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Billericay Blog: October update

It’s hard to believe we are already in late October but only having played 9 league games, 3 or 4 less than most of the other teams in our league. The season so far has been entertaining plus exciting and up until the last week we were top of the league having won 8 of our matches, scoring 26 goals plus conceding 7. At the end of last season attendances were averaging 500 plus, but in December 2016 we were only having 200 plus, they have now risen to an average of 1315. The last 12 months have been amazing. This Saturday we are back in league action, home to Enfield, it would be great if we could continue to increase the attendance averages.

We have also reached the 1st Round Proper of the FA Cup, the last time the club achieved this was the 2007/08 season. The club have never reached the 2nd Round but we have a chance of changing that having been drawn away to Leatherhead FC on the 4th November. To date we have beaten Hungerford FC and Brackley FC teams from the leagues above us. During this cup run the fans have been entertained with 23 goals scored and 7 conceded.

In December 2016 Glenn Tamplin the new owner promised the fans and town a team to be proud of, a team of talented players that would excite plus entertain, community involvement, support for good causes, after his first 10months he’s certainly achieved all that plus a lot more.

He has built the club a new ground, one to be proud of with excellent facilities. The pitch is still looking amazing, is a credit to those who maintain it and hardly looks as though it’s been played on.

Although the FA Cup has provided brilliant entertainment, promotion is still the main target to the National League South. On Saturday 21st October we are home to Enfield FC in the league, come along and see what’s happening at 💙Billericay Town FC💙

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Sky Bet League One: SOUTHEND UNITED 1 PETERBOROUGH UNITED 1

Phoenix FM’s JOHN CHUBB reporting from Roots Hall

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Southend United shared the spoils with Peterborough in what was a high tempo game of football at Roots Hall.

Blues were again without captain Anton Ferdinand – still serving a suspension following his post-final dismissal in the recent 4-1 defeat at Doncaster Rovers – and Jermaine McGlashan who received a red card in the 3-0 reversal at Wigan Athletic on Saturday. Forwards Simon Cox and Marc-Antoine Fortune came into the starting line up, replacing McGlashan and Theo Robinson.

Southend took the lead with 10 minutes gone when Fortune’s right foot shot found the corner of the net. His striking colleague Cox had a decent chance only a minute later, but Posh goalkeeper Jonathan Bond was alert to the danger and saved comfortably from the former West Bromwich Albion man.

Blues had the better of the first half of the match, one of the few Peterborough chances in this period coming from a Marcus Maddison corner midway through the half, but despite the best efforts of his team mates to find an opening the ball was scrambled to safety by the home defence. Gwion Edwards had a header for Posh on the half hour mark, but it sailed high over the bar. Anthony Wordsworth then fired wide for Southend in the 34th minute, following good work down the right flank from youngster Dru Yearwood.

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In the second half, with 54 minutes gone Yearwood made another lighting run down the right and his powerful shot bounced off the crossbar. But only a minute later Peterborough caught the home side on the break, Jack Marriott firing the ball home from close range after a goalmouth scramble, to bring the game level and score his 10th goal of the season for the Posh. Maddison had another goalmouth effort just before the hour mark, Mark Oxley in the Southend goal saving this time but Posh were clearly energised by their equaliser and playing with increased confidence.

Shrimpers manager Phil Brown obviously wanted more attacking options as the game approached the final 20 minutes left, as he replaced Fortune with fellow strikers Robinson and Nile Ranger. Wordsworth then attempted to put Blues back in front, with a volley which went wide of Bond’s goal. Robinson and Ranger then made a quick impact, both of them having shots from the edge of the area but both caught by Bond.

13 minutes from time Jason Demetriou had a close range effort parried away by Bond as Southend continued to push hard for a winner. Josh Wright had a great effort tipped over the bar by Bond in the 79th minute. Then it was Oxley’s turn to save the day for Southend as he made a superb save from Peterborough substitute Callum Chettle’s header, following an excellent cross from Edwards.

As the game moved into four minutes of added time Wright had another chance for the Shrimpers, but it was too high. So Southend gained a draw following two disappointing defeats on the road, and remain in 15th place in League One but many Blues fans will have gone home thinking they should perhaps have picked up all three points.

Southend: Mark Oxley, Jason Demetriou, John White, Ryan Leonard, Dru Yearwood, Anthony Wordsworth, Stephen McLoughlin (Theo Robinson 68), Josh Wright, Michael Timlin, Simon Cox, Marc-Antoine Fortune (Nile Ranger 68).

Peterborough: Jonathan Bond, Jack Baldwin, Steven Taylor, Ryan Tafazolli, Andrew Hughes, Leonardo Da Silva Lopes, Anthony Grant, Jermaine Anderson (Callum Chettle 78), Gwion Edwards, Jack Marriott, Marcus Maddison.

Attendance: 5789 (228 from Peterborough)

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National League Preview 21 October 2017

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The National League took a break on Saturday as teams faced the 4th Qualifying Round of the FA Cup.  Action returns on Saturday with the next round of fixtures, with some intriguing ties in prospect.

Leyton Orient vs Macclesfield Town @15:00

Leyton Orient will be desperate to snap their seven game winless streak in the League, but face a tough test against the league leaders, who after beating Stourbridge in the Cup 5-0, will hope to add to their 4 League wins in a row.  Orient face a Cup replay against Dagenham on Tuesday night before this fixture.

Dagenham and Redbridge vs Wrexham @15:00

Has to be considered the tie of the day. The Daggers face a replay with Leyton Orient on Tuesday after the first encounter ended goalless.  They stalled a bit last time out in the League, losing to Woking, but have 16 points from a possible 21 at Victoria Road. The visitors lost to Fylde in the Cup but are 10 undefeated in the League and sit 5th.

AFC Fylde vs Maidstone Utd @15:00

Fylde beat Wrexham 1-0 to reach Round 1 of the FA Cup on Saturday, but are down in 19th, with only one home win in the League this season.  Their Kent opponents struggled against Isthmian Premier Enfield Town, facing a replay, but are 9th and have won their last three away League games.

Aldershot Town vs Tranmere Rovers @15:00

After beating Torquay in the Cup, the Shots will aim to get their League form back on track as they have slipped outside the playoffs with no wins in four.  After struggling early on in their League campaign, pre season favourites Tranmere have claimed seven points from a possible 9 in the League and come into this game off the back of a 3-1 FA Cup victory against FC Halifax.

Bromley vs Woking @15:00

Bromley drew 0-0 with Dover in Saturday’s all Kent FA Cup tie, and come into this game on good form having won their last two National League matches.  Their opponents have to face Concord Rangers in a replay after a 1-1 draw on Saturday, but are flying high in 3rd, undefeated in seven in all competitions with five wins.

Chester vs Boreham Wood @15:00

Chester lost out to National League North Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday, but with new man Marcus Bignot in charge they did pick up a win a couple of matches ago.  However, only one home League win will mean that Chester are up against it against a Boreham Wood team who overcame their former boss Ian Allinson in the Cup and are a solid mid-table outfit.

Dover Athletic vs Maidenhead @15:00

Dover are one of the surprise packages this season, sitting 2nd and undefeated in five in the League.  The visitors are a mid-table side, capable of anything on their day, and come into this match having beaten National League South Havant and Waterlooville 2-1 with a late goal to advance in the Cup.

Eastleigh vs Gateshead @15:00

The Spitfires lost to Southern Premier Hereford FC in one of the shocks of the 4th Qualifying Round, and at home too.  The home side are struggling down in 18th and face fellow strugglers Gateshead, who are finally hoping to pick up an away League win this season.

Ebbsfleet vs Barrow @15:00

Ebbsfleet face a replay with East Thurrock on Tuesday after a 0-0 draw, but are in good league form, their run of three wins only ended by table toppers Macclesfield. Barrow have the form book against them, having earned only two points from a possible 21 away and sitting down in 20th.  The visitors also lost to EvoStik Northern Premier Shaw Lane in Sunday’s Cup showdown.

FC Halifax vs Torquay @15:00

Halifax have hit a bad patch, adding a 3-1 defeat to Tranmere in the Cup to their run of no wins in three in the League.  However, you have to fancy them against a Torquay side who lost 1-0 to Aldershot, have one point from a possible 21 away and sit bottom of the table.

Guiseley vs Solihull Moors @15:00

Guiseley will hope their 6-0 win against Northern League Shildon (all six goals coming in the second half) will kick start a season which sees no wins in 10 in the League, although they have picked up 5 points in that run.  This is a real basement battle, as Solihull sit just below their hosts in 23rd, with no wins in seven in the League and a replay against EvoStik League North Ossett Town to come.

Hartlepool vs Sutton Utd @15:00

Hartlepool overcame the banana skin of South Shields in the Cup 2-1 on Saturday and have back-to-back wins in the League, but face a challenge against 4th placed Sutton.  The visitors are undefeated in four in the League, are into Round 1 of the Cup after sneaking past Paulton Rovers 3-2, and have 17 points from 21 away.

 

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Leopards Break Records in National Cup

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Dave Ryan reports…

THOMAS Baker was delighted as his Levett Essex Leopards side produced another dominant National Cup performance with a 132-75 hammering of East London All-Stars.

Having produced a club record-equalling 73-point win in the previous round, the Big Cats set new records for points in a half (73), points at the end of the third period (97) and points in game.

“It was another clinical performance today from the guys to add to the positive start we have had this season” said Baker.

“We came out on fire and it just felt like it was going to be that day for us. We shot an impressive 50 percent from the three point line hitting 14/28 shots from behind the arc. Notable performance from Will Ashby as he scored eight of them.

“Getting to the foul line 28 times was also positive and to see how many points we scored off of turnovers was particularly pleasing too as it links to the style of play we want to impose on the game. John [Shodipo] showed what a great addition he is going to be for us this season leading the way with 29 points and he was able to bring in his team mates also.

“To have 30 assists as team shows just how well we played together in this game. It was a great game to get everyone involved, bench players were ready to step up when needed. No one played more than 20 minutes today and it allowed us to practice some tactical execution in live play which is always a bonus.

“I’m looking forward to seeing this group grow together game by game, we will enjoy this cup run as long as it continues but our main focus remains ensuring that we continue to perform well in the league and we now need to concentrate on Sunday’s league game against Westside at the Brentwood Centre.”

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Shodipo added seven rebounds, six assists and five steals to his 29 points in just 16 minutes of action, while Ashby finished with 28 points and four boards, converting eight of his ten three-point attempts.

Shaq Lewis (16), Korry Callum (13), Jordan George (12) and Dougie Bennett (10) all finished in double figures as ten Leopards got on the scoreboard.

The visitors matched the Big Cats early in the game and were leading 15-14 at five minute mark of the first quarter before seven Shodipo points in a 16-0 Leopards run put them in control.

The home side led 30-24 at the first break but it was a dominant second period that effectively ended the game as a contest with Ashby taking his first half tally to 20 points as the London side were outscored 43-13 to give Leopards a 73-37 lead.

A Jamie Hayes trey launched a 9-2 run which took the margin above 40, and George hit the third period’s final five points as the Big Cats went into the fourth quarter with a 97-52 lead.

Shodipo converted a three point play to take the score to the century mark with just 40 fourth period seconds gone and he added a further four points as Leopards continued to press, outscoring 24-10 in the first five minutes before Baker gave his bench players to chance to see the win out.

The Big Cats will now host Thames Valley Cannons in the last 16, but before that London Westside visit the Brentwood Centre on Sunday, tip-off 4pm, where the hosts will look for their fifth straight victory.

 

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Prokit UK Essex Olympian League – Saturday 14th October Round-Up

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Rayleigh Town’s troubles continued on Saturday as the Premier Division strugglers were dumped out of the Senior League Cup by Benfleet. The side from Division Two run out 3-1 winners. Leigh Ramblers progress to the next round after beating A1 Sports 4-2. Justin Hazell scored twice for Leigh with Ryan Lowe and Tommy Hollingsworth also providing goals. Jake Stock and Jason Purewal scored the A1 Sports replies. May & Baker E.C. currently lead the Premier Division but their interest in the Senior League Cup ended at the hands of Bishops Stortford Swifts. Joe McEvoy and Mark Nougher grabbed the goals in the 2-1 success with James Barlow scoring the May & Baker effort.

 

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The all-Olympian affair involving Catholic United and Manford Way went right down to the wire. Nathan Dewberry and Shaun Illet both chalked strikes for Catholic United but Tom Herbery and Callum Ibe did likewise for Manford Way; the game ended all-square at 2-2 but Catholic United went on to win the penalty shoot-out 4-2.

 

London Senior Trophy

Canning Town’s interest ended at the hands of Phoenix Sports Res. who won the tie 2-1. Josh Thompson scored the Cannin Town goal.

 

Premier Division

Frenford are up to second after a Luke Woodward brace plus a strike from Ashley Taylor-Forbes eased them to a 3-0 home win over White Ensign. Springfield move up to fourth after a 4-2 home win over Harold Wood Athletic. Joe Mayer scored twice with Matt Webb and Ross Lamb also bagging goals. Chad Liddard scored both the Harold Wood replies. Kelvedon Hatch finally broke their duck last Saturday with a 4-0 win over Snaresbrook. They went up a further gear this weekend as they swept Basildon Town aside with a 7-0 win. James Burt scored a hat-trick; Mike Daniels banged in a couple; George Saunders and Lee Hamill providing a goal apiece.

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Essex Senior League – Saturday 14th October Round-Up

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Saturday 14th October Round-Up

By Peter Dudley

 

Premier Division Barkingside 0 Ilford 1

The Foxes made it three league wins in a row after victory over Barkingside in the Cricklefield derby. James Peagram notched the only goal of the game in the 68th minute. The win lifts Ilford into the top six whilst defeat for Side sees them slip down to 13th.

 

Clapton 2 Great Wakering Rovers 0

The Tons handed Rovers a rare defeat in recent times with victory at the Old Spotted Dog. Ikem Odeh bundled Clapton ahead before Jeffrey Cobblah sealed the points for the hosts who are now eighth whilst Rovers fall to second place.

 

Hullbridge Sports 3 Hackney Wick 0

Hullbridge moved up five places to fifteenth after a much needed win against Hackney Wick at Lower Road. Luca Frankis put the hosts ahead in the ninth minute and then nine minutes into the second half Ollie Miller slotted Sports further ahead, before he grabbed his second in stoppage time to seal the hosts victory and a welcome three points. Defeat leaves Hackney Wick third from bottom as a result.

 

Redbridge 3 Sporting Bengal United 2

The Motormen left it late to grab victory here after coming from behind to take all three points against Sporting Bengal United at Oakside. Reside Coxi Sebastfao put the hosts in front on 11 minutes but saw the visitors fire back through Steven Carvell on 21 minutes and then Kai Parkinson six minutes later to see the Mile End side ahead. However Eljay Worrell found a leveller with just five minutes remaining before Calvin Poku popped up with an 88th minute winner to send Redbridge into joint second in the division.

 

Sawbridgeworth Town 1 Southend Manor 3

Manor secured another three points after defeating The Robins at Crofters. Ross Johnson put the visitors ahead on twenty minutes before Alfie Lindfield and Jacob Cleaver added further goals late on in the first half and saw Manor in total command at the break. Sawbo grabbed one back in the second period before Manor’s Johnson was sent off, however defeat for the hosts leaves them down in seventeenth whilst Manor are now fourteenth.

 

Stansted 3 Waltham Forest 1

The Airportmen are up to eleventh after defeating a struggling Waltham Forest side at Hargrave Park. Ryan Ramsey gave Stansted a ninth minute lead before Jevoy Blair doubled their advantage on twenty minutes. And Ramsay netted another in the 27th minute as the hosts took total command. Forest, who pulled one back through Marco Faria in the 68th minute, are now down in sixteenth place.

 

Takeley 5 Enfield 1893 4

Hosts Takeley saw off a very stubborn Enfield to go to the top of the table after winning a nine goal bonanza at Station Road. Mitchell Das and Fred Burrell goals had the hosts two goals up inside twenty minutes before Lopes De Matos pulled one back midway through the first half; but Reece Barrett then restored Takeley’s two goal cushion in the 25th minute. The visitors fought back though with goals from Lopes De Matos seven minutes into the second half and then Luke Thomas in the 65th minute to level it up at 3-3. But the home side managed to retake the lead through Will Green seven minutes from time before Green added another in stoppage time to seal the points. Ben Bradbury did pull one back for Enfield in the 94th minute however it’s another defeat for the Harlow-based side despite scoring four past a defence who had only conceded five goals in their previous eight league games.

 

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Hamlets battled back from two goals down to earn a draw with FC Romania at Mile End. The visitors led on six minutes courtesy of Gabriel Ghinea and doubled their lead just past the half hour mark when Sergiu Pitaru hit the net. Wale Odedoyin reduced the arrears just before half time before adding another just after half time to make sure his side took a well earned point.

 

Wadham Lodge 3 West Essex 3

Lodge showed terrific battling qualities to salvage a draw at home to West Essex. The visitors hit the front ten minutes before half time through Michael Mignot and the same man doubled their lead five minutes later. Lodge pulled one back twenty minutes into the second half through Danny Palmer but with fifteen to play Mignot completed his hat-trick and had seemingly given his side the points. But Lodge had other ideas and Ben McAllister netted with ten minutes to go before Ben Masuku levelled in the third minute of stoppage time to break the visitor’s hearts.

 

Woodford Town (2017) 3 Basildon United 2

Basildon drop to fourth after they fell to defeat at Goffs Lane against an improving Woodford side. Larry Asare gave the hosts an 11th minute lead before the returning Marcus Bowers equalised for the Bees. Ash Blackburn then gave the visitors the lead but saw Ola Ogunwamide level with ten minutes remaining before Jack Grosvenor netted late on to give the hosts another three points and see them up to ninth.

 

 

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Rocks Battle But Face Replay With Ebbsfleet United

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East Thurrock United 0 Ebbsfleet United 0

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Report by Scott Lanza

 

With so much at stake it wasn’t surprising that both teams fought for every ball at the FutureFuel Stadium on Saturday. The visitors from Kent ply their trade in the Vanarama National League but found their lower league hosts up for the challenge and the Rocks were able to give their higher-placed opponents enough to think about during the entertaining ninety minutes.

 

The first chance of the game fell to the Rocks with Harry Honesty firing just over the bar inside the opening minute. The visitors responded almost straight away with a cross-shot from Sam Shields being cleared off the line by Ryan Sammonds. Danny Kedwell also let fly with a shot that Lukas Lidakevicius parried. Then it was the Rocks who went forward again this time Montel Agyemang drilled a shot that Nathan Ashmore blocked.

 

It was certainly a lively start with an Agyemang free kick testing Ashmore and then a nice passing move linked up Max Cornhill with Lewis Smith who then fed Agyemang, but the final shot lacked power and it was easily saved by the visiting keeper. Lidakevicius was also called upon to save a Kedwell header, who had headed it straight at the Rocks custodian after a fine delivery from Myles Weston.

 

Kedwell has Football League experience with Gillingham and was trying to intimidate the Rocks defence, twice clattering into Marvin Ekpetita and also being a little too over-zealous when chasing one ball that ended up with George Allen being pushed to the floor. Maybe it was also frustration as the well drilled Rocks defence kept Kedwell under lock and key and he wasn’t able to get as much service as he may he liked.

 

The Rocks had been caught offside a couple of times and Smith had also worked his way into the box before being halted by a stern Jack Powell challenge before they were able to have their best effort of the game thus far. A corner ball was headed goal wards by Sam Higgins and it was only a whisker away.

 

Then right on the stroke of half-time the Vanarama National League outfit thought they had taken the lead when a fine delivery from the left was headed past Lidakevicius by Kedwell. Celebrations were short-lived and there was some anger too amongst the visiting players and fans who felt that the offside decision was the wrong one.

 

The second half saw both defences remain tight. George Allen dispossessed Shields with a solid challenge while at the other end Higgins on two occasions found his progress hindered by the imposing defending of Chris Bush.

 

It was the hosts who had the first chance eleven minutes into the half when Agyemang retrieved the ball just inside the Fleet box but the visitors put bodies behind the ball leaving no clear route to goal and so Agyemang’s shot ended up being blocked. At the other end Powell drilled a lot shot well wide of the East Thurrock goal.

 

Agyemang, Honesty and Higgins all tried in vane to get a look in but the Rocks were enjoying much more possession. A Rocks corner in the 70th minute was headed onto the cross bar by James White and then Higgins finally was able to lose his marker but he couldn’t keep his shot down. A Lewis Smith A long-range drive by Lewis Smith  wasn’t too far off target either as the Rocks continued to press.  Ebbsfleet were not creating much by now apart from a Powell free kick that Lidakevicius claimed without too much difficulty.

 

The Rocks for all their possession were not decisive enough  in the box, while at the same time their defence had all but snuffed out Ebbsfleet’s forward momentum.  Then in the 85th minute Smith set Higgins free and he unleashed a blistering shot that saw Ashmore produce the best save of the game as he had to dive low and at full-stretch to tip the ball away.

 

In the end both teams will have to go at it again at Stonebridge Road on Tuesday with the draw for the 1st Round being tomorrow afternoon.

 

East Thurrock United: Lukas Lidakevicius, Ryan Sammons, Reece Harris, George Allen, Marvin Ekpetita, James White, Montel Agyemang, Max Cornhill, Sam Higgins, Lewis Smith, Harry Honesty (Lee Burns 86’).

 

Ebbsfleet United: Nathan Ashmore, Jack Connors, Dean Rance, Kenny Clark, Jack Powell, Danny Kedwell (Danny Mills 75’), Myles Weston (Luke Coulson 69’), Anthony Cook (Antonio German 57’), Sean Shields, Sam Magri, Chris Bush.

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Essex Senior League – Saturday 14th October Preview

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Clapton welcome Premier Division leaders Great Wakering Rovers to the Old Spotted Dog on Saturday. Rovers come into this game on the back of four league wins on the bounce and are favoured to win this one, however Clapton have shown flashes of the form they had last season when they finished runners-up so the leaders may have to work hard to get the points.

 

If Great Wakering mess up then Basildon Town could be in position to take the leadership for themselves. They will have to beat Woodford Town (2017) away in which to do that but winning away hasn’t been a burden for the Bees so far this campaign and on Wednesday evening they made progress in the Errington Challenge Cup after a 5-0 win at West Essex. A repeat of that result would be impressive but their opponents did ship five in their midweek Errington Challenge Cup encounter.

 

Takeley need the points to keep them involved in the top three; Enfield 1893 need the points to move them away from the bottom three. It’s a classic top v bottom clash with the points not guaranteed if Takeley don’t take the game seriously. They were not guilty of that when they beat bottom of the table Wadham Lodge in midweek and its hard to see them not winning this game on their own patch.

 

Redbridge, lie in fourth place and have won their last six league games, with last weekend’s abandoned game over Southend Manor possibly being allowed to stand as a 3-0 Redbridge win, pending a league decision. In any case they have been finding the net recently with Calvin Poku and Brian Moses both finding goals easy to come by this term. Sporting Bengal United provide the opposition at the Oakside Stadium and they also know how to score goals – as well as concede them. Redbridge for all their goal scoring have failed to keep a clean sheet this season and there will be goals in this one.

 

Down at the bottom Wadham Lodge will hope that fifth-placed West Essex continue their losing streak. The visitors have last their last two but will be looking to bounce back themselves and secure a win at the ESL strugglers. However the hosts have a new management team in place and were able to briefly haul themselves off the foot of the table after a win against fellow-strugglers Burnham Ramblers. Since then they have lost to Redbridge and Takeley meaning that they go into this game on a losing run of two themselves and have to now  take on another of  the ESL’s top sides.

 

Saturday 14th October

 

Premier Division

Barkingside v  Ilford

Clapton v  Great Wakering Rovers

Hullbridge Sports v  Hackney Wick

Redbridge v  Sporting Bengal United

Sawbridgeworth Town v  Southend Manor

Stansted v  Waltham Forest

Takeley v  Enfield 1893

Tower Hamlets v  FC Romania

Wadham Lodge v  West Essex

Woodford Town (2017) v  Basildon United

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Prokit UK Essex Olympian League – Saturday 14th October Preview

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The Premier Division has three games featured due to the other clubs being involved in an array of cup assignments. Last season’s Premier Division champions Springfield entertain Harold Wood Athletic. A win for either side moves them to cut into May & Baker E.C.’s lead. The Premier Division leaders start their hunt for silverware on another front as they take on Bishops Stortford Swifts in the Senior League Cup. Rayleigh Town take time out from a winless start, that sees them currently holding up the Premier Division table, take on Benfleet. It’s a potential banana skin as the form book is with Benfleet who have won two and drawn one from their opening three league games and also have home advantage.

 

 

There’s also an all-Olympian League encounter in the Anagram Records Trophy as this tournament that features clubs from various step 6 and 7 leagues around the home counties throws up Catholic United v Manford Way in the 1st Round.

 

Saturday 14th October

 

Premier Division

Basildon Town v  Kelvedon Hatch

Frenford v  White Ensign

Springfield v  Harold Wood Athletic

 

 

Senior League Cup 2nd Round

Benfleet v  Rayleigh Town

Leigh Ramblers v  A1 Sports

May & Baker E.C. v  Bishops Stortford Swifts

 

Anagram Records Trophy 1st Round

Catholic United v  Manford Way

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

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Springfield left it very late and in the process broke Old Southendian’s hearts. The visitors were leading 1-0 with Stuart Judd scoring the goal that gave  them the lead. And as the game came into the closing stages it looked like a shock result was on the cards. However the Premier Division champions then equalised two minute s from time courtesy of Joe Mayer and then in stoppage time Alfie Halliday fired home the winner to see Springfield through – but they were pushed all the way for it.

 

There was a shock though as the holders Basildon Town were eliminated by Newham United. Omar Jomanday had scored the Newham United goal in normal time and then his side went on to win the penalty shootout 4-3. Frenford also needed extra time in their tie with Divison One outfit Buckhurst Hill before finally running out 5-4 winners. Another Premier Division side that made progress was Kelvedon Hatch who saw George Saunders score a hat-trick with Mike Daniels providing the other goal in the 4-0 win over Snaresbrook. Manford Way also won 4-0 with Sam Cole (2), Julian Edwards and Tom Herbert their scorers in the win over Dagenham United.

 

The all-Premier Division affair between Canning Town and White Ensign went the way of the Southend-based club – but only after Canning Town had seen a man dismissed. Josh Thompson and an own goal had given Canning Town the lead twice. Gary Ticehurst levelled it to 1-1 and then White Ensign equalised and then took the lead as Conor Barmby converted two penalties. Goals in the second half from Jamie Brown, John Hilliard and Gavin Paoletti saw White Ensign progress via a 6-2 win. Another Southend-based club also hit six as Nathan Dewberry’s hat-trick was added to by strikes from Mike Sammut, Dan Williams and Dan Trenkell which saw Catholic United extinguish Epping’s interest in the competition with a comprehensive 6-0 win.

 

Westhamians from Division Five beat Newbury Forest from Division One 5-0 with Ryan Creed and Ben Jones both scoring twice. Lewis Lawrence notched the other goal in a shock result. Jared Cousins and Alfie Bond were the Galleywood scorers in a 4-2 reverse at Harold Wood Athletic. Scott Mortlock was also a scorer that tasted defeat as his goal for Herongate Athletic was cancelled out by Ramsden Scotia who went on to win the game 3-1 with John Burdett, Kurt King and Ryan Leddra all scoring for Ramsden. John Smithwick also scored but ended up on the losing side as Southend Sports won 3-1 at Runwell Sports. Great Baddow beat Sungate 3-1 with Sam Mead, Dan Gage and Ryan Baxter scoring the goals that cancelled out Sungate’s one effort which was scored by Jake Clarke. Toby are also in the next round after they put aside their winless start to their Division Two campaign to edge out Hutton from Division One. Arron Watson-McNab, Simon Bamidele and Peter Spicer were their scorers in a 3-1. Thomas Price scored the Hutton consolation.

 

Premier Division

May & Baker E.C. were able to extend their lead ever so slightly but had to come back twice against bottom-placed Rayleigh Town, who almost captured all the points when Alex Witham hit the cross bar in the closing stages. That would have given the Rayleigh player his hat-trick, having twice fired Rayleigh into the lead. James Barlow and Richard Oxby were the men that made sure May & Baker were at least able to put something on the board after a spirited display from their opponents.

 

Senior League Cup 2nd Round

Basildon Town 1 Newham United 1 (Newham United win 4-3 Pens)

Buckhurst Hill 4 Frenford 5 (aet)

Canning Town 2 White Ensign 6

Catholic United 6 Epping 0

Harold Wood Athletic 4 Galleywood 2

Kelvedon Hatch 4 Snaresbrook 0

Manford Way 4 Dagenham United 0

Newbury Forest 0 Westhamians 5

Ramsden Scotia 3 Herongate Athletic 1

Runwell Sports 1 Southend Sports 3

Springfield 2 Old Southendian 1

Sungate 1 Great Baddow 3

Toby 3 Hutton 1

 

Premier Division

May & Baker E.C. 2 Rayleigh Town 2

 

 

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