S22-23 Round-ups: Essex Olympian Lge (Sat 17 Sept) [EOFL 22-23 19.9.22]

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Written by Scott W [@ScottMHC14] – Non-League Writer

Match Photos by Scott W

Hello & welcome to the round-up from the action in the Essex Olympian League. This week on Saturday 17 September, we look at the action in all six divisions, plus an extra section on the Essex Premier Cup which also got underway once again this weekend. The above image is taken from a fine minute’s silence observed to mark Queen Elizabeth II, at Rayleigh Town v Leigh Ramblers as was the case at all EOFL matches and elsewhere this weekend.

EOFL – Saturday 17 September

Still from Rayleigh Town v Leigh Ramblers this weekend

EOFL Premier Division & Division One

We start this week in the top-tier with Toby‘s 3 – 2 win over Bishop’s Stortford Swifts at the Nursery Sports Ground. Jamie Simpkins, Oliver Dingli and Luis Ruiz’s spot-kick were enough to send Mark Jones’ team to victory, overhauling goals from Jordan Robertson and Jack Clarke for Swifts to confirm the points. Hutton had a Stephen Judge goal to thank for a 1 – 0 win over Old Southendian at Chadfields which keeps them top by three points.

In the match I saw myself at Thames Road, Rayleigh Town left it late to secure a comeback 4 – 3 win over Leigh Ramblers in a superb match. Frank Hession-Harris, Will Baldry, Harry Talbot and substitute Philip Anunwa’s strike overturned a brace from Andrew Webster and a stunner from Scott Clark to grab the points. If you’d like more on this match, my report is available here:


Finally in the Premier, Springfield were held 2 – 2 by Canning Town. Emmanuel Etcheri and Arinze Ossai both netted for Franco Zabotti’s side.

In Division One, Harold Wood Athletic continued their fine form with a 5 – 0 victory over Wakering Sports at Cupid’s. James Pottle netted twice again here, with the supporting cast of Leroy Griffiths, Billy Gray and Connor Sheehan all netting for John Field’s team, who are three points clear at the summit. Corinthians sit second after a 4 – 2 success at home to Herongate Athletic. Bailey Moss netted another fine treble here for Chris Stoneham’s team, with Max Jones adding the other after coming off the bench. Both the top two remain unbeaten.

Still in the second-tier, Manford Way got their first win of the new term in some style as they won 5 – 1 at home to Leigh Town. David Alele, Richard Kadima, Dawid Potoczek, Alfie Smith and substitute Samuel Oramadike all scored to secure the win. Zack Walker got the consolation goal in what proved to be boss Antony Lane’s last game in charge, I’d like to wish him well for the future.


EOFL Divisions Two & Three

In the only Division Two match this week, Harold Wood Athletic Res were too strong on this day as they defeated May & Baker EOFL 5 – 2 at Harold Wood Rec. Thomas Butler scored twice here for the hosts, with substitutes Del Hawtin, Lennie Milton-White & Sam Tampkins all netting as well.

In Division Three, Hullbridge Sports Res were a rare side who handed Bickhurst Hill U23 a defeat at home, with Hullbridge winning 3 – 2. Joe Tuskin scored twice for the Sports’ developmental side, and Jay Knight was once again on the score-sheet. Stefanos Ladoukakis and Jack Barnes goals made it tight but ultimately the Buckhurst developmental side fell to defeat. Also, Leigh Town Res were 2 – 0 winners at Old Chelmsfordians Res, with Chris Pope and substitute Nathan Cox on target for Josh Burrage’s side. Lastly in Division Three, Pitsea Athletic were 3 – 1 victors over Springfield Res at Basildon Sports Club. Liam Jeffrey netted twice here, with replacement Carlos Dias adding his name on the score-sheet. Harrison Elles responded for the visitors.


EOFL Divisions Four & Five

Moving into Division Four now, Roydon continued their decent start with a 1 – 0 win away at Shenfield AFC Res. Rene Pivarnik was the hero as they celebrated another welcome win. Leigh Ramblers Res also got a huge win with an 8 – 0 triumph over Ongar Town at Belfairs. Substitute Temi Adebayo struck three goals here, with Luis Bracci adding two goals plus there was one goal each for Taylor Stewart, Matthew Pooley and replacement Cameron Jarvis. Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res also got maximum points with a 4 – 1 win over Galleywood Res at Silver Leys. Substitute Matt Kemp led the charge with two goals, with Henry Harnack and Matthew Allen adding to the visitors’ pain.

Elsewhere in Division Four, Herongate Athletic Res got all three points with a 4 – 0 victory over Pitsea Athletic Res at St Clere’s 3G. Kai Redmond scored twice here, with Kemston Allen and Kieron Wilson-Fowler also finding the net in this good win. The other game saw Collier Row grab a huge 7 – 1 victory over Wakering Sports Res at Forest Row Centre.


In Division Five, Basildon Town A got a big 7 – 0 triumph at AS Rawreth Res, with Harry Payne scoring a treble, Scott Read adding two goals and Rodney Wilson getting the other strike. Wakebury Res also got three points, as they won 2 – 1 at Shoebury Town Res. Tommy Wolfe got both goals for Joe Creak’s team there. The other result saw Runwell Sports Res defeat Epping Town Res 5 – 0 at St Luke’s Park. Benjamin See and substitute Wallace Hoyi both netted twice here, with Alex Gray grabbing the other goal.


Essex Premier Cup R1

So the EPC got underway with the various leagues at Step 7 of the pyramid (Essex Olympian, Essex Alliance, Essex & Suffolk Border etc) facing each other as well as some Reserve sides. We begin our in-focus look at seven matches with Shoebury Town‘s superb 5 – 1 victory over Olympian League local rivals Old Southendian Res. Kyle McAlindon came off the bench to score twice for Garry Johnson & John Galley’s team here, with Kian Bradshaw, Aaron Marshall and Enoch Gyimah also finding the net. Jack Pagett’s goal for the OS side did little to inspire them unfortunately.

In the lunchtime game, Catholic Utd negoiated a tricky trip to Barking U23 as Utd prrevailed 4 – 0 at Mayesbrook Park 3G. Louis Robinson, Franklin Craik, Ben Burrows and James Warder all netted for Simon Thomas’ team as they progressed. Beacon Hill Rovers went through thanks to a 3 – 2 win over Saffron Walden Town Res with Charles Brewer, Ashley Hill and Jack Walker all netting for the victors there. Harold Hill also had a good day, as they defeated fellow Olympian side AS Rawreth 4 – 1. Robbie Farrell, Charles Georgiou, Joe Killingback and Freddie Madle all score to see Billy Cove’s side through.

ACD Utd also went through after despatching Belle Vue SC 4 – 1 at Westlands. Jacob Dingli scored twice here for Michael Wade’s team, with Scott Perkins and an OG accounting for the other goals. Galleywood were made to work hard for their 3 – 2 victory over West Essex Development, with Roman Sparks’ double leading the way and Ben Smith also notching for the hosts there. Lastly for this week, Old Chelmsfordians progressed with a 3 – 1 success over Takeley Res. The trio of Max Johnson, Shane Pritchard and Greg Strong were all on target to see the hosts through. Alfie Nicholls got the solitary reply for the ESL Reserve side.


Other Results in EPC:

Alresford Colne Rangers 5 – 0 Runwell Sports

Chingford Athletic EOFL 3 – 4 Wakering Sports Res

Clapton CFC H – W Corinthians Res (Home Walkover)

Colne Athletic 1 – 0 Sungate

Dagenham Utd  2 – 1 Catholic Utd Res

Epping Town 3 – 4 Stanway Rovers U23

Hashtag Utd Dev 2 – 3 Tiptree Heath

Wakebury A – W Kelvedon Hatch (Away Walkover)

S22-23 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 3 Sept) [EOFL 22/23 4.9.22]

Written by Scott W [@ScottMHC14] – Non-League Writer

Hello & welcome to the round-up from the fourth week of action in the Essex Olympian League season. This week on Saturday 3 September, we look at the action in the top four divisions in-focus, with a round-up from Divisions Four & Five.paigns here. 

Action still from OS v Canning Town (Image by Scott W)

EOFL Premier Division

The Premier Division begins with a fabulous 6 – 1 win for Rayleigh Town at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Paul Higgins’ team have continued their good early season form with this big win, which saw Harry Talbot and Jack Long both score two goals each, with substitutes Sonny Woodward and Lewis Robson also finding the net. Replacement Alfie Bowen got a consolation goal for Swifts here. Catholic Utd also got a big win, despatching Galleywood 5 – 0 at the Len Forge. Aaron Baldwin & Franklin Craik both scored braces for Simon Thomas’ side, with Matt Wilson also notching to give the ‘Super Hoops’ their third consecutive win.

Also, Leigh Ramblers got a important 1 – 0 victory at Shenfield AFC, with Scott Clark getting the decisive goal for Mark Hunter’s team. At Chadfields, Hutton were held to a goal-less draw by Runwell Sports but Matt Singh’s side remain top because of their unbeaten record. Kelvedon Hatch were held 2 – 2 by Sungate at New Hall with Charlie Nichols and replacement Joe Cull getting the goals for Darren Hunt’s team.

In the match I saw live on Saturday, Canning Town made the most of a strong first-half as they won 4 – 3 at Old Southendian. Nabil Musah’s fine hat-trick allied with Napat Pattanawanitkitkul’s goal was enough to edge them to their third win of the campaign after OS came back strongly in second half through goals from Ed Gould, Jordan Faulkner and a pearler from Callum Ludlaim. If you’d like more on this game, my report is available here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2022/09/03/s22-23-match-report-old-southendian-3-4-canning-town-sat-3-sept-eofl/


EOFL Division One

In Division One, ACD Utd continued their decent season with a good 3 – 2 trimuph at Beacon Hill Rovers. Samuel Payne, Jamie Alexandrou and Shaun Goddard netted for Michael Wade’s side, but had to deal with a Rovers comeback which saw Lewis Sherwood and Bertie Whymark reply for the home side there. Epping Town got a superb 5 – 0 win at Wakering Sports, with Chris Gormley and Abdul Kamara both getting two goals apiece, while Joe Rickett contributed the other goal to add to Sports’ pain at Cupid’s Country Club.

In the other action in the division, Harold Hill defeated Herongate Athletic 2 – 1 at Noak Hill, while Corinthians were held 2 – 2 by Harold Wood Athletic. Bailey Moss got both goals for the hosts with James Pottle’s goal and another Billy Gray spot-kick giving John Field’s team a share of the points at Stambridge Memorial Ground, Ath also remain top.


EOFL Divisions Two & Three

In Division Two, Shoebury Town began their campaign with a 2 – 1 victory at Harold Wood Athletic Res. Kian Bradshaw & Dominic Walton got the goals for Garry Johnson & John Galley’s side, though Charlie Portway did get an added-time reply for Wood at Harold Wood Rec. Hutton Res also triumphed this weekend, as goals from David Johnson and Jonathan Hillard saw them to a 2 – 0 win at AS Rawreth to join a chorus of four teams on six points at the summit.

Hashtag Utd Development were also in action and got a important 2 – 1 success over Wakebury at Barleylands. Chandler Wray got both goals in the first half for the Tags’ youth side to render Harry Kateley’s goal in response a consolation for Matt Cardy’s team. In the other match in Division Two, Wakering Sports Res narrowly defeated May & Baker EOFL 3 – 2 at Cupid’s to continue their decent start to the season.

Moving now into Division Three, Basildon Town Res got a 2 – 1 victory at Toby Res, with Joshua Hales scoring both goals at the Nursery Sports Ground. Pitsea Athletic lead the table at this very early stage after a 4 – 0 win at home to Corinthians Res at Basildon Sports Club. The ensemble cast of scorers fir the hosts were Precious Aminu, Kwadwo Asante, Emmanuel Ampaabeng and substitute Joshua Ledger.

Also, Collier Row got a 2 – 0 success at Leytonstone Utd in the ‘Forest Row derby’. Buckhurst Hill U23 are still unbeaten after three matches and reside in second spot after drawing 1 – 1 with Leigh Town Res at Roding Lane. Substitute Divine Ngonye netted for Buckhurst’s developmental side there.

Lastly in Division Three, Springfield Res were held to an entertaining 3 – 3 draw with Hullbridge Sports Res at Chelmer Valley School. Jay Knight got two goals for Jason Mole’s side, plus Harry Mole also netted but it was not enough to get the points.


EOFL Divisions Four & Five results

Division Four

Galleywood Res 3 – 4 Herongate Ath Res

Roydon 3 – 1 Ongar Town,

Shenfield AFC Res 2 – 0 Pitsea Athletic Res,

Wakering Sports A 1 – 4 Leigh Ramblers Res


Division Five

Collier Row Res 1 – 2 Canning Town Res,

Epping Town Res 0 – 8 Manford Way Res, 

Runwell Sports Res 4 – 0 Wakebury Res,

and Sungate Res 3 – 5 Basildon Town A

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S22-23 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 13 Aug) [EOFL 22/23 14.8.22]

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Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League writer

Hello & welcome to the return of the Essex Olympian League round-up articles for the 2022-23 season. I will endeavour to compile these as often as I can during the season, though just as an advance notice that they may not be done weekly. This week, we look the action in all six divisions, as the new EOFL season began in earnest.

Match still from Corinthians 3 – 1 ACD Utd [Image by Scott W]

EOFL Premier Division

As usual we begin with the top-tier, and in a season of change which includes two new names to the division (Toby & Runwell Sports) and a few clubs moving into ground-shares at Senior grounds, we start with Hutton‘s 2 – 1 victory over Rayleigh Town at Tilbury’s Chadfields. Stalwarts Will Marlowe and Stephen Judge got the important goals there as Matt Singh’s side began their new era well. Catholic Utd also began their new season well with an impressive 5 – 1 success at newcomers Toby. Aaron Baldwin started his season with a treble, with substitutes Harrison Day and Liam Oliver also notching at Toby’s new venue – the Nursery Sports Ground in Ramsden Heath.

Elsewhhere, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts grabbed a 2 – 0 triumph over Sungate at Silver Leys. Jamie Dicker and William Morris secured the points for the home team there. Old Southendian also started with a win as they defeated Springfield 2 – 1 at Garon Park 3G. Nico Dubouchet and Jack Lelliott scored one goal each for Altan Ali’s team to overturn Arinze Ossai’s goal for Francesco Zabotti’s team. Other results on the day were Runwell Sports’ 1 – 1 draw with Galleywood and Canning Town‘s 3 – 1 success over Shenfield AFC.

EOFL Division One

In Division One, Harold Wood Athletic began life in the second-tier with a fine 4 – 0 victory over Old Chelmsfordians. Matt Donovan, Billy Gray, Zach Holding and Max Shepherd were the ensemble cast of scorers to give John Field’s new side the points. Harold Hill also began their season under new management with a win, as they defeated Leigh Town 2 – 0 at Noak Hill. James Odhiamba and Troy Tizard-Cleghorn got the goals for Billy Cove’s new team.

In the match I watched live this weekend to mark the new Intermediate season, Corinthians were made to work hard before earning a 3 – 1 victory over divisional newcomers ACD Utd at Stambridge. Bailey Moss netted twice and Bill Wilton added the other goal for Chris Stoneham’s team, after Samuel Payne had earlier given ACD the advantage. If you’d like more on this game, my full report is available here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2022/08/13/s22-23-match-report-corinthians-3-1-acd-utd-sat-13-aug

Finally in this division, Epping Town started their campaign strongly with a 5 – 2 victory at Beacon Hill Rovers. Sacha Canning and Jack Walker got the goals for Rovers but ultimately, Stuart Hoskins’ side were too strong on the day.

EOFL Divisions Two & Three

Moving into Division Two now and in the two games that took place, both were won by the visiting side. Wakebury began their season with a gutsy 2 – 1 triumph at Wakering Sports Res at Cupid’s. Ben Rowe and Will Wheeler got the telling goals to give Matt Cardy’s side the points. Harold Wood Athletic Res got a narrow 1 – 0 success at newcomers Hashtag Utd Development, with Thomas Butler getting the only goal on the half-hour.

Only one match began the term in Division Three, and it ended in a draw. Basildon Town Res fought hard but were held 2 – 2 by Old Chelmsfordians Res at Basildon Sports Club. Rodney Wilson and Joshua Hales got the goals for the hosts there.


EOFL Divisions Four & Five

Roydon began their new season in Division Four with a superb 4 – 1 victory at Wakering Sports A on the second pitch at Cupid’s. Connor Riddoch scored twice here, with Max Pike and Connor Presland also netting for the visitors. In the other game, Collier Row began life in the fifth-tier with a comfortable 3 – 0 win against visitors Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res.

Just the one match in Division Five this week, which saw Collier Row Res launch their season with an excellent 7 – 1 win over newcomers Manford Way Res at Forest Row Centre.

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S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 9 Apr) [EOFL 21/22 11.4.22]

Archive Image – Wakering Sports v Runwell Sports last month in D1

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 9 April. The focus this week is on the League action and the additional sections on Divisions Four & Five remain in place with their campaigns coming to a conclusion. Thank you for reading.

Essex Olympian Lge – Saturday 9 April


EOFL Premier Division, Divisions One & Two

In the Premier Division, Leigh Ramblers got a key 2 – 1 win over relegation rivals Canning Town to keep them four points clear of the bottom three. Nathan Dewberry got both goals for Mark Hunter’s team. The Rams open the midweek matches in the EOFL this week with the visit of Springfield to Belfairs. Kelvedon Hatch deepened Harold Wood Athletic’s concerns of the drop as Hatch won 4 – 1 at New Hall. Drew Klessa-Smith got another two goals to take his tally to 17 this term, which was allied with strikes by substitutes Tom Johnson & Darren Jiro to give Darren Hunt’s side the points. Tim Hinds-Addow also got a goal for Ath after coming off the bench. Galleywood are still requiring points after they lost to Hutton 2- 1 at Slades Lane. The ever-dependable duo of Brad Freeman and Will Marlowe both netted for Matt Singh’s side as they kept pace with the top three above them. Matthew Crick replied for ‘Wood though they have seven matches to overhaul Leigh Ramblers and Springfield directly above them.

At the summit, Basildon Town got a 2 – 0 triumph over Catholic Utd with Jamie Bradbourn and Ryan Scougall’s fine free-kick proving enough to give Marcus Bowers’ side the points and reduce the gap to the top two to just one point with at least one match more to play. Utd remain sixth with Sungate their main rivals for that spot after they comfortably defeated Springfield 6 – 0 in NE London. Finally, Rayleigh Town maintained their good form with a 4 – 0 away win at Shenfield AFC. Harry Talbot is the division’s top-scorer now with 19 goals this term after a double here. Liam Oliver and Jack Long also netted for Paul Higgins’ team as they for the moment went top, above Ongar on goal difference, having played a game more.

News: It was announced this week that Basildon Town are leaving their current tenancy at Basildon Utd, with Marcus Bowers’ side having agreed to ground-share at Step 3 team East Thurrock Utd next season.


In Division One, there was a shift in the dynamics in the promotion race as Epping Town defeated second-placed Toby 4 – 3 at Epping UC Rugby Club. Stuart Hoskins’ side put in a big display to ensure a mid-table finish thanks to Joe Rickett’s 10th league goal this term, plus strikes from Callum Turner, Chris Gormley and Conor Corrigan. Mark Jones’ team replied through goals from Albert Perry, Nick Walk and Jake Jones but they ended their season here in the knowledge that if Wakering Sports win by six goals in their last game, the latter side will be promoted.

Toby’s loss also confirmed Runwell Sports as Champions of the Division, so again congrats to Rob Hodgson, all his management team and the squad. Wakering Sports did their part on Saturday as they had three second-half goals to thank for a 3 – 0 victory at Corinthians. The substitutes made the difference here as two goals for Mohammed Sesay and one from Callum Burns-Green were enough to claim the win. Finally, Leigh Town drew 2 – 2 with Beacon Hill Rovers at John Burrows Rec, which means both sides will likely need to avoid defeat in their last game to avoid a bottom-two finish.


Moving into Division Two now, leaders ACD Utd fell to only their third loss of the season as Manford Way won 1 – 0 at Westlands. James Dobson got the vital goal for Manford as they stayed three points adrift of second-placed Harold Hill. ACD need four points from their last two games to complete the job with yet another title. Harold Hill stay second after a 3 – 0 triumph over Old Southendian Res at Noak Hill – it is most likely that one win in their last two matches will confirm promotion as they have a superior goal difference to the teams below them.

Elsewhere, Harold Wood Athletic Res held Wakebury to a 3 – 3 draw at Harold Wood Park. Ben Rowe got two goals here while Josh Portway also scored for Steve Hubbard’s team, who are pretty much safe from the bottom two now. Harry Kateley, Kofi Gyamfi and Ibrahim Kagbanda all scored in reply for Matt Cardy’s side but it seems most likely they will finish fourth after a fine debut campaign at this level.  

Also, Shoebury Town ended their season with a positive 3 – 1 win over Rochford Town at Cupid’s. Garry Johnson’s side sit fifth with aspirations of a better season next term with their youthful squad. Rochford will likely finish bottom, with only one match left to play later this month – at Wakebury. Finally, Rayleigh Town Res defeated Hutton Res 3 – 1 at London Road, which means Town could finish seventh and Hutton’s second-side still needing points from their remaining two games to avoid a bottom-two finish.


EOFL Divisions Three, Four & Five

Into Division Three, Toby Res went up to sixth after a 2 – 0 victory over Hullbridge Res in the early kick-off in Newbury Park. Oliver Dingli went joint-top in the lead goal-scorers charts with 23 league goals after a brace here for the hosts, congrats to Ollie on another fine season. ‘Bridge will finish no better than eighth this season after this loss. In the other result, Wakering Sports Res got a hard-fought 3 – 2 win at Leigh Town Res which takes them top of the table, in a tight promotion race.

Moving into Division Four, Springfield Res had a super 7 – 0 success at home to Sungate Dev to put them five points clear in second spot. The Sungate side need at least five points from their last five matches to avoid a bottom-two finish. Also in the relegation battle are Leytonstone Utd, who ended their campaign with a 2 – 2 draw with Shenfield AFC Res. The draw means that Utd will have to await other results as both Galleywood Res & Sungate Development have several matches left to play.

In Division Five, Collier Row Res ended their season with a fine 3 – 1 win at Snaresbrook Res, with Nicholas George, Harry Potts and Raheem Bravo all on target to ensure they will finish the campaign no worse than seventh. Snaresbrook have one match left to play and can finish sixth with a win. Also, Herongate Athletic Res drew 0 – 0 with Pitsea Athletic Res at Billericay Road, which means that the PItsea side will finish third and Herongate fourth, as they both have one match remaining.


EOFL Cups

EOFL Reserve Lge Cup

Hashtag Utd Dev  2 – 3  Buckhurst Hill U23


EOFL Res Lge Trophy

Ongar Town Res  p2 – 2 Catholic Utd Res  (Ongar won 5 – 4 on pens)

Thanks again for reading.

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 19 Mar) [EOFL 21/22 21.3.22]

Archive Image, from Leigh Ramblers v Kelvedon Hatch earlier in the campaign

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 19 March. This weekend saw a promotion confirmed in the match I saw first-hand. As ever, there was a number of competitions being played (the EOFL Senior Cup, Reserve League Cup, Ressie Trophy, Denny King Memorial Cup & Essex Premier Cup). This week, the focus is on the League action once again, and we will have additional sections on Division Three plus the results in Divisions Four & Five plus the Cups.

Essex Olympian Lge – Saturday 12 March

EOFL Premier Division, Divisions One & Two

In the Premier Division, Ongar Town kept their four point lead at the summit with a comprehensive 6 – 1 success at home to Sungate. The ensemble cast of Jack Zielinski, Harry Rawlins, Fred Mattock, Joe Lily, Conner Jones and Paul Cox were all on target for Richard Ponsford’s side, with a fine strike from Kyran Chiedozie proving little consolation for ‘Gate here, they remain seventh with 11 matches still to play. Elsewhere, Rayleigh Town remain second after a 3 – 1 victory at Kelvedon Hatch. Liam Oliver, Ben Baxter and replacement Habeeb Apatira all netted for Paul Higgins’ side who remain in the hunt for the title. Joseph Newson responded for Kelvedon who drop to fifth but have still have a great season under Darren Hunt’s management team.

Also, Hutton are fourth on goal difference after a tight 1 – 0 win at home to Springfield, with Brad Freeman once again the goal-scoring talisman for Matt Singh’s side. They went level on points with Basildon Town in third after they beaten 2 – 1 by Bishop’s Stortford Swifts at Silver Leys. Sam Chaney and Samuel Brown both scored for Swifts as they got a memorable win which almost secures their place in the division. Basildon still have eight games to overhaul the sides above them, and player-boss Marcus Bowers netted for them here.

Old Southendian strengthened their position in the top ten with a fine 3 – 1 victory at Galleywood, with goals courtesy of Mitchell Ali, Mattias Tonking and substitute Harry DaCosta securing their ninth win this term. Thomas Watling got the solitary goal for ‘Wood here, they remain in the bottom four. Finally, Shenfield AFC got a 1 – 0 success at home to Leigh Ramblers to remain comfortably clear of the bottom four in eighth.

In Division One, there were big wins for the chasing pack as they sought to join Runwell Sports in the promotion spots. Toby got a terrific 3 – 1 win at Old Chelmsfordians, with Albert Perry, Harry Barham and Luis Ruiz all scoring for the Brewers to maintain a chance of pinching the title on their last game. Liam Landers responded for OC’s who will have to be satisfied with a mid-table finish. Wakering Sports also got a precious three points with a 2 – 1 triumph at strugglers Beacon Hill Rovers. Aaron Clark and substitute Ben Burrows got the points for Paul Morgan’s side here, who remain third but must win both their remaining games to have any chance of a top-two finish. Bertie Whymark scored for Rovers in that game.  Corinthians got a Walkover win against Chingford Athletic, who have now been removed from the divisional table after withdrawing from the remainder of the campaign. Chris Stoneham’s Corinthians side still have the opportunity of finishing third if they win their last two games.

Moving into Division Two, Harold Hill remain in prime position for a promotion spot after a hard-fought 5 – 4 win at May & Baker A. Braces for Alagi Juwara and Jose Hernandez were not enough for Bakers’ to grab a point here, they remain seventh. Wakebury also got a narrow win to go back into third spot, following a 3 – 2 triumph at Rayleigh Town Res. Jerry Nkoy, Will Wheeler and an OG were enough to give Matt Cardy’s side the win and keep them in with a chance of a top-two finish. Town remain eighth. Also, Manford Way drew 2 – 2 with Shoebury Town with Samuel Oramadike and Charlie Parish scoring for Manford. Player-boss Garry Johnson and substitute Steven Sharpe both got on the scoresheet for Town, who edge five points clear in sixth with this point. Manford need one more victory to secure fourth spot as a minimum this term.

Finally, Harold Wood Athletic Res took a big stride toward safety with a 3 – 2 success at Old Southendian Res. Daniel Spittle, Thomas Butler and Arthur Simmons all scored for Steve Hubbard’s side here to go six points clear of the bottom two. Charlie Kernott and replacement Charlie Carter both netted for Josh Bambury’s side who look set for a mid-table finish.

EOFL Senior League Cup –  Canning Town  2 – 0  Catholic Utd


EOFL Divisions Three

Into Division Three now, Basildon Town Res got a 5 – 1 win at Collier Row to confirm they will finish at least fourth in the table. Grant Cumming scored twice here with Benjamin Smith, Joe Barnett and Louis Hill also on target for Tony Bowers’ side.  Row look set for another relegation as they are two points adrift at the bottom, with only one match remaining. Corinthians Res got a decent 2 – 2 with improving Buckhurst Hill U23 at Stambridge. Bailey Moss got both goals for the hosts, with Harry Maslin and Louie Cooper responding for Hill who could still finish sixth this term. Wakering Sports Res got an away Walkover with Hullbridge Sports Res conceding their match, which means Wakering stay third but are level on points with Hashtag Utd Development above them.


EOFL Division Four Results

Canning Tn Res  3 – 3  Old Chelms Res,   

Springfield Res 3 – 0  Galleywood Res

And Sungate Dev  4 – 3 Shenfield AFC Res


EOFL Division Five Results

Herongate Ath Res H – W  Snaresbrook Res,

Leigh Ramblers Res 1 – 3  Pitsea Ath Res

Old Barkabbeyans  H – W  Wakebury Res 


EOFL Reserve League Cup

Toby Res 2 – 4  Chingford Ath Res


EOFL Reserve League Trophy

Leigh Town Res  p1 – 1 Hutton Res  (Leigh Town Res won 8 – 7 on pens)


EOFL Denny King Cup

Runwell Spts  1 – 0 AS Rawreth

Snaresbrook  1 – 0  Roydon

Thanks again for reading.

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 26 Feb) [EOFL 21/22 28.2.22]

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 26 February. This weekend saw big results and with a number of different competitions being played (the EOFL Senior Cup, Reserve League Cup, Ressie Trophy, Denny King Memorial Cup & Essex Junior Cup), our focus remains on the League action. This week, in addition to the usual top three tiers, we have sections on the Senior Lge Cup & Division Four.


Main Image is by Peter Dudley [@ped1980], used with permission & thanks. Many thanks for reading.


Essex Olympian Lge – Saturday 26 February

EOFL Premier Division, Divisions One & Two

In the Premier Division, Kelvedon Hatch maintained their excellent campaign with a tough 3 – 2 win against improving Springfield at Arun Park. Max Bradford, James Burt and Tom Johnson got the important strikes for Darren Hunt’s side, with Garjay Thompson and Roland Oteniya responding for Francesco Zabotti’s side. Kelvedon are now up to second and face Hutton away next weekend (see fixtures at article’s end) which will be a tough one for Hutton as they look to stay in the top two. Springfield remain in tenth but are vulnerable to be caught by two sides just below them (Stortford Swifts & Galleywood) who have matches in hand.

Elsewhere, Shenfield AFC got another good win away from home with a 4 – 0 triumph over Harold Wood Athletic at Robert Clack Sch 3G. A double from substitute Ross Riding was added to by strikes from Samuel Lock and Elliott Thompson to put them three points clear in ninth. Athletic remain bottom, seven points adrift of exiting the bottom two with nine matches left. Catholic Utd also got a narrow 1 – 0 success at Leigh Ramblers, with Jay Nash getting the only goal to see his side back up to sixth. The Rams have eight games to retain their status as a Step 7 side arguably.

Rounding the top-tier action, Old Southendian got a memorable 2 – 0 win at Rayleigh Town to shore up their own mid-table ambitions and also dent Rayleigh’s chances of the title. On that note, Ongar Town went back up to the top after a hard-fought 2 – 1 victory at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Archie Gerard gave Swifts a surprise lead but Ongar displayed their spirit once again as goals from Joe Lilly and Jack Zielinski turned the game and gave Richard Ponsford’s side another important three points.


Division One saw two matches that did not go ahead. Firstly, Epping Town were the first beneficiaries of a Home Walkover in their match with Chingford Athletic, as the Town Mead side have withdrawn their first team only from their remaining matches, in the division (Source: EOFL website) after boss Declan Murphy departed the club this week. I understand their Reserve team is not affected, but let’s hope Chingford Firsts return next season.

Also, Toby’s match with Old Chelmsfordians also ended up in a walkover in favour of the hosts. That result sends them into second spot on their own but with Wakering Sports having one more match to play, Mark Jones’ side will need to amass as many points as they can from their remaining three matches.


There was also one match in Division Two, and it was an important one. ACD Utd continued their leap towards Division One with a hard-fought 2 – 1 success over rivals Wakebury at Westlands. Michael Wade and Mason Oakley got the crucial goals for Greg Knock’s team to outweigh Jamie Bradbourn’s strike for the Berries. ACD go back to the summit, three points clear of rivals Harold Hill, with Wakebury’s destiny now not entirely in their own hands given they are four points behind Hill in second and Manford Way are five points behind them but with two further matches to play.


EOFL Divisions Four & Five

In Division Four, the top two did battle at Town Mead as Chingford Athletic Res drew 3 – 3 with Roydon. Luke Dimond, Cane Sullivan and replacement Benson Osejindu got the goals for the hosts but the visitors are having a good run and strikes by Nader Benzid, Halcyon Griffith and Rene Pivarnik claimed a point which means the gap between the two teams remains at four points, with both teams having five matches left.

Division Five Results

AS Rawreth Res  1 – 2 Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res | The Warren

Runwell Sports Res  1 – 1  Epping Town Res  | St Luke’s Park

Wakebury Res  A – W Collier Row Res | Away Walkover


EOFL Senior League Cup

Three matches were played in the Senior League Cup and two of them were surprises. Corinthians showed how strong they are at their best as late goals assisted them to a superb 5 – 0 win at Premier side Hutton. There were doubles for Bailey Moss and Jake Hodder for Chris Stoneham’s side, with Leo Clarke also on target. They face a trip to Sungate next, while Hutton will have ten league matches to focus on. Sungate went through 5 – 4 on penalties, after a 0 – 0 draw with Basildon Town. Both sides will have hectic conclusions to the season, including midweek league matches in April and May.

Finally for this part, Harold Hill also issued a reminder of their talents as they won 4 – 2 at Galleywood. Craig Skipper and Oliver Sadler got the goals for ‘Wood but Hill still progressed.  


Essex Junior Cup Semi-Finals:

Belle View SC  3 – 2 Hashtag Utd Development

And Wormingford Wanderers 0 – 3 Catholic Utd Res

EJC Final: Belle View SC  v  Catholic Utd Res (set for Wednesday April 6th, at Concord Rangers FC)


EOFL Reserve League Cup Results

Buckhurst Hill U23  6 – 0   Galleywood Res | Roding Lane

Old Southendian Res  3 – 5  Wakering Sports Res  | Garon Park 3G


EOFL Reserve Lge Trophy:  Ongar Town Res  2 – 1  Leigh Ramblers Res


EOFL Denny King Memorial Cup

Old Barkabbeyans  2 – 4  Beacon Hill Rovers  | Barking Abbey Sch 3G

Pitsea Athletic  2 – 6  Runwell Sports  | Basildon Sports Village

Shoebury Town  2 – 2p  Manford Way | Cupid’s (Pitch 2) | Manford won 4 – 3 on pens

For more on this game, fellow Non-League writer Pete Dudley was watching & his report Is here: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2022/02/shoebury-town-2-manford-way-2-manford.html 

Season Run- in: Fixtures for March 5th (top two tiers only, stc)

EOFL Premier Division (2pm KO unless stated)

Hutton  v  Kelvedon Hatch  | Polo Fields

Leigh Ramblers  v  Springfield  | Belfairs Park

Rayleigh Town  v  Galleywood  | London Road

Old Southendian  v  Basildon Town  | Garon Park 3G (2.30pm KO)

Shenfield AFC  v  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  | St Martins Sch 3G (2.30pm KO)

One game in EOFL Division One:

Beacon Hill Rovers  v  Herongate Athletic  | Wickham Bishops Sports Ground

Thanks again for reading.

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Sat 5 Feb) [EOFL 21/22 7.1.22]


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 5 February. This week, the league action takes the central focus, with a few matches also in several Cup competitions. This week’s round-up includes a section looking at EOFL Division Four & Five, with results from the Cup competitions.


Essex Olympian League Round-up – Saturday 5 February

EOFL Premier Division & Division One

In the Premier Division, with Basildon Town in Cup action, the focus turned to the chasing pack. Hutton went to the summit after a comprehensive 5 – 1 win over Harold Wood Athletic at Polo Fields. Luke Ricketts got a double, with Brad Freeman, Stephen Judge and substitute Jack Shaw all joined him on the score0-sheet as Matt Singh’s team made it five straight wins in the league. Rayleigh Town are two points behind them as they got a decisive 4 – 0 success at Sungate. Liam Oliver, Harry Talbot, Charlie Seaden and replacement Ben Baxter all scored for Paul Higgins’ side.

Meanwhile, Shenfield AFC got a fine 3 – 1 victory at Catholic Utd to move up to eighth in the table. A double from Luke Williamson and one from Ben Carroll overhauled Michael Sammut’s reply for Utd and give the visitors another good three points. Also, Canning Town leapt off the bottom of the standings with a 2 – 1 win over Leigh Ramblers in Beckton and Ongar Town were again held at home to a goalless draw by Old Southendian.


In Division One, leaders Runwell Sports were not in action but would have been reasonably happy with their rivals’ results. Toby were held to a 3 – 3 draw by fellow top six side Chingford Athletic, Albert Perry notched two goals for Mark Jones’ side, with Dean Maguchu getting the other goal but a brace of his own from Eren Muti and a goal from Airon Paul was enough to claim a point for Declan Murphy’s side. Wakering Sports were held 1 – 1 at Cupid’s by Epping Town, with Alfie Fossett scoring for Mitchell Gleeson’s side there and Old Chelmsfordians slipped up, as they were beaten 2 – 1 by improving Beacon Hill Rovers, with Charles Brewer and Jack Walker on target for Hill there.

Also, Corinthians got a vital win as they triumphed 6 – 2 at Herongate Athletic to go back up to fourth, just a point adrift of Toby in second.


EOFL Senior League Cup

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  9 – 0  Snaresbrook | Silver Leys

Springfield  2 – 3  Basildon Town  | Arun Park


EOFL Reserve Lge Cup

Epping Town Res  0 – 7  Wakering Sports Res  | Epping UC Rugby Club

Galleywood Res  1 – 1  Leigh Ramblers Res (Galleywood won 5 – 4 on pens)  | Slades Lane


EOFL Divisions Two & Three

Into the League action with the three games played in Division Two. With leaders ACD Utd not in action, Harold Hill got a fine 5 – 0 win over Rochford Town, with Peter Tyler and George Shelvey both scoring twice there. Manford Way also won 3 – 0 at home to Harold Wood Athletic Res, with David Alele, Dominic Esty-Wilkinson and substitute Samuel Oramadike all netted for Manford to take them up to fourth, above Old Southendian Res. Also, Shoebury Town won 2 – 1 at Rayleigh Town Res, with Tyler Boosey and Steven Valente scoring for Town. William Vile got Rayleigh’s reply but they are six points behind Shoebury in seventh.

In Division Three, Basildon Town Res extended their lead in fourth spot to ten points after a 3 – 0 victory over leaders Catholic Utd Res. Keith King scored twice for Town, with Sam Marsh also on target here. Utd lost their unbeaten league record which had held since August. Pitsea Athletic remain in fifth place after a 3 – 2 victory at Leigh Town Res. Sean Devlin, Jason Stanhope and Reece Stone were the goalscorers there for Pitsea. Lastly, Buckhurst Hill U23 also won 3 – 1 against Collier Row at Roding Lane.


EOFL Divisions Four & Five

In Division Four, Roydon once again got a good three points to remain second in the table, after a 3 – 0 victory against Canning Town Res. Nader Benzid, Connor Presland and Ross Bourke all netted for the hosts here. Old Chelmsfordians Res are still third after winning 2 – 0 at Leytonstone Utd, with Martin Mixture on target for the visitors at the Forest Row Centre. Southend Manor Development are now up to fourth spot after a fine 3 – 1 triumph at local rivals Wakering Sports A. Max Franzosi netted twice for the visitors, with Marly Gunn also scoring for Carlos Codinha’s team.

Elsewhere, Sungate Development got their first league win in several weeks with a 4 – 3 success at mid-table Ongar Town Res. Finally, leaders Chingford Athletic Res are four points clear at the top after a 3 – 1 win at Shenfield AFC Res at Warley Playing Fields. Luke Dimond got another two goals here to reach 33 league goals this term, which is some achievement. Billy Calder’s eighth goal of the campaign for Shenfield wasn’t enough to prevent defeat for them.

In Division Five, AS Rawreth Res got another important victory with a 2 – 1 success over Wakebury Res at the Warren. Substitute Justin Burrell got both goals for the hosts, with Ben Morley getting the reply for the Berries’ second-side. In the other game in the division, Old Barkabbeyans went up to seventh spot following a 2 – 1 win at top four side Pitsea Athletic Res. Jay Elliott and Tyler Turner both got on the scoresheet for the East London side. Replacement Vishnu Panikkar responded for Ath at the Basildon Sports Village.

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S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Sat 29 Jan) [EOFL 21/22 31.1.22]

Still Image from OS v Hutton, Ed Gould [#11] on the ball for OS

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 29 January. This week, the league action takes the central focus, with a number of matches also in several Cup competitions. This week’s round-up includes a section looking at EOFL Division Four, in addition to the top four tiers of league action & Results in the Cups.

Essex Olympian League Round-up – Saturday 29 January

EOFL Premier Division & Division One

In the top-tier, Shenfield AFC got another important victory as they won 2 – 1 at Galleywood. Charlie Heatley and Luke Williamson strikes were enough to give AFC the win which means they are ten points clear of the bottom two. Jamie Lockwood got a goal back for Galleywood though they still need points to move away from the bottom three. Leigh Ramblers also managed a vital victory, defeating Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 3 – 1 at Belfairs Park. Harry Bovington’s goal wasn’t enough to gain a point for Swifts, as the Rams rose one place to 12th.

At the summit, Hutton went into second spot with a fine 3 – 0 win at Old Southendian. Brad Freeman’s double and Tom Stephens’ goal was enough to keep Matt Singh’s side well in the title hunt. I attended this match & my report is here: Link:  https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2022/01/29/s21-22-match-report-old-southendian-0-3-hutton-sat-29-jan-eofl/

Meanwhile, Ongar Town lost ground as they were held 0 – 0 by an improving Springfield side at Lakeside Sports Ground. Richard Ponsford’s team are in fourth spot, three points adrift of leaders Basildon Town. Kelvedon Hatch are also moving into contention for a top four finish after a 2 – 0 triumph against Canning Town at New Hall. Joseph Newson and substitute Drew Klessa-Smith got the goals for Darren Hunt’s team as they moved seven points clear in fifth spot.

In Division One, leaders Runwell Sports took a big stride towards promotion with an important 5 – 1 win over Herongate Athletic at St Luke’s Park. Jimmy Cox and Charlie Little both netted doubles for Rob Hodgson’s side, with Gianni Frankis’ goal competing the scoring. George Doyle got the only goal for Herongate here but the win for Runwell means they lead by six points putting the onus on the chasing pack who do all have games in hand. Toby moved into second spot after a narrow 1 – 0 success at Leigh Town. Luis Ruiz got the only goal there, and Town need a couple of wins to avoid getting drawn into the bottom two.

Beacon Hill Rovers got a much-needed victory also, as they triumphed 3 – 1 at rivals Epping Town. Callum Turner got the only goal for Epping but they are in a similar position to Leigh with four teams in that battle to stay in the division. Also, Old Chelmsfordians defeated Chingford Athletic 2 – 0 at Town Mead to put themselves in a good position as one of five teams that could challenge the leaders for promotion.


EOFL Senior League Cup

Harold Hill 4 – 3 AS Rawreth | Noak Hill

Rayleigh Town  1 – 0  Wakering Sports | London Road


Essex Premier Cup – Quarter-Finals

Catholic Utd  2 – 1  Stanway Pegasus  | Len Forge 3G

Clapton CFC  3 – 2  Manford Way | Held at Oakside

Sungate 5 – 3  Basildon Town (AET) | Ilford Wanderers RFC


EOFL Divisions Two & Three

Into the League action with the four games played in Division Two, and ACD Utd were held to a 3 – 3 draw at Westlands by improving Rayleigh Town Res. Even a brace from Michael Wade and one from Jacob Dingli was not enough to claim the points for Greg Knock’s side Wakebury are right there in the promotion running now after a 2 – 1 success at Shoebury Town. Harry Kateley netted both strikes for Matt Cardy’s side, which sees them strengthen their position in third & are four points behind leaders ACD Utd.

Hutton Res were also held at home, as they drew 3 – 3 with Old Southendian Res at Polo Fields. Thomas Adams, Oliver Tatton-Bennett and replacement Harry DaCosta all netted for Josh Bambury’s team as they maintained fourth spot but their advantage over their rivals is slim. Finally. Harold Wood Athletic Res edged an outstanding game to win 5 – 4 over Rochford Town at Robert Clack Sch 3G. Billy Spencer netted twice for the hosts, with Ben Rowe, Thomas Butler and Josh Portway all also on target for Steve Hubbard’s side. Rochford responded through a four-goal haul for club stalwart Freddie Pettitt but the Wood second-side go three points clear of Town after this win.

In Division Three, Pitsea Athletic went three points clear in fifth spot after a 2 – 1 triumph at Collier Row. Kwadwo Asante and Sean Devlin got the goals which meant Pitsea got their seventh win this term, while Row remain second bottom. Catholic Utd Res extended their lead to six points after a 6 – 1 victory over Buckhurst Hill U23 at St Thomas More Sch.

Meanwhile, Basildon Town Res look set for a top four finish after a 5 – 1 victory at Corinthians Res. Matthew Keiller got two goals here for Town, with Rhys Willson, Nicholas Bowers and Sam Marsh also netting to overpower a solitary goal for substitute Jacob Hudson for the Corinthians Ressie side. Town are ten points clear of Pitsea with both having only four league games left. Finally in this division, Wakering Sports Res maintained their chance of promotion with a 7 – 0 success over Hullbridge Sports Res at Cupid’s. Connor Fardyga netted another fine treble to pass 20 league goals this term, with Scott Clark notching twice and Ciaran Sweeney also on target.


EOFL Reserve League Cup Results

Old Chelmsfordians Res 2 – 0 Runwell Sports Res | Lawford Lane

Wakebury Res 3 – 2 Sungate Dev  | Nursery Sports Ground

EOFL Reserve League Trophy  – May & Baker A 2 – 1  Canning Town Res

EOFL Divisions Four & Five

In Division Four, Roydon got another fine win as they defeated Wakering Sports A 3 – 0 at home. Nader Benzid, Connor Riddoch and Connor Presland all were on the score-sheet as Roydon continue their aspiration to get promoted once again. Also, Shenfield AFC Res got a 3 – 1 triumph at Springfield Res, with Billy Calder netting twice and there was also a goal for Ben Cawood. Finally, Leytonstone Utd won 2 – 1 at Southend Manor Development, with Jack Mead notching the consolation goal for the Manor reserve side.

Division Five Results

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  H – W Old Barkabbeyans  | Home Walkover

Collier Row Res  0 – 0 Leigh Ramblers Res  | Forest Row Centre (Pitch 2)

Pitsea Athletic Res  1 – 2  Herongate Athletic Res | Basildon Sporting Village   

S21-22 Match Report: Wakebury 6 – 2 Harold Hill (Sat 18 Dec) [EOFL 21/22 18.12.21]

Essex Olympian League – Division Two

Venue: Nursery Sports Ground

2021-22 Season: Match 48

Attendance: 15 (Est)

Saturday 18th December 2021 – 2pm KO

Wakebury: Royal Blue & White Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Harold Hill: Sky Blue Shirts, Sly Blue Shorts & Socks

Nursery Sports Ground pitch pre-match

Excellent display sees Wakebury end 2021 with big win over Harold Hill

Wakebury  6 – 2  Harold Hill

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

This weekend, it was a sojourn into the Essex Olympian League divisions with this Division Two clash of two of the top three sides in Wakebury and Harold Hill. It was my first visit to the Nursery Sports Ground and my first time seeing Harold Hill on what was a big match for both sides with the Berries looking to gain ground on the top two. Wakebury had Callum Druce between the sticks, with a defence of Harry Kateley, Elliott Khupe, Alex Horey and Kofi Gyamfi. Max Hall led the line alongside Will Wheeler and Ibrahim Kagbanda and Chris Gore again captained the side. New recruit Brodie Horne was on the bench, as was Jake Butler. Peter Tyler returned to the Harold Hill side, alongside Harry Agombar and Sean Casey in their forward three. James Hughes skippered the side, with Finley Lyle in defence and Jack Suters as a defensive midfielder. Their sole substitute here was forward Ronnie Hobbrough.

The match began with both sides adapting to the tricky conditions, and it was the visitors who had more possession in the early stages. Wakebury couldn’t settle into their passing game, with Hill’s Ryan Handelaar having a decent strike cleared by the well-placed Alex Horey off the goal-line, after goalkeeper Callum Druce had come out of his area to clear the initial danger. Forward Harry Agombar also fired narrowly over the woodwork, as defenders Horey, Eliott Khupe and Kofi Gyamfi had to be alert from the early-going. As it turned out, their early wariness was rewarded as they broke the deadlock on fourteen minutes. Forward Will Wheeler and Gyamfi were involved in a good move on the counter for Matt Cardy’s side before winning a set-piece. From that corner, support forward Danny Buglione was inches away from getting a telling touch but Max Hall did get in the right place to force the ball over the line.


Harold Hill launch an attack with Gyamfi [#3] tracking back for Wakebury

Unsurprisingly, Wakebury were lifted by that opening goal and they did have more impetus in the next phase of the match. Hall was again posing a threat as he struck a curling drive narrowly over visiting stopper Louie Kinsley’s goal frame. Wheeler and fellow forward Ibrahim Kagbanda were having an influential role in the forward moves for Wakebury and their rapid moves forced a defensive error on the half-hour, which Hall took full advantage of to stroke home low under Kinsley’s legs to double the lead for Wakebury.

The hosts kept the ante up as they looked for a telling third goal. However, Harold Hill did dig in and it would be harsh to say they ‘held on’, as they made several important clearances. That spirit was rewarded two minutes before half-time as they were awarded a free-kick which Wakebury were rather aggrieved about. They were still miffed when Agombar’s flighted set-piece found skipper James Hughes who powered in a fine header high into the net. Just like that, the hosts’ lead was perilously thin and it highlighted that both sides could go on and take the points.



Half-Time: Wakebury   2 – 1   Harold Hill

Soon after the interval, the encounter got somewhat tetchy as both sides really fought to claim the momentum. Wheeler was really giving the visitors a headache with his pace and fine passing and it was one of those telling passes that found Hall advancing on goal, although his effort sailed narrowly wide as Kinsley sought to cover his goal. The hosts were not denied for long though as on 66 minutes, they made it three-one as Hall turned provider with a well-directed long pass for substitute Brodie Horne who faced Kinsley one-on-one and fired home well, low into the net.

Barely a minute later, with Harold Hill still looking to reset, the hosts got a crucial fourth goal. Kagbanda put in a teasing cross from a set-piece and Wheeler burgled half a yard of space at the back post to strike the ball home from close range and really add to the visitors’ frustration. Unfortunately, it got worse for them as Wakebury added a fifth goal on 74 minutes. In increasingly slippery conditions, Kinsley couldn’t cleanly gather the ball at the edge of the 18-yard box, which allowed Hall to slip in and strike the ball home to complete his treble, past an understandably tiring Harold Hill defence.



Harold Hill had a tough last fifteen minutes, which began with Handelaar being sent off after receiving a second yellow card. Forward Peter Tyler had looked a threat for his side although the debate could be that did he receive enough of the ball in the match, and he fired a strike narrowly wide of home custodian Callum Druce’s goal. Soon afterward, Tyler continued his run at goal after referee David Bloxham’s whistle had blown, which earned him a early end to his match after being put in the sin-bin. With the visitors playing with nine men, Wakebury added a sixth goal involving substitute Jake Butler and Kagbanda who in turn found Hall who found the net for the fourth time – quite an afternoon for him.

Harold Hill saw forward Sean Casey sent off moments later for a second yellow card and despite finishing with eight players, they got a late second goal with Agombar curling in a decent free-kick past Druce to at least give his side something for their efforts. You may look at the score-line and think ‘this was a one-sided match’ though I’m not sure I agree with that. What I will say is that this was an engaging contest in which both sides put in a lot of graft and ultimately, Wakebury deserved to win the points for the excellent display that put in.



Full-Time: Wakebury 6 – 2   Harold Hill

To summarise, Wakebury put in a very energetic and attacking performance to outwork their opposition, whilst being clinical in taking their chances, with forward Max Hall scoring no less than four goals in this match to take his goal tally to eighteen goals. A strong defensive showing by Wakebury also stifled what looked a strong Hill frontline, I can certainly see why the likes of Peter Tyler have scored a lot of goals so far this term. Hill were not helped by having two players dismissed and Tyler sin-binned in the last 20 minutes as they finished the game with eight men. Even so, I have to give them credit putting in a hard-working display and looking a threat going forward, particularly in the first hour.

As ever, there was a number of good performances in this match. For Wakebury, firstly I have to applaud the four-goal haul of forward Max Hall, who has established himself in this side well now and also showed good movement here & got an assist. Defender Kofi Gyamfi had an excellent match at centre-back, making several good interceptions and showed a good willingness to track the opposition forwards. Forward Will Wheeler also had a fine match, particilarly down the right flank, putting in good passes and displaying good movement. Finally, midfielder Junior Lawrence put in a fine display, really setting attacking moves in motion with telling passes, and making good runs as well.

For Harold Hill, forward Harry Agombar had a good match and scored late on with a well-struck free-kick, after putting in a good shift for his side and making good runs. Anchor midfielder Jack Suters put in a very good display too, making important tackles and looked to get his side moving with good passes. Also a word for defender James Hughes and Finley Lyle who worked hard as well, with Hughes being a towering presence aerially and Lyle making several clearances as well.

Best wishes to both teams for the rest of the campaign. My thanks to Wakebury duo Matt Cardy & Dan Blewett today & Harold Hill’s coach Rob and Secretary Jason for their assistance pre-match.

Action Still from late in the match

Teams

Wakebury  | Manager: Matt Cardy | Assistant: Dan Blewett

Starting XI: 1 Callum Druce (GK), 15 Harry Kateley, 2 Elliott Khupe, 6 Alex Horey, 3 Kofi Gyamfi, 4 Chris Gore (Capt), 7 Will Wheeler, 8 Junior Lawrence, 9 Max Hall, 10 Danny Buglione, 11 Ibrahim Kagbanda

Goal-scorers: Max Hall [14′, 30′, 74′ & 86′], Brodie Horne [66′], Will Wheeler [67′]

Subs On (Time): 14 Brodie Horne [59′ – on for Buglione], 12 Jake Butler [76′, replacing Wheeler]

Booked: Kagbanda   | Subs Not Used: J Smith

Harold Hill  | Manager: Mark Ellis  | 

Starting XI: 1 Louie Kinsley (GK), 18 Finley Lyle, 8 James Hughes (Capt), 3 Sam Bolton, 14 Ryan Handelaar, 2 Jack Suters, 12 Nathan Tshole, 7 Tommy Foster, 10 Harry Agombar, 11 Peter Tyler. 9 Sean Casey

Goal-scorers: James Hughes [43′], Harry Agombar [89′]

Subs On (Time): 16 Ronnie Hobbrough [46′ replaced Foster]

| Sin-Bin: Tyler [82′] | Sent Off: Handelaar & Casey (both Two Yellows)  | Sub Not Used: None


Referee: David Bloxham

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