Match Report: Rayleigh Town 3 – 1 Leigh Ramblers (Sat 24th Aug) [EOFL 19/20 24.8.19]

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Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Venue: Rayleigh Sports Club, London Road

2019 – 20 Season: Match 16

Saturday 24th August 2019 – 2.30pm KO

Rayleigh: Navy Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Navy Blue Socks

Leigh R: Red & Black Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

 

 

 

 

 

Rayleigh battle hard to defeat Ramblers at London Road

Rayleigh Town 3 – 1 Leigh Ramblers

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] with additional photos by Andy Wilkins [Twitter: @wilkins_media]

A nice detour from regular Essex Senior League action saw me make the relatively short trip to London Road to see Rayleigh Town take on Leigh Ramblers in the Essex Olympian League Premier Division (Step 7). Yes, it was FA Cup weekend though on occasion I feel it is important to watch some clubs further down the ‘pyramid’ too.  Anyway, onto the teams and Paul Higgins’ home side were strong with former Great Wakering pair Charlie Seaden and Danny Hurford lining up at right-back and left-wing respectively. Paul Morris and Jamie Blewitt were the front two with Jack Long skippering the side. Bailey Moss, Connor Bridger and Jake Chaplin comprised the bench for the hosts. For Ramblers, Dylan Skinner once again donned the gloves, with Rhys Fatt and Ola James on the flanks, centre-back Ryan Lowe captaining the side and Acer Wake, Rick Alabaster and Joe Hunter among the options on the bench for Wayne Seal’s team.

 

So as the match got underway on a baking hot day in South Essex, both sides traded early blows. With two minutes on the watch, a good ball in from the right flank found winger Danny Hurford though his header back across goal flew wide of visiting custodian Dylan Skinner. Moments later, Ramblers winger Rhys Fatt saw his strike fizz wide of the target. Town raised it a gear in response as forward Jamie Blewitt’s 20-yard drive fizzed wide of the left-side post.

The hosts broke the deadlock on 26 minutes as after a good run and turning past his marker, Hurford sent a cool low finish beyond Skinner into the far corner. The visitors so nearly responded four minutes later as a powerful free-kick from forward Sam Mountstephens was heading for the top corner, but home ‘keeper Mark Brown did brilliantly to tip it onto the crossbar and out. The hosts kept going well despite the heat and held their lead going into the break. Ramblers couldn’t quite find their rhythm and get past a tough home defence often enough.

Half-Time: Rayleigh Town  1 – 0  Leigh Ramblers

 

 

The second half beckoned and once underway, we had a dramatic opening third of it. Firstly, three minutes after the restart, midfielder Pat Cannon made a good turn before sending a tame effort which Brown gathered comfortably. Minutes later, Rayleigh forward Bailey Moss had a sight of goal though his effort was denied by Skinner. With 56 minutes played, the visitors were awarded a penalty for handball in the area, and Fatt stepped up to take it. However, goalkeeper Brown guessed the way and saved the resulting spot-kick. Right on the hour mark, the hosts added to the opposition’s pain as casual defending on the edge of the Ramblers own 18-yard area saw midfielder Henry Sims nick the ball before slotting home well past Skinner to double their advantage.

Although Ramblers were starting to find their prowess going forward after that second goal, chances were quite rare and from a promising free-kick, Fatt blazed over the bar. As we entered the last seven minutes of the contest, Leigh did pull one back as substitute Joe Hunter powered in a crisp curling strike past Brown to knacker the home side’s idea of a clean sheet. That wasn’t the final word though as with the visitors piling forward in search of an leveller, Town countered with a right-wing cross by Blewitt finding Moss in space and the substitute did the rest, coolly slotting past Skinner to seal the points for Paul Higgins’ side and retain their 100% start to the league campaign.

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Full-Time: Rayleigh Town  3 – 1  Leigh Ramblers

As the full-time whistle sounded, my thoughts are that Town deserved to win this match, as their forward line was a bigger headache to the visitors than the Ramblers attackers, who did cause the hosts’ nervous moments, ultimately they were not at their best today, in my opinion.

Finally, I’d like to first say a big thank you to Rayleigh Town FC for their kind hospitality today, which is much appreciated. Second, it was great to talk to former Clapton & Southend Manor boss Wayne Seal today too. I wish both sides well for the long season ahead.

 

 

Teams

Rayleigh Town    | Manager: Paul Higgins

Starting XI: Mark Brown (GK), Charlie Seaden, Harry Higgins, Jack Long (Capt), Tom Franks, Cameron Glover, Connor Peralta, Henry Sims, Paul Morris, Jamie Blewitt, Danny Hurford

Goal-scorers: Danny Hurford [26’] , Henry Sims [60’], Bailey Moss [88’]

Booked: Hurford  | Subs Named**: Bailey Moss, Connor Bridger, Jake Chaplin

 

Leigh Ramblers   | Manager: Wayne Seal

Starting XI: Dylan Skinner (GK), Lewis Kelsey, Jack Davies, Montana Stewart, Ryan Lowe (Capt), Harry Haysom, Rhys Fatt, Pat Cannon, Dan Williams, Sam Mountstephens, Ola James

Goal-scorers: Joe Hunter [84’]

Booked: Alabaster | Subs Named**: Acer Wake, Rick Alabaster, Bobby Brocklebank, Joe Hunter

Referee: Stuart Nixon

 

** – as the EOFL uses the ‘rolling substitutes’ system, the substitutes are not listed as replacements by name as they are in Essex Senior League/Eastern Senior League. They in all likelihood would have played at least some part of the match. Apologies.

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Round-up: Essex Olympian League Premier Division (Sat 17 Aug) [EOFL 19.8.19]

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

 

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of the Essex Olympian League action, which focuses on the seven Premier Division matches this weekend. The action in the other divisions starts next week.

EOFL Premier Division

We start at Basildon Sports Club where Basildon Town started life back as a top-tier club with a 3 – 1 success over Canning Town. Keith King got the first for the hosts, with Tommy Green and Brodie Horne also on target for Gareth Cleverly ‘s side.

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts were also among the day’s victors with a 3 – 0 triumph over visitors Old Southendian at Silver Leys. Xaniel Doku, Terrell Hunter and a Chris Gibbs thunderbolt secured the points in their first home match. Catholic Utd were the day’s ‘entertainers’ with a hefty 6 – 2 victory over Kelvedon Hatch at the Len Salmon Stadium. Simon Thomas was the leading scorer with a brace, with Tom Hollingsworth, Dan Trenkel and Tony Jacobs also getting themselves on the score-sheet, alongside an OG.

Elsewhere, Leigh Ramblers continued their early 100% start with a fine 3 – 0 victory at Harold Wood Athletic. New signing Rhys Fatt got a double to get things moving for Wayne Seal’s side, to which Jack Davies got the other goal as the Rams took all three points there. Rayleigh Town also got a stand-out result as they defeated last season’s champions Buckhurst Hill 3 – 1. Paul Morris got two of the home side’s goals, scoring on 25 and 65 minutes. Cameron Glover got a late third to seal the points for Paul Higgins’ team. Suley Zuhdu struck back for Hill though this result might imply the division could be a bit stronger than last season this time around.

Also this weekend, Springfield started their campaign with an impressive second-half showing in a 5 – 2 win at Shenfield AFC. Ryan Batchford, Mason Sprott, Dave Wareham, Oliver Brittain and Joe Nathanson were the ensemble cast of scorers here as the visitors took the spoils. Joe Oliver and Jordan Elliott got consolation goals for the hosts. Finally, Sungate started their season with a 4 – 1 win over Hutton at Ilford Wanderers Rugby Club. Jake Clarke, Shaun Goddard, James Smith and substitute Gabriel Ogunwomoju all netted to overwhelm Joshua Bardouleau’s solitary goal for the South Essex side.

 

To round off this week’s EOFL round-up, here are the many fixtures that are set for next weekend, with Senior Divisions One, Two & Three all getting underway.

 

EOFL Premier Division – Saturday 24th August

Basildon Town  v  Shenfield AFC  | Basildon Sports Club

Canning Town  v  Kelvedon Hatch  | West Ham Community Ground (3G)

Hutton  v  Catholic Utd   | Polo Fields

Rayleigh Town  v  Leigh Ramblers | Rayleigh Sports Club, London Road

Sungate  v  Springfield  | Ilford Wanderers RFC

 

EOFL Senior Challenge Cup (aka Kershaw Cup) – Sat 24 August

Buckhurst Hill v Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  | Roding Lane

 

EOFL Senior Division One  – Saturday 24th August

Chingford Athletic  v  Herongate Athletic  | Town Mead Leisure Park (3G)

Ramsden Scotia  v  FC Hamlets  | Nursery Sports Ground

 

EOFL Senior Division Two  – Saturday 24th August

AS Rawreth  v  Harold Wood Athletic Res  | The Warren

Laindon Orient  v  Westhamians  | Ford’s (Basildon) Sports Club

Rochford Town  v  Leigh Town  | Rochford Recreation Ground

Wakering Sports  v  Old Southendian Res  | Cupid’s Country Club (Pitch #1)

 

EOFL Senior Division Three  – Saturday 24th August

Corinthians Res  v  Dagenham Utd  | Stambridge Memorial Ground

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

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

Toby Res  v  Leigh Town Res  | Ford’s (Newbury Park) Sports Club (Toby Pitch)

 

Finally, a little reminder that the aim is to cover upto & including Senior Divsion Three this term so check back every Sunday/Monday for the latest Essex Olympian League action. Thanks for reading.

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Premier – Sat 10th August) [EOFL 19/20 11.8.19]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello & welcome to the first of this season’s regular round-up’s on Essex Olympian League action. During the season I will look to encompass the Premier Division  – Senior Division Three. For this opening weekend’s round-up, we have two matches in the top-tier. Thanks to EOFL Publicity Officer Andy Wilkins and to you for reading.

EOFL Premier Division

Those two matches mentioned start with Leigh Ramblers’ impressive 3 – 1 win at Canning Town. Jamie Selby-Knight notched a brace for Wayne Seal’s team, with Andrew Webster bagging the other goal for the Befairs Park-based outfit.

Elsewhere, Rayleigh Town opened their campaign with a very decent 2 – 1 success over Bishop’s Stortford Swifts at London Road. James Blewitt opened the scoring midway through the first-half for Paul Higgins’ side. Chris Gibbs levelled matters for Stuart Hoskins’ team from the penalty spot on the hour before the winner came from a fine passing move with former Great Wakering player Charlie Seaden netting with ten minutes remaining.

Finally, here is a look at next weekend’s Fixtures in the top-tier with Divisions One, Two and Three getting underway on Saturday August 24th.

Saturday 17th August – 2.30pm

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

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 13 Apr) [EOFL 14.4.19]

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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 13 April, from the top tier to the results from Division Four as the games slowly whittle down as we head for the end of the season.

EOFL Premier Division

In the Premier Division, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts ended their campaign with a 1 – 0 home win over second-placed Kelvedon Hatch. Sam Coe got the only goal as Swifts record their second win in their last five matches. Hatch’s hopes of that runners-up spot took a slight knock but one win in their last three games will secure 2nd spot. Meanwhile, Sungate won 2 – 1 at Manford Way with Chris Barry and Rory McKenzie on the scoresheet for ‘Gate while Sean O’Callaghan responded for Manford who ended proceedings with ten men. Sungate finish in 9th spot after six wins in their last ten outings.

Old Southendian slipped to tenth after a 4 – 2 home loss to mid-table Leigh Ramblers. Luke Moloney got both of the OS goals though Matt Allum’s brace plus strikes by Acer Wake and Justin Hazell made sure the Rams won this local derby and will therefore finish 7th in the table.

Senior League Cup – Semi-Final

Catholic Utd made it through to their third Cup final this term with a 4 – 1 triumph over Chingford Athletic at the Len Salmon. Jamie Salmon’s brace and strikes by Tony Jacobs and Tom Hollingsworth got the job done for Dan Trenkel’s side.

 

EOFL Senior One

Four matches in Senior One saw the promotion race take another turn. FC Hamlets defeated Old Chelmsfordians 3 – 2  to end OC’s seven-match unbeaten run. Sener Suavi’s 12th goal of the campaign, a thunder-bolt from Barv Waikwaiku and Keith King all struck for Town to overcome goals from Sam Adams and Jordan Boden for the visitors. Town rise to third while Oc’s stay 7th. FC Hamlets rose to fourth with a 4 – 1 win over rivals Ramsden Scotia, which ended Scotia’s promotion aspirations. Charlie Heatley struck his 13th league goal of the season plus Faron Smith, Aaron Glasgow and Ishmael Carter all netted to extend FC’s unbeaten stretch to five matches and remain in the hunt for elevation next term.

Rayleigh Town Res hopes of averting the drop are still intact as they held second-placed Snaresbrook to a 0 – 0 draw. Town need three points to definitely remain in Div One next term. ‘Brook must surely win their final match at rivals FC Hamlets to have any hope of staying where they are, though one win in their last five isn’t that promising. Elsewhere, Ongar Town beat May & Baker Res 3 – 2 with Ross Adams, Ross Carpenter & Ben Stone all on target for Town. Ernest Dunlop and Moises Kalukembi Da Silva goals for Baker’s made it tight but they fell to their 20th loss this term. Ongar rise to 9th.

EOFL Senior Two  – No action this weekend

 

EOFL Senior Three

In the only Senior Three match, Leigh Town won 4 – 1 over strugglers Basildon Town Res with Sam Irvine getting a double while Zac Mashford and Sam Gilmore both hit their 6th league strikes of the campaign to make sure Town will finish 6th. Tommy Green struck for Town though with two matches left, they can still finish 7th at best.

 

EOFL Senior Four

Finally in Division Four, Toby Res are finishing strongly as they won 6 – 2 at Canning Town Res. Peter Spicer struck four on his own to lead the way, with Ben Britton and Simon Bamidele also netting to see Toby back up to 7th in the standings. Lakeside Res also won away from home, 5 – 3 at Shenfield AFC Res. Harry Davison took his league tally to 14 for the season with a hat-trick as Daniel Damain and Ben Austin also netted here to keep ‘Side fourth., having won half of their 22 games this term.

Sadly, Old Barkabbeyans’ last match of the campaign with Galleywood Res didn’t take place so ‘Wood got a home walkover.

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 26 Jan) [EOFL 27.1.19]

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 26th January, with a firm round-up of the Premier Division, all the way to Senior Division Four. Also including results from the Essex Junior Cup action this weekend. Thanks to Scott Lanza & the clubs for the data used in this round-up.

EOFL Premier Division

In the top-tier, with the top-two of Buckhurst Hill and Kelvedon Hatch deprived of their clash due to weather, third-placed Harold Wood Athletic missed a chance to go joint-top as they lost 2 – 1 at strugglers Sungate. Bishop’s Stortford Swifts suffered no such slip-up as they edged to a 1- 0 home win over mid-table Hutton, courtesy of a Sam Cole strike. They stay fourth, five points adrift of leaders Buckhurst Hill.

The chasing pack of Leigh Ramblers and Catholic Utd both won this weekend. Leigh Ramblers fought back to win 3 – 2 over rivals Old Southendian. Nick Henesy’s brace for OS was outdone by strikes by Justin Hazell, Luke Read and Andrew Webster as Leigh went 5th. Catholic Utd are only a point behind them in 6th, thanks to a 7 – 2 home success over out-of-form Springfield. Aaron Baldwin led the ‘Super Hoops’ scorers with a brace, while Simon Thomas, Jamie Salmon, player-boss Dan Trenkel, substitute Tom Hollingsworth and Tom Kearney all netted as well in Utd’s sixth win in their last seven matches.

Rayleigh Town slipped up as they lost 2 – 1 at Manford Way. Dillon Southgate’s goal for Town was outdone by strikes from Ruben Carvalho and Lee Lashley as Manford got their third straight win to cut the gap to Great Baddow to two points. Canning Town put Baddow further in the mire with a 4 – 1 success over the strugglers. Sulaiman Massaquoi got another double, which Dan Bonny and Fraser Ferguson added to give the Beckton-based side the win and stay 8th.

 

EOFL Senior One

Now heading into Senior One, which was headed by a terrific display by FC Hamlets in their 7 – 0 home win over mid-table Frenford Res. Charlie Heatley led the way with a hat-trick, while Faron Smith got two goals plus strikes from John Gilroy and Ajibola Orilonishe sealed their eighth win of the season which seems them remain in fifth.

Galleywood rose to seventh after a convincing 5 – 1 success at Old Chelmsfordians. Tom Lakin, Sean Lander, Jack Chatterway, Luke Osborne and Freddie Bartrum got the goals for the visitors. OC remain in the bottom two despite Martin Mixture’s solitary goal for them. Shenfield AFC won 1 – 0 at Herongate Athletic, thanks to Ben Absolon’s strike – they stay second, a point shy of leaders Snaresbrook. Ramsden Scotia got an unchallenged win, by virtue of an away walkover as May & Baker Res failed to fulfil the fixture.

 

Also, EOFL sides (In bold) were involved in Essex Junior Cup action this weekend, here are the results:

Extreme Utd  7 – 2  Lakeside Res

Jolof Sports  1 – 2  Westhamians

Leigh Town 3 – 1  Brentwood Utd

Old Southendian Res  3 – 0  Stanway Pegasus

 

EOFL Senior Two

The stand-out match in Senior Two was another goal glut for Toby in a 10 – 1 home success over out-of-form Rochford Town. Des Gallen, Justin Clarke,Ryan Morgan and James Coleman made it a four-pronged ‘brace club’ here for the hosts with Peter Spicer and Sam O’Sullivan also netting as Toby went three points clear at the summit. Lakeside defeated former pace-setters Shoebury Town  4 – 2 with Matt Bearman, Ryan Budd, Luke Quinton and the ever-reliable Drew Klessa-Smith netting. Bearman later got dismissed for the hosts but they crucially held on for the win to go above Shoebury into 5th. Meanwhile, second-placed Runwell Sports were held to a goal-less draw by Beacon Hill Rovers, who remain 3rd.

Harold Wood Athletic Res won 2 – 0 at home to strugglers Ryan as two Joe Pyne strikes were enough to send Ath’s second side level on points with Shoebury. In fairness, the top seven is separated by only eight points at present.

Chingford Athletic won at Newham Utd, courtesy of an away walkover as the hosts unfortunately couldn’t field a side I believe.

 

EOFL Senior Three

In Division Three, one match was blighted by weather but in three matches that did happen, 13 goals were scored. Hutton Res defeated fellow strugglers Old Chelmsfordians Res 4 – 1 at Polo Fields to rise one place to ninth. Conor O’Regan struck twice, with Chris Skingley and substitute Charlie Nichols also netting, Mikey Romaine got the consolation for OC Ressies, who are now seven points adrift at the bottom.

White Ensign Res got a good 3 -2 win at fellow mid-table side Roydon with Billy Diack, Perry Osbourne and Lewis Brown netting for Jack Caten’s side. The hosts responded through goals from Darren Williams and Ezra Folan though it wasn’t enough on this occasion.

With leaders Westhamians in cup action, Wakering Sports strengthened their hold on second spot with a 3 – 0 win at Laindon Orient….

 

EOFL Senior Four

Finally for this week, in Division Four the goals continued to flow – not least at Stonards Hill where Epping Town plundered eleven goals in a huge 11 – 2 win over second-placed Dagenham Utd. Liam Clifton and Glen Warwick both grabbed trebles with Alex Paraskeva adding a brace and Skirmantas Bulauka, Daniel Garfinkle and Eamon Payne also notching. Utd hit back through the division’s top scorer Jacob Dingli and Scott Gormer though Epping stay third, seven points shy of leaders Corinthians, who were held 1 – 1 by Shenfield AFC Res at the Stambridge Memorial Ground. Former Essex Alliance League player Corley Ross netted for AFC, with the proflic John Bolton-Smith got the home side’s strike.

In other action, Buckhurst Hill Res were held 3 – 3 at strugglers Old Barkabbeyans, mid-table Canning Town Res won 5 – 3 at Galleywood Res and Catholic Utd Res won 6 – 1 at home to Toby’s second side.

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 12 Jan) [EOFL 14.1.19]

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s extensive Essex Olympian League round-up, tracking the action from the Premier Division all the way to Senior Division Four on Sat 12th January. Enjoy, and love #NonLeague

EOFL Premier Division

In the top-tier, Harold Wood Athletic went joint top in the stands with Buckhurst Hill with a fine 5 – 2 win at Hutton. Brad Foley grabbed a brace with John Bradley, Rob Whitnell and Matty Donovan all chipping in as well to extend Ath’s recent unbeaten run. Leigh Ramblers won 3 – 1 at Sungate with the hosts notching through Ciaran Kelly though Justin Hazell, Ryan Lowe and Jamie Selby-Knight goals saw the Rams sit 5th. Canning Town defeated Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 2 – 1 to go 7th. Suliaman Massaquoi’s brace overcame Ade Cole’s strike to see Town to victory. Swifts are 4th, eight points off the summit.

Manford Way finally got their first win of the campaign with a fine 1 – 0 win over Catholic Utd. Alex Leslie got the only goal as Manford reduced the gap to rivals Great Baddow to five points. Kelvedon Hatch won 2 – 0 at Baddow with Anthony Aylett and Michael Daniels both notching to fortify third spot for Hatch. Meanwhile, Rayleigh Town also won, 2 – 1 over local rivals Old Southendian. Ruari McIntyre struck for OS though Paul Morris and Bailey Moss goals saw Town head up to 6th spot.

Senior League Cup

In the one Senior Lge Cup tie this weekend, EOFL Senior Two side Chingford Athletic caused a surprise by defeating Premier side Springfield 4 – 3. Tom Kavanagh, Jack Yates, Will Gleeson and Eric Kelly all got on the score-sheet as Ath head to the Quarter-Finals. Springfield had Joe Mayer’s double and Oliver Brittain to thank for making it close though they exited the competition here.

EOFL Senior Div One

In Olympian Division One, Shenfield AFC took the limelight with a enormous 13 – 1 win at strugglers May & Baker Res. Jordan Elliot led the onslaught with four goals, with Harry Hatt, Tom Blackmur and Ben Carroll all getting braces plus James Bigmore, Mitch Day and Alex Broadbridge also chipped in in this rout. Leaders Snaresbrook won 2 – 1 at Frenford Res, thanks to Scott Hill’s double.

FC Hamlets also won 2 – 1 away from home, at Old Chelmsfordians. Martin Mixture found the net for the hosts though John Gilroy and Charlie Heatly goals saw the points head back to East London. Ongar Town defeated Ramsden Scotia 2 – 0 with Sean Green and Ben Polley the scorers in that match. Herongate Athletic also won this weekend, with a 2 – 1 success at home to Rayleigh Town Res. Lee Atkinson scored for Ath before later being sent off. Glen Jordan got the other goal for the hosts.

Galleywood were held by Basildon Town 1 – 1 with Matthew Buckingham’s opener for the hosts being cancelled out by a spot-kick for Alex Witham for Town.

EOFL Snr Div Two

In Senior Division Two, Toby got the stand-out result of the day with a 6 – 1 triumph at Rochford Town. On his 100th appearance for the club, Peter Spicer grabbed a brace while Des Gallen, Paul Carr, David Major and Ross Dipple also found the net. Jake Lunn got the Rochford goal. Lakeside continued their good campaign with a excellent 3 – 2 win at Runwell Sports. Connor White hit a double plus Ryan Budd also found the ‘onion bag’ in this one.

Beacon Hill Rovers won narrowly at home, 1 – 0 over Harold Wood Athletic’s Ressie side as Steve Bennett got the only goal of the game. Newham Utd’s game with Shoebury Town was abandoned.

EOFL Snr Div Three

In Senior Three, Basildon Town Reserves secured a comfortable win over Roydon with Levi Harbour’s double plus Alex Shields’ effort sealing their triumph this weekend. Leigh Town won 2 – 1 at home to Hutton Ressies. Carl Dutton got the visitors’ goal though George Darby and Sam Gilmore efforts were enough to see them to the win. Wakering Sports won 2 – 0 at White Ensign Reserves, thanks largely to Charlie Burns’ double.

Meanwhile in other action, Leaders Westhamians drew ablank at home to Laindon Orient while Old Southendian Ressies also were held  0 – 0 by 3rd-placed Academy Soccer. Laindon Orient have also been hit by a points deduction of nine points for fielding an ineligeable player earlier this term.

EOFL Senior Four

Finally for this week, in Senior Four, Dagenham Utd powered to a 6 – 1 success over Catholic Utd Res with the Dingli brothers getting all six for the hosts. Jacob Dingli led the way with four himself, while Oliver Dingli grabbed a brace of his own as the hosts cantered to victory and keep the gap to leaders Corinthians to a single point. Epping Town were also amongst the goals with a 5 – 2 victory over Galleywood’s Ressies. Substitute Alex Paraskeva grabbed a double while Liam Clifton, Daniel Garfinkle and Glen Warwick all struck for Billy Cove’s side. Sam Rawlinson & Joe Reynard struck for the visitors.

Lakeside Reserves smashed eight past Buckhurst Hill’s second side as they won 8 – 2. Harry Davison grabbed a hat-trick with Brandon Booty notching twice plus David Alele, Dale Kenyon and Jake Willis all also on target. Corinthians won at Old Barkabbeyans 5 – 1 as John Bolton-Smith  hit two  to add to Bill Wilton’s gal with substitutes Jack Darby and Bradley Smith adding more shine to the win. Shenfield AFC Res also won away from home, 3 – 2 at Toby Reserves as Corley Ross’ brace was added to Richard Palmer’s strike. Stefan Adams and Harvee Bassan replied for Toby’s second side. Also, Leigh Ramblers Reserves won by Walkover over Canning Town Ressies.

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