Essex Senior League
Venue: Burroughs Park
2017-18 Season – Match 11
Date: Saturday 12th August 2017 3pm KO
Great Wakering Rovers: Green & White Striped Shirts, Green Shorts, Green Socks
Southend Manor : Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Black Socks
Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
On a bright afternoon at Burroughs Park, Great Wakering Rovers welcomed neighbours Southend Manor in another Essex Senior League encounter.
Wakering started marginally the brighter of the two sides, though the fact this was a local derby was further emphasised by a few strong challenges being made fairly early-doors. Wakering forward Neil Richmond got himself in some decent positions to have strikes on goal at times. Just before the quarter-hour mark, Richmond did have a strike on goal after receiving a good ball in, though his shot was saved by visiting ‘keeper Klinton Makayabo. It didn’t matter though as the assistant referee was flagging for an off-side.
Exactly on the quarter-hour, Manor took the lead as home goalkeeper Rees Hawkins was challenged in the air, firmly but fairly and in doing so, the ball fell to Manor forward Michael Hopkins, who tapped home into an unguarded net. Only five minutes later, Rovers forward Richmond showed his talent again as he sent a looping shot just over the bar from 20-yards out. As the first period continued, the match was fairly even as both sides only had fleeting chances to add to the scorers.
Five minutes before the break, Wakering were awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position, just outside the box. Richmond stepped up, and struck a sweet curling effort into the top-right corner of the net to level the match. The home side soon after lost forward Charlie Kirby to what looked a nasty injury just before the break.
Half-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 1 – 1 Southend Manor
The second half began with Manor boss Stuart Marshall sent to the stands. I’ll come back to the referee later. Wakering had to weather a mini-storm midway through the second half as ‘keeper Hawkins first saved well from Manor substitute Bayley Newell’s strike, then in the same attack pulled off two more good saves as well, one of them on the goal-line to deny the visitors the lead for the second time.
For the next little while after that, the match became quite low-key, partly because the booking count had risen by this point and would rise to nine in total by the conclusion of the match, so the tackles didn’t fly in as much. Anyway, in the last 15 minutes, the hosts did finish the stronger of the two sides, Wakering forward Jay Nash spurning a one-on-one opportunity which Makayabo saved. With moments remaining, Wakering substitute Michael Finneran fired wide of the left-side post.
Full-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 1 – 1 Southend Manor
Richmond 40’ Hopkins 15’
In summary, this was a tightly-contested match, as expected. Aaron Russell and Neil Richmond stood out for me for Wakering today, Russell with an energetic performance and Richmond for his spark up top. For Manor, full-back Shay Kelly stood out in my opinion with his tackling and running all match. Both sides may well take a point, and though I really don’t like mentioning referees, it’s hard to argue that the man in black had an effect on today’s encounter. I say that as it wasn’t really a ‘dirty’ match, yet the card count… well I’ll let you draw your own conclusions on that. I’d also like to thank GWR secretary Mike Lee for his assistance with the teamsheets.
|Great Wakering Rovers
Manager: Iain O’Connell
Manager: Stuart Marshall
|1 Rees Hawkins (GK)||1 Klinton Makayabo (GK)|
|2 Jason Ring||2 Robbie Norris (C)|
|3 Jimmy Cook||3 Shay Kelly|
|4 Ollie Woodhouse||4 Lee Delf (Subbed 61’)|
|5 Joe Nightingill (C)||5 Scott Keys|
|6 Scott Pethers||6 Daniel Okah|
|7 Aaron Russell||7 Jack Adlington|
|8 Sam Carter (Subbed 54’)||8 Callum Jex|
|9 Neil Richmond||9 Michael Hopkins (Subbed 76’)|
|10 Jay Nash||10 Alfie Lindfield (Subbed 54’)|
|11 Charlie Kirby (Subbed 46’)||11 Joe Skeels|
|12 Nikki Beale||12 Bayley Newell (On 54’)|
|14 Louis Robinson (On 54’)||14 Finley Dopson (On 76’)|
|15 Charlie Seaden||15 Harry Hatt|
|16 Michael Finneran (On 46’)||16 Lee Scott|
|17 Rhys Fatt (On 61’)|
|Booked: Cook, Nightingill, Ring||Booked: Keys, Okah, Jex, Norris, Skeels & Fatt|
In their next ESL matches, Wakering travel to Wadham Lodge on Wednesday (16th August) while Southend Manor host Takeley, also on Wednesday (16th August).