Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]
Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of action in the Essex Senior League. We saw a heck of a round of fixtures this weekend with surprises, goals aplenty and drama thrown in as well. Thanks for reading.
Saturday 24th November
Barkingside 1 – 5 Ilford | Cricklefield ‘derby’ | Att: 51
Ilford ended a three-match losing run with a big win in the Cricklefield ‘derby’. Lion Docaj set the tone with his fourth-minute opener before Lauric Diakiesse made it two with 24 minutes on the clock. Powerful forward Diakiesse got his second just shy of the hour, to which Seye Okunola added a fourth [62’] to seal the match. Michael Clark kept up his good start since signing for Alex Goldstone’s side by getting a consolation on 76 minutes. A late OG sealed another trying afternoon though as ‘Side remain marooned at the bottom, seven points away from their nearest rivals in Leyton Athletic.
Enfield 1 – 3 Woodford Town | Harlow Arena ‘derby’ | Att: 29
Enfield started well in this Harlow ‘derby’ but ultimately had no answer to the Town counter-attack after the break. Dylan Florence had put Matt Hanning’s side ahead on the stroke of half-time. That lead only stood for eight minutes in the second-half as Jayden Thompson-Brissett levelled. Dee Safer’s side then stepped up a gear in the latter stages as goals from Temi Babalola [74’] and Giorgio Sallengou [88’] saw Woodford to their second ‘away’ win in succession to remain 7th. The E’s second loss in their last five league matches sees them in 16th spot.
Hullbridge Sports 4 – 3 Sporting Bengal Utd | Lower Road | Att: 57
I attended this barn-storming match and my report is here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/11/24/match-report-hullbridge-sports-4-3-sporting-bengal-utd-esl-24-11-18/
Post-Match, I Caught up with both managers in a guest piece for WD Sportz – https://youtu.be/Byn-FSm0RGA
Leyton Athletic 2 – 3 Southend Manor | Kitchener Road | Att: 9
Manor came back from two goals down to defeat Ath at Kitchener Road. Two goals in seven minutes for the hosts put them in ‘the driving seat’ with Lance Ledgister [37’] and Francesco Cicconi [44’] both scoring. However, Adam Peek’s side got a lifeline in first-half stoppage time through Jordan Chambers’s strike. Mohamed Kargbo continued his good season levelling things up eight minutes into the second period before Dylan Jones pinched all three points with an injury-time winner to send Manor up one to 17th. Leyton’s winless run extends to nine matches which led to them parting company with boss Glen Kendall after the match, to be replaced by current player-coach Eli Benoit. He’s not got an easy job on his hands to turn things around, I think that much is fair to say.
Saffron Walden Town 0 – 1 Takeley | Catons Lane | Att: 231
Takeley maintained their fine form with a narrow win at Catons Lane. Mitchell Das got the only goal as his side got their 7th straight league win to take them five points clear in fourth spot. Walden’s ten-match unbeaten streak is over and they are in 3rd spot, only above their opponents here on goal difference.
Sawbridgeworth Town 3 – 1 Redbridge | Crofters End | Att: 38
Sawbridgeworth won this bottom-half clash at Crofters. It started well for the Motormen though as Remi Nelson put them ahead on 17 minutes. Joseph Wright levelled the match eight minutes before the break before ex-Redbridge forward Sipho Mtyanda put his new side ahead 12 minutes after the interval. Wright hit his second of the afternoon with nine minutes remaining to send Sawbo up to 15th with their sixth win of the campaign. Redbridge’s four-match unbeaten run is over and they fall to 14th, ahead of Sawbo on goal difference.
St Margaretsbury 2 – 1 Stanway Rovers | The Recreation Ground | Att: 29
The ‘Bury won a tight contest late on against Terry Spillane’s new-look Stanway side. Key man Charncey Dash netted again for Max Mitchell’s men on 17 minutes to give the hosts a slender lead. One of Rovers’ new intake is ex-Great Wakering forward Jay Nash and he levelled matters on 63 minutes. It looked as though the stalemate would win out by Tom Cowell has a knack for scoring late goals and he did so again here, netting with two minutes left to give St Margs a second win in their last five matches. Stanway drop to 13th.
Stansted 1 – 2 Hoddesdon Town | Hargrave Park | Att: 48
Stansted surprisingly fell to their second home defeat in a week as Hoddy laid the foundations for their win in the first-half. Goals from Joss Lillis [20’] and Connor Bolton [40’] gave them a cushion at the break. The Airportmen got back in it only four mnutes into the second half through Jordan Palmer though Simon Riddle’s men withstood the pressure to record only their second win in their last six outings to keep themselves in 8th spot. Stansted conceded ground at the summit as they are now four points behind leaders Hullbridge.
Tower Hamlets 0 – 2 Walthamstow | Mile End Stadium | Att: 45
‘Stow battled to an important three points at Mile End. Second-half goals from Craig Pope and Matt Brinklow saw them to victory over a gritty Hamlets side. Ryan Maxwell’s side stay 6th, six points off the top four while Hamlets drop to third-bottom following their 5th loss in their last six league matches.
For more on this match, check out this report by fellow Non-League writer Peter D: pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2018/11/tower-hamlets-0-walthamstow-2.html
West Essex 2 – 3 Clapton | Mayesbrook Park | Att: 26
The Tons won this topsy-turvy match against the Stags at Mayesbrook Park. The visitors led on 13 minutes through Jacob Kromann and that lead remained at the break. Callum Bloss made things level from the spot two minutes into the second half though Jon Fowell’s side spurred themselves on to a two-goal lead thanks to Giovanni Palmer’s goal on the hour and Ali Al-Nashi with ten minutes remaining. Joe Lefley converted another spot-kick for the hosts with five minutes left though Clapton ended a five-match winless run here and rise to 11th. West suffered their ninth defeat this term and sit 12th, below their opponents only by a single goal (Goal difference).