Essex Senior League – Premier Division
Venue: Terrance MacMillan Stadium
2022-23 Season: Match 45
Saturday 4th March 2023 – 3pm KO
Newham: Red & White Shirts, Red Shorts & Socks
Buckhurst: Blue & Black Shirts, Blue Shorts, Black Socks
Newham edge to battling win over out-of-form Buckhurst Hill at Terry Mac
Athletic Newham 1 – 0 Buckhurst Hill
Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]
The match this weekend saw me make a rare trip to the Terry Mac in East London to see Athletic Newham continue their quest to utilise their matches in hand on rivals to gain ground on the top six, as they welcomed Buckhurst Hill in the Essex Senior League Premier Division. Mark Williams’ team were looking to end a eight-match winless run. Athletic Newham rotated their squad somewhat here, with Daniel Izekor, Jacques Leurs & & Chris Cruz Barbosa all not involved here. Manager Chris Davis named regular stopper Wilkinson Boateng in goal, with full-backs Jeff Idemudia & Louis Hiobi plus centre-backs Chris Nguidjol & Michael Adu. Anderson Baro, Andy Greenslade & Abdul Shobowale were the central midfield three, with the forward line led by Jailson Seidi & Richard Kone, supported by captain Joel Appiah. Buckhurst Hill named new recruit Emmanuel Olajide as their goalkeeper, with a defence of full-backs Cameron Weekes and Brad Rowland, with centre-backs being recent signing Daniel Smith and stalwart Alfie Harris. Jake Moss & captain Harry Markatis were in central midfield. Sam Sollosi & Nathan Sollisi started on the flanks, with Ezekiel Bademosi and George Johnson leading the attack.
I have to mention that I was keen to see how these sides would approach this contest, what we got was a slow start to proceedings, with both teams finding it tricky to keep the ball & find that key final pass into the forwards. Newham did have the better of the half-chances in the early stages here, with home skipper Joel Appiah’s shot gathered by visiting custodian Emmanuel Olajide. Talisman Richard Kone also fired off-target twice as well, while Hill midfielder Jake Moss’ decent free-kick was only just over the top right corner. As the half went on, there was no lack of endeavour from the hosts, with Abdul Shobowale and forward Jailson Seidi making several enterprising runs to unsettle a stern Hill backline, led well by Alfie Harris, who made a number of important clearances throught the match. At the other end, Buckhurst was also finding it tricky to find that all-important final pass, despite centre forward Ezekiel Bademosi being a good presence and testing the hosts’ defensive awareness and pace. Winger Nathan Sollosi had an effort blocked at the far post for Mark Williams’ side. Newham were also finding it hard to find their cohesive, rapid flowing forward moves, perhaps their hectic match schedule of late had influenced that, though Shobowale’s effort aimed at the near post needed the intervention of the experienced Olajide not long before the interval.
HT: Newham 0 – 0 Buckhurst
This game needed both a goal and both teams to find some inspiration from somewhere. To their credit, the hosts did up it a hear after the break as five minutes into the second half, a good pass in by Kone found Seidi well, and Seidi’s good strike was well-parried away by Olajide. What turned out to be the only goal came 18 minutes from time as the influential Seidi was felled in the penalty area, and referee Royan Campbell showed little hesitation in pointing to the spot. Richard Kone stepped up and blasted his penalty into the left side of goal to lessen the nerves of the hosts as they saught to continue their winning run of late. Buckhurst did keep going as we entered the latter stages of the match, being thwarted by a combination of the Newham defence, led well by Chris Nguidjol and a lack of fortune. Moss was in the action again as his close range header at the far post was blocked, with the visitors keen to assert there was a foul in that phase of play, to which they got no reply.
Athletic Newham have recently signed ex-Dagenham & Redbridge forward, former Coggeshall Utd boss & general Non-League stalwart Cliff Akurang and he came on for the last few moments, replacing Seidi who certainly played his part here. Buckhurst were running against the clock in their keenness to find an equaliser, and substitute Sonny Shilling fired wide from 20 yards out and in the end, the clock won that particular battle, leaving boss Williams understandably frustrated. For Newham though, the points saw them gain ground on Stansted & Little Oakley directrly above them, with several more matches than them to play.
Full-Time: Athletic Newham 1 – 0 Buckhurst Hill
In summary, this was a battle befit for an end of season run-in match, with neither side bossing the match completely & as a result chances were fairly limited. Newham had enough chances to ake the points safe but will be content with a hard-earned three points to keen their run going (& bearing in mind their forthcoming, hectic end to the campaign), while Buckhurst’s winless run extends to nine matches now. They had some good moments here, but in the end they didn’t quite test Newham custodian Wilkinson Boateng enough here.
There were some good performances here, beginning with victors Newham. We start with a mention for the hard-working Abdul Shobowale, who made several good runs down the channels and showed some good passing and movement. Forward Jailson Seidi contributed well and his pace, energy and movement made it tricky for the opposition defence. Lastly, centre-back Chris Nguidjol had a good game, making several important interceptions and also showing good positioning as well.
For Buckhurst, centre-back Alfie Harris shone in the visiting defence, making good clearances and stifling a quick Newham forward line on a number of occasions. Right-back Cameron Weekes also had a good game too, being a good presence in the air, as well as passing the ball well, out of defence at times. Finally, a word for forward Ezekiel Bademosi who put a good shift in for his team, keeping the Newham defence alert with his pace and direct running.
Athletic Newham | Manager: Chris Davis | Assistants: Timothy Tesuosu & Ray Bartlett |
Starting XI (Subs): 1 Wilkinson Boateng (GK), 7 Jeff Idemudia, 4 Christopher Nguidjol, 12 Michael Adu, 3 Louis Hiobi, 15 Anderson Baro, 8 Andy Greenslade, 16 Abdul Shobowale, 9 Jailson Seidi (19 Cliff Akurang 88′), 17 Richard Kone, 10 Joel Appiah (Capt) (18 Simon Bamidele 90’+3)
Goal-scorer: Richard Kone [pen 72′]
Booked: Kone, Nguidjol, Idemudia, Seidi | Subs Not Used: Sathiyananthan, Martin & Goumou
Buckhurst Hill | Manager: Mark Williams | Assistant: Jonny Fowell
Starting XI (Subs): 1 Emmanuel Olajide (GK), 2 Cameron Weekes, 4 Alfie Harris, 5 Daniel Smith, 3 Bradleigh Rowland, 6 Jake Moss, 8 Harry Markatis (Capt), 7 Sam Sollosi (12 Sonny Shilling 73′), 10 George Johnson (14 James Deaney 60′), 9 Ezekiel Bademosi (15 Oliver Williams 73′), 11 Nathan Sollosi
Booked: Smith | Subs Not Used: Tyrrell
Referee: Royan Campbell
Asstistants: Abdel Hamid Zekri & Abdel Wahid Touileb