Round-up: Essex Olympian League [Premier – Snr Div 3] (Sat 31 August) [EOFL 19/20 1.9.19]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & EOFL blogger

Hello again & welcome to this week’s bumper Olympian League round-up, taking in the top four tiers of league action, one FA Vase tie and a Senior Challenge Cup tie as well. Thanks to the clubs for their assistance in this piece & to you for reading.

 

EOFL Premier Division

We start off as ever with the top-tier and Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 2 – 1 away win at Harold Wood Athletic. John Clarke and James Richardson were the heroes for Swifts with Bradley Foley scoring for Wood as they fell to defeat.  Buckhurst Hill got back to winning ways with a 4 – 2 win at Kelvedon Hatch. Suley Zuhdu, Nathan Sollosi, Sam Sollosi and a second-half penalty by Josh Banfield effectively sealed the win for Mark Williams’ side, though Hatch finished strongly as Danny Gillard and Theo Ola both struck for Kelvedon here.

Springfield also triumphed this weekend as they defeated early strugglers Canning Town 2 – 0 thanks to an own goal and one from Joe Nathanson. Rayleigh Town went five points clear at the top with a 1 – 0 away win at Old Southendian. Paul Morris got the only goal in that local derby.

Elsewhere, Sungate were held 2 – 2 by the visiting Leigh Ramblers, with Rhys Fatt and Dan Williams on target for the Rams in that match. Shenfield AFC also drew, 1 – 1 at home to Hutton with Mitchell Day grabbing AFC’s goal.

 

FA Vase – First Round Qualifying

In their first-ever FA Vase match, EOFL Premier Division side Catholic Utd powered ESL side Clapton with a 6 – 1 win at Parkside. The ensemble goal-scoring cast were Brad Vaughan, Tom Kearney, Simon Thomas, Tony Jacobs, Max Bradford and Max Kent as Mick Jacobs’ team roared into the next round, where they are set to face Lopes Tavares of Eastern Senior League South.

 

EOFL Senior Division One

In Senior One, Rayleigh Town Ressies started with a bang as they won 6 – 1 against Herongate Athletic. Rodney Wilson and Billy Field each nabbed doubles while Lewis Lawrence and Ryan Scougall also netted as Dan Williams and Lee Bunn’s side got the points. Ongar Town won 4 – 2 at Runwell Sports with Harry Rawlins netting twice plus Joshua Boxall and Joe Lilly contributed to the visitors’ tally. Chingford Athletic continued their strong start with another 3 – 0 home win, this time over FC Hamlets at Town Mead. Tayo Olusanoye, Alex Gordon and Eric Kelly provided the goals for them in that victory.

Shoebury Town were held 2 – 2 by visitors Galleywood with Dominic Binns and Juan Rushton the scorers for the home side.  Also, Old Chelmsfordians won 2 – 0 at Toby.

 

EOFL Senior Challenge Cup

In the single Senior Cup tie, Lakeside of Division One defeated newcomers Wakebury 5 – 1 with talisman Drew Klessa-Smith grabbing another hat-trick plus Mason Iley and Luke Quinton also joined him on the score-sheet. Matthew Hubbard got the consolation for Wakebury though the hosts went through.

 

EOFL Senior Division Two

Corinthians started their season with an impressive comeback win, 4 – 1 over Laindon Orient. Orient led after just four minutes through Jasper Read though the hosts responded through John Bolton-Smith, Leo Clarke, Bill Wilton and Theo Cannon to take the points. Epping Town also started their campaign wit an away win as they triumphed 6 – 1 at AS Rawreth. Louis Hill netted for the hosts though Town got the points thanks to Alex Paraskeva’s double plus one apiece for Glen Warwick, Patrick Duggan, Joey May and Bradley Gayer. Both of these sides could be in for another good campaign this term.

Leigh Town made it two wins from two matches with a 2 – 0 win at Beacon Hill Rovers. Shane Cooper and Tom Byford goals meant they go top of the very early standings. Harold Wood Athletic Reserves won 2 – 0 at Rochford Town as Del Hawtin fired both goals in that contest for the Wood second-string. Finally for this division, Ryan made a winning start to their campaign with a 5 – 2 win over May & Baker Reserves at Wadham Lodge.

 

EOFL Senior Division Three

Into Senior Three now and we start with a massive win for Lakeside Reserves as they won 10 – 2 at Dagenham Utd. Substitute Ben Austin led the way with a treble, with David Alee and Damilola Olusanya both grabbing braces plus Dale Kenyon, Azeez Aileru and fellow replacement Alex Swan also getting on the hefty scorer’s sheet as they won their first match of the new season in some manner. Toby Res also got their opening win with a 5 – 1 triumph at Hullbridge Sports’A’ with Marc Porter-Brown the leading light with a hat-trick plus Rhys Willson and Matt Davies were also on target.

Corinthians Reserves also won this weekend, with a 4 – 2 success at White Ensign Reserves. Max Hall, Luke Smith, Sener Suavi and Sonny Woodward all struck for the Stambridge-based side and although they saw Charlie Carter dismissed, Ensign’s second-side couldn’t match them despite Zach Somerset-Butler’s brace of penalties for them. ACD Utd won their first match at Olympian level with a 2 – 1 win at Hutton Reserves. Brad Falco and substitute Sam Page did the job for the visitors, while Hutton responded through Josh Sumner’s goal.

Leigh Town Reserves also tasted success with a 3 – 1 win at Basildon Town Reserves. Ben Forsyth’s spot-kick plus Miles Waddilove and Alex Hubbard strikes outdid a solitary goal from Grant Cumming for the hosts as Leigh took the points.  Meanwhile, Collier Row began life in Div Three with a 2 – 1 success at Buckhurst Hill Reserves. It’s worth noting that not one home side won in this division this weekend.

 

EOFL Senior Division Four (Results only)

Forest Glade  13 – 1  AS Rawreth Reserves

Laindon Orient Reserves  0 – 1  Chingford Athletic  Development

Leytonstone Utd 2 – 3  Shenfield AFC Reserves

Roydon  4 – 2  Canning Town Reserves

Wakering Sports Reserves  6 – 1   Ongar Town Reserves

 

 

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 30 Mar) [EOFL 31.3.19]

EOFL Round-up  (Sat 30 Mar)

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 30 March, from the top tier to the results from Division Four as the season run-in continues.
EOFL Premier Division
In Olympian Premier, the stand-out result was Catholic Utd’s 6 – 2 success over faltering Bishop’s Stortford Swifts at the Len Salmon. Aaron Baldwin and Tom Hollingsworth both grabbed braces here with Jamie Salmon and Max Kent also netting to see the ‘Super Hoops’ rise above their opponents into fourth spot. The most important result though came at Roding Lane where Buckhurst Hill squeezed past Leigh Ramblers 2 – 1. Andrew Webster struck for the Rams though goals from Sam Sollosi and talisman Steve Townsend secured a huge win which means in all likelihood Hill will not be passed and therefore will be crowned Premier Division champions next month. Leigh stay 7th and are winless in their last four.

Meanwhile, Harold Wood Athletic defeated fellow high-flyers Kelvedon Hatch 1 – 0, thanks to the ever-reliable Robert Whitnell getting on the score-sheet in Ath’s final league match this term. Hatch only need a maximum of five points to secure the runners-up spot with only Swifts in position to deny them. In South Essex, Rayleigh Town drew 2 – 2 with Springfield, with Joe Mayer and Jack Mundy strikes for the visitors being cancelled out by Damien Siemienczuk and Jack Long goals for Town, who have secured a top-six finish this term. Credit to them. Springfield can still slip into the top ten but will need to better Sungate’s result in the latter’s last match of the campaign.

As we ,mention the ‘Gate, Old Southendian held them 0 – 0 at Garons Park, which means OS only remain above them on goal difference due to them both having identical records (8 wins, 5 draws, 12 losses in 25 matches).

 

EOFL Senior One

On an action-packed day in Senior One, leaders Shenfield AFC roared to a 5 – 1 win over challengers Basildon Town to extend their cushion over them to 14 points.  Mitchell Day’s double, plus strikes by James Bigmore, George Cunningham and Harry Hatt overcame a solitary consolation by Jamie Miller for Town. The ramifications of this result means that even with six matches yet to play, Town’s chances of winning the title are slim. AFC have struck eight wins in their last nine matches and that is promotion-winning form, you must say.

FC Hamlets are still in the promotion hunt after a thumping 6 – 0 win over Herongate Athletic. John Gilroy plundered a hat-trick, while Aaron Glasgow, Charlie Heatley and Ashley King were all also on target. FC have five matches to play and have lost one of their last 14 league matches. Ongar Town beat strugglers Rayleigh Town Reserves 2 – 1 thanks to a pair of Ben Polley spot-kicks and end a four-match winless run. Old Chelmsfordians’ fine end to the season continued with a 1 – 0 win at Galleywood. Sam Adams got the only goal to extend OC’s unbeaten run to seven matches whilst also ending ‘Wood’s five-match winning streak.

 

EOFL Senior Two

Into Senior Two now and Chingford Athletic really kept themselves in promotion nick with a 7 – 0 battering of Ryan, in what was the visitors’ last game of the campaign. Jack Yates led proceedings with a treble for Ath, while Alex Gordon grabbed two, with Luke Dimond and Jonny Hirst also finding the net to extend their unbeaten stretch to six games. Ath need eight points from their last three matches to pip Toby to the title and face fellow promotion-hunters Runwell Sports next weekend.

Runwell need to win that battle as they were held to a disappointing 3 – 3 draw at basement side May & Baker ‘A’. Ernest Dunlop, Marcellino Rodrigues and Gyane Sanderson all struck for the hosts, while Declan Carke fired back two of the goals for Sports here though one win in their last five leaves their hopes of elevation in jeopardy.

 

EOFL Senior Three

We start Senior Three with a massive win for Laindon Orient, 7 – 0 at Basildon Town Reserves. Samuel Lake led the scorer’s chart with two to take his tally to 18 this season with Jason Warner, Michael Agba, Jasper Read, Rodney Sarah-Wilson and Henry Ballard all getting their names on the same sheet. Orient go top thanks to their vastly superior goal difference though have ended their campaign now. Bas remain third-bottom with three matches left.

Former leaders Westhamians were held 0 – 0 at Leigh Town, though have two matches remaining to be one of four possible winners of the division. The other two challengers faced each there at Cupids, though Wakering Sports lost at home, 5 – 2 to Old Southendian Reserves. Tom Judge and Dave Stubbs both nabbed a double each and Oliver Tatton-Bennett also notched here. The OS’ second-side know victory in both of their last two matches will seal the title.

 

EOFL Senior Four

Finally, in Senior Four, the top two were both in action. Epping Town won 2 – 0 at Galleywood Reserves to heap the pressure on rivals Corinthians. Lennox Forster and Alex Paraskeva got the goals, with Paraskeva hitting 25 goals for the season in Town’s last match here.

Lakeside Reserves held Corinthians 4 – 4 in an epic encounter. The hosts were in command after David Alele struck twice, plus Ben Christie and Damilola Olusanya also notched. However, the Stambridge-based side are a good side and once again showed their mettle as a brace of Leo Clarke strikes and Theodore Cannon & Ashley Webb goals ensured they got a point. Even so, they still need to win all three of their remaining matches to win the title.

In the remaining two matches, Shenfield AFC Reserves defeated Toby Res 2 – 0 thanks to Paul Constable and Corley Ross strikes. AFC move away from the bottom three while Toby need two points to stave off the drop . Canning Town Res also moved into mid-table with a 3 – 1 success over Buckhurst Hill Res. Daniel Aworinde, Calum Newson and substitute Marcel Bayfield netted for Town as they went 6th, one place behind their opposition here.

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 23 Mar) [EOFL 23.3.19]

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 23 March, from the top tier to the results from Division Four as promotion & relegation issues continue to be sorted as we enter the last six weeks of the campaign.

EOFL Premier Dvivision

In Olympian Premier, the top-two faced off at Roding Lane. Buckhurst Hill defeated Kelvedon Hatch 3 – 0 with former May & Baker striker Reece Tranter getting all three goals to grant them their 10th straight win and extend Hill’s cushion to nine points at the top. Ten points from their last eight matches will be enough to seal the title and crown off a dominant season.

Springfield went up to 11th after a 3 – 0 win at Manford Way – a result which will see Manford relegated, unless off-pitch issues elsewhere see them be granted a reprieve. Rayleigh Town continued their good form with a 2 – 1 win at Old Southendian. Luke Stillwell netted for OS though Harry Talbot and Bailey Moss strikes overcame the hosts and increase Town’s hopes of getting a top-six finish.

Sungate also tasted triumph, with a 3 – 2 over Hutton. Rory McKenzie struck twice for the home side with Alan Brown also finding the ‘onion bag’. Will Marlowe and John Hilliard hit back for Hutton but they stay 8th while ‘Gate go 10th.  Finally, Bishop Stortford Swifts’ quest for a top-three finish gained momentum after a 3 – 2 win over Leigh Ramblers at Silver Leys. Steve Moore, Gavin Cockman and substitute Ashley Taylor-Forbes were the Swifts marksmen though Ramblers hit back through Seb Allen and Dan Martin goals. Swifts and Catholic Utd are the sides likely to battle ‘to the wire’ for that 3rd spot.

 

EOFL Senior One

Shenfield AFC won the top-four clash with Ramsden Scotia 5 – 3 with an ensemble cast on the score-sheet. Alex Broadbridge, Mitchell Day, Harry Hatt, Ronnie Hobbrough and substitute George Cunningham all netted to send AFC six points clear at the summit after their fourth straight league win. Basildon Town are among the challengers as they came from behind to win 2 – 1 at Ongar Town. Alfie Phillips and substitute Ross Giles both netted to keep the gap to 11 points though they have five matches in hand on the leaders. Lee Perry had put Ongar ahead though their mixed end to the season continues.

Rayleigh Town Res also had a forgettable afternoon as they lost 4 – 2 at home to Galleywood. Jack Chatterway hit another brace with Luke Osborne and Lewis Rose the other scorers for ‘Wood. Eight straight losses for Town mean they need at least three points to avert the drop, though they have five games to get those points in.

Herongate Athletic had a fine day to remember with a 7 – 1 demolition of basement side May & Baker Res. Ben Warren grabbed three goals, with Lee Atkinson and Ben Lambert both nabbing braces each to give Ath their ninth win of the season. Also, FC Hamlets were held 1 – 1 at home by fellow mid-table side Old Chelmsfordians.  Jordan Boden struck for OC’s who are unbeaten in their last six matches while Darren Serrano-Griffiths netted to ensure FC took a point to keep above their opposition here.

EOFL Senior Two

There were no fixtures in Division Two this weekend – another reminder that the end of the season Is approaching.

 

EOFL Senior Three

Into Senior Three now, with the most significant result being Basildon Town Reserves 6 – 3 home win over relegated Old Chelmsfordians Res. Player-boss Alex Shields got a double, and he was joined in the ‘brace club’ by none other than the Essex Senior League’s top scorer from last season in Marcus Bowers. Jake Bridgeman and Tommy Green were also on target as Town’s second side secured their Division Three status for another season. The same relief couldn’t be said for Roydon who lost 3 – 2 at Hutton Res in their final match of the season. Micky Coppin and Lewis Watson both struck for the visitors though Hutton got the win thanks to Tom Biddiss, Ben Trigg and Dan Grennell strikes.  Six defeats on-the-roll for Roydon has been very costly as they will likely join OC’s in Div Four next term.

Meanwhile, Laindon Orient won 2 – 0 at home to mid-table Leigh Town to endorse their chances of a top-four finish. A James Shadwell spot-kick was added to by Samuel Lake as Orient got their fourth consecutive success to go third on goal difference.

 

EOFL Senior Four

Finally, in Senior Four, Toby Res enhanced their chances of avoid the drop as they won 3 – 1 at mid-table Galleywood Res.

Buckhurst Hill Res strengthened their grip on fifth spot with a 2 – 1 win over Lakeside Res. That result means that a point in Dagenham Utd’s final match will mean Utd will finish third this term.

Also, Epping Town defeated Old Barkabbeyans 6 – 0 in Ilford. Glen Warwick led the charge with a treble, while Alex Paraskeva, Chris Lockwood and Daniel Garfinkle were also on target as Billy Cove’s side went five points clear at the summit, although Corinthians have three matches in hand. That result also meant that Old Barks will succumb to relegation next month after only three wins this term.

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 16 Mar) [EOFL 18.3.19]

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 16 March, from the top tier to the results from Division Four as some promotion & relegation issues continue to be set.

EOFL Premier Dvivision

We start in the EOFL Premier, where Catholic Utd got their ninth win in their last ten games with a 3 – 2 win over Sungate at the Len Salmon. Aaron Baldwin’s brace took him past ten league goals this season with Simon Thomas also on target. Reece Clarke and Rory McKenzie hit back for the visitors though the ‘Super Hoops’ are up to 4th spot and still have a shot at a top-two finish. ‘Gate remain 11th. Kelvedon Hatch rise above Harold Wood Ath into 2nd as they defeated Ath 3 – 1 at home. Anthony Aylett, Michael Daniels and Chris Neville got the goals for Hatch, with Joe Moffat responding for the visitors, who only have one match to play after losing their last four.

Meanwhile, Rayleigh Town narrowly won 1 – 0 at Hutton to rise to sixth place. Bradley Confrey got the only goal to give Town their third win on-the-bounce. Hutton stay in 8th spot.

 

EOFL Senior One

In Senior One, only one match took place as Old Chelmsfordians continued their fine form with a 2 – 1 home win over promotion-chasers Snaresbrook. Martin Mixture scored his 14th league goal of the campaign for his OC side, with Josh Chapman also netting. Tyriquee Solomon hit back for ‘Brook though couldn’t get a leveller against their hosts who ended matters with ten men here. OC’s stay in 7th spot though are only six points off the top three now. ‘Brook missed a chance to go joint-top of the standings here.

 

EOFL Senior Two

In Senior Two,  Shoebury Town won 1 – 0 at fellow high-flyers Runwell Sports through Omar Mahmood’s goal, though it wasn’t enough for Town to be in the promotion mix next month as this was their last match of the season, whereas Sports have two more to play though still have to be wary of Chingford Athletic who have four to play and are only four points behind them.

Rochford Town ended their time in Division Two for the time being with a 3 – 1 win at May & Baker ‘A’. Abel Okoghenu got the hosts’ strike though Town responded through goals from Tyler Akerman, Serkan Cihan and Matthew Pettitt as they got their fifth win of the season.

 

EOFL Senior Three

Into Senior Three now and we begin with Old Southendian Ressies’ 4 – 0 win over Hutton Res. Dave Stubbs got another double here with Oliver Tatton-Bennett and Thomas Magerison also on the score-sheet to secure OS’ third win on-the-reel to go third, only a point adrift of the top-two. Laindon Orient also won, 3 – 1 at home to leaders Westhamians with Samuel Lake, Henry Ballard and Jordan Williams all finding the net. Ben Jones struck for the visitors though their form has dipped at exactly the wrong time, with three losses in their last four meaning they lead the division on goal difference alone.

 

EOFL Senior Four

Finally, in Senior Four, the day belonged to Epping Town as they won 3 – 1 at Lakeside Res to secure promotion. Ex-Ilford trio Joe Killingback, Chris Lockwood and Glen Warwick (who reached 15 league goals here) were all on target to ‘seal the deal’ and go top of the table, although Corinthians have two more matches to play. Shenfield AFC Res were held 2 – 2 by Old Barkabbeyans though Old Barks chances of avoiding the drop are dimming now.

Also, Canning Town Res won over Catholic Utd Res by walkover, as Utd couldn’t take part in their last match of the season.

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.

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 26 Jan) [EOFL 27.1.19]

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 26th January, with a firm round-up of the Premier Division, all the way to Senior Division Four. Also including results from the Essex Junior Cup action this weekend. Thanks to Scott Lanza & the clubs for the data used in this round-up.

EOFL Premier Division

In the top-tier, with the top-two of Buckhurst Hill and Kelvedon Hatch deprived of their clash due to weather, third-placed Harold Wood Athletic missed a chance to go joint-top as they lost 2 – 1 at strugglers Sungate. Bishop’s Stortford Swifts suffered no such slip-up as they edged to a 1- 0 home win over mid-table Hutton, courtesy of a Sam Cole strike. They stay fourth, five points adrift of leaders Buckhurst Hill.

The chasing pack of Leigh Ramblers and Catholic Utd both won this weekend. Leigh Ramblers fought back to win 3 – 2 over rivals Old Southendian. Nick Henesy’s brace for OS was outdone by strikes by Justin Hazell, Luke Read and Andrew Webster as Leigh went 5th. Catholic Utd are only a point behind them in 6th, thanks to a 7 – 2 home success over out-of-form Springfield. Aaron Baldwin led the ‘Super Hoops’ scorers with a brace, while Simon Thomas, Jamie Salmon, player-boss Dan Trenkel, substitute Tom Hollingsworth and Tom Kearney all netted as well in Utd’s sixth win in their last seven matches.

Rayleigh Town slipped up as they lost 2 – 1 at Manford Way. Dillon Southgate’s goal for Town was outdone by strikes from Ruben Carvalho and Lee Lashley as Manford got their third straight win to cut the gap to Great Baddow to two points. Canning Town put Baddow further in the mire with a 4 – 1 success over the strugglers. Sulaiman Massaquoi got another double, which Dan Bonny and Fraser Ferguson added to give the Beckton-based side the win and stay 8th.

 

EOFL Senior One

Now heading into Senior One, which was headed by a terrific display by FC Hamlets in their 7 – 0 home win over mid-table Frenford Res. Charlie Heatley led the way with a hat-trick, while Faron Smith got two goals plus strikes from John Gilroy and Ajibola Orilonishe sealed their eighth win of the season which seems them remain in fifth.

Galleywood rose to seventh after a convincing 5 – 1 success at Old Chelmsfordians. Tom Lakin, Sean Lander, Jack Chatterway, Luke Osborne and Freddie Bartrum got the goals for the visitors. OC remain in the bottom two despite Martin Mixture’s solitary goal for them. Shenfield AFC won 1 – 0 at Herongate Athletic, thanks to Ben Absolon’s strike – they stay second, a point shy of leaders Snaresbrook. Ramsden Scotia got an unchallenged win, by virtue of an away walkover as May & Baker Res failed to fulfil the fixture.

 

Also, EOFL sides (In bold) were involved in Essex Junior Cup action this weekend, here are the results:

Extreme Utd  7 – 2  Lakeside Res

Jolof Sports  1 – 2  Westhamians

Leigh Town 3 – 1  Brentwood Utd

Old Southendian Res  3 – 0  Stanway Pegasus

 

EOFL Senior Two

The stand-out match in Senior Two was another goal glut for Toby in a 10 – 1 home success over out-of-form Rochford Town. Des Gallen, Justin Clarke,Ryan Morgan and James Coleman made it a four-pronged ‘brace club’ here for the hosts with Peter Spicer and Sam O’Sullivan also netting as Toby went three points clear at the summit. Lakeside defeated former pace-setters Shoebury Town  4 – 2 with Matt Bearman, Ryan Budd, Luke Quinton and the ever-reliable Drew Klessa-Smith netting. Bearman later got dismissed for the hosts but they crucially held on for the win to go above Shoebury into 5th. Meanwhile, second-placed Runwell Sports were held to a goal-less draw by Beacon Hill Rovers, who remain 3rd.

Harold Wood Athletic Res won 2 – 0 at home to strugglers Ryan as two Joe Pyne strikes were enough to send Ath’s second side level on points with Shoebury. In fairness, the top seven is separated by only eight points at present.

Chingford Athletic won at Newham Utd, courtesy of an away walkover as the hosts unfortunately couldn’t field a side I believe.

 

EOFL Senior Three

In Division Three, one match was blighted by weather but in three matches that did happen, 13 goals were scored. Hutton Res defeated fellow strugglers Old Chelmsfordians Res 4 – 1 at Polo Fields to rise one place to ninth. Conor O’Regan struck twice, with Chris Skingley and substitute Charlie Nichols also netting, Mikey Romaine got the consolation for OC Ressies, who are now seven points adrift at the bottom.

White Ensign Res got a good 3 -2 win at fellow mid-table side Roydon with Billy Diack, Perry Osbourne and Lewis Brown netting for Jack Caten’s side. The hosts responded through goals from Darren Williams and Ezra Folan though it wasn’t enough on this occasion.

With leaders Westhamians in cup action, Wakering Sports strengthened their hold on second spot with a 3 – 0 win at Laindon Orient….

 

EOFL Senior Four

Finally for this week, in Division Four the goals continued to flow – not least at Stonards Hill where Epping Town plundered eleven goals in a huge 11 – 2 win over second-placed Dagenham Utd. Liam Clifton and Glen Warwick both grabbed trebles with Alex Paraskeva adding a brace and Skirmantas Bulauka, Daniel Garfinkle and Eamon Payne also notching. Utd hit back through the division’s top scorer Jacob Dingli and Scott Gormer though Epping stay third, seven points shy of leaders Corinthians, who were held 1 – 1 by Shenfield AFC Res at the Stambridge Memorial Ground. Former Essex Alliance League player Corley Ross netted for AFC, with the proflic John Bolton-Smith got the home side’s strike.

In other action, Buckhurst Hill Res were held 3 – 3 at strugglers Old Barkabbeyans, mid-table Canning Town Res won 5 – 3 at Galleywood Res and Catholic Utd Res won 6 – 1 at home to Toby’s second side.