Round-up: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Sat 19 October) [EOFL 20.10.19]

Corinthians push forward in their win over Barking U23s this weekend [Image: Scott W]

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


Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Olympian League preview, looking at the action from the top tier all the way to from Senior Division Five plus results from all the Cup action, including a big programme of Essex Junior Cup action.


Saturday 19 October 2019

Premier Division

Starting in the top-tier, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts returned to winning ways with a 2 – 0 victory over Springfield at Silver Leys. Goals from Terrell Hunter and Michael Moore saw the hosts to their first win in four matches. Elsewhere, Sungate drew 1 – 1 with Catholic Utd with Aaron Baldwin getting the goal for the ‘Super Hoops’.

NO EOFL Senior Division One this weekend due to Essex Premier Cup etc.



Anagram Records Trophy Result

Ware Sports  0 – 5  Hutton


Essex Premier Cup

There was a huge array of Essex Premier Cup action this weekend and in the first of my ten featured matches this weekend, Buckhurst Hill defeated Ramsden Scotia 5 – 2 as braces from Suley Zuhdu and Dan Whitehead assisted Mark Williams’ side to the win. Nathan Sollosi had earlier got the opener as Hill progressed. Also, Corinthians advanced into the next round on their Premier Cup debut by defeating Barking Under-23’s  4 – 1. A brace from Nathan Dewberry and strikes by Jake Lang and Leo Clarke did the job for Chris Stoneham’s side in the match I attended this weekend.

Epping Town went through to the next round with a 3 – 1 win over Great Bentley, thanks to a Daniel Garfinkle brace and one from Jack Jeffries. Leigh Ramblers also got one of the results of the round by winning 6 – 1 at Flitch Utd. Braces by Justin Hazell and Pat Cannon were added to by Sam Mountstephens and new signing Jack Gardner as Wayne Seal’s side had a fine afternoon.


Chingford Athletic got a fine win as they travelled to Essex Senior League Reserve side Frenford Res and won 5 – 3 at the Drive. The ensemble cast of Sam Coe, Gary Murray, Louis Bollard, Warren Isoka and Mickey Mesmin were all on target for the Senior One high-flyers. Reece Morley, George Fairhead and Ryan McDonach all struck for the Frenford second-string but they went out.

Lakeside also went through with a 3 – 0 win over May & Baker Res. Luke Quinton’s penalty was followed up by goals from Matt Bearman and Charlie Ashpole as the hosts prevailed.


Leigh Town continued their fine form in all competitions as they defeated Takeley Res 3 – 0, with a Max Jones double and Harry Payne’s goal sending them through. Joining them in the hat, Grays Athletic Res won 3 – 1 at Old Chelmsfordians with Warren Kayembe, Karl Kayembe and Remi Awosanya strikes sending the OC’s out. Rayleigh Town Reserves outshone the lot in terms of goal-scoring as they thumped AS Rawreth 10 – 1 at London Road. The ‘doubles club’ inducted Sam Lake, James Nottage and Adam Bessadi in this match with Rodney Wilson, Teddy Rumsey, Jason Warner and Joe Pidgeon all also hitting the net here.

Finally for the featured matches, Rayleigh Town won 3 – 0 at Ryan with Henry Sims, an OG plus a Bailey Moss strike sending Paul Higgins’ side through.


Other Results in Essex Premier Cup:

Arlesford Colne Rangers  2 – 1  Toby

Basildon Town  4 – 0  Laindon Orient | Basildon Sports Club

Canning Town  2 – 1  Chigwell   | West Ham Community Ground [3G]

Earls Colne  3 – 2  Old Southendian  | Earls Colne Rec Club

Galleywood  0 – 1  West Bergholt  | Clarkes Field

Halstead Town Res  1 – 6  Ongar Town  | Rosemary Park

Harold Wood Athletic  H – W  Little Oakley Res  | Harold Wood Park (Pitch #1)

Harold Wood Athletic Res  3 – 5  Lawford Lads (AET) | Harold Wood Park

Kelvedon Hatch  3 – 1  Shoebury Town   | New Hall


Rochford Town  3 – 4  Barkingside Res  | Rochford Rec Ground

Runwell Sports  1 – 2  Clapton CFC   | Runwell Sports Club

Shenfield AFC  4 – 0  Herongate Athletic   | St Martins Sch [3G]

Snaresbrook  1 – 3  Hullbridge Sports Res   | Nutters Field

Wakering Sports  2 – 0  Old Southendian Res   | Cupid’s CC (Pitch #1)



Essex Junior Cup  Results

Buckhurst Hill Res  2 – 2  Roydon Res  | Roding Lane [Hill won 6 – 5 on pens]

Dagenham Utd  A – W  Lakeside Res  (Dag Utd couldn’t field a side)


London Junior Cup Results

Canning Town Res  5 – 0  Catford

FC Hamlets 3 – 1  St Francis 


EOFL Senior Division Two

In the one Senior Two match this week, Beacon Hill Rovers dismantled Westhamians  11 – 1 at Wickham Bishops Sports Ground. Adebolu Adeyemi got another four goals to go with his hat-trick last weekend. Josh Perry and George Davis both got trebles in this one with Will Simpson the other scorer as Rovers went top on goal difference.


Senior Division Three

In Senior Three, five matches took place this weekend. Leaders Corinthians Res extended their 100% start to five matches with a 3 – 1 at Hutton Res. Sean O’Callaghan netted for Hutton though Max Hall’s double and another from Ryan Woodley saw Terry Rose’s side to the win. They are two points clear of Toby Res after Toby’s second-side won 4 – 1 at home to White Ensign Res. A brace from Rhys Willson plus goals from Jordan Aspinell and Marc Porter-Brown saw Sam Polston’s side to second spot. Collier Row were held 1 – 1 at ACD Utd with Michael Wade on target for ACD.


Wakebury powered to a 5 – 0 success over luckless Basildon Town Res, who had to field player-boss Alex Shields in goal at Shoebury Park. A hat-trick from Ben Munday and two more from Harry Kateley ensured the hosts’ fourth win of the season. Finally, Leigh Town Res won 2 – 1 at winless Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ with Alex Hubbard and Chris Pope hitting the net to send Robert Hutchings-Spiller’s side into mid-table.



Senior Division Four Results

Catholic Utd Res  5 – 2  Old Chelmsfordians Res   | Len Forge Centre [3G]

Forest Glade  4 – 1  Galleywood Res  | Barleylands Road

Laindon Orient Res  3 – 2  Leytonstone Utd  | Ford’s Sports Club (Basildon)

Roydon  3 – 0  Wakering Sports Res  | Paringdon Sports Club

Shenfield AFC Res  0 – 1  Ongar Town Res  | The Drive, Warley


Senior Division Five Results

Collier Row Res  3 – 4  Newbury Forest Res   | Robert Clack Sch [3G]

Leigh Ramblers Res  4 – 1  Runwell Sports Res   | Belfairs Park

Shoebury Town Res  4 – 3  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  | Cupid’s CC (Pitch #4)

Springfield Res  3 – 3  Harold Wood Athletic Development  | Springfield Hall Park

Wakering Sports ‘A’  2 – 2  Old Barkabbeyans  | Cupid’s CC (Pitch #2)


Match Report: Tower Hamlets 4 – 1 Grays Athletic Res (Sat 29 Dec) [PBT 29.12.18]

Peter Butcher Trophy 2018-19  – Round Two

Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: TBC

2018-19 Season – Match 39

Saturday 29th December 2018  – 3pm KO

Tower Hamlets: ‘Hi-Vis’ Green Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Grays Ath Res: Red and White Striped Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks


Hamlets overwhelm Grays Reserves at Mile End



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


The first match for me in a fortnight took me to Mile End to see Tower Hamlets take on the second-string Grays Athletic side in the Peter Butcher Trophy Round Two stage. The hosts named a mixture of first-teamers and youthful players in their starting XI with Jordan Stanbury in goal behind a back four containing full-backs Kris Queeley and Joshua Rusoke and experienced centre-backs Tola Odedoyin and player-boss AJ Ashinike. Luke With and Dominic Weston were among the substitutes. For Philip Sackey’s team, Manraj Phagura skippered the side with strong forward Theirry Fang leading the line.

The match began in quite a muted fashion as Hamlets set about getting their passing game going with their opponents looking to adapt to both their surroundings and their opposition. Hamlets wingers Yohan Edoukai and Jamie Yila looked handy down the flanks with their pace and trickery. The hosts broke the deadlock on 18 minutes as Edoukai made a darting run down the right and beat visiting custodian Liam Tuitt one-on-one  as the ball went under his legs and into the net.

After a fair period of mostly possession-based play for both sides, Grays did get force their hosts back in terms of territory somewhat. Five minutes before the break, Grays forward Denzil Adebiyi blazed an effort wide of the right-side post, following a long throw into the box. Although the visitors did keep the home defence alert, they couldn’t really bring about that telling final ball to create the oppurtunities to test Jordan Stanbury in the Hamlets goal.

Half-Time:  T Hamlets 1 – 0 Grays Athletic Res


If the first half was quite quiet in terms of goal-mouth action, the same was less so in the second half. Hamlets took advantage of a half-sleepy Grays defence early-doors as only a minute into the half, forward Suaibo Balde powered home a curling effort into the corner in what was a well-taken strike. AJ Ashinike’s team made it three only seven minutes later from a penalty spot as Montel Williams lashed home from 12 yards, right into the top corner giving Tuitt very little chance.

The hard-working Hamlets forward line continued to stretch the visitors as we got into the latter stages as another good delivery from Edoukai found substitute Eziekiel Kamara though his effort was closed down by the visiting back-line. Hamlets did get a fourth in the closing minutes as a lovely move saw substitute Ismael Traore-Mendy send in a teasing cross which Kamara prod home superbly to add some gloss to the score-line.

In fairness, Hamlets were not entirely dominant in this match and Grays did get a goal, with the last kick of the game. A free-kick came about in a promising position, 20 yards out – captain Manraj Phagura stepped up a curled home a beaut right into the left corner, evading Stanbury and his defenders.

All in all, this was a good afternoon’s work for Hamlets as they advance into the next round. I’d like to thank them for their hospitality today. Thanks also to Rob Errington.

Full-Time: Tower Hamlets 4 – 1 Grays Athletic Res

Tower Hamlets   | Player-Manager: AJ Ashinike

Jordan Stanbury (GK), Kris Queeley, Joshua Rusoke, Montel Williams, AJ Ashinike (Capt), Tola Odedoyin, Yohan Edoukai (Brandon Roberts-Marshall 83′), Flavio Jumo, Suaibo Balde (Eziekiel Kamara 76′), Jacob Katonia, Jamie Yila (Ismael Traore-Mendy 86′)

Goal-scorers: Yohan Edoukai [18′], Suaibo Balde [46′], Montel Williams [pen 53′], Eziekiel Kamara [87′]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: With, Weston

Grays Athletic Res  | Manager: Philip Sackey

Liam Tuitt (GK), Robinson Wokoma, David Brookman, Denzil Adebiyi, Qenan Lua-Lua, Manraj Phagura (Capt), Josh Sackey (Jason Thuku 49′), Codei Michel, Luke Sackey, Joseph Gbenko (Furo Ibiama 81′), Thierry Fang

Goal-scorers: Manraj Phagura [90′ +5]

Booked: None    | Subs Not Used: Thorne