Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
Hello & welcome to another of my round-up pieces, this time looking at the Essex Olympian League action on Saturday 23rd Febuary, with a firm round-up of the Premier Division, all the way to Senior Division Four plus Cup action too.
EOFL Premier Division
In a reduced programme of Premier Division fixtures due to Cup action, the big game at the bottom of the table saw Sungate emerge with a 2 – 0 success over bottom side Great Baddow. Jermaine Purchase got both goals to give ‘Gate their third win in their last four to stay 11th though crucially go 11 points clear of the bottom two and push Baddow nearer to an instant return to Senior One.
Fellow strugglers Springfield defeated high-flyers Harold Wood Athletic 1 – 0, thanks to Ryan Batchford’s solitary strike which put a further dent in Wood’s title aspirations. The hosts are ten points clear of Manford Way, who lost 1 – 0 at home to Old Southendian. Mattias Tonking ‘s goal giving OS their third straight league victory. Meanwhile, mid-table Hutton got a fine 4 – 2 win at Canning Town. Braces from Charlie Nichols and George Nash ended a six-match winless run for them as they leapfrogged Town into 8th spot. Neil Barrett and an OG weren’t enough for Canning as they fell to a fourth consecutive league loss.
Senior League Cup – Quarter-Finals
In the two SLC Quarter-Finals, Premier sides had conflicting fortunes. Leaders Buckhurst Hill succumbed to a rare home loss as they lost 2 – 1 at home to Senior Two side Chingford Athletic. Gary Murray and Will Gleeson were the heroes for Ath to outweigh Sam Sollosi’s goal and make the last four. Also, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts had no such trouble in dispatching fellow Premier side Kelvedon Hatch as they won 4 – 1. Charles Brown got a brace with Joe McEvoy and Mark Robinson scoring the other goals for Swifts, while Theo Ola got Hatch’s consolation.
Anagram Records Trophy – Round Three Results
FC Hamlets 2 – 3 Ware Sports
Old Bradwell Utd 0 – 3 Catholic Utd
EOFL Senior One
Into Senior One and incredibly all five matches saw wins for the visiting teams. All of the top three won, starting with Shenfield AFC who grabbed a 4 – 2 win at Rayleigh Town Res. Mitchell Day’s double was added to by strikes from Sam Bubb and Jordan Elliott to extend AFC’s unbeaten run to five matches. Second-placed Snaresbrook won 2 – 0 at fellow high-flyers Ramsden Scotia with Harry Prince and Josh Woodcock getting the crucial goals to keep the arrears to three points, but ‘Brook have two games more to play. To further complicate matters, Basildon Town stayed five points off the top in third with a 2 – 1 success at mid-table Herongate Athletic. Jimmy Markham and Alfie Phillips got the goals for Town who have five matches in hand on the leaders.
At the bottom, Old Chelmsfordians comfortably defeated May & Baker EC Res 5 – 0 with Sam Adams getting two and Martin Mixture, Tom Garey and Paul Tiffen also finding the net and giving their side a third win on-the-reel. Bakers’ will finish bottom of Senior One following this result. Finally in D1, Galleywood triumphed 3 – 0 at Ongar Town with Tom Lakin, Jack Chatterway and Luke Seaton goals pushing ‘Wood up to 6th.
EOFL Senior Two
In Division Two, two matches took place with Toby negotiating a tricky test by winning 3 – 2 at Harold Wood Athletic Res to go three points clear of Runwell Sports, having played three games more. Paur Carr’s double and one from Ross Dipple saw them to a third win on-the-bounce. Lakeside also triumphed with a 4 – 1 win over Ryan at the Wadham Lodge 3G pitch. Drew Klessa-Smith grabbed a hat-trick to reach 29 league goals for the season, plus Sam Pettit’s 5th league goal this term saw ‘Side to victory.
Shoebury Town won their match with Rochford Town by way of a walkover.
EOFL Senior Three
In Division Three, Academy Soccer continued their fine form with a 6 – 0 success over free-falling Roydon. Rhys Willson’s treble led the way with Sam Parish’s double and one from Luke Jones sealing a second-half demolition to keep Academy in 3rd spot. Leigh Town are well-placed in fourth after a 4 – 0 success at Hutton Res. George Darby got another brace with Zac Mashford and Shane Cooper also on target in Town’s 8th win in 15 matches thus far.
Old Southendian Res stayed 5th win a 2 – 1 home win over near rivals Laindon Orient. James Shadwell’s penalty for the visitors was outdone by Greg Molford and Andy Turner goals for the hosts. And Basildon Town Res climbed out of the bottom two at Roydon’s expense with a 2 – 0 win over White Ensign Res, thanks to strikes by Jake Bridgeman and player-boss Alex Shields. Westhamians stay top without playing as they won their game with bottom side Old Chelmsfordians Res by away walkover.
EOFL Senior Four
Finally for this week, in Senior Four, Epping Town made another statement of intent with a 9 – 2 win at Toby Res. Daniel Garfinkle, Alex Paraskeva & substitute Kieran Dickerson all nabbed doubles, with Liam Clifton, Bradley Gayer and Eamon Payne all also finding the net to stay 2nd. Leaders Corinthians won 2 – 1 at Leigh Ramblers Res with Alfie Knight and Bill Wilton the goal-getters there to keep their four-point lead with five games left. Callum Gannon netted for the Rams.
Dagenham Utd continued their push for a top-three finish with a 2 – 0 win at Galleywood Res. No Dingli’s on the scoresheet this time though late goals from Ashley Retter and Jesse Martin did the job for Utd here to go six points clear of challengers Lakeside Ressies.
Meanwhile, bottom side Old Barkabbeyans got only their third win this term with a 3 – 2 win over high-flyers Lakeside Res & Catholic Utd Res handsomely defeated Buckhurst Hill Res 6 – 1.
That’s all for this week, cheers for reading.