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Prokit UK Essex Olympian League – Saturday 12th May Round-Up

Catholic United celebrate with the Premier Division Title. (Photo by @eofl)


Premier Division

Catholic United’s meteoric rise through the Olympian League reached the summit on Saturday as Harley Kee’s goal was enough to defeat Bishop’s Stortford Swifts and with it the Premier Division title. The Hoops came up as Division One champions last season, having landed the Division Two and Division Three titles in the preceding seasons. They now cap it off with a Premier Division title win that saw them maintain their winning form through a punishing fixture schedule that saw them playing twice, sometimes three times a week, in April. They landed the Anagram Records Trophy last Saturday, finished Runners Up in the Essex Premier Cup and sign off a successful campaign at local rivals White Ensign next Saturday. Basildon United ended their season with a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Leigh Ramblers. Last season’s Division One champions finished bottom and scored their final goal of the campaign through Izaih Antoine. Seb Allen and Jack Deasy notched the Leigh goals. Harold Wood Athletic signed off for the season with a 2-2 draw at Kelvedon Hatch. Charlie Liddiard and Robert Whitnell scored the Harold Wood goals that see them sit in 3rd place with Springfield and White Ensign both having one game in which to overtake them in the table. Kelvedon scored their goals through James Burt and Ben Gibbons which sees their side sitting in 6th place with one game left to play.


Division One

Buckhurst Hill already had the title in the bag before they visited Hutton. It was the hosts that needed the win to snatch the Runners-Up spot. The 1-1 draw makes things very interesting as it means that Great Baddow need to beat Newbury Forest on Monday evening to finish as Runners-Up. Should Great Baddow fail to pick up the full quota of points then it means Hutton will have another chance to finish 2nd next weekend. Dan Grennell had fired Hutton into the lead but Steve Townsend equalised in the 80th minute that leaves Hutton now hoping that a midweek result goes their way. A mid-table encounter between Old Southendian and Snaresbrook also ended in a 1-1 as Conor Lane’s goal for Old Southendian was equalled by Josh Woodcock’s strike for the visitors. A Chris Barry hat-trick plus a brace from Conor Maher saw Sungate beat Harold Hill 5-1.


Division Two

Newham United handed Upminster a 6-0 defeat as Michael Omari’s brace was added to by goals from Lamar Obinkwo, Addean Gallimore, Nick Read and Jason Turner. Herongate Athletic needed to win their final game at Ramsden Scotia if they wanted to land the Division Two title. The goalless draw that they came away with means that May & Baker E.C. Res. end the season as Division Two Champions.


Great Wakering End The Season With The ESL Double

Sawbridgeworth Town 0 Great Wakering Rovers 1

Errington Challenge Cup Final

Monday 7th May

Report by Scott Lanza / Photo by Steve Mahony


Great Wakering Rovers capped off a great 2017/18 season by landing the Errington Challenge Cup at a sun-drenched Capershotts on Bank Holiday Monday. Neil Richmond’s goal was enough to see Rovers complete the Essex Senior League double – emulating the feat they achieved back in 2013/14.


The game started at a frantic pace as both teams tried to get the ball down and play. But the first opportunity almost came via an error in the Sawbridgeworth defence that allowed Richmond to poke a shot wide. Rovers then chose to return the favour as Scott Pethers and Louis Hawes both went for the same ball and in the following confusion Aaron Thomas was able to gain possession of the ball and drill a shot just wide. The Robins certainly had the better of the early exchanges as Lewis Deamer got on the end of a Tom Jelliman free kick and nodded his effort just beyond the far post, and Matt Frew also got his head on a Robins corner that wasn’t too far away.


But Rovers then crafted an excellent opportunity as Jay Nash turned his marker and laid off a nice ball to Aaron Russell whose powerful shot was blocked by the Robins defence; Richmond then lashed the rebound goalwards requiring James Mays to show great skill to keep it out. But Sawbridgeworth went straight back on the attack with Toby Cleaver looking to get on the end of a ball over the top of the Rovers defence, but Hawes read the situation well and charged out of his box to hook the ball away from his area. And the Rovers ‘keeper was also off his line in the 25th minute to kick away a ball darting towards Zak Johnson. But Rovers crafted another good move when they put together a number of passes before Nash threaded a final ball through to Billy Johnson that again produced a quality save from Mays.


With neither side managing to break the deadlock meant as the half it started to get a bit niggly at times and Sawbridgeworth saw Mark Robinson and Cleaver both booked, one for kicking the ball away and one for a late challenge. Aaron Waters also had his name taken after a reckless challenge. The half ended goalless and both teams were starting to get frustrated due to not being able to break the deadlock.


The game needed a goal that was for sure and it wasn’t due to lack of effort but as is the case in a lot of finals with so much to lose meant that neither side was prepared to give their opponents a sniff. However Rovers had an early effort in the opening moments of the second half when Stephen Butterworth centred to Richmond but he scuffed his effort, which still struck the post and then bounced dangerously around Sawbridgeworth’s six-yard box before being cleared by Frew.


However Richmond found a way through in the 58th minute as he picked up a ball outside Sawbridgeworth’s box and then got himself into a good position to squeeze the ball past Mays to give his side the lead and a step closer to landing the double.


However Sawbridgeworth lifted themselves up to try and get back on level terms but found Pethers in no mood to allow that possibility as the Rovers Captain put in a solid challenge to dispossess Aaron Thomas inside his own box and then he hooked clear a dangerous looking cross from Monk. Hawes also had his gloves tested as he had to cut out a couple of Sawbridgeworth crosses. But eventually Rovers cut off the supply line meaning that the next meaningful Sawbridgeworth effort came in the 70th minute when Danny Wickenden unleashed a shot from distance that sailed high and wide of the target.


Rovers crafted a few opportunities to extend their lead as well. A defence-splitting pass from Butterworth reached Richmond but this time Mays was able to tip his low shot around the post. And Rovers went even closer when a Chris Bryan corner was headed inches over by Evans.


A Frew ball over the top of the Rovers defence bounced awkwardly in front of Hawes which nearly allowed Cleaver a sniff in the 74th minute, but it was Mays who kept his side in it by twice pulling off superb saves to prevent Rovers extending their lead. The first came in the 77th minute when Butterworth dinked a cute free kick over Sawbridgeworth’s wall that Richmond connected with but Mays dived at full-stretch to palm the ball away. Then the Sawbridgeworth ‘keeper spread himself and used his legs to block a Butterworth shot. It was no surprise that James Mays was made the man of the match and his saves meant that Sawbridgeworth still had an opportunity to draw themselves level when they next had a go in the 82nd minute. Jelliman’s free kick made its way into Great Wakering’s box and ended up with Oliver Cleaver unloading a powerful shot that Hawes tipped over.


Rovers had kept it tight at the back, meaning that they were able to tip the balance a bit more in their favour in the second half. But they still needed to get another goal to see Sawbridgeworth off and they nearly got it when Butterworth again acted as provider, this time knocking a ball out to the right-hand side of the box to Bryan whose shot was blocked by another good Mays save. And it was obvious why Rovers had continued chipping away at Sawbridgeworth as with only a goal in it meant that there was time for the Robins to land themselves an equaliser – especially as in the 89th minute the 4th official indicated a further five minutes stoppage time. There was little of note in that added time until the closing seconds when Daryl Doolan turned and drilled a low shot that Hawes saved.


That was the end of that – a tight game that saw plenty of effort from both teams, with the score line being kept to a single goal in part to both ‘keepers being on top of their game. And of course the game was won by a piece of individual brilliance from Neil Richmond who set up himself up by getting into a good scoring position and then making sure he did so. A year after being relegated they now return to the Bostik League having picked up two of the three ESL trophies on offer. No wonder Rovers manager Iain O’Connell  was heard to say after the game that he was off to Magaluf!


Sawbridgeworth Town: James Mays, Mark Robinson (Oliver Cleaver 71’), Louis Monk, Lewis Deamer (Capt), Matt Frew, Tom Jelliman, Danny Wickenden, George Pullen (Jack Cousins 84’), Aaron Thomas, Toby Cleaver, Zak Johnson (Daryl Doolan 56’).

Great Wakering Rovers: Louis Hawes, Kiah Froud, Aaron Russell (Danny Hurford 46’), Scott Pethers (Capt), Aaron Waters, Sam Carter, Billy Johnson (Chris Bryan 59’), Ricky Evans, Neil Richmond, Jay Nash, Stephen Butterworth.

Scorer – Neil Richmond (58’)











Prokit UK Essex Olympian League – Saturday 5th May Round-Up

Catholic United raise the Anagram Records Trophy – could they land a treble by the end of the season? (Photo by Essex Olympian League @ eofl)

Anagram Records Trophy

Catholic United picked up their first trophy of the season as they lifted the Anagram Records Trophy after a 2-0 win over Broadfields. Harley Kee opened the scoring in the first half with a sublime free kick and Brad Williams then added a second in the 60th minute to secure the victory.  It could be the start of a memorial week for Catholic United as they have an Essex Premier Cup Final appearance on Monday and could have the Premier Division title in the bag by next Saturday.


Premier Division

Luke Skinner, David Limber and Liam Sewell scored a goal apiece as White Ensign beat relegation-bound Basildon Town 3-0. Kelvedon Hatch also won on the road as Lee Newton and James Burt notched goals that saw them overcome Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 2-1. Daniel Callaway scored the Swifts consolation. Harold Wood Athletic and Springfield started the day 4th and 3rd respectively and remain in those positions after their game finished 2-2. Danny Gillard and Robert Whitnell scored the Harold Wood goals with Andy Elgar and Joe Mayer doing likewise for Springfield.


Division One

Buckhurst Hill are the Division One champions after they beat FC Hamlets 5-3. Sonny Shilling laid the charge with a hat-trick with Eren Muti and Fehinti Falola also chipping in. FC Hamlets replied via Ishmael Carter, Charlie Heatly and Darren Serrano-Griffiths. Great Baddow may not now be able to land the title but their 5-2 win at Great Baddow keeps their promotion hopes very much alive. Ryan Baxter, Matt Crick, Luke Perry, Jack Mead and Ollie Evans supplied the Great Baddow goals but they are being chased for the final promotion place by Hutton who won their game against Snaresbrook 5-0 with Dan Carpenter’s brace being added to by Robert Lorkins, Keelan O’Donovan and George Nash. Hutton have two games left to play, whereas Great Baddow have one game left but have a three point advantage. It could go down to Goal Difference which at the moment is in Hutton’s favour.  Galleywood’s excellent end of season form continued on Saturday as they registered a 2-0 win at Old Southendian with Jack Chatterway and Matthew Buckingham providing the goals. The win means they have only lost once, which was to leaders Buckhurst Hill, in their last eleven games which has helped them dispel any relegation fears and guarantee their Division One status. A Conor Maher hat-trick plus a Ryan Bussy header helped Sungate beat Shenfield AFC 4-2. James Bigmore and Ben Absolon scored the Shenfield replies.


Division Two

Louis Elwood notched the Upminster goal but they remain embroiled in a relegation battle with Rochford Town after they were gunned down by a Dillon Southgate brace that saw Rayleigh Town Res. bag the points with a 2-1 win. Only goal difference separates Rochford Town and Upminster and they both have one game left to secure their Division Two status. Benfleet closed their season with a 1-1 draw at Newham United. Oli Hunter scored their goal with Akeem Yinka scoring for the hosts.


Division Three

Samuel Winney bagged a double for Beacon Hill Rovers who went on to score another goal via Ren Bearman to give them a 3-2 win over Leigh Town. Gbavalena Waiwaiku scored both the Leigh goals.


Anagram Records Trophy Final

Catholic United 2 Broadfields 0


Premier Division

Basildon Town 0 White Ensign 3

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 1 Kelvedon Hatch 2

Harold Wood Athletic 2 Springfield 2


Division One

Buckhurst Hill 5 FC Hamlets 3

Harold Hill 2 Great Baddow 5

Hutton 5 Snaresbrook 0

Old Southendian 0 Galleywood 2

Sungate 4 Shenfield AFC 2


Division Two

Rayleigh Town Res. 2 Upminster 1

Newham United 1 Benfleet 1


Division Three

Leigh Town 2 Beacon Hill Rovers 3


FC Romania Take Care Of Business

Southend Manor 0 FC Romania 2

Essex Senior League

Saturday 28th April

Report by Scott Lanza


With the final week of the Essex Senior League season seeing four-way shootout for the promotion places meant that there was a far bit of peeking at the table thinking up all manner of possibilities before the games became at 3pm. What was important as far as FC Romania were concerned was taking care of their own business and doing their best to secure one more final win to give them the best opportunity of landing one of the promotion spots.


The visitors peppered the Manor area early on with Lawrence Priddle cutting out an early cross from Constantin Arotaritei; and in the 7th minute the Manor custodian was then tipping a Vlad Sighiartau turn and volley around the post.


At this point FC Romania seemed to have switched on and continued chipping away; Arotaritei had a drive blocked by Kye Jude, then Florin Pop dinked a ball over to Vladut Sighiartau whose run was blocked by the Manor defence.


The hosts teased out an opportunity when they won a corner in the 17th minute which was headed clear by Mihai Circiumaru. But that foray seemed to have woken Manor up as they carved out another opportunity shortly afterwards as Jude had a long range effort parried by Adrian Darabant.


A cross shot from Pop in the 26th minute almost sneaked past Priddle but Lewis Sparrow deflected the ball away for a corner. The Wolves followed that up with a Mihai Deaconescu shot that was hooked off the line by Rhys Fatt; they went even closer when Pop lofted a ball over the Manor ‘keeper that clipped the cross bar.


But it wasn’t one-way traffic as Manor put together a move that saw Brennon Nolan rushing towards the FCR goal before being crowded out. Alfie Lindfield then darted down the left flank and delivered a fast ball to Nolan whose charge on goal ended with him being bundled over, but no free kick was given. The hosts however at times lumbered at their task which denied their front men opportunities to test Darabant, although they did cause his defence to be alert to the danger Manor’s front men posed when they did venture forward.


With half time approaching FC Romania needed to find a goal to take away any nerves. They had carved out more possession but hadn’t really threatened Manor too heavily. A sweeping move in the 39th minute almost changed that as it ended with Circiumaru unloading a diagonal shot that Priddle tipped away.


The Wolves took the lead two minutes later when Circiumaru had two bites of the cherry, his first shot being blocked by Priddle who had done well to save the initial shot, but he was helpless to prevent Circiumaru then smashing the rebound past him. It meant that at half time FC Romania were taking care of their own business – but they still had work to do.


Manor showed some of their attacking flair to start the second half. Fatt linked up nicely with Evison whose shot was tipped behind by Darabant. The resulting corner ricocheted dangerously around the box until finally smashed clear.


After that little flurry Manor were then kept quiet by the FCR defence with Priddle and his defence being under the most pressure. The Manor ‘keeper blocked a Circiumaru shot; tipped a Pop effort over the bar; then had to claw away a Pop corner from under the cross bar. Cosmin Sandu also went close with a glancing header before the second goal they were pressing for, and to be fare needed to keep Manor at bay, finally came in the 62nd minute. A loose ball in the Manor box was thumped home by Sighiartau. The Wolves were not by any means coasting – but they had no at least got some breathing space and were well and truly taking care of their own business.


Had Manor pulled one back it might have made for a nervy finish. John-Jo Slater came off the subs bench and immediately drilled a low shot that Darabant blocked. Manor went even closer when Evison fired a shot narrowly wide.


FC Romania remained in control of the game though and carved out further opportunities as Circiumaru and Pop both flashed shots wide, with Priddle also preventing the visitors adding any more to their tally with a fantastic diving save to deny Sergiu Maximov in the closing seconds.


FC Romania has taken care of their own business at the Arena Stadium. As news filtered in it became apparent that Great Wakering Rovers had secured promotion and the ESL title. But other results elsewhere confirmed that FC Romania now sit 2nd with Basildon United needing to beat Redbridge on Wednesday night to overhaul them. A waiting game for Ion Vintila then, but his charges did their bit on Saturday afternoon.


Southend Manor: Lawrence Priddle, Grant Webb, Tyler Fowles (Jordan Fisher 46’), Robbie Norris, Lewis Sparrow, Kye Jude, Rhys Fatt (Conor Cobb 65’), Lee Delf (Capt), Alfie Lindfield (John-Jo Slater 65’), Brennon Nolan, Ethan Evison.

FC Romania: Adrian Darabant, Dino Barcari, Cosmin Sandu, Mihai Deaconescu, Andrei Baciu, George Taban (Capt) (Sergiu Maximov 74’), Mihai Circiumaru, Florin Pop, Laurentiu Teleoca (Adrian Balsanu 80’), Vladut Sighiartau, Constantin Arotaritei.

Scorers – Mihai Circiumaru (41’), Vladut Sighiartau (62’).

Essex Senior League – Saturday 28th April Round-Up

Great Wakering Rovers were crowned Essex Senior League Champions on Saturday.

Essex Senior League Round-Up

Report by Peter Dudley / Photo by Andy Wilkins


Barkingside 0 Takeley 4

Braces from Carl Mullings and Stuart Zanone saw Takeley thrash Barkingside at Cricklefield at sees   Takeley remain 5th and will finish the season in that position regardless of how they do in their final two outings. Barkingside have posted enough points on the table to secure their safety.


Burnham Ramblers 1 Tower Hamlets 1

Ramblers and Hamlets ended the season with a point a piece, which meant Ramblers finished the season in second bottom and Hamlets in 11th.  Ramblers took the lead through Ollie Hanlon however James Ross levelled for Tower Hamlets.


Clapton 2 Hullbridge Sports 1

The Tons ended their season with a late win against Hullbridge Sports at The Old Spotted Dog to give themselves a chance of a top six finish.  Eight minutes before the break Clapton struck as a cross from the left found Nathan Cook who netted a tap in, however midway through the second half Hullbridge levelled as after Jimmy Cox had been pushed inside the box, he then dusted himself down to smash home the spot kick.  But there was to be a late twist in this one as in the 91st minute a cross from the right saw Jeffrey Cobblah get into the box and send an effort on the stretch past Jamie Merralls and give the hosts the win.  Sports are in 15th with just one game remaining at home to Takeley next week.


Great Wakering Rovers 5 West Essex 0

Rovers thumped West Essex at Burroughs Park to secure the ESL title and also promotion back to the Bostick League at the first time of asking.  Neil Richmond slotted home the opener right on half time before they doubled their lead four minutes into the second period when Stephen Butterworth converted a spot kick.  Sam Carter then powered a header past Coker in the 63rd minute to make it three before Nathan Dewberry powered a terrific drive into the top corner three minutes later to make it four.  And with eight minutes left Rovers sealed a memorable win and the title when Bayley Newell, who had just come on as a substitute, slotted home the fifth for the hosts to finish off a splendid campaign.  For West Essex they have one more game at home to bottom side Hackney Wick next week, and a win will see them finish in the top six.


Redbridge 2 Hackney Wick 1

The Motormen’s chances of finishing in the top two are over now after FC Romania’s win today, however they did come from behind to beat Hackney Wick at Oakside to see them win their final home game of the campaign.  Nelson Dihn had put the visitors ahead in the 29th minute but Remi Nelson levelled in the 57th minute before Dan Gilchrist netted the winner with fifteen minutes remaining.  Redbridge now travel to Basildon United on Wednesday in their final home game knowing a win will see them claim third spot and an outside chance of promotion if they are one of the third placed finish teams in step five to be invited to be promoted. Wick as we know we end the season bottom and complete their season away to West Essex next week.


Sawbridgeworth Town 3 Wadham Lodge 3

A stoppage time leveller from hosts Sawbridgeworth Town denied Wadham Lodge three points that would have seen the visitors finish outside the bottom three but instead remain in their after just picking up a point.  Lodge missed a penalty after two minutes in what would have been a perfect start to the contest for the visitors, however the visitors did go in front midway through the half thanks to a Danny Francis effort, only to see Aaron Thomas level it up in the 28th minute.  And just seven minutes later Zak Johnson netted  to put the Robins ahead but Lodge came back and levelled themselves right on half time as Frnacis scored his second of the game..  And eleven minutes into the second period Lodge went in front with an Eli Benoit strike and it looked like that would see them pick up a huge three points, but in the 91st minute Mark Robinson netted a late equaliser for Sawbo, meaning the game ended all square.  It means Lodge are a point behind fourth bottom Stansted and two behind fifth bottom Barkingside with a game remaining which they have to win to keep out the bottom three.


Sporting Bengal United 0 Basildon United 0

There were no goals at Hargrave Park as both Sporting Bengal United and Basildon United drew a blank meaning the Bees know they must win their final game at home to Redbridge on Wednesday to overhaul second placed FC Romania and win promotion to the Bostick League.  Sporting end the season in 10th spot.


Waltham Forest 3 Ilford 1

Forest came from behind to defeat Ilford at Kitchener Road meaning they can now breathe a sigh of relief knowing they will definitely finish outside the bottom three.  Ilford went in front when Chris Lockwood converted a penalty but Forest drew level with their own penalty from Shomari Barnwell after Tony DaSilva had been fouled.  And the hosts went in front when Josh Brimacombe-Ward smashed home, before Rhea Josephs tapped home at the back post to seal the deal and confirm Forest’s safety.  Ilford end the season with nine straight defeats and sit 13th in the division.


Woodford Town (2017) 0 Enfield 1893 0

Hosts Woodford saw their final game at Goffs Lane end in a goalless draw as they managed to hold Enfield 1893.  The visitors had chances to take all three points however it wasn’t to be and it means Woodford are in 12th and Enfield 9th with both having completed their fixtures.









Prokit UK Essex Olympian League – Saturday 28th April Round-Up

Premier Division

Catholic United are closing in on the Premier Division Title after goals from Brad Vaughan, Brad Williams and Max Kent helped them overcome local rivals Rayleigh Town 3-1. They now sit second, four points behind leaders Frenford with four games left to play. Charlie Liddiard, Joe Stevens and Matthew Game were the Harold Wood Athletic scorers in a 3-1 win over Canning Town who replied via Shaun Farnum. Manford Way beat Basildon United 2-0 which moves them up to 7th, one place above Kelvedon Hatch who beat May & Baker E.C. 3-2 courtesy of goals from George Saunders, Lee Newton and Mike Daniels.


Division One

Buckhurst Hill took a step closer to promotion, as well as landing the Division One title after a 3-2 win over 2nd-placed Great Baddow. A Steve Townsend hat-trick saw them gun down their closest rivals, who scored twice via Dane Nelson but now sit six points behind the leaders after this result. Hutton are still in the promotion hunt after a 5-3 win at Harold Hill. Dan Carpenter bagged a hat-trick with Chris Rowlatt and Josh Bardouleau also chipping in and the result means that Harold Hill are now firmly in relegation trouble and need to get as many points from their remaining games if they want to preserve their Division One status.  Old Chelmsfordians meanwhile took a step close to safety after a 3-2 win over Snaresbrook. The visitors scored their goals via Mitchell Collymore and Drew Barbier.  Ben Carroll scored twice in Shenfield AFC’’s 3-2 win over Newbury Forest. Tommy Oliver scored the other goal with Newbury replying via Bobby Wise and Jason Reynolds-Blanche who also missed a penalty.


Division Two

May & Baker E.C. Res. are now level on points with leaders Herongate Athletic after a 4-3 win at Newham United. Carl Patten bagged a hat-trick with Derek Hawtin scoring the other goal and its now only goal difference that separates the top two. Benfleet are still in the promotion picture and an 8-2 win at Rochford Town sees them still able to achieve that aim. Ben Foord (3), Taylor Lawrence (2), Rob Lacy (2) and Sam Dulieu were the Benfleet marksmen and the result also means that Rochford are now embroiled in relegation woes as the season comes to a finale.


Division Three

Shoebury Town have already secured promotion so were not all guns-blazing at Beacon Hill Rovers; in fact it was the hosts that brought their scoring boots with them as they went on to run out 4-1 winners. Tyson Browning scored twice with Thomas Adams and Adekunle Adeyemi also notching for Beacon Hill. Reece Morley scored twice for Frenford Res. in their 5-0 win over Old Chelmsfordians Res. Andre Hart, Tommy Waymouth and Jamie Webster were the other scorers. Manford Way Res. handed Leytonstone United a 7-0 defeat.


Premier Division


Basildon United 0 Manford Way 2

Harold Wood Athletic 3 Canning Town 1

May & Baker E.C. 2 Kelvedon Hatch 3

Rayleigh Town 1 Catholic United 3


Division One

Great Baddow 2 Buckhurst Hill 3

Harold Hill 3 Hutton 5

Old Chelmsfordians 3 Snaresbrook 2

Shenfield AFC 3 Newbury Forest 2


Division Two

Newham United 3 May & Baker E.C. Res. 4

Rochford Town 2 Benfleet 8


Division Three

Beacon Hill Rovers 4 Shoebury Town 1

Frenford Res. 5 Old Chelmsfordians Res. 0

Leytonstone United 0 Manford Way Res. 7

Prokit UK Essex Olympian League – Saturday 28th April Round-Up

Prokit UK Essex Olympian League

Frenford completed their campaign with a 7-2 midweek win at Harold Wood Athletic. Catholic United sit 3rd but have five games to play and can overhaul Frenford and lift the Premier Division Final for themselves if they keep on picking up points. A 4-2 win at Kelvedon Hatch in midweek made it four wins on the bounce and they can cut Frenford’s down to four points if they can beat local rivals Rayleigh Town on Saturday.


Basildon Town are playing for nothing more than pride as their relegation has been confirmed. They entertain Manford Way; Harold Wood Athletic host Canning Town while May & Baker E.C. stage Kelvedon Hatch


Saturday 28th April

Prokit UK Essex Olympian League

Premier Division

Basildon Town v  Manford Way

Harold Wood Athletic v  Canning Town

May & Baker E.C. v  Kelvedon Hatch


Essex Senior League – Saturday 28th April Preview


Essex Senior League

FC Romania’s midweek win over leaders Great Wakering Rovers has blown the Essex Senior League wide open as up to four teams are going into the final week with both the top two promotion positions available to any team able to keep its nerve with the finish line closing in.


Great Wakering despite their midweek setback remain top, although that lead has been cut to two points with FC Romania and Basildon United, lying 2nd and 3rd respectively both  snapping at their heels. Rovers entertain a West Essex side that currently sit 6th. It’s a game Iain O’Connell’s men have to win, which would guarantee promotion, and if they then follow that up with a win next Saturday at Takeley then they would also be going up as Essex Senior League Champions. A potential double is also still on if they can beat the very same Basildon United that are also in the hunt for the League Title in their Errington Challenge Cup Semi-Final tie on Tuesday.


FC Romania finish their season at Southend Manor and need a win to bring their promotion hopes to fruition. They sit 2nd on goal difference over Basildon United, who have two games left to play. The Wolves are not in total control of their destiny as they do need results to go their way in the games involving the other promotion chasers. They do have some control over events that happen in their visit at Southend Manor. The hosts are in a bit of topsy-turvy form to say the least as they have won one, lost one, drawn a few suggesting that on their day they can give as good as they get. If the Southend Manor side that came from behind to beat Sawbridgeworth Town 4-3 turn up then FC Romania could have their promotion train knocked off the rails. The hosts lost to Redbridge in midweek and also lost to Basildon United recently – FC Romania have to hope that they can also add Southend Manor’s name against their wins column as anything less could lead to disappoint when the final League table is published.


Basildon United sit 3rd on goal difference and they travel to Sporting Bengal United on Saturday. Imrul Gazi the Sporting Bengal manager was having sleepless nights a few weeks ago when his team went on a run that saw them plummet dangerously close to the relegation zone. Sporting Bengal beat their previous best ESL points tally last weekend when they dented Redbridge’s promotion wagon. That 2-1 win over Redbridge takes their end of season winning run to four and they will be going into their game against the Bee’s in buoyant mood. It’s a game Basildon also need to win as any points lost hereon in will be ultimately costly. The Bees need to come away from Mile End Stadium with a win, which still might not guarantee promotion if the other teams in the mix achieve the same. Basildon’s destiny is in their hands though as they then finish their campaign on Wednesday at home to Redbridge – a game that could end up being a winner takes all promotion decider!


Redbridge a little further pegged back in 4th;  quite unbelievable to think that the team that has lead the table at various stages in the season after going on two lengthy winning runs need to win both their final two games and then hope results go their way elsewhere. Having slipped up last weekend against Sporting Bengal United they then picked themselves up and beat Southend Manor 2-0 in midweek. They have perhaps the easiest game of all the promotion pack as they host bottom-placed and already relegated Hackney Wick. The Wickers have nothing to play for but pride and that could also make them dangerous. Redbridge certainly have to ensure they win this one as anything less could cause irreparable damage as their Wednesday night trip to Basildon United would no longer offer the Motormen a promotion prize if they end up getting the right result.


Down at the bottom and Hackney Wick and Burnham Ramblers have both been confirmed as being in the bottom two. Wadham Lodge occupy the other relegation place and they travel to Sawbridgeworth Town. Lodge played twice in midweek and picked up a win and a draw which has seen them edge closer to the teams above them. Waltham Forest sit a point above them, but Stansted are two points further but have no more games to play. It means Wadham Lodge can save their skins if they come away from Crofters with a win. A draw would mean they would have to win their home game against Barkingside on Wednesday to secure their safety.


Waltham Forest end their campaign at home to a free-falling Ilford side that have lost seven on the spin going in to this one. Waltham Forest have endured a difficult season that has seen them lose their inspiration chairmen Turget Esgandal who sadly passed away in October; then off the pitch the club had financial woes whilst results on the pitch has seen the club remain in or close to the drop zone for the entire length of the season. Ryan Maxwell stepped in to take on managerial duties and his side have picked up enough points, which has included a 3-0 away win at Basildon United and an amazing turnaround to get a 4-4 draw at Redbridge. Safety is in Waltham Forest’s hands and they do have the added bonus of taking on an Ilford side that seems out of sorts at the moment.


Saturday 28th April

Essex Senior League

Barkingside v  Takeley

Burnham Ramblers v  Tower Hamlets

Clapton v  Hullbridge Sports

Great Wakering Rovers v  West Essex

Redbridge v  Hackney Wick

Sawbridgeworth Town v  Wadham Lodge

Southend Manor v  FC Romania

Sporting Bengal United v  Basildon United

Waltham Forest v  Ilford

Woodford Town 2017 v  Enfield 1893

Essex Senior League – Saturday 21st April Round-Up

Essex Senior League Round-Up

Report by Peter Dudley / Photo by Philip Lindhurst


Basildon United 3 Woodford Town (2017) 0

The Bees continued their quest for promotion with another three points as they defeated Woodford Town at the Ho Ho Stadium.  All the goals came before half time and the scoring began in the 11th minute when George Whitby netted, and then Jack Adlington netted three minutes later to double the hosts lead.  And then right on half time Adlington netted his second and the Beess third as they remain level on points with 2nd-placed FC Romania.  Woodford now drop to 13th as a result of this defeat.


Enfield 1893 0 Takeley 2

Takeley put the misery of Thursday evening behind them to end Enfield’s long unbeaten run as they came away from Barrows Farm with all three points.  The visitors netted the opener deep into first half stoppage time through Stuart Zanone before sealing the points with two minutes to go when a deep free kick into the box saw Thomas head past his own keeper Hocking-Rising meaning Enfield remain in 9th and Takeley in 5th.


FC Romania 3 Tower Hamlets 1

Hosts FCR remain 2nd on goal difference after they saw off a plucky Tower Hamlets at Theobalds Lane.  The hosts took the lead from the spot through Gabriel Ghinea after a hand ball inside the box by a defender, however the visitors managed to find a leveller via Montel Williams to stun their promotion chasing opponents.  However eight minutes into the second half the hosts retook the lead through Andrei Baciu, and then the visitors went down to ten men after a second yellow card for a reckless tackle.  With fifteen minutes remaining the visitors’ manager was then sent from the dugout for dissent as frustrations boiled over, and thereafter the host sealed the points by adding a late third through Sergiu Florin.  Hamlets slip to 12th after this defeat.


Great Wakering Rovers 3 Clapton 2

GWR moved closer to promotion and the ESL title after seeing off Clapton at Burroughs Park.  The visitors took the lead in the 21st minute through Steve Sardinha however the hosts levelled a minute later from a Billy Johnson free kick.  And the hosts led at the break thanks to Neil Richmond’s goal before half time and then increased their lead when Johnson grabbed his second of the game on the hour mark, and although Nathan Cook then pulled one back for the Tons, the hosts picked up the three points to remain five points clear at the top.  The Tons remain in 6th spot.


Hackney Wick 3 Hullbridge Sports 1

Wick won their first game after their relegation to Step Six was confirmed as they beat Hullbridge Sports at The Old Spotted Dog.  The opening goal didn’t arrive until just past the hour mark and it was the hosts who grabbed it when a cross from the right saw Tony Cookey arrive unmarked at the back post to score, and then just five minutes later it was two when a shot from the edge of the box by Joel Appiah found its way in.  The visitors set up an interesting last few minutes when netting with eight minutes to go when Jimmy Cox and Matt Dicks combined to see the latter’s effort deflect to Luke Hornsley who tapped home, but the hosts sealed the win when Cookey added his second of the afternoon with five minutes left, and give Wick their ninth win of the campaign.  Sports slip a place to 16th and are seven points above the drop zone with three games left.


Ilford 1 Barkingside 3

It was a game of two halves at Cricklefield as the derby saw Barkingside come from behind to net a crucial three points against The Foxes.  The Foxes, who have been woeful of late, dominated the opening forty five minutes and lead at the break from a Jake McWee strike in the 16th minute. However the second half saw Side dominate proceedings and net three second half goals through Roddy Lemba, Michael Ogboin and James Briggs to take the win, and lift them into 15th and seven points clear of the drop zone.  Ilford drop to 11th and outside the top ten after yet another defeat.


Southend Manor 4 Sawbridgeworth Town 3

Manor all but confirmed their Step Five status for next season after a dramatic comeback win over Sawbridgeworth Town at Southchurch Park.  The Robins stormed into a two goal lead but then saw their keeper sent off for handball outside the penalty area, however they netted again before half time to lead 3-0 at the break with Matt Frew, Daryl Doolan and Jack Cousins the Robins marksmen.  But Manor showed unbelievable character and with the extra man stormed back to net four second half goals through Lewis Sparrow, Alfie Lindfield, Brennon Nolan and Lee Delf to take an incredible victory and all but confirm their safety, now eleven points above the dropzone in 14th.  Sawbo, who would have been stunned by this loss remain in 8th.


Sporting Bengal United 2 Redbridge 1 (at Oakside)

Sporting Bengal United netted a terrific victory over promotion chasing Redbridge to break their record points tally for a season in the ESL and climb into the top ten as a result.  This despite the game being switched to Oakside and it being a midday kick off but the hosts for the day netted the opener in the 17th minute when Redbridge keeper Lewis Green saw his clearance thump against Sporting striker Bobby Redwood and into the gaping goal behind him.  However the visitors for the day managed to find a leveller four minutes before half time when a terrific free kick swung in by Eljay Worrell found Brian Moses who glanced a header into the far corner.  Sporting though weren’t to be denied though and with around fifteen minutes left grabbed the winner when after great skill on the left by Steve Carvell, his ball in eventually fell to skipper Freddy Tandon who rifled an effort into the roof of the net, and it meant victory for Sporting and a body blow to The Motormen’s chances of promotion, now three points behind FC Romania and Basildon United in the race for second place.


Waltham Forest 2 Stansted 1

Forest came from behind to grab a huge win against fellow relegation rivals Stansted at Kitchener Road in Walthamstow.  The visitors took the lead slightly against the run of play when Ryan Ramsay converted from the spot after a foul inside the area, however the hosts managed to find a leveller when after the visitors failed to clear their lines, allowing Elias Siligato hit a fine effort which took a deflection beyond Whymark and inside the near post.  And then it was disaster for Stansted when they conceded a penalty and saw Clayton red carded for the handball on the line, and Shomari Barnwell duly converted the spot kick and the hosts had the lead.  Stansted missed chances in the second period to try and salvage something from this one, and it means Forest now go five clear of the drop zone whilst Stansted are now in the bottom four and only three points above the drop zone.


West Essex 5 Wadham Lodge 1

Hosts West Essex are now just one points off 6th with three games in hand after coming from behind to thrash relegation-threatened Wadham Lodge at Mayesbrook Park.  The visitors took an early lead through Paul Oshin but then saw Michael Mignot level before the break to see the teams go in level.  Lodge saw two penalties saved by keeper Dan Russell thereafter and then capitulated and saw another goal from Mignot plus strikes from Isaac Marfo, Tom Macleod and Josh French seal the points, leaving Lodge in the bottom three and three points from safety.



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London Junior Cup

FC Hamlets lifted the London Junior Cup after overcoming Goldfingers in the Final. Hamlets had to come back from a goal down but did so in some style as a Charlie Heatly brace plus goals from Ashley King and Ishmael Carter ensured that FC Hamlets went on to lift trophy they had won previously in 2015/16.


Premier Division


Catholic United eked out a slender 1-0 win over leaders Frenford which makes things very interesting at the top. Frenford despite the setback lead the pack – but Catholic United now sit 3rd, ten points behind with seven games left to play, whereas Frenford have only one. It means that Catholic United are able to make a late season smash and grab for the title. It was a game that Frenford needed to win and they now have a nervous end to the season as they haven’t wrapped up the Title for themselves.  A fine team performance saw Rayleigh Town capture an important win at Kelvedon Hatch that consigns Basildon Town to relegation. George Vile opened the scoring with a 25 yard screamer in the 25th minute and five minutes later the lead was doubled with an Arron Pallett header. Leigh Ramblers picked up a 2-1 away win at Manford Way courtesy of goals from Jack O’Connor and Luke Reed. White Ensign also won on the road after a Liam Sewell brace helped gun down May & Baker E.C. 2-0. Abraham Adejokun put his name on the Bishop’s Stortford Swifts score sheet but a Charlie Liddiard brace plus goals from Danny Gillard and Robert Whitnell saw 4th-placed Harold Wood Athletic secure a 4-1 away win.


Division One

Galleywood made it eight games unbeaten after a 3-1 win over Hutton and that championship winning form has catapulted them away from the relegation zone and up to 9th. Sam Donn, Sean Landers and Jared Cousins were the Galleywood marksmen with Chris Rowlatt notching for Hutton.  Hutton remain 3rd after this result. Runwell Sports picked up their second win of the campaign as the already relegated club beat Snaresbrook 2-1. Arron Rix and Destiny Onuah scored the goals with Snaresbrook replying via Josh Woodcock. Newbury Forest and Old Chelmsfordians shared a point from a 2-2 draw which keeps both clubs just above the drop zone with a one point advantage over Harold Hill who occupy the final relegation place still up for grabs for any team unfortunate enough to grasp it. Adam Hunt and Jason Reynolds-Blanche scored the Newbury Forest goals who now sit 10th, one place above Old Chelmsfordians. Ed Gould and Tom Judge were the Old Southendian scorers in a 2-1 win over Sungate who scored through Conor Maher.


Division Two

Relegation-threatened Upminster made a fruitless trip to Benfleet who won the encounter 4-1. Rob Lacy, Ben Foord, Sam Dulieu and Brad Camm scored a goal apiece with James Lakey providing the Upminster consolation. Jack Wiley came off the subs bench and notched two go the goals in Ramsden Scotia’s 5-1 away win at Ongar Town. Kurt King, Jamie Auvache and Antony Driscoll were the other scorers which keeps Ramsden still in the promotion hunt as we come to the end of the season. Ross Carpenter supplied the Ongar goal.


Division Three

Frenford Res went on a goal spree as they gunned down Leytonstone United 13-1. Martin Mixture scored the Old Chelmsfordians Res. goal in a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Roydon.


London Junior Cup Final

FC Hamlets 4 Goldfingers 1


Premier Division

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 1 Harold Wood Athletic 4

Catholic United 1 Raeford 0

Kelvedon Hatch 0 Rayleigh Town 2

Manford Way 1 Leigh Ramblers 2

May & Baker E.C. 0 White Ensign 2


Division One

Galleywood 3 Hutton 1

Newbury Forest 2 Old Chelmsfordians 2

Old Southendian 2 Sungate 1

Snaresbrook 1 Runwell Sports 2


Division Two

Benfleet 4 Upminster 1

Ongar Town 1 Ramsden Scotia 5


Division Three

Frenford Res. 13 Leytonstone United 1

Old Chelmsfordians Res. 1 Roydon 3

Essex Senior League – Kick It Out Day

The Essex Senior League will once again be showing its support for the Kick It Out Campaign, hosting their very own Kick It Out Day on Saturday 21st April.  As well as seeing a game of football the day provides an opportunity for local children and their families to attend the games to be offered the VIP treatment, with opportunities to meet the players, act as mascots and train or play a game on the pitch. The children are also given goody bags full of Kick It Out and football related items.

Last season the spotlight fell on Basildon United v FC Romania, Clapton v Burnham Ramblers and Southend Manor v Barking. The clubs hosting this season will be FC Romania who host Tower Hamlets; West Essex who entertain Wadham Lodge, with Sporting Bengal United v Redbridge being the other fixture.

The Kick It Out Campaign aims to make ‘Football for All’ and is actively involved in providing education and raising awareness of racism within the modern game. An initiative, such as the one the ESL is promoting on the 21st April, aims to make local football clubs more inclusive within their local communities, particularly at a time when society is becoming more multi-racial and multi-cultural.


Oracle Components Win Essex Junior Cup

Chingford Athletic 3 Oracle Components 5

Essex Junior Cup Final

Report by Scott Lanza

 Oracle Components finished off their maiden voyage in the Essex Junior Cup by lifting the silverware after a pulsating Final at Aveley FC’s Parkside Stadium. Chingford Athletic were winners of this competition in 2015/16 and were able to go into a 2-0 lead midway through the first half in Oracle met a side that refused to give up and that doggedness ultimately made the difference.


It was no surprise that this game provided eight goals as it was end-to end straight from the opening whistle with Will Gleeson crossing into the Oracle box inside the very first minute but Jamie Golledge not only intercepted the ball but then launched a counter-attack which ended with a corner being punched clear by Sidney Stojic the Chingford ‘keeper. Graeme Wiggs his Oracle counterpart was called upon to collect a ball off the feet of Will Gleeson; with five minutes gone Oracle then carved out an attack which ended with a sweeping ball reaching Marco Faria whose turn and volley was superbly tipped away by Stojic. Tom Aldrich was drilling a shot over Stojic’s crossbar moments later.


The game then settled down for a bit as both defences started getting to work to stop their opponent’s attacking flow. However in the 19th minute Faria turned and zipped past his marker, launching a run that took him into Chingford’s box where he fired off a shot that Stojic blocked.


However the first goal of the evening came Chingford’s way in the 22nd minute. It appeared initially as though a Chingford attack had broken down as Oracle had been able to clear their lines; that however was not the case at all as Harry Williams was reading a much different script as he cannoned a shot from 30 yards that screamed past Wiggs.


But Oracle picked themselves up almost immediately and went close to levelling up two minutes later when Sam Pallet flashed a header wide. Tom Kavanagh blazed a shot over for Chingford, before their ‘keeper was again pulling off heroics as he punched clear an Aldrich free kick then making a fabulous diving save to tip Pallet’s header over the bar.


A Chingford ball over the top of Oracle’s defence set Eric Kelly free but the move broke down as the Assistant Referee raised his flag. But Oracle took no heed of this because in the 34th minute Chingford doubled their lead with a similar manoeuvre. On this occasion Kelly beat the offside trap and went on to stroke the ball past Wiggs.


Even going two goals down didn’t stop Oracle immediately tearing into the Chingford backline with a Paul Stevens run being halted by a solid challenge from Jonny Hirst. And Will Gleeson took defending to the extremes as he blocked a Daryle Wakefield shot with his face!


But Oracle were able to reduce arrears three minutes before the break after Faria and Jake Hammond combined to tear up the Chingford defence, with the final ball being headed beyond Stojic by Stevens. However Wiggs went on to pull off a fantastic save, getting down low to push away Kelly’s shot in stoppage time to make sure that Oracle didn’t go in at half time two-goals down after all.


It didn’t take Stevens too long to have his first effort in the second half; inside the opening minute he was letting fly with a long range effort that dipped over the bar. Chingford retaliated almost immediately as Kelly poked a shot just wide.


Chingford had a great chance in the 55th minute as good play by Tom Collier saw him lay off Kelly but he dragged his shot wide.  Three minute later and Oracle were back on level terms as Stevens latched onto a through ball and rifled a fierce shot past Stojic’s left hand that crashed into the net.


The goal not only rocked Chingford but also acted as a stirrup to Oracle as they were soon back on the attack as Martin Walters drilled a low shot that Stojic pushed away. Walters and Lynch once deployed from the subs bench set about the Chingford defence and made a complete nuisance of themselves. In the 72nd minute Lynch fired a cross shot that Stoljic kept out but Walters pounced on the rebound and fired his side into the lead.


And having now taken the lead Oracle then nearly increased it as Lynch had an effort tipped onto the post by Stojic, who then saved Stevens’ rebound. And Oracle went on to have another chance to put the game to bed in the 86th minute when Lynch again teased his way into a position to let fly with a shot that was only an inch the wrong side of Stojic’s left hand post.


The game had started end-to-end and went and finished the same way as in the 90th minute Tayo Olasanoye threaded a ball through to Kelly who side-footed the ball past Wiggs drawing Chingford level and taking the game into extra time. There were still a few minutes of stoppage time to play though and Chingford had the final say in normal time with a Murray lob that cleared both Wiggs and the crossbar.


Normal time had been frantic and non-stop at times and extra time started in the same vein as a Williams free kick for Chingford was punched clear by Wiggs; then the next moment Oracle were on a forward move. Walters and Lynch again combined, exchanging passes before Lynch chiselled a low shot that Stojic saved and then the crossbar came to Chingford’s aid to deny a Stevens header.


But Stevens went on give Oracle the lead, and completing his hat-trick with his next header in the 99th minute after Walters had delivered a pinpoint cross.


As would be expected Chingford would then rally and Olasanoye again delivered a decent forward pass that Kelly got on the end of but Wiggs charged down his shot.


But the game then took another twist as Oracle won a free kick in the 105th minute which Cassidy Igwe rifled goalwards which Stojic was able to just about keep out,  but the ball then squeezed out from his grasp and Lynch was on hand to gobble up the loose ball and tighten Oracle’s grip on the game.


Igwe flashed a shot in the 108th minute and Chingford had a couple of long range efforts but there was no further drama as the clock ran down and the Harlow-based Oracle Components made it a dream debut campaign in the Essex Junior Cup as they lifted the trophy after a remarkable 5-3 victory. Chingford Athletic had certainly played their part in the thrilling Final and certainly did themselves proud – they just met a team that didn’t know when they were beaten and were not going to be denied.


Chingford Athletic: Sidney Stojic, Shane Baptiste, Jonny Hirst, Louis Bollard, Max Makaka, Will Gleeson, Gary Murray, Eric Kelly, Tom Collier (Capt), Tom Kavanagh, Harry Williams.

Subs (Repeated): Sam Gleeson, David Livie, Joe Cloake, Tayo Olasanoye.

Scorers – Harry Williams (22’), Eric Kelly (34’, 90’)

Oracle Components: Graeme Wiggs, Jamie Golledge, Tom Aldridge (Capt), Sam Pallet, Lee Hattersley, Sheldon Skeggs, Paul Stevens, Marco Faria, Jake Hammond, Daryle Wakefield, Jamie Stone.

Subs (Repeated): Martin Walters, Liam Adams, Ellis Lynch, Cassidy Igwe.

Scorers – Paul Stevens (42’, 58’, 99’), Martin Walters (72’), Ellis Lynch (105’)




Essex Senior League – Saturday 14th April Round-Up

Essex Senior League Round-Up

Report by Peter Dudley


Tower Hamlets 0 Basildon United 4

An early George Whitby penalty plus further strikes from Jamie Brown, Jack Adlington and James Peagram helped the Bees to a comfortable win over Tower Hamlets at Aveley’s Parkside ground in an Essex Senior League contest. The game had been switched from Mile End to Oakside originally due to Mile End’s unavailability for football however with the Oakside pitch struggling to be fit for play too the game was then moved to the 3G surface of Aveley’s excellent Parkside facility. And it was the visitors who broke the deadlock after ten minutes when after Oli Spooner was tripped inside the area, George Whitby stepped up to emphatically convert the spot kick and send Basildon on their way. Seven minutes later it was almost a second for the Bees when a flick on released Matt Brinklow in on goal, but keeper James Pellin managed to make a decent save to keep the ball out of the net, and in the 26th minute Hamlets forward Luke With almost got on the end of a ball forward but Bees keeper Connor Wheatley just about gathered. The Bees were then dealt a blow when Tommy Barton landed awkwardly on his arm and shoulder after going into an aerial challenge with With, and it saw the Bees midfielder leave the game clutching his arm, lets hope for his and Basildon’s sake it isn’t too serious. The Bees then missed a sitter seven minutes before half time when a ball headed back across goal was somehow headed over by Adlington from barely a yard out, but four minutes later the visitors did double their lead in style when Brown curled a beauty beyond Pellin into the top corner, and the Bees went into the break two goals to the good. The first chance of the second period fell to the Bees, and saw substitute Peagram drag wide after getting into a good position inside the area, however midway through the half it was three for the Bees as after a terrible ball out of defence went straight to Adlington, the Basildon attacker sent a brilliant effort beyond Pellin and into the net. And just three minutes after that Basildon made it four when Peagram drove an effort across Pellin and into the far corner, and the game was now running away from the hosts quickly.  Pellin then had to make a decent stop to keep the Bees out, the Hamlets keeper had been carrying an injury from early on in the game so was doing remarkably well considering. Hamlets themselves were trying to find at least a consolation goal in this one and saw half hearted appeals for a penalty turned down after Danny Jones had gone down inside the box, and then the hosts fired a decent effort just wide a minute or so later. The Bees quickly went down the other end and saw an Adlington effort brilliantly tipped wide by Pellin, before the Hamlets keeper made another good stop to thwart the visitors again before the eventual follow up effort went over the bar.  Spooner then got in but struck an effort straight at Pellin however this mattered not as The Bees ran out comfortable winners. It all means that Basildon United now sit 4th, six points behind second-placed Redbridge, but with two games in hand.  For Hamlets it’s a sixth straight defeat now as their season seems to be ending with a whimper as they remain 11th in the table.



Burnham Ramblers 2 Hullbridge Sports 4
Hullbridge Sports came from two goals down to grab an important win against local rivals Burnham Ramblers at Leslie Field and put their opponents in real danger of the drop as a result. Alex Salmon nodded the hosts ahead in the eighth minute and things looked rosy for the home side ten minutes later when Karl Swanborough headed home to double Burham’s lead. But with nine minutes of the first half remaining Hullbridge began their comeback when Jimmy Cox smashed home, and then twenty minutes into the second period Cox placed the ball home to level things up. With twenty minutes remaining Sotoyinbo converted a Michael Salako cross to put the visitors ahead, and then with ten minutes left they sealed the points when Matt Rose crossed for Salako to finish and send Hullbridge seven points clear of the bottom four. As for Ramblers they remain in the bottom four, three points from safety.

Clapton 1 Sporting Bengal United 2
Sporting Bengal all but confirmed their safety after coming from behind to grab all three points against Clapton at the Old Spotted Dog. Jeffrey Cobblah had given the hosts a half time lead but David Vaughan levelled for the visitors before Eaia Embalo netted the winner meaning Sporting are now nine points above the bottom four. The Tons as remain 6th

Redbridge 1 Enfield 1893 1
The Motormen slipped up at home for the second successive game as they were held by in-form Enfield at Oakside. Aundre Spencer gave the visitors a 34th minute lead, firing across Hocking-Rising into the goal after a corner had come out to him, however Redbridge saw Phillip Brown Bampfoe level on the hour mark;  however the point sees the Motormen trail Great Wakering by five points now,  with FC Romania and Basildon United now breathing down their necks.

Sawbridgeworth Town 0 FC Romania 2
FC Romania are now just three points behind second-placed Redbridge after they grabbed a decent victory at Crofters against Sawbridgeworth Town. Second half goals from Gabriel Ghinea and Mihai Botosan ensured victory and keeps their promotion charge on course. The hosts stay 8th following this defeat.

Stansted 2 West Essex 2
Hosts Stansted twice surrendered the lead meaning they had to settle for just a point after their encounter with West Essex at Hargrave Park. After a goalless opening forty five minutes the deadlock was broken three minutes into the second period when Sam West  headed home a corner, however the visitors responded with a header from Tom Macleod in the 65th minute. Ryan Ramsay though restored The Airportmen’s lead from the penalty spot, only to see a sublime chip from Michael Mignot with ten minutes to go to level it up again. Stansted remain fourth bottom, two points from safety, whilst West Essex stay 7th.

Waltham Forest 2 Southend Manor 2
Manor netted late on to deny Forest a vital victory as the two sides played out a draw at Kitchener Road. A free header for Lee Delf saw Manor lead early on however the hosts levelled through a Shomari Barnwell penalty after Douglas had been fouled inside the box. Manor the struck the woodwork before Forest grabbed the lead when Tony DaSilva nipped in to score, however Tyler Fowles capitalised on a poor goal kick in the 90th minute to salvage a draw for Manor. It means Forest stay two points above the bottom four whilst Manor are eight clear now and almost safe.

Woodford Town (2017) 1 Takeley 4 (at Station Road, Takeley FC)
Takeley used the home advantage to net an away win against Woodford Town to keep their slim hopes of promotion alive. The game had been switched from Goffs Lane due to landlords FC Broxbourne Borough also playing at home and Takeley took advantage as goals from George Wappett, Matt Gill, Mitchell Das and Olakunmi Bossanya saw Takeley into a four goal lead. Jack Grosvenor did net a consolation for Woodford and they remain 12th.



Great Wakering Take A Step Closer To ESL Title

Great Wakering Rovers 4 Wadham Lodge 1

Essex Senior League

Saturday 14th April

Report by Scott Lanza / Photo by Peter Dudley


Great Wakering Rovers took a step closer to landing the Essex Senior League title on Saturday after a 4-1 win at Burroughs Park that saw them end the day with a five point lead over the rest of the pack. At the same time Wadham Lodge ended their Saturday afternoon a step closer to the trapdoor after a performance that rarely threatened the leaders.


Rovers had their first effort inside the first minute when Jay Nash unloaded from outside the box which Dwayne Uylett managed to fingertip around the post. It was an early sign because the hosts opened their account at early as the 3rd minute when Neil Richmond curled a shot with the outside of his boot past the stranded Uylett.


And whilst Brandon Kelly almost muscled his way into the Rover box soon after his side had gone a goal down, the rest of the half saw constant Rovers pressure as they went in search of further goals. They looked dangerous at times going forward with Richmond being pivotal as he laid off his team mates, with a knock on to Billy Johnson being blocked; while a long-range effort from Jay Nash, who had been teed up by Richmond, resulted in Uylett pulling off a great save to tip around the post. Nash then narrowly missed with a drive from distance, as did Evans, before Uylett again had to show some top-class keeping stopping a Dewberry shot from extending the lead.


A Johnson corner just missed the head of Nash as Rovers continued pressing forward. The hosts actually went and put the ball in the net in the 28th minute when Dewberry connected with a through ball and fired the ball past Uylett but the goal was chalked off due to an offside flag being raised. And Dewberry was to be hard-done by again moments later when he turned and fired off a powerful shot that the Wadham Lodge keeper parried. Terry Foxe marshalled his defence who certainly did their best to stem the flow, while the Lodge frontline were finally able to test Louis Hawes as Asdoulie Ndjai launched a free kick that the Rovers custodian had to come out and claim. The only other Wadham Lodge attack of note came in the 41st minute when Ndjai was played in but his powerful shot was blocked.


Nash drilled another shot wide as the half came to a close; then Uylett had to punch clear a dangerous looking in-swinger from Johnson and with time ticking down it looked like Great Wakering Rovers were going to go in at the break with only the most slender of leads despite having dominated the whole opening stanza. However the second goal that they had been threatening to score duly came in the 44th minute when Johnson cracked an effort beyond Uylett to put his side firmly in the driving seat as the half ended.


The hosts made a rather subdued opening to the second period which allowed Wadham Lodge the opportunity to come out of their shell a little bit. Scott Pethers had to concede an early corner which Hawes soon mopped up. Then Ndjai unleashed a sizzling shot that was only an inch to high, before he then had another shot blocked by Hawes.


A Pethers free kick on the hour forced Uylett to make a save, then in the 67th minute Kieran Southgate sped into the Rovers box and poked a shot wide.


The points were virtually in the bag three minutes later when Richmond charged down the right flank, squared to Dewberry at the near post, who squeezed the ball past the Wadham Lodge keeper to give his side a three-goal cushion.


Oshin went close with a header for the visitors before they pulled one back in the 76th minute when a Danny Francis free kick made its way past the Rovers wall and keeper to end up in the back of the net.


It was to prove a mere consolation because in the 81st minute Rovers restored their three-goal cushion after a ball lofted into the Wadham Lodge box wrong-footed Uylett allowing Bayley Newell to roll the ball home from close range.


Hawes was wise to another Francis effort a minute later, and Chris Bryan drilled a shot over the bar in the closing stages as Rovers saw out the game to collect an important three points. With Redbridge only managing a draw means they now have a five point lead and landing their third ESL title is very much in their hands. As for Wadham Lodge they remain second from bottom but do have games in hand on the teams above them.


Great Wakering Rovers: Louis Hawes, Jason Ring, Danny Hurford, Scott Pethers (Capt), Aaron Waters (Aaron Russell 63’), Sam Carter, Billy Johnson, Ricky Evans, Nathan Dewberry, Neil Richmond (Bayley Newell 77’), Jay Nash (Chris Bryan 71’).

Scorers – Neil Richmond (3’), Billy Johnson (44’), Nathan Dewberry (70’)

Wadham Lodge: Dwayne Uylett, Nathan Joseph, Ashley Bankole, Brandon Kelly (Nathan Muskitta 71’), Terry Foxe, Chris Gormley, Kieran Southgate, Paul Oshin, Sherwin Stanley (Capt) (Rujorn Tuitt 79’), Danny Francis, Asdoulie Ndjai (Cory Rider 88’).

Scorer – Danny Francis (76’)


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Senior League Cup

Leigh Ramblers booked their first ever Senior League Cup Final appearance after a 2-0 win over Kelvedon Hatch. Seb Allen and Tom Hollingsworth were the marksmen, setting up a showcase Final with Frenford on Tuesday 15th May at Bishop’s Stortford FC.


Premier Division

Frenford maintained their lead on the table after a 5-3 away win at White Ensign. Ashley Taylor-Forbes supplied a hat-trick with Luke Woodward and Danny Driscoll also notching. Springfield had an even better day at the office as they swept aside Canning Town with a 6-0 away victory. Josh White scored twice with the other goals coming via Louis O’Sullivan, Charlie Egelton, Jamie Doyle and Jack Mundy. However Frenford remain six points clear of second-placed Springfield. Catholic United have enough games in hand to make a late surge towards the title – but they failed to post any points on the board this weekend as they lost by the odd goal in seven at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Gavin Cockman, Danny Morgan, Charlie Pollard plus an own goal saw Swifts secure a 4-3 win that ended a winless run of six games going into this one. Harold Wood Athletic came away from Manford Way with all the spoils after a 2-1 win.


Division One

The top two both won on Saturday scoring four goals each in the process. Buckhurst Hill travelled into East London to take on FC Hamlets and came away with a 4-1 win courtesy of strikes from Sam Sollosi and Fehinit Falola plus two successful penalties rifled off by Eren Muti and Jose Espinosa. FC Hamlets were able to pull one back via Ashley King. Dane Nelson scored twice for Great Baddow woth Liam Saunders and a Matthew Crick rocket helping the promotion chasers to a 4-2 win. Alex Nicol scored both the Newbury Forest goals. Hutton are also chasing promotion and they had an even better afternoon as they smashed six without reply past Snaresbrook. Chris Rowlatt’s hat-trick was added to by Tom Price, George Nash and Brad Freeman. Galleywood stretched their unbeaten run to five after a battling 1-1 draw with Old Southendian. Craig Skipper scored the goal that now sees Galleywood three points behind Newbury Forest and a point further behind Harold Hill. However both those teams have games in hand so for now Galleywood remain in the relegation zone. Old Southendian’s goal was scored by Elliot Hemmings, but his team’s promotion hopes took a further dent as this draw means they are winless in three and starting to fall away from the chasing pack. Sungate registered a 3-2 away win at Old Chelmsfordians as Conor Maher bagged a hat-trick that moves his side up to 6th.


Division Two

May & Baker E.C. Res took a step closer to promotion after a 5-0 win at Upminster as Carl Patten bagged a hat-trick with Kane Messenger and Darren Seymour scoring one apiece. Upminster remain just above the relegation zone, while Rochford Town remain in it after suffering a 4-0 defeat at Ongar Town. Peter Davies scored twice with Ben Stone and Steve Merrick also putting their names down on the scoresheet. Ramsden Scotia have enough games in hand to make a late season smash and grab for one of the promotion places. They also made sure they posted three points to the board by beating fellow promotion-chasers Benfleet 2-0. Max Corrigan and Ryan Leddra scored the goals.


Division Three

With the top two and bottom two already determined means that the rest of the teams in the division now have little to play for beyond trying to finish as high up the table as possible. Beacon Hill Rovers made a start on that as they beat 3rd-placed Harold Wood Athletic Res. 3-0. Troy Hawthorne, Zack Armstrong and Samuel Winney that moved their team up to 6th. Jack Darby, Jamie Webster, Chris Ifill and Steve Johnson were the Frenford marksmen in a 4-2 win over Roydon. The visitors replied via Mo Benzid and Nadar Benzid.


Senior League Cup Semi Final

Leigh Ramblers 2 Kelvedon Hatch 0


Premier Division

Bishop’s Storford Swifts 4 Catholic United 3

Canning Town 0 Springfield 6

Manford Way 1 Harold Wood Athletic 2

White Ensign 3 Frenford 5


Division One

FC Hamlets 1 Buckhurst Hill 5

Galleywood 1 Old Southendian 1

Great Baddow 4 Newbury Forest 2

Old Chelmsfordians 2 Sungate 3

Snaresbrook 0 Hutton 6


Division Two

Ongar Town 4 Rochford Town 0

Ramsden Scotia 2 Benfleet 0

Upminster 0 May & Baker E.C. Res. 5


Division Three

Harold Wood Athletic Res. 0 Beacon Hill Rovers 3

Frenford Res. 4 Roydon 2

Prokit UK Essex Olympian League – Saturday 14th April Preview

Prokit UK Essex Olympian League

Leigh Ramblers and Kelvedon Hatch both came through Senior League Cup encounters last weekend – they now face off in the remaining Semi Final with Frenford awaiting the winners. The league games between these two produced a win for each side so it will be down to who wants it more on the day.


The top two are both in action as Frenford take the trip to White Ensign, while Springfield travel to Canning Town. Frenford lead the table by six points and it’s hard to see them not keeping that intact come Saturday evening. Springfield need to pick up a win themselves at Canning Town before they can start worrying about what is going on elsewhere. Frenford’s lead could be cut or extended depending on how things pan out in this latest round of Olympian fixtures.


Also on their travels will be Catholic United who travel into Hertfordshire to take on Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Having reached the Essex Premier Cup and Anagram Records Trophy Finals, the Southend-based club now turn their attention back to league business. Despite sitting 4th Catholic United do have six games in hand which means they still have some involvement in the where the Premier Division title will end up. The hosts are winless in six and face a team in good form who go into the business end of the season still in with a shout of landing a treble.


Saturday 14th April

Senior League Cup Semi Final

Leigh Ramblers v  Kelvedon Hatch

Prokit UK Essex Olympian League

Premier Division

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts v  Catholic United

Canning Town v  Springfield

White Ensign v  Frenford


Essex Senior League – Saturday 14th April Preview


Essex Senior League

The game of the day has to be at Burroughs Park, where leaders Great Wakering Rovers entertain a Wadham Lodge side currently sitting deep in the relegation mire. Rovers had a three point lead over Redbridge and therefore cannot afford to slip up. Lodge go into this game winless in six and need all the three points on offer to keep them in touch with the teams above them. However Rovers rammed four without reply at relegation battlers Burnham Ramblers last weekend and it is hard to see them slipping up against another team involved in the business at the other end of the table.


Redbridge have a slightly tougher test as they take on an Enfield 1893 side that have won their last eight games, which has seen them climb up to 9th in the table. The Motormen have had a slight wobble recently, losing 3-2 at Clapton and then last weekend throwing a 3-0 half-time lead away as Waltham Forest scored two late goals to leave Oakside with a point from a 4-4 draw. Redbridge need to pick themselves up, and have the firepower to do it. But Enfield 1893 will fancy their chances and are more than capable of getting something from this game.


FC Romania sit 3rd and will be keeping a keen eye on event at Oakside because anymore Redbridge slip-ups could allow them to sneak into the other promotion spot. The Wolves have to keep winning their own games of course and have a difficult trip to a resurgent Sawbridgeworth Town who have won their last five league games as well as booking their place in this season’s Errington Challenge Cup Final. FC Romania lifted the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy, but they have dreams of one day playing in the Bostik League, so need to make sure that Florin Pop and his various accomplices have a good day in front of goal as the Robins haven’t been to gun-shy themselves recently.


Stansted occupy a relegation spot and therefore need to make home advantage count against West Essex. Waltham Forest also have home advantage, having picked up two amazing results last week; starting with a 3-0 win at promotion chasing Basildon United and then coming back from behind to snatch a point at Redbridge in a 4-4 draw. Such resolve means that Waltham Forest, having secured their future off the pitch, are not fighting to maintain their Essex Senior League status. They take on a Southend Manor side who sit in a slightly more comfortable mid-table position.


Saturday 14th April

Essex Senior League

Premier Division

Burnham Ramblers v  Hullbridge Sports

Clapton v  Sporting Bengal United

Great Wakering Rovers v  Wadham Lodge

Redbridge v  Enfield 1893

Sawbridgeworth Town v  FC Romania

Stansted v  West Essex

Waltham Forest v  Southend Manor

Woodford Town 2017 v  Takeley

Essex Senior League – Saturday 7th April Round-Up


Essex Senior League Round-Up

by Peter Dudley

Barkingside 3 Tower Hamlets 1

Hosts Barkingside came from behind to net a massive three points at Cricklefield against an out of form Tower Hamlets, however the evenings events were overshadowed by a serious injury to Hamlets defender Ndure, causing the game to be ended a few minutes early. Some early pressure from the visitors saw Susaki feed Bamba whose effort was deflected wide, and it was the visitors who went ahead midway through the half when Bamba managed to break free down the left, and his cross to the back post found an unmarked Jairette who slotted home. But the hosts found an instant repost when after the visitors keeper was closed down, the ball fell to Lemba who slotted home from the edge of the box, and then the hosts turned the game around when they netted a second goal as a Briggs free kick to the back post went into a sea of bodies before it was finally turned home by Lemba and the hosts had the lead at the break. Hamlets tried to net an early blow in the second period but saw Paliulus fire wide after the visitors had won a free kick, before a fine double save from Side keeper Breckenridge denied Bamba from equalising for the visitors. It was then the hosts turn to go close as after a corner was not dealt with by the keeper as he saw an attempted punch almost turned home at the far post, before several dangerous corners from the hosts caused the visitors alarm, however they manage to escape further damage and keep the Side lead to one. Barkingside continued to threaten a most likely clinching third and a free kick into the visitors box was headed just wide by Riches, before a scramble inside the box saw Side unable to apply the finishing touch, but with three minutes left they did seal the points when Ogboin latched onto a forward ball before shrugging off defenders, running into the box and just about forcing the ball home. However one of the Hamlets defenders, Ndure, seriously injured himself in an attempt to stop Ogboin scoring, and the referee decided to end the contest early due to the seriousness of the injury. It’s a huge win for the home side in their battle against the drop, however all this was overshadowed by events at the end. Let’s hope Ndure, who looked to have a nasty cut to the lips and some teeth knocked out, is ok and makes a full recovery. It most certainly soured what was a big Barkingside win although that pales into significance after Ndure was knocked out, resulting in an ambulance having to be called for the stricken defender, something you never want to see on a football field. It does mean that Side are now five clear of the bottom four in 14th place, whilst Hamlets remain in tenth ahead of the weekend fixtures. However all our thought’s for now are with Ndure.



Basildon United 2 FC Romania 0

Two Adlington strikes were enough for the hosts to record a big win over ten man FC Romania at the Hive. The hosts saw Adlington fire a couple of sighters well off target early on, before the same man had a great chance to open the scoring when he burst clear, but FCR keeper Darabant made a good save. Phillips then headed a Brinklow corner just off target as the Bees continued to press, before a couple of promising visiting moves were ended by offside, however the half endless goalless. It was the visitors who went close to opening the scoring first in the second period when Pop saw an effort deflect past the post, before the resultant corner was headed across goal by Dinu, but the hosts then broke the deadlock when Adlington slotted home to give the hosts a vital lead. And it was Adlington who doubled his and the Bees tally for the day with a low finish beyond Darabant and they almost killed the game off when Spooner headed back towards Adlington, although he was offside, and then James Brown struck an effort across the six yard box and wide of the visitors net. Adlington then volleyed over the visitors goal before FCR saw a Pop effort saved by Wheatley with the rebound from Circiumaru also being saved, before the Bees broke and saw Hassan find the side netting. Hassan again saw a weak effort kept out, before Barton got a head on a free kick however the FCR defence prevented a third, and then the visitors were reduced to ten men when Sighiartau was shown a straight red for an off the ball offence, summing up their day really. So the Bees get their title and promotion charge back on track whilst the visitors could of possibly seen their chances of the same accolade fade here today.


Burnham Ramblers 0 Great Wakering Rovers 4

League leaders Rovers increased their lead at the top to three points after they dismantled local rivals Burnham Ramblers at Leslie Field. The first half was goalless and it remained that way till beyond the hour mark but once the breakthrough came from an own goal the hosts capitulated and saw Nathan Dewberry add a second before Chris Bryan and Neil Richmond added two more goals in the final few minutes to cap another good day at the office for the Green and Whites. Ramblers remain in third bottom and two points from safety.


Enfield 1893 4 Hullbridge Sports 0

Hosts Enfield made it seven straight wins and are now just a win away from 8th spot after they defeated Hullbridge Sports at Barrows Farm. The visitors started well and in the ninth minute saw two blocks on the line by Thoma after keeper Hocking-Rising had denied Hullbridge, and then two minutes later a great save by Hocking-Rising after a near post header kept the visitors at bay. And then totally against the run of play Enfield netted the opener on the quarter hour mark when Crowie lofted a ball into the box and Odukoya glanced a header home and the hosts somehow lead 1-0. And with nine minutes of the half remaining it was somehow not 2-0 as Crowie again lofted a ball into the box and after a goalmouth scramble, Bridge managed to clear, but the hosts still held a slender lead at the break. And less than a minute into the second half Enfield doubled their lead when Odukoya played a one-two with Thomas before tapping home, and it was nearly three eight minutes later when Bradbury curled a free kick against the crossbar. Spencer was then denied at the Hullbridge near post before it was three in the 68th minute when Bradbury headed home, and then with ten minutes remaining it was four and the icing on the cake when Spencer converted from the penalty spot after Odukoya had been brought down. Hullbridge come back down to earth with a solid bump then after their nine points last week, however they remain five clear of the drop zone with another game chalked off.

Hackney Wick 2 Ilford 1

Wick made it back to back home wins after they came from behind to defeat Ilford at The Old Spotted Dog. The Foxes, who had lost four in a row in all competitions coming into this one, went in front when Albie Keith fired home however ex-Ilford striker Tony Cookey then levelled for the home side before Hassan Nalbant netted the winner to keep their slender survival hopes alive for another week at least. Ilford remain down in 9th place and only ahead of Tower Hamlets and Woodford Town (2017) on goal difference.


Redbridge 4 Waltham Forest 4

The Motormen conceded a stoppage time equaliser as they dropped two points at home to Waltham Forest in a remarkable afternoon at Oakside. Two Coxi-Sebastfao goals and a Calvin Poku strike just before half time had the hosts cruising at 3-0 up at the break, however Forest surged back in the second period thanks to a Christian Owusu double but then saw Phillip Browne Bamfpoe make it 4-2 to the hosts. Forest though pulled one back through Tony DaSilva with eight minutes to go and then three minutes into stoppage time Owusu completed his hat-trick and salvaged what could be a very important point for the visitors in their battle against the drop, whilst for Redbridge it could be a damaging goal in the battle for the title and promotion. However they do still hold a five point gap on 3rd placed FC Romania and an eight point gap on 4th placed Basildon United – so it’s in their hands still.

Southend Manor 3 Woodford Town (2017) 3

Manor managed to nick another important point towards being comfortable after showing good character to come back and earn a draw against a good young Woodford Town at Southchurch Park. It looked like the visitors would earn all three points after goals from De’Juane Taylor-Crossdale, Temi Babalola and Ola Ogunwamide saw them lead late on, only for the hosts to take a point after second half goals from Ethan Evison, Alfie Lindfield and a late goal from Ibrahim Kagbanda levelled up. Manor’s point sees them now eight clear of danger whilst Woodford stay in 11th, just a point off Sawbridgeworth Town in 8th.


Sporting Bengal United 2 Stansted 1

Hosts Bengal netted a huge win in the battle against the drop after Asaan Saddik’s penalty ten minutes from time saw them defeat Stansted at Mile End. The hosts took a third minute lead when Cody Cameron pounced on a defensive mix up but the visitors saw Paul Clayton level things up in the 14th minute. And the hosts managed to win this gritty contest thanks to that late penalty, and it means the hosts are now seven points ahead of the drop zone, whilst Stansted remain in it, two points from safety now.


Wadham Lodge 1 Clapton 1

The Tons came from behind to claim a point at Kitchener Road against Wadham Lodge and make it two games unbeaten after having lost six on the bounce before that. Lodge held the half time lead given to them by Danny Francis, this after both sides had created chances, but the visitors claimed a point thanks to a lovely finish from left back Yusuf Bello, and it means Lodge are another point closer to safety with games in hand and Clapton stay in 6th.


West Essex 2 Takeley 0

Second half goals from Isaac Marfo and Nick Walk saw West Essex take victory over Takeley at Mayesbrook Park, which leaves Takeley now having an even bigger mountain to climb to gain a top two finish and promotion. A poor goalless opening half, which saw the visitors have most of the play, made way for a second period which saw the hosts grab a 58th minute lead when Marfo poked home a Michael Mignot cross, and then things got harder for the visitors when Todd was dismissed for a second yellow with seventeen minutes remaining. And then just two minutes later the hosts sealed the points when Walk blasted home after Gray’s effort had come back off the bar, and it sees the hosts in a clear 7th place now, four points ahead of 8th-placed Sawbridgeworth Town.




Prokit UK Essex Olympian League – Saturday 7th April Round-Up

Senior League Cup

Frenford reached the Final of the Senior League Cup without having to kick a ball in their Semi Final against Newham United. Their opponents were unable to fulfil the fixture allowing the Premier Division leaders a safe passage into the Final. They will meet either Leigh Ramblers or Kelvedon Hatch who set-up their Semi Final pairing after coming through their Quarter Final engagements on Saturday. Kelvedon Hatch picked up a nap hand against Great Baddow with George Saunders and Anthony Aylett both scoring braces alongside a Chris Neville effort in their 5-0 success. Leigh Ramblers beat Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 2-1 courtesy of goals from Seb Allen and Ryan Lowe, which cancelled out Josh Daniel’s goal for Swifts.

Premier Division

May & Baker E.C. failed to close the gap on Frenford’s lead after suffering a 2-1 reverse at Harold Wood Athletic. Matthew Donovan and Charlie Liddiard were their scorers, cancelling out James Barlow’s goal for May & Baker. Catholic United picked up a 4-0 win over Basildon Town which moves them up to fourth, whilst leaving Basildon Town perilously close to the drop. Rayleigh Town are still now free from relegation themselves after suffering a 3-0 home defeat to Springfield. The defending champions saw Joe Mayer score twice with Josh White providing the other goal which moves them up to second. Manford Way recorded a 2-1 win over White Ensign.

Division One

Leaders Buckhurst Hill made it thirteen league wins on the bounce after they turned over local rivals Sungate 6-0. Hutton eked out a slender 1-0 win at FC Hamlets which sees them close the gap on second-placed Great Baddow to three points. Chris Rowlatt scored the Hutton goal which keeps their promotion hopes very much alive. Galleywood remain in the drop zone despite a 3-2 win over Newbury Forest. Jack Chatterway, Lewis Rose and Matthew Buckingham scored the goals that see them close the gap on Newbury Forest to a mere point. Matt Connolly and Scott Emmons scored the Newbury Forest goals who now sit just above Galleywood in the table but have games in hand. Owen Dunn scored with a great left footed finish but his Old Southendian side lost 3-1 at Shenfield AFC. The hosts scored their goals via a Will Marlowe brace alongside a Francis Wright effort. Harold Hill and Snaresbrook share a point each after their game ended in a goalless draw.

Division Two

May & Baker E.C. Res. closed the gap on Herongate Athletic to six points after a 5-1 victory at Rochford Town. Carl Patten scored a hat-trick with Kane Messenger and Darren Seymour also contributing. May & Baker have three games in hand on Herongate Athletic but this win almost sees them over the line as for as booking a promotion spot is concerned. Benfleet are also aiming for promotion and they registered a 5-0 win over A1 Sports which keeps those hopes alive. Ben Foord’s brace was added to by goals from Tyler Hubbard, Sonny Hartman and Brad Camm.

Division Three

The top two faced-off on Saturday with second-placed Shoebury Town securing a 3-2 win at leaders Manford Way Res. which blows the Division Three title race wide open as only two points now separating the top two. Dom Binns (2) and Scott Clarke were the Shoebury marksmen. Wesley Penny and Connor Ellis were the Roydon scorers in a 2-1 away win at Hutton Res; Frenford Res also won on the road as a Nick Hughes brace plus a goal from Tommy Weymouth saw them overcome Leigh Town 3-2. The hosts’ goals were scored by Alfie Phillips and Barv Waikwaiku. Martin Mixture and Jonathan Kemp were the Old Chelmsfordians Res. scorers in a 2-2 draw with Beacon Hill Rovers.


Senior League Cup Quarter Finals

Kelvedon Hatch 5 Great Baddow 0

Leigh Ramblers 2 Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 1

Premier Division

Catholic United 4 Basildon Town 0

Harold Wood Athletic 2 May & Baker E.C. 1

Manford Way 2 White Ensign 1

Rayleigh Town 0 Springfield 3

Division One

FC Hamlets 0 Hutton 1

Galleywood 3 Newbury Forest 2

Harold Hill 0 Snaresbrook 0

Shenfield AFC 3 Old Southendian 1

Division Two

Benfleet 5 A1 Sports 0

Rochford Town 1 May & Baker E.C. Res 5

Division Three

Hutton Res. 1 Roydon 2

Leigh Town 2 Frenford Res. 3

Prokit UK Essex Olympian League – Saturday 7th March Preview

Prokit UK Essex Olympian League


Senior League Cup

Frenford entertain Newham United in the Semi Final of the Senior League Cup with the Premier Division leaders looking to reach their first Final in this competition since . Standing in their way is a Newham United side who sit in the lower reaches of Division Two, but who have caused a stir in this season’s competition, knocking out the holders Basildon Town in the 2nd Round and then in the last round doing the same to last season Premier Division winners Springfield. It’s a tough game for Frenford as they have home advantage, lead the Premier Division table and are in good form. But Newham United didn’t read the script when they have faced previous Premier Division foes and whilst they will be the underdogs they are capable of springing a surprise. Kelvedon Hatch entertain Great Baddow in a Quarter Final tie; while the all-Premier affair between Leigh Ramblers and Bishop’s Stortford Swifts is the other Quarter Final tie being played on Saturday; the winners play each other in the one remaining Semi Final.


Premier Division

May & Baker E.C. can cut into Frenford’s lead if they can pick up points at Harold Wood Athletic. The Barking-based club have games in hand but need points on the board, and having lost two out of their last three means that they have had a slight wobble at the wrong time of the season. They did win the corresponding fixture in January 4-3, so another close game is likely with the hosts mathematically also still involved in the title hunt due to having five games in hand. If either side want to make a realistic claim for the title then they need to win games such as this one.


Rayleigh Town meanwhile can take a step closer to safety if they can pick up a win over Springfield. Last season’s Premier Division champions currently sit 3rd but lost the corresponding fixture 1-0 and the hosts have a lot more riding on this game and will battle hard for the points. One team hoping for a Springfield win will be Basildon Town who need Rayleigh to lose whilst they take care of their own business, a tough away assignment with Essex Premier Cup and Anagram Records Trophy Finalists Catholic United. Will their eye be off the ball due to these Cup Final appearances? One thing is certain and that is that Basildon Town have four games left in which to save themselves and this in many ways is their own Cup Final. A Basildon defeat almost consigns them to relegation; so they too have a lot more riding on this game than 6th-placed Catholic United,


Saturday 7th April

Senior League Cup Semi Final

Frenford v  Newham United

Senior League Cup Quarter Final

Kelvedon Hatch v  Great Baddow

Leigh Ramblers v  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts

Premier Division

Catholic United v  Basildon Town

Harold Wood Athletic v  May & Baker E.C.

Rayleigh Town v  Springfield