S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & EJC (Sat 25 Sept) [EOFL 21/22 27.9.21]

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

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 25 September. This weekend saw some hard-fought contests and some stellar results too. This week, the focus is on the top three divisions with results from Divisions Three, Four & Five and the Essex Junior Cup involving EOFL sides.

Many thanks for reading.

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EOFL Premier Division 

In the Premier Division, Harold Wood Athletic leapt out of the bottom two with a hard-fought 1 – 0 win at Leigh Ramblers, with stalwart Matt Donovan getting the solitary goal for Gary Willis’ side at Belfairs Park. Shenfield AFC are in top ten after a superb 5 – 3 win at Old Southendian. Ben Carroll, Mitchell Day, Charlie Heatley, Samuel Lock and Alex Tredgett all netted one each for the visitors. Mitchell Ali, Sam Jones and Ed Gould all responded for Altan Ali’s team but they go into next week’s local derby with Catholic Utd needing a better result.

Meanwhile, Basildon Town are up to third after a tough 3 – 2 win at Kelvedon Hatch, with Graham Harrison notching all three goals for Marcus Bowers’ side at New Hall. Hutton continued their good form with a 3 – 0 home success over Canning Town at Polo Fields, with Will Marlowe, Jude Keeling and substitute Jonathon Hilliard all scoring for Matt Singh’s side. And in the top two clash at London Road, Ongar Town emerged with a 4 – 1 victory over previous leaders Rayleigh Town. Josh Boxall netted twice, with Frank Goodall and Harry Rawlins also on target for Richard Ponsford’s side, in the match I attended this week. If you’d like more on it, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/09/25/s21-22-match-report-rayleigh-town-1-4-ongar-town-sat-25-sept-eofl/

Elsewhere, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts were held by Springfield 4 – 4 in an entertaining match at Silver Leys. Mitchell May struck twice for Dan Williams’ visitors, with Harrison Elles and replacement Andrew Morgan also on target for them. And Sungate consigned Catholic Utd to another defeat, winning 3 – 1 in East London to go up to fourth.

EOFL Division One 

Moving now into Division One, and Herongate Athletic were held 0 – 0 by a decent Toby side at Billericay Road, but both sides remain in the top six. Wakering Sports are the new leaders as they made it five wins from six games after a 1 – 0 success at home to Beacon Hill Rovers. Ben Burrows got the only goal for Mitchell Gleeson’s new-look side. Leigh Town also continued their rise up the standings, with a hard-fought 3 – 2 home win over Snaresbrook. Strikes by Sam Irvine, Mark Frostick and Lewis Lawrence saw Jack Pearman’s side get the win.

Elsewhere, Corinthians got arguably the result of their season so far with a 4 – 3 win at Chingford Athletic. Scout Bown scored twice for Ath, with Nickal-David Luzolo also netted for Declan Murphy’s side but a double from substitute Bailey Moss plus goals for John Bolton-Smith and Jake Hodder gave the visitors the points to move up to fifth spot. Finally for this division, Old Chelmsfordians drew 2 – 2 with Epping Town, with Callum Turner and George Spillane scoring for Stuart Hoskins’ side.


EOFL Division Two

In Division Two, ACD Utd are the leaders with a 100% record from their first five games after a 5 – 4 victory over Old Southendian Res at Westlands. Jacob Dingli grabbed another double, with Michael Wade, Shaun Goddard and Ollie Williams all joining him on the score-sheet. Harold Hill are second on goal difference only after a fine 3 – 0 win over AS Rawreth at Noak Hill. Jack Suters, Peter Tyler and Thomas Dunning strikes were enough to keep a three-point lead over third-placed Wakebury, who triumphed 5 – 2 over Hutton Res. William Wheeler notched an excellent treble, with Chris Gore and Max Hall also on target for Matt Cardy’s side. Lewis Hall and Owen Chesney responded for Bill Stratford’s side who are yet to win this term.

Harold Wood Athletic Reserves got their second win this season, with a 3 – 0 victory over Rayleigh Town Res. Kieron Moynihan got two goals for the hosts, with Ben Rowe also on target for Steve Hubbard’s side as they went up into mid-table. Elsewhere, Manford Way went into fourth spot with a 5 – 2 success over May & Baker A. Samuel Oramadike led the way with a treble, with Daniel Demain and Kenneth Amaning also netting for Colin Dobson’s team. Finally, Rochford Town held Shoebury Town to a 1 – 1 draw at the Rochford Rec.


EOFL Division Three

Catholic Utd Res 6 – 1  Hullbridge Res


Essex Junior Cup Results

AS Rawreth Res  6 – 0  Rochford Town Res

Basildon Town Res  5 – 7  Hashtag Utd Dev.

Bowers & Pitsea U23 3 – 1 Southend Manor Dev.

Buckhurst Hill U23 H – W Old Chigwellians Res

Collier Row Res  0 – 4  Oakside

Corinthians Res  1 – 2  Wakering Sports A

Debden  6 – 1  Shenfield AFC Res

Galleywood Res  3 – 2  Chingford Athletic Res

Old Barkabbeyans  8 – 0  All Prospects

Ongar Town Res  H – W  South Woodham Ferrers

Pitsea Athletic Res  3 – 7  Wakering Sports Res

Snaresbrook Res  2 – 5  Collier Row

South Essex Utd  9 – 3  Wakebury Res

Toby Res  3 – 5  Sungate Dev.

League – EOFL Division Four

Roydon  3 – 0 Leytonstone Utd

Springfield Res  5 – 5  Old Chelmsfordians Res

EOFL Division Five

Epping Town Res  1 – 5  Leigh Ramblers Res

Runwell Sports Res  4 – 1  Herongate Athletic Res

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & EPC (Sat 18 Sept) [EOFL 21/22 19.9.21]

Archive Image – Rayleigh Tn are now leaders of EOFL Premier

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

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the weekend’s action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 18th September. This weekend, we saw the start of the Essex Premier Cup campaign so the focus this week is the top three tiers of the EOFL & the EPC, with results from Divisions Three, Four & Five. The EPC is a competition which teams from the Essex Olympian, Essex & Suffolk Border League and Essex Alliance League compete (all are Step 7 divisions), along with sides in the Essex Senior Reserve division.

Many thanks for reading.

EOFL Premier Division

In the top-tier, Ongar Town got themselves into a fine position after a 2 – 1 home success over Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Harry Rawlins and Frankie Goodhall got the goals for Richard Ponsford’s side. They will travel to London Road next week to face leaders Rayleigh Town, who got a superb 6 – 0 triumph at Canning Town. The ensemble cast of scorers included Sonny Coutts, Charlie Seaden, Jack Long, Liam Oliver, Paul Morris and Alfie Larkin to give Paul Higgins’ team a fourth consecutive victory.

Elsewhere, Hutton emerged with a narrow 1 – 0 win  at Shenfield AFC which was the third straight win for Matt Singh’s side. Leigh Ramblers finally got their first win of the new campaign after a 3 – 2 success over Galleywood at Belfairs Park. Ben Smith scored twice for the visitors but the Rams were not to be denied here. Lastly, Catholic Utd were held 1 – 1 by improving Kelvedon Hatch at the Len Forge. Lewis Payne netted for the hosts, with Drew Klessa-Smith responding for Darren Hunt’s side.


EOFL Division One

Moving into the three matches played in Div One this week, and Wakering Sports got another victory with a 3 – 1 win at Snaresbrook. Ben Burrows, Paul Brennan and Alfie Fossett got the goals for Mitchell Gleeson’s team. In other results, Chingford Athletic got a fine 4 – 0 win at Beacon Hill Rovers while Runwell Sports got a fine away win, defeating Leigh Town 5 – 2 at John Burrows Recreation Ground.


Essex Premier Cup round-up

This weekend, the Essex Premier Cup campaign began, with some big wins for EOFL sides. First up, Premier side Basildon Town put in a terrific performance to hand Earls Colne a 5 – 1 defeat, with Adam Bessadi scoring twice, with Rhys Fatt, Jamie Bradbourn and Graham Harrison also netting for Marcus Bowers’ team. Division One side Herongate Athletic progressed with a 3 – 1 success at Div Two side Old Southendian Res. Antoine Fontaine, Robbie Farrell and Izaih Antoine bagged goals for Billy Cove’s side. Fellow Div One side Toby also won, 2 – 0 at home to Old Chelmsfordians, with Ben Picton and Albert Perry the goal-scorers there.

Corinthians also got a good 2 – 1 win over Halstead Town Res, with Bill Wilton and Bailey Moss netting for Chris Stoneham’s team. Two Division Two sides allso went through, with Shoebury Town defeating West Bergholt 4 – 0, thanks to a brace from Garry Johnson plus strikes by Luke Ball and Kian Bradshaw for Jason Doyle’s team. Finally, ACD Utd won 4 – 2 at Essex Senior Reserve side Takeley Res. Michael Wade and Billy Wren both netted twice for Greg Knock’s side, overcoming goals from Ezra Forman and Callum Leggett for the hosts.

Other Results in EPC

AFC Barnston  0 – 3  Sungate

Dunmow Town  4 – 4  Springfield (AET, Dunmow won 7 – 6 on pens)

Harold Wood Athletic  2 – 4  Tiptree Heath

Lymore Gardens  1 – 2  Epping Town

Old Southendian H – W  Dedham Old Boys


EOFL Division Two

Back into League action now in Division Two, and May & Baker A got a rare big win as they won 6 – 0 at home to Hutton Res. Gabriel Odili and Abidemi Lamina both struck doubles, while Ryan Stowell and Rolan Newland also notched. Also, Wakebury edged to a hard-fought 3 – 2 success over Harold Wood Athletic Reserves at Nursery Sports Ground. Max Hall, Will Wheeler and Chris Gore all netted for Matt Cardy’s side, with the replies for ‘Wood coming from Ben-Paul Gibbons and Thomas Butler. Other results saw a big win for Manford Way as they defeated AS Rawreth 7 – 1, while Rayleigh Town Res were among the goals again, defeating Rochford Town 7 – 3 at London Road.


EOFl Division Three Results

Hullbridge Res  1 – 2  Basildon Town Res

Leigh Town Res  1 – 1  Corinthians Res

Pitsea Athletic  0 – 0  Collier Row

Wakering Sports Res  1 – 7  Catholic Utd Res

and Hashtag Utd Dev  H – W  Buckhurst Hill U23


EOFL Division Four Results

Canning Town Res  4 – 6  Springfield Res

Chingford Athletic Res  9 – 0  Old Chelmsfordians Res

Galleywood Res  5 – 4  Southend Manor Dev|

Leytonstone Utd  1 – 3  Ongar Town Res

Roydon  3 – 1  Sungate Dev

Shenfield AFC Res  0 – 0  Wakering Sports A


EOFL Division Five Results

AS Rawreth Res  1 – 4  Epping Town Res

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  3 – 2  Wakebury Res

Herongate Athletic Res  2 – 1  Old Barkabbeyans

Leigh Ramblers Res  4 – 1  Collier Row Res

Runwell Sports Res  3 – 2  Snaresbrook Res

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 11 Sept) [EOFL 21/22 12.9.21]

Archive image: Rayleigh Tn v Leigh Ramblers (early September 2021)

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

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 11 September. This weekend saw some high-scoring matches and some surprise results as ever. As usual, the focus is on the top four divisions with results from Divisions Four & Five.

Many thanks for reading.

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EOFL Premier Division 

In the Premier Division, leaders Basildon Town have a slender one-point lead after being held to a goalless draw at Harold Wood Athletic. Sungate missed a chance to leapfrog them after succumbing to a 1 – 2 loss to Kelvedon Hatch, with Drew Klessa-Smith and Oliver Pettit scoring for Darren Hunt’s side. Sonny Rossington responded for ‘Gate but they stay second in the standings. With Ongar Town and Old Southendian not in action this weekend, Rayleigh Town went up to fifth after a good 2 – 0 win over Catholic Utd at London Road. Jack Long and Liam Oliver’s penalty were enough to claim the points for Paul Higgins’ side.

Elsewhere, Hutton moved to seventh place with a fine 3 – 2 triumph at Springfield. Charlie Nichols and Mitchell May got the goals for Dan Williams’ team but a stirring comeback from Hutton saw Will Marlowe, Jim Gardner and Billy Chilcott’s fine strike secure a good away-day win for Matt Singh’s side. Galleywood moved into the top ten with a 3 – 0 success against Bishop’s Stortford Swifts, with a brace from Thomas Watling and one from Sam Donn enough to give Mark O’Sullivan’s team a good win.

Finally, Leigh Ramblers’ pursuit of a win this term goes on after they were held 3 – 3 by visitors Shenfield AFC. Jack Gardner got two goals and Andrew Webster got the other for Mark Hunter’s team but the visitors scored three of their own to claim a point.


EOFL Division One 

Moving now into Division One, and Runwell Sports are the new leaders on goal difference after a 5 – 2 win over Old Chemsfordians at St Luke’s Park. Strikes from Joe Olley, Korede Odumosu, Samuel Adebayo, Matt Tapley and an OG saw Rob Hodgson’s side to their third win this term. Epping Town also got their first win this term, winning 2 – 1 at Chingford Athletic with Andrew Smith and David Limber getting the goals for Stuart Hoskins’ side at Town Mead.

Also, Corinthians got a big 5 – 1 success over Snaresbrook at Stambridge Memorial Ground. Bailey Moss struck four goals here for Chris Stoneham’s side, with Bill Wilton getting the other goal. Finally for this division, Leigh Town emerged from a stern test with a 2 – 0 win at Herongate Athletic, with Brodie Horne and Max Jones goals proving the difference here for Jack Pearman’s side and they go into fourth spot after inflicting the first loss of Herongate’s campaign.


EOFL Division Two

In Division Two, ACD Utd remain at the summit after a resounding 9 – 2 victory over Harold Wood Athletic Res at Westlands. Jacob Dingli grabbed five of the goals himself for Greg Knock’s side, with a double for Michael Wade plus strikes for Billy Wren and replacement Sam Payne completing the scoring for the only unbeaten side remaining in the division. Derek Hawtin got both goals for the Wood’ side but their goal difference took a hammering here. Harold Hill remain 2nd, level on points with ACD having played a game more after a superb 6 – 2 triumph over Wakebury at Noak Hill. Max Hall and Daniel Buglione netted for Matt Cardy’s side but they ultimately fell to their first loss of the new season.

Shoebury Town went up to third spot after a narrow 1 – 0 win at AS Rawreth, with Garry Johnson once again on the score-sheet for Jason Doyle’s side. Elsewhere, May & Baker A got their first points of the season with a 2 – 0 triumph at winless Rochford Town. Rowan Newland scored again, with Jerry Jairette getting the other goal for Matt Guidera & Steve Hogg’s side.

Also, Manford Way got a fine 5 – 2 win at Hutton Res, with Thomas Price and Elliott Fraser goals not enough to stop Bill Stratford’s side avoid defeat at Polo Fields. Finally, Rayleigh Town Res got the result of their campaign thus far with a big 6 – 2 win over Old Southendian Res at Garon Park 3G.


EOFL Division Three

In Division Three, Toby Res went up to third place after a fine 5 – 1 success at home to Buckhurst Hill U23, with Oliver Dingli notching twice for Lee Glynn’s side, plus Justin Clarke, Myrie and Davies all joined in on the goals. Substitute Tyla Fenlon got the solitary reply for Alan Byers’ side. Pitsea Athletic went up to mid-table after a good 2 – 1 win over Hullbridge Sports Res at Lower Road. Rhys Davies and Louis Starkey goals secured the points for Trevor Wickens’ side. Bobby Badnall responded for Jason Mole’s team but it’s two wins from their four matches thus far.

Meanwhile, Leigh Town Res navigated a tough trip to Collier Row and recorded a 3 – 1 win at the Forest Row Centre. Strikes from Aaron Tyler, Max Whitehead and Chris Pope secured the first win of the new term for Antony Lane’s side. In other results, Wakering Sports Res remain top after a 5 – 0 home win over Shenfield AFC Res at Cupid’s while Catholic Utd Res hammered Corinthians Res 10 – 3 at St Thomas More Sch.


EOFL Division Four

Results

Old Chelmsfordians Res  5 – 0  Shenfield AFC Res     | Lawford Lane

Ongar Town Res  2 – 1  Canning Town Res | Melbourne Park 3G, Chelmsford

Roydon  1 – 0  Galleywood Res     | Roydon Playing Fields

Southend Manor Dev. 1 – 2  Chingford athletic Res   | Southchurch Park  

Sungate Dev.  3 – 6  Springfield Res             | Ilford Wanderers RFC

Wakering Sports  A  1 – 1  Leytonstone Utd   | Cupid’s (Pitch 2)


EOFL Division Five

Results

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  4 – 1  AS Rawreth Res  | Silver Leys

Collier Row Res  4 – 3 Wakebury Res      | Forest Row Centre (Pitch 2)

Epping Town Res  1 – 4  Pitsea Athletic Res   |  Epping UC Rugby Club

Old Barkabbeyans  2 – 2  Runwell Sports Res  | Barking Abbey Sch 3G

Snaresbrook Res  0 – 4  Leigh Ramblers Res   | Nutters Field

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 4 Sept) [EOFL 21/22 5.9.21]

Rayleigh Res winger Byron Down about to launch curling pass forward [Image: Scott W]

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

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the fourth weekend of action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 4th September. This weekend saw a double-header of matches for me to see first-hand and some surprise results as ever. As usual, the focus is on the top four divisions with results from Divisions Four & Five.

Many thanks for reading.

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EOFL Premier Division

In the Premier, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts ended Old Southendian’s unbeaten start to the season as Swifts won 5 – 2 at Silver Leys. Sam Chaney netted a treble with Archie Gerard and Toluwani Osiyemi also scoring for Craig Glashan’s team. OS responded with goals from Nick Henesy and Mitchell Ali but a hard afternoon for them saw them down to ten men. Drew Klessa-Smith notched another double as Kelvedon Hatch won 2 – 1 at Canning Town, in what was Hatch’s second win this term. Also, Basildon Town recovered from defeat last week with a 3 – 1 victory over Catholic Utd at the Len Forge Centre. Jamie Selby-Knight, Matt Brinklow and replacement Jamie Bradbourn were among the scorers for Marcus Bowers’ team there.

Elsewhere, Hutton got their first win since the opening day with a 2 – 0 triumph over Galleywood at Polo Fields. Jude Keeling and Will Marlowe got the win for Matt Singh’s side as they again look to get into the upper echelons of the standings. Shenfield drew 1 – 1 with Harold Wood Athletic at St Martins Sch, with Luke Williamson scoring for the hosts and James Pottle levelling for ‘Wood from twelve yards. Also, a dramatic match saw Sungate inflict a first loss of the campaign on promoted Ongar Town as the ‘Gate won 7 – 3 at Ilford Wanderers Rugby Club. The scorers for Sungate were Thomas Ward (2), Jaiden Odle (2) with Arif Mustapha, Scott Truman and Thomas Drayton chipping in as well. Ongar were up against it when they were reduced to nine men at one point, and responded through a double from Frankie Goodhall and one from Joe Lilly.

Finally, in the match I attended at London Road, Rayleigh Town put in a strong display to emerge with a 2 – 1 win over resilent Leigh Ramblers. Shaun Gittleson and Charlie Seaden got the goals for Paul Higgins’ team, with Dan Williams notching a late consolation for Mark Hunter’s side. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/09/05/s21-22-match-report-rayleigh-town-2-1-leigh-ramblers-sat-4-sept-eofl/

Leigh R skipper Ryan Lowe launching a long throw [Image: Scott W]

EOFL Division One

Moving into the three matches played in Div One, and Herongate Athletic saw their 100% start ended with a enterprising 2 – 2 draw with Chingford Athletic at Billericay Road. Robbie Farrell and Harry Watkins struck for Billy Cove’s side, with Andrew Omusi and Alex Gordon replying for Declan Murphy’s team.

Also, Runwell Sports got a fine 3 – 1 home win over Beacon Hill Rovers at St Luke’s Park. Matt Tapley got two goals here for Rob Hodgson’s side, with Kleshay Grant getting his first league goal as well here. And Wakering Sports defeated Corinthians 1 – 0 at Cupid’s with Aaron Marshall getting the decisive goal there.


EOFL Division Two

In Division Two, ACD Utd have three wins from their three matches now after a 6 – 3 win at Rochford Town. Michael Wade scored another terrific treble to make it to five goals this term, with Jacob Dingli, Paul Mangan and Warren Taylor also netting for Greg Knock’s side. Harold Hill made it three straight wins as they won 4 – 1 at Old Southendian Res. Hill were thankful to Peter Tyler, Baciro Bari, Siddy Clarkson and substitute Jack Suters for the match-winning goals. Jack Cripps’ goal was a mere consolation for Josh Bambury’s previous unbeaten side. Harold Wood Athletic Res also got a good win, 2 – 1 over the new Manford Way side. Ben Gibbons and Daniel Spittle scored for Steve Hubbard’s Wood team who earned their first win of the new season.

Also, Wakebury had to fight hard in their 4 – 2 success at May & Baker A, with Max Hall scoring a double for Matt Cardy’s side here, with Ibrahim Kagbanda and Will Wheeler also on target for the visitors. Meanwhile at Cupid’s, Shoebury Town played out a superb 4 – 4 draw with Hutton Res, which saw both sides finish the match with ten men. Harvey Yellop’s brace coupled with goals from James Gardner and substitute Bailey Morris accounted for the visitors’ goals. Shoebury responded through the exsemble cast of stalwart Garry Johnson, Kian Bradshaw, Kirk Hudson and Oliver Chew to claim a decent point.

Finally, in the match I saw at London Road, AS Rawreth fought back late on to draw 2 – 2 at Rayleigh Town Res. John Hanrahan’s penalty and Robbie Allen both netted for Dave Barker’s side, while Tom Binks and Danny Carr responded for Rawreth. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/09/05/s21-22-match-report-rayleigh-town-res-2-2-as-rawreth-sat-4-sept-eofl/


EOFL Division Three

Finally for this week’s main section, in Division Three, Hashtag Utd Development made it three wins from four league matches with a comfortable 5 – 0 victory at Corinthians Res. Replacement Tommy Sykes struck two goals here for Denis Simpson’s team, with Bradlery Bunker, Jake Smith and an OG accounting for the other goals. Toby Res also put in a superb performance, comprehensively defeating Collier Row 7 – 1. Oliver Dingli led the way with a hat-trick , assisted by Thayne Myrie, Rhys Willson and Ben Picton, who were all amongst the scorers here for Lee Glynn’s side.

Basildon Town Res were held 2 – 2 by Buckhurst Hill U23 with Joe Barrett and James O’Brien netting for the Town second-side. In other results, Catholic Utd Reserves edged a nine-goal encounter, winning 5 – 4 against Leigh Town Res at St Thomas More Sch. Plus Wakering Sports Res pulled a brilliant 8 – 2 win at Pitsea Athletic, held at Basildon Sporting Village.


EOFL Division Four Results

Chingford Athletic Res  3 – 3  Springfield Res  | Town Mead 3G

Galleywood Res  0 – 4  Ongar Town Res  |

Leytonstone Utd  0 – 2  Southend Manor Dev.  | Forest Row Centre (Pitch 1)

Old Chelmsfordians Res  4 – 1  Sungate Dev.  | Lawford Lane

Shenfield AFC Res  1 – 1  Canning Town Res  | The Drive

Roydon P – P Wakering Sports A


EOFL Division Five Results

AS Rawreth Res  0 – 2  Leigh Ramblers Res

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  2 – 1  Collier Row Res

Epping Town Res  1 – 3  Herongate Athletic Res

Pitsea Athletic Res 1 – 4  Runwell Sports Res

Old Barkabbeyans  2 – 3  Snaresbrook Res

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 14 Aug) [EOFL 21/22 15.8.21]

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

Hello all and welcome to the first of a new season of weekly round-up articles on  Essex Olympian League divisions, The first weekend of action from Saturday 14th August saw a myriad of teams adjust to new divisions, and before the action is described I’ll put in a short listing of which sides are in each division. As ever, the focus is on the top four divisions with results from Divisions Four & Five.

Many thanks for the support and for reading.


EOFL Premier Division 

Teams (15): Basildon Town, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts, Canning Town, Catholic Utd, Galleywood, Harold Wood Athletic, Hutton, Kelvedon Hatch, Leigh Ramblers, Old Southendian, Ongar Town, Rayleigh Town, Shenfield AFC, Springfield, Sungate

In the Premier Division, Basildon Town overcame a spirited performance by their visitors as they defeated Rayleigh Town 4 – 3, in their first match at landlords Basildon Utd. Player-boss Marcus Bowers led the way with a brace for the hosts, with new signing Rhys Fatt also notching twice for his new team. Rayleigh responded through goals from Paul Morris, Shaun Gittleson and Liam Oliver but ultimately they fell to defeat. Old Southendian got a win on the opening day as they defeated Canning Town 2 – 1 at Garon Park. Sam Adcock and substitute Craig Paton got the important strikes there for the hosts.

Meanwhile, Kelvedon Hatch began their new campaign with a 3 – 2 win at promoted Galleywood. Drew Klessa-Smith nabbed a terrific treble for the visitors and that outshone strikes by Matthew Buckingham and Jamie Lockwood for Galleywood to give Darren Hunt’s side the win. Hutton also got a welcome three points as a Stephen Judge strike was enough to give them a 1 – 0 success over Catholic Utd at Polo Fields. Harold Wood Athletic let a two-goal lead slip before being held 3 – 3 by a new-look Springfield side at Harold Wood Park. Strikes by Jacob Roberts, James Pottle and Harry Clifford put Gary Willis’ side ahead but a double from replacement Jordan Sargeant and one from Charlie Nichols saw Dan Williams’  team make a good comeback and left with a point.

Also, Ongar Town began their season at Step 7 with a superb 4 – 1 home win over Leigh Ramblers. Jack Gardner got the goal for Mark Hunter’s visitors but the winning feeling continued for Richard Ponsford’s side, thanks to a brace from Frankie Goodall, plus strikes by Harry Rawlins and Rodney Wilson. Finally, Sungate won 2 – 1 at Shenfield AFC with Ben Carroll scoring for the home side.


EOFL Division One 

Teams (11): Beacon Hill Rovers, Corinthians, Chingford Athletic, Epping Town, Herongate Athletic, Leigh Town, Old Chelmsfordians, Runwell Sports, Snaresbrook, Toby, Wakering Sports

Moving now into Division One, and Toby got a superb 4 – 0 triumph over Epping Town in Newbury Park. Albert Perry, Marc Porter-Brown, Louis Hill and new recruit Harry Barham all netted as Mark Jones’ team started strongly. Wakering Sports also grabbed an impressive 5 – 1 success against Old Chelmsfordians at Cupid’s, with Connor Burrows netting twice, alongside Ben Burrows, Matthew Catlin and Aaron Clark goals for Mitchell Gleeson’s side.

The new era at Herongate Athletic under Billy Cove also began with a victory as they defeated Snaresbrook 3 – 1 at Billericay Road. Robbie Farrell’s brace and one from Izaih Antoine did the job for the home side. Elsewhere, and Runwell Sports began life under boss Rob Hodgson with a creditable 1 – 1 draw with Chingford Athletic at St Luke’s Park. Dylan Hawley netted for Runwell, with Lewis Watson scoring for Ath. Also, Leigh Town began their journey as a second-tier club with a fine 3 – 1 victory at fellow promoted side Beacon Hill Rovers.


EOFL Division Two

Teams (12): ACD Utd, AS Rawreth, Harold Hill, Harold Wood Athletic Res, Hutton Res, Manford Way (fmrly Res), May & Baker A, Old Southendian Res, Rayleigh Town Res, Rochford Town, Showbury Town, Wakebury

In Division Two, ACD Utd got their first win as a third-tier club as they won 2 – 1 at new club Harold Hill. Player-boss Michael Wade got both goals for the visitors as they negotiated a tricky test well. Elsewhere, Shoebury Town started strongly in their new division as they won 4 – 1 against visitors Harold Wood Athletic Res at Cupid’s. Steven Sharpe struck twice here for Town, with Daniel Brooker and an OG accounting for the other goals. Ben Rowe responded for the Wood second-team.

In other action, AS Rawreth got their new era under Josh Hutchins started with a good 2 – 1 home win over May & Baker A. Alex Salmon and Ryan Kenyon provided the goals as they began the season well.


EOFL Division Three

Teams (12): Basildon Town Res, Buckhurst Hill U23/Res, Catholic Utd Res, Collier Row, Corinthians Res, Hashtag Utd Dev, Hullbridge Sports Res, Leigh Town Res, Pitsea Athletic, Toby Res, Wakering Sports Res 

Finally for this week, in Division Three, newcomers Pitsea Athletic began their EOFL campaign with a decent 3 – 0 win over Leigh Town Res at Basildon Sports Village. Ben Challis’ fine treble was enough to seperate the sides there. Elsewhere Basildon Town Res drew 1 – 1 with Toby Res. Matthew Keiller struck for Town, with Brandon Richmond netting for the East Londoners.

Collier Row started the new season with a 3 – 2 home win over Corinthians Res. Jay Knight and replacement Finlay Grant scored for Ben Adams’side but it wasn’t enough to claim a point. Also, Wakering Sports Res claimed a big 9 – 0 victory over Buckhurst Hill U23 and Hashtag Utd Development won 2 – 0 at home to Hullbridge Sports Res at Barleylands.


EOFL Division Four

Teams (12): Canning Town Res, Chingford Athletic Res, Galleywood Res, Leytonstone Utd, Old Chelmsfordians Res, Ongar Town Res, Roydon, Shenfield AFC Res, Southend Manor Dev., Springfield Res, Sungate Res, Wakering Sports A

Results

Ongar Town Res 7 – 1   Shenfield AFC Res   | Melbourne Park

Southend Manor Dev.  2 – 0   Roydon            | Southchurch Park


EOFL Division Five

Teams (12): AS Rawreth Res, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res, Collier Row Res, Epping Town Res, Herongate Athletic Res, Leigh Ramblers Res, Old Barkabbeyans, Pitsea Athletic Res, Runwell Sports Res, Snaresbrook Res, Wakebury Res

Results

Collier Row Res  0 – 5  Herongate Athletic Res  

Pitsea Athletic  Res  6 – 2   Wakebury Res    | Basildon Sporting Village


Thank you for reading, this column will be running throughout the season as much as I can.

S 20-21 Match Report: Hutton 3 – 4 Buckhurst Hill (Sat 22 May) [EOFL 20-21 22.5.21]

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Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Venue: Polo Fields

2020 -21 Season – Match 37

Saturday 22nd May 2021 – 2.30pm KO

Hutton: Red Shirts, Red Shorts & Red Socks

Buckhurst Hill: Blue & Navy Blue Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Hutton line-up ready for kick-off, with boss Singh on the left [Image: Scott W]

Buckhurst Hill deny spirited Hutton comeback to claim the win

Hutton  3 – 4  Buckhurst Hill

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

The penultimate weekend of my Non-League season saw me head to Polo Fields for this intriguing contest between Hutton, seeking a top-four finish and Champions Buckhurst Hill who were playing their second-to-last match as a Step 7 side before being elevated to the Eastern Senior League South next term. Matt Singh’s Hutton side were missing several players here with Alfie Cerulli, Stephen Judge, Kyle Linzell and forward Will Marlowe among those unavailable. They did field regular stopper Adrian Faherty between the sticks, with their centre-backs being Jonathan Hilliard and Tarik Moore-Azille. Jamie Moore and Joshua Seal provided the ammunition from the flanks, with Brad Freeman leading the line. Their options from the bench were also limited, with forward Ben Stanton and player-assistant boss Robert Lorkins being said options. Buckhurst Hill were also missing a few here with Nathan Sollosi, Josh Banfield, Zachary Davidson and Louis Wynter all not part of their 13-man squad. Daniel Blockley was the goalkeeper as usual, with a central defensive pairing of Henry Day and Jonah Gregory. The forward line was spearheaded by talisman & 20-goal forward Suleyman Zuhdu, with Max Nicholson and Daniel Whitehead in chief support.

This writer was hoping for a good battle, given it was likely also my last Essex Olympian League match of the 2020-21 campaign. The visitors were switched on in the opening minutes as a enterprising run by Hutton winger Joshua Seal ended with Buckhurst defender Henry Day denying him a firm effort at Dan Blockley’s goal. Minutes later, a really good run by visiting forward Suleyman Zuhdu was well rebuffed by home centre-back Tarik Moore-Azille down the right-sided channel. The first real chance of note came on eight minutes as a fine pass down the right by wing-back Liam Foster found winger Daniel Whitehead who then sent a fierce drive at goal, which was well tipped over by Hutton custodian Adrian Faherty. The hosts responded just short of the quarter-hour mark as a fine run by right-back Tom Stephens didn’t quite get the end it deserve as his effort on goal fizzed wide of Blockley’s far post.

Buckhurst were starting to gather momentum and gave their hosts another warning on 27 minutes as influential winger Sam Sollosi struck a first-time effort but Faherty could gather at the second attempt. Said warnings were up as just past the half-hour, midfielder Tyler Dolan weaved past two defenders well before slotting home calmly but inside the penalty area to finally break the stalemate in the game. Zuhdu nearly doubled his side’s advantage five minutes later after another searing run was too strong for the home defence and after evading Faherty, the declining angle saved the hosts as his strike cannoned off the left-side post. Whitehead also fired wide moments after as Mark Williams’ side looked to really gain a foothold. That second goal did arrive four minutes before the interval as after turning his marker inside-out, winger Max Nicholson fizzed a great strike past Faherty and into the net.

Zuhdu (Hill #10) & Foster (#2) involved in an attacking move [Image: Scott W]

Half-Time:  Hutton 0 – 2 Buckhurst Hill

Straight after the restart, it was the hosts who had to be alert as Sollosi again was well-placed but his chance was snuffed out by the well-placed Josh Brocklebank. The visitors were building their rhythm going forward at this stage of the match, as substitute Alfie Harris made a searing run down the right flank, and his centre was cleared almost off the goal-line by energetic right-back Tom Stephens, with fellow replacement Callum Ibe ready to pounce for a tap-in. This did prove important as with an hour played, a good free-kick from the edge of the penalty area by Seal managed to get past the Buckhurst defenders and find the on-rushing Brocklebank who helped himself to a goal from a few yards out. Looked simple but it was well-worked. Unfortunately for Hutton, Buckhurst soared up the other end on a counter-attack and Jack Griggs got past the home backline and his strike just escaped the clutches of Faherty before trickling home into the corner of the net, much to the custodian’s derision. This gave Buckhurst their two-goal cushion back and to be fair, on another day Buckhurst should have been ‘home & hosed’ in this match in the following fifteen minutes of the contest.

Midway into the half, forward Ibe made another of his trademark enterprising runs before his fierce strike was well clawed over the crossbar by the impressive Faherty. Hutton responded with twenty minutes to play as another Seal free-kick was on-target but lacked the power to bypass Blockley, who pushed it over the goal frame. From that resulting corner, substitute Ben Stanton narrowly nodded wide of the right-side post. Buckhurst again counter-attacked as Ibe was in a promising position again and a well-thought out chip was parried up by Faherty before needing to be cleared off the goal-line as well by more committed defending from the hosts. In truth, it wasn’t Ibe’s day as he and Sollosi was both denied on at least three more occasions through a combination of good blocks and wayward finishing.

Just as you were starting to suspect the hosts were tiring, they roared back into the match as a fine cross in from deep found Stanton who arrowed in a fine header at the far post to make it 2 – 3 with ten minutes remaining. Again though, Hill responded two minutes later as Nicholson’s well-taken strike again found the net, moments after Faherty pulled off another fine save in the previous attack. But the scoring was not done yet as the tension was rising before Stanton’s low finish bypassed both the defender and Blockley to find the net on 87 minutes and give the Champions some more nervy moments.   

Hutton’s Lewis Scott (#8) challenging for possession [Image: Scott W]
‘Keeper Faherty (in Green) joins his side’s attack in the closing moments! [Image: Scott W]

The visitors did hold out and the final whistle came without further incident as Mark Williams’ side could celebrate and without delay, they were presented with the Essex Olympian League Premier Division trophy.

Buckhurst boss Williams (r) lifts the Trophy with skipper Zuhdu post-match {Image: Scott W]

Full-time: Hutton  3 – 4  Buckhurst Hill

In summary, Buckhurst Hill took a little while to reach their destructive best and arguably spurned several chances after the break to score a hatful of goals before the dramatic late goal surge here. Every credit to Hutton though as well who showed the gritty attitude that has served them well this season, particularly in the second half of the match. The only thing they were lacking if you were being really critical was more of a goal threat as hard-working forward Brad Freeman was slightly isolated at times, though he was well-marshalled by the adept Buckhurst defence in fairness.

In terms of stand-out performances, for the Champions Buckhurst Hill – it’s hard not to mention two-goal star winger Max Nicholson who took his goals well and importantly gave his side a decent lead at the interval. The Influential Sam Sollosi also kept his side ticking in attack and although he should have been on the score-sheet, he is excellent at creating moves with well-thought out passes. Ball-playing centre-back Henry Day also had another fine afternoon with several good interceptions and right wing-back Liam Foster also deserves a mention for giving the visitors an outlet making gallivanting rapid runs down the flank too.   

For Hutton, I felt right-back Tom Stephens had an excellent match, covering a huge amount of ground all over the pitch, making good passes, showing good energy levels and making crucial clearances in the nick of time to aid his fellow defenders and crucially, keep Hutton in the match. Centre-back Tarik Moore-Azille also showed good tackling, good pace to keep up with Hill’s star forward Zuhdu and looks a good prospect. Winger Joshua Seal was a threat from set-pieces and gave everything here, plus goalkeeper Adrian Faherty who may feel he should’ve done better with one of the goals, but that is outflanked by the four really good saves to deny Buckhurst a thumping win.

All that is left for me to add is that is a been a delight to cover the Essex Olympian League again this season, and it would be remiss not to thank all the clubs and managers of all the matches I’ve written about this season. Thank you also to the League and it was a nice bonus to see Buckhurst presented with the Premier Division trophy post-match, which is a fitting reward for boss Mark Williams sticking with the club for as long as he has done. Best wishes to both Buckhurst Hill and Hutton for next season.

If you’d like to have a read of the wider action in the Essex Olympian League divisions, this week’s round-up is available here:

Hill’s squad & club officials pose with the EOFL Premier Division Trophy [Image: Scott W]

Teams

Hutton    | Manager: Matt Singh  | Assistant: Robert Lorkins

Starting XI: 1 Adrian Faherty (GK), 2 Tom Stephens, 3 Josh Brocklebank, 4 Jack Lelliott, 5 Jonathan Hilliard, 6 Tarik Moore-Azille, 7 Jamie Moore, 8 Lewis Scott, 9 Brad Freeman, 10 Sean O’Callaghan, 11 Joshua Seal

Goal-scorers: Josh Brocklebank [60’], Ben Stanton [80’ & 87’]

Subs On: 16 Ben Stanton [70’], 17 Robert Lorkins [70’]

Booked: None     | Sub Not Used: None

Buckhurst Hill   | Manager: Mark Williams

Starting XI: 1 Daniel Blockley (GK), 2 Liam Foster, 3 Bradley Gayer, 4 Henry Day, 5 Jonah Gregory, 6 Jack Griggs, 7 Sam Sollosi, 8 Tyler Dolan, 12 Max Nicholson, 10 Suleyman Zuhdu (Capt), 11 Daniel Whitehead

Goal-scorers: Tyler Dolan [31’], Max Nicholson [41’ & 82’], Jack Griggs [60’]

Subs On: 9 Callum Ibe [46’], 15 Alfie Harris [46’]

Booked: Gayer, Zuhdu | Subs Not Used: None

Referee: Adekola Adeyemi

Assistant Referees: Martin Smith & Maragrit Tsekov

S20-21 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 15 May) [EOFL 20/21 16.5.21]

Still from Hutton (in red) v Leigh Ramblers [Image: Trev Robinson P’graphy]

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

Hello all and welcome to a mammoth edition of my round-up articles, looking the action in week nine of the ‘mini-season’ in the  Essex Olympian League divisions on Saturday 15th May. I’ve also included what I can about the action in Divisions Four & Five this week plus there are updated tables for each division. Lead image courtesy of Trev Robinson Photography [@fitinaflash1]. Thank you for reading.

EOFL Premier Division 

In the Premier Division, the main news from midweek was Buckhurst Hill were confirmed champions after Shenfield AFC withdrew from their midweek contest. Hill got another three points as opponents Old Southendian were unable to compete. Many congrats to manager Mark Williams and his impressive squad who are approaching fifty league goals scored this term.

Catholic Utd went back up to third spot after a 4 – 2 win against Shenfield AFC at the Len Forge. Brad Rowland, Aaron Baldwin, Teejay Chiororo and Luke Trice all scored for Simon Thomas’ team in that one. They are three points behind second-placed Basildon Town as they were held 1 – 1 by improving Springfield at Arun Park. Marcus Bowers netted for Town who have still had a mightily impressive season. Substitute Jake Clarke replied for Dan Williams’side.. Hutton got back to winning ways with a 3 – 2 triumph over Leigh Ramblers in what was the latter’s final game of the campaign. Brad Freeman, Will Marlowe & John hilliard all netted for Matt Singh’s team who have a top five finish back in their sights with two home matches left, they’re only against Buckhurst Hill and Springfield. Good test though Mr Singh, wouldn’t you agree? George Moxon and replacement Billy Carter responded for Ronnie Bridges’team.

Meanwhile, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts kept up their unbeaten league run with a 2 – 2 draw against spirited Canning Town at Silver Leys. Chris Lockwood and Kurt Smith netted for Billy Cove’s team here but they drop one to fourth. Fellow writer Aaron Moore was there & here’s his view on the match: https://footballreview.net/match-report-bishops-stortford-swifts-2-2-canning-town/

Elsewhere, Harold Wood Athletic got a decent 2 – 0 success at Kelvedon Hatch, with Matthew Donovan and a Josh Steel free-kick enough to see Alex Goldstone’s team to victory. Rayleigh Town also won again, 2 – 1 at Sungate with club stalwarts Bailey Moss and Paul Morris both netting for Paul Higgins’ side. They remain in ninth but are five points clear of Springfield in 10th.

Here’s the updated Premier Division table…

EOFL Division One 

With Ongar Town out of action, Galleywood had to keep winning to keep their slim hopes of the title alive. They did just that, defeating bottom side Shoebury Town 4 – 0 at Melbourne Park in Chelmsford. A double from replacement Ben Smith, plus goals for Harry Bond and Sean Barry were enough to keep their four-point cushion in second-place.  The chasing pack also all did their bit as they chase that second promotion spot, with Runwell Sports defeating Ramsden Scotia 2 – 1 at St Luke’s Park.

Manford Way also triumphed with a 4 – 1 win at Rayleigh Town Res. The ensemble cast of scorers included James Clarke, Glen Warwick and substitutes Tyrone Scarlett & Tyler Le Poidevin. Trevor Grace’s side notched their fifth win in their last eight matches and are five points clear in fourth spot. Town remain second-bottom. Toby also grabbed an impressive 6 – 1 success over Old Chelmsfordians in Newbury Park to rise up to fifth in the table. Ben Picton netted a fine hat-trick, supplanted by strikes from Rhys Willson (pen), Chris Rowland and Tolu Dina. Ryan Fleming netted for the OC’s but its five matches without a win for them now.

Lastly, Herongate Athletic and Snaresbrook had a quick turnaround in their two matches this week. Firstly, Snaresbrook defeated Herongate 4 – 2 at Riverside Sch in Barking on Tuesday night. Drew Barbier struck twice in this match with an OG also present. Joseph Fogarty and Elliott Thompson replied for Ath in this defeat but Athletic got some payback at the weekend as they won 2 – 1 against ‘Brook thanks to strikes from Brandon Kelly and substitute Jack Holloway in their home game on Saturday to go up to tenth. Snaresbrook drop down to sixth.

Here’s the updated Division One table…

EOFL Division Two

The Points per Game (PPG) rationale has rather confused things in Division Two. Champions Leigh Town were not in action, and in the conventional standings, they were overhauled by the teams chasing a second promotion spot. Beacon Hill Rovers got another important three points by defeating Ryan 4 – 2. They went ‘top’ of the table, and Epping Town are a point behind them in ‘second’ after their 3 – 1 victory over May & Baker A at Epping UC Rugby Club. Strikes from Sam Law, Joe Rickett (his 15th league goal of the season) and substitute Chris Gormley were enough to keep Stuart Hoskins’ side well in the reckoning for that valuable promotion spot. Wakering Sports also hold slim hopes as well after a 4 – 2 win over nine-man Corinthians at Cupid’s. A treble from Meschack Kisoka and a Ben Rowe strike truly ended the Stambridge side’s declining hopes of elevation and will be instead be aiming for a top-four finish after three straight losses have hit them hard in recent weeks. Wakering’s fifth win in their last six means they are in principal position capitalize if Beacon Hill & Epping slip up in a nerve-jangling last two weeks of the season.

Elsewhere, Laindon Orient hammered AS Rawreth 7 – 1 at Markhams Chase as they are also looking to finish strongly. Oliver Dingli netted a treble on his return for Neil Blackburn’s side, with James Shadwell scored twice to take his goal tally to six in the league. Joshua Chadwick and substitute Matthew Gibson all netted to take them up to fifth. Rawreth now have to win both of their remaining matches to stave off finishing at the foot of the table. Harold Wood Athletic Res also won this week, 4 – 1 at Rochford Town thanks to doubles from Warren Taylor and Derek Hawtin. This win sees them rise up to eighth spot.

Here’s the updated Division Two table…

EOFL Division Three

In the only division really still to be decided, Hutton Res are now the new leaders after another two wins this week. Firstly, they triumphed 5 – 1 away at Collier Row on Wednesday night, with a treble from top-scorer Jack Shaw, an OG and a pearler from Matthew Price securing the points. Hutton’s second side then kept the lead after an impressive 5 – 2 win at Corinthians Res at Stambridge on Saturday. Carl Dutton continued his fine form with a treble to lead the way, whilst Stewart Biggue and Tom Price also scored for the visitors. Bill Stratford’s side are a point clear of ACD Utd who are still in pole position in the PPG stakes for promotion & the title after a 3 – 1 win against Buckhurst Hill Res at Westlands. Paul Mangan, Charlie Munns and Mason Oakley saw Michael Wade’s team to a crucial three points.

With Manford Way Res not in action this week, Wakebury saw their faint hopes of promotion more of less fizzle out after losing 3 – 2 at Hullbridge Sports A on Thursday night. Charlie Cox scored twice for the Hullbridge youth side, with Edward Hawney also on target. Goals from Robbie Norris and replacement Harry Kateley were not enough to prevent Matt Cardy’s side a loss they could ill afford to really stay in the promotion hunt. The Berries recovered though on Saturday with a fine 3 – 2 win at Collier Row. Chris Gore’s spot-kick, an OG and one from Charlie Little’s 14th league goal this term saw the visitors to a morale-boosting win to strengthen their position in fourth.

Hullbridge A were also in action on Saturday, as they were held to a 1 – 1 draw by Basildon Town Res. Mark Squibb struck for the Town second-side, with Joseph Darby firing in his seventh league goal this term to keep his side in sixth, a point behind their opponents here. Finally for Div Three, Lakeside Utd all but secured eighth spot with a 5 – 2 success over Toby Res. Ryan Kenyon’s double plus strikes from David Alele, Brandon Booty and Kemari Hypolite’s spot-kick ensured Ben Crouch’s team got the points. Toby’s Ressies remain second-bottom. 

Here’s the updated Division Three table…

EOFL Division Four    

This week, we’re including the action in Divisions Four & Five. In Division Four, Catholic Utd Res secured the Division Four title with a 6 – 1 win over Wakering Sports Res in Westcliff. Tom Harding’s side gathered their 13th win in fourteen matches in some style, thanks to doubles from Franklin Craik (who has now scored 16 league goals this term) and Joe O’Kane plus one goal each for Mark Baptist and James Warder. This game saw Dan Trenkel make an incredible 801st career appearance and also confirmed another rare statistic – Mark Baptist has won promotion from Divisions One through & including Division Four as well as winning the Premier Division. Some stat that is too, thanks to the club’s Twitter for that. Congrats to the squad & the coaching team on their achievement this weekend.

In other action in the division, Chingford Athletic Res powered past Shenfield AFC Res 8 – 2 at Town Mead to see them rise to fourth spot. The visitors remain second-bottom after three wins from their fourteen outings. Hashtag Utd Development are a win away from probable elevation after a 2 – 1 win at Laindon Orient Res. Matthew Gauci and Kai Warren’s 14th league goal of the season secured the points for the visitors here. Wakering Sports Res could still deny them via PPG I believe if they get maximum points from their two games and Hashtag slip up in their last game at home to Ongar Town Ressies next weekend.

Other Result:

Sungate Res   H – W  Old Chelmsfordians Res  | Home Walkover

Here’s the updated Division Four table…

EOFL Division Five  

In Division Five, Springfield Res got the result with the biggest ramifications as their 3 – 1 victory over promotion rivals Collier Row Res meant they secured the runners-up spot via PPG. Another brace from Liam England plus an Antonious Simon-Parson goal was enough to give the hosts their tenth win this season. Elsewhere, in the second game of a double-header at Silver Leys, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res struck late to defeat Roydon 3 – 2. A brace from Oliver Fortune and one from Chris Jennings was enough to overhaul strikes from Mohamed Benzid and Olu Olaniyan to go above their opponents into fourth on goal difference.

Non-League colleague Aaron Moore was there & here’s his report: footballreview.net/match-report-bishops-stortford-swifts-reserves-3-2-roydon/

Finally for the action that did take place, Old Barkabbeyans secured a 6 – 1 trimuph over Epping Town Res at Barking Abbey Sch. Jordan Mullings and Michael Ryder both notched twice, with replacement Jerome Morris and an OG accounting for the other goals. Charlie Parker’s goal was scant consolation for the Town side who remain in ninth spot.

Other Results:


AS Rawreth Res  H – W  Herongate Athletic Res
   | Home Walkover

Shoebury Town Res   A – W  Leigh Ramblers Res  | Away Walkover

Wakering Sports  A   H – W  Runwell Sports Res  | Home Walkover

Here’s the Division Five standings…

Thank you for reading, there will be two more round-ups this season before the close season break.

S20-21 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 3 April) [EOFL 20/21 4.4.21]

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

Hello everyone and welcome back to my round-up articles on the Essex Olympian League divisions, which return looking at all the action on Saturday 3rd April, from the top-tier all the way to mentions of Divisions Four & Five. All six divisions were involved in ‘resumption day’ and there were some surprise results, some well-known names turning out for new clubs and plenty of goals!

Thank you for reading. Thanks also to Pete Dudley (@ped1980 on Twitter) for the main image)

EOFL Premier Division                    

So as ever, we begin with the top division and Basildon Town kept the heat on leaders Buckhurst Hill with a comfortable 3 – 1 triumph over Shenfield AFC at Basildon Sports Club. Player-boss Marcus Bowers opened the scoring for the hosts, with Keith King and Graham Harrison adding to the team’s account after the interval. Alex Tredgett scored the solitary response for Shenfield in this one. The hosts have now scored the second-highest goal tally in the division following this performance. Shenfield remain in 11th place. Buckhurst Hill overcame a scare to grab a hard-fought 2 – 1 win at Springfield to stay ahead of Basildon on goal difference. David Knight put the Chelmsford-based side ahead, but late goals from talisman Suleyman Zuhdu and Jonah Gregory turned the game and sealed another win for Mark Williams’ side.

One bit of club news with Springfield this week, which is that long-time former Enfield boss Matt Hanning has joined Dan Williams’ management team. I would just like to add that I wish Matt well at his new club, it’s nice to see him return in the Olympian League.


Elsewhere, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts returned to action in some style with a 4 – 2 home success over Sungate at Silver Leys. Carlos Flood got the first goal for Billy Cove’s side, which was soon added to by Brett Munyard (more known for his goal-grabbing exploits at White Ensign) plus substitutes Kieran Southgate and Harry Bushell.  After this result, Swifts remain eighth but they have reduced the gap to the top six to a mere point. Harold Wood Athletic also produced a surprise as they won 2 – 1 at Catholic Utd, with Josh Steel and Chris Denham the goal-scoring heroes for Alex Goldstone’s team, who remain seventh but are only behind Sungate on goal difference. The ‘Super Hoops’ fell to fifth as other results went against them.

Meanwhile at Belfairs Park, Leigh Ramblers overcame Canning Town  4 – 0 with the ensemble cast of Justin Hazell, Barv Waiwaiku, George Moxon and Rick Alabaster all scoring to see to it that the Rams rise to fourth place in the standings. Canning drop to twelfth spot. Rayleigh Town were held 3 – 3 at Kelvedon Hatch, with Ollie Hanlon netting twice for Paul Higgins’ side, either side of a fine Jack Long strike. Kelvedon’s scorers were Joe Gregory, Joseph Newson and replacement Lewis Young. Rayleigh go up to tenth place in the table, with Kelvedon remaining second-bottom and two points above bottom side Old Southendian.

The latter side mentioned there made the trip to Polo Fields to take on Hutton. Matt Singh’s side started as they left off back in December as they defeated Old Southendian 2 – 1 with goals from Aron Gordon and Tony Shaw enough to push them up to third place, only four points adrift of the top two.

Before we move on, here’s a glimpse of the updated Premier Division table (Source: FA Full-Time)

EOFL Premier Division table (April 4th 2021)

EOFL Division One

Division One returned with a more than spritely twenty goals in the five games played. With Ongar Town unable to play due to a postponement, the chasing pack took centre stage this weekend. Galleywood rose to second spot after a hard-fought 3 – 2 success against Herongate Athletic. Craig Skipper notched twice here for the home side, with Freddie Bartram also on target as ‘Wood cut the deficit to Ongar to just two points. Herongate responded through strikes from Corley Ross and Jonathan Packer. Old Chelmsfordians came away well from their clash with rivals Runwell Sports as they sealed a 3 – 2 triumph at St Luke’s Park. Jared Chambers, Martin Mixture and substitute Dane Nelson all struck for Damien Frost’s side here, while Joe Olley and Daniel Okah struck for Jason Plom’s team. The OC’s remain in fourth place but are only a point away from their opponents today, who drop to third spot.

In other action, Manford Way were made to work hard in a 2 – 0 win over Toby at the London Marathon Sports Ground. Strikes from Liam Burgess and Connor Hammond were enough to see Trevor Grace’s side to their fifth win of the season and close the gap to the top three to just two points. Toby drop one place to eighth. Fellow Non-League writer Aaron Moore (@aaron_moore25 on Twitter) was at the game & here is his take on it: https://footballreview.net/match-report-manford-way-2-0-toby-fc/

Meanwhile, Snaresbrook started their mini-season off with a fine 4 – 2 victory over bottom side Shoebury Town at Nutters Field. And lastly for the second-tier, Chingford Athletic emerged from their trip to Rayleigh Town Res with a 2 – 0 win, thanks to goals from returning star Michael Mignot and Tom Kavanagh which gave them their second win of the season and saw them rise to 9th spot. Town’s second-side drop one place to second-bottom.

Here’s a glimpse of the updated Division One table:

EOFL Division One table (as of April 4, 2021)

EOFL Division Two

Moving into Division Two now, and Laindon Orient pulled off a fine 3 – 2 victory over leaders Beacon Hill Rovers at Markhams Chase. Goalkeeper Jack Scott opened the scoring for Neil Blackburn’s side from long range, before Ashley Blackburn and Matthew Gibson goals ended up securing a sixth win in ten matches which keeps them in third spot. Leigh Town made the trip to local rivals Corinthians and ground out a 1 – 0 win, thanks to Sam Irvine’s goal. This result keeps Jack Pearman’s side second, only a point behind Beacon Hill with two crucial games in hand. Corinthians lost ground on the top three but remain fourth.

Epping Town are a point further back in fifth spot after a hard-fought 3 – 1 win over strugglers AS Rawreth at Epping Under Clapton Rugby Club. Peter Paoletti, Sam Law and Graeme Turner got the goals for Stuart Hoskins’ side as they kept up their decent form from before the break. Wakering Sports were held 1 – 1 at Rochford Town with Ben Rowe equalising for Mitchell Gleeson’s side but remain in sixth place. Ryan were also held 1 – 1, by Harold Wood Athletic Res at Wadham Lodge, with Warren Taylor the scorer for the visitors in that match, which was enough to elevate them up to tenth in the standings.

Finally in this division, Old Southendian Res emerged from a battle to defeat May & Baker ‘A 2 – 1 at Garon Park. Thomas Adams and Nico Dubouchet goals for Oliver Tatton-Bennett’s side were enough to gain the win which sees them stay seventh but are only four points off the top four at present.

Here’s a glimpse of the updated Division Two table:

EOFL Division Two table (as of April 4, 2021)

EOFL Division Three

In Division Three, the small matter of thirty-one goals were scored in just six matches this weekend. Manford Way Res kept up the pressure at the top as they defeated previously unbeaten leaders ACD Utd 3 – 1 at Westlands. Ollie Williams netted for Utd, who had to see out large parts of the game with ten men, and Manford’s second-side made the most of it with Gideon Sengulay-Thomas, David Hornsby & Siddy Clarkson all finding the net to reduce their arrears to ACD to two points. Collier Row remain third on goal difference after a narrow 1 – 0 win at winless Leigh Town Res with Daniel Reeve’s spot-kick the only difference in this one. Meanwhile, Toby Res got only their second win this term with a 3 – 2 triumph at home to Buckhurst Hill Res. Buttrint Lecaj and Arber Durmishi goals were not enough to prevent Hill from succumbing to defeat here & they fell below their opponents here to second-bottom.

Wakebury returned to action with a flourish as they defeated Corinthians Res 6 – 4 at Shoebury Park. Will Wheeler, Daniel Buglione, Charlie Little, loanee Adam Topley, Billy Bonham-Dare and former Southend Manor star Robbie Norris all scored for Matt Cardy’s side here. Corinthians’ second-side made it a pulsating match with Luke Smith, Sonny Woodward’s spot-kick, Charlie Marden and Jamie Milbourn all responding with goals for them. This victory takes the Berries up to fourth, three points away from the top three. My Non-League colleague Peter Dudley was at this match & his report is available here: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2021/04/wakebury-6-corinthians-reserves-4.html

Elsewhere, Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ dropped to fifth spot after being held 2 – 2 by Basildon Town Res at Lower Road. Joseph Darby and substitute Josh Boswell netted for the hosts, but strikes by Michael Clark and Jamie Simpkins were enough to claim a point for Richard Bennett’s new side. Finally, Hutton Res rose to seventh in the table after a fine 4 – 3 win at Lakeside Utd. Jack Shaw nabbed a brace for the visitors, with Carl Dutton and Matt Price also on target here. Lakeside remain in sixth, one place and two points better off than their opposition here.

Here’s a glimpse of the updated Division Three table:

EOFL Division Three table (as of April 4, 2021)

EOFL Division Four Results  

Canning Town Res  2 – 2  Shenfield AFC Res

Catholic Utd Res  2 – 3  Hashtag Utd Development

Leytonstone Utd  5 – 1  Laindon Orient Res

Old Chelmsfordians Res   0 – 2  Chingford Athletic Res

Ongar Town Res  2 – 6  Sungate Res

Wakering Sports Res  A – A  Galleywood Res

EOFL Senior Five Results  

AS Rawreth Res  1 – 3  Epping Town Res

Herongate Athletic Res  1 – 3  Springfield Res

Newbury Forest Res  10 – 2  Collier Row Res

Old Barkabbeyans  3 – 3  Leigh Ramblers Res   (played at Belfairs Park)

Roydon  1 – 0  Runwell Sports Res

Wakering Sports ‘A’ 3 – 1  Shoebury Town Res

That’s all for this week’s round-up, check back next week for the latest action from the Essex Olympian League divisions.

Preview: Essex Olympian League Premier Division Resumption [EOFL 20-21 2.4.21]

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

Hello everyone and welcome to a preview of the opening weekend of the resumption of the 2020-21 Essex Olympian League Premier Division season, looking at the first fixture weekend taking place on the 3rd April, plus a look at who is in the race for the Premier Division title this term, which of course has recently been dominated by the inspired Buckhurst Hill.

As a spectator and writer on Non-League Football, Saturdays in the last four months have been something to adapt to, just another caveat of a thoroughly troubling year.

Alright, we’ll start with a snapshot of the current Premier Division table, courtesy of the re-modelled FA Full-time site. Then we’ll move on to who is in the running for the title & the first three fixtures those runners have to restart their campaign.

EOFL Premier Division table (as of March 2021)

So who is in the running for the Premier Division title?

This is an intriguing question, particularly given the resurgence of a Marcus Bowers-led Basildon Town this season. They sit level on points with leaders Buckhurst Hill who once again have shown they are the yardstick to overcome. Then you also have fellow Essex sides in Catholic Utd and Leigh Ramblers who are had positive ‘first halves’ of the campaign before the suspension of the campaign in December.

Given how they have played in the last season or so, you cannot rule out Sungate who do have games in hand on their opposition which may be played before the end of May, when the season will be brought to an end. It would be remiss not to mention the form of Matt Singh’s Hutton side as well and I doubt many would have put them in the top four in August 2020 but that is every compliment to his playing squad & management team.

Leaders Buckhurst Hill have some tough matches to resume their campaign as they begin with a trip to Springfield this weekend, which is followed by a home tussle with Hutton a week later, and then the battle that most have probably looked forward to for a while – a tough visit of rivals Basildon Town on April 17th.

Second-placed Basildon themselves have a decent run of games, beginning with a home fixture with bottom four side Shenfield AFC on April 3rd, with a trip to Sungate a week later and then the aforementioned possible title ‘six-pointer’ with Buckhurst Hill.

‘Best of the rest’ Catholic Utd in third have two local derbies to resume their tilt at the title, welcoming Harold Wood Athletic to the Len Forge this weekend, followed by a intriguing battle with Rayleigh Town at London Road next time out, and then on April 17th, they also face the trip to East London to face Sungate.

Fourth-placed Hutton cannot be dismissed yet from staging a surprise title challenge, which will be endorsed if they get a result from their opening match with strugglers Old Southendian at Polo Fields. Trips to Buckhurst Hill and Leigh Ramblers follow on consecutive weekends, which will be a test of the side’s mettle.

Leigh Ramblers reside in fifth place at present and some might consider them an outside bet despite having the second-best defence in the division. They begin at home to Canning Town, before a tricky visit to East London to face Harold Wood Athletic and then they welcome Hutton to Belfairs.

Finally, Sungate may be in sixth place but they do have games in hand and the best defensive record, having only conceded four goals in six matches thus far. They face tricky visits to Bishop’s Stortford Swifts and Catholic Utd, with a home match with Basildon Town in the middle of those two away trips on April 10th.

Yes, it may be a tired cliché but I believe the next three weeks will give us an interesting insight into how the last five weeks of the season will shape up.

The following fixtures this weekend are subject to Covid protocols (ie. they could be postponed at short notice) & a reminder that spectators are still barred until at least April 12th.

Saturday 3rd April (2.30pm KOs unless stated)

EOFL Premier Division   

Basildon Town   v  Shenfield AFC | Basildon Sports Club

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  v  Sungate   | Silver Leys

Catholic Utd  v  Harold Wood Athletic  | Len Forge Centre [3G]

Hutton  v   Old Southendian    | Polo Fields

Kelvedon Hatch  v  Rayleigh Town   | New Hall

Leigh Ramblers  v  Canning Town | Belfairs Park

Springfield v   Buckhurst Hill   |  Springfield Hall Park

That’s all for this article, thank you for reading & I hope to be able to bring back my round-ups of Olympian League action early next week. I wish each team well.

S20-21 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Wk 11 – Sat 12 Dec) [EOFL 20-21 13.12.20]

EOFL crest [Credit: EOFL/Twitter]

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

Hello and welcome to the return of the Essex Olympian League round-up, here on my blog, looking at the league action from Saturday 12th December plus a round-up of the Essex Premier Cup action. My thanks to Rob Lilley (Offside Photography) for the photo. Thank you for reading.

EOFL Premier Division

In the only match in the Premier Division this weekend, Hutton got their fifth straight league win with a 3 – 2 success at home to Shenfield AFC. Perry Robinson and Ben Absolon netted for the visitors, but it was their local in-form rivals who got the points thank to Brad Freeman’s double and one from Joshua Seal. Hutton go up to fourth spot and are unbeaten since the opening day of the season, way back in September.


EOFL Division One  – no matches this weekend

EOFL Division Two

We had a solitary match in Division Two as well, with Ryan getting a 3 – 1 at May & Baker ‘A’. Joe Holt, Scout Bown and Lewis Page got the goals for the visitors, with Arminas Gricius scoring for ‘Bakers. The win is their first since the opening match of their league season and sees them rise up to eighth spot. The Bakers’ development side are in 10th, four points clear of bottom side AS Rawreth.

EOFL Division Three

There were five matches in Division Three, with ACD Utd making it seven wins from seven matches after a 6 – 0 triumph over Leigh Town Res at Westlands. Michael Wade and Sam Payne both notched braces here, with Connor Lambert & an OG accounting for the other goals. Player-boss Wade reached 15 league goals for the campaign here & his side remain five points clear at the summit.

Nearest challengers Manford Way Res also garnered their way to a big win, 5 – 1 at home to Buckhurst Hill Ressies in a match moved to the Peter May Sports Centre in Wathamstow. David Hornsby plundered four goals here, to take his league tally up to ten this term, with Dominic Esty-Wilkinson the other goal-scorer. Collier Row also defeated Toby Res 2 – 0 to go up to third spot. Hutton Res also got a fine away win with a 2 – 1 success over Wakebury at Shoebury Park. Jack Shaw and Harry Lane both struck for the visitors, with club stalwart Chris Gore netting for Matt Cardy’s side, who drop to fourth.

Finally, Lakeside Utd got a second successive victory at home, winning 2 – 0 over out-of-form Corinthians Res, with Daniel Stokes and Dayo Kayode the heroes for Ben Crounch’s side.

Essex Premier Cup Round-up

The lack of League action was mainly down to a smorgasbord of ties in the Essex Premier Cup. Despite some matches being postponed due to weather, there were still some great results for Olympian League sides. Harold Wood Athletic got another win on the board , winning 2 – 1 at fellow top-tier side Kelvedon Hatch. Rob Whitnell and Connor Hartwell got the goals for Alex Goldstone’s side as they progressed to the next round. Catholic Utd warded off a very spirited performance by hosts Chingford Athletic before winning 4 – 3 at Town Mead. Goals by Luke Trice, Louis Robinson, Rhys Fatt plus an OG edged Stuart Marshall’s side to the win at the Division One side.

Catholic Utd forward Rhys Fatt celebrates his winning goal at Chingford with fellow ford Brad Rowland [Image Credit: Rob Lilley]

Elsewhere, Old Southendian Res had a day to remember with a 5 – 1 triumph at Essex Senior League Reserve side Walthamstow Res. George Borley struck twice for player-boss Oliver Tatton-Bennett’s side. Jack Pagett, Luke Stillwell and Jared Brand all also netted here as the Division Two side went through. Rayleigh Town were also given a scare before getting past Division Two team Epping Town 5 – 3 at Chigwell Sch 3G. Michael Okafor nabbed a brace, with Bailey Moss, Ollie Hanlon and Harry Talbot also on the score-sheet for Paul Higgins’ side. Finally for our focused matches, Ongar Town notched another fine win with a 4 – 2 success at Essex & Suffolk Border League Premier side White Notley. Joe Lilly grabbed two goals, with Frank Goodall and Aaron Blair also on target, with the latter hitting twenty goals in all competitions.

Other Results (Essex Premier Cup):
Barkingside Res  3 – 1 Herongate Athletic  (AET)

Beacon Hill Rovers  0 – 3  Saffron Walden Town Res

Canning Town  0 – 4  Springfield

Great Bentley  4 – 2  Corinthians

Hutton  H – W Aveley Res

Manford Way  H – W  Holland Res

Old Southendian  2 – 2  Sungate*  (Sungate won 5 – 4 on pens)

Toby  3 – 1  White Ensign Res

Wakering Sports  0 – 2  Buckhurst Hill

Witham Town Res  1 – 2 Old Chelmsfordians

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EOFL Division Four Results

Catholic Utd Res  6 – 1  Galleywood Res

Hashtag Utd Dev  4 – 4  Leytonstone Utd

Old Chelmsfordians Res  2 – 2  Canning Town Res

Wakering Sports Res  5 – 4  Chingford Athletic Res

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EOFL Division Five  Results

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  5 – 2  Epping Town Res

Runwell Sports Res  4 – 4 Shoebury Town Res

Wakering Sports ‘A’ 2 – 1 Collier Row Res

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