Round-up: Essex Alliance League (Sat 16 Nov) [EAL 19/20 18.11.19]

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

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Hello and welcome to a rare round-up of this weekend’s Essex Alliance League action, covering the League action from the Premier Division to Senior Three with results from the and Senior Four & Five on the weekend of Saturday 16th November. In memory of EAL photographer Jules Lister aka ‘Lamo the Lion’, RIP.

For more  information on the EAl Divisional standings, click here: https://www.essexallianceleague.com/tables/ Thanks for reading.

Saturday 16 November 

EAL Senior Division

Chigwell retained their place at the summit after a 3 – 2 win against FC Petrocub. A brace from Ross Chimes and one from Mark Howe saw them to their sixth win this term. Ghenadie Moisei and Vasilica-Cristinel Ilie both scored for Petrocub though they remain 5th, five points off their opponents here.

London Cranes sit second in the table after a 2 – 1 win at Blue Marlin. Moses Makanga and Kennedy Wampamba both netted here for Cranes to overturn a Nathan Desnoes goal and secure their sixth win of the campaign. The hosts here drop to second-bottom after one win in their seven league matches thus far. With FC Baresi in Cup action, CSM London missed a chance to overhaul them as they lost 3 – 2 at home to West Essex Reserves. Strikes by Thomas Davie, Connor Brathwaite and Abiola Balogun saw Adam Norris’ side to their fourth win in eight games to see them up to sixth. Omar Wilson and Rod Beya netted for CSM here.

Elsewhere, East Ham Inter got only their second win this term with a 2 – 1 success over Lymore Gardens to rise up to eighth. Lymore drop to seventh.

 

EAL Division One

In Division One, Eastside reduced the deficit to leaders Tower Utd to three points with a powerful 6 – 1 victory at strugglers Sporting Hackney Development. Idris Shittu led the way with a double here, with Michael Dager, Michael Morgan and Johnathan Odutolu also among their scorers here. Timi Oluwole got the solitary consolation for the hosts though they still only have one win from their opening six matches. Chingford Utd are only a point further back in third with a match in hand after a big 6 – 0 win at bottom side Forest Green. Marian Hrehorciuc and Ruslan Belicescu both got braces here, with Tamer-Andrei Bozgan and Mihail Vlad also on target for Utd in their fifth win this term.

All Prospects edged their mid-table battle with Tower Hamlets Reserves, winning 4 – 3 at the Robert Clack Sch. The ensemble cast of Delfim Carmo, Jose Mata, Jack Young and Darnell Fuller all got their names on the score-sheet for the hosts. Hamlets’ second-side made it a tight finish through a double from Atlant Bogdanovic and Cole Edwards strikes. The Prospects remain in fourth. Level on points with them are All Real who emerged victorious after a heck of a battle with London Park City, eventually winning 8 – 5 at the Low Hall Sports Ground. Jason Mbelek got a hat-trick here with Josias Biembongo and Isaiah Forde both getting two goals apiece. Tristan Jones also struck to secure his side’s fifth win this season.

 

EAL  Division Two

In Div Two, Royal Forest maintained their top spot with a 3 – 1 win over Upshire Forest in Hainault. Thomas Osmond struck twice for the hosts, with Kyle Balou also on target. Leighton Hughes-Franklin replied for Upshire though they are yet to win this term. Sungate Reserves extended their 100% winning record this term with a hard-fought 2 – 1 over Rainham Working Men’s Club. Gabriel Ogunwomoju got both goals for Sungate’s second team as they kept stay second, two points behind the leaders. Nick Tormey pulled one back for WMC though they fall behind their opponents here to third spot.

Elsewhere, Three Colts went fifth with a hefty 7 – 0 triumph over Flyers at Fairlop Oak Playing Fields. Jack Luck got two of those goals, with a big ’support cast’ of James Kane, Jason Fox, James Carter, Julian Bryant and Liam Bellamy all getting one apiece. Cowley Community got their first win this season in style with a 5 – 0 success over Melbourne Sports at the Leyton County Ground. Chris Wright and Kane Greene both got two each in that one, with David Tembua also chipping in to lift Cowley up to ninth.

 

EAL  Division Three

Finally for the round-up section, in Division Three, Chadwell Health Spartans extended their lead at the top to four points as they hammered Avondale Rangers 8 – 1 in Hainault. Jeffrey Nketia smashed four of those by himself, with Rashid Matabaro, Janel Alexander, Niven Nkansah and Bradley Downes all adding one each to give player-boss Aaron Hunwicks’ team a resounding win. Sean McGilloway netted for Rangers as they fall to fifth. St Francis lost ground on the top two as they were held 2 – 2 at Custom House Utd. Glendale went fourth with a 2 – 1 win over FC Galaxy at Fairlop Oak. Mohammed Gueye and Seyi Agboola were the goal-getters as they got their fourth win this term.

Also, Ilford Development edged to 4 – 3 away win at Flyers Development to go up to seventh place.

 

EAL Division Four results

Dagenham Utd Res 4 – 3 Prospect Protege

Flyers ‘B’ 1 – 2 Together Utd

Loughton Lions 2 – 2 Lymore Gardens Res

 

London Senior Cup – Round Three

Canning Town Res (EOFL side) 0 – 2 FC Baresi

Rapid Chingford 4 – 2 Club Langley

 

 

 

 

2019-20 Season Preview: Essex Alliance League (EAL 19/20 12.8.19)

RWMC v CSM London (EAL D2 Cup Final - May 2019)
Rainham WMC v CSM London in D2 Cup Final in May 2019 (Image: Scott W)

 

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League Blogger & GFS Contributor

Hello and a warm welcome to a one-off piece looking at the teams that will compete in the Essex Alliance League in the 2019-20 season, with a small additional preview of the top two divisions. For regular round-up’s of this increasingly popular Grassroots group of divisions, check out their website at http://www.essexallianceleague.com or via Twitter – @EssexAllianceFL

You can also hear the results round-up weekly as part of the Intermediate Football round-up which continues on the Grassroots Football Show on East London Radio from next month. My thanks to Rob Parker for his assistance in this piece.

Key: (P) = Promoted | (R) = Relegated | (NEW) =New/reclassified side

 

EAL Senior Division Constitution (2019-20) (11 clubs)

  • Blue Marlin
  • Chigwell (P)
  • Chingford Athletic ‘A’ (P)
  • East Ham Inter
  • FC Baresi (P)
  • FC Petrocub (NEW)
  • London Cranes
  • Lymore Gardens (P)
  • Rapid Chingford (P)
  • Singh Sabha Barking
  • West Essex Res

 

The top division sees a fair amount of change as the league responds to the loss of two of its stand-out clubs. Firstly, Jolof Sports have taken the plunge and will compete at Step 8 in the Middlesex County League’s Division One Central & East following a superb league campaign which saw them win the EAL Senior Division by three points from ACD Utd. Speaking of ACD Utd, they have also left the Essex Alliance League to try their hand in the Essex Olympian League, where they have been placed in Senior Division Three (the fourth tier).

Back to the clubs that remain in the top-tier from last season. Highest on that list are Singh Sabha Barking who finished in a very good third place, seven points behind ACD Utd. East Ham Inter are next as they fifth last term, with eight wins each in their 18 matches. In sixth and seventh last season, West Essex Res and London Cranes couldn’t be separated in points, West getting that sixth spot by virtue of a better goal difference.

Blue Marlin were eighth last term, 13 points clear of the bottom two and they round out the clubs that haven’t moved tiers. However, there are a number of clubs who have been elevated to the Senior Division. Firstly, last season’s Division One champions FC Baresi are in there after scoring 66 goals in their 18 matches to win the title by a point. Chingford Athletic’s ‘third team’ (aka ‘A’) will take part as well following the placing of the Development team in Essex Olympian League’s Division Four.

Three other clubs have also been promoted from Division One in Chigwell, Lymore Gardens and Rapid Chingford. Chigwell finished six points clear in third spot in D1 last term. Lymore earned a fifth-placed finish after 9 wins in their 18 matches while Rapid were sixth a point behind them. Finally, there is one new club entering the ranks in FC Petrocub, who transition over from Sunday Football. All in all, we have 12 clubs duking it out for the title and it should be another fascinating campaign.

Update (from late August 2019): Docklands Albion have announced they are withdrawing from the EAL for the 2019-20 campaign. We wish them well in the hope they reform for 2020-21.

EAL Division ONE Constitution (2019 -20) (11 clubs)

  • All Prospects Academy (NEW)
  • All Real (NEW)
  • Chingford United
  • CSM London (P)
  • Eastside (P)
  • Forest Green
  • Jolof Sports U21 (NEW)
  • London Park City (R)
  • Sporting Hackney Dev (NEW)
  • Tower Hamlets Res (P)
  • Tower United (NEW)
  • Wapping

Division One also sees a number of club changes with the only survivors from last season’s Div One being Forest Green, Wapping and Chingford Utd. All three of those sides struggled somewhat in 2018 – 19 as ‘Green finished 7th, eight points ahead of Wapping, who in turn were seven points ahead of second-bottom Chingford. London Park City come down from the top-tier after a horrid campaign there in which they acquired only one point all season. Joining them are three promoted sides – CSM London and Eastside who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in Div Two last season. Both teams scored upwards of fifty goals last term so they may be eye-catching here. Tower Hamlets Res are also given a ‘double bubble’ promotion from Division Three after a third-placed success last term, in which they scored 93 goals last season.

Finally, there are four new sides joining the second-tier. With the first team being elevated to Step 8 (see above), Jolof Sports are retaining a side in the EAL with a Under-21 side being placed here. The other new sides are All Prospects Academy, All Real and Tower Utd.

Below are the listing for the remaining divisions, as more new sides have joined the fray.

 

EAL Division TWO Constitution (2019 -20) (11 clubs)

  • Cowley Community
  • Flyers
  • Melbourne Sports (R)
  • Old Esthameians
  • Puma Kings
  • Rainham Working Men’s Club
  • Royal Forest (P)
  • Sungate Res (P)
  • Three Colts (R)
  • Unitey (NEW)
  • Upshire Forest

 

EAL Division THREE Constitution (2019 -20) (11 clubs)

  • Avondale Rangers (P)
  • Barkingside ‘A’ (NEW)
  • Chadwell Heath Spartans (NEW)
  • Custom House United
  • Debden Park (P)
  • Flyers Development (NEW)
  • Frenford ‘A’
  • Glendale
  • Ilford Development (NEW)
  • Newham Wanderers (NEW)
  • St Francis

 

EAL Division FOUR Constitution (2019-20) (11 clubs)

  • Brentwood Utd Res
  • Chingford Harriers
  • Dagenham Utd Res
  • Fairlop Rovers (NEW)
  • Flyers ‘B’ (NEW)
  • Loughton Lions
  • Lymore Gardens Res (formerly Forest Green Res)
  • Newham Royals
  • Prospect Protege (NEW)
  • Together United (NEW)
  • Woodford East (formerly Chigwell Men’s Club)