Essex Senior League – Premier Division
2021-22 Season: Match 38
Saturday 4th November 2021 – 3pm KO
Redbridge: Royal Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks
Sawbridgeworth: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks
Redbridge overcome stoic Sawbo to claim good win at Oakside
Redbridge 2 – 0 Sawbridgeworth Town
Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]
This weekend’s match was a return voyage to Oakside for this intriguing tie between high-flying Redbridge and strugglers Sawbridgeworth Town. Sawbo have started to get results of late, but they knew this was a challenge to stifle the good form of the Motormen here. The hosts fielded new signing Michael Corderoy in goal, with a three-man defence of Joe Elliott, Dean Hall and captain Jack Roult. The forward line was led by Ibrahim Kehinde alongside Tony Martin, with support from Josh Olukolu and Herman Mwanza on the flanks. Their options from the bench were goalkeeper George Martin, forward Tim Ogunrinde and midfielders Darnel Bromfield and Shawn Harris. Sawbo retained Jimmy Parker in goal, with a defensive four of Billy Purdy, Lewis Wicker, skipper Cory Rider and Rowan Dorling. The forward three were Jake Skeet, Morgan Arnold snd Teddy Hall with Daryl Doolan, Prince Alozie, Ben Patrick and James Falaise all options from the sidelines.
The match began with the hosts looking to gain the advantage, with forward Ibrahim Kehinde making a good run down the right channel which ended with a centre which came back to midfielder Robbie Norris who struck at goal but visiting stopper Jimmy Parker was able to gather comfortably enough. The visitors responded well to that early chance as forward Morgan Arnold managed to get ahead of the onrushing home custodian Michael Corderoy and Arnold lobbed him but the strike wasn’t powerful enough to defeat the covering defender Norris who powered the ball away well.
Redbridge went back on the attack and on seven minutes, Kehinde skewed a decent strike wide of Parker’s left-sided post which was followed by Norris striking a free-kick over the woodwork and fellow midfielder Jake Brocklebank also hit an effort just wide. Sawbridgeworth were determined in defence although they looked a little uncertain in the channels, where the likes of forward Herman Mwanza was having some joy down the right flank for George Christou’s side. Kieran Amos’ team were having the occasional foray forward as well, as on 22 minutes Arnold once again got in down the right side, beat the off-side trap and played in centre foward Teddy Hall though Norris got back in again to stifle a oppurtunity at goal.
Just when you felt Sawbo might just make it to the break all square, the hosts broke the deadlock three minutes before the interval. From a set-piece, defender Joe Elliott sent in a decent strike from the left-side, just outside of the penalty area and that effort evaded the visiting backline and rolled into the corner of the net. It was hard to argue that Redbridge didn’t deserve the lead though it was an uncomfortable sucker-punch for the visitors to take.
Half-Time: Redbridge 1 – 0 Sawbridgeworth
A minute after the resumption, Parker had rushed out to gather to deny another decent hosts’ attack but the Sawbo stopper did well to re-gather his position to deny a powerful strike from the impressive Mwanza at his near post on the right-side. There was a relative period of calm in the early part of the second half as both sides wrestled to gain the impetus once again. However, it was Redbridge who got that crucial second goal on 61 minutes. From another corner, the Sawbo defence switched off for a second allowing skipper Jack Roult to guide in a powerful header into the net to double the home side’s lead.
Kehinde was still posing problems for the Sawbo backline though Mwanza was unable to make the most of the forward’s lay-off across the six-yard box. To their credit, Sawbo did end the match strongly in the last ten minutes or so. First, midfielder George Spillane sent in a low strike wide of Cirderoy’s left-side post. Even if their chances of getting a point were lessening by the minute, a good move saw defender Rowan Dorling fizz in a good cross from the right which Arnold nodded down well towards goal but Corderoy made a decent save at his near post. On the ninety minutes, Arnold went down in the penalty area but referee Matthew Pointer waved the appeals away, much to the ire of the visiting dug-out.
After four minutes of added time, Pointer blew up for full-time and the Motormen were happy enough to claim another three points, although Sawbridgeworth had made them work hard for it here.
Full-Time: Redbridge 2 – 0 Sawbridgeworth Town
In summary, Redbridge had enough of the attacking play and created enough chances to win this match more comfortably, but credit also to Sawbo who defended well for periods of the game although they didn’t really create too much sustained pressure for long periods of the match, save for a flourish toward match’s end.
In this gritty match, there were some very good performances. Starting with victors Redbridge, I thought forward Ibrahim Kehinde had an excellent game, utilising his physicality to hold the ball up well, get in between defenders and contributing well to forward moves. Also thought he deserved a goal today. Winger Herman Mwanza also had a very good match, using his pace, dribbling and crossing ability to good effect here, whilst midfielder Jake Brocklebank and defender Joe Elliott did well, the latter as part of a re-shaped defensive three alongside Dean Hall and skipper Jack Roult. For Sawbo, forward Morgan Arnold had a really good game, utilising his pace to get into the channels and stretch the home backline and made some good passes too. Skipper Cory Rider had a good game in central defence making several important clearances, plus a mention for Billy Purdy and recent recruit George Spillane in central midfield who both put in good shifts for the hard-working Sawbridgeworth side.
I also have to note and congratulate referee Matthew Pointer, who was making his debut here as a referee at Step 5 level following his promotion, after some time in the middle at Essex Olympian League level.
I’d just like to wish both sides a good remainder of the campaign, it is always good to see both these sides in action.
Redbridge | Manager: George Christou | Assistant: Jack Toghli
Starting XI (Subs): 1 Michael Corderoy (GK), 2 Joe Elliott, 5 Dean Hall, 3 Jack Roult, 4 Jack Brocklebank, 8 Robbie Norris, 6 Josh Olukolu (15 Darnel Bromfield 81′), 12 Sergei Maximov (14 Shawn Harris 65′), 7 Herman Mwanza, 9 Ibrahim Kehinde, 10 Tony Martin (11 Tim Ogunrinde 76′)
Goal-scorers: Joe Elliott [42′], Jack Roult [61′]
Booked: None | Sub Not Used: G Martin (GK)
Sawbridgeworth Town | Joint-Manager: Kieran Amos | Assistant: Mick Fitzpatrick
Starting XI (Subs): 1 Jimmy Parker (GK), 2 Billy Purdy, 3 Lewis Wicker (19 James Falaise 82′), 5 Cory Rider (Capt), 17 Rowan Dorling, 4 Arley Barker, 7 Grant Webb, 8 George Spillane, 9 Teddy Hall (15 Daryl Doolan 46′), 10 Jake Skeet (14 Ben Patrick 70′), 11 Morgan Arnold
Booked: Dorling | Sub Not Used: Alozie, Thoma
Referee: Matthew Pointer
Assistants: Royan Campbell & Kadir Nazif