Match Report: St Margaretsbury 1 – 2 Hullbridge Sports (Sat 17th Nov) [ESL 17.11.18]

Essex Senior League

Venue: The Recreation Ground

Attendance: TBC

2018-19 Season – Match 34

Saturday 17th November 2018  – 3pm KO

St Margaretsbury: Red & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Red & Black Socks

Hullbridge: Blue & White Striped Shirts, Blue Shorts,  Blue Socks


‘Bridge battle to a hard-fought win at The Rec


Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with additional photos by @Abridgetoofar16

This season’s Essex Senior League continued with a first visit to the Rec to see St Margaretsbury take on Hullbridge on a chilly afternoon. The hosts were looking to build on a fine Cup win in midweek and named a front two of skipper Charncey Dash and Luke Marshall with Connor Scully and Theo Costa on the flanks and player-boss Max Mitchell in midfield. ‘Bridge made three changes from their midweek win with Luke McLeavy, Adebola Sotoyinbo and Nathan Scarborough coming into the starting XI.

The hosts started the match the brighter as ‘Bridge goalkeeper George Marsh was called into action a few minutes in to deny St Margs winger Theo Costa’s strike. At the other end, a good ball in from visiting midfielder Joe Skeels needed the intervention of player-boss Max Mitchell who headed clear, ahead of waiting opposition forwards. St Margs took the lead after only eight minutes as winger Connor Scully broke free of a sluggish visiting defence to slide home a low finish past Marsh.

In all honesty, the hosts continued their strong start to proceedings after the goal with their incisive passing game, though couldn’t make the most of the good openings they did make. On 21 minutes, another strike from Costa which curled towards the far post was well dealt with by Marsh for a corner. Moments later, a super ball in from the right flank by Scully found talisman forward Charncey Dash at the back post though he inexplicably blazed his strike over the wooodwork, from close range.

Just after the mid-way point of the half, St Margaretsbury twice had efforts cleared off the goal-line and in hindsight, that was a minor turning point in this match. As on the half-hour, the visitors levelled thanks to a good team move which started with winger Michael Salako’s ball ball in which forward Nathan Scarborough laid off to strike partner Luke Hornsley who fired home, low into the net which home custodian Brad Robinson got a hand on but couldn’t keep it out.

Hornsley (#10) puts Hullbridge ahead (Credit: Neil H)

This prompted a high-tempo end to the half as Robinson denied another low Hornsley strike before Max Mitchell’s side caused a moment of concern for ‘Bridge goalie Marsh who headed the ball away though the ball fell to Dash though he smashed an effort wide. To be fair to the hosts, they looked strong in defence and certainly gave Darren Manning’s side every indication that they were in for a battle here.

Half-Time: St Margaretsbury  1 – 1  Hullbridge

After the break, the effort levels from the hosts were still there as a long ball in was headed on by Dash to Costa who looked to play the ball back to Dash though Marsh gathered ahead of the prolific forward. The visitors responded at the other end as from Skeels’ pass, attacking midfielder Adebola Sotoyinbo fired wide. Hornsley was also making the home defence work wth his strength and running. With 64 minutes on the watch, a free-kick for the hosts found Dash though he sent a header wide.

Both sides traded chances in the next part of the match with midfielder Dan Ferrigno and Dash unable to beat Marsh, the latter was put in by a good ball in by energetic full-back Prince Madu. Salako’s header and a Sotoyinbo shot from narrow angle which was well-blocked by the on-rushing Robinson kept the tie level. The goal-mouth action continued as Mitchell’s free-kick ended up with another drive from Scully which Marsh denied.

The decisive moment came with 11 minutes to go as after substitute Emmanuel Okunja’s effort was blocked, the ball found its way to Salako who evaded the off-side trap to slide home low past Robinson from about eight yards. After that crucial break-through, the visitors eventually held on after a tense final few minutes to pick up a crucial three points which thanks to other results, saw Sports go back to the summit.

Full-Time: St Margaretsbury 1 – 2  Hullbridge Sports

Michael Salako (centre) had a good game today (Credit: Neil H)

This match was a pure battle throughout. Credit to both sides who put a lot into it. St maragetsbury had chances and certainly should have got two or three goals at least today, they will have better days – that much is clear. Winger Connor Scully led the way for them though the entire back four also had good outings today. As for Sports, Messrs Salako and Hornsley stood out for me, along with goalkeeper Marsh. Perhaps this result shows the progression from last season in a way.

Thank you to Rob Errington, plus St Margaretsbury for their hospitality today on an enjoyable first visit to the ground.


St Margaretsbury   | Player-Manager: Max Mitchell

Brad Robinson (GK), Christopher Webb, Prince Madu, Phil Lowen, Tom Fletcher, Max Mitchell, Connor Scully, Dan Ferrigno, Charncey Dash (Capt), Luke Marshall, Theo Costa (Andrew Simmonds 67′)

Goal-scorer: Connor Scully [8′]

Booked: Scully  | Subs Not Used: Palmer, Charles, Wild, Thompson


Hullbridge Sports  | Manager: Darren Manning

George Marsh (GK), Matt Dicks (Jimmy Cox 79′), Matt Rose (Capt), Luke McLeavy, Perry Dunn, Jamal Allen, Joe Skeels, Adebola Sotoyinbo, Nathan Scarborough (Emmanel Okunja 68′), Luke Hornsley, Michael Salako (Sam Taylor 86′)

Goal-scorers: Luke Hornsley [30′], Michael Salako [79′]

Booked: Rose, Dunn, Allen   | Subs Not Used: Pattison, Tapley

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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