There is plenty more football to be played across Division Three, Four and Five as clubs return to action for the first time. From relegation 6-pointers, to title-chases, the Essex Olympian Football League has it all. Have a read of these fixtures previews from across all three divisions;
ACD United vs Manford Way Reserves – Saturday 3rd April, 2.30pm
Undefeated ACD United host Manford Way Reserves at the Westlands Playing Fields. The hosts sit top of the league by 5-points having won their opening 7-games. The 7-wins have come against Hutton Reserves, Basildon Town Reserves, Collier Row, Wakebury, Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ and Leigh Town Reserves. They go up against the team just below them in 2nd-placed Manford Reserves. Manford’s record has seen them win 5, draw 1 and lost 2 and although they have played a game more, they can briefly reduced the gap to the leaders. Their last game back in December finished in a convincing victory over Buckhurst Hill Reserves.
Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ vs Basildon Town Reserves – Saturday 3rd April, 2.30pm
Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ will host Basildon Town Reserves at Lower Road. The hosts sit 5th after 7-games, having won 4, drew 1 and lost 2. Their last win came at the end of October with victory over Leigh Town Reserves before they faced two-defeats in December against ACD United and Corinthians Reserves. Basildon Town Reserves sit 4-points below Hullbridge in 7th-place. Of their 7-games, Basildon have won 3 and lost 4 with their last game ending in victory over Lakeside United, ending a 4-game losing run.
Lakeside United vs Hutton Reserves – Saturday 3rd April, 2.30pm
Lakeside United will welcome Hutton Reserves to the Lakeside Sports Ground. Lakeside find themselves 6th after 8-games, with a record of won 4 and lost 4. United’s last two games ended in victory as they defeated Collier Row and Corinthians Reserves. Hutton Reserves sit 9th after 6-games. Of those 6-games, the Reserves have won 2, drew 1 and lost 3, putting them 5-points off their opponents.
Leigh Town Reserves vs Collier Row – Saturday 3rd April, 2.30pm
Leigh Town Reserves will host Collier Row at the John Burrows Recreation Ground. Leigh Town find themselves rock-bottom of Division after losing their opening 7-games, finding themselves 4-points off their nearest opponents Toby Reserves. Their 7-defeats have come against Toby Reserves, Buckhurst Hill Reserves, Wakebury, Corinthians Reserves, Lakeside United, Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ and ACD United. They go up against Collier Row who find themselves 3rd after 8-games, with a record of won 5, drew 1 and lost 2, putting them level on points with 2nd-place but 5-points off the leaders. Collier’s last game ended in victory as they defeated Toby Reserves back in December.
Toby Reserves vs Buckhurst Hill Reserves – Saturday 3rd April, 2.30pm
Toby Reserves will host Buckhurst Hill Reserves at the Ford Sports & Social Club. The hosts find themselves 11th and hovering over the drop zone after 7-games. Of those 7-games, they won 1, drew 1 and lost 5 with their last 5-games ending in defeat including Saturday’s opponents and twice against Collier Row. Buckhurst Hill Reserves sit just above Toby Reserves in 10th after 6-games with a record of won 2 and lost 4, putting them 2-points ahead of their opponents with a game in-hand. Hill’s Reserves also weren’t in the best form as they had lost their last 3-games, with defeats to Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ twice and Manford Way Reserves.
Wakebury vs Corinthians Reserves – Saturday 3rd April, 2.30pm
Wakebury will host Corinthians Reserves at Shoebury Park. Wakebury sit 4th after 8-games, with a record of won 4, drew 1 and lost 3, putting them 3-points off 2nd and 3rd-place. Despite beating Hutton Reserves at the end of October, the hosts faced defeat at home to both Manford Way Reserves and Hutton Reserves in the reverse fixture. Corinthians Reserves sit in 8th after 7-games, with a record of won 2, drew 2 and lost 3. Corinthians Reserves ended a two-game losing run against Manford Way Reserves and Lakeside United with a 10-game thrilling win over Hullbridge Sports ‘A’.
Canning Town Reserves vs Shenfield AFC – Saturday 3rd April, 2.30pm
Canning Town Reserves will host Shenfield Reserves at the Bobby Moore Pavilion on Saturday. The hosts find themselves bottom with 2-points after 7-games with a record of drew 2 and lost 5. One of the draws came against Old Chelmsfordians Reserves in the last game back in December, ending a 2-game losing run on the road. They face the team in 11th after just above them in Shenfield AFC Reserves. Having played a game more, Shenfield’s record of won 1 and lost 7, puts them a point ahead of their opponents. They had ended a 6-game losing run with their only win of the season before facing their 7th defeat of the season.
Catholic United Reserves vs Hashtag United Development – Saturday 3rd April, 2.30pm
A top-of-the-table clash will see Catholic United Reserves host Hashtag United Development on Saturday Afternoon. Catholic United Reserves remain unbeaten, having won all eight of their opening games. They had beaten Wakering Sports Reserves, Ongar Town Reserves, Old Chelmsfordians Reserves, Sungate Reserves, Shenfield AFC Reserves, Galleywood Reserves and Leytonstone United in an away walkover. Hashtag United Development sit 5-points off their opponents having won 6, drew 1 and lost 1 of their 8-games. Since their opening day defeat, the Development side have remained unbeaten with wins over Chingford Athletic Reserves (twice), Shenfield AFC Reserves, Galleywood Reserves, Laindon Orient Reserves and an 11-0 victory over Old Chelmsfordians Reserves while drawing with Leytonstone United.
Leytonstone United vs Laindon Orient Reserves – Saturday 3rd April, 2.30pm
Leytonstone United will welcome Laindon Orient Reserves to the Forest Row Centre. Leytonstone find themselves 10th after 8-games, with a record of won 2, drew 2 and lost 4, putting them 5-points ahead of Shenfield AFC Reserves. Throughout December, they had defeated Canning Town Reserves, drew with Hashtag United Development and lost to Sungate Reserves. They played 4th-placed Laindon Orient Reserves who have played 8-games with a record of won 4, drew 1 and lost 3. Laindon Reserves collected four points in their last two-games with a draw against Wakering Sports Reserves and a home-walkover over Sungate Reserves.
Old Chelmsfordians Reserves vs Chingford Athletic Reserves – Saturday 3rd April, 2.30pm
Old Chelmsfordians Reserves will host Chingford Athletic Reserves at Lawford Lane. The Chelmsfordians Reserves sit 8th after 10-games (the most in the league) with a record of won 3, drew 1 and lost 6. The hosts two-game unbeaten run at the start of December was ended with a hefty defeat to Hashtag United Development, losing 11-0. Chingford Athletic Reserves find themselves 5th after 8-games, with a record of won 4 and lost 4, putting them 7-points behind 2nd-placed Hashtag. Chingford haven’t been able to put a good run together since the season started with their last game ending in defeat to Wakering Sports Reserves off the back of two-losses and a win.
Ongar Town Reserves vs Sungate Reserves – Saturday 3rd April, 2.30pm
Ongar Town Reserves will host Sungate Reserves at the Lakeside Sports Ground. The hosts sit in 9th after 7-games, having won 3 and lost 4, putting them 3-points off 5th-place. Ongar Town’s 3-game winning run was ended with two-consecutive defeats against Old Chelmsfordians Reserves and Wakering Sports Reserves. Sungate Reserves sit 7th but only a point ahead of their opponents with a record of won 3, drew 1 and lost 4. Sungate ended a four-game losing run against Wakering Sports Reserves, Catholic United Reserves, Chingford Athletic Reserves and Laindon Orient Reserves with a victory over Leytonstone United.
Wakering Sports Reserves vs Galleywood Reserves – Saturday 3rd April, 2.30pm
Wakering Sports Reserves will welcome Galleywood Reserves to the Cupids Country Club on Saturday Afternoon. The host find themselves 3rd and 3-points off Hashtag Development after 7-games with a record of won 5, drew 1 and lost 1. Since their defeat on the opening day, Wakering have remained unbeaten with wins over Canning Town Reserves, Sungate Reserves, Shenfield AFC Reserves, Chingford Athletic Reserves and Ongar Town Reserves while drawing with Laindon Orient Reserves. Galleywood Reserves find themselves 6th after 7-games, with a record of won 3, drew 1 and lost 3. Galleywood Reserves were heavily defeated by Catholic United Reserves, losing 6-1 straight after a 6-0 win over Leytonstone United and win a 2-1 win over Laindon Orient Reserves.
Old Barkabbeyans vs Leigh Ramblers Reserves – Saturday 3rd April, 12.15pm
Old Barkabbeyans will welcome Leigh Ramblers Reserves to Belfairs Park on Saturday. The hosts sit 4th after 8-games, with a record of won 4, drew 1 and lost 3, putting them level on points with 2nd, 3rd and 5th and 5-points off the leaders. Their 5-game unbeaten run was ended by the leader leagues back in December. Their opponents sit towards the other end of the table, finding themselves 10th after 6-games with a record of won 2 and lost 4. Their last game ended with victory over Runwell Sports Reserves, bringing to an end a two-game losing run against Roydon and their opponents for the Afternoon in Old Barkabbeyans.
AS Rawreth Reserves vs Epping Town Reserves – Saturday 3rd April, 2.30pm
A bottom-of-the-table clash will see AS Rawreth host Epping Town Reserves at the Warren. The hosts sit rock-bottom after 6-games, with 0-points despite winning 1 and losing 5 (due to an adjustment). Their first 5-games ended in defeat before they picked up their first win in their last game before the season was halted, beating the league-leaders in a narrow win. Epping Town Reserves sit just above their opponents having played a game more but with a record of won 1 and lost 6. Their last four games ended in defeat as they lost to Leigh Ramblers Reserves, Roydon, Runwell Sports Reserves and Bishop’s Stortford Swift Reserves.
Herongate Athletic Reserves vs Springfield Reserves – Saturday 3rd April, 2.30pm
Herongate Athletic Reserves will welcome Springfield Reserves to Billericay Road. The hosts sit in 9th after 6-games with a record of won 3 and lost 3, putting them 3-points off 6th. Herongate’s last two-games have come against Bishop’s Stortford Swifts with them losing 6-4 before winning 4-2 at home. Their opponents were 7th after 6-games with a record of won 4 and lost 2, putting them 3-points above their next opponents. Springfield Reserves won their last game against Newbury Forest Reserves to get back to winning ways after losing to Swift Reserves.
Newbury Forest Reserves vs Collier Row Reserves – Saturday 3rd April, 2.30pm
Newbury Forest Reserves will welcome Collier Row Reserves to the Fairlop Oak Playing Fields. Newbury Reserves sit 11th after 5-games, having won 2 and lost 3 with their last game ending in a defeat to Springfield Reserves back in December. They face the league-leaders Collier Row Reserves, leading the pack by 5-points after 8-games. Of those 8-games, they have won 5 and lost 3 with them ending a two-game losing streak with a victory over Old Barkabbeyans in their last game before Christmas.
Roydon vs Runwell Sports Reserves – Saturday 3rd April, 2.30pm
Roydon will host Runwell Sports Reserves at the Roydon Playing Fields on Saturday Afternoon. Roydon sit 6th after 6-games, having won 4 and lost 2, putting themselves a point off 2nd-5th and 6-points off the leaders. Roydon sit on a 2-game winning run as they defeated Leigh Ramblers Reserves and Epping Town Reserves, ending a two-game losing streak. Runwell Reserves sit 8th after 9-games, with a record of won 3, drew 2 and lost 4, putting them themselves a point off their opponents. Runwell Sports had collected 5-points from three games before facing defeat in their last game with a loss to Leigh Ramblers Reserves.
Wakering Sports ‘A’ vs Shoebury Town Reserves – Saturday 3rd April, 2.30pm
A huge 6-pointers will see Wakering Sports ‘A’ host Shoebury Town Reserves at the Cupids County Club. Wakering find themselves 3rd on 13-points after 6-games with 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss with their first loss coming against their opponents in the reverse fixture. They face 2nd-place Shoebury Town Reserves who also sit on 13-points with the same record of won 4, drew 1 and lost 1. Their last game ended in a draw against Runwell Sports Reserves with their only defeat coming against Bishop’s Stortford Swifts back in October.