Essex Senior League
Venue: Southchurch Park
Date: Saturday 8th April 2017 3pm KO
Southend Manor : Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Black Socks
Sawbridgeworth Town: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Yellow Socks
Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
On a bright and blue-skied afternoon at Southchurch Park, A youthful Southend Manor side took on Sawbridgeworth Town in another Essex Senior League encounter.
In all honesty, the match started quietly with few clear-cut chances. Manor midfielder Callum Jex had two free-kicks at goal, both failing to get past visiting ‘keeper Matt Ponter. Sawbridgeworth hot-shot Gavin Cockman showed his intent on the quarter-hour though he was denied by home goalkeeper Lewis Down. Cockman did break the deadlock though just minutes later as a good cross in from the right flank saw the Sawbridgeworth forward head in at the far-post.
Manor have struggled a bit for form recently and unfortunately, going forward it showed somewhat as they created little, though midfielder Jex still fizzed a strike wide of goal on the half-hour. As half-time approached, Manor forward Kevin Zola couldn’t find the target on two occasions. As for the visitors, forward Aaron Thomas had a strike saved by Down, before Cockman attempted an audacious chip from 40 yards out, though Down managed to get back to prevent the goal after being off his goal-line initially.
Half-Time: Southend Manor 0 – 1 Sawbridgeworth Town
The second half began as Manor saw a header from defender Mitchell Keen comfortably saved by Ponter, from a Manor free-kick. Straight after, Keen headed over the bar from a corner delivered by Billy Cotterill.
Sawbridgeworth were still looking more threatening though when they did go forward, an on the hour, Cockman blasted a powerful free-kick past the wall from just outside the box to double the visitors’ advantage.
Manor could have pulled one back five minutes later, though substitute Matt Tonking couldn’t find the target after a poor clearance by the relatively-comfortable Sawbridgeworth defence. Indeed the visitors could’ve gone further ahead on 73’ but midfielder Lewis Deamer’s header was cleared off the goal-line.
The game did peter out towards the end, though in summary, the visitors deserved the win and took their chances. Manor will be disappointed that they struggled to create chances in this match, though they should still be applauded for bringing youth through the ranks. Best wishes to both sides for the remainder of this season & beyond.
FT: Southend Manor 0 – 2 Sawbridgeworth Town
Cockman 18’ , 61’
Manager: Stuart Marshall
Joint Managers: John & Mark Watters
|1 Lewis Down (GK)||1 Matt Ponter (GK)|
|2 Michael Bottone||2 Tom Jelliman|
|3 Ted Buchanan (Subbed 66’)||12 Ollie Fortune (Subbed 77’)|
|4 Joe Patterson||4 Lewis Deamer|
|5 Daniel Okah||5 Matt Frew (C)|
|6 Mitchell Keen (Subbed 72’)||6 George Pullen|
|7 Rhys Fatt||7 Daryl Doolan|
|8 Callum Jex (Subbed 51’)||16 Chris Ratambwa|
|9 Kevin Zola||9 Sam Coe (Subbed 45’ +5)|
|10 Robbie Norris (C)||10 Gavin Cockman|
|11 Billy Cotterill||15 Aaron Thomas (Subbed 85’)|
|12 George Crispin (On 66’)||8 Joe Badmus (On 45’ +5)|
|14 Emmanuel Onafuye||11 Micheal Fishenden (On 77’)|
|15 Matt Tonking (On 51’)||13 Marco Tuzzeo|
|16 Logan Gray||14 Joe Wright (On 85’)|
|17 Dan Madden (On 72’)|