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.