Essex Senior League Preview (27.10.17)

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

This weekend, the Essex Senior League returns to take centre-stage following FA Vase action for some clubs last weekend. As we’ve past the quarter-way stage of the campaign, it is evident that we’re in for a very competitive season this time around. Here are my thoughts on this weekend’s matches as Peter takes a deserved week off this time around.

Friday 27th October

Wadham Lodge v Ilford    |   Venue: Kitchener Road

Scott: Ilford travel to Kitchener Road to take on bottom side Wadham on Friday night. Wadham are looking to continue their slight upturn in form recently though take on a resurgent Ilford side that are unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions, including a good win at Redbridge in the Errington Challenge Cup last weekend. It may not be an easy match for the Foxes though I reckon they will get the job done here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3


Saturday 28th October

Basildon Utd   v   Burnham Ramblers    | Venue: The Hive

Scott: Basildon welcome Burnham Ramblers to the Hive. The Bees will arguably want to banish the memory of last weekend’s home exit in the FA Vase, though they did return to league action in midweek with a decent point at Takeley. Burnham also exited the FA Vase last weekend though they will seek to continue their good recent run. In my opinion, Ramblers are going to have to deal with the firepower of the hosts well if they are going to get a positive result. I reckon Marc Harrison’s side will be fired-up for this one and they will come away with the points.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Clapton v Tower Hamlets   |   Venue: Old Spotted Dog

Scott: Tower Hamlets travel to the Old Spotted Dog to take on a Clapton side that could arguably be described as ‘in transition’ as although the Tons exited the FA Vase last weekend, they have won their last four league matches. Hamlets are unbeaten in their last three league matches themselves though this will still be a stern test for Ade Abayomi & AJ Ashinike’s men and I suspect the hosts will edge it.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Enfield 1893  v   Great Wakering Rovers  |  Venue: The Harlow Arena

Scott: Enfield welcome Wakering to the Harlow Arena. Enfield played well at times in their midweek draw at Southend Manor and will look to build on that result and their good win over Coggeshall in the FA Vase last weekend. Wakering went out of the Essex Senior Cup at home to National League South side East Thurrock in midweek and have had a blip in the league, losing their last two ESL matches. Enfield will give Rovers a game, that much is for sure and this one could end in a draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Southend Manor v Hackney Wick  | Venue: Southchurch Park

Scott: Southend Manor take on Hackney Wick at Southchurch Park. Manor are unbeaten in their last four league matches now while Wick’s run of five straight league defeats has left them second-bottom. Manor will be chasing the win which could take them in and around the top-ten. Home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Sporting Bengal Utd  v  FC Romania   |   Venue: Mile End Stadium

Scott: Out-of-form Sporting Bengal welcome FC Romania to Mile End. Bengal need to stop their recent decline which has seen them suffer a six-game winless run in the league. FC Romania are unbeaten in their last five league matches which has seen them rise to third place. Bengal will need to bring their ‘A-game’ to stop Ion Vintila’s side here. I reckon away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Stansted  v   Redbridge   |    Venue: Hargrave Park

Scott: The Motormen travel to Hargrave Park to take on mid-table Stansted. The Airportmen have won three of their last seven matches, whilst Redbridge’s good league run ended at Leslie Field recently and Ricky Eaton & Joey May’s side will want to get back on track here. I doubt Stansted will make it easy for the visitors though Redbridge should be too strong in this encounter.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Takeley  v  Hullbridge Sports       |  Venue: Station Road

Scott: Takeley welcome Hullbridge to Station Road.  Marc Das’ side are unbeaten in their last four league matches in the league though were one of a number of side who exited the FA Vase last weekend. Hulbridge got perhaps a crucial win in their FA Vase replace in middle to probe in the competition in midweek. In league terms though they have only won one of their last five matches. The hosts are tough sides to break down and at home, it is likely they will get the job done here as they seek to maintain top spot.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 0


Coming up this weekend, there’ll be round-up’s on the ESL/EOFL & ECC plus the FA Trophy FQR/Bostik South here on my blog. Thanks for reading,




Author: survivor16b

I'm a Mental Health survivor (been surviving for years) & campaigner. I also like Music & Sport. This blog is centred on all things Non-League Football, mainly Match Reports of matches I've seen (mainly Essex Senior League (ESL) but also other Leagues) though it also houses the regular round-up's of the ESL action plus the Essex Olympian League divisions regularly. It also has the odd post about the scary world that we're all in, talking from a Mental Health perspective. Thank you for reading.

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