S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & EPC (Sat 20 Nov) [EOFL 21/22 22.11.21]

Archive Image: AS Rawreth playing at Rayleigh Town Res earlier in the season [Image: Scott W]

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

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 20 November. This week, the league action was reduced with many teams involved in the last 32 of the Essex Premier Cup. Also includes a round-up of Division Four & Five action at the end of the article.
Many thanks for reading.

Essex Olympian League Round-up – Saturday 20 November

EOFL Premier Division

In the four matches that took place in the Premier, Ongar Town reduced the deficit to leaders Basildon Town to a single point after winning 3 – 0 away at Galleywood. Joe Lilly, skipper Mitchell McCabe and replacement Mitchell Owers all netted in head coach Richard Ponsford’s 100th match in charge of Ongar. Rayleigh Town lost ground and dropped to third after being held to a 2 – 2 draw by Springfield at London Road. Alfie Larkin and George Aston gave Paul Higgins’ Town side a good lead but a missed penalty proved important as the visitors made a stirring comeback through goals from substitutes Harrison Elles and Jack French. Francesco Zabotti’s team extend their advantage over bottom side Harold Wood Athletic to three points. Harold Wood’s troubles continued as they lost 3 – 0 at home to Kelvedon Hatch, with a brace for Joseph Newson and Lewis Young’s strike enough to give Darren Hunt’s side the win.

Finally, Shenfield AFC went back into the top ten after an excellent 4 – 2 win at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Ben Carroll grabbed two goals for AFC, with Ross Riding and Luke Williamson also on the score-sheet at Silver Leys. Sam Chaney’s 11th league goal  of the season and substitute Lawrence Healey responded for Swifts but they remain in  tricky position, five points ahead ahead of the bottom two in 11th.


EOFL Division One

In the second-tier, with leaders Wakering Sports in Cup action, the onus fell to two of the sides in the chasing pack and a big game for one side near the bottom of the table. Corinthians did get a important win, defeating Epping Town 3 – 1. Jamaine Belle netted for Stuart Hoskins’ side but a brace for Damian Siemienczuk and one from Cameron Glover ensured the points went to Chris Stoneham’s side. They went up to third spot, two points behind Runwell Sports who gathered a good 3 – 0 victory at Beacon Hill Rovers. Rovers fell to the bottom of the standings as Snaresbrook produced a superb performance to win 5 – 1 against Old Chelmsfordians at Hackney Marshes. Ife Ogunbayo netted a treble, with Ish Raymond and substitute Max Catherall also scoring for Rob Caine’s side.


Archive Image: Rochford Town v Wakebury earlier in the season [Image: Scott W]

EOFL Division Two

The top two were Premier Cup so in Division Two, it was a question of whether the challengers could gain ground. Wakebury did absolutely that, with a 5 – 0 victory over neighbours AS Rawreth at the Nursery Sports Ground. Max Hall grabbed another double for Matt Cardy’s side to reach 13 league goals already this term, with Daniel Buglione, Chris Gore and Jack Smith also on target to reduce the gap to leaders Harold Hill to six points. Old Southendian Res went up to fourth place with a superb 6 – 1 triumph at Rochford Town. Nicolas Dubouchet netted four goals himself here (to reach 11 for the season) for Josh Bambury’s side. Andy Turner and George Burley were also on target for the victors here.

Essex Premier Cup – Round Three (Last 32) Results

Catholic Utd  3 – 2 West Essex Dev  | Len Forge 3G (1.30pm KO)

Chingford Athletic  3 – 0  Canning Town  | Town Mead 3G

Harold Hill 2 – 1  Grays Athletic Res  | Noak Hill 3G

Hutton  3 – 0  Rayleigh Town Res  | Polo Fields

May & Baker A  3 – 5  Woodford East  | May & Baker FC

Leigh Ramblers  4 – 3  Brentwood Town Res  | Belfairs Park

Leigh Town  3 – 5  Clapton  CFC (AET) | Len Forge 3G (5.15pm KO)

Manford Way  5 – 0  ACD Utd  | London Marathon Sports Ground

Old Southendian  H – W  Harold Wood Athletic Res

Sungate  4 – 0  Wakering Sports  | Ilford Wanderers RFC

Toby  1 – 2  Stanway Pegasus  (AET)  | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park)

Waltham Abbey Res  1 – 0  Basildon Town  | Capershotts


EOFL Division Three

In Division Three, Wakering Sports Res remain the nearest challengers after a 5 – 0 home win over Toby Res. Scott Clark netted a treble for the hosts, with Ciaran Sweeney and Liam Jarrett also on target to give them their tenth win in 11 matches thus far. Leaders Catholic Utd Res remain at the summit after a conclusive 11 – 1 triumph against Collier Row to make it twelve wins from as many matches. Basildon Town Res are up to fourth after a 3 – 1 success at Buckhurst Hill U23. Buttrint lecaj netted for the hosts after coming off the bench, but strikes by Nathan Fisher, Jay Thompson and replacement Alex Smith were enough to give Town the win.

Meanwhile, Pitsea Athletic won their mid-table clash with Hullbridge Sports Res 4 – 2 at Basildon Sports Village. Doubles for Reece Stone and Sean Devlin were enough for Pitsea were enough to overturn a Bobby Badnall strike & a Michael Clark spot-kick and go up to sixth. Finally, Hashtag Utd Development remain third after a fine 6 – 2 success against Corinthians Res.


EOFL Divisions Four & Five round-up (extended)

Continuing with the league action with Division Four and Springfield Res went level on points with leaders Chingford Athletic Res after a 3 – 1 win against Ongar Town Res at Arun Close. Tristan Ofori-Sampong’s fifth league goal this term, plus strikes from Liam England and Alfie Halliday secured the win and rendered substitute Jordan Pocock’s goal a consolation for Town. Wakering Sports A went up to third place after a 3 – 1 triumph over Galleywood Res at Cupid’s. William Santos scored for ‘Wood but a brace from Nathan Roche and one from Tom Wortley meant that Sports claimed their sixth win in ten games thus far.

Meanwhile, Shenfield AFC Res went up to fifth after a good 2 – 1 success at Roydon, with Sam Dawes and Alec Roeper netting for the visitors. Connor Presland’s 7th league goal this term wasn’t enough to claim a point for Roydon who drop to seventh spot as Southend Manor Dev claimed an excellent 5 – 0 victory over bottom side Sungate Dev at Southchurch Park. Max Franzosi struck a fine treble, with Cameron Gibbins and Mahbhir Mahmud also scoring for Carlos Codinha’s side. In the other action, Leytonstone Utd claimed a rare win, 2 – 1 against fellow bottom three side Canning Town Res and Old Chelmsfordians Res defeated leaders Chingford Athletic Res 4 – 3 at Lawford Lane.


In Division Five, Herongate Athletic Res got a big 2 – 1 win against leaders Leigh Ramblers Res at Billericay Road. Edward Foskett netted for the Rams’ second side but strikes by Benjamin Clarke and Louie Webster were enough to consign the visitors to their first league loss of the season. Herongate remain sixth but gain ground on the top five. Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res wen up to third spot after edging a pulsating match, winning 4 – 3 at Old Barkabbeyans. The ensemble cast of Callum Blair Park, Fraser Bush, Jose Pinto and James Misselbrook gave Swifts the points despite another double for Michael Ryder who reached 25 league goals this term here. Jay Elliott also scored for Old Barks here.

Also, Pitsea Athletic Res won 2 – 0 at Runwell Sports Res to stay second on goak difference, thanks to goals from Rinor Zeqiri and replacement Jay Seeley-Hanson. AS Rawreth Res got only their second win this season with a 3 – 2 triumph over Snaresbrook Res with Justin Burrell getting two goals and substitute Nigel Mukundu also netted for the Rawreth side. Wakebury Res also claimed a decent point after a 4 – 4 draw with fellow strugglers Epping Town Res  at Epping UC Rugby Club. Ben Moreley scored two for the Berries, with Josh King and player-boss Reece Upcraft also on the score-sheet.

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S21-22 Match Report: Corinthians 2 – 2 Herongate Athletic (Sat 30 Oct) [EOFL 30.10.21]

Essex Olympian League – Division One

Venue: Stambridge Memorial Ground

2021-22 Season: Match 37

Attendance: 15 (Est)

Saturday 30th October 2021 – 2pm KO

Corinthians: Blue & White Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Herongate: Yellow Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks


Herongate GK Nick Wilson (far left) about to blast ball up field

Herongate resist Corinthians comeback to claim a point at Stambridge

Corinthians  2 – 2 Herongate Athletic

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

This weekend’s game was an interesting battle in Essex Olympian League Division One, which saw Corinthians welcome Herongate Athletic to Stambridge. The hosts were missing full-back Brad Smith and goal-hungry forward Bailey Moss through injury, and were missing several other regulars. They did field regular stopper Nathan Warren in goal, with a back four of Ollie Brickwood, Bill Wilton, skipper Alfie Knight and veteran Sammy Ayres. Damien Siemienczuk led the line, with chief support coming from Jake Hodder, Leo Clarke and Jordan Stoneham. Options from the sidelines were limited but midfielder Connor Peralta and forward Brad Read were available. Herongate were managed here by Kurt Smith, with boss Billy Cove away. They had Nick Wilson between the posts with a defence of Calum Doyle, Joseph Fogarty, Wayne Bowers and Reece Brandon, who captained the team. Martin Llewellyn led the forward line but two eye-catching signings made by Ath this week were forwards Kieran Southgate and Carl Mullings, who have both played for Takeley in the Essex Senior this season.

We certainly were not short of goalmouth action in this match. That action started merely a couple of minutes in as Herongate’s rapid forward Kieran Southgate was advancing towards goalkeeper Nathan Warren, only to be felled in the area as adjudged by referee Frank Holland. Centre forward Martin Llewellyn stepped up and blasted a superb spot-kick right in the top right corner, giving Warren no chance of preventing it going in. Herongate did have the better of the early moments as Corinthians found it tough to defend against the quick forward play of their visitors. Carl Mullings slotted wide of Warren’s goal on five minutes and this let-off did spur the hosts into a response. Midfielder Cameron Glover was unlucky to see his fine low strike cannon off the right-side post with visiting custodian Nick Wilson beaten, but forward Leo Clarke could only fire the follow-up shot narrowly wide.



In what was a really quick start to this enterprising match, Corinthians maintained the pressure on ten minutes as forward Jake Hodder saw a glimmer of goal blocked so he fed Clarke but his well-struck strike was denied well by Wilson’s foot. Perhaps realising that they needed further goals, Herongate did pour forward again and got a very good second goal on 18 minutes. After a good initial run down the right flank by forward Dominic Stephens, he played in Southgate who sent in a teasing floated cross from right touch-line, which Llewellyn controlled well and fired past Warren into the left-sided corner of the goal. At this point, the thing that seperated these two good sides was clinical finishing on the part of Herongate.

Leo Clarke fires a shot at goal for Corinthians

However, this time Corinthians replied on the score-sheet within three minutes. Herongate momentarily switched off defensively with allowed midfielder Jordan Stoneham the time to get his strike low at goal away and it found the left corner, past Wilson. The hosts were keen to erase Ath’s lead before the interval but a combination of poor finishing and strong defending, led by Herongate skipper Reece Brandon meant that they had to also focus on defensive duties with Mullings & Southgate a threat down the flanks for Kurt Smith’s side here. The hosts were relieved to see another Llewellyn effort on goal go wide nine minutes before the break as they were being opened up defensively by some telling passes by Ath.

Half-Time: Corinthians  1 – 2 Herongate Ath


Herongate’s Carl Mullings turns to launch another forward pass

Corinthians were a bit frustrated at the interval at being behind but took full advantage a minute after the restart of an errant clearance from Ath ‘keeper Wilson which found Clarke and the quick-thinking forward did well to curl home a strike from twenty yards which evaded the grasp of the Herongate stopper. How fast a match can change, the hosts now being level. It must be said though that Herongate defended really well at times as after another swift counter by the hosts, strikes by Hodder and Clarke were denied by good blocks by covering defenders. Just a minute shy of the hour mark, Wilson did parry wide another strike by Clarke. Midway through the half, perhaps fortune shone on the visitors as Glover had a goal chalked off for an off-side.


Soon after Mullings had sent another strike wide of goal, Wilson was sin-binned by the referee after responding too strongly in the eyes of the ref to what he felt was a foul on him. Substitute Aaron Waters had to go in goal for that ten minutes but even then, the hosts couldn’t test the ‘keeper enough, which was an issue throughout this match you could debate for Corinthians. The short answer is that Herongate expended a lot of energy through good defending, including some last-ditch tackles to claim the point that the hosts will feel that Herongate may have been fortunate to get. I believe that Herongate will be happy with the draw they got in a match which was a good advert for this competitive division.


Full-Time: Corinthians  2 – 2  Herongate Athletic

To summarise, I felt both sides contributed heavily to to a very good, rapid encounter. Corinthians did well to recover from what was a poor start by their standards, but ultimately their finishing wasn’t good enough here, despite some very good forward moves. Herongate were arguably more clinical in their finishing although they had quite a bit of defending to do in the second period.


In terms of performances, there was a lot of players who had good matches today. For the hosts, I felt forward Jake Hodder had another very good performance down the left side, with his pace, passing and keeness to get past the last defender. Only good defending stopped him from scoring today I feel. Fellow forward Leo Clarke also was a big outlet for Corinthians here, he took his goal well but was again stifled well by a well-drilled Ath backline. Also deserving of mentions are centre-back Alfie Knight who kept his side in it before the break with important interceptions and good positioning, while midfielder Jordan Stoneham had a good game, scored one and could have assisted well on another day too.

For Herongate, I thought Brandon Kelly had an excellent match, both in centre midfield and later in the match, in central defence. His positioning was good, his work rate was very good and passing wasn’t bad either. Forward Kieran Southgate had a really strong game too, proving a real threat down the right channel with pace and movement and his assist for second goal was very good. Skipper Reece Brandon had a good game in defence too and forward Martin Llewellyn deserves a mention too for his work rate, aerial ability and finishing.

Best wishes to both teams for the rest of the campaign.


Corinthians  | Manager: Chris Stoneham  | Assistant: Graham Owen

Starting XI: 1 Nathan Warren (GK), 2 Ollie Brickwood, 3 Bill Wilton, 4 Sammy Ayres, 6 Alfie Knight, 5 Cameron Glover, 8 Matt Burrell, 7 Jordan Stoneham, 9 Damien Siemienczuk, 10 Leo Clarke, 11 Jake Hodder

Goal-scorers: Jordan Stoneham [21′], Leo Clarke [46′]

Sub On: Connor Peralta [86′]

Booked: Wilton | Subs Not Used: Moneghan, Read


Herongate Athletic  | Interim Manager: Kurt Smith  |  Assistant: George Young

Starting XI: 1 Nick Wilson (GK), 2 Calum Doyle, 3 Joseph Fogarty, 4 Jack Main, 5 Wayne Bowers, 6 Reece Brandon (Capt), 7 Carl Mullings, 8 Brandon Kelly, 9 Martin Llewellyn, 10 Dominic Stephens, 11 Kieran Southgate

Goal-scorer: Martin Llewellyn [pen 2′ & 18′]

Subs On: 12 Alex Newton [56′], 15 Aaron Waters [56′], 14 Ben Clarke [69′]

Booked: Kelly | Sin-Bin: Wilson [75′] | Subs Not Used: Garfinkle, Smith


Referee: Frank Holland

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 23 Oct) [EOFL 21/22 24.10.21]

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

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 23 October. This week, the central focus on the League action returns, with this round-up focusing on the top three divisions (Division Three is now updated), with results from Division Four & Five. Many thanks for reading.

Image is an Archive one from Rochford Town v Wakebury earlier this month, by Scott W.


EOFL Premier Division

In the Premier Division, Catholic Utd got the result of the day as they won 5 – 0 at Kelvedon Hatch, with Aaron Baldwin returning to form with a double. Jay Nash, James Warder and Michael Sammut also netted for Simon Thomas’ side on a memorable day for them. Hutton also got an important three points as they defeated Shenfield AFC 3 – 1, with strikes by Brad Freeman, Will Marlowe and substitute Sean O’Callaghan sending Matt Singh’s team on the way to a fine win and remain third. Marc Holland responded for the visitors there. Rayleigh Town also got another win, as they won 3 – 0 against Bishop’s Stortford Swifts at London Road. Jack Long, Liam Oliver and George Vile all scored for Paul Higgins’ team.

Basildon Town also emerged from a hard-fought match with Harold Wood Athletic at Gardiners Close with a 2 – 1 victory and remain just one point adrift of the summit. Graham Harrison netted again to continue his fine season, with replacement Rhys Fatt also on target to overturn Freddy Shepherd’s strike for ‘Wood.  In other action, OId Southendian continued their decent season with a 2 – 1 success at home to Galleywood. Matthew Buckingham struck for the visitors there.  Ongar Town also won, 2 – 0 at Springfield to spoil Francesco Zabotti’s first match in charge for the hosts and Sungate secured a 4 – 2 triumph at home to Leigh Ramblers.


EOFL Division One

There were a couple of surprising results in Division One. First, leaders Wakering Sports travelled to Newbury Park in East London to face Toby. It ended up being a good day for Toby as they won 2 – 1, with Albert Perry and a Rhys Willson spot-kick enough to earn a big win and hamper the visitors’ superb start to the campaign. Charlie Smith had levelled for Sports earlier in the game. There was also an important win for Corinthians, who won 2 – 1 at Leigh Town thanks to strikes by Bailey Moss and Connor Summerhill.

Meanwhile at Billericay Road, the points were shared as Herongate Athletic drew 3 – 3 with Epping Town in a fine match. Mark Argent, Ray Snares and Ben Clarke all struck for Billy Cove’s side, but a double for Joe Rickett and one from Andrew Smith was enough to claim a decent point for Stuart Hoskins’ side. Elsewhere in other action, Old Chelmsfordians had Charlie Portway to thank for both goals as they claimed a 2 – 1 victory at home to Runwell Sports, who replied through player-boss Rob Hogdson. Finally, Chingford Athletic narrowly defeated Snaresbrook 1 – 0.


EOFL Division Two

In Division Two, ACD Utd went back to the top of the table on goal difference after a fine 4 – 2 win over Shoebury Town at Westlands. Michael Wade notched another brace here, with Shaun Goddard and Samuel Payne also on target for Greg Knock’s side. Callum Merenda and Steven Sharpe netted goals in response for Garry Johnson’s side but they fell to a third league loss this term. Nearest challengers Harold Hill were held to a 2 – 2 draw by Hutton Res at Noak Hill, with Jack Shaw netting both goals for the visitors there. Hill responded through a brace from Peter Tyler but are now joint-top. Old Southendian Res grabbed a decent 2 – 0 triumph at Harold Wood Athletic Res.

May & Baker A continued to make strides in this division as they defeated AS Rawreth 4 – 2. Alagi Juwara, Rowan Newland, Matthew Ball and Ryan Mugera all scored for Matt Guidera & Steve Hogg’s side as they earned a fourth league win this season. Rochford Town also emerged with a fine win, as they edged a nine-goal thriller, as they won 5 – 4 against Rayleigh Town Res at the Rec. Harry Ford netted twice for Jim Cooper’s side, with Owen Pedder, Musa Kamba and Freddie Pettitt all adding important goals to get a rare win this season for Rochford. Finally, Manford Way got a 2 – 1 win at Wakebury, with Max Hall again scoring for Matt Cardy’s side.


EOFL Division Three

In Division Three, Wakering Sports Res kept the gap to leaders Catholic Utd Res to six points after a 4 – 1 win over Leigh Town Res at Cupid’s. Liam O’Callaghan netted for Town but a double for Connor Fardyga and strikes by Scott Clark and David Watson were enough to claim the win. Catholic’s own Ressie side won 9 – 3 at home to Toby Res.

Hashtag Utd Development remain third after a 4 – 0 win against Collier Row, with Samuel Pratt scoring twice, with Kai Warren & Alex Warren also on target at Barleylands. Meanwhile, Basildon Town Res won 2 – 1 at Pitsea Athletic, thanks to strikes by Conor Mead and replacement Keith King. Finally, Corinthians Res got a 1 – 0 success at home to Hullbridge Sports Res, with Isaac Bello getting the only goal.


EOFL Division Four

Galleywood Res  1 – 4  Shenfield AFC Res  | Clarkes Field

Leytonstone Utd  1 – 4  Chingford Athletic Res  | Forest Row Centre

Ongar Town Res  2 – 0  Springfield Res  |  Melbourne Park 3G

Southend Manor Dev.  1 – 1  Canning Town Res  | Southchurch Park

Wakering Sports A  3 – 3  Sungate Dev.  | Cupid’s CC (Pitch 2)


EOFL Division Five

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  3 – 2  Pitsea Athletic Res  | Silver Leys

Epping Town Res  2 – 2  Collier Row Res  | Epping UC Rugby Club

Leigh Ramblers Res  4 – 4  Old Barkabbeyans  | Belfairs Park

Runwell Sports Res  H – W  AS Rawreth Res

Snaresbrook Res  2 – 2  Herongate Athletic Res  | Nutter Field

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & EJC (Sat 2 Oct) [EOFL 21/22 3.10.21]

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

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 2 October. This weekend saw some huge scorelines and some surprising results in matches played in inclement weather conditions. This week, the focus is on the top four divisions with results from Divisions Four & Five and the one Essex Junior Cup second round tie involving an EOFL side.

Many thanks for reading.

EOFL Premier Division 

We begin as ever in the Premier Division, and Ongar Town are the new leaders after a 2 – 0 home win over Galleywood. Richard Ponsford’s side have now accrued six wins in their seven games and lead second-placed Hutton by two points. Matt Singh’s side were held 2 – 2 by Bishop’s Stortford Swifts at Polo Fields. Stephen Judge & an OG accounted for the home side’s goals while a double from Sam Chaney took his tally to six league goals for Craig Glashan’s side, who go up one place to 13th. Basildon Town had a frustrating afternoon as they were held 3 – 3 by Shenfield AFC at St Martin’s Sch. Mitchell Day, Sam Coombes and substitute Vincent Clarke were all on target for the hosts, with Jamie Bradbourn and James O’Brien among the scorers for Marcus Bowers’ third-placed side. Shenfield are tough to beat at the moment and reside in ninth spot.

Meanwhile in Beckton, Canning Town got their first win of the campaign, defeating Harold Wood Athletic 2 – 1. James Pottle netted for Gary Willis’ side but Town responded to take the points. Rayleigh Town’s top-six clash with Sungate had to be abandoned on 71 minutes due to a serious injury to a Sungate player, who sustained a bad knee injury. I wish the player concerned a swift recovery. Elsewhere, Catholic Utd got back to winning ways as debutant James Warder netted twice in a 2 – 1 triumph against local rivals Old Southendian. Callum Ludlaim had put OS ahead but this defeat saw them drop below Utd into eighth.

Finally, Leigh Ramblers got a fine 4 – 0 win at Springfield with Nathan Dewberry scoring twice to complete a welcome return for Mark Hunter’s side. Jack Gardner and Ole Hunter also netted for the visitors. Sadly, after the game Springfield boss Dan Williams announced he was stepping down from the role citing family reasons and I’d like to wish Dan well for the future.


EOFL Division One 

In the second-tier, two of the top three sides faced off at Billericay Road where leaders Wakering Sports made a stirring comeback to draw 3 – 3 at hosts Herongate Athletic. Billy Cove’s Ath side launched into a three-goal lead thanks to goals from Izaih Antoine, Robbie Farrell and Thomas Turner but Mitchell Gleeson’s side showed their spirit again and left with a point thanks to a brace from replacement Alfie Fossett and one from Connor Burrows. Old Chelmsfordians also got their first win this term with a 3 – 1 triumph over Chingford Athletic at Lawford Lane. Max Johnson, Mason Naylor and Brad Ross all scored for Ryan Fleming’s side here.

Toby got their third win of the campaign as late goals saw them to a 2 – 0 win at Snaresbrook. Marc Porter-Brown and Albert Perry goals saw Mark Jones’ team to the points at ‘Brook’s first-team new home at the Hackney Marshes centre. Epping Town also grabbed a fine away win, winning 4 – 2 at Runwell Sports. Joe Rickett, Chris Gormley, Jamaine Belle & an OG saw Stuart Hoskins’ team to the points which took them up to seventh. An OGo of their own & Charlie Little saw Rob Hodgson’s side take an early lead but they succumbed to defeat and lost ground on leaders Wakering Sports, who now hold a three-point lead.

Also, Corinthians got a memorable victory as they hit ten goals in a huge 10 – 3 victory at Beacon Hill Rovers. Recent recruit Bailey Moss got six goals himself here to take his tally up to 14 league goals already. Jake Hodder added another two goals with Leo Clarke and Cameron Glover also netting for a jubilant Chris Stoneham’s team, who are now only two points adrift of Runwell Sports in second.   


EOFL Division Two

Moving into Division Two now, and ACD Utd maintained their 100% start to the season with a 5 – 0 triumph at AS Rawreth. Ollie Williams led the way here with a treble, with Samuel Payne and Shaun Goddard also on target for Greg Knock’s side. Harold Hill are adapting very well to life back in the EOFL as they won 3 – 2 at Manford Way. Peter Tyler, Ronnie Hobbrough and Siddy Clarkson all netted for Mark Ellis’ side in this one, they are now six matches unbeaten and sit level on points with the leaders. Wakebury are another side who are in decent form after a fine 3 – 2 win at Old Southendian Res. William Wheeler now has seven league goals already this term after notching twice again at Garon Park, with Lewis Francis also netting for Matt Cardy’s side. Nico Dubouchet and Jack Cripps resonded for Josh Bambury’s team but they fell to a fourth consecutive loss. Rayleigh Town Res also got a good win on the road with a 2 – 1 success at Shoebury Town. Byron Down kept up his decent season thus far with a double here for Dave Barker’s side. Kian Bradshaw replied for Jason Doyle’s side but their mini-revival is over.

Elsewhere, Rochford Town picked up a crucial 2 – 1 victory over Hutton Res at the Rec. Owen Pedder and replacement Matt Welsh both netted to give James Cooper’s side their opening win this term. Thomas Price scored for the visitors but they are yet to win this season. Lastly in this division, Harold Wood Athletic Res got another three points, thanks to a 3 – 2 win over May & Baker A. Harvey Cooper, substitute Freddy Shepherd and a penalty from Thomas Butler all assisted Steve Hubbard’s side to the points which takes them up to fifth.


EOFL Division Three

In Division Three, Leigh Town Reserves got their 2nd win of the campaign after a 2 – 1 triumph at home to Buckhurst Hill U23 at John Burrows Recreation Ground. Strikes by Chris Pope and Max Whitehead saw Antony Lane’s side to the win, which sees them rise to sixth. The Hill second-side are second-bottom after their fourth loss in six matches. In the other action in the division, Catholic Utd’s Ressie side retained their six point lead at the summit after a 3 – 2 success at home to Pitsea Athletic. Paul Gunn and replacement David Newcomb netted for the visitors but they drop down to seventh.

Hashtag Utd Development are the nearest challengers in second spot, after they defeated Basildon Town Res 2 – 0 at Barleylands. Toby Res are up to third after dispatching bottom side Corinthians Res 5 – 0 in Newbury Park. Finally, Hullbridge Sports Res made it two wins thus far this season with a 2 – 1 win away at Collier Row, with Jay Knight among the scorers there for the visitors.


Cups

Essex Junior Cup R2 – Hawkwell Athletic  3 – 5 Wakering Sports Res

Herts Junior Cup – Rio Rovers 0 – 3 Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res


EOFL Division Four

Results

Canning Town Res  1 – 2 Roydon  | Bobby Moore Pavillon, Beckton

Chingford Athletic Res  2 – 3  Ongar Town Res | Town Mead 3G

Galleywood Res  0 – 3  Wakering Sports A  | Clarkes Field

Shenfield AFC Res  3 – 4  Springfield Res  | Warley Playing Fields

Southend Manor Dev.  2 – 0  Old Chelmsfordians Res  | Southchurch Park

Sungate Dev  3 – 2 Leytonstone Utd  | Ilford Wanderers RFC


EOFL Division Five

Results

Collier Row Res 2 – 9  Old Barkabbeyans | Forest Row Centre (Pitch 2)

Leigh Ramblers Res  2 – 1  Herongate Athletic Res  | Belfairs Park

Pitsea Athletic Res  3 – 3  Snaresbrook Res  | Basildon Sporting Village

Wakebury Res  4 – 3  AS Rawreth Res  | Nursery Sports Ground

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & EJC (Sat 25 Sept) [EOFL 21/22 27.9.21]

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

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 25 September. This weekend saw some hard-fought contests and some stellar results too. This week, the focus is on the top three divisions with results from Divisions Three, Four & Five and the Essex Junior Cup involving EOFL sides.

Many thanks for reading.

EOFL logo

EOFL Premier Division 

In the Premier Division, Harold Wood Athletic leapt out of the bottom two with a hard-fought 1 – 0 win at Leigh Ramblers, with stalwart Matt Donovan getting the solitary goal for Gary Willis’ side at Belfairs Park. Shenfield AFC are in top ten after a superb 5 – 3 win at Old Southendian. Ben Carroll, Mitchell Day, Charlie Heatley, Samuel Lock and Alex Tredgett all netted one each for the visitors. Mitchell Ali, Sam Jones and Ed Gould all responded for Altan Ali’s team but they go into next week’s local derby with Catholic Utd needing a better result.

Meanwhile, Basildon Town are up to third after a tough 3 – 2 win at Kelvedon Hatch, with Graham Harrison notching all three goals for Marcus Bowers’ side at New Hall. Hutton continued their good form with a 3 – 0 home success over Canning Town at Polo Fields, with Will Marlowe, Jude Keeling and substitute Jonathon Hilliard all scoring for Matt Singh’s side. And in the top two clash at London Road, Ongar Town emerged with a 4 – 1 victory over previous leaders Rayleigh Town. Josh Boxall netted twice, with Frank Goodall and Harry Rawlins also on target for Richard Ponsford’s side, in the match I attended this week. If you’d like more on it, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/09/25/s21-22-match-report-rayleigh-town-1-4-ongar-town-sat-25-sept-eofl/

Elsewhere, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts were held by Springfield 4 – 4 in an entertaining match at Silver Leys. Mitchell May struck twice for Dan Williams’ visitors, with Harrison Elles and replacement Andrew Morgan also on target for them. And Sungate consigned Catholic Utd to another defeat, winning 3 – 1 in East London to go up to fourth.

EOFL Division One 

Moving now into Division One, and Herongate Athletic were held 0 – 0 by a decent Toby side at Billericay Road, but both sides remain in the top six. Wakering Sports are the new leaders as they made it five wins from six games after a 1 – 0 success at home to Beacon Hill Rovers. Ben Burrows got the only goal for Mitchell Gleeson’s new-look side. Leigh Town also continued their rise up the standings, with a hard-fought 3 – 2 home win over Snaresbrook. Strikes by Sam Irvine, Mark Frostick and Lewis Lawrence saw Jack Pearman’s side get the win.

Elsewhere, Corinthians got arguably the result of their season so far with a 4 – 3 win at Chingford Athletic. Scout Bown scored twice for Ath, with Nickal-David Luzolo also netted for Declan Murphy’s side but a double from substitute Bailey Moss plus goals for John Bolton-Smith and Jake Hodder gave the visitors the points to move up to fifth spot. Finally for this division, Old Chelmsfordians drew 2 – 2 with Epping Town, with Callum Turner and George Spillane scoring for Stuart Hoskins’ side.


EOFL Division Two

In Division Two, ACD Utd are the leaders with a 100% record from their first five games after a 5 – 4 victory over Old Southendian Res at Westlands. Jacob Dingli grabbed another double, with Michael Wade, Shaun Goddard and Ollie Williams all joining him on the score-sheet. Harold Hill are second on goal difference only after a fine 3 – 0 win over AS Rawreth at Noak Hill. Jack Suters, Peter Tyler and Thomas Dunning strikes were enough to keep a three-point lead over third-placed Wakebury, who triumphed 5 – 2 over Hutton Res. William Wheeler notched an excellent treble, with Chris Gore and Max Hall also on target for Matt Cardy’s side. Lewis Hall and Owen Chesney responded for Bill Stratford’s side who are yet to win this term.

Harold Wood Athletic Reserves got their second win this season, with a 3 – 0 victory over Rayleigh Town Res. Kieron Moynihan got two goals for the hosts, with Ben Rowe also on target for Steve Hubbard’s side as they went up into mid-table. Elsewhere, Manford Way went into fourth spot with a 5 – 2 success over May & Baker A. Samuel Oramadike led the way with a treble, with Daniel Demain and Kenneth Amaning also netting for Colin Dobson’s team. Finally, Rochford Town held Shoebury Town to a 1 – 1 draw at the Rochford Rec.


EOFL Division Three

Catholic Utd Res 6 – 1  Hullbridge Res


Essex Junior Cup Results

AS Rawreth Res  6 – 0  Rochford Town Res

Basildon Town Res  5 – 7  Hashtag Utd Dev.

Bowers & Pitsea U23 3 – 1 Southend Manor Dev.

Buckhurst Hill U23 H – W Old Chigwellians Res

Collier Row Res  0 – 4  Oakside

Corinthians Res  1 – 2  Wakering Sports A

Debden  6 – 1  Shenfield AFC Res

Galleywood Res  3 – 2  Chingford Athletic Res

Old Barkabbeyans  8 – 0  All Prospects

Ongar Town Res  H – W  South Woodham Ferrers

Pitsea Athletic Res  3 – 7  Wakering Sports Res

Snaresbrook Res  2 – 5  Collier Row

South Essex Utd  9 – 3  Wakebury Res

Toby Res  3 – 5  Sungate Dev.

League – EOFL Division Four

Roydon  3 – 0 Leytonstone Utd

Springfield Res  5 – 5  Old Chelmsfordians Res

EOFL Division Five

Epping Town Res  1 – 5  Leigh Ramblers Res

Runwell Sports Res  4 – 1  Herongate Athletic Res

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & EPC (Sat 18 Sept) [EOFL 21/22 19.9.21]

Archive Image – Rayleigh Tn are now leaders of EOFL Premier

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

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the weekend’s action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 18th September. This weekend, we saw the start of the Essex Premier Cup campaign so the focus this week is the top three tiers of the EOFL & the EPC, with results from Divisions Three, Four & Five. The EPC is a competition which teams from the Essex Olympian, Essex & Suffolk Border League and Essex Alliance League compete (all are Step 7 divisions), along with sides in the Essex Senior Reserve division.

Many thanks for reading.

EOFL Premier Division

In the top-tier, Ongar Town got themselves into a fine position after a 2 – 1 home success over Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Harry Rawlins and Frankie Goodhall got the goals for Richard Ponsford’s side. They will travel to London Road next week to face leaders Rayleigh Town, who got a superb 6 – 0 triumph at Canning Town. The ensemble cast of scorers included Sonny Coutts, Charlie Seaden, Jack Long, Liam Oliver, Paul Morris and Alfie Larkin to give Paul Higgins’ team a fourth consecutive victory.

Elsewhere, Hutton emerged with a narrow 1 – 0 win  at Shenfield AFC which was the third straight win for Matt Singh’s side. Leigh Ramblers finally got their first win of the new campaign after a 3 – 2 success over Galleywood at Belfairs Park. Ben Smith scored twice for the visitors but the Rams were not to be denied here. Lastly, Catholic Utd were held 1 – 1 by improving Kelvedon Hatch at the Len Forge. Lewis Payne netted for the hosts, with Drew Klessa-Smith responding for Darren Hunt’s side.


EOFL Division One

Moving into the three matches played in Div One this week, and Wakering Sports got another victory with a 3 – 1 win at Snaresbrook. Ben Burrows, Paul Brennan and Alfie Fossett got the goals for Mitchell Gleeson’s team. In other results, Chingford Athletic got a fine 4 – 0 win at Beacon Hill Rovers while Runwell Sports got a fine away win, defeating Leigh Town 5 – 2 at John Burrows Recreation Ground.


Essex Premier Cup round-up

This weekend, the Essex Premier Cup campaign began, with some big wins for EOFL sides. First up, Premier side Basildon Town put in a terrific performance to hand Earls Colne a 5 – 1 defeat, with Adam Bessadi scoring twice, with Rhys Fatt, Jamie Bradbourn and Graham Harrison also netting for Marcus Bowers’ team. Division One side Herongate Athletic progressed with a 3 – 1 success at Div Two side Old Southendian Res. Antoine Fontaine, Robbie Farrell and Izaih Antoine bagged goals for Billy Cove’s side. Fellow Div One side Toby also won, 2 – 0 at home to Old Chelmsfordians, with Ben Picton and Albert Perry the goal-scorers there.

Corinthians also got a good 2 – 1 win over Halstead Town Res, with Bill Wilton and Bailey Moss netting for Chris Stoneham’s team. Two Division Two sides allso went through, with Shoebury Town defeating West Bergholt 4 – 0, thanks to a brace from Garry Johnson plus strikes by Luke Ball and Kian Bradshaw for Jason Doyle’s team. Finally, ACD Utd won 4 – 2 at Essex Senior Reserve side Takeley Res. Michael Wade and Billy Wren both netted twice for Greg Knock’s side, overcoming goals from Ezra Forman and Callum Leggett for the hosts.

Other Results in EPC

AFC Barnston  0 – 3  Sungate

Dunmow Town  4 – 4  Springfield (AET, Dunmow won 7 – 6 on pens)

Harold Wood Athletic  2 – 4  Tiptree Heath

Lymore Gardens  1 – 2  Epping Town

Old Southendian H – W  Dedham Old Boys


EOFL Division Two

Back into League action now in Division Two, and May & Baker A got a rare big win as they won 6 – 0 at home to Hutton Res. Gabriel Odili and Abidemi Lamina both struck doubles, while Ryan Stowell and Rolan Newland also notched. Also, Wakebury edged to a hard-fought 3 – 2 success over Harold Wood Athletic Reserves at Nursery Sports Ground. Max Hall, Will Wheeler and Chris Gore all netted for Matt Cardy’s side, with the replies for ‘Wood coming from Ben-Paul Gibbons and Thomas Butler. Other results saw a big win for Manford Way as they defeated AS Rawreth 7 – 1, while Rayleigh Town Res were among the goals again, defeating Rochford Town 7 – 3 at London Road.


EOFl Division Three Results

Hullbridge Res  1 – 2  Basildon Town Res

Leigh Town Res  1 – 1  Corinthians Res

Pitsea Athletic  0 – 0  Collier Row

Wakering Sports Res  1 – 7  Catholic Utd Res

and Hashtag Utd Dev  H – W  Buckhurst Hill U23


EOFL Division Four Results

Canning Town Res  4 – 6  Springfield Res

Chingford Athletic Res  9 – 0  Old Chelmsfordians Res

Galleywood Res  5 – 4  Southend Manor Dev|

Leytonstone Utd  1 – 3  Ongar Town Res

Roydon  3 – 1  Sungate Dev

Shenfield AFC Res  0 – 0  Wakering Sports A


EOFL Division Five Results

AS Rawreth Res  1 – 4  Epping Town Res

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  3 – 2  Wakebury Res

Herongate Athletic Res  2 – 1  Old Barkabbeyans

Leigh Ramblers Res  4 – 1  Collier Row Res

Runwell Sports Res  3 – 2  Snaresbrook Res

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 11 Sept) [EOFL 21/22 12.9.21]

Archive image: Rayleigh Tn v Leigh Ramblers (early September 2021)

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

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 11 September. This weekend saw some high-scoring matches and some surprise results as ever. As usual, the focus is on the top four divisions with results from Divisions Four & Five.

Many thanks for reading.

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EOFL Premier Division 

In the Premier Division, leaders Basildon Town have a slender one-point lead after being held to a goalless draw at Harold Wood Athletic. Sungate missed a chance to leapfrog them after succumbing to a 1 – 2 loss to Kelvedon Hatch, with Drew Klessa-Smith and Oliver Pettit scoring for Darren Hunt’s side. Sonny Rossington responded for ‘Gate but they stay second in the standings. With Ongar Town and Old Southendian not in action this weekend, Rayleigh Town went up to fifth after a good 2 – 0 win over Catholic Utd at London Road. Jack Long and Liam Oliver’s penalty were enough to claim the points for Paul Higgins’ side.

Elsewhere, Hutton moved to seventh place with a fine 3 – 2 triumph at Springfield. Charlie Nichols and Mitchell May got the goals for Dan Williams’ team but a stirring comeback from Hutton saw Will Marlowe, Jim Gardner and Billy Chilcott’s fine strike secure a good away-day win for Matt Singh’s side. Galleywood moved into the top ten with a 3 – 0 success against Bishop’s Stortford Swifts, with a brace from Thomas Watling and one from Sam Donn enough to give Mark O’Sullivan’s team a good win.

Finally, Leigh Ramblers’ pursuit of a win this term goes on after they were held 3 – 3 by visitors Shenfield AFC. Jack Gardner got two goals and Andrew Webster got the other for Mark Hunter’s team but the visitors scored three of their own to claim a point.


EOFL Division One 

Moving now into Division One, and Runwell Sports are the new leaders on goal difference after a 5 – 2 win over Old Chemsfordians at St Luke’s Park. Strikes from Joe Olley, Korede Odumosu, Samuel Adebayo, Matt Tapley and an OG saw Rob Hodgson’s side to their third win this term. Epping Town also got their first win this term, winning 2 – 1 at Chingford Athletic with Andrew Smith and David Limber getting the goals for Stuart Hoskins’ side at Town Mead.

Also, Corinthians got a big 5 – 1 success over Snaresbrook at Stambridge Memorial Ground. Bailey Moss struck four goals here for Chris Stoneham’s side, with Bill Wilton getting the other goal. Finally for this division, Leigh Town emerged from a stern test with a 2 – 0 win at Herongate Athletic, with Brodie Horne and Max Jones goals proving the difference here for Jack Pearman’s side and they go into fourth spot after inflicting the first loss of Herongate’s campaign.


EOFL Division Two

In Division Two, ACD Utd remain at the summit after a resounding 9 – 2 victory over Harold Wood Athletic Res at Westlands. Jacob Dingli grabbed five of the goals himself for Greg Knock’s side, with a double for Michael Wade plus strikes for Billy Wren and replacement Sam Payne completing the scoring for the only unbeaten side remaining in the division. Derek Hawtin got both goals for the Wood’ side but their goal difference took a hammering here. Harold Hill remain 2nd, level on points with ACD having played a game more after a superb 6 – 2 triumph over Wakebury at Noak Hill. Max Hall and Daniel Buglione netted for Matt Cardy’s side but they ultimately fell to their first loss of the new season.

Shoebury Town went up to third spot after a narrow 1 – 0 win at AS Rawreth, with Garry Johnson once again on the score-sheet for Jason Doyle’s side. Elsewhere, May & Baker A got their first points of the season with a 2 – 0 triumph at winless Rochford Town. Rowan Newland scored again, with Jerry Jairette getting the other goal for Matt Guidera & Steve Hogg’s side.

Also, Manford Way got a fine 5 – 2 win at Hutton Res, with Thomas Price and Elliott Fraser goals not enough to stop Bill Stratford’s side avoid defeat at Polo Fields. Finally, Rayleigh Town Res got the result of their campaign thus far with a big 6 – 2 win over Old Southendian Res at Garon Park 3G.


EOFL Division Three

In Division Three, Toby Res went up to third place after a fine 5 – 1 success at home to Buckhurst Hill U23, with Oliver Dingli notching twice for Lee Glynn’s side, plus Justin Clarke, Myrie and Davies all joined in on the goals. Substitute Tyla Fenlon got the solitary reply for Alan Byers’ side. Pitsea Athletic went up to mid-table after a good 2 – 1 win over Hullbridge Sports Res at Lower Road. Rhys Davies and Louis Starkey goals secured the points for Trevor Wickens’ side. Bobby Badnall responded for Jason Mole’s team but it’s two wins from their four matches thus far.

Meanwhile, Leigh Town Res navigated a tough trip to Collier Row and recorded a 3 – 1 win at the Forest Row Centre. Strikes from Aaron Tyler, Max Whitehead and Chris Pope secured the first win of the new term for Antony Lane’s side. In other results, Wakering Sports Res remain top after a 5 – 0 home win over Shenfield AFC Res at Cupid’s while Catholic Utd Res hammered Corinthians Res 10 – 3 at St Thomas More Sch.


EOFL Division Four

Results

Old Chelmsfordians Res  5 – 0  Shenfield AFC Res     | Lawford Lane

Ongar Town Res  2 – 1  Canning Town Res | Melbourne Park 3G, Chelmsford

Roydon  1 – 0  Galleywood Res     | Roydon Playing Fields

Southend Manor Dev. 1 – 2  Chingford athletic Res   | Southchurch Park  

Sungate Dev.  3 – 6  Springfield Res             | Ilford Wanderers RFC

Wakering Sports  A  1 – 1  Leytonstone Utd   | Cupid’s (Pitch 2)


EOFL Division Five

Results

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  4 – 1  AS Rawreth Res  | Silver Leys

Collier Row Res  4 – 3 Wakebury Res      | Forest Row Centre (Pitch 2)

Epping Town Res  1 – 4  Pitsea Athletic Res   |  Epping UC Rugby Club

Old Barkabbeyans  2 – 2  Runwell Sports Res  | Barking Abbey Sch 3G

Snaresbrook Res  0 – 4  Leigh Ramblers Res   | Nutters Field

S20-21 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Fri 30 April) [EOFL 20/21 30.4.21]

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

Hello everyone and welcome to an additional midweek edition of my Essex Olympian League round-ups, looking at the three matches that took place in midweek from Tuesday 27th – Thursday 29th April. (Main image is from Ryan 5 – 5 Epping Town) Thank you for reading.

Tuesday 27th April – EOFL Division Two

The midweek action started on Tuesday night in Division One as Ryan put in a determined display to hold error-strewn Epping Town 5 – 5 at Wadham Lodge’s Intermediate grass pitch. Scout Bown netted a treble for the hosts, with Aymen Mekni & an OG accounting for the hosts’ other strikes. Epping had doubles from Callum Turner and Chris Gormley to thank for keeping them in it, with substitute David Limber’s spot-kick ensuring they left with a point. In doing so, they rose to fifth but ultimately lost ground on the top two. Ryan remain eighth.

I was at this match & my in-depth report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/04/28/s-20-21-match-report-ryan-5-5-epping-town-tues-27-april/

Wednesday 28 April – EOFL Division One

On Wednesday night, Manford Way held Chingford Athletic to a 1 – 1 draw at the ‘visitors’ ground at Town Mead. Will Gleeson netted for Lee Bowers’ side, while Robbie Rees’ strike for Manford meant that they left the happier of the two sides and remain firmly in the elevation race in second spot after a highly competitive match. Chingford remain eighth but will still have their eye on a top-four finish.

Fellow Non-League writer Peter Dudley (@ped1980) was at this game & his report is here: https://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2021/04/manford-way-1-chingford-athletic-1.html

Thursday 29 April – EOFL Division Two

Finally for the midweek action, in Division Two, Corinthians had to earn a 3 – 1 win over AS Rawreth at Stambridge. Goals by Leo Clarke, Jake Lang and Jake Hodder overturned a Billy Brown goal for the visitors and claim an important victory and go up to second spot ahead of a big game with local rivals Wakering Sports on Saturday. Rawreth’s spirited performance was far better than their league position suggested.

I was also at this match & my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/04/30/s-20-21-match-report-corinthians-3-1-as-rawreth-29-april/


S 20-21 Match Report: Corinthians 3 – 1 AS Rawreth (Thurs 29 April) [EOFL 20-21 30.4.21]

EOFL Crest

Essex Olympian League – Division Two

Venue: Stambridge Memorial Ground

2020 -21 Season – Match 30

Thursday 29th April 2021 – 7.30pm KO

Corinthians: Blue & White Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Rawreth:  Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Stambridge Memorial Ground pitch pre-match

Corinthians withstand a battle with bottom side Rawreth to go second in D2

Corinthians  3   –  1   AS Rawreth

Match Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

In the second match of a populated Essex Olympian League midweek fixture list, I returned to Stambridge to see Corinthians face bottom side AS Rawreth in Division Two. Chris Stoneham’s side have two games in 48 hours with fellow promotion hopefuls Wakering Sports on Saturday (1 May), and fielded the ‘two Jakes’ – Hodder and Lang in attack here, with support from marauding wingers Leo Clarke and Damien Siemienczuk . The back four was comprised of full-backs Brad Smith and Bill Wilton with the centre-half pairing being captain Connor Summerhill and Alfie Knight. Options from the bench included forwards John Bolton-Smith and Daniel Cooksley. Rawreth got their first league point last weekend and general manager Shane Bird named Harry Hickman between the posts, with Muntizir Hussain skippering the side here and Nathan Cox leading the attack from the start. Centre-back Glody Mabassa was also in their starting line-up. The visitors also had substitutes Billy Brown, Ramadhan Ramadhan , Brandon Pembele-Basase and Jeffrey Hlongwane.

The match got going in quite a odd way as Rawreth were forced to begin two players shy of the full eleven but fortunately they were up to full compliment within the first few minutes. Chances were at a premium in the early stages, with a lob from home forward Jake Lang which was parried by visiting stopper Harry Hickman the main chance of note. If you was being really critical, the hosts were trying to ‘force the pace’ and this restricted their ability to settle into their attacking rhythm in the first half-hour. By comparison, Rawreth were not giving their opponents any space and playing through the thirds with relative ease though showed good pace and passing at times.  

Indeed, the hosts had a bit of a let-off on thirty-one minutes as substitute Billy Brown showed his pace and craft by evading the home defence before facing home custodian Ethan Lemmon one-on-one, though Lemmon did well to deny Brown’ strike. The hosts went right up the other end and much to their relief, broke the deadlock a minute later in unfortunate circumstances for the visitors. Winger Leo Clarke broke free of the Rawreth defence before striking a firm strike which slipped through the hands of Hickman before trickling in to the net. It wasn’t what the visitors deserved but to be fair to Hickman, he soon redeemed himself. The hosts were chasing more telling blows in a decent attacking move, Lang’s initial strike was blocked by the covering defender Herbert Ndlovu but following-up, Ollie Brickwood’s shot was well-blocked by Hickman’s feet.  

In the minutes before the interval, Ndlovu also headed over the goal frame. The hosts took the lead in first-half added-time as Lang struck from close range.



Half-Time:  Corinthians  2 – 0  AS Rawreth

The second began with a flourish and importantly for the visitors, they halved the deficit as Brown weaved through the home defence and slotted home after Lemmon’s initial save. Predictably, the home side launched forward and impressive forward Jake Hodder made a good run before sending a curling effort goalwards though Hickman pulled off another great save, parrying the ball onto the far post. Clarke then got in on the attacking act a few minutes later, as his fierce goal-bound effort was also tipped wide by Hickman.

Corinthians (#3)’ Wilton about to take a FK

Rawreth had a glimmer of a chance with 64 minutes on the watch as a free-kick angled in by Jordy Moyo caused a moment of worry for home stopper Lemmon who swung for the ball but got the chilly thin air instead. Hodder got the goal his performance deserved with ten minutes remaining as a fine rapid run down the left ended by cutting inside with the ball and curled a fine effort past Hickman to finally secure a welcome three points for Chris Stoneham’s side, which sends them up to second in the table and level on points with leaders Leigh Town.

Full-Time: Corinthians  3 – 1   AS Rawreth

To sum this game up, Corinthians found it tricky at times to unlock the visiting defence, who fought for each other well and showed good promise going forward as well. The hosts had enough quality to secure the points but may consider themselves happy to have navigated this encounter in which Rawreth belied their current league position with a spirited display with good counter-attacking play in their own right.

There were a few ‘stand-out’ performers on both sides this evening. Top of the list for the hosts was forward Jake Hodder who made countless runs down the flanks and worked hard throughout with his pace, direct running and poise, as he showed with his well-taken goal late on. Right-back Brad Smith also had a really good game showing good energy levels and some decent passing too. Winger Leo Clarke also contributed to his side’s attacking moves and kept the visiting defence alert, even if his finishing wasn’t quite on point this evening. For Rawreth, goalkeeper Harry Hickman pulled off at least three very good saves here, which took some character after his unfortunate error earlier on. Fair play to him as he more than made up for said error for the remainder of the contest. Forward Billy Brown took his goal well and also made a number of telling runs through the home defence and was a good outlet for his side after coming off the bench to replace the unfortunate Nathan Cox, who came off with a knock. Centre-back Glody Mabassa made a number a well-timed challenges as well.

Teams

Corinthians      | Manager: Chris Stoneham

Starting XI: 1 Ethan Lemmon (GK), 2 Brad Smith, 3 Bill Wilton, 4 Connor Summerhill (Capt), 5 Alfie Knight, 6 Jordan Stoneham, 8 Reece Barfoot, 7 Damien Siemienczuk, 17 Leo Clarke, 11 Jake Hodder, 20 Jake Lang

Goal-scorers: Leo Clarke [32’], Jake Lang [45’+2], Jake Hodder [80’]

Subs On: 15 Ollie Brickwood [22’], 12 Matt Burrell [46’], 9 John Bolton-Smith [59’], 14 Daniel Cooksley [74’]

Booked: None   | Subs Not Used: Ayres

AS Rawreth    | General Manager: Shane Bird

1 Harry Hickman (GK), 3 Daniel Hooper, 6 Jordy Moyo, 2 Glody Mabassa, 25 Herbert Ndlovu, 5 Thabo Ngwenya, 18 Connor MacLeod, 15 Muntizir Hussain (Capt), 8 Jamie King, 14 Said Ahmed, 9 Nathan Cox

Goal-scorers: Billy Brown [47’]

Subs On: 10 Billy Brown [20’], 19 Ramadhan Ramadhan [46’], 17 Brandon Pembele-Basase [46’], 13 Jeffrey Hlongwane

Booked: None | Sub Not Used: Salmon

Referee: Daniel Ripton

S20-21 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 24 April) [EOFL 20/21 25.4.21]

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

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of my round-up articles, looking athe action in week four of the ‘mini-season’ in the  Essex Olympian League divisions on Saturday 24th April. As ever, our focus here is on the top four tiers, with results from Divisions Four & Five. After each division, you’ll notice an image of the updated divisional standings (Source: FA Full-Time website). Image is from Buckhurst Hill v Harold Wood Ath, taken by me. Thank you for reading.

EOFL Premier Division 

Starting off in the Premier Division and Bishop’s Stortford Swifts made it five league matches unbeaten with a good 3 – 0 win over Leigh Ramblers at Silver Leys. The goal-scorers for Billy Cove’s side were Tola Odedoyin, Gabriel Odili and Chris Gibbs as they reduced the deficit to Catholic Utd in third to four points, ahead of their visit to the Len Forge next weekend. The Rams remain in fourth spot. Basildon Town remain in second after a 2 – 0 win over third-placed Catholic Utd at the Basildon Sports Club. Goals from Charlie Kendall & player-boss Marcus Bowers ensured that caretaker boss Simon Thomas’s first game in charge (after the resignation of boss Stuart Marshall last week citing work commitments) ended in defeat.

In my featured match this weekend, Buckhurst Hill pulled off a fine 5 – 0 win over Harold Wood Athletic at Roding Lane. Tyler Dolan struck twice here for Mark Williams’ side, with Jack Griggs, Nathan Sollosi and replacement Fehinti Falola all netting as well to keep Buckhurst five points clear at the summit. My report from this match is available here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/04/24/s-20-21-match-report-buckhurst-hill-5-0-harold-wood-athletic-eofl/

Elsewhere, Rayleigh Town got a super away-day victory, 3 – 1 at Shenfield AFC with Bailey Moss, Shaun Gittleson and George Vile the scorers for Paul Higgins’ side. Town rise to ninth spot in the table while Shenfield drop to 11th. Sungate also got back to winning ways with a 2 – 0 win at Kelvedon Hatch, which sent them back up to seventh. Two of the bottom three sides met at Arun Park as Springfield were held 1 – 1 by Old Southendian. David Knight struck for Dan Williams’ side but a late leveller for OS from Lewis Caplin denied them a much-needed victory. Other results meant that OS are now bottom, while Springfield reside in 12th. Finally, Canning Town leapt off the bottom with a superb 3 – 1 win over Hutton in Beckton. Town’s third league win this term leaves them in tenth, while Hutton’s third loss on-the-rack see them stay in fifth.  

EOFL Premier Division table (after April 24 action)

EOFL Division One 

Moving into Division One, with perhaps the most surprising result this week being Rayleigh Town Reserves fighting back to claim a 4 – 4 draw with Old Chelmsfordians at London Road. The result means the hosts inch to a three-point cushion in tenth spot while the OC’s drop to fourth place. Leaders Ongar Town continued their sparkling form with a 7 – 0 victory over struggling Herongate Athletic at Lakeside. Aaron Blair grabbed yet another treble to move to 18 league goals this term for Ongar, with Harry Rawlins notching twice alongside singles for Frankie Goodall and Rodney Wilson. Richard Ponsford’s side now have an eight-point lead at the summit and surely won’t be caught before the end of May.

That being said, Manford Way could give it a good go as they won 6 – 2 at Shoebury Town. Tyrone Scarlett netted a superb treble to lead the way for Trevor Grace’s side here, with Jourdon Sabarouche also grabbing two goals himself. Ronnie Hobbrough got the other goal as Manford made it four wins from their last five games. Shoebury probably cannot wait to regroup in June now as they are four points adrift of Herongate at the foot of the table.

There were goals aplenty in other matches this weekend too, only the 41(!) being scored overall in the six matches in the division this weekend. Snaresbrook certainly did their bit for that tally as well with a 5 – 2 win at Toby. Daniel Tesfay got another double here for Rob Caine’s side, as Drew Barbier also notched a pair plus Ife Ogunbayo also netted from twelve yards. ‘Brook go above their hosts here into sixth and they are only three points adrift of a top-three place, such is how congested the top half of the standings are. Also, Galleywood managed a fine 3 – 0 win at Runwell Sports with Matthew Buckingham, Thomas Watling and substitute Luke Osborne all finding the net at St Luke’s Park. ‘Wood go up to third in the standings while Runwell drop to fifth.

Finally for this division, Chingford Athletic made it four games unbeaten as they won 4 – 2 at Ramsden Scotia. Michael Mignot got another double here to take his tally to nine goals in a Chingford shirt in the last month. Archie Stojic and George Miller also netted to send Lee Bowers’ side up to eighth. I wouldn’t rule them out making a late run for a top-four spot either. Scotia drop to ninth spot.

EOFL Division One Table (after April 24 action)

EOFL Division Two

On a day of movement in the top half in Division Two, Leigh Town got back to their irrepressible selves with a thundering 6 – 1 at Old Southendian Res. Brodie Horne netted another three goals here to make it to five league goals this term now. Tom Byford, Sam Irvine and Lewis Lawrence completed the ensemble cast of scorers for Jack Pearman’s side who remain a point clear at the summit, while OS Ressies remain seventh. Beacon Hill Rovers ended a three-match winless run with a 3 – 0 win at my local club Rochford Town. Bradley Morgan, Karl Swanborough and Josh Perry all struck to give Stephen Bennett’s side renewed impetus in second spot, Rochford drop to tenth.

Elsewhere, Corinthians moved into third place with a decent 2 – 0 win over Ryan at Stambridge. John Bolton-Smith and Leo Clarke provided the goals as Chris Stoneham’s side got their third straight win. Ryan remain in eighth spot, a point clear of Harold Wood Athletic Reserves who were held 1 – 1 by AS Rawreth at Harold Wood Park. Substitute Darren Wettner got the crucial goal there for the hosts as bottom side Rawreth finally got their first point of the campaign. May & Baker ‘A’ also got a fine 3 – 2 win over Laindon Orient with Nimaga Dauda notching twice for Scott Harding’s team. A known name to fans of the whole club, Carl Patten got the other goal for Bakers. Carlos Dias and an OG accounted for Laindon’s goals but this loss drops them to fourth and makes them vulnerable to being caught by both Wakering & Epping as Orient have played more matches.

Speaking of Wakering, Wakering Sports took on Epping Town this weekend at Cupid’s. A fine performance saw the hosts emerge with a 3 – 1 victory with Ben Rowe, Ben Burrows and Max Drury goals sealing a third win in succession for Mitchell Gleeson’s side. Charlie Pollard netted a late goal for Town but Wakering go above their opponents here into fifth spot.

EOFL Division Two updated Table (after April 24 action)

EOFL Division Three

In Division Three this week, leaders ACD Utd came away with a fine 3 – 2 win over Collier Row at the Forest Row Centre. Jamie Alexandrou, Connor Lambert and Jake Noble all struck for player-boss Michael Wade’s side as they extended their lead at the summit to four points. Row suffered a damaging defeat here in their own promotion ambitions and fall to sixth. ACD’s two nearest rivals also had setbacks, with Manford Way Res being held to a 1 – 1 draw at Hullbridge Sports ‘A’. Edward Hawney netted for the Lower Road developmental side, with David Hornsby notching his 18th league goal of the season to level for the visitors, who are still unbeaten in their last six matches.

Elsewhere, in the late kick-offs, Basildon Town Reserves came from behind to defeat Wakebury 2 – 1 at Basildon Sports Club. Late goals from Mark Squibb and a Scott Cooper penalty were enough to overhaul Adam Topley’s earlier goal for the Berries to give the hosts their fourth win in their last six outings. Wakebury’s three-match winning run is over and they are four points adrift in third now. Also, Toby Res were held 2 – 2 by Corinthians Res at Ford’s Sports Club in Newbury Park. The result doesn’t do much for either side as they both are in the bottom three.

Buckhurst Hill Res got a fine 4 – 1 win at home to Lakeside Utd with Harry Davison scoring for the visitors there. Buckhurst’s second-side had a brace from Louie Cooper to set them on their way to success, with Endrit Abazi and Genit Abazi both also netting here. Buckhurst’s second-side rose to ninth after this victory. Also, Hutton Res had two matches this week which heralded six points. Firstly in midweek, they defeated Collier Row 4 – 1, in a match I attended at Polo Fields, my report is available here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/04/22/s-20-21-match-report-hutton-res-4-1-collier-row-wed-21-apr/

Meanwhile at the weekend, Hutton Res defeated Leigh Town Res 5 – 1 with Jack Shaw scoring twice, plus Carl Dutton, Thomas Price and substitute Bailey Morris were all also on target in their fourth consecutive win. Bill Stratford’s side sit fourth, level on points with Wakebury just above them in what is a tight top six (see table below).

EOFL Division Three table (after April 24 action)

EOFL Division Four Results  

Chingford Athletic Res  1 – 4 Catholic Utd Res   | Town Mead [3G]

Galleywood Res  5 – 4  Leytonstone Utd   | Moulsham High Sch [3G]  

Hashtag Utd Dev  4 – 0  Wakering Sports Res   | Barleylands Road

Laindon Orient Res  2 – 1  Canning Town Res   | Markhams Chase

Old Chelmsfordians Res  1 – 3  Shenfield AFC Res  | Lawford Lane

Sungate Res  5 – 4   Ongar Town Res    | Ilford Wanderers RFC

EOFL Senior Five Results  

AS Rawreth Res  1 – 10  Springfield Res   | The Warren

Collier Row Res  H – W  Shoebury Town Res   | Home Walkover

Epping Town Res 3 – 3  Newbury Forest Res  | Epping UC Rugby Club

Herongate Athletic Res  2 – 0  Leigh Ramblers Res  | Billericay Road

Roydon  H – W Old Barkabbeyans  | Home Walkover

Runwell Sports Res A – W  Wakering Sports ‘A’  | Away Walkover