S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Senior League (Sat 19 Feb) [ESL 20.2.22]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & ESL Writer

Hello & welcome to a brief Essex Senior League round-up, rounding-up the three matches on Saturday 19 February that managed to bypass the miserly weather of the past week. It looks as though there will be a hectic end to the campaign for some ESL clubs as the FA have insisted that the season be concluded on April 23rd, a week earlier than planned, to allot time for the Promotion & Relegation play-offs also involving Step 4 and 6 clubs.

Image from West Esex 2 – 2 FC Clacton earlier in Feb 2022

Essex Senior –  Saturday 19 February

We begin with arguably the most important win on this matchday for title favourites Walthamstow, who grabbed a 2 – 0 win at Sporting Bengal Utd, with Charlie Edwards and the returning Jason Hallett both notching for John Mackie & Terry Spillane’s side. Seven more wins will be the most they will need to confirm ‘Stow’s long-awaited elevation to Step 4. Bottom side Bengal will need at least ten points from their ten remaining matches to evade the bottom two in two months’ time.

Also, Saffron Walden Town got a fine 4 – 1 triumph at West Essex, with the ensemble cast of Craig Calver, Khris Oti, George Pullen and Tom Skelton goals proving far too much for the Stags, who managed a reply through Oliseh Okuguni on the half-hour. The win for Walden keeps them in fifth, with games in hand they have a good chance of a top-four finish. Finally, FC Clacton went up to sixth spot with a 3 – 1 derby win over Stanway Rovers at the Rush Green Bowl. Mekhi McKenzie’s brace and one from Harry McDonald just before half-time overhauled a Ayo Odukoya strike just after the hour mark to claim a big win for the Seasiders. Such is how tight the top ten is, Tom Austin’s team may have to keep winning to secure a top ten finish with teams in & around them having matches in hand.


Matches Postponed from Friday 18 & Saturday 19 February because of waterlogged pitches and/or Storm damage:

Friday – Woodford Town v P – P White Ensign   (Match rescheduled for Wednesday 23 February)

Saturday

Clapton P – P Southend Manor

Hoddesdon Town  P – P  Cockfosters

Ilford  P – P Enfield

St Margaretsbury   P – P  Athletic Newham

Stansted   P – P  Redbridge

Takeley  P – P  Little Oakley


Before we end this article, here’s a word on what was hinted on in the Introduction, there are a few sides who will have a fixture pile-up of League matches to complete in the next 60 days or so.

Athletic Newham – 14 matches remaining

Stansted, Saffron Walden Town, Little Oakley, Enfield and Hoddesdon Town  – 11 matches left

Woodford Town, Ilford, Clapton, St Margaretsbury & Southend Manor – also have 11 matches left

That’s all for this edition, thanks for reading. You can follow the league’s Twitter for more updates @EssexSenior

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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