Match Report: London Bari 2 – 2 Waltham Forest (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: The Old Spotted Dog Stadium

Attendance: 18

Date: Wednesday 23rd November 7.45pm

London Bari: Red Shirts, Red Shorts & Red Socks

Waltham Forest: White Shirts, Blue Shorts, White Socks

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The OSD Pitch before Kick-off

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a chilly evening at the Old Spotted Dog Stadium, London Bari took on relative high-flyers Waltham Forest in another ESL encounter.

The visitors started the stronger with a hat-trick of early corners & most of the possession as Bari struggled to settle into the game & get into the opposition half.

However, when Bari did push forward, forwards Darryl Morson and Joel Appiah showed they were happy to chase down long passes with pace, Morson also having two efforts on target though comfortably saved by visiting ‘Keeper Harrison Seetah.

London Bari suffered a further setback when defender Francesco Grassi was given his marching orders just after the half hour mark after two bookings. Moments later, Forest’s Harry Larner hit a good direct free-kick just over the bar.

Forest did take the lead just before the break, through striker Brian Moses’ penalty, after a foul in the box, given by the assistant referee Martin Quinn on the far side. Forest were dominant at times & should’ve been at least two goals up at the break.

Half-Time: London Bari 0 – 1 Waltham Forest

The second half began with Forest having a chance to double their lead, though Larner once again blazed over the bar with his effort.

London Bari might’ve had their manager Chris Davis’ team-talk still ringing in their ears as they gradually improved, showing good spirit and got level through captain Simpson Mpalampa who made a great run through the centre of the pitch, taking advantage of a bad goalkeeping error by Seetah who misjudged the cross which left Mpalampa to poke the ball into a empty net.

Bari continued the pressure in a much more open start to the second period, with strikers Morson and Appiah both being denied, Appiah by a great save by Seetah to deny a good goal-bound effort.

Forest did have a chance from a free-kick, captain & striker Jeff Hammond’s header was saved by home ‘keeper Mehmet Akbas. Moments later though, Bari took the lead through a powerful effort by Morson though ‘keeper Seetah was at fault again as he misjudged the flight of the ball completely but Bari didn’t care a jot.

Both sides then traded chances, Morson and winger Jermaine Nicholson for Bari, Larner again for Forest. Forest did come away with a draw though as midfielder Ahmed Mohammed blasted in from close-range in a congested penalty area.

Full-Time: London Bari 2 – 2 Waltham Forest

Mpalampa 52’             Moses (pen) 45 +1

Morson 63’                 Mohammed 87’

Bari should be proud of the fighting spirit they showed in the second period though Forest were the architects of their own downfall for at least half of the second period. Credit to Forest though for battling away near the end of the match

Finally, the referee was rather whistle-happy in this one. I don’t like mentioning them but it has to be said.

Teams:

London Bari

Manager: Chris Davis

Waltham Forest

 Manager: Kem Kemal

1  Mehmet Akbas  (GK) 1  Harrison Seetah    (GK)
2  Kanta Nishizawa 2  Charlie Yexley
3  Kareem Richardson     (Subbed 46’) 3  Prince Madu
4  Magnus Orelaja 4  Harry Larner
5  Simpson Mpalampa (C) 5  Faisal Hemati
6  Francesco Grassi 6  Stephen O’Hara     (Subbed 43’)
7  Jermaine Nicholson 7  Steven Wade        (Subbed 56’)
8  Jeffrey Erhabor 8  Ahmed Mohammed
9  Darryl Morson           (Subbed 85’) 19  Jeff Hammond  (C)
10  Joel Appiah 10  Brian Moses
11  Samy Abdelaziz 11  Mickey Clark        (Subbed 62’)
Substitutes:
14  Kingsley Davidson       (On 85’) 12  Timur Koymen       (On 43’)
15  Junior Decker 14  Rheo Josephs         (On 62’)
16  Peter Wilcox              (On 46’) 15  Gus Douglas
17  Chris Davis 16  Lorenzo Correia
17  Elie Mbangu           (On 56’)
Booked: Orelaja, Wilcox Booked: Madu, Hammond, Josephs
Sent Off: Grassi
Referee: Adam Humphreys
Assistant Referees: Martin Quinn

Abu Taher

 

Match Report: Tower Hamlets 1 – 3 Barkingside (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: 53

Date: Monday 10th November 2016 7.45pm

Tower Hamlets: Orange Shirts, Black Shorts & Orange Socks

 Barkingside: Yellow & Navy Blue Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Navy Blue Socks

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Both sides before the match with the officials

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a drizzly evening at Mile End Stadium, Tower Hamlets took on Barkingside on a Monday night ESL encounter.

In front of a strong contingent of ground-hoppers & correspondents from the wider area among the crowd, the opening moments of this match saw both sides create openings. Barkingside striker Luke With forced a save from home ‘keeper Jean Manata.

Hamlets responded though as striker Ruben Junior missed the target from close range after a fumble by ‘Side goalkeeper Jack Francis. To be fair, the conditions were tricky for goalkeepers.

Just moments after, Hamlets took the lead through Rahim Adama Bamba’s effort, stroking in a composed finish after sloppy defending from ‘Side from a Hamlets corner.

Barkingside nearly equalised a mere minute later through midfielder Marvin Birch as it was the hosts’ turn to look shaky at the back. The visitors kept up the pressure though as Manata rather fortunately saved ‘Side captain Paul Wright’s free-kick.

Manata redeemed himself with a good save to deny ‘Side winger Jason Fontaine when one-on-one. The visitors did level soon afterwards through a good low finish by Birch.

Hamlets did rally and saw a great effort from defender Jairo Pedro hit the bar from 20 yards out. Barkingside finished the first period the stronger though with Manata once again saving a one-on-one chance, this time from winger Michael Ademilyu. Forward David Laird then missed a penalty after a hand-ball in the area. And then ‘Side took the lead through a lovely solo goal by Fontaine, evading defenders before lobbing a hapless Manata into the net.

Hamlets still could have gone into the break level though Ruben Junior missed the target from six yards out.

Half-Time: Tower Hamlets 1 – 2 Barkingside

The second half began fairly quiet though Hamlets did push forward, needing good defending from the visitors including full-back Fionn Glancy & Wright though striker O’Neal Rowe put two efforts wide.

‘Side gradually re-asserted themselves and could’ve gone further ahead though Laird missed a very good chance. Striker Luke With also forced the uncertain Manata into action again, tipping an effort wide before saving a goal-bound effort from defender Augustus Ruzgas as well.

The visitors then got the all-important next goal as Fontaine crowned off an impressive showing by dribbling past Hamlets defenders and struck a composed finish for his second of the evening.

Hamlets lost their discipline towards the end unfortunately. It’s not every game you see in-fighting from teammates though we did here, might well be some consequences from it too.

Full-Time: Tower Hamlets 1 – 3 Barkingside

Man of the Match: Jason Fontaine (Barkingside)

Teams:

Tower Hamlets

Manager: Ade Abayomi

Barkingside

Manager: Gus Gulfer

1  Jean Manata (GK) 1  Jack Francis (GK)
2  Inesh Sumithran 2  Kobie Ambrose
3  Sergio Sheymz 3  Fionn Glancy
4  Lukman Atunda 4  Paul Wright (C)
5  Jairo Pedro 5  Augustus Ruzgas
6  Ade Oreniake (C) 6  Marvin Birch
7  Samuel Olanipekun 7  Michael Ademilyu    (Subbed 66’)
8  Olimpio Rui Pina    (Subbed 69’) 8  Jason Ajoodha
9  Ruben Junior      (Subbed 59’) 9  Luke With
10  Rahim Adama Bamba 10  David Laird
11  O’Neal Rowe 11  Jason Fontaine     (Subbed 83’)
Substitutes:
12  Diawara Ibrahima 12  George Ademilyu
13  Vilson Caleir        (On 59’) 14  Connor Mitchell     (On 83’)
14  Ali Ibrahim 15  Everton Martins
15  Saico Djop      (On 69’) 16  George Lutaaya     (On 66’)
16  Joe Biscoe 17  Patrick Campbell
Booked: Atunda, Rowe Booked: Birch
Referee: David Moreno
Assistant Referees: Brian Townsend

Marlon Williams

 

 

Match Report: Southend Manor 3 – 1 West Essex (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 53

Date: Tuesday 8th November 2016 7.45pm

Southend Manor : Yellow shirts, Black shorts & Black socks

West Essex : Red & Black striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Red socks

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Southend Manor & West Essex during the match..

 

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a chilly, windy evening at Southchurch Park, in-form Southend Manor took on West Essex, themselves looking to rise up the table in a mid-week ESL encounter.

The match started fairly uneventfully as both sides looked to settle into the match. Manor striker Callum Ibe had the first chance of the match, though it was saved by West Essex ‘keeper Ryan James. The visitors responded with winger James Bromley being denied by good covering defensive work by Manor’s full-back Michael Bottone & striker Tom Woodbridge drilling a crisp effort wide of the post.

Manor had the next chance of note, with striker Micky Hopkins lifting a curled effort on goal over the bar. The visitors then saw Woodbridge denied a chance of goal by the on-rushing Manor ‘keeper Lewis Down, making his debut after signing on-loan from Witham Town. As half-time was knocking; Bromley fired an effort wide of goal for the visitors.

As it looked like being a goalless first half, midfielder Alex Salmon popped up for Manor, his effort creeping over the line, evading the grasp of James’ outstretched fingers to give the hosts the lead.

Half-Time: Southend Manor 1 – 0 West Essex

Manor wasted little time at the start of the second period, Salmon with a good effort from close range, well saved by James, though Hopkins followed up well, slotting the ball home to double Manor’s advantage.

Manor from then had their best period of sustained pressure in the match, with Salmon & winger Sam Short having chances, then Hopkins thought he’d made it 3-0 to the home side though his goal was chalked off for offside.

As it turned out, only a minute later, a good cross found Ibe and he beat the offside trap & tucked away his strike into left corner to cement Manor’s lead.

West Essex did come back into the match in the latter stages, Woodbridge & full-back Jayvon Case-Jarrett among those having efforts on goal before winger Michael Mignot a late consolation for the visitors, moments from time.

Lewis Down shouldn’t be disappointed though, his distribution & command of his area will show him & Manor in good stead.

Full-Time: Southend Manor 3 – 1 West Essex

A solid & fairly clinical performance from Manor more than earned the three points, with Ibe & Hopkins full of running going forward. Manor ,with this win leapfrog Stansted into 3rd place in the ESL table, three points behind Takeley with games in hand. West Essex are in 17th place.

Teams:

Southend Manor

Manager: Stuart Marshall

West Essex

Manager: Kwame Kwateng

1  Lewis Down (GK) 1  Ryan James (GK)
2  Michael Bottone 2  Jayvon Case-Jarrett
3  Lee Rome        (Subbed for Buchanan) 3  Josh Kane
4  Robbie Norris (C) 4  Josh French
5  Daniel Okah 5  Nick Walk
6  Matt Game    (Subbed for Crispin 62’) 6  Dan Christey (C)
7  Mitchell Keen 7  Michael Mignot
8  Alex Salmon    (Subbed for Hutchins 68’) 8  Matt Ford
9  Micky Hopkins 9  Tom Woodbridge
10  Callum Ibe 10  Cameron Gray     (Subbed 62’)
11  Sam Short 11  James Bromley

Substitutes:

12  Josh Hutchins 15  Tanvir Ahmed
14  Ted Buchanan   (On for Rome) 16  Nick Carroll
15  George Crispin  (On for Game 62’) 17  Ben Clarke         (On 62’)
16 Shay Kelly 18  Isaal Marfo
Booked: Norris, Ibe & Hopkins Booked: Walk & Bromley
Referee: Joseph Gray
Assistant Referees: Matthew Bacon

Robert Collins

 

Match Report: Barkingside 0 – 3 Stansted (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 87

Date: Monday 7th November 2016  7.45pm

Barkingside: Sky Blue Shirts, Dark Blue shorts & Sky Blue socks

Stansted: White shirts, Dark Grey Shorts & Dark Grey socks

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The teams & officials before Kick-off

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a distinctly chilly evening at Cricklefield, Barkingside took on in-form Stansted in another #ESL encounter.

The visitors started off the brighter as striker Luke Meadwright had a decent chance , striking wide of goal in the first minute. Barkingside’s George Lutaaya also had a long-range effort sail over the bar.

Stansted were purposeful in attack throughout, and a mix-up in the home defence saw forward Sam Ashford miss the target when one-on-one with home ‘Keeper Jack Francis. Very soon afterwards, a good attacking run by Stansted striker Luke Meadwright saw ‘keeper Francis rush out of his goal but didn’t get there and Meadwright stroked the ball home, winger Gareth Jones making doubly sure the visitors took the lead.

Just minutes later, Stansted midfielder Tom Le Masurier hit a post with a good strike after a good passing move. ‘Side responded with a Jason Fontaine effort, which was saved by visiting ‘Keeper Reece Paine. Stansted once again pushed forward, Jones denied a goal-scoring chance by good work by full-back George Ademilyu. Midfielder Connor Martin had a good header tipped over the bar by Francis & Sam Ashford strick a long-range effort over the bar too, all in the space of a few minutes.

The visitors lost their captain just before half-time due to a knock, with Le Masurier taking the captain’s armband. Ashford had another effort well-saved by Francis, just before the break.

Half-Time: Barkingside 0 – 1 Stansted

After the break, both sides were looking to get forward, stand-in full-back Fionn Glancy sent over a good cross from the left flank, punched out of danger by visiting ‘Keeper Paine.

It was the visitors though who still carried the great threat, as Ashford sent over a good cross from the left wing, striker Theo Brown ghosted in, sending a decent strike over the bar. Moments later, the visitors counter-attacked quickly with Ashford once again making a great run down the left wing, fizzing over a good cross and stand-in captain Le Masurier prodded home a tap-in.

‘Side had one glorious chance to get on the scoreboard, though Stansted cleared off the line! It was Stansted’s Sam Ashford though who put the crown on an impressive individual performance by breaking away from the home defence at pace and slotting the ball home well moments before the end.

Full-Time: Barkingside 0 – 3  Stansted

Without stout defending at times, led by captain Paul Wright & good goalkeeping by Jack Francis – ‘Side could’ve conceded 5 or 6. However, Stansted more than deserved their win with a very good team performance & go 3rd in the table. ‘Side are in 11th place.

Man of the Match: Sam Ashford (Stansted)

Teams:

Barkingside

Stansted

1  Jack Francis (GK) 1  Reece Paine (GK)
2  George Ademilyu 2  Jack Isherwood
3  Fionn Glancy 3  Kyan Gulliver
4  Paul Wright (C) 4  Matt Gill (C)     (Subbed 43’)
5  Patrick Campbell 5  Jack Hayes
6  George Lutaaya 6  Connor Martin
7  Dsean Theobalds   (Subbed 72’) 7  Gareth Jones   (Subbed 62’)
8  Jason Fontaine 8  Tom Le Masurier
9  Luke With 9  Luke Meadwright
10  David Laird             (Subbed 61’) 10  Theo Brown
11  Charlie Portway 11  Sam Ashford
Substitutes:
12  Marvin Birch 12  Mark Roach
14  Kobie Ambrose      (On 72’) 14  Lewis Riches      (On 62’)
15  Kerkstun Macpherson 15  Harry Jeffreys
16  Ernest Okah       (On 61’) 16  Ade Adetunji     (On 43’)
17  Everton Martins
Booked: Campbell Booked: Ashford
Referee: Luigi Lungarella
Assistant Referees: Martin Quinn

Alphie Ibrahim

Match Report: Tower Hamlets 1 – 1 Clapton (ESL)

Venue: Mile End Stadium

Date: Monday 24th October 2016 7.50pm

Attendance: 308

Tower Hamlets : Orange Shirts, Black Shorts & Orange Socks

Clapton : Blue & Yellow striped shirts, Blue & Yellow Shorts, Blue socks

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(Excuse the lights) The Mile End Stadium pitch before Kick-Off

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

 

On a chilly evening at Mile End Stadium, Tower Hamlets took on mid-table Clapton on a Monday night ESL encounter in front of a 300+ crowd.

Even before kick-off, the away fans, (partially comprised of the ‘Clapton Ultras’) certainly made an addition to the atmosphere, as they did throughout the match, getting through several songs & really backing Clapton to the hilt as I’ve heard they do. I can vouch for that now!

On the pitch, Clapton started the brighter, with midfielders Kristian Haighton, Jerry Jairette & striker Ajani Carrington having early chances. Hamlets at the back had to settle while adapting to the noisy away support.

Full-back Tayo Awoderu made some good, enterprising runs down the left flank for the visitors, putting in some decent crosses in as well.

Tough Hamlets should have taken the lead through striker O’Neal Rowe as he rounded visiting ‘keeper Richie Robins when one-on-one though he effort was blocked bya covering defender on the goal-line!

Clapton then returned the favour with decent strikes by Johnny Ashman & Carrington and much to the away contingent’s derision, had a goal chalked off for off-side.

Hamlets then hit the bar twice, first directly from a good free-kick & then seconds after from a following header.

Half-Time: Tower Hamlets 0 – 0 Clapton

The first half was open but frenetic at times. The second half began in the same vein as Clapton striker Nathan Cook had two efforts on goal in as many minutes as they looked to get the ever-important first goal.

It was Tower Hamlets though who opened the scoring as a foul in the box gave Ali Ibrahim a chance from the penalty spot, which he duly converted. Hamlets only led for seven minutes though as Carrington equalised for the visitors, coolly slotting past home ‘Keeper Diawara Ibrahima.

Clapton had one or two half-chances to win the match, though Hamlets saw the game out, despite seven minutes of injury time. A good advert this for open, attacking football & for the ESL this match was. Credit goes to both sides.

Full-Time: Tower Hamlets 1 – 1 Clapton

Ibrahim (pen) 70’             Carrington 77’

Teams:

Tower Hamlets

Clapton

1  Diawara Ibrahima (GK) 1  Richie Robins  (GK)
2  Inesh Sumithran 2  Ianre Vigo
3  Sergio Sheymz         (Subbed 89’) 3  Tayo Awoderu
4  Ade Oreniake (C) 4  Jamie Lyndon
5  Jairo Pedro 5  Andrew Lastic
6  Lukman Atunda 6  Kristian Haighton        (Subbed 75’)
7  Yusuf Ali                  (Subbed 72’) 7  Bradley Joseph            (Subbed 66‘)
8  Ali Ibrahim 8  Jerry Jairette
9  O’Neal Rowe 9  Ajani Carrington
10  Joel Ramos              (Subbed 75’) 10  Nathan Cook             (Subbed 89‘)
11  Olimpio Rui Pina 11  Johnny Ashman
Substitutes:
12  Deivity Jesus                    (On 75’) 12  Ryan Reed        (On  89‘)
13  Adeyinka Akinlabi           (On 72’) 14  Reece Hewitt
14  Trecy Bambo                 (On 89’) 15  Sam Coe                (On 66‘)
15  Rahim Adama Bamba 16  Stefan Nielsen
17  Steven Sardinha      (On 75‘)
Manager: Ade Abayomi Manager: Jon Fowell
Referee: Damien Mirzadeh
Assistant Referees: Eddie Andrews

Michael Iddenden-Smith

 

Match Report: Southend Manor 1 – 1 Wadham Lodge (ESL)

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 54

Date: Tuesday 18th October at 8pm

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

Wadham Lodge : Red Shirts, Red Shorts & Red Socks

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Both teams in the tunnel before kick-off

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a chilly evening with the sea-breeze at Southchurch Park, Southend Manor took on Wadham Lodge in an ESL mid-week encounter. Both sides were looking to recover from defeats the previous Saturday. Manor went down 0-4 away to Barkingside and Wadham lost 2-3 at Sawbridgeworth Town.

Wadham started the match the brighter of the two sides, assisted by casual defending at the back from ‘Manor. Wadham striker Vladut Gabriel Sighiartau drew a good save from close range from debutant home ‘Keeper Ben Kent.

Wadham had another good chance through tricky & pacy winger Larry Asare, whose effort from point-blank range was saved by Kent.

‘Manor, attempting to get into the match, made some decent passes at times, but struggled to create many clear-cut openings during the first-half. Probably their best chance was an indirect free-kick in the area; Aundre Spencer’s shot was blocked by the stout Wadham defence.

Half-Time:  Southend Manor 0 – 0 Wadham Lodge

The second period began with a bang as in the opening moments, Wadham took the lead though a cool finish in the area by Andrea Mantovani after a scramble in the Manor box.

For some time after the goal, Manor struggled to settle and retain possession. Wadham kept pushing to put the game beyond doubt, with captain Elliott Scott & Mantovani having chances to double Wadham’s advantage.

It looked as though Wadham were going to hold out & gain the victory though with minutes remaining, Manor levelled with a scrappy goal, forward Micky Hopkins putting the visiting defence under pressure, though a visiting defender got the final touch.

Manor kept going, attempting to pinch the win though Vinny Murphy’s 20-yard curling effort was saved by visiting ‘keeper Mason Durrell.

Full-Time: Southend Manor 1 – 1 Wadham Lodge

Manor will be pleased to get a point, though Wadham will be disappointed & probably will feel they should have closed the game out, given they had more chances during the match. Manor sit 7th in the ESL table after this result, Wadham are 14th.

Teams:

Southend Manor

Wadham Lodge

1  Ben Kent  (GK) 1 Mason Durrell  (GK)
2  Michael Bottone 2  Akil Clarke
3  Mitchell Keen 3  Bradley Gayer
4  Robbie Norris (C) 4  Henry Okosi
5  Edward Buchanan 5  Elliot Scott (C)
6  Vinny Murphy 6  David Taylor
7  Aundre Spencer    (Subbed 83’) 7  Cemar Agdelen
8  Callum Jex 8  Glody Nsamu
9  Micky Hopkins 9  Vladut Gabriel Sighiartau  (Subbed 84’)
10  Daniel Okah        (Subbed 55’) 10  Andrea Mantovani
11 Bayley Newell 11  Larry Asare
Substitutes:
12  Rhys Fatt          (On 55’) 12  Sham Darr
14  Lee Rome 14  Sam Solossi
15  George Crispin 15  Anthony Da Silva
16  Josh Hutchins 16  Fehinti Falola
17  Troy Ricketts         (On ’83) 17  Brett Jones     (On 84’)
Referee: Wally James
Assistant Referees: Stephen Tale

Kevin Clancy

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 1 – 1 Ilford (ESL)

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 34

Date: Tuesday 11th October 2016 7.45pm

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

Ilford : Red & White Shirts, Red & White Shorts, White Socks

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The Lower Road pitch

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a chilly Tuesday evening at Lower Road, ESL high-flyers Hullbridge Sports took on Ilford in an ESL encounter.

This match began the way it would go on, being a tightly-contested affair. Hullbridge had the first chance as winger Charlie Little struck a post from close range, albeit from a narrowing angle.

Ilford took the lead through an own goal from an unfortunate sliced clearance from ‘Bridge defender Joe Turpin, under pressure from Ilford striker Chris Stevens. However, soon after Hullbridge looked to make amends and nearer took advantage of semi-slack marking from the visitors as strikers Jimmy Cox & Ashley Pibworth both had headers on goal.

Ilford could’ve then made ‘Bridge pay as winger Andy Edmunds had an effort parried by home ‘keeper Charlie Aldis when one-on-one. Hullbridge then saw headers from player-manager Rob Hodgson & Pibworth go off-target.

Half-Time:  Hullbridge Sports 0 – 1 Ilford

The second half began will Hullbridge on the front foot with Cox & captain Harry Skinner having efforts on goal. Little was still poing a threat on the right flank with his crossing & running.

Ilford, had sporadic moments going forward, though winger Luke Thomas’ effort was blocked by Aldis. Hullbridge then equalised through Cox nodding in from close range, after poor Ilford defending saw the defence and visiting ‘Keeper Chris Clark misjudge the cross which opened the door for Cox, who made no mistake.

Hullbridge kept on the pressure, with Hodgson, Pibworth, Little among those with headers just off-target. To be fair, Ilford defended well at times & rode their luck on other occasions, using their physicality well, though that was to the detriment of their efforts going forward. Substitutes Carl Mullings & Ryan Ramsey did their best though they were isolated figures up top.

With around 15 minutes remaining, Thomas had another effort blocked for Ilford. Hullbridge finished the match the stronger of the two sides, Ilford defended stoutly though to preserve a hard-earned point.
Full-Time:  Hullbridge Sports 1 – 1 Ilford

Cox 63’                            Turpin OG 12’

Ilford manager Allan Fenn will be looking for improvement from his side, particularly his side’s attacking play. Hullbridge boss Rob Hodgson will be pleased with their build-up play & how they stuck to their task well.

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Finally, I’d like to say thank you to all at Hullbridge Sports for their hospitality and they are a credit to the ESL. Team-sheets are below..

Teams:

Hullbridge Sports

llford

1  Charlie Aldis (GK) 1 Chris Clark (GK)
2  Aaron Hunwicks 2  Connor Lane
3  Sam Taylor 3  Justas Paliulis
4  Harry Skinner (C) 4  Harry Matthews
5  Joe Turpin 5  Isaac Nkosi (C)
6  Tom Dance 6  Luke McLeavy
7  Charlie Little 7  Luke Thomas
8  Robert Hodgson 8  Paul Clayton
9  Ashley Pibworth          (Subbed 85’) 9  Chris Stevens           (Subbed 57’)
10  Jimmy Cox                  (Subbed 73’) 10  Sipho Mytanda       (Subbed 66’)
11Ashley Burgess          (Subbed 58’) 11  Andy Edmunds     (Subbed 74’)
Substitutes:
12  Matt Brinklow           (On 58’) 12  Carl Mullings           (On 66’)
14  Kieran Offord 14  Ryan Ramsey           (On 57’)
15  Yvan Kombi                (On 85’) 15  Stephen Solarin
16 Harry Hart                  (On 73’) 16  Jamie Hart                  (On 74’)
17  Aziz Kanu
Referee: Mark Pond
Assistant Referees: Paul Sturton

Graham Smith