There was plenty of action and plenty of movement in the tables throughout the six divisions on the second weekend of league football. Here’s a round-up of all the action;
Buckhurst Hill pulled 2-points ahead of Basildon Town after they won while their title-challengers were held on the road. Buckhurst brushed Hutton aside as Roding Lane as a brace from Suleyman Zuhdu as well as goals from Nathan Sollosi and Tyler Dolan saw them win 4-0, their 9th victory of the campaign. Basildon weren’t able to keep up as they were held on the road to 10-man Sungate. Jimmy Markham was on target for the visitors but it wasn’t enough for three points as Lee Samways was on target for the hosts.
Catholic United rose about Leigh Ramblers and Hutton into third as they beat Rayleigh Town by seven goals to nil while Harold Wood Athletic and Bishop’s Stortford Swifts also rose in the table, moving above Sungate. Athletic scored late against Leigh Ramblers through John Bradley as they sealed a 1-0 win while Kurt Smith scored twice and Kieran Southgate also added a goal as the Swifts beat Shenfield AFC 3-1.
Elsewhere, Old Southendian closed the gap on the sides above as they beat Canning Town 5-3 on the road and Kelvedon Hatch recorded only their second win of the campaign, beating Springfield 2-1.
Ongar Town stayed top as they recorded a huge win over bottom side Shoebury Town, beating them 15-0 at home. Jack Zielinski scored a hattrick; Conner Jones, Oswald Nyahunda, Mitchell McCabe and Aaron Blair scored braces while Joe Lilly, Eamon Payne, Harry Rawlins and Billy Reed also scored. The lead only remained at 3-points as Runwell Sports also picked up a win at home, beating Rayleigh Town Reserves three-nil.
Away from the top two, Snaresbrook, Old Chelmsfordians and Toby also recorded wins while Chingford Athletic brought home a point on the road. Connor Hammond had given Manford Way a lead at half-time but it wasn’t enough as Snaresbrook came back to record a 3-1 win. It was fours galore for Old Chelmsfordians as they scored four on the road against Ramsden Scotia, courtesy of Samuel Adams, Joe Kemp, Martin Mixture and Paul Tiffen while Toby edged a 7-goal thriller against Galleywood. Ben Marlow, Craig Skinner and Sam Donn were on target for the visitors but it wasn’t enough as Rhys Willson scored a brace with Luis Ruiz and Louis Hill scoring either side of it.
The spoils were shared at Billericay Road as Herongate Athletic and Chingford Athletic scored one each.
Leigh Town took the lead in the race for the Division Two title as they scored five against Ryan FC. A brace from Brodie Horne as well as goals from Rhys Mosedale, Daniel Driscoll and Lewis Lawrence was enough as the visitors only responded twice. Below them, Beacon Hill Rovers and Laindon Orient both lost, allowing Leigh Town to rise to the top. Rovers were beaten 2-0 by Corinthians as the fourth-placed side also closed the gap on their opponents while a brace for James Shadwell wasn’t enough for 10-man Orient as they were beaten by Wakering Sports with goals from Aaron Clark, Meschack Kisoka and Mohammed Sesay.
In other games, Epping Town picked up a huge win over May & Baker ‘A’ as Callum Turner scored a brace while Graeme Turner, Joe Rickett and Charlie Pollard were also on target. Rochford Town closed the gap on their opponents Old Southendian Reserves with a 3-2 victory as Harry Ford, Alex Gray and Matt Welsh scored to the Reserves Tom Judge and Dave Stubbs and AS Rawreth remained without points as they were defeated 1-0 by Harold Wood Athletic Reserves, courtesy of Ola James.
ACD United remained top in Division Three as they won their eighth game of the season, beating Lakeside United by three goals to one. Michael Wade scored a brace and Ollie Williams was also on the scoresheet with Lakeside only responding once. Manford Way Reserves remained within two-points of the league-leaders as they recorded a 4-1 win over Hutton Reserves. Josh Duah scored two and David Hornsby and Fuad Ibrahim scored one each for their 10th-game of the season.
Below them, Wakebury rose above Collier Row with a 6-3 win over their opponents and into 3rd-place. A hattrick from Daniel Buglione, a brace from Adam Topley and a goal from Billy Bonham-Dare was enough for the three-points in a 9-goal thriller. Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ got their first win since the return as they beat Leigh Town Reserves 3-0 with goals from Joseph Darby, Joshua Boswell and Bryce O’Dea while Basildon Town Reserves also got their first win of the year as a goal from Scott Cooper was enough for a one-nil win over Toby Reserves.
Buckhurst Hill Reserves were handed a home-walkover against Corinthians Reserves as the latter failed to fulfil their fixture.
Hashtag United Development ended the week at the top-of-the-table as they recorded a 4-1 win over Canning Town Reserves as Tommy Green, Samuel Pratt, Kai Warren and Tommy Dominguez scored with a single reply from the visitors. Sungate Reserves and Wakering Sports Reserves both record 3-2 victories on the road. A brace from David Brooks and a goal from Liam Thompson were enough for a win over Chingford Athletic Reserves for Sungate while a brace for Daryl Cooper and a goal from Stephen Idress saw Wakering Reserves beat Old Chelmsfordians Reserves.
Elsewhere, Shenfield AFC Reserves opened a four-point gap over Canning Town Reserves as they scored two with no reply to beat Galleywood Reserves and points were shared between Laindon Orient Reserves and Ongar Town Reserves as they played out a 3-3 draw. Nicholas Godden, John Kerrison and Simon Walters were on target for Orient Reserves while a brace for Rodney Wilson and a goal from Trevor Kabuchu saw the visitors earn a draw. Catholic United Reserves were handed an away-walkover as Leytonstone United were unable to fulfil the fixture.
Wakering Sports ‘A’ remained top-of-the-league in Division Five as they beat Herongate Athletic Reserves 3-2 at home. Their lead only remained at one-point as Springfield Reserves and Roydon also won, putting them on 18-points alongside Collier Row Reserves. Springfield Reserves recorded the second biggest victory in the Essex Olympian Football League as they beat AS Rawreth Reserves 13-0 while a goal for Mohamed Benzid was enough for a win for Roydon against Collier Row Reserves.
Just below them, Shoebury Town rose to 5th as they beat Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Reserves. Kian Bradshaw put them ahead and Garry Johnson scored a 90th-minute penalty either side of a goal from Terrell Hunter for the Swifts. Newbury Forest Reserves edged a close game with Leigh Ramblers Reserves, beating them 3-2 while Epping Town Reserves beat 10-man Old Barkabbeyans in an 8-goal thriller. A brace for Michael Ryder and a goal from Robbie Osborne wasn’t enough for the visitors as Daniel Hurwood scored a brace, added to by Conor Corrigan, Andrew Smith and Oliver Terrell.
Check out the report from the Division Five match-up between Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Reserves and Shoebury Town Reserves: https://footballreview.net/match-report-bishops-stortford-swifts-reserves-1-2-shoebury-town-reserves/