Preview: Essex Senior League (Sat 12 Jan) [ESL 11.1.19]

Written by Scott W

Hello and welcome to another of our Preview pieces looking at the action in the Essex Senior League this weekend, written by Non-League blogger & GFS stalwart Scott W. Peter’s predictions may follow before KO tomorrow or via his blog. How do you think this weekend’s ties will go?

Essex Senior League

Saturday 12th January 2019

Barkingside  v  Leyton Athletic   | Cricklefield

Scott: The bottom two sides have a tussle at Cricklefield. Both sides upset their opponents to varying degrees last weekend. ‘Side beat Hamlets well at home while Leyton forced a draw at Clapton. The hosts are looking for their third straight win while Ath haven’t won in a while. Very difficult to call. One thing we do know, if there is a victor here then they will draw other sides further into the relegation scrap…

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


Hoddesdon Town  v  Saffron Walden Town   | Lowfield

Scott: Hoddy welcome the Bloods to Lowfield. Simon Riddle’s side lost out late on to Enfield last weekend though have had a more than creditable first half of the campaign. Walden recovered from defeat at rivals Walthamstow by defeating out-of-form Redbridge in midweek. Jason Maher’s side will be aware of the need to not concede more ground to the sides above them. The home defence will ‘be in for a game’ with the likes of Portway and Trendall to contend with. Away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Hulllbridge Sports  v  Redbridge  | Lower Road

Scott: Sports battle new-look Redbridge at Lower Road. Hullbridge produced a outstanding second-half display to defeat Sawbridgeworth to complete six straight league wins. Redbridge are undoubtedly in transition though with five defeats on-the-bounce, following losses at home to Takeley and at Saffron Walden in midweek, new boss Micky Wetherall will need some points as soon as possible. They may not fancy this trip though their hosts will no doubt be seeking more goals here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1


Sawbridgeworth Town  v  Sporting Bengal Utd    | Crofters End

Scott: Sporting travel to Sawbridgeworth, on the back of a important win over West Essex last weekend to regenerate their bid for a top-half finish at the least. Sawbo ended up fading in the latter stages in their heavy loss at Hullbridge last weekend though did show earlier in the match that they can pose opposition problems. John Watters’ side are a stronger side at home and that could be what sees them to a positive result here. Draw for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Stansted   v   Clapton    |  Hargrave Park

Scott: The Tons are the latest visitors to Hargrave Park to face leaders Stansted. The Airportmen did well to win at Stanway Rovers last weekend and are now six matches unbeaten. Clapton were held at home by Leyton Athletic last weekend and are still rather unpredictable, to be fair, with two wins in their last six league outings. Home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 0

Stanway Rovers  v  Enfield   | the Hawthorns

Scott:  Stanway entertain Enfield at the Hawthorns. Rovers lost out late on to Stansted last weekendand are not in the best of form with five losses in their last seven matches. Enfield had a rather ‘mixed bag’ with two matches at home in the last week. A narrow win over Hoddesdon last weekend was followed in midweek with a narrow defeat to St Margaretsbury. To take a positive out of those matches, The E’s are finding the net a bit more though Rovers are still a good at home. Tough one to call this, you guessed it – I’m going for a draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Takeley   v  Woodford Town   |  Station Road

Scott: This could end up being a shout for ‘Game of the Day’ at Station Road. Takeley continued their promotion tilt with a narrow win over Redbridge last weekend and a battling win over Southend Manor at home in midweek. Woodford were held by Ilford last weekend at home though as they’ve shown this season, their pace in attack will catch teams out. As much as this may get me some heat, in my view this game is a big test of Takeley’s credentials this season. Think Town have enough to get a draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Tower Hamlets   v   St Margaretsbury    | Mile End Stadium
Scott: Hamlets take on St Margs at Mile End. It’s not been a great week for Hamlets as they lost at Barkingside last weekend before losing out on spot-kicks to West Essex in Errington Cup on Monday night. St Margs will be rather happier though with their exploits as they won at Southend Manor and Enfield in the last week as they’ve won four of their last six. Think the visitors may sneak this one.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Walthamstow    v  Ilford    | Wadham Lodge

Scott: In-form Walthamstow entertain Ilford at Wadham Lodge. Ryan Maxwell’s side defeated Saffron Walden last weekend to extend their unbeaten run to five matches. Ilford ended a five-match losing run with a late leveller at Woodford last Friday night though will undoubtedly find this one a tough encounter. Home win I suspect.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

West Essex   v   Southend Manor   | Mayesbrook Park

Scott: West welcome Manor to Mayesbrook. Kwame Kwateng’s side have had a decent week, with a win & a loss at Mile End, losing to Sporting Bengal in the league at the weekend and defeating Tower Hamlets in the Errington Cup on penalties, following a 3 – 3 draw. Manor by contrast have had two losses, narrowly at home to St Margaretsbury and at Takeley in midweek, both in the league. Both sides have similar records in terms of recent form so I can see this one ending in a draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2


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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