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

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

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

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

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

EOFL Premier Division table (as of March 2021)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday 3rd April (2.30pm KOs unless stated)

EOFL Premier Division   

Basildon Town   v  Shenfield AFC | Basildon Sports Club

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  v  Sungate   | Silver Leys

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

Hutton  v   Old Southendian    | Polo Fields

Kelvedon Hatch  v  Rayleigh Town   | New Hall

Leigh Ramblers  v  Canning Town | Belfairs Park

Springfield v   Buckhurst Hill   |  Springfield Hall Park

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

S20-21 Round-up’s: Essex Olympian League (Week 10 – Sat 5 Dec) [EOFL 20-21 6.12.20]

Shenfield AFC on the attack in their match at Leigh Ramblers [Image Credit: Andy Wilkins]

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

Hello and welcome to the return of the Essex Olympian League round-up, here on my blog, looking at the action from Saturday 5th December from the Premier Division all the way to Division Three this week, also including results from Senior Four & Five. My thanks to Andy Wilkins [@wilkins_media] for the match photos used in this article. Thanks for reading.

EOFL Premier Division

We start our round-up in the Premier Division as ever, and in-form Hutton got their fourth straight win with a 2 – 0 win at joint-leaders Basildon Town. Matt Singh’s side had Will Marlowe and replacement Sean O’Callaghan to thank for the goals which sent player-boss Marcus Bowers’ team to their first loss of the league campaign. With Buckhurst Hill’s game at Rayleigh Town postponed due to standing water on the London Road surface, Catholic Utd lead the chasing pack in third spot after a superb 6 – 0 drubbing of Springfield at the Len Forge. Brad Rowland struck two goals to take his tally to five in the league this term. Rhys Fatt also struck before the interval and the points for Stuart Marshall’s side were confirmed thanks to Aaron Baldwin’s spot-kick plus goals for Thomas Kearney and Simon Thomas. Springfield drop to ninth place as there two big wins for sides previously below them in the table.

Harold Wood Athletic were one of those sides, and went up to seventh after a good 2 – 1 triumph at Canning Town. Chris Denham and Robert Whitnell strikes saw Alex Goldstone’s side to their third win this term. Bishop’s Stortford Swifts also got a vital win, defeating Old Southendian 3 – 0 at Silver Leys. Recent signing Wale Odedoyin grabbed two goals in this game, with Carlos Flood securing the win for Billy Cove’s side who rise to eighth spot.

There was a sobering end to the match at New Hall, as Kelvedon Hatch’s match with Sungate was abandoned after twenty minutes due to serious injury. I’d like to send best wishes to the player concerned. Finally in this division, Leigh Ramblers made it five wins in their last six matches with a comfortable 2 – 0 win over Shenfield AFC, with centre-back Harry Haysom notching another two goals to take his tally to five goals this season.

Leigh Ramblers in possession vs Shenfield AFC [Image Credit: Andy Wilkins]


EOFL Division One

In Division One, the runaway juggernaut that is Ongar Town were held for only the second time this term, as they drew 1 – 1 at Old Chelmsfordians. Richard Ponsford’s side are still three points clear at the summit though and their unbeaten run remains intact. The OC’s remain in fourth spot. Runwell Sports, buoyed by being awarded three points during the enforced break after Snaresbrook were deemed to have fielded an ineligible player in the latter side’s win in October, could not take further strikes towards the top as Runwell lost 3 – 0 at new-look Manford Way. Tyrone Scarlett got a pair of goals here, with David Leech also on the score-sheet for Trevor Grace’s side who go up to fifth spot, three points adrift of the top three.

In third place now is Galleywood, after their fine 3 – 1 win at Chingford Athletic. Thomas Watling, Jamie Ricks and replacement Luke Osborne all netted to render Lee Lashley’s goal for Chingford a consolation. The Town Mead side are five matches without a win now and fell to second-bottom after Rayleigh Town Res won 2 – 1 at basement side Shoebury Town. Kalvin Armstrong and George Vile goals assisted Dave Gipp’s side to only their second league win this term. Finally, Ramsden Scotia won 2 – 0 at Toby in the early kick-off of the day to make their way up to sixth in the latest table.   

Match Postponed in Div One: Snaresbrook   P – P Herongate Athletic

EOFL Division Two

Moving into Division Two now, and there were big moves in the table from this weekend’s four matches. First up, table-toppers Beacon Hill Rovers grabbed a superb 4 – 1 away win over Old Southendian Res at Garon Park. Henry Ballard struck twice here for the mid-Essex side, with Lewis Sherwood and Ben Jackman also on the score-sheet for a Rovers side that remain four points clear at the summit. Leigh Town also got back to winning ways with a 3 – 0 success at Wakering Sports in Shoebury. Lewis Lawrence, Max Jones and Jack Bruce all struck to put Jack Pearman’s side back up to second place, four points shy of the leaders but with two games in hand for Leigh, the only unbeaten side left in the division.

Elsewhere, Laindon Orient got a huge 1 – 0 win away at previously unbeaten Corinthians, with Matthew Gibson getting the only goal before half-time. Neil Blackburn & Rob Neville’s side went above their opponents here into third spot, though the Stambridge side (like Leigh Town) do have two games extra to play in comparison to Laindon & Beacon Hill.  Epping Town moved up to fifth with a comprehensive 6 – 1 triumph at home to Rochford Town with Joe Rickett notching two goals here. The supporting cast of Spike Bell, Callum Turner, David Limber and Graeme Turner added to a great afternoon for Stuart Hoskins’ side.

Matches Postponed in Div Two:
Harold Wood Ath Res   P – P  Ryan

May & Baker ‘A’   P – P  AS Rawreth

EOFL Division Three

In Division Three, the weather restricted the action but there were still big results for the top-of-the-table sides. First up, leaders ACD Utd maintained their 100% start with a impressive 3 – 0 win over previously unbeaten Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ at Westlands. Michael Wade resumed his imperious goal-scoring touch this term with another brace here for the hosts, with George Munns also adding a goal to make it thirty goals scored for the team in just six matches. Elsewhere, Manford Way Res won 2 – 1 at fellow high-flyers Wakebury. Charlie Little’s free-kick notched for Matt Cardy’s side but strikes by Jack Barraclough and Fuad Ibrahim made the win possible for the East London-based side and they rose to third, level on points with the Berries.

Also, Lakeside Utd got their third win in their last four games, winning 2 – 1 at home to Collier Row. Harry Davison and Daniel Stokes got the goals to give new player-boss Ben Crouch a win in his first match in charge. Utd move up to sixth spot, while Row fell to fifth in the standings after this result, and they are one of four sides all on 13 points (alongside Wakebury, Manford Way Ressies & Hullbridge ‘A’).  

Matches Postponed in Div Three:
Buckhurst Hill Res   P  –  P  Corinthians Res

Hutton Res  P –  P  Basildon Town Res

Leigh Town Res  P – P  Toby Res

EOFL Division Four Results 

Catholic Utd Res  4 – 2 Shenfield AFC Res 

Laindon Orient Res  3 – 3  Wakering Sports Res 

Leytonstone Utd  1 – 0  Canning Town Res 

Ongar Town Res  1 – 2  Old Chelmsfordians Res  

Sungate Res 3 – 4   Chingford Athletic Res    

EOFL Division Five  Results  

AS Rawreth Res 4 – 3 Collier Row Res 

Herongate Athletic Res 4 – 2 Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res   

Leigh Ramblers Res  1 – 2  Roydon 

Runwell Sports Res  3 – 0  Epping Town Res 

Shoebury Town Res  4 – 1 Wakering Sports ‘A’ 

Springfield Res 1 – 0  Newbury Forest Res  

End 


S2020-21 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Wk 9 – Sat 31 Oct) [EOFL 20-21 1.11.20]

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

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Essex Olympian League round-up, here on my blog, looking at the action from Saturday 31st October from the Premier Division all the way to Division Three this week, also including results from Senior Four & Five. Thanks for reading.

EOFL Crest

EOFL Premier Division

Despite the awful weather this week, most of the Olympian League programme went ahead. In the top-tier, Buckhurst Hill temporarily went back to the top of the standings after edging a titanic tussle to win 5 – 4 at Harold Wood Athletic. Harold Wood started the better of the sides with Tom Ward and Connor Hartwell goals giving them a 2 – 1 lead, with Alfie Harris initially responding for Hill. Louis Wynter levelled things up for Mark Williams’ side who then found another gear with Suleyman Zuhdu’s 14th league goal of the season and a brace from Reece Tranter putting the high-flyers 5 – 2 up. But any notion that they would canter to victory soon dissolved as Wynter was dismissed for a strong tackle and in the latter stages, Athletic ensured a nervy ending for the visitors through strikes from substitute Jack Sykes and Robert Whitnell. Hill did hold on for an important win which takes them back top on goals scored. Harold Wood fall to tenth spot.

Elsewhere, Catholic Utd are up to third spot after a hard-fought 3 – 1 win over Rayleigh Town in the match I attended this weekend. An early header from Michael Sammut and a brace from livewire Brad Rowland ensured the ‘Super Hoops’ first home win of the season. Bailey Moss got one back for Rayleigh but they drop to 11th spot. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/11/01/s20-21-match-report-catholic-utd-3-1-rayleigh-town-saturday-31st-oct-eofl/

Kelvedon Hatch finally got their first league win this term as they narrow defeated Canning Town 1 – 0 at New Hall. Lewis Young got the crucial goal to ensure his side leaps off the bottom of the table. Canning drop to eighth spot. Leigh Ramblers also got a narrow win, 1 – 0 over Bishop’s Stortford Swifts at Belfairs Park, Matt Brinklow with the crucial goal in that contest to see Ronnie Bridges’ side up to fifth. Swifts’ sixth loss this season means they drop to third-bottom. Finally in this division, Springfield got only their second win this campaign, as they defeated Shenfield AFC 2 – 1 at Arun Close. Andy Elgar and Charlie Nicholls got the strikes for Dan Williams’ side as they rise to seventh spot in a congested bottom half of the table. 

EOFL Division One

In Division One, Ongar Town are five points clear at the summit after a fine 4 – 1 win at rivals Galleywood. Frank Goodall’s hat-trick and one for Aaron Blair secured Town’s third consecutive win and reached thirty goals scored already this term. Harry Bond netted Wood’s reply but they dropped to fourth place. Runwell Sports had a Daniel Okah goal to thank for a 1 – 0 win over Shoebury Town as they went second. Shoebury drop to the bottom of the table as Rayleigh Town Res got a 2 – 2 draw at Herongate Athletic with Pat Mills and Robbie Allen goals helped Dave Gip’ side claim a point at St Clere’s. Herongate drop to ninth place.

Elsewhere, Ramsden Scotia held Chingford Athletic to a 1 – 1 draw at Town Mead, with Jamie Auvache netting for Scotia in this one. Chingford’s tricky start continues as they remain tenth, seven points adrift of the top five. Also, Old Chelmsfordians powered to a 7 – 2 win over Toby at Lawford Lane to go up to third spot, ahead of Galleywood and Snaresbrook on goal difference.

EOFL Division Two

Things are getting tight at the summit in Division Two. Beacon Hill Rovers remain top after a 3 – 2 win over Epping Town. Callum Turner and another goal-scoring cameo from substitute Dave Limber accounted for the Epping goals but Rovers scored three of their own to go two points clear at the summit. With Leigh Town’s match at Ryan postponed, Corinthians had a chance to go into a second spot, which they did after a tough 3 – 1 win at home to May & Baker ‘A’ at Stambridge Memorial Ground. Strikes by John Bolton-Smith, Ollie Brickwood and Sammy Ayres were enough to give Chris Stoneham’s side their fifth win this term.

Also, Laindon Orient are up to fourth spot after a hard-fought 1 – 0 win at Rochford Town. Ashley Blackburn got his sixth league goal this term to help his side to the win which keeps Rochford in 8th spot. Orient went above Wakering Sports as the Shoebury-based side lost 2 – 1 at home to Harold Wood Athletic Res. Del Hawtin and Tommy Harber goals sealed their first win of the league campaign and go level on points with May & Baker ‘A’ and Ryan above them. Ben Rowe netted for Sports in this one. Old Southendian Res also got a big 5 – 1 win over struggling AS Rawreth at Garon Park, which keeps them seventh, five points away from the top four.

EOFL Division Three

Finally this week in the round-up section, in Division Three this weekend the top three sides all won. The leaders are still ACD Utd after their hard-fought 4 – 3 win at Manford Way Res. David Hornsby netted another double to reach ten league goals this term for Manford’s second-side who drop to fifth, who also had an OG to thank for their other goal. But, ACD are known for scoring bundles and they made it 27 goals in just five league games thanks to Michael Wade’s double (he is now on 13 league goals this term) and strikes by Billy Wren and Paul Mangan. Wakebury remain the nearest challengers, two points adrift in second after they won 3 – 1 at Hutton Res. The cast of William Wheeler, Charlie Little and replacement Harry Kateley did the job for Matt Cardy’s side. Hutton’s Reserve side remain third-bottom.

The turnaround at Hullbridge ‘A’ this term continued as they won 3 – 2 at bottom side Leigh Town Res Joe Ives got a brace to make it three matches in a row he’s netted in, with Harry Boswell also scoring to put the Lower Road development side in third and are one of only two sides that are unbeaten in this division, alongside ACD Utd. Collier Row went up to fourth after a hard-fought 2 – 1 win at Toby Res, who remain second from bottom. Lastly, Basildon Town Res got a fine 4 – 2 win at Lakeside Utd to go up to sixth with Michael Clark getting another double here to reach five league goals this term, with Sam Marsh also notching twice here. David Alele and Harry Davison’s 5th league goal this season accounted for Lakeside’s goals, but they slide down to 8th spot.

EOFL Reserve League Cup Result

Ongar Town Res  2 – 3  Wakering Sports Res

EOFL Division Four Results

Catholic Utd Res  5 – 1  Chingford Athletic Res

Leytonstone Utd 0 – 6  Galleywood Res

Shenfield AFC Res  3 – 1  Canning Town Res

EOFL Division Five  Results

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  6 – 4  Herongate Athletic Res

Old Barkabbeyans 0 – 0  Runwell Sports Res

S20-21 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Wk 6 – Sat 10 Oct) [EOFL 20-21 11.10.20]

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

Hello and welcome to another packed edition of the round-up of the Essex Olympian League, here on my blog, from Saturday 10th October from the Premier Division all the way to Division Three this week, with results from Divisions Four & Five and sections on the Senior &Reserve League Cup and the Essex Junior Cup ties this weekend. Thank you to Pete Dudley (@ped1980) for the additional photo. Thanks to you for reading.

Image from OS 0 – 2 LR (Sat 10 Oct – image: Scott W)

Essex Olympian League – Saturday 10 October

EOFL Premier Division

As ever, we begin in the Premier Division, with one match called off on Friday due to ‘health concerns’ so Kelvedon Hatch v Rayleigh Town will be rescheduled. Five matches did take place and leading the standings are Basildon Town on goal difference after Marcus Bowers’ side made it five wins from five matches as they won 4 – 1 at Shenfield AFC. Graham Harrison’s hat-trick set the visitors on a great course and Benjamin Smith’s goal secured another super day for the visitors. Shenfield drop down to ninth place after this result. Buckhurst Hill are also on 15 points from five matches after a brilliant 5 – 0 win over Catholic Utd at Roding Lane. A brace from Tyler Dolan plus strikes from skipper Suleyman Zuhdu, substitute Zachary Davidson and Josh Banfield made sure of the points for mark Williams’ side.

My Non-League colleague Pete Dudley was at this game and if you’d like more on it, his report is here: https://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2020/10/buckhurst-hill-5-catholic-united-0.html/

Elsewhere, at the match Scott attended this week, Leigh Ramblers won their second consecutive local derby as they won 2 – 0 at Old Southendian. A double from centre-back Harry Haysom made the difference for the well-organised Rams, who move up to fourth place. OS fall to tenth after their third loss this term. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/10/10/s20-21-match-report-old-southendian-0-2-leigh-ramblers-sat-10th-oct-eofl/   

Also, Sungate remain third after defeating Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 3 – 0 at home. Swifts’ tough run goes on after a fourth straight defeat. Hutton also got their first win this term, winning 2 – 1 at Harold Wood Athletic thanks to goals from George Wickings and Will Marlowe. The result moves them up to sixth place. Robert Whitnell netted for Ath but their quest for consistency continues, sitting in 12th spot.

EOFL Senior League Cup Results

Canning Town  4 – 0  Ramsden Scotia

Ongar Town  5 – 1  Ryan

EOFL Reserve League Cup

One match in the Reserve Cup saw Catholic Utd Res convincingly win 7 – 0 at Herongate Athletic Ressies which took place at St Clere’s in Stanford-le-Hope. Frankin Craik netted another four goals as he pushes for a recall to the first team, with James Warder, Tom Elliott and Joe Keville also on target as they progressed to the next round.

EOFL Division One

Returning to the League now with Division One action and Snaresbrook lead the division after a fine 2 – 1 win at Runwell Sports. A cracker from 35 yards by Ife Ogunbayo put Rob Caine’s side ahead. Max Catherall also netted for the visitors who are two points clear at the summit. After Sports had a spot-kick saved, Jon Atmore replied for Jason Plom’s side but they still fell to their first league loss this term and drop to fourth place. Manford Way are up to third place after their 2 – 0 success at Toby, with Kieran Smih and Dexter Stuart the goal-scorers for Trevor Grace’s team. Toby are still in a respectable fifth place. In sixth place are Galleywood after a superb 4 – 1 away-day win at Shoebury Town. Replacement Max Orrin notched twice, with Matthew Buckingham and Thomas Watling also on the score-sheet.

Elsewhere, Rayleigh Town Res got their first win in the league this term as they defeated Herongate Athletic 3 – 1 at London Road. Dean Hazleton, Tommy Dominguez and Ebe Djan all scored for Dave Gipp’s side as they go up to tenth. Herongate are eighth, one of three sides on six points in a tight mid-table area. Finally, Old Chelmsfordians won 2 – 1 at Chingford Athletic despite Luke Dimond scoring for the Town Mead side.  

EOFL Division Two

Now moving into Division Two, Leigh Town lead the standings by two points after a fine 3 – 1 win over Beacon Hill Rovers at John Burrows Recreation Ground. Sam Gillmore, Sam Irvine and James Roberts were the goal-scorers for Jack Pearman’s side as they remain unbeaten. They also benefitted from being awarded two extra points after Rochford Town were found to have fielded an ineligible player in their draw in late September.

Rochford also had a painful defeat at home as they lost 3 – 2 to ten-man Old Southendian Res at Rochford Recreation Ground. The OS second-side saw goalkeeper Chris Leonard dismissed, and won the game thanks to goals from Nico Dubouchet, Lewis Bickford and Luke Stillwell. Wakering Sports are in fourth place after a narrow 1 – 0 win at the newly-renamed May & Baker ‘A’ (see end of this section for news on that). Ryan Gregory got the only goal for the Shoebury-based side here. Laindon Orient are a point behind them in fifth place after they got a hard-fought 3 – 2 win over Epping Town in a match moved to the Eversley Leisure Centre in Pitsea. Former Walthamstow & Saffron Walden player Lewis Francis turned out for Neil Blackburn’s side and got their opening goal, to which Sam Moore and Anthony Hill added to obtain the three points. Epping fall to sixth after their first league defeat of the campaign.    

Lastly for this division, Corinthians got a 2 – 1 victory over Harold Wood Athletic Res at Stambridge which means Chris Stoneham’s side go up to second spot.

Re: May & Baker ‘A’, the Essex County FA recently ordered them to revert to the previous name of ‘A’ as there is already a Reserve side in the Essex Senior Reserve Division.

EOFL Division Three

In Division Three, Wakebury are the new leaders following a 7 – 2 victory over bottom side Leigh Town Reserves at Shoebury Park. Defences in this division will be alerted to the fact that the returning Charlie Little nabbed four goals in this match, with an OG, Chris Gore and Shaun Lewis-Evans accounting for the other goals as Matt Cardy’s side remain unbeaten. Collier Row drop to second place after being held 3 – 3 away to Manford Way Res, with Daniel Reeve notching a treble for Row in this one. Shaun Goddard and David Hornsby were among the scorers for the Manford second-side.  

In the two other matches in this division, Lakeside Utd got their first win of the league season as strikes by Carl Prendergast and David Alele saw them to a 2 – 0 triumph at Basildon Town Res.  Also, Hutton Res drew 3 – 3 with Corinthians Res with both sides yet to win this term and in the bottom three.

EOFL Division Four Results

Canning Town Res  1 – 3  Ongar Town Res

Old Chelmsfordians Res  2 – 1  Laindon Orient Res

EOFL Division Five Results

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  4 – 4  Wakering Sports Dev

Old Barkabbeyans  7 – 0  Newbury Forest Res

Essex Junior Cup Results

ACD Utd  5 – 3  Sungate Res       

AS Rawreth Res  2 – 0  Hashtag Utd Development

Epping Town Res  3 – 2  Shenfield AFC Res

Galleywood Res  2 – 1  Old Chigwellians Res

Leigh Ramblers Res  3 – 3  Leigh Town ‘A’ (Town won 4 – 3 on pens)

Leytonstone Utd  4 – 1  All Prospects

Lymore Gardens  3 – 1  Collier Row Res

Roydon  2 – 4  Brentwood Utd

Sandon Royals  3 – 2  Buckhurst Hill Res

Springfield Res  2 – 4  Waltham Abbey Res

Wakering Sports Res  5 – 2  Hullbridge Sports ‘A’

West Essex Res  4 – 0  Toby Res

Writtle  1 – 0  Chingford Athletic Res

S20-21 Match Report: Old Southendian 0 – 2 Leigh Ramblers (Saturday 10th Oct) [EOFL 20/21 10.10.20]

EOFL Crest

Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Venue: Garon Park [3G]

Season 2020- 21: Match 14

Saturday 3rd October 2020 – 2.30pm KO

Old Southendian: Green Shirts, Black Shorts, Green Socks

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

 

On kick-off [OS 0 – 2 LR EOFL Prem 10.10.20]

A highly efficient display sees Ramblers to another win

Old Southendian 0 – 2  Leigh Ramblers

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

This weekend’s match saw me return to Garon Park to see Old Southendian in action in the league for the first time this season, as they welcomed Leigh Ramblers in another Essex Olympian League Premier Division encounter. The hosts named Pete Loveday between the posts, with a defence of Ben Burrows, Billy Taylor plus centre-backs, skipper Connor Burrows and player-boss Connor Lane. Their forward line was led by hard-grafter Craig Paton, with support from Nick Henesy and Ryan Stillwell. On a depleted bench was midfielders Ed Gould and Sam Adcock plus defender Charlie Kernott. The Ramblers made a few changes after last week’s win at Catholic Utd, as they named a back five here with centre-backs Harry Haysom, skipper Ryan Lowe and Rick Alabaster alongside full-backs Billy Carter and Joe Hunter. Their forward line was comprised of Dan Williams and George Moxon, with Matt Brinklow the chief support. In their dug-out was forward Scott Rankin,Lewis Kelsey, Barv Waiwaiku and stand-in player-boss Ronnie Bridges.

After a slightly delayed start, the match got underway and in the first minute, an attack from the home side needed Ramblers right-back Billy Carter to produce a fine sliding challenge to clear the ball out of danger. Minutes later, the visitors had a sight at goal as after skipping past two defenders, forward George Moxon couldn’t quite keep his balance and therefore his tame shot wasn’t powerful to defeat home stopper Pete Loveday from close range. On seven minutes, a great long pass by Ryan Stillwell for the ‘Old Boys’ found forward Craig Paton though his finish couldn’t match the quality of the ball to him as he blazed over. Just after the quarter-hour mark, Loveday had to be alert again as a super free-kick on the edge of the 18-yard box  from the Rams’ Matt Brinklow was just tipped over the woodwork.

Leigh Ramblers were starting to find their mojo going forward in the next phase of the game as following a good attacking move involving Brinklow and full-back Joe Hunter, Moxon was denied by a clear strike by the covering defender Connor Burrows, who made a good tackle to deny him. The warning signs were apparent but OS were unable to respond as on twenty-five minutes, another set-piece was arrowed in to the six-yard line and centre-back Harry Haysom was there to force the ball over the goal-line at the near post.  That goal gave the Rams further impetus to continue their passing and high-pressing game, and exactly on the half-hour, after being well picked out again by Brinklow, another fine effort by Moxon in attempting to chip the ball over Loveday was thwarted by the over-worked Old Southendian ‘keeper.

It was fair to say that some feisty challenges were shared by both sides, and OS nearly levelled as Mitchell Ali broke away down the right channel from midfield, broke free of the Ramblers defence and his centre was headed against his own bar by visiting defender Rick Alabaster. It would’ve been quite an own goal but fortune favoured the bold in this case. For the most part though, the hosts’ passing was going astray as they struggled to maintain possession and deal with the pressing game of their opponents, who were happy to clear aerial balls in through the likes of Haysom and ever-committed skipper Ryan Lowe. Minutes before half-time, Luke Moloney’s free-kick from deep for Old Southendian was headed narrowly wide by Connor Burrows.

Half-Time: Old Southendian 0 – 1 Leigh Ramblers

After the interval, OS were continuing to defend deep, but consequently found it tough to get out of their own half in the early stages of the half. Barely a minute in, Ramblers midfielder Patrick Cannon sent a warning shot flying just wide of the left-sided post. As the hour mark approached, visiting midfielder Justin Hazell made a good darting run before curling a drive wide from about 15 yards. Moments afterward, visiting custodian Andrew Webster showed his concentration by getting in ahead of Ali, who was well-found by a fine through ball from Paton. Old Southendian were finding it frustrating work to get through the determined Ramblers defence, including from set-pieces.

Their task got even harder midway through the second half as the Rams doubled their lead. Moments after coming on, replacement Scott Rankin’s strike was cleared off the goal-line, only for that man Harry Haysom to stab the ball home following-up. He’s getting quite a knack for this goal-scoring lark – not bad for a centre-back!

Much to their credit, OS kept pushing as we entered the last twenty minutes and on 70 minutes, a well-struck effort from twenty yards by Stillwell was gathered quite well by Webster. Four minutes later, a telling centre by substitute Barv Waiwaiku from the left side found Rankin whose strike was well-saved by Loveday, only for the rebound to be powered away by central defender Connor Lane, which in fairness was one of at least half a dozen good interceptions he made all match. As the minutes ebbed away for the home side, replacement Ed Gould was unfortunate as a sterling drive from 25 yards cannoned back off the crossbar but ultimately it was the robust visitors who took the win here.

Full-Time: Old Southendian  0 – 2  Leigh Ramblers

So to sum up then, this was a more efficient performance by the hard-working Ramblers side here, but they showed their qualities in defence and also going forward. As a neutral watching on, they out-worked the hosts for large parts of the game and that will disappoint the Old Southendian management team of Connor Lane and David Tubbs. The hosts were also somewhat disjointed in terms of their own attacking prowess here today.

Finally, we go on to the stand-out performers from both teams today. For Leigh Ramblers, I have to give a good mention to hard-working forward Dan Williams, who again served as a fine focal point for his side with his energy, pace and movement. Williams and strike partner George Moxon gave the OS defence very little time to regroup and were both willing runners down the flanks. Again, I have to note the high level of defending by centre-backs Ryan Lowe and Harry Haysom, who alongside Rick Alabaster in a back five today, were in no mood to give any chances away. Lastly for the Rams, nice to see forward Matt Brinklow in good form again and he displayed his technical side to good effort, looking to start moves and was also a danger with his set-pieces.

Moving on to Old Southendian now and despite the result, credit has to go to gritty centre-back pairing Connor Lane and Connor Burrows. Lane certainly put in a number of good interceptions and noticeably reduced the amount of chances that the visitors had. He and Burrows also looked to drive the side forward as well. Ryan Stillwell was as ever a committed presence in midfield as well as looking to grab a goal plus honourable mentions for the hard-working forward Craig Paton and midfielder Mitchell Ali.

My thanks to both teams for their pre-match welcome and I wish both sides well for the remainder of what is again looking like a very tight Essex Olympian League Premier Division this season.

Teams

Old Southendian  | Player-Manager: Connor Lane | Assistant: David Tubbs

1 Pete Loveday (GK), 2 Ben Burrows, 3 Billy Taylor, 4 Luke Moloney, 5 Connor Lane, 6 Connor Burrows (Capt), 7 Jamie Oates, 8 Mitchell Ali, 9 Craig Paton, 10 Ryan Stillwell, 11 Nick Henesy

Subs Used: 16 Sam Adcock [46’], 14 Ed Gould [62’], 15 Charlie Kernott [78’]

Booked: None   | Sub Not Used: Tubbs

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Leigh Ramblers  | Stand-in Manager: Ronnie Bridges  | Assistant: Paul Cannon

1 Andrew Webster (GK), 2 Billy Carter, 3 Joe Hunter, 4 Harry Haysom, 5 Ryan Lowe (Capt), 6 Rick Alabaster, 7 Patrick Cannon, 8 Justin Hazell, 9 Dan Williams, 10 Matt Brinklow, 11 George Moxon

Goal-scorers: Harry Haysom [25’ & 65’]

Subs Used: 12 Scott Rankin [61’], 16 Barv Waiwaiku [67’], 14 Lewis Kelsey [73’] and 15 Ronnie Bridges [73’]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: None

Referee: David Tregaskes

Assistant Referees: Haydn Seaman and Ryan Bennett

S20-21 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Wk 5 – Sat 3 Oct) [EOFL 20-21 4.10.20]

Image from Catholic Utd 1 – 3 Leigh Ramblers [EOFL Prem 3.10.20]

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

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Essex Olympian League round-up, here on my blog, looking at the action from Saturday 3rd October from the Premier Division all the way to Division Four this week, also including sections on the Senior & Reserve League Cup action this weekend. Thanks for reading.

Essex Olympian League – Saturday 3 October


EOFL Premier Division

In the only Premier Division match that took place this weekend, Leigh Ramblers put in a great performance to win 3 – 1 at local rivals Catholic Utd. First-half goals from skipper Ryan Lowe and Harry Haysom overturned an earlier Harley Kee spot-kick for the ‘Super Hoops’ and the win was secured by a late goal by replacement George Moxon. I attended this match and if you’d like more on this good advert for the division, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/10/03/s20-21-match-report-catholic-utd-1-3-leigh-ramblers-sat-3rd-oct/

EOFL Senior League Cup

The EOFL Senior Cup once again involved most of the sides in the top three tiers and although it was curtailed by the elements, we still had some surprise results. In the first of our six featured matches, Epping Town of Division Two defeated Division One side Old Chelmsfordians 3 – 1 at Epping Rugby Club. Strikes from Callum Turner, Kai Bowers and Ben Collier sent the OC’s out of the competition. Premier side Shenfield AFC had to survive with ten men before edging to a 2 – 1 success at Division One side Manford Way. Liam Burgess netted for Trevor Grace’s side but AFC responded through strikes by Tom Blackmur and Ben Carroll to go through.

Elsewhere, in the first of two all top-tier clashes, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts defeated Old Southendian 2 – 0 with both goals for Billy Cove’s side coming through Chris Gibbs. Also, Harold Wood Athletic got a morale-boosting win, dispatching Kelvedon Hatch as Alex Goldstone’s side won 3 – 0 at Harold Wood Park. Robert Whitnell, John Bradley and Jack Baines got the goals on a fine day for Ath. Top-tier Rayleigh Town were too strong for Division Three hosts Lakeside Utd as they emerged with a 5 – 0 victory, with Bailey Moss earning a hat-trick and Harry Talbot netting twice for Paul Higgins’ team.

It wasn’t so clear-cut as Westlands though as Division Three outfit ACD Utd gave Premier side Sungate a scare, holding them to a 0 – 0 draw, with the ‘Gate going through 6 – 5 on penalty kicks. The visitors will be happy to get through but credit has to go to Michael Wade’s side for the progress they have made since joining the EOFL. Buckhurst Hill join them in the next round as they got a home Walkover with opponents Leigh Town unable to field a side for their contest.

Other Results (Senior Cup):

Beacon Hill Rovers  6 – 1  Wakebury 

Herongate Athletic  1 – 1  Runwell Sports (Herongate won 4 – 3 on pens)

Matches Off:

Collier Row  P – P  Roydon

Galleywood  P – P  Basildon Town  

Hutton  P – P Springfield  

May & Baker ‘A’  P – P  Newbury Forest Res

EOFL Reserve League Cup

Finally for the Cup action this week, there was goals aplenty in the Reserve Cup. Old Southendian Res comfortably won 4 – 1 over Wakering Sports Development at Garon Park. Thomas Smith struck twice for Oliver Tatton-Bennett’s team, with Nico Debouchet and Jared Brand also on target as they progressed. Rayleigh Town Res also had a great day, defeating Runwell Sports Res  6 – 0 at London Road. Among their scorers was a double for substitute Samuel Barker, plus goals for Matthew Bampus, Matthew Oaten and Kalvin Armstrong as Dave Gipp’s side went through comfortably. Also, Springfield Ressies went through with a 3 – 1 win against Shoebury Town Res at Arun Close. Harrison Elles, Liam England and James Page strikes outdid the response for Town from Simon Pearce as Peter Ellwood’s side went through to the next round.

Matches Off:

Chingford Athletic Res  P – P  Manford Way Res 

Sungate Res  P – P  Collier Row Res 

EOFL Division One

Returning to league action now and it was kudos all round to the home sides in Division One as all three matches went ahead. Chingford Athletic got their first league win this term with a 4 – 1 victory at Shoebury Town and in doing so leapt out of the bottom two. Snaresbrook went up to third spot after edging to a 4 – 3 win over Ramsden Scotia at Nutters Field, with a pair of spot-kicks from Ife Ogunbayo and goals from Daniel Tesfay and Drew Barbier secured the points for Rob Caine’s team.

Meanwhile, Toby continued their good start to the campaign by holding irrepressible Ongar Town to a 2 – 2 draw in Newbury Park. Chris Rowland got both goals for Mark Jones’ side but Aaron Blair made it twelve league goals already this term by grabbing another brace here as Ongar eked out a one-point lead over nearest rivals Runwell Sports, who were in Cup action this weekend.

EOFL Division Two

The weather further limited the Division Two action, though Wakering Sports handed Rochford Town a first league loss this term as Sports won 1 – 0 at Cupid’s. Meschack Kisoka got the decisive goal for the home side as they moved up above their opponents into fourth. Elsewhere, Laindon Orient were held 2 – 2 by an improving Ryan side at Markhams Chase. James Shadwell and Ashley Blackburn both netted for Neil Blackburn’s side but both sides remain in mid-table.

Match Off:  Corinthians  P – P  AS Rawreth 

EOFL Division Three

Unfortunately, all three Division Three matches were postponed this week so It’s ‘as you were’ at the top of the standings with ACD Utd, Collier Row, Buckhurst Hill Res and Basildon Town Res all on six points each, with ACD and Row the only sides with a 100% league record.

Matches Off: Basildon Town Res  P – P  Toby Res   |

Buckhurst Hill Res  P – P  Corinthians Res  |

Leigh Town Res  P – P  Hutton Res  |

EOFL Division Four

This week, we’ll go into more detail in Division Four. Leaders Catholic Utd Res further endorsed their goal difference as well as their 100% winning start with a huge 9 – 0 triumph at Old Chelmsfordians Res. Also on nine points are Laindon Orient Ressies who won 2 – 0 at Shenfield AFC Res, with replacement Olanrewaju Aborisade and Thomas Springer both netting for Kevin Scott’s side, who sit second. In third spot are Hashtag Utd Development, who got their third win in four games, defeating Galleywood Res at Barleylands. William Santos and substitute Michael Parkinson scored for the ‘Wood second side, but a brace for Harry Braysher and goals for Harrison Michaelson and substitute Kai Warren ensured the three points stayed with Denis Simpson’s team.  

Match Off: Ongar Town Res  P – P  Leytonstone Utd (Due to a Waterlogged pitch)

EOFL Division Five 

Old Barkabbeyans  3 – 0  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res

Matches Off: AS Rawreth Res  P – P  Herongate Athletic Res

Leigh Ramblers Res  P – P  Epping Town Res

S20-21 Match Report: Catholic Utd 1 – 3 Leigh Ramblers (Saturday 3rd Oct) [EOFL 20/21 3.10.20]

EOFL Crest

Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Venue: Len Forge Centre [3G pitch]

Season 2020- 21: Match 12

Saturday 3rd October 2020 – 2.30pm KO

Catholic Utd: Green & White Hooped Shirts, Black Shorts, Green & White Socks

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

Image from Cath U 1 – 3 Leigh R (EOFL Prem 3.10.20)

Defiant display see Ramblers win at Catholic Utd

Catholic Utd  1 – 3  Leigh Ramblers

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

On an afternoon where a number of games were scrubbed because of the incessant rain this week, I decided to head to the Len Forge Centre to see Catholic Utd’s local derby with Leigh Ramblers, in an Essex Olympian League Premier Division encounter. Conditions were tricky from the outset after the recent downpours but recently-appointed boss Stuart Marshall named stalwart & skipper Louis Godwin-Green in goal, with Louis Robinson and Ellis Sands as centre-backs and a front three of Alfie Lindfield, player-coach Simon Thomas and regular goal-getter Aaron Baldwin. Among the options on their bench were midfielders Tom Kearney, Brad Rowland and forwards Rhys Fatt and Luke Trice.

Ramblers are in a similar transition under new boss Colin Wall and named a back four of Billy Carterand Joe Hunter at full-backs, with Harry Haysom and Ryan Lowe at centre-back with Lowe also skippering the side. Justin Hazell and Dan Williams led their attack, with George Moxon and Matt Allum among their options from the substitutes’ bench.

Onto the match itself, and Catholic started the match in a promising fashion, pinging a few well-directed crosses into the visitors’ 18-yard box, with a neat move involving forward pair Aaron Baldwin and Alfie LIndfield unfortunately not quite having the desired end product for the home side. Leigh had a sighter of goal on eleven minutes as forward Dan Williams’ strike from a corner was cleared with inches to spare by the Utd defenders. Stuart Marshall’s side soon pushed forward and after being well-spotted by Lindfield’s through ball, Baldwin could only slot just wide of visiting stopper Andrew Webster. The deadlock was broken on nineteen minutes as an accurate threaded ball by midfielder Max Kent found the path of Baldwin, who did well to shrug off and pressure his marker, before being felled in the penalty area. Spot-kick. Harley Kee stood up to take it and coolly struck home, sending Webster the wrong way.

So, the ‘Super Hoops’ had the lead but it was a slim one. Ramblers responded almost immediately as they went on the attack, with right-back Billy Carter’s good centre being cleared by the home defence. In fairness, the hosts were unlucky to not go further ahead on 24 minutes as another good ball in found centre forward Simon Thomas, who lobbed Webster well but didn’t have the same fortune with the woodwork, as the ball cannoned back off the underside of the crossbar and was able to be cleared. That being said, Ramblers were still more than useful on the counter-attack, with winger Scott Rankin fizzing in another good centre from the channels, though that crucial last touch was wanting, much to the relief of Utd custodian Louis Godwin-Green. Even so, Colin Wall’s side built the pressure as the next few minutes went on, as Rankin sent a looping header in on goal but Godwin-Green was happy to gather.

Ramblers then forced a few set-pieces as their momentum continued, from one of those corners, winger Patrick Cannon delivered and sleepy defending by Catholic allowed Ramblers skipper Ryan Lowe to ghost in unmarked and powerfully head home to level the match on 34 minutes. This time it was the hosts on the proverbial back foot, as minutes later, Cannon stuck a fine effort which skimmed off the top of the goal frame. The visitors kept up their pressure a minute before the break as after a Sam Mountstpehens free-kick had been deflected wide for a corner, from that set-piece, centre-back Harry Haysom wriggled some space and headed home right into the left corner, much to the delight of the travelling contingent.

Half-Time: Catholic Utd  1 – 2  Leigh Ramblers

The visitors had the lead at the break and in some ways they had earned it for keeping a determined attitude to their defending and making the most of their chances. In the first part of the second half, both sides looked to take the initiative, with Thomas narrowly heading over from a free-kick for the hosts and Carter firing off-target for Ramblers. It was nearly a milestone moment midway through the second-half for Ramblers centre-back Haysom as his clever turn led to a fierce drive from 25 yards which home ‘keeper Godwin-Green did well to get down to and parry wide.  At the other end, Kent continued to fizz in some angled through balls to the forwards and centre-half Louis Robinson’s header was gathered by Webster before substitute Luke Trice also fired off-target.

Ramblers were showing a strong work rate and energy to repel the Utd forward line and yet, you felt that another goal was necessary to seal the match. Fortunately for them, it came in the closing minutes. A clever passing move by the visitors ended with replacement George Moxon in on goal with only Godwin-Green to beat and Moxon made no error, calmly lifting the ball over the goalkeeper to finally put the result beyond doubt.

Full-Time: Catholic Utd  1 – 3  Leigh Ramblers

After five minutes of added time, the final whistle blew and the visitors prevailed and in the end, they deserved to do so. After a long post-match discussion with his players, Catholic Utd boss Marshall felt his side was ‘second-best’ for large parts of the match.

This was in summary, a really good battle between two good sides and also a good ‘advert’ for the division, which is still arguably ‘under-rated’ by some in the Non-League scene. Ramblers put in an absolutely stellar shift, full of fire, energy and work rate to take a well-earned three points. In terms of the players that stood-out for me today, firstly for the home side, forwards Aaron Baldwin and Simon Thomas gave their side running and a physical threat as well, particularly in the first half. Max Kent also put in some telling long passes & through balls and deserves a mention, while Michael Sammut also stuck to his task well assisting his defence.

For Leigh Ramblers, the whole team was fired up for this local derby but in particular, skipper Ryan Lowe led his defence superbly and noticeably lessened the aerial threat with committed defending, backed up well by central defensive partner Harry Haysom, who also gave little chance to the opposition at times. Both of them took their goals well also. Winger Patrick Cannon was also a good outlet going forward, as was forward Dan Williams who was a good focal point in attack. Last but not least, full-back Billy Carter also put in a good performance with an energetic display with good tackling and crossing in the final third.

Teams

Catholic Utd  | Manager: Stuart Marshall

1 Louis Godwin-Green (GK & Capt), 2 Patrick Kearney, 3 Michael Sammut, 18 Ellis Sands, 5 Louis Robinson, 8 Max Kent, 14 Harley Kee, 16 Callum Matthews, 7 Alfie Lindfield, 15 Simon Thomas, 11 Aaron Baldwin

Goal-scorers: Harley Kee [pen 19’]

Subs Used: 20 Brad Rowland [46’], 19 Rhys Fatt [59’], 6 Tom Kearney [71’], 12 Luke Trice [71’], 4 Matthew Gibson [87’]

Booked: Kent   | Subs Not Used: None

Leigh Ramblers    | Manager: Colin Wall

1 Andrew Webster (GK), 2 Billy Carter, 3 Joe Hunter, 4 Harry Haysom, 5 Ryan Lowe (Capt), 6 Rick Alabaster, 7 Patrick Cannon, 8 Sam Mountstephens, 9 Justin Hazell, 10 Dan Williams, 11 Scott Rankin

Goal-scorers: Ryan Lowe [34’], Harry Haysom [44’], George Moxon [88’]

Subs Used: 12 George Moxon [59’], 14 Matt Allum [70’], 15 Lewis Kelsey [89’] and 16 Ronnie Bridges [90’+1]

Booked: Lowe, Alabaster | Subs Not Used: None

Referee: George Barker

Assistant Referees: Ryan Bennett and Elliott Hardcastle

S2020-21 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Wk 4 – Sat 26 Sept) [EOFL 20-21 28.9.20]

Image from Corinthians v Epping Town (Div Two, 26.9.20)

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Essex Olympian League round-up, here on my blog, looking at the action from Saturday 26 September from the Premier Division all the way to Division Three, plus Results from Divisions Four & Five. Thanks for reading.

EOFL Premier Division                   

In the Premier Division, Basildon Town lead the table on goal difference after a 2 – 1 success at Canning Town in Beckton. Anthony Aylett and Grant Cumming got the goals for Marcus Bowers’ side who are only one of two sides with a 100% record thus far. Dominic Lewis responded for Canning here.

The other side is Buckhurst Hill who had to fight hard to defeat Rayleigh Town 2 – 1 at Roding Lane. Suleyman Zuhdu gave the hosts the advantage a minute before half-time. However, Paul Higgins’ half-time team-talk must have stirred the visitors as Jack Long struck a minute after the restart to level the game. And with a draw coming ever-closer to fruition, Nathan Sollosi netted three minutes from time to give Mark Williams’ side an important victory. Catholic Utd also won this week, with an impressive 3 – 0 triumph at Springfield. Second-half strikes by Aaron Baldwin, Luke Trice and Simon Thomas were enough to maintain the unbeaten start for Stuart Marshall’s side.

Two sides who got their first wins this season both won 1 – 0 away from home. Leigh Ramblers won by that score-line at winless Kelvedon Hatch, with substitute Billy Carter getting his first goal for the Rams in this win. Shenfield AFC also won 1 – 0 at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts, with Liam Snellin the goal-scoring hero for the visitors. Hutton did enough to hold Sungate to a goal-less stalemate at Polo Fields to end the visitors winning start to the season.


Finally, Old Southendian powered to a fine 5 – 1 win over Harold Wood Athletic at Garon Park. Manager Connor Lane had to play at centre-back though would have been delighted to witness the game first-hand as a brace from Mitchell Ali and strikes by Craig Paton, Sam Adcock and James Oates pushed OS to their first league win this term in some style. Dan Johnson got Harold Wood’s consolation here but their tough start to the league season continues.

EOFL Division One

In Division One, Ongar Town maintained their terrific start with a 6 – 0 win at home to Snaresbrook. Aaron Blair got another treble here, with Joshua Boxall getting two and Joe Lilly also chipped in.  This result means they have three wins from three and the only other side to achieve that thus far is Runwell Sports who edged an incredible game at Lawford Lane, where they defeated Old Chelmsfordians 6 – 5, with Martin Llewellyn & ex-Hullbridge player Daniel Okah both getting doubles. Ryan Scougall and replacement Ben Christie also netted for Jason Plom’s side.

Elsewhere, Manford Way are in third after winning 4 – 3 at Ramsden Scotia. Substitute Ryan McDonach struck twice for Ramsden, with Alex Bessant also netting but Trevor Grace’s side kept their winning start going as a brace from Kieran Smith and goals by James Odhiamba and Harry Main sent them to the three points. Toby got another good win, defeating Chingford Athletic 3 – 2 in Newbury Park. Dean Maguchu, Luis Ruiz and Chris Rowland all scored for the hosts as Chingford’s tough start to the campaign continued.

Also, Galleywood got their first win this season as they won 2 – 0 at Rayleigh Town Res. Sam Donn and replacement Lewis Rose got the goals for the Chelmsford-based side to send them up to mid-table. Finally for this division, Herongate Athletic got their second league win with a 4 – 2 success at Shoebury Town. Jack Sparrow, Ben Warren, Jonathan Packer and an OG accounted for the visitors’ goals.

EOFL Division Two

Now we move into Division Two, and Leigh Town lost their 100% record as they drew 2 – 2 at local rivals Rochford Town. Jack Pearman’s side struck through James Roberts and Tom Byford but Rochford got another point here to remain unbeaten. Beacon Hill Rovers  won 2 – 0 at Wakering Sports to leap up to top spot. Also, Laindon Orient got their first league win as they won 3 – 0 away to bottom side Harold Wood Athletic Res. Oliver Dingli, Ashley Blackburn and replacement Carlos Dias got the goals for Neil Blackburn’s side as they went into sixth place.   

May & Baker Res also got a first league won as they won 3 – 1 at AS Rawreth. And in the game I was at this weekend, Corinthians drew 2 – 2 with Epping Town at Stambridge in a game both sides could have won. Leo Clarke and Nathan Dewberry goals put Chris Stoneham’s side two-up at the break but Town responded quickly through a penalty from Joe Rickett and a well-taken strike by player-assistant boss Dave Limber. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/09/26/s20-21-match-report-corinthians-2-2-epping-t-sat-26-sept-eofl/     

EOFL Division Three

In Division Three, ACD Utd are heading the standings after a comprehensive 7 – 0 triumph at Basildon Town Reserves. Player-boss Michael Wade helped himself to five of the goals himself, with Brad Falco and Connor Lambert joining him on the score-sheet. Town’s second-side lost their 100% start and drop to fourth after this result. Collier Row are the nearest rivals after a 4 – 2 win over Corinthians Res at the Forest Row Centre. Braces for Michael Coughlan and Daniel Reeve assisted the Romford-based side to a fine victory. Buckhurst Hill Ressies are third after a 4 – 1 success over Toby Res with Casey Lockhart, Jake Law and Jehmal Taylor among their goal-getters.

Elsewhere, Wakebury won 2 – 0 against Lakeside Utd at Shoebury Park. Goals from Billy Bonham-Dare and Daniel Buglione saw Matt Cardy’s side into mid-table while Utd are without a point from their three league games thus far. Also, Manford Way Res won 2 – 0 over Hutton Res and had a David Hornsby double to thank for their opening win of the league season.

EOFL Division Four Results  

Canning Town Res  1 – 8   Wakering Sports Res

Catholic Utd Res  5 – 0  Ongar Town Res

Chingford Athletic Res  3 – 1  Leytonstone Utd

Hashtag Utd Dev.  3 – 2   Shenfield AFC Res 

Laindon Orient Res  3 – 2  Old Chelmsfordians Res

Sungate Res 2  – 2  Galleywood Res

EOFL Division Five Results  

Collier Row Res  2 – 0  Springfield Res

Epping Town Res  1 – 0  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res

Leigh Ramblers Res  1 – 4  Wakering Sports Dev.

Roydon  0 – 4  Newbury Forest Res

Runwell Sports Res  4 – 2  AS Rawreth Res

Shoebury Town Res  5 – 1   Old Barkabbeyans

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

Written By Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to the fifth piece of a mini-series of blog articles looking back at the ‘void’ Season 2019-20, as deemed by the FA.

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

 

EOFL Premier Division   (as of season cut-off point of March 14th 2020)

As with all the EOFL divisions, the season was halted in mid-March 2020 before eventually being curtailed several weeks later. At the summit were Sungate, who amassed forty-four points from their 22 matches in what was a very good season for the East London-based side. They had the secod-best defensive record, conceding twenty-nine times (at a average per game (or GpG) of 1.32) and also enjoyed the joint-best goal-scoring record, scoring 52 times (GpG of 2.36). I saw them come back to win a really enterprising game at Old Southendian in February and you could certainly see why they were hot in front of-goal and they will hope to carry on the impetus going forward. Leigh Ramblers had a really good campaign, finishing in second spot. Wayne Seal’s team had a strong end to the season, ending up with thirty-eight points from their 22 games played. They won seven of their 11 matches at their Belfairs Park home and were also joint-high goal-scorers with 52 strikes this term. Murmurings indicate that they are looking to build the club going forward and they will be a threat next term you feel. Last season’s champions Buckhurst Hill finished in third, with 32 points gained from only fourteen matches. Postponements and Cup runs perhaps thwarted Mark Williams’ side from a higher finish and you would not have gone against Hill obtaining a top-two finish, had the season gone on for another month. As it was, they still got ten league wins, along with being the division’s fourth-best goal-scorers with 46 strikes (a GpG of 3.28) and held the best defensive record (16 goals shelled) for the second consecutive campaign. Not bad going! Factor in their three entrants in the leading goal-scorers chart (see below) and you start to see why Hill are highly-regarded in the local Non-League scene. Both of their losses this season came in South Essex, at Rayleigh Town and Leigh Ramblers but it does seem they are well-placed for another tilt at success next term.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

EOFL Premier Division  – Top Goalscorers 2019-20 Season

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

 

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

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

 

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 22 Feb) [EOFL 19/20 23.2.20]

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Acrchive – OS v Sungate last month 

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of Essex Olympian League action from Saturday 22 February. A few matches fell to the weather but with the aid of 3G pitches, most teams were in action as the promotion & relegation battles intensify. Thanks for reading.

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Essex Olympian League – Saturday 22 February
Premier Division

It was a day of mixed results for the top four in the Premier as Bishop’s Stortford Swifts new dawn continued as they defeated leaders Sungate 3 – 1 at Silver Leys. A brace from Jayden Hocking-Rising and one from fellow new recruit Matt Gill saw Billy Cove’s side up to tenth, four points clear of the bottom two. The ‘Gate saw their lead at the summit cut to three points as second-placed Leigh Ramblers won their local derby with Old Southendian 3 – 0 at Belfairs Park. Andrew Webster got a double here with Matt Allum getting the other goal as the Rams made it five wins from their last six outings. OS drop one to ninth, still too close for comfort to the bottom two.

Rayleigh Town powered to a 7 – 1 win at Basildon Town in one of a number of matches moved to 3G pitches this weekend with this one took place at Hannakins Farm Community Centre. Doubles for Paul Morris & George Vile were added to by Charlie Seaden, Bailey Moss and debutant Neil Richmond as Paul Higgins’ side sit 7th, five points off the top four with a huge 13 league matches remaining, thanks to recent postponements. Sam Green got a scant consolation for Bas who also have matches to make up, ditto Rayleigh. In their bottom-of-the-table clash in Beckton, Canning Town were held 1 – 1 by bottom side Harold Wood Athletic, with Reece Baker getting the goal for the visitors here.

Also, Buckhurst Hill defeated Springfield 4 – 0 in a match moved to St John’s 3G in Epping to advance to third spot, nine points behind the leaders with at least seven matches in hand on the top two.

Match OFF: Kelvedon Hatch  P – P  Shenfield AFC

 

Senior Division One

Now into Senior One, and Chingford Athletic continued their quest for the title as they defeated strugglers Toby 2 – 0 at Town Mead. Goals from Sam Coe and Luke Dimond were enough to give the hosts their third straight win. Toby are now four points adrift at the foot of the table. Old Chelmsfordians remain seven points off the leaders as they narrowly defeated Ramsden Scotia 1 – 0. Lakeside lost ground on the top three as Snaresbrook won their match 3 – 1. Jazreel David, Mitchell Collymore and Jermaine Purchas got the goals for ‘Brook as they went up to ninth and are one of three sides who have only played ten matches thus far. Ollie Pettit struck for ‘Side here.

Rayleigh Town Res rise to fifth after a 2 – 1 win over Shoebury Town in their match, moved to Beauchamps Sch. Rodney Wilson and Adam Bessadi strikes extended the unbeaten run for Lee Bunn’s side to five matches. Shoebury remain seventh after failing to win in their last six. FC Hamlets came back to hold Galleywood 1 – 1 at Hackney Marshes. Billy Kinchlea put ‘Wood ahead before player-boss Ashley King levelled as both sides remain in mid-table.

 

Match OFF: Runwell Sports P – P  Herongate Athletic   |

 

Essex Premier Cup – Grays Athletic Res  1 – 3  Ongar Town |

Ongar make it to the all-EOFL Semi-Finals

 

Senior Division Two

In Senior Two, with leaders Leigh Town not in action, Old Suthendian Res retained second spot with a 3 – 0 win over Rochford Town at Garon Park. Luke Stillwell, Ben Franklin and Jack Pagett all scored to give Ben Manley’s side a healthy win, despite Thomas Magerison’s dismissal reducing them to ten men. OS Ressies were further boosted last week as they were handed an additional two points as an opposition side fielded an ineligible player in a drawn match with OS late last year. Beacon Hill Rovers remain third after a battling 1 – 0 win at Harold Wood Athletic Res in the late game at Noak Hill. Ade Adeyemi got the goal as Rovers made it four wins on-the-bounce. Ath’s Ressies remain ninth, eight points adrift of Wakering Sports just above them, who also got a narrow win, 3 – 2 over AS Rawreth at Cupid’s. Ben Aston, Scott Clark and Mitchell Gleeson netted for Sports here over the fellow strugglers AS, who remain second-bottom.

Finally, Corinthians won 3 – 1 at a new-look Epping Town side, with Jake Hodder, Leo Clarke and Ollie Brickwood all on target for Chris Stoneham’s side, who go back up to fourth. They are eight points off Old Southendian Ressies, with four matches in hand on them. Town have lost four of their last five but perhaps their target now is stability in this division ahead of next term.

Match OFF: Laindon Orient  P – P  Leigh Town   |

 

Senior Division Three

In Senior Division Three, ACD Utd are five points clear at the top after a 3 – 1 win at Toby Res. Player-manager Michael Wade got another double here to reach 15 league goals this season. Paul Mangan got the other goal though there was another milestone moment for the EOFL newcomers. Shaun Farrow and Connor Lambert both reached 100 appearances for ACD so congrats go to them. Connor Walk’s wind-assisted corner got the reply for Toby’s second-side though they slide to fifth.

Elsewhere, Corinthians Res edged to a 3 – 2 triumph over Lakeside Res at Stambridge. Max Hall’s hat-trick here takes him to 19 league goals, above Wakebury’s Charlie Little in the race for the ‘Golden Boot’ in this division. Harry Davison got both goals for Lakeside’s second team here though they remain third-bottom while Terry Rose’s side cut the gap to second-placed Wakebury to four points and they also have four matches in hand on the top two. Also, Hutton Res grabbed a 6 – 3 win over Basildon Town Res at Billericay School. Sean O’Callaghan led the way with a treble here, wit Stephen Judge, Conor O’Regan and George Wickings also on target as they go up to sixth. Jamie Miller’s double and Nicholas Bowers accounted for Town’s goals though they remain ninth.

Finally,  Collier Row went back up to fourth after a 5 – 3 win over Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ in the midday kick-off at the James Hornsby Centre 3G. Joshua Boswell, Will Bray and George Mole all scored for Sports though remain bottom, six points behind local rivals White Ensign Res.

 

Matches OFF:

Buckhurst Hill Res  P – P  Wakebury   |

Leigh Town Res  P – P  White Ensign Res   |

 

Senior Division Four

Canning Town Res  0 – 1  Leytonstone Utd 

Catholic Utd Res  2 – 1 Wakering Sports Res

Galleywood Res  1 – 2  Forest Glade

Shenfield AFC Res  2 – 0  Old Chelmsfordians Res

 

Senior Division Five

Collier Row Res  2 – 0 Wakering Sports Dev
Herongate Athletic Res  P – P  Runwell Sports Res

Roydon Res  4 – 2  Leigh Ramblers Res

Shoebury Town Res  3 – 3  Old Barkabbeyans

Springfield Res  1  – 3  Newbury Forest Res