S22-23 Round-ups: Eastern Senior League South (Sat 8 Oct) [EaSL Sth 22-23 9.10.22]

Archive Image – Benfleet v Newbury Forest in FA Vase

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

Hello & welcome to the latest of my occasional series, looking at the Eastern Senior League South League action, rounding-up the seven matches on Saturday 8 October, which saw three teams get important away wins.

EaSL South –  Saturday 8 October

We start with a fine win for May & Baker as they won 3 – 0 at Stanway Pegasus. Kalum Bama, Abidemi Lamina & substitute Daniel Barth’s late goal secured an impressive win for Jordan Harris’ side at Stanway Sch 3G, which takes them level on points with Rosi Webb’s side. Benfleet remain in fourth after a 2 – 0 triumph at Coggeshall Utd, with Grant Frances and Taylor Lawrence the goal-getters there for Alex Salmon’s side.

Frenford also are in a good position in fifth after a superb 3 – 2 success at Basildon Town. Nick Reynolds scored twice (one from the penalty spot) for Dave Forbes’ side, with Tom Potter getting the opening strike. Rhys Fatt & Keanu Hill both netted for player-boss Marcus Bowers’ side but they drop into mid-table. Park View are in sixth after a surprise 2 – 1 victory over leaders Burnham Ramblers, with Emerson Dju & Kyron Mitchell the heroes for the hosts at New River Sports Centre. Ben Wood’s header ensured a late reply for Ramblers but their lead remains at two points because of other results.

Elsewhere, Enfield Borough got a big 5 – 1 success over Cannons Wood at Maurice Rebak Stadium. The ensemble cast of scorers were Walid Hirsi, Grisiano Kadriu, Malachi Soile, Georgi Steed & Rinidie Lokilo-Imponge as they rose to seventh spot in the table. Wood remain winless & four points adrift at the bottom. St Margaretsbury wre held 1 – 1 by Barkingside at the Recreation Ground. Ethan Daniels with the goal for Paul Holding & Marce Collington’s team. The other game saw a 3 – 3 draw between hosts Wormley Rovers and Newbury Forest. Josh Smith netted twice for Leo Connolly’s team, with Ansa Edem also on target for the visitors there.

That’s all for this edition, thanks for reading.

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S22-23 Round-ups: Eastern Senior League South (Sat 13 Aug) [EaSL Sth 22/23 14.8.22]

Archive Image – Frenford 3 – 3 May & Baker in early August [Image by Scott W]

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

Hello & welcome to the first of an occasional blog series this term looking at the action in the Eastern Senior League South, starting with this weekend (Sat 13th August). This weekend’s action saw some good away wins and also one club marked the loss of a great man.


Eastern Senior League South – Saturday 13 August

We begin with a fine victory for Benfleet as they kept up their good form with a 4 – 1 victory at Wivenhoe Town. Ben Foord and Mason Shave put Alex Salmon’s side ahead before the interval, and Jake Frost added a third just past the hour before an OG added further gloss to the scoreline. John Thain got one back for the Dragons though they fell to defeat here. Frenford also got a win on the road, as they defeated Newbury Forest 3 – 2 at Oakside. Raheem Gray, Charlie Munns and Simon Peddie all scored for Dave Forbes’ side, who are only outside the play-off spots on goal difference.

There was a sombre atmosphere at Leslie Field on Saturday as Burnham Ramblers marked the loss of Chairman and long-standing club official Martin Leno with a two minutes’ silence pre-match. Enfield Borough were the visitors and a superb treble for substitute Andreas Aranganathan secured all three points for Boro in a 3 – 2 victory and resisted a spirited comeback from the hosts.

Elsewhere, May & Baker got another three points as a Daniel Whitehead goal just after the half-hour was enough to give Jordan Harris’ team a 1 – 0 win over St Margaretsbury at Parkside 3G. Bakers went level on points with early leaders Stanway Pegasus after this win. Tower Hamlets also got a narrow win in their first game back at Mile End Stadium, as Tobi Irefin’s strike was enough to beat Coggeshall Utd 1 – 0. Justin Gardner’s new team are up to 12th spot.

In other action, NW London were held 1 – 1 by visitors Hackney Wick at Brickfield Lane. Also, Wormley Rovers got a decent 2 – 0 triumph over Sporting Bengal Utd.

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S22-23 Match Report: Frenford 3 – 3 May & Baker (Tues 2 Aug) [EaSL Sth 22/23 3.8.22]

Eastern Senior League – Division South

Venue: Jack Carter Centre [3G]

Attendance: 119

2022-23 Season: Match 4

Tuesday 2nd August 2022 – 7.45pm KO

Frenford:  Red & White Shirts, Red Shorts &  Red Socks

May & Baker: Black & White Shirts, Black Shorts, White Socks


Superb battle for the neutral ends with Frenford & Bakers sharing the points

Frenford 3 – 3 May & Baker

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

The new season began its midweek foray with a welcome visit to the Jack Carter Centre to see two sides that are highly-regarded in Frenford and May & Baker. The hosts were looking for their first win this term, whilst Bakers were looking to build on a good opening weekend win. Frenford fielded Jack Ryan in goal, with a back four of Alfie Karby, Tom Potter, captain Simon Peddie and Jack Sykes, with wingers Josh Fisayo and Raheem Gray the chief support to forwards James Peagram and Charlie Munns. Bakers had Seb Barford between the posts, with a defence of skipper Jamie Marsh , George Breen and Dauda Nimaga and the full-backs Cain Brougham and Ryan Leavens bombing forward at every oppurtunity. Forwards Shaun Omogbai and Anthony Cooke were supported by rapid wingers Abidemi Lamina and Idris Aminu.

This match did ‘get through the gears’ pretty fast with the visitors looking decent in possession, but it was Frenford who had the better of the early chances, with wingers Josh Fisayo and Raheem Gray both having strikes on Seb Barford’s goal. However, it was Jordan Harris’ tea who broke the deadlock on 11 minutes. From a set-piece from the far side, the threatening ball in found captain Jamie Marsh who powered home a fine header into the right corner, evading the grasp of home stopper Jack Ryan.


Impressive winger Abidemi Lamina had another strike blocked soon after as Bakers looked to push further ahead with the impetus they had created. The match was gathering pace and Dave Forbes’ side levelled on 22 minutes as a powerful strike by Harry Daly was denied by Barford, only to find forward James Peagram well-positioned to strike low into the net on the rebound. The home contingent were celebrating that equaliser but barely three minutes later, Bakers were back ahead. Idris Aminu’s fine weighted pass found fellow winger Lamina who strode through onto goal and his low strike got the better of Ryan to give Bakers the advantage for the second time.

The frenetic pace was still increasing as both defences were struggling to prevent chances. Frenford responded yet again on 34 minutes as a decent strike by energetic midfielder Sam Munton got past the gloves of Barford to make it tw-two. It didn’t stop there though, those of us ground-hoppers in attendance were really finding tricky to keep up but Frenford took the lead for the first time, two minutes after they levelled. Winger Raheem Gray stole in behind the visiting defence and his cool finish ensured that the hosts’ held a slender advantage at the interval.


Half-Time: Frenford 3 – 2 May & Baker

The interval was a chance to catch our breath and while the second half had less goals, it certainly did have plenty of action and big moments. Bakers made a double change of their forward line at the half-time, which saw Trevor Harding and Daniel Whitehead come on to replace Anthony Cooke and Shaun Omogbai. Both substitutes had early chances on goal in the second half and sure enough, they were level with 53 minutes on the clock.

Aminu was involved in the build-up, making another fine run down the right channel, and the ball found its way to Whitehead who connected well with his strike and it was well-saved by unfortunate Frenford stopper Ryan, though Robert Bagnall anticipated the rebound well and promptly tucked the ball into the net into the left corner, to level things up once again.

Ryan was in action throughout the half, making several important saves with his defence finding Bakers’ rapid forward moves tricky to contain. We nearly got a stand-out goal midway through the half as visiting captain Jamie Marsh showing some of the poise of a forward before firing narrowly wide of the target.


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Frenford’s chances were comparatively rare in the second half but visiting custodian Seb Barford still had to be alert to deny Peagram’s initial effort, only for the rebound to find its way to Munton and without hesitation, his follow-up strike was well-blocked by a Bakers defender. Jordan Harris’ side responded with several set-pieces in the latter stages but Harding’s late strike was well-denied by Ryan’s legs.



Full-Time: Frenford 3 – 3 May & Baker

To sum up this enthralling, attack-minded match at both ends of the pitch, both sides contributed heavily to the game and whilst it can be debated that Bakers had more chances to win it, it would be a positive outlook to menton that both teams deserved something from this match, given their respective efforts. This division once again shown the entertaining factor it has, even if both defences may be disappointed.

There were some great performances from both teams. For Bakers, winger Abidemi Lamina was a consistent, pacey threat dpown the right flank, utilising his pace and trickery well. Lamina also took his goal well so plaudits to him. Also, skipper Jamie Marsh put in another good display at centre-back, being a resolute presence in the heart of the backline and also his powerful headed goal was important for his side’s impetus at that point. Winger Idris Aminu had a fine match too, creating several good half-chances for his team-mates and can be pleased with his performance. Finally, substitute Daniel Whitehead made a big impact after entering the match at half-time, having several efforts at goal and was well-thwarted by the Frenford defence and goalkeeper Jack Ryan.

For Frenford, goalkeeper Jack Ryan did have an excellent game, making at least five good saves to keep his team in the game at times. Ryan also deserved something from this match for his importance to the team, whilst centre-back Alfie Karby also made several important challenges as well. Forward James Peagram took his goal well to typify a good display, particularly in the first 45 minutes. Lastly, recent signing Sam Munton put in a good energetic display, also tracking back well to assist his team’s defence.

I’ll end this report by wishing both teams well for the rest of the season and also a big thanks to Frenford manager Dave Forbes for his warm welcome, on behalf on the club at this match. It is appreciated.

Bakers’ Lamina (#7) arrows in a fine long-throw late on

Teams

Frenford    |  Manager: Dave Forbes |  Assistants: Lee Forbes & Anthony Cook

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Jack Ryan (GK), 5 Tom Potter (15 Liam Newton 20′), 2 Alfie Karby, 4 Simon Peddie (Capt), 3 Jack Sykes, 6 Harry Daly (12 Charlie Fairhead 63′), 7 Josh Fisayo, 8 Sam Munton, 10 Charlie Munns, 9 James Peagram, 11 Raheem Gray (14 Callum Owen 65′)

Goal-scorers: James Peagram [22′], Sam Munton [34′], Raheem Gray [36′]

Booked: Gray, Owen | Subs Not Used: Pegg, Silva


May & Baker  | Manager: Jordan Harris | Assistant: Scott Harding

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Seb Barford (GK), 2 Cain Brougham, 3 Ryan Leavens, 5 Jamie Marsh (Capt), 6 George Breen, 4 Douda Nimaga (16 Kalum Bama 86′), 7 Abidemi Lamina, 8 Robert Bagnall, 9 Shaun Omogbai (14 Trevor Harding 46′), 10 Anthony Cooke (15 Daniel Whitehead 46′), 11Idris Aminu

Goal-scorers: Jamie Marsh [11′], Abidemi Lamina [25′], Robert Bagnall [53′]

Booked: Cooke, Nimaga | Subs Not Used: George, Riddell (GK)

Referee: Andrew Crossley
Assistants: Kevin Curran & Paul Watts

Match Report: Frenford 1 – 1 White Ensign (Sat 16 Feb) (EaSL Sth 17.2.19)

Eastern Senior League South

Venue: Jack Carter Centre, the Drive

Attendance: 56

2018-19 Season – Match 48

Saturday 16th February 2019  – 3pm KO

Frenford: Red & White Striped Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

White Ensign: White Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Navy Blue Socks

 

Frenford hold firm to deny Ensign a vital win

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

This weekend’s second match took me to a new ground and a league I rarely get a chance to watch as Frenford welcomed promotion-chasing White Ensign in this Eastern Senior League South encounter at the Jack Carter Centre in Gants Hill, East London.

Frenford are in a good mid-table spot and named Danny Driscoll as their focal point in attack, with Luke Woodward and Nick Hughes supporting him while skipper Carl Conway was joined in central defence by Nick Pegg. Ensign brought with them a strong squad with skipper Dave Limber alongside Andy George at the heart of their defence with John Williams and Connor Barnby in midfield and a front two of Dominic Locke and recent signing Nathan Dewberry.

The visitors showed flashes of their sharp passing game in the early stages with one example being midfielder John Williams looking to set attacks going with Connor Barnby bombing forward from midfield. Barnby had a sight of goal after a error by home goalkeeper Danny Fowler in clearing his lines fell to him though he fired over from 20 yards. Frenford did grow into the game though as full-back Enoch Freeman made a number of enterprising runs down the right flank, and although at times he was a little isolated, he gave the visiting back-line something to think about. With 16 minutes on the watch, Freeman fed midfielder Harry Daly whose cross found forward Nick Hughes though his header lacked the power to beat visiting custodian James Parkins.

The home side were having some joy down both flanks, with inter-play between full-back Billy Whatling and forward Luke Woodward ending up in crosses finding the Ensign box though more often than not, skipper Dave LImber was well-positioned in heading them out of danger. Ensign did look handy on the counter withexperienced forward Nathan Dewberry looking to beat the off-side trap though he also twice fizzed efforts wide of Fowler’s goal. Ensign spurned a decent opening three minutes before the break as Barnby broke free of the home defence though his strike failed to unduly trouble Fowler, who gathered well.

Half-Time: Frenford  0 – 0  White Ensign

In that first-half, although the hosts had more of the play and showed plenty of vigour, they didn’t really create many clear-cut openings. A mere 40 seconds after the re-start, midfielder Bradley Gates gave Ensign the lead with a vicious lob which diipped over Fowler and straight into the top right corner to leave quite a few in the ground a bit stunned. The hosts nearly responded before the hour though forward Danny Driscoll’s strike was well-saved by Parkins and for the next passage of the game, Frenford’s tempo dipped as Ensign conversely found more of the rhythm they needed. Forward Dominic Locke was also posing problems with his pace and trickery. Fowler was called into action again on 71 minutes though somehow centre-back Andy George missed a good chance to tuck home the re-bound.

Moments afterward, at the other end, Billy Whatling’s driving run from left-back led to another Woodward ball in to the area though Parkins did well to smother with home forwards lurking. However, Frenford were not to be denied as Woodward compounded a good performance by taking aim on the left of the penalty area which a sweet chip which evaded Perkins and crept under the bar. Both sides had chances to win it in the latter stages, with Barnby scuffing an effort whilst one-on-one with Fowler and Driscoll similarly couldn’t bypass Parkins after another telling Woodward pass. In the blur of added-time, a corner for the visitors was knocked on before before being cleared off the goal-line and substitute Julian Edwards got in front of Parkins but lobbed wide.

All in all though, a draw was a fair result, given both sides had their respective strong phases of the game. On another day, either side could have won it though Ensign may feel it is two points dropped, because of their keenness to keep tabs on the leaders. Finally, I’d like to say a big thank you to all at Frenford (chiefly, the Forbes clan) for their hospitality and the welcome they extended today. I really wish them well with big plans coming to fruition ahead of next season.

Full-Time: Frenford  1 – 1 White Ensign

Teams

Frenford   | Manager: Dave Forbes

Danny Fowler (GK), Enoch Freeman, Billy Whatling (Tom Quinn 85′), Carl Conway (Capt), Nick Pegg, Harry Daly, Charlie Fairhead (George Fairhead 72′), Joe Villiers, Danny Driscoll, Luke Woodward, Nick Hughes (Julian Edwards 55′)

Goal-scorer: Luke Woodward [75′]

Booked: Villiers   | Subs Not Used: Cook

 

White Ensign  | Player-Manager: Brett Munyard

James Parkins (GK), Jack Maleary, Thando Mayo, Andy George, Dave Limber (Capt), Jake McWee, Bradley Gates (Peter Paoletti 80′), John Williams, Connor Barnby, Dominic Locke (Charlie Little 80′), Nathan Dewberry (Luke Skinner 64′)

Goal-scorer: Bradley Gates [46′]

Booked: Dewberry, Locke  | Subs Not Used: Austin, Howard

Results Round-up: Eastern Senior League South (Sat 27 Oct) [EaSL 27.10.18]

Written by Scott W

Here is my results round-up from the action in the Eastern Senior League South this weekend, reduced due to Cup action.

Eastern Senior League South 

Brightlingsea Rgent Res  1 – 3  White Ensign

Ensign made it six wins on-the-trot as a brace from Luke Skinner and one from Gates saw them to victory

 

Burnham Ramblers 3 – 2 Holland

Ramblers produced a fine comeback to defeat Holland at Leslie Field. Goals from Grant Webb, Karl Swanborough and Sam Whinney saw them to a much-needed victory.

 

Frenford  7 – 0  Little Oakley

Frenford piled on the misery for Oakley as four goals from Julian Edwards plus strikes by Charlie Fairhead, Luke Woodward and skipper Lewis Bartrip helped Dave Forbes’ side to a big win.

 

Halstead Town  4 – 1  Braintree Town Res

Newbury Forest 2 – 3  Wivenhoe Town

 

Wormley Rovers  0 – 3  May & Baker E.C

Micky Wetherall’s side got the points thanks to goals by Dean Hall, Dan Gilchrist and Hoxhaj. Certainly is good impetus going into next weekend’s FA Vase Round Two tie.

R’s Round-up: Eastern Snr Lge Sth & Thurlow Nunn Premier (Sat 13.10.18) [EaSL & TNP 13.10.18]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to another round-up of the results in the Eastern Senior League Sth & Thurlow Nunn Premier Division this weekend (13th Oct – Non-League Day), how did your side do?

 

Eastern Senior League South 

Braintree Town Res  1 – 3   Coggeshall Utd

Fire Utd  2 – 3   Holland

Frenford  2 – 1  Burnham Ramblers

Harwich & Parkeston  2 – 3  Halstead Town

Hashtag Utd  3 – 1   Benfleet

Wivenhoe Town  0 – 1  Hackney Wick

Wormley Rovers  2 – 3  White Ensign

 

Thurlow Nunn Premier 

 

Framlingham Town 2 – 3  Long Melford

Gorleston 2 – 0 Haverhill Rovers

Hadleigh Utd  2 – 0   Ely City

Walsham-le-Willows  3 – 0  Brantham Athletic

Whitton Utd  3 – 2  Norwich Utd

Round-up: Eastern Senior League Sth & Thurlow Nunn Premier R’s (Sat 1st Sept) [EaSL & TNP 1.9.18]

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello again and welcome to my results round-up of the action on the first weekend of September in the Eastern Senior League South division and the Thurlow Nunn Premier, reduced due to the clubs involved in the FA Vase First Round Quali. Enjoy.

Frenford boss Dave Forbes was also the guest of the Grassroots Football Show this week – listen here (add URL):  https://m.mixcloud.com/EastLondonRadio/grassroots-football-show-30th-august-2018/

Eastern Senior League South (EaSL)

Saturday 1st September

Braintree Town Res   0 – 0  Benfleet

Brightlingsea Regent Res   2 – 3    Frenford

Coggeshall Utd   2 – 3  Hashtag Utd

Little Oakley   2 – 2  Hackney Wick

Lopes Tavares  5 – 5  Harwich & Parkeston

Thurlow Nunn Premier Division

Saturday 1st September

Godmanchester Rovers  2 – 2  Kirkley & Pakefield

Great Yarmouth Town  0 – 4   Stowmarket Town

Thetford Town  1 – 3   FC Clacton
That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading.

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

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

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

Eastern Senior League South (EaSL)

Saturday 18th August

 

Benfleet  3 – 1  Wormley Rovers

Burnham Ramblers  2 – 2  Little Oakley

Coggeshall Utd  2 – 3  May & Baker

Frenford  3 – 2  Holland

Hackney Wick  6 – 1  Brightlingsea Regent Res

Harwich & Parkeston  4 – 3  Fire Utd

Hashtag Utd  1 – 1  Wivenhoe Town

Newbury Forest  4 – 5  Halstead Town

White Ensign  3 – 0  Braintree Town Res

 

Thurlow Nunn Premier Division

Friday 17th August

 

Godmancester Rovers 1 – 3  Histon

Wroxham  3 – 1  Great Yarmouth Town

 

Saturday 18th August

 

FC Clacton  0 – 3  Stowmarket Town

Framlingham Town  0 – 2  Haverhill Rovers

Gorleston  0 – 3  Walsham-le-Willows

Hadleigh Utd  3 – 4  Kirkley & Pakefield

Long Melford  3 – 1  Ely City

Newmarket Town  1 – 1  Brantham Athletic

Norwich Utd  4 – 1  Woodbridge Town

Whitton Utd 1 – 1 Thetford Town

 

Essex Olympian League Premier Division

 

Saturday 18th August

 

Buckhurst Hill  6 – 2  Old Southendian

Harold Wood Athletic  3 – 0  Springfield

Hutton  2 – 1  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts

Kelevedon Hatch  2 – 1  Great Baddow

Rayleigh Town  0 – 1  Leigh Ramblers

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

Essex Olympian League round-up (EOFL 16.5.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

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

Essex Olympian League Premier Division

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Essex Olympian League round-up (EOFL 25.4.18)

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Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to my round-up of the Essex Olympian League action from the last week, from the Premier Division through to Senior Division Two, starting off with the weekend’s games then moving on to the midweek action…

 

Essex Olympian League Premier Division

On Saturday, Harold Wood Athletic were victorious at Silver Leys, defeating Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 4 – 1. A Charlie Liddiard double plus strikes from Danny Gillard and Robert Whitnell kept up Ath’s good form. Abraham Adejokun replied for Swifts. Meanwhile, Catholic Utd gave their title chances ‘the world of good’ by edging to a 1 – 0 home win over leaders Frenford, thanks to Thomas Kearney finding the net.

Elsewhere, Rayleigh Town won 2 – 0 at Kelvedon Hatch, courtesy of goals by Aaron Pallett and George Vile. This victory, Rayleigh’s 5th win of the season, confirmed Basildon Town’s relegation from the division at season’s end.

In other results, Leigh Ramblers defeated Manford Way 2 – 1 with Jack O’Connor and Luke Read netting for Ramblers, substitute Sam Coe replied for Manford. White Ensign were also trimuphant on the day, winning 2 – 0 over May & Baker at Barking Rugby Club. A Liam Sewell brace sealed the win and moved Brett Munyard’s side above their opponents here into 5th spot on goal difference, after the weekend’s action.

In Olympian Senior One, Galleywood secured an important three points with a 3 – 1 victory over high-flying Hutton at Clarkes Field. Sam Donn, Sean Lander and substitute Jared Cousins all scored for the hosts, while Chris Rowlatt grabbed Hutton’s consolation.

In other action, already-relegated Runwell Sports had a day to remember with a win at out-of-form Snaresbrook thanks to strikes from Destiny Oduh and Aaron Rix, the latter of which was later sent off. Old Southendian damaged Sungate’s charge towards the top with a 2 – 1 win, thanks to Ed Gould and Tom Judge goals while in the late kick-off, Newbury Forest were held 2 – 2 by Old Chelmsfordians (Peter attended this one) at Oakside. Ex-Redbridge duo Jason Reynolds-Blanche and Adam Hunt both found the net for the strugglers while Robert King grabbed both of the Chelmsford side’s goals.

Harold Hill once again couldn’t field a side on Saturday so Buckhurst Hill took the points on a ‘Home Walkover’.

Finally for the Saturday action, in Olympian Senior Two, Benfleet continued their fine end to the season with a 4 – 1 triumph over strugglers Upminster at Park Lane. Brad Camm, Sam Dulieu, Ben Foord and Robert Lacy all scored for the hosts, while James Lakey gave Upminster ‘something to shout about’.

In the only other match in the division, a brace from substitute Jack Wiley helped high-flying Ramsden Scotia to a 5 – 1 success at Ongar Town. Antony Driscoll, Kurt King and Jamie Auvache also found the target for Ramsden who bagged their 12th win of the campaign though Ross Carpenter pulled one back for Town.

Into the midweek action now and on Monday night, Catholic Utd won 1 – 0 at ‘home’ to Canning Town at the Len Salmon Stadium. Substitute Ellis Sands got the only goal of the match to maintain the Super Hoops’ title-tilt.

Elsewhere on Monday in Senior One, Newbury Forest triumphed with a 3 – 0 win over Sungate at Oakside.

Moving onto the action on Tuesday night now and May & Baker held improving Leigh Ramblers to a 2 – 2 draw at Belfairs Park. Jack Deasy and Harry Goodwin netted for the hosts while Petrit Elbi and Dan Mackin scored for the visitors. In Senior One, Great Baddow edged a thrilling game against Harold Hill 5 – 4 with braces from Matthew Crick and Samuel Mead plus another from Ryan Baxter sealing the win that almost secures Baddow second spot in the division.

In Senior Division Two, Ramsden Scotia kept up their promotion charge with a 4 – 2 home win over Upminster. Antony Driscoll, Kurt King and Ryan Leddra all found the net as well an own goal. James Lakey and Ollie Williams scored for Upminster though Ramsden rise to 3rd and have games in hand over the top-two.

Onto the Wednesday action and in the Premier Division, Springfield won 4 – 1 at Manford Way thanks to a hat-trick from Ross Lamb and one from Joe Mayer though other results mean that the Chelmsford-based side cannot retain their Premier title now.

That was partly because Frenford rocked up at Harold Wood Recreation Ground and powered their way to a 7 – 2 thumping of Harold Wood Athletic in a match that Peter & Scott both attended. Hat-tricks from Nick Hughes and Luke Woodward was added to by a Daniel Driscoll strike to ensure that only Catholic Utd can catch them now in the title-race. Charlie Liddiard and Rob Whitnell both netted for Ath, who played their part in a really good match, played in tricky conditions. Frenford ended their season here and are seven points clear at the summit though the Super Hoops still have five matches remaining.

As it happens, Catholic Utd were also in action and they grabbed their third win in five days with a 4 – 2 win over Kelvedon Hatch to go level on points with Springfield. In the Senior One matches that took place, leaders Buckhurst Hill won 2 – 1 at Galleywood while FC Hamlets bagged a good 4 – 3 success at Old Chelmsfordians to go into 5th spot in the process.

 

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