Round-up: Essex Senior League & Cups (Sat 28 Dec) [ESL 19/20 29.12.19]

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

Hello and welcome to my round-up of Essex Senior League from Saturday 28 December. The weekend’s focus was the Peter Butcher Trophy with one tie each in the League and the Errington Challenge Cup, which saw a superb match take place. I would also like to wish a very happy Happy New Year to all clubs, staff, players & readers of this blog.

 

Saturday 28 December

Peter Butcher Trophy – Round One

Enfield  3 – 0  Southend Manor   | Woodside  | Att: 73

The E’s got a morale-boosting win to progress into the next round of the Peter Butcher Trophy with victory over fellow strugglers Southend Manor at Woodside. Steven Ellery’s rasping effort put Matt Hanning’s team ahead seven minutes before half-time. The latter stages saw the hosts secure a much-needed triumph as strikes by Dan Chambers [70’] and Joe Pattison [76’], twinned with a rare clean sheet got the job done. Manor’s focus shifts to their league campaign in the New Year.

Redbridge Res  0 – 5  Walthamstow  | Robert Clack [3G]

Walthamstow named a strong line-up and comfortably brushed off Reserve Division side Redbridge Reserves at Robert Clack in Dagenham to secure their progress into the next round. Player-boss Ryan Maxwell got a rare goal here, along with another brace for the seemingly-unstoppable Dwade James. Stanley Muguo and Lewis Francis also netted in this one as the ESL side pretty much wrapped up their progression by half-time.

 

Match Off: Redbridge P – P Sawbridgeworth Town Res (Waterlogged Pitch)

 

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Clapton  2 – 0 Sawbridgeworth Town  | Southchurch Park | Att: 25

In the only league match this weekend, Clapton grabbed only their fourth win this term with a win over fellow strugglers Sawbridgeworth Town. Goals from Germaine Dua and Deimar Queni were enough to back up some promising approach play and leap above both Southend Manor and Enfield in the table to go into 16th spot. Sawbo’s tough season goes on, they are nine points below Manor in the standings.

 

The ESL Challenge Cup (CC Final 1.5.17)

Errington Challenge Cup – Round Two

Saffron Walden Town  4 – 3  Cockfosters   | Catons Lane | Att: 214

In the match I attended this weekend, Walden made it into the Quarter-Finals of the Errington Cup was they edged a superb encounter with Cockfosters. Nathan Scarborough struck twice for Walden & had a goal chalked off for off-side. On his debut for the Bloods, Tyger Smalls also scored & Jake Noble got the other goal. Billy Healey, George Beattie & Marcus Crowther got the goals for ‘Fosters who contributed heavily to a dramatic second half in particular.

If you’d like more on this game, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/12/28/match-report-saffron-walden-4-3-cockfosters-sat-28th-dec-ecc/

 

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 28 Dec) [EOFL 19/20 29.12.19]

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

Hello and welcome to the second of our festive round-up’s of Essex Olympian League action here on my blog. The weekend’s action was again affected by the weather. To see last week’s action (Sat 21 Dec), click here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/12/22/round-up-essex-olympian-league-sat-21-dec-eofl/

 

Saturday 28 December

Premier Division

In the top-tier this weekend, Catholic Utd are the new leaders after another strong home win, 5 – 0 over out-of-form Rayleigh Town. Simon Thomas led the attack with a hat-trick with Thomas Kearney and Brad Vaughan also finding the net in what was Utd’s third consecutive success. Town drop to sixth and have lost four on-the-trot. Leigh Ramblers defeated strugglers Canning Town 3 – 1 at Belfairs, thanks largely to Dan Williams’ brace and one from Rhys Fatt. Wayne Seal’s team remain third while Town drop back to the foot of the table.

Meanwhile, Buckhurst Hill took another important stride towards the top three with a 3 – 1 win over Kelvedon Hatch in a match moved to the 3G pitch at Wadham Lodge. Nathan Sollosi, Sonny Shilling and Fenti Falola all netted before the interval for Mark Williams’ team and Petrit Elbi got one back for player-boss Steve Willis’ side.

There was also some big wins for teams near the bottom as Hutton demolished Basildon Town 8 – 1 at Polo Fields. Replacement Will Marlowe made some impact with four goals for the hosts with James Gardner also getting a brace. Brad Freeman and Jack Holloway also added their names to the scoresheet here as Gary Damrill’s team got their third win in their last five games and rise up to 12th. Town struck through Keith King though fell to an uncharacteristic loss this season and remain in mid-table.

Harold Wood Athletic also got a big 3 – 2 win, away at Springfield. Ath struck through strikes by Ishmael Raymond and replacements Max Shepherd & Jacob Roberts as Kris Taylor’s team got their third win in their last five outings. They sit 11th while Springfield fall to fifth. Old Southendian were held 2 – 2 by Shenfield AFC. Elliot Hemmings and an Ed Gould penalty levelled things for Connor Lane’s side as AFC struck through goals from Luke Williamson and Ben Absolon. OS have only lost one of their last seven now though are still only two points above the bottom two.

 

Match Off: Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  P – P  Sungate  | Silver Leys

 

Senior ONE

 

Old Chelmsfordians 3 – 4  Rayleigh Town Res   | Lawford Lane

Ramsden Scotia  P – P  Ongar Town  | Nursery Sports Ground

Shoebury Town 2 – 1  Runwell Sports   | Cupid’s CC (Pitch 2)

Snaresbrook  P – P  Toby   | Nutters Field

 

Senior TWO

Leigh Town  P – P  May & Baker Res   | John Burrows Rec Ground

Rochford Town  P – P  Corinthians   | Rochford Rec Ground

 

Senior Three

 

In the only match played in Senior Three, Corinthians Res retained their unbeaten record this term with a 3 – 2 home win over Toby Res. Luis Ruiz got both goals for the Toby second-side though strikes by Steve Solarin, Max Hall and Taner Dagyaran were enough to give Terry Rose & Ben Adams’ team a seventh win in eight matches to rise above their opponents into second on goal difference.

 

Senior Four Results

 

Forest Glade  4 – 2  Canning Town Res

Ongar Town Res  P – P  Laindon Orient Res

Wakering Sports Res  2 – 2  Old Chelmsfordians Res

 

Senior Five – Shoebury Town Res  P – P  Newbury Forest Res

 

 

Match Report: Saffron Walden 4 – 3 Cockfosters (Sat 28th Dec) [ECC 19/20 28.12.19]

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Venue: Catons Lane

Attendance: 214

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Saturday 28th December 2019 – 3pm KO

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Cockfosters: Sky Blue Shirts, Sky Blue Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

 

 

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Walden edge ‘Fosters in an enthralling battle at Catons Lane

Saffron Walden Town 4 – 3 Cockfosters

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

The last match of 2019 saw me make a welcome return to Catons Lane to take in this Errington Challenge Cup match between Saffron Walden Town and Cockfosters. Both sides are good to watch and I had high hopes that would see a pulsating match. Walden are blighted by injuries at present though still named a strong side, with Rob Budd between the posts, a back four of club stalwart Spike Bell, Tom Skelton and centre-backs Jamie Riley and George Pullen. Recent signing Tyger Smalls joined Nathan Scarborough and Gavin Cockman in their forward line and their substitutes’ bench included the likes of Greg Strong and Connor Molloy. Cockfosters also made a few changes, with Josh Mollison in goal, though Danny Haigh and Dan Odamo remained at the heart of the defence with a three-pronged attack comprising Billy Healey, Ceykan Karagozlu and Kai Bowers. Ned Clarke, Billy Murray and Harley Haag were all options from the bench for Ryan Wade’s team.

Before kick-off, there was a minute’s firm applause recognising the commitment to Saffron Walden of former player & Committee member Sid Boyton who sadly passed away earlier this month at the age of 92. Onto the match itself then and we didn’t have to wait long for the first goal. Only two minutes in, left-sided forward Tyger Smalls found space and beat the off-side trap to face visiting goalkeeper Josh Mollison one-on-one and Smalls coolly struck low into the net. Cockfosters showed no hesitation in coming forward despite the setback though as minutes later, forward Kai Bowers’ cross was blocked though forward Ceykan Karagozlu followed up though his weak strike didn’t unduly test Bloods custodian Rob Budd.

 

At the other end on nine minutes, Smalls was causing more havoc among the opposition defence and he was adjudged to have been brought down whilst driving into the area, Penalty to Walden. Forward partner Nathan Scarborough stepped up and calmly tucked home into the left-side corner past Mollison. Things were looking a tad bleak for the visitors at this point. As we got to 15 minutes on the watch, the enterprising Bowers made another darting run toward the penalty box though a well-timed interception by Bloods centre-back George Pullen snuffed out the danger.

Forwards Gavin Cockman and Scarborough were showing good understanding in building attacks for the hosts and after Walden had a goal by Scarborough chalked off for off-side, it was the visitors who halved their arrears as we came into the halfway period of the half. Skipper Matthew Thomson’s free-kick was handled by the defensive wall and another penalty was awarded. Striker Billy Healey stepped up and duly stroked home into the corner, past Budd. With almost half an hour played, attacking midfielder George Beattie’s central run ended with a drive at goal from 20 yards, though Budd was alert enough to parry away before Pullen got in another good tackle to deny Beattie another crack.

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At the other end, Smalls was continuing to have a fine game, as after another great run down the left channel, his centre found Craig Calver who could only skew his shot agonisingly wide of the far post. And then with half-time drawing near, a good ball in from the left by visiting full-back Marcus Crowther found Karagozlu though mistimed effort bobbled harmlessly wide.

Half-Time:  Saffron Walden  2 – 1  Cockfosters

 

So, after a good first-half there was optimism in the air for further goals and again, we wasn’t wanting for long as three minutes after the restart, the Bloods restored their two-goal lead. Calver’s cross from the left was headed on by Scarborough and the ball fell to on-rushing midfieder Jake Noble who slotted home well into the corner. Cockfosters ‘keeper Mollison was in action again soon afterwards, first to deny a good strike by Calver which he palmed away well and then to gather a header by Walden skipper Ross Adams from Spike Bell’s booming long throw.

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Just past the hour, the chances continued to swing between the sides. Beattie’s fierce drive from 18 yards was well-denied by Budd and then moments later, Cockman absolutely blasted a strike which flew wide of Mollison’s goal frame. ‘Fosters got another goal back and ensured a tense finish on 64 minutes as Karagozlu’s teasing cross found Beattie at the back stick and he made no mistake stroking home. Jason Maher’s side poured forward in response with Cockman sending in a low cross which Cockfosters centre-back Haigh did well to track and deny. Walden wouldn’t be denied though as with seventeen minutes left, good work again by Calver found Noble whose pass found Scarborough at the back post for a tap-in from yards out.

Five minutes after visiting ‘keeper Mollison had done well to deny another rasping effort by Smalls, it was the visitors who grabbed another goal back in an increasingly tense phase of the game. Crowther’s well-taken finish gave Ryan Wade’s team hope and to their credit, they pushed hard in the latter stages to take it to spot-kicks, though in fairness, Walden did deserve the win as they created more chances and showed why they are regarded as a quality outfit.

 

Full-Time: Saffron Walden Town  4 – 3  Cockfosters

In summary, this was one of the most entertaining matches of the season thus far in League & Cup at this level. No shortage of quality, guts, desire and drama really got the healthy crowd going and gave them their money’s worth too. It is hard in games like this to single out players though for the hosts, debutant Tyger Smalls gave the visiting backline more than a few head-scratching moments and deserved his goal. Fellow forward Gavin Cockman also put in a characteristically spirited display with good passing to boot, plus Nathan Scarborough also had a fine afternoon and the driving runs of winger Craig Calver also stretched the ‘Fosters defence, particularly in the second half.

For Cockfosters, George Beattie really shone with a number of probing runs and fierce strikes as he looked to drive his side back into the match. Billy Healey also was a presence in attack while Danny Haigh made a number of good interceptions at centre-back. Ned Clarke also showed once again his talents with pace and movement in his cameo from the bench.

Finally, I would like to thank Saffron Walden for their hospitality, you can tell they are a club ‘on the up’ and that they have the quality on-the-field to really be in the mix in the League promotion shake-up come April. I would also like to wish all the readers on my blog a very happy New Year for 2020, we are in for a superb second half of the season I feel.

 

Teams (with shirt numbers)

Saffron Walden Town   | Manager: Jason Maher

1 Rob Budd (GK), 2 Spike Bell, 3 Tom Skelton, 4 Ross Adams (Capt), 5 Jamie Riley, 6 George Pullen, 7 Craig Calver, 8 Jake Noble (16 Greg Strong 81’), 9 Gavin Cockman (15 Connor Molloy 70’), 10 Nathan Scarborough (12 Saeed Zamehran 82’), 11 Tyger Smalls

Goal-scorers: Tyger Smalls [2’], Nathan Scarborough [9’ & 73’], Jake Noble [48’]

Booked: Noble, Skelton (Sin-Bin), Calver | Sub Not Used: Frodsham

 

Cockfosters   | Player-Manager: Ryan Wade

1 Josh Mollison (GK), 2 Luke Marshall, 3 Marcus Crowther, 4 Matthew Thomson (Capt) (Harley Haag 73’), 5 Danny Haigh, 6 Dan Odamo, 7 Danny Charles (12 Billy Murray 81’), 8 George Beattie, 9 Billy Healey, 10 Ceykan Karagozlu, 11 Kai Bowers (14 Ned Clarke 66’)

Goal-scorers: Billy Healey [pen 20’], George Beattie [64’], Marcus Crowther [84’]

Booked: Thomson, Marshall | Sub Not Used: Fajobi, Murphy

 

Referee: Nathan Kitteridge

Assistant Referees: Darrell Evans & Andy Wheaton

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 1 – 4 Great Wakering Rovers (Boxing Day 2019) [ILN 19/20 26.12.19]

Isthmian League Division North

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 66

2019-20 Season: Match 48

Boxing Day (Thurs 26th December) 2019 – 3pm KO

Hullbridge: Blue & White Striped Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Wakering:  Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

 

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The Teams before KO (Image: Scott W)

Wakering earn win in a big battle at a sodden Lower Road

Hullbridge Sports  1 – 4 Great Wakering Rovers

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

It was only a ‘blink of an eye’ since Christmas Day had passed but in a very rare break from the usual family tradition on Boxing Day, I ventured out to continue the Non-League season with a welcome return to Lower Road to see two former ESL sides in Hullbridge Sports and Great Wakering Rovers in a Isthmian League Division North clash. Well I say that, though a hefty rain shower in the hour or so before kick-off nearly knackered the chances of there being any match to write about on this occasion. Without being over-the-top, it had left its mark but more on the conditions later.

Hullbridge named regular stopper Lewis Greene in goal, with a back four of Cortney Homans, Matt Rose and centre-backs Jamal Allen & recent signing Mike Agboola. Liam Nash made his first start since rejoining the club, alongside Adebola Sotoyinbo and Tim Monsheju in attack. The likes of Joe Wright, Callum Fitzer and Daniel Gilchrist were among the replacements. Wakering were just below the play-offs before kick-off and named the experienced Bobby Mason in goal, a central defence of Oliver Woodhouse and Joseph Heath with a front three of Jake Gordon, Martin Tuohy and Kojo Apenteng. Billy Johnson, Alfie Hilton and Dan Walker were some of the options on their bench.

As we got underway here, the rain was still adding to an already sodden outfield, with standing water accumulating in several areas altering the bounce of the ball and therefore making it more awkward to discern its path. Needless to say it wasn’t a slow start either, as barely a minute in forward Liam Nash tried a lob into the top corner which didn’t find the target before being cleared. Rovers went straight on the counter-attack through forward Jake Gordon’s surging run through the middle, though the conditions had a say in holding up his weak effort which was then bolted away from danger.


Hullbridge responded again, as tricky forward Adebola Sotoyinbo had a piercing drive deflected wide for a corner after only four minutes in. Both sides traded chances as they found it tough-going to really get the better of the elements though as the first half progressed, it was the visitors who gradually had the more impetus. Moments after having a goal chalked off for off-side, Wakering did take the lead on 22 minutes as Gordon broke free of the home backline before confidently slotting home low past ‘Bridge stopper Lewis Greene.  The visitors were then foiled by a combination of the conditions and poor finishing. Firstly, on the stroke of the half-hour, a searing cross in from the right nearly found energetic midfielder George Cox at the back post though he couldn’t get a telling touch. Skipper Adalberto Pinto, who will shortly depart for a new adventure abroad, then headed wide when well-placed from a free-kick. Then with seven minutes remaining before the break, a good Waketng move saw Cox play in pacy forward Kojo Apenteng who didn’t gamble to compete with ‘keeper Greene, who gathered well.

Rovers did get the telling second goal though as four minutes from the interval, evergreen forward Martin Tuohy found half a yard of space before stroking home calmly in a congested penalty area. At this point, it was the perhaps more experienced visitors who could settle and execute their plans better though the home side were hardly out of the contest, despite being below-par.

Half-Time: Hullbridge 0 – 2 Great Wakering

 

The flow of chances continued into the second half. Two minutes after the restart, GWR forward Apenteng getting past his marker well though his drive at goal lacked the power needed and Greene could gather at a comfortable height. The hosts started to find their rhythm soon after, as from a Tim Monsheju corner, centre-back Jamal Allen fizzed a header just off-target. Darren Manning’s side then made the most of a defensive lapse from the visitors on 55 minutes which saw substitute Callum Fitzer race clear from the halfway-line to catch the visiting defence napping and coolly finished low into the corner, beyond the reach of Wakering custodian Bobby Mason.

In the following phase that followed, the visitors showed their desire to triumph as challenges got more difficult (see photos above) which resulted in numerous bookings. In the latter stages, Rovers looked to secure the points and the ever-threatening Gordon broke clear of the home defence and with only Greene to beat, his effort drew a good save from the Hullbridge number one. Following a set-piece, Wakering midfielder Jack Stevenson weaved his way past his marker before his teasing cross evaded two teammates on the six-yard line before being cleared. Stevenson would go one better though with six minutes left to play, as his low strike beat Greene and covering defender Matt Rose to once again give Steve Butterworth’s side a two-goal advantage.

It was increasingly apparent that tensions were boiling over between the teams in the last few minutesand after dynamic midfielder Emmanuel Okunja had seen red following a lunging tackle, Wakering boss Butterworth also was dismissed from the touchline for two yellows, a quirk you don’t often see. It was that kind of all-action match though, and Wakering added more gloss to the score-line as Pinto netted with a firm header in added time.

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports  1 – 4  Great Wakering Rovers

Wakering it was then who emerged from a truly physical yet engrossing battle between two former Essex Senior League champions with a deserved victory in what will go down as a match that for multiple reasons will live for some time in the memory. That is because there was so much to take in, for one thing, both teams adapting to horrid conditions which made both tackling and forward play tougher than usual. Both sides deserve great credit for showing so much determination and at times quality despite the odds not being in their favour.

In terms of stand-out performances, Wakering had a number of them with midfielders George Cox and Jack Stevenson putting in a big shift and showing good intent supporting their forwards. Forward Jake Gordon was also a real threat, unsettling the home defence with pace and movement while centre-back pairing Oliver Woodhouse and Joseph Heath also really contributed to a stern defensive showing for Steve Butterworth’s team. Forward Liam Nash stood out on his return to the Bridge Boys here, and full-back Courtney Homans and forward Tim Monsheju also contributed to their play in attack with neat passing and energy.

Finally, I’d like to thank Non-League colleague & Essex Senior President Rob Errington and Hullbridge themselves for the welcome & hospitality they gave us today. It is a real beacon for how clubs could be and it is warmly valued. Thanks also to Colin Webb.

Teams

Hullbridge Sports   | Manager: Darren Manning

 

Goal-scorers: Callum Fitzer [55’]

Booked: Gumbs, Rose, Allen | Sent Off: Okunja | Subs Not Used: Hornsley, Okah

 

Great Wakering Rovers    | Player-Manager: Steve Butterworth

1 Bobby Mason (GK), 2 Louie Hay, 3 Reece Conway, 4 Adalberto Pinto (Capt), 5 Joseph Heath, 6 Oliver Woodhouse, 7 Jake Gordon, 8 George Cox, 9 Martin Tuohy (14 Billy Johnson 69’), 10 Jack Stevenson (15 Jack Lelliott 89’), 11 Kojo Apenteng

Goal-scorers: Jake Gordon [22’], Martin Tuohy [41’], Jack Stevenson [84’], Adalberto Pinto [90’+1]

Booked: Heath, Pinto, Cox, Mason | Sent Off (from dugout): Butterworth | Subs Not Used: Artemi, Hilton, Walker

 

Referee: Craig Pullen

Assistant Referees: Dean Markwick & Charlie Roberts

 

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 21 Dec) [EOFL 19/20 22.12.19]

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

Hello and welcome to the first of our festive round-up’s of Essex Olympian League action here on my blog. The weekend’s action was heavily blighted by the weather so a lot of 3G or artificial pitches were called in to assist some teams to fulfil their matches. Thanks for reading & Merry Christmas to all our readers.

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Saturday 21 December

Premier Division

In the Premier Division, four matches were played and we start with Catholic Utd’s

6 – 0 home win over Harold Wood Athletic at the Len Salmon Stadium. Braces from Thomas Kearney and Michael Sammut along with one goal each for Aaron Baldwin and Ellis Sands saw the in-form ‘Super Hoops to their seventh win this term and remain in second spot, just a point shy of current leaders Sungate.

A new era started at the Garon Park 3G pitch which took in its first league game, with Old Southendian defeating Kelvedon Hatch 2 – 1, thanks to strikes by Stuart Paton and Ed Gould. Richard Kadima got a late one back for Hatch though OS got their third win in their last six games to go up to 10th in the table. I attended this match and you can read more about it here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/12/21/match-report-old-southendian-2-1-kelvedon-hatch-sat-21st-dec/

 

Elsewhere, Shenfield AFC lept off the bottom with a 2 – 1 success over Bishop’s Stortford Swifts in a match reversed to St Martin’s Sch 3G. Ben Carroll and co-manager Luke Williamson got the crucial goals for AFC to secure their third win in their last six matches. Swifts’ poor run extends to one win in their last five matches sees them  ninth, just four points off the foot of the table.  Also, Canning Town won 3 – 2 at fellow strugglers Hutton which ended a three-match winless stretch. Hutton drop to bottom place though the bottom seven clubs are only separated by six points which makes you believe it’ll be a real slugfest in the second half of the campaign to avoid relegation.

Matches Off:

Rayleigh Town  P – P  Basildon Town  | London Road

Springfield  P – P  Leigh Ramblers    | Springfield Hall Park

Sungate  P – P  Buckhurst Hill    | Ilford Wanderers RFC

 

Senior ONE Schedule All Postponed

 

Herongate Athletic  P – P  Snaresbrook   | Billericay Road

Old Chelmsfordians P – P  Runwell Sports   | Lawford Lane

Toby  P – P   Ongar Town  | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park)

Ramsden Scotia P – P  Chingford Athletic  | Nursery Sports Ground

Shoebury Town  P – P  Rayleigh Town Res   | Cupid’s CC (Pitch 2)

 

Senior TWO  All Postponed

Harold Wood Athletic Res  P – P  Rochford Town | Harold Wood Park  [Pitch 1]

May & Baker Res  P – P  Wakering Sports  | May & Baker FC

 

Senior Division Three

Two matches did survive the weather in Senior Three. One of them saw Collier Row defeat Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ 3 – 1 in a game switched to the Robert Clack Sch 3G pitch. Row remain fifth but are five points clear of nearest rivals Leigh Town Reserves and only three points adrift of Toby Reserves in second. Lakeside Res drew 3 – 3 with Wakebury having come from behind at the Lakeside Sports Ground. David Alele, Chris Batt and a Azeez Aileru penalty accounted for the hosts’ goals while Christopher Gore, Ben Munday from 12 yards and Charlie Little all netted for the Berries, who are three points clear at the summit though have played quite a few more games than all of the other top five sides. Lakeside Ressies stay bottom though end a eight-match losing run here.

Matches Off:

Basildon Town Res  P – P  Toby Res  | Basildon Sports Club

Corinthians Res  P – P  Hutton Res   | Stambridge Memorial Ground

 

Senior Division Four

Chingford Athletic Development  P – P  Canning Town Res  | Town Mead [3G]

Shenfield AFC Res  P – P  Leytonstone Utd  | The Drive

Wakering Sports Res  P – P  Roydon  | Cupid’s CC [Pitch 1]

Senior Division Five

Collier Row Res  P – P  Wakering Sports Development

Leigh Ramblers Res  1 – 6  Herongate Athletic Res

Roydon Res  P – P  Springfield Res

 

Festive Preview: Essex Olympian League (Sat’s 21 Dec, 28 Dec & 4 Jan 2020) [EOFL 19/20 18.12.19]

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

Hello and welcome to an expanded preview of the fixtures that take place over the entire festive period in the Essex Olympian League this Christmas & New Year (over the next three Saturdays). Fixtures are subject to postponement/alteration. Fixtures are listed in date order (firstly for Sat 21 Dec, then 28 Dec & so on)

It was also announced on social media this week that Old Southendian’s new 3G pitch at Garon Park will open for their match with Kelvedon Hatch on 21 December, which marks an exciting time for the club and manager Connor Lane.

Also, for the first time on local Non-League radio programme Grassroots Football Show, a whole episode was dedicated to the EOFL divisions at this ‘halfway’ point with guests from Chingford Athletic & Corinthians this week, you can hear that here: https://www.mixcloud.com/EastLondonRadio/grassroots-football-show-essex-olympian-league-half-season-review-christmas-special/

Thanks for reading and I wish you all a Merry Christmas & a very happy 2020.

Saturday 21 December (2.00pm KO’s unless stated)

Premier Division

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  v  Shenfield AFC  | Silver Leys

Catholic Utd  v  Harold Wood Athletic  | Len Salmon Stadium [3G]

Hutton     v     Canning Town       | Polo Fields

Old Southendian  v  Kelvedon Hatch  | Garon Park [opening of 3G pitch]

Rayleigh Town  v  Basildon Town  | London Road

Springfield  v  Leigh Ramblers    | Springfield Hall Park

Sungate  v  Buckhurst Hill    | Ilford Wanderers RFC

 

Senior ONE

Herongate Athletic  v  Snaresbrook   | Billericay Road

Old Chelmsfordians  v  Runwell Sports   | Lawford Lane

Ongar Town  v  Toby   | Fyfield Village Hall

Ramsden Scotia  v  Chingford Athletic  | Nursery Sports Ground

Shoebury Town  v  Rayleigh Town Res   | Cupid’s CC (Pitch 2)

 

 

Senior TWO

Harold Wood Athletic Res  v  Rochford Town | Harold Wood Park  [Pitch 1]

May & Baker Res  v  Wakering Sports  | May & Baker FC

 

Senior Division Three

Basildon Town Res  v  Toby Res  | Basildon Sports Club

Corinthians Res  v  Hutton Res   | Stambridge Memorial Ground

Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  v  Collier Row   | Lower Road

Lakeside Res  v  Wakebury   | Lakeside Sports Ground [3G] [2.30pm KO]

 

Senior Division Four

Chingford Athletic Development  v  Canning Town Res  | Town Mead [3G]

Shenfield AFC Res  v  Leytonstone Utd  | The Drive

Wakering Sports Res  v  Roydon  | Cupid’s CC [Pitch 1]

Senior Division Five

Collier Row Res  v  Wakering Sports Development

Leigh Ramblers Res  v  Herongate Athletic Res

Roydon Res  v  Springfield Res

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Saturday 28 December (2pm KO’s unless stated)

Premier Division

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  v  Sungate  | Silver Leys

Buckhurst Hill  v  Kelvedon Hatch   | Roding Lane (Doubtful, could be moved)

Catholic Utd  v  Rayleigh Town  | Len Salmon Stadium [3G]

Hutton     v  Basildon Town       | Polo Fields

Leigh Ramblers  v  Canning Town  | Belfairs Park

Old Southendian  v  Shenfield AFC    | Garon Park [3G]

Springfield  v  Harold Wood Athletic | Springfield Hall Park

 

Senior ONE

Old Chelmsfordians  v  Rayleigh Town Res   | Lawford Lane

Ramsden Scotia  v  Ongar Town  | Nursery Sports Ground

Shoebury Town  v  Runwell Sports   | Cupid’s CC (Pitch 2)

Snaresbrook  v  Toby   | Nutters Field

 

Senior TWO

Leigh Town  v  May & Baker Res   | John Burrows Rec Ground

Rochford Town  P – P  Corinthians   | Rochford Rec Ground

 

Senior Three

Corinthians Res  v  Toby Res   | Stambridge Memorial Ground

 

Senior Four

Forest Glade  v  Canning Town Res

Ongar Town Res  v  Laindon Orient Res

Wakering Sports Res  v  Old Chelmsfordians Res

 

Senior Five – Shoebury Town Res  v  Newbury Forest Res

 

Saturday 4 January 2020 (2pm KO’s unless stated)

Premier Division

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  v  Hutton  | Silver Leys

Catholic Utd  v  Sungate  | Len Salmon Stadium [3G]

Kelvedon Hatch  v  Harold Wood Athletic  | New Hall

Leigh Ramblers  v  Rayleigh Town | Belfairs Park

Shenfield AFC  v  Canning Town  | St Martin’s Sch [3G]

Springfield  v  Old Southendian | Springfield Hall Park

 

Senior ONE

Chingford Athletic  v  Snaresbrook  | Town Mead [3G]

Herongate Athletic  v  Runwell Sports  | Billericay Road

Manford Way  v  Shoebury Town  | London Marathon Sports Ground

Old Chelmsfordians  v  Galleywood   | Lawford Lane

Ongar Town v Lakeside | Fyfield Village Hall

Toby  v  Ramsden Scotia | Ford’s (Newbury Park – Toby Pitch)

 

Cups (1.30pm KO’s)

 

Senior League Cup  –  Roydon  v  Basildon Town   | Paringdon Sports Club

 

Essex Premier Cup  –  Rayleigh Town Res  v  Buckhurst Hill   | London Road

 

EOFL Senior TWO

AS Rawreth  v  Corinthians   | The Warren

Epping Town  v  Leigh Town  | Stonards Hill

Harold Wood Athletic Res  v  Beacon Hill Rovers  | Harold Wood Park (Pitch 1)

Laindon Orient  v  May & Baker Res   | Ford’s Sports Club (Basildon)

Old Southendian Res  v  Ryan  | Garon Park [3G]

Rochford Town  v  Wakering Sports   | Rochford Rec Ground

 

Senior Three

ACD Utd  v  White Ensign Res   | Westlands Playing Fields

Corinthians Res  v  Basildon Town Res   | Stambridge Memorial Ground

Hutton Res  v  Toby Res   | Polo Felds

Lakeside Res  v  Collier Row  | Lakeside Sports Ground [3G] (2.30pm KO)

Leigh Town Res  v  Buckhurst Hill Res   | John Burrows Rec Ground

Wakebury  v  Hullbridge Sports ‘A’    | Shoebury Park

 

Senior Four

Catholic Utd Res  v Forest Glade  

Galleywood Res v Laindon Orient Res

Ongar Town Res  v  Old Chelmsfordians Res

Wakering Sports Res  v  Shenfield AFC Res

 

Senior Five

Collier Row Res  v  Roydon Res

Newbury Forest Res  v  Wakering Sports Development

Runwell Sports Res  v  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res

Shoebury Town Res  v  Leigh Ramblers Res