S22-23 Round-ups: Essex Olympian Lge (Sat 28 Jan) [EOFL 22-23 30.1.23]

Archive image – Runwell Sports v Shenfield AFC from earlier this term

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

Hello & welcome to the another edition of the Essex Olympian League round-up. This week, we look at the action in all divisions & Cups from Saturday 28 January, as the weekend’s action was for the most part restored following the restrictive weather conditions in the ladt month.

EOFL Premier Division

In the top-tier, Hutton retained their 14 point lead at the summit, following a 5 – 1 victory at Galleywood. Substitute Matthew Price netted twice here, with Luke Ricketts, Joshua Seal & Connor Hammond also scoring for Matt Singh’s side. Ronnie Edwards replied for ‘Wood, who remain three points adrift at the bottom. Rayleigh Town produced a terrific display in an 8 – 0 success over Bishop’s Stortford Swifts at Thames Road. There were trebles for Jack Long and George Vile, along with strikes for William Vile and substitute Lewis Robson to give Town a much-needed win, given the race for second spot in gathering pace. They went back into second after Toby defeated Leigh Ramblers 2 – 0 at the Nursery Sports Ground. Sonny Leeks’ brace confirmed a big win for Mark Jones’ side, which takes them five points clear of the bottom two.

Elsewhere, Old Southendian are up to fourth spot following a fine 5 – 1 victory over Kelvedon Hatch at Garon Park 3G. Callum Ludlaim had arguably his best day this season, scoring a fine treble, with Mitchell Ali & Nico Dubouchet also scoring for Altar Ali’s side. Joe Newson netted reply after coming off the bench for Darren Hunt’s side, who drop to 11th. Catholic Utd had a battling 2 – 1 victory at Canning Town, with Joe O’Kane & Louie Hay goals sending them sixth, with several games in hand on most of the teams around them. Shenfield AFC remain ninth after a 3 – 0 victory at Springfield, with Jack Maleary, Ben Absolon & Ben Carroll all scoring for AFC. Springfield boss Allan Fenn has also elected to step down, and I wish him well for the future.

Finally, Runwell Sports stay eighth after an excellent 4 – 2 success at Sungate. James Dalton netted two goals for Rob Hodgson’s side, with Gianni Frankis & Owen Barratt adding further goals. Runwell are now ten points clear of the bottom two, as they seek to have a second consecutive campaign at Step 7.

EOFL Divisions One, Two & Three

Division One this week saw some key results. First, Epping Town battled hard before securing a 5 – 3 victory over Herongate Athletic at Billericay Road. Joe Rickett’s superb treble was added to by goals from Scout Bown & Abdul Kamara as Stuart Hoskins’ side remained three points clear in second. Alfie Yeend scored twice for Ath, with Thomas Lambourne also scoring. Old Chelmsfordians remain third at this juncture, following a 2 – 1 win at home to Beacon Hill Rovers, with Jack Walker netting for Rovers. Manford Way also got an important victory, 2 – 1 at home to Corinthians. Dawid Potoczek & replacement Harry Davison both scored for Colin Dobson’s team, who go up to sixth, while their opponents lost ground on the top three.

Into Division Two now and the stand-out result saw Catholic Utd Res defeat Hashtag Utd Development 3 – 1 at St Thomas More Sch. James Warder’s brace & a goal for Daniel Williams secured a win that takes them four points clear of the bottom two. Hashtag’s youth side lost ground on the top two and are also vulnerable to being caught by Harold Wood Athletic Res, who have matches in hand. Leaders Shoebury Town are now seven points clear, following a comeback 4 – 2 win at Wakebury. Finlay Dorrell & Louis Yuille both netted for Matt Cardy’s team but a double for Jack Woodham plus goals for Mechack-Kisoka Asuka & Enoch Gyimah secured Town’s 10th win this term. Finally for this division, Rayleigh Town Res also notched an important 5 – 0 success at home to AS Rawreth.


Now into Division Three, Basildon Town Res emerged with a terrific 8 – 0 win at Corinthians Res, with Louis Hill scoring a hat-trick, added to by Jamie Bradbourn’s brace and one each for Keith King, Daniel Okah and replacement Harry Johnson. Town remain eight points clear at the summit now. Buckhurst Hill U23 also got the three points, with a 3 – 1 victory over Pitsea Athletic at Roding Lane. Harvey Woods struck twice for Darren Gosnell’s team, plus Joe Marjason’s additional goal which secured the win which takes them above Pitsea & into fourth. Elsewhere, Chingford Athletic Res narrowly defeated Springfield Res 3 – 2 at Town Mead 3G. Conor Medhurst’s double & Luke Dimond’s strike outdid goals by Liam England & replacement Adam Jackson for the visitors. Finally, Leigh Town Res got a 2 – 1 win over Toby Res at John Burrows Rec, with Chris Pope and Spencer Izatt the scorers for Josh Burrage’s side, who rise to second spot.

EOFL Divisions Four & Five

Moving into Division Four, and Leigh Ramblers Res grabbed a convincing 7 – 0 triumph at home to Galleywood Res. Charlie Batchelor notched twice for the Rams second-side, with Joe Howson (pen), Luis Bracci, Dominic North, Ethan Nunn & substitute Cameron Jarvis all also scoring here. That result takes them up to fourth & strengthens their chances of being in the promotion race. Ongar Town also won this week, with a 2 – 0 success over Herongate Athletic Res at Marks Hall. Jude Collins & Mason White both netted for Tony West’s team. Also, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res drew 1 – 1 with Roydon at Silver Leys. Matthew Allen netted for Swifts, and Connor Riddoch replied for Roydon. The visitors there dropped to second by virtue of Collier Row’s Walkover win over Pitsea Athletic Res, which takes Row two points clear but they have played three games more.

In Division Five, Basildon Town A went back up to fifth after a 6 – 0 victory against Shoebury Town Res. Donnel Kujinga led the scorers with a fine treble, with Jamie Miller scoring two & replacement Bradley Pike also notching in this win which takes them up to fifth. Also, Manford Way Res extended their lead to seven points at the summit after a 7 – 2 win at Canning Town Res.

Cups

There were three Cup matches this week. Firstly, in the EOFL Reserve Cup, Hutton Res prevailed with a 4 – 1 victory over Runwell Sports Res at Polo Fields. Rodney Wilson, Luke Haydon & substitutes Thomas Price & Ronnie Richardson-Cook got the goals for the hosts there. In the Reserve Trophy, Sungate Res progressed with a 4 – 2 success at AS Rawreth Res. Justin Burrell & Bradley Giles got the goals in reply for the AS side.

Finally, Wakering Sports powered to a 5 – 0 victory over Leytonstone Utd at Cupid’s, in the Denny King Cup. Ryan Curtis & Paul Wines both netted doubles here for Sports, with Mekhi Weekes adding the other goal there.

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S22-23 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Sat 7 Jan) [EOFL 22-23 9.1.23]

Archive Image – OS v Rayleigh Town from last month

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

Hello & Happy New Year to the readers of this column. Welcome to the first edition of the Essex Olympian League round-up series in 2023. This week, we look at the action in all divisions from Saturday 7 January, plus the Cup ties this week.


EOFL Premier Division

Firstly in the top-tier, Hutton extended their seemingly unassailable lead at the top to 14 points after a 5 – 0 victory at Springfield. David Johnson netted twice here for Matt Singh’s side, with Jude Keeling, Tom Stephens and substitute Connor Hammond also netting here. The hosts remain second bottom, two points adrift of Toby. Sungate are in third on goal difference, despite being held to a goal-less draw by Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Leigh Ramblers are up to fourth after a gritty 1 – 0 victory at home to Runwell Sports at Belfairs. Scott Clark again got a crucial goal for Mark Hunter’s team.

Meanwhile, Catholic Utd started the calendar year with a 4 – 1 triumph at home to Kelvedon Hatch at the Len Forge 3G. James Burt scored for Hatch, but a team effort turned the tide as Franklin Craik, Aaron Baldwin, Tom Kearney and replacement Harrison Day all scored to keep Simon Thomas’ side in sixth, but are only two points adrift of Sungate in third. Shenfield AFC also picked up a big home win, as they triumphed 4 – 0 over Galleywood at St Martin’s Sch 3G. Jack Maleary, Ben Absolon, Jack Panons & Ben Carroll all netted here to send them three points clear in ninth, with matches in hand over most of the teams around them. ‘Wood’s tough season continues, as they are five points adrift of exiting the bottom two. Finally, Old Southendian got back to winning ways in some style as they won 6 – 0 at home to Toby at Garon Park, which sent them up to fifth on goal difference in what is a very tight chasing pack.


EOFL Divisions One & Two

Division One only saw three matches this week because of the weather but Epping Town got a huge 6 – 1 victory over strugglers Wakering Sports. Scout Bown netted four goals here for Stuart Hoskins’ team, to take his season’s league goal tally to 16. Edirin Eghwrudje and Abdul Kamara also scored here to add to the visitors’ pain and reduce leaders Harold Wood Athletic’s lead at the summit to four points. Beacon Hill Rovers also got a cucial victory, defeating Herongate Athletic 3 – 2 at Wickham Bishops. Bertie Whymark took his goal tally to seven this term with a double here, with William Strutt also netting for the hosts. Manford Way also drew 1 – 1 with Old Chelmsfordians, with Daniel Demain coming off the bench to score for the hosts there, with the point gained seeing them up to seventh in the table.

Into Division Two, there were some big results for the top four sides. Leaders Shoebury Town are four points clear at the top after an important 3 – 0 victory over Hashtag Utd Development, who dropped to third. Mechack-Kisoka Asuka scored another two goals to take his league goal tally to 13 this term. Substitute Enoch Gyimah added the other goal for Garry Johnson & John Galley’s side here. Wakering Sports Res are up to second spot after a 5 – 0 win against AS Rawreth at Cupid’s. May & Baker‘s Olympian side had to battle hard before completing a 4 – 3 victory at Catholic Utd Res, in a match moved to Waterside Farm Centre on Canvey. Carl Patten struck twice for Josh Lowbridge & Antony McDonald’s side, with Darren Seymour and Alfie Horan also scoring for the visitors there, who stay sixth but are only four points behind Wakering Sports Res in second, which endorses how tight the top half of the table is.

Elsewhere, Hutton Res moved up to eighth following a big 3 – 2 win at Wakebury. Thomas Price, Billy Chilcott and Ronnie Richardson-Cook all netted here for the visitors. Finlay Dorrell & Ben Perry responded for Matt Cardy’s team here but they lost ground on the top two. The other result saw Old Southendian Res win 4 – 2 at Rayleigh Town Res.


EOFL Divisions Three, Four & Five

In Division Three, Basildon Town Res are eight points clear at the summit after a 2 – 1 victory over local rivals Pitsea Athletic Res. Jamie Bradbourn’s brace sealed the points for the hosts, overturning Ath’s goal by substitute Carlos Dias. Ath fell to their first defeat this term & dropped to fourth. Hullbridge Sports Res are up to second after a comprehensive 8 – 0 victory at strugglers Corinthians Res. Jay Knight, Harry Mole and substitute George Mole all got doubles here, with Joe Tuskin and Joseph Gray strikes adding further gloss to the score-line.

Leigh Town Res are now third after a 5 – 2 success at home to Springfield Res at John Burrows Rec. Chris Pope netted twice here for Town, with Jack Pearman, Steve Birnie and Joshua Dalton all on target to render Liam England & William Roe goals for Springfield as consolation goals. Chingford Athletic Res grabbed a 4 – 1 victory at Old Chelmsfordians Res, with the ensemble cast of Luke Dimond, Bilel Benyoucef, George Miller and replacement Conor Medhurst all scoring for Ath.

Moving into Division Four, and Leigh Ramblers Res gained ground on second-placed Collier Row with a 1 – 0 victory at Forest Row. Luis Bracci got the decisive goal there, to raise his side up to third in the table. In the only other game in the division, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res were held 1 – 1 by Ongar Town at Silver Leys. Matthew Allen scored for Swifts, with Benjamin Adams responding for Ongar. Swifts drop to fifth, while Ongar are in eighth.

Finally for the League action this week, In Division Five the leaders are Manford Way Res, who won 4 – 1 at AS Rawreth Res. Callum Thomas, Luke Bennett, Charlie Ewing & Rakim Janneh all netted to extend their lead at the top to five points. Justin Burrell got the solitary goal back for the Rawreth team, who are three points adrift at the bottom. Wakebury Res moved into second spot following a 3 – 1 triumph over Basildon Town A at Shoebury Park. Ross Barnes’ treble saw Joe Creak’s side to their seventh win this term. Jamie Miller got the reply for Bas, who are now in sixth.

Elsewhere, Runwell Sports Res are up to fourth after they won 1 – 0 at home to Sungate Res. Daniel Hobbs got the only goal there at St Luke’s Park. The other result saw Shoebury Town Res draw 1 – 1 with Collier Row A at the Ekco Sports Club (Pitch 2).

In the Cup action this weekend, Canning Town emerged with a 4 – 3 win on penalties in the Senior League Cup after drawing 1 – 1 with Division One side Harold Hill in the early kick-off at Noak Hill 3G.

In the one match in the Reserve League Cup, Herongate Athletic Res got a morale-boosting 2 – 1 victory over Harold Wood Athletic Res, thanks to goals from Kemston Allen and replacement Jasper Stuckey. Josh Portway got the reply for Harold Wood’s Ressie side there but they exited the Cup here.

S22-23 Match Report: White Ensign 0 – 0 Redbridge (Sat 7 Jan) [ESL 22-23 8.1.23]

ESL crest

Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 52

2022-23 Season: Match 34

Saturday 7th January 2023 – 2pm KO

Ensign: Red & Blue Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Redbridge: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks


Ensign secure hard-earned point and deny Redbridge a much-needed win

White Ensign  0 – 0  Redbridge

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

The opening match of 2023 saw a interesting tussle between second-placed Redbridge and hosts White Ensign, who have already secured some big results in the 2022-23 campaign in the Essex Senior. The conditions were windy and a tad slippery but considering the amount of recent rain, Burroughs Park was in good shape. With boss Aaron Bloxham away, assistant boss Nick Wibrow took the reigns here for the hosts and he named new loan signing Luis Shamshoum in goal, a defence comprised of Ben Sargent, Daniel Monk & Centre-backs Montel Shonubi and captain Mitchell Stuart-Evans. Their midfield featured Iyiola Adebayo, Joe Hunter and Kyle McAlindon, with the forward line being led by Charlie Portway, supported by Billy Bonham-Dare and Kian Bradshaw. Redbridge knew they needed the win here after leaders Enfield’s big win at Buckhurst Hill 18 hours prior and manager George Christou fielded Connor Wheatley as their goalkeeper, with a backline of Reuben Campbell, Joe Elliott and centre-backs Nathan Okoye and skipper Dean Hall. Jerrold Cobblah and Jack Chawner were their central midfield pairing. Michael Pindy and Joey May supported forwards Ibrahim Kehinde and Tony Martin.

The early stages of this match was interesting to watch, given that White Ensign succeeded somewhat in frustrating the opposition, who could not find their rhythm, particularly in attack. Defensively, Redbridge were more rigid as you would expect for a good side & where they are in the table at present, but Ensign still carved out a big chance in the first quarter of the game. Support forward Billy Bonham-Dare managed to evade his marker and slip through a good pass into forward Charlie Portway, but unfortunately for the hosts, his low effort trickled past visiting custodian Connor Wheatley and wide of the left-side post. As the half passed the midway point, the Motormen were starting to find their passing game, with forward Ibrahim Kehinde getting in good positions, but a combination of good defending and a lack of a final pass did frustrate both Kehinde and the visiting dug-out.

Joe Elliott fires in a long throw for the visitors

Full-back Joe Elliott’s long throws were also posing a problem for the home defence, and from one of those throw-ins, support forward Joey May’s header needed tipping over by loanee stopper Luis Shamshoum, a short-term signing from Frenford I understand. Forward Kian Bradshaw was also posing a threat down the right flank wth his pace, though his tame effort when in space in the penalty area was comfortably gathered by Wheatley. Redbridge pushed on towards the end of the first half, with Kehinde having a decent chance on goal which couldn’t bypass Shamshoum.

Half-Time:  White Ensign 0 – 0 Redbridge 

Reuben Campbell [#2] making a good surging run early in 2nd half for Motormen

I had a feeling that Motormen boss George Christou would utilise his substitutes soon after the resumption, and that would prove to be the case, with full-back Jack Roult, tricky winger Samraj Gill and midfielder Jamie Price all coming on before the hour, replacing Campbell, May & Cobblah respectively. Much to their credit, Ensign continued to be resilent in defence and occasionally made decent strides going forward as well, with midfielder Joe Hunter’s looping drive forcing Redbridge stopper Wheatley into action four minutes after the restart. Forward Ibrahim Kehinde also had a header which was well-gathered by Shamshoum after a good ball in by Elliott from the right flank. It was undeniable that the Motormen put pressure on the Ensign defence, though skipper Mitchell Stuart-Evans and full-back Daniel Monk led the way commendably to stifle an increasingly frustated visiting side.

Winger Samraj Gill did make a difference to the visiting forward line after coming on, as he put in several good crosses into the box, but Shamshoum and his defenders were equal to the task, with the Ensign stopper showing as much by palming away a dangerous ball in by Gill from the left flank late on, despite being under pressure from the advancing Jamie Price. Harry Kateley also had come on for Ensign and he also made a few good runs to give the Redbridge defence a couple of nervy moments alongside Bradshaw in the latter stages, but all in all, this was a good point for Ensign, hard-earned as it was. The result sees Ensign drop to 15th, because of Romford’s win at Sawbridgeworth, while the Motormen are now ten points adrift of leaders Enfield. 

Full-Time:  White Ensign 0 – 0 Redbridge


Although there were no goals in this contest, there was a lot of endeavour, a few good chances and some good approach play. Overall, Ensign stuck to their task well & their confidence grew as the match went on. Redbridge were unusually slow to get into their rhythm & although they pushed hard at times, they couldn’t grab that decisive goal to lessen the gap to leaders Enfield.

 Redbridge’s good performances here were led by forwards Michael Pindy and Ibrahim Kehinde, who both put in a good shift for their team. Pindy made several good runs down the right flank and showed good movement while Kehinde showed guile and good willingness to get in between defenders, although both were thwarted by a resilent home defence. Full-back Joe Elliott put in a good defensive display, as well as making a few good surging runs down the flanks. Lastly, substitute Samraj Gill heightened the pressure on a tiring Ensign defence in the last half hour, putting in several dangerous crosses into the penalty area in the latter stages. 

White Ensign had several good individual displays here, led in my view by full-back Daniel Monk who made several important clearances, covered well defensively as well as putting in some good passes forward. Midfielder Iyiola Adebayo put in another good display in both boxes, distributing the ball well alongside Joe Hunter in central midfield and showed hgh energy levels. Captain Mitchell Stuart-Evans was a good anchor in defence as well, making several timely interceptions to frustrate the Motormen attack, while goalkeeper Luis Shamshoum was as assured presence, making a few decent saves and stayed alert well too. 

I’d like to wish both teams a good remainder of the season.


Teams

White Ensign  | Stand-in Manager: Nick Wilbrow | Assistant: Enrico Tiritera

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Luis Shamshoum (GK), 2 Ben Sargent, 3 Daniel Monk, 5 Montel Shonubi, 4 Mitchell Stuart-Evans (Capt), 6 Kyle McAlindon, 7 Joe Hunter (16 Teddy Rumsey 87′), 8 Iyiola Adebayo, 9 Billy Bonham-Dare (11 Harry Kateley 58′), 19 Charlie Portway, 10 Kian Bradshaw

Booked: Bonham-Dare | Subs Not Used: Ferris, O Jenkins


Redbridge | Manager: George Christou  | Assistant: Jack Toghli

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Connor Wheatley (GK), 2 Reuben Campbell (Jack Roult 52′), 3 Joe Elliott, 5 Nathan Okoye, 6 Dean Hall (Capt), 4 Jerrold Cobblah (16 Jamie Price 58′), 8 Jack Chawner, 7 Michael Pindy (14 Tayo Joshua Olukolu 72′), 19 Joey May (20 Samraj Gill 58′), 9 Ibrahim Kehinde (15 James Barlow 72′), 10 Tony Martin

Booked: Cobblah  | Sub Not Used: None


Referee: Alex Baker
Assistants: Gary Telling & Joe Lannon

S22-23 Match Report: Catholic Utd 3 – 0 Larkspur Rovers (ART R3 – Sat 17 Dec) [17.12.22]

Anagram Records Trophy – Round Three

Venue: Len Forge Centre 3G

2022-23 Season: Match 33

Attendance: 40 (Est)

Saturday 17th December 2022 – 2pm KO

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

Larkspur Rvrs: Black & White Shirts, Black Shorts, Red Socks



Super Hoops outdo gallant Larkspur to progress in the Anagram Records Trophy

Catholic Utd 3 – 0 Larkspur Rovers

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

The prolonged chilly weather continued to affect a myriad of Leagues this weekend, so it was a return trip to the Len Forge 3G to see Catholic Utd’s home match with visitors Larkspur Rovers in the Anagram Records Trophy. Larkspur are having a promising campaign, sitting fourth in the MIddlesex County Premier Division with 22 points from 12 games thus far, only four points adrift of leaders Shepherds Bush FC. Catholic are also in decent form, sitting seventh in the Olympian Lerague Premier but already with several games more to play than any of the teams around them. Manager Simon Thomas had to ring some changes here, with several regulars out with illness. Louis Godwin-Green continued in goal, with a defence of full-backs Aaron Clark & Luke Mackie and centre-backs Jack Leech and Louis Robinson. Joe Burton, Tom Kearnry and skipper Mike Sammut made up the midfild, with forwards Liam Oliver & Aaron Baldwin being supported by Ben Burrows. Larkspur had Bailey Mulhall as their goalkeeper, with full-backs Ben McCarron and Anthony Byfield joined in defence by captain Courtney Francis and Gabriel Joseph. Player-boss Brad Morris was at the base of a midfield also containing Charlie Quinnell, Kammus Metrane, Aidan Hurley and Ryan Durrant. Centre forward Deluxe Mwengula led the line for the visitors here.

There was very little time for the visitors to get settled as barely two minutes into the contest, Catholic Utd opened the scoring. Forward Liam Oliver made a good surging run down the middle, bypassing the visiting backline well before unselfishly finding the run of Ben Burrows, who duly slotted home low into the net past visiting stopper Bailey Mulhall. The only ‘snag’ of sorts for the hosts was that they should have been further ahead before the half-hour mark. Oliver had two further chances that couldn’t find the target, also a third oppurtunity was well-denied by Mulhall’s legs. Overall, the visitors from the Northolt area were conceding possession in midfield and finding it difficult to repel the Utd attacks as well, as they showcased tempo and good passes.

Utd forward Liam Oliver (#17) really testing Rovers backline early on

The early forays forward by Brad Morris’ side were in the most part rebuffed by a solid home backline, although winger Ryan Durrant had a glimmer at goal just short of the quarter-hour, which sailed not far wide of the right-side post. Respect also has to go to the travelling Larkspur contingent who did make the trip, but their frustrations was only heightened just after the half-hour.

Forward Aaron Baldwin fired in a fine curling strike from about 25 yards out which caught Mulhall out, and the ball flew into the net despite the goallkeeper’s best attempts to keep it out. It could have been worse for the visitors as Catholic had a prospective third goal ruled out for an off-side, as Aaron Clark’s fine set-piece was headed home by centre-back Louis Robinson, only for the assistant’s flag being raised to deny him.


Rovers winger Ryan Durrant watched by Utd’s Luke Mackie in 1st half

Despite a few promising moments down the flanks, the half-chances for Rovers were very few in  number, with midfielder Aidan Hurley fring well wide of the woodwork. The home defence, led by  Jack Leech did nullify the chances on goal that Rovers had. Despite this, forward Deluxe Mwengula had already made some promising runs by this point, with Catholic Utd employing the fair high defensive line to deploy the ‘off-side trap’.

Half-Time: Catholic Utd 2 – 0 Larkspur Rovers

Utd defender Louis Robinson clears the ball with Rovers forward Deluxe Mwengula closing, in the 2nd half

The Essex Olympian League Premier side had a good habit of scoring goals at crucial times in this match and they did just that, three minutes after the interval. A set-piece in a crowded penalty area again caught the Larkspur defence off-guard, which allowed skipper Mike Sammut to angle home a decent strike high into the net, leaving Mulhall powerless to deny him. In fairness to the Larkspur goalkeeper, he also pulled off two or three decent saves during the game to effectively keep his team in the contest, so kudos to him.

With respect to the visitors, they did slowly find their rhythm in the second half as Utd slowly but surely changed things by bringing their substitutes onto the field.Durrant was a good outlet down the right side and put some decent passes in, as did fellow midfielder Charlie Quinnell. Unfortunately for them, their comparative lack of options from the sidelines did not aid them here. That being said, they did have a goal chalked off midway through the half. Good play initially by full-back Anthony Byfield ended with a good ball into the area which found Mwengula, with his low strike finding the net but again, the assistant’s flag was up so it didn’t count.

Rovers full-back Anthony Byfield in possession late on

Ultimately, it did not affect the result although I suspect Larkspur will be disappointed with their performance here even though they were missing top-scorer Chris Mathieson (suspended) and several others through injury & illness.


Full-Time: Catholic Utd  3 – 0 Larkspur Rovers

To summarise this decent game in the chilly conditions, Catholic Utd were too slick with their passing and their good tempo saw them to a fairly comfortable victory against a Larkspur side that struggled for numbers but showed some neat play at times, particularly down the channels. But centre forward Deluxe Mwengula wasn’t found by his midfield often enough & therefore despite some good surging runs, ultimately Rovers didn’t create enough to trouble home stopper Godwin-Green enough.

There were several good performances in this match. For victors Utd, their defensive display was led well by centre-back Jack Leech who showed good awareness to get in good positiomns to clear effectively, while attacking full-back Aaron Clark also got forward well and was a danger from set-pieces. Midfield duo Tom Kearney & Mike Sammut also put in good performances to supply the forward line well with good passing & movement, as well as a good goal in Sammut’s case.

For Larkspur, winger Ryan Durrant had a good game down the right side, putting in some good passes at times and showing decent energy levels. Forward Deluxe Mwengula also showed promise, keeping the Utd defence alert despite being the line forward here, as well as showing good pace. Lastly, a word for goalkeeper Bailey Mulhall who produced a few good saves to keep his team in the match, while full-back Anthony Byfield had a decent game also, making several good runs in the second half to add to his team’s attacking threat.

With this win, Catholic now move into the Quarter-Finals of the Trophy & face the conundrum of having a very busy last four months or so of their season in League & Cups. Still, boss Simon Thomas will be happy with their performance levels here.


Teams

Catholic Utd  | Manager : Simon Thomas | Assistant: Tom Harding

Starting XI: 1 Louis Godwin-Green (GK), 2 Luke Mackie, 3 Aaron Clark, 5 Louis Robinson, 6 Jack Leech, 7 Thomas Kearney, 8 Michael Sammut (Capt), 15 Joe Burton, 12 Ben Burrows, 17 Liam Oliver, 19 Aaron Baldwin,

Goal-scorers: Ben Burrows [2′], Aaron Baldwin [32′], Mike Sammut [48′]

Subs On (Time): 20 Carl Read [46′, replaced Burrows], 10 Dominic O’Kane [57′, replaced Baldwin], 16 James Ainslie [66′, replaced Mackie], 9 Daniel Williams [70′, replaced Oliver] & 14 Matt Creevy [75′, replaced Kearney]

Booked: None  | Subs Not Used: None

Larkspur Rovers | Player-Manager: Brad Morris | 

Starting XI: 1 Bailey Mulhall (GK), 2 Ben McCarron, 3 Anthony Byfield, 4 Gabriel Joseph, 5 Courtney Francis (Capt), 6 Charlie Quinnell, 10 Brad Morris, 14 Kammus Metrane, 8 Aiden Hurley, 7 Ryan Durrant, 9 Deluxe Mwengula

Sub On (Time): 22 Dan DeAbreu [55′]

Booked: DeAbreu | Sub Not Used: None


Referee: Daniel Mann
Assistants: Simon Brickwood & Broghan Kelly

S22-23 Match Report: Old Southendian 1 – 2 Rayleigh Town (Sat 10 Dec) [EOFL 22-23 11.12.22]

Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Venue: Garon Park 3G

2022-23 Season: Match 32

Attendance: 20 (Est)

Saturday 10 December 2022 – 2.30pm KO

Old S: Green Shirts, Black Shorts & Green Socks

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

Old Southendian advance down the left flank in first half

Last-gasp winner sees Rayleigh get a vital win at Garon Park

Old Southendian 1 – 2 Rayleigh Town

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

The ‘big freeze’ this weekend saw a high amount of matches in the region at Steps Five, Six & Seven postponed, so I ventured out in the chilly conditions to see this Essex Olympian League Premier Division tussle between mid-table side Old Southendian and top-four side Rayleigh Town. The visitors have several matches in hand on most of their rivals but they have dropped points recently, which saw them slide 14 points behind leaders Hutton. Old Southendian are having a decent campaign thus far and named Peter Loveday in goal, with the defence being comprised of centre-backs Neil MacLean, Jordan Faulkner & Oliver Tatton-Bennett plus full-backs Ben Marrable & Connor Burrows. Nick Henesy & Jack Lelliott were in central midfield. Mitchell Ali, Nico Dubouchet & Matt Tonking were the forward line for Altar Ali’s side. Rayleigh named a strong team, with regular stopper Mark Brown in goal, a central defence of Sonny Coutts, Frank Hession-Harris & Jack Chatterway, with advancing wing-backs Will Vile & Charlie Seaden. Skipper George Vile was alongside Ben Baxter and George Aston in midfield with Harry Talbot and top-scorer Jack Long in attack.

Both sides had three substitutes here, and perhaps that was partly in the teams’ minds as the early stages of this match were cagey. The ‘Old Boys’ were keen to establish a base of being strong in defence, although because they sat fairly deep, it did make it harder to push forward when in possession. Rayleigh also looked a little incoherent, perhaps sensing the need to get the win.

OS’ Jack Lelliott shielding the ball in first half

Chances were few & far between until the clock motored on towards the half hour. Rayleigh forward Jack Long was the chief threat, firing two efforts off-target and also having a good strike fizz back off the woodwork. Strike partner Harry Talbot also fired over the crossbar as there were murmurings that the visitors were starting to find their attacking rhythm. However, the home backline was in a miserly mood and defended well to frustrate the opposition. Their big chance just after the 30-minute mark saw forward Mitchell Ali play in Nico Dubouchet whose strike went agonizingly wide of the right-side post after passing visiting custodian Mark Brown.


As the half-time whistle sounded, there was definitely a need for a goal, and perhaps a rise in tempo from both teams.

Half-Time: Old S  0 – 0 Rayleigh Town

As the natural light declined and along with it the temperature, both teams did emerge with renewed impetus after the break. Long was in the action again three minutes into the half, as after a good turn he got his left-footed strike in on goal, only for OS goalkeeper Peter Loveday to gather well. When we did get the opening goal on the hour, it came in some style. Old Southendian full-back Connor Burrows caught the visiting defence off-guard by thundering home a fine strike from 20 yards past Brown & high into the net.

Almost from that point onwards, Rayleigh Town piled on the pressure with waves of forward moves and balls into the box, with several decent crosses from William Vile down the left flank, being dealt with fairly well. Long & Talbot continued to test the tiring OS defence, with Talbot firing off-target moments after the he opening goal.


OS forward Mitchell Ali (#10) jostles with Rayleigh’s George Vile for possession

The Old Boys did not have that many breaks forward in the last half-hour, but midfielder Jack Lelliott garnered ome space well to get his strike away, but it lacked the power to bypass Brown. Eventually, the pressure did tell as Town equalised on 84 minutes. A set-piece by skipper George Vile angled its way into the six-yard box, which Long seized on to prod home from two yards out before the OS defence could clear. With Town going all-out for goals by this stage, OS did have one bg chance in the last few minutes, but substitute Bradley Confrey could only blast high over Brown’s goal when well-placed.

That costly miss was only amplified deep in added -time as Town did get a hugely-important last-gasp winner. Talbot darted down the left-side of the penalty box, getting round his marker before produced a fine low ball which found the path of the energetic William Vile who powered in a decent strike past Loveday & into the net to shatter the hosts’ aspirations and grab the points for Paul Higgins’ side.


Full-Time: Old Southendian 1 – 2 Rayleigh Town

To summarise this battle of a match, Old Southendian battled hard to rebuff the surging runs from the visitors. Although they were not at their best, the opening goal for OS startled Town into another gear and several waves of pressure on the hosts eventually told, but Rayleigh will know they left it very late to grab a win they really needed.

The stand-out performances here for the victors Rayleigh Town were led by a strong forward performance by Jack Long, who relished the battle, showed good movement and had several chances before his eventual equaliser. Central midfielder George Vile is such an intrinsically important player for Town & another hard-working display pushed his side on in the second half. It was sheer persistence from forward Harry Talbot who showed his importance as well, showing his pace, dribbling and passing to get the assist for the winner. Persistence also applies to winger William Vile, who put several good crosses in from the left side as well as good pace. Factor in the good movement to create the oppurtunity for an oppurtunistic winning goal & he deserves a mention.

For OS, central midfielder Nick Henesy played his part well in their passing game, despite resilent defending by Rayleigh. Full-back Connor Burrows did his defensive duties well, showed good awareness too but his superb goal really got this game going. Centre-back Jordan Faulkner also was an important part of the Old Boys defence that held firm well until the latter stages, showing good ability in the air. Lastly, forward Mitchell Ali did well to keep the visiting defence occupied at times & was also up for the battle, showing good physicality in the increasingly chilly conditions.

Rayleigh push on in second half

Finally, I’d like to wish both teams a good remainder of the season.


Teams

Old Southendian  | Manager: Altar Ali  | Assistants: Paul Tonking, John Rees & David Tubbs

Starting XI: 1 Pete Loveday (GK), 2 Connor Burrows, 3 Ben Marrable, 5 Neil MacLean, 6 Jordan Faulkner, 4 Oliver Tatton-Bennett, 7 Nick Henesy (Capt), 8 Jack Lelliott, 11 Matt Tonking, 10 Mitchell Ali, 9 Nico Dubouchet

Goal-scorer: Connor Burrows [60′]

Sub On (Time): 17 Bradley Confrey [on for Dubouchet 77′]

Booked: None  | Sub Not Used: Lovegrove, Gould


Rayleigh Town  | Manager: Paul Higgins | Assistant: Del Lamon

Starting XI: 1 Mark Brown (GK), 2 Charlie Seaden, 6 Sonny Coutts, 17 Frank Hession-Harris, 3 Jack Chatterway, 8 George Vile (Capt), 10 George Aston, 12 Ben Baxter, 11 William Vile, 9 Jack Long, 7 Harry Talbot

Goal-scorers: Jack Long [84′], William Vile [90’+3]

Sub On (Time): 4 Sonny Woodward [on for Aston 64′]

Booked: Coutts, Hession-Harris, Long  | Subs Not Used: Baldry, Sweetman


Referee: Kirk Edwards
Assistants: Simon Brickwood & Joseph Cowdrey

S22-23 Round-ups: Essex Olympian Lge & Cups (Sat 3 Dec) [EOFL 22-23 5.12.22]


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

Hello & welcome to the first edition in December of the Essex Olympian League round-up. This week, we look at the action in all divisions from Saturday 3 December, and we begin with the Cup competitions this weekend.

Essex Premier Cup – Round Four

This week we begin with the Essex Premier Cup fourth round. Premier Division side Toby defeated Essex Alliance League Senior side Kit Out London 3 – 0 at Nursery Sports Ground. Callum Mann, Jake Jones & Luis Ruiz all netted to seal progression to the last eight for Mark Jones’ side. Fellow top-tier side Rayleigh Town also went through after a 3 – 0 victory at Division One side Beacon Hill Rovers. Harry Talbot netted twice for Paul Higgins’ side here, with Jack Long again on target to seal the win. EOFL Prem leaders Hutton had a battle before winning 3 – 2  against Border League side Dunmow Town at Hannakins Farm, after extra time. Will Marlowe, Rodney Wilson & replacement David Johnson got the crucial goals there for the Reds. There was a win for Shenfield AFC in their local derby with Harold Wood Athletic, as another double for Ben Absolon secured a 2 – 1 win for AFC, with Zach Holding getting the solitary goal for the second-tier side.

Meanwhile, there was a real battle at Stambridge Memorial Ground which saw Division One side Corinthians narrowly defeat Premier side Leigh Ramblers 4 — 3. Bailey Moss’ treble & a goal for Bill Wilton secured an excellent victory for Chris Stoneham’s team, outdoing strikes for the Rams by Tom Franks, George Moxon and Matthew Brinklow. The lowest-ranked EOFL side in the competition – Division Two’s Wakering Sports Res , produced an excellent display to secure a 3 – 2 success against Essex Alliance League Senior Division side Chadwell Heath Spartans at Cupid’s. Connor Fardyga scored another two goals, and substitute Oliver Greene also netted for Sports. Joe Butcher & Jon Evans goals for the Spartans made it tight but it was a tough afternoon for Aaron Hunwicks’ side.

Finally, Catholic Utd put in a good performance to defeat Essex & Suffolk Border League Premier side Colne Athletic 5 – 2 at the Len Forge 3G, in the match I attended on Saturday. A brace for Aaron Baldwin added to goals by Louie Hay, Franklin Craik & a James Warder spot-kick to see the Super Hoops through & make it seven Olympian League sides in the quarter-finals this term, thus continuing the dominance by EOFL sides in recent years, in this competition. 

If you’d like more on the win for Catholic Utd. my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2022/12/04/s22-23-match-report-catholic-utd-5-2-colne-athletic-sat-3-dec-epc/



EOFL Reserve League Cup

Two matches to note in the Ressie League Cup. Firstly, Collier Row Res produced a fine performance to win 4 – 0 at Old Southendian Res, with Aloisio Dos Santos netting twice, along with goals from Charlie Quant & Ryan Costello to ensure the win for Mark Lee’s side. Leigh Ramblers Res joined them in the next round after a narrow 1 – 0 win in their derby with Leigh Town Res at Belfairs. Luis Bracci got the winning penalty with five minutes left to seal the tie.


EOFL Premier Division & Division One

In the top-tier this week, there was two vital wins for teams in the bottom three. Firstly, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts gained ground on the teams above them with a 5 – 0 triumph over Galleywood at Silver Leys. Mitchell Burr’s fine treble was added to by goals for Valter Simao & Edward Atkinson-Purse to ensure a fine win and leave ‘Wood three points adrift at the bottom. Springfield also got an important 2 – 1 victory at Runwell Sports, with Lewis Chapman & an OG ensuring Allan Fenn’s side got the win. Finally, Sungate had a Solomon Asomah strike to thank for a 1 – 0 win over Old Southendian which sees them rise to second spot.

In Division One, Epping Town cut the deficit to leaders Harold Wood Athletic to seven points after a 5 – 2 victory at home to Harold Hill. Chris Gormley let the way with a superb hat-trick, with goals from Abdul Kamara & Scout Bown adding to Hill’s pain. Old Chelmsfordians moved back up to third after a 6 – 1 win at home to ACD Utd, and Manford Way went up to seventh spot after a comprehensive 4 – 0 success at home to winless Wakering Sports. Daniel Demain, David Alele, James Dobson & an OG secured a good win for Colin Dobson’s team.  


EOFL Divisions Two, Three, Four & Five

In Division Two, with leaders Shoebury Town not in action, the chasing pack all got important wins. Hashtag Utd Development remain second after a enthralling 8 – 1 victory at Rayleigh Town Res. Jay Knight got a fine treble, with an ensemble cast of Thomas Matthew, Josh Jarvis, Tony Stevens, Matthew Gauci & Tommy Green all grabbing a goal each for Denis Simpson’s team. Harold Wood Athletic Res are two points behind in third spot after a battling 3 – 2 win away at Hutton Res. Kieron Moynihan, Max London & Matthew Harris all scored for Steve Hubbard’s side there. Thomas Price & Ronnie Richardson-Cook both scored for the hosts there at Polo Fields.

Meanwhile, Wakebury are up to fourth after a 2 – 0 victory over third-bottom Catholic Utd Res at Cupid’s. Finlay Dorrell & Jordan Farrell both netted for Matt Cardy’s side there. And last but not least in this division, May & Baker EOFL secured another fine win with a 6 – 3 triumph over AS Rawreth. Jack O’Connor led the way for the hosts with a double, while Carl Patten, Kane Messenger, Darren Seymour & Alfie Horan all netted too to ensure they are eight points clear in sixth place. Billy Brown’s double & a goal from substitute Hamoud Salum accounted for the Rawreth goals here.


In Division Three, Basildon Town Res remain seven points clear at the summit after a fine 5 – 0 triumph at Springfield Res. Jamie Bradbourn’s double, allied with goals for Antony Aylett, Joe Fogarty & substitute Ashley Drury ensured the points went back with the visitors. Second-placed Pitsea Athletic look the most likely side to be able to catch the leaders, but had to settle for a narrow 1 – 0 home win against Buckhurst Hill U23. Hullbridge Sports Res lost ground on the top two after losing 1 – 3 to Old Chelmsfordians Res, who remain in seventh.

Moving into Division Four now, unbeaten leaders Roydon retained their three-point lead after a 4 – 0 win against Shenfield AFC Res at Roydon Rec. Nader Benzid, Connor Riddoch, Rene Pivarnik & Mike Hayes all scored for Nigel Jordon’s team in that game. Collier Row are eight points clear in second after a 3 – 1 victory over Leytonstone Utd in the ‘Forest Row derby’. Elsewhere, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res went three points clear in fifth spot after a 3 – 1 win at Herongate Athletic Res. Matthew Allen got a fine double here, with Archie Gerard also on target for the Swifts side. Finally, Galleywood Res defeated Ongar Town 2 – 0 at Slades Lane, with Ebenezer Fasoranti & Aryan Tathgar goals giving them only their second league win this term & also saw them rise out of the bottom two.

In Division Five, we have new leaders after Manford Way Res won 5 – 0 in their top-two clash at Basildon Town A. There were doubles for Luke Bennett & Callum Thomas, as well as a goal for George Green as Manford went two points clear at the summit. Wakebury Res also won as they defeated Sungate Res 5 – 1 at Shoebury Park.Liam Dunne & Riley Oliver both scored twice for Joe Creak’s side, with Charlie Canning’s goal sealing their fourth straight victory and a rise to third spot, three points behind Basildon Town A. In the other game, Canning Town Res got a comfortable 4 – 0 success over Runwell Sports Res to fortify their position in sixth.

S22-23 Match Report: Catholic Utd 5 – 2 Colne Athletic (Sat 3 Dec) [EPC R4 .12.22]

Essex County FA Premier Cup – Round Four

Venue: Len Forge Centre 3G

2021-22 Season: Match 31

Attendance: 25 (Est)

Saturday 3rd December 2022 – 2pm KO

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

Colne Ath: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks



Super Hoops show clinical finishing to defeat Colne in the Essex Premier Cup

Catholic Utd 5 – 2 Colne Athletic

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

The Saturday match in the first weekend of December was a interesting duel between Essex Olympian League top-tier side Catholic Utd and visitors Colne Athletic, of the Essex & Suffolk Border League Premier Division. The hosts are in the middle of a month of Cup fixtures and Tom Harding took the team in this match – he named stalwart Louis Godwin-Green in goal, with a defence featuring centre-backs Louis Robinson & Jack Leech, with the attacking full-backs being Louie Hay and Aaron Clark. Tom Keaney, skipper Michael Sammut and Tom Elliott were in midfield, and the forward line was comprised of Joe O’Kane in the middle, with Franklin Craik and Aaron Baldwin coming in from the channels. Colne Athletic named Robert Waller as their glovesman, with a backline of full-backs Daniel Bradley and captain Josh Vaughan, with Jack Burch and Peter Brough in central defence. In midfield, Joe Heron and Harrison Banner were central, with Keelan Milburn and Scott Yearling on the flanks, supporting forwards Joe McCracken and Dale Brown.

In my view, the early parts of this match were fairly quiet as both teams were keen to retain the ball and not venture forward too rapidly. Colne Athletic centre forward Joe McCracken was looking to win the ball in the air, allowing runners to get in alongside him, while at the other end Utd’s free-flowing possession game was getting in behind the resilent Colne defence, though visiting centre-back Jack Burch displaying good awareness by making several strong interceptions to clear the danger. Midway through the first half, Catholic Utd did take the lead as Ath had a defensive lapse of concentration, allowing an initial cross by Frank Craik to find its way to full-back Louie Hay, who had found his way into the box and struck low into the net. However, Colne Athletic showed exactly why they are having a good league season with a reply barely a minute later, as Keelan Milburn’s effort found the net, much to the consternation of Utd stopper Louis Godwin-Green and the home dug-out.

Louie Hay (#14) motors down right side for Utd

It was the hosts who really did push to find another gear in the latter stages of the first half, although Colne did rebuff their forward moves fairly well, Craik struck over the woodwork from a good position on the edge of the area but that was a warning that the visitors did not heed. On 37 minutes, the Super Hoops took the lead once again, with Louie Hay this time showing good persistence in the build-up, finding forward Aaron Baldwin who again struck confidently, finding the left corner of the net, past a frustrated visiting custodian Robert Waller. Colne would have been keen to get to the interval only a goal in arrears, but on the stroke of half-time, a moment of quality from Baldwin meant it was a two-goal lead for Tom Harding’s side at the break. Baldwin stole half a yard of space coming inside from the right flank before curling in a terrific finish which again found the left corner.

Joe McCracken controlling the ball for Colnre

Half-Time: Catholic Utd 3 – 1 Colne Ath


That goal really set up the second half well, and again Colne showed their resolve by reducing the deficit eight minutes after the resumption. From a good set-piece which found Joe McCracken, his deft headed flick-on was looped up by midfielder Joe Heron’s boot which flew high into the net. For the sizeable period of the half, there was a real battle which saw Colne look to outwork the home midfield. Ben Connell’s side sent another warning as McCracken sent an effort wide of goal, moments after the second goal. Much to their credit, Catholic Utd did work hard in defence, which restricted the chances that the visitors could create.

Both sides started to bring substitutes on by the time we entered the last twenty minutes, but just as Colne would have been hoping for a late leveller, it was Utd who got a fourth goal with three minutes left. The hosts pushed forward down the left side and referee Adam Miller adjudged there was a foul on energetic forward Joe O’Kane I believe, and pointed to the penalty spot. Replacement James Warder stepped up and blasted the spot-kick into left-side corner. And then with Colne chasing the ball at the other end in added-on time, Craik pushed up with a great surging run down the right from his own half, before evading the last defender and slotting in past Waller, off the left-side post.

Colne skipper Josh Vaughan (right) looking to start another forward move

Full-Time: Catholic Utd  5 – 2 Colne Athletic

To summarise this entertaining game in biting cold windy conditions, Catholic Utd raised their game after the half-hour to take their chances, although Colne Athletic certainly challenged them more than the eventual scoreline would suggest. The Border League visitors certainly showed why their are a top-six side in their Premier Division and played their part and forced Utd to defend diligently.

There were several good performances in this match. For victors Utd, we start with forward Aaron Baldwin who took both his goals well with curling strikes, and they came at key points in the match. He also got down the channels well and only good defending by the visitors prevented him putting in more telling passes. Right-back Louie Hay also took his goal well, as well as putting in a performance of high work rate and showed good awareness defensively. Left-back Aaron Clark also put in a good display, probviding a good attacking option, plus he hampered the enterprising, physical Colne side from creating as many chances as they would’ve liked. Finally, a word for forward Franklin Craik who capped another good effort by making a surging run of more than sixty yards in added time to get into position to slot home his side’s fifth goal. Craik also was a good outlet down the channels all match.

For Colne, centre-back Jack Burch put in an impressive display, making a number of key interceptions in defence & also was a threat in the opposition box from set-pieces. Forward Joe McCracken also had a good game, making a few deft flicks and won his share of aerial duels to test the home backline. Winger Keelan Milburn took his goal well, also showing some neat passing while finally, full-back & skipper Josh Vaughan lifted his team at times, as well as being decent in possession and showing good energy levels.

With this win, Catholic now move into the Essex Premier Cup Quarter-Finals, where they could meet another EOFL side or last season’s finallists Woodford East, from the Essex Alliance League’s top-tier.


Teams

Catholic Utd  | Stand-in Manager : Tom Harding | Physio & Stand-in Assistant: Emily Mackler

Starting XI: 1 Louis Godwin-Green (GK), 14 Louie Hay, 3 Aaron Clark, 5 Louis Robinson, 6 Jack Leech, 7 Thomas Kearney, 8 Michael Sammut (Capt), 16 Tom Elliott, 10 Joe O’Kane, 19 Aaron Baldwin, 11 Franklin Craik

Goal-scorers: Louie Hay [22′], Aaron Baldwin [37′ & 45′], James Warder [pen 87′], Franklin Craik [90’+4]

Subs On (Time): 15 Joe Burton [71′, replaced Elliott], 9 James Warder [71′, replaced Baldwin], 88 4 Matt Wilson [88′, replaced Leech], 20 John Nutman [88′, replaced Hay], 12 Luke Mackie [89′, replaced O’Kane]

Booked: Elliott  | Subs Not Used: None


Colne Athletic  | Manager: Ben Connell  |  Assistant: Jason Savage & Kevin Brown

Starting XI: 1 Robert Weller (GK), 2 Daniel Bradley, 3 Josh Vaughan (Capt), 4 Jack Burch, 5 Peter Brough, 6 Joe Heron, 8 Harrison Banner, 7 Keelan Milburn, 10 Dale Brown, 9 Joe McCracken, 11 Scott Yearling

Goal-scorers: Keelan Milburn [23′], Joe Heron [53′]

Subs On (Time): 14 Aran Yarwood [52′], 12 Gareth Evans [65′], 15 Malachi Cupido [75′]

Booked: None | Sub Not Used: Thomson


Referee: Adam Miller

S22-23 Match Report: Buckhurst Hill 1 – 2 White Ensign (Fri 2 Dec) [ESL 22/23 3.12.22]

ESL crest

Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Roding Lane

Attendance: 83

2022-23 Season: Match 30

Friday 3rd December 2022 – 7.45pm KO

Buckhurst H: Blue & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

W Ensign: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks


Ensign grab another fine away win, this time at Roding Lane

Buckhurst Hill  1 – 2 White Ensign

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

A rare Friday night outing of late saw a welcome return to Roding Lane to see Buckhurst Hill take on White Ensign in the Essex Senior League. Recent departures from the home side were compounded here by a host of players being unavailable for Mark Williams’ side for this game. Goalkeeper Daniel Blockley was again between the posts, with a defence comprised of Olabajuwon Olagbaju, Will Halford, Alfie Harris & skipper Conor Tyrrell. Jake Moss, Harry Markatis & Oliver Williams were in midfield, supporting a forward line led by Hassan Nalbant and Ezekiel Bademosi, with support from James Deaney. Ensign were looking to vanquish the pain of a heavy loss in their last game, as Aaron Bloxham named Charlie Martin as goalkeeper, with their defence featuring full-backs Ben Sargent & Daniel Monk, with centre-halves Montel Shonubi and Lee Delf. Their high-energy midfield trio here were Iyiola Adebayo, Kyle McAlindon and captain Ethan Evison and in attack, Alfie Lindfield led the line with support from Billy Bonham-Dare & Harry Kateley.

The visitors looked to pinch an early advantage and forward Harry Kateley put the ball wide from a yard or so out, thanks to brave goalkeeping by Hill’s Daniel Blockley, who required some teatment. However, it was Ensign who took the lead after only five minutes as fellow forward Alfie Lindfield’s strike hit the left-side post, only for the ball to curl towards the opposite post and nestle into the net. Buckhurst also had to reconfigure their side after full-back Olabajuwon Olagbaju had to be substituted through injury after 12 minutes, with forward Fehinti Falola replacing him and James Deaney reverting to right wing-back. As the half wore on, Buckhurst did find their possession game and ventured forward to decent effect, with forward Hassan Nalbant having a few decent chances but a combination of good defending and striking off-target meant the hosts were still chasing.

Ensign were a danger on the counter-attack with Harry Kateley breaking down the left side, and another effort on goal from him brought out a good save from Blockley. Buckhurst Hill was also uncharacteristically hesitant in defence, with centre-back Alfie Harris making a few decent interceptions. At the other end, forward Ezekiel Bademosi had a powerful strike at Charlie Martin’s goal, and it came off the woodwork, as the first half was entering its last phase. Mark Williams’ side did get a deserved equaliser four minutes before the interval, as a good run down the channel by substitute Fehinti Falola found Bademosi, who fired home a good effort past Martin and into the corner.

Half-Time:  Buckhurst Hill 1 – 1 White Ensign


After the break, Buckhurst’s plans to push on and gain the upper hand suffered a setback as Ensign re-took the lead four minutes after the restart. An errant clearance allowed Lindfield to strive towards goal and slot home comfortably, low into the right corner. Unsurprisingly, this spurred on the hosts to claw their back into proceedings, and Nalbant again was in the action midway through the half, as his fierce drive was well parried away by Martin. Ensign did respond once again on the counter, with midfielder Iyiola Adebayo advancing towards the 18-yard box before powering a good effort which cannoned off the woodwork.

The tempo wasn’t quite as high in the latter stages which was understandable given the freezing conditions, but Ensign could have made the points safe five minutes from time as Adebayo again garnered some space before his effort on goal was denied well by Blockley. Ensign had to hold firm defensively in the last moments of this game, as from a set-piece, Buckhurst midfielder Harry Markatis brought a fine save from Martin, as Markatis’ 20-yarder forced the visiting custodian to dive away low to his left to claw the ball away from danger.


Full-Time: Buckhurst Hill 1 – 2 White Ensign

In summary, whilst the depleted hosts did show good intent going forward, they were thwarted by several errors – particularly in defence. Ensign showed again that they are up for the tough battles away from home and after a heavy defeat 48 hours before this game, they showed a lot of grit, as well as some neat play at times.

For this game’s ‘stand-out’ mentions, I’ll start with the victors Ensign. Alfie Lindfield had a very good evening, scoring two decent goals and also tested the Buckhurst defence at times as well, having a few other glimpses at goal. Iyiola Adebayo put in a high-energy display in midfield, pushing forward with good movement & passing to go with it as well. Goalkeeper Charlie Martin was a reassuring presence too, making some decent saves to frustrate a fast home forward line. Lastly, a word for full-back Ben Sargent who again put in a good display, making several rapid runs down the right side to add an attacking dimension to the visitors’ counter-attacks.

For Buckhurst Hill, forward Ezekiel Bademosi took his goal well and posed problems with his good running and pace and together with fellow forward Hassan Nalbant, they looked a good forward line, getting down the channels well and putting in good crosses into the box. Early replacement Fehinti Falola also put in a good display and got a good assist, while midfielder Harry Markatis made several good interceptions to assist his team’s defending, as well as sending good forward passes as well.

Teams

Buckhurst Hill  |  Manager: Mark Williams  | Assistant: JP Kent

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Daniel Blockley (GK), 2 Olabajuwon Olagbaju (10 Fehinti Falola 12′), 3 Will Halford, 4 Alfie Harris, 5 Conor Tyrrell (Capt), 6 Harry Markatis, 7 Jake Moss (14 Sajid Aziz 76′), 8 Oliver Williams, 11 James Deaney, 9 Hassan Nalbant (15 Ayomide Ademokun 71′), 12 Ezekiel Bademosi

Goal-scorer: Ezekiel Bademosi [41′]

Booked: Bademosi, Halford  | Subs Not Used: Ferris


White Ensign | Manager: Aaron Bloxham   | Assistant: Enrico Tiritera

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Charlie Martin (GK), 2 Ben Sargent, 3 Daniel Monk, 5 Montel Shonubi, 6 Lee Delf, 4 Kyle McAlindon (12 Teddy Rumsey 64′), 8 Ethan Evison (Capt), 7 Iyiola Adebayo (16 Jack Allen 88′), 9 Billy Bonham-Dare (15 Callum Ferris 88′), 10 Alfie Lindfield, 11 Harry Kateley (14 Jordan Chambers 64′)

Goal-scorers: Alfie Lindfield [5′ & 49′]

Booked: Evison | Subs Not Used: Summers


Referee: Michael Iddenden-Smith
Assistants: James Latham & Olabisi Omotosho

S22-23 Round-ups: Essex Olympian Lge (Sat 26 Nov) [EOFL 22-23 28.11.22)

Archive Image – Shoebury Town v AS Rawreth earlier in November

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

Hello & welcome to another edition of the Essex Olympian League round-up. This week on Saturday 26 November, we look at the action in all divisions, plus an extra section on the various Cup competitions this weekend.

EOFL logo

EOFL Senior Cup

This week we again start with the League Senior Cup. Shenfield AFC progressed with a 4 – 0 victory at local rivals Kelvedon Hatch. Jack Panons struck twice for AFC here, plus Alex Tredgett & Ben Absolon also scored at New Hall. Old Chelmsfordians joined them there after a comprehensive 6 – 1 victory over Beacon Hill Rovers at Lawford Lane.

EOFL Premier Division

In the top-tier this week, Hutton‘s incredible lead at the summit now stands at twelve points after a battling 1 – 0 success at home to Springfield. Luke Ricketts got the only goal for Matt Singh’s side at Chadfields. Rayleigh Town lost ground on the top two after they drew 3 – 3 with Runwell Sports at London Road. Jack Long’s fine treble was not enough to provide the win as strikes by Charlie Little, Oliver Williamson and an OG meant Runwell claimed a point, which keeps them eighth. Leigh Ramblers made it two home wins in consecutive weeks, without conceding a goal after a 3 – 0 victory over Canning Town, who remain second. Strikes by Andrew Webster, Tom Franks & Jamie Skinner meant Mark Hunter’s team rose to fourth spot. The other game saw Old Southendian defeat Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 2 – 1 at Garon Park 3G. Mitchell Ali’s double took them to four straight wins & up to sixth spot. Joe Holt got the reply for Neil Bell’s team.

EOFL Divisions One & Two

Herongate Athletic are up to seventh in the second-tier, after a 2 – 1 home win against Manford Way. Thomas Lambourne & Robbie Allen’s penalty secured the points for Joe Nightingill’s side. In the other game, Corinthians got a major win, as they won 4 – 2 at ACD Utd, which took Chris Stoneham’s team up to third.

In Division Two, Shoebury Town’s lead at the summit fell to five points after a 2 – 2 draw with Catholic Utd Res at Ekco Sports Club. Jack Woodham & Alex Jenkins got the goals for the hosts, but strikes by Daniel Williams & Thomas Elliott meant Utd left with a point, which takes them up to ninth. May & Baker EOFL are five points clear in sixth spot after a 1 – 0 success at home to Hutton Res, with George Stanbrook again on target for Josh Lowbridge’s team. Finally in this division, Hashtag Utd Development are up to second place after a conclusive 9 – 0 triumph against AS Rawreth at Barleylands. Samuel Pratt & Jay Knight both netted doubles for Denis Simpson’s team, with a further ensemble cast of Matthew Gauci, Charlie Simpson, Tony Stevens, Thomas Matthew & substitute Jake Smith all also adding further goals for the Tags’ side.


EOFL Divisions Three, Four & Five

In the fourth-tier, the top two faced each other at Basildon Sports Club, with leaders Basildon Town Res extending their lead to five points after defeating Hullbridge Sports Res 3 – 1. Keith King netted two goals for Bas, with Harry Cowlbeck getting the other. Substitute George Mole netted for the visitors. Third-placed Leigh Town Res are now level on points with Hullbridge after they won 3 – 2 against Buckhurst Hill U23 at John Burrows Rec. Callum Stone got a double for Josh Burrage’s side, with Chris Pope also scoring. Stefanos Ladoukakis & Harvey Woods goals for Hill made it tight but they remain in mid-table. Old Chelmsfordians Res convincingly won 9 – 1 at Corinthians Res to rise to seventh. Lastly, Pitsea Athletic are up to fourth after a 4 – 0 triumph at Springfield Res. Reece Stone scored a double for Trevor Wickens’s team, with Kwadwo Asante and Liam Jeffrey also netting.

Into Division Four now, and Ongar Town went up to seventh after a 2 – 1 victory at Shenfield AFC Res. Ethan Hook & replacement James McLean both scored for Tony West’s team. Paul Constable’s goal accounted for AFC’s reply. Leaders Roydon are still three points clear after a 3 – 1 victory at home to Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res. Samuel Broen netted for the visitors but a double for Connor Presland plus a goal for replacement Ezra Fields. Collier Row are still second after a 5 – 0 win at Pitsea Athletic Res, while Wakering Sports A are out of the bottom two after a 3 – 0 success over Galleywood Res at Cupid’s.

In Division Five, Wakebury Res continued their decent form with a 5 – 0 triumph over AS Rawreth Res. There were doubles here for Charlie Kernott and Tommy Wolfe, with Jamie Oates also on target for Joe Creak’s side. The other game saw Canning Town Res win 3 – 1 at Sungate Res to go up to sixth.


Anagram Records Trophy Results

Codicote p3-3 Sungate (7-6 on pens)

Galleywood 0 – 5 Belstone

Toby 2 – 6 AFC Walcountians


Essex Junior Trophy R’s

Chadwell Heath Spartans Res 1 – 3 Basildon Town A

Manford Way Res 2 – 1 Sandon Royals Res

Shoebury Town  p4 – 4 Hutton Development (4-2 on pens)


EOFL Reserve Lge Cup Result: Wakering Sports Res 6 – 0 Rayleigh Town Res

S22-23 Round-ups: Essex Senior League (Sat 26 Nov) [ESL 22-23 27.11.22]

Archive Image – Halstead Tn v FC Clacton earlier this term

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

Hello & welcome to the latest of my occasional series, rounding-up the full Essex Senior League programme that took place on the weekend of Saturday 26 November. We also include the Reserve Shield action & the solitary Ressie league match in Division Two.

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Essex Senior League –  Saturday 26 November

The weekend’s action starts with an important win for Barking as they powered past Stanway Rovers 5 – 1 at Mayesbrook Park 3G. Charlie Heatley’s first hat-trick inside the first hour led the way for Charlie MacDonald’s side, while Ahmed Abdulla and George Fairhead added further pain to Danny Slatter’s team, who replied through Will Crisell’s goal. At the Terry Mac, Clapton got another big three points as they fought back to defeat Romford 4 – 3. Khyreece Smith-Reid’s fifth league goal this term plus goals from Leon Wildman, Sharn Quinn’s spot-kick & an OG enabled Ross Weare’s side to move eight points clear of bottom side Southend Manor. Romford responded through strikes from Emmanuel Ogunrinde, Adalberto Pinto and Shomari Barnwell’s goal in stoppage time but they are now five points adrift of landlords Barking in tenth.

Takeley continued their recent good form, with a 4 – 0 victory at Southend Manor. Charlie Allum and George Frodsham goals inside the first ten minutes led the way for Marc Das’ side, then Jayden Gipson & Jordan Westcott goals added more anguish for Alex O’Leary’s side. At the summit, Enfield stay at the top on goal difference after a 3 – 0 victory at managerless Saffron Walden Town. Danny Norton, Louie Johnson’s penalty & a Usman Adeniji goal sealed the points for Jamie Cureton in front of 330 spectators at Catons Lane. Redbridge are second on the same points total (36) after a gritty 1 – 0 win at West Essex. Ibrahim Kehinde got the only goal there for George Christou’s side at Wadham Lodge. FC Clacton are now five points clear in third spot after a 2 – 1 success at White Ensign. Jake Clowsley & the league’s top scorer Mekhi McKenzie got the goals for Tom Austin’s side there, while Teddy Rumsby got the goal back for Aaron Bloxham’s team.

Elsewhere, Stansted remain in sixth after a 4 – 0 win at Halstead Town. The quartet of Ashaan Siddik, George O’Connor, Michael Mignot and Andre Embalo all netted for the Airportmen to add more concern for the Humbugs, who stay 16th. Buckhurst Hill got an important victory after the loss of two big players this week, as they won 4 – 1 over Sawbridgeworth Town at Roding Lane. Jake Knight had given Kieran Amos & Ben Taylor’s side an early lead, but Ezekiel Bademosi levelled the match just before the interval before a double from Hassan Nalbant and a late goal by replacement Jake Moss sealed the win for Mark Williams’ side, who reside in eighth. Athletic Newham are ninth after a 3 – 1 victory at Ilford, with Daniel Izekor notching another double and Abdul Shobowale also on target for Chris Davis’ team. Jack Zielinski got the reply for the Foxes there. Lastly in the top-tier, Woodford Town bagged a 1 – 0 away win at Little Oakley, thanks to Wale Odedoyin’s goal to spoil new manager James Good’s first league game in charge, after the resignation of Matt Carmichael this week – I’d like to pass on my best wishes to Matt & his family at this tough time.

Now into the Reserve Shield action, Barkingside Res edged through on Friday night, defeating White Ensgn Res 2 – 1 at Lakeside Sports Ground. Junior Mandeng-Fotabeng netted for the Ensign side, but strikes by Emmanuel Banahene & Kolade Oshun secured the hosts’ progression. Woodford Town Res joined them there after a 3 – 1 victory at Athletic Newham Res. David Avram, Albert James & replacement Izac Clarke all scored for Town in that game. The other two games needed spot-kicks to determine the victor and Billericay Town Res drew 1 – 1 with Frenford Res, before winning 4 – 3 on penalties. Redbridge Res also drew, 2 – 2 with West Essex Development but it was the Stags side who won 3 – 1 on penalties in that one.

Finally, there’s one result in Ressie League Division Two, which saw Barking U23 go back to the summit after a thumping 7 – 0 victory at May & Baker Res.