Preview: Essex Senior League (Sat 6 Apr) [ESL 5.4.19]

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Senior League Preview piece as Scott looks at the first weekend games in the final month of the campaign. Just to advise readers, the last Preview of season will be on Fri 26 April.

Saturday 6th April

Clapton  v  Hoddesdon Town    | Venue: Old Spotted Dog

The Tons host Hoddesdon in a match with two contrasting sides doing battle. Jon Fowell’s side were held at home by Stanway last weekend and then exited the Errington Cup at the Semi-Final stage with a home loss to West Essex. Whereas Hoddesdon also lost at home last weekend to Southend Manor. The Lilywhites need the points to firm up their top-ten position while Clapton are in the chasing pack looking for that top-ten finish. Both teams have been unpredictable in the form stakes of late. Gut instinct says the hosts may edge this one as the management will be looking for a reaction from that midweek defeat.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Ilford  v  Stanway Rovers  | Cricklefield

Stanway travel to Ilford after holding nearby rivals Clapton in Forest Gate last weekend. Ilford defeated bottom side Leyton last weekend & are in good form with one loss in their last six. The Foxes are also in that chasing pack looking to sneak into the top-ten and I’m going for a home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Redbridge  v  Leyton Athletic   | Oakside

The Motormen entertain Ath at Oakside, as they look to vanquish the memory of a poor home loss to Hamlets last weekend. Leyton are getting to the point where they need wins to overturn the two-point gap to Barkingside after a run of one win in their last ten games following defeat at Ilford last weekend. Messrs Wetherall, Oxby & Hill will really want a better display from the hosts and if it goes well, they could well get the points.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Sawbridgeworth Town  v  Tower Hamlets  | Crofters

Sawbridgeworth take on Hamlets at Crofters. These two have done battle in all three Cups this year and both are in similar spots in the table, although Hamlets are in the better form. Sawbo lost out at Woodford last weekend which meant they’ve lost seven out of their last eight matches. Hamlets won well at Redbridge last time out though have won two of their last five. Sawbo are a better side at home though hamlets may just have the attacking edge here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Southend Manor  v  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Southchurch Park

In-form Manor face Bengal at Southchurch. Adam Peek’s side won well at Hoddesdon last week to cement a run of four wins in their last five matches. Bengal recovered from a narrow home loss to Saffron Walden last weekend to win over Walthamstow in midweek to finally pass 50 points this term. Imrul Gazi’s side know that a win will strengthen their hold on 7th place. Going to go for a draw here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Stansted  v  Woodford Town  | Hargrave Park

Woodford are the visitors to Hargrave Park on this year’s designated ‘Kick It Out’ match. The Airportmen battled to a goalless draw with Hullbridge last weekend before hammering Saffron Walden in their Errington Cup Semi-Final in midweek. Woodford won over Sawbo last weekend and have lost one of their last six matches which means they will likely finish 6th.  This is no easy match for the second-placed side though they may edge it.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Takeley  v  Barkingside | Station Road

Takeley entertain ‘Side at Station Road. Marc Das’ team were outdone by Walthamstow last weekend and therefore have lost four of their last seven as they will most likely finish 5th. Alex Goldstone’s side got a massive win at Enfield last weekend to leap back off the bottom. If the visitors are going to beat Takeley, this may a point where they can do so. Though you count out Takeley at your peril, given how gritty they are. Draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Walthamstow  v  St Maragretsbury  |  Wadham Lodge Stadium

‘Stow face the re-jigged St Margs outfit at Wadham Lodge. Walthamstow beat Takeley at home last weekend before losing to Sporting Bengal in midweek, ending a run of eight straight league wins for the high-flyers. St Margs have virtually had to bed in a new team and lost out at home to West Essex last weekend. They will need to play well to avoid a similar fate here. Think we’re looking at a home win but it may not be enough for ‘Stow to have any chance of promotion, if Hullbridge win.

Scott’s Prediction: 4 – 1

West Essex  v  Hullbridge Sports  | Mayesbrook Park

The Stags entertain leaders Hullbridge in what is another tough away game for Darren Manning’s team. West won big at St Margs last weekend before talisman Michael Mignot got a second straight hat-trick in their good win at Clapton in the Errington Cup Semi-Final in midweek. Hullbridge were held by Stansted last weekend and they will need their ‘A-game’ here to stifle the dynamic Stags forward line and get another huge three points. This could be a really entertaining match, though West will need to defend well.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 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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