Essex Senior League – Premier Division
Venue: Southchurch Park
2022-23 Season: Match 14
Friday 13th September 2021 – 7.45pm KO
Manor: Yellow & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks
Ensign: Red & Blue Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks
Ensign secure hard-fought win in fractious derby at Manor
Southend Manor 1 – 3 White Ensign
Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]
The Non-League journey continued with an interesting & rare Friday night battle at Southchurch Park, which saw Southend Manor host White Ensign in a keenly-contested local derby. Manor were still looking for their first win of the League campaign and that is a task made ever harder but a few squad departures in the last week or so. They fielded young stopper Harry McKie in goal, with a defence of full-backs Ben Sargent & Callum Ferris allied with centre-backs Mitchell Arthur and Keanu Hill. Skipper Daniel Okah was in an anchor midfield ole, along with Ope Mosuro in central midfield. Forwards Ben Allen and Luca Frankis were supported by Kieran James and Lewis Risk. Ensign are still transitioning their squad following their huge rebuild over the summer. Aaron Bloxham fielded Adam Seal in goal, with a defence of Max Drury, Ollie Jenkins & Daniel Monk. Their forward line was led by Tony Jacobs & Charlie Portway, with chief support coming from Billy Bonham-Dare & Owen Dixie.
It would be fair to say that this match did have a rather tepid start, though given the importance on the points on offer here, that was perhaps understandable. However, the game did soon liven up and the pendulum did swing towards Manor after goalkeeper Harry McKie did snuff out a possible chance in the offing as he gathered Ensign midfielder Joe Hunter’s cross into the path of experienced forward Charlie Portway. Manor’s own Luca Frankis also headed narrowly wide of Adam Seal’s goal on the twenty minute mark.
Ensign were starting to put their passing game together, but it was Manor who marginally had the better of the game and they took the lead on 31 minutes. The impressive Kieran James dodged his marker well before taking a turn and fired home past Seal to give James Wakeling’s side a priceless lead.
Ensign roared back though at the other end, and Manor custodian McKie did well to hold his composure as he denied both Owen Dixie and Tony Jacobs in seperate attacks, with both Ensign players only having the stopper to beat. That being said, White Ensign did get their hugely important equaliser two minutes before the break, as full-back Daniel Monk started the move which ended up with forward Billy Bonham-Dare playing Monk in and the defender showed little hesitation to stroke home his low finish into the right corner.
Half-Time: S Manor 1 – 1 White Ensign
The second half was when the said pendulum shifted towards Ensign. Manor found it more difficult to get the ball through the thirds of the pitch, although substitute Jack Unwin did make some good runs and passes. That being said, the frustrations were starting to tell as Ensign’s more experienced players were taking their time and winning fouls and the like to pass the pressure back to the hosts.
The big moment came on sixty-three minutes when Ensign took the lead. A fine cross from the right flank found the head of Charlie Portway and that header was well-directed and found the net, giving McKie little chance. Manor did their utmost to put themselves about to get themselves back into the match but they couldn’t give the ball enough to their biggest outlet in Kieran James and substitute Eamon Payne did his bit to tighten up the visiting backline as well along with Ollie Jenkins.
As the match entered its last fifteen minutes, Ensign poured forward looking for that crucial third goal to diminish any hope for Manor in this contest. Deep into added time, that third goal did come. Two of the substitutes combined as winger Luc Harpon put in a superb cross from the right side which found fellow replacement Jack Allen and his header found the net, which brought wild celebrations from the visiting dug-out.
Full-Time: Southend Manor 1 – 3 White Ensign
In summary, Manor started fairly well but as Ensign grew into the match, the home side found it harder to create sustained pressure, particularly after the break. Ensign’s experienced players did make a difference and the longer the second half went on, the more they grew in confidence.
For this match’s stand-out performances, we start with victors Ensign. Forward Billy Bonham-Dare played his part in their forward moves and assisted Daniel Monk for his goal. Monk also had a good game, showing high energy levels, good passing and was up for the battle throughout. Midfielder Ethan Evison again showed why he is an important presence for this Ensign team and a word for Ollie Jenkins as well who steadied his team’s defence well in second half.
For Manor, Kieran James had a really good game and made the most of the half-chance he gad to take his goal well while also showing decent pace and movement. Keanu Hill had a good match in central defence, clearing well when put under pressure. Harry McKie had an excellent match in goal, making two decent saves low down just before Ensign’s equaliser. Lastly, I thought midfielder Lewis Risk had a good game too down the left side, putting together some good passes and showed decent work rate as well.
I’d just like to wish both sides a good remainder of the campaign.
Southend Manor | Manager: James Wakeling | Assistant: Ryan Frost
Starting XI (Subs): 1 Harry McKie (GK), 2 Ben Sargent, 3 Callum Ferris (11 Jack Unwin 61′), 5 Keanu Hill, 6 Mitchell Arthur, 4 Daniel Okah (Capt), 14 Lewis Risk (18 Jonnie Gurie 86′), 8 Ope Mosuro, 9 Luca Frankis (7 Jonathan Evans 39′), 10 Ben Allen (16 Joseph Gurie 86′), 22 Kieron James (12 Luke Jackson 83′)
Goal-scorers: Kieron James [31′]
Booked: Hill, Okah | Subs Not Used: None
White Ensign | Manager: Aaron Bloxham | Assistant: Nick Wilbrow
Starting XI (Subs): 36 Adam Seal (GK), 33 Max Drury (5 Eamon Payne 57′), 6 Ollie Jenkins, 3 Daniel Monk, 4 Ben Summers (2 Jack Davies 74′), 8 Ethan Evison (Capt), 7 Joe Hunter, 11 Owen Dixie (16 Tommy Dixon 68′), 10 Tony Jacobs (17 Luc Harpon 82′), 19 Charlie Portway, 9 Billy Bonham-Dare (14 Jack Allen 80′)
Goal-scorers: Daniel Monk [43′], Charlie Portway [63′], Jack Allen [90’+6]
Booked: Hunter, Bonham-Dare, Evison | Subs Not Used: None
Referee: Alan Steward
Assistants: Adeolu Adeyemi & Joe Lannon