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Epping Town returned to winning ways – having gone four matches in Division Two of the Essex Olympian League without a win – with a 7-1 demolition of Ryan FC at Stonards Hill recreation ground.
But the victory could have been all the more comprehensive had the home side put away a host of changes in both halves.
Epping Town were 2-1 ahead at the break thanks to an Eden Nelson brace with the visitors finding the net in the final seconds of the half.
The floodgates then opened for the home side late on in the second half as Brad Gayer, Glen Warwick – who followed up to score after his penalty kick was saved – Daniel Garfinkle and James Odhiamba with two goals secured the victory.
Epping Town have slipped to sixth in Division Two of the Essex Olympian League after a 1-0 defeat at Harold Wood Athletic Reserves on Saturday.
Epping Town now trail joint leaders Leigh Town and Old Southendian Reserves by eight points, however they have two games in hand on second place Old Southendian Reserves.
This Saturday Epping Town host bottom-of-the-table Ryan at Stonards Hill recreation ground, Epping (2pm kick off).
Epping Town’s promotion challenge took a knock when they went down 4-2 at home to leaders Leigh Town who remain unbeaten in Division Two of the Essex Olympian League
A goal from James Peagram midway through the first half brought Epping Town back on level terms but they went behind for the second time before half-time.
Peagram took over in goal after Trevor Grace suffered a serious-looking ankle injury and a late goal from Glen Warwick could only reduce the deficit as Billy Cove’s side slipped eight points off top spot with 20 points from ten matches.
Epping Town still have a game in hand on second placed Beacon Hill Rovers (24 points from 11 matches) and Old Southendian Reserves (20 points from 11 matches).
Epping Town had to settle for a point after a 3-3 draw at home to Wakering Sports in Division Two of the Essex Olympian League.
The hosts went a goal down but were back on level terms thanks to a Glen Warwick penalty and then took a 2-1 lead into the break with a goal from Alex Paraskeva.
Glen Warwick netted again in the second half but the sides had to settle for a point apiece.
The draw sees Epping Town move up a place to fourth on 20 points, five points behind leaders Leigh Town who are Epping Town’s next opponents, at Stonards Hill recreation ground, Epping, on January 4 (2pm kick off).
Billy Cove’s side still have two games in hand on the second and third placed sides, Beacon Hill Rovers and Old Southendian Reserves.
Epping Town suffered their first home league defeat in over a year when they went down 5-2 to May and Baker EC Reserves on Saturday.
Epping Town had gone 2-0 up with goals from Kurt Smith and Joe Thomas but the visitors hit back to take the points..
The defeat leaves Epping Town in fifth place in Essex Olympian League Division Two, six points adrift of leaders Leigh Town but with games in hand on all the sides above them.
Next Saturday Epping Town are at home to Wakering Sports with a 2pm kick off at the Stonards Hill Recreation Ground.
Two goals in the last nine minutes maintained Epping Town’s unbeaten league campaign this season as they beat Rochford Town 3-2 at Stonards Hill.Two goals in the last nine minutes maintained Epping Town’s unbeaten league campaign this season as they beat Rochford Town 3-2 at Stonards Hill.
Epping Town went a goal down inside the first 15 minutes but were back on level terms with a goal from Jayden Hocking-Rising on the stroke of half-time.
With less than ten minutes left, Alex Paraskeva, who had hit the post earlier in the second half, made it 2-2 before Daniel Garfinkle struck the winner with four minutes left.
The win sees Epping Town strengthen their promotion push with Billy Cove’s men now three points behind leaders Leigh Town (with one game in hand) and three points behind second-placed Beacon Hill Rovers, who lost 3-0 at Old Southendian Reserves, with Epping Town having played three games fewer than Beacon Hill.
Next Saturday Epping Town are at home again when they face May and Baker EC Reserves (2pm kick-off).
Epping Town extended their unbeaten run stretching back to last season to 14 matches with a 1-1 draw at home to Old Southendian Reserves in Division Two of the Essex Olympian League.
A goal from Joe Thomas ten minutes from the end ensured a point for Billy Cove’s team who are now third, three points behind leaders Corinthians and two points adrift of second placed Beacon Hill Rovers with two games in hand on both sides.
Billy Cove said: “It was a very hard fought point against a very strong side. Our keeper, Trevor Grace, was man of the match and kept us in the game with five or six incredible saves.
“I am more than happy with the point and I wish Old Southendian Reserves all the best for the season.”
Next Saturday Epping Town have their first away fixture for more than a month when they travel to eighth placed May & Baker E.C. Reserves.
Epping Town will travel to Alresford Colne Rangers or Toby in the Third Round of the Essex Premier Cup on Saturday, November 23, after a 3-1 victory over north Essex side Great Bentley at Stonards Hill this afternoon.
Epping Town were 1-0 down at half-time but hit back thanks to a Jack Jeffries goal midway through the second period before two goals from Daniel Garfinkle in the last five minutes sealed the tie.
Next Saturday Epping Town are back in Essex Olympian League Senior Division Two action when they welcome league leaders Beacon Hill Rovers, who today beat Westhamians 11-1, to Stonards Hill recreation ground.
Epping Town, who have been in cup action the last three weeks, are currently fifth in the league with two games in hand on three of the sides above them.
Epping Town went out of the Anagram Records Trophy when they were beaten by Hampton Town 8-7 on penalties after the first round match finished 3-3 after 90 minutes.
Epping Town went 3-0 down before Daniel Garfinkle pulled one back for the hosts before half-time.
Epping Town then dominated the second half with goals from Brad Gayer and Dagyaran Taner leveling the score at full-time, before the visitors from Division One of the Middlesex County League edged through to the Second Round at Stonards Hill.
Next Saturday Epping Town play their third successive cup match in as many competitions when they welcome Great Bentley to Stonards Hill in the First Round of the Essex Premier Cup (2pm kick-off).
It was a good day for Epping Town as far as their league position is concerned with one of their closest rivals, Corinthians, dropping points for the second successive week.
The other pace-setters in the division, Leigh Town, won 4-2 at home to Rochford Town to remain unbeaten after five matches in Division Two of the Essex Olympian League.
Epping Town are now third (with 12 points), unbeaten after four matches, and with a far superior goal difference (+30).
Unbeaten leaders Leigh Town have 15 points from 5 matches with Corinthians second with 12 points from six matches.