Essex Saturday Veterans Cup First Round

Joint highest scorers in the County Cup were Manford Way and Sungate who each scored twelve times without reply against North Weald and Academy Soccer respectively. Little Thurrock Dynamos started the defence of the Cup with a 9-0 win over Ford Basildon. It was much closer between Old Parmiterians and Debden Sports were it took penalties for Debden Sports to progress and a two all draw. Extra time was required by Britannia before they overcame FOBS by five goals to three. Extra time was also needed by Panfield Bell as they overcame Shenfield by the odd goal in five. Other North Essex Veterans League sides to progress were Stanway Rovers, AFC Wivenhoe, Halstead Town and Lawford Lads at the expense of White Ensign, Harold Wood Athletic, Leigh Town and Rayleigh respectively.

Premier Division sides Springfield who beat Benfleet 6-1, Met Police Chigwell who beat Collier Row 2-1, Chipping Ongar who beat Fulbrook Royals 6-2 and Port of London Authority who beat Cricketers Horndon Saxons 4-2 all ensured they made their higher status tell. Two lower Division sides who did progress at the expense of higher Division sides were Division Three East, Little Waltham who beat Division Two East Pavilion United 7-0 and Division Three West Westhamians who won 2-1 at Division Two West Hale End Athletic.

Two Division One sides who had to come from behind to triumph were West Essex who won 3-1 at Division Four East Horndon and Newbury Park who overcame Sanders from Division Four West 5-3 having been a goal down at half time. Division Two East held the upper hand against Division Two West as Writtle won 5-2 at Bishops Stortford and Leigh Ramblers came back from Maidonians with a 2-0 victory. Another Division Two East to progress were Chelmer Vets who needed a single strike to overcome Ryan from Division Three West.

Beacon Hill Rovers beat Herongate Athletic 4-1 which was the same score that Hornminster beat Newport. Paringdon also scored four times against White Roding but also managed to keep a clean sheet. Old Chelmsfordians also kept a clean sheet against Great Baddow and progressed by scoring three times.

A feature of the first round was an unprecedented number of Clubs who could not field sides. This meant Blackmore Royals, Frenford Senior, Holland, Hutton Old Boys, Heath Park, Hockley & Hawkwell and White Notley progressing to the next round without having to play.

Division Two East

In the only game in the Division Sporting Club Woodham moved up to third place thanks to a five nil win at Runwell Town.

Division Three East

Shenfield Reserves moved up to second place with a 2-1 win over Hatfield Broad Oak. Silver End United picked up their first points of the season as goals from Mark Norris 2, Miles Keeble, Craig Heard, Jason Fletcher and Darren Ely gave them victory over Old Chelmsfordians Reserves who replied through Matthew Mott and a Steven Brook penalty.

Division Three South

Hutton Old Boys Reserves moved clear at the top courtesy of a 4-1 win over Sporting Club Woodham Reserves. Much closer between Little Thurrock A and Hannakins Farm Reserves who drew two all.

Division Three West

LOASS got revenge for their opening day defeat to Globe Rangers. Russell Parsons and Terry Sterling scored in the first half for LOASS but they found themselves trailing 3-2 at half time. Second half goals from Philip Dawes and two from Lee Callacher including you four minutes from time gave LOASS victory. Met Police Chigwell Reserves are above LOASS on goal difference after their 6-2 victory over Harold Wood Athletic Reserves. Terry Sharpe with four, Stephen Curry and Mark Robson scored for Met Police Chigwell Reserves with Robert Keating and Stephen Potter replying for Harold Wood Athletic Reserves. Two second half penalties from David Ludlows and a first half strike from their new signing gave West Essex Reserves victory in their local derby with William Fitt.

Division Four League Cup

First half goals from Paul Faulkner, Danny Rick and Alan Stanlick enabled Forest Glade to progress at the expense of Cricketers Horndon Saxons Reserves despite the visitors pulling a goal back in the second half.

Division Four East

Until last week’s League Cup victory Peverel had not won a game since 1st December 2013. They followed up last week’s result with two second half goals from Neil Mahoney and Gary Flint to give them victory over Leigh Ramblers Reserves who had lead at half time via a strike from Trevor Kernott.

Division Four West

A goal in each half from Ricky Riches weren’t enough to stop Old Barkabbeyans slipping to their first defeat of the season against Old Parmiterians A. Hornchurch are now level on points with Old Barkabbeyans at the top after goals from Samuel Knowles 2, Mark Black, Lee Nightingill, Cy Taylor and Steve Ware gave them a 6-1 win over West Essex A whose second half reply came from Chris Hall. Goals from White Roding Reserves substitutes Steve Mills and their new signing gave them the points at Hatfield Broad Oak Reserves.

Over 45 Division

Old Parmiterians are now the leading scorers in the Division following their 6-1 win over Frenford Senior. Old Parmiterians goals coming from a Arnold Howell hat trick, Dennis Hawkins, Gary Luck and Dominic Bergonzi. An entertaining game in Tiptree saw Peverel beat Herongate Athletic by two goals to nil.  Newport recorded their first win of the season thanks to two goals from James McCullaugh and one from Philip Davis as they beat Glassmasters 3-2. Pavilion United also won by the same score line at Hannakins Farm as a result of two goals by Allen Braithwaite and one from Paul Ford.

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