Preview – The FA Cup 2018-19 Extra Prelim Round (FAC EPR 9.8.18)

Written by Scott W & Peter D

Hello and welcome to a bumper edition of our Predictions pieces, this time focusing on the FA Cup Extra Prelim Round. Peter and Scott go head-to-head, offering their thoughts on the various ties involving Essex Senior League snd Eastern Senior League South sides as the FA Cup gets underway for another season.

The winners of these matches each earn £2,250 while the losers will get £750.

After a drawn ‘match’ predictions-wise last week, who will make the most of a bigger points total this week? Thanks for reading.

The FA Cup Extra Prelim Round –  Saturday 11th August

Barkingside  v  Leyton Athletic | Venue: Cricklefield

Pete: This all-ESL tie sees the hosts come into this one off the back of two goalless draws in the league, whilst the visitors also managed a goalless draw last time out after a thrashing on the opening day of the season. Expecting the hosts to win this one.

Pete’s Prediction:  2 – 0

Scott: ‘Side welcome Athletic to Cricklefield. The hosts here have drawn their opening two outings, without scoring while the visitors conceded four in their opening game at Woodford before recovering to hold Tower Hamlets to a goalless draw at home in midweek. If ‘Side can retain their early defensive steel then I reckon they will ‘get the job done’ here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Burnham Ramblers  v  West Essex  | Venue: Leslie Field

Pete:  Eastern Senior League South Ramblers host Essex Senior League West Essex at Leslie Field, and both will want to put their poor league starts behind them with a win here.  Ramblers struggled to draw against nine men on Saturday before losing in midweek, whilst the visitors have lost both their games in the league so far.  But I feel the visitors will win this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 3

Scott: Eastern Senior League South side Burnham welcome ESL side West Essex to Leslie Field. Both sides are still looking for their first win of the new season. Burnham lost 3 – 0 at White Ensign in midweek while Walthamstow beat the Stags 5 – 1 in midweek.

I saw these two sides face each other in the ESL last term and the visitors won on that occasion and if they can find a ‘goalscorer’ then my gut feeling is Kwame Kwateng’s side will prevail here.

Scott’ Prediction: 1 – 2

Eastbourne Utd AFC   v   Hackney Wick   | Venue: The Oval

Pete: Eastern Senior League South side Hackney Wick face a long trip to the South Coast to take on Southern Combination Premier side Eastbourne United AFC off the back of a decent point at Hashtag United in midweek.  The hosts have won one and lost one so far and will be an unknown factor to the visitors no doubt, and I feel the hosts may edge this one too.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: The Wickers make the long trip south to take on Eastbourne Utd from the Southern Combination League Premier. The hosts have yet to win in their league and have shipped five goals whilst Wick started their campaign with a creditable draw at Hashtag Utd in midweek. The visitors could do with ‘a tonic’ to help get their campaign going and they may just prevail here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Hullbridge Sports v Gorleston   | Venue: Lower Road

Pete: Sports face a tough assignment as they welcome Thurlow Nunn Premier side Gorleston to their Lower Road ground.  The Norfolk side come into this one unbeaten in two league games so far including a 4-2 home win over Norwich United in midweek, however Sports will take confidence from their win at Southend Manor in midweek themselves, and their home cup form is normally good, and I feel they may sneak this one.

Pete’s Prediction:  1 – 0

Scott:  Hullbridge welcome Thurlow Nunn Premier side Gorleston to Lower Road, on the back of a good win at Southend Manor in midweek though in my opinion, ‘Bridge’s home form in very important, both in the League and the various Cup competitions. I feel they will need to be near their best here as Gorleston defeated ECL newcomers Norwich Utd in midweek. I’m sure boss Darren Manning will give me some stick for this though the head says away win, though we will see.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 3

Norwich Utd  v  Takeley  | Venue: Plantation Park

Pete:  Takeley travel to Norfolk to take on Thurlow Nunn Premier Norwich United in full flow after two wins from two in the league so far.  And the hosts come into this off the back of a defeat at Gorleston too so not ideal preparation for the home team, and I feel Takeley can do the business here.

Pete’s Prediction:  0 – 2

Scott: This fascinating tie pits recently-relegated Norwich Utd up against early joint ESL pace-setters Takeley at Plantation Park. The Planters may take some time to re-settle therefore the Blue Army may well fancy their chances to progress here. Utd will have to deal with the likes of Josh Sykes and Stuart Zanone while Marc Das’ side face the wily forward Danny Crow & co. My view is that Takeley will take some stopping so will go for an away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Redbridge  v  Long Melford      | Venue: Oakside

Pete:   The Motormen have begun the season with two draws, with the second one of those being a late fightback from two goals down, so they have character for sure.  They welcome Thurlow Nunn side Long Melford to Oakside and the Suffolk side haven’t managed to win in their first two outings in the league so far, with their last one a narrow defeat at Histon.  Fancy Redbridge at home though.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Scott: Redbridge take on fellow Step 5 side Long Melford at Oakside. The visitors are scoring goals though have yet to win in the Thurlow Nunn Premier thus far, while the Motormen recovered well late on to grab a point at Enfield on Monday night. Like a lot of ESL sides, Ricky Eaton & Joey May could have ‘their eyes on the prize” money which even at this stage, is quite significant (over £2,000 for the winner) though also the co-managers will look to ‘lay down a marker’ for the league as well. This will be a close match too, though my gut says home win.

Scott’ Prediction: 2 – 1

Southend Manor  v   FC Romania  | Venue: Southchurch Park

Pete: Manor welcome Bostik South Central side FC Romania to Southchurch Park hoping to put the disappointment of their midweek defeat against Hullbridge behind them, but FCR will no doubt cause issues although this is the visitors’ first competitive fixture of the season as their league season is yet to begin.  Still feel the visitors will win this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Scott: FC Romania make a quick return to Southchurch Park following their late promotion to the Bostik League. They take on a Manor side who have already had two competitive matches in the ESL while FCR start their season in Bostik South Cetral next weekend. That earlier start for Adam Peek’s side may be a ‘good leveller’ in this tie and therefore it adds to the difficulty of predicting it. I suspect this tie may need a replay.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Sporting Bengal Utd  v  Ilford  | Venue: Mile End Stadium

Pete: The all-ESL Premier tie sees Sporting come into this one after drawing their opening game at Barkingside 0-0, whilst Ilford managed to bounce back from their home loss to Stansted by beating Clapton in midweek.  Think this one may end a draw and a replay next week.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Scott: Bengal welcome Ilford in what is the first match to be held at Mile End this season due to the Athletics. Bengal shut out Barkingside on Monday night and it seems that forward Steven Carvell has returned to the club. Ilford recovered from their home loss to Stansted last weekend with a decent win at Clapton in midweek so they will be looking to build their consistency here. Another hard one to predict though the Foxes may edge it.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Stanway Rovers   v   Tower Hamlets  | Venue: Hawthorns

Pete: Another all-ESL Premier tie at The Hawthorns brings together newboys Stanway Rovers and Mile End’s Tower Hamlets.  The hosts have had an awful start to life in their new league, losing both games, whereas Hamlets lost narrowly at the weekend before getting a goalless draw at Leyton Athletic in midweek.  Gonna say Hamlets to edge this by the odd goal.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Scott: This tie sees Stanway welcome Hamlets to the Hawthorns. Both sides have yet to win this term in the league though Rovers have conceded nine goals in two league matches though they were against Takeley and Saffron Walden Town respectively. For me, Hamlets need to consistently create chances as the likes of Nelson and Mtyanda do have a decent goal-scoring record at this level. If AJ Ashinike’s side can do that, then they may add to the pain for Lee Fisher’s team here.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Walthamstow   v   Walsham-le-Willows  | Venue: Kitchener Road

Pete: Walthamstow welcome Thurlow Nunn Premier side Walsham-le-Willows to their Kitchener Road ground and the hosts have started the season fairly well, and thrashed West Essex last time out to boot, whilst the visitors have won their only league game so far 2-0 at Woodbridge so also come into this one with some confidence.  I do fancy the hosts though in this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Scott: ‘Stow entertain Thurlow Nunn Premier side Walsham-le-Willows at Kitchener Road, on the back of a powerful display in their big win at West Essex in midweek. The visitors got their campaign going in midweek with a decent win at Woodbridge Town though may find this contest an altogether tougher challenge. If Ryan Maxwell’s team are ‘charged up’ for this tie, then they may well progress.

Scott’ Prediction: 3 – 1

Wivenhoe Town  v  Brantham Athletic   | Venue: Broad Lane

Pete:  This is a very tough tie for hosts Wivenhoe Town as they welcome Thurlow Nunn Premier side Brantham Athletic to their own backyard.  The visitors have won both their league games so far whilst Wivenhoe have failed to win either of their opening two games, losing at Braintree Reserves last time out.  Can’t see anything other than an away win here.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 3

Scott: Eastern Senior League South side Wivenhoe welcome Thurlow Nunn Premier side Brantham to Broad Lane. The hosts are yet to win in two league outings while the visitors have two wins from two thus far and defeated Hadleigh Utd well at home in midweek. It would be a surprise to see the higher division side fail to progress here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Wodson Park   v   Hoddesdon Town   | Venue: Wadesmill Road

Pete: A local derby of sorts as Wodson Park host Hoddesdon Town, with the Spartan South Midlands One hosts coming into this one having won their only league game of the season so far in midweek.  Hoddesdon have begun life in the ESL Premier fairly well having picked up a decent point at Walthamstow before brushing Sawbridgeworth aside in midweek, and they will be confident of victory here too.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Scott: ESL newcomers Hoddesdon travel to the Spartan South MIds Division One side Wodson Park. The hosts here got their league season started with a narrow win in midweek while Town defeated Sawbridgeworth, also in midweek and are unbeaten in the ESL thus far. Away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Woodbridge Town  v   Clapton  | Venue: Notcutts Park

Pete:  The Tons travel to Thurlow Nunn Premier side Woodbridge Town off the back of a disappointing home defeat to local rivals Ilford.  However they did win their opening game courtesy of a last minute winner against Tower Hamlets and the hosts have lost their only league game to date, a home defeat to Walsham Le Willows.  I feel though that the hosts will regroup and being at home hand the Tons a narrow defeat.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 0

Scott: The Tons travel to Notcutts Park to face Thurlow Nunn Premier side Woodbridge. Town lost on their league bow in midweek while Clapton have one win & a draw in the ESL thus far. This is another hard one to call though am going to plump for a narrow away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Wroxham   v    Saffron Walden Town  | Venue: Trafford Park

Pete:  Saffron Walden travel to Norfolk to take on a Wroxham side who have started the season rather poorly, having sufferied a five-goal thrashing at Godmanchester Rovers, before grabbing a home draw in midweek. This will give the ESL Premier side heart after they have started the season well with a draw at Redbridge and then a thumping win over Stanway in midweek, however Wroxham will still pose a threat, and this could end all-square and a replay at Catons Lane.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott: Thurlow Nunn Premier side Wroxham entertain Saffron Walden at Trafford Park. The hosts here haven’t started their season that well as they are yet to win though after an opening-day hammering at Godmanchester Rovers, they got a draw in midweek. Saffron Walden powered past Stanway in midweek and if they can keep a settled side, they could really inflict some damage here. Away win.

Scott’ Prediction: 0 – 3

Sunday 12th August

Stansted  v  Sawbridgeworth Town | Venue:  Dunmow Road (Bishop’s Stortford FC)

Pete: A big local derby at Dunmow Road sees Stansted, who have one won and lost one so far in the league, take on Sawbridgeworth Town who have also won one and lost one. Both managers are good friends too so this proves to be a tough, no-nonsense battle.  Feel The Airportmen may just edge this one though.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: Stansted take on Sawbridgeworth at Bishop’s Stortford, because their Hargrave Park home is still hosting the rigours of club cricket. Both teams have won one and lost one thus far this term, with Stansted suffering a loss at Takeley and Sawbridgeworth losing at home to Hoddesdon, both in midweek. This being a derby and the management at both clubs will sorely want to get one over on the other, it is tough to call. This tie might just need a replay.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

St Margaretsbury  v   Enfield  | Venue: The Recreation Ground

Pete:  Hosts St Margaretsbury began life in the ESL Premier with a 5-0 loss against Woodford Town, whilst Enfield started off with defeat at Southend Manor before throwing a two-goal lead away against Redbridge to end up with just a point.  I do fancy Enfield to get the job done here though.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Scott: Finally, the ‘Bury welcome Enfield to The Rec. John Barker’s side lost their ESL opener heavily at Woodford in midweek while Enfield are yet to record a league victory after a draw at home to Redbridge on Monday night. If the E’s play near their best then they have goals in them so I reckon they may edge it.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

That’s all 16 ties for you and we look forward to the action over the weekend and Pete will have a round-up of all the action soon. Check out his blog at  for further round-up’s & Match Reports etc on the Essex Senior League.

Stay tuned to my blog over the weekend for round-up’s on the Bostik League divisions & more.

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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