Preview: Essex Senior League (Fri 26/Sat 27th Oct) [ESL 26.10.18]

Written by Scott W & Peter D

Hello and welcome to another of our preview pieces looking at the weekend’s action in the Essex Senior League, as well as the re-arranged tie in the Errington Challenge Cup. What do you think of our thoughts?

Essex Senior League  – Fri 26th Oct

Barkingside   v  Woodford Town   | Cricklefield

Pete: ‘Side ended a run of defeats with a point at Hoddesdon last time out, whilst Woodford saw their recent unbeaten run ended by Saffron Walden Town last weekend.  If the hosts can stay with their opponents then they may have a chance of getting something from the contest, but I feel the visitors may have too much in attack for their struggling opponents.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Scott: ‘Side start the weekend’s action with this encounter with Woodford at Cricklefield. Mike Walther’s side got a respectable draw at Hoddesdon as they look for an upturn in form. League-wise, Woodford lost late on at home to Saffron Walden last weekend, which ended a five-match run without defeat. I feel the Towners will get another win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Saturday  27th October

Errington Challenge Cup

Clapton   v   Enfield  | Parkside (Aveley FC)  [11.30am KO]

Pete: This game is being played at Aveley’s Parkside ground at 11.30am as the pitch at the Old Spotted Dog was damaged by Vodafone during the week, and only time will tell if this affects the hosts at all.  The visitors will be happy no doubt as they of course play on an artificial surface at the Harlow Arena so will this be to their advantage?  Well the last time these two met in the Gordon Brasted, Enfield won 3-1, and I feel the visitors may win this one too.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Scott: This re-arranged Errington Challenge Cup tie has been moved to Aveley’s Parkside ground because the Old Spotted Dog is unavailable. The Tons have twice surrendered leads in their recent two league matches against Hullbridge and Sporting Bengal though Enfield are similarly unpredictable. Matt Hanning’s side won their FA Vase R1 replay against Little Oakley though besides a Middlesex County Cup tie, they’ve been inactive of late. Think Clapton may edge this one.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Essex Senior League

Hullbridge Sports  v  Ilford  | Lower Road

Pete: Sports come into this off the back of a fantastic 4-2 win over Bostik North Witham Town on Tuesday in the County Cup, and they welcome an Ilford side to Lower Road who were beaten twice at home last week, although they do tend to be better away from home.  One win in their last five doesn’t suggest great form though and I feel the hosts will take the points here.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Scott: The Foxes travel to Lower Road, on the back of two defeats in League and Cup at home, to Takeley and Redbridge respectively. In recent matches the goals have dried up a tad for Martin Haywood’s side though Hullbridge will also be looking for a better performance in an ESL match following two matches without a win. An improved performance did come in a win over Bostik North side Witham in the Essex Senior Cup in midweek. The question I have is this: Can they make Lower Road ‘a fortress’ again?

Scott’s Prediction:  3 – 1

Sawbridgeworth Town  v  St Margaretsbury   | Crofters End

Pete: These two local rivals have similar records over recent times and sit on the same number of points in the lower half of the table, so trying to predict this one is tough.  Both come into this one off the back of differing results though, Sawbo were thrashed at Saffron Walden Town last time out whilst Margs won at Redbridge before thrashing Stanway Rovers in midweek so maybe the visitors will fancy this one too.  Got a feeling though as most derby games end all square, this one will too.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Scott: Sawbo entertain St Margs at Crofters, with both sides finding wins a little hard to come by in the league. They also can’t be separated on points as ‘Bury lead their opponents here on goal difference alone. The hosts here had a miserable midweek with a defeat at in-form Saffron Walden while followed a loss last weekend, also at Saffron Walden with a powerful win over Stanway in the Errington Cup at home in midweek. Going to be brave and go for an away win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Southend Manor  v  Saffron Walden Town   | Southchurch Park

Pete: Manor welcome an in-form Walden side who have won four in a row after their midweek thrashing off Sawbridgeworth Town, and their own form is anything but good after four defeats in five have seen them sink into the bottom four of the division.  The two did meet at Southchurch Park earlier in the season and it took a 95th minute winner from the visitors to win that one, so this one could prove to be a close one.  Walden to make it five wins in a row though.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Scott: In-form SWT face Manor at Southchurch Park. Jason Maher’s side have struck seven goals in their wins at Woodford Town and at home to Sawbridgeworth during the last week. Manor haven’t won in five league matches though their biggest issue seems to be conceding goals at this point in time. With the Bloods unbeaten in six and having won their last four of those on-the-spin, I have to go with an away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 3

Stansted  v  Redbridge    |  Hargrave Park

Pete: These two met in a county cup tie recently at Hargrave Park and Redbridge won that one, but the visitors recent form has been alarming with five defeats in six, whilst Stansted are fresh off the back of a derby win over Takeley in midweek and sit top of the table have won five of their last six, so all points to a home win, which I believe will be the case.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: Stansted welcome Redbridge to Hargrave Park. The hosts have had a good week with wins over Leyton Athletic in the league and Takeley in the Errington Cup. The Motormen have had a mixed one with defeat at home to St Margaretsbury last weekend in ESL action though the management got the response they wanted with a midweek win over rivals Ilford in the Gordon Brasted Trophy. The ‘Stansted train’ will take some stopping right now and with the visitors’ recent defensive record, it may not be here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Takeley  v  Leyton Athletic    |  Station Road

Pete: The hosts managed to get back to winning ways last weekend at Ilford, but came crashing back down to earth at rivals Stansted in midweek.  Visitors Leyton put six past Hoddesdon Town in midweek so come into this one with renewed confidence, so Takeley need to be aware of that.  Fancy an entertaining game here and for the home side to come out on top.

Pete’s Prediction: 4 – 2

Scott: Leyton Athletic travel to Station Road to face Takeley. Glen Kendall’s side obtained an impressive win over Hoddesdon in the Gordon Brasted Trophy in midweek. Takeley fell to defeat at Stansted in the Errington Cup though did win at Ilford in ESL action last weekend. The interesting thing will be who will provide the firepower for the hosts now as Messrs Cole and Zanone have now departed. Ath are capable of scoring, that much has been shown recently, though I’m going for a draw here in what could be a good game.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Tower Hamlets  v  Hoddesdon Town  |  Mile End Stadium

Pete: Hoddesdon have one of the meanest defences in the league recently although they conceded six in midweek to Leyton Athletic in what was obviously an off day, so will want to get back to normality against another struggling side in the shape of Tower Hamlets.  The hosts have slowly started to become more competitive and were minutes away from victory over West Essex last weekend, so this could be a difficult game for both.  Fancy Hoddy to take the points though.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Scott: Hamlets entertain Hoddesdon at Mile End, looking to improve on a recent run of two wins in their last seven outings. Hoddesdon boss Simon Riddle will be looking for a response from his side following a heavy loss at Leyton in the GBT in midweek. Hamlets were held by West Essex last weekend and this is a decent chance to push themselves up the table, though given Hodd are a gritty side, I will plump for an away win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Walthamstow  v  Sporting Bengal Utd    |  Kitchener Road

Pete: Stow welcome the most in form side over the last six games to Kitchener Road in the shape of Sporting Bengal United, and the visitors have netted 23 goals in that time too so will no doubt prove a huge threat to the hosts who themselves have won four of their last five games too, so this certainly is game of the day.  This game could go either way so I’ll plump for a draw.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott: Walthamstow take on another in-form side in Sporting Bengal at Kitchener Road. Both sides won last weekend, Bengal in a comeback win over Clapton and ‘Stow defeated Southend Manor. Something has to give in a match like this with two in-form sides and I reckon we’ll see goals though I’ll go for a narrow home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2

West Essex  v  Stanway Rovers   |  Mayesbrook Park

Pete: Hosts West are in decent form with just one defeat in six, whilst Stanway have won their last two games in the league, including victory over Hullbridge last weekend, however since then they have seen manager Lee Fisher depart and lost 5-0 at St Margaretsbury in midweek, so the hosts probably come into this one as favourites.  Fancy a home win.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 2

Scott: Finally, West Essex entertain Stanway at Mayesbrook Park. The Stags will be wary of Stanway having won their last two league matches, over Tower Hamlets and Hullbridge respectively. That said, Rovers’ home form is superior to their form away from the Hawthorns. Kwame Kwateng’s side aren’t so strong at home and with Stanway being heavily beaten by St Margaretsbury in the Errington Cup in midweek, West may be up for this one. Narrow home win for me in this one.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

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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