2019-20 Season Preview: Essex Olympian League Senior Three (EOFL D3 31.7.19)

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

 

Hello and a warm welcome to the last of my mini-series of articles previewing the upcoming 2019-2020 Essex Olympian League season, division-by-division. We continue with Senior Three now which will have 13 sides competing in this division with sides getting promoted from both EOFL Senior Four and Senior Five, plus other sides have moved across from the now-defunct Under-21 division and it’s a progressive new era for two clubs making their way into the EOFL family this term. This is partly due to the number of clubs being promoted from this level to the divisions above.

With May & Baker ‘A’ folding in the close-season, there are no teams relegated from Senior Two, though that does not mean the division doesn’t have a ‘new look’ about it – it does. Here’s how it shapes up…

 

EOFL Senior Three Constitution (2019-20)

  • ACD Utd (NEW)
  • Basildon Town Res
  • Buckhurst Hill Res (P)
  • Collier Row (P)
  • Corinthians Res (P)
  • Dagenham Utd (P)
  • Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ (NEW)
  • Hutton Res
  • Lakeside Res (P)
  • Leigh Town Res (NEW)
  • Toby Res (P)
  • Wakebury (NEW)
  • White Ensign Res

Starting with the sides remaining from last season, Hutton Res were the highest finishers in 7th, with White Ensign Res and Basildon Town Res immediately below them. Given that two sides (Roydon & Old Chelmsfordians Res) were relegated to Senior Four, these three sides are the only survivors from last year and are out-numbered by the five teams promoted from Senior Four & Five. The teams finishing 3rd to 6th in Senior Four are elevated so Dagenham Utd, Lakeside  Res, Toby Res and Buckhurst Hill Res respectively will face the step up.

Dagenham and Lakeside’s second-string both had very respectable campaigns last time out, and although Toby and Hill’s Ressies finished a smattering of points behind them, both clubs’ first teams are in the top two divisions (Hill in the Premier and Toby in Senior One) so they could adapt well to the climb.

Factor in the elevation of the top-two from Senior Five as well and you could have a tough division. Corinthians Reserves won Senior Five last term to complete a league-winning double for the First team (Senior Four) and the Reserves. Also, it’s good to see a name from the past return in Collier Row who got the runners-up spot in Senior Five in April. Hullbridge Sports have also entered an ‘A’ team in this division this term so it will be interesting how effectively their ‘third team’ will do here though it is a pathway up to the Reserve team I suspect.

Three sides have joined from other leagues as well. First, former Essex Alliance League (EAL) outfit ACD Utd are placed here and the Romford-based side will be looking to follow on well from finishing 2nd in the EAL’s top-tier last term.

Also there are two sides joining from the Southend Borough Combination Premier Division. Leigh Town Res finished third in that division last term and although the side currently play in neighbouring Hadleigh, Robert Hutchings-Spiller’s side will enjoy the journey this term after their upward progression. Joining them are Shoebury-based outfit Wakebury. They managed a very respectable fourth-place in the Southend Boro Combination Premier, finishing 13 points off league winners Shoebury Town Res, who interestingly will compete in Senior Five of the Olympian League this term.

To all the clubs, managers, players and many others who support them, have a good season everyone. I look forward to keeping tabs on the action and I hope that round-ups on Senior Three will join the sections from the top three tiers of the Essex Olympian League this term. Best, Scott

 

 

Fixtures for First Two Weekends of EOFL Senior Three (subject to change)

Saturday 24th August  – 2.30pm

Corinthians Res  v  Dagenham Utd  | Stambridge Memorial Ground

Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  v  Buckhurst Hill Res   | Lower Road

Lakeside Res    v   Basildon Town Res  | Lakeside Sports Ground (3G)

Toby Res  v  Leigh Town Res  |  Ford’s Sports Club, Newbury Park

 

Saturday 31st August – 2.30pm

Basildon Town Res  v  Leigh Town Res   |  Basildon Sports Club

Buckhurst Hill Res  v  Collier Row  | Roding Lane (Pitch 2)

Dagenham Utd  v  Lakeside Res  | Ford’s Sports Club, Newbury Park

Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  v  Toby Res  | Lower Road

Hutton Res  v  ACD Utd   |  Polo Fields

White Ensign Res  v  Corinthians Res  | Len Forge Centre (3G)

 

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.

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 9 Mar) [EOFL 10.3.19]

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 9 March, from the top tier to the results from Division Four as some promotion & relegation issues are closer to being answered. Thanks for reading.

EOFL Premier Division

As always we begin in the Premier Division on what coud be a week with lasting consequences. On-the-pitch, Springfield got a huge win, 3 – 1 at Sungate to extend their cushion over nearest rivals Manford Way to eleven points. Manford were held 2 – 2 by Canning Town, who played their final game of their season. Alfie Walker got both of Manford’s goals though Suliaman Massaquoi’s 8th league goal of the season and Ricardo Texeria replied for Town who sit 11th at present. Manford’s survival chances have to ated as ‘unlikely’ given they have to win all four remaining matches by a hefty margin to have a chance of staying in the division next term.

Old Southendian’s match with Leigh Ramblers had to be abandoned due to a serious injury to the Rams’ Jack Deasy. We wish him well in his recovery.

Finally, there was also some sad news of another sort this week as Great Baddow announced they were unable to commit to playing their remaining fixtures and have resigned from the division. We wish the club well and hope, along with the other sides who have withdrawn this season, they return in some form next term.

Essex Premier Cup: Semi-Finals

The Essex Premier Cup semi-finals took place this weekend. First, Catholic Utd had a Tom Hollingsworth brace to thank for a 2 – 1 victory at Hutton. In the other match, Buckhurst Hill made the final with an impressive 4 – 0 success at Kelvedon Hatch. Steve Townsend opened the scoring for Hill, before a late hat-trick from Nathan Sollosi ensured they will face the ‘Super Hoops’ at Billericay Town’s New Lodge on Wednesday 10th April.

EOFL Senior One

In Senior One, Shenfield AFC smashed Rayleigh Town Res 7 – 2 at St Martins’ School’s 3G pitch, with Mitchell Day leading the way with a hat-trick. James Bigmore and Ronnie Hobbrough got doubles each as well as AFC extended their unbeaten run to seven matches whilst retaining their three point lead at the summit, although they only have two games left to play.

Snaresbrook also won, 5 – 0 at stuttering Ongar Town. Scott Hill powered a treble, with John Blount and Ryan Barker-Francis also netting to give ‘Brook a five-point cushion in second. FC Hamlets returned to form as well with a hefty away win of their own, 7 – 1 at mid-table Herongate Athletic. Charlie Heatley continued his fine form in front of goal with another treble, while Ishmael Carter also struck a hat-trick and Darren Sarrano-Ishmael also netted to keep FC in the hunt due to still having seven matches to play. Ben Warren got a fleeting consolation for Ath, they sit 8th with two games remaining.

Meanwhile, Galleywood defeated May & Baker Reserves 2 – 0, which confirmed the latter’s relegation after a winless season thus far. Luke Osborne and Sam Donn strikes saw ‘Wood to their fourth straight triumph in the league.

Finally, Ramsden Scotia gave their slim promotion chances ‘a shot in the arm’ with a fine 4 – 2 victory over fellow contenders Basildon Town. Town finished the match with ten men after Scott Keys was dismissed. Brodie Horne and Sener Suavi got their goals.

EOFL Senior Two

In Senior Two, leaders Toby ended their campaign with four wins on-the-trot, after a 2 – 0 win in their top-two clash with Runwell Sports. David Major and James Coleman got the all-important goals to extend their lead to six points, although Sports have three matches yet to play.

Chingford Athletic are the only other side who can challenge the top-two now for promotion, after their 2 – 1 success at mid-table Beacon Hill Rovers. Alex Gordon and Will Gleeson got the goals in a match which was delayed for an hour, due to a player injury.

Also, Ryan secured their Division Two status by edging a spectacular home match, 5 – 4 over Shoebury Town, whose promotion hopes ended with this result. The ramifications of this also mean that after reprieves in the last two seasons, Rochford Town will join May & Baker ‘A’ in the relegation places this term.

EOFL Senior Three

In Senior Three, Laindon Orient are finishing the campaign strongly as they won 6 – 1 at relegated Old Chelmsfordians Res. Samuel Lake bagged a hat-trick, while Jason Purewal struck twice and Michael Bottone also chipped in. Old Southendian Ressies maintained their shot at elevation with a fine 4 – 2 at leaders Westhamians. Ben Jones got both goals for the hosts though David Stubbs got a brace of his own for OS, with Ben Franklin and Greg Smith also on target here. Westhamians need three wins to make sure of the title at this point.

Lastly for Senior Three, Wakering Sports edged to a 1 – 0 win at local rivals Leigh Town to remain in the ‘box seat’ for promotion.

EOFL Senior Four

Finally, in Senior Four, with leaders Corinthians not in action, Epping Town knew a win would put them in a very strong state for promotion. They made no error, recording a 6 – 0 success at home to Canning Town Res. Alex Paraskeva passed the 20-goal mark this season with a hat-trick here and Jack Leachman grabbed two while Eamon Payne got his 5th goal this term as well here. Billy Cove’s side need only to avoid defeat at Lakeside Res next weekend to ‘seal the deal’.

That is the situation as Lakeside Res won 3 – 1 at Leigh Ramblers Res. Lewis Kelsey got the Rams goal though strikes from Ben Christie, Daniel Damain and Ifedayo Kayode ensured the visitors left with the points. Ramblers ended their season here and have an anxious wait to see if their rivals overhaul them in the last weeks of the campaign and sent them down.

Finally, Dagenham Utd are doing their best to secure a top-three finish as they won 4 – 1 at basement side Old Barkabbeyans. Ashley Retter and Michael Frostick opened the scoring for Utd before Jacob Dingli got back on the score-sheet with a brace to seal the win. Old Barks need to win at least three of their last four matches you feel to avoid the drop themselves and pull other teams back into the drop-zone at the same time.

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.