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

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

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

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

EOFL Premier Dvivision

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

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

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

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

 

EOFL Senior One

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

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

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

 

EOFL Senior Two

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

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

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

 

EOFL Senior Three

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

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

 

EOFL Senior Four

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

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

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

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 15 Dec) [ESL 16.12.18]

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to another of round-up articles, looking at this weekend’s weather-affected action in the Essex Senior League on Saturday 15th December.

Friday 14th December

Barkingside  P – P Walthamstow  (due to a frozen pitch)

Woodford Town  P – P  Southend Manor   (due to problems associated with the Harlow Arena)

 

Saturday 15th December

Clapton  P – P  Hullbridge Sports  (due to a unplayable surface)

 

Leyton Athletic   0 – 2  Hoddesdon Town | Kitchener Road  | Att: 12

Hoddy emerged with the points from this battle at Kichener Road. Jack Lee gave the visitors the lead after just five minutes and that lead doubled on 28 minutes as Oliver Gnandi struck to consign Ath to another defeat which keeps them second-bottom. Hoddesdon stay in 8th place.

 

Redbridge  1 – 2  Sporting Bengal Utd  | Oakside  |  Att: 32

I attended this match, and you can find my report here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/12/15/match-report-redbridge-1-2-sporting-bengal-esl-15-12-18/

 

Saffron Walden Town  3 – 5  Stansted  | Catons Lane  | Att: 251

Stansted won a pulsating encounter at Catons Lane. The Airportmen hit the ground running quickly as early goals from Callum Ibe [8′] and the returning Connor Hammond [17′] put them in a decent position. The Bloods are known for their own goal-scoring talents and club stalwart Spike Bell pulled a goal back on 20 minutes before an OG on 35 minutes brought the scores level. Ibe got his second of the afternoon two minutes into the second half though that lead barely lasted ten minutes before Lewis Francis smashed home a penalty on 58 minutes. Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman’s team had the final say though as strikes by Jack Mitchell [65′] and debutant James Peagram [86′] saw the visitors back to the ESL summit.

For more on this match, check out my Non-League colleague Pete Dudley’s report here: pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2018/12/saffron-walden-town-3-stansted-5.html

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  2 – 0  Stanway Rovers  | Crofters | Att: 41

Sawbo struck early in each half to claim the points over a out-of-form Stanway outfit. Recent signing Julien Lloyd broke the deadlock on six minutes before Lewis Deamer [49′]  made it two on his return from a long injury lay-off. John Watters’ side kept going to continue their upturn in form which sees them up to ninth spot now. Stanway’s woes away from home continue as they stay 14th.

 

St Margaretsbury  1 – 2  Enfield  | The Recreation Ground  | Att: 27

Enfield produced a fine second-half comeback to overcome St Margs at the Rec. Charncey Dash got his name on the score-sheet again on eight minutes and you may have thought this would be another grey day for the E’s. Not so as bang on the hour mark, Dan Chambers levelled things before a rare strike by Matt Thoma with three minutes left sealed all three points and end their three-match winless run and rise three places to 15th. St Margs drop to 10th spot.

 

Tower Hamlets  A – A llford  | Mile End

The remorseless rain had an impact on this match as it was called off at half-time, with a new date to be determined.

 

West Essex  2 – 5  Takeley  |  Mayesbrook Park  | Att: 18

Finally for this weekend, Takeley powered past the Stags to win their 9th match in their last ten. The hosts initially took the lead as Izzy Ogedu-Uzokwe struck on ten minutes. This stirred the visitors up and they were level eight minutes later through Mosope Oguntuga and ended the half well ahead thanks to a brace from Jason Todd [25′ & 40′[ with a strike by Alex Martin sandwiched in between with 35 on the watch. Cameron Gray made it 2 – 4 with seven minutes remaining though Todd completed his hat-trick from the spot with two minutes left. Marc Das’ side are now only a point behind leaders Stansted in 3rd, behind Hullbridge on goal difference. West drop to 11th.

For more on this match, you can catch fellow Non-League writer Scott Lanza’s report here: essexseniorleague.co.uk/takeley-make-it-ten-unbeaten/

That’s all from me, for more on all things ESL, check out essexseniorleague.co.uk

Match Report: Redbridge 1 – 2 Sporting Bengal Utd (Sat 15th Dec) [ESL 15.12.18]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Oakside Stadium

Attendance: TBC

2018-19 Season – Match 38

Saturday 8th December 2018  – 3pm KO

Redbridge:  Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Sporting Bengal: Red Shirts, Green Shorts, Red Socks

Bengal overcome Redbridge in awful conditions at Oakside

 

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

The weekend’s Essex Senior League tie took me to Oakside to see Redbridge face Sporting Bengal Utd. It is in some ways hard to fathom the difference between the home side of this term, as opposed to last term though I wanted to see for myself how they would fare against a Bengal side that is in the top ten. The hosts were rather depleted with the likes of Sam Buffour, Vinny Murphy, Larry Asare and Remi Nelson all unavailable with Glody Nsamu and Terrell Miller as full-backs, Daniel Smith and Quincy Egjebale at centre-back with a front two of ex-FC Romania forward Vladut Sighiartau and Michael Ogboin. The visitors were also hampered by availability and illness with Ibrahim Ugradar in goal and a front three of Steven Carvell, Jason Ngandu and ironically enough, former Motormen forward Reside Coxi-Sebastfao. Jay Knight, Bobby Redwood and Adil Haque were all on a strong bench for Imrul Gazi’s side.

To give you an indication of just how gloomy it was, the floodlights were on before kick-off. Both sides had half-chances right from the get-go as Steven Carvell struck wide for the visitors, from winger Codey cameron’s cushioned pass. At the other end, Redbridge winger Muyiwa Osenie fizzed a low shot across goal though that crucial final touch eluded his team-mates. The hosts did break the dead-lock after only five minutes as a looping header by midfielder Bryan Kyungu found the corner. It should be said that the rain was already lashing down and making conditions tricky to say the least, but more on that later.

Sporting had two more chances soon after the goal, as a defensive howler let in Carvell who blazed his effort wide of a grateful home goalkeeper Lewis Greene, scrambling back into position to cover his errant defenders. Soon after, Reside Coxi-Sebastiao pinged a shot into the side-netting as well – the danger-signs were there. Right on the quarter-hour, the visitors were level and what a cracker of a goal it was. Carvell, with the outside of his boot, curled a sumptious curler into the top corner – another one for ‘the personal collection’ I suspect.

Much to their credit, the Motormen did not let that set-back get to them, with winger Samuel Phillips providing a real outlet with his crossing, pace and trickery. Sporting were indebted to goalkeeper Ibrahim Ugradar who pulled off a really good save to deny home forward Vladut Sighiartau’s powerful effort on 20 minutes. The custodian then made further good saves to deny fellow forward Michael Ogboin when he was one-on-one and then Sighiartau again.

The visitors, perhaps realising they could have been behind, poured forward again and from a free-kick four minutes before the interval, Carvell sent over a wickedly dipping free-kick which Greene had to tip over the crossbar. Add to that efforts from Cameron and stand-in full-back David Vaughan which needed the intervention of Greene and boss Imrul Gazi will have been wondering how his side were not ahead.

He didn’t have to wait long. A minute before the break, a Bengal counter-attack started by a long ball by the adept Ashaan Siddik was met by forward Jason Ngandu who set about on a powerful run and then beat Greene one-on-one although the goalkeeper did get a half-block on it but it wasn’t enough to stop the net from rippling.

Half-Time:  Redbridge   1 – 2  Sporting Bengal

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The second-half was somewhat lighter in terms of chances as the conditions continued to make their mark, with driving rain and a freezing wind. ‘No picnic’ for the players & officials I can say though credit to both sides as it was a searing test of their desire and energy levels. The hosts did struggle to create chances at times as the visiting defence show how improved they are this term. with captain Kamarl Duncan and full-back David Vaughan particularly impressive.

What I will add though is that the hosts showed no lack of ‘bottle’ or spirit whatsoever and Kyungu really tried to orchestrate moves forward as well on a surface that was getting ever-harder to play cohesively on. Sporting arhuably finished the match strongly though Cameron’s header and substitute Bobby Redwood’s curling effort failed to beat Greene.

In Fairness, home centre-back Quincy Egjebale and full-back Terrell Miller had good games as they did hamper the onslaught of a once-again quick and slick attacking Bengal side. Bengal will undoubtedly be pleased with the ponts today, though they really had to work hard for them and if they were were more clinicial then it could’ve been four or five in the ‘onion bag’ for them today. Again, credit to both teams for the work rate and drive they both showed for the hardy souls who came out to attend this match.

Full-Time: Redbridge   1 – 2   Sporting Bengal Utd

Finally, I would like to thank Redbridge for their kind hospitality, the half-time food certainly did go down well, that much is 100% true!

 

Redbridge   | Joint-Managers: Ricky Eaton & Joey May

Lewis Greene (GK), Glody Nsamu, Terrell Miller, Liam Burgess, Daniel Smith (Capt), Quincy Egjebale, Sam Phillips, Bryan Kyungu, Vladut Sighiartau (DJ Adelekan 66′), Michael Ogboin, Muyiwa Osenie

Goal-scorer: Bryan Kyungu [5′]

Booked: Nsamu, Sighiartau | Subs Not Used: Duggan, Eaton

Sporting Bengal  | Manager: Imrul Gazi

Ibrahim Ugradar (GK), Raul Gazi (Bobby Redwood 46′), David Vaughan, Joshua Adeji, Kamarl Duncan (Capt), Rokib Choudhury, Codey Cameron, Ashaan Siddik, Steven Carvell, Jason Ngandu, Reside Coxi-Sebastiao (Jay Knight 58′)

Goal-scorers: Steven Carvell [15′], Jason Ngandu [42′]

Booked: R Gazi, Siddik   | Subs Not Used: Haque, S Ahmed, Tandon

Preview: Essex Senior League (Fri 14th/Sat 15th Dec) [ESL 13.12.18]

Written by Peter D & Scott W

Hello & welcome to another of our Preview pieces with Non-League writers Peter Dudley & Scott W, looking at this weekend’s action in the Essex Senior League. What do you reckon to our thoughts on these ties? Thanks for reading.

Friday 14th December

Barkingside v Walthamstow | Cricklefield

Pete: On paper, there can be only one winner here at Cricklefield between winless Barkingside and a Walthamstow side who have just signed Leon McKenzie to join their riches of firepower in their side. Stow’s form of late has been mixed though to say the least although two wins from their last three do suggest they are on the rise once again and they come up against a Barkingside team who have lost their last four and are rock bottom of the division with no confidence at all. Expecting a healthy away win here.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 4

Scott: The weekend’s action gets underway at Cricklefield as Barkingside welcome an inconsistent Walthamstow. ‘Side have had a period out of action which may or may not aid them as they look to close the gap to their rivals at the foot of the table. ‘Stow had the week off last week as well and have strengthened as Peter mentioned. Anything besides ‘Side’s ‘A’-game will likely send them to another loss here, even though ‘Stow still concede a few goal here & there.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Woodford Town v Southend Manor | The Harlow Arena

Pete: Hosts Woodford come into this one having seen their winning run ended at Hullbridge in midweek but they can take great heart from that having played 73 minutes of that game with ten men and could of arguably won that one too. They welcome a Southend Manor side to the Harlow Arena who had won back-to-back matches prior to their narrow home loss to Takeley last time out, so they prove a difficult assignment. But I expect the hosts to get back to winning ways here.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Scott: The other match on Friday night sees Manor travel to Harlow to face Woodford in what is a very rare Friday night encounter for them. Woodford are still in good form, despite their winning run coming to a halt at Hullbridge in midweek. They are also among the sides at the top of the goal-scoring charts and although Manor have shown flickers of promise lately, notably conceding less goals, this is still a tough match in prospect for them. Home win for me as well.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 0

Saturday 15th December

Clapton v Hullbridge Sports | Old Spotted Dog

Pete: League leaders Hullbridge travel to Forest Gate after making it five wins on the bounce in the league with victory over Woodford in midweek, and they take on a Tons side who ended a three game losing run in midweek with a win over Enfield, so they will have been buoyed by that win. However the visitors are a much different prospect and I feel the Bridge Boys will prevail here.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Scott: Hullbridge take on the Tons at the Old Spotted Dog. The hosts have had a mixed week with a narrow loss at St Margaretsbury last weekend being gazumped by a good home success over Enfield in midweek. Hullbridge recovered from their disheartening FA Vase exit to Newport Pagnell Town last weekend by a hard-fought home win over fellow form side Woodford in midweek. Two wins in their last eight matches shows that Clapton are a tough side to predict, though ‘Bridge have won their last five league matches, the exertions of the last week may make this a tough match. Away win, just.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Leyton Athletic v Hoddesdon Town | Kitchener Road

Pete: The hosts have been playing well of late but not picking up maybe what they feel they deserve, but no wins in their last six games isn’t great form, although they did end a two-game losing streak with a draw last time out at Sporting Bengal United so they will be a threat to a Hoddesdon side who have been rather inconsistent of late, so this one could be tight. Not expecting many goals here so gone for a low scoring draw.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott: This interesting tie in terms of the form book takes place at Kitchener Road. Leyton are showing that they can battle of late and you feel they are going to have to do that on a consistent basis to avoid falling into a relegation scrap. Hoddesdon didn’t have a good weekend last time out though as they fell to a home loss to West Essex. If the visitors play near their best though, I believe they have enough to claim the points.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Redbridge v Sporting Bengal United | Oakside

Pete: The Motormen’s home form at Oakside is well-documented, having only won once at home in the league all season, which was against bottom side Barkingside. Two straight losses mean the confidence won’t be too high either although they had two straight wins prior to that, which kind of sums up the hosts season so far. Sporting arrive at Oakside having drawn their last two after their long unbeaten run had come to an end in that epic game at Hullbridge a couple of weeks ago now, and they will certainly fancy a win here and I feel they may just do that too.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Scott: Sporting Bengal make the short trip along the Central Line to Oakside. The fortunes of these two sides this season compared to last has been fascinating. Redbridge have had a poor week, with a heavy FA Vase loss to Chertsey Town being followed up by a slightly more surprising home league loss to West Essex in midweek. Bengal have had a midweek off after being not making the most of good spells in the draw at home to Leyton Athletic. Bengal haven’t won in three matches now though if they get last week’s frustrations out of their tank, they could overpower the Motormen here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Saffron Walden Town v Stansted | Catons Lane

Pete: Game of the day certainly comes from Catons Lane at the weekend as Saffron Walden take on Stansted in what is 4th against 2nd with the hosts looking to overhaul their local rivals and opponents with a win here. Form would suggest a home win perhaps, with Walden having won their last two, although The Airportmen are unbeaten in three with one of those wins, so it’s going to be tight and one hell of a battle no doubt. The visitors could also go top if Hullbridge slip up, but I feel the hosts may grab the win here.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: Walden welcome the Airportmen to Catons Lane for the first time in an Essex Senior League match in some years. Jason Maher’s side have won four of their last six and also tend to score heavily at home, more often than not. Club stalwart Spike Bell is set for his 400th appearance for the Bloods so congratulations to him, that marker is not often seen. Walden did overwhelm Ilford heavily last weekend while Stansted fought back late on to clinch a draw with Sawbridgeworth then. My gut feeling is defences may not prosper here and that could make for a stonker of a match. Draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Sawbridgeworth Town v Stanway Rovers | Crofters

Pete: The Robins have slowly started to move up the table after only one defeat in their last six, and they welcome a Stanway side who have lost four of their last five games as their season has taken a bit of a nose-dive. However, the one match they didn’t lose was a home win over Sawbo just over a week ago so this may prove key going into this battle. But I feel the hosts will win this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Scott: This intriguing tie sees Sawbridgeworth looking to ‘return the favour’ to Rovers after their recent defeat in the reverse fixture at the Hawthorns. John Watters’ side has had a fine week with a good performance in the Stansted derby last weekend before edging a tough encounter with Hamlets only two days later. Four wins in their last eight games shows their upturn in form while Rovers have managed three wins from their last nine though they are in transition. Their away form isn’t good either with one win in ten thus far. Home win in my view.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

St Margaretsbury v Enfield | The Recreation Ground

Pete: These two met here in the FA Cup back in August and the hosts managed to win that won after Enfield missed an early penalty. Since those early days in August things have improved for the hosts and not so much for the visitors with the home side having won back-to-back coming into this one whilst Enfield have lost three straight matches as they are right down in the lower reaches of the league. Fancy a similar result to the one in August.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Scott: St Margs welcome the E’s to the Rec. The hosts are definitey picking up with one loss in their last six outings, compounded by a narrow win over Clapton last weekend. The same cannot be said for Enfield unfortunately, as losses this week to Hamlets & Clapton mean they have lost four of their last five matches. Factor in their poor record away from home and the pointers do tend to sway the way of the hosts.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Tower Hamlets v Ilford | Mile End Stadium

Pete: Hamlets were on a two-match winning run scoring nine goals until they lost to Sawbridgeworth last time out, but their opponents Ilford are in woeful form right now having lost four straight games so the hosts will certainly fancy their chance of getting back to winning ways here. And I also fancy them to do just that.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 0

Scott: Hamlets have somewhat ‘found their feet’ recently results-wise as hey welcome an out-of-form Foxes side who apparently lost forward Yemi Adelani to Waltham Abbey about a week ago. Hamlets won well at Enfield last weekend before losing out at home to Sawbo on Monday night as their discipline debatably affected them again. Ilford have lost their last four matches, the last two of those both being heavy losses to Woodford and Saffron Walden. I have a funny feeling this may be a draw as the visitors have it in them to battle hard, even if the goals have dried up of late.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1

West Essex v Takeley | Mayesbrook Park

Pete: Takeley are one of the in-form sides in the division right now and they travel to Mayesbrook Park to take on a West side who have won two in a row so both sides certainly come into this one full of confidence. Could be a tight one here but I reckon the visitors will just sneak this one by the odd goal in three.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Scott: Takeley travel to Mayesbrook Park to face a West Essex side who have won their last two at Hoddesdon and Redbridge respectively, without conceding a goal. Marc Das’ side though are ‘riding the crest of a wave’ results-wise of late as they are ten matches unbeaten now. Defensively they have tightened up as well and that could be the difference here against an attack-minded and stubborn Stags side who won this very fixture last season.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 1st Dec) [EOFL 3.12.18]

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello & welcome to my round-up of this weekend’s action in the Essex Olympian League, from the Premier Division all the way to the results from Senior Division Four, on the first weekend of December.

Saturday 1st December

EOFL Premier Division

 

Harold Wood Athletic leapt to the summit of the top-tier with a 4 – 2 win at Manford Way. Scott Williams and substitute Brad Foley both nabbed braces as Ath secured their ninth win of the season. Manford responded through goals from Tyler Le-Poiderin and Jimmy Nganga though their losing run extends to ten matches. Kelvedon Hatch went second with a narrow 3 – 2 triumph over Canning Town in Beckton. Ben Gibbons, Daniel Johnson and Theo Ola all notched to continue a great season thus far for Hatch. Canning are half way through their league campaign and remain in mid-table.

Elsewhere, Leigh Ramblers hit five in an impressive 5 – 3 success at Springfield. Alfie Halliday, David Wareham and Josh White all struck for the hosts though Ramblers overcame them thanks to a double for Montana Stewart plus one each for Ronnie Bridges, Justin Hazell and Jamie Selby-Knight, which sees them rise to fifth place. Catholic Utd finally erased their winless streak with a 3 – 0 victory over Hutton and their new home of Bowers & Pitsea’s 3G Len Salmon Stadium. Patrick Kearney, Aaron Baldwin and Louis Robinson provided the strikes to see Dan Trenkel’s side to within a point of nearest rivals Great Baddow.

 

EOFL Senior Division One

Two matches in the division took place this weekend, with Old Chelmsfordians upsetting mid-table Frenford Reserves 4 – 2 at the Drive. Tom Tinsley-Gardner’s double and further strikes by Tyrese Fairmaner and Martin Mixture saw OC to their third win this season, though they have only played seven matches thus far.

In the other fixture, Galleywood defeated Ongar Town 4 – 2 as well at Clarkes Field. A brace for Tom Lakin set them on their way while Sam Donn and Tyler Tredgett goals completed the damage. Ongar have a taste for scoring goals themselves this term and struck two back through Ross Carpenter and Peter Davies though they fell to 9th spot. Galleywood rise to 6th after this victory.

 

EOFL Senior Division Two

In Senior Two, leaders Runwell Sports pulled three points clear at the summit with a 4 – 1 home success over third-placed Toby. Declan Clarke was among the goals again, grabbing a pair while Jordan Gregory and Thomas Howe added to the score-sheet. Des Gallen netted the solitary reply for the visitors though Sports have struck an impressive 26 goals in just five home matches thus far.

Meanwhile, A Tyson Browning hat-trick saw Beacon Hill Rovers to a 3 – 1 win at Upminster. Matthew Taylor got the consolation for the hosts, who still haven’t won at Belhus Park this term. Rovers move up to 6th spot.

Rochford Town got the better of a tough contest, with a 3 – 2 home win over Lakeside. David Watson hit 10 goals for the season with a brace here, with Aaron Smith getting the other goal. The visitors made it tight through strikes by Sam Pettit and Luke Quinton though they stay 5th while Rochford solidify themselves in 8th place. Finally for this division, Ryan won 5 – 0 at May & Baker ‘A’ who continue to really struggle this season with 12 defeats in 12 matches.

 

EOFL Senior Division Three

Goals were aplenty in the two league matches that took place. Hutton Reserves secured only their third win this season with a 4 – 0 victory at fellow strugglers Old Chelmsfordians Reserves. Harry Calder, Gaston Mendy, Tom Stephens and Tony Wichelo all scored to elevate themselves to 8th spot while OC’s Ressies remain second-bottom.

The Len Forge Centre saw a cracker as White Ensign Reserves held Laindon Orient 3 – 3. Jon Wightman grabbed a brace while Dean Nevill got the other strike for the hosts though their endeavours were cancelled out by Samuel Lake’s brace and substitute Rodney Sarsah-Wilson’s goal. Ensign’s second-string remain in mid-table while Orient missed the chance level on points with leaders Westhamians.

EOFL Senior Division Four Results

Canning Town Res  1 – 1  Galleywood Res

Epping Town  0 – 1  Buckhurst Hill Res

Leigh Ramblers Res  3 – 3  Dagenham Utd

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.

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.