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Football: Olympian League Reports

ALL eight Quarter Finalists in this season’s Essex Premier Cup will come from the Essex Olympian League after May & Baker E.C. and Leigh Ramblers came through their ties against outside opposition. In the case of May & Baker they had to come through a cracking contest with Thurrock Reserves which pitted youth versus experience. In the end it was the experience of May & Baker that carried them through to a 3-2 victory. Kiel Chandler (2) and Craig Hall were the marksmen.

Leigh Ramblers beat West Bergholt 3-1 courtesy of goals from Jak Purkiss, Brad Williams and Justin Hazell. Basildon Town ended Frenford Senior’s interest in the competition with a 3-0 win at The Drive. Tommy Barton, Jack Main and Ashley Blackburn scored the goals that saw the holders crashing out of the competition. Kelvedon Hatch were able to beat Sungate 4-2 on penalties after having fallen behind twice. Bobbie Port came off the subs bench fire Sungate into the lead. Kelvedon Hatch equalised in the 85th minute. Bobby Port gave Sungate the lead once more in extra time when he rifled home a penalty and then Sungate extended their lead when Jake Bond found the target.

Kelvedon Hatch did not lie down however and were able to get back on level terms and then went on to win the penalty shoot-out. Chris Neville (2) and Wayne Semanshia scored the goals that got Kelvedon Hatch on level terms before Mike Daniels, Chris Muir, Chris Neville and Ben Gardner converted their penalties to move Kelvedon into the Quarter Finals.

Premier Division

Hannakins Farm found themselves a goal down inside the first minute against Springfield on Saturday after Joe Mayer opened the scoring with a mere forty seconds on the clock. Adam Vyse added a second before Ryan Ramsey pulled one back. Despite the result Hannakins Farm still lead the division. White Ensign meanwhile drop to the foot of the table after a 4-2 home defeat to Manford Way. Joe Oates bagged a hat-trick with Damien Yoxall completing the Manford Way scoring. White Ensign’s goals were scored by Bernard Attoh and Tom Newell. Harold Hill shared a point with Canning Town which moves them off the bottom. Zach Golding scored both the Harold Hill goals with Tom Phillips and Tyron Thomas scoring the Canning Town goals.

Division One

Harry Brown scored both Snaresbrook goals in a 2-1 home win over Hutton. Craig Skipper and Harry Bond hit the target for Galleywood but they end up losing 3-2 at bottom-placed Newham United. London APSA cancelled out Ben Crouch’s goal for Runwell Sports by scoring twice themselves through Elai Boateng and Benjamin Tagle. Despite the 2-1 victory London APSA remain in the relegation zone but they do at least close the gap on Runwell Sports. Four points separates the two teams with London APSA having games in hand. Old Southendian and Old Chelmsfordians played out a 1-1 draw. Stuart Judd scored the Old Southendian goal, while Old Chelmsfordians replied via Daniel Griffin.

Division Two

Herongate Athletic came from 2-1 down to beat Rochford Town 4-3. Goals from Lee Atkinson, Jack Davidson plus a brace from super sub Ben Lambert help Herongate keep their hand in the promotion shake up. Rochford Town scored their goals via Ash Fell (2) and James Skinner but now sit in the relegation zone after this result. Old Barkabbeyans remain bottom of the table despite a 3-1 home success over Upminster. Goals from Josh Robinson, Simeon Dennis and Sean Pratley helped the hosts secure all three points which will aid them in their relegation dog-fight. Matthew Taylor notched the Upminster reply. Ryan James fired Ramsden Scotia into an early lead at Ongar Town but the hosts went on to win the game 3-1 thanks to goals from Adam Syrett, Pete Davies and Ben Raven.

Division Three

A Josh Lowbridge brace plus further goals from Ben Saunders, Carl Patten and Darren Seymour help leaders May & Baker E.C. Res. beat Frenford Senior Res. 5-0. They have a twelve point lead over Shoebury Town who moved up to second after a 2-0 win at Old Chelmsfordians Res. Wayne Ross and Kirk Hudson supplied the goals. Paul Bergamini and Tom Burke fired Leytonstone United into a 2-1 lead but Roydon ended up running out 4-2 winners. Darren Williams scored a hat-trick with Nadar Benzid notching the other to secure the points.

Essex Premier Cup 4th Round

Frenford Senior 0 Basildon Town 3

Leigh Ramblers 3 West Bergholt 1

Sungate 3 Kelvedon Hatch 3 (aet Kelvedon Hatch won 4-2 penalties)

Thurrock 2 May & Baker E.C. 3

Premier Division

Canning Town 2 Harold Hill 2

Hannakins Farm 1 Springfield 2

White Ensign 2 Manford Way 4

Division One

Newham United 3 Galleywood 2

Old Southendian 1 Old Chelmsfordians 1

Runwell Sports 1 London APSA 2

Snaresbrook 2 Hutton 1

Division Two

Herongate Athletic 4 Rochford Town 3

Old Barkabbeyans 3 Upminster 1

Ongar Town 3 Ramsden Scotia 1

Division Three

Frenford Senior Res. 0 May & Baker E.C. Res. 5

Leytonstone United 2 Roydon 4

Old Chelmsfordians Res. 0 Shoebury Town 2

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