Season Review 2019-20: Essex Olympian League Division Four [EOFL SR 19/20 22.4.20]

Written By Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to the first of a mini-series of blog articles looking back at the ‘void’ Season 2019-20, as deemed by the FA. Sufficed to say, I felt it was important to mark what’s been another fascinating campaign in the Essex Olympian League, Essex Senior League & Eastern Senior League South (leagues I’ve watched mostly this season just gone).

Anyway, we begin the series with a look at Division Four, including an array of statistics compiled from the EOFL FA Full-Time website including top goalscorers & top appearance makers in the League fixtures. Thanks for reading.

 

EOFL Division Four  (as of season cut-off point of March 14th 2020)

As with all the EOFL divisions, the season was halted in mid-March 2020 before eventually being curtailed several weeks later. At that point, Roydon took advantage of a fine run of six wins from their last eight matches to get themselves to the top of the standings, with 39 points from their 15 unbeaten matches played. Ten of those matches were at home and the North West Essex side won eight of them, drawing the other two. They also were the best ‘Entertainers’ in the division this term, scoring 67 goals at an average of 4.46 Goals per game (GpG).

Their nearest rivals in second spot were former leaders Chingford Athletic Development, who if I recall correctly were a new side in the EOFL this season, supporting the club to begin a pathway for the first team (who played in Senior One this term) for players. The Ath ‘second-side’ amassed 38 points from their 19 matches, scoring 61 goals in the process (the second best in the division) and having three entrants in the Top Goalscorers listing but more on that later.

Ongar Town Reserves finished in third spot after a mixed campaign, with 28 points from their 17 matches. Five of their nine wins came away from home interestingly though it is also worth noting that only six of those 17 games were at home. A leaky defence arguably stopped them from being nearer the top two at the cut-off point, though it is certainly a campaign to build on next term.

Next, three clubs all on 27 points with goal difference proving decisive in separating them. In fourth spot are Wakering Sports Reserves, having won eight of their 16 matches and having a better defence than their nearest rivals. Forest Glade also ended on 27 points though ended up fifth, because of inferior (and zero) goal difference. They won eight of their 19 matches in total, though had a better second half of the campaign as they rose up the mid-table spots. Catholic Utd’s Reserve side finished in sixth, also on 27 points though because a negative goal difference dragged them down. Continuing the mantra of the first team somewhat, the ‘second-side’ scored 52 goals and conceded 58, the second worst defence in the division. Also, five of their eight wins at their home pitch at the Len Forge Centre [3G].

There lays a gap of seven points before we reach the bottom half sides. Firstly, Galleywood Reserves are in seventh spot, having won six of their 14 matches to end on 20 points. A hard-earned quirk of their season is that they have the fourth best defensive record in the division, with 26 goals conceded. Only three of the top four sides are above them in terms of having a more miserly defensive record. Leytonstone Utd are a point behind them in eighth place, having grabbed six wins from their 15 matches which isn’t bad going when you factor in they were the second weakest in terms of scoring goals in Division Four in 2019-20. Laindon Orient Reserves are just behind in ninth spot, with six wins and nine losses from their 15 matches. Unfortunately, the O’s second-side do have that poorest goal-scoring record this term, along with the third-worst defence. Club Chairman Neil Blackburn will hope for better next term, you feel.

Rounding off the division are Old Chelmsfordians Reserves (10th, 17 points from 15 matches), Shenfield AFC Reserves (11th, 12 points from 16 games) and lastly, Canning Town Reserves who amassed two wins  from their 18 matches to end up with ten points, whilst also conceding sixty goals, the worst in the division.

 

EOFL Division Four – Top Goalscorers 2019-20 Season

 

Player Club/s League Goals League Starts
 
1 Franklin Craik Catholic Utd Res 19 13
2 Lewis Watson Roydon 17 12
3 Tom Vine Wakering Sports Res 16 12
4 Lewis Page Roydon 15 9
5 Frankie Goodhall Ongar Town Res 14 10
 
=6 Zak Robinson Galleywood Res 12 10
James Medlock Leytonstone Utd 12 15
 
=8 Luke Dimond Chingford Athletic Dev 11 7
Jack Zielinski Ongar Town Res 11 7
George Burton Chingford Athletic Dev 11 9
Scout Bown Roydon 11 11
 
12 Dean Peck Galleywood Res 10 7
 
=13 James Warder Catholic Utd Res 8 10
Matthew Gauci Forest Glade 8 16
 
15 Umar Ali Chingford Athletic Dev 7 12

 

Finally, here’s the top page of the Leading Appearance Makers in Division Four (focus on League Starts)

  Appearances
  Club/s League Starts Bench Total
 
1 Kian Burton Chingford Athletic Dev 18 1 19
 
=2 Joseph Edwards Forest Glade 17 0 17
Shaun Warren Forest Glade 17 0 17
 
 
=3 Nathan Ackie Chingford Athletic Dev 16 2 18
Patrick Clarke Chingford Athletic Dev 16 1 17
Billy Calder Shenfield AFC Res 16 0 16
Matthew Gauci Forest Glade 16 0 16
Charles Simpson Forest Glade 16 0 16
 
=8 Jayson De Araujo Canning Town Res 15 1 16
Harry Holt Ongar Town Res 15 1 16
Trevor Kabuchu Ongar Town Res 15 1 16
James Medlock Leytonstone Utd 15 0 15
Lee Pellin Laindon Orient Res 15 0 15
 

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 4 Jan) [EOFL 19/20 4.1.20]

Written by Scott W – Non-League & EOFL Writer

Hello and welcome to the last of my round-up’s on the Festive action in the Essex Olympian League action here on my blog, which is also the first of 2020. The impact of the weather is receding though a few sides may have a fixture backlog to contend with later this campaign.  To see last week’s round-up of the action (Sat 28 Dec), click here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/12/29/round-up-essex-olympian-league-sat-28-dec-eofl/

 

Saturday 4 January 2020

Premier Division

In the top division, Rayleigh Town ended their barren spell with a stirring comeback to win 3 – 2 at Leigh Ramblers. Harry Talbot and a brace from Jamie Blewitt saw Paul Higgins’ team to a much-needed win and extend their cushion in sixth to four points. Ramblers had led through Patrick Cannon and Dan Williams goals though they remain third, they are five points adrift of leaders Sungate. The ‘Gate won 4 – 1 at Catholic Utd in the top-two battle at the Len Salmon Stadium, which was their third straight win. Springfield stay fifth after a 4 – 2 triumph over Old Southendian with Dave Wareham getting another brace, assisted by goals from Joe Nathanson and replacement Alfie Halliday. Ed Gould’s spot-kick and a Nick Henesy strike were not enough for Connor Lane’s side who slide back into the bottom two.

Elsewhere, Canning Town won a showdown of the bottom two sides, with a 3 – 1 victory at Shenfield AFC. Bishop’s Stortford Swifts were held 2 – 2 by Hutton at Silver Leys with Brad Freeman and Thomas Price scoring for the South Essex side. Kelvedon Hatch continue to struggle to attain wins as they were held 1 – 1 by Harold Wood Athletic at New Hall. John Bradley struck for Ath, though replacement Lee Hamill netted for Hatch, who sit 7th but are only five points clear of bottom side Shenfield in a congested lower half on the table.

 

Senior ONE

 

In this week’s Senior One action, Chingford Athletic extended their lead at the summit to nine points with a 3 – 1 win over Snaresbrook. Alex Gordon struck twice for Dave Richbell’s side, with Lee Lashley grabbing the other goal for the hosts. ‘Brook remain third-bottom after their sixth match in succession without a win. Shoebury Town got a second win in as many weeks with a massive 6 – 3 win at Manford Way. Dominic Binns was back in the goals with a brace for Town, with Mitchell Odd also nabbing twice plus Matthew Smith and replacement Jake Byford were also on target for Shoebury, who leap up to seventh. Manford responded through strikes by Kevine Kinzonzi, Felix Onyango and substitute Kyle Matthew-Thompson though it is five matches without victory now for them.

 

Elsewhere, second-placed Old Chelmsfordians were held 1 – 1 by mid-table Galleywood at Lawford Lane, with Sam Donn getting the goal for the visitors. Runwell Sports were 3 – 0 winners at fellow strugglers Herongate Athletic while the bottom two faced off in Newbury Park as Toby drew 2 – 2 with Ramsden Scotia.

 

Match Off: Ongar Town P – P Lakeside | Fyfield Village Hall

 

Essex Premier Cup

 

In the two Essex Premier Cup ties  played this weekend, Basildon Town secured their progress into the next round with a 4 – 1 victory over Laindon Orient of Senior Two in a match moved to Waterside Leisure Centre’s 3G on Canvey Island. Keith King struck twice for the hosts with Brodie Horne and Kieran Case also on target for Gareth Cleverly’s side. Carlos Dias got the consolation for Laindon here though they went out. Also, Buckhurst Hill came from behind to power past Senior One hosts Rayleigh Town Res 5 – 2 at London Road. Braces for Fenti Falola and Tyer Jalland were added to late on by Eren Muti though credit has to go to Lee Bunn’s team for leading at the break.

 

EOFL Senior TWO

In the two surviving Senior Two matches this weekend, two of the high-flyers continued their good form. Leaders Leigh Town continued their unbeaten run with an impressive 4 – 2 win at Epping Town. The quartet of scorers for Leigh were Daniel Driscoll, Max Jones, Harry Payne and Sam Irvine. Epping responded through strikes by Glen Warwick and James Peagram though were hampered by a serious injury to goalkeeper Trevor Grace, we wish him well in his recovery. Take nothing away from Jack Pearman’s side though as Leigh are four points clear at the summit now. Corinthians also triumphed, 4 – 1 at strugglers AS Rawreth. Leo Clarke struck twice for Chris Stoneham’s side, with Nathan Dewberry and Ollie Brickwood also finding the net to push their side back into 3rd spot. Louis Hill notched again for Rawreth though it is ten straight losses for the bottom side now.

 

Matches Off:

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

Old Southendian Res  P – P  Ryan  | Garon Park [3G] (Ryan unable to travel)

Rochford Town  P – P  Wakering Sports   | Rochford Rec Ground

 

Senior Three

In Senior Three, a full programme of six matches was played and it wasn’t a day for the away teams here. ACD Utd dispatched White Ensign Res 5 – 0 at Westlands, with the ensemble cast of Billy Wren, player-boss Michael Wade, Liam Porter, Connor Lambert and Charlie Munns all on target for the hosts in their fourth consecutive victory. Wakebury also won to remain three points clear at the top of the table with a 5 – 0 victory over Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ at Shoebury Park. Charlie Little struck four goals himself here with Ben Munday grabbing the other for Matt Cardy’s side.

 

Corinthians Res remain second after a comfortable 3 – 0 success over strugglers Basildon Town Res at the Stambridge Memorial Ground. Max Hall, Steve Solarin and Luke Smith were all on the score-sheet here as Terry Rose & Ben Adams’ side made it eight wins from their nine matches thus far. Lakeside Res finally got their maiden win this term with a very hard-fought 4 – 3 win at home to Collier Row. David Alele, Harry Davison, Salem Said and Daniel Damain all struck to move ‘Side’s second team above the bottom of the standings.

 

Also, Leigh Town Res defeated Buckhurst Hill Res 5 – 2 at John Burrows Rec to remain in sixth and Hutton Res also secured a home win, 3 – 0 over Toby Res with Sean O’Callaghan’s double and one from George Wickings seeing them to a fourth win on-the-trot.

 

Senior Four Results

Catholic Utd Res  0 – 3 Forest Glade  

Galleywood Res  5 – 0  Laindon Orient Res

Ongar Town Res  P – P  Old Chelmsfordians Res

Roydon  1 – 1  Chingford Athletic Development

Wakering Sports Res  2 – 1  Shenfield AFC Res

 

Senior Five Results

Collier Row Res   2 – 2  Roydon Res

Newbury Forest Res  1 – 0  Wakering Sports Development

Runwell Sports Res  1 – 6  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res

Shoebury Town Res  1 – 6  Leigh Ramblers Res

 

Round-up: Essex Olympian League & Senior Cup (Sat 14 September) [EOFL 19/20 15.9.19]

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

Hello and welcome to this week’s extended round-up of Essex Olympian League action, which includes matches from the top four divisions, plus a round-up/results from the Senior League Cup action and results from Senior Division Four and the Reserve League Cup action this weekend – Saturday 14th September. Thanks for reading.

 

EOFL Premier Division

In this week’s Premier action, Basildon Town got a fine 4 – 2 win at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts with Keith King, Tommy Green, Jimmy Markham and replacement Daley Grant all finding the net. Terrell Hunter got both strikes for Swifts though their three-match winning run ended here. Harold Wood Athletic registered their first win of the new season as they defeated Canning Town 2 – 0. Reiss Kingsley and Robert Whitnell got the goals for Kris Taylor’s side. Kelvedon Hatch also triumphed, defeating Old Southendian 3 – 1. Petrit Elbi struck twice with substitute Reece Morgan also notching for Hatch, while Mattias Tonking netted for OS.

Springfield edged a tight affair with Hutton as a late Ryan Batchford penalty saw them to a 1 – 0 home win. Rayleigh Town made it six league wins from six as they won 3 – 1 at Shenfield AFC. George Vile, Harry Talbot and Bailey Moss goals saw them extend their cushion at the top to six points. Leigh Ramblers drew with Sungate 2 – 2 for the second time this term, with Acer Wake and Justin Hazell netting for Wayne Seal’s side.

 

FA Vase Second Qualifying Round result

Lopes Tavares  3 – 1  Catholic Utd   | Terence MacMillan Stadium

Essex Thames-side Trophy result

Buckhurst Hill 1 – 1 Walthamstow (‘Stow won 3 – 0 on penalties) | Roding Lane

 

 

EOFL Senior Division One (result only)

Toby  1 – 2  Lakeside   | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park – Toby pitch)

 

EOFL Senior League Cup 2019-20

Chingford Athletic advanced in the Senior Cup as they defeated Beacon Hill Rovers 5 – 0 at Town Mead. Mickey Mesmin got a brace, with Eric Kelly, Lee Lashley and Warren Isoka all getting on the scorer’s sheet as Ath continued their strong start to the campaign in all competitions. Leigh Town also progressed with a 2 – 1 success at Ramsden Scotia with Max Jones grabbing both Town goals there.

 

Other Results in Senior League Cup this weekend:

Ongar Town  8 – 1  Snaresbrook  |  Fyfield Village Hall

Runwell Sports  0 – 3  Manford Way   |  Runwell Sports Club

Shoebury Town  6 – 1  Old Barkabbeyans  | Cupid’s Country Club (Pitch 2)

 

Senior Division Two

In Senior Two, Laindon Orient got their second win this term with a 3 – 0 home win over Rochford Town. A brace from Ashley Blackburn and one from Jasper Read saw them to victory there. Westhamians got their first league win in Senior Two with a super 4 – 2 win over Wakering Sports. Substitute John Massala got two, while Monty Hussain and Abel Okoghenu also netted for the hosts. Zac Wheatley and skipper Russell Beck responded for Sports though they have yet to register a point on the board.

Corinthians had a new star to thank for their 5 – 2 win at Ryan as recent signing, former Basildon Utd, Southend Manor & White Ensign forward Nathan Dewberry got all five goals for the visitors at Wadham Lodge. May & Baker Reserves outshone all on the ‘goals count’ as they defeated AS Rawreth 10 – 2.

Finally, Epping Town came away from Garon Park with a fine 5 – 0 win over Old Southendian Reserves, as Alex Paraskeva netted twice, with Bradley Gayer, Glen Warwick and Tommie Turner also getting on the score-sheet. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/09/14/match-report-old-southendian-res-0-5-epping-town-eofl-14-9-19/

 

EOFL Senior Division Three

Into Senior Three now, Corinthians Reserves continued their 100% start to the league campaign with a 4 – 2 win over Wakebury. Max Hall, Luke Smith, Sener Suavi and Ashley Webb all struck for Terry Rose’s team. Oliver Laycock and substitute Daniel Blewett netted in reply for the EOFL newcomers.  White Ensign Res also won this weekend, after a fine 5 – 2 win at Dagenham Utd. Kieran Follett, Joss Pountney, Lewis Brown, another spot-kick from Zach Somerset-Butler and one from fellow substitute Mechack Kisoka-Asuka gave Jack Caten’s team the points.

Collier Row got their second league win with a 4 – 1 triumph over Buckhurst Hill Res at the Forest Row Centre. Also, ACD Utd won 3 – 0 over Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ with Brad Falco, Frank Markham and replacement Michael Wade all on target for the EOFL newcomers.

 

Senior Division Four  (results only)

Canning Town Res  0 – 5  Galleywood Res

Leytonstone Utd  0 – 6  Chingford Athletic Dev

Roydon  4 – 1  Forest Glade

 

Reserve League Cup 2019 – 20  (Results only)

AS Rawreth Res A – W Leigh Town Res   (Leigh Town go through uncontested)

Basildon Town Res   2 – 1  Ongar Town Res

Catholic Utd Res  4 –  0  Leigh Ramblers Res

Herongate Athletic Res  1 – 4  Lakeside Res

Hutton Res  5 – 1 Laindon Orient Res

Old Chelmsfordians Res  1 – 0  Harold Wood Athletic Res

Rayleigh Town Res  H – W  Roydon Res (Rayleigh go through uncontested)

Wakering Sports Res  1 – 5  Collier Row Res

 

Match Summary: Corinthians 3 – 1 Galleywood Res (Sat 6 Apr) [EOFL D4 7.4.19]

Essex Olympian League – Division Four

2018-19 Season: Match 66

Saturday 6th April 2019 – 2.30pm KO

Venue: Stambridge Memorial Ground

Corinthians: Sky Blue & White Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Galleywood Res:  Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

Corinthians finish strongly to secure a vital win

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

This weekend’s match took me on a different path to a ground I have intermittenly seen a couple of times in the last few years. This match was a crucial one in the Essex Olympian League Division Four title race as relative newcomers Corinthians faced Galleywood Reserves. The hosts knew that anything less than a win would virtually hand the title to Epping Town, managed by former pro Billy Cove. I was fortunate to be given a warm welcome by Chairman/Secretary Ben Adams, who explained that the bulk of the current team is made up of the former Under-21 side that did well in both the Olympian League U-21 division last season and also won the Essex Junior Trophy last season.

Last weekend, Corinthians fought back from a poor start with a slightly-depleted side to draw at Lakeside’s second side which increased the need for a win in this match. With a side that has scored 72 goals in 19 league matches prior to this one, you knew they had the firepower but would it happen for them here?

Well, the answer  we got in the early stages of the game wasn’t positive as it was the ‘Wood side that started the stronger, with winger Sam Rawlinson providing a real outlet down the left flank with his pace, trickery and crossing. The hosts showed their willingness to bomb forward although a lack of a final ball and losing out to the sturdy Galleywood defence was definitely frustrating Chris Stoneham’s side. It was the visitors who took the lead on nine minutes as a pearler of a 25-yard free-kick by Craig Robertson passed the outstretched hand of the home ‘keeper John Eckhett and into the top corner.

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Although the hosts improving towards the interval, they arguably could not keep hold of the ball well enough, and you could feel the nerves coursing through the side. The home side boasted forwards Leo Clarke and Theodore Cannon in support of central striker John Bolton-Smith. Five minutes before the break, Clarke peeled off from the left wing, before blasting a drive which was deflected wide.

Half-Time: Corinthians 0 – 1 Galleywood Res

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At the break, Galleywood would have been the happier side though also knew they would have to ‘weather the storm’ after the interval. As it turned out, the home side were level only four minutes into the second period as Clarke broke free of his defender before sliding in an unselfish ball in across the six-yard box for substitute Jake Lang who stroked home from close range. There was little doubt  who was the stronger side after that with Clarke & Bolton-Smith in particular testing a tiring ‘Wood backline with their running and trickery.

There was an element of fortune about the next crucial part of the match as just shy of the hour, Corinthians took the lead as midfielder Luke Owen’s free-kick from deep managed to evade everyone and bounce its way into the top corner. ‘Wood responded with a rare second-half foray forward though Robertson fired a looping shot just over the bar from 20 yards out. The hosts secured the points, in front of watching Epping boss Billy Cove on 74 minutes as creative midfielder Jordan Stoneham’s dangerous corner found Owen who planted a thumping header high into the net.

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The hosts could have won by more though were denied twice by fine saves by the Galleywood goalkeeper. Bolton-Smith should have scored late on well though his dribbled finish could only hit a post with the ‘keeper beaten. In closing, the hosts were made to work hard here though in the end they deserved the points and they know wins in both their final matches will see them go up in style.

Full-Time: Corinthians 3 – 1 Galleywood Res

Goal-scorers: (Cor): Jake Lang [49′], Luke Owen [58′ & 74′]

(Gal): Craig Robertson [9’]