S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & EJC (Sat 6 Nov) [EOFL 21/22 8.11.21]

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

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 6 November. This week, the focus on League action remains, with this round-up focusing on the top four divisions, with results from Divisions Four, Five and the Essex Junior Cup.

Image is from Corinthians v Herongate Athletic late last month. Many thanks for reading.

Essex Olympian League Round-up – Saturday 6 November

EOFL Premier Division

In the Premier Division, there was a big day of results at the summit. Basildon Town lead the standings by a single point after a 2 – 0 home win against Shenfield AFC, thanks to goals from Ryan Scougall and substitute Marcus Bowers. Hutton went into second spot after a big 3 – 1 triumph over former leaders Ongar Town at Polo Fields. Eamon Payne scored for the visitors, but goals from George Nash, Sean O’Callaghan and George Ezekiel saw Hutton a big three points. Ongar dropped to fourth as Rayleigh Town got their biggest win in many a match with a huge 9 – 0 triumph over Harold Wood Athletic at London Road. Harry Talbot got five goals himself here for Paul Higgins’ side, with Charlie Seaden adding two and Jack Long and George Vile also on target to complete a memorable day for the hosts. Harold Wood remain second-bottom.

Elsewhere, Galleywood went up to eighth spot after a 6 – 2 success against bottom side Canning Town. Thomas Watling got another double to continue his superb season, with Ryan Scott, Diogo Viveiros, Jack Chatterway and Ben Smith all adding one each for Mark O’Sullivan’s side. Bishop’s Stortford Swifts went into the top ten after a 5 – 2 win at Springfield, with Sam Chaney reaching ten league goals for the season after his brace here for Swifts. James Baughurst, Adam Palmer and Jordan Trott also scored for Craig Glashan’s team. Muyiwa Osenie and Joe Kiff’s spot-kick replied for the hosts but they remain 12th.

The remaining saw Catholic Utd defeat Leigh Ramblers 2 – 0 and Sungate win 3 – 0 at home to Kelvedon Hatch. Sungate and Utd remain in fifth and sixth places respectively as part of a top seven that is only separated by eight points.


EOFL Division One

In the second-tier, Wakering Sports lead the table by two points after a 2 – 1 victory at home to Chingford Athletic. Matthew Catlin and substitute Callum Burns-Green got the goals to overturn Andrew Omusi’s goal for Chingford and send Mitchell Gleeson’s side to their seventh win this term. Runwell Sports are second despite being held 2 – 2 by Snaresbrook. Herongate Athletic rose to third spot after a narrow 1 – 0 win over struggling Beacon Hill Rovers at Billericay Road. Dominique Momba-Simos got a debut goal for Billy Cove’s side. Corinthians are in fourth spot after a 1 – 1 draw at Old Chelmsfordians. Bailey Moss scored for the South Essex side, with Charlie Portway again netting for OC’s, who go up to sixth.


EOFL Division Two

Now into Division Two, Harold Hill remain three points clear at the summit, thanks to a 2 – 0 victory at Harold Wood Athletic Res. Harry Agombar and Peter Tyler got the goals to see Mark Ellis’ team to yet another win in their impressive campaign. ACD Utd did get back to winning ways with a thumping 7 – 0 success over Rochford Town at Westlands. Jacob Dingli and Jamie Alexandrou both got doubles here for Greg Knock’s team, with Michael Wade, Jake Noble and replacement Samuel Payne also scoring to make Utd’s goal difference more favourable than anyone else in the division. Shoebury Town got an important 4 – 2 win at Wakebury with player-boss Garry Johnson back amongst the goals as he scored twice here, with Luke Bull and substitute Steven Valente also on the score-sheet to keep Shoebury in sixth spot. In other action, Rayleigh Town Res won 2 – 1 at AS Rawreth while Old Southendian Ressies narrowly defeated Hutton Res 2 – 1 at Garon Park. Finally, May & Baker A  got another fine win as they defeated Manford Way 4 – 1.


EOFL Division Three

In Division Three, there were three league matches this week. With the top three all in Essex Junior Cup action, Toby Res won the battle of the nearest challengers as they defeated Basildon Town Res 6 – 2 in Newbury Park. Ollie Dingli led the way with a fine treble, with Mike Nichols, Louis Hill and an OG completed the scoring for Toby’s second side who reduced the gap to their opponents to one point but remain 4th. Hullbridge Sports Res got a second straight victory with a 3 – 0 triumph at Leigh Town Res. Michael Clark netted twice for the visitors, with Harry Mole also on target to send ‘Bridge up to sixth. Finally, Corinthians Res drew 1 – 1 with Collier Row with the result leaving both sides still in the bottom three.


Essex Junior Cup

Buckhurst Hill U23  3 – 6  Haver Town

Cressing Utd  2 – 1  Pitsea Athletic

Hashtag Utd Dev  6 – 0  Crookz Utd (Goals got)

Kelvedon Social  4 – 3  Roydon

Leytonstone Utd  4 – 7  Old Chelmsfordians Res

Ongar Town Res  0 – 7  Wakering Sports Res

Ramon Rovers  0 – 3  Springfield Res

Rowhedge  1 – 2  Sungate Dev.  (AET)

Thorpe Athletic  1 – 7  Catholic Utd Res


EOFL Division Four

Chingford Athletic Res  4 – 1  Canning Town Res  | Town Mead

Southend Manor Dev. 1 – 0 Galleywood Res  | Southchurch Park

Wakering Sports A  2 – 3  Shenfield AFC Res  | Cupid’s CC (PitcH 2)


EOFL Division Five

Epping Town Res  1 – 1  Snaresbrook Res   | Epping UC Rugby Club

Pitsea Athletic Res  5 – 4  Collier Row Res  | Basildon Sports Village

Runwell Sports Res  6 – 0  Wakebury Res   | St Luke’s Park


And in Herts Junior Cup

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  6 – 0  Bullys Crusaders

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & EJC (Sat 9 Oct) [EOFL 21/22 10.10.21]

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

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 9 October. This weekend saw some big results and some surprising results in matches played.  This week, the focus is on the top four divisions with results from Divisions Four & Five and the plethora of Essex Junior Cup matches tie involving an EOFL side and two Essex Premier Cup matches which saw one surprise result.

Many thanks for reading.

Image from Rochford Town v Wakebury (Sat 9 October, Image: Scott W)

Saturday 9 October

EOFL Premier Division 

We begin as ever in the Premier Division, and Basildon Town went back up into second place with a 5 – 2 triumph over rivals Hutton. Adam Bessadi struck twice, with Jamie Selby-Knight, Benjamin Smith and player-boss Marcus Bowers on target here. Catholic Utd went up to fifth spot after a good 3 – 1 win at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts, thanks in no small part to a hat-trick from Jay Nash for Simon Thomas’ side. Joe Holt got the solitary reply for Swifts, who remain third-bottom.

Elsewhere, Galleywood went into the top ten as they won 4 – 2 at Harold Wood Athletic. Thomas Watling grabbed a fine treble to take his personal tally to seven league goals thus far, with Freddie Bartram also on target for the Chelmsford-based side. James Pottle got both of the Wood’s goals, as he reached five for the season here, but Gary Willis’ team are fourth-bottom, six points adrift of the top eight.  In other results, Kelvedon Hatch continued their impressive start to the campaign with as they secured a huge 8 – 0 win over Leigh Ramblers at New Hall. Hatch are now up to fourth spot, whilst Old Southendian also got a surprise 3 – 1 win over Ongar Town at Garon Park, which takes Altar Ali’s side up to seventh spot, while Ongar’s lead at the top is reduced to just a single point.


EOFL Division One 

In the second-tier, Wakering Sports are the leaders by three points still after a superb 4 – 1 home win over Snaresbrook. Aaron Marshall & Stephen Solarin scored, as did substitutes Matthew Catlin and Mohammed Sesay to give Mitchell Gleeson’s side the win. Runwell Sports are the nearest challengers, as an OG was enough to give them a 1 – 0 success at Corinthians, who drop to fifth in a tight top end of the table. Leigh Town also impressed, as they won 3 – 1 at Epping Town. Brodie Horne got another brace to take his tally to eight already this term, with Sam Irvine also netting for Jack Pearman’s side. Substitute Peter Paoletti got a consolation goal but Epping drop to ninth.

In other results, Old Chelmsfordians edged to a 3 – 2 win over Herongate Athletic, with two Robbie Farrell spot-kicks not enough to overhaul the OC’s. Chingford Athletic also got the better of Toby, winning 4 – 2 at Town Mead to go into seventh, two points adrift of their opponents this weekend.


EOFL Division Two

In Division Two, with leaders ACD Utd in Premier Cup action it was a chance for the challengers to gain ground. Shoebury Town rose to fourth spot after a convincing 5 – 1 victory over AS Rawreth at Cupid’s. Stalwart Garry Johnson netted four goals along with one from Oliver Chew to steer Jason Doyle’s side to their third win this season. Rawreth slide to into the bottom four. Wakebury are up to third after a 5 – 3 triumph at Rochford Town, in the match I attended this weekend. Max Hall notched twice, with Will Wheeler, Danny Buglione and Kofi Gyamfi also on target for Matt Cardy’s side. Harry Ford scored two for the hosts, with Freddie Pettitt also notching for Jim Cooper’s side. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/10/09/s21-22-match-report-rochford-town-3-5-wakebury-sat-9-oct-eofl/

Elsewhere, Harold Hill are now three points ahead of ACD at the summit after a nerve-jangling 4 – 3 success over local rivals Harold Wood Athletic Ressies at Noak Hill. Emmanuel Ampaabeng and substitutes Thomas Butler & Tisore Ogungbayi all netted for Steve Hubbard’s side but Hill struck four goals of their own to claim a seventh win in eight games. Also, May & Baker A went up to mid-table after a 6 – 4 win against Rayleigh Town Reserves. Ryan Stowell struck a hat-trick for Matt Guidera & Steve Hogg’s team, with Anthony Cooke, Jeese Martin and Rowan Newland also on target for Bakers’ development side.


Essex Premier Cup

In the two Premier Cup ties this week, Division Two side ACD Utd grabbed a surprise 3 – 1 triumph at Premier side Rayleigh Town. Billy Wren notched twice for Greg Knock’s side, with Charlie Munns also on the score-sheet as they advanced into the next round. The same fortune wasn’t there for Hutton Res as they fell to 5 – 3 loss to Essex Senior Reserve side Frenford Res. Jack Shaw notched another two goals for the Hutton second side, and was joined on the scorers’ sheet by Harry Calder but the visitors triumphed thanks to a treble by Reece Morley plus strikes by Wisley Baltazar and Jack Taylor.


EOFL Division Three

Just two matches in Division Three due to the Junior Cup action (listed below). Basildon Town Res rose to fourth place as they consigned Corinthians Res to a 7 – 1 defeat at Basildon Sports Club. Nathan Fisher grabbed a fine treble, with Conor Mead and replacement Sam Marsh also notched doubles in this big win. In the other game, Wakering Sports Res are now in second spot on goal difference as they convincingly won 6 – 1 at Toby Res


Essex Junior Cup Results

Ashingdon  2 – 4 Pitsea Athletic

Barking U23 A – W  Leytonstone Utd   (Away Walkover)

Catholic Utd Res  12 – 0  AS Rawreth Res

Galleywood Res  0 – 1  Roydon

Hashtag Utd Dev.  4 – 1  Wakering Sports A

Hullbridge Sports Res  0 – 2 Thorpe Athletic

Leigh Ramblers Res  1 – 1  Old Southendian A  (OS won 4 – 3 on pens)

Leigh Town Res  0 – 1  Southend Rangers

Old Barkabbeyans  3 – 0  Tilbury U23

Old Chelmsfordians Res  7 – 2  Epping Town Res

Ongar Town Res  1 – 1 Sandon Royals (Ongar won 3 – 2 on pens)

Runwell Sports Res  3 – 4  Debden

Springfield Res  3 – 0  Thaxted Rangers

Sungate Dev.  5 – 4  Collier Row


EOFL Division Four Result

Shenfield AFC Res  2 – 0  Southend Manor Dev.  | Warley Playing Fields


EOFL Division Five Results

Snaresbrook Res  3 – 2  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  | Nutters Field

Wakebury Res  2 – 4  Pitsea Athletic Res  | Nursery Sports Ground

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & EPC (Sat 18 Sept) [EOFL 21/22 19.9.21]

Archive Image – Rayleigh Tn are now leaders of EOFL Premier

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

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the weekend’s action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 18th September. This weekend, we saw the start of the Essex Premier Cup campaign so the focus this week is the top three tiers of the EOFL & the EPC, with results from Divisions Three, Four & Five. The EPC is a competition which teams from the Essex Olympian, Essex & Suffolk Border League and Essex Alliance League compete (all are Step 7 divisions), along with sides in the Essex Senior Reserve division.

Many thanks for reading.

EOFL Premier Division

In the top-tier, Ongar Town got themselves into a fine position after a 2 – 1 home success over Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Harry Rawlins and Frankie Goodhall got the goals for Richard Ponsford’s side. They will travel to London Road next week to face leaders Rayleigh Town, who got a superb 6 – 0 triumph at Canning Town. The ensemble cast of scorers included Sonny Coutts, Charlie Seaden, Jack Long, Liam Oliver, Paul Morris and Alfie Larkin to give Paul Higgins’ team a fourth consecutive victory.

Elsewhere, Hutton emerged with a narrow 1 – 0 win  at Shenfield AFC which was the third straight win for Matt Singh’s side. Leigh Ramblers finally got their first win of the new campaign after a 3 – 2 success over Galleywood at Belfairs Park. Ben Smith scored twice for the visitors but the Rams were not to be denied here. Lastly, Catholic Utd were held 1 – 1 by improving Kelvedon Hatch at the Len Forge. Lewis Payne netted for the hosts, with Drew Klessa-Smith responding for Darren Hunt’s side.


EOFL Division One

Moving into the three matches played in Div One this week, and Wakering Sports got another victory with a 3 – 1 win at Snaresbrook. Ben Burrows, Paul Brennan and Alfie Fossett got the goals for Mitchell Gleeson’s team. In other results, Chingford Athletic got a fine 4 – 0 win at Beacon Hill Rovers while Runwell Sports got a fine away win, defeating Leigh Town 5 – 2 at John Burrows Recreation Ground.


Essex Premier Cup round-up

This weekend, the Essex Premier Cup campaign began, with some big wins for EOFL sides. First up, Premier side Basildon Town put in a terrific performance to hand Earls Colne a 5 – 1 defeat, with Adam Bessadi scoring twice, with Rhys Fatt, Jamie Bradbourn and Graham Harrison also netting for Marcus Bowers’ team. Division One side Herongate Athletic progressed with a 3 – 1 success at Div Two side Old Southendian Res. Antoine Fontaine, Robbie Farrell and Izaih Antoine bagged goals for Billy Cove’s side. Fellow Div One side Toby also won, 2 – 0 at home to Old Chelmsfordians, with Ben Picton and Albert Perry the goal-scorers there.

Corinthians also got a good 2 – 1 win over Halstead Town Res, with Bill Wilton and Bailey Moss netting for Chris Stoneham’s team. Two Division Two sides allso went through, with Shoebury Town defeating West Bergholt 4 – 0, thanks to a brace from Garry Johnson plus strikes by Luke Ball and Kian Bradshaw for Jason Doyle’s team. Finally, ACD Utd won 4 – 2 at Essex Senior Reserve side Takeley Res. Michael Wade and Billy Wren both netted twice for Greg Knock’s side, overcoming goals from Ezra Forman and Callum Leggett for the hosts.

Other Results in EPC

AFC Barnston  0 – 3  Sungate

Dunmow Town  4 – 4  Springfield (AET, Dunmow won 7 – 6 on pens)

Harold Wood Athletic  2 – 4  Tiptree Heath

Lymore Gardens  1 – 2  Epping Town

Old Southendian H – W  Dedham Old Boys


EOFL Division Two

Back into League action now in Division Two, and May & Baker A got a rare big win as they won 6 – 0 at home to Hutton Res. Gabriel Odili and Abidemi Lamina both struck doubles, while Ryan Stowell and Rolan Newland also notched. Also, Wakebury edged to a hard-fought 3 – 2 success over Harold Wood Athletic Reserves at Nursery Sports Ground. Max Hall, Will Wheeler and Chris Gore all netted for Matt Cardy’s side, with the replies for ‘Wood coming from Ben-Paul Gibbons and Thomas Butler. Other results saw a big win for Manford Way as they defeated AS Rawreth 7 – 1, while Rayleigh Town Res were among the goals again, defeating Rochford Town 7 – 3 at London Road.


EOFl Division Three Results

Hullbridge Res  1 – 2  Basildon Town Res

Leigh Town Res  1 – 1  Corinthians Res

Pitsea Athletic  0 – 0  Collier Row

Wakering Sports Res  1 – 7  Catholic Utd Res

and Hashtag Utd Dev  H – W  Buckhurst Hill U23


EOFL Division Four Results

Canning Town Res  4 – 6  Springfield Res

Chingford Athletic Res  9 – 0  Old Chelmsfordians Res

Galleywood Res  5 – 4  Southend Manor Dev|

Leytonstone Utd  1 – 3  Ongar Town Res

Roydon  3 – 1  Sungate Dev

Shenfield AFC Res  0 – 0  Wakering Sports A


EOFL Division Five Results

AS Rawreth Res  1 – 4  Epping Town Res

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  3 – 2  Wakebury Res

Herongate Athletic Res  2 – 1  Old Barkabbeyans

Leigh Ramblers Res  4 – 1  Collier Row Res

Runwell Sports Res  3 – 2  Snaresbrook Res

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 11 Sept) [EOFL 21/22 12.9.21]

Archive image: Rayleigh Tn v Leigh Ramblers (early September 2021)

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

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 11 September. This weekend saw some high-scoring matches and some surprise results as ever. As usual, the focus is on the top four divisions with results from Divisions Four & Five.

Many thanks for reading.

EOFL logo

EOFL Premier Division 

In the Premier Division, leaders Basildon Town have a slender one-point lead after being held to a goalless draw at Harold Wood Athletic. Sungate missed a chance to leapfrog them after succumbing to a 1 – 2 loss to Kelvedon Hatch, with Drew Klessa-Smith and Oliver Pettit scoring for Darren Hunt’s side. Sonny Rossington responded for ‘Gate but they stay second in the standings. With Ongar Town and Old Southendian not in action this weekend, Rayleigh Town went up to fifth after a good 2 – 0 win over Catholic Utd at London Road. Jack Long and Liam Oliver’s penalty were enough to claim the points for Paul Higgins’ side.

Elsewhere, Hutton moved to seventh place with a fine 3 – 2 triumph at Springfield. Charlie Nichols and Mitchell May got the goals for Dan Williams’ team but a stirring comeback from Hutton saw Will Marlowe, Jim Gardner and Billy Chilcott’s fine strike secure a good away-day win for Matt Singh’s side. Galleywood moved into the top ten with a 3 – 0 success against Bishop’s Stortford Swifts, with a brace from Thomas Watling and one from Sam Donn enough to give Mark O’Sullivan’s team a good win.

Finally, Leigh Ramblers’ pursuit of a win this term goes on after they were held 3 – 3 by visitors Shenfield AFC. Jack Gardner got two goals and Andrew Webster got the other for Mark Hunter’s team but the visitors scored three of their own to claim a point.


EOFL Division One 

Moving now into Division One, and Runwell Sports are the new leaders on goal difference after a 5 – 2 win over Old Chemsfordians at St Luke’s Park. Strikes from Joe Olley, Korede Odumosu, Samuel Adebayo, Matt Tapley and an OG saw Rob Hodgson’s side to their third win this term. Epping Town also got their first win this term, winning 2 – 1 at Chingford Athletic with Andrew Smith and David Limber getting the goals for Stuart Hoskins’ side at Town Mead.

Also, Corinthians got a big 5 – 1 success over Snaresbrook at Stambridge Memorial Ground. Bailey Moss struck four goals here for Chris Stoneham’s side, with Bill Wilton getting the other goal. Finally for this division, Leigh Town emerged from a stern test with a 2 – 0 win at Herongate Athletic, with Brodie Horne and Max Jones goals proving the difference here for Jack Pearman’s side and they go into fourth spot after inflicting the first loss of Herongate’s campaign.


EOFL Division Two

In Division Two, ACD Utd remain at the summit after a resounding 9 – 2 victory over Harold Wood Athletic Res at Westlands. Jacob Dingli grabbed five of the goals himself for Greg Knock’s side, with a double for Michael Wade plus strikes for Billy Wren and replacement Sam Payne completing the scoring for the only unbeaten side remaining in the division. Derek Hawtin got both goals for the Wood’ side but their goal difference took a hammering here. Harold Hill remain 2nd, level on points with ACD having played a game more after a superb 6 – 2 triumph over Wakebury at Noak Hill. Max Hall and Daniel Buglione netted for Matt Cardy’s side but they ultimately fell to their first loss of the new season.

Shoebury Town went up to third spot after a narrow 1 – 0 win at AS Rawreth, with Garry Johnson once again on the score-sheet for Jason Doyle’s side. Elsewhere, May & Baker A got their first points of the season with a 2 – 0 triumph at winless Rochford Town. Rowan Newland scored again, with Jerry Jairette getting the other goal for Matt Guidera & Steve Hogg’s side.

Also, Manford Way got a fine 5 – 2 win at Hutton Res, with Thomas Price and Elliott Fraser goals not enough to stop Bill Stratford’s side avoid defeat at Polo Fields. Finally, Rayleigh Town Res got the result of their campaign thus far with a big 6 – 2 win over Old Southendian Res at Garon Park 3G.


EOFL Division Three

In Division Three, Toby Res went up to third place after a fine 5 – 1 success at home to Buckhurst Hill U23, with Oliver Dingli notching twice for Lee Glynn’s side, plus Justin Clarke, Myrie and Davies all joined in on the goals. Substitute Tyla Fenlon got the solitary reply for Alan Byers’ side. Pitsea Athletic went up to mid-table after a good 2 – 1 win over Hullbridge Sports Res at Lower Road. Rhys Davies and Louis Starkey goals secured the points for Trevor Wickens’ side. Bobby Badnall responded for Jason Mole’s team but it’s two wins from their four matches thus far.

Meanwhile, Leigh Town Res navigated a tough trip to Collier Row and recorded a 3 – 1 win at the Forest Row Centre. Strikes from Aaron Tyler, Max Whitehead and Chris Pope secured the first win of the new term for Antony Lane’s side. In other results, Wakering Sports Res remain top after a 5 – 0 home win over Shenfield AFC Res at Cupid’s while Catholic Utd Res hammered Corinthians Res 10 – 3 at St Thomas More Sch.


EOFL Division Four

Results

Old Chelmsfordians Res  5 – 0  Shenfield AFC Res     | Lawford Lane

Ongar Town Res  2 – 1  Canning Town Res | Melbourne Park 3G, Chelmsford

Roydon  1 – 0  Galleywood Res     | Roydon Playing Fields

Southend Manor Dev. 1 – 2  Chingford athletic Res   | Southchurch Park  

Sungate Dev.  3 – 6  Springfield Res             | Ilford Wanderers RFC

Wakering Sports  A  1 – 1  Leytonstone Utd   | Cupid’s (Pitch 2)


EOFL Division Five

Results

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  4 – 1  AS Rawreth Res  | Silver Leys

Collier Row Res  4 – 3 Wakebury Res      | Forest Row Centre (Pitch 2)

Epping Town Res  1 – 4  Pitsea Athletic Res   |  Epping UC Rugby Club

Old Barkabbeyans  2 – 2  Runwell Sports Res  | Barking Abbey Sch 3G

Snaresbrook Res  0 – 4  Leigh Ramblers Res   | Nutters Field

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 14 Aug) [EOFL 21/22 15.8.21]

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

Hello all and welcome to the first of a new season of weekly round-up articles on  Essex Olympian League divisions, The first weekend of action from Saturday 14th August saw a myriad of teams adjust to new divisions, and before the action is described I’ll put in a short listing of which sides are in each division. As ever, the focus is on the top four divisions with results from Divisions Four & Five.

Many thanks for the support and for reading.


EOFL Premier Division 

Teams (15): Basildon Town, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts, Canning Town, Catholic Utd, Galleywood, Harold Wood Athletic, Hutton, Kelvedon Hatch, Leigh Ramblers, Old Southendian, Ongar Town, Rayleigh Town, Shenfield AFC, Springfield, Sungate

In the Premier Division, Basildon Town overcame a spirited performance by their visitors as they defeated Rayleigh Town 4 – 3, in their first match at landlords Basildon Utd. Player-boss Marcus Bowers led the way with a brace for the hosts, with new signing Rhys Fatt also notching twice for his new team. Rayleigh responded through goals from Paul Morris, Shaun Gittleson and Liam Oliver but ultimately they fell to defeat. Old Southendian got a win on the opening day as they defeated Canning Town 2 – 1 at Garon Park. Sam Adcock and substitute Craig Paton got the important strikes there for the hosts.

Meanwhile, Kelvedon Hatch began their new campaign with a 3 – 2 win at promoted Galleywood. Drew Klessa-Smith nabbed a terrific treble for the visitors and that outshone strikes by Matthew Buckingham and Jamie Lockwood for Galleywood to give Darren Hunt’s side the win. Hutton also got a welcome three points as a Stephen Judge strike was enough to give them a 1 – 0 success over Catholic Utd at Polo Fields. Harold Wood Athletic let a two-goal lead slip before being held 3 – 3 by a new-look Springfield side at Harold Wood Park. Strikes by Jacob Roberts, James Pottle and Harry Clifford put Gary Willis’ side ahead but a double from replacement Jordan Sargeant and one from Charlie Nichols saw Dan Williams’  team make a good comeback and left with a point.

Also, Ongar Town began their season at Step 7 with a superb 4 – 1 home win over Leigh Ramblers. Jack Gardner got the goal for Mark Hunter’s visitors but the winning feeling continued for Richard Ponsford’s side, thanks to a brace from Frankie Goodall, plus strikes by Harry Rawlins and Rodney Wilson. Finally, Sungate won 2 – 1 at Shenfield AFC with Ben Carroll scoring for the home side.


EOFL Division One 

Teams (11): Beacon Hill Rovers, Corinthians, Chingford Athletic, Epping Town, Herongate Athletic, Leigh Town, Old Chelmsfordians, Runwell Sports, Snaresbrook, Toby, Wakering Sports

Moving now into Division One, and Toby got a superb 4 – 0 triumph over Epping Town in Newbury Park. Albert Perry, Marc Porter-Brown, Louis Hill and new recruit Harry Barham all netted as Mark Jones’ team started strongly. Wakering Sports also grabbed an impressive 5 – 1 success against Old Chelmsfordians at Cupid’s, with Connor Burrows netting twice, alongside Ben Burrows, Matthew Catlin and Aaron Clark goals for Mitchell Gleeson’s side.

The new era at Herongate Athletic under Billy Cove also began with a victory as they defeated Snaresbrook 3 – 1 at Billericay Road. Robbie Farrell’s brace and one from Izaih Antoine did the job for the home side. Elsewhere, and Runwell Sports began life under boss Rob Hodgson with a creditable 1 – 1 draw with Chingford Athletic at St Luke’s Park. Dylan Hawley netted for Runwell, with Lewis Watson scoring for Ath. Also, Leigh Town began their journey as a second-tier club with a fine 3 – 1 victory at fellow promoted side Beacon Hill Rovers.


EOFL Division Two

Teams (12): ACD Utd, AS Rawreth, Harold Hill, Harold Wood Athletic Res, Hutton Res, Manford Way (fmrly Res), May & Baker A, Old Southendian Res, Rayleigh Town Res, Rochford Town, Showbury Town, Wakebury

In Division Two, ACD Utd got their first win as a third-tier club as they won 2 – 1 at new club Harold Hill. Player-boss Michael Wade got both goals for the visitors as they negotiated a tricky test well. Elsewhere, Shoebury Town started strongly in their new division as they won 4 – 1 against visitors Harold Wood Athletic Res at Cupid’s. Steven Sharpe struck twice here for Town, with Daniel Brooker and an OG accounting for the other goals. Ben Rowe responded for the Wood second-team.

In other action, AS Rawreth got their new era under Josh Hutchins started with a good 2 – 1 home win over May & Baker A. Alex Salmon and Ryan Kenyon provided the goals as they began the season well.


EOFL Division Three

Teams (12): Basildon Town Res, Buckhurst Hill U23/Res, Catholic Utd Res, Collier Row, Corinthians Res, Hashtag Utd Dev, Hullbridge Sports Res, Leigh Town Res, Pitsea Athletic, Toby Res, Wakering Sports Res 

Finally for this week, in Division Three, newcomers Pitsea Athletic began their EOFL campaign with a decent 3 – 0 win over Leigh Town Res at Basildon Sports Village. Ben Challis’ fine treble was enough to seperate the sides there. Elsewhere Basildon Town Res drew 1 – 1 with Toby Res. Matthew Keiller struck for Town, with Brandon Richmond netting for the East Londoners.

Collier Row started the new season with a 3 – 2 home win over Corinthians Res. Jay Knight and replacement Finlay Grant scored for Ben Adams’side but it wasn’t enough to claim a point. Also, Wakering Sports Res claimed a big 9 – 0 victory over Buckhurst Hill U23 and Hashtag Utd Development won 2 – 0 at home to Hullbridge Sports Res at Barleylands.


EOFL Division Four

Teams (12): Canning Town Res, Chingford Athletic Res, Galleywood Res, Leytonstone Utd, Old Chelmsfordians Res, Ongar Town Res, Roydon, Shenfield AFC Res, Southend Manor Dev., Springfield Res, Sungate Res, Wakering Sports A

Results

Ongar Town Res 7 – 1   Shenfield AFC Res   | Melbourne Park

Southend Manor Dev.  2 – 0   Roydon            | Southchurch Park


EOFL Division Five

Teams (12): AS Rawreth Res, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res, Collier Row Res, Epping Town Res, Herongate Athletic Res, Leigh Ramblers Res, Old Barkabbeyans, Pitsea Athletic Res, Runwell Sports Res, Snaresbrook Res, Wakebury Res

Results

Collier Row Res  0 – 5  Herongate Athletic Res  

Pitsea Athletic  Res  6 – 2   Wakebury Res    | Basildon Sporting Village


Thank you for reading, this column will be running throughout the season as much as I can.

S20-21 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 8 May) [EOFL 20/21 9.5.21]

Image from Rayleigh 2 – 1 H Wood (Premier Division) (Image: Scott W)

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

Hello all and welcome to another edition of my round-up articles, looking the action in week seven of the ‘mini-season’ in the  Essex Olympian League divisions on Saturday 8th May. As ever, our focus here is on the top four tiers, with results from Divisions Four & Five. Thank you for reading.

EOFL Premier Division 

In the Premier Division, Springfield got arguably the result of the weekend, as they won 1 – 0 at Basildon Town. It may not have been pretty for Dan Williams’ side, given that their goal was an OG from a set-piece but that won’t worry the Springfield management team. The win sees them rise up to eleventh spot and Basildon needing points to secure their second place. Bas have a swift chance to exact some payback though – they visit Arun Park next weekend! Bas’ chief challengers could well be Bishop’s Stortford Swifts who made it seven league matches unbeaten with a 2 – 1 success at Kelvedon Hatch. Kurt Smith and Ryan Blackman goals got Billy Cove’s side another win and it sees them go fourth, level on points with Leigh Ramblers just above them. Lee Hamill’s strike for Kelvedon couldn’t prevent their second loss in their last five games, and they fell to twelfth place.

In other action, Buckhurst Hill can win the Premier Division title in midweek after they were made to work hard to defeat Canning Town 3 – 1 at Roding Lane. Alfie Harris’ double and Suleyman Zuhdu’s 20th league goal of the campaign secured Hill’s 13th win in fourteen matches. Canning’s defeat sees them drop back to second-bottom.  Sungate were held 2 – 2 by Old Southendian in East London, with Craig Paton and Jamie Oates scoring for player-boss Connor Lane’s side. OS are two bottom, two points adrift of Canning Town but it was another gutsy point on the road. The ‘Gate remain sixth and they will aim for a top-four finish I feel given all their remaining three games are at home.  

Elsewhere, Rayleigh Town got an important 2 – 1 triumph over Harold Wood Athletic at London Road. Strikes from George Vile and Bailey Moss were enough to see Paul Higgins’ side keep a three-point cushion in ninth spot. Robert Whitnell’s strike from the penalty spot had brought Alex Goldstone’s side level but they fell to defeat, which sees them stay eighth. I was watching this match & my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/05/09/s20-21-match-report-rayleigh-town-2-1-harold-wood-athletic-sat-8-may-eofl/

In the other action in this division, Catholic Utd travelled to Polo Fields and drew 2 – 2 with Hutton. Brad Rowland and Max O’Leary got the goals for Simon Thomas’ visiting side, but Joshua Seal and Alfie Curelli responded for Matt Singh’s team. Hutton remain sixth, while the Hoops drop to fifth after this result. Finally, Shenfield AFC got an eye-catching 3 – 2 win over Leigh Ramblers at St Martins Sch 3G. The win takes them up to tenth spot and Ramblers will have to hope victory in their last match next weekend at Hutton is enough to keep them in the top four at the end of May.

EOFL Division One 

In the second tier, Galleywood completed a terrific 5 – 3 win at home to Snaresbrook, played at Moulsham Sch 3G. Mark O’Sullivan’s side finished the match with ten men but a treble from Thomas Watling (who made it eight league goals in twelve starts this term) plus strikes by Jack Chatterway and Jack Hayes secured the win which kept them in second spot. Drew Barbier’s double (one from 12 yards) and one from Daniel Walsh kept ‘Brook in the match but they drop to eighth spot in this increasingly competitive division.

The hunt for the second-placed finish is also getting tighter. Runwell Sports are a point behind Galleywood in second after a 2 – 0 win at Ramsden Scotia. This was their third win in their last five matches for Jason Plom’s side. They are a point clear of Manford Way who got a important 1 – 0 win at Chingford Athletic with Charlie Heatley getting the only goal of the game for Trevor Grace’s side. Fellow Non-League writer Aaron Moore (Twitter: @aaron_moore25) was there & here’s his take on the match: https://footballreview.net/match-report-chingford-afc-0-1-manford-way/

Image from Rayleigh Tn Res 3 – 5 Shoebury Tn (Division One) (Image: Scott W)

Elsewhere, Shoebury Town got their first win in eight league matches with a fine 5 – 3 win at Rayleigh Town Res. Garry Johnson’s treble plus strikes by Billy Cottrill and a Kirk Hudson penalty was enough for Lee Boosey’s new side. Goals from Harry Barham, Matt Atoo and Matthew Bampus were not quite enough to recover any points for Dave Barker’s side in an entertaining match at London Road which I also attended. Here’s my report: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/05/09/s20-21-match-report-rayleigh-town-res-3-5-shoebury-town-sat-8-may-eofl/ 

Also, Toby got a good 3 – 2 win at Herongate Athletic, with Rhys Willson, Chris Rowland and Louis Hill all on target for Mark Jones’ side. This result takes them up to sixth spot and they will have a say in how the top five shapes up, given they have to play Old Chelmsfordians & Runwell Sports in the next three weeks. Herongate remain second-bottom. 

Meanwhile, Ongar Town garnering the points without needing to navigate a tricky tie with Old Chelmsfordians because the latter were unable to field an XI. It means that nearest challengers Galleywood have to defeat Chingford Athletic in midweek to stave off the party for champions-elect Town for another week.


EOFL Division Two   

We have our first confirmed champions in the Olympian divisions as Leigh Town battled to a 3 – 2 win at Laindon Orient at Markhams Chase. Strikes from Max Jones, Brodie Horne and James Roberts finally secured elevation for Jack Pearman’s side here. Shomari Barnwell’s brace had put Neil Blackburn’s side in strong position earlier in the game but Leigh would not be denied and they get deserved recognition for the form they’ve showed in the last couple of seasons. I’d like to pass on my congratulations to Jack and the whole squad on a great achievement. Laindon remain in sixth, ready to pounce if the sides above them falter as they will be looking for a top-four finish.

Elsewhere, Beacon Hill Rovers gained another big three points with a 3 – 1 victory over promotion rivals Corinthians at Wickham Bishops Sports Ground. The former Burnham Ramblers pair of Karl Swanborough (2) and Bradley Morgan combined to overpower Chris Stoneham’s side and stay a point clear in second spot. Ted Turnham netted a late consolation for the visitors but this result means they are not in charge of their own destiny. That is chiefly because Epping Town moved above them into third spot after a thumping 5 – 1 win at AS Rawreth. Joe Rickett notched four times in this one to take his tally to 14 league goals this term. Peter Paoletti had opened the scoring for the visitors here and Stuart Hoskins’ side are two points clear of the Stambridge side with both teams having three matches remaining. Oh, and they face each other on the last day of the Olympian season in Epping. Rawreth remain bottom, five points off their nearest rival May & Baker A, who lost 3 – 1 at Harold Wood Athletic Res. Darren Wettner, Warren Taylor and Adam Farley got the goals to give Wood’s second side the win which takes them up to ninth spot, whereas the visitors stay second-bottom.

Elsewhere in the division, Old Southendian Res put a spanner in the works of Wakering Sports‘ promotion aspirations as the OS side won 2 – 1 at Cupid’s. Nico Dubouchet’s ninth league goal this term and one from Jack Cripps were enough to overturn substitute Mohammed Sesay’s strike and go five points clear in seventh, with one match remaining on May 22nd – a trip to Epping Town. Sports stay fifth but their chances of a top-two finish appear slim, despite having three matches remaining – and they welcome Corinthians to Cupid’s next weekend.

Finally, Rochford Town drew 1 – 1 with Ryan, with Freddie Pettitt getting the goal for Town. Ryan have four matches remaining, two of those against the top two sides so realistically, the best they can hope for is a seventh-placed finish which would be creditable for Declan Murphy’s team.

EOFL Division Three 

This was quite a day in Division Three. Firstly, Hutton Res gave the title race added impetus as they fought back to win 3 – 2 at leaders ACD Utd. An OG and a Jamie Alexandrou strike put Michael Wade’s team in command but Bill Stratford’s side turned it around through strikes from Jim Gardner, Mike Cason and Jack Shaw and made it seven straight league wins as well. The visitors stay third, but are only two points away from the leaders, who have three matches remaining.

Manford Way Res are also right in the chase for elevation, after a 4 – 0 win over Toby Res at Ford’s Social Club in Newbury Park. David Hornsby took his goal tally past twenty for the league season with a treble here, with Jake Muller also on target. Manford’s second side are a point behind the leaders in second spot, with two matches remaining. It’s worth noting that Points Per Game (PPG) might also be a factor in which sides get promoted in the close season. Hullbridge Sports A picked up a hard-fought 1 – 0 win at Collier Row, which all but ends Row’s chances of a top-two finish. William Bray got the only goal to reduce the deficit between the sides to one point. The youthful Sports side in 7th and Row are in sixth.

Elsewhere, Basildon Town Reserves are three points clear now in fifth after a 3 – 0 success against Leigh Town Res at Basildon Sports Club. Jamie Simpkins’ brace and one from replacement Shaun Watkins were enough to give Richard Bennett’s side the points. Wakebury are also still in contention for that top-two finish as they battled to a 4 – 1 victory at Buckhurst Hill Res. A brace from Charlie Little plus goals from Billy Bonham-Dare and Harry Kateley made sure Matt Cardy’s side picked up the win against a side which certainly earned the visiting manager’s respect. Jason Gomes got the sole goal for the home side. The Berries stay fourth and realistically need at least two of the three sides above them to slip up but they have still had a great campaign to date, regardless of the outcome.

Also, Corinthians Res held Lakeside Utd to a creditable 2 – 2 draw in Stambridge. Utd remain in eighth place after their first draw this term. The hosts remain in tenth after a difficult campaign.

EOFL Division Four Results  

Hashtag Utd Dev  0 – 1  Catholic Utd Res | Barleylands Road

Laindon Orient Res   3 – 3  Leytonstone Utd   | Pegasus Club, Corringham

and

Sungate Res  A – W  Canning Town Res  | Away Walkover

Wakering Sports Res  H – W  Old Chelmsfordians Res   | Home Walkover

EOFL Senior Five Results  

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  3 – 2  Newbury Forest Res  | Silver Leys

Runwell Sports Res  0 – 5  Old Barkabbeyans   | St Luke’s Park

Wakering Sports A   4 – 1 Roydon   | Cupid’s CC (Pitch 2)

and
Collier Row Res  H – W  Herongate Athletic Res
  | Home Walkover

Epping Town Res  H – W  AS Rawreth Res  | Home Walkover

Springfield Res  H – W  Shoebury Town Res  | Home Walkover

S20-21 Match Report: Rayleigh Town Res 3 – 5 Shoebury Town (Sat 8 May) [EOFL 20/1 9.5.21]

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Essex Olympian League – Division One

Venue: London Road

2020-21 Season: Match 33

Saturday 8th May 2021 – 12.30pm KO

Rayleigh Res: Navy Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Navy Blue Socks

Shoebury: White & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black & White Socks

A re-engerised Shoebury win first game in eight at London Road

Rayleigh Town Res  3 – 5  Shoebury Town

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

This weekend, there was a bit of a treat as I visited London Road again for a double-header of matches, starting with this Essex Olympian League Division One clash between Rayleigh Town Reserves and Shoebury Town, who despite being depleted in numbers recently, have steadfastly continued on playing, which is a credit to them. Home manager Dave Barker fielded Jayden Powell in goal with Harry Barham and Jack Taylor the chief support to forwards Eben Djan and Matt Atoo. Visitors Shoebury have installed Lee Boosey as their interim manager until the end of the season and had Kyle Merenda between the posts, Tyler Boosey in midfield and the attack was led by Garry Johnson, Aaron Day and Kirk Hudson, with Dominic Binns unavailable, Mitchell Odd and Simon Pearce were among the options from the bench.

The visitors set their stall out early to test Rayleigh ‘keeper Jayden Powell’s handling skills in the swirling wind as a strike from distance by Tyler Boosey needed the stopper to gather on five minutes. That ended up being a warning as on seven minutes, the visitors did open the scoring. Forward Garry Johnson found a yard of space in a congested 18-yard box to plant his header firmly into the net. Howver, the defensive ‘gremlins’ that have affected Shoebury recently returned a minute later as Harry Barham levelled neatly for Dave Barker’s side.

The visitors looked really motivated for the contest but were fortunate on eleven minutes as Rayleigh forward Matt Atoo evaded the visiting backline before skewing a tame strike wide when through on visiting custodian Kyle Merenda’s goal. Billy Cottrill’s wind-assisted corner was desparingly out of reach for Powell as despite laying a glove on it, the ball flew into the top corner to give Shoebury a two-one lead on 18 minutes. The vistors’ good momentum continued on twenty minutes as a fine effort from Johnson forced Powell into a decent save low down on the deck. Both sides continued to trade chances as Merenda pulled off a good save to parry over Reiss Foley’s deflected free-kick for the home side.

Much to the disappointment of the home dugout, Shoebury were then awarded a spot-kick with 32 minutes on the clock. Johnson stepped up and duly fired home high ibtob the corner to extend the visitors’ advantage. To their crediit, the hosts halved their deficit three minutes afterward as good tracking back by Atoo was rewarded as the ball flew off his block ans sailed past Merenda into the net.

Half-Time:  Rayleigh Town Res  2 – 3  Shoebury Town

Shoebury had a slender lead but were looking fiesty and just about the more likely the score at the interval. Shoebry were happy to be awarded another spot-kick on the hour and forward Kirk Hudson also blasted the ball home to make it 4 – 2. to the visitors. Midway into the second half, a curling free-kick by Foley needed Merenda to tip the decent strike out of danger. Rayleigh were having arguably their best phase of the game as they forced a number of set-pieces but the revitalised Shoebury defence held firm. Rayleugh Res could well have forced a more nervy end to the game had Eban Djan connected with a header or support forward Jack Taylor’s chip not been nervily parried by Merenda in the swirling wind. Atoo also headed wide with eleven minutes left and the feeling was building that it wasn’t going to be the hosts’ day.

That feeling was only elevated on 82 minutes as fine chip by Johnson evaded Powell and secured a good treble for the Shoebury Town striker. Matthew Bampus headed in another consolation for the hosts a few minutes later but it wasn’t enough to avert Shoebury getting their first league win in eight matches here in this lunchtime kick-off.

Full-Time: Rayleigh Town Res  3 – 5  Shoebury Town

In summary, Shoebury did deserve their win given the chances they created and the energy they put into their play for most of the match. News came out this week that a new committee has been appointed so Town will no doubt be looking to stay in this division for next term and they will need the battling qualities they showed here. Rayleigh’s Ressie side also showed promise going forward but their defensive errors were costly.

There were a number of good performances in this game. Firstly for Shoebury, I felt that forward Garry Johnson was a threat with his finishing  & movement and also backed up his record in front of goal this term. Tyler Boosey also had a good game in midfield showing good willingness & energy. Kirk Hudson showed desire and good passing down the channels & finally, Aaron Day also had a decent game. For the hosts, winger Harry Barham took his goal well and tried hard to instigate attacking moves for his side. Forward Matt Atoo was also a presence in attack for the hosts with his strength, with midfielder Reiss Foley looking to drive his team on from midfield. Finally, goalkeeper Jayden Powell arguably kept his side in the contest in the second half with some smart saves.

The win for bottom side Shoebury brings them only one point behind Herongate just above them, whereas Town’s second side stay third-bottom, six points adrift of Ramsden Scotia above them. My thanks to home boss Dave Barker & Best wishes to both teams for the rest of the campaign.

If you’d like to read about all the action in the Essex Olympian Lge divisions this week, my round-up is available here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/05/09/s20-21-round-ups-essex-olympian-league-sat-8-may-eofl/

Teams

Rayleigh Town Res    | Manager: Dave Barker 

Starting XI: 1 Jayden Powell (GK), 2 Matt van Lint, 3 Matt Seago, 4 Reiss Foley, 5 Matthew Bampus, 6 James Braithwaite, 7 Harry Barham, 8 Dean Hazleton, 9 Ebeneezer Djan, 10 Jack Taylor, 11 Matt Atoo

Goal-scorers: Harry Barham [8′], Matt Atoo [35′], Matthew Bampus [84′]

Subs On: 12 James Jarvis [31′], 15 Liam Brooks [61′], 14 Jack Maguire [67′]

Booked: van Lint, Seago, Jarvis | Subs Not Used: None

Shoebury Town   | Interim Manager: Lee Boosey

Starting XI: 1 Kyle Merenda (GK), 2 Billy Horrell, 15 Jack Kindell, 23 Jason Carter, 4 Daniel Brooker, 5 Tyler Boosey, 7 Henry Swan, 18 Billy Cottrill, 19 Aaron Day, 10 Garry Johnson, 14 Kirk Hudson

Goal-scorers: Garry Johnson [7′, pen 32′, 82′], Billy Cottrill [18′], Kirk Hudson [pen 60′]

Subs On: 9 Simon Pearce [46′], 6 Mitchell Odd [46′], 20 Adam Woolsey [46′], 3 Steven Sharpe [60′], 16 Fahad Issa [80′]

Booked: Woolsey  | Subs Not Used: None

Referee: Lewis Moore

Preview: Essex Olympian League Division One Resumption [EOFL 20-21 2.4.21]

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

Hello everyone and welcome to a preview of the opening weekend of the resumption of the 2020-21 Essex Olympian League Division One season, looking at the first fixture weekend taking place on the 3rd April, plus a look at who is in the running for the Division One title this season.

As a spectator and writer on Non-League Football, Saturdays in the last four months have been something to adapt to, just another caveat of a thoroughly troubling year.

We begin with a look of the current Division One table, courtesy of the re-modelled FA Full-time site. Then we’ll move on to who is in the running for the title & the first three fixtures those runners have to restart their campaign.

EOFL Division One Table

So who could win the Division One title?

As you can see from the table above, leaders Ongar Town have had a superb start, remaining unbeaten and well, their goal-scoring record of 31 goals in eight matches (averaging nearly four goals a game) speaks for itself. But that doesn’t mean there are not potential challengers, as to describe Division One as a dull division would be doing a disservice to the sides around them.

Runwell Sports and Galleywood are the nearest challengers and are close enough to take advantage if Ongar have a uncharacteristically poor start this month. And it would be unwise to rule out the goal-scoring firepower of Old Chelmsfordians and the improving Manford Way side under Trevor Grace, who also have games in hand on all the top four.

Leaders Ongar will have to wait to return to League action as their fixture this weekend has been postponed, but they are due to welcome Shoebury Town to the Lakeside Sports Ground on April 10th before making the trip to St Luke’s Park to take on rivals Runwell Sports a week later..

Second-placed Runwell Sports themselves are fortunate to begin with three home matches, starting with the small matter (not) of Old Chelmsfordians this weekend, followed by Rayleigh Town Reserves and leaders Ongar on April 17th.  

Galleywood in third have two home matches to begin their ‘mini-season’ with their first game against Herongate Athletic at Clarkes Field, before visiting Toby a week later. Following that, in a reversed fixture, they are set to welcome Ramsden Scotia in what will be a lunchtime kick-off on April 17th (It will be fascinating to see if that draws in the spectators & ground-hoppers as it may be OK for them to attend then)

Fourth-placed Old Chelmsfordians have the second-best goal-scoring record in the division thus far, but that will be tested as they travel to Runwell first up, followed by a trip to mid-table Ramsden Scotia a week later and then a fascinating encounter with rivals Manford Way at Lawford Lane on April 17th.  

Finally, Manford Way possess the second-best defensive record in the division and they welcome mid-table sides Toby and Snaresbrook in the next two weekends, followed by the trip to Old Chelmsfordians mentioned a paragraph ago.  

The following fixtures this weekend are subject to Covid protocols (ie. they could be postponed at short notice) & a reminder that spectators are still barred until at least April 12th.

Saturday 3rd April (2.30pm KOs unless stated)

EOFL Division One

Galleywood  v  Herongate Athletic | Clarkes Field

Manford Way  v  Toby    | London Marathon Sports Ground

Rayleigh Town Res  v  Chingford Athletic   | London Road

Runwell Sports  v  Old Chelmsfordians   | St Luke’s Park

Snaresbrook  v  Shoebury Town   | Nutters Field

Postponed: Ramsden Scotia  v  Ongar Town  (Covid reasons)

That’s all for this article, thank you for reading & I hope to be able to bring back my round-ups of Olympian League action early next week. I wish each team well.

S2020-21 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Wk 8 – Sat 24 Oct) [EOFL 20-21 25.10.20]

Image from Hutton 4 – 0 Bishop’s S Swifts [Credit: @fitinaflash]

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

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Essex Olympian League round-up, here on my blog, looking at the action from Saturday 24th October from the Premier Division all the way to Division Three this week, also including results from Senior Four & Five. My thanks to @fitinaflash and Pete Dudley (@ped1980) for the photos. Thanks for reading.

EOFL Premier Division

As ever, we begin in the Premier Division and we have new leaders. Basildon Town kept up their perfect record this term with a narrow 1 – 0 win over highly-rated Leigh Ramblers at Basildon Sports Club. Keith King got the only goal to give player-boss Marcus Bowers’ side a three-point lead at the summit. Buckhurst Hill are in second after a rare loss, 2 – 1 at Canning Town, with strikes by Jack Williamson and Harry Rixon meaning the latter side moving up to seventh after this fine result. Even another goal from Suleyman Zuhdu wasn’t enough for Hill to avoid defeat. Also, in-form Hutton got another win, defeating Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 4 – 0 at Polo Fields, A brace for Stephen Judge plus goals for Will Marlowe and Tony Shaw saw Matt Singh’s side up to fourth, with Swifts down to eleventh.

Elsewhere, Catholic Utd are up to fifth spot following a comfortable 3 – 0 triumph over bottom side Kelvedon Hatch at New Hall. Goals from Brad Rowland, Aaron Baldwin and Harley Kee were enough to see Stuart Marshall’s side to a decent win. Rayleigh Town also got a ‘W’ this week as they narrowly beat Sungate 1 – 0 at London Road, with Dan Regan’s early goal enough for the win for Paul Higgins’ side. The ‘Gate remain third but are still five points adrift of Hill in second. Also among the winners this week were Shenfield AFC who got a very respectable 3 – 0 win over Old Southendian at St Martins Sch [3G]. Perry Robinson, Sam Lock and Liam Snellin were the goal-scorers here at AFC went up to eighth whole OS drop to second-bottom. Finally for the top-tier, Springfield were held 2 – 2 by improving Harold Wood Athletic at Arun Close. George Rose and Jack Browne-Sykes netted for Alex Goldstone’s side who inch up to ninth spot with goals from Jake Clarke and Denzel Adebiyi giving Dan Williams’ side a point – they are in 12th spot.

EOFL Senior League Cup Result

May & Baker ‘A’  6 – 1  Newbury Forest Res

EOFL Division One

In Division One, the leaders are still unbeaten Ongar Town after they negotiated a tough test by winning 3 – 1 at Chingford Athletic. Joe Lilly, Aaron Blair and a cracker from Eamon Payne secured the win for Richard Ponsford’s side, who are now four points clear at the summit. Their nearest challengers are now Galleywood after they edged to a hard-fought 3 – 2 win over Rayleigh Town Res at Clarkes Field. Harry Bond and Lewis Rose were among the scorers for the hosts, with Harry Barham and Kalvin Armstrong responding for Dave Gipp’s side who drop to the foot of the table. That was because Shoebury Town got their first win this term with a 2 – 1 success over high-flyers Snaresbrook at Cupid’s. Ife Ogunbayo’s fourth league goal this term was not enough to prevent the East London side dropping to third on goal difference.

Also, Runwell Sports were held 1 – 1 by fellow top-five side Toby at St Luke’s Park. Joe Olley struck for the hosts, while Rhys Willson got the goal for the visitors. Both sides are well-placed for an assault on the top three at this point. Elsewhere, Ramsden Scotia got a second successive win over Herongate Athletic, winning 3 – 2 at the Nursery Sports Ground. Scotia’s goals came through a brace from Ryan McDonach and one from substitute Max Fernee. Harley Benn and Ben Warren both netted for Ath, but they drop to ninth spot. Finally, Old Chelmsfordians are seventh after a 2 – 1 win at Manford Way, despite Tyrone Scarlett netting for Trevor Grace’s side. 

EOFL Division Two

Into Division Two and Beacon Hill Rovers have taken the top spot after a 4 – 0 success at Harold Wood Athletic Res. Bradley Morgan netted twice here to climb to eight league goals this season, plus Lewis Sherwood and George Davis also struck to complete another splendid afternoon for Steve Bennett’s side. Corinthians rose to third spot after a tough 2 – 1 win at local rivals Rochford Town, with Nathan Dewberry also netting his eighth league goal this term, alongside a John Bolton-Smith goal to see Chris Stoneham’s side to the win.

Also, Leigh Town continue to fight hard for points as they held Old Southendian Res to a 0 – 0 draw at John Burrows Recreation Ground though they drop to second. It’s worth noting that Town haven’t been beaten in the league since April 2019 I believe. Some record that. Epping Town climbed into sixth place after a blistering 6 – 1 win at home to Ryan. Chris Gormley netted twice here, with Michael Moore, Joe Rudkin, Peter Paoletti and Joe Rickett also on target for Stuart Hoskins’ side. Ryan remain tenth. Finally, Laindon Orient got their biggest league win of the season, defeating AS Rawreth 5 – 1 at the Warren. Ashley Blackburn got two goals to reach five in total this season, with Jason Jones, Matthew Gibson and Carlos Dias also contributing to Neil Blackburn’s side remaining fifth, four points off the leaders.

Image from Wakebury 2 – 3 ACD Utd [Credit: Pete Dudley]

EOFL Division Three

We also have new leaders in Division Three as ACD Utd won their top-of-the-table clash, winning 3 – 2 at Wakebury. Player-manager Michael Wade grabbed another treble to make it to eleven league goals already this term for ACD, and while Billy Bonham-Dare and Chris Gore’s late spot-kick gave Matt Cardy’s side hope, it was the visitors who retain their 100% winning record and go top of the standings by two points. Non-League colleague Pete Dudley was at this game & his report is here: https://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2020/10/wakebury-2-acd-united-3.html

Elsewhere, Hutton Res got their first win in the league with a fine 4 – 2 win at fellow strugglers Toby Res in Newbury Park. The Shenfield-based side rose above their opponents into tenth spot. Justin Clarke and Junior Bammeke netted for the hosts in this one but it’s still no wins since their opening match now. Lakeside Utd leapt into mid-table after triumphing over Leigh Town Res 5 – 3 in an entertaining game at the Lakeside Sports Ground [3G]. Aaron Tyler, Christian Seymour and Callum Stone all netted for Rob Hutchings-Spiller’s side but their winless run went on thanks to Harry Davison’s four-goal haul for Lakeside, assisted by Brandon Booty’s strike. 

Hullbridge ‘A’ continued their fine season with a 4 – 2 success over Buckhurst Hill Res at Lower Road. The cast of Joe Ives, George Mole, Harry Mole and replacement Charlie Cox all netted to stay third and are only one of two unbeaten sides in the division. Manford Way Res are behind on goal difference alone in fourth after despatching Corinthians Res 4 – 1 at Stambridge. David Hornsby struck another two goals here to take him on to eight league goals this season, with Shaun Goddard and Jake Muller also on target. Sonny Woodward got the reply for Russell Saggers’ side.

Finally for this division, Collier Row are also on ten points with Hullbridge and Manford after a 3 – 2 win over Basildon Town Res at Robert Clack [3G]. Town fall to eighth.

EOFL Division Four Results

Canning Town Res  1 – 1  Leytonstone Utd

Hashtag Utd Development  4 – 3  Chingford Athletic Res

Laindon Orient Res  1 – 2 Galleywood Res

Old Chelmsfordians Res  1 – 4 Ongar Town Res

Sungate Res  1 – 6  Catholic Utd Res

Wakering Sports Res  8 – 1  Shenfield AFC Res

EOFL Division Five  Results

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  3 – 1  Springfield Res

Collier Row Res  4 – 1  AS Rawreth Res

Herongate Athletic Res  2 – 1  Runwell Sports Res

Leigh Ramblers Res  3 – 4  Old Barkabbeyans

Roydon 3 – 0  Epping Town Res

Match OFF: Shoebury Town Res  P – P  Wakering Sports Dev (Due to Waterlogged pitch)

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