Season Review 2019-20: Essex Olympian League Premier Division [EOFL SR 19/20 30.4.20]

Written By Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to the fifth piece of a mini-series of blog articles looking back at the ‘void’ Season 2019-20, as deemed by the FA.

In this piece, I look back what was a fascinating Essex Olympian League Premier Division campaign, rounded out with an array of statistics compiled from the EOFL FA Full-Time website including top goal-scorers & top appearance makers in the League fixtures. I was fortunate to see a few of the teams in action live this term.

 

EOFL Premier Division   (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 the summit were Sungate, who amassed forty-four points from their 22 matches in what was a very good season for the East London-based side. They had the secod-best defensive record, conceding twenty-nine times (at a average per game (or GpG) of 1.32) and also enjoyed the joint-best goal-scoring record, scoring 52 times (GpG of 2.36). I saw them come back to win a really enterprising game at Old Southendian in February and you could certainly see why they were hot in front of-goal and they will hope to carry on the impetus going forward. Leigh Ramblers had a really good campaign, finishing in second spot. Wayne Seal’s team had a strong end to the season, ending up with thirty-eight points from their 22 games played. They won seven of their 11 matches at their Belfairs Park home and were also joint-high goal-scorers with 52 strikes this term. Murmurings indicate that they are looking to build the club going forward and they will be a threat next term you feel. Last season’s champions Buckhurst Hill finished in third, with 32 points gained from only fourteen matches. Postponements and Cup runs perhaps thwarted Mark Williams’ side from a higher finish and you would not have gone against Hill obtaining a top-two finish, had the season gone on for another month. As it was, they still got ten league wins, along with being the division’s fourth-best goal-scorers with 46 strikes (a GpG of 3.28) and held the best defensive record (16 goals shelled) for the second consecutive campaign. Not bad going! Factor in their three entrants in the leading goal-scorers chart (see below) and you start to see why Hill are highly-regarded in the local Non-League scene. Both of their losses this season came in South Essex, at Rayleigh Town and Leigh Ramblers but it does seem they are well-placed for another tilt at success next term.

In fourth place were Catholic Utd, having managed 31 points from their twenty-one matches this term. The ‘Super Hoops’ are based at Bowers & Pitsea’s Len Salmon Stadium [3G] and grabbed seven wins from their thirteen games there. They scored fifty-one goals (GpG of 2.43) to put them in third in the list of ‘Entertainers’ this term though it was at the other end where the issues were, having shelled 39 goals this season. Their form tailed towards the end of the campaign, and they were uncharacteristic in their loss at Old Southendian in late January, which I watched. Utd have announced that former Southend Manor & Waltham Abbey Reserves boss Stuart Marshall will take the reins next season and it is good to see him back in the game, all the best to him. Kelvedon Hatch made the most of a decent run prior to the cut-off to finish fifth, having got thirty points from their 20 outings. Glen Golby & Steve Willis’ side certainly were not dull to watch, having struck the net forty-one times and conceded 45 times (a GpG of 2.25) this term. I saw them lose out narrowly at Old Southendian in December and you could see why quite a few of their players have played at a higher level, the guile and the craft is there. On that note, Petrit Elbi deserves a mention as their top goal-scorer with eight goals.

Into mid-table now, with Springfield finishing sixth with twenty-eight points from their 20 games played. Nine of them were wins with 44 goals scored, the fifth-best record in the division. Unfortunately, they conceded forty-nine goals as well, the second-worst in the division. Their Arun Close home was the place of six of their wins this term, and they also can champion the league’s top goal-scorer in Dave Wareham who netted fifteen times. Congratulations to him. The club saw a transition as well as stalwart Glen Wilkinson moved upstairs to Director of Football, with former Laindon Orient & Rayleigh Town Reserves co-boss Dan Williams coming in the second half of the season. They seem well set for another promising campaign next term. Rayleigh Town are another club with plans for the future, and they ended up seventh with twenty-five points from their 16 matches. They were hampered by weather & Cup fixtures somewhat though still won eight of their games, having scored thirty-three times and conceded 33 times as well – the fifth-best defensive record. I saw Paul Higgins’ side in action back in August as they defeated Leigh Ramblers, though I must note that like a lot of clubs at this level, they are welcoming and do deserve to increase their fan following as they play decent football as well.

In eighth place were a club I saw a few times in the second half of the campaign: Old Southendian. They found a degree of form in that second part of the season to also end on twenty-five points from their 22 matches. An inferior goal difference saw them below their local rivals Rayleigh, but Connor Lane’s team still won seven times, three of which I saw in person. Stats-wise, they struck 38 goals (a GpG of 1.73) and shelled 42 times as well though as is so often the case, the stats don’t tell the whole story. At their best, they do play some good stuff and given the experience they have in abundance in their squad, that isn’t a surprise.  Nick Henesy and Ed Gould both got eight goals apiece and as has been well-publicised, they are another of the clubs to play on artificial 3G at Garon Park.

 

Another club that saw a managerial change in Bishop’s Stortford Swifts finished ninth. They accrued twenty-three points from their 20 matches and on the face of it, you may call it a very mixed campaign. They scored 35 goals (a GpG of 1.75) and conceded forty-three times but they did get five of their seven wins at Silver Leys this term. Former Epping Town boss Billy Cove came in as manager in February and you sense the club’s focus has been renewed as they picked up two important wins over Kelvedon Hatch and Sungate which staved off immediate relegation worries at that time. I would predict a more positive season to come for the Swifts. Canning Town ended up tenth with twenty-three points coming from the 22 matches they contested. Their defence was the most troublesome area for the Beckton-based team, having conceded 49 times, the joint-second highest in the division. They did finish the season well though, with four wins in their last eight games with the pressure on so that may bode well for the next campaign. Another side who finished strongly sits in eleventh, which is Shenfield AFC, who won Division One in 2018/19. They garnered twenty-two points from their 18 matches, having won four of their last seven matches. That was quite the opposite of their early-season woes, as they didn’t win any of their first six games. It is true that only the bottom three sides had more trouble in front of goal, as AFC netted thirty times in all, though the team were more than decent at the back, shelling 35 goals to gain the sixth-best defensive record in the division. Ben Carroll also deserves to be mentioned as he grabbed nine league goals this term, well done Ben. Basildon Town were just below them in 12th, with 21 points from their fifteen outings. Those points came from their seven league wins, and they struck the net 27 times, the joint-lowest in the division. Couple that with conceding 48 times and you can see why the management would be frustrated to say the least. I saw Town at Old Southendian in late February and to be honest, they played well in patches so that must add to the frustration.

Now to the bottom two, with Hutton ending up 13th having gathered eighteen points from their 14 matches, having been one of many clubs affected by the deluge of rain over the winter. Gary Damrill’s team on five of their matches and although going forward they scored 27 times (joint-lowest with Basildon Town), the promising statistic is that they conceded 32 goals, which was the fourth-strongest defensive record. Quirks of numbers indeed. Top scorer Will Marlowe netted eight times as well so congrats to Will. Finally, Harold Wood Athletic ended a season they would probably like to forget bottom, also on 18 points from the same amount of matches. They finished below Hutton because of a much weaker goal difference, largely due to conceding 53 times. Stalwart boss Kris Taylor moved sideways at season’s end, to be replaced by former Barkingside boss Alex Goldstone and they will certainly want a better season next time out.

To close this part, I’d like to note my belief that the quality of the Premier Division is rising this season. Some may disagree with that and they are welcome to their opinion, I just don’t think it is an accident that players are dropping into Step 7 and on the same note, there are some good managers as well. All in all, it should be a really fascinating division next season, if it isn’t too badly affected by the current world events (No, I’m not saying the ‘C-word here). I hope to watch a few matches in this division again next term.

 

EOFL Premier Division  – Top Goalscorers 2019-20 Season

    Club/s League Goals League Starts
1 Dave Wareham Jr Springfield 15 18
         
=2 Nathan Sollosi Buckhurst Hill 12 12
  Jake Clarke Sungate 12 15
         
=4 Fehinti Falola Buckhurst Hill 10 8
  Suleyman Zuhdu Buckhurst Hill 10 11
         
6 Ben Caroll Shenfield AFC 9 15
         
=7 Will Marlowe Hutton 8 8
  Petrit Elbi Kelvedon Hatch 8 13
  Nick Henesy Old Southendian 8 13
  Joe Nathanson Springfield 8 13
  Aaron Baldwin Catholic Utd 8 14
  Rhys Fatt Leigh Ramblers 8 14
  Reece Clarke Sungate 8 15
  Daniel Williams Leigh Ramblers 8 16
  Ed Gould Old Southendian 8 18
         

 

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

      Appearances
    Club/s League Starts Bench Total
1 Michael Sammut Catholic Utd 21 0 21
           
=2 Thomas Kearney Catholic Utd 20 1 21
  James Smith Sungate 20 1 21
  Ryan Batchford Springfield 20 0 20
  Ryan Lowe Leigh Ramblers 20 0 20
  Rorie McKenzie Sungate 20 0 20
  Tyron Thomas Canning Town 20 0 20
           
=8 Billy Evans Canning Town 19 1 20
  Reece Still Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 19 1 20
  Dylan Skinner Leigh Ramblers 19 0 19
           
=11 Ed Gould Old Southendian 18 2 20
  Dave Wareham Jr Springfield 18 1 19
  Adam Palmer Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 18 0 18
  Scott Truman Sungate 18 0 18
  Bradley Vaughan Catholic Utd 18 0 18
  Matt Wilson Old Southendian 18 0 18
           

 

Round-up: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Sat 7 Mar) [EOFL 19/20 8.3.20]

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Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s review of Essex Olympian League action on Saturday 7 March. The weather continued to blight fixtures though there were still a lot of big matches in League & Cups that took place. Thanks for reading.

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Essex Olympian League – Saturday 7 March

Premier Division

In the Premier Division, Sungate picked up a narrow 1 – 0 win at Rayleigh Town to extend their lead at the summit to six points. Buckhurst Hill can still catch them if they win five of the eight matches they have in hand on the ‘Gate. Rayleigh remain in seventh spot. Meanwhile, Kelvedon Hatch rose to fifth place after a 3 – 2 win over Harold Wood Athletic in a match moved to Frances Bardsley Academy 3G in Romford. Calvin Poku, Theo Ola and Joe Gregory all netted for Hatch, with Rob Whitnell and Jack Brown-Sykes scoring for Ath, who remain bottom, five points adrift of the top ten.

Shenfield AFC also secured a much-needed three points with a fine 5 – 2 win at mid-table Springfield. Ben Carroll grabbed a treble here, with Samuel Lock and Alex Tredgett also notching for AFC to send them up to 11th spot, four points clear of the bottom two.

Match OFF: Basildon Town  P – P  Leigh Ramblers   |

 

Senior Division One

In Senior One, FC Hamlets won 2 – 0 at bottom side Toby through goals from Charlie Heatley and Jack Patten to secure their fifth league win this term, having played only 11 matches, due to postponements & Cup ties. Ashley King’s side rise to seventh spot and still have an outside chance of securing a top-four finish.

Lakeside edged to a 1 – 0 success over Runwell Sports with Jody Reynolds getting the only goal to go five points clear in fourth. Runwell remain in the bottom three. Also, Galleywood also won away from home, 2 – 0 at Ramsden Scotia thanks to strikes by Matthew Buckingham and replacement Jamie Rick, which sent ‘Wood up to fifth. Ramsden have lost three on-the-spin and remain in tenth.

 

Matches OFF:
Manford Way  P – P Rayleigh Town Res   |

Shoebury Town P – P   Herongate Athletic |

Snaresbrook  P – P  Old Chelmsfordians |

 

Senior League Cup

In the one EOFL Senior Cup Quarter-Final tie, Catholic Utd edged to a 1 – 0 win over fellow Premier side Hutton at the Len Salmon Stadium. Jay Nash got the only goal to see the Super Hoops through to the last four.

Essex Premier Cup: Semi-Finals

In the one Essex Premier up Semi-Final that did take place at Roding Valley Sch 3G, Premier side Buckhurst Hill edged past impressive Senior One side Chingford Athletic on penalties after a pulsating 3 – 3 score-line after extra-time. Sam Sollosi netted twice for Mark Williams’ side in normal time, before Fenti Falola netted in extra time though Chingford showed their warrior spirit with Alex Gordon netting a double of his own which was added to by Gary Murray. Hill won the ensuing shoot-out 5 – 4 though this battle adds fuel to the thought that Dave Richbell’s side will be a Premier Division side next term. Congrats to both teams though it is Hill who make it through to the Final to defend their title at Billericay Town’s New Lodge on Wednesday April 11th.

Match OFF: Leigh Town  P – P  Ongar Town  | New Date: Sat March 14th

 

Senior Division Two

Two matches survived in Senior Two, as Beacon Hill Rovers went back up to second spot with a 3 – 1 home win over Wakering Sports in the early kick-off, moved to Plume Sch in Maldon. Nathan Ruggles, Ade Adeyemi and a late Stephen Bennett spot-kick saw Rovers to a fifth straight win and are seven points off leaders Leigh Town. Corinthians also endorsed their promotion chances with a 4 – 2 win at May & Baker Res. Alfie Knight, Ollie Brickwood, John Bolton-Smith and Dan Cooksley all netted for Chris Stoneham’s side who went above their opponents into fourth place. Ryan Leavens and Ricardo Teixeira struck for Jimmy Donald’s team though their own aspirations of elevation took a dent here as they have five matches left to play.

Match OFF: Laindon Orient  P – P  Epping Town

 

Senior Division Three

Finally for the round-up section in Senior Three, Wakebury failed to gain ground on leaders ACD Utd as they were held 0 – 0 by Toby Res at Shoebury Park. It looks increasingly likely that Corinthians Res are the biggest threat for the title though the Berries will still want to secure a top-two finish for the best chance of promotion. Elsewhere, Lakeside Res got their third win in their last five with an important 3 – 1 win at Collier Row. This win sent ‘Side up to ninth, four points clear of the bottom two and handed Row a setback in their focus for a top-three finish.

Also, Corinthians Res handed White Ensign Res another heavy loss as Terry Rose’s side won 6 – 0 at Stambridge Memorial Ground. It was an ensemble cast of scorers with Steve Solarin, Max Hall, Ashley Webb, Ryan Woodley, George Penfold and Taner Dagyaran all on target as the hosts remain third and cut the deficit to leaders ACD to six points with three matches in hand on them. Ensign’s second side have three matches left to get out of the bottom two, they sit second-bottom and are three points away from Basildon Town Ressies.

Matches OFF:

Buckhurst Hill Res  P – P  Hutton Res   |

Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  P – P Basildon Town Res |

 

Senior Division Four results

Canning Town Res  1 – 1  Roydon

Forest Glade  P – P  Catholic Utd Res

Galleywood Res   P – P  Wakering Sports Res

Old Chelmsfordians Res  2 – 4  Chingford Athletic Development

Ongar Town Res  P – P  Laindon Orient Res

Shenfield AFC Res  0 – 2  Leytonstone Utd

 

Senior Division Five results

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  4 – 0  Shoebury Town Res

Herongate Athletic Res  P – P  Collier Row Res

Roydon Res  2 – 2 Springfield Res

Runwell Sports Res  1 – 0  Newbury Forest Res

Round-up : Essex Olympian League (Sat 1 Feb) (EOFL 19/20 2.2.20)

 

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Image from Leigh Town 2 – 0 Corinthians (in EPC) yesterday {Image: Scott W]

Written by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Olympian League round-up, tracking the action on Saturday 1st February in League & Cups. Thanks for reading.

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Saturday 1 February

Premier Division

Starting off as we do with the top-tier, leaders Sungate retained their eight-point cushion with a battling 1 – 0 home win over Canning Town in what was their sixth win in their last seven games. Catholic Utd edged their local derby with Leigh Ramblers 2 – 1 with Harley Kee getting both goals, the second from the penalty spot. Ryan Lowe struck for Ramblers as they drop to third, with Catholic overhauling them into second spot after a morale-boosting win. Kelvedon Hatch got a fine 4 – 3 success at Basildon Town with the returning Theo Ola getting a brace for Hatch, along with Calvin Poku and replacement Joe Gregory also netting. Jamie Bradbourn got a double of his own for Town, with James O’Brien also chipping in. Kelvedon rise to sixth while Basildon drop to 11th.

In the battle of two of the sides battling to avoid the drop, Old Southendian were held 1 – 1 by Harold Wood Athletic in the day’s late kick-off at Garon Park 3G. Brad Foley struck for Ath as they limped off the bottom to 12th spot, although they are unbeaten in their last three matches. OS levelled through Ryan Stillwell’s goal and rise up to eighth though are still only three points above the bottom two. Finally, Springfield got a narrow 3 – 2 win at home to Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Recent signing Bryn Thorpe got both goals for Swifts after coming off the bench though this result means they drop to the foot of the table. Springfield go up to fourth after this win.

Match OFF: Rayleigh Town P – P  Shenfield AFC (Due to Waterlogged pitch)

Cups

There were also four Cup ties across two Cup competitions this weekend. Firstly, Olympian Premier side Hutton defeated Senior One side FC Hamlets 2 – 1 in a match moved to Woodlands School 3G in Basildon. George Nash and Lewis Scott strikes sent the hosts through, and although John Gilroy netted for hard-working FCH, they went out.

In the three Essex Premier Cup Quarter-Finals that took place, Chingford Athletic went through after defeating Essex & Suffolk Border League (or ESBL) Premier side West Bergholt  on penalties, following a 2 – 2 draw at Town Mead. Gary Murray and Luke Dimond struck for Dave Richbell’s side in normal play and they won the shoot-out 7 – 6 to make the Semi-Finals. Leigh Town won their all-Olympian League Div Two battle with Corinthians 2 – 0 in the match I attended at a muddy John Burrows Rec. Substitutes Sam Gillmore and Shane Cooper got the decisive goals to win a highly-charged contest. If you’d like more of this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/02/01/match-report-leigh-town-2-0-corinthians-sat-1st-feb-epc/

Lastly, Buckhurst Hill powered to a 6 – 1 triumph over ESBL Premier side Gas Recreation at Roding Lane. The games are mounting up in League & Cups for the defending Premier Cup champions as they are seeking to win this title for a third consecutive season.

Senior ONE

In Senior One, Ramsden Scotia won 4 – 1 at fellow mid-table side Manford Way. Jamie Auvache stroke twice for Scotia, plus Antony Driscoll and Kurt King also on target as they went up to ninth spot. Lakeside also got the three points, as they won 4 – 1 at home to Galleywood. Drew Klessa-Smith nabbed another treble in this one with Luke Quinton also scoring, ‘Side are unbeaten in five matches now as they also are five points adrift of Old Chelmsfordians who remain second after a thumping 7 – 0 win over Toby at Lawford Lane. Toby were further blighted by player availability problems, and apparently could only field nine players to start though respect to those who all took the field.

Meanwhile, Ongar Town retained their unbeaten run this term, with a 4 – 1 win over Herongate Athletic in a match moved to St John’s 3G in Epping. Town remain handily-placed in third spot, 12 points behind leaders Chingford Athletic with six matches in hand on them. Rayleigh Town Res won 4 – 1 at Shoebury Town to go back up to fifth place with Shoebury remaining in seventh.

Match OFF: Runwell Sports  P – P  Snaresbrook | (Due to a waterlogged pitch)

Senior TWO

In a depleted Senior Two programme, Laindon Orient won 2 – 0 at in-form May & Baker Res with Ashley Blackburn and Carlos Dias netting in first-half for Neil Blackburn’s team, who made it five wins in succession here to remain in 5th, with matches in hand on all but one of the sides above them. M & B’s second side had their own six-match winning run ended here though remain fourth in the standings, although they are vulnerable to being caught up as they have played a few more matches. Also, Rochford Town got a crucial win away from home as they won 3 – 2 at fellow strugglers Ryan and in the process, brought a seven-match losing run to a close.

Matches OFF:

Beacon Hill Rovers  P – P  Wakering Sports  (Due to a waterlogged pitch)

Epping Town  P – P  AS Rawreth   | (Due to issues at Epping)

Harold Wood Athletic Res  P – P  Old Southendian Res |(Due to a waterlogged pitch)

Senior Division Three

In another weather-affected match list in Senior Three, Wakebury had to overcome a bout of illness among the squad and got a very late leveller as they drew 2 – 2 at fellow promotion challengers ACD Utd. Player-boss Michael Wade and Frankie Markham netted for the Romford-based side, while Harry Kateley and Chris Gore’s late free-kick salvaged a point for the South Essex side, who had to field boss Matt Cardy in defence and assistant boss Dan Blewett also came off the bench to play as a forward. Well, never dull in Non-League….

Seriously though, ACD remain second, three points off their opposition here with three matches in hand. Wakebury remain top though with just four matches remaining this term, they will have to aim to get as close to the 50-point mark as possible to win the division, you feel. You must credit both sides for how they’ve done in their first season in the Olympian League, so well done all.

Meanwhile, Toby Res got a much-needed win, 5 – 2 over mid-table side Buckhurst Hill Res in Newbury Park. Marc Porter-Brown was among the goals again with a treble here, with Chris Cox and birthday boy Luis Ruiz also netted as their side into fourth spot and end a four-match losing trough. Tim Strike and Rhys Davies got Hill’s goals as they remain 7th. Also, Basildon Town Res won 2 – 0 at fellow strugglers White Ensign Res to overhaul them in the table. Jake Bridgeman and Shaun Watkins were the goal-getters here to grab Town’s third win this season.

 

Matches OFF (Due to Waterlogged pitches):
Collier Row  P – P  Lakeside Res   |

Corinthians Res  P – P  Hutton Res   |

Senior Division Four Results

Forest Glade  1 – 5  Roydon

Galleywood Res  1 – 3  Canning Town Res
Laindon Orient Res P – P  Shenfield AFC Res

Leytonstone Utd  P – P  Old Chelmsfordians Res |

Ongar Town Res  2 – 1  Chingford Athletic Development

Wakering Sports Res  3 – 3  Catholic Utd Res

Senior Division Five Results


Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  1 – 0  Newbury Forest Res

Herongate Athletic Res  3 – 0  Leigh Ramblers Res
Old Barkabbeyans 3 – 2  Runwell Sports Res
Roydon Res  0 – 2  Collier Row Res
Shoebury Town Res  P – P  Springfield Res

Match Report: Old Southendian 4 – 0 Catholic Utd (Sat 25th Jan) [EOFL 19/20 25.1.20]

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Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Venue: Garon Park [3G]

2019 – 20 Season: Match 53

Saturday 25th January 2020 – 2.30pm KO

Old Southendian: Green Shirts, Black Shorts, Green Socks

Catholic Utd: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

 

OS secure a big win against promotion-chasing Catholic Utd at Garon Park

Old Southendian 4 – 0 Catholic Utd

 

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

This weekend’s Non-League took me to Garon Park in Southend to see a match with ramifications for both ends of the Essex Olympian League Premier Division table as promotion-chasing Catholic Utd made the short trip to Garon Park to face relegation-threatened Old Southendian. Both sides had lost their last three matches though before kick-off, the ‘Super Hoops’ were joint-highest goal-getters in this division this term which speaks volumes about the threat they pose. Anyway, onto the line-up’s and with manager Connor Lane unavailable due to family commitments, assistant David Tubbs stood in as ‘gaffer’ for the day. He named a back four of skipper John Nutman, Ed Gould plus centre-backs Connor Burrows and Matt Wilson. Ex- Burnham Ramblers pair Luke Moloney and Ryan Stillwell were the midfield heartbeat, with Elliot Hemmings and Stuart Paton on the flanks. Mattias Tonking and Jed Hackling were among the options on the bench. Catholic Utd named Daniel Boosey between the posts with regular stopper Louis Godwin-Green suspended. A back three of Max Kent, Bradley Vaughan and Alfie Larkin were supported by anchor midfielder & captain Thomas Kearney. Aaron Baldwin and Simon Thomas led the line with Casum Tiffin, Franklin Craik and boss Dan Trenkel himself completing their substitutes.

Onto the match itself then and in the early stages, it was the ‘Super Hoops’ who had the bulk of the possession and making some headway down the channels though the wary OS backline did well to cut out the centres from the flanks. With 14 minutes played, Catholic Utd should really have taken the lead as forward Aaron Baldwin managed to evade the onrushing home custodian Charlie Mellin though his low shot was well-cleared by a covering home defender on the line. Seconds later, winger Mike Sammut did well to weave past two defenders cutting inside before his strike cannoned off the base of the left-side post. The hosts were sweating after that let-off though on 18 minutes, they took a surprise lead. From a right-sided corner, Os forward Nick Henesy snuck in at the near post and finished neatly to give David Tubbs’ side an encouraging advantage, against the run of play at that point.

Chances then started to come somewhat more freely for sides, as mere minutes after the opening goal, a fierce drive from Sammut from fifteen yards was well-parried away by Mellin before at the other end, OS forward Nico Dubouchet fired wide from a promising position, twelve yards out. The hosts extended their advantage on 26 minutes as moments after a free-kick had hit a post, the ball was recycled and sent back into the danger area where Dubouchet fired home with some vigour into the left-side corner past Boosey. It could’ve been worse for the visitors as on the half-hour, Old Southendian had a goal chalked off as from a peach of a right-wing cross by winger Stuart Paton, Dubouchet again struck home – only problem was the officials ruled he was off-side. Moments later, a corner for the visitors taken short ended with a dangerous centre finding physical forward Simon Thomas, who couldn’t direct his header on target.

As we neared the end of the half, Catholic Utd were still looking to come forward, although their passing had on occasion deserted them. Another key moment right before the break as Baldwin broke the off-side trap though he could only send a tame effort towards goal which Mellin got down to gather.

Half-Time: Old Southendian  2 – 0 Catholic Utd

Thus far the match was certainly more lively than the onset of freezing wind. Into the second half, and we didn’t have to wait long for a crucial goal. OS midfielder Ryan Stillwell did superbly to ghost past at least two defenders before taking a touch and finishing coolly past Boosey to notch a third goal for Old Southendian. It was very well-taken and would not have been out-of-place in Steps 4 and 5, it was that well-crafted. The over-worked Boosey was called into action again moments later to deny another goal-bound effort by Henesy.

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OS winger Stuart Paton [7] on the ball [Image: Scott W]
Much to their credit, the visitors kept going and had chances though skipper Thomas Kearney and wing-back Harley Kee could only fire wide of target. Baldwin had another headed effort comfortably gathered by Mellin before OS got a fourth to round out the scoring on 72 minutes. Visting stopper Boosey did well to deny an initial strike by Dubouchet though Henesy was in the ‘right place, right time’ to stroke home the rebound, much to delight of his team-mates. The game wasn’t entirely up though as Catholic pushed forward in the latter stages. Substitute Franklin Craik’s powerful drive was well denied by Mellin. Forward Luke Trice showed purpose and desire to outpace the home backline but he was frustrated, as the Os backline tracked back well, led by centre-back Connor Burrows and put their bodies on the line to snuff out the danger as best they could. With moments remaining, home substitute Matt Tonking had another effort well-saved by Boosey before Baldwin blasted over for the visitors.

Full-Time: Old Southendian  4 – 0 Catholic Utd

The hosts will take a huge amount of confidence from the performance, as well as the result. The ‘Super Hoops’ were below their high standards on the day though it says a bit for their ability that they still could have had two or three goals here. Onto the stand-out performers and firstly for OS, I have to credit centre-back Connor Burrows, who was immense. A number of interceptions and good tracking back were among his contributions to the game and certainly did have a big say in his side getting a clean sheet too. Centre forward Nick Henesy was also impressive again, as was Ryan Stillwell in midfield. Winger Elliot Hemmings was also a good creative outlet for David Tubbs’ side, while forward Nico Dubouchet also did well.

For Catholic Utd, skipper Thomas Kearney led his side well with customary determination and good passing, with centre-back Alfie Larkin showing good positioning too. Goalkeeper Daniel Boosey also did well clawing away a few dangerous set-pieces as well as making decent saves, and loanee Bowers & Pitsea U23 forward Luke Trice showed his energy and desire, particularly in the second half so you understand why he has got goals in this side this term.

Finally, my thanks to the hosts for the kind welcome they gave upon arrival. I’d like to wish both teams well for the rest of their respective seasons.

Teams

Old Southendian  | Stand-in Manager: David Tubbs | Assistant: Ollie Thursby

Starting XI: 1 Charlie Merrin (GK), 2 John Nutman (Capt), 3 Ed Gould, 4 Luke Moloney, 5 Connor Burrows, 6 Matt Wilson, 7 Stuart Paton, 8 Ryan Stillwell, 9 Nico Dubouchet, 10 Nick Henesy, 11 Elliot Hemmings

Goal-scorer: Nick Henesy [18’ & 72’], Nico Dubouchet [26’], Ryan Stillwell [47’]

Subs On: 15 Mattias Tonking, 16 Jed Hackling | Subs Not Used: Kernott, DaCosta

 

Catholic Utd  | Player-Manager: Dan Trenkel

Starting XI: 1 Daniel Boosey (GK), 2 Patrick Kearney, 3 Harley Kee, 14 Max Kent, 5 Bradley Vaughan, 17 Alfie Larkin, 7 Thomas Kearney (Capt), 8 Luke Trice, 9 Aaron Baldwin, 18 Simon Thomas, 11 Mike Sammut

Subs On: 10 Franklin Craik, 4 Casum Tiffin | Sub Unused: Trenkel

Booked: Sammut

Referee: David Tregaskes

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 28 Dec) [EOFL 19/20 29.12.19]

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

Hello and welcome to the second of our festive round-up’s of Essex Olympian League action here on my blog. The weekend’s action was again affected by the weather. To see last week’s action (Sat 21 Dec), click here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/12/22/round-up-essex-olympian-league-sat-21-dec-eofl/

 

Saturday 28 December

Premier Division

In the top-tier this weekend, Catholic Utd are the new leaders after another strong home win, 5 – 0 over out-of-form Rayleigh Town. Simon Thomas led the attack with a hat-trick with Thomas Kearney and Brad Vaughan also finding the net in what was Utd’s third consecutive success. Town drop to sixth and have lost four on-the-trot. Leigh Ramblers defeated strugglers Canning Town 3 – 1 at Belfairs, thanks largely to Dan Williams’ brace and one from Rhys Fatt. Wayne Seal’s team remain third while Town drop back to the foot of the table.

Meanwhile, Buckhurst Hill took another important stride towards the top three with a 3 – 1 win over Kelvedon Hatch in a match moved to the 3G pitch at Wadham Lodge. Nathan Sollosi, Sonny Shilling and Fenti Falola all netted before the interval for Mark Williams’ team and Petrit Elbi got one back for player-boss Steve Willis’ side.

There was also some big wins for teams near the bottom as Hutton demolished Basildon Town 8 – 1 at Polo Fields. Replacement Will Marlowe made some impact with four goals for the hosts with James Gardner also getting a brace. Brad Freeman and Jack Holloway also added their names to the scoresheet here as Gary Damrill’s team got their third win in their last five games and rise up to 12th. Town struck through Keith King though fell to an uncharacteristic loss this season and remain in mid-table.

Harold Wood Athletic also got a big 3 – 2 win, away at Springfield. Ath struck through strikes by Ishmael Raymond and replacements Max Shepherd & Jacob Roberts as Kris Taylor’s team got their third win in their last five outings. They sit 11th while Springfield fall to fifth. Old Southendian were held 2 – 2 by Shenfield AFC. Elliot Hemmings and an Ed Gould penalty levelled things for Connor Lane’s side as AFC struck through goals from Luke Williamson and Ben Absolon. OS have only lost one of their last seven now though are still only two points above the bottom two.

 

Match Off: Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  P – P  Sungate  | Silver Leys

 

Senior ONE

 

Old Chelmsfordians 3 – 4  Rayleigh Town Res   | Lawford Lane

Ramsden Scotia  P – P  Ongar Town  | Nursery Sports Ground

Shoebury Town 2 – 1  Runwell Sports   | Cupid’s CC (Pitch 2)

Snaresbrook  P – P  Toby   | Nutters Field

 

Senior TWO

Leigh Town  P – P  May & Baker Res   | John Burrows Rec Ground

Rochford Town  P – P  Corinthians   | Rochford Rec Ground

 

Senior Three

 

In the only match played in Senior Three, Corinthians Res retained their unbeaten record this term with a 3 – 2 home win over Toby Res. Luis Ruiz got both goals for the Toby second-side though strikes by Steve Solarin, Max Hall and Taner Dagyaran were enough to give Terry Rose & Ben Adams’ team a seventh win in eight matches to rise above their opponents into second on goal difference.

 

Senior Four Results

 

Forest Glade  4 – 2  Canning Town Res

Ongar Town Res  P – P  Laindon Orient Res

Wakering Sports Res  2 – 2  Old Chelmsfordians Res

 

Senior Five – Shoebury Town Res  P – P  Newbury Forest Res

 

 

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 21 Dec) [EOFL 19/20 22.12.19]

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Image from Old Southendian v Kelvedon Hatch this weekend [Image: Scott W]
Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & EOFL Writer

Hello and welcome to the first of our festive round-up’s of Essex Olympian League action here on my blog. The weekend’s action was heavily blighted by the weather so a lot of 3G or artificial pitches were called in to assist some teams to fulfil their matches. Thanks for reading & Merry Christmas to all our readers.

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Saturday 21 December

Premier Division

In the Premier Division, four matches were played and we start with Catholic Utd’s

6 – 0 home win over Harold Wood Athletic at the Len Salmon Stadium. Braces from Thomas Kearney and Michael Sammut along with one goal each for Aaron Baldwin and Ellis Sands saw the in-form ‘Super Hoops to their seventh win this term and remain in second spot, just a point shy of current leaders Sungate.

A new era started at the Garon Park 3G pitch which took in its first league game, with Old Southendian defeating Kelvedon Hatch 2 – 1, thanks to strikes by Stuart Paton and Ed Gould. Richard Kadima got a late one back for Hatch though OS got their third win in their last six games to go up to 10th in the table. I attended this match and you can read more about it here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/12/21/match-report-old-southendian-2-1-kelvedon-hatch-sat-21st-dec/

 

Elsewhere, Shenfield AFC lept off the bottom with a 2 – 1 success over Bishop’s Stortford Swifts in a match reversed to St Martin’s Sch 3G. Ben Carroll and co-manager Luke Williamson got the crucial goals for AFC to secure their third win in their last six matches. Swifts’ poor run extends to one win in their last five matches sees them  ninth, just four points off the foot of the table.  Also, Canning Town won 3 – 2 at fellow strugglers Hutton which ended a three-match winless stretch. Hutton drop to bottom place though the bottom seven clubs are only separated by six points which makes you believe it’ll be a real slugfest in the second half of the campaign to avoid relegation.

Matches Off:

Rayleigh Town  P – P  Basildon Town  | London Road

Springfield  P – P  Leigh Ramblers    | Springfield Hall Park

Sungate  P – P  Buckhurst Hill    | Ilford Wanderers RFC

 

Senior ONE Schedule All Postponed

 

Herongate Athletic  P – P  Snaresbrook   | Billericay Road

Old Chelmsfordians P – P  Runwell Sports   | Lawford Lane

Toby  P – P   Ongar Town  | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park)

Ramsden Scotia P – P  Chingford Athletic  | Nursery Sports Ground

Shoebury Town  P – P  Rayleigh Town Res   | Cupid’s CC (Pitch 2)

 

Senior TWO  All Postponed

Harold Wood Athletic Res  P – P  Rochford Town | Harold Wood Park  [Pitch 1]

May & Baker Res  P – P  Wakering Sports  | May & Baker FC

 

Senior Division Three

Two matches did survive the weather in Senior Three. One of them saw Collier Row defeat Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ 3 – 1 in a game switched to the Robert Clack Sch 3G pitch. Row remain fifth but are five points clear of nearest rivals Leigh Town Reserves and only three points adrift of Toby Reserves in second. Lakeside Res drew 3 – 3 with Wakebury having come from behind at the Lakeside Sports Ground. David Alele, Chris Batt and a Azeez Aileru penalty accounted for the hosts’ goals while Christopher Gore, Ben Munday from 12 yards and Charlie Little all netted for the Berries, who are three points clear at the summit though have played quite a few more games than all of the other top five sides. Lakeside Ressies stay bottom though end a eight-match losing run here.

Matches Off:

Basildon Town Res  P – P  Toby Res  | Basildon Sports Club

Corinthians Res  P – P  Hutton Res   | Stambridge Memorial Ground

 

Senior Division Four

Chingford Athletic Development  P – P  Canning Town Res  | Town Mead [3G]

Shenfield AFC Res  P – P  Leytonstone Utd  | The Drive

Wakering Sports Res  P – P  Roydon  | Cupid’s CC [Pitch 1]

Senior Division Five

Collier Row Res  P – P  Wakering Sports Development

Leigh Ramblers Res  1 – 6  Herongate Athletic Res

Roydon Res  P – P  Springfield Res

 

Round-up: Essex Olympian League & Senior Cup (Sat 7 December) [EOFL 19/20 8.12.19]

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

 

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Olympian League round-up, which includes matches from the top four divisions & more on Saturday 7th December. Thanks for reading.

 

Saturday 7 December

Premier Division

In the top-tier, Sungate are the new leaders of the division after a narrow 1 – 0 win at Shenfield AFC. One loss in their last six matches see the ‘Gate a point clear of Catholic Utd who powered past Springfield 7 – 3 in a entertaining encounter at the Len Salmon Stadium. Luke Trice netted a treble for Dan Trenkel’s side, with Jay Nash getting a brace plus Aaron Baldwin & Brad Vaughan were also on target. Springfield had Dylan Caramba-Coker, Oliver Evans and replacement Harrison Elles to thank for their goals though they drop to sixth, behind Rayleigh Town on goal difference.

Meanwhile, Leigh Ramblers ended their recent winless run with a 2 – 0 success at Old Southendian, with Ryan Lowe and Justin Lowe strikes proving the difference in a team-wide good performance, which sees Wayne Seal’s team rise to third, at least temporarily given their rivals have games in hand on them. Kelvedon Hatch were held 3 – 3 by strugglers Canning Town at New Hall, which gave the visitors the point they needed to rise off the foot of the table.

 

Match Postponed: Harold Wood Athletic  P – P  Basildon Town (Waterlogged pitch)

 

Senior Division One

Now into a reduced programme in Senior One, and Chingford Athletic remain seven points clear at the summit, thanks to a 3 – 1 triumph over Rayleigh Town Res at Town Mead. The goals came from Mickey Mesmin, Alex Gordon and an OG as Ath got their fifth straight league win. Town’s Ressie side remain in mid-table. Elsewhere, Manford Way drew 2 – 2 with Toby at London Marathon Sports Ground. Olajide Yusuff and Paul Marjason struck for Manford though goals by Nic Keyamo and Sam Parrish levelled things for Toby who got their second point of the season. Manford are winless in their last four matches and sit 7th. Also, Old Chelmsfordians won 4 – 1 at Herongate Athletic to retain second spot, four points ahead of Ongar Town.

Match Postponed: Snaresbrook  P – P  Galleywood   | (Waterlogged Pitch)

 

Senior Division Two

In EOFL Senior Two, Leigh Town roared back to the top of the standings after a fine 6 – 2 win over AS Rawreth at John Burrows Recreation Ground. Shane Cooper and Tom Byford both nabbed braces here, alongside one each for Daniel Driscoll and Max Jones. Town are unbeaten in their nine league matches thus far now, the only side still unbeaten. Rawreth struck through Louis Hill’s double though it’s nine consecutive defeats for them now as they drop to last place. Laindon Orient won 3 – 1 at Rochford Town, thanks to a Charlie Mann double & one from ex-Southend Manor midfielder Ricky Bowyer. Matt Welsh got the solitary Rochford goal as Orient’s third win in their last five outings sees them remain sixth. Town stay third-bottom after their fifth loss on-the-spin.

Meanwhile, in the match I attended at Stambridge Memorial Ground, Old Southendian Res put in a very gritty display to defeat Corinthians 3 – 1. Ben Franklin’s two goals & one from skipper Oliver Tatton-Bennett won the contest, and a hard-working defensive showing assisted them with Nathan Dewberry on the score-sheet for Chris Stoneham’s side. If you’d like more on this match, my report is available here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/12/07/match-report-corinthians-1-3-old-southendian-res-sat-7th-dec-eofl/

Also, May & Baker Res made a blistering comeback to win 5 – 2 at Epping Town. Kurt Smith and Joe Thomas netted for Billy Cove’s side though they were also reduced to ten men in what was their first loss this term in the league.Bakers recovered superbly thanks to doubles from John Mogege and Ricardo Teixiera and one from George Dawood.

Ryan drew 2 – 2 with Harold Wood Athletic Res with Krasimir Kamboshev getting both Ryan goals & Mike Lowry notching both for Wood’s second side. As a result, both sides are in the bottom four while Beacon Hill Rovers won 3 – 2 at Wakering Sports, with Sam Holden getting two of the Rovers goals. Adebolu Adeyemi got the other while Ben Rowe and replacement Ben Aston notching the Sports goals here.

 

Senior Division Three

Finally for this section, in Senior Three, with their nearest rivals not in action due to postponements, Wakebury went two points clear at the top with a fine 5 – 1 win over White Ensign Reserves at Shoebury Park. Christopher Gore led the way with a treble, plus Daniel Buglione and Charlie Little also chipping in for Matt Cardy’s side. Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ finally ended their winless run with an important 1 – 0 at fellow strugglers Lakeside Res, with Josh Boswell getting the crucial goal for Jason Mole’s side. Hutton Res also won, 3 – 0 at home to Leigh Town Reserves thanks to strikes by Harry Calder, Stephen Judge and substitute Harry Lane. That win sees them stay 9th but gain ground on the sides above them.

 

Matches Postponed: Collier Row  P – P  Corinthians Res   | Forest Row Centre

Toby Res  P – P  ACD Utd  | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park – Toby pitch)

 

Senior League Cup Results

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  2 – 2  Hutton  (Hutton won 5 – 4 on pens) | Silver Leys

Rayleigh Town  4 – 0  Lakeside   | London Road

 

Essex Junior Cup

Buckhurst Hill Res  0 – 1  Wakering Sports Res

Shoebury Town ‘A’  5 – 2  Basildon Town Res 

 

Senior Division Four Results

Catholic Utd Res  0 – 1  Chingford Athletic Development

Galleywood Res  3 – 4  Ongar Town Res

Laindon Orient Res  1 – 6  Roydon

Leytonstone Utd  1 – 2  Forest Glade

Old Chelmsfordians Res  5 – 3  Shenfield AFC Res

 

Senior Division Five Results

Leigh Ramblers Res  3 – 2  Wakering Sports ‘A’

Newbury Forest Res  0 – 5  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res

Roydon Res  1 – 0  Old Barkabbeyans  

Shoebury Town Res  P – P  Collier Row Res

Springfield Res  9 – 1  Herongate Athletic Res

 

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 23 Nov) [EOFL 19/20 25.11.19]

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Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of Essex Olympian League action, including a the results from the Essex Premier Cup action alongside the top four EOFL divisions and results from Senior Four & Five. Thanks for reading.

 

Saturday 23 November

Premier Division

 

In the only Premier Division match this weekend because of the swathe of Essex Premier Cup action, Catholic Utd got a late winner to defeat Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 1 – 0 at Silver Leys. New recruit Jay Nash got the goal as the ‘Super Hoops’ left up to fifth in the standings. Swifts fall to ninth.

 

Senior Division One

In a reduced schedule of Senior One matches, Old Chelmsfordians won 3 – 0 at strugglers Ramsden Scotia to record their fourth straight win and rise to 2nd in the table. Matthew Crick, Ryan Robinson & substitute Dane Nelson  with the Chelmsford side. Elsewhere, Herongate Athletic were held 1 – 1 by lowly Shoebury Town.

 

Anagram Records Trophy result

Old Bradwell Utd  0 – 0  FC Hamlets | FC Hamlets won 3 – 2 on pens

 

Essex Premier Cup

Gas Recreation  3 – 0  Epping Town

Harold Wood Athletic  2 – 0  Hullbridge Sports Res

Lakeside  4 – 1  Tiptree Engaine

Lawfords Lads  0 – 7  Buckhurst Hill

Leigh Ramblers  4  – 0  Witham Town Res

Ongar Town  2 – 0  Hutton

Rayleigh Town  4 – 0  Springfield  

Rayleigh Town Res  8 – 0  Kelvedon Hatch

Runwell Sports  2 – 4  Leigh Town

Shenfield AFC  3  – 1  Canning Town

Stanway Pegasus  1 – 1  Corinthians* (*won 5 – 4  on pens)

Wakering Sports  0 – 6  Chingford Athletic

 

Senior Division Two

In Senior Two, Old Southendian Res extended their unbeaten stetch to seven matches with a 4 – 0 win over AS Rawreth at Garon Park. Greg Molford, Lewis Caplin, Oliver Tatton-Bennett and substitute Ben Franklin all struck here to give Ben Manley’s team a boost by rising up to fifth spot. Also, Beacon Hill Rovers took advantage of their rivals at the top not being in action by leaping up to second, thanks to a 6 – 0 win at Rochford Town. The ensemble scorers’ list included Will Simpson, Adebolu Adeyemi, Stephen Bennett, Josh Perry and replacements Charles Brewer and Nathan Ruggles.

May & Baker Res also got a win, 2 – 1 over Harold Wood Athletic Res thanks to strikes by Gabriel Odili and Daniel Barth. Joe McBurney responded for Ath though they still fell to defeat here. Bakers’ second-side strengthen their hold on 7th after this win. Also, Westhamians sadly withdrew from the league following their inability to play the match with Ryan at Fairlop Oak.

 

Senior Division Three

Now into Senior Three and Toby Res remain top of the table by three points as they won 2 – 1 against fellow high-flyers Wakebury. Graham Knight and Luis Ruiz struck for the hosts, while Daniel Buglione netted for ten-man Wakebury, who dropped to third. Corinthians Res are up to second after a 4 – 1 triumph over bottom side Hullbridge Sports ‘A’. Max Hall, Ashley Webb, Ryan Woodley and Sonny Woodward all netted for Terry Rose’s team who make it three consecutive league wins now. Tom Ranger got the goal for the Sports development side though they are yet to win in ten league matches. Hutton Res got their second league win with a 3 – 2 success over Lakeside Res at Polo Fields. Another double by Sean O’Callaghan and one from Josh Sumner secured a vital win for the hosts, while Lakeside’s second-string are the only other side yet to win this term.

Elsewhere, ACD Utd won 2 – 1 at Basildon Town Reserves thanks to goals by Sam Payne and Jamie Alexandrou to stay fourth and Collier Row stay fifth after a good 3 – 0 win at fellow mid-table side Leigh Town Res. A brace from Ed Hart and Alfie Kempton accounted for ACD’s goals here. Also, White Ensign Res got a much-needed win, 1 – 0 over Buckhurst Hill Res at the Len Forge Centre, thanks to substitute Lewis Brown’s goal.

 

Senior Division Four

Canning Town Res  1 – 3  Shenfield AFC Res

Chingford Athletic Development  2 – 1  Leytonstone Utd

Galleywood Res  P – P  Wakering Sports Res

Forest Glade 4 – 2  Old Chelmsfordians Res

 Laindon Orient Res 4 – 3 Ongar Town Res

Roydon  7 – 2  Catholic Utd Res

 

Senior Division Five

Collier Row Res  H – W  Runwell Sports Res

Newbury Forest Res  5 – 1  Herongate Athletic Res

Shoebury Town Res  P – P  Roydon Res

Springfield Res  4 – 0  Leigh Ramblers Res

Wakering Sports ‘A’  1 – 1  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 16 Nov) [EOFL 19/20 17.11.19]

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

Hello and welcome to this week’s review of the Essex Olympian League action, from Saturday 16th November in the Premier Division all the way to the results in Senior Five. Thanks for reading.

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Premier Division

Starting as ever with the top division, with Buckhurst Hill really gathering their momentum with a 5 – 2 win over fellow high-flyers Leigh Ramblers at St John’s [3G]. Dan Whitehead put the hosts ahead early on though after a tough battle, a four-goal salvo courtesy of braces for Nathan Sollosi and Fenti Falola late on ensured Hill went top on goal difference. The Rams’ third straight loss means they fall to fifth.  Hutton edged Sungate 3 – 2 at Polo Fields to extend their unbeaten run to three matches. A brace from George Nash and one from replacement Will Marlowe sees the home side up to tenth. The ‘Gate suffered only their second loss this term here and drop to third place.

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts defeated Rayleigh Town  2 – 1 to rise to eighth place. By Contrast, Rayleigh’s winless run now extends to six matches and they sit second, level on points with leaders Buckhurst Hill now. Also, Shenfield AFC were held 1 – 1 by improving Old Southendian at St Martin’s School.

 

Match Postponed: Harold Wood Athletic P – P Springfield  (Due to a waterlogged pitch)

 

Senior Division One

Moving into Senior One, Chingford Athletic continued their superb form since entering the division with a 4 – 0 win at Snaresbrook. Lee Lashley’s brace plus strikes by Alex Gordon and substitute Gary Murray increased their lead at the summit to five points, although their nearest rivals all have games in hand on them. Snaresbrook haven’t won in five matches now as they drop to 11th spot. Galleywood strengthened their hold on fifth spot with a 1 – 0 win at Runwell Sports, thanks to a Luke Osborne goal. Old Chelmsfordians thumped Manford Way 7 – 0 to rise to third spot, and the OC’s are one of only two sides still unbeaten this term, the other being Ongar Town, whose match at Ramsden Scotia failed to beat the elements.

Elsewhere, Lakeside were held 3 – 3 by Herongate Athletic. Drew Klessa-Smith was back in the goals for ‘Side with a brace, with Ryan Budd also notching here though they dropped to fourth. And in the clash of the bottom two, Shoebury Town were held 2 – 2 by Toby at Cupid’s. Both sides are yet to win this term, though Toby did pick up their first point of the campaign here.

 

EOFL Senior League Cup

ACD Utd  3 – 5  Catholic Utd   | Westlands Playing Fields

Roydon  P – P  Basildon Town  | Paringdon Sports Club

 

Essex Premier Cup:  Rayleigh Town Res P – P Kelvedon Hatch

 

Senior Division Two

In Senior Two, with Epping Town not in action, it was a chance for the rest of the top five to gain ground. Corinthians did exactly that, overcoming a less than super start to demolish AS Rawreth 9 – 3 at the Stambridge Memorial Ground. Louis Hill powered a hat-trick for AS here, though the hosts’ firepower roared back as Nathan Dewberry got another four goals here, with Jake Hodder getting two himself and Bill Wilton, Theo Cannon and Oliver Brickwood also notching here. Chris Stoneham’s side went back top on goal difference, Leigh Town are the other side on 22 points as they just got the better of Wakering Sports 3 – 2. Shane Cooper, Harry Payne and Max Jones were their scorers here, with Danny Pallett and Mohammed Sesay hitting back for ten-man Sports here. Beacon Hill Rovers are only a point behind in third as they defeated Ryan 3 – 1. Laindon Orient sit fifth as an Ashley Blackburn brace assisted them to a 2 – 1 win over Harold Wood Athletic Res in Basildon. Joe McBurney hit back for the Ath second-string though they stay 7th.

Old Southendian Res also had a thriller as they were held 3 – 3 at home to fellow mid-table side May & Baker Res. Andrew Cable, Lewis Caplin and Greg Molford struck for OS though they drew for the fourth time in their last six matches. Rochford Town also got a win by way of Home Walkover as struggling Westhamians could not field a side.

 

Senior Division Three

Finally for the main section, in Senior Three, Toby Res remain top of the standings as they triumphed 4 – 2 against Collier Row. Braces from Chris Cox and Luis Ruiz sealed their fourth consecutive win and also handed Collier their first loss of the season. Wakebury stay second after they beat strugglers Hutton Res 5 – 2 at Shoebury Park. Harry Kateley got another double here, with Ben Perry, Oliver Laycock and George Tinneny also netting for ‘Bury. Stephen Judge and Jack Shaw struck for Hutton’s second side though they drop to tenth. Leigh Town Res got their third win on-the-trot with a 3 – 1 win at White Ensign Res. Ben Forsyth, Aaron Tyler and replacement Callum Stone all scored for Town here as they rose to fifth spot.

Elsewhere, Buckhurst Hill Res won 2 – 0 over Lakeside Res, thanks to strikes by Landry Gogoa and Beau Hogan to make it four wins in succession for them. Lakeside’s second team are yet to win this term. On that note, Basildon Town Res got their first league win as they powered to a 4 – 1 win over bottom side Hullbridge Sports ‘A’. Grant Cumming, Jack Main, Ryan Morgan and Alex Shields all netted to see them go up to ninth spot.

 

Senior Division Four  results

Chingford Athletic Development  4 – 0  Ongar Town Res

Galleywood Res  6 – 1  Catholic Utd Res 

Leytonstone Utd  P – P  Old Chelmsfordians Res

Wakering Sports Res  0 – 1  Laindon Orient Res

 

 

Senior Division Five results

Collier Row Res  3 – 2  Old Barkabbeyans

Herongate Athletic Res  10 – 0  Wakering Sports ‘A’

Leigh Ramblers Res  2 – 3  Newbury Forest Res

Roydon Res  1 – 0  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res

Springfield Res  7 – 1  Runwell Sports Res

Round-up: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Sat 2 Nov) [EOFL 19/20 4.11.19]

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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.

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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/

 

Matches Postponed:

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