S21-22 Match Report: West Essex 2 – 4 Takeley (Sat 16 Oct) [ESL 21/22 17.10.21]

ESL crest

Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Wadham Lodge Stadium

Attendance: 57

2021-22 Season: Match 33

Saturday 16th October 2021 – 3pm KO

West Essex: Yellow & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

Takeley: Royal Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Both sides about to kick-off at Wadham Lodge

Takeley outpace West with strong performance at Wadham Lodge

West Essex  2 – 4  Takeley

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

This weekend’s match was a interesting match between two mid-table sides in West Essex and Takeley, in a hastily-arranged Essex Senior League match at Wadham Lodge, after both sides’ initial opponents this weekend had to withdraw because of Covid-related reasons. West had Dan Russell between the posts, with a defence of Michael Morris, Emmanuel Oluwole, Nick Walk and Sam McNally. Skipper Cameron Gray led the forward line here, alongside Symeon Taylor and Moyo Ajibade. The likes of Samraj Gill, Callum Bloss and Demitris Frangeskides were all options from the bench for Kwame Kwateng’s side. Takeley were managed here by Kevin Riley, with manager Marc Das on holiday. Sam Soutar was the goalkeeper for them, with Glenn O’Hanlon captaining the side and a youthful front three of George Frodsham, Elliott Long and Kieran Southgate. Options on their bench included stalwart George Wappett and Theo Campbell.

It was the visitors who got the match underway with the most promise as the stags looked somewhat devoid of energy and focus. Takeley were not going to pass up a chance to obtain the impetus here though and their direct style was rewarded with a goal after five minutes. In a good move involving Kieran Southgate, he found forward George Frodsham who in turn unselfishly played in Elliott Long who slotted home calmly under West stopper Dan Russell’s legs to give the visitors the lead. West Essex were not finding their usual rhythm going forward though Symeon Taylor did make a good run down the right channel and the eventual cross was forced behind by full-ed James Darvill who got in a good position to clear. The hosts were starting to have more possession but didn’t look entirely like they would get back into the match at this point.


Skipper Cameron Gray curled a set-piece from 20 yards wide of the right-sided corner of the goal but it was Takeley who looked stronger on the counter-attack. In another decent move, Frodsham’s initial strike was blocked though the ball was recycled well and captain Glenn O’Hanlon’s stinging drive needed the time intervention of full-back sam McNally for the hosts. West responded with a good mazy run by attacking midfielder Mohamud Kaudeer in a passing move with ended with Taylor’s low shot being gathered well by visiting custodian Sam Soutar.

Takeley did get that crucial second goal nine minutes before the break. Southgate was prevented from breaking past the home defence by covering defender Nick Walk too strongly in referee Matt Rowling’s view and so awarded Takeley a free-kick in a dangerous area (see picture). Long stepped up to curl it towards goal, and although Russell got a glove on it, it still curled in off of the right-side post and into the net. You couldn’t really argue with the visitors having a decent lead at the interval, and West had a lot to do to get back in this game.

Takeley forward Elliott Long (#10) about to strike free-kick which goes in

Half-Time: West Essex 0 – 2 Takeley

We certainly had enough action to entertain the crowd in the early part of the second period. A minute into the half, a good run down the left flank by Frodsham ended with the ball being half-cleared but Takeley continued the pressure as Freddie Burrell fired narrowly over the woodwork. However, West did get that crucial next goal on 48 minutes. Forward Moyo Ajibade’s initial strike on goal was well-blocked, but the ball did fall kindly to skipper Gray who calmly struck low past Soutar to get his side back in the contest.

Or so they thought. Unfortunately for the hosts, Takeley responded immediately at the other end as Burrell powered in a fine low effort beyond the reach of Russell a minute later to restore Takeley’s two-goal lead. West Essex were starting tocreate chances somewhat more readily as the hour mark approached but Gray was unable to defeat Soutar, when one-on-one as he sent another effort on goal wide of the left-side post. The hosts’ day got worse on the hour as Southgate was felled in the penalty area by goalkeeper Russell, which earned him a booking. Long took the resulting penalty, smashing it into the left corner to surely put the game beyond doubt.


To be fair to West, they did show more attacking promise in the last twenty-five minutes, as Demetris Frangeskides came on to replace Ajibade. With 73 minutes on the watch, a rare defensive error allowed Frangeskides to slot home past Soutar with a low strike to make it 2 – 4. The tiring Takeley defence did maintain their focus well as the Stags really pushed forward in numbers. Energetic full-back Michael Morris made a fine late run into the box and was only denied a chance to bypass Soutar one-on-one by a well-timed tackle by teenage midfielder Charlie Dobinson.

Long skewed another chance wide of goal in thew last few minutes but it was without doubt his day anyway as Takeley held on well to claim a very good win here, which takes them up to 12th, while West drop down to tenth.


Full-Time:  West Essex  2 – 4  Takeley

In summary, this match showed that you can’t have a poor start to the match as West did in the opening half-hour, which Takeley took advantage of to give them a two-goal advantage at the interval.  West did threaten a comeback soon after the in

In a match of some quality as this was, I’ll start with the victors. Elliott Long continued his fine season with a fine treble, and he harried the home defence well, giving them little respite, particularly in the first half with his pace, energy and finishing. Strike partner George Frodsham also played his part in that effort too, and was unselfish in playing in Long for the opening goal early on. I also felt right-back James Darvill had an excellent match, both in defence and going forward, making several important tackles and contributing to his team’s counter-attacks well. Finally, skipper Glenn O’Hanlon put in a fine display in central midfield which unsettled the hosts’ rhythm at times. For West, skipper Cameron Gray put in a tireless performance and kept going well showing decent movement and dribbling, deserving his goal at the start of the second half. Centre-back Emmanuel Oluwole put in a good display to stop Takeley ending the match as a contest before the interval, making several good interceptions and showing good positioning. Mohamud Kaudeer also had a good game, looking to build his side’s attacking moves and made a few dangerous runs and telling passes. Finally, Emmanuel Wazola merits a mention for a good performance to assist his defence and build forward moves as well.

Best wishes to both sides for the remainder of the season.


Teams

West Essex     |  Manager: Kwame Kwateng  | Assistant: George Karsa

Starting XI (Subs): 13 Dan Russell (GK), 15 Michael Morris, 5 Emmanuel Oluwole, 23 Nick Walk, 4 Sam McNally (10 Callum Bloss 78′), 6 Oliseh Okganu, 17 Emmanuel Wazola, 21 Mohamud Kaudeer, 11 Cameron Gray (Capt), 9 Symeon Taylor (20 David Bell 79′), 18 Moyo Ajibade (7 Demitris Frangeskides 67′)

Goal-scorers: Cameron Gray [48′], Demitris Frangeskides [73′]

Booked: Russell | Subs Not Used: Hardy, Gill


Takeley  | Interim Manager: Kevin Riley | Interim Assistant: Steven Pridmore

Starting XI: 1 Sam Soutar (GK), 2 James Darvill, 3 Andre Humphrey, 4 Charlie Dobinson, 5 George Powell, 6 Tom Jelliman (15 Theo Campbell 61′), 7 Freddie Burrell (14 George Wappett 66′), 8 Glenn O’Hanlon (Capt), 9 George Frodsham, 10 Elliott Long, 11 Kieran Southgate (16 Charlie Allum 69′)

Goal-scorers: Elliott Long [5′, 36′, (pen) 62′], Freddie Burrell [49′]

Booked: Campbell  | Subs Not Used: L Powell

Referee: Matt Rowling
Assistants: Martin Quinn & Muzackir Hussain

S 21-22 Match Report: Benfleet 2 – 2 Burnham Ramblers (Wed 13 Oct) [EaSL Sth 14.10.21]

Eastern Senior League South (Step 6)

Venue: Park Lane, Canvey

2021-22 Season: Match 31

Attendance: 81

Wednesday 13 October 2021 – 7.45pm KO

Benfleet: Sky Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts,  Sky Blue Socks

Burnham R: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Yellow Socks


Burnham hit late leveller to claim decent point at Park Lane

Benfleet 2 – 2 Burnham Ramblers

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

This week’s midweek match was a rare excursion to Park Lane to see two sides hoping to be in the running for promotion from Eastern Senior League South come April in Benfleet and visitors Burnham Ramblers. Benfleet manager Rob Polkinghorn rotated his squad for this game and fielded a defensive four of Billy Carter, Martyn Lacey, Sonny Hartman and Cameron Harris, son of forward Millwall legend Neil. Taylor Lawrence and skipper Aaron Russell were the players promoted to attack, with support from the flanks by Luc Harpon and Ben Foord. Options from their bench included former Burnham defender Ryan Willsmer, recent recruit David Salako and goal-scoring forward Billy Bonham-Dare. Luke Goodson’s side incuded Adam French in goal, a central defensive pairing of Matthew Stevens-Brown and Ben Wood, with captain Charlie Brewer and Eddie Appleton in midfield and a forward line of Adebolu Adeyemi, Samir Ali and Harry Shawyer.

Both sides knew the importance of the points here I believe and as you sometimes see in these type of matches, it was a tepid start in terms of chances at either end. Burnham forward Samir Ali had fired over in the opening minutes but we had an early stoppage after a rash tackle by the onrushing Liam Barry saw him clatter into home stopper Florent Gislette, which left the custodian in considerable pain and needing treatment. Admirably though, Gislette continued and Barry was given a early booking. Both sides were showing the way they play, with good passing, movement and possession but they were also both somewhat lacking that final ball that you need to bypass defences. The hosts were unfortunate on 21 minutes as winger Luc Harpon’s teasing cross evaded both the visiting backline and stopper Adam French but forward Ben Foord was agonizingly out of reach of the ball at the far post.


Benfleet were showing glimpses of finding their form, but on the half-hour, they conceded a spot-kick, with tricky Burnham forward Samir Ali felled in the eighteen-yard area. Ali stepped up himself and blasted a firm strike into left-side corner to give Ramblers the lead. Benfleet responded with some vigour, as attacking midfielder Aaron Russell outran the onrushing French but the Burnham custodian did well to recover his position to deny Foord with his follow-up strike. Moments later, a good header from a set-piece by Cameron Harris was clawed away well by French. By contrast, the visitors were unable to unsettle Gislette after the early incident but a Eddie Appleton free-kick did force the Benfleet stopper into gathering the ball minutes before the interval.


Half-Tme: Benfleet 0 – 1 Burnham Ramblers

So it was the Ramblers who held a narrow lead going into the second period. Benfleet did find their rhythm around the hour mark but again were thwarted by Burnham ‘keeper French. Russell had a good chance from close range but the custodian denied him and Foord’s strike on the rebound and perhaps you would start to think it wasn’t going to be the hosts’ night. Not a bit of it – they levelled on 64 minutes as French made another good parry from an initial effort but the bounce rather caught the unfortunate stopper unawares which allowed Foord to head in the rebound. It was as much as ‘Fleet deserved after spurning several decent half-chances prior to that point.

Foord was the chief threat really to a stern Burnham defence who did clear the ball from danger fairly well throughout, even if Benfleet were still stuttering in their quest to find that clinical final pass. As we entered the last fifteen minutes of the match, the tempo ramped up another notch or two. Full-back Billy Carter did well to grab a yard of space in the penalty area to strike an effort on goal which French did well to sprawl over to deny him as the hosts were really the stronger side by this point. Benfleet winger Luc Harpon had made some good runs at times in this match again and another threatening centre from the left side of pemalty area found substitute Billy Bonham-Dare who slotted home past French from close range, barely a minute after coming on to give the hosts the advantage.


The drama didn’t end there though. Benfleet’s defence rather switched off less than two minutes later and on the counter-attack, a move involving forward Adebolu Adeyemi and replacement Tom Howard found Harry Shawyer in space and with only Gislette to beat, he powered in a low drive into the corner of the net to claw back a useful point.  Benfleet had Foord sin-binned in added time for reacting to the referee’s decisions but it was too late to really undermine the home side. You could argue Burnham were fortunate to grab a draw given they had few real chances in the second half but then you also have to factor in that Benfleet really had to see the last five minutes of the match out which they were unable to do.

In fairness though, it is hard to be too critical as it again shows how unpredictable this division is and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a very tightly-packed top eight sides once again as the season progresses.


Full-Time: Benfleet  2 – 2  Burnham Ramblers

In terms of stand-out performances, we’ll start with Benfleet. Winger Luc Harpon had another good game and his presence on the flank unsettled the visiting defence and his assist for the second goal highlighted his value to the side, even when he didn’t get too much of the ball here. Full-back Billy Carter put in another strong, energetic performance, showing good awareness and passing. Defender Sonny Hartman was pushing his side to create forward moves as the ball-playing central defender and forward Ben Foord’s presence in attack meant the Burnham defence had to concentrate and have a solid game. For Burnham, goalkeeper Adam French pulled off several good saves and kept his side in the match, while forward Samir Ali again had a good game, being the most promising outlet for Luke Goodson’s side here. Harry Shawyer also made some good runs and took his goal well, plus centre-back Matthew Stevens-Brown had a good match, making several interceptions to stifle the hosts’ forward line.

All told, it was a good evening’s action. Thanks to the hosts for their kind welcome & also a thank you to my friends Pete Dudley, DW and Rob Parker – it is always nice to be surrounded by good company at matches.

Best wishes to both teams for the rest of the campaign.


Benfleet  | Manager: Robert Polkinghorn  | Assistant: Rob Rook

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Florent Gislette (GK), 2 Billy Carter, 3 Martyn Lacey (16 Joe Hunter 61′) 5 Cameron Harris, 6 Sonny Hartman, 4 Stephen Ellery (17 Billy Bonham-Dare 82′), 10 Lee Scott (15 David Salako 71′), 8 Taylor Lawrence, 9 Aaron Russell (Capt), 7 Luc Harpon, 11 Ben Foord

Goal-scorers: Ben Foord [64′]  Billy Bonham-Dare [83′]

Booked: Hartman | Sin-Bin: Ben Foord [90’+1]  | Subs Not Used: Willsmer, Shave


Burnham Ramblers  | Manager: Luke Goodson  |  Assistant: Ross Mernick

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Adam French (GK), 7 Joe Howard (2 Ben Jackman 46′), 11 Liam Barry (16 Shemarie Perkins-Palmer 82′), 4 Matthew Stevens-Brown, 5 Ben Wood, 6 Calum Smith, 8 Eddie Appleton, 17 Charles Brewer (Capt) (15 Tom Howard 74′), 12 Harry Shawyer, 9 Adebolu Adeyemi, 10 Samir Ali

Goal-scorers: Samir Ali [pen 30′], Harry Shawyer [85′]

Booked: Barry  | Subs Not Used: Da Costa, Walker


Referee: Tommy Breen
Assistants: Martin Green & Jamie Wood

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & EJC (Sat 9 Oct) [EOFL 21/22 10.10.21]

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

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 9 October. This weekend saw some big results and some surprising results in matches played.  This week, the focus is on the top four divisions with results from Divisions Four & Five and the plethora of Essex Junior Cup matches tie involving an EOFL side and two Essex Premier Cup matches which saw one surprise result.

Many thanks for reading.

Image from Rochford Town v Wakebury (Sat 9 October, Image: Scott W)

Saturday 9 October

EOFL Premier Division 

We begin as ever in the Premier Division, and Basildon Town went back up into second place with a 5 – 2 triumph over rivals Hutton. Adam Bessadi struck twice, with Jamie Selby-Knight, Benjamin Smith and player-boss Marcus Bowers on target here. Catholic Utd went up to fifth spot after a good 3 – 1 win at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts, thanks in no small part to a hat-trick from Jay Nash for Simon Thomas’ side. Joe Holt got the solitary reply for Swifts, who remain third-bottom.

Elsewhere, Galleywood went into the top ten as they won 4 – 2 at Harold Wood Athletic. Thomas Watling grabbed a fine treble to take his personal tally to seven league goals thus far, with Freddie Bartram also on target for the Chelmsford-based side. James Pottle got both of the Wood’s goals, as he reached five for the season here, but Gary Willis’ team are fourth-bottom, six points adrift of the top eight.  In other results, Kelvedon Hatch continued their impressive start to the campaign with as they secured a huge 8 – 0 win over Leigh Ramblers at New Hall. Hatch are now up to fourth spot, whilst Old Southendian also got a surprise 3 – 1 win over Ongar Town at Garon Park, which takes Altar Ali’s side up to seventh spot, while Ongar’s lead at the top is reduced to just a single point.


EOFL Division One 

In the second-tier, Wakering Sports are the leaders by three points still after a superb 4 – 1 home win over Snaresbrook. Aaron Marshall & Stephen Solarin scored, as did substitutes Matthew Catlin and Mohammed Sesay to give Mitchell Gleeson’s side the win. Runwell Sports are the nearest challengers, as an OG was enough to give them a 1 – 0 success at Corinthians, who drop to fifth in a tight top end of the table. Leigh Town also impressed, as they won 3 – 1 at Epping Town. Brodie Horne got another brace to take his tally to eight already this term, with Sam Irvine also netting for Jack Pearman’s side. Substitute Peter Paoletti got a consolation goal but Epping drop to ninth.

In other results, Old Chelmsfordians edged to a 3 – 2 win over Herongate Athletic, with two Robbie Farrell spot-kicks not enough to overhaul the OC’s. Chingford Athletic also got the better of Toby, winning 4 – 2 at Town Mead to go into seventh, two points adrift of their opponents this weekend.


EOFL Division Two

In Division Two, with leaders ACD Utd in Premier Cup action it was a chance for the challengers to gain ground. Shoebury Town rose to fourth spot after a convincing 5 – 1 victory over AS Rawreth at Cupid’s. Stalwart Garry Johnson netted four goals along with one from Oliver Chew to steer Jason Doyle’s side to their third win this season. Rawreth slide to into the bottom four. Wakebury are up to third after a 5 – 3 triumph at Rochford Town, in the match I attended this weekend. Max Hall notched twice, with Will Wheeler, Danny Buglione and Kofi Gyamfi also on target for Matt Cardy’s side. Harry Ford scored two for the hosts, with Freddie Pettitt also notching for Jim Cooper’s side. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/10/09/s21-22-match-report-rochford-town-3-5-wakebury-sat-9-oct-eofl/

Elsewhere, Harold Hill are now three points ahead of ACD at the summit after a nerve-jangling 4 – 3 success over local rivals Harold Wood Athletic Ressies at Noak Hill. Emmanuel Ampaabeng and substitutes Thomas Butler & Tisore Ogungbayi all netted for Steve Hubbard’s side but Hill struck four goals of their own to claim a seventh win in eight games. Also, May & Baker A went up to mid-table after a 6 – 4 win against Rayleigh Town Reserves. Ryan Stowell struck a hat-trick for Matt Guidera & Steve Hogg’s team, with Anthony Cooke, Jeese Martin and Rowan Newland also on target for Bakers’ development side.


Essex Premier Cup

In the two Premier Cup ties this week, Division Two side ACD Utd grabbed a surprise 3 – 1 triumph at Premier side Rayleigh Town. Billy Wren notched twice for Greg Knock’s side, with Charlie Munns also on the score-sheet as they advanced into the next round. The same fortune wasn’t there for Hutton Res as they fell to 5 – 3 loss to Essex Senior Reserve side Frenford Res. Jack Shaw notched another two goals for the Hutton second side, and was joined on the scorers’ sheet by Harry Calder but the visitors triumphed thanks to a treble by Reece Morley plus strikes by Wisley Baltazar and Jack Taylor.


EOFL Division Three

Just two matches in Division Three due to the Junior Cup action (listed below). Basildon Town Res rose to fourth place as they consigned Corinthians Res to a 7 – 1 defeat at Basildon Sports Club. Nathan Fisher grabbed a fine treble, with Conor Mead and replacement Sam Marsh also notched doubles in this big win. In the other game, Wakering Sports Res are now in second spot on goal difference as they convincingly won 6 – 1 at Toby Res


Essex Junior Cup Results

Ashingdon  2 – 4 Pitsea Athletic

Barking U23 A – W  Leytonstone Utd   (Away Walkover)

Catholic Utd Res  12 – 0  AS Rawreth Res

Galleywood Res  0 – 1  Roydon

Hashtag Utd Dev.  4 – 1  Wakering Sports A

Hullbridge Sports Res  0 – 2 Thorpe Athletic

Leigh Ramblers Res  1 – 1  Old Southendian A  (OS won 4 – 3 on pens)

Leigh Town Res  0 – 1  Southend Rangers

Old Barkabbeyans  3 – 0  Tilbury U23

Old Chelmsfordians Res  7 – 2  Epping Town Res

Ongar Town Res  1 – 1 Sandon Royals (Ongar won 3 – 2 on pens)

Runwell Sports Res  3 – 4  Debden

Springfield Res  3 – 0  Thaxted Rangers

Sungate Dev.  5 – 4  Collier Row


EOFL Division Four Result

Shenfield AFC Res  2 – 0  Southend Manor Dev.  | Warley Playing Fields


EOFL Division Five Results

Snaresbrook Res  3 – 2  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  | Nutters Field

Wakebury Res  2 – 4  Pitsea Athletic Res  | Nursery Sports Ground

S21-22 Match Report: Rochford Town 3 – 5 Wakebury (Sat 9 Oct) [EOFL 21/22 9.10.21]

Essex Olympian League – Division Two

Venue: Rochford Recreation Ground

2021-22 Season: Match 30

Attendance: 15 (Est)

Saturday 9th October 2021 – 2pm KO

Rochford: Red & Yellow Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Wakebury: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks


Wakebury’s goal power sees them to good win at Rochford Town

Rochford Town  3 – 5  Wakebury

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

This weekend I did well to even keep my record of Saturday matches going (being honest) as I elected for this local Essex Olympian League Division Two match between my local club Rochford Town and visitors Wakebury. The hosts got a crucial win last week and fielded Elliott Pattison in goal, with a defensive four of Keaton Holyland, Alex Gray, Jack Clarke and Jamie Skinner. Club stalwart Freddie Pettitt skippered the side, with Harry Ford and Luke Jackson leading the forward line. Wakebury were missing a few players here, including injured goalkeeper Josh Harrison and forward Ibrahim Kagbanda. We did see a rare start for assistant boss Dan Blewett in goal, with a back three of Jack Smith, Elliott Hutchinson-Khupe and Ben Perry. Sam Rowe and Kofi Gyamfi were the wing-backs, with Max Hall and Harry Kateley leading the attack.

We didn’t have to wait long for the chances to start cropping up in this one. Five minutes in, a  Wakebury long throw by Sam Rowe found forward Max Hall lurking at the back post only for his header to be well-denied by home custodian Elliott Pattison. Rochford were looking lively through the middle with midfielder Matt Welsh and forward Luke Jackson getting on the ball and it was Jackson who was involved in the opening goal. A decent break by the hosts saw Jackson find strike partner Harry Ford who evaded a less than stringent visiting defence before slotting in from a wide angle, low past stand-in Berries goalkeeper Dan Blewett and into the far corner on seven minutes. Given their good record on scoring goals, Wakebury responded strongly, with both Max Hall and Harry Kateley blazing over the woodwork with half-chances in the next phase of the game. At the midway point of the half, Kateley was denied again by Pattison but you sensed there was a goal in the offing.


Moments later, said goal did materalise as forward Max Hall continued his fine goal-scoring season with a fine strike into the top corner, giving Pattison little chance. Things rather turned for the home side at that point, and on the stroke of the half-hour the Berries took the lead from the penalty spot. Hall stepped up and his strike from twelve yards just got past Pattison into the left corner of the net. Jim Cooper’s side were not impressed with the penalty decision and in just a few minutes, they had two players in the sin-bin. Wakebury sought to make the most of that advantage, with the hosts temporarily down to nine men as forward Will Wheeler dragged his shot on goal wide of Pattison’s goal when well-poised to score. If that was a fortunate escape for Town, they had no such reprieve just before the interval.

Wheeler was in on goal again after getting the better of a re-jigged home defence and this time, Wheeler’s radar was on-song as he connected well with another low strike which found the left corner. It was a decent comeback by Matt Cardy’s side, despite a few nervous moments defensively. Rochford started well but couldn’t keep their passing rhythm for long periods of the half as the match did become rather scrappy at times.

Half-Time: Rochford 1 – 3 Wakebury


Wakebury really put themselves in a comanding position soon after the interval as they got a fourth goal. Good running by wing-back Kofi Gyamfi down the right channel found Kateley whose initial strike came back off the woodwork. But in the next attacking phase, substitute Danny Buglione powered home a strike which Pattison misjudged and it sailed low into the net. To their credit, Rochford responded at the other end as Ford found himself in on goal with only Blewett to bypass, but his scuffed effort was gathered by the veteran stopper. That missed oppurtunity was telling as the visitors added to the pain for their hosts with a fifth goal on 53 minutes. A good move involving Sam Rowe found opposite wing-back Gyamfi who powered home low into the net to crown off a good game for him.

The home side were still keen to get themselves back into the contest with just half hour to play as jackson narrowly fired wide after a good pass in by Welsh who broke well down the right channel. The open-ended match continued  as Pattison did well to deny Hall a treble, and club stalwart Chris Gore headed over as well. Those nervy moments for the visiting backline were still apparent though, as winger Bobby Anderson stole in but couldn’t beat the goalkeeper. As we entered the fnal third of the match, Jackson’s cross was headed on by Wakebury centre-back Elliott Hutchinson-Khupe but the fall fell to Ford who couldnt get his strike away on goal. To be fair to the hosts, they did merit another goal for their efforts and with 15 minutes remaining, skipper Freddie Pettitt advanced into the box, got in first before his marker and fizzed home a strike high into the net evading Blewett.


The visitors were still looking enterprising going forward at this point as well, as Buglione fired a shot wide with about ten minutes remaining. Wakebury had to finish the match with ten men as replacement PJ O’Hanlon was dismissed for two bookings. Rochford did grab another goal in added time as a fine free-kick by Harry Ford was powerfully struck into the right-side corner of the goal for his second goal of the game, only for the goal celebration by Jackson to land the latter in further trouble as the referee duly handed out the red card. It was a glib note to end what was a really entertaining match which showed both sides have goals in them, though Matt Cardy’s side again showed that their goal power was good much to reign in.


Full-Time: Rochford Town  3 – 5  Wakebury

To summarise, Wakebury did well to overcome early jitters and falling behind to get themselves ahead in the match, as the hosts were stifled by two players being sent to the sin-bin before half-time. The Berries extended their lead at start of the second period and despite a commendable effort by Rochford to get back into the game, it was Matt Cardy’s side who emerged victorious.

For stand-out performances here, the victors Wakebury were indebted to two-goal forward Max Hall who did really show his energy, pace and finishing today, although the sevond goal from the penalty spot just evaded Town stopper Pattison. Quick forward Will Wheeler also grew into the game and took his goal well and also showed good passing to build attacking moves. Forward Harry Kateley also did well in possession and was unfortunate to not score here, and wing-back Kofi Gyamfi also showed very good energy levels and took his goal well. For Rochford, the forward pair of Harry Ford and Luke Jackson both gave the visiting defence some nervy moments, with Ford notching two good goals and Jackson stretching the visiting defence with pace and energy. Midfielder Matt Welsh also showed good dribbling and passing and was their key outlet in the middle of the park, plus captain Freddie Pettitt put in a good shift for his side and took his goal well. A word also for Town ‘keeper Elliott Pattison who made some decent saves to keep his team in the game.

Best wishes to both teams for the rest of the campaign.



Teams

Rochford Town  | Manager: Jim Cooper  |

Starting XI: 1 Elliott Pattison (GK), 14 Keaton Holyland, 3 Alex Gray, 5 Jack Clarke, 6 Jamie Skinner, 4 Freddie Pettitt (Capt), 8 Matt Welsh, 7 Max Harrington, 9 Harry Ford, 10 Luke Jackson, 11 Bobby Anderson

Goal-scorer: Harry Ford [7′, 90’+2], Freddie Pettitt [74′],

Subs On: 12 Matthew Pettitt [45′], 15 Owen Pedder [66′]

Booked: F Pettitt  | Sin-Binned: Skinner, Jackson | Sent Off: Jackson  | Subs Not Used: Cooper, Hare


Wakebury | Manager: Matt Cardy  |  Assistant: Gareth Cleverly

Starting XI: 1 Dan Blewett (GK), 3 Jack Smith, 5 Elliott Hutchinson-Khupe, 6 Ben Perry, 2 Kofi Gyamfi, 11 Sam Rowe, 4 Chris Gore (Capt), 8 Harrison Grant, 7 Will Wheeler, 9 Max Hall, 10 Harry Kateley

Goal-scorers: Max Hall [24′ & pen 29′], Will Wheeler [45′], Danny Buglione [47′], Kofi Gyamfi [53′]

Subs On: Peter-James (PJ) O’Hanlon [13′], Danny Buglione [46′]

Booked: Perry, Khupe, Smith | Sent Off: O’Hanlon | Sub Not Used: Lewis


Referee: Kenneth Goff

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & EJC (Sat 2 Oct) [EOFL 21/22 3.10.21]

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

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 2 October. This weekend saw some huge scorelines and some surprising results in matches played in inclement weather conditions. This week, the focus is on the top four divisions with results from Divisions Four & Five and the one Essex Junior Cup second round tie involving an EOFL side.

Many thanks for reading.

EOFL Premier Division 

We begin as ever in the Premier Division, and Ongar Town are the new leaders after a 2 – 0 home win over Galleywood. Richard Ponsford’s side have now accrued six wins in their seven games and lead second-placed Hutton by two points. Matt Singh’s side were held 2 – 2 by Bishop’s Stortford Swifts at Polo Fields. Stephen Judge & an OG accounted for the home side’s goals while a double from Sam Chaney took his tally to six league goals for Craig Glashan’s side, who go up one place to 13th. Basildon Town had a frustrating afternoon as they were held 3 – 3 by Shenfield AFC at St Martin’s Sch. Mitchell Day, Sam Coombes and substitute Vincent Clarke were all on target for the hosts, with Jamie Bradbourn and James O’Brien among the scorers for Marcus Bowers’ third-placed side. Shenfield are tough to beat at the moment and reside in ninth spot.

Meanwhile in Beckton, Canning Town got their first win of the campaign, defeating Harold Wood Athletic 2 – 1. James Pottle netted for Gary Willis’ side but Town responded to take the points. Rayleigh Town’s top-six clash with Sungate had to be abandoned on 71 minutes due to a serious injury to a Sungate player, who sustained a bad knee injury. I wish the player concerned a swift recovery. Elsewhere, Catholic Utd got back to winning ways as debutant James Warder netted twice in a 2 – 1 triumph against local rivals Old Southendian. Callum Ludlaim had put OS ahead but this defeat saw them drop below Utd into eighth.

Finally, Leigh Ramblers got a fine 4 – 0 win at Springfield with Nathan Dewberry scoring twice to complete a welcome return for Mark Hunter’s side. Jack Gardner and Ole Hunter also netted for the visitors. Sadly, after the game Springfield boss Dan Williams announced he was stepping down from the role citing family reasons and I’d like to wish Dan well for the future.


EOFL Division One 

In the second-tier, two of the top three sides faced off at Billericay Road where leaders Wakering Sports made a stirring comeback to draw 3 – 3 at hosts Herongate Athletic. Billy Cove’s Ath side launched into a three-goal lead thanks to goals from Izaih Antoine, Robbie Farrell and Thomas Turner but Mitchell Gleeson’s side showed their spirit again and left with a point thanks to a brace from replacement Alfie Fossett and one from Connor Burrows. Old Chelmsfordians also got their first win this term with a 3 – 1 triumph over Chingford Athletic at Lawford Lane. Max Johnson, Mason Naylor and Brad Ross all scored for Ryan Fleming’s side here.

Toby got their third win of the campaign as late goals saw them to a 2 – 0 win at Snaresbrook. Marc Porter-Brown and Albert Perry goals saw Mark Jones’ team to the points at ‘Brook’s first-team new home at the Hackney Marshes centre. Epping Town also grabbed a fine away win, winning 4 – 2 at Runwell Sports. Joe Rickett, Chris Gormley, Jamaine Belle & an OG saw Stuart Hoskins’ team to the points which took them up to seventh. An OGo of their own & Charlie Little saw Rob Hodgson’s side take an early lead but they succumbed to defeat and lost ground on leaders Wakering Sports, who now hold a three-point lead.

Also, Corinthians got a memorable victory as they hit ten goals in a huge 10 – 3 victory at Beacon Hill Rovers. Recent recruit Bailey Moss got six goals himself here to take his tally up to 14 league goals already. Jake Hodder added another two goals with Leo Clarke and Cameron Glover also netting for a jubilant Chris Stoneham’s team, who are now only two points adrift of Runwell Sports in second.   


EOFL Division Two

Moving into Division Two now, and ACD Utd maintained their 100% start to the season with a 5 – 0 triumph at AS Rawreth. Ollie Williams led the way here with a treble, with Samuel Payne and Shaun Goddard also on target for Greg Knock’s side. Harold Hill are adapting very well to life back in the EOFL as they won 3 – 2 at Manford Way. Peter Tyler, Ronnie Hobbrough and Siddy Clarkson all netted for Mark Ellis’ side in this one, they are now six matches unbeaten and sit level on points with the leaders. Wakebury are another side who are in decent form after a fine 3 – 2 win at Old Southendian Res. William Wheeler now has seven league goals already this term after notching twice again at Garon Park, with Lewis Francis also netting for Matt Cardy’s side. Nico Dubouchet and Jack Cripps resonded for Josh Bambury’s team but they fell to a fourth consecutive loss. Rayleigh Town Res also got a good win on the road with a 2 – 1 success at Shoebury Town. Byron Down kept up his decent season thus far with a double here for Dave Barker’s side. Kian Bradshaw replied for Jason Doyle’s side but their mini-revival is over.

Elsewhere, Rochford Town picked up a crucial 2 – 1 victory over Hutton Res at the Rec. Owen Pedder and replacement Matt Welsh both netted to give James Cooper’s side their opening win this term. Thomas Price scored for the visitors but they are yet to win this season. Lastly in this division, Harold Wood Athletic Res got another three points, thanks to a 3 – 2 win over May & Baker A. Harvey Cooper, substitute Freddy Shepherd and a penalty from Thomas Butler all assisted Steve Hubbard’s side to the points which takes them up to fifth.


EOFL Division Three

In Division Three, Leigh Town Reserves got their 2nd win of the campaign after a 2 – 1 triumph at home to Buckhurst Hill U23 at John Burrows Recreation Ground. Strikes by Chris Pope and Max Whitehead saw Antony Lane’s side to the win, which sees them rise to sixth. The Hill second-side are second-bottom after their fourth loss in six matches. In the other action in the division, Catholic Utd’s Ressie side retained their six point lead at the summit after a 3 – 2 success at home to Pitsea Athletic. Paul Gunn and replacement David Newcomb netted for the visitors but they drop down to seventh.

Hashtag Utd Development are the nearest challengers in second spot, after they defeated Basildon Town Res 2 – 0 at Barleylands. Toby Res are up to third after dispatching bottom side Corinthians Res 5 – 0 in Newbury Park. Finally, Hullbridge Sports Res made it two wins thus far this season with a 2 – 1 win away at Collier Row, with Jay Knight among the scorers there for the visitors.


Cups

Essex Junior Cup R2 – Hawkwell Athletic  3 – 5 Wakering Sports Res

Herts Junior Cup – Rio Rovers 0 – 3 Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res


EOFL Division Four

Results

Canning Town Res  1 – 2 Roydon  | Bobby Moore Pavillon, Beckton

Chingford Athletic Res  2 – 3  Ongar Town Res | Town Mead 3G

Galleywood Res  0 – 3  Wakering Sports A  | Clarkes Field

Shenfield AFC Res  3 – 4  Springfield Res  | Warley Playing Fields

Southend Manor Dev.  2 – 0  Old Chelmsfordians Res  | Southchurch Park

Sungate Dev  3 – 2 Leytonstone Utd  | Ilford Wanderers RFC


EOFL Division Five

Results

Collier Row Res 2 – 9  Old Barkabbeyans | Forest Row Centre (Pitch 2)

Leigh Ramblers Res  2 – 1  Herongate Athletic Res  | Belfairs Park

Pitsea Athletic Res  3 – 3  Snaresbrook Res  | Basildon Sporting Village

Wakebury Res  4 – 3  AS Rawreth Res  | Nursery Sports Ground

Guest Blog: Essex Alliance League Round-up (Wk 6- Sat 25 Sept) [EAL 21-22 27.9.21]

Hello and welcome to the latest action from the Essex Alliance League, which continues on this blog under the “Guest Blog” strand.  This edition looks at the action across the League divisions and some Cup competitions as well from Saturday 25 September. My thanks to the EAL’s Rob Parker. This round-up is posted with the author’s permission with additional reporting by Scott W. Thanks for reading.

Guest Blog written by Rob Parker for EAL  [EAL Twitter: @EssexAllianceFL]

Essex Alliance League Round-up- Saturday 25 September

SENIOR DIVISION

A six point gap has been opened at the top of the Senior Division standings as Chadwell Heath Spartans took advantage of results around them to increase the gap on the back of a hard fought 3 – 2 victory away at Kit Out London, ending the latter’s unbeaten start. Marlon Ortiz scored twice for Kit Out but two Jeffrey Nketia strikes and a Michael Ramsay effort were enough for a Spartan victory.

FC Petrocub picked up a vital first win of the season on Saturday as they travelled to Lakeside to take on a previously unbeaten Woodford East side. Lucio Uare scored for the Peacocks but his efforts were in vain as Petrocub put in their best show of the season to win the game 3 – 1, moving them away from the relegation zone.

That result enabled Lymore Gardens to apply pressure to the sides at the top end of the table and they moved level with second place on goal difference as they took all three points home with them following a 4 – 1 victory in Hainault against winless Chigwell Town. Andre Rashford scored twice with Dylan Roberts and Ryo Brown netting the others to render John Lye’s effort for Town as just consolation.

A second win of the season was secured by FC Baresi as their first game in Walthamstow saw them produce a 4 – 2 winning performance against visitors Tower United at the Britannia. Bashir Ali and Abubakar Maxamed netted for United with Paul Benfield scoring twice in reply for Baresi, along with efforts from Zuhayr Amjad and Tyreece Robertson.

There was a big derby match in Hainault as two close rivals, Leyton Royal and Rapid Chingford, faced off at Fairlop Oak with both sides eager to win. Rapid went into the game trailing their opposition by five points but that was cut to just two as they earned a first win of the season. Bogdan Toana scored a brace for Royal but that proved not quite enough as Rapid strikes from Catalin Anghel, Federico Ardei and Ionut Labunt won it 3 – 2.

Over in East Ham, two of the sides struggling at the wrong end of the table met as CSM London played host to Blue Marlin, both sides seeking to move clear of any relegations worries. By the end of the game, Blue Marlin were able to move level with their opponents, running out 3 – 1 victors despite a Leon Barnard goal from the hosts. Jorginho Gomez scored twice and Abu Khan once to hand Marlin victory.


FENTON CUP

The first Fenton Cup action for many months was witnessed over the weekend as the competition returned with a first round tie between DTFC and Dagenham United. A five goal thriller ensued with the higher ranked DTFC eventually coming through in a 3 – 2 score-line. Charlie Fiander and Iaia Jau both netted for United but DT goals from Mickey Mesmin, Jake Kissiedu and Lewis Page saw their side safely through to round two.


PREMIER DIVISION

The excellent start to the season from Frenford A sees no end and they have also now opened up a big five lead at the top of the Premier Division standings, ending Marcelona’s unbeaten start to the season. Joel Opara came off the bench to score twice with Keenan Gravillis, Murilo Pereira, Isima Iguisi and Adam Andrade efforts carrying them to a comprehensive 6 – 0 win.

That result allowed North East Lions to move back into the top two places as they were victorious at home on Saturday as they took on Eastside in Walthamstow. Rweal Azizur, Romelle Pile and Liam Lezama-Johnson all found the back of the net for Lions to hand their side a second win of the campaign in a 3 – 1 scoreline.

DIVISION ONE

It’s been a great start for Cowley Community so far and they made it three from three in the league on Saturday, coming away with all three points from Belhus Park as they sent hosts RCXI to a first defeat, going down 3-1. Josh Coulson was on target once again with Jake Nelson and Chris Wright goals carrying them over the line, despite a Harold Ofori goal.

In a familiar looking top end of a league table, Belfry are also once again up there and challenging, enhancing their credentials with a tough trip to Something From Nothing at the weekend at Wanstead Flats. Belfry were 1 – 0 winners on the day, coming through a close game to earn maximum points and move second.


DIVISION TWO

Things couldn’t be much tighter at the top of Division Two where three sides sit level on nine points, Old Esthameians joining the party with a big 7 – 1 win on Saturday as they entertained Ryan Under 23s in Newbury Park. That saw them jump up to within two goals of Rainham Working Mens Club who presently lead the way.

Sitting just one goal further back, Fairlop Rovers put themselves into a strong position with a third win of the season after their went away the happier of the sides in their home clash against Unitey on Saturday. Eddy Litambolo netted the Unitey goal but his efforts proved not quite enough as Rovers edged the game by the odd goal in a 2 – 1 win.

It was a good afternoon’s work for Royal Forest too who completed a comprehensive victory with 5 – 0 victory away at Newbury East at Oaks Park School. Tom Osmond scored twice with Joe Owers and Anthony Carrig also netting to help their side to a second league win of the campaign, moving them fifth in the standings.


DIVISION THREE

There are four teams sharing the lead of Division Three with Royal Forest Reserves joining that group over the weekend as they earned a thumping 6 – 1 win in the Hainault derby against Glendale. Will Asenso was on fire with a hat-trick for his side, supplementing goals from Jamie Cooper, Sereign Lette-Jallow and Stephen Aduadjoe. Wesley Kangi netted the Dales’ consolation goal in reply.

Moving up to third and on six points from three games, Lymore Gardens Reserves extending a positive start to their season with a big 5 – 0 victory at home against ASA. Kevin Monteiro, Omani Green, Nick Kordize, Alex Chuck and Rob Small were more than sufficient to send the points home with the hosts.

Also sitting on six points, Buckhurst Way made it two wins from three this season, moving third in the table on the back of a back a hard fought 2 – 1 win at home against Harlow Inter at Bancroft Rugby Club. Tom Glattback and Liam Wallis both found the back of the net to sent Way home with the points.

DIVISION FOUR

Chingford Harriers are now the only unbeaten side in Division Four and they added a third win to their record this season, coming out on top of their clash against Dagenham United Reserves by the odd goal. Two goals from Jake Kemp proved just enough to overcome a George Martin strike for United as Harriers confirmed a 2 – 1 success.

There was a second win of the new season for West Essex Under 23s who moved up into fourth place in the standings as they ended Fairlop Rovers Reserves’ perfect start, beating the previous leaders 3-2. Deshaun Johnson, Daniel Mincer and Ciaran Farrell-Christian were the difference in the end as each scored to give West the victory.

The final league game saw an important first win for another of the league’s new sides as Newham & Havering Borough broke their duck with a 5 – 3 win against Emerson & Upminster A. Tyler Huggett scored twice for Emerson and Garry Ashworth once but Borough scored five in reply to give them a boost ahead of their upcoming fixtures.


COUNTY CUP

In the Essex Junior Cup, there was a day of mixed successes for our clubs with Oakside having the best result of the day with a 4-0 win away at Olympian League opposition, Collier Row Reserves. They now entertain Frenford A in the next round in a fortnight.

Crookz United also scored four as they defeated fellow EAL outfit, London Cranes, 4 – 1 in East Ham to book their own place in the second round. They will now be at home to Harold Wood Athletic A in the next round.

That tie was set up on the back of Harold Wood coming through a tough tie against Athletic Newham Under 23s as the sides finished level at 3 – 3 after extra time. In the resulting shootout, it was Wood who held their nerve to come through 5 – 4 winners.

There were sizeable defeats for two of our clubs as All Prospects fell to an 8-0 loss away at Old Barkabbeyans while London Park City shipped ten against Isthmian League opposition, Tilbury Under 23s the winners of that one.

In the Essex Junior Trophy, the goals were really flowing, with FHN Athletic scoring eight as they faced Melbourne Sports at Fairlop Oak. The Mels rallied in the second period after being 7 – 1 down but FHN progressed, winning 8 – 4 to book at tie against Cowley Community in a fortnight.

There was also a high-scoring win for Ilford Reserves who successfully avoid a potential banana skin with victory away at Collier Row A. The Foxes were 6 – 1 victors to go through to round two where they will now tackle Fairlop Rovers.

Another of the all-EAL ties saw Loughton Lions up against higher division opposition, facing Barkingside A in Debden. Side edged a close game by the odd goal, winning 3 – 2 to set up a tie at Francis Luke.

There were defeats for two of our clubs at Mid Essex League opposition as Flyers Under 23s went down 5 – 1 away at Harold Hill A while Flyers Under 21s also suffered a reverse, losing 8-0 at home against Emerson & Upminster.

The London Junior Cup first round action finishes off the weekly round-up with last season’s semi-finalists, Jolof Sports, earning themselves a place in round two with a hard fought 2 – 0 win away at Doverhouse Lions.

Also into the hat for round two are Together United who faced tough opposition in the form of south London based Wanderers. The sides finished level at 1-1 after ninety minutes with United holding things together in the shootout, winning that 5 – 4 to progress through.

The third success of the day saw league new boys, Wanstead, victorious in their first competitive cup fixture as they earned an entertaining 5 – 4 home win against Eltham Eagles at the Flats, confirming safe passage into round two in the process.

There were high-scoring defeats for FC Baresi Under 23s who ended their participation with an 8 – 4 loss away at London Hibernians while Wapping’s run in the competition came to a premature halt with a 5 – 2 defeat at home to Peckham Town A.


Fixture – Tuesday 28 September (in Senior Division)

DT FC v Chadwell Heath Spartans | Harlow Arena 3G

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & EJC (Sat 25 Sept) [EOFL 21/22 27.9.21]

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

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 25 September. This weekend saw some hard-fought contests and some stellar results too. This week, the focus is on the top three divisions with results from Divisions Three, Four & Five and the Essex Junior Cup involving EOFL sides.

Many thanks for reading.

EOFL logo

EOFL Premier Division 

In the Premier Division, Harold Wood Athletic leapt out of the bottom two with a hard-fought 1 – 0 win at Leigh Ramblers, with stalwart Matt Donovan getting the solitary goal for Gary Willis’ side at Belfairs Park. Shenfield AFC are in top ten after a superb 5 – 3 win at Old Southendian. Ben Carroll, Mitchell Day, Charlie Heatley, Samuel Lock and Alex Tredgett all netted one each for the visitors. Mitchell Ali, Sam Jones and Ed Gould all responded for Altan Ali’s team but they go into next week’s local derby with Catholic Utd needing a better result.

Meanwhile, Basildon Town are up to third after a tough 3 – 2 win at Kelvedon Hatch, with Graham Harrison notching all three goals for Marcus Bowers’ side at New Hall. Hutton continued their good form with a 3 – 0 home success over Canning Town at Polo Fields, with Will Marlowe, Jude Keeling and substitute Jonathon Hilliard all scoring for Matt Singh’s side. And in the top two clash at London Road, Ongar Town emerged with a 4 – 1 victory over previous leaders Rayleigh Town. Josh Boxall netted twice, with Frank Goodall and Harry Rawlins also on target for Richard Ponsford’s side, in the match I attended this week. If you’d like more on it, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/09/25/s21-22-match-report-rayleigh-town-1-4-ongar-town-sat-25-sept-eofl/

Elsewhere, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts were held by Springfield 4 – 4 in an entertaining match at Silver Leys. Mitchell May struck twice for Dan Williams’ visitors, with Harrison Elles and replacement Andrew Morgan also on target for them. And Sungate consigned Catholic Utd to another defeat, winning 3 – 1 in East London to go up to fourth.

EOFL Division One 

Moving now into Division One, and Herongate Athletic were held 0 – 0 by a decent Toby side at Billericay Road, but both sides remain in the top six. Wakering Sports are the new leaders as they made it five wins from six games after a 1 – 0 success at home to Beacon Hill Rovers. Ben Burrows got the only goal for Mitchell Gleeson’s new-look side. Leigh Town also continued their rise up the standings, with a hard-fought 3 – 2 home win over Snaresbrook. Strikes by Sam Irvine, Mark Frostick and Lewis Lawrence saw Jack Pearman’s side get the win.

Elsewhere, Corinthians got arguably the result of their season so far with a 4 – 3 win at Chingford Athletic. Scout Bown scored twice for Ath, with Nickal-David Luzolo also netted for Declan Murphy’s side but a double from substitute Bailey Moss plus goals for John Bolton-Smith and Jake Hodder gave the visitors the points to move up to fifth spot. Finally for this division, Old Chelmsfordians drew 2 – 2 with Epping Town, with Callum Turner and George Spillane scoring for Stuart Hoskins’ side.


EOFL Division Two

In Division Two, ACD Utd are the leaders with a 100% record from their first five games after a 5 – 4 victory over Old Southendian Res at Westlands. Jacob Dingli grabbed another double, with Michael Wade, Shaun Goddard and Ollie Williams all joining him on the score-sheet. Harold Hill are second on goal difference only after a fine 3 – 0 win over AS Rawreth at Noak Hill. Jack Suters, Peter Tyler and Thomas Dunning strikes were enough to keep a three-point lead over third-placed Wakebury, who triumphed 5 – 2 over Hutton Res. William Wheeler notched an excellent treble, with Chris Gore and Max Hall also on target for Matt Cardy’s side. Lewis Hall and Owen Chesney responded for Bill Stratford’s side who are yet to win this term.

Harold Wood Athletic Reserves got their second win this season, with a 3 – 0 victory over Rayleigh Town Res. Kieron Moynihan got two goals for the hosts, with Ben Rowe also on target for Steve Hubbard’s side as they went up into mid-table. Elsewhere, Manford Way went into fourth spot with a 5 – 2 success over May & Baker A. Samuel Oramadike led the way with a treble, with Daniel Demain and Kenneth Amaning also netting for Colin Dobson’s team. Finally, Rochford Town held Shoebury Town to a 1 – 1 draw at the Rochford Rec.


EOFL Division Three

Catholic Utd Res 6 – 1  Hullbridge Res


Essex Junior Cup Results

AS Rawreth Res  6 – 0  Rochford Town Res

Basildon Town Res  5 – 7  Hashtag Utd Dev.

Bowers & Pitsea U23 3 – 1 Southend Manor Dev.

Buckhurst Hill U23 H – W Old Chigwellians Res

Collier Row Res  0 – 4  Oakside

Corinthians Res  1 – 2  Wakering Sports A

Debden  6 – 1  Shenfield AFC Res

Galleywood Res  3 – 2  Chingford Athletic Res

Old Barkabbeyans  8 – 0  All Prospects

Ongar Town Res  H – W  South Woodham Ferrers

Pitsea Athletic Res  3 – 7  Wakering Sports Res

Snaresbrook Res  2 – 5  Collier Row

South Essex Utd  9 – 3  Wakebury Res

Toby Res  3 – 5  Sungate Dev.

League – EOFL Division Four

Roydon  3 – 0 Leytonstone Utd

Springfield Res  5 – 5  Old Chelmsfordians Res

EOFL Division Five

Epping Town Res  1 – 5  Leigh Ramblers Res

Runwell Sports Res  4 – 1  Herongate Athletic Res

S21-22 Match Report: Benfleet 6 – 1 Holland [Sun 26 Sept) [FAV 21/22 26.9.21]


The FA Vase – Second Round Qualifying

Venue: Park Lane , Canvey

Attendance: 62

2021-22 Season: Match 26

Sunday 26 September 2021 – 2pm KO

Benfleet: Sky Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts,  Sky Blue Socks

Holland: Orange Shirts, Orange Shorts, Orange Socks


Terrific performance sees Benfleet power past ten-man Holland at Park Lane

Benfleet 6 – 1  Holland

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

This weekend’s second match saw a return to Canvey’s Park Lane for a fascinating all-Eastern Senior League South tie as Benfleet welcomed Holland. The ‘Fleet were looking to advance again after knocking out Essex Senior side St Margaretsbury in the previous round. Florent Gislette was once again the goalkeeper here for the hosts, with a defensive four of Ryan Willsmer, Martyn Lacey plus centre-backs Lee Scott and Cameron Harris. The forward line was once again comprised of Billy Bonham-Dare, Ben Foord and Luc Harpon. Holland named Finlay Shorten between the posts, with a defensive unit of Tom Ayton, Rueben Cowler, Steve Downes and stalwart Joe Martin. Scott Sloots led the line here, with support from Ryan Mahon and Josh Rutter.


There were many quirks in this match. The first of them arrived barely two minutes into the contest, as an goalkeeping error by Benfleet custodian Florent Gislette allowed the advancing Scott Sloots to slot home into the left corner, much to the silent surprise of the home suppport. However, the hosts were not behind for long as little over five minutes after that, they levelled things up as a good break down the right side of the penalty box by Billy Carter ended with his pass finding forward Billy Bonham-Dare who struck home confidently past Holland stopper Finlay Shorten. At this point in proceedings, things were pretty even, with a looping header by Holland midfielder Keelan Sorrell on the edge of the 18-yard box being gathered by Gislette.

To be fair to the home side, Holland glovesman Shorten had been the busier keeper making two good saves to deny another promising performance by the Benfleet forward line, at this point. At the other end, Holland forward Sloots was a threat in the air. However, it was Benfleet who took the advantage for the first time on 28 minutes, as Carter again found the space to put in a telling pass, this time finding tireless forward Ben Foord who displayed fine technique to get the ball under control before firing home well into the right corner, giving Shorten little chance.

The Seasiders were feeling frustrated as they were limited to strikes from long-range, with Sorrell having a decent effort which sailed wide of Gislette’s left-sided post. Six minutes before the break, the visitors suffered a setback when Sloots was dismissed for adjudged to have lashed out at a home defender. Referee Samuel Everitt didn’t hesitate for a second as Sloots walked off. Things got rather worse for them before the break as moments after ‘Fleet skipper Taylor Lawrence couldn’t test Shorten when in a great position to score, the hosts did extend their lead.


Lawrence did rather make amends for that miss a few moments previously though as from a free-kick, he powered home a fine strike into the right corner past Shorten to make it three-one to the hosts. It got even better two minutes later as the Seasiders’ resolve took another hit. Bonham-Dare was adjudged to have been fouled inthe area by Shorten, with Lawrence stepping up to convert the resulting spot-kick, sending a low effort into the right corner again. Those last ten minutes of the half really upscaled the size of the visitors’ task but you have to credit the ruthlessness of Rob Polkinghorn’s side, who certainly made the most of it to put themselves in a commanding position at the interval.

Half-Time:  Benfleet  4 – 1 Holland


To their credit, the Holland unit kept going admirably, despite being reduced to ten men. Centre-back Joe Martin typified their resolve and they did enough to prevent Bonham-Dare’s header finding the net after being well found by Foord, soon after the resumption. Foord did get a second goal with 54 minutes on the stopwatch. Another good ball in found him before Foord sent a superb low finish past Shorten at his near post. Paul Phelan’s did keep their intent going but found telling counter-attacks hard to come by, with a good run by Rueben Cowler down the left flank ending with his scuffing his effort on goal wide of Gislette’s far post.

Benfleet completed the scoring on what was a memorable afternoon for them on 72 minutes with another smart forward press, involving Foord and replacement Mason Shave before being finished well by full-back Martyn Lacey who neatly tapped home from close range. By this point, Holland knew it wasn’t going to be their day though a set-piece did spin away from the path of Ryan Mahon late on. Foord still had time to create another decent chance, sending a curling effort narrowly wide of Shorten’s far post.

All in all though, it was a very strong result and performance by ‘Fleet as they continued their good form in League & Vase this term.

Ryan Mahon on the ball for Holland

Full-Time: Benfleet  6 – 1  Holland

To summarise, Benfleet’s superb performance made this a more one-sided game than many had expected. Granted that Holland’s red card did dampen the chances of them coming back into the game but they struggled to create the chances they needed after they fell behind and they found the home defence in good form as well.

There were a number of influential performances here, with two-goal Ben Foord standing out for Benfleet with his goals being good clinical finishing, as well as displaying good movement and work rate. Fellow forward Billy Bonham-Dare was also a constant presence in attack and could’ve got a second goal today. Midfielder Billy Carter delivered an energetic display as well and contributed well to his side’s forward moves, while centre-back Cameron Harris also had a fine match making several important tackles. For Holland, Midfielders Ben Dixon and Kieran Michaels showed good intent and passing as they looked to build counter-attacks, while Keelan Sorrell had a good game in anchor midfield, assisting his defence well and centre-back Joe Martin also restricted the strong Benfleet forward line as he made several telling interceptions.

Best wishes to both teams for the rest of the campaign.


Benfleet      | Manager: Robert Polkinghorn  | Assistant: Rob Rook

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Florent Gislette (GK), 2 Ryan Willsmer, 3 Martyn Lacey, 5 Cameron Harris, 6 Lee Scott, 7 Billy Carter (12 Mason Shave 60′), 8 Joe Hunter (14 Charlie Sullivan 78′), 9 Billy bonham-Dare, 10 Ben Foord, 11 Luc Harpon (15 Ashley Blackburn 60′)

Goal-scorers: Billy Bonham-Dare [8′], Ben Foord [28′ & 54′], Taylor Lawrence [42′ & 44′ (pen)], Martyn Lacey [72′]

Booked: None    | Subs Not Used: None


Holland  | Manager: Paul Phelan  |  Assistant: Rob Barnett

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Finlay Shorten (GK), 2 Tom Ayton (12 Cameron Dolphin 46′), 3 Rueben Cowler, 5 Joe Martin, 6 Steve Downes, 7 Ben Dixon, 8 Kieran Michaels (Capt), 9 Scott Sloots, 10 Ryan Mahon, 11 Josh Rutter (14 Jamey Williams 46′)

Goal-scorer: Scott Sloots [2′]

Sent Off: Sloots [39′]   | Subs Not Used: Finch, Watts, Fowler (GK)


Referee: Samuel Everitt

S21-22 Match Report: Rayleigh Town 1 – 4 Ongar Town (Sat 25 Sept) [EOFL 21/22 25.9.21]

Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Venue: London Road

2021-22 Season: Match 25

Attendance: 25 (Est)

Saturday 25 September 2021 – 2pm KO

Rayleigh: Navy Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Navy Blue Socks

Ongar: Green Shirts, Green Shorts, White Socks


Ongar put in an excellent display to win well at London Road

Rayleigh Town  1 – 4 Ongar Town

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

This weekend kicked off with a interesting Essex Olympian Premier top-of-the-table clash between Rayleigh Town and visitors Ongar Town. Both sides could not be seperated at the summit prior to this one, and sometimes you just have a ‘gut feeling’ that it’s going be a good match. Rayleigh had regular custodian Mark Brown in goal, with a central defensive three of Will Baldry, Sonny Coutts and Harrison Topliss. Gorge Vile once again took the armband, with the forwards being Liam Oliver, Paul Morris and Jack Long. Ongar fielded Tim Pitman between the posts, with a back four of Paul Cox, Ali Carter and centre-halves Eamon Payne and Jake Chadwick. Central midfielder Mitchell McCabe skippered the side, with a front three of Harry Rawlins, Frankie Goodall and Joe Lilly.


Given these were the top two sides in the division pre-match, it was understandable that the game did have a little bit of a cagey start. But we didn’t have to wait too long for oppurtunities on goal to emerge, as Ongar winger Josh Boxall cut inside from the left flank, and his shot was clawed wide by Blues stopper Mark Brown. Paul Higgins’ side went up field on the counter and broke the deadlock on ten minutes as after a set-piece had flicked off the crossbar and visiting glovesman Tim Pitman had parried away a second effort, Liam Oliver got the telling tap-in.

Rayleigh already had to tackle well to deny their opponents who displayed their rapid, enterprising style of play, as centre-back Sonny Coutts made two good interceptions. However, Ongar were not behind for long as on fourteen minutes a fine strike by Frankie Goodall levelled the match, as his effort powered into the top corner.


Just when the hosts were looking to regain their composure, Ongar competed a swift turnaround by taking the lead only three minutes after they equalised. Goodall this time turned provider and his pass from the right side found fellow forward Harry Rawlins and his low strike found the left corner of the net. A mention has to go to the quick & direct threat posed by Goodall, Rawlins and fellow forward Joe Lilly, and the Rayleigh defence (as many sides have to be fair) found it tough to stifle the visitors’ rhythm. At the half-hour mark, Ongar were certainly having the better of the game, as skipper Mitchell McCabe slid in a good ball from central midfield onto Goodall, only this time the surprise came from the visiting supporters – Goodall had shot wide of Brown’s left-sided post.

The hosts were trying to find their own passing radar but were thwarted for the most part by stout opposition defending and errant passing. A rare glimpse of goal emerged for forward Paul Morris but his 30-yard strike was comfortably gathered by visiting custodian Tim Pitman. You had a feeling that there were more goals afoot, and nine minutes before the interval Ongar nearly extended their lead as a fine turn of pace in the 18-yard box by Joe Lilly allowed him to strike on goal from a narrow angle, only for Brown to make a good reflex save. Rayleigh responded at the other end as forward Oliver did well to get his cross in from the right flank, but advancing full-back Ben Baxter’s deflected effort was denied by Pitman.


The few chances Rayleigh had and couldn’t take were telling as Ongar did grab a third goal on forty minutes. Lilly again made a searing run down the right side, with a terrific cross finding Boxall at the far post who only had to guide his effort in from mere yards out. Understandably buoyant from that goal, Boxall made it four for his side merely two minutes afterward, powering home an unstoppable drive into the top corner from 25 yards, giving the unfortunate Brown no chance and it really hammered home the advantage for the visitors at the interval.


Half-Time: Rayleigh Town 1 – 4 Ongar Town

I also have to be fair to the hosts in that they did have more ball retention after the interval. Seven minutes after the break, with Baxter involved in the build-up on the left flank, midfielder George Vile’s strike had to be gathered by Pitman at his near post. It was fair to say the visitors were focusing on defence in the last half-hour, which was soon after a powerful Jack Long strike drew out a decent save by Pitman. The onus was on the home side to start a comeback of their own, although they found the Ongar backline a worthy opponent, assisted by skipper McCabe in central midfield. After a spell of play mostly consisting of midfield play and foiled promising moves by both sides in the middle of the second half, Ongar were looking for more goals in the latter stages.

Boxall was looking for a memorable hat-trick and sent a free-kick just wide of Brown’s far post with twelve minutes remaining. Unfortunately for the hosts, their fortunes in front of goal did not improve either as with 81 minutes on the watch, a good run by wing-back Charlie Seaden found substitute George Aston, but his effort on goal didn’t unduly trouble Pitman. Richard Ponsford’s side went back into attacking mode, only for replacement Rodney Wilson’s strike to go wide after being played in well by Rawlins. Overall though, the visitors had done enough to claim an impressive win here.


Full-Time: Rayleigh Town 1 – 4 Ongar Town

To summarise, Ongar responded superbly to going a goal down early on and put in an accomplished performance to earn a very good three points. Defensively they looked strong, particularly in the second half although one slight concern might be that they dropped a little deep in the latter stages. Rayleigh couldn’t threaten the visiting goal often enough though and Ongar emerged with a comfortable win.

For stand-out performances here, we’ll start with the victors. Winger Josh Boxall had a terrific game and took his two goals very well but his pace and dribbling was a constant threat to the home defence. Jake Chadwick had a good game at centre-back as well, making several important interceptions, while forward Joe Lilly had a really good game, sending in a terrific cross for his side’s third goal. Finally for Ongar, a mention for left-back Ali Carter who certainly did his bit to stifle the Rayleigh forwards in support of his side with good challenges and good energy levels. For Rayleigh, Jack Long was in good form, with a typically robust display on what was a frustrating day for his side. Centre-backs Harrison Topliss and Sonny Coutts were made to work very hard indeed and I felt they prevented a heavier loss here with good positioning and interceptions from both of them. Lastly, a mention for energetic wing-back Ben Baxter who showed good intent and passing with his side having more of the ball after the break.

Best wishes to both teams for the rest of the campaign.


Rayleigh Town    | Manager: Paul Higgins  |

Starting XI: 1 Mark Brown (GK), 2 Charlie Seaden, 3 Ben Baxter, 5 Will Baldry, 6 Sonny Coutts, 4 Harrison Topliss, 10 Alfie Larkin, 8 George Vile (Capt), 9 Liam Oliver, 11 Paul Morris, 16 Jack Long

Goal-scorer: Liam Oliver [10′]

Subs On: 12 George Aston [51′], 14 Patrick Mills [51′], Harry Talbot [51′]

Booked: None  | Subs Not Used: Higgins


Ongar Town  | Manager: Richard Ponsford  |

Starting XI: 1 Tim Pitman (GK), 2 Paul Cox, 3 Ali Carter,  4 Conner Jones, 5 Eamon Payne, 6 Jake Chadwick, 7 Joshua Boxall, 8 Mitchell McCabe (Capt), 9 Frankie Goodall, 10 Joe Lilly, 11 Harry Rawlins

Goal-scorers: Frankie Goodall [14′], Harry Rawlins [17′], Josh Boxall [40′ & 42′]

Subs On: 12 Freddie Fraser [44′], 16 Rodney Wilson [57′], 14 Connor Bettles [76′], 15 Ayodele Awosika [90′]

Booked: Chadwick  | Subs Not Used: Williams


Referee: Matthew Pointer

Guest Blog: Essex Alliance League Round-up (Wk 5 – Sat 18 Sept) [EAL 21-22 20.9.21]

Penalty for CH Spartans tests FC Pretrocub ‘keeper (Image by @ABridgeTooFar16)

Hello and welcome to the latest action from the Essex Alliance League, which continues on this blog under the “Guest Blog” strand.  This edition looks at the action across the divisions and the inter-divisional Cup competitions (Essex Premier Cup, Essex Junior Cup, Essex Junior Trophy) from Saturday 18 September. My thanks to the EAL’s Rob Parker. This round-up is posted with the author’s permission with additional reporting by Scott W. Lead image by @ABridgeTooFar16 , used with thanks. Thanks for reading.

Guest Blog written by Rob Parker for EAL  [EAL Twitter: @EssexAllianceFL]

Essex Alliance League Round-up- Saturday 18 September

SENIOR DIVISION

With county cup action involving a number of our clubs this weekend, a limited Senior Division schedule saw league leaders, Chadwell Heath Spartans, on the road with a trip down the A12 to take on FC Petrocub at Noak Hill. Trailing by a goal at the break, Spartans fought back and took all three points with Courtney Holness and an own goal contributing to a 2 – 1 victory.  Second placed Woodford East took advantage of sides around them being out of action as they climbed up into the top two with a big away win in Hainault against Blue Marlin. Billy Barr has been in good form and added another four goals to his tally here, with Lucio Uare netted twice and  Adam Tabbani and Jack Haspineall also netting in an 8 – 1 win.

Completing the top-flight action, there was a key battle at the other end of the table as winless Tower United were at home to CSM London on Saturday in Mabley Green seeking to open their points account. And that was exactly what they did as Abubakar Maxamed struck four goals to counter a CSM fight-back from Joel Palmer, Lukman Hasan and Oscar-Ikye Williams in a 4 – 3 scoreline.  


PREMIER DIVISION 

It’s three from three now for the Premier Division leaders after Frenford A extended their winning run with a hard fought victory away at Crookz United on Saturday. Both sides went into the fixture unbeaten but it was the leaders who will have come away the happier of the two teams, recording a 2 – 1 win to move four points clear at the top with Damilola Olaiya and Nesar Torkamani scoring for the visitors. Crookz Utd responded through John Afrane-Kesey. Sitting second are Marcelona who also kept their unbeaten record running for another week as they secured a second draw to go alongside their solitary win, as they were involved in a incredible 4 – 4 draw away at Oakside who made their competition debut. There proved to be little between the sides as they settled for a share of the spoils. Oakside’s goals came from a brace from Moustapha Kane, plus strikes by Luke Caston and Jack Swaby.

Another side making their league debut were Athletic Newham Under 23s who finally got underway at the weekend as they hosted All Prospects in East Ham. Daniel Devey scored for the visitors, making their return to this level, but that effort proved not quite enough as Newham scored five of their own to win it 5 – 1. 

There’s little to separate the sides in fifth and sixth where Eastside presently sit in the former on the back of a win and a defeat in their opening two games. London Park City were their opponents this weekend with Alexandru Gheorghe and Wais Heshemy efforts finding the target for their side. But substitute Ifeanyi Umeh’s hat-trick plus a Michael Morgan goal gave ‘Side the 4 – 2 win. 

Sixth-placed Wapping trail by just goals scored and opened their points account for the new season with a closely fought 1 – 0 home win against North East Lions courtesy of Meeshaq Malone’s goal. That result saw the hosts bounce back well from their opening defeat to take maximum points in Hackney to move into the top half of the table. 


DIVISION ONE 

In Division One, two sides are fighting hard at the top of the early standings where Cowley Community presently hold sway at the top on goal difference following a second consecutive win, recording a 3 – 2 win at home against Something From Nothing in a five goal thriller. That man Chris Wright netted once again with James Allen and Kyle Cargill strikes edging the contest. 

Renegade are up to third in the table as they completed the full set of results, adding a win to their draw and defeat, the victory coming at the hands of Wanstead at the Flats. Vincent Follea, Deon Thwala, Nana Baah and Daekwon King-Douglas all struck to give the Hackney based side their maiden win in a 4-2 score-line. Also at the Flats, Newham Wanderers bounced back well from their defeat last time out in the opening round of games to reign supreme as they welcomed Francis Luke. Wanderers goals from Admir Cassama, Robertson Morais and Joao Cruz were crucial to separate the sides with Saico Djop’s effort in reply proving insufficient as the hosts won 3 – 1. 

Barkingside A opened their new season in some style with a solid 4 – 2 victory as they hosted Forest Green at Nutter Lane, the visitors remaining winless after their opening two games in the competition. The hosts had a double from Josh Rowe plus goals from Umaru Kabia and Harry Nicholson to thank for this success. That win sees ‘Side move up to fifth and gives them much hope for the campaign ahead. 

It was also a good afternoon’s work for Belfry who got their own campaign off to the best of starts as they took maximum points in a 1 – 0 score-line, scoring in the dying embers of the game to defeat Ilford Reserves at May & Baker, a game which looked well fought between two well equipped sides. 


DIVISION TWO 

It’s Rainham Working Mens Club setting the early pace in the fourth tier this season after they got a third win of the campaign already following a solid away victory at Ryan Under 23s in Walthamstow. Workies goals from Matthew Humphreys, Nick Tormey, Connor Kain, Odo Osei-Tutu & Sean Tormey were enough in the end to round off a 5 – 1 win. William Amoah netted the solitary goal for the Ryan side here. Three further sides sport a perfect record in the division where FHN Athletic presently lead the chasing pack on the back of a second win of the campaign, sending Emerson & Upminster Reserves to a 4 – 1 defeat in Hainault. Dan Lane struck for the visitors but Joseph O’Hare, Michael Barek, Terron Fordjoe and Amos Agyei goals handed their FHN side the points. 

Fairlop Rovers are the third side with a 100% start so far in the division but had to do things the hard way as they came from behind against a solid Royal Forest side to record a 4 – 2 win on the road in Loughton. Joe Owers and Martin Cannon blasted onto the Royal score-sheet but two Dylan Scutt goals in reply plus efforts from Toby Stephens and Harry Oliver did just enough to rescue the points. 

There was a nine-goal thriller served up in Loughton’s other match offering as Unitey hosted Redbridge Community at Roding Valley High School. Brandon Fulton certainly knows where the goal is and he scored a hat-trick for Unitey here, adding to Jordan Vib and Ahmed Dousa goals. Two Frankie Francis consolations and goals from Harvir Bhangal and Alibacar Dabo netted in reply for Redbridge. 


DIVISION THREE 

It’s Old Barkabbeyans Reserves presently setting the pace in Division Three as they exploded in front of goal on Saturday, winning 13 – 1 away at Terin to go top of the pile. Mehdi Ahorbi’s five-goal haul set the side on their way with Chris Plummer, Callum Elliott, Alex Donkor Junior, Kacper Kasprzycki, Robbie Osborne, Okey Obialo, Jason Cassama and Ryan Lindfield efforts making it a memorable day. 

Royal Forest Reserves made their bow in the fifth tier on Saturday as they made the short trip of a few yards to face Melbourne Sports at Fairlop Oak. Two goals apiece from Tom Alexander and Will Asenso were the difference between the sides in the end as Forest firmly laid their roots in the division with an excellent 4 – 1 win.  Also back in action for the first time this season, ASA made a good start with an opening victory in Hackney Marshes as they faced Glendale. Trailing at the break to a Khari Pobi strike for the Dales, second half ASA goals from Mithurn Vijayarajah, Jubayed Miah and Saranth Veersasingam changed the context of the game, Wesley Kangi netting another for the Dales late on as ASA won 3 – 2. 

Lymore Gardens Reserves responded well to their opening defeat of the campaign as they returned home from Chigwell with all three points after sending Harlow Inter to a 5 – 2 defeat. Macauley Harrington and Ashton Livermore-Rose both scored for Inter but those efforts proved not quite enough with Lymore doing enough to take the spoils.  It was also a great day for Buckhurst Way as they also reversed their fortunes from their opening game in the competition to take home the points with them from their match at Flyers Under 23s. Muhammed Waqas got on the hosts’ score-sheet but Way edged the contest with two of their own to win it 2 – 1.


DIVISION FOUR 

Fairlop Rovers Reserves stay top of Division Four on the back of a third consecutive win to make it a good afternoon for the club. Jake Atherton’s goal for Flyers Under 21s made this a real contest but Rovers done just enough to edge it 2 – 1 and maintain a three point gap at the top. Elsewhere, Chingford Harriers are up to second in the table taking a goal difference advantage over the other sides level on points aided by a big win on the road as they defeated Collier Row A, 8 – 0. Jake Kemp was in fine fettle with a hat-trick, Edwin Jabbari and Darnell Lamothe both scored twice with Jesse Middleweek’s effort rounding things off. 

In third, Emerson & Upminster A keep themselves in contention at the top as they made it two wins from three so far this term, returning home from Loughton with all the points against Avondale Rangers. Bryn Compton-Lowe led the way with two goals, Tyler Huggett and Robert Spratley striking with the other goals in a 4 – 0 win. 

Also on six points, Newham Royals came out on the right side of the “Newham” derby as they defeated Newham & Havering Borough, oddly, quite a long way from Newham! Rainham was the host venue for this five goal thriller which saw Ashley Evett, Andre Peters and Billy Grainger goals separate the sides in a 3 – 2 Royal win. 


COUNTY CUPS 

It was BBC Essex Premier Cup day for a few of our sides with mixed fortunes. DT FC came from two goals down at the break against Walthamstow Reserves to advance into round two, turning things around in the second period thanks to goals from Billy Golledge (2), Lewis Evans, Stanley Green and Kieran Hipgrave to run out 5 -2 winners to set up a clash at home to Holland Reserves. Leyton Royal perhaps picked up the result of the day for our sides with the longest of trips, almost the entire length of the A12 as they headed to the north of the county to take on Lawford Lads. A terrific performance saw them win 3 – 1 and book a return trip up the A12 where they now head to Tiptree Heath in round two. 

It wasn’t such a great day for two of our other representatives who both slipped to narrow 2 – 1 reverses. Chigwell Town were up against Essex Senior League Reserve Division side May & Baker Reserves and were edged out in a close game thanks to goals from Brandon Johnson and Tolu Dina goals for M & B.  Over in Leyton, Epping Town were the first visitors at Lymore Gardens’ new home at the County Ground. Another closely fought game saw our side edged out with Epping the beneficiaries with a 2 – 1 victory to book their place in Round Two. 

Both Dagenham United sides were also in county cup action where the first team saw their Essex Junior Cup campaign come to a halt in the opening round with a big 5 – 0 defeat against local rivals, Barking Under 23s who hail from the Isthmian Development League.  Things were a little more plain sailing for Dagenham United Reserves who faced fellow Essex Alliance League opposition with West Essex Under 23s the visitors to Castle Green in their Essex Junior Trophy clash. Dagenham came through by the odd goal in seven, winning it 4 – 3 to go through to Round Two. 


Fixtures (Top 3 tiers only) – Saturday 25th September (2pm KO unless stated)

EAL Senior Division

Chigwell Town  v  Lymore Gardens
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CSM London  v  FC Petrocub   | West Ham Community Grd 3G, Beckton

FC Baresi  v  Tower Utd   | Britannia Sports Grd, W’stow

Kit Out London  v  Chadwell Heath Spartans   | Noak Hill 3G

Leyton Royal  v  Rapid Chingford  | Fairlop Oak Playing Fields

Woodford East  v  Blue Marlin  | Lakeside Sports Ground 3G (2.30pm KO)


EAL Premier Division

Frenford A  v  Marcelona  | Jack Carter Centre

North East Lions  v  Eastside  | Peter May Sports Centre



EAL Division One

Francis Luke  v  Renegade  | Leyton County Ground

RC XI  v  Cowley Community  | Belhus Park, Aveley

Something from Nothing  v  Belfry  | Wanstead Flats


Fenton Cup – Round One

DT FC  v  Dagenham Utd  | The Harlow Arena 3G

Full fixture list available at essexallianceleague.com