S21-22 Match Report: Southend Manor 1 – 0 London Colney [FA Cup EPR] (FAC 7.8.21)

The FA Cup 2021-22 – Extra Preliminary Round

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 79

2021-22 Season: Match 8

Saturday 7th August 2021 – 3pm KO

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

L Colney: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue & White Socks

Manor do enough to prevail over Colney at Southchurch

Southend Manor  1 – 0  London Colney

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

After a reluctant week off, it was the turn of the FA Cup to return this weekend. With the initial choice rained off, it was a trip to Southend to see Manor take on Spartan South Midlands Premier side London Colney, managed by former Peterborough striker Ken Charlery.

The hosts’ starting side included a few known names with the forward line led by Luca Frankis, with support from Josh Devlin and Jordan Chambers.  Teenage midfielder Isaac Acquah was making his senior debut in midfield, with a back four of full-backs Josh Brocklebank and the on-loan Shawn Coe, with centre-backs Alex Jenkins and James Hegarty. Their options from the bench included Ethan Evison, defender Kiah Froud and forward Luke Jackson. London Colney fielded giant goalkeeper Therry Allan-Belleau with a defensive four in front of him comprised of Andrew Simmons and Jordan Gill plus centre-backs Mickey Shuttleworth and skipper Joe Reynolds. Their forward line included Finbar King, Herbie Townsend and Kambo Smith. Their substitutes included Zaid Baker, Jake Clarke and Aiden Tolley.

The match began in quite a scrappy way, with both sides unable to seize the initative in tricky conditions as the familar coastal wind was in attendance. An early move down the left flank involving full-back Jordan Gill and winger Wilberforce Ocran may not have led to a firm chance for London Colney but showed that the hosts had to be alert from the early stages. The first chance of note came on ten minutes as a free-kick on the left side outside the 18-yard area by skipper Joe Elliott was sent in low but didn’t unduly test visiting goalkeeper Therry Allan-Belleau who managed to gather. Colney responded on seventeen minutes as forward Kambo Smith was played in well but with only home custodian Jack Allen to bypass, Smith’s strike was well clawed away by the Manor stopper.


In what was quite a low-tempo match thus far, Manor couldn’t take a good chance on twenty-three minutes as a fine cross by right-back Josh Brocklebank found forward Luca Frankis but Frankis’ decent header went just over the crossbar. Colney couldn’t construe a consistent ream of chances at the other end though and their only chance of the half came as centre-back Mickey Shuttleworth powered a header narrowly over the goal.

Half-Time:  Southend Manor  0 – 0  London Colney

The second half did provide a more enterprising beginning as Colney began to find their passing rhythm which led to forward Herbie Townsend firing a good strike wide of the right-side post. The visitors sought to keep up this good play a minute later as a good move involving Ocran and Smith found forward Finbar King who also struck wide but it kept stopper Allen alert. With the clock becoming a factor, Manor spurned another good chance as Frankis sent in another good header, this time it cannoned off the woodwork.

However, with fifteen minutes remaining, Manor did break the deadlock as a fine run by Jordan Chambers in the opposition penalty box was not dealt with by the Colney defence, and Chambers managed to play in support forward Josh Devlin who kept his composure and struck a low effort past Allan-Belleau and into the net. The visitors had two good chances to force a replay late on but substitute Zaid Baker’s effort was denied by Allen. Soon after, another strike by Townsend was narrowly wide of Allen’s goal. Unfortunately, the visitors’ frustrations were compounded late on as replacement Aiden Tolley did well to stay with the advancing Evison who had evaded his team-mates but Tolley brought him down just outside the area with only Allan-Belleau to bypass, which saw Tolley dismissed. Shuttleworth was also sent off soon afterward for a second yellow to restrict Colney to nine men.

Full-Time: Southend Manor  1 – 0  London Colney

To summarise the match, Manor did enough to progress although the margin could have been a little more comfortable. Even so, it is decent prize money of over £1,000 in reaching the Prelim Round. Colney will be disappointed by their performance but on another day they could well have forced a replay. In terms of stand-out performances here, Manor were led well in attack by tough forward Luca Frankis, who was an aerial threat and kept moves going well for the hosts. Fellow forwards Jordan Chambers and Josh Devlin also contributed to the visiting defence’s headache with good runs, good hold-up play by Chambers and good pace by both him and Devlin. Finally, full-back Shawn Coe also showed good energy, made a few important interceptions and assisted a solid defence today. For Colney, I felt skipper Joe Reynolds had a good game marshalling his side’s backline, with Wilberforce Ocran also doing his best to keep forward moves going, along with midfielder Anthony Stockman and forward Herbie Townsend who definitely looked to get on the ball and keep his side on the offensive.

Finally, I’d like to Wish Colney a good campaign and wish Manor well in the next round, where they face a trip to Step 4 side Felixstowe & Walton Utd. Thanks for reading.

Teams

Southend Manor    | Manager: Craig Waters  | Assistant: Garry Pond

Starting XI: 1 Jack Allen (GK), 2 Josh Brocklebank, 3 Shawn Coe, 4 Jordan Faulkner, 5 James Hegarty, 6 Alex Jenkins (Capt in 2nd Half), 7 Joe Elliott (Capt in 1st half) (12 Kiah Froud 46′), 8 Isaac Acquah (14 Ethan Evison 60′), 9 Luca Frankis, 10 Josh Devlin, 11 Jordan Chambers (15 Luke Jackson 90′ +1)

Goal-scorer: Josh Devlin [75′]

Booked: Faulkner  | Subs Not Used: Marshall, Rogers

London Colney  | Manager: Ken Charlery | Assistant: Callum Fowler 

Starting XI: 1 Therry Allan-Belleau (GK), 2 Andrew Simmons, 3 Jordan Gill, 4 Jack Mace (16 Aiden Tolley 80′), 5 Joe Reynolds (Capt), 6 Mickey Shuttleworth, 7 Wilberforce Ocran, 8 Anthony Stockman, 9 Finbar King, 10 Herbie Townsend, 18 Kambo Smith

Booked: Simmons, Gill | Sent Off: Tolley (Straight Red), Shuttleworth (Two Yellows)

Referee: Daniel Baines

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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