S20-21 So Far: Club In-Focus – Buckhurst Hill [20-21 CIF 16.11.20]

Buckhurst Hill crest [Credit: Buckhurst Hill FC/Twitter]

Written By Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League Writer

Hello and welcome to a new mini-series of ‘ Club In-Focus’ blogs where figures in the Grassroots & Non-League game fill us in on their season so far and also recite some chosen moments from recent seasons too. I felt “Lockdown II” was a good time to bring the blog series back after doing a few of these articles after the end of the 2019-20 curtailed campaign.

I’m pleased to begin this new series by welcoming Buckhurst Hill manager Mark Williams [MW]. Mark has been the managerial anchor to the club’s consistent success in recent years and many consider the side to the best team outside of the senior Non-League game and have done for at least the last two seasons.

Thanks also to Pete Dudley (@ped1980) for the match photo.

SW: Hello Mark, firstly thank you for your time. We’ll start with developments off-the-pitch, Buckhurst Hill have been campaigning to improve the facilities at Roding Lane, including floodlights and a small seated stand – to increase the chances of being accepted into higher divisions. How far along have you gotten with that?

MW: “We have been trying to go up for the last couple of years as you know Scott but have always run into trouble in one way or another. Buckhurst Hill’s Roding Lane ground is situated on a flood plain and on green belt land so the local parish has always been reluctant for us to develop the site . We have worked very closely though in the last couple of years with the local Parish Council and Epping Forest Council who they report to, to compromise on what we needed to do to be compliant with the ground blending in with its natural surroundings. 

We want Buckhurst Hill FC to be an integral part of the local community and open up the club to everyone not just the members. Some of the councillors came down to our opening last September 2019 to see the work we had done on switching the pitch round and the new barriers and fencing and were very impressed  .We applied to go up to Step Six and senior football for the first time in the club’s history. The club also applied for a Football Foundation grant towards the cost of the flood lights and stands which was approved so we were all set.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 came about and we went into lockdown, itting 3rdin the league and with 9 games in hand over top of the table we felt confident of achieving our goal. But all football rightly so with the terrible virus that was afflicted on us was declared null and void . We then went to the council for planning permission in July and it was voted unanimously to award us permission with a few stipulations on the stand colours blending in with the natural colours”.

SW: Let’s roll back to September now and the start of the season, after circumstances in the last two seasons had prevented you from getting promoted to Step 6, what was your feeling this term – is promotion & the Essex Olympian League Premier title a must?

MW: “September 2020 the season started and we also started work on the new fencing and car park and also to lay foundations for new stands . Even though we won the first few games having lost four players to higher divisions and a season-long injury to Sam Sollosi in a pre-season game we  struggled to find our form and had to work hard to get the victories. Our normal flowing football wasn’t there. But convincing wins over Catholic United 5 – 0 and Springfield 8 – 3 put us back on track until we lost away at Canning Town. We got back to winning ways with a less than convincing win away at Harold Wood on a dog of a pitch. But that’s the way we have to treat this campaign. Work hard and adapt to every surface we play on and accept as current champions you’re there to be shot at.”

Image from B Hill 5 – 0 Catholic Utd (Credit: Pete Dudley)

SW: From what I’ve seen in my research, you’ve kept the majority of the squad from last season and it appears the team has stayed together for a while. What do you feel are the main reasons for the why the team has stayed together as long as it has?

MW:  “The boys off-the-pitch are a very close group and that helps with the way we play as they all work hard for each other. The ones that went higher were actually reactant to leave as they loved the group and the way we played .  Some of the players have also played for Buckhurst Hill at youth and senior level. They have gone off and come back which shows you that they love the club and want to be part of the future.”

SW: As it stands at the season break, it’s you and Basildon Town locked together on 21 points at the summit. Which sides have stood out for you in EOFL Premier in the first two months of this campaign?  

MW: “Even though we haven’t played Basildon Town yet I’ve been very impressed with the start they have had .Marcus Bowers has built a very good squad with a lot of players who have played at a higher level and they have shown they are the ones to beat having played 7 and won 7. We haven’t had one easy game so far.

Kelvedon Hatch are a brand new team and I know Steve and Mark from their time at Brentwood U23’s and even though they have struggled to start I was really pleased they picked up their 1st win last week. Leigh ramblers away at Belfairs Park has been our toughest away fixture …it’s a really hard place to get a result and they played really well against us especially in the 1st half , so it was great to get a win there. Rayleigh have improved from last year and we are finding teams this year much harder to break down.

We then got two decent home wins putting five past Catholic who were in the game for an hour but tired and we took advantage , then Springfield we beat 8-3 when it was the Suley [Zuhdu] show as he scored five very well-taken goals. Again, Springfield played some good stuff but we were clinical on the day . We then went to Canning Town and I felt we took them for granted . They are a very young honest team and worked very hard. We missed a lot of chances and it was poor management by myself as at 1-1 with ten to go I pushed us up too far and it left gaps and they scored a great goal to win it .

We learnt a bit about ourselves that day and it will help us cut out the complacency going forward . Having not played some other teams yet I would say out of who we had played Leigh Ramblers should be up there at the end of the season . For me Sungate are always a strong team and Basildon Town’s results speak for themselves.”

SW: For those that aren’t that familiar with your squad, forward Suleyman Zuhdu netted ten league goals last term, and has already surpassed that total this term. Who are the players that really make the team drive on?

MW:  “I always believe the spine of a side makes the real difference when it comes to the makings of a good side . For example, My goalkeeper Dan Blockley, I always admired in youth football but despite me driving his Dad mad to join me at Buckhurst Hill for over 10 years I had to wait till four years ago when I took over the First team for him to sign for me. He’s a top top keeper and were lucky to have him. When it looked like I’d lost 90% of our team to Newbury Forest at the beginning of last season he was only 1 of 5 players to commit to stay .

Loyalty means a lot to me and even though I’d never stop a player going higher to better himself he was prepared to stand by me  as he believed we would rebuild and the club could deliver on the promises made of developing the ground and moving into senior football. Henry Day, Alfie Harris, Max Nicholson and Liam Foster are all very versatile and can play anywhere across the back line. Jonah Gregory has played up in League 2 for Hereford but he’s been blighted by injuries but is a born leader and when he plays at centre-back we are a different side. He’s out again now injured and I’m hoping the extended break will give him time to come back to full fitness.

Josh Banfield and Louis Wynter are our “midfield engine room” backed up by the very experienced Ben Cooper who is also my assistant [manager]. Even though I’ve lost the very skilful Sonny Shilling to Bowers and Pitsea we have some really exciting youngsters coming through.

Zach Davidson [ex-Springfield and Sungate] is only 18, Jack Griggs has also come in from Writtle and with Brandon Hubbard who has stepped up from the reserves, they are ones to look out for the future . Tyler Dolan who was an ex-Southend Utd Academy player who also player for Buckhurst Hill at youth level has really come on this season. He was always a very skilful player but has added strength and goals to his repertoire.

Nathan and Sam Sollosi are the two attacking midfielders that no one wants to play against. Both travel so well with the ball and both footed defenders often can’t work out which side the will attack on . Sam ruptured his hamstring badly in a preseason game so has been out so far but is ahead of schedule on his rehab and hopefully back in January where it had looked like he would be out for the season . Reece Tranter is a proven goal scorer at any level and has played many games at Step Four.

And lastly, Suley Zuhdu is an enigma – he can win a game on his own and is the team Captain. A very loyal player who was one of the five that stood by myself and the club and believed the dream our Chairman Simon Cornwell put across to him about the future development of the club.”

SW: Away from Football, what are your sporting interests?

MW: “Away from football is a tough one Scott as it’s 24/7 for me. I also referee mostly on Sunday’s for the Eastern Junior Alliance. The standard is very high and it’s a pleasure to officiate in it. I’m a keen golfer when I get the time, well more of a hacker! I also like Horse Racing and go to the big meetings when they don’t coincide with football.”

SW: And finally, you are a big supporter of Intermediate or Grassroots Football. How do you think the quality of the Essex Olympian League has progressed in the last two to three years? And do you think it is under-rated by some observers?

MW: “Yes I am a big supporter of grassroots football and as much as it’s a competition I believe in helping out other clubs when needed. We are all this together and sometimes need to work together to make the league stronger.

The EOFL I feel was at its strongest about five or six years ago with the likes of Frenford, Harold Wood, Kelvedon Hatch, White Ensign and Hannakins Farm (now defunct) all being top-class teams who were more than capable at the time of playing in the Essex Senior or the like (Frenford & White Ensign are now in Eastern Senior League South at Step 6 – Ed).

I think it was diluted somewhat when they left but they all had older squads so if they had stayed they faced big competition from the likes of Catholic United and ourselves.

The year we won it (EOFL Premier) for the first time in Season 2018/19, we had a very strong squad who only lost two matches the whole league campaign . and one of those was when we had already secured the title . I’m not saying the competition wasn’t as good but we were very good on our day and our young naïve squad the season before had learnt how to handle anything thrown at them .

The following season (Season 2019/20), I felt the competition got much stronger. Sungate emerged as a top team and also the emergence of Leigh Ramblers and of course Catholic united were still in the mix. This season again I think its got stronger again with Basildon Town setting the early pace and what I like about this season is the number of clubs that have taken on young managers and given them a chance. Matt Singh at Hutton, Alex Goldstone at Harold Wood , Connor Lane at Old Southendian have all come in and done well. And other clubs who have gone for experience also.

Marcus Bowers at Basildon, Billy Cove at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Both were top players in their day and Marcus still plays. Stuart Marshall has come in at Catholic and tried to blend Catholic’s vastly experienced older players in with some talented youngsters. The EOFL Committee work tirelessly to improve the league and make it in my opinion the best NLS Feeder league in Essex and arguably the surrounding counties. 

The EOFL have won the Essex Premier Cup in the last few years and also through Catholic United’s success the ART Trophy that pits the best of Essex , Middlesex and Hertfordshire together in Intermediate Football.

Kevin Lorkins (League Secretary) is always in contact asking how  as a member club, how we can take the league forward . If we manage to go up this season I will have to say a massive thanks you to him and the EOFL Committee for all their help and advice.”

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All that is left to say is a big thank you from me to Mark for his thoughts here and also for being one of many people at this level who consistency support likes of myself and many other colleagues in Non-League as we try to ‘do our bit’ in telling the story, it is always appreciated. It may be a different scope from the National League (Step 1) but the stories are no less enthralling at times.

If your club (at Essex Senior or Essex Olympian level) would be interested in contributing to this blog series then please DM me on Twitter. Thank you. Hope you enjoyed the article.

S2020-21 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Wk 9 – Sat 31 Oct) [EOFL 20-21 1.11.20]

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

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Essex Olympian League round-up, here on my blog, looking at the action from Saturday 31st October from the Premier Division all the way to Division Three this week, also including results from Senior Four & Five. Thanks for reading.

EOFL Crest

EOFL Premier Division

Despite the awful weather this week, most of the Olympian League programme went ahead. In the top-tier, Buckhurst Hill temporarily went back to the top of the standings after edging a titanic tussle to win 5 – 4 at Harold Wood Athletic. Harold Wood started the better of the sides with Tom Ward and Connor Hartwell goals giving them a 2 – 1 lead, with Alfie Harris initially responding for Hill. Louis Wynter levelled things up for Mark Williams’ side who then found another gear with Suleyman Zuhdu’s 14th league goal of the season and a brace from Reece Tranter putting the high-flyers 5 – 2 up. But any notion that they would canter to victory soon dissolved as Wynter was dismissed for a strong tackle and in the latter stages, Athletic ensured a nervy ending for the visitors through strikes from substitute Jack Sykes and Robert Whitnell. Hill did hold on for an important win which takes them back top on goals scored. Harold Wood fall to tenth spot.

Elsewhere, Catholic Utd are up to third spot after a hard-fought 3 – 1 win over Rayleigh Town in the match I attended this weekend. An early header from Michael Sammut and a brace from livewire Brad Rowland ensured the ‘Super Hoops’ first home win of the season. Bailey Moss got one back for Rayleigh but they drop to 11th spot. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/11/01/s20-21-match-report-catholic-utd-3-1-rayleigh-town-saturday-31st-oct-eofl/

Kelvedon Hatch finally got their first league win this term as they narrow defeated Canning Town 1 – 0 at New Hall. Lewis Young got the crucial goal to ensure his side leaps off the bottom of the table. Canning drop to eighth spot. Leigh Ramblers also got a narrow win, 1 – 0 over Bishop’s Stortford Swifts at Belfairs Park, Matt Brinklow with the crucial goal in that contest to see Ronnie Bridges’ side up to fifth. Swifts’ sixth loss this season means they drop to third-bottom. Finally in this division, Springfield got only their second win this campaign, as they defeated Shenfield AFC 2 – 1 at Arun Close. Andy Elgar and Charlie Nicholls got the strikes for Dan Williams’ side as they rise to seventh spot in a congested bottom half of the table. 

EOFL Division One

In Division One, Ongar Town are five points clear at the summit after a fine 4 – 1 win at rivals Galleywood. Frank Goodall’s hat-trick and one for Aaron Blair secured Town’s third consecutive win and reached thirty goals scored already this term. Harry Bond netted Wood’s reply but they dropped to fourth place. Runwell Sports had a Daniel Okah goal to thank for a 1 – 0 win over Shoebury Town as they went second. Shoebury drop to the bottom of the table as Rayleigh Town Res got a 2 – 2 draw at Herongate Athletic with Pat Mills and Robbie Allen goals helped Dave Gip’ side claim a point at St Clere’s. Herongate drop to ninth place.

Elsewhere, Ramsden Scotia held Chingford Athletic to a 1 – 1 draw at Town Mead, with Jamie Auvache netting for Scotia in this one. Chingford’s tricky start continues as they remain tenth, seven points adrift of the top five. Also, Old Chelmsfordians powered to a 7 – 2 win over Toby at Lawford Lane to go up to third spot, ahead of Galleywood and Snaresbrook on goal difference.

EOFL Division Two

Things are getting tight at the summit in Division Two. Beacon Hill Rovers remain top after a 3 – 2 win over Epping Town. Callum Turner and another goal-scoring cameo from substitute Dave Limber accounted for the Epping goals but Rovers scored three of their own to go two points clear at the summit. With Leigh Town’s match at Ryan postponed, Corinthians had a chance to go into a second spot, which they did after a tough 3 – 1 win at home to May & Baker ‘A’ at Stambridge Memorial Ground. Strikes by John Bolton-Smith, Ollie Brickwood and Sammy Ayres were enough to give Chris Stoneham’s side their fifth win this term.

Also, Laindon Orient are up to fourth spot after a hard-fought 1 – 0 win at Rochford Town. Ashley Blackburn got his sixth league goal this term to help his side to the win which keeps Rochford in 8th spot. Orient went above Wakering Sports as the Shoebury-based side lost 2 – 1 at home to Harold Wood Athletic Res. Del Hawtin and Tommy Harber goals sealed their first win of the league campaign and go level on points with May & Baker ‘A’ and Ryan above them. Ben Rowe netted for Sports in this one. Old Southendian Res also got a big 5 – 1 win over struggling AS Rawreth at Garon Park, which keeps them seventh, five points away from the top four.

EOFL Division Three

Finally this week in the round-up section, in Division Three this weekend the top three sides all won. The leaders are still ACD Utd after their hard-fought 4 – 3 win at Manford Way Res. David Hornsby netted another double to reach ten league goals this term for Manford’s second-side who drop to fifth, who also had an OG to thank for their other goal. But, ACD are known for scoring bundles and they made it 27 goals in just five league games thanks to Michael Wade’s double (he is now on 13 league goals this term) and strikes by Billy Wren and Paul Mangan. Wakebury remain the nearest challengers, two points adrift in second after they won 3 – 1 at Hutton Res. The cast of William Wheeler, Charlie Little and replacement Harry Kateley did the job for Matt Cardy’s side. Hutton’s Reserve side remain third-bottom.

The turnaround at Hullbridge ‘A’ this term continued as they won 3 – 2 at bottom side Leigh Town Res Joe Ives got a brace to make it three matches in a row he’s netted in, with Harry Boswell also scoring to put the Lower Road development side in third and are one of only two sides that are unbeaten in this division, alongside ACD Utd. Collier Row went up to fourth after a hard-fought 2 – 1 win at Toby Res, who remain second from bottom. Lastly, Basildon Town Res got a fine 4 – 2 win at Lakeside Utd to go up to sixth with Michael Clark getting another double here to reach five league goals this term, with Sam Marsh also notching twice here. David Alele and Harry Davison’s 5th league goal this season accounted for Lakeside’s goals, but they slide down to 8th spot.

EOFL Reserve League Cup Result

Ongar Town Res  2 – 3  Wakering Sports Res

EOFL Division Four Results

Catholic Utd Res  5 – 1  Chingford Athletic Res

Leytonstone Utd 0 – 6  Galleywood Res

Shenfield AFC Res  3 – 1  Canning Town Res

EOFL Division Five  Results

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  6 – 4  Herongate Athletic Res

Old Barkabbeyans 0 – 0  Runwell Sports Res

S2020-21 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Wk 7 – Sat 17 Oct) [EOFL 20-21 19.10.20]

Behind the goal at Rayleigh Town [Image: Scott W]

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

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Essex Olympian League round-up, here on my blog, looking at the action from Saturday 17th October from the Premier Division all the way to Division Four this week, also including sections on the Senior & Reserve League Cup action this weekend. Thanks for reading.

EOFL Crest

EOFL Premier Division

The top two in the Premier Division both got big wins this weekend. Buckhurst Hill are now in possession of top spot after a huge 8 – 3 win over Springfield at Roding Lane. Suleyman Zuhdu only endorsed his growing reputation with five goals here to take him to twelve league goals already this season. Josh Banfield, Henry Fisher and Nathan Sollosi all also netted to give Mark Williams’ side a sixth straight win. But, Basildon Town matched their win tally with a good 4 – 1 win over Canning Town at Basildon Sports Club. Marcus Bowers’ side are continuing to surprise in a good way, with Graham Harrison, Joe Burgess, Jacob Cleaver and Jamie Simpkins all on target for the hosts here.


Meanwhile in the match myself & Non-League colleague Pete Dudley attended, Hutton won 3 – 1 at Rayleigh Town with substitute Sean O’Callaghan netting twice for Matt Singh’s side, after Will Marlowe’s opener. Paul Morris got Town’s goal from twelve yards but this surprising result seems them drop to second bottom, whereas Hutton are up to fifth. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/10/17/s20-21-match-report-rayleigh-town-1-3-hutton-saturday-17th-oct-eofl/


Elsewhere, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts comfortably defeated Kelvedon Hatch at Silver Leys 4- 1 with goals from Wale Odedoyin, Archie Gerard, Carlos Flood and Chris Lockwood the difference for Billy Cove’s side as they rise to seventh. Hatch’s goal came from substitute Lewis Young but they remain winless and bottom. Also, Harold Wood Athletic got a decent 2 – 1 win over Old Southendian at Harold Wood Park. Connor Hartwell and Robert Whitnell’s goals meant Alex Goldstone’s side got some measure of comeback after their loss at Garon Park in September. Connor Burrows got the OS goal but they drop down to third-bottom.

Essex Premier Cup Results

Barnston 2 – 2 Shoebury Town (Town won 6 – 4 on penalties)
Frenford Res 2 – 1 Snaresbrook
Saffron Walden Town Res 4 – 2 Ryan
Sungate 2 – 0 Shenfield AFC

EOFL Reserve League Cup

In the one Reserve Cup tie we had this week, Galleywood Res went through after a 3 – 2 win over Hutton Res at Clarkes Field. Luke Seaton, Craig Robertson and Zak Robinson all struck for the hosts in this successful afternoon.

EOFL Division One

Going back to League action now with Division One, and it’s as you were at the top with Ongar Town continuing their irrepressible start with a 3 – 1 win over Manford Way at Lakeside [3G]. Aaron Blair got his 13th league goal of the season, along with Joshua Boxall and replacement Rodney Wilson on the score-sheet for Town. Dexter Stuart scored for Manford but their 100% record ended here. Runwell Sports reside in fourth spot despite a 1 – 1 draw at home to improving Chingford Athletic, who remain in the bottom four. Galleywood also won, 1 – 0 at Old Chelmsfordians with the goal-scoring hero being Thomas Watling to go three points clear of their opponents in sixth.

Ramsden Scotia also notched their first league win this term in fine style, winning 3 – 2 at Herongate Athletic. Ben Warren’s brace wasn’t enough for Athletic, as goals from Max Corrigan, Alex Bessent and Richard Bishop saw Scotia up to tenth. Meanwhile, Toby are up to fourth place after a 3 – 0 win over Rayleigh Town Res. Josh Hales, Rhys Willson and Chris Rowland all netted before half-time to secure a comfortably win for the Newbury Park-based team.

EOFL Division Two

In Division Two now, Leigh Town still lead the division despite Jack Pearman’s injury-hit side being held 1 – 1 by Epping Town at John Burrows Recreation Ground. Rhys Mosedale netted for the hosts, while Peter Paoletti struck for Stuart Hoskins’ side, who remain in mid-table. Beacon Hill Rovers got a storming 9 – 1 win away at AS Rawreth, with Bradley Morgan netting four of them, Lewis Sherwood grabbing a hat-trick plus Rob Olding and Henry Ballard were also on target in this resounding win which sees Rovers up to second. Said Ahmed got a little consolation for Rawreth but they are still without a point in four league games thus far.

With Corinthians having a week off, Wakering Sports went up to third spot after a good 2 – 0 away win at Laindon Orient with Meschack Kisoka and Ben Rowe the scorers for Mitch Gleeson’s side.  Mid-table Old Southendian Res were surprisingly held 3 – 3 by Harold Wood Athletic Res  at Garon Park. Dave Stubbs, Nico Dubouchet and Lewis Bickford all scored for Oliver Tatton-Bennett’s side but strikes by Warren Taylor, Del Hawtin and Darren Wettner secured the Wood side their first point of the season. Also, Rochford Town were held 1 – 1 by May & Baker ‘A’ with Town up to eighth and M & B remaining in tenth.

EOFL Division Three

In the Division Three action this week, Wakebury remain the leaders by a point as they defeated Toby Res 5 – 0 at Shoebury Park. Charlie Little grabbed another treble here to make it seven goals in two matches – not bad going really! Shaun Lewis-Evans and William Wheeler also netted for Matt Cardy’s side. The visitors drop to ninth spot and The Berries are still unbeaten in their four league matches so far.

That said, the result of the day has to go to ACD Utd as they comprehensively dismantled Collier Row 9 – 1 at Westlands.  No less than four players got doubles here with Sam Payne, Michael Wade, George Munns and Brad Falco the four, with Shaun Farrow also notching on a terrific afternoon for Wade’s side. Row’s first league loss this term drops them back to fifth whereas ACD rise to second. Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ continued their unbeaten league start this season as they won 3 – 1 at Buckhurst Hill Res. Harry Boswell, Joe Ives and Edward Hawney all netted for the youthful ‘Bridge side who are third. Genit Abazi struck for the home side.

Also, Manford Way Res are up to fourth spot after a hard-fought 3 – 2 home win against Basildon Town Res. David Hornsby struck twice for Manford to make it to six league goals already this term, with Gideon Sengulay-Thomas getting the other goal for them. Michael Clark got both Town goals but they fell to seventh after this loss. Last up, Corinthians Res got their first win of the campaign with a 5 – 1 triumph over winless Leigh Town Res at Stambridge. Max Hall got two of the hosts’ goals, with Ashley Webb, Charlie Marden and Ben Langton all also scoring for Russell Saggers’ side, who go up to eighth spot. Miles Waddilove netted a scant consolation for Rob Hutchings-Spiller’s side here.

EOFL Division Four

In an extended look at Division Four this week, Hashtag Utd Development lead the standings by three points after a 4 – 1 win against Laindon Orient Res. Strikes by Samuel Pratt, Adam de Cruz, Tony Stevens and Harry Braysher sealed the win for the hosts, with Herman Mwanza getting the only goal in reply for Laindon’s second side. With Catholic Utd Reserves not in action this weekend, Chingford Athletic Res got their third win in four games after a 4 – 0 success over Old Chelmsfordians Res. Substitute Regan Marshall got a brace for Ath here, with Leighton Hughes-Franklin and Cane Sullivan also on the score-sheet in this win which sees Ath’s reserves go up to third on goal difference.

Elsewhere, Ongar Town Res also won 4 – 1 this weekend against Shenfield AFC Res with doubles for Frankie Goodhall and Riyan Metasha as the Ongar side go up to seventh. Finally for this division, Wakering Sports Res convincingly defeated Sungate Res 5 – 1 at Cupid’s with Connor Fardyga notching four goals himself and Charlie Smith also on target as Sports sent the ‘Gate Ressies to their first league loss this season.

EOFL Division Five  Results

Collier Row Res  1 – 3 Old Barkabbeyans

Epping Town Res  1 – 2  Leigh Ramblers Res

Newbury Forest Res  1 – 0  Runwell Sports Res

Shoebury Town Res  1 – 2  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res

Springfield Res  5 – 0  Herongate Athletic Res

Wakering Sports Dev 2 – 1  AS Rawreth Res

S20-21 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Wk 6 – Sat 10 Oct) [EOFL 20-21 11.10.20]

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

Hello and welcome to another packed edition of the round-up of the Essex Olympian League, here on my blog, from Saturday 10th October from the Premier Division all the way to Division Three this week, with results from Divisions Four & Five and sections on the Senior &Reserve League Cup and the Essex Junior Cup ties this weekend. Thank you to Pete Dudley (@ped1980) for the additional photo. Thanks to you for reading.

Image from OS 0 – 2 LR (Sat 10 Oct – image: Scott W)

Essex Olympian League – Saturday 10 October

EOFL Premier Division

As ever, we begin in the Premier Division, with one match called off on Friday due to ‘health concerns’ so Kelvedon Hatch v Rayleigh Town will be rescheduled. Five matches did take place and leading the standings are Basildon Town on goal difference after Marcus Bowers’ side made it five wins from five matches as they won 4 – 1 at Shenfield AFC. Graham Harrison’s hat-trick set the visitors on a great course and Benjamin Smith’s goal secured another super day for the visitors. Shenfield drop down to ninth place after this result. Buckhurst Hill are also on 15 points from five matches after a brilliant 5 – 0 win over Catholic Utd at Roding Lane. A brace from Tyler Dolan plus strikes from skipper Suleyman Zuhdu, substitute Zachary Davidson and Josh Banfield made sure of the points for mark Williams’ side.

My Non-League colleague Pete Dudley was at this game and if you’d like more on it, his report is here: https://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2020/10/buckhurst-hill-5-catholic-united-0.html/

Elsewhere, at the match Scott attended this week, Leigh Ramblers won their second consecutive local derby as they won 2 – 0 at Old Southendian. A double from centre-back Harry Haysom made the difference for the well-organised Rams, who move up to fourth place. OS fall to tenth after their third loss this term. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/10/10/s20-21-match-report-old-southendian-0-2-leigh-ramblers-sat-10th-oct-eofl/   

Also, Sungate remain third after defeating Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 3 – 0 at home. Swifts’ tough run goes on after a fourth straight defeat. Hutton also got their first win this term, winning 2 – 1 at Harold Wood Athletic thanks to goals from George Wickings and Will Marlowe. The result moves them up to sixth place. Robert Whitnell netted for Ath but their quest for consistency continues, sitting in 12th spot.

EOFL Senior League Cup Results

Canning Town  4 – 0  Ramsden Scotia

Ongar Town  5 – 1  Ryan

EOFL Reserve League Cup

One match in the Reserve Cup saw Catholic Utd Res convincingly win 7 – 0 at Herongate Athletic Ressies which took place at St Clere’s in Stanford-le-Hope. Frankin Craik netted another four goals as he pushes for a recall to the first team, with James Warder, Tom Elliott and Joe Keville also on target as they progressed to the next round.

EOFL Division One

Returning to the League now with Division One action and Snaresbrook lead the division after a fine 2 – 1 win at Runwell Sports. A cracker from 35 yards by Ife Ogunbayo put Rob Caine’s side ahead. Max Catherall also netted for the visitors who are two points clear at the summit. After Sports had a spot-kick saved, Jon Atmore replied for Jason Plom’s side but they still fell to their first league loss this term and drop to fourth place. Manford Way are up to third place after their 2 – 0 success at Toby, with Kieran Smih and Dexter Stuart the goal-scorers for Trevor Grace’s team. Toby are still in a respectable fifth place. In sixth place are Galleywood after a superb 4 – 1 away-day win at Shoebury Town. Replacement Max Orrin notched twice, with Matthew Buckingham and Thomas Watling also on the score-sheet.

Elsewhere, Rayleigh Town Res got their first win in the league this term as they defeated Herongate Athletic 3 – 1 at London Road. Dean Hazleton, Tommy Dominguez and Ebe Djan all scored for Dave Gipp’s side as they go up to tenth. Herongate are eighth, one of three sides on six points in a tight mid-table area. Finally, Old Chelmsfordians won 2 – 1 at Chingford Athletic despite Luke Dimond scoring for the Town Mead side.  

EOFL Division Two

Now moving into Division Two, Leigh Town lead the standings by two points after a fine 3 – 1 win over Beacon Hill Rovers at John Burrows Recreation Ground. Sam Gillmore, Sam Irvine and James Roberts were the goal-scorers for Jack Pearman’s side as they remain unbeaten. They also benefitted from being awarded two extra points after Rochford Town were found to have fielded an ineligible player in their draw in late September.

Rochford also had a painful defeat at home as they lost 3 – 2 to ten-man Old Southendian Res at Rochford Recreation Ground. The OS second-side saw goalkeeper Chris Leonard dismissed, and won the game thanks to goals from Nico Dubouchet, Lewis Bickford and Luke Stillwell. Wakering Sports are in fourth place after a narrow 1 – 0 win at the newly-renamed May & Baker ‘A’ (see end of this section for news on that). Ryan Gregory got the only goal for the Shoebury-based side here. Laindon Orient are a point behind them in fifth place after they got a hard-fought 3 – 2 win over Epping Town in a match moved to the Eversley Leisure Centre in Pitsea. Former Walthamstow & Saffron Walden player Lewis Francis turned out for Neil Blackburn’s side and got their opening goal, to which Sam Moore and Anthony Hill added to obtain the three points. Epping fall to sixth after their first league defeat of the campaign.    

Lastly for this division, Corinthians got a 2 – 1 victory over Harold Wood Athletic Res at Stambridge which means Chris Stoneham’s side go up to second spot.

Re: May & Baker ‘A’, the Essex County FA recently ordered them to revert to the previous name of ‘A’ as there is already a Reserve side in the Essex Senior Reserve Division.

EOFL Division Three

In Division Three, Wakebury are the new leaders following a 7 – 2 victory over bottom side Leigh Town Reserves at Shoebury Park. Defences in this division will be alerted to the fact that the returning Charlie Little nabbed four goals in this match, with an OG, Chris Gore and Shaun Lewis-Evans accounting for the other goals as Matt Cardy’s side remain unbeaten. Collier Row drop to second place after being held 3 – 3 away to Manford Way Res, with Daniel Reeve notching a treble for Row in this one. Shaun Goddard and David Hornsby were among the scorers for the Manford second-side.  

In the two other matches in this division, Lakeside Utd got their first win of the league season as strikes by Carl Prendergast and David Alele saw them to a 2 – 0 triumph at Basildon Town Res.  Also, Hutton Res drew 3 – 3 with Corinthians Res with both sides yet to win this term and in the bottom three.

EOFL Division Four Results

Canning Town Res  1 – 3  Ongar Town Res

Old Chelmsfordians Res  2 – 1  Laindon Orient Res

EOFL Division Five Results

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  4 – 4  Wakering Sports Dev

Old Barkabbeyans  7 – 0  Newbury Forest Res

Essex Junior Cup Results

ACD Utd  5 – 3  Sungate Res       

AS Rawreth Res  2 – 0  Hashtag Utd Development

Epping Town Res  3 – 2  Shenfield AFC Res

Galleywood Res  2 – 1  Old Chigwellians Res

Leigh Ramblers Res  3 – 3  Leigh Town ‘A’ (Town won 4 – 3 on pens)

Leytonstone Utd  4 – 1  All Prospects

Lymore Gardens  3 – 1  Collier Row Res

Roydon  2 – 4  Brentwood Utd

Sandon Royals  3 – 2  Buckhurst Hill Res

Springfield Res  2 – 4  Waltham Abbey Res

Wakering Sports Res  5 – 2  Hullbridge Sports ‘A’

West Essex Res  4 – 0  Toby Res

Writtle  1 – 0  Chingford Athletic Res

S2020-21 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Wk 4 – Sat 26 Sept) [EOFL 20-21 28.9.20]

Image from Corinthians v Epping Town (Div Two, 26.9.20)

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Essex Olympian League round-up, here on my blog, looking at the action from Saturday 26 September from the Premier Division all the way to Division Three, plus Results from Divisions Four & Five. Thanks for reading.

EOFL Premier Division                   

In the Premier Division, Basildon Town lead the table on goal difference after a 2 – 1 success at Canning Town in Beckton. Anthony Aylett and Grant Cumming got the goals for Marcus Bowers’ side who are only one of two sides with a 100% record thus far. Dominic Lewis responded for Canning here.

The other side is Buckhurst Hill who had to fight hard to defeat Rayleigh Town 2 – 1 at Roding Lane. Suleyman Zuhdu gave the hosts the advantage a minute before half-time. However, Paul Higgins’ half-time team-talk must have stirred the visitors as Jack Long struck a minute after the restart to level the game. And with a draw coming ever-closer to fruition, Nathan Sollosi netted three minutes from time to give Mark Williams’ side an important victory. Catholic Utd also won this week, with an impressive 3 – 0 triumph at Springfield. Second-half strikes by Aaron Baldwin, Luke Trice and Simon Thomas were enough to maintain the unbeaten start for Stuart Marshall’s side.

Two sides who got their first wins this season both won 1 – 0 away from home. Leigh Ramblers won by that score-line at winless Kelvedon Hatch, with substitute Billy Carter getting his first goal for the Rams in this win. Shenfield AFC also won 1 – 0 at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts, with Liam Snellin the goal-scoring hero for the visitors. Hutton did enough to hold Sungate to a goal-less stalemate at Polo Fields to end the visitors winning start to the season.


Finally, Old Southendian powered to a fine 5 – 1 win over Harold Wood Athletic at Garon Park. Manager Connor Lane had to play at centre-back though would have been delighted to witness the game first-hand as a brace from Mitchell Ali and strikes by Craig Paton, Sam Adcock and James Oates pushed OS to their first league win this term in some style. Dan Johnson got Harold Wood’s consolation here but their tough start to the league season continues.

EOFL Division One

In Division One, Ongar Town maintained their terrific start with a 6 – 0 win at home to Snaresbrook. Aaron Blair got another treble here, with Joshua Boxall getting two and Joe Lilly also chipped in.  This result means they have three wins from three and the only other side to achieve that thus far is Runwell Sports who edged an incredible game at Lawford Lane, where they defeated Old Chelmsfordians 6 – 5, with Martin Llewellyn & ex-Hullbridge player Daniel Okah both getting doubles. Ryan Scougall and replacement Ben Christie also netted for Jason Plom’s side.

Elsewhere, Manford Way are in third after winning 4 – 3 at Ramsden Scotia. Substitute Ryan McDonach struck twice for Ramsden, with Alex Bessant also netting but Trevor Grace’s side kept their winning start going as a brace from Kieran Smith and goals by James Odhiamba and Harry Main sent them to the three points. Toby got another good win, defeating Chingford Athletic 3 – 2 in Newbury Park. Dean Maguchu, Luis Ruiz and Chris Rowland all scored for the hosts as Chingford’s tough start to the campaign continued.

Also, Galleywood got their first win this season as they won 2 – 0 at Rayleigh Town Res. Sam Donn and replacement Lewis Rose got the goals for the Chelmsford-based side to send them up to mid-table. Finally for this division, Herongate Athletic got their second league win with a 4 – 2 success at Shoebury Town. Jack Sparrow, Ben Warren, Jonathan Packer and an OG accounted for the visitors’ goals.

EOFL Division Two

Now we move into Division Two, and Leigh Town lost their 100% record as they drew 2 – 2 at local rivals Rochford Town. Jack Pearman’s side struck through James Roberts and Tom Byford but Rochford got another point here to remain unbeaten. Beacon Hill Rovers  won 2 – 0 at Wakering Sports to leap up to top spot. Also, Laindon Orient got their first league win as they won 3 – 0 away to bottom side Harold Wood Athletic Res. Oliver Dingli, Ashley Blackburn and replacement Carlos Dias got the goals for Neil Blackburn’s side as they went into sixth place.   

May & Baker Res also got a first league won as they won 3 – 1 at AS Rawreth. And in the game I was at this weekend, Corinthians drew 2 – 2 with Epping Town at Stambridge in a game both sides could have won. Leo Clarke and Nathan Dewberry goals put Chris Stoneham’s side two-up at the break but Town responded quickly through a penalty from Joe Rickett and a well-taken strike by player-assistant boss Dave Limber. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/09/26/s20-21-match-report-corinthians-2-2-epping-t-sat-26-sept-eofl/     

EOFL Division Three

In Division Three, ACD Utd are heading the standings after a comprehensive 7 – 0 triumph at Basildon Town Reserves. Player-boss Michael Wade helped himself to five of the goals himself, with Brad Falco and Connor Lambert joining him on the score-sheet. Town’s second-side lost their 100% start and drop to fourth after this result. Collier Row are the nearest rivals after a 4 – 2 win over Corinthians Res at the Forest Row Centre. Braces for Michael Coughlan and Daniel Reeve assisted the Romford-based side to a fine victory. Buckhurst Hill Ressies are third after a 4 – 1 success over Toby Res with Casey Lockhart, Jake Law and Jehmal Taylor among their goal-getters.

Elsewhere, Wakebury won 2 – 0 against Lakeside Utd at Shoebury Park. Goals from Billy Bonham-Dare and Daniel Buglione saw Matt Cardy’s side into mid-table while Utd are without a point from their three league games thus far. Also, Manford Way Res won 2 – 0 over Hutton Res and had a David Hornsby double to thank for their opening win of the league season.

EOFL Division Four Results  

Canning Town Res  1 – 8   Wakering Sports Res

Catholic Utd Res  5 – 0  Ongar Town Res

Chingford Athletic Res  3 – 1  Leytonstone Utd

Hashtag Utd Dev.  3 – 2   Shenfield AFC Res 

Laindon Orient Res  3 – 2  Old Chelmsfordians Res

Sungate Res 2  – 2  Galleywood Res

EOFL Division Five Results  

Collier Row Res  2 – 0  Springfield Res

Epping Town Res  1 – 0  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res

Leigh Ramblers Res  1 – 4  Wakering Sports Dev.

Roydon  0 – 4  Newbury Forest Res

Runwell Sports Res  4 – 2  AS Rawreth Res

Shoebury Town Res  5 – 1   Old Barkabbeyans

S2020-21 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Wk 3 – Sat 19 Sept) [EOFL 20-21 20.9.20]

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Essex Olympian League round-up, here on my blog, looking at the action from Saturday 19 September from the Premier Division all the way to Division Three, plus Results from Divisions Four & Five. Thanks for reading.

EOFL Premier Division     – Saturday 19th September               

Starting off as we always do in the Premier Division, Basildon Town have three wins from three league games after a 3 – 1 win at Bishhop’s Stortford Swifts. Strikes from Antony Aylett, Graham Harrison and substitute Jamie Simpkins were enough to continue their fine start under player-boss Marcus Bowers. Carlos Flood got Swifts’ goal in this one but a frustrating afternoon was compounded by finishing the match with ten men. Harold Wood Athletic also got an important victory with a 2 – 1 success over Canning Town at Harold Wood Park. Connor Hartwell’s brace was enough to give Alex Goldstone’s side their first league win of the campaign.

Buckhurst Hill also retained their 100% start with a narrow 1 – 0 win at Leigh Ramblers. Suleyman Zuhdu once again was the difference as his goal saw them to victory despite ending the match with ten men. Rayleigh Town also saw off a tricky match with a 1 – 0 win at Old Southendian in their local derby at Garon Park. Harry Talbot got the only goal as Paul Higgins’ side got their campaign going with a first league win.

Hutton made the trip to the Len Forge Centre to face Catholic Utd and came away with a decent 1 – 1 draw. Aaron Baldwin put the Super Hoops ahead before substitute Lewis Scott levelled with sixteen minutes remaining. Kelvedon Hatch also drew 1 – 1 with Shenfield AFC at New Hall. Pelumi Adedokun struck for Shenfield and replacement Joseph Benjamin replied for Hatch as both teams picked up their first league point here. Finally for the top-tier, Sungate edged Springfield 1 –  0 to join Buckhurst and Basildon on nine points at the top of the early standings.

EOFL Division One

This week in Olympian Division One, we only had 34 goals being scored. Manford Way laid down another marker for their prospects this term as they powered past Shoebury Town 7 – 2 at the London Marathon ground. After coming off the bench, Kieron Smith got four goals on his own for the hosts, with Liam Burgess, Olajide Yusuff and Joe Lovell also on target for Trevor Grace’s side here. Ongar Town also got a big win, defeating Chingford Athletic 5 – 3 at the Lakeside Sports Ground.

Snaresbrook also got a fine win, with a 4 – 2 success over Galleywood at Nutters Field. Drew Barbier got a double here for Rob Caine’s side. Billy Osbourne and Daniel Tesfay also netted to overpower a brace for Harry Bond for Galleywood as they fell to defeat here. Toby also scored four in their 4 – 0 win at Ramsden Scotia with Rhys Willson also getting two goals here, with Marc Porter-Brown and Luis Ruiz also finding the net for Mark Jones’ team.

Elsewhere, Runwell Sports got a 2 – 0 win at Rayleigh Town Res with Keane Hill and Jon Atmore getting the crucial goals at London Road. Herongate Athletic also got a good result, winning 3 – 2 against Old Chelmsfordians at St Clere’s Sch. Goals from Jai Felstead, replacement Corley Ross and Ben Warren sealed the win for Herongate. OC’s responded through goals from Marley Okosi and Samuel Pollard.

EOFL Division Two

Now we move into Division Two and Epping Town got the result of the day as they secured a 7 – 3 triumph over Harold Wood Athletic Res. Joe Rickett was the hero for Stuart Hoskins’ side as he claimed four goals himself, with Graeme Turner, Callum Turner and Mike Moore also on target. Ath couldn’t stem the flow of goals but did respond through strikes by Warren Taylor, Mike Lowry and a penalty from James Pottle. Wakering Sports also got a decent result, winning 1 – 0 at AS Rawreth, with Ryan Gregory getting the only goal at the Warren.

Also, Leigh Town maintained their winning start to the season with a 4 – 0 victory at May & Baker Res. Shane Cooper struck twice in this one, with James Roberts and Tom Byford also getting their names on the score-sheet. Corinthians also have two wins from two league wins as they won 4 – 2 at Ryan, on the 3G pitch at Wadham Lodge. Lewis Watson and Scout Bown netted for the home side, but another treble for Nathan Dewberry and one from John Bolton-Smith got the Stambridge side to victory.

In the other two matches, Laindon Orient held Old Southendian Res to a 1 – 1 draw, with James Shadwell on target for Neil Blackburn’s side. And Rochford Town got an excellent 3 – win at Beacon Hill Rovers to remain unbeaten so far this term.

EOFL Division Three

In Division Three, Basildon Town Res maintained their 100% start with a 3 – 2 win over Manford Way Ressies at Basildon Sports Club. Two goals from Scott Cooper and one from Toby Warren were enough to claim the win, with Josh Duah and David Hornsby goals for the Manford side making it a close game. ACD Utd got a fine start to their league campaign as they won 4 – 2 at Hutton Res. Ollie Williams, Michael Wade, Samuel Payne contributed to the win, as did an own goal. Charlie Nichols and replacement Benjamin Rose scored for Hutton’s second side as they fell to defeat at Polo Fields.

Elsewhere, Buckhurst Hill Res defeated Leigh Town Res 2 – 0, with Genit Abazi and Maxwell Nwofor accounting for the goals at Roding Lane. Collier Row also got a victory, sending new side Lakeside Utd to a 3 – 2 loss at the Forest Row Centre. Michael Coughlan, Ben Woolven and Dan Reeve goals got Row to the points, while George Meany and Mohammed Bouzeryouh responded for Utd here. The other two matches in this division were both draws. First, Wakebury got a creditable 2 – 2 draw at Corinthians Res with Daniel Buglione and Chris Gore finding the net for Matt Cardy’s side. The home side responded through strikes by Luke Smith and Ryan Woodley.

And finally, Toby Res held Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ to a 2 – 2 draw In Newbury Park. The hosts had Chris Rowland’s brace to thank for their goals, while Harry Boswell and Max Pitts both netted for the young Hullbridge side.

EOFL Division Four Results  

Canning Town Res  0 – 3  Laindon Orient Res

Chingford Athletic Res  1 – 4  Hashtag Utd Development

Old Chelmsfordians Res   0 – 2  Sungate Res

Ongar Town Res  2 – 5  Galleywood Res

Shenfield AFC Res 0 – 2  Leytonstone Utd

Wakering Sports Res  2 – 3  Catholic Utd Res

EOFL Senior Five Results  

Collier Row Res  2 – 1  Leigh Ramblers Res

Newbury Forest Res  1 – 2  Herongate Athletic Res

Runwell Sports Res  3 – 0  Bishop’s Stoftford Swifts Res

Shoebury Town Res  6 – 2  AS Rawreth Res

Springfield Res  2 – 1  Roydon

Wakering Sports Development  4 – 0 Epping Town Res

Season 2020-21 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Wk 2 – Sat 12 Sept) [EOFL 20-21 13.9.20]

EOFL Crest

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

Hello and welcome back to the the second of my round-up blogs looking at the Essex Olympian League divisions for the Season 2020-21. In this piece, we look at the League, Reserve Cup & Senior Cup action, focusing on the Top four divisions and the Cups this weekend. How did your side get on? Thank you for reading.

EOFL Premier Division                                                  

In this week’s action in the Premier Division, Basildon Town made it two wins from two games with a 4 – 0 home win over Kelvedon Hatch. Antony Aylett, Keith King,  Benjamin Smith and substitute Jamie Simpkins all netted for Marcus Bowers’ side. Hatch have conceded seven goals now in their opening two games, without scoring. Buckhurst Hill also made continued their good start to the season with a hard-fought 2 – 1 win over Bishop’s Stortford Swifts at Roding Lane. Suleyman Zuhdu and Nathan Sollosi goals before the interval secured the points for Mark Williams’ side.

Elsewhere, Springfield had an own goal to thank for a 1 – 0 triumph in a tight contest with Rayleigh Town at Arun Close. Catholic Utd returned to winning ways with a 2 – 0 success at Shenfield AFC. Ronnie Hobbrough’s first-half penalty put Stuart Marshall’s side ahead before Ellis Sands sealed the win on his 100th appearance for the club. Sungate also kept their 100% record with a 3 – 2 win over Harold Wood Athletic, although Tom Ward and an OG accounted for Ath’s goals In that contest. Finally in this division, Canning Town remain unbeaten after defeating Leigh Ramblers 1 – 0 in Beckton.  

EOFL Division One

Now moving into Division One, and Ongar Town maintained their fine start in all competitions with a thumping 7 – 0 over Toby at the Lakeside Sports Ground. Aaron Blair scored four goals on his own, with Ayo Awosinka notching a brace and Harry Rawlins also chipping in. Snaresbrook also won, 3 – 0 at Rayleigh Town Res with Ife Ogunbayo grabbing two goals and an OG also appearing on the score-sheet.

Meanwhile, Runwell Sports roared to a 5 – 0 success over Herongate Athletic at St Luke’s Park. Jon Atmore and Ashley Burgess both struck twice for Jason Plom’s side, with Ben Austin also on target. Also, Ramsden Scotia drew 2 – 2 at home with Shoebury Town.

EOFL Division Two

In Division Two, Beacon Hill Rovers made it two wins from two with a 2 – 0 win over AS Rawreth. Also, Ryan made it two wins from two in League & Cup as they defeated Wakering Sports 2 – 0 at Cupid’s. Lewis Watson and Tayyab Mahmoud were the scorers for the new-look Walthamstow-based outfit.

Corinthians also returned to league action with a 5 – 2 away triumph at Laindon Orient. Nathan Dewberry returned with a brace, with John Bolton-Smith also grabbing two goals plus Connor Summerhill also netted in this fine win for Chris Stoneham’s side. In the other match in the division, Rochford Town held visitors Epping Town to a 1 – 1 draw, with Charlie Pollard getting Epping’s goal there..

Still from Res Cup: Old S Res 3 – 1 L Town Res [Image: Scott W]

EOFL Reserve League Cup    

This week, the Reserve League Cup took centre stage with fourteen ties taking place. In the first of our nine featured matches, Division Five side Shoebury Town Res got a fine win at Division Two side Harold Wood Athletic Res, winning 4 – 3 at Harold Wood Park. Replacement Connor Payne scored twice for Shoebury, with Kirk Hudson and Garry Johnson also netting for the visitors. James Pottle’s brace and one from Joe McBurney in response for Ath’s second-side was not enough to prevent them heading out of the competition.

Collier Row Res also progressed with a 2 – 0 home win over Shenfield AFC Res at the Forest Row Centre. Nicky George and Johnson Lawrence were the goal-scoring heroes for the Division Five side. Galleywood Res also went through, beating fellow Division Four side Canning Town Res 3 – 1 away from home. Jack Chatterway’s double and one from Zak Robinson meant the Chelmsford-based side went through.

Hutton Ressies also progressed as they achieved a 3 – 1 home win over Basildon Town Res at Polo Fields. Stewart Biggie, Brad Freeman and substitute Benjamin Rose all found the net for Hutton, with Jamie Miller getting the consolation for Town here. Runwell Sports Res also went through, as they won 3 – 1 at Epping Town Res, with James Driver notching a brace and Alex Marsh getting the other goal for Runwell. Andrew Smith got the goal for the hosts but they unfortunately headed out of the Cup. Ongar Town Ressies made it a good day for the club as they won 3 – 2 at Leigh Ramblers Res. Frankie Goodall struck twice for the visitors, with Jack Zielinski’s goal also proving important.

Next, in the match I attended at Garon Park, Old Southendian Reserves were made to work hard before they grabbed a 3 – 0 win over Leigh Town Res. A fine strike by Jack Cripps and two from substitute Nico Debouchet sealed the win. If you’d like more on this match, the link to my report is here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/09/12/match-report-os-res-3-0-leigh-town-res-eofl-rc-12-9-20/  

Manford Way Ressies also had a great day, winning 5 – 1 at Toby Res, with Shaun Goddard leading the goal-scorers with a double. David Hornsby, Jack Barraclough and Jake Muller all also netted as they took their place in Round Two. Chingford Athletic Res also advanced to the next round as they triumphed 4 – 1 at Old Chelmsfordians Res. Callum Godfrey, Leighton Hughes-Franklin and Conor Medhurst were among their Ath’s scorers here.

Other EOFL Reserve Cup Results:

AS Rawreth Res  0 – 6  Wakering Sports Res

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  0 – 2  Springfield Res

Corinthians Res  2 – 6  Catholic Utd Res

Herongate Athletic Res 1 – 1 Laindon Orient Res (Laindon won 4 – 3 on pens)

Wakering Sports Dev. 4 – 0 Buckhurst Hill Res

EOFL Senior League Cup

In the two remaining Senior Cup ties, the South Essex sides competing both prevailed. First, Division Three side Wakebury went through on spot-kicks, after a 3 – 3 draw with Division One side Chingford Athletic at Town Mead. Two goals from Harry Kateley and one from Billy Bonham-Dare for Matt Cardy’s side forced the penalty shoot-out, which they won 4 – 1 to claim a scalp and go through.

Also, Division One side Leigh Town went through after a comfortable 3 – 0 win at Division Four side Leytonstone Utd. Dan Steerwood, Mark Frostick and James Roberts were all on target to seal progression for Jack Pearman’s side.   

EOFL Division Three

Finally for the round-up section this week, in the one Division Three match this week, Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ got a good 3 – 1 win over Lakeside Utd at Lower Road. Harry Boswell, William Bray and Joseph Bray were the scorers for the ‘Bridge side.

EOFL Division Four Result

Hashtag Utd Dev. 1 – 2 Sungate Res  

EOFL Senior Five Result

Old Barkabbeyans  0 – 4  Roydon

That’s all from the Essex Olympian League round-up this week. Check back next week for the next edition, and thank to those clubs who passed on the info of goal-scorers this week.

Season 2020-21 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & Senior Lge Cup (Wk 1 – Sat 5 Sept) [EOFL 20-21 6.9.20]

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

Hello and welcome back to the first of new season of round-up’s looking at the Essex Olympian League divisions for the Season 2020-21. In this opening piece, we look at the League & Senior Cup action. Thanks as ever to the clubs and you, my readers for continuing to show interest in these pieces. Best wishes to all players, managers & officials at every Olympian League side, wish you a good campaign.

Saturday 5th September 2020 

EOFL Crest

EOFL Premier Division

As ever, we begin with the top-tier of the Olympian League. Buckhurst Hill got their campaign off to a winning start with a 3 – 0 success over Kelvedon Hatch at Roding Lane. Suleyman Zuhdu started off another season for Mark Williams’s team in a strong fashion with a hat-trick in this one. Also among the day’s winners were Basildon Town who had goals from Anthony Aylett and Graham Harrison to thank for a 2 – 0 win at Hutton. Billy Cove’s Bishop’s Stortford Swifts edged a predictably hard-fought encounter with Old Southendian at Garon Park, ending up with a 1 – 0 victory, thanks to ex-Sawbridgeworth & Walthamstow forward Oliver Fortune’s goal.

Elsewhere, Sungate also started their season strongly at home, defeating Shenfield AFC 3 – 1 at Ilford Wanderers Rugby Club. Petrit Elbi, Billy Wells and Ekundayo Oduwole were all on the score-sheet for Bobby Port’s side. Rayleigh Town also showed their intent by beating Harold Wood Athletic 3 – 1 at London Road. George Vile gave the hosts a fifth-minute lead, before John Bradley levelled for Ath before the interval. However, further goals from Harry Talbot and Vile himself, securing his brace meant that Town started the season in good touch, much to the delight of boss Paul Higgins.

In the other action on the opening day, Springfield were held to a 2 – 2 by Leigh Ramblers. Denzel Adebiyi and Jordan Denyer struck for Dan Williams’ side, though strikes by Justin Hazell and Ryan Lowe meant that Colin Wall’s side left Arun Close with a share of the spoils. Catholic Utd also had to settle for a point as they twice came from behind to draw 2 – 2 with Canning Town at the Len Forge Centre. Ted Buchanan and Ronnie Hobbrough got the goals for Stuart Marshall’s side there.

EOFL Divisions One & Two

In the only Division One game this weekend due to Cup action, Old Chelmsfordians defeated Rayleigh Town Res 2 – 1 at Lawford Lane. Into Division Two now and only two matches were played on the season’s opening bow. Beacon Hill Rovers edged to a 3 – 2 success over Old Southendian Res in visiting gaffer Oliver Tatton-Bennett’s first match in charge.  

Also, last season’s unbeaten side Leigh Town ground out another three points with a 1 – 0 triumph at Harold Wood Athletic Res, thanks to Dan Driscoll who got the solitary goal.

EOFL Senior League Cup 

Beginning our round-up of the Senior Cup action with a focus on seven of the eleven matches that took place, two sides managed to notch ten goals each in their games. First, Ongar Town put away Laindon Orient 10 – 0 at Marhams Close to advance to the next round. Aaron Blair led the way with a treble, while Harry Rawlins, Mitchell McCabe and Josh Boxall all added braces themselves, and Ayo Awoskinka also found the net as Neil Blackburn’s Laindon side were comprehensively outdone.

Elsewhere, Galleywood from Division One demolished Division Five side Old Barkbbeyans 10 – 2, with Sam Donn and Jamie Lockwood also nabbing doubles in this one. Jack Chatterway, Luke Osborne, Tyler Tredgett, Max Orrin, Jamie Ricks & C raig Skipper were also among the hefty ensemble cast of scorers for Mark O’Sullivan’s side. To their credit, Barkabbeyans got two goals themselves through Dre Ferlisi and Murad Miah. Ramsden Scotia advanced without a ball being struck as they had a Home walkover over FC Hamlets. Manford Way also progressed with a fine 4 – 0 over the new Hashtag Utd Development side at Barleylands Road. Ex-Essex Senior player Liam Burgess grabbed a treble, with Olajide Yusuff also notching for Trevor Grace’s new side.

Ryan also secured their passage to the next round with a 2 – 0 win over AS Rawreth. Former Roydon duo Scout Bown and Lewis Watson were on target for Declan Murphy’s side. ACD Utd also won through, with a 2 – 1 success at Shoebury Town, with that man Michael Wade again the match-winner, scoring both goals for ACD there. Lakeside Utd also won on their debut, sending Division One Snaresbrook crashing out as Utd won 3 – 0, thanks to strikes by David Alele, Damilola Olusanya and Daniel Demain.

A new era began at Epping Town as a crowd of over a hundred saw them beat Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ 2 – 0 at Epping Rugby Club. Charlie Pollard and Chris Gormley go the goals for Stuart Hoskins’ team. In other action, Rochford Town got a rare away win, defeating Wakering Sports 2 – 1 at Cupid’s. Collier Row also went through, edging past Toby with a 1 – 0 win, while a much-changed Runwell Sports side won 3 – 2 at Division Two Corinthians.

EOFL Division Three

Finally for the round-up section this week, Basildon Town Res got their Division Three campaign off to a flyer with a 5 – 2 win over Buckhurst Hill Res at Basildon Sports Club. Brandon Hubbard and Genit Abazi got the strikes for the visitors but a brace from Tommy Green plus added strikes by Scott Cooper, Toby Warren and replacement Nathan Fisher sealed the win for Lee Wilgoose’s side. Also in the other match, Toby Ressies picked a fine 3 – 0 home win over Leigh Town Res with Peter Spicer, Tom Biddis and Graham Knight getting the match-altering goals in Newbury Park.

EOFL Division Four

Chingford Athletic Res  1 – 0 Galleywood Res   | Town Mead [3G]

Shenfield AFC Res  0 – 2  Old Chelmsfordians Res   | The Drive, Warley

EOFL Senior Five

Collier Row Res  7 – 3  Epping Town Res   | Forest Row Centre (Pitch #2)

Herongate Athletic Res  2 – 5  Shoebury Town Res   | St Clere’s Sch [3G]

Roydon  3 – 2  AS Rawreth Res   | Roydon Playing Fields

Runwell Sports Res  1 – 2  Springfield Res  | St Luke’s Park

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 29 Feb) [EOFL 19/20 1.3.20]

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Image from OS 4 – 1 Basildon Town (Image by Scott)

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Review of Essex Olympian League action from Saturday 29 February. A lot of matches were stifled by weather but there were important wins in the matches that did take place. Thanks for reading.

 

Essex Olympian League – Saturday 29 February

Premier Division

In the top-tier, Catholic Utd were held 2 – 2 by a revitalized Bishop’s Stortford Swifts side in an early kick-off at Len Salmon Stadium. Eamon Pyne and Bryn Thorpe got the goals for Billy Cove’s side as they rise up to 9th. , five points off the bottom. Finally, in the match I attended at Garon Park 3G, Old Southendian put in a fine display with a 4 – 1 win over Basildon Town. Ed Gould, Riley Oliver, Luke Moloney and Matt Wilson all struck for Connor Lane’s team, with replacement Barv Walkuaika getting a late consolation for Gareth Cleverly’s side. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/03/01/match-report-old-southendian-4-1-basildon-town-sat-29th-feb-eofl/

 

Matches OFF:

Springfield  P – P  Leigh Ramblers  |

Sungate  P – P  Kelvedon Hatch |

 

 

Senior Division One

Into Senior One now and the highlight of the day saw Toby defeat fellow strugglers Herongate Athletic 3 – 1 in Newbury Park. A brace from Larry Asare and one from Marc Porter-Brown saw the hosts to their first win this season and reduce the gap to Herongate to just a single point. Herongate have lost seven on-the-reel now. Elsewhere, Ongar Town won 1 – 0 at Lakeside in their top-four clash at Lakeside Sports Ground 3G. Joe Lilly got the decisive goal as they continued their unbeaten run for the 3rd-placed side and they went five points clear of their opponents here in 4th.

Matches OFF:

Chingford Athletic  P – P  Old Chelmsfordians  | (Flooded 3G pitch)

Manford Way  P – P  Galleywood   |

Ramsden Scotia P – P  Shoebury Town  |

Rayleigh Town Res  P – P  FC Hamlets  |

Snaresbrook  P – P  Runwell Sports  |

 

 

Anagram Records Trophy

In the surviving Anagram Records Trophy Quarter-Final, Buckhurst Hill made it to the last four with a powerful 5 – 2 victory over fellow Olympian League Premier side Rayleigh Town at Roding Valley Sch 3G. Suley Zuhdu got a first-half treble to lead the way, with Sam Sollosi and Tyler Dolan also scoring here for Mark Williams’ side. Town responded after the break but ultimately had too much to do. Fellow Non-League blogger Pete Dudley was there & here is his report: pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2020/03/buckhurst-hill-5-rayleigh-town-2.html

 

Match OFF: Sandridge Rovers  P – P  Hutton

 

Essex Junior Cup

Collier Row  3 – 1  FC Clacton Res   | Forest Row Centre

Hutton Res  3 – 1  Bowers & Pitsea U23  | Billericay Sch 3G

 

 

Senior Division Two

Only one match survived in Division Two, and that was moved to 3G. Leaders Leigh Town edged to a 1 – 0 win over Epping Town in a battling affair. Harry Payne got the only goal for Jack Pearman’s side who have racked up nine straight wins and also extended their lead at the top to seven points. Epping’s new-look side fought hard and remain 7th.

 

Matches OFF:
AS Rawreth  P – P  Wakering Sports  |

Harold Wood Athletic Res  P – P  Old Southendian Res  |

May & Baker Res  P – P  Beacon Hill Rovers  |
Rochford Town  P – P  Corinthians |

Ryan  P – P  Laindon Orient  |

 

Senior Division Three (All Matches OFF)

Basildon Town Res  P – P  Lakeside Res  |

Buckhurst Hill Res  P – P  Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  |
Corinthians Res  P – P  ACD Utd  |

Leigh Town Res P – P  White Ensign Res |

 

Senior Division Four

Given that Division Three was wiped out because of the weather, we have a one-off round-up of Division Four. Leaders Roydon maintained their unbeaten streak this term with a 4 – 2 win at Catholic Utd Res, played at the Len Forge Centre 3G. Lewis Page struck a treble, to which Lewis Watson added the other goal to see their side three points clear at the summit. Utd’s Ressies remain in mid-table. Laindon Orient Res won 2 – 0 over Shenfield AFC Res in an early kick-off moved to St Martins Sch 3G. Tommy Wolfe and Carlos Dias got the goals to see Laindon’s second-side go up to 8th place. AFC’s Reserve side remain second-bottom, three points ahead of Canning Town’s second-team.

Matches OFF: Galleywood Res   P – P  Old Chelmsfordians Res

Ongar Town Res  P – P  Forest Glade

Wakering Sports Res  P – P  Leytonstone Utd

 

Senior Division Five (All Matches OFF)

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  P – P  Springfield Res

Herongate Athletic Res  P – P  Old Barkabbeyans

Newbury Forest Res  P – P  Roydon Res

Runwell Sports Res  P – P  Shoebury Town Res