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)