Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League Writer
Hello & welcome to the latest of an occasional blog series this term looking at the action in the Essex Senior League this weekend, with results from the FA Cup First Qualifying Round. This weekend saw six League matches take place.
Essex Senior – Friday 2 & Saturday 3 September
We begin with Friday night’s game, which saw Takeley grab a 2 – 1 victory at Woodford Town. Goals from George Powell [68′] and a late second by substitute Alekos Lambrou saw Marc Das’ team to the win. Andre Anderson had given Town the lead just shy of half-time, to give the 200 or so spectators something to shout about at Ashton’s.
On Saturday, Halstead Town got arguably the result of their season thus far with a 4 – 0 win over Ilford at Rosemary Lane. Ben Heath opened the scoring on 21 minutes for Mark McLean’s side, with Alfie Cleal making it two five minutes later. Heath notched his second a minute before half-time, and before Ilford could respond after the resumption, Cleal struck his second goal five minutes into the second half to complete the win. After traffic problems had affected the visitors journey, Little Oakley were made to wait before completing a 2 – 0 success over Stansted at the Memorial Stadium. The reliable goal-scoring duo of Danny Garrad and Harry Mann netted again for Matt Carmichael’s team there.
Sawbridgeworth Town continued their fine start to the season as they defeated Clapton 2 – 1 at Crofters. Khyreece Smith-Reid had given the Tons an early lead on five minutes but very late goals by Zachary Davidson and Wale Adedeji gave Kieran Amos & Ben Taylor’s side the points. Athletic Newham were held 2 – 2 by a determined Stanway Rovers team at the Terry Mac. Richard Kone had given Chris Davis’ team a 20th minute lead, only for Sean Bartlett to level with ten minutes remaining. Kone notched again on 85 minutes but Rovers were not to be denied a point as Ernest Okoh’s 90th minute equaliser ensured they got a creditable draw.
Finally, West Essex had to weather a first-half storm to get a 3 – 2 victory at Saffron Walden Town, watched by about 280 fans at Catons Lane. Walden grabbed a two-goal lead thanks to Joe Pullen’s opener on 16 minutes and an unfortunate McNally OG on 29 minutes. The Stags did get a crucial goal back before the break thanks to Callum Bloss [33′]. Two late goals from Mo Kaudeer and David Bell meant West went up to fourth spot after their third win from three league games. Walden are in eighth.
Emirates FA Cup – First Qualifying Round (Sat)
Romford 3 – 2 Hashtag Utd
St Ives Town 4 – 0 Barking
Waltham Abbey 7 – 2 Buckhurst Hill
And on Sunday: Enfield 2 – 1 AFC Rushden & Diamonds