Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
Hello & welcome to the round-up of this weekend’s action in the Essex Senior League here on my blog. We start with the Friday night match, then move to the various matches that took place in the ESL on Saturday. And there’s a run-down of the results from the Essex Olympian League matches.
Friday 10th November
Barkingside 2 – 3 Clapton
Venue: Cricklefield | Attendance: 273
Clapton triumphed at Cricklefield despite not having a recognised goalkeeper in the side. Clapton’s Jeffrey Cobblah broke the deadlock ten minutes before half-time. Barkingside levelled right on half-time through Besi Toke though the Tons led once again three minutes after the break, through Ryan Reed [48’]. The hosts levelled again through Michael Ogboin [75’]. Reed produced a cracker to win it with five minutes remaining. It proved some way to ‘go out’ as the next day it was announced that Reed had signed for Bostik North side (and last season’s ESL champions) Barking. After the weekend matches, Clapton sit in 4th place while ‘Side are 13th.
Saturday 11th November (in KO order)
Redbridge 3 – 1 Burnham Ramblers (12pm KO)
Venue: Oakside | Attendance: 106
Redbridge got the win in the early kick-off to start off the ESL ‘Ground-Hop Day’ in an entertaining affair. Brian Moses gave the Motormen an 8th-minute lead though the visitors levelled a minute before the break through debutant Fraser Inns. Second-half goals from Moses [63’] and substitiute Tommie Turner [85’] sealed the hosts’ 12th win of the campaign and they go 3rd, just a point off pole-sitters Basildon. Burnham drop to 18th place.
If you’d like more on this match, my match report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/11/12/match-report-redbridge-3-1-burnham-esl-11-11-17/
Waltham Forest 1 – 3 Woodford Town (2017) (2.30pm KO)
Venue: Kitchener Road | Attendance: 60
The action swiftly moved on to Kitchener Road as Woodford took the points. The visitors led on 36 minutes as Asher Modeste struck before Ethan Kessel [49’] made it two. Forest got a goal back though Joe Creasey [67’] though Town sealed the win through Kessel’s second of the afternoon two minutes later. Woodford stay tenth while Forest drop to the foot of the table.
If you;d like more on this match, my report in-brief is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/11/12/report-in-brief-w-forest-1-3-woodford-town-esl-11-11-17/
Basildon Utd 1- 2 Southend Manor
Venue: The Hive | Attendance: 127
Onto the 3pm KO’s now and Manor picked up a battling win over table-toppers Basildon at the Hive. Luke Hornsley put the hosts head on 21 minutes, before Jamie Brown levelled three minutes later. The visitors were reduced to ten men though Manor still took the lead through Hamid Zamani [65’] and held on to claim their first win under caretaker boss Adam Peek. Basildon stay top as Takeley were not in action today, while Manor rise to 11th spot.
Stansted 1 – 3 Sawbridgeworth Town
Venue: Hargrave Park | Attendance: 88
Sawbridgeworth produced a good performance to triumph in this local derby at Hargrave Park. The hosts took the lead on eight minutes through Wisley Baltazar though the visitors responded though Lewis Deamer [29’] and after the break sealed the win with goals from Billy Skinner [58’] and Toby Cleaver [75’] to rise to 15th place in the table. Stansted are in 12th place.
West Essex 2- 1 Ilford
Venue: Mayesbrook Park | Attendance: 35
The Stags picked up a important win at mayesbrook Park. James Peagram struck 11 minutes in to give the Foxes the lead though Tom Woodbridge levelled ten minutes later. Ilford goalkeeper Chris Clark was dismissed soon afterward. After the break, the hosts made their numerical advantage count as James Bromley [67’] got the winner. West Essex go into 7th place while Ilford stay 9th.
Hackney Wick 1 – 3 Wadham Lodge (5.30pm KO)
Venue: Old Spotted Dog | Attendance: 106
The ‘Ground-Hop Day’ action concluded at the Old Spotted Dog as Hackney Wick fell to defeat against Wadham Lodge. Mario Gnijaj put Wadham ahead on 22 minutes before Dwade James’ spot-kick [29’] doubled that advantage. Ibrahim Camara pulled one back 12 minutes from time for the hosts though James struck again two minutes from time to seal an important win for Marc Farrell’s side and they rise above Wick to 17th in the table. Hackney drop to 19th, two points above bottom side Waltham Forest.
If you’d like more on this match, my match report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/11/12/match-report-h-wick-1-3-wadham-esl-11-11-17/
If you’d like an alternative view then my esteemed Non-League blogger colleague Peter Dudley has his say on the ‘Ground-Hop’ day matches and you can find that here: http://www.realfootytalk.com/2017/11/12/essex-senior-league-ground-hop-201718-saturday-11th-november/
Saturday 11th November
Essex Olympian League
Basildon Town 0 – 1 Canning Town
Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 4 – 1 Rayleigh Town
Harold Wood Athletic 1 – 2 Leigh Ramblers
Harold Hill 2 – 1 FC Hamlets
Old Southendian 0 – 0 Hutton
Runwell Sports 3 – 8 Newbury Forest
Snaresbrook 1 – 2 Buckhurst Hill
May & Baker E.C. Res. 5 – 3 A1 Sports
Newham Utd 5 – 1 Rochford Town
Ongar Town 1 – 6 Toby
Rayleigh Town Res. 10 – 0 Ryan
Upminster 1 – 3 Herongate Athletic