Essex Premier Cup
Manford Way were pushed hard by Division One outfit Galleywood and in an even first half both sides kept it tight at the back and so chances were at a premium. Jared Cousins had an early effort with a header which was well saved by Alfie Cobden. A fine Galleywood passing move involving Cousins midway through the first half almost bore fruit after he played in Jamie Ricks but he found his run halted by Lee Meadows who hooked the ball clear. Tom Watling almost gave Galleywood the lead when he whizzed past his marker and fired off a shot from outside the box that was only inches too high. It was in no way one way traffic though as Julian Lloyd was a constant threat to the Galleywood defence using his speed and guile to get him into attacking positions. On 41 minutes he turned away from his marker, sped past another, before hitting a shot towards the far corner which James Scannell tipped onto the post. The chance wasn’t yet over as the ball was played back across the box towards Toby Famusudo who was able to fire off a shot that was deflected away for a corner. Suley Zuhdi also let fly from twenty five yards effort that was well saved by Scammell.
Elliott Carter sent over a long free-kick from the right touchline in the opening minute of the second half that floated dangerously towards the Galleywood goal but it alluded a clutch of Manford Way players and ended up behind the goal. Galleywood however kept pressing and almost capitalised on a poor clearance from Cobden that went straight to Matt Buckingham who fired it goalwards but the shot was blocked. Buckingham then forced Cobden to pull off a fine save on 55 minutes when his shot from outside the box was tipped away. Tyler Jalland created a chance on the hour when he was able to whizz past two Galleywood players and his shot required Scammell to dive to his right to push the ball away. Jalland’s next effort on 65 minutes wasn’t too far wide of the target and the Manford Way pressure finally paid off in the 69th minute when they took the lead. Damian Yoxall held off two Galleywood players before laying the ball off to the right to Suley Zuhdi who whipped in a ferocious shot from just outside the box that found its way into the net. Manford Way doubled their lead on 78 minutes when a corner from the left was headed powerfully home by Damian Yoxall. Galleywood to their credit kept going and Sean Parsons went close with a shot three minutes after they had gone two down and it looked like they had pulled one back in the 85th minute only for it to be chalked off because the referee adjudged that Cobden had been fouled in the box rather than having collided with one of his own players.
Springfield breezed into the third round after a 6-1 win at Great Bentley. In a game in which they totally dominated it was Adam Vyse who terrorised the home side’s defence the most as he claimed four of the goals. Joe Mayer and Graham Hall completed the Springfield scoring. Basildon Town also eased their way into the next round after a Tommy Barton brace plus goals from Charlie Pardoe, Grant Cumming and Ben Smith helped them defeat Barnston 5-0. Royson won by the same score line as they ended fellow Olympian League outfit Leytonstone United’s interest in the competition. Great Baddow meanwhile travelled to Lawford Lads and slammed home six goals without reply.
A solitary goal scored by Ben Swift in the second half was enough for Hannakins Farm to beat Canning Town, while Kelvedon Hatch and Newbury Forest had a re-run of the 2013/14 Final, which ended in a 1-0 win in Kelvedon Hatch’s favour. London APSA needed extra time to overcome Stansted Res. and finally run out 5-3 winners against the Essex Senior League outfit. Eusabio Da Silva bagged a hat-trick with the other goals being scored by Philip Brown and Claudio De Almeria. That wasn’t the only shock result as Catholic United beat Waltham Abbey Res. 4-1 with Aaron Comerford scoring twice and abetted by Dan Trenkel and Dom Binns; while Sungate, who ply their trade in Division Two, were able to knock out Hullbridge Sports Res. with a 2-1 victory with both goals being netted by Danny Downer. Brett Munyard found the target for White Ensign, however they found Brightlingsea Regent U21s a tough nut to crack and were beaten 4-1, while Halstead Town Res. knocked out Rayleigh Town with a 2-0 victory. Baram Nezaj scored twice for Old Barkabbeyans with a further strike from Luke Orpin helping them overcome Herongate Athletic with a 3-2 score line but they needed extra time in which to achieve it.
Last season’s Essex Premier Cup winners Frenford Senior also needed extra-time before they could book their place in the next round. Dan Clouth (2) and Lewis Bartrap were their scorers in the 3-1 success. The all-Olympian affair between Leigh Ramblers and Buckhurst Hill went right to the wire and after finishing all square at 2-2. Luke Read and Brad Confrey scored the Leigh goals, with Buckhurst Hill replying with goals from Yemi Adelani and Ross Woolward. The penalty shootout saw Buckhurst Hill foiled by the heroics of Arron Benstead who pulled off three saves to help his team go through after winning 4-3 on penalties. Benfleet won by the odd goal in five at Shoebury Town with Lewis Sparrow and Aaron Cooper scoring the Shoebury goals, while Shenfield AFC won their all-Olympian match-up with Runwell Sports 5-2 with James Brett firing home twice alongside solitary efforts from Josh Sumner, Alex Tredgett and Sam Lock. Ramsden Scotia also scored five times against Cressing United, who were at least able to breach the Ramsden defence three times. Kurt King and Jack Wiley scored in the first half but an injury time penalty from Cressing United meant they went in at half-time leading 2-1. Jamie Auvache then re-established Ramsden’s two goal advantage before Cressing scored twice to bring the game level. A Dave Hollis penalty and then a late Steve Paoletti goal secured the win for Ramsden Scotia.
Goals from Craig Gillam and Dan Carpenter gave Hutton a 2-1 win at Earls Colne. May & Baker E.C. beat Dedham Old Boys 3-1 with James Barlow, Kiel Chandler and Ricky Texiera supplying the goals; while Toby beat Lakeside 3-0 courtesy of Arron Watson-McNab, Jason Hounsell and Daniel Cunningham. Julian Ashby, Ade Onielyan and Brad Foley were the Harold Wood Athletic scorers in a 3-1 away win at Snaresbrook. Drew Barbiar notched the Snaresbrook reply. Rochford Town’s interest in the competition ended at the hands of White Notley who won their tie 2-0.
Harold Hill were able to not only move off the foot of the table but out of the relegation zone altogether after they beat leaders Bishops Stortford Swifts 3-1. Leroy Griffiths (2) and Macauley White were the marksmen. Swifts remain top despite the defeat with their goal coming through Mark Nougher.
Ongar Town move out the relegation zone after a 1-0 win over FC Hamlets. Jerome Headon scored the goal that secured the three points and the win moves them up to eighth.
Rayleigh Town Res. move to the top of the table after a 1-1 draw at Harold Wood Athletic Res. Alex Witham scored the Rayleigh goal and the point earned was enough to move them above Debden Sports who started the day as leaders but then came unstuck at Hutton Res., losing 3-0. Brad Freeman (2) and Matt Price were the Hutton scorers and the win moves them up to seventh. Goals from Martin Mixture, Elliott Walker and Tom Tinsley-Gardener secured a 3-1 win for Old Chelmsfordians Res. against Frenford Senior Res., who scored their reply via George Fairhead.
Essex Premier Cup 2nd Round
Basildon Town 5 Barnston 0
Brightlingsea Regent U21s 4 White Ensign 1
Canning Town 0 Hannakins Farm 1
Catholic United 4 Waltham Abbey Res. 1
Cressing United 3 Ramsden Scotia 5
Earls Colne 1 Hutton 2
Frenford Senior 3 Coggeshall Town Res. 1 (aet)
Great Bentley 1 Springfield 6
Herongate Athletic 2 Old Barkabbeyans 3 (aet)
Kelvedon Hatch 1 Newbury Forest 0
Lawford Lads 0 Great Baddow 6
Leigh Ramblers 2 Buckhurst Hill 2 (Leigh Ramblers win 4-3 Pens)
London APSA 5 Stansted Res. 3 (aet)
Manford Way 2 Galleywood 0
May & Baker E.C. 3 Dedham Old Boys 1
Rayleigh Town 0 Halstead Town Res. 2
Rochford Town 0 White Notley 2
Roydon 5 Leytonstone United 0
Shenfield AFC 5 Runwell Sports 2
Shoebury Town 2 Benfleet 3
Snaresbrook 1 Harold Wood Athletic 3
Sungate 2 Hullbridge Sports Res. 1
Toby 3 Lakeside 0
Bishops Stortford Swifts 1 Harold Hill 3
Ongar Town 1 FC Hamlets 0
Harold Wood Athletic Res. 1 Rayleigh Town Res. 1
Hutton Res. 3 Debden Sports 0
Old Chelmsfordians Res. 3 Frenford Senior Res. 1