Written by Scott W [@ScottMHC14] – Non-League & EOFL Writer
Hello & welcome to the latest Essex Olympian League action, tracking the action in all divisions & Cups from Saturday 11 March, as the total action was about halved by the extension of winter weather that has prevailed in the last week which will only add to fixture cingestion for some teams in the top three tiers.
In the Cup action this week, Catholic Utd exited the Anagram Records Trophy after they traveled to Luton to face Chipperfield Corinthians, who came away with a 3 – 2 victory. Utd had goals from Harrison Day & Liam Oliver to thank for keeping it tight but ultimately their focus now turns to League & the EOFL Senior Cup. In the Essex Premier Cup, the one surviving Semi-Final between Shenfield AFC & Rayleigh Town had to be abandoned after a serious injury sustained by Town’s Ben Baxter. I’d like to wish Ben well in his recovery. The other cup tie was in the EOFL Reserve Trophy, which saw a goal from Jack Ewing seal a narrow 1 – 0 win for Manford Way Res over Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res.
EOFL Premier Division
In the top-tier, with their nearest rivals in Cup action, Hutton did get the three points. They were made to sweat for them though as Matt Singh’s side defeated Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 3 – 2 at Hanakins Farm Centre 3G. Goals from Stephen Judge, Tom Stephens & one from replacement Billy Chilcott were enough to claim the points to see them extend their lead to ten points. Swifts battled hard and goals from Daryl Doolan & William Norris saw them close to claiming a point but they succumbed to a third straight loss. Toby have surely sealed their spot for next season, as they had a late winner to thank for a 2 – 1 victory at Canning Town. Albert Perry opened the scoring & Harry Barham’s superb winner saw Mark Jones’ side go nine points clear of the bottom four, with ten matches still to play. Canning ‘s goal came from Napat Pattanawanitkitkul but their fifth loss on the trot sees them in ninth, ahead now of the Brewers on goal difference only.
Elsewhere, Runwell Sports got their fourth win on the spin with a 4 – 0 victory over struggling Kelvedon Hatch at St Luke’s. There were doubles for Charlie Little & James Dalton, the latter seeing his goal tally rise to 11 league goals this tern now. Runwell have also reached the thirty point mark & have eight games left to sneak into the top four, which would be some acheivement. Old Southendian went back up to fourth spot after a 2 – 1 win over bottom side Galleywood at Garon Park 3G. Callum Ludlaim netted twice here for Altar Ali’s side to give OS their 10th league this term.
EOFL Divisions One & Two
One match was played in Division One, and it saw Herongate Athletic draw 2 – 2 with mid-table rivals Beacon Hill Rovers. Alfie Yeend & Thomas Lambourne both netted for Joe Nightingill’s team. Herongate remain sixth and Rovers are in 8th.
In Division Two, the solitary match saw Hutton Res grab a big 5 – 0 victory at home to AS Rawreth at Polo Fields. The cast of scorers included Will Marlowe, Thomas Price & substitutes Isaac Gee and Jake Smith. An OG rounded out things as the Reds’ second-side went up to sixth spot. Rawreth’s horrid run continues, though they are still (just) in the relegation battle they realistically need to win both their remaining matches to avoid finishing bottom.
EOFL Divisions Three, Four & Five
In Division Three, two matches were completed. Chingford Athletic Res edged to an important 4 – 3 success at home to PItsea Athletic at Town Mead. Luke Dimond netted twice here, with Samuel May-Parrott & Sonny Clarke also netting to see their slim chances of a top-three finish remain. Pitsea are still in third spot, with both teams having three matches remaining. Springfield Res made it four consecutive victories with a 3 – 0 triumph over Corinthians Res at Arun Park. Their scorers were led by a double for Rhys Ofori & one from Liam England. The win in their penultimate match of the league term secures them at least a seventh-placed finish.
There was no action at all in Division Four this week, with all three set matches suffering from the wrath of the recent weather.
In Division Five, one match did survive and Shoebury Town Res bagged the win in a stellar 7 – 5 success at Sungate Res. Mechack-Kisoka Asuka netted five goals himself here for the visitors, with Luke Jackson & Dawid Gabor also on target for Michael Hood’s side.