Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & ESL Blogger
Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Senior League round-up piece, with a look at all five ESL matches this weekend with a partial round-up of the FA Vase action involving ESL sides too. Thanks for reading.
Essex Senior League
Friday 13th Sept
Woodford Town 5 – 0 Southend Manor | Harlow Arena | Att: 60
The weekend’s action started with a fine win for Woodford in a one-sided affair at the Harlow Arena. Temi Babalola opened the scoring ten minutes in, before Josh Steele [35’] and Georges Kebi [41’] extended their lead into a comfortable one. Late goals by Marcus Painter [78’] and Nektrarious Varouxakis four minutes later ensured a hard first match for Jerry Omango & Craig Waters’ side. Town got their first win in four matches here which took them into the top half. By contrast, Manor’s fourth defeat this term sees them second-bottom.
Saturday 14th Sept
Hadley 6 – 0 Sawbridgeworth Town | Brickfield Lane | Att: 68
The Bricks outclassed Sawbo as they fired six goals to record their third league win this term. Ned Clarke led the way with a hat-trick, in-form forward Solomon Ofori nabbed a brace of his own while Manny Hammond got the other goal as Sawbridgeworth’s poor league run continued.
Hoddesdon Town 1 – 0 Clapton | Lowfield | Att: 85
Hoddesdon clawed their way to a late win over out-of-form Clapton thanks to an added-time spot-kick by Isaac Marfo-Jacobs. Simon Riddle’s team got their third win on-the-spin to also reside in the top ten. Clapton remain in the bottom three.
Sporting Bengal Utd 4 – 0 Ilford | Mile End | Att: 35
Bengal got arguably the result of the day as they swept aside Ilford at Mile End. Steven Carvell opened the scoring on 17 minutes before Curtley McIntosh continued his scoring run with the second two minutes before half-time. New signing Chaka Bennett stuck with 20 minutes left and Codey Cameron added more pain for the visitors eight minutes later.
Stansted 2 – 1 Cockfosters | Hargrave Park | Att: 42
The Airportmen came from behind to notch their first win since the opening day with victory over Cockfosters at Hargrave Park. Reece Mosanya had put the visitors ahead after seven minutes, though after the interval the hosts responded. First, Daniel Cheema levelled three minutes after the break, before Carl Mullings got the winner midway through the second half.
The FA Vase – Second Qualifying Round (ESL sides)
Friday 13th Sept: New Salamis 2 – 0 Tower Hamlets | Queen Elizabeth II Sta.
Saturday 14th September
Enfield 2 – 1 Enfield Borough | Woodside | Att: 43
Enfield defeated Step 6 Enfield Borough at Woodside thanks to strkes by Joe Pattison [34’] & Olly Miles with 15 minutes to go as Matt Hanning’s team backed up their win at Ilford in the last round to make it to the First Round Proper. Congrats to them.
Frenford 3 – 2 Hashtag Utd | Len Salmon Stadium [3G]
Hashtag came unstuck as a late winner from Ian Sawyer saw Eastern Senior South side Frenford go through to the next round. Luke Woodward put the hosts ahead before strikes by George Smith and Jesse Waller-Lassen turned the tide in favour of Jay Devereux’s team. Super-sub Ian Sawyer had the last word as two late goals saw his side to a dramatic win at the Len Salmon Stadium.
Takeley 3 – 0 Wormley Rovers | Station Road | Att: 38
Takeley secured their passage into the next round as they defeated Wormley at Station Road. Quick-fire goals from Michael Castle and Jason Todd on the half-hour set them well o their way before Nick Barrett added another penalty five minutes later.
Other FA Vase results:
FC Clacton 4 – 1 Redbridge | Rush Green Bowl | Att: 145
Whitton Utd 2 – 1 St Margaretsbury | King George V Playing Field
West Essex 2 – 4 Brantham Athletic | Mayesbrook Park | Att: 37
Congrats to Enfield & Takeley on making it through to the First Round Proper of the FA Vase.