Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & ESL Writer
Hello and welcome to my look at the second weekend of the Len Cordell Trophy, a competition run by the Essex Senior League for Reserve sides to also remember the contribution the late Len Cordell made to local Non-League Football.
After the Results section in each group, we also have a brief table and a look at the Fixtures for next weekend (Kick-offs may be subject to alteration)
Len Cordell Trophy – Friday 16th April
Barkingside Res 2 – 0 White Ensign Res | Lakeside Sports Ground [3G] | Group C
Barkingside’s second team got their first win of the competition and went top of Group C after Saturday’s action (see table below) after this win over White Ensign Reserves at the Lakeside Sports Ground. First-half goals from Dominic Edwards [14’] and Manraj Phagura ten minutes after the opener were the difference-makers for the hosts who remain unbeaten from their two matches thus far. Ensign’s Ressie side know that a win against will put them in the top two.
Saturday 17 April
Walthamstow Res 0 – 7 Harlow Town Res | Wadham Lodge | Group A
Harlow’s second-side made easy work of this tricky encounter at Wadham Lodge. Hassan Muzib grabbed a treble, being well-supported by the ensemble cast of Dillon George who grabbed a brace, plus there were goals for Graeme Barker and Said Issa. Harlow’s thumping win gives their first points of the tournament whereas it was a day to forget for the ‘Stow development side.
Woodford Town U23s 3 – 2 Sawbridgeworth Town Res | Ashton’s (Side pitch) | Group A |
Woodford continued their good start to the Cordell Trophy with their second successive 3 – 2 win, this time over Sawbo’s Ressies at Ashton’s. Luke Steele, Alexandros Ndoj and Rashaad Ogun’s second goal in as many weeks sealed the win for Shane Baptiste’s team. Ollie Palmer and Jack Taylor both netted for the visitors but they are yet to win and they will have to beat Harlow Town to get in the top two.
Saturday 17 April
May & Baker Res 1 – 1 Redbridge Res | May & Baker FC | Group B
May & Baker Reserves maintained their unbeaten run with this draw with Redbridge Ressies. David Asante-Boateng scored for Jimmy Donald’s side, with Landry Gogoa’s goal ensuring that the visitors got their first point of the competition thus far. May & Baker know that if they avoid defeat in their final group match they will be assured of a top two finish in the group.
West Essex Dev 0 – 1 Tower Hamlets Res | Debden Park Sch | Group B
Tower Hamlets’ second-side made the trip to Debden and handed the West development side a second consecutive narrow defeat. Paolo-Armani Okoye got the only goal five minutes before the break and that ended up being enough to see Hamlets to remain top of the standings.
Saturday 17 April
Frenford Res 1 – 1 Grays Athletic U23s | The Drive, Frenford | Group C
In this encounter at Frenford’s the Drive, the youthful Grays side made it two draws from two games. Harry Baker got the visitors’ goal with Julian Edwards responding for the home side but there was to be no breaking the stalemate. Both sides know they need a win to advance in the main competition.
Fixtures for next Weekend (Friday/Saturday 23/24 April)
Harlow Town Res v Sawbridgeworth Town Res
| Fri 23 April 7.45pm KO | Harlow Arena [3G]
and Walthamstow Res v Woodford Town U23
| Sat 24 April 2.30pm KO | Wadham Lodge |
Group B (both on Saturday 24 April at 2.30pm)
May & Baker Res v Tower Hamlets Res | May & Baker FC |
and Redbridge Res v West Essex Dev. | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park) |
Barkingside Res v Frenford Res
| Fri 23 Apr 6.45pm KO | Lakeside Spts Grd [3G] |
and White Ensign Res v Grays Athletic U23 |
Sat 24 April 2.30pm KO | Len Forge Centre [3G]
That’s all from this week’s round-up, thank you for reading.