Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]
Hello and welcome to this week’s extensive Essex Olympian League round-up, tracking the action from the Premier Division all the way to Senior Division Four on Sat 12th January. Enjoy, and love #NonLeague
EOFL Premier Division
In the top-tier, Harold Wood Athletic went joint top in the stands with Buckhurst Hill with a fine 5 – 2 win at Hutton. Brad Foley grabbed a brace with John Bradley, Rob Whitnell and Matty Donovan all chipping in as well to extend Ath’s recent unbeaten run. Leigh Ramblers won 3 – 1 at Sungate with the hosts notching through Ciaran Kelly though Justin Hazell, Ryan Lowe and Jamie Selby-Knight goals saw the Rams sit 5th. Canning Town defeated Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 2 – 1 to go 7th. Suliaman Massaquoi’s brace overcame Ade Cole’s strike to see Town to victory. Swifts are 4th, eight points off the summit.
Manford Way finally got their first win of the campaign with a fine 1 – 0 win over Catholic Utd. Alex Leslie got the only goal as Manford reduced the gap to rivals Great Baddow to five points. Kelvedon Hatch won 2 – 0 at Baddow with Anthony Aylett and Michael Daniels both notching to fortify third spot for Hatch. Meanwhile, Rayleigh Town also won, 2 – 1 over local rivals Old Southendian. Ruari McIntyre struck for OS though Paul Morris and Bailey Moss goals saw Town head up to 6th spot.
Senior League Cup
In the one Senior Lge Cup tie this weekend, EOFL Senior Two side Chingford Athletic caused a surprise by defeating Premier side Springfield 4 – 3. Tom Kavanagh, Jack Yates, Will Gleeson and Eric Kelly all got on the score-sheet as Ath head to the Quarter-Finals. Springfield had Joe Mayer’s double and Oliver Brittain to thank for making it close though they exited the competition here.
EOFL Senior Div One
In Olympian Division One, Shenfield AFC took the limelight with a enormous 13 – 1 win at strugglers May & Baker Res. Jordan Elliot led the onslaught with four goals, with Harry Hatt, Tom Blackmur and Ben Carroll all getting braces plus James Bigmore, Mitch Day and Alex Broadbridge also chipped in in this rout. Leaders Snaresbrook won 2 – 1 at Frenford Res, thanks to Scott Hill’s double.
FC Hamlets also won 2 – 1 away from home, at Old Chelmsfordians. Martin Mixture found the net for the hosts though John Gilroy and Charlie Heatly goals saw the points head back to East London. Ongar Town defeated Ramsden Scotia 2 – 0 with Sean Green and Ben Polley the scorers in that match. Herongate Athletic also won this weekend, with a 2 – 1 success at home to Rayleigh Town Res. Lee Atkinson scored for Ath before later being sent off. Glen Jordan got the other goal for the hosts.
Galleywood were held by Basildon Town 1 – 1 with Matthew Buckingham’s opener for the hosts being cancelled out by a spot-kick for Alex Witham for Town.
EOFL Snr Div Two
In Senior Division Two, Toby got the stand-out result of the day with a 6 – 1 triumph at Rochford Town. On his 100th appearance for the club, Peter Spicer grabbed a brace while Des Gallen, Paul Carr, David Major and Ross Dipple also found the net. Jake Lunn got the Rochford goal. Lakeside continued their good campaign with a excellent 3 – 2 win at Runwell Sports. Connor White hit a double plus Ryan Budd also found the ‘onion bag’ in this one.
Beacon Hill Rovers won narrowly at home, 1 – 0 over Harold Wood Athletic’s Ressie side as Steve Bennett got the only goal of the game. Newham Utd’s game with Shoebury Town was abandoned.
EOFL Snr Div Three
In Senior Three, Basildon Town Reserves secured a comfortable win over Roydon with Levi Harbour’s double plus Alex Shields’ effort sealing their triumph this weekend. Leigh Town won 2 – 1 at home to Hutton Ressies. Carl Dutton got the visitors’ goal though George Darby and Sam Gilmore efforts were enough to see them to the win. Wakering Sports won 2 – 0 at White Ensign Reserves, thanks largely to Charlie Burns’ double.
Meanwhile in other action, Leaders Westhamians drew ablank at home to Laindon Orient while Old Southendian Ressies also were held 0 – 0 by 3rd-placed Academy Soccer. Laindon Orient have also been hit by a points deduction of nine points for fielding an ineligeable player earlier this term.
EOFL Senior Four
Finally for this week, in Senior Four, Dagenham Utd powered to a 6 – 1 success over Catholic Utd Res with the Dingli brothers getting all six for the hosts. Jacob Dingli led the way with four himself, while Oliver Dingli grabbed a brace of his own as the hosts cantered to victory and keep the gap to leaders Corinthians to a single point. Epping Town were also amongst the goals with a 5 – 2 victory over Galleywood’s Ressies. Substitute Alex Paraskeva grabbed a double while Liam Clifton, Daniel Garfinkle and Glen Warwick all struck for Billy Cove’s side. Sam Rawlinson & Joe Reynard struck for the visitors.
Lakeside Reserves smashed eight past Buckhurst Hill’s second side as they won 8 – 2. Harry Davison grabbed a hat-trick with Brandon Booty notching twice plus David Alele, Dale Kenyon and Jake Willis all also on target. Corinthians won at Old Barkabbeyans 5 – 1 as John Bolton-Smith hit two to add to Bill Wilton’s gal with substitutes Jack Darby and Bradley Smith adding more shine to the win. Shenfield AFC Res also won away from home, 3 – 2 at Toby Reserves as Corley Ross’ brace was added to Richard Palmer’s strike. Stefan Adams and Harvee Bassan replied for Toby’s second side. Also, Leigh Ramblers Reserves won by Walkover over Canning Town Ressies.
That’s all for this week, thanks for reading.