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Saturday Premier Cup Quarter-Final Draw


2015 Winners Kelvedon Hatch to Face Tough Opposition

Chris Evans reports…

Kelvedon Hatch Manager Darren Hunt claims his side will have to be at “our very very best” to make further Essex Saturday Premier Cup progress after he was involved with the draw for the Quarter-Finals alongside Old Southendian boss John Brandon on Wednesday (17th January).

Hunt’s squad, Premier Cup winners in 2015, have a tough last-eight trip to ProKit UK Essex Olympian League Senior Division One leaders Buckhurst Hill to negotiate if they’re to make the Semi-Finals. Meanwhile, Brandon’s third-placed Senior Division One team host Manford Way, who last lifted the Premier Cup in 2005 and were 2-1 victors at Old Chelmsfordians in the previous round.

There are seven clubs still involved who are representing the Olympian League, while Waltham Abbey are the only remaining senior Reserve Team. This year’s final will be taking place at Billericay Town FC on Wednesday 11th April and the two managers who assisted with the draw both hope their squads will be there. John pulled out the home clubs while Darren was responsible for the away teams.

Kelvedon Hatch are in mid-table, but with a game in hand, and a couple of wins could propel them up a very tight Olympian League Premier Division table. They’re aiming for a repeat of 2015 when they lifted the same trophy, again with Darren in the dugout, and he explains that his squad enjoys competing in the Premier Cup each year.

“I think they’re [Buckhurst Hill] flying in their league,” he commented. “I looked at their team and looked at their squad and they look like they’re full of youngsters. It’ll be a tough game for us to go there. We’ll have to be at our very very best to get anything from the game. Hopefully my boys will do what they should and we’ll manage to get through.”

“I say to the boys every time we play in the cup to remember what the cup final’s like. To play in front of three or four hundred, like there was on that night against Catholic [2014/15 final] it is a good occasion. Your bread and butter’s the league but the actual occasion of a cup final… there’s nothing like it. We’re looking forward to trying to get back there again.”

Old Southendian themselves are currently chasing down Buckhurst Hill at the top of Senior Division One. It’s been an eventful run for them so far and, in the last 16, they recorded a 3-1 win at Olympian League Premier Division leaders Frenford. John claims the Premier Cup means a lot to his side each season as one of their main priorities.

He said: “I’ve been involved in a few sides before where, with cup runs, you don’t have to do too much of a team talk before games. Boys turn up for training 15 minutes before they should. All those little things you stress about as managers, when you have a good cup run these things take care of themselves. As a result, that makes your job a lot easier!”

“When you’re in the last eight, it doesn’t really matter who you play, they’re all good sides. You want a home draw and we’ve got it. Hopefully we’ll have a good crowd because we’ve got a good following at our club with some good people behind the scenes who make sure it’s a good afternoon for everyone. We’ll ensure everyone’s there in plenty of time, with good preparation, and just play a game of football.”

Elsewhere in the draw Waltham Abbey Reserves, who are doing very well in the Essex Senior League Reserve Division, entertain Olympian Premier contenders May & Baker Eastbrook CommunityCatholic United, fifth and with games in hand at the top of a tight Premier Division table, look forward to facing Shenfield Association who are fourth in Senior Division One and entered the last eight with a slender win at Little Oakley Reserves.

Essex Saturday Premier Cup Quarter-Finals (Saturday 3rd February)

Waltham Abbey Reserves vs May & Baker Eastbrook Community

Catholic United vs Shenfield Association

Buckhurst Hill vs Kelvedon Hatch

Old Southendian vs Manford Way



Baker Ready for Nottingham Test

Dave Ryan reports…

As his team prepare to face league leaders Nottingham Hoods at the Brentwood Centre on Saturday evening (7pm), Levett Essex Leopards’ coach Thomas Baker knows what they have to do if they are to take a key victory.

“We have to be ready to play Hoods next week if we are to continue the quest for promotion” he said. “We didn’t start well against them when they came to Brentwood in September, but we have to control things from tip to buzzer.

“Titles or promotion won’t be won on Saturday, but it’s a big game for us, and we need to be on top form for the whole 40 minutes.”

Hoods suffered their first defeat against Division Two opposition this season when they went down 99-86 against Thames Valley Cavaliers on Saturday, but they still top the table with an 11-1 record, and the battle for the two promotion spots looks to between the Big Cats, Hoods and Cavaliers.

With the Big Cats still to play Hoods twice and Cavaliers once, their destiny is in their own hands.

While Leopards have yet to visit Nottingham in the league, they did host the midlands side in the National Trophy group stage in September, with the Hoods running out 79-73 winners.

Tickets for the game are available online at, as well as on the door. The Big Cats are also staging their popular pre-game coaching session for under 16s, with booking available through their website.

The Big Cats made it five wins on the bounce on Sunday as they travelled to Derbyshire Arrows and returned with an 81-69 victory.

Captain Dougie Bennett led the way for the visitors with 27 points in 24 minutes despite limping out of the action with a knee injury in the fourth period.

Jerrel Layne came off the bench for the Big Cats to finish with 21 points while James Hayes finished with ten points and Shaq Lewis nine as Leopards survived being out-rebounded 32-25 to record their seventh win in nine games.

Coach Baker was delighted with the win:  “It was another strong performance from us” he said “We battled hard throughout and earned this victory.

“Credit to Derbyshire they responded well in the 2nd second quarter. However, the guys showed great discipline and determination to play the second half with our style throughout. Some big shots from Jerrel and Dougie allowed us to extend our lead along with some strong offensive rebounding by Shaq and Korry Callum”.

In a first half where Leopards never trailed, Will Ashby opened the scoring before Jamie Hayes hit a trey and Kevin Moyo scored from close range to put them 7-2 ahead, and Layne’s trey sent them into the first break with a 24-13 lead.

Callum hit a jump shot to extend that lead to 26-13 with the opening score of the second period, but with Baker rotating his side the visitors struggled to trouble the scorers.

Although Layne’s pair of free-throws put his side 33-26 up heading into the final 40 seconds of the half, Arrows scored the final five points of the period to make it a one-point game heading into the locker room.

Baugh gave Arrows their only lead of the game with the first score of the second half but Ashby and Bennett replied for the Big Cats and Callum gave his side a double digit lead before Bennett sent Leopards into the final break leading 60-51.

Yong guard Wes Moore made it a ten point game again with the free-throw to open the final period, and Arrows never got closer than within six points as Leopards closed out their seventh win of the league season.

With Baker’s team having played the fewest number of games in Division Two, they are also in action on Sunday as they travel to Team Birmingham Elite.

It will be the first meeting between the clubs, and with the midlands club sitting in ninth spot in the 12-team division with four wins from 11 games, it’s another game that the Big Cats need to win to maintain their promotion push.

Essex Senior League – Saturday 13th January Round-Up

Essex Senior League Round-Up

Report by Peter Dudley / Photo by Philip Lindhurst


Premier Division
Barkingside 2 Woodford Town (2017) 2
The points were shared at Cricklefield as Barkingside and Woodford Town shared four goals in this one. Matteus Santos and Roddy Lemba scored the Barkingside goals with Dion Lewis Kirwan and Jack Grosvenor notching for the Woods.  It means the hosts have four points from two league games this year and climb a place to 16th, whilst Woodford drop a place to 11th.

Basildon United 7 Hackney Wick 0
The Bees put last weekend’s disappointing draw behind them by smashing Wick for seven at the Hive. Marcus Bowers put the hosts ahead from the spot before the same man converted a second spot kick to double the Bees lead. And it was three before half time when Jack Adlington rounded the keeper and slotted home. Bowers missed another spot kick before Joe Burgess added a fourth with a screamer in off the bar and it was five when Luke Hornsley buried a rebound after another Bowers penalty was saved. Sam Marsh then added two more as the Bees put bottom side Wick to the sword.

Clapton 1 Stansted 5
The Airportmen ended a run of nine straight defeats with an emphatic win at the Old Spotted Dog against Clapton. The Tons took the lead from a Steve Sardinha penalty however the visitors levelled in spectacular fashion from  a Ryan Ramsey  free kick from twenty-five yards to send the sides in level at the break. The Tons then had a meltdown in the second period as the visitors ran away with it in the second period to record an incredible win. Julian Lloyd bagged a brace, with Jack Folan and Jack West also chipping in.

Enfield 1893 0 Sawbridgeworth Town 2
Two second half goals from The Robins make in seven points from nine in the new year. After a goalless first half the visitors took the lead via Arron Thomas two minutes into the second period before doubling this lead ten minutes later thanks to an Oliver Cleaver strike. Sawbridgeworth  climb a place to 13th, whilst the hosts remain second bottom.

FC Romania 2 Waltham Forest 1
FCR are just one point behind leaders Redbridge after victory over Forest at Theobalds Lane. The home side took the lead with a Adrian Balsanu curling effort after a one two and they doubled their lead when a deflected cross was helped in by the hosts, with Florin Pop finishing off. Forest did pull one back in the second half when Abiola Tanimowo rifled home after being set up by Medina, however just like midweek the hosts came away with a 2-1 win.

Great Wakering Rovers 6 Tower Hamlets 1
GWR hit six as both Billy Johnson and Nathan Dewberry scored  hat-tricks as they put in a clinical performance to thrash Tower Hamlets at Burroughs Park. The hosts took a seventh minute lead when Dewberry robbed keeper Stansbury before slotting home and it was two in the 16th minute when Dewberry grabbed another, slotting home after being played in by Nash. Just past the half hour mark Ross brought Hamlets back into the contest, converting past Hawes, however the hosts restored their two goal lead when Johnson curled home a free kick, and just before half time Rovers grabbed another through Johnson again,  to cap a super opening forty five minutes for the home side. And eight minutes into the second period it was five for the hosts when Johnson completed his hat-trick before it was six with twenty minutes remaining as Dewberry also completed his hat-trick, slotting home at the back post. Rovers remain in 5th  whilst Hamlets stay 7th.

Sporting Bengal United 1 Ilford 2
Ilford grabbed all three points after they edged past Sporting Bengal United at Mile End. James Peagram and Alex Paraskeva were on hand to score the Ilford goals that secured the points, although Codey Cameron’s goal for Sporting on the hour kept it interesting.  It means the Foxes stay in 9th whilst the hosts drop to 14th.

Takeley 9 Burnham Ramblers 0
Will Green and Carl Mullings both grabbed hat-tricks as Takeley put nine past a helpless Burnham Ramblers at Station Road. Mullings put the hosts ahead from the spot in the opening minute before Jason Todd doubled the hosts lead. Mitchell Das made it three before another Mullings strike saw the home side go into the break four goals to the good. Green then added two after the break before Mullings completed his hat-trick to make it seven. Todd then added his second for number eight,  before a late Green penalty completed the rout and means Takeley remain 4th. For Ramblers it’s been an awful start to 2018 and they are in 12th after this humiliation.

Wadham Lodge 2 Southend Manor 3
Manor ended a winless run of five games by defeating Wadham Lodge at Kitchener Road in Walthamstow. Daniel Emovon fired the hosts into a 12th minute lead but Manor replied in the 40th minute via Rhys Fatt. Nathan Joseph then scored in the 60th minute to restore Wadham’s lead. Manor however equalised ten minutes later via Hamid Zamani before snatching all the points with a Jamie Alexandrou winner. It means the Southchurch Park side are up to 10th whilst Lodge now drop to 17th.

West Essex 2 Hullbridge Sports 3
Hullbridge bounced back from last week’s Vase disappointment to defeat West Essex at Mayesbrook Park. The visitors led on ten minutes through Michael Salako tapping home a Luka Frankis cross, and it was two on the half hour mark when Salako added another, converting a Ashley Pibworth header back across goal. The hosts did manage to pull one back before half time though when Tom Macleod flicked home but with four minutes of the game left Frankis bundled home to give the visitors breathing space. The hosts pulled one back in stoppage time however Hullbridge  weren’t to be denied and took the three points, lifting then up another place to 19th. West Essex remain 8th despite this loss.

Prokit UK Essex Olympian League – Saturday 13th January Round-Up

BBC Essex Premier Cup

There were the usual shock results in the 4th Round of the BBC Essex Premier Cup with Old Southendian’s 3-1 victory over Frenford being the pick of them. The hosts may have climbed to the summit of the Premier Division but found their opponents were reading from a different script. Sam Jones, Matt Wilson and Jon Staines scored the Old Southendian goals which cancelled out Luke Woodward’s goal for the hosts. Shenfield AFC also caused an upset as they beat Little Oakley Res. 1-0. Will Marlowe’s extra time goal proved to be the winning goal and the Division One team now go into Wednesday’s Quarter Final draw. Joining them will be Catholic United who needed extra time before running out 5-1 winners over Witham Town Res. A George Saunders brace plus a strike form Chris Neville saw Kelvedon Hatch overcome Hutton 3-0. Buckhurst Hill went on a goal spree at Snaresbrook. The game was effectively won in the first half where Buckhurst Hill went in at the break three goals to the good. They went on to win the game 8-0 with Nathan Sollosi notching a hat-trick, while Jose Espinosa scored twice; the other marksmen were Tyriq Soloman, Sam Sollosi and Keaton Moore. Petrit Elbi scored twice in May & Baker E.C.’s 3-2 win over White Ensign. Conor Okus scored the other May & Baker goal, cancelling out Liam Sewell’s brace for White Ensign in this all-Olympian Premier Division encounter. Manford Way are also into the last eight after a 2-1 win at Old Chelmsfordians. Sam Coe and Julian Edwards bagged the goal. Sungate however crash out as they found Waltham Abbey Res. in rampant mood.  Goals from Callum Maltese, Ellis Lentil, Yasseir Nazor and Danny Haigh saw the Essex Senior League Reserves Division high fliers win the game 4-0.


Premier Division

Springfield faltered for the second week running as they were beaten 2-1 at home by Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Joe Mayer scored the Springfield goal but strikes from Mark Nougher and Gavin Cockman saw the points going back to Hertfordshire and in the process prevented the defending champions moving to the summit. Frenford therefore remain leaders with a mere three points separating the top six. Leigh Ramblers completed a league double over Rayleigh Town with a 4-1 win that saw Seb Allen score twice with Tom Hollingsworth and Jack Deasy also chipping in. Canning Town added further points to the board after a 2-1 win over Basildon Town. Josh Thompson and Paul Henry scored the goals that move Canning Town closer towards safety. Basildon Town meanwhile remain bottom and are looking in dire trouble as they are now starting to be cut adrift from the rest of the division.


Division One

Great Baddow move up to second after a crushing 7-1 victory over Galleywood. Dan Gage and Jack Sterland both scored twice with Dan Nelson, Taylor Evans and Naveen Arain also putting their names down on the score sheet. Galleywood replied via Robin Reeve and remain in the relegation zone after this result. Adam Hunt scored a brace for Newbury Forest with Bradley Gates providing the assists.  The favour was repaid as Gates scored a brace himself thanks to Hunt setting him up on both occasions. James Driver and Declan Clarke were the Runwell Sports marksmen but they now sit bottom of the table.


Division Two

Herongate Athletic remain top of the table after a 4-2 home win over Newham United. Glen Jordan scored twice with Lee Atkinson and Nick Cowen also supplying goals. Lamar Obinkwo and Nick Read scored the Newham replies. Herongate now have a five point lead over Ongar Town who came seriously unstuck at May & Baker E.C. Res. The Barking-based club registered a 5-0 win with Carl Patten notching a hat-trick. Kane Messenger and Darren Seymour scored a goal apiece and the result means May & Baker sit fourth but have games in hand over Ongar Town who occupy the other promotion spot. Toby have gone through an amazing turnaround, at one stage of the season they sat bottom of the table.  On Saturday they made it seven games unbeaten as they brushed aside Rochford Town with a 6-1 victory. Jide Lewis, Junior Bammeke, Dan Cunningham and Idris Aminu provided a goal each, with an own goal completing the tally. Rochford Town remain in the drop zone after this defeat. Upminster sit one place above the drop zone and shared a point with bottom-placed Ryan. Aaron Ige scored twice for Ryan, with Matthew Hewitt their other scorer in the 3-3 draw. Upminster replied via a Warren Taylor brace and a Matthew Taylor strike. Ricky Gill scored twice in Rayleigh Town Res.’s 4-3 away win at A1 Sports. Patrick Mills and Richie Lloyd were the other marksmen. Benfleet beat Ramsden Scotia 5-0 with Jamie Brown and Ben Foord scoring twice with Sam Dulieu rounding up the scoring.


Division Three

Callum Crown, Stephen Judge, Sean O’Callaghan and Joshua Seal all supplied goals as leaders Manford Way Res. beat Roydon 4-2. Adam Martin and Darren Williams scored the Roydon goals. Shoebury Town return to winning ways after last weekend’s 5-0 defeat at Hutton Res. Dominic Binns scored a hat-trick with Scott Clark supplying the other goal. Shoebury move up to second as White Ensign Res. were beaten 1-0 at Frenford Res. Brad Foley scored the goal that sees White Ensign slip down a place to third. Hutton Res. registered a 2-1 away win at Leigh Town.


BBC Essex Premier Cup 4th Round

Frenford 1 Old Southendian 3

Hutton 0 Kelvedon Hatch 3

Little Oakley Res. 0 Shenfield AFC 1

May & Baker E.C. 3 White Ensign 2

Old Chelmsfordians 1 Manford Way 2

Snaresbrook 0 Buckhurst Hill 8

Waltham Abbey Res. 4 Sungate 0

Witham Town Res. 1 Catholic United 5


Premier Division

Canning Town 2 Basildon Town 1

Rayleigh Town 1 Leigh Ramblers 4

Springfield 1 Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 2


Division One

Great Baddow 7 Galleywood 1

Newbury Forest 4 Runwell Sports 2


Division Two

A1 Sports 3 Rayleigh Town Res. 4

Benfleet 5 Ramsden Scotia 0

Herongate Athletic 4 Newham United 2

May & Baker E.C. Res. 5 Ongar Town 0

Rochford Town 1 Toby 6

Ryan 3 Upminster 3


Division Three

Leigh Town 1 Hutton Res. 2

Manford Way Res. 4 Roydon 2

Shoebury Town 4 Old Chelmsfordians Res. 1

White Ensign Res. 0 Frenford Res. 1



Billericay Town staged a superb comeback against Stourbridge of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division to seal a place in the last 16 of the FA Trophy, thanks to Billy Bricknell’s injury time winner.

After Matt Paine and Sam Deering had had early chances for the home side it was leading scorer Jake Robinson – back in Blues’ starting line up after sitting out two games with a hamstring injury – who put Glenn Tamplin’s men ahead after 19 minutes, finding Josh Urquhart’s cross and placing the ball into the corner of the net for his 38th goal of the season.

But although Ricay held on to this lead to have the upper hand at the break, their Midlands opponents had other ideas and it was the Glassboys who turned the game on its head in the first five minutes of the second half.

First of all Leon Broadhurst equalised in the 47th minute, then after Stourbridge goalkeeper Matt Gould saved a Joe Kizzi header at the opposite end, Stuart Pierpoint put the visitors in front on 50 minutes.

After Gould’s save from an overhead kick by Billericay’s Danny Waldren, the home side equalised in the 65th minute with Ricky Modeste finding the net from close range.

This set up a tense final quarter of the match as Blues began to push for a winner, home substitute Billy Bricknell forcing another save from Gold and Waldren going very close as he hit the post.

Then with four minutes of time added on by referee Carl Brook, Bricknell pounced in the dying seconds to put the home team through to the 3rd round of the Trophy, for the first time in 13 seasons.

Billericay Town: Alan Julian, Joe Kizzi, Josh Urquhart, Rob Swaine, Dean Inman, Sam Deering, Danny Waldren (Jamie O’Hara 89), Matt Paine (Billy Bricknell 59), Ricky Modeste (Sanchez Watt 79), Jake Robinson, Adam Cunnington.

Stourbridge: Matt Gould, Aris Christophorou (Aaron Forde 26), Darryl Westlake, Paul McCone, Stuart Pierpoint, Tom Tonks, Matt Dodd, Leon Broadhurst, Luke Benbow, Luke Shearer, Connor Gater (Jack Duggan 73).

Attendance: 1081

Prokit UK Essex Olympian League – Saturday 13th January Preview

Prokit UK Essex Olympian League


BBC Essex Premier Cup

The BBC Essex Premier Cup 4th Round sees six Olympian Premier sides still involved. Seven other Olympian teams are also looking to get into the last eight. All-Olympian affairs abound with Frenford taking time out from leading the Premier Division to take on Old Southendian from Division One. Frenford last won this competition in and go into 2018 fighting on three fronts as they chase a possible treble. Old Southendian are chasing promotion from Division One and will be up for this one. An interesting battle awaits.


An all Premier Division affair pits May & Baker E.C. against White Ensign. League form slightly tips the balance in May & Baker’s direction as they sit 3rd, with White Ensign two places lower. May & Baker may have won the league encounter in September,  but that won’t count for much here in an evenly matched contest.


Sungate have a reputation for unseating higher status outfits. They will fancy their chances against Waltham Abbey Res. but the hosts have a very capable squad of young players and they currently sit 2nd in the Essex Senior League Reserve Division. Sungate have dispensed of Stansted Res. in a previous round so their pedigree hasn’t disserted them so far this campaign, but Waltham Abbey have been potent in front of goal this term and that could make the difference.


Catholic United have reached two finals in recent years, losing one, winning the other last season: a player technicality then scrubbing that victory out. They have a score to settle having actually lifted the Cup last season, but to reach the Quarter Finals they have to first overcome Witham Town Res. The Bostik North’s second string sit 3rd in the Thurlow Nunn Reserve Division but go into the game having lost their last three games.


Premier Division

There are three games scheduled in the Premier Division and all have some importance. Canning Town entertain Basildon Town which will have some bearing on the relegation issue. There is likely to be only one team relegated from the Premier Division this season and Basildon Town by occupying the bottom spot are the team currently in danger. They are quite some distance behind Canning Town and need to win to close that eight point deficit. Failure to do so could leave Basildon Town being cut even further adrift.


Rayleigh Town entertain Leigh Ramblers with not only revenge in mind – they lost the corresponding fixture 2-0 – but also needing to add points to keep them away from the drop zone. They have a five point advantage over Basildon Town at the moment, but haven’t won in their last three league games. Springfield can return to the top of the table if they beat Bishops Stortford Swifts.


Saturday 13 January

BBC Essex Premier Cup 4th Round

Frenford v  Old Southendian

Hutton v  Kelvedon Hatch

Little Oakley Res. v  Shenfield AFC

May & Baker E.C. v  White Ensign

Old Chelmsfordians v  Manford Way

Snaresbrook v  Buckhurst Hill

Waltham Abbey Res. v  Sungate

Witham Town Res. v  Catholic United


Premier Division

Canning Town v  Basildon Town

Rayleigh Town v  Leigh Ramblers

Springfield v  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts






Essex Senior League – Saturday 13th January Preview


Essex Senior League

 The Essex Senior League game of the day has to be Basildon United v Hackney Wick as there is so much at stake for both teams as we move into the second half of the season. The Bees sit 3rd and need to pick up a win to close the gap on leaders Redbridge who don’t have a game. Hackney Wick meanwhile foot the table and are desperate for points to kick-start their relegation survival campaign.  Basildon may have had to go via the penalty route before beating lowly Barkingside in the Errington Challenge Cup in midweek, but it is hard to see them failing to pick up the full quota of points on Saturday.


FC Romania sit 2nd and entertain Waltham Forest. The two teams clashed on Wednesday evening in the Errington Challenge Cup which FC Romania won 2-1. Ion Vintila has a full squad to choose from for this league engagement but Forest can go into the game knowing that they have nothing to fear if they can take their chances. FC Romania close the gap on Redbridge to a solitary point if they win here.


Hullbridge Sports were knocked out of the FA Vase at Tring Athletic last weekend. Having had a fantastic Vase run that took them to the 4th Round, Hullbridge now have to return to league business and that means getting enough points on the board to lift them out of the relegation places. A trip to West Essex is tricky as the hosts sit in 8th position and any Vase hung-ups from Hullbridge will be exploited by the Mayesbrook Park outfit.


Saturday 13th January

Essex Senior League Premier Division

Barkingside v  Woodford Town 2017

Basildon United v  Hackney Wick

Clapton v  Stansted

Enfield 1893 v  Sawbridgeworth Town

FC Romania v  Waltham Forest

Great Wakering Rovers v  Tower Hamlets

Sporting Bengal United v Ilford

Takeley v  Burnham Ramblers

Wadham Lodge v  Southend Manor

West Essex v  Hullbridge Sports


FA Trophy 2nd Round Preview 13 January 2018

Saturday sees The 2nd Round Proper of The FA Trophy, non-league’s premier cup competition, with places in the last 16 available alongside £7,000 in prize money…

Ebbsfleet Utd vs Warrington Town @15:00

Ebbsfleet got back on the National League winning trail on Tuesday with a 2-1 victory at Maidstone, their first in four. This sees The Fleet in 10th, with Stonebridge Road witnessing seven wins, five draws and three losses in the division.  The hosts beat fellow National League side Eastleigh to get here.  Visitors Warrington arrive 3rd in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier having only lost three away League games, with six wins and three draws.  They have had to come through four rounds to get this far including a victory over National League North Tamworth.

Kidderminster Harriers vs Stockport County @15:00

An all National League North battle here as 6th placed Harriers take on 9th placed Stockport.  Kidderminster knocked holders York City out in the last round as well as beating Chester in the FA Cup, so will arrive full of confidence, especially as they won 2-1 away at the visitors earlier in the season.  The hosts are unbeaten in 14 League games and have only one home League loss, with seven wins and four draws.  The Hatters also have an enviable record, losing just once in their last 11 matches, but only have three away League wins.  Watch out for the visitor’s Jason Oswell in this one, he is the joint top scorer in the division with 19.

East Thurrock Utd vs Chester @15:00

East Thurrock are mid-table in National League South in their second season at that level.  The Rocks have an indifferent home League record with four wins, three draws and five losses, but are the second highest scorers in the division with 45 in 24 games.  However, they are also a little porous at the other end of the pitch, conceding 46, making them the fourth highest conceders.  They did, however, keep out Aldershot in the last round, winning 4-0, but suffered the same fate away at Braintree Town on Saturday. Sam Higgins will be the man to watch for the hosts with 17 in the National League South this season, the division’s top scorer. Chester sit 21st in the National League, but are undefeated in three in the division including creditable results against Ebbsfleet and Fylde (the side they beat in the last round on penalties).  Only bottom of the table Torquay have scored fewer League goals than their 25 in 28.

Bognor Regis Town vs Leyton Orient @15:00

One of two matches guaranteed to be settled on the day, Bognor host Orient while sitting 21st in National League South, with only two home League wins all season.  The Rocks have conceded 44 in 25 League matches, scoring 29, and are seven without a League win.  This all comes in a season that started so well, with a five game undefeated streak. Orient arrive 19th in the National League, three without a League win, a hiccup for a side revitalised under Justin Edinburgh.  It is also three without a goal, but only two conceded in the last six in the League for a previously porous defence.  The O’s have picked up only three away League wins, but have won one, drawn one and lost one away in the cups.  They also have a raft of new signings, a couple of which may play at Nyewood Lane.

Brackley Town vs Barrow @15:00

Flying high in National League North, Brackley are 3rd, undefeated at home with eight wins and four draws.  They have also conceded a division low 22 in 25 matches and are nine without loss in all competitions.  They have also gone well in The Trophy, beating fellow high flyers Braintree and Salford City.  They also beat Braintree in the FA Cup, but were humbled by Isthmian Premier Billericay.  Barrow arrive 20th in the National League, and are four without a win in the division.  They have, however, had more away League wins than at Holker Street (4 vs 3) and have had impressive draws with Tranmere and Wrexham recently.  They have also experienced cup humiliation, losing to Shaw Lane away in the FA Cup.

Weston-Super-Mare vs Workington AFC @15:00

Weston are 9th in the National League South with six home League wins, one draw and four losses.  They are on a four game winning streak in all competitions, but what cost will there be of losing influential winger Dayle Grubb to Forest Green? Workington are 4th in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier, and arrive in this round after beating Hartlepool.  They have gone through four rounds to get this far, and were on a nine game unbeaten League run until defeat to Whitby last time out.  However, Workington have only won three away League games all season.

Billericay Town vs Stourbridge @15:00

Two teams with great cup pedigree this season face off at the AGP Arena. Glenn Tamplin’s ‘Ricay are 2nd in the Isthmian Premier, five off table toppers Dulwich Hamlet with five games in hand.  They have conceded only 17 in their 22 League fixtures, scoring a massive 57.  They have also beaten Havant & Waterlooville and Hungerford of the National League South to get this far and made it to the 1st Round Proper of the FA Cup, again beating Hungerford as well as high flying Brackley Town.  Watch out for Jake Robinson who has scored 19 League goals in a prolific season in which Billericay have scored in 40 consecutive matches in all competitions. Stourbridge are 10th in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier, with seven away League wins and five losses.  They have conceded 27 in 25 League games and have beaten National League North Leamington and Bradford PA in this competition as well as conquering Alfreton in the FA Cup before exiting to Macclesfield.

FC Halifax vs Maidenhead Utd @15:00

Halifax only made it through to this stage on Tuesday with victory over Macclesfield Town in their delayed first round clash.  The Shaymen are four without a League win and sit 16th in the National League, only scoring two in their last four in the division, including a 0-0 draw with their opponents Maidenhead at York Road last time out.  The same fixture in the League saw the hosts win 3-2 back in September, so Maidenhead will want to put that right, but arrive off the back of three without a League win, including a damaging 3-1 loss away to Solihull on New Year’s Day.

Maidstone Utd vs Heybridge Swifts @15:00

Maidstone are in terrible form.  Their loss to Ebbsfleet on Tuesday extended their run without a League win to 10, with only six points taken.  They have also only won three times at The Gallagher Stadium in the League, but can be positive for beating Torquay 4-0 in the last round during this torrid run, as well as overcoming Cheltenham in the FA Cup.  Visitors Heybridge are the lowest ranked side still in the competition and have been on fire in the cups, beating Hampton & Richmond Borough (4th in National League South) in the last round of the Trophy to make it through five rounds of the competition so far, the same amount of rounds as in the FA Cup where they eventually lost out the Exeter City in the 1st Round Proper. Swifts haven’t done too bad in the Isthmian North either – despite being 15th they have played significantly fewer than the rest in the division and have scored 42 in 17.

Dover Athletic vs Marine @15:00

Dover are 6th in the National League, but are five without a League win, which has seen them fall from their previous lofty heights.  They are tight at the back, only conceding 23 in 29 League matches, only one side has done better in the division.  It is some task then for Evo-Stik Northern Premier Marine who are 21st in the division.  They have conceded a sizeable 47 in 27 League games, but have found solace in the Trophy, where they have beaten National League North Chorley and FC United.

Gateshead vs Boreham Wood @15:00

Gateshead have struggled of late and are down in 18th in the National League, six without a win.  They face a challenging task in 5th placed Wood, who are four undefeated in the League, with one loss in 17 in the division.  However, The Heed can look to a 1-1 draw here in the League in September and a good FA Cup run which saw them reach the 2nd Round.  Boreham Wood also reached that stage before similarly being knocked out by Football League opposition and picked up a shock against Blackpool in the First Round.

Wealdstone vs Hereford @15:00

Wealdstone will certainly have no excuse for not being well rested, having not been in action since New Year’s Day, but it is four without a League win for the side 13th in National League South.  The Stones have won seven, drawn one and lost four at home in the League and have had contrasting fortunes in the two cups, beating 6th placed National League South side Chelmsford City in this competition, but losing to Isthmian Premier Burgess Hill in the FA Cup. Hereford are one of the headline makers in the cup competitions this season, having already seen off Dagenham and Redbridge and Oxford City in this competition, as well as Eastleigh and Telford as they reached the 2nd Round Proper of the FA Cup.  The Bulls are 3rd in the Southern Premier, two points off top with three games in hand, unbeaten away from home in the League with eight wins and four draws, and have scored a division high 62 in 24 matches, conceding a League low 21.

Sutton Utd vs Hendon @15:00

The hosts are 3rd in the National League, but have been inconsistent of late.  They have won six, drawn four and lost four at Gander Green Lane in the League and are due a cup run, after losing out to Cambridge Utd in the FA Cup 1st Round.  Visitors Hendon are 5th in the Isthmian Premier, with six wins and six losses in their 12 away League games.  They have scored a massive 57 in 25 League matches, conceding only 29 and beat National League South Bath City, plus three others, to get this far.

Blyth Spartans vs Bromley @15:00

Blyth are 5th in National League North, and have amazingly not had a single draw in their League campaign, winning seven and losing five at home.  Their last 12 National League North matches are split down the middle with six wins and six losses, and expect to see a lot of action at both ends with 56 League goals scored in 24, conceding 42. Bromley are 9th in the National League after a run of two wins, two draws and two losses.  They have scored a League high 46 in 29 matches and have won six, drawn four and lost four away in the division.

Spennymoor Town vs Solihull Moors @15:00

The second of the two games guaranteed to be settled on the day sees in form Spennymoor host Solihull.  The hosts only made it through to this stage on Tuesday, finally getting their first round fixture with Gainsborough played, winning on penalties after the match ended 4-4 after extra time.  They are 4th in National League North, winning three on the bounce and scoring 49 in 24 League matches, conceding a sizeable 38.  Visitors Solihull have picked up of late and are now three undefeated in the National League, including a shock 0-0 draw with Macclesfield last time out.  They also beat Tranmere in the last round, albeit in controversial circumstances, but will be concerned with only picking up three away League wins, taking 11 points of a possible 45.  Moors have also only scored 26 in 29 League games, conceding 45 – only one side has conceded more.

St Albans City vs Harrogate Town @15:00

Hosts St Albans have won, drawn and lost in the last three in National League South, but that record looks better when you consider it has come against the sides ranked 6th and 7th.  They are 8th in the division and have won six times at home in the League, drawing four and losing three. Visitors Harrogate are 2nd in National League North, and are the division’s top scorers with 59 in 25.  They have eight away League wins from 13 and will be confident about going through to the last 16 after defeating Wrexham away in the last round.

2018 – the season continues

Billericay Town supporter Mike Joyce updates us with the latest news at the club

Happy New Year to all my followers, here at BTFC we are looking forward to the rest of the season.

❤️Sadly on the 15/12 one of the clubs best known and loved fans, Nigel Harris (57) died at home, it was later discovered he had died peacefully, his heart had just stopped working. Tributes were paid to Nigel at the away game v Burgess Hill and on Boxing Day v Thurrock. RIP Nigel❤️

(Nigel’s funeral will take place on Friday 26th January and will commence from his beloved Billericay Town Football Club travelling to Bentley Crematorium. Details have been published locally.)

On Saturday 16/12 following the sad news of Nigel’s death we played away at Burgess Hill, the first half didn’t go well losing 2-0 and 3-1, but we managed to go in at half time only losing 3-2. The 2nd half was completely different, we dominated the half winning 4-3, Nigel would have been happy with the result.

On Boxing Day we were at home to Thurrock winning 1-0 in a not so entertaining game in front of one of our biggest attendances (1653 ) The new year didn’t start well, games on the 30/12 v Dulwich & away on 1/1 v Tonbridge were postponed because of waterlogged pitches.

On 6/1/18 we were at home to Margate in an entertaining game resulting in a 1-1 result. (Attendance 1570) The after match comments of owner Glenn Tamplin were very interesting and honest. He believed 3/4 players didn’t fully commit to the game and it was something he wouldn’t tolerate. He stated established player/s would go out on loan because of this, today the club announced Leo Chambers & Louie Theophanous would go on loan to Kingstinan for 28 days. It was also reported by Echo reporter Luke Lambert the possibility of new players.

On the 09/1/18 we played Harlow winning 3-0 in the Quarter Final of the Essex Senior Cup.It was a good performance played on Harlow’s artificial pitch. Jamie O’Hara played the full 90 minutes on his return from injury and had a good game. We have been drawn at home to play Romford or Grays, the other semi final is between Chelmsford & East Thurrock.

The average home league attendance is now up to 1226 which is over 110% up on last season. It’s interesting to note that local teams in the league above us are averaging a lot less. Chelmsford 905, Braintree 588, East Thurrock 289, Concord Rangers 276. (Dagenham in the National League are averaging 1467) We have some way to go to achieve the 2000+ but I’m sure it will happen as we continue to push for promotion.

The team have only conceded 17 goals in 22 games, the best in the league, this includes 11 clean sheets. It’s also the best defensive record currently in the non league premier divisions, the National League, National League North/South as well as the 2nd Division.

We are currently 5 points behind Dulwich who are top but do have 5 games in hand. Our next 2 games are cup matches, home v Stourbridge on the 13/1 in the FA Trophy and away v Wingate 16/1 in the League Cup. The next league game is 20/1 v Harrow at home.

The game on Saturday 13th January v Stourbridge is another big game and a chance to reach the last 16 of the second biggest cup competition in the country. If you can join us come and see what has happened to BTFC in just 12 months, Glenn Tamplin took over ownership in December 2016

Essex Senior Cup Semi-Final Draw

Chris Evans reports…


Billericay Host Romford, East Thurrock Meet Chelmsford

Essex Senior Cup underdogs, Romford, have been handed a high-profile Semi-Final tie away at Billericay Town after the draw was made on Wednesday (10th January), with East Thurrock United set to entertain Chelmsford City.

Paul Martin’s ‘Boro’ side, who defeated Grays Athletic 1-0 a short time after the draw was made thanks to a Connor Hammond strike, are currently in the lower reaches of the Bostik North Division. Yet their Senior Cup performances have been a source of great pride, already dispatching promotion contenders Maldon & Tiptree and Canvey Island.

Now they’ll have Glenn Tamplin’s Premier Division leaders in their sights as they bid to spring a surprise and make it to the final at Colchester United FC’s Weston Homes Community Stadium on Tuesday 20th March. Billericay themselves progressed, 3-0, past Harlow Town with two Billy Bricknell goals and one from Dean Inman the previous evening.

Meanwhile, two clubs who are very familiar with each other are Vanarama National League rivals East Thurrock and Chelmsford, who’ll go head-to-head at the FutureFuel Stadium. John Coventry’s Rocks are hoping to go a stage further as 2017 runners-up to holders City, managed by Rod Stringer, who knocked out Colchester United 1-0 thanks to Shaun Batt’s late finish. East Thurrock also snuck past Concord Rangers by a single Montel Agyemang goal.

The Semi-Final ties are due to be completed by 10th February. Two special guests assisted with the draw – local non-league football journalist, James Colasanti, pulled out the home clubs, while Nick Alliker selected the away sides. Colasanti felt it was an intriguing pair of ties.

“You’ve got a repeat of last season’s final on one side of the draw,” he said. “Personally I try to remain Essex-neutral but I always kind of have a hankering for the underdogs so I’d like to see Romford come through and certainly get to the final or, perhaps, win it. I know they run things on a shoestring down there, so that would be the romantic one.”

James also commented on the fortunes of Bostik North challengers Heybridge Swifts, for whom he has a media reporting role. Swifts have performed exceedingly well in the FA Cup and Trophy this season and have the chance of further glory in the League. He added: “It could go any way for Heybridge at the moment.”

“In context, they’ve only beaten relegation on the final day for the last two seasons now so, for this season to come through and be the lowest-ranked team left in the FA Cup at League Two Exeter City, and also the lowest-ranked team left in the FA Trophy, it represents quite a turnaround in fortunes. They’ve now got up to a dozen games in hand so, if they can remain consistent, hopefully they can push themselves and challenge for a play-off place.”

Essex Senior Cup Semi-Finals (on or before 10th February)

Billericay Town vs Romford

East Thurrock United vs Chelmsford City