Old Boys return to winning ways

Brian Jeeves

Shenfield AFC v Old Southendian – Essex Olympian League Premier Division – St Martin’s School – Report

Shenfield AFC 0-3 Old Southendian

Altan Ali was satisfied with his Old Southendian side after they returned to Essex Olympian League Premier Division winning ways at Shenfield AFC.

Ali had called for a response from his charges following last weekend’s disappointing Senior League cup exit at the hands of chief rivals, Catholic United: “That was a little more like the team we know we can be,” he told Yellow Sport.

Matt Tonkin netted twice from the penalty spot, while Callum Ludlaim was also on target in a 3-0 triumph: “Obviously, winning the game was the most important thing,” Ali added.

“But we’ve scored three goals and kept a clean sheet. These are the standards we want to set. We mustn’t drop below those levels.

The result left Old Southendian in fifth place in the table with six games to go: “We now need to rest ourselves in the run-in. It is all about personal pride. Today, we have reset the bar,” the Old Boys chief concluded.

Old Boys second string are walloped by Wakering

Wakering Sports Reserves v Old Southendian Reserves – Essex Olympian League Division Two – Cupids – Report

Wakering Sports Reserves 8-2 Old Southendian Reserves

Old Southendian Reserves slipped back into the Essex Olympian League Division two relegation places following a damaging defeat at their promotion-chasing Wakering Sports counterparts.

Ronnie Lovegrove and Amer needed for the Old Boys on what can only be described as a hugely disappointing day at the office. Nevertheless, the home side ruthlessly exposed the lowly visitors and ran out a resounding victory by eight goals to two.

With Rayleigh Town’s second string beating Hutton Reserves, the Old Boys dropped to second from bottom in the table with four games to save their season.

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Brian Jeeves

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