Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Football: Olympian League: Weekend Reports


Herts Senior Centenary Trophy

Bishops Stortford Swifts’ attempt to retain the Herts Senior Centenary Trophy faltered at the hands of London Lions on Saturday as they were beaten 5-0.

Essex Junior Cup

May & Baker E.C. are having a great season in the various County Cups this season and on Saturday their Reserves moved into the Semi Finals of the Essex Junior Cup after a 4-1 extra-time win over Railway Academicals. Carl Patten scored a brace and was joined on the score sheet by Ben Saunders and Darren Seymour.

Premier Division

A Luke Woodward goal helped Frenford Senior beat Hannakins Farm 1-0 on Saturday which opens up the Premier Division title race. Frenford move up to second, with eight points separating them and Hannakins Farm who still top the table. Springfield move up to fourth after a 4-2 win over Leigh Ramblers. May & Baker E.C. beat Canning Town 4-3 in a game that saw the visitors reduced to nine men, featured two goals from substitute Jamie Reddington, with Craig Hall and Connor Okus scoring the other two May & Baker goals. Canning Town replied with a Paul Preston brace plus a strike from Billy Field. Adam Vyse scored his second hat-trick in a week, opening up his account after only seventeen seconds and then scored again in the fourth minute. Leigh however got themselves back in the game after Justin Hazell and Matt Wilson rifled home. The game was only fifteen minutes old at this point and in an entertaining second half it was Springfield who made sure of the victory after Ross Lamb stabbed home before Vyse completed his hat-trick. Springfield have four games in hand and so in theory could be in a position to mount an end of season title charge. Harold Wood Athletic’s title ambitions took a slight dent after they lost an exciting clash at Manford Way.

The visitors scored twice inside the opening five minutes via Danny Driscoll and Jordan Tolan. Suley Zuhdu pulled one back for Manford Way in the first half. The hosts then turned things around in the second half and won the game 4-2 after Joe Oates, Ross Owen plus a second from a Suley Zuhdu penalty secured the points. Steve Barlex scored the Kelvedon hatch goal in a 1-1 draw with relegation battlers Rayleigh Town. George Vile notched the Rayleigh effort. Two other teams embroiled in the relegation shoot out clashed on Saturday as Harold Hill entertained Buckhurst Hill. The game ended up 2-2 with George Shelvey and Dom Griffiths scoring the Harold Hill goals, while Lauric Diakiesse and Alfie Calderwood notched the Buckhurst Hill replies. Only goal difference separates Harold Hill, who remain in the drop zone, from Buckhurst Hill and Rayleigh Town. In fact only five points separate bottom placed White Ensign from tenth placed Leigh Ramblers. It’s going to be tight down at the bottom as we move into the business end of the season.

Division One

Basildon Town had to come from a goal down at Great Baddow before they could secure all the three points. Jack Main and Marcus Bowyers both scored in the second half which means Basildon Town now have a three point lead on the top of Division One. Great Baddow sit third but there is a seven point gap between them and second placed Catholic United, who also failed to pick up points on Saturday. The promotion chasing Southend-based team were gunned down by Snaresbrook whose goals were both scored by Harry Brown. Newham United remain bottom of the table but picked up a very welcome three points after they beat fellow relegation candidates London APSA 3-2. A Tommie Turner brace was added to by an Ade Cole goal. London APSA replied via Philip Brown and an own goal. Tom Watling and Craig Skinner were the Galleywood scorers in a 2-1 home win over Shenfield AFC. Will Marlowe notched the Shenfield goal. Runwell Sports recorded a 3-1 win over Old Chelmsfordians with Connor Barmby, Ben Crouch and Carey Wallace supplying the goals while Ryan Baxter grabbed the Old Chelmsfordians consolation. Newbury Forest meanwhile recorded the biggest win in Division One with a 6-2 victory over Old Southendian. Bobby Wise notched a hat-trick with Jason Reynolds-Blanche, Matt Connolly and Alex Nicol also chipping in. Jay Smith and Jared Brand scored the Old Southendian replies.

Division Two

Leaders Sungate travelled to local rivals Toby knowing that only three points would do. After a goalless first half the leaders then scored three minutes into the second half. Danny Downer bent a brilliant shot into the top corner but a point-blank save from Ryan Bussey made the points safe. Herongate Athletic had a good afternoon at fellow promotion hopefuls Ryan, going on the win the game 5-0. Glen Jordan showed some devastating finishing as he claimed four of the goals. The other goal came from the boot of Ben Lambert and the win keeps Herongate Athletic in second place. FC Hamlets move up to third after a 5-0 win over Benfleet. The two teams currently occupying the relegation zone both drew. Bottom placed Old Barkabbeyans drew 1-1 with Ongar Town. Dre Ferlisi was the source of the Old Barkabbeyans goal, while Ongar Town’s goal came from a Steve Merrick penalty. Ramsden Scotia meanwhile picked up a point after they drew 2-2 at Lakeside. Ryan James scored both the Ramsden goals, while the hosts scored their goals via Luke Quinton and Leon Glen. Charlie Hazelwood, Louis Elwood and Adam Edwards are the Upminster scorers in a 3-1 away win at Rochford Town. Matt Smith scored the solitary Rochford reply.

Division Three

While Division Three leaders May & Baker E.C. Res. were dealing with County Cup business, two teams looking to achieve promotion were in league action and both of them posted wins. Shoebury Town remain second after a comprehensive 6-0 victory over Debden Sports. Daryl Cooper (2), Aaron Cooper, Wayne Ross, Kyle Ross and Juan Rushton were the marksmen. Rayleigh Town Res. remain third after a 2-0 win over Roydon. Lee Pyne and Rocky Sivell bagged the goals and only a solitary point separates the two teams. The bottom two also met each other as Frenford Senior Res. entertained bottom-placed Leytonstone United. George Welsh fired Leytonstone into the lead but Frenford Senior equalised and then went into a 2-1 lead. James Medlock equalised for Leytonstone, but the game was won by Frenford Senior who re-took the lead as the game was winding down. Trae Gabriel, Charlie Fairhead and Mansur Suweid were the Frenford sharpshooters.

Division Four

Kasey Taylor and Sean Hewitt hit the target for Harold Hill Res. but the pivotal point of their game at Southend Sports came when Ronnie Hobbrough failed to convert a penalty. Had that gone in the result may have been very different as Southend Sports went on to win the game 5-2. Paul Wines and Kyle Poxon both notched braces with the other goal being scored by Welcome Mtshali. White Ensign Res. also registered a 5-2 win against Manford Way Res. that now sees them sitting in the promotion zone, a point off leaders Old Southendian Res.

Division Five

Basildon Town Res. ripped Leytonstone United Res. to pieces on Saturday, going on to score 9 times. Keith King scored a hat-trick; there were braces for Ben Robertson and Alex Shields, while Alex Smith and Jamal Hind scored one apiece. Leytonstone were at least able to score a goal themselves which came via a Pierce Moulding penalty. Liam Snelling scored twice in Shenfield AFC Res.’s 3-2 victory over Bishops Stortford Swifts Res. Matt Taiwo was the other scorer. Ciaran Kelly and Jermain Purchas were the Swifts scorers. A Joe Harding goal helped Sungate Res. pick up a 1-0 win at Herongate Athletic Res. Catholic United Res. also won on the road beating Newbury Forest Res. 5-1.


There were goals galore in the U21 Division on Saturday with Buckhurst Hill registering a 7-0 win over Old Southendian. Daniel Gilchrist scored a brace with Eron Muti, Theo Campbell, Raheem Smile, Dawood Ghafar and Anton Ostrii also hitting the target. Leaders Lakeside came unstuck at Corinthians who recorded a 2-0 win with Bailey Moss and Price being the marksmen. Corinthians are now third with games in hand and are posting their title aspirations as we come into the final leg of the season. Southend Manor beat Frenford Senior 6-1 with Henry Ballard and Dominic Luke both scoring braces. Jasper Reid also provided one of the goals with the other coming by way of an own goal. Collier Row slammed 9 goals past Academy Soccer who at least scored a consolation via Erald Makelli. If you want goal scoring process then Dan Reeve showcased that in abundance as he scored five of Collier Row’s goals. Ben Woolven rifled home a hat-trick with Jordan Lee rounding up the scoring. Redbridge also scored freely against Westhamians with Anton Alexander scoring a hat-trick; Ali Rajim scored twice, Billy Davis and Kian Monson scored one apiece and the other came via an own goal. Westhamians may have lost 8-3 but they have a very young side and saw new signing Luke Gelston score twice on his debut with Eben Mbana also getting on the Westhamians score sheet.

Herts Senior Centenary Trophy Semi Final

London Lions 5 Bishops Stortford Swifts 0

Premier Division

Hannakins Farm 0 Frenford Senior 1

Harold Hill 2 Buckhurst Hill 2

Kelvedon hatch 1 Rayleigh Town 1

Manford Way 4 Harold Wood Athletic 2

May & Baker E.C. 4 Canning Town 3

Springfield 4 Leigh Ramblers 2

Division One

Catholic United 0 Snaresbrook 2

Galleywood 2 Shenfield AFC 1

Great Baddow 1 Basildon Town 2

Newbury Forest 6 Old Southendian 2

Newham United 3 London APSA 2

Runwell Sports 3 Old Chelmsfordians 1

Division Two

FC Hamlets 5 Benfleet 0

Lakeside 2 Ramsden Scotia 2

Old Barkabbeyans 1 Ongar Town 1

Rochford Town 1 Upminster 3

Ryan 0 Herongate Athletic 5

Toby 0 Sungate 1

Division Three

Frenford Senior Res. 3 Leytonstone United 2

Rayleigh Town Res. 2 Roydon 0

Shoebury Town 6 Debden Sports 0


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