S22-23 Match Report: Rayleigh Town 4 – 3 Leigh Ramblers (Sat 17 Sept) [EOFL Prem 22-23 18.9.22]

Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Venue: Thames Road

2021-22 Season: Match 15

Attendance: 30 (Est)

Saturday 17 September 2022 – 2pm KO

Rayleigh: Navy Blue Shirts, Shorts & Socks

Leigh Rams: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Impeccably observed minute’s silence pre-match

Late winner gives Town the points over impressive Leigh Ramblers in epic battle

Rayleigh Town  4 – 3 Leigh Ramblers

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

The Saturday outing this week was a return to the Essex Olympian League and this well-poised derby between old rivals Rayleigh Town and Leigh Ramblers in the Premier Division. Albeit played at Concord Rangers’ Thames Road ground, which really added something good into the mix. Rayleigh have started their season strongly as their aspirations would demand and Paul Higgins named Mark Brown in goal, with a three-man central defence of Jack Long, Will Baldry and Sonny Coutts. Skipper George Vile was in central midfield as ever, along with Frank Hession-Harris while the forward line was comprised of hot-shot Harry Talbot, Sonny Woodward and Alfie Larkin. Ramblers also had a strong side with Dylan Skinner in goal, a defensive four of Patrick Cannon, Thomas Franks, skipper Ryan Lowe and Scott Keys. Jack Gardner was their hard-working central midfielder alongside George Moxon and Ole Hunter, with Andrew Webster leading their front line with support from Scott Clark and Callum Morris.

There was an entertaining start to this match, as Town set their stall out early to grab the initative, with midfielder Frank Hession-Harris sending a lob over the goal frame after an errant clearance from Rams custodian Dylan Skinner and soon after Skinner did well to deny goal-hungry Rayleigh forward Harry Tabot when he only had the goalie to beat. However, the concerns for the hosts were uncharacteristically in defence as they could not clear their lines with much haste. The visitors took full advantage of this as forward Andrew Webster got some space between defenders and snuck in a low drive at the near post despite defender Jack Long’s attempted clearance. Town responded quickly but Talbot’s day wasn’t starting so well as first his decent curling strike fizzed narrowly wide and then on 18 minutes fellow forward Sonny Woodward’s crisp strike was blocked by his own player (Talbot)!


The pain got worse for Rayleigh as Ramblers took advantage of another defensive error on 24 minutes as Webster got in front of advancing stopper Mark Brown before lobbing him superbly and too quickly for the retreating Town defence to get back to have a chance to clear. Midfielder Ole Hunter sent a strike from about 10 yards out as Town’s defensive struggles continued. The frantic pace of this game continued just after the half-hour as Town defender Will Baldry powered a header against the crossbar from a well-directed set-piece. 

Still, Town would be back level minutes later thanks to two goals in three minutes. Firstly on 37 minutes, a good run in the penalty area by Hession-Harris ended with a good low finish and then just two minutes later, Baldry got in the action again from a corner and this time his header was not able to be stopped by the Rams defenders on the goal-line. 

Baldry about to launch a throw-in for Rayleigh

Soon afterward, Woodward’s opportunistic effort caught Skinner unaware initially but Town’s claims that Skinner had pawed it over the goal-line fell on deaf ears. There was still time just before the break for a superb goal which saw Rams re-take the lead. Town thought they had cleared their lines well enough but they didn’t bank on forward Scott Clark receiving the ball and firing home an unstoppable curling drive from at least 25 yards out, right in the top corner. Credit where it is due for a fabulous strike and it also might have had an influence of the comparative team-talks at the interval. 

Half-Time: Rayleigh  2 – 3 Leigh Rams

After a much-needed break for me to draw breath after such an entertaining first half, you may have thought there’d be a prolonged lull in the second half. I cannot really subscribe to that theory in this game, as Rayleigh poured forward in search of another equaliser. Ramblers did well to reduce the chances which Town’s enterprising play had created though half-time substitute William Vile’s low drive brought a good save out of Skinner before skipper George Vile and Ben Baxter had efforts which were off-target.

That man Talbot was still a threat as well as he finally got his goal with 14 minutes to play. Skinner had done well to get low down to deny his initial shot on goal but Talbot was alert to the rebound and slotted home coolly. Unsurprisingly, this encouraged Paul Higgins’ team as they maintained the pressure on a tiring Leigh Ramblers backline.

Hession-Harris [#17] darts down the right side for Rayleigh

As the minutes ebbed away, Clark was denied on the goal-line which would have given Rams another slender lead, and at the other end, another well-directed Baldry header found the woodwork for Town and you would not have begrudged both sides taking a point from this enthralling match. But there was a winner – four minutes into added time, the chorus of pressure Rayleigh put on finally told and substitute Philip Anunwa was played in, stayed on-side on the shoulder of the last defender before firing home a fine low finish past Skinner, much to the delight of the home dug-out.

Ramblers push forward in second half

The final whistle blew soon after but alongside a papable sense of relief from the Rayleigh players, I think there was a respect of how hard they had been pushed by their opponents, who were understandably disconsolate. Either way, it was another really good spectatcle for Step 7, which I would encourage readers to watch a few games of during the season if you have not already.


Full-Time: Rayleigh Town 4 – 3 Leigh Ramblers

To summarise this epic match of drama, goals, defensive errors and missed chances, the Rams were clinical in the way they punished the hosts’ stuttering defence early on to give them that two-goal advantage. However, the torrent of chances before & just after the break saw their lead get pegged back and having expended so much energy in defending well, Rayleigh did showgood finishing of their own to pinch it deep into added-time. And you have to mention Scott Clark’s stunning 25-yarder for Mark Hunter’s Leigh Ramblers side just before half-time which altered the team-talk for Paul Higgins’ team.

The stand-out performances here were hard to choose. For victors Rayleigh, forward Harry Talbot was a constant threat throughout to the visiting backline and whilst fortune was not on his side in first half, the perseverance on display was there and he took his goal well after Skinner’s initial save. George Vile is the heartbeat of the Town side and despite being frustrated for large periods of the match, the work rate he shows is commendable. Frank Hession-Harris also had a good game in midfield and made good runs from deep as well as taking his goal well while defender Will Baldry was the pick of the Town backline, making several important aerial interceptions.

For Rams, Andrew Webster shone with his well-taken two goals and once again was an important physical presence leading their attack. Callum Morris was also a good outlet down the channels to stretch the Town defence as well as making good passes. Scott Clark had a strong game also and continued his good start to the season, with a stunning goal and good movement and pace too. Finally, a word for skipper Ryan Lowe who put in another high-level defensive showing, making a number of good clearances and showing good positional play.

Will Baldry (#5) sets up another forward move for Town

Teams

Rayleigh Town  | Manager: Paul Higgins  |  Assistant: Del Lamon

Starting XI: 1  Mark Brown (GK), 2 Charlie Seaden, 12 Ben Baxter, 5 Will Baldry, 6 Sonny Coutts, 16 Jack Long, 8 George Vile (Capt), 17 Frank Hession-Harris, 4 Alfie Larkin, 10 Sonny Woodward, 7 Harry Talbot

Goal-scorers: Frank Hession-Harris [37′], Will Baldry [39′], Harry Talbot [76′], Philip Anunwa [90’+4]

Subs On (Time): 11 William Vile [46′ replaced Coutts], 15 George Aston [57′ replaced Woodward], 9 Philip Anunwa [81′ replaced Larkin]

Booked: None | Sub Not Used: Chatterway


Leigh Ramblers  | Manager: Mark Hunter | Assistants: Nathan Dewberry & Paul Cannon

Starting XI: 1 Dylan Skinner (GK), 2 Patrick Cannon, 3 Thomas Franks, 5 Ryan Lowe (Capt), 6 Scott Keys, 8 Jack Gardner, 7 George Moxon, 17 Ole Hunter, 9 Andrew Webster, 10 Scott Clark, 11 Callum Morris

Goal-scorers: Andrew Webster [12′ & 24′], Scott Clark [45’+3]

Subs On (Time): 12 Matt Allum [46′], 14 Barv Waiwaiku [57′], 4 Jamie Skinner [67′ replaced Franks]

Booked: Moxon | Sent Off: Keys (two yellows) | Subs Not Used: None


Referee: Kevin Nicholson
Assistants: Nnaemeka Ukah & Adam Miller

S22-23 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 20 Aug) [EOFL 22/23 22.8.22]

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

Hello & welcome to the round-up from the second week of action in the Essex Olympian League for the 2022-23 season. This week, we look at the action in all six divisions, as some teams began their campaigns here.


EOFL Premier Division

As usual we begin with the top-tier, and Rayleigh Town got a fine 4 – 0 victory over Toby at Concord Rangers’  Thames Road. Harry Talbot got a fine treble with George Vile’s penalty securing the points. Leigh Ramblers began their 125th Anniversary season with a good 3 – 2 win in their local derby at Old Southendian. Tom Franks got a brace while stalwart Ryan Lowe got the other goal. Mattias Tonking and Jack Lelliott both notched for OS there.

The two other matches were narrow wins for the home side. Firstly, Catholic Utd defeated Canning Town 1 – 0 at Len Forge, with Louis Robinson the goal-getter. Also at Chadfields, Hutton had a goal from substitute Jude Keeling to thank for a 1 – 0 win against Kelvedon Hatch.

EOFL Division One

In Division One, Corinthians made it two wins from two as they hammered Leigh Town 9 – 0 at Stambridge. Bill Wilton got four goals for the hosts, with Jake Hodder, Max Jones, Bailey Moss and Connor Summerhill also on target, along with an OG. Beacon Hill Rovers edged to a 2 – 1 success over Wakering Sports, with Bertie Whymark and a penalty from Jack Walker enough to seal the three points. Elsewhere, Harold Wood Athletic made it two wins from two games with a 3 – 2 triumph over Herongate Athletic at Harold Wood Park. James Pottle, Zach Holding and Billy Gray’s penalty were enough to overhaul Ath goals from Matthew Keiller and Callum Palmer.

In the other action, Epping Town bagged a 4 – 2 win over Old Chelmsfordians, with Abdul Kamara scoring twice for Epping along with one goal each for Scout Bown and Chris Gormley. Also, Harold Hill drew 4 – 4 with Manford Way in their first meeting in this division. The scorers for Hill were lack by Jack Suters’ brace and one apiece for Connor Donnelly and Jack Stevenson.


EOFL Divisions Two & Three

Into Division Two now, and Harold Wood Athletic Res also won at home, with a 2 – 1 success over Wakebury. James Jenkins and Ollie Portway goals were enough for them. Harry Kateley got the goal for Matt Cardy’s team. Elsewhere, Hashtag Utd Development were held 1 – 1 at home to Catholic Utd Res. Substitute Chandler Wray netted for the hosts with Dominic O’Kane scoring for Utd’s second-side.

The other results in the division were AS Rawreth’s 3 – 1 triumph over Old Southendian Res, and Wakering Sports Res defeated Hutton Res 5 – 2 at Cupid’s.

Moving onto Division Three, Hullbridge Sports Res got a 4 – 2 win over local rivals Corinthians Res at Lower Road. There were doubles for Jay Knight and Joe Tuskin for the hosts to outdo strikes by Chevon Bryan and Agelos Alla for the visitors. Buckhurst Hill U23s had strikes by Cameron Lyttle and Louie Cooper to thank for a 2 – 1 win at Basildon Town Res. Tyler Fowles got the goal back for Town there.

Also, Pitsea Athletic edged to a 2 – 1 win over Leigh Town Res with Precious Aminu and replacement Reece Stone seeing Ath to victory. Springfield Res won 3 – 1 at Toby Res, with Liam England scoring all three goals for the Chelmsford-based side there.

EOFL Divisions Four & Five

There were two games each in Divisions Four and Five. Firstly, in Division Four there was a fine away win for Pitsea Athletic Res as they won 4 – 2 at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res. Lewis Brown scored two, plus Rinor Zeqiri and substitute Jay Seeley-Hanson were also on target. Ewan Rockell and Lewis Wake got consolation goals for Swifts. Shenfield AFC Res also won away from home, winning 2 – 1 at Collier Row. Ross Riding and replacement Paul Constable Jr both netted for AFC there, with Jack Bird also scoring after coming off the bench.

Division Five there was a good start to Miki Hood’s tenure as Shoebury Town Res boss as his side won 3 – 2 at Collier Row Res, at the Forest Row Centre. Substitute Kyle McAlindon scored twice, with Chadrack Kisoka also netting. Charlie Quant and Harry Potts both struck for Row’s second team but they fell to defeat. Also, Runwell Sports Res were held 2 – 2 by Manford Way Res at St Luke’s Park.

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 30 Apr) [EOFL 21/22 1.5.22]

Image still from Rayleigh Town v Sungate this week [Image by Scott W]

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

Hello and welcome to this week’s extended round-up of the action in the Essex Olympian League this week, including the midweek action In League & Cups and the action on Saturday 30 April. The focus this week is on the League action in the top three divisions. Thank you for reading & thanks to Pete Dudley for allowing links to his reports to be added.

Essex Olympian League – Midweek [Mon 25 – Thurs 28 April]

The midweek action began with the EOFL Reserve Trophy Final held at Basildon Utd FC. May & Baker A got the silverware after a 2 – 0 triumph over Ongar Town Res, with Abraham Jairette and Ryan Mugera getting the job done, much to the felight of all at ‘Bakers, congrats to them. On Tuesday night, Rayleigh Town maintained their push for a minimum top-three finish with a gritty 1 – 0 over Sungate at London Road. Captain George Vile’s free-kick was enough to claim the win. Fellow Non-League writer Pete Dudley [@ped1980] was there & here’s his report: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2022/04/rayleigh-town-1-sungate-0.html

On Wednesday night, Galleywood Res got a good 2 – 1 victory at Sungate Dev, with Ben Smith and an OG overcoming James Oderinde’s reply for the hosts there. The win keeps ‘Wood in ninth. Finally on Thursday night, Runwell Sports added the EOFL Denny King Memorial Cup to their Division One Promotion as they won 09 – 8 on penalties following a 1 – 1 draw with Snaresbrook. Ife Ogunbayo netted for the East London side, but Charlie Little replied for Robert Hodgson’s side. Congrats to all at Runwell & Pete Dudley was also there, here is his report: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2022/04/runwell-sports-end-season-with.html


Essex Olympian League – Saturday 30 April

Now onto the weekend’s action, Ongar Town still lead the way on goal difference following a 3 – 2 win away at Catholic Utd. Harry Rawlins, Joe Lilly and Freddie Mattock got the goals to outdo replies from John Nutman and Carl Read for Utd to grab a vital win. Ongar host the same opponents in their last game on May 14th. Basildon Town are also still in contention after a 2 – 1 success over Sungate at Gardiners Close, with Rhys Willson and replacement Rhys Fatt grabbing the important strikes. Marcus Bowers’ team visit Hutton next weekend in their last game. Rayleigh Town have almost secured a third-placed finish now after a 2 – 1 victory at Hutton, with George Vile and substitute Philip Anunwa both netting to give them another important victory.

In the race to avoid relegation, Leigh Ramblers got a massive 6 – 0 victory at Harold Wood Athletic in their last game of the season. Jack Unwin netted a fine treble here, with Ryan Lowe netting twice and Jacob Meads adding the other goal to give the Rams a good chance of staying in the division, while ‘Wood will compete in Division One next term. Galleywood also got a 2 – 0 win at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts, with Thomas Watling’s 16th league goal this term & Matthew Crick’s strike giving them the points. ‘Wood need two points to mathematically secure safety. Lastly, Old Southendian still harbour a chance of a top-seven finish after a 3 – 1 success at Shenfield AFC.


In Division One, Snaresbrook took a big step towards safety with a 6 – 2 triumph over Epping Town at Hackney Marshes. Ife Ogunbayo netted twice for Rob Caine’s side, with Lee Lashley, Rajpal Bumbra and substitutes Saxon Shine & Youssef Moumen all netted also to take them to with fine points of safety, with three matches left to play. Epping will finish no lower than seventh in what has been a decent season for Stuart Hoskins’ side.

In Division Two, Hutton Res got a huge 3 – 1 win at relegation rivals AS Rawreth to extend the gap between the two sides to five points. A draw in the Reds’ second side’s last game may be enough to ensure they avoid a bottom two finish whereas Rawreth have to win in both games. May & Baker A also got a walkover win over Old Southendian Res which means they end their season in mid-table.


Moving now into Division Three, and Hashtag Utd Development got a big 1 – 0 triumph at Wakering Sports Res to secure the Division Three title. Jay Knight’s early goal was enough to claim the points and congratulations to Denis Simpson’s side on their elevation. Catholic Utd Res got second spot after a convincing 5 – 0 victory at Hullbridge Sports Res meant they ended the season on 50 points, congrats to Eamonn Kearney’s side there who have now secured back-to-back promotions. Wakering Sports finish third in this division and have still had a fine season, but will have to wait to see if they do get elevated as well. The other game in D3 saw Buckhurst Hill U23 grab a 2 – 1 victory over Leigh Town Res to end their season in seventh spot, with substitute Enis Demirbala got both goals for Darren Gosnell’s side here. Leigh end in 9th, five points above the bottom two. & Josh Burrage’s side will seek to improve next term.

Lastly this week, in Division Four there was still promotion to be settled and Old Chelmsfordians Res moved into the lead position for that second spot after a 4 – 1 victory at home to Roydon. A win in their last game will undoubtedly secure elevation to the fourth-tier. Southend Manor Dev also ended their season in seventh after a 3 – 2 win at Sungate Dev. Jack Mead scored twice for the visitors here, with replacement Thomas Roser also on target. The Sungate side have to win both remaining games with a large goal swing to rivals Leytonstone to avoid a bottom two finish now. Chingford Athletic Res also got a walkover win against Wakering Sports A who will finish in eighth spot.

EOL Division Five season has now been completed.

That’s all for this week, the EOFL round-up will continue into May.

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 9 Apr) [EOFL 21/22 11.4.22]

Archive Image – Wakering Sports v Runwell Sports last month in D1

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 9 April. The focus this week is on the League action and the additional sections on Divisions Four & Five remain in place with their campaigns coming to a conclusion. Thank you for reading.

Essex Olympian Lge – Saturday 9 April


EOFL Premier Division, Divisions One & Two

In the Premier Division, Leigh Ramblers got a key 2 – 1 win over relegation rivals Canning Town to keep them four points clear of the bottom three. Nathan Dewberry got both goals for Mark Hunter’s team. The Rams open the midweek matches in the EOFL this week with the visit of Springfield to Belfairs. Kelvedon Hatch deepened Harold Wood Athletic’s concerns of the drop as Hatch won 4 – 1 at New Hall. Drew Klessa-Smith got another two goals to take his tally to 17 this term, which was allied with strikes by substitutes Tom Johnson & Darren Jiro to give Darren Hunt’s side the points. Tim Hinds-Addow also got a goal for Ath after coming off the bench. Galleywood are still requiring points after they lost to Hutton 2- 1 at Slades Lane. The ever-dependable duo of Brad Freeman and Will Marlowe both netted for Matt Singh’s side as they kept pace with the top three above them. Matthew Crick replied for ‘Wood though they have seven matches to overhaul Leigh Ramblers and Springfield directly above them.

At the summit, Basildon Town got a 2 – 0 triumph over Catholic Utd with Jamie Bradbourn and Ryan Scougall’s fine free-kick proving enough to give Marcus Bowers’ side the points and reduce the gap to the top two to just one point with at least one match more to play. Utd remain sixth with Sungate their main rivals for that spot after they comfortably defeated Springfield 6 – 0 in NE London. Finally, Rayleigh Town maintained their good form with a 4 – 0 away win at Shenfield AFC. Harry Talbot is the division’s top-scorer now with 19 goals this term after a double here. Liam Oliver and Jack Long also netted for Paul Higgins’ team as they for the moment went top, above Ongar on goal difference, having played a game more.

News: It was announced this week that Basildon Town are leaving their current tenancy at Basildon Utd, with Marcus Bowers’ side having agreed to ground-share at Step 3 team East Thurrock Utd next season.


In Division One, there was a shift in the dynamics in the promotion race as Epping Town defeated second-placed Toby 4 – 3 at Epping UC Rugby Club. Stuart Hoskins’ side put in a big display to ensure a mid-table finish thanks to Joe Rickett’s 10th league goal this term, plus strikes from Callum Turner, Chris Gormley and Conor Corrigan. Mark Jones’ team replied through goals from Albert Perry, Nick Walk and Jake Jones but they ended their season here in the knowledge that if Wakering Sports win by six goals in their last game, the latter side will be promoted.

Toby’s loss also confirmed Runwell Sports as Champions of the Division, so again congrats to Rob Hodgson, all his management team and the squad. Wakering Sports did their part on Saturday as they had three second-half goals to thank for a 3 – 0 victory at Corinthians. The substitutes made the difference here as two goals for Mohammed Sesay and one from Callum Burns-Green were enough to claim the win. Finally, Leigh Town drew 2 – 2 with Beacon Hill Rovers at John Burrows Rec, which means both sides will likely need to avoid defeat in their last game to avoid a bottom-two finish.


Moving into Division Two now, leaders ACD Utd fell to only their third loss of the season as Manford Way won 1 – 0 at Westlands. James Dobson got the vital goal for Manford as they stayed three points adrift of second-placed Harold Hill. ACD need four points from their last two games to complete the job with yet another title. Harold Hill stay second after a 3 – 0 triumph over Old Southendian Res at Noak Hill – it is most likely that one win in their last two matches will confirm promotion as they have a superior goal difference to the teams below them.

Elsewhere, Harold Wood Athletic Res held Wakebury to a 3 – 3 draw at Harold Wood Park. Ben Rowe got two goals here while Josh Portway also scored for Steve Hubbard’s team, who are pretty much safe from the bottom two now. Harry Kateley, Kofi Gyamfi and Ibrahim Kagbanda all scored in reply for Matt Cardy’s side but it seems most likely they will finish fourth after a fine debut campaign at this level.  

Also, Shoebury Town ended their season with a positive 3 – 1 win over Rochford Town at Cupid’s. Garry Johnson’s side sit fifth with aspirations of a better season next term with their youthful squad. Rochford will likely finish bottom, with only one match left to play later this month – at Wakebury. Finally, Rayleigh Town Res defeated Hutton Res 3 – 1 at London Road, which means Town could finish seventh and Hutton’s second-side still needing points from their remaining two games to avoid a bottom-two finish.


EOFL Divisions Three, Four & Five

Into Division Three, Toby Res went up to sixth after a 2 – 0 victory over Hullbridge Res in the early kick-off in Newbury Park. Oliver Dingli went joint-top in the lead goal-scorers charts with 23 league goals after a brace here for the hosts, congrats to Ollie on another fine season. ‘Bridge will finish no better than eighth this season after this loss. In the other result, Wakering Sports Res got a hard-fought 3 – 2 win at Leigh Town Res which takes them top of the table, in a tight promotion race.

Moving into Division Four, Springfield Res had a super 7 – 0 success at home to Sungate Dev to put them five points clear in second spot. The Sungate side need at least five points from their last five matches to avoid a bottom-two finish. Also in the relegation battle are Leytonstone Utd, who ended their campaign with a 2 – 2 draw with Shenfield AFC Res. The draw means that Utd will have to await other results as both Galleywood Res & Sungate Development have several matches left to play.

In Division Five, Collier Row Res ended their season with a fine 3 – 1 win at Snaresbrook Res, with Nicholas George, Harry Potts and Raheem Bravo all on target to ensure they will finish the campaign no worse than seventh. Snaresbrook have one match left to play and can finish sixth with a win. Also, Herongate Athletic Res drew 0 – 0 with Pitsea Athletic Res at Billericay Road, which means that the PItsea side will finish third and Herongate fourth, as they both have one match remaining.


EOFL Cups

EOFL Reserve Lge Cup

Hashtag Utd Dev  2 – 3  Buckhurst Hill U23


EOFL Res Lge Trophy

Ongar Town Res  p2 – 2 Catholic Utd Res  (Ongar won 5 – 4 on pens)

Thanks again for reading.

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 2 Apr) [EOFL 21/22 4.4.22]

Archive Image – Matt Tonking [#9] steps up to take FK for OS v Hutton

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 2 April. The focus this week is on the League action and we have additional sections on Divisions Four & Five. Thank you for reading.

Essex Olympian Lge – Saturday 2 April

EOFL Premier Division, Divisions One & Two

In the Premier Division, Rayleigh Town got the big win this weekend to stay in the title hunt, as they got a 3 – 1 triumph over rivals Hutton at London Road. Will Baldry, Liam Oliver and Harry Talbot all netted for Paul Higgins’ side as they stayed second. Stephen Judge got the reply for the visitors. Fellow Non-League writer Pete Dudley was there and his report can be viewed here: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2022/04/rayleigh-town-3-hutton-1.html 

Elsewhere, Basildon Town remain third after a 3 – 1 victory over Kelvedon Hatch at Gardiners Lane. The trio of Graham Harrison, Rhys Fatt and James O’Brien got the goals for Marcus Bowers’ team there. They still have two games in hand on the top two with a four point deficit to make up. Sidney Walker netted for Kelvedon , who are in fifth spot. Leaders Ongar Town remain three points clear at the summit after a 5 – 1 success at bottom side Harold Wood Athletic. Joe Lilly netted twice for Richard Ponsford’s side here, with Harry Rawlins, Brandon Wood and an OG accounting for the other goals. Max London responded for Ath but they have six games left to overhaul a nine point deficit to third-bottom Galleywood. Speaking of Galleywood, they got a big 2 – 1 victory at Shenfield AFC, with Harry Bond and Tyler Tredgett netting for ‘Wood there.

Also, Leigh Ramblers got a massive three points by overcoming Old Southendian 3 – 0 at Belfairs. George Moxon, Tom Franks and Ryan Lowe (on his 200th appearance for the club) all netted for Mark Hunter’s team here. They have four games left to gather as many points as possible as all the sides below them have matches in hand on them. OS remain seventh. Finally, Catholic Utd had goals from Tom Elliott and replacement Joe O’Kane to thank for a 2 – 0 success at home to Bishop’s Stortford Swifts, which keeps them in sixth spot and a chance of a top-five finish. Swifts remain tenth.

In Division One, the only match was a big one which saw Epping Town grab a 3 – 2 triumph at rivals Beacon Hill Rovers, thanks to a fine treble by Joe Rickett. The win takes Epping six points clear of the bottom two. Rovers will need at least one win from their last two matches to avoid a bottom-two finish.

Moving into Division Two now, Hutton Res drew 1 – 1 with AS Rawreth in a big battle at the bottom of the division. Both teams remain in the bottom three, with Rawreth having one more match to play. There was a walkover win for Manford Way also, over bottom side Rochford Town which saw them rise back up to third spot. It’s worth noting also that all of the top four sides have three matches remaining.


EOFL Divisions Three, Four & Five

Into Division Three, Hashtag Utd Dev took a big step towards the title with a huge 10 – 1 triumph at Toby Res. The ensemble cast of goal-scorers for Denis Simpson’s included doubles for Shaun Warren, Matthew Gauci and Josh Jarvis with Samuel Pratt, Chandler Wray, Jake Smith and Bradley Bunker all adding one each to take them to the top, with three matches left. Also, Hullbridge Sports Res drew 3 – 3 with Corinthians Res at Lower Road. Jay Knight got two goals for Sports here, with Owen Barrett also scoring for the hosts.

Moving into Division Four, Springfield Res got a important 3 – 1 victory over Leytonstone Utd to remain second, with two games in hand on nearest rivals Ongar Town Res, who also got three points after a 2 – 1 victory at Southend Manor Dev, in a match played at Cupid’s. Hudson Lawrence scored for Manor’s side there. Elsewhere, Old Chelmsfordians Res  secured a 3 – 2 win at home to Galleywood Res, thanks to Timothy King who struck two twice for OC’s second side, with Shane Pritchard also finding the net. Oliver Sadler and Lee Judd responded for the visitors but they remain third-bottom. There are as many as four teams who could finish in second spot and the OC side and Roydon have the most matches left (four each) to play.At the bottom, Canning Town Res rounded out their campaign with a 3 – 1 win at home to Shenfield AFC Res, to record their second win this term but it is most likely they will still finish bottom of the table.

In Division Five, Old Barkabbeyans drew 4 – 4 with top four side Herongate Athletic Res at Barking Abbey. The point means the hosts go up to sixth, but this was their last match of the season so they could yet be caught by the two teams immediately below them in the standings. Herongate have two matches left. There was a walkover win for Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res as well over Runwell Sports Res, which sent Swifts top by two points and ended the Runwell team’s season, in which they will finish fifth.


EOFL Cups

EOFL Senior Lge Cup – Semi-Finals

Harold Hill  1 – 2  Canning Town

Sungate p1 – 1  Corinthians ( Sungate won 6-5 on penalties)


EOFL Reserve Lge Cup

Wakering Sports Res  6 – 1  Chingford Athletic Res


EOFL Res Lge Trophy

May & Baker A  2 – 1  Leigh Town Res


EOFL Denny King Cup

Runwell Sports  2 – 1  Collier Row

Snaresbrook  p1 – 1  Wakering Sports   (Snaresbrook won 7 – 6 on penalties)

Thanks again for reading.

S21-22 Match Report: Leigh Ramblers 1 – 2 Kelvedon Hatch (Sat 19 Feb) [EOFL 21-22 19.2.22]

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Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Venue: Belfairs Park

2021-22 Season: Match 58

Attendance: 25 (est)

Saturday 19th February 2022 – 2pm KO

Leigh Rams: Blue & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Kelvedon: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks


Kelvedon captain Wayne Semanshia clears the ball for his team

Kelvedon battle hard to claim good win in awful weather at Belfairs Park

Leigh Ramblers  1 – 2  Kelvedon Hatch 

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

A day after the hefty winds of Storm Eunice, I was pleased to have a match on as I made a welcome return to Belfairs Park (for the first time this season) for this Essex Olympian League Premier match between Leigh Ramblers and Kelvedon Hatch. The ‘Rams’ have had a tough season so far and they were missing a host of players including midfielders Patrick Cannon and Richard Alabaster plus defenders Will Hayes and Barv Waiwaiku. Mark Hunter did field a four-man defence of Sam Nagle, George Moxon, Tom Franks plus club stalwart & captain Ryan Lowe, ahead of stopper George Hills. Paul Hayes and Andrew Webster led the attack, with support from Jack Unwin and Matt Brinklow. Kelvedon have undergone a squad change since the return of boss Darren Hunt, and had James Alborough in goal, with a defence including Tom Mann, Reiss Hatwell and skipper Wayne Semanshia. The front three for them were Joe Newson, Chris Denham and Drew Klessa-Smith.

The aforementioned storm may have departed our shores but the gloom and the rain certainly didn’t which made for terrible conditions for both teams. However, both sides started the game strongly, with Kelvedon taking an eighth-minute lead as forward Chris Denham’s super floated ball found strike partner Drew Klessa-Smith in at the back post and his crisp volley found the far corner of the net. The Rams are known for the spirit and responded barely two minutes later, as a set-piece evaded the visiting backline and allowed Tom Franks to slot home from mere yards out, much to the elation of the home supporters.



From afar, I’ve seen Kelvedon pick up good results this season and their steel were in good evidence again as they wrestled back the advantage on fourteen minutes. The hosts would not have been happy with their defending as another set-piece found its way to skipper Wayne Semanshia and he made no mistake, slotting home low past home stopper George Hills with a oppurtunistic finish. As far as the goals went, that turned out to be the lot but the intruigue continued, as this report does.

Kelvedon certainly looked useful going forward and Klessa-Smith was hungry as ever for more goals. He struck wide shortly after the second goal though the visitors also had a let-off when winger Jack Unwin fired wide for the Rams, who did concede possession more than boss Mark Hunter would have liked. Denham also had another sight at goal just before the break but Rams goalkeeper George Hills was equal to it.

Half-Time: Leigh Rams 1 – 2 Kelvedon Hatch



The conditions continued to be trying for both teams after the interval and whilst the number of clear-cut chances lessened, the strong tackles did not. As the half progressed, the home side did have more impetus and kept the Kelvedon defence alert, though they were frustrated as their forward moves were stifled by a combination of a lack of a telling final ball and stoic defending by the visitors.

During the good spells that Leigh Ramblers had, Unwin had a strike that drifted wide and as the clock moved on towards the match’s conclusion, Jack Gardner’s set piece from 20 yards out was well denied by visiting stopper James Alborough, who had a good presence to assist his defence.

Captain Ryan Lowe also powered a header towards goal in the latter stages but it didn’ quite have the placement to bypass Alborough, who gathered. In the end though, it was another frustrating day for the hosts but take nowt away from Kelvedon Hatch, who battled away well to claim the win which took them up to fourth spot. The Rams likely will need a few wins from their remaining games to stay in the division.

Leigh Ramblers push on from midfield

Full-Time: Leigh Ramblers  1 – 2  Kelvedon Hatch

In summary, kudos to both teams for the spirit and work rate they put in despite hefty amounts of rain and wind here. Kelvedon showed enough to display why they’ve had a good season, with work rate, grit and good finishing. Leigh Ramblers will be disappointed that they couldn’t make the most of good spells in the second half through they gave their opponents a tough game and made them earn the points.

As ever, we had a number of good performances. For victors Kelvedon, Drew Klessa-Smith led the forward line well and was a constant threat to the home defence down the right channel and took his goal very well, was nice to see him in action for the first time, having seen his goal record for previous clubs. Also, Chris Denham had a good game showing pace and good passing and was only denied a goal through decent saves by the goalkeeper. Kelvedon custodian James Alborough deserves a mention for a few good saves and skipper Wayne Semanshia took his goal well and had to marshal his defence well to keep the points intact.

For Leigh Ramblers, I felt winger Jack Unwin had a very promising game, showing good pace, energy levels and an eye for a pass to go with it. Winger Matt Brinklow also was a threat down the left side and put in several good crosses into the box as well as showing good desire. Jack Gardner had a good game in central midfield also and was well-denied from a free-kick towards the end of the match. Finally but not least, skipper Ryan Lowe had another strong match making several important defensive clearances early on and likely kept his side in contention because of them.

Best wishes to both teams for the rest of the campaign. 

Jack Gardner about to take a set-piece for the hosts

Teams (Rolling Subs Used in EOFL matches)

Leigh Ramblers  | Manager: Mark Hunter |

Starting XI: 1 George Hills (GK), 2 Sam Nagle, 14 George Moxon, 4 Tom Franks, 5 Ryan Lowe (Capt), 6 Jack Gardner, 7 Jack Unwin, 8 Justin Hazell, 9 Andrew Webster, 16 Paul Hayes, 11 Matt Brinklow

Goal-scorer: Tom Franks [10′]

Subs On (Time if known): 15 Charlie Batchelor [59′], 10 Niyazi Sahan [72′], 12 Jacob Meads

 Booked: Franks | Subs Not Used: None

Kelvedon Hatch | Manager: Darren Hunt  |

Starting XI: 1 James Alborough (GK), 2 Tom Mann, 3 Reiss Hatwell, 6 Wayne Semanshia (Capt), 5 Daniel Tapper, 15 Sidney Walker, 12 James Burt, 19 Lewis Young, 20 Joe Newson, 11 Chris Denham, 7 Drew Klessa-Smith

Goal-scorers: Drew Klessa-Smith [8′], Wayne Semanshia [14′]

Booked: Ventura | Sub Not Used: Iley, Fortune

Subs On (Time if known): 9 Joe Kebbell [on 8′], 4 Gavin Walker [27′], 8 Oliver Ventura


Referee: Josh O’Sullivan
Assistant: Guy Pell-Ilderton

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Sat 29 Jan) [EOFL 21/22 31.1.22]

Still Image from OS v Hutton, Ed Gould [#11] on the ball for OS

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 29 January. This week, the league action takes the central focus, with a number of matches also in several Cup competitions. This week’s round-up includes a section looking at EOFL Division Four, in addition to the top four tiers of league action & Results in the Cups.

Essex Olympian League Round-up – Saturday 29 January

EOFL Premier Division & Division One

In the top-tier, Shenfield AFC got another important victory as they won 2 – 1 at Galleywood. Charlie Heatley and Luke Williamson strikes were enough to give AFC the win which means they are ten points clear of the bottom two. Jamie Lockwood got a goal back for Galleywood though they still need points to move away from the bottom three. Leigh Ramblers also managed a vital victory, defeating Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 3 – 1 at Belfairs Park. Harry Bovington’s goal wasn’t enough to gain a point for Swifts, as the Rams rose one place to 12th.

At the summit, Hutton went into second spot with a fine 3 – 0 win at Old Southendian. Brad Freeman’s double and Tom Stephens’ goal was enough to keep Matt Singh’s side well in the title hunt. I attended this match & my report is here: Link:  https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2022/01/29/s21-22-match-report-old-southendian-0-3-hutton-sat-29-jan-eofl/

Meanwhile, Ongar Town lost ground as they were held 0 – 0 by an improving Springfield side at Lakeside Sports Ground. Richard Ponsford’s team are in fourth spot, three points adrift of leaders Basildon Town. Kelvedon Hatch are also moving into contention for a top four finish after a 2 – 0 triumph against Canning Town at New Hall. Joseph Newson and substitute Drew Klessa-Smith got the goals for Darren Hunt’s team as they moved seven points clear in fifth spot.

In Division One, leaders Runwell Sports took a big stride towards promotion with an important 5 – 1 win over Herongate Athletic at St Luke’s Park. Jimmy Cox and Charlie Little both netted doubles for Rob Hodgson’s side, with Gianni Frankis’ goal competing the scoring. George Doyle got the only goal for Herongate here but the win for Runwell means they lead by six points putting the onus on the chasing pack who do all have games in hand. Toby moved into second spot after a narrow 1 – 0 success at Leigh Town. Luis Ruiz got the only goal there, and Town need a couple of wins to avoid getting drawn into the bottom two.

Beacon Hill Rovers got a much-needed victory also, as they triumphed 3 – 1 at rivals Epping Town. Callum Turner got the only goal for Epping but they are in a similar position to Leigh with four teams in that battle to stay in the division. Also, Old Chelmsfordians defeated Chingford Athletic 2 – 0 at Town Mead to put themselves in a good position as one of five teams that could challenge the leaders for promotion.


EOFL Senior League Cup

Harold Hill 4 – 3 AS Rawreth | Noak Hill

Rayleigh Town  1 – 0  Wakering Sports | London Road


Essex Premier Cup – Quarter-Finals

Catholic Utd  2 – 1  Stanway Pegasus  | Len Forge 3G

Clapton CFC  3 – 2  Manford Way | Held at Oakside

Sungate 5 – 3  Basildon Town (AET) | Ilford Wanderers RFC


EOFL Divisions Two & Three

Into the League action with the four games played in Division Two, and ACD Utd were held to a 3 – 3 draw at Westlands by improving Rayleigh Town Res. Even a brace from Michael Wade and one from Jacob Dingli was not enough to claim the points for Greg Knock’s side Wakebury are right there in the promotion running now after a 2 – 1 success at Shoebury Town. Harry Kateley netted both strikes for Matt Cardy’s side, which sees them strengthen their position in third & are four points behind leaders ACD Utd.

Hutton Res were also held at home, as they drew 3 – 3 with Old Southendian Res at Polo Fields. Thomas Adams, Oliver Tatton-Bennett and replacement Harry DaCosta all netted for Josh Bambury’s team as they maintained fourth spot but their advantage over their rivals is slim. Finally. Harold Wood Athletic Res edged an outstanding game to win 5 – 4 over Rochford Town at Robert Clack Sch 3G. Billy Spencer netted twice for the hosts, with Ben Rowe, Thomas Butler and Josh Portway all also on target for Steve Hubbard’s side. Rochford responded through a four-goal haul for club stalwart Freddie Pettitt but the Wood second-side go three points clear of Town after this win.

In Division Three, Pitsea Athletic went three points clear in fifth spot after a 2 – 1 triumph at Collier Row. Kwadwo Asante and Sean Devlin got the goals which meant Pitsea got their seventh win this term, while Row remain second bottom. Catholic Utd Res extended their lead to six points after a 6 – 1 victory over Buckhurst Hill U23 at St Thomas More Sch.

Meanwhile, Basildon Town Res look set for a top four finish after a 5 – 1 victory at Corinthians Res. Matthew Keiller got two goals here for Town, with Rhys Willson, Nicholas Bowers and Sam Marsh also netting to overpower a solitary goal for substitute Jacob Hudson for the Corinthians Ressie side. Town are ten points clear of Pitsea with both having only four league games left. Finally in this division, Wakering Sports Res maintained their chance of promotion with a 7 – 0 success over Hullbridge Sports Res at Cupid’s. Connor Fardyga netted another fine treble to pass 20 league goals this term, with Scott Clark notching twice and Ciaran Sweeney also on target.


EOFL Reserve League Cup Results

Old Chelmsfordians Res 2 – 0 Runwell Sports Res | Lawford Lane

Wakebury Res 3 – 2 Sungate Dev  | Nursery Sports Ground

EOFL Reserve League Trophy  – May & Baker A 2 – 1  Canning Town Res

EOFL Divisions Four & Five

In Division Four, Roydon got another fine win as they defeated Wakering Sports A 3 – 0 at home. Nader Benzid, Connor Riddoch and Connor Presland all were on the score-sheet as Roydon continue their aspiration to get promoted once again. Also, Shenfield AFC Res got a 3 – 1 triumph at Springfield Res, with Billy Calder netting twice and there was also a goal for Ben Cawood. Finally, Leytonstone Utd won 2 – 1 at Southend Manor Development, with Jack Mead notching the consolation goal for the Manor reserve side.

Division Five Results

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  H – W Old Barkabbeyans  | Home Walkover

Collier Row Res  0 – 0 Leigh Ramblers Res  | Forest Row Centre (Pitch 2)

Pitsea Athletic Res  1 – 2  Herongate Athletic Res | Basildon Sporting Village   

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 11 Dec) [EOFL 21/22 13.12.21]

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 11 December. This week, the league action takes centre stage, despite a reduced amount of action this weekend due to Weather. Also includes results from Division Four & Five at the end of the article.
Many thanks for reading.

Essex Olympian League Round-up – Saturday 11 December

EOFL Premier Division

Five matches survived in the Premier Division, with Leigh Ramblers grabbing an important 3 – 1 victory at out-of-form Old Southendian. Barv Waiwaiku, Nathan Dewberry and Matt Brinklow all netted for Mark Hunter’s side, with the win taking them up to 12th, four points clear of the bottom two. Mitchell Ali replied for OS here. Bishop’s Stortford Swifts also got a big 2 – 0 success at home to mid-table Sungate. Strikes by James Baughurst and Eugene Sago saw Craig Glashan’s side go up to ninth, above Shenfield AFC.

Also, Kelvedon Hatch made it five consecutive league wins with a 3 – 1 triumph over Shenfield AFC at New Hall. The trio of Drew Klessa-Smith, Chris Denham and James Burt all netted for Darren Hunt’s side to fortify fifth spot and they are only three points adrift of the top three. Hutton went up to second spot after a 2 – 1 win at Canning Town in Beckton. Brad Freeman and replace Will Marlowe got the goals to see Matt Singh’s side to a third straight victory and keep the gap to leaders Basildon Town to four points. Bas Town themselves got a narrow 1 – 0 success at top-four side Rayleigh Town, with substitute Jamie Bradbourn getting the crucial goal for Marcus Bowers’ side.

Matches Postponed: Galleywood P – P Springfield

                                     Harold Wood Athletic  P – P  Ongar Town


EOFL Division One

In the second-tier, Runwell Sports got a 2 – 1 win over Snaresbrook at St Luke’s Park to extend their lead at the summit to three points. Chingford Athletic rose to second spot following a 3 – 0 home win against Wakering Sports who now drop to fourth. Toby  were held 2 – 2 by fellow top six side Corinthians at Stambridge, with Luis Ruiz and Chris Cox goals for Toby being cancelled out by strikes from Bailey Moss and Jake Hodder by the hosts, who have now drawn four of their last six league matches.

Elsewhere, Leigh Town drew 3 – 3 with Herongate Athletic at John Burrows Recreation Ground. This result ends both sides’ losing runs and gave new Herongate boss Kurt Smith a decent start in his new role. We wish him well for the rest of the season.

Match Postponed: Epping Town P – P Beacon Hill Rovers


EOFL Divisions Two & Three

In Division Two, it was a rare blemish for the top two as they both suffered defeats away from home. Rochford Town got a huge result, defeating Harold Hill 2 – 1 at Rochford Recreation Ground. Matt Welsh and Own Pedder supplied the goals to push them up above AS Rawreth on goal diference at the bottom of the table. James Hughes got the solitary response for Hill. Shoebury Town got the better of ACD Utd at Cupid’s, with Town grabbing a 4 – 0 victory to lift Garry Johnson’s team up to sixth thanks to the ensemble cast of scorers comprising of Steven Valente, Kian Bradshaw, Tyler Boosey & Luke Bull. Town are now four points adrift of Manford Way in fourth. Manford Way defeated Rayleigh Town Res 3 – 1 at London Marathon Sports Ground, with James Dobson scoring twice and Mohammed Bouzeryouh also on target for them.

Elsewhere, May & Baker A went up to seventh place after a comprehensive 5 – 0 success against Harold Wood Athletic Res. Alagi Juwara scored another two goals for Steve Hogg & Matt Guidera’s side, and was joined on the score-sheet by Rowan Newland, Abraham Jairette and Nuno Espadaneira.

With only one match surviving this weekend in Division Three, the top two duked it out as leaders Catholic Utd Res drew 3 – 3 with second-placed Hashtag Utd Dev at St Thomas More Sch. Kai Warren netted a fine treble for the visitors to reach twelve league goals so far. New recruit Daniel Williams, Joe O’Kane and Alasdair Grant-Browning goals responded for the hosts retained their three-point lead at the summit and also their unbeaten record in the Division thus far.

Matches Postponed (Div Two): Hutton Res  P – P  AS Rawreth

(Div Three): Buckhurst Hill U23 P – P Leigh Town Res

                      Pitsea Athletic  P – P Corinthians Res


EOFL Divisions Four & Five Results

Division Four

Canning Town Res  3 – 4 Chingford Athletic Res | Bobby Moore Pavilion

Leytonstone Utd  2 – 4  Roydon  | Moved to Robert Clark Sch 3G

Old Chelmsfordians Res  3 – 0  Wakering Sports A  | Lawford Lane

Shenfield AFC Res  2 – 2  Galleywood Res   | Warley Playing Fields (Pitch 1)

Springfield Res  3 – 1  Southend Manor Dev  | Slades Lane

Sungate Dev  2 – 6  Ongar Town Res  | Ilford Wanderers RFC


Division Five

AS Rawreth Res  3 – 5  Collier Row Res | The Warren

Leigh Ramblers Res  2 – 2  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  | Belfairs Park

Snaresbrook Res  3 – 0  Runwell Sports Res  | Nutter Lane

Wakebury Res  6 – 3  Epping Town Res  | Nursery Sports Ground

Match Postponed: Herongate Athletic Res P – P  Pitsea Athletic Res

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 13 Nov) [EOFL 21/22 15.11.21]

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 13 November. This week, the focus on League action remains, with this round-up focusing on the top four divisions, with results from Divisions Four and Five. Many thanks for reading.

Essex Olympian League Round-up – Saturday 13 November

EOFL Premier Division

In a day of big results in the Premier Division, Basildon Town extended their advantage at the summit to four points after an important 3 – 1 victory at Galleywood. Thomas Watling scored his 11th league goal this term for ‘Wood but strikes by Graham Harrison, Ryan Scougall and Adam Bessadi were enough to give player-boss Marcus Bowers’ team the victory. Ongar Town drew 1 – 1 with fellow title rivals Rayleigh Town at Lakeside Sports Ground, with Ben Baxter scoring for Rayleigh there after Jack Zielinski had given Ongar the lead a few minutes earlier. Hutton also lost ground on the top three as they lost 1 – 0 at Kelvedon Hatch, with Drew Klessa-Smith getting the crucial goal there.

Meanwhile, Catholic Utd had a big second-half performance to thank for a 5 – 2 success at Shenfield AFC with Aaron Baldwin netting a treble after the interval for Simon Thomas’ side with Harley Kee getting the other two goals to keep them in sixth. Leigh Ramblers also got a huge victory as they triumphed 3 – 1 at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Jack Gardner, Ole Hunter and Paul Hayes all netted to give Mark Hunter’s team the win which takes them up to eleventh. Swifts remain tenth.

Also, Canning Town edged to a 2 – 1 win over Old Southendian in Beckton and Sungate won 2 – 1 at Springfield.


EOFL Division One

In the second-tier, Epping Town climbed out of the bottom two with a 3 – 1 triumph at Leigh Town. Callum Turner got all three goals as Stuart Hoskins’ team got a big win. Chingford Athletic moved into the top six after a important 5 – 2 victory at home to Beacon Hill Rovers at Town Mead. Eren Muti struck twice for Declan Murphy’s team here, with Jed Arthur, Vasilieios Theologou and substitute Scout Bown all also on the score-sheet.

Also, Toby continued their good run of late with a 2 – 1 win at home to Corinthians, with Albert Perry getting both goals for Mark Jones’ side in Newbury Park. Wakering Sports extended their lead at the summit to five points after defeating nearest rivals Runwell Sports 2 – 1 at St Luke’s Park. Alfie Fossett and player-boss Mitchell Gleeson got the crucial goals  to overturn substitute George Lyons’ goal for Sports. Finally, Old Chelmsfordians rose to fifth after a comfortable 5 – 1 success at home to Herongate Athletic at Lawford Lane. Charlie Portway netted four goals for the OC’s here, with Brad Ross netting the other goal for Scott Fleming’s side. Steven-Rhys Boreland-Mastersgot the solitary consolation for Billy Cove’s side.


EOFL Division Two

Now into Division Two, and both of the leading sides got narrow away wins this weekend. Harold Hill kept their three-point lead thanks to a 1 – 0 win away at AS Rawreth with Peter Tyler notching his 17th league goal this term to give Mark Ellis’ side a vital win. Rawreth remain tenth. ACD Utd also won 1 – 0, away at Harold Wood Athletic Res with Jacob Dingli notching his 13th league goal of the campaign to extend Greg Knock’s team a six-point advantage over their nearest rivals Wakebury, who drew 3 – 3 at fellow top four side Manford Way. Max Hall, Daniel Buglione and Jack Smith all netted for Matt Cardy’s side but a double for David Alele and one for Samuel Oramadike saw Manford get a point.

Elsewhere, Hutton Res are off the bottom of the table after a big 6 – 2 win over fellow strugglers Rochford Town at Polo Fields. Jack Power and Michael Browne both scored for Jim Cooper’s team but a fine hat-trick by Jude Keeling plus strikes by Dayne Wood, Bailey Morris and Benjamin Rose sealed an important win for the home side, only their second win of the season to date. Mid-table sides Shoebury Town and May & Baker A drew 2 – 2 at Cupid’s with Abraham Jairette & Eddy Cooper netting for the visitors. Substitutes Brad Samaroo and Billy Bonham-Dare got the goals in reply for Garry Johnson’s side. Lastly, Old Southendian Res won 4 – 3 at Rayleigh Town Res, with Calvin Armstrong, John Hanrahan and Dan Beestone netting for Dark Barker’s Town side there. The OS second-side rise to sixth after this win.


EOFL Division Three

In Division Three, Hashtag Utd Development remain in third place after a conclusive 5 – 1 victory over Leigh Town Res at Barleylands. Samuel Pratt notched another two goals for the Tags youth side here, taking his tally in the league to eight this term. Kai Warren, Josh Jarvis and replacement Jake Smith completed the goal-scorers to keep their eight-point lead over closest rivals Toby Res, who won 3 – 2 at struggling Collier Row, thanks to a double from Oliver Dingli (reaching 15 league goals in the process) and one from Toby Stutely.

Meanwhile, the top two both won with leaders Catholic Utd Res winning 3 – 1 at Corinthians Res, thanks largely to a brace from Dan Trenkel and one from George Jones. Samuel Halsey replied for the Stambridge-based side. Wakering Sports Res remained six points adrift after a 4 – 1 victory against mid-table Pitsea Athletic. Connor Fardyga netted a superb treble to pass 15 league goals this term with Scott Clark also scoring for the hosts at Cupid’s. Finally for this division, Buckhurst Hill U23 won 3 – 1 at Hullbridge Sports Res with Michael Clark netting for ‘Bridge.


EOFL Division Four

Canning Town Res  0 – 6  Wakering Sports A  | Bobby Moore Pavillon

Roydon  2 – 0  Ongar Town Res   | Roydon Playing Fields

Shenfield AFC Res  4 – 3  Leytonstone Utd   | Warley Playing Fields

Southend Manor Dev. 0 – 2  Springfield Res  | Southchurch Park

Sungate Dev   2 – 5  Old Chelmsfordians Res   | Ilford Wanderers RFC


EOFL Division Five

Collier Row Res  H – W  AS Rawreth Res  | Home Walkover

Epping Town Res  0 – 6  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res   | Epping UC Rugby Club

Herongate Athletic Res 1 – 1  Runwell Sports Res  | Billericay Road

Leigh Ramblers Res  H – W Wakebury Res  | Home Walkover

Snaresbrook Res  2 – 4  Old Barkabbeyans   | Nutter Field

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & EPC (Sat 16 Oct) [EOFL 21/22 18.10.21]

Leigh Town GK Matthew Riley making another fine save [Image: @ABridgeTooFar16]

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 16 October. This week, there was less League action in top three tiers as the focus was towards Essex Premier Cup ties, to which I’ll have a round-up section but I’ll also have a extensive look at all the League action this week, which I seldom get the chance to do.

Photo by Neil Hunwicks (@ABridgeTooFar16)
Many thanks for reading.

EOFL Premier Division & Division Two

In the top tier, two matches took place. Rayleigh Town got a fine 4 – 0 triumph at Springfield, thanks in no small part to doubles for Liam Oliver and Harry Talbot, while Bishop’s Stortford Swifts also notched a big win as they got a 3 – 1 success over Harold Wood Athletic. Harry Clifford netted for Ath but that goal was outdone by another pair for Sam Chaney and one from Samuel Brown.

Due to the myriad of Cup ties this weekend, there was no action in Division One. So we move on EOFL Division Two, where Old Southendian Res were the first side this season to stop ACD Utd from claiming a victory, as their match at Garon Park ended 2 – 2. Sam Jones struck twice for Josh Bambury’s side, while Michael Wade and Warren Taylor replied for the leaders.


Essex Premier Cup

In the first of our ten focused matches from the Essex Premier Cup this weekend, on Friday night Old Southendian got a fine 3 – 2 win at Billericay Town Res, who play in the Essex Senior Reserve League. Callum Ludlaim got two goals for Altar Ali’s visitors, with replacement Taylor Turner getting the other goal for OS. James Drake and Max Gnandi responded for the hosts but it was the EOFL side who went through. On Saturday, Canning Town went through after a 3 – 1 win against Saffron Walden Town Res, with Stephen Ikumelo’s hat-trick proving the difference in that match in Beckton. EOFL Division One side Leigh Town faced a tricky test at Essex Alliance League Senior Division side Chadwell Heath Spartans, who are playing a division higher than Town this term. Dan Driscoll, Shane Cooper and Junior Lawrence all netted for Jack Pearman’s side here but a stirring response from the Spartans saw goals from Ray Hunwicks, Samir Aboulainaf and Jonathan Adams force a 3 – 3 scoreline and with it, the added 30 minutes. Extra-time could not determine a winner so over it went to the arduous penalty shoot-out, with Leigh goalkeeper Matthew Riley proving the hero with three penalty saves as Town won 3 – 2 on spot-kicks.

Elsewhere, Wakering Sports were conclusive 5 – 0 winners at divisional rivals Epping Town, with Aaron Clark notching twice, plus Max Drury, Connor Burrows and Daniel Regan all netted for Mitchell Gleeson’s side as they went through to the third round. Leigh Ramblers also progressed with a 2 – 0 win at Galleywood, thanks to goals from Nathan Dewberry and Rick Alabaster. There was a good win for Harold Wood Athletic Res, who knocked out AS Rawreth as ‘Wood won 4 – 3 AET at Harold Wood Park. Tish Ogungbayi, Tom Butler, Del Hawtin and Eddy Clinton all netted for Steve Hubbard’s side as they went through.

Catholic Utd also went through after navigating a tricky test at Billericay Road, with Simon Thomas’ side defeating Herongate Athletic 2 – 1. Aaron Baldwin and Jay Nash both scored for Utd there. Rayleigh Town Res made it a good week for the club as they defeated Essex Alliance League Senior side CSM London 4 – 1, with Byron Down notching a treble and Matthew Oaten also netted for Dave Barker’s side. Basildon Town saw off fellow EOFL Premier side Shenfield AFC 5 – 1 at St Martins Sch 3G. Graham Harrison netted twice here, with Jamie Bradbourn, Adam Bessadi and Jaime Selby-Knight also on target for Marcus Bowers’ side. Finally for this section, Toby continued their good Cup run with a 4 – 2 win over fellow Division One side Corinthians, with Marc Porter-Brown, Ben Picton, Rhys Willson and Albert Perry notching for the hosts in a good victory in Newbury Park.  


Other Results in EPC:

Colne Athletic  3 – 0  Kelvedon Hatch

Grays Athletic Res  2 – 1  Ongar Town

Manford Way  3 – 2  Runwell Sports

Shoebury Town  1 – 3  May & Baker A

Waltham Abbey Res  3 – 2  Snaresbrook

White Notley  1 – 2  Chingford Athletic

Wivenhoe Town Res  0 – 6  Sungate

Uncontested matches:

Beacon Hill Rovers A – W Harold Hill

Clapton CFC H – W  Wakebury

Hutton H – W Rochford Town


EOFL Division Three

In the four matches in Div Three, Hashtag Utd Development emerged with a good 2 – 1 win at Hullbridge Sports Res. Joe Ives netted for Sports, but strikes by Kai Warren and Jay Knight ensured the points left with Denis Simpson’s side. Pitsea Athletic continued their fine form this term, with a 4 – 0 win at strugglers Corinthians Res, with Reece Stone grabbing a fine treble, and Ben Challis was also on target for the visitors in that one.

In the two other matches in the division, Leigh Town Res got a fine 3 – 1 success over Toby Res, with player-boss Antony Lane grabbing a rare but welcome double, alongside Zack Walker’s strike. Arty Benjamin replied for Toby’s second side. Also, Catholic Utd Res got a 1 – 0 win over Basildon Town Res at St Thomas More Sch and keep their lead at the top at six points.


Essex Junior Cup Results

Buckhurst Hill U23  3 – 0  Herongate Athletic Res  | Roding Lane (pitch 2)

EOFL Division Four

This week, we’ve got round-up sections on Divisions Four & Five. Springfield Res went up to second spot in Div Four after a 3 – 1 win at Roydon, with Alfie Halliday notching twice and one for Sean Coughlan. Connor Riddoch got the only goal for the hosts but they drop to fifth. Chingford Athletic Res roared up to third spot after a big 5 – 1 success at strugglers Sungate Development. Luke Dimond nabbed four goals himself for the visitors with Jordan Baende also on target for Ath’s second side. Wakering Sports A are up to mid-table after a fine 5 – 2 win at local rivals Southend Manor Development. Telmo Cangoma and Matthew Pooley both scored for Carlos Codinha’s side but an ensemble cast of Tom Vine, Danny Pallett, Nikki Beale and substitutes Liam Jarrett & David Watson all netted in response to claim the win for Tony Wells’ side.

Meanwhile, Galleywood Res edged an eleven-goal thriller as they won 6 – 5 at Canning Town Res. Stuart Alexander hit two goals for the visitors, with William Santos, Luke Seaton, Lewis Brett & Travis Owles joining in on the goal-scoring. Canning responded thanks to a treble from Marcus Byfield plus strikes by Billy Evans and Sean Mooney. Galleywood rise to eighth spot after their second win this term. In the other matches, Old Chelmsfordians Res defeated Leytonstone Utd 3 – 2 whilst leaders Ongar Town Res maintained their unbeaten record by drawing 1 – 1 at Shenfield AFC Res.

EOFL Division Five

Finally this week in Division Five, Leigh Ramblers Res maintained their eight-point lead at the summit after winning their top of the table clash with Runwell Sports Res 3 – 0. Charlie Batchelor grabbed all three goals for the Rams, which takes them up to thirty goals scored this term. Nearest rivals Pitsea Athletic Res are the only side who have scored more with 32 goals after a 8 – 2 success against Epping Town Res at Basildon Sports Village. Kwadwo Asante led the way for Ath with a hat-trick here, though the supporting cast were Joshua Ledger with a brace, plus Jimmy Donovan and substitutes Joseph Milne and Jay Seeley-Hanson.

In other action, Collier Row Res were held 1 – 1 by Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res at the Forest Row Centre. An OG accounted for Swifts’ goal, with Raheem Bravo equalising for Row. Old Barkabbeyans also went up to seventh after defeating Wakebury Res 7 – 2 at the Nursery Sports Ground, with Bailey Diamond and Ben Morley scoring for Brett Deeming’s side.