Season Review 2019-20: Essex Olympian League Division Two [EOFL SR 19/20 26.4.20]

Written By Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to the third 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 at a very competitive Essex Olympian League Division Two 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 managed to watch a few Division Two matches this term so they may be mentioned here.

 

EOFL Division Two  (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. Leigh Town were deservedly top of the standings at the cut-off point, as they garnered an impressive 43 points from 15 matches, in which they were not beaten. Unsurprisingly, they had a good defence, the second-best in the division (conceded on average less than a goal a game) whilst also being pretty handy in attack, scoring 44 goals (as an average of 2.93 goals per game or GpG). Jack Pearman’s side were also a good Cup side as I saw them defeat fellow Div Two side Corinthians in the Essex Premier Cup at John Burrows Recreation Ground at the start of February. It’s a credit to both teams that you wouldn’t have thought you were watching two third-tier Olympian sides, such was the passion, energy & physicality on display.

Back to the League, and in second spot was Beacon Hill Rovers, having racked up 36 points from their 15 matches. Rovers had the second-best record at home this term with six wins from their seven matches there, along with having the third-best defensive record, being breached seventeen times. Their two top-goalscorers in Adebolu Adeyemi and Stephen Bennett both hit ten goals as well so credit goes where it’s due. Both clubs will be aiming for another successful campaign next term and if they can keep their squads together, you wouldn’t bet against them doing it either. The next two sides are quite local to me. In third place are Old Southendian Reserves, under the management of Ben Manley. Ten wins in 17 matches isn’t bad going for a second-side that won the Division Three title the previous campaign. Factor in a very decent end to the season with six wins in their last eight matches and having the fourth-best defence this season and it is certainly one to look back on with some fondness. I also have to note the fine performance they put in to win at Corinthians, back in December. To call it ‘determined’ would be an understatement.

Just behind OS Ressies in fourth were Corinthians, who were promoted two divisions, having won Division Four in 2018/19. Chris Stoneham’s youthful, attack-minded side are a delight to watch when they are on-song, no two ways about that. They had ten wins from their fourteen matches to make it to 31 points in all, though could have got in the top three had the season continued. There are two stats that can’t be taken off them though, firstly that they were the divisional top-scorers with 54 goals (a GpG of 3.71 – some going in any league). Secondly, Nathan Dewberry ended up the division’s top goal-getter with 16 goals though to many in the local Non-League scene that won’t come as a surprise, given his pedigree. Even so, respect to you Nathan and to your team-mates on a good season.

Into mid-table now, and May & Baker Reserves ended up being in fifth place. Jimmy Donald’s side had a fine end to the campaign which pushed them up the mid-table places somewhat, and acquired 28 points from 17 matches (though they benefitted from getting three points as an opposition side had fielded an ineligible player in late August). The side certainly has its place in the club pathway, with the first team now competing in Step 6 (Eastern Senior League South) and they struck the net 48 times in all, the second-best in the division. They were also not a dull side to watch as they also conceded fourty-four times and the main downer on their season you have to say is that pourous defence. That being said, the main thing for this team is development you feel and they will look for another strong campaign in 2020/21 I believe.

Laindon Orient were two points behind them in sixth, despite only playing twelve matches due to being hindered by the incessant rain (remember that?) before the season’s premature end. Neil Blackburn’s side still won eight of their matches and can be proud of their defensive record, only letting in eleven goals all league season. They may be another side to watch out for next season. Epping Town finished in seventh spot after having a difficult end to the campaign. That has been well-publicised elsewhere and with a new set-up, they ensured they saw out the campaign with 20 points from their 16 matches. Even though in the early stages of the campaign they were in the top four and looking menacing, you also can’t help but feel that the best thing right now is that they have a new management team under ex-Bishop Stortford Swifts’ boss Stuart Hoskins and they exist to go again next term.

Wakering Sports are in eighth, a point behind on 19 points from their sixteen matches. Overall, Mitchell Gleeson’s side had a solid if unspectacular season though they can build on the record on scoring 37 goals this term (a GpG of 2.31) which was the sixth-best this term. They finished well-clear of the bottom four as Harold Wood Athletic Reserves were eight points adrift on 11 points in ninth spot, after navigating a tough campaign. Defensively-speaking, they were decent though their issues were at the offensive end, striking the net only 18 times, the divisions’ worst this term. It must be said that had the campaign continued, they may have gone up a place or two but they will look for a better campaign next time out.

In tenth place, Rochford Town had another campaign of strife, getting nine points from their 18 matches. Goal-scoring was an issue for John Smith & James Cooper’s side, making the net bulge 21 times though having seen them in February, they struck me as a hard-working, committed side under the captaincy of Freddie Pettitt. As was the case in recent seasons though, their defence is their undoing to an extent, with sixty goals conceded, a record only the two sides below them were worse at. Promoted AS Rawreth also struggled, finishing 11th (second-bottom) by virtue of an inferior goal difference, also on nine points from 16 games. They had the joint-weakest goal=scoring record with 20 goals, and hotshot Louis Hill got nine of those goals himself so plaudits to him. They will hope for a better campaign at the back, as they shelled 63 goals (average per game of 3.94) which arguably knackered their season right there. And finally, recent strugglers Ryan also had another very tough season, finishing bottom on one point from 18 matches. It’s worth noting that they lost five points during the season for fielding an ineligible player & being unable to play a fixture but even so, it’s been a sobering season for the East London side. They conceded sixty-five goals this term and they will hope the talent from their promising junior sides will one day play for the first-team.

EOFL Division Two – Top Goalscorers 2019-20 Season

  Club/s League Goals League Starts
   
1 Nathan Dewberry Corinthians 16 10
   
=2 Adebolu Adeyemi Beacon Hill Rovers 10 10
Stephen Bennett Beacon Hill Rovers 10 12
   
=4 Ashley Blackburn Laindon Orient 9 10
Max Jones Leigh Town 9 10
Louis Hill AS Rawreth 9 13
   
7 Jake Hodder Corinthians 8 11
   
=8 Alex Paraskeva Epping Town 7 8
Shane Cooper Leigh Town 7 10
Mohammed Sesay Wakering Sports 7 11
   
=11 Gabriel Odili May & Baker Res 6 2
Ben Franklin Old Southendian Res 6 8
John Bolton-Smith Corinthians 6 11
Leo Clarke Corinthians 6 12
Greg Molford Old Southendian Res 6 12
Glen Warwick Epping Town 6 12
Oliver Taton-Bennett Old Southendian Res 6 13
Ben Rowe Wakering Sports 6 16
   
   

 

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

 

Appearances

  Club/s League Starts Bench Total
   
=1 Jacob Hubble Rochford Town 16 0 16
Freddie Pettitt Rochford Town 16 0 16
Ben Rowe Wakering Sports 16 0 16
   
=4 Danny Pallett Wakering Sports 15 1 16
Luke Stillwell Old Southendian Res 15 0 15
   
=6 Harry Ford Rochford Town 14 1 15
Ethan Bird AS Rawreth 14 0 14
Callum Burns-Green Wakering Sports 14 0 14
George Dugdale Old Southendian Res 14 0 14
Jack Power Rochford Town 14 0 14
Lewis Sherwood Beacon Hill Rovers 14 0 14
Adam Smith Leigh Town 14 0 14
   
=13 Mitchell Gleeson Wakering Sports 13 2 15
Akeem Matthews Ryan 13 1 14
Luke Owen Corinthians 13 1 14
Matt Welsh Rochford Town 13 1 14
   

 

Match Report: Corinthians 3 – 1 Rochford Town (Sat 15 Feb) [EOFL 19/20 16.2.20]

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Venue: Stambridge Memorial Ground

2019 – 20 Season: Match 58

Saturday 15th February 2020 – 2.00pm KO

Corinthians: Sky Blue & White Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Rochford Town: Red & Yellow Striped Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

 

Corinthians get important win over local rivals Rochford at wind-swept Stambridge

Corinthians 3 – 1  Rochford Town

 

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

On the weekend that ‘Storm Dennis’ heavily reduced the local action across the Non-League divisions, I made the return trip to Stambridge to see this EOFL Senior Two tussle between local rivals Corinthians and Rochford Town. Chris Stoneham’s hosts welcomed Nathan Warren back in goal, with a back four of George Fulcher, Brad Smith, Sammy Ayres and skipper Alfie Knight. The attack-minded Nathan Dewberry and John Bolton-Smith were supported by wingers Bill Wilton and Jake Hodder. Leo Clarke, Ollie Brickwood and Jordan Stoneham completed a depleted bench, with the likes of Dan Cooksley, Ethan Lemmon and Theo Cannon all unavailable here.

Rochford named Elliott Pattison between the posts, with Jack Clarke and Josh Ledger in central defence, skipper Freddie Pettitt on the right flank and a front two of Jordan Ginty and Josh Fryer, with top scorer Tommy Dominguez alongside the likes of Harry Ford and Joe Lovett on the bench.

Even when I got to the ground, it was quite clear that the hosts had done well to get the game on as the rain drifted in to join the blustery wind close to kick-off. It was also one of those afternoons where you could understand those involved wouldn’t be so keen to play or watch so fair play. In the early stages of the contest, both sides were looking decent going forward as the hosts were going into the wind. Rochford forwards Jordan Ginty and Josh Fryer were linking up well on the counter-attack in the early minutes, though it was Corinthians who has the first sighters of goal as first, Nathan Dewberry’s free-kick dribbled wide of the far post and soon after from a corner, Jake Hodder’s prodded effort was just gathered by visiting custodian Elliott Pattison. The hosts had their fair share of possession at this stage but with the conditions affecting long-range passing, they just needed that bit more composure which they later found.

On 18 minutes, energetic forward John Bolton-Smith fired another effort off-target for the hosts and then a couple of minutes later, another free-kick in a promising position was curled in by Dewberry though Pattison did well to palm away  from the danger zone. Town were conceding a few set-pieces at this point and from Matt Burrell’s corner, Corinthians were adamant that the ball had wafted over the goal-line though it wasn’t given. This seemed to charge up the hosts as midway through the half, they took he lead. A good run into midfield by centre-back Alfie Knight ended by feeding a neat through ball to Hodder who only had Pattison to defeat and his low finish got the better of the Rochford stopper.

Corinthians doubled their advantage only a few minutes later as fine curling finish by Bolton-Smith found the top corner from inside the area. Just past the half-hour, Rochford did have a rare surge forward which saw skipper Freddie Pettitt put in a good centre, though the home defence stood firm to clear their lines. Pattison was called into action again for Rochford soon after, as another good pass by Knight found Bolton-Smith though the latter’s header was clawed away by the Town goalkeeper as it was heading in under the crossbar. The hosts kept the pressure on as from a Luke Owen corner, Pattison palmed the ball away for another set-piece. From that very corner, Bolton-Smith’s in-swinging delivery got caught up in a gust and trickled past everyone into the net, past an unfortunate Pattison to make it comfortable for the Stambridge-based side.

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Just shy of the interval, a rasping 20-yard drive by Rochford midfielder Rinor Zeqiri fizzed wide of Nathan Warren’s goal though for the most part, the home side deserved their lead.

Half-Time: Corinthians  3 – 0  Rochford Town

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You have to credit Rochford for their response after the break, despite the declining conditions. Three minutes after the re-start, Town forward Josh Fryer was well found in the area though with only Warren to bypass, the home glovesman did well to deny Fryer with a firm one-handed save. In what was a slighter quieter second-half overall, Owen had a decent strike saved by Pattison nine minutes into the half. As we entered the last twenty minutes, Town forward Jordan Ginty’s well-struck strike powered wide of the right-side post, a reminder that the visitors were not ‘downing tools’.

Moments afterward at the other end, a searing cross by Dewberry was inch-perfect for Bolton-Smith though he couldn’t get the direction on it as it went over the goal frame. Dewberry also gave us a small reminder of his fancy footwork as well to get past his marker before angling a tame effort wide. Town did get a goal back as a good ball found onrushing midfielder Jack Power and he tucked home well past Warren with twelve minutes remaining. And then late on, substitute Jordan Stoneham was played in, one-n-one with Pattison though the Town ‘keeper did well to deny him to crown off a good personal display.

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Full-Time: Corinthians  3 – 1  Rochford Town

In summary, Corinthians showed enough purpose and had more than enough chances to deserve the points, though to be fair, Rochford were also decent at times going forward, although they were at risk of getting overloaded in defence, thanks to the hosts’ passing and movement, not to mention the finishing too.

In terms of stand-out performances, for Corinthians, I felt centre-back Alfie Knight had a strong game, not only doing his defensive duties but also making surging runs forward into midfield and also got an assist for the first goal too. Forward John Bolton-Smith and winger Jake Hodder also did well, stretching the Rochford defence as well as getting all three home goals between them, while full-back George Fulcher also showed good energy and purpose at both ends of the pitch.

For Rochford, forward Josh Fryer put in a combative display and kept the home back-line busy at times with skipper Freddie Pettitt being a useful creative outlet as well as putting in a hard-working display in both boxes. Goalkeeper Elliott Pattison also did well with decent handling in the tough conditions & also produced some good saves too, plus midfielder Jack Power also made a good contribution, along with his goal.

Finally, my thanks as ever to the hosts for their welcome; they are a credit to themselves and the Olympian League. I’d also like to note that it is good seeing Rochford in action again, as they are my local club. I wish both clubs well for the remainder of this hugely interesting Division Two campaign.

 

Teams

Corinthians    | Manager: Chris Stoneham

Starting XI: 1 Nathan Warren (GK), 2 George Fulcher, 3 Brad Smith, 4 Sammy Ayres, 5 Luke Owen, 6 Alfie Knight (Capt), 7 Bill Wilton, 8 Matt Burrell, 11 Jake Hodder, 9 John Bolton-Smith, 20 Nathan Dewberry

Goal-scorers: Jake Hodder [22’], John Bolton-Smith [25’ & 38’]

Subs On: 12 Leo Clarke [57’], 14 Ollie Brickwood [67’], 15 Jordan Stoneham [67’]

 

Rochford Town  | Stand-in Manager: James Cooper

Starting XI: 1 Elliott Pattison (GK), 2 Jacob Hubble, 3 Alex Gray, 4 Rinor Zeqiri, 5 Jack Clarke, 6 Josh Ledger, 7 Freddie Pettitt (Capt), 8 Jack Power, 9 Jordan Ginty, 10 Josh Fryer, 11 Matt Welsh

Goal-scorer: Jack Power [78’]

Subs On: 12 Harry Ford, 15 Tommy Dominguez, 13 Joe Lovett

Booked: Fryer  | Subs Not Used: Browne, Holyland

Referee: Stuart Nixon

Round-up : Essex Olympian League (Sat 1 Feb) (EOFL 19/20 2.2.20)

 

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Image from Leigh Town 2 – 0 Corinthians (in EPC) yesterday {Image: Scott W]

Written by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Olympian League round-up, tracking the action on Saturday 1st February in League & Cups. Thanks for reading.

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Saturday 1 February

Premier Division

Starting off as we do with the top-tier, leaders Sungate retained their eight-point cushion with a battling 1 – 0 home win over Canning Town in what was their sixth win in their last seven games. Catholic Utd edged their local derby with Leigh Ramblers 2 – 1 with Harley Kee getting both goals, the second from the penalty spot. Ryan Lowe struck for Ramblers as they drop to third, with Catholic overhauling them into second spot after a morale-boosting win. Kelvedon Hatch got a fine 4 – 3 success at Basildon Town with the returning Theo Ola getting a brace for Hatch, along with Calvin Poku and replacement Joe Gregory also netting. Jamie Bradbourn got a double of his own for Town, with James O’Brien also chipping in. Kelvedon rise to sixth while Basildon drop to 11th.

In the battle of two of the sides battling to avoid the drop, Old Southendian were held 1 – 1 by Harold Wood Athletic in the day’s late kick-off at Garon Park 3G. Brad Foley struck for Ath as they limped off the bottom to 12th spot, although they are unbeaten in their last three matches. OS levelled through Ryan Stillwell’s goal and rise up to eighth though are still only three points above the bottom two. Finally, Springfield got a narrow 3 – 2 win at home to Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Recent signing Bryn Thorpe got both goals for Swifts after coming off the bench though this result means they drop to the foot of the table. Springfield go up to fourth after this win.

Match OFF: Rayleigh Town P – P  Shenfield AFC (Due to Waterlogged pitch)

Cups

There were also four Cup ties across two Cup competitions this weekend. Firstly, Olympian Premier side Hutton defeated Senior One side FC Hamlets 2 – 1 in a match moved to Woodlands School 3G in Basildon. George Nash and Lewis Scott strikes sent the hosts through, and although John Gilroy netted for hard-working FCH, they went out.

In the three Essex Premier Cup Quarter-Finals that took place, Chingford Athletic went through after defeating Essex & Suffolk Border League (or ESBL) Premier side West Bergholt  on penalties, following a 2 – 2 draw at Town Mead. Gary Murray and Luke Dimond struck for Dave Richbell’s side in normal play and they won the shoot-out 7 – 6 to make the Semi-Finals. Leigh Town won their all-Olympian League Div Two battle with Corinthians 2 – 0 in the match I attended at a muddy John Burrows Rec. Substitutes Sam Gillmore and Shane Cooper got the decisive goals to win a highly-charged contest. If you’d like more of this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/02/01/match-report-leigh-town-2-0-corinthians-sat-1st-feb-epc/

Lastly, Buckhurst Hill powered to a 6 – 1 triumph over ESBL Premier side Gas Recreation at Roding Lane. The games are mounting up in League & Cups for the defending Premier Cup champions as they are seeking to win this title for a third consecutive season.

Senior ONE

In Senior One, Ramsden Scotia won 4 – 1 at fellow mid-table side Manford Way. Jamie Auvache stroke twice for Scotia, plus Antony Driscoll and Kurt King also on target as they went up to ninth spot. Lakeside also got the three points, as they won 4 – 1 at home to Galleywood. Drew Klessa-Smith nabbed another treble in this one with Luke Quinton also scoring, ‘Side are unbeaten in five matches now as they also are five points adrift of Old Chelmsfordians who remain second after a thumping 7 – 0 win over Toby at Lawford Lane. Toby were further blighted by player availability problems, and apparently could only field nine players to start though respect to those who all took the field.

Meanwhile, Ongar Town retained their unbeaten run this term, with a 4 – 1 win over Herongate Athletic in a match moved to St John’s 3G in Epping. Town remain handily-placed in third spot, 12 points behind leaders Chingford Athletic with six matches in hand on them. Rayleigh Town Res won 4 – 1 at Shoebury Town to go back up to fifth place with Shoebury remaining in seventh.

Match OFF: Runwell Sports  P – P  Snaresbrook | (Due to a waterlogged pitch)

Senior TWO

In a depleted Senior Two programme, Laindon Orient won 2 – 0 at in-form May & Baker Res with Ashley Blackburn and Carlos Dias netting in first-half for Neil Blackburn’s team, who made it five wins in succession here to remain in 5th, with matches in hand on all but one of the sides above them. M & B’s second side had their own six-match winning run ended here though remain fourth in the standings, although they are vulnerable to being caught up as they have played a few more matches. Also, Rochford Town got a crucial win away from home as they won 3 – 2 at fellow strugglers Ryan and in the process, brought a seven-match losing run to a close.

Matches OFF:

Beacon Hill Rovers  P – P  Wakering Sports  (Due to a waterlogged pitch)

Epping Town  P – P  AS Rawreth   | (Due to issues at Epping)

Harold Wood Athletic Res  P – P  Old Southendian Res |(Due to a waterlogged pitch)

Senior Division Three

In another weather-affected match list in Senior Three, Wakebury had to overcome a bout of illness among the squad and got a very late leveller as they drew 2 – 2 at fellow promotion challengers ACD Utd. Player-boss Michael Wade and Frankie Markham netted for the Romford-based side, while Harry Kateley and Chris Gore’s late free-kick salvaged a point for the South Essex side, who had to field boss Matt Cardy in defence and assistant boss Dan Blewett also came off the bench to play as a forward. Well, never dull in Non-League….

Seriously though, ACD remain second, three points off their opposition here with three matches in hand. Wakebury remain top though with just four matches remaining this term, they will have to aim to get as close to the 50-point mark as possible to win the division, you feel. You must credit both sides for how they’ve done in their first season in the Olympian League, so well done all.

Meanwhile, Toby Res got a much-needed win, 5 – 2 over mid-table side Buckhurst Hill Res in Newbury Park. Marc Porter-Brown was among the goals again with a treble here, with Chris Cox and birthday boy Luis Ruiz also netted as their side into fourth spot and end a four-match losing trough. Tim Strike and Rhys Davies got Hill’s goals as they remain 7th. Also, Basildon Town Res won 2 – 0 at fellow strugglers White Ensign Res to overhaul them in the table. Jake Bridgeman and Shaun Watkins were the goal-getters here to grab Town’s third win this season.

 

Matches OFF (Due to Waterlogged pitches):
Collier Row  P – P  Lakeside Res   |

Corinthians Res  P – P  Hutton Res   |

Senior Division Four Results

Forest Glade  1 – 5  Roydon

Galleywood Res  1 – 3  Canning Town Res
Laindon Orient Res P – P  Shenfield AFC Res

Leytonstone Utd  P – P  Old Chelmsfordians Res |

Ongar Town Res  2 – 1  Chingford Athletic Development

Wakering Sports Res  3 – 3  Catholic Utd Res

Senior Division Five Results


Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  1 – 0  Newbury Forest Res

Herongate Athletic Res  3 – 0  Leigh Ramblers Res
Old Barkabbeyans 3 – 2  Runwell Sports Res
Roydon Res  0 – 2  Collier Row Res
Shoebury Town Res  P – P  Springfield Res

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

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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

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 21 September) [EOFL 19/20 22.9.19]

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

 

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 & Essex Premier Cup action involving EOFL sides on Saturday 21st September. Thanks for reading.

 

Premier Division 

As ever, we start in the Premier Division as Springfield defeated Rayleigh Town 2 – 1 at London Road to end Town’s 100% start to the campaign. Dave Wareham’s brace for the visitors ensured Glen Wilkinson’s side got their fourth straight league win. Danny Hurford got Rayleigh’s goal though their lead at the summit is halved to three points now. Kelvedon Hatch sit third after a 3 – 1 win over Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Billy Reynolds, Josh Smith & substitute Alan Taylor got the goals for Hatch here as they sealed a third consecutive league win. Chris Gibbs struck for Swifts though they drop to eighth.

 

Leigh Ramblers picked up a fine 3 – 0 win over Catholic Utd at Belfairs with Rhys Fatt, Sam Montstephens and Ryan Lowe all on the score-sheet for Wayne Seal’s side, who ended a four-match winless run here. The Super Hoops suffered another loss away from home as they stay in mid-table. Buckhurst Hill also maintained their fine recent form, with a 4 – 1 success at Hutton. Two goals from Nathan Sollosi plus one each from Eren Muti and Suley Zuhdu saw Mark Williams side to a third win on-the-spin.

 

Elsewhere, Harold Wood Athletic got another win with a 3 – 1 triumph at Basildon Town. Matt Donovan, Ishmael Raymond and replacement Joe Stevens all struck for Ath to outdo Keith King’s goal for Bas. Also, Canning Town got their first league win in seven this term as they defeated ten-man Old Southendian 4 – 2 in Beckton.

 

Senior Division One

In Senior One, Chingford Athletic sit second after a 3 – 2 win at Runwell Sports. Ath struck through an OG, Mickey Mesmin and Alex Gordon goals to extend their faultless record this term. Ongar Town are top though on goal difference following a 6 – 1 home win over Rayleigh Town Res. Snaresbrook are third after a 4 – 1 success over Manford Way at Nutters Field while Lakeside had Mason Iley to thank for the only goal in their 1 – 0 win at Ramsden Scotia, they sit fourth.

Galleywood won 2 – 1 at winless Toby to rise to fifth place. Nick Harvey netted for the hosts, though Jack Chatterway and Tyler Tredgett strikes saw Mark O’Sullivan’s team to the win.

 

EOFL Senior League Cup 2019-20

May & Baker Res  3 – 4  Old Chelmsfordians  | May & Baker FC

 

Essex Premier Cup

Barnston  3 – 3  Old Southendian Res  (OS Res won 3 – 2 on penalties)

Beacon Hill Rovers  0 – 3  Waltham Abbey Res

Sungate  0 – 3  Ilford Res

 

Senior Division Two

Into Senior Two now and Leigh Town remain top, thanks to a 7 – 0 win at AS Rawreth. Max Jones got a hat-trick, with Oliver Raker, Jamie Yarworth, George Dansie and Tom McKeon also on target here for Jack Pearman’s team. Two other sides also have 100% records in the division with one of them being Epping Town who dismantled Westhamians 19 – 0 at Stonards Hill. To be fair, the visitors were beset by player availability issues though Billy Cove’s tea were ruthless as Connor Hammond, Alex Paraskeva, Tommie Turner and Taner Dagyaran all hit trebles while Joey May, Joe Killingback, Joe Thomas, Bradley Gayer, Sipho Mtyanda plus substitutes Ryan Folan and Eben Rowledge completed a scorer’s list so deep that it could have been reminiscent of a theatre production. Corinthians also were among the goals as they defeated Wakering Sports 6 – 0 thanks to Nathan Dewberry’s double, plus goals by John Bolton-Smith, Luke Owen, Theo Cannon and Jake Hodder as they also got their third win from three matches. I attended this match and if you’d like more on it, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/09/21/match-report-corinthians-6-0-wakering-sports-21st-sept-eofl/ 

Also, Laindon Orient won 3 – 0 at Harold Wood Athletic Res thanks to strikes by Jasper Read, Ashley Blackburn and an OG to go fourth in the standings. Finally in this division, Rochford Town got a morale-boosting first win of the campaign as they won 4 – 1 at home to Ryan. Harry Ford, Luke Jackson, Alex Jenkins and Harry Maynard strikes saw John Smith’s team to victory.

 

Senior Division Three

With leaders Corinthian Reserves not in action, Collier Row went second with a 4 – 2 triumph over Leigh Town Res at the Forest Row Centre. ACD Utd also have a unblemished winning record after a 3 – 1 win over Toby Res at Westlands. Brad Falco struck twice with Sam Payne also on target for Michael Wade’s side. White Ensign Ressies sit fifth after a comeback 3 – 1 win at Lakeside Res. Harry Davison had put the hosts ahead though Erald Makolli levelled before Kieran Follett struck twice to turn the tide for Jack Caten’s team.

 

Hutton Reserves picked up their first league win of the campaign in some style with a 13 – 3 win at struggling Dagenham Utd. Sean O’Callaghan and substitute Jack Shaw both hit trebles, with Joshua Seal and Josh Sumner getting braces plus Stephen Judge, Conor O’Regan and Adam Player all also on target in a thumping win for the Shenfield-based side. Wakebury also won this weekend, with a 2 – 0 win at fellow newcomers Hullbridge Sports ‘A’. Harry Kateley and replacement Ben Munday got the goals there at Lower Road. Finally, Buckhurst Hill Res defeated Basildon Town’s Ressies 3 – 1 through goals from Keenan Gravillis, Landry Gogoa and substitute Tommy Fraine. Alex Witham pulled one back for Alex Shields’ team though they have yet to win this term.

 

Senior Division Four  (results only)

Catholic Utd Res   4 – 4    Canning Town Res 

Chingford Athletic Dev   3 – 4   Wakering Sports Res 

Leytonstone Utd  1 – 0  Ongar Town Res   |

Old Chelmsfordians Res   1 – 1  Galleywood Res

 

 

 

2019-20 Season Preview: Essex Olympian League Senior Two (EOFL D2 19/20 31.7.19)

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Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – EOFL Blogger

 

Hello and a warm welcome to another of my mini-series of articles previewing the upcoming 2019-2020 Essex Olympian League season, division-by-division. We continue with Senior Two now which will have 13 sides competing in it with sides getting promoted from both Senior Three and Senior Four to stem the loss of a number of sides who also got elevated in the close season (see Senior One Preview).

May & Baker Reserves will look to re-build following that side’s relegation from Senior One and May & Baker ‘A’ being withdrawn following their lacklustre form in this division in 2018-19. With champions of last term Chingford Athletic being promoted, along with the rest of last season’s top five, this division has a very different look about it though there are still teams hungry for progression.

EOFL Senior Two Constitution (2019-20)

  • AS Rawreth (see below) (P) (Fmrly Academy Soccer)
  • Beacon Hill Rovers
  • Corinthians (P)
  • Epping Town (P)
  • Harold Wood Athletic Res
  • Laindon Orient (P)
  • Leigh Town (P)
  • May & Baker Res (R)
  • Old Southendian Res (P)
  • Rochford Town
  • Ryan
  • Wakering Sports (P)
  • Westhamians (P)

 

Beacon Hill Rovers, Harold Wood Athletic Res, Ryan and Rochford Town are the only ‘survivors’ from last term. Rochford got a reprieve once again from demotion, as did Ryan though among the teams they face from mid-August onwards are the likes of Senior Three champions Old Southendian Reserves, who I saw win the title at their Garon Park home, back in April. OS Ressies won that division by four points in the end, ahead of runners-up Laindon Orient  who also make the step up, in their new home at Basildon Sports Club. Laindon will look to continue last term’s record of scoring goals – they got 75 in the net back then in just 20 matches.

Academy Soccer finished third in Senior Three after another fine season with the joint second-best defence in that division which was good enough for elevation, though a name change means they are known as AS Rawreth this term, presumably reflecting the fact they play in Rawreth, just east of Wickford. Westhamians continue their progress up the divisions with a ‘seat at the Senior Two table’ this term after enjoying the best defensive record last term league-wise, they are joined by Wakering Sports and Leigh Town who finished mid-table last term. Sports are committed to improving their home ground at Cupid’s Country Club in Shoebury and will looking for a season that consolidates their position in this division this coming season.

Then, last but by no means least, we have two clubs who have got the ‘double bubble’ of being promoted two divisions in Senior Four champions Corinthians  and runners-up Epping Town who are still managed by Billy Cove and his team. Both sides finished well clear of the field in the end come May. Not really a surprise when you factor in that the Stambridge-based Corinthians side had the best defence in Senior Four last term and Epping overwhelmed the goal-scorers’ chart with a whopping 103 goals to their name last term. I wouldn’t rule out a promising campaign for either side this coming season either.

To all the clubs, managers, players and many others who support them, have a good season all. I look forward to keeping tabs on the action. Best, Scott

 

Fixtures for First two weekends of EOFL Senior Two (Subject to change)

Saturday 24th August – 2.30pm

AS Rawreth  v  Harold Wood Athletic Res  | The Warren, Old London Road

Laindon Orient  v  Westhamians   | Basildon Sports Club

Wakering Sports  v  Old Southendian Res  | Cupid’s Country Club, Cupid’s Chase

 

Saturday 31st August – 2.30pm

AS Rawreth  v  Epping Town   | The Warren, Old London Road

Beacon Hill Rovers  v  Leigh Town     |  Wickham Bishop’s Sports Ground

Corinthians  v  Laindon Orient      |  Stambridge Memorial Ground

Ryan  v  May & Baker Res   |  Wadham Lodge Sports Ground (Grass Pitch)

 

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 16 Mar) [EOFL 18.3.19]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another of my round-up pieces, this time looking at the Essex Olympian League action on Saturday 16 March, from the top tier to the results from Division Four as some promotion & relegation issues continue to be set.

EOFL Premier Dvivision

We start in the EOFL Premier, where Catholic Utd got their ninth win in their last ten games with a 3 – 2 win over Sungate at the Len Salmon. Aaron Baldwin’s brace took him past ten league goals this season with Simon Thomas also on target. Reece Clarke and Rory McKenzie hit back for the visitors though the ‘Super Hoops’ are up to 4th spot and still have a shot at a top-two finish. ‘Gate remain 11th. Kelvedon Hatch rise above Harold Wood Ath into 2nd as they defeated Ath 3 – 1 at home. Anthony Aylett, Michael Daniels and Chris Neville got the goals for Hatch, with Joe Moffat responding for the visitors, who only have one match to play after losing their last four.

Meanwhile, Rayleigh Town narrowly won 1 – 0 at Hutton to rise to sixth place. Bradley Confrey got the only goal to give Town their third win on-the-bounce. Hutton stay in 8th spot.

 

EOFL Senior One

In Senior One, only one match took place as Old Chelmsfordians continued their fine form with a 2 – 1 home win over promotion-chasers Snaresbrook. Martin Mixture scored his 14th league goal of the campaign for his OC side, with Josh Chapman also netting. Tyriquee Solomon hit back for ‘Brook though couldn’t get a leveller against their hosts who ended matters with ten men here. OC’s stay in 7th spot though are only six points off the top three now. ‘Brook missed a chance to go joint-top of the standings here.

 

EOFL Senior Two

In Senior Two,  Shoebury Town won 1 – 0 at fellow high-flyers Runwell Sports through Omar Mahmood’s goal, though it wasn’t enough for Town to be in the promotion mix next month as this was their last match of the season, whereas Sports have two more to play though still have to be wary of Chingford Athletic who have four to play and are only four points behind them.

Rochford Town ended their time in Division Two for the time being with a 3 – 1 win at May & Baker ‘A’. Abel Okoghenu got the hosts’ strike though Town responded through goals from Tyler Akerman, Serkan Cihan and Matthew Pettitt as they got their fifth win of the season.

 

EOFL Senior Three

Into Senior Three now and we begin with Old Southendian Ressies’ 4 – 0 win over Hutton Res. Dave Stubbs got another double here with Oliver Tatton-Bennett and Thomas Magerison also on the score-sheet to secure OS’ third win on-the-reel to go third, only a point adrift of the top-two. Laindon Orient also won, 3 – 1 at home to leaders Westhamians with Samuel Lake, Henry Ballard and Jordan Williams all finding the net. Ben Jones struck for the visitors though their form has dipped at exactly the wrong time, with three losses in their last four meaning they lead the division on goal difference alone.

 

EOFL Senior Four

Finally, in Senior Four, the day belonged to Epping Town as they won 3 – 1 at Lakeside Res to secure promotion. Ex-Ilford trio Joe Killingback, Chris Lockwood and Glen Warwick (who reached 15 league goals here) were all on target to ‘seal the deal’ and go top of the table, although Corinthians have two more matches to play. Shenfield AFC Res were held 2 – 2 by Old Barkabbeyans though Old Barks chances of avoiding the drop are dimming now.

Also, Canning Town Res won over Catholic Utd Res by walkover, as Utd couldn’t take part in their last match of the season.