GOALS from Dean Nevill, Dave Limber, Ben Swift and Anthony Aylett secured all the spoils for Hannakins Farm – after a seven goal thriller at Frenford Senior. The hosts scored their goals via Dan Clouth, Billy Whatling and Shane Wallace. Hannakins Farm now have an eleven point lead on the top of the table. May & Baker E.C. move up to second but had to come back from a two goal deficit at Bishops Stortford Swifts. A penalty miss from Joe Villiers in the fifth minute looked like it was going to haunt them as Lee Samways struck twice for Swifts to put them into a 2-0 lead. Henry Osei pulled one back with a superb volley. Craig Hall then equalised before a powerful strike from Richard Oxby, who had earlier hit the post, gave May & Baker the lead and the three points. Springfield also found themselves 2-0 down at Canning Town but Jack Mundy pulled one back just before the break and then were back on equal terms early in the next period thanks to Adam Vyse. Canning Town then re-took the lead but Springfield soon equalised via Josh White. Canning Town, who scored through a Julian Edwards brace plus a strike from David Tilley, had their hearts broken in the 90th minute when Andy Elgar made amends for his penalty miss to slot home the winner. James Burt, Chris Neville, Steve Barlex and Jack Munroe all found the net in Kelvedon Hatch’s 4-1 home win over Harold Wood Athletic. Reiss Kingsley scored the Harold Wood reply and the defeat drops them down to third but they do have games in hand over Hannakins Farm. All the teams down at the bottom picked up points with Leigh Ramblers securing all three after a 3-0 home success over Manford Way. Tom Hollingsworth, Lee Turner and Luke Read were the marksmen. Brett Munyard and Thando Moyo scored a goal apiece for White Ensign in their 2-2 draw with fellow relegation battlers Rayleigh Town. Joe Pyne and Peter Beaumont scored the Rayleigh goals. The other relegation six-pointer saw Buckhurst Hill entertain Harold Hill and they too had to share the spoils after a 1-1 draw. Ross Woolward notched the Buckhurst Hill goal, while Zach Holding was the Harold Hill scorer. With a mere three points separating bottom placed White Ensign with tenth placed Leigh Ramblers means the relegation battle is going to be a tight one this year and Manford Way, currently sitting ninth, could also find themselves getting dragged into it.
The top two both picked up wins on Saturday but had very differing results. While leaders Basildon Town secured a slender 1-0 win at bottom-placed Newham United courtesy of Ashley Blackburn, second placed Catholic United were smashing seven goals past Hutton. London APSA remain in the relegation zone after a 1-0 defeat at home to Galleywood. Jamie Ricks provide the Galleywood goal. Old Southendian scored a very late winner at home to Newbury Forest, there were 93 minutes on the clock when Ed Gould popped up to secure the points for the hosts. Elliot Hemmings notched the other Old Southendian strike. Newbury forest’s goal was scored by Jason Reynolds Blanche. Goals from Sam Lock and George Cunningham were not enough to secure anything from Shenfield AFC’s visit to Runwell Sports as the hosts when on to win the game 3-2. Ben Crouch, Connor Barmby and Carey Wallace were the Runwell sharp-shooters. The other game in the division saw Snaresbrook and Old Chelmsfordians share a point each from a 1-1 draw. Ryan Barker-Francis was the Snaresbrook scorer with Lee Ifield doing likewise for Old Chelmsfordians.
Sungate went into their top of the table clash with Ryan with an injury-plagued squad but they were made to suffer due to missing a number of chances and in the end a Ryan equaliser meant that both teams had to share a point. Sungate took the lead in the closing stages of the first half via Jake Clarke but Ryan put the hosts under heavy pressure for most of the second period and were able to get back on level terms. However whilst Sungate remain leaders of the division, Ryan drop down to third after Herongate Athletic won 4-2 at Toby. Ben Lambert, Jack Davidson, Nick Hope and a Lee Atkinson penalty made sure of the win and they came from 2-1 down to achieve it. Benfleet smashed ten past Old Barkabbeyans but amazingly only went in 1-0 up at the break thanks to a Ben Foord strike. Within ten minutes of the re-start Benfleet were 4-0 up as Foord added another goal, while Martin Shave also notched two. Shave went on to claim a hat-trick, while Foord added a further two goals to the tally with Rob Lacey, Taylor Lawrence and Ollie Hunter also getting in on the goal action. Benfleet now sit in fourth place while Old Barkabbeyans remain rooted to the foot of the table. Rochford Town meanwhile scored four without reply at Ongar Town. Matty Smith scored twice with Ashley Fell and Ben Smith also chipping in.
Leaders May & Baker E.C. Res. picked up another win as they turned aside fellow promotion hopefuls Shoebury Town with a 5-1 win. A brace from Darren Seymour was added to by goals from Ben Saunders, Josh Gill and Carl Patten. Rayleigh Town Res. remain second after a 3-0 win at Hutton Res. courtesy of a Alex Witham brace plus a further goal from Tom Preddy. With Shoebury Town losing it meant Harold Wood Athletic Res. move up to third after a 3-2 win at Roydon.
Bishops Stortford Swifts 2 May & Baker E.C. 3
Buckhurst Hill 1 Harold Hill 1
Canning Town 3 Springfield 4
Frenford Senior 3 Hannakins Farm 4
Kelvedon Hatch 4 Harold Wood Athletic 1
Leigh Ramblers 3 Manford Way 0
White Ensign 2 Rayleigh Town 2
Catholic United 7 Hutton 0
London APSA 0 Galleywood 1
Newham United 0 Basildon Town 1
Old Southendian 2 Newbury Forest 1
Runwell Sports 3 Shenfield AFC 2
Snaresbrook 1 Old Chelmsfordians 1
Benfleet 10 Old Barkabbeyans 0
Ongar Town 0 Rochford Town 4
Sungate 1 Ryan 1
Toby 2 Herongate Athletic 4
Hutton Res. 0 Rayleigh Town Res. 3
May & Baker E.C. Res. 5 Shoebury Town 0
Roydon 2 Harold Wood Athletic Res. 3