Round-up: Bostik Division North (Sat 19 Jan) [BLN 20.1.19]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another round of the Bostik North round-up, here on the blog. This article looks at the action on Saturday 19th January. How did your side do?
Saturday 19th January 2019

AFC Sudbury  4 – 3  Tilbury     | King’s Marsh (3G) | Att: 230

The Suds had to really work to see off resurgent Tilbury at King’s Marsh. The Dockers took a shock lead after two minutes through talisman Lewis Smith. Joe Whight restored parity on 22 minutes for the home side though the visitors had the better of the first half as Smith completed his hat-trick with goals on 37 minutes and a spot-kick on the stroke of half-time. The home side roared back though with two goals in six minutes from Reece Harris on 69 minutes and Tom Dettmar five minutes afterward. Billy Holland completed a superb comeback with the winner with nine minutes left. Their 5th win in their last seven stay 6th, five points off Coggeshall in the last play-off spot. Tilbury’s five-match unbeaten stretch ended here as they dropped to tenth.

Barking  1 – 3  Canvey Island | Mayesbrook Park  | Att: 84

Canvey maintained their recent unbeaten run with a good win at Mayesbrook Park. Mark Bentley’s team were two ahead by the half-hour, thanks to Adam Vyse’s opener [22′] and Frankie Merrifield’s effort seven minutes later. Martin Tuohy got in on the goal action midway through the second-half to seal the points for the Islanders. Tobi Joseph’s late goal was scant consolation for a Barking side who drop to 13th. Canvey rise to 8th spot.

Basildon Utd  2 – 1  Brentwood Town  | Gardiners Close  | Att: 128

The relief was palpable as the Bees finally got a home win after a long wait. Two goals in the first 20 minutes from ex-ESL pair Jeffrey Cobblah [9′] and Mattheus Santos [18′] put Neil Blackburn’s side ahead, before Tony Stokes halved the deficit eight minutes after the break. The Bees held off the challenge of the visitors to end their recent 12-match run without a win. Basildon rise above Town to 11th.

Bowers & Pitsea  3 – 2  Coggeshall Town  | Len Salmon Stadium (3G) | Att:

Bowers edged a real top-five battle at the Len Salmon. Callum Leahy’s header put Rob Small’s side ahead on eight minutes. That slender lead persisted at the break. Six minutes into the second half, Nnamdi Nwachuku levelled the match for Cogg. Lewis Manor restored Bowers lead [65′] though Nwachuku pegged the hosts back with his second of the afternoon seven minutes later. Manor hit back though as he got the crucial goal & his brace on 77 minutes to give the hosts their 7th win in their last eight as they lead by six points at the top. Cogg drop to fifth after their third loss in five.

Bury Town  2 – 0  Felizstowe & Walton Utd | Ram Meadow  | Att: 425

A quick-fire double saw Bury Town to a solid success over Felixstowe. Ryley Scott gave the hosts the lead on 24 minutes, before Jake Chambers-Shaw doubled that lead a mere three minutes later. The visitors could find no answer though and succumbed to their 5th loss in their last eight games as they reside in 14th. Bury rise to 7th, six points off the play-offs.

Dereham Town  1  – 1  Aveley   | Aldiss Park | Att: 224

Aldiss Park saw Dereham hold high-flying Aveley. The Millers took the lead on 41 minutes through the prolific Andy Freeman four minutes before the break. Matthew Castellan levelled things on 72 minutes to end a three-match losing run to inch closer to the sides above them. Aveley’s recent run of one loss in seven sees them in 4th, though they do have two games in hand on the top three sides.

 

Grays Athletic  0 – 1  Witham Town  | Parkside (3G) | Att: 235

Witham narrowly won this one, thanks to a Kevin Coyle goal on 66 minutes to give Town their sixth win in their last seven matches to send Mark Ashford’s side seven points clear of the bottom two. Grays are in the middle of a blip at present with one win in their last six, they drop to 9th.

Great Wakering Rovers  2 – 1 Romford  | Burroughs Park  | Att: 126

I attended this match: here’s my report from a tense scrap at Burroughs Park: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/01/20/match-report-great-wakering-2-1-romford-sat-19-jan-bln-20-1-19/

Maldon & Tiptree  5 – 1  Mildenhall Town | Park Drive  | Att: 130

Maldon got a resounding win over lowly Mildenhall at Park Drive. Wayne Brown’s team were three goals ahead at half-time as Jerome Slew’s 21st-minute opener was added to by a brace by Kojo Awotwi [30′ & 42′]. Michael Brothers made it four on 73 minutes and although Jarid Robson’s goal for the visitors two minutes from time was a rare chink of hope in this game for the Hall, Slew struck again on the 90 to complete the win. The Jammers rise to 2nd spot after this win while the Hall remain third-bottom.

Soham Town Rangers  3 – 1  Heybridge Swifts  | Julius Martin Lane  | Att: 142

Soham got arguably the ‘result of the day’ with a fine victory over Heybridge. Sam Mulready struck on 14 minutes though Swifts powered level nine minutes later thanks to Kreshnic Krasniqi. Callum Russell’s brace was the difference though on 54 & 63 minutes to give Robbie Mason’s side a third win in their last four and pull four points clear of the bottom two. Swifts’ eight-match unbeaten run ended here and drop to 3rd on goal difference.

That’s all for this round-up, thanks for reading.

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Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 19 Jan) [EOFL 20.1.19]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

 

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Olympian League round-up (Sat 19 Jan). This week, we round-up the action in the Premier Division, Senior One, Senior Two, Senior Three and Senior Four. Thanks for reading.

EOFL Premier Division

In the top-tier, the top-two shootout between Buckhurst Hill and Harold Wood Athletic ended in a 3 – 0 home win for Hill. Steve Townsend’s double and a Nathan Sollosi strike in the last half-hour did the damage in this one to keep the leaders three points clear. Ath’s eight-match unbeaten run ended here as they dropped to third on goal difference.

Meanwhile, Kelvedon Hatch nipped into 2nd place with a 3 – 1 success over Hutton. Anthony Aylett’s brace led the way with Danny Gillard also netting as Hatch’s own unbeaten run extended to eight matches. Hutton fell to ninth though have a seven-point cushion on Old Southendian in tenth. Bishop’s Stortford Swifts ended a five-match winless stretch with a solid 2 – 1 win at Springfield. Michael Moore and Gavin Cockman were on target to see them extend their lead over Rayleigh in 5th to seven points. The home side remain 11th.

Rayleigh Town were held 2 – 2 at home by lowly Sungate. Ciaran Kelly and Jermaine Purchase both netted for the visitors though Max Jones and Bailey Moss strikes restored parity and earned a point for Town. Sungate drop to second-bottom, five points clear of bottom side Manford Way, who earnt a fine 1 – 0 win at Canning Town. Ruben Carvalho getting the only goal of that game as Manford got successive wins under their belts.

Elsewhere, Great Baddow ended a nine-match run barren of victory with a 2 – 0 home win over Old Southendian. Dan Gage and Nav Arain strikes saw Baddow rise one to 12th. Catholic Utd edged a scrappy game 1 – 0 at Leigh Ramblers with player-manager Dan Trenkel coming off the bench to grab the only goal and send them up to 8th. Ramblers drop to 6th.

EOFL Senior Div One

In Olympian Division One, FC Hamlets defeated Rayleigh Town Res 2 – 1 as an OG and Charlie Heatley goals saw them to success at Hackney Marshes. Ramsden Scotia won 3 – 0 at Frenford Res as Lewis Godbold, Kurt King and Steve Paoletti were all on target for the third-placed side who cut the gap to leaders Snaresbrook to six points.

Old Chelmsfordians were held 2 – 2 by Ongar Town. Martin Mixture continued his goal-scoring prowess with one for OC here with Paul Tiffen getting the other goal for the home side. Peter Davies and Niki Love struck for Town who drop to 7th.

Shenfield AFC edged a tough contest with Galleywood as they won 3 – 2. Ben Carroll, Mitch Day and Samuel Lock all scored for AFC while Thomas Watling’s double wasn’t enough for the Chelmsford-based side. Shenfield are now four points adrift of the summit. Basildon Town continued their good season with a 3 – 1 win at leaders Snaresbrook. Ryan Barker-Francis got the goal for the hosts here, though Alfie Phillips struck two and Brodie Horner got the other goal as Town continued their good season in 4th spot.

Herongate Athletic compounded May & Baker Reserves’ poor run as Ath won 7 – 0 away from home. Ben Warren led the charge with four goals here with Glen Jordan nabbing another brace and Jack Wilson-Jones was also on the score-sheet.

EOFL Snr Div Two

In Senior Division Two, there was one stand-out result. Chingford Athletic built on their fine Senior League Cup win last week with a devastating goal-scoring display in their 17 – 0 win over hapless Rochford Town. Eric Kelly continued his fine season with six goals himself, with Alex Gordon getting five goals, Louis Bollard a mere hat-trick and Mickley Mesmin and Harry Wiliams notching as well in a hugely exciting performance for Ath which saw them up to 5th place.

Runwell Sports got back to winning ways with a 3 – 2 win at Harold Wood Athletic Res. Joe Pyne & an Own Goal were the Ath scorers though Charlie Adams, Scott Mortlock and Joe Young strikes saw Sports to a triumph here. Toby also struck three in a 3 – 1 win over Ryan at Wadham Lodge’s 3G pitch. Paul Carr, Ross Dipple and Nick Harvey’s pearler saw them stay at the ‘top of the mountain’ by a point after the weekend’s action.

Beacon Hill Rovers also maintained their good form with a 2 – 0 home win over Lakeside. Rovers rise to third while their opponents drop to sixth.

EOFL Snr Div Three

In Senior Three, leaders Westhamians remain at the summit as they won 2 – 1 at White Ensign Res. Caiden Imbert-Thomas and Lewis Lawrence goals saw them to the win. Chadrack-Kisoka Domingo got Ensign’s goal though they continue to struggle this term. Laindon Orient hit eight in a 8 – 1 win over Old Chelmsfordians Reserves at the James Hornsby Centre (3G). Sam Lake led the way with a hat-trick, Jason Purewal added two with Jasper Read, Jamie Williams and Jordan Williams also chipping in for the home side.

Wakering Sports won 2 – 1 at Academy Soccer with Francis Alinc getting both goals for Aaron Bloxham’s side. Academy’s strike came from Alex Brown. In the other game in the division, Leigh Town were held 1 – 1 by Old Southendian Res. Sam Gillmore struck for the hosts with Jack Pagett getting OS’ goal.

EOFL Senior Four

In Senior Four, Corinthians remain top after another goal-laden display. They won 6 – 2 at home to Buckhurst Hill Res. John Bolton-Smith and Bill Wilton were among the goals again, both getting braces plus Leo Clarke and Jordan Stoneham also scoring here. Dagenham Utd also continued their fine form with a 5 – 3 win at Shenfield AFC Res. The home side had Billy Calder, Richard Palmer and Edson Sousa to thank for their goals though the Dingli brothers had another day to remember, with Jacob Dingli getting another four goals to take him to a terrific goal haul – 28 so far in Division Four this season. Oliver Dingli got the other goal as Dagenham got the win to stay 2nd.

Third-placed Epping Town edged a fabulous game at Stonards Hill as they beat Catholic Utd Res 5 – 4. Alex Paraskeva grabbed a hat-trick with Joe Killingback and ex-Hornchurch legend Elliot Syles also netting. Galleywood Reserves defeated Leigh Ramblers Res 3 – 1 with Paddy Dowse, Saw Rawlinson and Joe Reynard striking for the hosts. Yannic Werling got the consolation for the strugglers.

Meanwhile, Canning Town Res won 4 – 2 at Lakeside Res and Toby Res also had a fine day with a 5 – 1 home win over Old Barkabbeyans, who remain second-bottom.

That’s all for this week, thanks for reading.

Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 2 – 1 Romford (Sat 19 Jan) [BLN 20.1.19]

Bostik Division North

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 126

2018-19 Season – Match 42

Saturday 19th January 2019  – 3pm KO

Great Wakering: Green & White Striped Shirts, White Shorts, Green Socks

Romford: Blue & Yellow Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

 

GWR prevail in tension-filled basement battle at Burroughs Park 

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Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

This weekend saw me dip into the Bostik North to see Great Wakering welcome Romford in what was the visitors’ 1,000th league match, an extraordinary achievement – particularly given their rather nomadic existence in recent years. Gary Kimble’s side had a change in goal with Harry Seaden coming in, with new signing Marc Gorbell joining Ollie Woodhouse in the centre of defence. Physical forward Shomari Barnwell was joined in atack by debutant Matt Rush, on loan from Southend Utd Academy. Boro were once again led by the fearless Danny Cossington, with Nick Reynolds, Ridwan Hussein and Alfie Cleal among their attack. A strong bench contained Reece Hewitt, Khadean Campbell and Roddy Lemba.

The match got underway with a flourish from the hosts, though in the opening quarter-hour, winger Billy Johnson and forward Sham Barnwell missed good chances when through on goal to break the deadlock. Romford gradually found their way back into proceedings in terms of territory though you got the sense the tension was rising, given that both sides really could have done with the points here. Boro forward Nick Reynolds lashed a strike from a narrow angle which Rovers goalkeeper Harry Seaden was grateful to gather. The visitors could have pinched a lead in the latter stages of the half as midfielder Ayo Olukoga spurned two half-chances but was stopped by Seaden. Rovers responded strongly as both Matt Rush couldn’t quite get a shot away from Johnson’s cross before winger Jake Gordon blazed a free-kick over the woodwork, from a promising position.

Half-Time: Great Wakering 0 – 0  Romford

 

The match badly needed a goal and both sides made a change at the interval with Josh Wiggins replacing the injured Gordon for GWR while Boro took full-back Toby Barlow off, to be replaced by Reece Hewitt. Hewitt had a strong start, making two telling interceptions to in his own box to assist his defence.

 

Hewitt then broke the deadlock on 50 minutes as he found acres of room on the Boro left flank, and struck a powerful drive, beating Seaden at his near post to really put ‘the cat amongst the pidgeons’ for the home side. Wakering responded almost immediately though midfielder Lewis Jaggs and Johnson both blazed wide. GWR skipper Pethers was unusally replaced on the hour, by Brandy Makhendi as the armband passed to consistent full-back Jason Ring. Barnwell had ‘one of those days’ for the hosts as his drive smashed against a post at that point. It was looking like the hosts would struggle to convert their chances before Wiggins put Rovers level on 66 minutes with a cool side-footed finish past Aldridge in a crowded 18-yard area. Minutes later, Rush was well-denied by Aldridge who spread himself well to deny a clear shot at goal.

With 19 minutes remaining, Rovers talisman Johnson’s effort was denied by ‘keeper Aldridge, Barnwell followed up with a effort of his own which would’ve gone in, though a brillant goal-line interception by Boro centre-back Danny Cossington denied the luckless forward. Barnwell had two further oppurtunities to break his mini-hoodoo though to his credit, he did keep running and working hard for his team. Wakering’s pressure in the last half-hour finally bore fruit with eight minutes left as a good cross by the enthusiastic forward Rush found Billy Johnson at the back stick who had a simple header from point-blank range.

Wakering held form to get only their second win in their last nine matches while Boro have won one in their last 14 games now as they remain in the drop zone. Centre-back Marc Gorbell led the stand–out performances for the home side with a committed display, with Rush, Gordon and Barnwell also proving influential, even if on another day the latter could have had a hat-trick. Still, you’ve got to put the hard yards in and that also applies to Boro skipper Cossington who must have made four or five superb interceptions today, a credit to his side’s defensive showing. Substitute Reece Hewitt also shone in what was a rare beacon of light in an otherwise forgettable attacking display which boss Paul Martin will want his side to improve on.

 

Full-Time: Great Wakering 2 – 1 Romford

Finally, thank you to GWR for their welcome & hospitality and also was a pleasure to meet the legend that is Boro boss Paul Martin. Wish both sides well in their respective battles to stay in the division.

 

Great Wakering Rovers  | Manager: Gary Kimble

Harry Seaden (GK), Jason Ring, Eljay Worrell, Ollie Woodhouse, Marc Gorbell, Scott Pethers (Capt) (Brandy Makhendi 62′), Jake Gordon (Joshua Wiggins 46′), Lewis Jaggs, Matt Rush (Simon Glover 90′), Shomari Barnwell, Billy Johnson

Goal-scorer: Joshua Wiggins [66′], Billy Johnson [82′]

Booked:  None | Subs Not Used: Bradford, Hawes (GK)

 

Romford      | Manager:  Paul Martin

Harry Aldridge (GK), Nathaniel Joseph, Toby Barlow (Reece Hewitt 46′), Danny Nesbitt, Ayo Olukoga (Khadean Campbell 70′), Danny Cossington (Capt), Chris Taylor, Malaki Toussaint, Nick Reynolds (Roddy Lemba 78′), Ridwan Hussein, Alfie Cleal

Goal-scorer: Reece Hewitt [50′]

Booked: Nesbitt | Subs Not Used: Fisher, Scammell (GK)

Preview: Essex Senior League (Fri 18/Sat 19 Jan) [ESL 18.1.19]

Written by Peter D & Scott W

Hello & welcome to this week’s Essex Senior League preview with Non-League writers Peter Dudley & Scott W. Ten more fascinating ties await us this weekend, what do you think will go down? Thanks for reading. If you’d like to hear both our thoughts on this weekend’s action on GFS, along with guest Marc Farrell, click the link/add URL here:  http://www.mixcloud.com/EastLondonRadio/grassroots-football-show-17-jan-2019/    (Fixtures section is from 2 hours 9 minutes in)

Essex Senior League

Friday 18th January 2019

Leyton Athletic  v Hullbridge Sports   | Wadham Lodge Stadium |

Pete: Hullbridge come into this one off the back of two straight defeats which has seen them fall to third and conceded ground to leaders Stansted, although their opponents Leyton haven’t won in fourteen now although two draws in their last two shows some fight at least.  I do fancy the visitors to get the win here though.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Scott: One of two Friday nighters sees Hullbridge travel to Wadham Lodge Stadium. Leyton were held at fellow strugglers Barkingside last weekend and arguably need to get points on the board. Hullbridge need points as well to further their title campaign after losses to Redbridge and Clapton this week. This is one tricky tie to predict though I can’t see the ‘Bridge boys losing three on-the-trot. Narrow away win though Ath will make it difficult.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Woodford Town   v   West Essex  | the Harlow Arena |

Pete: Potentially a cracker is in store for us at The Harlow Arena as two attacking teams come together, and the hosts will be trying to grab a win after none in their last four outings, whilst West are in the same boat having lost three of their last four.  Fancy the hosts to get the win here though.

Pete’s Prediction: 4 – 2

Scott: West are once again on the road, this time to Harlow to face the ever-dangerous Woodford. West held Manor at home last weekend before a heavy loss to Aveley Ressies in the Pete Butcher Trophy in midweek. They do play better away from home and if they bring their ‘A’-game, this will be a test for the Towners. The hosts denied Takeley all three points at Station Road last weekend and it may be the forward line & energy that seems them through here, despite the home side’s four-match winless run of late.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Saturday 19th January

Clapton  v  Southend Manor  | Old Spotted Dog |

Pete: You really cannot predict what your going to get from Clapton these days, their last three has seen all three results happen, including defeating Hullbridge at The Dog last time out.  For Manor it’s been a season of struggle and after they beat Clapton at home four games ago, they have failed to register another three points.  Think this one could end all-square though.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Scott: The Tons welcome Manor to the OSD, on the back of a fine win over Hullbridge in midweek. Three wins in their last eight matches shows what a ‘mixed-bag’ they have had recently. Manor have also found wins fairly hard to come by of late and drew at West Essex last weekend. Narrow home win for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Enfield  v  Walthamstow   | the Harlow Arena |

Pete:This has the potential to be a decent game as hosts Enfield, with three wins from their last five, take on a Stow side who were five unbeaten with four of those wins until they came unstuck against Ilford last time out.  Got a feeling the visitors will want to put that right though so gonna go for a tight away win.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Scott: Enfield welcome ‘Stow to the Harlow Arena. The E’s have found some form with one loss in their last five matches after wins at Stanway and a draw at home to Sporting Bengal in the last week. Walthamstow lost at home to Ilford last weekend and need wins to rack up points to get back into the top five. My thought on this one is that it will a tough match and whilst Enfield could surprise, the visitors may well get the points here in a tough game.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Hoddesdon Town  v  Sporting Bengal Utd   |  Lowfield |

Pete: These two have had similar form over the last few outings, and both drew last time out after being two goals down, so it’s going to be a tight contest at Lowfield for sure.  And when these two met in the league match at Mile End that also, yep you guessed it, ended in a 1-1 draw.  Have a feeling that may happen again too.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott: Hoddesdon welcome fellow top-ten side Bengal to Lowfield. Simon Riddle’s side lost to Saffron Walden last weekend though did produce a fine comeback to hold Redbridge at home in midweek. Bengal lost out at Sawbridgeworth last weekend and are having a mini-blip at present though another record-breaking season for them isn’t far off now. This match is another test in an ever-competitive division for Imrul Gazi’s side. Could be another draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Ilford   v   Redbridge   | Cricklefield |

Pete: It a derby at Cricklefield as Ilford and Redbridge do battle, The Foxes ending a winless run of six games by defeating Walthamstow last time out, whilst Redbridge are revitalised under the stewardship of Micky Wetherall and are unbeaten in their last two after five straight defeats prior to that.  Form normally means nothing in these games though, and they often end in draws too, so that’s my prediction for this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott: What a time for the Motormen to have a local derby with the Foxes. A fine win at Hullbridge was followed by a good point at Hoddesdon this week. Ilford too had a good day out last weekend with a success at Walthamstow. Tough, tough match to call though Redbridge do have impetus at present and if they can better themselves in defence, they could get the points here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

St Margaretsbury    v   Saffron Walden Town  | The Recreation Ground

Pete: This could possibly be game of the day at The Recreation Ground as an in-form hosts, who have won their last four, take on Saffron Walden Town who have won their last two.  It really is a hard one to call this one, the hosts would like to grab a win over one of the title/promotion chasers, whilst Walden need to win to keep in touch with the top two.  Feel the visitors may just sneak this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 3

Scott: Saffron Walden continue their promotion charge as they visit Lowfield. Jason Maher’s side won at Hoddesdon last weekend to sit eight points adrift of leaders Stansted, with a game more to play. St Margs won at Tower Hamlets last weekend as they fortified their top-ten position, thanks to four straight victories. Another tough match for the Bloods, though I think they will prevail.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Stansted  v  Barkingside   | Hargrave Park

Pete: On paper you’d say this has easy home win written all over it seeing as it’s top versus bottom.  But football isn’t played on paper is it, and although the hosts are in fine form at the moment, four wins in a row and unbeaten in their last eight, Barkingside have improved over recent weeks and are unbeaten in four themselves with three of those clean sheets.  Despite all this though I expect the hosts to win, but it will be closer than a lot of people think.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: Stansted entertain Barkingside at Hargrave Park. The Airportmen have the momentum at present after a James Peagram-inspired win over Clapton last weekend. Barkingside got a home draw with Leyton though they are now unbeaten in three matches which shows the added steel they have within the camp now. That said, this is one hell of a test for that grit in Alex Goldstone’s side. Hard to see anything but a home win given Stansted’s recent form.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Takeley    v  Sawbridgeworth Town   |  Station Road |

Pete: Another decent battle awaits us at Station Road as Takeley, who are trying to keep tabs with Stansted at the summit of the ESL, welcome an in-form Sawbridgeworth to their gaff, despite losing back to back before winning last time out.  The host aren’t in  bad form themselves and will be looking for the points after dropping two last time out, and I feel they will achieve just that in this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Scott: Takeley welcome an improving Sawbo side. Marc Das’ side were held late on by Woodford last weekend though are unbeaten in three while Sawbo have lost three of their last eight, after a good win over Sporting Bengal last weekend, which sees them in mid-table. Takeley could go joint-top with a win and with Charlie Cole and Bryn Thorpe returning to the club last weekend, that could happen here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Tower Hamlets  v   Stanway Rovers    | Mile End |

Pete: There will be no love lost between these two following their fiery FA Cup tie earlier this season, and both come into this one in not the best of form, Hamlets have lost their last three whilst Rovers four of their last five. Stanway have won both meetings between the sides this season though and this could sway the result their way perhaps, but I feel this could end all square.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Scott: Finally, Stanway travel to Mile End to face Hamlets. Both sides are in need of a win to avert a slide down the table. Hamlets lost to St Margaretsbury last weekend plus Rovers also lost at home, to Enfield last weekend. This could be a real scrap though arguably there is more onus on the home side here, and they may edge it.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 12 Jan) [EOFL 14.1.19]

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s extensive Essex Olympian League round-up, tracking the action from the Premier Division all the way to Senior Division Four on Sat 12th January. Enjoy, and love #NonLeague

EOFL Premier Division

In the top-tier, Harold Wood Athletic went joint top in the stands with Buckhurst Hill with a fine 5 – 2 win at Hutton. Brad Foley grabbed a brace with John Bradley, Rob Whitnell and Matty Donovan all chipping in as well to extend Ath’s recent unbeaten run. Leigh Ramblers won 3 – 1 at Sungate with the hosts notching through Ciaran Kelly though Justin Hazell, Ryan Lowe and Jamie Selby-Knight goals saw the Rams sit 5th. Canning Town defeated Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 2 – 1 to go 7th. Suliaman Massaquoi’s brace overcame Ade Cole’s strike to see Town to victory. Swifts are 4th, eight points off the summit.

Manford Way finally got their first win of the campaign with a fine 1 – 0 win over Catholic Utd. Alex Leslie got the only goal as Manford reduced the gap to rivals Great Baddow to five points. Kelvedon Hatch won 2 – 0 at Baddow with Anthony Aylett and Michael Daniels both notching to fortify third spot for Hatch. Meanwhile, Rayleigh Town also won, 2 – 1 over local rivals Old Southendian. Ruari McIntyre struck for OS though Paul Morris and Bailey Moss goals saw Town head up to 6th spot.

Senior League Cup

In the one Senior Lge Cup tie this weekend, EOFL Senior Two side Chingford Athletic caused a surprise by defeating Premier side Springfield 4 – 3. Tom Kavanagh, Jack Yates, Will Gleeson and Eric Kelly all got on the score-sheet as Ath head to the Quarter-Finals. Springfield had Joe Mayer’s double and Oliver Brittain to thank for making it close though they exited the competition here.

EOFL Senior Div One

In Olympian Division One, Shenfield AFC took the limelight with a enormous 13 – 1 win at strugglers May & Baker Res. Jordan Elliot led the onslaught with four goals, with Harry Hatt, Tom Blackmur and Ben Carroll all getting braces plus James Bigmore, Mitch Day and Alex Broadbridge also chipped in in this rout. Leaders Snaresbrook won 2 – 1 at Frenford Res, thanks to Scott Hill’s double.

FC Hamlets also won 2 – 1 away from home, at Old Chelmsfordians. Martin Mixture found the net for the hosts though John Gilroy and Charlie Heatly goals saw the points head back to East London. Ongar Town defeated Ramsden Scotia 2 – 0 with Sean Green and Ben Polley the scorers in that match. Herongate Athletic also won this weekend, with a 2 – 1 success at home to Rayleigh Town Res. Lee Atkinson scored for Ath before later being sent off. Glen Jordan got the other goal for the hosts.

Galleywood were held by Basildon Town 1 – 1 with Matthew Buckingham’s opener for the hosts being cancelled out by a spot-kick for Alex Witham for Town.

EOFL Snr Div Two

In Senior Division Two, Toby got the stand-out result of the day with a 6 – 1 triumph at Rochford Town. On his 100th appearance for the club, Peter Spicer grabbed a brace while Des Gallen, Paul Carr, David Major and Ross Dipple also found the net. Jake Lunn got the Rochford goal. Lakeside continued their good campaign with a excellent 3 – 2 win at Runwell Sports. Connor White hit a double plus Ryan Budd also found the ‘onion bag’ in this one.

Beacon Hill Rovers won narrowly at home, 1 – 0 over Harold Wood Athletic’s Ressie side as Steve Bennett got the only goal of the game. Newham Utd’s game with Shoebury Town was abandoned.

EOFL Snr Div Three

In Senior Three, Basildon Town Reserves secured a comfortable win over Roydon with Levi Harbour’s double plus Alex Shields’ effort sealing their triumph this weekend. Leigh Town won 2 – 1 at home to Hutton Ressies. Carl Dutton got the visitors’ goal though George Darby and Sam Gilmore efforts were enough to see them to the win. Wakering Sports won 2 – 0 at White Ensign Reserves, thanks largely to Charlie Burns’ double.

Meanwhile in other action, Leaders Westhamians drew ablank at home to Laindon Orient while Old Southendian Ressies also were held  0 – 0 by 3rd-placed Academy Soccer. Laindon Orient have also been hit by a points deduction of nine points for fielding an ineligeable player earlier this term.

EOFL Senior Four

Finally for this week, in Senior Four, Dagenham Utd powered to a 6 – 1 success over Catholic Utd Res with the Dingli brothers getting all six for the hosts. Jacob Dingli led the way with four himself, while Oliver Dingli grabbed a brace of his own as the hosts cantered to victory and keep the gap to leaders Corinthians to a single point. Epping Town were also amongst the goals with a 5 – 2 victory over Galleywood’s Ressies. Substitute Alex Paraskeva grabbed a double while Liam Clifton, Daniel Garfinkle and Glen Warwick all struck for Billy Cove’s side. Sam Rawlinson & Joe Reynard struck for the visitors.

Lakeside Reserves smashed eight past Buckhurst Hill’s second side as they won 8 – 2. Harry Davison grabbed a hat-trick with Brandon Booty notching twice plus David Alele, Dale Kenyon and Jake Willis all also on target. Corinthians won at Old Barkabbeyans 5 – 1 as John Bolton-Smith  hit two  to add to Bill Wilton’s gal with substitutes Jack Darby and Bradley Smith adding more shine to the win. Shenfield AFC Res also won away from home, 3 – 2 at Toby Reserves as Corley Ross’ brace was added to Richard Palmer’s strike. Stefan Adams and Harvee Bassan replied for Toby’s second side. Also, Leigh Ramblers Reserves won by Walkover over Canning Town Ressies.

That’s all for this week, thanks for reading.

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 12 Jan) [ESL 14.1.19]

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to the returning ESL round-up of this week’s action. All 20 clubs were in action as there was movement in the table thanks to this weekend’s results. Thanks for reading.

Essex Senior League

Saturday 12th January 2019

Barkingside  2 – 2  Leyton Athletic   | Cricklefield | Att: 56

‘Side made a good comeback after a poor start to claim a point in this basement battle. Rujorn Tuitt put Leyton ahead on 20 minutes before Abdul Bangura [34’] struck. Joe Oates pulled one back just before the break for ‘Side and Harry Matthews’ goal [64′] ensured the home side are unbeaten in three games though they are still three points off their opponents here. Ath haven’t won in their last nine matches and are six points adrift of Hamlets and Manor above them.

Hoddesdon Town  1 – 3  Saffron Walden Town   | Lowfield | Att: 123

Walden showed their muscle again with a second-half flourish at Lowfield. Kane Lowe had put Hoddy ahead on 13 minutes though Lewis Francis levelled things up eight minutes into the second half. A quick-fire double by Charlie Portway [65′] and Matt Frew [69′] broke the hosts’ resistance as the Bloods won their third match in their last five to strengthen their position in 4th. Hoddesdon stay 9th.

Hulllbridge Sports 1 – 2  Redbridge  | Lower Road | Att: 47

The ‘Bridge boys six-match winning run as a revitalised Redbridge won at Lower Road. Two goals in just four minutes from ex-May & Baker pair Dan Gilchrist [29′] and Connor Okus [33’] put Micky Wetherall’s side in command. Although Adebola Sotoyinbo’s penalty six minutes before the break gave the hosts hope, the Motormen held on to end their own five-match losing run to rise to 16th. Hullbridge drop to 3rd though have three matches in hand on leaders Stansted.

Sawbridgeworth Town  2 – 1  Sporting Bengal Utd | Crofters End | Att: 29

Sawbo maintained their good home record with this win over Sporting at Crofters. Joe Wright continued his fine form this season with the opener after only two minutes. Charles Gregory’s spot-kick [20′] levelled matters for Bengal though they couldn’t get to half-time that way as Wright struck again ten minutes before said interval. John Watters’ men kept on top for the duration to claim their third win in their last five and stay 10th. Sporting are in 8th place.

Stansted  4 – 2   Clapton    |  Hargrave Park | Att: 62

The Airportmen won an extraordinary match over Clapton, though the penalty spot was crucial here. The Tons suffered a poor first half and were three goals down….all three coming from James Peagram’s boot and you guessed it… all three were penalties [17′, 19′ & 45′]. Jon Fowell’s side staged a mini-revival after the break as Giovanni Palmer struck on the hour mark before James Falaise added a second for the Tons three minutes. Peagram wasn’t done though as he got his and his side’s fourth on 64 minutes to seal their fourth win on-the-bounce. Paul Pittuck’s side still lead by three points at the summit. Clapton drop to 13th.

Stanway Rovers  1 – 2  Enfield   | the Hawthorns | Att: 68

Enfield had a brace of Reece Barrett penalties to thank for this success at the Hawthorns. Barrett broke the deadlock from the spot two minutes into the second half before Jay Nash levelled for Rovers on 63 minutes. Barrett’s sevond successful spot-kick [66′] was enough to give the E’s their third win in their last four matches to rise to 14th, just above Rovers on goal difference.

Takeley  2 – 2  Woodford Town   |  Station Road | Att: 74

Woodford denied Takeley the victory with a late leveller at Station Road. Ben Smith put the hoss ahead on 17 minutes though new signing Vlad Sighiartau restored parity for Town just past the hour mark. In a frenetic ending to the match, the returning hero Charlie Cole gave the hosts the lead with ten minutes left. Jayden Thompson-Brissett [88′] ensured Town left with a point though they haven’t won in four matches now. Takeley are unbeaten in three and sit 2nd, three points off leaders Stansted.

Tower Hamlets  1 – 2   St Margaretsbury    | Mile End Stadium | Att: 25

Hamlets fell to defeat at home once again as St Margaretsbury got their fourth straight win. Charncey Dash got on the scoresheet as well an OG that saw the visitors to the win. Ezekiel Kamara struck for Hamlets though they fell to their 3rd straight loss.

Walthamstow  1 – 2  Ilford    | Wadham Lodge | Att: 61

I attended this match, here’s my report: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/01/12/match-report-walthamstow-1-2-ilford-sat-12-jan-esl/

West Essex 1 – 1  Southend Manor   | Mayesbrook Park | Att: 28

West recovered to claim a point here. Yasseir Nazor put Manor ahead on 18 minutes as they edged the first half though the hosts’ levelled thanks to the returning Michael Mignot who struck on 67 minutes. The Stags haven’t won in four league games now, they sit 12th while Manor are in 17th.

Round–up: Bostik Division North (Sat 12 Jan) [BLN 13.1.19]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another round of the Bostik North round-up, here on the blog. This article looks at the action on Saturday 12th January. How did your side do?
Saturday 12th january 2019

 

Aveley  3 – 2   Felixstowe & Walton Utd    | Parkside (3G) | Att: 294

The Millers had to rally to continue their good run at Parkside. Tom Richardson nabbed the first of the contest on 12 minutes for the home side though a quick double for the visitors from Rhys Henry [23′] and Jack Ainsley [29′] did threaten a upset. Shad Ngandu’s penalty five minutes into the second-half vanquished that idea though and Andy Freeman continued his fine form in front of goal with the winner with 15 minutes left. Only one defeat in their last eleven games has helped them up to 3rd place, while Felixstowe have only managed one win in their last eight games, falling to 14th spot.

 

Basildon Utd  0 – 3  Tilbury   |  Gardiners Close  | Att: 168

Ex-Bees boss Marc Harrison extended his old club’s dismal form as the Dockers won at Gardiners Close. George Sykes broke the stalemate just shy of the half-hour before another brace for the prolific Lewis Smith [44′ & 73′] saw Tilbury to the points and extended their impressive form with only one loss in their last nine matches, which takes them up to 8th place. Basildon’s fourth loss on-the-trot sees them fall to 13th.

 

Bowers & Pitsea   3 – 0  AFC Sudbury  | Len Salmon Stadium (3G)  | Att: 124

Bowers grabbed their 6th win in their last seven outings with a a strong second-half display to defeat Sudbury. Skipper Martyn Stokes  powered Rob Small’s side ahead on 52 minutes, before Brad Warner [76′] and James Thomas [90′] goals helped Bowers to retain their three-point lead at the summit. The Suds drop one to 7th.

Brentwood Town   3 – 2  Great Wakering Rovers  | Brentwood Arena | Att: 143

Brentwood emerged from a ding-dong battle with Wakering with the points. Former Town forward Shomari Barnwell broke the deadlock after only seven minutes though the home side quickly levelled through Ernest Okoh’s goal six minutes afterward. Two goals in six minutes saw Town take the lead as Alfie Hilton struck four minutes after the break before Okoh’s second of the afternoon on 55 minutes saw the visitors face a challenge to get anything from the game. Jake Gordon’s spot-kick on the hour halved the arrears though George Cox’s dismissal on 74′ made it harder and Rovers’ third straight loss sees them only four points clear of trouble in 15th. Brentwood’s fourth win in their last seven sees them up to 11th.

 

Bury Town  1 – 1  Canvey Island  | Ram Meadow  | Att: 311

Canvey were stunned by a late leveller by in-form hosts Bury Town. Josh Hutchinson continued his fine season with the opening strike on six minutes to put the Islanders ahead though an injury-time strike by Kyran Clements denied Mark Bentley’s side all three points. The hosts haven’t won in three now though sit ninth, a point clear of Canvey who haven’t lost in three games though are ten points off the play-offs in 10th.

 

Coggeshall Town  3 – 0  Soham Town Rangers  | West Street  | Att: 118

Coggeshall remain in the play-off spots with a comfortable win over strugglers Soham. Nnamdi Nwachuku’s 4th-minute opener set the tone somewhat. MIchael Gyasi [51′] and George Cocklin [54′] goals swiftly put the hosts in command after the interval as they claimed their third win in their last six matches. Soham stay 17th, merely a point clear of danger.

Dereham Town  1  – 3  Heybridge Swifts  | Aldiss Park | Att: 323

Swifts came back from an early deficit to claim another success, this time at Dereham. Joe Gatting’s goals are rare bright spark for the home side right now and his 7th-minute strike put the hosts ahead. After the hour though, Julian Dicks’ side powered back with Kreshnic Krasniqi levelling affairs on 63 minutes. Strikes from Matt Price [76′] and Luke Wilson [83′] secured the points in front of more than 300 fans at Aldiss Park. Town’s winless stretch extends to ten matches though as they remain bottom, four points from safety. Heybridge’s 7th win in their last eight games sees them stay 2nd.

Maldon & Tiptree  2 – 2  Grays Athletic   | Park Drive  | Att: 225

Grays came out of this battle with a share of the points, having initially led this contest. Charlie Allen provided the opening goal on 11 minutes though Laste Dombaxe’s spot-kick erased that advantage eleven minutes later. Stephane Ngamvoulou turned the course of the game only four minutes later to put the hosts ahead. Kieran Bishop struck again midway through the second-half to continue his goal-scoring form for Ath though they lost ground in the play-off hunt as they are now seven points adrift of 5th-placed Coggeshall. Maldon also conceded points in the promotion race, as they drop to fourth, six points behind leaders Bowers & Pitsea.

Mildenhall Town  2 – 0  Witham Town  | Recreation Way  | Att: 203

Fortune was not on the side of Witham at Recreation Way as not one but two own goals assisted the Hall to a vital win in this bottom-of-the-table clash. Kevin Coyle put the hosts ahead with a 13th-minute OG which Danny Norton added to both the OG count and the goal count with the hosts’ second on the stroke of half-time. Mildenhall’s first win in eight matches sees them emerge out of the bottom two on goal difference. Witham sit 16th, four points clear of their opponents hee after their first loss in seven outings.

 

Romford  0 – 0  Barking   | Rookery Hill  | Att: 96

Romford and Barked duked it out at Rookery Hill though ultimately could not be seperated. Boro continue to struggle for victories and fall to second-bottom while the Blues sit 12th.

That’s all for this round-up, thanks for reading.