Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] : Non-League & EOFL Writer
Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Olympian League preview, looking at the action from the top tier all the way to from Senior Division Five, with a look at results in Cup action too.
EOFL Premier Division
Friday 1st November – Catholic Utd 2 – 0 Shenfield AFC | The Len Salmon [3G]
The action in the Premier Division started on Friday night as Catholic Utd defeated Shenfield AFC 2 – 0 at the Len Salmon. Aaron Baldwin and Simon Thomas got the crucial goals as the Super Hoops rise to eighth spot.
Saturday 2nd November
Onto the Saturday action now in the top-tier, as three matches survived the deluge of rain across the county. First, Buckhurst Hill demolished struggling Harold Wood Athletic 7 – 0 at Roding Valley School’s 3G pitch. Suley Zuhdu led the way once again with a treble, while Nathan Sollosi also nabbed two goals, with Josh Banfield and Daniel Whitehead also notching in this thumping win which took Hill up to fourth spot. Ath succumbed to their third loss in a row, and drop to second-bottom. Hutton got only their second league win this term with a 2 – 1 triumph over Leigh Ramblers at Polo Fields. Joshua Bardouleau and Will Marlowe both struck to end the Rams’ four-match unbeaten streak. Also, Canning Town defeated 10-man Rayleigh Town 3 – 2 in Beckton.
Matches Postponed: Basildon Town P – P Kelvedon Hatch | Basildon Sports Club
Old Southendian P – P Sungate | Garon Park
EOFL Senior League Cup (1.30pm KOs)
In the two Senior Cup matches this weekend, both home sides progressed. Leigh Town sent fellow Senior Two side Laindon Orient out as Town won 4 – 1. Conor Cobb struck early for the visitors though goals from Sam Irvine, Sam Gillmore, Tom Byford and Max Jones saw to it that Leigh went through to the next round. Springfield join them there after overwhelming AS Rawreth 5 – 0 at Springfield Hall Park. Nav Arain, Ryan Culleton, Jack Mundy, Dave Wareham were all on the score-sheet, with Ryan Batchford also netting from 12 yards.
Essex Premier Cup Result
Runwell Sports 2 – 1 Clapton CFC | St Luke’s Park, Runwell
EOFL Senior Division One
In Senior One, three matches also survived the dreary weather. Chingford Athletic secured a narrow 1 – 0 win over Galleywood at Town Mead [3G]. Alex Gordon got the only goal in that one to give Ath, who lead the standings by two points now, their sixth win in their seven league matches so far. Manford Way had a brace from Joe Lovell to thank for a 2 – 1 away win at Shoebury Town. Also, Old Chelmsfordians picked up an impressive 3 – 1 win at Lakeside to leap up to fourth.
Matches Postponed: Rayleigh Town Res P – P Toby | London Road
Snaresbrook P – P Herongate Athletic | Nutters Field
Senior Division Two
Now moving into Olympian Senior Two and Epping Town had to come from behind to draw 1 – 1 at home against tough opposition in Old Southendian Res. Dave Stubbs got the goal for OS before Joe Thomas got a late leveller for Billy Cove’s side. Wakering Sports got their first win of the season with a thumping 5 – 1 home win over Rochford Town. Russell Beck hit a brace with Ben Burrows, Ryan Gregory & Ben Rowe also on target for the Shoebury-based side. Tommy Dominguez got a mere consolation goal for Town, who are regrettably finding wins hard to come by this term. Also, Corinthians defeated Ryan 4 – 0 in Stambridge. Jake Hodder struck twice, with Luke Owen also notching alongside an own goal as Chris Stoneham’s went back to the summit, a point clear of Beacon Hill Rovers who won 4 – 1 against May & Baker Res. Adebolu Adeyemi continued his stellar scoring run with a brace here, with Stephen Bennett and Josh Perry also on target here for Rovers. Substitute Lanre Sodeinde got Bakers goal though they have lost three in-a-row now, sitting in mid-table.
Other Result: Harold Wood Athletic Res H – W Westhamians | (Home Walkover)
Senior Division Three
In Senior Three, Leigh Town Res went sixth after a fine win at 3rd-placed Wakebury. Aaron Tyler struck twice alongside a goal for Bradley Shall-Sloan as Robert Hutchings-Spiller’s side came away with a fine victory. Elsewhere, ACD Utd held Corinthians Res 3 – 3 at Westlands. ACD are without a win in four matches now while the Corinthians second-side went back on top of the standings on goal difference.
Finally for this division, in the match I attended at the Len Forge Centre 3G, White Ensign Res were held 1 – 1 by bottom side Hullbridge Sports ‘A’. Henry Shields put Sports ahead before half-time though substitute Mechack-Kisoka Asuka levelled just after the hour mark. Ensign’s second team ended a run of three straight defeats here while Hullbridge ‘A’ picked up their first point of the season in this match. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/11/02/match-report-white-ensign-res-1-1-hullbridge-sp-a-sat-2nd-nov-eofl/
Buckhurst Hill Res P – P Hutton Res | Roding Lane (Pitch #2)
Collier Row P – P Basildon Town Res | Forest Row Centre
Toby Res P – P Lakeside Res | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park)
Senior Division Four
Galleywood Res 1 – 5 Chingford Athletic Development
Ongar Town Res 2 – 0 Wakering Sports Res
Shenfield AFC Res 0 – 4 Forest Glade
Match Postponed: Leytonstone Utd P – P Catholic Utd Res
Other: Old Chelmsfordians Res A – A Canning Town Res
Senior Division Five
Herongate Athletic Res 3 – 2 Springfield Res
Leigh Ramblers Res 1 – 2 Shoebury Town Res
Match Postponed: Roydon Res P – P Old Barkabbeyans