Essex Premier Cup
Catholic United are homing in on another Final appearance after brushing past Frenford Senior to reach the Semi Finals. Frenford, the current holders of the Essex Premier Cup, had gained a reprieve after Basildon Town, their conquerors in the last round had played an eligible player. The hosts made sure that Frenford’s interest once again came to an end after an Aaron Comerford brace plus a solo effort from Mark Reddaway won the game 3-1. George Fairhead scored Frenford’s goal. Early goals from Dan Gillard and Jordan Tolan placed Harold Wood Athletic in the driving seat; an Adam Vyse penalty meant that Springfield were given a life-line but were unable to add further goals. Kelvedon Hatch are also into the Semi Finals after a 3-2 win over Leigh Ramblers. A Chris Muir screamer plus goals from Chris Neville and Lee Newton cancelled out Justin Hazell’s brace for Leigh Ramblers.
Great Baddow registered a 3-1 home win over Snaresbrook with Dane Nelson, Stuart Lockwood and Matthew Crick putting their names on the score sheet. Seven points separate Great Baddow from the promotion zone but they have also played more games than Basildon Town and Catholic United. Shenfield AFC beat Old Southendian 2-1 courtesy of a Luke Williamson brace. Nicholas Cardosi scored the Old Southendian reply. Runwell Hospital move up to sixth after a 4-3 win over Galleywood. Liam Sewell, Connor Barmby, Ben Crouch and Jeff Banks were the Runwell marksmen. Relegation-haunted Hutton post another point to the tally after a 1-1 draw with Newbury Forest. Craig Gillam scored the Hutton goal with Bobby Wise notching the Newbury Forest reply. London APSA remain in the relegation zone after a 5-3 win at Old Chelmsfordians.
Herongate Athletic cut Sungate’s lead to a mere point after they beat Upminster 2-0. Jack Davidson and Glen Jordan scored a goal apiece in the victory. FC Hamlets move up to third after strikes from Ismael Carter and Ashley King help them beat Lakeside 2-1. Ryan’s promotion push took a knock after they are beaten 3-1 at home by Toby. The two teams in the relegation zone meanwhile did their cause no favours as both of them lost. Bottom-placed Old Barkabbeyans lost 2-0 at Ongar Town as Leigh Muldoon and Ben Raven both find the net; while goals from Ryan James and Jamie Auvache were not enough to gain any points for Ramsden Scotia as they lost 4-2 at home to Rochford Town. Matt Smith (2), Mark Pope and Ben Smith were the Rochford marksmen.
May & Baker E.C. Res. have practically landed the Division Three title after their 3-0 win over Rayleigh Town Res. Aaron Chambers, Ben Saunders and Carl Patten scored the goals and while it’s not mathematical just yet, one more point from their remaining four games will see them crowned as Division Three champions. Shoebury Town meanwhile move up to second after a 3-1 win over Old Chelmsfordians Res. Kirk Hudson, Simon Thomas and Jack Buxton grabbed a goal each in the win.
Old Southendian Res. move to the top of the table after a 3-1 win at Leigh Ramblers Res. Greg Smith, Ben Franklin and a David Manley penalty made sure of the victory. Andrew Webster notched the Leigh Res. reply and they remain at the foot of the table. A Charlie Dowsett penalty was the only bit of solace for Canning Town Res. as they were beaten 4-1 at Harold Hill Res. Dal Wettner bagged a brace with Nelson Adeoti and Kasey Taylor snaring one apiece for Harold Hill. Southend Sports not only put one of their local rivals but also placed themselves in the promotion mix after a 2-1 win at White Ensign Res. Paul Wines scored both the goals cancelling out Brennan Nolan’s goal for White Ensign.
The top two met on Saturday and it was second-placed Basildon Town Res. who took the points. Goals from Ben Robertson, Jamie Miller and Alex Shields blew the Division Five title race wide open as while Catholic United Res. have a six point lead, they have also played four games more than their title rivals. Jack Deasey and Nathan Roche were the sources for the Catholic United goals. Jermaine Hughes unloaded four times against Herongate Athletic Res. Jermain Purchas went on to score a hat-trick, with Sam Prendergast also getting on the score sheet as a rampant Bishops Stortford Swifts Res. go on to win the game 8-2. Paul Constable, Alex Tredgett, Liam Snellin and Terry Baukham all hit the target for Shenfield AFC Res. who come away from Southend Sports Res. with a 4-1 victory.
Drew Klessa-Smith scored five first half goals on Saturday, but then went in goal after the Lakeside goalkeeper was sent off. Harold Hill were not able to score past him and so he played his part in keeping a clean sheet while also doing more than enough to claim the points for the table-topping outfit. Jody Meredith and Luke Conner scored the other Lakeside goals and they now have a three point lead over Buckhurst Hill. Billy Cottrill, Dominic Locke and Shay Kelly were the Southend Manor scorers in a 3-1 win over Collier Row. Dan Reeve was the Collier Row scorer. May & Baker E.C. meanwhile scored five without reply at home to Academy Soccer.
Essex Premier Cup Quarter Finals
Catholic United 3 Frenford Senior 1 (AET)
Harold Wood Athletic 2 Springfield 1
Kelvedon Hatch 3 Leigh Ramblers 2
Great Baddow 3 Snaresbrook 1
Hutton 1 Newbury Forest 1
Old Chelmsfordians 3 London APSA 5
Old Southendian 1 Shenfield AFC 2
Runwell Sports 4 Galleywood 3
FC Hamlets 2 Lakeside 1
Herongate Athletic 2 Upminster 0
Ongar Town 2 Old Barkabbeyans 0
Ramsden Scotia 2 Rochford Town 4
Ryan 1 Toby 3
May & Baker E.C. Res. 3 Rayleigh Town Res. 0
Shoebury Town 3 Old Chelmsfordians Res. 1