Essex Senior League
Date: Tuesday 30th August 2016 at 7.45pm
Redbridge: Blue & White Shirts, Blue Shorts & Blue socks
Burnham Ramblers: Red Shirts, Red Shorts & Red socks
Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
On a pleasant Tuesday evening at Oakside, Redbridge took on early season strugglers Burnham Ramblers in an ESL encounter.
Both sides began the match nervously though the home side had the better of the early chances. Redbridge forward Kieran English misdirecting a free header wide of goal from captain Adam Hunt’s free kick. Oscar Williams & Oliver Bell also spurned decent chances, though the latter’s effort was well saved by visiting ‘keeper Reece Clarke.
The Ramblers, sensing they were on the back-foot, started to push forward in the second part of the first period with Burnham forward Bobby Barker looking lively. The visitors were soon awarded a penalty, though forward Charlie Hughes blazed it high over the bar. A real let-off for the Motormen.
Redbridge did finish the first period stronger with Williams, Hunt & English all having chances. Burnham also had to resort to last-ditch defending, clearing one or two efforts off the goal-line!
Half-Time: Redbridge 0 – 0 Burnham Ramblers
As the teams came onto the pitch for the second period, Redbridge needed to start well. So they did, hitting the bar with one good strike before Williams was fouled in the area, captain Hunt putting away the resulting spot-kick to give Redbridge the lead.
Burnham though, to their credit, didn’t let their heads drop with winger Ben Clarke & Barker both shooting wide & Hughes, seeking to atone for his penalty miss, had his effort saved by home ‘keeper Jake Mernaga.
Unfortunately for the visitors, Redbridge soon doubled their lead through captain Hunt, then substitute Jacob Dingli had a good effort well-saved by Clarke. Motormen winger Aron Gordon then added a third with a well-taken effort.
Redbridge pushed to kill the game off in the latter stages, cue more frantic defending from the visitors, which led to a second penalty of the evening for the home side, Burnham defender Bobby Bird given a straight red card for handling on the goal-line. Hunt scored the resulting spot-kick for his hat-trick.
Credit must go to Burnham for not giving up, though they looked somewhat toothless up front, though the score-line did flatter the home side, who took all three points.
Full-Time: Redbridge 4 – 0 Burnham Ramblers
Goal-Scorers: Hunt 54’ (pen), 67’, 82 (pen)
|1 Jake Mernaga (GK)||1 Reece Clarke (GK)|
|2 Ore Odutola||2 Ryan Willsmer|
|3 Jack Roult||3 Bobby Bird|
|4 Stephen Good (Subbed 81’)||4 Reggie Disley (C.)|
|5 Tyron Thomas||5 Savino Livornese|
|6 Oliver Bell||6 Charlie Cobb|
|7 Oscar Williams (Subbed 56’)||7 Luke Stillwell|
|8 Tyriq Alexander (Subbed 66’)||8 Luke Moloney (Subbed 53’)|
|9 Kieran English||9 Charlee Hughes|
|10 Adam Hunt (C.)||10 Bobby Barker (Subbed 77’)|
|11 Aron Gordon||11 Ben Clarke (Subbed 83’)|
|12 Lee Weemes||12 Daniel Witzer (On 83’)|
|14 David Sangolo (On 56’)||14 Grant Webb (On 53’)|
|15 Jacob Dingli (On 66’)||16 Sam Moriarty (On 77’)|
|16 Joel Griffiths (On 81’)||17 Thomas James|
|17 Leon Opok|
|Booked: Tyron Thomas, Oliver Bell||Booked: Luke Moloney, Savino Livornese|
|Sent Off: Bobby Bird|