Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]
Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Olympian League round-up, with data compiled by fellow Non-League writer Scott Lanza, my thanks to him. This round-up takes in the the top four tiers of league action plus a smattering of other results in Senior Lge Cup and the Anagram Records Trophy. Ta for reading.
EOFL Premier Division
Buckhurst Hill soared to another victory with a 5 – 0 home win over Canning Town. Suley Zuhdu and Steve Townsend both notched doubles with Billy Wells the other scorer as Hill went two points clear at the top.
Hutton were held 1 – 1 by Leigh Ramblers at Polo Fields. Tom Price’s free-kick accounted for Hutton’s goal though Ramblers responded through Jamie Selby-Knight as the points were shared.
Kelvedon Hatch were held 2 – 2 by Old Southendian at New Hall. Michael Daniels got both of the Hatch strikes, while Ruari McIntyre and Reece Brandon strikes snuffed out the chances of a victory for Hatch.
Rayleigh Town defeated Great Baddow 4 – 1 as goals from Paul Morris, Bailey Moss, Harry Talbot and Cameron Glover sent the home side to a fine win. Ashley Cole got one back for Baddow though they fell to defeat here.
And finally in the EOFL top-tier, Harold Wood Athletic were also held 1 – 1 by visitors Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Charlie Liddiard struck for the hosts though Danny Morgan replied for Mark Watters’ side as the match ended honours-even.
Senior League Cup
Shenfield AFC 2 – 5 Sungate
Anagram Records Trophy R’s
Manford Way 3 – 6 Sarratt
Sporting Hackney 0 – 4 Catholic Utd
EOFL Senior Div One
In Olympian Division One, Snaresbrook remain leaders after Tyrique Solomon’s hat-trick was enough to power past Rayleigh Town Res with a 3-0 win keeping them top on goal difference. Ramsden Scotia are right on their tails though as they won 1 – 0 at home to Galleywood with Ryan Leddra the difference-maker with the only goal there.
Ongar Town were the stand-out winners in Div One at the weekend with a 5 – 0 victory at home to Herongate Athletic. A brace from James Stevens plus strikes by Lee Perry, Sean Green and Ben Polley consigned Herongate to a spot in the bottom two.
Meanwhile, May & Baker Reserves were thumped 4 – 1 at home to Frenford’s Ressies, who moved out of the bottom two with that win.
EOFL Snr Div Two
In Senior Division Two, Lakeside powered to a 6 – 1 win over Beacon Hill Rovers thanks to a treble from Drew Klessa-Smith, a brace from Connor White and one from Charlie Ashpole. Charlie Brewer got the solitary consolation for Rovers though they were well-beaten here.
Chingford Athletic won 3 – 1 at Rochford Town as Eric Kelly, Jack Yates and substitute Tayo Olasanoye all netted for Ath while Dwayne Francis-Riley pulled one back for Town.
Leaders Shoebury Town edged to a 3 – 2 win over Runwell Sports, thanks largely to in-form marksman Dominic Binns who stood out with another hat-trick to take his tally to an incredible 19 already this term. Aaron Rix and John Smithwick scored the goals for ten-man Runwell.
Toby won 2 – 1 at home against Harold Wood Athletic Reserves with Justin Clarke and Des Gallen notching for the hosts, while Chris Pope halved the arrears for the Ath Reserve side who are three points behind free-scoring leaders Shoebury Town.
Ryan picked up a home win, 2 – 0 over bottom side May & Baker ‘A’ to send themselves out of the bottom two. M & B ‘A’ have a staggering -35 goal difference now after five successive league defeats.
EOFL Snr Div Three
In the solitary match played in Division Three, Laindon Orient out-matched White Ensign Res with a 5-0 home victory. Samuel Lake’s hat-trick plus strikes from Rodney Sarsah-Wilson and James Shadwell saw Neil Blackburn’s side to victory here.