Season Review 2019-20: Essex Olympian League Premier Division [EOFL SR 19/20 30.4.20]

Written By Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to the fifth piece 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 what was a fascinating Essex Olympian League Premier Division campaign, rounded out with an array of statistics compiled from the EOFL FA Full-Time website including top goal-scorers & top appearance makers in the League fixtures. I was fortunate to see a few of the teams in action live this term.

 

EOFL Premier Division   (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 the summit were Sungate, who amassed forty-four points from their 22 matches in what was a very good season for the East London-based side. They had the secod-best defensive record, conceding twenty-nine times (at a average per game (or GpG) of 1.32) and also enjoyed the joint-best goal-scoring record, scoring 52 times (GpG of 2.36). I saw them come back to win a really enterprising game at Old Southendian in February and you could certainly see why they were hot in front of-goal and they will hope to carry on the impetus going forward. Leigh Ramblers had a really good campaign, finishing in second spot. Wayne Seal’s team had a strong end to the season, ending up with thirty-eight points from their 22 games played. They won seven of their 11 matches at their Belfairs Park home and were also joint-high goal-scorers with 52 strikes this term. Murmurings indicate that they are looking to build the club going forward and they will be a threat next term you feel. Last season’s champions Buckhurst Hill finished in third, with 32 points gained from only fourteen matches. Postponements and Cup runs perhaps thwarted Mark Williams’ side from a higher finish and you would not have gone against Hill obtaining a top-two finish, had the season gone on for another month. As it was, they still got ten league wins, along with being the division’s fourth-best goal-scorers with 46 strikes (a GpG of 3.28) and held the best defensive record (16 goals shelled) for the second consecutive campaign. Not bad going! Factor in their three entrants in the leading goal-scorers chart (see below) and you start to see why Hill are highly-regarded in the local Non-League scene. Both of their losses this season came in South Essex, at Rayleigh Town and Leigh Ramblers but it does seem they are well-placed for another tilt at success next term.

In fourth place were Catholic Utd, having managed 31 points from their twenty-one matches this term. The ‘Super Hoops’ are based at Bowers & Pitsea’s Len Salmon Stadium [3G] and grabbed seven wins from their thirteen games there. They scored fifty-one goals (GpG of 2.43) to put them in third in the list of ‘Entertainers’ this term though it was at the other end where the issues were, having shelled 39 goals this season. Their form tailed towards the end of the campaign, and they were uncharacteristic in their loss at Old Southendian in late January, which I watched. Utd have announced that former Southend Manor & Waltham Abbey Reserves boss Stuart Marshall will take the reins next season and it is good to see him back in the game, all the best to him. Kelvedon Hatch made the most of a decent run prior to the cut-off to finish fifth, having got thirty points from their 20 outings. Glen Golby & Steve Willis’ side certainly were not dull to watch, having struck the net forty-one times and conceded 45 times (a GpG of 2.25) this term. I saw them lose out narrowly at Old Southendian in December and you could see why quite a few of their players have played at a higher level, the guile and the craft is there. On that note, Petrit Elbi deserves a mention as their top goal-scorer with eight goals.

Into mid-table now, with Springfield finishing sixth with twenty-eight points from their 20 games played. Nine of them were wins with 44 goals scored, the fifth-best record in the division. Unfortunately, they conceded forty-nine goals as well, the second-worst in the division. Their Arun Close home was the place of six of their wins this term, and they also can champion the league’s top goal-scorer in Dave Wareham who netted fifteen times. Congratulations to him. The club saw a transition as well as stalwart Glen Wilkinson moved upstairs to Director of Football, with former Laindon Orient & Rayleigh Town Reserves co-boss Dan Williams coming in the second half of the season. They seem well set for another promising campaign next term. Rayleigh Town are another club with plans for the future, and they ended up seventh with twenty-five points from their 16 matches. They were hampered by weather & Cup fixtures somewhat though still won eight of their games, having scored thirty-three times and conceded 33 times as well – the fifth-best defensive record. I saw Paul Higgins’ side in action back in August as they defeated Leigh Ramblers, though I must note that like a lot of clubs at this level, they are welcoming and do deserve to increase their fan following as they play decent football as well.

In eighth place were a club I saw a few times in the second half of the campaign: Old Southendian. They found a degree of form in that second part of the season to also end on twenty-five points from their 22 matches. An inferior goal difference saw them below their local rivals Rayleigh, but Connor Lane’s team still won seven times, three of which I saw in person. Stats-wise, they struck 38 goals (a GpG of 1.73) and shelled 42 times as well though as is so often the case, the stats don’t tell the whole story. At their best, they do play some good stuff and given the experience they have in abundance in their squad, that isn’t a surprise.  Nick Henesy and Ed Gould both got eight goals apiece and as has been well-publicised, they are another of the clubs to play on artificial 3G at Garon Park.

 

Another club that saw a managerial change in Bishop’s Stortford Swifts finished ninth. They accrued twenty-three points from their 20 matches and on the face of it, you may call it a very mixed campaign. They scored 35 goals (a GpG of 1.75) and conceded forty-three times but they did get five of their seven wins at Silver Leys this term. Former Epping Town boss Billy Cove came in as manager in February and you sense the club’s focus has been renewed as they picked up two important wins over Kelvedon Hatch and Sungate which staved off immediate relegation worries at that time. I would predict a more positive season to come for the Swifts. Canning Town ended up tenth with twenty-three points coming from the 22 matches they contested. Their defence was the most troublesome area for the Beckton-based team, having conceded 49 times, the joint-second highest in the division. They did finish the season well though, with four wins in their last eight games with the pressure on so that may bode well for the next campaign. Another side who finished strongly sits in eleventh, which is Shenfield AFC, who won Division One in 2018/19. They garnered twenty-two points from their 18 matches, having won four of their last seven matches. That was quite the opposite of their early-season woes, as they didn’t win any of their first six games. It is true that only the bottom three sides had more trouble in front of goal, as AFC netted thirty times in all, though the team were more than decent at the back, shelling 35 goals to gain the sixth-best defensive record in the division. Ben Carroll also deserves to be mentioned as he grabbed nine league goals this term, well done Ben. Basildon Town were just below them in 12th, with 21 points from their fifteen outings. Those points came from their seven league wins, and they struck the net 27 times, the joint-lowest in the division. Couple that with conceding 48 times and you can see why the management would be frustrated to say the least. I saw Town at Old Southendian in late February and to be honest, they played well in patches so that must add to the frustration.

Now to the bottom two, with Hutton ending up 13th having gathered eighteen points from their 14 matches, having been one of many clubs affected by the deluge of rain over the winter. Gary Damrill’s team on five of their matches and although going forward they scored 27 times (joint-lowest with Basildon Town), the promising statistic is that they conceded 32 goals, which was the fourth-strongest defensive record. Quirks of numbers indeed. Top scorer Will Marlowe netted eight times as well so congrats to Will. Finally, Harold Wood Athletic ended a season they would probably like to forget bottom, also on 18 points from the same amount of matches. They finished below Hutton because of a much weaker goal difference, largely due to conceding 53 times. Stalwart boss Kris Taylor moved sideways at season’s end, to be replaced by former Barkingside boss Alex Goldstone and they will certainly want a better season next time out.

To close this part, I’d like to note my belief that the quality of the Premier Division is rising this season. Some may disagree with that and they are welcome to their opinion, I just don’t think it is an accident that players are dropping into Step 7 and on the same note, there are some good managers as well. All in all, it should be a really fascinating division next season, if it isn’t too badly affected by the current world events (No, I’m not saying the ‘C-word here). I hope to watch a few matches in this division again next term.

 

EOFL Premier Division  – Top Goalscorers 2019-20 Season

    Club/s League Goals League Starts
1 Dave Wareham Jr Springfield 15 18
         
=2 Nathan Sollosi Buckhurst Hill 12 12
  Jake Clarke Sungate 12 15
         
=4 Fehinti Falola Buckhurst Hill 10 8
  Suleyman Zuhdu Buckhurst Hill 10 11
         
6 Ben Caroll Shenfield AFC 9 15
         
=7 Will Marlowe Hutton 8 8
  Petrit Elbi Kelvedon Hatch 8 13
  Nick Henesy Old Southendian 8 13
  Joe Nathanson Springfield 8 13
  Aaron Baldwin Catholic Utd 8 14
  Rhys Fatt Leigh Ramblers 8 14
  Reece Clarke Sungate 8 15
  Daniel Williams Leigh Ramblers 8 16
  Ed Gould Old Southendian 8 18
         

 

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

      Appearances
    Club/s League Starts Bench Total
1 Michael Sammut Catholic Utd 21 0 21
           
=2 Thomas Kearney Catholic Utd 20 1 21
  James Smith Sungate 20 1 21
  Ryan Batchford Springfield 20 0 20
  Ryan Lowe Leigh Ramblers 20 0 20
  Rorie McKenzie Sungate 20 0 20
  Tyron Thomas Canning Town 20 0 20
           
=8 Billy Evans Canning Town 19 1 20
  Reece Still Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 19 1 20
  Dylan Skinner Leigh Ramblers 19 0 19
           
=11 Ed Gould Old Southendian 18 2 20
  Dave Wareham Jr Springfield 18 1 19
  Adam Palmer Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 18 0 18
  Scott Truman Sungate 18 0 18
  Bradley Vaughan Catholic Utd 18 0 18
  Matt Wilson Old Southendian 18 0 18
           

 

Round-up : Essex Olympian League (Sat 1 Feb) (EOFL 19/20 2.2.20)

 

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Image from Leigh Town 2 – 0 Corinthians (in EPC) yesterday {Image: Scott W]

Written by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Olympian League round-up, tracking the action on Saturday 1st February in League & Cups. Thanks for reading.

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Saturday 1 February

Premier Division

Starting off as we do with the top-tier, leaders Sungate retained their eight-point cushion with a battling 1 – 0 home win over Canning Town in what was their sixth win in their last seven games. Catholic Utd edged their local derby with Leigh Ramblers 2 – 1 with Harley Kee getting both goals, the second from the penalty spot. Ryan Lowe struck for Ramblers as they drop to third, with Catholic overhauling them into second spot after a morale-boosting win. Kelvedon Hatch got a fine 4 – 3 success at Basildon Town with the returning Theo Ola getting a brace for Hatch, along with Calvin Poku and replacement Joe Gregory also netting. Jamie Bradbourn got a double of his own for Town, with James O’Brien also chipping in. Kelvedon rise to sixth while Basildon drop to 11th.

In the battle of two of the sides battling to avoid the drop, Old Southendian were held 1 – 1 by Harold Wood Athletic in the day’s late kick-off at Garon Park 3G. Brad Foley struck for Ath as they limped off the bottom to 12th spot, although they are unbeaten in their last three matches. OS levelled through Ryan Stillwell’s goal and rise up to eighth though are still only three points above the bottom two. Finally, Springfield got a narrow 3 – 2 win at home to Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Recent signing Bryn Thorpe got both goals for Swifts after coming off the bench though this result means they drop to the foot of the table. Springfield go up to fourth after this win.

Match OFF: Rayleigh Town P – P  Shenfield AFC (Due to Waterlogged pitch)

Cups

There were also four Cup ties across two Cup competitions this weekend. Firstly, Olympian Premier side Hutton defeated Senior One side FC Hamlets 2 – 1 in a match moved to Woodlands School 3G in Basildon. George Nash and Lewis Scott strikes sent the hosts through, and although John Gilroy netted for hard-working FCH, they went out.

In the three Essex Premier Cup Quarter-Finals that took place, Chingford Athletic went through after defeating Essex & Suffolk Border League (or ESBL) Premier side West Bergholt  on penalties, following a 2 – 2 draw at Town Mead. Gary Murray and Luke Dimond struck for Dave Richbell’s side in normal play and they won the shoot-out 7 – 6 to make the Semi-Finals. Leigh Town won their all-Olympian League Div Two battle with Corinthians 2 – 0 in the match I attended at a muddy John Burrows Rec. Substitutes Sam Gillmore and Shane Cooper got the decisive goals to win a highly-charged contest. If you’d like more of this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/02/01/match-report-leigh-town-2-0-corinthians-sat-1st-feb-epc/

Lastly, Buckhurst Hill powered to a 6 – 1 triumph over ESBL Premier side Gas Recreation at Roding Lane. The games are mounting up in League & Cups for the defending Premier Cup champions as they are seeking to win this title for a third consecutive season.

Senior ONE

In Senior One, Ramsden Scotia won 4 – 1 at fellow mid-table side Manford Way. Jamie Auvache stroke twice for Scotia, plus Antony Driscoll and Kurt King also on target as they went up to ninth spot. Lakeside also got the three points, as they won 4 – 1 at home to Galleywood. Drew Klessa-Smith nabbed another treble in this one with Luke Quinton also scoring, ‘Side are unbeaten in five matches now as they also are five points adrift of Old Chelmsfordians who remain second after a thumping 7 – 0 win over Toby at Lawford Lane. Toby were further blighted by player availability problems, and apparently could only field nine players to start though respect to those who all took the field.

Meanwhile, Ongar Town retained their unbeaten run this term, with a 4 – 1 win over Herongate Athletic in a match moved to St John’s 3G in Epping. Town remain handily-placed in third spot, 12 points behind leaders Chingford Athletic with six matches in hand on them. Rayleigh Town Res won 4 – 1 at Shoebury Town to go back up to fifth place with Shoebury remaining in seventh.

Match OFF: Runwell Sports  P – P  Snaresbrook | (Due to a waterlogged pitch)

Senior TWO

In a depleted Senior Two programme, Laindon Orient won 2 – 0 at in-form May & Baker Res with Ashley Blackburn and Carlos Dias netting in first-half for Neil Blackburn’s team, who made it five wins in succession here to remain in 5th, with matches in hand on all but one of the sides above them. M & B’s second side had their own six-match winning run ended here though remain fourth in the standings, although they are vulnerable to being caught up as they have played a few more matches. Also, Rochford Town got a crucial win away from home as they won 3 – 2 at fellow strugglers Ryan and in the process, brought a seven-match losing run to a close.

Matches OFF:

Beacon Hill Rovers  P – P  Wakering Sports  (Due to a waterlogged pitch)

Epping Town  P – P  AS Rawreth   | (Due to issues at Epping)

Harold Wood Athletic Res  P – P  Old Southendian Res |(Due to a waterlogged pitch)

Senior Division Three

In another weather-affected match list in Senior Three, Wakebury had to overcome a bout of illness among the squad and got a very late leveller as they drew 2 – 2 at fellow promotion challengers ACD Utd. Player-boss Michael Wade and Frankie Markham netted for the Romford-based side, while Harry Kateley and Chris Gore’s late free-kick salvaged a point for the South Essex side, who had to field boss Matt Cardy in defence and assistant boss Dan Blewett also came off the bench to play as a forward. Well, never dull in Non-League….

Seriously though, ACD remain second, three points off their opposition here with three matches in hand. Wakebury remain top though with just four matches remaining this term, they will have to aim to get as close to the 50-point mark as possible to win the division, you feel. You must credit both sides for how they’ve done in their first season in the Olympian League, so well done all.

Meanwhile, Toby Res got a much-needed win, 5 – 2 over mid-table side Buckhurst Hill Res in Newbury Park. Marc Porter-Brown was among the goals again with a treble here, with Chris Cox and birthday boy Luis Ruiz also netted as their side into fourth spot and end a four-match losing trough. Tim Strike and Rhys Davies got Hill’s goals as they remain 7th. Also, Basildon Town Res won 2 – 0 at fellow strugglers White Ensign Res to overhaul them in the table. Jake Bridgeman and Shaun Watkins were the goal-getters here to grab Town’s third win this season.

 

Matches OFF (Due to Waterlogged pitches):
Collier Row  P – P  Lakeside Res   |

Corinthians Res  P – P  Hutton Res   |

Senior Division Four Results

Forest Glade  1 – 5  Roydon

Galleywood Res  1 – 3  Canning Town Res
Laindon Orient Res P – P  Shenfield AFC Res

Leytonstone Utd  P – P  Old Chelmsfordians Res |

Ongar Town Res  2 – 1  Chingford Athletic Development

Wakering Sports Res  3 – 3  Catholic Utd Res

Senior Division Five Results


Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  1 – 0  Newbury Forest Res

Herongate Athletic Res  3 – 0  Leigh Ramblers Res
Old Barkabbeyans 3 – 2  Runwell Sports Res
Roydon Res  0 – 2  Collier Row Res
Shoebury Town Res  P – P  Springfield Res

Round-up: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Sat 11 Jan) [EOFL 19/20 12.1.20]

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Written by Scott W   [Twitter:@ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to another of my round-up articles on my blog, looking at the action from the Essex Olympian League divisions & Cup action on Saturday 11th January. As ever, we have a round-up of the top four tiers plus a bonus section on the various Cup action, plus results from Senior Divisions Four & Five.

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Shoebury Park pitch (taken on Sat 11 Jan) [Image: Scott W]
Saturday 11 January

Premier Division

As ever, we begin with the Premier Division, as Springfield dazzled their way to a 7 – 1 win over Basildon Town to take them up to fourth in the process, six points off leaders Sungate, who also won this week, 2 – 0 at Kelvedon Hatch to extend their cushion at the top to four points. Elsewhere, Catholic Utd lost ground as they fell to a 4 – 2 loss at Canning Town. The dismissal of custodian Louis Godwin-Green just before the break ended up being the decisive factor after Aaron Baldwin’s brace had put Dan Trenkel’s side ahead early on. Town responded after the break to get their third win in their last four matches to leap up to seventh. The downer for the Beckton side is that all seven sides below them have matches in hand and they are only six points clear of bottom Shenfield in a very tight-knit part of the table.

 

Buckhurst Hill were back in league action too and won a tight match 2 – 1 at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. James Richardson got the goal for Swifts though Hill made it five consecutive wins to keep the gap to the leaders to six points with five matches in hand. Hutton also got a late comeback win at Old Southendian. Nick Henesy had put Connor Lane’s side ahead though after Steven Sharpe’s red card had impeded their progress, goals by James Gardner and substitute George Nash late on sealed a huge win for the visitors as they rose to 8th.

Also this week, it was announced that former Laindon Orient & Rayleigh Town Reserves co-manager Dan Williams has been appointed as the new manager at Springfield. We wish him well in his new role.

 

Senior ONE

In Senior One this weekend, Galleywood got the points without playing as Manford Way were unfortunately unable to contest their match set for Clarkes Field. ‘Wood stay fourth while Manford remain in eighth. Rayleigh Town Res got a important win, 2 – 1 at Runwell Sports thanks to goals from Tom Read and James Braithwaite. The win keeps them sixth, ahead of a resurgent Shoebury Town who won again, 4 – 2 at winless strugglers Toby. Town are unbeaten in six matches and are only four points adrift of Ongar in fourth spot. Finally, Ramsden Scotia leapt up to tenth spot after a 3 – 2 success in their bottom-of-the-table clash with Herongate Athletic, who now fall to second-bottom.

 

Cup round-up

Across the ties in three Cup competitions played this weekend, we start our round-up with the Essex Premier Cup, where it wasn’t a great day for Olympian Premier sides. Chingford Athletic of Division One travelled to Premier side Rayleigh Town and won 2 – 1., thanks to strikes by Sam Coe and Tayo Olasanoye. Paul Morris got Town’s goal though their focus will be on the league now as Ath advanced. Essex Senior Reserve Division leaders Grays Athletic Res got the better of a tight match, winning 1 – 0 over Olympian Premier side Shenfield AFC.

Also, Leigh Town continued their imperious run in all competitions this season with a 2 – 0 win over Harold Wood Athletic. The Senior Two side had goals from Sam Gillmore and Max Jones to thank for sending top-tier Athletic out. Corinthians also flew the flag for the third-tier as they overpowered Premier side Leigh Ramblers 3 – 1. Nathan Dewberry was among the goals again with a double here, with John Bolton-Smith also on target. Ongar Town also won 2 – 1 at Lakeside while in the one Senior League Cup tie, Old Chelmsfordians won 2 – 0 at Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ at Lower Road and in the London Junior Cup, Senior One side FC Hamlets defeated Essex Alliance League Senior Division side Rapid Chingford 4 – 0 at Hackney Marshes.

 

Senior TWO

Five matches took place in Senior Two, with Leigh Town and Corinthians both in Essex Premier Cup action. Old Southendian Res took advantage with a decent 2 – 0 win at strugglers AS Rawreth. Andy Turner and Ben Franklin goals saw Ben Manley’s side to a fourth straight win ad with it, they rise to third spot. Beacon Hill Rovers also powered to a 5 – 1 victory over third-bottom Rochford Town to rise up to second, a point shy of leaders Leigh Town. Harold Wood Athletic Res got a crucial 1 – 0 win over Epping Town with Joe Pyne the hero to give the Ath second-side a five point cushion over the bottom three. Epping drop to sixth after May & Baker Res continued their fine form with a 6 – 0 win over second-bottom Ryan. Tyler Richardson grabbed a hat-trick here with Connor Kain, Charlie Onslow and Michael Agha all also hitting the net to give Jimmy Donald’s side a fourth consecutive success and rise to fifth in the standings.

Laindon Orient are seven points clear in seventh after a 2 – 1 win at fellow mid-table side Wakering Sports. Mohammed Sesay got the goal for Sports though strikes by teenager Tom Merritt and Ashley Blackburn ensured the points went with the visitors.

 

Senior Division Three

On a day of contrasting fortunes for the top five, ACD Utd breezed past Lakeside Res, winning 4 – 0, thanks to a brace from Michael Wade plus goals by Brad Falco and Billy Wren which in turn secured Utd their fifth straight win to go back into second spot. Collier Row edged fellow high-flyers Toby Res 1 – 0 in a match moved to Toby’s Newbury Park ground. Row retain fifth spot and went level on points with their opponents here though Toby stay above them by virtue of a better goal-scoring record.

Hutton Res also won this weekend, as they defeated Buckhurst Hill Res 3 – 2 in a lively encounter at Polo Fields. The goal-scorers were exactly the same as last weekend, with Sean O’Callaghan endorsing his goal-scoring touch with another brace here and George Wickings picked up another goal as well. It is five wins on-the-bounce now for the Hutton side which sees them up to sixth. The Hill second-team have lost three on-the-spin and remain eighth, though they do have more matches to play than the sides around them.

At the bottom, Basildon Town Res  got only their second win this term with a narrow 1 – 0 triumph win over White Ensign Res. Grant Cumming got the only goal as the hosts went up one to tenth. Finally, Wakebury maintained their good run with a 3 – 1 home win over Corinthians Res at Shoebury Park in the match I attended. Max Hall put Terry Rose’s side ahead moments after the restart, though left empty-handed as a brace from Charlie Little and one from Ben Munday completed the comeback and ended the Corinthians’ side’s unbeaten league run this term. Matt Cardy’s side are four points clear at the summit though all their rivals have at least three games more to play. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/01/11/match-report-wakebury-3-1-corinthians-res-sat-11th-jan-eofl/

 

Senior Division Four Results

Canning Town Res  1 – 1  Forest Glade

Chingford Athletic Development  1 – 1  Galleywood Res

Old Chelmsfordians Res  1 – 3  Wakering Sports Res

Ongar Town Res  1 – 6  Catholic Utd Res

Roydon  4 – 0  Leytonstone Utd

Shenfield AFC Res  2 – 4  Laindon Orient Res

 

Senior Division Five Reults

Leigh Ramblers Res  1 – 2  Collier Row Res

Old Barkabbeyans 5 – 1  Roydon Res

Shoebury Town Res  A – A  Springfield Res

Wakering Sports Development  1 – 0  Runwell Sports Res

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 28 Dec) [EOFL 19/20 29.12.19]

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

Hello and welcome to the second of our festive round-up’s of Essex Olympian League action here on my blog. The weekend’s action was again affected by the weather. To see last week’s action (Sat 21 Dec), click here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/12/22/round-up-essex-olympian-league-sat-21-dec-eofl/

 

Saturday 28 December

Premier Division

In the top-tier this weekend, Catholic Utd are the new leaders after another strong home win, 5 – 0 over out-of-form Rayleigh Town. Simon Thomas led the attack with a hat-trick with Thomas Kearney and Brad Vaughan also finding the net in what was Utd’s third consecutive success. Town drop to sixth and have lost four on-the-trot. Leigh Ramblers defeated strugglers Canning Town 3 – 1 at Belfairs, thanks largely to Dan Williams’ brace and one from Rhys Fatt. Wayne Seal’s team remain third while Town drop back to the foot of the table.

Meanwhile, Buckhurst Hill took another important stride towards the top three with a 3 – 1 win over Kelvedon Hatch in a match moved to the 3G pitch at Wadham Lodge. Nathan Sollosi, Sonny Shilling and Fenti Falola all netted before the interval for Mark Williams’ team and Petrit Elbi got one back for player-boss Steve Willis’ side.

There was also some big wins for teams near the bottom as Hutton demolished Basildon Town 8 – 1 at Polo Fields. Replacement Will Marlowe made some impact with four goals for the hosts with James Gardner also getting a brace. Brad Freeman and Jack Holloway also added their names to the scoresheet here as Gary Damrill’s team got their third win in their last five games and rise up to 12th. Town struck through Keith King though fell to an uncharacteristic loss this season and remain in mid-table.

Harold Wood Athletic also got a big 3 – 2 win, away at Springfield. Ath struck through strikes by Ishmael Raymond and replacements Max Shepherd & Jacob Roberts as Kris Taylor’s team got their third win in their last five outings. They sit 11th while Springfield fall to fifth. Old Southendian were held 2 – 2 by Shenfield AFC. Elliot Hemmings and an Ed Gould penalty levelled things for Connor Lane’s side as AFC struck through goals from Luke Williamson and Ben Absolon. OS have only lost one of their last seven now though are still only two points above the bottom two.

 

Match Off: Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  P – P  Sungate  | Silver Leys

 

Senior ONE

 

Old Chelmsfordians 3 – 4  Rayleigh Town Res   | Lawford Lane

Ramsden Scotia  P – P  Ongar Town  | Nursery Sports Ground

Shoebury Town 2 – 1  Runwell Sports   | Cupid’s CC (Pitch 2)

Snaresbrook  P – P  Toby   | Nutters Field

 

Senior TWO

Leigh Town  P – P  May & Baker Res   | John Burrows Rec Ground

Rochford Town  P – P  Corinthians   | Rochford Rec Ground

 

Senior Three

 

In the only match played in Senior Three, Corinthians Res retained their unbeaten record this term with a 3 – 2 home win over Toby Res. Luis Ruiz got both goals for the Toby second-side though strikes by Steve Solarin, Max Hall and Taner Dagyaran were enough to give Terry Rose & Ben Adams’ team a seventh win in eight matches to rise above their opponents into second on goal difference.

 

Senior Four Results

 

Forest Glade  4 – 2  Canning Town Res

Ongar Town Res  P – P  Laindon Orient Res

Wakering Sports Res  2 – 2  Old Chelmsfordians Res

 

Senior Five – Shoebury Town Res  P – P  Newbury Forest Res

 

 

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 16 Nov) [EOFL 19/20 17.11.19]

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

Hello and welcome to this week’s review of the Essex Olympian League action, from Saturday 16th November in the Premier Division all the way to the results in Senior Five. Thanks for reading.

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Premier Division

Starting as ever with the top division, with Buckhurst Hill really gathering their momentum with a 5 – 2 win over fellow high-flyers Leigh Ramblers at St John’s [3G]. Dan Whitehead put the hosts ahead early on though after a tough battle, a four-goal salvo courtesy of braces for Nathan Sollosi and Fenti Falola late on ensured Hill went top on goal difference. The Rams’ third straight loss means they fall to fifth.  Hutton edged Sungate 3 – 2 at Polo Fields to extend their unbeaten run to three matches. A brace from George Nash and one from replacement Will Marlowe sees the home side up to tenth. The ‘Gate suffered only their second loss this term here and drop to third place.

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts defeated Rayleigh Town  2 – 1 to rise to eighth place. By Contrast, Rayleigh’s winless run now extends to six matches and they sit second, level on points with leaders Buckhurst Hill now. Also, Shenfield AFC were held 1 – 1 by improving Old Southendian at St Martin’s School.

 

Match Postponed: Harold Wood Athletic P – P Springfield  (Due to a waterlogged pitch)

 

Senior Division One

Moving into Senior One, Chingford Athletic continued their superb form since entering the division with a 4 – 0 win at Snaresbrook. Lee Lashley’s brace plus strikes by Alex Gordon and substitute Gary Murray increased their lead at the summit to five points, although their nearest rivals all have games in hand on them. Snaresbrook haven’t won in five matches now as they drop to 11th spot. Galleywood strengthened their hold on fifth spot with a 1 – 0 win at Runwell Sports, thanks to a Luke Osborne goal. Old Chelmsfordians thumped Manford Way 7 – 0 to rise to third spot, and the OC’s are one of only two sides still unbeaten this term, the other being Ongar Town, whose match at Ramsden Scotia failed to beat the elements.

Elsewhere, Lakeside were held 3 – 3 by Herongate Athletic. Drew Klessa-Smith was back in the goals for ‘Side with a brace, with Ryan Budd also notching here though they dropped to fourth. And in the clash of the bottom two, Shoebury Town were held 2 – 2 by Toby at Cupid’s. Both sides are yet to win this term, though Toby did pick up their first point of the campaign here.

 

EOFL Senior League Cup

ACD Utd  3 – 5  Catholic Utd   | Westlands Playing Fields

Roydon  P – P  Basildon Town  | Paringdon Sports Club

 

Essex Premier Cup:  Rayleigh Town Res P – P Kelvedon Hatch

 

Senior Division Two

In Senior Two, with Epping Town not in action, it was a chance for the rest of the top five to gain ground. Corinthians did exactly that, overcoming a less than super start to demolish AS Rawreth 9 – 3 at the Stambridge Memorial Ground. Louis Hill powered a hat-trick for AS here, though the hosts’ firepower roared back as Nathan Dewberry got another four goals here, with Jake Hodder getting two himself and Bill Wilton, Theo Cannon and Oliver Brickwood also notching here. Chris Stoneham’s side went back top on goal difference, Leigh Town are the other side on 22 points as they just got the better of Wakering Sports 3 – 2. Shane Cooper, Harry Payne and Max Jones were their scorers here, with Danny Pallett and Mohammed Sesay hitting back for ten-man Sports here. Beacon Hill Rovers are only a point behind in third as they defeated Ryan 3 – 1. Laindon Orient sit fifth as an Ashley Blackburn brace assisted them to a 2 – 1 win over Harold Wood Athletic Res in Basildon. Joe McBurney hit back for the Ath second-string though they stay 7th.

Old Southendian Res also had a thriller as they were held 3 – 3 at home to fellow mid-table side May & Baker Res. Andrew Cable, Lewis Caplin and Greg Molford struck for OS though they drew for the fourth time in their last six matches. Rochford Town also got a win by way of Home Walkover as struggling Westhamians could not field a side.

 

Senior Division Three

Finally for the main section, in Senior Three, Toby Res remain top of the standings as they triumphed 4 – 2 against Collier Row. Braces from Chris Cox and Luis Ruiz sealed their fourth consecutive win and also handed Collier their first loss of the season. Wakebury stay second after they beat strugglers Hutton Res 5 – 2 at Shoebury Park. Harry Kateley got another double here, with Ben Perry, Oliver Laycock and George Tinneny also netting for ‘Bury. Stephen Judge and Jack Shaw struck for Hutton’s second side though they drop to tenth. Leigh Town Res got their third win on-the-trot with a 3 – 1 win at White Ensign Res. Ben Forsyth, Aaron Tyler and replacement Callum Stone all scored for Town here as they rose to fifth spot.

Elsewhere, Buckhurst Hill Res won 2 – 0 over Lakeside Res, thanks to strikes by Landry Gogoa and Beau Hogan to make it four wins in succession for them. Lakeside’s second team are yet to win this term. On that note, Basildon Town Res got their first league win as they powered to a 4 – 1 win over bottom side Hullbridge Sports ‘A’. Grant Cumming, Jack Main, Ryan Morgan and Alex Shields all netted to see them go up to ninth spot.

 

Senior Division Four  results

Chingford Athletic Development  4 – 0  Ongar Town Res

Galleywood Res  6 – 1  Catholic Utd Res 

Leytonstone Utd  P – P  Old Chelmsfordians Res

Wakering Sports Res  0 – 1  Laindon Orient Res

 

 

Senior Division Five results

Collier Row Res  3 – 2  Old Barkabbeyans

Herongate Athletic Res  10 – 0  Wakering Sports ‘A’

Leigh Ramblers Res  2 – 3  Newbury Forest Res

Roydon Res  1 – 0  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res

Springfield Res  7 – 1  Runwell Sports Res

Round-up: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Sat 2 Nov) [EOFL 19/20 4.11.19]

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Image from W. Ensign Res 1 – 1 Hullbridge ‘A’ in EOFL D3 on Saturday (Image: Scott W)

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

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Olympian League preview, looking at the action from the top tier all the way to from Senior Division Five, with a look at results in Cup action too.

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EOFL Premier Division

Friday 1st November – Catholic Utd  2 – 0  Shenfield AFC  | The Len Salmon [3G]

The action in the Premier Division started on Friday night as Catholic Utd defeated Shenfield AFC 2 – 0 at the Len Salmon. Aaron Baldwin and Simon Thomas got the crucial goals as the Super Hoops rise to eighth spot.

Saturday 2nd November

Onto the Saturday action now in the top-tier, as three matches survived the deluge of rain across the county. First, Buckhurst Hill demolished struggling Harold Wood Athletic 7 – 0 at Roding Valley School’s 3G pitch. Suley Zuhdu led the way once again with a treble, while Nathan Sollosi also nabbed two goals, with Josh Banfield and Daniel Whitehead also notching in this thumping win which took Hill up to fourth spot. Ath succumbed to their third loss in a row, and drop to second-bottom. Hutton got only their second league win this term with a 2 – 1 triumph over Leigh Ramblers at Polo Fields. Joshua Bardouleau and Will Marlowe both struck to end the Rams’ four-match unbeaten streak. Also, Canning Town defeated 10-man Rayleigh Town 3 – 2 in Beckton.

Matches Postponed: Basildon Town  P – P  Kelvedon Hatch  | Basildon Sports Club

Old Southendian  P – P  Sungate   | Garon Park

 

EOFL Senior League Cup (1.30pm KOs)

In the two Senior Cup matches this weekend, both home sides progressed. Leigh Town sent fellow Senior Two side Laindon Orient out as Town won 4 – 1. Conor Cobb struck early for the visitors though goals from Sam Irvine, Sam Gillmore, Tom Byford and Max Jones saw to it that Leigh went through to the next round. Springfield join them there after overwhelming AS Rawreth 5 – 0 at Springfield Hall Park. Nav Arain, Ryan Culleton, Jack Mundy, Dave Wareham were all on the score-sheet, with Ryan Batchford also netting from 12 yards.

 

Essex Premier Cup  Result

Runwell Sports  2 – 1  Clapton CFC  | St Luke’s Park, Runwell

 

EOFL Senior Division One

In Senior One, three matches also survived the dreary weather. Chingford Athletic secured a narrow 1 – 0 win over Galleywood at Town Mead [3G]. Alex Gordon got the only goal in that one to give Ath, who lead the standings by two points now, their sixth win in their seven league matches so far. Manford Way had a brace from Joe Lovell to thank for a 2 – 1 away win at Shoebury Town. Also, Old Chelmsfordians picked up an impressive 3 – 1 win at Lakeside to leap up to fourth.

Matches Postponed: Rayleigh Town Res  P – P  Toby  | London Road

Snaresbrook  P – P  Herongate Athletic   | Nutters Field

 

Senior Division Two

Now moving into Olympian Senior Two and Epping Town had to come from behind to draw 1 – 1 at home against tough opposition in Old Southendian Res. Dave Stubbs got the goal for OS before Joe Thomas got a late leveller for Billy Cove’s side. Wakering Sports got their first win of the season with a thumping 5 – 1 home win over Rochford Town. Russell Beck hit a brace with Ben Burrows, Ryan Gregory & Ben Rowe also on target for the Shoebury-based side. Tommy Dominguez got a mere consolation goal for Town, who are regrettably finding wins hard to come by this term. Also, Corinthians defeated Ryan 4 – 0 in Stambridge. Jake Hodder struck twice, with Luke Owen also notching alongside an own goal as Chris Stoneham’s went back to the summit, a point clear of Beacon Hill Rovers who won 4 – 1 against May & Baker Res. Adebolu Adeyemi continued his stellar scoring run with a brace here, with Stephen Bennett and Josh Perry also on target here for Rovers. Substitute Lanre Sodeinde got Bakers goal though they have lost three in-a-row now, sitting in mid-table.

Other Result: Harold Wood Athletic Res  H – W  Westhamians  | (Home Walkover)

 

Senior Division Three

In Senior Three, Leigh Town Res went sixth after a fine win at 3rd-placed Wakebury. Aaron Tyler struck twice alongside a goal for Bradley Shall-Sloan as Robert Hutchings-Spiller’s side came away with a fine victory. Elsewhere, ACD Utd held Corinthians Res 3 – 3 at Westlands. ACD are without a win in four matches now while the Corinthians second-side went back on top of the standings on goal difference.

Finally for this division, in the match I attended at the Len Forge Centre 3G, White Ensign Res were held 1 – 1 by bottom side Hullbridge Sports ‘A’. Henry Shields put Sports ahead before half-time though substitute Mechack-Kisoka Asuka levelled just after the hour mark. Ensign’s second team ended a run of three straight defeats here while Hullbridge ‘A’ picked up their first point of the season in this match. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/11/02/match-report-white-ensign-res-1-1-hullbridge-sp-a-sat-2nd-nov-eofl/

 

Matches Postponed:

Buckhurst Hill Res  P – P  Hutton Res  | Roding Lane (Pitch #2)

Collier Row  P – P  Basildon Town Res   | Forest Row Centre

Toby Res  P – P  Lakeside Res  | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park)

 

Senior Division Four

Galleywood Res  1 – 5 Chingford Athletic Development

Ongar Town Res  2 – 0  Wakering Sports Res

Shenfield AFC Res  0 – 4  Forest Glade

 

Match Postponed: Leytonstone Utd  P – P  Catholic Utd Res

Other: Old Chelmsfordians Res  A – A  Canning Town Res

 

Senior Division Five

Herongate Athletic  Res  3 – 2  Springfield Res

Leigh Ramblers Res  1 – 2  Shoebury Town Res

 

Match Postponed: Roydon Res  P – P  Old Barkabbeyans

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

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

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

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

 

Saturday 19 October 2019

Premier Division

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

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

 

 

Anagram Records Trophy Result

Ware Sports  0 – 5  Hutton

 

Essex Premier Cup

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Other Results in Essex Premier Cup:

Arlesford Colne Rangers  2 – 1  Toby

Basildon Town  4 – 0  Laindon Orient | Basildon Sports Club

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

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

Galleywood  0 – 1  West Bergholt  | Clarkes Field

Halstead Town Res  1 – 6  Ongar Town  | Rosemary Park

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

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

Kelvedon Hatch  3 – 1  Shoebury Town   | New Hall

 

Rochford Town  3 – 4  Barkingside Res  | Rochford Rec Ground

Runwell Sports  1 – 2  Clapton CFC   | Runwell Sports Club

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

Snaresbrook  1 – 3  Hullbridge Sports Res   | Nutters Field

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

 

 

Essex Junior Cup  Results

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

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

 

London Junior Cup Results

Canning Town Res  5 – 0  Catford

FC Hamlets 3 – 1  St Francis 

 

EOFL Senior Division Two

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

 

Senior Division Three

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

 

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

 

 

Senior Division Four Results

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

Forest Glade  4 – 1  Galleywood Res  | Barleylands Road

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

Roydon  3 – 0  Wakering Sports Res  | Paringdon Sports Club

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

 

Senior Division Five Results

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

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

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

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

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

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 Premier Division (EOFL 19/20 PD 27.7.19)

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

Hello and a warm welcome to the first of a mini-series of articles previewing the upcoming 2019-2020 season, division-by-division which in turn starts off my blogs on the Essex Olympian League for another season. We start off with the top tier which has 14 teams in it though with a few new teams entering it thanks to two promotions, following the unfortunate resignation of Great Baddow towards the end of the 2018-19 campaign and Manford Way being relegated after a season of struggle.

 

EOFL Premier Division Constitution (2019-20)

  • Basildon Town (P)
  • Bishop’s Stortford Swifts
  • Buckhurst Hill (C)
  • Canning Town
  • Catholic Utd
  • Harold Wood Athletic
  • Hutton
  • Kelvedon Hatch
  • Leigh Ramblers
  • Old Southendian
  • Rayleigh Town
  • Shenfield AFC (P)
  • Springfield
  • Sungate

 

After a fine season on all fronts, Buckhurst Hill ran away with the championship last term by 25 points though were ultimately frustrated in their efforts to seek elevation to the Eastern Senior League South (Step 6) so they will once again compete at the top tier of the EOFL. Manager Mark Williams is still in place, and I have little doubt his team will be fired up to defend their title. Last season’s chasing pack of Kelvedon Hatch, Harold Wood Athletic, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts & Catholic Utd will again look to have some say in the matter, all four sides are now recognised names in this division.

Rayleigh Town had a promising mid-table campaign last time out, finishing six points clear in sixth, ahead of Leigh Ramblers. The trio of Hutton, Sungate  & Springfield all finished last term well while Old Southendian and Canning Town will want better campaigns after their bottom-four finish.

Plus, with promoted sides Shenfield AFC and Basildon Town joining the mix as well, it adds to the theory that all-round it could be a stronger division this term. Shenfield won EOFL Senior One after a strong campaign saw them lose only four matches last term. Town return to the top tier after sealing second spot on the final day, with a win over Shenfield at home in front of a hefty crowd.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the division is more hard-fought than last term, I recall how Catholic Utd’s poor start impacted their campaign though new boss Mick Jacobs’ side will compete in the FA Vase this term, as they travel to the Old Spotted Dog to face Essex Senior League side Clapton on the weekend of August 31st in the First Round Qualifying. I wish them well for that momentous occasion.

I shall end this preview with a look at the fixtures for the opening couple of weeks in the EOFL Premier Division. Round-up’s of EOFL action will return hopefully on Sunday August 11th, subject to info I receive.

To all the clubs, managers, players and many others who support them, have a good season all. I look forward to keeping tabs on the action. Best, Scott

First two weekend’s of EOFL Premier Fixtures (subject to change)

Saturday 10th August – 2.30pm KO

Canning Town v Leigh Ramblers   | West Ham Community Grd (3G)

Rayleigh Town v Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  | London Road, Rayleigh

 

Saturday 17th August – 2.30pm KO

Basildon Town v Canning Town  | Basildon Sports Club

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts v Old Southendian  | Silver Leys

Catholic Utd  v  Kelvedon Hatch  | Len Salmon Stadium (3G)

Harold Wood Athletic  v  Leigh Ramblers  | Harold Wood Recreation Ground

Rayleigh Town  v  Buckhurst Hill | London Road, Rayleigh

Shenfield AFC v Springfield   | St Martins Sch (3G)

Sungate  v  Hutton | Ilford Wanderers RFC, Forest Lane

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 6 Apr) [EOFL 7.4.19]

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Action from Corinthians v Galleywood Res (Image: Scott W)

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 6 April, from the top tier to the results from Division Four on what was a joy-filled day for some sides, whgo secured promotion.

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In the Premier Division, Buckhurst Hill are the champions following a 7 – 0 hammering of out-of-form Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Fehinti Falola led the charge with four goals, with Liam Foster, Alfie Harris and Eren Muti completing the rout for Hill’s 20th win in 21 games thus far. Swifts stay 5th and could be caught by Rayleigh Town as the latter have a game in hand. Hutton won 4 – 1 at Springfield to end their season on a high. Will Marlowe’s treble & a Jack Shaw strike saw them rise to 7th while Springfield remain 11th.

Meanwhile, Manford Way held Kelvedon Hatch 2 – 2 to end any hope of Hatch catching Hill in the title race. Goals from Danny Spicer and substitute Joe Lovell cancelled out Theo Ola’s brace for the visitors. Manford are finishing the season in decent form though will still go down, while Hatch’s run of one win in their last five has been costly to their title chances.

 

Reserve League Cup – Semi-Finals

In the two semi-finals played this weekend, Senior Three’s Basildon Town Res shocked Senior One side Rayleigh Town Res as Bas got a 3 – 1 away win. Tommy Green, player-boss Alex Shields & Andrew Wiggins strikes secured the win and their place in the final. Joining them there are Catholic Utd Res of Division Four who also won 3 – 1, at Herongate Athletic Res. Franklin Craik, Angelo Louis and James Warder got the goals on a good day for the Utd second-string.

Anagram Records Trophy – Semi-Final

Catholic Utd made the final again after a 2 – 0 win at PFC Victoria (London). Pat Kearney and player-manager Dan Trenkel got the goals to see the Super Hoops advance.

 

EOFL Senior One

In the two matches that did take place, both were drawn. Galleywood held promotion-chasing FC Hamlets to a 2 – 2 draw. Sam Donn and substitute Paddy Dowse got the home goals with player-boss Ashley King & hot-shot Charlie Heatley netting for FC. ’Wood rise to 6th while FC are two points ahead in fifth, knowing they need at least six points to be among the top-two next month. Fellow promotion-hunters Basildon Town were held 0 – 0 by Snaresbrook, who still have a chance of promotion though results here confirmed Shenfield AFC will be promoted as will finish in the top-two regardless of the result in their last match.

 

EOFL Senior Two

Into Senior Two now and the one match that took place was the six-pointer between high-flyers Chingford Athletic and Runwell Sports. It finished honours-even at 1 – 1 with Will Gleeson netting for Ath and Aaron Rix for Sports in their last match of the campaign. Chingford need only one win from their last two matches to leapfrog Runwell and get promoted.

 

EOFL Senior Three

Now moving into Senior Three, and Old Southendian Res held rivals Wakering Sports  to a 0 – 0 stalemate, which confirms they will be promoted thanks largely to a nine-game unbeaten run. Sports will have to wait for next season to go again as they ended their season here. Only Westhamians can deny OS Ressies the title now.

Academy Soccer still have a slim chance of promotion after a 5 – 2 home win over Leigh Town. Harry Barham, Jake Jones, Sam Parish, Graham Knight and Luke Jones all netted for Academy here though they have to win their last match and hope others falter.

 

EOFL Senior Four

Finally, in Senior Four – I attended a crunch match at the Stambridge Memorial Ground as Corinthians defeated Galleywood Res  3 – 1. Luke Owen grabbed two goals with Jake Lang getting the other to overwhelm a super free-kick from Craig Robertson and stay in the title hunt.

For more on this match, my summary is here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/04/07/match-summary-corinthians-3-1-galleywood-res-sat-6-apr-eofl-d4/  

Meanwhile, Dagenham Utd won 5 – 2 at Buckhurst Hill Res to end their campaign on a high. It was ‘the Dingli show’ again as brothers Oliver Dingli and Jacob Dingli got doubles each, with Morgan Smith getting a late fifth. Jacob has finished the season with 34 goals this term, not bad at all.

Finally, Toby Res got a huge 3 – 0 win at relegated Old Barkabbeyans to secure their spot in the division next season. It’ll be Leigh Ramblers second-string who will join Old Barks in Division Five next term in all likelihood.