Match Report: Southend Manor 1 – 1 Sawbridgeworth Town (Sat 30th Nov) [ESL 19/20 1.12.19]

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Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 38

2019 – 20 Season: Match 42

Saturday 30th November 2019 – 3pm KO

S Manor: Yellow & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Sawbridgeworth: Blue & White Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

 

 

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Both teams before KO (Image: Scott W)

Crunch six-pointer for Manor & Sawbo ends honours-even at Southchurch

Southend Manor 1 – 1  Sawbridgeworth Town

Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with additional photos by Andy Wilkins (Twitter: @Wilkins_Media)

The last match of November 2019 saw me return to Southhchurch Park to see this crucial battle at the bottom of the Essex Senior as bottom side Sawbridgeworth Town travelled to third-bottom Southend Manor. It is that time of year for tricky pitches and that was the case here. Manor gave Josh Harrison the nod in goal, though the forward line was rather youthful as skipper Jordan Chambers was partnered by Harry Rogers, with Max Makaka and Brandon Williams the chief support on the flanks. Grant Frances, Connor Cobb and Cameron Harris were all on the bench. Sawbridgeworth named a fairly strong side, with Cabham Clarke between the posts along with new signings Cory Rider and Ethan Barton in central defence and midfield respectively. Lee Mackman’s side also had a front three of captain Harry Bushell, Mihai Botosan and Myles Passley, with Prince Alozie, Ryan Willsmer and Lion Docaj on their bench.

It was Manor who had the edge in the early stages of this contest, as mee minutes in a cross from the right flank by winger Max Makaka found skipper Jordan Chambers though he could only head over the woodwork. Chambers soon after had two great chances to break the deadlock with only visiting custodian Cabham Clarke to bypass. The first was those was after a spirited run, the forward could only loft his effort over the target, before being denied by Clarke on the goal-line following a neat pass in by strike partner Harry Rogers.

Harry Bushell gets past Ruben Kennedy (Image by AW in SM v Saw T ESL 30.11.19)
Sawbo skipper Bushell gets past his marker (Image: Andy W)

Undeterred, Manor still had the better of the play into the middle of the half as the visitors rare half-chance saw forward Harry Bushell blast an effort wide. On 26 minutes, Chambers again got past the visiting backline though Clarke denied him again though incredibly Rogers could only skew the follow-up wide of the far post. Perhaps sensing that the pendulum was swinging back their way, Sawbo gained some impetus as nine minutes before the break, pacy forward Myles Passley snuck in past the home defence before his powerful effort crashed back off a post from a narrow angle. Five minutes later, a well-directed long-range effort by Sawbo forward Mihai Botosan bounced off the slippery turf causing ‘keeper Josh Harrison to not gather cleanly and Bushell was the first to react though fortunately for the hosts, he also skewed his drive off-target.

Rogers also struck a crisp shot wide for Manor just before the break though the tension was already rising in this match, and goal-less it was the interval.

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Half-Time: Southend Manor  0 – 0  Sawbridgeworth

The first part of the second half was somewhat different as a minute into it, another rapid run by Chambers in the area was thwarted by Sawbo defender Cory Rider, causing referee Michael Iddenden-Smith to point to the spot. After the first successful spot-kick was ruled out due to an encroachment, the revised penalty by Chambers found the corner to finally break the deadlock.

Chambers about to strike spot-kick (Image by AW in SM v Saw T ESL 30.11.19)
Chambers strikes Manor’s penalty (Image: Andy W)

Six minutes later, Clarke gathered a Makaka free-kick after it had evaded a crowded penalty box though Sawbridgeworth levelled on the stroke of the hour with a pearler of a goal. Left-back Jake Skeet received the ball on the left-side and let fly with a superb curling strike which sailed past Harrison and into the far corner, much to his side’s obvious delight. The visitors looked to pushed on with their tails up, and soon after Harrison denied Passley’s shot, the home ‘keeper was in action again. Botosan’s neat threaded ball found Passley though Harrison pulled off a firm one-handed save with twenty minutes remaining.

The tension for both sides was arguably having an impact, and understandably so. Makaka sent another decent strike from 20 yards fizzing past Cabham’s right-side post before a sweet pass in by midfielder Ruben Kennedy found impressive winger Brandon Williams though he couldn’t find the target when well-placed. There was one more chance of note in added-time as Sawbo winger Aaron Donaldson’s drive from the edge of the area was gathered by Harrison. These sides had to settle for a point in a match that both could have won, although the hosts probably had the better chances.

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Full-Time: Southend Manor  1 – 1  Sawbridgeworth

In summary, although there were flashes of quality by both sides at times during the contest, it is also undeniable that the tension was palpable during the contest as both sides knew how important was to get something from it. In terms of stand-out performances, Manor midfielders Ruben Kennedy and Brandon Williams had a good impact on their side’s attacking intent, whereas on another day skipper Jordan Chambers could have had a hat-trick though he kept going for the majority of the match. Centre-back Reece Latimer also made a few timely interceptions in defence.

For Sawbo, forward Myles Passley was their biggest outlet down the channel and could’ve scored himself here, while ‘keeper Cabham Clarke made a few good saves to keep his side in the contest. Mentions also have to go to full-back Jake Skeet for his stunning leveller and skipper Harry Bushell who looked to drive his side’s forward play going as well. Best wishes to both sides for rest of the season, and it could be a tough one for both.

 

Teams (with shirt numbers)

Southend Manor   |  Manager: Craig Waters

1 Josh Harrison (GK), 2 Josh Brocklebank, 3 Ben Richardson (15 Connor Cobb 90’), 4 Harry Markatis, 5 Kiah Froud, 6 Reece Latimer, 7 Max Makaka, 8 Ruben Kennedy, 9 Harry Rogers (14 Louie Hunt 74’), 10 Jordan Chambers (Capt), 11 Brandon Williams

Goal-scorer: Jordan Chambers [pen 47’]

Booked: Froud, Richardson | Subs Not Used: Harris, Frances, Salako

 

Sawbridgeworth | Manager: Lee Mackman

1 Cabham Clarlke (GK), 2 Michael Folkes, 3 Jake Skeet, 4 Frankie Oatham (15 Prince Alozie 83’), 16 Cory Rider, 6 Connor McQuillan, 7 Aaron Donaldson, 8 Ethan Barton, 9 Harry Bushell (Capt), 10 Mihai Botosan, 11 Myles Passley

Goal-scorers: Jake Skeet [59’]

Booked: Rider, Botosan, Oatham, Barton | Sub Not Used: Webster, Docaj, Willsmer

 

Referee: Michael Iddenden-Smith

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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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