Hello and welcome to the first of th season’s round-ups of the Essex Alliance League, which continues on this blog under the “Guest Blog” strand. This shortened edition looks at the first-ever weekend of the new Step 7 (or Regional Feeder League) that took place n Saturday 21 August. My thanks to the EAL’s Rob Parker. This round-up is posted with the author’s permission. Thanks for reading.
Guest Blog written by Rob Parker for EAL [EAL Twitter: @EssexAllianceFL]
Essex Alliance League Senior Division – Saturday 21 August
Following what was the shortest summer break in league history, the new Essex Alliance League started for our Senior Division clubs on Saturday as the country’s newest Regional Feeder League commenced with five fixtures.
The early league leaders after the opening fixtures are promoted Woodford East who made their bow in the top flight with an impressive 5 – 0 away victory at Tower United at Mabley Green to move top. Callum Maltese scored twice for East with Frank Glock, Sonny Feltwell and Matthew Stacey goals rounding off a top draw performance.
Sitting second on goal difference are another of the promoted sides as Chadwell Heath Spartans made a spirited start to top flight football edging a tight contest against Blue Marlin 2 – 1. Michael Ramsey and Samir Aboulainaf got the all important goals to win the game on their competitive debut at their new home in Chigwell.
It’s merely alphabetical order separating the sides in third and fourth respectively as DT FC opened their new campaign as they finished the last with a victory in a close contest with CSM London, the two sides meeting for the first time. And it was just an own goal that was the difference between the sides, DT the beneficiaries of that key moment to win 1 – 0 at the Harlow Arena.
It was another good day for a promoted side as Leyton Royal became of the third such side to record an opening day victory as they made the trip to Noak Hill to face last season’s London Junior Cup finalists, FC Petrocub. Florin Porceanu was on target with the only goal as another close game ended 1 – 0.
The final fixture on Saturday came from Walthamstow where the division’s fourth promoted side, Kit Out London, made the journey to east London to take on Rapid Chingford who were themselves looking for a positive start to the campaign. There was little between the sides in the end with the game ending in a 1 – 1 draw, both sides earning a hard fought point.
Fixtures – EAL Senior Division
Mon 23rd August – FC Baresi v Lymore Gardens | at Mayesbrook Park 3G (8pm KO)
Saturday 28th August (2pm KO’s I understand)
Chadwell Heath Spartans v Chigwell Town | Chigwell Hall Spts Grd
CSM London v Jolof Sports | West Ham Community Grd 3G, Beckton
Kit Out London v DT FC | Noak Hill 3G
Leyton Royal v Lymore Gardens | Salisbury Hall Spts Grd
Written By Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & EAL Writer
Hello and welcome the another of my latest series of ‘In-Focus’ blogs for Summer 2021, marking five years for me as a Non-League writer. Second in the series is Essex Alliance League (EAL) side Chadwell Heath Spartans, who competed in the group-only Essex Alliance League Cup since the resumption of Football in March this year.
The “Spartans” are an ambitious club built from Day 1 by the Hunwicks family, soon after Neil Hunwicks decided to leave Hullbridge Sports who at that stage had just won the Essex Senior League title. But for the Hunwicks family, setting this club up was an altogether more personal venture. The Action image below is courtesy of @ABridgeTooFar16, used with thanks.
In this article, I’m pleased to welcome Chairman & photographer extraordinaire Neil Hunwicks (NH), who is joined by his sons, Spartans player-boss Aaron Hunwicks (AH) and player & Media Officer Ray Hunwicks (RH) to give their thoughts on how the recent League Cup has been to compete in, the season as a whole, the inside track on the club and their thoughts on the change coming for the EAL next season. My thanks to them all for their time.
SW: It goes without saying that the 2020-21 campaign has been disrupted by the various lockdowns, but what positives would you all take from this campaign?
NH: “As a family we are all still learning, not just about the club and the team, but also about working with each other. Trying to keep ourselves motivated in these difficult times was hard enough, but trying to keep the entire club engaged and motivated was a big challenge for us.
The campaign was good while we were playing and we probably were playing the best football in our short history, but the downtime during lockdown and the thought of another season being ‘null and void’ always loomed large at the back of our minds.
As Chairman, our biggest positive off the pitch was us becoming a ‘FA Charter Standard’ club. We always try to do everything in the right way and although a lot of the standards for the award were already in place, the League and County supported us getting things over the line.
On-the-pitch it has certainly been difficult to keep players motivated and interested in football with the stop start season that the clubs have faced, but the lads on the whole have been great. The support they have given the club on and off the pitch is all that we can ask for from our players and we just hope that we can complete a full season for 2021/22 and see how we go”
SW: What was the favourite match of the season and why?
NH: “There could only be one match for me and that was away the Woodford East FC in October of 2020 I believe (Indeed it was – October 17th to be exact – Ed). Trying to take photographs and watch an unbelievable game was very difficult.
Woodford East were top of the league and unbeaten, we were third I think at the time and unbeaten. Both teams had a tight defence and had conceded few goals before the Spartans headed over to Woodford’s ground on that Saturday afternoon.
We had good support on that day as the game had been built up as a clash of the two top teams in the division and a chance of the unbeaten record of one of them going. It was the first time I had really felt nervous before a game, and I felt a bit of those same nerves around the camp. Aaron and Niru had done a good job preparing the team and leading up to the game the training sessions had been very good. The boys were all up for the clash and we had a strong squad available for selection.
Well without boring everybody with the details, it was an unbelievable game ending 6 – 5 to the Spartans and the celebrations at the end you would maybe have expected from a Cup final. It was sheer relief beating easily the best team we had played in the league and probably the strongest contenders for the title, had things got that far!
Looking back I think the Woodford East lads would agree that it was a real battle between two competitive sides and their dejection at the loss was the opposite to our elation at the victory and I’m sure if things were round the other way we would have felt their pain.”
SW: On or off-the-pitch, what was your most memorable moment/s from this season?
NH: “We have a positive and a negative for this really and they were both off-the-pitch. Let’s get the negative out of the way first! It was when we were told for a second time that the season was off, ‘null and void’ again! We couldn’t believe it! We had been robbed of the title in our first season as we were one win away from winning EAL Division Three before things were called off, but for things to be called off again was ridiculous and when you think we all played tournaments when we came back, we could have easily finished the league, but don’t get me started on the FA, I’ll shut up now.
The positive was great for us and as I have already mentioned we achieved Charter Standard, which was great for us as a new club. We have always tried to do things the right way and getting Charter Standard was a big plus for us as a club and it was that little piece of the jigsaw that we wanted to get done in season two.”
SW: It’s been two seasons since the Spartans were formed, what has it been like starting your history competing in the Essex Alliance League in that time?
NH: “The League is good and they have always been very supportive towards us, but at the same time we have tried to support the league. Ray is our secretary as well as playing and he always tries to make sure we do everything properly and on time. If he doesn’t win Secretary of the Year for last season it will be an absolute travesty, not that we are biased!” (Of course not! – Ed)
“The league also asked clubs to support them by obtaining Charter Standard and so we went ahead and put the work in to do it. Although we attended all the meetings back in the old days when people could still meet up, we always know that we can call or message any of the league committee and they will always get back to us with a helpful answer. That is what a new team needs because although me as the Chairman and Aaron as the player / manager having quite a few years background in the game, we have always done things for others and never had our own team, so it was a big learning curve for all the family. We thought for the last two seasons (although we haven’t actually finished one yet due to Covid-19) that we were in the right place & the right league and that has been confirmed recently when it was announced that the league had finally achieved one of its big goals by achieving Step 7 status.”
SW: You competed in Group B of the hastily-convened Essex Alliance League Cup with mixed results, finishing in third spot. How was it returning to playing after such a long lay-off?
NH: “It was great to get back and see everybody again and although we had some of the team who contracted Covid-19, everybody came through the other side and we’re safe!
Aaron (AH) had his own plans for the tournament, so I’ll let him explain…”
AH: “We were extremely pleased that there was some sort of Cup football to return to, although admittedly we were disappointed that the league couldn’t continue two seasons in a row. It was a difficult period for us as a club as the lockdowns left us and I’m sure many other clubs without players returning and with injuries. This made some of our games really challenging, but we did use the cup competition to experiment with some things we wanted to test, without points or league positions on the line and this has given us loads of ideas going in to next season to take the club forwards.
SW: It was announced last week that the Senior Division of the Essex Alliance League has been given Step 7 status by the FA, putting it on par with the Premier Division of the Essex Olympian League. Is reaching that division an ambition of the club & what is your reaction to the news as an EAL club?
NH: “Well, I’ll cover the reaction first as we were so pleased for the league and especially all the committee members who we knew had worked so hard on achieving this status. The league deserves it and it’s great for all the clubs that have stuck by the Essex Alliance League and haven’t jumped ship. Some of the clubs that have left the league may now want to come back, which will only strengthen the league, but I’m sure like the Olympian (League), the clubs coming in will now have to earn their place in the top flight.
As far as our club goes, as Chairman I can only guide my committee on what my own personal thoughts are about playing at Step 7. Our committee is made up of myself as Chairman, Aaron as player / manager, Niru as player / coach and Treasurer, he’s the numbers man. We then have Ray who plays as well as being the club Secretary and also the media wizard, so he arguably has the toughest job in the family and finally we have John who is a family friend from when the lads were at school, he is sometimes the voice of reason amongst the strong-willed Hunwicks family!
I think the pressure sits firmly with Aaron as manager and Niru as coach on this one, as they have got to be confident that they can put together a team that can compete at Step 7, Aaron continues on that note…
AH: As manager, my thoughts on Step 7 are that it is a fantastic opportunity for us as a club, should we be able to meet the requirements. It’s also a great opportunity for the players to compete at this level and test themselves against the best teams in the league. We are excited to see what the new season brings us as we are always trying to better ourselves and bring in new talent to help us reach our goals.”
(Above) Action Still from CH Spartans v CSM London in EAL League Cup from May 2021, image by @ABridgeTooFar16
SW: Looking on now to the 2021/22 season, what are the short-term aspirations of the club?
NH: “Off the pitch I think we have loads of goals as we want to secure some longer-term sponsorship deals. This gives the club more stability, but it also gives us the opportunity to work with local businesses. We are big on getting the local community involved in the club, as we feel we represent them. Our history is local, and the family grew up here. We have a lot of local lads that went to Mayfield School which is where our home ground is now, so we are tied to the community, and we want the community to be tied in with us.
You will have noticed that we try very hard to get some good media out weekly. It’s not just about my photographs, but also a lot of work goes in to our videos and Ray (RH) is your man for that, so I’ll leave this bit to him…”
RH: “As the media man, striving to get better never stops for me. I’m continually challenging myself to put out better content on all platforms and as a small club I think we do very well. We sometime get criticised for missing a goal, but we make every effort to get it right and change things up as often as we can.
On the pitch, Aaron, Niru and John want the club to be playing at Step 7 status and to be able to hold our own in a very strong Premier Division. We want to bring in new blood that maybe won’t get a look in at the bigger clubs, but we are a team of opportunities, and we want competition for every position we have!”
SW: Finally, what other developments are on the way for the club in the future that you’d like to share?
NH: “We have a few things in the pipeline, but nothing we can share at the moment as our future is in the hands of others, but we are really confident our hard work will pay off, so watch this space!”
That’s all from this In-Focus article, again my thanks to the Hunwicks family for their time & I wish the Spartans well next season. If you’d like to find out more about the club, they are on Twitter – @CH_SpartansFC or on Facebook at @CHSpartansFC. Hope you enjoyed the article.
Update (June 16) – After this article was published, it was announced via EAL’s constitutions that the Spartans will compete in the Senior Division (Step 7) from August 2021. Congrats to all at the club.
Hello and welcome to a guest blog, going through the action in the Essex Alliance League Cup groups on Saturday 1st May, My thanks to the EAL’s Rob Parker. This round-up is posted with the author’s permission, with additional reporting by Scott W. Thanks for reading.
Guest Blog written by Rob Parker for EAL [EAL Twitter: @EssexAllianceFL]
Essex Alliance League – Saturday 1 May
The race for the Group A silverware remains well poised with FC Petrocub holding a two point gap at the top, helped by a big 6 – 1 win on Saturday away at Rapid Chingford. Vasilica Ilie led the visitors on with a treble here, to which Nicolai Gutu added a brace. Ghenadie Moisei also chipped in with the other goal in this big win which saw the visitors make it three wins from three and in pole position in the group going into their two huge remaining fixtures.
One of those will be against second-placed Lymore Gardens next week and Lymore warmed up for the huge showdown with a comfortable win of their own, ending West Essex Reserves’ hopes of silverware with a 3 – 1 victory. Andre Rashford, Dylan Roberts and Tyrique Peters grabbed the winning goals.
With games in hand, DT FC still have both of the leading sides to play away from home and kept up their hopes with a big home win as they beat FC Baresi 5 – 0 at the Harlow Arena. Carlos Simao notched twice here, with Jermaine Francis, Ayrton Coley and Steve Domfeh also on target to give the hosts a first win in the competition and, with three games still to go, can they chase down the leading pack?
Group B was thrown wide open at the weekend after a huge result in Noak Hill saw Kit Out London keep their unbeaten record in tact by beating another previously unbeaten side, Woodford East. Jay Stavri scored for East but a Erik Rusnak brace in reply added to Sami Bessadi’s goal to make it 3 – 2 to the Kit side.
Chigwell Town returned to contention at the top end of the standings after an impressive 4 – 2 victory at home against Tower United to dent the latter’s hopes. Ross Chimes scored two with Mark Howe and Modestas Dainuskas netting the others to render Tower goals from Abdi Abdikarim and Abubakar Maxamed as just consolation.
And in the group’s remaining fixture, Chadwell Heath Spartans opened their wins account in the group as they picked up a huge 5 – 1 win against higher league opposition, CSM London. Antonio Azevedo scored for CSM but a Rashid Matabaro hat-trick and goals for Rob Hodgson and Miguel Martins rounded things off for Spartans.
Four sides will go into the final weekend of Group C fixtures with hopes of silverware but it’s unbeaten Frenford A who hold the advantage after their beat now second-placed North East Lions 5 – 3 on Saturday to go top. Lorenc Hoxha, Romelle Pile and Chad-Troy Payne goals proved not quite enough for the Lions. Among the scorers for the Frenford developmental side were Gabriel De Souza Dias, Daniel Francis, Isima Iguisi and Joel Opara.
London Park City and Kwanzas London Sport are the other two sides with an outside chance but will require a significant goal difference swing after they could only finish level at 1-1. Antonio Semedo scored the hosts goal but City scored one themselves to send them into a showdown with the leaders next weekend.
In the battle between the fifth and sixth placed sides, Belfry earned their first points of the group after they secured victory in Dagenham against Francis Luke. Jose Nelson Da Silva scored for Luke but three Belfry goals from Gabriel Ogunwomoju, Daniel Osborne and Louis Window were enough to earn a 3 – 1 win for the hosts.
Two sides remain locked at the top in Group D as Unitey and Dagenham United, both sides sporting unbeaten records, met in Loughton on Saturday. With both having won all three games, it was perhaps no surprise to see this one finish level. Brandon Fulton scored twice for Unitey with Sean Kettle and Charlie Fiander goals ensuring it ended 2 – 2 to see this group go to the wire.
Third-placed Cowley Community, a point back, remain poised to sweep up if results go their way and they ensured they will remain interested on the last day as Chris Wright and Mark Farinha efforts gave them a 2 – 1 win against Chingford Athletic A. Sam Matthews scored the Chingford goal in reply.
In Group E, the first silverware was mathematically confirmed with Fairlop Rovers confirmed as group winners after Loughton Lions could only pick up a point on the road at Old Barkabbeyans Reserves. The Lions had two goals from William Osmond and one from Jay Lutman to thank for keeping them in the contest but two Michael Ryder goals and a Josh Robinson strike help Old Barks pick up a first point as the game ended 3 – 3.
The group’s other action came from Newbury Park where the other side with outside hopes, Glendale, saw their hopes ended despite fighting back from conceding early against Old Esthameaians to lead through two Wesley Kanga goals. But goals from Neil Robinson and Danny Harris saw the tie finish at 2 – 2 on the day.
The drama in Group F will go to the final set of matches with three sides still in with a shout. Royal Forest Reserves are in pole position following a hard fought away win at Emerson United Reserves over the weekend as goals from Tom Alexander and Will Asenso carried their side to a 2 – 0 victory in Upminster.
Custom House United will hope for a Royal slip on the final day after they kept their hopes alive with a big 7 – 1 win at home against Eastern Avenue. Jamie Wooster was in fine form here with a hat-trick, with further goals arriving through Bobby Devlin, Paul Stringer, Robert Wooster and Tommy Douglas.
Chingford Harriers will require a lot of things to go their way to be putting hands on silverware but they will have a big say either way, coming through the Chingford derby contest against Lymore Gardens Reserves in a 3 – 0 scoreline. Paul Shawyer and Darnell Lamothe were on the scoresheet for the Harriers ahead of their showdown with the leaders next weekend.
In Group G, Collier Row A moved level on points with the top placed side in the group on the back of a big 7 – 1 Row victory against Dagenham United Reserves. Rahman Byjid scored for United but Tommy Mottram’s treble led an ensemble cast of scorers for Row which also included Joe Willson’s brace plus one each for Pete Adeleye and Jordan Reece-Peprah to leave them needing the leaders to drop points if they are to challenge.
Brentwood United Reserves have been creeping their way up the table in the last couple of weeks and could still have a big say in things, lying just two points off the leading teams. Their second win was secured as a double from Danny Walker and strikes from Alfie Wiseman and Tony Wyman assisted them to a 4 – 2 home win against Avondale Rangers on Saturday, a result which keeps them in touch.
LONDON JUNIOR CUP
Goals were the order of the day in the London Junior Cup where Jolof Sports’ chase for county cup glory continued with the visit of AFC Cubo Reserves to Dagenham on Saturday. An entertaining game saw Jolof run out 10 – 4 victors to become the third EAL club into the last sixteen where they face either West Fulham or Exeter Old Boys this month.
Hello and welcome to a guest blog, going through the action in the five Essex Alliance League divisions plus action from the Cups on Saturday 10th October, along with the Olympian League & ESBL action, it is good to have guest content on other Grassroots Leagues, thank you Rob. This round-up is posted with the author’s permission, with thanks. Thanks for reading.
Guest Blog written by Rob Parker for EAL [EAL Twitter: @EssexAllianceFL]
Essex Alliance League – Saturday 10th October
With a number of sides in county cup action this weekend, FC Baresi took full advantage of that to move four points clear at the top of the table, returning home from their trip to Newbury Park with all three points in a 2-0 win against Blue Marlin. Alfie Hatch and Denzel Conteh grabbed the all important goals to secure a fifth league win.
Over in Hainault, there was a second league win of the season for Chigwell Town who entertained Tower United. Abubakar Maxamed scored twice and Abdirahman Sabriye once for the visitors but braces from Ross Chimes and John Lye paved the way to Chigwell victory, with Joel Donnelly scoring the other goal in a 5-3 scoreline.
It was also a great afternoon for Rapid Chingford who picked up a crucial first win of the season to move them away from the bottom, seeing FC Petrocub slide to a second successive defeat after a perfect start. Bogdan Galan double and strikes from Dragos Aenasoaie and Andrei Boga were enough for Rapid, overcoming visitor goals from Vitalii Chiriac, Nicolai Gutu and Maxim Volosin in a 4-3 win.
The title race remains interestingly poised in Division One with the top two sides both having won all five games so far. Leyton Royal extended their record but had to come through a tough contest away at Kwanzas London Sport as goals from George State and Bogdan Toana overcame an Antonio Semedo strike from the hosts in a 2-1 scoreline.
Remaining top on goal difference, Woodford East maintained their own great start as they took maximum points from their trip to London Park City. Callum Drummond, Matthew Stacey and James Collier goals proved enough on the day as they ended with a 3-1 win under their belts.
Moving up to fourth place are Eastside who made it two wins and a draw from their opening fixtures as they secured an important 6 – 2 home win against Francis Luke in a local derby. A brace apiece for Lawrence Amadi, Michael Dager and Junior Mandeng-Fotabong were sufficient for Side with Saico Djop and Joseph Mcnroe goals just consolation for FL.
North East Lions will be pleased with their efforts also as they scooped a second league win of the campaign with a victory at another local side in Wapping. A 4 – 3 win was secured by a Rweal Azizur hat-trick with Aaron Abbott grabbing the other to render strikes from Ashraf Ameer, Gracia Muhemba and Shamsun Noor as just consolation.
Dagenham United remain top of Division Two but had to settle for a share of the spoils as they were held at 2 – 2 by previously bottom of the table Royal Forest. Ruben Silva and Lewis Bennett both got on the United scoresheet but Forest will have been pleased to secure a first point of the season to get their account underway.
Belfry are ominously poised to strike, just a point back from the leaders, and they made light work of their trip to Leyton to take on Forest Green. There were hat-tricks galore including one for debutant Jeremy Lynch, with Daniel Osborne and Sam Paterson equalling that effort. Luke Macdonald and Mujib Ayoola goals completed the scoring in a thumping 11 – 0 victory.
Sitting in third place, Cowley Community kept up their decent start to the new campaign with a closely fought home win against Unitey in Leyton. Aiden Gentle and Kyle Cargill goals were enough in the end to edge this encounter 2-1 with the visitors slipping to the bottom by full-time as they go in search of their first points.
Newham Wanderers are also sitting pretty with three wins from four so far after promotion and they took maximum points from their local derby game against St Francis, running out 3-0 winners at the Flats. Hamido Jalo, Marcelino Rodrigues and Bradley Harris found the back of the net for Wanderers to keep them in the hunt at the top end of the table.
It was also a good afternoon for Chingford Athletic A who have moved up to fifth in the table following a big 5-0 home win against Old Esthameians as the sides met at Town Mead. Eric Kelly’s rich vein of form continued with a hat-trick as Harry Miller and Shazad Edwards goals completed a deserved victory.
In Division Three, it’s as you were at the top end of the table as FHN Athletic stay two points clear of the rest but had to come through a tough battle at home to Bailey Football Academy to take the points. Mustafa Burkhari and Fahd Umar goals kept Bailey interested but Athletic scored three times themselves to edge this one 3-2.
Over in Romford, Old Barkabbeyans Reserves kept up with the leaders but had to overcome a tough test themselves as they edged a five goal thriller against bottom of the table Flyers Under 23s. Klodian Meta scored twice and Sam Thompson once to help their side to an eventual 3 – 2 win in what was an improved Flyers performance.
Melbourne Sports remain third as they held off a comeback from Glendale, scoring twice late on to win it 5 – 3 after the hosts had fought back to 3 – 3. Alex Armah netted a Mels hat-trick with Jordan Green and Adnan Nuralt getting the other to render strikes from Enoch Apraku, Mohammed Gueye and Valter Correia as just consolation for the Dales.
Loughton Lions got back to winning ways this weekend as they put six goals passed a visiting Lymore Gardens Reserves side to secure a second league win in three. Will Osmond and George Bird swooped in with braces, Charlie Harper and Ryan Hazell scoring the others in a 6-1 scoreline.
ASA made their long awaited debut in the competition on Saturday as they made the trip to Barkingside to take on Fairlop Rangers. In the end, the two sides had to share the points as Saigeethan Senthan and Irfan Bahadur goals helped ASA to take a point in an eventual 2-2 draw, a result which was enough for Rovers to move sixth in the standings.
Royal Forest Reserves’ return to league action was a successful one as they moved three points clear at the top of the table following a hard fought 2 – 0 home win against Dagenham United Reserves. Anayo Ukwunnah and Josh Trainor scored the two goals for Forest to keep their side unbeaten in the league so far.
Moving second in the standings, Together United picked up a second league win on Saturday, overcoming Brentwood United Reserves in Chadwell Heath in a 5 – 3 scoreline. Jake Southam, Connor Goom and Sam Bentley all found the net for Brentwood but a Stanley Kweya hat-trick and Fifi Banin brace brought it all Together for the visitors to take the points.
Collier Row A will have been pleased with their afternoon’s work as they made it two wins for the season over the weekend with a 4-1 win against Newham Royals. After such a difficult start, Row are now up to fifth in the table with Royal dropping to seventh as a result of that performance.
Completing the league action from Saturday, Emerson United Reserves were the hosts as Avondale Rangers visited Upminster in a mid-table battle. The game was closely fought and the teams had to settle for a point apiece with Adam Friend’s goal for Rangers equalled by a Sonny Scott goal for Emerson.
It was a big county cup weekend for Essex clubs and in the Essex Junior Cup, three of our sides made safe passage into round two with West Essex Reserves proving comfortable 4 – 0 winners in their game against Toby Reserves and will now face fellow Senior Division side, Chigwell Town, next month.
Also making it through in impressive fashion were Jolof Sports who took on CSM London in the East Ham derby game and picked up a 4 – 1 win to book a second round clash away at Manford Way Reserves in November.
And they will be joined in the second round hat by Lymore Gardens who also had a home tie with Olympian League Dvision Five side Collier Row Reserves, with the visitors taking on an in-form Lymore side. They were 3-1 winners and secured a spot in round two against Leytonstone United. There was just the one defeat for our clubs as DTFC were edged out by Essex & Suffolk Border League Division One side Dunmow Town with Town winning 2-1 on the day to make the draw for the next round.
In the Essex Junior Trophy, there were two all-EAL ties completed as Division One side Chadwell Heath Spartans overcame Custom House United 7-2 to go through to the next round where they will face Harold Wood Athletic A next month. The other clash came from Ilford where, in the battle of the borough’s “A” sides, it was Barkingside A who came out on top, beating Frenford A 4-2 to book a clash at home to Glendale in the next round.
Hello and welcome to a guest blog, going through the action in the five Essex Alliance League divisions on Saturday 3rd October, along with the other Grassroots divisions, it is good to have guest content on these Leagues, thank you Rob. This round-up is posted with the author’s permission, with thanks. Thanks for reading.
Guest Blog written by Rob Parker for EAL [EAL Twitter: @EssexAllianceFL]
Just a point separates the top three sides in the Senior Division with FC Baresi still leading the way, assisted by their enthralling victory over the weekend in a nine-goal thriller against Chigwell Town. Ali Shikeey scored twice and one apiece from Amais Khan, Marvin Smith and Denzel Conteh sent the hosts to a 5-4 win.
It’s as you were just behind the leaders with DTFC putting in a comprehensive performance against one of their rivals for the title as they saw off FC Petrocub 7-0 at the Harlow Arena. Jake Kissiedu’s hat-trick was accompanied by Billy Golledge and Kieran Hipgrave braces to extend their perfect record so far.
Another side sporting a perfect record so far are third placed West Essex Reserves who are also sporting four wins from four so far and maintained that start to the season with a hard fought 2-1 win away at Lymore Gardens in their contest in Loughton. Mitchell Arthur and Mason Iley netted the West goals as they returned home with the points.
Jolof Sports are the sitting fourth in the table, the last of the four unbeaten sides in the top flight after they made it three wins from three so far on the back of their most recent performance which saw them beat All Prospects 5-1 in East Ham. Mussa Jamanca scored twice with Abib Diop, Papa Ndiaye and Mamadou Sene also netting for Jolof. Prince Esanbor got the consolation for Prospects here.
Moving up the table are London Cranes who recorded their first victory of the new season on Saturday with a stunning 5-2 home win over Tower United in West Ham. Mohamed Hassan and Asad Yousef had netted for Tower but a home brace for Mathius Sendawula plus strikes from Fred Karyngo, Shadrack Sibasa and Valentine Djeikuyi gave victory to the hosts.
It was also a pleasing afternoon’s work for Blue Marlin who also picked up their first win of the campaign as they returned home from CSM London with the points. Radostin Danchev got on the scoresheet for the hosts but his efforts proved in vain as Marlin scored four goals of their own to earn a 4-1 victory, thanks largely to a Jordan Mills-Smith hat-trick and one for Tyreese Robinson.
The race for promotion in Division One continues to offer much promise with the top two sides separated by just goal difference. Woodford East stay top with a fourth win, courtesy of a 3-1 home victory against Frenford A. Ben Smith, Callum Maltese and Billy Barr all got on the score-sheet to help their side to a fourth consecutive win.
Leyton Royal trail in second place by just a few goals with games between those sides likely to be interesting. Leyton’s 2-1 home win on Saturday came at the expense of London Park City with Cosmin Capatina and Bogdan Toana efforts earning maximum points for the hosts to keep their winning record going.
There was an impressive victory for Kit Out London who made light work of their home fixture against Francis Luke, earning themselves a 7-1 win. Amalraj Kakmanu was in good form once again with a brace adding to goals from Olajide Akala, Lewis Jacobs, Darnell Kitambo, Massi Rahimi and debutant Erik Rusnack.
Moving up third place in the standings, Chadwell Heath Spartans recorded a second league victory and remain unbeaten after they were also 7-1 winners following their match with North East Lions. Ricky Reid scored twice and there were also efforts from Caleb Roberts, Rob Hodgson, Niru Hunwicks, Miguel Martins and Tom Callagher to round off an impressive performance.
Rounding off the action in the second tier, there was a seven goal thriller in Walthamstow as Kwanzas London Sport took on Eastside with the latter recording their first win of the season. They were victors by the odd goal in seven thanks to a double from Michael Dager plus strikes by Wenbi Ghenda and Lawrence Amadi in a result which saw them move up to seventh in the table.
There was just the one completed game in Division Two and it couldn’t have been a more exciting one with top of the table Dagenham United and Forest Green sharing nine goals between them. Rodeny Varela scored twice and one apiece from Brandon Johnson, Ola Ogunjobi and George Martin ended the game 5-4 in favour for United, a result which brought Green’s perfect start to an end.
The big game in Division Three came from Fairlop Oak where previously top of the table Melbourne Sports took on third placed FHN Athletic, both sides sporting excellent starts. Athletic ended the day having swapped places with the Mels as Dillon Ashford-Quaye, Oluwatunmida Adebayo, Ose Egbejale and Daniel Ohuruogu all netted to win it 4-2, rendering Ross Barker and Kinsley Tatham goals as just consolation for the Mels.
Old Barkabbeyans Reserves extended their unbeaten start to the season but did drop points for the first time as they were held to a rare goalless draw at home against Lymore Garden Reserves in Barking. That result saw them go second, two points off the new leaders, while Lymore move sixth.
Moving fourth in the standings are Glendale who, after two recent draws, tasted victory this weekend as they ended Loughton Lions’ perfect start in a closely fought 1-0 victory in the Hainault battle of the hedge. Mohammed Gueye came oft the bench to net in some style from distance to help his Dales side to the win.
There was also an important first victory of the season for Fairlop Rovers who took maximum points and moved away from the bottom of the table after a 4-0 win away at Flyers Under 23s. That result moves them seventh in the standings while Flyers will seek an upturn in form after a pointless start so far.
Avondale Rangers have cut the gap at the top of the table in Division Four as they moved third on Saturday following a 4-2 home win against Newham Royals in Loughton. Jake Clarke scored a hat-trick for Rangers with James Whitbread grabbing the other to move their side to within one point of the leaders.
There was an impressive performance from Dagenham United’s reserve side too where the previously winless side grabbed their first win of the season as they took down Together United at Castle Green. Hans Dodoo scored twice with Amran El-Kaouny grabbing the other to win it 3-1 and end the day as the happier of the sides.
Hello and welcome to a guest blog, going through the action in the five Essex Alliance League divisions on Saturday 26th September, along with the Olympian League & ESBL action, it is good to have guest content on other Grassroots Leagues, thank you Rob. This round-up is posted with the author’s permission, with thanks. Thanks for reading.
Guest Blog written by Rob Parker for EAL [EAL Twitter: @EssexAllianceFL]
Essex Alliance League – Saturday 26th September
There is another new leader at the top of the Senior Division this week with FC Baresi the latest custodians of that position following their third win in four on Saturday, beating London Cranes by the odd goal at West Ham Memorial Park. Ali Shikheey got that only goal of the game as Baresi were 1 – 0 victors.
Three sides sit just behind the leaders with a perfect record with DTFC winners once again this weekend following victory at the Harlow Arena against Chigwell Town. A goal apiece from Chris Smith, Billy Golledge and Kieran Hipgrave were enough to see their side over the line to a 3-1 win.
West Essex Reserves are hot on the trail too and they made it three wins from three on Saturday with a comfortable looking 4-1 away win at Tower United. Abdi Abdikarim scored for the hosts but a brace for West from Mason Iley added to further goals from Adam Norris and Hassan Sufi to give their side the points.
Another side with a 100% start to their season are Jolof Sports who made it a pair of narrow 1-0 wins on their return to the league. Blue Marlin were the side to suffer said reverse as Moustpha Kane’s strike proved the only goal of a close game down in Newbury Park, that result moving Jolof up to sixth in the standings.
Lymore Gardens’ good start to the season continued on Saturday as they moved to fifth place on the back of a 2-1 away win against Rapid Chingford at Salisbury Hall. Andrei Boga’s goal had given Rapid the lead but a pair of goals from Marcel Destouche and Ashley Godwin paved the way for a Garden win.
After an indifferent start, CSM London have climbed into mid-table as they secured a second league win of the season, defeating a presently winless All Prospects side 4-1 at Fairlop Oak. Keifer Cole’s hat-trick proved the main difference between the sides with Ramone Senior’s strike rounding off the win in some style.
In Division One, Leyton Royal took full advantage of the leaders being out of action to move level on points at the top of the table as they made it three wins from three with a hard fought 1-0 victory away at Eastside. Alin Cosma was the man on target with their solitary effort to give his side maximum points so far.
Wapping have moved up to fourth as they picked up a second league win of the season, taking home all three points from their trip to Frenford A. The visitors scored both of the goals in the game, running out 2-0 winners to help move their side up the table following an indifferent start.
Sitting fifth are Chadwell Heath Spartans who added a win to their opening draw to keep themselves unbeaten in their maiden campaign at this level. They brought London Park City’s perfect start to an end, winning 4-2 at Mayfield through a Janel Alexander double and single efforts from Rashid Matabaro and Courtney Holness.
Kit Out London started their maiden league campaign in positive fashion with an opening victory in their first fixture, returning home with all three points from their trip to face Kwanzas London Sport in Walthamstow. Amalraj Kakamanu scored twice and Olajide Akala once to edge their side to a 3-2 win.
It was also a memorable afternoon for North East Lions who tasted victory at the fourth attempt on Saturday after beating seventh-placed Francis Luke 2-0 at the Marshes. That win gave them a first victory in Saturday football and helped them move to within goal difference of their opponents.
There were plenty of goals in Division Two where Belfry continued their early form with another win, this time beating Unitey 3-0 at Roding Valley High School. A brace from Sam Paterson led the way with Jamie Redington scoring the other to make it a maximum points start for the new side.
Just behind the pacesetters on goal difference, Cowley Community’s solid start sees no end as they added another victory to their start, beating Newham Wanderers in a local derby match. Chris Wright was in some form, scoring all four of their goals in a 4-0 victory to keep his side well involved at the top end of the table.
Another side who have made a great start are Dagenham United who also made it three wins in four at the start of the new campaign as they returned home with all three points from their trip to Old Esthameians. Neil Robinson found the back of the net for Old E’s but United scored five in reply to make it a 5-1 winning score-line in their favour. Rodeny Varela got a hat-trick here, with Filipe Silva and Brandoon Johnson also netting for Utd here in their win.
Forest Green will be very pleased with their efforts in September having won all of their fixtures in the month to sit fourth in the placings going into October. They came through a real seven goal humdinger over the weekend, edging past Chingford Athletic A in a 4-3 scoreline to end the day as the happier of the two outfits.
The final game in the third tier came from Rainham Working Mens Club where the hosts were up against St Francis in this key battle between two sides having made indifferent starts so far. Joshua Shakes threw two goals into the Rainham mix but Saints stirred things up by scoring twice themselves to make it a 2-2 draw and sharing the spoils.
The Division Three leaders after the first month are Melbourne Sports who lead the way on goal difference having won both of their fixtures, their latest victims being Lymore Gardens Reserves. The Mels returned from Chingford with maximum points as they earned a 4-1 away victory to start the season in great style.
Moving up to third place are Bailey Football Academy who picked up their maiden league victory following a big 4-1 away win against Fairlop Rovers in Barkingside. Ross Basunda scored twice with Berdan Yelken and debutant Luke Deslandes goals helping their side to a memorably first win.
Completing the day’s action at this level, it was a case of de ja vu for Glendale as the Dales had to settle for a share of the points in a 2-2 draw against Epping United at Fairlop Oak. Valter Correia levelled up after an early Epping opener but the visitors got ahead once again which needed Mouhamed Gueye’s strike late on for the Dales to level things up.
It’s been a good start for Custom House United in Division Four as they made it two wins and a draw from their opening games with a 6-1 home win on Saturday against Dagenham United Reserves. Tim Mason scored four for the Dockers with Charlie Clarke and Kelvin Bartlett efforts finishing things off for the league leaders.
Royal Forest Reserves dropped their first points of the season but remain level with the leaders at the top following a 1-1 draw at Fairlop Oak against Newham Royals. Will Asenso scored for Forest but Royals were able to level up to maintain unbeaten starts for both of the sides thus far. It was a memorable Saturday afternoon for Collier Row A who secured their first competitive win following a 4-3 home victory against Avondale Rangers. Jake Clarke scored twice for Rangers but his efforts were in vain as Row picked up the points to move off of the bottom of the table.
Brentwood United Reserves also secured a first victory of the campaign as they returned home with all three points from their fixture against Chingford Harriers at Westlands. That win moved them up to eighth place in the table, just a point off of the sides placed in mid-table in a congested table so far.
Completing the days action, a six-goal thriller rounds things off in Division Four as Emerson United Reserves entertained Together United at Hall Lane. In a close game, the teams drew 3-3, sharing all six goals and consequently the points too as Ross Braybrooke, Jamie Fox and Sonny Scott helped Emerson move up to fourth in the standings, United just a single goal behind them.
Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League Writer
Hello and welcome to a rare round-up of this weekend’s Essex Alliance League action, covering the League action from the Premier Division to Senior Three with results from the and Senior Four & Five on the weekend of Saturday 16th November. In memory of EAL photographer Jules Lister aka ‘Lamo the Lion’, RIP.
Chigwell retained their place at the summit after a 3 – 2 win against FC Petrocub. A brace from Ross Chimes and one from Mark Howe saw them to their sixth win this term. Ghenadie Moisei and Vasilica-Cristinel Ilie both scored for Petrocub though they remain 5th, five points off their opponents here.
London Cranes sit second in the table after a 2 – 1 win at Blue Marlin. Moses Makanga and Kennedy Wampamba both netted here for Cranes to overturn a Nathan Desnoes goal and secure their sixth win of the campaign. The hosts here drop to second-bottom after one win in their seven league matches thus far. With FC Baresi in Cup action, CSM London missed a chance to overhaul them as they lost 3 – 2 at home to West Essex Reserves. Strikes by Thomas Davie, Connor Brathwaite and Abiola Balogun saw Adam Norris’ side to their fourth win in eight games to see them up to sixth. Omar Wilson and Rod Beya netted for CSM here.
Elsewhere, East Ham Inter got only their second win this term with a 2 – 1 success over Lymore Gardens to rise up to eighth. Lymore drop to seventh.
EAL Division One
In Division One, Eastside reduced the deficit to leaders Tower Utd to three points with a powerful 6 – 1 victory at strugglers Sporting Hackney Development. Idris Shittu led the way with a double here, with Michael Dager, Michael Morgan and Johnathan Odutolu also among their scorers here. Timi Oluwole got the solitary consolation for the hosts though they still only have one win from their opening six matches. Chingford Utd are only a point further back in third with a match in hand after a big 6 – 0 win at bottom side Forest Green. Marian Hrehorciuc and Ruslan Belicescu both got braces here, with Tamer-Andrei Bozgan and Mihail Vlad also on target for Utd in their fifth win this term.
All Prospects edged their mid-table battle with Tower Hamlets Reserves, winning 4 – 3 at the Robert Clack Sch. The ensemble cast of Delfim Carmo, Jose Mata, Jack Young and Darnell Fuller all got their names on the score-sheet for the hosts. Hamlets’ second-side made it a tight finish through a double from Atlant Bogdanovic and Cole Edwards strikes. The Prospects remain in fourth. Level on points with them are All Real who emerged victorious after a heck of a battle with London Park City, eventually winning 8 – 5 at the Low Hall Sports Ground. Jason Mbelek got a hat-trick here with Josias Biembongo and Isaiah Forde both getting two goals apiece. Tristan Jones also struck to secure his side’s fifth win this season.
EAL Division Two
In Div Two, Royal Forest maintained their top spot with a 3 – 1 win over Upshire Forest in Hainault. Thomas Osmond struck twice for the hosts, with Kyle Balou also on target. Leighton Hughes-Franklin replied for Upshire though they are yet to win this term. Sungate Reserves extended their 100% winning record this term with a hard-fought 2 – 1 over Rainham Working Men’s Club. Gabriel Ogunwomoju got both goals for Sungate’s second team as they kept stay second, two points behind the leaders. Nick Tormey pulled one back for WMC though they fall behind their opponents here to third spot.
Elsewhere, Three Colts went fifth with a hefty 7 – 0 triumph over Flyers at Fairlop Oak Playing Fields. Jack Luck got two of those goals, with a big ’support cast’ of James Kane, Jason Fox, James Carter, Julian Bryant and Liam Bellamy all getting one apiece. Cowley Community got their first win this season in style with a 5 – 0 success over Melbourne Sports at the Leyton County Ground. Chris Wright and Kane Greene both got two each in that one, with David Tembua also chipping in to lift Cowley up to ninth.
EAL Division Three
Finally for the round-up section, in Division Three, Chadwell Health Spartans extended their lead at the top to four points as they hammered Avondale Rangers 8 – 1 in Hainault. Jeffrey Nketia smashed four of those by himself, with Rashid Matabaro, Janel Alexander, Niven Nkansah and Bradley Downes all adding one each to give player-boss Aaron Hunwicks’ team a resounding win. Sean McGilloway netted for Rangers as they fall to fifth. St Francis lost ground on the top two as they were held 2 – 2 at Custom House Utd. Glendale went fourth with a 2 – 1 win over FC Galaxy at Fairlop Oak. Mohammed Gueye and Seyi Agboola were the goal-getters as they got their fourth win this term.
Also, Ilford Development edged to 4 – 3 away win at Flyers Development to go up to seventh place.