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.