Essex Senior League
Venue: Lower Road
2017-18 Season – Match 29
Saturday 14th October 2017 3pm KO
Hullbridge Sports : Blue & White Striped Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks
Hackney Wick : White Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks
Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
On a nice autumnal afternoon at Lower Road, Hullbridge Sports welcomed Hackney Wick in an intriguing Essex Senior League encounter. Both sides resided in the bottom four before kick-off. For Hullbridge, Lewis Catling came in between the sticks, with Luca Frankis leading the line though Jimmy Cox returned to the squad, sitting on the bench. For me, this was the first look at Hackney Wick since pre-season so I was intrigued as to how they’d get on – I soon got my answer.
Prior to kick-off, we had a minute’s silence (see image) in remembrance of the Waltham Forest chairman Tergut Esendagli who sadly passed away this week. My condolences to the club and to Tergut’s family for their loss. In the opening stages of this encounter, it was a tale of the ‘number nine’s’ as within three minutes, Hullbridge forward Luca Frankis nearly had a clear chance though the ball just escaped his clutches and into visiting goalkeeper Steven French’s arms. A minute later, Wick forward Allan Bastel had a shot blocked by Hullbridge custodian Lewis Catling. It was the home no.9 who put the hosts ahead though Frankis poked his effort into the corner after winger Ollie Miller’s cushioned header into his path.
Hackney Wick responded on 17 minutes as Catling was called into action to push forward Alejandro Ramires’ free-kick wide and then two minutes later, winger Jermaine Nicholson’s shot was also tipped wide. Through most of the remainder of the first period, the hosts pushed forward to clinch that second goal as Wick did struggle to clear their lines at times. Hullbridge was also up for the fight as well as the likes of midfielder Michael Edgar and Frankis ran their socks off to harry the opposition into errors. Nine minutes before the break, Charlie Buffin’s cross from the right flank was headed just wide by midfielder Lewis Watson. The hosts definitely had the better of the play in the first period, though the game was some way from being won with only a slender lead as it was at the interval.
Half-Time: Hullbridge Sports 1 – 0 Hackney Wick
The visitors made a change at the break and they did seem more energised as a result. Defender Aaron Hunwicks had to ‘have his wits about him’ to deny a certain chance five minutes after the break. A minute afterward, French had to save well to deny Frankis at the back post after good play from Miller and fellow winger Charlie Gerada. That miss wasn’t costly though as on 54 minutes, a long ball found Miller and one-on-one with French, he slotted past the ‘keeper to double the home side’s advantage. I think it was fair to say that the goalkeeper was not happy with the defence in front of him.
Hullbridge lost centre-back Ollie Quick and Gerada to knocks within seven minutes of each other midway through the second half as Wick continued to battle away going forward. Substitute Guled Ahmed made a difference to his side though with twenty minutes left, his free-kick couldn’t find the target. A further effort on goal soon after by fellow substitute Saico Djop was saved by Catling. At this point, the hosts couldn’t quite keep the ball as effectively as they had done though they were led at the back by the presence of player-manager Rob Hodgson. Into the last five minutes or so, the hosts found another gear as Hodgson’s shot was well-saved by French. Moments later, Wick should have got a consolation though Ramires was twice denied by good saves by Catling and following-up, full-back Blessing Adomah sent his shot over the crossbar. The hosts did get another late on as the impressive Miller was found by substitute Sam Dulieu and the winger slotted home for his brace.
Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports 3 – 0 Hackney Wick
Frankis 9’, Miller 54’ & 90’+3
In all fairness, Hullbridge deserved their win and played decent football at times, though Wick kept going, particularly in the second half and unfortunately couldn’t find that final ball often enough. For the hosts, almost to a man it was a really good, gutsy display though Hodsgon and Miller’s performances stuck out for me today.
Player-Manager: Rob Hodgson
Manager: Tolga Dervish
|1 Lewis Catling (GK)||1 Steven French (GK)|
|2 Charlie Buffin||2 Blessing Adomah|
|3 Aaron Hunwicks||3 Marian Histov|
|4 Michael Edgar||4 Berkcan Belindir|
|5 Ollie Quick (Subbed 61’)||5 Mark Collins|
|6 Rob Hodgson||6 Jake Casey|
|7 Ollie Miller||7 Jermaine Nicholson (Subbed 66’)|
|8 Lewis Watson||8 Ibrahim Camara (C)|
|9 Luca Frankis (Subbed 56’)||9 Allan Bastel|
|10 Jamie Buffin (C)||10 Alejandro Ramires|
|11 Charlie Gerada (Subbed 68’)||11 Prince Yeboah (Subbed 46’)|
|12 Jimmy Cox (On 56’)||GK Vladisav Gorchakov|
|14 Damien Siemienczuk||12 Saico Djop (On 66’)|
|15 Angus Poole (On 61’)||13 Simpson Mpalampa|
|16 Sam Dulieu (On 68’)||14 Guled Ahmed (On 46’)|
|17 Sergo Sidibe|
|Booked: None||Booked: Casey|