Hannakins Farm open the New Year with a four point lead after a 3-0 win was garnered at Rayleigh Town. Steve Solarin, Gary Ticehurst and Chris Gormley netted a goal each in the victory. Harold Hill remain bottom but their 4-1 win over White Ensign means they close the gap on the teams above them. Leroy Griffiths (2), James Hughes and Seye Okunlola scored the goals that secured the three points. Pete Paoletti scored the White Ensign reply. Julian Edwards supplied the Canning Town goal and they were on their way to victory until a late snatch and grab from Springfield. Mark Crick came off the subs bench to pull the scores level; Ross Lamb then scored the Springfield winner in the final stages. Yemy Adelani scored twice for Buckhurst Hill as May & Baker E.C. put in a lack lustre performance. They were able to at least share a point thanks to goals from James Barlow and Richard Oxby. Shane Wallace, Luke Woodward and Jake Marsh score the Frenford Senior goals in a 3-1 in at Leigh Ramblers. Ross Johnson scores the Leigh consolation. Manford Way extend the gift-giving season by providing Kelvedon Hatch with the goal that won the game 1-0 for the defending champions.
Basildon Town started 2017 with a 6-1 win at Runwell Sports which keeps them top of the table. Ashley Blackburn and Marcus Bowers both scored hat-tricks. Catholic United keep the pressure on the leaders after a 2-1 win at local rivals Old Southendian. Aaron Comerford and Mark Reddaway notched the Catholic United goals, cancelling out the goal Jay Smith scored for Old Southendian. Rob Clarke (2) and Bryn Davies were the Hutton scorers in a 3-3 draw with Great Baddow. Shenfield AFC and Snaresbrook also share a point after their game ends 2-2. Will Marlowe and James Jenkins were the Shenfield marksmen. Snaresbrook replied through Harry Brown and Samson King. Ben Polley notched a hat-trick for Old Chelmsfordians who run out 4-2 winners over Newbury Forest. An own goal adds to the OCs tally while Jason Reynolds-Blanche and Andrew Lane score the Newbury Forest replies in the correct net. Jamie Ricks scored Galleywood’s 1000th goal in the Olympian League; the goal coming straight from a free kick. Frankie Barrett then adds a second with a header which is enough to send London APSA packing.
The top two clashed on Saturday as Ryan entertained Sungate. Sungate took the lead with a Spencer Pitfield free kick. Ryan equalised and then fell behind yet again when Jack Clarke scored what Sungate thought was the winner in the 85th minute. Ryan however equalised yet again with both their goals coming via Clifford Newby Harris and Jerry Puemo. Sungate remain top and have a five point lead over Ryan. FC Hamlets enter the New Year in the promotion mix and kept themselves within sight of the promotion spots after a 6-1 win over Rochford Town. Ishmael Carter (2), John Gilroy, Charlie Heatley, Jay Morris and Ashley King were the FC Hamlets marksmen with John Sharp notching the Rochford reply. Benfleet finish the game with only nine men on the field after two players receive their marching orders. However goals from Lucas Baker, Tommy Kavaz and Mason Shave also makes sure the depleted team secure all the points with a 3-1 victory. James Lakey scored the Upminster consolation. A goal in each half helps Herongate Athletic beat Toby 2-0. Chris Carr opened the scoring in the first half with victory secured in the second period via a Lee Atkinson penalty. Ongar Town and Lakeside both have a men sent off and then share the points after their encounter ends in a 2-2 draw. Michael Dunthorne and Ben Raven were the sources for the Ongar goals, with Callum Williams and Diashun Glen providing the Lakeside replies.
With leaders May & Baker E.C. Res. on Essex Junior Cup duty meant that Rayleigh Town Res. had an opportunity to close the gap – but they failed after losing 5-3 at Frenford Senior Res. Dan Clouth notched a hat-trick and was joined on the Frenford score sheet by Jack Darby and Dylan Gordon-Broadley. Debden Sports beat Shoebury Town by the odd goal in nine which keeps them involved in the promotion pack. Tom Osmond scored a hat-trick with Harry Mednick and Taylor McLaughlin being his accomplices. The Shoebury replies came via Kyle Ross (2), Kirk Hudson and Aaron Cooper. Leytonstone United start the New Year with a win and had to equalise twice before going on to beat Hutton Res. 4-3. Tom Burke and James Medlock had scored the goals that put Leytonstone back on level terms; Sam Price and Paul Bergamini then went on to score the goals that earned the bottom-placed club their second win of the campaign. Tom Price, Billy Calder and Mike Lindsey were the Hutton scorers.
Buckhurst Hill 2 May & Baker E.C. 2
Harold Hill 4 White Ensign 1
Leigh Ramblers 1 Frenford Senior 3
Manford Way 0 Kelvedon Hatch 1
Rayleigh Town 1 Hannakins Farm 3
Springfield 2 Canning Town 1
Galleywood 2 London APSA 0
Hutton 3 Great Baddow 3
Old Chelmsfordians 4 Newbury Forest 2
Old Southendian 1 Catholic United 2
Runwell Sports 1 Basildon Town 6
Shenfield AFC 2 Snaresbrook 2
FC Hamlets 6 Rochford Town 1
Herongate Athletic 2 Toby 0
Ongar Town 2 Lakeside 2
Ryan 2 Sungate 2
Upminster 1 Benfleet 3
Debden Sports 5 Shoebury Town 4
Frenford Senior Res. 5 Rayleigh Town Res. 3
Leytonstone United 4 Hutton Res. 3