S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 14 May) [EOFL 21/22 15.5.22]

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

Hello and welcome to this week’s extended round-up of the action in the Essex Olympian League this week, including the midweek action In League & Cups and the action on Saturday 14 May. The focus this week is on the League action in the top three divisions. Thank you for reading.

Photos by Trevor Robinson Photography [@TrevRobPhoto] & Scott W

Image from Basildon Town’s 1 – 0 win at Hutton last week, Image by @TrevRobPhoto

Essex Olympian League – Midweek [Tues 10 May]

The solitary midweek match this week was the EOFL Senior League Cup Final, which saw Canning Town grab a surprise 3 – 2 triumph over Sungate at Woodside. Goals from Dominic Lewis, Karl Harms and Jack Williamson confirmed a memorable evening for Canning. Jake Willis and Petrit Elbi both netted for Sungate but they will have to be content with their Essex Premier Cup success this term.


Essex Olympian League – Saturday 14 May

Now moving on to the weekend action, and Ongar Town got a big 4 – 0 victory over Catholic Utd to confirm the EOFL Premier Division title for the first time. Second-half goals from Evernage Nyahunda, Joe Lilly, Mitchell McCabe & a Fred Mattock special secured a memorable day (and evening) of celebrations for Richard Ponsford’s team as they won the title on goal difference. Utd will finish no worse than seventh and have one more match to play at home to Canning Town next weekend. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2022/05/15/s21-22-match-report-ongar-town-4-0-catholic-utd-sat-14-may/

A Champions’ Guard of Honour for Ongar Town yesterday post-match by Catholic Utd

Continuing with the Premier Division, Galleywood secured their divisional safety for another season with a 3 – 0 success at Springfield. Matthew Crick scored twice for the visitors there, with Thomas Watling again on target in this win against their local rivals. Canning Town retained their slim hopes of avoiding a bottom two finish with a 3 – 0 home victory over Bishop’s Stortford Swifts in Beckton. Town will have to win all three of their remaining matches to do that, and two of those games are against Sungate. Swifts fell to 11th but are out of immediate danger.

Finally in the Premier, Old Southendian grabbed a 2 – 0 win at Sungate, with two Daniel Frimley goals giving Altar Ali’s team the points, they will likely finish in eighth in what has been a good season in the main for OS.

In Division One, Beacon Hill Rovers confirmed their safety for another season with a superb 3 – 2 win away at rivals Snaresbrook at Hackney Marshes. ‘Brook need at least a point to avoid a bottom two finish from their last match – against rivals Leigh Town next weekend.

In Division Two, Manford Way got given the points from a recent match after an infringement from the opposition and that boost assisted them to a runners-up finish (and promotion so congratulations to them) as they won 4 – 3 at AS Rawreth. James Dobson, Alfie Smith and substitutes Samuel Oramadike and Dawid Potoczek all netted to secure the win for the East London side. Harold Hill finished third as they lost 1 – 4 to Hutton Res at Polo Fields, which also ensured the Hutton scond-side will avoid a bottom two finish and likely avoiding relegation along with it. With Division One short of clubs, Hill might still get elevated. Rawreth & Rochford Town are the bottom two clubs and will likely be demoted.

Finally, in Division Four Old Chelmsfordians Res secured their promotion as they grabbed a 4 – 1 victory over Ongar Town Res. They will finish second and congrats to them as well. Champions Chingford Athletic Res also ended their season with a home walkover win against Sungate Development, who finish bottom and will be relegated.

The last edition of this round-up for the season will be online on or soon after Monday 23 May. Thank you for reading.

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 30 Apr) [EOFL 21/22 1.5.22]

Image still from Rayleigh Town v Sungate this week [Image by Scott W]

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

Hello and welcome to this week’s extended round-up of the action in the Essex Olympian League this week, including the midweek action In League & Cups and the action on Saturday 30 April. The focus this week is on the League action in the top three divisions. Thank you for reading & thanks to Pete Dudley for allowing links to his reports to be added.

Essex Olympian League – Midweek [Mon 25 – Thurs 28 April]

The midweek action began with the EOFL Reserve Trophy Final held at Basildon Utd FC. May & Baker A got the silverware after a 2 – 0 triumph over Ongar Town Res, with Abraham Jairette and Ryan Mugera getting the job done, much to the felight of all at ‘Bakers, congrats to them. On Tuesday night, Rayleigh Town maintained their push for a minimum top-three finish with a gritty 1 – 0 over Sungate at London Road. Captain George Vile’s free-kick was enough to claim the win. Fellow Non-League writer Pete Dudley [@ped1980] was there & here’s his report: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2022/04/rayleigh-town-1-sungate-0.html

On Wednesday night, Galleywood Res got a good 2 – 1 victory at Sungate Dev, with Ben Smith and an OG overcoming James Oderinde’s reply for the hosts there. The win keeps ‘Wood in ninth. Finally on Thursday night, Runwell Sports added the EOFL Denny King Memorial Cup to their Division One Promotion as they won 09 – 8 on penalties following a 1 – 1 draw with Snaresbrook. Ife Ogunbayo netted for the East London side, but Charlie Little replied for Robert Hodgson’s side. Congrats to all at Runwell & Pete Dudley was also there, here is his report: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2022/04/runwell-sports-end-season-with.html


Essex Olympian League – Saturday 30 April

Now onto the weekend’s action, Ongar Town still lead the way on goal difference following a 3 – 2 win away at Catholic Utd. Harry Rawlins, Joe Lilly and Freddie Mattock got the goals to outdo replies from John Nutman and Carl Read for Utd to grab a vital win. Ongar host the same opponents in their last game on May 14th. Basildon Town are also still in contention after a 2 – 1 success over Sungate at Gardiners Close, with Rhys Willson and replacement Rhys Fatt grabbing the important strikes. Marcus Bowers’ team visit Hutton next weekend in their last game. Rayleigh Town have almost secured a third-placed finish now after a 2 – 1 victory at Hutton, with George Vile and substitute Philip Anunwa both netting to give them another important victory.

In the race to avoid relegation, Leigh Ramblers got a massive 6 – 0 victory at Harold Wood Athletic in their last game of the season. Jack Unwin netted a fine treble here, with Ryan Lowe netting twice and Jacob Meads adding the other goal to give the Rams a good chance of staying in the division, while ‘Wood will compete in Division One next term. Galleywood also got a 2 – 0 win at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts, with Thomas Watling’s 16th league goal this term & Matthew Crick’s strike giving them the points. ‘Wood need two points to mathematically secure safety. Lastly, Old Southendian still harbour a chance of a top-seven finish after a 3 – 1 success at Shenfield AFC.


In Division One, Snaresbrook took a big step towards safety with a 6 – 2 triumph over Epping Town at Hackney Marshes. Ife Ogunbayo netted twice for Rob Caine’s side, with Lee Lashley, Rajpal Bumbra and substitutes Saxon Shine & Youssef Moumen all netted also to take them to with fine points of safety, with three matches left to play. Epping will finish no lower than seventh in what has been a decent season for Stuart Hoskins’ side.

In Division Two, Hutton Res got a huge 3 – 1 win at relegation rivals AS Rawreth to extend the gap between the two sides to five points. A draw in the Reds’ second side’s last game may be enough to ensure they avoid a bottom two finish whereas Rawreth have to win in both games. May & Baker A also got a walkover win over Old Southendian Res which means they end their season in mid-table.


Moving now into Division Three, and Hashtag Utd Development got a big 1 – 0 triumph at Wakering Sports Res to secure the Division Three title. Jay Knight’s early goal was enough to claim the points and congratulations to Denis Simpson’s side on their elevation. Catholic Utd Res got second spot after a convincing 5 – 0 victory at Hullbridge Sports Res meant they ended the season on 50 points, congrats to Eamonn Kearney’s side there who have now secured back-to-back promotions. Wakering Sports finish third in this division and have still had a fine season, but will have to wait to see if they do get elevated as well. The other game in D3 saw Buckhurst Hill U23 grab a 2 – 1 victory over Leigh Town Res to end their season in seventh spot, with substitute Enis Demirbala got both goals for Darren Gosnell’s side here. Leigh end in 9th, five points above the bottom two. & Josh Burrage’s side will seek to improve next term.

Lastly this week, in Division Four there was still promotion to be settled and Old Chelmsfordians Res moved into the lead position for that second spot after a 4 – 1 victory at home to Roydon. A win in their last game will undoubtedly secure elevation to the fourth-tier. Southend Manor Dev also ended their season in seventh after a 3 – 2 win at Sungate Dev. Jack Mead scored twice for the visitors here, with replacement Thomas Roser also on target. The Sungate side have to win both remaining games with a large goal swing to rivals Leytonstone to avoid a bottom two finish now. Chingford Athletic Res also got a walkover win against Wakering Sports A who will finish in eighth spot.

EOL Division Five season has now been completed.

That’s all for this week, the EOFL round-up will continue into May.

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 26 Mar) [EOFL 21/22 21.3.22]

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

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 19 March. This weekend saw a promotion all but confirmed in Divisions Two & Four. The focus remains on the League action and we will have additional sections on Divisions Four & Five. Thank you for reading.

Essex Olympian Lge – Saturday 26 March

Image from Wakebury v Harold Hill earlier this campaign

EOFL Premier Division, Divisions One & Two

In the Premier Division, Basildon Town gained ground on leaders Ongar Town (who were not in action this weekend) by claiming a narrow 2 – 1 victory at Sungate, with Rhys Fatt grabbing both goals for Marcus Bowers’ team. They are four points behind Ongar with two matches in hand. Rayleigh Town were held 1 – 1 by battling Leigh Ramblers at Belfairs, with Ryan Lowe netting for the Rams, and George Vile equalised from twelve yards for Town. Rayleigh remain second, but are three points adrift of the leaders, while the Rams rise one place to twelfth, but are one of four sides still in relegation danger. Another match with ramifications at both ends of the table saw Hutton emerge with a 4 – 1 triumph at Harold Wood Athletic, in another game played at Robert Clack 3G. Luke Ricketts struck twice for Matt Singh’s side, with James Gardner and replacement Abraham Eze also on target as they stayed fourth but in the title hunt with matches in hand. Harold Wood remain bottom, six points adrift of the third-bottom Galleywood.

Elsewhere, Old Southendian won their local derby with Catholic Utd 3 – 2, with Callum Ludlaim scoring two goals at Garon Park 3G, and Nick Henesy also netting as they went up to seventh spot with six matches remaining. Utd got their goals via Jack Thompson and player-boss Simon Thomas and stay ahead of their opponents by goal difference only, in sixth. Also, Springfield drew 2 – 2 with Canning Town in the early kick-off at Arun Park. Ryan Kelland and Reece Simpson scored for the hosts but Canning responded to claim a precious point and stay in touch with their rivals. Finally, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts drew 0 – 0 with Kelvedon Hatch, which means Swifts stay tenth and Kelvedon remain in fifth, twelve points clear of Catholic Utd and Old Southendian.


In Division One, the solitary match saw Toby grab a 3 – 0 win against strugglers Leigh Town in Newbury Park. The trio of Harry Barham, Albert Perry and Ben Picton all netted again for Mark Jones’ side to ensure the win which means a point in their last game next month will ensure a top-two finish, but a win would give them the title.


Moving into Division Two now, and ACD Utd took a big step towards the title after a narrow 1 – 0 win against May & Baker A at Westlands. Michael Wade’s 23rd league goal this term ensured the win which takes them five points clear at the summit, needing only five points to mathematically seal the league championship. That was because Harold Hill were held 3 – 3 at Shoebury Town. Player manager Garry Johnson, Kyle McAlindon and Cassidy Day all scored for Shoebury who rose to fifth with this decent result. AS Rawreth also got a vital win to aid their battle against relegation as they won 3 – 2 at home to Wakebury. Harry Kateley and Shaun Lewis-Evans replied for the Berries but their chances of a top-two finish took a dent here. Rawreth climb one spot to second-bottom after this victory.

Finally, Hutton Res were held 2 – 2 by Harold Wood Athletic Res at Polo Fields. Josh Portway got both strikes for the visitors there, who will probably be safe provided they grab one more win in their last three matches. The Hutton side will need as many points as possible as Rawreth behind them have an extra match left to play.  


EOFL Divisions Three, Four & Five

Into Division Three, and Wakering Sports Res have moved right into contention for a top-two finish after a brilliant 6 – 2 victory at leaders Catholic Utd Res. Scott Clark took his season’s goal tally to fourteen with a double here, with Ashley Sexton also netting two along with one goal each for the division’s top-scorer Connor Fardyga and Ciaran Sweeney. Daniel Williams got both goals for Utd’s second side as they will likely need to win their last three games to stay in contention. Third-placed Hashtag Utd Dev were held 3 – 3 at a spirited Basildon Town Res. Jack Main got two goals for Bas, with Nathan Fisher also on the score-sheet. Matthew Gauci, Tommy Green and Samuel Pratt’s 16th league goal this term meant that Denis Simpson’s side claimed a point which importantly keeps them only two points away from the top two and have one game in hand on both of them. Town will finish fourth after playing their last league game here and have a 12-point lead on their nearest challengers Pitsea Athletic.

Speaking of the newcomers, Buckhurst Hill U23 continued their fine form by defeating Pitsea Athletic 3 – 1 at Roding Lane, which meant Darren Gosnell’s side rise up to sixth spot, with three matches left to play. Also, Collier Row ended their campaign with a fine 2 – 1 win at Leigh Town Res. Despite this result, they will finish in the bottom two and will likely face relegation.


Now into Division Four, and Chingford Athletic Res sealed the title (for all intents & purposes) in style with a 7 – 2 win at nearest challengers Roydon. Nader Benzid and substitute Jack Bayley-Etheridge got the goals for Roydon here. The Ath second-side will be in Division Three next term and Springfield Res might yet join them there after a 5 – 2 triumph over Canning Town Res in the late kick-off meant they went level on points with Roydon but stay third. The ensemble cast of scorers included Liam England, Jordan Denyer, William Roe, substitute Reece Simpson and fellow replacement Thomas Bloomfield. The Town side look set for a demotion as they will be unable to avoid finishing bottom.  

Elsewhere, Leytonstone Utd had a James Medlock goal to thank for a 1 – 0 success at home to Galleywood Res.  The result means they have a decent chance of avoiding a bottom two finish but their rivals have matches in hand. Also, Ongar Town Res defeated Wakering Sports A 2 – 1 to go up to fourth in the table.


In the sixth tier, the season is rapidly approaching its conclusion, and leaders Leigh Ramblers Res ended their campaign with a narrow 1 – 0 victory at Runwell Sports Res. Alex Goodson’s seventh league goal gave them the win which for now keeps them at the summit, although they could yet be overhauled. One of those sides in prime position to do that is Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res, who won 3 – 0 at Wakebury Res. Callum Blair Park, Henry Harnack and Lewis Wake got the goals here which means one more win for the Swifts second-side will secure them the Division Five title. The Wakebury side will finish bottom as they completed their campaign here and after the game, Reece Upcraft stood down from his role as Wakebury Res boss, I’d like to wish him well for the future, he will be replaced next season by Joe Creak (Source: Wakebury’s Twitter).

 Elsewhere, Herongate Athletic Res got a terrific 7 – 2 win against Collier Row Res at Billericay Road. Lee Glynn scored twice here, with the array of other scorers being Jack Sparrow, Kurt Smith, Thomas Northwood, Jonathan Packer and substitute Benjamin Clarke. Ath went up to fourth spot with this win and still have a chance of a top-three finish as they have three matches left. Emmanuel Akinte and Mark Lee scored for the Row side here. Also, Snaresbrook Res defeated AS Rawreth Res 5 – 0 at Nutters Lane to go up to sixth in the standings, while Epping Town Res got a walkover win against Old Barkabbeyans, meaning they will finish ninth as this was their last game of the term as well.   


EOFL Denny King Cup Result

Old Chelmsfordians  1 – 2  Manford Way

Thanks again for reading.

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 19 Mar) [EOFL 21/22 21.3.22]

Archive Image, from Leigh Ramblers v Kelvedon Hatch earlier in the campaign

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

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 19 March. This weekend saw a promotion confirmed in the match I saw first-hand. As ever, there was a number of competitions being played (the EOFL Senior Cup, Reserve League Cup, Ressie Trophy, Denny King Memorial Cup & Essex Premier Cup). This week, the focus is on the League action once again, and we will have additional sections on Division Three plus the results in Divisions Four & Five plus the Cups.

Essex Olympian Lge – Saturday 12 March

EOFL Premier Division, Divisions One & Two

In the Premier Division, Ongar Town kept their four point lead at the summit with a comprehensive 6 – 1 success at home to Sungate. The ensemble cast of Jack Zielinski, Harry Rawlins, Fred Mattock, Joe Lily, Conner Jones and Paul Cox were all on target for Richard Ponsford’s side, with a fine strike from Kyran Chiedozie proving little consolation for ‘Gate here, they remain seventh with 11 matches still to play. Elsewhere, Rayleigh Town remain second after a 3 – 1 victory at Kelvedon Hatch. Liam Oliver, Ben Baxter and replacement Habeeb Apatira all netted for Paul Higgins’ side who remain in the hunt for the title. Joseph Newson responded for Kelvedon who drop to fifth but have still have a great season under Darren Hunt’s management team.

Also, Hutton are fourth on goal difference after a tight 1 – 0 win at home to Springfield, with Brad Freeman once again the goal-scoring talisman for Matt Singh’s side. They went level on points with Basildon Town in third after they beaten 2 – 1 by Bishop’s Stortford Swifts at Silver Leys. Sam Chaney and Samuel Brown both scored for Swifts as they got a memorable win which almost secures their place in the division. Basildon still have eight games to overhaul the sides above them, and player-boss Marcus Bowers netted for them here.

Old Southendian strengthened their position in the top ten with a fine 3 – 1 victory at Galleywood, with goals courtesy of Mitchell Ali, Mattias Tonking and substitute Harry DaCosta securing their ninth win this term. Thomas Watling got the solitary goal for ‘Wood here, they remain in the bottom four. Finally, Shenfield AFC got a 1 – 0 success at home to Leigh Ramblers to remain comfortably clear of the bottom four in eighth.

In Division One, there were big wins for the chasing pack as they sought to join Runwell Sports in the promotion spots. Toby got a terrific 3 – 1 win at Old Chelmsfordians, with Albert Perry, Harry Barham and Luis Ruiz all scoring for the Brewers to maintain a chance of pinching the title on their last game. Liam Landers responded for OC’s who will have to be satisfied with a mid-table finish. Wakering Sports also got a precious three points with a 2 – 1 triumph at strugglers Beacon Hill Rovers. Aaron Clark and substitute Ben Burrows got the points for Paul Morgan’s side here, who remain third but must win both their remaining games to have any chance of a top-two finish. Bertie Whymark scored for Rovers in that game.  Corinthians got a Walkover win against Chingford Athletic, who have now been removed from the divisional table after withdrawing from the remainder of the campaign. Chris Stoneham’s Corinthians side still have the opportunity of finishing third if they win their last two games.

Moving into Division Two, Harold Hill remain in prime position for a promotion spot after a hard-fought 5 – 4 win at May & Baker A. Braces for Alagi Juwara and Jose Hernandez were not enough for Bakers’ to grab a point here, they remain seventh. Wakebury also got a narrow win to go back into third spot, following a 3 – 2 triumph at Rayleigh Town Res. Jerry Nkoy, Will Wheeler and an OG were enough to give Matt Cardy’s side the win and keep them in with a chance of a top-two finish. Town remain eighth. Also, Manford Way drew 2 – 2 with Shoebury Town with Samuel Oramadike and Charlie Parish scoring for Manford. Player-boss Garry Johnson and substitute Steven Sharpe both got on the scoresheet for Town, who edge five points clear in sixth with this point. Manford need one more victory to secure fourth spot as a minimum this term.

Finally, Harold Wood Athletic Res took a big stride toward safety with a 3 – 2 success at Old Southendian Res. Daniel Spittle, Thomas Butler and Arthur Simmons all scored for Steve Hubbard’s side here to go six points clear of the bottom two. Charlie Kernott and replacement Charlie Carter both netted for Josh Bambury’s side who look set for a mid-table finish.

EOFL Senior League Cup –  Canning Town  2 – 0  Catholic Utd


EOFL Divisions Three

Into Division Three now, Basildon Town Res got a 5 – 1 win at Collier Row to confirm they will finish at least fourth in the table. Grant Cumming scored twice here with Benjamin Smith, Joe Barnett and Louis Hill also on target for Tony Bowers’ side.  Row look set for another relegation as they are two points adrift at the bottom, with only one match remaining. Corinthians Res got a decent 2 – 2 with improving Buckhurst Hill U23 at Stambridge. Bailey Moss got both goals for the hosts, with Harry Maslin and Louie Cooper responding for Hill who could still finish sixth this term. Wakering Sports Res got an away Walkover with Hullbridge Sports Res conceding their match, which means Wakering stay third but are level on points with Hashtag Utd Development above them.


EOFL Division Four Results

Canning Tn Res  3 – 3  Old Chelms Res,   

Springfield Res 3 – 0  Galleywood Res

And Sungate Dev  4 – 3 Shenfield AFC Res


EOFL Division Five Results

Herongate Ath Res H – W  Snaresbrook Res,

Leigh Ramblers Res 1 – 3  Pitsea Ath Res

Old Barkabbeyans  H – W  Wakebury Res 


EOFL Reserve League Cup

Toby Res 2 – 4  Chingford Ath Res


EOFL Reserve League Trophy

Leigh Town Res  p1 – 1 Hutton Res  (Leigh Town Res won 8 – 7 on pens)


EOFL Denny King Cup

Runwell Spts  1 – 0 AS Rawreth

Snaresbrook  1 – 0  Roydon

Thanks again for reading.

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 26 Feb) [EOFL 21/22 28.2.22]

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

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 26 February. This weekend saw big results and with a number of different competitions being played (the EOFL Senior Cup, Reserve League Cup, Ressie Trophy, Denny King Memorial Cup & Essex Junior Cup), our focus remains on the League action. This week, in addition to the usual top three tiers, we have sections on the Senior Lge Cup & Division Four.


Main Image is by Peter Dudley [@ped1980], used with permission & thanks. Many thanks for reading.


Essex Olympian Lge – Saturday 26 February

EOFL Premier Division, Divisions One & Two

In the Premier Division, Kelvedon Hatch maintained their excellent campaign with a tough 3 – 2 win against improving Springfield at Arun Park. Max Bradford, James Burt and Tom Johnson got the important strikes for Darren Hunt’s side, with Garjay Thompson and Roland Oteniya responding for Francesco Zabotti’s side. Kelvedon are now up to second and face Hutton away next weekend (see fixtures at article’s end) which will be a tough one for Hutton as they look to stay in the top two. Springfield remain in tenth but are vulnerable to be caught by two sides just below them (Stortford Swifts & Galleywood) who have matches in hand.

Elsewhere, Shenfield AFC got another good win away from home with a 4 – 0 triumph over Harold Wood Athletic at Robert Clack Sch 3G. A double from substitute Ross Riding was added to by strikes from Samuel Lock and Elliott Thompson to put them three points clear in ninth. Athletic remain bottom, seven points adrift of exiting the bottom two with nine matches left. Catholic Utd also got a narrow 1 – 0 success at Leigh Ramblers, with Jay Nash getting the only goal to see his side back up to sixth. The Rams have eight games to retain their status as a Step 7 side arguably.

Rounding the top-tier action, Old Southendian got a memorable 2 – 0 win at Rayleigh Town to shore up their own mid-table ambitions and also dent Rayleigh’s chances of the title. On that note, Ongar Town went back up to the top after a hard-fought 2 – 1 victory at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Archie Gerard gave Swifts a surprise lead but Ongar displayed their spirit once again as goals from Joe Lilly and Jack Zielinski turned the game and gave Richard Ponsford’s side another important three points.


Division One saw two matches that did not go ahead. Firstly, Epping Town were the first beneficiaries of a Home Walkover in their match with Chingford Athletic, as the Town Mead side have withdrawn their first team only from their remaining matches, in the division (Source: EOFL website) after boss Declan Murphy departed the club this week. I understand their Reserve team is not affected, but let’s hope Chingford Firsts return next season.

Also, Toby’s match with Old Chelmsfordians also ended up in a walkover in favour of the hosts. That result sends them into second spot on their own but with Wakering Sports having one more match to play, Mark Jones’ side will need to amass as many points as they can from their remaining three matches.


There was also one match in Division Two, and it was an important one. ACD Utd continued their leap towards Division One with a hard-fought 2 – 1 success over rivals Wakebury at Westlands. Michael Wade and Mason Oakley got the crucial goals for Greg Knock’s team to outweigh Jamie Bradbourn’s strike for the Berries. ACD go back to the summit, three points clear of rivals Harold Hill, with Wakebury’s destiny now not entirely in their own hands given they are four points behind Hill in second and Manford Way are five points behind them but with two further matches to play.


EOFL Divisions Four & Five

In Division Four, the top two did battle at Town Mead as Chingford Athletic Res drew 3 – 3 with Roydon. Luke Dimond, Cane Sullivan and replacement Benson Osejindu got the goals for the hosts but the visitors are having a good run and strikes by Nader Benzid, Halcyon Griffith and Rene Pivarnik claimed a point which means the gap between the two teams remains at four points, with both teams having five matches left.

Division Five Results

AS Rawreth Res  1 – 2 Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res | The Warren

Runwell Sports Res  1 – 1  Epping Town Res  | St Luke’s Park

Wakebury Res  A – W Collier Row Res | Away Walkover


EOFL Senior League Cup

Three matches were played in the Senior League Cup and two of them were surprises. Corinthians showed how strong they are at their best as late goals assisted them to a superb 5 – 0 win at Premier side Hutton. There were doubles for Bailey Moss and Jake Hodder for Chris Stoneham’s side, with Leo Clarke also on target. They face a trip to Sungate next, while Hutton will have ten league matches to focus on. Sungate went through 5 – 4 on penalties, after a 0 – 0 draw with Basildon Town. Both sides will have hectic conclusions to the season, including midweek league matches in April and May.

Finally for this part, Harold Hill also issued a reminder of their talents as they won 4 – 2 at Galleywood. Craig Skipper and Oliver Sadler got the goals for ‘Wood but Hill still progressed.  


Essex Junior Cup Semi-Finals:

Belle View SC  3 – 2 Hashtag Utd Development

And Wormingford Wanderers 0 – 3 Catholic Utd Res

EJC Final: Belle View SC  v  Catholic Utd Res (set for Wednesday April 6th, at Concord Rangers FC)


EOFL Reserve League Cup Results

Buckhurst Hill U23  6 – 0   Galleywood Res | Roding Lane

Old Southendian Res  3 – 5  Wakering Sports Res  | Garon Park 3G


EOFL Reserve Lge Trophy:  Ongar Town Res  2 – 1  Leigh Ramblers Res


EOFL Denny King Memorial Cup

Old Barkabbeyans  2 – 4  Beacon Hill Rovers  | Barking Abbey Sch 3G

Pitsea Athletic  2 – 6  Runwell Sports  | Basildon Sports Village

Shoebury Town  2 – 2p  Manford Way | Cupid’s (Pitch 2) | Manford won 4 – 3 on pens

For more on this game, fellow Non-League writer Pete Dudley was watching & his report Is here: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2022/02/shoebury-town-2-manford-way-2-manford.html 

Season Run- in: Fixtures for March 5th (top two tiers only, stc)

EOFL Premier Division (2pm KO unless stated)

Hutton  v  Kelvedon Hatch  | Polo Fields

Leigh Ramblers  v  Springfield  | Belfairs Park

Rayleigh Town  v  Galleywood  | London Road

Old Southendian  v  Basildon Town  | Garon Park 3G (2.30pm KO)

Shenfield AFC  v  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  | St Martins Sch 3G (2.30pm KO)

One game in EOFL Division One:

Beacon Hill Rovers  v  Herongate Athletic  | Wickham Bishops Sports Ground

Thanks again for reading.

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Sat 19 Feb) [EOFL 21/22 21.1.22]

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

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 19 February. This week, the league action takes the central focus, with a few matches also in several Cup competitions (the Senior Cup does have a short round-up section). This week, because of a number of Cup matches there was no league action in Division Three, Four or Five.


Essex Olympian League Round-up – Saturday 19 February

EOFL Premier Division & Division One

In the top-tier, with their rivals not in league action, Ongar Town kept their title hunt going with a fine 3 – 0 victory over Basildon Town at Lakeside Sports Ground 3G. Jack Zielinski continued his fine scoring run with a double here, which was added to by George Hayes. Richard Ponsford’s side lead the table, having played the most of the top three sides. Basildon temporarily dropped to fifth spot but have eleven matches remaining, in what will be a hectic last three months for Marcus Bowers & Lee Bunn’s side. Kelvedon Hatch rose to fourth spot after a battling 2 – 1 victory over Leigh Ramblers at Belfairs Park in the match I attended. Drew Klessa-Smith’s 15th league goal of the season and skipper Wayne Semanshia’s goal was enough for Darren Hunt’s side here. Tom Franks had levelled for the Rams soon after they fell behind. If you’d like to see more on this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2022/02/19/s21-22-match-report-leigh-ramblers-1-2-kelvedon-hatch-sat-19-feb-eofl/

Elsewhere, Old Southendian went up to eighth spot after a 3 – 1 success over Sungate at a very windy Garon Park 3G. Ruari McIntyre’s double and a Callum Ludlaim strike ensured an important win for Altar Ali’s team. Sungate have the most games to play in the entire division, with 13 matches left and they will be looking to to get into the top five at least. Springfield took another good step towards safety with a huge 6 – 0 victory over bottom side Harold Wood Athletic. The trio of Joe Kiff, Tristan Ofori-Sampong and substitute Reece Simpson all got two goals each here as Francesco Zabotti’s side rose to tenth spot, six points clear of the bottom three. Ath are four points adrift at the bottom with ten matches left after Canning Town defeated Shenfield AFC  2 – 0 in Beckton. AFC fell one to ninth spot.

In Division One, Runwell Sports got the win they needed in their penultimate league match of the season, as they defeated Corinthians 2 – 1 at a wet St Luke’s Park. A brace from James Cox was enough to outdo Bailey Moss’ penalty for the visitors, whose quest for promotion will go to the wire and isn’t entirely in their own hands. Wakering Sports got a narrow 1 – 0 win over Herongate Athletic at Cupid’s, with Alex Jenkins getting a crucial goal to get the win they required. Herongate have one match left this term and seventh is the best they can finish. I would also like to give a mention to the character that is Nick Wilson, who has been Ath’s goalkeeper for most of this season.

Elsewhere, Old Chelmsfordians were held 2 – 2 by Leigh Town, with Daniel Driscoll and Aaron Tyler netting for Town, who still need points to avoid finishing in the bottom two.


EOFL Senior League Cup

In the Senior Cup, Toby progressed after a narrow 3 – 2 victory over fellow Division One side Chingford Athletic. Goals from Harry Barham, Albert Perry and Callum Mann were enough to see Mark Jones’ side progress. Catholic Utd also went through after staging a good comeback in defeating Rayleigh Town 3 – 2 at the Len Forge 3G. Aaron Baldwin, Alfie Whiteaker and replacement Jay Nash got the goals to render strikes by Paul Morris and skipper George Vile as not enough for the visitors as Utd went through.

Galleywood  P – P  Harold Hill (Rescheduled for next weekend)


EOFL Reserve League Cup

Chingford Athletic Res  3 – 2  Springfield Res  | Town Mead 3G

Harold Wood Athletic Res  2 – 4  Collier Row Res  | Moved to Robert Clack Sch 3G

Rayleigh Town Res  2 – 0  Old Chelmsfordians Res  | London Road

Wakebury Res  0 – 4  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  | Nursery Sports Ground

Wakering Sports ‘A’  A – W  Hashtag Utd Dev (Visitors progress via away walkover)


EOFL Reserve Lge Trophy

Corinthians Res  3 – 2  Runwell Sports Res  | Stambridge Memorial Ground

Epping Town A – W  Snaresbrook Res   (Away Walkover, Snaresbrook progress)

and  Herongate Athletic Res 2 – 4  Shenfield AFC Res  | Billericay Road


EOFL Division Two

Returning to the League action now, starting in Division Two. With the top two of ACD Utd and Harold Hill not in league action, Wakebury needed a big result to maintain their good chances of leapfrogging them for the title. Hutton Res had other ideas though as they edged to a 4 – 3 triumph at Hannakins Farm Community Centre 3G. The cast of goalscorers were Jack Shaw, Thomas Price plus substitutes Jude Keeling and Benjamin Rose for the hosts, though the Berries showed their spirit again through a brace from Daniel Buglione and one from Max Hall but ultimately they lost out and their match against ACD Utd at Westlands next weekend could be pivotal for them.

Also, May & Baker A continued their fine recent form with a 7 – 4 victory over Shoebury Town. A double for Daniel Brooker plus one each for player-boss Garry Johnson and Kyle McAlindon was insufficient for the ten-man Town side as Bakers took the points thanks to the ensemble cast of goalscorers led by Alagi Juwara and Ryan Stowell but also included Ryan Mugera, Nuno Espadaneira, Adnan Malik, Jack Howard and Michael Begg.


EOFL Denny King Memorial Cup

AS Rawreth  3 – 0  Leytonstone Utd | The Warren

Rochford Town  1 – 3  Collier Row | Rochford Recreation Ground

Southend Manor Dev P – P Snaresbrook

End

S21-22 Match Report: Old Southendian 0 – 3 Hutton (Sat 29 Jan) [EOFL 21/22 29.1.22]

Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Venue: Garon Park [3G]

2021-22 Season: Match 53

Attendance: 20 (est)

Saturday 29 January 2022 – 2.30pm KO

OS: Green Shirts, Black Shorts, Green Socks

Hutton: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks


Hutton put in fine performance to win well at Garon Park

Old Southendian  0 – 3 Hutton

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

This weekend saw a welcome return to the Essex Olympian League with a Premier Division match between Old Southendian and Hutton, who are chasing a top-three finish & have impressed again this season under manager Matt Singh. The hosts were looking to grab the points to cement a decent mid-table standing and they named Charlie Eagles in goal, deputising for regular stopper Peter Loveday. Former Southend Manor player Jordan Faulkner lined up alongside Daniel Frimley in central defence too, with Sam Adcock and Ruari McIntyre completing the back four. The forward line was led by Callum Ludlaim and Mitch Ali, with support from Ed Gould, captain Nick Henesy and Matt Tonking. Options on the bench included Harry Venables and Billy Taylor. Hutton had regular stopper Adrian Faherty in goal, with a defence of full-backs Sean O’Callaghan and John Carroll, with skipper James Gardner alongside George Ezekiel in the middle. Their attack was comprised of Brad Freeman, Will Marlowe and Joshua Seal.

Matt Tonking [#9] steps up to take free-kick for OS

This match started with the visitors having more time on the ball and forcing a number of set-pieces against the OS backline. Big chances were not so apparent though early on, as Joshua Seal’s low drive went close for the visitors, and a clever lob from OS centre-back Jordan Faulkner nearly caught out Hutton custodian Adrian Faherty before going narrowly over the woodwork. Hutton did make their early pressure pay on twenty minutes as from another set-piece, centre forward Brad Freeman was there where it matters in a congested penalty box to stroke home from close range past Old Southendian stopper Charlie Eagles.

OS did respond well in the minutes after conceding with a fine cross from the left side by Ed Gould nearly connecting with the advancing Callum Ludlaim, though the forward couldn’t quite connect with his header. Ludlaim also had a chance moments later which saw him get the better of the last visiting defender, but Faherty was able to deny his low strike with his legs at the near post.


In turn, this prompted another wave of forward moves by Hutton, and moments after Eagles had done well to claw the ball over the bar from a good strike by forward Will Marlowe, Hutton did get that crucial second goal on 26 minutes. Eagles had come off his goal-line which allowed Freeman to stroke home well into the net. It could’ve been worse for Old Southendian as Marlowe had a goal ruled out for off-side before half-time, beating Eagles with a strike that went high into the net.


Half-Time: Old Southendian 0 – 2 Hutton

In truth, Hutton were good value for their lead at the interval. I pondered that OS have been scoring goals in recent matches so Hutton needed to keep the concentration going for a while yet to prevent a comeback by the hosts. The visitors did exactly that and had a decent sight of goal in the early stages but Seal could only drill his effort off-target. However, that warning was not heeded as soon afterwards a good ball in to the far post on the hour allowed half-time substitute Tom Stephens to slide home from yards out past Eagles. Seal was again involved in the build-up to add to his good performance in this match.

Hutton were just that bit sharper with their passing and defensively at times and spurned further chances to add gloss to the scoreline, with headers by Marlowe and captain James Gardner from a wind-assisted corner going narrowly wide. Old Southendian were decent on the counter-attack themselves, despite not creating a number of good chances at goal, with Ludlaim keeping the visiting backline alert by making good darting runs and displaying good energy and movement. Mitch Ali also played his part with good passes though his & Gould’s passes did get cut out by a Hutton defence in no mood to lose their clean sheet.

Tom Stephens celebrates his goal with his team-mates (in red)

To use the often-used cliche, if OS had got a goal back then it could have been a nervy end to proceedings though as it was, Hutton did more than enough to get the win which keeps them in the top three and with Ongar Town dropping points on this match day, they now sit second in the table, a point behind leaders Basildon Town having played a match more.

OS forward Ed Gould [#11] gets past Hutton defender Lewis Scott [#4]

Full-Time: Old Southendian  0 – 3  Hutton

In summary, OS did have a few good spells in the game but were undone by a comparative lack of finishing. On the contrary, Hutton created a number of chances and were characteristically miserly in defence, also playing good stuff at times. It does seem that for the second season in succession, Matt Singh’s team are one of the surprises of the campaign in this division, which is much to their credit.

As ever, there was a number of good performances in this match. First for winners Hutton, forward Brad Freeman was a thorn in the side of a decent OS backline, though he did take his goals well. Strike partner Will Marlowe again put in a hard-working display & was unfortunate to not be on the score-sheet. Quick winger Joshua Seal also had a fine game, getting in behind the home defence and putting in teasing crosses from the left channel mainly, while full-back John Carroll also had a good game, as part of a tough visiting back four. For Old Southendian, the main attacking threat came from energetic forwards Callum Ludlaim and Mitch Ali, with Ludlaim inches away from finding the net on at least two occasions. Also, Jordan Faulkner had a good game at centre-back, displaying good positioning and made several good clearances. Finally, a word for forward Ed Gould who again put in a good display, creating the odd good chance which got through the Hutton rearguard.

Best wishes to both teams for the rest of the campaign. My thanks to both teams, was good to see both in action today.

Hutton forward Will Marlowe lines up free-kick in 2nd half

Teams (Rolling Subs Used in EOFL matches)

Old Southendian  | Manager: Altar Ali | Assistant: Dave Tubbs

Starting XI: 1 Charlie Eagles (GK), 2 Sam Adcock, 3 Ruari McIntyre, 5 Daniel Frimley, 6 Jordan Faulkner, 4 Neil MacLean, 8 Nick Henesy (Capt), 9 Matt Tonking, 7 Callum Ludlaim, 10 Mitchell Ali, 11 Ed Gould

Subs On (Time): 15 Harry Venables [40′], 14 Billy Taylor [70′], 12 Charlie Carter [85′]

Booked: None  | Subs Not Used: None


Hutton | Manager: Matt Singh  |  Assistants: Robert Lorkins & Bill Stratford

Starting XI: 1 Adrian Faherty (GK), 2 Sean O’Callaghan, 3 John Carroll, 5 James Gardner (Capt), 6 George Ezekiel, 4 Lewis Scott, 7 Luke Ricketts, 8 Stephen Judge, 9 Brad Freeman, 10 Will Marlowe, 11 Joshua Seal

Goal-scorers: Brad Freeman [20′ & 26′], Tom Stephens [60′]

Subs On (Time): 16 Elliott Fraser [38′], 12 Tom Stephens [46′] , 18 Owen Chesney [58′], 19 Robert Lorkins [70′]

Booked: None | Sub Not Used: Keeling


Referee: Keith Barron

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 30 Oct) [EOFL 21/22 31.10.21]


Corinthians’ Jake Hodder on the ball [Taken from Corinthians v Herongate 30.10.21]

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

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 30 October. This week, the focus on League action remains, with this round-up focusing on the top four divisions, with results from Division Four & Five. I also attended a match in the EOFL this weekend, more on that in the Division One section.
Many thanks for reading.


EOFL Premier Division

In the Premier Division, Ongar Town remain at the summit after a 5 – 0 win at Kelvedon Hatch. Joe Lilly notched twice for Richard Ponsford’s side, with Eamon Payne, Mitchell McCabe and Jack Zielinski all scoring to also go joint-top in terms of goals scored this term. Kelvedon remain eighth. Basildon Town are still second after they won 3 – 1 at Canning Town. Graham Harrison got another two goals and replacement Antony Aylett confirmed the win for Marcus Bowers’ side in Beckton. Meanwhile, Hutton are just a point further back in third spot after a superb 5 – 0 triumph at Leigh Ramblers. The ensemble cast of Stpehen Judge, George Nash, Sean O’Callaghan, Luke Ricketts and substitute Jack Shaw all contributed a goal each to see Matt Singh’s side to victory.

Rayleigh Town also stayed as they were in fourth place after a good 2 – 0 triumph away at Catholic Utd. Liam Oliver netted both goals to take his League tally up to nine for the season already. The ‘Super Hoops’ fell to seventh after this result, six points adrift of the top three. Old Southendian got their sixth win of the campaign as they won 2 – 0 against strugglers Harold Wood Athletic at Garon Park. Strikes by Ed Gould and Mattias Tonking were enough to see Altar Ali’s side maintain their good start to this term as they rise to fifth.

Also, Springfield got their first win under new boss Francesco Zabotti as they won 2 – 1 at Shenfield AFC, which moved them up two places to 12th, while Sungate were held to a 2 – 2 draw with Galleywood.


EOFL Division One

In the second-tier, Toby were the big movers up the standings with a 4 – 1 triumph at home to Beacon Hill Rovers. Doubles for Ben Picton and Albert Perry were enough to see Toby up to third after their third win in their last four matches. Beacon Hill remain second-bottom in the table after five straight defeats. In the match that I attended this weekend, Corinthians fought back well to claim a 2 – 2 draw against fellow top six side Herongate Athletic at Stambridge Memorial Ground. Herongate had Martin Llewellyn’s double to thank for an early lead, but as the match went on the hosts got stronger and goals from Jordan Stoneham and Leo Clarke levelled things up but Ath defended well to claim a point. For more on this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/10/30/s21-22-match-report-corinthians-2-2-herongate-athletic-sat-30-oct-eofl/ 

Elsewhere in the division, Chingford Athletic got another home win, this time defeating Leigh Town 2 – 1. The win takes Declan Murphy’s Chingford side up to fifth on goal difference, just ahead of Herongate and Old Chelmsfordians, who defeated bottom side Snaresbrook 2 – 0 at Lawford Lane. Finally, Runwell Sports got another win as they defeated Epping Town 2 – 1 at Epping Rugby club. Andrew Smith netted for Town here, but they remain 9th with Runwell now going level on points with leaders Wakering Sports, with Rob Hogdson’s side having played a game more.


EOFL Division Two

Now into Division Two, we have new leaders in Harold Hill after they comprehensively won 7 – 0 at Rayleigh Town Res. Harry Agombar netted a fine hat-trick, with Tommy Foster adding a brace plus Peter Tyler and Matthew Harris also netted for Mark Ellis’ side. Hill are three points clear of ACD Utd, who lost their unbeaten record, as they lost 2 – 1 at Wakebury. Strikes by Max Hall and Harry Kateley were enough to claim a big win for Matt Cardy’s side, overturning a rare goal by player-boss Greg Knock. The win sees the Berries fortify third spot, six points clear of Manford Way, who got a 3 – 0 success over Old Southendian Reserves in NE London.

Meanwhile, Hutton Res got their first win of the season after a 5 – 2 success at home to May & Baker A at Polo Fields. The visitors had to field May & Baker First team boss Jordan Harris in goal for the majority of the match (one of those great stories in Grassroots football) but Hutton did claim the points as Jude Keeling notched a treble and Carl Dutton got the other two goals to claim a morale-boosting win for the hosts. Finally, in their bottom-of-the-table match, AS Rawreth got a narrow 1 – 0 win at Rochford Town and end their six-match losing run. Harold Wood Athletic Ressies’ match with Shoebury Town was postponed, presumably due to a waterlogged pitch.


EOFL Division Three

In Division Three, Hashtag Utd Development opened up a seven-point cushion in third spot after a 4 – 0 triumph at Pitsea Athletic. Tony Stevens and Kai Warren struck to bolster their position, before late strikes by Samuel Pratt and replacement Charlie Drew sealed the win. Pitsea remain mid-table, a point ahead of Hullbridge Sports Res who got their third win of the season after a 3 – 1 success against Toby Res at Lower Road. Jay knight, Harry Mole and Michael Clark all netted to give the hosts the points. Elsewhere, Catholic Utd Res made it ten wins from ten matches after a 2 – 1 win at Leigh Town Res. Plus, Wakering Sports Res stayed in second on goal difference after winning 5 – 1 at home to Corinthians Res at Cupid’s. Collier Row’s match with Basildon Town Ressies was postponed, due to waterlogged surface at Forest Row.


EOFL Division Four Results

Canning Town Res 1 – 4  Leytonstone Utd  | Bobby Moore Pavillon

Galleywood Res  5 – 3 Sungate Dev.   |  Clarkes Field

Roydon  1 – 0  Southend Manor Dev.   | Roydon Playing Fields

Shenfield AFC Res  2 – 0  Old Chelmsfordians Res  | Warley Playing Fields

Springfield Res  1 – 4  Chingford Athletic Res  | Arun Close

Wakering Sports A  P – P Ongar Town Res  | Cupid’s CC (Pitch 2)


EOFL Division Five Results

AS Rawreth Res  A – W  Pitsea Athletic Res  | Away Walkover

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  H – W  Pitsea Athletic Res  | Home Walkover

Herongate Athletic Res  2 – 3 Wakebury Res  | Billericay Road

Old Barkabbeyans  8 – 1  Epping Town Res  | Barking Abbey Sch 3G


And in Herts Senior Centenary Trophy

Codicote  3 – 5  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  | John Clement Memorial Ground

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 23 Oct) [EOFL 21/22 24.10.21]

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

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 23 October. This week, the central focus on the League action returns, with this round-up focusing on the top three divisions (Division Three is now updated), with results from Division Four & Five. Many thanks for reading.

Image is an Archive one from Rochford Town v Wakebury earlier this month, by Scott W.


EOFL Premier Division

In the Premier Division, Catholic Utd got the result of the day as they won 5 – 0 at Kelvedon Hatch, with Aaron Baldwin returning to form with a double. Jay Nash, James Warder and Michael Sammut also netted for Simon Thomas’ side on a memorable day for them. Hutton also got an important three points as they defeated Shenfield AFC 3 – 1, with strikes by Brad Freeman, Will Marlowe and substitute Sean O’Callaghan sending Matt Singh’s team on the way to a fine win and remain third. Marc Holland responded for the visitors there. Rayleigh Town also got another win, as they won 3 – 0 against Bishop’s Stortford Swifts at London Road. Jack Long, Liam Oliver and George Vile all scored for Paul Higgins’ team.

Basildon Town also emerged from a hard-fought match with Harold Wood Athletic at Gardiners Close with a 2 – 1 victory and remain just one point adrift of the summit. Graham Harrison netted again to continue his fine season, with replacement Rhys Fatt also on target to overturn Freddy Shepherd’s strike for ‘Wood.  In other action, OId Southendian continued their decent season with a 2 – 1 success at home to Galleywood. Matthew Buckingham struck for the visitors there.  Ongar Town also won, 2 – 0 at Springfield to spoil Francesco Zabotti’s first match in charge for the hosts and Sungate secured a 4 – 2 triumph at home to Leigh Ramblers.


EOFL Division One

There were a couple of surprising results in Division One. First, leaders Wakering Sports travelled to Newbury Park in East London to face Toby. It ended up being a good day for Toby as they won 2 – 1, with Albert Perry and a Rhys Willson spot-kick enough to earn a big win and hamper the visitors’ superb start to the campaign. Charlie Smith had levelled for Sports earlier in the game. There was also an important win for Corinthians, who won 2 – 1 at Leigh Town thanks to strikes by Bailey Moss and Connor Summerhill.

Meanwhile at Billericay Road, the points were shared as Herongate Athletic drew 3 – 3 with Epping Town in a fine match. Mark Argent, Ray Snares and Ben Clarke all struck for Billy Cove’s side, but a double for Joe Rickett and one from Andrew Smith was enough to claim a decent point for Stuart Hoskins’ side. Elsewhere in other action, Old Chelmsfordians had Charlie Portway to thank for both goals as they claimed a 2 – 1 victory at home to Runwell Sports, who replied through player-boss Rob Hogdson. Finally, Chingford Athletic narrowly defeated Snaresbrook 1 – 0.


EOFL Division Two

In Division Two, ACD Utd went back to the top of the table on goal difference after a fine 4 – 2 win over Shoebury Town at Westlands. Michael Wade notched another brace here, with Shaun Goddard and Samuel Payne also on target for Greg Knock’s side. Callum Merenda and Steven Sharpe netted goals in response for Garry Johnson’s side but they fell to a third league loss this term. Nearest challengers Harold Hill were held to a 2 – 2 draw by Hutton Res at Noak Hill, with Jack Shaw netting both goals for the visitors there. Hill responded through a brace from Peter Tyler but are now joint-top. Old Southendian Res grabbed a decent 2 – 0 triumph at Harold Wood Athletic Res.

May & Baker A continued to make strides in this division as they defeated AS Rawreth 4 – 2. Alagi Juwara, Rowan Newland, Matthew Ball and Ryan Mugera all scored for Matt Guidera & Steve Hogg’s side as they earned a fourth league win this season. Rochford Town also emerged with a fine win, as they edged a nine-goal thriller, as they won 5 – 4 against Rayleigh Town Res at the Rec. Harry Ford netted twice for Jim Cooper’s side, with Owen Pedder, Musa Kamba and Freddie Pettitt all adding important goals to get a rare win this season for Rochford. Finally, Manford Way got a 2 – 1 win at Wakebury, with Max Hall again scoring for Matt Cardy’s side.


EOFL Division Three

In Division Three, Wakering Sports Res kept the gap to leaders Catholic Utd Res to six points after a 4 – 1 win over Leigh Town Res at Cupid’s. Liam O’Callaghan netted for Town but a double for Connor Fardyga and strikes by Scott Clark and David Watson were enough to claim the win. Catholic’s own Ressie side won 9 – 3 at home to Toby Res.

Hashtag Utd Development remain third after a 4 – 0 win against Collier Row, with Samuel Pratt scoring twice, with Kai Warren & Alex Warren also on target at Barleylands. Meanwhile, Basildon Town Res won 2 – 1 at Pitsea Athletic, thanks to strikes by Conor Mead and replacement Keith King. Finally, Corinthians Res got a 1 – 0 success at home to Hullbridge Sports Res, with Isaac Bello getting the only goal.


EOFL Division Four

Galleywood Res  1 – 4  Shenfield AFC Res  | Clarkes Field

Leytonstone Utd  1 – 4  Chingford Athletic Res  | Forest Row Centre

Ongar Town Res  2 – 0  Springfield Res  |  Melbourne Park 3G

Southend Manor Dev.  1 – 1  Canning Town Res  | Southchurch Park

Wakering Sports A  3 – 3  Sungate Dev.  | Cupid’s CC (Pitch 2)


EOFL Division Five

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  3 – 2  Pitsea Athletic Res  | Silver Leys

Epping Town Res  2 – 2  Collier Row Res  | Epping UC Rugby Club

Leigh Ramblers Res  4 – 4  Old Barkabbeyans  | Belfairs Park

Runwell Sports Res  H – W  AS Rawreth Res

Snaresbrook Res  2 – 2  Herongate Athletic Res  | Nutter Field

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & EPC (Sat 16 Oct) [EOFL 21/22 18.10.21]

Leigh Town GK Matthew Riley making another fine save [Image: @ABridgeTooFar16]

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

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 16 October. This week, there was less League action in top three tiers as the focus was towards Essex Premier Cup ties, to which I’ll have a round-up section but I’ll also have a extensive look at all the League action this week, which I seldom get the chance to do.

Photo by Neil Hunwicks (@ABridgeTooFar16)
Many thanks for reading.

EOFL Premier Division & Division Two

In the top tier, two matches took place. Rayleigh Town got a fine 4 – 0 triumph at Springfield, thanks in no small part to doubles for Liam Oliver and Harry Talbot, while Bishop’s Stortford Swifts also notched a big win as they got a 3 – 1 success over Harold Wood Athletic. Harry Clifford netted for Ath but that goal was outdone by another pair for Sam Chaney and one from Samuel Brown.

Due to the myriad of Cup ties this weekend, there was no action in Division One. So we move on EOFL Division Two, where Old Southendian Res were the first side this season to stop ACD Utd from claiming a victory, as their match at Garon Park ended 2 – 2. Sam Jones struck twice for Josh Bambury’s side, while Michael Wade and Warren Taylor replied for the leaders.


Essex Premier Cup

In the first of our ten focused matches from the Essex Premier Cup this weekend, on Friday night Old Southendian got a fine 3 – 2 win at Billericay Town Res, who play in the Essex Senior Reserve League. Callum Ludlaim got two goals for Altar Ali’s visitors, with replacement Taylor Turner getting the other goal for OS. James Drake and Max Gnandi responded for the hosts but it was the EOFL side who went through. On Saturday, Canning Town went through after a 3 – 1 win against Saffron Walden Town Res, with Stephen Ikumelo’s hat-trick proving the difference in that match in Beckton. EOFL Division One side Leigh Town faced a tricky test at Essex Alliance League Senior Division side Chadwell Heath Spartans, who are playing a division higher than Town this term. Dan Driscoll, Shane Cooper and Junior Lawrence all netted for Jack Pearman’s side here but a stirring response from the Spartans saw goals from Ray Hunwicks, Samir Aboulainaf and Jonathan Adams force a 3 – 3 scoreline and with it, the added 30 minutes. Extra-time could not determine a winner so over it went to the arduous penalty shoot-out, with Leigh goalkeeper Matthew Riley proving the hero with three penalty saves as Town won 3 – 2 on spot-kicks.

Elsewhere, Wakering Sports were conclusive 5 – 0 winners at divisional rivals Epping Town, with Aaron Clark notching twice, plus Max Drury, Connor Burrows and Daniel Regan all netted for Mitchell Gleeson’s side as they went through to the third round. Leigh Ramblers also progressed with a 2 – 0 win at Galleywood, thanks to goals from Nathan Dewberry and Rick Alabaster. There was a good win for Harold Wood Athletic Res, who knocked out AS Rawreth as ‘Wood won 4 – 3 AET at Harold Wood Park. Tish Ogungbayi, Tom Butler, Del Hawtin and Eddy Clinton all netted for Steve Hubbard’s side as they went through.

Catholic Utd also went through after navigating a tricky test at Billericay Road, with Simon Thomas’ side defeating Herongate Athletic 2 – 1. Aaron Baldwin and Jay Nash both scored for Utd there. Rayleigh Town Res made it a good week for the club as they defeated Essex Alliance League Senior side CSM London 4 – 1, with Byron Down notching a treble and Matthew Oaten also netted for Dave Barker’s side. Basildon Town saw off fellow EOFL Premier side Shenfield AFC 5 – 1 at St Martins Sch 3G. Graham Harrison netted twice here, with Jamie Bradbourn, Adam Bessadi and Jaime Selby-Knight also on target for Marcus Bowers’ side. Finally for this section, Toby continued their good Cup run with a 4 – 2 win over fellow Division One side Corinthians, with Marc Porter-Brown, Ben Picton, Rhys Willson and Albert Perry notching for the hosts in a good victory in Newbury Park.  


Other Results in EPC:

Colne Athletic  3 – 0  Kelvedon Hatch

Grays Athletic Res  2 – 1  Ongar Town

Manford Way  3 – 2  Runwell Sports

Shoebury Town  1 – 3  May & Baker A

Waltham Abbey Res  3 – 2  Snaresbrook

White Notley  1 – 2  Chingford Athletic

Wivenhoe Town Res  0 – 6  Sungate

Uncontested matches:

Beacon Hill Rovers A – W Harold Hill

Clapton CFC H – W  Wakebury

Hutton H – W Rochford Town


EOFL Division Three

In the four matches in Div Three, Hashtag Utd Development emerged with a good 2 – 1 win at Hullbridge Sports Res. Joe Ives netted for Sports, but strikes by Kai Warren and Jay Knight ensured the points left with Denis Simpson’s side. Pitsea Athletic continued their fine form this term, with a 4 – 0 win at strugglers Corinthians Res, with Reece Stone grabbing a fine treble, and Ben Challis was also on target for the visitors in that one.

In the two other matches in the division, Leigh Town Res got a fine 3 – 1 success over Toby Res, with player-boss Antony Lane grabbing a rare but welcome double, alongside Zack Walker’s strike. Arty Benjamin replied for Toby’s second side. Also, Catholic Utd Res got a 1 – 0 win over Basildon Town Res at St Thomas More Sch and keep their lead at the top at six points.


Essex Junior Cup Results

Buckhurst Hill U23  3 – 0  Herongate Athletic Res  | Roding Lane (pitch 2)

EOFL Division Four

This week, we’ve got round-up sections on Divisions Four & Five. Springfield Res went up to second spot in Div Four after a 3 – 1 win at Roydon, with Alfie Halliday notching twice and one for Sean Coughlan. Connor Riddoch got the only goal for the hosts but they drop to fifth. Chingford Athletic Res roared up to third spot after a big 5 – 1 success at strugglers Sungate Development. Luke Dimond nabbed four goals himself for the visitors with Jordan Baende also on target for Ath’s second side. Wakering Sports A are up to mid-table after a fine 5 – 2 win at local rivals Southend Manor Development. Telmo Cangoma and Matthew Pooley both scored for Carlos Codinha’s side but an ensemble cast of Tom Vine, Danny Pallett, Nikki Beale and substitutes Liam Jarrett & David Watson all netted in response to claim the win for Tony Wells’ side.

Meanwhile, Galleywood Res edged an eleven-goal thriller as they won 6 – 5 at Canning Town Res. Stuart Alexander hit two goals for the visitors, with William Santos, Luke Seaton, Lewis Brett & Travis Owles joining in on the goal-scoring. Canning responded thanks to a treble from Marcus Byfield plus strikes by Billy Evans and Sean Mooney. Galleywood rise to eighth spot after their second win this term. In the other matches, Old Chelmsfordians Res defeated Leytonstone Utd 3 – 2 whilst leaders Ongar Town Res maintained their unbeaten record by drawing 1 – 1 at Shenfield AFC Res.

EOFL Division Five

Finally this week in Division Five, Leigh Ramblers Res maintained their eight-point lead at the summit after winning their top of the table clash with Runwell Sports Res 3 – 0. Charlie Batchelor grabbed all three goals for the Rams, which takes them up to thirty goals scored this term. Nearest rivals Pitsea Athletic Res are the only side who have scored more with 32 goals after a 8 – 2 success against Epping Town Res at Basildon Sports Village. Kwadwo Asante led the way for Ath with a hat-trick here, though the supporting cast were Joshua Ledger with a brace, plus Jimmy Donovan and substitutes Joseph Milne and Jay Seeley-Hanson.

In other action, Collier Row Res were held 1 – 1 by Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res at the Forest Row Centre. An OG accounted for Swifts’ goal, with Raheem Bravo equalising for Row. Old Barkabbeyans also went up to seventh after defeating Wakebury Res 7 – 2 at the Nursery Sports Ground, with Bailey Diamond and Ben Morley scoring for Brett Deeming’s side.