Match Report: West Essex 2 – 0 Takeley (ESL 7.4.18)

Essex Senior League

Saturday 7th April 2018 3pm KO

Venue: Mayesbrook Park Stadium

Attendance: 18

2017/18 Season: Match 61

West Essex: Red & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Red Socks

Takeley: Royal Blue Shirts, Royal Blue Shorts, Royal Blue Socks

 

 

 

Report & Images by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a calm afternoon at Mayesbrook Park, West Essex welcomed Takeley in an intriguing Essex Senior League encounter. West Essex had ten days off while Takeley were coming into this one on the back of a fine win over Ilford on Thursday night. The Stags were missing the likes of Daniel Christey, Jack Coker and club captain Tom MacLeod through injury though still named Brad Russell, Joe Lefley, Michael Mignot and Isaac Marfo in their starting XI. Carl Mullins and Alex Martin led the line for the visitors, with Will Green and Mitchell Das on the flanks and Jason Todd having the armband.

The hosts started the match in a decent fashion, with forward Isaac Marfo showing his intent early. Takeley grew into the match though quite quickly and caused the home defence some nervous moments which needed good last-ditch interventions. Visiting forward Carl Mullins was a near-constant threat running down the channels and using his strength though 24 minutes in, Mullins was one-on-one with home goalkeeper Dan Russell and unfortunately scuffed his strike at goal wide.

The visitors were gathering momentum at this point though captain Jason Todd blasted a 20-yard drive narrowly over the bar. West Essex were restricted to the odd foray forward in fairness, though from midfielder Brad Russell’s free-kick, the ball came to skipper for the day Nick Walk, who sent his header wide on the half-hour.

Takeley responded and also posed a threat from set-pieces though couldn’t quite find the telling finish that their play merited at times. As half-time approached, the visitors’ frustrations were compounded by Mullins and strike partner Alex Martin as they both struck efforts wide of Russell’s post.

Half-Time: West Essex 0 – 0 Takeley

 

In truth, Takeley should have been two goals ahead at the break. Two minutes after the re-start, the visitors forced the Stags defence into another goal-line clearance from a Martin corner. Though the hosts gradually got a foot-hold on their own and five minutes into the half, forward Michael Mignot unselfishly played in strike partner Marfo though his effort was blocked by the stubborn Takeley back-line, marshalled as ever by custodian Ronnie Yates. The visitors forced Russell into two more good saves at the other end moments later, the latter of which denied winger Mitchell Das’s drive.

The hosts broke the deadlock just shy of the hour when uncharacteristic defending saw the ball find Mignot at the back post and he found Marfo who found the roof the net from inside the six-yard box. Thie opening goal did galvanize the hosts somewhat, and defensively, the back-line of Hardy, Kane, Appiah and Walk definitely put a ‘good shift in’ today including the former covering well at times.

Unsurprisingly, the visitors looked to strike level quickly though the home defence denied Das and Todd. One of the major ‘talking points’ occurred midway into the half as Takeley skipper Todd clattered into Russell which left the ‘keeper requiring treatment. After that said stoppage, Todd was dismissed (second bookable offence) for the initial challenge leaving the visitors a man light and defender Mike Castle taking the armband.

The hosts took advantage minutes later as after winger Cameron Gray’s fine effort thundered off the woodwork with Yates beaten, Walk slotted home the rebound well to give Kwame Kwateng’s side a two-goal cushion. The home defence were determined to ‘finish the job’ though in the last 15 of the match though the visitors frustrations were palpable as defender Appiah conceded a free-kick on the edge of the area though wasn’t adjudged to be the last defender which meant the card he recieved was yellow.

Takeley’s Mullins could have made it a nervy finish though couldn’t beat Russell one-on-one and a late curling free-kick by full-back Andre Humphrey forced a good save again out of the West Essex goalkeeper.

 

Full-Time: West Essex 2 – 0 Takeley

It was a case of missed chances for the visitors who didn’t really find their ‘A-game’ today. Credit to the hosts though who worked hard throughout and took advantage of an understandably tiring opposition after the break.

 

 

Teams:

West Essex | Head Coach: Kwame Kwateng

Dan Russell (GK), Sanchez Hardy, Kofi Appiah, Nick Walk (Capt), Josh Kane, James Bromley (Jonathan Tyrell 67′), Brad Russell, Joe Lefley, Cameron Gray (Steffan Kermin 87′), Michael Mignot, Issac Marfo (Greg Fredericks 79′)

Goal-scorers: Isaac Marfo [58′], Nick Walk [75′ ]

Booked: Appiah | Subs Not Used: Adebayo, Woodbridge

 

Takeley | Manager: Marc Das

Ronnie Yates (GK), Bryn Thorpe, Andre Humphrey, Freddie Burrell (Olakunmi Bosanya 47′), Mike Castle, Nick Barrett, Mitchell Das, Jason Todd (Capt), Carl Mullins, Alex Martin (Frankie Oatham 65′), Will Green (George Wappett 75′)

Booked: Das, Thorpe, Oatham | Sent Off: Todd (two bookings)

Subs Not Used: Hurley, Page

Referee: Dean Markwick

Assistant Referees: Michael Iddenden-Smith & Nicholas Hodges

 

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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