Round-up: Essex Olympian League & Senior Cup (Sat 7 December) [EOFL 19/20 8.12.19]

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Image from Corinthians 1 – 3 Old Southendian Res this weekend [Image: Scott W]
Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & EOFL Writer

 

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Olympian League round-up, which includes matches from the top four divisions & more on Saturday 7th December. Thanks for reading.

 

Saturday 7 December

Premier Division

In the top-tier, Sungate are the new leaders of the division after a narrow 1 – 0 win at Shenfield AFC. One loss in their last six matches see the ‘Gate a point clear of Catholic Utd who powered past Springfield 7 – 3 in a entertaining encounter at the Len Salmon Stadium. Luke Trice netted a treble for Dan Trenkel’s side, with Jay Nash getting a brace plus Aaron Baldwin & Brad Vaughan were also on target. Springfield had Dylan Caramba-Coker, Oliver Evans and replacement Harrison Elles to thank for their goals though they drop to sixth, behind Rayleigh Town on goal difference.

Meanwhile, Leigh Ramblers ended their recent winless run with a 2 – 0 success at Old Southendian, with Ryan Lowe and Justin Lowe strikes proving the difference in a team-wide good performance, which sees Wayne Seal’s team rise to third, at least temporarily given their rivals have games in hand on them. Kelvedon Hatch were held 3 – 3 by strugglers Canning Town at New Hall, which gave the visitors the point they needed to rise off the foot of the table.

 

Match Postponed: Harold Wood Athletic  P – P  Basildon Town (Waterlogged pitch)

 

Senior Division One

Now into a reduced programme in Senior One, and Chingford Athletic remain seven points clear at the summit, thanks to a 3 – 1 triumph over Rayleigh Town Res at Town Mead. The goals came from Mickey Mesmin, Alex Gordon and an OG as Ath got their fifth straight league win. Town’s Ressie side remain in mid-table. Elsewhere, Manford Way drew 2 – 2 with Toby at London Marathon Sports Ground. Olajide Yusuff and Paul Marjason struck for Manford though goals by Nic Keyamo and Sam Parrish levelled things for Toby who got their second point of the season. Manford are winless in their last four matches and sit 7th. Also, Old Chelmsfordians won 4 – 1 at Herongate Athletic to retain second spot, four points ahead of Ongar Town.

Match Postponed: Snaresbrook  P – P  Galleywood   | (Waterlogged Pitch)

 

Senior Division Two

In EOFL Senior Two, Leigh Town roared back to the top of the standings after a fine 6 – 2 win over AS Rawreth at John Burrows Recreation Ground. Shane Cooper and Tom Byford both nabbed braces here, alongside one each for Daniel Driscoll and Max Jones. Town are unbeaten in their nine league matches thus far now, the only side still unbeaten. Rawreth struck through Louis Hill’s double though it’s nine consecutive defeats for them now as they drop to last place. Laindon Orient won 3 – 1 at Rochford Town, thanks to a Charlie Mann double & one from ex-Southend Manor midfielder Ricky Bowyer. Matt Welsh got the solitary Rochford goal as Orient’s third win in their last five outings sees them remain sixth. Town stay third-bottom after their fifth loss on-the-spin.

Meanwhile, in the match I attended at Stambridge Memorial Ground, Old Southendian Res put in a very gritty display to defeat Corinthians 3 – 1. Ben Franklin’s two goals & one from skipper Oliver Tatton-Bennett won the contest, and a hard-working defensive showing assisted them with Nathan Dewberry on the score-sheet for Chris Stoneham’s side. If you’d like more on this match, my report is available here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/12/07/match-report-corinthians-1-3-old-southendian-res-sat-7th-dec-eofl/

Also, May & Baker Res made a blistering comeback to win 5 – 2 at Epping Town. Kurt Smith and Joe Thomas netted for Billy Cove’s side though they were also reduced to ten men in what was their first loss this term in the league.Bakers recovered superbly thanks to doubles from John Mogege and Ricardo Teixiera and one from George Dawood.

Ryan drew 2 – 2 with Harold Wood Athletic Res with Krasimir Kamboshev getting both Ryan goals & Mike Lowry notching both for Wood’s second side. As a result, both sides are in the bottom four while Beacon Hill Rovers won 3 – 2 at Wakering Sports, with Sam Holden getting two of the Rovers goals. Adebolu Adeyemi got the other while Ben Rowe and replacement Ben Aston notching the Sports goals here.

 

Senior Division Three

Finally for this section, in Senior Three, with their nearest rivals not in action due to postponements, Wakebury went two points clear at the top with a fine 5 – 1 win over White Ensign Reserves at Shoebury Park. Christopher Gore led the way with a treble, plus Daniel Buglione and Charlie Little also chipping in for Matt Cardy’s side. Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ finally ended their winless run with an important 1 – 0 at fellow strugglers Lakeside Res, with Josh Boswell getting the crucial goal for Jason Mole’s side. Hutton Res also won, 3 – 0 at home to Leigh Town Reserves thanks to strikes by Harry Calder, Stephen Judge and substitute Harry Lane. That win sees them stay 9th but gain ground on the sides above them.

 

Matches Postponed: Collier Row  P – P  Corinthians Res   | Forest Row Centre

Toby Res  P – P  ACD Utd  | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park – Toby pitch)

 

Senior League Cup Results

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  2 – 2  Hutton  (Hutton won 5 – 4 on pens) | Silver Leys

Rayleigh Town  4 – 0  Lakeside   | London Road

 

Essex Junior Cup

Buckhurst Hill Res  0 – 1  Wakering Sports Res

Shoebury Town ‘A’  5 – 2  Basildon Town Res 

 

Senior Division Four Results

Catholic Utd Res  0 – 1  Chingford Athletic Development

Galleywood Res  3 – 4  Ongar Town Res

Laindon Orient Res  1 – 6  Roydon

Leytonstone Utd  1 – 2  Forest Glade

Old Chelmsfordians Res  5 – 3  Shenfield AFC Res

 

Senior Division Five Results

Leigh Ramblers Res  3 – 2  Wakering Sports ‘A’

Newbury Forest Res  0 – 5  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res

Roydon Res  1 – 0  Old Barkabbeyans  

Shoebury Town Res  P – P  Collier Row Res

Springfield Res  9 – 1  Herongate Athletic Res

 

Preview: Essex Olympian League & Senior Cup (Sat 7 December) [EOFL 19/20 5.12.19]

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Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s preview of Essex Olympian League action, which includes matches from the top four divisions & more on Saturday 7th December. Please note that these fixtures to subject to change due to the recent inclement weather. As a general rule, matches played on 3G or artificial pitches do get played. Thanks for reading.

 

Saturday 7 December  (2.00pm KO’s unless stated)

Premier Division

Catholic Utd  v Springfield  | Len Salmon Stadium [3G]

Harold Wood Athletic  v Basildon Town   | Harold Wood Park (Pitch #1)

Kelvedon Hatch  v Canning Town     | New Hall

Old Southendian  v  Leigh Ramblers    | Garon Park

Shenfield AFC  v  Sungate   | St Martin’s Sch [3G]

 

Senior Division One

Chingford Athletic  v  Rayleigh Town Res   | Town Mead [3G]

Herongate Athletic  v  Old Chelmsfordians   | Billericay Road

Manford Way  v  Toby  | London Marathon Sports Ground

Snaresbrook  v  Galleywood   | Nutters Field

 

Senior Division Two

Corinthians  v  Old Southendian Res  | Stambridge Memorial Ground

Epping Town  v  May & Baker Res   | Stonards Hill

Leigh Town  v  AS Rawreth   | John Burrows Recreation Ground

Rochford Town  v  Laindon Orient  | Rochford Recreation Ground

Ryan  v  Harold Wood Athletic Res   | Wadham Lodge Intermediate Grass Pitch

Wakering Sports  v  Beacon Hill Rovers  | Cupid’s CC (Pitch 1)

 

Senior Division Three

Collier Row  v  Corinthians Res   | Forest Row Centre

Hutton Res  v  Leigh Town Res   | Polo Fields

Lakeside Res  v  Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  | Lakeside Sports Ground [3G] (2.30pm KO)

Toby Res  v  ACD Utd  | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park – Toby pitch)

Wakebury  v  White Ensign Res  | Shoebury Park

 

Senior League Cup (1.30pm KO)

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  v  Hutton   | Silver Leys

Rayleigh Town  v  Lakeside   | London Road

 

Essex Junior Cup (1.30pm KOs)

Buckhurst Hill Res  v  Wakering Sports Res

Shoebury Town ‘A’  v  Basildon Town Res 

 

Senior Division Four

Catholic Utd Res  v  Chingford Athletic Development

Galleywood Res  v  Ongar Town Res

Laindon Orient Res  v  Roydon

Leytonstone Utd  v  Forest Glade

Old Chelmsfordians Res  v  Shenfield AFC Res

 

Senior Division Five

Leigh Ramblers Res  v  Wakering Sports ‘A’

Newbury Forest Res  v  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res

Roydon Res  v  Old Barkabbeyans  

Shoebury Town Res  v  Collier Row Res

Springfield Res  v  Herongate Athletic Res

Round-up: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Sat 30 November) [EOFL 19/20 1.12.19]

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Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of Essex Olympian League action from Saturday 30th November. Also includes results from the Anagram Records Trophy & Essex Junior Cup action alongside the top four EOFL divisions and results from Senior Four & Five. Thanks for reading.

 

Saturday 30 November

Premier Division

Four of the five Premier Division fixtures survived the weather, and added to a very tight top of the standings at present as the top four are all separated by only goal difference.  Springfield were held 3 – 3 by Sungate with their immediate rivals Buckhurst Hill and Ratyleigh Town both in Anagram Records Trophy action this weekend. The result means Sungate rise to second, ahead of Springfield in 3rd.

Catholic Utd made a blistering comeback to draw 3 – 3 at home to improving Old Southendian at the Len Forge. Nick Henesy got a brace for OS with Ed Gould the other scorer for Connor Lane’s team, who are now unbeaten in their last five. The ‘Super Hoops’ drop to fifth but are only a point off Hill in top spot, although the latter have games in hand on the other top five sides. Basildon Town got a decent 2 – 0 at strugglers Canning Town with Brodie Horne and Keith King both netting as Bas got their third win in their last four to go sixth.

Harold Wood Athletic also won, 2 – 1 at Leigh Ramblers with Nick Reynolds and Chris Muir on target for Kris Taylor’s side, who rise to tenth after their second straight league win. Kelvedon Hatch’s match with Hutton was postponed due to weather.

Senior Division One

In the three surviving matches in Senior One, Chingford Athletic extended their lead at the summit to seven points after a 6 – 2 victory over ten-man Manford Way. Lee Lashley grabbed a treble here, with Sam Coe, Alex Gordon and Gary Murray all also on target for the Town Mead side. Olajide Yusuff and Josh Hayward struck for Manford who remain in mid-table. Elsewhere, Lakeside swept Toby aside as they won 6 – 3 against the bottom side to strengthen their hold on fifth spot and Shoebury Town got their sixth draw in nine league matches this term as they held FC Hamlets 1 – 1. George Oakley’s spot-kick accounted for the FCH goal at Cupid’s.

 

Matches Postponed:

Ongar Town P – P  Runwell Sports   |

Ramsden Scotia  P – P  Rayleigh Town Res  |

Snaresbrook  P – P   Herongate Athletic   |

 

Anagram Records Trophy round-up

In the three Anagram Records Trophy ties involving EOFL sides, Buckhurst Hill roared into the nxt round with a 6  – 0 win over Olympian Senior One side Galleywood. Max Nicolson struck twice here, as did substitute Fenti Falola, with Nathan Sollosi and Henry Day also on target here for Mark Williams’ team. Rayleigh Town also progressed with a great 3 – 2 away-day win at Tring Corinthians AFC. George Vile, Bailey Moss and Henry Talbot all struck for Paul Higgins’ side. Shenfield AFC are out though after a narrow 1 – 0 loss at Sandridge Rovers.

 

Senior Division Two

Now into Senior Two, Epping Town edged to a 3 – 2 win over spirited strugglers Rochford Town at Stonards Hill. Jayden Hocking-Rising, Alex Paraskeva and Daniel Garfinkle all netted for Billy Cove’s side, though Rochford certainly gave them a headache as Tommy Dominguez continued his fine scoring run of late with a brace. Epping stay fourth, three points off leaders Leigh Town. Old Southendian Reserves also got a fine 3 – 0 win over high-flying Beacon Hill Rovers at Garon Park. Greg Molford, Oliver Tatton-Bennett and replacement Lewis Telling all scored for Ben Manley’s side who got their third win here in their last four games here to solidify fifth spot.

Wakering Sports got the result of the day though as they eased to a 9 – 0 home win over strugglers Ryan. Danny Pallett got a treble while there were doubles for Ben Rowe, Mohammed Sesay and Mitchell Gleeson as Sports went up to eighth.

Postponed Matches:

AS Rawreth  P – P  May & Baker Res |

Harold Wood Athletic Res  P – P  Leigh Town   |

Laindon Orient  P – P  Corinthians   |

 

Senior Division Three

In Senior Three, Wakebury went second with a fine 3 – 1 win at Leigh Town Res. Charlie Little struck twice here with Jack Smith getting the other goal as ‘Bury got their seventh win this term. In the other game this weekend, White Ensign Res edged a battle with fellow strugglers Lakeside Res 3 – 2, with Zach Somerset-Butler notching a brace, and replacement Ayodele Awosika also on target at the Len Forge 3G pitch.

 

Senior League Cup

Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  P – P  Old Chelmsfordians

 

Essex Junior Cup results

Buckhurst Hill Res  P – P  Wakering Sports Res

Corinthians Res  0 – 2  Collier Row

FC Clacton Res  5 – 3  Roydon

Hutton Res  2 – 1  Harold Hill

Shoebury Town ‘A’  P – P  Basildon Town Res

Toby Res  4 – 0  Haver Town

 

Senior Division Four results

Forest Glade  1 – 1  Chingford Athletic Development

Galleywood Res  P – P  Leytonstone Utd

Laindon Orient Res  P – P  Shenfield AFC Res

Old Chelmsfordians Res  2 – 2  Catholic Utd Res

Ongar Town Res  3 – 2  Canning Town Res

 

Senior Division Five results

Collier Row Res  1 – 4  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res

Herongate Athletic Res  1 – 3  Roydon Res

Old Barkabbeyans  3 – 0  Newbury Forest Res

Runwell Sports Res  5 – 0  Wakering Sports ‘A’

Shoebury Town Res  P – P  Springfield Res

 

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 23 Nov) [EOFL 19/20 25.11.19]

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Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of Essex Olympian League action, including a the results from the Essex Premier Cup action alongside the top four EOFL divisions and results from Senior Four & Five. Thanks for reading.

 

Saturday 23 November

Premier Division

 

In the only Premier Division match this weekend because of the swathe of Essex Premier Cup action, Catholic Utd got a late winner to defeat Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 1 – 0 at Silver Leys. New recruit Jay Nash got the goal as the ‘Super Hoops’ left up to fifth in the standings. Swifts fall to ninth.

 

Senior Division One

In a reduced schedule of Senior One matches, Old Chelmsfordians won 3 – 0 at strugglers Ramsden Scotia to record their fourth straight win and rise to 2nd in the table. Matthew Crick, Ryan Robinson & substitute Dane Nelson  with the Chelmsford side. Elsewhere, Herongate Athletic were held 1 – 1 by lowly Shoebury Town.

 

Anagram Records Trophy result

Old Bradwell Utd  0 – 0  FC Hamlets | FC Hamlets won 3 – 2 on pens

 

Essex Premier Cup

Gas Recreation  3 – 0  Epping Town

Harold Wood Athletic  2 – 0  Hullbridge Sports Res

Lakeside  4 – 1  Tiptree Engaine

Lawfords Lads  0 – 7  Buckhurst Hill

Leigh Ramblers  4  – 0  Witham Town Res

Ongar Town  2 – 0  Hutton

Rayleigh Town  4 – 0  Springfield  

Rayleigh Town Res  8 – 0  Kelvedon Hatch

Runwell Sports  2 – 4  Leigh Town

Shenfield AFC  3  – 1  Canning Town

Stanway Pegasus  1 – 1  Corinthians* (*won 5 – 4  on pens)

Wakering Sports  0 – 6  Chingford Athletic

 

Senior Division Two

In Senior Two, Old Southendian Res extended their unbeaten stetch to seven matches with a 4 – 0 win over AS Rawreth at Garon Park. Greg Molford, Lewis Caplin, Oliver Tatton-Bennett and substitute Ben Franklin all struck here to give Ben Manley’s team a boost by rising up to fifth spot. Also, Beacon Hill Rovers took advantage of their rivals at the top not being in action by leaping up to second, thanks to a 6 – 0 win at Rochford Town. The ensemble scorers’ list included Will Simpson, Adebolu Adeyemi, Stephen Bennett, Josh Perry and replacements Charles Brewer and Nathan Ruggles.

May & Baker Res also got a win, 2 – 1 over Harold Wood Athletic Res thanks to strikes by Gabriel Odili and Daniel Barth. Joe McBurney responded for Ath though they still fell to defeat here. Bakers’ second-side strengthen their hold on 7th after this win. Also, Westhamians sadly withdrew from the league following their inability to play the match with Ryan at Fairlop Oak.

 

Senior Division Three

Now into Senior Three and Toby Res remain top of the table by three points as they won 2 – 1 against fellow high-flyers Wakebury. Graham Knight and Luis Ruiz struck for the hosts, while Daniel Buglione netted for ten-man Wakebury, who dropped to third. Corinthians Res are up to second after a 4 – 1 triumph over bottom side Hullbridge Sports ‘A’. Max Hall, Ashley Webb, Ryan Woodley and Sonny Woodward all netted for Terry Rose’s team who make it three consecutive league wins now. Tom Ranger got the goal for the Sports development side though they are yet to win in ten league matches. Hutton Res got their second league win with a 3 – 2 success over Lakeside Res at Polo Fields. Another double by Sean O’Callaghan and one from Josh Sumner secured a vital win for the hosts, while Lakeside’s second-string are the only other side yet to win this term.

Elsewhere, ACD Utd won 2 – 1 at Basildon Town Reserves thanks to goals by Sam Payne and Jamie Alexandrou to stay fourth and Collier Row stay fifth after a good 3 – 0 win at fellow mid-table side Leigh Town Res. A brace from Ed Hart and Alfie Kempton accounted for ACD’s goals here. Also, White Ensign Res got a much-needed win, 1 – 0 over Buckhurst Hill Res at the Len Forge Centre, thanks to substitute Lewis Brown’s goal.

 

Senior Division Four

Canning Town Res  1 – 3  Shenfield AFC Res

Chingford Athletic Development  2 – 1  Leytonstone Utd

Galleywood Res  P – P  Wakering Sports Res

Forest Glade 4 – 2  Old Chelmsfordians Res

 Laindon Orient Res 4 – 3 Ongar Town Res

Roydon  7 – 2  Catholic Utd Res

 

Senior Division Five

Collier Row Res  H – W  Runwell Sports Res

Newbury Forest Res  5 – 1  Herongate Athletic Res

Shoebury Town Res  P – P  Roydon Res

Springfield Res  4 – 0  Leigh Ramblers Res

Wakering Sports ‘A’  1 – 1  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 9 November) [EOFL 19/20 10.11.19]

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

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of Essex Olympian League action, covering the League action from the Premier Division to Senior Three with results from the various Cups and Senior Four & Five on the weekend of Saturday 9th November. Thanks for reading.

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Premier Division

In the five matches this weekend in the Premier Division, Rayleigh Town missed a chance to extend their lead at the summit as Harold Wood Athletic returned to form with a 3 – 1 win at London Road. Bradley Foley, Max Shepherd and replacement Joe McBurney all netted for Ath who rise to 12th place. Connor Bridger struck for Rayleigh, who are now five matches without a win. Springfield took advantage of other results to rise to third after a narrow 3 – 2 win at Kelvedon Hatch. Shenfield AFC won 1 – 0 at Leigh Ramblers to rise off the bottom after Saturday’s matches.

Old Southendian defeated Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 3 – 1 at Garon Park to seal their third consecutive league win. Nick Henesy, Craig Paton and Ryan Stillwell all scored here to see them up to tenth, only three points off the Swifts in ninth. Finally, on Friday night, Hutton held Catholic Utd 1 – 1 at the Len Salmon.

 

Senior Division One

Moving into Senior One, with leaders Chingford Athletic getting three points without contesting their match with Ramsden Scotia due to Scotia being unable to field a side, attention turned to their rivals. Ongar Town battled past FC Hamlets  2 – 1 to keep the gap to third to four points. Lakeside stay third after a fine 4 – 1 win at Manford Way. Luke Quinton got another brace here, with Charlie Ashpole and Ollie Pettit also finding the net for the visitors. Manford replied through on-loan forward Olajide Yusuff though they still drop to seventh after this result.

Elsewhere, there was more entertainment in the division as Galleywood rose to fifth after a 5 – 3 win at home to Shoebury Town. The hefty cast of Jack Chatterway, Sam Donn, Tyler Tredgett and replacements Joe Russell and Craig Skipper all scored one each here in a great match for the neutral. Similarly, Rayleigh Town Res edged another thriller to win 4 – 3 at Herongate Athletic. Rodney Wilson led the way for Dan Williams & Lee Bunn’s side with a hat-trick, with James Nottage also on target. They sit sixth now, four points behind Old Chelmsfordians who smashed Snaresbrook 5 – 2 to stay fourth.

Runwell Sports also got their second win this term with a convincing 4 – 0 win at Toby. Caden Vine got two of them, with Charlie Adams and Pearce Clarke also netting here for Jason Emery’s side.

 

EOFL Senior League Cup result

Sungate  1 – 3  Buckhurst Hill   | Ilford Wanderers RFC

 

 

Essex Junior Cup Results

Basildon Town Res  3 – 1 Ongar Town Res

Brentwood Utd  1 – 3  Roydon

Buckhurst Hill Res  1 – 0  Aveley U23

Corinthians Res  7 – 0  Newbury Forest Res

Great Bentley Res  A – A  Lakeside Res

Hutton Res  2 – 0  Galleywood Res

Tiptree Heath Res  0 – 2  Toby Res

Wakebury  3 – 4  Collier Row

Wakering Sports Res  4 – 0  Old Southendian ‘A’

 

Senior Division Two

In Senior Two, the Epping Town juggernaut continues as they won 5 – 0 at May & Baker Res, which sent them top as one of three teams on 19 points. Despite having a reduced squad, a brace from stand-in striker Aaron Holloway, plus one each for Daniel Garfinkle, Alex Paraskeva and George Martin sealed a win. I get the feeling some Non-League nostalgists would have been keen to see manager Billy Cove have a cameo appearance perhaps?

Anyway, away from the nostalgia, Leigh Town also got another win in a hard-fought 1 – 0 triumph over Laindon Orient at John Burrows Recreation Ground with Rhys Mosedale scoring the only goal to see Leigh rise to second. Old Southendian Res also continued their good recent form with a 3 – 1 success at Rochford Town, with Thomas Adams, Greg Molford and Oliver Tatton-Bennett all netting for Ben Manley’s team. They rise to sixth place now, seven points off the top spot.   Also, Ryan were held 3 – 3 by Wakering Sports as the both sides’ struggles to win this term continued.

Finally in this division, AS Rawreth ended a six-match losing run as they defeated fellow strugglers Westhamians 5 – 1 in Fairlop Oak. Louis Hill struck twice with Daniel Hooper, Bradley Pike and Lewis Wynne all also on target for Shane Bird’s side.

Match Postponed:  Harold Wood Athletic Res  P – P  Corinthians

 

Senior Division Three

In the only match this weekend in Senior Three, ACD Utd went up to third spot with a 3 – 0 win at strugglers Hullbridge Sports ‘A’. Michael Wade, Billy Rungay and Ollie Williams all struck to give the EOFL newcomers their fourth win in eight league games thus far. Sports are yet to win this term though they will be heartened that four sides are within three points of them at the bottom of the table.

 

Senior Division Four

Canning Town Res  2 – 4  Chingford Athletic Development

Catholic Utd Res  3 – 2  Shenfield AFC Res

Forest Glade  1 – 2  Leytonstone Utd

Laindon Orient Res  1 – 2  Old Chelmsfordians Res

 

Senior Division Five

Collier Row Res  5 – 1  Shoebury Town Res

Old Barkabbeyans  1 – 4  Herongate Athletic Res

Roydon Res  3 – 1  Runwell Sports Res

Springfield Res  0 – 2  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res

Wakering Sports ‘A’  0 – 5  Leigh Ramblers Res

Match Report: Rayleigh Town 3 – 1 Leigh Ramblers (Sat 24th Aug) [EOFL 19/20 24.8.19]

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Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Venue: Rayleigh Sports Club, London Road

2019 – 20 Season: Match 16

Saturday 24th August 2019 – 2.30pm KO

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

Leigh R: Red & Black Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

 

 

 

 

 

Rayleigh battle hard to defeat Ramblers at London Road

Rayleigh Town 3 – 1 Leigh Ramblers

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] with additional photos by Andy Wilkins [Twitter: @wilkins_media]

A nice detour from regular Essex Senior League action saw me make the relatively short trip to London Road to see Rayleigh Town take on Leigh Ramblers in the Essex Olympian League Premier Division (Step 7). Yes, it was FA Cup weekend though on occasion I feel it is important to watch some clubs further down the ‘pyramid’ too.  Anyway, onto the teams and Paul Higgins’ home side were strong with former Great Wakering pair Charlie Seaden and Danny Hurford lining up at right-back and left-wing respectively. Paul Morris and Jamie Blewitt were the front two with Jack Long skippering the side. Bailey Moss, Connor Bridger and Jake Chaplin comprised the bench for the hosts. For Ramblers, Dylan Skinner once again donned the gloves, with Rhys Fatt and Ola James on the flanks, centre-back Ryan Lowe captaining the side and Acer Wake, Rick Alabaster and Joe Hunter among the options on the bench for Wayne Seal’s team.

 

So as the match got underway on a baking hot day in South Essex, both sides traded early blows. With two minutes on the watch, a good ball in from the right flank found winger Danny Hurford though his header back across goal flew wide of visiting custodian Dylan Skinner. Moments later, Ramblers winger Rhys Fatt saw his strike fizz wide of the target. Town raised it a gear in response as forward Jamie Blewitt’s 20-yard drive fizzed wide of the left-side post.

The hosts broke the deadlock on 26 minutes as after a good run and turning past his marker, Hurford sent a cool low finish beyond Skinner into the far corner. The visitors so nearly responded four minutes later as a powerful free-kick from forward Sam Mountstephens was heading for the top corner, but home ‘keeper Mark Brown did brilliantly to tip it onto the crossbar and out. The hosts kept going well despite the heat and held their lead going into the break. Ramblers couldn’t quite find their rhythm and get past a tough home defence often enough.

Half-Time: Rayleigh Town  1 – 0  Leigh Ramblers

 

 

The second half beckoned and once underway, we had a dramatic opening third of it. Firstly, three minutes after the restart, midfielder Pat Cannon made a good turn before sending a tame effort which Brown gathered comfortably. Minutes later, Rayleigh forward Bailey Moss had a sight of goal though his effort was denied by Skinner. With 56 minutes played, the visitors were awarded a penalty for handball in the area, and Fatt stepped up to take it. However, goalkeeper Brown guessed the way and saved the resulting spot-kick. Right on the hour mark, the hosts added to the opposition’s pain as casual defending on the edge of the Ramblers own 18-yard area saw midfielder Henry Sims nick the ball before slotting home well past Skinner to double their advantage.

Although Ramblers were starting to find their prowess going forward after that second goal, chances were quite rare and from a promising free-kick, Fatt blazed over the bar. As we entered the last seven minutes of the contest, Leigh did pull one back as substitute Joe Hunter powered in a crisp curling strike past Brown to knacker the home side’s idea of a clean sheet. That wasn’t the final word though as with the visitors piling forward in search of an leveller, Town countered with a right-wing cross by Blewitt finding Moss in space and the substitute did the rest, coolly slotting past Skinner to seal the points for Paul Higgins’ side and retain their 100% start to the league campaign.

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Full-Time: Rayleigh Town  3 – 1  Leigh Ramblers

As the full-time whistle sounded, my thoughts are that Town deserved to win this match, as their forward line was a bigger headache to the visitors than the Ramblers attackers, who did cause the hosts’ nervous moments, ultimately they were not at their best today, in my opinion.

Finally, I’d like to first say a big thank you to Rayleigh Town FC for their kind hospitality today, which is much appreciated. Second, it was great to talk to former Clapton & Southend Manor boss Wayne Seal today too. I wish both sides well for the long season ahead.

 

 

Teams

Rayleigh Town    | Manager: Paul Higgins

Starting XI: Mark Brown (GK), Charlie Seaden, Harry Higgins, Jack Long (Capt), Tom Franks, Cameron Glover, Connor Peralta, Henry Sims, Paul Morris, Jamie Blewitt, Danny Hurford

Goal-scorers: Danny Hurford [26’] , Henry Sims [60’], Bailey Moss [88’]

Booked: Hurford  | Subs Named**: Bailey Moss, Connor Bridger, Jake Chaplin

 

Leigh Ramblers   | Manager: Wayne Seal

Starting XI: Dylan Skinner (GK), Lewis Kelsey, Jack Davies, Montana Stewart, Ryan Lowe (Capt), Harry Haysom, Rhys Fatt, Pat Cannon, Dan Williams, Sam Mountstephens, Ola James

Goal-scorers: Joe Hunter [84’]

Booked: Alabaster | Subs Named**: Acer Wake, Rick Alabaster, Bobby Brocklebank, Joe Hunter

Referee: Stuart Nixon

 

** – as the EOFL uses the ‘rolling substitutes’ system, the substitutes are not listed as replacements by name as they are in Essex Senior League/Eastern Senior League. They in all likelihood would have played at least some part of the match. Apologies.