S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Sat 19 Feb) [EOFL 21/22 21.1.22]

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 19 February. This week, the league action takes the central focus, with a few matches also in several Cup competitions (the Senior Cup does have a short round-up section). This week, because of a number of Cup matches there was no league action in Division Three, Four or Five.


Essex Olympian League Round-up – Saturday 19 February

EOFL Premier Division & Division One

In the top-tier, with their rivals not in league action, Ongar Town kept their title hunt going with a fine 3 – 0 victory over Basildon Town at Lakeside Sports Ground 3G. Jack Zielinski continued his fine scoring run with a double here, which was added to by George Hayes. Richard Ponsford’s side lead the table, having played the most of the top three sides. Basildon temporarily dropped to fifth spot but have eleven matches remaining, in what will be a hectic last three months for Marcus Bowers & Lee Bunn’s side. Kelvedon Hatch rose to fourth spot after a battling 2 – 1 victory over Leigh Ramblers at Belfairs Park in the match I attended. Drew Klessa-Smith’s 15th league goal of the season and skipper Wayne Semanshia’s goal was enough for Darren Hunt’s side here. Tom Franks had levelled for the Rams soon after they fell behind. If you’d like to see more on this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2022/02/19/s21-22-match-report-leigh-ramblers-1-2-kelvedon-hatch-sat-19-feb-eofl/

Elsewhere, Old Southendian went up to eighth spot after a 3 – 1 success over Sungate at a very windy Garon Park 3G. Ruari McIntyre’s double and a Callum Ludlaim strike ensured an important win for Altar Ali’s team. Sungate have the most games to play in the entire division, with 13 matches left and they will be looking to to get into the top five at least. Springfield took another good step towards safety with a huge 6 – 0 victory over bottom side Harold Wood Athletic. The trio of Joe Kiff, Tristan Ofori-Sampong and substitute Reece Simpson all got two goals each here as Francesco Zabotti’s side rose to tenth spot, six points clear of the bottom three. Ath are four points adrift at the bottom with ten matches left after Canning Town defeated Shenfield AFC  2 – 0 in Beckton. AFC fell one to ninth spot.

In Division One, Runwell Sports got the win they needed in their penultimate league match of the season, as they defeated Corinthians 2 – 1 at a wet St Luke’s Park. A brace from James Cox was enough to outdo Bailey Moss’ penalty for the visitors, whose quest for promotion will go to the wire and isn’t entirely in their own hands. Wakering Sports got a narrow 1 – 0 win over Herongate Athletic at Cupid’s, with Alex Jenkins getting a crucial goal to get the win they required. Herongate have one match left this term and seventh is the best they can finish. I would also like to give a mention to the character that is Nick Wilson, who has been Ath’s goalkeeper for most of this season.

Elsewhere, Old Chelmsfordians were held 2 – 2 by Leigh Town, with Daniel Driscoll and Aaron Tyler netting for Town, who still need points to avoid finishing in the bottom two.


EOFL Senior League Cup

In the Senior Cup, Toby progressed after a narrow 3 – 2 victory over fellow Division One side Chingford Athletic. Goals from Harry Barham, Albert Perry and Callum Mann were enough to see Mark Jones’ side progress. Catholic Utd also went through after staging a good comeback in defeating Rayleigh Town 3 – 2 at the Len Forge 3G. Aaron Baldwin, Alfie Whiteaker and replacement Jay Nash got the goals to render strikes by Paul Morris and skipper George Vile as not enough for the visitors as Utd went through.

Galleywood  P – P  Harold Hill (Rescheduled for next weekend)


EOFL Reserve League Cup

Chingford Athletic Res  3 – 2  Springfield Res  | Town Mead 3G

Harold Wood Athletic Res  2 – 4  Collier Row Res  | Moved to Robert Clack Sch 3G

Rayleigh Town Res  2 – 0  Old Chelmsfordians Res  | London Road

Wakebury Res  0 – 4  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  | Nursery Sports Ground

Wakering Sports ‘A’  A – W  Hashtag Utd Dev (Visitors progress via away walkover)


EOFL Reserve Lge Trophy

Corinthians Res  3 – 2  Runwell Sports Res  | Stambridge Memorial Ground

Epping Town A – W  Snaresbrook Res   (Away Walkover, Snaresbrook progress)

and  Herongate Athletic Res 2 – 4  Shenfield AFC Res  | Billericay Road


EOFL Division Two

Returning to the League action now, starting in Division Two. With the top two of ACD Utd and Harold Hill not in league action, Wakebury needed a big result to maintain their good chances of leapfrogging them for the title. Hutton Res had other ideas though as they edged to a 4 – 3 triumph at Hannakins Farm Community Centre 3G. The cast of goalscorers were Jack Shaw, Thomas Price plus substitutes Jude Keeling and Benjamin Rose for the hosts, though the Berries showed their spirit again through a brace from Daniel Buglione and one from Max Hall but ultimately they lost out and their match against ACD Utd at Westlands next weekend could be pivotal for them.

Also, May & Baker A continued their fine recent form with a 7 – 4 victory over Shoebury Town. A double for Daniel Brooker plus one each for player-boss Garry Johnson and Kyle McAlindon was insufficient for the ten-man Town side as Bakers took the points thanks to the ensemble cast of goalscorers led by Alagi Juwara and Ryan Stowell but also included Ryan Mugera, Nuno Espadaneira, Adnan Malik, Jack Howard and Michael Begg.


EOFL Denny King Memorial Cup

AS Rawreth  3 – 0  Leytonstone Utd | The Warren

Rochford Town  1 – 3  Collier Row | Rochford Recreation Ground

Southend Manor Dev P – P Snaresbrook

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S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Sat 22 Jan) [EOFL 21/22 24.1.22]

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 22 January. This week, the league action was the mainstay, with several matches also taking place in Cup competitions, mainly the EOFL Senior League Cup which we round-up later in the article. 

Essex Olympian League Round-up – Saturday 22 January

EOFL Premier Division

In the top-tier, Rayleigh Town sit second after a 3 – 0 success at Harold Wood Athletic. Harry Talbot, George Vile and substitute George Aston got the goals for Paul Higgins side, as they stayed a point clear of Ongar Town, who gained ground on leaders Basildon Town but winning 4 – 1 at Bas. Meanwhile, Catholic Utd strengthened their position in seventh following a 2 – 1 win at Galleywood. Aaron Baldwin’s brace secured the points for Simon Thomas’ side, outdoing the reply from Ben Smith for the hosts.

Elsewhere, Springfield got an excellent 5 – 2 triumph at home to Old Southendian. Replacement Garjay Thompson netted twice for Francesco Zabotti’s team, with Adam Cole, Ryan Kelland and Mohammed Raza also on target for the hosts as they went up to tenth. Finally, Sungate stay sixth after a 1 – 0 win over Bishop’s Stortford Swifts.


EOFL Divisions One, Two & Three

In Division One, the one League match what took place saw a big win for promotion-chasing Wakering Sports, who won 2 – 0 at Leigh Town. Ben Rowe and Joseph Burton got the goals for Mitchell Gleeson’s side at John Burrows Recreation Ground, which took Sports back up to second spot. Leigh remain eighth, four points clear of the bottom two.

In Division Two, in the two matches that were played, Manford Way got a 2 – 0 triumph at home to strugglers Hutton Res. Josh Sykes and Josh Owoaje both netted to send their side up to fourth. The other match saw a surprise 2 – 1 success for Rochford Town at Old Southendian Res. Substitutes Bobby Anderson and Max Harrington both scored for James Cooper’s team to lift them up to tenth. OS Ressies lost further ground on the top three and drop to fifth after this loss.

While in Division Three, Basildon Town Res are now ten points clear in fourth after a 2 – 1 win against Leigh Town Res. Rhys Willson grabbed both goals in this one for Bas as they got their ninth win this term. Also, Buckhurst Hill U23 got a big 5 – 3 victory at home to Toby Res at Roding Lane. Oliver Dingli’s double & Justin Clarke’s goal was not enough for the visitors as Hill U23’s ensemble cast of scorers were Joseph Strange, Jack Barnes, Philip Kumi, Ayomide Ademokun & replacement Harry Maslin to ensure their side went six points clear of the bottom two.


EOFL Senior League Cup

In the seven matches that were played in the EOFL Senior Cup, Hutton edged through to the next round on spot-kicks, following a goalless draw at Kelvedon Hatch. Matt Singh’s side won the resulting shoot-put 9 – 8 to progress. Also, Epping Town went through following a 3 – 0 triumph at Pitsea Athletic. Conor Corrigan netted twice, while Joe Rickett added the other goal for Town at the Basildon Sporting Village. Toby also won 2 – 1 at home to Shoebury Town, with Dean Maguchu and Jamie Simpkins on target for Mark Jones’ side. Bradley Samaroo got the goal for Town there.

Elsewhere, Chingford Athletic pulled off an excellent 3 – 2 success at Leigh Ramblers, with Eren Muti, Timothy Dennis and replacement Scout Bown netting for Declan Murphy’s side. The Rams responded through goals from Nathan Dewberry and Ryan Lowe but exited here. Roydon also got a 4 – 2 triumph over Hullbridge Sports Res, with a treble from substitute Mohamed Benzid being added to by fellow replacement Jack Bagley-Etheridge to outweigh strikes for Hullbridge by Michal Clark and Joseph Darby and get through to the next round.

Meanwhile, Corinthians also progressed with a 4 – 0 triumph against Shenfield AFC in Stambridge. Bailey Moss netted another treble, with Leo Clarke also finding the net for Chris Stoneham’s side. Canning Town also edged through after a 1 – 0 victory over Runwell Sports in Beckton.


EOFL Reserve League Cup – Shenfield AFC Res  0 – 2 Harold Wood Athletic Res


Essex Junior Cup Results

Burnham Ramblers Res  2 – 4  Catholic Utd Res  | Leslie Field

Wakering Sports Res  1 – 2  Hashtag Utd Dev  | Cupid’s (Pitch 1)


EOFL Divisions Four & Five Results

Div Four

Canning Town Res  0 – 0  Sungate Dev

Old Chelmsfordians Res  3 – 0 Springfield Res

Ongar Town Res  2 – 3 Galleywood Res

Wakering Sports A  3 – 4  Chingford Athletic Res


Div Five

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  0 – 3  Leigh Ramblers Res

Collier Row Res  3 – 0  Runwell Sports Res

Epping Town Res  1 – 2  AS Rawreth Res

Wakebury Res  1 – 2  Herongate Athletic Res

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Sat 8 Jan) [EOFL 21/22 10.1.22]

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 8 January. This week, the league action was rather gazumped by a huge number of Cup matches, in no less than three Cup competitions, two of them being EOFL competitions – we’ll have round-ups of those. The League action centres on the two matches that were played in the Premier Division. Happy New Year to all the readers of this column, thank you for your support.

Essex Olympian League Round-up – Saturday 27 November

EOFL Premier Division

In the top-tier, Springfield continued their quest to get themselves out of the danger zone, as they won 4 – 1 at bottom side Canning Town. Adam Cole netted twice, with Jack Gibbons and Jack French also on target for Francesco Zabotti’s side here. In the other match, Shenfield AFC held Kelvedon Hatch to a 3 – 3 draw at St Martin’s Sch 3G. Joseph Newson, Lewis Young and Wayne Semanshia all scored for Darren Hunt’s side but the point means they are in fifth spot, behind Rayleigh Town on goal difference.

Before we move on to the Cup action, here’s a quick reminder of the top of the table ahead of the second half of the season. Basildon Town lead the standings with 38 points from their 15 matches, four points clear of Hutton who continue to prosper under Matt Singh & his staff. Ongar Town are also well placed in third, with 31 points from 15 matches. It is sure to be a dramatic end to the campaign.

EOFL Senior League Cup

Moving into the five matches played in the EOFL Senior League Cup, and Toby progressed with an impressive 7 – 1 success at Leytonstone Utd in their game which was moved to Robert Clack Sch 3G. Albert Perry continued his fabulous goal-scoring campaign with four goals here, with Jake Jones, Jamie Simpkins and Marc Porter-Brown on target for Mark Jones’ side here. Shoebury Town also made it into the next round after a 5 – 3 victory against high-scoring Old Barkabbeyans at Cupid’s. Player-boss Garry Johnson and Steven Sharpe netted twice for the hosts, with Oliver Jenkins getting the other goal. Josh Robinson responded for Barkabbeayans with a fine treble but they exited here. Runwell Sports also went through with a 2 – 0 win against Collier Row at St Luke’s Park. Charlie Little and Isaac Pascal got the goals for Rob Hodgson’s team there.

Meanwhile, Corinthians progressed with a 5 – 0 victory over Wakebury at Stambridge Memorial Ground. Bailey Moss netted another two goals, with Leo Clarke, Cameron Glover and Connor Summerhill adding to the visitors’ pain as they can now focus on the League. Finally, Herongate Athletic got a fine 4 – 1 win over Southend Manor Development at Billericay Road. Benjamin Clarke netted a great treble, with Carey Wallace adding the other strike for Kurt Smith’s new side.


Essex Premier Cup – Last 16

The EPC reached the last 16 stage and the story goes on for Clapton CFC as they defeated Leigh Ramblers 4 – 2 at Wadham Lodge 3G. Josh Adejokun, Jake Stevens, Julian Austin and Noah Adejokun all scored for the hosts as the Middlesex County League Premier Division side knocked out the EOFL Premier side, and also can say they’ve knocked out both Leigh-on-Sea clubs in this competition this term, having beaten Leigh Town in a previous round. Catholic Utd will play in the Quarter-Finals though after a 5 – 3 success at Essex & Suffolk Border League Premier side Colne Athletic. James Warder scored a brace here, supplanted by strikes from Aaron Baldwin, Alfie Whiteaker and Jay Nash as Simon Thomas’ team took a fine win.

In other action, Manford Way edged to a 2 – 1 win over Chingford Athletic, with James Dobson and David Hornsby scoring for Manford. Old Southendian exited the competition as they lost 3 – 1 to the Border League Premier leaders Stanway Pegasus and Sungate got a 5 – 1 win over Harold Hill at Ilford Wanderers RFC.


EOFL Reserve League Cup

Finally this week, in the Reserve Cup there were goals aplenty. Collier Row Res got a fine 5 – 1 victory at Canning Town Res with Raheem Bravo and Anton Ostrii both notching twice here, with Jordan Adesanya also netting for the Row second side. Toby Res had a superb five-goal haul from Ollie Dingli to thank for a 5 – 0 home win over Corinthians Res at Ford’s Newbury Park. Hashtag Utd Development got one over on their divisional rivals as they defeated Catholic Utd Res 6 – 1 at Barleylands. Jay Knight and Matthew Gauci both scored twice for Denis Simpson’s team. That was allied with goals for Kai Warren and Samuel Pratt and the solitary reply for Utd came from Thomas Elliott.

Elsewhere, PItsea Athletic Res went through to the next round with a 4 – 1 win at AS Rawreth Res, thanks to trikes by Rinor Zeqiri, Vishnu Panikkar, Joe Shulver and replacement Sean Devlin. Old Southendian Res joined them with a 4 – 2 win at local rivals Leigh Town Res. Jack Cripps, Thomas Magerison, Daniel Frimley and Sean Simmonett netted for Josh Bambury’s side, outweighing goals in reply by Chris Pope and Danial Roberts for Town. Wakering Sports A safely negotiated a tricky match at Hackney Marshes with a 4 – 3 win at Snaresbrook Res. Tom Vine struck a fine treble, with Chay Saggers also scoring for Sports’ third-team. Also, Springfield Res went through after a 2 – 1 win over Basildon Town Res. Rhys Willson netted for Town but goals from Harrison Elles and substitute Owen Stewart saw the hosts make the next round.

In other action, Buckhurst Hill U23 continue to impress under boss Darren Gosnell as they won 5 – 2 at Ongar Town Res in Chelmsford. Chingford Athletic Res went through 5 – 3 on spot-kicks after a 1 – 1 draw with May & Baker A at Town Mead.

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & EJC (Sat 27 Nov) [EOFL 21/22 29.11.21]

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 27 November. This week, the league action returned on a bigger scale this weekend.. Also includes results from Essex Junior Cup ties involving EOFL sides and results from Division Four & Five at the end of the article.
Many thanks for reading.

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Essex Olympian League Round-up – Saturday 27 November

EOFL Premier Division

It was another dramatic day of results in the Premier Division, as Basildon Town extended their lead at the summit to five points after winning an enthralling match at Leigh Ramblers 5 – 3. Marcus Bowers netted a fine treble for Town, with Rhys Fatt and Michael Onafuye also on target at Belfairs Park. Ramblers put up stubborn resistance and responded through strikes by Jack Unwin, Paul Hayes and substitute Cameron Jarvis. Nearest challengers Ongar Town fell to a 2 – 1 loss at improving Shenfield AFC, with Billy Calder on target for AFC there. Meanwhile, Hutton are back up to third spot after an important 1 – 0 win at Sungate, with Brad Freeman netting again for Matt Singh’s side.

Catholic Utd were among the goals this weekend but were held to a 3 – 3 draw by Canning Town in Beckton. Franklin Craik scored twice for Simon Thomas’ side, with Harrison Day also scoring first goal for the club. Utd remain 5th and Canning sit in 14th spot. Elsewhere, Rayleigh Town lost ground on the top three as they were narrowly beaten 1 – 0 by a resurgent Kelvedon Hatch at London Road. Sidney Walker netted the only goal for Darren Hunt’s side as they fortified seventh position. Also, Springfield got a fine 2 – 1 win at Old Southendian, thanks to goals by Elliot Scott and Quincy Warner. Mattias Tonking’s spot-kick was scant consolation for OS in a match played in terrible windy conditions at Garon Park. Lastly, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts went back up into the top ten with a 1 – 0 triumph at Harold Wood Athletic with Fred Francis on target for Craig Glashan’s team. ‘Wood are eight points adrift of Swifts and the top ten now.


EOFL Division One

In the second-tier, leaders Wakering Sports were held 2 – 2 at Epping Town. Mohammed Sesay and Ben Rowe struck for Mitchell Gleeson’s side, with Chris Gormley and Joe Rudkin replying for Stuart Hoskins’ team, who remain in ninth. Third-placed Corinthians were also denied three points as they were held to a goalless draw by bottom side Beacon Hill Rovers. Rovers’ closest rivals Snaresbrook lost 3 – 0 at Toby, with Ben Picton getting two goals and one from Harry Barham for Mark Jones’ side who remain in fourth. Old Chelmsfordians are in fifth after a superb 5 – 2 victory at Leigh Town. Charlie Portway hit two goals with Ryan Baxter, Joe Murphy and Karl Brown also finding the net for Scott Fleming’s side.

Meanwhile, Chingford Athletic also scored five in a 5 – 0 triumph at home to Herongate Athletic. Eren Muti continued his fine scoring run with a treble here, with Alexander Best and substitute Jed Arthur adding gloss to the scoreline.


EOFL Division Two

In Division Two, ACD Utd remain in second spot after a 4 – 0 victory at Manford Way. Samuel Payne, Warren Taylor, Jamie Alexandrou and Shaun Goodard all scored for Greg Knock’s team as they got their 10th win in the league this term. Harold Wood Athletic Res ended their losing run with a 1 – 0 success at Rochford Town. Josh Portway’s goal was enough to give Steve Hubbard’s side the points to rise up to ninth place. Lastly, Wakebury remain six points clear in third after a conclusive 6 – 0 win over May & Baker A at Nursery Sports Ground. Daniel Buglione struck twice with further goals being added by Max Hall, William Wheeler, Elliott Hutchinson-Khupe and Jack Glenister for Matt Cardy’s side.

Elsewhere, Hutton Res were involved in stellar match but it ended all-square with a 5 – 5 draw against Rayleigh Town Res at Polo Fields. Carl Dutton netted three goals for the hosts, with Brandon Stack and substitute Bailey Morris also both netting.

Other Results in Division Two:

AS Rawreth  1 – 3  Old Southendian Res  | The Warren

Harold Hill  7 – 3  Shoebury Town  | Noak Hill


Essex Junior Cup Results

Gosfield Utd Res 2 – 4  Catholic Utd Res

Hashtag Utd Development  5 – 1  Sungate Development

Old Chelmsfordians Res  0 – 1  Wormingford Wanderers

Wakering Sports Res  A – A  Springfield Res


EOFL Division Three

In Division Three, with the top three all in Essex Junior Cup action, Basildon Town Res went four points clear in fourth spot after a 4 – 1 victory over Hullbridge Res at Basildon Sports Club. The cast of scorers included Grant Cumming, Scott Cooper, Jay Thompson and replacement Jake Thomas. Sam Hayden got the solitary reply for the visitors but they remain in seventh. Buckhurst Hill U23 got a fine win, 4 – 0 at fellow strugglers Collier Row with Reece Tranter, Harry Maslin, Benito Crosara and Joe Strange all on the score-sheet. Finally, Pitsea Athletic remain in sixth spot after a pulsating 7 – 3 success over rivals Toby Res at Basildon Sports Village. Oliver Dingli grabbed another treble for the Toby side but Jason Stanhope netted twice and replacement Jaszime Johnson’s double for Pitsea was added to by Sean Devlin, Kwadwo Asante and Reece Stone as they completed a fine win.

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EOFL Divisions Four & Five Results

Division Four

Canning Town Res  1 – 5  Southend Manor Dev  | Bobby Moore Pavillion

Galleywood Res  1 – 5  Chingford Athletic Res  | Slades Lane

Ongar Town Res  4 – 3  Leytonstone Utd   | Melbourne Park 3G

Wakering Sports A   0 – 3  Roydon  | Cupid’s (Pitch 2)


Division Five

Herongate Athletic Res  H – W  AS Rawreth Res (Home Walkover)

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  3 – 2  Epping Town  | Silver Leys

Old Barkabbeyans 0 – 1 Pitsea Athletic Res  | Barking Abbey Sch 3G

Runwell Sports Res  3 – 3  Collier Row Res  | St Luke’s Park

Snaresbrook Res  3 – 2  Wakebury Res  | Nutters Field

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 30 Oct) [EOFL 21/22 31.10.21]


Corinthians’ Jake Hodder on the ball [Taken from Corinthians v Herongate 30.10.21]

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 30 October. This week, the focus on League action remains, with this round-up focusing on the top four divisions, with results from Division Four & Five. I also attended a match in the EOFL this weekend, more on that in the Division One section.
Many thanks for reading.


EOFL Premier Division

In the Premier Division, Ongar Town remain at the summit after a 5 – 0 win at Kelvedon Hatch. Joe Lilly notched twice for Richard Ponsford’s side, with Eamon Payne, Mitchell McCabe and Jack Zielinski all scoring to also go joint-top in terms of goals scored this term. Kelvedon remain eighth. Basildon Town are still second after they won 3 – 1 at Canning Town. Graham Harrison got another two goals and replacement Antony Aylett confirmed the win for Marcus Bowers’ side in Beckton. Meanwhile, Hutton are just a point further back in third spot after a superb 5 – 0 triumph at Leigh Ramblers. The ensemble cast of Stpehen Judge, George Nash, Sean O’Callaghan, Luke Ricketts and substitute Jack Shaw all contributed a goal each to see Matt Singh’s side to victory.

Rayleigh Town also stayed as they were in fourth place after a good 2 – 0 triumph away at Catholic Utd. Liam Oliver netted both goals to take his League tally up to nine for the season already. The ‘Super Hoops’ fell to seventh after this result, six points adrift of the top three. Old Southendian got their sixth win of the campaign as they won 2 – 0 against strugglers Harold Wood Athletic at Garon Park. Strikes by Ed Gould and Mattias Tonking were enough to see Altar Ali’s side maintain their good start to this term as they rise to fifth.

Also, Springfield got their first win under new boss Francesco Zabotti as they won 2 – 1 at Shenfield AFC, which moved them up two places to 12th, while Sungate were held to a 2 – 2 draw with Galleywood.


EOFL Division One

In the second-tier, Toby were the big movers up the standings with a 4 – 1 triumph at home to Beacon Hill Rovers. Doubles for Ben Picton and Albert Perry were enough to see Toby up to third after their third win in their last four matches. Beacon Hill remain second-bottom in the table after five straight defeats. In the match that I attended this weekend, Corinthians fought back well to claim a 2 – 2 draw against fellow top six side Herongate Athletic at Stambridge Memorial Ground. Herongate had Martin Llewellyn’s double to thank for an early lead, but as the match went on the hosts got stronger and goals from Jordan Stoneham and Leo Clarke levelled things up but Ath defended well to claim a point. For more on this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/10/30/s21-22-match-report-corinthians-2-2-herongate-athletic-sat-30-oct-eofl/ 

Elsewhere in the division, Chingford Athletic got another home win, this time defeating Leigh Town 2 – 1. The win takes Declan Murphy’s Chingford side up to fifth on goal difference, just ahead of Herongate and Old Chelmsfordians, who defeated bottom side Snaresbrook 2 – 0 at Lawford Lane. Finally, Runwell Sports got another win as they defeated Epping Town 2 – 1 at Epping Rugby club. Andrew Smith netted for Town here, but they remain 9th with Runwell now going level on points with leaders Wakering Sports, with Rob Hogdson’s side having played a game more.


EOFL Division Two

Now into Division Two, we have new leaders in Harold Hill after they comprehensively won 7 – 0 at Rayleigh Town Res. Harry Agombar netted a fine hat-trick, with Tommy Foster adding a brace plus Peter Tyler and Matthew Harris also netted for Mark Ellis’ side. Hill are three points clear of ACD Utd, who lost their unbeaten record, as they lost 2 – 1 at Wakebury. Strikes by Max Hall and Harry Kateley were enough to claim a big win for Matt Cardy’s side, overturning a rare goal by player-boss Greg Knock. The win sees the Berries fortify third spot, six points clear of Manford Way, who got a 3 – 0 success over Old Southendian Reserves in NE London.

Meanwhile, Hutton Res got their first win of the season after a 5 – 2 success at home to May & Baker A at Polo Fields. The visitors had to field May & Baker First team boss Jordan Harris in goal for the majority of the match (one of those great stories in Grassroots football) but Hutton did claim the points as Jude Keeling notched a treble and Carl Dutton got the other two goals to claim a morale-boosting win for the hosts. Finally, in their bottom-of-the-table match, AS Rawreth got a narrow 1 – 0 win at Rochford Town and end their six-match losing run. Harold Wood Athletic Ressies’ match with Shoebury Town was postponed, presumably due to a waterlogged pitch.


EOFL Division Three

In Division Three, Hashtag Utd Development opened up a seven-point cushion in third spot after a 4 – 0 triumph at Pitsea Athletic. Tony Stevens and Kai Warren struck to bolster their position, before late strikes by Samuel Pratt and replacement Charlie Drew sealed the win. Pitsea remain mid-table, a point ahead of Hullbridge Sports Res who got their third win of the season after a 3 – 1 success against Toby Res at Lower Road. Jay knight, Harry Mole and Michael Clark all netted to give the hosts the points. Elsewhere, Catholic Utd Res made it ten wins from ten matches after a 2 – 1 win at Leigh Town Res. Plus, Wakering Sports Res stayed in second on goal difference after winning 5 – 1 at home to Corinthians Res at Cupid’s. Collier Row’s match with Basildon Town Ressies was postponed, due to waterlogged surface at Forest Row.


EOFL Division Four Results

Canning Town Res 1 – 4  Leytonstone Utd  | Bobby Moore Pavillon

Galleywood Res  5 – 3 Sungate Dev.   |  Clarkes Field

Roydon  1 – 0  Southend Manor Dev.   | Roydon Playing Fields

Shenfield AFC Res  2 – 0  Old Chelmsfordians Res  | Warley Playing Fields

Springfield Res  1 – 4  Chingford Athletic Res  | Arun Close

Wakering Sports A  P – P Ongar Town Res  | Cupid’s CC (Pitch 2)


EOFL Division Five Results

AS Rawreth Res  A – W  Pitsea Athletic Res  | Away Walkover

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  H – W  Pitsea Athletic Res  | Home Walkover

Herongate Athletic Res  2 – 3 Wakebury Res  | Billericay Road

Old Barkabbeyans  8 – 1  Epping Town Res  | Barking Abbey Sch 3G


And in Herts Senior Centenary Trophy

Codicote  3 – 5  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  | John Clement Memorial Ground

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 28 Aug) [EOFL 21/22 29.8.21]

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

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the third weekend of action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 28th August. 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 Premier Division 

As ever we begin in the Premier, and Old Southendian maintained their 100% record with a 3 – 2 win over Kelvedon Hatch at Garon Park. Craig Paton, Mattias Tonking and Taylor Turner all scored for Altar Ali’s side as they held on for a good victory. Sungate also shone this weekend with a 5 – 1 success at Galleywood, with Ciaran Kelly, Ben Absolon and Thomas Drayton among the scorers for the visitors there. Jack Chatterway got the solitary response for ‘Wood in that game. Elsewhere, Springfield edged to a late 2 – 1 victory over Basildon Town at Springfield Hall Park. Strikes from Jack French and Aiden Brown were enough to overturn an earlier Antony Aylett leveller for Marcus Bowers’ side and complete a surprise win. 

Meanwhile, Rayleigh Town got back to winning ways with a good 2 – 1 triumph at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Paul Morris and Jack Long both scored for Paul Higgins’ side, with Sam Chaney responding for Craig Glashan’s new side. Catholic Utd also got a second successive win as they defeated Harold Wood Athletic 2 – 1 at Harold Wood Park. Pablo Passenda and Max Kent got the goals for Simon Thomas’ team, while Matt Donovan replied for Gary Willis’ side.

In other action in the division, Shenfield AFC managed a comfortable 3 – 0 win over Canning Town at St Martins School 3G. Ben Carroll, Pelumi Adedokun and replacement Alex Broadbridge got the goals here in what was a much-needed win for them. Finally, Ongar Town continued their 100% record with a hard fought 2 – 0 win over Hutton at Lakeside Sports Ground, thanks to goals from Frankie Goodhall and Ayodele Awosika.


EOFL Division One 

Moving now into Division One, with Herongate Athletic sitting as early front-runners as they made it three wins from three games with a 2 – 0 victory over Runwell Sports at Billericay Road. Another brace from Robbie Farrell made it five goals already for him this term, as Billy Cove’s side sit three points clear. Toby won their top-of-the-table clash, impressively defeating Wakering Sports 3 – 1 at Cupid’s. A brace from Albert Perry and thunderbolt from Mitch Grace gave Mark Jones’ side the win as they went second. Substitute Alfie Fossett scored for Mitch Gleeson’s side here. Snaresbrook got their first win of the new campaign, winning 3 – 2 at Epping Town. Ife Ogunbayo, Daniel Tesfay and Max Catherall all netted one each to outdo strikes by Andrew Smith and Joe Rickett for Town and ultimately give Rob Caine’s side the points.

Also, Beacon Hill Rovers won 2 – 1 at home to Old Chelmsfordians and there was a hugely entertaining match for the neutral at least at Stambridge where Corinthians came from three goals down to draw 4 – 4 with Leigh Town. Bailey Moss struck twice for Chris Stoneham’s side, with Jake Hodder and Damian Siemienczuk also on target.



EOFL Division Two

In Division Two, it is newcomers Harold Hill who are at the summit on goal difference after a 4 – 0 win at home to Rayleigh Town Res. In second spot are ACD Utd after they won 5 – 2 at Hutton Res. Jacob Dingli and Jamie Alexandrou both got doubles for Greg Knock’s team, with replacement Shaun Goddard also finding the net. Jack Shaw got both of the hosts’ goals here. Also on six points are Old Southendian Res as they made two wins from two following a 2 – 1 win at Shoebury Town. Jack Cripps and Nico Dubouchet got the goals for Josh Bambury’s side, with Jason Doyle’s team responding through club stalwart Garry Johnson.

Meanwhile, AS Rawreth are the last of the four teams at the top end of the table on six points after a 1 – 0 win over Rochford Town at The Warren. Tom Binks got the all-important goal for Josh Hutchins’s team here.


EOFL Division Three

In Division Three, the early leaders are Basildon Town Res after a 2 – 0 triumph over Collier Row at Basildon Sports Club. Jamie Miller and Nathan Fisher saw Tony Bowers’ side to the points. Buckhurst Hill U23 got their maiden win this term with a 4 – 0 victory over Corinthians Res at Roding Lane. The ensemble cast of Buttrint Iecaj, Jason Gomes, Nicolas Chramiec and Flynn Toye got the goals that saw Alan Byers’ team get their season underway in earnest. A hat-trick from perennial goal-getter Joseph Darby saw Hullbridge Res to a 3 – 0 home success over Leigh Town Res at Lower Road.

Elsewhere in the division, Hashtag Utd Development got another victory as they defeated PItsea Athletic 5 – 0 at Barleylands. Samuel Pratt netted twice for Denis Simpson’s team, with Bradley Bunker, Kai Warren and Jake Smith also on the scorer’s sheet. Also, Catholic Utd Res joined them on six points after a resounding 7 – 1 success at Toby Res.


EOFL Division Four

Results

Chingford Athletic Res  5 – 2  Galleywood Res   | Town Mead [3G]

Leytonstone Utd  1 – 2  Springfield Res               | Forest Row Centre (Pitch 1)

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


EOFL Division Five

Results

Collier Row Res  0 – 2  Epping Town Res      | Forest Row Centre (Pitch 2)  

Old Barkabbeyans  5 – 6  Leigh Ramblers Res  | Barking Abbey Sch 3G

Pitsea Athletic Res   6 – 2  AS Rawreth Res  | Basildon Sporting Village

Runwell Sports Res   5 – 2  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res   | St Luke’s Park

Wakebury Res   0 – 2  Snaresbrook Res  | Nursery Sports Ground

S21-22 Match Report: Catholic Utd 6 – 0 Springfield (Sat 21 Aug) [EOFL 21/22 21.8.21]

Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Venue: Len Forge Centre 3G

2021-22 Season: Match 13

Saturday 21st August 2021 – 3pm KO

Catholic Utd: Green & White Shirts, Black Shorts, Green & White Socks

Springfield: Blue & White Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Pre-match, both sides remembered Grassroots legend Robert Hutchings-Spiller in a moving minute’s silence


Six-goal Catholic Utd convincingly defeat Springfield at Len Forge

Catholic Utd 6 – 0 Springfield

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

With the FA Cup taking centre stage in Non-League circles this weekend, I decided it’d be a good time to begin my coverage of Essex Olympian League matches with a trip to the Len Forge Centre to see Catholic Utd welcome visitors Springfield in this Premier Division encounter. Simon Thomas’ Utd side fielded club stalwart & now assistant boss Louis Godwin-Green between the posts, with a three-man central defence of John Nutman, John Mbamarah and Lewis Payne. Centre forward Jay Nash led the line, with support from Franklin Craik and Pablo Passenda. On their substitutes’ bench were Max Kent, Daniel Dunn, Carl Read and Thomas himself. Springfield also had a number of players unavailable, with Tom Storkey in goal behind a back four of Callum Crown, Henry Lynch and centre-backs Liam Wright and skipper Ryan Batchford. Forwards Jake Clarke and Aiden Brown were supported by wingers Jack Mundy and Jordan Sargeant. Options from the sidelines included new signing Dean Wallace and forwards Andy Morgan and Rhys Williams.

The match began with a sluggish start for both sides, with Springfield winger Jordan Sargeant looking to get on the ball early to set attacking moves up, though he found the home defence in good form. Catholic were a little casual in possession, much to the dismay of their vocal goalkeeper Godwin-Green. That casualness didn’t last long though as on twelve minutes, Utd were ahead. Good forward hold-play play down the left flank by Jay Nash started the move before the ball fell to Frankin Craik who struck low to defeat stopper Tom Storkey.

The visitors were holding firm for the most part at this stage, but other than occasional ball play by wingers Sargeant and Jack Munday, they could not really conjure up telling passes to outwit an organised defence. Catholic Utd were slowly building up wave after wave of pressure going forward in the remainder of the first half. Springfield had a bit of a warning on the half hour as a good centre by energetic left-back Alfie Whiteaker found Nash who headed narrowly wide, though the assistant’s flag was up anyway.

Half-Time:  Catholic Utd 1 – 0 Springfield

So at the break, the hosts were largely frustrated by a combination of lack of a final pass and good defending by the visitors. That frustration was certainly dealt with for the hosts after the break. Just seven minutes after the break, a good move by the Super Hoops ended with them doubling their lead as tricky forward Pablo Passenda evading his marker before calmly finishing past Storkey. You got the feeling that Simon Thomas’ side were going up through the gears and they nearly went three goals ahead on 56 minutes. Another fine run by Craik ended with finding Nash but Storkey did well to get down low and deny the effort.

It turned out to be delaying the inevitable in a sense as just after the hour, the third goal came. Substitute Daniel Dunn was involved in another enterprising foray forward, before Craik again turned past the covering defender before striking low into the net. By this stage, Craik was really giving the opposition a hard afternoon, and another move involving Dunn and Craik ended with replacement Max Kent blasting an effort on goal which Storkey did well to parry away. Again though, there was no denying the hosts as with fifteen minutes remaining, a cross by Whiteaker found centre-back John Nutman at the far post and the latter powered a header home.

Springfield were feeling weary by this point and on a rare second half attack, substitute Andy Morgan sent a decent header wide of Godwin-Green’s goal but there was to be more pain before this match was complete. In the latter stages of the contest, Storkey again denied the unfortunate Nash, before another Kent thunderbolt cannoned off the woodwork. Two well-taken finishes by Franklin Craik made it six in the last few minutes, the second of those ending up being the last kick of the match, but it sealed a memorable afternoon for the Super Hoops forward and will build confidence for his side.

Full-Time:   Catholic Utd 6 – 0 Springfield

In summary, the home side here were much too strong for their Chelmsford-based visitors after the interval. Catholic Utd showed a real zest for goals today and took their chances well. That being said, Springfield did well to hold them to one goal in the first half but when Simon Thomas’ side stepped up the pressure after the break, they could not respond, having struggled to create chances all afternoon.

There were a number of strong performances today. For the hosts, four-goal star forward Franklin Craik was superb today, taking his goals very well and also making a number of piercing runs down the flanks to assist his team going forward. Tom Kearney put in a characteristic midfield display, with forward Jay Nash having a fine game showing intelligent hold-up play and deserved a goal himself as well. For Springfield, forward Jordan Sargeant was their main outlet in attack, showing good energy and movement. Centre-back Liam Wright also made a number of telling interceptions in the first half, but his departure at half-time through injury was a turning point for the visitors. Experienced fellow centre-back Ryan Batchford did well to command his area in the air in the first half.

I’d like to thank both teams for their assistance & wish them a good rest of the season.



Catholic Utd  | Player-Manager: Simon Thomas

Starting XI: 1 Louis Godwin-Green (GK), 2 Patrick Kearney, 3 Alfie Whiteaker, 20 John Nutman, 9 Johnathan Mbamarah, 17 Lewis Payne, 7 Tom Kearney, 8 Mike Sammut (Capt), 11 Franklin Craik, 15 Pablo Passenda, 18 Jay Nash

Goal-scorers: Franklin Craik [12′, 62′, 86′, 90’+2], Pablo Passenda [52′], John Nutman [75′]

Sin-Bin: Craik  | Sub Not Used: Thomas



Springfield |  Manager: Dan Williams   |

Starting XI:1 Tom Storkey (GK), 2 Callum Crown, 3 Henry Lynch, 4 Andy Elgar, 5 Ryan Batchford (Capt), 6 Liam Wright, 7 Jordan Sargeant, 8 James Shadwell, 19 Jake Clarke, 10 Aiden Brown, 11 Jack Mundy

Subs On: 14 Dean Wallace [46′], 9 Andy Morgan [52′], 15 Robert Dunn [52′], 12 Rhys Williams [68′]

Booked: Sargeant, Clarke  | Sub Not Used: Miller


Referee: Nnaemeka Ukah

Assistants: Max Di-Lieto & Joe Lannon

S20-21 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 22 May) [EOFL 20/21 23.5.21]

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 ten of the ‘mini-season’ in the  Essex Olympian League divisions on Saturday 22nd May, plus a mention of the action in midweek as the champions were confirmed in the Premier Division. As ever, the focus is on the top four divisions despite several matches being uncontested this week.

EOFL logo

EOFL Premier Division 

In the Premier Division, Basildon Town secured second place after a 3 – 1 triumph at home to Old Southendian. Strikes from player-boss Marcus Bowers, Grant Cumming and replacement Michael Clark were enough to earn a good tangible reward for the change of fortunes under Bowers this term. Basildon Town have also announced this week that they will ground-share at Gardiners Close with Step 4 side Basildon Utd next season, ahead of the heavily-rumoured new ground that Utd will build in the near future. Os will likely finish the season bottom but with relegation looking most unlikely, they will have some room to re-build ahead of what will be a tough division next term.

Elsewhere, Springfield got their second win in their last four with a 2 – 1 success at Rayleigh Town. A Shaun Gittleson power strike was not enough for the hosts to avoid defeat here. Dan Williams’ visiting side have secured a tenth-placed finish after this win. That is the case as Shenfield AFC lost their final game of the season, as Harold Wood Athletic won 2 – 1 at St Martins Sch 3G. Strikes from Max Shepherd and Tom Ward secured a second consecutive away win for Alex Goldstone’s team and a win in their final match next weekend could see them sneak into the top six.

Also, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts came from behind to draw 1 – 1 with Catholic Utd at Silver Leys. Aaron Baldwin put the visitors ahead on the hour, but substitute Gabriel Odili’s third league goal in his spell at the club ensured the points were shared. The Hoops have finished their season now and they remain third, but the form Billy Cove’s side has shown since the restart continues – they are nine league games unbeaten now.

Sungate’s match with Kelvedon Hatch was uncontested and the ‘Gate got the points, with Hatch also unable to compete next week too.

Finally, Buckhurst Hill were given a scare before securing a 4 – 3 success at Hutton. A brace from Max Nicholson plus goals by Tyler Dolan and Jack Griggs were enough to give Mark Williams’ side the points but the hosts responded through Josh Brocklebank and a brace from substitute Ben Stanton made it a nervy end for the Champions, who were presented with the Trophy shortly after the match, which I had a chance to see first-hand as I was at this match & my in-depth report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/05/22/s-20-21-match-report-hutton-3-4-buckhurst-hill-sat-22-may/

 Hill can pass the fifty-point mark with a win at Sungate next weekend, whereas Hutton need to defeat Springfield to at least secure fifth spot.

Buckhurst Hill celebrate their Premier Division title win [Image: Scott W]

EOFL Division One 

Moving now into Division One, with two matches uncontested (see listing at end of this section), the action was restricted to two matches this weekend. Firstly, Toby got a fine 2 – 0 win at Chingford Athletic to go up to fifth in the table after their third win in a row. Chingford drop to ninth and a rebuilding job awaits in the summer though full respect to Chairman Lee Bowers who has stepped in as manager for the last several weeks. Also, Manford Way defeated Herongate Athletic 4 – 0 at Jo Richardson Sch to give them hope of overhauling rivals Galleywood to secure the runners-up spot next weekend. Charlie Heatley scored twice here after coming off the bench, with James Clarke and Tyrone Scarlett also netting for Trevor Grace’s side. Fellow Non-League writer Aaron Moore was there & here’s his look at the game: https://footballreview.net/match-report-manford-way-4-0-herongate-athletic/

Next weekend, Manford have to win in the reverse match at Herongate whilst Galleywood have to win at champions Ongar Town. Intriguingly poised I’m sure you’ll agree.

Uncontested:

Ramsden Scotia   H – W   Snaresbrook   | Home Walkover
Ongar Tn   H – W   Rayleigh Tn Res    | Home Walkover


EOFL Division Two

Division Two is also not all ‘said & done’ either in terms of the promotion spots. That being said, Champions Leigh Town endorsed their growing reputation with a 5 – 1 win away at Ryan in Leigh’s farewell match of the season. Jack Pearman’s side remain third in the conventional table, though have won the title thanks to their superior PPG ratio. Ryan have two matches left and maximum points from those matches will see them pinch eighth spot.

Elsewhere, Harold Wood Athletic Res gathered a third win in succession with a 1 – 0 triumph at Laindon Orient. James Pottle got the only goal from twelve yards as their campaign ended on a high at Markhams Chase. Laindon must win next weekend to have any chance of pinching fifth spot but all in all, it’s been a decent season for Neil Blackburn’s side.

Beacon Hill Rovers are still in the box seat for the crucial runners-up position in the division after a nerve-jangling 4 – 3 win over May & Baker A at Wickham Bishops Sports Ground. Strikes from Bradley Morgan, Josh Perry, George Davis and player-boss Stephen Bennett were enough to secure a fourth win in five matches. Their job next week is simple, win against Wakering Sports and the job is done. Bakers were in the game for long periods through a brace from Tolouwa Dada and one from Jeese Martin ultimately wasn’t enough and they need four points from their last two matches to have any chance of a top-ten finish.

Finally, Wakering Sports secured a top-five finish with a 2 – 0 win over AS Rawreth at Cupid’s. Aaron Clark and Ben Rowe goals made it six wins in their last seven matches for Mitchell Gleeson’s side. This result also makes sure Rawreth will finish bottom of the standings.

As far the promotion picture stands, Epping Town have a chance of overhauling Beacon Hill if the latter fail to win, but Stuart Hoskins’ side also have to defeat Corinthians at home on the final day after they got another three points without playing, as did the Stambridge side.

Uncontested matches:

Corinthians  H – W Rochford Town    | Home Walkover

Epping Tn  H – W  Old Southendian Res   | Home Walkover

EOFL Division Three

Finally for this week, in Division Three ACD Utd cemented their position as Champions with a walkover win against Toby Res. The race for second is somewhat more complex, as Hutton Res played twice this week again. Firstly, on Thursday night they edged to a 4 – 3 win over Hullbridge A at a very windy Lower Road. Matthew Price struck twice for Bill Stratford’s side here, with Thomas Price and Jack Shaw also on target to make Joe Ives’ fine treble for Hullbridge semi-redundant with regards to the points.

Then on Saturday, the Hutton second-side were held 4 – 4 by Basildon Town Ressies at Basildon Sports Club in the late kick-off. Jack Shaw struck another treble to take his tally to nineteen league goals this term, with James Gardner also netting. But Town responded through the ensemble cast of Keith King, Garron Leatherbarrow, Tom Clayton and replacement Jamie Simpkins to gain a point which means they will finish at least sixth.

The knock-on effect of the above now means that Manford Way Res can secure the runners-up spot with another win next weekend after they won 2 – 1 at Lakeside Utd in the lunchtime kick-off this weekend. David Hornsby took his tally to 24 this term with another brace here, in a match that Aaron also watched – his report is here: https://footballreview.net/match-report-lakeside-united-1-2-manford-way-reserves/

Daniel Stokes responded for Lakeside but this defeat means they will finish the season in eighth spot. In the other matches, Hullbridge A defeated Collier Row 2 – 1 while Wakebury secured a top-four finish with a 3 – 1 success at Buckhurst Hill Res, with Charlie Little’s 15th league goal of the campaign plus Jack Smith and Billy Bonham-Dare goals were enough for Matt Cardy’s team to secure the win

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EOFL Division Four Results    

Laindon Orient Res 0 – 3   Shenfield AFC Res   |  Peagsus Club

Wakering Sports Res  1 – 1   Galleywood Res  |  Cupid’s CC (Pitch 1)

Uncontested:
Sungate Res    H – W    Leytonstone Utd   |  Home Walkover

EOFL Division Five  Results


AS Rawreth Res   0 – 10   Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  | The Warren

Springfield Res   1 – 0  Leigh Ramblers Res   |  Arun Park

Uncontested:
Epping Town Res   H – W  Shoebury Town Res   | Home Walkover

Herongate Athletic Res   A – W   Roydon   |  Away Walkover

Runwell Sports Res   A – W   Collier Row Res   |  Away Walkover

Wakering Sports A   H – W   Newbury Forest Res   | Home Walkover

Thank you for reading, the final edition of this season’s EOFL Round-up will be available in about ten days time to round out the campaign. It’s been a pleasure to write about the Essex Olympian League this term once again and my thanks to all the clubs, managers & players that have assisted these articles this season.

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

Preview: Essex Olympian League Premier Division 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 Premier Division season, looking at the first fixture weekend taking place on the 3rd April, plus a look at who is in the race for the Premier Division title this term, which of course has recently been dominated by the inspired Buckhurst Hill.

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.

Alright, we’ll start with a snapshot of the current Premier Division 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 Premier Division table (as of March 2021)

So who is in the running for the Premier Division title?

This is an intriguing question, particularly given the resurgence of a Marcus Bowers-led Basildon Town this season. They sit level on points with leaders Buckhurst Hill who once again have shown they are the yardstick to overcome. Then you also have fellow Essex sides in Catholic Utd and Leigh Ramblers who are had positive ‘first halves’ of the campaign before the suspension of the campaign in December.

Given how they have played in the last season or so, you cannot rule out Sungate who do have games in hand on their opposition which may be played before the end of May, when the season will be brought to an end. It would be remiss not to mention the form of Matt Singh’s Hutton side as well and I doubt many would have put them in the top four in August 2020 but that is every compliment to his playing squad & management team.

Leaders Buckhurst Hill have some tough matches to resume their campaign as they begin with a trip to Springfield this weekend, which is followed by a home tussle with Hutton a week later, and then the battle that most have probably looked forward to for a while – a tough visit of rivals Basildon Town on April 17th.

Second-placed Basildon themselves have a decent run of games, beginning with a home fixture with bottom four side Shenfield AFC on April 3rd, with a trip to Sungate a week later and then the aforementioned possible title ‘six-pointer’ with Buckhurst Hill.

‘Best of the rest’ Catholic Utd in third have two local derbies to resume their tilt at the title, welcoming Harold Wood Athletic to the Len Forge this weekend, followed by a intriguing battle with Rayleigh Town at London Road next time out, and then on April 17th, they also face the trip to East London to face Sungate.

Fourth-placed Hutton cannot be dismissed yet from staging a surprise title challenge, which will be endorsed if they get a result from their opening match with strugglers Old Southendian at Polo Fields. Trips to Buckhurst Hill and Leigh Ramblers follow on consecutive weekends, which will be a test of the side’s mettle.

Leigh Ramblers reside in fifth place at present and some might consider them an outside bet despite having the second-best defence in the division. They begin at home to Canning Town, before a tricky visit to East London to face Harold Wood Athletic and then they welcome Hutton to Belfairs.

Finally, Sungate may be in sixth place but they do have games in hand and the best defensive record, having only conceded four goals in six matches thus far. They face tricky visits to Bishop’s Stortford Swifts and Catholic Utd, with a home match with Basildon Town in the middle of those two away trips on April 10th.

Yes, it may be a tired cliché but I believe the next three weeks will give us an interesting insight into how the last five weeks of the season will shape up.

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 Premier Division   

Basildon Town   v  Shenfield AFC | Basildon Sports Club

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  v  Sungate   | Silver Leys

Catholic Utd  v  Harold Wood Athletic  | Len Forge Centre [3G]

Hutton  v   Old Southendian    | Polo Fields

Kelvedon Hatch  v  Rayleigh Town   | New Hall

Leigh Ramblers  v  Canning Town | Belfairs Park

Springfield v   Buckhurst Hill   |  Springfield Hall Park

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.