Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]
Hello and welcome to my final blog piece of this weekend, looking at the action in the Essex Senior League this weekend, which saw 40 goals scored in a hugely entertaining array of matches.
Friday 25th January
Woodford Town 0 – 1 Sporting Bengal Utd | Harlow Arena | Att: 40
Sporting Bengal grabbed a narrow though nevertheless important win over Woodford. Tanvir Ahmed got the only goal on the stroke of half-time to get their first win in four matches. Woodford saw talented prospect Jaden Thompson-Brissett leave for Brentford’s “B” Team this week, we wish him well. Town have now not won any of their last six matches, they drop to sixth after the Saturday matches. Bengal rise to seventh.
Saturday 26th January
Barkingside 4 – 1 Sawbridgeworth Town | Cricklefield | Att: 50
‘Side picked up a hugely important three points to move off the foot of the ESL table. The hosts struck on six minutes through Mario Gjini. Isaac Marfo-Jacobs added a brace [34′ & 64’] while Derek O’Halem also struck on the hour. Sawbo did pull one back though were second-best here, though they remain 10th. Barkingside’s third win in their last six moves them a point clear of Leyton, who drop to bottom.
Clapton 1 – 2 Takeley | Old Spotted Dog | Att: 32
The Tons lost out late on to in-form Takeley. The hosts took the lead thanks to Giovanni Palmer. However Takeley responded strongly and levelled through Matt Gill on 57 minutes. Coby Miles’ 85th-minute goal proved to be the winner for Marc Das’ team who are now unbeaten in their last five matches to go back to second spot. The Tons fall to 14th.
Saffron Walden Town Town 7 – 0 Leyton Athletic | Catons Lane | Att: 257
The Bloods decimated Ath to send them bottom whilst also strengthening their promotion credentials. Walden were only a single goal ahead at the break, through Charlie Portway’s penalty on 33 minutes. It was a wholly different story in the second period. Dan Trendall made it two a minute into the 2nd half, Portway got his second on 49 minutes to make it 3 – 0. Centre-back Matt Frew got a quick-fire brace [65′ & 73′] to add to the visitors’ pain, which was further engrained through Karolis Atutis’ goal on 83 minutes before Trendall got his second on the 90 to complete the rout. Leyton have now conceded 11 goals in two matches without replay, particularly in the latter 45 minutes of those two matches. They are also winless in 11 matches now while Walden have won four in-a-row now, residing in 4th spot – nine points off leaders Stansted with two games in hand.
Southend Manor 0 – 2 Ilford | Southchurch Park | Att: 48
Two goals early on assisted the Foxes to a good three points at Southchurch Park. Danny Haigh’s 7th minute goal put Ilf ahead. Collins Atubrah made it two on 12 minutes and that was the catalyst for a solid display which ultimately gave them the win. Manor are winless in their last five games as they remain 17th. Ilf are up to 12th.
Stansted 5 – 0 St Margaretsbury | Hargrave Park | Att: 71
The Airportmen extended their unbeaten stretch to ten matches with this powerful victory over St Margs at Hargrave. Callum Ibe continued his stellar season with the opening goal on seven minutes. James Peagram made it two ten minutes later and although the visitors restricted their goal-hungry hosts for some while after that, the latter stages saw Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman’s side add more polish on the goals front. Ibe got his second on 83 minutes, before Jack Mitchell struck [87′] and Moses Carvalho made it five in second-half added-time. Stansted extend their lead to six points at the summit while St Margs drop to 8th.
Stanway Rovers 2 – 1 Hoddesdon Town | Hawthorns | Att: 56
Stanway fought back from behind to claim another late win, this time over Hoddy. Scott Hayes put the visitors ahead on 29 minutes. A double dose of Kemp turned the tide though as first, Tyler Kemp levelled [63′] before Scott Kemp’s 90th minute winner which gave Terry Spillane’s side their third win in their last five matches to go 11th. Hoddy stay 9th.
Tower Hamlets 1 – 1 Hullbridge Sports | Mile End | Att: 48
Hullbridge were unable to bypass a resilient Hamlets side and had to settle for a point at Mile End. Hamlets’ goal from Wale Odedoyin while Sports’ strike came from the penalty spot which Adebola Sotoyinbo successfully converted. Hamlets ended a four-match losing run here though they remain third-bottom and only six point clear of Barkingside now. Hullbridge drop to third and are seven points adrift of leaders Stansted, with two matches in hand.
Walthamstow 5 – 1 Redbridge | Wadham Lodge Stadium | Att: 61
Walthamstow powered to a big win over ten-man Redbridge at Wadham Lodge. Dwade James opened the scoring on 25 minutes from the penalty spot before Correy Davidson made it a two a minute before half-time. Redbridge’s team-talk may have been somewhat undone barely a minute into the second period as Leon McKenzie made it three for the hosts. James got his second of the afternoon with 20 minutes to go before McKenzie got his brace as well in added time. ‘Stow’s 5th win in their last six sees them rise to 5th place. Redbridge remain 16th.
West Essex 5 – 2 Enfield | Mayesbrook Park | Att: 36
I attended this hugely entertaining match at Mayesbrook, my report is here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/01/27/match-report-west-essex-5-2-enfield-sat-26-jan-esl/