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.

EOFL Premier Dvivision

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.

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 23 Feb) [EOFL 24.2.19]

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 23rd Febuary, with a firm round-up of the Premier Division, all the way to Senior Division Four plus Cup action too.

EOFL Premier Division

In a reduced programme of Premier Division fixtures due to Cup action, the big game at the bottom of the table saw Sungate emerge with a 2 – 0 success over bottom side Great Baddow. Jermaine Purchase got both goals to give ‘Gate their third win in their last four to stay 11th though crucially go 11 points clear of the bottom two and push Baddow nearer to an instant return to Senior One.

Fellow strugglers Springfield defeated high-flyers Harold Wood Athletic 1 – 0, thanks to Ryan Batchford’s solitary strike which put a further dent in Wood’s title aspirations. The hosts are ten points clear of Manford Way, who lost 1 – 0 at home to Old Southendian. Mattias Tonking ‘s goal giving OS their third straight league victory. Meanwhile, mid-table Hutton got a fine  4 – 2 win at Canning Town. Braces from Charlie Nichols and George Nash ended a six-match winless run for them as they leapfrogged Town into 8th spot. Neil Barrett and an OG weren’t enough for Canning as they fell to a fourth consecutive league loss.

Senior League Cup  –  Quarter-Finals

In the two SLC Quarter-Finals, Premier sides had conflicting fortunes. Leaders Buckhurst Hill succumbed to a rare home loss as they lost 2 – 1 at home to Senior Two side Chingford Athletic. Gary Murray and Will Gleeson were the heroes for Ath to outweigh Sam Sollosi’s goal and make the last four. Also, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts had no such trouble in dispatching fellow Premier side Kelvedon Hatch as they won 4 – 1. Charles Brown got a brace with Joe McEvoy and Mark Robinson scoring the other goals for Swifts, while Theo Ola got Hatch’s consolation.

 

Anagram Records Trophy  –  Round Three Results

FC Hamlets  2 – 3  Ware Sports

Old Bradwell Utd  0 – 3 Catholic Utd

 

EOFL Senior One

Into Senior One and incredibly all five matches saw wins for the visiting teams. All of the top three won, starting with Shenfield AFC who grabbed a 4 – 2 win at Rayleigh Town Res. Mitchell Day’s double was added to by strikes from Sam Bubb and Jordan Elliott to extend AFC’s unbeaten run to five matches. Second-placed Snaresbrook won 2 – 0 at fellow high-flyers Ramsden Scotia with Harry Prince and Josh Woodcock getting the crucial goals to keep the arrears to three points, but ‘Brook have two games more to play. To further complicate matters, Basildon Town stayed five points off the top in third with a 2 – 1 success at mid-table Herongate Athletic. Jimmy Markham and Alfie Phillips got the goals for Town who have five matches in hand on the leaders.

At the bottom, Old Chelmsfordians comfortably defeated May & Baker EC Res  5 – 0 with Sam Adams getting two and Martin Mixture, Tom Garey and Paul Tiffen also finding the net and giving their side a third win on-the-reel. Bakers’ will finish bottom of Senior One following this result. Finally in D1, Galleywood triumphed 3 – 0 at Ongar Town with Tom Lakin, Jack Chatterway and Luke Seaton goals pushing ‘Wood up to 6th.

 

EOFL Senior Two

In Division Two, two matches took place with Toby negotiating a tricky test by winning 3 – 2 at Harold Wood Athletic Res to go three points clear of Runwell Sports, having played three games more. Paur Carr’s double and one from Ross Dipple  saw them to a third win on-the-bounce. Lakeside also triumphed with a 4 – 1 win over Ryan at the Wadham Lodge 3G pitch. Drew Klessa-Smith grabbed a hat-trick to reach 29 league goals for the season, plus Sam Pettit’s 5th league goal this term saw ‘Side to victory.

Shoebury Town won their match with Rochford Town by way of a walkover.

EOFL Senior Three

In Division Three, Academy Soccer continued their fine form with a 6 – 0 success over free-falling Roydon. Rhys Willson’s treble led the way with Sam Parish’s double and one from Luke Jones sealing a second-half demolition to keep Academy in 3rd spot. Leigh Town are well-placed in fourth after a 4 – 0 success at Hutton Res. George Darby got another brace with Zac Mashford and Shane Cooper also on target in Town’s 8th win in 15 matches thus far.

Old Southendian Res stayed 5th win a 2 – 1 home win over near rivals Laindon Orient. James Shadwell’s penalty for the visitors was outdone by Greg Molford and Andy Turner goals for the hosts. And Basildon Town Res climbed out of the bottom two at Roydon’s expense with a 2 – 0 win over White Ensign Res, thanks to strikes by Jake Bridgeman and player-boss Alex Shields. Westhamians stay top without playing as they won their game with bottom side Old Chelmsfordians Res by away walkover.

 

EOFL Senior Four

Finally for this week, in Senior Four, Epping Town made another statement of intent with a 9 – 2 win at Toby Res. Daniel Garfinkle, Alex Paraskeva & substitute Kieran Dickerson all nabbed doubles, with Liam Clifton, Bradley Gayer and Eamon Payne all also finding the net to stay 2nd. Leaders Corinthians won 2 – 1 at Leigh Ramblers Res with Alfie Knight and Bill Wilton the goal-getters there to keep their four-point lead with five games left. Callum Gannon netted for the Rams.

Dagenham Utd continued their push for a top-three finish with a 2 – 0 win at Galleywood Res. No Dingli’s on the scoresheet this time though late goals from Ashley Retter and Jesse Martin did the job for Utd here to go six points clear of challengers Lakeside Ressies.

Meanwhile, bottom side Old Barkabbeyans got only their third win this term with a 3 – 2 win over high-flyers Lakeside Res & Catholic Utd Res handsomely defeated Buckhurst Hill Res 6 – 1.

That’s all for this week, cheers for reading.

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 9 Feb) [EOFL 10.2.19]

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 9th February, with an in-depth look at the action in the Premier Division, all the way to Senior Division Four plus this week, the remaining Essex Premier Cup Quarter-Finals.

EOFL Premier Division

Two matches survived in the Premier with ramifications mostly for the bottom five. Manford Way edged to a 1 – 0 triumph over mid-table Leigh Ramblers with Lee Lashley coming up trumps again to send Manford off the bottom. Also, Sungate won 2 – 1 at Canning Town. James Smith and Jake Clarke strikes outdone Sulaiman Massaquoi’s goal for the hosts as Sungate closed the gap to Old Southendian in tenth to three points.

Essex Premier Cup

The Essex Premier Cup Semi-Finals will be comprised entirely of EOFL sides this term, as Catholic Utd defeated Essex & Suffolk Border League side Tiptree Heath 2 – 0 with Aaron Baldwin and Tom Hollingsworth goals sending the 2017 winners through.

Hutton joined them in the last four only after a titanic battle with fellow Premier side Rayleigh Town. It finished 4 – 4 after extra time with Brad Freeman, Lewis Smith, Tom Stephens & an OG providing their goals. Town battled back through George Dansie’s brace plus goals from Paul Morris and Bailey Moss to send it to the dreaded spot-kicks. Hutton won the shoot-out 6 – 5 as they advanced to the Semis. Kelvedon Hatch came from behind to win 2 – 1 at Senior One side Galleywood, Harry Bond put the hosts ahead though strikes by ex-Barking FC pair Theo Ola and Steve Willis turned the tables and sent Hatch through.

EOFL Senior One

Now heading into Senior One, Basildon Town got the win of the day as they won 6 – 0 away at bottom side May & Baker Ressies. All the goals came in the second-half as braces from Alfie Phillips and substitute Levi Harbour were added to by strikes from Alex Smith and Keith King. Town have several games in hand on the top three and rise to 4th spot. It’s looking very likely now that M & B Ressies will finish the season at the foot of the table, still winless in 16 games.

It wasn’t a good day for two of the said top three. Herongate Athletic won 3 – 0 at home to Snaresbrook as a brace from Glen Jordan and one from Jack Wilson-Jones saw them fortify sixth spot. ‘Brook stay second as strugglers Old Chelmsfordians beat Ramsden Scotia 2 – 1 through strikes by Martin Mixture and George Williams. Ryan Leddra got the Scotia goal though the promotion race could well go on until May in this division. OC’s rise to tenth spot, with Rayleigh Town Res replacing them in the bottom-two.

Frenford Res were held 3 – 3 by FC Hamlets in what was remarkably their penultimate league game of the season. If they succumb to defeat next week to rivals Old Chelmsfordians, then they may well face the drop due to OCs & Rayleigh Ressies having at least seven games more to play.

 

EOFL Senior Two

In Division Two, Shoebury Town roared back into title contention with an 8 – 1 triumph at Rochford Town. Dominic Binns struck four goals to take his tally for the season to 35 goals, while Scott Clark nabbed a hat-trick and substitute Omar Mahmood rounded out the scoring for Shoebury who go back up to fourth spot.

Meanwhile, Chingford Athletic continued their fine form with a 5 – 0 success at home to Lakeside. Will Gleeson led the way with a brace here though Eric Kelly, Alex Gordon and Louis Ballard all also netted as Ath rise to 2nd on goals difference and crucially have three matches in hand on Toby, who lead the division by three points. Lakeside drop to 6th.

Finally, Ryan picked up their fourth win of the season with a 3 – 1 success over mid-table Beacon Hill Rovers to rise above Rochford to 8th place.

 

EOFL Senior Three

In Division Three, only a single match was able to be played. Hutton Reserves defeated Roydon 3 – 2 to give their hosts their third straight home loss. Ben Rose, Noah Tye and Harry Lane all struck for the visitors to overcome home goals from Charlie Rider and Micky Copping. Hutton go above their opponents into 8th spot.

 

EOFL Senior Four

Finally for this week, three matches survived the weather in Senior Division Four. First at the Len Forge Centre, Leigh Ramblers Reserves defeated Catholic Utd  Ressies 2 – 1, thanks to strikes by Seb Allen and Max Richards. The Rams extende the gap over bottom side Old Barkabbeyans to five points with this win. Utd stay 9th.

Epping Town continued their good campaign with a 5 – 0 triumph over Shenfield AFC Res at Stonards Hill. Alex Paraskeva got another brace here while Daniel Garfinkle, Harrison Grant and Eamon Payne were also on the score-sheet here. Billy Cove’s side remain third though are four points adrift of leaders Corinthians with both teams having seven matches left to play.

Lakeside Ressies also were among the victors this weekend with a 2 – 1 home win over Dagenham Utd. Jacob Dingli’s 30th goal of the season wasn’t enough for Utd as goals from Brandon Booty and Carl Prendergast saw the hosts to victory and up to fourth spot. Utd’s chances of the title look slim as they are two points behind with only three matches remaining.

2018-19 Season Review – Essex Olympian League Premier Division (part 1) [EOFL PDR 20.11.18)

Written By Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

 

Hello and welcome to the first of a mini-series of articles looking at the EOFL divisions thus far this season. We start off with the top tier – the Premier Division with a look at all 14 sides from the bottom-up.

 

The beginning of the season saw somewhat of a upheaval with the likes of May & Baker, Frenford & White Ensign moving up to compete in the new Eastern Senior League South at Step 6. To compensate, a number of existing EOFL sides were promoted into the Premier Division (Step 7) and they were Great Baddow, Hutton, old Southendian, Sungate as well as Div One Champions Buckhurst Hill.

As I write this in mid-November, most sides have played ten matches and filling the bottom two places are Manford Way and last season’s champions Catholic Utd. Manford sit bottom after a very difficult start, with nine losses from their nine matches so far. A narrow loss at Rayleigh Town on the opening day started off the train which hasn’t yet been stopped. Arguably the biggest issue on-the-pitch at present is their scoring record: Nine goals in those nine matches.

Catholic Utd are the only other side yet to win this campaign and to be fair, a transition both in terms of management and a change in venue to Bowers & Pitsea’s new 3G pitch may have added to things. The ‘Super Hoops’ have only played eight matches, mainly due to Cup action (They also heavily beat Frenford Res in the Senior Challenge Cup in August). Their only points this season have come in the shape of draws at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts and at home to Leigh Ramblers in a rare midweek match. With their form in the Anagram Records Trophy (which they won last season), surely their league form will pick up at some point.

The next three sides (in 10th,11th & 12th) are promoted sides in Old Southendian, Sungate & Great Baddow. In one of these twists, all three sides have conceded 23 goals so far. OS had a rough start to proceedings with five straight losses though a big win over Manford Way prompted a run of only one loss in their last four matches. Sungate started with promise with wins at Kelvedon Hatch and at home to Manford in their first three matches though they are winless in their last six outings as they are finding out how strong the division is perhaps. Great Baddow round out this mini-group as they started the campaign with three defeats on-the-bounce though a home win over Leigh Ramblers and at Manford suggested an upturn may come. It hasn’t as yet as they are winless in their last five though a comfort to them may be that the three sides ahead of them are within five points of them at present.

 

Ahead of them in quite a tight cluster are five sides in the form of Canning Town (5th), Hutton (6th), Leigh Ramblers (7th), Rayleigh Town (8th) and Springfield (9th).

Springfield started fairly slowly with one win in their opening five though have picked up a bit recently with wins at Leigh Ramblers and at home to Old Southendian and it is that home form which may be a solid base for them, as for many sides in this tier for the remainder of the season. Rayleigh Town have made a solid start to the division and the stat the stands out for me is they’ve only conceded ten goals in their nine matches to date. They count wins over Hutton and Great Baddow as part of their fairly strong record at home.

Leigh Ramblers and Hutton made good starts themselves to the season though the latter have picked up in recent weeks with three straight wins (all at their Polo Fields pitch to Catholic Utd, Canning Town and Sungate respectively) which coincides with their increased goal-scoring threat. Leigh brought in a few new signings in the summer, all of whom have played at Essex Senior League level or higher and though at least three of them have since departed, it will be intriguing to see how they get on in the next few months.

Canning Town are another of the sides who have done well at home, at their ground in Beckton. They’ve beaten the likes of Catholic Utd and Springfield there whilst also can get the odd result away from home too so they probably will be happy with their work thus far.

Now onto the top four, which have a cushion on those below though only four points separates the top lot. Kelvedon Hatch in 2nd are two points clear of Harold Wood Athletic (3rd) and Bishop’s Stortford Swifts (4th) who are separated only Ath’s superior goal-scoring prowess. Buckhurst Hill have continued their superb form of last season to top the standings by two points.

Let’s look at the 3rd and 4th-placed sides first. Swifts have only lost one in ten thus far, with that coming in their opening match at Hutton. Since then, seven wins in nine matches has brought about wins over leaders Buckhurst Hill and Canning Town in recent times. Factor in that they don’t score many, little over a goal a game on average and you need a miserly defence and they have it – nine goals shipped thus far – the second best defensive record in the division at present.

Harold Wood Athletic are a side known to pose a threat and they started well with four wins in their first five league outings showed they meant business. They are strong at Harold Wood Rec though their battling qualities were also in evidence when I saw battle to a win at Leigh Ramblers (Summary here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/11/03/match-summary-leigh-ramblers-0-2-harold-wood-athletic-eofl-3-11-18/  ) earlier this month. They are unbeaten in their last four also.

Kelvedon Hatch sit 2nd, thanks largely to a run of eight games unbeaten and are the best goal-scoring side in the top-tier thus far. It’s always handy to have goals throughout the team and that logic seems to apply to Hatch. When you average nearly three goals a match, you know you’re in for a game and Kelvedon are also unbeaten away from home currently as well.

Finally for this tier, Buckhurst Hill have almost flawless record with nine wins from ten matches, with that only blemish coming at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. They also have a knack of grinding out wins and that is no bad thing, as well as being able to pile the goals on. They are unbeaten at their Roding Lane ground and the longer that run holds, the more likely they may be to be among the top teams this term.

Thanks for reading.

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 17th Nov) [EOFL 19.11.18]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Olympian League round-up, including all the League action from Premier Division to Division Three plus the results from various Cup competitions and EOFL Division Four. My thanks to fellow Non-League writer Scott L for his assistance with the data used in this article.

Sat 17th Nov

EOFL Premier Division

In the top-tier,  there was only two matches due to Cup action though we still saw nine goals. Canning Town defeated Springfield 4 – 1 in Beckton. Reece Morgan’s brace plus strikes from Carlos Garcia and Joe Hall saw Canning up to fifth spot. Springfield’s goal came via Jack Mundy though they stay in ninth. Hutton won 3 – 1 at home to Sungate as Chris Rowlatt’s goal was added to by a brace by substitute Brad Freeman. Reece Simpson responded for Sungate though they are winless in six matches now. Hutton are up to sixth.

Also, some results in the various Cup action here:

Basildon Town  4 – 4  Leigh Ramblers  (Basildon won 2 – 1 on pens)
Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  3 – 1  Old Southendian
Buckhurst Hill  4 – 0  Manford Way
Epping Town  2 – 3  Great Baddow (AET)
Kelvedon Hatch  3 – 1  Harold Wood Athletic

EOFL Senior Div One

In Olympian Division One, Snaresbrook maintained top spot with a 2 – 1 triumph at bottom side May & Baker EC Reserves. Strikes from Tyriquee Solomon and Michael Ikotun saw the visitors to their eighth win in nine matches. Shenfield AFC arguably had the win of the day in Senior One with a 5 – 0 success at Old Chelmsfordians. Jordan Elliot’s double plus goals from Sam Lock, Mitch Day and Ben Absolon saw AFC to their third straight win and they fortify third spot. Rayleigh Town’s Ressies won 2 – 1 at second-placed Ramsden Scotia thanks to goals from James Nottage and Oliver Ventura. Ramsden responded through Richard Bishop though the visitors ended a four-match winless run here.

Meanwhile, Frenford Reserves won 2 – 1 over Galleywood thanks to goals by George Fairhead and Harry Payne. Harry Bond got ‘Wood’s consolation as Frenford’s Ressies went above their opponents into seventh spot. Herongate Athletic got their second win of the season with a 3 – 1 success over Ongar Town.

EOFL Snr Div Two

In Senior Division Two, Lakeside made it another torrid day for bottom side May & Baker ‘A’ as the hosts won 11 – 0 as Drew Klessa-Smith got a five-goal haul with Sam Pettit also notching a hat-trick and Ryan Clark, Luke Quinton and substitute Charlie Ashpole also netting.

Beacon Hill Rovers won 3 – 1 at Newham Utd as strikes by Rene Bearman, Tyson Browning and Mat Kosinski saw them to a good three points. Runwell Sports narrowly won 1 – 0 at home to Chingford Athletic with Jordan Gregory getting the only goal to see Sports to third spot, level on points with Shoebury Town and Harold Wood Athletic Ressies. The latter two played on Saturday as Shoebury won 3 – 1 at Harold Wood Rec. Dom Binns helped his side’s cause with a double and Scott Clark also notched a goal.

Toby are three points clear at the summit after James Coleman’s effort saw them to a 1 – 0 away win at Upminster. Rochford Town hit seven past Ryan in a 7 – 2 home triumph. Braces for Tyler Fowles and Jason Patmore were added to by Ashley Fowles, Grany Lye and Valentine Tyrell to cap a super day for them.

 

EOFL Snr Div Three

In Senior Three, a Tom Adams brace was largely to thank for Old Southendian Ressies’ 2 – 0 home win over Roydon while Wakering Sports got the better of Academy Soccer 3 – 1 at Cupids. Francis Alinc’s brace was supplemented by Daniel Jones’ goal and Academy’s Marc Porter-Brown got their only goal.

Basildon Town Ressies got their first win of the season, with a 4 – 0 success over White Ensign Res at the Len Forge Centre. A double for Jake Bridgeman and strikes for Scott Cooper and Joseph Fogarty sealed a fine away day for Bas. Finally for D3, Westhamians extended their lead to seven points at the top by powering past Old Chelmsfordians Res 5 – 0. Two goals for Lewis Lawrence plus one each for Danny Dobson, Kenny Liddiard and Andy Hunter saw the hosts to their 7th win in eight matches thus far.

EOFL Senior Four R’s

Buckhurst Hill Res  6 – 1  Old Barkabbeyans
Dagenham Utd  5 – 3  Lakeside Res
Galleywood Res  2 – 1  Catholic Utd Res
Leigh Ramblers Res  1 – 2  Shenfield AFC Res
Toby Res  3 – 8  Corinthians

That’s all for this week, thanks for reading.