ESL Preview (3.11.17)

Written by Peter D & Scott W

Intro by Scott W

This weekend, the Essex Senior League has another round of action and it’s good to welcome back Peter as we resume our ‘challenge’ of previewing the action. Below are Peter’s & my thoughts on this weekend’s matches in the ESL:

Basildon United Vs Sporting Bengal United | Venue: The Hive

Peter: The Bees are unbeaten in four and rose to the top of the table after victory at Waltham Forest in midweek and they welcome a side who have lost their last seven in the league, although they did record a come-from-behind win at Stansted in the Errington Challenge Cup in midweek which would of given them a boost.  However I believe the hosts are too strong right now and will record a win here.

Peter’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Scott: Marc Harrison’s side continue to impress this term and have only failed to win one match at home thus far. Sporting Bengal are finding it tough-going at present in the league having slid down to mid-table now though a win in the Errington Cup away from home at Stansted will help their confidence. That said, The Bees’ firepower will take some dealing with so home win for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Enfield 1893 Vs Woodford Town (2017) | Venue: The Harlow Arena

Peter: The hosts’ recent form has been very Jekyll and Hyde, there last five league games yielding two wins, a draw and two defeats, with their last outing a thrashing from Great Wakering Rovers on their own patch so they will want to get back to positive ways in this one.  They welcome a Woodford Town side who were four unbeaten until they lost their last two games, with the latest a home defeat to FC Romania, so both sides need a boost in this one.  Hard one to call so gonna go for a draw here.

Peter’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Scott: Enfield welcome Woodford to the Harlow Arena. The hosts will not want reminding of last week’s heavy home defeat though before that they were unbeaten in three matches in all competitions. Woodford have lost their last two matches and have lost a player or two this week. This one will be a tight encounter though I’m going go for a narrow home win as Enfield do have it in them, though arguably they need to start producing on a more regular basis.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

FC Romania Vs Southend Manor | Venue: Theobalds Lane

Peter: The hosts are on a terrific run right now in the league, unbeaten in seven games of which six of those have been victories (four in a row currently) and they welcome managerless Southend Manor to Theobalds Lane with the visitors winless in three and having lost their last two games.  Cannot see anything other than a home win here.

Peter’s Prediction : 2 – 0

Scott: FCR welcome Manor to Theobalds Lane. The Wolves have won five of their six league matches and are bringing themselves back into contention at the top-of-the-table. Manor haven’t had a good week and will need their battling qualities to salvage anything out of this tough assignment. Home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 0

Hackney Wick Vs Redbridge | Venue: Old Spotted Dog Stadium

Peter: Wick ended a run of five straight defeats with victory at Southend Manor last weekend however they welcome the best team in the division over the last ten games in Redbridge who have nine wins in those ten games, with the only blemish being the defeat at Burnham Ramblers two Tuesday’s ago.  Wick showed though in their last game what they can do but I feel Redbridge will have too much for them and will come out on top.

Peter’s Prediction: 0 – 3

Scott: Wick upset the odds a bit with a good win at Southchurch Park last weekend to end a five-match losing run though have yet to win a home match this term in five attempts. Redbridge achieved a battling win at Stansted last weekend despite missing a few key players so that shows that can win ‘ugly’. The Motormen will also not want to give up ground in the promotion race and I believe they will get the job done here too.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Hullbridge Sports Vs Clapton | Venue: Lower Road

Peter: The hosts have lost five of their last six in the league and welcome a bang in-form Tons side who are on a six-game winning streak.  But Hullbridge did record a win at Colney Heath in the Vase recently which would have given them a boost although two defeats at high-flying Takeley certainly would not have helped.  But saying all that I feel this one could end all square.

Peter’s Prediction: 3 – 3

Scott: Hullbridge welcome the Tons to Lower Road. Sports have been inconsistent despite their battling progress in the FA Vase recently. Clapton are on a good run and backed as they could be by the travelling Ultras, that could give them the edge in this one.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Ilford Vs Waltham Forest | Venue: Cricklefield

Peter: The Foxes four match unbeaten run was ended last time out by Wadham Lodge in what was a poor showing by all accounts, however they did get their revenge in midweek when defeating the same side at home in the Errington Challenge Cup.  Forest are in terrible form right now, bottom of the form table having lost six straight, conceding on average almost three goals a game over the last ten outings.  Think this one will be tight but predicting Ilford to come out on top.

Peter’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: Ilford take on Waltham Forest at Cricklefield. The Foxes have been busy on the signing front of late as they look to have the squad depth to re-charge their push to rise up the table. They did pick up a narrow win in the Challenge Cup over Wadham in midweek to avenge their loss away from home the previous Friday night. Waltham Forest haven’t won in over a month and have conceded twice as many as they have scored thus far this term in their 16 matches. Home win for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Takeley Vs Barkingside | Venue: Station Road

Peter: The hosts are unbeaten in five but lost top spot to Basildon United in midweek although the Bees have played one more game.  And two wins over Hullbridge over the past week, one in the Errington Challenge Cup, would have continued to boost the home sides confidence.  Barkingside arrive at Station Road off the back of ending their three-game losing streak by winning at Sporting Bengal United last time out so will be looking to continue this form, however Takeley are a much tougher proposition and will more than likely pick up the three points here.

Peter’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Scott: Marc Das’ side entertain Barkingside at Station Road. The hosts are unbeaten in three matches in all competitions and welcome a Barkingside outfit that did prevail over Bengal last time out though have also conceded nine goals in their last four league matches. The visitors take on the joint-second best defence in the league and with Takeley’s ability of grinding out results it swings towards a home win for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Tower Hamlets Vs Burnham Ramblers | Venue: Mile End Stadium

Peter: Hamlets last five games have seen two wins, a draw and two defeats in what has been a mixed spell, and their last gasp loss at Clapton last time out would of certainly hurt them.  They also fell to a late defeat at Great Wakering Rovers in the Errington Challenge Cup in midweek although they showed great qualities against two decent sides.  They welcome Burnham Ramblers to Mile End with the visitors seeing a three game winning run brought to an abrupt halt by leaders Basildon United and then saw Sawbridgeworth hit six past them in midweek in the Errington Challenge Cup, meaning no goals scored and ten against in those two games.  Hamlets to win this one for me.

Peter’s Prediction: 3 – 0

Scott: Hamlets welcome Burnham to Mile End. One thing you definitely see with these two sides is goals. League-wise, Hamlets have lost two of their last five encounters though have only lost one home match thus far this campaign. Burnham need to get back scoring after conceding 11 goals without reply in their last three matches (in all competitions). Factor in that Hamlets average two & a half goals per home match thus far and it’s hard to say home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Wadham Lodge Vs Sawbridgeworth Town | Venue: Kitchener Road

Peter: Lodge are probably in their best form of late, unbeaten in four with two wins in their last three league outings, and they look a much more competitive outfit now than a few games ago.  They did lose to Ilford in midweek in the Cup though and they welcome a Sawbo side who smashed six past Burnham Ramblers in the Cup in midweek, their second straight win after they picked up a league victory prior to that cup win.  Fancying an away win here.

Peter’s Prediction : 1 – 2

Scott: Sawbridgeworth travel to Kitchener Road to take on an improving Wadham side. All of the hosts’ wins have come at home though it’s hard to ignore that they’ve conceded 46 goals in 16 matches thus far. Sawbridgeworth have it in them to battle and thumped Burnham in the Errington Cup in midweek. John Watters’ side will need to be at their best though they could take the points here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

West Essex Vs Great Wakering Rovers | Venue: Mayesbrook Park

Peter: The hosts ended a four-game winless run with victory last time out and welcome a Rovers side who put seven past Enfield last weekend, and also recorded victory in midweek in the Cup.  The hosts are looking to rediscover their early-season form which briefly saw them top the division, but will find it hard against this GWR side.  I do think this one may end all square though.

Peter’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott: In the last match on Saturday, West Essex renew acquaintances with Wakering, having lost an earlier encounter at Mayesbrook Park in the FA Vase this season. The visitors are one place and two points above their hosts before this match and their big win at Enfield perhaps signals another good run after a mini-blip. My instinct tends to lean towards an away win though it will be a tough encounter.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

You can follow Peter on Twitter: @ped1980

You can follow Scott W on Twitter: @ScottMHC14


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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