Blink and you’ll miss it

The Essex Olympian Football League didn’t disappoint this weekend as right from the Premier Division to Division Five, there was plenty of goals, leading to plenty of movement in the tables. Here’s a round-up of all the action from across all-6 divisions;

Premier Division

In the top division, Buckhurst Hill took a huge step towards the title as they opened a 5-point gap over their promotion-rivals Basildon Town. Buckhurst won 3-0 on the road to Basildon with goals coming from Suleyman Zuhdu (scoring a brace) and Callum Ibe. The victory for Buckhurst gave other sides the chance to close the gap on second-place. Catholic United won an 8-gaol thriller, beating Sungate while Leigh Ramblers edged a victory over Hutton, winning 4-3.

Elsewhere, there were also wins for Shenfield AFC against Harold Wood Athletic and Rayleigh Town at home to Canning Town. A early goal from Josh Steel wasn’t enough for the hosts as Shenfield scored twice to win the game while Rayleigh scored twice without reply as Canning Town dropped to bottom. Bishop’s Stortford Swifts rose to 6th with a point away to Springfield with Chris Gibbs and Kurt Smith scoring late to salvage a point after the hosts had opening a 2-0 lead.

There was also a point shared between Old Southendian and Kelvedon Hatch. Ryan Scott scored for Hatch but it wasn’t enough for the win as Old Southendian earned a point that took them off the bottom.

Division One

Ongar Town opened a 6-point gap over their title-rivals Runwell Sports at the weekend as they look to gain promotion to the Premier Division. Aaron Blair, Frankie Goodhall and Harry Rawlins were all on target for Town as they beat Runwell away from home. The defeat for Runwell allowed the sides below to close the gap. Manford Way moved up to 4th in the division after a 2-0 win against Old Chelmsfordians as Connor Hammond scored a brace, while Toby closed the gap to just 3-points as they narrowly beat Herongate Athletic with Rhys Willson getting the only goal. The report can be found here: https://footballreview.net/match-report-toby-1-0-herongate-athletic/

Gallywood and Snaresbrook couldn’t profit from the dropped points for Old Chelmsfordians and Runwell Sports as they both faced defeats. Galleywood lost 1-0 to Ramsden Scotia while Snaresbrook conceded twice and couldn’t reply as they lost to Rayleigh Town Reserves. The win for Ramsden Scotia pulled them 10-points clear of the drop zone while Rayleigh Town Reserves opened a 6-points over bottom side Shoebury Town who were defeated for the ninth game this campaign. Goals from Michael Mignot (5), Sam Coe (3) and a goal from George Miller was enough for a huge 11-0 win for Chingford Athletic.

Division Two

Leigh Town missed the opportunity to remain 3-points clear at the top of Division Two as they faced defeat against Epping Town. A goal from Kieran Craine wasn’t enough for the league-leaders as Callum Turner scored a brace. The loss for Leigh gave Laindon Orient the opportunity to go level on points which they took with both hands. A brace for Ashley Blackburn as well as goals from Shomari Barnwell, Anthony Hill and Jason Purewal saw Orient thrash Rochford Town.

Elsewhere, there was also a win for Ryan FC as they beat bottom-side AS Rawreth. The East Londoners edged a 5-goal thriller, winning 3-2, and denying Rawreth their first points this season. Both Beacon Hill Rovers and Corinthians missed the opportunity to go top-of-the-league as they both drew. Adam Farley gained a point for Harold Wood Athletic Reserves against Rovers while Corinthians drew 3-all with Old Southendian Reserves. The report from fellow report Scott W can be found here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/04/17/s-20-21-match-report-corinthians-3-3-old-southendian-res-sat-17-april/

Division Three 

ACD United remained top of Division Three as they were awarded a home-walkover against Corinthians Reserves, as the visitors were unable to fulfil. Below them, both Manford Way Reserves and Wakebury won their respective games. Manford Reserves thrashed Buckhurst Hill Reserves 5-0 as Jack Barraclough scored four and David Hornsby scored the other, keeping them 2-points behind ACD United while Wakebury beat Leigh Town Reserves by four-goals to one. Daniel Buglione scored a brace and Harry Kateley and Charlie Little each got a goal as they remained 5-points behind the leaders.

In other games, there were wins for Basildon Town Reserves, Hutton Reserves and Lakeside United. A lone goal for Nathan Fisher was enough for Basildon Reserves to beat Collier Row 1-0 while Conor O’Regan was on target twice as Hutton Reserves beat Toby Reserves 2-0 and a brace from David Alele and a goal from Mohammed Bouzeryouh saw Lakeside score three with just a single reply against Hullbridge Sports ‘A’.

Division Four

At the top of Division Four, Catholic United Reserves pulled a point clear of Hashtag United Development as they were handed a home-walkover against Laindon Orient Reserves. Hashtag Development missed the opportunity to remain top as they were held on the road to Galleywood Reserves. Harry Braysher and Tony Stevens were on target for the Tags but it wasn’t enough as they drew 2-2.

Below the two-promotion chasing sides, Wakering Sports Reserves and Chingford Athletic Reserves picked up three-points. Wakering Reserves were given an away-walkover against Sungate Reserves as the hosts were able to fulfil the fixture while Chingford Athletic Reserves thrashed Leytonstone United, winning 9-1. Luke Diamond scored a hattrick, Callum Godfrey and Regan Marshall scored a brace each and Sam Jarvis and Cane Sullivan were also on target for Chingford Reserves with Leytonstone reply once.

There were also wins for Old Chelmsfordians Reserves and Ongar Town Reserves. Chelmsfordians Reserves moved 10-points clear of bottom-side Canning Town Reserves as they beat their opponents, 5-2 with goals shared between Liam Landers, Christopher Gregory and Thomas Ellis while Ongar Town Reserves moved up to 7th with a 3-1 win over Shenfield AFC Reserves. Riyan Metsaha, Joseph Stedman and Rodney Wilson were on target for the visitors with Shenfield Reserves replying once.

Division Five 

Wakering Sports ‘A’ remained top of Division Five as they thrashed Leigh Ramblers 5-0 on the road. Roydon moved up to second and remained within a point of the league-leaders after their third successive win since the return of football. Halcyon Griffith scored twice and Mohamed Benzid scored once as they beat Springfield Reserves 3-0.

Below them, Shoebury Town Reserves moved up to 3rd in the division while Bishop’s Stortford Swifts rose to 6th in the table with both sides winning on Saturday. Izaih Antoine, Tyler Boosey, Aaron Day and Tariq Issa were on target as Shoebury Reserves beat Runwell Sports Reserves by four-goals to nil while Chris Jennings scored twice and Henry Harnack and Jordan Trott also scored despite Dre Ferlisi and Micheal Ryder scoring for the visitors as Dean Perrett’s Swifts Reserves won 4-2.

Elsewhere, Newbury Forest Reserves were awarded an away-walkover against AS Rawreth Reserves as the hosts were unable to fulfil the fixture.