Essex Olympian League round-up (EOFL 16.5.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my last round-up of Olympian Lge action this term. In this week’s action, the dstination of the Premier Division title was confirmed, along with other crucial results across the top three-tiers.

Essex Olympian League Premier Division

In the lead match on Saturday, Catholic Utd knew a draw would be enough to seal another title for them and they edged a committed match 1 – 0 against Bishop’s Stortford Swifts in their fourth match of the week. Harley Kee got the only goal to seal the Super Hoops 15th win of the league season though the celebrations were tempered by the following news that co-managers James Paviour and Dan Trenkel will step down following this weekend’s match at White Ensign.

Elsewhere, Leigh Ramblers won at Basildon Town 2 – 1 to rise to 8th in the standings after the weekend’s action. Town suffered their 21st defeat in their 24 matches this term here and will surely look to have a better season next time out. Also, Kelvedon Hatch were held 2 – 2 by Harold Wood Athletic. Kelvedons goals came through James Burt and Ben Gibbons while Ath were grateful for Charlie Liddiard and Robert Whitnell strikes to claim the point which took them 3rd while the hosts were 6th after the weekend’s matches.

White Ensign remain 5th by virtue of a ‘Home Walkover’ victory over Manford Way who couldn’t field a side in their final match of the season, which saw them drop to 10th following a points deduction.

 

Into Olympian Senior One now and Sungate powered past relegated Harold Hill 5- 1 to rise to 5th in the standings following the weekend’s action. Hutton drew 1 – 1 with champions Buckhurst Hill and Old Southendian were held to the same scoreline by Snaresbrook.

Lastly for the Saturday action, in Senior Two, Newham Utd thumped Upminster 6 – 0 to leave the visitors sweating over their place in the division next season. Utd are 8th, with one match left. Also, Ramsden Scotia’s promotion hopes had a setback as they were held 0 – 0 by rivals Herongate Athletic, who ended their season here.

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Moving onto the midweek action now and on Monday night in Senior One, Newbury Forest triumphed 4 – 3 over Great Baddow in an epic match to really put ‘a spanner in the works’ of Baddow’s promotion dreams. Baddow ended their season here, while Hutton need to beat Harold Hill this weekend to pip Baddow to promotion. Forest go up to 8th spot with this win.

On Tuesday night, in Olympian Premier, Springfield won 3 – 2 at May & Baker in what was both clubs’ last match of the season. Springfield finish 3rd while the hosts finish the season in 7th though a bright future awaits them. In Senior One, Sungate confirmed a top-four finish by holding Buckhurst Hill 3 – 3 at Ilford Wanderers Rugby Club.

In Senior Two, Ramsden Scotia kept their promotion dreams alive with a 2 – 0 home win over Rochford Town. Scotia’s 15th win of the season here means a win on May 26th at Newham will see them promoted. At the other end of the scale, Rochford’s 17th loss of the season meant they will drop back to Division Three next term, unless they get a repreieve, ala last term.

Also on Tuesday was the EOFL Senior Cup Final at Bishop’s Stortford FC’s Dunmow Road home, and Frenford won 4 – 2 against fellow Premier Division side Leigh Ramblers to claim the trophy. Ramblers led early through Tom Hollingsworth and Andrew Webster goals though a brace from Ashley Taylor-Forbes plus strikes from Charlie Fairhead and substitute Nick Hughes powered the top tier runners-up to glory.

 

And that’s all from this round-up and for the round-up’s this season. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading and that you agree that it gives EOFL clubs the ‘limelight’ that they deserve.

Essex Olympian Football League round-up (EOFL 2.5.18)

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Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to my round-up of the Essex Olympian League action from the last week, from the Premier Division through to Senior Division Two, starting off with the weekend’s games then moving on to the midweek action…

 

Essex Olympian League Premier Division

In the Essex Olympian Premier Division on Saturday, Catholic Utd continued their title-chase with a good 3 – 1 win at Rayleigh Town. Brad Vaughan, Brad Williams and Max Kent all netted for the Super Hoops who jump above Springfield into 2nd, four points adrift of leaders Frenford so two wins will suffice from their four remaining matches to win the title. Aaron Pallett replied for Town.

Elsewhere, Harold Wood Athletic defeated Canning Town 3 – 1 with Charlie Liddiard, Joe Stevens and Matty Game all scoring. Kelvedon Hatch won 3 – 2 at out-of-form May & Baker thanks to George Saunders, Lee Newton and substitute Michael Daniels’ goals while Craig Hall and Dan Mackin responded for the hosts.

Manford Way also tasted success with a 2 – 0 triumph at relegated Basildon Town. Julian Edwards and Callum Ibe got the all-important goals there.

 

In Olympian Senior One, the ‘battle of the current top-two’ went the way of leaders Buckhurst Hill who kept up their march towards the title with a 3 – 2 victory over Great Baddow. A Steven Townsend hat-trick was ‘just the job’ for the Hill though Dane Nelson’s brace for the hosts made it tight. Meanwhile, Hutton won an entertaining match 5 – 3 at Harold Hill. Dan Carpenter’s treble plus goals from Justin Bardouleau and Chris Rowlatt were enough to claim the points.

Relegated Runwell Sports earned only their 3rd win of the season with a 2 – 0 victory at mid-table Sungate. James Driver and Chris Stokes strikes sealed a morale-boosting win for Sports. Shenfield AFC edged Newbury Forest 3 – 2 thanks chiefly to Ben Carroll’s brace. Thomas Oliver got the other goal while Jason Reynolds-Blanche and substitute Bobby Wise netted for Forest.

Also, Old Chelmsfordians bested Snaresbrook 3 – 2 thanks to goals from Hayden Brunt, Jamie Gray and Lee Ifield.

Finally for the Saturday action, in Olympian Senior Two, the two fixtures produced 17 goals! May & Baker Reserves clinched a 4 – 3 success at Newham Utd. Addean Gallimore, Lamar Obinkwo and Lisandro Tavares all netted for the hosts though Carl Patten grabbed another hat-trick and substitute Derek Hawtin completed the scoring for the visitors who secured their 15th win of the season here.

Meanwhile, Benfleet edged Rochford Town closer to the drop with a huge 8 – 2 win at the Rochford Rec. Ben Foord’s hat-trick, braces from Robert Lacy and Taylor Lawrence plus a Sam Dulieu goal secured the win for the Canvey-based side. Shane Holyland and Steven Sharpe replied for Town, who now must win their final match to have any chance of avoiding relegation.

 

Into the midweek action now and on Tuesday night in the Olympian Premier, Harold Wood edged Rayleigh Town 3 – 2 as Charlie Liddiard, Joe Stevens and substitute Rob Whitnell goals for the hosts outmatched Aaron Pallett’s brace for the visitors. Ath sit 4th, behind Springfield on goal difference. Rayleigh remain 12th.

White Ensign powered to a 4 – 1 victory over mid-table Kelvedon Hatch at the Len Forge. Doubles from David Limber and Liam Sewell did the damage though substitute Michael Daniels again struck for the visitors. Ensign went above May & Baker into 5th with this win while Kelvedon are 8th.

In Senior One on Tuesday, Shenfield AFC continued their fine end to the season with a 2 – 0 win at relegation-battling Harold Hill. Ben Absolon and Will Marlowe goals saw AFC up to 4th spot. Meanwhile at Polo Fields, Hutton put four past Newbury Forest in a 4 – 1 victory that strengthened their grip on 3rd spot. Another double by Dan Carpenter plus strikes from Jonathon Hilliard and Chris Rowlatt secured the win.

 

Moving onto the action in Olympian Senior Two on Tuesday and Ramsden Scotia kept their chances of promotion well & truly alive with a 2 – 1 success over May & Baker Reserves. Aaron Chambers struck for the visitors though goals from John Burdett and Kurt King sealed Scotia’s 14th win of the season and up to 3rd, five points behind their opponents here with two matches in hand.

Elsewhere in the Denny King U21 Cup, Buckhurst Hill U21’s defeated A1 Sports U21’s 4 – 1 so congratulations goes to the champions, who are having a successful league season in 5th (at present) in the U21 Division. A1 Sports side are 2nd in the same division.

In the one match in Senior Two on Wednesday, Ongar Town won 3 – 1 at home to Rayleigh Town Reserves to go above their opponents into 5th place in their final match of the campaign.

 

That’s all for this week, the Olympian League continues into May, as will the round-up’s.

Essex Olympian League round-up (EOFL 11.3.18)

Written By Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to an expanded round-up of this weekend’s Essex Olympian League action, including the sole surviving Cup tie involving EOFL sides. Enjoy.

Essex Premier Cup -Semi-Finals

 

Waltham Abbey Res. 1 – 3 Buckhurst Hill

Olympian League Division One side Buckhurst Hill fought back from a goal down to overcome the ESL Reserve Division side and book their place in the Premier Cup Final. The hosts started well and took the lead though Jose Espinoza restored parity for Hill before goals from Nathan Sollasi and Steve Townsend sealed the turnaround.

 

Old Southendian P – P Catholic Utd

This match was at Garon Park was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

Senior League Cup

 

Kelvedon Hatch P – P  Great Baddow

This match was postponed due to burst pipes at New Hall.

 

Olympian League – Premier Division

 

On a weekend heavily affected by the weather & cup action, only one Premier Division match went ahead. In fairness, it was quite a match as leaders Frenford continued their promotion charge with a 5 – 1 win over Canning Town at The Drive. Messrs Foley and Nobbs both grabbed braces after Woodward’s early opener to see Frenford go five points clear at the summit, although the likes of Catholic Utd and Kelvedon Hatch have matches in hand.

Meanwhile, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts v Harold Wood Athletic, Manford Way v Leigh Ramblers and Rayleigh Town v Springfield were all postponed.

 

EOFL – Senior Division One

In Olympian Senior One, two of the five matches set for this weekend survived and they both saw away wins. Firstly, FC Hamlets secured a fine 5 – 0 win at Shenfield AFC thanks largely to a Carter hat-trick though Johnny Gils and Charlie Heatley also found the target. Elsewhere, Snaresbrook defeated ten-man Runwell Sports 2- 0 at Runwell Chase to leave the hosts on the brink of relegation.

Galleywood v Harold Hill, Hutton v Newbury Forest and Old Chelmsfordians v Sungate all fell foul of the weather.

 

EOFL – Senior Division Two

Into Senior Division Two now and the four surviving encounters produced 26 goals between them. Leaders Herongate Athletic fell to a heavy 7 – 0 defeat at May & Baker Reserves as a Darren Seymour hat-trick led the way for the hosts and further goals from Daniel Alexander, Carl Patten plus substitutes Derek Hawtin and Joel Oliver sealed a big win and sees them remain 2nd, six points behind Herongate with 3 matches in hand.

Meanwhile, A1 Sports continued their decent form with an important 5 – 3 win over Ongar Town at the Lakeside Sports Ground 3G. Braces from Rodney Sarsah-Wilson and Ryan Scougall and a goal from substitute George Gibbon sealed the win for the 9th-placed hosts. A double from Ben Stone and Sean Green replied for Ongar, who remain 4th.

Also, Ramsden Scotia defeated Newham Utd 4 – 0 thanks to goals from Max Corrigan, Kurt King, Ryan Leddra and substitute Antony Driscoll and the win sees them rise to 6th with games in hand on the teams around them. Newham remain 8th.

Toby went 5th with a big 6 – 1 win at already-relegated Ryan as braces from Arron Watson-McNab and Peter Spicer plus goals from Rodney Capemba and Nick Harvey sealed the win for the visitors.

Benfleet v Upminster was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

EOFL – Senior Division Three & Four

In EOFL Divisions Three & Four, one match took place in each of the two divisions. In Senior Division Three, Frenford Reserves comfortably defeated Leytonstone United 6 – 0 and in doing so, confirming the hosts’ relegation from the division at season’s end.

Leigh Town v Old Chelmsfordians Reserves was postponed due to the weather.

Meanwhile in Senior Division Four, Old Barkabbeyans also secured a big win, defeating Southend Sports 6 – 0 with a hat-trick from Michael Ryder alongside a brace from Clifford Newby-Harris and a strike from Daniel Margiotta sealing the win.

Also, this result means Chingford Athletic are promoted and we congratulate them on a fine season.

Basildon Town Reserves v Canning Town Reserves, Leigh Ramblers Reserves v Epping and Sungate Reserves v Toby Reserves were all postponed.

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Thanks for reading, that’s all for this week.