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 12 February. This week, the league action takes the central focus, with a few matches also in several Cup competitions. This week’s round-up includes a section looking at EOFL Division Four & Five, with results from the Cup competitions.
Essex Olympian League Round-up – Saturday 12 February
EOFL Premier Division & Division One
In the top-tier, Rayleigh Town are the new leaders after a 2 – 1 victory at home to Canning Town at London Road. Strikes by Harry Talbot and George Vile were enough to see Paul Higgins’ side to the win. Rivals Hutton and Basildon Town have matches in hand but all Rayleigh can do is keep winning and see how the table is week-by-week. Ongar Town got a priceless 5 – 2 win at Leigh Ramblers to remain the reckoning for the title, despite Matt Brinklow’s double for the Rams. Galleywood also claimed a 3 – 2 victory over local rivals Springfield at Slades Lane. Thomas Watling, Ben Smith and replacement Marc Rayner goals outdid replies for the visitors by Joe Kiff and substitute Ryan Kelland. Finally, Kelvedon Hatch were held at home 0 – 0 by improving Old Southendian.
In Division One, Runwell Sports maintained a five point lead over their nearest rival following a 1 – 0 victory at Chingford Athletic. With only two league matches remaining, Rob Hodgson’s side know that wins in both of them would likely mean they will get promotion to the Premier Division. Toby also are in that mix and remained second after a 5 – 2 success at Beacon Hill Rovers. The ensemble cast of Marc Porter-Brown, Ben Picton, Albert Perry, Jamie Simpkins and Chris Cox all netted for Mark Jones’ side and they know that they have a chance of overhauling Runwell but only if they win all four of their remaining league games. Wakering Sports & Corinthians also have games in hand and will surely have a say on what crops up in two months time. Rovers’ goals in this match came from Jordan Sargegant and Jack Walker.
EOFL Senior League Cup Results
ACD Utd 1 – 1p Hutton | Westlands (Hutton won 5 – 3 on pens)
Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 1 – 4 Corinthians | Silver Leys
Herongate Athletic 0 – 1 Sungate | Billericay Road
Epping Town 5 – 3 Roydon | Epping UC Rugby Club
Leigh Town 1 – 9 Basildon Town | John Burrows Rec Ground
EOFL Reserve Lge Trophy
AS Rawreth Res 2 – 4 Hutton Res | The Warren
Catholic Utd Res p1 – 1 Basildon Town Res | Catholic Utd Res won 6 – 5 on pens
EOFL Denny King Memorial Cup
Wakering Sports p1 – 1 Hullbridge Sports Res | Wakering Spts won 5 – 4 on pens
EOFL Divisions Two & Three
Into the League action with the three games played in Division Two. With leaders ACD Utd in Cup action, Harold Hill were held 2 – 2 by Manford Way at Noak Hiil. Harry Agombar and Peter Tyler both netted for the hosts but Manford Way are unbeaten in five leagues games now thanks to strikes by Samuel Oramadike and Joshua Owoaje. This result kept Manford’s slim hopes of top three finish alive though I suspect Wakebury will be the most pleased side in the top four, as they have to win their games in hand on the top two to lead the standings. Old Southendian Res are now level on points with Manford as well after a 3 – 1 victory with fellow top six side Shoebury Town at Garon Park. A double from Jack Cripps and one from Harry Da Costa was enough to give Josh Bambury’s side the points.
Finally, it was a painful day for Rochford Town as they were heavily defeated 9 – 0 by May & Baker A. Alagi Juwara and Abraham Jairette both notched trebles to reach eight league goals apiece. Michael Begg, Ryan Mugera and Ryan Stowell all also scored for Steve Hogg & Matt Guidera’s side who are heading for a mid-table finish.
In Division Three, the leaders were in Cup action so Hashtag Utd Dev took their opportunity to put the pressure on rivals Catholic Utd Res, after they won 3 – 1 at bottom side Collier Row. Substitute Chandler Wray got two goals here for Denis Simpson’s side, adding to Jay Knight’s opener at the Robert Clack Sch 3G. Row are now at the foot of the table after Corinthians Res got their first win in seven matches in some style with a 5 – 1 triumph at home to Toby Res. Sam Halsey netted twice for the hosts, with Finlay Grant, Issac Bellow and Lewis Coxon also on target. Also, Buckhurst Hill U23 got their third win in their last four with an impressive 3 – 0 victory over promotion-chasing Wakering Sports Res at Roding Lane. Darren Gosnell’s side are heading for a mid-table finish after what has been a difficult season at times.
EOFL Divisions Four & Five
In Division Four, the race for elevation is intense as Old Chelmsfordians Res maintained their slim title hopes with a 3 – 0 victory over Ongar Town Res at Lawford Lane. Martin Mixture, Shane Pritchard and Emmanuel Mukuka got the goals to defeat their mid-table visitors. Springfield Res also harbour hopes of promotion and edged a super game, defeating Wakering Sports A 5 – 3 at Arun Close. Doubles for Harrison Elles and Liam England saw the hsts on the way to victory, with Joseph Norman also netting. Sports responded through a pair of goals for Tom Vine and one from Scott Church. This result keeps them fourth with seven matches to play, while Sports recent poor form sees them in eighth spot.
Still in Div Four, the bottom two faced each other in East London, with Sungate Dev being held 1 – 1 by Canning Town Res. It does neither side much good, with Canning’s second side needing at least seven points from their remaining four games to have a chance of avoiding the bottom two.
In Division Five, Leigh Ramblers Res took an important three points with a 1 – 0 win at Wakebury Res, with Mickey Dodkins netting the crucial goal at the Nursery Sports Ground. Their lead at the summit is up to four points after Pitsea Athletic Res defeated second-placed Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res 3 – 2 at Basildon Sports Village. Fraser Bush and Luke Sykes goals for Swifts were not enough for them here which means they will have to win both of their games in hand to overhaul the Rams side. Ath strikes by Sean Devlin (2) and Josh Fryer saw them four points clear in third spot. Snaresbrook Res also got a good 4 – 0 win over strugglers Epping Town Res at Nutter Field to further strengthen their mid-table position. Drew Barbier netted twice for ‘Brook, with Daniel Tesfay and substitute Justin Ayernor also scoring.
Also, Old Barkabbeyans got a Home walkover in their match with Collier Row Res.