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

Written By Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

EOFL Premier Division  – Top Goalscorers 2019-20 Season

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

 

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

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

 

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 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

Match Report: Old Southendian 4 – 1 Basildon Town (Sat 29th Feb) [EOFL 19/20 1.3.20]

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Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Venue: Garon Park [3G]

2019 – 20 Season: Match 60

Saturday 29th February 2020 – 2.30pm KO

Old Southendian: Green Shirts, Black Shorts, Green Socks

Basildon T: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

 

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Garon Park 3G pre-KO

Old Southendian motor to fine win at a blustery Garons

Old Southendian 4 – 1 Basildon Town

 

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

After a miserable week weather-wise, the local Non-League scene was heavily affected in Steps 4, 5 & 6 as well as the Olympian League, so I returned to Garon Park 3G for this important mid-table tussle between Old Southendian and Basildon Town. With matches running thin, the hosts needed the points to try and ward off the threat of being overtaken by the sides below them, which included their opposition here. And before kick-off, Town’s decent away record may have been a concern, having won four of their previous eight matches away from Basildon Sports Club.

The hosts named a strong starting squad, with Charlie Merrin between the posts, Connor Burrows and Matt Wilson in central defence and a front two of Nick Henesy and Riley Oliver, supported by wingers Elliot Hemmings and Ed Gould. Among the options from the bench were midfielder Ryan Stillwell and forwards Nico Dubouchet and Harry DaCosta. Basildon fielded Lucas Morenas-Jones in goal, with a back four of Alex Horey, Daley Grant, James O’Brien and Jamal Hinds. The attack as led by top-scorer Keith King and Jamie Broadbourn while the options from the sidelines included midfielders Billy Childs and Sam Green and forwards Barv Walkuaika & Kieron Case.

The match got underway in a relentless gale of ice-cold wind with the visitors being quite nervous in defence, as OS looked to start well. Seconds after one of those said defensive lapses nearly gave OS forward Nick Henesy a one-on-one chance to beat visiting custodian Luke Morenas-Jones, home full-back Charlie Kernott slipped in the right-side of the penalty box though his drive from a narrow angle was well parried away by the Basildon stopper. At the other end, Basildon were showing they had pace and purpose as well, though forward Keith King sent two efforts wide of goal, it was a warning for the home back-line.

The hosts responded minutes later as after god build-up play involving wingers Ed Gould and Elliot Hemmings, the ball came to forward Riley Oliver though his effort went just wide of the onion-bag. As we passed the midway point of the half, with Town on the back-foot, they had another setback as enterprising forward Jamie Bradbourn had to be withdrawn and it did affect their play in attack. Old Southendian added another blow as they took the lead moments later. Gould found a little pace on the right side of the 18-yard area and lobbed Morenas-Jones, with the ‘keeper possibly being wrong-footed by the swirling gust of wind though it was still a good bit of thinking by Gould. The hosts lookd to extend their lead soon after the half-hour as Henesy’s pass found Gould though this time he couldn’t find a way to bypass Morenas-Jones. Another good move by OS saw Gould neatly finding Hemmings, though again the strike was off-target.

Half-Time: Old Southendian  1 – 0  Basildon Town

The game was still well-poised at the interval, though the hosts did extend their lead seven minutes into the half, with Henesy again involved in the build-up, finding strike partner Oliver who fired home low past a number of bodies in the six-yard area. Basildon did hold firm in the next part of the game, although found it hard to keep the ball in the attacking third of the pitch, finding the back four and tigerish midfielder Luke Moloney in a battling mood. It was Moloney himself who grabbed a third goal on 73 minutes. Sitting deep outside the D, a cool pull back ended with an unstoppable rising drive from 25 yards from Moloney which sailed past Morenas-Jones into the top corner of the net, much to his teammates’ delight and was applauded by the opposition dug-out as well.

As we entered the last ten minutes, Town midielder Tom Green lashed a shot into the side-netting from a narrow angle while the over-worked Morenas-Jones also did well to tip wide a curling effort by home substitute Nico Dubouchet. Centre-back Matt Wilson’s header crowned off a fine day for the hosts with six minutes left though the clean sheet also went moments later as the home defence lapsed, allowing substitute Barv Walkuaika to slot home well with three minutes left.

Full-Time: Old Southendian  4 – 1  Basildon Town

The win for OS takes them back up to eighth, but as the bottom seven sides are still so closely-packed, the Southend side are seven points clear of bottom side Harold Wood Athletic with only four matches left to play and their rivals all have games in hand, apart from Canning Town in tenth spot.

Despite the need for points, Connor Lane’s side played good football throughout most of this match, with neat passing moves and were decent in defence as well. Ed Gould gave the Basildon defence a hard afternoon with his running, skill and passing, with Nick Henesy also shining here as a centre-forward, linking up well with Gould and Riley Oliver, who also had a good game here. Also, skipper Luke Moloney had a superb afternoon as the ‘engine room’ in central midfield and capped it off with a stellar strike which he and those watching won’t forget quickly. Finally, winger Elliot Hemmings also did well tracking back and assisting the forward line in attacking moves.

For Basildon, they had their moments going forward, particularly in the first-half and although he had to be subbed off prior to the half-hour, Jamie Bradbourn showed enough purpose, trickery and movement to be noted here. Defender James O’Brien and midfielder Scott Cooper had solid outings here, as did centre-back Jamal Hinds, particularly when his side were up against it after the interval. A note also for the tireless running of centre-forward Keith King who despite being isolated up front, he did keep the home defence alert with his probing runs and passing.

Finally, my thanks to the hosts for the kind welcome as usual. Good also to see Gareth Cleverly’s Basildon side as well for the first time. I’d like to wish both teams well for the rest of their respective seasons.

 

Teams

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

Starting XI: 1 Charlie Merrin (GK), 2 Charlie Kernott, 3 Steven Sharpe, 4 Luke Moloney (Capt), 5 Connor Burrows, 6 Matt Wilson, 7 Elliot Hemmings, 8 Lawrence Phillips, 9 Nick Henesy, 10 Riley Oliver, 11 Ed Gould

Goal-scorers: Ed Gould [33’], Riley Oliver [52’], Luke Moloney [73’], Matt Wilson [84’]

Subs On: 14 Ryan Stillwell [62’, on for Phillips], 12 Nico Dubouchet [76’, on for Oliver] | Subs Not Used: DaCosta, Nutman, Lane

 

Basildon Town  | Manager: Gareth Cleverly

Starting XI: 1 Luke Morenas-Jones (GK), 2 Alex Horey, 3 Daley Grant (Capt), 16 James O’Brien, 5 Jamal Hinds, 6 Ross Giles, 12 Scott Cooper, 8 Jimmy Markham, 18 Tom Green, 10 Keith King, 11 Jamie Bradbourn

Goal-scorers: Barv Walkuaika [87’]

Subs On: 20 Billy Childs [27’, on for Bradbourn], 17 Sam Green [62’], 7 Matt Juson [73’], 14 Barv Walkuaika [73’], 9 Kieron Case [76’]

Subs Unused: None  |

Referee: Simon Caton

Assistant Referees: Ryan Bennett & Haydn Seaman

 

 

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 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

 

Match Report: Old Southendian 4 – 0 Catholic Utd (Sat 25th Jan) [EOFL 19/20 25.1.20]

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Venue: Garon Park [3G]

2019 – 20 Season: Match 53

Saturday 25th January 2020 – 2.30pm KO

Old Southendian: Green Shirts, Black Shorts, Green Socks

Catholic Utd: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

 

OS secure a big win against promotion-chasing Catholic Utd at Garon Park

Old Southendian 4 – 0 Catholic Utd

 

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

This weekend’s Non-League took me to Garon Park in Southend to see a match with ramifications for both ends of the Essex Olympian League Premier Division table as promotion-chasing Catholic Utd made the short trip to Garon Park to face relegation-threatened Old Southendian. Both sides had lost their last three matches though before kick-off, the ‘Super Hoops’ were joint-highest goal-getters in this division this term which speaks volumes about the threat they pose. Anyway, onto the line-up’s and with manager Connor Lane unavailable due to family commitments, assistant David Tubbs stood in as ‘gaffer’ for the day. He named a back four of skipper John Nutman, Ed Gould plus centre-backs Connor Burrows and Matt Wilson. Ex- Burnham Ramblers pair Luke Moloney and Ryan Stillwell were the midfield heartbeat, with Elliot Hemmings and Stuart Paton on the flanks. Mattias Tonking and Jed Hackling were among the options on the bench. Catholic Utd named Daniel Boosey between the posts with regular stopper Louis Godwin-Green suspended. A back three of Max Kent, Bradley Vaughan and Alfie Larkin were supported by anchor midfielder & captain Thomas Kearney. Aaron Baldwin and Simon Thomas led the line with Casum Tiffin, Franklin Craik and boss Dan Trenkel himself completing their substitutes.

Onto the match itself then and in the early stages, it was the ‘Super Hoops’ who had the bulk of the possession and making some headway down the channels though the wary OS backline did well to cut out the centres from the flanks. With 14 minutes played, Catholic Utd should really have taken the lead as forward Aaron Baldwin managed to evade the onrushing home custodian Charlie Mellin though his low shot was well-cleared by a covering home defender on the line. Seconds later, winger Mike Sammut did well to weave past two defenders cutting inside before his strike cannoned off the base of the left-side post. The hosts were sweating after that let-off though on 18 minutes, they took a surprise lead. From a right-sided corner, Os forward Nick Henesy snuck in at the near post and finished neatly to give David Tubbs’ side an encouraging advantage, against the run of play at that point.

Chances then started to come somewhat more freely for sides, as mere minutes after the opening goal, a fierce drive from Sammut from fifteen yards was well-parried away by Mellin before at the other end, OS forward Nico Dubouchet fired wide from a promising position, twelve yards out. The hosts extended their advantage on 26 minutes as moments after a free-kick had hit a post, the ball was recycled and sent back into the danger area where Dubouchet fired home with some vigour into the left-side corner past Boosey. It could’ve been worse for the visitors as on the half-hour, Old Southendian had a goal chalked off as from a peach of a right-wing cross by winger Stuart Paton, Dubouchet again struck home – only problem was the officials ruled he was off-side. Moments later, a corner for the visitors taken short ended with a dangerous centre finding physical forward Simon Thomas, who couldn’t direct his header on target.

As we neared the end of the half, Catholic Utd were still looking to come forward, although their passing had on occasion deserted them. Another key moment right before the break as Baldwin broke the off-side trap though he could only send a tame effort towards goal which Mellin got down to gather.

Half-Time: Old Southendian  2 – 0 Catholic Utd

Thus far the match was certainly more lively than the onset of freezing wind. Into the second half, and we didn’t have to wait long for a crucial goal. OS midfielder Ryan Stillwell did superbly to ghost past at least two defenders before taking a touch and finishing coolly past Boosey to notch a third goal for Old Southendian. It was very well-taken and would not have been out-of-place in Steps 4 and 5, it was that well-crafted. The over-worked Boosey was called into action again moments later to deny another goal-bound effort by Henesy.

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OS winger Stuart Paton [7] on the ball [Image: Scott W]
Much to their credit, the visitors kept going and had chances though skipper Thomas Kearney and wing-back Harley Kee could only fire wide of target. Baldwin had another headed effort comfortably gathered by Mellin before OS got a fourth to round out the scoring on 72 minutes. Visting stopper Boosey did well to deny an initial strike by Dubouchet though Henesy was in the ‘right place, right time’ to stroke home the rebound, much to delight of his team-mates. The game wasn’t entirely up though as Catholic pushed forward in the latter stages. Substitute Franklin Craik’s powerful drive was well denied by Mellin. Forward Luke Trice showed purpose and desire to outpace the home backline but he was frustrated, as the Os backline tracked back well, led by centre-back Connor Burrows and put their bodies on the line to snuff out the danger as best they could. With moments remaining, home substitute Matt Tonking had another effort well-saved by Boosey before Baldwin blasted over for the visitors.

Full-Time: Old Southendian  4 – 0 Catholic Utd

The hosts will take a huge amount of confidence from the performance, as well as the result. The ‘Super Hoops’ were below their high standards on the day though it says a bit for their ability that they still could have had two or three goals here. Onto the stand-out performers and firstly for OS, I have to credit centre-back Connor Burrows, who was immense. A number of interceptions and good tracking back were among his contributions to the game and certainly did have a big say in his side getting a clean sheet too. Centre forward Nick Henesy was also impressive again, as was Ryan Stillwell in midfield. Winger Elliot Hemmings was also a good creative outlet for David Tubbs’ side, while forward Nico Dubouchet also did well.

For Catholic Utd, skipper Thomas Kearney led his side well with customary determination and good passing, with centre-back Alfie Larkin showing good positioning too. Goalkeeper Daniel Boosey also did well clawing away a few dangerous set-pieces as well as making decent saves, and loanee Bowers & Pitsea U23 forward Luke Trice showed his energy and desire, particularly in the second half so you understand why he has got goals in this side this term.

Finally, my thanks to the hosts for the kind welcome they gave upon arrival. I’d like to wish both teams well for the rest of their respective seasons.

Teams

Old Southendian  | Stand-in Manager: David Tubbs | Assistant: Ollie Thursby

Starting XI: 1 Charlie Merrin (GK), 2 John Nutman (Capt), 3 Ed Gould, 4 Luke Moloney, 5 Connor Burrows, 6 Matt Wilson, 7 Stuart Paton, 8 Ryan Stillwell, 9 Nico Dubouchet, 10 Nick Henesy, 11 Elliot Hemmings

Goal-scorer: Nick Henesy [18’ & 72’], Nico Dubouchet [26’], Ryan Stillwell [47’]

Subs On: 15 Mattias Tonking, 16 Jed Hackling | Subs Not Used: Kernott, DaCosta

 

Catholic Utd  | Player-Manager: Dan Trenkel

Starting XI: 1 Daniel Boosey (GK), 2 Patrick Kearney, 3 Harley Kee, 14 Max Kent, 5 Bradley Vaughan, 17 Alfie Larkin, 7 Thomas Kearney (Capt), 8 Luke Trice, 9 Aaron Baldwin, 18 Simon Thomas, 11 Mike Sammut

Subs On: 10 Franklin Craik, 4 Casum Tiffin | Sub Unused: Trenkel

Booked: Sammut

Referee: David Tregaskes

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 21 Dec) [EOFL 19/20 22.12.19]

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Image from Old Southendian v Kelvedon Hatch this weekend [Image: Scott W]
Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & EOFL Writer

Hello and welcome to the first of our festive round-up’s of Essex Olympian League action here on my blog. The weekend’s action was heavily blighted by the weather so a lot of 3G or artificial pitches were called in to assist some teams to fulfil their matches. Thanks for reading & Merry Christmas to all our readers.

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Saturday 21 December

Premier Division

In the Premier Division, four matches were played and we start with Catholic Utd’s

6 – 0 home win over Harold Wood Athletic at the Len Salmon Stadium. Braces from Thomas Kearney and Michael Sammut along with one goal each for Aaron Baldwin and Ellis Sands saw the in-form ‘Super Hoops to their seventh win this term and remain in second spot, just a point shy of current leaders Sungate.

A new era started at the Garon Park 3G pitch which took in its first league game, with Old Southendian defeating Kelvedon Hatch 2 – 1, thanks to strikes by Stuart Paton and Ed Gould. Richard Kadima got a late one back for Hatch though OS got their third win in their last six games to go up to 10th in the table. I attended this match and you can read more about it here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/12/21/match-report-old-southendian-2-1-kelvedon-hatch-sat-21st-dec/

 

Elsewhere, Shenfield AFC lept off the bottom with a 2 – 1 success over Bishop’s Stortford Swifts in a match reversed to St Martin’s Sch 3G. Ben Carroll and co-manager Luke Williamson got the crucial goals for AFC to secure their third win in their last six matches. Swifts’ poor run extends to one win in their last five matches sees them  ninth, just four points off the foot of the table.  Also, Canning Town won 3 – 2 at fellow strugglers Hutton which ended a three-match winless stretch. Hutton drop to bottom place though the bottom seven clubs are only separated by six points which makes you believe it’ll be a real slugfest in the second half of the campaign to avoid relegation.

Matches Off:

Rayleigh Town  P – P  Basildon Town  | London Road

Springfield  P – P  Leigh Ramblers    | Springfield Hall Park

Sungate  P – P  Buckhurst Hill    | Ilford Wanderers RFC

 

Senior ONE Schedule All Postponed

 

Herongate Athletic  P – P  Snaresbrook   | Billericay Road

Old Chelmsfordians P – P  Runwell Sports   | Lawford Lane

Toby  P – P   Ongar Town  | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park)

Ramsden Scotia P – P  Chingford Athletic  | Nursery Sports Ground

Shoebury Town  P – P  Rayleigh Town Res   | Cupid’s CC (Pitch 2)

 

Senior TWO  All Postponed

Harold Wood Athletic Res  P – P  Rochford Town | Harold Wood Park  [Pitch 1]

May & Baker Res  P – P  Wakering Sports  | May & Baker FC

 

Senior Division Three

Two matches did survive the weather in Senior Three. One of them saw Collier Row defeat Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ 3 – 1 in a game switched to the Robert Clack Sch 3G pitch. Row remain fifth but are five points clear of nearest rivals Leigh Town Reserves and only three points adrift of Toby Reserves in second. Lakeside Res drew 3 – 3 with Wakebury having come from behind at the Lakeside Sports Ground. David Alele, Chris Batt and a Azeez Aileru penalty accounted for the hosts’ goals while Christopher Gore, Ben Munday from 12 yards and Charlie Little all netted for the Berries, who are three points clear at the summit though have played quite a few more games than all of the other top five sides. Lakeside Ressies stay bottom though end a eight-match losing run here.

Matches Off:

Basildon Town Res  P – P  Toby Res  | Basildon Sports Club

Corinthians Res  P – P  Hutton Res   | Stambridge Memorial Ground

 

Senior Division Four

Chingford Athletic Development  P – P  Canning Town Res  | Town Mead [3G]

Shenfield AFC Res  P – P  Leytonstone Utd  | The Drive

Wakering Sports Res  P – P  Roydon  | Cupid’s CC [Pitch 1]

Senior Division Five

Collier Row Res  P – P  Wakering Sports Development

Leigh Ramblers Res  1 – 6  Herongate Athletic Res

Roydon Res  P – P  Springfield Res

 

Match Report: Old Southendian 2 – 1 Kelvedon Hatch (Sat 21st Dec) [EOFL 19/20 21.12.19]

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Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Venue: Garon Park [3G]

2019 – 20 Season: Match 47

Saturday 21st December 2019 – 2.00pm KO

Old Southendian: Green Shirts, Black Shorts, Green Socks

Kelvedon Hatch: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

 

OS Firsts edge an entertaining battle in New Garon Park pitch bow

Old Southendian 2 – 1  Kelvedon Hatch

 

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] with additional photos by Peter Dudley [Twitter: @ped1980]

With this week’s near-endless rain heavily affecting this weekend’s action in Steps 4, 5 & 6, the featured match was from the Essex Olympian League Premier Division (Step 7) which saw Old Southendian welcome Kelvedon Hatch. This was the first match staged at the new Garon Park 3G pitch, after a three-month renovation of the old grass area was completed earlier this month. It wasn’t plain-sailing though for the hosts, who had to start with manager Connor Lane in goal, with a defence of Charlie Kernott, Steven Sharpe, Matt Wilson and Connor Burrows. Burrows has made eight appearances for Essex Senior side Southend Manor earlier this season. Craig Paton, Nick Henesy and Ed Gould made up the forward line with Elliot Hemmings, Nico Dubouchet and Harry DaCosta were among the substitutes, as was the unfortunate goalkeeper Ryan Smith.  Kelvedon fielded Rob Hatton between the posts, with Dan Johnson skippering the side and ex-Barking forward Ashley Wackers leading the line, supported by Ade Cole and Dan Hawkes. Glen Golby was among their substitutes.

As we entered the initial phases of the match, it was the home side that the better of the early opportunities though forward Nick Henesy was unable to create the power behind his goal-bound effort from close range as Hatch goalkeeper Rob Hatton did well to deny him low down, closing the angle. On nine minutes, Stuart Paton sent in a good ball from the right which found Craig Paton though he could only loft his shot over the top corner. Connor Lane’s side did break the stalemate with eighteen minutes on the watch as Stuart Paton struck home from close range past Hatton.

As we moved into the midway point of the half, Kelvedon midfielder Richard Kadima had a effort which fizzed over the woodwork before the same player made buccaneering 40-yard run through the middle before being brought down. The chilly air was drawing in by this point as was the intermittent rain which glistened off of the damp surface. OS had a few more half-chances though Hatton was not unduly troubled really. Just past the half-hour, the visitors responded and found their rhythm though forwards Ashley Wackers and Dan Hawkes were both comfortably denied by stand-in ‘keeper Connor Lane. Energetic midfielder Ade Cole also had a sighter at goal though blazed wide from a decent position, 20 yards out.

The last major chance of the half saw forward Craig Paton do well to elude his marker and his strike was well-saved by Hatton, who got down smartly to parry it away strongly.

Half-Time: Old Southendian  2 – 1 Kelvedon Hatch

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Rare sight to see OS boss Lane donning the gloves temporarily [Image: Scott W]
Early in the second half, following a decent run by Hawkes, Hatch midfielder Oliver Slater also struck off-target and the half-chances that were not snapped up by the Brentwood-based side came at a cost. The Greens extended their lead five minutes after the interval as after good work by full-back Steven Sharpe down the left flank, he passed to forward Ed Gould who looped in a powerful drive which sailed over Hatton and into the far corner. The visitors may have felt it was a fortunate sucker-punch but it was still some goal to see.

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OS midfielder Ryan Stillwell on the ball looking forward [Image: Peter D]
The next passage of play was a little scrappy though the latter stages rovided some notable moments. With seventeen minutes remaining, OS substitute Nico Dubouchet picked the pocket of Hatch custodian Hatton though unfortunately dragged his effort over the bar with only Hatton to defeat. Fellow home replacement Elliot Hemmings showed plenty of purpose after coming on, and he showed good skill on-the-ball before feeding Henesy though his strike was skewed wide. To be fair to the visitors though, they finished the match quite strongly with a tactical switch saw Wackers revert to centre-back and veteran Glen Golby entering the fray in attack. Eleven minutes from time, Hatch’s Josh Smith found his way in on goal though when one-on-one with replacement goalkeeper Ryan Smith though the ‘keeper did well to deny a good strike by Josh Smith. Kelvedon did deservedly get on the score-sheet with seven minutes remaining as after some ‘ping-pong’ in a congested penalty area, Kadima did well to show awareness and lobbed in from close range.

Full-Time: Old Southendian  2 – 1  Kelvedon Hatch

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Nice snap as the clouds draw in.. [Image: Peter D]
The hosts rode out some late pressure to claim the points here and it is a vital win which takes OS into 10th place. Nick Henesy and Ed Gould stood out for OS today, as did substitute Elliot Hemmings with an energetic display. For Hatch, midfielder Richard Kadima had a really good game and capped it with his late goal. Ashley Wackers and Ade Cole also enjoyed good games today.

Finally, my thanks to the OS manager Connor Lane, my Non-League colleague Pete Dudley for the additional photos which have been credited, and I wish both clubs well for the remainder of the Premier Division campaign. I would also like to wish all my readers of this blog a very Merry Christmas & very happy & peaceful new year in 2020.
Teams

Old Southendian  | Player-Manager: Connor Lane 

Starting XI: 1 Connor Lane (GK), 2 Charlie Kernott, 3 Steven Sharpe, 4 Luke Moloney, 5 Matt Wilson, 6 Connor Burrows, 7 Ryan Stillwell, 8 Stuart Paton, 9 Craig Paton, 10 Nick Henesy, 11 Ed Gould

Goal-scorer: Stuart Paton [18’], Ed Gould [50’]

Subs On: Ryan Smith (GK), 12 Elliot Hemmings, 15 Nico Debouchet, 14 Harry Da Costa, 16 Matt Tonking

Booked: Burrows, Stillwell

 

Kelvedon Hatch  | Co-Managers: Steve Willis & Glen Golby

Starting XI: 1 Rob Hatton (GK), 2 Tom Mann, 3 Oluwatobi Popoola, 4 Daniel Johnson (Capt), 5 Charlie Parish, 14 Josh Smith, 7 Ade Cole, 15 Richard Kadima, 9 Ashley Wackers, 10 Dan Hawkes, 12 Oliver Slater

Goal-scorers: Richard Kadima [ 83’],

Subs On: 6 Glen Golby | Subs Unused: Nougher, Elbi, Aylett |Booked: Hawkes

Referee: Luke Woolf

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 9 November) [EOFL 19/20 10.11.19]

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Archive: Rayleigh T v Leigh R in August (Image: Scott W)

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

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of Essex Olympian League action, covering the League action from the Premier Division to Senior Three with results from the various Cups and Senior Four & Five on the weekend of Saturday 9th November. Thanks for reading.

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Premier Division

In the five matches this weekend in the Premier Division, Rayleigh Town missed a chance to extend their lead at the summit as Harold Wood Athletic returned to form with a 3 – 1 win at London Road. Bradley Foley, Max Shepherd and replacement Joe McBurney all netted for Ath who rise to 12th place. Connor Bridger struck for Rayleigh, who are now five matches without a win. Springfield took advantage of other results to rise to third after a narrow 3 – 2 win at Kelvedon Hatch. Shenfield AFC won 1 – 0 at Leigh Ramblers to rise off the bottom after Saturday’s matches.

Old Southendian defeated Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 3 – 1 at Garon Park to seal their third consecutive league win. Nick Henesy, Craig Paton and Ryan Stillwell all scored here to see them up to tenth, only three points off the Swifts in ninth. Finally, on Friday night, Hutton held Catholic Utd 1 – 1 at the Len Salmon.

 

Senior Division One

Moving into Senior One, with leaders Chingford Athletic getting three points without contesting their match with Ramsden Scotia due to Scotia being unable to field a side, attention turned to their rivals. Ongar Town battled past FC Hamlets  2 – 1 to keep the gap to third to four points. Lakeside stay third after a fine 4 – 1 win at Manford Way. Luke Quinton got another brace here, with Charlie Ashpole and Ollie Pettit also finding the net for the visitors. Manford replied through on-loan forward Olajide Yusuff though they still drop to seventh after this result.

Elsewhere, there was more entertainment in the division as Galleywood rose to fifth after a 5 – 3 win at home to Shoebury Town. The hefty cast of Jack Chatterway, Sam Donn, Tyler Tredgett and replacements Joe Russell and Craig Skipper all scored one each here in a great match for the neutral. Similarly, Rayleigh Town Res edged another thriller to win 4 – 3 at Herongate Athletic. Rodney Wilson led the way for Dan Williams & Lee Bunn’s side with a hat-trick, with James Nottage also on target. They sit sixth now, four points behind Old Chelmsfordians who smashed Snaresbrook 5 – 2 to stay fourth.

Runwell Sports also got their second win this term with a convincing 4 – 0 win at Toby. Caden Vine got two of them, with Charlie Adams and Pearce Clarke also netting here for Jason Emery’s side.

 

EOFL Senior League Cup result

Sungate  1 – 3  Buckhurst Hill   | Ilford Wanderers RFC

 

 

Essex Junior Cup Results

Basildon Town Res  3 – 1 Ongar Town Res

Brentwood Utd  1 – 3  Roydon

Buckhurst Hill Res  1 – 0  Aveley U23

Corinthians Res  7 – 0  Newbury Forest Res

Great Bentley Res  A – A  Lakeside Res

Hutton Res  2 – 0  Galleywood Res

Tiptree Heath Res  0 – 2  Toby Res

Wakebury  3 – 4  Collier Row

Wakering Sports Res  4 – 0  Old Southendian ‘A’

 

Senior Division Two

In Senior Two, the Epping Town juggernaut continues as they won 5 – 0 at May & Baker Res, which sent them top as one of three teams on 19 points. Despite having a reduced squad, a brace from stand-in striker Aaron Holloway, plus one each for Daniel Garfinkle, Alex Paraskeva and George Martin sealed a win. I get the feeling some Non-League nostalgists would have been keen to see manager Billy Cove have a cameo appearance perhaps?

Anyway, away from the nostalgia, Leigh Town also got another win in a hard-fought 1 – 0 triumph over Laindon Orient at John Burrows Recreation Ground with Rhys Mosedale scoring the only goal to see Leigh rise to second. Old Southendian Res also continued their good recent form with a 3 – 1 success at Rochford Town, with Thomas Adams, Greg Molford and Oliver Tatton-Bennett all netting for Ben Manley’s team. They rise to sixth place now, seven points off the top spot.   Also, Ryan were held 3 – 3 by Wakering Sports as the both sides’ struggles to win this term continued.

Finally in this division, AS Rawreth ended a six-match losing run as they defeated fellow strugglers Westhamians 5 – 1 in Fairlop Oak. Louis Hill struck twice with Daniel Hooper, Bradley Pike and Lewis Wynne all also on target for Shane Bird’s side.

Match Postponed:  Harold Wood Athletic Res  P – P  Corinthians

 

Senior Division Three

In the only match this weekend in Senior Three, ACD Utd went up to third spot with a 3 – 0 win at strugglers Hullbridge Sports ‘A’. Michael Wade, Billy Rungay and Ollie Williams all struck to give the EOFL newcomers their fourth win in eight league games thus far. Sports are yet to win this term though they will be heartened that four sides are within three points of them at the bottom of the table.

 

Senior Division Four

Canning Town Res  2 – 4  Chingford Athletic Development

Catholic Utd Res  3 – 2  Shenfield AFC Res

Forest Glade  1 – 2  Leytonstone Utd

Laindon Orient Res  1 – 2  Old Chelmsfordians Res

 

Senior Division Five

Collier Row Res  5 – 1  Shoebury Town Res

Old Barkabbeyans  1 – 4  Herongate Athletic Res

Roydon Res  3 – 1  Runwell Sports Res

Springfield Res  0 – 2  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res

Wakering Sports ‘A’  0 – 5  Leigh Ramblers Res

Essex Olympian League Round-up (Sat 26 October) [EOFL 19/20 27.10.19]

W Seal (LR Boss) in digout (RT 3 - 1 LR) [EOFL P 24.8.19}
Leigh Ramblers boss Wayne Seal’s side had a fine weekend [Image Credit: Andy W]
Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of the Essex Olympian League action, which includes matches from the top four divisions, plus the Senior League Cup action on Saturday 26th October. Thanks for reading.

 

Premier Division

Starting with the six matches in the top-tier, Buckhurst Hill arguably had their match of the season as they powered to a 6 – 1 win over leaders Rayleigh Town at Roding Valley School. Suley Zuhdu opened the scoring for Mark Williams’ side before Fenti Falola’s hat-trick plus strikes by Josh Banfield and Sam Sollosi more than secured their fourth win in their last five matches. Town are now winless in their last three games now. Their lead at the top is down to a single point now as Sungate crushed Harold Wood Athletic 7 – 1 at Harold Wood Park.

Leigh Ramblers are up to third a point further back after grabbing a 5 – 0 triumph at home to Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Andrew Webster’s brace was added to by strikes by Justin Hazell, Matt Brinklow and Jack Gardner which got the Rams their third consecutive win. Basildon Town also won this weekend, defeating Catholic Utd 3 – 2 at the Len Salmon. Jamie Bradbourn, Mark Frostick and Tommy Green all netted for Bas as they sit sixth after their third win in their last five outings.

Meanwhile, Old Southendian had strikes by Craig Paton and Harry Da Costa to thank for a 2 – 1 win over Canning Town at Garon Park. Shenfield AFC also got their maiden win of the season as they defeated Kelvedon Hatch 3 – 1. Ben Absolon, Mitchell Day and Alex Tredgett all scored to outdo Glen Golby’s goal for Hatch and put AFC up one to second-bottom.

 

Senior League Cup

Manford Way 1 – 4  Hutton

Westhamians 1 – 2  Hullbridge Sports ‘A’

Anagram Records Trophy

Galleywood  2 – 0 Mursley Utd

 

EOFL Senior One

In Senior One, Chingford Athletic went a point off the summit with a 3 – 2 win at FC Hamlets. Sam Coe, Alex Gordon and Gary Murray all netted for Ath as they got back to winning ways in the league. Leaders Ongar Town were held 0 – 0 by gritty Old Chelmsfordians which left both sides unbeaten but also ended Ongar’s 100% start to the campaign.

Herongate Athletic got a second straight league success as they defeated bottom side Toby 3 – 0. Lakeside now sit 3rd in the table after a 2 – 1 win at Runwell Sports. Luke Quinton’s double assisted the visitors before later being dismissed. Jordan Gregory struck for Runwell though it is five losses in their six matches thus far. Elsewhere, Ramsden Scotia got only their second win this season with a 2 – 1 win at Rayleigh Town Reserves and Snaresbrook drew 3 – 3 with Shoebury Town.

 

EOFL Senior Two

Moving into Senior Two, Leigh Town have dropped to second on goal difference as they held 1 – 1 at Ryan, thus ending their perfect start to the season. Corinthians have taken their place at the top after a 5 – 2 victory at home to May & Baker Reserves. Nathan Dewberry got another double, with John Bolton-Smith, Luke Owen and Jordan Stoneham also all on target for the Stambridge-based team. In a battle of high-flyers, Epping Town made it five wins from five as they edged to a hard-fought 2 – 1 win over Beacon Hill Rovers with new recruit Jayden Hocking-Rising scoring both goals for Billy Cove’s side.

Laindon Orient are the ‘best of the rest’ in fifth after being held 1 – 1 by improving Old Southendian Res. Greg Molford netted for Ben Manley’s side while Caiden Imbert-Thomas scored for Laindon. Rochford Town  got a crucial 2 – 1 win over fellow strugglers AS Rawreth with Harry Ford and Luke Jackson goals assisting them up to ninth spot. Finally, winless Wakering Sports were frustrated as they were held 3 – 3 by Harold Wood Athletic Reserves. Mitchell Gleeson, Ryan Gregory and Danny Pallett all netted for Sports though a brace from Joe Pyne and one from Tom Rice gave Ath’s second-string a decent point away from home.

 

EOFL Senior Three

Toby Reserves lead Senior Three by a single point after a 4 – 1 home win over Basildon Town Reserves. A brace from Luis Ruiz plus goals from Marc Porter-Brown and Rhys Willson secured the Toby side’s third straight win. Town got one back thanks to Grant Cumming though have lost five on-the-reel now. Corinthians Reserves made it five wins from as many matches after a 5 – 0 win at Lakeside Reserves. Luke Smith and Ashley Webb both nabbed doubles here with Liam Ellis also on target for Terry Rose’s side.

Wakebury were also victors this weekend as they won 2 – 1 against ACD Utd at Shoebury Park. A double from Sam Rowe for the hosts saw them to their fourth win in their last five games. Hutton Reserves got their first win of the season in a big way with a 6 – 2 victory over White Ensign Reserves at Polo Fields. George Wickings’ hat-trick led the way with Sean O’Callaghan, Josh Sumner and substitute Jack Shaw all also adding to Jack Caten’s side’s pain.

 

Reserve League Cup – Leigh Town Res  2 – 1  Buckhurst Hill Res

 

EOFL Senior Four Results

AS Rawreth Res  A – W  Galleywood Res  (Away Walkover)

Canning Town Res  0 – 5  Ongar Town Res

Chingford Athletic Development  14 – 0  Catholic Utd Res

Forest Glade  0 – 1  Laindon Orient Res

Leytonstone Utd  3 – 4  Wakering Sports Res

Roydon  8 – 3  Shenfield AFC Res

 

EOFL Senior Five Results

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  3 – 3  Herongate Athletic Res

Newbury Forest Res  1 – 5  Leigh Ramblers Res

Old Barkabbeyans  2 – 4  Springfield Res

Roydon Res  6 – 0  Wakering Sports ‘A’

Shoebury Town Res  3 – 1 Runwell Sports Res