Woodford got their second win inside four days as they defeated ten-man Stansted late on at the Harlow Arena. The Airportmen had a setback to contend with when playmaker Ashaan Siddik was sent off with 18 minutes remaining. The Towners soon took advantage as Yemi Adelani opened the scoring on 75 minutes, and got a second six minutes from time to give Joe Gadsdon & Roy Darbo’s team a comfortable lead. Eddy Mombanza made the points safe with a third for the hosts, two minutes from the end to see Woodford go up to 11th in the table. Stansted’s incredible 12-match winning run may be over though they are in 6th spot, level on points with Takeley just above them.
Saturday 15 February – Essex Senior
Enfield 2 – 2 Tower Hamlets | Woodside | Att: 71
The E’s were pegged back late on by a resilient Hamlets side at Woodside. Things started positively for Matt Hanning’s side as Rob Hodgson put Enfield ahead on 19 minutes. Ben Bradbury doubled that advantage with 52 minutes on the watch with a well-taken finish. Hamlets finished the stronger and halved their deficit thanks to replacement Suaibo Balde’s spot-kick from 12 yards with 15 minutes yet to play. Bishop Lutula then promptly levelled five minutes later to claim a hard-earned point for John Jatto’s side. In reality, the point does neither side much good, with Enfield second-bottom and Hamlets remaining a point above them in third-bottom, having played a game more.
Fellow Non-League writer Matt North was at the match & here is his report: mattnorthfootball.wordpress.com/2020/02/15/match-report-enfield-fc-2-2-tower-hamlets-esl-19-20-15-02-20/
Sporting Bengal Utd 3 – 4 Sawbridgeworth Town | Mile End | Att: 35
Sawbridgeworth got a big win at Mile End with victory over Sporting Bengal in what was an extraordinary match. Sawbridgeworth broke the deadlock through loanee Cabham Clarke, who was playing as a forward rather than his usual goalkeeping spot. Fair play Cabham. Bengal did level before half-time through hotshot Curtley McIntosh though the drama hardly ended there. Substitute Adil Haque put Imrul Gazi’s team ahead eight minutes into the second-half. Newcomer Leroy Hlabi equalised again for Sawbo, before Haque smashed in a 30+ yard free-kick to make it 3 – 2 to Bengal. Hlabi got his second to make it level-pegging again before the crucial winner for Town was struck by substitute Kasper Borowicz who reacted first after a penalty was saved by Bengal custodian Ataib Khan.
All in all, Sawbo ended a twelve-match winless run with this morale-boosting triumph whilst Bengal sit in 14th spot, four points above the top three.
Hadley P – P Walthamstow
Hashtag Utd P – P Hoddesdon Town
Redbridge P – P Cockfosters
Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Olympian League round-up, tracking the action from a weather-affected programme on Saturday 15th February in League action and one Senior League Cup tie. Thanks for reading.
Essex Olympian League – Saturday 15 February
In the Premier Division, there were surprises aplenty in the five matches that did take place. Basildon Town got a much-needed win as they defeated leaders Sungate 2 – 1 at Ilford Wanderers Rugby club. Jamie Bradbourn and James O’Brien got the crucial goals as Gareth Cleverly’s side ended a three-match losing run to rise up to 10th. The ‘Gate’s nine-match unbeaten run ended here though they still remain six points clear at the summit.
Meanwhile, Leigh Ramblers got their fifth win in their last seven matches by securing a 3 – 1 victory over Springfield at Belfairs Park. Rick Alabaster, Alfie Lindfield and Justin Hazell netted for Wayne Seal’s side as they strengthened their position in second. Buckhurst Hill put another dent in Catholic Utd’s title challenge as they won 4 – 1 at the Len Salmon Stadium. Braces for Nathan Sollosi and Fenti Falola did the damage to outweigh Harley Kee’s penalty for the Super Hoops. Hill rise back to fourth place in the standings, just six points off second spot with a number of matches in hand on the top three.
At the bottom, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts began their new era with a fine 4 – 2 win against Kelvedon Hatch at Silver Leys. Oliver Fortune, Bryn Thorpe, Danny Palmer and replacement Sipho Mtyanda all struck for Billy Cove’s new team and although Calvin Poku & Joe Gregory responded for Kelvedon, it was the Swifts who ended a six-match winless streak here to move off the bottom into 12th. Hatch drop to sixth, nine points above the bottom two. In the battle of the strugglers, Old Southendian got a huge 4 – 1 triumph over Harold Wood Athletic in a game moved to the Frances Bardsley Academy 3G, given the Harold Wood Park continues to be unavailable. Nick Henesy, Elliot Hemmings, Ed Gould and Ryan Stillwell all netted to move Connor Lane’s side up to seventh, though with the bottom half still so tight, they are still only five points above bottom side Harold Wood and have played more games than most. Chris Muir struck for Ath here though they are winless in their last four matches now.
Match OFF: Hutton P – P Shenfield AFC |
EOFL Senior League Cup
In the one EOFL Senior Cup tie, Premier side Rayleigh Town showed what they can achieve by dismantling Senior One strugglers Toby 6 – 2 at Beauchamps Sch 3G. Bailey Moss grabbed a treble, with Paul Morris, Harry Talbot and substitute Teddy Rumsey all scoring too as Paul Higgins’ side made it through to the next round.
London Junior Cup Semi-Final
Also in their London Junior Cup Semi-Final, FC Hamlets made it to another Final with a 3 – 1 win over UCC Diaspora at Mabley Green. Player-boss Ashley King got a brace here with Charlie Heatley netting the other to ensure they will play at Haringey Borough’s Coles Park on Friday 17th April. Congratulations to all at the club on making another appearance in the Final.
In Senior One, only two matches survived the weather as Old Chelmsfordians maintained their place in second with a 3 – 1 win over Shoebury Town at Lawford Lane. Shoebury remain seventh, three points behind Galleywood who drew 1 – 1 with Runwell Sports. Max Orrin got the goal for the hosts though they haven’t won in their last four matches, while Runwell rise one place to 11th on goal difference.
Matches OFF: Manford Way P – P Chingford Athletic |
Ramsden Scotia P – P Rayleigh Town Res |
Snaresbrook P – P Herongate Athletic |
Senior Two was also heavily affected by the rain as only two of the five set matches were played. One of those ended up being scrapped as Leigh Town got a home walkover over struggling Ryan, who were unable to make the fixture. Town extend their lead at the summit to seven points and now need six wins from their last eight matches at present to secure the title. Ryan remain bottom, eight points off their nearest rivals, with only four matches left to play.
Finally for the round-up section, in Senior Three, ACD Utd went top of the division with a 3 – 0 success over Buckhurst Hill Res at Westlands. Player-boss Michael Wade, Connor Lambert and Shaun Farrow struck for Utd as they made it eleven matches unbeaten and are now two points ahead of Wakebury, with a further match in hand. However, both of the top two sides can still be caught by Corinthians Ressies who sit 3rd & Collier Row in fifth as they both have a number of matches in hand.
Elsewhere, Basildon Town Res defeated Toby Res 1 – 0 in a match moved to the Hannakins Farm Community Centre 3G. This win lifts Town to ninth, while also damaging Toby’s second-side’s promotion aspirations. Also, Leigh Town Res got a 2 – 1 success at Lakeside Res to head up to sixth spot though they are eight points off the top four.
Match OFF: Collier Row P – P Hutton Res |
Senior Division Four Results
Catholic Utd Res 5 – 2 Ongar Town Res
Chingford Athletic Dev 2 – 2 Canning Town Res
Leytonstone Utd P – P Laindon Orient Res
Roydon P – P Galleywood Res
Wakering Sports Res 1 – 0 Forest Glade
Senior Division Five Results
Herongate Athletic Res 4 – 1 Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res
Meanwhile, it was a bad day for three of the ‘Gate’s rivals. Leigh Ramblers ere the only one of the top five before the weekend who won, as they defeated fellow title-chasers Buckhurst Hill 2 – 0, thanks to strikes by Andrew Webster and Pat Cannon. Wayne Seal’s side rise to second after their fourth win in their last six matches. Hill lost for the first time since the opening day f the campaign though still have seven matches in hand on the leaders, though they have 15 points to make up. Kelvedon Hatch rose to fifth after a fine 3 – 1 win over Catholic Utd to achieve a third straight win. Canning Town also won 3 – 1, at home to Springfield to get their third win in their last five matches to rise to seventh spot. The pressure is still on for them to accrue points though given they have five matches remaining this term.
Also, in their bottom of the table clash, Shenfield AFC edged to a 3 – 2 triumph over Harold Wood Athletic. Ben Absolon, Ben Carroll and Mitchell Day all scored for Shenfield with an OG and one from Adam Farley accounting for Ath’s goals. Shenfield rise up to 10th spot, while Harold Wood remain second-bottom.
Match OFF: Hutton P – P Bishop’s Stortford Swifts |
Senior Lge Cup
In the one Senior League Cup tie this weekend, Division Four side Roydon pulled off a surprise 5 – 2 win over Premier Division side Basildon Town at Paringdon Sports Club. Braces from Lewis Watson and Sam Bentley were added to by Mo Benzid as the hosts went through to the next round. Keith King and Tommy Green struck for Town but they exited on a ‘bad day at the office’ for Gareth Cleverly’s side.
Moving into Senior One now and leaders Chingford Athletic extended their lead at the summit to nine points with a 4 – 1 away win at Toby. Goals from Sam Coe, Garry Murray plus substitutes Trevor Harding and Lee Lashley got Dave Richbell’s side their eighth win in their last ten games. At the bottom, Snaresbrook rose to 11th spot with a fine 4 – 1 success at Ramsden Scotia. Drew Barbier, Nana Boachie, Daniel Walsh and Eric Kelly were all on target for ‘Brook who got their third win in nine matches this term.
Meanwhile, Ongar Town maintained their unbeaten run this term with a 3 – 1 win over Runwell Sports. Aaron Blair, Harry Rawlins and Jack Zielinski all hit the net for Town, with Joe Olley getting the goal for Runwell. Town rise to third place and still have matches in hand on the top two. Sports drop to third-bottom. FC Hamlets got the stat of the day though with a 7 – 1 win at out-of-form Herongate Athletic. Charlie Heatley got six goals himself for Hamlets, with Roy Hallowell getting a goal on his debut as Hamlets rise to 8th place, though have only played nine matches. Old Chelmsfordians were held 1 – 1 by Galleywood though remain second, while Lakeside drew 2 – 2 with Shoebury Town. Charlie Ashpole and Drew Klessa-Smith netted for ‘Side though they fell to fourth while Town remain seventh.
Match OFF: Rayleigh Town ResP – P Manford Way
In Senior Two, two of the five set matches were played. Leigh Town were given a tough test before coming through to win 3 – 2 against Old Southendian Res at John Burrows Rec. Shane Cooper’s double & one from Sam Irvine were enough to outweigh strikes by Luke Stillwell and Daniel Dowd and remain unbeaten this term. Ben Manley’s side also suffered a setback as skipper Oliver Tatton-Bennett suffered a suspected broken collarbone in this contest, we wish him well in his recovery.
Elsewhere, AS Rawreth got a good 3 – 0 over fellow strugglers Ryan at the Warren. Louis Hill, Rhys Willson and Bradley Pike all netted as the hosts grabbed their second win this term. Five straight defeats means Ryan remain bottom of the standings.
Matches OFF: Corinthians P – P Harold Wood Athletic Res |
Laindon Orient P – P Beacon Hill Rovers |
Wakering Sports P – P May & Baker Res |
Senior Division Three
Into Senior Three, and with leaders Wakebury not in action, ACD Utd cut their lead at the summit to one point with a 1 – 0 win over Hutton Res at Westlands. Paul Mangan got the only goal here as ACD are now unbeaten in ten matches. Corinthians Res also won, 3 – 2 at Buckhurst Hill Res to remain third. Steve Solarin, George Brown and replacement Max Hall all scored for Terry Rose’s side. Hill’s Ressies stay 7th. Collier Row also won this weekend, 2 – 0 against Basildon Town Res in a match moved to Robert Clack 3G in Dagenham. Row fortify fifth spot after their eighth win this term.
Finally, Toby Res remained fourth as they won 2 – 1 at White Ensign Res, with the latter staying second-bottom, seven points off the top eight.
Match OFF: Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ P – P Lakeside Res
Senior Division Four
Canning Town Res 0 – 4 Wakering Sports Res
Chingford Athletic Dev 6 – 1 Laindon Orient Res
Old Chelmsfordians Res 3 – 3 Forest Glade
Ongar Town Res 1 – 1 Leytonstone Utd
Shenfield AFC Res 2 – 3 Catholic Utd Res
Senior Division Five
Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res 3 – 0 Collier Row Res
Runwell Sports Res 1 – 0 Leigh Ramblers Res
Shoebury Town Res P – P Newbury Forest Res
Springfield Res 2 – 0 Old Barkabbeyans
Wakering Sports Dev P – P Roydon Res
Clapton continued their recent good form to advance to the next round of the Peter Butcher Trophy with victory at Woodford. Asher Modeste got a brace, which was added to by Nana Boakye-Yiadom and Abdus Salami as Julian Charles’ team got another good win. Kieran Hughes-Mason got the solitary response for Joe Gadsdon & Roy Darbo’s side though their focus will be on the league for the remainder of the season.
Saturday 8 February – Essex Senior
Cockfosters 0 – 0 Takeley | Chalk Lane | Att: 63
Takeley’s efforts to keep pace with the four were stifled by a Cockfosters who could have pinched all three points in this stalemate at Chalk Lane. Marc Das’ side remain in fifth, unbeaten in their last four matches though other results mean they are being caught by neighbours Stansted just behind them. The ‘Fosters drop to eighth after this result and despite only losing one of their last six outings, they are vulnerable to being caught up by Hoddesdon and West Essex just behind them.
Enfield 0 – 2 Hadley | Woodside | Att: 77
The Bricks produced a good display to attain their second win in their last five with victory at Woodside. Goals by Emmanuel Hammond [43’] and Yemi Buraimoh on 63 minutes were enough for Anthony Clark’s side to get the points at go four points clear in fourth spot. The E’s brought in Hullbridge forward Luke Hornsley on dual terms this week as they remain second-bottom.
Hoddesdon Town 3 – 3 West Essex | Lowfield | Att: 89
The Lilywhites were held by a youthful West Essex side that fielded four of their Under-18 side in this contest. It was the Stags who took a two-goal lead early-doors as Cameron Gray [9’] and Joel Lamb on the quarter-hour put them in a strong position. Hoddesdon, who saw forward Isaac Marfo-Jacobs depart for Isthmian North side Witham Town this week, responded through recent signing Harry Bushell on 16 minutes. Aaron Ramthor made the score level at 2 – 2 just four minutes later. Harry Andic turned the game in the hosts’ favour eight minutes before the break.
After weathering the storm, West did pick up a point in a terrific encounter as target-man Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe netted ten minutes from time to ensure they’ve only lost one of their last five matches as they remain tenth. Simon Riddle’s side remain a place and fur points above them in ninth.
The Foxes got the points to move further clear of the bottom four with victory over Manor at Cricklefield. Larry Akanbi got the opener against his former club on 25 minutes. It was another ex-Manor player who ended up sealing the contest as Jordon Fisher netted 15 minutes from time to rise up to 12th spot. Manor remain in 16th spot, just three points ahead of the bottom two.
St Margaretsbury 0 – 2 Redbridge | The Rec | Att: 29
Redbridge got their second straight clean sheet in all competitions with a decent win at struggling St Margaretsbury. Hassan Nalbant put the visitors ahead on 20 minutes, to which Charlie Portway got a second goal [64’] which gave Micky Wetherall’s side the impetus to rise to seventh spot after their seventh win in their last ten league matches. St Mags’ winless stretch now sits at eleven matches as they remain 15th.
Stansted 2 – 1 Saffron Walden Town | Hargrave Park | Att: 268
The Airportmen made it 11 straight league wins with a fine victory over leaders Saffron Walden Town in the Uttlesford derby. John Clarke put the hosts ahead right on half-time, before Ryan Ramsay made it two just four minutes after the restart. Substitute Nathan Scarborough halved the deficit for the Bloods with 57 minutes played though the ‘Blue Brazil’ held on for a famous win, in front of over 250 fans at Hargrave Park, which sees them reduce the gap to Takeley in fifth to three points with a game in hand. Walden’s impressive 13-match unbeaten run is over as they conceded ground to rivals Walthamstow and Hashtag Utd in the title race.
Finally for this weekend, Walthamstow produced a professional display to outmatch Sawbridgeworth at Wadham Lodge. Lewis Francis got the ball rolling with another brace [23’ & 36’] and as ever, Dwade James also got on the score-sheet on 38 minutes for his 25th league goal this season. New signing Michael Toner added a powerful strike for the fourth goal ten minutes from time as ‘Stow got their fifth win in their last six to leapfrog Hashtag Utd into second place, just two points behind leaders Saffron Walden with two matches in hand on the Bloods. The hard run goes on for Sawbo, as they remain bottom after nine straight defeats.
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.
Saturday 1 February
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)
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.
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)
In a depleted Senior Two programme, LaindonOrient 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.
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
The round-up this weekend starts with a stalemate at Mile End, as Hamlets were held by relegation rivals Southend Manor. Grant Frances netted for Manor just shy of the half-hour though Hamlets restored parity before half-time through Enock Seganile and neither side could find a winner. Hamlets remain fourth-bottom on 20 points, still a point ahead & a place ahead of Manor in 17th.
In front a hefty crowd at the Harlow Arena, Hashag cemented their top-three position with another treasured three points. Tom Anderson got the opener with only two minutes on the clock. Woodford showed their battling qualities by levelling things on the half-hour through Reece Antione-DaCosta’s strike. The Tags grasped back the lead just before the interval as George Smith netted his 14th league goal of the season. The match was only settled in added-time as Smith netted from the spot after rapid winger Joshua Osude was felled in the area. Jay Devereux’s side have won their last four matches and go into second spot, five points adrift of leaders Saffron Walden with three matches more to play than the Bloods. Woodford drop to 12th but showed enough to suggest that their form will improve in short order.
Saturday 25 January
Enfield 1 – 2 Redbridge | Woodside | Att: 81
This tense battle at Woodside came alive after the interval. Redbridge took the lead through a James Barlow strike on 71 minutes. Two late goals from Prince Adeyemi for the E’s and one from Taylor Tombides for the Motormen meant that Micky Wetherall’s side got the ‘W’ in his 400th match as a manager. Keep on going, Micky. Enfield’s relentless dearth of luck continues as it’s ten matches without a win as they remain second-bottom, though they do have games in hand on all the rival sides immediately above them. The Motormen rise to eighth now, only two points behind Stansted in sixth.
Cockfosters were denied a narrow win late on at Hoddesdon showed their battling qualities on-the-pitch again at Lowfield. Ned Clarke put Ryan Wade’s side ahead three minutes after the restart though it wasn’t enough to carry them to the win. Adam Bushell’s injury-time goal kept Simon Riddle’s team from defeat though they still slipped to ninth. The ‘Fosters have lost only one of their last five games and stay seventh.
The Tons overcame a gutsy Sawbridgeworth side to claim a fourth win in their last six matches at Crofters. Jaydon Charles put the visitors ahead on 25 minutes, though they were pegged back ten minutes later as Kacper Borowicz struck for Lee Mackman’s team. Christian Londono restored the Tons’ lead on the hour though again the plucky hosts pushed for a leveller at got one, as Ethan Barton netted with 66 minutes on the watch to make it 2 – 2.
However, two goals in the ten minutes broke the home resistance as substitute Asher Modeste [68’] and Nana Boakye-Yiadom [75’] put the visitors in a strong position, and rounded out the scoring with five minutes to play through Diemar Queni to elevate themselves up to 11th, eight points clear of the bottom two and heighten Sawbo’s relegation worries at the same time. Seven straight losses for Sawbo now means that they need wins, and quickly to evade the danger-zone.
Sporting Bengal Utd 0 – 3 Saffron Walden Town | Mile End | Att: 54
Saffron Walden continued their irrepressible recent form with a victory over Bengal at Mile End. The hosts made it tough though Jack Isherwood put the Bloods ahead in first-half added-time. Jason Maher’s side did eventually confirm the points as a late double from one of the stars of the season in Gavin Cockman [87’ & 90’+5] made it ten wins in their last 12 matches for the Bloods, who lead by five points at the top. Bengal’s third loss in their last four sees them drop to 14th and are only three points clear of the bottom three.
Stansted P – P Hadley | Match postponed due to a waterlogged pitch
Takeley 3 – 2 St Margaretsbury | Station Road | Att: 76
Takeley celebrated their return to Station Road with a comeback win over out-of-form St Margaretsbury. Kyle Roberts put the visitors in a strong early position with a brace, first from twelve yards with six minutes played and then with an 18th-minute strike. Charncey Dash halved the arrears for the hosts, seven minutes before the break. Dash then levelled the match a 63rd minute penalty of his own to make it two for him and his team before Elliott Long got the winner, ten minutes from time to give the hosts their 13th win this term and cut the deficit to Hadley in 4th to two points. St Mags’ dry run continues as they drop to 13th.
West Essex 1 – 0 Ilford | Mayesbrook Park | Att: 33
West ended a tough week with a tight win over fellow mid-table side Ilford at Mayesbrook. Michael Mignot was once again the hero for the hosts getting the only goal six minutes before half-time to elevate the Stags up to tenth in the table. The Foxes drop to 15th after an altogether frustrating afternoon for them.
Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of a weather-affected Essex Olympian League weekend, from Saturday 18 January. Thanks for reading.
In the three matches that survived more incessant rain this week, Sungate extended their lead at the summit to seven points with a 1 – 0 home win over Old Southendian. Scott Truman got the crucial strike which secured ‘Gate’s fifth consequtive victory whereas OS are without a win in their last four and sit second-bottom. Kelvedon Hatch got a fine 2 – 1 win at high-flying Springfield with Anthony Aylett and Thomas Mann on the score-sheet to end their eight-match winless stretch. Darius Egualeonan hit back for Springfield though they fell to defeat and remain fifth. Finally in the Premier, Leigh Ramblers got a fine 3 – 1 win at bottom side Shenfield AFC. Dan Williams, Pat Cannon and Jack Gardner were the scorers for Wayne Seal’s side, with Ben Absolon notching again for AFC.
Matches OFF (Due to Waterlogged Pitches)
Harold Wood Athletic P – P Catholic Utd | Harold Wood Park
Hutton P – P Bishop’s Stortford Swifts | Polo Fields
Rayleigh Town P – P Canning Town | London Road
EOFL Senior One
In Senior One, Chingford Athletic were surprisingly held 5 – 5 by in-form Shoebury Town at Town Mead. Alex Gordon led the scorers for Ath with a brace, with Will Gleeson, Sam Coe and Jack Yates also on target. Manford Way got their first win in seven matches with a great 2 – 1 success over Old Chelmsfordians. Paul Marjason and replacement Olajide Yusuff netted for Manford as they strengthened their position in eighth. Also, Toby were denied their first win of the season as they drew 4 – 4 with Rayleigh Town Res in Newbury Park. Paul Morris, Jake Hinkley, James Braithwaite and James Nottage all scored for Lee Bunn’s side as they remain sixth. Toby remain bottom, three points adrift of Snaresbrook.
Ongar Town P – P Galleywood | Fyfield Village Hall
Ramsden ScotiaP – P Runwell Sports | Nursery Sports Ground
Snaresbrook P – P Herongate Athletic | Nutters Field
EOFL Senior Two
Moving into Senior Two, May & Baker Res won 2 – 0 at strugglers AS Rawreth with Luis Khimji and Ricardo Teixiera getting the goals as Jimmy Donald’s team made it five wins on-the-trot to remain fourth in the table. Epping Town also got back to form with a massive 7 – 1 win over Ryan at Stonards Hill. Eden Nelson and James Odhiambo both got doubles plus Daniel Garfinkle and Glen Warwick also struck, helped by an OG. Old Southendian Res also triumphed, 2 – 1 at home to Harold Wood Athletic Res at Garon Park. Oliver Tatton-Bennett and Dave Stubbs scored for Ben Manley’s team who stay level on points with leaders Leigh Town, thanks to their sixth win in their last seven matches. Brad Foley scored for Ath’s second-string who stay ninth.
Leigh Town won 2 – 0 at Wakering Sports as their unbeaten run this term continued, as Sam Irvine and Kieron Crane struck to give Jack Pearman’s side a tenth win this season. Sports stay 8th after a run of only one win in seven matches.
Match OFF: Laindon Orient P – P Beacon Hill Rovers | Ford’s Sports Club (Basildon)
EOFL Senior League Cup
In the one Senior League Cup tie this weekend, Premier side Buckhurst Hill survived a scare as they won 3 – 2 after extra time at impressive Senior One side FC Hamlets at Mabley Green 3G. Player-boss Ashley King and the returning Lawrence With netted for Hamlets though goals for Liam Foster, Nathan Sollosi and Sonny Shilling saw Hill through to the next round.
Essex Junior Cup – Bowers & Pitsea U23 6 – 5 Toby Res | Len Salmon Sta [3G]
Essex Premier Cup
In the sole Essex Premier Cup tie this week, Olympian Premier side Basildon Town sent Essex Senior Reserve League side Barkingside Res out of the competition as Basildon won 4 – 0 in a match moved to Hannakins Community Centre 3G. Keith King got another brace here, with Kieron Case and Jamie Merritt also on target in a fine win for Gareth Cleverly’s side.
EOFL Senior Three
In Senior Three, Lakeside Res got their second win this term with a fine 5 – 3 win over Hutton Res. Daniel Damain, Salem Said, Brandon Booty, George Meaney & an OG completed a fine day for the hosts and send them up to 10th. ACD Utd won 2 – 0 at White Ensign Res to make six wins in succession. Michael Wade and substitute Billy Wren both netted as ACD stay second, five points behinds leaders Wakebury who won 4 – 3 at home to Collier Row. Charlie Little struck all four goals for Matt Cardy’s side as they made it six games unbeaten. My Non-League colleague Pete Dudley was there and here’s his report: https://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2020/01/wakebury-4-collier-row-3.html
Finally, Corinthians Res suffered a minor setback in their promotion bid as they were beaten 3 – 2 at home by Buckhurst Hill Res at Stambridge. Taner Dagyaran and Sonny Woodward hit the goals for Terry Rose’s side though they remain third, nine points behind Wakebury but with five matches in hand on them.
Match OFF: Leigh Town Res P – P Basildon Town Res
Senior Division Four Results
Forest Glade P – P Roydon
Galleywood Res P – P Shenfield AFC Res
Leytonstone Utd P – P Catholic Utd Res
Old Chelmsfordians Res P – P Chingford Athletic Development
Senior Division Five Results
Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res 3 – 1 Wakering Sports Dev