Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & Essex Senior Writer
Hello and welcome to my look at the opening weekend of the Len Cordell Trophy action, a competition run by the Essex Senior League for Reserve sides to also remember the contribution the late Len Cordell made to local Non-League Football.
Before re look at the matches that took place this weekend, let’s have a quick look at the how the group stages look in this Trophy competition. The twelve teams competing in this competition have been split into three groups, below is a snapshot on who is in which group.
Len Cordell Trophy – Friday 9th April
Harlow Town Res 2 – 3 Woodford Town U23s | the Harlow Arena [3G] | Group A
Two matches took place on Friday night, as Woodford’s second-side emerged with the points at the Harlow Arena in this Group A encounter. Graeme Butler scored twice for Harlow’s reserve side but strikes by Rashaad Ogun, Umar Ali and Joseph St Luca-Moynihan did the business for Shane Baptiste’s side. As it turned out, the win could well make them early favourites to top the group.
Grays Athletic U23s 1 – 1 Barkingside Res | Lakeside Sports Ground | Group C
Meanwhile, several miles south in Thurrock, these two local rivals fought to a draw. Callum Watts netted for the home side, with Robert Adams responding for the ‘Side second-string.
Saturday 10th April
Sawbridgeworth Town Res 3 – 3 Walthamstow Res | Crofters | Group A
In the midday kick-off at Crofters, these two sides had an enticing six-goal thriller before both sides had to settle for a point. Samson Bashua netted twice for the Sawbo side, with Stephen Aketo also on target for the home side. ‘Stow responded through goals from Johann Aidoo, Patrick Simpson and Zachary Thomas but both sides with need wins to progress up the group standings in their next matches.
Redbridge Res 0 – 4 Tower Hamlets Res | Ford’s Social Club (Newbury Park) | Group B
Elsewhere, Tower Hamlets Reserves made light work of their first of three away games in this competition with a decisive victory. Ezekiel Adesanya struck twice for the visitors, supported by goals from Rajhi Makasi and Carone Scott to send the Hamlets side top of Group B.
West Essex Dev 0 – 1 May & Baker Res | Debden Park Sch | Group B
In the other match in Group B, May & Baker Reserves returned to action with a narrow win over West Essex Development at Debden Park School. Idris Aminu got the decisive strike for Jimmy Donald’s side as they went second in the table.
White Ensign Res 2 – 0 Frenford Res | Len Forge Centre [3G] | Group C
Finally for this weekend’s six matches, at the Len Forge Centre in Westcliff, White Ensign Reserves defeated Frenford’s second-side thanks to strikes by Lubona Wyatt and Scott Read, which sent Jack Caten’s side top of Group C.
Hello and welcome to the second of a mini-series of blog articles looking back at the ‘void’ Season 2019-20, as deemed by the FA.
In this piece, I look back at Essex Olympian League Division Three, including an array of statistics compiled from the EOFL FA Full-Time website including top goalscorers & top appearance makers in the League fixtures. I was fortunate enough to attend a few Division Three matches this term so they may be referenced to as well here.
EOFL Division Three (as of season cut-off point of March 14th 2020)
As with all the EOFL divisions, the season was halted in mid-March 2020 before eventually being curtailed several weeks later. At that point, ACD Utd held the top spot with 43 points from 18 matches. This record included thirteen wins and only the one loss, which was away at rivals Wakebury in late October. Michael Wade’s side were also the best side defensively in this division this term with only 19 goals conceded all league campaign, not bad for their first campaign as an Olympian League side. Fellow newcomers Wakebury were four points adrift in second place, with twelve wins from their 19 matches this term. Matt Cardy & Dan Blewett’s side were the most entertaining side this term with 56 goals scored, at an average of 2.95 Goals per game (GpG). The Shoebury-based side were not as proficient in defence and that may have cost them the top spot but both Wakebury & ACD have a lot to be proud of this season.
Wakebury v Corinthians Res (Sat 11 January ’20)
Another image from Wakebury v Corinthians Res (11.1.20)
Another promoted side ended up being third in Corinthians Reserves. Terry Rose & Ben Adams’ team had an impressive twelve wins from their 15 matches, with only two losses, at home to Buckhurst Hill Ressies and away at Wakebury, which I was pleased to watch in-person. On a better note, they are the second-best goal-scorers this term with 51 goals (but in fewer matches than the Berries so the GpG is 3.40). A sturdy defence as well may have seen them climb into the top two, had the season continued. The next two sides ended in close formation in fourth & fifth respectively. Firstly, Toby Reserves were fourth on 29 points, with nine wins from their 18 matches. They were also fourth in the ‘Entertainers’ listing, with a substantial number of their 40 goals this season coming from forwards Marc ‘The Flea’ Porter-Brown and Luis Ruiz. In fifth place are Collier Row with 28 points from fourteen matches, which included an impressive nine wins for you guessed it, another promoted side (from Div Five in 2018/19). What is also noteworthy is that Row have the third-most miserly defence this term as well with 25 goals conceded, so plaudits to them on that.
Image from White Ensign Res v Hutton Res (visitors in yellow – from 14.12.19)
Another still from White Ensign Res v Hutton Res (14.12.19)
Another side I saw this term in Hutton Reserves finished in sixth spot, having played the least amount of matches this term (13), ending up with 21 points. Matt Singh’s side grabbed seven wins this term, though as a caveat, six of those wins were at home. The other win was at White Ensign Reserves in mid-December, which happened to be the game I watched them in. Factor in an impressive goal-scoring record of 35 strikes (a GpG of 2.69) this season and again, they also have grounds for optimism next season. Leigh Town Reserves and Buckhurst Hill Reserves finished in seventh and eighth spot respectively. Leigh’s second-side, under the leadership of Robert Hutchings-Spiller ended up with 20 points from their 14 matches played. Unlike their first team in the division above, Town’s defence was breached 33 times this term as they won six and lost six of their matches this season. Hill’s second-team were two points behind them in eighth spot with 18 points from their fourteen games. Again, their defence was their ‘Achilles heel’, shipping 35 goals at an average of 2.50 per game.
Into the bottom four now, with Lakeside Reserves ending up ninth on 14 points from their 17 matches. All four of their wins this term came in their last nine matches as the latter half of the campaign saw them evade the dreaded bottom two. It was that poor start to the campaign (they didn’t win in their first ten matches) that contributed to them having the second-worst defensive record, conceding 48 times. Basildon Town Reserves finished tenth with 13 points from 15 matches. A difficult campaign at both ends of the pitch was highlighted by them having the third-weakest side in terms of goal-scoring, having scored 23 times and also conceding 41 goals, the fourth-worst in the division. Even so, their four wins this term matches the win count combined for the bottom two sides this term.
White Ensign Reserves were 11th, with three wins chalking up the bulk of their ten points gained this term. Manager Jack Caten has had it hard this term, as his side conceded 53 times in their 18 matches, the worst in the division. That said, they continue the club’s tradition of playing at the Len Forge Centre [3G] which is good to see. Finally, another new side in Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ ended up propping up the table, with one win all season – away at rivals Lakeside Reserves. It was a rare great day for Jason Mole’s side, as they scored four points all season and conceded forty-six goals in their 15 matches this term. I saw the bottom two duke out a 1 – draw in November (image above) at the Len Forge.
EOFL Division Three – Top Goalscorers 2019-20 Season
8 (+1 pen)
Leigh Town Res
Leigh Town Res
Buckhurst Hill Res
Basildon Town Res
Buckhurst Hill Res
Finally, here’s the top page of the Leading Appearance Makers in Division Three (focus on League Starts)
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
W Ensign Res: Sky Blue & White Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks
Wakering: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks
Chance-laden match ends all-square for Ensign Ressies & Hullbridge ‘A’
White Ensign Res 1 – 1 Hullbridge Sports ‘A’
Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]
For this weekend’s Saturday match, I elected to defer to Olympian League action once again, and after the glib weather had taken out my initial choice, I headed to the Len Forge Centre to see White Ensign’s reserve side face the Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ side (aka their Developmental side) in EOFL Senior Three. Jack Caten named a decent side with a few of his Ensign team having played for the first team in left-back Yaw Danso, centre-back Daniel Casey and winger Lubona Wyatt. Current first-teamers James Parkins and Bradley Gates started in goal and in midfield respectively. For the Hullbridge side, Josh Boswell and Henry Shields were among their forward line with custodian Rod Morrissey and centre-backs Henry Hands and Oscar Driscoll. Joe Darby and Charlie Oakman were among their substitutes.
Ensign looked to keep the ball on the deck in the early stages of this contest, on a very damp artificial surface. The first real chance though fell to the visitors on six minutes as forward Josh Boswell did well to get past the home defence though after rounding goalkeeper James Parkins, heis effort on goal was blocked by a well-positioned covering defender. The ‘Bridge side did come back into the match and had decent amount of possession in the midway point of the half though Ensign responded as after a good run by winger Lubona Wyatt, the ball came to midfielder Bradley Gates who wafted his strike well over.
Moments later at the other end, a corner for ‘Bridge found centre-back Henry Hands six yards out though his header was punched away by Parkins. Neither side could get that decisive strike away at this point, though on 33 minutes, after a 40-yard run, midfielder Joss Pountney was brought wide by his marker though could still get a shot off that just fizzed past the angle of crossbar and post. The half concluded with two telling chances with varying results. Wyatt showed good persistence n the flank on 37 minutes before finding Pountney though he could only fire off-target with only ‘keeper Rod Morrissey to beat.
And then with half-time a minute away, the Hullbridge side took the lead. A rapid break bypassed the home defence, with Boswell unselfishly playing in Henry Shields who superbly blasted home from twenty yards right in the top corner past Parkins.
Half-Time: White Ensign Res 0 – 1 Hullbridge Sports ‘A’
Ensign introduced Mechack-Kisoka Asuka at the break and he nearly made an instant impact as he had a sight at goal though could only find the side-netting. A flurry of chances followed for both teams, with centre-back Archie Matthews heading wide from forward Lewis Brown’s corner. That was swiftly followed by Boswell crashing a drive against the woodwork in what was a really promising chance. Ensign did level things up on 62 minutes as Asuka used his rapid pace to good effect, breaking through the visiting backline before cooly slotting low past Morrissey into the far corner, just out of the grasp of the covering defender.
The chances continued to sway for both sides, as six minutes after the equaliser, Gates free-kick smashed the crossbar. Seconds later, a powerful strike by midfielder Harry Mole came back off the crossbar and post though it was adjudged not to have crossed the line. In the latter stages of this very open encounter, Matthews and Asuka both struck off-target for the hosts while substitute Joe Darby also hit the woodwork for Hullbridge, he showed good purpose and pace in his cameo. Fellow replacement Charlie Oakman also clipped the post with Parkins to defeat before the Ensign ‘keeper made a sprawling save to deny a super curling effort late on. Brown then had an effort on the stroke of full-time that also grazed the much-used goal frame though both teams had to settle for a point.
Full-Time: White Ensign Res 1 – 1 Hullbridge Sports ‘A’
In some ways, the draw was the right result as either side could have won though unfortunately didn’t have the desired finishing.
In terms of stand-out performances, for the hosts I felt winger Lubona Wyatt stood out with his pace and movement down the left flank, while Mechack-Kisoka Asuka impressed in his appearance from the bench. Centre-back Archie Matthews made some timely interceptions and goalie James Parkins made a few crucial saves as well to keep that point intact. For the visitors, forward Josh Boswell got in many promising positions, and could have easily had a hat-trick. In midfield, Billy Carter put in an energetic shift, with Joe Darby doing well after coming on and Harry Mole also did well at times too.
Finally, my thanks to the hosts for their hospitality today. I wish both sides well for the remainder of the EOFL Senior Three campaign.
White Ensign Reserves | Player-Manager: Jack Caten
Starting XI: 1. James Parkins (GK), 2. Max Pitts, 18. Yaw Danso, 13. Daniel Casey, 6. Archie Matthews, 7. Sam Smith, 16. Bradley Gates, 17. Rudi Voller, 8. Joss Pountney, 11. Lubona Wyatt, 9. Lewis Brown
Goal-scorers: Mechack-Kisoka Asuka [62’]
Subs On: Jack Thompson, Mechack-Kisoka Asuka | Subs Unused: A Skinner, J Caten
Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ | Manager: Adrian Hands
Starting XI: 1. Rod Morrissey (GK), 6. Henry Hands, 4. Oscar Driscoll, 33. George Mole, 14 Harry Mole, 30. Tom Quelch, 32. Billy Carter, 16 Henry Shields, 7. Charlie Cox, 34. Josh Boswell, 11. Will Bray
Subs On: Joe Darby, Charlie Oakman, Luke Livingstone | Subs Not Used: None
Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & EOFL Blogger
Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of the Essex Olympian League action, which includes matches from the top four divisions, plus the Senior League Cup & Essex Premier Cup action involving EOFL sides on Saturday 21st September. Thanks for reading.
As ever, we start in the Premier Division as Springfield defeated Rayleigh Town 2 – 1 at London Road to end Town’s 100% start to the campaign. Dave Wareham’s brace for the visitors ensured Glen Wilkinson’s side got their fourth straight league win. Danny Hurford got Rayleigh’s goal though their lead at the summit is halved to three points now. Kelvedon Hatch sit third after a 3 – 1 win over Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Billy Reynolds, Josh Smith & substitute Alan Taylor got the goals for Hatch here as they sealed a third consecutive league win. Chris Gibbs struck for Swifts though they drop to eighth.
Leigh Ramblers picked up a fine 3 – 0 win over Catholic Utd at Belfairs with Rhys Fatt, Sam Montstephens and Ryan Lowe all on the score-sheet for Wayne Seal’s side, who ended a four-match winless run here. The Super Hoops suffered another loss away from home as they stay in mid-table. Buckhurst Hill also maintained their fine recent form, with a 4 – 1 success at Hutton. Two goals from Nathan Sollosi plus one each from Eren Muti and Suley Zuhdu saw Mark Williams side to a third win on-the-spin.
Elsewhere, Harold Wood Athletic got another win with a 3 – 1 triumph at Basildon Town. Matt Donovan, Ishmael Raymond and replacement Joe Stevens all struck for Ath to outdo Keith King’s goal for Bas. Also, Canning Town got their first league win in seven this term as they defeated ten-man Old Southendian 4 – 2 in Beckton.
Senior Division One
In Senior One, Chingford Athletic sit second after a 3 – 2 win at Runwell Sports. Ath struck through an OG, Mickey Mesmin and Alex Gordon goals to extend their faultless record this term. Ongar Town are top though on goal difference following a 6 – 1 home win over Rayleigh Town Res. Snaresbrook are third after a 4 – 1 success over Manford Way at Nutters Field while Lakeside had Mason Iley to thank for the only goal in their 1 – 0 win at Ramsden Scotia, they sit fourth.
Galleywood won 2 – 1 at winless Toby to rise to fifth place. Nick Harvey netted for the hosts, though Jack Chatterway and Tyler Tredgett strikes saw Mark O’Sullivan’s team to the win.
EOFL Senior League Cup 2019-20
May & Baker Res 3 – 4 Old Chelmsfordians | May & Baker FC
Essex Premier Cup
Barnston 3 – 3 Old Southendian Res (OS Res won 3 – 2 on penalties)
Beacon Hill Rovers 0 – 3 Waltham Abbey Res
Sungate 0 – 3 Ilford Res
Senior Division Two
Into Senior Two now and Leigh Town remain top, thanks to a 7 – 0 win at AS Rawreth. Max Jones got a hat-trick, with Oliver Raker, Jamie Yarworth, George Dansie and Tom McKeon also on target here for Jack Pearman’s team. Two other sides also have 100% records in the division with one of them being Epping Town who dismantled Westhamians 19 – 0 at Stonards Hill. To be fair, the visitors were beset by player availability issues though Billy Cove’s tea were ruthless as Connor Hammond, Alex Paraskeva, Tommie Turner and Taner Dagyaran all hit trebles while Joey May, Joe Killingback, Joe Thomas, Bradley Gayer, Sipho Mtyanda plus substitutes Ryan Folan and Eben Rowledge completed a scorer’s list so deep that it could have been reminiscent of a theatre production. Corinthians also were among the goals as they defeated Wakering Sports 6 – 0 thanks to Nathan Dewberry’s double, plus goals by John Bolton-Smith, Luke Owen, Theo Cannon and Jake Hodder as they also got their third win from three matches. I attended this match and if you’d like more on it, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/09/21/match-report-corinthians-6-0-wakering-sports-21st-sept-eofl/
Also, Laindon Orient won 3 – 0 at Harold Wood Athletic Res thanks to strikes by Jasper Read, Ashley Blackburn and an OG to go fourth in the standings. Finally in this division, Rochford Town got a morale-boosting first win of the campaign as they won 4 – 1 at home to Ryan. Harry Ford, Luke Jackson, Alex Jenkins and Harry Maynard strikes saw John Smith’s team to victory.
Senior Division Three
With leaders Corinthian Reserves not in action, Collier Row went second with a 4 – 2 triumph over Leigh Town Res at the Forest Row Centre. ACD Utd also have a unblemished winning record after a 3 – 1 win over Toby Res at Westlands. Brad Falco struck twice with Sam Payne also on target for Michael Wade’s side. White Ensign Ressies sit fifth after a comeback 3 – 1 win at Lakeside Res. Harry Davison had put the hosts ahead though Erald Makolli levelled before Kieran Follett struck twice to turn the tide for Jack Caten’s team.
Hutton Reserves picked up their first league win of the campaign in some style with a 13 – 3 win at struggling Dagenham Utd. Sean O’Callaghan and substitute Jack Shaw both hit trebles, with Joshua Seal and Josh Sumner getting braces plus Stephen Judge, Conor O’Regan and Adam Player all also on target in a thumping win for the Shenfield-based side. Wakebury also won this weekend, with a 2 – 0 win at fellow newcomers Hullbridge Sports ‘A’. Harry Kateley and replacement Ben Munday got the goals there at Lower Road. Finally, Buckhurst Hill Res defeated Basildon Town’s Ressies 3 – 1 through goals from Keenan Gravillis, Landry Gogoa and substitute Tommy Fraine. Alex Witham pulled one back for Alex Shields’ team though they have yet to win this term.
Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & EOFL Writer
Hello and welcome to this week’s extended round-up of Essex Olympian League action, which includes matches from the top four divisions, plus a round-up/results from the Senior League Cup action and results from Senior Division Four and the Reserve League Cup action this weekend – Saturday 14th September. Thanks for reading.
EOFL Premier Division
In this week’s Premier action, Basildon Town got a fine 4 – 2 win at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts with Keith King, Tommy Green, Jimmy Markham and replacement Daley Grant all finding the net. Terrell Hunter got both strikes for Swifts though their three-match winning run ended here. Harold Wood Athletic registered their first win of the new season as they defeated Canning Town 2 – 0. Reiss Kingsley and Robert Whitnell got the goals for Kris Taylor’s side. Kelvedon Hatch also triumphed, defeating Old Southendian 3 – 1. Petrit Elbi struck twice with substitute Reece Morgan also notching for Hatch, while Mattias Tonking netted for OS.
Springfield edged a tight affair with Hutton as a late Ryan Batchford penalty saw them to a 1 – 0 home win. Rayleigh Town made it six league wins from six as they won 3 – 1 at Shenfield AFC. George Vile, Harry Talbot and Bailey Moss goals saw them extend their cushion at the top to six points. Leigh Ramblers drew with Sungate 2 – 2 for the second time this term, with Acer Wake and Justin Hazell netting for Wayne Seal’s side.
Buckhurst Hill 1 – 1 Walthamstow (‘Stow won 3 – 0 on penalties) | Roding Lane
EOFL Senior Division One (result only)
Toby 1 – 2 Lakeside | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park – Toby pitch)
EOFL Senior League Cup 2019-20
Chingford Athletic advanced in the Senior Cup as they defeated Beacon Hill Rovers 5 – 0 at Town Mead. Mickey Mesmin got a brace, with Eric Kelly, Lee Lashley and Warren Isoka all getting on the scorer’s sheet as Ath continued their strong start to the campaign in all competitions. Leigh Town also progressed with a 2 – 1 success at Ramsden Scotia with Max Jones grabbing both Town goals there.
Other Results in Senior League Cup this weekend:
Ongar Town 8 – 1 Snaresbrook | Fyfield Village Hall
Runwell Sports 0 – 3 Manford Way | Runwell Sports Club
Shoebury Town 6 – 1 Old Barkabbeyans | Cupid’s Country Club (Pitch 2)
Senior Division Two
In Senior Two, Laindon Orient got their second win this term with a 3 – 0 home win over Rochford Town. A brace from Ashley Blackburn and one from Jasper Read saw them to victory there. Westhamians got their first league win in Senior Two with a super 4 – 2 win over Wakering Sports. Substitute John Massala got two, while Monty Hussain and Abel Okoghenu also netted for the hosts. Zac Wheatley and skipper Russell Beck responded for Sports though they have yet to register a point on the board.
Corinthians had a new star to thank for their 5 – 2 win at Ryan as recent signing, former Basildon Utd, Southend Manor & White Ensign forward Nathan Dewberry got all five goals for the visitors at Wadham Lodge. May & Baker Reserves outshone all on the ‘goals count’ as they defeated AS Rawreth 10 – 2.
Into Senior Three now, Corinthians Reserves continued their 100% start to the league campaign with a 4 – 2 win over Wakebury. Max Hall, Luke Smith, Sener Suavi and Ashley Webb all struck for Terry Rose’s team. Oliver Laycock and substitute Daniel Blewett netted in reply for the EOFL newcomers. White Ensign Res also won this weekend, after a fine 5 – 2 win at Dagenham Utd. Kieran Follett, Joss Pountney, Lewis Brown, another spot-kick from Zach Somerset-Butler and one from fellow substitute Mechack Kisoka-Asuka gave Jack Caten’s team the points.
Collier Row got their second league win with a 4 – 1 triumph over Buckhurst Hill Res at the Forest Row Centre. Also, ACD Utd won 3 – 0 over Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ with Brad Falco, Frank Markham and replacement Michael Wade all on target for the EOFL newcomers.
Senior Division Four (results only)
Canning Town Res 0 – 5 Galleywood Res
Leytonstone Utd 0 – 6 Chingford Athletic Dev
Roydon 4 – 1 Forest Glade
Reserve League Cup 2019 – 20 (Results only)
AS Rawreth Res A – W Leigh Town Res (Leigh Town go through uncontested)
Basildon Town Res 2 – 1 Ongar Town Res
Catholic Utd Res 4 – 0 Leigh Ramblers Res
Herongate Athletic Res 1 – 4 Lakeside Res
Hutton Res 5 – 1 Laindon Orient Res
Old Chelmsfordians Res 1 – 0 Harold Wood Athletic Res
Rayleigh Town Res H – W Roydon Res (Rayleigh go through uncontested)
Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – EOFL Blogger
Hello and a warm welcome to the last of my mini-series of articles previewing the upcoming 2019-2020 Essex Olympian League season, division-by-division. We continue with Senior Three now which will have 13 sides competing in this division with sides getting promoted from both EOFL Senior Four and Senior Five, plus other sides have moved across from the now-defunct Under-21 division and it’s a progressive new era for two clubs making their way into the EOFL family this term. This is partly due to the number of clubs being promoted from this level to the divisions above.
With May & Baker ‘A’ folding in the close-season, there are no teams relegated from Senior Two, though that does not mean the division doesn’t have a ‘new look’ about it – it does. Here’s how it shapes up…
EOFL Senior Three Constitution (2019-20)
ACD Utd (NEW)
Basildon Town Res
Buckhurst Hill Res (P)
Collier Row (P)
Corinthians Res (P)
Dagenham Utd (P)
Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ (NEW)
Lakeside Res (P)
Leigh Town Res (NEW)
Toby Res (P)
White Ensign Res
Starting with the sides remaining from last season, Hutton Res were the highest finishers in 7th, with White Ensign Res and Basildon Town Res immediately below them. Given that two sides (Roydon & Old Chelmsfordians Res) were relegated to Senior Four, these three sides are the only survivors from last year and are out-numbered by the five teams promoted from Senior Four & Five. The teams finishing 3rd to 6th in Senior Four are elevated so Dagenham Utd, Lakeside Res, Toby Res and Buckhurst Hill Res respectively will face the step up.
Dagenham and Lakeside’s second-string both had very respectable campaigns last time out, and although Toby and Hill’s Ressies finished a smattering of points behind them, both clubs’ first teams are in the top two divisions (Hill in the Premier and Toby in Senior One) so they could adapt well to the climb.
Factor in the elevation of the top-two from Senior Five as well and you could have a tough division. Corinthians Reserves won Senior Five last term to complete a league-winning double for the First team (Senior Four) and the Reserves. Also, it’s good to see a name from the past return in Collier Row who got the runners-up spot in Senior Five in April. Hullbridge Sports have also entered an ‘A’ team in this division this term so it will be interesting how effectively their ‘third team’ will do here though it is a pathway up to the Reserve team I suspect.
Three sides have joined from other leagues as well. First, former Essex Alliance League (EAL) outfit ACD Utd are placed here and the Romford-based side will be looking to follow on well from finishing 2nd in the EAL’s top-tier last term.
Also there are two sides joining from the Southend Borough Combination Premier Division. Leigh Town Res finished third in that division last term and although the side currently play in neighbouring Hadleigh, Robert Hutchings-Spiller’s side will enjoy the journey this term after their upward progression. Joining them are Shoebury-based outfit Wakebury. They managed a very respectable fourth-place in the Southend Boro Combination Premier, finishing 13 points off league winners Shoebury Town Res, who interestingly will compete in Senior Five of the Olympian League this term.
To all the clubs, managers, players and many others who support them, have a good season everyone. I look forward to keeping tabs on the action and I hope that round-ups on Senior Three will join the sections from the top three tiers of the Essex Olympian League this term. Best, Scott
Fixtures for First Two Weekends of EOFL Senior Three (subject to change)
Saturday 24th August – 2.30pm
Corinthians Res v Dagenham Utd | Stambridge Memorial Ground
Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ v Buckhurst Hill Res | Lower Road
Lakeside Res v Basildon Town Res | Lakeside Sports Ground (3G)
Toby Res v Leigh Town Res | Ford’s Sports Club, Newbury Park
Saturday 31st August – 2.30pm
Basildon Town Res v Leigh Town Res | Basildon Sports Club
Buckhurst Hill Res v Collier Row | Roding Lane (Pitch 2)
Dagenham Utd v Lakeside Res | Ford’s Sports Club, Newbury Park
Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ v Toby Res | Lower Road
Hutton Res v ACD Utd | Polo Fields
White Ensign Res v Corinthians Res | Len Forge Centre (3G)
Hello & welcome to another of my round-up pieces, this time looking at the Essex Olympian League action on Saturday 26th January, with a firm round-up of the Premier Division, all the way to Senior Division Four. Also including results from the Essex Junior Cup action this weekend. Thanks to Scott Lanza & the clubs for the data used in this round-up.
EOFL Premier Division
In the top-tier, with the top-two of Buckhurst Hill and Kelvedon Hatch deprived of their clash due to weather, third-placed Harold Wood Athletic missed a chance to go joint-top as they lost 2 – 1 at strugglers Sungate. Bishop’s Stortford Swifts suffered no such slip-up as they edged to a 1- 0 home win over mid-table Hutton, courtesy of a Sam Cole strike. They stay fourth, five points adrift of leaders Buckhurst Hill.
The chasing pack of Leigh Ramblers and Catholic Utd both won this weekend. Leigh Ramblers fought back to win 3 – 2 over rivals Old Southendian. Nick Henesy’s brace for OS was outdone by strikes by Justin Hazell, Luke Read and Andrew Webster as Leigh went 5th. Catholic Utd are only a point behind them in 6th, thanks to a 7 – 2 home success over out-of-form Springfield. Aaron Baldwin led the ‘Super Hoops’ scorers with a brace, while Simon Thomas, Jamie Salmon, player-boss Dan Trenkel, substitute Tom Hollingsworth and Tom Kearney all netted as well in Utd’s sixth win in their last seven matches.
Rayleigh Town slipped up as they lost 2 – 1 at Manford Way. Dillon Southgate’s goal for Town was outdone by strikes from Ruben Carvalho and Lee Lashley as Manford got their third straight win to cut the gap to Great Baddow to two points. Canning Town put Baddow further in the mire with a 4 – 1 success over the strugglers. Sulaiman Massaquoi got another double, which Dan Bonny and Fraser Ferguson added to give the Beckton-based side the win and stay 8th.
EOFL Senior One
Now heading into Senior One, which was headed by a terrific display by FC Hamlets in their 7 – 0 home win over mid-table Frenford Res. Charlie Heatley led the way with a hat-trick, while Faron Smith got two goals plus strikes from John Gilroy and Ajibola Orilonishe sealed their eighth win of the season which seems them remain in fifth.
Galleywood rose to seventh after a convincing 5 – 1 success at Old Chelmsfordians. Tom Lakin, Sean Lander, Jack Chatterway, Luke Osborne and Freddie Bartrum got the goals for the visitors. OC remain in the bottom two despite Martin Mixture’s solitary goal for them. Shenfield AFC won 1 – 0 at Herongate Athletic, thanks to Ben Absolon’s strike – they stay second, a point shy of leaders Snaresbrook. Ramsden Scotia got an unchallenged win, by virtue of an away walkover as May & Baker Res failed to fulfil the fixture.
Also, EOFL sides (In bold) were involved in Essex Junior Cup action this weekend, here are the results:
Extreme Utd 7 – 2 Lakeside Res
Jolof Sports 1 – 2 Westhamians
Leigh Town 3 – 1 Brentwood Utd
Old Southendian Res 3 – 0 Stanway Pegasus
EOFL Senior Two
The stand-out match in Senior Two was another goal glut for Toby in a 10 – 1 home success over out-of-form Rochford Town. Des Gallen, Justin Clarke,Ryan Morgan and James Coleman made it a four-pronged ‘brace club’ here for the hosts with Peter Spicer and Sam O’Sullivan also netting as Toby went three points clear at the summit. Lakeside defeated former pace-setters Shoebury Town 4 – 2 with Matt Bearman, Ryan Budd, Luke Quinton and the ever-reliable Drew Klessa-Smith netting. Bearman later got dismissed for the hosts but they crucially held on for the win to go above Shoebury into 5th. Meanwhile, second-placed Runwell Sports were held to a goal-less draw by Beacon Hill Rovers, who remain 3rd.
Harold Wood Athletic Res won 2 – 0 at home to strugglers Ryan as two Joe Pyne strikes were enough to send Ath’s second side level on points with Shoebury. In fairness, the top seven is separated by only eight points at present.
Chingford Athletic won at Newham Utd, courtesy of an away walkover as the hosts unfortunately couldn’t field a side I believe.
EOFL Senior Three
In Division Three, one match was blighted by weather but in three matches that did happen, 13 goals were scored. Hutton Res defeated fellow strugglers Old Chelmsfordians Res 4 – 1 at Polo Fields to rise one place to ninth. Conor O’Regan struck twice, with Chris Skingley and substitute Charlie Nichols also netting, Mikey Romaine got the consolation for OC Ressies, who are now seven points adrift at the bottom.
White Ensign Res got a good 3 -2 win at fellow mid-table side Roydon with Billy Diack, Perry Osbourne and Lewis Brown netting for Jack Caten’s side. The hosts responded through goals from Darren Williams and Ezra Folan though it wasn’t enough on this occasion.
With leaders Westhamians in cup action, Wakering Sports strengthened their hold on second spot with a 3 – 0 win at Laindon Orient….
EOFL Senior Four
Finally for this week, in Division Four the goals continued to flow – not least at Stonards Hill where Epping Town plundered eleven goals in a huge 11 – 2 win over second-placed Dagenham Utd. Liam Clifton and Glen Warwick both grabbed trebles with Alex Paraskeva adding a brace and Skirmantas Bulauka, Daniel Garfinkle and Eamon Payne also notching. Utd hit back through the division’s top scorer Jacob Dingli and Scott Gormer though Epping stay third, seven points shy of leaders Corinthians, who were held 1 – 1 by Shenfield AFC Res at the Stambridge Memorial Ground. Former Essex Alliance League player Corley Ross netted for AFC, with the proflic John Bolton-Smith got the home side’s strike.
In other action, Buckhurst Hill Res were held 3 – 3 at strugglers Old Barkabbeyans, mid-table Canning Town Res won 5 – 3 at Galleywood Res and Catholic Utd Res won 6 – 1 at home to Toby’s second side.
Hello and welcome to the return of the Essex Olympian League round-up’s for the 2018-19 season. This season we will (as much as possible) go through the Results and more from the Premier Division, all the way to Senior Division Three.
We start with the first weekend of action in all four divisions – Saturday 25th August.
EOFL Premier Division
Bishop’s Stortford Swifts H – W Great Baddow (Home walkover – Baddow couldn’t raise an XI)
In the ation that did go ahead, newcomers Buckhurst Hill continued their excellent start to the campaign with a 3 – 1 win over Catholic Utd. Richard Akinlade’s brace and Steve Townsend’s goal sealed Hill’s second straight win. Utd start with a defeat though Thomas Kearney got their goal.
Elsewhere, Canning Town defeated Old Southendian 4 – 1 thanks chiefly to a Reece Morgan hat-trick and a Beko Dushku strike. Town recorded their first success of the new term while the Southend side succumbed to their second straight loss. Leigh Ramblers recorded an impressive 2 – 0 win at Harold Wood Athletic as Harry Goodwin and Jamie Selby-Knight strikes extended Ramblers’ 100% winning start.
In the other matches in the division, Rayleigh Town held Springfield 1 – 1 while Sungate won 3 – 2 at Kelvedon Hatch and a Brad Freeman brace assisted Hutton to a 4 – 1 victory over Manford Way.
EOFL Senior Division One
In the three matches in this division that took place on its opening day, Ongar Town won 2 – 1 at FC Hamlets through goals from Ben Stone and Ben Polley. Charlie Heatly halved the arrears for the hosts though they fell to defeat.
Meanwhile, 2016/17 Senior One Champions Basildon Town recorded a very good 4 – 1 win at home to Frenford Reserves on their return to the division following their relegation from the Premier tier last term. Alfie Phillips, Jimmy Markham, Sener Suari and Jamie Miller all netted for Town. Finally, in a battle of two newly-promoted sides, Rayleigh Town Reserves dispatched Herongate Athletic 3 – 1 thanks to a double from Charlie Legg and Oliver Ventura’s additional goal.
EOFL Senior Division Two
Lakeside began the season under their new name with a comfortable 3 – 0 win over Ryan. Drew Klessa-Smith’s treble did the damage to give the hosts all three points. Meanwhile at the Rochford Recreation Ground, Rochford Town began another Senior Two campaign with a 2 – 2 draw with Newham Utd. Dave Watson struck twice for Town while Lamar Obinkwo’s double ensured a point for Newham.
Meanwhile, relegated Runwell Sports were held 3 – 3 by Upminster and in another duel of the newly-elevated sides, Chingford Athletic and Harold Wood Athletic Reserves battled to a goal-less draw.
EOFL Senior Division Three
Finally for this opening article, Division Three provided 13 goals in three matches. Leigh Town grabbed arguably the stand-out victory of the day with a 4 – 1 triumph over newcomers Wakering Sports. George Darby’s brace, Zac Mashford and Ashley Sexton set the visitors on their way to victory. Paul Wines got a consolation for Sports.
Newcomers Laindon Orient succumbed to a 2 – 3 loss to Roydon. Lewis Watson, Jordan Handscomb and Charlie Ryder goals saw the visitors to victory while goals from Rodney Sarah-Wilson and Ash Blackburn at least ensured Neil Blackburn’s side were competitive.
Elsewhere, White Ensign Reserves beat Old Chelmsfordians Reserves 2 – 1 thanks to Perry Osborne and Harry Somerset-Butler strikes. Martin Mixture netted for OC’s second team though they fell to defeat.
That’s all for this week, keep tabs on the blog for future articles throughout the season & thanks for reading.