S2021-22 Match Report: Cockfosters 6 – 1 Woodford Town (Sat 31 July) [ESL 21/22 1.8.21]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Chalk Lane

Attendance: 205

2021-22 Season: Match 7

Saturday 31st July 2021 – 3pm KO

Cockfosters: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Woodford: Yellow Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Both sides’ observing a minute’s pre-match applause for the NHS

Dominant performance sees ‘Fosters off to a super start at Chalk Lane

Cockfosters  6 – 1  Woodford Town

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Additional Photo by Peter D [@Twitter: @ped1980]

The second match of the opening weekend saw me return to the characterful Chalk Lane to see a side in Cockfosters that I felt may surprise a few in the top part of the Essex Senior table. Player-Manager Ryan Wade’s side faced Woodford Town, who are still managed by joint-managers Dee Safer & Julian Charles and will shortly move into their much-talked about new ground at Ashton’s. The incessant rain we’ve had in the South East of England this week continued before kick-off but it didn’t affect the quality of the game.

The hosts line-up included a number of players who impressed last season. New goalkeeper, former Enfield Town stopper Matt Nolan started behind a defence of skipper Luke Marshall at right-back, with Danny Haigh and Michael Okafor at centre-back with Prince Madu at left-back. The forward line was led by Billy Healey and new signing Charncey Dash, with chief support coming from the flanks from Reece Mosanya and George Beattie. A youthful bench included the likes of Taylor Wild, Billy Blackwell and forward Jack Hockney. Woodford also named a new stopper in Lee Haylock, with Abdus Salami and Bailey Brown as centre-backs. Skipper Jaydon Charles looked to build attacks from midfield, with Ramiah Mills and Luke May May-Parrott supporting forwards Rasheed Salau and George Thompson, Their bench included rapid forward Richard Asamoah and midfielder Tyriq Alexander.

Right from the opening minutes, Cockfosters started with clear desire to gain the adavantage. The first of several fine passing moves involved winger Reece Mosanya, midfielder Kaidyn Michael and left-back Prince Madu led to a decent strike by forward Billy Healey which visiting custodian Lee Haylock did well to deny. With eight minutes on the watch, a good threaded pass by Madu down the left to winger George Beattie who then found Mosanya well before the latter’s fierce strike which powered off the crossbar. Nervy moment for the Town defence averted. Unfortunately for Woodford, they would concede just after the quarter-hour. Moments after Haylock pulled off another good save from Kaidyn Michael’s initial effort, the hosts kept possession and Healey’s looping centre found strike partner Charncey Dash who easily headed the ball in from mere yards out. Haylock was in action again a couple of minutes later as Mosanya broke past the Woodford defence again though the Town stopper again denied Mosanya’s decent strike.

Mosanya continued his fine performance as midway through the half, another surging run down the right side ended with a well-placed centre, to which Beattie latched on to at the far post and stroked home past the unfortunate Haylock to double the hosts’ advantage. Woodford had a decent five-minute spell with the half-hour approaching, as forward George Thompson’s effort was well-blocked by ‘Fosters centre-back Michael Okafor and then, a good mazy run by winger Luke May-Parrott on the edge of the penalty area ended with his strike tipped wide by home goalkeeper Matt Nolan.

Unsurprisingly, this stirred the hosts into a reaction and they extend their lead on the half-hour. Another fine long pass by Michael found advancing right-back Luke Marshall who in turn found Beattie who sent home another good low finish to give his side a three-goal lead. Four minutes afterward, tall forward Dash evaded his marker in Town defender Bailey Brown before bringing another good save out of Town stopper Haylock, who simply kept his side in the match in the first half with a number of good saves. Cockfosters did notch a fourth goal though on 37 minutes as Mosanya finally got a deserved goal with a fine finish into the left-sided corner.

Half-Time:  Cockfosters  4 – 0  Woodford Town

After an impressive first-half, you may have thought the hosts would move into a slightly more defensive mode after the interval. This wasn’t the case although Woodford did have more of the ball in the early stages as winger Ramiah Mills nearly forced an error by Nolan. The hosts responded and after a good move involving Mosanya and Dash led to another strike on goal by Healey but it fizzed over the goal frame. Ryan Wade & Tony Faulkner’s side did add to their goal tally on fifty-eight minutes as George Beattie was well played in again and again, fired home a crisp strike into the left corner to complete a super treble, much to the delight of his team-mates (pictured) & fans.

Cockfosters players celebrate Beattie’s treble [Image by Peter D]

Only a minute later, it was six for the home side as a fine finish from Billy Healey found the net. The tiring Woodford defence were unable to stop the rapid wave of Cockfosters forward attacks, and on 71 minutes two substitutes combined as as forward Jack Hockney found Billy Blackwell but the over-worked Haylock did well to deny another well-hit strike. The hosts would’ve been a little frustrated as Town did get on the score-sheet three minutes later through a well-taken finish by Rasheed Salau into the right corner of the net.

The hosts were still keen to add to their goal-scoring haul though Hockney was unable to beat Haylock on two occasions, the second occasion Hockney was well found by Michael who had beaten two defenders for pace. All in all though, the hosts will be very happy with the result & performance and it was really good to see it first-hand. Woodford will need to be stronger defensively and start matches better but you had to feel for the players and the management team on what was a tough afternoon for them.

Full-Time: Cockfosters  6 – 1  Woodford Town

To summarise the match, the hosts really did make a statement of intent from early on in this match. They were very impressive and although one-sided matches aren’t always great to see, the ‘Fosters could have scored ten here. Woodford were simply unable to stem the flow of attacks the hosts mustered in the first half, though they did have more joy after the break. For Cockfosters, George Beattie had an excent match and was hungry for goals and it showed with three good goals, as well as his movement and pace. Winger Reece Mosanya was hugely influential as well and was too strong for the opposite with his passing, energy and speed. Billy Healey led the line well alongside new recruit Charncey Dash, they both deserved to get on the score-sheet as they did. Dynamic midfielder Kaidyn Michael’s passing, speed and energy also made a telling contribution to a day they won’t soon forget.

Woodford were very grateful to goalkeeper Lee Haylock who made no less than six good saves and he can be very pleased with his performance today. Winger Luke May-Parrott was also a good outlet down the flank showing good dribbling and movement to ensure the home defence kept their focus. Right-back Jack Murray-Sharpe showed decent composure as well in looking to build attacks and substitute Richard Asamoah also did well to stretch the tiring defence late on in the match. Finally, I’d like to say thanks to the hosts for their assistance and best wishes to both teams for the rest of the campaign.

Line-ups:

Cockfosters    | Player-Manager: Ryan Wade  | Assistant: Tony Faulkner

Starting XI: 1 Matt Nolan (GK), 2 Luke Marshall (Capt) (15 Matt Thomson 79′), 3 Prince Madu, 4 Zivonimir Lopes, 5 Danny Haigh, 6 Michael Okafor, 7 Reece Mosanya, 8 Kaidyn Michael, 9 Billy Healey (16 Jack Hockney 61′), 10 Charncey Dash (14 Billy Blackwell 71′), 11 George Beattie 

Goal-scorers: Charncey Dash [16′], George Beattie [21′, 30′ & 58′], Reece Mosanya [37′], Billy Healey [59′]

Booked: None   | Subs Not Used: Wild, Wade

Woodford Town  | Joint-Managers: Dee Safer & Julian Charles 

Starting XI: 1 Lee Haylock (GK), 2 Jack Murray-Sharpe, 3 Jonathan Makaku, 4  Jaydon Charles (Capt), 5 Abdus Salami, 6 Bailey Brown, 7 Ramiah Mills (15 Luke McElroy 69′), 8 Joshua Gravesande, 9 George Thompson (12 Tyriq Alexander 50′), 10 Rasheed Salau, 11 Luke May-Parrott (14 Richard Asamoah 56′)

Goal-scorers: Rasheed Salau [74′]

Booked: Salau & 1 more (unknown) | Subs Not Used: Lewis, Bayo

Referee: James Keane
Assistants: Daniel Smith & Joshua Evans

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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