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

Written By Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for reading.

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 10 Nov) [EOFL 11.11.18]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

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A still from Ryan 1 – 3 Runwell Sports at Wadham Lodge 3G on Saturday

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Olympian League round-up, as we take in the action from the Premier to Division Four results. How did your team get on this weekend?

EOFL Premier Division

In the top-tier, Hutton got the win in the highest-scoring match in the division with a 5 – 3 home victory over Canning Town. Strikes from Chris Rowlatt, Tom Price, Chris Skingley, Will Marlowe and Josh Bardouleau overturned Town’s goal-scorers in Patrick Damali, Matt Betts and Paul Henry.

Leigh Ramblers end the weekend in fifth after a Jamie Selby-Knight brace plus a goal from Joe Hunter saw them beat Great Baddow 3-1 at Belfairs Park. Buckhurst Hill narrowly won 1 – 0 at home to Sungate thanks to Suleyman Zuhdu’s first-half strike which sees them stay top by two points.

Kelvedon Hatch lead the chasing pack and they won 2 – 1 at home to Springfield, thanks chiefly to a double from Theo Ola. Anthony Pantaleo hit back for the Chelmsford-based side. Also, Old Southendian held Harold Wood Athletic 2 – 2 to grab a creditable point away from home.

Also, some results in the Anagram Records Trophy here:

PFC Victoria London  3  – 2  Rayleigh Town
Sandridge Rovers  0 – 9  Catholic Utd

EOFL Senior Div One

In Olympian Division One, Sean Green inspired Ongar Town’s 5 – 2 win at Frenford Reserves with a hat-trick while Ben Polley and Ross Carpenter also notching. Snaresbrook won 2 – 1 at home to Galleywood as Josh Woodcock and Harry Prince scored for the hosts, while Freddie Bartrum got one back for ‘Wood though ‘Brook still lead the division.

Ramsden Scotia are still the best of the rest thanks to a 1 – 0 win over Herongate Athletic. Ryan Leddra ‘came to the party again’ with the only goal in that one. Old Chelmsfordians went four points clear of Herongate in the drop zone by virtue of a 5 – 0 win over May & Baker E.C Reserves. A brace from Martin Mixture plus strikes by Joshua Lawrence, William King and Joe Kemp saw the hosts to a well-earned win.

EOFL Snr Div Two

In Senior Division Two, three matches took place. Firstly, Runwell Sports won 3 – 1 over Ryan at their Wadham Lodge 3G pitch. Strikes from Charlie Adams, Aaron Rix’s spot-kick and an OG helped Sports to fourth. Meanwhile, Rochford Town succumbed to a 2 – 0 home loss to Harold Wood Athletic Ressies. Perry Robinson and Chris Pope goals did the damage as Ath rose to the summit of D2.

Also, Toby defeated Beacon Hill Rovers 2 – 1 at home thanks to Des Gallen’s brace as Toby went second in the division.

EOFL Snr Div Three

In Senior Three, with most of the sides in Cup action, two matches took place. Laindon Orient rise to second spot following a 4 – 1 success over Academy Soccer. The hosts had goals from Sam Lake, Ryan Scougall, Adam Cole to thank plus an OG while Marc Porter-Brown got Academy’s sole strike.

Elsewhere, Wakering Sports defeated White Ensign’s Ressies 2 – 1.

EOFL Senior Four

Catholic Utd Res  2 – 5  Canning Town Res
Dagenham Utd  7 – 4  Leigh Ramblers Res

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

Match Summary: Leigh Ramblers 0 – 2 Harold Wood Athletic (Sat 3rd Nov) [EOFL 3.11.18]

Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Saturday 3rd November – 2pm KO

Venue: Belfairs Park

2018-19 Season: Match 30

Leigh Ramblers: Navy Blue & Black Shirts, Black Shorts & Black Socks

Harold Wood Ath: Maroon & Sky Blue Shirts, Maroon Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

Gritty Ath trimuph at Belfairs Park

Harold Wood Athletic made to a trip to Belfairs Park in this Essex Olympian League Premier Division encounter, the only one of the day because of the Essex Premier Cup action.

The hosts had the better of the early action and although they were wary of Ath’s forward line, led by Robert Whitnell, they had two efforts cleared off the goal-line. Although the hosts were unfortunate to not be ahead, the match was pretty even for most of the first half before the visitors went in front thanks to fine work by after a fine run down the left flank, Ade Onileyan’s ball in found skipper Reiss Kingsley running in at the back post who helped himself to a tap-in on 27 minutes.

Half-Time: Leigh Ramblers 0 – 1 Harold Wood Athletic

After the break, Ramblers did have a bit more of the ball though they didn’t carve out too many clear-cut oppurtunities, partly due to the strong defensively display of the visitors, led by Matt Donovan who won no shortage of headers during the whole match.

Just past the hour, the Rams goalkeeper made a really good save, denying a crisp strike which looked like it was heading into the top corner. In the latter stages, Kingsley got his and his side’s second after another good run down the left from the lively Onileyan resulted in a goal-mouth scramble though Kingsley [82′] slotted home well.

Just a minute later, Whitnell’s header was well-denied by the Rams ‘keeper and although the visitors ended proceedings with ten men thanks to Whitnell being sin-binned for dissent, they held on for a hard-fought victory. Ath rise to second spot after their 7th win this term while Leigh stay in seventh spot.

Full-Time: Leigh Ramblers  0 – 2  Harold Wood Athletic

 

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 29th Sept) [EOFL 1.10.18]

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to my round-up of Essex Olympian Lge action from this last weekend, tracking the action from the top-four tiers. Thanks for reading.

 

EOFL Premier Division

We begin the Premier Division round-up with Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 2 – 1 success over Canning Town. The hosts had Ade Cole and Joe McEvoy to thank for their goals while Abdul Shobawale got one back for Town.

Elsewhere, Buckhurst Hill made it six wins from six matches with a 3 – 1 home win over Hutton. Sonny Shilling got another brace to add to his growing goal tally, while Nathan Sollosi got the other goal for Hill. Hutton’s strike came courtesy of Will Marlow.

Meanwhile, Harold Wood Athletic defeated Rayleigh Town 2 – 1 as goals from John Bradley and Joe Stevens ensured their side’s 5th win of the season. Jack Long got Rayleigh’s goal as they fell to only their second defeat this term. Kelvedon Hatch added to Catholic Utd’s poor start to the season as Hatch secured a 3 – 1 victory over the ‘Super Hoops’ through strikes from Mike Daniels, Alan Taylor and Theo Ola. This was Hatch’s fourth straight league victory.

Leigh Ramblers beat Sungate 3 – 1 thanks to a brace from Jay Nash and one from Ronnie Bridges. Reece Simpson got the goal for the visitors though they fell to their third loss in five games thus far. Nico Debouchet’s hat-trick assisted Old Southendian to a 4 – 0 home win over strugglers Manford Way with Ruari McIntyre grabbing the other goal. Manford have lost all six of their league matches now while OS got their first league win of the campaign here.

Finally in the top-tier, Springfield were held 3 – 3 at home to Great Baddow. Chris Bryan, Ryan Batchford and Zach Davidson goals were cancelled out by strikes from John Baxter, Daniel Booty and Nav Arain as Baddow extended their unbeaten stretch to three matches.

 

EOFL Senior Division One

In Senior Division One, there was a goal glut with 29 goals struck in 6 matches. Galleywood powered past Frenford Reserves 7 – 1 thanks to a treble from Thomas Watling plus additional strikes from Matthew Buckingham, Luke Osborne, Jack Chatterway and Lewis Rose. Snaresbrook were also among the goals as they roared past Herongate Athletic 6 – 1 with six different scorers – Mitchell Collymore, Harry Price, Ryan Barker-Francis, Drew Barbier, Max Caterhall and Tyrique Solomon all notching here to give their side their third straight win thus far.

Meanwhile, Basildon Town’s impeccable league start was ended by FC Hamlets as the latter won 2 – 1 with Pa Jagne and Jaemar Lawes strikes outdoing a goal by home forward Alfie Phillips. Ramsden Scotia got their second league win with a 5 – 2 home success over Ongar Town with Steve Paoletti’s double aided by strikes from  Anthony Driscoll, Ryan Leddra and Lewis Godbold. James Stevens and Paul Tiffen responded for Ongar though they succumbed to defeat here.

Elsewhere in the division, Rayleigh Town Reserves were held at home 1 – 1 by Old Chelmsfordians while Shenfield AFC and May & Baker Reserves also played out a 1 – 1 draw.

 

EOFL Senior Division Two

Next, in Senior Division Two, six more matches provided a whopping 39 goals. Shoebury Town continued their super goal-scoring record with an 8 – 1 thumping of Newham Utd. Hat-tricks from Scott Clark and Dom Binns set the tone with further goals coming from Shaun Illett and Dan Regan sealing a big win though Kaci Henry’s strike for Newham ensured no clean sheet for the hosts.

May & Baker ‘A’ continued their poor run with a 7 – 2 home loss to Beacon Hill Rovers as a Tyson Browning hat-trick plus a brace from Charlie Brewer and one each for Will Simpson and Rene Bearman secured the points for Rovers. Elsewhere, Toby had cause to celebrate with a 6 – 2 triumph at home to Lakeside as goals from John Turner, Justin Clarke, Ross Dipple, Dan Cunningham, Peter Spicer and Nick Harvey seeing them to a big win.

Eric Kelly’s hat-trick inspired Chingford Athletic to a narrow 4 – 3 win at Upminster with Tayo Olasanoye also notching for Chingford. Upminster hit back through goals from Jamie Lakey, Warren Taylor and Daniel Peermamode but it wasn’t enough to snatch a point.

Also, Runwell Sports defeated Harold Wood Athletic’s Ressies 3 – 0 thanks to a double from Charlie Adams and one from Declan Clarke while Ryan also won 3 – 0 at home to Rochford Town.

 

EOFL Senior Division Three

In EOFL Division Three, three matches still saw 11 goals scored. Westhamians remain top of the standings thanks to a 3 – 1 win over Leigh Town. Jean Gomes, Danny Dobson and Anthony DaSilva strikes sealed their victory while Academy Soccer won 4 – 0 at home to Basildon Town Reserves. A double from Louis Mansell and strikes by Luke Jones and Alex Mansell saw them home and finally, strikes from Tyrese Fairmainer and Owen Linford helped Old Chelmsfordians Reserves to a 2 – 1 success over Wakering Sports with Lee Price getting their consolation effort.

In Senior Division Four, there were wins for Dagenham Utd, Galleywood Reserves and Canning Town’s Ressie side.

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 25.8.18) [EOFL 27.8.18]

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Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to the return of the Essex Olympian League round-up’s for the 2018-19 season. This season we will (as much as possible) go through the Results and more from the Premier Division, all the way to Senior Division Three.

We start with the first weekend of action in all four divisions – Saturday 25th August.

EOFL Premier Division

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts H – W  Great Baddow (Home walkover – Baddow couldn’t raise an XI)

In the ation that did go ahead, newcomers Buckhurst Hill continued their excellent start to the campaign with a 3 – 1 win over Catholic Utd. Richard Akinlade’s brace and Steve Townsend’s goal sealed Hill’s second straight win. Utd start with a defeat though Thomas Kearney got their goal.

Elsewhere, Canning Town defeated Old Southendian 4 – 1 thanks chiefly to a Reece Morgan hat-trick and a Beko Dushku strike. Town recorded their first success of the new term while the Southend side succumbed to their second straight loss. Leigh Ramblers recorded an impressive 2 – 0 win at Harold Wood Athletic as Harry Goodwin and Jamie Selby-Knight strikes extended Ramblers’ 100% winning start.

In the other matches in the division, Rayleigh Town held Springfield 1 – 1 while Sungate won 3 – 2 at Kelvedon Hatch and a Brad Freeman brace assisted Hutton to a 4 – 1 victory over Manford Way.

EOFL Senior Division One

In the three matches in this division that took place on its opening day, Ongar Town won 2 – 1 at FC Hamlets through goals from Ben Stone and Ben Polley. Charlie Heatly halved the arrears for the hosts though they fell to defeat.

Meanwhile, 2016/17 Senior One Champions Basildon Town recorded a very good 4 – 1 win at home to Frenford Reserves on their return to the division following their relegation from the Premier tier last term. Alfie Phillips, Jimmy Markham, Sener Suari and Jamie Miller all netted for Town. Finally, in a battle of two newly-promoted sides, Rayleigh Town Reserves dispatched Herongate Athletic 3 – 1 thanks to a double from Charlie Legg and Oliver Ventura’s additional goal.

EOFL Senior Division Two

Lakeside began the season under their new name with a comfortable 3 – 0 win over Ryan. Drew Klessa-Smith’s treble did the damage to give the hosts all three points. Meanwhile at the Rochford Recreation Ground, Rochford Town began another Senior Two campaign with a 2 – 2 draw with Newham Utd. Dave Watson struck twice for Town while Lamar Obinkwo’s double ensured a point for Newham.

Meanwhile, relegated Runwell Sports were held 3 – 3 by Upminster and in another duel of the newly-elevated sides, Chingford Athletic and Harold Wood Athletic Reserves battled to a goal-less draw.

EOFL Senior Division Three

Finally for this opening article, Division Three provided 13 goals in three matches. Leigh Town grabbed arguably the stand-out victory of the day with a 4 – 1 triumph over newcomers Wakering Sports. George Darby’s brace, Zac Mashford and Ashley Sexton set the visitors on their way to victory. Paul Wines got a consolation for Sports.

Newcomers Laindon Orient succumbed to a 2 – 3 loss to Roydon. Lewis Watson, Jordan Handscomb and Charlie Ryder goals saw the visitors to victory while goals from Rodney Sarah-Wilson and Ash Blackburn at least ensured Neil Blackburn’s side were competitive.

Elsewhere, White Ensign Reserves beat Old Chelmsfordians Reserves 2 – 1 thanks to Perry Osborne and Harry Somerset-Butler strikes. Martin Mixture netted for OC’s second team though they fell to defeat.

That’s all for this week, keep tabs on the blog for future articles throughout the season & thanks for reading.

Round-up: Eastern Snr Lge Sth, Thurlow Nunn Premier & Essex Olympian Lge Premier (Sat 18th Aug) [EaSL, TNP & EOFLP 18.8.18]

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello again and welcome to my results round-up of the action from the Eastern Senior League South division, Thurlow Nunn Premier and the Essex Olympian League Premier Division on the weekend of the 7th & 18th August. Enjoy.

Eastern Senior League South (EaSL)

Saturday 18th August

 

Benfleet  3 – 1  Wormley Rovers

Burnham Ramblers  2 – 2  Little Oakley

Coggeshall Utd  2 – 3  May & Baker

Frenford  3 – 2  Holland

Hackney Wick  6 – 1  Brightlingsea Regent Res

Harwich & Parkeston  4 – 3  Fire Utd

Hashtag Utd  1 – 1  Wivenhoe Town

Newbury Forest  4 – 5  Halstead Town

White Ensign  3 – 0  Braintree Town Res

 

Thurlow Nunn Premier Division

Friday 17th August

 

Godmancester Rovers 1 – 3  Histon

Wroxham  3 – 1  Great Yarmouth Town

 

Saturday 18th August

 

FC Clacton  0 – 3  Stowmarket Town

Framlingham Town  0 – 2  Haverhill Rovers

Gorleston  0 – 3  Walsham-le-Willows

Hadleigh Utd  3 – 4  Kirkley & Pakefield

Long Melford  3 – 1  Ely City

Newmarket Town  1 – 1  Brantham Athletic

Norwich Utd  4 – 1  Woodbridge Town

Whitton Utd 1 – 1 Thetford Town

 

Essex Olympian League Premier Division

 

Saturday 18th August

 

Buckhurst Hill  6 – 2  Old Southendian

Harold Wood Athletic  3 – 0  Springfield

Hutton  2 – 1  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts

Kelevedon Hatch  2 – 1  Great Baddow

Rayleigh Town  0 – 1  Leigh Ramblers

That’s all from this round-up, it’ll return next week.

Essex Olympian League round-up (EOFL 16.5.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my last round-up of Olympian Lge action this term. In this week’s action, the dstination of the Premier Division title was confirmed, along with other crucial results across the top three-tiers.

Essex Olympian League Premier Division

In the lead match on Saturday, Catholic Utd knew a draw would be enough to seal another title for them and they edged a committed match 1 – 0 against Bishop’s Stortford Swifts in their fourth match of the week. Harley Kee got the only goal to seal the Super Hoops 15th win of the league season though the celebrations were tempered by the following news that co-managers James Paviour and Dan Trenkel will step down following this weekend’s match at White Ensign.

Elsewhere, Leigh Ramblers won at Basildon Town 2 – 1 to rise to 8th in the standings after the weekend’s action. Town suffered their 21st defeat in their 24 matches this term here and will surely look to have a better season next time out. Also, Kelvedon Hatch were held 2 – 2 by Harold Wood Athletic. Kelvedons goals came through James Burt and Ben Gibbons while Ath were grateful for Charlie Liddiard and Robert Whitnell strikes to claim the point which took them 3rd while the hosts were 6th after the weekend’s matches.

White Ensign remain 5th by virtue of a ‘Home Walkover’ victory over Manford Way who couldn’t field a side in their final match of the season, which saw them drop to 10th following a points deduction.

 

Into Olympian Senior One now and Sungate powered past relegated Harold Hill 5- 1 to rise to 5th in the standings following the weekend’s action. Hutton drew 1 – 1 with champions Buckhurst Hill and Old Southendian were held to the same scoreline by Snaresbrook.

Lastly for the Saturday action, in Senior Two, Newham Utd thumped Upminster 6 – 0 to leave the visitors sweating over their place in the division next season. Utd are 8th, with one match left. Also, Ramsden Scotia’s promotion hopes had a setback as they were held 0 – 0 by rivals Herongate Athletic, who ended their season here.

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Moving onto the midweek action now and on Monday night in Senior One, Newbury Forest triumphed 4 – 3 over Great Baddow in an epic match to really put ‘a spanner in the works’ of Baddow’s promotion dreams. Baddow ended their season here, while Hutton need to beat Harold Hill this weekend to pip Baddow to promotion. Forest go up to 8th spot with this win.

On Tuesday night, in Olympian Premier, Springfield won 3 – 2 at May & Baker in what was both clubs’ last match of the season. Springfield finish 3rd while the hosts finish the season in 7th though a bright future awaits them. In Senior One, Sungate confirmed a top-four finish by holding Buckhurst Hill 3 – 3 at Ilford Wanderers Rugby Club.

In Senior Two, Ramsden Scotia kept their promotion dreams alive with a 2 – 0 home win over Rochford Town. Scotia’s 15th win of the season here means a win on May 26th at Newham will see them promoted. At the other end of the scale, Rochford’s 17th loss of the season meant they will drop back to Division Three next term, unless they get a repreieve, ala last term.

Also on Tuesday was the EOFL Senior Cup Final at Bishop’s Stortford FC’s Dunmow Road home, and Frenford won 4 – 2 against fellow Premier Division side Leigh Ramblers to claim the trophy. Ramblers led early through Tom Hollingsworth and Andrew Webster goals though a brace from Ashley Taylor-Forbes plus strikes from Charlie Fairhead and substitute Nick Hughes powered the top tier runners-up to glory.

 

And that’s all from this round-up and for the round-up’s this season. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading and that you agree that it gives EOFL clubs the ‘limelight’ that they deserve.

Essex Olympian League round-up (EOFL 25.4.18)

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Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to my round-up of the Essex Olympian League action from the last week, from the Premier Division through to Senior Division Two, starting off with the weekend’s games then moving on to the midweek action…

 

Essex Olympian League Premier Division

On Saturday, Harold Wood Athletic were victorious at Silver Leys, defeating Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 4 – 1. A Charlie Liddiard double plus strikes from Danny Gillard and Robert Whitnell kept up Ath’s good form. Abraham Adejokun replied for Swifts. Meanwhile, Catholic Utd gave their title chances ‘the world of good’ by edging to a 1 – 0 home win over leaders Frenford, thanks to Thomas Kearney finding the net.

Elsewhere, Rayleigh Town won 2 – 0 at Kelvedon Hatch, courtesy of goals by Aaron Pallett and George Vile. This victory, Rayleigh’s 5th win of the season, confirmed Basildon Town’s relegation from the division at season’s end.

In other results, Leigh Ramblers defeated Manford Way 2 – 1 with Jack O’Connor and Luke Read netting for Ramblers, substitute Sam Coe replied for Manford. White Ensign were also trimuphant on the day, winning 2 – 0 over May & Baker at Barking Rugby Club. A Liam Sewell brace sealed the win and moved Brett Munyard’s side above their opponents here into 5th spot on goal difference, after the weekend’s action.

In Olympian Senior One, Galleywood secured an important three points with a 3 – 1 victory over high-flying Hutton at Clarkes Field. Sam Donn, Sean Lander and substitute Jared Cousins all scored for the hosts, while Chris Rowlatt grabbed Hutton’s consolation.

In other action, already-relegated Runwell Sports had a day to remember with a win at out-of-form Snaresbrook thanks to strikes from Destiny Oduh and Aaron Rix, the latter of which was later sent off. Old Southendian damaged Sungate’s charge towards the top with a 2 – 1 win, thanks to Ed Gould and Tom Judge goals while in the late kick-off, Newbury Forest were held 2 – 2 by Old Chelmsfordians (Peter attended this one) at Oakside. Ex-Redbridge duo Jason Reynolds-Blanche and Adam Hunt both found the net for the strugglers while Robert King grabbed both of the Chelmsford side’s goals.

Harold Hill once again couldn’t field a side on Saturday so Buckhurst Hill took the points on a ‘Home Walkover’.

Finally for the Saturday action, in Olympian Senior Two, Benfleet continued their fine end to the season with a 4 – 1 triumph over strugglers Upminster at Park Lane. Brad Camm, Sam Dulieu, Ben Foord and Robert Lacy all scored for the hosts, while James Lakey gave Upminster ‘something to shout about’.

In the only other match in the division, a brace from substitute Jack Wiley helped high-flying Ramsden Scotia to a 5 – 1 success at Ongar Town. Antony Driscoll, Kurt King and Jamie Auvache also found the target for Ramsden who bagged their 12th win of the campaign though Ross Carpenter pulled one back for Town.

Into the midweek action now and on Monday night, Catholic Utd won 1 – 0 at ‘home’ to Canning Town at the Len Salmon Stadium. Substitute Ellis Sands got the only goal of the match to maintain the Super Hoops’ title-tilt.

Elsewhere on Monday in Senior One, Newbury Forest triumphed with a 3 – 0 win over Sungate at Oakside.

Moving onto the action on Tuesday night now and May & Baker held improving Leigh Ramblers to a 2 – 2 draw at Belfairs Park. Jack Deasy and Harry Goodwin netted for the hosts while Petrit Elbi and Dan Mackin scored for the visitors. In Senior One, Great Baddow edged a thrilling game against Harold Hill 5 – 4 with braces from Matthew Crick and Samuel Mead plus another from Ryan Baxter sealing the win that almost secures Baddow second spot in the division.

In Senior Division Two, Ramsden Scotia kept up their promotion charge with a 4 – 2 home win over Upminster. Antony Driscoll, Kurt King and Ryan Leddra all found the net as well an own goal. James Lakey and Ollie Williams scored for Upminster though Ramsden rise to 3rd and have games in hand over the top-two.

Onto the Wednesday action and in the Premier Division, Springfield won 4 – 1 at Manford Way thanks to a hat-trick from Ross Lamb and one from Joe Mayer though other results mean that the Chelmsford-based side cannot retain their Premier title now.

That was partly because Frenford rocked up at Harold Wood Recreation Ground and powered their way to a 7 – 2 thumping of Harold Wood Athletic in a match that Peter & Scott both attended. Hat-tricks from Nick Hughes and Luke Woodward was added to by a Daniel Driscoll strike to ensure that only Catholic Utd can catch them now in the title-race. Charlie Liddiard and Rob Whitnell both netted for Ath, who played their part in a really good match, played in tricky conditions. Frenford ended their season here and are seven points clear at the summit though the Super Hoops still have five matches remaining.

As it happens, Catholic Utd were also in action and they grabbed their third win in five days with a 4 – 2 win over Kelvedon Hatch to go level on points with Springfield. In the Senior One matches that took place, leaders Buckhurst Hill won 2 – 1 at Galleywood while FC Hamlets bagged a good 4 – 3 success at Old Chelmsfordians to go into 5th spot in the process.

 

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

Essex Olympian League round-up (EOFL 11.4.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to my round-up of Essex Olympian League action from the last week, from the Premier Division all the way through to Senior Division Three, starting off with the weekend action then moving on to the midweek matches that survived the returning rain..

Senior League Cup Quarter-Finals

The two remaining quarter-finals took place on Saturday, as Olympian Premier side Kelvedon Hatch comprehensively beat Olympian Senior One side Great Baddow 5 – 0 at New Hall thanks to doubles from Antony Aylett and George Saunders plus a Chris Neville strike.

Leigh Ramblers edged Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 2 – 1 with goals from Seb Allen and Ryan Lowe. Josh Daniel got the Swifts goal. Ramblers face Kelvedon at home in the second semi-final next weekend for the chance to face Frenford, who effectively got a bye through to the Senior Cup Final as opponents Newham Utd could not raise a side on Saturday.

 

Essex Olympian League Premier Division

In an unruffled fixture schedule this weekend, Catholic Utd returned to league action and their title credentials were enhanced with a 4 – 0 victory over relegation-haunted Basildon Town at Wellstead Gardens. A Dan Trenkel brace plus further goals from Max Kent and Thomas Kearney saw the Super Hoops up to 4th spot with ten matches still to play. Town simply have to win all three of their remaining matches to have any chance of averting the drop.

Elsewhere, Springfield won 3 – 0 at Rayleigh Town through a Joe Mayer brace and one from Josh White. Harold Wood Athletic maintained their slim title chances in 5th (with games in hand) with a 2 – 1 success over May & Baker thanks to strikes from Matt Donovan and Charlie Liddiard, with James Barlow the scorer for May & Baker, who remain 3rd.

Also, Manford Way edged to a 2 – 1 victory over fellow mid-table side White Ensign as Henry Fisher and Lubona Wyatt both netted for the Fairlop-based side, while Elliot Vile responded for Brett Munyard’s men. Manford rise to 7th with this win, while Ensign drop to 6th and both sides have seven matches remaining.

 

Into Senior Division One and Buckhurst Hill apparently did win on Saturday 6 – 0, despite Full-Time showing the match being abandoned on 82 minutes.  Meanwhile, Shenfield AFC secured another three points with a 3 – 1 win over Old Southendian with Will Marlowe bagging a brace for the hosts and substitute Francis Wright sealing the win, Nick Henesy replied for OS who drop behind Shenfield into 5th spot though have six matches left. Shenfield rise to 4th with just a solitary match to play. Galleywood also tasted success with a 3 – 2 win over fellow strugglers Newbury Forest. Jack Chatterway, Lewis Rose & substitute Matthew Buckingham all netted for the hosts though Forest replied thanks to goals from Matt Connolly and Scott Emmons.

Hutton recorded a narrow 1 – 0 away win at FC Hamlets with Chris Rowlatt the difference-maker to keep them 3rd., while Harold Hill drew 0 – 0 with Snaresbrook.

Moving into Senior Division Two on Saturday, and Benfleet continued their good form with a big 5 – 0 win over A1 Sports at Park Lane. A double from Ben Foord plus strikes from Brad Camm, Sonny Hartman and Tyler Hubbard did the job for the hosts, who rise to 3rd, courtesy of their 10th win of the season.

In the only other match, title challengers May & Baker Reserves kept the pressure on leaders Herongate Athletic with a 5 – 1 win at Rochford Town. Carl Patten’s hat-trick saw them well on their way and goals from Kane Messenger and Darren Seymour sealed the points. Rochford stay 11th, with three matches left to overhaul rivals Upminster and prevent relegation.

Finally on Saturday, in Senior Division Three, Frenford Reserves defeated Leigh Town 3 – 2 thanks to a Nick Hughes brace and one from Thomas Waymouth, Alfie Phillips and Gbavalena Waiwaiku replied for Town. Roydon won 2 – 1 at Hutton Reserves thanks to goals from Connor Ellis and Wesley Penny and stay 9th while Harry Calder netted for the hosts, who ended their season here and are currenly 5th.

Old Chelmsfordians Reserves drew 2 – 2 with Beacon Hill Rovers to see the hosts go up to 6th. In the late kick-off, the ‘battle of the top-two” saw leaders Manford Way Reserves lose 3 – 2 at home to Shoebury Town. Lee Lashley and Connor Leon netted for Manford though a brace from Dominic Binns and Scott Clark saw Town to victory and on the verge of promotion.

Into the matches that survived the weather in midweek now and on Monday night in Senior Division One, Newbury Forest battered Harold Hill 7 – 1 at Oakside. Braces from Bradley Gates and Matt Connolly were added to by Jason Reynolds-Blanche, Alfred Egembah and Adam Hunt as Forest got the win they badly needed and go four points clear of Galleywood in the second relegation spot, with three matches still in hand.

On Tuesday night in the Premier Division, I saw Springfield edge to a late 3 – 2 victory over Leigh Ramblers at Belfairs Park as goals from Joe Mayer, Louis O’Sullivan and Jamie Doyle sealed a comeback victory having gone behind early on. Credit must go to both sides who battled hard in tricky conditions after rainfall earlier in the day.

 

Ramblers stay 10th, while Springfield remain 2nd, six points behind current leaders Frenford – both the top two have four matches left though will still be wary of Catholic Utd who have six matches in hand over both of them.

There is one fixture set for Thursday and that sees Newbury Forest take on high-flyers Great Baddow in Senior Division One.

That’s all from the Essex Olympian League round-up this week, cheers for reading.