Round-up: Eastern Snr Lge Sth, Thurlow Nunn Premier & Essex Olympian Lge Premier (Sat 18th Aug) [EaSL, TNP & EOFLP 18.8.18]

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello again and welcome to my results round-up of the action from the Eastern Senior League South division, Thurlow Nunn Premier and the Essex Olympian League Premier Division on the weekend of the 7th & 18th August. Enjoy.

Eastern Senior League South (EaSL)

Saturday 18th August


Benfleet  3 – 1  Wormley Rovers

Burnham Ramblers  2 – 2  Little Oakley

Coggeshall Utd  2 – 3  May & Baker

Frenford  3 – 2  Holland

Hackney Wick  6 – 1  Brightlingsea Regent Res

Harwich & Parkeston  4 – 3  Fire Utd

Hashtag Utd  1 – 1  Wivenhoe Town

Newbury Forest  4 – 5  Halstead Town

White Ensign  3 – 0  Braintree Town Res


Thurlow Nunn Premier Division

Friday 17th August


Godmancester Rovers 1 – 3  Histon

Wroxham  3 – 1  Great Yarmouth Town


Saturday 18th August


FC Clacton  0 – 3  Stowmarket Town

Framlingham Town  0 – 2  Haverhill Rovers

Gorleston  0 – 3  Walsham-le-Willows

Hadleigh Utd  3 – 4  Kirkley & Pakefield

Long Melford  3 – 1  Ely City

Newmarket Town  1 – 1  Brantham Athletic

Norwich Utd  4 – 1  Woodbridge Town

Whitton Utd 1 – 1 Thetford Town


Essex Olympian League Premier Division


Saturday 18th August


Buckhurst Hill  6 – 2  Old Southendian

Harold Wood Athletic  3 – 0  Springfield

Hutton  2 – 1  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts

Kelevedon Hatch  2 – 1  Great Baddow

Rayleigh Town  0 – 1  Leigh Ramblers

That’s all from this round-up, it’ll return next week.


2018-19 Season Preview: Essex Olympian League part 2 – Senior One-Three (EOFL 30.6.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to a little preview of  the Essex Olympian League for the 2018-19 season – with this second part looking at Senior Division One, Senior Division Two and Senior Division Three.

EOFL Senior Division One

2018-19 season Constitution

Basildon Town, FC Hamlets, Frenford Res., Galleywood, Harold Hill, Herongate Athletic, May & Baker Res, Old Chelmsfordians, Ongar Town, Ramsden Scotia, Rayleigh Town Res., Shenfield AFC, Snaresbrook.

This 13-team line-up has also seen a number of changes to counter the loss of Benfleet and Newbury Forest who competed in this division last season though have now gone up to the Eastern Senior League South division, as well as the five sides promoted to the Premier Division. As a result, only one side was relegated to EOFL Senior Two (see below) while Basildon Town return after a ill-fated one-season stay in the Premier Division.

The division also sees a number of sides promoted including Senior Two champions May & Baker reserves, runners-up Herongate Athletic, Frenford Reserves, Ongar Town, Ramsden Scotia and Rayleigh Town Reserves. Last term’s strugglers Harold Hill return after being spared a drop down a division.

EOFL Senior Division Two

2018-19 season Constitution

Beacon Hill Rovers, Chingford Athletic, Harold Wood Athletic Res., Lakeside, Manford Way Res., May & Baker A, Newham Utd, Rochford Town, Runwell Sports, Ryan, Shoebury Town, Toby, Upminster

Senior Two also has 13 teams contesting the division, including relegated Runwell Sports who will look to bounce-back after a trying season last time out. May & Baker also bring in a new ‘A’ side to the division, in some ways it replaces the Under-21 side which has been withdrawn from the Olympian Lge’s U21 division this term.

Former Essex Alliance Lge side Chingford Athletic also rise two divisions after topping the table in Senior Four last term. The other promoted sides are from he top four sides from Senior Three, runners-up Shoebury Town plus Harold Wood Ath Reserves and Beacon Hill Rovers. Champions Manford Way Reserves have since withdrawn from the Olympian League (Updated: 12th July 2018)

The divisional changes also prevented the bottom two outfits from last term, Rochford Town and Ryan from going down to Senior Three. Finally, the name Lakeside returns after competing as ‘A1 Sports’ last term.


EOFL Senior Division Three

2018-19 season Constitution

Academy Soccer, Heybridge Swifts Dev., Hutton Res., Laindon Orient, Leigh Town, Old Chelmsfordians Res., Old Southendian Res., Roydon, Wakering Sports, Westhamians, White Ensign Res.

** United London have withdrawn from the league (as of July 4, 2018)**

Finally for this article, Senior Three welcomes two new sides in Heybridge Swifts Development and Laindon Orient while four further teams are promoted, two from Senior Four in Old Southendian Reserves and Wakering Sports (who were known as Southend Sports last term)  and two more sideys jumping up from Senior Five in Academy Soccer and Westhamians, who coincidentally were the top two sides in that division last term.

Debden Sports have withdrawn from the league after struggling in the latter half of last season.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this preview, the Olympian League round-up’s will return on this blog this coming season, with the possible addition of Senior Division Three. For now, it’s goodbye.

2018-19 Season Preview: Essex Olympian League part 1: Premier Division (EOFL 28.6.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to a little preview of  the Essex Olympian League for the 2018-19 season – with this first part looking at the top tier of the EOFL which is a division that has seen quite a degree of change.

Look out for further articles looking at Senior Division One, Senior Division Two and Senior Division Three in the near future.

EOFL Premier Division


Bishop’s Stortford Swifts, Buckhurst Hill, Canning Town, Catholic Utd, Great Baddow, Harold Wood Athletic, Hutton, Kelvedon Hatch, Leigh Ramblers, Manford Way, Old Southendian, Rayleigh Town, Springfield, Sungate

This season there will be 14 clubs contesting what could be a promotion place (subject to ground grading) into the Eastern Senior League in a 26-match season.
Firstly, with the recognised names of Frenford, May & Baker and White Ensign moving up to the Eastern Senior League Division South, the League have reacted by promoting five clubs (Senior One Champions Buckhurst Hill, Great Baddow, Hutton plus Old Southendian and Sungate).

Last season’s champions Catholic Utd start a new era as not only will they have a new management team – they also have a new home ground as they have agreed to ground-share at Bowers & Pitsea on their new 3G surface.

Elsewhere, Manford Way have appointed former Brentwood Town and Wadham boss Tony Ievoli as their new manager as they will undoubtedly look to improve on last season’s 10th place finish.

In my opinion, this is once again an open division though the likes of former champions Springfield, Harold Wood Athletic and Catholic Utd will look to push on from good campaigns last time out while the top three in Senior One last season which was Buckhurst Hill, Great Baddow and Hutton may surprise one or two despite the step up.

Interestingly, following a trial in other Step 7 divisions last season, the ‘Sin Bin’ (for dissent) system will come into the EOFL starting from the 2018-19 season.

For more info on that via the EOFL website:   

Report in-Brief: White Ensign 4 – 3 Catholic Utd (EOFL 19.5.18)

Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Saturday 19th May 2018 – 2.30pm

2017 – 18 Season: Match 71

The Len Forge Centre 3G pitch before KO

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a sun-bathed mid-May afternoon, I made my first visit proper to the Len Forge Centre to see EOFL Premier champions Catholic Utd finish the season at local rivals White Ensign.

In what ended up being a rather entertaining encounter, the hosts led after just five minutes with home skipper David Limber forcing the ball home to give his side the lead. A depleted Utd squad struggled to hold the enterprising attacking play of the hosts at times with Godwin-Green making a couple of important saves to keep his team in the match. Though three minutes before the interval, winger Lloyd Wilson struck to double the hosts’ lead. Though Utd responded only a minute later through centre-back Ellis Sands.

Half-Time: White Ensign  2 – 1  Catholic Utd

After the break, the match became even more open-ended as first, Limber struck again [50′] to restore the hosts’ two-goal cushion though again, the Super Hoops hit back through Dan Williams’ header.

Liam Sewell’s sweet strike thundered into the net to make it 4 – 2 on 65 minutes before another from Catholic defender Sands completed the scoring on a day where the hosts celebrated 4th place.

Full-Time: White Ensign 4 – 3 Catholic Utd



Essex Olympian League round-up (EOFL 16.5.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my last round-up of Olympian Lge action this term. In this week’s action, the dstination of the Premier Division title was confirmed, along with other crucial results across the top three-tiers.

Essex Olympian League Premier Division

In the lead match on Saturday, Catholic Utd knew a draw would be enough to seal another title for them and they edged a committed match 1 – 0 against Bishop’s Stortford Swifts in their fourth match of the week. Harley Kee got the only goal to seal the Super Hoops 15th win of the league season though the celebrations were tempered by the following news that co-managers James Paviour and Dan Trenkel will step down following this weekend’s match at White Ensign.

Elsewhere, Leigh Ramblers won at Basildon Town 2 – 1 to rise to 8th in the standings after the weekend’s action. Town suffered their 21st defeat in their 24 matches this term here and will surely look to have a better season next time out. Also, Kelvedon Hatch were held 2 – 2 by Harold Wood Athletic. Kelvedons goals came through James Burt and Ben Gibbons while Ath were grateful for Charlie Liddiard and Robert Whitnell strikes to claim the point which took them 3rd while the hosts were 6th after the weekend’s matches.

White Ensign remain 5th by virtue of a ‘Home Walkover’ victory over Manford Way who couldn’t field a side in their final match of the season, which saw them drop to 10th following a points deduction.


Into Olympian Senior One now and Sungate powered past relegated Harold Hill 5- 1 to rise to 5th in the standings following the weekend’s action. Hutton drew 1 – 1 with champions Buckhurst Hill and Old Southendian were held to the same scoreline by Snaresbrook.

Lastly for the Saturday action, in Senior Two, Newham Utd thumped Upminster 6 – 0 to leave the visitors sweating over their place in the division next season. Utd are 8th, with one match left. Also, Ramsden Scotia’s promotion hopes had a setback as they were held 0 – 0 by rivals Herongate Athletic, who ended their season here.


Moving onto the midweek action now and on Monday night in Senior One, Newbury Forest triumphed 4 – 3 over Great Baddow in an epic match to really put ‘a spanner in the works’ of Baddow’s promotion dreams. Baddow ended their season here, while Hutton need to beat Harold Hill this weekend to pip Baddow to promotion. Forest go up to 8th spot with this win.

On Tuesday night, in Olympian Premier, Springfield won 3 – 2 at May & Baker in what was both clubs’ last match of the season. Springfield finish 3rd while the hosts finish the season in 7th though a bright future awaits them. In Senior One, Sungate confirmed a top-four finish by holding Buckhurst Hill 3 – 3 at Ilford Wanderers Rugby Club.

In Senior Two, Ramsden Scotia kept their promotion dreams alive with a 2 – 0 home win over Rochford Town. Scotia’s 15th win of the season here means a win on May 26th at Newham will see them promoted. At the other end of the scale, Rochford’s 17th loss of the season meant they will drop back to Division Three next term, unless they get a repreieve, ala last term.

Also on Tuesday was the EOFL Senior Cup Final at Bishop’s Stortford FC’s Dunmow Road home, and Frenford won 4 – 2 against fellow Premier Division side Leigh Ramblers to claim the trophy. Ramblers led early through Tom Hollingsworth and Andrew Webster goals though a brace from Ashley Taylor-Forbes plus strikes from Charlie Fairhead and substitute Nick Hughes powered the top tier runners-up to glory.


And that’s all from this round-up and for the round-up’s this season. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading and that you agree that it gives EOFL clubs the ‘limelight’ that they deserve.

Essex Olympian League round-up (EOFL 10.5.18)


Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to what is likely to be my second-last round-up of Essex Olympian League action this term. As in previous weeks, I’ll begin with the weekend’s action then move on to the midweek action in the top three tiers.


Anagram Records Trophy Final

Despite a continuing heavy fixture pile-up, Catholic Utd defeated Broadfields 2 – 0 to claim another bit f silverware for the trophy cabinet. Goals from Harley Kee and Dan Williams ‘sealed the deal’ for the Super Hoops.


Essex Olympian League Premier Division

On a reduced day of fixtures, White Ensign continued their recent good patch with a 3 – 0 success at relegated Basildon Town. Luke Skinner, David Limber and Liam Sewell all found the net to keep Brett Munyard’s side 5th after the weekend’s action.

Elsewhere, Kelvedon Hatch won 2 – 1 at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts thanks to strikes from Lee Newton and substitute James Burt while Daniel Callaway hit back for Swifts. And in a clash of two of the top four sides, Harold Wood Athletic drew 2 – 2 with Springfield. Danny Gilliard and Robert Whitnell netted for Ath while Andrew Elgar and Joe Mayer replied for Springfield, who remain 3rd, ahead of Ath on goal difference alone.


EOFL Senior Division One

There were certainly goals aplenty in Senior One on Saturday. Great Baddow retained their hopes of promotion with a 5 – 2 triumph at Harold Hill. Goals from Ryan Baxter, Matthew Crick, Oliver Evans, Jack Mead and substitute Luke Perry secured Baddow their 16th win of the season.

Hutton also ‘did their bit’ with a 5 – 0 thrashing of out-of-form Snaresbrook. A brace from Dan Carpenter plus strikes from Robert Lorkins, Keelan O’Donovan and substitute George Nash meant the hosts grabbed their 15th win of the campaign and if they win both of their remaining games then they will be promoted.

In other action, Galleywood won 2 – 0 at Old Southendian, thanks to Jack Chatterway and substitute Matthew Buckingham strikes to rise to 10th after the weekend’s action. Also, Buckhurst Hill secured a well-earned promotion and the Senior One title with a 5 – 3 home win over mid-table FC Hamlets and Sungate found some form to defeat Shenfield AFC 4 – 2 to obtain their 10th success of the season.

In Senior Division Two, Rayleigh Town Reserves did local rivals Rochford a favour by handing Upminster another loss as they won 2 – 1. A Dillon Southgate brace was too much to overcome for the visitors, who replied through Louis Elwood’s goal. Also, Newham Utd ended Benfleet’s winning run as they drew 1 – 1. After the weekend’s action, Newham are 8th and Benfleet stay 4th.


Moving onto the midweek action now and in the Essex Premier Cup final held at Thurrock’s Ship Lane on Monday, Catholic Utd suffered a rare loss to Senior One champions Buckhurst Hill. Hill won it 2 – 0 though Utd’s Brad Wiliams suffered a serious injury during this match and we wish Brad a speedy recovery. Congratulations go to Buckhurst Hill who ‘rubber-stamped’ an excellent season for them here.

Onto Tuesday’s solitary match in the Premier Division now, where Canning Town edged to a 2 – 1 victory over May & Baker, which means Town will finish the season in 11th place.

On Wednesday night in Olympian Premier, Catholic Utd edged to a 1 – 0 win over in-form White Ensign at the Len Salmon Stadium. This vital win means they only need a single point from their two remaining matches to leapfrog Frenford and claim the Premier Division title. Ensign remain 5th in the standings.

Elsewhere, Kelvedon Hatch picked up another win, 6 – 2 at Manford Way to go above May & Baker into 6th spot thanks to win #10 of the season. Manford sit 8th.

In Senior One on Wednesday, FC Hamlets rose to 5th after a 3 – 0 victory over Old Southendian. Old Southendian slip below their opponents here into 6th. In a match held at Runwell Chase, Old Chelmsfordians narrowly defeated Runwell Sports 3 – 2 to stay 11th though also go level on points with Newbury Forest. Runwell’s season ended here and only three victories this term is perhaps a signal of why they finished bottom.

Also, Galleywood v Harold Hill ended in a “Home Walkover” as struggling Harold Hill couldn’t field a side. Hill will go down and may end up bottom if a likely further points deduction materialises. Galleywood end their season in 8th.


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




Essex Olympian League Fixtures (EOFL 5.5.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)


Hello & welcome to a one-off look at this weekend’s fixtures in the top three divisions of the Essex Olympian League this weekend.


Saturday 5th May

Essex Olympian Premier Division

Basildon Town (R) v White Ensign

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts v Kelvedon Hatch

Harold Wood Athletic v Springfield


Anagram Records Trophy Final

Catholic Utd v Broadfields


Essex Olympian League Senior Division One

Buckhurst Hill  v  FC Hamlets

Harold Hill v Great Baddow

Hutton  v  Snaresbrook

Old Southendian  v  Galleywood

Sungate  v  Shenfield AFC


Essex Olympian League Senior Division Two

A1 Sports  v  May & Baker E.C Reserves

Newham Utd  v Benfleet

Rayleigh Town Reserves  v  Upminster


My semi-regular round-up will return next week.