S22-23 Match Report: Woodford East 4 – 2 Hutton (Sat 21 Jan) [EPC QF 22/23 21.1.23]

Essex Premier Cup – Quarter-Final

Venue: Mabley Green 3G

2022-23 Season: Match 36

Attendance: 15 (Est)

Saturday 21 January 2023 – 1.45pm KO

Woodford E: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts & Socks

Hutton: Red Shirts, Red Shorts & Socks


Superb comeback sees the Peacocks into the last four of the Essex Premier Cup

Woodford East 4 – 2  Hutton

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

The frosty weather again thwarted several matches in Steps 5, 6 & 7 so it was an oppurtunity to see two highly-rated sides face off in the Essex Premier Cup Quarter-Finals, as Essex Alliance League Senior side Woodford East welcomed the Essex Olympian leaders Hutton to Mabley Green 3G. Woodford East are fifth in the EAL Senior (Step 7) at present and named Alfie Watts in goal, with a backline of Billy Barr, Kai Law and centre-backs Matt Stacey & Joe Kemp. Eren Mehmet, Frank Glock, Callum Maltese were pushing on from midfield, with forward Harry Robinson supported by Lucio Uare and Ben Smith down the flanks. Hutton were unbeaten in the League coming into this tie, and had regular custodian Adrian Faherty in goal, with a defensive four of centre-backs Johnathon Hilliard & Lewis Scott plus Sean O’Callaghan and George Nash as full-backs. Kyle Linzell, Luke Ricketts & Stephen Judge were the central midfield three, while Jude Keeling, David Johnson & Joshua Seal were the forward line.

This match kicked into life with some verve from both sides. An early free-kick by East’s Callum Maltese needed the intervention of Hutton custodian Adrian Faherty. Hutton were also useful going forward from the early-going here, and took the lead after only seven minutes. A dangerous set-piece in by midfielder Steophen Judge evaded the home defence and picked out centre-back Lewis Scott who nodded the ball home past East stopper Alfie Watts. The visitors were in the ascendancy at this point in proceedings, although had a let-off of sorts as the Peacocks did have central defender Matt Stacey’s header dribble narrowly wide after going all the way across the face of goal. Matt Singh’s team had a goal chalked off also at the other end as another super corner by Judge evaded everyone and found the far corner, only for a foul that was detected by referee Kadir Nazif and he ruled it out.


As ever though, the Reds pushed on and did get the second goal, taking advantage of a little fortune as an initial effort cannoned off his own player & crucially stayed in play allowing forward David Johnson to power home a firm effort to double his side’s advantage. Both teams were engaging to watch in this high-tempo match, and Woodford were starting to find their rhythm past the half-hour mark, as a good effort by Peacocks skipper Frank Glock was well-denied by Faherty. The Reds kept their lead intact at the break, though I felt there was more to come in this Cup tie.

Half-Time: Woodford East  0 – 2  Hutton


That feeling materalised rather quickly, as only five minutes into the second half, Woodford East pulled a goal back, as a rapid counter was started by a long ball through to forward Harry Robinson who controlled it well and sent a cool, low finish into the far corner, with Faherty unable to deny him. This sparked a real sea change in fortunes for the Peacocks, as their threat going forward was morte palpable. Another good forward move ended with a Red defender heading against his own goalpost, but Glock could only fire off-target following-up. East forward Lucio Uare was finding more space since the interval & he made full use of it, sending several good crosses into the box. One such Uare cross evaded the Reds defence & found the run of Matt Stacey at the far post, who slotted home from a yard out to level the tie.


Woodford did get a crucial third goal to complete a stirring comeback on sixty-five minutes as a good strike by full-back Billy Barr made the most of a narrow opening to send the home dugout wild. Woodford East had struck at key moments and really looked to secure a memorable win as Robinson struck a fierce drive inches above the top right corner, with Faherty beaten. Halil Hassan’s side also had a goal chalked off on 83 minutes as substitute Andrew Rowe slotted home past Faherty, but hadn’t bypassed the off-side line. East did get a fourth goal moments later though as club stalwart Ben Smith netted an oppurtunist’s goal into the left corner to complete a fine win for the EAL side & seal some comeback.

Full-Time: Woodford East 4 – 2 Hutton


To summarise this very good enterprising match, Hutton were decent value for their lead at the interval as the Peacocks looked vulnerable at times defensively and couldn’t get past a characteristically tough Hutton backline often enough. After the break, Woodford East showed exactly why they are well thought of with a stirring comeback & some good goals along with it. It was the Reds’ turn to look somewhat shaky and they couldn’t recover and put considerable pressure on the hosts as they suffered a rare loss this term.

The stand-out performances here for the victors Woodford East start with a superb performance from support forward Lucio Uare, who was very good, especially in the second half. Uare broke down the left flank at will and put in some fine passes as well, including for his side’s leveller as well as showcasing good energy levels. Hard-working Callum Maltese & Ben Smith both got some reward for their high work rate, with Maltese putting in good passes and Smith notching the fourth goal. These two players are so important to their team. Also, centre-back Matt Stacey typified the resolve of his team after the interval with some good interceptions.

For Hutton, Lewis Scott had a good game at centre-back, despite the eventual score-line, making good clearances, showing good positioning defensively & took his goal well early on. Midfielder Stephen Judge made several important passes and also from set-pieces like the opening goal for example, while support forward Joshua Seal was a handful for the East defence to cope with, laying the ball off smartly to forwards Keeling & Johnson. Lastly, a word for full-back Sean O’Callaghan who again had a decent game, making good runs down the right side as well as covering well at times.

Finally, Congratulations to Woodford East as they again make the last four & also I’d like to wish both teams a fine rest of the season.


Teams

Woodford East  | Manager: Halil Hassan  |

Starting XI: 1 Alfie Watts (GK), 9 Billy Barr, 4 Matt Stacey, 5 Joe Kemp, 2 Kai Law, 3 Eren Mehmet, 8 Frank Glock (Capt), 11 Callum Maltese, 10 Ben Smith, 19 Harry Robinson, 18 Lucio Uare

Goal-scorers: Harry Robinson [50′], Matt Stacey [61′], Billy Barr [65′], Ben Smith [85′]

Sub On (Time): 7 Connor Braithwaite [46′], 17 Andrew Rowe [80′], 26 Jordan Lema [86′]

Booked: Kemp, Mehmet, Maltese, Rowe  | Subs Not Used: Morris, Martin


Hutton  | Manager: Matt Singh | Assistants: Bill Stratford & Dan Williams

Starting XI: 1 Adrian Faherty (GK), 2 Sean O’Callaghan, , 6 Jonathon Hilliard, 4 Lewis Scott, 3 George Nash, 8 Kyle Linzell (Capt), 7 Stephen Judge, 11 Luke Ricketts, 9 Jude Keeling, 10 Joshua Seal, 17 David Johnson

Goal-scorers: Lewis Scott [7′], David Johnson  [25′]

Sub On (Time): 12 Freddie Miller [72′], 16 Rodney Wilson [72′], 19 Will Marlowe [77′]

Booked: Seal & Judge  | Subs Not Used: Carroll, Gardner


Referee: Kadir Nazif
Assistants: James Allaoui & Norman Miller

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S22-23 Round-ups: Essex Olympian Lge & Cups (Sat 14 Jan) [EOFL 22-23 16.1.23]

Archive Image – Leigh Ramblers v Galleywood earlier this term

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

Hello & welcome to the another edition of the Essex Olympian League round-up. This week, we look at the action in all divisions & Cups from Saturday 14 January, as the weekend’s action was again affected by the wintry weather.

EOFL Premier Division

In the top-tier, Leigh Ramblers have gone up to second spot after an incredible 7 – 2 victory at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Doubles for Andrew Webster and Tom Franks set Mark Hunter’s side on their way here, with further strikes by Justin Hazell, Matthew Brinklow & Jack Gardner securing a handsome win. Daryl Doolan & replacement Charlie Gilbert replied for Swifts but they are vulnerable having played several more games than the bottom two clubs currently (Springfield & Galleywood). The other result saw Canning Town rise to third after a 4 – 1 win at home to Springfield. Lewis Chapman netted for the visitors but Town got their 7th win this term.

EOFL Divisions One, Two & Four

Division One only saw one match beat the weather, as ACD Utd grabbed a 5 – 3 victory over Wakering Sports at Westlands. Shaun Goddard’s treble saw Michael Wade’s side in command, but goals from Harry Payne & substitute Jacob Dingli were needed to overhaul Paul Wines’ brace for Sports & one goal for Nathan Roche as well. ACD rose to fifth after this win.

Into Division Two now and the only match here saw Old Southendian Res edge to a 3 – 2 triumph over May & Baker at Garon Park 3G. Carl Patten & Darren Seymour netted for the visitors but goals for Nico Dubouchet, Oliver Tatton-Bennett & substitute Callum Ludlaim ensured the points went to Josh Bambury’s side – they now sit 7th in the table, seven points adrift of their opponents here.

It’s straight into Division Four, and Ongar Town got a valuable 2 – 1 success over Collier Row at Marks Hall Centre. Jude Collins nabbed both goals for the hosts here to send up to seventh spot. Row had a setback here, and they will need to amass as many points as possible from their six remaining games to stay in the promotion race. Herongate Athletic Res also drew 0 – 0 with Shenfield AFC Res, which temporarily lifts them up to third.

There was no action in Divisions Three & Five this week, due to postponements.


Cups

Now into the EOFL Senior Cup games, and Hutton breezed through into the next round thanks to a 5 – 1 win over Shenfield AFC, in this tie moved to New Lodge 3G. Connor Hammond struck two goals here for Matt Singh’s side, added to by Luke Ricketts, Joshua Seal & Kyle Linzell strikes. Co-manager Luke Williamson got the Shenfield reply but the Reds went through. Elsewhere, Toby progressed after defeating Harold Wood Athletic 2 – 1 on spot-kicks, following a battling 1 – 1 draw at the Nursery Sports Ground. Chris Rowland netted for Toby, with James Pottle scoring for Ath there.

The other tie saw Old Chelmsfordians overcome a scare at Division Two Wakebury. The OC’s won 4 – 1 on penalties, following a 3 – 3 draw at Cupid’s. Harry Kateley netted twice for the Berries here, with Will Wheeler notching the other goal for them.

One game in the Reserve Cup saw Wakrering Sports Res progress with a terrific 6 – 1 triumph over Collier Row Res on the Main pitch at Cupid’s. Adem Beji & Connor Fardyga both scored twice here for the hosts, with Steven Valente and Substitute Charlie Smith also finding the net for Sports.

In the Essex Junior Trophy, Manford Way Res went through after a 5 – 0 victory at Silver End Utd Res. George Green’s fine hat-trick was added to by two goals for prolific scorer Luke Bennett. But Basildon Town A are out after a 4 – 1 loss to Snaresbrook, leaders of Essex Alliance League Division Two.

S22-23 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Sat 7 Jan) [EOFL 22-23 9.1.23]

Archive Image – OS v Rayleigh Town from last month

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

Hello & Happy New Year to the readers of this column. Welcome to the first edition of the Essex Olympian League round-up series in 2023. This week, we look at the action in all divisions from Saturday 7 January, plus the Cup ties this week.


EOFL Premier Division

Firstly in the top-tier, Hutton extended their seemingly unassailable lead at the top to 14 points after a 5 – 0 victory at Springfield. David Johnson netted twice here for Matt Singh’s side, with Jude Keeling, Tom Stephens and substitute Connor Hammond also netting here. The hosts remain second bottom, two points adrift of Toby. Sungate are in third on goal difference, despite being held to a goal-less draw by Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Leigh Ramblers are up to fourth after a gritty 1 – 0 victory at home to Runwell Sports at Belfairs. Scott Clark again got a crucial goal for Mark Hunter’s team.

Meanwhile, Catholic Utd started the calendar year with a 4 – 1 triumph at home to Kelvedon Hatch at the Len Forge 3G. James Burt scored for Hatch, but a team effort turned the tide as Franklin Craik, Aaron Baldwin, Tom Kearney and replacement Harrison Day all scored to keep Simon Thomas’ side in sixth, but are only two points adrift of Sungate in third. Shenfield AFC also picked up a big home win, as they triumphed 4 – 0 over Galleywood at St Martin’s Sch 3G. Jack Maleary, Ben Absolon, Jack Panons & Ben Carroll all netted here to send them three points clear in ninth, with matches in hand over most of the teams around them. ‘Wood’s tough season continues, as they are five points adrift of exiting the bottom two. Finally, Old Southendian got back to winning ways in some style as they won 6 – 0 at home to Toby at Garon Park, which sent them up to fifth on goal difference in what is a very tight chasing pack.


EOFL Divisions One & Two

Division One only saw three matches this week because of the weather but Epping Town got a huge 6 – 1 victory over strugglers Wakering Sports. Scout Bown netted four goals here for Stuart Hoskins’ team, to take his season’s league goal tally to 16. Edirin Eghwrudje and Abdul Kamara also scored here to add to the visitors’ pain and reduce leaders Harold Wood Athletic’s lead at the summit to four points. Beacon Hill Rovers also got a cucial victory, defeating Herongate Athletic 3 – 2 at Wickham Bishops. Bertie Whymark took his goal tally to seven this term with a double here, with William Strutt also netting for the hosts. Manford Way also drew 1 – 1 with Old Chelmsfordians, with Daniel Demain coming off the bench to score for the hosts there, with the point gained seeing them up to seventh in the table.

Into Division Two, there were some big results for the top four sides. Leaders Shoebury Town are four points clear at the top after an important 3 – 0 victory over Hashtag Utd Development, who dropped to third. Mechack-Kisoka Asuka scored another two goals to take his league goal tally to 13 this term. Substitute Enoch Gyimah added the other goal for Garry Johnson & John Galley’s side here. Wakering Sports Res are up to second spot after a 5 – 0 win against AS Rawreth at Cupid’s. May & Baker‘s Olympian side had to battle hard before completing a 4 – 3 victory at Catholic Utd Res, in a match moved to Waterside Farm Centre on Canvey. Carl Patten struck twice for Josh Lowbridge & Antony McDonald’s side, with Darren Seymour and Alfie Horan also scoring for the visitors there, who stay sixth but are only four points behind Wakering Sports Res in second, which endorses how tight the top half of the table is.

Elsewhere, Hutton Res moved up to eighth following a big 3 – 2 win at Wakebury. Thomas Price, Billy Chilcott and Ronnie Richardson-Cook all netted here for the visitors. Finlay Dorrell & Ben Perry responded for Matt Cardy’s team here but they lost ground on the top two. The other result saw Old Southendian Res win 4 – 2 at Rayleigh Town Res.


EOFL Divisions Three, Four & Five

In Division Three, Basildon Town Res are eight points clear at the summit after a 2 – 1 victory over local rivals Pitsea Athletic Res. Jamie Bradbourn’s brace sealed the points for the hosts, overturning Ath’s goal by substitute Carlos Dias. Ath fell to their first defeat this term & dropped to fourth. Hullbridge Sports Res are up to second after a comprehensive 8 – 0 victory at strugglers Corinthians Res. Jay Knight, Harry Mole and substitute George Mole all got doubles here, with Joe Tuskin and Joseph Gray strikes adding further gloss to the score-line.

Leigh Town Res are now third after a 5 – 2 success at home to Springfield Res at John Burrows Rec. Chris Pope netted twice here for Town, with Jack Pearman, Steve Birnie and Joshua Dalton all on target to render Liam England & William Roe goals for Springfield as consolation goals. Chingford Athletic Res grabbed a 4 – 1 victory at Old Chelmsfordians Res, with the ensemble cast of Luke Dimond, Bilel Benyoucef, George Miller and replacement Conor Medhurst all scoring for Ath.

Moving into Division Four, and Leigh Ramblers Res gained ground on second-placed Collier Row with a 1 – 0 victory at Forest Row. Luis Bracci got the decisive goal there, to raise his side up to third in the table. In the only other game in the division, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res were held 1 – 1 by Ongar Town at Silver Leys. Matthew Allen scored for Swifts, with Benjamin Adams responding for Ongar. Swifts drop to fifth, while Ongar are in eighth.

Finally for the League action this week, In Division Five the leaders are Manford Way Res, who won 4 – 1 at AS Rawreth Res. Callum Thomas, Luke Bennett, Charlie Ewing & Rakim Janneh all netted to extend their lead at the top to five points. Justin Burrell got the solitary goal back for the Rawreth team, who are three points adrift at the bottom. Wakebury Res moved into second spot following a 3 – 1 triumph over Basildon Town A at Shoebury Park. Ross Barnes’ treble saw Joe Creak’s side to their seventh win this term. Jamie Miller got the reply for Bas, who are now in sixth.

Elsewhere, Runwell Sports Res are up to fourth after they won 1 – 0 at home to Sungate Res. Daniel Hobbs got the only goal there at St Luke’s Park. The other result saw Shoebury Town Res draw 1 – 1 with Collier Row A at the Ekco Sports Club (Pitch 2).

In the Cup action this weekend, Canning Town emerged with a 4 – 3 win on penalties in the Senior League Cup after drawing 1 – 1 with Division One side Harold Hill in the early kick-off at Noak Hill 3G.

In the one match in the Reserve League Cup, Herongate Athletic Res got a morale-boosting 2 – 1 victory over Harold Wood Athletic Res, thanks to goals from Kemston Allen and replacement Jasper Stuckey. Josh Portway got the reply for Harold Wood’s Ressie side there but they exited the Cup here.

S22-23 Match Report: Catholic Utd 3 – 0 Larkspur Rovers (ART R3 – Sat 17 Dec) [17.12.22]

Anagram Records Trophy – Round Three

Venue: Len Forge Centre 3G

2022-23 Season: Match 33

Attendance: 40 (Est)

Saturday 17th December 2022 – 2pm KO

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

Larkspur Rvrs: Black & White Shirts, Black Shorts, Red Socks



Super Hoops outdo gallant Larkspur to progress in the Anagram Records Trophy

Catholic Utd 3 – 0 Larkspur Rovers

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

The prolonged chilly weather continued to affect a myriad of Leagues this weekend, so it was a return trip to the Len Forge 3G to see Catholic Utd’s home match with visitors Larkspur Rovers in the Anagram Records Trophy. Larkspur are having a promising campaign, sitting fourth in the MIddlesex County Premier Division with 22 points from 12 games thus far, only four points adrift of leaders Shepherds Bush FC. Catholic are also in decent form, sitting seventh in the Olympian Lerague Premier but already with several games more to play than any of the teams around them. Manager Simon Thomas had to ring some changes here, with several regulars out with illness. Louis Godwin-Green continued in goal, with a defence of full-backs Aaron Clark & Luke Mackie and centre-backs Jack Leech and Louis Robinson. Joe Burton, Tom Kearnry and skipper Mike Sammut made up the midfild, with forwards Liam Oliver & Aaron Baldwin being supported by Ben Burrows. Larkspur had Bailey Mulhall as their goalkeeper, with full-backs Ben McCarron and Anthony Byfield joined in defence by captain Courtney Francis and Gabriel Joseph. Player-boss Brad Morris was at the base of a midfield also containing Charlie Quinnell, Kammus Metrane, Aidan Hurley and Ryan Durrant. Centre forward Deluxe Mwengula led the line for the visitors here.

There was very little time for the visitors to get settled as barely two minutes into the contest, Catholic Utd opened the scoring. Forward Liam Oliver made a good surging run down the middle, bypassing the visiting backline well before unselfishly finding the run of Ben Burrows, who duly slotted home low into the net past visiting stopper Bailey Mulhall. The only ‘snag’ of sorts for the hosts was that they should have been further ahead before the half-hour mark. Oliver had two further chances that couldn’t find the target, also a third oppurtunity was well-denied by Mulhall’s legs. Overall, the visitors from the Northolt area were conceding possession in midfield and finding it difficult to repel the Utd attacks as well, as they showcased tempo and good passes.

Utd forward Liam Oliver (#17) really testing Rovers backline early on

The early forays forward by Brad Morris’ side were in the most part rebuffed by a solid home backline, although winger Ryan Durrant had a glimmer at goal just short of the quarter-hour, which sailed not far wide of the right-side post. Respect also has to go to the travelling Larkspur contingent who did make the trip, but their frustrations was only heightened just after the half-hour.

Forward Aaron Baldwin fired in a fine curling strike from about 25 yards out which caught Mulhall out, and the ball flew into the net despite the goallkeeper’s best attempts to keep it out. It could have been worse for the visitors as Catholic had a prospective third goal ruled out for an off-side, as Aaron Clark’s fine set-piece was headed home by centre-back Louis Robinson, only for the assistant’s flag being raised to deny him.


Rovers winger Ryan Durrant watched by Utd’s Luke Mackie in 1st half

Despite a few promising moments down the flanks, the half-chances for Rovers were very few in  number, with midfielder Aidan Hurley fring well wide of the woodwork. The home defence, led by  Jack Leech did nullify the chances on goal that Rovers had. Despite this, forward Deluxe Mwengula had already made some promising runs by this point, with Catholic Utd employing the fair high defensive line to deploy the ‘off-side trap’.

Half-Time: Catholic Utd 2 – 0 Larkspur Rovers

Utd defender Louis Robinson clears the ball with Rovers forward Deluxe Mwengula closing, in the 2nd half

The Essex Olympian League Premier side had a good habit of scoring goals at crucial times in this match and they did just that, three minutes after the interval. A set-piece in a crowded penalty area again caught the Larkspur defence off-guard, which allowed skipper Mike Sammut to angle home a decent strike high into the net, leaving Mulhall powerless to deny him. In fairness to the Larkspur goalkeeper, he also pulled off two or three decent saves during the game to effectively keep his team in the contest, so kudos to him.

With respect to the visitors, they did slowly find their rhythm in the second half as Utd slowly but surely changed things by bringing their substitutes onto the field.Durrant was a good outlet down the right side and put some decent passes in, as did fellow midfielder Charlie Quinnell. Unfortunately for them, their comparative lack of options from the sidelines did not aid them here. That being said, they did have a goal chalked off midway through the half. Good play initially by full-back Anthony Byfield ended with a good ball into the area which found Mwengula, with his low strike finding the net but again, the assistant’s flag was up so it didn’t count.

Rovers full-back Anthony Byfield in possession late on

Ultimately, it did not affect the result although I suspect Larkspur will be disappointed with their performance here even though they were missing top-scorer Chris Mathieson (suspended) and several others through injury & illness.


Full-Time: Catholic Utd  3 – 0 Larkspur Rovers

To summarise this decent game in the chilly conditions, Catholic Utd were too slick with their passing and their good tempo saw them to a fairly comfortable victory against a Larkspur side that struggled for numbers but showed some neat play at times, particularly down the channels. But centre forward Deluxe Mwengula wasn’t found by his midfield often enough & therefore despite some good surging runs, ultimately Rovers didn’t create enough to trouble home stopper Godwin-Green enough.

There were several good performances in this match. For victors Utd, their defensive display was led well by centre-back Jack Leech who showed good awareness to get in good positiomns to clear effectively, while attacking full-back Aaron Clark also got forward well and was a danger from set-pieces. Midfield duo Tom Kearney & Mike Sammut also put in good performances to supply the forward line well with good passing & movement, as well as a good goal in Sammut’s case.

For Larkspur, winger Ryan Durrant had a good game down the right side, putting in some good passes at times and showing decent energy levels. Forward Deluxe Mwengula also showed promise, keeping the Utd defence alert despite being the line forward here, as well as showing good pace. Lastly, a word for goalkeeper Bailey Mulhall who produced a few good saves to keep his team in the match, while full-back Anthony Byfield had a decent game also, making several good runs in the second half to add to his team’s attacking threat.

With this win, Catholic now move into the Quarter-Finals of the Trophy & face the conundrum of having a very busy last four months or so of their season in League & Cups. Still, boss Simon Thomas will be happy with their performance levels here.


Teams

Catholic Utd  | Manager : Simon Thomas | Assistant: Tom Harding

Starting XI: 1 Louis Godwin-Green (GK), 2 Luke Mackie, 3 Aaron Clark, 5 Louis Robinson, 6 Jack Leech, 7 Thomas Kearney, 8 Michael Sammut (Capt), 15 Joe Burton, 12 Ben Burrows, 17 Liam Oliver, 19 Aaron Baldwin,

Goal-scorers: Ben Burrows [2′], Aaron Baldwin [32′], Mike Sammut [48′]

Subs On (Time): 20 Carl Read [46′, replaced Burrows], 10 Dominic O’Kane [57′, replaced Baldwin], 16 James Ainslie [66′, replaced Mackie], 9 Daniel Williams [70′, replaced Oliver] & 14 Matt Creevy [75′, replaced Kearney]

Booked: None  | Subs Not Used: None

Larkspur Rovers | Player-Manager: Brad Morris | 

Starting XI: 1 Bailey Mulhall (GK), 2 Ben McCarron, 3 Anthony Byfield, 4 Gabriel Joseph, 5 Courtney Francis (Capt), 6 Charlie Quinnell, 10 Brad Morris, 14 Kammus Metrane, 8 Aiden Hurley, 7 Ryan Durrant, 9 Deluxe Mwengula

Sub On (Time): 22 Dan DeAbreu [55′]

Booked: DeAbreu | Sub Not Used: None


Referee: Daniel Mann
Assistants: Simon Brickwood & Broghan Kelly

S22-23 Round-ups: Essex Olympian Lge (Sat 10 Dec) [EOFL 22-23 12.12.22]

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

Hello & welcome to this weekend’s round-up from the action in the Essex Olympian League. This week on Saturday 10 December, we look at the action in all divisions, the weekend’s ‘big freeze’ heavily reduced the amount of fixtures played. Even so, some teams earned big wins in their respective divisions.

Image from Old Southendian v Rayleigh Town this weekend

EOFL Premier Division, Divisions One & Two

In the top-tier this week,  the only game that survived the freeze was at Garon Park 3G, where Rayleigh Town grabbed a late winner to win 2 – 1 at Old Southendian, in the match I attended this weekend. Goals from Jack Long & William Vile ensured Paul Higgins’ side went back up to second, eleven points adrift of leaders Hutton. Connor Burrows’ fine strike on the hour had given Altar Ali’s side the lead but they remain in sixth. If you’d like more on this game, my report is available here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2022/12/11/s22-23-match-report-old-southendian-1-2-rayleigh-town-sat-10-dec-eofl/


In Division One, the only surviving game was at Cupid’s (Main pitch) where Corinthians secured a 3 – 1 victory over Wakering Sports. Bailey Moss netted twice to reach 14 league goals this term, with Max Jones netting the other goal as the Stambridge-based side when within one point of second-placed Epping Town. Luke Winter got the goal for Sports but they remain bottom, without a point, with ten matches remaining this term.

In Division Two, Catholic Utd Res gained a useful three points as they overwlmed Old Southendian Res 7 – 1 at St Thomas More Sch. Franklin Craik netted four goals here himself, with Dominic O’Kane, Daniel Williams & substitute Thomas Kearney adding one each to add to the visitors’ pain. The win takes the Utd second-side up to seventh, while the OS side remain bottom, with Hutton Res only above them on goal difference.


EOFL Divisions Three, Four & Five

In the fourth-tier, Buckhurst Hill U23 put in a superb performance to win 8 – 1 over Toby Res at Roding Lane. Harvey Woods struck four goals here to raise his goal-tally to nine league goals thus far, with substitute Jack Ferris netting twice. Charlie Cole & Eden Reyes alao netted for Darren Gosnell’s talented side. Jamie Sparkes’ consolation goal meant Toby had something to take from the game but they remain three p[oints adrift at the bottom.

Into Division Four now, and Collier Row had to fight hard to win 3 – 2 at Wakering Sports A. Freddie Donkor, Elliott Barrow & Benjamin Whomersley strikes were enough to claim the points & overhaul goals a double for James Loudon for the hosts. Row ‘s revival this term continues as they are now level on points with leaders Roydon, and are 11 points clear of nearest rivals Herongate Athletic Res, having played three games more.

Finally, there were two matches in Division Five. First, Manford Way Res increased their lead at the summit to five points after a 5 – 0 success over strugglers Sungate Res. Luke Bennett powered in another treble to reach 15 league goals (congrats to him) this term, with Rakim Janneh added the other two goals. The Sungate remain eighth of the now nine active sides (see news below).

In the other game, Collier Row Res went up to third after a convincing 6 – 1 triumph at home to Wakebury Res. First-half goals by Ryan Costello & Aloisio Dos Santos were added to by Harry Potts, Jordan Lee & substitutes Danny Gilley & George Coker after the break to ensure the win. Replacement Alfie Stone got the goal for the berries second-side, who drop to fifth spot.

Also, it was announced this week that Epping Town Res have become the latest side to withdraw from the league this term. Hopefully, they will return in due course.

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S22-23 Match Report: Old Southendian 1 – 2 Rayleigh Town (Sat 10 Dec) [EOFL 22-23 11.12.22]

Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Venue: Garon Park 3G

2022-23 Season: Match 32

Attendance: 20 (Est)

Saturday 10 December 2022 – 2.30pm KO

Old S: Green Shirts, Black Shorts & Green Socks

Rayleigh T: Navy Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts & Socks

Old Southendian advance down the left flank in first half

Last-gasp winner sees Rayleigh get a vital win at Garon Park

Old Southendian 1 – 2 Rayleigh Town

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

The ‘big freeze’ this weekend saw a high amount of matches in the region at Steps Five, Six & Seven postponed, so I ventured out in the chilly conditions to see this Essex Olympian League Premier Division tussle between mid-table side Old Southendian and top-four side Rayleigh Town. The visitors have several matches in hand on most of their rivals but they have dropped points recently, which saw them slide 14 points behind leaders Hutton. Old Southendian are having a decent campaign thus far and named Peter Loveday in goal, with the defence being comprised of centre-backs Neil MacLean, Jordan Faulkner & Oliver Tatton-Bennett plus full-backs Ben Marrable & Connor Burrows. Nick Henesy & Jack Lelliott were in central midfield. Mitchell Ali, Nico Dubouchet & Matt Tonking were the forward line for Altar Ali’s side. Rayleigh named a strong team, with regular stopper Mark Brown in goal, a central defence of Sonny Coutts, Frank Hession-Harris & Jack Chatterway, with advancing wing-backs Will Vile & Charlie Seaden. Skipper George Vile was alongside Ben Baxter and George Aston in midfield with Harry Talbot and top-scorer Jack Long in attack.

Both sides had three substitutes here, and perhaps that was partly in the teams’ minds as the early stages of this match were cagey. The ‘Old Boys’ were keen to establish a base of being strong in defence, although because they sat fairly deep, it did make it harder to push forward when in possession. Rayleigh also looked a little incoherent, perhaps sensing the need to get the win.

OS’ Jack Lelliott shielding the ball in first half

Chances were few & far between until the clock motored on towards the half hour. Rayleigh forward Jack Long was the chief threat, firing two efforts off-target and also having a good strike fizz back off the woodwork. Strike partner Harry Talbot also fired over the crossbar as there were murmurings that the visitors were starting to find their attacking rhythm. However, the home backline was in a miserly mood and defended well to frustrate the opposition. Their big chance just after the 30-minute mark saw forward Mitchell Ali play in Nico Dubouchet whose strike went agonizingly wide of the right-side post after passing visiting custodian Mark Brown.


As the half-time whistle sounded, there was definitely a need for a goal, and perhaps a rise in tempo from both teams.

Half-Time: Old S  0 – 0 Rayleigh Town

As the natural light declined and along with it the temperature, both teams did emerge with renewed impetus after the break. Long was in the action again three minutes into the half, as after a good turn he got his left-footed strike in on goal, only for OS goalkeeper Peter Loveday to gather well. When we did get the opening goal on the hour, it came in some style. Old Southendian full-back Connor Burrows caught the visiting defence off-guard by thundering home a fine strike from 20 yards past Brown & high into the net.

Almost from that point onwards, Rayleigh Town piled on the pressure with waves of forward moves and balls into the box, with several decent crosses from William Vile down the left flank, being dealt with fairly well. Long & Talbot continued to test the tiring OS defence, with Talbot firing off-target moments after the he opening goal.


OS forward Mitchell Ali (#10) jostles with Rayleigh’s George Vile for possession

The Old Boys did not have that many breaks forward in the last half-hour, but midfielder Jack Lelliott garnered ome space well to get his strike away, but it lacked the power to bypass Brown. Eventually, the pressure did tell as Town equalised on 84 minutes. A set-piece by skipper George Vile angled its way into the six-yard box, which Long seized on to prod home from two yards out before the OS defence could clear. With Town going all-out for goals by this stage, OS did have one bg chance in the last few minutes, but substitute Bradley Confrey could only blast high over Brown’s goal when well-placed.

That costly miss was only amplified deep in added -time as Town did get a hugely-important last-gasp winner. Talbot darted down the left-side of the penalty box, getting round his marker before produced a fine low ball which found the path of the energetic William Vile who powered in a decent strike past Loveday & into the net to shatter the hosts’ aspirations and grab the points for Paul Higgins’ side.


Full-Time: Old Southendian 1 – 2 Rayleigh Town

To summarise this battle of a match, Old Southendian battled hard to rebuff the surging runs from the visitors. Although they were not at their best, the opening goal for OS startled Town into another gear and several waves of pressure on the hosts eventually told, but Rayleigh will know they left it very late to grab a win they really needed.

The stand-out performances here for the victors Rayleigh Town were led by a strong forward performance by Jack Long, who relished the battle, showed good movement and had several chances before his eventual equaliser. Central midfielder George Vile is such an intrinsically important player for Town & another hard-working display pushed his side on in the second half. It was sheer persistence from forward Harry Talbot who showed his importance as well, showing his pace, dribbling and passing to get the assist for the winner. Persistence also applies to winger William Vile, who put several good crosses in from the left side as well as good pace. Factor in the good movement to create the oppurtunity for an oppurtunistic winning goal & he deserves a mention.

For OS, central midfielder Nick Henesy played his part well in their passing game, despite resilent defending by Rayleigh. Full-back Connor Burrows did his defensive duties well, showed good awareness too but his superb goal really got this game going. Centre-back Jordan Faulkner also was an important part of the Old Boys defence that held firm well until the latter stages, showing good ability in the air. Lastly, forward Mitchell Ali did well to keep the visiting defence occupied at times & was also up for the battle, showing good physicality in the increasingly chilly conditions.

Rayleigh push on in second half

Finally, I’d like to wish both teams a good remainder of the season.


Teams

Old Southendian  | Manager: Altar Ali  | Assistants: Paul Tonking, John Rees & David Tubbs

Starting XI: 1 Pete Loveday (GK), 2 Connor Burrows, 3 Ben Marrable, 5 Neil MacLean, 6 Jordan Faulkner, 4 Oliver Tatton-Bennett, 7 Nick Henesy (Capt), 8 Jack Lelliott, 11 Matt Tonking, 10 Mitchell Ali, 9 Nico Dubouchet

Goal-scorer: Connor Burrows [60′]

Sub On (Time): 17 Bradley Confrey [on for Dubouchet 77′]

Booked: None  | Sub Not Used: Lovegrove, Gould


Rayleigh Town  | Manager: Paul Higgins | Assistant: Del Lamon

Starting XI: 1 Mark Brown (GK), 2 Charlie Seaden, 6 Sonny Coutts, 17 Frank Hession-Harris, 3 Jack Chatterway, 8 George Vile (Capt), 10 George Aston, 12 Ben Baxter, 11 William Vile, 9 Jack Long, 7 Harry Talbot

Goal-scorers: Jack Long [84′], William Vile [90’+3]

Sub On (Time): 4 Sonny Woodward [on for Aston 64′]

Booked: Coutts, Hession-Harris, Long  | Subs Not Used: Baldry, Sweetman


Referee: Kirk Edwards
Assistants: Simon Brickwood & Joseph Cowdrey

S22-23 Round-ups: Essex Olympian Lge & Cups (Sat 3 Dec) [EOFL 22-23 5.12.22]


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

Hello & welcome to the first edition in December of the Essex Olympian League round-up. This week, we look at the action in all divisions from Saturday 3 December, and we begin with the Cup competitions this weekend.

Essex Premier Cup – Round Four

This week we begin with the Essex Premier Cup fourth round. Premier Division side Toby defeated Essex Alliance League Senior side Kit Out London 3 – 0 at Nursery Sports Ground. Callum Mann, Jake Jones & Luis Ruiz all netted to seal progression to the last eight for Mark Jones’ side. Fellow top-tier side Rayleigh Town also went through after a 3 – 0 victory at Division One side Beacon Hill Rovers. Harry Talbot netted twice for Paul Higgins’ side here, with Jack Long again on target to seal the win. EOFL Prem leaders Hutton had a battle before winning 3 – 2  against Border League side Dunmow Town at Hannakins Farm, after extra time. Will Marlowe, Rodney Wilson & replacement David Johnson got the crucial goals there for the Reds. There was a win for Shenfield AFC in their local derby with Harold Wood Athletic, as another double for Ben Absolon secured a 2 – 1 win for AFC, with Zach Holding getting the solitary goal for the second-tier side.

Meanwhile, there was a real battle at Stambridge Memorial Ground which saw Division One side Corinthians narrowly defeat Premier side Leigh Ramblers 4 — 3. Bailey Moss’ treble & a goal for Bill Wilton secured an excellent victory for Chris Stoneham’s team, outdoing strikes for the Rams by Tom Franks, George Moxon and Matthew Brinklow. The lowest-ranked EOFL side in the competition – Division Two’s Wakering Sports Res , produced an excellent display to secure a 3 – 2 success against Essex Alliance League Senior Division side Chadwell Heath Spartans at Cupid’s. Connor Fardyga scored another two goals, and substitute Oliver Greene also netted for Sports. Joe Butcher & Jon Evans goals for the Spartans made it tight but it was a tough afternoon for Aaron Hunwicks’ side.

Finally, Catholic Utd put in a good performance to defeat Essex & Suffolk Border League Premier side Colne Athletic 5 – 2 at the Len Forge 3G, in the match I attended on Saturday. A brace for Aaron Baldwin added to goals by Louie Hay, Franklin Craik & a James Warder spot-kick to see the Super Hoops through & make it seven Olympian League sides in the quarter-finals this term, thus continuing the dominance by EOFL sides in recent years, in this competition. 

If you’d like more on the win for Catholic Utd. my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2022/12/04/s22-23-match-report-catholic-utd-5-2-colne-athletic-sat-3-dec-epc/



EOFL Reserve League Cup

Two matches to note in the Ressie League Cup. Firstly, Collier Row Res produced a fine performance to win 4 – 0 at Old Southendian Res, with Aloisio Dos Santos netting twice, along with goals from Charlie Quant & Ryan Costello to ensure the win for Mark Lee’s side. Leigh Ramblers Res joined them in the next round after a narrow 1 – 0 win in their derby with Leigh Town Res at Belfairs. Luis Bracci got the winning penalty with five minutes left to seal the tie.


EOFL Premier Division & Division One

In the top-tier this week, there was two vital wins for teams in the bottom three. Firstly, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts gained ground on the teams above them with a 5 – 0 triumph over Galleywood at Silver Leys. Mitchell Burr’s fine treble was added to by goals for Valter Simao & Edward Atkinson-Purse to ensure a fine win and leave ‘Wood three points adrift at the bottom. Springfield also got an important 2 – 1 victory at Runwell Sports, with Lewis Chapman & an OG ensuring Allan Fenn’s side got the win. Finally, Sungate had a Solomon Asomah strike to thank for a 1 – 0 win over Old Southendian which sees them rise to second spot.

In Division One, Epping Town cut the deficit to leaders Harold Wood Athletic to seven points after a 5 – 2 victory at home to Harold Hill. Chris Gormley let the way with a superb hat-trick, with goals from Abdul Kamara & Scout Bown adding to Hill’s pain. Old Chelmsfordians moved back up to third after a 6 – 1 win at home to ACD Utd, and Manford Way went up to seventh spot after a comprehensive 4 – 0 success at home to winless Wakering Sports. Daniel Demain, David Alele, James Dobson & an OG secured a good win for Colin Dobson’s team.  


EOFL Divisions Two, Three, Four & Five

In Division Two, with leaders Shoebury Town not in action, the chasing pack all got important wins. Hashtag Utd Development remain second after a enthralling 8 – 1 victory at Rayleigh Town Res. Jay Knight got a fine treble, with an ensemble cast of Thomas Matthew, Josh Jarvis, Tony Stevens, Matthew Gauci & Tommy Green all grabbing a goal each for Denis Simpson’s team. Harold Wood Athletic Res are two points behind in third spot after a battling 3 – 2 win away at Hutton Res. Kieron Moynihan, Max London & Matthew Harris all scored for Steve Hubbard’s side there. Thomas Price & Ronnie Richardson-Cook both scored for the hosts there at Polo Fields.

Meanwhile, Wakebury are up to fourth after a 2 – 0 victory over third-bottom Catholic Utd Res at Cupid’s. Finlay Dorrell & Jordan Farrell both netted for Matt Cardy’s side there. And last but not least in this division, May & Baker EOFL secured another fine win with a 6 – 3 triumph over AS Rawreth. Jack O’Connor led the way for the hosts with a double, while Carl Patten, Kane Messenger, Darren Seymour & Alfie Horan all netted too to ensure they are eight points clear in sixth place. Billy Brown’s double & a goal from substitute Hamoud Salum accounted for the Rawreth goals here.


In Division Three, Basildon Town Res remain seven points clear at the summit after a fine 5 – 0 triumph at Springfield Res. Jamie Bradbourn’s double, allied with goals for Antony Aylett, Joe Fogarty & substitute Ashley Drury ensured the points went back with the visitors. Second-placed Pitsea Athletic look the most likely side to be able to catch the leaders, but had to settle for a narrow 1 – 0 home win against Buckhurst Hill U23. Hullbridge Sports Res lost ground on the top two after losing 1 – 3 to Old Chelmsfordians Res, who remain in seventh.

Moving into Division Four now, unbeaten leaders Roydon retained their three-point lead after a 4 – 0 win against Shenfield AFC Res at Roydon Rec. Nader Benzid, Connor Riddoch, Rene Pivarnik & Mike Hayes all scored for Nigel Jordon’s team in that game. Collier Row are eight points clear in second after a 3 – 1 victory over Leytonstone Utd in the ‘Forest Row derby’. Elsewhere, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res went three points clear in fifth spot after a 3 – 1 win at Herongate Athletic Res. Matthew Allen got a fine double here, with Archie Gerard also on target for the Swifts side. Finally, Galleywood Res defeated Ongar Town 2 – 0 at Slades Lane, with Ebenezer Fasoranti & Aryan Tathgar goals giving them only their second league win this term & also saw them rise out of the bottom two.

In Division Five, we have new leaders after Manford Way Res won 5 – 0 in their top-two clash at Basildon Town A. There were doubles for Luke Bennett & Callum Thomas, as well as a goal for George Green as Manford went two points clear at the summit. Wakebury Res also won as they defeated Sungate Res 5 – 1 at Shoebury Park.Liam Dunne & Riley Oliver both scored twice for Joe Creak’s side, with Charlie Canning’s goal sealing their fourth straight victory and a rise to third spot, three points behind Basildon Town A. In the other game, Canning Town Res got a comfortable 4 – 0 success over Runwell Sports Res to fortify their position in sixth.

S22-23 Guest Blog: Essex Alliance Lge &Cups (Sat 26 Nov) [EAL 22-23 28.11.22]

Hello and welcome to the return of the Essex Alliance section, as the EAL had its 16th week of competition this week to Rob Parker. This round-up is posted with the author’s permission, with additional reporting by Scott W. Thanks for reading.

Guest Blog written by Rob Parker for EAL  [EAL Twitter: @EssexAllianceFL]

Essex Alliance League – Saturday 26 November

FENTON CUP

Saturday saw the final football action of November with two Fenton Cups ties featuring on the fixture list. Second tier London Cranes almost pulled off a shock, leading 2-0 against top flight Chadwell Heath Spartans but the latter fought back well and took a 3 – 2 victory through goals from Aaron Hunwicks, Elie Fanga and Jonathan Evans to head into round two.

Over at Town Mead, Chingford Athletic faced fellow Premier Division high-flyers, RCXI, in their first round tie and a closely fought game saw the two sides finish level at 3 – 3 at the end of ninety minutes with Brandon Dillon scoring twice and Dylan Scutt once for the hosts. And it was Chingford who held their nerve in the shoutout to win it 4-3.

SENIOR DIVISION

A full Senior fixture list began up at Ware with the leaders, FC Baresi, hosting rivals Lymore Gardens in a crucial game. A tight contest was edged by the odd goal by Baresi as Paul Benfield scored both of their goals in a 2 – 1 victory, that result seeing them able to open up a four point gap at the top of the table. Previously second placed Brimsdown went into their game away at FC Petrocub very much as one of the in-form sides but they faced another side who have been cranking up the wins recently. An expectedly close game saw it finish level with the teams sharing the points in a 1 – 1 draw, that result seeing the visitors drop a place to third.

Those scorelines assisted Jolof Sports as they made further progress up the league standings as they climbed into second spot in the table on the back of a winning trip to Rapid Chingford, returning home with all three points in a 3 – 1 success. Andrei Cazacu scored the Rapid goal but Jolof goals in reply from Ndiouga Mara, Alexander Sow and Bogdan Ursica saw the points head home with them.

Fourth placed Sporting Hackney now sit six points off the pace with a game in hand after they came out on the winning side of the Wadham derby game against Walthamstow Reserves. A single goal in the game was all that separated the sides with Henry Gallagher’s strike for the Parrots the difference on the day in a 1 – 0 win.

Woodford East sit fifth after twelve games and remain well in contention for matters above them following an eighth league success of the season, beating Crookz United 6 – 2 at Mabley Green. Connor Brathwaite scored a hat-trick, Ben Smith netted two and William Letchford grabbed the other as they put themselves five points clear of the side below them.

Sitting right in the middle of the table, May & Baker EC Reserves are up to ninth following the weekend’s results, jumping up a place after they came through a local derby game with Dagenham United with all three points, winning 4-0. Oliver Beadle bagged a brace with Darius Egualeonan and Ricardo Teixeira striking the others in a solid performance.

Eighth placed Frenford Development also have a number of games in hand on sides above and they made the first of those pay with a 5 – 2 win at The Drive over the weekend, defeating Oakside in the Redbridge derby. A goal apiece from Louie Handley, Carlos Barahona, Jhon Castillo, Joel Opara and Gabriel Alves were enough for their sides to take a fifth league win of the campaign.

At the other end of the standings, Blue Marlin will be breathing a sigh of relief and will hope the weekend proves a watershed week for them as they picked up a first win of the season in a 5 – 3 victory in Hainault against Kit Out London. Jerrel Watkins netted four goals for Marlin, to which Byama Kondowe added the other goal. Hugo Amaral, Aourid Ismael & Chris Micoli got the goals in reply for Kit Out. The win for Marlin saw them close the gap on the sides above to just a single point though do still sit seven points adrift of safety. The only way is up!

Before we move on to the second-tier, the top goal-scorers are in the Senior Division this term at present are as follows (Source: EAL Website)

  1. Tyreece Robertson [FC Baresi] – 16 goals
  2. Paul Benfield [FC Baresi] – 12 goals
  3. Edson Lami [FC Baresi] – 10 goals
  4. Peter Adeleye [Chadwell Heath Spartans] – 9 goals
  5. Darius Egualeonan [May & Baker Res] – 9 goals

PREMIER DIVISION (EAST)

In Premier Division East, there are new leaders at the top of the table as Underscore United underlined their title credentials with a seventh successive league success, moving two points clear at the top after a 5 – 3 home win against Wapping. Mohammed Ahmed, Donald Adeosun and Yusuf Nasir scored for the visitors but those goals proved in vain despite a hard fought performance.

Fairlop Rovers took advantage of other sides around them being in cup action to move up to third in the standings with a 2-0 home winning performance against Barkingside Under 23s at Fairlop Oak. Jayden Francis and Joseph Head both got on the scoresheet for the promotion chasing outfit as they made it five wins from eight.

There was a big result for London Park City who went into their home game against Aveley Under 23s with a four point deficit to make up on. But by full-time they had slashed that to a single point, sending the Millers to a first defeat of the season as Mohammed Fadil and Alexandru Gheorghe both struck to give them a 2 – 1 win. Aldo Vani netted the Aveley goal in reply.

Fifth placed Waltham Abbey A continued what has been a very decent start in the league so far this season with a big home win on Saturday against Freetown. Harry Lea and Alfie Bruno hat-tricks led the way with Tom Marchant (2), Thomas Daltrey, Charlie Kerswell, Micky Clark and Archie Stojic goals paving the way to an emphatic 12 – 0 win.


PREMIER DIVISION (WEST

Priory Park Rangers have moved top of the Premier Division West division on goal difference as they came out on top in their home clash with Athletic Newham Under 23s at Hackney Marshes on Saturday. Hosts Rangers were 5 – 1 victors on the day to make it seven league wins in ten as they head top of the pile.

Lurking in fourth, CSM London’s games in hand could yet still impact those top spots and they continued their silent assault with a thumping 7 – 0 home win at West Ham Foundation over the weekend, beating Wanstead to move up a place. Chris Anele came off the bench to score twice with Conrad Doggett, Emre Ozuaciksoz, Micail Koulibaly and Luke McElroy also netting.

Leyton City will be pleased with their efforts from Saturday as they finally put a first win on the board with a home victory against G7 in Newbury Park. Jahvarn Steward netting twice off the bench with Liam Kennedy scoring the other in a 3 – 2 win. That result pushes them to within a point of their opponents and also safety.


DIVISION ONE

Top of the table Newham Wanderers ensured they kept their name at the top of the division after coming through a tricky home test against Ilford Reserves at the Flats. Goals from Robertson Morais, Manuel Sanuo and Seco Embalo proved vital in a game they eventually edged by the odd goal in five, 3 – 2 the winning scoreline.

Second placed Redbridge Community could yet move level with the leaders albeit with some goal difference to make up on. They done their best to cut that deficit on Saturday with an away win on the road, beating Atholl in Chingford in a 4 – 2 scoreline to pick up win number seven. Michael Kiflezghi scored two with Frankie Francis and Tevin French netting the others for their side.

Old Esthameians are up a place into third in the standings after they made it four wins from their opening ten league fixtures, coming through a tough home test against bottom of the table Kwanzas London Sport in Newbury Park. Celso Gomes scored twice off the bench for the visitors but his goals were not enough as E’s ran out 3 – 2 victors.

Completing the division’s action was a mid-table game between two sides who started the day on the same points tally, Something From Nothing making the trip to Dagenham to take on Eagles Football. But SFN have some good momentum at the moment and they were able to come out 1-0 winners on the day to move into fifth place in the standings.

DIVISION TWO

With the sides above them not in action, hosts Royal Forest and FC Baresi Under 23s saw their chance to close the gap as those sides met in Loughton. A close game of six goals was eventually edged by FC Baresi who came out 4-2 winners in the game with Mak Delkic, David Poirier, Joshua Adu and Simeon Nelson all scoring in put their side up to third.

Lymore Gardens Reserves and Redbridge Community Reserves started the day level on six points apiece ahead of their game in Hainault but it was the visitors, Lymore, who ended the happier of the sides, winning the game 5-2. That was Lymore’s third win of the season and it saw them leapfrog their opponents into eighth.

DIVISION THREE

The top two sides in Division Three both picked up victories on Saturday with Jolof Sports Reserves coming out on the right side of a five goal thriller against third placed Chingford Harriers to put some distance between their sides. Calvin Dias, James Farmer and debutant Marllen Silva all struck goals for the hosts as they continue their title quest.

Top of the table Newbury East remain four points clear of their closest rivals as they came away winners from their trip to Lakeside to face Football Club of Riverside. Two Rafai Bentick goals off the bench were added to by strikes from Junior Milla and Nuureeni Nuureeni as the leaders put a 4-2 win on the board.

Fourth placed Frenford A and just a point behind the side immediately above them now after they were also winners on the road, beating Dagenham United Reserves 2-1 at Castle Green. Marcus Ursu scored for the hosts but his effort proved just consolation as Frenford scored twice themselves to take the victory.

Glendale came from behind in their away trip to Buckhurst Way to take all three points home with them as they ended up 7-3 winners at Bancroft Rugby Club. First half goals from Dev Choudhury and Josh Adeojo got them level before Dave Hennessey’s wonder strike gave them the lead, Maryis Shamku, Abdulai Ahmed, Muhammad Camara and Ade Adeyemi netting the others.

And it was an away day win also for Romford Under 21s who made a successful trip to Hainault to face Melbourne Sports as they walked away 3-2 winners to confirm win number three this season. A goal apiece from each of Joshua Fage, Eugenio Balde and Edy Da Silveira were just enough for the visitors to edge the contest.

DIVISION FOUR

It was another prolific goal scoring weekend in Division Four where the leaders, Romford Under 19s, continued to fire in front of goal with an 8-5 success in a crazy game against second placed Fairlop Rovers Reserves. Bradley Mott and Sergio Rusu both scored twice with Jakub Bogacki, Casper Salentenik, Alvin Smeraldi and Charlie Howell also netting. Tyler Kirby and Gianluca Halil both netted twice in reply for Fairlop, along with a Matthew Stratton goal.

Collier Row Wheels were able to use that result to close the gap on the sides above as they moved two points outside of the promotion places with a 5-1 win against Avondale Rangers. Tafari Miller’s two goals led the way with Adem Conaty, Jenny Ogundele and Jack Stockdale efforts completing the scoresheet for the visitors.

Emerson & Upminster Reserves secured a second league success for their season with a win on the road away at eighth placed West Essex Under 23s. Despite going into the game trailing their opponents by nine points, a goal each from Byron Cressey, Ryan Conway, Gordon Archie, Tyler Huggett and Ryan Whitton gave Emerson a 5-1 success, Ebraheem Bhoodoo scoring the West goal in reply.

Moving up into seventh place are Flyers Under 23s who join a cluster of clubs on twelve points following a 3-0 home success against Inter London, renewing old rivalries with their opponents from last season. That was Flyers’ fourth league success of the campaign, moving just a point behind Inter London in the table.

Ninth placed Old Esthameians Reserves will be pleased with their afternoon’s performance on Saturday as they secured a second league win with a 2-0 home success against Newham & Havering Borough, the visitors remaining winless so far this season. That win for E’s ensured they remain outside of the bottom two though are still five points adrift of the group above them.


COUNTY CUP

In the Essex Junior Trophy, Division Two’s leading pair both made safe passage through into the quarter finals with Snaresbrook coming away 2-0 winners from their home clash against Collier Row Reserves. Their reward is another home clash as they take on Basildon Town A in January.

Joining Snaresbrook in the quarter finals will be Rainham Phoenix who faced Mid Essex League opposition on Saturday at home with Southminster United the visitors to Harris Academy. Rainham were in fine goalscoring form in a 6-1 winning performance to head into an away quarter final against either Hutton B or Kelvedon Social A.

Chadwell Heath Spartans Reserves’ run in the competition came to an end at the third round stage as they headed out against Olympian opposition, going down 3 – 1 against Basildon Town A in Hainault to see their interest end for the season.

In the London Junior Cup, Soul are into the hat for the fourth round of the competition, the last sixteen stage, as they overcame a potentially tricky tie against another EAL side, Forest Green, over in Leyton. The Premier Division side eventually prevailed in a 2 – 1 scoreline to head through.

On the flip side, Unitey’s run to the last thirty two of the competition finally met it’s end as they were beaten by West End AFA League side Park Stars in their game. A 2 – 1 scoreline in favour of the visitors brought Unitey’s involvement to an end for another season.

In the Middlesex Intermediate Cup, AEK London faced familiar opposition as they met one of their former opponents, Indian Gymkhana, in their first round tie. A close game saw a single goal settle the tie with the visitors the side to benefit, ending AEK’s run in the competition.

S22-23 Round-ups: Essex Olympian Lge (Sat 26 Nov) [EOFL 22-23 28.11.22)

Archive Image – Shoebury Town v AS Rawreth earlier in November

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

Hello & welcome to another edition of the Essex Olympian League round-up. This week on Saturday 26 November, we look at the action in all divisions, plus an extra section on the various Cup competitions this weekend.

EOFL logo

EOFL Senior Cup

This week we again start with the League Senior Cup. Shenfield AFC progressed with a 4 – 0 victory at local rivals Kelvedon Hatch. Jack Panons struck twice for AFC here, plus Alex Tredgett & Ben Absolon also scored at New Hall. Old Chelmsfordians joined them there after a comprehensive 6 – 1 victory over Beacon Hill Rovers at Lawford Lane.

EOFL Premier Division

In the top-tier this week, Hutton‘s incredible lead at the summit now stands at twelve points after a battling 1 – 0 success at home to Springfield. Luke Ricketts got the only goal for Matt Singh’s side at Chadfields. Rayleigh Town lost ground on the top two after they drew 3 – 3 with Runwell Sports at London Road. Jack Long’s fine treble was not enough to provide the win as strikes by Charlie Little, Oliver Williamson and an OG meant Runwell claimed a point, which keeps them eighth. Leigh Ramblers made it two home wins in consecutive weeks, without conceding a goal after a 3 – 0 victory over Canning Town, who remain second. Strikes by Andrew Webster, Tom Franks & Jamie Skinner meant Mark Hunter’s team rose to fourth spot. The other game saw Old Southendian defeat Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 2 – 1 at Garon Park 3G. Mitchell Ali’s double took them to four straight wins & up to sixth spot. Joe Holt got the reply for Neil Bell’s team.

EOFL Divisions One & Two

Herongate Athletic are up to seventh in the second-tier, after a 2 – 1 home win against Manford Way. Thomas Lambourne & Robbie Allen’s penalty secured the points for Joe Nightingill’s side. In the other game, Corinthians got a major win, as they won 4 – 2 at ACD Utd, which took Chris Stoneham’s team up to third.

In Division Two, Shoebury Town’s lead at the summit fell to five points after a 2 – 2 draw with Catholic Utd Res at Ekco Sports Club. Jack Woodham & Alex Jenkins got the goals for the hosts, but strikes by Daniel Williams & Thomas Elliott meant Utd left with a point, which takes them up to ninth. May & Baker EOFL are five points clear in sixth spot after a 1 – 0 success at home to Hutton Res, with George Stanbrook again on target for Josh Lowbridge’s team. Finally in this division, Hashtag Utd Development are up to second place after a conclusive 9 – 0 triumph against AS Rawreth at Barleylands. Samuel Pratt & Jay Knight both netted doubles for Denis Simpson’s team, with a further ensemble cast of Matthew Gauci, Charlie Simpson, Tony Stevens, Thomas Matthew & substitute Jake Smith all also adding further goals for the Tags’ side.


EOFL Divisions Three, Four & Five

In the fourth-tier, the top two faced each other at Basildon Sports Club, with leaders Basildon Town Res extending their lead to five points after defeating Hullbridge Sports Res 3 – 1. Keith King netted two goals for Bas, with Harry Cowlbeck getting the other. Substitute George Mole netted for the visitors. Third-placed Leigh Town Res are now level on points with Hullbridge after they won 3 – 2 against Buckhurst Hill U23 at John Burrows Rec. Callum Stone got a double for Josh Burrage’s side, with Chris Pope also scoring. Stefanos Ladoukakis & Harvey Woods goals for Hill made it tight but they remain in mid-table. Old Chelmsfordians Res convincingly won 9 – 1 at Corinthians Res to rise to seventh. Lastly, Pitsea Athletic are up to fourth after a 4 – 0 triumph at Springfield Res. Reece Stone scored a double for Trevor Wickens’s team, with Kwadwo Asante and Liam Jeffrey also netting.

Into Division Four now, and Ongar Town went up to seventh after a 2 – 1 victory at Shenfield AFC Res. Ethan Hook & replacement James McLean both scored for Tony West’s team. Paul Constable’s goal accounted for AFC’s reply. Leaders Roydon are still three points clear after a 3 – 1 victory at home to Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res. Samuel Broen netted for the visitors but a double for Connor Presland plus a goal for replacement Ezra Fields. Collier Row are still second after a 5 – 0 win at Pitsea Athletic Res, while Wakering Sports A are out of the bottom two after a 3 – 0 success over Galleywood Res at Cupid’s.

In Division Five, Wakebury Res continued their decent form with a 5 – 0 triumph over AS Rawreth Res. There were doubles here for Charlie Kernott and Tommy Wolfe, with Jamie Oates also on target for Joe Creak’s side. The other game saw Canning Town Res win 3 – 1 at Sungate Res to go up to sixth.


Anagram Records Trophy Results

Codicote p3-3 Sungate (7-6 on pens)

Galleywood 0 – 5 Belstone

Toby 2 – 6 AFC Walcountians


Essex Junior Trophy R’s

Chadwell Heath Spartans Res 1 – 3 Basildon Town A

Manford Way Res 2 – 1 Sandon Royals Res

Shoebury Town  p4 – 4 Hutton Development (4-2 on pens)


EOFL Reserve Lge Cup Result: Wakering Sports Res 6 – 0 Rayleigh Town Res

S22-23 Match Report: Leigh Ramblers 4 – 0 Galleywood (Sat 19 Nov) [EOFL 22/23 20.11.22]

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Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Venue: Belfairs Park

2021-22 Season: Match 28

Attendance: 25 (Est)

Saturday 19 November 2022 – 2pm KO

Leigh Rams: Blue & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Galleywood: Yellow & Black Shirts, Yellow Shorts & Socks


Rams take their chances to claim big win over Galleywood

Leigh Ramblers 4 – 0 Galleywood

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

The weekend match this week was remaining with the Essex Olympian League but moving up to the Premier Division clash between Leigh Ramblers and Galleywood at Belfairs Park. An hour before kick-off, we got a early sight of the match conditions which was consistent rain. Mark Hunter’s Rams side featured Dylan Skinner in goal, a defence comprised of Harry DaCosta, Barv Waiwaiku & centre-backs Jamie Skinner and captain Ryan Lowe. The midfield trio were Callum Morris, Billy Field & Matt Brinklow, supporting forwards Andrew Webster, George Moxon & Scott Clark. Galleywood were second-bottom pre-match and had Billy Cropper in goal, skipper Harry Bond, Bradley Taylor, Matthew Hicks & Freddie Bartram in their backline. Louie Herbert, Matthew Buckingham & Sean Barry were in midfield. Ben Smith led the forward line, with support from Roman Sparks & Alex Sparks.

The first half was an absolute battle as the rain continued to gain strength & influence the game. Galleywood pushed forward and had the edge early on, with forward Roman Sparks sending a half-chance off-target inside the opening eight minutes. Defending was getting increasingly tricky giving the inclement conditions and with the game getting increasingly end-to-end, the Rams did take the lead on ten minutes. Central midfielder Callum Morris saw a glimmer of an oppurtunity and unleashed a powerful strike from 30 yards out, which caught out visiting stopper Billy Cropper on its way to finding the net.

Scott Clark (#7) pushes forward for Rams in first half

Most of the rest of the half was a pretty even contest in my view, with both teams venturing forward to good effect at times. Home skipper Ryan Lowe nodded wide of goal from a set-piece, while forwards George Moxon & Scott Clark were testing the visiting backline with their running & pace. Eight minutes before the interval, Roman Sparks was in the action again as his well-directed strike was heading for the far corner, only for a terrific save by home custodian Dylan Skinner clawed it away for a set-piece.

That intervention from Skinner ended up being influential as five minutes later, in attempting to recycle possession, Galleywood lost the ball in midfield and full-back Barv Waiwaiku’s good run ended with a fine pass which found Scott Clark in some space and his strike found the right corner, giving Cropper little chance of denying him.

A set-piece for Galleywood angled in towards home defence not long before half-time

Galleywood did have another chance on goal before the interval as forward Ben Smith could not find the target, firing narrowly over the goal frame from about 18 yards out.. At the interval, Dean Reeves’ team were still in the match but the rain continued unabated, which increased the effort needed to turn the game around.

Half-Time: Leigh Rams 2 – 0 Galleywood

As it happened, that chance for the visitors was pretty much gone after the Rams scored a third goal three minutes after the resumption. A well-angled cross by Matt Brinklow into the six-yard area, which found forward Andrew Webster and his header got the better of Cropper and it trickled into the net. Despite showing some admirable resolve to get down the channels to create crossing oppurtunities, Galleywood were unable to maintain the tempo they had started the game with, as Leigh Ramblers started to find another gear themselves.

Mark Hunter’s side further secured the points with a fourth goal, fourteen minutes from time. A well-measured pass by Brinklow split the visiting defence slightly left of centre of the pitch and found the advancing George Moxon who beat the off-side trap well and slotted home past Cropper and into the far corner. This writer felt it would be a case of ‘who wanted it more’ pre-match but in the end it was also a case of defensive errors proving costly for Dean Reeves’ team, which the Rams had the quality to make the most of.

Other than that, it was a good game considering all the factors mentioned earlier. This big win took the Rams up to seventh place after the weekend’s action, eight points above the top three. Galleywood drop to the foot of the table because of the goals conceded here, but they do have at least one game in hand on all of the teams around them.

Matt Brinklow (#11) about to take free-kick for Rams in 2nd half

Full-Time: Leigh Ramblers 4 – 0 Galleywood

To summarise this battling match played in difficult, rainy conditions, Leigh Ramblers traversed their way through a tricky first half in which Galleywood had a few chances to turn the screw in the second period, scoring some fine goals in the process. To their credit, the visitors kept going but the difficult conditions had an effect on them in the later stages. The main concern for Dean Reeves’ side is the need for more goals.

The stand-out performances start with victors Leigh Ramblers. Firstly, forward Scott Clark had another good game, making good runs & taking his goal calmly at an important time. Winger Matthew Brinklow makes a difference for the Rams and showed so again, conjuring up two assists & making several astute passes too. Skipper Ryan Lowe was his usual commanding self in defence and made several important interceptions in the first half & a few driving runs into midfield as well. Lastly, full-back Harry DaCosta also had a good game, showing good energy & stuck to his role in the side well to shut out a decent Galleywood forward line.

For Galleywood, midfielder Roman Sparks was their most creative player, making several good breaks forward, having two of their better chances & also making good passes too. Captain Harry Bond made a few really good tackles to keep his team in the game as well as showing high work rate, as did full-back Bradley Taylor who also had a good match. Forward Alex Sparks also contributed to his team’s forward moves, particularly before the break.

I will close by wishing both sides a good remainer of the season. Thanks for reading.


Teams

Leigh Ramblers  | Manager: Mark Hunter | Assistant: Nathan Dewberry

Starting XI: 1 Dylan Skinner (GK), 2 Harry DaCosta, 14 Barv Waiwaiku, 5 Ryan Lowe (Capt), 4 Jamie Skinner, 7 Scott Clark, 8 Callum Morris, 12 Billy Field, 11 Matt Brinklow, 9 Andrew Webster, 10 George Moxon

Goal-Scorers: Callum Morris [10′], Scott Clark [42′], Andrew Webster [48′], George Moxon [76′]

Subs On (Time): 3 Thomas Franks [52′], 6 Scott Keys [78′]

Booked: J Skinner | Sub Not Used: Horne


Galleywood  | Manager: Dean Reeves  |  Assistant: Billy Kinchlea

Starting XI: 1 Billy Cropper (GK), 2 Harry Bond (Capt), 3 Bradley Taylor, 4 Matthew Hicks, 12 Louie Herbert, 14  Matthew Buckingham, 5 Freddie Bartram, 11 Alex Sparks, 8 Roman Sparks, 7 Sean Barry, 9 Ben Smith

Subs On (Time): 6 Charlie Priest [52′], 16 Luke Seaton [68′], 10 Lewis Weedon [73′]

Booked: Bartram | Sub Not Used: Skipper, Kinchlea


Referee: Stuart Nixon
Assistants: Joe Cowdrey & David Bloxham