Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
Hello and welcome to my round-up of Essex Olympian League action from the last week, from the Premier Division all the way through to Senior Division Three, starting off with the weekend action then moving on to the midweek matches that survived the returning rain..
Senior League Cup Quarter-Finals
The two remaining quarter-finals took place on Saturday, as Olympian Premier side Kelvedon Hatch comprehensively beat Olympian Senior One side Great Baddow 5 – 0 at New Hall thanks to doubles from Antony Aylett and George Saunders plus a Chris Neville strike.
Leigh Ramblers edged Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 2 – 1 with goals from Seb Allen and Ryan Lowe. Josh Daniel got the Swifts goal. Ramblers face Kelvedon at home in the second semi-final next weekend for the chance to face Frenford, who effectively got a bye through to the Senior Cup Final as opponents Newham Utd could not raise a side on Saturday.
Essex Olympian League Premier Division
In an unruffled fixture schedule this weekend, Catholic Utd returned to league action and their title credentials were enhanced with a 4 – 0 victory over relegation-haunted Basildon Town at Wellstead Gardens. A Dan Trenkel brace plus further goals from Max Kent and Thomas Kearney saw the Super Hoops up to 4th spot with ten matches still to play. Town simply have to win all three of their remaining matches to have any chance of averting the drop.
Elsewhere, Springfield won 3 – 0 at Rayleigh Town through a Joe Mayer brace and one from Josh White. Harold Wood Athletic maintained their slim title chances in 5th (with games in hand) with a 2 – 1 success over May & Baker thanks to strikes from Matt Donovan and Charlie Liddiard, with James Barlow the scorer for May & Baker, who remain 3rd.
Also, Manford Way edged to a 2 – 1 victory over fellow mid-table side White Ensign as Henry Fisher and Lubona Wyatt both netted for the Fairlop-based side, while Elliot Vile responded for Brett Munyard’s men. Manford rise to 7th with this win, while Ensign drop to 6th and both sides have seven matches remaining.
Into Senior Division One and Buckhurst Hill apparently did win on Saturday 6 – 0, despite Full-Time showing the match being abandoned on 82 minutes. Meanwhile, Shenfield AFC secured another three points with a 3 – 1 win over Old Southendian with Will Marlowe bagging a brace for the hosts and substitute Francis Wright sealing the win, Nick Henesy replied for OS who drop behind Shenfield into 5th spot though have six matches left. Shenfield rise to 4th with just a solitary match to play. Galleywood also tasted success with a 3 – 2 win over fellow strugglers Newbury Forest. Jack Chatterway, Lewis Rose & substitute Matthew Buckingham all netted for the hosts though Forest replied thanks to goals from Matt Connolly and Scott Emmons.
Hutton recorded a narrow 1 – 0 away win at FC Hamlets with Chris Rowlatt the difference-maker to keep them 3rd., while Harold Hill drew 0 – 0 with Snaresbrook.
Moving into Senior Division Two on Saturday, and Benfleet continued their good form with a big 5 – 0 win over A1 Sports at Park Lane. A double from Ben Foord plus strikes from Brad Camm, Sonny Hartman and Tyler Hubbard did the job for the hosts, who rise to 3rd, courtesy of their 10th win of the season.
In the only other match, title challengers May & Baker Reserves kept the pressure on leaders Herongate Athletic with a 5 – 1 win at Rochford Town. Carl Patten’s hat-trick saw them well on their way and goals from Kane Messenger and Darren Seymour sealed the points. Rochford stay 11th, with three matches left to overhaul rivals Upminster and prevent relegation.
Finally on Saturday, in Senior Division Three, Frenford Reserves defeated Leigh Town 3 – 2 thanks to a Nick Hughes brace and one from Thomas Waymouth, Alfie Phillips and Gbavalena Waiwaiku replied for Town. Roydon won 2 – 1 at Hutton Reserves thanks to goals from Connor Ellis and Wesley Penny and stay 9th while Harry Calder netted for the hosts, who ended their season here and are currenly 5th.
Old Chelmsfordians Reserves drew 2 – 2 with Beacon Hill Rovers to see the hosts go up to 6th. In the late kick-off, the ‘battle of the top-two” saw leaders Manford Way Reserves lose 3 – 2 at home to Shoebury Town. Lee Lashley and Connor Leon netted for Manford though a brace from Dominic Binns and Scott Clark saw Town to victory and on the verge of promotion.
Into the matches that survived the weather in midweek now and on Monday night in Senior Division One, Newbury Forest battered Harold Hill 7 – 1 at Oakside. Braces from Bradley Gates and Matt Connolly were added to by Jason Reynolds-Blanche, Alfred Egembah and Adam Hunt as Forest got the win they badly needed and go four points clear of Galleywood in the second relegation spot, with three matches still in hand.
On Tuesday night in the Premier Division, I saw Springfield edge to a late 3 – 2 victory over Leigh Ramblers at Belfairs Park as goals from Joe Mayer, Louis O’Sullivan and Jamie Doyle sealed a comeback victory having gone behind early on. Credit must go to both sides who battled hard in tricky conditions after rainfall earlier in the day.
Ramblers stay 10th, while Springfield remain 2nd, six points behind current leaders Frenford – both the top two have four matches left though will still be wary of Catholic Utd who have six matches in hand over both of them.
There is one fixture set for Thursday and that sees Newbury Forest take on high-flyers Great Baddow in Senior Division One.
That’s all from the Essex Olympian League round-up this week, cheers for reading.