This weekend saw a regular supplement of Premier Division action take place alongside FA Vase and Essex Thameside Trophy action. Here is what happened.
Buckhurst Hill 1-1 Walthamstow (Walthamstow won 3-0 on penalties)
Buckhurst Hill exited the Essex Thameside Trophy at the 1st Round despite holding Walthamstow to a 1-1 draw over 90 minutes before losing 3-0 on penalties. Hill went ahead in the first half before Essex Senior League side Stow managed to secure a 93rd minute injury time equaliser through Ollie Fortune. You can read Aaron Moore’s report on the Walthamstow website here.
Bishops Stortford Swifts 2-4 Basildon Town
Basildon Town bounced back from last weeks 4-0 defeat at Buckhurst Hill to defeat Bishops Stortford Swifts 4-2 with Town’s goals coming from Jimmy Markham in the first half following by goals from Tommy Green, Keith King and Daley Grant in the 2nd half. Terrell Hunter scored both goals for the hosts.
Harold Wood Athletic 3-2 Canning Town
Harold Wood Athletic managed to pick up their first 3 points of the season with a 3-2 victory over Canning Town who remained rooted to the bottom of the Premier Division table and pointless from six games.
Kelvedon Hatch 3-1 Old Southendian
Kelvedon Hatch moved level on points with Basildon Town and Bishops Stortford Swifts as they managed a 3-1 victory over Old Southendian who also remain pointless from four games. Petrit Elbi and Reece Morgan scored the goals for the hosts with Mattias Tonking having scored for the visitors. You can read Brian Jeeves’ article about the game here.
Leigh Ramblers 2-2 Sungate
Leigh Ramblers managed a 2nd half equaliser to draw 2-2 with Sungate in their first home game of the season at Belfairs Park. Justin Hazell and Acer Wake scored both goals for the hosts. You can view Andy Wilkins’ photos here.
Lopes Tavares 3-1 Catholic United
Lopes Tavares from the Eastern Senior League South defeated Catholic United 3-1 which halted their maiden run in the FA Vase at the Terry Mac Stadium.
Shenfield 1-3 Rayleigh Town
Rayleigh Town continued their winning habit and made it 6 wins from 6 games with a 3-1 victory away to Shenfield. The home side nearly took an early lead forcing on 10 minutes forcing Town keeper Mark Brown to push the ball onto the bar. Town then stepped it up but Shenfield defended well and the teams went in level at the break. After a half time reshuffle, Town stepped up a gear with George Vile on 55 minutes and Harry Talbot on 70 minutes scoring to put the visitors 2-0 up. Shenfield kept plugging away and pulled a goal back with 10 minutes left but Bailey Moss as he did last week struck late to give Town a 3-1 win.
Springfield 1-0 Hutton
Springfield moved unto 2nd place with an injury-time winner against Hutton being all the difference. Ryan Batchford scored the crucial goal in the 91st minute of the game to give the 3 points to the hosts.
Report by Andy Wilkins