FA Vase First Round Proper (ESL sides) & ESL/ECC Preview (20.10.17)

Written by Peter D & Scott W

Intro by Scott W

This weekend, the Buildbase FA Vase reaches the First Round Proper stage and some ESL sides are in action across the weekend. Which teams will triumph and bag £825 in prize money? There are also a limited number of Essex Senior League fixtures this weekend plus a solitary tie in the Errington Challenge Cup. Here are Peter’s and my thoughts on this weekend’s ties…

FA Vase First Round Proper

Friday 20th October

Holland v Great Wakering Rovers   |   Venue: Rush Green Bowl

Peter:  Rovers travel to Clacton on Friday evening to see if they can continue their FA Vase adventure when they take on Thurlow Nunn One side Holland.  The hosts have won six and drawn four of their ten league games so far, sitting in eleventh place, whilst Rovers have lost their last two without scoring but I feel their one Step advantage may count here and although it will be a tough assignment for them, they will grab the victory.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Scott: Wakering travel to Clacton’s Rush Green Bowl to take on Step 6 side Holland in the first local FA Vase tie on Friday night. The Thurlow Nunn Division One side are currently mid-table having won six of their ten league matches thus far. Wakering won at West Essex in the last round of the FA Vase though have lost twice this week against Clapton and Sawbridgeworth Town so Iain O’Connell will likely be demanding a reaction from his players. If the visitors have the right attitude then I can see them going through to the next round.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2


Basildon Utd  v   Biggleswade    | Venue: The Hive

Peter: This proves to be a tough test for the Bees as they take on Spartan South Midlands Premier side Biggleswade at The Hive.  The visitors sit fourth in the division having won seven of their eleven league matches so far whilst The Bees sit in second spot in the ESL and will be no doubt confident of victory though. Hard one to call here but because of home advantage I will plump for the hosts, maybe after extra time.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 2

Scott: The Bees welcome Spartan South Midlands (SSM) Premier side Biggleswade to the Hive. Basildon defeated Walsham-le-Willows in the last round and have had an excellent start to the campaign in the league. Capping that off, they signed ex-Hullbridge forward Luke Hornsley this week and he scored in a home win over Barkingside in midweek. The visitors cannot be discounted either though as they are in the top five of their Step 5 division as well, having won seven matches thus far this term. Home advantage might be the deciding factor in this one and I reckon it will be a tight one.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


Beckenham Town   v    Sawbridgeworth Town   |   Venue: Eden Park Avenue

Peter:  The Robins travel to Kent to take on Southern Counties East Premier side Beckenham Town and the hosts have had a rather mixed season, having won five and lost five of their ten league games so far. Sawbo themselves have had a rather mixed start but have won twice on the road in the Vase and also recorded victory at Great Wakering Rovers in midweek so will be confident of victory here.  And I expect them to sneak this one too.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Scott: Southern Counties East Premier side Beckenham welcome Sawbridgeworth to Eden Park Avenue. The hosts are mid-table in their Step 5 division, having won five and lost five matches so far this term. Sawbridgeworth have only won three ESL matches so far this term, though did send Hadleigh Utd out in the last round. The visitors did pick up a morale-boosting win at Wakering in midweek though I suspect this one will be a tough encounter for John Watters’ side.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1


Burnham Ramblers  v  Leighton Town  |  Venue: Leslie Field

Peter: Ramblers welcome Spartan South Midlands Premier side Leighton Town to Leslie Field in the midst of their best spell of the season so far which has seen them win their last three games scoring fourteen goals in the process.  The visitors are having a fairly decent campaign themselves, sitting sixth after six wins, three draws and only two defeats so far.  No reason why the hosts can’t pull of another decent win here and I feel they may just do that.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Scott: Burnham host SSM Premier side Leighton at Leslie Field. Burnham got arguably their result of the season thus far overcoming Redbridge in a barn-storming match in midweek though welcome a Leighton side that are in the top six of their league having won six of their 11 matches so far this season. The test will be whether the hosts maintain their level of performance from midweek then heck knows what could happen. I’m going go for a draw here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2


Halstead Town  v  Tower Hamlets  | Venue: Rosemary Lane

Peter: Hamlets travel to North Essex to take on Thurlow Nunn One side Halstead Town full of confidence after a resounding 5-2 win at Stansted in midweek.  The Mile End club are having a terrific season and sit fifth in the ESL whilst their opponents are a step below and sit in ninth after five wins, five draws and three defeats in their thirteen games so far.  It will be a tough game for Hamlets however I believe they have enough to get through in this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Scott: Tower Hamlets travel to Rosemary Lane take on ECL Division One side Halstead Town. The hosts are mid-table in their Step 6 league currently while Hamlets have really improved this season, compared to last with one of the bigger differences being goal threat. They scored five in their win at Stansted and thrashed Little Oakley in the last round of the Vase and should start as favourites here, having scored 34 goals in the ESL alone this term.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3


Hullbridge Sports  v  Colney Heath    |   Venue: Lower Road

Peter: Sports welcome Spartan South Midlands Premier side Colney Heath to Lower Road knowing they could desperately do with a win and a cup run after a difficult season to date.  Their opponents aren’t having a great season either, sitting bottom of the league after five defeats from six, so they may well have the same ideas too.  However, I back Hullbridge to get back to winning ways here.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Scott: SSM Premier Division side Colney Heath travel to Lower Road to take on an inconsistent Hullbridge side. Hullbridge recorded a gutsy win at home to Hackney Wick last weekend though went down at Wadham Lodge in midweek. Colney Heath though have only won one of six matches in their division. I reckon this one could be tight and have goals in it as well.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2

London Lions  v   Clapton   |    Venue: Rowley Lane

Peter: The Tons enter the Vase at this stage after their runners-up finish last season and they sit sixth in the ESL this season after a fairly decent opening three months of the season.  Their opponents London Lions sit tenth in the Spartan South Midlands One after four wins, three wins and four defeats in eleven games.  Their last home game saw a remarkable ten-goal thriller against unbeaten league leaders Southall, eventually losing 6-4, and I feel they will fall to defeat again to their higher-step opponents from East London.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 3

Scott: SSM Division One side London Lions welcome Clapton to Rowley Lane. The hosts are mid-table in their Step 6 division and will be aware that Clapton are coming back into form with wins over Great Wakering and Sporting Bengal Utd this week and sit sixth in the ESL table. I reckon the visitors will pull through here.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 2


Welwyn Garden City  v Takeley      |  Venue: Herns Way

Peter: This proves to be a terrific battle between two high-flying sides in their respective leagues, hosts WGC sit second in the Spartan South Midlands Premier with nine wins and a draw from their ten games whilst Takeley are top of the ESL having won ten and losing two of their 12 games so far.  Almost impossible to call this one so going to say home win by the tightest of margins although I think there will be goals in this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 2

Scott: In this all-Step 5 tie, Spartans South Midlands Premier side Welwyn Garden City welcome ESL’s Takeley to Herns Way. The hosts are second in their division and unbeaten thus far. Takeley got a good win over Woodford Town in midweek and have won ten of 12 league matches thus far. This will be a stern test of Marc Das’ side though they might prevail here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2


Sunday 22nd October

Enfield 1893  v  Coggeshall Town        |  Venue: The Harlow Arena

Peter: This will prove a tough test for Enfield as they welcome Thurlow Nunn Premier high-flyers Coggeshall Town to The Harlow Arena.  The visitors sit second in the table with ten wins from thirteen and with a goal difference of 32 have certainly impressed along with leaders Felixstowe & Walton United.  Enfield though have knocked out the impressive Stowmarket Town in the last round and have recorded some impressive wins this season so will certainly have a chance.  However I feel the visitors may prosper here.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Scott: Coggeshall travel to The Harlow Arena to take on Enfield 1893. The visitors are sitting pretty in second spot in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division having won ten of their 13 matches thus far. Enfield have started to pick up a bit of league form and gave Takeley a fright last weekend before prevailing at home to Waltham Forest in midweek. Defensively though they do need to tighten up and Coggeshall average three goals a game in their league games alone and consequently, I would think they would be too strong for Matt Hanning’s side.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 3


FC Romania  v  Eynesbury Rovers   |   Venue: Theobalds Lane

Peter: FCR welcome United Counties Premier side Eynesbury Rovers to Theobalds Lane on Sunday as they enter the Vase at the First Round stage.  The visitors sit in seventh place after eight wins from thirteen league games, so they will prove a tough test for the hosts.  FCR are in good form lately though so if they can continue this then they should win through to the next round.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: FCR welcome United Counties side Eynesbury Rovers to Theobalds Lane. Ion Vintila’s side picked up a narrow win at West Essex in midweek and will look to keep up their good form in cup competitions this season, as they did well in the FA Cup earlier this season. Eynesbury Rovers are in the top ten of their division having won eight of their 13 matches thus far. The Wolves will need to play well to seal their side’s progression and I reckon they will do just that.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 0


Essex Senior League

Saturday 21st October

Southend Manor v Wadham Lodge    |     Venue: Southchurch Park

Peter: Manor welcome Lodge to Southchurch Park unbeaten in their last four games, winning three of those matches, after they finally found some form expected of them in pre-season.  Lodge have struggled somewhat this campaign after lots of upheaval at the club although they are unbeaten in two games following a draw and a win at home in their last two.  However, they have lost all six of their away games so far and I expect Manor to have too much for them in the end.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 0

Scott: Manor welcome Wadham to Southchurch Park. The hosts are on a good run now and are starting to tighten up in defence. With games-in-hand in the league as well, Start Marshall’s side will certainly be keen to grab the points. Wadham did hold West Essex last weekend before a home success over Hullbridge Sports in midweek so they will look continue to build their season, game-by-game.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1


Sporting Bengal Utd  v  Barkingside     |   Venue: Mile End Stadium

Peter: Hosts Sporting are along with Hackney Wick and Waltham Forest the worst form side in the division over the last half-dozen games having lost five of those games, although visitors Barkingside are not much better off having lost four of their last six so both sides desperately need the points here to kick-start their seasons again.  However, I reckon this one may end all-square.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Scott: These two out-of-form sides meet at Mile End. Sporting Bengal have lost their last six straight league matches and will want to get a good result to get themselves ‘back on the road’ to a good league position. Barkingside have lost their last three on-the-bounce in the league though have signed a few players recently and this may be a good opportunity to pick up a much-needed win for them as well. I reckon they’ll be goals in this tussle though I suspect the visitors may pinch it.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 3


West Essex v Stansted  |   Venue: Mayesbrook Park

Peter: Since hitting top-spot earlier in the season hosts West Essex have had a rather mixed bag of results, winning two, drawing one and losing three, whilst Stansted have won three and lost three meaning calling this one is fairly impossible.  The Airportmen were humbled 5-2 at home by Tower Hamlets last time out though so will want to put this behind them whilst the hosts lost a tight encounter at home to FC Romania.  Think this may end a draw.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott: Finally in the league action on Saturday, Stansted travel to Mayesbrook Park in a tussle of two more inconsistent outfits. West Essex have lost their last three straight league matches without scoring so they’ll need the likes of Cameron Gray and Isaac Marfo to support Michael Mignot more in the goal-scoring stakes in my view while Stansted had their mini-revival ended by Tower Hamlets in midweek as they conceded five in that encounter. This match could really go either way though my gut feeling says the hosts will pinch it by the odd goal.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2


Errington Challenge Cup First Round

Saturday 21st October

Redbridge  v   Ilford           |  Venue: Oakside

Peter: There is a derby at Oakside as Redbridge and Ilford meet in the Errington Challenge Cup and the hosts were on a seven-game winning run until it was ended at Burnham Ramblers on Tuesday, whilst Ilford are unbeaten in five after a solid few weeks, so this proves to be a tough and tight battle. I do fancy The Motormen to progress in this one though.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Scott: The other game on Saturday sees two big ESL names clash at Oakside in an Errington Challenge Cup encounter. The Motormen saw their great league end at Burnham in midweek and will be eager to get themselves started to go on another good run against an Ilford side they beat 5-1 at Oakside in the league only a month ago. Ilford are in good form at present though as they unbeaten in their last five matches in all competitions and will probably want to ‘level the score’ after that aforementioned loss earlier in the season. Throw in that it’s a cup-tie as well and this could be a real battle. The question for me is can Ilford keep up their decent recent defensive record against the dynamic Redbridge forward line. If they can, then it might be a different result this time around. Even so, it’s hard to go against the hosts so I’ll plump for a narrow home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


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Match Report: Burnham Ramblers 4 – 3 Redbridge (ESL 17.10.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Leslie Field

Attendance: 26

2017-18 Season – Match 30

Tuesday 17th October 2017 7.45pm KO

Burnham Ramblers : Sky Blue & Navy Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

Redbridge : Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Both sides at KO (Burnham v Redbridge ESL 17.10.17)
Both sides at kick-off

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a fairly chilly evening at Leslie Field, Burnham Ramblers welcomed in-form Redbridge in another intriguing Essex Senior League encounter. Burnham had the familiar front two of Bradley Morgan and Charlee Hughes in the starting XI while Lindsipho Mtyanda and tall target-man Brian Moses led the line for the Motormen, with forward Calvin Poku and winger Joshua Hutchinson unavailable.

I’ll mention right from the start that this is some match to try and sum-up. We were set on our way as the visitors struck first in the first minute as winger Reside Coxi-Sebastfao struck the crossbar with his drive and forward Brian Moses eventually tucking it away well. Only three minutes later, forward Lindsipho Mtyanda had a shot saved by home goalkeeper Joshua Strizovic. The hosts rallied though soon after as midfielder William Howard’s shot was saved by visiting custodian Lewis Greene. The visitors edged the early-going in both boxes as defender Vinny Murphy’s crucial tackle denied Ramblers forward Bradley Morgan in the area. Thirteen minutes in, Burnham midfielder Ryan Stillwell repaid that compliment with a great tackle on Moses with the forward primed to strike.

The hosts levelled on 17 minutes as a great through-ball found forward Charlee Hughes and he made no mistake, slotting home well to consolidate a super start to this match. There was little let-up in proceedings as ten minutes later, midfielder Julian Bavin swivelled and volleyed a super strike past Greene to put Lee Hughes’ side ahead for the first time. On the half-hour, it needed a great block by centre-back Jonathon Mbamarah to deny Morgan after the Burnham forward had rounded Greene in the area.

The hosts were not to be denied though as twelve minutes before the break from Bavin’s pass, Hughes was in on goal and slotted home to give his side a two-goal lead. A frenetic first half ended in stoppage time as Mtyanda looped a header home from captain Eljay Worrell’s free-kick.

Half-Time: Burnham Ramblers  3 – 2  Redbridge

The second half began with the visitors much the stronger as home custodian Strizovic denying Mtyanda, midfielder Patrick Duggan and Worrell in the opening quarter-hour or so of the half. Redbridge winger Coxi-Sebastfao was impressing on the left flank with his pace and trickery. It was no surprise when Coxi-Sebastfao himself got the visitors level on 66 minutes as he thumped home an effort past Strizovic following another Worrell free-kick in a spell of sustained pressure from the Motormen.

Strizovic was busy again having to deny Mtyanda moments after the leveller though Burnham found another gear in the latter stages with Hughes’ header being saved by Greene. With nine minutes left, Mtyanda spurned a good chance for the visitors though in retrospect, we couldn’t quite have predicted what was coming. Burnham forward Hughes has a knack for scoring crackers and he came up trumps again with a thunderbolt from at least 25 yards which sailed past Greene to give Burnham the lead once again. In a nervy finale, Stillwell headed wide for the hosts and Moses and substitute Liam Thomas also missed the target with headers.

The full-time whistle blew and unsurprisingly there were contrasting emotions by both sides though what I will say is that football was the ultimate winner in this utterly enthralling contest. Redbridge may look back and wonder how they didn’t get something from this game though the hosts will be delighted with their battling qualities and work-rate, alongside Hughes’ finishing. If this was last season then Burnham may have got overwhelmed though this match is another marker to suggest that they are a different side this term. Congratulations to them and also I’d like to thank them for their hospitality tonight. Best wishes to Redbridge as well for the rest of the season.

Full-Time: Burnham Ramblers   4 – 3       Redbridge

Hughes 17’, 33’, 84’    | Moses 1’, Mtyanda 45’+1

Bavin 27’            |   Coxi-Sebastfao 66’


Burnham Ramblers

Manager: Lee Hughes


Joint-Managers: Ricky Eaton & Joey May

1  Joshua Strizovic  (GK) 1  Lewis Greene  (GK)
2  Bobby Barker       (Subbed 29’) 2  Courtney Homans
3  Grant Webb 3  Eljay Worrell  (C)
18 Julian Bavin         (Subbed 73’) 4  Shaun Harris
5  Luke Moloney  (C) 5  Vinny Murphy
6  Scott Plom 6  Jonathon Mbamarah
7  Samuel Warwick     (Subbed 66’) 7  Tommie Turner    (Subbed 82’)
8  William Howard 8  Patrick Duggan
9  Bradley Morgan 9  Lindsipho Mtyanda
10  Ryan Stillwell 10  Brian Moses
11  Charlee Hughes 11  Reside Coxi-Sebastfao


13  Adam French  (GK) 12  Sam Sheppard
14  Kyle Musson             (On 66’) 14  Liam Thomas       (On 82’)
15  Alex Karkoski 15  Malaki Toussaint
16  Andy Mowforth       (On 29’) 16  Philip Brown-Bampoe
17  Daniel Green            (On 73’) 17  Jamil Shariffu


Kirk Edwards

Assistant Referees:

Paul Falvey

Joe Burgess

Booked: Moloney, Bavin, Stillwell Booked: Moses, Mtyanda, Coxi-Sebastfao

The FA Cup 1st Round Proper Draw (Updated 18.10.17)

Compiled by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to the complete Emirates FA Cup First Round Proper draw, where EFL League One & League Two sides enter the competition. Some sides have fought through earlier rounds to this point, amassing very useful funds already though with potential prize-money of £18,000 on offer for the winners in this round alone, the stakes continue to rise.

The FA Cup First Round Proper Draw


Ties to be played on the 3rd-6th November 2017


Stevenage  v   Nantwich Town | Venue: Broadhall Way

Bradford City v  Chesterfield   | Venue: Valley Parade

Port Vale  v  Oxford Utd        |  Venue: Vale Park

Newport County  v  Walsall    |  Venue: Rodney Parade

Morecambe  v  Hartlepool Utd  |  Venue: Globe Arena

Yeovil Town  v  Southend Utd     |  Venue: Huish Park

Peterborough Utd  v  Tranmere Rovers  | Venue: London Road

Cambridge Utd  v  Sutton Utd       | Venue: Abbey Stadium

Forest Green Rovers  v  Macclesfield Town   | Venue: The New Lawn

AFC Fylde  v  Kidderminster Harriers       |    Venue: Mill Farm

Luton Town  v  Portsmouth                | Venue: Kenilworth Road

Shrewsbury Town  v  Aldershot Town    | Venue: New Meadow

Hereford  v  AFC Telford Utd             | Venue: Edgar Street

Guiseley  v  Accrington Stanley        | Venue: Nethermoor Park

Blackburn Rovers  v  Barnet          | Venue: Ewood Park

Ebbsfleet Utd v Doncaster Rovers     | Venue: Stonebridge Road

Leatherhead  v   Billericay Town      | Venue: Feltcham Grove

Boreham Wood  v  Blackpool            |  Venue: Meadow Park

Shaw Lane AFC  v  Mansfield Town     | Venue: Ollerton Road

Colchester Utd  v  Oxford City    |   Venue: Colchester Community Stadium

Plymouth Argyle  v  Grimsby Town     | Venue: Home Park

AFC Wimbledon  v  Lincoln City         | Venue: Kingsmeadow

Rochdale  v   Bromley                              | Venue: Spotland

Coventry City  v  Maidenhead Utd      | Venue: Ricoh Arena

Chorley  v  Fleetwood Town               |    Venue: Victory Park

Carlisle Utd  v  Oldham Athletic       | Venue: Brunton Park

Notts County  v  Bristol Rovers         |   Venue: Meadow Lane

Dartford  v  Swindon Town                | Venue: Princes Park

Cheltenham Town  v  Maidstone Utd      | Venue: Whaddon Road

Woking  v   Bury                            | Venue: Kingfield

Crewe Alexandra  v  Rotherham Utd       | Venue: Gresty Road

Gillingham  v  Leyton Orient               | Venue: Priestfield

Hyde Utd  v  MK Dons                          | Venue: Walker Lane

Gainsborough Trinity  v  Slough Town    | Venue: Northolme

Solihull Moors  v  Wycombe Wanderers   | Venue: Damson Park

Northampton Town  v  Scunthorpe Utd     | Venue: Sixfields

Charlton Athletic  v  Truro City                    |   Venue: The Valley

Wigan Athletic   v  Crawley Town               | Venue: The DW Stadium

Gateshead  v  Chelmsford City        | Venue: Gateshead International Stadium

Exeter City  v  Heybridge Swifts      | Venue: St James’ Park


Thanks for reading.

ICYMI the round-up for the FA Cup Fourth Quali Round (South) is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/10/15/the-fa-cup-4qr-sth-r-up-15-10-17/

Essex Senior League & EOFL round-up (15.10.17)

Written by Scott W  (Twitter:@ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to the round-up of this weekend’s action in the Essex Senior League here on my blog. We start off with all the Saturday action, followed by updated ESL table. And there’s a run-down of the results from the Olympian League plus results from the Senior League Cup & Anagram Records Trophy. How did your side do this weekend? Enjoy.

Saturday 14th October

Barkingside  0 – 1    Ilford

Venue: Cricklefield    |   Attendance: 74

Ilford held on to narrowly defeat Cricklefield rivals Barkingside. The only goal of the match came on 68 minutes as forward James Peagram struck to seal the Foxes’ seventh win of the campaign.

Clapton 2 –  0  Great Wakering Rovers

Venue: Old Spotted Dog   |    Attendance: 61

Clapton upset high-flying Great Wakering at the OSD. Two goals after the break by Ikem Odeh [48’] and Jeffrey Cobblah [63’] sealed a good victory for the Tons, their sixth of the league season.

 Hullbridge Sports  3 – 0   Hackney Wick

Venue: Lower Road      |      Attendance: 49

Hullbridge produced a resolute display to overcome Wick at Lower Road. Luca Frankis put the hosts ahead after nine minutes though couldn’t build on that advantage until after the break. Two second-half goals from Ollie Miller [54’ & 90’+3] sealed the points for Rob Hodgson’s men.

I attended this match and my full match report is here – https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/10/14/report-hullbridge-3-0-h-wick-esl/

Redbridge  3 – 2   Sporting Bengal Utd

Venue: Oakside     |        Attendance: 32

The Motormen overcame a wobble to record another win at Oakside. Winger Reside Coxi-Sebastfao gave the hosts the lead on eleven minutes though Steven Carvell restored parity for Bengal ten minutes later. The visitors broke the deadlock on 27 minutes through Kai Parkinson’s strike. Redbridge fought back late on though as goals from Eljay Worrell [85’] and substitute Calvin Poku [88’] sealed the turnaround for Ricky Eaton & Joey May’s side.

Sawbridgeworth Town  1 – 3    Southend Manor

Venue: Crofters End   |        Attendance: 52

Manor produced another excellent away-day performance to claim an important win at Crofters End. The visitors did the damage in the first half as goals from Ross Johnson [20’], Alfie Lindfield [36’] and Jacob Cleaver [44’] put Stuart Marshall’s side in a great position. Sawbridgeworth did pull one back after the break through Joe Wright.

Stansted     3 – 1    Waltham Forest

Venue: Hargrave Park     |     Attendance: 47

Stansted did the damage early to seal a good win over inconsistent Forest at Hargrave Park. Ryan Ramsey set the Airportmen on their way with the opener on nine minutes before Jevoi Blair made it two after 20 minutes. Ramsey got his second of the afternoon seven minutes later to put Paul Pittuck’s side in a commanding position at the interval. Substitute Marco Faria [68’] got a consolation for the visitors though it was a case of ‘too little, too late’ for them as the hosts recorded their sixth win of the ESL campaign.

Takeley   5 – 4     Enfield 1893

Venue: Station Road      |     Attendance: 61

Takeley got the better of a nine-goal barnstormer at Station Road. A quick-fire double from Mitchell Das [16’] and Freddie Burrell [18’] gave the hosts the initiative though Miguel Lopes De Matos pulled one back four minutes later. Reece Barrett restored Takeley’s two-goal cushion on 29 minutes as his side led at the break 3-1.  De Matos got his second seven minutes after the break and Luke Thomas levelled a pulsating match on 66 minutes. Marc Das’ side were in no mood to be denied though as a double from substitute Will Green [82’ & 90’+3] sealed the win though Ben Bradbury’s strike deep into injury-time ended the scoring.

Tower Hamlets  2 – 2    FC Romania

Venue: Mile End Stadium      |     Attendance: 31

Hamlets came from behind to record a creditable draw at Mile End. FCR had the better of the early-going and capitalised on it as Gabriel Ghinea struck five minutes in. Sergiu Pitaru doubled the lead 19 minutes later. However, two quick-fire goals either side of half-side from Wale Odedoyin [44’ & 46’] ultimately sealed a point for Ade Abayomi & AJ Ashinike’s side.

Wadham Lodge  3 – 3   West Essex

Venue: Kitchener Road           |        Attendance: 16

West Essex’s recent defensive frailties were again highlighted as they were held at Kitchener Road. In a good first-half for the visitors, talismanic striker Michael Mignot [35’ & 40’] put the visitors’ two-up at the interval. Danny Palmer cut the hosts’ arrears in half on 62 minutes. Mignot completed another hat-trick with 15 minutes remaining as West Essex looked set for a good win. Not to be though as goals from Ben McAllister [79’] and Ben Musaka [89’] grabbed a point for the bottom-placed side.

Woodford Town (2017)  3 – 2    Basildon Utd

Venue: Goffs Lane       |     Attendance: 65

Improving Woodford recorded another good win, this time against the Bees at Goffs Lane. Larry Asare gave Town the lead eleven minutes in before Marcus Bowers levelled things eight minutes before half-time. Substitute Ashley Blackburn put the Bees ahead with 22 minutes to play though late goals from Ola Ogunwamide [80’] and Jack Grosvenor [90’] sealed an important home win for Woodford.

ESL Table (after October 14th matches)



P W D L GD (+/-) Points
1 Takeley 11 9 0 2 18 27
2 Great Wakering Rovers 12 8 1 3 16 25
3 Redbridge 11 8 1 2 13 25
4 Basildon Utd 11 8 1 2 11 25
5 West Essex 12 7 2 3 4 23
6 Tower Hamlets 12 6 3 3 13 21
7 Ilford 12 7 0 5 5 21
8 Clapton 12 6 3 3 4 21
9 Woodford Town (2017) 14 6 3 5 -3 21
10 FC Romania 11 6 2 3 10 20
11 Stansted 14 6 1 7 2 19
12 Sporting Bengal Utd 14 6 1 7 -3 19
13 Barkingside 11 5 1 5 2 16
14 Southend Manor 8 4 1 3 4 13
15 Hullbridge Sports 12 3 3 6 -11 12
16 Waltham Forest 14 3 2 9 -16 11
17 Sawbridgeworth Town 12 2 4 6 -6 10
18 Burnham Ramblers 12 3 1 8 -10 10
19 Hackney Wick 14 3 1 10 -15 10
20 Enfield 1893 11 3 0 8 -9 9
21 Wadham Lodge 14 2 1 11 -29 7

Saturday 14th October

Essex Olympian League

Premier Division

Basildon Town  0 – 7   Kelvedon Hatch

Frenford   3 – 0   White Ensign

Springfield  4 – 2   Harold Wood Athletic


Division One

Galleywood  2 – 3   Old Chelmsfordians

Great Baddow  7 – 3   Shenfield AFC

Harold Hill   0 – 6   Sungate

Hutton  2 – 2   FC Hamlets

Runwell Sports  2 – 6   Old Southendian

Snaresbrook    1 – 0   Newbury Forest


Division Two

Herongate Athletic   3 – 1   Ryan

May & Baker E.C Reserves  0 – 3   Ramsden Scotia

Ongar Town   2 – 0   Newham Utd

Rayleigh Town Res    3 – 1   Rochford Town

Toby   1 – 2     Upminster


Anagram Records Trophy

Catholic Utd  2 – 2    Manford Way AET (Catholic Utd won 4-2 on Penalties)


Senior League Cup 2nd Round

Benfleet    3 – 1  Rayleigh Town

Leigh Ramblers   4 – 2   A1 Sports

May & Baker E.C   1 – 2  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts

The FA Cup 4QR (South) round-up (15.10.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my round-up of the action from the FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round focusing on the entire southern side of the draw. Who made it to the First Round Proper & is another £12,500 better off? The draw for the First Round Proper is on Monday, live on TV. Thanks for reading.

Saturday 14th October

The FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round (South side A- Z)

Aldershot Town  1 – 0   Torquay Utd

Venue: The EBB Stadium   | Attendance: 1,583

Aldershot narrowly saw their way past Torquay to claim a place in the next round. Scott Rendell got the only goal with 11 minutes remaining to see Gary Waddock’s side through at the expense of their fellow National League Premier opponents.

Bath City   0 – 0   Chelmsford City

Venue: Twerton Park   |  Attendance: 878

Chelmsford held firm to take this tie to a replay at Melbourne Park in midweek. Both the Romans and the Clarets will go into the First Round draw though the two National League South sides will undergo a replay in midweek.

Brackley Town 3 – 3  Billericay Town

Venue: St. James Park    | Attendance: 731

Ten-man Brackley struck late to deny Billericay an outright place in the next round at the first time of asking. Aaron Williams put the Saints ahead after just two minutes and that lead stood at half-time. The same couldn’t be said for the hosts keeping their full complement of players on-the-pitch though as Alex Gudger was dismissed just before the interval. Billericay responded after the break and levelled through Adam Cunnington two minutes after the break. Substitute Louis Theophanous gave ‘Ricay the lead on 72 minutes though that lead only lasted four minutes before Adam Walker restored parity for the National League North side. Cunnington snared his second of the afternoon on 78 minutes as the visitors re-took the lead though Brackley levelled once again right on the stroke of full-time as Shane Byrne struck to send the tie to a replay at New Lodge in midweek.

Burgess Hill Town  0 – 1    Dartford

Venue: Leylands Park    | Attendance:  873

National League Premier side Dartford were given a tough afternoon by Isthmian Premier side Burgess Hill though the visitors edged it at Leylands Park. Alfie Pavey’s early goal was enough to seal the Darts’ passage into the next round.

Dagenham & Redbridge  0 – 0  Leyton Orient

Venue: Victoria Road    |   Attendance: 2,259

Both these National League Premier sides drew a blank at Victoria Road, watched by a healthy crowd of over 2,000 fans. They’ll have to do it all again on Tuesday night at Brisbane Road.

Dover Athletic  0 – 0    Bromley

Venue: Crabble Athletic Ground    | Attendance:

There was another stalemate at the Crabble as both these National League Premier sides cancelled each other out and you know what that means… a replay at Hayes Lane in midweek.

East Thurrock Utd  0 – 0   Ebbsfleet Utd

Venue: Rookery Hill    | Attendance: 669

National League South side East Thurrock held draw-specialists Ebbsfleet (they’ve drawn nine of their 15 National League Premier matches so far this season) to a creditable draw at Rookery Hill. Both sides will go forth in a replay in midweek.

Eastleigh  1 – 2    Hereford

Venue: Silverlake Stadium    | Attendance: 1,345

Evo-Stik Southern Premier side Hereford upset National League Premier Eastleigh to advance into the next round. Michael McGrath’s deflected free-kick sent the travelling fans wild with the opener on the quarter-hour. The hosts were a man down on 31 minutes as Andrew Boyce was dismissed.It got even better for the Bulls a minute before half-time as Garyn Preen’s goal doubled the priceless advantage. The Spitfires did improve after the break and Callum Howe halved the deficit with 12 minutes remaining. During an extended amount of injury-time due to a serious injury to Hereford’s Preen, Gavin Hoyte was also sent off to end a not-so-momentous day for the National League Premier hosts though unsurprisingly the same cannot be said for the visitors who endured a nervy end to the match.

Hampton & Richmond Borough   0 – 2 Truro City

Venue: Beveree Stadium    | Attendance: 784

The White Tigers sealed their place in the next round with this good performance against fellow National League South side Hampton & Richmond at the Beveree Stadium. Both goals came after the break as Noah Keats [60’ & 89’] did the business for Lee Hodges’s team as they became the first Cornish side to reach the First Round Proper in 48 years {Credit to Tony Incenzo for that particular statistic].

Haringey Borough   2 – 4    Heybridge Swifts   

Venue: Coles Park   | Attendance: 401

This much-anticipated all-Isthmian North tie certainly lived up to its billing.. and then some as Swifts emerged with the win and earmarked their place in the next round. Lawrence Yiga’s OG on 14 minutes gave Jody Brown’s side the lead and that narrow led lasted until after half-time. Haringey levelled 12 minutes after the break through hot-shot Ralston Gabriel. A three-goal burst from Sam Bantick [65’] and Luke Callander’s brace [pen 69’ & 73’] put the visitors in a very strong position. Borough weren’t finished though as Ruaridh Kay pulled another goal back three minutes from the end though it’s Heybridge who proudly take their place in the next round

Maidenhead Utd  2 – 1  Havant & Waterlooville

Venue: York Road    | Attendance: 753

National Premier side Maidenhead struck late to seal their progress to the next round. Sam Barratt handed the hosts the lead on 23 minutes as Alan Devonshire’s side led at the break. The Hawks levelled five minutes after the re-start as Jason Prior struck. There was late drama though as Ryan Upward sent the Magpies jumping for joy though the visitors can be proud of their performance.

Fellow Non-League blogger Peter Dudley was at this match and here is his report – http://www.realfootytalk.com/2017/10/15/maidenhead-united-2-havant-waterlooville-1/

Maidstone Utd   2 – 2   Enfield Town

Venue: Gallagher Stadium    | Attendance: 1,495

Maidstone denied Enfield a famous win by striking late-on at the Gallagher Stadium. The Isthmian Premier side took the lead on 20 minutes in through Simon Thomas’s goal. Ex-Dagenham winger Zavon Hines missed a penalty late in the first half though the hosts did level the tie in first-half stoppage time through Alex Wynter. The visitors got a spot-kick of their own and Darren Purse [57’] did convert as the Towners led for the second time. Joe Piggott struck [90’] to avert the exit door for Jay Saunders’ side. The two sides will do battle again in midweek.

Margate  1 – 2   Leatherhead

Venue: Hartsdown Park   | Attendance:  879

Leatherhead overcame fellow Isthmian Premier side Margate in a exciting finale at Hartsdown Park. Player-manager Sammy Moore put his side ahead with 15 minutes to play before fellow ex-pro Jack Midson made it two ten minutes afterward. Substitute Harry Stannard [89’] pulled one back for Steve Watt’s side three minutes after coming on though it’s the Tanners who made their way into the draw for the next round.

Oxford City  1 – 0   Bognor Regis Town

Venue: Marsh Lane         | Attendance: 406

City edged this encounter to make it into the next round. Matthew Paterson got the only goal of the match on 32 minutes though it could have been more comfortable though Paterson fluffed his lines from a spot-kick. Bognor had to play the last 13 minutes a man light as Calvin Davies was dismissed for a second bookable offence. City held on to triumph over their fellow National League side here.

Paulton Rovers  2 – 3    Sutton Utd

Venue: Winterfield Road   | Attendance:  601

Sutton got the win though had a real hum-dinger of a contest at Winterfield Road. Kieron Cadogan put the visitors ahead on ten minutes though Rovers levelled seven minutes later through captain Josh Ford’s strike. The stalemate lasted until just after the break when a two-goal salvo from Cadogan [49’] and Louis John appeared to break the hosts’ resistance. Not so though as substitute Dave Sims’s goal 14 minutes from time ensured a nervy finish for the National League Premier side.

Slough Town  1 – 0  Folkestone Invicta

Venue: Arbour Park    | Attendance: 926

Southern League Premier side Slough fellow Step 3 side Invicta to claim a good win at Arbour Park. The Rebels led after only four minutes through Warren Harris’s goal. The visitors couldn’t create too many opportunities and saw Kieron McCann dismissed with nine minutes to go as the hosts went through.

St Albans City   1 –  3   Boreham Wood

Venue: Clarence Park | Attendance: 1,418

National League Premier side Boreham Wood saw off the challenge of their National League South opponents at Clarence Park in the match that was also streamed online by the BBC. Bruno Andrade gave Luke Garrard’s side the lead from the spot on 13 minutes. Wood received a boost before the break as Shaun Jeffers made it two five minutes before half-time. Andrade got his brace four minutes after the interval to all but seal the visitors’ progression. Zane Banton [66’] slotted home to pull one back though it wasn’t enough to stop Wood from prevailing here.

Woking  1 – 1  Concord Rangers

Venue: Kingfield   | Attendance: 1,004

Woking were denied by a tough Concord side at Kingfield. Steve Cawley put the National League South side ahead on 25 minutes with a cracker. The visitors frustrated the Cards for long periods though the hosts did ensure a replay as substitute Jamie Philpott struck with three minutes of normal time remaining.

Bostik League Div. North & South Round-up (14.10.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to a round-up of the action in the Isthmian League Division North on Sat 14th October (reduced by one fixture due to the FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round) and the updated table (below), followed by the results from Bostik Division South from the same day. Thanks for reading.

Saturday 14th October

Bostik Division North


AFC Hornchurch 1 – 0   Bowers & Pitsea

Venue: Bridge Avenue   |   Attendance: 211

The Urchins picked up a narrow win at Bridge Avenue. Brad Warner haunted his old club by getting the winner ten minutes from time as Hornchurch grabbed their eighth win of the league campaign and remain unbeaten so far this term. To be fair, this was only Bowers’ second defeat in their last five league matches.

AFC Sudbury  2 – 1   Romford

Venue: Wardale Williams Stadium  |  Attendance: 222

Sudbury withstood a second-half comeback from the visitors to get all three points at the Wardale Williams Stadium. Jamie Eaton-Collins gave the hosts the lead just two minutes in. Greg Akpele levelled for Boro on 62 minutes though Sudbury’s lead was restored nine minutes later as Jake Clowsley got the eventual winner to give the Suds their fourth win in their last five league matches. Romford’s winless streak now extends to nine matches.

Aveley  2 – 2   Soham Town Rangers

Venue: Parkside   | Attendance: 262

The ‘new dawn’ under James Webster’s stewardship started with a point at Parkside. Jordan Watson put the Millers ahead on 13 minutes before Adam Bolle doubled the lead eight minutes later. Soham roared back into the contest after the break as on the hour Lee Chaffey reduced the Greens’ arrears and then late on, Craig Gillies snatched a point for the visitors. Aveley have still only won one of their last five league matches while Soham have a similar recent league record.

Barking   1 – 3   Mildenhall Town

Venue: Mayesbrook Park  |   Attendance: 60

Mildenhall’s good recent run continued with victory at Mayesbrook Park. A spot-kick from Shaun Avis six minutes before the break put the Hall ahead. The visitors had a two-goal cushion at the interval as Daniel Brown struck on the stroke of half-time. Brown completed his brace seven minutes into the second period. The Blues pulled one back through substitute Sam Shaban on 66 minutes though Barking’s winless run now stands at four league matches. Mildenhall have now won three of their last five league matches.

Brentwood Town  1 – 1  Cheshunt

Venue: Brentwood Arena   |   Attendance: 129

Brentwood had to battle to secure a point at the Brentwood Arena. A Brendan Cavalier OG unwittingly put the Ambers ahead on 33 minutes though substitute Brad Hunter struck with two minutes remaining to grab a share of the spoils.

Bury Town   1 – 2   Maldon & Tiptree

Venue: Ram Meadow           |   Attendance: 338

Maldon secured a narrow win, watched by a good crowd at Ram Meadow. Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe’s penalty put the Jammers ahead on 57 minutes. Though that lead only lasted nine minutes before Ricky Spriggs levelled things for Town. Kieran Bailey got the winner with 13 minutes remaining. Kevin Horlock’s had to see out the last few moments with ten men as Dexter Peter was dismissed late on. Town have now lost three of their last five league matches while Maldon are now unbeaten in five league matches.

Dereham Town  3 – 1    Potters Bar Town

Venue: Aldiss Park             |   Attendance: 141

Dereham comfortably saw off the challenge of the Scholars at Aldiss Park. Jamie Forshaw gave the Magpies a second-minute lead before hot-shot Daniel Beaumont doubled the lead only four minutes later. Forshaw struck again seven minutes before the break to put Neal Simmons’ side in a commanding position. Substitute Pierre Etienne grabbed a late consolation for the visitors, with two minutes remaining as Dereham secured their third consecutive league win.

Norwich Utd  2 – 0    Waltham Abbey

Venue:  Plantation Park       |   Attendance: 88

Norwich Utd secured a good win over Abbey at Plantation Park. Hafeez Sanusi’s 25th-minute goal put the Planters ahead and Adam Hipperson put them clear three minutes after half-time. Abbey were a man down with seven minutes left to play as Spencer Harrison was dismissed for two bookings. Norwich claimed their second win of the season and also moved off the foot of the table.

Tilbury   1 – 2  Hertford Town

Venue:  Chadfields       |   Attendance: 95

Hertford came from behind to claim the points at Chadfields. Emiel Aiken put the hosts ahead on 25 minutes. Hertford struck back two minutes before the interval as Brett O’Connor levelled. An unfortunate Charlie Little OG with 14 minutes left handed Town their fourth win of the league campaign.

Ware  0 – 5   Grays Athletic  

Venue:  Wodson Park       |   Attendance: 98

Grays got a long-awaited triumph at Wodson Park. A Prince Madu OG on 29 minutes set Ath on their way though Sam Cross made it two just three minutes later. After the break, the visitors more than completed the job as recent signing & substitute Tim Monsheju made it three on 63 minutes before late goals from Kieran Bishop [83’] and Monsheju’s second [90’] sealed the points for Jamie Stuart’s side. Even though Stanley Muguo’s dismissal late on left them a man light, it was still a great afternoon for the visitors, who claimed their first win in eight league matches here.

Witham Town   1 – 3    Canvey Island

Venue:  Spa Road       |   Attendance: 141

Canvey strode on to record another three points at Spa Road. George Sykes put the Islanders ahead on eight minutes before Sykes struck again twelve minutes later to put his side in a good position. Usman Adeniji’s goal [27’] halved the deficit though Sykes completed his hat-trick with twenty minutes remaining to give the visitors their sixth straight league win. Witham’s winless streak now stands at seven matches.


Bostik Division North Table (after 14th October matches)

Position Team P W D L GD (+/-) Points
1 Canvey Island 12 8 3 1 +17 27
2 AFC Hornchurch 9 8 1 0 +16 25
3 Dereham Town 11 7 2 2 +6 23
4 Bowers & Pitsea 12 7 1 4 +11 22
5 Haringey Borough 8 7 1 0 +10 22
6 Bury Town 13 5 4 4 +3 19
7 Maldon & Tiptree 10 5 2 3 +3 17
8 Potters Bar Town 10 5 1 4 +4 16
9 Mildenhall Town 10 5 1 4 +2 16
10 Hertford Town 11 4 4 3 -8 16
11 Tilbury 13 5 1 7 -12 16
12 Heybridge Swifts 6 5 0 1 +11 15
13 Ware 10 5 0 5 -2 15
14 AFC Sudbury 9 4 2 3 +2 14
15 Waltham Abbey 10 4 1 5 +2 13
16 Soham Town Rangers 12 3 4 5 -3 13
17 Brentwood Town 11 3 2 6 -5 11
18 Aveley 10 3 2 5 -6 11
19 Grays Athletic 12 3 1 8 -5 10
20 Barking 10 2 3 5 -3 9
21 Witham Town 12 2 3 7 -9 9
22 Cheshunt 11 2 2 7 -9 8
23 Norwich Utd 12 2 2 8 -15 8
24 Romford 12 1 3 8 -16 6


Bostik Division South

Saturday 14th October

Ashford Utd   1 – 1   East Grinstead Town  | Venue: Homelands  | Att: 260

Chipstead   0 – 2   Thamesmead Town    | Venue: High Road   | Att: 61

Cray Wanderers  4 – 2  Corinthian Casuals  | Venue: Hayes Lane  | Att: 148

Greenwich Borough  2 – 1  South Park    | Venue: DGS Stadium     | Att: 101

Guernsey  2 – 1  Carshalton Athletic  | Venue: Footes Lane  | Att: 705

Hastings Utd   1 – 0   Faversham Town  | Venue: The Pilot Field | Att: 339

Herne Bay  1 – 0    Walton Casuals    | Venue: Winch’s Field   | Att: 232

Hythe Town  1 – 0   Whyteleafe         | Venue: Reachfields   | Att: 212

Molesey  3 – 4   Phoenix Sports  | Venue: Walton Road | Att: 61

Ramsgate  1 – 0   Horsham   | Venue: Southwood | Att: 166

Shoreham  0 – 4    Sittingbourne  |  Venue: Middle Road | Att: 108

VCD Athletic   1 – 2   Lewes      |  Venue: Oakwood  |  Att: 125


Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 3 – 0 Hackney Wick (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 49

2017-18 Season – Match 29

Saturday 14th October 2017 3pm KO

 Hullbridge Sports : Blue & White Striped Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Hackney Wick : White Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a nice autumnal afternoon at Lower Road, Hullbridge Sports welcomed Hackney Wick in an intriguing Essex Senior League encounter. Both sides resided in the bottom four before kick-off. For Hullbridge, Lewis Catling came in between the sticks, with Luca Frankis leading the line though Jimmy Cox returned to the squad, sitting on the bench. For me, this was the first look at Hackney Wick since pre-season so I was intrigued as to how they’d get on – I soon got my answer.

Prior to kick-off, we had a minute’s silence (see image) in remembrance of the Waltham Forest chairman Tergut Esendagli who sadly passed away this week. My condolences to the club and to Tergut’s family for their loss. In the opening stages of this encounter, it was a tale of the ‘number nine’s’ as within three minutes, Hullbridge forward Luca Frankis nearly had a clear chance though the ball just escaped his clutches and into visiting goalkeeper Steven French’s arms. A minute later, Wick forward Allan Bastel had a shot blocked by Hullbridge custodian Lewis Catling. It was the home no.9 who put the hosts ahead though Frankis poked his effort into the corner after winger Ollie Miller’s cushioned header into his path.

Hackney Wick responded on 17 minutes as Catling was called into action to push forward Alejandro Ramires’ free-kick wide and then two minutes later, winger Jermaine Nicholson’s shot was also tipped wide. Through most of the remainder of the first period, the hosts pushed forward to clinch that second goal as Wick did struggle to clear their lines at times. Hullbridge was also up for the fight as well as the likes of midfielder Michael Edgar and Frankis ran their socks off to harry the opposition into errors. Nine minutes before the break, Charlie Buffin’s cross from the right flank was headed just wide by midfielder Lewis Watson. The hosts definitely had the better of the play in the first period, though the game was some way from being won with only a slender lead as it was at the interval.

Half-Time: Hullbridge Sports 1 –  0  Hackney Wick

The visitors made a change at the break and they did seem more energised as a result. Defender Aaron Hunwicks had to ‘have his wits about him’ to deny a certain chance five minutes after the break. A minute afterward, French had to save well to deny Frankis at the back post after good play from Miller and fellow winger Charlie Gerada.  That miss wasn’t costly though as on 54 minutes, a long ball found Miller and one-on-one with French, he slotted past the ‘keeper to double the home side’s advantage. I think it was fair to say that the goalkeeper was not happy with the defence in front of him.

Hullbridge lost centre-back Ollie Quick and Gerada to knocks within seven minutes of each other midway through the second half as Wick continued to battle away going forward. Substitute Guled Ahmed made a difference to his side though with twenty minutes left, his free-kick couldn’t find the target. A further effort on goal soon after by fellow substitute Saico Djop was saved by Catling. At this point, the hosts couldn’t quite keep the ball as effectively as they had done though they were led at the back by the presence of player-manager Rob Hodgson. Into the last five minutes or so, the hosts found another gear as Hodgson’s shot was well-saved by French. Moments later, Wick should have got a consolation though Ramires was twice denied by good saves by Catling and following-up, full-back Blessing Adomah sent his shot over the crossbar. The hosts did get another late on as the impressive Miller was found by substitute Sam Dulieu and the winger slotted home for his brace.

Full-Time:     Hullbridge Sports      3 – 0       Hackney Wick

Frankis 9’, Miller 54’ & 90’+3

In all fairness, Hullbridge deserved their win and played decent football at times, though Wick kept going, particularly in the second half and unfortunately couldn’t find that final ball often enough. For the hosts, almost to a man it was a really good, gutsy display though Hodsgon and Miller’s performances stuck out for me today.


Hullbridge Sports

Player-Manager: Rob Hodgson

Hackney Wick

Manager: Tolga Dervish

1  Lewis Catling  (GK) 1  Steven French  (GK)
2  Charlie Buffin 2  Blessing Adomah
3  Aaron Hunwicks 3  Marian Histov
4  Michael Edgar 4  Berkcan Belindir
5  Ollie Quick                 (Subbed  61’) 5  Mark Collins
6  Rob Hodgson 6  Jake Casey
7  Ollie Miller 7  Jermaine Nicholson   (Subbed 66’)
8  Lewis Watson 8  Ibrahim Camara  (C)
9  Luca Frankis               (Subbed 56’) 9  Allan Bastel
10  Jamie Buffin  (C) 10  Alejandro Ramires
11  Charlie Gerada         (Subbed 68’) 11  Prince Yeboah           (Subbed 46’)


12  Jimmy Cox           (On 56’) GK  Vladisav Gorchakov
14  Damien  Siemienczuk 12  Saico Djop           (On 66’)
15  Angus Poole         (On 61’) 13  Simpson Mpalampa
16  Sam Dulieu           (On 68’) 14  Guled Ahmed     (On 46’)
17  Sergo Sidibe


Pat Evans

Assistant Referees:

Nicholas Hodges

Sven Wood

Booked: None Booked: Casey