Essex Senior League – Premier Division
Venue: Wadham Lodge Stadium
2021-22 Season: Match 10
Saturday 14th August 2021 – 3pm KO
West Essex: White Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks
Sporting Bengal: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks
Awesome West hit eight in dominant win over Sporting
West Essex 8 – 1 Sporting Bengal Utd
Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]
This weekend’s match saw me return to Wadham Lodge to see new tenants West Essex face Sporting Bengal. I had a feeling that we would have goals in this match but the match itself was played at a very high tempo. Onto the line-ups then and West named Dan Russell in goal with regular stopper Jack Coker still suspended. The back four was comprised of full-backs Michael Morris and Joel Lamb alongside centre-backs Emmanuel Oluwole and skipper Reece Clarke. The presence going forward has altered in the close season but Symeon Taylor, Cameron Gray and Samraj Gill were the forward three here, supported by the classy Callum Bloss. On the bench were club stalwart Sanchez Hardy alongside recent recruits in Frangeskides, Bell and Ogunsanya. Bengal were also missing several of their key players, with George Parkin between the goalposts, a defence of Lennox Forster, Raul Gazi & centre-backs Jerry Sheehan and Salam Amoako. Skipper Tanvir Ahmed faced his old club in a driving central midfield role, with Samir Ali, Bradley McDonald and Terry Amoafo leading the line. From the sidelines, nanager Imrul Gazi’s options included Abu Bakar, Isaiah Anjorin, Abid Haque & Ousman Ndure.
The hosts started the match in a lively way, with both Callum Bloss and full-back Joel Lamb looking to make telling runs to get in good positions to strike and cross the ball respectively. Bengal had an early warning four minutes in as a good ball in found forward Cameron Gray, but his header lacked the power to bypass visiting custodian George Parkin, who gathered. Kwame Kwateng’s re-modelled side did not have to wait long though to break the deadlock. On 13 minutes, a neat passing move involving Bloss and Gray ended up with the centre finding fellow forward Samraj Gill who struck home with a smart, composed finish past Parkin. From that point on, the Stags sensed that they could get themselves into a commanding position. Only four minutes later, it was a two-goal lead for the hosts as a fine low finish by Callum Bloss into the left-side corner. Before Bengal could really recover, it was a three-goal deficit they had to face as Bloss again found enough space to fire accurately into the net on nineteen minutes.
The visitors needed a spell of ball retention themselves to build attacks and a rare foray forward saw a good cross from the right by winger Munir Hadi find forward Samir Ali but good positioning by right-back Michael Morris saw him block the attempted chance well at the near post. Before the half-hour, West stormed forward again with purpose though a fierce strike by left-back Joel Lamb was well parried away by Parkin. And wiith half-time approaching, West spurned a chance to be further ahead again with midfielder Oliseh Okuganu starting a move, finding Lamb before the latter crossed in to Bloss who could only fire over the goal-frame.
It really wasnt going Bengal’s way at all on this day as they had to bring on two substitutes before the break with Abu Bakar replacing winger Munir Hadi before the half-hour and Abid Haque coming on for Bradley McDonald before the break. Add to that the half-time change of forward Samir Ali having to go off, replaced by Isaiah Anjorin and you could understand boss Imrul Gazi’s frustration.
Half-Time: West Essex 3 – 0 Sporting Bengal Utd
After the break, you could’ve understood if the hosts wanted to protect their lead. As it happened, that particular instruction was not amongst Kwateng’s half-time team talk. Any doubt over the hosts’ intent was answered barely a minute into the second period as a well-directed free-kick by centre-back Reece Clarke found Bloss who was able to shrug off his marker and fire home to complete his treble and surely put the result beyond doubt. Bengal showed willingness to run and battle for each other but they were made to look very ordinary by free-flowing, rapid West forward breaks. Just short of the hour, West got their fifth goal as a fine ball in by Morris found forward Symeon Taylor who struck a fine low finish past the helpless Parkin. It was at this point that you were concerned for the visitors as to how many they would concede.
Parkin in the Bengal goal was called into action again on the hour to deny a decent strike by Samraj Gill but the visiting backline had further pain to endure yet. Moments later, it was six for the home side as substitute Demetris Frangeskides (who had just come on for Jewers) started yet another quick forward move, with the ball falling to Gill who powred another strike past Parkin, to grab his second of the match.
By this stage, West Essex were absolutely in their rhythm and made it seven on sixty-eight minutes as another fizzing goal-bound strike by Lamb was spilled by the unfortunate Parkin, which allowed Gray to finally get on the score-sheet having missed a good chance or two earlier. To their credit though, Bengal did start to have more possession in the latter fifteen minutes, with another driving run by skipper Tanvir Ahmed finding forward Terry Amoafo but his strike lacked the power required to defeat West custodian Dan Russell, who calmly took hold of the ball.
West were still not done with their goal-scoring exploits though as they nabbed an eighth goal with twelve minutes left. Substitute David Bell did well to nick the ball off a Bengal defender before finding Gray who finished very well to grab his second goal on what was a memorable afternoon for his side.
Moments after Parkin did well to deny substitute Jon Ogunsanya’s effort on goal, Bengal did get on the score-sheet. The ball was played in to the advancing Terry Amoafo and his superb 20-yard power strike beat Russell’s desparing dive and went high into the net off the woodwork.
All in all, this was a really strong match of attacking football. You do have to wonder what the ability level is of this developing West side and if they can keep this form up, they may well again surprise a few in the top-half of the Essex Senior this season. My thanks to both teams & to the hosts for their kind hospitality.
Full-Time: West Essex 8 – 1 Sporting Bengal Utd
In summary, this was one of the best performances West have put on for some time and not many teams in the Essex Senior League would’ve been able to cope with it. Sometimes you see teams with a hefty advantage drop a couple of gears in the latter stages but Kwame Kwateng’s side were relentless until perhaps the last ten minutes. Bengal were simply unable to match the energy levels, passing ability and finishing and they did deserve something for keeping on going in the latter stages and Amoafo’s goal late on was high-quality.
In a performance of such sustained quality, it’s hard to pick out players but support forward Callum Bloss had a terrific match for the hosts, grabbing a treble and assisting his side’s many attacking moves here. Full-back Michael Morris also had a good game, making the most of the chance to get forward to support his team’s attacks, as did forward Samraj Gill who scored two goals and was a pivotal figure in his team’s forward line. Fellow forward Symeon Taylor also made a number of good runs down the left channel and deserved his well-taken goal.
Bengal had goalkeeper George Parkin to thank for four good saves today and understandably was frustrated with his defenders. Skipper Tanvir Ahmed made a number of surging runs through the middle from midfield to raise his side, while full-back Lennox Forster made number of good interceptions.
Finally, I’d like to wish both teams a good campaign. I doubt there will be many better matches than this one for rest of the season across the Leagues I see.
West Essex | Manager: Kwame Kwateng | Assistant: Josh Rogers
Starting XI: 13 Dan Russell (GK), 15 Michael Morris, 3 Joel Lamb, 12 Reece Clarke (Capt), 5 Emmanuel Oluwole, 6 Oliseh Okuganu, 8 James Jewers (7 Demetris Frangeskides 63′), 9 Symeon Taylor (20 David Bell 70′), 10 Callum Bloss (19 Jon Ogunsanya 72′), 11 Cameron Gray, 22 Samraj Gill
Goal-scorers: Samraj Gill [13′, & 63′], Callum Bloss [17′, 19′ & 46′], Symeon Taylor [58′], Cameron Gray [68′ & 78′]
Booked: Jewers, Morris | Sub Not Used: Hardy
Sporting Bengal | Manager: Imrul Gazi | Assistant: Sarosh Ali
Starting XI: 1 George Parkin (GK), 2 Lennox Forster, 3 Raul Gazi, 4 Jerry Sheehan, 5 Salam Amoako, 6 Aaron Lesta, 7 Munir Hadi (12 Abu Bakar 28′), 8 Tanvir Ahmed (Capt), 9 Samir Ali (14 Isaiah Anjorin 46′), 10 Bradley McDonald (16 Abid Haque 38′), 11 Terry Amoafo
Goal-scorers: Terry Amoafo [82′]
Booked: Amoako | Sub Not Used: Ndure
Referee: Dwayne Uylett
Assistants: Simeon Joseph & Matthew Flowers