Essex Senior League
Venue: Southchurch Park
Date: Saturday 25th March 2017 3pm KO
Southend Manor : Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Black Socks
Tower Hamlets : Orange Shirts, White Shorts, Orange Socks
Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
On a chilly, breezy afternoon at Southchurch Park, out-of-form Southend Manor took on strugglers Tower Hamlets in another Essex Senior League encounter.
Manor started the match a little more brightly, as new signing Brad Morgan and fellow winger George Crispin both having chances, the latter from a free-kick that visiting ‘keeper Joe Biscoe saved.
Manor got into their stride a bit past the ten-minute mark with a host of chances, the pick of which was Crispin one-on-one with ‘keeper Biscoe though a heavy first touch allowed the ‘stopper to save. Soon afterward, a good cross in from the left flank saw Manor defender Sam Burton miss the ball by a few inches, if he had made contact with the ball it would’ve taken some stopping.
Manor eventually did open the scoring through perhaps a stroke of luck. A free-kick from live-wire Crispin was heading for the far corner before it got a deflection, I believe Hamlets captain Jairo Pedro may have got the final touch that diverted the ball home.
After Okah struck two efforts on goal wide, Manor extended their lead as a fine cross from the left wing by Crispin was met well by Okah who nodded in on 33 minutes.
Hamlets had relatively few chances in the first period, forward Saico Djop having one shot on goal blocked and then shooting wide from a narrow angle. Just before the break, Hamlets winger O’Neal Rowe hit a decent free-kick just wide of the left-hand post.
Half-Time: Southend Manor 2 – 0 Tower Hamlets
The second half began with Manor winger Morgan having a decent chance on goal, though his weak strike was saved by Biscoe. Just moments later, Hamlets pulled a goal back through a great effort I believe by Saico Djop, as he curled the ball from 20 yards, in off the right-hand post. Unsurprisingly, this encouraged the visitors as Manor looked a little nervy. On the hour mark, Hamlets forward Rahim Adama Bamba had his strike saved by home ‘keeper Down, before a minute later substitute Simeon Awoliyi hit a good strike, which hit the right-side post.
Hamlets made the game harder for themselves as captain Robbie Norris was brought down by Biscoe in the area on 62’. Okah scored the resulting penalty to give Manor a 3-1 lead.
The open flow of the match continued as Crispin fed a ball in to midfielder Jake Brocklebank but he skewed his shot wide, that would have made the points safe. As it transpired though, Manor would have a nervy last 15 minutes as Djop popped up again for a tap-in from close range as Hamlets once again reduced their arrears to one.
Although Manor did look nervous and seemingly felt the pressure to get their first win in five ESL matches, they did hold out. Hamlets will be disappointed by their poor start to the match and they did look error-prone at times, though for a side where goals are not easy to come by, they did play OK in patches.
FT: Southend Manor 3 – 2 Tower Hamlets
J. Pedro OG 27’ Djop 51’, 71
Okah 33, 62’ (Pen)
Manager: Stuart Marshall
Manager: Ade Abayomi
|1 Lewis Down (GK)||1 Joe Biscoe (GK)|
|2 Michael Bottone||2 Lamar Earle|
|3 Shay Kelly||3 O’Neal Rowe|
|4 Jake Brocklebank||4 Trecy Bambo|
|5 Daniel Okah||5 Edward Lang|
|6 Joe Pattison||6 Jairo Pedro (C)|
|7 Brad Morgan||7 Samuel Olanipekun|
|8 Callum Jex||8 Kaman Asidio (Subbed 53’)|
|9 Samuel Burton (Subbed 47’)||9 Rahim Adama Bamba (Subbed 74’)|
|10 Robbie Norris (C)||10 Saico Djop|
|11 George Crispin (Subbed 74’)||11 Inesh Sumithran|
|12 Josh Opoosun||12 Kerfala Kourouma (On 74’)|
|14 Mitchell Keen (On 47’)||13 Simeon Awoliyi (On 53’)|
|15 Ted Buchanan (On 74’)|
|16 Billy Cottrill|
|Booked: Burton||Booked: None|
|Assistant Referees:||Robbie Collins