Epping Town FC 2 vs FC Hamlets 3

Epping Town scored in the opening minutes and the dying seconds of the match but went out 3-2 to FC Hamlets in the Second Round of the Senior League Cup.

Alex Paraskeva gave Epping Town the lead but the home side were 1-3 down at half-time.

Paraskeva then spent most of the second half in goal as a replacement for Brad Molloy who went off with a shoulder injury.

Eben Rowledge scored Epping Town’s second goal with almost the last kick of the match, but it was not to be for the hosts.

In Division Two of the Essex Olympian League, Epping Town’s nearest rivals Corinthians lost 4-1 at Beacon Hill Rovers to leave Epping Town top of the league with a game in hand over Corinthians.

Epping Town, Corinthians and Leigh Town all have 12 points; Leigh Town and Epping Town have both played four matches (Corinthians have played five).

Next Saturday Epping Town are again in cup action when the host Hampton Town (2.15pm kick off at the Stonards Hill recreation ground, Epping) in the First Round of the Anagram Records Trophy.

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Epping Town FC 1 vs Harold Wood Athletic Reserves 0

Epping Town have moved to the top of Essex Olympian League Senior Division Two after a 1-0 win over Harold Wood Athletic Reserves at Stonards Hill.

Connor Hammond netted the winner 18 minutes into the second half to extended Epping Town’s unbeaten run at home to more than eight months.

Epping Town are now top of the league on goal difference (+30) – +7 better than second placed Corinthians and +15 more than third placed Leigh Town.

All three clubs have maximum points after four matches.

Next Saturday Epping Town are at home again when they are in Second Round action in the Senior League Cup against FC Hamlets.

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Epping Town FC 19 vs Westhamiams 0

Epping Town are up to second in Essex Olympian League Senior Division Two after a 19-0 victory at home to Westhamians.

Four Epping players – Taner Dagyaran, Connor Hammond, Alex Paraskeva and Tommie Turner – each scored a hat-trick while there were also goals from Joey May, Lindisipho Mtyanda, Brad Gayer, Ryan Folan, Eben Rowledge, Joe Thomas and Joe Killingback.

Epping Town were 6-0 ahead at half-time but another good-sized crowd at Stonards Hill would not have expected the second-half onslaught which sees Epping Town maintain their unbeaten start to the season in both the league and Senior League Cup

Epping Town manager Billy Cove said: “This was a game where we all had to stay disciplined and get the job done.

“Westhamians were unfortunately only able to field ten players but we still had a job to do as they had some very good players, including Epping Town old boy Bill Bradley.”

He added: “The game did have the feel of a pre-season friendly but you can only beat what’s in front of you and we did that comfortably in the end which I was very happy about.

“We had another decent crowd and I’d like to thank the Epping Town community for showing their support.

“We hope to see them all again next week, and we’ll try to put on another good show for them.”

Next Saturday Epping Town host Harold Wood Reserves in a league fixture, with a 2.30pm kick off.

Old Southendian Reserves 0 vs Epping Town 5

Epping Town maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a comprehensive 5-0 victory at Old Southendian Reserves in Senior Division Two of the Essex Olympian League.

A Brad Gayer free kick gave Epping Town a 1-0 half-time lead with a brace from Alex Paraskeva and goals from Glen Warwick and Tommy Taylor in the second half ensuring the three points to further enhance the side’s goal difference to +10, the joint second best in all six divisions of the Essex Olympian League.

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Epping Town Football Club supports children’s charity

Epping Town Football Club is supporting a children’s grant-making charity with the charity’s name featuring on the club’s shirts for the 2019-20 season.

‘Wipe Away Those Tears’, which was established in 2006, grants wishes for terminally ill or seriously ill children in Essex.

Epping Town FC chairman Chris Ottaway said: “Everyone at Epping Town is delighted that the club is supporting such a worthy charity this season.

“‘Wipe Away Those Tears’ does so much to help children and their families at extremely difficult times.

“”It is an unbelievable charity that performs miracles for the lives of terminally or seriously ill children in Essex.”

“”Gail O’Shea, one of three trustees for the charity along with her husband, Jason, said: “We are delighted Epping Town FC are supporting the charity through its first team shirts this season.

“We are truly grateful to everyone involved for their support and generosity.”

For more about the charity visit www.wipeawaythosetears.org, check out its Facebook page and follow @wipeawaythosetearsessex on Instagram.

Epping Town Football Club, with 18 new signings, all set for new season!

Epping Town Football Club is all set for the 2019-20 season having completed a gruelling pre-season campaign with a 13-1 victory over Buckhurst Hill Reserves last Saturday (August 17).

Some 18 new signings have been recruited to bolster the club which secured the runners-up spot in Essex Olympian League Senior Division Four last season.

Such was the dominance of Epping Town in the division that the club, along with league champions Corinthians, have been granted a ‘double promotion’ and will begin their Essex Olympian League Division Two campaign at Wickford-based Rawreth on Saturday, August 31.

Epping Town manager Billy Cove said: “We have had a busy time recruiting players over the summer as I felt we needed to strengthen the squad pretty much all over, and with the five substitute roll on, roll off rule coming into effect this season, it’s important to have a strong 16-man squad for each game which is something I thought we were lacking last season.”

He added: “It’s been another long pre-season which has given me plenty of time to look at different players and formations that we could use this season.

“We will be aiming to bring some silverware to the club this season, and I would like us to mount a serious challenge on the league. We certainly have the players to make this a reality.

“Hopefully the local community will get behind the team this season and it would be nice to have a packed Stonards Hill on Saturday, September 7, when we face last season’s league winners Corinthians in the cup.”

Among the changes made by the club over the summer, former player Liam Clifton has been promoted to first team coach while among the new signings is midfielder Joey May who joins from Essex Senior League club Redbridge and is being tipped by Billy Cove to be “the best player in our league by miles”.

Epping Town chairman Chris Ottaway is looking forward to the new season, and hopes that progress can be made with Epping Town Council to get a spectator stand at Stonards Hill in the coming months.

Mr Ottaway said: “We have had a very active pre-season with Billy running flat out. If you get back what you put in, we should do very well this season as Billy just hasn’t stopped since the end of the last campaign.

“Now that the new season is upon us and we are really hoping for a great year with more silverware – let’s hope we achieve it.”

Survey seeks support for new spectator shelter

A survey has been launched to establish the level of community support for a new football shelter (small stand) alongside Epping Town Football Club’s pitch at the Stonards Hill recreation ground.

Epping Town Football Club and Epping Town Council are working in partnership exploring the possibility of having a spectator shelter at the football ground, on the site of the previous shelter near to the entrance from Fairfield Road.

Epping Town is set to apply for grant funding for the shelter, with the bid supported by the town council.

The club ended this season as runners-up in the Essex Olympian League Senior Division 4 with the best goal difference in the entire league.

The club’s efforts are set to see it given a ‘double promotion’ up to Senior Division 2.

Club chairman Chris Ottaway said: “The players more than did their bit for the club this season by achieving promotion several weeks before the end of the season.

“We are keen to see the club develop both on and off the pitch and a spectator shelter is a key facility if we are to attract larger crowds to Stonards Hill.

“We look forward to continuing to work with the town council on the funding application. It would be great if we can have the shelter for the new season in August.”

To complete the two-question survey click here.

Old Barkabbeyans vs Epping Town FC

Match Report

Already-promoted Epping Town eased to a 6-0 victory over bottom-of-the-table Old Barkabbeyans in Senior Division Four of the Essex Olympian League to take their goal tally against the opposition this season to 18 in three matches.

After beating Old Barkabbeyans 5-0 in their opening competitive match of the season – the First Round of the Senior League Cup – Epping Town followed that with a 7-2 win in the reverse league fixture at Stonards Hill, and completed the treble with another emphatic victory this afternoon.

Despite their dominance, Epping Town went in at half-time with only one goal to their name – a strike from Daniel Garfinkle – but the second half saw Epping Town score five times, including a hat-trick from Glen Warwick, with Chris Lockwood and Alex Paraskeva also finding the net.

The win extends Epping Town’s lead at the top of the table to five points but fellow title contenders Corinthians have three games in hand.

Next Saturday Epping Town visit Galleywood for their last match of the season, needing one goal to reach the 150-goal milestone for the season.

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Lakeside Reserves vs Epping Town FC

Match Report

The manager of Epping Town Football Club said he is “the proudest man alive” after seeing his “very special group of players” gain promotion with two matches of the season to play.

Epping Town FC, which was ‘reborn’ this year with a new manager, chairman, backroom team and host of new players, ensured promotion from Senior Division Four of the Essex Olympian League with a 3-1 victory at Lakeside Reserves yesterday (Saturday).

The win ensured Epping Town the runners-up spot – and they could yet still win the title although leaders Corinthians have a game in hand.

Epping Town manager Billy Cove said: “I am so pleased for this group of players who have only been together for seven months. To win promotion with two games to go is a huge achievement.”

He added: “I’ve won promotion and cups as a player but nothing comes close to the way I am feeling now. I am the proudest man alive. We’ve assembled a very special group of players.”

Epping Town manager Billy Cove said: “I am so pleased for this group of players who have only been together for seven months. To win promotion with two games to go is a huge achievement.”

Epping Forest MP Dame Eleanor Laing was among those praising the club on its achievements saying: “We are all really proud of you.”

Epping Town FC vs Canning Town Reserves

Match Report

Epping Town need just one point from their visit to rivals Lakeside Reserves on Saturday to guarantee themselves promotion after they ended the home season with a 6-0 demolition of Canning Town Reserves at Stonards Hill yesterday.

Promotion from Essex Olympian League Senior Division Four would have been assured if Lakeside Reserves had dropped points at Leigh Ramblers Reserves, but Lakeside won 3-1.

A hat-trick from Alex Paraskeva, two goals from Jack Leachman and another from Eamon Payne ensured Billy Cove’s team are all but assured of football at a higher level next season.

Epping Town could still win the league title. They are currently one point behind leaders Corinthians who have a game in hand.

Yesterday’s victory – in front of a 60-strong crowd – also further improved Epping Town’s goal difference – to +65, by far the best int the whole league.

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