2018-19 Season Review – Essex Olympian League Premier Division (part 1) [EOFL PDR 20.11.18)

Written By Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

 

Hello and welcome to the first of a mini-series of articles looking at the EOFL divisions thus far this season. We start off with the top tier – the Premier Division with a look at all 14 sides from the bottom-up.

 

The beginning of the season saw somewhat of a upheaval with the likes of May & Baker, Frenford & White Ensign moving up to compete in the new Eastern Senior League South at Step 6. To compensate, a number of existing EOFL sides were promoted into the Premier Division (Step 7) and they were Great Baddow, Hutton, old Southendian, Sungate as well as Div One Champions Buckhurst Hill.

As I write this in mid-November, most sides have played ten matches and filling the bottom two places are Manford Way and last season’s champions Catholic Utd. Manford sit bottom after a very difficult start, with nine losses from their nine matches so far. A narrow loss at Rayleigh Town on the opening day started off the train which hasn’t yet been stopped. Arguably the biggest issue on-the-pitch at present is their scoring record: Nine goals in those nine matches.

Catholic Utd are the only other side yet to win this campaign and to be fair, a transition both in terms of management and a change in venue to Bowers & Pitsea’s new 3G pitch may have added to things. The ‘Super Hoops’ have only played eight matches, mainly due to Cup action (They also heavily beat Frenford Res in the Senior Challenge Cup in August). Their only points this season have come in the shape of draws at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts and at home to Leigh Ramblers in a rare midweek match. With their form in the Anagram Records Trophy (which they won last season), surely their league form will pick up at some point.

The next three sides (in 10th,11th & 12th) are promoted sides in Old Southendian, Sungate & Great Baddow. In one of these twists, all three sides have conceded 23 goals so far. OS had a rough start to proceedings with five straight losses though a big win over Manford Way prompted a run of only one loss in their last four matches. Sungate started with promise with wins at Kelvedon Hatch and at home to Manford in their first three matches though they are winless in their last six outings as they are finding out how strong the division is perhaps. Great Baddow round out this mini-group as they started the campaign with three defeats on-the-bounce though a home win over Leigh Ramblers and at Manford suggested an upturn may come. It hasn’t as yet as they are winless in their last five though a comfort to them may be that the three sides ahead of them are within five points of them at present.

 

Ahead of them in quite a tight cluster are five sides in the form of Canning Town (5th), Hutton (6th), Leigh Ramblers (7th), Rayleigh Town (8th) and Springfield (9th).

Springfield started fairly slowly with one win in their opening five though have picked up a bit recently with wins at Leigh Ramblers and at home to Old Southendian and it is that home form which may be a solid base for them, as for many sides in this tier for the remainder of the season. Rayleigh Town have made a solid start to the division and the stat the stands out for me is they’ve only conceded ten goals in their nine matches to date. They count wins over Hutton and Great Baddow as part of their fairly strong record at home.

Leigh Ramblers and Hutton made good starts themselves to the season though the latter have picked up in recent weeks with three straight wins (all at their Polo Fields pitch to Catholic Utd, Canning Town and Sungate respectively) which coincides with their increased goal-scoring threat. Leigh brought in a few new signings in the summer, all of whom have played at Essex Senior League level or higher and though at least three of them have since departed, it will be intriguing to see how they get on in the next few months.

Canning Town are another of the sides who have done well at home, at their ground in Beckton. They’ve beaten the likes of Catholic Utd and Springfield there whilst also can get the odd result away from home too so they probably will be happy with their work thus far.

Now onto the top four, which have a cushion on those below though only four points separates the top lot. Kelvedon Hatch in 2nd are two points clear of Harold Wood Athletic (3rd) and Bishop’s Stortford Swifts (4th) who are separated only Ath’s superior goal-scoring prowess. Buckhurst Hill have continued their superb form of last season to top the standings by two points.

Let’s look at the 3rd and 4th-placed sides first. Swifts have only lost one in ten thus far, with that coming in their opening match at Hutton. Since then, seven wins in nine matches has brought about wins over leaders Buckhurst Hill and Canning Town in recent times. Factor in that they don’t score many, little over a goal a game on average and you need a miserly defence and they have it – nine goals shipped thus far – the second best defensive record in the division at present.

Harold Wood Athletic are a side known to pose a threat and they started well with four wins in their first five league outings showed they meant business. They are strong at Harold Wood Rec though their battling qualities were also in evidence when I saw battle to a win at Leigh Ramblers (Summary here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/11/03/match-summary-leigh-ramblers-0-2-harold-wood-athletic-eofl-3-11-18/  ) earlier this month. They are unbeaten in their last four also.

Kelvedon Hatch sit 2nd, thanks largely to a run of eight games unbeaten and are the best goal-scoring side in the top-tier thus far. It’s always handy to have goals throughout the team and that logic seems to apply to Hatch. When you average nearly three goals a match, you know you’re in for a game and Kelvedon are also unbeaten away from home currently as well.

Finally for this tier, Buckhurst Hill have almost flawless record with nine wins from ten matches, with that only blemish coming at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. They also have a knack of grinding out wins and that is no bad thing, as well as being able to pile the goals on. They are unbeaten at their Roding Lane ground and the longer that run holds, the more likely they may be to be among the top teams this term.

Thanks for reading.

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 17th Nov) [EOFL 19.11.18]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Olympian League round-up, including all the League action from Premier Division to Division Three plus the results from various Cup competitions and EOFL Division Four. My thanks to fellow Non-League writer Scott L for his assistance with the data used in this article.

Sat 17th Nov

EOFL Premier Division

In the top-tier,  there was only two matches due to Cup action though we still saw nine goals. Canning Town defeated Springfield 4 – 1 in Beckton. Reece Morgan’s brace plus strikes from Carlos Garcia and Joe Hall saw Canning up to fifth spot. Springfield’s goal came via Jack Mundy though they stay in ninth. Hutton won 3 – 1 at home to Sungate as Chris Rowlatt’s goal was added to by a brace by substitute Brad Freeman. Reece Simpson responded for Sungate though they are winless in six matches now. Hutton are up to sixth.

Also, some results in the various Cup action here:

Basildon Town  4 – 4  Leigh Ramblers  (Basildon won 2 – 1 on pens)
Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  3 – 1  Old Southendian
Buckhurst Hill  4 – 0  Manford Way
Epping Town  2 – 3  Great Baddow (AET)
Kelvedon Hatch  3 – 1  Harold Wood Athletic

EOFL Senior Div One

In Olympian Division One, Snaresbrook maintained top spot with a 2 – 1 triumph at bottom side May & Baker EC Reserves. Strikes from Tyriquee Solomon and Michael Ikotun saw the visitors to their eighth win in nine matches. Shenfield AFC arguably had the win of the day in Senior One with a 5 – 0 success at Old Chelmsfordians. Jordan Elliot’s double plus goals from Sam Lock, Mitch Day and Ben Absolon saw AFC to their third straight win and they fortify third spot. Rayleigh Town’s Ressies won 2 – 1 at second-placed Ramsden Scotia thanks to goals from James Nottage and Oliver Ventura. Ramsden responded through Richard Bishop though the visitors ended a four-match winless run here.

Meanwhile, Frenford Reserves won 2 – 1 over Galleywood thanks to goals by George Fairhead and Harry Payne. Harry Bond got ‘Wood’s consolation as Frenford’s Ressies went above their opponents into seventh spot. Herongate Athletic got their second win of the season with a 3 – 1 success over Ongar Town.

EOFL Snr Div Two

In Senior Division Two, Lakeside made it another torrid day for bottom side May & Baker ‘A’ as the hosts won 11 – 0 as Drew Klessa-Smith got a five-goal haul with Sam Pettit also notching a hat-trick and Ryan Clark, Luke Quinton and substitute Charlie Ashpole also netting.

Beacon Hill Rovers won 3 – 1 at Newham Utd as strikes by Rene Bearman, Tyson Browning and Mat Kosinski saw them to a good three points. Runwell Sports narrowly won 1 – 0 at home to Chingford Athletic with Jordan Gregory getting the only goal to see Sports to third spot, level on points with Shoebury Town and Harold Wood Athletic Ressies. The latter two played on Saturday as Shoebury won 3 – 1 at Harold Wood Rec. Dom Binns helped his side’s cause with a double and Scott Clark also notched a goal.

Toby are three points clear at the summit after James Coleman’s effort saw them to a 1 – 0 away win at Upminster. Rochford Town hit seven past Ryan in a 7 – 2 home triumph. Braces for Tyler Fowles and Jason Patmore were added to by Ashley Fowles, Grany Lye and Valentine Tyrell to cap a super day for them.

 

EOFL Snr Div Three

In Senior Three, a Tom Adams brace was largely to thank for Old Southendian Ressies’ 2 – 0 home win over Roydon while Wakering Sports got the better of Academy Soccer 3 – 1 at Cupids. Francis Alinc’s brace was supplemented by Daniel Jones’ goal and Academy’s Marc Porter-Brown got their only goal.

Basildon Town Ressies got their first win of the season, with a 4 – 0 success over White Ensign Res at the Len Forge Centre. A double for Jake Bridgeman and strikes for Scott Cooper and Joseph Fogarty sealed a fine away day for Bas. Finally for D3, Westhamians extended their lead to seven points at the top by powering past Old Chelmsfordians Res 5 – 0. Two goals for Lewis Lawrence plus one each for Danny Dobson, Kenny Liddiard and Andy Hunter saw the hosts to their 7th win in eight matches thus far.

EOFL Senior Four R’s

Buckhurst Hill Res  6 – 1  Old Barkabbeyans
Dagenham Utd  5 – 3  Lakeside Res
Galleywood Res  2 – 1  Catholic Utd Res
Leigh Ramblers Res  1 – 2  Shenfield AFC Res
Toby Res  3 – 8  Corinthians

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

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 20th Oct) [EOFL 22.10.18]

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to another of my round-ups of the action in the Essex Olympian League this weekend, from the Premier Division, all the way down to Division Three, with thanks to Scott Lanza for the data used in this piece. Thanks for reading.

 

 EOFL Premier Division

We start off with the Premier Division and Bishop’s Stortford Swifts ended Buckhurst Hill’s long unbeaten stretch with a 1 – 0 home win over Hill thanks to Joel Brown’s solitary strike. Canning Town extended the ‘sinking feeling’ somewhat for Catholic Utd as Town won 3 – 2 in Beckton. Sean Mooney’s brace and one from Luke Nickles sealed the London outfit’s third win of the season.

Harold Wood Athletic won 3 – 1 at home to strugglers Manford Way with King Amieye, Michael Burton and Robert Whitnell all getting on the score-sheet for Ath in what was their sixth win of the campaign. Manford have lost all eight matches thus far and are one of only two sides that are winless this term, the other being Catholic Utd.

Springfield got the win of the day with a big 7 – 2 win at Leigh Ramblers. Jamie Selby-Knight got both Leigh goals though the Chelmsford-based side responded with a goal-glut. Dave Wareham got a double, with Dave Morgan, Ollie Gentry, Ross Lamb, Zach Davidson and Jack Mundy all also netting in their second win of the season.

Elsewhere, Great Baddow were held 2 – 2 at home by Sungate. Dane Nelson and Ryan Baxter struck for Baddow while Jake Clarke’s double ensured a point for the visitors. …..   Old Southendian also won 3 – 0 at home to Hutton to obtain their second win in their last three matches.

 

Senior League Cup Results

FC Hamlets 3 – 0 Galleywood 

Leigh Town 1 – 0 Westhamians

Newham Utd 3 – 6 Chingford Athletic (AET)

 

EOFL Senior Division One

Three matches in Senior One saw 20 goals scored. Basildon Town got a healthy chunk of them in a 6 – 2 win at Frenford Reserves. Alfie Phillips’ hat-trick and strikes from James Humphreys, Sener Suavi and substitute Billy Markham did the job as Town won their fourth match in five this term.

Elsewhere, a treble from Ryan Leddra assisted Ramsden Scotia to a 4 – 3 home win over Shenfield AFC. Antony Driscoll got the other goal for the hosts while Ben Absolon, James Bigmore and Jordan Elliott netted for AFC. Scotia have now won five of their six outings thus far. Snaresbrook retained the leadership with a hard-fought 3- 2 win over Ongar Town. Ryan Barker-Francis, Anton Ostrii and Tyriquee Solomon goals saw ‘Brook to their 5th straight win of the season while Ben Polley and James Stevens responded for Town, who are still having a decent campaign.

 

EOFL Senior Division Two

Senior Two saw an incredible 33 goals fly in from only four matches played. Runwell Sports got their biggest win for many a week with an absolute demolition of bottom side May & Baker ‘A’ – the match finished an astonishing 15 – 0. Four goals from Jae Lovell, a hat-trick from Declan Clarke plus braces from Charlie Adams and Aaron Rix, not forgetting one each for Corey Wallace, Scott Mortlock, debutant Charlie Gerada and substitute John Smithwick made it a day to remember for the hosts.

 

Elsewhere, Lakeside put seven past Rochford Town in a 7 – 1 home victory. Braces from top-scorer Drew Klessa-Smith and Connor White was added to by Luke Quinton, Harry Hearn and Jamie Jarvis to seal their third win of the season. Grant Lye got Town’s consolation.

Meanwhile, also in Senior Two, Shoebury Town now have a six-point lead at the summit following a 4 – 1 victory over Ryan. Dominic Binns got all four goals as Town continued their 100% home record and have now scored 38 goals in six matches. Beacon Hill Rovers edged to a much-welcomed 3 – 2 home triumph over Toby thanks to Charlie Brewer, Dave Howard and Matt Wilsher all notching. Justin Clarke and Ross Dipple replied for Toby though their fell to defeat for the first time in the league season.

 

EOFL Senior Division Three

With leaders Westhamians in Senior Cup action, all three of the chasing pack did their bit to close the gap. First, Academy Soccer won 4 – 1 at Old Chelmsfordians Res thanks to Dom Cooper’s brace plus added goals from Sam Parish and Luis Ruiz. Laindon Orient ‘stepped it up’ in the latter stages to win 4 – 1 at Wakering Sports with Sam Lake getting two with Rodney Sarsah-Wilson and James Shadwell also netting. Terry Horner got Sports’ strike though Orient are third spot, a point behind Academy in second.

White Ensign Ressies are fourth after a 3 – 2 win over Roydon at the Len Forge Centre. Adam Smith, Harrison Somerset-Butler and Lubona Wyatt goals did the business and overcame Nader Benzid’s double for the visitors.

Finally, in EOFL Division Four, Corinthians went two points clear at the top with a 3 – 1 win at Dagenham Utd.

Round-up: Essex Olympian League w/ Essex Alliance Rs [Prem – D3] (15th Sept 2018) [EOFL & EAL 15.9.18]

 

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to my round-up of Essex Olympian League action from the weekend of Saturday 15th September, with results from the first two tiers of the Essex Alliance League as well.

 

EOFL Premier Division

Starting off with the Premier Division as ever, current leaders Buckhurst Hill continued their fine start with a 1 – 0 triumph at Old Southendian, who were unable to get their first points of the season. Sonny Shilling struck late on to give Hill the victory.

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts defeated Harold Wood Athletic 3 – 2 as a brace from Charles Brown and a Mark Nougher strike overturned goals from Robert Whitnell and Joe Stevens for Ath who are now three points behind the leaders Buckhurst Hill. Rayleigh Town continued their useful start to the campaign with a 3 – 1 home victory over last season’s champions Catholic Utd. Max Jones ‘came to the party’ again with a splendid hat-trick for the hosts to secure the points.

Elsewhere, Canning Town won 2 – 0 at Sungate thanks to an OG and a Tom Quinn strike. Kelvedon Hatch won 2 – 1 at Leigh Ramblers as Dan Gillard and Mike Daniels strikes saw them to victory with former Essex Senior League player Matt Brinklow netting for Ramblers. Dan Gage’s double for Great Baddow saw them a 2 – 1 away-day win at winless Manford Way. Lee Lashley got their goal though the search for a win goes on.

 

EOFL Senior Division One

Shenfield AFC powered to a impressive 5 – 2 win at Frenford Reserves with braces for Jordan Elliott and Mitch Day and a Sam Bubb strike. Luke Jacobs and Reece Morley pulled two back for the hosts. Herongate Athletic also won 5 – 2, at home to Ramsden Scotia. Perry Aldridge and Ben Lambert netted twice while Ben Crouch provided the other goal for Herongate while Keegan Risley and Sam Wren struck for Scotia.

Snaresbrook narrowly won 1 – 0 over May & Baker E.C. Ressies with Harry Price getting the only goal. Basildon Town continued their renaissance with a 1 – 0 success at Old Chelmsfordians thanks to Jamie Miller’s strike.

 

EOFL Division Two

In Senior Two, Rochford Town had a day to remember with a 4 – 2 home win over Beacon Hill Rovers. Jason Patmore struck twice with Dwayne Francis-Riley and Troy Reed strikes adding to the scorers for the hosts. Charlie Brewer and Steve Bennett goals for Rovers weren’t enough to alter the result.

Runwell Sports secured a comeback victory over Lakeside as Callum Prin, Declan Clarke and an OG saw Sports to the points. To round out the action in D2, Toby and Shoebury Town drew 2 – 2 – Peter Spicer struck both of Toby’s goals while Dominic Binns and Aaron Day secured a point for Town. Newham Utd also drew 2 – 2 at Upminster with Kaci Henry and Omar Jomanday getting Utd’s goals.

Finally, in Senior Division Three, Old Southendian Reserves won 3 – 1 at White Ensign Reserves as Ryan Kelly, Pete Jelley and Ben Franklin all scored for OS’ second-string. Zach Somerset-Butley pulled one back for the hosts though they fell to defeat. Meanwhile, Westhamians also got a away win, 3 – 1 at Roydon. Tom Pennells, Ben Jones and Sam Jones supplied the goals for the newcomers while Nader Benzid got Roydon’s goal.

Also, Academy Soccer won 1 – 0 at Hutton Reserves thanks to an early as Luis Ruiz strike.

 

Essex Alliance League – Saturday 15th September

Senior Division

ACD Utd 4 – 2 Grove Utd

Colebrook Royals A – W Jolof Sports

Docklands Abion 1 – 2 London Cranes

London Park City 1 – 7 Blue Marlin

Lopes Tavares (London) Reserves 1 – 2 East Ham Inter

West Essex Reserves 2 – 1 Singh Sabha Barking

 

Division One

FC Baresi 1 – 1 Three Colts

Forest Green 3 – 5 Lymore Gardens

Melbourne Sports 1 – 5 Chingford Athletic Reserves

Rapid Chingford 2 – 1 Chigwell

 

That’s all for now. We’ll be back next week.

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 25.8.18) [EOFL 27.8.18]

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Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to the return of the Essex Olympian League round-up’s for the 2018-19 season. This season we will (as much as possible) go through the Results and more from the Premier Division, all the way to Senior Division Three.

We start with the first weekend of action in all four divisions – Saturday 25th August.

EOFL Premier Division

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts H – W  Great Baddow (Home walkover – Baddow couldn’t raise an XI)

In the ation that did go ahead, newcomers Buckhurst Hill continued their excellent start to the campaign with a 3 – 1 win over Catholic Utd. Richard Akinlade’s brace and Steve Townsend’s goal sealed Hill’s second straight win. Utd start with a defeat though Thomas Kearney got their goal.

Elsewhere, Canning Town defeated Old Southendian 4 – 1 thanks chiefly to a Reece Morgan hat-trick and a Beko Dushku strike. Town recorded their first success of the new term while the Southend side succumbed to their second straight loss. Leigh Ramblers recorded an impressive 2 – 0 win at Harold Wood Athletic as Harry Goodwin and Jamie Selby-Knight strikes extended Ramblers’ 100% winning start.

In the other matches in the division, Rayleigh Town held Springfield 1 – 1 while Sungate won 3 – 2 at Kelvedon Hatch and a Brad Freeman brace assisted Hutton to a 4 – 1 victory over Manford Way.

EOFL Senior Division One

In the three matches in this division that took place on its opening day, Ongar Town won 2 – 1 at FC Hamlets through goals from Ben Stone and Ben Polley. Charlie Heatly halved the arrears for the hosts though they fell to defeat.

Meanwhile, 2016/17 Senior One Champions Basildon Town recorded a very good 4 – 1 win at home to Frenford Reserves on their return to the division following their relegation from the Premier tier last term. Alfie Phillips, Jimmy Markham, Sener Suari and Jamie Miller all netted for Town. Finally, in a battle of two newly-promoted sides, Rayleigh Town Reserves dispatched Herongate Athletic 3 – 1 thanks to a double from Charlie Legg and Oliver Ventura’s additional goal.

EOFL Senior Division Two

Lakeside began the season under their new name with a comfortable 3 – 0 win over Ryan. Drew Klessa-Smith’s treble did the damage to give the hosts all three points. Meanwhile at the Rochford Recreation Ground, Rochford Town began another Senior Two campaign with a 2 – 2 draw with Newham Utd. Dave Watson struck twice for Town while Lamar Obinkwo’s double ensured a point for Newham.

Meanwhile, relegated Runwell Sports were held 3 – 3 by Upminster and in another duel of the newly-elevated sides, Chingford Athletic and Harold Wood Athletic Reserves battled to a goal-less draw.

EOFL Senior Division Three

Finally for this opening article, Division Three provided 13 goals in three matches. Leigh Town grabbed arguably the stand-out victory of the day with a 4 – 1 triumph over newcomers Wakering Sports. George Darby’s brace, Zac Mashford and Ashley Sexton set the visitors on their way to victory. Paul Wines got a consolation for Sports.

Newcomers Laindon Orient succumbed to a 2 – 3 loss to Roydon. Lewis Watson, Jordan Handscomb and Charlie Ryder goals saw the visitors to victory while goals from Rodney Sarah-Wilson and Ash Blackburn at least ensured Neil Blackburn’s side were competitive.

Elsewhere, White Ensign Reserves beat Old Chelmsfordians Reserves 2 – 1 thanks to Perry Osborne and Harry Somerset-Butler strikes. Martin Mixture netted for OC’s second team though they fell to defeat.

That’s all for this week, keep tabs on the blog for future articles throughout the season & thanks for reading.

Essex Olympian League round-up (EOFL 10.5.18)

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Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to what is likely to be my second-last round-up of Essex Olympian League action this term. As in previous weeks, I’ll begin with the weekend’s action then move on to the midweek action in the top three tiers.

 

Anagram Records Trophy Final

Despite a continuing heavy fixture pile-up, Catholic Utd defeated Broadfields 2 – 0 to claim another bit f silverware for the trophy cabinet. Goals from Harley Kee and Dan Williams ‘sealed the deal’ for the Super Hoops.

 

Essex Olympian League Premier Division

On a reduced day of fixtures, White Ensign continued their recent good patch with a 3 – 0 success at relegated Basildon Town. Luke Skinner, David Limber and Liam Sewell all found the net to keep Brett Munyard’s side 5th after the weekend’s action.

Elsewhere, Kelvedon Hatch won 2 – 1 at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts thanks to strikes from Lee Newton and substitute James Burt while Daniel Callaway hit back for Swifts. And in a clash of two of the top four sides, Harold Wood Athletic drew 2 – 2 with Springfield. Danny Gilliard and Robert Whitnell netted for Ath while Andrew Elgar and Joe Mayer replied for Springfield, who remain 3rd, ahead of Ath on goal difference alone.

 

EOFL Senior Division One

There were certainly goals aplenty in Senior One on Saturday. Great Baddow retained their hopes of promotion with a 5 – 2 triumph at Harold Hill. Goals from Ryan Baxter, Matthew Crick, Oliver Evans, Jack Mead and substitute Luke Perry secured Baddow their 16th win of the season.

Hutton also ‘did their bit’ with a 5 – 0 thrashing of out-of-form Snaresbrook. A brace from Dan Carpenter plus strikes from Robert Lorkins, Keelan O’Donovan and substitute George Nash meant the hosts grabbed their 15th win of the campaign and if they win both of their remaining games then they will be promoted.

In other action, Galleywood won 2 – 0 at Old Southendian, thanks to Jack Chatterway and substitute Matthew Buckingham strikes to rise to 10th after the weekend’s action. Also, Buckhurst Hill secured a well-earned promotion and the Senior One title with a 5 – 3 home win over mid-table FC Hamlets and Sungate found some form to defeat Shenfield AFC 4 – 2 to obtain their 10th success of the season.

In Senior Division Two, Rayleigh Town Reserves did local rivals Rochford a favour by handing Upminster another loss as they won 2 – 1. A Dillon Southgate brace was too much to overcome for the visitors, who replied through Louis Elwood’s goal. Also, Newham Utd ended Benfleet’s winning run as they drew 1 – 1. After the weekend’s action, Newham are 8th and Benfleet stay 4th.

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Moving onto the midweek action now and in the Essex Premier Cup final held at Thurrock’s Ship Lane on Monday, Catholic Utd suffered a rare loss to Senior One champions Buckhurst Hill. Hill won it 2 – 0 though Utd’s Brad Wiliams suffered a serious injury during this match and we wish Brad a speedy recovery. Congratulations go to Buckhurst Hill who ‘rubber-stamped’ an excellent season for them here.

Onto Tuesday’s solitary match in the Premier Division now, where Canning Town edged to a 2 – 1 victory over May & Baker, which means Town will finish the season in 11th place.

On Wednesday night in Olympian Premier, Catholic Utd edged to a 1 – 0 win over in-form White Ensign at the Len Salmon Stadium. This vital win means they only need a single point from their two remaining matches to leapfrog Frenford and claim the Premier Division title. Ensign remain 5th in the standings.

Elsewhere, Kelvedon Hatch picked up another win, 6 – 2 at Manford Way to go above May & Baker into 6th spot thanks to win #10 of the season. Manford sit 8th.

In Senior One on Wednesday, FC Hamlets rose to 5th after a 3 – 0 victory over Old Southendian. Old Southendian slip below their opponents here into 6th. In a match held at Runwell Chase, Old Chelmsfordians narrowly defeated Runwell Sports 3 – 2 to stay 11th though also go level on points with Newbury Forest. Runwell’s season ended here and only three victories this term is perhaps a signal of why they finished bottom.

Also, Galleywood v Harold Hill ended in a “Home Walkover” as struggling Harold Hill couldn’t field a side. Hill will go down and may end up bottom if a likely further points deduction materialises. Galleywood end their season in 8th.

 

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

 

 

 

Essex Olympian League round-up (EOFL 4.4.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to my round-up of the Essex Olympian League (Premier Division – Senior Division Three) action from last weekend which saw the various divisions begin to take shake, particularly at the bottom of Division One.

 

Anagram Records Trophy Semi-Final

Catholic Utd defeated Wormley Rovers 3 – 0 to advance to the Anagram Records Trophy Final on May 5th. Rovers were down to ten men early on after a early dismissal. The ‘Super Hoops’ made the tie safe thanks to goals from Louis Robinson, a penalty from Ellis Sands and Dan Trenkel. They will face Broadfields in the Final at Baldock Road (which is the Hertfordshire FA County Ground).

 

Essex Olympian League Premier Division

 

Canning Town narrowly beat Leigh Ramblers 3 – 2, as a brace from Shaun Farnum and one from Rahan Ali did the business for the hosts. Tom Hollingsworth’s brace wasn’t enough for Leigh. Canning Town are 11th on 21 points with four matches still to play. Ramblers are a point better off in tenth and also have four games remaining.

Next, Harold Wood Athletic triumphed 2 – 1 over Manford Way with Tom Quinn and Robert Whitnell grabbing the goals for the hosts. Manford’s reply came courtesy of Sam Coe’s goal. Athletic are up to 5th on 26 points, with nine matches left. Manford Way are in 8th, two points adrift of their opponents here.

Also, leaders Frenford were held to a 2 – 2 draw by visiting Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Lewis Bartrip and a Bradley Nobbs spot-kick assisted Frenford while Lee Samways and substitute Oliver Slater replied for Swifts. Frenford stay top, nine points clear though only have four outings left whilst a number of their rivals have games in hand.  Swifts are in 9th spot.

Three matches fell foul of the weather, Basildon Town v White Ensign, May & Baker v Springfield and Rayleigh Town v Kelvedon Hatch.

Into Olympian League Division One now and leaders Buckhurst Hill continued their 100% home record with a 5 – 1 victory over Runwell Sports. Hill are now three points clear at the summit with ten matches to play. This defeat also confirmed relegation for Runwell after only one win in 22 matches.

Meanwhile, Galleywood and Shenfield AFC drew 2 – 2. A brace from Jack Chatterway assisted the hosts while Shenfield responded through George Cunningham and substitute Will Marlowe. Galleywood, the lowest scorers in the division remain second-bottom, four points behind Newbury Forest having played four more games. Shenfield are in 5th spot.

Great Baddow were held 1 – 1 by Sungate on the Melbourne Park 3G pitch in Chelmsford. Dan Gage got the goal for Baddow though Spencer Pitfield responded for Sungate. Baddow are in 2nd spot, while Sungate are 6th with a number of matches in hand over some of their rivals. Snaresbrook also won 3 – 1 at home to FC Hamlets to go level on points with them. FC Hamlets are 7th only on goal difference.

Two matches were postponed: Newbury Forest v Harold Hill and Old Chelmsfordians v Hutton

Into Division Two and Benfleet drew 1 – 1 at Toby. Ryan Morgan put Toby ahead before Brad Camm struck to snatch a point for the visitors. Toby are in 6th place, and Benfleet are in 4th spot.

Upminster v Ramsden Scotia wasn’t contested as the hosts couldn’t fulfil the fixture so an Away Walkover it was. Upminster are 10th, two points above Rochford, while Scotia are 5th.

One game also fell foul of the incessant rain this week which was Rochford Town v May & Baker Reserves.

 

Finally on Saturday, in Division Three we had two games that produced an eye-watering 15 goals!!

Roydon won 7 – 0 at strugglers Debden Sports through braces from Nader Benzid and Connor Ellis plus strikes from Carl Gregory, Darren Williams and substitute Aymen Mekni. Debden stay 11th while Roydon are in 9th place.

Meanwhile, relegated Leytonstone United suffered a heavy defeat, 7 – 1 to Harold Wood Athletic Reserves. Sam Bissue’s hat-trick set the tone with further goals from Thomas Lamb, Tom Rice, Chris Pope and Darren Wettner sealing a big win. James Medlock’s goal was mere consolation for Leytonstone and they are still without a win this season. The ‘Wood Reserves sit 3rd in the table.

Two matches were postponed: Beacon Hill Rovers v Manford Way Reserves and Shoebury Town v White Ensign Reserves.

There was a element of ‘a false dawn’ as the first midweek fixtures in the Olympian divisions were all postponed due to… you guessed it – the weather.

Tuesday 3rd April

Galleywood P – P Harold Hill (Olympian Lge Division 1)
Ramsden Scotia P – P Rochford Town (Olympian Lge Division Two)
Leigh Town P – P Beacon Hill Rovers (Olympian Lge Division Three

Wednesday 4th April

Great Baddow P – P Newbury Forest  (Olympian Lge Division One)