S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 21 Aug) [EOFL 21/22 22.8.21]

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

Hello & welcome to this week’s Essex Olympian League round-up, rounding-up the second week of action of the 2021-22 campaign. We look back at the top four divisions plus the results from Divisions Four Five.

I would like to dedicate this week’s edition to the memory of local Grassrooots legend Robert Hutchings-Spiller, who was remembered by a number of EOFL clubs with a minute’s silence or applause before their matches (Lead Picture from Catholic Utd v Springfield this weekend giving thrir tribute pre-match).

EOFL Premier Division

In the Premier Division, Basildon Town made it two wins from two matches with a 5 – 0 victory over Leigh Ramblers in a match moved back to the Basildon Sports Club. Rhys Fatt got another double here, with Keanu Hill, Grant Cumming and Jamie Bradbourn also on the score-sheet for Marcus Bowers’ team. Elsewhere, Old Southendian are also in possession of a 100% early record after a fine 3 – 1 win at Hutton. Craig Paton hit two goals here for Altar Ali’s side, with Nick Henesy also on target for OS. Stephen Judge struck again for Matt Singh’s side in this one.

In the match I attended at the Len Forge Centre, Catholic Utd got back into form with a big 6 – 0 win over Springfield. Franklin Craik netted four good goals for Simon Thomas’ side, with Pablo Passenda and John Nutman also netting for the hosts. If you’d like to see more on this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/08/21/s21-22-match-report-catholic-utd-6-0-springfield-sat-21-aug-eofl/

Still from Catholic Utd v Springfield 21.8.21 [Image by Scott W]

Also in the top-tier, Galleywood got their first win of the season with a 3 – 2 triumph at Canning Town, thanks to a double from Thomas Watling and one from Matthew Buckingham. Ongar Town also made it two wins from as many matches as they defeated Harold Wood Athletic 4 – 0 at Lakeside Sports Ground with Frankie Goodhall, Freddie Frazer and replacements Ayodele Awosika and Rodney Wilson all on the score-sheet for Richard Ponsford’ side.


EOFL Division One

Moving now into the second-tier, and Runwell Sports got their first win under player-boss Rob Hodgson as they defeated Toby 4 – 2. Charlie Little netted a fine first-half hat-trick, before Hodgson himself netted for his side. Chris Rowland and Albert Perry scored for Mark Jones’ team here. Beacon Hill Rovers recovered from last week’s defeat by winning 2 – 1 at home to Snaresbrook, George Davis and Jack Renwick netting for Stephen Bennett’s side here.

Herongate Athletic have two wins from two after a 1 – 0 win at manager Billy Cove’s former club Epping Town. Robbie Farrell got his third goal in eight days which ended up deciding the match. Corinthians started their campaign with a creditable 2 – 2 draw with Old Chelmsfordians at Stambridge. Jake Hodder got both goals for Chris Stoneham’s team here, while Matthew Crick and Thomas Holdstock netter for the OC’s. Finally for this division, Wakering Sports are also unbeaten after a fine 3 – 2 win over Leigh Town in an emotional game at Cupid’s. Russell Beck, Matt Wilson and Aaron Marshall were all on target for Mitchell Gleeson’s team.


EOFL Division Two

In Division Two, Harold Hill got their first win back as an EOFL club with a 3 – 1 success over May & Baker A at Noak Hill. Jack Suters got two goals here, with Peter Tyler also scoring for Mark Ellis’ team. Old Southendian Reserves began their season with a fine 4 – 1 win against AS Rawreth at Garon Park. Nico Dubouchet nabbed a double here, with Thomas Adams and Sam Jones also on target for Josh Bambury’s side.

Elsewhere in the division, Wakebury began their season with a 2 – 0 win over Rayleigh Town Res at their new home of Nursery Sports Ground. Debutants Harrison Grant and ex-Corinthians Reserves forward Max Hall scored for Matt Cardy’s side. Also, Harold Wood Athletic Res drew 1 – 1 with Hutton Res with Ben Rowe scoring for Steve Hubbard’s side and Harry Lane levelling for Bill Stratford’s visitors.


EOFL Division Three

Finallly for this week, in Division Three, there was a first win of the new term for  Basildon Town Res as they defeated Pitsea Athletic 2 – 1 in the late game this week. Andrew Edmunds and Jack Main were the scorers in this win for the Town second-side. Reece Stone replied for the EOFL newcomers. Hullbridge Sports Res also won, 4 – 3 against Corinthians Res at Lower Road. Joseph Darby netted twice for Jason Mole’s team. Bobby Badnall and Harry Mole also netted for the hosts, whilst Jay Knight, Sam Halsey and an OG contributed to the goals for Ben Adams’ side.

Meanwhile, they were wins for three other teams as Toby Res defeated Leigh Town Res 5 – 2 thanks to a brace from Oliver Dingli and goals from Lee Hill, Graham Knight and substitute Charlie Ross. Wakering Sports Res won 5 – 2 at Hashtag Utd Development with Daryl Cooper, Connor Fardyga, Ciaran Sweeney, David Watson and Scott Clark all on the ensemble cast of scorers for Sports. Harry Braysher and Kai Warren both replied for Utd. Lastly, goals from Dominic O’Kane and Joe O’Kane saw Catholic Utd Res to a 2 – 1 win at Collier Row.


EOFL Division Four Results

Galleywood Res 2 – 3 Canning Town Res

Ongar Town Res 3 – 3 Chingford Athletic Res

Southend Manor Development 2 – 1 Shenfield AFC Res

Wakering Sports A  1 – 0 Old Chelmsfordians Res


EOFL Division Five Results

AS Rawreth Res 1 – 0 Runwell Sports Res

Collier Row Res 7 – 5 Snaresbrook Res

Herongate Athletic Res  3 – 4 Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res

Pitsea Athletic Res 0 – 4 Leigh Ramblers Res

That’s all for this week, thanks for reading.

Season Review 2019-20: Essex Olympian League Division Four [EOFL SR 19/20 22.4.20]

Written By Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to the first of a mini-series of blog articles looking back at the ‘void’ Season 2019-20, as deemed by the FA. Sufficed to say, I felt it was important to mark what’s been another fascinating campaign in the Essex Olympian League, Essex Senior League & Eastern Senior League South (leagues I’ve watched mostly this season just gone).

Anyway, we begin the series with a look at Division Four, including an array of statistics compiled from the EOFL FA Full-Time website including top goalscorers & top appearance makers in the League fixtures. Thanks for reading.

 

EOFL Division Four  (as of season cut-off point of March 14th 2020)

As with all the EOFL divisions, the season was halted in mid-March 2020 before eventually being curtailed several weeks later. At that point, Roydon took advantage of a fine run of six wins from their last eight matches to get themselves to the top of the standings, with 39 points from their 15 unbeaten matches played. Ten of those matches were at home and the North West Essex side won eight of them, drawing the other two. They also were the best ‘Entertainers’ in the division this term, scoring 67 goals at an average of 4.46 Goals per game (GpG).

Their nearest rivals in second spot were former leaders Chingford Athletic Development, who if I recall correctly were a new side in the EOFL this season, supporting the club to begin a pathway for the first team (who played in Senior One this term) for players. The Ath ‘second-side’ amassed 38 points from their 19 matches, scoring 61 goals in the process (the second best in the division) and having three entrants in the Top Goalscorers listing but more on that later.

Ongar Town Reserves finished in third spot after a mixed campaign, with 28 points from their 17 matches. Five of their nine wins came away from home interestingly though it is also worth noting that only six of those 17 games were at home. A leaky defence arguably stopped them from being nearer the top two at the cut-off point, though it is certainly a campaign to build on next term.

Next, three clubs all on 27 points with goal difference proving decisive in separating them. In fourth spot are Wakering Sports Reserves, having won eight of their 16 matches and having a better defence than their nearest rivals. Forest Glade also ended on 27 points though ended up fifth, because of inferior (and zero) goal difference. They won eight of their 19 matches in total, though had a better second half of the campaign as they rose up the mid-table spots. Catholic Utd’s Reserve side finished in sixth, also on 27 points though because a negative goal difference dragged them down. Continuing the mantra of the first team somewhat, the ‘second-side’ scored 52 goals and conceded 58, the second worst defence in the division. Also, five of their eight wins at their home pitch at the Len Forge Centre [3G].

There lays a gap of seven points before we reach the bottom half sides. Firstly, Galleywood Reserves are in seventh spot, having won six of their 14 matches to end on 20 points. A hard-earned quirk of their season is that they have the fourth best defensive record in the division, with 26 goals conceded. Only three of the top four sides are above them in terms of having a more miserly defensive record. Leytonstone Utd are a point behind them in eighth place, having grabbed six wins from their 15 matches which isn’t bad going when you factor in they were the second weakest in terms of scoring goals in Division Four in 2019-20. Laindon Orient Reserves are just behind in ninth spot, with six wins and nine losses from their 15 matches. Unfortunately, the O’s second-side do have that poorest goal-scoring record this term, along with the third-worst defence. Club Chairman Neil Blackburn will hope for better next term, you feel.

Rounding off the division are Old Chelmsfordians Reserves (10th, 17 points from 15 matches), Shenfield AFC Reserves (11th, 12 points from 16 games) and lastly, Canning Town Reserves who amassed two wins  from their 18 matches to end up with ten points, whilst also conceding sixty goals, the worst in the division.

 

EOFL Division Four – Top Goalscorers 2019-20 Season

 

Player Club/s League Goals League Starts
 
1 Franklin Craik Catholic Utd Res 19 13
2 Lewis Watson Roydon 17 12
3 Tom Vine Wakering Sports Res 16 12
4 Lewis Page Roydon 15 9
5 Frankie Goodhall Ongar Town Res 14 10
 
=6 Zak Robinson Galleywood Res 12 10
James Medlock Leytonstone Utd 12 15
 
=8 Luke Dimond Chingford Athletic Dev 11 7
Jack Zielinski Ongar Town Res 11 7
George Burton Chingford Athletic Dev 11 9
Scout Bown Roydon 11 11
 
12 Dean Peck Galleywood Res 10 7
 
=13 James Warder Catholic Utd Res 8 10
Matthew Gauci Forest Glade 8 16
 
15 Umar Ali Chingford Athletic Dev 7 12

 

Finally, here’s the top page of the Leading Appearance Makers in Division Four (focus on League Starts)

  Appearances
  Club/s League Starts Bench Total
 
1 Kian Burton Chingford Athletic Dev 18 1 19
 
=2 Joseph Edwards Forest Glade 17 0 17
Shaun Warren Forest Glade 17 0 17
 
 
=3 Nathan Ackie Chingford Athletic Dev 16 2 18
Patrick Clarke Chingford Athletic Dev 16 1 17
Billy Calder Shenfield AFC Res 16 0 16
Matthew Gauci Forest Glade 16 0 16
Charles Simpson Forest Glade 16 0 16
 
=8 Jayson De Araujo Canning Town Res 15 1 16
Harry Holt Ongar Town Res 15 1 16
Trevor Kabuchu Ongar Town Res 15 1 16
James Medlock Leytonstone Utd 15 0 15
Lee Pellin Laindon Orient Res 15 0 15
 

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

EOFL Round-up  (Sat 30 Mar)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

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

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

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

 

EOFL Senior One

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

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

 

EOFL Senior Two

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

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

 

EOFL Senior Three

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

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

 

EOFL Senior Four

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

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

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

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 26 Jan) [EOFL 27.1.19]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another of my round-up pieces, this time looking at the Essex Olympian League action on Saturday 26th January, with a firm round-up of the Premier Division, all the way to Senior Division Four. Also including results from the Essex Junior Cup action this weekend. Thanks to Scott Lanza & the clubs for the data used in this round-up.

EOFL Premier Division

In the top-tier, with the top-two of Buckhurst Hill and Kelvedon Hatch deprived of their clash due to weather, third-placed Harold Wood Athletic missed a chance to go joint-top as they lost 2 – 1 at strugglers Sungate. Bishop’s Stortford Swifts suffered no such slip-up as they edged to a 1- 0 home win over mid-table Hutton, courtesy of a Sam Cole strike. They stay fourth, five points adrift of leaders Buckhurst Hill.

The chasing pack of Leigh Ramblers and Catholic Utd both won this weekend. Leigh Ramblers fought back to win 3 – 2 over rivals Old Southendian. Nick Henesy’s brace for OS was outdone by strikes by Justin Hazell, Luke Read and Andrew Webster as Leigh went 5th. Catholic Utd are only a point behind them in 6th, thanks to a 7 – 2 home success over out-of-form Springfield. Aaron Baldwin led the ‘Super Hoops’ scorers with a brace, while Simon Thomas, Jamie Salmon, player-boss Dan Trenkel, substitute Tom Hollingsworth and Tom Kearney all netted as well in Utd’s sixth win in their last seven matches.

Rayleigh Town slipped up as they lost 2 – 1 at Manford Way. Dillon Southgate’s goal for Town was outdone by strikes from Ruben Carvalho and Lee Lashley as Manford got their third straight win to cut the gap to Great Baddow to two points. Canning Town put Baddow further in the mire with a 4 – 1 success over the strugglers. Sulaiman Massaquoi got another double, which Dan Bonny and Fraser Ferguson added to give the Beckton-based side the win and stay 8th.

 

EOFL Senior One

Now heading into Senior One, which was headed by a terrific display by FC Hamlets in their 7 – 0 home win over mid-table Frenford Res. Charlie Heatley led the way with a hat-trick, while Faron Smith got two goals plus strikes from John Gilroy and Ajibola Orilonishe sealed their eighth win of the season which seems them remain in fifth.

Galleywood rose to seventh after a convincing 5 – 1 success at Old Chelmsfordians. Tom Lakin, Sean Lander, Jack Chatterway, Luke Osborne and Freddie Bartrum got the goals for the visitors. OC remain in the bottom two despite Martin Mixture’s solitary goal for them. Shenfield AFC won 1 – 0 at Herongate Athletic, thanks to Ben Absolon’s strike – they stay second, a point shy of leaders Snaresbrook. Ramsden Scotia got an unchallenged win, by virtue of an away walkover as May & Baker Res failed to fulfil the fixture.

 

Also, EOFL sides (In bold) were involved in Essex Junior Cup action this weekend, here are the results:

Extreme Utd  7 – 2  Lakeside Res

Jolof Sports  1 – 2  Westhamians

Leigh Town 3 – 1  Brentwood Utd

Old Southendian Res  3 – 0  Stanway Pegasus

 

EOFL Senior Two

The stand-out match in Senior Two was another goal glut for Toby in a 10 – 1 home success over out-of-form Rochford Town. Des Gallen, Justin Clarke,Ryan Morgan and James Coleman made it a four-pronged ‘brace club’ here for the hosts with Peter Spicer and Sam O’Sullivan also netting as Toby went three points clear at the summit. Lakeside defeated former pace-setters Shoebury Town  4 – 2 with Matt Bearman, Ryan Budd, Luke Quinton and the ever-reliable Drew Klessa-Smith netting. Bearman later got dismissed for the hosts but they crucially held on for the win to go above Shoebury into 5th. Meanwhile, second-placed Runwell Sports were held to a goal-less draw by Beacon Hill Rovers, who remain 3rd.

Harold Wood Athletic Res won 2 – 0 at home to strugglers Ryan as two Joe Pyne strikes were enough to send Ath’s second side level on points with Shoebury. In fairness, the top seven is separated by only eight points at present.

Chingford Athletic won at Newham Utd, courtesy of an away walkover as the hosts unfortunately couldn’t field a side I believe.

 

EOFL Senior Three

In Division Three, one match was blighted by weather but in three matches that did happen, 13 goals were scored. Hutton Res defeated fellow strugglers Old Chelmsfordians Res 4 – 1 at Polo Fields to rise one place to ninth. Conor O’Regan struck twice, with Chris Skingley and substitute Charlie Nichols also netting, Mikey Romaine got the consolation for OC Ressies, who are now seven points adrift at the bottom.

White Ensign Res got a good 3 -2 win at fellow mid-table side Roydon with Billy Diack, Perry Osbourne and Lewis Brown netting for Jack Caten’s side. The hosts responded through goals from Darren Williams and Ezra Folan though it wasn’t enough on this occasion.

With leaders Westhamians in cup action, Wakering Sports strengthened their hold on second spot with a 3 – 0 win at Laindon Orient….

 

EOFL Senior Four

Finally for this week, in Division Four the goals continued to flow – not least at Stonards Hill where Epping Town plundered eleven goals in a huge 11 – 2 win over second-placed Dagenham Utd. Liam Clifton and Glen Warwick both grabbed trebles with Alex Paraskeva adding a brace and Skirmantas Bulauka, Daniel Garfinkle and Eamon Payne also notching. Utd hit back through the division’s top scorer Jacob Dingli and Scott Gormer though Epping stay third, seven points shy of leaders Corinthians, who were held 1 – 1 by Shenfield AFC Res at the Stambridge Memorial Ground. Former Essex Alliance League player Corley Ross netted for AFC, with the proflic John Bolton-Smith got the home side’s strike.

In other action, Buckhurst Hill Res were held 3 – 3 at strugglers Old Barkabbeyans, mid-table Canning Town Res won 5 – 3 at Galleywood Res and Catholic Utd Res won 6 – 1 at home to Toby’s second side.