S22-23 Match Report: Corinthians 3 – 1 ACD Utd (Sat 13 Aug) [EOFL D1 22/23 13.8.22]

Essex Olympian League – Division One

Venue: Stambridge Memorial Ground

Attendance: 10

2022-23 Season: Match 6

Saturday 13 August 2022 – 2pm KO

Corinthians:  Sky Blue & White Shirts, Black Shorts & Black Socks

ACD: Purple Shirts, Purple Shorts, Purple Socks

Late comeback sees Corinthians to good win over ACD at Stambridge

Corinthians  3 – 1  ACD Utd

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

The new Intermediate season began this weekend and it ended up that to mark said opening, I went to Stambridge to see two attack-minded sides duel in Corinthians and ACD Utd. The visitors were last term’s Division Two champions while Chris Stoneham’s team were keen to improve on last season’s fourth place in the Division One. The home side had Nathan Warren in goal, with a three-man central defence of Connor Summerhill, Brad Read and new recruit Daniel Frimley, captain Matt Burrell in central midfield, with a forward line of Bailey Moss and Jake Hodder, supported by Leo Clarke and Jordan Stoneham. ACD have a new boss in former goal-scoring wizard Michael Wade and he fielded Danny Mulrooney between the posts, with Brad Falco and Billy Rungay in central defence, full-backs Ollie Williams and skipper Mason Oakley and a forward line of Samuel Payne, Shaun Goddard and Scott Perkins.

The game got underway in what felt like 30 degree heat, and understandably this took its toll on the pace of the game in the early stages. Even so though, it was quite open as both teams looked to get down the channels to evade each other’s defences. Forward Jake Hodder and full-back Billy Wilton made early threatening downs down the flanks for the hosts, while forward Scott Perkins made one good left-wing run early on for ACD, who also had the first real chance of note when fellow forward Shaun Goddard struck off-target.

Charlie Marden [#2] goes for the ball in first-half for Corinthians

As the half-hour approached, it was a tale of two big moments. First on 26 minutes, a fine cross by Hodder found forward Bailey Moss and his powerful header was superbly clawed over by an acrobatic save from ACD stopper Danny Mulrooney. Immediately afterward, ACD countered quickly and forward Samuel Payne was well-found and struck low to fine left corner, beyond the grasp of home custodian Nathan Warren. ACD were enjoying their best phase of the game thus far and on 31 minutes Payne played in Goddard who sent in a lofted effort which cannoned off Warren’s crossbar.

The hosts had two further chances with Mulrooney gathering Moss’ 25-yard low strike and Mulrooney also did well to deny Wilton’s strike from close range. ACD’s stubborn defending held out and the hosts’ pasing was not at its condusive best as ACD went into the interval with a slender advantage.


Half-Time: Corinthians 0 – 1 ACD Utd

ACD maintained that resolve as the second half began as four minutes into it, Payne’s struike from 20 yards was well parried away by Warren. Slowly though, Corinthians did start to go through the gears and find their passing and forward Leo Clarke started to get on the ball more and test the Utd backline. Hodder’s strike off-target around the hour did serve as a warning but his side were level with 75 minutes on the watch.

Again, Hodder was involved as his astute pass found forward Bailey Moss who took it well before firing a powerful curling strike into left side of the net, giving Mulrooney little chance. In fairness, it was what Corinthians deserved on chances created but they still need to find another gear to stave off an enterprising ACD counter-attacking side. Warren was needed moments later as ACD responded with a low strike at the near post, only for Warren to get down well and deny them.


This seemed to spur the hosts on again and they did break the stalemate with three minutes left, with Hodder’s good low ball going all the way across goal to find Wilton who struck it over the goal-line. That was a little tough on ACD but the third goal in added time really did hammer home their misfortune. Mulrooney couldn’t get his clearance away with Moss closing him down quickly after a scramble, Moss was there to prod the ball home from a yard out.

Full-Time: Corinthians 3 – 1 ACD Utd

To sum up this entertaining but bruising battle in the considerable heat, ACD really made it hard for their hosts to maintain momentum, making several good interceptions and also countering well, which gave the home defence little time to recoup their positioning. However, in the latter stages they couldn’t keep the ball as well as they had done earlier. Despite that, they didn’t deserve to lose in the manner that they did. All credit to Corinthians though, they stepped up the work rate in the second half and they got their rewards for it.


There were several very good performances today. First for victors Corinthians, a word for energetic forward Leo Clarke who really drove his side on in the second half, showing good pace and passing at times. Full-back Bill Wilton also played his part with some neat passes, good energy levels and added a goal late on too. Forward Bailey Moss scored a fine leveller and brought out two good saves from ACD stopper Mulrooney as well as his usual aerial presence. Lastly, a mention for Jake Hodder who put in two assists and generally looked a threat down the right-side channel. Centre-back Daniel Frimley put a good display also on his competitive debut.

For ACD, there was plenty of positives to take. Goalkeeper Danny Mulrooney will be disappointed by manner of the third goal conceded here but that should not detract from an otherwise superb performance, making three very good sabes to deny Moss & Wilton during the game. Full-back Ollie Williams was a good outlet as well, from the left side and from set-pieces too. Forward Sam Payne took his goal well and had a good all-round game whilst centre-backs Brad Falco & Billy Rungay really made it tough for the hosts’ forward line with good aerial clearances and interceptions for much of the game.

Best wishes to both teams and I have little doubt they will both have good campaigns.


Teams (Rolling Subs used in EOFL matches)

Corinthians    |  Manager:  Chris Stoneham |  Assistants: Graham Owen & Les Moss

Starting XI: 1 Nathan Warren (GK), 2 Charlie Marden, 3 Bill Wilton, 6 Daniel Frimley, 17 Brad Read, 5 Connor Summerhill , 8 Matt Burrell (Capt), 7 Jordan Stoneham, 9 Jake Hodder, 20 Bailey Moss, 10 Leo Clarke

Goal-scorers: Bailey Moss [75′ & 90′ +2], Bill Wilton [87′]

Subs ON : 19 Luke Owen [46′], 12 Maxwell Sharpe [46′], 16 John Bolton-Smith [71′], 18 Brad Smith [82′], 14 Ethan Lemmon [87′]


ACD Utd  | Manager: Michael Wade |

Starting XI: 1 Danny Mulrooney (GK), 2 Mason Oakley (Capt), 6 Billy Rungay, 35 Brad Falco, 4 Jamie Alexandrou, 3 Ollie Williams, 14 Jake Noble, 19 Warren Taylor, 7 Samuel Payne, 17 Shaun Goddard, 12 Scott Perkins

Goal-scorer: Samuel Payne [27′]

Booked: Oakley

Subs ON: 21 Frank Markham [43′] | Sub Not Used: Knock


Referee: Robert Walker

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S21-22 Match Report: Wakering Sports 0 – 1 Runwell Sports (Sat 12 Mar) [EOFL 21/22 12.3.22]

Essex Olympian League – Division One

Venue: Cupid’s (Main Pitch)

2021-22 Season: Match 61

Attendance: 35 (est)

Saturday 12th March 2022 – 2pm KO

Wakering: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Runwell: Grey Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Yellow Socks


Runwell clinch promotion with a battling win over Wakering

Wakering Sports 0 – 1 Runwell Sports

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

This weekend, we remained in the Intermediate Leagues but with good purpose as we saw this big promotion six-pointer at Cupid’s Country Club, between hosts Wakering Sports and leaders Runwell Sports, who were playing their last league game here. Their job was clear, win this game and a top-two finish was assured. Wakering have three more games after this but knew they had to try and derail the Runwell side from winning this one to aid their cause. The hosts were without Connor and Ben Burrows, Matthew Catlin and Aaron Marshall but did have Matt Wilson in goal, captain Russell Beck and Alex Jenkins in central defence, with Ryan Wyatt, Joe Burton and top club scorer Alfie Fossett. Among those on the bench were Mo Sesay, Steve Solarin and Callum Burns-Green. Runwell fielded a strong side, with Josh Hudson between the posts, a defence of Charlie Little, Jordan Gregory and centre-backs Dylan Hawley and skipper Oliver Quick. The forwards were Jimmy Cox and Joe Olley, with wingers Gianni Frankis and Issac Pascal.

The match got underway with a torrent of tension with both side’s very keen to assert themselves to build a base from. Early on, Gianni Frankis had an early strike deflected wide for the visutors from about ten yards out. After a long stoppage on twelve minutes to assess a head injury to skipper Russell Beck, the hosts did get more into the contest as Runwell conceded a few niggly fouls. Chances were at a premium, though just shy of the half-hour there was a good chance for Rob Hodgson’s side. Hodgson himself headed the ball on to forward Joe Olley at the back post but Olley’s header lacked power and glanced agonizingly off-target.

Issac Pascal (#11, centre left) making another run down left flank for Runwell

However, it was the hosts who finished the half marginally stronger. A decent lob in the eighteen yard area from a central position from midfielder Ben Rowe kept visiting goalkeeper Josh Hudson alert and he grasped the ball well. Soon after, a set-piece from deep by centre-back Alex Jenkins was headed narrowly wide by an off-balance Runwell defender. For the neutral, it would’ve been an unfortunate OG to see, to say the least.


Wakering captain Russell Beck clears once again at edge of his own 18-yard area

Half-Time: Wakering Sports 0 – 1 Runwell Sports

The deadlock was pretty tight and in the early minutes of the second half, it showed little signs of fading. What was rising though was the free-kicks being conceded and players being booked as well. The game did badly need a goal and it duly arrived ten minutes after the restart. Issac Pascal had been one of the visitors’ stand-out players and only endorsed that view as his set-piece evaded the home backline and found his captain Oliver Quick who headed home well at the back post. It was a hard one to take, understandably so for the gritty Wakering defence.


Just before the hour, a decent move involving Wakering forwards Ryan Wyatt and Alfie Fossett down the left channel, ended with Fossett firing wide of Hudson’s left-sided post, much to the forward’s disappointment. Paul Morgan’s side admirably kept up the work rate but found Runwell’s defence in good form and giving away little in the way of chances. Midway through the half, a good run by substitute Mohammed Sesay ended with the ball finding spirited winger Aaron Clark but his finish lacked the direction and power to bypass Hudson.


With the hosts pushing forward in search of an important leveller, Runwell did have chances to put the game away, but after another good run, Pascal’s effort was parried well by Wilson, but Charlie Little was there following-up and was also well thwarted. Olley also headed wide following decent build-up play but in the end, one goal was enough to confirm Runwell’s promotion and they will play in Step 7 (EOFL Premier Division) for the first time in over twenty years.


Full-Time: Wakering Sports  0 – 1  Runwell Sports

In summary, yes it was a scrappy game at times but perhaps the emphasis on this match was there in both teams’ minds. Runwell did look the better side at times, but were prevented from playing their rapid game via the channels by a typically miserly Wakering Sports team mindset and defensive performance. Best not forget that Wakeri g also had their moments going forward as well, but couldn’t test a resolute Runwell backline enough either. There is little doubt that Paul Morgan’s team will go close, as they seek to pip Toby to that other promotion spot.

As ever, there were perfornances to commend here. First up for victors Runwell, winger Issac Pascal had an excellent game, providing a strong outlet down the left flank as well as good dribbling and pace. He also got a telling assist for the goal. Central midfielder Taylor Armstrong had a strong game with a all-action performance and forward Joe Olley contributed well to his side’s attack, showing good work rate and had several decent moments. Rounding out the mentions for Runwell is Charlie Little, pressed into action as an emergency right-back here but did a solid job and also got forward quite well in the latter stages.

For Wakering, winger Aaron Clark had a very good game, showing good energy, passing and movement, so credit to him. Daniel Regan did a good job in midfield, setting moves in motion and was a decent set-piece taker too. A mention also for skipper Russell Beck who continued admirably until the latter stages of the game even after sustaining a head wound in the early stages, needing a “Terry Butcher-style” bandage. Beck made several important interceptons too and assisted his team in keeping the match tight.

Best wishes to Wakering Sports for the rest of the campaign and congrats to Runwell on their promotion (see final picture). My thanks to both teams, was good to see them in action here.

Runwell team & management celebrate promotion post-match

Teams (Rolling Subs Used in EOFL matches)

Wakering Sports | Manager: Paul Morgan |

Starting XI: 1 Matt Wilson (GK), 3 Paul Brennan, 4 Russell Beck (Capt), 5 Alex Jenkins, 6 Max Drury, 7 Daniel Regan, 8 Ben Rowe, 2 Aaron Clark, 9 Ryan Wyatt, 10 Joe Burton, 11 Alfie Fossett

Subs On (Time): 16 Mohammed Sasay [60′], 15 Steve Solarin [71′], 17 Callum Burns-Green [71′], 12 Mitchell Gleeson [83′]

Booked: Drury, Regan, Burton, Sesay  | Subs Not Used: None

Runwell Sports | Player-Manager: Rob Hodgson  | Assistants: Jason Davis & Ian Read

Starting XI: 1 Josh Hudson (GK), 2 Charlie Little, 3 Jordan Gregory, 5 Dylan Hawley, 6 Oliver Quick (Capt), 4 Taylor Armstrong, 7 Gianni Frankis, 8 Robert Hodgson, 9 Jimmy Cox, 10 Joe Olley, 11 Issac Pascal

Goal-scorer: Oliver Quick [55′]

Sub On (Time & replaced): 12 Riley Armstrong [66′ on for Hodgson)

Booked: Cox, Olley, R Armstrong   | Subs Not Used: Cramp, Offord, Watson


Referee: Stiofan Appleby