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Essex Senior League – Saturday 17th March Round-Up

Redbridge Win Top Table Clash (Photo by Philip Lindhurst)

Essex Senior League Round-Up

By Peter Dudley

FC Romania 1 Redbridge 2

The Motormen came from behind to win a huge top of the table clash at Theobalds Lane against FC Romania, meaning they leapfrogged their opponents into second spot and went two points clear of them as well as go level on points with leaders Great Wakering Rovers.  The hosts, who hadn’t lost in the league since September, looked like they could be on for another win when they went ahead through a Felix Lupu goal; however the Motormen showed character to turn this one around, and goals from Brian Moses and Calvin Poku making sure they took a terrific win and end FC Romania’s long unbeaten run.


Ilford 1 Sporting Bengal United 2

Sporting Bengal played their first game in a month and it was a very welcome return to action for them as they defeated Ilford at Cricklefields to gain a huge three points as they continue their battle to stay above the bottom four.  The hosts did everything they could to get the game on after snow hit much of the region and they must be commended for their efforts as the game went ahead with no issues.  But they weren’t rewarded for their efforts as a brace of headers from Eaia Embalo gave the visitors the win which now sees them go 14th and five points above the bottom four, whilst The Foxes drop to 8th on goal difference.


Postponed games on Saturday:-

Burnham Ramblers vs Basildon United

Enfield 1893 vs Southend Manor

Hackney Wick vs West Essex

Hullbridge Sports vs Takeley

Sawbridgeworth Town vs Clapton (match now to be played Tuesday 20th March)

Tower Hamlets vs Great Wakering Rovers (match now to be played Wednesday 4th April)

Wadham Lodge vs Barkingside


O’s Grab Point In Goalless Encounter

Eastleigh 0 Leyton Orient 0

Vanarama National League

Saturday 17th March

Report by Scott Lanza


The O’s went into this game winless from their last four, while their hosts had also seen wins dry up; a 4-3 win over Hartlepool United in January being the last time they had taken all the points, with the following five games resulting in two draws against three loses. Freezing temperatures around the Silverlake Stadium were not warmed up by the action on the pitch, which was insipid at times with little in way of goalmouth action. However the O’s were able to count Lady Luck as being on their side as Eastleigh had two very good penalty shouts turned down by the Referee in the opening ten minutes. The first incident came in the 10th minute when Mark Yeates was felled in the box. Mr Johnson turned away the appeals; then two minutes later he did so again after Joe Widdowson appeared to have handled in the box.


After that lucky escape the O’s then didn’t really look in danger from Eastleigh’s frontline, but at the same time Graham Stack and his defence were not being too unduly tested either. It took until the 16th minute before the O’s mounted a serious attack, with a Jobi McAnuff free kick just missing the target and then the same player delivered a corner which fell to Craig Clay who had two attempts at rifling off a shot but on both occasions found his efforts blocked by the Eastleigh defence.


Ben Williamson dragged a shot wide and then he picked out Yeates with a delightful pass in the 24th minute which also ended up being placed wide. Craig Clay literally put his body on the line to block a powerful Ayo Obileye drive; he was limping for a few minutes afterwards and the Spitfires kept the pressure on by winning a corner just before the half hour mark that required George Elokobi to head clear.


Then in the 36th minute the O’s had the best chance of the game when a McAnuff free kick bent round the wall, left Stack standing, but unfortunately for the O’s crashed against the underside of the cross bar, bounced on the wrong side of the line and was hastily cleared by the Eastleigh defence.  The O’s were unable to build on that and the half ended with Eastleigh carving out two opportunities with a deep cross from Yeates sailing across Brill’s goal before drifting away and then Williamson fired a shot into the side-netting.


There had been little goalmouth action in the first half but within seconds of the re-start the hosts were testing Brill who had to dive at the foot of his right post to palm away Williamson’s low header. And soon afterwards Yeates found himself in space but poked his effort past Brill’s left hand post.


Josh Koroma replaced McAnuff in the 52nd minute and his first involvement in the game saw him turn his marker and put in a cross that was hooked away for a throw-in. Koroma then showed skill and pace to get past the left back and deliver a cross to Harrold, whose shot at goal was blocked by Sam Togwell. Stock wasn’t being tested though and his only piece of work came just on the hour when Dan Holman bore down on goal with his shot being charged down by the Spitfires custodian.


A Yeates free kick was met by the head of Reda Johnson which Brill tipped away. The resulting corner was swung-in by Yeates, reaching Williamson who drilled a shot that Brill blocked and Coulson reacted quickly to sweep the ball out of the O’s box.


Macauley Bonne started on the subs bench, but was introduced midway through the half and almost found a way through when he latched onto a long ball but Johnson put in a challenge to end that particular manoeuvre and then in the 75th minute another high ball aimed at Bonne required Stack to charge out of his box to hook the ball clear. Koroma then showed some good skill to bring a ball down, cut inside and then lay off to Bonne whose shot took a deflection and won the O’s a corner.


At the other end and Eastleigh substitute Chris Zebroski found himself fed a decent ball but his run into the O’s box was ended by Elokobi who harassed and disposed the Spitfires frontman before clearing. However there was no challenge put on Williamson who was able to have far too much time to get a ball under his control but luckily for the O’s he could only canon his shot high and wide of Brill’s goal.


A Koroma corner was punched clear by Stack, who like Brill had not had a terribly busy afternoon and just like his O’s counterpart when he was called upon showed safe hands. However he merely had to stand and watch a Koroma free kick as the ball ended up in the seats behind his goal and then in stoppage time a Brophy cross was headed off target by Bonne.


In the end it certainly won’t be a game that the fans will remember – beyond perhaps how cold and blustery it was. But with the O’s  on a quest to gain enough points to ensure mathematical safety means that there can be something gained from this away point. The O’s are at home to Woking next Saturday, the cheap admission price certainly offers value for money and if that also comes with a win then it could be enough to finally ensure the O’s don’t have a nervy end of the season finale.


Eastleigh: Graham Stack, Gavin Hoyte, Sam Togwell (Capt), Reda Johnson, Sam Wood, Paul McCallum (Chris Zebroski 78’), Mark Yeates, Ayo Obileye, Andrew Boyce, Cavagn Miley (Sam Matthews 68’), Ben Williamson.



Leyton Orient: Dean Brill, Joe Widdowson, George Elokobi, Jobi McAnuff (Capt)(Josh Koroma 52’), Josh Coulson, James Brophy, Craig Clay, Matt Harrold, Dan Holman (Macauley Bonne 60’), Ebou Adams, Sam Ling.

Prokit UK Essex Olympian League – Saturday 17th March Round-Up

Essex Junior Cup

Old Southendian Res. failed to make it all all-Olympian Essex Junior Cup Final, as it will be Oracle Components that meet Chingford Athletic in the Final, after winning this Semi Final tie 3-0.


London Junior Cup

FC Hamlets are through to the Final after a 4-1 away win at Battersea Boys. John Gilroy supplied a hat-trick with Ishmael Carter their other scorer. FC Hamlets now meet Goldfingers in the London Junior Cup Final, scheduled for Saturday 21st April.


Division Three

A Tyson Browning brace alongside goals from Charles Brewer and Ren Bearman ensured that Beacon Hill Rovers beat Debden Sports 4-2, making it five wins out of five. Debden Sports replied via a Will Osmond brace.


Essex Junior Cup Semi Final

Old Southendian Res. 0 Oracle Components 3


London Junior Cup Semi Final

Battersea Boys 1 FC Hamlets 4


Division Three

Beacon Hill Rovers 4 Debden Sports 2


Prokit UK Essex Olympian League – Saturday 17th March Preview

BBC Essex Premier Cup

Last weekend saw Buckhurst Hill book their Final place after upsetting the odds to beat Waltham Abbey Res. The other two teams, Old Southendian and Catholic United saw their tie washed out; but they hopefully go again this weekend with Catholic United now hosting the match-up. The hosts play in the Olympian Premier Division and are on a redemption trail to make up for last season’s bittersweet success. They have to be cast as the favourites as Old Southendian play one Olympian tier below their opponents. However the Essex Premier Cup is never short of shock results; Old Southendian have provided a few of them this season, having accounted for Manford Way and Frenford on route to reaching the Semi Final. They are up for this game and a third Olympian Premier scalp places them into the Final. But having won and then lost the trophy last season due to a technicality, has put fire in Catholic United’s belly and they have ruthlessly brushed aside four teams, scoring twenty two goals and conceding only thrice to reach this far, it is hard to see them faltering at this last hurdle. Either way a Southend-based club will be contesting the Final at Thurrock FC’s Ship Lane Stadium in April.


Premier Division

Basildon Town finally posted a much needed win last weekend – it means they have now posted two wins and they now need to win the remaining four games if they have any chance of avoiding the drop. They still need the teams above to go on a losing streak, but they need to attend to their own affairs and White Ensign, currently sitting 3rd, provide the opposition. A win for the visitors helps them cut a bit into Frenford’s lead.


Are Kelvedon Hatch about to launch a late season charge to the title? Currently sitting in 4th place with three games in hand theoretically places them closer to Frenford then the title currently suggests. The visit to Manford Way has to yield the full quota of points if they wish to put the pressure on Frenford, who themselves stumbled at this same venue in January.


Senior League Cup

Leigh Ramblers put aside their inconsistent league campaign as they look to book a Semi Final appearance in the Senior League Cup. Having put aside lower Division sides in previous rounds they now have to step up to the plate and face fellow Premier Division rivals Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. The visitors have knocked out two Premier Division outfits in previous rounds and have the capabilities to end another Premier Division side’s Cup quest.


Saturday 17th March

BBC Essex Premier Cup Semi Final

Catholic United v  Old Southendian


Senior League Cup Quarter Final

Leigh Ramblers v  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts


Prokit UK Essex Olympian League

Premier Division

Basildon Town v  White Ensign

Harold Wood Athletic v  Rayleigh Town

Manford Way v  Kelvedon Hatch



Essex Senior League – Saturday 17th March Preview


Essex Senior League

Great Wakering Rovers lead the table going into Saturday’s games by a mere two points. It means they need to make it a happy outing to East London, with a potential double in the offing as the corresponding fixture ended in a 6-1 Rovers victory. Since then Tower Hamlets have won twice from their following six games. Rovers meanwhile have won seven against one draw which has seen them climb to the summit. They go into this one on the back of a 4-0 win at Sawbridgeworth Town in midweek and it’s hard to see them slipping up here. However if a fired-up Hamlets take to the field then an upset is possible; Rovers are definitely the form side going into to this one though.


Two teams that will be keeping an eye on Great Wakering’s results are FC Romania and Redbridge; however they need to attend to their own business against each other first before turning their attention to event over in Mile End. This game is compelling in so many ways as a win for FC Romania at minimum keeps the pressure on Wakering – they could even return to the top of the table if they get a win and Wakering taste defeat. The Motormen were sailing at one point but have lost twice in recent weeks to promotion and title candidates. Those setbacks aside the Motormen are still 3rd and very close to the title action. Could their midweek 4-2 win at West Essex kick-start their engine? FC Romania registered a 5-0 win last weekend and they are up against a Redbridge side that don’t keep many clean sheets. But the Motormen do have fire power, as do the hosts, meaning that this encounter does throw-up the possibility of goals. More importantly the result of this game could have some bearing on the title and promotion issue come April.


Basildon United need to pick up all the points on offer at Burnham Ramblers if they want to keep their hand in on the promotion issue. The Bees sit 4th with games in hand on the top three. However would no doubt prefer points, therefore they need to win to keep within touching distance of the promotion places. Burnham Ramblers need points for the opposite reasons – since the turn of the year they haven’t won a single game and those seven defeats have seen them drop into the relegation zone. Burnham can’t buy a win at the moment and now take on a side that have been floating around the top all season.


Hullbridge Sports are still in the drop zone but the teams above them are within touching distance, plus they have games in hand. Their opponents, Takeley, sit 5th but with games in hand could also have a say in the promotion issue. However they have to make sure they pick up all the points at Hullbridge had an incredible FA Vase run this season, and on their day have enough quality to suggest they are in a false position. However platitudes aside, they now have to start going on a decent run of form to finally get themselves out of the relegation mire. A win here sees Hullbridge move out of it; but Takeley won the corresponding fixture 2-0, have also beaten Hullbridge in both ESL cup competitions and go into the game as eager for points if they want to launch a promotion push as the season comes to its climax.


Hackney Wick posted a 2-0 win over landlords Clapton in midweek. If the great escape is to be achieved they have to back that up with another win at the Old Spotted Dog on Saturday when they play hosts to West Essex. The visitors lost an entertaining game to Redbridge in midweek and do tend to win one then lose one. The Wickers will be hoping that proves not to be the case; they need to make it back-to-back wins if they want to give themselves a fighting chance of avoiding the drop.


There’s an interesting pairing on Saturday as Wadham Lodge entertain Barkingside, with Barkingside then playing hosts on Monday Evening. Should Wadham Lodge win both of those then they would pull themselves out in spectacular style, while Barkingside would find themselves dragged back in it. The other possibility is that Barkingside win both, which would move them further away from the danger zone, leaving Wadham Lodge firmly entranced in it. Wadham Lodge need to win and draw both these upcoming engagements as they currently sit second from bottom. Barkingside do have a habit of losing games late, are now winless in two, so go into these two also needing points to ensure they don’t go into the business end of the season with a relegation fight on their hands.


Saturday 17th March

Essex Senior League

Burnham Ramblers v  Basildon United

Enfield 1893 v  Southend Manor

FC Romania v  Redbridge

Hackney Wick v  West Essex

Hullbridge Sports v  Takeley

Ilford v  Sporting Bengal United

Sawbridgeworth Town v  Clapton

Tower Hamlets v  Great Wakering Rovers

Wadham Lodge v  Barkingside

Enfield Leave It Late

Barkingside 0 Enfield 1893 1

Essex Senior League

Saturday 10th March

Report by Scott Lanza


It was a struggle, it lacked a lot of sparkle; at times it was downright dour, but in the end there was some late drama as Enfield snatched all the points in stoppage time, with Aundre Spencer coming back to haunt his former club.


Enfield’s recent three game winning run had seen them move closer into mid table waters. Barkingside, like Enfield, had also tasted life perilously close to relegation danger; they too had managed to claw their way out of the mire. Neither side are mathematically out of the relegation equation so this game had some importance attached to it. And that meant that both teams swamped each other out meaning that there were very few clear cut chances, and in truth very little passing football either.


It started brightly enough as Enfield won an early corner, which Ben Bradbury swung in from the right, which soon won his side another corner, this time from the left. Bradbury again delivered a decent corner which Ryan Karrer punched clear. The Barkingside keeper was soon being tested again as Bradbury burst into the Barkingside box and rifled off a shot that Karrer tipped away.


The chances then dried up, with an Enfield corner in the 20th minute and then a James Briggs free kick for Barkingside being the only chances. Enfield did look like they had found a way through Barkingside’s tight defence when Bradbury, picked out Daniel Crowie with an excellent pass, which was then laid into the path of Ayo Odukoya; there the opportunity ended as Euan Taylor-Reid put in a solid challenge to thwart the Enfield attack. Crowie went on to deliver a free kick from the left that was turned goalwards by the boot of Aundre Spencer, before being halted by Karrer who parried the shot.


Cem Temur had been a spectator for most of the half with the only piece of keeping required coming in the 41st minute when he had to rush off his line to kick away a Barkingside through ball. There was still time for controversy of sorts as Joe Johnson’s deep cross right on the stroke of half time almost caught out Karrer, who was able to get his finger tips to the ball but didn’t make a clean catch, instead spilling it, before quickly smothering it at the feet of Spencer, who claimed he had been impeded whilst challenging for the ball.


The second half opened up with a bit of controversy too as Temur rushed out of his box and ultimately handled the ball. Despite Barkingside calls for a card of some sorts, the most they received in way of recompense for the infringement was a free kick, and it was wasted as Briggs fired his shot straight into Joe Clark who then cleared the ball away. And it appeared as if Barkingside were starting to up the gears when Roddy Lemba sneaked between the Enfield centre halves, laying off Garjay Thompson whose shot was stopped by Temur.


After that little outburst the game then went back to being a midfield battle, with few chances created. Thompson won Barkingside free kick after he was hauled down by Luke Thomas, but Briggs could only fire the resulting kick over the bar. Taylor-Reid meanwhile halted a decisive Enfield attack, when a long ball over the top reached Odukoya, but the Barkingside defender put his body on the line to halt Odukoya. However the lines were not fully cleared allowing Bradbury the opportunity to drill a shot post Karrer’s left hand post.


Aaron Hunwicks drilled a free kick into Enfield’s wall and then Ryan Kukoyi showed some nice skill to beat his marker and deliver a deep cross to Michael Bottone whose shot had plenty of power, but no accuracy and it sailed wide of the target. The only other chance Barkingside created was when a cross into Enfield’s box was spilled by Temur, resulting in a goal mouth melee until the Enfield keeper gained possession of the ball.


Karrer was on hand to parry Clark’s header after he rose above his marker to get his head onto a Crowie free kick in the closing stages. But there was still time for Enfield to snatch the points when they finally broke the deadlock in stoppage time. A ball swept across the Barkingside box and there was Aundre Spencer to poke the ball past Karrer, starting wild celebrations. The win probably lifts Enfield out of relegation danger. Barkingside meanwhile sit just above the relegation zone and need to put a few more points on the board to make sure they don’t get dragged back into a the relegation dog fight in the final few weeks of the campaign.


Barkingside: Ryan Karrer, George Forrest, Aaron Hunwicks(Capt) , Joe Mendy, Euan Taylor-Reid, Clyde Ikpo, Michael Bottone, James Briggs (Jayden Mitchell-Brown 66’), Roddy Lemba, Ryan Kukoyi, Garjay Thompson (Kieran Silva 76’).

Enfield 1893: Cem Temur, Luke Thomas, Daniel Crowie, Joe Johnson (Matt Thoma 64’), Jacob Dixon, Joe Clark, Daniel Chambers (Matt Claxton 64’), Reece Barrett, Ayo Odukoya (Shaun Quinn 73’), Aundre Spencer, Ben Bradbury (Capt).

Scorer – Aundre Spencer (90+2’)



Essex Senior League – Saturday 10th March Round-Up


Essex Senior League Round-Up

By Peter Dudley


FC Romania 5 Hullbridge Sports 0

Hosts FCR remain top by a point after they netted five second half goals to see of Hullbridge Sports at Theobalds Lane.  A goalless first period saw both teams put in a good display and also create chances and the game looked in the balance, however once the hosts netted from a free-kick in the 56th minute, they never looked back, and doubled their advantage in the 63rd minute with a very well worked goal and confident finish.  And in the 73rd minute it was three when a pass beyond the visitors defence saw another decent finish, and just three minutes later it was four as the hosts were now running riot.  And with eight minutes to go another free-kick found the net and completed a terrific afternoon for the league leaders, as for Hullbridge they fourth bottom and two points behind Waltham Forest just above them.


Great Wakering Rovers 3 Waltham Forest 1

Billy Johnson netted twice in the second period to help Rovers to all three points and stay in second spot, just one point behind leaders FCR, after defeating Waltham Forest at Burroughs Park.  The hosts went ahead midway through the half after Jay Nash slid home an effort in off the post, however the visitors levelled midway through the second period when Da Silva pounced on a defensive mix up, and looked to have punished the hosts wastefulness in front of goal up to this point.  But with just under twenty minutes remaining Johnson tapped home to restore the home sides lead, and then sealed the points with four minutes remaining with a lovely finish from Johnson, meaning Forest remain fifth bottom, just two points above the bottom four.


West Essex 1 Tower Hamlets 0

Hosts West Essex remain 9th, and are just a point behind Tower Hamlets in 8th, after Michael Mignot’s 84th minute goal saw the hosts defeat Hamlets at Mayesbrook Park.  The winning moment came when a terrific through ball from Brad Russell found Mignot, and the hosts attacker poked home to see his side grab all three points.


Waltham Abbey Res. 1 Buckhurst Hill 3

Essex Premier Cup Semi Final

Waltham Abbey Res. were chasing four pieces of silverware going into this one; and they went into a 1-0 half time lead thanks to Reece Mosanya opening the scoring in the 26th minute. Jose Espinoza levelled up four minutes into the second half and then Buckhurst Hill ended Waltham Abbey’s run by scoring twice in the final five minutes as goals from Nathan Sollosi and Steven Townsend gunned down the hosts. Either Old Southendian or Catholic United will provide the opposition in the Final.



Prokit UK Essex Olympian League – Saturday 10th March Round-Up

Essex Premier Cup

Buckhurst Hill are into the Final after putting on a second half display that saw them get back on level terms before scoring twice in the final five minutes to book their Final berth. Waltham Abbey Res. were chasing four pieces of silverware going into this one; and they went into a 1-0 half time lead thanks to Reece Mosanya opening the scoring in the 26th minute. Jose Espinoza levelled up four minutes into the second half and then took the lead in the 85th minute when Nathan Sollosi fired home. Two minutes later Buckhurst Hill sealed the victory with a Steven Townsend goal. Either Old Southendian or Catholic United will provide the opposition in the Final.


Essex Junior Cup

Chingford Athletic are into the Final – but they had to hold their nerve in a penalty shootout to reach it. Laindon Orient held a 1-0 lead until Gary Murray levelled up in the 82nd minute. And then Joe Cloake stepped up to score the final penalty to win the shoot-out 5-4. They will meet either Old Southend Res. or Oracle Components in the Final.


Premier Division

Postponements again played havoc, not that Frenford will be too bothered about that; they managed to get their game against Canning Town played and the 5-1 win now sees them leading the table by five points. Bradley Nobbs and Brad Foley scored twice apiece with Luke Woodward the other Raeford scorer. Canning Town replied via Neil Barratt.


Division One

FC Hamlets registered a 5-0 win at Shenfield AFC with Ishmael King notching a hat-trick. John Gilroy and Charlie Heatly bagged the other two goals. Snaresbrook also won on the road as Drew Barbier and Mitchell Collymore scored their goals in a 2-0 win at Runwell Sports.


Division Two

The top two both met on Saturday as May & Baker E.C. Res. entertained leaders Herongate Athletic. That was where their hospitality ended as they then went on to register a 7-0 drubbing which closes the gap to six points, with May & Baker also having three games in hand. Darren Seymour scored a hat-trick with Joel Oliver, Carl Patten, Dan Alexander and Derek Hawtin also supplying goals. Ryan sit at the foot of the table and they also shipped goals on Saturday. Toby provided the opposition and went on to win the game 6-1 with Arron Watson-McNab and Peter Spicer both scoring braces, with Rodney Capemba and Nick Harvey also notching. Kalum Bama provided the Ryan consolation. A1 Sports beat Ongar Town 5-3 with Rodney Sarsah-Wilson and Ryan Scougall both scoring twice. George Gibbon scored their other goal, while Ongar replied via a Sean Green brace alongside a Ben Stone strike. The other game in the division also saw goals as Ramsden Scotia rifled four without reply against Newham United. Antony Driscoll, Ryan Leddra, Max Corrigan and Kurt King were the marksmen.


Division Three

Chris Ifill scored twice for Frenford Res. who went on to beat Leytonstone United 6-0. Laurie Webster, Jamie Webster, Andre Hart and Reece Morley scored the other goals.


Essex Premier Cup Semi Final

Waltham Abbey Res. 1 Buckhurst Hill 3


Essex Junior Cup Semi Final

Chingford Athletic 1 Laindon Orient 1 (Chingford Athletic won 5-4 Pens)


Premier Division

Frenford 5 Canning Town 1


Division One

Runwell Sports 0 Snaresbrook 2

Shenfield AFC 0 FC Hamlets 5


Division Two

A1 Sports 5 Ongar Town 3

May & Baker E.C. Res 7 Herongate Athletic 0

Ramsden Scotia 4 Newham United 0

Ryan1 Toby 6


Division Three

Leytonstone United 0 Frenford Res. 6


Prokit UK Essex Olympian League – Saturday 10th March Preview

BBC Essex Premier Cup

The Semi Final stage interestingly throws up two local derbies, as Old Southend host Catholic United, while Buckhurst Hill make the short journey to face Waltham Abbey Res. Both are intriguing; in the case of Old Southendian they won’t be fazed by meeting Olympian Premier Division opposition as the Division One team have ended the interest of Manford Way and Frenford in the previous two rounds. For Catholic United this season has all been about redemption. Having lifted the silverware last season, they then lost out on a player technicality meaning the Cup was handed to Harold Wood Athletic. This season they have put together another excellent Premier Cup run that has seen them blow away their opponents including Witham Town Res. Being within a whisker of reaching another Final would complete part of Catholic United’s redemption. But Old Southendian will be up for this and having casued an upset in the last round are capable of doing so again.


The other tie is also very interesting in that Waltham Abbey Res. find themselves in terrority that very few Reserve teams find themselves in. The Essex Senior League Reserves Division leaders are within one game of reaching the Final. The last Reserve team to do so was Brentwood Town Res. in 2007/08. Of course if Waltham Abbey Res. get to that stage they will be hoping to emulate Witham Town Res. achievement in 2005/06 – they only Reserve team to have lifted the trophy thus far. Buckhurst Hill also come into the game in good form. They are looking in a good place to gain a promotion straight back into the Prokit UK Essex Olympian League’s Premier Division. Currently sitting second, they have games in hand with the title within their grasp. Their Premier Cup campaign has seen them rifle 23 goals, conceding only once. Along the way they have knocked out recent winners Gas Recreation 5-1 away and Kelvedon Hatch 5-0 in the last round.


Prokit UK Essex Olympian League

Premier Division

Frenford can extend their lead at the top of the table if they can win their home game against Canning Town. The visitors sit 11th and lost the home encounter in February 1-0. Should Frenford complete the double over their opponents then it will also see them open up a five point lead.


Saturday 10th March

BBC Essex Premier Cup Semi Finals

Old Southend v  Catholic United

Waltham Abbey Res. v  Buckhurst Hill


Prokit UK Essex Olympian League

Premier Division

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts v  Harold Wood Athletic

Frenford v  Canning Town

Manford Way v  Leigh Ramblers






Essex Senior League – Saturday 10th February Preview


Essex Senior League

FC Romania are now leading the Essex Senior League table and will be looking to remain there at the close of play on Saturday. Having reached the Gordon Brasted Memorial Troophy Final in midweek, Ion Vintila’s men now turn their attention back to league business as they chase that illusive League title. The Wolves are always one of the teams at the top end of the table and now that they are top will take some beating. They can plenty of goals on their day; bad news for Hullbridge Sports who have managed to haul themselves up from the bottom two up to 18th. That still places them in the relegation zone so they too will be scrapping for points for much differing reasons than their hosts.


Great Wakering Rovers are second and also play a team who are not totally clear from relegation woes as we move into the later stages of the campaign. Waltham Forest find themselves winless in five, while the hosts are unbeaten in eight and along the way have beaten Redbridge 7-2 at Oakside, which certainly put a dent in the Motormen’s title challenge whilst putting weight behind theirs.


Redbridge lost 2-0 at home to Basildon United in midweek, making it two home defeats on the bounce. The previous game saw them on the wrong side of a 7-2 score line against Great Wakering Rovers. Having snared a point in the return with Great Wakering means that the Motormen have now dropped to third. They need to turn Oakside back into a fortress once again and welcome a Southend Manor outfit who are also winless in three.


Saturday 10th March

Essex Senior League

Barkingside v  Enfield 1893

Basildon United v  Stansted

Clapton v  Hackney Wick

FC Romania v  Hullbridge Sports

Great Wakering Rovers v  Waltham Forest

Redbridge v  Southend Manor

Sporting Bengal United v  Burnham Ramblers

Takeley v  Ilford

West Essex v  Tower Hamlets

Woodford Town (2017) v  Sawbridgeworth Town