Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
Hello and welcome to a bonus piece rounding-up all the action in the Essex Senior League this weekend and the results from the top three tiers of the Essex Olympian Football League. Enjoy.
Saturday 2nd September
Basildon Utd 2 – 1 Great Wakering Rovers
Venue: The Hive Attendance: 164
Basildon scored a late winner to seal the points at the Hive. Wakering took the lead just past the half hour through Billy Johnson. The Bees levelled six minutes before half-time from Dan Dafter’s header. There was late drama though as Wakering missed a late spot-kick before Ash Blackburn popped up to score an injury-time winner for Marc Harrison’s side and retain their 100% league record.
Hullbridge Sports 2 – 6 Barkingside
Venue: Lower Road Attendance: 40
Barkingside powered to a big win at Lower Road. Ex-Hullbridge player Jason Fontaine set the tone, giving his current side the lead after two minutes. Before the hosts could recover, Michael Ogboin doubled the visitors’ advantage just five minutes later. Rob Hodgson’s side cut their arrears in half through Jimmy Cox’s free-kick on 28 minutes though Fontaine struck again three minutes afterward to give ‘Side a 3-1 half-time lead. Michael Walther’s side kept the pressure on after the break and extended their lead with goals from Matheus Santos (47’) and substitute Michael Sherwood (63’). Tonny Cookey added more pain for the home defence with 17 minutes remaining, before ‘Bridge substitute Luca Frankis netted a late penalty, though this was a real ‘off-day’ for the Lower Road side.
If you’d like to read more about this match, fellow Non-League blogger Andy Wilkins was at this match. Read his report here: https://andywilkinsnonleague.wordpress.com/2017/09/03/hullbridge-sports-2-6-barkingside-fc/
Ilford 2 – 0 Stansted
Venue: Cricklefield Attendance: 44
Ilford saw off the challenge of Stansted at Cricklefield. Chris Lockwood struck on 27 minutes to give the Foxes the lead at the break. Aaron Wickham secured the points with his side’s second with 22 minutes to play to see Ilford rise to 6th in the table.
Sawbridgeworth Town 2- 0 Waltham Forest
Venue: Crofters End Attendance: 29
Sawbridgeworth picked up their second win of the season here. Goals from Joe Wright and Aaron Thomas sealed a morale-boosting trimuph for John Watters’ side, ahead of FA Vase action next weekend.
Sporting Bengal Utd 2 – 3 Tower Hamlets
Venue: Mile End Stadium Attendance: 60
Hamlets struck late to claim all the win in the ‘Mile End derby’. Bengal opened the scoring on 15 minutes through Anthony Bruce though Frankie Sinclair levelled for Hamlets five minutes before the break. Kane Wilson gave Ade Abayomi & AJ Ashinike’s side the lead ten minutes after the break. Bengal were level on the hour thanks to Freddy Tandon’s goal. Curtis Pond struck with four minutes remaining though to give Hamlets all three points.
Wadham Lodge 2 – 1 Enfield 1893
Venue: Kitchener Road Attendance: 26
Wadham hit a late winner to secure their maiden win of the season. Jayden Hocking-Rising opened the scoring six minutes before the interval for James Falaise’s side. A Danny Jones penalty with 20 min to play levelled for Enfield though Kirk McPhearson’s 90th-minute winner sealed three precious points for Wadham.
West Essex 2 – 0 Burnham Ramblers
Venue: Mayesbrook Park Attendance: 26
West Essex shook off their loss to Basildon in midweek to get the points in a feisty contest at Mayesbrook Park. Michael Mignot gave the hosts the lead 13 minutes into the second half with a pearler of a strike. Cameron Gray sealed the points 16 minutes from time in a match where both sides ended with ten men and the score-line didn’t quite sum the match up.
If you’d like to read more about this match, I was at the match & my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/09/02/report-w-essex-2-0-burnham-esl/
Woodford Town 2017 1 – 2 Redbridge
Venue: Goffs Lane Attendance: 25
Redbridge came from behind to grab their third win of the season. Woodford led after just a minute thanks to Andrea Mantovani’s goal. Jacob Dingli restored parity only two minutes later for the Motormen. Ten minutes after the break, Brian Moses scored the eventual winner to put a smile on Ricky Eaton & Joey May’s faces.
Saturday 2nd September
Essex Olympian Football League
Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 2 – 2 Basildon Town
Frenford 1 – 2 Catholic Utd
Kevledon Hatch 1 – 3 Manford Way
May & Baker EC 2 – 1 Leigh Ramblers
Springfield 3 – 0 Canning Town
White Ensign 4 – 0 Rayleigh Town
Buckhurst Hill 6 – 0 Harold Hill
Hutton 3 – 2 Galleywood
Newbury Forest 3 – 4 Galleywood
Old Barkabbeyans 3 – 5 Runwell Sports
Old Southendian 1 – 0 Shenfield AFC
Sungate 3 – 1 Upminster
Ongar Town 6 – 1 May & Baker EC Reserves
Rayleigh Town Reserves 3 – 1 Toby