Season Review 2019-20: Essex Olympian League Division Four [EOFL SR 19/20 22.4.20]

Written By Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to the first of a mini-series of blog articles looking back at the ‘void’ Season 2019-20, as deemed by the FA. Sufficed to say, I felt it was important to mark what’s been another fascinating campaign in the Essex Olympian League, Essex Senior League & Eastern Senior League South (leagues I’ve watched mostly this season just gone).

Anyway, we begin the series with a look at Division Four, including an array of statistics compiled from the EOFL FA Full-Time website including top goalscorers & top appearance makers in the League fixtures. Thanks for reading.

 

EOFL Division Four  (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 that point, Roydon took advantage of a fine run of six wins from their last eight matches to get themselves to the top of the standings, with 39 points from their 15 unbeaten matches played. Ten of those matches were at home and the North West Essex side won eight of them, drawing the other two. They also were the best ‘Entertainers’ in the division this term, scoring 67 goals at an average of 4.46 Goals per game (GpG).

Their nearest rivals in second spot were former leaders Chingford Athletic Development, who if I recall correctly were a new side in the EOFL this season, supporting the club to begin a pathway for the first team (who played in Senior One this term) for players. The Ath ‘second-side’ amassed 38 points from their 19 matches, scoring 61 goals in the process (the second best in the division) and having three entrants in the Top Goalscorers listing but more on that later.

Ongar Town Reserves finished in third spot after a mixed campaign, with 28 points from their 17 matches. Five of their nine wins came away from home interestingly though it is also worth noting that only six of those 17 games were at home. A leaky defence arguably stopped them from being nearer the top two at the cut-off point, though it is certainly a campaign to build on next term.

Next, three clubs all on 27 points with goal difference proving decisive in separating them. In fourth spot are Wakering Sports Reserves, having won eight of their 16 matches and having a better defence than their nearest rivals. Forest Glade also ended on 27 points though ended up fifth, because of inferior (and zero) goal difference. They won eight of their 19 matches in total, though had a better second half of the campaign as they rose up the mid-table spots. Catholic Utd’s Reserve side finished in sixth, also on 27 points though because a negative goal difference dragged them down. Continuing the mantra of the first team somewhat, the ‘second-side’ scored 52 goals and conceded 58, the second worst defence in the division. Also, five of their eight wins at their home pitch at the Len Forge Centre [3G].

There lays a gap of seven points before we reach the bottom half sides. Firstly, Galleywood Reserves are in seventh spot, having won six of their 14 matches to end on 20 points. A hard-earned quirk of their season is that they have the fourth best defensive record in the division, with 26 goals conceded. Only three of the top four sides are above them in terms of having a more miserly defensive record. Leytonstone Utd are a point behind them in eighth place, having grabbed six wins from their 15 matches which isn’t bad going when you factor in they were the second weakest in terms of scoring goals in Division Four in 2019-20. Laindon Orient Reserves are just behind in ninth spot, with six wins and nine losses from their 15 matches. Unfortunately, the O’s second-side do have that poorest goal-scoring record this term, along with the third-worst defence. Club Chairman Neil Blackburn will hope for better next term, you feel.

Rounding off the division are Old Chelmsfordians Reserves (10th, 17 points from 15 matches), Shenfield AFC Reserves (11th, 12 points from 16 games) and lastly, Canning Town Reserves who amassed two wins  from their 18 matches to end up with ten points, whilst also conceding sixty goals, the worst in the division.

 

EOFL Division Four – Top Goalscorers 2019-20 Season

 

Player Club/s League Goals League Starts
 
1 Franklin Craik Catholic Utd Res 19 13
2 Lewis Watson Roydon 17 12
3 Tom Vine Wakering Sports Res 16 12
4 Lewis Page Roydon 15 9
5 Frankie Goodhall Ongar Town Res 14 10
 
=6 Zak Robinson Galleywood Res 12 10
James Medlock Leytonstone Utd 12 15
 
=8 Luke Dimond Chingford Athletic Dev 11 7
Jack Zielinski Ongar Town Res 11 7
George Burton Chingford Athletic Dev 11 9
Scout Bown Roydon 11 11
 
12 Dean Peck Galleywood Res 10 7
 
=13 James Warder Catholic Utd Res 8 10
Matthew Gauci Forest Glade 8 16
 
15 Umar Ali Chingford Athletic Dev 7 12

 

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

  Appearances
  Club/s League Starts Bench Total
 
1 Kian Burton Chingford Athletic Dev 18 1 19
 
=2 Joseph Edwards Forest Glade 17 0 17
Shaun Warren Forest Glade 17 0 17
 
 
=3 Nathan Ackie Chingford Athletic Dev 16 2 18
Patrick Clarke Chingford Athletic Dev 16 1 17
Billy Calder Shenfield AFC Res 16 0 16
Matthew Gauci Forest Glade 16 0 16
Charles Simpson Forest Glade 16 0 16
 
=8 Jayson De Araujo Canning Town Res 15 1 16
Harry Holt Ongar Town Res 15 1 16
Trevor Kabuchu Ongar Town Res 15 1 16
James Medlock Leytonstone Utd 15 0 15
Lee Pellin Laindon Orient Res 15 0 15
 

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 22 Feb) [EOFL 19/20 23.2.20]

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Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of Essex Olympian League action from Saturday 22 February. A few matches fell to the weather but with the aid of 3G pitches, most teams were in action as the promotion & relegation battles intensify. Thanks for reading.

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Essex Olympian League – Saturday 22 February
Premier Division

It was a day of mixed results for the top four in the Premier as Bishop’s Stortford Swifts new dawn continued as they defeated leaders Sungate 3 – 1 at Silver Leys. A brace from Jayden Hocking-Rising and one from fellow new recruit Matt Gill saw Billy Cove’s side up to tenth, four points clear of the bottom two. The ‘Gate saw their lead at the summit cut to three points as second-placed Leigh Ramblers won their local derby with Old Southendian 3 – 0 at Belfairs Park. Andrew Webster got a double here with Matt Allum getting the other goal as the Rams made it five wins from their last six outings. OS drop one to ninth, still too close for comfort to the bottom two.

Rayleigh Town powered to a 7 – 1 win at Basildon Town in one of a number of matches moved to 3G pitches this weekend with this one took place at Hannakins Farm Community Centre. Doubles for Paul Morris & George Vile were added to by Charlie Seaden, Bailey Moss and debutant Neil Richmond as Paul Higgins’ side sit 7th, five points off the top four with a huge 13 league matches remaining, thanks to recent postponements. Sam Green got a scant consolation for Bas who also have matches to make up, ditto Rayleigh. In their bottom-of-the-table clash in Beckton, Canning Town were held 1 – 1 by bottom side Harold Wood Athletic, with Reece Baker getting the goal for the visitors here.

Also, Buckhurst Hill defeated Springfield 4 – 0 in a match moved to St John’s 3G in Epping to advance to third spot, nine points behind the leaders with at least seven matches in hand on the top two.

Match OFF: Kelvedon Hatch  P – P  Shenfield AFC

 

Senior Division One

Now into Senior One, and Chingford Athletic continued their quest for the title as they defeated strugglers Toby 2 – 0 at Town Mead. Goals from Sam Coe and Luke Dimond were enough to give the hosts their third straight win. Toby are now four points adrift at the foot of the table. Old Chelmsfordians remain seven points off the leaders as they narrowly defeated Ramsden Scotia 1 – 0. Lakeside lost ground on the top three as Snaresbrook won their match 3 – 1. Jazreel David, Mitchell Collymore and Jermaine Purchas got the goals for ‘Brook as they went up to ninth and are one of three sides who have only played ten matches thus far. Ollie Pettit struck for ‘Side here.

Rayleigh Town Res rise to fifth after a 2 – 1 win over Shoebury Town in their match, moved to Beauchamps Sch. Rodney Wilson and Adam Bessadi strikes extended the unbeaten run for Lee Bunn’s side to five matches. Shoebury remain seventh after failing to win in their last six. FC Hamlets came back to hold Galleywood 1 – 1 at Hackney Marshes. Billy Kinchlea put ‘Wood ahead before player-boss Ashley King levelled as both sides remain in mid-table.

 

Match OFF: Runwell Sports P – P  Herongate Athletic   |

 

Essex Premier Cup – Grays Athletic Res  1 – 3  Ongar Town |

Ongar make it to the all-EOFL Semi-Finals

 

Senior Division Two

In Senior Two, with leaders Leigh Town not in action, Old Suthendian Res retained second spot with a 3 – 0 win over Rochford Town at Garon Park. Luke Stillwell, Ben Franklin and Jack Pagett all scored to give Ben Manley’s side a healthy win, despite Thomas Magerison’s dismissal reducing them to ten men. OS Ressies were further boosted last week as they were handed an additional two points as an opposition side fielded an ineligible player in a drawn match with OS late last year. Beacon Hill Rovers remain third after a battling 1 – 0 win at Harold Wood Athletic Res in the late game at Noak Hill. Ade Adeyemi got the goal as Rovers made it four wins on-the-bounce. Ath’s Ressies remain ninth, eight points adrift of Wakering Sports just above them, who also got a narrow win, 3 – 2 over AS Rawreth at Cupid’s. Ben Aston, Scott Clark and Mitchell Gleeson netted for Sports here over the fellow strugglers AS, who remain second-bottom.

Finally, Corinthians won 3 – 1 at a new-look Epping Town side, with Jake Hodder, Leo Clarke and Ollie Brickwood all on target for Chris Stoneham’s side, who go back up to fourth. They are eight points off Old Southendian Ressies, with four matches in hand on them. Town have lost four of their last five but perhaps their target now is stability in this division ahead of next term.

Match OFF: Laindon Orient  P – P  Leigh Town   |

 

Senior Division Three

In Senior Division Three, ACD Utd are five points clear at the top after a 3 – 1 win at Toby Res. Player-manager Michael Wade got another double here to reach 15 league goals this season. Paul Mangan got the other goal though there was another milestone moment for the EOFL newcomers. Shaun Farrow and Connor Lambert both reached 100 appearances for ACD so congrats go to them. Connor Walk’s wind-assisted corner got the reply for Toby’s second-side though they slide to fifth.

Elsewhere, Corinthians Res edged to a 3 – 2 triumph over Lakeside Res at Stambridge. Max Hall’s hat-trick here takes him to 19 league goals, above Wakebury’s Charlie Little in the race for the ‘Golden Boot’ in this division. Harry Davison got both goals for Lakeside’s second team here though they remain third-bottom while Terry Rose’s side cut the gap to second-placed Wakebury to four points and they also have four matches in hand on the top two. Also, Hutton Res grabbed a 6 – 3 win over Basildon Town Res at Billericay School. Sean O’Callaghan led the way with a treble here, wit Stephen Judge, Conor O’Regan and George Wickings also on target as they go up to sixth. Jamie Miller’s double and Nicholas Bowers accounted for Town’s goals though they remain ninth.

Finally,  Collier Row went back up to fourth after a 5 – 3 win over Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ in the midday kick-off at the James Hornsby Centre 3G. Joshua Boswell, Will Bray and George Mole all scored for Sports though remain bottom, six points behind local rivals White Ensign Res.

 

Matches OFF:

Buckhurst Hill Res  P – P  Wakebury   |

Leigh Town Res  P – P  White Ensign Res   |

 

Senior Division Four

Canning Town Res  0 – 1  Leytonstone Utd 

Catholic Utd Res  2 – 1 Wakering Sports Res

Galleywood Res  1 – 2  Forest Glade

Shenfield AFC Res  2 – 0  Old Chelmsfordians Res

 

Senior Division Five

Collier Row Res  2 – 0 Wakering Sports Dev
Herongate Athletic Res  P – P  Runwell Sports Res

Roydon Res  4 – 2  Leigh Ramblers Res

Shoebury Town Res  3 – 3  Old Barkabbeyans

Springfield Res  1  – 3  Newbury Forest Res

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 30 Mar) [EOFL 31.3.19]

EOFL Round-up  (Sat 30 Mar)

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 30 March, from the top tier to the results from Division Four as the season run-in continues.
EOFL Premier Division
In Olympian Premier, the stand-out result was Catholic Utd’s 6 – 2 success over faltering Bishop’s Stortford Swifts at the Len Salmon. Aaron Baldwin and Tom Hollingsworth both grabbed braces here with Jamie Salmon and Max Kent also netting to see the ‘Super Hoops’ rise above their opponents into fourth spot. The most important result though came at Roding Lane where Buckhurst Hill squeezed past Leigh Ramblers 2 – 1. Andrew Webster struck for the Rams though goals from Sam Sollosi and talisman Steve Townsend secured a huge win which means in all likelihood Hill will not be passed and therefore will be crowned Premier Division champions next month. Leigh stay 7th and are winless in their last four.

Meanwhile, Harold Wood Athletic defeated fellow high-flyers Kelvedon Hatch 1 – 0, thanks to the ever-reliable Robert Whitnell getting on the score-sheet in Ath’s final league match this term. Hatch only need a maximum of five points to secure the runners-up spot with only Swifts in position to deny them. In South Essex, Rayleigh Town drew 2 – 2 with Springfield, with Joe Mayer and Jack Mundy strikes for the visitors being cancelled out by Damien Siemienczuk and Jack Long goals for Town, who have secured a top-six finish this term. Credit to them. Springfield can still slip into the top ten but will need to better Sungate’s result in the latter’s last match of the campaign.

As we ,mention the ‘Gate, Old Southendian held them 0 – 0 at Garons Park, which means OS only remain above them on goal difference due to them both having identical records (8 wins, 5 draws, 12 losses in 25 matches).

 

EOFL Senior One

On an action-packed day in Senior One, leaders Shenfield AFC roared to a 5 – 1 win over challengers Basildon Town to extend their cushion over them to 14 points.  Mitchell Day’s double, plus strikes by James Bigmore, George Cunningham and Harry Hatt overcame a solitary consolation by Jamie Miller for Town. The ramifications of this result means that even with six matches yet to play, Town’s chances of winning the title are slim. AFC have struck eight wins in their last nine matches and that is promotion-winning form, you must say.

FC Hamlets are still in the promotion hunt after a thumping 6 – 0 win over Herongate Athletic. John Gilroy plundered a hat-trick, while Aaron Glasgow, Charlie Heatley and Ashley King were all also on target. FC have five matches to play and have lost one of their last 14 league matches. Ongar Town beat strugglers Rayleigh Town Reserves 2 – 1 thanks to a pair of Ben Polley spot-kicks and end a four-match winless run. Old Chelmsfordians’ fine end to the season continued with a 1 – 0 win at Galleywood. Sam Adams got the only goal to extend OC’s unbeaten run to seven matches whilst also ending ‘Wood’s five-match winning streak.

 

EOFL Senior Two

Into Senior Two now and Chingford Athletic really kept themselves in promotion nick with a 7 – 0 battering of Ryan, in what was the visitors’ last game of the campaign. Jack Yates led proceedings with a treble for Ath, while Alex Gordon grabbed two, with Luke Dimond and Jonny Hirst also finding the net to extend their unbeaten stretch to six games. Ath need eight points from their last three matches to pip Toby to the title and face fellow promotion-hunters Runwell Sports next weekend.

Runwell need to win that battle as they were held to a disappointing 3 – 3 draw at basement side May & Baker ‘A’. Ernest Dunlop, Marcellino Rodrigues and Gyane Sanderson all struck for the hosts, while Declan Carke fired back two of the goals for Sports here though one win in their last five leaves their hopes of elevation in jeopardy.

 

EOFL Senior Three

We start Senior Three with a massive win for Laindon Orient, 7 – 0 at Basildon Town Reserves. Samuel Lake led the scorer’s chart with two to take his tally to 18 this season with Jason Warner, Michael Agba, Jasper Read, Rodney Sarah-Wilson and Henry Ballard all getting their names on the same sheet. Orient go top thanks to their vastly superior goal difference though have ended their campaign now. Bas remain third-bottom with three matches left.

Former leaders Westhamians were held 0 – 0 at Leigh Town, though have two matches remaining to be one of four possible winners of the division. The other two challengers faced each there at Cupids, though Wakering Sports lost at home, 5 – 2 to Old Southendian Reserves. Tom Judge and Dave Stubbs both nabbed a double each and Oliver Tatton-Bennett also notched here. The OS’ second-side know victory in both of their last two matches will seal the title.

 

EOFL Senior Four

Finally, in Senior Four, the top two were both in action. Epping Town won 2 – 0 at Galleywood Reserves to heap the pressure on rivals Corinthians. Lennox Forster and Alex Paraskeva got the goals, with Paraskeva hitting 25 goals for the season in Town’s last match here.

Lakeside Reserves held Corinthians 4 – 4 in an epic encounter. The hosts were in command after David Alele struck twice, plus Ben Christie and Damilola Olusanya also notched. However, the Stambridge-based side are a good side and once again showed their mettle as a brace of Leo Clarke strikes and Theodore Cannon & Ashley Webb goals ensured they got a point. Even so, they still need to win all three of their remaining matches to win the title.

In the remaining two matches, Shenfield AFC Reserves defeated Toby Res 2 – 0 thanks to Paul Constable and Corley Ross strikes. AFC move away from the bottom three while Toby need two points to stave off the drop . Canning Town Res also moved into mid-table with a 3 – 1 success over Buckhurst Hill Res. Daniel Aworinde, Calum Newson and substitute Marcel Bayfield netted for Town as they went 6th, one place behind their opposition here.