Essex Senior League Preview (8.12.17)

Written by Peter D & Scott W

This weekend, the ESL programme returns in ‘full flight’. Peter also returns so here are his and my thoughts on the weekend’s matches:-

Friday 8th December

Redbridge v Woodford Town (2017) | Venue: Oakside

Peter: Leaders Redbridge face a tough test against a young Woodford Town side, however the hosts are flying so should fear no-one, and although they will be made to work hard by the Goffs Lane side, I see another three points heading the Oakside outfits’ way.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Scott: Friday Night Football returns to Oakside as Redbridge take on Woodford. The hosts have had the last ten days off though their seven-game winning run has them still in top spot. Woodford by contrast lost out in midweek at Great Wakering as they look to end a four-match losing run in the league. The visitors are going need to bring their best to this encounter to deny the free-scoring Motormen. Home win for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Barkingside v Hullbridge Sports | Venue: Cricklefield

Peter: The hosts are bottom of the form table over the last six games, having lost all six and conceding 19 goals too, the worst in the league over the same period.  And they welcome a Hullbridge side who have renewed vigour under boss Darren Manning and after last weekend’s Vase win over Enfield will be bouncing and confident of victory.  Fancy the visitors in this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 0-2

Scott: Hullbridge travel back to Cricklefield to take on out-of-form Barkingside, following their FA Vase Triumph last weekend. The hosts need to end a barren run of six straight league defeats & appointed ex-Manor boss Stuart Marshall as assistant boss this week. Hullbridge are starting to put to turn their form around and may fancy their chances here. I’ll plump for a narrow away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Basildon Utd v Takeley | V: The Hive

Peter: What a mouth-watering match up we have here as two teams battling for the top spots in the division and both have unsurprisngly been in good form over their last half dozen games.  Takeley have scored the most goals in the division (22) over the last six games but the Bees have the best defensive record (3) in the league of the same period, so proves to be an interesting one.  Gonna go for a draw I think.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott: Basildon welcome fellow ESL high-flyers Takeley to the Hive. The hosts were not in action last weekend while Takeley returned to winning ways last weekend and added to it with a good win at Stansted in midweek. Tough one to call here, though they may battle it out to a draw here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Burnham Ramblers v West Essex | Venue: Leslie Field

Peter: Ramblers are unbeaten in their last four games, and have netted sixteen and conceded thirteen in their last six, winning three of those games, including a 5-1 win at Wadham Lodge.  They welcome a West Essex side who saw the return of their lynchpin Michael Mignot in last weekend’s last gasp winner against Barkingside, which was their first win in four outings.  Actually do fancy a home win here though.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 2

Scott: Burnham host West Essex in a fascinating encounter at Leslie Field. Ramblers are unbeaten in four league matches following a late win at Enfield on Monday night. The Stags also won late on last weekend over Barkingside so this one could be a goal-fest.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2

Enfield 1893 v Wadham Lodge | Venue: The Harlow Arena

Peter: The hosts unpredictability continues as you just do not know which Enfield side will turn up each week.  The last six games have seen two wins, a draw and three defeats, and their last game saw a crazy 4-3 home defeat to Burnham Ramblers, a game they could have easily won.  They welcome a Lodge side to Barrows Farm who saw their six-match unbeaten run ended at home to Burnham Ramblers in their last league outing, so no doubt they will want to get back to winning ways.  However, I fancy the hosts may win a entertaining one here.

Pete’s Prediction: 3-2

Scott: Lodge travel to the Harlow Arena. Enfield need to ‘knuckle down’ in the league, having lost three out of their last five matches and conceding goals is an issue for Matt Hanning’s side. Wadham were not in action last weekend and have been a tad inconsistent of late. The hosts may pinch this one.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Hackney Wick v FC Romania | Venue: Old Spotted Dog

Peter: New Wick boss Tony Ievoli saw his new side battle back from 3-1 down at Manor in midweek to force a penalty shoot-out, which they won, to reach the Quarter Finals of the Errington Challenge Cup and give him his first win at the club.  Their league form hasn’t been brilliant of late though, with a 4-0 home win over Burnham their only win in the last six games, and they welcome a side in terrific form in the shape of FC Romania, who could go second with a win here.   The Romanians have netted nineteen and conceded five in their last six and I feel they may add more goals in this one and take an away win.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 4

Scott: Wick welcome FCR to the Old Spotted Dog. Tony Ievoli’s side went through on spot-kicks at Manor in an Errington Challenge Cup match in mid-week. FC Romania are still in great form and given Wick’s home form, they may fancy this tie.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Southend Manor v Clapton | Venue: Southchurch Park

Peter: Manor will be smarting after letting a lead slip in midweek to eventually lose on penalties and losing out on a Quarter Final place in the Errington Challenge Cup, and off the back of two successive league defeats it’s not been a good week or two for the Southchurch Park side.  They welcome a Clapton side who come into this off the back of a defeat at Metropolitan Police in the London Senior Cup, although they put up a very good second half showing, so will take those positives into this game.  Reckon the Tons may sneak this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 0-1

Scott: Manor welcome the Tons to Southchurch Park and are in the midst of a mini-blip in terms of form. Clapton exited the London Senior Cup at Met Police in midweek though were not in action last weekend. I think the visitors will prevail.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Stansted v Ilford | Venue: Hargrave Park

Peter: The Airportmen aren’t exactly flying right now, eight defeats in-a-row and conceding almost three goals a game has seen them drop into the bottom four and only three points off the bottom, and they welcome an Ilford side who who are unbeaten in three and could go up to seventh with a win here. Sadly for the hosts can see a ninth straight defeat on the horizon.

Pete’s Prediction: 1-2

Scott: The Airportmen welcome the Foxes to Hargrave Park. Paul Pittuck’s men are on a tough run of eight straight league defeats, the latest one being a home loss to Takeley in midweek. Ilford won in the Gordon Brasted Trophy Waltham Forest in midweek though league-wise they are unbeaten in three matches.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Tower Hamlets v Sporting Bengal Utd | Venue: Mile End Stadium

Peter: Its the Mile End derby at the weekend and this one is impossible to call, although Sporting are the ones with the better form over the last couple of weeks, currently four games unbeaten, whilst Hamlets have lost three of their last four.  Hamlets do have a six point lead over their rivals currently though, 7th against 11th, but a Sporting win could take them into the top ten.  However, I reckon like most derbies it will end all-square.

Pete’s Prediction: 1-1

Scott: Hamlets welcome Bengal in the ‘Mile End derby’. The hosts have lost three of the last four league matches while Bengal are unbeaten in their last four matches. Think this one may be a battle and end honours-even.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Waltham Forest v Sawbridgeworth Town | Venue: Kitchener Road

Peter: Forest have had a decent couple of weeks, winning three of their four league games and climbing to just six points off the top ten.  They did however lose at home to Ilford in their Brasted Trophy Quarter Final in midweek but welcome a Sawbo side who have struggled to get any sort of consistent form going this campaign.  Think Forest may sneak this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 2-1

Scott: Forest take on Sawbo at Kitchener Road. The hosts are on a decent run of late, unbeaten in three in the league. Sawbridgeworth are in decent form league-wise, having lost two of their last six matches so this is set to be a good encounter. I’ll go for an away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

If you’d like to follow Peter’s work, his Twitter is @ped1980 and website is at http://www.leaguewebsite.co.uk/unofficialesl/

You can also follow Scott at @ScottMHC14 on Twitter.

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Essex Senior League round-up (3.12.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my semi-regular round-up of all the action in the Essex Senior League (ESL) action this weekend plus the results from the FA Vase 3rd Round ties involving ESL sides.

Saturday 2nd December

FC Romania 5 – 0 Woodford Town (2017)
| Venue: Theobalds Lane | Attendance: 24

FCR produced another strong showing to overpower Woodford at Theobalds Lane. Mihai Botosan’s brace [26′ & 48′] put the hosts ahead before goals from Taban [56′], Ghinea [77′] and Lupu [90′] sealed a big win to send FCR second in the table, four points behind leaders Redbridge.

Ilford 1 – 1 Burnham Ramblers
| Venue: Cricklefield | Attendance: 28

Burnham held the Foxes at Cricklefield. Karl Swanborough continued his recent goal-scoring exploits by putting Ramblers ahead on seven minutes. Ilford hot-shot James Peagram levelled five minutes before half-time. Ilford stay 8th, level on points with Tower Hamlets above them on goal difference while Burnham are 16th.

Sporting Bengal Utd 3 – 1 Hackney Wick
| Venue: Mile End Stadium | Attendance: 30

Bengal prevailed over Wick at Mile End. Jake Casey got Wick’s goal while Bengal recovered through Steven Carvell [65′] and a brace from Oscar Mendes [81′ & 83′] to seal the points and go 11th in the table. Wick are second bottom.

Takeley 6 – 0 Southend Manor
| Venue: Station Road | Attendance: 57

Takeley roared back to victory with a comprehensive win at Station Road. Carl Mullings opened the scoring on the half-hour mark before Mitchell Das [45’+2] made it two. After the break, the hosts rammed home their advantage with Nick Barrett [47′]¡ Jason Todd [52′], Mullings’ second with five minutes left & a late sixth by Will Green sealed the points to go 3rd in the table, Manor sit 10th.

Waltham Forest 4 – 1 Tower Hamlets
| Venue: Kitchener Road | Attendance: 42

Hamlets had a day to forget at Kitchener Road. Forest led nine minutes in through Mo Sagaf before Abiola Tanimowo doubled the lead a minure before the break. Joe Creasey [74′] and Nikko Stokes [85′] sealed the points while James Ross got the visitors’ consolation.

West Essex 2 – 1 Barkingside
| Venue: Mayesbrook Park | Attendance: 26

The Stags grabbed a last-minute win at Mayesbrook Park. Cameron Gray got the opener for the hosts, Jerome Martelli got Barkingside’s goal before Tom MacLeod got an injury-time winner for Kwame Kwateng’s side. West Essex sit 9th while Barkingside drop to 18th.

FA Vase R3 results:
Great Wakering Rovers 0 – 2 Cogenhoe Utd | Att: 98
Hullbridge Sports 3 – 2 Enfield 1893 | Att: 85

Bostik Division North & South round-up (3.12.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another round-up of the action in Bostik North and results from Bostik South this weekend (December 2nd 2017). How did your side do?

Saturday December 2nd

AFC Hornchurch 1 – 0 AFC Sudbury
| Venue: Bridge Avenue | Attendance: 193

The Urchins ground out another victory at Bridge Avenue. Nathan Cooper [67′] got the only goal as Jimmy McFarlane’s table-toppers extended their unbeaten run to six league matches now and also have games in hand over most of the sides above them. The Suds sit 15th.

Aveley 2 – 2 Dereham Town
| Venue: Parkside | Attendance: 167

Aveley struck late to hold high-flying Dereham at Parkside. Rhys Logan put the visitors ahead twenty minutes in, before Jordan Watson levelled 12 minutes later for James Webster’s side. Ollie Ebbage [61′] restored the Magpies’ advantage though Sewa Marah struck on the stroke of full-time to claim a point. Aveley now have won only one of their last seven matches & reside in 20th spot while Dereham are also winless in their last three matches, losing ground on top spot.

Bowers & Pitsea 4 – 0 Cheshunt
| Venue: Len Salmon Stadium | Attendance: 88

Bowers comfortably defeated Cheshunt to go into the top-three at the Len Salmon. Lewis Manor [28′] broke the deadlock before Fahad Nyanja doubled that lead five minutes later. Nyanja grabbed his second five minutes after the break before Martyn Stokes [56′] completed the scoring. Cheshunt are third bottom after only one win in their last six league matches.

Brentwood Town 1 – 3 Heybridge Swifts
| Venue: Brentwood Arena | Attendance: 148

Heybridge came from behind to seal a good win at the Brentwood Arena. Matt Price gave the hosts the lead 16 minutes in though Swifts levelled seven minures before the break through Kreshnic Krasniqi. After the break, goals from Ryan Henshaw [70′] and Juan Luque [83′] turned it around for Jody Brown’s side as they go 14th tnough have at least seven matches in-hand compared to the sides around them. Brentwood’s 4th league defeat in their last six leaves them 18th.

Bury Town 0 – 0 Barking
| Venue: Ram Meadow | Attendance: 234

Ten-man Bury Town held in-form Barking to a stalemate at Ram Meadow. Darcy Heath saw red 28 minutes from time though Town are now winless in five matches while the visitors’ five-match winning run ended here.

Haringey Borough 0 – 1 Hertford Town
| Venue: Coles Park | Attendance: 147

Hertford recorded a narrow win at Coles Park. Michael Toner got the only goal on 32 minutes to end a four-match winless run. Haringey sit 8th though are winless in their last five matches while Town are 10th.

Maldon & Tiptree 2 – 2 Canvey Island
| Venue: Park Drive | Attendance: 101

Maldon were held by fellow high-flyers Canvey. Sam Collins [14′] gave the Islanders an early lead before hot-shot Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe [51′] struck to level and Ryan Gondoh gave the hosts the lead on the hour. Mitchell Gilbey claimed a point for the visitors 11 minutes from time. Maldon sit 7th while Canvey are in 4th place.

Norwich Utd 0 – 0 Ware
| Venue: Plantation Park | Attendance: 105

Ware held fellow strugglers Utd at Plantation Park. The Planters are winless in eight matches now, sitting second bottom but four points clear of Romford, while Ware are 21st though haven’t tasted victory in ten matches now.

Potters Bar Town 2 – 0 Mildenhall Town
| Venue: Pakex Stadium | Attendance: 115

A goal in each galf secured the win for the Scholars. A spot-kick from Michael Murray [39′] and a late second from George Nicholas secured his side’s 4th straight win, residing in 5th spot. The Hall’s seventh loss in their last ten sees them in 19th.

Romford 1 – 2 Waltham Abbey
| Venue: Ship Lane | Attendance: 87

Abbey secured another success here at Ship Lane. Nathan Koranteng opened the scoring 12 minutes in, before Shad Ngandu [33′] made it two. Substitute Craig Jeakins [84′] pulled one back for bottom side Romford. Abbey have 3 eins from their last 6 matches, sitting 9th in the table.

Soham Town Rangers 2 – 1 Tilbury
| Venue: Julius Martin Lane | Attendance: 106

Soham recovered from an early setback to prevail here. Adam Vyse coverted a spot-kick 13 minutes before half-time to give the visitors the lead after Soham’s Will Gardner saw red. Two goals in two minutes from Lewis Clayton [49′] and Craig Gillies [50′] turned the tide though to gain the win, Soham sit 13th. Tilbury are 17th and are winless in four matches now.

Witham Town 1 – 4 Grays Athletic
| Venue: Spa Road | Attendance: 106

Grays produced a sterling display to take the points at Spa Road. Kieran Bishop’s spot-kick nine minutes before the break gave Ath the lead. Ryan Mahal [43′] and Jamie Slabber [49′] put distance between the sides before Bishop [65′] grabbed his second of the afternoon. Correy Davidson’s penalty 12 minutes from time pulled one back for Town though saw Lance Akins dismissed late on to compound a miserable afternoon and end their five-match unbeaten run. Grays rack up their third straight league win and are in 12th spot.

Bostik South results (2nd Dec)

Ashford Utd 4 – 1 Thamesmead Town
Carshalton Athletic 1 – 1 Cray Wanderers
Corinthian-Casuals 2 – 3 Chipstead
East Grinstead Town 1 – 3 Sittingbourne
Greenwich Borough 1 – 1 Lewes
Guernsey 4 – 2 VCD Athletic
Hythe Town 2 – 2 Hastings Utd
Phoenix Sports 1 – 0 Horsham
Ramsgate 2 – 1 Herne Bay
Shoreham 1 – 1 Molesey
South Park 2 – 1 Walton Casuals
Whyteleafe 1 – 1 Faversham Town

 

Essex Senior League & FA Vase (ESL sides) Preview (1.12.17)

Written by Scott W

This weekend, there’s two FA Vase 3rd Rd ties involving ESL sides plus a reduced ESL programme. I’m solo again this week so here are my thoughts on the weekend’s matches:-

Saturday 2nd December

The FA Vase Third Round

Great Wakering Rovers v Cogenhoe Utd | Venue: Burroughs Park

Scott: Wakering welcome United Counties League Premier side Cogenhoe to Burroughs Park. The hosts have had a mixed week with a league win at Barkingside & a Gordon Brasted Trophy defeat by Hullbridge in midweek. Their league form is very good though, and Cogenhoe are mid-table in their division. I reckon Wakering will get the job done as they did ‘shuffle their pack’ a bit squad-wise in midweek.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Hullbridge Sports v Enfield 1893 | Venue: Lower Road

Scott: Also in the FA Vase on Saturday, Enfield travel to Hullbridge in an all-ESL tie at Lower Road. The new-look hosts have had a good week with a league win at Southend Manor last Saturday and that cup win at Wakering in midweek Their opponents have had a mixed one, comprised of a heavy home loss to FC Romania last weekend though came back to get a draw with Bengal on Monday night. Both sides will be up for this encounter though I have a feeling there will be goals in it too, given both sides’ defensive records this term. Hullbridge might just edge it though it really could go either way.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2

 

Essex Senior League

FC Romania v Woodford Town | Venue: Theobalds Lane

Scott: Woodford are the visitors to Theobalds Lane as they take on in-form FCR. The hosts picked up a big win at Enfield last time out, while Town lost out at home to Wadham. Dee Safer’s side have lost five out of their last seven league matches though shouldn’t be under-estimated here. That said, I still reckon FCR will prevail.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Ilford v Burnham Ramblers | Venue: Cricklefield

Scott: Ilford take on Burnham at Cricklefield. The Foxes have had a mixed last week, getting a point at Clapton though exited the Errington Challenge Cup at Sawbridgeworth in midweek. League-wise, they’ve won three of their last eight matches. Burnham have had a good week with league wins at Stansted and Wadham which ended a barren ESL run. Really tough one to call this as both sides could do with the points, therefore it might end all-square.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1

 

Sporting Bengal Utd v Hackney Wick | Venue: Mile End Stadium

Scott: Bengal welcome near-neighbours Wick to Mile End. The hosts have had a good week with a win over West Essex last weekend and a draw at Enfield on Monday night. Wick lost out to Hamlets last weekend though do have a better record away from home so far this term. Also, Wick appointed ex-Brentwood & Woodford boss Tony Ievoli this week and as ever, you can’t discount the ‘new manager’ effect. I’m going to plump for a narrow home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Takeley v Southend Manor | Venue: Station Road

Scott: Takeley welcome Manor to Station Road. The hosts lost their long unbeaten stretch last weekend at Waltham Forest while Manor lost out to Hullbridge last Saturday and then exited the Essex Senior Cup at Harlow in midweek. The hosts will know that they have two games in hand on leaders Redbridge though they are under a bit of pressure to win those matches given the leaders’ excellent recent league run. I do reckon they will emerge with the points here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 0

 

Waltham Forest v Tower Hamlets | Venue: Kitchener Road

Scott: Forest welcome Hamlets to Kitchener Road. The home side have are unbeaten in three league matches now following a surprise win over Takeley last weekend. Hamlets have won three & lost three in their last six outings though sit 7th in the table currently. They face a tough test here as Waltham seek to continue their mini-revival. The hosts will have to keep the likes of Curtis Pond quiet though so I’m going to plump for a score draw here.
Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

West Essex v Barkingside | Venue: Mayesbrook Park

Scott: ‘Side travel to Mayesbrook Park in this battle of two out-of-form sides. The Stags lost out to Bengal last weekend and have won two of their last eight league matches. Their opponents are on a poor run themselves with just a single win in their last eight ESL matches, though they did get pipped late on at Clapton in midweek. I have a feeling both sides may ‘throw caution to the wind’ here and therefore this could be an exciting encounter. Hard to seperate them though so I’ll go with a draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

 

If you would like to see more of the vast ‘back catalogue’ of Peter’s work including ESL round-up’s & Match reports then follow him on Twitter – @ped1980 and on his website at http://www.leaguewebsite.co.uk/unofficialesl/

You can also follow Scott at @ScottMHC14 on Twitter

 

Essex Senior League round-up (26.11.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another edition of my semi-regular ESL round-up, which this weekend takes in a few upsets and also some good performances. Enjoy.

Friday 24th Nov

Tower Hamlets 3 – 2 Hackney Wick
| Venue: Mile End Stadium | Attendance: 55

Hamlets edged this encounter with Wick to pick up a much-needed win. Curtis Pond gave the hosts the lead three minutes before the break, though Hassan Nalbant [47′] struck with his fourth goal in two matches to level for the visitors. Pond restored Hamlets lead nine minutes later before Jeff Idemudia once again restored parity on 63 minutes. Hamlets were not to be denied though as David McCarthy got the winner 11 minutes from time.

Also, Hackney Wick announced following this match that ex-Woodford & Brentwood boss Tony Ievoli will be their new manager. I’m sure the Non-League community in the area will wish Tony well in his new role.

 

Saturday 25th Nov

Barkingside 0 – 2 Great Wakering Rovers
| Venue: Cricklefield | Attendance: 58

Wakering ‘got the job done’ with victory at Cricklefield. Goals from Jay Nash [5′] and Billy Johnson [55′] were enough. to seal Rovers’ 6th straight league win. For the hosts, their fourth straight league defeat leaves thrm 14th and in danger of being dragged into the dogfight at the bottom of the table.

Clapton 1 – 1 Ilford
| Venue: Old Spotted Dog | Attendance: 78

These two old rivals were locked in a stalemate at the OSD. The Tons led through Jeffrey Cobblah 65th-minute strike though hot-shot James Peagram secured a point by levelling 11 minutes from time.

Enfield 1893 0 – 5 FC Romania
| Venue: The Harlow Arena | Attendance: 62

FCR continued their superb recent form with a big win at the Harlow Arena. Goals from Mihai Botosan [12′], George Taban [24′], Adrian Balsanu [62′] gave the visitors a big lead though Enfield’s pain was complete as Ionut Juganu [89′] and Sergiu Pitaru [90’+1] added late strikes to seal FCR’s 9th win in their last 11 league matches.

Sawbridgeworth Town 1 – 4 Redbridge
| Venue: Crofters End | Attendance: 50

Redbridge came away with another 3 points after this good win at Crofters. Brian Moses struck on 29 minutes to give the visitors the lead at the break. Second-half goals from Eljay Worrell [51′], Moses [60′] and Martin Tuohy six minutes from time sealed the win though Leon Lewis [89′] got a consolation for Sawbo. The Motormen have won their last seven ESL matches on-the-reel.

Southend Manor 2 – 4 Hullbridge Sports
| Venue: Southchurch Park | Attendance: 65

Manor were surpassed on the day by an lively new-look Hullbridge side. I attended this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/11/25/report-southend-manor-2-4-hullbridge-esl-25-11-17/

Sporting Bengal Utd 2 – 0 West Essex
| Venue: Mile End Stadium | Attendance: 15

Bengal grabbed a rare win through goals from David Vaughan [45′] and Oscar Mendes [75′]. Indeed this was Bengal’s first win in ten league matches while West Essex are on a three-match winless run.

Stansted 1 – 4 Burnham Ramblers
| Venue: Hargrave Park | Attendance: 26

Burnham came from behind to grab a win they badly needed at Hargrave Park. It started well for the Airportmen as Wisley Baltazar [12′] put them ahead. The hosts then missed a penalty soon afterward and were pegged back by Ryan Plom’s goal ten minutes before the break. After the break, goals from Karl Swanborough [56′] and a Bradley Morgan spot-kick on the hour, turned the tide before Swanborough grabbed a fourth in added-time.

Waltham Forest 2 – 0 Takeley
| Venue: Kitchener Road | Attendance: 58

Forest upset Takeley to grab their second league win in their last five matches. Goals from Abiolo Tanimowo [40′] and Mo Sagaf in added-time sealed a ‘bad day at the office’ for Marc Das’ side as their eight-match unbeaten run was ended.

Woodford Town 2 – 4 Wadham Lodge
| Venue: Goffs Lane | Attendance: 32

Wadham’s turnaround to their season continued as they won at Goffs Lane. Eli Benoit [6′] and Mario Gnijaj [32′] gave Wadham the platform though an OG and Dwade James sealed the points five minutes from time. Asher Modeste & another OG accounted for the hosts’ goals. Wadham’s unbeaten run now sits at six matches.

 

 

 

Bostik League Divisions Nth & Sth round-up (26.11.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Welcome to my semi-regular round-up of Bostik League North action with Bostik South results from Saturday 25th November. How did your team do this weekend?

 

AFC Sudbury 4 – 3 Bowers & Pitsea
| Venue: Wardale Williams Stadium | Attendance: 244

The Suds did the damage in the first half as they fought off a comeback by Bowers to claim the points here. The hosts broke the deadlock 12 minutes in through Max Booth though a deluge of goals after the half-hour from Reece Dobson [31′], and Ben Hunter [33′ & 45′] put the home side in a very commanding position at the break. Bowers responded soon into the second half as David Knight [pen 51′] and Ben Sartain [67′] halved the lead. Though Fahad Nyanja [72′] ensured a competitive finale to the match, the Suds held on to extend their unbeaten stretch to four league matches and are 12th in the table. Bowers suffered their first loss here in six league matches and reside in 4th spot.

Barking 2 – 0 Romford
| Venue: Mayesbrook Park | Attendance: 93

Barking continued their great league run as they battled to defeat Romford at Mayesbrook Park. The hosts led on 10 minutes through Ben O’Brien though only sealed the points late on through Kiernan Hughes-Mason’s strike [87′]. Barking have now amassed five league wins on-the-spin and now sit 5th while bottom side Romford’s tough run goes on.

Canvey Island 0 – 3 Potters Bar Town
| Venue: Park Lane | Attendance: 193

Canvey were outplayed by in-form Potters Bar at Park Lane. Two goals in four minutes from Eoin Casey [29′] and Lee O’Leary [32′] put Danny Heale’s side on the back foot at the break. Steve Brown added a third for the Scholars six minutes from time to extend their unbeaten run to five league games now. Canvey’s third loss in their last five league matches means they’re in 3rd spot.

Cheshunt 2 – 1 Aveley
| Venue: Theobalds Lane | Attendance: 160

Cheshunt grabbed a rare win against fellow strugglers Aveley at Theobalds Lane. Aveley took the lead through Sewa Marah’s goal on 22 minutes though ten minutes after the break, Jason Hallett levelled for the Ambers. Substitute Michael Kalu [66′] got the decisive goal as Cheshunt got their first win in five league matches. Aveley have only won one of their last seven league matches now and sit in 21st, above today’s opponents only on goal difference.

Grays Athletic 1 – 0 Soham Town Rangers
| Venue: Parkside | Attendance: 169

Grays grabbed a narrow win over Soham at Parkside. Veteran midfielder Glenn Poole grabbed the only goal with 18 minutes remaining to give Ath their first win in five league games to go 14th in the table. Soham’s third straight loss means they drop to 17th.

Hertford Town 1 – 1 Norwich Utd
| Venue: Hertingfordbury Park | Attendance: 154

Hertford were held by lowly Norwich Utd here. The hosts led thanks to Ben Andreos’s opener [14′] though Tim Henery’s penalty 12 minutes later eventually sealed a point for the Planters. Norwich Utd’s winless run extends to six matches and they remain second bottom.

Maldon & Tiptree 5 – 1 Dereham Town
| Venue: Park Drive | Attendance: 78

Maldon showed their class as they dismantled leaders Dereham at Park Drive. Jammers’ hot-shot Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe’s first-half hat-trick [10′, pen 34′ & 35′] gave the Magpies a proverbial mountain to climb though Ryan Crisp did get a consolation on the hour. Further goals from Ryan Gondoh [63′] and substitute Kieran Bailey [68′] sealed Maldon’s fourth straight league win which sees them sit 6th in the table. Dereham remain top despite this defeat.

Tilbury 2 – 2 AFC Hornchurch
| Venue: Chadfields | Attendance: 154

Tilbury held the Urchins at Chadfields. Abdus Salami opened the scoring for the hosts on the quarter-hour though Theo Fairweather-Johnson levelled 13 minutes later. Five minutes after the break, Elliot Styles gave Hornchurch the lead though the hosts claimed a point as Adam Vyse struck with eight minutes left.

Waltham Abbey 4 – 1 Bury Town
| Venue: Capershotts | Attendance: 63

In-form Abbey overwhelmed Bury Town to claim the points at Capershotts. The hosts had a two-goal cushion at the break through goals from Billy Holland [32′] and Nathan Koranteng [39′]. Darelle Russell got a third on 66 minutes before an Ollie Fenn OG [73′] more than made the points safe. The visitors pulled one back through Cemal Ramadan with eight minutes left. Waltham Abbey rise to 9th place while Town’s winless run sits at four league matches.

 

Bostik Division South results

Chipstead 2 – 2 Greenwich Borough | V: High Road | Att: 75
Faversham Town 2 – 1 South Park | V: Salters Lane | Att: 157
Hastings Utd 3 – 1 Guernsey | V: The Pilot Field | Att: 272
Herne Bay 2 – 2 East Grinstead Town|V: Winch’s Field| Att: 189
Horsham 2 – 1 Hythe Town | V: Culver Road | Att: 133
Molesey 1 – 1 Ramsgate | V: Walton Road | Att: 45
Sittingbourne 2 – 2 Corinthian Casuals|V: Woodstock Park | Att: 147
Thamesmead Town 2 – 3 Carshalton Athletic | V: Princes Park | Att: 94
VCD Athletic 1 – 0 Shoreham | V: Oakwood | Att: 62
Walton Casuals 4 – 2 Whyteleafe | V: Elmbridge Sports Hub | Att: 102

 

 

 

Essex Senior League Preview (24.11.17)

Written by Scott W

So as the weekend comes around again, you know what that means… more ESL action! Unfortunately, Peter’s having a week off due to work commitments so here’s my thoughts on this week’s action. Enjoy your weekend!

Friday

Tower Hamlets v Hackney Wick | Venue: Mile End Stadium

Scott: Hamlets welcome Wick to Mile End in their second home match in five days. On Monday night, Redbridge won well though the hosts have won four of their last eight league matches overall. Hackney Wick picked up their first home win in midweek, defeating Burnham though wins are still hard to come by for them just now and I think Hamlets will best them here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Saturday

Barkingside v Great Wakering Rovers | Venue: Cricklefield

Scott: Onto the action on Saturday then and two contrasting sides (in terms of league form) meet at Cricklefield. Barkingside have been defeated in four of their last five league matches and face another tough test against GWR. Wakering by contrast have won their last five league matches on-the-trot and I saw them power to a big win over Hullbridge last weekend so their confidence will be high going into this one. Factor in that Wakering are one of those sides that ‘find a way’ to win and I can see this one being an away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

 

Clapton v Ilford | Venue: Old Spotted Dog Stadium

Scott: The Foxes travel to the Old Spotted Dog to meet the Tons in an important match for both sides. The hosts have lost their last three league matches after a narrow home loss to Basildon in midweek, consequently dropping to sixth in the table. Ilford’s form is mixed too with three wins & three losses in their last six league outings. This tie could really go either way though I’m plumping for a draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1

 

Enfield 1893 v FC Romania | Venue: The Harlow Arena

Scott: The next tie takes place at the Harlow Arena as the Wolves take on Enfield. The hosts are gradually improving, with only two defeats in their last six league matches after their win at Burnham last weekend. FCR are one of the in-form sides though at present, unbeaten in their last six (5 wins, 1 draw) though that draw did occur in midweek at home to Wadham. The hosts will make it tough, though I see this one could be a win for the visitors.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 2

 

Sawbridgeworth Town v Redbridge | Venue: Crofters End

Scott: In-form leaders Redbridge travel to Crofters End to meet Sawbridgeworth. The Motormen are running like a well-oiled train at present with nine wins from their last ten matches in the league after a 5-0 win at Tower Hamlets in midweek. Sawbridgeworth got blitzed by Takeley at home last weekend but drew at West Essex in midweek and their form is steadily improving (W2, D2, L1 in their last 5 matches) so this may be a tricky match for the visitors though I still believe they’ll get the win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

 

Southend Manor v Hullbridge Sports | Venue: Southchurch Park

Scott: Manor take on new-look Hullbridge at Southchurch Park. The hosts have won their last three league matches and triumphed over Tower Hamlets last weekend. Hullbridge ended a six-match losing league run with a creditable point at Waltham Forest in midweek though their run of away games continues here and this is a hard assignment. Home win I reckon.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

**Note** – This match will be promoting the #RainbowLaces campaign. This campaign will be highlighting the issues of LGBT players & the ESL is one if three leagues selected by the Essex FA as part of the wider FA #RainbowLaces campaign. To mark this occasion, Player will be wearing the Rainbow Laces in their boots.

 

Sporting Bengal Utd v West Essex | Venue: Mile End Stadium

Scott: The Stags travel to Mile End once again, this time to face Sporting Bengal. The hosts held Takeley in midweek though their winless run now sits at nine league matches and that needs to change if they are to avoid slipping further down the table. West’s form isn’t great either with two wins from their last eight league matches though they did hold Sawbridgeworth Town to a draw in midweek. Have a feeling that Bengal’s wait for a win will go on here in what could be an entertaining match.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 3

 

Stansted v Burnham Ramblers | Venue: Hargrave Park

Scott: Two out-of-form sides meet at Hargrave Park. In a strange quirk, both sides have lost their last six league matches on-the-trot so something has to give here. Stansted got pipped by Wakering in midweek while Burnham suffered a demoralising loss at Hackney Wick, also in midweek. This one will be very tight I believe, though Stansted might pinch it.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Waltham Forest v Takeley | Venue: Kitchener Road

Scott: Takeley continue their travels as they meet Forest at Kitchener Road. The hosts won at Barkingside last weekend before being held at home by Hullbridge in midweek. Overall, positive results are tough to find for Forest just now and that job hardly gets any easier in this encounter. Takeley were held by Bengal in midweek though are unbeaten in their last eight league matches so that solidifies their reputation as being tough to beat. Marc Das’ side will not want to lose any more ground on the top two (Redbridge & Basildon) so I suspect they’ll be fired-up for this match and I also think they will take the points.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 3

 

Woodford Town (2017) v Wadham Lodge | Venue: Goffs Lane

Scott: Finally, Woodford welcome a resurgent Wadham outfit to Goffs Lane. The hosts narrowly lost out at Ilford in midweek though did prevail at Hackney Wick last weekend. Their form overall is inconsistent with three wins from their last eight league matches. That said, they sit in mid-table prior to this weekend. Wadham have only tasted defeat once in their last eight league matches and manager Marc Farrell & his staff have certainly set the side on an upward curve and showed that in midweek by holding FC Romania to a draw. This may be another tight one though the visitors may continue their good run here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

If you’d like to follow Peter, you can on Twitter – @ped1980 and on his website at http://www.leaguewebsite.co.uk/unofficialesl

You can also follow Scott on Twitter – @ScottMHC14

Also, Peter returned to the Grassroot Football Show this week alongside Adam R & guest VCD Athletic assistant boss & friend of the show Danny Lee – m.mixcloud.com/EastLondonRadio/grassroots-football-show-23rd-november-2017/