Ashley Taylor-Forbes scored a very important goal on Saturday. His contribution helped Frenford beat defending champions Springfield 1-0 which means that Frenford are now the leaders of the Premier Division. Harold Wood Athletic were held to a 2-2 draw by Leigh Ramblers which now sees them sitting second. Stephen Willis and Connor Hartwell scored the Harold Wood goals with Tom Hollingsworth and Ryan Lowe notching the Leigh strikes. Rayleigh Town posted another point to the board after a 2-2 with Catholic United. Alex Witham and Jack Long scored the Rayleigh goals which means that the point gained closes the gap slightly on the teams just above them. Bottom-placed Basildon Town lost 4-1 at White Ensign with Luke Skinner, David Limber, Liam Sewell and Elliot Vile doing the damage. Dominic Locke scored the Basildon consolation.
Old Southendian are up to second after a 4-0 away win at Old Chelmsfordians. Nick Cardosi supplied a 20 yard effort from a free kick and was joined on the score sheet by Sam Jones, Elliot Hemmings and Edward Gould. Shenfield AFC also picked up an away win at Runwell Sports. Billy Texeria and Ben Absolon scored the goals in the 2-0 success.
Herongate Athletic had to dig deep to secure anything from their game on Saturday. Visitors Rayleigh Town Res. were two goals to the good thanks to goals from Tony Fraser and Sam Bowden. However a Lee Atkinson penalty and a Glen Jordan header put them back on level terms. Herongate still lead the table but Ongar Town have cut their lead to two points after a Ross Adams goals was enough to secure a 1-0 win at Newham United. Toby rifled seven past Upminster which made it a dream debut for Nick Harvey as not only was he on the winning side but he also scored one of the goals. Arron Watson-McNab notched a brace with the other scorers being David Major, Sam O’Sullivan, Leroy Sackey-Adoo and Reece Simpson. James Lakey and James MacDonald supplied the Upminster goals who sit just above the relegation zone. However there is a six point gap between themselves and Rochford Town; while Ryan are bottom, eight points further back and can’t buy a win at the moment. They lost 4-2 to A1 Sports on Saturday as Ashley Burgess bagged a double with Rodney Sarsah-Wilson and Jason Purewal also scoring past the strugglers. Krzysztof Golebiowski and Cale Sancho scored the Ryan replies. Carl Patten and Darren Seymour scored a goal apiece in May & Baker E.C. Res.’s 2-0 win over Benfleet.
A Zach Armstrong brace plus a David Heward goal helped Beacon Hill Rovers register a 3-1 win at Frenford Res. who replied via a Reece Morley goal. Hutton Res. beat promotion-chasing Shoebury Town at a canter; the 5-0 victory saw Raheem Waite bagging a hat-trick with Harrison Brown chipping in with a brace.
Catholic United 2 Rayleigh Town 2
Kelvedon Hatch 1 Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 1
Springfield 0 Frenford 1
White Ensign 4 Basildon Town 1
Old Chelmsfordians 0 Old Southendian 4
Runwell Sports 0 Shenfield AFC 2
A1 Sports 4 Ryan 2
Herongate Athletic 2 Rayleigh Town Res. 2
May & Baker E.C. Res. 2 Benfleet 0
Newham United 0 Ongar Town 1
Upminster 2 Toby 7
Frenford Res. 1 Beacon Hill Rovers 3
Hutton Res. 5 Shoebury Town 0