Season Review 2019-20: Essex Olympian League Division Four [EOFL SR 19/20 22.4.20]

Written By Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to the first of a mini-series of blog articles looking back at the ‘void’ Season 2019-20, as deemed by the FA. Sufficed to say, I felt it was important to mark what’s been another fascinating campaign in the Essex Olympian League, Essex Senior League & Eastern Senior League South (leagues I’ve watched mostly this season just gone).

Anyway, we begin the series with a look at Division Four, including an array of statistics compiled from the EOFL FA Full-Time website including top goalscorers & top appearance makers in the League fixtures. Thanks for reading.

 

EOFL Division Four  (as of season cut-off point of March 14th 2020)

As with all the EOFL divisions, the season was halted in mid-March 2020 before eventually being curtailed several weeks later. At that point, Roydon took advantage of a fine run of six wins from their last eight matches to get themselves to the top of the standings, with 39 points from their 15 unbeaten matches played. Ten of those matches were at home and the North West Essex side won eight of them, drawing the other two. They also were the best ‘Entertainers’ in the division this term, scoring 67 goals at an average of 4.46 Goals per game (GpG).

Their nearest rivals in second spot were former leaders Chingford Athletic Development, who if I recall correctly were a new side in the EOFL this season, supporting the club to begin a pathway for the first team (who played in Senior One this term) for players. The Ath ‘second-side’ amassed 38 points from their 19 matches, scoring 61 goals in the process (the second best in the division) and having three entrants in the Top Goalscorers listing but more on that later.

Ongar Town Reserves finished in third spot after a mixed campaign, with 28 points from their 17 matches. Five of their nine wins came away from home interestingly though it is also worth noting that only six of those 17 games were at home. A leaky defence arguably stopped them from being nearer the top two at the cut-off point, though it is certainly a campaign to build on next term.

Next, three clubs all on 27 points with goal difference proving decisive in separating them. In fourth spot are Wakering Sports Reserves, having won eight of their 16 matches and having a better defence than their nearest rivals. Forest Glade also ended on 27 points though ended up fifth, because of inferior (and zero) goal difference. They won eight of their 19 matches in total, though had a better second half of the campaign as they rose up the mid-table spots. Catholic Utd’s Reserve side finished in sixth, also on 27 points though because a negative goal difference dragged them down. Continuing the mantra of the first team somewhat, the ‘second-side’ scored 52 goals and conceded 58, the second worst defence in the division. Also, five of their eight wins at their home pitch at the Len Forge Centre [3G].

There lays a gap of seven points before we reach the bottom half sides. Firstly, Galleywood Reserves are in seventh spot, having won six of their 14 matches to end on 20 points. A hard-earned quirk of their season is that they have the fourth best defensive record in the division, with 26 goals conceded. Only three of the top four sides are above them in terms of having a more miserly defensive record. Leytonstone Utd are a point behind them in eighth place, having grabbed six wins from their 15 matches which isn’t bad going when you factor in they were the second weakest in terms of scoring goals in Division Four in 2019-20. Laindon Orient Reserves are just behind in ninth spot, with six wins and nine losses from their 15 matches. Unfortunately, the O’s second-side do have that poorest goal-scoring record this term, along with the third-worst defence. Club Chairman Neil Blackburn will hope for better next term, you feel.

Rounding off the division are Old Chelmsfordians Reserves (10th, 17 points from 15 matches), Shenfield AFC Reserves (11th, 12 points from 16 games) and lastly, Canning Town Reserves who amassed two wins  from their 18 matches to end up with ten points, whilst also conceding sixty goals, the worst in the division.

 

EOFL Division Four – Top Goalscorers 2019-20 Season

 

Player Club/s League Goals League Starts
 
1 Franklin Craik Catholic Utd Res 19 13
2 Lewis Watson Roydon 17 12
3 Tom Vine Wakering Sports Res 16 12
4 Lewis Page Roydon 15 9
5 Frankie Goodhall Ongar Town Res 14 10
 
=6 Zak Robinson Galleywood Res 12 10
James Medlock Leytonstone Utd 12 15
 
=8 Luke Dimond Chingford Athletic Dev 11 7
Jack Zielinski Ongar Town Res 11 7
George Burton Chingford Athletic Dev 11 9
Scout Bown Roydon 11 11
 
12 Dean Peck Galleywood Res 10 7
 
=13 James Warder Catholic Utd Res 8 10
Matthew Gauci Forest Glade 8 16
 
15 Umar Ali Chingford Athletic Dev 7 12

 

Finally, here’s the top page of the Leading Appearance Makers in Division Four (focus on League Starts)

  Appearances
  Club/s League Starts Bench Total
 
1 Kian Burton Chingford Athletic Dev 18 1 19
 
=2 Joseph Edwards Forest Glade 17 0 17
Shaun Warren Forest Glade 17 0 17
 
 
=3 Nathan Ackie Chingford Athletic Dev 16 2 18
Patrick Clarke Chingford Athletic Dev 16 1 17
Billy Calder Shenfield AFC Res 16 0 16
Matthew Gauci Forest Glade 16 0 16
Charles Simpson Forest Glade 16 0 16
 
=8 Jayson De Araujo Canning Town Res 15 1 16
Harry Holt Ongar Town Res 15 1 16
Trevor Kabuchu Ongar Town Res 15 1 16
James Medlock Leytonstone Utd 15 0 15
Lee Pellin Laindon Orient Res 15 0 15
 

Preview: Essex Olympian League & Senior Cup (Sat 14 Mar) [EOFL 19/20 13.3.20]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s preview of Essex Olympian League action on Saturday 14 March. Weather continues to pose a risk to fixtures, those denoted (TBC) are most liable to be moved in my view. Thanks for reading.

 

Essex Olympian League – Saturday 14 March (2.30pm KOs unless stated)

Premier Division

Basildon Town  v  Springfield   | Basildon Sports Club (TBC)

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  v  Harold Wood Athletic   | Silver Leys

Buckhurst Hill  v  Old Southendian   | Roding Lane (TBC)

Leigh Ramblers  v  Kelvedon Hatch   | Belfairs Park

Shenfield AFC  v  Catholic Utd   | St Martins Sch [3G]

 

Senior Division One

Chingford Athletic  v  Runwell Sports  | Town Mead [3G]

Herongate Athletic  v  Lakeside   | Billericay Road
Manford Way  v  FC Hamlets   | London Marathon Sports Ground (TBC)

Shoebury Town  v  Ramsden Scotia | Cupid’s CC (TBC)

Snaresbrook  v  Galleywood | Nutters Field (TBC)

 

Anagram Records Trophy –  Sandridge Rovers  v  Hutton  (2pm KO)

 

Senior League Cup (2.15pm KO)

Rayleigh Town  v  Old Chelmsfordians   | London Road (TBC)

Essex Premier Cup: Semi-Final

Leigh Town  v  Ongar Town  | John Burrows Rec Ground

 

Senior Division Two

AS Rawreth  v  Rochford Town  | The Warren

Harold Wood Athletic Res  v  Corinthians | Moved to Frances Bardsley [3G] (3pm KO)

Laindon Orient  v  Beacon Hill Rovers  | Ford’s (Basildon) (TBC)

Ryan  v  Epping Town   | Wadham Lodge (Intermediate Grass Pitch)

Wakering Sports  v  May & Baker Res  | Cupid’s CC (TBC)

 

Senior Division Three

Buckhurst Hill Res  v  ACD Utd   | Roding Lane (pitch 2) (TBC)

Lakeside Res  v  Toby Res  | Lakeside Sports Ground [3G]

Leigh Town Res  v  Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ | Waterside Farm Leisure Centre [3G] (2.15 pm KO)

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

 

Senior Division Four

Galleywood Res  v  Roydon

Leytonstone Utd  v  Catholic Utd Res

 

Senior Division Five

Newbury Forest Res  v  Runwell Sports Res

Old Barkabbeyans  v  Wakering Sports Dev

Shoebury Town Res  v  Springfield Res

 

EOFL Reserve League Cup  (2.15pm KOs)

Collier Row Res  v  Rayleigh Town Res

Corinthians Res  v  Shenfield AFC Res

Hutton Res  v  Old Chelmsfordians Res | Moved to Billericay Sch 3G

 

Round-up: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Sat 7 Mar) [EOFL 19/20 8.3.20]

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Archive Image: Corinthians v Rochford Town in EOFL D2 last month 

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s review of Essex Olympian League action on Saturday 7 March. The weather continued to blight fixtures though there were still a lot of big matches in League & Cups that took place. Thanks for reading.

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Essex Olympian League – Saturday 7 March

Premier Division

In the Premier Division, Sungate picked up a narrow 1 – 0 win at Rayleigh Town to extend their lead at the summit to six points. Buckhurst Hill can still catch them if they win five of the eight matches they have in hand on the ‘Gate. Rayleigh remain in seventh spot. Meanwhile, Kelvedon Hatch rose to fifth place after a 3 – 2 win over Harold Wood Athletic in a match moved to Frances Bardsley Academy 3G in Romford. Calvin Poku, Theo Ola and Joe Gregory all netted for Hatch, with Rob Whitnell and Jack Brown-Sykes scoring for Ath, who remain bottom, five points adrift of the top ten.

Shenfield AFC also secured a much-needed three points with a fine 5 – 2 win at mid-table Springfield. Ben Carroll grabbed a treble here, with Samuel Lock and Alex Tredgett also notching for AFC to send them up to 11th spot, four points clear of the bottom two.

Match OFF: Basildon Town  P – P  Leigh Ramblers   |

 

Senior Division One

In Senior One, FC Hamlets won 2 – 0 at bottom side Toby through goals from Charlie Heatley and Jack Patten to secure their fifth league win this term, having played only 11 matches, due to postponements & Cup ties. Ashley King’s side rise to seventh spot and still have an outside chance of securing a top-four finish.

Lakeside edged to a 1 – 0 success over Runwell Sports with Jody Reynolds getting the only goal to go five points clear in fourth. Runwell remain in the bottom three. Also, Galleywood also won away from home, 2 – 0 at Ramsden Scotia thanks to strikes by Matthew Buckingham and replacement Jamie Rick, which sent ‘Wood up to fifth. Ramsden have lost three on-the-spin and remain in tenth.

 

Matches OFF:
Manford Way  P – P Rayleigh Town Res   |

Shoebury Town P – P   Herongate Athletic |

Snaresbrook  P – P  Old Chelmsfordians |

 

Senior League Cup

In the one EOFL Senior Cup Quarter-Final tie, Catholic Utd edged to a 1 – 0 win over fellow Premier side Hutton at the Len Salmon Stadium. Jay Nash got the only goal to see the Super Hoops through to the last four.

Essex Premier Cup: Semi-Finals

In the one Essex Premier up Semi-Final that did take place at Roding Valley Sch 3G, Premier side Buckhurst Hill edged past impressive Senior One side Chingford Athletic on penalties after a pulsating 3 – 3 score-line after extra-time. Sam Sollosi netted twice for Mark Williams’ side in normal time, before Fenti Falola netted in extra time though Chingford showed their warrior spirit with Alex Gordon netting a double of his own which was added to by Gary Murray. Hill won the ensuing shoot-out 5 – 4 though this battle adds fuel to the thought that Dave Richbell’s side will be a Premier Division side next term. Congrats to both teams though it is Hill who make it through to the Final to defend their title at Billericay Town’s New Lodge on Wednesday April 11th.

Match OFF: Leigh Town  P – P  Ongar Town  | New Date: Sat March 14th

 

Senior Division Two

Two matches survived in Senior Two, as Beacon Hill Rovers went back up to second spot with a 3 – 1 home win over Wakering Sports in the early kick-off, moved to Plume Sch in Maldon. Nathan Ruggles, Ade Adeyemi and a late Stephen Bennett spot-kick saw Rovers to a fifth straight win and are seven points off leaders Leigh Town. Corinthians also endorsed their promotion chances with a 4 – 2 win at May & Baker Res. Alfie Knight, Ollie Brickwood, John Bolton-Smith and Dan Cooksley all netted for Chris Stoneham’s side who went above their opponents into fourth place. Ryan Leavens and Ricardo Teixeira struck for Jimmy Donald’s team though their own aspirations of elevation took a dent here as they have five matches left to play.

Match OFF: Laindon Orient  P – P  Epping Town

 

Senior Division Three

Finally for the round-up section in Senior Three, Wakebury failed to gain ground on leaders ACD Utd as they were held 0 – 0 by Toby Res at Shoebury Park. It looks increasingly likely that Corinthians Res are the biggest threat for the title though the Berries will still want to secure a top-two finish for the best chance of promotion. Elsewhere, Lakeside Res got their third win in their last five with an important 3 – 1 win at Collier Row. This win sent ‘Side up to ninth, four points clear of the bottom two and handed Row a setback in their focus for a top-three finish.

Also, Corinthians Res handed White Ensign Res another heavy loss as Terry Rose’s side won 6 – 0 at Stambridge Memorial Ground. It was an ensemble cast of scorers with Steve Solarin, Max Hall, Ashley Webb, Ryan Woodley, George Penfold and Taner Dagyaran all on target as the hosts remain third and cut the deficit to leaders ACD to six points with three matches in hand on them. Ensign’s second side have three matches left to get out of the bottom two, they sit second-bottom and are three points away from Basildon Town Ressies.

Matches OFF:

Buckhurst Hill Res  P – P  Hutton Res   |

Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  P – P Basildon Town Res |

 

Senior Division Four results

Canning Town Res  1 – 1  Roydon

Forest Glade  P – P  Catholic Utd Res

Galleywood Res   P – P  Wakering Sports Res

Old Chelmsfordians Res  2 – 4  Chingford Athletic Development

Ongar Town Res  P – P  Laindon Orient Res

Shenfield AFC Res  0 – 2  Leytonstone Utd

 

Senior Division Five results

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  4 – 0  Shoebury Town Res

Herongate Athletic Res  P – P  Collier Row Res

Roydon Res  2 – 2 Springfield Res

Runwell Sports Res  1 – 0  Newbury Forest Res

Preview: Essex Olympian League (Sat 7 Mar) [EOFL 19/20 6.3.20]

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Image from OS 4 – 1 Basildon Town (Sat 29 Feb)

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s preview of Essex Olympian League action on Saturday 7 March. Weather continues to pose a issue for teams as the rain takes hold on pitches once again, fixtures are subject to late postponement or venue alteration. Also, kick-offs go back to the later time of 2.30pm, unless stated. Thanks for reading.

 

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Essex Olympian League – Saturday 7 March

Premier Division

Basildon Town  P – P  Leigh Ramblers   |

Harold Wood Athletic v Kelvedon Hatch | Moved to Frances Bardsley Acad. [3G] (3pm KO)

Rayleigh Town  v  Sungate  | Moved to Beauchamps Sch [3G] (2pm KO)

Springfield  v  Shenfield AFC  | Springfield Hall Park

 

 

Senior Division One

Lakeside  v  Runwell Sports   | Lakeside Sports Ground [3G]

Manford Way  P – P  Rayleigh Town Res   |

Ramsden Scotia  v  Galleywood | Nursery Sports Ground (TBC)

Shoebury Town  v  Herongate Athletic | Cupid’s CC

Snaresbrook  v  Old Chelmsfordians | Nutters Field (TBC)

Toby  v  FC Hamlets   | Ford’s (Newbury Park)

 

Senior League Cup (2.15pm KO) –  Catholic Utd  v  Hutton  | Len Salmon Stadium [3G]

 

Essex Premier Cup: Semi-Finals (2pm KO)

Buckhurst Hill  v  Chingford Athletic   | Moved to Roding Valley Sch [3G]
Leigh Town  P – P  Ongar Town  |

 

Senior Division Two

Beacon Hill Rovers v Wakering Sports  | Moved to Plume Sch 3G, Maldon (1.15pm KO)

Laindon Orient P – P  Epping Town  |

May & Baker Res  v  Corinthians  |  May & Baker EC

 

Senior Division Three

 

Buckhurst Hill Res  P – P  Hutton Res   |

Collier Row  v  Lakeside Res  | Robert Clack Sch [3G]
Corinthians Res  v  White Ensign Res  | Stambridge Memorial Ground (TBC)

Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  P – P Basildon Town Res |

Wakebury  v  Toby Res   | Shoebury Park

 

 

Senior Division Four

Canning Town Res  v  Roydon

Forest Glade P – P  Catholic Utd Res

Galleywood Res   P – P  Wakering Sports Res

Old Chelmsfordians Res  v  Chingford Athletic Development

Ongar Town Res  P – P  Laindon Orient Res

Shenfield AFC Res  v  Leytonstone Utd

 

Senior Division Five

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  v  Shoebury Town Res

Herongate Athletic Res  P – P  Collier Row Res

Roydon Res  v  Springfield Res

Runwell Sports Res  v  Newbury Forest Res

 

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 29 Feb) [EOFL 19/20 1.3.20]

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Image from OS 4 – 1 Basildon Town (Image by Scott)

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Review of Essex Olympian League action from Saturday 29 February. A lot of matches were stifled by weather but there were important wins in the matches that did take place. Thanks for reading.

 

Essex Olympian League – Saturday 29 February

Premier Division

In the top-tier, Catholic Utd were held 2 – 2 by a revitalized Bishop’s Stortford Swifts side in an early kick-off at Len Salmon Stadium. Eamon Pyne and Bryn Thorpe got the goals for Billy Cove’s side as they rise up to 9th. , five points off the bottom. Finally, in the match I attended at Garon Park 3G, Old Southendian put in a fine display with a 4 – 1 win over Basildon Town. Ed Gould, Riley Oliver, Luke Moloney and Matt Wilson all struck for Connor Lane’s team, with replacement Barv Walkuaika getting a late consolation for Gareth Cleverly’s side. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/03/01/match-report-old-southendian-4-1-basildon-town-sat-29th-feb-eofl/

 

Matches OFF:

Springfield  P – P  Leigh Ramblers  |

Sungate  P – P  Kelvedon Hatch |

 

 

Senior Division One

Into Senior One now and the highlight of the day saw Toby defeat fellow strugglers Herongate Athletic 3 – 1 in Newbury Park. A brace from Larry Asare and one from Marc Porter-Brown saw the hosts to their first win this season and reduce the gap to Herongate to just a single point. Herongate have lost seven on-the-reel now. Elsewhere, Ongar Town won 1 – 0 at Lakeside in their top-four clash at Lakeside Sports Ground 3G. Joe Lilly got the decisive goal as they continued their unbeaten run for the 3rd-placed side and they went five points clear of their opponents here in 4th.

Matches OFF:

Chingford Athletic  P – P  Old Chelmsfordians  | (Flooded 3G pitch)

Manford Way  P – P  Galleywood   |

Ramsden Scotia P – P  Shoebury Town  |

Rayleigh Town Res  P – P  FC Hamlets  |

Snaresbrook  P – P  Runwell Sports  |

 

 

Anagram Records Trophy

In the surviving Anagram Records Trophy Quarter-Final, Buckhurst Hill made it to the last four with a powerful 5 – 2 victory over fellow Olympian League Premier side Rayleigh Town at Roding Valley Sch 3G. Suley Zuhdu got a first-half treble to lead the way, with Sam Sollosi and Tyler Dolan also scoring here for Mark Williams’ side. Town responded after the break but ultimately had too much to do. Fellow Non-League blogger Pete Dudley was there & here is his report: pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2020/03/buckhurst-hill-5-rayleigh-town-2.html

 

Match OFF: Sandridge Rovers  P – P  Hutton

 

Essex Junior Cup

Collier Row  3 – 1  FC Clacton Res   | Forest Row Centre

Hutton Res  3 – 1  Bowers & Pitsea U23  | Billericay Sch 3G

 

 

Senior Division Two

Only one match survived in Division Two, and that was moved to 3G. Leaders Leigh Town edged to a 1 – 0 win over Epping Town in a battling affair. Harry Payne got the only goal for Jack Pearman’s side who have racked up nine straight wins and also extended their lead at the top to seven points. Epping’s new-look side fought hard and remain 7th.

 

Matches OFF:
AS Rawreth  P – P  Wakering Sports  |

Harold Wood Athletic Res  P – P  Old Southendian Res  |

May & Baker Res  P – P  Beacon Hill Rovers  |
Rochford Town  P – P  Corinthians |

Ryan  P – P  Laindon Orient  |

 

Senior Division Three (All Matches OFF)

Basildon Town Res  P – P  Lakeside Res  |

Buckhurst Hill Res  P – P  Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  |
Corinthians Res  P – P  ACD Utd  |

Leigh Town Res P – P  White Ensign Res |

 

Senior Division Four

Given that Division Three was wiped out because of the weather, we have a one-off round-up of Division Four. Leaders Roydon maintained their unbeaten streak this term with a 4 – 2 win at Catholic Utd Res, played at the Len Forge Centre 3G. Lewis Page struck a treble, to which Lewis Watson added the other goal to see their side three points clear at the summit. Utd’s Ressies remain in mid-table. Laindon Orient Res won 2 – 0 over Shenfield AFC Res in an early kick-off moved to St Martins Sch 3G. Tommy Wolfe and Carlos Dias got the goals to see Laindon’s second-side go up to 8th place. AFC’s Reserve side remain second-bottom, three points ahead of Canning Town’s second-team.

Matches OFF: Galleywood Res   P – P  Old Chelmsfordians Res

Ongar Town Res  P – P  Forest Glade

Wakering Sports Res  P – P  Leytonstone Utd

 

Senior Division Five (All Matches OFF)

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  P – P  Springfield Res

Herongate Athletic Res  P – P  Old Barkabbeyans

Newbury Forest Res  P – P  Roydon Res

Runwell Sports Res  P – P  Shoebury Town Res

Match Report: Old Southendian 4 – 1 Basildon Town (Sat 29th Feb) [EOFL 19/20 1.3.20]

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Venue: Garon Park [3G]

2019 – 20 Season: Match 60

Saturday 29th February 2020 – 2.30pm KO

Old Southendian: Green Shirts, Black Shorts, Green Socks

Basildon T: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

 

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Garon Park 3G pre-KO

Old Southendian motor to fine win at a blustery Garons

Old Southendian 4 – 1 Basildon Town

 

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

After a miserable week weather-wise, the local Non-League scene was heavily affected in Steps 4, 5 & 6 as well as the Olympian League, so I returned to Garon Park 3G for this important mid-table tussle between Old Southendian and Basildon Town. With matches running thin, the hosts needed the points to try and ward off the threat of being overtaken by the sides below them, which included their opposition here. And before kick-off, Town’s decent away record may have been a concern, having won four of their previous eight matches away from Basildon Sports Club.

The hosts named a strong starting squad, with Charlie Merrin between the posts, Connor Burrows and Matt Wilson in central defence and a front two of Nick Henesy and Riley Oliver, supported by wingers Elliot Hemmings and Ed Gould. Among the options from the bench were midfielder Ryan Stillwell and forwards Nico Dubouchet and Harry DaCosta. Basildon fielded Lucas Morenas-Jones in goal, with a back four of Alex Horey, Daley Grant, James O’Brien and Jamal Hinds. The attack as led by top-scorer Keith King and Jamie Broadbourn while the options from the sidelines included midfielders Billy Childs and Sam Green and forwards Barv Walkuaika & Kieron Case.

The match got underway in a relentless gale of ice-cold wind with the visitors being quite nervous in defence, as OS looked to start well. Seconds after one of those said defensive lapses nearly gave OS forward Nick Henesy a one-on-one chance to beat visiting custodian Luke Morenas-Jones, home full-back Charlie Kernott slipped in the right-side of the penalty box though his drive from a narrow angle was well parried away by the Basildon stopper. At the other end, Basildon were showing they had pace and purpose as well, though forward Keith King sent two efforts wide of goal, it was a warning for the home back-line.

The hosts responded minutes later as after god build-up play involving wingers Ed Gould and Elliot Hemmings, the ball came to forward Riley Oliver though his effort went just wide of the onion-bag. As we passed the midway point of the half, with Town on the back-foot, they had another setback as enterprising forward Jamie Bradbourn had to be withdrawn and it did affect their play in attack. Old Southendian added another blow as they took the lead moments later. Gould found a little pace on the right side of the 18-yard area and lobbed Morenas-Jones, with the ‘keeper possibly being wrong-footed by the swirling gust of wind though it was still a good bit of thinking by Gould. The hosts lookd to extend their lead soon after the half-hour as Henesy’s pass found Gould though this time he couldn’t find a way to bypass Morenas-Jones. Another good move by OS saw Gould neatly finding Hemmings, though again the strike was off-target.

Half-Time: Old Southendian  1 – 0  Basildon Town

The game was still well-poised at the interval, though the hosts did extend their lead seven minutes into the half, with Henesy again involved in the build-up, finding strike partner Oliver who fired home low past a number of bodies in the six-yard area. Basildon did hold firm in the next part of the game, although found it hard to keep the ball in the attacking third of the pitch, finding the back four and tigerish midfielder Luke Moloney in a battling mood. It was Moloney himself who grabbed a third goal on 73 minutes. Sitting deep outside the D, a cool pull back ended with an unstoppable rising drive from 25 yards from Moloney which sailed past Morenas-Jones into the top corner of the net, much to his teammates’ delight and was applauded by the opposition dug-out as well.

As we entered the last ten minutes, Town midielder Tom Green lashed a shot into the side-netting from a narrow angle while the over-worked Morenas-Jones also did well to tip wide a curling effort by home substitute Nico Dubouchet. Centre-back Matt Wilson’s header crowned off a fine day for the hosts with six minutes left though the clean sheet also went moments later as the home defence lapsed, allowing substitute Barv Walkuaika to slot home well with three minutes left.

Full-Time: Old Southendian  4 – 1  Basildon Town

The win for OS takes them back up to eighth, but as the bottom seven sides are still so closely-packed, the Southend side are seven points clear of bottom side Harold Wood Athletic with only four matches left to play and their rivals all have games in hand, apart from Canning Town in tenth spot.

Despite the need for points, Connor Lane’s side played good football throughout most of this match, with neat passing moves and were decent in defence as well. Ed Gould gave the Basildon defence a hard afternoon with his running, skill and passing, with Nick Henesy also shining here as a centre-forward, linking up well with Gould and Riley Oliver, who also had a good game here. Also, skipper Luke Moloney had a superb afternoon as the ‘engine room’ in central midfield and capped it off with a stellar strike which he and those watching won’t forget quickly. Finally, winger Elliot Hemmings also did well tracking back and assisting the forward line in attacking moves.

For Basildon, they had their moments going forward, particularly in the first-half and although he had to be subbed off prior to the half-hour, Jamie Bradbourn showed enough purpose, trickery and movement to be noted here. Defender James O’Brien and midfielder Scott Cooper had solid outings here, as did centre-back Jamal Hinds, particularly when his side were up against it after the interval. A note also for the tireless running of centre-forward Keith King who despite being isolated up front, he did keep the home defence alert with his probing runs and passing.

Finally, my thanks to the hosts for the kind welcome as usual. Good also to see Gareth Cleverly’s Basildon side as well for the first time. I’d like to wish both teams well for the rest of their respective seasons.

 

Teams

Old Southendian  | Manager: Connor Lane | Assistant: David Tubbs

Starting XI: 1 Charlie Merrin (GK), 2 Charlie Kernott, 3 Steven Sharpe, 4 Luke Moloney (Capt), 5 Connor Burrows, 6 Matt Wilson, 7 Elliot Hemmings, 8 Lawrence Phillips, 9 Nick Henesy, 10 Riley Oliver, 11 Ed Gould

Goal-scorers: Ed Gould [33’], Riley Oliver [52’], Luke Moloney [73’], Matt Wilson [84’]

Subs On: 14 Ryan Stillwell [62’, on for Phillips], 12 Nico Dubouchet [76’, on for Oliver] | Subs Not Used: DaCosta, Nutman, Lane

 

Basildon Town  | Manager: Gareth Cleverly

Starting XI: 1 Luke Morenas-Jones (GK), 2 Alex Horey, 3 Daley Grant (Capt), 16 James O’Brien, 5 Jamal Hinds, 6 Ross Giles, 12 Scott Cooper, 8 Jimmy Markham, 18 Tom Green, 10 Keith King, 11 Jamie Bradbourn

Goal-scorers: Barv Walkuaika [87’]

Subs On: 20 Billy Childs [27’, on for Bradbourn], 17 Sam Green [62’], 7 Matt Juson [73’], 14 Barv Walkuaika [73’], 9 Kieron Case [76’]

Subs Unused: None  |

Referee: Simon Caton

Assistant Referees: Ryan Bennett & Haydn Seaman

 

 

Preview: Essex Olympian League (Sat 22 Feb) [EOFL 19/20 19.2.20]

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Image from Corinthians 3 – 1 Rochford T (From last weekend)

 

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s preview of Essex Olympian League action, the fixture list from the top four divisions, plus a Senior Division Four and Senior Five this weekend – Saturday 22 February. Please note that the fixtures are subject to postponement given the continuing weather (TBC indicates fixture may be moved), though matches on 3G pitches are more likely to be played. Thanks for reading.

 

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Essex Olympian League Fixtures – Saturday 22 February (2pm KO unless stated)

Premier Division

Basildon Town  v  Rayleigh Town | Moved to Hannakins Farm Community Centre [3G]

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  v  Sungate | Silver Leys

Buckhurst Hill  v  Springfield  |   Roding Lane (TBC)

Canning Town  v  Harold Wood Athletic | West Ham Community Ground [3G]

Kelvedon Hatch  v  Shenfield AFC   | New Hall

Leigh Ramblers  v  Old Southendian | Belfairs Park

 

Senior Division One

Chingford Athletic  v  Toby    | Town Mead [3G]

FC Hamlets  v  Galleywood  | Hackney Marshes (Pitch 2)

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

Old Chelmsfordians  v  Ramsden Scotia  | Lawford Lane

Rayleigh Town Res  v  Shoebury Town  | Moved to Beauchamps Sch [3G]

Runwell Sports v  Herongate Athleic   | St Luke’s Park

 

Essex Premier Cup – Grays Athletic Res  v  Ongar Town | Lakeside Sports Ground (1.30pm KO)

 

Senior Division Two

Epping Town  v  Corinthians    | Stonards Hill

Harold Wood Athletic Res v Beacon Hill Rovers | Moved to Noak Hill Sports Complex [3G], Romford (4pm KO)

Laindon Orient  v  Leigh Town   | Ford’s (Basildon) (TBC)

Old Southendian Res  v  Rochford Town   | Garon Park [3G] (2.30pm KO)

Wakering Sports  v  AS Rawreth   | Cupid’s CC

 

Senior Division Three

Buckhurst Hill Res  v  Wakebury   |  Roding Lane (Pitch 2) (TBC)

Corinthians Res  v  Lakeside Res  | Stambridge Memorial Ground

Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  v  Collier Row  | Lower Road (TBC)

Hutton Res  v  Basildon Town Res   | Polo Fields (TBC)

Leigh Town Res  v  White Ensign Res   | John Burrows Rec Ground

Toby Res  v  ACD Utd  | Ford’s (Newbury Park)

 

Senior Division Four

Canning Town Res  v  Leytonstone Utd 

Catholic Utd Res  v  Wakering Sports Res

Galleywood Res  v  Forest Glade

Shenfield AFC Res  v  Old Chelmsfordians Res

 

Senior Division Five

Collier Row Res  v  Wakering Sports Dev
Herongate Athletic Res  v  Runwell Sports Res

Roydon Res  v  Leigh Ramblers Res

Shoebury Town Res  v  Old Barkabbeyans

Springfield Res  v  Newbury Forest Res