Essex Senior League
Venue: The Old Spotted Dog Stadium
Date: Wednesday 23rd November 7.45pm
London Bari: Red Shirts, Red Shorts & Red Socks
Waltham Forest: White Shirts, Blue Shorts, White Socks
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.
Manager: Chris Davis
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’)|
|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|
|Assistant Referees:||Martin Quinn