Round-up: 2018-19 Essex Senior League [Midweek 6th-8th Aug] (ESL 8.8.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to a midweek round-up of Essex Senior League action from Mon 6th to Wed 8th August.

Monday 6th August

Barkingside  0 – 0  Sporting Bengal Utd | Cricklefield  | Att: 99

These sides battled to a goalless draw, which was ‘Side’s second in under three days. The visitors felt they were disappointed not to pick up the points though both sides are in FA Cup action this weekend with Barkingside facing Leyton Ath and Bengal taking on fellow Cricklefield side Ilford at Mile End.

Enfield 1893  2  –  2 Redbridge   | The Harlow Arena  | Att: 78

Redbridge fought back late on from a two-goal deficit to claim a point at the Harlow Arena. Co-manager Joey May is back as a player after long-term injury and he and recent signing Asher Modeste came off the bench to assist the Motormen in a game where Enfield could really have taken the points.

Tuesday 7th August

Clapton  0 – 2   Ilford    | Old Spotted Dog

Ilford claimed the win at the OSD to banish the memories of their home defeat against Stansted on Saturday. Clapton ‘keeper Joe Phillips was stretchered off late on with a serious neck injury, we wish him well in his recovery. Clapton travel to Woodbridge Town in the FA Cup this weekend while the Foxes make the dhort trip to Mile End to face Sporting Bengal.

Saffron Walden Town  4 – 0  Stanway Rovers  | Catons Lane

The Bloods claimed their first win of the new campaign with an excellent performance to defeat fellow newcomers Stanway at Catons Lane. Lee Sawyer’s early penalty set the hosts on their way before further goals from Julian Simon-Parson and Dan Trendall (2) completed the win, in front of a stirring crowd of 176 people.

Sawbridgeworth Town  0 – 3   Hoddesdon Town | Crofters End  | Att: 40

Hoddesdon secured a surprise win at Crofters thanks to a brace from Aiden Critchley and substitute Josh Lillis to build on a decent draw at Walthamstow at the weekend. Sawbo face local rivals Stansted on Sunday in the FA Cup while Hoddesdon travel to Wodson Park at the weekend.

Takeley  2 – 0  Stansted   | Station Road

Takeley took their chances better a claim a second straight league win. Strikes from Bryn Thorpe and Stuart Zanone secured the win to go joint-top of the early standings with Woodford Town.

West Essex  1 – 5   Walthamstow   | Mayesbrook Park

The Stags were over-run by a dominant display of goal-power by the ‘Stow as the visitors won well here. Christian Owusu’s first-half brace put the Ryan Maxwell’s side in the box seat before Jack Leachman’s peach of a strike [68’], Owusu’s third two minutes later and a late OG secured a big win. Symeon Taylor got a consolation for the hosts just after the hour though they still suffered their second leagye defeat here.

Woodford Town   5 – 0  St Margaretsbury   | The Harlow Arena  | Att: 58

Woodford secured their second big win in five days with this big win over new-boys St Margaretsbury at the Harlow Arena. The Wood Army led three-nil at the break thanks to Billy Tarrant [22′] and a brace from Samir Ali [29′ & 43′]. After the break, further strikes from rapid forward Ola Ogunwamide [49′] and substitute Connor Leon [85′] made doubly-sure of the points. That said, the hosts finished with 10 men as Takudzwa Mashingaidze was dismissed for two bookings and the ‘Bury missed two penalties as their bow in the league wasn’t what they probably hoped for. Woodford have scored nine goals in their opening two matches and have a ten-day break before they travel to Sawbridgeworth on Saturday 18th Aug.

Wednesday 8th August

Leyton Athletic   0 – 0    Tower Hamlets   |  Kitchener Road

Both these sides battled to a stalemate at Kitchener Road and in doing so both grabbed their first point of the campaign though both sides will also be hoping for better results in the coming weeks.

Southend Manor   0 – 2    Hullbridge Sports  | Southchurch Park

Hullbridge emerged with the points in this local derby at Southchurch Park. ‘Bridge struck through a second-half penalty by Adebola Sotoyinbo and then made their position safer thanks to Aundre Spencer’s goal following good work by Sotoyinbo on the left flank. To make matters worse for the hosts, Perry Hirst, against his old club, had a first-half penalty saved by Hullbridge ‘keeper George Marsh.

Any teams with 100% record in first week if ESL season: Woodford Town, Takeley.

Any teams currently pointless after two matches: Stanway Rovers, West Essex.

Thanks for reading and the ESL round-ups will return on Sunday Aug 19th due to FA Cup action on August 11th & 12th.5

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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