Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 2 Waltham Forest (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 47

Date: Saturday 29th July 2017 3pm KO

2017-18 Season – Match 7

Hullbridge Sports: Blue & White Striped Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Waltham Forest: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, White Socks

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

On the first day of the new ESL season, Hullbridge welcomed Waltham Forest to Lower Road.

The match began quite evenly though Forest were slightly more comfortable in possession. However, it was the hosts who opened the scoring after just eight minutes, as full-back Arron Hunwicks’ free-kick from the left was neatly headed home by forward Luka Frankis into the top left corner of the net. Forest levelled just two minutes later in a bizarre manner, with midfielder Mohammed Sagaf’s corner finding its way into the net past the Hullbridge back-line.

Forest did have the better of the game after their equaliser, with forward Muhammadu Faal a threat with his trickery and pace. Faal, Sagaf and winger Nana Yiadom all had efforts on goal saved by the busy home ‘keeper Ryan Emery in the space of ten minutes. Although Forest had more of the chances, Hullbridge stood firm to keep parity at the break.

Half-Time: Hullbridge Sports 1  –  1 Waltham Forest

The second half began in the same even manner as the first, with Hullbridge midfielder Sam Dulieu having a point-blank shot well-saved by visiting ‘keeper Nathan Warren. Hullbridge re-took the lead just five minutes after the re-start as Frankis was well-found in the box from a good right-wing cross and made no mistake with his tap-in.

Once again though, Forest responded and levelled for the second time six minutes later as Yiadom stroked his shot into the bottom left corner after some decent build-up play. Both sides had chances after that, mid-way through the second half Forest full-back Bradley Harris powered a long-range strike which was well-stopped by Emery.

Hullbridge forward Michael Edgar’s strike was well-saved by Warren with 17 minutes remaining. The visitors did have an effort cleared off the line though Hullbridge held on for a battling point. To their credit, Forest did create a number of chances and well, they may surprise a few teams this season, if they can keep up their consistency of play.

Full-Time:  Hullbridge Sports 2  – 2  Waltham Forest

Frankis 8’, 50’                     Sagaf 10’, Yiadom 56’

Teams:

Hullbridge Sports

Player-Manager: Rob Hodgson

Waltham Forest 

Manager: Qayum Shakoor

1  Ryan Emery  (GK) 1  Nathan Warren  (GK)
2  Aaron Hunwicks 2  Juelmo Agebane
3  Sam Taylor 3  Bradley Harris
4  Ben Perry (C)  (Subbed 71’) 4  James Curran (C)
5  Rob Hodgson 5  Boris Kipeva
6  Ollie Quick 6  Mohammed Sagaf
7  Jamie Buffin 7  Arjanit Krasniqi     (Subbed 86’)
8  Sam Dulieu   (Subbed 79’) 8  Muhammadu Faal  (Subbed 79’)
9  Luca Frankis 9  Jake Connaris   (Subbed 52’)
10  Ashley Pibworth 10  Glen Tonga
11  Michael Edgar 11  Nana Yiadom

Substitutes:

12  Charlie Gerada   (On 71’) 12  Tristan Gayle
14  Angus Poole 15  Harrison Tweddle  (On 79’)
15  Howard Wright   (On 79’) 16  Callum Bailey   (On 86’)
17  Danilo Cruz    (On 52’)
Referee: Reece Pinchback
Assistant Referees: Nicholas Hodges

Callum Dorling

Booked: Frankis, Perry, Hodgson Booked: Sagaf

Author: survivor16b

I'm a Mental Health survivor (been surviving for years) & campaigner. I also like Music & Sport. This blog is centred on all things Non-League Football, mainly Match Reports of matches I've seen (mainly Essex Senior League (ESL) but also other Leagues) though it also houses the regular round-up's of the ESL action plus the Essex Olympian League divisions regularly. It also has the odd post about the scary world that we're all in, talking from a Mental Health perspective. Thank you for reading.

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