Season Review 2019-20: Essex Olympian League Division Two [EOFL SR 19/20 26.4.20]

Written By Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to the third 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 at a very competitive Essex Olympian League Division Two 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 managed to watch a few Division Two matches this term so they may be mentioned here.

 

EOFL Division Two  (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. Leigh Town were deservedly top of the standings at the cut-off point, as they garnered an impressive 43 points from 15 matches, in which they were not beaten. Unsurprisingly, they had a good defence, the second-best in the division (conceded on average less than a goal a game) whilst also being pretty handy in attack, scoring 44 goals (as an average of 2.93 goals per game or GpG). Jack Pearman’s side were also a good Cup side as I saw them defeat fellow Div Two side Corinthians in the Essex Premier Cup at John Burrows Recreation Ground at the start of February. It’s a credit to both teams that you wouldn’t have thought you were watching two third-tier Olympian sides, such was the passion, energy & physicality on display.

Back to the League, and in second spot was Beacon Hill Rovers, having racked up 36 points from their 15 matches. Rovers had the second-best record at home this term with six wins from their seven matches there, along with having the third-best defensive record, being breached seventeen times. Their two top-goalscorers in Adebolu Adeyemi and Stephen Bennett both hit ten goals as well so credit goes where it’s due. Both clubs will be aiming for another successful campaign next term and if they can keep their squads together, you wouldn’t bet against them doing it either. The next two sides are quite local to me. In third place are Old Southendian Reserves, under the management of Ben Manley. Ten wins in 17 matches isn’t bad going for a second-side that won the Division Three title the previous campaign. Factor in a very decent end to the season with six wins in their last eight matches and having the fourth-best defence this season and it is certainly one to look back on with some fondness. I also have to note the fine performance they put in to win at Corinthians, back in December. To call it ‘determined’ would be an understatement.

Just behind OS Ressies in fourth were Corinthians, who were promoted two divisions, having won Division Four in 2018/19. Chris Stoneham’s youthful, attack-minded side are a delight to watch when they are on-song, no two ways about that. They had ten wins from their fourteen matches to make it to 31 points in all, though could have got in the top three had the season continued. There are two stats that can’t be taken off them though, firstly that they were the divisional top-scorers with 54 goals (a GpG of 3.71 – some going in any league). Secondly, Nathan Dewberry ended up the division’s top goal-getter with 16 goals though to many in the local Non-League scene that won’t come as a surprise, given his pedigree. Even so, respect to you Nathan and to your team-mates on a good season.

Into mid-table now, and May & Baker Reserves ended up being in fifth place. Jimmy Donald’s side had a fine end to the campaign which pushed them up the mid-table places somewhat, and acquired 28 points from 17 matches (though they benefitted from getting three points as an opposition side had fielded an ineligible player in late August). The side certainly has its place in the club pathway, with the first team now competing in Step 6 (Eastern Senior League South) and they struck the net 48 times in all, the second-best in the division. They were also not a dull side to watch as they also conceded fourty-four times and the main downer on their season you have to say is that pourous defence. That being said, the main thing for this team is development you feel and they will look for another strong campaign in 2020/21 I believe.

Laindon Orient were two points behind them in sixth, despite only playing twelve matches due to being hindered by the incessant rain (remember that?) before the season’s premature end. Neil Blackburn’s side still won eight of their matches and can be proud of their defensive record, only letting in eleven goals all league season. They may be another side to watch out for next season. Epping Town finished in seventh spot after having a difficult end to the campaign. That has been well-publicised elsewhere and with a new set-up, they ensured they saw out the campaign with 20 points from their 16 matches. Even though in the early stages of the campaign they were in the top four and looking menacing, you also can’t help but feel that the best thing right now is that they have a new management team under ex-Bishop Stortford Swifts’ boss Stuart Hoskins and they exist to go again next term.

Wakering Sports are in eighth, a point behind on 19 points from their sixteen matches. Overall, Mitchell Gleeson’s side had a solid if unspectacular season though they can build on the record on scoring 37 goals this term (a GpG of 2.31) which was the sixth-best this term. They finished well-clear of the bottom four as Harold Wood Athletic Reserves were eight points adrift on 11 points in ninth spot, after navigating a tough campaign. Defensively-speaking, they were decent though their issues were at the offensive end, striking the net only 18 times, the divisions’ worst this term. It must be said that had the campaign continued, they may have gone up a place or two but they will look for a better campaign next time out.

In tenth place, Rochford Town had another campaign of strife, getting nine points from their 18 matches. Goal-scoring was an issue for John Smith & James Cooper’s side, making the net bulge 21 times though having seen them in February, they struck me as a hard-working, committed side under the captaincy of Freddie Pettitt. As was the case in recent seasons though, their defence is their undoing to an extent, with sixty goals conceded, a record only the two sides below them were worse at. Promoted AS Rawreth also struggled, finishing 11th (second-bottom) by virtue of an inferior goal difference, also on nine points from 16 games. They had the joint-weakest goal=scoring record with 20 goals, and hotshot Louis Hill got nine of those goals himself so plaudits to him. They will hope for a better campaign at the back, as they shelled 63 goals (average per game of 3.94) which arguably knackered their season right there. And finally, recent strugglers Ryan also had another very tough season, finishing bottom on one point from 18 matches. It’s worth noting that they lost five points during the season for fielding an ineligible player & being unable to play a fixture but even so, it’s been a sobering season for the East London side. They conceded sixty-five goals this term and they will hope the talent from their promising junior sides will one day play for the first-team.

EOFL Division Two – Top Goalscorers 2019-20 Season

  Club/s League Goals League Starts
   
1 Nathan Dewberry Corinthians 16 10
   
=2 Adebolu Adeyemi Beacon Hill Rovers 10 10
Stephen Bennett Beacon Hill Rovers 10 12
   
=4 Ashley Blackburn Laindon Orient 9 10
Max Jones Leigh Town 9 10
Louis Hill AS Rawreth 9 13
   
7 Jake Hodder Corinthians 8 11
   
=8 Alex Paraskeva Epping Town 7 8
Shane Cooper Leigh Town 7 10
Mohammed Sesay Wakering Sports 7 11
   
=11 Gabriel Odili May & Baker Res 6 2
Ben Franklin Old Southendian Res 6 8
John Bolton-Smith Corinthians 6 11
Leo Clarke Corinthians 6 12
Greg Molford Old Southendian Res 6 12
Glen Warwick Epping Town 6 12
Oliver Taton-Bennett Old Southendian Res 6 13
Ben Rowe Wakering Sports 6 16
   
   

 

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

 

Appearances

  Club/s League Starts Bench Total
   
=1 Jacob Hubble Rochford Town 16 0 16
Freddie Pettitt Rochford Town 16 0 16
Ben Rowe Wakering Sports 16 0 16
   
=4 Danny Pallett Wakering Sports 15 1 16
Luke Stillwell Old Southendian Res 15 0 15
   
=6 Harry Ford Rochford Town 14 1 15
Ethan Bird AS Rawreth 14 0 14
Callum Burns-Green Wakering Sports 14 0 14
George Dugdale Old Southendian Res 14 0 14
Jack Power Rochford Town 14 0 14
Lewis Sherwood Beacon Hill Rovers 14 0 14
Adam Smith Leigh Town 14 0 14
   
=13 Mitchell Gleeson Wakering Sports 13 2 15
Akeem Matthews Ryan 13 1 14
Luke Owen Corinthians 13 1 14
Matt Welsh Rochford Town 13 1 14
   

 

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 29 Feb) [EOFL 19/20 1.3.20]

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Image from OS 4 – 1 Basildon Town (Image by Scott)

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Review of Essex Olympian League action from Saturday 29 February. A lot of matches were stifled by weather but there were important wins in the matches that did take place. Thanks for reading.

 

Essex Olympian League – Saturday 29 February

Premier Division

In the top-tier, Catholic Utd were held 2 – 2 by a revitalized Bishop’s Stortford Swifts side in an early kick-off at Len Salmon Stadium. Eamon Pyne and Bryn Thorpe got the goals for Billy Cove’s side as they rise up to 9th. , five points off the bottom. Finally, in the match I attended at Garon Park 3G, Old Southendian put in a fine display with a 4 – 1 win over Basildon Town. Ed Gould, Riley Oliver, Luke Moloney and Matt Wilson all struck for Connor Lane’s team, with replacement Barv Walkuaika getting a late consolation for Gareth Cleverly’s side. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/03/01/match-report-old-southendian-4-1-basildon-town-sat-29th-feb-eofl/

 

Matches OFF:

Springfield  P – P  Leigh Ramblers  |

Sungate  P – P  Kelvedon Hatch |

 

 

Senior Division One

Into Senior One now and the highlight of the day saw Toby defeat fellow strugglers Herongate Athletic 3 – 1 in Newbury Park. A brace from Larry Asare and one from Marc Porter-Brown saw the hosts to their first win this season and reduce the gap to Herongate to just a single point. Herongate have lost seven on-the-reel now. Elsewhere, Ongar Town won 1 – 0 at Lakeside in their top-four clash at Lakeside Sports Ground 3G. Joe Lilly got the decisive goal as they continued their unbeaten run for the 3rd-placed side and they went five points clear of their opponents here in 4th.

Matches OFF:

Chingford Athletic  P – P  Old Chelmsfordians  | (Flooded 3G pitch)

Manford Way  P – P  Galleywood   |

Ramsden Scotia P – P  Shoebury Town  |

Rayleigh Town Res  P – P  FC Hamlets  |

Snaresbrook  P – P  Runwell Sports  |

 

 

Anagram Records Trophy

In the surviving Anagram Records Trophy Quarter-Final, Buckhurst Hill made it to the last four with a powerful 5 – 2 victory over fellow Olympian League Premier side Rayleigh Town at Roding Valley Sch 3G. Suley Zuhdu got a first-half treble to lead the way, with Sam Sollosi and Tyler Dolan also scoring here for Mark Williams’ side. Town responded after the break but ultimately had too much to do. Fellow Non-League blogger Pete Dudley was there & here is his report: pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2020/03/buckhurst-hill-5-rayleigh-town-2.html

 

Match OFF: Sandridge Rovers  P – P  Hutton

 

Essex Junior Cup

Collier Row  3 – 1  FC Clacton Res   | Forest Row Centre

Hutton Res  3 – 1  Bowers & Pitsea U23  | Billericay Sch 3G

 

 

Senior Division Two

Only one match survived in Division Two, and that was moved to 3G. Leaders Leigh Town edged to a 1 – 0 win over Epping Town in a battling affair. Harry Payne got the only goal for Jack Pearman’s side who have racked up nine straight wins and also extended their lead at the top to seven points. Epping’s new-look side fought hard and remain 7th.

 

Matches OFF:
AS Rawreth  P – P  Wakering Sports  |

Harold Wood Athletic Res  P – P  Old Southendian Res  |

May & Baker Res  P – P  Beacon Hill Rovers  |
Rochford Town  P – P  Corinthians |

Ryan  P – P  Laindon Orient  |

 

Senior Division Three (All Matches OFF)

Basildon Town Res  P – P  Lakeside Res  |

Buckhurst Hill Res  P – P  Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  |
Corinthians Res  P – P  ACD Utd  |

Leigh Town Res P – P  White Ensign Res |

 

Senior Division Four

Given that Division Three was wiped out because of the weather, we have a one-off round-up of Division Four. Leaders Roydon maintained their unbeaten streak this term with a 4 – 2 win at Catholic Utd Res, played at the Len Forge Centre 3G. Lewis Page struck a treble, to which Lewis Watson added the other goal to see their side three points clear at the summit. Utd’s Ressies remain in mid-table. Laindon Orient Res won 2 – 0 over Shenfield AFC Res in an early kick-off moved to St Martins Sch 3G. Tommy Wolfe and Carlos Dias got the goals to see Laindon’s second-side go up to 8th place. AFC’s Reserve side remain second-bottom, three points ahead of Canning Town’s second-team.

Matches OFF: Galleywood Res   P – P  Old Chelmsfordians Res

Ongar Town Res  P – P  Forest Glade

Wakering Sports Res  P – P  Leytonstone Utd

 

Senior Division Five (All Matches OFF)

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  P – P  Springfield Res

Herongate Athletic Res  P – P  Old Barkabbeyans

Newbury Forest Res  P – P  Roydon Res

Runwell Sports Res  P – P  Shoebury Town Res

Round-up: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Sat 15 Feb) (EOFL 19/20 16.2.20)

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Image from Corinthians 3 – 1 Rochford Town (Sat 15 Feb)

 

Written by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Olympian League round-up, tracking the action from a weather-affected programme on Saturday 15th February in League action and one Senior League Cup tie. Thanks for reading.

 

Essex Olympian League – Saturday 15 February

Premier Division

In the Premier Division, there were surprises aplenty in the five matches that did take place. Basildon Town got a much-needed win as they defeated leaders Sungate 2 – 1 at Ilford Wanderers Rugby club. Jamie Bradbourn and James O’Brien got the crucial goals as Gareth Cleverly’s side ended a three-match losing run to rise up to 10th. The ‘Gate’s nine-match unbeaten run ended here though they still remain six points clear at the summit.

Meanwhile, Leigh Ramblers got their fifth win in their last seven matches by securing a 3 – 1 victory over Springfield at Belfairs Park. Rick Alabaster, Alfie Lindfield and Justin Hazell netted for Wayne Seal’s side as they strengthened their position in second. Buckhurst Hill put another dent in Catholic Utd’s title challenge as they won 4 – 1 at the Len Salmon Stadium. Braces for Nathan Sollosi and Fenti Falola did the damage to outweigh Harley Kee’s penalty for the Super Hoops. Hill rise back to fourth place in the standings, just six points off second spot with a number of matches in hand on the top three.

At the bottom, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts began their new era with a fine 4 – 2 win against Kelvedon Hatch at Silver Leys. Oliver Fortune, Bryn Thorpe, Danny Palmer and replacement Sipho Mtyanda all struck for Billy Cove’s new team and although Calvin Poku & Joe Gregory responded for Kelvedon, it was the Swifts who ended a six-match winless streak here to move off the bottom into 12th. Hatch drop to sixth, nine points above the bottom two. In the battle of the strugglers, Old Southendian got a huge 4 – 1 triumph over Harold Wood Athletic in a game moved to the Frances Bardsley Academy 3G, given the Harold Wood Park continues to be unavailable. Nick Henesy, Elliot Hemmings, Ed Gould and Ryan Stillwell all netted to move Connor Lane’s side up to seventh, though with the bottom half still so tight, they are still only five points above bottom side Harold Wood and have played more games than most. Chris Muir struck for Ath here though they are winless in their last four matches now.

 

Match OFF: Hutton  P – P  Shenfield AFC  |

 

EOFL Senior League Cup

In the one EOFL Senior Cup tie, Premier side Rayleigh Town showed what they can achieve by dismantling Senior One strugglers Toby 6 – 2 at Beauchamps Sch 3G. Bailey Moss grabbed a treble, with Paul Morris, Harry Talbot and substitute Teddy Rumsey all scoring too as Paul Higgins’ side made it through to the next round.
London Junior Cup Semi-Final

Also in their London Junior Cup Semi-Final, FC Hamlets made it to another Final with a 3 – 1 win over UCC Diaspora at Mabley Green. Player-boss Ashley King got a brace here with Charlie Heatley netting the other to ensure they will play at Haringey Borough’s Coles Park on Friday 17th April. Congratulations to all at the club on making another appearance in the Final.

Senior ONE

In Senior One,  only two matches survived the weather as Old Chelmsfordians maintained their place in second with a 3 – 1 win over Shoebury Town at Lawford Lane. Shoebury remain seventh, three points behind Galleywood who drew 1 – 1 with Runwell Sports. Max Orrin got the goal for the hosts though they haven’t won in their last four matches, while Runwell rise one place to 11th on goal difference.

 

Matches OFF:
Manford Way  P – P  Chingford Athletic  |

Ramsden Scotia  P – P  Rayleigh Town Res  |

Snaresbrook  P – P  Herongate Athletic |

 

 

Senior TWO

Senior Two was also heavily affected by the rain as only two of the five set matches were played. One of those ended up being scrapped as Leigh Town got a home walkover over struggling Ryan, who were unable to make the fixture. Town extend their lead at the summit to seven points and now need six wins from their last eight matches at present to secure the title. Ryan remain bottom, eight points off their nearest rivals, with only four matches left to play.

Also, Corinthians were made to work hard before claiming a 3 – 1 win over local rivals Rochford Town in the match I attended at Stambridge Memorial Ground. John Bolton-Smith got a double here for the hosts, with Jake Hodder getting the other goal in a wind-affected tussle. Jack Power got a well-taken consolation goal for Town, though they remain third-bottom. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/02/16/match-report-corinthians-3-1-rochford-town-sat-15-feb-eofl/

 

Matches OFF:

AS Rawreth  P – P  Wakering Sports   |

Beacon Hill Rovers  P – P  Old Southendian Res  |

Laindon Orient  P – P  May & Baker Res  |

 

Senior Division Three

Finally for the round-up section, in Senior Three, ACD Utd went top of the division with a 3 – 0 success over Buckhurst Hill Res at Westlands. Player-boss Michael Wade, Connor Lambert and Shaun Farrow struck for Utd as they made it eleven matches unbeaten and are now two points ahead of Wakebury, with a further match in hand. However, both of the top two sides can still be caught by Corinthians Ressies who sit 3rd & Collier Row in fifth as they both have a number of matches in hand.

Elsewhere, Basildon Town Res defeated Toby Res  1 – 0 in a match moved to the Hannakins Farm Community Centre 3G. This win lifts Town to ninth, while also damaging Toby’s second-side’s promotion aspirations. Also, Leigh Town Res got a  2 – 1 success at Lakeside Res to head up to sixth spot though they are eight points off the top four.

Match OFF: Collier Row  P – P  Hutton Res  |

 

Senior Division Four Results

Catholic Utd Res 5 – 2  Ongar Town Res

Chingford Athletic Dev  2 – 2  Canning Town Res

Leytonstone Utd  P – P  Laindon Orient Res

Roydon  P – P Galleywood Res

Wakering Sports Res  1 – 0  Forest Glade

 

Senior Division Five Results


Herongate Athletic Res  4 – 1 Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res

Newbury Forest Res  P – P  Old Barkabbeyans

Roydon Res  P – P  Leigh Ramblers Res

Runwell Sports Res  P – P  Collier Row Res

Wakering Sports Dev  4 – 1  Shoebury Town Res

 

 

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 8th Feb) [EOFL 19/20 9.2.20]

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Image from OS 2 – 3 Sungate [Image: Scott W]

Written by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Olympian League round-up, tracking the action on Saturday 8th February in League action and one Senior League Cup tie. Thanks for reading.

Saturday 8 February

Premier Division

In the Premier Division, Sungate lead the division by nine points after a 3 – 2 win at Old Southendian. OS led at the break thanks to goals by Riley Oliver and Daniel Flack, though after the interval, a brace from Jonathan Ogunsanya and one from Danny Lopes turned the tide and ensured they left with the points. I watched this match and here’s my look at it: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/02/08/match-report-old-southendian-2-3-sungate-sat-8th-feb-eofl/

Meanwhile, it was a bad day for three of the ‘Gate’s rivals. Leigh Ramblers ere the only one of the top five before the weekend who won, as they defeated fellow title-chasers Buckhurst Hill 2 – 0, thanks to strikes by Andrew Webster and Pat Cannon. Wayne Seal’s side rise to second after their fourth win in their last six matches. Hill lost for the first time since the opening day f the campaign though still have seven matches in hand on the leaders, though they have 15 points to make up. Kelvedon Hatch rose to fifth after a fine 3 – 1 win over Catholic Utd to achieve a third straight win. Canning Town also won 3 – 1, at home to Springfield to get their third win in their last five matches to rise to seventh spot. The pressure is still on for them to accrue points though given they have five matches remaining this term.

Also, in their bottom of the table clash, Shenfield AFC edged to a 3 – 2 triumph over Harold Wood Athletic. Ben Absolon, Ben Carroll and Mitchell Day all scored for Shenfield with an OG and one from Adam Farley accounting for Ath’s goals. Shenfield rise up to 10th spot, while Harold Wood remain second-bottom.

Match OFF: Hutton P – P  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts |

 

Senior Lge Cup

In the one Senior League Cup tie this weekend, Division Four side Roydon pulled off a surprise 5 – 2 win over Premier Division side Basildon Town at Paringdon Sports Club. Braces from Lewis Watson and Sam Bentley were added to by Mo Benzid as the hosts went through to the next round. Keith King and Tommy Green struck for Town but they exited on a ‘bad day at the office’ for Gareth Cleverly’s side.

 

Senior ONE

Moving into Senior One now and leaders Chingford Athletic extended their lead at the summit to nine points with a 4 – 1 away win at Toby. Goals from Sam Coe, Garry Murray plus substitutes Trevor Harding and Lee Lashley got Dave Richbell’s side their eighth win in their last ten games. At the bottom, Snaresbrook rose to 11th spot with a fine 4 – 1 success at Ramsden Scotia. Drew Barbier, Nana Boachie, Daniel Walsh and Eric Kelly were all on target for ‘Brook who got their third win in nine matches this term.

Meanwhile, Ongar Town maintained their unbeaten run this term with a 3 – 1 win over Runwell Sports. Aaron Blair, Harry Rawlins and Jack Zielinski all hit the net for Town, with Joe Olley getting the goal for Runwell. Town rise to third place and still have matches in hand on the top two. Sports drop to third-bottom. FC Hamlets got the stat of the day though with a 7 – 1 win at out-of-form Herongate Athletic. Charlie Heatley got six goals himself for Hamlets, with Roy Hallowell getting a goal on his debut as Hamlets rise to 8th place, though have only played nine matches. Old Chelmsfordians were held 1 – 1 by Galleywood though remain second, while Lakeside drew 2 – 2 with Shoebury Town. Charlie Ashpole and Drew Klessa-Smith netted for ‘Side though they fell to fourth while Town remain seventh.

Match OFF: Rayleigh Town Res  P – P  Manford Way

 

Senior TWO

In Senior Two, two of the five set matches were played. Leigh Town were given a tough test before coming through to win 3 – 2 against Old Southendian Res at John Burrows Rec. Shane Cooper’s double & one from Sam Irvine were enough to outweigh strikes by Luke Stillwell and Daniel Dowd and remain unbeaten this term. Ben Manley’s side also suffered a setback as skipper Oliver Tatton-Bennett suffered a suspected broken collarbone in this contest, we wish him well in his recovery.

Elsewhere, AS Rawreth got a good 3 – 0 over fellow strugglers Ryan at the Warren. Louis Hill, Rhys Willson and Bradley Pike all netted as the hosts grabbed their second win this term. Five straight defeats means Ryan remain bottom of the standings.

 

Matches OFF: Corinthians P – P  Harold Wood Athletic Res   |

Laindon Orient  P – P  Beacon Hill Rovers   |

Wakering Sports  P – P  May & Baker Res   |

 

Senior Division Three

Into Senior Three, and with leaders Wakebury not in action, ACD Utd cut their lead at the summit to one point with a 1 – 0 win over Hutton Res at Westlands. Paul Mangan got the only goal here as ACD are now unbeaten in ten matches. Corinthians Res also won, 3 – 2 at Buckhurst Hill Res to remain third. Steve Solarin, George Brown and replacement Max Hall all scored for Terry Rose’s side. Hill’s Ressies stay 7th. Collier Row also won this weekend, 2 – 0 against Basildon Town Res in a match moved to Robert Clack 3G in Dagenham. Row fortify fifth spot after their eighth win this term.

Finally, Toby Res remained fourth as they won 2 – 1 at White Ensign Res, with the latter staying second-bottom, seven points off the top eight.

Match OFF: Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  P – P  Lakeside Res

 

Senior Division Four

Canning Town Res  0 – 4  Wakering Sports Res

Chingford Athletic Dev  6 – 1  Laindon Orient Res

Old Chelmsfordians Res  3 – 3  Forest Glade

Ongar Town Res  1 – 1   Leytonstone Utd

Shenfield AFC Res  2 – 3  Catholic Utd Res

 

Senior Division Five

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  3 – 0  Collier Row Res

Runwell Sports Res  1 – 0  Leigh Ramblers Res

Shoebury Town Res  P – P  Newbury Forest Res

Springfield Res  2 – 0  Old Barkabbeyans
Wakering Sports Dev  P – P Roydon Res

Round-up : Essex Olympian League (Sat 1 Feb) (EOFL 19/20 2.2.20)

 

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Image from Leigh Town 2 – 0 Corinthians (in EPC) yesterday {Image: Scott W]

Written by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Olympian League round-up, tracking the action on Saturday 1st February in League & Cups. Thanks for reading.

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Saturday 1 February

Premier Division

Starting off as we do with the top-tier, leaders Sungate retained their eight-point cushion with a battling 1 – 0 home win over Canning Town in what was their sixth win in their last seven games. Catholic Utd edged their local derby with Leigh Ramblers 2 – 1 with Harley Kee getting both goals, the second from the penalty spot. Ryan Lowe struck for Ramblers as they drop to third, with Catholic overhauling them into second spot after a morale-boosting win. Kelvedon Hatch got a fine 4 – 3 success at Basildon Town with the returning Theo Ola getting a brace for Hatch, along with Calvin Poku and replacement Joe Gregory also netting. Jamie Bradbourn got a double of his own for Town, with James O’Brien also chipping in. Kelvedon rise to sixth while Basildon drop to 11th.

In the battle of two of the sides battling to avoid the drop, Old Southendian were held 1 – 1 by Harold Wood Athletic in the day’s late kick-off at Garon Park 3G. Brad Foley struck for Ath as they limped off the bottom to 12th spot, although they are unbeaten in their last three matches. OS levelled through Ryan Stillwell’s goal and rise up to eighth though are still only three points above the bottom two. Finally, Springfield got a narrow 3 – 2 win at home to Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Recent signing Bryn Thorpe got both goals for Swifts after coming off the bench though this result means they drop to the foot of the table. Springfield go up to fourth after this win.

Match OFF: Rayleigh Town P – P  Shenfield AFC (Due to Waterlogged pitch)

Cups

There were also four Cup ties across two Cup competitions this weekend. Firstly, Olympian Premier side Hutton defeated Senior One side FC Hamlets 2 – 1 in a match moved to Woodlands School 3G in Basildon. George Nash and Lewis Scott strikes sent the hosts through, and although John Gilroy netted for hard-working FCH, they went out.

In the three Essex Premier Cup Quarter-Finals that took place, Chingford Athletic went through after defeating Essex & Suffolk Border League (or ESBL) Premier side West Bergholt  on penalties, following a 2 – 2 draw at Town Mead. Gary Murray and Luke Dimond struck for Dave Richbell’s side in normal play and they won the shoot-out 7 – 6 to make the Semi-Finals. Leigh Town won their all-Olympian League Div Two battle with Corinthians 2 – 0 in the match I attended at a muddy John Burrows Rec. Substitutes Sam Gillmore and Shane Cooper got the decisive goals to win a highly-charged contest. If you’d like more of this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/02/01/match-report-leigh-town-2-0-corinthians-sat-1st-feb-epc/

Lastly, Buckhurst Hill powered to a 6 – 1 triumph over ESBL Premier side Gas Recreation at Roding Lane. The games are mounting up in League & Cups for the defending Premier Cup champions as they are seeking to win this title for a third consecutive season.

Senior ONE

In Senior One, Ramsden Scotia won 4 – 1 at fellow mid-table side Manford Way. Jamie Auvache stroke twice for Scotia, plus Antony Driscoll and Kurt King also on target as they went up to ninth spot. Lakeside also got the three points, as they won 4 – 1 at home to Galleywood. Drew Klessa-Smith nabbed another treble in this one with Luke Quinton also scoring, ‘Side are unbeaten in five matches now as they also are five points adrift of Old Chelmsfordians who remain second after a thumping 7 – 0 win over Toby at Lawford Lane. Toby were further blighted by player availability problems, and apparently could only field nine players to start though respect to those who all took the field.

Meanwhile, Ongar Town retained their unbeaten run this term, with a 4 – 1 win over Herongate Athletic in a match moved to St John’s 3G in Epping. Town remain handily-placed in third spot, 12 points behind leaders Chingford Athletic with six matches in hand on them. Rayleigh Town Res won 4 – 1 at Shoebury Town to go back up to fifth place with Shoebury remaining in seventh.

Match OFF: Runwell Sports  P – P  Snaresbrook | (Due to a waterlogged pitch)

Senior TWO

In a depleted Senior Two programme, Laindon Orient won 2 – 0 at in-form May & Baker Res with Ashley Blackburn and Carlos Dias netting in first-half for Neil Blackburn’s team, who made it five wins in succession here to remain in 5th, with matches in hand on all but one of the sides above them. M & B’s second side had their own six-match winning run ended here though remain fourth in the standings, although they are vulnerable to being caught up as they have played a few more matches. Also, Rochford Town got a crucial win away from home as they won 3 – 2 at fellow strugglers Ryan and in the process, brought a seven-match losing run to a close.

Matches OFF:

Beacon Hill Rovers  P – P  Wakering Sports  (Due to a waterlogged pitch)

Epping Town  P – P  AS Rawreth   | (Due to issues at Epping)

Harold Wood Athletic Res  P – P  Old Southendian Res |(Due to a waterlogged pitch)

Senior Division Three

In another weather-affected match list in Senior Three, Wakebury had to overcome a bout of illness among the squad and got a very late leveller as they drew 2 – 2 at fellow promotion challengers ACD Utd. Player-boss Michael Wade and Frankie Markham netted for the Romford-based side, while Harry Kateley and Chris Gore’s late free-kick salvaged a point for the South Essex side, who had to field boss Matt Cardy in defence and assistant boss Dan Blewett also came off the bench to play as a forward. Well, never dull in Non-League….

Seriously though, ACD remain second, three points off their opposition here with three matches in hand. Wakebury remain top though with just four matches remaining this term, they will have to aim to get as close to the 50-point mark as possible to win the division, you feel. You must credit both sides for how they’ve done in their first season in the Olympian League, so well done all.

Meanwhile, Toby Res got a much-needed win, 5 – 2 over mid-table side Buckhurst Hill Res in Newbury Park. Marc Porter-Brown was among the goals again with a treble here, with Chris Cox and birthday boy Luis Ruiz also netted as their side into fourth spot and end a four-match losing trough. Tim Strike and Rhys Davies got Hill’s goals as they remain 7th. Also, Basildon Town Res won 2 – 0 at fellow strugglers White Ensign Res to overhaul them in the table. Jake Bridgeman and Shaun Watkins were the goal-getters here to grab Town’s third win this season.

 

Matches OFF (Due to Waterlogged pitches):
Collier Row  P – P  Lakeside Res   |

Corinthians Res  P – P  Hutton Res   |

Senior Division Four Results

Forest Glade  1 – 5  Roydon

Galleywood Res  1 – 3  Canning Town Res
Laindon Orient Res P – P  Shenfield AFC Res

Leytonstone Utd  P – P  Old Chelmsfordians Res |

Ongar Town Res  2 – 1  Chingford Athletic Development

Wakering Sports Res  3 – 3  Catholic Utd Res

Senior Division Five Results


Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  1 – 0  Newbury Forest Res

Herongate Athletic Res  3 – 0  Leigh Ramblers Res
Old Barkabbeyans 3 – 2  Runwell Sports Res
Roydon Res  0 – 2  Collier Row Res
Shoebury Town Res  P – P  Springfield Res

Match Report: Leigh Town 2 – 0 Corinthians (Sat 1st Feb) [EPC 19/20 1.2.20]

BBC Essex Premier Cup – Quarter-Final

Venue: John Burrows Recreation Ground

2019 – 20 Season: Match 55

Saturday 1st February 2020 – 1.40pm KO

Leigh Town: Black & White Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Corinthians: Navy Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, White Socks

 

Unbeaten Leigh continue their fine season with hard-fought triumph

Leigh Town  2 – 0  Corinthians

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

This weekend’s match was a first visit to the John Burrows Recreation Ground (for Football), to see a hotly-anticipated Essex Premier Cup Quarter-Final tie between two Essex Olympian League Division Two sides in unbeaten Leigh Town and mid-table Corinthians. The hosts fielded Matt Riley in goal, with a back three of Zac Mashford, skipper James Roberts and Harry Payne. The attack was led by Max Jones, Sam Irivine and Daniel Driscoll, with Shane Cooper and Sam Gillmore among the substitutes for Jack Pearman’s side. Corinthians are in the midst of a rare lean spell and had John Eckett between the sticks, with Sammy Ayres and Alfie Knight in central defence and at the top of the pitch, the front three of Nathan Dewberry, Leo Clarke and John Bolton-Smith. Bill Wilton, Ollie Brickwood, Dan Cooksley and Theodore Cannon were among the options on the sidelines.

This encounter didn’t take long to really heat up, with strong but fair tackles being made by both sides early-doors, as both sides looked to gain the early ascendancy. The first major chance came after eight minutes as a fierce effort by Town forward Daniel Driscoll cannoned back off the far-side post before the rebound was fizzed over seconds later. Minutes later, Corinthians forward Nathan Dewberry had a glimpse of goal from twenty yards out though it lacked the power to defeat home custodian Matt Riley. Leigh were looking purposeful and rapid going forward and on 18 minutes, a good move led by Driscoll ended with strike partner Sam Irvine’s powerful strike rebounding off the goal frame.

The visitors had a goal chalked off as midfielder Matt Burrell’s free-kick somehow managed to evade everyone and trickle in though referee David Tregaskes spotted an infringement and promptly ruled it out. Both teams were showing a huge amount of passion, energy and determination which exuded outward with Leigh having more ball retention. Just past the half-hour, home forward Irvine was only denied a one-on-one chance with visiting stopper John Eckett by a well-timed crucial interception by tigerish centre-back Sammy Ayres. And then with half-time looming large, Driscoll had a tap-in ruled out for the home side though it was hard to be critical of either side, even if the visitors didn’t quite test Riley on enough occasions at this point.

Half-Time: Leigh Town  0 – 0  Corinthians

Five minutes after the restart, Corinthians came out with renewed purpose and after good play by support forward Jake Hodder, forward John Bolton-Smith effort was off-target. Moments later, Town forward Max Jones drifted an effort wide of the left-side post and although Corinthians had their share of the play at this point, they still had to negotiate some near-misses by Town. On the hour, centre-back Zac Mashford’s free-kick only just evaded Jones at the back stick as the hosts started to get the odds back in their favour.

That being said, the visitors were still quick on the counter-attack as another Burrell free-kick found Bolton-Smith whose header was not lacking in power, though it was in direction as Riley saw it whistle over the crossbar. Leigh did break the deadlock midway into the second half as in a congested penalty area, substitute Sam Gillmore stroked in from close range three minutes after coming onto the field. As we entered the last twenty minutes of this enthralling contest, a fine run by winger Leo Clarke who jostled past two oncoming defenders before feeding Dewberry though unfortunately his strike wasn’t powerful enough to get past Riley, who gathered calmly.

Leigh got that crucial second goal ten minutes from time, as another replacement struck moments after coming on. Forward Shane Cooper peeled away from his marker to tap home from mere yards, despite fierce opposition from the visitors who wanted it chalked off for a foul. In added-time, midfielder Luke Owen’s 25-yard drive was saved by Riley as he secured another clean sheet. Kudos also to the hosts who defended very well and didn’t give Chris Stoneham’s side time to settle and launch their fine attacking style of play in large parts of the game.

 

Full-Time: Leigh Town  2 – 0 Corinthians

So at the much-sought after Final whistle for them, the hosts secured their passage to the last four of the Essex Premier Cup, with the Final again taking place at Billericay Town’s New Lodge in April. In terms of stand-out showings, there were many candidates for the home side though I have to start with forward Daniel Driscoll who harried the opposition backline all afternoon and was a big threat as well, alongside fellow forward Sam Irvine. Centre-back pair James Roberts and Harry Payne were robust and miserly in defence plus ‘keeper Matt Riley started their attacks from the back well & was an assured presence.

Despite the result, Corinthians put in a spirited showing, full of running and determination themselves, with winger Leo Clarke standing out with his pace and movement. Centre-back Sammy Ayres stuck to a tough task well at the back for Chris Stoneham’s team while Jake Hodder and John Bolton-Smith also shone and concentrated the home defence’s minds with their passing, pace and energy.

Finally, credit to both teams for providing such an absorbing tie which may not have overloaded the goal charts, but made up for it in terms of dedication, commitment and twists & turns too. Best wishes to both sides for the rest of their respective campaigns.

 

Teams

Leigh Town  | Manager: Jack Pearman

Starting XI: 1 Matt Riley (GK), 4 Zac Mashford, 25 James Roberts (Capt), 16 Harry Payne, 6 Adam Smith, 8 Rhys Mosedale, 14 Jamie Yorwarth, 18 Dan Steerwood, 9 Sam Irvine, 10 Max Jones, 20 Daniel Driscoll

Goal-scorers: Sam Gillmore [68’], Shane Cooper [80’]

Subs On: 11 Sam Gillmore (65’), 7 Shane Cooper (78’), 2 Tom Byford (85’)

Sub Unused: Craine

 


Corinthians   
| Manager: Chris Stoneham

Starting XI: 1 John Eckett (GK), 2 Jordan Stoneham, 3 Brad Smith, 16 Sammy Ayres, 6 Alfie Knight (Capt), 5 Luke Owen, 8 Matt Burrell, 7 Leo Clarke, 10 Jake Hodder, 9 John Bolton-Smith, 17 Nathan Dewberry

Subs On: 15 Bill Wilton (82’), 11 Dan Cooksley (84’), 14 Ollie Brickwood (84’)

Booked: Burrell, Owen, Cooksley |  Subs Unused: Fulcher, Cannon

Referee: David Tregaskes
Assistant Referees: Phil Clarke & Kenneth Goff

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 25 Jan) (EOFL 19/20 26.1.20)

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Image from OS 4 – 0 Catholic Utd on Sat 25 Jan [Image: Scott W]

Written by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Olympian League round-up, looking at all the action from Saturday 25th January. There were battles at both ends of the Premier Division as well as big games in the divisions below that.

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Saturday 25 January

Premier Division

As we usually do, we start in the top-tier. In their top of the table showdown, Buckhurst Hill were held to a goalless draw by rivals Sungate, in a match seen my Non-League Correspondent ‘DW’. His video clips are available via his Twitter feed sat @essexfootie. Also, Leigh Ramblers  got a fine 4 – 1 win at struggling Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Charlie Portway netted for Swifts though that was outdone by goals for the Rams by Andrew Webster, Ryan Lowe , Pat Cannon and Dan Williams wich in turn secured the visitors their fourth win in their last games and rise to second spot, six points off leaders Sungate. Shenfield AFC also grabbed a hugely-important triumph as they won 4 – 1 at Canning Town. Alex Tredgett’s brace led the strugglers on the path to victory, with Ben Caroll and Samuel Lock also on target to send them up two places to 12th. Canning stay in eighth spot but only have seven matches remaining to play this season and they are only three points clear of the bottom.

Finally for the Premier, in the match I attended at Garon Park, Old Southendian got a big 4 – 0 win over title challengers Catholic Utd. Nick Henesy struck twice, with Nico Dubouchet and Ryan Stillwell’s also on target as OS ended a a four-match winless run in some style to rise to 10th. The ‘Super Hoops’ have lost their last three matches now and drop to 3rd and are vulnerable by the sides immediately below them in Buckhurst Hill, Springfield and Rayleigh Town who all have matches in hand on Dan Trenkel’s side. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/01/25/match-report-old-southendian-4-0-catholic-utd-sat-25th-jan-eofl/

Matches OFF: Harold Wood Athletic  P – P  Springfield   |

Kelvedon Hatch P – P  Hutton   |

 

Cups

EOFL Senior League Cup –  Rayleigh Town  P – P  Toby   | (Waterlogged pitch)

Essex Premier Cup: Basildon Town  1 – 4  West Bergholt  |

 

Essex Junior Cup Results

Collier Row  6 – 1  Wakering Sports Res   |

Hutton Res  2 – 1  Shoebury Town ‘A’   |

 

EOFL Senior ONE

In Senior One, FC Hamlets defeated fellow mid-table side Shoebury Town 2 – 0, thanks to goals from John Gilroy and Charlie Heatley to move up to ninth, though Ashley King’s side have still only played eight matches in the league thus far, so a busy next three months or so beckons. Leaders Chingford Athletic won again, 3 – 0 at top five side Galleywood, thanks to a treble by Lee Lashley. Dave Richbell’s side lead the division by ten points, though their rivals all have a number of matches in hand on them. Old Chelmsfordians remain second after a thumping 6 – 1 success over Herongate Athletic at Lawford Lane. Ongar Town rise to third after a fine 4 – 0 home win over Manford Way which preserves their unbeaten record this term.

 

Matches OFF: Lakeside P – P  Runwell Sports  | 

Snaresbrook  P – P  Ramsden Scotia  |

 

EOFL Senior TWO

In what was a mixed day for the top five in Senior Two, leaders Leigh Town were untroubled as they won 3 – 1 at home to Harold Wood Athletic Res at John Burrows Rec. Harry Payne, Daniel Driscoll and Brodie Horne all struck to give Jack Pearman’s side a sixth consecutive league triumph and go three points clear at the summit. May & Baker Res defeated fellow high-flyers Old Southendian Res as Jmmy Donald’s side came out 2 – 1 winners. Michael Agha and Darren Seymour strikes overturned David Stubbs’ strike for the OS side and went five points clear in 4th. Ben Manley’s OS side saw their eleven-match unbeaten streak end here though they remain 2nd, a point clear of Beacon Hill Rovers, who impressively won 3 – 2 at rivals Corinthians. A George Davis double and one from Adefunbi Adeyemi was enough to secure Rovers a sixth win in their last seven matches to stay 3rd. Chris Stoneham’s side drop to seventh though do have matches in hand to compensate for their dip in form of late.

Wakering Sports also won, 2 – 0 at home to out-of-form Epping Town. Ryan Gregory and Ben Rowe strikes were enough to give Sports a second win in their last seven outings. Epping remain fifth on goal difference after a frustrating afternoon. Laindon Orient are level on points with Town in sixth following a 6 – 0 win at home to beleaguered Ryan. Skipper James Shadwell got a treble with Carlos Dias, Jordan Walsh and Ashley Blackburn also on the score-sheet in a resounding win for Neil Blackburn’s team.

Match OFF: AS Rawreth  P – P  Rochford Town   |

 

Senior Division Three

An explosive day of Senior Three action saw 37 goals scored in just five matches. Wakebury remain four oints clear at the summit after a 4 – 2 triumph at White Ensign Res. Charlie Little got another brace for Matt Cardy’s side, with Liam Jarrett and Harry Kateley also on the scorer’s sheet to make it four straight wins though with five matches remaining to play, the onus will soon turn to their rivals as they seek to gain ground on the EOFL newcomers. ACD Utd still lead the chasing pack in second place, after an enthralling 6 – 4 win over Basildon Town Res at Westlands. Player-boss Michael Wade got a treble here, with Connor Lambert also netting twice and Sam Payne also chipping in. Grant Cumming hit two for Bas, with Ryan Morgan and Lewis Wynne also on target though they remain second-bottom.

Corinthians Res also got back to winning ways with a narrow 4 – 3 win at bottom side Hullbridge Sports ‘A’. Max Hall’s hat-trick and one from Ashley Webb was enough to outdo home goals from William Bray, Tom Ranger and replacement Joseph Darby and remain third, six points ahead of Collier Row. Lakeside Res got their third win in their last four games with a 4 – 2 success at mid-table Toby Res. Salem Said got a brace, with Brandon Booty’s spot-kick and Damilola Olusanya also contributing. Toby’s second-side responded through Dean Maguchu and Marc Porter-Brown strikes though it is four losses on-the-bounce for them as they stay fifth, 11 points adrift of ACD in second.

Also, Buckhurst Hill Res rose to seventh with a 5 – 3 victory over fellow mid-table side Leigh Town Res. Tommy Fraine grabbed a treble to keep up his impressive form in front of goal, with Landry Gogoa also netting for the Hill second-side.

 

Senior Division Four Results

Canning Town Res   1  – 4   Old Chelmsfordians Res   |

Chingford Athletic Development  0 – 1  Forest Glade   |

Leytonstone Utd  2 – 0  Galleywood Res |

Ongar Town Res  P – P Shenfield AFC Res |

Roydon  9 – 1  Laindon Orient Res |

Senior Division Five Results

Herongate Athletic Res  P – P  Shoebury Town Res

Leigh Ramblers Res  2 – 0  Roydon Res

Old Barkabbeyans 4 – 3  Collier Row Res

Runwell Sports Res  2 – 0  Springfield Res

Wakering Sports Development  0 – 1  Newbury Forest Res