S22-23 Match Report: Southend Manor 1 – 5 FC Clacton (Sat 5 Nov) [ESL 22-23 5.11.22]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 45 (Est)

2022-23 Season: Match 24

Saturday 5th November 2022 – 2pm KO

Manor: Yellow & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

Clacton: White & Red Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks


Clacton power to big win at Manor to stay second

Southend Manor 1 – 5 FC Clacton

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

The Non-League journey finally returned after an unexpected fortnight away, as FC Clacton visited Southend Manor, in an Essex Senior League match which saw both sides wanting the points, but for very different reasons. Clacton were second pre-match, while Manor were still looking for their first win this term. Recently-appointed gaffer Alex O’Leary named loanee stopper Harry McKie in goal, with a defence comprised of full-backs Joe Burton & Kevin Toualeu and centre-backs Charm Dube and skipper Tobi James. Adalberto Pinto was in central midfield, alongside Mo Kamara. Ben Bayoko and Billy Knott were the wingers in support of forwards Deimar Queni and Harrison Day.

Clacton by contrast are having a very good start to the season but lost out last week at home to Takeley. Manager Tom Austin fielded Luke Avenell between the posts for Clacton, with a backline of centre-backs Chris Ribchester and utility player Charlie Thompson, with full-backs Jenson Mulqueen and captain Billy Wales. Their central midfield included Toby Harms & Charlie Collis, with brother Teddy Collis and Jake Clowsley on the flanks. Mekhi McKenzie led the forward line here, with support from Jack Johnson.

Jake Clowsley [#7] about to pass ball forward for FC Clacton in 1st half

The conditions really highlighted the onset on winter but then again it is November now, and Clacton started the stronger of the two sides, showcasing their possession game pretty without creating an avalanche of chances. However, that latter detail was soon sorted out as Tom Austin’s side surprised no-one by taking a 15th-minute lead. The assist went to centre-back Chris Ribchester as his lofted ball in from just outside the penalty area found forward Mekhi McKenzie and his low finish gave home stopper Harry McKie little chance. The Seasiders had scored 25 league goals prior to today’s match and that clinicial finishing was shown again five minutes after the opening goal, as winger Jake Clowsley’s fine cross from the right flank found McKenzie and after his initial attempt was blocked, his finish went high into the net to double the lead.

Manor were decent in getting their passes from defence to midfield but their final ball was not good enough to pierce the resolute Seasiders backline and therefore test goalkeeper Luke Avenell. Forwards Deimar Queni and Harrison Day were both willing runners but there was very little for them to latch on to. It could’ve been worse for Alex O’Leary’s side before the interval as Clacton winger Teddy Collis made a fine run down the left wing, evading two defenders before playing in Clowsley with the latter’s powerful strike being well parried away by McKie.


HT: Manor 0 – 2 Clacton

Unsurprisingly, the hosts rung the changes after the interval with three substitutions made. Darby, Manyewe and Attwood all entered the action in place of James, Bayoko and Knott. There was a distinct need of a change of fortune and it nearly cropped up four minutes into the half. A fine free-kick from the right by central midfielder Adalberto Pinto found the run of full-back Kevin Toualeu and his powerful header wasn’t far wide of the right-sided post. But before they could build-up any momentum, Clacton grabbed a third goal on 52 minutes. McKenzie was in the action again as patient build-up from a set-piece saw skipper Billy Wales loft the ball into the far post area and McKenzie’s well-directed header found the net for his treble here and an 11th league goal of the season.


Chris Ribchester (centre) heads the ball away for the Seasiders

That goal really made the challenge more difficult for Manor, and this time Clacton were not in any frame of mind to concede territory. Charlie Collis’ free-kick was parried over by the over-worked McKie before the hour mark though Clacton finished the match strongly to take the points. Firstly, a good darting run by substitute Reuben Cowler ended with a fine low finish on seventy-five minutes before a Teddy Collis spot-kick made it five seven minutes later. Manor did get something from the game with moments remaining as replacement Joe Darby was played in well by O’Leary’s pass and his low finish defeated Avenell to get a consolation. Even so though, the Seasiders were comfortable winners and all credit to them.

Wales (#3 – left) puts in cross for McKenzie’s 3rd goal for Clacton

Full-Time: Southend Manor 1 – 5 FC Clacton

In summary, Clacton were comfortable for the vast majority of this match and their resolute defending gave a resounding answer as to what the outcome was going to be in this game. Manor unfortunately could create enough chances to test Seasiders custodian Luke Avenell, despite the occasional decent forward move. Clacton’s finishing & final ball were far superior as they remain in second spot after this match.

Several visiting players stood out today. Forward Mekhi McKenzie had another really influential match, scoring three good goals, provided a constant threat and also showed high work rate. Congrats to him. Also, Chris Ribchester had another fine game in defence for Clacton, with full-back Jenson Mulqueen bursting down the flank from right-back, putting in some good crosses & lastly Jake Clowsley once again showed his quality from the right flank, putting in fine passes to create chances well.

For Manor, forward Deimar Queni stuck to his task and showed a high work rate, and made some good darting runs down the channels as well. Full-back Kevin Toualeu also did well, showing high energy and made good tackles. Midfielder Mo Kamara also had an alright game & a word for substitute Joe Darby who showed good finishing to claim his late goal.

I’d just like to wish both sides a good remainder of the campaign.


Teams

Southend Manor  | Player-Manager: Alex O’Leary  | Assistants: Kudus Oyenuga & Jack Morris

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Harry McKie (GK), 2 Joe Burton, 3 Kevin Toualeu, 5 Charm Dube (16 Murphy Duncan 75′), 6 Tobi James (Capt) (17 Rgee Manyewe 46′), 4 Adalberto Pinto, 7 Ben Bayoko (15 Niall Attwood 46′), 8 Mohamed Kamara, 9 Deimar Queni, 10 Harrison Day (14 Alex O’Leary 75′), 11 Billy Knott (12 Joe Darby 46′)

Goal-scorers: Joe Darby [89′]

Booked: Kamara   | Subs Not Used: None


FC Clacton  | Manager: Tom Austin  | Assistant: Ryan Salter

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Luke Avenell (GK), 2 Jenson Mulqueen (16 Fletcher Hanna 76′), 3 Billy Wales (Capt), 5 Chris Ribchester, 6 Charlie Thompson, 4 Toby Harms, 8 Charlie Collis (15 Adam Tilson 68′), 7 Jake Clowsley (14 Rueben Cowler 58′), 9 Mekhi McKenzie (12 Jordan Lartey 68′), 10 Jack Johnson (17 Joe Hillier 76′), 11 Teddy Collis

Goal-scorers: Mekhi McKenzie [15′, 20′ & 52′], Reuben Cowler [75′], Teddy Collis [pen 82′]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: None


Referee: Daniel Ripton

Assistants: Gary Telling & Ray Parmenter

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S22-23 Round-ups: Essex Olympian Lge (Sat 29 Oct) [EOFL 22-23 31.10.22]


Written by Scott W [@ScottMHC14] – Non-League Writer

Hello & welcome to the latest round-up from the action in the Essex Olympian League. This week on Saturday 29 October, we look at the action in all divisions, plus an extra section on Senior League Cup games this weekend. The Image is from Shoebury Town v Hutton Res in D2, taken by Peter D. Used with thanks.


EOFL Premier Division

Firstly in the top-tier, Hutton extended their lead at the summit to nine points after a 2 – 1 win against Canning Town at Chadfields. Stephen Judge & substitute Brad Freeman got the crucial goals for Matt Singh’s side whgo are really pushing the pressure onto the chasing pack. Kelvedon Hatch got a important success as they defeated secopnd-placed Rayleigh Town 3 – 1 at New Hall. Drew Klessa-Smith scored a double, along with a goal for James Burt for Darren Hunt’s side. Hatch are up to 10th. Shenfield AFC continued their good recent form, with a 2 – 1 success against Catholic Utd at St Martins. Ben Absolon & Ben Carroll both netted to outdo substitute James Warder’s reply for Simon Thomas’ side.

Lastly, Sungate powered their way to a 3 – 1 win at Toby. Substitute Petrit Elbi scored two goals here, with Lee Samwys adding the other to see the ‘Gate up to seventh. Jamie Simpkins got the consolation for Mark Jones’ side in that game.


EOFL Divisions One & Two

The only match in Division One this week saw Beacon Hill Rovers draw 4 – 4 with Manford Way. Jack Walker’s double plus strikes by Bertie Whymark & Semi Akinlolu accounted for the Rovers goals but a goal each for Samuel Oramadike, David Alele, Joshua Owoaje and Richard Kadima ensured Manford took a point.

In Division Two this week, Shoebury Town got a important & hard-fought 3 – 1 victory over Hutton Res at Ekco Sports Club. Mechack-Kisoka Ausuka netted a double here for John Galley & Garry Johnson’s side, with Luke Jackson scoring a late penalty. Will Marlowe had earlier kept Hutton in the game. For more on this game, my Non-League colleague Peter D (@ped1980) was at the game and his report is here: https://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2022/10/shoebury-town-3-hutton-reserves-1.html

Wakering Sports Res are three points clear of Shoebury at the summit after a 4 – 0 success over Harold Wood Athletic Res. Liam Jarrett notched a double, with Connor Fardyga’s 6th league goal and Charlie Smith also on on target. In other results, May & Baker EOFL defeated Catholic Utd Res 4 – 0 and Old Southendian Res won 5 – 1 against Rayleigh Twn Res at Garon Park 3G.


EOFL Divisions Three, Four & Five

Into Division Three now, Basildon Town Res are the new leaders after an impressive 5 – 2 triumph at Buckhurst Hill U23. Louis Hill got a double, with Ashley Drury, Jamie Miller and replacement Keith King also netted for the visitors. Harvey Woods & Jack Ferris goals responded for Buckhurst there. Corinthians Res got their first win of the term as they defeated Toby Res 2 – 1 at Stambridge. Kian Hayter & Leo Clarke got the goals for the hosts. Old Chelmsfordians Res also got their first win with a 1 – 0 victory at Springfield Res. Also, Leigh Town Res were held 1 – 1 by Hulllbridge Res at John Burrows Rec. Chris Pope scored for Town, with Joe Tuskin’s 5th league goal replying for ‘Bridge.

Moving into Division Four now, Herongate Athletic Res remain five points clear in third after a 1 – 1 draw at Shenfield AFC Res. Habeeb Apatira’s fifth league goal accounted for Ath’s goal, with Ben Cawood levelling the game for AFC. Collier Row lead the way at the summit on goal difference with a 3 – 1 win at BIshop’s Stortford Swifts Res. Matt Kemp’s sixth league goal was the consolation for Swifts there. Wakering Sports A drew 3 – 3 with Pitsea Athletic Res at Cupid’s. Joseph Young, Alfie Grove & substitute James Clark got Wakering’s goals, but strikes for Carlos Dias, Precious Aminu & Paul Gunn meant Ath left with a point. 

Finally in Division Five, leaders Basildon Town A made it six wins from six after a 2 – 1 win over Sungate Res at Basildon Sports Club. Donnel Kujinga scored another double to reach 11 league goals already, and James Oderinde netted for the visitors. Manford Way Res are two points behind in second after a 6 – 0 home win over AS Rawreth Res. Luke Bennett grabbed a fine treble, with a brace for Charlie Webb & Callum Thomas also on target. Collier Row Res are well-placed in fourth after a resounding 7 – 0 win at Runwell Sports Res. Celso Da Silva netted twice for Row, with the ensemble cast of Raheem Bravo, George Coker, Harry Potts, Eric Eze & Ryan Costello also scoring.

EOFL Senior League Cup

There were several matches in the Senior League Cup this weekend. Harold Wood Athletic made sure of their place in the next round with a 2 – 0 win against spirited Roydon at Harold Wood Park. Ben Woolven and Owen Edwards were the scorers for John Field’s team. Springfield got their second consecutive win in all competitions as they won 4 – 0 at Ongar Town. Replacement Tristan Ofori-Sampong nabbed two goals for Allan Fenn’s side, with Cameron Brown and Harrison Elles also netting after comiing off the bench. Runwell Sports got a much-needed victory with a 5 – 1 success at Galleywood. The scorers for Rob Hodgson’s side included Jamie Philbrick, Charlie Little, Ollie Quick and Oliver Williamson. Freddie Bartram got the solitary reply for the hosts at Slades Lane.

Elsewhere, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts also got an important win against lower division opposition in Pitsea Athletic. Alfie Bowen’s brace and one from substitute Jordan Trott enabled Swifts to get a 3 – 2 victory. Leigh Ramblers also went through with a 1 – 0 victory over ACD Utd at Belfairs, with Andrew Webster again the hero for the Rams. Hashtag Utd Development also went through after a hard-fought 4 – 3 win over Epping Town after extra time. Lastly, Harold Hill went through with a 5 – 1 success at Leytonstone Utd. Ryan O’Connell grabbed another two goals here, with substitute James Bayo also scoring a brace, alongside one for Troy Tizard-Cleghorn. William Medlock was the scorer for Utd at Forest Row.

S22-23 Round-ups: Essex Olympian Lge (Sat 22 Oct) [EOFL 22/23 24.10.22]

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Written by Scott W [@ScottMHC14] – Non-League Writer

Hello & welcome to the round-up from the action in the Essex Olympian League. This week on Saturday 22 October, we look at the action in all divisions, plus an extra section on the Cup competitions this weekend.


EOFL Premier Division

In the top-tier this week, Hutton continue to lead the way as they roared to a 6 – 1 success over Leigh Ramblers at Chadfields. David Johnson struck another two goals here, with Jude Keeling, Jonathan Hilliard and two seperate OG’s adding further gloss to the scoreline for Matt Singh’s team. Rayleigh Town were held 1 – 1 by a Shenfield AFC side who are tough to beat at present. Jack Long got the goal for Town, before later being dismissed. Allan Fenn’s tenure at Springfield began with a 2 – 1 success at home to Bishop Stortford’s Swifts. Olle Gentry and Leonidas Brotherton got big goals ass they got the first win this term. Alfie Bowen replied for Swifts but they still fell to defeat.

The other results saw Canning Town go back up to fourth after a 5 – 0 win at home to kelvedon Hatch and Old Southendian exited the bottom two with a 3 – 2 triumph over Runwell Sports at Garon Park, despite Gianni Frankis and James Dalton goals for Rob Hodgson’s visitors.

EOFL Divisions One & Two

In the second tier, Beacon Hill Rovers won 2 – 1 at struggling Wakering Sports. Semi Akinlolu and Bertie Whymark both scored for the victors there, while Nathan Roche replied for the hosts. Corinthians continue to bag the points with a 3 – 1 success at home to Epping Town. Jordan Stoneham, Leo Clarke and Bailey Moss all found the net there for Chris Stoneham’s team. In other results, ACD Utd were held 3 – 3 by Harold Hill at Westlands, while Herongate Athletic were held 1 – 1 by Harold Wood Athletic. Benjamin Clarke’s penalty supplied Ath’s goal and Matt Donovan levelled things up for John Field’s side.

In Division Two, Wakering Sports Res continued their fine season with a 5 – 1 win at local rivals Catholic Utd Res. Ciaran Sweeney continues to find the net regularly as he got two goals here, and he was supported by goals from Connor Fardyga, Ashley Sexton and substitute Kasey Brannan. Daniel Williams netted the consolation for the Hoops second-team. Hashtag Utd Dev got a terrific 6 – 2 victory at May & Baker EOFL, as Chandler Wray netted two goals himself, along with an ensemble cast including Shaun Warren, Matthew Gauci, Tony Stevens and Samuel Pratt who all netted a goal each. Danny Gillham and Danny Horan got the strikes for Josh Lowbridge’s team. Lastly in this tier, Wakebury got back on form with some style as thewy won 6 – 1 at home to AS Rawreth at Cupid’s. Finlay Dorrell scored a fine treble for Matt Cardy’s team, with Jake Butler, Ben Perry and Harry Kateley also finding the net.


EOFL Divisions Three, Four & Five

In Division Three, the majority of home sides prevailed. Firstly, Basildon Town Res continued their fine start with a 5 – 0 triumph over Tooby Res at Basildon Sports Club. Antony Aylett & Scott Read both got braces here, with Jamie Miller also scoring here. Hullbridge Sports Res also hit five goals in a 5 – 0 victory over Springfield Res. Nicholas Sherlock netted twice here, with the supporting cast of Harry Mole, Harry Boswell and Lewis Foster all got a goal each. Pitsea Athletic also were successful with a 4 – 2 win over Old Chelmsfordians Res at Basildon Sporting Village. Lee Mulholland and Declan Peters both scored to give the OC’s a chance but a treble for Joshua Oteng and one for substitute Reece Stone comfirmed the points for Ath. Lastly in D3, Leigh Town Res now take on the mantle as their ‘lead’ side and they won 2 – 1 at Chingford Athletic Res. Liam Wragg and Kyras Harris both struck to give Josh Burrage’s side the win at Town Mead.


Moving into Division Four, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res ggot a big 4 – 1 win over Leytonstone Utd at Silver Leys. Matt Kemp was the hat-trick hero for the hosts, with Harry Senior also finding the net. William Medlock got the consolation for Utd. Ongar Town also got a much-needed victory with a resounding 5 – 0 triumph against Wakering Sports A at Marks Hall. Billy Welch struck four goals for Town there, with Samuel Flynn also on target there. Other results in the division included Collier Row’s 4 – 1 home win against Galleywood Res and a 2 – 1 victory for Shenfield AFC Res at Leigh Ramblers Res.

In Division Five, Basildon Town A continued to impress with an 8 – 1 success at Epping Town Res. Donnel Kujingaadded to his impressive goal haul this term with another treble, with Nathan Fisher, Luke Soley, Benjamin Farrant, Charlie Jarvis and Kyanou Stylianou rounding out the list of scorers. Joe Bothwell’s goal was a good moment personally but Epping had no answer in this match. Manford Way Res got a 2 – 0 victory at home to Collier Row Res. with Luke Bennett and Charlie Thomas the scorers there. Meanwhile, Wakebury Res had a strike by replacement Kieran Wheal to thank for a 1 – 0 win at Canning Town Res. Also, Runwell Sports Res won 6 — 1 at AS Rawreth Res.


Cup Section

In EOFL Senior Lge Cup –  Old Chelmsfordians 3 – 2 Shoebury Town

In the EOFL Reserve Lge Cup, Rayleigh Town Res bossed their tie as they defeated Pitsea Athletic Res 6 – 1 at London Road. Calvin Armstrong and Ebeneezer Djan both scored twice, with Harry Herbert and Daniel Beestone also on target for Dave Barker’s side. The other result saw Old Southendian Res progress with a 4 – 2 win at Sungate Res.

In the Anagram Records Trophy, Catholic Utd progressed in the late kick-off with a 2 – 1 win at Tottenhoe, thanks largely to Aaron Baldwin’s brace at the Rec. Galleywood also made the next round with a fine 5 – 1 victory over Sudbury Sports. Ben Smith scored two goals here, with Craig Skipper, Roman Sparks and Jamie Lockwood all finding the net as well. Sungate also went through with a 4 – 1 win at EAL Senior side Sporting Hackney.

S22-23 Round-ups: Essex Olympian Lge (Sat 15 Oct) [EOFL 22-23 18.10.22]


Written by Scott W [@ScottMHC14] – Non-League Writer

Hello & welcome to the round-up from the action in the Essex Olympian League. This week on Saturday 15 October, we look at the action in all divisions, plus an extra section on the Cup competitions this weekend. There was no Action in Divisions Three & Five this week.

Action still from Runwell v Shenfield this weekend

EOFL Premier Division

Firstly in the top-tier, Hutton are four points clear at the summit after a 2 – 0 victory at Canning Town. Sean O’Callaghan got both goals for Matt Singh’s side. Catholic Utd are third after a 2 – 0 success over Springfield at Len Forge Centre. Aaron Baldwin and Franklin Craik both scored for Simon Thomas’ team. Springfield have subsequently announced that Allan Fenn will be their new manager, I’d like to wish him well in his new role.

Meanwhile, Toby went into mid-table with a 2 – 1 triumph over Galleywood at the Nursery Sports Ground. Dean Maguchu and Luis Ruiz goals were enough for the win. Zane Liles got the goal back for ‘Wood there. Sungate also got an important three points with a 2 – 1 win at home to Kelvedon Hatch. Substitute Dawood Ghafar scored for Hatch but goals for Solomon Asomah & stalwart Petrit Elbi ensured the points stayed in East London. There was also an important victory for Bishop’s Stortford Swifts as they defeated Old Southendian 2 – 1 at Silver Leys. Mitchell Burr got both goals to outdo Mitchell Ali’s reply for OS.

And lastly, Shenfield AFC continued their decent start to the season with a 1 – 0 victory at Runwell Sports. Marc Holland got the only goal for Kevin Williamson & Luke Williamson’s side, in the match that I attended this weekend. If you’d like more on this game, my report is available here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2022/10/15/s22-23-match-report-runwell-sports-0-1-shenfield-afc-sat-15-oct-eofl/


EOFL Divisions One & Two

In Division One, Herongate Athletic got a good 3 – 0 victory at Epping Town, with Benjamin Clarke, Frankie Aston and substitute Harvey Yellop all on target for Kurt Smith’s team. Old Chelmsfordians won 2 – 0 at Wakering Sports at Cupid’s and finally, Harold Wood Athletic continued their great season’s start with a 4 – 3 home win over Beacon Hill Rovers. Billy Gray’s penalty plus strikes by Max Shepherd, Jacob Roberts and Connor Sheehan ensured the points. Ben Prentice, Harry Hearn & Ben Jackman all netted for Rovers in that game.

In Division Two this week, Shoebury Town got a big 6 – 0 win over May & Baker at Cupid’s. Kian Bradshaw again led the line well with a treble, with substitute Luke Antoine adding two goals and there was a goal for Callum Merenda also. Hashtag Utd Development also got a good win, 2 – 0 at Old Southendian Res with Tommy Green & Matthew Gauci the goal-scorers at Garon Park 3G. Elsewhere, Rayleigh Town Res edged to a 3 – 2 success at home to Wakebury. Jack Long & replacements Calvin Armstrong and Harry Herbert were all on the score-sheet for Dave Barker’s side. Finlay Dorrell got both goals for the Berries here.

Finally, Wakering Sports Res grabbed an impressive 7 – 1 victory at AS Rawreth. Steven Valente & Connor Fardyga got braces apiece for the visitors, with Sam Shenstone, Ciaran Sweeney & Eben Rowledge also on target. Billy Brown got the goal for Rawreth.


EOFL Division Four

Moving into Division Four now, Roydon got the win in the only league match this weekend. They won 4 – 1 at Pitsea Athletic Res, Mike Hayes scored twice for the victors, with Nader Benzid and substitute Ryan Knowles also netting. Replacement Rinor Zeqiri did get a goal back for the Ath second-side.


EOFL Senior League Cup

There were two matches in the SLC. Firstly, Corinthians put in a very strong showing with a 8 – 0 victory at Buckhurst Hill U23. Bailey Moss & Max Jones both scored trebles for Chris Stoneham’s team. Connor Summerhill and Jordan Stoneham were also on target at Roding Lane as the Division One side went through. In the other game, Manford Way defeated Basildon Town Res 5 – 1 at the London Marathon Sports Ground. Samuel Oramadike, James Dobson, Dawid Potoczek plus substitutes Harry Davison & Harvey Brown were all on the scorers’ sheet. Jack Main got a consolation strike for the visitors.


Essex Reserve League Cup

In the EOFL Ressie Cup, Collier Row Res continued their good season with a thumping 9 – 2 victory over Epping Town Res at Forest Row. Raheem Bravo & Ryan Costello both netted hat-tricks, while Jordan Lee got a double and Harry Potts also notched. Catholic Utd Res also progressed with a 5 – 0 home win over Manford Way Res. Finlay Grant, Dabniel Williams, Matt Creevy & Ryan Morgan were all on target for the hosts.

Other Results in RLC:

Hutton Res  3 – 4  Runwell Sports Res

Old Chelmsfordians Res 2 – 2p Basildon Town A (Bas wion 4 -3 on penalties)

Springfield Res p1 – 1 Canning Town Res (Spr won 3 – 2 on penalties)


Essex Junior Cup R’s

Cowley CC 3 – 2 Leytonstone Utd

Galleywood Res  1 – 2  Old Chelmsfordians A

Leigh Ramblers Res  2 – 1  Southend Rangers

Ongar Town  0 – 3  Brentwood Athletic

Shenfield AFC Res  p1-1  Hutton A (Shen Res won 5 – 4 on pens)

Wakering Sports  2 – 3  Hawkwell Athletic


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

S22-23 Match Report: Runwell Sports 0 – 1 Shenfield AFC (Sat 15 Oct) [EOFL 22-23 15.10.22]

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Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Venue: St Luke’s Park

2021-22 Season: Match 22

Attendance: 35 (Est)

Saturday 15 October 2022 – 2pm KO

Runwell: Yellow Shirts, Blue Shorts &  Yellow Socks

Shenfield: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Shenfield grab hard-fought win at Runwell

Runwell Sports 0 – 1 Shenfield AFC

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

The Saturday outing this week was a first visit to St Luke’s Park for what I felt was a ‘lesser-known gem’ of a match between Runwell Sports and Shenfield AFC in the Essex Olympian League Premier Division. The hosts are back this term in the Intermediate top-tier for the first time in about twenty years and representing Rob Hodgson’s side here was goalkeeper Josh Hudson, a defence comprised of full-backs Charlie Buffin & Oliver Williamson and centre-backs Taylor Armstrong and Nathan James. The Central midfield duo were skipper Jordan Gregory and Damilare Eniolorunda with Joe Olley supporting a front three of Gianni Frankis, James Dalton and Charlie Little. Shenfield had Joe Durrant in goal, with a defence of Sam Bubb, Tom Black, Elliott Thompson and Jack Maleary. The three-man midfield was led by captain & co-boss Luke Williamson, with Marc Holland and Marlon Stratford alongside him. Their goal-hungry forward line was led by Ben Absolon, Alex Tredgett and Ben Carroll.

This match did not take long to provide a few half-chances, with Shenfield forward Ben Absolon having an early strike off-target before Runwell forward Gianni Frankis responded at the other end, nodding wide at the far post past Shenfield stopper Joe Durrant. Shenfield did seem to have that bit of extra zip about them and they did break the early stalemate after eleven minutes, as midfielder Marc Holland’s strike from the edge of the penalty area took a deflection which looped it over unfortunate home custodian Josh Hudson and into the net.


There was an air of ‘fine margins’ at this point but as the half wore on, Shenfield did start to retain the ball better and push on to create some further chances. One such chance occured on the quarter-hour as a decent break forward ended with Ben Carroll being denied by Hudson. Runwell were solid enough in defending but more often than not, their clearances were just going back to the Shenfield defence or midfield, who in turn added to the pressure the hosts’ backline was enduring. Absolon had also had another half-chance before Runwell started to see more of the ball and keep Durrant alert in the process.

Runwell’s Gianni Frankis did well to get down the right channel of the penalty area and outdid his marker before finding centre forward James Dalton but his strike lacked the power to bypass the Shenfield goalkeeper, who got across to save well. Five minutes before the interval, Shenfield forward Ben Absolon did well to get down the left, evading defenders before sending in his cross which Runwell defender Taylor Armstrong had to deal with and did so well, heading it over his own goal frame.

Oliver Williamson’s [#3, left] long throw arrows in the first half

Half-Time: Runwell  0 – 1  Shenfield

The second half was high on competitiveness but also high on niggly fouls which stifled both teams at times. Runwell forward Charlie Little was having to do a fair bit of defensive work earlier on, but just shy of the hour, a good through ball released him to face Durrant one-on-one but it was the goalie that got the better of that moment, with Little’s shot being saved when well-poised. AFC substitute Jack Shaw showed a glimpse of his ability soon after as his swivel & strike didn’t threaten Hudson’s goal but did send an alert that the visitors were keen to wrap up the points.

Rob Hodgson’s side were more in the game since the interval but a resilent & determined Shenfield defence were making it difficult for them. Frankis again had a glimmer at goal with 17 minutes remaining, but unfortunately for him, he lost his footing as he struck wide of the left-side post, leaving Durrant a chance to draw breath.

Runwell push forward in first half

Shenfield were still a threat on the counter-attack and one said counter led to Shaw pouring forward, requiring Hudson to advance out of his goal to challenge and whilst outside the eighteen-yard area, the visiting forward was felled as referee Daniel Mann showed little hesitation in deeming Hudson as the ‘last man’ and duly sent him off, leaving Sports down to ten men for about the last ten minutes.

There were a tense few moments in the latter stages after Hudson’s dismissal but the tiring visiting forward line did not heavily threaten emergency custodian Nathan James’ goal as they were content with the lead they had, which was enough to give Kevin Williamson & Luke Williamson’s hard-working side the three points. Armstrong had a decent strike wide in the last few seconds but as the referee blew for time, Shenfield could be pleased with both their performance & the points.

Shenfield midfield Marc Holland challenges for the ball late on

Full-Time: Runwell Sports 0 – 1 Shenfield AFC

To summarise this gritty game, Shenfield just had the edge in terms of chances created and being resolute throughout the spine of the side as well. Runwell showed the spirit that saw them to success last season but they didn’t create enough chances or sustained pressure to force at least a share of the points in my view.

The stand-out performances here stand with victors Shenfield. Forwards Ben Carroll & Ben Absolon led the line well for Kevin Williamson & Luke Williamson’s side here, stretching the defence, making intelligent runs and sending it good crosses at times. Also, a word for centre-back Elliott Thompson who was a powerful presence to maintain the resolute response to some decent build-up play by the hosts. Lastly, central midfielder Marc Holland put in a hard-working display and made some good passes as well as getting the goal with his deflected looping strike.

For Runwell, there were some good performances also. Winger Gianni Frankis did well at times, getting down the flanks utilising his pace and also having a couple of chances at goal. James Dalton also led the forward line well despite the relative lack of service, and had to come deep to get the ball in the second period. Centre-back Taylor Armstrong was a good, solid presence for Rob Hodgson’s side making several important clearances while lastly, a word for full-back Oliver Williamson who dealt with the pressure well & put in a high-energy performance too.

Lastly, I’d like to thank Runwell for their welcome today & to both teams for their kind words today. It is appreciated.


Teams

Runwell Sports     | Manager: Rob Hodgson  |  Assistants: Jason Davis & Ian Read

Starting XI: 1 Josh Hudson (GK), 2 Charlie Buffin, 3 Oliver Williamson, 5 Taylor Armstrong, 6 Nathan James, 4 Jordan Gregory (Capt), 8 Damilare Eniolorunda, 10 Joe Olley, 7 Gianni Frankis, 9 James Dalton, 11 Charlie Little

Subs On (Time): 16 Jamie Philbrick [63′], 15 Riley Armstrong [71′]

Booked: Little, Olley | Sent Off: Hudson [79′] | Subs Not Used: Day, Sparrow, Watson


Shenfield AFC    | Co-Managers: Kevin Williamson & Luke Williamson    

Starting XI: 1 Joe Durrant (GK), 2 Tom Black, 3 Sam Bubb, 15 Elliott Thompson, 11 Jack Maleary, 4 Luke Williamson (Capt), 5 Marlon Stratford, 8 Marc Holland, 7 Ben Carroll, 9 Ben Absolon, 17 Alex Tredgett

Goal-scorer: Marc Holland [11′]

Subs On (Time): 14 Jack Shaw [replaced Tredgett 46′], 18 Jack Panons [replaced Absolon 70′], 12 Frankie Fealty [replaced Carroll 85′], 6 Samuel Lock [replaced Williamson 86′]

Booked: Absolon, Bubb   | Subs Not Used: A MacKay


Referee: Daniel Mann
Assistants: Daniel Ward & Stuart Tredget

Guest Blog 22/23: Essex Alliance Lge & Cups (Sat 8 Oct) [EAL 22-23 10.10.22]

Hello and welcome to the ninth week of the season in the Essex Alliance League, as well as action in the Essex Premier Cup in which EAL sides represent the League in the inter-divisional competition. My thanks in advance to the EAL’s Rob Parker. Thank you for reading.

Guest Blog written by Rob Parker for EAL  [EAL Twitter: @EssexAllianceFL]

With Introduction & additional reporting by Scott W


Essex Alliance League Round-up- Saturday 10 October

FENTON CUP

The Fenton Cup action continued on Saturday and FC Baresi continued their excellent league form into the cup competition with a comprehensive 10 – 1 victory away at Premier Division side, Barkingside Under 23s. Tyreece Robinson scored a hat-trick for Baresi with Raymond Poku and Paul Benfield both scoring twice. Nicola Rapacchiani, Korede Da Silva and Umaru Kabia netted the others, Leo Gaspar scored the ‘Side consolation.

FENTON TROPHY

The Under 23s of FC Baresi followed the lead of their first team counterparts as they also ran in double figures in the Trophy competition, defeating Avondale Rangers in a 12 – 2 scoreline. Adam Friend and Jake Clarke both scored for Rangers but four Hamza Hafesji goals in reply for the hosts, plus goals from David Poirier (2), Zaahir Patel (2), Marco Perkola, Abbas Osman, Junior Ouattara and Adam Patel were plenty enough to secure their place in the next round. In the day’s other tie in the competition, it was an in-form Ilford Reserves side who played host to Division Four’s Collier Row Wheels, both sides having made decent starts in their respective competitions. But the Foxes avoided any kind of slip up with a 4 – 0 home win to put themselves through to the next round.

SENIOR DIVISION

With cup football top of the agenda for many this week, Sporting Hackney took full advantage to move to within two points of the leading sides as they returned home from Rapid Chingford with all three points in a 6 – 1 success. Tyler Springer and Percival Winter both bagged a brace with Joel Akuwudike and Richard Balogun goals rendering Andrei Boga’s effort as just consolation. FC Petrocub also took the chance to shut the gap on the sides above them as the fifth placed side put a 6 – 1 win of their own on the board with a terrific performance away at mid-table Walthamstow Reserves at Wadham Lodge. Ion Spinu came off the bench to score a hat-trick, adding to goals from Nicolai Gutu, Vasilica-Cristinel Ilie and Nicolai Cotruta.

It was a hat-trick of away wins in the division when Brimsdown ran out victors at Fairlop Oak against Blue Marlin, the Hertfordshire based side cruising to a 5 – 1 success to take maximum points back home with them. Cory Rose & Jason Rice both notched twice for Brimsdown with Sterlange Nzeza also scoring to secure the win which saw Brimsdown move up to sixth in the standings as they continue their quest for an immediate return to senior football.

PREMIER DIVISION EAST

Four sides remain with a perfect record at the top end of the Premier Division East standings with Fairlop Rovers top on goal difference following their 6-1 success on Saturday, beating Freetown 6 – 1 to make it three from three. Donald Adaakwah scored the ‘Town goal but his efforts proved in vain as his side remain in the hunt for their first points.

Chingford Athletic’s strong start has seen them make it three wins from three in the league also as they beat a struggling Wapping side 5-1 at Castle Green to stay in touch with the leaders. Harry Rouse scored a hat-trick with Mario-Angelino Lipetz and Dylan Scutt goals carrying them to victory, Juber Ahmed the scorer for the hosts with their consolation. Sitting third but only by the virtue of goal difference, RCXI are also on nine points and put their third league win on the board on Saturday with victory in the Newbury Park derby as they beat Cowley Community 3-1 with Ayo Matthews scoring twice and Daniel Williams once. Rajpal Bumbra scored the Cowley goal in reply, the visitors remaining in mid-table.

Waltham Abbey A bounced back well from defeat last time out to move fifth in the standings after recording a second win in three, beating London Park City 2 – 1 at Seven Kings School over the weekend. Alexandru Gheorghe scored for City but it was the Abbey who ran out winners by the odd goal in the end to extend their decent start.

PREMIER DIVISION WEST

There are new leaders in the West division as North East Lions took full advantage of results around them to move top by a point following an away victory against G7 in east London. A goal apiece from Jae Smith and Alex Zambrano off the bench done the damage as Lions were 2 – 0 winners on the day to put themselves top. That outcome was made possible after CSM London put their second successive league win on the board, defeating the previous leaders, AEK London, over at Mabley Green. Ali Jalo & Tay Chambers got the goals for CSM here. After three wins on the bounce last month, October has been tough for AEK so far with a draw last weekend followed by a 2 – 0 defeat to CSM this weekend.

Priory Park Rangers are another side to take full advantage of the matters around them as the Marshes based outfit recorded a third win to remain unbeaten, defeating Soul in a 6-2 scoreline to move second. Shepdherd Ndlovu has led the way so far for his side this season and he scored four more, adding to strikes from Ali Salama and Deri Fnu. Another side to make strong progress on Saturday were Wanstead who travelled to East Ham on Saturday to face Athletic Newham Under 23s and returned with their first maximum point haul in the league this season, winning 3 – 0. That result saw the visitors leap up to sixth place in the standings and just two points behind the side above them.


DIVISION ONE

There are some big battles ahead in Division One where at least two sides are making waves at the top, Unitey presently leading the way on goal difference after they put five goals past Atholl without reply on Saturday to record a 5 – 0 win. Devontae Young, Chris Tshimanga, Bubintende Masadi and Akhlad Miah all netted for their side to keep their top form going. Newham Wanderers are treading heel to heel with their rivals at the top and came through a stern test away at Forest Green to take home all three points. Wanderers were 3-0 winners, making it three wins from three with Addae Paponette, Robertson Morais and Manuel Sanuo all netting for the visitors.

Sitting three points further back, Redbridge Community’s first home game of the season saw the visit of Old Esthameians make the short journey to Mayfield but it was the hosts who made the most of their homecoming, earning themselves a 6 – 1 win on the day. Frankie Francis led the way with two goals for the victors, Jahsial Weekes, Michael Kiflezgji, Akiljo Balliu & Merrill Appiah also were on target. That was Redbridge’s second win of the season, moving third with six points.

DIVISION TWO

In Division Two, it’s as you were at the top end of the table with Snaresbrook making it four wins from four, returning home from Chadwell Heath Spartans Reserves with all three points in a 3 – 0 success at Hainault Rec. George Bacon, Ife Ogunbayo and Chris Huggins were the men on target to ensure the continuation of their perfect start. Rainham Phoenix have risen back up to second spot and trail the leaders by three points as they took maximum points from their trip to Old Barkabbeyans on Saturday. The Billys, Humphries and Broadbridge, were both on the scoresheet, Sean Tormey scoring the other as Rainham won the game 3 – 0.

It was a good afternoon for St Francis who got their first win of the season over the weekend as they took three points in their clash with Barking Potters at Castle Green, moving up to fifth with an 8 – 2 win. Teyon Weston was the hero scoring four while Ahmed Zaghloul scored twice and one each from Godwill Kumpana and Aley Khaled finished things off for the Saints.

DIVISION THREE

Newbury East remain the leaders at the top of Division Three, staying a point clear following the weekend’s efforts as they defeated Melbourne Sports at Oaks Park in a 6-2 scoreline. That saw East record a fourth league success of the season, along with their draw, to remain as one of two unbeaten sides in the division. The other unbeaten side are Chingford Harriers who trail by a point but have a game in hand on the leaders following their strong win against another top half side, Jolof Sports Reserves. Andrew Bowring and Grant Coy were the scorers for Harriers as they overcame their east London rivals to win the game 2 – 1.

Promoted Dagenham United Reserves are up into third spot as they leapt above their weekend opponents, Flyers Under 21s, in a heavily congested middle area of the table. Lewis Bennett and Isa Khan both scored twice with Peter Runham accredited with the other as their United side won 5 – 0 at King Georges. Just behind Dagenham sit Frenford A who are now up to fourth after a successful home performance against Romford Under 21s at The Drive which saw them win 5 – 1. Two Kyran Chiedozie goals plus efforts from James Rowlatt, Adam Andrade and Kishawn James done the damage with Eugenio Balde netting the Romford reply.

Buckhurst Way returned to winning league form on Saturday with a solid home performance in a home victory against Football Club of Riverside. Way were 4 – 0 winners at Bancrofts as George Martin, Tom Richardson, Dolapo Gbadamosi and Myles Croxford all struck with goals to see their side move up to sixth in the standings.


DIVISION FOUR

Inter London have closed the gap at the top to just three points following the weekend’s results as they made a successful trip to league leaders, West Essex Under 23s, returning home with all three points in a 3 – 1 success. Ace Soyemi, Nasser Salum and Fahad Abdallah scored the Inter goals to overcome a Ciaran Farrell-Christian strike for West. Results around them also allowed Romford Under 19s to move in touch with the sides above them, recording a 3-1 away win of their own, defeating Fairlop Rovers Reserves at Fairlop Oak. Abel Woldergiorgis scored twice with Oskar Plusa also on the scoresheet to make it two wins from three for Romford.

There was a ten goal thriller in the six-pointer affecting the bottom end of the table where two winless sides, Newham & Havering Borough and Old Esthameians Reserves, met in Rainham. An incredible game eventually saw Old E’s walk away with the points as they won 6 – 4 on the day to pick up their first win of the season, moving off the bottom of the table in the process. The division’s remaining game saw second placed London APSA Under 23s at home to their Flyers Under 23 counterparts in Barkingside, the sides going into the game with three points between them. That gap remained by full-time as neither side could trouble the scorers, the game ending in a 0-0 scoreless draw to take a point each.


COUNTY CUP

There was tremendous success for the league in the county cup competitions, starting with the London Senior Trophy where Jolof Sports faced a difficult first round tie against higher league opposition, facing Thurlow Nunn League side Tower Hamlets at Mile End Stadium. With the game ending level 1 – 1, it was Jolof who took the honours, winning the shootout 4-3 to go through.

It was also a winning start in the competition for Crookz United who were also on the road with a trip to Redbridge Reserves of the Essex Senior League Reserve Division Two. But Crookz were in fine goal scoring form and recorded a thumping 6 – 0 away win to book a spot in round two.

In the BBC Essex Premier Cup, all bar one tie went the way Essex Alliance League sides with last season’s finalists, Woodford East, overcoming a tricky first round trip to the coast, coming away 3 – 2 winners at Old Southendian to ensure their safe passage to round two. The longest trip was made by Chadwell Heath Spartans who travelled up the A12 to Essex & Suffolk Border League opponents, Tiptree Heath. A seven goal thriller went the way of Spartans as they edged through 4 – 3 and now face an even longer trip to West Bergholt next month!

There was more away day success for Frenford Development who made the trip down the A406 to Beckton to face Essex Olympian League side, Canning Town. A close game ensued between two sides similarly placed in their respective leagues but it was Frenford who went through, winning 3-2 on the day.

Completing a quarter of away wins for EAL sides, Dagenham United had a fruitful trip to West Thurrock where they took an Essex Senior League side Grays Athletic Reserves in a later kick-off. The Dagenham side came through by the odd goal, winning 2 – 1 to book a place in round three.

Extra-time was needed at May & Baker EC Reserves where the hosts were facing up to Thurlow Nunn visitors in the form of Halstead Town Reserves. With the game level at full-time, the extra thirty minutes saw Jimmy Donald’s side to win 4 – 2 and secure passage into the next round.

The only loss of the round came in the game at Fairlop Oak where it took an extra thirty minutes to eventually separate Oakside from Harold Wood Athletic, the visitors winning the game 2 – 1 in extra time to progress on.

In the AFA Intermediate Cup, the league had representation in the form of Lymore Gardens Reserves who faced a trip to south east London to face West Wickham 3rds. In a game of five goals, Lymore returned empty handed as their interest in the competition ended following a 3-2 defeat.

S22-23 Round-ups: Essex Olympian Lge & Cups (Sat 8 Oct) [EOFL 22-23 10.10.22]

Written by Scott W [@ScottMHC14] – Non-League Writer

Hello & welcome to the round-up from the action in the Essex Olympian League. This week on Saturday 8 October,  we look at the action in all League divisions from Two to Five, plus an extra section on the Essex Premier Cup & the EOFL Reserve League Cup. Thanks as ever to all the regular readers of this column & to all the clubs.

No EOFL Premier Division & Division One action this week

EOFL Divisions Two & Three

We begin this week in Division Two, with a handsome win for Hashtag Utd Dev as they prevailed 12 – 1 at AS Rawreth. Samuel Pratt struck four goals here, with Matthew Gauci notching twice. There was a hefty ensemble of Josh Jarvis, Thomas Matthew, Jay Knight, Chandler Wray, Tommy Green & replacement Jake Smith who all scored as well. Wakebury also got a morale-boosting win, 5 – 2 at Catholic Utd Res. Will Wheeler, Mark Frostick, Ben Morley, Junior Lawrence & substitute Isaac Bello all netted for Matt Cardy’s side in that game. The other result saw Old Southendian Res draw 3 – 3 at May & Baker EOFL.

Moving now into the solitary match in Division Three, as Basildon Town Res got another big win, 7 – 0 at home to Corinthians Res. Harry Payne came off the bench to score a treble, with the supporting cast of Louis Hill, Antony Aylett, Jamie Miller & Billy Hutchinson all scoring too.

EOFL Divisions Four & Five

In Division Four, Roydon got a big 5 – 0 victory over Galleywood Res. Substitute Mike Hayes netted twice for the hosts, with Connor Presland, Lucas Riddoch & fellow replacement Lee Wicks secured the points. Herongate Athletic Res also got the points with a 2 – 0 success at Leytonstone Utd. Kieron Wilson-Fowler & substitute Kai Redmond got the goals there. The other result in the division was Ongar Town’s 3 – 1 victory against Pitsea Athletic Res at Marks Hall. 

In Division Five, the top four sides all won. Basildon Town A are still top after a 4 – 0 victory at Canning Town Res. Daniel Kujinga got all four goals for the visitors as they stayed a point clear. Runwell Sports Res are in second place after a 9 – 1 victory over Shoebury Town Res at St Luke’s. Gianni Frankis scored four goals here, with Harry Ford scoring two goals as well as Luke Smith and substitutes James Clarke & Bryce Comer. Manford Way Res are in third after a 5 – 3 success at Sungate Res. Callum Thomas scored two goals for them, with Charlie Webb, Charlie Thomas & Bradley Wilkins all also on target.

Lastly for the League action, Collier Row Res are in fourth spot after a terrific 11 – 1 win over AS Rawreth Res. Jordan Lee & Raheem Bravo both scored trebles for the Romford-based side, with Eric Eze & George Coker netting twice each also, with Ryan Costello also on target.

Essex Premier Cup

In our additional section on the EPC this week, we start with ACD Utd progressing with a 6 – 1 victory over Springfield Res. Alex Bessent netted twice for Michael Wade’s side, with Jacob Dingli, Samuel Payne, Scott Perkins & substitute Connor Lambert all netting on a good day for them. Catholic Utd had a scare before joining ACD as they had extra time to deal with before winning 4 – 2 at Buckhurst Hill U23. Aaron Baldwin & Ben Burrows scored for Utd, with Harry Maslin & Harvey Woods scoring for Hill. Extra-time strikes by Tom Elliott & Adrian Maponga sealed the win for Simon Thomas’ side.

Frenford Development got a fine 3 – 2 win at fellow Step 7 side Canning Town. Edem Tetteh, Isima Iguisi & substitute Sebastian Ramirez goals saw the EAL Senior side through. EOFL Division One side Beacon Hill Rovers made a superb comeback as they won 4 – 3 at Middlesex County Premier side Clapton CFC. Greg Moorse, Fred Taylor & Reggie Nelson goals saw the Tons take the lead, but a treble from Karl Swanborough turned the tables & Bertie Whymark also netted for Rovers. Galleywood also got the win as they defeated Leigh Town Res 4 – 0 at John Burrows Rec. Ben Smith scored a treble with Jamie Lockwood getting the other goal.

Elsewhere, Rayleigh Town also went through following a 3 – 0 victory at Manford Way. George Vile, Jack Long & William Vile got the goals for Paul Higgins’ team. Harold Wood Athletic also won, as Jacob Roberts & Matty Donovan goals saw them to a 2 – 1 win at EAL team Oakside, after extra-time. Old Chelmsfordians defeated fellow EOFL Division One side Harold Hill 3 – 1 , thanks to a brace from Joe Kemp and one goal from Max Johnson. Troy Tizard-Cleghorn responded for Billy Cove’s team.


Meanwhile, Pitsea Athletic won with a 3 – 2 triumph over Hullbridge Sports Res. Kwadwo Asante, Reece Stone & Josh Ledger all netted there at Basildon Sports Club. Toby also booked their place in the next round withh a 2 – 1 success over Shoebury Town. Jamie Simpkins & replacement Oliver Dingli both scored for Mark Jones’ side. Leigh Ramblers also won through after a 3 – 1 triumph at Wakering Sports. Ryan Wyatt scored for Wakering, but goals from Scott Clark, Jack Gardner & an OG secured the win.

Our final two matches start with a excellent game which Alresford Colne Rangers progress with a 5 – 4 victory at Springfield. Josh Gray scored two goals for Rangers, but further goals from Finley Hughes, Sam Hume & Ryan Lewis sealed the win. Strikes by Mason Sprott, Harrison Elles, Cameron Brown & substitute Olle Gentry made it close but interim boss Cameron Scorer’s side went out. Lastly, there was a rare scoreline at St Martins Sch as Shenfield AFC trounced May & Baker Res 21 – 0. Substitute Alex Tredgett led the way with five goals, Jack Shaw & Luke Williamson also scored four goals each. Frankie Fealty & Ben Absolon netted two more goals apiece and the scorers were rounded out by Elliott Thompson, Ben Carroll, Samuel Lock & an OG.

Other Results

Harold Wood Athletic Res  2 – 3 Dedham Old Boys

Hashtag Utd Res 4 – 0 Hutton Res

Herongate Athletic 1 – 4 Barnston

Hutton 1 – 0 Rayleigh Town Res

Oakside 1 – 2 Harold Wood Athletic (AET)

Old Chelmsfordians Res 1 – 4 Colne Athletic

Old Southendian 2 – 3 Woodford East

Wakering Sports Res 2 – 1 Frenford Res

West Bergholt 6 – 1 Toby Res


EOFL Reserve League Cup

In the Ressie League Cup, Leigh Ramblers Res went through after a 3 – 0 victory over Wakering Sports A. Jacob Meads scored twice & Charlie Batchelor got the other goal at Belfairs Park. Also, Wakebury Res also won, getting a surprise 4 – 1 win over EOFL Div Four side Shenfield AFC at Shoebury Park, Ross Barnes netted twice for the hosts, with Luke Abbott and Jamie Oates also on target for Joe Creak’s team. Jack Panons got the solitary reply for AFC’s second team.

S22-23 Round-ups: Essex Senior Lge (Sat 8 Oct) [ESL 22-23 9.10.22]

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Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & ESL Writer

Hello & welcome to the latest of my occasional series, looking at the Essex Senior League action, looking at all ten matches that took place on Saturday 8 October, which saw three teams get important away wins.

Essex Senior Lge –  Saturday 8 October

The weekend’s action started on Friday night as Saffron Walden Town got a 2 – 1 win in a heated battle at Barking. Luke Hirst got the goal for Charlie MacDonald’s side, but Jason Hallett’s free-kick & a Connor Scully goal was enough to see Jason Maher’s team to a hugely important win which sees them rise to mid-table. On Saturday, Stanway Rovers grabbed a 4 – 0 victory over visitors Clapton in the early kick-off at the Hawthorns. Ernest Okoh netted another two goals for Danny Slatter’s team, with Ezequiel Franchi & Joe Debell also on target to leave Clapton two points adrift of nearest rivals Halstead.

Elsewhere, FC Clacton got another good win with a 2 – 1 success at Halstead Town in the match I attended this weekend. Charlie Thompson and Jake Clowsley’s penalty was enough to overhaul Ben Morris’ first goal for Town at Rosemary Lane and send Tommy Austin’s side up to fifth spot. If you’d like more on this match, my report is available here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2022/10/09/s22-23-match-report-halstead-town-1-2-fc-clacton-sat-8-oct-esl/


Ilford also got a good 3 – 1 win over Buckhurst Hill at Cricklefield. Joe Lilly netted twice (one from 12 yards) for Richard Ponsford’s team, with Harry Rawlins also scoring to outdo another goal for the in-form Hassan Nalbant for Buckhurst. The Foxes are up to 13th place after this win. Romford got an important 2 – 0 win at rivals Redbridge, with Charlie Morris and Jesse Olukolu the goal-getters for Steve Butterworth’s side there, which saw them up to tenth with games in hand.  Enfield are up to third spot after a super 3 – 0 victory at Little Oakley, thanks to strikes by Danny Norton, Gavin Cockman & Dwade James. Jamie Cureton’s side are well-placed with two games in hand on the top two.

West Essex went back up to the summit with a 4 – 0 success at Southend Manor. Marlon Ortiz netted twice after coming off the bench, with Callum Bloss and Cameron Gray also on target for Kwame Kwateng’s side. Manor also announced Alex O’Leary as their new gaffer this week, and his role in lifting this hastily rebuilt side will be a hard ask as they seek to get out of the bottom two. Takeley also prevailed with a 2 – 0 win over White Ensign at Station Road, with George Powell & Glenn O’Hanlon on target for Marc Das’ team, which saw them go up to 12th spot.

We end this article with two home wins. First, Sawbridgeworth Town continued their impressive start to the campaign with a 3 – 2 success over Stansted at Crofters. Larry Akanbi, Zach Davidson & David Etcheri all netted for Kieran Amos & Ben Taylor’s team which sent them up to ninth. Carl Conway & Connor Hammond scored for the Airportmen but they remain in mid-table. Lastly, Woodford Town managed an excellent 3 – 1 triumph against Athletic Newham at Ashton’s. Jaedon Phillips, Lee Sharpe & substitute Dimi Christou’s goal ensured Shane Baptiste’s side ended the day in seventh. Chris Nguidjol got his second goal this week for Chris Davis’ team. 

S22-23 Round-ups: Eastern Senior League South (Sat 8 Oct) [EaSL Sth 22-23 9.10.22]

Archive Image – Benfleet v Newbury Forest in FA Vase

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League Writer

Hello & welcome to the latest of my occasional series, looking at the Eastern Senior League South League action, rounding-up the seven matches on Saturday 8 October, which saw three teams get important away wins.

EaSL South –  Saturday 8 October

We start with a fine win for May & Baker as they won 3 – 0 at Stanway Pegasus. Kalum Bama, Abidemi Lamina & substitute Daniel Barth’s late goal secured an impressive win for Jordan Harris’ side at Stanway Sch 3G, which takes them level on points with Rosi Webb’s side. Benfleet remain in fourth after a 2 – 0 triumph at Coggeshall Utd, with Grant Frances and Taylor Lawrence the goal-getters there for Alex Salmon’s side.

Frenford also are in a good position in fifth after a superb 3 – 2 success at Basildon Town. Nick Reynolds scored twice (one from the penalty spot) for Dave Forbes’ side, with Tom Potter getting the opening strike. Rhys Fatt & Keanu Hill both netted for player-boss Marcus Bowers’ side but they drop into mid-table. Park View are in sixth after a surprise 2 – 1 victory over leaders Burnham Ramblers, with Emerson Dju & Kyron Mitchell the heroes for the hosts at New River Sports Centre. Ben Wood’s header ensured a late reply for Ramblers but their lead remains at two points because of other results.

Elsewhere, Enfield Borough got a big 5 – 1 success over Cannons Wood at Maurice Rebak Stadium. The ensemble cast of scorers were Walid Hirsi, Grisiano Kadriu, Malachi Soile, Georgi Steed & Rinidie Lokilo-Imponge as they rose to seventh spot in the table. Wood remain winless & four points adrift at the bottom. St Margaretsbury wre held 1 – 1 by Barkingside at the Recreation Ground. Ethan Daniels with the goal for Paul Holding & Marce Collington’s team. The other game saw a 3 – 3 draw between hosts Wormley Rovers and Newbury Forest. Josh Smith netted twice for Leo Connolly’s team, with Ansa Edem also on target for the visitors there.

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

S22-23 Match Report: Halstead Town 1 – 2 FC Clacton (Sat 8 Oct) [ESL 22-23 9.10.22]

ESL crest

Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Rosemary Lane

Attendance: 243

2022-23 Season: Match 21

Saturday 8 October 2022 – 3pm KO

Halstead: Black & White Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Clacton: Yellow Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Yellow Socks


FC Clacton edge their way to good win at Halstead

Halstead Town 1 – 2  FC Clacton

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

The match this weekend was a welcome first visit to Rosemary Lane for the Essex Senior League match featuring Halstead Town and visitors FC Clacton. The reverse fixture only took place only seven days previously, and Clacton were looking for their second win in as many weeks here. Halstead named stalwart Jack Cherry as skipper & goalkeeper, with a defence of Joe Vogler, Matt Travell, Jack Schelvis and Matt Coppen. The midfield included Louis O’Sullivan, Ben Morris and Jordan Palmer with a forward line comprised of Adam Hampson, Jordan Pavett and Ryan Carter. Calvin Poku & Nick Miller were among the options from the bench. Clacton had Luke Avenell in goal, with a defensive four made up of centre-backs Chris Ribchester & Michael Okafor and full-backs Jenson Mulqueen and Jake Gould. Their attack-minded midfield included Jack Marshall, Charlie Thompson and Jake Clowsley. Their attack was led by Mekhi McKenzie, skipper Billy Wales and Rueben Cowler. Teddy Collis, Jordan Lartey & Jettluke Hogan were all on the bench for Tommy Austin’s team.

Both teams were getting themselves into gear in the early stages, whilst trying to get some early momentum. Ryan Carter’s header was the only chance of note for the hosts early on, as an organised visiting defence made it tough for the Halstead midfield to get the ball in behind them to the forwards. At the other end, forward Mekhi McKenzie was getting in good positions, making good runs down the flanks to isolate the two home central defenders, and was supported by Rueben Cowler and Jake Clowsley down the flanks well.

As the half went on, Clacton were starting to retain possession more & having more glimpses at goal. A crisp strike from central midfielder Jack Marshall was gathered by commanding stopper Jack Cherry, while Clowsley’s well-struck effort sailed wide of Cherry’s goal, which was a marker for how much Mark McLean’s side needed to keep the ball and make the Seasiders work for it.

Clacton’s Jake Gould [#3] looking to push on [Image by Scott W]

As we passed the half-hour mark though, Halstead did start to have more forays forward, enterprising full-back Joe Vogler had been pushed further forward and his good ball in was agonizingly close for the home fans to seeing a close range tap-in. However, from a fast counter-attack, Halstead did take the lead on 36 minutes. Adam Hampson’s searing run had got down the left channel, getting past his marker before unselfishly playing in midfielder Ben Morris who calmly slotted home past Clacton stopper Luke Avenell.

That narrow lead for Halstead persisted at the break, though Clacton will have felt hard done by to be behind as they were carrying that bit of extra zip going forward.


Half-Time:  Halstead  1 – 0  Clacton

Into the second half now, and Halstead were finding it harder to clear their defensive line after centre-back Matt Coppen had to be replaced due to shoulder injury and had a let-off six minutes after the resumption. Clacton skipper Billy Wales had earlier had a couple of strikes off-target but his low strike this time with only Cherry to bypass, saw the Humbugs custodian make a fine save low down on the ground to deny him. Unfortunately for the hosts, it was a sign of things to follow as two minutes later, Charlie Thompson’s good curling strike found the top left corner and levelled things up for Clacton.

That goal did give Clacton more added impetus and with their full-backs Jake Gould & Jenson Mulqueen also venturing forward on the over-load – it was a stiff test for Town to not concede again.

Clacton winger Rueben Cowler [#11] looking to break down the left channel

They held their line fairly well, until the 68th minute where they conceded a spot-kick. Referee Jide Ogunba pointed to the spot after some consideration after Clowsley’s shot had struck a Halstead defender on the hand. Clowsley himself stepped up and powered the ball high into the corner, giving Cherry little chance.

Substitutions did come in as ever for the last 20 minutes but Halstead had to do a fair bit more defending in those latter stages. Full-back Mulqueen’s effort was also well denied by home stopper Cherry, and replacement Teddy Collis did get into some good positions to send in dangerous crosses too. Halstead’s best chance late on came from substitute Harry Pinkney, whose effort did force a good save from Clacton stopper Luke Avenell, who for the most part had been protected well by a resolute Clacton backline.


Full-Time: Halstead Town 1 – 2   FC Clacton

In summary, Halstead showed good energy levels & application but were lacking that cutting edge to test a resolute Clacton side, who showed why they have been winning more than they have lost so far this term under Tommy Austin’s tutelage. The Seasiders also had a forward line which put in a fine display, which stretched the Halstead backline and kept the ball quite well.

There were a number of great performances in this match. For winners Clacton, although he didn’t have a lot of fortune, credit has to go to centre forward Mekhi McKenzie who kept running all game and stretched the Halstead defence well with his pace & strength. Winger Rueben Cowler also had a fine match, getting down the left channel often and putting in teasing crosses too. Attacking midfielder Jake Clowsley took his goal well and also added to the headache that the home backline faced, with his dribbling and good running. Finally, defender Chris Ribchester typified his side’s defensive efforts but making a number of important clearances.

For Halstead, goalkeeper Jack Cherry made several good saves to keep his side in it & was his usual commanding presence. Forward Adam Hampson was the chief threat to the visiting backline and put in a high-energy display, while right-sided Joe Vogler did well with his pace & defensive awareness on his first league start of the season. Midfielder Louis O’Sullivan also put in a good shift to ward off the enterprising Clacton forwards.

Finally, it has to be noted that Halstead really do have a good set-up, a lovely ground to visit and were welcoming to ESL President Rob Errington & myself. Thanks to all at the Humbugs for that. I’d like to wish both teams a good remainder of the season.


Teams:

Halstead Town   |  Manager: Mark McLean   | Assistant: Adam Munn

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Jack Cherry (GK & Capt), 2 Joe Vogler, 3 Matt Travell, 4 Jack Schelvis, 5 Matt Coppen (12 Calvin Poku 47′), 18 Louis O’Sullivan (15 Tom White 69′), 8 Ben Morris, 9 Adam Hampson (14 Nick Miller 69′), 10 Jordan Palmer (17 Joe Jones 85′), 11 Jordan Pavett (16 Harry Pinkney 78′)

Goal-scorers: Ben Morris [36′]

 | Subs Not Used: None


FC Clacton  | Manager: Tommy Austin   | Assistant: Ryan Salter

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Luke Avenell (GK), 2 Jenson Mulqueen, 3 Jake Gould, 5 Chris Ribchester, 6 Michael Okafor, 4 Jack Marshall, 7 Charlie Thompson (12 Jack Johnson 66′), 8 Jake Clowsley (14 Jordan Lartey 87′), 10 Billy Wales (Capt) (16 Jettluke Hogan 71′), 9 Mekhi McKenzie, 11 Rueben Cowler (13 Teddy Collis 69′)

Goal-scorers: Charlie Thompson [53′], Jake Clowsley [pen 68′]

 | Sub Not Used: K Wales


Referee: Jide Ogunba
Assistants: Liam Dawson & Craig Wood