Season Review 2019-20: Essex Olympian League Premier Division [EOFL SR 19/20 30.4.20]

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 piece, I look back what was a fascinating Essex Olympian League Premier Division 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 was fortunate to see a few of the teams in action live this term.

 

EOFL Premier Division   (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 summit were Sungate, who amassed forty-four points from their 22 matches in what was a very good season for the East London-based side. They had the secod-best defensive record, conceding twenty-nine times (at a average per game (or GpG) of 1.32) and also enjoyed the joint-best goal-scoring record, scoring 52 times (GpG of 2.36). I saw them come back to win a really enterprising game at Old Southendian in February and you could certainly see why they were hot in front of-goal and they will hope to carry on the impetus going forward. Leigh Ramblers had a really good campaign, finishing in second spot. Wayne Seal’s team had a strong end to the season, ending up with thirty-eight points from their 22 games played. They won seven of their 11 matches at their Belfairs Park home and were also joint-high goal-scorers with 52 strikes this term. Murmurings indicate that they are looking to build the club going forward and they will be a threat next term you feel. Last season’s champions Buckhurst Hill finished in third, with 32 points gained from only fourteen matches. Postponements and Cup runs perhaps thwarted Mark Williams’ side from a higher finish and you would not have gone against Hill obtaining a top-two finish, had the season gone on for another month. As it was, they still got ten league wins, along with being the division’s fourth-best goal-scorers with 46 strikes (a GpG of 3.28) and held the best defensive record (16 goals shelled) for the second consecutive campaign. Not bad going! Factor in their three entrants in the leading goal-scorers chart (see below) and you start to see why Hill are highly-regarded in the local Non-League scene. Both of their losses this season came in South Essex, at Rayleigh Town and Leigh Ramblers but it does seem they are well-placed for another tilt at success next term.

In fourth place were Catholic Utd, having managed 31 points from their twenty-one matches this term. The ‘Super Hoops’ are based at Bowers & Pitsea’s Len Salmon Stadium [3G] and grabbed seven wins from their thirteen games there. They scored fifty-one goals (GpG of 2.43) to put them in third in the list of ‘Entertainers’ this term though it was at the other end where the issues were, having shelled 39 goals this season. Their form tailed towards the end of the campaign, and they were uncharacteristic in their loss at Old Southendian in late January, which I watched. Utd have announced that former Southend Manor & Waltham Abbey Reserves boss Stuart Marshall will take the reins next season and it is good to see him back in the game, all the best to him. Kelvedon Hatch made the most of a decent run prior to the cut-off to finish fifth, having got thirty points from their 20 outings. Glen Golby & Steve Willis’ side certainly were not dull to watch, having struck the net forty-one times and conceded 45 times (a GpG of 2.25) this term. I saw them lose out narrowly at Old Southendian in December and you could see why quite a few of their players have played at a higher level, the guile and the craft is there. On that note, Petrit Elbi deserves a mention as their top goal-scorer with eight goals.

Into mid-table now, with Springfield finishing sixth with twenty-eight points from their 20 games played. Nine of them were wins with 44 goals scored, the fifth-best record in the division. Unfortunately, they conceded forty-nine goals as well, the second-worst in the division. Their Arun Close home was the place of six of their wins this term, and they also can champion the league’s top goal-scorer in Dave Wareham who netted fifteen times. Congratulations to him. The club saw a transition as well as stalwart Glen Wilkinson moved upstairs to Director of Football, with former Laindon Orient & Rayleigh Town Reserves co-boss Dan Williams coming in the second half of the season. They seem well set for another promising campaign next term. Rayleigh Town are another club with plans for the future, and they ended up seventh with twenty-five points from their 16 matches. They were hampered by weather & Cup fixtures somewhat though still won eight of their games, having scored thirty-three times and conceded 33 times as well – the fifth-best defensive record. I saw Paul Higgins’ side in action back in August as they defeated Leigh Ramblers, though I must note that like a lot of clubs at this level, they are welcoming and do deserve to increase their fan following as they play decent football as well.

In eighth place were a club I saw a few times in the second half of the campaign: Old Southendian. They found a degree of form in that second part of the season to also end on twenty-five points from their 22 matches. An inferior goal difference saw them below their local rivals Rayleigh, but Connor Lane’s team still won seven times, three of which I saw in person. Stats-wise, they struck 38 goals (a GpG of 1.73) and shelled 42 times as well though as is so often the case, the stats don’t tell the whole story. At their best, they do play some good stuff and given the experience they have in abundance in their squad, that isn’t a surprise.  Nick Henesy and Ed Gould both got eight goals apiece and as has been well-publicised, they are another of the clubs to play on artificial 3G at Garon Park.

 

Another club that saw a managerial change in Bishop’s Stortford Swifts finished ninth. They accrued twenty-three points from their 20 matches and on the face of it, you may call it a very mixed campaign. They scored 35 goals (a GpG of 1.75) and conceded forty-three times but they did get five of their seven wins at Silver Leys this term. Former Epping Town boss Billy Cove came in as manager in February and you sense the club’s focus has been renewed as they picked up two important wins over Kelvedon Hatch and Sungate which staved off immediate relegation worries at that time. I would predict a more positive season to come for the Swifts. Canning Town ended up tenth with twenty-three points coming from the 22 matches they contested. Their defence was the most troublesome area for the Beckton-based team, having conceded 49 times, the joint-second highest in the division. They did finish the season well though, with four wins in their last eight games with the pressure on so that may bode well for the next campaign. Another side who finished strongly sits in eleventh, which is Shenfield AFC, who won Division One in 2018/19. They garnered twenty-two points from their 18 matches, having won four of their last seven matches. That was quite the opposite of their early-season woes, as they didn’t win any of their first six games. It is true that only the bottom three sides had more trouble in front of goal, as AFC netted thirty times in all, though the team were more than decent at the back, shelling 35 goals to gain the sixth-best defensive record in the division. Ben Carroll also deserves to be mentioned as he grabbed nine league goals this term, well done Ben. Basildon Town were just below them in 12th, with 21 points from their fifteen outings. Those points came from their seven league wins, and they struck the net 27 times, the joint-lowest in the division. Couple that with conceding 48 times and you can see why the management would be frustrated to say the least. I saw Town at Old Southendian in late February and to be honest, they played well in patches so that must add to the frustration.

Now to the bottom two, with Hutton ending up 13th having gathered eighteen points from their 14 matches, having been one of many clubs affected by the deluge of rain over the winter. Gary Damrill’s team on five of their matches and although going forward they scored 27 times (joint-lowest with Basildon Town), the promising statistic is that they conceded 32 goals, which was the fourth-strongest defensive record. Quirks of numbers indeed. Top scorer Will Marlowe netted eight times as well so congrats to Will. Finally, Harold Wood Athletic ended a season they would probably like to forget bottom, also on 18 points from the same amount of matches. They finished below Hutton because of a much weaker goal difference, largely due to conceding 53 times. Stalwart boss Kris Taylor moved sideways at season’s end, to be replaced by former Barkingside boss Alex Goldstone and they will certainly want a better season next time out.

To close this part, I’d like to note my belief that the quality of the Premier Division is rising this season. Some may disagree with that and they are welcome to their opinion, I just don’t think it is an accident that players are dropping into Step 7 and on the same note, there are some good managers as well. All in all, it should be a really fascinating division next season, if it isn’t too badly affected by the current world events (No, I’m not saying the ‘C-word here). I hope to watch a few matches in this division again next term.

 

EOFL Premier Division  – Top Goalscorers 2019-20 Season

    Club/s League Goals League Starts
1 Dave Wareham Jr Springfield 15 18
         
=2 Nathan Sollosi Buckhurst Hill 12 12
  Jake Clarke Sungate 12 15
         
=4 Fehinti Falola Buckhurst Hill 10 8
  Suleyman Zuhdu Buckhurst Hill 10 11
         
6 Ben Caroll Shenfield AFC 9 15
         
=7 Will Marlowe Hutton 8 8
  Petrit Elbi Kelvedon Hatch 8 13
  Nick Henesy Old Southendian 8 13
  Joe Nathanson Springfield 8 13
  Aaron Baldwin Catholic Utd 8 14
  Rhys Fatt Leigh Ramblers 8 14
  Reece Clarke Sungate 8 15
  Daniel Williams Leigh Ramblers 8 16
  Ed Gould Old Southendian 8 18
         

 

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

      Appearances
    Club/s League Starts Bench Total
1 Michael Sammut Catholic Utd 21 0 21
           
=2 Thomas Kearney Catholic Utd 20 1 21
  James Smith Sungate 20 1 21
  Ryan Batchford Springfield 20 0 20
  Ryan Lowe Leigh Ramblers 20 0 20
  Rorie McKenzie Sungate 20 0 20
  Tyron Thomas Canning Town 20 0 20
           
=8 Billy Evans Canning Town 19 1 20
  Reece Still Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 19 1 20
  Dylan Skinner Leigh Ramblers 19 0 19
           
=11 Ed Gould Old Southendian 18 2 20
  Dave Wareham Jr Springfield 18 1 19
  Adam Palmer Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 18 0 18
  Scott Truman Sungate 18 0 18
  Bradley Vaughan Catholic Utd 18 0 18
  Matt Wilson Old Southendian 18 0 18
           

 

Round-up: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Sat 7 Mar) [EOFL 19/20 8.3.20]

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Archive Image: Corinthians v Rochford Town in EOFL D2 last month 

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s review of Essex Olympian League action on Saturday 7 March. The weather continued to blight fixtures though there were still a lot of big matches in League & Cups that took place. Thanks for reading.

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Essex Olympian League – Saturday 7 March

Premier Division

In the Premier Division, Sungate picked up a narrow 1 – 0 win at Rayleigh Town to extend their lead at the summit to six points. Buckhurst Hill can still catch them if they win five of the eight matches they have in hand on the ‘Gate. Rayleigh remain in seventh spot. Meanwhile, Kelvedon Hatch rose to fifth place after a 3 – 2 win over Harold Wood Athletic in a match moved to Frances Bardsley Academy 3G in Romford. Calvin Poku, Theo Ola and Joe Gregory all netted for Hatch, with Rob Whitnell and Jack Brown-Sykes scoring for Ath, who remain bottom, five points adrift of the top ten.

Shenfield AFC also secured a much-needed three points with a fine 5 – 2 win at mid-table Springfield. Ben Carroll grabbed a treble here, with Samuel Lock and Alex Tredgett also notching for AFC to send them up to 11th spot, four points clear of the bottom two.

Match OFF: Basildon Town  P – P  Leigh Ramblers   |

 

Senior Division One

In Senior One, FC Hamlets won 2 – 0 at bottom side Toby through goals from Charlie Heatley and Jack Patten to secure their fifth league win this term, having played only 11 matches, due to postponements & Cup ties. Ashley King’s side rise to seventh spot and still have an outside chance of securing a top-four finish.

Lakeside edged to a 1 – 0 success over Runwell Sports with Jody Reynolds getting the only goal to go five points clear in fourth. Runwell remain in the bottom three. Also, Galleywood also won away from home, 2 – 0 at Ramsden Scotia thanks to strikes by Matthew Buckingham and replacement Jamie Rick, which sent ‘Wood up to fifth. Ramsden have lost three on-the-spin and remain in tenth.

 

Matches OFF:
Manford Way  P – P Rayleigh Town Res   |

Shoebury Town P – P   Herongate Athletic |

Snaresbrook  P – P  Old Chelmsfordians |

 

Senior League Cup

In the one EOFL Senior Cup Quarter-Final tie, Catholic Utd edged to a 1 – 0 win over fellow Premier side Hutton at the Len Salmon Stadium. Jay Nash got the only goal to see the Super Hoops through to the last four.

Essex Premier Cup: Semi-Finals

In the one Essex Premier up Semi-Final that did take place at Roding Valley Sch 3G, Premier side Buckhurst Hill edged past impressive Senior One side Chingford Athletic on penalties after a pulsating 3 – 3 score-line after extra-time. Sam Sollosi netted twice for Mark Williams’ side in normal time, before Fenti Falola netted in extra time though Chingford showed their warrior spirit with Alex Gordon netting a double of his own which was added to by Gary Murray. Hill won the ensuing shoot-out 5 – 4 though this battle adds fuel to the thought that Dave Richbell’s side will be a Premier Division side next term. Congrats to both teams though it is Hill who make it through to the Final to defend their title at Billericay Town’s New Lodge on Wednesday April 11th.

Match OFF: Leigh Town  P – P  Ongar Town  | New Date: Sat March 14th

 

Senior Division Two

Two matches survived in Senior Two, as Beacon Hill Rovers went back up to second spot with a 3 – 1 home win over Wakering Sports in the early kick-off, moved to Plume Sch in Maldon. Nathan Ruggles, Ade Adeyemi and a late Stephen Bennett spot-kick saw Rovers to a fifth straight win and are seven points off leaders Leigh Town. Corinthians also endorsed their promotion chances with a 4 – 2 win at May & Baker Res. Alfie Knight, Ollie Brickwood, John Bolton-Smith and Dan Cooksley all netted for Chris Stoneham’s side who went above their opponents into fourth place. Ryan Leavens and Ricardo Teixeira struck for Jimmy Donald’s team though their own aspirations of elevation took a dent here as they have five matches left to play.

Match OFF: Laindon Orient  P – P  Epping Town

 

Senior Division Three

Finally for the round-up section in Senior Three, Wakebury failed to gain ground on leaders ACD Utd as they were held 0 – 0 by Toby Res at Shoebury Park. It looks increasingly likely that Corinthians Res are the biggest threat for the title though the Berries will still want to secure a top-two finish for the best chance of promotion. Elsewhere, Lakeside Res got their third win in their last five with an important 3 – 1 win at Collier Row. This win sent ‘Side up to ninth, four points clear of the bottom two and handed Row a setback in their focus for a top-three finish.

Also, Corinthians Res handed White Ensign Res another heavy loss as Terry Rose’s side won 6 – 0 at Stambridge Memorial Ground. It was an ensemble cast of scorers with Steve Solarin, Max Hall, Ashley Webb, Ryan Woodley, George Penfold and Taner Dagyaran all on target as the hosts remain third and cut the deficit to leaders ACD to six points with three matches in hand on them. Ensign’s second side have three matches left to get out of the bottom two, they sit second-bottom and are three points away from Basildon Town Ressies.

Matches OFF:

Buckhurst Hill Res  P – P  Hutton Res   |

Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  P – P Basildon Town Res |

 

Senior Division Four results

Canning Town Res  1 – 1  Roydon

Forest Glade  P – P  Catholic Utd Res

Galleywood Res   P – P  Wakering Sports Res

Old Chelmsfordians Res  2 – 4  Chingford Athletic Development

Ongar Town Res  P – P  Laindon Orient Res

Shenfield AFC Res  0 – 2  Leytonstone Utd

 

Senior Division Five results

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  4 – 0  Shoebury Town Res

Herongate Athletic Res  P – P  Collier Row Res

Roydon Res  2 – 2 Springfield Res

Runwell Sports Res  1 – 0  Newbury Forest Res

Preview: Essex Olympian League (Sat 7 Mar) [EOFL 19/20 6.3.20]

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Image from OS 4 – 1 Basildon Town (Sat 29 Feb)

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s preview of Essex Olympian League action on Saturday 7 March. Weather continues to pose a issue for teams as the rain takes hold on pitches once again, fixtures are subject to late postponement or venue alteration. Also, kick-offs go back to the later time of 2.30pm, unless stated. Thanks for reading.

 

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Essex Olympian League – Saturday 7 March

Premier Division

Basildon Town  P – P  Leigh Ramblers   |

Harold Wood Athletic v Kelvedon Hatch | Moved to Frances Bardsley Acad. [3G] (3pm KO)

Rayleigh Town  v  Sungate  | Moved to Beauchamps Sch [3G] (2pm KO)

Springfield  v  Shenfield AFC  | Springfield Hall Park

 

 

Senior Division One

Lakeside  v  Runwell Sports   | Lakeside Sports Ground [3G]

Manford Way  P – P  Rayleigh Town Res   |

Ramsden Scotia  v  Galleywood | Nursery Sports Ground (TBC)

Shoebury Town  v  Herongate Athletic | Cupid’s CC

Snaresbrook  v  Old Chelmsfordians | Nutters Field (TBC)

Toby  v  FC Hamlets   | Ford’s (Newbury Park)

 

Senior League Cup (2.15pm KO) –  Catholic Utd  v  Hutton  | Len Salmon Stadium [3G]

 

Essex Premier Cup: Semi-Finals (2pm KO)

Buckhurst Hill  v  Chingford Athletic   | Moved to Roding Valley Sch [3G]
Leigh Town  P – P  Ongar Town  |

 

Senior Division Two

Beacon Hill Rovers v Wakering Sports  | Moved to Plume Sch 3G, Maldon (1.15pm KO)

Laindon Orient P – P  Epping Town  |

May & Baker Res  v  Corinthians  |  May & Baker EC

 

Senior Division Three

 

Buckhurst Hill Res  P – P  Hutton Res   |

Collier Row  v  Lakeside Res  | Robert Clack Sch [3G]
Corinthians Res  v  White Ensign Res  | Stambridge Memorial Ground (TBC)

Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  P – P Basildon Town Res |

Wakebury  v  Toby Res   | Shoebury Park

 

 

Senior Division Four

Canning Town Res  v  Roydon

Forest Glade P – P  Catholic Utd Res

Galleywood Res   P – P  Wakering Sports Res

Old Chelmsfordians Res  v  Chingford Athletic Development

Ongar Town Res  P – P  Laindon Orient Res

Shenfield AFC Res  v  Leytonstone Utd

 

Senior Division Five

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  v  Shoebury Town Res

Herongate Athletic Res  P – P  Collier Row Res

Roydon Res  v  Springfield Res

Runwell Sports Res  v  Newbury Forest Res

 

Match Report: Old Southendian 4 – 1 Basildon Town (Sat 29th Feb) [EOFL 19/20 1.3.20]

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Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Venue: Garon Park [3G]

2019 – 20 Season: Match 60

Saturday 29th February 2020 – 2.30pm KO

Old Southendian: Green Shirts, Black Shorts, Green Socks

Basildon T: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

 

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Old Southendian motor to fine win at a blustery Garons

Old Southendian 4 – 1 Basildon Town

 

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

After a miserable week weather-wise, the local Non-League scene was heavily affected in Steps 4, 5 & 6 as well as the Olympian League, so I returned to Garon Park 3G for this important mid-table tussle between Old Southendian and Basildon Town. With matches running thin, the hosts needed the points to try and ward off the threat of being overtaken by the sides below them, which included their opposition here. And before kick-off, Town’s decent away record may have been a concern, having won four of their previous eight matches away from Basildon Sports Club.

The hosts named a strong starting squad, with Charlie Merrin between the posts, Connor Burrows and Matt Wilson in central defence and a front two of Nick Henesy and Riley Oliver, supported by wingers Elliot Hemmings and Ed Gould. Among the options from the bench were midfielder Ryan Stillwell and forwards Nico Dubouchet and Harry DaCosta. Basildon fielded Lucas Morenas-Jones in goal, with a back four of Alex Horey, Daley Grant, James O’Brien and Jamal Hinds. The attack as led by top-scorer Keith King and Jamie Broadbourn while the options from the sidelines included midfielders Billy Childs and Sam Green and forwards Barv Walkuaika & Kieron Case.

The match got underway in a relentless gale of ice-cold wind with the visitors being quite nervous in defence, as OS looked to start well. Seconds after one of those said defensive lapses nearly gave OS forward Nick Henesy a one-on-one chance to beat visiting custodian Luke Morenas-Jones, home full-back Charlie Kernott slipped in the right-side of the penalty box though his drive from a narrow angle was well parried away by the Basildon stopper. At the other end, Basildon were showing they had pace and purpose as well, though forward Keith King sent two efforts wide of goal, it was a warning for the home back-line.

The hosts responded minutes later as after god build-up play involving wingers Ed Gould and Elliot Hemmings, the ball came to forward Riley Oliver though his effort went just wide of the onion-bag. As we passed the midway point of the half, with Town on the back-foot, they had another setback as enterprising forward Jamie Bradbourn had to be withdrawn and it did affect their play in attack. Old Southendian added another blow as they took the lead moments later. Gould found a little pace on the right side of the 18-yard area and lobbed Morenas-Jones, with the ‘keeper possibly being wrong-footed by the swirling gust of wind though it was still a good bit of thinking by Gould. The hosts lookd to extend their lead soon after the half-hour as Henesy’s pass found Gould though this time he couldn’t find a way to bypass Morenas-Jones. Another good move by OS saw Gould neatly finding Hemmings, though again the strike was off-target.

Half-Time: Old Southendian  1 – 0  Basildon Town

The game was still well-poised at the interval, though the hosts did extend their lead seven minutes into the half, with Henesy again involved in the build-up, finding strike partner Oliver who fired home low past a number of bodies in the six-yard area. Basildon did hold firm in the next part of the game, although found it hard to keep the ball in the attacking third of the pitch, finding the back four and tigerish midfielder Luke Moloney in a battling mood. It was Moloney himself who grabbed a third goal on 73 minutes. Sitting deep outside the D, a cool pull back ended with an unstoppable rising drive from 25 yards from Moloney which sailed past Morenas-Jones into the top corner of the net, much to his teammates’ delight and was applauded by the opposition dug-out as well.

As we entered the last ten minutes, Town midielder Tom Green lashed a shot into the side-netting from a narrow angle while the over-worked Morenas-Jones also did well to tip wide a curling effort by home substitute Nico Dubouchet. Centre-back Matt Wilson’s header crowned off a fine day for the hosts with six minutes left though the clean sheet also went moments later as the home defence lapsed, allowing substitute Barv Walkuaika to slot home well with three minutes left.

Full-Time: Old Southendian  4 – 1  Basildon Town

The win for OS takes them back up to eighth, but as the bottom seven sides are still so closely-packed, the Southend side are seven points clear of bottom side Harold Wood Athletic with only four matches left to play and their rivals all have games in hand, apart from Canning Town in tenth spot.

Despite the need for points, Connor Lane’s side played good football throughout most of this match, with neat passing moves and were decent in defence as well. Ed Gould gave the Basildon defence a hard afternoon with his running, skill and passing, with Nick Henesy also shining here as a centre-forward, linking up well with Gould and Riley Oliver, who also had a good game here. Also, skipper Luke Moloney had a superb afternoon as the ‘engine room’ in central midfield and capped it off with a stellar strike which he and those watching won’t forget quickly. Finally, winger Elliot Hemmings also did well tracking back and assisting the forward line in attacking moves.

For Basildon, they had their moments going forward, particularly in the first-half and although he had to be subbed off prior to the half-hour, Jamie Bradbourn showed enough purpose, trickery and movement to be noted here. Defender James O’Brien and midfielder Scott Cooper had solid outings here, as did centre-back Jamal Hinds, particularly when his side were up against it after the interval. A note also for the tireless running of centre-forward Keith King who despite being isolated up front, he did keep the home defence alert with his probing runs and passing.

Finally, my thanks to the hosts for the kind welcome as usual. Good also to see Gareth Cleverly’s Basildon side as well for the first time. I’d like to wish both teams well for the rest of their respective seasons.

 

Teams

Old Southendian  | Manager: Connor Lane | Assistant: David Tubbs

Starting XI: 1 Charlie Merrin (GK), 2 Charlie Kernott, 3 Steven Sharpe, 4 Luke Moloney (Capt), 5 Connor Burrows, 6 Matt Wilson, 7 Elliot Hemmings, 8 Lawrence Phillips, 9 Nick Henesy, 10 Riley Oliver, 11 Ed Gould

Goal-scorers: Ed Gould [33’], Riley Oliver [52’], Luke Moloney [73’], Matt Wilson [84’]

Subs On: 14 Ryan Stillwell [62’, on for Phillips], 12 Nico Dubouchet [76’, on for Oliver] | Subs Not Used: DaCosta, Nutman, Lane

 

Basildon Town  | Manager: Gareth Cleverly

Starting XI: 1 Luke Morenas-Jones (GK), 2 Alex Horey, 3 Daley Grant (Capt), 16 James O’Brien, 5 Jamal Hinds, 6 Ross Giles, 12 Scott Cooper, 8 Jimmy Markham, 18 Tom Green, 10 Keith King, 11 Jamie Bradbourn

Goal-scorers: Barv Walkuaika [87’]

Subs On: 20 Billy Childs [27’, on for Bradbourn], 17 Sam Green [62’], 7 Matt Juson [73’], 14 Barv Walkuaika [73’], 9 Kieron Case [76’]

Subs Unused: None  |

Referee: Simon Caton

Assistant Referees: Ryan Bennett & Haydn Seaman

 

 

Round-up: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Sat 15 Feb) (EOFL 19/20 16.2.20)

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Written by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Olympian League round-up, tracking the action from a weather-affected programme on Saturday 15th February in League action and one Senior League Cup tie. Thanks for reading.

 

Essex Olympian League – Saturday 15 February

Premier Division

In the Premier Division, there were surprises aplenty in the five matches that did take place. Basildon Town got a much-needed win as they defeated leaders Sungate 2 – 1 at Ilford Wanderers Rugby club. Jamie Bradbourn and James O’Brien got the crucial goals as Gareth Cleverly’s side ended a three-match losing run to rise up to 10th. The ‘Gate’s nine-match unbeaten run ended here though they still remain six points clear at the summit.

Meanwhile, Leigh Ramblers got their fifth win in their last seven matches by securing a 3 – 1 victory over Springfield at Belfairs Park. Rick Alabaster, Alfie Lindfield and Justin Hazell netted for Wayne Seal’s side as they strengthened their position in second. Buckhurst Hill put another dent in Catholic Utd’s title challenge as they won 4 – 1 at the Len Salmon Stadium. Braces for Nathan Sollosi and Fenti Falola did the damage to outweigh Harley Kee’s penalty for the Super Hoops. Hill rise back to fourth place in the standings, just six points off second spot with a number of matches in hand on the top three.

At the bottom, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts began their new era with a fine 4 – 2 win against Kelvedon Hatch at Silver Leys. Oliver Fortune, Bryn Thorpe, Danny Palmer and replacement Sipho Mtyanda all struck for Billy Cove’s new team and although Calvin Poku & Joe Gregory responded for Kelvedon, it was the Swifts who ended a six-match winless streak here to move off the bottom into 12th. Hatch drop to sixth, nine points above the bottom two. In the battle of the strugglers, Old Southendian got a huge 4 – 1 triumph over Harold Wood Athletic in a game moved to the Frances Bardsley Academy 3G, given the Harold Wood Park continues to be unavailable. Nick Henesy, Elliot Hemmings, Ed Gould and Ryan Stillwell all netted to move Connor Lane’s side up to seventh, though with the bottom half still so tight, they are still only five points above bottom side Harold Wood and have played more games than most. Chris Muir struck for Ath here though they are winless in their last four matches now.

 

Match OFF: Hutton  P – P  Shenfield AFC  |

 

EOFL Senior League Cup

In the one EOFL Senior Cup tie, Premier side Rayleigh Town showed what they can achieve by dismantling Senior One strugglers Toby 6 – 2 at Beauchamps Sch 3G. Bailey Moss grabbed a treble, with Paul Morris, Harry Talbot and substitute Teddy Rumsey all scoring too as Paul Higgins’ side made it through to the next round.
London Junior Cup Semi-Final

Also in their London Junior Cup Semi-Final, FC Hamlets made it to another Final with a 3 – 1 win over UCC Diaspora at Mabley Green. Player-boss Ashley King got a brace here with Charlie Heatley netting the other to ensure they will play at Haringey Borough’s Coles Park on Friday 17th April. Congratulations to all at the club on making another appearance in the Final.

Senior ONE

In Senior One,  only two matches survived the weather as Old Chelmsfordians maintained their place in second with a 3 – 1 win over Shoebury Town at Lawford Lane. Shoebury remain seventh, three points behind Galleywood who drew 1 – 1 with Runwell Sports. Max Orrin got the goal for the hosts though they haven’t won in their last four matches, while Runwell rise one place to 11th on goal difference.

 

Matches OFF:
Manford Way  P – P  Chingford Athletic  |

Ramsden Scotia  P – P  Rayleigh Town Res  |

Snaresbrook  P – P  Herongate Athletic |

 

 

Senior TWO

Senior Two was also heavily affected by the rain as only two of the five set matches were played. One of those ended up being scrapped as Leigh Town got a home walkover over struggling Ryan, who were unable to make the fixture. Town extend their lead at the summit to seven points and now need six wins from their last eight matches at present to secure the title. Ryan remain bottom, eight points off their nearest rivals, with only four matches left to play.

Also, Corinthians were made to work hard before claiming a 3 – 1 win over local rivals Rochford Town in the match I attended at Stambridge Memorial Ground. John Bolton-Smith got a double here for the hosts, with Jake Hodder getting the other goal in a wind-affected tussle. Jack Power got a well-taken consolation goal for Town, though they remain third-bottom. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/02/16/match-report-corinthians-3-1-rochford-town-sat-15-feb-eofl/

 

Matches OFF:

AS Rawreth  P – P  Wakering Sports   |

Beacon Hill Rovers  P – P  Old Southendian Res  |

Laindon Orient  P – P  May & Baker Res  |

 

Senior Division Three

Finally for the round-up section, in Senior Three, ACD Utd went top of the division with a 3 – 0 success over Buckhurst Hill Res at Westlands. Player-boss Michael Wade, Connor Lambert and Shaun Farrow struck for Utd as they made it eleven matches unbeaten and are now two points ahead of Wakebury, with a further match in hand. However, both of the top two sides can still be caught by Corinthians Ressies who sit 3rd & Collier Row in fifth as they both have a number of matches in hand.

Elsewhere, Basildon Town Res defeated Toby Res  1 – 0 in a match moved to the Hannakins Farm Community Centre 3G. This win lifts Town to ninth, while also damaging Toby’s second-side’s promotion aspirations. Also, Leigh Town Res got a  2 – 1 success at Lakeside Res to head up to sixth spot though they are eight points off the top four.

Match OFF: Collier Row  P – P  Hutton Res  |

 

Senior Division Four Results

Catholic Utd Res 5 – 2  Ongar Town Res

Chingford Athletic Dev  2 – 2  Canning Town Res

Leytonstone Utd  P – P  Laindon Orient Res

Roydon  P – P Galleywood Res

Wakering Sports Res  1 – 0  Forest Glade

 

Senior Division Five Results


Herongate Athletic Res  4 – 1 Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res

Newbury Forest Res  P – P  Old Barkabbeyans

Roydon Res  P – P  Leigh Ramblers Res

Runwell Sports Res  P – P  Collier Row Res

Wakering Sports Dev  4 – 1  Shoebury Town Res

 

 

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 8th Feb) [EOFL 19/20 9.2.20]

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Image from OS 2 – 3 Sungate [Image: Scott W]

Written by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Olympian League round-up, tracking the action on Saturday 8th February in League action and one Senior League Cup tie. Thanks for reading.

Saturday 8 February

Premier Division

In the Premier Division, Sungate lead the division by nine points after a 3 – 2 win at Old Southendian. OS led at the break thanks to goals by Riley Oliver and Daniel Flack, though after the interval, a brace from Jonathan Ogunsanya and one from Danny Lopes turned the tide and ensured they left with the points. I watched this match and here’s my look at it: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/02/08/match-report-old-southendian-2-3-sungate-sat-8th-feb-eofl/

Meanwhile, it was a bad day for three of the ‘Gate’s rivals. Leigh Ramblers ere the only one of the top five before the weekend who won, as they defeated fellow title-chasers Buckhurst Hill 2 – 0, thanks to strikes by Andrew Webster and Pat Cannon. Wayne Seal’s side rise to second after their fourth win in their last six matches. Hill lost for the first time since the opening day f the campaign though still have seven matches in hand on the leaders, though they have 15 points to make up. Kelvedon Hatch rose to fifth after a fine 3 – 1 win over Catholic Utd to achieve a third straight win. Canning Town also won 3 – 1, at home to Springfield to get their third win in their last five matches to rise to seventh spot. The pressure is still on for them to accrue points though given they have five matches remaining this term.

Also, in their bottom of the table clash, Shenfield AFC edged to a 3 – 2 triumph over Harold Wood Athletic. Ben Absolon, Ben Carroll and Mitchell Day all scored for Shenfield with an OG and one from Adam Farley accounting for Ath’s goals. Shenfield rise up to 10th spot, while Harold Wood remain second-bottom.

Match OFF: Hutton P – P  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts |

 

Senior Lge Cup

In the one Senior League Cup tie this weekend, Division Four side Roydon pulled off a surprise 5 – 2 win over Premier Division side Basildon Town at Paringdon Sports Club. Braces from Lewis Watson and Sam Bentley were added to by Mo Benzid as the hosts went through to the next round. Keith King and Tommy Green struck for Town but they exited on a ‘bad day at the office’ for Gareth Cleverly’s side.

 

Senior ONE

Moving into Senior One now and leaders Chingford Athletic extended their lead at the summit to nine points with a 4 – 1 away win at Toby. Goals from Sam Coe, Garry Murray plus substitutes Trevor Harding and Lee Lashley got Dave Richbell’s side their eighth win in their last ten games. At the bottom, Snaresbrook rose to 11th spot with a fine 4 – 1 success at Ramsden Scotia. Drew Barbier, Nana Boachie, Daniel Walsh and Eric Kelly were all on target for ‘Brook who got their third win in nine matches this term.

Meanwhile, Ongar Town maintained their unbeaten run this term with a 3 – 1 win over Runwell Sports. Aaron Blair, Harry Rawlins and Jack Zielinski all hit the net for Town, with Joe Olley getting the goal for Runwell. Town rise to third place and still have matches in hand on the top two. Sports drop to third-bottom. FC Hamlets got the stat of the day though with a 7 – 1 win at out-of-form Herongate Athletic. Charlie Heatley got six goals himself for Hamlets, with Roy Hallowell getting a goal on his debut as Hamlets rise to 8th place, though have only played nine matches. Old Chelmsfordians were held 1 – 1 by Galleywood though remain second, while Lakeside drew 2 – 2 with Shoebury Town. Charlie Ashpole and Drew Klessa-Smith netted for ‘Side though they fell to fourth while Town remain seventh.

Match OFF: Rayleigh Town Res  P – P  Manford Way

 

Senior TWO

In Senior Two, two of the five set matches were played. Leigh Town were given a tough test before coming through to win 3 – 2 against Old Southendian Res at John Burrows Rec. Shane Cooper’s double & one from Sam Irvine were enough to outweigh strikes by Luke Stillwell and Daniel Dowd and remain unbeaten this term. Ben Manley’s side also suffered a setback as skipper Oliver Tatton-Bennett suffered a suspected broken collarbone in this contest, we wish him well in his recovery.

Elsewhere, AS Rawreth got a good 3 – 0 over fellow strugglers Ryan at the Warren. Louis Hill, Rhys Willson and Bradley Pike all netted as the hosts grabbed their second win this term. Five straight defeats means Ryan remain bottom of the standings.

 

Matches OFF: Corinthians P – P  Harold Wood Athletic Res   |

Laindon Orient  P – P  Beacon Hill Rovers   |

Wakering Sports  P – P  May & Baker Res   |

 

Senior Division Three

Into Senior Three, and with leaders Wakebury not in action, ACD Utd cut their lead at the summit to one point with a 1 – 0 win over Hutton Res at Westlands. Paul Mangan got the only goal here as ACD are now unbeaten in ten matches. Corinthians Res also won, 3 – 2 at Buckhurst Hill Res to remain third. Steve Solarin, George Brown and replacement Max Hall all scored for Terry Rose’s side. Hill’s Ressies stay 7th. Collier Row also won this weekend, 2 – 0 against Basildon Town Res in a match moved to Robert Clack 3G in Dagenham. Row fortify fifth spot after their eighth win this term.

Finally, Toby Res remained fourth as they won 2 – 1 at White Ensign Res, with the latter staying second-bottom, seven points off the top eight.

Match OFF: Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  P – P  Lakeside Res

 

Senior Division Four

Canning Town Res  0 – 4  Wakering Sports Res

Chingford Athletic Dev  6 – 1  Laindon Orient Res

Old Chelmsfordians Res  3 – 3  Forest Glade

Ongar Town Res  1 – 1   Leytonstone Utd

Shenfield AFC Res  2 – 3  Catholic Utd Res

 

Senior Division Five

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  3 – 0  Collier Row Res

Runwell Sports Res  1 – 0  Leigh Ramblers Res

Shoebury Town Res  P – P  Newbury Forest Res

Springfield Res  2 – 0  Old Barkabbeyans
Wakering Sports Dev  P – P Roydon Res

Round-up : Essex Olympian League (Sat 1 Feb) (EOFL 19/20 2.2.20)

 

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Image from Leigh Town 2 – 0 Corinthians (in EPC) yesterday {Image: Scott W]

Written by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Olympian League round-up, tracking the action on Saturday 1st February in League & Cups. Thanks for reading.

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Saturday 1 February

Premier Division

Starting off as we do with the top-tier, leaders Sungate retained their eight-point cushion with a battling 1 – 0 home win over Canning Town in what was their sixth win in their last seven games. Catholic Utd edged their local derby with Leigh Ramblers 2 – 1 with Harley Kee getting both goals, the second from the penalty spot. Ryan Lowe struck for Ramblers as they drop to third, with Catholic overhauling them into second spot after a morale-boosting win. Kelvedon Hatch got a fine 4 – 3 success at Basildon Town with the returning Theo Ola getting a brace for Hatch, along with Calvin Poku and replacement Joe Gregory also netting. Jamie Bradbourn got a double of his own for Town, with James O’Brien also chipping in. Kelvedon rise to sixth while Basildon drop to 11th.

In the battle of two of the sides battling to avoid the drop, Old Southendian were held 1 – 1 by Harold Wood Athletic in the day’s late kick-off at Garon Park 3G. Brad Foley struck for Ath as they limped off the bottom to 12th spot, although they are unbeaten in their last three matches. OS levelled through Ryan Stillwell’s goal and rise up to eighth though are still only three points above the bottom two. Finally, Springfield got a narrow 3 – 2 win at home to Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Recent signing Bryn Thorpe got both goals for Swifts after coming off the bench though this result means they drop to the foot of the table. Springfield go up to fourth after this win.

Match OFF: Rayleigh Town P – P  Shenfield AFC (Due to Waterlogged pitch)

Cups

There were also four Cup ties across two Cup competitions this weekend. Firstly, Olympian Premier side Hutton defeated Senior One side FC Hamlets 2 – 1 in a match moved to Woodlands School 3G in Basildon. George Nash and Lewis Scott strikes sent the hosts through, and although John Gilroy netted for hard-working FCH, they went out.

In the three Essex Premier Cup Quarter-Finals that took place, Chingford Athletic went through after defeating Essex & Suffolk Border League (or ESBL) Premier side West Bergholt  on penalties, following a 2 – 2 draw at Town Mead. Gary Murray and Luke Dimond struck for Dave Richbell’s side in normal play and they won the shoot-out 7 – 6 to make the Semi-Finals. Leigh Town won their all-Olympian League Div Two battle with Corinthians 2 – 0 in the match I attended at a muddy John Burrows Rec. Substitutes Sam Gillmore and Shane Cooper got the decisive goals to win a highly-charged contest. If you’d like more of this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/02/01/match-report-leigh-town-2-0-corinthians-sat-1st-feb-epc/

Lastly, Buckhurst Hill powered to a 6 – 1 triumph over ESBL Premier side Gas Recreation at Roding Lane. The games are mounting up in League & Cups for the defending Premier Cup champions as they are seeking to win this title for a third consecutive season.

Senior ONE

In Senior One, Ramsden Scotia won 4 – 1 at fellow mid-table side Manford Way. Jamie Auvache stroke twice for Scotia, plus Antony Driscoll and Kurt King also on target as they went up to ninth spot. Lakeside also got the three points, as they won 4 – 1 at home to Galleywood. Drew Klessa-Smith nabbed another treble in this one with Luke Quinton also scoring, ‘Side are unbeaten in five matches now as they also are five points adrift of Old Chelmsfordians who remain second after a thumping 7 – 0 win over Toby at Lawford Lane. Toby were further blighted by player availability problems, and apparently could only field nine players to start though respect to those who all took the field.

Meanwhile, Ongar Town retained their unbeaten run this term, with a 4 – 1 win over Herongate Athletic in a match moved to St John’s 3G in Epping. Town remain handily-placed in third spot, 12 points behind leaders Chingford Athletic with six matches in hand on them. Rayleigh Town Res won 4 – 1 at Shoebury Town to go back up to fifth place with Shoebury remaining in seventh.

Match OFF: Runwell Sports  P – P  Snaresbrook | (Due to a waterlogged pitch)

Senior TWO

In a depleted Senior Two programme, Laindon Orient won 2 – 0 at in-form May & Baker Res with Ashley Blackburn and Carlos Dias netting in first-half for Neil Blackburn’s team, who made it five wins in succession here to remain in 5th, with matches in hand on all but one of the sides above them. M & B’s second side had their own six-match winning run ended here though remain fourth in the standings, although they are vulnerable to being caught up as they have played a few more matches. Also, Rochford Town got a crucial win away from home as they won 3 – 2 at fellow strugglers Ryan and in the process, brought a seven-match losing run to a close.

Matches OFF:

Beacon Hill Rovers  P – P  Wakering Sports  (Due to a waterlogged pitch)

Epping Town  P – P  AS Rawreth   | (Due to issues at Epping)

Harold Wood Athletic Res  P – P  Old Southendian Res |(Due to a waterlogged pitch)

Senior Division Three

In another weather-affected match list in Senior Three, Wakebury had to overcome a bout of illness among the squad and got a very late leveller as they drew 2 – 2 at fellow promotion challengers ACD Utd. Player-boss Michael Wade and Frankie Markham netted for the Romford-based side, while Harry Kateley and Chris Gore’s late free-kick salvaged a point for the South Essex side, who had to field boss Matt Cardy in defence and assistant boss Dan Blewett also came off the bench to play as a forward. Well, never dull in Non-League….

Seriously though, ACD remain second, three points off their opposition here with three matches in hand. Wakebury remain top though with just four matches remaining this term, they will have to aim to get as close to the 50-point mark as possible to win the division, you feel. You must credit both sides for how they’ve done in their first season in the Olympian League, so well done all.

Meanwhile, Toby Res got a much-needed win, 5 – 2 over mid-table side Buckhurst Hill Res in Newbury Park. Marc Porter-Brown was among the goals again with a treble here, with Chris Cox and birthday boy Luis Ruiz also netted as their side into fourth spot and end a four-match losing trough. Tim Strike and Rhys Davies got Hill’s goals as they remain 7th. Also, Basildon Town Res won 2 – 0 at fellow strugglers White Ensign Res to overhaul them in the table. Jake Bridgeman and Shaun Watkins were the goal-getters here to grab Town’s third win this season.

 

Matches OFF (Due to Waterlogged pitches):
Collier Row  P – P  Lakeside Res   |

Corinthians Res  P – P  Hutton Res   |

Senior Division Four Results

Forest Glade  1 – 5  Roydon

Galleywood Res  1 – 3  Canning Town Res
Laindon Orient Res P – P  Shenfield AFC Res

Leytonstone Utd  P – P  Old Chelmsfordians Res |

Ongar Town Res  2 – 1  Chingford Athletic Development

Wakering Sports Res  3 – 3  Catholic Utd Res

Senior Division Five Results


Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  1 – 0  Newbury Forest Res

Herongate Athletic Res  3 – 0  Leigh Ramblers Res
Old Barkabbeyans 3 – 2  Runwell Sports Res
Roydon Res  0 – 2  Collier Row Res
Shoebury Town Res  P – P  Springfield Res

Preview: Essex Olympian League (Sat 1 Feb) (EOFL 19/20 30.1.20)

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Image from OS 4 – 0 Catholic Utd last week [Image: Scott W]

Written by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Olympian League preview, looking at the top
four tiers plus Cup fixtures too. Thanks for reading.

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Saturday 1 February

Premier Division

Basildon Town v  Kelvedon Hatch  | Moved to Hannakins Farm Community Centre [3G]

Catholic Utd  v  Leigh Ramblers  | Len Salmon Stadium [3G]

Old Southendian  v  Harold Wood Athletic | Garon Park [3G] (2.30pm KO)

Rayleigh Town  v  Shenfield AFC | London Road

Springfield  v  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts | Springfield Hall Park

Sungate  v  Canning Town  | Ilford Wanderers RFC

 

 

Essex Premier Cup (1.30pm KOs)

Buckhurst Hill  v  Gas Recreation   | Roding Lane

Chingford Athletic  v  West Bergholt  | Town Mead [3G]

Leigh Town  v  Corinthians   | John Burrows Rec Ground

 

Anagram Records Trophy (3pm KO)

Hutton  v  FC Hamlets  |  Moved to  Woodlands Sch [3G], Basildon

 

EOFL Senior ONE

Lakeside  v  Galleywood  |  Lakeside Sports Ground [3G] (2.30pm KO) 

Manford Way  v  Ramsden Scotia  | London Marathon Sports Ground

Old Chelmsfordians  v  Toby  | Lawford Lane

Ongar Town  v  Herongate Athletic  | Moved to St John’s [3G], Epping

Runwell Sports  v  Snaresbrook   | St Luke’s Park

Shoebury Town  v  Rayleigh Town Res   | Cupid’s CC

 

Senior TWO

Beacon Hill Rovers  v  Wakering Sports  | Wickham Bishops Sports Ground

Epping Town  v  AS Rawreth   | Stonards Hill

Harold Wood Athletic Res  v  Old Southendian Res  | Harold Wood Park (TBC)

May & Baker Res  v  Laindon Orient  | May & Baker FC

Ryan  v  Rochford Town   | Wadham Lodge (Intermediate Pitch)

 

Senior Division Three

ACD Utd  v  Wakebury   | Westlands Playing Fields
Collier Row  v  Lakeside Res   | Forest Row Centre

Corinthians Res  v  Hutton Res   | Stambridge Memorial Ground
Toby Res  v  Buckhurst Hill Res  | Ford’s (Newbury Park)
White Ensign Res  v  Basildon Town Res  | Len Forge Centre [3G]

 

Senior Division Four

Forest Glade  v  Roydon

Galleywood Res  v  Canning Town Res
Laindon Orient Res  v  Shenfield AFC Res

Leytonstone Utd  v  Old Chelmsfordians Res |

Ongar Town Res  v  Chingford Athletic Development

Wakering Sports Res  v  Catholic Utd Res

 

Senior Division Five Results

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  v  Newbury Forest Res

Herongate Athletic Res   v  Leigh Ramblers Res
Old Barkabbeyans v  Runwell Sports Res
Roydon Res  v  Collier Row Res
Shoebury Town Res  v  Springfield Res

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 25 Jan) (EOFL 19/20 26.1.20)

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Image from OS 4 – 0 Catholic Utd on Sat 25 Jan [Image: Scott W]

Written by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Olympian League round-up, looking at all the action from Saturday 25th January. There were battles at both ends of the Premier Division as well as big games in the divisions below that.

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Saturday 25 January

Premier Division

As we usually do, we start in the top-tier. In their top of the table showdown, Buckhurst Hill were held to a goalless draw by rivals Sungate, in a match seen my Non-League Correspondent ‘DW’. His video clips are available via his Twitter feed sat @essexfootie. Also, Leigh Ramblers  got a fine 4 – 1 win at struggling Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Charlie Portway netted for Swifts though that was outdone by goals for the Rams by Andrew Webster, Ryan Lowe , Pat Cannon and Dan Williams wich in turn secured the visitors their fourth win in their last games and rise to second spot, six points off leaders Sungate. Shenfield AFC also grabbed a hugely-important triumph as they won 4 – 1 at Canning Town. Alex Tredgett’s brace led the strugglers on the path to victory, with Ben Caroll and Samuel Lock also on target to send them up two places to 12th. Canning stay in eighth spot but only have seven matches remaining to play this season and they are only three points clear of the bottom.

Finally for the Premier, in the match I attended at Garon Park, Old Southendian got a big 4 – 0 win over title challengers Catholic Utd. Nick Henesy struck twice, with Nico Dubouchet and Ryan Stillwell’s also on target as OS ended a a four-match winless run in some style to rise to 10th. The ‘Super Hoops’ have lost their last three matches now and drop to 3rd and are vulnerable by the sides immediately below them in Buckhurst Hill, Springfield and Rayleigh Town who all have matches in hand on Dan Trenkel’s side. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/01/25/match-report-old-southendian-4-0-catholic-utd-sat-25th-jan-eofl/

Matches OFF: Harold Wood Athletic  P – P  Springfield   |

Kelvedon Hatch P – P  Hutton   |

 

Cups

EOFL Senior League Cup –  Rayleigh Town  P – P  Toby   | (Waterlogged pitch)

Essex Premier Cup: Basildon Town  1 – 4  West Bergholt  |

 

Essex Junior Cup Results

Collier Row  6 – 1  Wakering Sports Res   |

Hutton Res  2 – 1  Shoebury Town ‘A’   |

 

EOFL Senior ONE

In Senior One, FC Hamlets defeated fellow mid-table side Shoebury Town 2 – 0, thanks to goals from John Gilroy and Charlie Heatley to move up to ninth, though Ashley King’s side have still only played eight matches in the league thus far, so a busy next three months or so beckons. Leaders Chingford Athletic won again, 3 – 0 at top five side Galleywood, thanks to a treble by Lee Lashley. Dave Richbell’s side lead the division by ten points, though their rivals all have a number of matches in hand on them. Old Chelmsfordians remain second after a thumping 6 – 1 success over Herongate Athletic at Lawford Lane. Ongar Town rise to third after a fine 4 – 0 home win over Manford Way which preserves their unbeaten record this term.

 

Matches OFF: Lakeside P – P  Runwell Sports  | 

Snaresbrook  P – P  Ramsden Scotia  |

 

EOFL Senior TWO

In what was a mixed day for the top five in Senior Two, leaders Leigh Town were untroubled as they won 3 – 1 at home to Harold Wood Athletic Res at John Burrows Rec. Harry Payne, Daniel Driscoll and Brodie Horne all struck to give Jack Pearman’s side a sixth consecutive league triumph and go three points clear at the summit. May & Baker Res defeated fellow high-flyers Old Southendian Res as Jmmy Donald’s side came out 2 – 1 winners. Michael Agha and Darren Seymour strikes overturned David Stubbs’ strike for the OS side and went five points clear in 4th. Ben Manley’s OS side saw their eleven-match unbeaten streak end here though they remain 2nd, a point clear of Beacon Hill Rovers, who impressively won 3 – 2 at rivals Corinthians. A George Davis double and one from Adefunbi Adeyemi was enough to secure Rovers a sixth win in their last seven matches to stay 3rd. Chris Stoneham’s side drop to seventh though do have matches in hand to compensate for their dip in form of late.

Wakering Sports also won, 2 – 0 at home to out-of-form Epping Town. Ryan Gregory and Ben Rowe strikes were enough to give Sports a second win in their last seven outings. Epping remain fifth on goal difference after a frustrating afternoon. Laindon Orient are level on points with Town in sixth following a 6 – 0 win at home to beleaguered Ryan. Skipper James Shadwell got a treble with Carlos Dias, Jordan Walsh and Ashley Blackburn also on the score-sheet in a resounding win for Neil Blackburn’s team.

Match OFF: AS Rawreth  P – P  Rochford Town   |

 

Senior Division Three

An explosive day of Senior Three action saw 37 goals scored in just five matches. Wakebury remain four oints clear at the summit after a 4 – 2 triumph at White Ensign Res. Charlie Little got another brace for Matt Cardy’s side, with Liam Jarrett and Harry Kateley also on the scorer’s sheet to make it four straight wins though with five matches remaining to play, the onus will soon turn to their rivals as they seek to gain ground on the EOFL newcomers. ACD Utd still lead the chasing pack in second place, after an enthralling 6 – 4 win over Basildon Town Res at Westlands. Player-boss Michael Wade got a treble here, with Connor Lambert also netting twice and Sam Payne also chipping in. Grant Cumming hit two for Bas, with Ryan Morgan and Lewis Wynne also on target though they remain second-bottom.

Corinthians Res also got back to winning ways with a narrow 4 – 3 win at bottom side Hullbridge Sports ‘A’. Max Hall’s hat-trick and one from Ashley Webb was enough to outdo home goals from William Bray, Tom Ranger and replacement Joseph Darby and remain third, six points ahead of Collier Row. Lakeside Res got their third win in their last four games with a 4 – 2 success at mid-table Toby Res. Salem Said got a brace, with Brandon Booty’s spot-kick and Damilola Olusanya also contributing. Toby’s second-side responded through Dean Maguchu and Marc Porter-Brown strikes though it is four losses on-the-bounce for them as they stay fifth, 11 points adrift of ACD in second.

Also, Buckhurst Hill Res rose to seventh with a 5 – 3 victory over fellow mid-table side Leigh Town Res. Tommy Fraine grabbed a treble to keep up his impressive form in front of goal, with Landry Gogoa also netting for the Hill second-side.

 

Senior Division Four Results

Canning Town Res   1  – 4   Old Chelmsfordians Res   |

Chingford Athletic Development  0 – 1  Forest Glade   |

Leytonstone Utd  2 – 0  Galleywood Res |

Ongar Town Res  P – P Shenfield AFC Res |

Roydon  9 – 1  Laindon Orient Res |

Senior Division Five Results

Herongate Athletic Res  P – P  Shoebury Town Res

Leigh Ramblers Res  2 – 0  Roydon Res

Old Barkabbeyans 4 – 3  Collier Row Res

Runwell Sports Res  2 – 0  Springfield Res

Wakering Sports Development  0 – 1  Newbury Forest Res

 

Match Report: Old Southendian 4 – 0 Catholic Utd (Sat 25th Jan) [EOFL 19/20 25.1.20]

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Venue: Garon Park [3G]

2019 – 20 Season: Match 53

Saturday 25th January 2020 – 2.30pm KO

Old Southendian: Green Shirts, Black Shorts, Green Socks

Catholic Utd: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

 

OS secure a big win against promotion-chasing Catholic Utd at Garon Park

Old Southendian 4 – 0 Catholic Utd

 

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

This weekend’s Non-League took me to Garon Park in Southend to see a match with ramifications for both ends of the Essex Olympian League Premier Division table as promotion-chasing Catholic Utd made the short trip to Garon Park to face relegation-threatened Old Southendian. Both sides had lost their last three matches though before kick-off, the ‘Super Hoops’ were joint-highest goal-getters in this division this term which speaks volumes about the threat they pose. Anyway, onto the line-up’s and with manager Connor Lane unavailable due to family commitments, assistant David Tubbs stood in as ‘gaffer’ for the day. He named a back four of skipper John Nutman, Ed Gould plus centre-backs Connor Burrows and Matt Wilson. Ex- Burnham Ramblers pair Luke Moloney and Ryan Stillwell were the midfield heartbeat, with Elliot Hemmings and Stuart Paton on the flanks. Mattias Tonking and Jed Hackling were among the options on the bench. Catholic Utd named Daniel Boosey between the posts with regular stopper Louis Godwin-Green suspended. A back three of Max Kent, Bradley Vaughan and Alfie Larkin were supported by anchor midfielder & captain Thomas Kearney. Aaron Baldwin and Simon Thomas led the line with Casum Tiffin, Franklin Craik and boss Dan Trenkel himself completing their substitutes.

Onto the match itself then and in the early stages, it was the ‘Super Hoops’ who had the bulk of the possession and making some headway down the channels though the wary OS backline did well to cut out the centres from the flanks. With 14 minutes played, Catholic Utd should really have taken the lead as forward Aaron Baldwin managed to evade the onrushing home custodian Charlie Mellin though his low shot was well-cleared by a covering home defender on the line. Seconds later, winger Mike Sammut did well to weave past two defenders cutting inside before his strike cannoned off the base of the left-side post. The hosts were sweating after that let-off though on 18 minutes, they took a surprise lead. From a right-sided corner, Os forward Nick Henesy snuck in at the near post and finished neatly to give David Tubbs’ side an encouraging advantage, against the run of play at that point.

Chances then started to come somewhat more freely for sides, as mere minutes after the opening goal, a fierce drive from Sammut from fifteen yards was well-parried away by Mellin before at the other end, OS forward Nico Dubouchet fired wide from a promising position, twelve yards out. The hosts extended their advantage on 26 minutes as moments after a free-kick had hit a post, the ball was recycled and sent back into the danger area where Dubouchet fired home with some vigour into the left-side corner past Boosey. It could’ve been worse for the visitors as on the half-hour, Old Southendian had a goal chalked off as from a peach of a right-wing cross by winger Stuart Paton, Dubouchet again struck home – only problem was the officials ruled he was off-side. Moments later, a corner for the visitors taken short ended with a dangerous centre finding physical forward Simon Thomas, who couldn’t direct his header on target.

As we neared the end of the half, Catholic Utd were still looking to come forward, although their passing had on occasion deserted them. Another key moment right before the break as Baldwin broke the off-side trap though he could only send a tame effort towards goal which Mellin got down to gather.

Half-Time: Old Southendian  2 – 0 Catholic Utd

Thus far the match was certainly more lively than the onset of freezing wind. Into the second half, and we didn’t have to wait long for a crucial goal. OS midfielder Ryan Stillwell did superbly to ghost past at least two defenders before taking a touch and finishing coolly past Boosey to notch a third goal for Old Southendian. It was very well-taken and would not have been out-of-place in Steps 4 and 5, it was that well-crafted. The over-worked Boosey was called into action again moments later to deny another goal-bound effort by Henesy.

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OS winger Stuart Paton [7] on the ball [Image: Scott W]
Much to their credit, the visitors kept going and had chances though skipper Thomas Kearney and wing-back Harley Kee could only fire wide of target. Baldwin had another headed effort comfortably gathered by Mellin before OS got a fourth to round out the scoring on 72 minutes. Visting stopper Boosey did well to deny an initial strike by Dubouchet though Henesy was in the ‘right place, right time’ to stroke home the rebound, much to delight of his team-mates. The game wasn’t entirely up though as Catholic pushed forward in the latter stages. Substitute Franklin Craik’s powerful drive was well denied by Mellin. Forward Luke Trice showed purpose and desire to outpace the home backline but he was frustrated, as the Os backline tracked back well, led by centre-back Connor Burrows and put their bodies on the line to snuff out the danger as best they could. With moments remaining, home substitute Matt Tonking had another effort well-saved by Boosey before Baldwin blasted over for the visitors.

Full-Time: Old Southendian  4 – 0 Catholic Utd

The hosts will take a huge amount of confidence from the performance, as well as the result. The ‘Super Hoops’ were below their high standards on the day though it says a bit for their ability that they still could have had two or three goals here. Onto the stand-out performers and firstly for OS, I have to credit centre-back Connor Burrows, who was immense. A number of interceptions and good tracking back were among his contributions to the game and certainly did have a big say in his side getting a clean sheet too. Centre forward Nick Henesy was also impressive again, as was Ryan Stillwell in midfield. Winger Elliot Hemmings was also a good creative outlet for David Tubbs’ side, while forward Nico Dubouchet also did well.

For Catholic Utd, skipper Thomas Kearney led his side well with customary determination and good passing, with centre-back Alfie Larkin showing good positioning too. Goalkeeper Daniel Boosey also did well clawing away a few dangerous set-pieces as well as making decent saves, and loanee Bowers & Pitsea U23 forward Luke Trice showed his energy and desire, particularly in the second half so you understand why he has got goals in this side this term.

Finally, my thanks to the hosts for the kind welcome they gave upon arrival. I’d like to wish both teams well for the rest of their respective seasons.

Teams

Old Southendian  | Stand-in Manager: David Tubbs | Assistant: Ollie Thursby

Starting XI: 1 Charlie Merrin (GK), 2 John Nutman (Capt), 3 Ed Gould, 4 Luke Moloney, 5 Connor Burrows, 6 Matt Wilson, 7 Stuart Paton, 8 Ryan Stillwell, 9 Nico Dubouchet, 10 Nick Henesy, 11 Elliot Hemmings

Goal-scorer: Nick Henesy [18’ & 72’], Nico Dubouchet [26’], Ryan Stillwell [47’]

Subs On: 15 Mattias Tonking, 16 Jed Hackling | Subs Not Used: Kernott, DaCosta

 

Catholic Utd  | Player-Manager: Dan Trenkel

Starting XI: 1 Daniel Boosey (GK), 2 Patrick Kearney, 3 Harley Kee, 14 Max Kent, 5 Bradley Vaughan, 17 Alfie Larkin, 7 Thomas Kearney (Capt), 8 Luke Trice, 9 Aaron Baldwin, 18 Simon Thomas, 11 Mike Sammut

Subs On: 10 Franklin Craik, 4 Casum Tiffin | Sub Unused: Trenkel

Booked: Sammut

Referee: David Tregaskes