S21-22 Match Report: Buckhurst Hill 3 – 0 Enfield (Sat 11 Sept) [FAV 1RQ 12.9.21]

FA Vase crest

The FA Vase – First Qualifying Round

Venue: Roding Lane

Attendance: TBC

2021-22 Season: Match 22

Saturday 11th September 2021 – 3pm KO

Buckhurst H: Blue & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Enfield: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Yellow Socks

Both teams just prior to kick-off (Image: Scott W)

The Stags’ Fairytale season goes on with big Vase win over Enfield

Buckhurst Hill  3 – 0  Enfield

The second match of two on this hectic FA Vase weekend saw a return visit to the upgraded Roding Lane as Eastern Senior League South high-fliers Buckhurst Hill welcomed Essex Senior side Enfield in their First Qualifying Round tie. Before we get to the on-pitch things, I have to add that it is great to see a seated stand, turnstiles and a little Food kiosk are now present at the ground. Alright, now onto the hosts’ line-up and boss Mark Williams named a strong squad with Daniel Blockley in goal, a defence comprised of full-backs Liam Foster and Keaton Moore and Henry Day and Alfie Harris in central defence. The forward line was again led by star forward Suleyman Zuhdu, supported by Sonny Shilling and Nathan Sollosi. Their substitutes’ bench included the likes of Buchanan, Rowland, Nicholson, Griggs and Sam Sollosi.

Enfield were looking to return from their FA Cup exit to Hadley after 120 minutes on Wednesday night and with regular custodian James Bransgrove unavailable due to a knock, Jack Willmott took the gloves, with a defence of centre-backs Jack Johnson and Vinny Murphy and Ryan Ramsay and Jack Folan as full-backs. Dwade James was again the focal point of the attack for Jamie Cureton’s team, with support forwards Callum Ibe and Olly Miles also looking to add to their goal-scoring tallies this term.

It was the hosts who started the match with the first sight of goal, with Hill understandably a little nervy given the scope of the tie and the occasion. Enfield centre-back Jack Johnson sent a decent header over the crossbar from a set-piece. The respective number nines then had glimpses of goal with Buckhurst forward Sonny Shilling striking wide and Enfield’s Olly Miles effort blocked by a home defence who were starting to find their rhythm, buoyed on by an exuberant home crowd.

The E’s were unable to find that telling final ball but had speculative chances as Miles sent in a delicate lob on the quarter-hour but Buckhurst custodian Daniel Blockley could easily gather. It was the E’s turn to have a let-off a moment later as a superb run by forward Suleyman Zuhdu did Johnson for pace down the left side of the eighteen yard area but Zuhdu was unable to get the power on his shot to bypass Willmott.

Zuhdu did make a telling contribution on 26 minutes though as Buckhurst took a surprise lead. The physical forward’s threaded pass found the run of Nathan Sollosi and Sollosi slotted home past Willmott with cool aplomb. The home defence was aware of the rapid counter-attack by the E’s and with 31 minutes on the watch, Blockley did well to claw over an in-swinging corner by Alex Warman. The visitors had a decent phase of the game and in a match where he was uncharacteristically quiet, forward Dwade James was well found by full-back Jack Folan’s pass but James’ strike wasn’t strong enough to trouble Blockley. Soon after, Hill countered and from a good pass by full-back Liam Foster, Shilling’s header was off-target.

Zuhdu was troubling the visiting backline with pace and movement, though at the other end, Buckhurst centre-back Alfie Harris was also doing well to stifle a strong Enfield forward line. It was a slender lead at the interval but the pressure was slowly going across to the visitors, with the hosts growing in confidence.


Half-Time:  Buckhurst Hill 1 – 0 Enfield

Enfield did begin the second period quite well with another searing run by Miles being well-tracked by Buckhurst centre-back Henry Day, while Zuhdu again got in the action, only to see his effort on goal deflected wide for a set-piece by the E’s defence. Enfield so nearly made it a totally different match as first on fifty-four minutes, Dwade James was one-on-one with Blockley but the ‘keeper did well to claw away the effort. Moments later, a superb strike, I think by Miles fizzed off the crossbar, with Blockley doing superbly to deny follow-up strikes by James and Miles. The E’s were still well in the tie with twenty minutes remaining as Miles narrowly headed over the goal-frame and substitute Benji Crilley also had an effort cleared off the goal-line as the visitors cursed their lack of fortune.

Buckhurst also had a Shilling goal chalked off but they would not be denied overall as the crucial second goal for them came on 75 minutes. Zuhdu was involved again as another fine pass found Tyler Dolan who evaded the off-side trap and finished calmly past Willmott to really put themselves in a great position. The E’s did keep going but as the minutes ticked by, the feeling grew that it wasn’t going to be their day and they conceded a third goal in added time as Dolan turned provider, tracking the run of midfielder Josh Banfield, who advanced on Wilmott’s goal and again finished well low into the right corner.

When the final whistle went, the contrasting reactions of the two sides was clear. Absolute unfiltered joy for Buckhurst, whilst the E’s had to reflect on what has been a bad week for them.

Full-Time: Buckhurst Hill 3 – 0 Enfield

In summary, the hosts showed pretty much what they are about – good, quick passing Football and defensively they dealt admirably with the threat posed by a good forward line of Enfield, even if the latter were perhaps not at their best. The E’s will be disappointed they didn’t quite create enough chances to really get back in the match but as so often us scribes say, if one of their chances did go in it really would’ve been a different match entirely. Hill do deserve credit though for not allowing the occasion to overwhelm them though, and it was a superb turnout – no doubting that.

For this match’s ‘stand-outs’ I’ll start with the victors. I have to credit Nathan Sollosi who really made the most of the space he managed to create and also took his goal well. Centre-back Henry Day again led the defensive line suoerbly, making a number of important interceptions himself during the match. Goalkeeper Dan Blockley had another good natch, pulling off two superb saves to deny James and Miles when his side were only one goal up. Also, talisman Suleyman Zuhdu again led the forward line with pace and power and he showed he can be a telling assist-maker as well as a fine goalscorer. For Enfield, I felt forward Olly Miles was their chief threat and was unlucky not to score. Miles was quick, direct and as we know, has a good strike on him. Callum Ibe and Jack Johnson also had good games, Ibe being tricky and pacy while Johnson had to really do well to stifle promising Buckhurst attacks. Midfielder David Cowley rounds off the mentions as his set-pieces had to be dealt with too.

Buckhurst progress into the Second Quali Round where they face a trip to local rivals Newbury Forest, who have also been scoring a lot of goals already this term. I’d like to wish both teams a good rest of the season.


Teams

Buckhurst Hill  |  Manager: Mark Williams  | Assistant: JP Kent

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Daniel Blockley (GK), 2 Liam Foster (18 Jonah Gregory 79′), 3 Keaton Moore, 4 Alfie Harris, 5 Henry Day, 6 Louis Wynter (16 Jack Griggs 59′), 7 Tyler Dolan, 8 Josh Banfield, 9 Sonny Shilling (15 Max Nicholson 79′), 10 Suleyman Zuhdu (Capt), 11 Nathan Sollosi

Goal-scorers: Nathan Sollosi [26′], Tyler Dolan [75′], Josh Banfield [90’+3]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Buchanan, Rowland, Moss, S Sollosi


Enfield | Manager: Jamie Cureton   | Assistant: Jim Duggan

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Jack Willmott (GK), 2 Jack Folan (6 Luke Wilson 55′), 13 Vinny Murphy, 5 Jack Johnson, 7 Ryan Ramsay, 4 Alex Warman (14 Isaac Stevens 84′), 8 Reece Conway (Capt), 19 David Cowley, 10 Callum Ibe, 27 Dwade James (17 Benji Crilley 71′), 9 Olly Miles

Booked: Conway | Subs Not Used: Vasconcelos


Referee: Fabio Roque

S21-22 Match Report: Burnham Ramblers 0 – 3 Buckhurst Hill (Sat 28 Aug) [EaSL Sth 21/22 29.8.21]

Eastern Senior League – Division South

Venue: Leslie Field

Attendance: 68

2021-22 Season: Match 16

Saturday 28th August 2021 – 3pm KO

Burnham R: Blue & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Buckhurst H: White Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Both teams enter the field just prior to kick-off

Impressive display sees Buckhurst grab the win at Leslie Field

Burnham Ramblers 0 – 3 Buckhurst Hill

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

The match of the weekend was a rare trip into the Eastern Senior League South, as I made the first visit to Leslie Field in to see Burnham Ramblers in two years as they faced Buckhurst Hill in a top-of-the-table clash. The hosts are now under the management of Luke Goodson and are backed by a growing Committee, including club stalwart Martin Leno. On the field for Burnham, Adam French was between the posts, with a defence comprised of full-backs Albert Galbally and Joe Howard with the centre-back berths being filled by Matthew Stevens-Brown and Louis Pollock. Top goalscorer Adebolu Adeyemi started alongside Shemarie Perkins-Palmer in their forward line, with support from Haziz Kone and Deane Stone. Charles Brewer skippered the side. The options from the bench included midfielder Tom Howard and the attack-minded Liam Barry and Said Issa. Buckhurst Hill came into this one after thumping Park View 8 – 0 the previous midweek and had Daniel Blockley in goal, with a three-man central defence of Alfie Harris, Keaton Moore and Jonah Gregory, with Liam Foster and Ted Buchanan in advanced full-back roles. Forward & skipper Suleyman Zuhdu led the line once again for Mark Williams’ team, supported by fellow forward Tyler Dolan, with the three-man substitutes’ bench being made up of forwards Fehinti Falola, Louis Wynter and Reece Tranter.

The early stages of this match saw Buckhurst Hill seek to gain a foothold in possession and making it hard for the Ramblers to gain any momentum. After only three minutes, a thunderous 30-yard strike directly from a free-kick by forward Suleyman Zuhdu needed an acrobatic tip onto the crossbar by Ramblers custodian Adam French. The hosts’ first chance of note was from a set-piece but forward Adebolu Adeyemi was unable to get his shot on target to trouble visiting stopper Daniel Blockley. You felt it wouldn’t take long for the deadlock to be broken here and on seven minutes, Buckhurst took the lead. A long ball up field by a Buckhurst defender wasn’t dealt with by the Ramblers backline and Zuhdu managed to break away and finish low into the net, with ‘keeper French getting fingertips on it but it still trickled in.

Mark Williams’ well-drilled, high-intensity team were not making it easy to obtain possession from as their quick passing was causing problems for Burnham. Zuhdu again had another strike cleared off the goal-line before the 20 minute mark. Burnham did have a few successful forays forward and winger Haziz Kone showed his skills, getting past defenders and cutting inside from the right flank, unfortunately for him, his strike was deflected which allowed Blockley to claim untroubled. With Burnham losing out in midfield, the lines of Adeyemi and Kone were not much opportunity to cause headaches in the visiting backline. Instead, the challenge got harder on twenty-eight minutes as Hill doubled their lead. Liam Foster advanced down the right flank and his fine cross found Zuhdu who again got the better of the home defence before slotting home past French from close range.

Luke Goodson’s side were feeling the pressure, buoyed on by a decent home crowd but after a few errant passes, in the last five minutes they put their opposition under some pressure, with a good centre by Kone from the right finding Adeyemi who improvised a back heel-like finish in mid-air but it lacked the power to bypass Blockley, who gathered.

Half-Time:  Burnham Ramblers 0 – 2 Buckhurst Hill


The visitors were the stronger side at the interval, though in the early stages of the second period it was the home side who kept the ball a bit better. Unfortunately they still couldn’t quite manufacture the chances they would’ve wanted and ten minutes into the half, a slick counter saw them further in arrears on the score-sheet. This time it was forward Tyler Dolan who turned creator as his superb pass bypassed defenders and found Brad Rowland at the far post, who powered his strike past the defenceless French into the opposite corner.

Burnham kept battling on, despite the odds definitely being against them and on sixty-four minutes, a set-piece by the combative Joe Howard somehow managed to evade everybody in the congested six-yard box before sailing out of play. Having just past the 70 minute mark, Hill showed they were still full of energy as a good cross in by substitute Fehinti Falola found its way into the danger area by this time both Zuhdu and Dolan failed to get a telling touch to send it into the net. The hosts responded straight after, with Adeyemi sending a header narrowly wide though in fairness, Burnham were restricted to few chances by a miserly & energetic visiting defence. The tireless running of midfielder Josh Banfield nearly gave Buckhurst a fourth goal but at the second attempt, but Banfield could only scoop a curling drive over French’s top right corner of the goal. A frustrating day for Burnham ended really with another decent centre into the box, but substitute Said Issa was unable to get past Blockley from close range.


Full-Time: Burnham Ramblers 0 – 3 Buckhurst Hill

To summarise briefly, Buckhurst were good value for the win and the question for me now is – How long can they maintain this form? That being said, Burnham showed enough here to make it fair to say their resurgent start-of-season form can continue and I want to add that it is nice to see a ‘community spirit’ back at the club once again, after what has undoubtedly been some hard times for the club after their relegation from the Essex Senior in 2018.

There were a number of good performances in this match.  For the victors Buckhurst Hill, star forward Suleyman Zuhdu had another good match, causing the home defence continued problems today and deserved his two goals. Strike partner Tyler Dolan also did well to bypass the opposition backline and the assist for the third goal was a good case in point. Centre-back Keaton Moore stood out in a determined three-man central defence, and also made some good passes going forward. Finally. The energy and work rate of midfielder Josh Banfield was nearly rewarded with a goal towards the end and his performance was typical of a hard-working unit.

For Burnham, centre-back Matthew Stevens-Brown led his team’s defence well, making a number of good clearances in the air, while winger Haziz Kone had some good moments on the flank despite not having many oppurtunities to shine today. The same has to be said for centre forward Adebolu Adeyemi but his good movement & clever thinking nearly resulted in a goal before the interval. Skipper Charles Brewer typified his team’s work ethic but Hill didn’t give the hosts much oppurtunity to supply the forwards, tracking back well for the majority of the game.

I’d like to wish both teams a good rest of the season.

Teams

Burnham Ramblers |  Manager: Luke Goodson  | Assistant: Ross Mernick

Starting XI: 1 Adam French (GK), 7 Joe Howard, 5 Matthew Stevens-Brown, 16 Louis Pollock, 3 Albert Galbally, 8 Harry Shawyer (15 Said Issa 76′), 11 Deane Stone (12 Liam Barry 56′), 17 Charles Brewer (Capt) (4 Tom Howard 83′), 14 Haziz Kone, 9 Adebolu Adeyemi, 10 Shemarie Perkins-Palmer

Booked: Barry | Subs Not Used: Lofts, Smith


Buckhurst Hill  | Manager: Mark Williams   | Assistant: JP Kent

Starting XI: 1 Daniel Blockley (GK), 3 Liam Foster, 4 Alfie Harris, 5 Keaton Moore, 15 Jonah Gregory, 12 Ted Buchanan, 16 Jack Griggs (22 Louis Wynter 61′), 8 Josh Banfield, 10 Suleyman Zuhdu (Capt), 11 Tyler Dolan (18 Reece Tranter 76), 7 Brad Rowland (21 Fehinti Falola 69′)

Goal-scorers: Suleyman Zuhdu [7′ & 28′], Brad Rowland [55′]

Booked: None  | Subs Not Used: None


Referee: Fabian Robertson

Assistants: Martin Green & Nicholas Hodges

S20-21 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 22 May) [EOFL 20/21 23.5.21]

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

Hello all and welcome to another edition of my round-up articles, looking the action in week ten of the ‘mini-season’ in the  Essex Olympian League divisions on Saturday 22nd May, plus a mention of the action in midweek as the champions were confirmed in the Premier Division. As ever, the focus is on the top four divisions despite several matches being uncontested this week.

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EOFL Premier Division 

In the Premier Division, Basildon Town secured second place after a 3 – 1 triumph at home to Old Southendian. Strikes from player-boss Marcus Bowers, Grant Cumming and replacement Michael Clark were enough to earn a good tangible reward for the change of fortunes under Bowers this term. Basildon Town have also announced this week that they will ground-share at Gardiners Close with Step 4 side Basildon Utd next season, ahead of the heavily-rumoured new ground that Utd will build in the near future. Os will likely finish the season bottom but with relegation looking most unlikely, they will have some room to re-build ahead of what will be a tough division next term.

Elsewhere, Springfield got their second win in their last four with a 2 – 1 success at Rayleigh Town. A Shaun Gittleson power strike was not enough for the hosts to avoid defeat here. Dan Williams’ visiting side have secured a tenth-placed finish after this win. That is the case as Shenfield AFC lost their final game of the season, as Harold Wood Athletic won 2 – 1 at St Martins Sch 3G. Strikes from Max Shepherd and Tom Ward secured a second consecutive away win for Alex Goldstone’s team and a win in their final match next weekend could see them sneak into the top six.

Also, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts came from behind to draw 1 – 1 with Catholic Utd at Silver Leys. Aaron Baldwin put the visitors ahead on the hour, but substitute Gabriel Odili’s third league goal in his spell at the club ensured the points were shared. The Hoops have finished their season now and they remain third, but the form Billy Cove’s side has shown since the restart continues – they are nine league games unbeaten now.

Sungate’s match with Kelvedon Hatch was uncontested and the ‘Gate got the points, with Hatch also unable to compete next week too.

Finally, Buckhurst Hill were given a scare before securing a 4 – 3 success at Hutton. A brace from Max Nicholson plus goals by Tyler Dolan and Jack Griggs were enough to give Mark Williams’ side the points but the hosts responded through Josh Brocklebank and a brace from substitute Ben Stanton made it a nervy end for the Champions, who were presented with the Trophy shortly after the match, which I had a chance to see first-hand as I was at this match & my in-depth report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/05/22/s-20-21-match-report-hutton-3-4-buckhurst-hill-sat-22-may/

 Hill can pass the fifty-point mark with a win at Sungate next weekend, whereas Hutton need to defeat Springfield to at least secure fifth spot.

Buckhurst Hill celebrate their Premier Division title win [Image: Scott W]

EOFL Division One 

Moving now into Division One, with two matches uncontested (see listing at end of this section), the action was restricted to two matches this weekend. Firstly, Toby got a fine 2 – 0 win at Chingford Athletic to go up to fifth in the table after their third win in a row. Chingford drop to ninth and a rebuilding job awaits in the summer though full respect to Chairman Lee Bowers who has stepped in as manager for the last several weeks. Also, Manford Way defeated Herongate Athletic 4 – 0 at Jo Richardson Sch to give them hope of overhauling rivals Galleywood to secure the runners-up spot next weekend. Charlie Heatley scored twice here after coming off the bench, with James Clarke and Tyrone Scarlett also netting for Trevor Grace’s side. Fellow Non-League writer Aaron Moore was there & here’s his look at the game: https://footballreview.net/match-report-manford-way-4-0-herongate-athletic/

Next weekend, Manford have to win in the reverse match at Herongate whilst Galleywood have to win at champions Ongar Town. Intriguingly poised I’m sure you’ll agree.

Uncontested:

Ramsden Scotia   H – W   Snaresbrook   | Home Walkover
Ongar Tn   H – W   Rayleigh Tn Res    | Home Walkover


EOFL Division Two

Division Two is also not all ‘said & done’ either in terms of the promotion spots. That being said, Champions Leigh Town endorsed their growing reputation with a 5 – 1 win away at Ryan in Leigh’s farewell match of the season. Jack Pearman’s side remain third in the conventional table, though have won the title thanks to their superior PPG ratio. Ryan have two matches left and maximum points from those matches will see them pinch eighth spot.

Elsewhere, Harold Wood Athletic Res gathered a third win in succession with a 1 – 0 triumph at Laindon Orient. James Pottle got the only goal from twelve yards as their campaign ended on a high at Markhams Chase. Laindon must win next weekend to have any chance of pinching fifth spot but all in all, it’s been a decent season for Neil Blackburn’s side.

Beacon Hill Rovers are still in the box seat for the crucial runners-up position in the division after a nerve-jangling 4 – 3 win over May & Baker A at Wickham Bishops Sports Ground. Strikes from Bradley Morgan, Josh Perry, George Davis and player-boss Stephen Bennett were enough to secure a fourth win in five matches. Their job next week is simple, win against Wakering Sports and the job is done. Bakers were in the game for long periods through a brace from Tolouwa Dada and one from Jeese Martin ultimately wasn’t enough and they need four points from their last two matches to have any chance of a top-ten finish.

Finally, Wakering Sports secured a top-five finish with a 2 – 0 win over AS Rawreth at Cupid’s. Aaron Clark and Ben Rowe goals made it six wins in their last seven matches for Mitchell Gleeson’s side. This result also makes sure Rawreth will finish bottom of the standings.

As far the promotion picture stands, Epping Town have a chance of overhauling Beacon Hill if the latter fail to win, but Stuart Hoskins’ side also have to defeat Corinthians at home on the final day after they got another three points without playing, as did the Stambridge side.

Uncontested matches:

Corinthians  H – W Rochford Town    | Home Walkover

Epping Tn  H – W  Old Southendian Res   | Home Walkover

EOFL Division Three

Finally for this week, in Division Three ACD Utd cemented their position as Champions with a walkover win against Toby Res. The race for second is somewhat more complex, as Hutton Res played twice this week again. Firstly, on Thursday night they edged to a 4 – 3 win over Hullbridge A at a very windy Lower Road. Matthew Price struck twice for Bill Stratford’s side here, with Thomas Price and Jack Shaw also on target to make Joe Ives’ fine treble for Hullbridge semi-redundant with regards to the points.

Then on Saturday, the Hutton second-side were held 4 – 4 by Basildon Town Ressies at Basildon Sports Club in the late kick-off. Jack Shaw struck another treble to take his tally to nineteen league goals this term, with James Gardner also netting. But Town responded through the ensemble cast of Keith King, Garron Leatherbarrow, Tom Clayton and replacement Jamie Simpkins to gain a point which means they will finish at least sixth.

The knock-on effect of the above now means that Manford Way Res can secure the runners-up spot with another win next weekend after they won 2 – 1 at Lakeside Utd in the lunchtime kick-off this weekend. David Hornsby took his tally to 24 this term with another brace here, in a match that Aaron also watched – his report is here: https://footballreview.net/match-report-lakeside-united-1-2-manford-way-reserves/

Daniel Stokes responded for Lakeside but this defeat means they will finish the season in eighth spot. In the other matches, Hullbridge A defeated Collier Row 2 – 1 while Wakebury secured a top-four finish with a 3 – 1 success at Buckhurst Hill Res, with Charlie Little’s 15th league goal of the campaign plus Jack Smith and Billy Bonham-Dare goals were enough for Matt Cardy’s team to secure the win

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EOFL Division Four Results    

Laindon Orient Res 0 – 3   Shenfield AFC Res   |  Peagsus Club

Wakering Sports Res  1 – 1   Galleywood Res  |  Cupid’s CC (Pitch 1)

Uncontested:
Sungate Res    H – W    Leytonstone Utd   |  Home Walkover

EOFL Division Five  Results


AS Rawreth Res   0 – 10   Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  | The Warren

Springfield Res   1 – 0  Leigh Ramblers Res   |  Arun Park

Uncontested:
Epping Town Res   H – W  Shoebury Town Res   | Home Walkover

Herongate Athletic Res   A – W   Roydon   |  Away Walkover

Runwell Sports Res   A – W   Collier Row Res   |  Away Walkover

Wakering Sports A   H – W   Newbury Forest Res   | Home Walkover

Thank you for reading, the final edition of this season’s EOFL Round-up will be available in about ten days time to round out the campaign. It’s been a pleasure to write about the Essex Olympian League this term once again and my thanks to all the clubs, managers & players that have assisted these articles this season.

S 20-21 Match Report: Hutton 3 – 4 Buckhurst Hill (Sat 22 May) [EOFL 20-21 22.5.21]

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Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Venue: Polo Fields

2020 -21 Season – Match 37

Saturday 22nd May 2021 – 2.30pm KO

Hutton: Red Shirts, Red Shorts & Red Socks

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

Hutton line-up ready for kick-off, with boss Singh on the left [Image: Scott W]

Buckhurst Hill deny spirited Hutton comeback to claim the win

Hutton  3 – 4  Buckhurst Hill

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

The penultimate weekend of my Non-League season saw me head to Polo Fields for this intriguing contest between Hutton, seeking a top-four finish and Champions Buckhurst Hill who were playing their second-to-last match as a Step 7 side before being elevated to the Eastern Senior League South next term. Matt Singh’s Hutton side were missing several players here with Alfie Cerulli, Stephen Judge, Kyle Linzell and forward Will Marlowe among those unavailable. They did field regular stopper Adrian Faherty between the sticks, with their centre-backs being Jonathan Hilliard and Tarik Moore-Azille. Jamie Moore and Joshua Seal provided the ammunition from the flanks, with Brad Freeman leading the line. Their options from the bench were also limited, with forward Ben Stanton and player-assistant boss Robert Lorkins being said options. Buckhurst Hill were also missing a few here with Nathan Sollosi, Josh Banfield, Zachary Davidson and Louis Wynter all not part of their 13-man squad. Daniel Blockley was the goalkeeper as usual, with a central defensive pairing of Henry Day and Jonah Gregory. The forward line was spearheaded by talisman & 20-goal forward Suleyman Zuhdu, with Max Nicholson and Daniel Whitehead in chief support.

This writer was hoping for a good battle, given it was likely also my last Essex Olympian League match of the 2020-21 campaign. The visitors were switched on in the opening minutes as a enterprising run by Hutton winger Joshua Seal ended with Buckhurst defender Henry Day denying him a firm effort at Dan Blockley’s goal. Minutes later, a really good run by visiting forward Suleyman Zuhdu was well rebuffed by home centre-back Tarik Moore-Azille down the right-sided channel. The first real chance of note came on eight minutes as a fine pass down the right by wing-back Liam Foster found winger Daniel Whitehead who then sent a fierce drive at goal, which was well tipped over by Hutton custodian Adrian Faherty. The hosts responded just short of the quarter-hour mark as a fine run by right-back Tom Stephens didn’t quite get the end it deserve as his effort on goal fizzed wide of Blockley’s far post.

Buckhurst were starting to gather momentum and gave their hosts another warning on 27 minutes as influential winger Sam Sollosi struck a first-time effort but Faherty could gather at the second attempt. Said warnings were up as just past the half-hour, midfielder Tyler Dolan weaved past two defenders well before slotting home calmly but inside the penalty area to finally break the stalemate in the game. Zuhdu nearly doubled his side’s advantage five minutes later after another searing run was too strong for the home defence and after evading Faherty, the declining angle saved the hosts as his strike cannoned off the left-side post. Whitehead also fired wide moments after as Mark Williams’ side looked to really gain a foothold. That second goal did arrive four minutes before the interval as after turning his marker inside-out, winger Max Nicholson fizzed a great strike past Faherty and into the net.

Zuhdu (Hill #10) & Foster (#2) involved in an attacking move [Image: Scott W]

Half-Time:  Hutton 0 – 2 Buckhurst Hill

Straight after the restart, it was the hosts who had to be alert as Sollosi again was well-placed but his chance was snuffed out by the well-placed Josh Brocklebank. The visitors were building their rhythm going forward at this stage of the match, as substitute Alfie Harris made a searing run down the right flank, and his centre was cleared almost off the goal-line by energetic right-back Tom Stephens, with fellow replacement Callum Ibe ready to pounce for a tap-in. This did prove important as with an hour played, a good free-kick from the edge of the penalty area by Seal managed to get past the Buckhurst defenders and find the on-rushing Brocklebank who helped himself to a goal from a few yards out. Looked simple but it was well-worked. Unfortunately for Hutton, Buckhurst soared up the other end on a counter-attack and Jack Griggs got past the home backline and his strike just escaped the clutches of Faherty before trickling home into the corner of the net, much to the custodian’s derision. This gave Buckhurst their two-goal cushion back and to be fair, on another day Buckhurst should have been ‘home & hosed’ in this match in the following fifteen minutes of the contest.

Midway into the half, forward Ibe made another of his trademark enterprising runs before his fierce strike was well clawed over the crossbar by the impressive Faherty. Hutton responded with twenty minutes to play as another Seal free-kick was on-target but lacked the power to bypass Blockley, who pushed it over the goal frame. From that resulting corner, substitute Ben Stanton narrowly nodded wide of the right-side post. Buckhurst again counter-attacked as Ibe was in a promising position again and a well-thought out chip was parried up by Faherty before needing to be cleared off the goal-line as well by more committed defending from the hosts. In truth, it wasn’t Ibe’s day as he and Sollosi was both denied on at least three more occasions through a combination of good blocks and wayward finishing.

Just as you were starting to suspect the hosts were tiring, they roared back into the match as a fine cross in from deep found Stanton who arrowed in a fine header at the far post to make it 2 – 3 with ten minutes remaining. Again though, Hill responded two minutes later as Nicholson’s well-taken strike again found the net, moments after Faherty pulled off another fine save in the previous attack. But the scoring was not done yet as the tension was rising before Stanton’s low finish bypassed both the defender and Blockley to find the net on 87 minutes and give the Champions some more nervy moments.   

Hutton’s Lewis Scott (#8) challenging for possession [Image: Scott W]
‘Keeper Faherty (in Green) joins his side’s attack in the closing moments! [Image: Scott W]

The visitors did hold out and the final whistle came without further incident as Mark Williams’ side could celebrate and without delay, they were presented with the Essex Olympian League Premier Division trophy.

Buckhurst boss Williams (r) lifts the Trophy with skipper Zuhdu post-match {Image: Scott W]

Full-time: Hutton  3 – 4  Buckhurst Hill

In summary, Buckhurst Hill took a little while to reach their destructive best and arguably spurned several chances after the break to score a hatful of goals before the dramatic late goal surge here. Every credit to Hutton though as well who showed the gritty attitude that has served them well this season, particularly in the second half of the match. The only thing they were lacking if you were being really critical was more of a goal threat as hard-working forward Brad Freeman was slightly isolated at times, though he was well-marshalled by the adept Buckhurst defence in fairness.

In terms of stand-out performances, for the Champions Buckhurst Hill – it’s hard not to mention two-goal star winger Max Nicholson who took his goals well and importantly gave his side a decent lead at the interval. The Influential Sam Sollosi also kept his side ticking in attack and although he should have been on the score-sheet, he is excellent at creating moves with well-thought out passes. Ball-playing centre-back Henry Day also had another fine afternoon with several good interceptions and right wing-back Liam Foster also deserves a mention for giving the visitors an outlet making gallivanting rapid runs down the flank too.   

For Hutton, I felt right-back Tom Stephens had an excellent match, covering a huge amount of ground all over the pitch, making good passes, showing good energy levels and making crucial clearances in the nick of time to aid his fellow defenders and crucially, keep Hutton in the match. Centre-back Tarik Moore-Azille also showed good tackling, good pace to keep up with Hill’s star forward Zuhdu and looks a good prospect. Winger Joshua Seal was a threat from set-pieces and gave everything here, plus goalkeeper Adrian Faherty who may feel he should’ve done better with one of the goals, but that is outflanked by the four really good saves to deny Buckhurst a thumping win.

All that is left for me to add is that is a been a delight to cover the Essex Olympian League again this season, and it would be remiss not to thank all the clubs and managers of all the matches I’ve written about this season. Thank you also to the League and it was a nice bonus to see Buckhurst presented with the Premier Division trophy post-match, which is a fitting reward for boss Mark Williams sticking with the club for as long as he has done. Best wishes to both Buckhurst Hill and Hutton for next season.

If you’d like to have a read of the wider action in the Essex Olympian League divisions, this week’s round-up is available here:

Hill’s squad & club officials pose with the EOFL Premier Division Trophy [Image: Scott W]

Teams

Hutton    | Manager: Matt Singh  | Assistant: Robert Lorkins

Starting XI: 1 Adrian Faherty (GK), 2 Tom Stephens, 3 Josh Brocklebank, 4 Jack Lelliott, 5 Jonathan Hilliard, 6 Tarik Moore-Azille, 7 Jamie Moore, 8 Lewis Scott, 9 Brad Freeman, 10 Sean O’Callaghan, 11 Joshua Seal

Goal-scorers: Josh Brocklebank [60’], Ben Stanton [80’ & 87’]

Subs On: 16 Ben Stanton [70’], 17 Robert Lorkins [70’]

Booked: None     | Sub Not Used: None

Buckhurst Hill   | Manager: Mark Williams

Starting XI: 1 Daniel Blockley (GK), 2 Liam Foster, 3 Bradley Gayer, 4 Henry Day, 5 Jonah Gregory, 6 Jack Griggs, 7 Sam Sollosi, 8 Tyler Dolan, 12 Max Nicholson, 10 Suleyman Zuhdu (Capt), 11 Daniel Whitehead

Goal-scorers: Tyler Dolan [31’], Max Nicholson [41’ & 82’], Jack Griggs [60’]

Subs On: 9 Callum Ibe [46’], 15 Alfie Harris [46’]

Booked: Gayer, Zuhdu | Subs Not Used: None

Referee: Adekola Adeyemi

Assistant Referees: Martin Smith & Maragrit Tsekov

S20-21 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 8 May) [EOFL 20/21 9.5.21]

Image from Rayleigh 2 – 1 H Wood (Premier Division) (Image: Scott W)

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

Hello all and welcome to another edition of my round-up articles, looking the action in week seven of the ‘mini-season’ in the  Essex Olympian League divisions on Saturday 8th May. As ever, our focus here is on the top four tiers, with results from Divisions Four & Five. Thank you for reading.

EOFL Premier Division 

In the Premier Division, Springfield got arguably the result of the weekend, as they won 1 – 0 at Basildon Town. It may not have been pretty for Dan Williams’ side, given that their goal was an OG from a set-piece but that won’t worry the Springfield management team. The win sees them rise up to eleventh spot and Basildon needing points to secure their second place. Bas have a swift chance to exact some payback though – they visit Arun Park next weekend! Bas’ chief challengers could well be Bishop’s Stortford Swifts who made it seven league matches unbeaten with a 2 – 1 success at Kelvedon Hatch. Kurt Smith and Ryan Blackman goals got Billy Cove’s side another win and it sees them go fourth, level on points with Leigh Ramblers just above them. Lee Hamill’s strike for Kelvedon couldn’t prevent their second loss in their last five games, and they fell to twelfth place.

In other action, Buckhurst Hill can win the Premier Division title in midweek after they were made to work hard to defeat Canning Town 3 – 1 at Roding Lane. Alfie Harris’ double and Suleyman Zuhdu’s 20th league goal of the campaign secured Hill’s 13th win in fourteen matches. Canning’s defeat sees them drop back to second-bottom.  Sungate were held 2 – 2 by Old Southendian in East London, with Craig Paton and Jamie Oates scoring for player-boss Connor Lane’s side. OS are two bottom, two points adrift of Canning Town but it was another gutsy point on the road. The ‘Gate remain sixth and they will aim for a top-four finish I feel given all their remaining three games are at home.  

Elsewhere, Rayleigh Town got an important 2 – 1 triumph over Harold Wood Athletic at London Road. Strikes from George Vile and Bailey Moss were enough to see Paul Higgins’ side keep a three-point cushion in ninth spot. Robert Whitnell’s strike from the penalty spot had brought Alex Goldstone’s side level but they fell to defeat, which sees them stay eighth. I was watching this match & my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/05/09/s20-21-match-report-rayleigh-town-2-1-harold-wood-athletic-sat-8-may-eofl/

In the other action in this division, Catholic Utd travelled to Polo Fields and drew 2 – 2 with Hutton. Brad Rowland and Max O’Leary got the goals for Simon Thomas’ visiting side, but Joshua Seal and Alfie Curelli responded for Matt Singh’s team. Hutton remain sixth, while the Hoops drop to fifth after this result. Finally, Shenfield AFC got an eye-catching 3 – 2 win over Leigh Ramblers at St Martins Sch 3G. The win takes them up to tenth spot and Ramblers will have to hope victory in their last match next weekend at Hutton is enough to keep them in the top four at the end of May.

EOFL Division One 

In the second tier, Galleywood completed a terrific 5 – 3 win at home to Snaresbrook, played at Moulsham Sch 3G. Mark O’Sullivan’s side finished the match with ten men but a treble from Thomas Watling (who made it eight league goals in twelve starts this term) plus strikes by Jack Chatterway and Jack Hayes secured the win which kept them in second spot. Drew Barbier’s double (one from 12 yards) and one from Daniel Walsh kept ‘Brook in the match but they drop to eighth spot in this increasingly competitive division.

The hunt for the second-placed finish is also getting tighter. Runwell Sports are a point behind Galleywood in second after a 2 – 0 win at Ramsden Scotia. This was their third win in their last five matches for Jason Plom’s side. They are a point clear of Manford Way who got a important 1 – 0 win at Chingford Athletic with Charlie Heatley getting the only goal of the game for Trevor Grace’s side. Fellow Non-League writer Aaron Moore (Twitter: @aaron_moore25) was there & here’s his take on the match: https://footballreview.net/match-report-chingford-afc-0-1-manford-way/

Image from Rayleigh Tn Res 3 – 5 Shoebury Tn (Division One) (Image: Scott W)

Elsewhere, Shoebury Town got their first win in eight league matches with a fine 5 – 3 win at Rayleigh Town Res. Garry Johnson’s treble plus strikes by Billy Cottrill and a Kirk Hudson penalty was enough for Lee Boosey’s new side. Goals from Harry Barham, Matt Atoo and Matthew Bampus were not quite enough to recover any points for Dave Barker’s side in an entertaining match at London Road which I also attended. Here’s my report: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/05/09/s20-21-match-report-rayleigh-town-res-3-5-shoebury-town-sat-8-may-eofl/ 

Also, Toby got a good 3 – 2 win at Herongate Athletic, with Rhys Willson, Chris Rowland and Louis Hill all on target for Mark Jones’ side. This result takes them up to sixth spot and they will have a say in how the top five shapes up, given they have to play Old Chelmsfordians & Runwell Sports in the next three weeks. Herongate remain second-bottom. 

Meanwhile, Ongar Town garnering the points without needing to navigate a tricky tie with Old Chelmsfordians because the latter were unable to field an XI. It means that nearest challengers Galleywood have to defeat Chingford Athletic in midweek to stave off the party for champions-elect Town for another week.


EOFL Division Two   

We have our first confirmed champions in the Olympian divisions as Leigh Town battled to a 3 – 2 win at Laindon Orient at Markhams Chase. Strikes from Max Jones, Brodie Horne and James Roberts finally secured elevation for Jack Pearman’s side here. Shomari Barnwell’s brace had put Neil Blackburn’s side in strong position earlier in the game but Leigh would not be denied and they get deserved recognition for the form they’ve showed in the last couple of seasons. I’d like to pass on my congratulations to Jack and the whole squad on a great achievement. Laindon remain in sixth, ready to pounce if the sides above them falter as they will be looking for a top-four finish.

Elsewhere, Beacon Hill Rovers gained another big three points with a 3 – 1 victory over promotion rivals Corinthians at Wickham Bishops Sports Ground. The former Burnham Ramblers pair of Karl Swanborough (2) and Bradley Morgan combined to overpower Chris Stoneham’s side and stay a point clear in second spot. Ted Turnham netted a late consolation for the visitors but this result means they are not in charge of their own destiny. That is chiefly because Epping Town moved above them into third spot after a thumping 5 – 1 win at AS Rawreth. Joe Rickett notched four times in this one to take his tally to 14 league goals this term. Peter Paoletti had opened the scoring for the visitors here and Stuart Hoskins’ side are two points clear of the Stambridge side with both teams having three matches remaining. Oh, and they face each other on the last day of the Olympian season in Epping. Rawreth remain bottom, five points off their nearest rival May & Baker A, who lost 3 – 1 at Harold Wood Athletic Res. Darren Wettner, Warren Taylor and Adam Farley got the goals to give Wood’s second side the win which takes them up to ninth spot, whereas the visitors stay second-bottom.

Elsewhere in the division, Old Southendian Res put a spanner in the works of Wakering Sports‘ promotion aspirations as the OS side won 2 – 1 at Cupid’s. Nico Dubouchet’s ninth league goal this term and one from Jack Cripps were enough to overturn substitute Mohammed Sesay’s strike and go five points clear in seventh, with one match remaining on May 22nd – a trip to Epping Town. Sports stay fifth but their chances of a top-two finish appear slim, despite having three matches remaining – and they welcome Corinthians to Cupid’s next weekend.

Finally, Rochford Town drew 1 – 1 with Ryan, with Freddie Pettitt getting the goal for Town. Ryan have four matches remaining, two of those against the top two sides so realistically, the best they can hope for is a seventh-placed finish which would be creditable for Declan Murphy’s team.

EOFL Division Three 

This was quite a day in Division Three. Firstly, Hutton Res gave the title race added impetus as they fought back to win 3 – 2 at leaders ACD Utd. An OG and a Jamie Alexandrou strike put Michael Wade’s team in command but Bill Stratford’s side turned it around through strikes from Jim Gardner, Mike Cason and Jack Shaw and made it seven straight league wins as well. The visitors stay third, but are only two points away from the leaders, who have three matches remaining.

Manford Way Res are also right in the chase for elevation, after a 4 – 0 win over Toby Res at Ford’s Social Club in Newbury Park. David Hornsby took his goal tally past twenty for the league season with a treble here, with Jake Muller also on target. Manford’s second side are a point behind the leaders in second spot, with two matches remaining. It’s worth noting that Points Per Game (PPG) might also be a factor in which sides get promoted in the close season. Hullbridge Sports A picked up a hard-fought 1 – 0 win at Collier Row, which all but ends Row’s chances of a top-two finish. William Bray got the only goal to reduce the deficit between the sides to one point. The youthful Sports side in 7th and Row are in sixth.

Elsewhere, Basildon Town Reserves are three points clear now in fifth after a 3 – 0 success against Leigh Town Res at Basildon Sports Club. Jamie Simpkins’ brace and one from replacement Shaun Watkins were enough to give Richard Bennett’s side the points. Wakebury are also still in contention for that top-two finish as they battled to a 4 – 1 victory at Buckhurst Hill Res. A brace from Charlie Little plus goals from Billy Bonham-Dare and Harry Kateley made sure Matt Cardy’s side picked up the win against a side which certainly earned the visiting manager’s respect. Jason Gomes got the sole goal for the home side. The Berries stay fourth and realistically need at least two of the three sides above them to slip up but they have still had a great campaign to date, regardless of the outcome.

Also, Corinthians Res held Lakeside Utd to a creditable 2 – 2 draw in Stambridge. Utd remain in eighth place after their first draw this term. The hosts remain in tenth after a difficult campaign.

EOFL Division Four Results  

Hashtag Utd Dev  0 – 1  Catholic Utd Res | Barleylands Road

Laindon Orient Res   3 – 3  Leytonstone Utd   | Pegasus Club, Corringham

and

Sungate Res  A – W  Canning Town Res  | Away Walkover

Wakering Sports Res  H – W  Old Chelmsfordians Res   | Home Walkover

EOFL Senior Five Results  

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  3 – 2  Newbury Forest Res  | Silver Leys

Runwell Sports Res  0 – 5  Old Barkabbeyans   | St Luke’s Park

Wakering Sports A   4 – 1 Roydon   | Cupid’s CC (Pitch 2)

and
Collier Row Res  H – W  Herongate Athletic Res
  | Home Walkover

Epping Town Res  H – W  AS Rawreth Res  | Home Walkover

Springfield Res  H – W  Shoebury Town Res  | Home Walkover

S20-21 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 1 May) [EOFL 20/21 4.5.21]

Image from Rayleigh 0 – 2 Leigh Rams (Sat 1 May – Image by Scott W)

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

Hello all and welcome to another edition of my round-up articles, looking the action in week six of the ‘mini-season’ in the  Essex Olympian League divisions on Saturday 1st May. As ever, our focus here is on the top four tiers, with results from Divisions Four & Five. My apologies for the delay this week in this week’s edition being published. Thank you for reading.

EOFL Premier Division 

In the top-tier, Buckhurst Hill extended their lead at the top of the table to seven points now after a 4 – 0 home win over Shenfield AFC. Tyler Dolan netted a treble, two of which were from the penalty spot and substitute Callum Ibe also netted again to leave Mark Williams’ needing two more wins to secure the title again this term. Shenfield remain second-bottom. Fellow Non-League writer Aaron Moore was there and here’s his match summary: https://footballreview.net/match-report-buckhurst-hill-4-0-shenfield-afc/  

Basildon Town were held 0 – 0 by a gallant Harold Wood Athletic at Basildon Sports Club. Two more victories should be enough to secure second spot for Marcus Bowers’ side, given that their nearest rivals have too much to do to overhaul them. Leigh Ramblers got a comfortable 2 – 0 win at Rayleigh Town with Daniel Williams and Sam Mountstephens getting the goals to take player-manager Ronnie Bridges’ side up to third in the table. I was at this match and my report is available here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/05/04/s20-21-match-report-rayleigh-town-0-2-leigh-ramblers-sat-1st-may/

In other action this weekend, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts continued their superb recent run with a 2 – 1 victory at Catholic Utd. Gabriel Odili and Darren Phillips both struck to send Billy Cove’s side up to fifth spot. Dan Trenkel netted for the ‘Super Hoops’ but they drop to fourth as the race for a top four spot intensifies. Hutton drop to sixth despite a 2 – 2 draw at home to Canning Town. Will Marlowe and replacement Alfie Curelli both scored for Matt Singh’s side but one point out of six from their two recent matches with Canning has hit them hard. Town drop to 11th due to Kelvedon Hatch grabbing another three points, defeating bottom side Old Southendian 2 – 1 at New Hall. Lewis Caplin netted for OS but Kyle Asante and Ryan Scott scored here to see Hatch rise up to tenth. And finally for this division, Sungate grabbed a 2 – 1 win at Springfield, despite Jake Clarke netting for Dan Williams’ team. ‘Gate remain seventh and are looking up at the top five while the Arun Park side remain in 12th.  

EOFL Division One 

Moving into Division One, and runaway leaders Ongar Town really had to battle hard to win 2 – 1 at Shoebury Town. Jack Zielinski and substitute Aaron Blair got the goals for Richard Ponsford’s side while Dominic Binns responded for Town who showed that they were more than able to compete here with arguably the best team in the division. Galleywood remain second after a tight 1 – 0 win over Toby at Moulsham Sch 3G. Thomas Watling got the only goal of the game to keep ‘Wood eight points a point clear of Runwell Sports who move up to third, after battling to a superb 5 – 2 win over Manford Way at St Luke’s Park. Daniel Okah grabbed a treble here, with Martin Llewellyn notching a brace for Jason Plom’s side. This result leaves Manford down in fourth and work still to do to finish in the top two places. Snaresbrook held Old Chelmsfordians 1 – 1 at Nutters Field, with Ryan Barker-Francis the hero for Rob Caine’s side and they drop to seventh.

Elsewhere, Chingford Athletic continued their rise up the standings with a 3 – 0 win over second-bottom Herongate Athletic at Town Mead. Michael Mignot, Sam Coe and Olu Oyewobi all struck to secure the win which takes them up to sixth spot – only five points adrift of second spot. Ramsden Scotia also won this weekend, 4 – 0 against Rayleigh Town Res which sent them up to eighth place.


EOFL Division Two

There were changes in Division Two this weekend as Leigh Town managed to avert disaster and make a fine comeback to draw 2 – 2 at nearest rivals Beacon Hill Rovers. The result keeps Town a point clear of Rovers at the summit. Wakering Sports went back up to fifth spot after a fine 3 – 0 win at Corinthians, with Aaron Clark, Ben Burrows and Takundwa Maosa getting the goals for Mitchell Gleeson’s side. The Stambridge-based side remain third, but are only a solitary point clear of fourth-placed Epping Town who emerged with a big 5 – 0 win at Harold Wood Athletic Res. Peter Paoletti struck twice here for Town, with George Spillane, Joe Rickett and Connor Corrigan also netting for Stuart Hoskins’ side.  

Meanwhile, Laindon Orient were held 0 – 0 by Ryan at Wadham Lodge, though it is a testament to how tight the top six is that Orient are still only two points off second-placed Beacon Hill. Old Southendian Ressies are the ‘best of the rest’ in seventh as they comprehensively won 7 – 0 at May & Baker A. George Burley netted twice for player-boss Josh Bambury’s team, plus a hefty supporting cast of Nico Dubouchet, Jack Pagett, Ryan Kelly, Nathan Dauncey and replacement Lewis Bickford all also netted. Also, Rochford Town held improving AS Rawreth to a 2 – 2 draw at the Rochford Rec. Club stalwart Freddie Pettitt got both goals for the hosts as they went back up to ninth place.

EOFL Division Three 

In Division Three, the top four sides all won. Wakebury remain in third place after a superb 5 – 2 win at Lakeside Utd. Billy Bonham-Dare’s brace, along with strikes from Will Wheeler, Adam Topley and club stalwart Chris Gore’s strike from twelve yards were enough to give Matt Cardy’s side the win and have now scored 45 goals this term, the most in the division at this point. ACD Utd also won, albeit narrowly winning 1 – 0 at Buckhurst Hill Res thanks to Paul Mangan’s strike to retain their four point cushion at the summit. Hill’s second side remain ninth. Manford Way Res had to battle hard for a 3 – 2 win at Toby Res, thanks largely to scorers David Hornsby, Charlie Parish and replacement Dominic Esty-Wilkinson to keep their four point lead over their nearest rivals Wakebury & Hutton Ressies.

Elsewhere, Hutton Res made it five straight wins with a 3 – 1 triumph over Hullbridge Sports A at Hannakins Farm Centre. Joseph Darby struck again for the visitors, but two goals for Matthew Price and Jack Shaw’s 11th league goal of the campaign meant that Bill Stratford’s side stay in fourth. The youthful Hullbridge side stay in seventh spot. Also, Collier Row got back to winning ways with a 2 – 1 success over Leigh Town Res at the Forest Row Centre. Tehm Vapiwala got the solitary goal for the visitors who remain without a point in eleven games now.

Finally, Corinthians Reserves were unable to contest their match with Basildon Town Res set for Basildon Sports Club which means Town get the points and remain fifth  in the table.

EOFL Division Four Results  

Catholic Utd Res   H- W  Sungate Res   | Home Walkover

Hashtag Utd Dev  H – W  Old Chelmsfordians Res | Home Walkover

Laindon Orient Res  2 – 2  Chingford Athletic Res   | Markhams Chase

Ongar Town Res  2 – 1  Canning Town Res   | Lakeside Spts Grd (Grass Pitch)

Shenfield AFC Res  0 – 3  Galleywood Res  | The Drive, Warley

Wakering Sports Res  5 – 2  Leytonstone Utd  | Cupid’s CC Pitch 1

EOFL Senior Five Results  

AS Rawreth Res 1 – 1  Roydon   | The Warren

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  4 – 1  Leigh Ramblers Res  | Silver Leys

Collier Row Res  2 – 1  Newbury Forest Res  | Forest Row Centre p2

Herongate Athletic Res  1 – 6  Wakering Sports ‘A’ | Billericay Rd

Old Barkabbeyans  H – W  Shoebury Town Res  | Home Walkover

Springfield Res  4 – 2  Epping Town Res  | Arun Park 

S20-21 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 24 April) [EOFL 20/21 25.4.21]

EOFL crest

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

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of my round-up articles, looking athe action in week four of the ‘mini-season’ in the  Essex Olympian League divisions on Saturday 24th April. As ever, our focus here is on the top four tiers, with results from Divisions Four & Five. After each division, you’ll notice an image of the updated divisional standings (Source: FA Full-Time website). Image is from Buckhurst Hill v Harold Wood Ath, taken by me. Thank you for reading.

EOFL Premier Division 

Starting off in the Premier Division and Bishop’s Stortford Swifts made it five league matches unbeaten with a good 3 – 0 win over Leigh Ramblers at Silver Leys. The goal-scorers for Billy Cove’s side were Tola Odedoyin, Gabriel Odili and Chris Gibbs as they reduced the deficit to Catholic Utd in third to four points, ahead of their visit to the Len Forge next weekend. The Rams remain in fourth spot. Basildon Town remain in second after a 2 – 0 win over third-placed Catholic Utd at the Basildon Sports Club. Goals from Charlie Kendall & player-boss Marcus Bowers ensured that caretaker boss Simon Thomas’s first game in charge (after the resignation of boss Stuart Marshall last week citing work commitments) ended in defeat.

In my featured match this weekend, Buckhurst Hill pulled off a fine 5 – 0 win over Harold Wood Athletic at Roding Lane. Tyler Dolan struck twice here for Mark Williams’ side, with Jack Griggs, Nathan Sollosi and replacement Fehinti Falola all netting as well to keep Buckhurst five points clear at the summit. My report from this match is available here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/04/24/s-20-21-match-report-buckhurst-hill-5-0-harold-wood-athletic-eofl/

Elsewhere, Rayleigh Town got a super away-day victory, 3 – 1 at Shenfield AFC with Bailey Moss, Shaun Gittleson and George Vile the scorers for Paul Higgins’ side. Town rise to ninth spot in the table while Shenfield drop to 11th. Sungate also got back to winning ways with a 2 – 0 win at Kelvedon Hatch, which sent them back up to seventh. Two of the bottom three sides met at Arun Park as Springfield were held 1 – 1 by Old Southendian. David Knight struck for Dan Williams’ side but a late leveller for OS from Lewis Caplin denied them a much-needed victory. Other results meant that OS are now bottom, while Springfield reside in 12th. Finally, Canning Town leapt off the bottom with a superb 3 – 1 win over Hutton in Beckton. Town’s third league win this term leaves them in tenth, while Hutton’s third loss on-the-rack see them stay in fifth.  

EOFL Premier Division table (after April 24 action)

EOFL Division One 

Moving into Division One, with perhaps the most surprising result this week being Rayleigh Town Reserves fighting back to claim a 4 – 4 draw with Old Chelmsfordians at London Road. The result means the hosts inch to a three-point cushion in tenth spot while the OC’s drop to fourth place. Leaders Ongar Town continued their sparkling form with a 7 – 0 victory over struggling Herongate Athletic at Lakeside. Aaron Blair grabbed yet another treble to move to 18 league goals this term for Ongar, with Harry Rawlins notching twice alongside singles for Frankie Goodall and Rodney Wilson. Richard Ponsford’s side now have an eight-point lead at the summit and surely won’t be caught before the end of May.

That being said, Manford Way could give it a good go as they won 6 – 2 at Shoebury Town. Tyrone Scarlett netted a superb treble to lead the way for Trevor Grace’s side here, with Jourdon Sabarouche also grabbing two goals himself. Ronnie Hobbrough got the other goal as Manford made it four wins from their last five games. Shoebury probably cannot wait to regroup in June now as they are four points adrift of Herongate at the foot of the table.

There were goals aplenty in other matches this weekend too, only the 41(!) being scored overall in the six matches in the division this weekend. Snaresbrook certainly did their bit for that tally as well with a 5 – 2 win at Toby. Daniel Tesfay got another double here for Rob Caine’s side, as Drew Barbier also notched a pair plus Ife Ogunbayo also netted from twelve yards. ‘Brook go above their hosts here into sixth and they are only three points adrift of a top-three place, such is how congested the top half of the standings are. Also, Galleywood managed a fine 3 – 0 win at Runwell Sports with Matthew Buckingham, Thomas Watling and substitute Luke Osborne all finding the net at St Luke’s Park. ‘Wood go up to third in the standings while Runwell drop to fifth.

Finally for this division, Chingford Athletic made it four games unbeaten as they won 4 – 2 at Ramsden Scotia. Michael Mignot got another double here to take his tally to nine goals in a Chingford shirt in the last month. Archie Stojic and George Miller also netted to send Lee Bowers’ side up to eighth. I wouldn’t rule them out making a late run for a top-four spot either. Scotia drop to ninth spot.

EOFL Division One Table (after April 24 action)

EOFL Division Two

On a day of movement in the top half in Division Two, Leigh Town got back to their irrepressible selves with a thundering 6 – 1 at Old Southendian Res. Brodie Horne netted another three goals here to make it to five league goals this term now. Tom Byford, Sam Irvine and Lewis Lawrence completed the ensemble cast of scorers for Jack Pearman’s side who remain a point clear at the summit, while OS Ressies remain seventh. Beacon Hill Rovers ended a three-match winless run with a 3 – 0 win at my local club Rochford Town. Bradley Morgan, Karl Swanborough and Josh Perry all struck to give Stephen Bennett’s side renewed impetus in second spot, Rochford drop to tenth.

Elsewhere, Corinthians moved into third place with a decent 2 – 0 win over Ryan at Stambridge. John Bolton-Smith and Leo Clarke provided the goals as Chris Stoneham’s side got their third straight win. Ryan remain in eighth spot, a point clear of Harold Wood Athletic Reserves who were held 1 – 1 by AS Rawreth at Harold Wood Park. Substitute Darren Wettner got the crucial goal there for the hosts as bottom side Rawreth finally got their first point of the campaign. May & Baker ‘A’ also got a fine 3 – 2 win over Laindon Orient with Nimaga Dauda notching twice for Scott Harding’s team. A known name to fans of the whole club, Carl Patten got the other goal for Bakers. Carlos Dias and an OG accounted for Laindon’s goals but this loss drops them to fourth and makes them vulnerable to being caught by both Wakering & Epping as Orient have played more matches.

Speaking of Wakering, Wakering Sports took on Epping Town this weekend at Cupid’s. A fine performance saw the hosts emerge with a 3 – 1 victory with Ben Rowe, Ben Burrows and Max Drury goals sealing a third win in succession for Mitchell Gleeson’s side. Charlie Pollard netted a late goal for Town but Wakering go above their opponents here into fifth spot.

EOFL Division Two updated Table (after April 24 action)

EOFL Division Three

In Division Three this week, leaders ACD Utd came away with a fine 3 – 2 win over Collier Row at the Forest Row Centre. Jamie Alexandrou, Connor Lambert and Jake Noble all struck for player-boss Michael Wade’s side as they extended their lead at the summit to four points. Row suffered a damaging defeat here in their own promotion ambitions and fall to sixth. ACD’s two nearest rivals also had setbacks, with Manford Way Res being held to a 1 – 1 draw at Hullbridge Sports ‘A’. Edward Hawney netted for the Lower Road developmental side, with David Hornsby notching his 18th league goal of the season to level for the visitors, who are still unbeaten in their last six matches.

Elsewhere, in the late kick-offs, Basildon Town Reserves came from behind to defeat Wakebury 2 – 1 at Basildon Sports Club. Late goals from Mark Squibb and a Scott Cooper penalty were enough to overhaul Adam Topley’s earlier goal for the Berries to give the hosts their fourth win in their last six outings. Wakebury’s three-match winning run is over and they are four points adrift in third now. Also, Toby Res were held 2 – 2 by Corinthians Res at Ford’s Sports Club in Newbury Park. The result doesn’t do much for either side as they both are in the bottom three.

Buckhurst Hill Res got a fine 4 – 1 win at home to Lakeside Utd with Harry Davison scoring for the visitors there. Buckhurst’s second-side had a brace from Louie Cooper to set them on their way to success, with Endrit Abazi and Genit Abazi both also netting here. Buckhurst’s second-side rose to ninth after this victory. Also, Hutton Res had two matches this week which heralded six points. Firstly in midweek, they defeated Collier Row 4 – 1, in a match I attended at Polo Fields, my report is available here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/04/22/s-20-21-match-report-hutton-res-4-1-collier-row-wed-21-apr/

Meanwhile at the weekend, Hutton Res defeated Leigh Town Res 5 – 1 with Jack Shaw scoring twice, plus Carl Dutton, Thomas Price and substitute Bailey Morris were all also on target in their fourth consecutive win. Bill Stratford’s side sit fourth, level on points with Wakebury just above them in what is a tight top six (see table below).

EOFL Division Three table (after April 24 action)

EOFL Division Four Results  

Chingford Athletic Res  1 – 4 Catholic Utd Res   | Town Mead [3G]

Galleywood Res  5 – 4  Leytonstone Utd   | Moulsham High Sch [3G]  

Hashtag Utd Dev  4 – 0  Wakering Sports Res   | Barleylands Road

Laindon Orient Res  2 – 1  Canning Town Res   | Markhams Chase

Old Chelmsfordians Res  1 – 3  Shenfield AFC Res  | Lawford Lane

Sungate Res  5 – 4   Ongar Town Res    | Ilford Wanderers RFC

EOFL Senior Five Results  

AS Rawreth Res  1 – 10  Springfield Res   | The Warren

Collier Row Res  H – W  Shoebury Town Res   | Home Walkover

Epping Town Res 3 – 3  Newbury Forest Res  | Epping UC Rugby Club

Herongate Athletic Res  2 – 0  Leigh Ramblers Res  | Billericay Road

Roydon  H – W Old Barkabbeyans  | Home Walkover

Runwell Sports Res A – W  Wakering Sports ‘A’  | Away Walkover

S 20-21 Match Report: Buckhurst Hill 5 – 0 Harold Wood Athletic (Sat 24 April) [EOFL 20-21 24.4.21]

Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Venue: Roding Lane (Stadium Pitch)

2020-21 Season: Match 28

Saturday 24th April 2021 – 2.30pm KO

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

Harold Wood: Sky Blue & White Shirts, Sky Blue Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

Sam Sollosi (B Hill) striking a free-kick (Image: Scott W)

Buckhurst seal fifth consecutive League win at Roding Lane

Buckhurst Hill 5 – 0 Harold Wood Athletic

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

The weekend’s Non-League adventure took me to Roding Lane for a first visit since the facilities have been upgraded (last summer). This Essex Olympian League Premier Division match saw Buckhurst Hill having to face a tricky test in Harold Wood Athletic, managed by ex-Barkingside boss Alex Goldstone. The hosts had to do without top goal-scorer Suleyman Zuhdu as well who was unavailable. Tyler Dolan led the forward line here, with the Sollosi brothers, Nathan & Sam being his chief support. Josh Banfield skippered the side, alongside Jack Griggs in central midfield. Harold Wood were also missing several players from their squad, which severely restricted their substitute options, but could still field rugged centre-back Matthew Donovan, alongside James Ishmail in central defence. Support from the flanks came from wingers Jack Sykes-Brown and Chris Denham, with skipper Rob Whitnell and Josh Steel in attack.

In great conditions for Sport, the match got going with both sides looking to wrestle the momentum and therefore it was a little bit of a cagey, slow-burn start. One thing was clear, Buckhurst left-sided pair Liam Foster and Nathan Sollosi were getting some joy over-loading on that side, finding space but in the early-going at least, the chances on goal did not arise. Indeed it was the visitors who tested the alertness levels of home custodian Daniel Blockley on seven minutes, as Blockley superbly tipped over a sweet curling free-kick from experienced forward Robert Whitnell which was heading for the top corner. You may not be surprised to read that Jill continued with their patient build-up play and kept faith with their attack-minded ethos. It nearly paid dividends with 17 minutes on the clock as another good weaving run by the tricky winger Sam Sollosi fed forward Tyler Dolan though his glimmer at goal ended sailing over the goal frame.


Visiting goalkeeper Steven Reynolds was in action again four minutes later as a good Hill attack ended with a curling strike from Foster which Reynolds did well to gather. At the other end, Wood’s forays forward were becoming a little less frequent by this stage, though a powerful free-kick by winger Jack Sykes-Brown was well gathered by Blockley. Moments after Dolan had a decent header denied by Reynolds, it would be the home side who broke the deadlock. Athletic could not clear their lines sharply enough and a fine strike from 25 yards by central midfielder Jack Cripps sailed in low into the corner past Reynolds for a fine opening goal. Hill finished the half strongly as well as five minutes before the break, a free-kick from twenty yards out was curled over the woodwork by Sam Sollosi but that was another warning for the visitors.

Unfortunately, Alex Goldstone’s were unable to see out the last few minutes of the half as on 42 minutes, winger Nathan Sollosi came into possession and fired a low drive which just evaded Reynolds and found the far corner. Two clinical strikes were the difference at the interval but in fairness, it was Mark Williams’ side who more than shaded both the possession stats and keenness to create opportunities.

Half-Time:  Buckhurst Hill  2 – 0  Harold Wood Athletic

After the interval, Buckhurst continued with their passing game, out from defence with centre-back Henry Day particularly keen to set the tone and the pace of attacking moves. Another decent move involving captain Josh Banfield and Day ended up with Sam Sollosi not getting enough venom on his goal-bound effort which gave Reynolds ample chance to gather comfortably. Just after the fifty-minute mark, it was a four-minute spell which effectively ended the contest. Firstly on 51 minutes, a Buckhurst counter-attack saw Dolan in goal with only Reynolds to bypass and the forward calmly struck home with a low strike into the left-side corner to make his side three-nil up. Merely four minutes after that, Dolan was again presented with a clear run at goal and again he buried it with an opportunistic finish as the spirits of the visiting side were starting to ebb away.


To be fair to Harold Wood even though they did struggle to create enough chances to consistently test home ‘keeper Blockley, they did still venture forward. Midway through the half, a good effort from Sykes-Brown found Blockley ever-alert and showing good positional awareness to gather well. The hosts brought on a number of replacements in the latter stages, including full-back Brad Gayer and forwards Zachary Davidson & Fehinti Falola but it was fair to say the tempo of the game was slowing but Hill were still keen to improve their goal difference.

With four minutes left, Sam Sollosi found himself one-on-one with Reynolds but the stopper managed to fumble the ball wide for a corner. He wasn’t so fortunate moments later as Falola had to score from close range, but Reynolds denied his first effort but it was to no avail as Falola was able to turn in the rebound to seal a good afternoon’s work for the defending champions, who remain five points clear at the summit with above five weeks of the ‘mini-season’ remaining.

Full-Time: Buckhurst Hill  5 – 0  Harold Wood Athletic


In summary, Buckhurst were too strong and fluid in their attacking moves for Harold Wood to cope with, and the hosts have done that to many sides in the last few seasons. The lack of options off the bench also made it more awkward for Alex Goldstone’s side, who had to name both his assistants on the bench today. Before kick-off, you’d be tempted to think that without talisman Suleyman Zuhdu and with ‘guest’ forward Callum Ibe limping out of the warm-up with a groin niggle, it may not have been their day but before the hour was reached, Hill more or less sealed the game thanks to the sheer depth of their squad and their attacking ethos.

In terms of stand-out performances, Buckhurst may have another promising forward joining a long line of contemporaries in Tyler Dolan, who deserved his two goals and led the line well with both the Sollosi brothers in support. Nathan Sollosi in particular showed good awareness down the left channel and a good passing range. He also  linked up well with wing-back Liam Foster, who also had a fine afternoon showing good energy levels, willingness to run in behind the opposition full-back and a good cross or two along with it. Centre-back Henry Day also marshalled the backline well and even drove forward on a few lung-busting runs forward in possession too.

For Harold Wood, winger Jack-Sykes-Brown showed the most impetus going forward and kept going pretty much all match and his runs and passing showed he could be one to watch. Centre-back Matthew Donovan was his usual miserly self in defence and broke up a few promising Hill attacks and kept his side going on-pitch too. Forward Robert Whitnell also merits a mention as despite not receiving the array of service he’d like, he still made a few good runs and battled on in his characteristic way to try and give his side a glimmer of hope but it wasn’t to be today.

If you’d like to view the week’s Olympian League round-up, you can do so here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/04/25/s20-21-round-ups-essex-olympian-league-sat-24-april/

I’d also like to thank the hosts, in particular Buckhurst boss Mark Williams who is a great advocate of the Olympian League as well as supportive of the likes of myself & my Non-League media colleagues. If Buckhurst do get promoted in the summer, they will be missed, on-pitch & off it too.

Teams

Buckhurst Hill    | Manager: Mark Williams 

Starting XI: 1 Daniel Blockley (GK), 2 Alfie Harris, 3 Liam Foster, 4 Henry Day, 5 Max Nicholson, 6 Jack Griggs, 7 Sam Sollosi, 8 Joshua Banfield (Capt), 15 Louis Wynter, 10 Tyler Dolan, 11 Nathan Sollosi


Subs On: 12 Bradley Gayer [57’], 18 Daniel Whitehead [57’], 17 Zachary Davidson [67’], 16 Fehinti Falola [79’]


Goal-scorers: Jack Griggs [31’], Nathan Sollosi [42’], Tyler Dolan [51’ & 55’], Fehinti Falola [89’]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Ibe



Harold Wood Athletic   | Manager: Alex Goldstone

Starting XI: 1 Steven Reynolds (GK), 2 Jacob Roberts, 3 Jack Baines, 4 James Ishmail, 5 Ben Dosad, 6 Matthew Donovan, 7 Jack Sykes-Brown, 8 Dan Johnson, 9 Robert Whitnell (Capt), 14 Josh Steel, 11 Chris Denham

Subs On: 15 Max Sheppard [23’]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Benson, S Williams



Referee: Kevin Nicholson

Assistant Referees: Keith Gold & Margarit Tsekov

S20-21 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 17 April) [EOFL 20/21 18.4.21]

Image from Cor 3 – 3 OS Res (EOFL D2 18.4.21)

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

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of my round-up articles, looking at the action in third week of the ‘mini-season’ in the  Essex Olympian League divisions on Saturday 17th April. As ever, our focus here is on the top four divisions but myself and fellow writers were out watching Olympian League matches this week. Thank you for reading.

EOFL Premier Division 

As ever we start in the Premier Division and in a crucial match between the top two, Buckhurst Hill emerged with a 3 – 0 win at Basildon Town. Talisman Suleyman Zuhdu notched another two goals to make it to 19 goals already this term. Recent recruit Callum Ibe had earlier put Mark Williams’ side ahead with a good piece of opportunism. Hill have now won all six of their home matches and extend their lead at the summit to five points. Catholic Utd could yet challenge the leaders as well after they emerged from a bruising encounter with a 5 – 3 win over Sungate at the Len Forge Centre. Rhys Fatt notched a brace here for Stuart Marshall’s side, with Michael Sammut, Aaron Baldwin & Brad Rowland also netted to overpower goals for the visitors from Petrit Elbi, Jamie Doyle and George Johnson. Utd remain third, seven points away from Buckhurst, while Sungate remain in 8th and even with matches in hand on the sides above them, it’ll take quite a run to break into the top three I feel.

Meanwhile, Rayleigh Town picked up an important 2 – 0 win over Canning Town at London Road which pushes them up to 9th spot and drops their opponents to the foot of the table. Old Southendian rose off the bottom despite being held 1 – 1 by Kelvedon Hatch at Garon Park. Ryan Scott netted for the visitors who drop to eleventh place. That was because Shenfield AFC grabbed only their second away win this term, defeating Harold Wood Athletic  2 – 1 at Harold Wood Park. Josh Steel netted again for the home side, but strikes by Ben Absolon and Joe Heath ensured the victory which sees them rise to tenth. It’s also worth noting that the bottom six are separated by just three points.

Springfield fell to third bottom after sharing a 2 – 2 draw with Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. The hosts were two goals to the good at half-time but late goals from Kurt Smith and Chris Gibbs meant it was Billy Cove’s side who left the happier of the two sides.  

Finally, in the lunchtime kick-off, Leigh Ramblers had a fight hard for a 4 – 3 victory over fellow top five side Hutton at Belfairs Park. Justin Hazell nabbed a brilliant treble, which was added to goal-scoring centre-back Harry Haysom. Matt Singh’s side fought back through a double from Will Marlowe and Mason Hall from the penalty spot. Ramblers replace Hutton in fourth spot but both sides will be looking to surprise the top three in the remaining weeks of the campaign.

EOFL Division One

There were mixed fortunes for the top four in Division One this weekend. Leaders Ongar Town retained their unbeaten record with a 3 – 0 win at second-placed Runwell Sports with Frankie Goodall, Harry Rawlins and Aaron Blair all on target for Richard Ponsford’s side. Ongar extend the lead at the summit to six points now. Manford Way also picked up a great 2 – 0 win at rivals Old Chelmsfordians, with Connor Hammond netting both goals there for Trevor Grace’s side. Manford rise to fourth in the standings while the OC’s first loss in six matches sees them lose ground on leaders Ongar.

Elsewhere, Chingford Athletic continued their rise in the form book with an emphatic 11 – 0 win over struggling Shoebury Town at Town Mead. Michael Mignot again showed the art of finishing by notching five times here, with Sam Coe netting three times also, plus substitute Lee Lashley struck twice and George Miller added the other goal.  Chingford remain ninth but are only six points away from the top four now. Shoebury remain bottom after another hard loss for them this weekend.


In the other action this weekend, in the lunchtime kick-off, Ramsden Scotia nabbed a narrow 1 – 0 win over Galleywood in the match reversed to Clarkes Field. The win keeps Ramsden in eighth while ‘Wood drop to fifth. Rayleigh Town Res got their third win of the season and go up to ninth spot after a 2 – 1 success at Snaresbrook. And Toby had a Rhys Willson goal to thank for a 1 – 0 triumph over second-bottom Herongate Athletic at Ford’s Sports Club in Newbury Park, which takes them up to sixth spot. Fellow Non-League writer Aaron Moore was watching and his report is available here: https://footballreview.net/match-report-toby-1-0-herongate-athletic/

EOFL Division Two

Moving into Division Two now and Laindon Orient arguably got the result of the weekend with a 5 – 0 victory over Rochford Town at Markhams Chase. Ashley Blackburn led the way with a brace to take his tally to nine goals so far this term. The other scorers were Anthony Hill, Jason Purewal and a well-known name in Non-League circles in Shomari Barnwell. Neil Blackburn’s side go up to second, level on points with leaders Leigh Town. Rochford dop to ninth spot.

The other contender for result of the week was Epping Town’s 2 – 1 win over Leigh Town which ended Town’s hugely impressive 30+ match undefeated streak. Callum Turner got both goals for Stuart Hoskins’ side while Kieran Craine netted for Jack Pearman’s side. Epping go up to fourth in the standings and cannot be discounted in the race for promotion.

Another side who may have a say in the promotion race are fifth-placed Corinthians who were held to a 3 – 3 draw by Old Southendian Reserves at Stambridge Memorial Ground, which I was fortunate to watch first-hand. This was a brilliant, see-saw, end-to-end dramatic encounter filled with attacking football. Jordan Stoneham, Leo Clarke & Damian Siemienczuk all scored for Chris Stoneham’s side. Nico Dubouchet’s brace and a tap-in from Thomas Margerison made sure Josh Bambury’s side left with a deserved point. My in-depth report on this pulsating match is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/04/17/s-20-21-match-report-corinthians-3-3-old-southendian-res-sat-17-april/

Meanwhile, Beacon Hill Rovers are yet to win since the season restarted after they were held 1 – 1 by Harold Wood Athletic Res. Adam Farley got the goal for the Athletic second-side as they fortified ninth spot. Rovers drop to third and are vulnerable to being caught by Epping & Corinthians as the latter two sides have games in hand on Stephen Bennett’s side. Also in this division, Ryan emerged with a 3 – 2 win at home to AS Rawreth which sent Declan Murphy’s side up to eighth place in the table.

EOFL Division Three

In Division Three, Manford Way Res remain in second place after a comprehensive 5 – 0 win at Buckhurst Hill Res at Roding Lane. Jack Barraclough’s superb hat-trick led the way though David Hornsby stuck for the third successive match to add further gloss to the score-line. The East London side are three points clear of Wakebury in third who clinched a 4 – 1 win away at Leigh Town Reserves. Daniel Buglione scored another double here for Matt Cardy’s side to take his tally to seven goals in the last three matches alone. Harry Kateley and Charlie Little also chipped in to give the Berries a three-point cushion over nearest rivals Collier Row. Row lost 1 – 0 at Basildon Town Res with Nathan Fisher getting the decisive goal for Richard Bennett’s side there for their third win in their last five games and they remain seventh.

ACD Utd were not in action as they got the points, courtesy of home walkover in their match with Corinthians Res, who were unable to field a side. Elsewhere, Lakeside Utd got their first win since the restart with a 3 – 1 home triumph over Hullbridge Sports ‘A’. David Alele notched twice here with Mohamed Bouzeryouh grabbing the other goal to keep them comfortably in eighth spot.

Finally in this division, Hutton Res made it two wins in four days, firstly with a midweek 1 – 0 win over Basildon Town Res at Polo Fields with Keelan O’Donovan getting the goal of that game, watched by myself and Non-League colleague Pete Dudley – his report on that game is here: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2021/04/hutton-reserves-1-basildon-town.html

The Hutton second-side followed that up on Saturday with a 2 – 0 win against Toby Res, also at Polo Fields. Conor O’Regan got both goals in that match, which sees them remain in sixth place but are only six points adrift of the top three.   

Finally for this division, some news this week. Leigh Town Reserves boss Robert Hutchings-Spiller has elected to step down at the end of the season, after four years in charge. I’d like to wish ‘Hutch’ well in his future in the game.

EOFL Division Four Results  

Canning Town Res  2 – 5  Old Chelmsfordians Res  | Jo Richardson Sch 

Catholic Utd Res H – W Laindon Orient Res  | Home Walkover

Galleywood Res  2 – 2  Hashtag Utd Dev   | Clarkes Field

Leytonstone Utd 1 – 9  Chingford Athletic Res | Forest Row Centre 

Shenfield AFC Res  1 – 3  Ongar Town Res   | The Drive, Warley

Sungate Res A – W  Wakering Sports Res   | Away Walkover

EOFL Senior Five Results  

AS Rawreth Res A – W  Newbury Forest Res  | Away Walkover

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res 4 – 2 Old Barkabbeyans  | Silver Leys |

Roydon  3 – 0 Springfield Res  | Roydon Playing Fields   |

Shoebury Town Res  4 – 0  Runwell Sports Res | Cupid’s CC (pitch 4) |

Wakering Sports ‘A’ 5 – 0 Leigh Ramblers Res  | Cupid’s CC (pitch 2)  |



S20-21 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 10 April) [EOFL 20/21 11.4.21]

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

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of my round-up articles, looking back on the action in the Essex Olympian League divisions on Saturday 10th April, with some super score-lines occurring & a tale of sportsmanship as well. As ever, our focus here is on the top four divisions, though there is a mention of the game covered by a Non-League colleague in Division Five this week. Thank you for reading.

EOFL Logo

EOFL Premier Division                    

In this week’s top-tier action, Basildon Town were held 1 – 1 at Sungate, with replacement Jimmy Markham getting the important goal for player-boss Marcus Bowers’ team. Sungate levelled thanks to Lee Samways’ strike but drop to eighth after this result, while Town also lost ground by virtue of Buckhurst Hill’s comfortable 4 – 0 success over Hutton at Roding Lane. Captain Suleyman Zuhdu grabbed another double here to take his goal tally to 17 for the season. Nathan Sollosi and Tyler Dolan also netted to give Mark Williams’ side a two-point lead at the summit. Hutton’s fine form comes to a halt and they dropped one place to fourth. That was because Catholic Utd stunned Rayleigh Town 7 – 0 at London Road with Brad Rowland netting a treble, Aaron Baldwin a brace plus Tom Kearney and replacement Rhys Fatt notching in completing a big win for Stuart Marshall’s side to go into third spot on goal difference. Rayleigh’s tricky season continues and they are looking over their shoulder in second-bottom.

Elsewhere, Old Southendian grabbed a super 5 – 3 away win at Canning Town, thanks to a treble from midfielder Mitchell Ali and strikes from Craig Paton and Sam Adcock. OS’ first away win in five games his term sees them gain big ground on the five sides immediately above them. Canning fall to eleventh place, due to Kelvedon Hatch rising up to ninth spot thanks to a 2 – 1 victory over Springfield at New Hall. Kyle Asante and Lewis Young were the goal-scoring heroes for Steve Mann’s side. Springfield responded through substitute Jake Clarke but still drop below their opponents here to tenth spot.

Also in this division, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts maintained their good start to this ‘mini-season’ with a 3 – 1 triumph at Shenfield AFC. A brace from Kurt Smith and one for Kieran Southgate was enough to send Billy Cove’s side hurtling up to seventh in the table, five points adrift of the top four. And Harold Wood Athletic also continued their good form with a narrow 1 – 0 win over Leigh Ramblers at Harold Wood Park. Club stalwart John Bradley got the only goal of the game here for Alex Goldstone’s team.

EOFL Division One

This week in Division One, Toby rose to seventh spot, thanks to a 4 – 3 win over Galleywood in Newbury Park. Rhys Willson netted twice for the East Londoners, with Luis Ruiz and Louis Hill also on target on his debut. Galleywood fell to fourth spot as Old Chelmsfordians leapfrogged them into third place, as they won 4 – 0 at Ramsden Scotia. Martin Mixture, Joe Kemp, Samuel Adams and Paul Tiffen all netted for the OC’s. Ramsden sit in eighth spot, three points clear of the bottom three.

Also, Chingford Athletic got another positive result with a 1 – 1 draw at fellow strugglers Herongate Athletic. Michael Mignot got his second goal in as many weeks here as Lee Bowers’ side continue to look upwards. Runwell Sports got a comfortable 3 – 0 win over Rayleigh Town Res at St Luke’s Park which keeps the gap to leaders Ongar to three points.

Ongar Town themselves were involved in a game with a story this weekend, with Richard Ponsford’s side recording a big 15 – 0 triumph over Shoebury Town. The mass array of scorers were led by substitute Jack Zielinski’s treble, doubles for leading scorer Aaron Blair, Mitchell McCabe, Oswald Nyahunda and replacement Conner Jones plus one each for Joe Lilly, Eamon Payne, Harry Rawlins and Billy Reed. However, that wasn’t the aforementioned story. The story was that strugglers Shoebury did not concede the game before kick-off after several departures in the week and the South Essex side stood up for themselves & the league, which earned the leaders’ respect & acclaim on the final whistle. Something which I believe deserves noting here also, so credit to Shoebury.

In other action, Snaresbrook also pulled off a huge win, defeating Manford Way 3 – 1 at the London Marathon Sports Ground. Daniel Tesfay’s brace along with Ife Ogunbayo’s strike was enough to Rob Caine’s side further impetus as they are in sixth place in the standings, only four points away from the top four. Connor Hammond’s goal wasn’t enough for Manford in this game and they are only above their opponents here on goal difference now in fifth.

EOFL Division Two

In the third-tier, we have new leaders as Leigh Town are once again the team to catch, as they won 5 – 2 over Ryan at the John Burrows Recreation Ground. Brodie Horne notched twice in this match, along with further strikes by Daniel Driscoll, Rhys Mosedale and Lewis Lawrence. Jack Pearman’s side are two points clear at the top with games in hand on their nearest rivals. Corinthians celebrated a welcome return to form, defeating previous leaders Beacon Hill Rovers 2 – 0 at the Stambridge Memorial Ground to gain ground on the top three.

Meanwhile, Wakering Sports were back on winning form as they won 3 – 2 at home to Laindon Orient. Goals from Aaron Clark, Meschack Kisoka and Mo Sesay saw Mitchell Gleeson’s side to the points & cement their position in sixth. Laindon got on the scorer’s sheet thanks to a brace from James Shadwell but they ended the game with ten men and are now three points off the leaders & are vulnerable to being caught by Corinthians & Epping Town. Epping remain fifth after a important 5 – 0 win at strugglers May & Baker ‘A’. Callum Turner’s double got Stuart Hoskins’ side well on the way to victory, with goals from Graeme Turner, Joe Rickett and Charlie Pollard adding further gloss to the score-line.

Elsewhere, Rochford Town got a surprise 3 – 2 victory at Old Southendian Res as Harry Ford, Matt Welsh and Alex Gray all scored for James Cooper’s side. Dave Stubbs and Tom Judge responded for Oliver Tatton-Bennett’s side but it was Rochford who got the points which sent them rising up the standings to eighth spot. Also, Harold Wood Athletic Res grabbed a narrow 1 – 0 win at AS Rawreth, thanks to Ola James’ goal.

EOFL Division Three

In Division Three, ACD Utd recovered from defeat last week to remain two points clear at the summit, thanks to a 3 – 1 win over Lakeside Utd in the early game of the day at Westlands. Player-boss Michael Wade scored yet another double here to take his goal tally to 19 in the league this term, with Ollie Williams also on the score-sheet for ACD. Also, skipper Mason Oakley made his 100th appearance for the club in this match so congrats to him. Lakeside drop to seventh in the table after this result.

Buckhurst Hill Res got the points by virtue of a home Walkover against Corinthians Res, who are yet to win away from Stambridge this term. Hill’s second-side reside in ninth spot, one place above their opposition. Basildon Town Res had to grind out a

1 – 0 win at home to Toby Res, with Scott Cooper grabbing the decisive goal to send them up to sixth spot. Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ got a good three points in defeating winless Leigh Town Res 3 – 0 at the side pitch at Lower Road. Joseph Darby opened the scoring with substitutes Josh Boswell and Bryce Odea also notching as they fortified fifth spot with this result.

Elsewhere, Manford Way Res kept the pressure on leaders ACD with a 4 – 1 win at Hutton Res. Josh Duah struck twice for the Manford second-side, with top scorer David Hornsby and Fuad Ibrahim also netting. They sit second, three points clear of Wakebury, who scored six goals for the second successive week, emerging with a

6 – 3 win over fellow high-flyers Collier Row at Shoebury Park. Daniel Buglione struck a hat-trick, with Adam Topley netting twice and Billy Bonham-Dare adding another for Matt Cardy’s side. The ‘fly in the ointment’ for the Berries is that their five remaining games are all away from home.

EOFL Division Four Results  

Chingford Athletic Res  2 – 3  Sungate Res  | Town Mead [3G]

Galleywood Res  0 – 2   Shenfield AFC Res | Clarkes Field

Hashtag Utd Dev.  4 – 1  Canning Town Res   | Barleylands Road

Laindon Orient Res  3 – 3  Ongar Town Res  | Markhams Chase

Old Chelmsfordians Res  2 – 3  Wakering Sports Res   | Lawford Lane

EOFL Senior Five Results  

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  1 – 2  Shoebury Town Res  | Silver Leys

Epping Town Res  5 – 3 Old Barkabbeyans  | Epping UC Rugby Club

Leigh Ramblers Res  2 – 3  Newbury Forest Res   | Belfairs Park

Roydon  1 – 0  Collier Row Res  | Roydon Playing Fields

Springfield Res  13 – 0  AS Rawreth Res | Arun Park (Close)

Wakering Sports ‘A’  3 – 2  Herongate Athletic Res  | Cupid’s CC (pitch 2)

Fellow Non-League writer Aaron Moore [@aaron_moore25] was at Silver Leys to report on Shoebury Town Reserves’ win, here’s his report: https://footballreview.net/match-report-bishops-stortford-swifts-reserves-1-2-shoebury-town-reserves/

That’s all for this week’s EOFL round-up, we’ll be back next week.