Premier Division Report

Last Updated: 19 February 2017

A Luke Woodward goal helped Frenford Senior beat Hannakins Farm 1-0 on Saturday which opens up the Premier Division title race. Frenford move up to second, with eight points separating them and Hannakins Farm who still top the table. Springfield move up to fourth after a 4-2 win over Leigh Ramblers. May & Baker E.C. beat Canning Town 4-3 in a game that saw the visitors reduced to nine men, featured two goals from substitute Jamie Reddington, with Craig Hall and Connor Okus scoring the other two May & Baker goals. Canning Town replied with a Paul Preston brace plus a strike from Billy Field. Adam Vyse scored his second hat-trick in a week, opening up his account after only seventeen seconds and then scored again in the fourth minute. Leigh however got themselves back in the game after Justin Hazell and Matt Wilson rifled home. The game was only fifteen minutes old at this point and in an entertaining second half it was Springfield who made sure of the victory after Ross Lamb stabbed home before Vyse completed his hat-trick. Springfield have four games in hand and so in theory could be in a position to mount an end of season title charge. Harold Wood Athletic’s title ambitions took a slight dent after they lost an exciting clash at Manford Way. The visitors scored twice inside the opening five minutes via Danny Driscoll and Jordan Tolan. Suley Zuhdu pulled one back for Manford Way in the first half. The hosts then turned things around in the second half and won the game 4-2 after Joe Oates, Ross Owen plus a second from a Suley Zuhdu penalty secured the points. Steve Barlex scored the Kelvedon hatch goal in a 1-1 draw with relegation battlers Rayleigh Town. George Vile notched the Rayleigh effort. Two other teams embroiled in the relegation shoot out clashed on Saturday as Harold Hill entertained Buckhurst Hill. The game ended up 2-2 with George Shelvey and Dom Griffiths scoring the Harold Hill goals, while Lauric Diakiesse and Alfie Calderwood notched the Buckhurst Hill replies. Only goal difference separates Harold Hill, who remain in the drop zone, from Buckhurst Hill and Rayleigh Town. In fact only five points separate bottom placed White Ensign from tenth placed Leigh Ramblers. It’s going to be tight down at the bottom as we move into the business end of the season.

Report from Scott Lanza