Essex Senior League
Saturday 26th October 2019 – 3pm KO
Venue: Station Road
2019-20 Season: Match 31
Takeley: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts and Blue Socks
Hadley: Red Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks
Takeley 0 – 2 Hadley
Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
On a wearily cold and wet afternoon at Station Road, Takeley looked to put a poor week behind them as they entertained in-form Hadley in a fascinating Essex Senior League encounter. It was evident before kick-off that conditions would be tricky as the pitch was soaking up yet more falling rain throughout. Takeley fielded long-serving goalkeeper Ronnie Yates between the sticks, full-backs Mike La Ronde and Coby Miles with a front three of Glen O’Hanlon, Bryn Thorpe and recent recruit Steven Wade. Messrs Humphrey, Deamer and Nick Barrett were on the bench. Hadley had Luke Ward in goal, a back four of Bradley Marriott, Yemi Buraimoh, skipper Paul Wright and Tom Milton with a forward line of Solomon Ofori, Luke Jupp and Shaz Anwar. Alfie Bartram, Peter Rosemin and James Hammond were all unavailable for Anthony Clark’s side while Bradley Osborne and Jason Rice were among their substitutes.
Takeley showed their intent in the early stages as attacking full-back Coby Miles showed pace and decent passing too as he looked to assist his side. Hadley had the first telling chance though a few minutes in as winger Cameron Ferguson’s curling effort was heading for the top corner though home custodian Ronnie Yates did well to parry that away. The visiting forward line of Ofori, Anwar and Jupp were showing incisive passing which needed the home defence to intervene well on a few occasions during the half. Takeley pushed forward just after the quarter-hour as a dangerous ball in by forward Steven Wade was thumped away decisively by no-nonsense Hadley skipper Paul Wright – one of those that was heading for ‘Row Z’. A big chance presented itself moments later as forward Bryn Thorpe was six yards out with only visiting stopper Ward to beat though his effort lacked the necessary power as the ‘keeper got down well to claw the ball away from danger. That chance was punished on 19 minutes by the visitors as they took the lead. A stirring run down the right by full-back Bradley Marriott ended with a peach of a cross to the back post where Ferguson planted a header past the helpless Yates. The Bricks were handy going forward, with Solomon Ofori stretching the home defence on the visitors’ right. Takeley stuck to their task fairly well though were also a little sluggish in clearing their lines at times.
Half-Time: Takeley 0 – 1 Hadley
You suspected there would be more drama to come after the break and the start of the second half didn’t disappoint. Moments after the restart, Hadley forward Jupp struck wide before the sides shared some glorious chances. Nine minutes into the half, a cross into the area for the hosts by Thorpe only just evaded Wade at the back post whilst at the other end, a free-kick by left-back Yemi Buraimoh found midfielder Stephen O’Hara though he could splice his effort wide with only Yates to bypass. It did feel at that point that more goals were coming and unfortunately for the hosts, it was to their detriment. With 66 minutes on the watch, the visitors doubled their lead, much to the delight of the small travelling support as Jupp maneuvered a yard of space just inside the area before firing low past Yates well into the corner. Takeley kept going in the declining conditions though a 30-yard free-kick from Mitchell Das with fifteen minutes to play was gathered by Ward at the second time of asking as the visitors held on for another good three points.
Full-Time: Takeley 0 – 2 Hadley
In summary, The Bricks deserved their victory today, as they put in a hard shift to nullify the Takeley attack at times, whilst having good phases of the game themselves. Several players stood out for both sides, with Solomon Ofori having another good game down the visitors’ right flank, well-supported by right-back Bradley Marriott who was a threat as well with pace and crossing while forward Luke Jupp and Cameron Ferguson also gave the home defence a headache. For the hosts, Coby Miles stood out at left-back, with forwards Bryn Thorpe and Steven Wade also did well, as did Mitchell Das with his delivery from set-pieces. It was also good to catch up with the ‘Bricks fans & Committee as well, they are enjoying a good vein of form presently. Finally, I’d like to thank Takeley for their hospitality and the welcome they extended to us today.
Takeley | Manager: Marc Das
1. Ronnie Yates (GK), 2. Mike La Ronde (16. Lewis Deamer 77’), 3. Coby Miles, 4. Olakunmi Sosanya (17. Nick Barrett 63’), 5. Matt Hurley, 6. George Powell, 7. Mitchell Das, 8. Jason Todd (Capt), 9. Bryn Thorpe, 10. Glenn O’Hanlon, 11. Steven Wade (12. Andre Humphrey 67’)
Booked: Powell | Subs Not Used: Castle, Gill
Hadley | Manager: Anthony Clark
1. Luke Ward (GK), 2. Bradley Marriott, 3. Yemi Buraimoh, 4. Paul Wright (Capt), 5. Tom Milton, 6. Stephen O’Hara, 7. Solomon Ofori, 8. Nnamdi Harold-Egole, 9. Luke Jupp (16. Jason Rice 88’), 10. Shaz Anwar, 11. Cameron Ferguson
Goal-scorers: Cameron Ferguson [19’], Luke Jupp [66’]
Booked: Ferguson | Subs Not Used: Osbourne, Shirley-Clarke, Scott
Referee: Steven Walsh