Preview: Essex Olympian League & Senior Cup (Sat 14 Sept) [EOFL 13.9.19]

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Rayleigh Town’s pitch last month [Image: Scott W]
Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & EOFL Writer

Hello and welcome to a part preview of this weekend’s Essex Olympian League action, which sees the Senior Cup action continuing alongside some really fascinating league fixtures. Below is a brief look at my pick of the weekend’s action per division plus the rest of the fixtures from the Premier Division, all the way up to Senior Division Three.

 

Essex Olympian League Fixtures  –  Saturday 14th September

Premier Division  (2.30pm KO’s)

Pick: Leigh Ramblers  v  Sungate   |  Belfairs Park

Ramblers welcome in-form Sungate to Belfairs. Wayne Seal’s side may be happy to get back to home comforts after mixed away days recently, as they haven’t won in their last three matches. Sungate by contrast are unbeaten after three wins in their first four matches, although they have all been at home. These two sides locked horns last just two weeks ago – that match ended in a draw though both sides are looking like they could be in for good seasons this term.

Other Fixtures in Premier Division

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  v  Basildon Town    |  Silver Leys

Harold Wood Athletic  v  Canning Town  |  Harold Wood Park

Kelvedon Hatch  v  Old Southendian   | New Hall

Shenfield AFC  v Rayleigh Town  | St Martins Sch [3G]

Springfield  v   Hutton   |  Springfield Hall Park

 

FA Vase Second Round Qualifying (3pm KO)

Lopes Tavares  v  Catholic Utd   | Terence MacMillan Stadium

Essex Thames-side Trophy (3pm KO)

Buckhurst Hill v Walthamstow  | Roding Lane

 

Senior Division One

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

Toby face a Lakeside outfit that make their league bow this term here at Ford’s Newbury Park. The home side here were in Senior Cup action last weekend, making the long trip to Southend as they defeated White Ensign Reserves to advance in the competition then. It wasn’t so great a day in their only previous league match though as they lost out at home to Old Chelmsfordians. It will be fascinating how both of these sides adapt to Senior One following their respective promotions in May.

 

EOFL Senior League Cup 2019-20   (2.15pm KO’s)

Chingford Athletic  v  Beacon Hill Rovers   | Town Mead [3G]

Ongar Town  v  Snaresbrook  |  Fyfield Village Hall

Ramsden Scotia  v  Leigh Town   | Nursery Sports Ground

Runwell Sports  v  Manford Way   |  Runwell Sports Club

Shoebury Town  v  Old Barkabbeyans  | Cupid’s Country Club (Pitch 2)

Springfield  v   Hutton   |  Springfield Hall Park

 

Senior Division Two

Pick: Old Southendian Res  v  Epping Town   | Garon Park

OS’ Ressie side welcome Epping to Garon Park. The hosts won Division Three last term under former long-serving boss Lee Warrington. Under the tutelage of new gaffer Ben Manley, they handsomely defeated Canning Town’s reserve side in the Reserve Cup last time out and also won their only league game to date at Wakering Sports three weeks ago. They face a wholly different test here though as Billy Cove’s Epping rock up following a hard-fought win after extra-time over rivals Corinthians in the Senior Cup last weekend. For me, this is one of the matches of the weekend outside the top division of the EOFL, given that both sides score goals.

Also in Senior Two this weekend:

Laindon Orient  v  Rochford Town    |  Ford’s Sports Club (Basildon)

May & Baker Res  v  AS Rawreth  |  May & Baker FC

Ryan  v  Corinthians   |  Wadham Lodge (Intermediate Grass Pitch)

Westhamians  v  Wakering Sports  | Fairlop Oak Playing Fields

 

Senior Division Three

Corinthians Res  v  Wakebury   | Stambridge Memorial Ground

Corninthians’ second-string take on newcomers Wakebury at the Stambridge Memorial Ground. Terry Rose’s team have record three wins from three matches thus far. Factor in their keenness to out-score their opposition and this makes this tie another interesting one. Wakebury started their season last weekend with a fine win at Basildon Town Reserves and the Shoebury-based team cannot be discounted in this one.

 

Also in Division Three this weekend

ACD Utd  v  Hullbridge Sports ‘A’    |  Westlands Playing Fields

Collier Row  v  Buckhurst Hill Res  | Forest Row Centre

Dagenham Utd  v  White Ensign Res |Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park) – Dag U pitch)

 

Don’t forget to check back by Monday to see how these matches played out in my Essex Olympian League round-up, here on my blog. Thank you for reading.

 

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2019-20 Season Constitution: Essex Sunday Corinthian League (ESCL 19/20 22.8.19)

 

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

 

Hello and a warm welcome to a one-off piece looking at the Constitution that makes up the various divisions of the Essex Sunday Corinthian League in the 2019-20 season, with a listing of the fixtures for the first two weeks of action straight after. For more information, check out their website at http://www.escfl.co.uk  or via Twitter – @EssexCorinthian

You can also hear the results weekly as part of the Intermediate Football round-up which continues on the Grassroots Football Show on East London Radio from next month.

Regular readers of this blog may notice that Sunday Football doesn’t often get mentioned. On this occasion, I thought even a small piece looking at the ESCL would be helpful as the game on Sundays is still an important ‘piece of the Grassroots puzzle’ so to speak.

The Essex Sunday Corinthian League started in 1986 and covers parts of East London going into the Essex surburbs from Newham in the Western edge to Havering in the Eastern side. (Source: ESCL website). Below is a listing of who is in what division this coming season, following that will be the fixtures for the opening day on September 8th.

 

 

Key: (C) – Champions | (Ru) – Runners-up from last season | (P) = Promoted

 

ESCL Premier Division Constitution (2019-20) (11 clubs)

  • Asianos
  • Barking & Dagenham Wanderers
  • El Valiente (Ru)
  • Elda
  • FC Mexico A
  • Flanders
  • Repton Park (C)
  • Romford Elite
  • SL Menfica (P)
  • Ultimate Vision
  • Warren Utd

 

 

 

ESCL Division ONE Constitution (2019 -20) (11 clubs)

  • Brook Athletic
  • Chingford Athletic (Ru)
  • Colebrook Royals
  • FC Mexico B
  • KLIK
  • Korona Redbridge
  • Kulture Klub (P)
  • Oceana
  • St Augustines
  • Valentine Utd
  • West Abbey

 

ESCL Division TWO Constitution (2019 -20) (12 clubs)

  • Abridge Village
  • Barking
  • Central Colts (P)
  • Chingford Athletic Reserves
  • Frenford
  • Goresbrook
  • Hornchurch Oakmont
  • Royal Albert
  • Roose
  • Thames Ironworks Community (P)
  • Walthamstow Avenue
  • Wanstead Albion

 

 

ESCL Division THREE Constitution (2019 -20) (13 clubs)

  • AFC Theydon
  • Alpha
  • Barking Riverside
  • Blackwall Rovers
  • Chigwell Utd
  • E4 Rangers
  • East Ham Inter (P)
  • Havering Well
  • London Fire Brigade
  • Lonsdale
  • Newham Athletic (P)
  • Roneo Colts
  • West Essex

 

ESCL Division FOUR Constitution (2019-20) (12 clubs)

  • Asianos Reserves
  • Bretons Manor
  • Inter Ladzio
  • Monkhams
  • Ping City Phoenixes
  • Ridgeway Rovers Under-21 A
  • Romford Athletic Dons
  • Roneo Colts Reserves
  • Selwyn Rovers
  • Titans Utd
  • United Amateurs
  • Upshire Forest Reserves

 

ESCL Division FIVE Constitution (2019-20) (11 clubs)

  • Cobra
  • Custom House Community
  • East Tilbury Town
  • Eastern Avenue
  • Epping Forest Falcons
  • Keith Park Rangers
  • Ridgeway Rovers Under 21 B
  • Singh Sabha Barking
  • Thames Ironworks Community Reserves
  • Total Football
  • Woodford Green Utd

 

FIXTURES – September 8th (10.30am KOs – all are subject to alteration)

Premier Division

Elda v El Valiente  | Oakside (Redbridge FC)

Repton Park  v  Romford Elite  | Roding Valley High Sch (3G)

Ultimate Vision  v  Barking & Dagenham Wanderers | Warren Sports Centre

 

Division ONE

Brook Athletic  v  KLIK   | Ford’s Sport & Social Club (Newbury Park)

Chingford Athletic  v  Valentine Utd  | Town Mead Leisure Park (3G)

Colebrook Royals  v  Kulture Klub  | The Pavillon, Grange Farm Centre

FC Mexico B v St Augustines   |  Emerson Park Sch

West Abbey   v  Oceana   |  Larsens Recreation Ground

 

Division TWO

Abridge Village  v  Frenford  | Abridge Village Hall

Barking  v  Chingford Athletic Res  | Mayesbrook Park

Goresbrook  v  Central Colts    | Warren Sports Centre

Hornchurch Oakmont  v  Roose   | Westlands Playing Fields

Wanstead Albion  v  Thames Ironworks Community  | Wanstead Flats

 

Division THREE

Alpha  v  East Ham Inter  | Wanstead Flats

Barking Riverside  v  AFC Theydon  | Castle Green Leisure Centre

Blackwall Rovers  v  Havering Well  | Wanstead Flats

Chigwell Utd  v  Lonsdale   | TBA

Newham Athletic  v  West Essex  | Beckton District Park South

Roneo Colts  v  E4 Rangers   | Robert Clark Sports Centre (3G)

 

Division FOUR

Bretons Manor  v  United Amateurs  | Castle Green Leisure Centre

Monkhams  v  Ridgeway Rovers U21 A  | Roding Valley Playing Fields

Ping City Phoenixes  v  Romford Athletic Dons   | Low Hall Sports Ground

Selwyn Rovers  v  Inter Ladzio  | The Rolls Sports Ground

Titans Utd  v  Roneo Colts Res   | Old Dagenham Park

Upshire Forest Res  v  Asianos Res   |  Town Mead Leisure Park

 

Division FIVE

Cobra  v  Woodford Green Utd  | Old Dagenham Park

Epping Forest Falcons  v  Eastern Avenue  | Ashton Playing Fields

Keith Park Rangers  v  Custom House Community  | Ford’s Sport & Social (Newbury Park)

Total Football  v  Singh Sabha Barking   | Epping St John’s Sch

2019-20 Season Preview: Essex Alliance League (EAL 19/20 12.8.19)

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Rainham WMC v CSM London in D2 Cup Final in May 2019 (Image: Scott W)

 

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League Blogger & GFS Contributor

Hello and a warm welcome to a one-off piece looking at the teams that will compete in the Essex Alliance League in the 2019-20 season, with a small additional preview of the top two divisions. For regular round-up’s of this increasingly popular Grassroots group of divisions, check out their website at http://www.essexallianceleague.com or via Twitter – @EssexAllianceFL

You can also hear the results round-up weekly as part of the Intermediate Football round-up which continues on the Grassroots Football Show on East London Radio from next month. My thanks to Rob Parker for his assistance in this piece.

Key: (P) = Promoted | (R) = Relegated | (NEW) =New/reclassified side

 

EAL Senior Division Constitution (2019-20) (11 clubs)

  • Blue Marlin
  • Chigwell (P)
  • Chingford Athletic ‘A’ (P)
  • East Ham Inter
  • FC Baresi (P)
  • FC Petrocub (NEW)
  • London Cranes
  • Lymore Gardens (P)
  • Rapid Chingford (P)
  • Singh Sabha Barking
  • West Essex Res

 

The top division sees a fair amount of change as the league responds to the loss of two of its stand-out clubs. Firstly, Jolof Sports have taken the plunge and will compete at Step 8 in the Middlesex County League’s Division One Central & East following a superb league campaign which saw them win the EAL Senior Division by three points from ACD Utd. Speaking of ACD Utd, they have also left the Essex Alliance League to try their hand in the Essex Olympian League, where they have been placed in Senior Division Three (the fourth tier).

Back to the clubs that remain in the top-tier from last season. Highest on that list are Singh Sabha Barking who finished in a very good third place, seven points behind ACD Utd. East Ham Inter are next as they fifth last term, with eight wins each in their 18 matches. In sixth and seventh last season, West Essex Res and London Cranes couldn’t be separated in points, West getting that sixth spot by virtue of a better goal difference.

Blue Marlin were eighth last term, 13 points clear of the bottom two and they round out the clubs that haven’t moved tiers. However, there are a number of clubs who have been elevated to the Senior Division. Firstly, last season’s Division One champions FC Baresi are in there after scoring 66 goals in their 18 matches to win the title by a point. Chingford Athletic’s ‘third team’ (aka ‘A’) will take part as well following the placing of the Development team in Essex Olympian League’s Division Four.

Three other clubs have also been promoted from Division One in Chigwell, Lymore Gardens and Rapid Chingford. Chigwell finished six points clear in third spot in D1 last term. Lymore earned a fifth-placed finish after 9 wins in their 18 matches while Rapid were sixth a point behind them. Finally, there is one new club entering the ranks in FC Petrocub, who transition over from Sunday Football. All in all, we have 12 clubs duking it out for the title and it should be another fascinating campaign.

Update (from late August 2019): Docklands Albion have announced they are withdrawing from the EAL for the 2019-20 campaign. We wish them well in the hope they reform for 2020-21.

EAL Division ONE Constitution (2019 -20) (11 clubs)

  • All Prospects Academy (NEW)
  • All Real (NEW)
  • Chingford United
  • CSM London (P)
  • Eastside (P)
  • Forest Green
  • Jolof Sports U21 (NEW)
  • London Park City (R)
  • Sporting Hackney Dev (NEW)
  • Tower Hamlets Res (P)
  • Tower United (NEW)
  • Wapping

Division One also sees a number of club changes with the only survivors from last season’s Div One being Forest Green, Wapping and Chingford Utd. All three of those sides struggled somewhat in 2018 – 19 as ‘Green finished 7th, eight points ahead of Wapping, who in turn were seven points ahead of second-bottom Chingford. London Park City come down from the top-tier after a horrid campaign there in which they acquired only one point all season. Joining them are three promoted sides – CSM London and Eastside who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in Div Two last season. Both teams scored upwards of fifty goals last term so they may be eye-catching here. Tower Hamlets Res are also given a ‘double bubble’ promotion from Division Three after a third-placed success last term, in which they scored 93 goals last season.

Finally, there are four new sides joining the second-tier. With the first team being elevated to Step 8 (see above), Jolof Sports are retaining a side in the EAL with a Under-21 side being placed here. The other new sides are All Prospects Academy, All Real and Tower Utd.

Below are the listing for the remaining divisions, as more new sides have joined the fray.

 

EAL Division TWO Constitution (2019 -20) (11 clubs)

  • Cowley Community
  • Flyers
  • Melbourne Sports (R)
  • Old Esthameians
  • Puma Kings
  • Rainham Working Men’s Club
  • Royal Forest (P)
  • Sungate Res (P)
  • Three Colts (R)
  • Unitey (NEW)
  • Upshire Forest

 

EAL Division THREE Constitution (2019 -20) (11 clubs)

  • Avondale Rangers (P)
  • Barkingside ‘A’ (NEW)
  • Chadwell Heath Spartans (NEW)
  • Custom House United
  • Debden Park (P)
  • Flyers Development (NEW)
  • Frenford ‘A’
  • Glendale
  • Ilford Development (NEW)
  • Newham Wanderers (NEW)
  • St Francis

 

EAL Division FOUR Constitution (2019-20) (11 clubs)

  • Brentwood Utd Res
  • Chingford Harriers
  • Dagenham Utd Res
  • Fairlop Rovers (NEW)
  • Flyers ‘B’ (NEW)
  • Loughton Lions
  • Lymore Gardens Res (formerly Forest Green Res)
  • Newham Royals
  • Prospect Protege (NEW)
  • Together United (NEW)
  • Woodford East (formerly Chigwell Men’s Club)

 

2019-20 Season Preview: Essex Olympian League Senior One (EOFL D1 19/20 29.7.19)

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Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) – Non-League & EOFL Blogger

Hello and a warm welcome to another of my mini-series of articles previewing the upcoming 2019-2020  Essex Olympian League season, division-by-division. We continue with Senior Division One which will have 14 sides competing in it with a multitude of sides getting promoted to strengthen the competition.

 

EOFL Senior One Constitution (2019-20)

  • Chingford Athletic (P)
  • FC Hamlets
  • Galleywood
  • Herongate Athletic
  • Lakeside (P)
  • Manford Way (R)
  • Old Chelmsfordians
  • Ongar Town
  • Ramsden Scotia
  • Rayleigh Town Res
  • Runwell Sports (P)
  • Shoebury Town (P)
  • Snaresbrook
  • Toby (P)

 

Senior One has seen something of an overhaul as no less than five clubs have been elevated from Senior Two. That said, with the top two of Shenfield AFC and Basildon Town going getting promoted, FC Hamlets and Snaresbrook lead the sides looking to follow suit this term. Those two sides both got top-four finishes in 2018-19 thanks to strong respective campaigns with Ramsden Scotia and Galleywood next on the list. An inspired finish to the season saw Old Chelmsfordians grab seventh last term, with Herongate Athletic, Ongar Town and Frenford Res after them. The latter side have elected to move to the Essex Senior League Reserve Division for the new season, while Rayleigh Town Reserves got a reprieve from the drop and once again take their place in Senior One. After a severely tough campaign last time out, May & Baker Reserves drop to Senior Two this time around.

Onto the newcomers then in Senior One, and leading that number are Senior Two champions Chingford Athletic who shone on all fronts last term to win that title on goal difference, thanks to a heavy win at the end of April. Runners-up Toby will also face the step up, after 13 wins last term. Runwell Sports, Shoebury Town and Lakeside make up the ‘new blood’ in what promises to be a really competitive division this coming season.

To all the clubs, managers, players and many others who support them, have a good season all. I look forward to keeping tabs on the action. Best, Scott

 

Finally for this piece, here is the opening salvo of fixtures for Senior One…

 

Fixtures for first two weekends of EOFL Senior One  (Subject to change)

Saturday 24 August  – 2.30pm

Chingford Athletic v Herongate Athletic  | Town Mead Leisure Park (3G)

Ramsden Scotia  v  Manford Way    |  Nursery Sports Ground

 

Saturday 31 August – 2.30pm

Chingford Athletic  v  FC Hamlets | Town Mead Leisure Park (3G)

Ramsden Scotia   v  Galleywood  |  Nursery Sports Ground

Rayleigh Town Res  v  Manford Way  | London Road, Rayleigh

Runwell Sports  v  Ongar Town   |  Runwell Sports Club

Shoebury Town  v  Snaresbrook  | Cupid’s Country Club (Pitch #2), Cupids Chase

Toby  v  Old Chelmsfordians  |  Ford’s Sports Club, Newbury Park

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 23 Feb) [EOFL 24.2.19]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another of my round-up pieces, this time looking at the Essex Olympian League action on Saturday 23rd Febuary, with a firm round-up of the Premier Division, all the way to Senior Division Four plus Cup action too.

EOFL Premier Division

In a reduced programme of Premier Division fixtures due to Cup action, the big game at the bottom of the table saw Sungate emerge with a 2 – 0 success over bottom side Great Baddow. Jermaine Purchase got both goals to give ‘Gate their third win in their last four to stay 11th though crucially go 11 points clear of the bottom two and push Baddow nearer to an instant return to Senior One.

Fellow strugglers Springfield defeated high-flyers Harold Wood Athletic 1 – 0, thanks to Ryan Batchford’s solitary strike which put a further dent in Wood’s title aspirations. The hosts are ten points clear of Manford Way, who lost 1 – 0 at home to Old Southendian. Mattias Tonking ‘s goal giving OS their third straight league victory. Meanwhile, mid-table Hutton got a fine  4 – 2 win at Canning Town. Braces from Charlie Nichols and George Nash ended a six-match winless run for them as they leapfrogged Town into 8th spot. Neil Barrett and an OG weren’t enough for Canning as they fell to a fourth consecutive league loss.

Senior League Cup  –  Quarter-Finals

In the two SLC Quarter-Finals, Premier sides had conflicting fortunes. Leaders Buckhurst Hill succumbed to a rare home loss as they lost 2 – 1 at home to Senior Two side Chingford Athletic. Gary Murray and Will Gleeson were the heroes for Ath to outweigh Sam Sollosi’s goal and make the last four. Also, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts had no such trouble in dispatching fellow Premier side Kelvedon Hatch as they won 4 – 1. Charles Brown got a brace with Joe McEvoy and Mark Robinson scoring the other goals for Swifts, while Theo Ola got Hatch’s consolation.

 

Anagram Records Trophy  –  Round Three Results

FC Hamlets  2 – 3  Ware Sports

Old Bradwell Utd  0 – 3 Catholic Utd

 

EOFL Senior One

Into Senior One and incredibly all five matches saw wins for the visiting teams. All of the top three won, starting with Shenfield AFC who grabbed a 4 – 2 win at Rayleigh Town Res. Mitchell Day’s double was added to by strikes from Sam Bubb and Jordan Elliott to extend AFC’s unbeaten run to five matches. Second-placed Snaresbrook won 2 – 0 at fellow high-flyers Ramsden Scotia with Harry Prince and Josh Woodcock getting the crucial goals to keep the arrears to three points, but ‘Brook have two games more to play. To further complicate matters, Basildon Town stayed five points off the top in third with a 2 – 1 success at mid-table Herongate Athletic. Jimmy Markham and Alfie Phillips got the goals for Town who have five matches in hand on the leaders.

At the bottom, Old Chelmsfordians comfortably defeated May & Baker EC Res  5 – 0 with Sam Adams getting two and Martin Mixture, Tom Garey and Paul Tiffen also finding the net and giving their side a third win on-the-reel. Bakers’ will finish bottom of Senior One following this result. Finally in D1, Galleywood triumphed 3 – 0 at Ongar Town with Tom Lakin, Jack Chatterway and Luke Seaton goals pushing ‘Wood up to 6th.

 

EOFL Senior Two

In Division Two, two matches took place with Toby negotiating a tricky test by winning 3 – 2 at Harold Wood Athletic Res to go three points clear of Runwell Sports, having played three games more. Paur Carr’s double and one from Ross Dipple  saw them to a third win on-the-bounce. Lakeside also triumphed with a 4 – 1 win over Ryan at the Wadham Lodge 3G pitch. Drew Klessa-Smith grabbed a hat-trick to reach 29 league goals for the season, plus Sam Pettit’s 5th league goal this term saw ‘Side to victory.

Shoebury Town won their match with Rochford Town by way of a walkover.

EOFL Senior Three

In Division Three, Academy Soccer continued their fine form with a 6 – 0 success over free-falling Roydon. Rhys Willson’s treble led the way with Sam Parish’s double and one from Luke Jones sealing a second-half demolition to keep Academy in 3rd spot. Leigh Town are well-placed in fourth after a 4 – 0 success at Hutton Res. George Darby got another brace with Zac Mashford and Shane Cooper also on target in Town’s 8th win in 15 matches thus far.

Old Southendian Res stayed 5th win a 2 – 1 home win over near rivals Laindon Orient. James Shadwell’s penalty for the visitors was outdone by Greg Molford and Andy Turner goals for the hosts. And Basildon Town Res climbed out of the bottom two at Roydon’s expense with a 2 – 0 win over White Ensign Res, thanks to strikes by Jake Bridgeman and player-boss Alex Shields. Westhamians stay top without playing as they won their game with bottom side Old Chelmsfordians Res by away walkover.

 

EOFL Senior Four

Finally for this week, in Senior Four, Epping Town made another statement of intent with a 9 – 2 win at Toby Res. Daniel Garfinkle, Alex Paraskeva & substitute Kieran Dickerson all nabbed doubles, with Liam Clifton, Bradley Gayer and Eamon Payne all also finding the net to stay 2nd. Leaders Corinthians won 2 – 1 at Leigh Ramblers Res with Alfie Knight and Bill Wilton the goal-getters there to keep their four-point lead with five games left. Callum Gannon netted for the Rams.

Dagenham Utd continued their push for a top-three finish with a 2 – 0 win at Galleywood Res. No Dingli’s on the scoresheet this time though late goals from Ashley Retter and Jesse Martin did the job for Utd here to go six points clear of challengers Lakeside Ressies.

Meanwhile, bottom side Old Barkabbeyans got only their third win this term with a 3 – 2 win over high-flyers Lakeside Res & Catholic Utd Res handsomely defeated Buckhurst Hill Res 6 – 1.

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

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 9 Feb) [EOFL 10.2.19]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

 

Hello & welcome to another of my round-up pieces, this time looking at the Essex Olympian League action on Saturday 9th February, with an in-depth look at the action in the Premier Division, all the way to Senior Division Four plus this week, the remaining Essex Premier Cup Quarter-Finals.

EOFL Premier Division

Two matches survived in the Premier with ramifications mostly for the bottom five. Manford Way edged to a 1 – 0 triumph over mid-table Leigh Ramblers with Lee Lashley coming up trumps again to send Manford off the bottom. Also, Sungate won 2 – 1 at Canning Town. James Smith and Jake Clarke strikes outdone Sulaiman Massaquoi’s goal for the hosts as Sungate closed the gap to Old Southendian in tenth to three points.

Essex Premier Cup

The Essex Premier Cup Semi-Finals will be comprised entirely of EOFL sides this term, as Catholic Utd defeated Essex & Suffolk Border League side Tiptree Heath 2 – 0 with Aaron Baldwin and Tom Hollingsworth goals sending the 2017 winners through.

Hutton joined them in the last four only after a titanic battle with fellow Premier side Rayleigh Town. It finished 4 – 4 after extra time with Brad Freeman, Lewis Smith, Tom Stephens & an OG providing their goals. Town battled back through George Dansie’s brace plus goals from Paul Morris and Bailey Moss to send it to the dreaded spot-kicks. Hutton won the shoot-out 6 – 5 as they advanced to the Semis. Kelvedon Hatch came from behind to win 2 – 1 at Senior One side Galleywood, Harry Bond put the hosts ahead though strikes by ex-Barking FC pair Theo Ola and Steve Willis turned the tables and sent Hatch through.

EOFL Senior One

Now heading into Senior One, Basildon Town got the win of the day as they won 6 – 0 away at bottom side May & Baker Ressies. All the goals came in the second-half as braces from Alfie Phillips and substitute Levi Harbour were added to by strikes from Alex Smith and Keith King. Town have several games in hand on the top three and rise to 4th spot. It’s looking very likely now that M & B Ressies will finish the season at the foot of the table, still winless in 16 games.

It wasn’t a good day for two of the said top three. Herongate Athletic won 3 – 0 at home to Snaresbrook as a brace from Glen Jordan and one from Jack Wilson-Jones saw them fortify sixth spot. ‘Brook stay second as strugglers Old Chelmsfordians beat Ramsden Scotia 2 – 1 through strikes by Martin Mixture and George Williams. Ryan Leddra got the Scotia goal though the promotion race could well go on until May in this division. OC’s rise to tenth spot, with Rayleigh Town Res replacing them in the bottom-two.

Frenford Res were held 3 – 3 by FC Hamlets in what was remarkably their penultimate league game of the season. If they succumb to defeat next week to rivals Old Chelmsfordians, then they may well face the drop due to OCs & Rayleigh Ressies having at least seven games more to play.

 

EOFL Senior Two

In Division Two, Shoebury Town roared back into title contention with an 8 – 1 triumph at Rochford Town. Dominic Binns struck four goals to take his tally for the season to 35 goals, while Scott Clark nabbed a hat-trick and substitute Omar Mahmood rounded out the scoring for Shoebury who go back up to fourth spot.

Meanwhile, Chingford Athletic continued their fine form with a 5 – 0 success at home to Lakeside. Will Gleeson led the way with a brace here though Eric Kelly, Alex Gordon and Louis Ballard all also netted as Ath rise to 2nd on goals difference and crucially have three matches in hand on Toby, who lead the division by three points. Lakeside drop to 6th.

Finally, Ryan picked up their fourth win of the season with a 3 – 1 success over mid-table Beacon Hill Rovers to rise above Rochford to 8th place.

 

EOFL Senior Three

In Division Three, only a single match was able to be played. Hutton Reserves defeated Roydon 3 – 2 to give their hosts their third straight home loss. Ben Rose, Noah Tye and Harry Lane all struck for the visitors to overcome home goals from Charlie Rider and Micky Copping. Hutton go above their opponents into 8th spot.

 

EOFL Senior Four

Finally for this week, three matches survived the weather in Senior Division Four. First at the Len Forge Centre, Leigh Ramblers Reserves defeated Catholic Utd  Ressies 2 – 1, thanks to strikes by Seb Allen and Max Richards. The Rams extende the gap over bottom side Old Barkabbeyans to five points with this win. Utd stay 9th.

Epping Town continued their good campaign with a 5 – 0 triumph over Shenfield AFC Res at Stonards Hill. Alex Paraskeva got another brace here while Daniel Garfinkle, Harrison Grant and Eamon Payne were also on the score-sheet here. Billy Cove’s side remain third though are four points adrift of leaders Corinthians with both teams having seven matches left to play.

Lakeside Ressies also were among the victors this weekend with a 2 – 1 home win over Dagenham Utd. Jacob Dingli’s 30th goal of the season wasn’t enough for Utd as goals from Brandon Booty and Carl Prendergast saw the hosts to victory and up to fourth spot. Utd’s chances of the title look slim as they are two points behind with only three matches remaining.

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 5 Jan) [EOFL 7.1.19]

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A still from Wadham Lodge 3G (earlier in the season)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another of my round-up pieces, this time looking at the Essex Olympian League action on Saturday 5th January, with a firm round-up of the Premier Division, all the way to Senior Division Four.

EOFL Premier Dvivision

Leaders Buckhurst Hill continued their superb form with a strong 4 – 0 home win over lowly Manford Way.  Suley Zuhdu’s brace of penalties, Josh Addinall and Josh Banfield saw Hill to a 13th win in 14 league matches. Harold Wood Athletic were in no mood to concede any ground though with a 4 – 1 victory over Canning Town. Reiss Kingsley notched two while goalkeeper Martyn Guest and Charlie Liddiard also scored to maintain the gap to Hill to three points. David Tilley got the Canning goal as they sit in 8th spot.

Catholic Utd got their 5th straight league win with a big 6 – 0 triumph over Great Baddow at the Len Salmon Stadium. Tom Hollingsworth was among the goals again with a treble, while Thomas Kearney got two and Tony Jacobs also chipped in. Kelvedon Hatch lost ground on the top-two as they were held 1 – 1 at home by fellow high-flyers Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Alan Taylor netted for Hatch while Gavin Cockman replied for Mark Watters’ side.

Leigh Ramblers are the ‘best of the rest’ in fifth, seven points adrift of Swifts in 4th as they defeated Rayleigh Town 3 – 2 at Belfairs Park. Max Jones and Harry Talbot struck for Rayleigh though a Justin Hazell double plus one from Jamie Selby-Knight saw Ramblers to their fourth win in their last seven. Mid-table sides Hutton and Old Southendian drew 3 – 3 at Polo Fields. Jon Hilliard netted twice and Brad Freeman also scored for the hosts, with Jon Staines joining in ‘on the brace front’ with two goals and Riley Oliver getting the other goal.

Springfield drew 2 – 2 with Sungate with Peter Morgan and Anthony Pantaleo  strikes for the hosts being cancelled out by Jermaine Purchase and Chris Barry goals for the visiting side.

 

EOFL Senior One

Most of the goal-power in Senior One was found in Basildon Town’s mammoth 12 – 2 triumph over May & Baker Reserves. Keith King and Alex Witham both got hat-tricks while Barv Walkuaika and substitute Brodie Horne grabbed two each and Daley Grant and Jamie Miller also chipped in for the hosts. Kevin Badu and Tim Ojo goals were scant consolation for the bottom side.

Mid-table Ongar Town won 6 – 1 at Rayleigh Town Res, largely thanks to Ben Polley’s hat-trick and Niki Love’s double. James Stevens got the other strike for Ongar and Charlie Legg netted for the hosts. Snaresbrook maintained their six-point lead at the summit with a slender 1 – 0 win at Shenfield AFC. Max Catherall got the only goal in that one.

Ramsden Scotia leapfrogged Shenfield into second spot with a 2 – 1 home success over strugglers Old Chelmsfordians. Kurt King and Sam Wren provided the goals for the hosts, with the prolific Martin Mixture getting one back for the visitors. Finally for this division, Herongate Athletic won 2 – 0 at home to Frenford Res, as Glen Jordan and substitute Joe Barness struck for Ath to see them up one to 10th.

 

EOFL Senior Two

In Senior Two, Lakeside maintained sixth spot with a 3 – 1 hom triumph over fellow mid-table side Harold Wood Athletic Res. Joe Pyne netted for Ath though Ollie Pettit, Charlie Ashpole and Drew Klessa-Smith goals did the business for the hosts.

Meanwhile, Runwell Sports went three points clear at the summit with another big win, 6 – 1 at home to Ryan. Aaron Rix got two of them, with Charlie Adams, Declan Clark, Scott Mortlock and Carey Wallace all notching. Beacon Hill Rovers went third with a fine  2 – 1 win at Shoebury Town. Mat Kosinski and David Howard goals were enough to give Rovers their ninth win this term.

There were plenty of goals elsewhere as Toby lost ground on the leaders as they fell to a 4 – 1 loss at Chingford Athletic. Ross Dipple netted again for the visitors though Eric Kelly’s brace & Joe Cloake and Gary Murray goals saw Ath open up a eight-point gap on Rochford Town. Newham Utd produced a fine display to defeat Rochford Town 6 – 3 with Lisandro Tavares striking twice though Omar Jomanday, Abraham Kwaku Adjei, Mikel Smith and sub Kaci Henry all also chipped in. Ashley Fowles star turn with a hat-trick wasn’t enough for Town.

 

EOFL Senior Three

In Division Three, Academy Soccer continued a good run with a 2 – 0 home win over Hutton Res. Luis Ruiz got both of the hosts’ strikes. Basildon Town Res moved four points clear of the bottom with a good performance in a 3 – 1 away win at bottom side Old Chelmsfordians Res. Levi Harbour, Alexander Shields and Andrew Wiggins were the names on the goal tally for Bas. Jake Henry responded for OC but they fell to their 11th loss this season. Old Southendian Res notched their seventh win this campaign with a 4 – 2 home win over White Ensign Res. A brace from Greg Molford was added to by David Stubbs and Oliver Tatton-Bennett strikes. Perry Osborne and substitute Chadrack-Kisoka Domingo netted for Ensign here.

Leigh Town won 2 – 0 at Roydon, thanks to strikes from Sam Irvine and Harry Payne. The success takes them 5th. Leaders Westhamians extended their lead to four points with a 2 – 1 success over Wakering Sports with Kenny Liddiard and Lewis Rix strikes seeing them to the win, Tom Vine netted for Sports.

 

EOFL Senior Four

In Senior Four, it was another strong weekend for the top teams. Corinthians added to their fine season with a 3 – 0 win at Catholic Utd Reserves. Leo Clarke, Jake Lang and Bill Wilton all netted to see the Stambridge-based side to victory. Dagenham Utd also won ‘on the road’ with a 2 – 1 victory over Canning Town Res with Mark McAuley and Lanre Sodeinde both finding the net.

Epping Town stayed fourth in the standings with a superb  7 – 2 win over strugglers Old Barkabbeyans. Glen Warwick led the way with a hat-trick with substitute William Weightman getting two and former Ilford pair Joe Killingback and Alex Paraskeva also notching. Lakeside Res also won, 3 – 2 at fellow mid-table side Galleywood Res with Harry Davison getting a brace and Brandon Booty also netting. Matthew Buckingham and Sam Rawlinson struck for the hosts but they fell to their third defeat this term.

Goals from Thomas Oliver and Corley Ross saw Shenfield AFC Res to a 2 – 1 victory over Buckhurst Hill’s second-string, who stay third. Finally, Toby Ressies comfortably defeated bottom side Leigh Ramblers Res 4 – 1 as Peter Spicer nabbed two while Charlie Ross and Leroy Sackey-Addoo also got on the score-sheet. Seb Allen got the solitary consolation for the Rams.