Essex Premier Cup
Springfield crashed out of the Essex Premier Cup after a spirited performance against Little Oakley Res. Joe Mayer and Ryan Batchford scored their goals but they ended up losing 3-2. Sungate however booked their place in the 4th Round after a 4-1 win at Kelvedon Social. Spencer Pitfield (2), Stuart Griffith and Chris Barry were the marksmen.
Anagram Records Trophy
There was a mixed bag for the two Olympian League teams that were involved in the 2nd round. Catholic United eked out a 1-0 win at Loughton Manor with Mike Dean snaring the all-important goal. Galleywood meanwhile crashed out having held the lead for 70 minutes thanks to a Matt Buckingham strike. They then hit the post, saw their keeper save a penalty before Belstone equalised. The final five minutes saw Belstone score twice more to go on to win the game 3-1.
Senior League Cup
Frenford made sure that Benfleet did not add another Premier Division scalp to their collection on Saturday. In the previous round Benfleet had turned over Rayleigh Town but they were swept aside by an Ashley Taylor-Forbes brace, with Luke Woodward also scoring twice alongside a Danny Driscoll strike that won the game 5-0 in Frenford’s favour. Kelvedon Hatch also progresses after a 4-1 win at Ramsden Scotia. Ben Gardner scored twice with George Saunders and Lee Hamill also chipping in. Steve Paoletti scored the Ramsden reply. White Ensign also march on after beating fellow Premier Division outfit Manford Way 3-1.
Bishops Stortford Swifts are up to third after a 4-1 success over Rayleigh Town. Jermain Purchas notched twice with Mark Nougher and Lee Samways the other scorers. Whilst the win lifts Swifts defeat sees Rayleigh second from bottom. Harold Wood Athletic were hoping to keep the pressure on May & Baker E.C.’s lead but dropped points after a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Leigh Ramblers. Tom Hollingsworth and Justin Hazell were the Leigh scorers while Rob Whitnell scored the Harold Wood reply from the penalty spot. Tyron Thomas made sure Canning Town came away from their game at Basildon Town with the full quota of points. The 1-0 defeat keeps Basildon Town at the foot of the Premier Division table.
With Sungate on County Cup business it meant that Buckhurst Hill took the opportunity to take the Division One leadership if they were able to come away from Snaresbrook with all three points. Liam Foster stabbed home in the 49th minute with Steve Townsend hitting the target in the 75th minute made sure that Buckhurst Hill won the game 2-1 which moves Buckhurst Hill to the summit. Daniel Tasfey scored the Snaresbrook goal. Newbury Forest had a great win on the road as their visit to Runwell Sports ended up with them winning 8-3. Matt Connolly and Jason Reynolds-Blanche both bagged braces with Toby Barlow, Sean Crossley, Adam Hunt and Adam Adomokah also getting on the score sheet. Ryan Amass and Ryan Jeffs scored a goal apiece in Harold Hill’s 2-1 win over FC Hamlets. Old Southendian and Hutton shared a point from a goalless draw.
Leaders Ongar Town suffered a 6-1 reverse at the hands of Toby who started the day at the foot of the table. A brace from Simon Bamidele plus goals from Arron Watson-McNab, Dan Cunningham, Reece Simpson plus an own goal made sure that they ended it in eleventh. Ryan slip to the foot of the table after a 10-0 hammering at Rayleigh Town Res. Ricky Gill and Ryan Cushway both banged in four goals with Ty Madden and Tony Fraser also getting in on the goal spree. Herongate Athletic were able to cut into Ongar Town’s lead as they were able to win their encounter at Upminster. Glen Jordan scored twice with Lee Atkinson also hitting the target. Warren Taylor provided the Upminster reply. Newham United’s manager Hamzy Jomandy was happy with the referee’s performance on Saturday as well as his strike force. Omar Jomandy and Nick Read scored twice with Richard Boah also chipping in. Shane Holyland scored the Rochford Town reply. George Seamon scored twice for A1 Sports, with Jack Rodgers also putting his name on the score sheet. However they were on the losing side as May & Baker E.C. Res. went on to win the game 5-3.
Roydon are on a winning run of three league games after a 3-1 win over Debden Sports on Saturday. Nigel Jordan (2) and Mo Benzid supplied the goals that have seen Roydon move up to seventh.