S21-22 Match Report: Benfleet 1 – 1 Buckhurst Hill (Sat 15 Jan) [EaSL Sth 21\22 15.1.22]

Eastern Senior League – South Division

Venue: Park Lane

Attendance: 52

2021-22 Season: Match 49

Saturday 15th January 2022 – 3pm KO

Benfleet: Sky Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

Buckhurst Hill: White Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks


Benfleet deny Buckhurst Hill in hard-fought match

Benfleet 1 – 1 Buckhurst Hill

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

This weekend’s match was a fascinating encounter at Park Lane which saw two of the current top four sides in the Eastern Senior League South clash as Benfleet welcomed promotion-chasing Buckhurst Hill. Both sides have had something of an extended break from action of late but with other sides in the top six having played more matches already, that might be in both teams’ favour come April. Benfleet named Daniel Smith as their goalkeeper, with a back four of Darnell Shakes, Joe Hunter & centre-backs MacKenzie Davidson and Sonny Hartman. Ben Foord led the forward line as ever, with support from Rob Lacey and skipper Aaron Russell. Options on the bench included forwards Billy Bonham-Dare and Mason Shave and centre-back Cameron Harris.

Buckhurst were keen to grab another win here to keep tabs on rivals Ipswich Wanderers and had regular custodian Daniel Blockley in goal, with Alfie Harris and Henry Day as centre-backs and Liam Foster & Edward Buchanan as the attack-minded full-backs. Captain Suleyman Zuhdu led their attack, with support from the Sollosi brothers (Sam & Nathan). Their substitutes included Brad Rowland, Sonny Shilling and Max Nicholson.

The match began with Buckhurst Hill having more possession and therefore having more impetus to break the deadlock. On seven minutes, after Josh Banfield had been involved in the build-up, full-back Liam Foster’s centre found forward Suleyman Zuhdu who retained the ball well just inside the Benfleet penalty area before firing a speculative overhead kick which home stopper Daniel Smith had to gather.


The visitors were showing their high work rate & energetic style of Football, which forced Benfleet to deal with several waves of forward moves from their opposition, although Buckhurst did not create a huge array of clear chances as they sought to regain their clinical finishing. Zuhdu sent in another powerful free-kick which Smith was equal to, before the half-hour though Buckhurst’s final ball was eluding them on occasion.

Benfleet were focused on keeping things tight and were grateful for several important defensive blocks by Sonny Hartman to keep things level, as well as the alertness of goalkeeper Daniel Smith. A minute before the interval, their miserly attitude defensively was rewarded as Hartman took advantage of a momentary lapse of concentration from the visitors to head home a set-piece at the near post and altogether change the tone of this match.. and the half-time team talks along with it.


Half-Time: Benfleet 1 – 0 Buckhurst Hill

Unsurprisingly, Buckhurst were fired up after the break to get themselves level and Zuhdu was in good form, piercing the home defence on 55 minutes, sprinting to the loose ball ahead of the onrushing Smith but with the ‘Fleet custodian off his goal-line, Zuhdu’s curling finish was headed away on the line by a well-positioned home defender. Rapid winger Nathan Sollosi also had a decent header well thwarted from a set-piece thanks to determined defending by Rob Polkinghorn’s side. At the other end, Benfleet were still decent on the counter, and forward Aaron Russell was unlucky to see a fine strike cannon back off the crossbar with visiting goalkeeper Blockley beaten.

It was becoming apparent that it may not be Buckhurst’s day when they were awarded a penalty, seconds after they had the ball in the net. Tyler Dolan stepped up to take it from twelve yards, but Smith was in no mood to concede, making a fine save. However, Mark Williams’ team did get a deserved goal on sixty-three minutes as from the right side of the 18-yard area, Nathan Sollosi fired home a superb low effort which found the bottom left corner, giving Smith no chance of preserving his clean sheet.



Again, Buckhurst pushed for a decisive goal in the latter stages, with full-back Foster firing wide from a narrow angle and Zuhdu was well-denied by Smith after once again evading the ‘Fleet backline and only had the goalkeeper to bypass. The last key moment of the match came in added time as with Benfleet admirably trying to stifle the rapid forward moves of the visitors, they conceded another spot-kick. Centre-back Henry Day took the responsibility of taking the penalty, but again Smith underlined his good perormance by making a good penalty save, for the second time in the match.

Soon after, the final whistle blew on a match that had a lot of intrigue and good attacking build-up play though not the goals that many may have thought.


Full-Time:  Benfleet  1 – 1 Buckhurst Hill

To sum up this match, Buckhurst Hill had enough ball retention in the first half but couldn’t make the most of the chances they had. Benfleet’s goal just before half-time altered the complexion of the game and although the visitors scored a fine leveller, they were not their usual clinical selves in terms of their finishing. In fairness, both sides were lacking some rhythm, after an extended break from action recently though ‘Fleet will be the happier of the two sides, having got a point.

As ever, there were a number of good performances in this entertaining match. For Benfleet, stopper Daniel Smith had an excellent day, denying penalties from Tyler Dolan and then Henry Day in added-time, which added to fine saves to deny Buckhurst talisman Suleyman Zuhdu. Centre-back Sonny Hartman also shone, making several important defensive blocks as well as scoring his side’s goal with a near-post header. Aaron Russell also did well & was unfortunate to not score from a fine strike. Joe Hunter also showed good energy at left-back.

For Buckhurst, creative midfielder Josh Banfield made several fine passes & some good interceptions. Forward Nathan Sollosi scored a fine leveller & made a number of good runs while Suleyman Zuhdu showed good work rate and was only denied from getting on the score-sheet thanks to fine defending. Lastly, Louis Wynter had a good game as well getting in good positions and setting up good forward moves.

Best wishes to both sides for the remainder of the season.

Buckhurst’s Josh Banfield in possession [Image: Scott W]

Teams

Benfleet  | Manager:  Rob Polkinghorn |

Starting XI: 1 Daniel Smith (GK), 2 Darnell Shakes, 3 Joe Hunter, 5 MacKenzie Davidson, 6 Sonny Hartman, 4 Stephen Ellery, 8 Taylor Lawrence (14 Billy Bonham-Dare 66′), 7 Aaron Russell (Capt) (17 Sam Dulieu 83′), 9 Ben Foord (12 Mason Shave 70′), 10 Robert Lacey, 11 Henry Sims

Goal-scorer: Sonny Hartman [44′]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Harris, Scott


Buckhurst Hill     |  Manager: Mark Willams |

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Daniel Blockley (GK), 2 Liam Foster (18 Max Nicholson 77′), 3 Edward Buchanan (12 Keaton Moore 55′), 4 Alfie Harris, 15 Henry Day, 16 Louis Wynter, 8 Josh Banfield, 14 Tyler Dolan, 7 Sam Sollosi (21 Sonny Shilling 61′), 10 Suleyman Zuhdu (Capt), 11 Nathan Sollosi

Goal-scorer: Nathan Sollosi [63′]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Falola, Rowland


Referee: Steven Marr
Assistants: Michael Jarvis & Amy Purser

S21-22 Match Report: Barkingside 0 – 1 Benfleet (Mon 8 Nov) [EaSL Sth 21/22 9.11.21]

Eastern Senior League – South Division

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 78

2021-22 Season: Match 39

Monday 8th November 2021 – 7.45pm KO

Barkingside: Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Orange Socks

Benfleet: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks



‘Fleet grab a narrow win in drab match at Barkingside

Barkingside 0 – 1 Benfleet

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

The first midweek match this week saw a return to Cricklefield for this interesting clash between mid-table Barkingside and high-flyers Benfleet in the Eastern Senior League South. Both sides were needing points for different reasons with ‘Side keen to join the top eight and Benfleet looking to keep the pressure up on the top two. ‘Side retained Josh Chebesi in goal, with a back three of Jordan Cornelius, Shaquel Foyewa and captain Elliot Scott. David Etcheri and Archie Hammond were in central midfield, with forwards Dan Jones, James Peagram and Darnel Bromfield. On their bench were midfielders Grant Frances & Patrick Hoy alongside Osas Umaru. Benfleet were looking to keep the ‘winning feeling’ going two days after defeating Wivenhoe Town, with regular stopper Florent Gislette shielded by a back four of Billy Carter, Joe Hunter plus centre-backs Cameron Harris and Sonny Hartman. Callum Fitzer and Mason Shave led the forward line, with support from Luc Harpon and skipper Aaron Russell. Among their options from the sidelines were forward Ben Foord and midfielders Sam Dulieu and David Salako.

Unusually for both sides, the early stages of this match were somewhat quiet in terms of clear-cut chances. Benflert winger Luc Harpon had a sight of Josh Chebesi’s goal but could only blaze over the goal frame in the early stages, while Darnel Bromfield’s strike deflected wide in response for ‘Side. The hosts had a let-off of sorts on 18 minutes as a long throw-in from Benfleet full-back Billy Carter was nodded on ahead on onrushing ‘Side custodian Chebesi but the visitors could not force the ball into the net. Defences were largely on top for both teams at this point in proceedings, with ‘Side forward Dan Jones looking to find those piercing through balls to the likes of James Peagram and Reece Simpson who was making runs from deep.



As the half prorgressed, Benfleet were edging things with making more half-chances though their final ball eluded them to extent. That being said, Barkingside’s defence had to be alert with centre-back Elliot Scott and fellow defender Jordan Cornelius made a few important interceptions to keep them on parity. Benfleet did finally break the deadlock on 39 minutes with a good team move. Full-back Joe Hunter began the move down the left side, finding forward Callum Fitzer who turned and sent in a fizzing cross which found the advancing Mason Shave who powered in a good header high into the net at the near post.



Half-Time: Barkingside 0 – 1 Benfleet

So it was the visitors who held a narrow lead but the scrappy nature of this match did persist into the second period. The visitors had a half-chance from a corner on 54 minutes, with centre-back Cameron Harris heading over the woodwork from about six yards out. ‘Side’s promising moves down the channels were thwarted by the visitors’ hard-working defence, marshalled well by centre-back Sonny Hartman who made several important clearrances. As the match entered its later stages, Benfleet were looking to get that crucial second goal which would secure the points for Rob Polkinghorn’s side.

Another free-kick from the visitors tested Chebesi who couldn’t gather, but fortunately for the hosts, Scott was there to clear the danger. And then with moments remaining two substitutes combined as they got clear of the tiring ‘Side backline. Ben Foord found Sam Dulieu in a good arc to strike on goal but the latter’s tame shot came off the left-sided post. The final whistle blew soon afterwards and while ‘Fleet were not at their best form here, they will be happy enough with the points. ‘Side will be frustrated as they remain outside the top ten.



Full-Time:  Barkingside 0 – 1  Benfleet

To sum up this match, well it won’t win many plaudits for quality but what you can say is there was a lot of effort expended by both sides on a chilly evening. Benfleet had more of the chances but could not conclusively put the game beyond the reach of ‘Side, who in turn could not test visiting stopper Gislette.

There were some good performances here. First, for winners Benfleet I felt forwards Mason Shave and Callum Fitzer deserve a mention for their running down the channels and their passing and Shave’s goal came at a good time to quell the nerves of Rob Polkinghorn’s side. Also, centre-back Sonny Hartman put in a good display, clearing several promising attacks for ‘Side away from danger and finally full-back Joe Hunter did well down the left side to build forward moves in support of Fitzer. Barkingside had good performances from forwards Darnel Bromfield and Dan Jones with Bromfield looking to get in behind defenders using his pace and dribbling. Jones looked to find incisive balls to his fellow forwards but was thwarted by a miserly visiting defence. Quincy Warner also put in a good hard-working performance and skipper Elliot Scott put in a valiant display at centre-back as he stifled the quick Benfleet attacks.

Best wishes to both sides for the remainder of the season.



Teams

Barkingside    |  Manager: Steven Le Sage  | Assistant: Tommy Shelts

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Josh Chesbesi (GK), 2 Jordan Cornelius, 3 Shaquel Foyewa, 6 Elliot Scott (Capt), 5 Archie Hammond, 7 David Etcheri (13 Patrick Hoy 63′), 4 Reece Simpson, 8 Quincy Warner, 9 James Peagram (14 Osas Umaru 63′), 10 Dan Jones (12 Grant Frances 74′), 11 Darnel Bromfield

Booked: Etcheri, Cornelius | Subs Not Used: Piccolo


Benfleet  | Manager: Rob Polkinghorn | Assistant: Rob Rook

Starting XI: 1 Florent Gislette (GK), 2 Billy Carter, 3 Joe Hunter, 4 Stephen Ellery, 5 Cameron Harris, 6 Sonny Hartman, 7 Luc Harpon (16 Ben Foord 51′), 8 Taylor Lawrence, 9 Callum Fitzer, 10 Aaron Russell (Capt), 11 Mason Shave (14 Sam Dulieu 70′)

Goal-scorer: Mason Shave [39′]

Booked: Lawrence | Sub Not Used: Willsmer, D Salako, Stewart


Referee: Joshua Evans
Assistants: Bobby Breen & Abu Taher

S21-22 Match Report: Barkingside 1 – 6 Buckhurst Hill (Mon 25 Oct) [EaSL Sth 26.10.21]


Eastern Senior League – South Division

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 115

2021-22 Season: Match 36

Monday 25th October 2021 – 7.45pm KO

Barkingside: Sky Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Navy Blue Socks

Buckhurst H: White Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks


Players pre-match

Buckhurst achieve comfortable win over ‘Side at Cricklefield

Barkingside  1 – 6  Buckhurst Hill

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

The midweek match in late October was this fascinating encounter at Cricklefield between two sides in contrasting form as Barkingside welcomed local rivals Buckhurst Hill in Eastern Senior League South. ‘Side were looking to swiftly recover from a heavy weekend loss at Halstead whilst Buckhurst were still buzzing after their progression in the FA Vase after victory at Great Yarmouth. One other bit of news for the hosts saw First-team boss Francesco Zabotti depart for EOFL Premier side Springfield last week, which saw GM Steven Le Sage back in charge for Barkingside here. They named Lubomir Georgiev in goal, with right-back Jordan Cornelius skippering the team. David Etcheri and Patrick Hoy were the centre midfield pair, alongside Reece Simpson and Quincy Warner in attack. Options from the sidelines included defender Berkcan Belindir and forward Joe Gent. Buckhurst rotated their squad somewhat following that aforementioned Vase win but still had Daniel Blockley between the sticks, with a defence of Liam Foster, Edward Buchanan, Alfie Harris and Max Nicholson. Suleyman Zuhdu retained his place and captained the side, with Sonny Shilling and Tyler Dolan joining him in an enterprising forward line. Their bench included forwards Nathan Sollosi, Fehinti Falola and Brad Rowland.


As the match began in earnest, it was the hosts who had the first sight of goal on two minutes as forward Reece Simpson showed his intent, firing a good strike wide of the right-side post from twenty-five yards. It was a cagey start to the game, with little in the way of clear-cut openings and to their credit, ‘Side defended quite well and that was shown by good clearances by centre-back Jason Jones and right-back Jordan Cornelius. However, the first big point of the game happened on 21 minutes as Buckhurst forward Tyler Dolan was fouled in the area, which resulted in the penalty being converted low into the right corner by Dolan himself to give the visitors the lead. Barkingside responded on the counter-attack, with Reece Simpson being played in unselfishly and his firm effort on goal was well denied by visiting stopper Dan Blockley.

Steven Le Sage’s side were having their best period of the match at this juncture, and just before the half-hour, Jones was unfortunate to have a powerful header at goal cleared off the goalline by a well-placed covering Buckhurst defender. This seemed to galvanise the visitors snd they respoonded with a second goal just after the half-hour. A neat passing move ended with a controlled finish by attacking midfielder Jake Moss who did well to beat stranded ‘keeper Lubomir Georgiev. So, with the Stags two goals to the good, they were in a decent position. However, ‘Side responded all of thirty seconds later as Simpson really nailed a powerful strike from 25 yards which Blockley got a glove on but it still sailed high into the net. You could argue that ‘Side deserved that goal, but it was also apparent that Buckhurst could still raise their game further before the evening was done.


A glimmer of this was shown by another rapid run by forward Suleyman Zuhdu who made a good break down the left channel, cut inside and saw a good effort well parried by Georgiev. With half-time approaching, Barkingside tried fo force a leveller but Simpson’s tame effort dribbled wide of the left-side post, almost demanding that a team-mate would run in and grab a tap-in but it wasn’t to be.

Half-Time: Barkingside  1 – 2  Buckhurst Hill


So, as the players emerged for the second half it was fair to say that ‘Side were in the game and that Buckhurst had ‘more gears to find’ in attack. Unfortunately for the hosts, they did find that rhythm after the break. Eight minutes after the restart, a free-kick from just outside the eighteen-yard area on the angle found the top left corner, courtesy of a great strike by full-back Edward Buchanan. Mark Williams’ side were building their attacking ryhthm now and on the hour, forward Sonny Shilling’s lob somehow cannoned back off a post with the majority of the goal to aim at, and seconds later Zuhdu’s fine strike was well clawed away by the impressive Georgiev. Barkingside were in danger of being overrun at this point and Georgiev was in action again moments afterward, denying Zuhdu again with a fine one-handed save low on the ground.


Hill did get a fourth goal with fifteen minutes left as from a set-piece, full-back Liam Foster’s low finish found the net in a congested penalty area. The hosts couldn’t keep the ball for the long enough as Buckhurst poured forward with wave after wave of forward presses. Substitute Brad Rowland shot was denied by Georgiev as we entered the last ten minutes, though the Stags rounded off a fine evening’s work with replacement Fehinti Falola lobbing Georgiev well and in added-time, Rowland’s fierce strike got a hefty deflection off a defender which wrong-footed the goalkeeper.


Full-Time: Barkingside  1 – 6  Buckhurst Hill

In summary, Barkingside did well to compete in the first half and could have made things level at the interval, but ultimately they were unable to stifle a Buckhurst side who continue to impress with their goal-scoring and their pace going forward. Buckhurst deserved to win the game as they continue their quest to fortify their position in the top six.

In terms of stand-out performances, visitors Buckhurst Hill had midfielder Jake Moss to thank for scoring a good goal in a key period of the match. He also played his part in building up forward moves, as did full-back Liam Foster who took his goal well and continues to have a good season thus far. Centre-back Alfie Harris also made a number of important interceptions, while forward Suleyman Zuhdu also had a good gamewith his pace and movement and could’ve had at least two goals here if it wasn’t for good goalkeeping.

On that note, Goalkeeper Lubomir Georgiev had an excellent game for Barkingside, making at least five notable saves to keep his side in the contest. Jason Jones did well at centre-back in making several clearing headers, and support forward Quincy Warner put in a good shift making the visiting defence concentrate with neat passes and good darting runs. Lastly, Reece Simpson took his goal very well and could have added to his goal tally on another day.

My thanks to the hosts for their hospitality & best wishes to both sides for the remainder of the season.


Teams

Barkingside  | Manager: Steven Le Sage |

Starting XI (Subs) : 1 Lubomir Georgiev (GK), 2 Jordan Cornelius (Capt), 3 Shaquel Foyewa (16 Berkcan Belindir 72′), 5 Nathan Saunders, 6 Jason Jones, 14 Patrick Hoy, 7 David Etcheri, 8 Quincy Warner, 9 Reece Simpson, 10 Archie Hammond (18 Grant Frances 83′), 11 Osas Omuru (17 Joe Gent 58′)

Goal-scorer: Reece Simpson [32′]

Booked: Etcheri, Jones  | Sub Not Used: Scott, Thompson


Buckhurst Hill     |  Manager: Mark Williams  | Assistant: JP Kent

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Daniel Blockley (GK), 2 Liam Foster, 3 Edward Buchanan, 4 Alfie Harris, 5 Max Nicholson, 7 Jack Griggs, 8 Josh Banfield, 16 Jake Moss (21 Fehinti Falola 67′), 14 Sonny Shilling, 10 Suleyman Zuhdu (20 Harry Markatis 75′), 15 Tyler Dolan (22 Brad Rowland 46′)

Goal-scorers: Tyler Dolan [pen 21′], Jake Moss [32′], Edward Buchanan [53′], Liam Foster [74′], Fehinti Falola [83′], OG [90’+2]

Sin-Bin: Shilling [44′] | Booked: Nicholson | Subs Not Used: Jiro, N Sollosi


Referee: Tommy Breen
Assistants: Alan Steward & Craig Wood

S21-22 Match Report: Buckhurst Hill 3 – 1 Brimsdown (Tues 19 Oct) [EaSL Sth 20.10.21]


Eastern Senior League – Division South

Venue: Roding Lane

Attendance: 152

2021-22 Season: Match 34

Tuesday 19th October 2021 – 7.45pm KO

Buckhurst H: Blue & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Brimsdown: Green Shirts, Green Shorts, Green Socks



Buckhurst battle hard to defeat Brimsdown at Roding Lane

Buckhurst Hill 3 – 1 Brimsdown

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

The solitary midweek match this week saw a return trip to Roding Lane for the match between high-flying Buckhurst Hill and visitors Brimsdown in what was the first Senior match the hosts played under floodlights at their upgraded ground. The hosts perhaps with their big FA Vase tie at Great Yarmouth Town at the weekend in mind, rotated their squad somewhat, with regular stopper Daniel Blockley having a defensive four in front of him comprised of Liam Foster, Max Nicholson, Alfie Harris and Edward Buchanan. The forward line here was led by centre forward Fehinti Falola, with support from Brad Rowland and Nathan Sollosi. Options from the bench included defender Henry Day and forwards Suleyman Zuhdu and Sonny Shilling. Brimsdown have also had a squad overhaul recently, with new boss Marce Collington naming Ali Dogan in goal, a defensive four of Joshua Lamaswala, Dillon Lee, Omer Bingol and Stephane Zolo. The attack was led by Kamarni Collington and Chikosi Basden with Ricardo Price and Jermaine Baptiste in support.

In the early stages of the match, Brimsdown showed enough to suggest they would be ne an energetic, hard-working side and would not be overawed by their opposition. Hill had a half-chance with six minutes on the clock as a decent centre from the right flank by midfielder Jake Moss found centre forward Fehinti Falola but his header was off-target of visiting goalkeeper Ali Dogan’s goal. The vistors responded swiftly on the counter-attack, as a decent strike by midfielder Anthony Sanderson required home custodian Dan Blockley to be alert. The Sollosi brothers were in tandem moments later for Buckhurst as Sam made a good turn before finding Nathan on the edge of the box but could only turn his strike over the woodwork. Marce Collington’s side responded strongly again as a teasing cross by Ricardo Price was deflected behind for a set-piece. From that resulting corner, forward Chikosi Basden’s fierce initial strike was deflected off a team-mate in Price who got the crucial touch to send it beyond Blockley and into the net, despite the hosts wanting the assistant referee’s flag. No flag was forthcoming so it was Brimsdown who took a surprise lead.


To be fair to Brimsdown, they were more than holding their own during the half as Buckhurst could not find their well-known attacking rhythm and pace. On twenty minutes, a fine run and turn by Nathan Sollosi allowed him the chance to strike at goal, but his tame strike allowed Dogan to gather. Then, just past the half-hour, another set-piece by Sam Sollosi found its way to full-back Liam Foster whose shot also couldn’t bypass Dogan, who was growing in confidence.


Half-time: Buckhurst Hill 0 – 1 Brimsdown


So as we entered the second period of the match, Buckhurst knew they had to raise their game somewhat, but it was Brimsdown who had a sight at goal on 51 minutes, with forward Basden sending through a good pass to find captain Reece Capleton, unfortunately for the visitors, the latter could only fire his effort over the woodwork. Mark Williams did not hesitate long to instigate changes from the bench, and the introduction of Sonny Shilling did bring about a change to the rhythm of the hosts’ attacks. Only two minutes after coming on, Buckhurst had a corner which full-back Edward Buchanan did well to slide the ball across to Nathan Sollosi who curled home a nice strike into the top corner to level things up, after earlier spurning several decent chances.

The hoss were really starting to gain momentum at this point and Shilling’s free-kick from a promising position was well parried away from danger by Dogan midway through the half. Brimsdown did respond on the counter-attack as a free-kick of their own by winger Jermaine Baptiste (pictured below) brought a decent save from Blockley as the ball was dipping on him. As we entered the last fifteen minutes of the contest, the energy expended by the visitors was starting to tell on them as Sollosi evaded the defence again, only to be denied again by the impressive Dogan. Forward Suleyman Zuhdu had also come on by this point, and his follow-up strike was also denied by the Brimsdown stopper.


Eventually though, the pressure from Buckhurst did tell and they took the lead on 77 minutes. Moments after the inspired Dogan denied him, Shilling did find the net with a smart low drive into the left corner. Brimsdown played a commendable part in the match though they could not get back into the contest going forward as the minutes ticked by. Zuhdu’s curling set-piece was well gathered by Dogan after re-adjusting his position but on the stroke on the ninety minutes, Buckhurst got a third as a fine lob by Sollosi capped a fine match on a personal note and a hard-earned three points for the hosts on this big occasion for them.



Full-Time:  Buckhurst Hill  3 – 1  Brimsdown

To sum up this occasion, Buckhurst was unusually sloppy with ball retention and with the pace & rhythm of their forward moves for at least half of the match, but a fierce response in the latter stages made it hard for the tiring Brimsdown backline, who couldn’t deal with a strong last thirty minutes from Buckhurst.

In terms of stand-out performances, this time I’ll begin with Brimsdown. Goalkeeper Ali Dogan had an excellent match, making several important saves and effectively kept his side in the match in the second half. Midfielders Anthony Sanderson and Reece Capleton both did well to outwork the hosts in midfield in the first hour and they typified the hard-working display that their side displayed in the match. They both made a number if good tackles as well. Finally, forward Chikosi Basden was a good presence with his pace, energy and passing alongside strike partner Kamarni Collington.

For victors Buckhurst Hill, forward Nathan Sollosi made a telling contribution with his passing, movement & had several shots on goal before finding the net and grabbing his brace. Fehinti Falola did a good job leading the line for Mark Williams’side and could’ve had a couple of goals here. Full-back Liam Foster had another good game and showed his usual high energy levels down the right channel and put in good passes to assist his team. Lastly, substitute Sonny Shilling made a big impact coming off the bench to assist his side’s attacking rhythm with good movement, dribbling and finishing.

Best wishes to both sides for the remainder of the season.


Teams

Buckhurst Hill   |  Manager: Mark Williams  | Assistant: JP Kent

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Daniel Blockley (GK), 2 Liam Foster, 3 Edward Buchanan, 4 Alfie Harris, 5 Max Nicholson, 6 Jake Moss (17 Jack Griggs 73′), 7 Sam Sollosi (14 Sonny Shilling 57′), 8 Josh Banfield (Capt), 11 Nathan Sollosi, 9 Fehinti Falola (19 Suleyman Zuhdu 66′), 18 Brad Rowland

Goal-scorers: Nathan Sollosi [59′, 90′], Sonny Shilling [77′]

Booked: Foster | Subs Not Used: Day, Markatis


Brimsdown  | Manager: Marce Collington |

Starting XI (Subs): 12 Ali Dogan (GK), 2 Joshua Lamaswala (16 George Gregory 72′), 3 Stephane Zolo (19 Marcus Cordova 58′), 4 Dillon Lee, 5 Omer Bingol, 6 Reece Capleton (Capt), 7 Jermaine Baptiste, 8 Anthony Sanderson, 9 Karmarni Collington, 10 Chikosi Basden, 11 Ricardo Price (20 Jordan Gomez 24′)

Goal-scorer: Ricardo Price [14′]

Booked: Lee, Basden | Sub Not Used: Traore

Referee: Fabio Roque
Assistants: Chris Noble & David Smith

S 21-22 Match Report: Benfleet 2 – 2 Burnham Ramblers (Wed 13 Oct) [EaSL Sth 14.10.21]

Eastern Senior League South (Step 6)

Venue: Park Lane, Canvey

2021-22 Season: Match 31

Attendance: 81

Wednesday 13 October 2021 – 7.45pm KO

Benfleet: Sky Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts,  Sky Blue Socks

Burnham R: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Yellow Socks


Burnham hit late leveller to claim decent point at Park Lane

Benfleet 2 – 2 Burnham Ramblers

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

This week’s midweek match was a rare excursion to Park Lane to see two sides hoping to be in the running for promotion from Eastern Senior League South come April in Benfleet and visitors Burnham Ramblers. Benfleet manager Rob Polkinghorn rotated his squad for this game and fielded a defensive four of Billy Carter, Martyn Lacey, Sonny Hartman and Cameron Harris, son of forward Millwall legend Neil. Taylor Lawrence and skipper Aaron Russell were the players promoted to attack, with support from the flanks by Luc Harpon and Ben Foord. Options from their bench included former Burnham defender Ryan Willsmer, recent recruit David Salako and goal-scoring forward Billy Bonham-Dare. Luke Goodson’s side incuded Adam French in goal, a central defensive pairing of Matthew Stevens-Brown and Ben Wood, with captain Charlie Brewer and Eddie Appleton in midfield and a forward line of Adebolu Adeyemi, Samir Ali and Harry Shawyer.

Both sides knew the importance of the points here I believe and as you sometimes see in these type of matches, it was a tepid start in terms of chances at either end. Burnham forward Samir Ali had fired over in the opening minutes but we had an early stoppage after a rash tackle by the onrushing Liam Barry saw him clatter into home stopper Florent Gislette, which left the custodian in considerable pain and needing treatment. Admirably though, Gislette continued and Barry was given a early booking. Both sides were showing the way they play, with good passing, movement and possession but they were also both somewhat lacking that final ball that you need to bypass defences. The hosts were unfortunate on 21 minutes as winger Luc Harpon’s teasing cross evaded both the visiting backline and stopper Adam French but forward Ben Foord was agonizingly out of reach of the ball at the far post.


Benfleet were showing glimpses of finding their form, but on the half-hour, they conceded a spot-kick, with tricky Burnham forward Samir Ali felled in the eighteen-yard area. Ali stepped up himself and blasted a firm strike into left-side corner to give Ramblers the lead. Benfleet responded with some vigour, as attacking midfielder Aaron Russell outran the onrushing French but the Burnham custodian did well to recover his position to deny Foord with his follow-up strike. Moments later, a good header from a set-piece by Cameron Harris was clawed away well by French. By contrast, the visitors were unable to unsettle Gislette after the early incident but a Eddie Appleton free-kick did force the Benfleet stopper into gathering the ball minutes before the interval.


Half-Tme: Benfleet 0 – 1 Burnham Ramblers

So it was the Ramblers who held a narrow lead going into the second period. Benfleet did find their rhythm around the hour mark but again were thwarted by Burnham ‘keeper French. Russell had a good chance from close range but the custodian denied him and Foord’s strike on the rebound and perhaps you would start to think it wasn’t going to be the hosts’ night. Not a bit of it – they levelled on 64 minutes as French made another good parry from an initial effort but the bounce rather caught the unfortunate stopper unawares which allowed Foord to head in the rebound. It was as much as ‘Fleet deserved after spurning several decent half-chances prior to that point.

Foord was the chief threat really to a stern Burnham defence who did clear the ball from danger fairly well throughout, even if Benfleet were still stuttering in their quest to find that clinical final pass. As we entered the last fifteen minutes of the match, the tempo ramped up another notch or two. Full-back Billy Carter did well to grab a yard of space in the penalty area to strike an effort on goal which French did well to sprawl over to deny him as the hosts were really the stronger side by this point. Benfleet winger Luc Harpon had made some good runs at times in this match again and another threatening centre from the left side of pemalty area found substitute Billy Bonham-Dare who slotted home past French from close range, barely a minute after coming on to give the hosts the advantage.


The drama didn’t end there though. Benfleet’s defence rather switched off less than two minutes later and on the counter-attack, a move involving forward Adebolu Adeyemi and replacement Tom Howard found Harry Shawyer in space and with only Gislette to beat, he powered in a low drive into the corner of the net to claw back a useful point.  Benfleet had Foord sin-binned in added time for reacting to the referee’s decisions but it was too late to really undermine the home side. You could argue Burnham were fortunate to grab a draw given they had few real chances in the second half but then you also have to factor in that Benfleet really had to see the last five minutes of the match out which they were unable to do.

In fairness though, it is hard to be too critical as it again shows how unpredictable this division is and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a very tightly-packed top eight sides once again as the season progresses.


Full-Time: Benfleet  2 – 2  Burnham Ramblers

In terms of stand-out performances, we’ll start with Benfleet. Winger Luc Harpon had another good game and his presence on the flank unsettled the visiting defence and his assist for the second goal highlighted his value to the side, even when he didn’t get too much of the ball here. Full-back Billy Carter put in another strong, energetic performance, showing good awareness and passing. Defender Sonny Hartman was pushing his side to create forward moves as the ball-playing central defender and forward Ben Foord’s presence in attack meant the Burnham defence had to concentrate and have a solid game. For Burnham, goalkeeper Adam French pulled off several good saves and kept his side in the match, while forward Samir Ali again had a good game, being the most promising outlet for Luke Goodson’s side here. Harry Shawyer also made some good runs and took his goal well, plus centre-back Matthew Stevens-Brown had a good match, making several interceptions to stifle the hosts’ forward line.

All told, it was a good evening’s action. Thanks to the hosts for their kind welcome & also a thank you to my friends Pete Dudley, DW and Rob Parker – it is always nice to be surrounded by good company at matches.

Best wishes to both teams for the rest of the campaign.


Benfleet  | Manager: Robert Polkinghorn  | Assistant: Rob Rook

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Florent Gislette (GK), 2 Billy Carter, 3 Martyn Lacey (16 Joe Hunter 61′) 5 Cameron Harris, 6 Sonny Hartman, 4 Stephen Ellery (17 Billy Bonham-Dare 82′), 10 Lee Scott (15 David Salako 71′), 8 Taylor Lawrence, 9 Aaron Russell (Capt), 7 Luc Harpon, 11 Ben Foord

Goal-scorers: Ben Foord [64′]  Billy Bonham-Dare [83′]

Booked: Hartman | Sin-Bin: Ben Foord [90’+1]  | Subs Not Used: Willsmer, Shave


Burnham Ramblers  | Manager: Luke Goodson  |  Assistant: Ross Mernick

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Adam French (GK), 7 Joe Howard (2 Ben Jackman 46′), 11 Liam Barry (16 Shemarie Perkins-Palmer 82′), 4 Matthew Stevens-Brown, 5 Ben Wood, 6 Calum Smith, 8 Eddie Appleton, 17 Charles Brewer (Capt) (15 Tom Howard 74′), 12 Harry Shawyer, 9 Adebolu Adeyemi, 10 Samir Ali

Goal-scorers: Samir Ali [pen 30′], Harry Shawyer [85′]

Booked: Barry  | Subs Not Used: Da Costa, Walker


Referee: Tommy Breen
Assistants: Martin Green & Jamie Wood

S21-22 Match Report: Benfleet 6 – 1 Holland [Sun 26 Sept) [FAV 21/22 26.9.21]


The FA Vase – Second Round Qualifying

Venue: Park Lane , Canvey

Attendance: 62

2021-22 Season: Match 26

Sunday 26 September 2021 – 2pm KO

Benfleet: Sky Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts,  Sky Blue Socks

Holland: Orange Shirts, Orange Shorts, Orange Socks


Terrific performance sees Benfleet power past ten-man Holland at Park Lane

Benfleet 6 – 1  Holland

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

This weekend’s second match saw a return to Canvey’s Park Lane for a fascinating all-Eastern Senior League South tie as Benfleet welcomed Holland. The ‘Fleet were looking to advance again after knocking out Essex Senior side St Margaretsbury in the previous round. Florent Gislette was once again the goalkeeper here for the hosts, with a defensive four of Ryan Willsmer, Martyn Lacey plus centre-backs Lee Scott and Cameron Harris. The forward line was once again comprised of Billy Bonham-Dare, Ben Foord and Luc Harpon. Holland named Finlay Shorten between the posts, with a defensive unit of Tom Ayton, Rueben Cowler, Steve Downes and stalwart Joe Martin. Scott Sloots led the line here, with support from Ryan Mahon and Josh Rutter.


There were many quirks in this match. The first of them arrived barely two minutes into the contest, as an goalkeeping error by Benfleet custodian Florent Gislette allowed the advancing Scott Sloots to slot home into the left corner, much to the silent surprise of the home suppport. However, the hosts were not behind for long as little over five minutes after that, they levelled things up as a good break down the right side of the penalty box by Billy Carter ended with his pass finding forward Billy Bonham-Dare who struck home confidently past Holland stopper Finlay Shorten. At this point in proceedings, things were pretty even, with a looping header by Holland midfielder Keelan Sorrell on the edge of the 18-yard box being gathered by Gislette.

To be fair to the home side, Holland glovesman Shorten had been the busier keeper making two good saves to deny another promising performance by the Benfleet forward line, at this point. At the other end, Holland forward Sloots was a threat in the air. However, it was Benfleet who took the advantage for the first time on 28 minutes, as Carter again found the space to put in a telling pass, this time finding tireless forward Ben Foord who displayed fine technique to get the ball under control before firing home well into the right corner, giving Shorten little chance.

The Seasiders were feeling frustrated as they were limited to strikes from long-range, with Sorrell having a decent effort which sailed wide of Gislette’s left-sided post. Six minutes before the break, the visitors suffered a setback when Sloots was dismissed for adjudged to have lashed out at a home defender. Referee Samuel Everitt didn’t hesitate for a second as Sloots walked off. Things got rather worse for them before the break as moments after ‘Fleet skipper Taylor Lawrence couldn’t test Shorten when in a great position to score, the hosts did extend their lead.


Lawrence did rather make amends for that miss a few moments previously though as from a free-kick, he powered home a fine strike into the right corner past Shorten to make it three-one to the hosts. It got even better two minutes later as the Seasiders’ resolve took another hit. Bonham-Dare was adjudged to have been fouled inthe area by Shorten, with Lawrence stepping up to convert the resulting spot-kick, sending a low effort into the right corner again. Those last ten minutes of the half really upscaled the size of the visitors’ task but you have to credit the ruthlessness of Rob Polkinghorn’s side, who certainly made the most of it to put themselves in a commanding position at the interval.

Half-Time:  Benfleet  4 – 1 Holland


To their credit, the Holland unit kept going admirably, despite being reduced to ten men. Centre-back Joe Martin typified their resolve and they did enough to prevent Bonham-Dare’s header finding the net after being well found by Foord, soon after the resumption. Foord did get a second goal with 54 minutes on the stopwatch. Another good ball in found him before Foord sent a superb low finish past Shorten at his near post. Paul Phelan’s did keep their intent going but found telling counter-attacks hard to come by, with a good run by Rueben Cowler down the left flank ending with his scuffing his effort on goal wide of Gislette’s far post.

Benfleet completed the scoring on what was a memorable afternoon for them on 72 minutes with another smart forward press, involving Foord and replacement Mason Shave before being finished well by full-back Martyn Lacey who neatly tapped home from close range. By this point, Holland knew it wasn’t going to be their day though a set-piece did spin away from the path of Ryan Mahon late on. Foord still had time to create another decent chance, sending a curling effort narrowly wide of Shorten’s far post.

All in all though, it was a very strong result and performance by ‘Fleet as they continued their good form in League & Vase this term.

Ryan Mahon on the ball for Holland

Full-Time: Benfleet  6 – 1  Holland

To summarise, Benfleet’s superb performance made this a more one-sided game than many had expected. Granted that Holland’s red card did dampen the chances of them coming back into the game but they struggled to create the chances they needed after they fell behind and they found the home defence in good form as well.

There were a number of influential performances here, with two-goal Ben Foord standing out for Benfleet with his goals being good clinical finishing, as well as displaying good movement and work rate. Fellow forward Billy Bonham-Dare was also a constant presence in attack and could’ve got a second goal today. Midfielder Billy Carter delivered an energetic display as well and contributed well to his side’s forward moves, while centre-back Cameron Harris also had a fine match making several important tackles. For Holland, Midfielders Ben Dixon and Kieran Michaels showed good intent and passing as they looked to build counter-attacks, while Keelan Sorrell had a good game in anchor midfield, assisting his defence well and centre-back Joe Martin also restricted the strong Benfleet forward line as he made several telling interceptions.

Best wishes to both teams for the rest of the campaign.


Benfleet      | Manager: Robert Polkinghorn  | Assistant: Rob Rook

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Florent Gislette (GK), 2 Ryan Willsmer, 3 Martyn Lacey, 5 Cameron Harris, 6 Lee Scott, 7 Billy Carter (12 Mason Shave 60′), 8 Joe Hunter (14 Charlie Sullivan 78′), 9 Billy bonham-Dare, 10 Ben Foord, 11 Luc Harpon (15 Ashley Blackburn 60′)

Goal-scorers: Billy Bonham-Dare [8′], Ben Foord [28′ & 54′], Taylor Lawrence [42′ & 44′ (pen)], Martyn Lacey [72′]

Booked: None    | Subs Not Used: None


Holland  | Manager: Paul Phelan  |  Assistant: Rob Barnett

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Finlay Shorten (GK), 2 Tom Ayton (12 Cameron Dolphin 46′), 3 Rueben Cowler, 5 Joe Martin, 6 Steve Downes, 7 Ben Dixon, 8 Kieran Michaels (Capt), 9 Scott Sloots, 10 Ryan Mahon, 11 Josh Rutter (14 Jamey Williams 46′)

Goal-scorer: Scott Sloots [2′]

Sent Off: Sloots [39′]   | Subs Not Used: Finch, Watts, Fowler (GK)


Referee: Samuel Everitt

S21-22 Match Report: Hackney Wick 1 – 1 Holland (Wed 22 Sept) [EaSL Sth 21-22 23.9.21]


Eastern Senior League – Division South

Venue: Spa Road, Witham

Attendance: 35 (est)

2021-22 Season: Match 24

Wednesday 22 September 2021 – 7.45pm KO

Hackney Wick: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Yellow Socks

Holland: Orange Shirts, Orange Shorts, Orange Socks


Powerful Wick side claim point against determined Holland

Hackney Wick  1 – 1 Holland

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

This week’s midweek match saw a first visit to Spa Road to see Hackney Wick face Holland in an Eastern Senior League South match. It’s been a while since I’ve seen the hosts, who now groundshare at Witham Town’s Spa Road. Holland are mid-table having reached the Len Cordell Cup Final in May. The hosts had Jonti Purdom in goal, with a defence of Justin Domfeh, Kwame Dawso and skipper Myles John. The front three were Lewis Danquah, Louie Remi and Daniel Thompson. Holland named Finlay Shorten between the posts, with a defensive unit of Kieran Michaels, Rueben Cowler, Steve Downes and captain Harvey Cowler. Scott Sloots led the line here, with support from Ryan Mahon.

In fairness, it was a cagey start to this encounter, with Hackney skipper Myles John making a good interception in the opening moments, as the hosts had the majority of the ball in said early stages. the first stinging drive came on the quarter-hour, which saw Dante McIntosh’s strike from 30 yards go wide of Shorten’s goal. McIntosh was in the action again soon afterward with another strike from outside the area being well clawed over by goalkeeper Finlay Shorten. Shorten again showed his ability by denying a one-on-one chance for Wick forward Lewis Danquah when he was well-placed to score not long after the previous oppurtunity.

Holland were buoyed by the aerial ability of forward Scott Sloots but they were also frustrated in that they didn’t have a huge array of chances prior to the midway point of the half. So it was somewhat against the run of play that they took the lead on 25 minutes. Ryan Mahon’s strike manage to evade the Wick defence and did cross the goal-line, after referee Mahdi Elhalawany had consulted with assistant Ian Butler. Now that they had a lead to defend, Paul Phelan’s side were more motivated to get to the interval without conceding. Hackney couldn’t made the most of several promising passes but play-maker Brandon White was unlucky to see a super strike from 35 yards power off a goal post. Marian Hristov somehow was unable to direct a header from mere yards out as well shortly before the interval for the home side.


Half-Time:  Hackney Wick  0 – 1  Holland

After what I reckon to be a stirring team-talk at the interval, both sides emerged with their respective objectives renewed in mind, with Hackney continuing to have a good share of ball rention, buoyed on as they were by a small contingent of vocal Wickers fans behind the goal. Two minutes into the half, a good pass by the energetic Louie Remi found Danquah but again, he couldn’t bypass Shorten who denied him well when one-on-one. Remi himself was unfortunate soon afterward as after a good turn advancing on the edge of the 18-yard area, his strike cannoned off the left-sided goal post with the ‘keeper beaten. On the hour, when Remi had a goal from McIntosh’s pass chalked off for an assistant’s raised flag, then you felt it may not be Wick’s night.

With the minutes beginning to tick away on 71 minutes, Remi again brought a smart save out of the impressive Shorten as after a good turn, the Hackney forward’s effort was denied by the visiting stopper. There were a few signs that the hard-working Seasiders defence were tiring and with nine minutes remaining, their lead disappeared.


Being honest, it was a terrific strike by Brandon White who powered in thunderbolt past the stranded ‘keeper Shorten from some distance, it did show good technique. There were two big chances remaining in the contest, as a rare foray forward in the latter stages for Holland saw right-back Kieran Michaels’ lob from deep narrowly evade both Hackney stopper Jonti Purdom and the crossbar. At the other end, substitute Miles Peterkin had only Shorten to beat but the Holland stopper pulled off another good save in the last seconds of the game.

In some respects, both sides might be disappointed with this result. Wick will feel they did enough to win it given the anount of chances they had while the Seasiders will be frustrated that they didn’t hold on for a narrow win and also they had perhaps conceeded possession too often for their liking.


Full-Time: Hackney Wick  1 – 1  Holland

To summarise, Holland worked extremely hard with their defensive unit characteristically blocking a number of strikes from distance in the match, However, you couldn’t begudge Wick a share of the points for the exhuberance, pace and energy they showed throughout, having enough chances to get the win, but for a combination of superb goalkeeping by visiting custodian Finlay Shorten and the woodwork.

There were a number of good performances here, starting with the hosts. Brandon White did a lot of running and dribbling as a support forward from deep and showed he had an eye for goal and deserved his goal, having earlier been denied by the goal frame. Midfielder Dante McIntosh had a fine game as well, showing good passing, energy and bit of movement too. Forward Louie Remi did well to test the Holland defence with his movement, passing and had several decent efforts on goal, plus full-back Justin Domfeh also had a good game, particularly in the second half. He showed good pace, ability to get past players and passing as well. For Holland, goalkeeper Finlay Shorten assisted his team superbly, making at least four good saves when his defence was breached. Defender Steve Downes also typified the robust Seasiders defence and marshalled the defence well alongside skipper Harvey Cowler, Also, a mention for forward Scott Sloots who won a number of headers despite being somewhat isolated at times, particularly after the interval and he did help build counter-attacks well for Paul Phelan’s side.

Best wishes to both teams for the rest of the campaign.


Teams

Hackney Wick  | Manager: Yilmaz  |

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Jonti Purdom (GK), 2 Justin Domfeh, 3 Kwame Dawso, 5 Myles Baiden (15 Naser Bakare 46′), 6 Myles John (Capt), 12 Marian Hristov, 4 Dante McIntosh, 10 Brandon White, 9 Lewis Danquah (19 Michael Abu 68′), 7 Louie Remi, 11 Daniel Thompson (14 Miles Peterkin 60′)

Goal-scorers: Brandon White [81′]

Booked: None  | Subs Not Used: Gyedu, Sayay


Holland  | Manager: Paul Phelan  |

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Finlay Shorten (GK), 2 Kieran Michaels, 3 Rueben Cowler, 4 Joe Martin, 5 Harvey Cowler (Capt), 6 Steve Downes, 7 Ben Dixon, 8 Keelan Sorrell, 9 Scott Sloots, 10 Ryan Mahon (12 Jamey Williams 68′), 11 Josh Rutter (14 Stephane Trah 62′)

Goal-scorer: Ryan Mahon [25′]

Booked: None  | Subs Not Used: Finch, Watts


Referee: Mahdi Elhalawany
Assistants: Ian Butler & Abu Taher

S21-22 Match Report: Buckhurst Hill 3 – 0 Enfield (Sat 11 Sept) [FAV 1RQ 12.9.21]

FA Vase crest

The FA Vase – First Qualifying Round

Venue: Roding Lane

Attendance: TBC

2021-22 Season: Match 22

Saturday 11th September 2021 – 3pm KO

Buckhurst H: Blue & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Enfield: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Yellow Socks

Both teams just prior to kick-off (Image: Scott W)

The Stags’ Fairytale season goes on with big Vase win over Enfield

Buckhurst Hill  3 – 0  Enfield

The second match of two on this hectic FA Vase weekend saw a return visit to the upgraded Roding Lane as Eastern Senior League South high-fliers Buckhurst Hill welcomed Essex Senior side Enfield in their First Qualifying Round tie. Before we get to the on-pitch things, I have to add that it is great to see a seated stand, turnstiles and a little Food kiosk are now present at the ground. Alright, now onto the hosts’ line-up and boss Mark Williams named a strong squad with Daniel Blockley in goal, a defence comprised of full-backs Liam Foster and Keaton Moore and Henry Day and Alfie Harris in central defence. The forward line was again led by star forward Suleyman Zuhdu, supported by Sonny Shilling and Nathan Sollosi. Their substitutes’ bench included the likes of Buchanan, Rowland, Nicholson, Griggs and Sam Sollosi.

Enfield were looking to return from their FA Cup exit to Hadley after 120 minutes on Wednesday night and with regular custodian James Bransgrove unavailable due to a knock, Jack Willmott took the gloves, with a defence of centre-backs Jack Johnson and Vinny Murphy and Ryan Ramsay and Jack Folan as full-backs. Dwade James was again the focal point of the attack for Jamie Cureton’s team, with support forwards Callum Ibe and Olly Miles also looking to add to their goal-scoring tallies this term.

It was the hosts who started the match with the first sight of goal, with Hill understandably a little nervy given the scope of the tie and the occasion. Enfield centre-back Jack Johnson sent a decent header over the crossbar from a set-piece. The respective number nines then had glimpses of goal with Buckhurst forward Sonny Shilling striking wide and Enfield’s Olly Miles effort blocked by a home defence who were starting to find their rhythm, buoyed on by an exuberant home crowd.

The E’s were unable to find that telling final ball but had speculative chances as Miles sent in a delicate lob on the quarter-hour but Buckhurst custodian Daniel Blockley could easily gather. It was the E’s turn to have a let-off a moment later as a superb run by forward Suleyman Zuhdu did Johnson for pace down the left side of the eighteen yard area but Zuhdu was unable to get the power on his shot to bypass Willmott.

Zuhdu did make a telling contribution on 26 minutes though as Buckhurst took a surprise lead. The physical forward’s threaded pass found the run of Nathan Sollosi and Sollosi slotted home past Willmott with cool aplomb. The home defence was aware of the rapid counter-attack by the E’s and with 31 minutes on the watch, Blockley did well to claw over an in-swinging corner by Alex Warman. The visitors had a decent phase of the game and in a match where he was uncharacteristically quiet, forward Dwade James was well found by full-back Jack Folan’s pass but James’ strike wasn’t strong enough to trouble Blockley. Soon after, Hill countered and from a good pass by full-back Liam Foster, Shilling’s header was off-target.

Zuhdu was troubling the visiting backline with pace and movement, though at the other end, Buckhurst centre-back Alfie Harris was also doing well to stifle a strong Enfield forward line. It was a slender lead at the interval but the pressure was slowly going across to the visitors, with the hosts growing in confidence.


Half-Time:  Buckhurst Hill 1 – 0 Enfield

Enfield did begin the second period quite well with another searing run by Miles being well-tracked by Buckhurst centre-back Henry Day, while Zuhdu again got in the action, only to see his effort on goal deflected wide for a set-piece by the E’s defence. Enfield so nearly made it a totally different match as first on fifty-four minutes, Dwade James was one-on-one with Blockley but the ‘keeper did well to claw away the effort. Moments later, a superb strike, I think by Miles fizzed off the crossbar, with Blockley doing superbly to deny follow-up strikes by James and Miles. The E’s were still well in the tie with twenty minutes remaining as Miles narrowly headed over the goal-frame and substitute Benji Crilley also had an effort cleared off the goal-line as the visitors cursed their lack of fortune.

Buckhurst also had a Shilling goal chalked off but they would not be denied overall as the crucial second goal for them came on 75 minutes. Zuhdu was involved again as another fine pass found Tyler Dolan who evaded the off-side trap and finished calmly past Willmott to really put themselves in a great position. The E’s did keep going but as the minutes ticked by, the feeling grew that it wasn’t going to be their day and they conceded a third goal in added time as Dolan turned provider, tracking the run of midfielder Josh Banfield, who advanced on Wilmott’s goal and again finished well low into the right corner.

When the final whistle went, the contrasting reactions of the two sides was clear. Absolute unfiltered joy for Buckhurst, whilst the E’s had to reflect on what has been a bad week for them.

Full-Time: Buckhurst Hill 3 – 0 Enfield

In summary, the hosts showed pretty much what they are about – good, quick passing Football and defensively they dealt admirably with the threat posed by a good forward line of Enfield, even if the latter were perhaps not at their best. The E’s will be disappointed they didn’t quite create enough chances to really get back in the match but as so often us scribes say, if one of their chances did go in it really would’ve been a different match entirely. Hill do deserve credit though for not allowing the occasion to overwhelm them though, and it was a superb turnout – no doubting that.

For this match’s ‘stand-outs’ I’ll start with the victors. I have to credit Nathan Sollosi who really made the most of the space he managed to create and also took his goal well. Centre-back Henry Day again led the defensive line suoerbly, making a number of important interceptions himself during the match. Goalkeeper Dan Blockley had another good natch, pulling off two superb saves to deny James and Miles when his side were only one goal up. Also, talisman Suleyman Zuhdu again led the forward line with pace and power and he showed he can be a telling assist-maker as well as a fine goalscorer. For Enfield, I felt forward Olly Miles was their chief threat and was unlucky not to score. Miles was quick, direct and as we know, has a good strike on him. Callum Ibe and Jack Johnson also had good games, Ibe being tricky and pacy while Johnson had to really do well to stifle promising Buckhurst attacks. Midfielder David Cowley rounds off the mentions as his set-pieces had to be dealt with too.

Buckhurst progress into the Second Quali Round where they face a trip to local rivals Newbury Forest, who have also been scoring a lot of goals already this term. I’d like to wish both teams a good rest of the season.


Teams

Buckhurst Hill  |  Manager: Mark Williams  | Assistant: JP Kent

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Daniel Blockley (GK), 2 Liam Foster (18 Jonah Gregory 79′), 3 Keaton Moore, 4 Alfie Harris, 5 Henry Day, 6 Louis Wynter (16 Jack Griggs 59′), 7 Tyler Dolan, 8 Josh Banfield, 9 Sonny Shilling (15 Max Nicholson 79′), 10 Suleyman Zuhdu (Capt), 11 Nathan Sollosi

Goal-scorers: Nathan Sollosi [26′], Tyler Dolan [75′], Josh Banfield [90’+3]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Buchanan, Rowland, Moss, S Sollosi


Enfield | Manager: Jamie Cureton   | Assistant: Jim Duggan

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Jack Willmott (GK), 2 Jack Folan (6 Luke Wilson 55′), 13 Vinny Murphy, 5 Jack Johnson, 7 Ryan Ramsay, 4 Alex Warman (14 Isaac Stevens 84′), 8 Reece Conway (Capt), 19 David Cowley, 10 Callum Ibe, 27 Dwade James (17 Benji Crilley 71′), 9 Olly Miles

Booked: Conway | Subs Not Used: Vasconcelos


Referee: Fabio Roque

S21-22 Match Report: Burnham Ramblers 0 – 3 Buckhurst Hill (Sat 28 Aug) [EaSL Sth 21/22 29.8.21]

Eastern Senior League – Division South

Venue: Leslie Field

Attendance: 68

2021-22 Season: Match 16

Saturday 28th August 2021 – 3pm KO

Burnham R: Blue & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Buckhurst H: White Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Both teams enter the field just prior to kick-off

Impressive display sees Buckhurst grab the win at Leslie Field

Burnham Ramblers 0 – 3 Buckhurst Hill

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

The match of the weekend was a rare trip into the Eastern Senior League South, as I made the first visit to Leslie Field in to see Burnham Ramblers in two years as they faced Buckhurst Hill in a top-of-the-table clash. The hosts are now under the management of Luke Goodson and are backed by a growing Committee, including club stalwart Martin Leno. On the field for Burnham, Adam French was between the posts, with a defence comprised of full-backs Albert Galbally and Joe Howard with the centre-back berths being filled by Matthew Stevens-Brown and Louis Pollock. Top goalscorer Adebolu Adeyemi started alongside Shemarie Perkins-Palmer in their forward line, with support from Haziz Kone and Deane Stone. Charles Brewer skippered the side. The options from the bench included midfielder Tom Howard and the attack-minded Liam Barry and Said Issa. Buckhurst Hill came into this one after thumping Park View 8 – 0 the previous midweek and had Daniel Blockley in goal, with a three-man central defence of Alfie Harris, Keaton Moore and Jonah Gregory, with Liam Foster and Ted Buchanan in advanced full-back roles. Forward & skipper Suleyman Zuhdu led the line once again for Mark Williams’ team, supported by fellow forward Tyler Dolan, with the three-man substitutes’ bench being made up of forwards Fehinti Falola, Louis Wynter and Reece Tranter.

The early stages of this match saw Buckhurst Hill seek to gain a foothold in possession and making it hard for the Ramblers to gain any momentum. After only three minutes, a thunderous 30-yard strike directly from a free-kick by forward Suleyman Zuhdu needed an acrobatic tip onto the crossbar by Ramblers custodian Adam French. The hosts’ first chance of note was from a set-piece but forward Adebolu Adeyemi was unable to get his shot on target to trouble visiting stopper Daniel Blockley. You felt it wouldn’t take long for the deadlock to be broken here and on seven minutes, Buckhurst took the lead. A long ball up field by a Buckhurst defender wasn’t dealt with by the Ramblers backline and Zuhdu managed to break away and finish low into the net, with ‘keeper French getting fingertips on it but it still trickled in.

Mark Williams’ well-drilled, high-intensity team were not making it easy to obtain possession from as their quick passing was causing problems for Burnham. Zuhdu again had another strike cleared off the goal-line before the 20 minute mark. Burnham did have a few successful forays forward and winger Haziz Kone showed his skills, getting past defenders and cutting inside from the right flank, unfortunately for him, his strike was deflected which allowed Blockley to claim untroubled. With Burnham losing out in midfield, the lines of Adeyemi and Kone were not much opportunity to cause headaches in the visiting backline. Instead, the challenge got harder on twenty-eight minutes as Hill doubled their lead. Liam Foster advanced down the right flank and his fine cross found Zuhdu who again got the better of the home defence before slotting home past French from close range.

Luke Goodson’s side were feeling the pressure, buoyed on by a decent home crowd but after a few errant passes, in the last five minutes they put their opposition under some pressure, with a good centre by Kone from the right finding Adeyemi who improvised a back heel-like finish in mid-air but it lacked the power to bypass Blockley, who gathered.

Half-Time:  Burnham Ramblers 0 – 2 Buckhurst Hill


The visitors were the stronger side at the interval, though in the early stages of the second period it was the home side who kept the ball a bit better. Unfortunately they still couldn’t quite manufacture the chances they would’ve wanted and ten minutes into the half, a slick counter saw them further in arrears on the score-sheet. This time it was forward Tyler Dolan who turned creator as his superb pass bypassed defenders and found Brad Rowland at the far post, who powered his strike past the defenceless French into the opposite corner.

Burnham kept battling on, despite the odds definitely being against them and on sixty-four minutes, a set-piece by the combative Joe Howard somehow managed to evade everybody in the congested six-yard box before sailing out of play. Having just past the 70 minute mark, Hill showed they were still full of energy as a good cross in by substitute Fehinti Falola found its way into the danger area by this time both Zuhdu and Dolan failed to get a telling touch to send it into the net. The hosts responded straight after, with Adeyemi sending a header narrowly wide though in fairness, Burnham were restricted to few chances by a miserly & energetic visiting defence. The tireless running of midfielder Josh Banfield nearly gave Buckhurst a fourth goal but at the second attempt, but Banfield could only scoop a curling drive over French’s top right corner of the goal. A frustrating day for Burnham ended really with another decent centre into the box, but substitute Said Issa was unable to get past Blockley from close range.


Full-Time: Burnham Ramblers 0 – 3 Buckhurst Hill

To summarise briefly, Buckhurst were good value for the win and the question for me now is – How long can they maintain this form? That being said, Burnham showed enough here to make it fair to say their resurgent start-of-season form can continue and I want to add that it is nice to see a ‘community spirit’ back at the club once again, after what has undoubtedly been some hard times for the club after their relegation from the Essex Senior in 2018.

There were a number of good performances in this match.  For the victors Buckhurst Hill, star forward Suleyman Zuhdu had another good match, causing the home defence continued problems today and deserved his two goals. Strike partner Tyler Dolan also did well to bypass the opposition backline and the assist for the third goal was a good case in point. Centre-back Keaton Moore stood out in a determined three-man central defence, and also made some good passes going forward. Finally. The energy and work rate of midfielder Josh Banfield was nearly rewarded with a goal towards the end and his performance was typical of a hard-working unit.

For Burnham, centre-back Matthew Stevens-Brown led his team’s defence well, making a number of good clearances in the air, while winger Haziz Kone had some good moments on the flank despite not having many oppurtunities to shine today. The same has to be said for centre forward Adebolu Adeyemi but his good movement & clever thinking nearly resulted in a goal before the interval. Skipper Charles Brewer typified his team’s work ethic but Hill didn’t give the hosts much oppurtunity to supply the forwards, tracking back well for the majority of the game.

I’d like to wish both teams a good rest of the season.

Teams

Burnham Ramblers |  Manager: Luke Goodson  | Assistant: Ross Mernick

Starting XI: 1 Adam French (GK), 7 Joe Howard, 5 Matthew Stevens-Brown, 16 Louis Pollock, 3 Albert Galbally, 8 Harry Shawyer (15 Said Issa 76′), 11 Deane Stone (12 Liam Barry 56′), 17 Charles Brewer (Capt) (4 Tom Howard 83′), 14 Haziz Kone, 9 Adebolu Adeyemi, 10 Shemarie Perkins-Palmer

Booked: Barry | Subs Not Used: Lofts, Smith


Buckhurst Hill  | Manager: Mark Williams   | Assistant: JP Kent

Starting XI: 1 Daniel Blockley (GK), 3 Liam Foster, 4 Alfie Harris, 5 Keaton Moore, 15 Jonah Gregory, 12 Ted Buchanan, 16 Jack Griggs (22 Louis Wynter 61′), 8 Josh Banfield, 10 Suleyman Zuhdu (Capt), 11 Tyler Dolan (18 Reece Tranter 76), 7 Brad Rowland (21 Fehinti Falola 69′)

Goal-scorers: Suleyman Zuhdu [7′ & 28′], Brad Rowland [55′]

Booked: None  | Subs Not Used: None


Referee: Fabian Robertson

Assistants: Martin Green & Nicholas Hodges

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Compiled by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s fixture list, looking at the fixtures in the Essex Senior & FA Cup 2RQ involving ESL sides, Eastern Senior League South, Essex Olympian League & Cups,  Essex Alliance League & Essex & Suffolk Border League Premier divisions this weekend – Friday – Sunday 2nd – 4th October.

The FA Cup – 2nd Qualifying Round  (Essex Senior sides)

Saturday 3rd October

Hashtag Utd  v  Braintree Town  | Len Salmon Stadium [3G]

Peterborough Sports  v  Stansted  | Lincoln Road

Walthamstow  v  Hornchurch    | Wadham Lodge

ESL crest

Essex Senior League

Friday 2nd October

West Essex  v  Southend Manor  | Mayesbrook Park [3G]

Saturday 3rd October

Clapton  v  Woodford Town  | Terry Mac

Hoddesdon Town v  Hadley  | Lowfield

Sawbridgeworth Town  v  Saffron Walden Town  | Crofters

St Margaretsbury  v  Cockfosters  | The Rec

Sun 4th Oct – Enfield  v  Ilford  | Woodside

Eastern Senior League South Fixtures 

Friday 2nd October  –  Barkingside  v  May & Baker  | Cricklefield

Saturday 3rd October

Burnham Ramblers  v  Athletic Newham  | Leslie Field

Coggeshall Utd  v  Benfleet | West Street

Halstead Town  v  White Ensign  | Millbank Stadium

Harwich & Parkeston v Newbury Forest  | Royal Oak

Holland  v  Wormley Rovers  | Dulwich Road

Little Oakley  v  Hackney Wick  | Memorial Stadium

Wivenhoe Town  v  Frenford  | MEC Stadium

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 Essex Olympian League Fixtures

Saturday 3rd October  (2.30pm KO unless stated)

EOFL Premier Division

Catholic Utd  v  Leigh Ramblers  | Len Forge Centre [3G]

EOFL Senior League Cup    (2.15pm KOs unless stated)

ACD Utd  v Sungate   | Westlands Playing Fields

Beacon Hill Rovers  v  Wakebury  | Wickham Bishops Sports Grd

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  v  Old Southendian  | Silver Leys

Buckhurst Hill  v  Leigh Town  | Roding Lane

Collier Row  v  Roydon  | Forest Row Centre (Pitch 1)

Epping Town  v  Old Chelmsfordians  | Epping UC Rugby Club

Galleywood  v  Basildon Town   | Clarkes Field

Harold Wood Athletic  v  Kelvedon Hatch  | Harold Wood Park (Pitch 1)

Herongate Athletic  v  Runwell Sports  | St Clere’s Sch [3G] (3pm KO)

Hutton  v  Springfield  | Polo Fields

Lakeside Utd  v  Rayleigh Town  | Lakeside Sports Ground [3G] (2.30pm KO)

Manford Way  v  Shenfield AFC  | London Marathon Sports Ground

EOFL Reserve League Cup (2.15pm KOs)

Chingford Athletic Res  v  Manford Way Res  | Town Mead [3G]

Old Southendian Res  v  Wakering Sports Dev  | Garon Park [3G]

Rayleigh Town Res  v  Runwell Sports Res  | London Road

Springfield Res  v  Shoebury Town Res  | Arun Close

Sungate Res  v  Collier Row Res  | Ilford Wanderers RFC

Essex Junior Cup  – Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  v  Wakering Sports Res  | Lower Road (2pm KO)

EOFL Division One

Shoebury Town  v  Chingford Athletic   | Cupid’s CC (Pitch 2)

Snaresbrook  v  Ramsden Scotia   | Nutters Field

Toby  v  Ongar Town  | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park)

EOFL Division Two

Corinthians  v  AS Rawreth  | Stambridge Memorial Ground

Laindon Orient  v  Ryan  | Markhams Chase

Wakering Sports  v  Rochford Town  | Cupid’s CC (Pitch 1)

EOFL Division Three

Basildon Town Res  v  Toby Res   | Basildon Sports Club

Buckhurst Hill Res  v  Corinthians Res  | Roding Lane (Pitch 2)

Leigh Town Res  v  Hutton Res  | John Burrows Rec Ground

EOFL Division Four

Hashtag Utd Dev.  v  Galleywood Res

Old Chelmsfordians Res  v  Catholic Utd Res

Ongar Town Res  v  Leytonstone Utd

Shenfield AFC Res  v  Laindon Orient Res

EOFL Division Five 

AS Rawreth Res  v  Herongate Athletic Res

Leigh Ramblers Res  v  Epping Town Res

Old Barkabbeyans  v  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res

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Essex & Suffolk Border Lge crest (Credit: ESBL/Twitter)

Essex & Suffolk Border League  Fixtures   

(Saturday 3 Oct)  (3pm KOs unless stated)

ESBL Premier Division

Barnston  v  Felixstowe & Walton Utd Res  | High Easter Road

Colne Athletic  v  Earls Colne  | Strangers Corner Sports Complex

Dedham Old Boys  v  Alresford Colne Rangers  | Duchy Field

Flitch Utd  v  Little Oakley Res  | Alcott Playing Field

Hatfield Peverel  v  Lawford Lads  | Keith Bigden Memorial Ground

Stanway Pegasus  v  Great Bentley  | Stanway Sch (3.30pm KO)

Tiptree Heath  v  Gas Recreation  | Tollesbury Road

West Bergholt  v  White Notley  | Lorkin Daniell Field

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Essex Alliance League Fixtures  (Sat October 3rd) – 2pm KOs unless stated

Premier Division 

CSM London  v  Blue Marlin  | West Ham Community Ground [3G], Beckton

DT FC  v  FC Petrocub  | the Harlow Arena [3G]

FC Baresi  v  Chigwell Town   | Britannia Sports Ground, Walthamstow

Jolof Sports  v  All Prospects   | Flanders Playing Fields, East Ham

London Cranes  v  Tower Utd   | West Ham Memorial Park

West Essex Res  v  Lymore Gardens  | Fairlop Oak Playing Fields

Division One

Chadwell Heath Spartans  v  North East Lions  | Mayfield Leisure Centre, Goodmayes

Francis Luke  v  Kit Out London  | Hackney Marshes

Kwanzas London Sport  v  Eastside | Beckton District Park (South), Stansfield Rd

Leyton Royal  v  London Park City  | Salisbury Hall        

Woodford East  v  Frenford ‘A’ | Debden Park Sch

Rest of the Fixtures are on website at essexallianceleague.com