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.

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & EJC (Sat 9 Oct) [EOFL 21/22 10.10.21]

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 9 October. This weekend saw some big results and some surprising results in matches played.  This week, the focus is on the top four divisions with results from Divisions Four & Five and the plethora of Essex Junior Cup matches tie involving an EOFL side and two Essex Premier Cup matches which saw one surprise result.

Many thanks for reading.

Image from Rochford Town v Wakebury (Sat 9 October, Image: Scott W)

Saturday 9 October

EOFL Premier Division 

We begin as ever in the Premier Division, and Basildon Town went back up into second place with a 5 – 2 triumph over rivals Hutton. Adam Bessadi struck twice, with Jamie Selby-Knight, Benjamin Smith and player-boss Marcus Bowers on target here. Catholic Utd went up to fifth spot after a good 3 – 1 win at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts, thanks in no small part to a hat-trick from Jay Nash for Simon Thomas’ side. Joe Holt got the solitary reply for Swifts, who remain third-bottom.

Elsewhere, Galleywood went into the top ten as they won 4 – 2 at Harold Wood Athletic. Thomas Watling grabbed a fine treble to take his personal tally to seven league goals thus far, with Freddie Bartram also on target for the Chelmsford-based side. James Pottle got both of the Wood’s goals, as he reached five for the season here, but Gary Willis’ team are fourth-bottom, six points adrift of the top eight.  In other results, Kelvedon Hatch continued their impressive start to the campaign with as they secured a huge 8 – 0 win over Leigh Ramblers at New Hall. Hatch are now up to fourth spot, whilst Old Southendian also got a surprise 3 – 1 win over Ongar Town at Garon Park, which takes Altar Ali’s side up to seventh spot, while Ongar’s lead at the top is reduced to just a single point.


EOFL Division One 

In the second-tier, Wakering Sports are the leaders by three points still after a superb 4 – 1 home win over Snaresbrook. Aaron Marshall & Stephen Solarin scored, as did substitutes Matthew Catlin and Mohammed Sesay to give Mitchell Gleeson’s side the win. Runwell Sports are the nearest challengers, as an OG was enough to give them a 1 – 0 success at Corinthians, who drop to fifth in a tight top end of the table. Leigh Town also impressed, as they won 3 – 1 at Epping Town. Brodie Horne got another brace to take his tally to eight already this term, with Sam Irvine also netting for Jack Pearman’s side. Substitute Peter Paoletti got a consolation goal but Epping drop to ninth.

In other results, Old Chelmsfordians edged to a 3 – 2 win over Herongate Athletic, with two Robbie Farrell spot-kicks not enough to overhaul the OC’s. Chingford Athletic also got the better of Toby, winning 4 – 2 at Town Mead to go into seventh, two points adrift of their opponents this weekend.


EOFL Division Two

In Division Two, with leaders ACD Utd in Premier Cup action it was a chance for the challengers to gain ground. Shoebury Town rose to fourth spot after a convincing 5 – 1 victory over AS Rawreth at Cupid’s. Stalwart Garry Johnson netted four goals along with one from Oliver Chew to steer Jason Doyle’s side to their third win this season. Rawreth slide to into the bottom four. Wakebury are up to third after a 5 – 3 triumph at Rochford Town, in the match I attended this weekend. Max Hall notched twice, with Will Wheeler, Danny Buglione and Kofi Gyamfi also on target for Matt Cardy’s side. Harry Ford scored two for the hosts, with Freddie Pettitt also notching for Jim Cooper’s side. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/10/09/s21-22-match-report-rochford-town-3-5-wakebury-sat-9-oct-eofl/

Elsewhere, Harold Hill are now three points ahead of ACD at the summit after a nerve-jangling 4 – 3 success over local rivals Harold Wood Athletic Ressies at Noak Hill. Emmanuel Ampaabeng and substitutes Thomas Butler & Tisore Ogungbayi all netted for Steve Hubbard’s side but Hill struck four goals of their own to claim a seventh win in eight games. Also, May & Baker A went up to mid-table after a 6 – 4 win against Rayleigh Town Reserves. Ryan Stowell struck a hat-trick for Matt Guidera & Steve Hogg’s team, with Anthony Cooke, Jeese Martin and Rowan Newland also on target for Bakers’ development side.


Essex Premier Cup

In the two Premier Cup ties this week, Division Two side ACD Utd grabbed a surprise 3 – 1 triumph at Premier side Rayleigh Town. Billy Wren notched twice for Greg Knock’s side, with Charlie Munns also on the score-sheet as they advanced into the next round. The same fortune wasn’t there for Hutton Res as they fell to 5 – 3 loss to Essex Senior Reserve side Frenford Res. Jack Shaw notched another two goals for the Hutton second side, and was joined on the scorers’ sheet by Harry Calder but the visitors triumphed thanks to a treble by Reece Morley plus strikes by Wisley Baltazar and Jack Taylor.


EOFL Division Three

Just two matches in Division Three due to the Junior Cup action (listed below). Basildon Town Res rose to fourth place as they consigned Corinthians Res to a 7 – 1 defeat at Basildon Sports Club. Nathan Fisher grabbed a fine treble, with Conor Mead and replacement Sam Marsh also notched doubles in this big win. In the other game, Wakering Sports Res are now in second spot on goal difference as they convincingly won 6 – 1 at Toby Res


Essex Junior Cup Results

Ashingdon  2 – 4 Pitsea Athletic

Barking U23 A – W  Leytonstone Utd   (Away Walkover)

Catholic Utd Res  12 – 0  AS Rawreth Res

Galleywood Res  0 – 1  Roydon

Hashtag Utd Dev.  4 – 1  Wakering Sports A

Hullbridge Sports Res  0 – 2 Thorpe Athletic

Leigh Ramblers Res  1 – 1  Old Southendian A  (OS won 4 – 3 on pens)

Leigh Town Res  0 – 1  Southend Rangers

Old Barkabbeyans  3 – 0  Tilbury U23

Old Chelmsfordians Res  7 – 2  Epping Town Res

Ongar Town Res  1 – 1 Sandon Royals (Ongar won 3 – 2 on pens)

Runwell Sports Res  3 – 4  Debden

Springfield Res  3 – 0  Thaxted Rangers

Sungate Dev.  5 – 4  Collier Row


EOFL Division Four Result

Shenfield AFC Res  2 – 0  Southend Manor Dev.  | Warley Playing Fields


EOFL Division Five Results

Snaresbrook Res  3 – 2  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  | Nutters Field

Wakebury Res  2 – 4  Pitsea Athletic Res  | Nursery Sports Ground

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 28 Aug) [EOFL 21/22 29.8.21]

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

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the third weekend of action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 28th August. This weekend saw some high-scoring matches and some surprise results as ever. As usual, the focus is on the top four divisions with results from Divisions Four & Five.

Many thanks for reading.

EOFL Premier Division 

As ever we begin in the Premier, and Old Southendian maintained their 100% record with a 3 – 2 win over Kelvedon Hatch at Garon Park. Craig Paton, Mattias Tonking and Taylor Turner all scored for Altar Ali’s side as they held on for a good victory. Sungate also shone this weekend with a 5 – 1 success at Galleywood, with Ciaran Kelly, Ben Absolon and Thomas Drayton among the scorers for the visitors there. Jack Chatterway got the solitary response for ‘Wood in that game. Elsewhere, Springfield edged to a late 2 – 1 victory over Basildon Town at Springfield Hall Park. Strikes from Jack French and Aiden Brown were enough to overturn an earlier Antony Aylett leveller for Marcus Bowers’ side and complete a surprise win. 

Meanwhile, Rayleigh Town got back to winning ways with a good 2 – 1 triumph at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Paul Morris and Jack Long both scored for Paul Higgins’ side, with Sam Chaney responding for Craig Glashan’s new side. Catholic Utd also got a second successive win as they defeated Harold Wood Athletic 2 – 1 at Harold Wood Park. Pablo Passenda and Max Kent got the goals for Simon Thomas’ team, while Matt Donovan replied for Gary Willis’ side.

In other action in the division, Shenfield AFC managed a comfortable 3 – 0 win over Canning Town at St Martins School 3G. Ben Carroll, Pelumi Adedokun and replacement Alex Broadbridge got the goals here in what was a much-needed win for them. Finally, Ongar Town continued their 100% record with a hard fought 2 – 0 win over Hutton at Lakeside Sports Ground, thanks to goals from Frankie Goodhall and Ayodele Awosika.


EOFL Division One 

Moving now into Division One, with Herongate Athletic sitting as early front-runners as they made it three wins from three games with a 2 – 0 victory over Runwell Sports at Billericay Road. Another brace from Robbie Farrell made it five goals already for him this term, as Billy Cove’s side sit three points clear. Toby won their top-of-the-table clash, impressively defeating Wakering Sports 3 – 1 at Cupid’s. A brace from Albert Perry and thunderbolt from Mitch Grace gave Mark Jones’ side the win as they went second. Substitute Alfie Fossett scored for Mitch Gleeson’s side here. Snaresbrook got their first win of the new campaign, winning 3 – 2 at Epping Town. Ife Ogunbayo, Daniel Tesfay and Max Catherall all netted one each to outdo strikes by Andrew Smith and Joe Rickett for Town and ultimately give Rob Caine’s side the points.

Also, Beacon Hill Rovers won 2 – 1 at home to Old Chelmsfordians and there was a hugely entertaining match for the neutral at least at Stambridge where Corinthians came from three goals down to draw 4 – 4 with Leigh Town. Bailey Moss struck twice for Chris Stoneham’s side, with Jake Hodder and Damian Siemienczuk also on target.



EOFL Division Two

In Division Two, it is newcomers Harold Hill who are at the summit on goal difference after a 4 – 0 win at home to Rayleigh Town Res. In second spot are ACD Utd after they won 5 – 2 at Hutton Res. Jacob Dingli and Jamie Alexandrou both got doubles for Greg Knock’s team, with replacement Shaun Goddard also finding the net. Jack Shaw got both of the hosts’ goals here. Also on six points are Old Southendian Res as they made two wins from two following a 2 – 1 win at Shoebury Town. Jack Cripps and Nico Dubouchet got the goals for Josh Bambury’s side, with Jason Doyle’s team responding through club stalwart Garry Johnson.

Meanwhile, AS Rawreth are the last of the four teams at the top end of the table on six points after a 1 – 0 win over Rochford Town at The Warren. Tom Binks got the all-important goal for Josh Hutchins’s team here.


EOFL Division Three

In Division Three, the early leaders are Basildon Town Res after a 2 – 0 triumph over Collier Row at Basildon Sports Club. Jamie Miller and Nathan Fisher saw Tony Bowers’ side to the points. Buckhurst Hill U23 got their maiden win this term with a 4 – 0 victory over Corinthians Res at Roding Lane. The ensemble cast of Buttrint Iecaj, Jason Gomes, Nicolas Chramiec and Flynn Toye got the goals that saw Alan Byers’ team get their season underway in earnest. A hat-trick from perennial goal-getter Joseph Darby saw Hullbridge Res to a 3 – 0 home success over Leigh Town Res at Lower Road.

Elsewhere in the division, Hashtag Utd Development got another victory as they defeated PItsea Athletic 5 – 0 at Barleylands. Samuel Pratt netted twice for Denis Simpson’s team, with Bradley Bunker, Kai Warren and Jake Smith also on the scorer’s sheet. Also, Catholic Utd Res joined them on six points after a resounding 7 – 1 success at Toby Res.


EOFL Division Four

Results

Chingford Athletic Res  5 – 2  Galleywood Res   | Town Mead [3G]

Leytonstone Utd  1 – 2  Springfield Res               | Forest Row Centre (Pitch 1)

Ongar Town Res 3 – 2  Roydon                             | Melbourne Park 3G, Chelmsford


EOFL Division Five

Results

Collier Row Res  0 – 2  Epping Town Res      | Forest Row Centre (Pitch 2)  

Old Barkabbeyans  5 – 6  Leigh Ramblers Res  | Barking Abbey Sch 3G

Pitsea Athletic Res   6 – 2  AS Rawreth Res  | Basildon Sporting Village

Runwell Sports Res   5 – 2  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res   | St Luke’s Park

Wakebury Res   0 – 2  Snaresbrook Res  | Nursery Sports Ground

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 21 Aug) [EOFL 21/22 22.8.21]

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

Hello & welcome to this week’s Essex Olympian League round-up, rounding-up the second week of action of the 2021-22 campaign. We look back at the top four divisions plus the results from Divisions Four Five.

I would like to dedicate this week’s edition to the memory of local Grassrooots legend Robert Hutchings-Spiller, who was remembered by a number of EOFL clubs with a minute’s silence or applause before their matches (Lead Picture from Catholic Utd v Springfield this weekend giving thrir tribute pre-match).

EOFL Premier Division

In the Premier Division, Basildon Town made it two wins from two matches with a 5 – 0 victory over Leigh Ramblers in a match moved back to the Basildon Sports Club. Rhys Fatt got another double here, with Keanu Hill, Grant Cumming and Jamie Bradbourn also on the score-sheet for Marcus Bowers’ team. Elsewhere, Old Southendian are also in possession of a 100% early record after a fine 3 – 1 win at Hutton. Craig Paton hit two goals here for Altar Ali’s side, with Nick Henesy also on target for OS. Stephen Judge struck again for Matt Singh’s side in this one.

In the match I attended at the Len Forge Centre, Catholic Utd got back into form with a big 6 – 0 win over Springfield. Franklin Craik netted four good goals for Simon Thomas’ side, with Pablo Passenda and John Nutman also netting for the hosts. If you’d like to see more on this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/08/21/s21-22-match-report-catholic-utd-6-0-springfield-sat-21-aug-eofl/

Still from Catholic Utd v Springfield 21.8.21 [Image by Scott W]

Also in the top-tier, Galleywood got their first win of the season with a 3 – 2 triumph at Canning Town, thanks to a double from Thomas Watling and one from Matthew Buckingham. Ongar Town also made it two wins from as many matches as they defeated Harold Wood Athletic 4 – 0 at Lakeside Sports Ground with Frankie Goodhall, Freddie Frazer and replacements Ayodele Awosika and Rodney Wilson all on the score-sheet for Richard Ponsford’ side.


EOFL Division One

Moving now into the second-tier, and Runwell Sports got their first win under player-boss Rob Hodgson as they defeated Toby 4 – 2. Charlie Little netted a fine first-half hat-trick, before Hodgson himself netted for his side. Chris Rowland and Albert Perry scored for Mark Jones’ team here. Beacon Hill Rovers recovered from last week’s defeat by winning 2 – 1 at home to Snaresbrook, George Davis and Jack Renwick netting for Stephen Bennett’s side here.

Herongate Athletic have two wins from two after a 1 – 0 win at manager Billy Cove’s former club Epping Town. Robbie Farrell got his third goal in eight days which ended up deciding the match. Corinthians started their campaign with a creditable 2 – 2 draw with Old Chelmsfordians at Stambridge. Jake Hodder got both goals for Chris Stoneham’s team here, while Matthew Crick and Thomas Holdstock netter for the OC’s. Finally for this division, Wakering Sports are also unbeaten after a fine 3 – 2 win over Leigh Town in an emotional game at Cupid’s. Russell Beck, Matt Wilson and Aaron Marshall were all on target for Mitchell Gleeson’s team.


EOFL Division Two

In Division Two, Harold Hill got their first win back as an EOFL club with a 3 – 1 success over May & Baker A at Noak Hill. Jack Suters got two goals here, with Peter Tyler also scoring for Mark Ellis’ team. Old Southendian Reserves began their season with a fine 4 – 1 win against AS Rawreth at Garon Park. Nico Dubouchet nabbed a double here, with Thomas Adams and Sam Jones also on target for Josh Bambury’s side.

Elsewhere in the division, Wakebury began their season with a 2 – 0 win over Rayleigh Town Res at their new home of Nursery Sports Ground. Debutants Harrison Grant and ex-Corinthians Reserves forward Max Hall scored for Matt Cardy’s side. Also, Harold Wood Athletic Res drew 1 – 1 with Hutton Res with Ben Rowe scoring for Steve Hubbard’s side and Harry Lane levelling for Bill Stratford’s visitors.


EOFL Division Three

Finallly for this week, in Division Three, there was a first win of the new term for  Basildon Town Res as they defeated Pitsea Athletic 2 – 1 in the late game this week. Andrew Edmunds and Jack Main were the scorers in this win for the Town second-side. Reece Stone replied for the EOFL newcomers. Hullbridge Sports Res also won, 4 – 3 against Corinthians Res at Lower Road. Joseph Darby netted twice for Jason Mole’s team. Bobby Badnall and Harry Mole also netted for the hosts, whilst Jay Knight, Sam Halsey and an OG contributed to the goals for Ben Adams’ side.

Meanwhile, they were wins for three other teams as Toby Res defeated Leigh Town Res 5 – 2 thanks to a brace from Oliver Dingli and goals from Lee Hill, Graham Knight and substitute Charlie Ross. Wakering Sports Res won 5 – 2 at Hashtag Utd Development with Daryl Cooper, Connor Fardyga, Ciaran Sweeney, David Watson and Scott Clark all on the ensemble cast of scorers for Sports. Harry Braysher and Kai Warren both replied for Utd. Lastly, goals from Dominic O’Kane and Joe O’Kane saw Catholic Utd Res to a 2 – 1 win at Collier Row.


EOFL Division Four Results

Galleywood Res 2 – 3 Canning Town Res

Ongar Town Res 3 – 3 Chingford Athletic Res

Southend Manor Development 2 – 1 Shenfield AFC Res

Wakering Sports A  1 – 0 Old Chelmsfordians Res


EOFL Division Five Results

AS Rawreth Res 1 – 0 Runwell Sports Res

Collier Row Res 7 – 5 Snaresbrook Res

Herongate Athletic Res  3 – 4 Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res

Pitsea Athletic Res 0 – 4 Leigh Ramblers Res

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

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 14 Aug) [EOFL 21/22 15.8.21]

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

Hello all and welcome to the first of a new season of weekly round-up articles on  Essex Olympian League divisions, The first weekend of action from Saturday 14th August saw a myriad of teams adjust to new divisions, and before the action is described I’ll put in a short listing of which sides are in each division. As ever, the focus is on the top four divisions with results from Divisions Four & Five.

Many thanks for the support and for reading.


EOFL Premier Division 

Teams (15): Basildon Town, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts, Canning Town, Catholic Utd, Galleywood, Harold Wood Athletic, Hutton, Kelvedon Hatch, Leigh Ramblers, Old Southendian, Ongar Town, Rayleigh Town, Shenfield AFC, Springfield, Sungate

In the Premier Division, Basildon Town overcame a spirited performance by their visitors as they defeated Rayleigh Town 4 – 3, in their first match at landlords Basildon Utd. Player-boss Marcus Bowers led the way with a brace for the hosts, with new signing Rhys Fatt also notching twice for his new team. Rayleigh responded through goals from Paul Morris, Shaun Gittleson and Liam Oliver but ultimately they fell to defeat. Old Southendian got a win on the opening day as they defeated Canning Town 2 – 1 at Garon Park. Sam Adcock and substitute Craig Paton got the important strikes there for the hosts.

Meanwhile, Kelvedon Hatch began their new campaign with a 3 – 2 win at promoted Galleywood. Drew Klessa-Smith nabbed a terrific treble for the visitors and that outshone strikes by Matthew Buckingham and Jamie Lockwood for Galleywood to give Darren Hunt’s side the win. Hutton also got a welcome three points as a Stephen Judge strike was enough to give them a 1 – 0 success over Catholic Utd at Polo Fields. Harold Wood Athletic let a two-goal lead slip before being held 3 – 3 by a new-look Springfield side at Harold Wood Park. Strikes by Jacob Roberts, James Pottle and Harry Clifford put Gary Willis’ side ahead but a double from replacement Jordan Sargeant and one from Charlie Nichols saw Dan Williams’  team make a good comeback and left with a point.

Also, Ongar Town began their season at Step 7 with a superb 4 – 1 home win over Leigh Ramblers. Jack Gardner got the goal for Mark Hunter’s visitors but the winning feeling continued for Richard Ponsford’s side, thanks to a brace from Frankie Goodall, plus strikes by Harry Rawlins and Rodney Wilson. Finally, Sungate won 2 – 1 at Shenfield AFC with Ben Carroll scoring for the home side.


EOFL Division One 

Teams (11): Beacon Hill Rovers, Corinthians, Chingford Athletic, Epping Town, Herongate Athletic, Leigh Town, Old Chelmsfordians, Runwell Sports, Snaresbrook, Toby, Wakering Sports

Moving now into Division One, and Toby got a superb 4 – 0 triumph over Epping Town in Newbury Park. Albert Perry, Marc Porter-Brown, Louis Hill and new recruit Harry Barham all netted as Mark Jones’ team started strongly. Wakering Sports also grabbed an impressive 5 – 1 success against Old Chelmsfordians at Cupid’s, with Connor Burrows netting twice, alongside Ben Burrows, Matthew Catlin and Aaron Clark goals for Mitchell Gleeson’s side.

The new era at Herongate Athletic under Billy Cove also began with a victory as they defeated Snaresbrook 3 – 1 at Billericay Road. Robbie Farrell’s brace and one from Izaih Antoine did the job for the home side. Elsewhere, and Runwell Sports began life under boss Rob Hodgson with a creditable 1 – 1 draw with Chingford Athletic at St Luke’s Park. Dylan Hawley netted for Runwell, with Lewis Watson scoring for Ath. Also, Leigh Town began their journey as a second-tier club with a fine 3 – 1 victory at fellow promoted side Beacon Hill Rovers.


EOFL Division Two

Teams (12): ACD Utd, AS Rawreth, Harold Hill, Harold Wood Athletic Res, Hutton Res, Manford Way (fmrly Res), May & Baker A, Old Southendian Res, Rayleigh Town Res, Rochford Town, Showbury Town, Wakebury

In Division Two, ACD Utd got their first win as a third-tier club as they won 2 – 1 at new club Harold Hill. Player-boss Michael Wade got both goals for the visitors as they negotiated a tricky test well. Elsewhere, Shoebury Town started strongly in their new division as they won 4 – 1 against visitors Harold Wood Athletic Res at Cupid’s. Steven Sharpe struck twice here for Town, with Daniel Brooker and an OG accounting for the other goals. Ben Rowe responded for the Wood second-team.

In other action, AS Rawreth got their new era under Josh Hutchins started with a good 2 – 1 home win over May & Baker A. Alex Salmon and Ryan Kenyon provided the goals as they began the season well.


EOFL Division Three

Teams (12): Basildon Town Res, Buckhurst Hill U23/Res, Catholic Utd Res, Collier Row, Corinthians Res, Hashtag Utd Dev, Hullbridge Sports Res, Leigh Town Res, Pitsea Athletic, Toby Res, Wakering Sports Res 

Finally for this week, in Division Three, newcomers Pitsea Athletic began their EOFL campaign with a decent 3 – 0 win over Leigh Town Res at Basildon Sports Village. Ben Challis’ fine treble was enough to seperate the sides there. Elsewhere Basildon Town Res drew 1 – 1 with Toby Res. Matthew Keiller struck for Town, with Brandon Richmond netting for the East Londoners.

Collier Row started the new season with a 3 – 2 home win over Corinthians Res. Jay Knight and replacement Finlay Grant scored for Ben Adams’side but it wasn’t enough to claim a point. Also, Wakering Sports Res claimed a big 9 – 0 victory over Buckhurst Hill U23 and Hashtag Utd Development won 2 – 0 at home to Hullbridge Sports Res at Barleylands.


EOFL Division Four

Teams (12): Canning Town Res, Chingford Athletic Res, Galleywood Res, Leytonstone Utd, Old Chelmsfordians Res, Ongar Town Res, Roydon, Shenfield AFC Res, Southend Manor Dev., Springfield Res, Sungate Res, Wakering Sports A

Results

Ongar Town Res 7 – 1   Shenfield AFC Res   | Melbourne Park

Southend Manor Dev.  2 – 0   Roydon            | Southchurch Park


EOFL Division Five

Teams (12): AS Rawreth Res, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res, Collier Row Res, Epping Town Res, Herongate Athletic Res, Leigh Ramblers Res, Old Barkabbeyans, Pitsea Athletic Res, Runwell Sports Res, Snaresbrook Res, Wakebury Res

Results

Collier Row Res  0 – 5  Herongate Athletic Res  

Pitsea Athletic  Res  6 – 2   Wakebury Res    | Basildon Sporting Village


Thank you for reading, this column will be running throughout the season as much as I can.

S20-21 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 10 April) [EOFL 20/21 11.4.21]

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

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of my round-up articles, looking back on the action in the Essex Olympian League divisions on Saturday 10th April, with some super score-lines occurring & a tale of sportsmanship as well. As ever, our focus here is on the top four divisions, though there is a mention of the game covered by a Non-League colleague in Division Five this week. Thank you for reading.

EOFL Logo

EOFL Premier Division                    

In this week’s top-tier action, Basildon Town were held 1 – 1 at Sungate, with replacement Jimmy Markham getting the important goal for player-boss Marcus Bowers’ team. Sungate levelled thanks to Lee Samways’ strike but drop to eighth after this result, while Town also lost ground by virtue of Buckhurst Hill’s comfortable 4 – 0 success over Hutton at Roding Lane. Captain Suleyman Zuhdu grabbed another double here to take his goal tally to 17 for the season. Nathan Sollosi and Tyler Dolan also netted to give Mark Williams’ side a two-point lead at the summit. Hutton’s fine form comes to a halt and they dropped one place to fourth. That was because Catholic Utd stunned Rayleigh Town 7 – 0 at London Road with Brad Rowland netting a treble, Aaron Baldwin a brace plus Tom Kearney and replacement Rhys Fatt notching in completing a big win for Stuart Marshall’s side to go into third spot on goal difference. Rayleigh’s tricky season continues and they are looking over their shoulder in second-bottom.

Elsewhere, Old Southendian grabbed a super 5 – 3 away win at Canning Town, thanks to a treble from midfielder Mitchell Ali and strikes from Craig Paton and Sam Adcock. OS’ first away win in five games his term sees them gain big ground on the five sides immediately above them. Canning fall to eleventh place, due to Kelvedon Hatch rising up to ninth spot thanks to a 2 – 1 victory over Springfield at New Hall. Kyle Asante and Lewis Young were the goal-scoring heroes for Steve Mann’s side. Springfield responded through substitute Jake Clarke but still drop below their opponents here to tenth spot.

Also in this division, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts maintained their good start to this ‘mini-season’ with a 3 – 1 triumph at Shenfield AFC. A brace from Kurt Smith and one for Kieran Southgate was enough to send Billy Cove’s side hurtling up to seventh in the table, five points adrift of the top four. And Harold Wood Athletic also continued their good form with a narrow 1 – 0 win over Leigh Ramblers at Harold Wood Park. Club stalwart John Bradley got the only goal of the game here for Alex Goldstone’s team.

EOFL Division One

This week in Division One, Toby rose to seventh spot, thanks to a 4 – 3 win over Galleywood in Newbury Park. Rhys Willson netted twice for the East Londoners, with Luis Ruiz and Louis Hill also on target on his debut. Galleywood fell to fourth spot as Old Chelmsfordians leapfrogged them into third place, as they won 4 – 0 at Ramsden Scotia. Martin Mixture, Joe Kemp, Samuel Adams and Paul Tiffen all netted for the OC’s. Ramsden sit in eighth spot, three points clear of the bottom three.

Also, Chingford Athletic got another positive result with a 1 – 1 draw at fellow strugglers Herongate Athletic. Michael Mignot got his second goal in as many weeks here as Lee Bowers’ side continue to look upwards. Runwell Sports got a comfortable 3 – 0 win over Rayleigh Town Res at St Luke’s Park which keeps the gap to leaders Ongar to three points.

Ongar Town themselves were involved in a game with a story this weekend, with Richard Ponsford’s side recording a big 15 – 0 triumph over Shoebury Town. The mass array of scorers were led by substitute Jack Zielinski’s treble, doubles for leading scorer Aaron Blair, Mitchell McCabe, Oswald Nyahunda and replacement Conner Jones plus one each for Joe Lilly, Eamon Payne, Harry Rawlins and Billy Reed. However, that wasn’t the aforementioned story. The story was that strugglers Shoebury did not concede the game before kick-off after several departures in the week and the South Essex side stood up for themselves & the league, which earned the leaders’ respect & acclaim on the final whistle. Something which I believe deserves noting here also, so credit to Shoebury.

In other action, Snaresbrook also pulled off a huge win, defeating Manford Way 3 – 1 at the London Marathon Sports Ground. Daniel Tesfay’s brace along with Ife Ogunbayo’s strike was enough to Rob Caine’s side further impetus as they are in sixth place in the standings, only four points away from the top four. Connor Hammond’s goal wasn’t enough for Manford in this game and they are only above their opponents here on goal difference now in fifth.

EOFL Division Two

In the third-tier, we have new leaders as Leigh Town are once again the team to catch, as they won 5 – 2 over Ryan at the John Burrows Recreation Ground. Brodie Horne notched twice in this match, along with further strikes by Daniel Driscoll, Rhys Mosedale and Lewis Lawrence. Jack Pearman’s side are two points clear at the top with games in hand on their nearest rivals. Corinthians celebrated a welcome return to form, defeating previous leaders Beacon Hill Rovers 2 – 0 at the Stambridge Memorial Ground to gain ground on the top three.

Meanwhile, Wakering Sports were back on winning form as they won 3 – 2 at home to Laindon Orient. Goals from Aaron Clark, Meschack Kisoka and Mo Sesay saw Mitchell Gleeson’s side to the points & cement their position in sixth. Laindon got on the scorer’s sheet thanks to a brace from James Shadwell but they ended the game with ten men and are now three points off the leaders & are vulnerable to being caught by Corinthians & Epping Town. Epping remain fifth after a important 5 – 0 win at strugglers May & Baker ‘A’. Callum Turner’s double got Stuart Hoskins’ side well on the way to victory, with goals from Graeme Turner, Joe Rickett and Charlie Pollard adding further gloss to the score-line.

Elsewhere, Rochford Town got a surprise 3 – 2 victory at Old Southendian Res as Harry Ford, Matt Welsh and Alex Gray all scored for James Cooper’s side. Dave Stubbs and Tom Judge responded for Oliver Tatton-Bennett’s side but it was Rochford who got the points which sent them rising up the standings to eighth spot. Also, Harold Wood Athletic Res grabbed a narrow 1 – 0 win at AS Rawreth, thanks to Ola James’ goal.

EOFL Division Three

In Division Three, ACD Utd recovered from defeat last week to remain two points clear at the summit, thanks to a 3 – 1 win over Lakeside Utd in the early game of the day at Westlands. Player-boss Michael Wade scored yet another double here to take his goal tally to 19 in the league this term, with Ollie Williams also on the score-sheet for ACD. Also, skipper Mason Oakley made his 100th appearance for the club in this match so congrats to him. Lakeside drop to seventh in the table after this result.

Buckhurst Hill Res got the points by virtue of a home Walkover against Corinthians Res, who are yet to win away from Stambridge this term. Hill’s second-side reside in ninth spot, one place above their opposition. Basildon Town Res had to grind out a

1 – 0 win at home to Toby Res, with Scott Cooper grabbing the decisive goal to send them up to sixth spot. Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ got a good three points in defeating winless Leigh Town Res 3 – 0 at the side pitch at Lower Road. Joseph Darby opened the scoring with substitutes Josh Boswell and Bryce Odea also notching as they fortified fifth spot with this result.

Elsewhere, Manford Way Res kept the pressure on leaders ACD with a 4 – 1 win at Hutton Res. Josh Duah struck twice for the Manford second-side, with top scorer David Hornsby and Fuad Ibrahim also netting. They sit second, three points clear of Wakebury, who scored six goals for the second successive week, emerging with a

6 – 3 win over fellow high-flyers Collier Row at Shoebury Park. Daniel Buglione struck a hat-trick, with Adam Topley netting twice and Billy Bonham-Dare adding another for Matt Cardy’s side. The ‘fly in the ointment’ for the Berries is that their five remaining games are all away from home.

EOFL Division Four Results  

Chingford Athletic Res  2 – 3  Sungate Res  | Town Mead [3G]

Galleywood Res  0 – 2   Shenfield AFC Res | Clarkes Field

Hashtag Utd Dev.  4 – 1  Canning Town Res   | Barleylands Road

Laindon Orient Res  3 – 3  Ongar Town Res  | Markhams Chase

Old Chelmsfordians Res  2 – 3  Wakering Sports Res   | Lawford Lane

EOFL Senior Five Results  

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  1 – 2  Shoebury Town Res  | Silver Leys

Epping Town Res  5 – 3 Old Barkabbeyans  | Epping UC Rugby Club

Leigh Ramblers Res  2 – 3  Newbury Forest Res   | Belfairs Park

Roydon  1 – 0  Collier Row Res  | Roydon Playing Fields

Springfield Res  13 – 0  AS Rawreth Res | Arun Park (Close)

Wakering Sports ‘A’  3 – 2  Herongate Athletic Res  | Cupid’s CC (pitch 2)

Fellow Non-League writer Aaron Moore [@aaron_moore25] was at Silver Leys to report on Shoebury Town Reserves’ win, here’s his report: https://footballreview.net/match-report-bishops-stortford-swifts-reserves-1-2-shoebury-town-reserves/

That’s all for this week’s EOFL round-up, we’ll be back next week.

Preview: Essex Olympian League Premier Division Resumption [EOFL 20-21 2.4.21]

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

Hello everyone and welcome to a preview of the opening weekend of the resumption of the 2020-21 Essex Olympian League Premier Division season, looking at the first fixture weekend taking place on the 3rd April, plus a look at who is in the race for the Premier Division title this term, which of course has recently been dominated by the inspired Buckhurst Hill.

As a spectator and writer on Non-League Football, Saturdays in the last four months have been something to adapt to, just another caveat of a thoroughly troubling year.

Alright, we’ll start with a snapshot of the current Premier Division table, courtesy of the re-modelled FA Full-time site. Then we’ll move on to who is in the running for the title & the first three fixtures those runners have to restart their campaign.

EOFL Premier Division table (as of March 2021)

So who is in the running for the Premier Division title?

This is an intriguing question, particularly given the resurgence of a Marcus Bowers-led Basildon Town this season. They sit level on points with leaders Buckhurst Hill who once again have shown they are the yardstick to overcome. Then you also have fellow Essex sides in Catholic Utd and Leigh Ramblers who are had positive ‘first halves’ of the campaign before the suspension of the campaign in December.

Given how they have played in the last season or so, you cannot rule out Sungate who do have games in hand on their opposition which may be played before the end of May, when the season will be brought to an end. It would be remiss not to mention the form of Matt Singh’s Hutton side as well and I doubt many would have put them in the top four in August 2020 but that is every compliment to his playing squad & management team.

Leaders Buckhurst Hill have some tough matches to resume their campaign as they begin with a trip to Springfield this weekend, which is followed by a home tussle with Hutton a week later, and then the battle that most have probably looked forward to for a while – a tough visit of rivals Basildon Town on April 17th.

Second-placed Basildon themselves have a decent run of games, beginning with a home fixture with bottom four side Shenfield AFC on April 3rd, with a trip to Sungate a week later and then the aforementioned possible title ‘six-pointer’ with Buckhurst Hill.

‘Best of the rest’ Catholic Utd in third have two local derbies to resume their tilt at the title, welcoming Harold Wood Athletic to the Len Forge this weekend, followed by a intriguing battle with Rayleigh Town at London Road next time out, and then on April 17th, they also face the trip to East London to face Sungate.

Fourth-placed Hutton cannot be dismissed yet from staging a surprise title challenge, which will be endorsed if they get a result from their opening match with strugglers Old Southendian at Polo Fields. Trips to Buckhurst Hill and Leigh Ramblers follow on consecutive weekends, which will be a test of the side’s mettle.

Leigh Ramblers reside in fifth place at present and some might consider them an outside bet despite having the second-best defence in the division. They begin at home to Canning Town, before a tricky visit to East London to face Harold Wood Athletic and then they welcome Hutton to Belfairs.

Finally, Sungate may be in sixth place but they do have games in hand and the best defensive record, having only conceded four goals in six matches thus far. They face tricky visits to Bishop’s Stortford Swifts and Catholic Utd, with a home match with Basildon Town in the middle of those two away trips on April 10th.

Yes, it may be a tired cliché but I believe the next three weeks will give us an interesting insight into how the last five weeks of the season will shape up.

The following fixtures this weekend are subject to Covid protocols (ie. they could be postponed at short notice) & a reminder that spectators are still barred until at least April 12th.

Saturday 3rd April (2.30pm KOs unless stated)

EOFL Premier Division   

Basildon Town   v  Shenfield AFC | Basildon Sports Club

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  v  Sungate   | Silver Leys

Catholic Utd  v  Harold Wood Athletic  | Len Forge Centre [3G]

Hutton  v   Old Southendian    | Polo Fields

Kelvedon Hatch  v  Rayleigh Town   | New Hall

Leigh Ramblers  v  Canning Town | Belfairs Park

Springfield v   Buckhurst Hill   |  Springfield Hall Park

That’s all for this article, thank you for reading & I hope to be able to bring back my round-ups of Olympian League action early next week. I wish each team well.

S20-21 Match Report: Old Southendian 0 – 2 Leigh Ramblers (Saturday 10th Oct) [EOFL 20/21 10.10.20]

EOFL Crest

Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Venue: Garon Park [3G]

Season 2020- 21: Match 14

Saturday 3rd October 2020 – 2.30pm KO

Old Southendian: Green Shirts, Black Shorts, Green Socks

Leigh Ramblers: Red & Black Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks 

 

On kick-off [OS 0 – 2 LR EOFL Prem 10.10.20]

A highly efficient display sees Ramblers to another win

Old Southendian 0 – 2  Leigh Ramblers

Match Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

This weekend’s match saw me return to Garon Park to see Old Southendian in action in the league for the first time this season, as they welcomed Leigh Ramblers in another Essex Olympian League Premier Division encounter. The hosts named Pete Loveday between the posts, with a defence of Ben Burrows, Billy Taylor plus centre-backs, skipper Connor Burrows and player-boss Connor Lane. Their forward line was led by hard-grafter Craig Paton, with support from Nick Henesy and Ryan Stillwell. On a depleted bench was midfielders Ed Gould and Sam Adcock plus defender Charlie Kernott. The Ramblers made a few changes after last week’s win at Catholic Utd, as they named a back five here with centre-backs Harry Haysom, skipper Ryan Lowe and Rick Alabaster alongside full-backs Billy Carter and Joe Hunter. Their forward line was comprised of Dan Williams and George Moxon, with Matt Brinklow the chief support. In their dug-out was forward Scott Rankin,Lewis Kelsey, Barv Waiwaiku and stand-in player-boss Ronnie Bridges.

After a slightly delayed start, the match got underway and in the first minute, an attack from the home side needed Ramblers right-back Billy Carter to produce a fine sliding challenge to clear the ball out of danger. Minutes later, the visitors had a sight at goal as after skipping past two defenders, forward George Moxon couldn’t quite keep his balance and therefore his tame shot wasn’t powerful to defeat home stopper Pete Loveday from close range. On seven minutes, a great long pass by Ryan Stillwell for the ‘Old Boys’ found forward Craig Paton though his finish couldn’t match the quality of the ball to him as he blazed over. Just after the quarter-hour mark, Loveday had to be alert again as a super free-kick on the edge of the 18-yard box  from the Rams’ Matt Brinklow was just tipped over the woodwork.

Leigh Ramblers were starting to find their mojo going forward in the next phase of the game as following a good attacking move involving Brinklow and full-back Joe Hunter, Moxon was denied by a clear strike by the covering defender Connor Burrows, who made a good tackle to deny him. The warning signs were apparent but OS were unable to respond as on twenty-five minutes, another set-piece was arrowed in to the six-yard line and centre-back Harry Haysom was there to force the ball over the goal-line at the near post.  That goal gave the Rams further impetus to continue their passing and high-pressing game, and exactly on the half-hour, after being well picked out again by Brinklow, another fine effort by Moxon in attempting to chip the ball over Loveday was thwarted by the over-worked Old Southendian ‘keeper.

It was fair to say that some feisty challenges were shared by both sides, and OS nearly levelled as Mitchell Ali broke away down the right channel from midfield, broke free of the Ramblers defence and his centre was headed against his own bar by visiting defender Rick Alabaster. It would’ve been quite an own goal but fortune favoured the bold in this case. For the most part though, the hosts’ passing was going astray as they struggled to maintain possession and deal with the pressing game of their opponents, who were happy to clear aerial balls in through the likes of Haysom and ever-committed skipper Ryan Lowe. Minutes before half-time, Luke Moloney’s free-kick from deep for Old Southendian was headed narrowly wide by Connor Burrows.

Half-Time: Old Southendian 0 – 1 Leigh Ramblers

After the interval, OS were continuing to defend deep, but consequently found it tough to get out of their own half in the early stages of the half. Barely a minute in, Ramblers midfielder Patrick Cannon sent a warning shot flying just wide of the left-sided post. As the hour mark approached, visiting midfielder Justin Hazell made a good darting run before curling a drive wide from about 15 yards. Moments afterward, visiting custodian Andrew Webster showed his concentration by getting in ahead of Ali, who was well-found by a fine through ball from Paton. Old Southendian were finding it frustrating work to get through the determined Ramblers defence, including from set-pieces.

Their task got even harder midway through the second half as the Rams doubled their lead. Moments after coming on, replacement Scott Rankin’s strike was cleared off the goal-line, only for that man Harry Haysom to stab the ball home following-up. He’s getting quite a knack for this goal-scoring lark – not bad for a centre-back!

Much to their credit, OS kept pushing as we entered the last twenty minutes and on 70 minutes, a well-struck effort from twenty yards by Stillwell was gathered quite well by Webster. Four minutes later, a telling centre by substitute Barv Waiwaiku from the left side found Rankin whose strike was well-saved by Loveday, only for the rebound to be powered away by central defender Connor Lane, which in fairness was one of at least half a dozen good interceptions he made all match. As the minutes ebbed away for the home side, replacement Ed Gould was unfortunate as a sterling drive from 25 yards cannoned back off the crossbar but ultimately it was the robust visitors who took the win here.

Full-Time: Old Southendian  0 – 2  Leigh Ramblers

So to sum up then, this was a more efficient performance by the hard-working Ramblers side here, but they showed their qualities in defence and also going forward. As a neutral watching on, they out-worked the hosts for large parts of the game and that will disappoint the Old Southendian management team of Connor Lane and David Tubbs. The hosts were also somewhat disjointed in terms of their own attacking prowess here today.

Finally, we go on to the stand-out performers from both teams today. For Leigh Ramblers, I have to give a good mention to hard-working forward Dan Williams, who again served as a fine focal point for his side with his energy, pace and movement. Williams and strike partner George Moxon gave the OS defence very little time to regroup and were both willing runners down the flanks. Again, I have to note the high level of defending by centre-backs Ryan Lowe and Harry Haysom, who alongside Rick Alabaster in a back five today, were in no mood to give any chances away. Lastly for the Rams, nice to see forward Matt Brinklow in good form again and he displayed his technical side to good effort, looking to start moves and was also a danger with his set-pieces.

Moving on to Old Southendian now and despite the result, credit has to go to gritty centre-back pairing Connor Lane and Connor Burrows. Lane certainly put in a number of good interceptions and noticeably reduced the amount of chances that the visitors had. He and Burrows also looked to drive the side forward as well. Ryan Stillwell was as ever a committed presence in midfield as well as looking to grab a goal plus honourable mentions for the hard-working forward Craig Paton and midfielder Mitchell Ali.

My thanks to both teams for their pre-match welcome and I wish both sides well for the remainder of what is again looking like a very tight Essex Olympian League Premier Division this season.

Teams

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

1 Pete Loveday (GK), 2 Ben Burrows, 3 Billy Taylor, 4 Luke Moloney, 5 Connor Lane, 6 Connor Burrows (Capt), 7 Jamie Oates, 8 Mitchell Ali, 9 Craig Paton, 10 Ryan Stillwell, 11 Nick Henesy

Subs Used: 16 Sam Adcock [46’], 14 Ed Gould [62’], 15 Charlie Kernott [78’]

Booked: None   | Sub Not Used: Tubbs

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Leigh Ramblers  | Stand-in Manager: Ronnie Bridges  | Assistant: Paul Cannon

1 Andrew Webster (GK), 2 Billy Carter, 3 Joe Hunter, 4 Harry Haysom, 5 Ryan Lowe (Capt), 6 Rick Alabaster, 7 Patrick Cannon, 8 Justin Hazell, 9 Dan Williams, 10 Matt Brinklow, 11 George Moxon

Goal-scorers: Harry Haysom [25’ & 65’]

Subs Used: 12 Scott Rankin [61’], 16 Barv Waiwaiku [67’], 14 Lewis Kelsey [73’] and 15 Ronnie Bridges [73’]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: None

Referee: David Tregaskes

Assistant Referees: Haydn Seaman and Ryan Bennett