Match Report: Southend Manor 0 – 1 Takeley (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 80

2017-18 Season – Match 13

Date: Wednesday 16th August 2017 7.45pm KO

Southend Manor  : Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Black Socks

Takeley : Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Manor & Takeley players just before KO (Manor v Takeley ESL 16.8.17)
The players just before KO

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a pleasant evening at Southchurch Park, Southend Manor took on Takeley in an intriguing Essex Senior League encounter.

The visitors began the match marginally better, though forward Stuart Zanone and captain Jason Todd couldn’t get their strikes past Manor goalkeeper Klinton Makayabo. After a fair quiet spell in the match, with 25 minutes on the watch, Takeley winger George Wappett sent in a nice cross into the Manor box though it was just out of reach of Zanone, who couldn’t quite put in a telling header on goal from it.

Manor almost scored just past the half-hour as a Joe Skeels free-kick found fellow midfielder Lee Delf, though it appeared to hit his knee and the visiting goalkeeper Ronnie Yates had to be alert to stop the ball trickling over the line and in. To be fair, both defences were on top in the first period, though the visitors edged it, both on chances and attacking play.

Half-Time: Southend Manor  0 – 0  Takeley

The second half began at a more frenetic pace, as Manor started well. Manor forward Bayley Newell twice missed the target. Just before the hour, there was a goal-mouth scramble as Delf headed on into the six-yard area though the visitors were just able to clear there likes from a corner, from which Newell sent in a decent cross, just out of reach of winger Jack Adlington.

Only minutes later, Takeley full-back Andre Humphreys nearly caught out Makayabo with a blistering strike from a narrow angle that hit the woodwork. Manor responded on 65 minutes as another Skeels free-kick deceived the visiting defence and defender George Powell was in the ‘right place at the right time’ to clear off the goal-line.

Into the last ten minutes and Takeley forward Mitchell Das blasted his strike wide, in a good position from twenty yards out. With only moments remaining, Manor substitute Finlay Dobson fizzed in a cross from the left flank, though Delf couldn’t find the target. And with the match seemingly heading for a draw, Takeley substitute Will Green powered down the left wing and sent over a good cross and found Zanone who grabbed a tap-in after sneaking past the Manor back-line.

Full-Time: Southend Manor  0 – 1    Takeley

Zanone 90’

All in all, defeat was tough on Manor though in my opinion, it is another indication of the stronger back-line they have this term, compared to last season. Daniel Okah was superb at the back for Stuart Marshall’s side. Takeley will obviously be delighted with the points as they were not at their best in attack, though their defence and their ability to grind out results shows why they may well be ‘in the mix’ come season’s end. Full-back Andre Humphreys stood out for me, with his pace and energy levels.

I’d like to wish both sides well for the rest of the campaign.


Southend Manor

Manager: Stuart Marshall


Manager: Marc Das

1  Klinton Makayabo  (GK) 1  Ronnie Yates  (GK)
2  Robbie Norris  (C) 2  Nick Barrett
3  Lee Scott 3  Andre Humphreys
4  Lee Delf 4  Matt Gill
5  Daniel Okah 5  George Powell
6  Scott Keys 6  Matt Hurley       (Subbed 78’)
7  Jack Adlington      (Subbed 60’) 7  Bryn Thorpe
8  Callum Jex             (Subbed 68’) 8  Jason Todd  (C)    (Subbed 84’)
9  Michael Hopkins 9  Stuart Zanone
10  Bayley Newell     (Subbed 78’) 10  Mitchell Das
11  Joe Skeels 11  George Wappett    (Subbed 71’)


12  Finlay Dobson   (On 60’) 14  Freddie Burrell         (On 84’)
14  Rhys Fatt             (On 68’) 15  Will Green                (On 71’)
15  Shay Kelly 16  Reece Barrett
16  Daryl Cooper      (On 78’) 17  Olakunmi Bossanya    (On 78’)
17  Ibrahim Kagbanda


Kane Woods
Assistant Referees:

Joe Burgess

Erwin Kegyes

Booked: Skeels, Delf, Norris Booked: Todd, Das, Zanone

Bostik Division North Results round-up – Matchday #2

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to the round-up of action that transpired in Bostik League Division North in midweek (Monday-Wednesday).

Monday 14th August Result

Haringey Borough  1  –  1  Barking

Venue: Coles Park       Attendance: 188

Haringey came back from behind to hold the Blues at Coles Park. Glen Golby & Justin Gardner’s side took the lead after 25 minutes through a goal from Ricky Tarbard. The task for Borough got harder when Jorge Dtassi-Sambu saw red just before the hour mark. The ten men did find an leveller though as defender Scott Mitchell’s goal sixteen minutes from the end ensured it was honours even.

Tuesday 15th August Results

Bowers & Pitsea  3  –  0  Witham Town

Venue: Len Salmon Stadium      Attendance: 160

Bowers comfortably swept aside ten-man Witham at the Len Salmon Stadium. Bowers forward Tony Stokes scored from the penalty spot after 34 minutes to give Rob Small’s men the lead. Adam Flint’s side saw Ryan Imbert dismissed early in the second half as their evening got ever-tougher. Stokes converted another spot-kick ten minutes into the second half before Lewis Manor made the points safe only two minutes afterward.

Canvey Island  2  –  3 Tilbury

Venue: Park Lane     Attendance: 268

Tilbury resisted a Canvey fight-back to take all three points at Park Lane. The Dockers took an early lead just three minutes in through Kurt Smith’s opener. Smith then scored at the other end as Canvey levelled, before Ryan Charles’ goal six minutes before the break gave Danny Heale’s side the lead. Tilbury roared back though late on as goals from Adam Vyse and Smith again sealed a good win for Gary Henty’s side.

Cheshunt  1  – 3  Ware

Venue: Theobalds Lane   Attendance: 147

Cheshunt suffered their second successive loss at the hands of a resurgent Ware at Theobalds Lane. The Ambers took the lead five minutes before the break thanks to Tom Bruno’s opener. Ware recovered well after the interval though, levelling through Yannick Kamanan’s goal seven minutes into the second half. Ware sealed the points with further second-half goals by Murat Karagul (65’) and substitute Finbarr Robins (87’).

Hertford Town  0  –  6  Bury Town 

Venue: Hertingfordbury Park         Attendance: 209

Bury Town bounced back from Saturday’s draw by demolishing newcomers Hertford Town at Hertingfordbury Park. Glenn Draper’s OG gave Town the lead eight minutes in, before Leon Ottley-Gooch put Ben Chenery’s side two-up at the break. After the break, Town piled on the goals with Ollie Cenfer (49’), Ryan Jolland (69’), and a late Ollie Hughes brace in the last eleven minutes sealed a big win for the visitors.

Maldon & Tiptree  A  –  A   AFC Sudbury 

Venue: Park Drive        Attendance: 143

This match was abandoned at half-time due to floodlight failure. The Yellows had taken the lead thanks to L’heureux Menga’s calm finish mid-way into the first half. Maldon levelled through Junior Ofelia-Uzokwe’s tap-in with ten minutes of the half remaining. However, the match was halted as the lighting became steadily worse and this match will be replayed later in the season.

Mildenhall Town   0  – 1    Dereham Town 

Venue: Recreation Way     Attendance: 204

Dereham picked up another narrow win, this time at Recreation Way. The match was only settled with moments left as Jake Anema’s strike was the deciding goal that gave the Magpies their second win on the trot.

Potters Bar Town   2 – 1   Brentwood Town

Venue: Pakex Stadium      Attendance: 130

Potters Bar fought back to claim an important win at the Pakex Stadium. Brentwood took the lead through Matt Price after 25 minutes. As half-time was approaching, the Scholars levelled thanks to Steve Brown’s goal. With five minutes remaining, Lee O’Leary pounced to give Steve Ringrose’s side their second win of the season.

Soham Town Rangers  4  – 1    Norwich Utd  

Venue: Julius Martin Lane        Attendance: 134

Soham recovered from the previous weekend’s loss to hand Norwich Utd their second straight loss. Soham led through Joe Carden’s goal eight minutes before the break. Two goals in the space of eight minutes after the break from Lewis Endacott (56’) and Marcus Hall’s penalty (64’) gave Robbie Mason’s side a comfortable cushion. The Planters pulled one back through Adam Hipperson though Soham’s Matt Allan scored a late fourth to give his side a good win.

Waltham Abbey  0  –  1   Aveley    

Venue: Capershotts             Attendance: 105

Aveley pulled off a narrow win at Capershotts. Tommy Spillane’s 21st-minute goal was enough to give the Millers the points & their first win of the campaign.

Wednesday 16th August Results

Grays Athletic 0  –  2  AFC Hornchurch

Venue: Parkside       Attendance: 377

Hornchurch fought to a good win at Parkside. The Urchins led through Bradley Warner with 15 minutes to play. The visitors were awarded a penalty just four minutes later, which resulted in Grays’ Glenn Wilson being sent off. Unfortunately, forward Leon McKenzie had his penalty saved by Grays goalkeeper Lamar Johnson. Hornchurch did get a second goal however, as with moments remaining, George Purcell securing the points for their second win of the campaign.

Romford   1 – 5    Heybridge Swifts

Venue: Ship Lane        Attendance: 127

Heybridge produced a superb performance to defeat ‘Boro at Ship Lane. The visitors went ahead on 21 minutes through Sam Bantick’s opener. Only four minutes later, Luke Callander doubled Swifts’ advantage. Just past the hour, Juan Luque made it three. Romford grabbed a goal back thanks to Jonathan Nzenga on 71 minutes. Late on, Heybridge inflicted further pain on the home side as Luque got his second ten minutes from the end and with the match in its final moments, Harrison Chatting added a fifth.

This match was Romford Manager Paul ‘Magic’ Martin’s 400th league match in charge of the side; many congratulations go to Paul for his long, successful reign in charge of the club, thus far.

This weekend, Bostik North clubs are involved in the FA Cup Prelim Round, the action in the league returns on Friday/Saturday 25th/26th August.

Match Report: Burnham Ramblers 3 – 2 Ilford (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Leslie Field

Attendance: 23

2017-18 Season – Match 12

Date: Tuesday 15th August 2017 7.45pm KO

Burnham Ramblers: Sky Blue & Navy Blue Striped Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

Ilford: Red & White Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Burnham & Ilford teams before KO (ESL 15.8.17)
Burnham & Ilford players before kick-off

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a crisp but decent evening at Leslie Field, Burnham Ramblers took on Ilford in another intriguing Essex Senior League encounter.

Ilford showed their intentions early-on as forward James Peagram had a shot on-target, though it was saved by Burnham goalkeeper Adam French. The hosts took the lead after just seven minutes thanks to forward Bradley Morgan’s lob over Ilford goalkeeper Tom Jackson that nestled neatly into the right corner. Ilford responded though as Peagram had another opportunity, his header well-saved by French with ten minutes on the clock. Seven minutes later, Ilford had a good opportunity with a free-kick on the edge of the 18-yard box, after forward John Bricknell was fouled. Midfielder Chris Lockwood stepped up to take it, and curled it nicely into the left corner. Game on.

Both sides traded chances as the half-hour mark approached, Bricknell and winger Harry Watkins for Ilford and midfielder Ben Burgess & Morgan again for Burnham. The home side were awarded a spot-kick with 13 minutes remaining of the first period, as Charlee Hughes was brought down in the area. Bradley Morgan stepped up to take the penalty though cajoled his shot wide of the left-side post. Ilford then got a further let-off moments later when Billy Howard’s free-kick from the edge of the 18-yard box was blazed over the bar.

As the half drew to a close, Ilford had further chances though full-back Sam Buffour, Peagram and forward Khadean Campbell though their efforts on goal couldn’t get past French. In all honesty, I felt Ilford did struggle to settle at times during the half.

Half-Time: Burnham Ramblers 1 – 1 Ilford

The second half started in much the same vein, with both sides having chances. Only three minutes into the second period, Burnham defender Grant Webb did well to block Peagram from having a clear chance at goal in the area. Soon afterward, Buffour fizzed in a good right-wing cross for though Campbell couldn’t find the target for Ilford. Burnham responded in kind, first with Billy Howard’s shot being saved by Jackson and 13 minutes into the half, Burnham re-took the lead thanks to a fine Hughes header that went past Jackson sailing into the Ilford net.

Once again though, Allan Fenn’s side responded quickly as they levelled on-the-hour through Peagram’s tap-in. It didn’t stop there, as Burnham took the lead for the third time through Jed Bowman’s looping shot that found the left corner. In the next little period of the match, it became quite scrappy, getting bogged down by fouls & free-kicks. This was further endorsed by Burnham defender Scott Plom being sent off with four minutes remaining. The hosts did hang on a bit, as Ilford had two goals ruled out for offside. That said, Burnham did have late chances through Burgess and Hughes though they couldn’t get past Ilford goalkeeper Jackson.

Full-Time:     Burnham Ramblers  3 – 2  Ilford

Morgan 7′, Hughes 58′, Bowman 70′   |   Lockwood 17′, Peagram 60′

Plom Sent Off 88′

All in all, this was a compelling match which was also a hard-fought encounter. Ilford were not at their best in either penalty area, and Burnham’s Charlee Hughes gave their backline a headache all match. Yes, on another day Ilford may have got a different result though in my view, you couldn’t begrudge Burnham this win, their first league success of the campaign. I felt Chris Lockwood and Sam Buffour shone for the visitors tonight.

My thanks to Andrew Miller for passing over the team-sheets, keep up the good work Andrew. I send my best wishes to both sides for the rest of the ESL campaign.


Burnham Ramblers

Manager: Lee Hughes


Manager: Allan Fenn

1  Adam French  (GK) 1  Tom Jackson  (GK)
2  Jed Bowman 2  Sam Buffour     (Subbed 74’)
3  Grant Webb 3  Luke McLeavy
4  Scott Plom 4  Paul Oshin
5  Luke Moloney (C)    (Subbed 65’) 5  Jonah Gregory
6  Bradley Smith 6  Stefan Szajewski  (C)
7  Billy Howard 7  Harry Watkins    (Subbed 58’)
8  Ben Burgess 8  Chris Lockwood
9  Bradley Morgan    (Subbed 88’) 9  John Bricknell     (Subbed 58’)
10  Ryan Stillwell 10  James Peagram
11  Charlee Hughes 11  Khadean Campbell


12  Samuel Warwick 12  Sherwin Stanley    (On 58’)
14  Ben Timson        (On 65’) 14  Liam Burgess         (On 58’)
15  Danny Green     (On 88’) 15  Harry Matthews
16  Lewis Bond 16  Bill Rungay            (On 74’)
17  George Howard 17  Ashley Wackers
Referee: Stephen Tate
Assistant Referees: Sam Wigington

Nicholas Hodges

Booked: Morgan, Bowman, Howard, Burgess, Hughes Booked: Jackson, Gregory, Lockwood
Sent Off: Plom

Keep checking back on this blog for further match reports from the Essex Senior League this season. There’s also a fair few recent ones too.

ESL 2017/18 – Preview & Results (Matchday Round 4)

Written by Peter D & Scott W

Intro by Peter D

With the ESL now in full swing the games are now coming thick and fast and this week is no exception as there are Premier Division games as well as an FA Cup replay to boot, here are the thoughts of Scott W and myself as we look forward to those fixtures:-

Update: Results will be at the end of this article. Thank you.

Monday 14th August (7.45pm KO’s)

Barkingside v West Essex                                Venue: Cricklefield

Scott: Barkingside welcome West Essex to Cricklefield for their second home match in three days. Both sides won on Saturday, Barkingside narrowly did so over Stansted whilst West Essex continued their fine recent run by winning at Waltham Forest. To be fair, both sides are unbeaten thus far in the league though that record could well disappear after this one.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 1

Peter: Side have won two out of two in the league so far this season although they have had to work hard for both of those victories, whilst West Essex have won all their away games so far in all competitions and are looking like dark horses in the league this season early on.  I fancy an away win here.

Pete’s Prediction 0-2


Enfield 1893 v Redbridge                   Venue: The Harlow Arena

Scott: Matt Hanning’s side welcome the Motormen to the Harlow Arena. Both teams lost their respective encounters on Saturday, Enfield lost at home to Ilford while Redbridge were the latest victim of the Takeley ‘juggernaut’ at Station Road on Saturday. Ricky Eaton & Joey May’s team arguably haven’t found their best form just yet though their squad depth may be useful in this one.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Peter:  Enfield welcome Redbridge to the Harlow Arena having lost all three competitive games so far this term, although their football has probably deserved better than that. Redbridge lost for the first time this campaign with defeat at Takeley so it will be interesting to see how they bounce back from this set back.  I am expecting a reaction from the Motormen though so going for an away win.

Pete’s Prediction: 1-3


Tuesday 15th August (all 7.45pm KO’s)

Basildon Utd v Hullbridge Sports                   Venue: The Hive

Scott: Basildon welcome Hullbridge to The Hive. Both sides triumphed on Saturday, with Marc Harrison’s side defeating Wadham Lodge at home, whilst Sports narrowly beat Sporting Bengal at Mile End in a nonetheless good win for Rob Hodsgon’s men. This could be a hard-fought encounter though I feel the hosts will edge it.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Peter:  The Bees have begun life under Marc Harrison with two wins from two in the league and along with their cup win against Walsham le Willows too they are in good shape this time out.  Hullbridge started slowly but have won their last two games in all competitions so this proves to be a tough encounter for both sides.  Going to go for a score draw here.

Pete’s Prediction:  2-2


Burnham Ramblers v Ilford            Venue: Leslie Field

Scott: Ilford make the trip to Leslie Field to take on Lee Hughes’ Burnham Ramblers. The hosts here started well at the weekend though before falling away at FC Romania on Saturday. Ilford had goal-machine James Peagram’s hat-trick to thank for a win last weekend. The visitors will fancy their chances here as Burnham simply have to stop conceding goals to ‘put a lid’ on their recent form.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Peter:  Ramblers come into this one having lost every competitive game this season and their latest defeat was an 8-2 thrashing at the hands of FC Romania.  Ilford have recorded two convincing away wins this campaign and will be looking to add another one at Leslie Field and I believe they will achieve this too.

Pete’s Prediction: 0-4


Sawbridgeworth Town v Stansted             Venue: Crofters End

Scott: Sawbridgeworth welcome the Airportmen to Crofters End, having got their first win of the campaign at the weekend. John Watters’ side will surely look to ‘keep the ball running’ here, though Stansted have lost two of three matches so far, they’ve proved to be a gritty outfit, conceding an average of one goal a game in that time. That said, I reckon Sawbo will have added confidence from the weekend’s win to take a narrow win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 0

Peter:  Local pride is at stake at Crofters as Sawbridgeworth Town host Stansted and the hosts come into this off the back of their first win of the season after defeating Hackney Wick 4-1 at home with ten men.  Stansted fell to a disappointing 1-0 loss at Barkingside at the weekend so will be looking to bounce back from that.  Feel the hosts may get the win here though.

Pete’s Prediction: 3-2

Waltham Forest v FC Romania (FA Cup EPR Replay)   Venue: Kitchener Road

Scott: Forest welcome FCR in this FA Cup Extra Prelim Round replay. Forest produced a good display to hold Ion Vintila’s side at Theobalds Lane that precipitated this replay. FCR showed they were ‘in the mood’ for goals by scoring eight in the league on Saturday and they will take some stopping here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Peter:  Following a 2-2 draw in the original tie back on August 5th, these two play again for a place in the Preliminary Round and an away tie at Long Melford.  Forest are the only side to prevent the Romanians from winning this season but have yet to win in three league outings themselves.  As mentioned FCR have won all three league games and the last one saw them hit eight past Burnham Ramblers and they have already won at the Matchday Centre this season with an opening day win against Wadham Lodge, and I believe they will repeat this feat again.

Pete’s Prediction: 2-3

Wednesday 16th August (all 7.45pm KO’s)

Hackney Wick v Sporting Bengal Utd             Venue: Old Spotted Dog

Scott: Hackney welcome Bengal to the OSD on Wednesday night. Both sides have shown glimpses of their talents so far though Bengal are still searching for their first win this term. Both sides lost last weekend, albeit in different manners. I think this will be hard-fought draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Peter:  Wick come into this one in not ideal circumstances after they lost 4-1 at the weekend and then saw manager Chris Davis part company by mutual consent shortly afterwards.  The club have announced Tolga Dervish is the new head coach and his first job will be to bounce back from that defeat.  They take on a Sporting Bengal United side who have only picked up one point from their three games so far in the league although that point was against an impressive West Essex outfit.  Got a feeling this may end all square.

Pete’s Prediction: 1-1

Southend Manor v Takeley                 Venue: Southchurch Park

Scott: Manor welcome Marc Das’ side to Southchurch Park, looking to stop the so-far perfect Takeley record (3 wins from 3 matches) and breach the thus-far unbreached Takeley defence in the league. Manor had a battle in getting a point at Wakering on Saturday whilst Takeley dispatched Redbridge on the same day. I don’t think the visitors will find it easy here though Manor will need to counter-punch with their own firepower and do it well.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Peter: A potentially cracking encounter awaits us at Southchurch Park as Southend Manor host Takeley, with the hosts having beaten Wroxham here in the Cup two weeks ago and are also unbeaten in two away games in the league.  Takeley along with FC Romania have been the most impressive starters to the season though and with four wins from four in all competitions this says it all.  However this is the visitors first away game of the campaign so it will be interesting to see how they do, personally I have this one down as a draw.

Pete’s Prediction: 1-1

Wadham Lodge v Great Wakering Rovers                 Venue: Kitchener Road

Scott: Wadham welcome Wakering to Kitchener Road. Wadham were edged out by Basildon on Saturday late-on while Wakering battled hard for a draw on the same day. Wadham are still waiting for their first win though their defence will have to play well as the visitors do have an energetic midfield and are a threat from set-pieces.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Peter:  Lodge haven’t begun the season brilliantly, losing four of their five competitive fixtures so far.  Wakering have had a mixed start to their season themselves but will fancy their chances against a Wadham side struggling for confidence thus far and I feel the Burroughs Park side may sneak a win here.

Pete’s Prediction: 1-2



Monday’s Results

Barkingside 0 – 3 West Essex  | Venue: Cricklefield  | Attendance: 85

Enfield 1893 1 – 0 Redbridge  | Venue: The Harlow Arena | Attendance: 59

Tuesday’s Results

Basildon Utd 1 – 0 Hullbridge Sports | Venue: The Hive | Attendance: 194

Burnham Ramblers 3 – 2 Ilford | Venue: Leslie Field | Attendance: 23

Sawbridgeworth Town 1 – 2 Stansted | Venue: Crofters End | Attendance: 42

Waltham Forest 1 – 2 FC Romania (FA Cup EPR Replay) | Venue: Kitchener Road | Attendance: 42

Wednesday’s Results

Hackney Wick 0 – 2 Sporting Bengal Utd | Venue: Old Spotted Dog | Attendance: 57

Southend Manor 0 – 1 Takeley | Venue: Southchurch Park | Attendance: 80

Wadham Lodge 0 – 5 Great Wakering Rovers | Venue: Kitchener Rd |Attendance: 33


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Bostik Division North Results round-up – Matchday #1 of 2017/18 Season

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to the first round-up of action of the new season in the Bostik League Division North on Saturday (12th August).

Saturday 12th August Results

AFC Hornchurch 3 – 0 Soham Town Rangers  

Venue: Bridge Avenue        Attendance: 168

Jimmy McFarlane’s Urchins started the season with a good win against Soham at Bridge Avenue. New signing Brad Warner put the home side ahead after just six minutes. Hornchurch made the win safe with goals from George Purcell  on 72’ and substitute Ross Wall added a late third with six minutes left.

AFC Sudbury 1 – 1 Canvey Island   

Venue: Wardale Williams Stadium      Attendance: 384

This battle of the two recently-relegated clubs ended all square. Canvey took the lead just before the break through George Sykes. Jamie Godbold’s Sudbury got a late leveller three minutes from time though thanks to forward Adam Mills.

Aveley 1 – 3 Bowers & Pitsea

Venue: Parkside    Attendance: 354

Bowers were the party-poopers at Aveley in their first league match at their new Parkside home. All the goals came in the second half. Bowers took the lead through Fahad Nyanja’s opener ten minutes after the interval. Rob Small’s side doubled their advantage on 66 minutes thanks to forward Lewis Manor. Terry Spillane’s men pulled one back four minutes later thanks to Jordan Peart’s goal. Manor struck again though for the visitors nine minutes from time to seal a good win for one of last season’s surprise packages.

Barking 2 – 3 Waltham Abbey

Venue: Mayesbrook Park   Attendance: 85

Barking narrowly lost out in their first match back at Step 4. Abbey took the lead ten minutes in through Billy Holland’s opener. Ben O’Brien levelled for Glen Golby & Justin Gardner’s men. The visitors re-took the lead thanks to goals from Darelle Russell and new signing Christian Assombolonga, before the hosts made it a nervous end thanks to Billy Jones’ penalty late on.

Brentwood Town 2 – 2 Hertford Town

Venue: The Brentwood Arena      Attendance: 144

Brentwood began their campaign with a draw against newly-promoted Hertford Town at the Brentwood Arena. It started well for Craig Shipman’s side as Matt Price gave them the lead after just five minutes. Forward Harrison Georgiou doubled that lead five minutes before the break. To their credit, Hertford responded with two goals in four minutes in the last quarter of the match. First, Charlie Edwards scored then just three minutes later Ollie Sharman levelled. Brentwood finished the match with ten men as Georgiou was sent off late on.

Bury Town 1 – 1 Romford

Venue: Ram Meadow   Attendance: 318

Bury Town & Romford shared the points at Ram Meadow. Paul Martin’s side took the lead through Jonathan Nzenga’s goal with 18 minutes left. The Blues responded though with nine minutes remaining as Cemal Ramadan’s goal ensured a point for Ben Chenery’s side.

Dereham Town 1 – 0 Cheshunt  

Venue: Aldiss Park    Attendance: 161

Dereham picked a narrow but nonetheless decent win over Cheshunt at Aldiss Park. Jamie Forshaw grabbed the only goal of the game just after the hour mark in Neal Simmons’ first league match in charge.

Heybridge Swifts 2 – 1 Mildenhall Town

Venue: Scraley Road      Attendance: 172

Heybridge picked up an opening-day win against newly-promoted Mildenhall at Scraley Road. Reece Grant grabbed a first-half brace to give Jody Brown’s side the advantage at the break. Mildenhall pulled one back from the penalty spot thanks to Christopher Bacon 13 minutes from time. The visitors were reduced to ten men late on as Jake Kerins saw red for two bookable offences.

Norwich Utd 0 – 2 Haringey Borough

Venue: Plantation Park    Attendance: 124

Haringey pulled off a good win at Plantation Park. An OG from Andy Eastaugh after just six minutes put Tom Loizou’s side ahead. A late second from substitute Michael Ademayui made the points safe.

Tilbury  1 – 2  Grays Athletic              

Venue: Chadfields     Attendance: 202

Grays grabbed all three points late on at Chadfields. Jamie Stuart’s side took the lead eight minutes after the break thanks to talismanic striker Kieran Bishop. Tilbury levelled six minutes from time through Emiel Aiken’s goal. Though Grays were not to be denied as a late penalty from Bishop sealed the win.

Ware  0 – 1  Maldon & Tiptree         

Venue: Wodson Park     Attendance: 95

Maldon started their season with a narrow win at Wodson Park. Forward Chris Millar got the game’s only goal four minutes before the break to give Kevin Horlock’s men the perfect tonic as they set about another promotion charge this season.

Witham Town 1 – 2 Potters Bar Town

Venue: Spa Road   Attendance: 72

Potters Bar came from behind to grab a good win at Spa Road. All the goals came in a frantic three-minute period. First, Witham took the lead thanks to Usman Adeniji’s goal four minutes after the re-start. Only a minute later, the visitors levelled through Eoin Casey. And only moments later, George Nicholas scored what ended up being the winner on a good day for Steve Ringrose’s side.

There is a mid-week programme of matches in the Bostik Division North, the fixtures are below.

Monday 14th August – 7.45pm KO

Haringey Borough  v Barking          Venue: Coles Park


Tuesday 15th August – 7.45pm KO’s

Bowers & Pitsea v Witham Town       Venue: Len Salmon Stadium

Canvey Island v Tilbury                        Venue: Park Lane

Cheshunt  v Ware                                Venue: Theobalds Lane

Hertford Town  v  Bury Town            Venue: Hertingfordbury Park

Maldon & Tiptree  v   AFC Sudbury           Venue: Park Drive

Mildenhall Town   v   Dereham Town        Venue: Recreation Way

Potters Bar Town  v  Brentwood Town       Venue: Pakex Stadium

Soham Town Rangers   v   Norwich Utd      Venue: Julius Martin Lane

Waltham Abbey  v   Aveley                              Venue: Capershotts


Wednesday 16th August 7.45pm KO’s

Grays Athletic v AFC Hornchurch        Venue: Parkside

Romford v Heybridge Swifts                Venue: Ship Lane


Check back later this week for more from the Bostik League Division North.

Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 1 – 1 Southend Manor (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 103

2017-18 Season – Match 11

Date: Saturday 12th August 2017 3pm KO

Great Wakering Rovers: Green & White Striped Shirts, Green Shorts, Green Socks

Southend Manor : Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Black Socks

GWR & S Manor players before KO (ESL 12.8.17)
The handshakes before kick-off 

Report by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a bright afternoon at Burroughs Park, Great Wakering Rovers welcomed neighbours Southend Manor in another Essex Senior League encounter.

Wakering started marginally the brighter of the two sides, though the fact this was a local derby was further emphasised by a few strong challenges being made fairly early-doors. Wakering forward Neil Richmond got himself in some decent positions to have strikes on goal at times. Just before the quarter-hour mark, Richmond did have a strike on goal after receiving a good ball in, though his shot was saved by visiting ‘keeper Klinton Makayabo. It didn’t matter though as the assistant referee was flagging for an off-side.

Exactly on the quarter-hour, Manor took the lead as home goalkeeper Rees Hawkins was challenged in the air, firmly but fairly and in doing so, the ball fell to Manor forward Michael Hopkins, who tapped home into an unguarded net. Only five minutes later, Rovers forward Richmond showed his talent again as he sent a looping shot just over the bar from 20-yards out. As the first period continued, the match was fairly even as both sides only had fleeting chances to add to the scorers.

Five minutes before the break, Wakering were awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position, just outside the box. Richmond stepped up, and struck a sweet curling effort into the top-right corner of the net to level the match. The home side soon after lost forward Charlie Kirby to what looked a nasty injury just before the break.

Half-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 1 – 1 Southend Manor

The second half began with Manor boss Stuart Marshall sent to the stands. I’ll come back to the referee later. Wakering had to weather a mini-storm midway through the second half as ‘keeper Hawkins first saved well from Manor substitute Bayley Newell’s strike, then in the same attack pulled off two more good saves as well, one of them on the goal-line to deny the visitors the lead for the second time.

For the next little while after that, the match became quite low-key, partly because the booking count had risen by this point and would rise to nine in total by the conclusion of the match, so the tackles didn’t fly in as much. Anyway, in the last 15 minutes, the hosts did finish the stronger of the two sides, Wakering forward Jay Nash spurning a one-on-one opportunity which Makayabo saved. With moments remaining, Wakering substitute Michael Finneran fired wide of the left-side post.

Full-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 1 – 1 Southend Manor

Richmond 40’                          Hopkins 15’

In summary, this was a tightly-contested match, as expected. Aaron Russell and Neil Richmond stood out for me for Wakering today, Russell with an energetic performance and Richmond for his spark up top. For Manor, full-back Shay Kelly stood out in my opinion with his tackling and running all match. Both sides may well take a point, and though I really don’t like mentioning referees, it’s hard to argue that the man in black had an effect on today’s encounter. I say that as it wasn’t really a ‘dirty’ match, yet the card count… well I’ll let you draw your own conclusions on that. I’d also like to thank GWR secretary Mike Lee for his assistance with the teamsheets.



Great Wakering Rovers

Manager: Iain O’Connell

Southend Manor

Manager: Stuart Marshall

1  Rees Hawkins  (GK) 1  Klinton Makayabo (GK)
2  Jason Ring 2  Robbie Norris  (C)
3  Jimmy Cook 3  Shay Kelly
4  Ollie Woodhouse 4  Lee Delf    (Subbed 61’)
5  Joe Nightingill (C) 5  Scott Keys
6  Scott Pethers 6  Daniel Okah
7  Aaron Russell 7  Jack Adlington
8  Sam Carter   (Subbed 54’) 8  Callum Jex
9  Neil Richmond 9  Michael Hopkins  (Subbed 76’)
10  Jay Nash 10  Alfie Lindfield    (Subbed 54’)
11  Charlie Kirby  (Subbed 46’) 11  Joe Skeels


12  Nikki Beale 12  Bayley Newell  (On 54’)
14  Louis Robinson     (On 54’) 14  Finley Dopson  (On 76’)
15  Charlie Seaden 15  Harry Hatt
16  Michael Finneran  (On 46’) 16  Lee Scott
  17  Rhys Fatt  (On 61’)


Jamie Pope
Assistant Referees:

Trevor Williams

Dumitru Vasile

Booked: Cook, Nightingill, Ring Booked: Keys, Okah, Jex, Norris, Skeels & Fatt

In their next ESL matches, Wakering travel to Wadham Lodge on Wednesday (16th August) while Southend Manor host Takeley, also on Wednesday (16th August).

Essex Senior League 2017/18 – Predictions (Matchday Round 3)

Written by Peter D & Scott W

Hello & welcome to our next round of predictions, as the Essex Senior League returns this weekend following the FA Cup Extra Prelim Round action last weekend. Once again, I’ll be (jokingly) pitting my wits against my good friend & Grassroot Football Show colleague Peter Dudley in predicting the results in the ESL this season on both our blogs. Do you agree with our thoughts of this weekends’ round of matches?

Saturday 12th August (all 3pm KO’s)

Barkingside v Stansted                        Venue: Cricklefield

Scott: Barkingside welcome Paul Pittuck’s side to Cricklefield. Both sides lost out in FA Cup action last week and both will be looking for a better result here. The fact that both sides also have virtually new squads this term makes this tricky to predict, though I’m going for a narrow home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Peter:  Side will be looking to bounce back from a heavy home defeat at home to Stowmarket Town in their FA Cup tie last weekend whilst the visitors’ also exited the cup at Redbridge so both will have to put those disappointments behind them.  Both sides have played Great Wakering Rovers away and had differing fortunes, Side winning whilst Stansted were beaten, and looking at this one I feel the hosts may grab the points.

Pete’s Prediction:  2-1

Basildon Utd v Wadham Lodge            Venue: The Hive

Scott: Wadham are the next visitors to The Hive Stadium. Basildon are unbeaten in league & cup so far, whilst Wadham are winless in the league. This will be a tough test for James Falaise & Kevin Lucas’ side and I reckon the Bees will have ‘enough in the locker’ in this one to claim the points.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Peter: The Bees have played two, won two in all competitions at home this season, a 2-0 win over Clapton in the League followed up by a 3-0 win over Walsham le Willows in the cup in midweek, whilst Wadham Lodge have lost both league games this season and exited the cup in midweek against Step Six side Framlingham Town so will be desperate for a win here.  Can’t see it though and expect the hosts to prevail.

Pete’s Prediction:  3-0

Clapton v Woodford Town (2017)             Venue: Old Spotted Dog

Scott: Clapton welcome Tony Ievoli’s Woodford to the Old Spotted Dog Stadium. Even though it’s very early on in the season, there’s been a degree of contradictions for both sides in terms of results. Clapton will undoubtedly be looking to triumph in what is their first home match of the campaign, while Woodford will seek to take advantage of their week off having not been in FA Cup action last weekend. I think this one could be an entertaining goal-fest, though it’s hard to look past the Tons, despite Woodford’s ability to score goals of late.

Scott’s Prediction: 4 – 2

Peter: The Tons come into this one off the back of two wins, one in the league against Ilford and one in the FA Cup at FC Clacton last weekend.  Woodford themselves didn’t play last weekend as they did not enter the FA Cup this season but their league form so far is a 0-5 home defeat to Ilford and then a 5-2 win at Wadham Lodge, so a mixed start it has to be said.  Feel the Tons may be too strong here and will take the win.

Pete’s Prediction: 2-0

Enfield 1893 v Ilford                                        Venue: The Harlow Arena

Scott: Enfield welcome Allan Fenn’s Foxes to the Harlow Arena. Both sides were involved in tight FA Cup matches last weekend, Enfield narrowly losing out to Haverhill Borough and Ilford pulling through against Woodbridge Town. It’s arguable that both sides haven’t quite settled and found their rhythm yet following quite large squad overhauls in the summer, albeit for differing reasons. It’s hard to separate these two, so I’m plumping for a draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Peter: Enfield have lost both their competitive games this season although have probably been unlucky in both, whilst Ilford kept free-scoring Woodbridge Town at bay last weekend in the cup so will take some heart from that.  Think this one could end all square.

Pete’s Prediction: 2-2

FC Romania v Burnham Ramblers                          Venue: Theobalds Lane

Scott: FC Romania, unbeaten in league and cup thus far, welcome winless Burnham to Theobalds Lane. The visitors have a daunting task here to get past an FCR defence that hasn’t yet conceded a goal in two league matches. If anything, the pressure is off Burnham and there were ‘shoots of recovery’ last weekend in the FA Cup as they battled hard in a narrow loss. I reckon it’ll be a home win though not a massive one.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Peter: FCR have won both league games without conceding but will admit they haven’t been at their best so far, which is a worry for everyone else.  They were held to a 2-2 draw in the Cup by Waltham Forest last time out whilst for Burnham it’s been a difficult start to the season as many had predicted it would be.  However, despite losing all three competitive games so far they have showed battling qualities in all three which should be an encouragement for the club.  However I can’t see anything other than a home win here.

Pete’s Prediction: 3-0

Great Wakering Rovers v Southend Manor             Venue: Burroughs Park

Scott: Wakering welcome neighbours Manor to Burroughs Park. The ‘form book’ sometimes ‘goes out the window’ in derby matches and this could be the case here. Manor’s defence does look stronger than last term; though I can’t help thinking Wakering will want to roar back from a disappointing loss last weekend at Newmarket in the FA Cup, buoyed on by the home crowd in this one. With that in mind I’m going to ‘make hay’ and go for a score draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Peter: The eagerly awaited derby between GWR and Manor comes only three weeks into the season and with the sides only four miles apart, local pride is always at stake here. Rovers were thrashed at Newmarket Town last weekend in the Cup whilst Manor recorded a very impressive win over Wroxham at Southchurch Park, also in the cup, last weekend.  Tough one to call this one so I reckon it will end all square.

Pete’s Prediction: 1-1

Sawbridgeworth Town v Hackney Wick           Venue: Crofters End

Scott: Sawbridgeworth welcome the Wickers to Crofters End. This could be a compelling match with the home side announcing a slight alteration to their management team on Thursday. Although Wick are unbeaten in the league thus far, I reckon the home side’s fortunes will change and they could do so here. I reckon we’ll see a narrow home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Peter: The Robins have endured a difficult start to the season, suffering two home defeats to West Essex, one in the league and one in the Cup, although they did grab an encouraging draw at Redbridge in their other league outing so far.  Wick are unbeaten in two league games after beginning their first senior season impressively, although they suffered a disappointing home defeat to Long Melford at the weekend in what was a frustrating afternoon for them.  I have a feeling the Robins may sneak this one though and grab their first win of the campaign.

Pete’s Prediction: 3-1

Sporting Bengal Utd v Hullbridge Sports         Venue: Mile End Stadium

Scott: Bengal welcome Hullbridge to Mile End with both clubs looking for their first league win of the campaign. Last time out in the league, Bengal held West Essex at Mayesbrook Park so for them it could be about maintaining level of performance, whilst in FA Cup action last week, Hullbridge picked up a morale-boosting home win against Ipswich Wanderers. This is Bengal’s first home match and Hullbridge’s first match away from Lower Road, though I still think Bengal may edge a hard-fought contest.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Peter: Both sides have drawn one and lost one in the league so far although they had differing fortunes in the FA Cup, with Sporting going down 3-2 at Hadleigh United whilst Hullbridge recorded their biggest victory in the competition with a 5-1 drubbing of Ipswich Wanderers, which was mightily impressive indeed.  I feel the confidence this has almost certainly given the visitors will take them to victory here.

Pete’s Prediction: 0-2

Takeley v Redbridge                                      Venue: Station Road

Scott: Takeley, among the early ESL pace-setters, welcome Redbridge to Station Road. The home side are unbeaten in league & cup so far this term, whilst the Motormen perhaps haven’t quite found their best form as of yet, though they did pick up an important win in the FA Cup last weekend. The visitors will still have to have a good day in defence though as Takeley have been scoring well in the opening weeks of the campaign. If the visitors rise to the occasion, then we could see a heck of an encounter here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2

Peter: A potentially huge clash already this season takes place at Station Road as two of the pre-season favourites clash and Takeley have certainly had a fine start to the campaign with three straight wins, all at home, in all competitions whilst Redbridge have also played three home games and won two of them which included an FA Cup victory over Stansted last time out.  Almost impossible to call this one however gonna go for a narrow home win.

Pete’s Prediction: 1-0

Waltham Forest v West Essex                    Venue: Kitchener Road

Scott: Waltham Forest welcome West Essex to Kitchener Road. Forest are searching for their first league win, though have started the season OK. West Essex have started well, and are unbeaten in the league thus far and picked up a memorable away-day win in the FA Cup last weekend. The visitors will have to be on their guard here though as Forest can move the ball well going forward.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Peter: Forest are yet to win in two league outings so far however they did hold FC Romania to a draw last weekend in the FA Cup.  Both of West Essex’s wins have come at Crofters against Sawbridgeworth Town, one in the league and one in the cup, and they look more than useful this term.  Got a feeling the visitors may grab another impressive victory in Walthamstow as well.

Pete’s Prediction: 1-3

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