Round-up: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Sat 15 Feb) (EOFL 19/20 16.2.20)

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Image from Corinthians 3 – 1 Rochford Town (Sat 15 Feb)

 

Written by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Olympian League round-up, tracking the action from a weather-affected programme on Saturday 15th February in League action and one Senior League Cup tie. Thanks for reading.

 

Essex Olympian League – Saturday 15 February

Premier Division

In the Premier Division, there were surprises aplenty in the five matches that did take place. Basildon Town got a much-needed win as they defeated leaders Sungate 2 – 1 at Ilford Wanderers Rugby club. Jamie Bradbourn and James O’Brien got the crucial goals as Gareth Cleverly’s side ended a three-match losing run to rise up to 10th. The ‘Gate’s nine-match unbeaten run ended here though they still remain six points clear at the summit.

Meanwhile, Leigh Ramblers got their fifth win in their last seven matches by securing a 3 – 1 victory over Springfield at Belfairs Park. Rick Alabaster, Alfie Lindfield and Justin Hazell netted for Wayne Seal’s side as they strengthened their position in second. Buckhurst Hill put another dent in Catholic Utd’s title challenge as they won 4 – 1 at the Len Salmon Stadium. Braces for Nathan Sollosi and Fenti Falola did the damage to outweigh Harley Kee’s penalty for the Super Hoops. Hill rise back to fourth place in the standings, just six points off second spot with a number of matches in hand on the top three.

At the bottom, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts began their new era with a fine 4 – 2 win against Kelvedon Hatch at Silver Leys. Oliver Fortune, Bryn Thorpe, Danny Palmer and replacement Sipho Mtyanda all struck for Billy Cove’s new team and although Calvin Poku & Joe Gregory responded for Kelvedon, it was the Swifts who ended a six-match winless streak here to move off the bottom into 12th. Hatch drop to sixth, nine points above the bottom two. In the battle of the strugglers, Old Southendian got a huge 4 – 1 triumph over Harold Wood Athletic in a game moved to the Frances Bardsley Academy 3G, given the Harold Wood Park continues to be unavailable. Nick Henesy, Elliot Hemmings, Ed Gould and Ryan Stillwell all netted to move Connor Lane’s side up to seventh, though with the bottom half still so tight, they are still only five points above bottom side Harold Wood and have played more games than most. Chris Muir struck for Ath here though they are winless in their last four matches now.

 

Match OFF: Hutton  P – P  Shenfield AFC  |

 

EOFL Senior League Cup

In the one EOFL Senior Cup tie, Premier side Rayleigh Town showed what they can achieve by dismantling Senior One strugglers Toby 6 – 2 at Beauchamps Sch 3G. Bailey Moss grabbed a treble, with Paul Morris, Harry Talbot and substitute Teddy Rumsey all scoring too as Paul Higgins’ side made it through to the next round.
London Junior Cup Semi-Final

Also in their London Junior Cup Semi-Final, FC Hamlets made it to another Final with a 3 – 1 win over UCC Diaspora at Mabley Green. Player-boss Ashley King got a brace here with Charlie Heatley netting the other to ensure they will play at Haringey Borough’s Coles Park on Friday 17th April. Congratulations to all at the club on making another appearance in the Final.

Senior ONE

In Senior One,  only two matches survived the weather as Old Chelmsfordians maintained their place in second with a 3 – 1 win over Shoebury Town at Lawford Lane. Shoebury remain seventh, three points behind Galleywood who drew 1 – 1 with Runwell Sports. Max Orrin got the goal for the hosts though they haven’t won in their last four matches, while Runwell rise one place to 11th on goal difference.

 

Matches OFF:
Manford Way  P – P  Chingford Athletic  |

Ramsden Scotia  P – P  Rayleigh Town Res  |

Snaresbrook  P – P  Herongate Athletic |

 

 

Senior TWO

Senior Two was also heavily affected by the rain as only two of the five set matches were played. One of those ended up being scrapped as Leigh Town got a home walkover over struggling Ryan, who were unable to make the fixture. Town extend their lead at the summit to seven points and now need six wins from their last eight matches at present to secure the title. Ryan remain bottom, eight points off their nearest rivals, with only four matches left to play.

Also, Corinthians were made to work hard before claiming a 3 – 1 win over local rivals Rochford Town in the match I attended at Stambridge Memorial Ground. John Bolton-Smith got a double here for the hosts, with Jake Hodder getting the other goal in a wind-affected tussle. Jack Power got a well-taken consolation goal for Town, though they remain third-bottom. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/02/16/match-report-corinthians-3-1-rochford-town-sat-15-feb-eofl/

 

Matches OFF:

AS Rawreth  P – P  Wakering Sports   |

Beacon Hill Rovers  P – P  Old Southendian Res  |

Laindon Orient  P – P  May & Baker Res  |

 

Senior Division Three

Finally for the round-up section, in Senior Three, ACD Utd went top of the division with a 3 – 0 success over Buckhurst Hill Res at Westlands. Player-boss Michael Wade, Connor Lambert and Shaun Farrow struck for Utd as they made it eleven matches unbeaten and are now two points ahead of Wakebury, with a further match in hand. However, both of the top two sides can still be caught by Corinthians Ressies who sit 3rd & Collier Row in fifth as they both have a number of matches in hand.

Elsewhere, Basildon Town Res defeated Toby Res  1 – 0 in a match moved to the Hannakins Farm Community Centre 3G. This win lifts Town to ninth, while also damaging Toby’s second-side’s promotion aspirations. Also, Leigh Town Res got a  2 – 1 success at Lakeside Res to head up to sixth spot though they are eight points off the top four.

Match OFF: Collier Row  P – P  Hutton Res  |

 

Senior Division Four Results

Catholic Utd Res 5 – 2  Ongar Town Res

Chingford Athletic Dev  2 – 2  Canning Town Res

Leytonstone Utd  P – P  Laindon Orient Res

Roydon  P – P Galleywood Res

Wakering Sports Res  1 – 0  Forest Glade

 

Senior Division Five Results


Herongate Athletic Res  4 – 1 Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res

Newbury Forest Res  P – P  Old Barkabbeyans

Roydon Res  P – P  Leigh Ramblers Res

Runwell Sports Res  P – P  Collier Row Res

Wakering Sports Dev  4 – 1  Shoebury Town Res

 

 

Preview: Essex Olympian League (Sat 30 Nov) [EOFL 19/20 28.11.19]

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Archive – W Ensign Res v Hullbridge Sports Dev. [Image: Scott W]
Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s preview of Essex Olympian League action, which includes the fixture list from the top four divisions & more on Saturday 30th November. Please note that these fixtures to subject to change due to the recent inclement weather. As a general rule, matches played on 3G or artificial pitches do get played. Thanks for reading.

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Saturday 30 November  (2.00pm KO’s unless stated)

Premier Division

Canning Town  v  Basildon Town  |  West Ham Community Ground [3G]

Catholic Utd  v Old Southendian  | Len Salmon Stadium [3G]

Kelvedon Hatch  v  Hutton             | New Hall

Leigh Ramblers  v  Harold Wood Athletic  | Belfairs Park

Springfield  v  Sungate    | Springfield Hall Park

 

Senior Division One

Chingford Athletic  v  Manford Way   | Town Mead [3G]

Ongar Town  v  Runwell Sports   | Fyfield Village Hall

Ramsden Scotia  v  Rayleigh Town Res  | Nursery Sports Ground

Shoebury Town  v  FC Hamlets   | Cupid’s CC (Pitch 2)

Snaresbrook  v  Herongate Athletic   | Nutters Field

Lakeside  v  Toby   | Lakeside Sports Ground [3G] (2.30pm KO)

 

Anagram Records Trophy  –    (3pm KO unless stated)

Buckhurst Hill  v  Galleywood   | Moved to Roding Valley Sch [3G] (2pm KO)

Sandridge Rovers  v  Shenfield AFC   |

Tring Corinthians AFC  v  Rayleigh Town |

 

Senior Division Two

AS Rawreth  v  May & Baker Res | The Warren

Epping Town  v  Rochford Town  | Stonards Hill

Harold Wood Athletic Res  v  Leigh Town   | Harold Wood Park (Pitch 1)

Laindon Orient  v  Corinthians   | Ford’s Sports Club (Basildon)

Old Southendian Res  v  Beacon Hill Rovers   | Garon Park

Wakering Sports  v  Ryan  | Cupid’s CC (Pitch 1)

 

Senior Division Three

Leigh Town Res  v  Wakebury   | John Burrows Recreation Ground

White Ensign Res  v  Lakeside Res  | Len Forge Centre [3G]

 

Senior League Cup (1.30pm KO)

Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  v  Old Chelmsfordians | Lower Rd

 

Essex Junior Cup (1.30pm KOs)

Buckhurst Hill Res  v  Wakering Sports Res

Corinthians Res  v  Collier Row

FC Clacton Res  v  Roydon

Hutton Res  v  Harold Hill

Shoebury Town ‘A’  v  Basildon Town Res

Toby Res  v  Haver Town

 

Senior Division Four

Forest Glade  v  Chingford Athletic Development

Galleywood Res  v  Leytonstone Utd

Laindon Orient Res  v  Shenfield AFC Res

Old Chelmsfordians Res  v  Catholic Utd Res

Ongar Town Res  v  Canning Town Res

 

Senior Division Five

Collier Row Res  v  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res

Herongate Athletic Res  v  Roydon Res

Old Barkabbeyans   v  Newbury Forest Res

Runwell Sports Res  v  Wakering Sports ‘A’

Shoebury Town Res  v  Springfield Res