Essex Senior League
Venue: Lower Road
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’
Player-Manager: Rob Hodgson
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|
|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’)|
|Assistant Referees:||Nicholas Hodges
|Booked: Frankis, Perry, Hodgson||Booked: Sagaf|