Season Review 2019-20: Essex Olympian League Division One [EOFL SR 19/20 27.4.20]

Written By Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to the fifth piece of a mini-series of blog articles looking back at the ‘void’ Season 2019-20, as deemed by the FA.

In this edition, I look back at the EOFL Division One 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 won’t shirk, I’ll get the apology in now that I didn’t see any EOFL Division One matches live, but I will try to treat it the same as the other divisions that I did see matches in (Premier, Div Two & Div Three) this season.

EOFL Division One  (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. At the top of the standings at this point was Chingford Athletic, who continued their terrific progress up the EOFL divisions following promotion from Division Two last term. Dave Richbell’s side won fourteen of their 17 matches to end up on an impressive 43 points. In doing so, they had the best home record, winning eight of their ten matches at Town Mead [3G] and had the second-best goal-scoring record, striking the net 48 times (at a Goals per game average (Or GpG) of 2.82). The only sides to beat them this term were Old Chelmsfordians and Lakeside and the fact they had two entrants in the top five of the goal-scoring charts (see below) means they will again look for elevation next term you feel. All in all, another good campaign that chairman Lee Bowers can reflect on with pride.

In second spot were Old Chelmsfordians, six points further back on 37 points from their seventeen matches played. All season they have been a tough side to breakdown, having the fourth-best defence conceding twenty goals and are the top-scorers in the division, having plundered 54 goals (a GpG of 3.17) and to cap it off, the Chelmsford-based side also had the second-best home record, winning seven of their nine matches at Lawford Lane. Matthew Crick also topped the goal-scoring charts with 15 league goals this term. Ongar Town were third on 31 points from only eleven matches, having been blighted by weather and being in Cup action as well, particularly the Essex Premier Cup. Even so, they won ten of their matches, scoring 36 and conceding only nine times – the best in the division. They were unbeaten at their Fyfield Village Hall home as well, winning six of their seven matches there. Had the season continued, the East London side may well have caught the leaders though they can still be more than satisfied with a fine season.

Lakeside finished in fourth place, having accrued 29 points from their fifteen matches. Not bad going at all for the promoted side. It is one of those statistical quirks that six of their nine wins this season came away from their Lakeside Sports Ground 3G home. Plus, their goal-scoring and defensive records sit in mid-table, with them having the sixth-highest scoring record with 31 (GpG of 2.06) and having shelled 22 goals, the sixth-best in Division One. Highly-rated forward Drew Klessa-Smith was again their top league goal-scorer with eight goals and they can look forward to another good campaign next term. Another side in the Chelmsford area finished fifth, in Galleywood. They got 24 points from their fifteen outings, though they won six of those and only lost three times. In an interesting stat twist, they were the lowest scorers of anyone in the top seven sides (with 23 strikes this term), whilst also having the fifth-best defensive record with 20 goals conceded. Going from that, they are a tough side to defeat and will look to maintain that going into the next campaign.

A point further back in sixth were Rayleigh Town Reserves, under the leadership initially of Lee Bunn and Dan Williams before the latter’s departure meant Bunn took sole charge in the last couple of months or so. They improved on a bottom-two finish in 2018/19, having won seven of their 13 matches to end up on 23 points. They were not a dull side to follow, having struck the net thirty-five times (at a GpG of 3.18) but also shelled 30 goals themselves and it was perhaps the latter that hindered them from achieving a top-four finish, though it’s worth noting they did have matches in hand on most of their rivals. The Town second-side also were unbeaten in their last five matches so they will be optimistic that they will have a decent season again next time around. They were six points clear of Shoebury Town in seventh, who ended a mixed season to put it mildly with seventeen points from 18 matches. They only won three matches, though they did also draw a league-high of eight matches as well. The mixed theme continues as Shoebury struck 38 times this term (a GpG of 2.11), only to concede 49 goals at the other end, the third-worst in the division. On a better note, star forward Dominic Binns again was their highest goal-getter, grabbing eleven goals this season so congratulations to him. Plaudits also go to Mitchell Odd and Matthew Smith, the other two Town players in the top goal-scorers chart this term with six goals apiece.

Next in the standings were another club affected by weather and Cup action in FC Hamlets, who got 15 points from their eleven matches, after a three-point deduction for fielding an ineligible player. On a happier note, Ashley King’s side had the second-best record defensively, only shelling twelve goals in their league season, as well as another fine in the London Junior Cup, which saw them make the Final once again. It is impossible to leave out a mention for the 2018-19 Division One Top goal-scorer Charlie Heatley, who added a further ten goals this term. Respect to you Charlie. I would also like to wish departing player-boss Ashley King well as social media reports indicate he will move on in the summer. Snaresbrook are two points behind their fellow East London side in ninth, having reached thirteen points from their ten matches, as the weather heavily impacted their fortunes. Their management will probably look to the point that they scored nineteen goals in their matches this term, the second-most goal-shy this term. Ramsden Scotia are a point further back in tenth spot, having been deducted two points as well. They finished fifth in the previous season though the Billiericay-based side had more problems going forward this term, scoring eighteen goals in their 15 games (GpG of 1.20) – the lowest in the division. Their top-scorer Jamie Auvache (6 goals) deserves a mention too for preventing a worse outcome there.

Into the bottom four now and Manford Way had another hard campaign following relegation from the Premier Division in 2018-19. They finished in eleventh spot with 11 points from their fifteen matches (after being deducted two points). Unfortunately, their biggest headache this term was at the back as they conceded forty-eight goals (average of 3.20 a match) which is the fourth highest this league term. Top-scorer Joe Lovell got six of the twenty-two league goals they did strike though they will look to improve next term. In twelfth place is Herongate Athletic, who gained three points as a result of an opposition error to end on eleven points from their15 matches. Goalscoring wasn’t a particular issue for them, having scored twenty-six goals (the highest number of all the bottom six clubs) though their troubles were in defence, having conceded fifty-three times which was the division’s joint-worst record this season. Two wins all campaign really lends itself to the feeling they will want to improve next term. Below them are Runwell Sports in 13th after a very hard campaign for outgoing manager Jason Emery, who will concentrate on being Chairman next season. Sports grabbed ten points from their 14 matches though in fairness, they did show glimpses of improving form both in the league and in Cups in the second part of the season. They may have got themselves higher in the standings given the big number of matches they had to play and in another anomaly, they only conceded 26 goals, the best defensive record of the bottom six sides.

Finally, Toby prop up the table in last place, having gained seven points in their 18 matches. One win all season (which was against rivals Herongate Athletic in early February) almost tells the tale sadly for the previous season’s Div Two runners-up which saw them promoted, and also conceding 53 goals did hamper their aspirations to evade the bottom two. Wish them well next campaign.

 

EOFL Division One – Top Goalscorers 2019-20 Season

    Club/s League Goals League Starts
         
1 Matthew Crick Old Chelmsfordians 15 16
2 Alex Gordon Chingford Athletic 14 15
         
=3 Aaron Blair Ongar Town 11 11
  Lee Lashley Chingford Athletic 11 10
  Dominic Binns Shoebury Town 11 (1 pen) 12
         
6 Charlie Heatley FC Hamlets 10 11
         
7 Rodney Wilson Rayleigh Town Res 9 10
         
=8  Max Johnson Old Chelmsfordians 8 14
  Drew Klessa-Smith Lakeside 8 14
         
10 Joshua Boxall Ongar Town 7 8
         
=11 Martin Mixture Old Chelmsfordians 6 4
  Mitchell Odd Shoebury Town 6 6
  Luke Quinton Lakeside 6 6
  Joe Lovell Manford Way 6 9
  Joe Lilly Ongar Town 6 9
  Jamie Auvache Ramsden Scotia 6 10
  Matthew Smith Shoebury Town 6 13
         

 

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

     

Appearances

    Club/s League Starts Bench Total
           
=1 Benjamin Britton Toby 17 0 17
  Matthew Crick Old Chelmsfordians 16 1 17
           
=3 Aaron Clark Shoebury Town 16 0 16
  Joe Peters Old Chelmsfordians 16 0 16
           
=5 Alex Gordon Chingford Athletic 15 0 15
  Sean O’Sullivan Toby 15 0 15
  Max Johnson Old Chelmsfordians 14 1 15
  Drew Klessa-Smith Lakeside 14 1 15
           
=9 Liam Aston Lakeside 14 0 14
  Ollie Pettit Lakeside 14 0 14
  Sam Pettit Lakeside 14 0 14
  Samuel Pollard Old Chelmsfordians 14 0 14
  Liam Saunders Old Chelmsfordians 14 0 14
  William Strutt Lakeside 14 0 14
           
=15 Charlie Adams Runwell Sports 13 0 13
           

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 9 November) [EOFL 19/20 10.11.19]

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Archive: Rayleigh T v Leigh R in August (Image: Scott W)

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

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of Essex Olympian League action, covering the League action from the Premier Division to Senior Three with results from the various Cups and Senior Four & Five on the weekend of Saturday 9th November. Thanks for reading.

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Premier Division

In the five matches this weekend in the Premier Division, Rayleigh Town missed a chance to extend their lead at the summit as Harold Wood Athletic returned to form with a 3 – 1 win at London Road. Bradley Foley, Max Shepherd and replacement Joe McBurney all netted for Ath who rise to 12th place. Connor Bridger struck for Rayleigh, who are now five matches without a win. Springfield took advantage of other results to rise to third after a narrow 3 – 2 win at Kelvedon Hatch. Shenfield AFC won 1 – 0 at Leigh Ramblers to rise off the bottom after Saturday’s matches.

Old Southendian defeated Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 3 – 1 at Garon Park to seal their third consecutive league win. Nick Henesy, Craig Paton and Ryan Stillwell all scored here to see them up to tenth, only three points off the Swifts in ninth. Finally, on Friday night, Hutton held Catholic Utd 1 – 1 at the Len Salmon.

 

Senior Division One

Moving into Senior One, with leaders Chingford Athletic getting three points without contesting their match with Ramsden Scotia due to Scotia being unable to field a side, attention turned to their rivals. Ongar Town battled past FC Hamlets  2 – 1 to keep the gap to third to four points. Lakeside stay third after a fine 4 – 1 win at Manford Way. Luke Quinton got another brace here, with Charlie Ashpole and Ollie Pettit also finding the net for the visitors. Manford replied through on-loan forward Olajide Yusuff though they still drop to seventh after this result.

Elsewhere, there was more entertainment in the division as Galleywood rose to fifth after a 5 – 3 win at home to Shoebury Town. The hefty cast of Jack Chatterway, Sam Donn, Tyler Tredgett and replacements Joe Russell and Craig Skipper all scored one each here in a great match for the neutral. Similarly, Rayleigh Town Res edged another thriller to win 4 – 3 at Herongate Athletic. Rodney Wilson led the way for Dan Williams & Lee Bunn’s side with a hat-trick, with James Nottage also on target. They sit sixth now, four points behind Old Chelmsfordians who smashed Snaresbrook 5 – 2 to stay fourth.

Runwell Sports also got their second win this term with a convincing 4 – 0 win at Toby. Caden Vine got two of them, with Charlie Adams and Pearce Clarke also netting here for Jason Emery’s side.

 

EOFL Senior League Cup result

Sungate  1 – 3  Buckhurst Hill   | Ilford Wanderers RFC

 

 

Essex Junior Cup Results

Basildon Town Res  3 – 1 Ongar Town Res

Brentwood Utd  1 – 3  Roydon

Buckhurst Hill Res  1 – 0  Aveley U23

Corinthians Res  7 – 0  Newbury Forest Res

Great Bentley Res  A – A  Lakeside Res

Hutton Res  2 – 0  Galleywood Res

Tiptree Heath Res  0 – 2  Toby Res

Wakebury  3 – 4  Collier Row

Wakering Sports Res  4 – 0  Old Southendian ‘A’

 

Senior Division Two

In Senior Two, the Epping Town juggernaut continues as they won 5 – 0 at May & Baker Res, which sent them top as one of three teams on 19 points. Despite having a reduced squad, a brace from stand-in striker Aaron Holloway, plus one each for Daniel Garfinkle, Alex Paraskeva and George Martin sealed a win. I get the feeling some Non-League nostalgists would have been keen to see manager Billy Cove have a cameo appearance perhaps?

Anyway, away from the nostalgia, Leigh Town also got another win in a hard-fought 1 – 0 triumph over Laindon Orient at John Burrows Recreation Ground with Rhys Mosedale scoring the only goal to see Leigh rise to second. Old Southendian Res also continued their good recent form with a 3 – 1 success at Rochford Town, with Thomas Adams, Greg Molford and Oliver Tatton-Bennett all netting for Ben Manley’s team. They rise to sixth place now, seven points off the top spot.   Also, Ryan were held 3 – 3 by Wakering Sports as the both sides’ struggles to win this term continued.

Finally in this division, AS Rawreth ended a six-match losing run as they defeated fellow strugglers Westhamians 5 – 1 in Fairlop Oak. Louis Hill struck twice with Daniel Hooper, Bradley Pike and Lewis Wynne all also on target for Shane Bird’s side.

Match Postponed:  Harold Wood Athletic Res  P – P  Corinthians

 

Senior Division Three

In the only match this weekend in Senior Three, ACD Utd went up to third spot with a 3 – 0 win at strugglers Hullbridge Sports ‘A’. Michael Wade, Billy Rungay and Ollie Williams all struck to give the EOFL newcomers their fourth win in eight league games thus far. Sports are yet to win this term though they will be heartened that four sides are within three points of them at the bottom of the table.

 

Senior Division Four

Canning Town Res  2 – 4  Chingford Athletic Development

Catholic Utd Res  3 – 2  Shenfield AFC Res

Forest Glade  1 – 2  Leytonstone Utd

Laindon Orient Res  1 – 2  Old Chelmsfordians Res

 

Senior Division Five

Collier Row Res  5 – 1  Shoebury Town Res

Old Barkabbeyans  1 – 4  Herongate Athletic Res

Roydon Res  3 – 1  Runwell Sports Res

Springfield Res  0 – 2  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res

Wakering Sports ‘A’  0 – 5  Leigh Ramblers Res

Round-up: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Sat 2 Nov) [EOFL 19/20 4.11.19]

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Image from W. Ensign Res 1 – 1 Hullbridge ‘A’ in EOFL D3 on Saturday (Image: Scott W)

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

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Olympian League preview, looking at the action from the top tier all the way to from Senior Division Five, with a look at results in Cup action too.

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EOFL Premier Division

Friday 1st November – Catholic Utd  2 – 0  Shenfield AFC  | The Len Salmon [3G]

The action in the Premier Division started on Friday night as Catholic Utd defeated Shenfield AFC 2 – 0 at the Len Salmon. Aaron Baldwin and Simon Thomas got the crucial goals as the Super Hoops rise to eighth spot.

Saturday 2nd November

Onto the Saturday action now in the top-tier, as three matches survived the deluge of rain across the county. First, Buckhurst Hill demolished struggling Harold Wood Athletic 7 – 0 at Roding Valley School’s 3G pitch. Suley Zuhdu led the way once again with a treble, while Nathan Sollosi also nabbed two goals, with Josh Banfield and Daniel Whitehead also notching in this thumping win which took Hill up to fourth spot. Ath succumbed to their third loss in a row, and drop to second-bottom. Hutton got only their second league win this term with a 2 – 1 triumph over Leigh Ramblers at Polo Fields. Joshua Bardouleau and Will Marlowe both struck to end the Rams’ four-match unbeaten streak. Also, Canning Town defeated 10-man Rayleigh Town 3 – 2 in Beckton.

Matches Postponed: Basildon Town  P – P  Kelvedon Hatch  | Basildon Sports Club

Old Southendian  P – P  Sungate   | Garon Park

 

EOFL Senior League Cup (1.30pm KOs)

In the two Senior Cup matches this weekend, both home sides progressed. Leigh Town sent fellow Senior Two side Laindon Orient out as Town won 4 – 1. Conor Cobb struck early for the visitors though goals from Sam Irvine, Sam Gillmore, Tom Byford and Max Jones saw to it that Leigh went through to the next round. Springfield join them there after overwhelming AS Rawreth 5 – 0 at Springfield Hall Park. Nav Arain, Ryan Culleton, Jack Mundy, Dave Wareham were all on the score-sheet, with Ryan Batchford also netting from 12 yards.

 

Essex Premier Cup  Result

Runwell Sports  2 – 1  Clapton CFC  | St Luke’s Park, Runwell

 

EOFL Senior Division One

In Senior One, three matches also survived the dreary weather. Chingford Athletic secured a narrow 1 – 0 win over Galleywood at Town Mead [3G]. Alex Gordon got the only goal in that one to give Ath, who lead the standings by two points now, their sixth win in their seven league matches so far. Manford Way had a brace from Joe Lovell to thank for a 2 – 1 away win at Shoebury Town. Also, Old Chelmsfordians picked up an impressive 3 – 1 win at Lakeside to leap up to fourth.

Matches Postponed: Rayleigh Town Res  P – P  Toby  | London Road

Snaresbrook  P – P  Herongate Athletic   | Nutters Field

 

Senior Division Two

Now moving into Olympian Senior Two and Epping Town had to come from behind to draw 1 – 1 at home against tough opposition in Old Southendian Res. Dave Stubbs got the goal for OS before Joe Thomas got a late leveller for Billy Cove’s side. Wakering Sports got their first win of the season with a thumping 5 – 1 home win over Rochford Town. Russell Beck hit a brace with Ben Burrows, Ryan Gregory & Ben Rowe also on target for the Shoebury-based side. Tommy Dominguez got a mere consolation goal for Town, who are regrettably finding wins hard to come by this term. Also, Corinthians defeated Ryan 4 – 0 in Stambridge. Jake Hodder struck twice, with Luke Owen also notching alongside an own goal as Chris Stoneham’s went back to the summit, a point clear of Beacon Hill Rovers who won 4 – 1 against May & Baker Res. Adebolu Adeyemi continued his stellar scoring run with a brace here, with Stephen Bennett and Josh Perry also on target here for Rovers. Substitute Lanre Sodeinde got Bakers goal though they have lost three in-a-row now, sitting in mid-table.

Other Result: Harold Wood Athletic Res  H – W  Westhamians  | (Home Walkover)

 

Senior Division Three

In Senior Three, Leigh Town Res went sixth after a fine win at 3rd-placed Wakebury. Aaron Tyler struck twice alongside a goal for Bradley Shall-Sloan as Robert Hutchings-Spiller’s side came away with a fine victory. Elsewhere, ACD Utd held Corinthians Res 3 – 3 at Westlands. ACD are without a win in four matches now while the Corinthians second-side went back on top of the standings on goal difference.

Finally for this division, in the match I attended at the Len Forge Centre 3G, White Ensign Res were held 1 – 1 by bottom side Hullbridge Sports ‘A’. Henry Shields put Sports ahead before half-time though substitute Mechack-Kisoka Asuka levelled just after the hour mark. Ensign’s second team ended a run of three straight defeats here while Hullbridge ‘A’ picked up their first point of the season in this match. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/11/02/match-report-white-ensign-res-1-1-hullbridge-sp-a-sat-2nd-nov-eofl/

 

Matches Postponed:

Buckhurst Hill Res  P – P  Hutton Res  | Roding Lane (Pitch #2)

Collier Row  P – P  Basildon Town Res   | Forest Row Centre

Toby Res  P – P  Lakeside Res  | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park)

 

Senior Division Four

Galleywood Res  1 – 5 Chingford Athletic Development

Ongar Town Res  2 – 0  Wakering Sports Res

Shenfield AFC Res  0 – 4  Forest Glade

 

Match Postponed: Leytonstone Utd  P – P  Catholic Utd Res

Other: Old Chelmsfordians Res  A – A  Canning Town Res

 

Senior Division Five

Herongate Athletic  Res  3 – 2  Springfield Res

Leigh Ramblers Res  1 – 2  Shoebury Town Res

 

Match Postponed: Roydon Res  P – P  Old Barkabbeyans

Round-up: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Sat 5 Oct) [EOFL 19/20 6.10.19]

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

Hello and welcome to my regular round-up of the week’s action in the Essex Olympian League from Saturday 5 October, looking at the top four divisions, the Senior League Cup action plus results from Senior Division Four and the Reserve League Cup results, all in a ‘one-stop shop’. Thanks for reading.

Premier Division

In another fairly quiet weekend of Premier action, Basildon Town got a fourth win of the season as they defeated Sungate 2 – 1, thanks to goals from Tommy Green and Keith King. Buckhurst Hill were surprisingly held 2 – 2  by Shenfield AFC at Roding Lane. Nathan Sollosi and Suley Zuhdu netted for Mark Williams’ team though Mitchell Day and substitute Liam Snellin strikes levelled things up for ten-man AFC who had Sam Bubb dismissed. Also, Kelvedon Hatch were held 1 – 1 by Rayleigh Town at New Hall. Johnathan Glowacki’s penalty for Hatch was matched by Bailey Moss’ goal for Town as both sides continued their fine starts to the campaign.

 

EOFL Senior One

In another truncated league programme in Senior One due to the Senior League Cup matches, Lakeside went third with a 2 – 0 win at Snaresbrook. Herongate Athletic got their much sought-after first win this term in the league as they triumphed 5 – 2 at Ramsden Scotia. Substitute Jack Wilson-Jones scored twice, with Glen Jordan, Ben Warren and Scott Williams also all on the score-sheet. Kurt King and replacement Tony Hollis struck for Scotia though they drop to second-bottom having only amassed one point in five matches.

Also, Runwell Sports got their first win in the league with a 4 – 1 success over Manford Way. Joe Olley hit a brace alongside goals from Jordan Gregory and Charlie Adams to send Runwell up to tenth place. Manford’s consolation came via Olajide Yusuff though their afternoon was blighted further as Russell Wilks was sent off.

 

EOFL Senior Two

Only one match took place in Senior Two, though it did yield a surprise as Beacon Hill Rovers defeated Corinthians 4 – 1 thanks to braces by Stephen Bennett and George Davis, which gave Rovers their third straight league win and end the visitors’ 100% start.

 

EOFL Senior League Cup

In the Senior League Cup, Senior One side FC Hamlets won 3 – 2 at Senior Two side Epping Town thanks to strikes by John Gilroy, Charlie Heatley and Jack Potten. Epping replied through Alex Paraskeva and Eben Rowledge before Paraskeva had to deputise for injured goalkeeper Brad Molloy, who was forced off. Laindon Orient produced one of the shocks of the round as they defeated Senior One side Shoebury Town 4 – 2 after extra time. Jasper Read and Ashley Blackburn got the goals in normal time as it finished 2 – 2, though Conor Cobb and Blackburn’s second saw them to a fine win away from home.

Meanwhile, Senior One side Toby edged Senior Two side Wakering Sports 2 – 1 at Cupid’s. Peter Spicer and Nick Harvey struck for Toby while Craig Paton replied for Sports though the visitors went through. Finally for the round-up, Senior Four side Roydon secured a big shock, defeating Premier side Canning Town, 6 – 5 on penalty kicks after a 4 – 4 draw after extra-time.

 

Other Scores in Senior League Cup this weekend:

AS Rawreth  2 – 2  Leigh Ramblers   | The Warren | Rawreth won 5 – 4 on pens

Chingford Athletic  0 – 2  Leigh Town   | Town Mead [3G]

Galleywood  0 – 1  ACD Utd   | Clarkes Field

Harold Wood Athletic  2 – 4  Old Chelmsfordians  | Harold Wood Park

Ongar Town  2 – 3  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  | Fyfield Village Hall

Springfield  3 – 1  Old Southendian   | Springfield Hall Park

 

EOFL Senior Three

In Senior Three, Buckurst Hill Reserves beat Wakebury 2 – 1 at Shoebury Park. Tommy Fraine and former Canning Town forward Sulaiman Massaquoi were on target for Hill’s second side while Sam Rowe got the goal for the home team. Also, Collier Row defeated White Ensign Res 2 – 1 at the Forest Row Centre to maintain their 100% start to their campaign.

 

EOFL Senior Four  (Results)

Forest Glade 0 – 5  Ongar Town Res

Laindon Orient Res  2 – 3  Galleywood Res

Leytonstone Utd  5 – 1  Canning Town Res

 

Reserve League Cup (Results)  

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  3 – 4 Shenfield AFC Res

Corinthians Res  2 – 0  Toby Res

Hutton Res  1 – 0  Chingford Athletic Development

Lakeside Res  3 – 4  Collier Row Res

Old Southendian Res  4 – 0  Catholic Utd Res

And Rayleigh Town Res  3 – 1  Basildon Town Res

2019-20 Season Preview: Essex Olympian League Senior One (EOFL D1 19/20 29.7.19)

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Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) – Non-League & 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 Division One which will have 14 sides competing in it with a multitude of sides getting promoted to strengthen the competition.

 

EOFL Senior One Constitution (2019-20)

  • Chingford Athletic (P)
  • FC Hamlets
  • Galleywood
  • Herongate Athletic
  • Lakeside (P)
  • Manford Way (R)
  • Old Chelmsfordians
  • Ongar Town
  • Ramsden Scotia
  • Rayleigh Town Res
  • Runwell Sports (P)
  • Shoebury Town (P)
  • Snaresbrook
  • Toby (P)

 

Senior One has seen something of an overhaul as no less than five clubs have been elevated from Senior Two. That said, with the top two of Shenfield AFC and Basildon Town going getting promoted, FC Hamlets and Snaresbrook lead the sides looking to follow suit this term. Those two sides both got top-four finishes in 2018-19 thanks to strong respective campaigns with Ramsden Scotia and Galleywood next on the list. An inspired finish to the season saw Old Chelmsfordians grab seventh last term, with Herongate Athletic, Ongar Town and Frenford Res after them. The latter side have elected to move to the Essex Senior League Reserve Division for the new season, while Rayleigh Town Reserves got a reprieve from the drop and once again take their place in Senior One. After a severely tough campaign last time out, May & Baker Reserves drop to Senior Two this time around.

Onto the newcomers then in Senior One, and leading that number are Senior Two champions Chingford Athletic who shone on all fronts last term to win that title on goal difference, thanks to a heavy win at the end of April. Runners-up Toby will also face the step up, after 13 wins last term. Runwell Sports, Shoebury Town and Lakeside make up the ‘new blood’ in what promises to be a really competitive division this coming season.

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

 

Finally for this piece, here is the opening salvo of fixtures for Senior One…

 

Fixtures for first two weekends of EOFL Senior One  (Subject to change)

Saturday 24 August  – 2.30pm

Chingford Athletic v Herongate Athletic  | Town Mead Leisure Park (3G)

Ramsden Scotia  v  Manford Way    |  Nursery Sports Ground

 

Saturday 31 August – 2.30pm

Chingford Athletic  v  FC Hamlets | Town Mead Leisure Park (3G)

Ramsden Scotia   v  Galleywood  |  Nursery Sports Ground

Rayleigh Town Res  v  Manford Way  | London Road, Rayleigh

Runwell Sports  v  Ongar Town   |  Runwell Sports Club

Shoebury Town  v  Snaresbrook  | Cupid’s Country Club (Pitch #2), Cupids Chase

Toby  v  Old Chelmsfordians  |  Ford’s Sports Club, Newbury Park

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 16 Feb) [EOFL 17.2.19]

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 16th February, from the top tier to the results from Division Four plus one match in the Senior League Cup.

EOFL Premier Dvivision

Starting off as ever in the Premier Division, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts fell to a home loss to improving Sungate. Ciaran Kelly’s double outweighed Josh Osunde’s strike for Swifts as the visitors got their third win in their last four to rise to 11th spot. Swifts dropped to fourth because Kelvedon Hatch won their match, 2 – 1 at Springfield. Substitute Anthony Aylett got both of the Kelvedon goals, though fellow substitute Ryan Batchford struck for the hosts, who ended the match with ten men.

Leaders Buckhurst Hill showed no signs of relenting in their titled quest, as they secured a 5 – 1 home win over Rayleigh Town. Suley Zuhdu grabbed a double with Steve Townsend, Sam Sollosi and Nathan Sollosi also finding the ‘onion bag’. Harold Wood Athletic also failed to get a win as they were held 3 – 3 by out-of-form Hutton. Michael Burton, Reiss Kingsley and Robert Whitnell all found the net for Ath, though the visitors secured a point through strikes by Brad Freeman, Keelan O’Donovan and substitute George Nash. Ath remain second though their title chances are slim given they have played more games than either Buckhurst Hill or Hatch.

Meanwhile, Old Southendian won 3 – 1 at home to Canning Town to stay 10th. A brace from Ryan Stillwell and one from substitute Ed Gould outdone a consolation from Abdul Shobawale for the visitors, who stay 8th.

Senior League Cup

In the one SLC quarter-final played this weekend, Catholic Utd won 3 – 0 at Great Baddow. Simon Thomas nabbed a double with Aaron Baldwin getting the other goal.

 

EOFL Senior One

Moving into Senior One, Basildon Town roared into the top three with a 10 – 1 demolition at strugglers Rayleigh Town Res. Sener Suavi struck four goals himself, Alfie Phillips secured another hat-trick plus Brodie Horne’s double and one from substitute Levi Harbour sealed a big win to leave Town five points off the top spot with games in hand on all the sides around them. Rayleigh have games in hand on rivals Frenford Res, Old Chelmsfordians and Ongar Town though have points to make up as well.

Also in a crucial relegation six-pointer, Old Chelmsfordians narrowly won 1 – 0 at home to Frenford Res, who ended their season here. Substitute Paul Tiffen got the decisive goal to send OCs five points clear of the bottom two. May & Baker Ressies will also finish in the bottom two this term.

At the other end of the table, Shenfield AFC opened up a three-point lead at the summit, following a 2 – 1 triumph at fellow high-flyers FC Hamlets. Ashley King struck for the hosts though Jordan Elliott and Ronnie Hobbrough scored for AFC here to give them the win. Finally in this division, Galleywood defeated Ramsden Scotia 2 – 1, thanks to Matthew Buckingham and Luke Osborne strikes while Ryan Scott got one back for faltering Scotia, who dropped to fourth. ‘Wood sit seventh after their fourth win in their last nine.

 

EOFL Senior Two

In Senior Two, the top two sides furthered their promotion credentials with away wins. Toby won 6 – 0 at May & Baker ‘A’ with Des Gallen getting a brace plus Dan Mackin, Dan Cunningham, Paul Carr and Ross Dipple all also on the score-sheet to keep their three-point lead at the top. Runwell Sports won 3 – 0 at mid-table at Beacon Hill Rovers thanks to goals from Joe Young, James Lakey & substitute John Smithwick to go back into second spot.

Two other promotion-chasers went toe-to-toe at Town Mead’s 3G surface where Chingford Athletic drew 1 – 1 with Shoebury Town. Jack Yates got the goal for Ath though Dominic Binns levelled things for Town who had Lee Turner sent off.

 

 

EOFL Senior Three

In Senior Three, Academy Soccer got the eye-catching result of the day, with a 9 – 1 home success over bottom side Old Chelmsfordians Res. Luis Ruiz and substitute Alfie Sayers both grabbed trebles, with Jake Jones nabbing a brace and Luke Jones got the other strike as Academy remain third, four points off the summit.

Hutton Res defeated Westhamians 1 – 0 to go six points clear of the bottom two and end the visitors’ unbeaten league season. Jack Shaw got the only goal of the game there. Wakering Sports had a fine day with a 3 – 0 success at Roydon, with Harry Groves grabbing a double and Jamie Brown getting the other goal. Roydon are slipping into relegation contention as they are only two points clear of the bottom two after a fourth straight defeat.

Meanwhile, White Ensign Res had a setback as they lost 3 – 2 at home to promotion-chasing Leigh Town. A brace of spot-kicks from Zach Somerset-Butler was outdone by strikes by George Darby, Zac Mashford and Rhys Mosedale for Town, who rise to fourth.

 

EOFL Senior Four

And now into Senior Four, which saw the two of the front-runners have fine away wins. Corinthians had another good win, 4 – 2 at Buckhurst Hill Res. Theo Cannon led the way with a brace with Leo Clarke and Bill Wilton also notching. The Stambridge-based side lead the division by four points from Epping Town, who won 5 – 2 at Canning Town Res. Daniel Garfinkle shone with four goals, while Jack Leachman got the other goal as Billy Cove’s side rise to second.

Meanwhile, Leigh Ramblers Res won the battlers of the strugglers with a 4 – 0 home win over Old Barkabbeyans. Andrew Webster grabbed two goals plus Seb Allen and Pat Cannon also netted. Lakeside Res defeated Toby Res 1 – 0 thanks to Ben Christie’s strike. Catholic Utd Res rose to mid-table with a fine 6 – 2 victory at Shenfield AFC Res.

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 19 Jan) [EOFL 20.1.19]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

 

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Olympian League round-up (Sat 19 Jan). This week, we round-up the action in the Premier Division, Senior One, Senior Two, Senior Three and Senior Four. Thanks for reading.

EOFL Premier Division

In the top-tier, the top-two shootout between Buckhurst Hill and Harold Wood Athletic ended in a 3 – 0 home win for Hill. Steve Townsend’s double and a Nathan Sollosi strike in the last half-hour did the damage in this one to keep the leaders three points clear. Ath’s eight-match unbeaten run ended here as they dropped to third on goal difference.

Meanwhile, Kelvedon Hatch nipped into 2nd place with a 3 – 1 success over Hutton. Anthony Aylett’s brace led the way with Danny Gillard also netting as Hatch’s own unbeaten run extended to eight matches. Hutton fell to ninth though have a seven-point cushion on Old Southendian in tenth. Bishop’s Stortford Swifts ended a five-match winless stretch with a solid 2 – 1 win at Springfield. Michael Moore and Gavin Cockman were on target to see them extend their lead over Rayleigh in 5th to seven points. The home side remain 11th.

Rayleigh Town were held 2 – 2 at home by lowly Sungate. Ciaran Kelly and Jermaine Purchase both netted for the visitors though Max Jones and Bailey Moss strikes restored parity and earned a point for Town. Sungate drop to second-bottom, five points clear of bottom side Manford Way, who earnt a fine 1 – 0 win at Canning Town. Ruben Carvalho getting the only goal of that game as Manford got successive wins under their belts.

Elsewhere, Great Baddow ended a nine-match run barren of victory with a 2 – 0 home win over Old Southendian. Dan Gage and Nav Arain strikes saw Baddow rise one to 12th. Catholic Utd edged a scrappy game 1 – 0 at Leigh Ramblers with player-manager Dan Trenkel coming off the bench to grab the only goal and send them up to 8th. Ramblers drop to 6th.

EOFL Senior Div One

In Olympian Division One, FC Hamlets defeated Rayleigh Town Res 2 – 1 as an OG and Charlie Heatley goals saw them to success at Hackney Marshes. Ramsden Scotia won 3 – 0 at Frenford Res as Lewis Godbold, Kurt King and Steve Paoletti were all on target for the third-placed side who cut the gap to leaders Snaresbrook to six points.

Old Chelmsfordians were held 2 – 2 by Ongar Town. Martin Mixture continued his goal-scoring prowess with one for OC here with Paul Tiffen getting the other goal for the home side. Peter Davies and Niki Love struck for Town who drop to 7th.

Shenfield AFC edged a tough contest with Galleywood as they won 3 – 2. Ben Carroll, Mitch Day and Samuel Lock all scored for AFC while Thomas Watling’s double wasn’t enough for the Chelmsford-based side. Shenfield are now four points adrift of the summit. Basildon Town continued their good season with a 3 – 1 win at leaders Snaresbrook. Ryan Barker-Francis got the goal for the hosts here, though Alfie Phillips struck two and Brodie Horner got the other goal as Town continued their good season in 4th spot.

Herongate Athletic compounded May & Baker Reserves’ poor run as Ath won 7 – 0 away from home. Ben Warren led the charge with four goals here with Glen Jordan nabbing another brace and Jack Wilson-Jones was also on the score-sheet.

EOFL Snr Div Two

In Senior Division Two, there was one stand-out result. Chingford Athletic built on their fine Senior League Cup win last week with a devastating goal-scoring display in their 17 – 0 win over hapless Rochford Town. Eric Kelly continued his fine season with six goals himself, with Alex Gordon getting five goals, Louis Bollard a mere hat-trick and Mickey Mesmin and Harry Williams notching as well in a hugely exciting performance for Ath which saw them up to 5th place.

Runwell Sports got back to winning ways with a 3 – 2 win at Harold Wood Athletic Res. Joe Pyne & an Own Goal were the Ath scorers though Charlie Adams, Scott Mortlock and Joe Young strikes saw Sports to a triumph here. Toby also struck three in a 3 – 1 win over Ryan at Wadham Lodge’s 3G pitch. Paul Carr, Ross Dipple and Nick Harvey’s pearler saw them stay at the ‘top of the mountain’ by a point after the weekend’s action.

Beacon Hill Rovers also maintained their good form with a 2 – 0 home win over Lakeside. Rovers rise to third while their opponents drop to sixth.

EOFL Snr Div Three

In Senior Three, leaders Westhamians remain at the summit as they won 2 – 1 at White Ensign Res. Caiden Imbert-Thomas and Lewis Lawrence goals saw them to the win. Chadrack-Kisoka Domingo got Ensign’s goal though they continue to struggle this term. Laindon Orient hit eight in a 8 – 1 win over Old Chelmsfordians Reserves at the James Hornsby Centre (3G). Sam Lake led the way with a hat-trick, Jason Purewal added two with Jasper Read, Jamie Williams and Jordan Williams also chipping in for the home side.

Wakering Sports won 2 – 1 at Academy Soccer with Francis Alinc getting both goals for Aaron Bloxham’s side. Academy’s strike came from Alex Brown. In the other game in the division, Leigh Town were held 1 – 1 by Old Southendian Res. Sam Gillmore struck for the hosts with Jack Pagett getting OS’ goal.

EOFL Senior Four

In Senior Four, Corinthians remain top after another goal-laden display. They won 6 – 2 at home to Buckhurst Hill Res. John Bolton-Smith and Bill Wilton were among the goals again, both getting braces plus Leo Clarke and Jordan Stoneham also scoring here. Dagenham Utd also continued their fine form with a 5 – 3 win at Shenfield AFC Res. The home side had Billy Calder, Richard Palmer and Edson Sousa to thank for their goals though the Dingli brothers had another day to remember, with Jacob Dingli getting another four goals to take him to a terrific goal haul – 28 so far in Division Four this season. Oliver Dingli got the other goal as Dagenham got the win to stay 2nd.

Third-placed Epping Town edged a fabulous game at Stonards Hill as they beat Catholic Utd Res 5 – 4. Alex Paraskeva grabbed a hat-trick with Joe Killingback and ex-Hornchurch legend Elliot Syles also netting. Galleywood Reserves defeated Leigh Ramblers Res 3 – 1 with Paddy Dowse, Saw Rawlinson and Joe Reynard striking for the hosts. Yannic Werling got the consolation for the strugglers.

Meanwhile, Canning Town Res won 4 – 2 at Lakeside Res and Toby Res also had a fine day with a 5 – 1 home win over Old Barkabbeyans, who remain second-bottom.

That’s all for this week, thanks for reading. For more information about the Essex Olympian League, visit their website at eofl.co.uk