Season Review 2019-20: Essex Olympian League Division Three [EOFL SR 19/20 23.4.20]

Written By Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to the second of a mini-series of blog articles looking back at the ‘void’ Season 2019-20, as deemed by the FA.

In this piece, I look back at Essex Olympian League Division Three, including an array of statistics compiled from the EOFL FA Full-Time website including top goalscorers & top appearance makers in the League fixtures. I was fortunate enough to attend a few Division Three matches this term so they may be referenced to as well here.

 

EOFL Division Three  (as of season cut-off point of March 14th 2020)

As with all the EOFL divisions, the season was halted in mid-March 2020 before eventually being curtailed several weeks later. At that point, ACD Utd held the top spot with 43 points from 18 matches. This record included thirteen wins and only the one loss, which was away at rivals Wakebury in late October. Michael Wade’s side were also the best side defensively in this division this term with only 19 goals conceded all league campaign, not bad for their first campaign as an Olympian League side. Fellow newcomers Wakebury were four points adrift in second place, with twelve wins from their 19 matches this term. Matt Cardy & Dan Blewett’s side were the most entertaining side this term with 56 goals scored, at an average of 2.95 Goals per game (GpG). The Shoebury-based side were not as proficient in defence and that may have cost them the top spot but both Wakebury & ACD have a lot to be proud of this season.

Another promoted side ended up being third in Corinthians Reserves. Terry Rose & Ben Adams’ team had an impressive twelve wins from their 15 matches, with only two losses, at home to Buckhurst Hill Ressies and away at Wakebury, which I was pleased to watch in-person. On a better note, they are the second-best goal-scorers this term with 51 goals (but in fewer matches than the Berries so the GpG is 3.40). A sturdy defence as well may have seen them climb into the top two, had the season continued. The next two sides ended in close formation in fourth & fifth respectively. Firstly, Toby Reserves were fourth on 29 points, with nine wins from their 18 matches. They were also fourth in the ‘Entertainers’ listing, with a substantial number of their 40 goals this season coming from forwards Marc ‘The Flea’ Porter-Brown and Luis Ruiz. In fifth place are Collier Row with 28 points from fourteen matches, which included an impressive nine wins for you guessed it, another promoted side (from Div Five in 2018/19). What is also noteworthy is that Row have the third-most miserly defence this term as well with 25 goals conceded, so plaudits to them on that.

Another side I saw this term in Hutton Reserves finished in sixth spot, having played the least amount of matches this term (13), ending up with 21 points. Matt Singh’s side grabbed seven wins this term, though as a caveat, six of those wins were at home. The other win was at White Ensign Reserves in mid-December, which happened to be the game I watched them in. Factor in an impressive goal-scoring record of 35 strikes (a GpG of 2.69) this season and again, they also have grounds for optimism next season. Leigh Town Reserves and Buckhurst Hill Reserves finished in seventh and eighth spot respectively. Leigh’s second-side, under the leadership of Robert Hutchings-Spiller ended up with 20 points from their 14 matches played. Unlike their first team in the division above, Town’s defence was breached 33 times this term as they won six and lost six of their matches this season. Hill’s second-team were two points behind them in eighth spot with 18 points from their fourteen games. Again, their defence was their ‘Achilles heel’, shipping 35 goals at an average of 2.50 per game.

Into the bottom four now, with Lakeside Reserves ending up ninth on 14 points from their 17 matches. All four of their wins this term came in their last nine matches as the latter half of the campaign saw them evade the dreaded bottom two. It was that poor start to the campaign (they didn’t win in their first ten matches) that contributed to them having the second-worst defensive record, conceding 48 times. Basildon Town Reserves finished tenth with 13 points from 15 matches. A difficult campaign at both ends of the pitch was highlighted by them having the third-weakest side in terms of goal-scoring, having scored 23 times and also conceding 41 goals, the fourth-worst in the division. Even so, their four wins this term matches the win count combined for the bottom two sides this term.

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Still from White Ensign Res v Hullbridge ‘A’ (2nd Nov 19)

White Ensign Reserves were 11th, with three wins chalking up the bulk of their ten points gained this term. Manager Jack Caten has had it hard this term, as his side conceded 53 times in their 18 matches, the worst in the division. That said, they continue the club’s tradition of playing at the Len Forge Centre [3G] which is good to see. Finally, another new side in Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ ended up propping up the table, with one win all season – away at rivals Lakeside Reserves. It was a rare great day for Jason Mole’s side, as they scored four points all season and conceded forty-six  goals in their 15 matches this term. I saw the bottom two duke out a 1 – draw in November (image above) at the Len Forge.

EOFL Division Three – Top Goalscorers 2019-20 Season

  Club/s League Goals League Starts
   
1 Max Hall Corinthians Res 18 14
2 Charlie Little Wakebury 17 10
3 Ed Hart Collier Row 16 13
   
=4 Sean O’Callaghan Hutton Res 15 9
Michael Wade ACD Utd 15 11
   
6 Marc Porter-Brown Toby Res 14 14
   
=7 Harry Davison Lakeside Res 9 10
Harry Kateley Wakebury 9 17
Luis Ruiz Toby Res 9 17
Ben Munday Wakebury 8 (+1 pen) 14
   
=11 Chris Pope Leigh Town Res 7 12
Alex Hubbard Leigh Town Res 7 14
   
=13 Tommy Fraine Buckhurst Hill Res 6 9
George Wickings Hutton Res 6 10
Grant Cumming Basildon Town Res 6 11
Landry Gogoa Buckhurst Hill Res 6 11
Luke Smith Corinthians Res 6 13
Samuel Payne ACD Utd 6 14
Ashley Webb Corinthians Res 6 14
   

Finally, here’s the top page of the Leading Appearance Makers in Division Three (focus on League Starts)

  Appearances
  Club/s League Starts Bench Total
   
1 Liam Jarrett Wakebury 19 0 19
   
=2 Jamie Alexandrou ACD Utd 17 1 18
Harry Kateley Wakebury 17 1 18
   
   
=4 Ben Perry Wakebury 17 0 17
Luis Ruiz Toby Res 17 0 17
Ollie Williams ACD Utd 17 0 17
   
=7 Daniel Buglione Wakebury 16 1 17
Dominic Cooper Toby Res 16 1 17
Chris Gore Wakebury 16 1 17
   
=10 Yaw Danso White Ensign Res 16 0 16
Archie Matthews White Ensign Res 16 0 16
Mason Oakley ACD Utd 16 0 16
Matthew Thompson Lakeside Res 16 0 16
   

 

Round-up: Essex Olympian League & Senior Cup (Sat 7 December) [EOFL 19/20 8.12.19]

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Image from Corinthians 1 – 3 Old Southendian Res 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 round-up, which includes matches from the top four divisions & more on Saturday 7th December. Thanks for reading.

 

Saturday 7 December

Premier Division

In the top-tier, Sungate are the new leaders of the division after a narrow 1 – 0 win at Shenfield AFC. One loss in their last six matches see the ‘Gate a point clear of Catholic Utd who powered past Springfield 7 – 3 in a entertaining encounter at the Len Salmon Stadium. Luke Trice netted a treble for Dan Trenkel’s side, with Jay Nash getting a brace plus Aaron Baldwin & Brad Vaughan were also on target. Springfield had Dylan Caramba-Coker, Oliver Evans and replacement Harrison Elles to thank for their goals though they drop to sixth, behind Rayleigh Town on goal difference.

Meanwhile, Leigh Ramblers ended their recent winless run with a 2 – 0 success at Old Southendian, with Ryan Lowe and Justin Lowe strikes proving the difference in a team-wide good performance, which sees Wayne Seal’s team rise to third, at least temporarily given their rivals have games in hand on them. Kelvedon Hatch were held 3 – 3 by strugglers Canning Town at New Hall, which gave the visitors the point they needed to rise off the foot of the table.

 

Match Postponed: Harold Wood Athletic  P – P  Basildon Town (Waterlogged pitch)

 

Senior Division One

Now into a reduced programme in Senior One, and Chingford Athletic remain seven points clear at the summit, thanks to a 3 – 1 triumph over Rayleigh Town Res at Town Mead. The goals came from Mickey Mesmin, Alex Gordon and an OG as Ath got their fifth straight league win. Town’s Ressie side remain in mid-table. Elsewhere, Manford Way drew 2 – 2 with Toby at London Marathon Sports Ground. Olajide Yusuff and Paul Marjason struck for Manford though goals by Nic Keyamo and Sam Parrish levelled things for Toby who got their second point of the season. Manford are winless in their last four matches and sit 7th. Also, Old Chelmsfordians won 4 – 1 at Herongate Athletic to retain second spot, four points ahead of Ongar Town.

Match Postponed: Snaresbrook  P – P  Galleywood   | (Waterlogged Pitch)

 

Senior Division Two

In EOFL Senior Two, Leigh Town roared back to the top of the standings after a fine 6 – 2 win over AS Rawreth at John Burrows Recreation Ground. Shane Cooper and Tom Byford both nabbed braces here, alongside one each for Daniel Driscoll and Max Jones. Town are unbeaten in their nine league matches thus far now, the only side still unbeaten. Rawreth struck through Louis Hill’s double though it’s nine consecutive defeats for them now as they drop to last place. Laindon Orient won 3 – 1 at Rochford Town, thanks to a Charlie Mann double & one from ex-Southend Manor midfielder Ricky Bowyer. Matt Welsh got the solitary Rochford goal as Orient’s third win in their last five outings sees them remain sixth. Town stay third-bottom after their fifth loss on-the-spin.

Meanwhile, in the match I attended at Stambridge Memorial Ground, Old Southendian Res put in a very gritty display to defeat Corinthians 3 – 1. Ben Franklin’s two goals & one from skipper Oliver Tatton-Bennett won the contest, and a hard-working defensive showing assisted them with Nathan Dewberry on the score-sheet for Chris Stoneham’s side. If you’d like more on this match, my report is available here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/12/07/match-report-corinthians-1-3-old-southendian-res-sat-7th-dec-eofl/

Also, May & Baker Res made a blistering comeback to win 5 – 2 at Epping Town. Kurt Smith and Joe Thomas netted for Billy Cove’s side though they were also reduced to ten men in what was their first loss this term in the league.Bakers recovered superbly thanks to doubles from John Mogege and Ricardo Teixiera and one from George Dawood.

Ryan drew 2 – 2 with Harold Wood Athletic Res with Krasimir Kamboshev getting both Ryan goals & Mike Lowry notching both for Wood’s second side. As a result, both sides are in the bottom four while Beacon Hill Rovers won 3 – 2 at Wakering Sports, with Sam Holden getting two of the Rovers goals. Adebolu Adeyemi got the other while Ben Rowe and replacement Ben Aston notching the Sports goals here.

 

Senior Division Three

Finally for this section, in Senior Three, with their nearest rivals not in action due to postponements, Wakebury went two points clear at the top with a fine 5 – 1 win over White Ensign Reserves at Shoebury Park. Christopher Gore led the way with a treble, plus Daniel Buglione and Charlie Little also chipping in for Matt Cardy’s side. Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ finally ended their winless run with an important 1 – 0 at fellow strugglers Lakeside Res, with Josh Boswell getting the crucial goal for Jason Mole’s side. Hutton Res also won, 3 – 0 at home to Leigh Town Reserves thanks to strikes by Harry Calder, Stephen Judge and substitute Harry Lane. That win sees them stay 9th but gain ground on the sides above them.

 

Matches Postponed: Collier Row  P – P  Corinthians Res   | Forest Row Centre

Toby Res  P – P  ACD Utd  | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park – Toby pitch)

 

Senior League Cup Results

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  2 – 2  Hutton  (Hutton won 5 – 4 on pens) | Silver Leys

Rayleigh Town  4 – 0  Lakeside   | London Road

 

Essex Junior Cup

Buckhurst Hill Res  0 – 1  Wakering Sports Res

Shoebury Town ‘A’  5 – 2  Basildon Town Res 

 

Senior Division Four Results

Catholic Utd Res  0 – 1  Chingford Athletic Development

Galleywood Res  3 – 4  Ongar Town Res

Laindon Orient Res  1 – 6  Roydon

Leytonstone Utd  1 – 2  Forest Glade

Old Chelmsfordians Res  5 – 3  Shenfield AFC Res

 

Senior Division Five Results

Leigh Ramblers Res  3 – 2  Wakering Sports ‘A’

Newbury Forest Res  0 – 5  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res

Roydon Res  1 – 0  Old Barkabbeyans  

Shoebury Town Res  P – P  Collier Row Res

Springfield Res  9 – 1  Herongate Athletic Res

 

Match Report: White Ensign Res 1 – 1  Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  (Sat 2nd Nov) [EOFL 19/20 2.11.19]

Essex Olympian League – Senior Division Three

Venue: Len Forge Centre [3G]

2019 – 20 Season: Match 34

Saturday 2nd November 2019 – 2.00pm KO

W Ensign Res: Sky Blue & White Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Wakering: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

 

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Pitch pre-match 

Chance-laden match ends all-square for Ensign Ressies & Hullbridge ‘A’

White Ensign Res  1 – 1  Hullbridge Sports ‘A’

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

For this weekend’s Saturday match, I elected to defer to Olympian League action once again, and after the glib weather had taken out my initial choice, I headed to the Len Forge Centre to see White Ensign’s reserve side face the Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ side (aka their Developmental side) in EOFL Senior Three. Jack Caten named a decent side with a few of his Ensign team having played for the first team in left-back Yaw Danso, centre-back Daniel Casey and winger Lubona Wyatt. Current first-teamers James Parkins and Bradley Gates started in goal and in midfield respectively. For the Hullbridge side, Josh Boswell and Henry Shields were among their forward line with custodian Rod Morrissey and centre-backs Henry Hands and Oscar Driscoll. Joe Darby and Charlie Oakman were among their substitutes.

Ensign looked to keep the ball on the deck in the early stages of this contest, on a very damp artificial surface. The first real chance though fell to the visitors on six minutes as forward Josh Boswell did well to get past the home defence though after rounding goalkeeper James Parkins, heis effort on goal was blocked by a well-positioned covering defender. The ‘Bridge side did come back into the match and had decent amount of possession in the midway point of the half though Ensign responded as after a good run by winger Lubona Wyatt, the ball came to midfielder Bradley Gates who wafted his strike well over.

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Moments later at the other end, a corner for ‘Bridge found centre-back Henry Hands six yards out though his header was punched away by Parkins. Neither side could get that decisive strike away at this point, though on 33 minutes, after a 40-yard run, midfielder Joss Pountney was brought wide by his marker though could still get a shot off that just fizzed past the angle of crossbar and post. The half concluded with two telling chances with varying results. Wyatt showed good persistence n the flank on 37 minutes before finding Pountney though he could only fire off-target with only ‘keeper Rod Morrissey to beat.

And then with half-time a minute away, the Hullbridge side took the lead. A rapid break bypassed the home defence, with Boswell unselfishly playing in Henry Shields who superbly blasted home from twenty yards right in the top corner past Parkins.

Half-Time: White Ensign Res  0 – 1  Hullbridge Sports ‘A’

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Ensign introduced Mechack-Kisoka Asuka at the break and he nearly made an instant impact as he had a sight at goal though could only find the side-netting. A flurry of chances followed for both teams, with centre-back Archie Matthews heading wide from forward Lewis Brown’s corner. That was swiftly followed by Boswell crashing a drive against the woodwork in what was a really promising chance. Ensign did level things up on 62 minutes as Asuka used his rapid pace to good effect, breaking through the visiting backline before cooly slotting low past Morrissey into the far corner, just out of the grasp of the covering defender.

The chances continued to sway for both sides, as six minutes after the equaliser, Gates free-kick smashed the crossbar. Seconds later, a powerful strike by midfielder Harry Mole came back off the crossbar and post though it was adjudged not to have crossed the line. In the latter stages of this very open encounter, Matthews and Asuka both struck off-target for the hosts while substitute Joe Darby also hit the woodwork for Hullbridge, he showed good purpose and pace in his cameo. Fellow replacement Charlie Oakman also clipped the post with Parkins to defeat before the Ensign ‘keeper made a sprawling save to deny a super curling effort late on. Brown then had an effort on the stroke of full-time that also grazed the much-used goal frame though both teams had to settle for a point.

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Full-Time: White Ensign Res 1 – 1 Hullbridge Sports ‘A’

In some ways, the draw was the right result as either side could have won though unfortunately didn’t have the desired finishing.

In terms of stand-out performances, for the hosts I felt winger Lubona Wyatt stood out with his pace and movement down the left flank, while Mechack-Kisoka Asuka impressed in his appearance from the bench. Centre-back Archie Matthews made some timely interceptions and goalie James Parkins made a few crucial saves as well to keep that point intact. For the visitors, forward Josh Boswell got in many promising positions, and could have easily had a hat-trick. In midfield, Billy Carter put in an energetic shift, with Joe Darby doing well after coming on and Harry Mole also did well at times too.

Finally, my thanks to the hosts for their hospitality today. I wish both sides well for the remainder of the EOFL Senior Three campaign.

 

Teams

White Ensign Reserves    | Player-Manager: Jack Caten

Starting XI: 1. James Parkins (GK), 2. Max Pitts, 18. Yaw Danso, 13. Daniel Casey, 6. Archie Matthews, 7. Sam Smith, 16. Bradley Gates, 17. Rudi Voller, 8. Joss Pountney, 11. Lubona Wyatt, 9. Lewis Brown

Goal-scorers: Mechack-Kisoka Asuka [62’]

Subs On: Jack Thompson, Mechack-Kisoka Asuka | Subs Unused: A Skinner, J Caten

 

Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  | Manager: Adrian Hands

Starting XI: 1. Rod Morrissey (GK), 6. Henry Hands, 4. Oscar Driscoll, 33. George Mole, 14 Harry Mole, 30. Tom Quelch, 32. Billy Carter, 16 Henry Shields, 7. Charlie Cox, 34. Josh Boswell, 11. Will Bray

Subs On: Joe Darby, Charlie Oakman, Luke Livingstone | Subs Not Used: None

Referee: Nnaemeka Ukah

Round-up: Essex Olympian League & Senior Cup (Sat 7 September) [EOFL 19/20 8.9.19]

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

Hello and welcome to this week’s extended round-up of Essex Olympian League action, which includes matches from the top four division, plus a round-up from the Senior League Cup action and results from Senior Division Four and the Reserve League Cup action this weekend – Saturday 7th September. Thanks for reading.

 

Premier Division

As ever we start in the top-tier, as Buckhurst Hill re-opened the refurbished Roding Lane ground with a 4 – 0 win over Basildon Town. Suley Zuhdu’s penalty gave Mark Williams’ side the half-time advantage. Zuhdu struck again after the break and Sam Sollosi got two late goals to give Hill the win on their special day. Rayleigh Town remain top though after a 4 – 3 triumph at Harold Wood Athletic, despite playing nearly an hour with ten men. Reiss Kingsley got all three goals for Ath. Paul Morris netted for Town before being given his marching orders though one from Harry Talbot and a brace from substitute Bailey Moss did the business for Paul Higgins’ team.

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts won 3 – 2 at Canning Town while Kelvedon Hatch defeated Leigh Ramblers 3 – 2 at home. Ryan Lowe and Dan Williams notched for the Rams though their away-day stretch without a win continued. Hutton also notched three points with a 3 – 2 success over Old Southendian, who responded through Ed Gould and Mattias Tonking. Sungate also got a third win in four league matches by defeating Shenfield AFC 2 – 1.

Finally for this division, Springfield handed Catholic Utd a rare loss as the hosts won 1 – 0, thanks to Joe Nathanson’s solitary goal.

 

Senior Division One

Senior One saw three matches this weekend. Manford Way won their first match back in the division with a 2 – 0 success at Ramsden Scotia. Joe Lovell as among the scorers there while Ongar Town won 6 – 0 at Shoebury Town and Snaresbrook also won 2 – 1 at Rayleigh Town Ressies.

 

EOFL Senior League Cup 2019-20

In a myriad of Cup action, AS Rawreth won through, 2 – 1 over Newbury Forest Reserves thanks to two goals from Harry Barham. Epping Town defeated Div Two rivals Corinthians  2 – 1 after extra-time, thanks to goals by Joe Thomas and Joey May. Also, Herongate Athletic progressed with a 2 – 1 triumph at Laindon Orient with Jordan Martyn and Glen Jordan on target for Ath.

FC Hamlets breezed through to the next round with a 6 – 0 home win over Rochford Town. John Gilroy got a treble, with Kevin Baudrier, Ishmael Carter and Darren Serrano-Griffiths all on target. Westhamians hit six past Forest Glade in a 6 – 1 away win. John Massala got five of them, with Shakim Thomas getting the other strike as the visitors went through.

Roydon sent Ryan crashing out as the Div Four side won 4 – 1. Aymen Mekni got a double here, while Lewis Watson and Scot Bown also struck. Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ also went through, following a 2 – 1 win at Leytonstone Utd. William Bray and Billy Carter got the goals as ‘Bridge’s third-team went through. Meanwhile, Toby also advanced as goals from Tolu Dina and Peter Spicer saw them win 2 – 1 at White Ensign Ressies.

 

Other Results in Senior League Cup:

Dagenham Utd  0 – 2  Galleywood  | Ford’s Sports Club (Dagenham U Pitch)

Wakering Sports  2 – 1  Collier Row  | Cupid’s Country Club (Pitch 1)

 

Senior Division Two

We head back into League action now with Senior Division Two. Beacon Hill Rovers defeated Harold Wood Athletic Res 3 – 0 with goals from Will Simpson, Stephen Bennett and Lewis Sherwood assisting Rovers to their opening win this term. Also, Leigh Town won 4 – 0 at May & Baker Res with Shane Cooper, James Roberts, Tom Byford and Sam Gillmore on the score-sheet as Town got their third consecutive league win.

 

Senior Division Three

In Senior Three, Wakebury won their opening match in the Olympian League with a 3 – 1 triumph at Basildon Town Reserves. Liam Jarrett, Oliver Laycock and Charlie Little all netted for the visitors. Alex Witham struck for the Town second-string as they have yet to win in their three league matches thus far.

Toby Reserves maintained their unbeaten streak with a 3 – 1 home success over Hutton Reserves. Marc Porter-Brown got all three of the Toby goals as he kept up his impressive scoring run early-doors this term. Elsewhere, Corinthians Reserves also got their third straight win as they won 3 – 1 against Leigh Town Reserves.

 

Senior Division Four (result)

Old Chelmsfordians Res 2 – 6 Ongar Town Res

 

Reserve League Cup (results only)

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res 3 – 3 Springfield Res (Swifts won 4 – 2 on pens)

Chingford Athletic Development 4 – 0 Shoebury Town Res

Old Southendian Res  7 – 0  Canning Town Res

Runwell Sports Res  2 – 3  Buckhurst Hill Res

Shenfield AFC Res  2 – 1  Galleywood Res

 

 

 

2019-20 Season Preview: Essex Olympian League Senior Three (EOFL D3 31.7.19)

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Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – EOFL Blogger

 

Hello and a warm welcome to the last of my mini-series of articles previewing the upcoming 2019-2020 Essex Olympian League season, division-by-division. We continue with Senior Three now which will have 13 sides competing in this division with sides getting promoted from both EOFL Senior Four and Senior Five, plus other sides have moved across from the now-defunct Under-21 division and it’s a progressive new era for two clubs making their way into the EOFL family this term. This is partly due to the number of clubs being promoted from this level to the divisions above.

With May & Baker ‘A’ folding in the close-season, there are no teams relegated from Senior Two, though that does not mean the division doesn’t have a ‘new look’ about it – it does. Here’s how it shapes up…

 

EOFL Senior Three Constitution (2019-20)

  • ACD Utd (NEW)
  • Basildon Town Res
  • Buckhurst Hill Res (P)
  • Collier Row (P)
  • Corinthians Res (P)
  • Dagenham Utd (P)
  • Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ (NEW)
  • Hutton Res
  • Lakeside Res (P)
  • Leigh Town Res (NEW)
  • Toby Res (P)
  • Wakebury (NEW)
  • White Ensign Res

Starting with the sides remaining from last season, Hutton Res were the highest finishers in 7th, with White Ensign Res and Basildon Town Res immediately below them. Given that two sides (Roydon & Old Chelmsfordians Res) were relegated to Senior Four, these three sides are the only survivors from last year and are out-numbered by the five teams promoted from Senior Four & Five. The teams finishing 3rd to 6th in Senior Four are elevated so Dagenham Utd, Lakeside  Res, Toby Res and Buckhurst Hill Res respectively will face the step up.

Dagenham and Lakeside’s second-string both had very respectable campaigns last time out, and although Toby and Hill’s Ressies finished a smattering of points behind them, both clubs’ first teams are in the top two divisions (Hill in the Premier and Toby in Senior One) so they could adapt well to the climb.

Factor in the elevation of the top-two from Senior Five as well and you could have a tough division. Corinthians Reserves won Senior Five last term to complete a league-winning double for the First team (Senior Four) and the Reserves. Also, it’s good to see a name from the past return in Collier Row who got the runners-up spot in Senior Five in April. Hullbridge Sports have also entered an ‘A’ team in this division this term so it will be interesting how effectively their ‘third team’ will do here though it is a pathway up to the Reserve team I suspect.

Three sides have joined from other leagues as well. First, former Essex Alliance League (EAL) outfit ACD Utd are placed here and the Romford-based side will be looking to follow on well from finishing 2nd in the EAL’s top-tier last term.

Also there are two sides joining from the Southend Borough Combination Premier Division. Leigh Town Res finished third in that division last term and although the side currently play in neighbouring Hadleigh, Robert Hutchings-Spiller’s side will enjoy the journey this term after their upward progression. Joining them are Shoebury-based outfit Wakebury. They managed a very respectable fourth-place in the Southend Boro Combination Premier, finishing 13 points off league winners Shoebury Town Res, who interestingly will compete in Senior Five of the Olympian League this term.

To all the clubs, managers, players and many others who support them, have a good season everyone. I look forward to keeping tabs on the action and I hope that round-ups on Senior Three will join the sections from the top three tiers of the Essex Olympian League this term. Best, Scott

 

 

Fixtures for First Two Weekends of EOFL Senior Three (subject to change)

Saturday 24th August  – 2.30pm

Corinthians Res  v  Dagenham Utd  | Stambridge Memorial Ground

Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  v  Buckhurst Hill Res   | Lower Road

Lakeside Res    v   Basildon Town Res  | Lakeside Sports Ground (3G)

Toby Res  v  Leigh Town Res  |  Ford’s Sports Club, Newbury Park

 

Saturday 31st August – 2.30pm

Basildon Town Res  v  Leigh Town Res   |  Basildon Sports Club

Buckhurst Hill Res  v  Collier Row  | Roding Lane (Pitch 2)

Dagenham Utd  v  Lakeside Res  | Ford’s Sports Club, Newbury Park

Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  v  Toby Res  | Lower Road

Hutton Res  v  ACD Utd   |  Polo Fields

White Ensign Res  v  Corinthians Res  | Len Forge Centre (3G)