The Essex Olympian Football League returned last weekend as clubs ended a 3-month non-playing drought to resume their seasons with the hope they could finish strongly. Here we take a look at the second round of fixtures since the return as clubs look to finish the season well.
Buckhurst Hill vs Hutton – Saturday 10th April, 2.30pm
Buckhurst Hill will look to remain top-of-the-league as they welcome Hutton to Roding Lane on Saturday. Buckhurst returned to action with a 2-1 win on the road against Springfield and will hope to continue their title charge with their first home game since the season was restarted. The win against Springfield was their 8th of the season but their lead on goal-difference was slashed to a single goal as their title-rivals Basildon Town scored a goal more in their game. Hutton also won on their opening fixture back but still remained four points behind both the title chargers. Hutton’s victory was their 6th of the campaign which also helped them open a gap to Catholic United and stay ahead of Leigh Ramblers. This game is a huge one in the Premier Division title race. A win for Buckhurst Hill could keep them top while a win for the visitors could close the gap to them by a single point as they look to join the title charge.
Canning Town vs Old Southendian – Saturday 10th April, 2.30pm
A huge game towards the bottom end of the table will see Canning Town host Old Southendian at the West Ham Community Ground. Canning Town were well beaten on the road as they faced a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Leigh Ramblers seeing them drop down to 12th with their 6th defeat of the season. Old Southendian were also defeat on their return as they were narrowly beaten by Hutton on the road. Their defeat was the 7th of their season, keeping them bottom of the league and two-points behind Kelvedon Hatch. With both sides facing another defeat, they will be keen to make the most of this game and try to grab all three points as they both look to avoid relegation. A win for Canning Town could see them in a good position to remain in the Premier Division next season as they would sit 7-points ahead of their opponents while a win for the bottom side could see them close the gap to a single point on their opponents and could even lift them off the bottom.
Kelvedon Hatch vs Springfield – Saturday 10th April, 2.30pm
Another game that would affect the lower end of the table sees Kelvedon Hatch will welcome Springfield to New Hall. Kelvedon picked up a point of their return as they drew with Rayleigh Town at home. The point came from their second draw of the season as they opening up a 2-point gap on Old Southendian. Springfield faced defeat upon their return as they were narrowly beaten by leaders Buckhurst Hill at home. Although it was their 5th defeat of the campaign, they couldn’t have had a worse fixture to return to so they will hope they can pick up a much needed win to ensure they are safe from relegation. A win for Kelvedon could move them up to 8th in the league and could see them opening a 5-point gap on the side below while a win for Springfield wouldn’t move them up the table but could keep them ahead of several sides.
Rayleigh Town vs Catholic United – Saturday 10th April, 2.30pm
Rayleigh Town will return home for the first time since the return as they face a tough game against Catholic United. Rayleigh Town could only manage a draw last weekend as they were held by Kelvedon Hatch. It was their first draw of the season as they rose to 10th, ahead of Shenfield and Canning Town on goal-difference after both sides were defeated. Catholic United were defeated for the third time this season as they lost out to Harold Wood Athletic by two-goals to one. The visitors will hope they can get back on track and close the gap on the sides above. A win for Rayleigh would be a huge step towards remaining in the Premier Division while a win for Catholic United could send them as high as 3rd, where they were ahead of the opening weekend.
Shenfield AFC vs Bishop’s Stortford Swifts – Saturday 10th April, 2.30pm
Shenfield AFC will welcome Bishop’s Stortford Swifts to St Martins School. The hosts faced defeat in their opening game as they were beaten 3-1 by title-chasers Basildon Town. The defeat was their 7th of the campaign, leaving them in 11th and only 4-points off Old Southendian. Bishop’s Stortford Swifts were victorious in their opening fixture as they defeated Sungate 4-2 at Silver Leys. The win put the Swifts 8th, close the gap on Sungate and they will hope they can continue with a second win on the spin. A win for the hosts could move them up to 10th but more importantly, opening a 7-point gap over the bottom side while the Swifts could move up to 6th with a win and closing the gap to 3rd-place in the process as they would up their points tally to 15.
Sungate vs Basildon Town – Saturday 10th April, 2.30pm
Sungate face a tough game as they look to get back to winning ways as they welcome Basildon Town to the Ilford Wanderers Rugby Club. Sungate’s return didn’t go to plan as they faced defeat to Bishop’s Stortford Swifts, losing 4-2 and seeing the Swifts close the gap on them. Basildon Town continued their title-chase as they beat Shenfield AFC to keep up with Buckhurst Hill. Basildon’s victory was their 8th of the season, keeping them 1-goal behind Basildon going into the last few weeks of the season. A win for Sungate would keep them above the sides below and could see them close the gap on 3rd and 4th while a win for Basildon would keep them on track but could see them rise about Buckhurst Hill on points or goal-difference.
Herongate Athletic vs Chingford Athletic – Saturday 10th April, 2.30pm
A game towards the bottom end of the table will see Herongate Athletic welcome Chingford Athletic to Billericay Road. The hosts faced defeat in their returning fixture as were defeated by Galleywood. The defeat was their fifth of the season moving them down to 10th after their opponents win last weekend. Chingford Athletic picked up a 2-0 win over Rayleigh Town Reserves to lift them above both the Reserves and Herongate Athletic. The victory for Chingford was only their second of the season so far but they hope they can get another win to make it the perfect return to football. A win for Herongate would lift them back ahead of their opponents and could aid their survival as they could be 6-points ahead of Shoebury Town. A win would be crucial to the survival of Chingford in Division One as they would find themselves 4-points ahead of Herongate and could be 7-points ahead of Shoebury.
Manford Way vs Snaresbrook – Saturday 10th April, 2.30pm
Manford Way will go for their second win on their return as they welcome Snaresbrook to the London Marathon Sports Ground. Manford won on their ground last weekend as they defeated Toby FC by two-goals to nil. The victory sent Manford up to 5th and 5-points off the leaders with a game in-hand but also lifted them away from sides below. Snaresbrook rose to 6th in the table after they defeated Shoebury Town 4-2 at home, putting them 3-points off Manford, having played the same amount of games. The win for Snaresbrook was also their fifth of the season. A win for the hosts could see them rise to second in the league with games in-hand while Snaresbrook could rise above Manford Way, with the sides just switching positions.
Ongar Town vs Shoebury Town – Saturday 10th April, 2.30pm
Ongar Town will make their return to action as they face Shoebury Town on Saturday. The hosts weren’t in action last weekend as their game with Ramsden Scotia was postponed due to Covid. They sat top ahead of the weekend by 3-points but that was cut to just 2-points as Galleywood over took Runwell Sports to close the gap. They face the side furthest away from them. Shoebury were defeated for the 7th time this campaign as they were beaten by Snaresbrook on the road. The defeat meant they stayed bottom of the league on four-points and finding themselves 3-points adrift. Ongar Town would remain top-of-the-league with a win over Shoebury while the visitors could lift themselves off the bottom but would require only their second win of the season.
Ramsden Scotia vs Old Chelmsfordians – Saturday 10th April, 2.30pm
Ramsden Scotia will also be in action for the first time since the return as they welcome Old Chelmsfordians to the Nursery Sports Ground. Ramsden dropped down to 7th after not featuring as Snaresbrook leapt above them. They were due to play the league-leaders but due to Covid concerns, the game didn’t go ahead. They face Old Chelmsfordians who go into the game off the back of a win. They rose to 4th and close the gap on Runwell Sports after being the side above them whilst also going within four-points of the leaders. The Chelmsfordians will be favourites based on having some match fitness but Ramsden will hope to restart the season with a huge win. A win for the hosts could see them go back above Snaresbrook while a win for the visitors could see them close the gap on the sides above.
Runwell Sports vs Rayleigh Town Reserves – Saturday 10th April, 2.30pm
Runwell Sports will welcome Rayleigh Town Reserves to the Runwell Sports & Social Club as both sides look to return to winning ways. Runwell faced defeat to Old Chelmsfordians by 3 goals to two. The defeat was their third loss of the season and saw them drop to 3rd in the table after Galleywood overtook them. They face a Rayleigh Town Reserves side who also come into the game after they were defeated two-nil at home to Chingford Athletic. Their defeat moved them down to 11th as Chingford Athletic leap-frogged them. A win for Runwell could put them back in contention for the Division One title while a win for the Reserves could lift them away from Shoebury, opening a 6-point gap.
Toby FC vs Galleywood – Saturday 10th April, 2.30pm
Toby FC host their first opponents since the return as they face Galleywood on Saturday. Toby were defeated in a local derby as they lost 2-0 on the road to Manford Way, seeing them drop down to 8th due to Snaresbrook’s win sending them up to 6th. Galleywood come into the game with a win under their belt as they defeated Herongate Athletic. The win for the visitors saw them rise to 2nd-place in the table and within two-points of the league-leaders after the same amount of games. Toby will be hopeful they can get back to winning ways and lift themselves up to 6th while Galleywood will hope they can keep up the pace with Ongar Town or even rise above them, if results went their way.
AS Rawreth vs Harold Wood Athletic Reserves – Saturday 10th April, 2.30pm
AS Rawreth will welcome Harold Wood Athletic Reserves to the Warren on Saturday. The hosts remain without a win this campaign and that continued at the weekend as they were defeated by Epping Town. They also remained the only side in Division Two without a win, keeping them rock-bottom and four-points off May & Baker ‘A’. Harold Wood Athletic Reserves restarted the season with a draw against Ryan FC. The draw was enough to send the Reserves above May & Baker but weren’t enough to sail away from their opponents ahead of the final run-in. A win for the hosts could see themselves close the gap on the sides above, potentially going within a point or two of the sides above but would still keep them bottom. A victory for the visitors would see them extend their gap over Rawreth from 5-points to eight, making them more comfortable against relegation.
Corinthians vs Beacon Hill Rovers – Saturday 10th April, 2.30pm
Corinthians will hope to close the gap on Beacon Hill Rovers when they welcome the Rovers to the Stambridge Memorial Ground. Corinthians faced defeat on their return as they were narrowly beaten by Leigh Town. The defeat saw Corinthians fail to keep up with Leigh and Laindon Orient with the defeat, putting them 5-points behind their opponents. Beacon Hill Rovers also faced defeat as they were beaten by Laindon Orient. The defeat kept Rovers top-of-the-league, although the gap between themselves and 3rd-place Orient was slashed to a single point. Both sides will hope to get their first wins of since the return, with results affecting the top-half of the table. A win for Corinthians could close the gap on Beacon Hill Rovers to just 2-points while a win for Beacon Hill would keep them top and could see them increase their lead over the teams above.
Leigh Town vs Ryan FC – Saturday 10th April, 2.30pm
Leigh Town will welcome Ryan FC to the John Burrows Recreation Ground on Saturday. Leigh Town picked up a narrow win last weekend as they defeated Corinthians by a goal to nil. The win saw them stay second in the table but close the gap to the leaders to one-point. Ryan FC picked up a single-point upon their return as they drew with Harold Wood Athletic Reserves. The draw didn’t affect their league position as they remained eight in the league. Leigh Town will hope to continue on from their win and pick-up another important three points while Ryan will hope to pull away from the bottom sides as they look to avoid relegation from the Second Division. A win for the hosts could see them go top-of-the-league while a win for Ryan FC could close the gap on the sides above.
May & Baker ‘A’ vs Epping Town – Saturday 10th April, 2.30pm
May & Baker will host Epping Town in their latest match-up on Saturday. The hosts faced defeat in their opening fixture as they were narrowly beaten 2-1 by Old Southendian Reserves. The defeat kept them 11th and only 4-points off the bottom side, AS Rawreth. Epping Town won on their return as they beat the side below May & Bakers, winning 3-1 last weekend. The victory saw them rise to 5th in the table, and 6-points off the leaders. A win for May & Baker could see them move 7-points away from AS Rawreth and up to 9th while a win for the visitors could see them close the gap on the sides above and close the gap to the leaders to 3-points.
Old Southendian Reserves vs Rochford Town – Saturday 10th April, 2.30pm
Old Southendian Reserves will welcome Rochford Town to Garon Park. The hosts returned to action with a victory as they beat May & Baker ‘A’. The win kept them within 3-points of 5th-place Epping Town and put them in a good position for survival in Division Two. Rochford could only manage a draw against Wakering Sports. The draw kept Rochford within 6-points of AS Rawreth, having played 3-games more. A win for the hosts could see them rise to 5th in the table while a win for the visitors could open a 9-point gap from the bottom-side, giving them a real shot at survival.
Wakering Sports vs Laindon Orient – Saturday 10th April, 2.30pm
Wakering Sports will welcome Laindon Orient to the Cupid Country Club at the weekend. Wakering Sports drew with Rochford on the returning weekend, being held at 1-1. The draw wasn’t enough to keep them ahead of Epping Town as they dropped to 6th in the table. Laindon Orient picked up all-three points last weekend as they edged a narrow victory over league-leaders Beacon Hill Rovers. The win was their sixth of the season and saw them close the close the gap to a single-point. A win for the hosts could see them rise to 4th in the table while Laindon Orient could rise to the summit of the league.
ACD United vs Lakeside United – Saturday 10th April, 1pm
ACD United will look to return to winning ways on Saturday as they welcome Lakeside United to the Westlands Playing Fields. The hosts faced a shock defeat and their first of the season as they lost to Manford Way Reserves. The defeat didn’t affect their title charge too much as they remained top-of-the-league, holding a 2-point lead over the sides below. They face a Lakeside United who also faced defeat, losing 4-3 to Hutton Reserves. The defeat kept them 6th but saw teams below close the gap whilst they failed to close the gap on the sides above. Both sides go into the game looking for a victory with a win keeping ACD United top-of-the-league while a win for the visitors could see them rise to 5th in the table.
Basildon Town Reserves vs Toby Reserves – Saturday 10th April, 2.30pm
Basildon Town Reserves will welcome a fellow-Reserves side to the Basildon Sports & Leisure Club in Toby Reserves. Basildon Reserves picked up a point in their return to the pitch as they held Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ to a 2-all draw. The draw put them level on points with Hutton Reserves while also putting them 6-points off fourth-place. Toby Reserves come into this game with an additional two-points after their returning win over Buckhurst Hill Reserves. A 3-2 victory was enough for the Reserves to leap-frog Buckhurst Hill Reserves and open a 7-point gap over Leigh Town Reserves. A win for the hosts could see them rise to 6th and 3-points off while Toby Reserves could rise to 7th, keeping them all but safe from relegation.
Buckhurst Hill Reserves vs Corinthians Reserves – Saturday 10th April, 2.30pm
Buckhurst Hill Reserves will welcome Corinthians Reserves to Roding Lane on Saturday. Buckhurst Reserves were narrowly beaten by Toby Reserves last weekend. The defeat meant they slipped down 11th-place in the table after being overtaken by the sides that they were beaten by. Corinthians Reserves were on the wrong side a 10-goal thriller as they faced a 6-4 defeat to Wakebury. The loss left them in 9th-place and only 8-points off the drop. Both sides will look to return to winning ways as they look to avoid relegation to Division Four. A win for the hosts could see them rise above their opponents and up to 9th in the league while a win for the visitors could send them 11-points clear of the drop and up to 7th in the league.
Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ vs Leigh Town Reserves – Saturday 10th April, 2.30pm
Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ will welcome league-strugglers Leigh Ramblers Reserves to Lower Road. Hullbridge Sports were held at home in their returning game as they drew with Basildon Town Reserves. The draw put them in 5th-place after they were overtaken by Wakebury and 7-points off the leaders. Leigh Town Reserves are still searching for their first points of the season after losing their eighth game of the season, losing 1-0 to Collier Row. The loss keeps them 6-points adrift of safety, having played a game more than Buckhurst Hill Reserves. A win for the hosts could see them rise to 4th in the table, closing the gap to ACD United to 4-points while a win for the visitors could put them 3-points off Buckhurst Hill Reserves.
Hutton Reserves vs Manford Way Reserves – Saturday 10th April, 2.30pm
Hutton Reserves will welcome Manford Way Reserves to the Polo Fields on Saturday. The hosts come into the fixture off the back of a win after edging a 4-3 win over Lakeside United. Their 3rd victory of the campaign lifted them to 7th-place, moving them onto 10-points and 4-points off 5th. Manford Way Reserves also won but picked up a huge win as they inflicted ACD United’s first loss of the season. The win for the visitors kept them 2nd and allowed them to close the gap on the leaders to 2-points, having played a game more. A win for Hutton could take them up a place and closing the gap on the sides above while a win for Manford could see them go top-of-the-league or keep up the pace with ACD.
Wakebury vs Collier Row – Saturday 10th April, 2.30pm
Wakebury will welcome Collier Row to Shoebury Park on Saturday. The hosts edged a 10-goal thriller at Shoebury Park last weekend as they beat Corinthians Reserves 6-4. The win, their 5th of the season, pushed them up to 4th in the table. Collier Row edged a 1-0 win over bottom-side Leigh Town Reserves, putting them 3rd, level on points with Manford Way and 3-points ahead of their opponents. The game with determine who sits higher in the table following the game as a win for Wakebury would see them leap-frog their opponents while a win for Collier Row could see them go top-of-the-table.
Chingford Athletic Reserves vs Sungate Reserves – Saturday 10th April, 2.30pm
Chingford Athletic Reserves will welcome Sungate Reserves to the Town Mead Leisure Park at the weekend. Chingford Reserves picked up a 2-0 win last weekend, beating Old Chelmsfordians Reserves on the road. The victory moved them up to 4th in the table, moving above Laindon Orient Reserves and staying ahead of Sungate Reserves. The visitors also grabbed a win last weekend as they beat Ongar Town Reserves 6-2. Sungate also rose above Laindon Orient Reserves to go 5th. A win for the hosts could see them rise a place in the table while a win for Sungate Reserves could rise to 3rd in the table as well, going ahead of their opponents.
Galleywood Reserves vs Shenfield AFC Reserves – Saturday 10th April, 2.30pm
Galleywood Reserves will host Shenfield AFC Reserves at Clarkes Field in a game that affects the bottom half of the table. Galleywood Reserves will play their first game since the restart as they look to get off to the best possible start. Other results in the league mean Galleywood will go into this weekend in eighth position. Shenfield Reserves picked up a point last weekend as they drew 2-2 with Canning Town Reserves. The point kept them above their opponents and a point off the drop, having played a game more. A win for Galleywood could see them rise as high as 5th while a victory for the visitors could lift 4-points off Canning Town Reserves.
Hashtag United Development vs Canning Town Reserves – Saturday 10th April, 2.30pm
Hashtag United Development will welcome bottom-side Canning Town Reserves to Barleylands Road. Hashtag United picked up a huge win last weekend as they beat league-leaders Catholic United Reserves, closing the gap to two-points. Canning Town Reserves faced their third draw of the season as they held Shenfield AFC Reserves to a draw. The point wasn’t enough to change their position in the table as they sit a point off 11th but have the safety of a game in-hand. A second win in a row for Hashtag Development could put them at the summit of the league while a first win of the season for Canning Town could lift them off the bottom.
Laindon Orient Reserves vs Ongar Town Reserves – Saturday 10th April, 2.30pm
Laindon Orient Reserves host Ongar Town Reserves at Markhams Chase on Saturday. The hosts were thrashed 5-1 on the road against Leytonstone United and will hope to bounce back with a win. Their fourth loss of the season meant they dropped down to 6th in the table but remain 3-points off 3rd. Ongar Town Reserves were also thrashed, losing at home to Sungate Reserves by 6-goals to two. Their loss, the 5th of their campaign sees them go into the weekend in 10th-place, also looking to bounce back. With both sides looking for a win, at this stage of the season, all points could be vital. A win for Laindon could see them rise to 3rd in the table while a win for the visitors could see them rise to 7th and 9-points clear of the drop.
Old Chelmsfordians Reserves vs Wakering Sports Reserves – Saturday 10th April, 2.30pm
Old Chelmsfordians Reserves will welcome Wakering Sports Reserves to Lawford Lane. The hosts faced defeat on their return as they were beaten 2-0 by Chingford Athletic. The Chelmsfordians Reserves seventh defeat of the season, sees them enter the weekend in 9th-place and 7-points above the drop. Wakering Sports sit towards the other end of the table but haven’t played since December. A win for the hosts could see them rise up to the table, as high as 5th while a win in their first game back could see them close the gap on the two sides above.
Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Reserves vs Shoebury Town Reserves – Saturday 10th April, 2.30pm
Dean Perrett’s first game in charge of the Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Reserves will see them host Shoebury Town Reserves. The Swift Reserves didn’t have a game last weekend so will be looking to get a win upon their return to action. They face a Shoebury Town side that were defeated on the road in their first game back. Shoebury Town were defeated by Wakering Sports ‘A’, leaving them 6th with 13-points. Both sides sit level on points going into the game at the weekend. A win for the Swifts would take them above Shoebury Reserves and could take them as high as second while a win for Shoebury could also take them as high as second in the league.
Epping Town Reserves vs Old Barkabbeyans – Saturday 10th April, 2.30pm
Epping Town Reserves will welcome Old Barkabbeyans to the Epping Upper Clapton Rugby Club. The hosts picked up a good win on the road last weekend as they beat AS Rawreth Reserves 3-1. Only their second win of the season pulled them 6-points clear of the bottom side, having played a game more. Old Barkabbeyans were held at home by Leigh Town Reserves. The draw, only their second of the season, kept them 5th in the league and 4-points of the top-of-the-league. A win for the hosts could see them go 9-points clear of AS Rawreth, putting them clear of the drop while a win for the visitors could send them within a point of the leaders.
Leigh Ramblers Reserves vs Newbury Forest Reserves – Saturday 10th April, 2.30pm
Leigh Ramblers Reserves will welcome Newbury Forest Reserves to Belfairs Park. The hosts were limited to a point on their return as they draw away to Old Barkabbeyans. Their first draw of the season kept them above Epping Town Reserves and AS Rawreth Reserves. Newbury Forest Reserves made a fantastic start upon their return as they thrashed the leaders Collier Row Reserves by 10-goals to two. Their third win of the season pushed them up to 9th. A win for Leigh Ramblers Reserves could see them rise above their opponents and into the 9th-place spot while a perfect return for Newbury Forest Reserves could see them rise to 8th and 3-points off 3rd-place.
Roydon vs Collier Row Reserves – Saturday 10th April, 2.30pm
Roydon will welcome league-leaders Collier Row Reserves to the Roydon Playing Fields. The hosts returned to action at home with a 1-0 win over Runwell Sports Reserves, seeing them rise to fourth in the table and 3-points off the top. Collier Row Reserves were thrashed despite sitting top of the tree as they were beaten by Newbury Forest Reserves, losing 10-2. A win for Roydon would see them close the gap on the leaders to 0-points and could even find themselves leading the pack while a win for Collier Row Reserves would keep them top and even increase their lead to 5-points.
Springfield Reserves vs AS Rawreth Reserves – Saturday 10th April, 2.30pm
Springfield Reserves will welcome the strugglers Rawreth Reserves to Springfield Hall Park on Saturday. Springfield returned to action with a win as they beat Herongate Reserves by three-goals to one. The win, their fifth of the season, put them 3rd in the league and only 3-points off the league-leaders. AS Rawreth sit rock-bottom of the league and faced their 6th-defeat of the season against Epping Town Reserves. The defeat to Epping also saw them slip 6-points adrift of safety with a game in-hand. A win for Springfield could send them to the top-of-the-league while a win for Rawreth could see them close the gap to Epping to 3-points with the game advantage.
Wakering Sports ‘A’ vs Herongate Athletic Reserves – Saturday 10th April, 2.30pm
Wakering Sports ‘A’ will welcome Herongate Athletic Reserves to Cupids Country Club this weekend. The hosts picked up a 3-1 win over mid-table Shoebury Town Reserves, putting them 2nd and only two-points off the leaders. Herongate Athletic Reserves on the other hand faced a 3-1 defeat as they were beaten by Springfield Reserves. The loss for them was their fourth of the season and sees them go into the weekend in 10th-place. A win for the hosts could see them take the leader for the Division Five title while a win for the hosts could see them rise to 8th in the table.