2019-20 Season Preview: Essex Olympian League Senior Two (EOFL D2 19/20 31.7.19)

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Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – EOFL Blogger

 

Hello and a warm welcome to another of my mini-series of articles previewing the upcoming 2019-2020 Essex Olympian League season, division-by-division. We continue with Senior Two now which will have 13 sides competing in it with sides getting promoted from both Senior Three and Senior Four to stem the loss of a number of sides who also got elevated in the close season (see Senior One Preview).

May & Baker Reserves will look to re-build following that side’s relegation from Senior One and May & Baker ‘A’ being withdrawn following their lacklustre form in this division in 2018-19. With champions of last term Chingford Athletic being promoted, along with the rest of last season’s top five, this division has a very different look about it though there are still teams hungry for progression.

EOFL Senior Two Constitution (2019-20)

  • AS Rawreth (see below) (P) (Fmrly Academy Soccer)
  • Beacon Hill Rovers
  • Corinthians (P)
  • Epping Town (P)
  • Harold Wood Athletic Res
  • Laindon Orient (P)
  • Leigh Town (P)
  • May & Baker Res (R)
  • Old Southendian Res (P)
  • Rochford Town
  • Ryan
  • Wakering Sports (P)
  • Westhamians (P)

 

Beacon Hill Rovers, Harold Wood Athletic Res, Ryan and Rochford Town are the only ‘survivors’ from last term. Rochford got a reprieve once again from demotion, as did Ryan though among the teams they face from mid-August onwards are the likes of Senior Three champions Old Southendian Reserves, who I saw win the title at their Garon Park home, back in April. OS Ressies won that division by four points in the end, ahead of runners-up Laindon Orient  who also make the step up, in their new home at Basildon Sports Club. Laindon will look to continue last term’s record of scoring goals – they got 75 in the net back then in just 20 matches.

Academy Soccer finished third in Senior Three after another fine season with the joint second-best defence in that division which was good enough for elevation, though a name change means they are known as AS Rawreth this term, presumably reflecting the fact they play in Rawreth, just east of Wickford. Westhamians continue their progress up the divisions with a ‘seat at the Senior Two table’ this term after enjoying the best defensive record last term league-wise, they are joined by Wakering Sports and Leigh Town who finished mid-table last term. Sports are committed to improving their home ground at Cupid’s Country Club in Shoebury and will looking for a season that consolidates their position in this division this coming season.

Then, last but by no means least, we have two clubs who have got the ‘double bubble’ of being promoted two divisions in Senior Four champions Corinthians  and runners-up Epping Town who are still managed by Billy Cove and his team. Both sides finished well clear of the field in the end come May. Not really a surprise when you factor in that the Stambridge-based Corinthians side had the best defence in Senior Four last term and Epping overwhelmed the goal-scorers’ chart with a whopping 103 goals to their name last term. I wouldn’t rule out a promising campaign for either side this coming season either.

To all the clubs, managers, players and many others who support them, have a good season all. I look forward to keeping tabs on the action. Best, Scott

 

Fixtures for First two weekends of EOFL Senior Two (Subject to change)

Saturday 24th August – 2.30pm

AS Rawreth  v  Harold Wood Athletic Res  | The Warren, Old London Road

Laindon Orient  v  Westhamians   | Basildon Sports Club

Wakering Sports  v  Old Southendian Res  | Cupid’s Country Club, Cupid’s Chase

 

Saturday 31st August – 2.30pm

AS Rawreth  v  Epping Town   | The Warren, Old London Road

Beacon Hill Rovers  v  Leigh Town     |  Wickham Bishop’s Sports Ground

Corinthians  v  Laindon Orient      |  Stambridge Memorial Ground

Ryan  v  May & Baker Res   |  Wadham Lodge Sports Ground (Grass Pitch)

 

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 27 Apr) [EOFL 28.4.19]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to a shorter Essex Olympian League round-up’s, here on my blog, given that the matches are few & far between now & mid-May.  There were still plenty of issues that were settled this weekend though in Divisions One, Two & Four.

 

Sat 27 April

EOFL Premier Division

In the only match in the top-tier, Buckhurst Hill returned to winning ways with a  4 – 1 win at runners-up Kelvedon Hatch. Steve Townsend got another brace to take him to 15 league goals this term. Keaton Moore and Eren Muti also netted as Hill moved 22 points clear at the summit.

 

EOFL Senior One

Now in Senior One, FC Hamlets really did make the tile race interesting as they beat promotion rivals Basildon Town 4 – 1. John Gilroy got all four of his side’s goals to propel himself to 11 goals in all competitions and his side into second spot. If FC beat May & Baker Res next weekend, then Town will have to win all three matches (including leaders AFC Shenfield on the last day) to get promoted. Keith King got Basildon’s goal here though this loss is a setback for them.

 

EOFL Senior Two

In Senior Two, Chingford Athletic produced an astounding performance with a 21 – 0 demolition of May & Baker ‘A’ at Town Mead’s 3G pitch. Gary Murray got a mere eight goals here, with Alex Gordon & Jack Yates getting trebles. Archie Stojic & substitute Tayo Olasanoye both got braces with Louis Bollard and Jonny Hirst also netting as Ath pipped Toby to the title. This one match meant that Ath also jumped ahead of Toby and Lakeside to finish top of the goal-scorers pile this term. Many congrats to all at the club on their success.

 

EOFL Senior Three

In the only Senior Three match this weekend, Academy Soccer won 4 – 1 at Basildon Town Res. Ben Picton, Dom Cooper, substitute Marc Porter-Brown and Luis Ruiz all netted for Academy, Ruiz netting his 12th league goal of the campaign. They finish third though they may still get elevated next term due to Division Two needing more clubs in it next term. Town player-boss Alex Shields got their goal though they remain third-bottom. Westhamians are their opposition on May 11th with the high-flyers needing all three points to pip Laindon Orient to promotion.

 

EOFL Senior Four

Finally in Division Four, Corinthians finished their campaign with a 3 – 0 win over Toby Reserves to pip Epping Town and claim the EOFL Division Four title at the first time of asking. Jake Lang, Bill Wilton and Alfie Knight strikes did the job for them as their 17th league win of the campaign saw them in the title by two points.

So despite scoring over 100 goals this term, Billy Cove’s Epping get the runners-up spot though they will battle Corinthians again in Division Three next term.

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 20 Apr) [EOFL 21.4.19]

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OS Ressies v Westhamians (D3 from this weekend)

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello & welcome to this week’s Essex Olympian League round-up, looking at the action from Saturday 20th April from the top-tier to Division Four as the games start to trickle in as the end of the season is nigh. Even so, this weekend was big for two sides who has cause to celebrate.

EOFL Premier Division

In the top-tier, two matches saw two wins for the home sides. First, Springfield belied their poor league position with a 3 – 0 win over champions Buckhurst Hill. Andrew Elgar struck twice for the hosts, with Ross Lamb getting the other goal. Hill lost only their second match this term here and ended a run of 14 straight league wins. Springfield’s fifth win in their last nine matches sees them finish in 10th spot.

Meanwhile, Rayleigh Town handed Kelvedon Hatch a 2 – 0 loss with Harry Talnbot and Bailey Moss the scorers to give Town their fifth win in their last six. Hatch’s 5th loss in their last seven sees them needing two points from their last two matches to finish second in the standings.

Senior League Cup: Semi-Final

In the outstanding Semi-Final in the Senior Cup, a barn-storming match between Basildon Town of D1 and Premier side Bishop’s Stortford Swifts ended 3 – 3 after extra time. Keith King, Barv Walkuaika and substitute Levi Harbour struck for Town, while Gavin Cockman struck twice for Swifts and Charles Brown also netted. Swifts saw out the battle of nerves as they won 5 – 4 on spot-kicks to make their first appearance in this final for 16 years.

EOFL Senior One

In Senior One, two matches took place with implications at both ends of the table. FC Hamlets were held 0 – 0 by rivals Snaresbrook. FC extend their unbeaten stretch to six matches while ‘Brook drew their third straight match and have now ended their campaign. Hamlets need to win both of their remaining matches you feel to deny Basildon Town who have four matches yet to play, and they are only a point behind them.

At the other end of the table, Galleywood defeated struggling Rayleigh Town Reserves 1 – 0 with Sam Donn getting the decisive goal. Town have the small matter of Ramsden Scotia and Basildon Town to play in their last two matches, needing one win to avoid the drop. The Scotia match is in midweek.

EOFL Senior Two

In the only match in Senior Two, Harold Wood Athletic Reserves were heavily beaten at home to in-form Chingford Athletic. Ath won 4 – 0 with Gary Murray, Archie Stojic, Louis Ballard on target, plus an OG which means Chingford are promoted to Senior One after another superb season so congratulations to them. They can still win the title with a win over bottom side May & Baker ‘A’ next weekend.

EOFL Senior Three

In a match I attended at Garon Park, two title hopefuls faced off in Old Southendian Reserves and Westhamians. Old Southendian’s second side won a physical battle on a hard pitch 3 – 0 with Dave Stubbs getting another brace to crown off a strong performance. A late penalty by Oliver Tatton-Bennett sealed the win which confirmed the Old Boys as champions of the division & promoted to Senior Two, which in turn led to exhuberant celebrations post-match. Many congrats to them on a fine campagn.

Westhamians’ stuttering form continued as they have not won in their last four matches now, though they did have chances here that they couldn’t make the most of. They also need to win their last game in three weeks time at Basildon Town Ressies to pip Laindon Orient to the second promotion spot.

EOFL Senior Four

In Senior Four, Corinthians kept the title race alive until the last day with a fine 5 – 0 win at Galleywood Reserves. John Bolton-Smith struck a double, with Jake Lang, Bill Wilton & Luke Owen also all finding the net.
Toby Reserves also won well, 4 – 1 at Buckhurst Hill Reserves with James Coleman getting a hat-trick and Ryan Morgan getting the other goal. The crucial game happens next week as Corinthians need to beat the Toby outfit to pip Epping to the title in the last league match of the season.

That’s all for this week, thanks for reading.

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 6 Apr) [EOFL 7.4.19]

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Action from Corinthians v Galleywood Res (Image: Scott W)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another of my round-up pieces, this time looking at the Essex Olympian League action on Saturday 6 April, from the top tier to the results from Division Four on what was a joy-filled day for some sides, whgo secured promotion.

EOFL Premier Dvivision

In the Premier Division, Buckhurst Hill are the champions following a 7 – 0 hammering of out-of-form Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Fehinti Falola led the charge with four goals, with Liam Foster, Alfie Harris and Eren Muti completing the rout for Hill’s 20th win in 21 games thus far. Swifts stay 5th and could be caught by Rayleigh Town as the latter have a game in hand. Hutton won 4 – 1 at Springfield to end their season on a high. Will Marlowe’s treble & a Jack Shaw strike saw them rise to 7th while Springfield remain 11th.

Meanwhile, Manford Way held Kelvedon Hatch 2 – 2 to end any hope of Hatch catching Hill in the title race. Goals from Danny Spicer and substitute Joe Lovell cancelled out Theo Ola’s brace for the visitors. Manford are finishing the season in decent form though will still go down, while Hatch’s run of one win in their last five has been costly to their title chances.

 

Reserve League Cup – Semi-Finals

In the two semi-finals played this weekend, Senior Three’s Basildon Town Res shocked Senior One side Rayleigh Town Res as Bas got a 3 – 1 away win. Tommy Green, player-boss Alex Shields & Andrew Wiggins strikes secured the win and their place in the final. Joining them there are Catholic Utd Res of Division Four who also won 3 – 1, at Herongate Athletic Res. Franklin Craik, Angelo Louis and James Warder got the goals on a good day for the Utd second-string.

Anagram Records Trophy – Semi-Final

Catholic Utd made the final again after a 2 – 0 win at PFC Victoria (London). Pat Kearney and player-manager Dan Trenkel got the goals to see the Super Hoops advance.

 

EOFL Senior One

In the two matches that did take place, both were drawn. Galleywood held promotion-chasing FC Hamlets to a 2 – 2 draw. Sam Donn and substitute Paddy Dowse got the home goals with player-boss Ashley King & hot-shot Charlie Heatley netting for FC. ’Wood rise to 6th while FC are two points ahead in fifth, knowing they need at least six points to be among the top-two next month. Fellow promotion-hunters Basildon Town were held 0 – 0 by Snaresbrook, who still have a chance of promotion though results here confirmed Shenfield AFC will be promoted as will finish in the top-two regardless of the result in their last match.

 

EOFL Senior Two

Into Senior Two now and the one match that took place was the six-pointer between high-flyers Chingford Athletic and Runwell Sports. It finished honours-even at 1 – 1 with Will Gleeson netting for Ath and Aaron Rix for Sports in their last match of the campaign. Chingford need only one win from their last two matches to leapfrog Runwell and get promoted.

 

EOFL Senior Three

Now moving into Senior Three, and Old Southendian Res held rivals Wakering Sports  to a 0 – 0 stalemate, which confirms they will be promoted thanks largely to a nine-game unbeaten run. Sports will have to wait for next season to go again as they ended their season here. Only Westhamians can deny OS Ressies the title now.

Academy Soccer still have a slim chance of promotion after a 5 – 2 home win over Leigh Town. Harry Barham, Jake Jones, Sam Parish, Graham Knight and Luke Jones all netted for Academy here though they have to win their last match and hope others falter.

 

EOFL Senior Four

Finally, in Senior Four – I attended a crunch match at the Stambridge Memorial Ground as Corinthians defeated Galleywood Res  3 – 1. Luke Owen grabbed two goals with Jake Lang getting the other to overwhelm a super free-kick from Craig Robertson and stay in the title hunt.

For more on this match, my summary is here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/04/07/match-summary-corinthians-3-1-galleywood-res-sat-6-apr-eofl-d4/  

Meanwhile, Dagenham Utd won 5 – 2 at Buckhurst Hill Res to end their campaign on a high. It was ‘the Dingli show’ again as brothers Oliver Dingli and Jacob Dingli got doubles each, with Morgan Smith getting a late fifth. Jacob has finished the season with 34 goals this term, not bad at all.

Finally, Toby Res got a huge 3 – 0 win at relegated Old Barkabbeyans to secure their spot in the division next season. It’ll be Leigh Ramblers second-string who will join Old Barks in Division Five next term in all likelihood.

Match Summary: Corinthians 3 – 1 Galleywood Res (Sat 6 Apr) [EOFL D4 7.4.19]

Essex Olympian League – Division Four

2018-19 Season: Match 66

Saturday 6th April 2019 – 2.30pm KO

Venue: Stambridge Memorial Ground

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

Galleywood Res:  Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

Corinthians finish strongly to secure a vital win

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

This weekend’s match took me on a different path to a ground I have intermittenly seen a couple of times in the last few years. This match was a crucial one in the Essex Olympian League Division Four title race as relative newcomers Corinthians faced Galleywood Reserves. The hosts knew that anything less than a win would virtually hand the title to Epping Town, managed by former pro Billy Cove. I was fortunate to be given a warm welcome by Chairman/Secretary Ben Adams, who explained that the bulk of the current team is made up of the former Under-21 side that did well in both the Olympian League U-21 division last season and also won the Essex Junior Trophy last season.

Last weekend, Corinthians fought back from a poor start with a slightly-depleted side to draw at Lakeside’s second side which increased the need for a win in this match. With a side that has scored 72 goals in 19 league matches prior to this one, you knew they had the firepower but would it happen for them here?

Well, the answer  we got in the early stages of the game wasn’t positive as it was the ‘Wood side that started the stronger, with winger Sam Rawlinson providing a real outlet down the left flank with his pace, trickery and crossing. The hosts showed their willingness to bomb forward although a lack of a final ball and losing out to the sturdy Galleywood defence was definitely frustrating Chris Stoneham’s side. It was the visitors who took the lead on nine minutes as a pearler of a 25-yard free-kick by Craig Robertson passed the outstretched hand of the home ‘keeper John Eckhett and into the top corner.

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Although the hosts improving towards the interval, they arguably could not keep hold of the ball well enough, and you could feel the nerves coursing through the side. The home side boasted forwards Leo Clarke and Theodore Cannon in support of central striker John Bolton-Smith. Five minutes before the break, Clarke peeled off from the left wing, before blasting a drive which was deflected wide.

Half-Time: Corinthians 0 – 1 Galleywood Res

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At the break, Galleywood would have been the happier side though also knew they would have to ‘weather the storm’ after the interval. As it turned out, the home side were level only four minutes into the second period as Clarke broke free of his defender before sliding in an unselfish ball in across the six-yard box for substitute Jake Lang who stroked home from close range. There was little doubt  who was the stronger side after that with Clarke & Bolton-Smith in particular testing a tiring ‘Wood backline with their running and trickery.

There was an element of fortune about the next crucial part of the match as just shy of the hour, Corinthians took the lead as midfielder Luke Owen’s free-kick from deep managed to evade everyone and bounce its way into the top corner. ‘Wood responded with a rare second-half foray forward though Robertson fired a looping shot just over the bar from 20 yards out. The hosts secured the points, in front of watching Epping boss Billy Cove on 74 minutes as creative midfielder Jordan Stoneham’s dangerous corner found Owen who planted a thumping header high into the net.

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The hosts could have won by more though were denied twice by fine saves by the Galleywood goalkeeper. Bolton-Smith should have scored late on well though his dribbled finish could only hit a post with the ‘keeper beaten. In closing, the hosts were made to work hard here though in the end they deserved the points and they know wins in both their final matches will see them go up in style.

Full-Time: Corinthians 3 – 1 Galleywood Res

Goal-scorers: (Cor): Jake Lang [49′], Luke Owen [58′ & 74′]

(Gal): Craig Robertson [9’]

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 23 Feb) [EOFL 24.2.19]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another of my round-up pieces, this time looking at the Essex Olympian League action on Saturday 23rd Febuary, with a firm round-up of the Premier Division, all the way to Senior Division Four plus Cup action too.

EOFL Premier Division

In a reduced programme of Premier Division fixtures due to Cup action, the big game at the bottom of the table saw Sungate emerge with a 2 – 0 success over bottom side Great Baddow. Jermaine Purchase got both goals to give ‘Gate their third win in their last four to stay 11th though crucially go 11 points clear of the bottom two and push Baddow nearer to an instant return to Senior One.

Fellow strugglers Springfield defeated high-flyers Harold Wood Athletic 1 – 0, thanks to Ryan Batchford’s solitary strike which put a further dent in Wood’s title aspirations. The hosts are ten points clear of Manford Way, who lost 1 – 0 at home to Old Southendian. Mattias Tonking ‘s goal giving OS their third straight league victory. Meanwhile, mid-table Hutton got a fine  4 – 2 win at Canning Town. Braces from Charlie Nichols and George Nash ended a six-match winless run for them as they leapfrogged Town into 8th spot. Neil Barrett and an OG weren’t enough for Canning as they fell to a fourth consecutive league loss.

Senior League Cup  –  Quarter-Finals

In the two SLC Quarter-Finals, Premier sides had conflicting fortunes. Leaders Buckhurst Hill succumbed to a rare home loss as they lost 2 – 1 at home to Senior Two side Chingford Athletic. Gary Murray and Will Gleeson were the heroes for Ath to outweigh Sam Sollosi’s goal and make the last four. Also, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts had no such trouble in dispatching fellow Premier side Kelvedon Hatch as they won 4 – 1. Charles Brown got a brace with Joe McEvoy and Mark Robinson scoring the other goals for Swifts, while Theo Ola got Hatch’s consolation.

 

Anagram Records Trophy  –  Round Three Results

FC Hamlets  2 – 3  Ware Sports

Old Bradwell Utd  0 – 3 Catholic Utd

 

EOFL Senior One

Into Senior One and incredibly all five matches saw wins for the visiting teams. All of the top three won, starting with Shenfield AFC who grabbed a 4 – 2 win at Rayleigh Town Res. Mitchell Day’s double was added to by strikes from Sam Bubb and Jordan Elliott to extend AFC’s unbeaten run to five matches. Second-placed Snaresbrook won 2 – 0 at fellow high-flyers Ramsden Scotia with Harry Prince and Josh Woodcock getting the crucial goals to keep the arrears to three points, but ‘Brook have two games more to play. To further complicate matters, Basildon Town stayed five points off the top in third with a 2 – 1 success at mid-table Herongate Athletic. Jimmy Markham and Alfie Phillips got the goals for Town who have five matches in hand on the leaders.

At the bottom, Old Chelmsfordians comfortably defeated May & Baker EC Res  5 – 0 with Sam Adams getting two and Martin Mixture, Tom Garey and Paul Tiffen also finding the net and giving their side a third win on-the-reel. Bakers’ will finish bottom of Senior One following this result. Finally in D1, Galleywood triumphed 3 – 0 at Ongar Town with Tom Lakin, Jack Chatterway and Luke Seaton goals pushing ‘Wood up to 6th.

 

EOFL Senior Two

In Division Two, two matches took place with Toby negotiating a tricky test by winning 3 – 2 at Harold Wood Athletic Res to go three points clear of Runwell Sports, having played three games more. Paur Carr’s double and one from Ross Dipple  saw them to a third win on-the-bounce. Lakeside also triumphed with a 4 – 1 win over Ryan at the Wadham Lodge 3G pitch. Drew Klessa-Smith grabbed a hat-trick to reach 29 league goals for the season, plus Sam Pettit’s 5th league goal this term saw ‘Side to victory.

Shoebury Town won their match with Rochford Town by way of a walkover.

EOFL Senior Three

In Division Three, Academy Soccer continued their fine form with a 6 – 0 success over free-falling Roydon. Rhys Willson’s treble led the way with Sam Parish’s double and one from Luke Jones sealing a second-half demolition to keep Academy in 3rd spot. Leigh Town are well-placed in fourth after a 4 – 0 success at Hutton Res. George Darby got another brace with Zac Mashford and Shane Cooper also on target in Town’s 8th win in 15 matches thus far.

Old Southendian Res stayed 5th win a 2 – 1 home win over near rivals Laindon Orient. James Shadwell’s penalty for the visitors was outdone by Greg Molford and Andy Turner goals for the hosts. And Basildon Town Res climbed out of the bottom two at Roydon’s expense with a 2 – 0 win over White Ensign Res, thanks to strikes by Jake Bridgeman and player-boss Alex Shields. Westhamians stay top without playing as they won their game with bottom side Old Chelmsfordians Res by away walkover.

 

EOFL Senior Four

Finally for this week, in Senior Four, Epping Town made another statement of intent with a 9 – 2 win at Toby Res. Daniel Garfinkle, Alex Paraskeva & substitute Kieran Dickerson all nabbed doubles, with Liam Clifton, Bradley Gayer and Eamon Payne all also finding the net to stay 2nd. Leaders Corinthians won 2 – 1 at Leigh Ramblers Res with Alfie Knight and Bill Wilton the goal-getters there to keep their four-point lead with five games left. Callum Gannon netted for the Rams.

Dagenham Utd continued their push for a top-three finish with a 2 – 0 win at Galleywood Res. No Dingli’s on the scoresheet this time though late goals from Ashley Retter and Jesse Martin did the job for Utd here to go six points clear of challengers Lakeside Ressies.

Meanwhile, bottom side Old Barkabbeyans got only their third win this term with a 3 – 2 win over high-flyers Lakeside Res & Catholic Utd Res handsomely defeated Buckhurst Hill Res 6 – 1.

That’s all for this week, cheers for reading.

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 16 Feb) [EOFL 17.2.19]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

 

Hello & welcome to another of my round-up pieces, this time looking at the Essex Olympian League action on Saturday 16th February, from the top tier to the results from Division Four plus one match in the Senior League Cup.

EOFL Premier Dvivision

Starting off as ever in the Premier Division, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts fell to a home loss to improving Sungate. Ciaran Kelly’s double outweighed Josh Osunde’s strike for Swifts as the visitors got their third win in their last four to rise to 11th spot. Swifts dropped to fourth because Kelvedon Hatch won their match, 2 – 1 at Springfield. Substitute Anthony Aylett got both of the Kelvedon goals, though fellow substitute Ryan Batchford struck for the hosts, who ended the match with ten men.

Leaders Buckhurst Hill showed no signs of relenting in their titled quest, as they secured a 5 – 1 home win over Rayleigh Town. Suley Zuhdu grabbed a double with Steve Townsend, Sam Sollosi and Nathan Sollosi also finding the ‘onion bag’. Harold Wood Athletic also failed to get a win as they were held 3 – 3 by out-of-form Hutton. Michael Burton, Reiss Kingsley and Robert Whitnell all found the net for Ath, though the visitors secured a point through strikes by Brad Freeman, Keelan O’Donovan and substitute George Nash. Ath remain second though their title chances are slim given they have played more games than either Buckhurst Hill or Hatch.

Meanwhile, Old Southendian won 3 – 1 at home to Canning Town to stay 10th. A brace from Ryan Stillwell and one from substitute Ed Gould outdone a consolation from Abdul Shobawale for the visitors, who stay 8th.

Senior League Cup

In the one SLC quarter-final played this weekend, Catholic Utd won 3 – 0 at Great Baddow. Simon Thomas nabbed a double with Aaron Baldwin getting the other goal.

 

EOFL Senior One

Moving into Senior One, Basildon Town roared into the top three with a 10 – 1 demolition at strugglers Rayleigh Town Res. Sener Suavi struck four goals himself, Alfie Phillips secured another hat-trick plus Brodie Horne’s double and one from substitute Levi Harbour sealed a big win to leave Town five points off the top spot with games in hand on all the sides around them. Rayleigh have games in hand on rivals Frenford Res, Old Chelmsfordians and Ongar Town though have points to make up as well.

Also in a crucial relegation six-pointer, Old Chelmsfordians narrowly won 1 – 0 at home to Frenford Res, who ended their season here. Substitute Paul Tiffen got the decisive goal to send OCs five points clear of the bottom two. May & Baker Ressies will also finish in the bottom two this term.

At the other end of the table, Shenfield AFC opened up a three-point lead at the summit, following a 2 – 1 triumph at fellow high-flyers FC Hamlets. Ashley King struck for the hosts though Jordan Elliott and Ronnie Hobbrough scored for AFC here to give them the win. Finally in this division, Galleywood defeated Ramsden Scotia 2 – 1, thanks to Matthew Buckingham and Luke Osborne strikes while Ryan Scott got one back for faltering Scotia, who dropped to fourth. ‘Wood sit seventh after their fourth win in their last nine.

 

EOFL Senior Two

In Senior Two, the top two sides furthered their promotion credentials with away wins. Toby won 6 – 0 at May & Baker ‘A’ with Des Gallen getting a brace plus Dan Mackin, Dan Cunningham, Paul Carr and Ross Dipple all also on the score-sheet to keep their three-point lead at the top. Runwell Sports won 3 – 0 at mid-table at Beacon Hill Rovers thanks to goals from Joe Young, James Lakey & substitute John Smithwick to go back into second spot.

Two other promotion-chasers went toe-to-toe at Town Mead’s 3G surface where Chingford Athletic drew 1 – 1 with Shoebury Town. Jack Yates got the goal for Ath though Dominic Binns levelled things for Town who had Lee Turner sent off.

 

 

EOFL Senior Three

In Senior Three, Academy Soccer got the eye-catching result of the day, with a 9 – 1 home success over bottom side Old Chelmsfordians Res. Luis Ruiz and substitute Alfie Sayers both grabbed trebles, with Jake Jones nabbing a brace and Luke Jones got the other strike as Academy remain third, four points off the summit.

Hutton Res defeated Westhamians 1 – 0 to go six points clear of the bottom two and end the visitors’ unbeaten league season. Jack Shaw got the only goal of the game there. Wakering Sports had a fine day with a 3 – 0 success at Roydon, with Harry Groves grabbing a double and Jamie Brown getting the other goal. Roydon are slipping into relegation contention as they are only two points clear of the bottom two after a fourth straight defeat.

Meanwhile, White Ensign Res had a setback as they lost 3 – 2 at home to promotion-chasing Leigh Town. A brace of spot-kicks from Zach Somerset-Butler was outdone by strikes by George Darby, Zac Mashford and Rhys Mosedale for Town, who rise to fourth.

 

EOFL Senior Four

And now into Senior Four, which saw the two of the front-runners have fine away wins. Corinthians had another good win, 4 – 2 at Buckhurst Hill Res. Theo Cannon led the way with a brace with Leo Clarke and Bill Wilton also notching. The Stambridge-based side lead the division by four points from Epping Town, who won 5 – 2 at Canning Town Res. Daniel Garfinkle shone with four goals, while Jack Leachman got the other goal as Billy Cove’s side rise to second.

Meanwhile, Leigh Ramblers Res won the battlers of the strugglers with a 4 – 0 home win over Old Barkabbeyans. Andrew Webster grabbed two goals plus Seb Allen and Pat Cannon also netted. Lakeside Res defeated Toby Res 1 – 0 thanks to Ben Christie’s strike. Catholic Utd Res rose to mid-table with a fine 6 – 2 victory at Shenfield AFC Res.

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 29 Dec) [EOFL 31.12.18]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

 

Hello & welcome to another of my round-up pieces, this time looking at the Essex Olympian League action on Saturday 29th December, from the top tier to the results from Division Four as the EOFL got in on the ‘festive action’ here.

EOFL Premier Dvivision

Leaders Buckhurst Hill had to fight for a fine away win, 4 – 2 at Hutton with a Steve Townsend brace plus strikes by Keeton Moore and an OG responsible for the win. Brad Freeman and Chris Skingley goals made it tricky though Hill grabbed their fifth straight league victory.

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts suffered their second straight home loss as Rayleigh Town upset them 3 – 2. Charles Brown and Gavin Cockman strikes were not enough for Swifts as Harry Talbot, Max Jones and Dillion Southgate goals saw Town to their second consecutive victory away from home. Catholic Utd rounded off 2018 with a fine 4 – 1 win at inconsistent Springfield. Tom Hollingsworth snared all four of the Super Hoops’ goals as they compiled their fourth straight league win.

Elsewhere, there were entertaining draws. First, Great Baddow held Canning Town 3 – 3 at home with Luke Perry notching a double and Dan Gage also struck for the hosts. Neil Barrett got a brace of his own and Chris Barrett also netted for the visitors to ensure the points were shared and Baddow’s winless stretch continues.

Sungate denied Harold Wood Athletic another win at the Harold Wood Rec as their battle ended 2 – 2. Charlie Liddiard and Brad Foley strikes were cancelled out by Reece Simpson and James Smith goals though Sungate haven’t won in their last seven matches now. Finally in the Premier Division, Old Southendian held Kelvedon Hatch 1 – 1 at Garon Park. John Staines scored for the home side though Dan Gillard hit back for Hatch who are unbeaten in six matches.

 

EOFL Senior One –  no action in this division this weekend.

 

EOFL Senior Two

In the only match that was played in Senior Two, Shoebury Town edged Harold Wood Athletic Reserves 3 – 2 at Cupids. Derek Hawtin and Joe Pyne strikes for the visiting side were outmatched by goals from  the prolific Dominic Binns, Scott Clark and Richard Treveil.

Two matches were conceded before they took place with Beacon Hill Rovers getting a home walkover over struggling May & Baker ‘A’ and Rochford Town also getting a walkover against Upminster in a match that had been due to be played at Rochford Recreation Ground.

 

EOFL Senior Three

Division Three saw three matches take place this weekend. Laindon Orient fought back from a goal down to win 3 – 1 at Roydon. Charlie Rider had put the hosts ahead though second-half goals by James Shadwell, Henry Ballard and substitute Ashley Blackburn turned the tide. Academy Soccer achieved a fine win at Leigh Town as goals from Rhys Wilson and Sam Parrish overcame home scorer Sam Irvine’s strike.

Old Southendian Reserves continued the trend of away wins in this division with a 3 – 1 success over local rivals Basildon Town Reserves. Dave Stubbs scored twice and Harry Da Costa got the other goal. Scott Cooper got the solitary reply for the hosts.

 

EOFL Senior Four

One match also took place in Division Four which saw Corinthians continue their fine season with a 4 – 0 home win over Canning Town’s Ressies. John Bolton-Smith, Leo Clarke, Alfie Knight and Luke Owen all netted to send the home side into the new year on a fine platform for a promotion tilt.