S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & EJC (Sat 27 Nov) [EOFL 21/22 29.11.21]

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

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 27 November. This week, the league action returned on a bigger scale this weekend.. Also includes results from Essex Junior Cup ties involving EOFL sides and results from Division Four & Five at the end of the article.
Many thanks for reading.

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Essex Olympian League Round-up – Saturday 27 November

EOFL Premier Division

It was another dramatic day of results in the Premier Division, as Basildon Town extended their lead at the summit to five points after winning an enthralling match at Leigh Ramblers 5 – 3. Marcus Bowers netted a fine treble for Town, with Rhys Fatt and Michael Onafuye also on target at Belfairs Park. Ramblers put up stubborn resistance and responded through strikes by Jack Unwin, Paul Hayes and substitute Cameron Jarvis. Nearest challengers Ongar Town fell to a 2 – 1 loss at improving Shenfield AFC, with Billy Calder on target for AFC there. Meanwhile, Hutton are back up to third spot after an important 1 – 0 win at Sungate, with Brad Freeman netting again for Matt Singh’s side.

Catholic Utd were among the goals this weekend but were held to a 3 – 3 draw by Canning Town in Beckton. Franklin Craik scored twice for Simon Thomas’ side, with Harrison Day also scoring first goal for the club. Utd remain 5th and Canning sit in 14th spot. Elsewhere, Rayleigh Town lost ground on the top three as they were narrowly beaten 1 – 0 by a resurgent Kelvedon Hatch at London Road. Sidney Walker netted the only goal for Darren Hunt’s side as they fortified seventh position. Also, Springfield got a fine 2 – 1 win at Old Southendian, thanks to goals by Elliot Scott and Quincy Warner. Mattias Tonking’s spot-kick was scant consolation for OS in a match played in terrible windy conditions at Garon Park. Lastly, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts went back up into the top ten with a 1 – 0 triumph at Harold Wood Athletic with Fred Francis on target for Craig Glashan’s team. ‘Wood are eight points adrift of Swifts and the top ten now.


EOFL Division One

In the second-tier, leaders Wakering Sports were held 2 – 2 at Epping Town. Mohammed Sesay and Ben Rowe struck for Mitchell Gleeson’s side, with Chris Gormley and Joe Rudkin replying for Stuart Hoskins’ team, who remain in ninth. Third-placed Corinthians were also denied three points as they were held to a goalless draw by bottom side Beacon Hill Rovers. Rovers’ closest rivals Snaresbrook lost 3 – 0 at Toby, with Ben Picton getting two goals and one from Harry Barham for Mark Jones’ side who remain in fourth. Old Chelmsfordians are in fifth after a superb 5 – 2 victory at Leigh Town. Charlie Portway hit two goals with Ryan Baxter, Joe Murphy and Karl Brown also finding the net for Scott Fleming’s side.

Meanwhile, Chingford Athletic also scored five in a 5 – 0 triumph at home to Herongate Athletic. Eren Muti continued his fine scoring run with a treble here, with Alexander Best and substitute Jed Arthur adding gloss to the scoreline.


EOFL Division Two

In Division Two, ACD Utd remain in second spot after a 4 – 0 victory at Manford Way. Samuel Payne, Warren Taylor, Jamie Alexandrou and Shaun Goodard all scored for Greg Knock’s team as they got their 10th win in the league this term. Harold Wood Athletic Res ended their losing run with a 1 – 0 success at Rochford Town. Josh Portway’s goal was enough to give Steve Hubbard’s side the points to rise up to ninth place. Lastly, Wakebury remain six points clear in third after a conclusive 6 – 0 win over May & Baker A at Nursery Sports Ground. Daniel Buglione struck twice with further goals being added by Max Hall, William Wheeler, Elliott Hutchinson-Khupe and Jack Glenister for Matt Cardy’s side.

Elsewhere, Hutton Res were involved in stellar match but it ended all-square with a 5 – 5 draw against Rayleigh Town Res at Polo Fields. Carl Dutton netted three goals for the hosts, with Brandon Stack and substitute Bailey Morris also both netting.

Other Results in Division Two:

AS Rawreth  1 – 3  Old Southendian Res  | The Warren

Harold Hill  7 – 3  Shoebury Town  | Noak Hill


Essex Junior Cup Results

Gosfield Utd Res 2 – 4  Catholic Utd Res

Hashtag Utd Development  5 – 1  Sungate Development

Old Chelmsfordians Res  0 – 1  Wormingford Wanderers

Wakering Sports Res  A – A  Springfield Res


EOFL Division Three

In Division Three, with the top three all in Essex Junior Cup action, Basildon Town Res went four points clear in fourth spot after a 4 – 1 victory over Hullbridge Res at Basildon Sports Club. The cast of scorers included Grant Cumming, Scott Cooper, Jay Thompson and replacement Jake Thomas. Sam Hayden got the solitary reply for the visitors but they remain in seventh. Buckhurst Hill U23 got a fine win, 4 – 0 at fellow strugglers Collier Row with Reece Tranter, Harry Maslin, Benito Crosara and Joe Strange all on the score-sheet. Finally, Pitsea Athletic remain in sixth spot after a pulsating 7 – 3 success over rivals Toby Res at Basildon Sports Village. Oliver Dingli grabbed another treble for the Toby side but Jason Stanhope netted twice and replacement Jaszime Johnson’s double for Pitsea was added to by Sean Devlin, Kwadwo Asante and Reece Stone as they completed a fine win.

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EOFL Divisions Four & Five Results

Division Four

Canning Town Res  1 – 5  Southend Manor Dev  | Bobby Moore Pavillion

Galleywood Res  1 – 5  Chingford Athletic Res  | Slades Lane

Ongar Town Res  4 – 3  Leytonstone Utd   | Melbourne Park 3G

Wakering Sports A   0 – 3  Roydon  | Cupid’s (Pitch 2)


Division Five

Herongate Athletic Res  H – W  AS Rawreth Res (Home Walkover)

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  3 – 2  Epping Town  | Silver Leys

Old Barkabbeyans 0 – 1 Pitsea Athletic Res  | Barking Abbey Sch 3G

Runwell Sports Res  3 – 3  Collier Row Res  | St Luke’s Park

Snaresbrook Res  3 – 2  Wakebury Res  | Nutters Field

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & EJC (Sat 6 Nov) [EOFL 21/22 8.11.21]

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

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 6 November. This week, the focus on League action remains, with this round-up focusing on the top four divisions, with results from Divisions Four, Five and the Essex Junior Cup.

Image is from Corinthians v Herongate Athletic late last month. Many thanks for reading.

Essex Olympian League Round-up – Saturday 6 November

EOFL Premier Division

In the Premier Division, there was a big day of results at the summit. Basildon Town lead the standings by a single point after a 2 – 0 home win against Shenfield AFC, thanks to goals from Ryan Scougall and substitute Marcus Bowers. Hutton went into second spot after a big 3 – 1 triumph over former leaders Ongar Town at Polo Fields. Eamon Payne scored for the visitors, but goals from George Nash, Sean O’Callaghan and George Ezekiel saw Hutton a big three points. Ongar dropped to fourth as Rayleigh Town got their biggest win in many a match with a huge 9 – 0 triumph over Harold Wood Athletic at London Road. Harry Talbot got five goals himself here for Paul Higgins’ side, with Charlie Seaden adding two and Jack Long and George Vile also on target to complete a memorable day for the hosts. Harold Wood remain second-bottom.

Elsewhere, Galleywood went up to eighth spot after a 6 – 2 success against bottom side Canning Town. Thomas Watling got another double to continue his superb season, with Ryan Scott, Diogo Viveiros, Jack Chatterway and Ben Smith all adding one each for Mark O’Sullivan’s side. Bishop’s Stortford Swifts went into the top ten after a 5 – 2 win at Springfield, with Sam Chaney reaching ten league goals for the season after his brace here for Swifts. James Baughurst, Adam Palmer and Jordan Trott also scored for Craig Glashan’s team. Muyiwa Osenie and Joe Kiff’s spot-kick replied for the hosts but they remain 12th.

The remaining saw Catholic Utd defeat Leigh Ramblers 2 – 0 and Sungate win 3 – 0 at home to Kelvedon Hatch. Sungate and Utd remain in fifth and sixth places respectively as part of a top seven that is only separated by eight points.


EOFL Division One

In the second-tier, Wakering Sports lead the table by two points after a 2 – 1 victory at home to Chingford Athletic. Matthew Catlin and substitute Callum Burns-Green got the goals to overturn Andrew Omusi’s goal for Chingford and send Mitchell Gleeson’s side to their seventh win this term. Runwell Sports are second despite being held 2 – 2 by Snaresbrook. Herongate Athletic rose to third spot after a narrow 1 – 0 win over struggling Beacon Hill Rovers at Billericay Road. Dominique Momba-Simos got a debut goal for Billy Cove’s side. Corinthians are in fourth spot after a 1 – 1 draw at Old Chelmsfordians. Bailey Moss scored for the South Essex side, with Charlie Portway again netting for OC’s, who go up to sixth.


EOFL Division Two

Now into Division Two, Harold Hill remain three points clear at the summit, thanks to a 2 – 0 victory at Harold Wood Athletic Res. Harry Agombar and Peter Tyler got the goals to see Mark Ellis’ team to yet another win in their impressive campaign. ACD Utd did get back to winning ways with a thumping 7 – 0 success over Rochford Town at Westlands. Jacob Dingli and Jamie Alexandrou both got doubles here for Greg Knock’s team, with Michael Wade, Jake Noble and replacement Samuel Payne also scoring to make Utd’s goal difference more favourable than anyone else in the division. Shoebury Town got an important 4 – 2 win at Wakebury with player-boss Garry Johnson back amongst the goals as he scored twice here, with Luke Bull and substitute Steven Valente also on the score-sheet to keep Shoebury in sixth spot. In other action, Rayleigh Town Res won 2 – 1 at AS Rawreth while Old Southendian Ressies narrowly defeated Hutton Res 2 – 1 at Garon Park. Finally, May & Baker A  got another fine win as they defeated Manford Way 4 – 1.


EOFL Division Three

In Division Three, there were three league matches this week. With the top three all in Essex Junior Cup action, Toby Res won the battle of the nearest challengers as they defeated Basildon Town Res 6 – 2 in Newbury Park. Ollie Dingli led the way with a fine treble, with Mike Nichols, Louis Hill and an OG completed the scoring for Toby’s second side who reduced the gap to their opponents to one point but remain 4th. Hullbridge Sports Res got a second straight victory with a 3 – 0 triumph at Leigh Town Res. Michael Clark netted twice for the visitors, with Harry Mole also on target to send ‘Bridge up to sixth. Finally, Corinthians Res drew 1 – 1 with Collier Row with the result leaving both sides still in the bottom three.


Essex Junior Cup

Buckhurst Hill U23  3 – 6  Haver Town

Cressing Utd  2 – 1  Pitsea Athletic

Hashtag Utd Dev  6 – 0  Crookz Utd (Goals got)

Kelvedon Social  4 – 3  Roydon

Leytonstone Utd  4 – 7  Old Chelmsfordians Res

Ongar Town Res  0 – 7  Wakering Sports Res

Ramon Rovers  0 – 3  Springfield Res

Rowhedge  1 – 2  Sungate Dev.  (AET)

Thorpe Athletic  1 – 7  Catholic Utd Res


EOFL Division Four

Chingford Athletic Res  4 – 1  Canning Town Res  | Town Mead

Southend Manor Dev. 1 – 0 Galleywood Res  | Southchurch Park

Wakering Sports A  2 – 3  Shenfield AFC Res  | Cupid’s CC (PitcH 2)


EOFL Division Five

Epping Town Res  1 – 1  Snaresbrook Res   | Epping UC Rugby Club

Pitsea Athletic Res  5 – 4  Collier Row Res  | Basildon Sports Village

Runwell Sports Res  6 – 0  Wakebury Res   | St Luke’s Park


And in Herts Junior Cup

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  6 – 0  Bullys Crusaders

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 30 Oct) [EOFL 21/22 31.10.21]


Corinthians’ Jake Hodder on the ball [Taken from Corinthians v Herongate 30.10.21]

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

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 30 October. This week, the focus on League action remains, with this round-up focusing on the top four divisions, with results from Division Four & Five. I also attended a match in the EOFL this weekend, more on that in the Division One section.
Many thanks for reading.


EOFL Premier Division

In the Premier Division, Ongar Town remain at the summit after a 5 – 0 win at Kelvedon Hatch. Joe Lilly notched twice for Richard Ponsford’s side, with Eamon Payne, Mitchell McCabe and Jack Zielinski all scoring to also go joint-top in terms of goals scored this term. Kelvedon remain eighth. Basildon Town are still second after they won 3 – 1 at Canning Town. Graham Harrison got another two goals and replacement Antony Aylett confirmed the win for Marcus Bowers’ side in Beckton. Meanwhile, Hutton are just a point further back in third spot after a superb 5 – 0 triumph at Leigh Ramblers. The ensemble cast of Stpehen Judge, George Nash, Sean O’Callaghan, Luke Ricketts and substitute Jack Shaw all contributed a goal each to see Matt Singh’s side to victory.

Rayleigh Town also stayed as they were in fourth place after a good 2 – 0 triumph away at Catholic Utd. Liam Oliver netted both goals to take his League tally up to nine for the season already. The ‘Super Hoops’ fell to seventh after this result, six points adrift of the top three. Old Southendian got their sixth win of the campaign as they won 2 – 0 against strugglers Harold Wood Athletic at Garon Park. Strikes by Ed Gould and Mattias Tonking were enough to see Altar Ali’s side maintain their good start to this term as they rise to fifth.

Also, Springfield got their first win under new boss Francesco Zabotti as they won 2 – 1 at Shenfield AFC, which moved them up two places to 12th, while Sungate were held to a 2 – 2 draw with Galleywood.


EOFL Division One

In the second-tier, Toby were the big movers up the standings with a 4 – 1 triumph at home to Beacon Hill Rovers. Doubles for Ben Picton and Albert Perry were enough to see Toby up to third after their third win in their last four matches. Beacon Hill remain second-bottom in the table after five straight defeats. In the match that I attended this weekend, Corinthians fought back well to claim a 2 – 2 draw against fellow top six side Herongate Athletic at Stambridge Memorial Ground. Herongate had Martin Llewellyn’s double to thank for an early lead, but as the match went on the hosts got stronger and goals from Jordan Stoneham and Leo Clarke levelled things up but Ath defended well to claim a point. For more on this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/10/30/s21-22-match-report-corinthians-2-2-herongate-athletic-sat-30-oct-eofl/ 

Elsewhere in the division, Chingford Athletic got another home win, this time defeating Leigh Town 2 – 1. The win takes Declan Murphy’s Chingford side up to fifth on goal difference, just ahead of Herongate and Old Chelmsfordians, who defeated bottom side Snaresbrook 2 – 0 at Lawford Lane. Finally, Runwell Sports got another win as they defeated Epping Town 2 – 1 at Epping Rugby club. Andrew Smith netted for Town here, but they remain 9th with Runwell now going level on points with leaders Wakering Sports, with Rob Hogdson’s side having played a game more.


EOFL Division Two

Now into Division Two, we have new leaders in Harold Hill after they comprehensively won 7 – 0 at Rayleigh Town Res. Harry Agombar netted a fine hat-trick, with Tommy Foster adding a brace plus Peter Tyler and Matthew Harris also netted for Mark Ellis’ side. Hill are three points clear of ACD Utd, who lost their unbeaten record, as they lost 2 – 1 at Wakebury. Strikes by Max Hall and Harry Kateley were enough to claim a big win for Matt Cardy’s side, overturning a rare goal by player-boss Greg Knock. The win sees the Berries fortify third spot, six points clear of Manford Way, who got a 3 – 0 success over Old Southendian Reserves in NE London.

Meanwhile, Hutton Res got their first win of the season after a 5 – 2 success at home to May & Baker A at Polo Fields. The visitors had to field May & Baker First team boss Jordan Harris in goal for the majority of the match (one of those great stories in Grassroots football) but Hutton did claim the points as Jude Keeling notched a treble and Carl Dutton got the other two goals to claim a morale-boosting win for the hosts. Finally, in their bottom-of-the-table match, AS Rawreth got a narrow 1 – 0 win at Rochford Town and end their six-match losing run. Harold Wood Athletic Ressies’ match with Shoebury Town was postponed, presumably due to a waterlogged pitch.


EOFL Division Three

In Division Three, Hashtag Utd Development opened up a seven-point cushion in third spot after a 4 – 0 triumph at Pitsea Athletic. Tony Stevens and Kai Warren struck to bolster their position, before late strikes by Samuel Pratt and replacement Charlie Drew sealed the win. Pitsea remain mid-table, a point ahead of Hullbridge Sports Res who got their third win of the season after a 3 – 1 success against Toby Res at Lower Road. Jay knight, Harry Mole and Michael Clark all netted to give the hosts the points. Elsewhere, Catholic Utd Res made it ten wins from ten matches after a 2 – 1 win at Leigh Town Res. Plus, Wakering Sports Res stayed in second on goal difference after winning 5 – 1 at home to Corinthians Res at Cupid’s. Collier Row’s match with Basildon Town Ressies was postponed, due to waterlogged surface at Forest Row.


EOFL Division Four Results

Canning Town Res 1 – 4  Leytonstone Utd  | Bobby Moore Pavillon

Galleywood Res  5 – 3 Sungate Dev.   |  Clarkes Field

Roydon  1 – 0  Southend Manor Dev.   | Roydon Playing Fields

Shenfield AFC Res  2 – 0  Old Chelmsfordians Res  | Warley Playing Fields

Springfield Res  1 – 4  Chingford Athletic Res  | Arun Close

Wakering Sports A  P – P Ongar Town Res  | Cupid’s CC (Pitch 2)


EOFL Division Five Results

AS Rawreth Res  A – W  Pitsea Athletic Res  | Away Walkover

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  H – W  Pitsea Athletic Res  | Home Walkover

Herongate Athletic Res  2 – 3 Wakebury Res  | Billericay Road

Old Barkabbeyans  8 – 1  Epping Town Res  | Barking Abbey Sch 3G


And in Herts Senior Centenary Trophy

Codicote  3 – 5  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  | John Clement Memorial Ground

S21-22 Match Report: Corinthians 2 – 2 Herongate Athletic (Sat 30 Oct) [EOFL 30.10.21]

Essex Olympian League – Division One

Venue: Stambridge Memorial Ground

2021-22 Season: Match 37

Attendance: 15 (Est)

Saturday 30th October 2021 – 2pm KO

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

Herongate: Yellow Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks


Herongate GK Nick Wilson (far left) about to blast ball up field

Herongate resist Corinthians comeback to claim a point at Stambridge

Corinthians  2 – 2 Herongate Athletic

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

This weekend’s game was an interesting battle in Essex Olympian League Division One, which saw Corinthians welcome Herongate Athletic to Stambridge. The hosts were missing full-back Brad Smith and goal-hungry forward Bailey Moss through injury, and were missing several other regulars. They did field regular stopper Nathan Warren in goal, with a back four of Ollie Brickwood, Bill Wilton, skipper Alfie Knight and veteran Sammy Ayres. Damien Siemienczuk led the line, with chief support coming from Jake Hodder, Leo Clarke and Jordan Stoneham. Options from the sidelines were limited but midfielder Connor Peralta and forward Brad Read were available. Herongate were managed here by Kurt Smith, with boss Billy Cove away. They had Nick Wilson between the posts with a defence of Calum Doyle, Joseph Fogarty, Wayne Bowers and Reece Brandon, who captained the team. Martin Llewellyn led the forward line but two eye-catching signings made by Ath this week were forwards Kieran Southgate and Carl Mullings, who have both played for Takeley in the Essex Senior this season.

We certainly were not short of goalmouth action in this match. That action started merely a couple of minutes in as Herongate’s rapid forward Kieran Southgate was advancing towards goalkeeper Nathan Warren, only to be felled in the area as adjudged by referee Frank Holland. Centre forward Martin Llewellyn stepped up and blasted a superb spot-kick right in the top right corner, giving Warren no chance of preventing it going in. Herongate did have the better of the early moments as Corinthians found it tough to defend against the quick forward play of their visitors. Carl Mullings slotted wide of Warren’s goal on five minutes and this let-off did spur the hosts into a response. Midfielder Cameron Glover was unlucky to see his fine low strike cannon off the right-side post with visiting custodian Nick Wilson beaten, but forward Leo Clarke could only fire the follow-up shot narrowly wide.



In what was a really quick start to this enterprising match, Corinthians maintained the pressure on ten minutes as forward Jake Hodder saw a glimmer of goal blocked so he fed Clarke but his well-struck strike was denied well by Wilson’s foot. Perhaps realising that they needed further goals, Herongate did pour forward again and got a very good second goal on 18 minutes. After a good initial run down the right flank by forward Dominic Stephens, he played in Southgate who sent in a teasing floated cross from right touch-line, which Llewellyn controlled well and fired past Warren into the left-sided corner of the goal. At this point, the thing that seperated these two good sides was clinical finishing on the part of Herongate.

Leo Clarke fires a shot at goal for Corinthians

However, this time Corinthians replied on the score-sheet within three minutes. Herongate momentarily switched off defensively with allowed midfielder Jordan Stoneham the time to get his strike low at goal away and it found the left corner, past Wilson. The hosts were keen to erase Ath’s lead before the interval but a combination of poor finishing and strong defending, led by Herongate skipper Reece Brandon meant that they had to also focus on defensive duties with Mullings & Southgate a threat down the flanks for Kurt Smith’s side here. The hosts were relieved to see another Llewellyn effort on goal go wide nine minutes before the break as they were being opened up defensively by some telling passes by Ath.

Half-Time: Corinthians  1 – 2 Herongate Ath


Herongate’s Carl Mullings turns to launch another forward pass

Corinthians were a bit frustrated at the interval at being behind but took full advantage a minute after the restart of an errant clearance from Ath ‘keeper Wilson which found Clarke and the quick-thinking forward did well to curl home a strike from twenty yards which evaded the grasp of the Herongate stopper. How fast a match can change, the hosts now being level. It must be said though that Herongate defended really well at times as after another swift counter by the hosts, strikes by Hodder and Clarke were denied by good blocks by covering defenders. Just a minute shy of the hour mark, Wilson did parry wide another strike by Clarke. Midway through the half, perhaps fortune shone on the visitors as Glover had a goal chalked off for an off-side.


Soon after Mullings had sent another strike wide of goal, Wilson was sin-binned by the referee after responding too strongly in the eyes of the ref to what he felt was a foul on him. Substitute Aaron Waters had to go in goal for that ten minutes but even then, the hosts couldn’t test the ‘keeper enough, which was an issue throughout this match you could debate for Corinthians. The short answer is that Herongate expended a lot of energy through good defending, including some last-ditch tackles to claim the point that the hosts will feel that Herongate may have been fortunate to get. I believe that Herongate will be happy with the draw they got in a match which was a good advert for this competitive division.


Full-Time: Corinthians  2 – 2  Herongate Athletic

To summarise, I felt both sides contributed heavily to to a very good, rapid encounter. Corinthians did well to recover from what was a poor start by their standards, but ultimately their finishing wasn’t good enough here, despite some very good forward moves. Herongate were arguably more clinical in their finishing although they had quite a bit of defending to do in the second period.


In terms of performances, there was a lot of players who had good matches today. For the hosts, I felt forward Jake Hodder had another very good performance down the left side, with his pace, passing and keeness to get past the last defender. Only good defending stopped him from scoring today I feel. Fellow forward Leo Clarke also was a big outlet for Corinthians here, he took his goal well but was again stifled well by a well-drilled Ath backline. Also deserving of mentions are centre-back Alfie Knight who kept his side in it before the break with important interceptions and good positioning, while midfielder Jordan Stoneham had a good game, scored one and could have assisted well on another day too.

For Herongate, I thought Brandon Kelly had an excellent match, both in centre midfield and later in the match, in central defence. His positioning was good, his work rate was very good and passing wasn’t bad either. Forward Kieran Southgate had a really strong game too, proving a real threat down the right channel with pace and movement and his assist for second goal was very good. Skipper Reece Brandon had a good game in defence too and forward Martin Llewellyn deserves a mention too for his work rate, aerial ability and finishing.

Best wishes to both teams for the rest of the campaign.


Corinthians  | Manager: Chris Stoneham  | Assistant: Graham Owen

Starting XI: 1 Nathan Warren (GK), 2 Ollie Brickwood, 3 Bill Wilton, 4 Sammy Ayres, 6 Alfie Knight, 5 Cameron Glover, 8 Matt Burrell, 7 Jordan Stoneham, 9 Damien Siemienczuk, 10 Leo Clarke, 11 Jake Hodder

Goal-scorers: Jordan Stoneham [21′], Leo Clarke [46′]

Sub On: Connor Peralta [86′]

Booked: Wilton | Subs Not Used: Moneghan, Read


Herongate Athletic  | Interim Manager: Kurt Smith  |  Assistant: George Young

Starting XI: 1 Nick Wilson (GK), 2 Calum Doyle, 3 Joseph Fogarty, 4 Jack Main, 5 Wayne Bowers, 6 Reece Brandon (Capt), 7 Carl Mullings, 8 Brandon Kelly, 9 Martin Llewellyn, 10 Dominic Stephens, 11 Kieran Southgate

Goal-scorer: Martin Llewellyn [pen 2′ & 18′]

Subs On: 12 Alex Newton [56′], 15 Aaron Waters [56′], 14 Ben Clarke [69′]

Booked: Kelly | Sin-Bin: Wilson [75′] | Subs Not Used: Garfinkle, Smith


Referee: Frank Holland

Guest Blog: Essex Alliance League Round-up (Wk 10 – Sat 23 Oct) [EAL 21-22 25.10.21]

Hello and welcome to the latest action from the Essex Alliance League, which continues on this blog this season under the “Guest Blog” strand.  This edition looks at the action across the League divisions and action in the Fenton Cup & Fenton Trophy on Saturday 23 October. My thanks to the EAL’s Rob Parker. This round-up is posted with the author’s permission with additional reporting by Scott W. Thanks for reading.

Guest Blog written by Rob Parker for EAL  [EAL Twitter: @EssexAllianceFL]

Essex Alliance League Round-up- Sat 23 October

FENTON CUP 

It was a busy cup weekend in the Essex Alliance League on Saturday with the Fenton Cup and Trophy taking centre stage and, although there were no big cup shocks, some near misses did occur. Unbeaten Senior Division side, Jolof Sports, almost endured a big shock as Ilford Reserves from Division One held them to a 2 – 2 draw through Rhys Clements and Seghei Scupoi efforts. But Jolof held their nerve in the shootout to win 3 – 0. 

There was a similarly close game over in Hackney where Division One’s Renegade were facing Senior opposition in the shape of Tower United. The game saw a five goal thriller with Tower edging through into the second round with a 3 – 2 win. Bashir Ali scored a hat-trick and proved the match winner on the day. 

Another Division One side, Kwanzas London Sport, were also facing up to a two division deficit as they travelled to Lakeside to take on another Senior Division side in the shape of Rapid Chingford. It was the higher ranked side who prevailed from the tie, winning 5 – 2 to take their spot in round two of the competition.

Oakside were the highest scorers of the day as they faced fellow Premier Division side, All Prospects, over at Fairlop Oak. ‘Side were in fine form in front of goal with Luke Caston striking five goals, Darnyl Stanley scored a hat-trick, Mussa Jamanca scored twice and one apiece from Jack Swaby, Demi Elegushi, Kieren Huddart and Sam Blackholly confirmed a thumping 14 – 0 win. 

Leyton Royal were also in goal scoring form on Saturday facing up to third tier opposition in Hainault with Forest Green the visitors to Fairlop Oak seeking to cause a surprise. But Royal were too clinical on the day with Bogdan Toana and George Mirea scoring twice and singles from Florin Porceanu, Vlad Farcas, Tamer-Andrei Bogdan and Marian Nedelea completing an 8 – 1 victory. 

Premier Division leaders, Frenford A, are into the hat for the second round themselves, extending their great start into the cup competitions with a hard fought victory at home against Wapping in Ilford. Kingsley Morris netted for Wapping but Frenford goals from Isima Iguisi and Adam Andrade were the difference for the hosts who won it 2 – 1. 

FC Baresi were in Preliminary Round action on Saturday with a tough looking tie ahead of them against one of the Premier Division high-flyers, North East Lions, in the Crooked Billet derby match. The Senior Division side made no mistake however and were comfortable 3 – 0 victors on the day as Tyreece Robinson continued his form with two more goals and Abdirahman Sabriye netted also. 

Also in First Round action were Woodford East who comfortably defeated Chigwell Town 7 – 2 at Hackney Marshes. Lucio Uare led the way for Halil Hassan’s side with a treble, with the support on the goalscorers’ sheet coming from Keiran Bruns, Ben Smith, Frank Glock and John Gilley. Chigwell responded therough strikes from Leon Harris and Wesley Adeyemi but exited the competition.

Also into the hat for round two are London Cranes who faced familiar opposition again, taking on Athletic Newham Under 23s for the second time in as many weeks, following up their big league win last time out with a 4-1 victory on Saturday. The experienced Mathius Sendawula struck twice with Dennis Mahadha and Muhammad Mutesasira also on target to render Luis Reinoso’s effort as just consolation. 

FENTON TROPHY 

In the Fenton Trophy, there were again no shocks based on league position aside from narrow victories. Division Two’s Loughton Lions put themselves into the second round as they faced a tricky trip to Division Three’s Old Barkabbeyans Reserves. Barks’ goals from Jarode Mbungu and Robbie Osborne made the game competitive but Lions squeezed through 3-2 to continue their run. 

It was a similar story for Division Four’s Fairlop Rovers Reserves who went into their clash at Division Three Glendale with confidence after a strong league start but found themselves three down through Dales goals from Mouhamed Gueye, Attila Szabo and an own goal. But Rovers rallied well, scoring twice to make the ending nervous but it proved not quite enough with the game ending 3 – 2. 

The Fairlop Rovers first team had a far more routine afternoon but didn’t have everything their way, taking on Division Four’s Avondale Rangers in Hainault. Two Rangers’ goals from William Cloakley and one each from Johnson Santos and Jake Clarke made things interesting but a Rovers hat-trick in reply from Jack Kibblewhite, two from Sam Beaman and one each from Ellis Simmonds, Kian Millward-Burton, Harry Oliver and Dylan Scutt ended the game 10 – 4 in the hosts’ favour. 

The theme of goals continued over in Newbury Park where Old Esthameians ensured themselves of a place in the second round of the competition as they secured a big 9 – 3 home win over Emerson & Upminster A. Carl Holroyd’s brace and a Bradlee Birch effort accounted for the Emerson goals but those efforts were not enough as E’s struck regularly to win it. It was a good day for all of the other Division Two sides also as Ryan Under 23s made safe passage through to the next round themselves, returning home from their trip to Rainham with a 7-3 win under their belts against Newham Royals. They now play host to Old E’s in the last sixteen in the coming weeks. 

After a difficult last couple of weeks for the club, Newbury East showed some improved form in the cup on Saturday but were eventually knocked out of the competition with defeat at home to Unitey in Newbury Park despite a Mohammed Janneh goal. Mohammed Abaker and Brandon Fulton goals for the visitors in reply edged the game 2-1 to see Unitey through safely in the end. 

Division Two’s Redbridge Community had to overcome lower division opposition on Saturday with the visit of Flyers Under 23s to Castle Green with Redbridge starting to show some real form this season. They were able to confirm a solid 7-2 win as Akiljo Balliu bagged a hat-trick while Tevini French scored twice and singles form Suny Jadeja and Frankie Francis completed a good showing. 

There was also a really strong performance from the new Saints of St Francis who made their competitive bow this term with a home fixture against Newham & Havering Borough at the Flats and were emphatic 8-0 winners. Codey Cosgrave, Godwill Kumpana and Jaiden Belfon all scored braces with Chavez Rose-Sterling and Peter Luvualu efforts rounding off a positive performance. 

The sole Preliminary Round action was an action packed affair as Together United made the short trip around the Crooked Billet roundabout to take on FC Baresi Under 23s at the Britannia. A seven goal thriller ensued with Maamoon Khan, Harrez Aliane and Ronnie Kabongo all finding the back of the net for FC Baresi but those efforts proved not quite enough as United edged it 4-3 themselves. 


SENIOR DIVISION 

Aside from the cup football action, there was a sprinkling of league football also with two big results in the Senior Division affecting top and bottom. CSM London picked up a hugely important win in their quest to move away from danger, winning at title chasing Lymore Gardens in a 3-1 scoreline. Goals from Ayodeji Adelekan, Munnir Saad and Chris Anele proved enough to take a second win. And if that result wasn’t exciting enough for you, the game over at Noak Hill produced a ten-goal thriller as hosts FC Petrocub were paid a visit by struggling Blue Marlin, both sides showing some improved form of late. The game ended in an incredible 5 – 5 draw as Lindsey Marsh struck a hat-trick for Marlin, Triston Foster and Scott Campbell netting the others to take a vital point. 


PREMIER DIVISION 

With others around them in cup action, Crookz United used that to their advantage, moving up a number of places in the Premier Division to fifth following a solid 4  -2 win away at Eastside in familiar surroundings. That was United’s second win of the season and positions them well in the race for promotion into the National League System. 


DIVISION ONE 

In Division One, the gap at the top is down to just goal difference once again as Cowley Community moved level with the leaders on points after scooping their fourth league win of the campaign, defeating Newham Wanderers 4 – 0 in Newbury Park. Chris Wright scored twice for the hosts with Aiden Gentle and Lekan Bakare also one the scoresheet. Two of the division’s in-form sides also secured important wins with RCXI just two points off the pace and sitting third after defeating Francis Luke in a close game at the Marshes. RCXI overcame two Jahvarn Steward goals for Luke with a Oluwaseun Koya brace and one apiece from Derek Feyi and Omololu Onabolu to win it 4 – 2. 

Wanstead’s impressive start shows no end anytime soon and they had Edson Lami to thank once again as he scored a hat-trick in a 5-2 win away at  Something From Nothing. Zoltan Balogh also got in on the act with a brace as their side confirmed a third league win from three this season and sit in fourth, well in sight of those above.  Giovanni Alberto got both goals for SfN.


DIVISION TWO 

There were two thrillers in the fourth tier with Emerson & Upminster Reserves combined with Royal Forest for a game of nine goals, the teams beginning the day level on six points in mid-table. But by the end, Emerson had moved three points clear, confirming a third league win through goals from Ross Braybrooke, Aaron Costello, Sonny scott, Tobi Onafeko and Joshua Gibbins to edge it 5 – 4. 

Two unbeaten sides went head to head in the division’s other fixture with FHN Athletic’s solid start put to the test against leaders Rainham Working Mens Club on Saturday. Another close game saw Kieran McKoy on target for FHN but that goal was not quite enough as Cameron Shakes and Sean Tormey efforts turned the match in favour of the Workies who won it 2 – 1 to stay top. 


DIVISION THREE 

The six-point club gained another member in Division Three on Saturday where Melbourne Sports were able to secure their second win of the season, defeating ASA 3-1 at the Marshes and moving above their opponents to move into eighth in the process. 


DIVISION FOUR 

There was just the one game in Division Four over the weekend where the leaders, Chingford Harriers, were in action with a home fixture against Sporting Pillars, both sides having made perfect starts to their seasons – something had to give. The two sides were well matched and couldn’t be separated, finishing 2-2 with Darlington Ojo’s brace ensuring Harriers stay top while Pillars enhanced their credentials for a title tilt. 


Fixtures for Saturday 30 October (Top Two tiers only)

In Senior Division

Chigwell Town v Leyton Royal | London Marathon Spts Grd

DT FC v Lymore Gardens | Harlow Arena 3G

Kit Out London v FC Baresi | Noak Hill 3G

Tower Utd v Rapid Chingford | Mabley Green 3G

Wodford East v CSM London | Hackney Marshes


In Premier Division

Athletic Newham U23 v Wapping | Flanders Playing Fields

Dagenham Utd v Frenford A | Castle Green Leisure Green

Eastside v All Prospects | Peter May Sports Centre, Walthamstow

London Park City v London Cranes | Seven Kings Sch 3G

Oakside v North East Lions | Fairlop Oak Playing Fields

S21-22 Match Report: Rochford Town 3 – 5 Wakebury (Sat 9 Oct) [EOFL 21/22 9.10.21]

Essex Olympian League – Division Two

Venue: Rochford Recreation Ground

2021-22 Season: Match 30

Attendance: 15 (Est)

Saturday 9th October 2021 – 2pm KO

Rochford: Red & Yellow Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Wakebury: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks


Wakebury’s goal power sees them to good win at Rochford Town

Rochford Town  3 – 5  Wakebury

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

This weekend I did well to even keep my record of Saturday matches going (being honest) as I elected for this local Essex Olympian League Division Two match between my local club Rochford Town and visitors Wakebury. The hosts got a crucial win last week and fielded Elliott Pattison in goal, with a defensive four of Keaton Holyland, Alex Gray, Jack Clarke and Jamie Skinner. Club stalwart Freddie Pettitt skippered the side, with Harry Ford and Luke Jackson leading the forward line. Wakebury were missing a few players here, including injured goalkeeper Josh Harrison and forward Ibrahim Kagbanda. We did see a rare start for assistant boss Dan Blewett in goal, with a back three of Jack Smith, Elliott Hutchinson-Khupe and Ben Perry. Sam Rowe and Kofi Gyamfi were the wing-backs, with Max Hall and Harry Kateley leading the attack.

We didn’t have to wait long for the chances to start cropping up in this one. Five minutes in, a  Wakebury long throw by Sam Rowe found forward Max Hall lurking at the back post only for his header to be well-denied by home custodian Elliott Pattison. Rochford were looking lively through the middle with midfielder Matt Welsh and forward Luke Jackson getting on the ball and it was Jackson who was involved in the opening goal. A decent break by the hosts saw Jackson find strike partner Harry Ford who evaded a less than stringent visiting defence before slotting in from a wide angle, low past stand-in Berries goalkeeper Dan Blewett and into the far corner on seven minutes. Given their good record on scoring goals, Wakebury responded strongly, with both Max Hall and Harry Kateley blazing over the woodwork with half-chances in the next phase of the game. At the midway point of the half, Kateley was denied again by Pattison but you sensed there was a goal in the offing.


Moments later, said goal did materalise as forward Max Hall continued his fine goal-scoring season with a fine strike into the top corner, giving Pattison little chance. Things rather turned for the home side at that point, and on the stroke of the half-hour the Berries took the lead from the penalty spot. Hall stepped up and his strike from twelve yards just got past Pattison into the left corner of the net. Jim Cooper’s side were not impressed with the penalty decision and in just a few minutes, they had two players in the sin-bin. Wakebury sought to make the most of that advantage, with the hosts temporarily down to nine men as forward Will Wheeler dragged his shot on goal wide of Pattison’s goal when well-poised to score. If that was a fortunate escape for Town, they had no such reprieve just before the interval.

Wheeler was in on goal again after getting the better of a re-jigged home defence and this time, Wheeler’s radar was on-song as he connected well with another low strike which found the left corner. It was a decent comeback by Matt Cardy’s side, despite a few nervous moments defensively. Rochford started well but couldn’t keep their passing rhythm for long periods of the half as the match did become rather scrappy at times.

Half-Time: Rochford 1 – 3 Wakebury


Wakebury really put themselves in a comanding position soon after the interval as they got a fourth goal. Good running by wing-back Kofi Gyamfi down the right channel found Kateley whose initial strike came back off the woodwork. But in the next attacking phase, substitute Danny Buglione powered home a strike which Pattison misjudged and it sailed low into the net. To their credit, Rochford responded at the other end as Ford found himself in on goal with only Blewett to bypass, but his scuffed effort was gathered by the veteran stopper. That missed oppurtunity was telling as the visitors added to the pain for their hosts with a fifth goal on 53 minutes. A good move involving Sam Rowe found opposite wing-back Gyamfi who powered home low into the net to crown off a good game for him.

The home side were still keen to get themselves back into the contest with just half hour to play as jackson narrowly fired wide after a good pass in by Welsh who broke well down the right channel. The open-ended match continued  as Pattison did well to deny Hall a treble, and club stalwart Chris Gore headed over as well. Those nervy moments for the visiting backline were still apparent though, as winger Bobby Anderson stole in but couldn’t beat the goalkeeper. As we entered the fnal third of the match, Jackson’s cross was headed on by Wakebury centre-back Elliott Hutchinson-Khupe but the fall fell to Ford who couldnt get his strike away on goal. To be fair to the hosts, they did merit another goal for their efforts and with 15 minutes remaining, skipper Freddie Pettitt advanced into the box, got in first before his marker and fizzed home a strike high into the net evading Blewett.


The visitors were still looking enterprising going forward at this point as well, as Buglione fired a shot wide with about ten minutes remaining. Wakebury had to finish the match with ten men as replacement PJ O’Hanlon was dismissed for two bookings. Rochford did grab another goal in added time as a fine free-kick by Harry Ford was powerfully struck into the right-side corner of the goal for his second goal of the game, only for the goal celebration by Jackson to land the latter in further trouble as the referee duly handed out the red card. It was a glib note to end what was a really entertaining match which showed both sides have goals in them, though Matt Cardy’s side again showed that their goal power was good much to reign in.


Full-Time: Rochford Town  3 – 5  Wakebury

To summarise, Wakebury did well to overcome early jitters and falling behind to get themselves ahead in the match, as the hosts were stifled by two players being sent to the sin-bin before half-time. The Berries extended their lead at start of the second period and despite a commendable effort by Rochford to get back into the game, it was Matt Cardy’s side who emerged victorious.

For stand-out performances here, the victors Wakebury were indebted to two-goal forward Max Hall who did really show his energy, pace and finishing today, although the sevond goal from the penalty spot just evaded Town stopper Pattison. Quick forward Will Wheeler also grew into the game and took his goal well and also showed good passing to build attacking moves. Forward Harry Kateley also did well in possession and was unfortunate to not score here, and wing-back Kofi Gyamfi also showed very good energy levels and took his goal well. For Rochford, the forward pair of Harry Ford and Luke Jackson both gave the visiting defence some nervy moments, with Ford notching two good goals and Jackson stretching the visiting defence with pace and energy. Midfielder Matt Welsh also showed good dribbling and passing and was their key outlet in the middle of the park, plus captain Freddie Pettitt put in a good shift for his side and took his goal well. A word also for Town ‘keeper Elliott Pattison who made some decent saves to keep his team in the game.

Best wishes to both teams for the rest of the campaign.



Teams

Rochford Town  | Manager: Jim Cooper  |

Starting XI: 1 Elliott Pattison (GK), 14 Keaton Holyland, 3 Alex Gray, 5 Jack Clarke, 6 Jamie Skinner, 4 Freddie Pettitt (Capt), 8 Matt Welsh, 7 Max Harrington, 9 Harry Ford, 10 Luke Jackson, 11 Bobby Anderson

Goal-scorer: Harry Ford [7′, 90’+2], Freddie Pettitt [74′],

Subs On: 12 Matthew Pettitt [45′], 15 Owen Pedder [66′]

Booked: F Pettitt  | Sin-Binned: Skinner, Jackson | Sent Off: Jackson  | Subs Not Used: Cooper, Hare


Wakebury | Manager: Matt Cardy  |  Assistant: Gareth Cleverly

Starting XI: 1 Dan Blewett (GK), 3 Jack Smith, 5 Elliott Hutchinson-Khupe, 6 Ben Perry, 2 Kofi Gyamfi, 11 Sam Rowe, 4 Chris Gore (Capt), 8 Harrison Grant, 7 Will Wheeler, 9 Max Hall, 10 Harry Kateley

Goal-scorers: Max Hall [24′ & pen 29′], Will Wheeler [45′], Danny Buglione [47′], Kofi Gyamfi [53′]

Subs On: Peter-James (PJ) O’Hanlon [13′], Danny Buglione [46′]

Booked: Perry, Khupe, Smith | Sent Off: O’Hanlon | Sub Not Used: Lewis


Referee: Kenneth Goff

S21-22 Match Report: DT FC 5 – 2 Chadwell Heath Spartans (Tues 28 Sept) [EAL 21/22 29.9.21]

Essex Alliance League – Senior Division

Venue: Harlow Arena [3G]

2021-22 Season: Match 27

Tuesday 28 September 2021 – 7.45pm KO

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

CH Spartans: Grey Shirts, Grey Shorts, Black Socks



DT’s goal threat secures big win at a damp Harlow Arena

DT FC  5 – 2 Chadwell Heath Spartans

Match Report by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Photos by Scott W & Neil Hunwicks [@ABridgeTooFar16]

The midweek game was a rare spectacle of an Essex Alliance League Senior Division (at Step 7, alongside Essex Olympian Premier Division in the Non-League pyramid) match under the lights at the Harlow Arena, where DT FC took on newly-promoted Chadwell Heath Spartans. The hosts have recently appointed the highly experienced Allan Fenn as manager and his side included Alex Jennings in goal, with a defence of Lewis Evans, Ashley Skeggs, Billy Golledge and Steve Domfeh. Their forward line was led by Jake Kissiedu and Ollie Fortune with support from Stanley Green and Kieran Hipgrave. The Spartans are led by player-boss Aaron Hunwicks and promising goalkeeper Josh Woodrow was between the posts, with their central defence being comprised of Joe Robb, skipper Janel Alexander and Ray Hunwicks. Jeffrey Nketia and James Odukoya led their attack, with support from Tom Callagher.

The match began with DT looking to get the impetus early, as a fine cross from the left flank by full-back Lewis Evans found support forward Stanley Green who sent his header wide of the left-sided post. Spartans responded at the other end as Tom Callagher sent a header off-target but it was the home side who were showing a bit more pace going forward and having more of the early half-chances. However, it was the visitors who took the lead on twenty minutes as a good set-piece found its way to captain Janel Alexander at the back post who slotted home well past DT stopper Alex Jennings. Unfortunately for the Spartans, that lead only lasted for two minutes before the hosts levelled. Forward Jake Kissiedu was causing problems down the right channel with his pace and trickery and he was found well before turning his marker and firing home low past Woodrow.


To their credit, Chadwell Heath Spartans responded with some vigour and Mike Ramsay was played in with only Jennings to defeat but the hosts’ goalkeeper was equal to his effort. DT did take the lead for the first time on the stroke of the half-hour, with Kissiedu being fouled in the area and Kieran Hipgrave stepped up to convert the resulting spot-kick with aplomb in the right-side corner. Spartans had to defend well and an great example of that came five minutes after the hosts’ second goal as another good centre by Kissiedu this time found Hipgrave, only for a great block tackle which denied him well.

Half-Time: DT 2 – 1 CH Spartans

With the rain continuing to fall heavily, the hosts looked to get back on the front foot soon after the interval. Spartans custodian Josh Woodrow was having a good game, making several decent saves and being a good presence in his area. Woodrow had to make another decent save on forty-eight minutes to deny Ollie Fortune’s strike from about six yards out. It was a sign of things to come though as DT did get that important third goal moments later. Another threatening set-piece found centre-back Billy Golledge who found the net from close range. But again, the Spartans’ self-belief kept them in the game as they responded four minutes later to make it three-two. A good ball in to forward James Odukoya ended with the forward getting past the defender and firing home confidently past Jennings to give his team some hope.


Spartans on the attack [image by @ABridgeTooFar16]

DT were looking very enterprising on the counter, with Green and substitute Lewis Page really stretching the visiting backline with his pace and crossing ability. On the hour, another decent cross in by Green was headed wide by Fortune, the hosts’ intent to wrap up the match was clear. As we got into the last 15 minutes, Woodrow pulled off yet another fine save to deny DT replacement Eliandro Soque’s good strike. Spartans skipper Janel Alexander was doing an admirable job of holding back the home forwards who were really posing problems in the declining conditions.

Two goals in three minutes eventually sealed the contest in the hosts’ favour. Firstly on 76 minutes, another fine run down the left by Lewis Page ended with another fine cross finding Fortune who struck home well, after doing well to hold off his marker. And then three minutes later, Fortune netted again from close range to finally seal a contest that had been very entertaining for the near 50 or so in attendance.


Image by @AbridgeTooFar16

Full-Time: DT FC  5 – 2  Chadwell Heath Spartans

In summary, the Spartans fought extremely hard throughout, showing commendable spirit and nearly got back into the contest after their second goal, but ultimately DT’s forward line were too strong and saw Allan Fenn’s side to a good win.

For stand-out performances here, we’ll start with the victors. Full-back Lewis Evans and support forward stamley Green put in some good sprints and fine crosses into the penalty box during the match and also both showed good energy levels. Substitute Lewis Page also showed good skill, pace and crossing in the second-half while forward Ollie Fortune led the line well and took his two goals late on with some aplomb to seal the contest. For the Spartans, forward James Odukoya took his goal well and led their forward line admirably. Goalkeeper Josh Woodrow had a fine evening, making at least three good saves to keep his team in the contest, while skipper Janel Alexander had a good game in central defence, making several crucial interceptions.

Best wishes to both teams for the rest of the campaign. Finally, I have to note that it was good to see my first Essex Alliance League midweek game, as the league continues to go from strength to strength. We wish them well in their first campaign as a Step 7 League.



Teams

DT FC    | Manager: Allan Fenn  |

Starting XI: I: 1 Alex Jennings (GK), 21 Steve Domfeh, 5 Ashley Skeggs, 19 Billy Golledge, 33 Lewis Evans, 49 Mike Ikotun, 4 Mickey Mesmin, 10 Kieran Hipgrave, 7 Stanley Green, 14 Jake Kissiedu, 15 Ollie Fortune

Goal-scorers: Jake Kissiedu [22′], Kieran Hipgrave [pen 29′], Billy Golledge [50′], Ollie Fortune [76′ & 79′]

Subs On: 11 Lewis Page [46′], 16 Eliandro Soque [58′], 18 Kaci Henry [80′], 3 Kevin Bondjanga [82′]

Subs Not Used: Smith


Chadwell Heath Spartans  | Player-Manager: Aaron Hunwicks  |

Starting XI: 1 Josh Woodrow (Gk), 2 Harry Amoah, 3 Joe Butcher, 4 Janel Alexander (Capt), 5 Joe Robb, 6 Raymond Hunwicks, 7 Mike Ramsay, 8 Courtney Holness, 9 Jeffrey Nketia, 10 James Odukoya, 11 Tom Callagher

Goal-scorers: Janel Alexander [20′], James Odukoya [54′]

Subs On: 14 Rashid Matabaro [53′], 17 Samir Aboulainaf [57′], 15 Jack Evans [61′], 12 Tommy Harrison [72′], 16 Aaron Hunwicks [84′]


Referee: Alan Steward

S21-22 Match Report: Rayleigh Town 1 – 4 Ongar Town (Sat 25 Sept) [EOFL 21/22 25.9.21]

Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Venue: London Road

2021-22 Season: Match 25

Attendance: 25 (Est)

Saturday 25 September 2021 – 2pm KO

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

Ongar: Green Shirts, Green Shorts, White Socks


Ongar put in an excellent display to win well at London Road

Rayleigh Town  1 – 4 Ongar Town

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

This weekend kicked off with a interesting Essex Olympian Premier top-of-the-table clash between Rayleigh Town and visitors Ongar Town. Both sides could not be seperated at the summit prior to this one, and sometimes you just have a ‘gut feeling’ that it’s going be a good match. Rayleigh had regular custodian Mark Brown in goal, with a central defensive three of Will Baldry, Sonny Coutts and Harrison Topliss. Gorge Vile once again took the armband, with the forwards being Liam Oliver, Paul Morris and Jack Long. Ongar fielded Tim Pitman between the posts, with a back four of Paul Cox, Ali Carter and centre-halves Eamon Payne and Jake Chadwick. Central midfielder Mitchell McCabe skippered the side, with a front three of Harry Rawlins, Frankie Goodall and Joe Lilly.


Given these were the top two sides in the division pre-match, it was understandable that the game did have a little bit of a cagey start. But we didn’t have to wait too long for oppurtunities on goal to emerge, as Ongar winger Josh Boxall cut inside from the left flank, and his shot was clawed wide by Blues stopper Mark Brown. Paul Higgins’ side went up field on the counter and broke the deadlock on ten minutes as after a set-piece had flicked off the crossbar and visiting glovesman Tim Pitman had parried away a second effort, Liam Oliver got the telling tap-in.

Rayleigh already had to tackle well to deny their opponents who displayed their rapid, enterprising style of play, as centre-back Sonny Coutts made two good interceptions. However, Ongar were not behind for long as on fourteen minutes a fine strike by Frankie Goodall levelled the match, as his effort powered into the top corner.


Just when the hosts were looking to regain their composure, Ongar competed a swift turnaround by taking the lead only three minutes after they equalised. Goodall this time turned provider and his pass from the right side found fellow forward Harry Rawlins and his low strike found the left corner of the net. A mention has to go to the quick & direct threat posed by Goodall, Rawlins and fellow forward Joe Lilly, and the Rayleigh defence (as many sides have to be fair) found it tough to stifle the visitors’ rhythm. At the half-hour mark, Ongar were certainly having the better of the game, as skipper Mitchell McCabe slid in a good ball from central midfield onto Goodall, only this time the surprise came from the visiting supporters – Goodall had shot wide of Brown’s left-sided post.

The hosts were trying to find their own passing radar but were thwarted for the most part by stout opposition defending and errant passing. A rare glimpse of goal emerged for forward Paul Morris but his 30-yard strike was comfortably gathered by visiting custodian Tim Pitman. You had a feeling that there were more goals afoot, and nine minutes before the interval Ongar nearly extended their lead as a fine turn of pace in the 18-yard box by Joe Lilly allowed him to strike on goal from a narrow angle, only for Brown to make a good reflex save. Rayleigh responded at the other end as forward Oliver did well to get his cross in from the right flank, but advancing full-back Ben Baxter’s deflected effort was denied by Pitman.


The few chances Rayleigh had and couldn’t take were telling as Ongar did grab a third goal on forty minutes. Lilly again made a searing run down the right side, with a terrific cross finding Boxall at the far post who only had to guide his effort in from mere yards out. Understandably buoyant from that goal, Boxall made it four for his side merely two minutes afterward, powering home an unstoppable drive into the top corner from 25 yards, giving the unfortunate Brown no chance and it really hammered home the advantage for the visitors at the interval.


Half-Time: Rayleigh Town 1 – 4 Ongar Town

I also have to be fair to the hosts in that they did have more ball retention after the interval. Seven minutes after the break, with Baxter involved in the build-up on the left flank, midfielder George Vile’s strike had to be gathered by Pitman at his near post. It was fair to say the visitors were focusing on defence in the last half-hour, which was soon after a powerful Jack Long strike drew out a decent save by Pitman. The onus was on the home side to start a comeback of their own, although they found the Ongar backline a worthy opponent, assisted by skipper McCabe in central midfield. After a spell of play mostly consisting of midfield play and foiled promising moves by both sides in the middle of the second half, Ongar were looking for more goals in the latter stages.

Boxall was looking for a memorable hat-trick and sent a free-kick just wide of Brown’s far post with twelve minutes remaining. Unfortunately for the hosts, their fortunes in front of goal did not improve either as with 81 minutes on the watch, a good run by wing-back Charlie Seaden found substitute George Aston, but his effort on goal didn’t unduly trouble Pitman. Richard Ponsford’s side went back into attacking mode, only for replacement Rodney Wilson’s strike to go wide after being played in well by Rawlins. Overall though, the visitors had done enough to claim an impressive win here.


Full-Time: Rayleigh Town 1 – 4 Ongar Town

To summarise, Ongar responded superbly to going a goal down early on and put in an accomplished performance to earn a very good three points. Defensively they looked strong, particularly in the second half although one slight concern might be that they dropped a little deep in the latter stages. Rayleigh couldn’t threaten the visiting goal often enough though and Ongar emerged with a comfortable win.

For stand-out performances here, we’ll start with the victors. Winger Josh Boxall had a terrific game and took his two goals very well but his pace and dribbling was a constant threat to the home defence. Jake Chadwick had a good game at centre-back as well, making several important interceptions, while forward Joe Lilly had a really good game, sending in a terrific cross for his side’s third goal. Finally for Ongar, a mention for left-back Ali Carter who certainly did his bit to stifle the Rayleigh forwards in support of his side with good challenges and good energy levels. For Rayleigh, Jack Long was in good form, with a typically robust display on what was a frustrating day for his side. Centre-backs Harrison Topliss and Sonny Coutts were made to work very hard indeed and I felt they prevented a heavier loss here with good positioning and interceptions from both of them. Lastly, a mention for energetic wing-back Ben Baxter who showed good intent and passing with his side having more of the ball after the break.

Best wishes to both teams for the rest of the campaign.


Rayleigh Town    | Manager: Paul Higgins  |

Starting XI: 1 Mark Brown (GK), 2 Charlie Seaden, 3 Ben Baxter, 5 Will Baldry, 6 Sonny Coutts, 4 Harrison Topliss, 10 Alfie Larkin, 8 George Vile (Capt), 9 Liam Oliver, 11 Paul Morris, 16 Jack Long

Goal-scorer: Liam Oliver [10′]

Subs On: 12 George Aston [51′], 14 Patrick Mills [51′], Harry Talbot [51′]

Booked: None  | Subs Not Used: Higgins


Ongar Town  | Manager: Richard Ponsford  |

Starting XI: 1 Tim Pitman (GK), 2 Paul Cox, 3 Ali Carter,  4 Conner Jones, 5 Eamon Payne, 6 Jake Chadwick, 7 Joshua Boxall, 8 Mitchell McCabe (Capt), 9 Frankie Goodall, 10 Joe Lilly, 11 Harry Rawlins

Goal-scorers: Frankie Goodall [14′], Harry Rawlins [17′], Josh Boxall [40′ & 42′]

Subs On: 12 Freddie Fraser [44′], 16 Rodney Wilson [57′], 14 Connor Bettles [76′], 15 Ayodele Awosika [90′]

Booked: Chadwick  | Subs Not Used: Williams


Referee: Matthew Pointer

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 11 Sept) [EOFL 21/22 12.9.21]

Archive image: Rayleigh Tn v Leigh Ramblers (early September 2021)

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

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 11 September. This weekend saw some high-scoring matches and some surprise results as ever. As usual, the focus is on the top four divisions with results from Divisions Four & Five.

Many thanks for reading.

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EOFL Premier Division 

In the Premier Division, leaders Basildon Town have a slender one-point lead after being held to a goalless draw at Harold Wood Athletic. Sungate missed a chance to leapfrog them after succumbing to a 1 – 2 loss to Kelvedon Hatch, with Drew Klessa-Smith and Oliver Pettit scoring for Darren Hunt’s side. Sonny Rossington responded for ‘Gate but they stay second in the standings. With Ongar Town and Old Southendian not in action this weekend, Rayleigh Town went up to fifth after a good 2 – 0 win over Catholic Utd at London Road. Jack Long and Liam Oliver’s penalty were enough to claim the points for Paul Higgins’ side.

Elsewhere, Hutton moved to seventh place with a fine 3 – 2 triumph at Springfield. Charlie Nichols and Mitchell May got the goals for Dan Williams’ team but a stirring comeback from Hutton saw Will Marlowe, Jim Gardner and Billy Chilcott’s fine strike secure a good away-day win for Matt Singh’s side. Galleywood moved into the top ten with a 3 – 0 success against Bishop’s Stortford Swifts, with a brace from Thomas Watling and one from Sam Donn enough to give Mark O’Sullivan’s team a good win.

Finally, Leigh Ramblers’ pursuit of a win this term goes on after they were held 3 – 3 by visitors Shenfield AFC. Jack Gardner got two goals and Andrew Webster got the other for Mark Hunter’s team but the visitors scored three of their own to claim a point.


EOFL Division One 

Moving now into Division One, and Runwell Sports are the new leaders on goal difference after a 5 – 2 win over Old Chemsfordians at St Luke’s Park. Strikes from Joe Olley, Korede Odumosu, Samuel Adebayo, Matt Tapley and an OG saw Rob Hodgson’s side to their third win this term. Epping Town also got their first win this term, winning 2 – 1 at Chingford Athletic with Andrew Smith and David Limber getting the goals for Stuart Hoskins’ side at Town Mead.

Also, Corinthians got a big 5 – 1 success over Snaresbrook at Stambridge Memorial Ground. Bailey Moss struck four goals here for Chris Stoneham’s side, with Bill Wilton getting the other goal. Finally for this division, Leigh Town emerged from a stern test with a 2 – 0 win at Herongate Athletic, with Brodie Horne and Max Jones goals proving the difference here for Jack Pearman’s side and they go into fourth spot after inflicting the first loss of Herongate’s campaign.


EOFL Division Two

In Division Two, ACD Utd remain at the summit after a resounding 9 – 2 victory over Harold Wood Athletic Res at Westlands. Jacob Dingli grabbed five of the goals himself for Greg Knock’s side, with a double for Michael Wade plus strikes for Billy Wren and replacement Sam Payne completing the scoring for the only unbeaten side remaining in the division. Derek Hawtin got both goals for the Wood’ side but their goal difference took a hammering here. Harold Hill remain 2nd, level on points with ACD having played a game more after a superb 6 – 2 triumph over Wakebury at Noak Hill. Max Hall and Daniel Buglione netted for Matt Cardy’s side but they ultimately fell to their first loss of the new season.

Shoebury Town went up to third spot after a narrow 1 – 0 win at AS Rawreth, with Garry Johnson once again on the score-sheet for Jason Doyle’s side. Elsewhere, May & Baker A got their first points of the season with a 2 – 0 triumph at winless Rochford Town. Rowan Newland scored again, with Jerry Jairette getting the other goal for Matt Guidera & Steve Hogg’s side.

Also, Manford Way got a fine 5 – 2 win at Hutton Res, with Thomas Price and Elliott Fraser goals not enough to stop Bill Stratford’s side avoid defeat at Polo Fields. Finally, Rayleigh Town Res got the result of their campaign thus far with a big 6 – 2 win over Old Southendian Res at Garon Park 3G.


EOFL Division Three

In Division Three, Toby Res went up to third place after a fine 5 – 1 success at home to Buckhurst Hill U23, with Oliver Dingli notching twice for Lee Glynn’s side, plus Justin Clarke, Myrie and Davies all joined in on the goals. Substitute Tyla Fenlon got the solitary reply for Alan Byers’ side. Pitsea Athletic went up to mid-table after a good 2 – 1 win over Hullbridge Sports Res at Lower Road. Rhys Davies and Louis Starkey goals secured the points for Trevor Wickens’ side. Bobby Badnall responded for Jason Mole’s team but it’s two wins from their four matches thus far.

Meanwhile, Leigh Town Res navigated a tough trip to Collier Row and recorded a 3 – 1 win at the Forest Row Centre. Strikes from Aaron Tyler, Max Whitehead and Chris Pope secured the first win of the new term for Antony Lane’s side. In other results, Wakering Sports Res remain top after a 5 – 0 home win over Shenfield AFC Res at Cupid’s while Catholic Utd Res hammered Corinthians Res 10 – 3 at St Thomas More Sch.


EOFL Division Four

Results

Old Chelmsfordians Res  5 – 0  Shenfield AFC Res     | Lawford Lane

Ongar Town Res  2 – 1  Canning Town Res | Melbourne Park 3G, Chelmsford

Roydon  1 – 0  Galleywood Res     | Roydon Playing Fields

Southend Manor Dev. 1 – 2  Chingford athletic Res   | Southchurch Park  

Sungate Dev.  3 – 6  Springfield Res             | Ilford Wanderers RFC

Wakering Sports  A  1 – 1  Leytonstone Utd   | Cupid’s (Pitch 2)


EOFL Division Five

Results

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  4 – 1  AS Rawreth Res  | Silver Leys

Collier Row Res  4 – 3 Wakebury Res      | Forest Row Centre (Pitch 2)

Epping Town Res  1 – 4  Pitsea Athletic Res   |  Epping UC Rugby Club

Old Barkabbeyans  2 – 2  Runwell Sports Res  | Barking Abbey Sch 3G

Snaresbrook Res  0 – 4  Leigh Ramblers Res   | Nutters Field

S21-22 Match Report: Rayleigh Town Res 2 – 2 AS Rawreth (Sat 4 Sept) [EOFL 21/22 5.9.21]

Essex Olympian League – Division Two

Venue: London Road (Back pitch)

2021-22 Season: Match 19

Saturday 4th September 2021 – 1pm KO

Rayleigh Res: Navy Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Navy Blue Socks

Rawreth: Green Shirts, Green Shorts, White Socks


Rawreth grab a point in well-contested match at Rayleigh Reserves

Rayleigh Town Res 2 – 2 AS Rawreth

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

This weekend saw a rarity of a double-header in the Essex Olympian League. The early match was in EOFL Division Two, which saw AS Rawreth, now managed by Josh Hutchins, travel to London Road to face Rayleigh Town Res who voluntarily dropped down to this division in the summer. Dave Barker’s home side had Jayden Powell between the posts, with a defensive four of centre-backs Dan Webb and Jordan White with full-backs Lewis Dines and William Vile. Support for the front two of Ebeneezer Djan and Matt Oaten came from wingers Byron Down and Kempson Allen. Their options from the bench were forward Robbie Allen plus midfielders Dean Hazleton and Brandon Martin and Jack Taylor. AS Rawreth embarked on a new era in the summer under Hutchins and assistant Callum Bolger and fielded Oliver Johnson as goalkeeper, with a central defensive pair of captain Reece Samuel and Alex Swan, with Tom Binks leading the attack, supported by Ryan Kenyon, Said Ahmed and Mason MacCullum. On their substitutes’ bench were forwards Danny Carr and Mahir Adbulkadir and defenders Todd Bolger and James Brice.

The match got underway with the right-sided duo of Lewis Dines and Byron Down for Rayleigh looking to use that flank to cause the opposition defence problems. Forward Ebeneezer Djan having an early shot on Oliver Johnson’s goal but it drifted wide. The home side did have more of the play in the early stages, with Dines looking to get his team going. But AS Rawreth were starting to find their rhythm with a little more purpose on the ball as on 11 minutes, centre forward Tom Binks’ lofted effort was gathered by home stopper Jayden Powell. That served as a warning though which the hosts didn’t heed as only two minutes afterward, the visitors opened the scoring. A neat move involving winger Said Ahmed and full-back  Joseph Frisby-Brown found Binks who slotted the ball into the net past Powell on the second attempt.


Town had a speculative chance just before that goal as support forward Matt Oaten attempted a lob from about 35 yards, trying to catch Johnson out off his goal-line but it was to no avail. Rayleigh couldn’t quite gather their pace and rhythm in possession to get in behind the Rawreth defence, with centre-backs Reece Samuel and Alex Swan doing a good job of clearing their lines. That being said, Town still had a number of half-chances, with a poor pass by the visitors midway through the half allowing Town winger Kempson Allen a strike on goal but he could only fire over the goal frame.

Rawreth were having to hold firm at this stage, and Djan’s curling lob  was well-denied by a sprawling save by Johnson. As we passed the half-hour though, Josh Hutchins’ side responded with Binks unfortunate to not squeeze a shot past a congested six-yard area and thus allowing Powell to gratefully claim the ball. Powell also denied AHmed’s strike, cutting inside from the left flank at his near post. Rayleigh knew they had to raise it up a gear after the interval, despite a good move seven minutes before the break which good play from winger Byron Down find Oaten whose imaginative back-heeled effortwas denied at point-blank range by Johnson.

Half-Time:  Rayleigh Town Res  0 – 1  AS Rawreth


Town skipper John Hanrahan was encouraging his players from his anchor midfield role and after a quiet-ish opening phase of the second half where his side were causing the visitors problems, the breakthrough came on the hour. Down was felled in the area and without hesitation, referee Daniel Mann pointed to the spot. Hanrahan duly stepped up and converted the resulting spot-kick low into the net and for the first time in the game, Rawreth were really up against it. The introduction of Robbie Allen from the bench just before the hour had proven a positive one for Dave Barker’s side and the visiting defence were starting to concede set-pieces more often as well. The game turned again from one said set-piece on sixty-nine minutes as Allen powered home a free-kick past the wall and Johnson’s grasp to give the hosts the advantage.

Robbie Allen strikes free-kick to give Rayleigh the lead

Both sides were scrambling for the initative as we entered the latter stages of the game, but Rawreth did end up claiming a share of the points as a close-range finish by another replacement in Danny Carr six minutes from time proved important for the visitors. There was still one good chance with moments remaining as two substitutes combined for Town, with Allen’s good ball in finding Brandon Martin who unfortunately the hosts slotted wide. All in all, it was a decent result for both sides, with perhaps Rayleigh having the better of the the second period, after Rawreth had made an encouraging first-half display.


Full-Time:   Rayleigh Town Res 2 – 2  AS Rawreth

There were a number of influential performances today by both sides. For Rayleigh Town Res, skipper John Hanrahan led his team admirably and was constant encouraging his team-mates as well as putting in a good display in anchor midfield. Right-bank Lewis Dines put in a commendable display and really stood out in the early stages, looking assured and showed good energy levels. Centre-back Jordan White also showed good positioning for the majority of the match whilst substitute Robbie Allen gave his side a lift after his introduction and his goal was a turning point in the match. For Rawreth, centre-back Reece Samuel marshalled his backline well and dealt with a lot of crosses aerially as well. Forward Tom Binks was also a threat for the home defence, looking to breakthrough and had a decent strike in him as well. Said Ahmed had a decent match on the left side too, whilst goalkeeper Oliver Johnson also deserves a mention for two or three smart saves to keep his side in the match.

I’d like to thank both teams for their assistance & wish them a good rest of the season.


Rayleigh Town Res  | Manager: Dave Barker

Starting XI: 1 Jayden Powell (GK), 2 Lewis Dines, 3 William Vile, 4 John Hanrahan (Capt), 5 Dan Webb, 6 Jordan White, 7 Kempson Allen, 8 Jordan Lewis, 9 Ebeneezer Djan, 10 Matthew Oaten, 11 Byron Down

Subs On: 12 Dean Hazleton [30′], 16 Robbie Allen [55′], 14 Jack Taylor [63′], 15 Brandon Martin [79′]

Goal-scorers: John Hanrahan [pen 60′], Robbie Allen [69′]

Booked: None  | Subs Not Used: None


AS Rawreth |  Manager: Josh Hutchins  |

Starting XI: 1 Oliver Johnson (GK), 12 Chris Batt, 3 Joseph Frisby-Brown, 4 Derek Boakye, 15 Reece Samuel (Capt), 6 Alex Swan, 7 Ryan Kenyon, 8 Harry Groves, 9 Tom Binks, 10 Mason MacCullum, 11 Said Ahmed

Goal-scorers: Tom Binks [13′], Danny Carr [84′]

Subs On: 22 Todd Bolger [46′], 14 Mahir Adbulkadir [58′], 5 James Brice [73′], 19 Danny Carr [76′]

Booked: None  | Subs Not Used: None


Referee: Daniel Mann