Still all to play for in Essex

Four weeks since the return of football and we are still not close to knowing who’ll win each division, earning promotion, and who will be relegated down a division. While Buckhurst Hill hold a 5-point lead in the Premier Division and Ongar Town hold a 6-point lead in Division One, it is all still to play for in the coming weeks. Here is a preview of the latest round of fixtures across all divisions this week;

Premier Division 

Basildon Town vs Catholic United – Saturday 24th April, 2pm

Basildon Town will hope to get their promotion charge back on track as they welcome Catholic United to the Basildon Sports & Leisure Club. The hosts sit second in the Premier Division after 11-games, but found themselves dropping 5-points behind Buckhurst Hill after a 3-0 defeat to the league-leaders while Catholic United sit just behind Basildon in 3rd-place, having played a game more, following their win over Sungate, winning 5-3 at home. A win for Basildon would keep them second and could see them go to within 2-points of the leaders while Catholic United would rise to second in the table with a victory, putting them closer to promotion.

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts vs Leigh Ramblers – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm

Billy Cove will hope to continue his unbeaten run since the return of football as his Bishop’s Stortford Swifts side welcome Leigh Ramblers to Silver Leys. The Swifts rose to 6th in the table after 12-games, following their 2-all draw with Springfield, putting them level on points with Harold Wood Athletic but just ahead with a +2 goal-difference. Leigh Ramblers sit two-places ahead of the Swifts after the same amount of games, but 6-points clear of their opponents following their 4-3 win over Hutton. A win for Cove’s men would keep them 6th, but closer to the sides above while a win for Leigh Ramblers could see them rise as high as second.

Buckhurst Hill vs Harold Wood Athletic – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm

League-leaders Buckhurst Hill will hope to continue their perfect form since the return as they face Harold Wood Athletic. The hosts extended their lead at the top of the Premier Division to 5-points after 11-games, with a victory over 2nd-place Basildon last weekend. Harold Wood Athletic sit mid table after 11-games, and 14-points off their opponents. The Woods faced a narrow defeat on Saturday against Shenfield AFC, putting them down to 7th in the league. A win for Buckhurst could see them open an 8-point gap in their quest for promotion while the visitors could rise to 6th in the table with a win of their own.

Canning Town vs Hutton – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm

Canning Town will look to get their first win since the return as they welcome Hutton to the West Ham Community Ground. The hosts faced their third defeat on the spin since the return of football as they lost to Rayleigh Town, keeping them bottom-of-the-league by a -7 goal-difference. Their opponents sit towards the other end of the table, after 11-games but missed the opportunity to rise up the table as they were defeated by 4-goals to three by Leigh Ramblers. A win for Canning Town could lift them as high as 9th and off the bottom while Hutton could move up to third with a victory on the road.

Kelvedon Hatch vs Sungate – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm

Kelvedon Hatch will look to build on their unbeaten run with a win as they face Sungate at home. Kelvedon stayed 11th after 10-games with a point against Old Southendian, drawing 1-1 with their opponents whilst Sungate dropped to 8th after 9-games in the table following last week’s action as they lost an 8-goal thriller against Catholic United, losing 5-3. A win for Hatch could see them rise to 9th in the table while a win for the visitors could see them rise to 6th.

Shenfield AFC vs Rayleigh Town – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm

Both Shenfield AFC and Rayleigh Town will look to build on their wins last weekend as they face each other at St Martins School. Shenfield picked up a narrow win against Harold Wood Athletic, beating them 2-1 on the road and moving them up to 10th after 12-games. Their opponents picked up a more comfortable win, beating Canning Town by 2-goals to nil and keeping them ahead of their opponents by a +1 goal-difference in 9th after just 9-games. A win for Shenfield could see them rise above their opponents while an away win for Rayleigh Town would keep them 9th and ahead of Shenfield.

Springfield vs Old Southendian – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm

Springfield and Old Southendian will hope to return to winning ways on Saturday as they face each other at Springfield Hall Park. Both clubs picked up a point last week; The hosts dropped down to 12th after 11th with a point at home to Bishop’s Stortford Swifts, drawing 2-2 while Old Southendian lifted themselves off the bottom with a 1-all draw against Kelvedon Hatch, putting them 13th after 10-games. A win for Springfield could see them rise to 9th while a win for the visitors could also see them rise as high 9th in the table.

 

Division One 

Runwell Sports vs Galleywood – Saturday 24th April, 2pm

Runwell Sports will hope to return to winning ways and get back on the hunt for promotion as they welcome Galleywood to the Runwell Sports & Social Club. Runwell remained second in the league after 11-games, but fell 6-points behind Ongar Town following their defeat to the league-leaders. Galleywood missed the opportunity to go above their weekend opponents after they faced a 1-0 defeat to Ramsden Scotia, seeing them drop down to 5th after 10-games. A win for Runwell would keep them second in the division and could see them close the gap on Ongar Town while a win for Galleywood could see them rise as high as second.

Toby vs Snaresbrook – Saturday 24th April, 2pm

Toby will look to build on their narrow win at the weekend as they welcome Snaresbrook to the Ford Sports & Social Club in Newbury Park. The hosts rose above their opponents at the weekend, sitting 6th after 12-games, with a 1-nil win over Herongate Athletic while Snaresbrook come into this game after a narrow loss which saw them drop to 7th after 9-games. The game at home to Rayleigh Town Reserves, ended 2-1 in favour of the the Reserves. A win for the host could see them go level on points with Runwell Sports and as high as second while a win for the visitors could see them rise as high as fourth with plenty of games in-hand.

Ongar Town vs Herongate Athletic – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm

Leaders Ongar Town will look to continue their title charge as they welcome Herongate Athletic to the Lakeside Sports Ground. The hosts pulled 6-points clear at the top of Division One after 10-games with a 3-nil win over second-place Runwell Sports, meanwhile, Herongate dropped down to 11th after 10-games, with a narrow loss away to Toby FC. A win for the hosts could see them 9-points clear of the chasing pack with a game in-hand while a win for Herongate could see them go 12-points clear of the bottom-side Shoebury Town.

Ramsden Scotia vs Chingford Athletic – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm

Ramsden Scotia and Chingford Athletic will hope to build on wins from last weekend as they meet at the Nursery Sports Ground. Ramsden stayed 8th after 10-games with a victory over Galleywood, winning 1-0 and putting them 10-points clear of the bottom-of-the-table. Chingford Athletic recorded their biggest win of the season as they trashed Shoebury Town 11-0 at home. The win, their third in 11-games, kept them on the tail of Ramsden Scotia. A win for Ramsden Scotia could take them up to 6th in the table while a win for Chingford Athletic could see them leap above their opponents and take them as high as 7th.

Rayleigh Town Reserves vs Old Chelmsfordians – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm

Rayleigh Town Reserves will look to build on a huge win as they welcome Old Chelmsfordians to the Rayleigh Town Sports & Social Club. The hosts pulled off a huge win over Snaresbrook, lifting themselves up to 10th after 12-games with a 2-1 win away from home. The visitors come into the game off the back of a loss at home, losing 2-0 to Manford Way. The loss, their 4th in 11-games, kept them third in the division but allowed the sides below to close the gap. A win for Rayleigh Town Reserves could see them rise to 9th and 9-points clear of 12th while a win for the Old Chelmsfordians could see them rise to second in the table.

Shoebury Town vs Manford Way – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm

Shoebury Town will hope for an improved weekend as they welcome Manford Way to the Cupids Country Club. Shoebury remained bottom of the division after 11-games, following their 11-0 thrashing at the hands of Chingford Athletic, keeping them 4-points adrift of Herongate Athletic, who also faced a loss. Manford Way come into the game in better form as they rose to fourth in the division after 9-games with a 2-0 victory over Old Chelmsfordians. The victory, their 6th of the season, saw them close the gap on their opponents to 2-points while also seeing them go to within 2-points of second. A win for the hosts wouldn’t lift them off the bottom but could see them close the gap to Herongate to a point while a win for Manford could see them rise to second in the table.

 

Division Two

Corinthians vs Ryan – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm

Corinthians will hope to return to winning ways on Saturday as they welcome Ryan FC to the Stambridge Memorial Ground. The hosts dropped down to 5th after 10-games, despite picking up a point as they drew with Old Southendian Reserves, with the game finishing 3-all. Ryan moved up to 8th after just 8-games in the league with a win, as they narrow beat AS Rawreth at Wadham Lodge. A win for the hosts could see them go top-of-the-league while a win for the visiting side could see them go 7th.

Harold Wood Athletic Reserves vs AS Rawreth – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm

A clash towards the bottom half of the table will see Harold Wood Athletic Reserves welcome AS Rawreth to Harold Wood Park. The hosts stayed 10th after 10-games, despite picking up a point against Beacon Hill Rovers as they drew 1-1 with the former league-leaders. AS Rawreth remained bottom after 9-games as they failed to pick up points their first points in a narrow loss to Ryan at Wadham Lodge. The loss also kept them 4-points adrift of May & Bakers ‘A’, having played a game more. A win for the Wood Reserves could see the, rise to 8th in the table while a win for AS Rawreth could bring them within touching distance of safety.

May & Baker ‘A’ vs Laindon Orient – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm

May & Baker ‘A’ will hope to get back to winning ways following their weekend break as they welcome Laindon Orient to Dagenham on Saturday. May & Baker were without a game at the weekend so they remained 11th after 8-games. There last game, two-weeks ago, ended with a 5-0 loss on the road to Epping Town. Laindon Orient come into this game second in the division, following their huge win over Rochford Town. The 5-0 victory pulled them level on points with the league-leaders Leigh Town and just behind by a -3 goal-difference. A win for May & Baker could see them close the gap on the sides above, although they’d stay 11th while a win for the away side could see them go top-of-the-league, having played two-games more.

Old Southendian Reserves vs Leigh Town – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm

Old Southendian Reserves face a tough test as they welcome Leigh Town to Garon Park. The hosts remained seventh in the division after 10-games, following their point on the road to Corinthians but putting them 3-points behind Wakering Sports. Leigh Town missed the opportunity to remain 3-points ahead of Laindon Orient at the top of Division Two as they faced their first defeat of the season, losing 2-1 to Epping Town. The loss allowed the second-placed side to close the gap on their promotion rivals while Beacon Hill, Epping and Corinthians remain within touching distance. A win for the hosts could see them rise to 6th in the table, closing the gap on the sides above while Leigh Town could remain top-of-the-league, with two-games in-hand.

Rochford Town vs Beacon Hill Rovers – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm

Rochford Town will hope to get back to winning ways as they face Beacon Hill Rovers on Saturday. The hosts dropped down to 9th after 12-games last weekend as they faced a heavy defeat to Laindon Orient, losing 5-0 on the road. The loss put them level on points and goal-difference with Harold Wood Athletic Reserves but remaining 9-points ahead of the bottom side. Beacon Hill Rovers missed the opportunity to go top-of-the-league as they had to settle for a point at home to Harold Wood Reserves. The draw saw them drop down to third after 12-games, but only a point off the leading two. A win for Rochford could see them rise to 8th and find themselves 12-points clear of the drop while a victory for the visitors could see them maintain their promotion chase and could even see them top of the pile.

Wakering Sports vs Epping Town – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm

Wakering Sports return to action as they face Epping Town at Cupid’s Country Club at the weekend. Wakering Sports didn’t have a game at the weekend as they remained 6th after 10-games but falling 6-points behind their nearest opponents Corinthians in 5th. Their last game was a narrow win over Laindon Orient. Epping Town rose to fourth in the division last weekend as they inflicted Leigh Town’s first defeat of the season. The win, their 6th of the season, put them 3-points behind second-place Orient with 2-games in-hand. A win for Wakering could see them go within a point of 5th-place Corinthians and close the gap on the sides above while a win for Epping could see them keep up a promotion push with the potential to rise to the top-of-the-league.

 

Division Three 

Buckhurst Hill Reserves vs Lakeside United – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm

Buckhurst Hill Reserves will hope to return to winning ways as they welcome Lakeside United to Roding Lane. The hosts stayed 9th in the table after being beaten 5-0 at home by Manford Way Reserves. The loss didn’t affect their position, sitting 9-points clear of the bottom-side with games in-hand. Lakeside United extended their lead over their opponents to 6-points with a 3-1 win over Hullbridge Sports ‘A’, but seeing them remain 8th. The win, their 5th of the season, put them within 4-points of fourth. A win for the hosts could see them close the gap on the sides above while  a victory for Lakeside could see them go to within a single point of 4th-place.

Collier Row vs ACD United – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm

Collier Row faced a tough test as they welcome ACD United to the Forest Row Centre. Collier Row were in action midweek but were handed a loss as they were beaten 4-1 on the road to Hutton Reserves. The loss saw the hosts drop down to 5th in the table as they were overtaken by their opponents. ACD United were handed a home-walkover against Corinthians Reserves as they were able to fulfil the fixture. The three-points were enough to keep the visitors top-of-the-league by two-points after 10-games. A win for Collier Row could see them rise to 3rd while a win for the visitors would keep them top and could see them open a 5-point gap over Manford Reserves.

Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ vs Manford Way Reserves – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm

Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ will hope to return to winning ways as they welcome Manford Way Reserves to Lower Road. The hosts faced defeat last weekend as they lost 3-1 to Lakeside United, keeping them 5th in the division. The loss allowed the sides below to go with a couple of points of Hullbridge; Hutton and Basildon going within a point and Lakeside within 2. Manford Way Reserves go into the game off the back of a win after they thrashed Buckhurst Reserves, winning 5-0. The win kept Manford Reserves 2nd and 3-points ahead of Wakebury in 3rd. A win for the hosts could see them rise to 4th and within 2-points of 3rd while a win for the visitors could see them go top-of-the-league and a point ahead of ACD United.

Hutton Reserves vs Leigh Town Reserves – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm

Hutton Reserves will hope to build on their midweek win as they welcome Leigh Town Reserves to Polo Fields. The hosts scored four with just one reply as they beat Collier Row 4-1 on Wednesday. The win was enough to lift the hosts up to 4th and ahead of Collier Row on goal-difference. Leigh Town Reserves remained without points last weekend as they were beaten 4-1 at home by Wakebury. The loss, their 10th in 10-games, kept them bottom and 7-points adrift of safety. A win for Hutton Reserves could see them go level on points with third while a win for Leigh Reserves wouldn’t lift them off the bottom but could take them within 4-points of safety.

Basildon Town Reserves vs Wakebury – Saturday 24th April, 4pm

Basildon Town Reserves and Wakebury will hope to build on their win last weekend as they face each other at the Basildon Sports & Leisure Centre. Basildon Reserves narrowly beat Collier Row at the weekend, winning 1-0 at home. The win saw them stayed 7th in the league, 7-points ahead of 9th and 9-points off the leaders. Wakebury comfortably beat Leigh Town Reserves as they walked away with a 4-1 win. The victory for the visitors on the road was enough to keep them third, opening a 3-point gap over 4th with a far better goal-difference and staying within 5-points of the leaders. A win for the hosts could see them rise to 4th in the table while a win for Wakebury could see them close the gap to the leaders to 2-points.

Toby Reserves vs Corinthians Reserves – Saturday 24th April, 4pm

Toby Reserves and Corinthians Reserves will both hope to get a win, following a weekend of defeat as they face each other at Fords Sports & Social Club. The hosts were beaten 2-0 at the weekend, losing against Hutton Reserves. The defeat kept Toby Reserves in 11th place, but still with a comfortable 7-point lead over the bottom side. Corinthians Reserves didn’t play last Saturday but were on the end of a defeat as their opponents and the league-leaders, were handed a home-walkover due to the unfulfillment of the visitors. The defeat also saw no movement from the Reserves as they remained 10th and a point ahead of this weekend’s opponents. A win for either side would could see them up to 9th and with a stronger lead over Leigh Town Reserves.

 

Division Four

Galleywood Reserves vs Leytonstone United – Saturday 24th April, 2pm

Galleywood Reserves and Leytonstone United will hope for a better weekend as the sides face-off at Moulsham High School. Galleywood Reserves picked up a point last weekend as they held promotion hopefuls Hashtag United Development to a 2-2 draw. The point was enough to lift the Reserves up to 9th in the league and ahead of their opponents with a game in-hand. Leytonstone United were handed a heavy loss at home last weekend as they were beaten 9-1 by Chingford Athletic Reserves. The loss saw them drop below their opponents with 4-point between themselves and Shenfield AFC Reserves below. A win for the either side could see them rise as high as 6th, closing the gap to 4th to just 2-points.

Chingford Athletic Reserves vs Catholic United Reserves – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm

A huge game towards the top will see Chingford Athletic Reserves welcome Catholic United Reserves to Town Mead Leisure Park. Chingford Reserves will have a spring in their step going into the game as they beat Leytonstone United 9-1 in their last game. The win was enough to lift them to 4th in the table and ahead of Sungate Reserves after 11-games. Catholic United Reserves also come into the game off the back of a win but one that was handed to them with a home-walkover against Laindon Orient Reserves. The victory was enough to keep the Reserves top-of-the-league by a single point. A win for the hosts would keep them 4th but take them 5-points off the leaders while a win for the visitors could see them extend their lead over the chasing pack.

Hashtag United Development vs Wakering Sports Reserves – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm

Hashtag United Development will hope to keep up their promotion chase as they welcome Wakering Sports Reserves to Barleylands Road. The young Tags were held on the road to Galleywood Reserves, drawing 2-2. The point was enough to keep them a point off the leaders, but having played a game more. Wakering Sports Reserves also come into this off the back of a win with a home-walkover against Sungate Reserves, with Sungate not being able to fulfil the fixture. The win kept Wakering Reserves in 3rd and 4-points off second. A win for th hosts could see rise to the top-of-the-league once again while a win for the visitors would see them stay 3rd but closing the gap to their opponents to just a single point.

Laindon Orient Reserves vs Canning Town Reserves – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm

Laindon Orient Reserves will look to close the gap on the sides above as they welcome Canning Town Reserves to Markhams Close. The hosts were handed a defeat in the last game as Catholic United were handed a home-walkover. The loss didn’t knock them down in the table but it was enough to see Ongar Town Reserves and Old Chelmsfordians Reserves, closing the gap. Canning Town Reserves come into the game off the back of a loss, losing 5-2 at home to Old Chelmsfordians Reserves. The loss kept Canning Town Reserves bottom of the division, remaining 4-points behind Shenfield AFC Reserves, with a game in-hand. A win for the hosts could take them a point off fourth while a win for the visitors could see them within a point of 11th and safety.

Old Chelmsfordians Reserves vs Shenfield AFC Reserves – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm

Old Chelmsfordians Reserves will look to build on their previous win as they host Shenfield AFC Reserves on Saturday. Old Chelmsfordians Reserves won their 4th game in 13-games as they scored 5 against the bottom side, winning 5-2. The win moved the hosts into 8th, ahead of Galleywood Reserves and Leytonstone United, and within 5-points of 4th. Shenfield AFC didn’t have the same luck, finding themselves losing to Ongar Town Reserves. The 3-1 loss, their 8th of the season, kept the Reserves 11th after 11-games, and 4-points off the bottom. A win for the hosts could see rise to 5th and two-points off 4th, while a win for the visitors could take them 7-points clear of Canning Town Reserves.

Sungate Reserves vs Ongar Town Reserves – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm

Sungate Reserves will hope to get a win upon their return to action as they welcome Ongar Town to the Hainault. The hosts faced a loss last weekend as they were unable to fulfil the fixture, handing the three-points to Wakering Sports Reserves. The loss saw them drop to 5th in the table after 11-games, dropping two-points below Chingford Athletic Reserves. Ongar Town Reserves picked up a win on the road as they beat Shenfield Reserves by 3-goals to one. The win, their 4th of the season, was enough to lift them up to seventh and three points off their opponents. A win for Sungate Reserves could take them to within 2-points off the top-3 while a win for the visitors could see them go level on points with their opponents.

 

Division Five 

AS Rawreth Reserves vs Springfield Reserves – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm

AS Rawreth Reserves face a tough test as they host Springfield Reserves at the weekend. The hosts remained without points this season as they were handed a defeat against Newbury Forest Reserves, due to not being able to fulfil the fixture. The loss saw them remain 7-points adrift from safety after 9-games. Springfield Reserves also faced a defeat on Saturday as they were beaten 3-0 by Roydon. The loss saw Springfield drop two-places, down to 5th after 9-games. A win for the hosts would keep them bottom but could see them 4-points from safety while a win for the hosts could take them up to 2nd.

Epping Town Reserves vs Newbury Forest Reserves – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm

Epping Town Reserves hope to return to action with a win as they face Newbury Forest Reserves. The hosts didn’t play last weekend, with their last game being a 5-3 win at home to Barkabbeyans. Despite sides around them playing, Epping Reserves remained 11th after 9-games. Newbury Forest Reserves were awarded three points last weekend as they were given an away-walkover against bottom-side AS Rawreth Reserves. A win for the hosts could see them rise to 9th while a win for the away side could lift them to 5th, putting them 2-points off second.

Herongate Athletic Reserves vs Leigh Ramblers Reserves – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm

Herongate Athletic Reserves will also look to return to action with a victory as they host Leigh Ramblers Reserves at Billericay Road. The hosts didn’t have a game at the weekend, with their last game on April 10th, ending in defeat against Wakering Sports ‘A’. With no games, Herongate Reserves remained 10th after just 8-games. Leigh Ramblers Reserves come into the game off the back of a heavy lose, following their 5-0 defeat to Wakering Sports ‘A’. The loss saw the away side stay 12th in the table, but 7-points clear of AS Rawreth Reserves. A win for the hosts could see them leap into 9th and find themselves 12-points clear of the bottom spot while a win for Ramblers Reserves could see them as high as 10th, leap-frogging their opponents.

Roydon vs Old Barkabbeyans – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm

Roydon will hope to win their fourth consecutive game and their fourth home game in a row as they welcome Old Barkabbeyans to the Roydon Playing Fields. Roydon won their third consecutive game since the return of football as they beat Springfield Reserves by 3-goals to nil. The win pushed Roydon into Second-place and a point off the league-leaders. Old Barkabbeyans were beaten in their last game as they lost to Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Reserves. The 4-2 loss on the road saw the visitors drop down to 8th after 11-games. A win for the hosts could see them top-of-the-league ahead of Wakering Sports ‘A’ while a win for Old Barkabbeyans could see back up to 6th in the table, and 6-points off the leaders.

Runwell Sports Reserves vs Wakering Sports ‘A’ – Saturday 24th April, 4pm

Runwell Sports Reserves will hope to get back to winning ways as they welcome the league-leaders to the Runwell Sports & Social Club. The hosts were beaten in their last game as they lost 4-0 to Shoebury Town Reserves on the road. The loss for Runwell Reserves saw them remain 9th after 11-games. Wakering Sports were on the end of a superb victory as they eased past Leigh Ramblers Reserves with a 5-nil victory. The win kept the visitors top-of-the-league by a single point over the resurgent Roydon. A win for the Reserves could see them up a place in the table and 5-points off fourth while a win for Wakering Sports ‘A’ would keep them top and could see them open a 4-point gap.