Preview: Essex Senior League & Cups (Fri 15/Sat 16 Mar) [ESL 15.3.19]

Written by Scott W

Hello and welcome to this week’s ESL Preview piece, with added action in the Peter Butcher Trophy and Errington Cup this weekend.



Fri 15 Mar

Barkingside  v   Sporting Bengal Utd |  Cricklefield  |

Scott: The weekend’s action gets underway on Friday with the Peter Butcher Trophy taking centre stage. This Quarter-Final sees ‘Side face Bengal with both sides two matches away from the final at AFC Hornchurch’s Bridge Avenue. Barkingside got a huge victory at St Margaretsbury last weekend in league action to aid their battle against relegation. Bengal also got a fine win away from home, at Takeley last weekend to reach 50 league points once again. This could be quite a tie, who wants it more? I’ll go for a narrow away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2




Cups – Errington Cup Semi-Final
Clapton   v   West Essex     | Old Spotted Dog  |


Scott: The Stags have one of their biggest matches for some time as they travel to Clapton for this Errington Cup Semi-Final. The Tons lost heavily at home to Redbridge last weekend while West were held at Leyton Athletic last time out. Both sides can concede goals so it could come down to who performs better on the day. The Stags are no pushovers with their committed style though I’ll go for a narrow home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


Cups – Peter Butcher Quarter-Final


Tower Hamlets      v    Aveley Res   | Mile End  |

Scott: Hamlets welcome an Aveley second-string side that are breezing their way to the to the Reserve Division title. The hosts did fight back well to defeat Leyton on Monday night, following a home loss to Woodford 48 hours earlier. The Millers however have scored 16 goals in their last two league matches so don’t be surprised if they keep that knack up here. Might be a surprise in the offing here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2



Essex Senior League
Hoddesdon Town   v   Stansted   | Venue: Lowfield  |


Scott: Stansted face a tricky trip to Lowfield to face another stubborn side in Hoddesdon. Hoddy gave Hullbridge a tough test before eventually falling to defeat last time out while Stansted powered past strugglers Southend Manor at Hargrave last weekend to keep top spot. Hoddy have the joint-fourth best defence in the league so I believe this match will be a test for the Airportmen and their free-scoring forwards. Away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 2


Hullbridge Sports    v    Southend Manor   | Chadfields (Tilbury FC)   |

Scott: Hullbridge face Manor in what could be another tough game in a match moved to Tilbury’s Chadfields surface, due to Lower Road being ‘out of commission’ because of the weather. Local derbies can knacker the ‘form book’ somewhat as we’ve seen this season, Stand-in boss James Wakeling will remain in ‘caretaker’ charge with boss Manning still banned although both will be ecstatic with a fine comeback win at Enfield in midweek. Manor could still do with points to confirm safety though defensively they will have to be sharp to repel the likes of Hornsley, Scarborough, Wright and new signing Yemi Adelani. ‘Bridge still need to play well though too though anything other than a home win will be considered a ‘slip-up’ by the home faithful.


Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1


Leyton Athletic    v    Sawbridgeworth Town | Wadham Lodge Stadium  |

Scott:  Leyton entertain Sawbridgeworth in a match both sides could do with winning. Ath need the points to get off the bottom while Sawbo would surely like to finish the season well. Both teams got draws last weekend, Ath at home to West Essex while Sawbridgeworth surprised a few (yes, including us) by playing well in a draw at home to Saffron Walden. Ath lost at Hamlets in midweek as well as new boss Morgan LaForce continues to seek a turnaround in form. I’ll head for a narrow away win, despite Ath finding the net a little more often in recent games.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Saffron Walden Town   v    Enfield    | Catons Lane  |

Scott: Finally in a shortened league fixture list, Enfield face the tough task of heading to Catons Lane to face Saffron Walden. These two faced off only ten days ago though with Walden winning that particular battle though the Bloods haven’t quite been at their best in recent matches which sees them eight points adrift of top spot following that draw at Sawbridgeworth. Enfield’s form has been decent with only two losses in their last seven games though they will need to get the midweek home loss to Hullbridge ‘out of their systems’ pretty quick. Another bit of news is Dan Trendall has left Walden to join St Neots Town recently so we wish him well with that move up. Home win for me here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 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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