Essex Senior League – Premier Division
Venue: Southchurch Park
2021-22 Season: Match 23
Saturday 18th September 2021 – 3pm KO
S Manor: Yellow & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks
West E: White Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks
West outplay Manor to grab a deserved win at Southchurch
Southend Manor 0 – 3 West Essex
Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League Writer
This weekend’s match was a short trip to Southchurch Park to see West Essex visit Southend Manor in another Essex Senior League match. Craig Waters’ home team were missing several players including the influential Jordan Chambers, defender James Hegarty and forwards Luca Frankis and Ethan Evison. Josh Harrison was the choice in goal, with a defence of full-backs Ben Sargent and Kiah Froud with the central defence being led by skipper Joe Elliott with Alex Jenkins alongside him. Teddy Rumsby and Josh Devlin were the wingers in support of forwards Harry Rogers and Conor Cobb, with defender Jean Paul Moke, and young forwards Jordan Russell and Kia Cody all options from the bench.
The Stags were also missing several important players such as goalkeeper Jack Coker, captain Reece Clarke and forwards Callum Bloss and Demetris Frangeskides all unavailable for Kwame Kwateng’s team. Dan Russell deputised in goal, with club stalwart Sanchez Hardy skippering the side, alongside Emmanuel Oluwole in central defence. Michael Morris and Joel Lamb were wing-backs here, assisting the forward line of Moyo Ajibade and Jon Ogunsanya. Their depleted substitutes bench was comprised of forwards Symeon Taylor and Mohamud Kaudeer.
The visitors looked to get their rhythm going early in the match here, with wing-backs Michael Morris and Joel Lamb and winger Samraj Gill looking good in possession as they looked to assist their side ‘s forward moves. For the hosts, Teddy Rumsby had a half-chance blocked by the visiting defence. On the whole though, it was West who really had the impetus and nearly broke the deadlock on twelve minutes as a good move down the left side ended with Gill sending in a good cross from the left flank, which was just over the head of advancing forward Jon Ogunsanya at the back post. The Stags were finding their passing range on the quarter-hour with central midfielder Sam McNally starting a fine move involving Morris and Gill, only for full-back Kiah Froud to intervene and clear away for a corner.
On a decent counter-attack, Manor forward Conor Cobb got into the eighteen-yard box before being tackled well by centre-back Sanchez Hardy. From the corner that resulted, Manor defender Alex Jenkins had a decent header blocked as West strived to clear the ball away. Manor did have one or two more set-pieces which didn’t quite find their targets but West responded with another driving forward move at the other end, with pacey forward Moyo Ajibade sending in a good centre which support forward David Bell could only blaze over the goal frame. It was another warning though for the home defence but West Essex did not have to wait long for a goal. With 29 minutes played, a good long clearance by custodian Dan Russell down the right side started the move, with Ajibade and Ogunsanya both involved and found Bell one-on-one with Manor stopper Josh Harrison and this time Bell planted a good finish into the opposite corner to give the visitors the advantage.
West doubled their lead on the counter-attack only four minutes later as Morris was involved once again showing good passing and composure with the ball finding Ogunsanya who evaded his marker before firing a low strike from about eighteen yards into the left-sided corner, just evading the grasp of Harrison. Manor were just not able to retain possession for long periods to build their attacks and went into the break needing to step up their own tempo.
Half-Time: Southend Manor 0 – 2 West Essex
Soon after the break, Manor did have a free-kick which Jordan Faulkner sent a header off-target. Bell had another decent curling strike for West travel over the crossbar but in a match of few positives for Manor at this point, they did have more ball retention with the likes of Rumsby, central midfielder Jack Frost, winger Josh Devlin and Jordan Faulkner, who was pushed up to lead the forward line at half-time showing their intent to get their side back in the match. In fairness, West were having to defend a bit more but they were keen to show that they were more than up to the challenge, with Hardy, Morris and centre-back Emmanuel Oluwole doing well to intercept the hosts’ attacks, with custodian Dan Russell not having to make a significant save.
West were still showing their promise going forward as well as with 71 minutes on the watch, another fine pass by Gill found Ogunsanya although his well-struck strike was straight at Harrison. Substitute Jean Paul Moke also did well for the hosts at centre-back since the interval but a deeply regrettable moment transpired with five minutes of normal time remaining. The referee had heard brought play to a stop with West in position to launch another promising forward move, and very soon after that the red card was out for defender Kiah Froud for what ref Edwards described directly as foul & abusive language. The incident certainly caused the West players to understandably react strongly and the situation needed both management teams to intervene and after several minutes, play resumed.
West did get a third goal at the beginning of an extended added-time period as substitute Symeon Taylor powered a fine finish high into the net with only Harrison to bypass. However, the Manor goalkeeper responded well to deny strikes by Taylor and Ogunsanya as the visitors finished the match well and more than earned the win here.
Full-Time: Southend Manor 0 – 3 West Essex
In summary, West were the better side, particularly in the first half and fully deserved the points that their fast, enterprising play had given them. The home side simply could not match the pace, incisive passing and finishing that Kwame Kwateng’s side showed here. The events late on did irrevocably alter the atmosphere and referee Kirk Edwards did not hesitate to deal with the situation. Fact is you cannot condone language like that either.
There were a number of good performances from both sides in this match. Firstly for West, I felt right wing-back Michael Morris had a terrific match, showing excellent pace, composure and work rate throughout in both defence and going forward. Forward Jon Ogunsanya was also constantly involved in his side’s forward moves and took his goal well. Tricky winger Samraj Gill had another influential match, giving the hosts a tough afternoon with his passing, pace and dribbling. Finally, a mention for club stalwart Sanchez Hardy who led his team well from central defence and made several important interceptions.
For Manor, central midfielder Jack Frost had a good game as the home side’s midfield struggled to stifle the pace of the Stags’ counter-attacks. Joe Elliott again led the team well and made a number of good interceptions from centre-back. Jordan Faulkner was utilised as a stand-in forward after the interval and did keep the visiting defence alert. Finally, winger Teddy Rumsby also had some good moments on the right flank showing pace and energy on what was a tough day for them.
Best wishes to both sides for the remainder of the season.
Southend Manor | Manager: Craig Waters | Assistant: Garry Pond
Starting XI (Subs): 1 Josh Harrison (GK), 2 Ben Sargent, 3 Kiah Froud, 4 Alex Jenkins (13 Kia Cody 75’), 5 Joe Elliott (Capt), 6 Jordan Faulkner, 7 Teddy Rumsby, 8 Jack Frost, 9 Harry Rogers (12 Jean-Paul Moke 46’), 10 Conor Cobb (14 Jordan Russell 46’), 11 Josh Devlin
Booked: Devlin, Elliott | Sent Off: Froud
Subs Not Used: Waters
West Essex | Manager: Kwame Kwateng | Assistant: George Karsa
1 Daniel Russell (GK), 15 Michael Morris, 2 Sanchez Hardy (Capt), 5 Emmanuel Oluwole, 3 Joel Lamb, 4 Sam McNally, 10 Emmanuel Wazola, 18 Moyo Ajibade (9 Symeon Taylor 77’), 20 David Bell (21 Mohamud Kaudeer 61’), 19 Jon Ogunsanya, 22 Samraj Gill
Goal-scorers: David Bell [29’], Jon Ogunsanya [33’], Symeon Taylor [90’+1]
Booked: None | Subs Not Used: None