Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 27 Apr) [EOFL 28.4.19]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to a shorter Essex Olympian League round-up’s, here on my blog, given that the matches are few & far between now & mid-May.  There were still plenty of issues that were settled this weekend though in Divisions One, Two & Four.

 

Sat 27 April

EOFL Premier Division

In the only match in the top-tier, Buckhurst Hill returned to winning ways with a  4 – 1 win at runners-up Kelvedon Hatch. Steve Townsend got another brace to take him to 15 league goals this term. Keaton Moore and Eren Muti also netted as Hill moved 22 points clear at the summit.

 

EOFL Senior One

Now in Senior One, FC Hamlets really did make the tile race interesting as they beat promotion rivals Basildon Town 4 – 1. John Gilroy got all four of his side’s goals to propel himself to 11 goals in all competitions and his side into second spot. If FC beat May & Baker Res next weekend, then Town will have to win all three matches (including leaders AFC Shenfield on the last day) to get promoted. Keith King got Basildon’s goal here though this loss is a setback for them.

 

EOFL Senior Two

In Senior Two, Chingford Athletic produced an astounding performance with a 21 – 0 demolition of May & Baker ‘A’ at Town Mead’s 3G pitch. Gary Murray got a mere eight goals here, with Alex Gordon & Jack Yates getting trebles. Archie Stojic & substitute Tayo Olasanoye both got braces with Louis Bollard and Jonny Hirst also netting as Ath pipped Toby to the title. This one match meant that Ath also jumped ahead of Toby and Lakeside to finish top of the goal-scorers pile this term. Many congrats to all at the club on their success.

 

EOFL Senior Three

In the only Senior Three match this weekend, Academy Soccer won 4 – 1 at Basildon Town Res. Ben Picton, Dom Cooper, substitute Marc Porter-Brown and Luis Ruiz all netted for Academy, Ruiz netting his 12th league goal of the campaign. They finish third though they may still get elevated next term due to Division Two needing more clubs in it next term. Town player-boss Alex Shields got their goal though they remain third-bottom. Westhamians are their opposition on May 11th with the high-flyers needing all three points to pip Laindon Orient to promotion.

 

EOFL Senior Four

Finally in Division Four, Corinthians finished their campaign with a 3 – 0 win over Toby Reserves to pip Epping Town and claim the EOFL Division Four title at the first time of asking. Jake Lang, Bill Wilton and Alfie Knight strikes did the job for them as their 17th league win of the campaign saw them in the title by two points.

So despite scoring over 100 goals this term, Billy Cove’s Epping get the runners-up spot though they will battle Corinthians again in Division Three next term.

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Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 20 Apr) [EOFL 21.4.19]

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OS Ressies v Westhamians (D3 from this weekend)

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello & welcome to this week’s Essex Olympian League round-up, looking at the action from Saturday 20th April from the top-tier to Division Four as the games start to trickle in as the end of the season is nigh. Even so, this weekend was big for two sides who has cause to celebrate.

EOFL Premier Division

In the top-tier, two matches saw two wins for the home sides. First, Springfield belied their poor league position with a 3 – 0 win over champions Buckhurst Hill. Andrew Elgar struck twice for the hosts, with Ross Lamb getting the other goal. Hill lost only their second match this term here and ended a run of 14 straight league wins. Springfield’s fifth win in their last nine matches sees them finish in 10th spot.

Meanwhile, Rayleigh Town handed Kelvedon Hatch a 2 – 0 loss with Harry Talnbot and Bailey Moss the scorers to give Town their fifth win in their last six. Hatch’s 5th loss in their last seven sees them needing two points from their last two matches to finish second in the standings.

Senior League Cup: Semi-Final

In the outstanding Semi-Final in the Senior Cup, a barn-storming match between Basildon Town of D1 and Premier side Bishop’s Stortford Swifts ended 3 – 3 after extra time. Keith King, Barv Walkuaika and substitute Levi Harbour struck for Town, while Gavin Cockman struck twice for Swifts and Charles Brown also netted. Swifts saw out the battle of nerves as they won 5 – 4 on spot-kicks to make their first appearance in this final for 16 years.

EOFL Senior One

In Senior One, two matches took place with implications at both ends of the table. FC Hamlets were held 0 – 0 by rivals Snaresbrook. FC extend their unbeaten stretch to six matches while ‘Brook drew their third straight match and have now ended their campaign. Hamlets need to win both of their remaining matches you feel to deny Basildon Town who have four matches yet to play, and they are only a point behind them.

At the other end of the table, Galleywood defeated struggling Rayleigh Town Reserves 1 – 0 with Sam Donn getting the decisive goal. Town have the small matter of Ramsden Scotia and Basildon Town to play in their last two matches, needing one win to avoid the drop. The Scotia match is in midweek.

EOFL Senior Two

In the only match in Senior Two, Harold Wood Athletic Reserves were heavily beaten at home to in-form Chingford Athletic. Ath won 4 – 0 with Gary Murray, Archie Stojic, Louis Ballard on target, plus an OG which means Chingford are promoted to Senior One after another superb season so congratulations to them. They can still win the title with a win over bottom side May & Baker ‘A’ next weekend.

EOFL Senior Three

In a match I attended at Garon Park, two title hopefuls faced off in Old Southendian Reserves and Westhamians. Old Southendian’s second side won a physical battle on a hard pitch 3 – 0 with Dave Stubbs getting another brace to crown off a strong performance. A late penalty by Oliver Tatton-Bennett sealed the win which confirmed the Old Boys as champions of the division & promoted to Senior Two, which in turn led to exhuberant celebrations post-match. Many congrats to them on a fine campagn.

Westhamians’ stuttering form continued as they have not won in their last four matches now, though they did have chances here that they couldn’t make the most of. They also need to win their last game in three weeks time at Basildon Town Ressies to pip Laindon Orient to the second promotion spot.

EOFL Senior Four

In Senior Four, Corinthians kept the title race alive until the last day with a fine 5 – 0 win at Galleywood Reserves. John Bolton-Smith struck a double, with Jake Lang, Bill Wilton & Luke Owen also all finding the net.
Toby Reserves also won well, 4 – 1 at Buckhurst Hill Reserves with James Coleman getting a hat-trick and Ryan Morgan getting the other goal. The crucial game happens next week as Corinthians need to beat the Toby outfit to pip Epping to the title in the last league match of the season.

That’s all for this week, thanks for reading.

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 13 Apr) [EOFL 14.4.19]

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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 13 April, from the top tier to the results from Division Four as the games slowly whittle down as we head for the end of the season.

EOFL Premier Division

In the Premier Division, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts ended their campaign with a 1 – 0 home win over second-placed Kelvedon Hatch. Sam Coe got the only goal as Swifts record their second win in their last five matches. Hatch’s hopes of that runners-up spot took a slight knock but one win in their last three games will secure 2nd spot. Meanwhile, Sungate won 2 – 1 at Manford Way with Chris Barry and Rory McKenzie on the scoresheet for ‘Gate while Sean O’Callaghan responded for Manford who ended proceedings with ten men. Sungate finish in 9th spot after six wins in their last ten outings.

Old Southendian slipped to tenth after a 4 – 2 home loss to mid-table Leigh Ramblers. Luke Moloney got both of the OS goals though Matt Allum’s brace plus strikes by Acer Wake and Justin Hazell made sure the Rams won this local derby and will therefore finish 7th in the table.

Senior League Cup – Semi-Final

Catholic Utd made it through to their third Cup final this term with a 4 – 1 triumph over Chingford Athletic at the Len Salmon. Jamie Salmon’s brace and strikes by Tony Jacobs and Tom Hollingsworth got the job done for Dan Trenkel’s side.

 

EOFL Senior One

Four matches in Senior One saw the promotion race take another turn. FC Hamlets defeated Old Chelmsfordians 3 – 2  to end OC’s seven-match unbeaten run. Sener Suavi’s 12th goal of the campaign, a thunder-bolt from Barv Waikwaiku and Keith King all struck for Town to overcome goals from Sam Adams and Jordan Boden for the visitors. Town rise to third while Oc’s stay 7th. FC Hamlets rose to fourth with a 4 – 1 win over rivals Ramsden Scotia, which ended Scotia’s promotion aspirations. Charlie Heatley struck his 13th league goal of the season plus Faron Smith, Aaron Glasgow and Ishmael Carter all netted to extend FC’s unbeaten stretch to five matches and remain in the hunt for elevation next term.

Rayleigh Town Res hopes of averting the drop are still intact as they held second-placed Snaresbrook to a 0 – 0 draw. Town need three points to definitely remain in Div One next term. ‘Brook must surely win their final match at rivals FC Hamlets to have any hope of staying where they are, though one win in their last five isn’t that promising. Elsewhere, Ongar Town beat May & Baker Res 3 – 2 with Ross Adams, Ross Carpenter & Ben Stone all on target for Town. Ernest Dunlop and Moises Kalukembi Da Silva goals for Baker’s made it tight but they fell to their 20th loss this term. Ongar rise to 9th.

EOFL Senior Two  – No action this weekend

 

EOFL Senior Three

In the only Senior Three match, Leigh Town won 4 – 1 over strugglers Basildon Town Res with Sam Irvine getting a double while Zac Mashford and Sam Gilmore both hit their 6th league strikes of the campaign to make sure Town will finish 6th. Tommy Green struck for Town though with two matches left, they can still finish 7th at best.

 

EOFL Senior Four

Finally in Division Four, Toby Res are finishing strongly as they won 6 – 2 at Canning Town Res. Peter Spicer struck four on his own to lead the way, with Ben Britton and Simon Bamidele also netting to see Toby back up to 7th in the standings. Lakeside Res also won away from home, 5 – 3 at Shenfield AFC Res. Harry Davison took his league tally to 14 for the season with a hat-trick as Daniel Damain and Ben Austin also netted here to keep ‘Side fourth., having won half of their 22 games this term.

Sadly, Old Barkabbeyans’ last match of the campaign with Galleywood Res didn’t take place so ‘Wood got a home walkover.

Match Report: Catholic Utd 1 – 5 Buckhurst Hill (Wed 10 Apr) [EPC Final 11.4.19]

BBC Essex Premier Cup Final

Venue: New Lodge (Billericay Town FC)

Attendance: 266

2018-19 Season – Match 68

Wednesday 10th April 2019  – 7.45pm KO

Catholic Utd: Green & White Hooped Shirts, Black Shorts, Green & White Socks

Buckhurst Hill: Navy Blue & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Hill power past Super Hoops to lift the Essex Premier Cup

Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a chilly Wednesday night at Billericay Town’s New Lodge, I joined colleague Pete Dudley for this BBC Essex Premier Cup Final between Essex Olympian League (EOFL) heavyweights Catholic Utd & Buckhurst Hill – with the latter riding high on the back of sealing the EOFL Premier Division title a matter of days previously. Catholic Utd named a strong team with Louis Godwin-Green between the sticks, a forward line of Aaron Baldwin, Tom Hollingsworth and Tony Jacobs with player-boss Dan Trenkel and Mark Baptist among those on the bench. For Hill, their front four of Sam Sollosi, Nathan Sollosi, Steve Townsend and Suleyman Zuhdu have chipped in with goals this season in the league, with skipper Billy Wells in the heart of the defence. Sonny Shilling and Fehinti Falola were among the options on the bench.

The match got underway with Utd pushing forward and having the bulk of the forays going forward. Hill had a nervous moment five minutes in as a under-hit back pass to ‘keeper Daniel Blockley was half-cleared though it cannoned off Super Hoops forward Tony Jacobs and before it trickled over the goal-line, centre-back Josh Addinall had the awareness to clear. Hill responded sharply as captain Billy Wells 20-yard curling drive sailed just wide of the right-side post. Moments later, it was the Olympian League champions who took the lead as from a super cross from the right flank, full-back Keaton Moore rose highest to power a header into the net.

Jacobs was the biggest threat for Utd at this point, ghosting all over a fluid Catholic forward line to give the Hill defence a headache, Jacobs also had an effort which sailed over the woodwork. At the other end though, Buckhurst were getting into their stride as prolific forward Steve Townsend was in on goal, one-on-one with Utd stopper  Louis Godwin-Green, though the stopped did well to deny Townsend’s low drive. Just before the half-hour, former Bowers & Pitsea midfielder Jamie Salmon blasted a drive from 18 yards which Blockley did well to scout and tip over the bar.

On that half-hour mark, Utd fell further behind as a errant clearance from Godwin-Green looped up in the air but didn’t get the distance as it fell to forward Suleyman Zuhdu who back-heeled it to winger nathan Sollosi who slotted home into an unguarded net. Hill knew they couldn’t concede before the break though Utd had other ideas, with Jacobs once again testing the palms of Blockley with a decent effort on goal. In fairness, Utd were finding the sheer pace, energy and crossing of the Hill front four (the Sollosi brothers, Townsend & Zuhdu) difficult to cope with. After Hill had two half-chances for Townsend and Addinall denied, they did make it 3 – 0 a minutes before the interval.

A rapid counter-attack from Mark Williams’ team saw Nathan Sollosi repay the favour from earlier as his pass found Zuhdu who controlled the ball smartly before beating Godwin-Green on its way into the corner of the net with a well-taken finish. At this point, the score-line was slightly flattering to Hill given the impetus Catholic had shown going forward. Sometimes you get teams ‘slowing down’ after the break, though there wasn’t a bit of it here.

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Half-Time: Catholic Utd  0 – 3 Buckhurst Hill

So, the second-half got going and the chances continued to flow. Moments after the restart, Townsend’s first-time strike cannoned off a post for Hill and Utd hit back soon afterward, as Jacobs was denied yet again by watchful defending on the line by full-back Liam Foster. Mike Sammut’s drive and forward Tom Hollingsworth’s cross-shot couldn’t find the target those misses proved semi-costly.

Two goals in three minutes sealed the win for Hill. On 64 minutes, a loose ball found Zuhdu who sprinted past centre-back Bradley Vaughan and buried a strike past Godwin-Green to make it four and then two minutes later, from a corner arrowed into the near-post by winger Sam Sollosi, Nathan Sollosi rose almost unchanged to nod it high into the net. The goals didn’t end there as Utd got one back with 71 on the watch as a rash punch out by Blockley fell to to Salmon who rifled hop a sweet lob from fully 25 yards out to give his side something to shout about.

That said, that goal seemed to further gee up the Hill forward line who soared back the other end asUtd ‘keeper Godwin-Green prevented further embarassment making good saves to deny the unfortunate Townsend and midfielder Josh Banfield. With all respect to Utd, Hill could’ve had three or four more goals than the scoreline showed as going forward they were relentless – another shining example of why they have scored a high amont of goals in the Olympian League this term. Six minutes from time, Foster blasted a stinging drive just wide though Hill had done more than enough to win this match and do the double – a far cry from the sinking feeling of relegation from the top-tier two seasons ago.

Full-time: Catholic Utd  1 – 5 Buckhurst Hill

 

Utd are by no means a bad side, though they were made to look more ordinary than they are here by a very driven Buckhurst Hill outfit.

In terms of stand-out performances, for Hill it is quite difficult to pick out individuals given the sheer team performance though the front two of Steven Townsend and Suleyman Zuhdu plus wingers Sam & Nathan Sollosi really harried the Utd backline and barely gave them much peace at all. Josh Addinall also did a stern job at the back as well. For Utd, goalkeeper Louis Godwin-Green pulled off a number of good stops to dampen the number conceded here by his side. Forward Tony Jacobs shone as well, being his side’s chief threat in attack while Jamie Salmon also provided a characteristic presence in midfield.

Finally, congratulations to Buckhurst Hill who retain the Essex Premier Cup while Utd are runners-up for the fourth time in five seasons.

Catholic Utd   | Player-Manager: Dan Trenkel

Louis Godwin-Green (GK), Patrick Kearney, Max Kent (Capt) (Dan Trenkel 60′), Louis Robinson, Bradley Vaughan, Jamie Salmon, Mike Sammut, Tom Hollingsworth, Thomas Kearney, Aaron Baldwin (Mark Baptist 60′), Tony Jacobs (Franklin Craik 70′)

Goal-scorer: Jamie Salmon [71′]

Booked: Kent, Robinson    | Subs Not Used: Sands, Ebbles

Buckhurst Hill  | Manager: Mark Williams

Daniel Blockley (GK), Liam Foster, Keaton Moore, William Wells (Capt), Josh Addinall, Alfie Harris, Josh Banfield, Sam Sollosi (James Sacre 81′), Steven Townsend (Sonny Shilling 83′), Suleyman Zuhdu, Nathan Sollosi (Frank Glock 85′)

Goal-scorers: Keayton Moore [9′], Nathan Sollosi [30′ & 71′], Suleyman Zuhdu [44′ & 64′]

Booked: None     | Subs Not Used: Falola,  Gregory
Referee: Artyon Hursey
Assistant Referees: Craig Charles & Rob Collins
Fourth Official: Kevin Nicholson

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 6 Apr) [EOFL 7.4.19]

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Action from Corinthians v Galleywood Res (Image: Scott W)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another of my round-up pieces, this time looking at the Essex Olympian League action on Saturday 6 April, from the top tier to the results from Division Four on what was a joy-filled day for some sides, whgo secured promotion.

EOFL Premier Dvivision

In the Premier Division, Buckhurst Hill are the champions following a 7 – 0 hammering of out-of-form Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Fehinti Falola led the charge with four goals, with Liam Foster, Alfie Harris and Eren Muti completing the rout for Hill’s 20th win in 21 games thus far. Swifts stay 5th and could be caught by Rayleigh Town as the latter have a game in hand. Hutton won 4 – 1 at Springfield to end their season on a high. Will Marlowe’s treble & a Jack Shaw strike saw them rise to 7th while Springfield remain 11th.

Meanwhile, Manford Way held Kelvedon Hatch 2 – 2 to end any hope of Hatch catching Hill in the title race. Goals from Danny Spicer and substitute Joe Lovell cancelled out Theo Ola’s brace for the visitors. Manford are finishing the season in decent form though will still go down, while Hatch’s run of one win in their last five has been costly to their title chances.

 

Reserve League Cup – Semi-Finals

In the two semi-finals played this weekend, Senior Three’s Basildon Town Res shocked Senior One side Rayleigh Town Res as Bas got a 3 – 1 away win. Tommy Green, player-boss Alex Shields & Andrew Wiggins strikes secured the win and their place in the final. Joining them there are Catholic Utd Res of Division Four who also won 3 – 1, at Herongate Athletic Res. Franklin Craik, Angelo Louis and James Warder got the goals on a good day for the Utd second-string.

Anagram Records Trophy – Semi-Final

Catholic Utd made the final again after a 2 – 0 win at PFC Victoria (London). Pat Kearney and player-manager Dan Trenkel got the goals to see the Super Hoops advance.

 

EOFL Senior One

In the two matches that did take place, both were drawn. Galleywood held promotion-chasing FC Hamlets to a 2 – 2 draw. Sam Donn and substitute Paddy Dowse got the home goals with player-boss Ashley King & hot-shot Charlie Heatley netting for FC. ’Wood rise to 6th while FC are two points ahead in fifth, knowing they need at least six points to be among the top-two next month. Fellow promotion-hunters Basildon Town were held 0 – 0 by Snaresbrook, who still have a chance of promotion though results here confirmed Shenfield AFC will be promoted as will finish in the top-two regardless of the result in their last match.

 

EOFL Senior Two

Into Senior Two now and the one match that took place was the six-pointer between high-flyers Chingford Athletic and Runwell Sports. It finished honours-even at 1 – 1 with Will Gleeson netting for Ath and Aaron Rix for Sports in their last match of the campaign. Chingford need only one win from their last two matches to leapfrog Runwell and get promoted.

 

EOFL Senior Three

Now moving into Senior Three, and Old Southendian Res held rivals Wakering Sports  to a 0 – 0 stalemate, which confirms they will be promoted thanks largely to a nine-game unbeaten run. Sports will have to wait for next season to go again as they ended their season here. Only Westhamians can deny OS Ressies the title now.

Academy Soccer still have a slim chance of promotion after a 5 – 2 home win over Leigh Town. Harry Barham, Jake Jones, Sam Parish, Graham Knight and Luke Jones all netted for Academy here though they have to win their last match and hope others falter.

 

EOFL Senior Four

Finally, in Senior Four – I attended a crunch match at the Stambridge Memorial Ground as Corinthians defeated Galleywood Res  3 – 1. Luke Owen grabbed two goals with Jake Lang getting the other to overwhelm a super free-kick from Craig Robertson and stay in the title hunt.

For more on this match, my summary is here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/04/07/match-summary-corinthians-3-1-galleywood-res-sat-6-apr-eofl-d4/  

Meanwhile, Dagenham Utd won 5 – 2 at Buckhurst Hill Res to end their campaign on a high. It was ‘the Dingli show’ again as brothers Oliver Dingli and Jacob Dingli got doubles each, with Morgan Smith getting a late fifth. Jacob has finished the season with 34 goals this term, not bad at all.

Finally, Toby Res got a huge 3 – 0 win at relegated Old Barkabbeyans to secure their spot in the division next season. It’ll be Leigh Ramblers second-string who will join Old Barks in Division Five next term in all likelihood.

Match Summary: Corinthians 3 – 1 Galleywood Res (Sat 6 Apr) [EOFL D4 7.4.19]

Essex Olympian League – Division Four

2018-19 Season: Match 66

Saturday 6th April 2019 – 2.30pm KO

Venue: Stambridge Memorial Ground

Corinthians: Sky Blue & White Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Galleywood Res:  Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

Corinthians finish strongly to secure a vital win

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

This weekend’s match took me on a different path to a ground I have intermittenly seen a couple of times in the last few years. This match was a crucial one in the Essex Olympian League Division Four title race as relative newcomers Corinthians faced Galleywood Reserves. The hosts knew that anything less than a win would virtually hand the title to Epping Town, managed by former pro Billy Cove. I was fortunate to be given a warm welcome by Chairman/Secretary Ben Adams, who explained that the bulk of the current team is made up of the former Under-21 side that did well in both the Olympian League U-21 division last season and also won the Essex Junior Trophy last season.

Last weekend, Corinthians fought back from a poor start with a slightly-depleted side to draw at Lakeside’s second side which increased the need for a win in this match. With a side that has scored 72 goals in 19 league matches prior to this one, you knew they had the firepower but would it happen for them here?

Well, the answer  we got in the early stages of the game wasn’t positive as it was the ‘Wood side that started the stronger, with winger Sam Rawlinson providing a real outlet down the left flank with his pace, trickery and crossing. The hosts showed their willingness to bomb forward although a lack of a final ball and losing out to the sturdy Galleywood defence was definitely frustrating Chris Stoneham’s side. It was the visitors who took the lead on nine minutes as a pearler of a 25-yard free-kick by Craig Robertson passed the outstretched hand of the home ‘keeper John Eckhett and into the top corner.

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Although the hosts improving towards the interval, they arguably could not keep hold of the ball well enough, and you could feel the nerves coursing through the side. The home side boasted forwards Leo Clarke and Theodore Cannon in support of central striker John Bolton-Smith. Five minutes before the break, Clarke peeled off from the left wing, before blasting a drive which was deflected wide.

Half-Time: Corinthians 0 – 1 Galleywood Res

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At the break, Galleywood would have been the happier side though also knew they would have to ‘weather the storm’ after the interval. As it turned out, the home side were level only four minutes into the second period as Clarke broke free of his defender before sliding in an unselfish ball in across the six-yard box for substitute Jake Lang who stroked home from close range. There was little doubt  who was the stronger side after that with Clarke & Bolton-Smith in particular testing a tiring ‘Wood backline with their running and trickery.

There was an element of fortune about the next crucial part of the match as just shy of the hour, Corinthians took the lead as midfielder Luke Owen’s free-kick from deep managed to evade everyone and bounce its way into the top corner. ‘Wood responded with a rare second-half foray forward though Robertson fired a looping shot just over the bar from 20 yards out. The hosts secured the points, in front of watching Epping boss Billy Cove on 74 minutes as creative midfielder Jordan Stoneham’s dangerous corner found Owen who planted a thumping header high into the net.

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The hosts could have won by more though were denied twice by fine saves by the Galleywood goalkeeper. Bolton-Smith should have scored late on well though his dribbled finish could only hit a post with the ‘keeper beaten. In closing, the hosts were made to work hard here though in the end they deserved the points and they know wins in both their final matches will see them go up in style.

Full-Time: Corinthians 3 – 1 Galleywood Res

Goal-scorers: (Cor): Jake Lang [49′], Luke Owen [58′ & 74′]

(Gal): Craig Robertson [9’]

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.