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Prokit UK Essex Olympian League – Saturday 21st April Round-Up

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

Friday

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.

 

Saturday

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’)

 


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

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

ESL

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

ESL

Essex Senior League Round-Up

by Peter Dudley

Friday
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.

 

Saturday

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