Essex Senior League
Venue: Leslie Field
2017-18 Season – Match 12
Date: Tuesday 15th August 2017 7.45pm KO
Burnham Ramblers: Sky Blue & Navy Blue Striped Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Sky Blue Socks
Ilford: Red & White Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks
Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
On a crisp but decent evening at Leslie Field, Burnham Ramblers took on Ilford in another intriguing Essex Senior League encounter.
Ilford showed their intentions early-on as forward James Peagram had a shot on-target, though it was saved by Burnham goalkeeper Adam French. The hosts took the lead after just seven minutes thanks to forward Bradley Morgan’s lob over Ilford goalkeeper Tom Jackson that nestled neatly into the right corner. Ilford responded though as Peagram had another opportunity, his header well-saved by French with ten minutes on the clock. Seven minutes later, Ilford had a good opportunity with a free-kick on the edge of the 18-yard box, after forward John Bricknell was fouled. Midfielder Chris Lockwood stepped up to take it, and curled it nicely into the left corner. Game on.
Both sides traded chances as the half-hour mark approached, Bricknell and winger Harry Watkins for Ilford and midfielder Ben Burgess & Morgan again for Burnham. The home side were awarded a spot-kick with 13 minutes remaining of the first period, as Charlee Hughes was brought down in the area. Bradley Morgan stepped up to take the penalty though cajoled his shot wide of the left-side post. Ilford then got a further let-off moments later when Billy Howard’s free-kick from the edge of the 18-yard box was blazed over the bar.
As the half drew to a close, Ilford had further chances though full-back Sam Buffour, Peagram and forward Khadean Campbell though their efforts on goal couldn’t get past French. In all honesty, I felt Ilford did struggle to settle at times during the half.
Half-Time: Burnham Ramblers 1 – 1 Ilford
The second half started in much the same vein, with both sides having chances. Only three minutes into the second period, Burnham defender Grant Webb did well to block Peagram from having a clear chance at goal in the area. Soon afterward, Buffour fizzed in a good right-wing cross for though Campbell couldn’t find the target for Ilford. Burnham responded in kind, first with Billy Howard’s shot being saved by Jackson and 13 minutes into the half, Burnham re-took the lead thanks to a fine Hughes header that went past Jackson sailing into the Ilford net.
Once again though, Allan Fenn’s side responded quickly as they levelled on-the-hour through Peagram’s tap-in. It didn’t stop there, as Burnham took the lead for the third time through Jed Bowman’s looping shot that found the left corner. In the next little period of the match, it became quite scrappy, getting bogged down by fouls & free-kicks. This was further endorsed by Burnham defender Scott Plom being sent off with four minutes remaining. The hosts did hang on a bit, as Ilford had two goals ruled out for offside. That said, Burnham did have late chances through Burgess and Hughes though they couldn’t get past Ilford goalkeeper Jackson.
Full-Time: Burnham Ramblers 3 – 2 Ilford
Morgan 7′, Hughes 58′, Bowman 70′ | Lockwood 17′, Peagram 60′
Plom Sent Off 88′
All in all, this was a compelling match which was also a hard-fought encounter. Ilford were not at their best in either penalty area, and Burnham’s Charlee Hughes gave their backline a headache all match. Yes, on another day Ilford may have got a different result though in my view, you couldn’t begrudge Burnham this win, their first league success of the campaign. I felt Chris Lockwood and Sam Buffour shone for the visitors tonight.
My thanks to Andrew Miller for passing over the team-sheets, keep up the good work Andrew. I send my best wishes to both sides for the rest of the ESL campaign.
Manager: Lee Hughes
Manager: Allan Fenn
|1 Adam French (GK)||1 Tom Jackson (GK)|
|2 Jed Bowman||2 Sam Buffour (Subbed 74’)|
|3 Grant Webb||3 Luke McLeavy|
|4 Scott Plom||4 Paul Oshin|
|5 Luke Moloney (C) (Subbed 65’)||5 Jonah Gregory|
|6 Bradley Smith||6 Stefan Szajewski (C)|
|7 Billy Howard||7 Harry Watkins (Subbed 58’)|
|8 Ben Burgess||8 Chris Lockwood|
|9 Bradley Morgan (Subbed 88’)||9 John Bricknell (Subbed 58’)|
|10 Ryan Stillwell||10 James Peagram|
|11 Charlee Hughes||11 Khadean Campbell|
|12 Samuel Warwick||12 Sherwin Stanley (On 58’)|
|14 Ben Timson (On 65’)||14 Liam Burgess (On 58’)|
|15 Danny Green (On 88’)||15 Harry Matthews|
|16 Lewis Bond||16 Bill Rungay (On 74’)|
|17 George Howard||17 Ashley Wackers|
|Assistant Referees:||Sam Wigington
|Booked: Morgan, Bowman, Howard, Burgess, Hughes||Booked: Jackson, Gregory, Lockwood|
|Sent Off: Plom|
Keep checking back on this blog for further match reports from the Essex Senior League this season. There’s also a fair few recent ones too.