Essex Senior League
Venue: Mile End Stadium
2017-18 Season – Match 27
Friday 6th October 2017 7.45pm KO
Tower Hamlets: Orange Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks
West Essex: Red & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Red Socks
Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
On a fairly calm night at Mile End Stadium, Tower Hamlets welcomed West Essex in a Friday night Essex Senior League encounter. Regarding the teams, Goalkeeper James Pellin made his debut for Hamlets after signing from Southend Manor while for West Essex, Dan Russell continued to deputise in goal for the injured Jack Coker.
The match didn’t start off that lively with few chances coming in the early-going. Fourteen minutes in, a West Essex free-kick by Joe Lefley found centre-back Maamoon Khan though he couldn’t get his shot away on goal. Six minutes later, we had the unusual sight of a fox traversing its way across the pitch. On 24 minutes, Hamlets forward O’Neal Rowe had a good shot saved by West Essex goalkeeper Dan Russell. The remainder of the half saw few real opportunities to break the deadlock though a minute before the break, visiting defender Kofi Appiah’s drive needed a decent save by Hamlets goalkeeper James Pellin to keep it goalless at the interval.
Half-Time: Tower Hamlets 0 – 0 West Essex
The hosts took a few minutes to settle after the break, though ten minutes after the re-start, striker Luke With hit a post from a decent position in the area. The visitors nearly responded a minute later though skipper Tom MacLeod’s header went over the bar from a free-kick. Hamlets did opening the scoring on 59 minutes as hot-shot Curtis Pond made a good surging run and buried a low shot past Russell to give the hosts the lead. Hamlets were unsurprisingly buoyed by their goal and full-back Lamar Earle made another good run though blasted his shot over the bar. The visitors were a man down as Dan Christey was dismissed for two bookable offences midway through the second half. With had another effort on goal saved by Russell’s legs with 66 minutes on the clock though three minutes later Pond was left in space and one-on-one with Russell, again placed a low drive into the corner.
The hosts had the initiative now and nearly increased their lead as Rowe showed good pace and skill to get past Russell in the area though his goal-bound effort was well blocked on the goal-line. Two minutes after coming on as a late substitute, forward Wale Odedoyin found space on the counter-attack and lobbed Russell well to seal the win for Ade Abayomi & AJ Ashinike’s side. To be honest, the visitors did tire after the break though Pellin still had to deny striker Michael Mignot and substitute Isaac Marfo late on.
All in all, the second-half showing from Hamlets won them this match and Curtis Pond laid down another marker in terms of his finishing with two goals though Luke With, O’Neal Rowe and defender John Watson also did well tonight. For West Essex, this won’t be a memorable match as they struggled to give the likes of Mignot and Woodbridge enough service up top. They will have better matches this season though there may be a concern about conceding goals. Best wishes to both clubs.
FT: Tower Hamlets 3 – 0 West Essex
W. Odedoyin 83’
Joint Managers: Ade Abayomi & AJ Ashinike
Manager: Kwame Kwateng
|1 James Pellin (GK)||1 Dan Russell (GK)|
|2 Lamar Earle||5 Nick Walk|
|3 John Watson||3 Josh Kane|
|4 Mata Julio||21 Maamoon Khan|
|5 Tola Odedoyin||16 Kofi Appiah|
|6 Jerome Anthony||6 Dan Christey|
|7 Curtis Pond (Subbed 84’)||4 Tom MacLeod (C)|
|8 Frankie Sinclair (C)||10 Joe Lefley|
|9 Luke With (Subbed 81’)||7 Michael Mignot|
|10 O’Neal Rowe||9 Tom Woodbridge (Subbed 81’)|
|11 Kane Wilson (Subbed 71’)||17 Fatos Zeqiri (Subbed 62’)|
|12 Wale Odedoyin (On 81’)||11 Cameron Gray (On 62’)|
|14 James Ross (On 84’)||14 Josh French|
|15 Chaka Barnett (On 71’)||18 Nick Carroll|
|17 Alhousman Ndure||24 Isaac Marfo (On 81’)|
|18 Montel Williams|
|Booked: Julio, Pond, T. Odedoyin||Booked: MacLeod|
|Sent Off: Christey (2 Bookings)|