frenford Res, who ended their season here. Substitute Paul Tiffen got the decisive goal to send OCs five points clear of the bottom two. May & Baker Ressies will also finish in the bottom two this term.

At the other end of the table, Shenfield AFC opened up a three-point lead at the summit, following a 2 – 1 triumph at fellow high-flyers FC Hamlets. Ashley King struck for the hosts though Jordan Elliott and Ronnie Hobbrough scored for AFC here to give them the win. Finally in this division, Galleywood defeated Ramsden Scotia 2 – 1, thanks to Matthew Buckingham and Luke Osborne strikes while Ryan Scott got one back for faltering Scotia, who dropped to fourth. ‘Wood sit seventh after their fourth win in their last nine.

 

EOFL Senior Two

In Senior Two, the top two sides furthered their promotion credentials with away wins. Toby won 6 – 0 at May & Baker ‘A’ with Des Gallen getting a brace plus Dan Mackin, Dan Cunningham, Paul Carr and Ross Dipple all also on the score-sheet to keep their three-point lead at the top. Runwell Sports won 3 – 0 at mid-table at Beacon Hill Rovers thanks to goals from Joe Young, James Lakey & substitute John Smithwick to go back into second spot.

Two other promotion-chasers went toe-to-toe at Town Mead’s 3G surface where Chingford Athletic drew 1 – 1 with Shoebury Town. Jack Yates got the goal for Ath though Dominic Binns levelled things for Town who had Lee Turner sent off.

 

 

EOFL Senior Three

In Senior Three, Academy Soccer got the eye-catching result of the day, with a 9 – 1 home success over bottom side Old Chelmsfordians Res. Luis Ruiz and substitute Alfie Sayers both grabbed trebles, with Jake Jones nabbing a brace and Luke Jones got the other strike as Academy remain third, four points off the summit.

Hutton Res defeated Westhamians 1 – 0 to go six points clear of the bottom two and end the visitors’ unbeaten league season. Jack Shaw got the only goal of the game there. Wakering Sports had a fine day with a 3 – 0 success at Roydon, with Harry Groves grabbing a double and Jamie Brown getting the other goal. Roydon are slipping into relegation contention as they are only two points clear of the bottom two after a fourth straight defeat.

Meanwhile, White Ensign Res had a setback as they lost 3 – 2 at home to promotion-chasing Leigh Town. A brace of spot-kicks from Zach Somerset-Butler was outdone by strikes by George Darby, Zac Mashford and Rhys Mosedale for Town, who rise to fourth.

 

EOFL Senior Four

And now into Senior Four, which saw the two of the front-runners have fine away wins. Corinthians had another good win, 4 – 2 at Buckhurst Hill Res. Theo Cannon led the way with a brace with Leo Clarke and Bill Wilton also notching. The Stambridge-based side lead the division by four points from Epping Town, who won 5 – 2 at Canning Town Res. Daniel Garfinkle shone with four goals, while Jack Leachman got the other goal as Billy Cove’s side rise to second.

Meanwhile, Leigh Ramblers Res won the battlers of the strugglers with a 4 – 0 home win over Old Barkabbeyans. Andrew Webster grabbed two goals plus Seb Allen and Pat Cannon also netted. Lakeside Res defeated Toby Res 1 – 0 thanks to Ben Christie’s strike. Catholic Utd Res rose to mid-table with a fine 6 – 2 victory at Shenfield AFC Res.