Essex Senior League
Venue: Leslie Field
2017-18 Season – Match 30
Tuesday 17th October 2017 7.45pm KO
Burnham Ramblers : Sky Blue & Navy Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Sky Blue Socks
Redbridge : Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks
Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
On a fairly chilly evening at Leslie Field, Burnham Ramblers welcomed in-form Redbridge in another intriguing Essex Senior League encounter. Burnham had the familiar front two of Bradley Morgan and Charlee Hughes in the starting XI while Lindsipho Mtyanda and tall target-man Brian Moses led the line for the Motormen, with forward Calvin Poku and winger Joshua Hutchinson unavailable.
I’ll mention right from the start that this is some match to try and sum-up. We were set on our way as the visitors struck first in the first minute as winger Reside Coxi-Sebastfao struck the crossbar with his drive and forward Brian Moses eventually tucking it away well. Only three minutes later, forward Lindsipho Mtyanda had a shot saved by home goalkeeper Joshua Strizovic. The hosts rallied though soon after as midfielder William Howard’s shot was saved by visiting custodian Lewis Greene. The visitors edged the early-going in both boxes as defender Vinny Murphy’s crucial tackle denied Ramblers forward Bradley Morgan in the area. Thirteen minutes in, Burnham midfielder Ryan Stillwell repaid that compliment with a great tackle on Moses with the forward primed to strike.
The hosts levelled on 17 minutes as a great through-ball found forward Charlee Hughes and he made no mistake, slotting home well to consolidate a super start to this match. There was little let-up in proceedings as ten minutes later, midfielder Julian Bavin swivelled and volleyed a super strike past Greene to put Lee Hughes’ side ahead for the first time. On the half-hour, it needed a great block by centre-back Jonathon Mbamarah to deny Morgan after the Burnham forward had rounded Greene in the area.
The hosts were not to be denied though as twelve minutes before the break from Bavin’s pass, Hughes was in on goal and slotted home to give his side a two-goal lead. A frenetic first half ended in stoppage time as Mtyanda looped a header home from captain Eljay Worrell’s free-kick.
Half-Time: Burnham Ramblers 3 – 2 Redbridge
The second half began with the visitors much the stronger as home custodian Strizovic denying Mtyanda, midfielder Patrick Duggan and Worrell in the opening quarter-hour or so of the half. Redbridge winger Coxi-Sebastfao was impressing on the left flank with his pace and trickery. It was no surprise when Coxi-Sebastfao himself got the visitors level on 66 minutes as he thumped home an effort past Strizovic following another Worrell free-kick in a spell of sustained pressure from the Motormen.
Strizovic was busy again having to deny Mtyanda moments after the leveller though Burnham found another gear in the latter stages with Hughes’ header being saved by Greene. With nine minutes left, Mtyanda spurned a good chance for the visitors though in retrospect, we couldn’t quite have predicted what was coming. Burnham forward Hughes has a knack for scoring crackers and he came up trumps again with a thunderbolt from at least 25 yards which sailed past Greene to give Burnham the lead once again. In a nervy finale, Stillwell headed wide for the hosts and Moses and substitute Liam Thomas also missed the target with headers.
The full-time whistle blew and unsurprisingly there were contrasting emotions by both sides though what I will say is that football was the ultimate winner in this utterly enthralling contest. Redbridge may look back and wonder how they didn’t get something from this game though the hosts will be delighted with their battling qualities and work-rate, alongside Hughes’ finishing. If this was last season then Burnham may have got overwhelmed though this match is another marker to suggest that they are a different side this term. Congratulations to them and also I’d like to thank them for their hospitality tonight. Best wishes to Redbridge as well for the rest of the season.
Full-Time: Burnham Ramblers 4 – 3 Redbridge
Hughes 17’, 33’, 84’ | Moses 1’, Mtyanda 45’+1
Bavin 27’ | Coxi-Sebastfao 66’
Manager: Lee Hughes
Joint-Managers: Ricky Eaton & Joey May
|1 Joshua Strizovic (GK)||1 Lewis Greene (GK)|
|2 Bobby Barker (Subbed 29’)||2 Courtney Homans|
|3 Grant Webb||3 Eljay Worrell (C)|
|18 Julian Bavin (Subbed 73’)||4 Shaun Harris|
|5 Luke Moloney (C)||5 Vinny Murphy|
|6 Scott Plom||6 Jonathon Mbamarah|
|7 Samuel Warwick (Subbed 66’)||7 Tommie Turner (Subbed 82’)|
|8 William Howard||8 Patrick Duggan|
|9 Bradley Morgan||9 Lindsipho Mtyanda|
|10 Ryan Stillwell||10 Brian Moses|
|11 Charlee Hughes||11 Reside Coxi-Sebastfao|
|13 Adam French (GK)||12 Sam Sheppard|
|14 Kyle Musson (On 66’)||14 Liam Thomas (On 82’)|
|15 Alex Karkoski||15 Malaki Toussaint|
|16 Andy Mowforth (On 29’)||16 Philip Brown-Bampoe|
|17 Daniel Green (On 73’)||17 Jamil Shariffu|
|Booked: Moloney, Bavin, Stillwell||Booked: Moses, Mtyanda, Coxi-Sebastfao|