Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & ESL Writer
Hello and welcome to my look at the last weekend of the group stage 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 Final table and a projected look at which sides have advanced in the Trophy and which sides will be moved to the Cordell Plate competition.
In the Tables themselves, those sides highlighted in bold are those that have progressed to the Quarter-Finals. Thanks for reading.
Friday 23rd April – Group A
Harlow Town Res 5 – 1 Sawbridgeworth Town Res | Harlow Arena [3G] | Group A
Harlow confirmed their place in the knockout stages on Friday night with a second big win in as many weeks. Sam Bashua netted for the Sawbo side but a double for Mahedul Hasan Muzib plus strikes by Dillion Gordon, Graeme Butler and replacement Said Issa meant that Harlow finish in second spot.
Saturday 24 April
Walthamstow Res 1 – 6 Woodford Town U23 | Ashton’s (Side Pitch) | Group A
Woodford sailed through to the last eight with a big win over ‘Stow’s reserve side at Ashton’s. George Thompson grabbed a hat-trick here, with Prince Ofori-Duodu, Harry Carter and Esat Saiti all also scored to maintain the 100% winning record in the group for Shane Baptiste’s team. Louie Maxwell struck for W’stow but they go into the Plate competition after finishing bottom of the group.
Thursday 22nd April – Group B
Redbridge Res 2 – 2 West Essex Development | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park)
On Thursday night, Redbridge Ressie side were held by West Essex’s development side at Ford’s Sports Club in Newbury Park. Emmanuel Odunaike and Mohamed Allie both scored for the visitors, but strikes from Landry Gogoa and Chris Kitanos ensured the home side got a second point of the group stage which was ultimately enough to see them through to the last eight as one of the two best third-placed sides. West’s youthful side exit & will go into the Plate competition.
Saturday 24th April – Group B
May & Baker Res 1 – 2 Tower Hamlets Res | May & Baker FC |
On Saturday, Tower Hamlets’ second-side made it three wins from three with a good win at May & Baker. Goals from Paolo-Armani Okoye and Abdirahman Ahmed secured the win, despite David Asante-Boateng’s reply for Jimmy Donald’s side. Both sides go through as they finished in the top two (see below).
Friday 23rd April – Group C
Barkingside Res 1 – 1 Frenford Res | Lakeside Sports Ground [3G] |
Barkingside’s second team were held on Friday night by visitors Frenford but still went through in a tight Group C. Dominic Edwards netted for ‘Side three minutes after the interval, with Julian Edwards getting the leveller for the Frenford second-string. Frenford unfortunately exit the competition despite amassing two draws.
Saturday 24th April – Group C
White Ensign Res 0 – 2 Grays Athletic U23 | Len Forge Centre [3G]
A fine away-day for Michael Walther’s Grays side meant they also went through. A brace from Callum Watts was enough to defeat Jack Caten’s side and go above them in the group stages. Both sides go through to the last eight.
The draw for the Quarter-Finals of the ESL Len Cordell Trophy was made on Saturday night, here it is (Matches to be played on weekend of Friday 30 April/Saturday 1 May)
Draw for Len Cordell Trophy Last 8 \ QFs
Barkingside Res v Woodford Town U23s
Grays Athletic U23s v May & Baker Res
Harlow Town Res v Redbridge Res
Tower Hamlets Res v White Ensign Res