Preview: Essex Senior League (Sat 13 Apr) [ESL 11.4.19]

Barkingside v Stanway on Monday night at Cricklefield


Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Preview of the Essex Senior League action this weekend. Issues still need to be settled throughout the division, what are your thoughts on the upcoming ties?

Saturday 13 April

Enfield  v  Clapton   | The Harlow Arena
The E’s entertain Clapton at the Harlow Arena. Matt Hanning’s side have had the last two weeks off with ther last match being a home loss to Barkingside. The Tons meanwhile were held by Hoddesdon at home in their last outing. Both teams will be looking for a win to keep them in contention to finish in the upper part of the bottom half. The E’s have won of their last seven while The Tons are winless in their last five in all competitions. Will have to go for a draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2


Ilford  v  Hullbridge Sports  | Cricklefield

Hullbridge head to Cricklefield to face Ilford knowing that a win could ‘seal the dream’ of promotion if rivals Stansted slip up at Redbridge. Ilford are in good nick though as they won against Stanway last weekend and are unbeaten in their last five matches as they seek to stay in the top-half. ‘Bridge won at West Essex last weekend after a battle and one loss in their last ten league matches tells you their consistency levels. Both teams can be ‘slow-starters’ though and tension may also play a part in what could be a battle once again.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Leyton Athletic  v  Takeley  |Wadham Lodge

Leyton face Takeley at Wadham Lodge, facing a simple equation – only a win will be good enough to avoid finishing bottom of the league and therefore most likely face the drop. Ath put in a spirited showing in a narrow loss at Redbridge last weekend, though four straight losses in the league will be hard to overturn. Takeley return to action following a thumping win over Ath’s relegation rivals Barkingside last weekend and they still have an outside chance of finishing fourth if Walden slip up. Four defeats in their last eight matches means Marc Das’ side’s form is a bit patchy though you’d still be surprised if they fell to defeat here. Away win, though I think it will be close.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2


Redbridge  v  Stansted   | Oakside

The Motormen welcome Stansted to Oakside, with the Airportmen again knowing what they have to do – win. Micky Wetherall’s team won at home to Leyton last weekend and still have a shot at leapfrogging Hoddesdon to get a top-ten finish, which would be some comfort after their position earlier in the campaign. Their home form still isn’t great though and with Stansted coming from behind to win against Woodford last weekend, they know they will be in for a stern examination. Messrs Pittuck & Benterman know their team won;t have an easy afternoon either though I still reckon they will come away with the points in a gritty battle.

Saffron Walden Town  v  Southend Manor  | Catons Lane

Catons Lane is the venue for Saffron Walden’s game with in-form Southend Manor. Walden have had a little break after their disappointing Errington Cup Semi-Final loss at Stansted. Jason Maher’s side need four points from their last two matches to secure fourth spot in their first season back in the ESL. Manor defeated Sporting Bengal last weekend to make it five wins in their last six which gives them a slim chance of not finishing in the bottom five. You still have to back Walden though with their extensive home crowd backing them though.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1


St Margaretsbury  v  Sawbridgeworth Town   | The Rec

The Bury face Sawbridgeworth in a match that both sides would want to win. The hosts fell to defeat at Walthamstow last weekend while Sawbo lost at home to Tower Hamlets. Something has to give here as St Margs’ home record isn’t great though nor is Sawbo’s away form. Think we are in for an entertaining draw here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2


Stanway Rovers  v  West Essex   | Hawthorns

Finally in the league, Stanway entertain the Stags at the Hawthorns. One win in their last eight games means Rovers could be pulled back into the bottom five. They lost out twice at Cricklefield in the last week, to Ilford last weekend and Barkingside on Monday night. West lost out to leaders Hullbridge but are still in decent form and their hosts will have to close their forwards down well. Kwane Kwateng’s team still have a faint chance of pinching a top-ten finish though need the win here to do it. Will go for a narrow away win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2


Other Fixtures (Sat 13 Apr):

Peter Butcher Trophy Semi-Final: Hoddesdon Town  v  Barkingside Res


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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