Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 25.8.18) [EOFL 27.8.18]

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Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to the return of the Essex Olympian League round-up’s for the 2018-19 season. This season we will (as much as possible) go through the Results and more from the Premier Division, all the way to Senior Division Three.

We start with the first weekend of action in all four divisions – Saturday 25th August.

EOFL Premier Division

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts H – W  Great Baddow (Home walkover – Baddow couldn’t raise an XI)

In the ation that did go ahead, newcomers Buckhurst Hill continued their excellent start to the campaign with a 3 – 1 win over Catholic Utd. Richard Akinlade’s brace and Steve Townsend’s goal sealed Hill’s second straight win. Utd start with a defeat though Thomas Kearney got their goal.

Elsewhere, Canning Town defeated Old Southendian 4 – 1 thanks chiefly to a Reece Morgan hat-trick and a Beko Dushku strike. Town recorded their first success of the new term while the Southend side succumbed to their second straight loss. Leigh Ramblers recorded an impressive 2 – 0 win at Harold Wood Athletic as Harry Goodwin and Jamie Selby-Knight strikes extended Ramblers’ 100% winning start.

In the other matches in the division, Rayleigh Town held Springfield 1 – 1 while Sungate won 3 – 2 at Kelvedon Hatch and a Brad Freeman brace assisted Hutton to a 4 – 1 victory over Manford Way.

EOFL Senior Division One

In the three matches in this division that took place on its opening day, Ongar Town won 2 – 1 at FC Hamlets through goals from Ben Stone and Ben Polley. Charlie Heatly halved the arrears for the hosts though they fell to defeat.

Meanwhile, 2016/17 Senior One Champions Basildon Town recorded a very good 4 – 1 win at home to Frenford Reserves on their return to the division following their relegation from the Premier tier last term. Alfie Phillips, Jimmy Markham, Sener Suari and Jamie Miller all netted for Town. Finally, in a battle of two newly-promoted sides, Rayleigh Town Reserves dispatched Herongate Athletic 3 – 1 thanks to a double from Charlie Legg and Oliver Ventura’s additional goal.

EOFL Senior Division Two

Lakeside began the season under their new name with a comfortable 3 – 0 win over Ryan. Drew Klessa-Smith’s treble did the damage to give the hosts all three points. Meanwhile at the Rochford Recreation Ground, Rochford Town began another Senior Two campaign with a 2 – 2 draw with Newham Utd. Dave Watson struck twice for Town while Lamar Obinkwo’s double ensured a point for Newham.

Meanwhile, relegated Runwell Sports were held 3 – 3 by Upminster and in another duel of the newly-elevated sides, Chingford Athletic and Harold Wood Athletic Reserves battled to a goal-less draw.

EOFL Senior Division Three

Finally for this opening article, Division Three provided 13 goals in three matches. Leigh Town grabbed arguably the stand-out victory of the day with a 4 – 1 triumph over newcomers Wakering Sports. George Darby’s brace, Zac Mashford and Ashley Sexton set the visitors on their way to victory. Paul Wines got a consolation for Sports.

Newcomers Laindon Orient succumbed to a 2 – 3 loss to Roydon. Lewis Watson, Jordan Handscomb and Charlie Ryder goals saw the visitors to victory while goals from Rodney Sarah-Wilson and Ash Blackburn at least ensured Neil Blackburn’s side were competitive.

Elsewhere, White Ensign Reserves beat Old Chelmsfordians Reserves 2 – 1 thanks to Perry Osborne and Harry Somerset-Butler strikes. Martin Mixture netted for OC’s second team though they fell to defeat.

That’s all for this week, keep tabs on the blog for future articles throughout the season & thanks for reading.

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Round-up: Bostik Division North (Sat 18th Aug) [BLN 18.8.18]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another round of the Bostik North round-up, here on the blog. This weekend saw the second weekend of action of the new campaign.

Audio round-up of all Bostik League Divisions & more here: https://m.mixcloud.com/EastLondonRadio/gfs-extra-results-podcast-saturday-18th-august-2018/

Saturday 18th August

 

AFC Sudbury  0 – 1   Heybridge Swifts    |  King’s Marsh   (3G) | Att: 285

This one was settled very late on at King’s Marsh. Sam Bantick’s 94th-minute spot-kick narrowly edged Swifts to the victory. It goes down on the scoresheet as their first defeat of the new season.

 

Barking    2 – 3  Witham Town   | Mayesbrook Park  | Att: 72

This topsy-turvy encounter was also settled in the dying embers of the match. Things started well for the Blues as new signing Daniel Cheema opened the scoring just two minutes in, before young forward Henry Fisher levelled the match on 28 minutes. The goals kept coming as Rashid Kamara [58′] struck for the hosts though again the spirited visitors restored parity through Andrew Tirivanhu on 61 minutes. More drama was to come though as ex-Clapton & Bowers & Pitsea player Johnny Ashman grabbed the winner on the 90 minute mark to give Town their first win of the season.

 

Basildon Utd   2 – 1   Mildenhall Town   | Gardiners Close  | Att: 159

The Bees made the most of their first Isthmian League match in over 25 years with victory over the Hall at Gardiners Close. Giant forward Brian Moses opened the scoring in the first minute of the second half, though the hosts were pegged back by Thomas Debenham’s effort [64′]. Game on. Though enter centre-stage the Essex Senior League’s top scorer from 2017/18 – Marcus Bowers who got the winner with 11 minutes remaining. Basildon held on to give Marc Harrison his first win in the new division.

 

Bury Town   1 – 1   Romford                   |  Aldiss Park   | Att: 296

The hosts recovered late on to deny Romford a second straight win. Paul Martin’s side took the lead right on half-time through recent signing Roddy Lemba. Town rescued a point six minutes from the end thanks to Tanner Call’s strike.

 

Dereham Town    4 – 2   Coggeshall Town    | Ram Meadow  | Att: 308

Dereham produced an excellent response to a humbling defeat last weekend at Aveley to defeat newcomers Coggeshall at Ram Meadow. Nnamdi Nwachuku gave the visitors a surprise lead nine minutes into the match though only two minutes later, Ashley Jarvis levelled things up for the hosts. Centre-back Luke Wilson restored Coggeshall’s advantage on 23 minutes and it stayed that way at the break.

Two rapid goals from Dion Frary [62′] and Danny Beaumont [67′] gave Dereham the lead before Beaumont’s late second goal confirmed the win for Neal Simmons’ men.

 

Grays Athletic    1 – 1    Canvey Island       | Parkside (3G)  | Att: 221

Ath were held by the Islanders at Parkside. Mitch Hahn’s 36th-minute opener gave Grays the impetus at the break though Frankie Merrifield’s strike seven minutes into the second half helped Danny Heale’s side to claim a draw as both sides remain unbeaten.

 

Great Wakering Rovers   2 – 0  Felixstowe & Walton Utd  | Burroughs Park | Att: 108

Last season’s Essex Senior League champions Great Wakering defeated last term’s Eastern Counties League champs Felixstowe at Burroughs Park. Goals from Steven Butterworth [11′] and Billy Johnson [22′] saw GWR to the victory.

 

Maldon & Tiptree    1 – 0    Brentwood Town    | Park Drive    | Att: 120

The Jammers narrowly edged the Blues at Park Drive thanks to Sammie McLeod’s 90th-minute winner to obtain their first victory of the season. Brentwood’s first match of the new campaign ended in frustrating defeat for manager Craig Shipman.

 

Soham Town Rangers   2 – 2    Tilbury     | Julius Martin Lane  | Att: 156

Tilbury were denied by a last-gasp salvo by nine-man Soham at Julius Martin Lane. Adam Vyse put the Dockers ahead right on half-time and Lewis Smith doubled the lead two minutes into the re-start. After Lewis Endacott and Jon Kaye had both been dismissed for the hosts, Sam Mulready first put away a spot-kick on the 90 minute marker before Mulready struck an injury-time leveller completed an improbable comeback for the hosts.

That’s all for this week. Cheers for reading.

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 18th Aug) [ESL 18.8.18]

Written by Scott W   (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another of my round-up pieces, this time looking at this weekend’s Essex Senior League action. How did your side & your rivals do?

Saturday 18th August

Barkingside  0 – 0  Enfield   | Venue: Cricklefield  | Att: 58

‘Side were held by visiting Enfield for their third league goalless draw on the trot. It’s also worth noting that both teams are still looking for their first win of the new campaign.

Hullbridge Sports  2 – 1  Stansted  | Venue: Lower Road | Att: 72

The ‘Bridge secured a very good victory in a hard-fought encounter at Lower Road. Darren Manning’s side broke the deadlock just seven minutes in when captain Luke Hornsley struck. The Airportmen got back into contention through hot-shot Carl Mullings’s goal on the quarter-hour. Though on this day, Hullbridge were not to be denied as Andre Gumbs’ powerful strike found the net on 61 minutes to give the hosts a morale-boosting win ahead of their FA Cup tie away to Newmarket next weekend.

Leyton Athletic  0 – 0  Ilford  | Venue: Kitchener Road | Att: 9

Leyton couldn’t find a way past the Foxes at Kitchener Road. The scorers were not troubled here though the hosts are looking for their first league win this term though they do have an FA Cup tie to look forward to next weekend. Ilf have four points from their first three matches.

Saffron Walden Town  4 – 4  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Venue: Catons Lane  | Att: 175

Saffron Walden were held at home by a late Bengal comeback in an absolute fire-cracker of a match at Catons Lane. SWT started well with front-line striker Charlie Portway putting them ahead on 13 minutes from the penalty spot. Tony Cookey levelled for Bengal only two minutes afterward though Portway got his second of the afternoon with 17 minutes on the watch. Lewis Francis [26′] grabbed a third for the hosts and you may have thought that Saffron Walden would canter to victory as they led 3 – 1 at half-time.

As it turned out, it wasn’t to be. Portway grabbed his hat-trick just past the hour mark though goals from Zakariya Hoque, playmaker Ashaan Siddik [80′] & forward Steven Carvell [83′] made sure that Imrul Gazi’s side grabbed a share of the spoils after a terrific comeback.

Sawbridgeworth Town  1 – 0  Woodford Town  | Venue: Crofters | Att: 31

Sawbridgeworth improved to end Woodford’s 100% start to the season. Joe Wright got the only goal of the game to give John Watters’ men a much-needed three points after their FA Cup exit last weekend.

Southend Manor  1 – 2  Hoddesdon Town   | Venue: Southchurch Park | Att: 45

I attended this match, here’s my report: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/08/18/match-report-southend-manor-1-2-hoddesdon-town-esl-18-8-18/

Stanway Rovers   0 – 2  Clapton   | Venue: Hawthorns  | Att: 46

The Tons travelled to the outskirts of Colchester and came away with the points thanks to a brace from Eusebio Da Silva [24′ & 27′]. In the process Jon Fowell’s side handed Rovers their third ESL defeat in a row as their new side continues to take time to gel, perhaps.

Takeley  4 – 1  Walthamstow   | Venue: Station Road | Att: 66

Takeley powered past ‘Stow at Station Road thanks to braces from two of their leading lights up front. Stuart Zanone [18′ & 25′] put his side two goals up to continue his fantastic start to the campaign in front goal. Substitute Charlie Cole made his long-awaited return to goal-scoring form with his first of the game on 78 minutes. James Peagram pulled one back for Ryan Maxwell’s side with ten minutes left though Cole struck again [85’] to give ‘Stow something to think about and continue Takeley’s 100% start to the league campaign.

Tower Hamlets  1 – 3  Redbridge  | Mile End Stadium | Att: 70

Redbridge fought to grab their first win of the campaign at Mile End. Calvin Poku struck twice for the Motormen and were further aided by an OG as they continued their unbeaten start to the season. Hamlets grabbed a late consolation through Amon Walton-Owen though AJAshinike’s side are also looking for their first success of the season.

Thanks for reading, this round-up will continue during the season.

Round-up: 2018-19 Essex Senior League [Midweek 6th-8th Aug] (ESL 8.8.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to a midweek round-up of Essex Senior League action from Mon 6th to Wed 8th August.

Monday 6th August

Barkingside  0 – 0  Sporting Bengal Utd | Cricklefield  | Att: 99

These sides battled to a goalless draw, which was ‘Side’s second in under three days. The visitors felt they were disappointed not to pick up the points though both sides are in FA Cup action this weekend with Barkingside facing Leyton Ath and Bengal taking on fellow Cricklefield side Ilford at Mile End.

Enfield 1893  2  –  2 Redbridge   | The Harlow Arena  | Att: 78

Redbridge fought back late on from a two-goal deficit to claim a point at the Harlow Arena. Co-manager Joey May is back as a player after long-term injury and he and recent signing Asher Modeste came off the bench to assist the Motormen in a game where Enfield could really have taken the points.

Tuesday 7th August

Clapton  0 – 2   Ilford    | Old Spotted Dog

Ilford claimed the win at the OSD to banish the memories of their home defeat against Stansted on Saturday. Clapton ‘keeper Joe Phillips was stretchered off late on with a serious neck injury, we wish him well in his recovery. Clapton travel to Woodbridge Town in the FA Cup this weekend while the Foxes make the dhort trip to Mile End to face Sporting Bengal.

Saffron Walden Town  4 – 0  Stanway Rovers  | Catons Lane

The Bloods claimed their first win of the new campaign with an excellent performance to defeat fellow newcomers Stanway at Catons Lane. Lee Sawyer’s early penalty set the hosts on their way before further goals from Julian Simon-Parson and Dan Trendall (2) completed the win, in front of a stirring crowd of 176 people.

Sawbridgeworth Town  0 – 3   Hoddesdon Town | Crofters End  | Att: 40

Hoddesdon secured a surprise win at Crofters thanks to a brace from Aiden Critchley and substitute Josh Lillis to build on a decent draw at Walthamstow at the weekend. Sawbo face local rivals Stansted on Sunday in the FA Cup while Hoddesdon travel to Wodson Park at the weekend.

Takeley  2 – 0  Stansted   | Station Road

Takeley took their chances better a claim a second straight league win. Strikes from Bryn Thorpe and Stuart Zanone secured the win to go joint-top of the early standings with Woodford Town.

West Essex  1 – 5   Walthamstow   | Mayesbrook Park

The Stags were over-run by a dominant display of goal-power by the ‘Stow as the visitors won well here. Christian Owusu’s first-half brace put the Ryan Maxwell’s side in the box seat before Jack Leachman’s peach of a strike [68’], Owusu’s third two minutes later and a late OG secured a big win. Symeon Taylor got a consolation for the hosts just after the hour though they still suffered their second leagye defeat here.

Woodford Town   5 – 0  St Margaretsbury   | The Harlow Arena  | Att: 58

Woodford secured their second big win in five days with this big win over new-boys St Margaretsbury at the Harlow Arena. The Wood Army led three-nil at the break thanks to Billy Tarrant [22′] and a brace from Samir Ali [29′ & 43′]. After the break, further strikes from rapid forward Ola Ogunwamide [49′] and substitute Connor Leon [85′] made doubly-sure of the points. That said, the hosts finished with 10 men as Takudzwa Mashingaidze was dismissed for two bookings and the ‘Bury missed two penalties as their bow in the league wasn’t what they probably hoped for. Woodford have scored nine goals in their opening two matches and have a ten-day break before they travel to Sawbridgeworth on Saturday 18th Aug.

Wednesday 8th August

Leyton Athletic   0 – 0    Tower Hamlets   |  Kitchener Road

Both these sides battled to a stalemate at Kitchener Road and in doing so both grabbed their first point of the campaign though both sides will also be hoping for better results in the coming weeks.

Southend Manor   0 – 2    Hullbridge Sports  | Southchurch Park

Hullbridge emerged with the points in this local derby at Southchurch Park. ‘Bridge struck through a second-half penalty by Adebola Sotoyinbo and then made their position safer thanks to Aundre Spencer’s goal following good work by Sotoyinbo on the left flank. To make matters worse for the hosts, Perry Hirst, against his old club, had a first-half penalty saved by Hullbridge ‘keeper George Marsh.

Any teams with 100% record in first week if ESL season: Woodford Town, Takeley.

Any teams currently pointless after two matches: Stanway Rovers, West Essex.

Thanks for reading and the ESL round-ups will return on Sunday Aug 19th due to FA Cup action on August 11th & 12th.5

Round-up: Eastern Snr Lge Sth & TN Prem [Tues/Wed 7-8 Aug 18] (EaSL & TNP 8.8.18)

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello again and welcome to my midweek round-up of all the results from the Eastern Senior League South division and Thurlow Nunn Premier division. Enjoy.

Eastern Senior League South (EaSL)

Tuesday 7th August

Brightlingsea Regent Res.  0 – 3   Halstead Town

Coggesshall Utd  1 – 1  Little Oakley

Harwich & Parkeston  1 – 1 Holland

Hashtag Utd   1 – 1 Hackney Wick

Newbury Forest  3 – 2  Lopes Tavares

White Ensign  3 – 0   Burnham Ramblers

 

Wednesday 8th August

 

Benfleet 1 – 2 Frenford

Braintree Town Res  2 – 1   Wivenhoe Town

 

 

Thurlow Nunn Premier Division

Tuesday 7th August

Brantham Athletic  4 – 0  Hadleigh Utd

Ely City  2 – 0  Newmarket Town

Framlingham Town  0 – 3  Stowmarket Town

Gorleston  4 – 2  Norwich Utd

Haverhill Rovers   0 – 1   Godmanchester Rovers

Histon   2 – 1  Long Melford

Thetford Town  5 – 2   Great Yarmouth Town

Whitton Utd  0 – 1  FC Clacton

Wroxham  1 – 1   Kirkley & Pakefield

 

Wednesday 8th August

Woodbridge Town 0 – 2  Walsham-le-Willows

 

Thank you for reading, the Thurlow Nunn Prem & some EaSL sides are in FA Cup action though there will be a round-up of EaSL action at the weekend.

Round-up: Essex Senior League -3rd/4th Aug (ESL 5.8.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to the first of a new season of weekend Essex Senior League round-up’s here on my blog. Below are the results from the opening weekend’s league action, beginning with the opening chapter on Friday night.

My thanks to ESL Publicity Officer Scott Lanza for his assistance in this piece. Enjoy.

Friday 3rd August

Woodford Town  4 – 1   Leyton Athletic     | Venue: The Harlow Arena | Att: 65

The ESL got underway with this lively encounter on Friday night… here’s my report: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/08/04/match-report-woodford-town-4-1-leyton-ath-esl-3-8-18/

Saturday 4th August

Clapton  1  – 0   Tower Hamlets    | Venue: Old Spotted Dog | Att: 74

Clapton came through a tight battle against Hamlets with all three points thanks to a injury-time winner from returning forward Jeff Cobblah. Hamlets may gain some confidence for the next few matches despite the result given the changes to their squad.

Hullbridge Sports   0 – 0  Barkingside   | Venue: Lower Road | Att: 69

Both sides drew ablank in this encounter in front of a decent crowd at Lower Road. Hullbridge and Barkingside will look for better results in midweek ahead of the beginning of their FA Cup journeys next weekend.

Ilford  0 – 3   Stansted   | Venue: Cricklefield | Att: 91

Stansted bested a new-look Ilford side at Cricklefield. New signing Carl Mullings came back to haunt his old club by grabbing a brace [31′ & 44′] before half-time. Sam West finished the scoring ten minutes from time on a good day for Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman’s side. ‘Start as you mean to go on’ may be in their thoughts this week.

Redbridge  1 – 1   Saffron Walden Town   | Venue: Oakside | Att: 85

Saffron Walden’s return to the ESL ended in a stalemate at Oakside. Ex-Barkingside forward Charlie Portway’s penalty on 11 minutes got the Bloods going in this one, before new signing Michael Ogboin levelled for the Motormen just nine minutes later to complete the scoring.

It will be interesting to see where both these sides are in the latter stages of the season.

Southend Manor   2 – 0    Enfield 1893  | Venue: Southchurch Park | Att: 60

Manor won their opening day encounter at Southchurch Park. Second-half strikes from Alfie Lindfield [72′] and substitute Charlie Burns on the cusp of full-time sealed a good victory for Adam Peek’s side ahead of their midweek home match v Hullbridge on Wednesday.

Stanway Rovers  1 – 5  Takeley    | Venue: Hawthorns | Att: 88

Takeley made it a miserable afternoon for Stanway in what was the latter’s debut match back in the division. Marc Das’ fancied side were three-up at the interval through goals from winger Mitchell Das [15′], forward Stuart Zanone [36′] and full-back Bryn Thorpe [42′]. Rovers pulled one back 13 minutes after the break through Romario Dunne though Zanone completed a first-day hat-trick [62′ & 81′] to really get the visitors’ campaign off to a strong start.

Walthamstow  2 – 2  Hoddesdon Town    | Venue: Kitchener Road | Att: 63

Walthamstow kicked off their new era being held by new-boys Hoddesdon. Things started well for ‘Stow as double-ESL promotion winner James Peagram struck on the quarter-hour. That lead only lasted five minutes though before Scott Hayes restored parity for the visitors.

Indeed, Town went ahead as Hayes got his second of the afternoon three minutes from half-time to make player-manager Ryan Maxwell’s team-talk more interesting. That said, ‘Stow’s firepower is something to behold this term and Christian Owusu’s goal secured a point on 62 minutes and it ended honours-even.

West Essex  2 – 3  Sawbridgeworth Town   | Venue: Mayesbrook Park | Att: 32

This was the match I attended on the day and you’ll find my report on a blistering encounter here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/08/04/match-report-west-essex-2-3-sawbridgeworth-esl-4-8-18/

That’s all for this week, next weekend the FA Cup begins its path for the new season involving ESL clubs. Thanks for reading and have a good week.