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

Essex Junior Cup

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


London Junior Cup

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


Division Three

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


Essex Junior Cup Semi Final

Old Southendian Res. 0 Oracle Components 3


London Junior Cup Semi Final

Battersea Boys 1 FC Hamlets 4


Division Three

Beacon Hill Rovers 4 Debden Sports 2


County Cup Final Match Officials Confirmed

Chris Evans reports…


Eighty Referees Rewarded for Performance and Commitment

There was cause for celebration amongst eighty Essex match officials recently when they discovered that they had been rewarded for their efforts during the 2017/18 season with an appointment to one of the Essex County FA’s cup finals.

80 referees from all levels of the game have been recognised following nominations from their leagues, the Referee Appointment Officers for each of the 20 County Cup competitions and their local Referees Associations, as well as a close study of the marks awarded to them by the competing clubs this term.

The first County Cup Final of the campaign is the highly-anticipated Essex Senior Cup Final on Tuesday 20th March, which kicks-off at 7:45pm at Colchester United FC’s Weston Homes Community Stadium. Dean Skipper (Havering) will be the referee for Billericay Town against Chelmsford City, with Gary Jerden (Basildon) and Aaron Farmer (Colchester) as assistant referees and Rick Bloy (Basildon) as Fourth Official.

Each of the officials learnt of their appointments at a special evening in February. Essex County FA Senior Referee Development Officer, James Lisher, hosted the event at Chelmsford City FC, which featured a presentation from The FA’s former FIFA and Premier League match official Andy D’Urso, on the importance of teamwork and preparation amongst officials.

James, alongside Referee Development Officer Lukas Wood, also ran through a number of the individual requirements for the referees, assistants and fourth officials both on the day and prior to the day of the game. These include preparation, communication, understanding of the competition format, in-game management and kit.

“As always there was a huge number of referees to choose from, which makes selection incredibly difficult,” James explained. “These individuals have all shown a great deal of commitment throughout the season and displayed performance levels which have led to these prestige appointments, which were assigned according to the form of game that they referee.”

“We’re delighted to be able to present our best-performing officials with a County Cup Final appointment, which we believe is a deserved reward for everything they do. A cup final is a magical occasion for everyone involved, including the officiating team, and they deserve these accolades. Hopefully they’ll be able to enjoy more as their careers develop.”

The Essex County FA organise 20 County Cup competitions, plus the Tolleshunt D’Arcy Memorial Cup which raises funds for the Association’s Benevolent Fund. Saturday and Sunday football is catered for, as well as veterans, women’s, girls’ and youth formats. Beginning in September, the competitions come to a climax between March and May each year.

Essex Senior Cup (Tuesday 20th March, Kick-Off 7:45pm, Colchester United FC): Dean Skipper (Havering), Gary Jerden (Basildon), Aaron Farmer (Colchester), Rick Bloy (Basildon)

Essex Under 18s Girls Cup (Wednesday 21st March, Kick-Off 7:45pm, Aveley FC): Christopher Noble (Barking & Dagenham), Harry Arnot (Colchester), Oliver Walker (Redbridge), Alfie Debono (Thurrock)

Essex Saturday Junior Trophy (Friday 23rd March, Kick-Off 7:45pm, Aveley FC): Nathan Oakes (Colchester), Andrew French (Braintree), Neil Strachan (Braintree), Kevin Nicholson (Havering)

Essex Sunday Veterans Cup (Sunday 25th March, Kick-Off 3:00pm, Great Wakering Rovers FC): Brett Grant (Castle Point), Matthew Davis (Southend-on-Sea), Adrian Rogers (Rochford), Kevin Curran (Southend-on-Sea)

Essex Cordell Under 13s Cup (Sunday 25th March, Kick-Off 11:00am, Great Wakering Rovers FC): Stephen Davies (Thurrock), Jake Elwis (Havering), Louis Ambrose (Thurrock), Abdul Wahid (Redbridge)

Essex Saturday Veterans Cup (Wednesday 28th March, Kick-Off 7:45pm, Concord Rangers FC): David Parker (Braintree), Jonathan Wing (Basildon), Andrew Gilham (Havering), Brian Taylor (Chelmsford)

Essex Women’s Cup (Thursday 29th March, Kick-Off 7:45pm, Aveley FC): Stacey Ford (Chelmsford), Anthony Abbs (Basildon), Leigh Ballinger (Basildon), Harry Dunnett (Rochford)

Essex Saturday Junior Cup (Wednesday 4th April, Kick-Off 7:45pm, Stanway Rovers FC): Adam Humphreys (Basildon), Joe Alborough (Brentwood), Lee Jarvis (Thurrock), Tom Whay (Harlow)

Essex Sunday Junior Trophy (Friday 6th April, Kick-Off 7:45pm, Aveley FC): Joe Burgess (Castle Point), Sven Wood (Southend-on-Sea), Matthew Webb (Braintree), Martin Weavers (Braintree)

Essex Sunday Junior Cup (Sunday 8th April, Kick-Off 10:30am, Saffron Walden Town FC): James Parks (Colchester), Nathan Kitteridge (Harlow), Simon Lyons (Braintree), Sam Wigington (Thurrock)

Essex Women’s Trophy (Sunday 8th April, Kick-Off 3:00pm, Saffron Walden Town FC): Cristiana Hattersley (Southend-on-Sea), Michael Iddenden-Smith (Thurrock), Connor Cranfield (Harlow), Mariusz Burchan (Braintree)

Essex Saturday Premier Cup (Tuesday 10th April, Kick-Off 7:45pm, Thurrock FC): Lewis Farthing (Colchester), George Sleigh (Colchester), Jack Ridge (Braintree), Jack Willmore (Tendring)

Essex Under 12s Cup (Sunday 15th April, Kick-Off 11:00am, Burnham Ramblers FC): Callum Townsend (Chelmsford), Alfie Treacher (Southend-on-Sea), Leon Randall (Redbridge), Katie Hawkes (Havering)

Essex Under 14s Girls Cup (Sunday 15th April, Kick-Off 2:30pm, Burnham Ramblers FC): Xanthe Davis (Braintree), Emilia Dingwell (Southend-on-Sea), Harriet Kemp (Thurrock), Amy Purser (Braintree)

Essex Cassells Under 16s Cup (Wednesday 18th April, Kick-Off 7:45pm, Aveley FC): Ike Agho (Harlow), Gavin Bailey (Barking & Dagenham), Stuart Henderson (Havering), Max Di Lieto (Havering)

Essex Rosser Under 15s Cup (Sunday 22nd April, Kick-Off 3:00pm, Concord Rangers FC): Christopher Fountain (Tendring), Rhys Collins (Tendring), Andrew Jenkins (Maldon), Matthew Jarvis (Maldon)

Essex Andrews Under 14s Cup (Sunday 22nd April, Kick-Off 11:00am, Concord Rangers FC): Ryan Whitehead (Epping Forest), Adam Palmer (Chelmsford), Andy Palmer (Chelmsford), John Whitehead (Epping Forest)

Essex Pelly Under 18s Cup (Wednesday 25th April, Kick-Off 7:45pm, Billericay Town FC): Farai Hallam (Redbridge), Leo Del Rosso (Brentwood), Charlie Roberts (Havering), Jamie Pope (Rochford)

Essex Sunday Premier Cup (Sunday 29th April, Kick-Off 3:00pm, Concord Rangers FC): Craig Pullen (Havering), Paul Sturton (Chelmsford), Errol Souter (Colchester), Ayrton Hursey (Colchester)

Essex Under 16s Girls Cup (Sunday 29th April, Kick-Off 10:30am, Concord Rangers FC): Zak Johnson (Colchester), Jack Racey (Southend-on-Sea), Edward Smith (Basildon), Lewis Cobden (Colchester)



Prokit UK Essex Olympian League – Saturday 17th March Preview

BBC Essex Premier Cup

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


Premier Division

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


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


Senior League Cup

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


Saturday 17th March

BBC Essex Premier Cup Semi Final

Catholic United v  Old Southendian


Senior League Cup Quarter Final

Leigh Ramblers v  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts


Prokit UK Essex Olympian League

Premier Division

Basildon Town v  White Ensign

Harold Wood Athletic v  Rayleigh Town

Manford Way v  Kelvedon Hatch



Essex Senior League – Saturday 17th March Preview


Essex Senior League

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


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


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


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


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


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


Saturday 17th March

Essex Senior League

Burnham Ramblers v  Basildon United

Enfield 1893 v  Southend Manor

FC Romania v  Redbridge

Hackney Wick v  West Essex

Hullbridge Sports v  Takeley

Ilford v  Sporting Bengal United

Sawbridgeworth Town v  Clapton

Tower Hamlets v  Great Wakering Rovers

Wadham Lodge v  Barkingside

National League Preview 17 March 2018

With most teams now having 10 or fewer games left in their National League season, we are truly coming to the crunch, with titles, playoffs and survival all still up for grabs…

AFC Fylde vs Hartlepool United @15:00

Fylde seem to be building up a head of steam again, back-to-back home league wins seeing them score 10 and concede only two, including last Saturday’s 7-1 humiliation of fellow playoff chasers Aldershot. The Coasters are 8th, just two points off the playoffs and boast a home league record of won nine, drawn seven and lost only three.  The hosts are the division’s top scorers with 68 in 37 (conceding only 46) and have an in-form league-leading scorer – Danny Rowe scoring four in the last two National League matches among a tally of 22 for the season.  It’s looking pretty good then for Fylde to at least repeat their 2-0 win in the reverse fixture in August, especially when you consider that visitors Hartlepool have only one victory in their last 16 in all competitions.  The Pool are 19th, three points clear of the relegation zone, four without a win in the league, but will have some positivity after holding Boreham Wood to a 0-0 draw at Victoria Park last time out, playing with 10 men for nearly half an hour.  The visitor’s away league record is pretty dire, four wins, six draws and eight losses, and they last won on the road at Torquay at the end of October.

Boreham Wood vs Tranmere Rovers @15:00

A disappointing 1-1 draw with Maidenhead on Tuesday made it three league draws in a row for Wood, and they are looking over their shoulders, sitting 6th, four points clear of Fylde. However, it is seven undefeated in the competition for a side which has gone on a couple of decent runs this term.  They play well at home with a league record of nine wins, four draws and five losses and rely on a good defence, having conceded only 34 in 37 league games this season, a trend which has continued with only two conceded in the last seven in the division.  Scoring has been a problem of late, though, netting only once in the last three league games.  Visitors Tranmere are 3rd, seven points off top spot having played a game more than league leaders Macclesfield –  equally, they are only two points above the hosts, so will be looking to pick up a good result at Meadow Park.  Rovers have only one loss in the last 10, but that was a damaging 4-1 defeat at home to Macc, and the visitors can look to the road for where they have fallen down this season, a record of winning six, drawing eight and losing five league games improved of late by going undefeated in their last six, with three wins.  Tranmere can boast the best goal difference in the division, scoring 61 in 37, conceding only 37, but they did let in seven in the two previous games prior to Saturday’s 4-0 demolition of Dagenham.  The game against Dagenham saw braces scored by Andy Cook and James Norwood, who now sit on 17 and 15 respectively in the league campaign, surely the most deadly partnership in the division.

Chester vs Aldershot Town @15:00

Chester need to make a move soon if they are to seal their survival.  Sitting 23rd, six points from safety with Barrow in 20th having significantly better goal difference and three games in hand, on a run of four consecutive League losses with seven in the last 10, inspiration has to come from somewhere.  Could Neil Young, legendary former boss, help turn the tide after arriving at the club this week to help Marcus Bignot?  Picking some points up at home would help, the league record reading won four, drawn four and lost 10 and The Blues have lost the last two without scoring.  In fact, Chester have netted only 32 times in their 37 League games this season, conceding 61.  Aldershot arrive looking for redemption after being humiliated 7-1 away at Fylde in their last league game.  The Shots have two wins, two draws and the same number of losses in their last six in the division and are now eight points off top, Macclesfield having a game in hand.  The visitors have had a tough run of late, five of the last six league games against teams in the top half, but it does mean that Aldershot are now only five points clear of Fylde in 8th.  The away League record is good, nine wins, six draws, four losses, but The Shots have gone winless in the last two, scoring three and conceding nine! Considering the relative positions of the two sides, it is surprising to think that Chester won the reverse 2-1 in August.

Dover Athletic vs Macclesfield Town @15:00

Dover are still in and around the playoff picture, 7th and two points clear of Fylde.  The Whites have split their last six league games down the middle with three wins and three losses, but have back-to-back wins in the division with clean sheets.  This is typical of a side which has conceded only 33 in 37 league games, and the home side carry a goalscoring threat as well, Ryan Bird scoring 13 in the division this season.  The Crabble has been a good hunting ground in the league with nine wins, five draws and five losses and Dover have won the last two by 1-0 scorelines.  Standing in their way are the league leaders Macclesfield.  Macc are two points clear of Sutton with a game in hand and arrive on a run of five league wins on the bounce, scoring 12 and conceding only four.  They boast an away league record of 11 wins, two draws and four losses, no team have won more away, and won their last two at Tranmere and Aldershot by an aggregate 6-2 scoreline.  The visitors are strong at both ends of the pitch, conceding only 37 in 36 League games, with Scott Wilson alone has netting 12 in the division.

Eastleigh vs Leyton Orient @15:00

Eastleigh boss Andy Hessenthaler will be keen to welcome his former charges Orient to the Silverlake Stadium, but perhaps would have wanted to meet in better circumstances.  The Spitfires have stalled after starting so well under their new boss and are now five without a league win, taking only two points, scoring four and conceding 10.  The home league record does not make for good reading with only five wins, but equally there have been only four losses and only one in the last eight.  Orient arrive in 16th, only two points behind the hosts, but are in the middle of their first wobble under Justin Edinburgh – three without a league win and five in all competitions after Tuesday’s home humiliation at the hands of Torquay. They are not yet safe, eight clear of Solihull in 21st, having played a game more, but have been good on the road, a loss at Dover ending a run of five without a league defeat, with four victories.  Expect a tight scoreline, there have only been eight goals in the last six National League games The O’s have been a part of, Orient scoring four, a contrast with their two FA Trophy games against Gateshead which saw 11 scored between the two sides.

Guiseley vs FC Halifax Town @15:00

Guiseley are 24th, rock bottom, 11 points from safety, with Barrow in 20th having two games in hand and significantly better goal difference.  A miracle is required, especially when you consider that The Lions have lost nine of the last 10 in the league, have only won three times at home in the division (albeit they did beat Fylde in the last home league game) and have the worst goal difference in the divison – no side has scored fewer and conceded more – illustrated by conceding 12 in the last six league games, scoring four.  Halifax, then, will be confident of doing the double over the hosts, and have really picked up under new boss Jamie Fullarton.  The Shaymen are undefeated in the last four league games, with three wins and are unbeaten in the last three away games in the division, although the record does read four wins, eight draws and seven losses.  As a result, Halifax are 15th and 10 points clear of Solihull, having played a game more than Moors, and feel a little bit better about themselves.

Maidenhead United vs Barrow @15:00

Maidenhead are 13th and are a solid mid-table side.  It is three without a league win, although The Magpies will probably be happy with a 1-1 draw at Boreham Wood on Tuesday, especially considering Saturday’s 7-1 humiliation at Gateshead.  The home side have won seven and lost five of their 18 home league games this season, winning the last against Eastleigh, but losing the previous one to lowly Torquay.  Barrow are facing a busy run-in with two to three games on those around them.  The Bluebirds are 20th, a point above Solihull with two in hand.  The visitors have only one win in the last 11 in all competitions, but have picked up six points from the last six league games, including great results against Tranmere and Sutton, a loss to Torquay causing some damage.  Barrow have only won three away league games this season, but the last of those did come recently, winning 1-0 at Maidstone on 17th February.

Maidstone United vs Sutton United @15:00

The relief was palpable for Maidstone after they won a league game for the first time since 11 of November, doing the double over Torquay on Saturday, and The Stones now face another side they have conquered this season, winning the reverse 3-1 in August.  The hosts are 18th, seven points clear of the relegation zone, but have been terrible at home, winning four and drawing seven of 18 league games, the win at home to Torquay on Saturday their first in the division since 28th October.  Sutton arrive 2nd, two off top spot having played a game more than Macclesfield in 1st.  They have four league wins on the spin with three consecutive clean sheets and seven scored in those matches.  Going on the road will be a bit of a novelty (the last three league games have all been at Gander Green Lane), but will not be anything to fear, the visitors have won 10 away league games this season, only Macclesfield winning more.  The Ambers have only conceded 39 in 37 League games, scoring 57 and are undefeated in the last 10 in the division.

Solihull Moors vs Torquay United @15:00

Solihull will be disappointed to only come away with a point at Gateshead on Tuesday, having had a man advantage for 79 minutes, but will be satisfied with their work since the turn of the year.  They may be three without a league win, but Moors have picked up eight points from their last six matches and are now only a point off Barrow in 20th, having played two games more than The Bluebirds.  The hosts are undefeated in the last eight at Damson Park in all competitions, with five wins, so can pose a challenge for any side, but may be concerned with a goals for column which shows only 37 in 36 league games this season, and only two in the last three. Torquay will arrive in positive spirits, their win at Orient on Tuesday ending a run of three league defeats, and it is now three wins in the last six.  The Gulls are five points behind the hosts , having played a game more, and are looking to repeat the heroics of the last couple of seasons, two wins in the last three away league games defying a record of only two previous victories on the road all season.

Woking vs Wrexham @15:00

Woking are 17th, eight points clear of Solihull in 21st, but they have played a game more and, with no wins in the last five league games, four of those losses, will be looking with concern at the drop zone.  A home league record of won nine, drawn four and lost six has saved their campaign so far, but The Cards only have two home wins in the last 10 in all competitions.  Wrexham are 4th, but only five clear of Fylde in 8th.  Draws have been their downfall, last weekend’s win at home to Chester ending a run of four consecutive league stalemates, and it is six draws in the last eight in all competitions.  This trend has also been repeated away with three draws in the last four in the division.  Defence is certainly not the issue, as The Dragons have conceded the fewest goals in the division, 28 in 37, and only four in the last six, but Wrexham will need to start picking up wins now that they have fallen eight points off Macclesfield having played a game more.

Lakeside Speedway – ONE WEEK UNTIL TAPES UP!

The latest from the Lakeside Speedway Press Office…

WITH just one week to go until tapes up for the 2018 season, Lakeside Hammers Co-Promoter Jon Cook is looking forward to seeing competitive action back at the Arena Essex Raceway with the Hammers season opener, the Rico Spring Classic individual, taking place next Friday, 23rd March (8pm).

Cook commented: “We’re all looking forward to seeing Friday night racing back at The Raceway after what seems like a long winter.

“Everyone involved with the club is excited at the potential of our new team in the Championship, whilst the Rico Spring Classic gives all of our boys a bit of competitive action ahead of the opening Shield Clashes against Peterborough and our old rivals the Ipswich Witches.

“As a club we’re all pulling together to make this a memorable season, both on and off track.
“The Hammers Community Programme has some great initiatives set for this season, including our Charity of the year the TLC appeal, we have our new Merchandising range with our Partners ImageOn, whilst the new Junior Hammers Trackside club has already received great feedback.
“On the track, some of the boys will be aiming to have a bit of track time next week, whilst a Press photoshoot will now take place on the Friday ahead of the #Rico Spring classic.”

There will be a photo opportunity (currently scheduled between 6.45pm and 7pm on the pits bend) for Hammers fans to get snaps of the team and favourite riders ahead of the #Rico Spring Classic whilst the Hagon Academy will be taking to the track with junior heats ahead of the main individual event.

Event details:

Riding order for Friday night:
1.   Nick Morris
2.   Ben Morley
3.   Adam Ellis
4.   Kyle Newman
5.   Richard Lawson
6.   Zach Wajtknecht
7.   Alfie Bowtell
8.   Gino Manzares
9.   Max Clegg
10. Edward Kennett
11. Jason Garrity
12. Steve Worrall
Reserve: Paul Hurry

Gates open at 6pm with the pits open to all until 7pm.

Adults: £17
Concessions: £14* (concessions cover OAP’s 65 and over, Disabled, Unemployed, 17 and 18 year olds in full education and Students over 18)
Students 16yrs up £8
Kids (8-15) £1
7 years and under free

Programme:  £3

Meeting included in season ticket deal.


Bostik Premier League: BILLERICAY TOWN 1 DORKING WANDERERS 0 (played at Aveley F.C.)


Billericay Town returned to the top of the league and ended their recent poor run of results, although they left it late and had to work hard against a Dorking Wanderers side who had their own fair share of opportunities in this match.

Continuing concerns about the condition of the pitch at their AGP Arena home prompted Blues to switch this game to Aveley’s Parkside stadium, where the 3G surface provided no such issues.

Blues welcomed Kevin Foley back into their side, the former Republic of Ireland defender having recovered from injury and making his first appearance since September. Wanderers included ex-Billericay midfielder Luke Moore in their line up.

Dorking had a couple of chances in the first five minutes via free kicks before Nick Wheeler had Ricay’s initial opportunity in the 11th minute, with a shot that was pushed away by the away team’s Slovakian goalkeeper Slavamir Huk.

A couple of minutes later Blues thought they had a claim for a penalty when Sam Deering went down in the box, but referee Simon Finnegan thought otherwise and play continued.

The next chance fell to Dorking with the game nearly a quarter of the way through, Dan Walker firing a shot but this was saved by Billericay keeper Alan Julian, just before Mansfield loanee Calum Butcher’s effort for Blues went just wide at the other end.

Further Ricay opportunities were thwarted by some good defensive work from the Surrey side, then with six minutes left of the first half Wanderers’ young midfielder Sam Beard had an effort on goal, but it was easily caught by Julian.

A Danny Waldren header just before half time wasn’t far over the bar, but the game remained goalless at the end of the first period.

After the break Jake Robinson had the first goalscoring effort of the second half, the Blues’ leading scorer firing just over Huk’s bar.

This sparked a period of end to end action with Walker and Tom Tolfrey both going close for Dorking, before Butcher and Robbie Evans did the same for the ‘home’ side.

Tolfrey nearly broke the deadlock on 56 minutes, but the Wanderers striker was brilliantly denied by Julian who made an excellent double save.

As the game entered the final 15 minutes Dorking were still creating chances and again came close to taking the lead, but at the opposite end Adam Cunnington went close for Ricay, Huk making a fine save from his close range effort.

Just afterwards in the 81st minute there was finally a goal. And it was the Blues fans who were celebrating, thanks to midfield man Deering who found the net from 10 yards to put his side 1-0 ahead.

Wanderers pushed hard to level the score. Sole went close, then they substituted full back Isaac Philpott for a striker in Gareth Chendlik.

And as the game entered the 90th minute Billericay’s Joe Kizzi stopped what looked like it would be the Surrey team’s equaliser on the line.

But Glenn Tamplin’s men held on, and their supporters went home happy but relieved to see their side return to winning ways.

Billericay Town: Alan Julian, Robbie Evans, Kevin Foley, Joe Kizzi, Rob Swaine, Sam Deering, Danny Waldren (Jamie O’Hara 73), Matt Paine, Nick Wheeler (Adam Cunnington 54), Calum Butcher (Ricky Modeste 67), Jake Robinson.

Dorking Wanderers: Slavamir Huk, Isaac Philpott (Gareth Chendlik 85), Chris Boulder, David Ray, Jerome Beckles, Luke Moore, Sam Beard (James O’Sullivan 68), Dan Walker, Giuseppe Sole, Tom Tolfrey (Ben Dyett 64), James McShane.

Attendance: 279

Essex 2-1 Middlesex (South East Counties Under 18s Championship)

Chris Evans reports…

Essex 2-1 Middlesex, Sunday 11th March 2018, Kick-Off 2:00pm, Parkside, South East Counties Under 18s Championship.

Essex Under 18s sealed their place in the final of the South East Counties Championship when a second-half winner from Callum Fitzer ensured top spot in Group ‘A’ as Middlesex were defeated in an entertaining game at Parkside.

Fitzer’s decisive goal arrived within a minute of a stunning equaliser from Middlesex Captain Malachy McGovern after Essex had taken the lead through an own goal at the interval at Aveley FC’s brand new home.

It’s been a great fortnight for Graham Hall’s side. With the same squad representing Essex Schools, the final of the national English Schools Inter-County Trophy was reached before matching the feat in their domestic County FA competition. Having topped their group with three wins from three, Essex will play the Group ‘B’ winners – one of the Amateur Football Alliance, Hertfordshire or Sussex – to decide the title.

A fine double save from Middlesex goalkeeper Filip Chalupniczak denied Essex an opener as he prevented Afolabi Soyemi-Ololade and then Misha Djemaili. But the home county went ahead on 25 minutes. Soyemi-Ololade clipped the ball over Chalupniczak only for a superb goal line clearance from Rawn Searle to deny the Essex forward, but Fitzer fired the loose ball back into the six-yard box and Zayn Daniel inadvertently turned it into his own net.

It was five minutes into the second period that Middlesex skipper McGovern, part of his county’s FA County Youth Cup-winning side last season, struck an excellent half-volley into the top corner from 20 yards to level the contest. But Essex edged back ahead within a minute as Albert Keith’s good run saw the ball played across the goalmouth, from where Fitzer fired in at the far post via a deflection.

Middlesex’s Felix Amoah curled just over from the edge of the area and a fierce effort from Alex Hadjithemistou brought a good save from Essex ‘keeper James Scammell. A rasping drive for Essex forward Soyemi-Ololade brought an excellent save from Middlesex ‘keeper Harvey Hayes, who tipped the ball over the bar in what proved to be the last real chance of the afternoon.

Essex: James Scammell (Thurrock), Ryan Knight (Romford), Sam Mvemba (Romford), Jack McQueen (Barking), Tajuoleen Salawa (Romford), Wyan Reid (Thurrock), Callum Fitzer (Maldon & Tiptree), Misha Djemaili (Romford), Dantai Demontagnac (Romford), Albert Keith (Tilbury), Afolabi Soyemi-Ololade (Grays Athletic). Substitutes (repeated): Connor Tyrell (Shenfield High School), Jake Jolliffe (Shenfield High School), Tyler Richardson (AFC Hornchurch), Kieran Southgate (Aveley).

Middlesex: Filip Chalupniczak (FC Victoria College), Simeon Olerin (Hayes & Yeading United), Miles Dumba (Wealdstone), Malachy McGovern (Hendon), Zayn Daniels (Hayes & Yeading United), Rawn Searle (Wealdstone), Felix Amoah (Wembley), Luke Alfano (Wingate & Finchley), Sean Giordmaina (Wealdstone), Alex Hadjithemistou (Cheshunt), Lucas Jimack (NW London). Substitutes (repeated): Pierre Morim (Hayes & Yeading United), Jack Roper (Hayes & Yeading United), Archie Morris (Unattached), Harvey Hayes (Bedfont Sports).

Referee: Reece Pinchback.

Assistant Referees: Matt Bacon and Grant Conway.


Win or Bust for Leopards

Dave Ryan reports…

It’s win or bust for Levett Essex Leopards when they travel to Middlesex LTBC on Sunday.

A disastrous weekend means the Big Cats need to win against the Lithuanian side if they are to get home court advantage in the play-offs.

After going through a stage where they struggled to field a team, Middlesex are now up to seventh – in the penultimate play-off spot – with seven wins from 18 games.

One of their 11 league losses came at the Brentwood Centre in December as Leopards finished strongly to win 94-89.

Thomas Baker’s team will want to quickly put last weekend behind them as they fell to two losses.

While the 102-85 loss at Nottingham Hoods – which saw the home side confirmed as NBL Division Two champions – saw some good passages of play from the Big Cats as they made the hosts work hard for the win, the following day’s 89-52 defeat against Liverpool saw easily their worst performance of the season.

The Big Cats started well at Nottingham, with a lay-up from youngster Jose Morais giving them a 9-6 lead but the hosts finished the period strongly to lead 33-22 after a high-scoring first period.

Will Ashby hit a trey to open the second period and Leopards dominated the first five minutes as a pair of Dougie Bennett three point plays followed by a Shaq Lewis trey gave them a 42-38 lead.

That 20-5 run proved to be as good as it got in the first half for the visitors and Hoods answered with a 21-4 run to close out the half with a 59-46 lead.

Despite treys from Bennett and Ashby, Leopards trailed by as many as 22 in the third period, but scores from Lewis and Jamie Hayes in a frantic final three seconds saw the deficit cut to 83-69 at the final break.

The Big Cats still had one more run left in them, and scores from Kevin Moyo and Bennett made it a ten point game at the start of the fourth period before Bennett hit three straight free-throws to reduce the home side’s lead to seven.

The key moment came with 7:01 left on the clock when Bennett – who led his side with 29 points and five assists in just 21 minutes – was called for a harsh intentional foul on Delaney Powell, and having already picked up a technical foul, the Leopards’ captain was ejected.

Scores from Moyo and Lewis kept the home side’s lead down to eight but the home side used their three point shooting to close out the win in the final five minutes and seal the title.

Moyo came off the bench to finish with 14 points and six assists, while Lewis chalked up 12 points and four rebounds in 13 minutes of action.

With Jerrell Layne missing with a back injury and both Ashby and Bennett also struggling, Leopards never came close to repeating the intensity of Saturday’s game as Liverpool took a key win at Brentwood.

The visitors got behind the Big Cats defence three times in the opening minutes as they rushed into an 8-0 lead, and although five straight Ashby points pulled Leopards back into the game it set the tone for the rest of the afternoon.

Leopards trailed by 26-19 at the first break before an abject second period saw them go into the locker room 55-30 down.

The teams matched each other in the first five minutes of the third period but Leopards were outscored 8-6 in the rest of the quarter before the lead peaked at 85-47 in the final minutes of the game.

Lewis was the only Leopard in double figures with ten points and 12 rebounds, while youngster Jordan George and Korey Callum added nine points apiece.