Match Report: Benfleet 2 – 3 May & Baker (Sat 16 Nov) [EaSL South 19/20 16.11.19]

Eastern Senior League South

Venue: Park Lane

Attendance: 23

2019 – 20 Season: Match 39

Saturday 16th November 2019 – 3pm KO

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

M & Baker: Red & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

 

Bakers edge a pulsating match with Benfleet at Park Lane

Benfleet  2 – 3  May & Baker

Match Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

The weekend’s match took me to Park Lane, to see the Eastern Senior League South match between Benfleet and May & Baker. The increasing chill of November made it a good job that it wasn’t too long a trip to be fair. The Fleet named Danny Confrey between the posts, Emmanuel Adetokunbo and Finlay Dopson on the flanks with a front pair of Ben Foord and Taylor Lawrence. The likes of Jamie Brown, Alfie MacDonald and Ethan Evison were all on the bench. Bakers were missing the influential Kai Warren, though could still name Carl Patten and Danny Gillham in attack, with Darren Seymour and Henry Osei on the flanks. Gabriel Odili and Besmir Hoxhaj were options from the sidelines.

Perhaps it was the mentioned ‘chill’ that got this game to a strong start as Bakers custodian Frankie Worboyes was in action early-doors to deny the pacey Benfleet winger Emmanuel Adetokunbo from having a clear chance at goal after the latter had bypassed visiting defender Josh Perry. The increasing amount of chances in this match started in earnest about ten minutes in as Bakers skipper Scott O’Connor had a header cleared off the goal-line before Mitch Curran fired wide for the Fleet from twenty yards out. Minutes later, a good team move from the hosts ended with forward Taylor Lawrence striking wide of the right-side post. Bakers should really have led on 23 minutes though as a peach of a cross from the left by forward Carl Patten set up winger Darren Seymour well, only for Seymour to head wide, having evaded his marker.

 

It was a costly miss as Benfleet did break the deadlock moments later. From a good Lawrence corner, Curran got a glancing header which sailed past Worboyes into the net. Much to their credit, Bakers were not rattled though as just past the half-hour, a good run by winger Henry Osei ended up with a fine delivery from the left, though onrushing midfielder Josh Lowbridge could not get his header on target. As it turned out, those missed were not as costly as they could’ve been as five minutes prior to the interval, the match was level. Nifty footwork by Patten gave him a chance to find Osei who had breached the home defence before powering home with only Confrey to beat at the near post.

Half-Time: Benfleet  1 – 1  May & Baker

The attack-focused nature of the match continued after the break, as Benfleet sent out a few ‘warning shots’ just after the restart. Strikes on goal by Adetokunbo, Lawrence and strike partner Ben Foord all failed to severely trouble visiting stopper Worboyes, who gathered on all three occasions. With 49 minutes on the watch, a super strike by Lowbridge was superbly parried onto the crossbar by Confrey before the fortunate home defence somehow kept out the ensuing rebound. Soon after, the enterprising winger Finlay Dopson fizzed a strike wide of the right-side post and it’s worth noting he had a good impact on his side going forward making good runs down the channel.

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For the visitors, Patten really was a very useful focal point in attack and his great through ball found Osei who unleashed a curling effort which went the wrong side of the woodwork. Again though, the chances not taken were costly for Jordan Harris & Alec Simms’ side as Benfleet re-took the lead midway through the half. A pearler of a ball in from deep by substitute Alfie MacDonald found the run of attacking midfielder Aaron Russell who headed home with aplomb. However, the lead lasted eight minutes before the visitors levelled things up once again on 72 minutes. A good free-kick into the penalty box caught the Fleet defence napping, with Patten nipping in to slot home past Confrey.

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Bakers were buoyed by their leveller and looked to push on for the points in the latter stages. With 13 minutes left, a soaring run down the left by Osei fed substitute Gabriel Odili who unleashed a fierce effort which Confrey did well to keep out. Bakers also hit the woodwork from replacement Besmir Hoxhaj’s free-kick before the crucial goal came four minutes from time. Odili outpaced the tiring home backline before firing past Confrey when one-on-one, much to the delight of the travelling side.

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Full-Time : Benfleet  2 – 3  May & Baker

All in all, this was a match that you couldn’t really predict the winner, such was the openness of the encounter, with both sides looking more than useful going forward. You could argue that the visitors wasted a number of good chances though ultimately they did finish quite strongly. Have to add it was good to see Benfleet at home for the first time, and good to see Bakers in action again.

In terms of stand-out performances, for the hosts there were a number of strong performances. Winger Finlay Dopson was certainly a key member of the forward line today with his pace and delivery, with ex-Great Wakering midfielder Aaron Russell having a telling presence too. Finally for them, have to give a mention to goalkeeper Danny Confrey who pulled off a few superb saves today, and winger Emmanuel Adetokunbo also stood out for the hosts. For Bakers, rapid winger Henry Osei really made a difference, after the interval in particular, with forward Carl Patten a big asset to his team with his height and build-up play. Centre-back Josh Perry also had a good game making a few important interceptions with on-loan full-back Cain Brougham making good runs from right-back.

Finally, I would like to pass on my thanks to ‘the Fleet’ for their hospitality today. It makes a difference as we now enter into the cold time of the year.

 

Teams

Benfleet    | Manager: Stuart Batch |

1 Danny Confrey (GK), 2 Charlie Cobb, 3 Martyn Lacey (14 Alfie MacDonald 46’), 4 Jamie Williams, 5 Sonny Hartman (Capt), 6 Mitch Curran, 7 Emmanuel Adetokunbo (16 Charlie Sullivan 60’), 9 Ben Foord, 10 Taylor Lawrence (15 Ethan Evison 78’), 11 Finlay Dopson

Goal-scorers: Mitch Curran [25’], Aaron Russell [64’]

Booked (Sin Bin): Curran | Sub Not Used: Brown, Webb

 

May & Baker |  Joint-Managers: Jordan Harris & Alec Simm

1 Frankie Worboyes (GK), 2 Cain Brougham, 3 Steve Johnson, 4 Scott O’Connor (Capt), 5 Josh Perry, 6 Kane Messenger, 7 Darren Seymour (17 Ben Saunders 83’), 8 Josh Lowbridge (14 Gabriel Odili 67’), 9 Carl Patten, 10 Danny Gillham, 11 Henry Osei

Goal-scorers: Henry Osei [40’], Carl Patten [72’], Gabriel Odili [86’]

Booked: Lowbridge, Odili | Subs Not Used: Leavens, Richardson

Referee: Joe Burgess

Match Report: White Ensign A – A (0 – 3) Wroxham (Sun 3rd Nov) [FAV 19/20 R2 4.11.19]

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The FA Vase – Second Round Proper

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 96

2019 – 20 Season: Match 35

Sunday 3rd November 2019 – 3pm KO

W Ensign: Navy Blue & Red Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Navy Blue Socks

Wroxham: Royal Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

 

 

 

Floodlight failure means Wroxham unable to complete win at Burroughs Park

White Ensign 0 – 3 Wroxham

Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

The final match of a hectic weekend saw a return to Burroughs Park for the latest match of White Ensign’s record-breaking FA Vase run, at home to Thurlow Nunn Premier (Step 5) high-flyers Wroxham. Enisgn have already won at home to Cornard Utd and Buckingham Athletic in the Vase this term, though this would be an altogether tougher assignment. Ensign fielded goalkeeper James Parkins between the posts, a defence of Charlie Buffin, Thando Moyo and centre-backs Elliot Vile and Andy George with a front three of Dominic Locke, Connor Barnby and player-boss Brett Munyard, who had recovered from illness. Ben Austin and John Hillard were among a four-man substitute’s bench. Wroxham named captain Ollie Sutton in goal, with a midfield of sitting midfielder Jordan King, Harvey Black plus wingers Simon Lappin and Charlie Clarke supporting forwards Shaun Taylor and ex-Norwich City veteran Grant Holt, still going at the age of 38, which commands respect you have to add. The Yachtsmen could afford to name six substitutes with Tim Henery, Ryan Oakley and Tom Huckerby among them.

White Ensign looked to start the contest strongly with neat attacking play as in the opening minute support forward Connor Barnby struck an effort straight at opposition stopper Ollie Sutton from 20 yards out. Wroxham predictably responded soon afterwards, as midfielder Harvey Black struck narrowly wide of the right-side post on the quarter-hour. Black then had another opening soon after from a corner though he was unable to divert the ball past home custodian James Parkins. As we entered the midway point of the half, Brett Munyard’s sweet free-kick found centre-back Elliot Vile’s head though Sutton flew in the air rapidly to make a fine one-handed save to deny him.

 

 

That chance would hurt the hosts as only a minute later, a good ball in to the back-post by the visitors found wily striker Grant Holt, who headed back across goal and strike partner Shaun Taylor evaded his defender and bicycle-kicked home from about six yards past Parkins. Ensign could have levelled on 26 minutes as another fine free-kick from Munyard was foiled by Sutton who kept his focus and his bearings to tip it over. Wroxham were starting to unsettle the flowing passing game of the hosts, though not before on the half-hour a good ball in by energetic full-back Charlie Buffin found rapid winger Dominic Locke whose cross from the by-line found forward Luke Skinner though his header lacked direction as it flew wide.

The Yachtsmen were always a threat at the other end of the pitch, with Holt being well denied by a great tackle by centre-back Andy George, denying him a sniff of goal. Moments later, Barnby did well to play in Munyard though he couldn’t bypass Sutton and the glaring chance only increased when the rebound found Luke Skinner, only for the latter to skew his effot wide, after more good work by Locke down the right. Sutton got a bit of luck just before the interval as he rushed out of his goal too quickly though Munyard could only head wide with the goal gaping.

Half-Time: White Ensign 0 – 1 Wroxham

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After the interval, all the good chances Ensign had came back to bite them somewhat as four minutes into the half, desite loud cries of off-side by the home supporters, winger Charlie Clarke nipped in to beat Parkins one-on-one to give Jordan Southgate’s side that crucial second goal. Unsurprisingly, the visitors grew in confidence after that and could have been further in front if Holt hadn’t blazed wide when one-on-one with Parkins on 53 minutes. They didn’t have to wait long for the third though as five minutes later, a superb cross in from the left had enough height to evade centre-back Elliot Vile and fell right on Clarke’s head who powered home well to really add ‘insult to injury’.

 

With 21 minutes remaining, Locke was denied by combination of defender and Sutton though the big story was just about to hit us. With around fifteen minutes yet to play, quite suddenly the floodlights went out around the around all at once and despite pleas from the visitors to see the game out, referee Stephen Matthews halted proceedings. Despite efforts to restore the stricken generator station, the referee soon after had no option but to abandon the match.

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Lights out…. Play is halted (Image: Scott W)

Match Abandoned after 75 mins with score: White Ensign 0 – 3 Wroxham

All in all, this was a closer match than the scoreline may seem, though equally Ensign were unusually not clinical with their chances and were found a little wanting in their passing to the forward line. Wroxham took their chances well and showed good levels of craft as well as energy and skill.

Finally, with regards to stand-out performances here, Dominic Locke once again shone for Ensign with pace and power as well as decent passing ability to go with it. Connor Barnby also supplemented the forward line well with movement and pace, while full-back Thando Moyo made several important interceptions to stifle the impressive visitors, and the other full-back Charlie Buffin put in a typically dynamic, energetic display with good defensive nouse as well good energy. For the Yachtsmen, ex-Scottish International Simon Lappin showed enough skill and creativity to really get his side ticking, while Shaun Taylor and Charlie Clarke were constant threats to the over-run home defence at times. Anchor midfielder Jordan King also deserves a mention for breaking up opposition attacks well at times. Finally, goalkeeper Ollie Sutton made two superb saves to keep his side well in the contest before they were in the ascendancy.

Thanks also to Ensign for their hospitality today, it was also great to see former Premier League players Grant Holt and Simon Lappin in action as well. It doesn’t come around every day. It would appear the situation is that the FA have decided that the replayed match will take place at Wroxham’s Trafford Park on Wednesday night. I can only add that you can never second-guess what the FA decide.

 

Teams

White Ensign    | Player-Manager: Brett Munyard | Assistant: Mark Healy

1. James Parkins (GK), 12. Charlie Buffin, 17. Elliot Vile, 5. Andy George, 14 Thando Moyo, 4. Harry Skinner, 8. Jake McWee (Capt) (Ben Austin 46’), 10. Luke Skinner (9. John Hilliard 63’), 7. Connor Barnby, 11. Dominic Locke, 20. Brett Munyard

Booked: H Skinner | Sub Not Used: Ainslie, Maleary

 

Wroxham  | Manager: Jordan Southgate |

1. Ollie Sutton (GK & Capt), 2. Wyatt Hill, 3. Travis Dodsworth, 4. Jordan King, 5. Mac Gee, 6. Chris Skipper, 7. Charlie Clarke, 8. Harvey Black (12. Tim Henery 65’), 9. Grant Holt, 10. Shaun Taylor, 11. Simon Lappin

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Poynter, Oakley, Manning, Dasaolu, Huckerby

Referee: Stephen Matthews

Match Report: Barkingside 0 – 4 May & Baker (Fri 1 Nov) (EaSL 19/20 2.11.19)

Eastern Senior League South

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 105

2019-20 Season – Match 33

Friday 1st November 2019 – 8.30pm KO

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

May & Baker: Red & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

 

 

Bakers emerge with fine win at Cricklefield

Barkingside 0 – 4 May & Baker

Report & Photos by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

A rare Friday night match this season took me back to Cricklefield, where Barkingside faced May & Baker in the Eastern Senior League South. As it happened, there were quirks aplenty here. First, ‘Side were facing their Reserve team’s former co-bosses Jordan Harris & Alec Simm, who brought with them the bulk of their team there to M & B in the summer. Then there was the very unfortunate nature of the hefty delay to the match. I’ll say it for what is, the nearly non-existent pitch markings clearly irked the match officials & the assessor for some time and they only relented after home club officials Jimmy & Roger done some 11th hour-work to make the lines around one penalty box more visible, respect to them.

Anyway, at around 8.15pm the officials made their decision and the match got going just after 8.30pm. As for the teams themselves, ‘Side fielded Charlie Howson between the sticks, a back four of Frankie Sinclair, Ricardo Bailey, Shaq Foyewa and skipper Elliott Scott, with Joe Gent and Joe Oates leading the line. Jacob Dingli and Ali Rajim were among the options from their bench. Bakers had Frankie Worboyes in goal, skipper Kane Messenger in central midfield and a front three of Darren Seymour, Kai Warren and Carl Patten. A strong substitutes’ bench included Gabriel Odili, Ricky Teixiera and Daniel Barth.

The delayed start seemed to affect the hosts more in the early-going as they conceded with six minutes gone, as less-than-sharp defending handed the ball back to tricky forward Kai Warren inside the penalty area before burying low into the left-side corner past home ‘keeper Charlie Howson. Barkingside did edge forward on the counter five minutes later though forward Joe Gent’s cross was too deep and led to winger Ben Clarke’s drive being blocked. Right on the quarter-hour, M & B nearly added to their goal tally as a fierce drive by captain Kane Messenger forced Howson into action, the ‘keeper doing well to parry and gather in short order. As we entered the midway point of the half, Barkingside did retain the ball though their finishing was wayward, as first support forward Dan Jones blazed his strike well wide before moments later, a decent hit by central midfielder Sam Bashua cannoned back off the goal frame.

That glimmer of light for the hosts was snuffed out in a big way soon afterward as on 27 minutes, Bakers made it 2 – 0 as a well-directed cross by Warren into the six-yard area ended up going in as Howson dropped the ball in facing goalward. Bakers two minutes afer that then dispossessed their hosts in their half with midfielder Josh Lowbridge breaking clear before playing in the on-rushing Darren Seymour who blasted home with aplomb.

Steven La Sage’s side responded with another attack on the half-hour mark though as Gent first evaded the off-side trap, his cut-back from the right flank just missed the oncoming Bashua at the back stick from a few yards out. Bakers had more chances to round out the half as first, centre-back Jake Piper headed just over the woodwork from a neat free-kick, before Seymour lofted an effort over the target.

Half-Time: Barkingside 0 – 3  May & Baker

The first half certainly wasn’t devoid of action, though the restart was a little quieter. On the hour, after ghosting past his marker, Oates could only head wide before Jones had another drive on goal gathered by visiting stopper Frankie Warboyes. With 15 minutes to play, M & B forward Danny Gillham struck wide with only Howson to bypass. ‘Side did not look their most energetic though the pouring rain did make it tougher for them. With six minutes remaining, substitute Jacob Dingli sent a pass in for Clarke though Worboyes got in first. Bakers sealed a fine evening’s work with two minutes left as a thunderbolt from 20-plus yards out by replacement Ricky Teixiera sailed through the hands of Howson. Dingli almost pulled one back for the hosts on the stroke of full-time though Worboyes did well to save at his feet. With that, the referee blew up for time – at 10.20pm or so. One interesting evening’s football done.


Full-Time:  Barkingside 0 – 4  May & Baker

In fairness, a strong performance by the visitors was more than enough to deserve the win, though their recent poor form may have added a few nerves in defence at times. In my view, forwards Kai Warren and Carl Patten stood out for Bakers tonight as they really gave the home backline something to think about, with midfielder Kane Messenger a driving force as well. For ‘Side, forwards Joe Oates and Joe Gent looked their most likely source of invention and goals though they will know they need to improve on this showing, despite the circumstances that preceded the match. On that note, you have to feel for the hosts who were let down in terms of pitch preparation.

Finally, thank you to Barkingside as ever for their hospitality. Good to see May & Baker in action as well for first time in a while. Best wishes to both clubs for the rest of this campaign.

 

Line-up’s

Barkingside                   |      Manager: Steven Le Sage

1. Charlie Howson (GK), 18. Frankie Sinclair, 3. Ricardo Bailey (2. Jonathan Santos 46’), 4. Sam Bashua (12 Jonathan Ogunsanya 46’), 5 Shaq Foyewa, 6. Elliott Scott (Capt), 7. Archie Hammond, 8. Dan Jones, 9. Joe Gent (14. Jacob Dingli 83’), 10. Joe Oates, 11. Ben Clarke

Booked: Oates  |   Subs Not Used: Hayward, Rajim

May & Baker          |            Joint-Managers: Jordan Harris & Alec Simm

1. Frankie Worboyes (GK), 2. Cain Brougham, 3. Ryan Leavens, 4. Josh Perry, 5. Jake Piper, 6. Kane Messenger (Capt), 7. Darren Seymour, 8. Josh Lowbridge (17 Jamie Pooley 70’), 9. Carl Patten (Gabriel Odili 77’), 10. Danny Gillham, 11. Kai Warren (15 Ricky Teixiera 73’)

Goal-scorers: Kai Warren [6’], OG (Howson) [27’], Darren Seymour [29’], Ricky Teixiera [88’]

Booked: None        |  Subs Not Used: Khimji, Barth

Referee: Thomas Whay

Match Report: White Ensign 4 – 1 Buckingham Athletic (Sun 13 Oct) [FAV 19/20 1RP 13.10.19]

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The FA Vase 2019 – 20: First Round Proper

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 90

2019 – 20 Season: Match 29

Sunday 13th October 2019 – 3pm KO

W Ensign: Navy Blue & Red Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Navy Blue Socks

Buckingham: Orange Shirts, Orange Shorts, Orange Socks

 

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Ensign make Round Two of the Vase as clinical finishing sees them defeat Athletic

White Ensign  4 – 1  Buckingham Athletic

Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

The weekend’s second match saw me return to Burroughs Park to see White Ensign face Spartan South Midlands Division One side Buckingham Athletic in the FA Vase First Round Proper as Brett Munyard’s team looked to advance this record-breaking Vase run. Ensign were missing defenders Elliot Vile and David Limber plus forward Connor Barnby tough did field James Parkins between the sticks with skipper Jake McWee reverting to centre-back alongside Andy George, with a front three of player-boss Munyard, Luke Skinner and Dominic Locke. Recent signing Jason Reynolds-Blanche joined full-backs Thando Moyo and Jack Maleary as options from the bench. Athletic fielded Joshua Mcadoo in goal, with full-backs Daniel Hassell and Stuart Ironmonger and a front two of Matt Cruse and Jeremiah Adams.

Both sides had half-chances in the early minutes of this encounter with Ensign winger Dominic Locke’s drive from 18 yards having the accuracy but lacking the power to defeat visiting goalkeeper Joshua Mcadoo, who gathered comfortably. At the other end, a fizzing drive by Athletic midfielder Jacob Williamson wasn’t far off the top corner before sailing over. The visitors nearly led on ten minutes as Jeremiah Adams got in on goal ahead of home custodian James Parkins though he could only lob over with the glovesman retreating.

The hosts were seeking to find their offensive rhythm as we past the quarter-hour mark, with creative midfielder John Hilliard looking for that telling pass into the forwards. The visitors were adopting a high defensive line to catch the Ensign attack off-side though with 25 minutes played, Locke played in Munyard who couldn’t get a telling strike away as the angle rapidly became more acute at the near post. Ensign did break the deadlock two minutes later though as forward Luke Skinner received the ball around eight yards out, took a touch past his marker and lashed the ball home past Mcadoo.

Things got better for the Eastern Senior League South side as five minutes later, a free-kick from deep by Hilliard found Munyard who ran on and his centre found centre-back Andy George who stroked home well to double his side’s advantage. As half-time approached, Athletic had a sighter at goal as Williamson’s free-kick had to be cleared at the 2nd attempt.

 

Half-Time: White Ensign 2 – 0  Buckingham Athletic

There was certainly enough action in this match to keep you wondering who would emerge victorious, as Athletic played some neat football at times, though they just couldn’t quite pin down that oh-so-important final ball or their finishing. However, it was the hosts who another big stride to progression two minutes into the second period as good persistence by Luke Skinner ended with him playing in Munyard who slotted in past Mcadoo with only the ‘keeper to beat.

That said, any notion that Buckingham were out of the contest were quickly snuffed out as on 49 minutes, Jeremiah Adams tucked in a rebound after Parkins had made a one-handed save to deny the initial effort from close range. Game on, again. Ensign once again pushed forward, with Skinner having two further chances going just off-target. Athletic could count themselves unfortunate as well as ten minutes into the half, Adams hit another good effort which clipped the corner-angle of the woodwork from a narrow angle. Visiting winger Chris Parr then shot just wide moments later to emphasize that Neil Griffiths’ side were creating chances.

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Ensign restored their three-goal lead just short of the hour as a superb run by Locke, chasing a ‘lost cause’ down the left wing saw him cross in though it evaded Skinner though did find a unfortunate defender at the far post who convincingly headed home into the opposite corner. Credit has to go to Buckingham as they did not stop striving, though were thwarted by a combination of close misses and brave tackles by the home defence, notably by centre-back Andy George. Munyard was also denied a second with 15 minutes left as his effort was cleared off the line as Ensign stood firm to prevent a nervy end to this tussle.

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Full-Time : White Ensign  4 – 1  Buckingham Athletic  

The scoreline may give you the impression that this was a serene, comfortable win for Ensign though there are matches (there’s been a few in the 2019-20 season alone) where results have been a bit misleading and this is one of them. Athletic were more than decent at times and made the hosts work hard though in the end, the sheer pace, incisive attacking moves and finishing were the difference-makers here as Ensign moved to Round Two, where they will welcome Thurlow Nunn Premier side Wroxham.

In terms of stand-out performances, for Ensign there was the dynamic pace and passing of winger Dominic Locke, the sheer persistence and craft of forward Luke Skinner plus the energetic full-back Charlie Buffin and tigerish midfielder Ben Austin. Buckingham had some good performances too with winger Chris Parr, goalscorer Jeremiah Adams among them.

Finally, you have to take stock of the difference that there is at Ensign this season, led by the on-pitch management team of Brett Munyard & Matt Healy and the committee off-the-pitch. I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say that they are ‘being noticed’ in the area and you have to say good on them for that.

 

Teams

White Ensign    | Player-Manager: Brett Munyard | Assistant: Mark Healy

1. James Parkins (GK), 12. Charlie Buffin (2. Jack Maleary 82’), 8. Jake McWee (Capt), 5. Andy George, 3. James Ainslie, 4. Harry Skinner, 16. Ben Austin, 18. John Hilliard (9. Jason Reynolds-Blanche 65’), 11. Dominic Locke (14. Thando Moyo 78’), 10. Luke Skinner, 20. Brett Munyard

Goal-scorers: Luke Skinner [27’], Andy George [32’], Brett Munyard [47’], OG [59’]

Booked: H Skinner | Sub Not Used: B Gates

 

Buckingham Athletic |  Manager: Neil Griffiths

Joshua Mcadoo (GK), Daniel Hassell (Nick Bines 65’), Stuart Ironmonger, Jack Menday, Daniel Staley (Capt), Robert Tapp, Kevin Owusu (Jack Carter 65’), Jacob Williamson, Matt Cruse, Jeremiah Adams (Robbie Carter 65’), Chris Parr

Goal-scorers: Jeremiah Adams [49’]

Booked: D Hassell | Subs Not Used: K Adjei, S Balls

Referee: Liam Giles

Preview: Essex Senior League (with FA Vase 2RQ & EaSL fixtures) (Sat 14 Sept) [ESL 12.9.19]

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Action Still from Ilford 1 – 2 Enfield (FA Vase 1RQ on Aug 31) [Image: Scott W] 
Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Preview piece looking at the five Essex Senior League matches, plus a listing of the Essex Senior & Eastern Senior South sides involved in The FA Vase weekend, plus fixtures in the Eastern Senior League South for Friday 13th September – Sunday 15th September

 

Essex Senior League

Friday 13th Sept  –  Woodford Town  v  Southend Manor  | Harlow Arena

The first of the weekend’s league action starts here with this battle at the Harlow Arena as Manor travel to face Woodford. Despite having a number of players unavailable, Woodford battled hard before losing out to West Essex last weekend. On-the-pitch, Manor have been inactive though off-it, it has not been quite so quiet, after news emerged of chairman Jerry Omango appointing himself as the club’s new manager, with support from the coaching staff. Difficult to gauge this one as Manor will need to keep the same core group of players that started the season in my opinion to do alright. Wins have not been too far from Town’s grasp of late and they may get one here.

Scott’s Prediction:  3 – 1

Saturday 14th Sept

Hadley  v  Sawbridgeworth Town  | Brickfield Lane

The Bricks welcome Sawbridgeworth to Brickfield Lane. Anthony Clark’s side are certainly in the midst of a ‘bubble’, particularly at home after a win over Arlesey Town in the First Round Qualifying of the FA Cup last weekend. They are unbeaten at home in the league thus far as well though they do face a busy ten days ahead with Cup action, in the Gordon Brasted Trophy and back in the FA Cup. Sawbo have been improving in some ways, just not in results terms recently as they lost out narrowly to Hashtag Utd last weekend, having led earlier in the match. Hard to go against a home win though it may be a tight one.

Scott’s Prediction:  2 – 1

 

Hoddesdon Town  v  Clapton   | Lowfield

Hoddesdon welcome Clapton to Lowfield. The hosts had a free weekend last time out and will want to get their league campaign rolling here, while the Tons had another disappointing defeat last weekend at Ilford. This will be a tough match for the visitors and I would head for a win for the hosts here.

Scott’s Prediction:  2 – 0

Sporting Bengal Utd  v  Ilford   | Mile End

Bengal entertain an Ilford side that has seen a mini-renaissance of sorts recently. The Foxes comfortably defeated Clapton last weekend to put them up into the top half with two wins from their opening six matches. Bengal played their part in a terrific match for the neutral with a high-scoring draw at Enfield last time out and are only one spot below their opposition in 10th spot, with only goal difference separating them.  This is Imrul Gazi’s first home league match this term so that may their side a lift. Draw for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Stansted  v  Cockfosters   |  Hargrave Park

Finally in the ESL this weekend, Stansted welcome Cockfosters to Hargrave Park. Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ team were held at home by St Margaretsbury last weekend before defeating Eastern Senior South side Benfleet in the Essex Senior Cup in midweek. The ‘Fosters defeated Tower Hamlets last weekend and have only lost once in the league, at Takeley on the opening day. This will be another intriguing battle, though the Airportmen’s steely defence may give them the edge here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

 

The FA Vase – Second Qualifying Round   (ESL & EaSL sides)

Friday 13th Sept   –   New Salamis  v  Tower Hamlets   | Queen Elizabeth II Stadium

 

Saturday 14th September

 

Enfield  v  Enfield Borough   | Woodside
FC Broxbourne Borough  v  Wivenhoe Town   | Goffs Lane
FC Clacton   v  Redbridge    | Rush Green Bowl
Frenford  v  Hashtag Utd   | Len Salmon Stadium [3G]

Langford  v  Hackney Wick

Lopes Tavares  v  Catholic Utd   | Terence MacMillan Stadium

Takeley  v  Wormley Rovers   | Station Road
West Essex  v  Brantham Athletic   | Mayesbrook Park

White Ensign  v  Newbury Forest   | Burroughs Park
Whitton Utd  v  St Margaretsbury   |  King George V Playing Field

Sun 15 Sept  –  Coggeshall Utd  v  Long Melford   | West Street

 

And.. Eastern Senior League South (Sat 14 Sept)

 

Barkingside  v  Brightlingsea Regent Res   | Cricklefield

Benfleet  v Little Oakley    | Park Lane

Burnham Ramblers  v  Holland  | Leslie Field

Harwich & Parkeston  v  Halstead Town  | Royal Oak

 

Round-up : Essex Senior League/ FA Cup FRQ & Eastern Senior South (Sat 7 September) [ESL 19/20 8.9.19]

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Action Still from West Essex v Woodford Town [ESL 7.9.19] [Image: Scott W]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) – ESL Writer & Grassroots Football Show Contributor

Hello all and welcome to the latest of my round-up pieces on the 2019-20 Essex Senior League campaign, with results in the FA Cup First Qualifying Round involving the three remaining ESL sides plus the results from the Eastern Senior League action this weekend.

 

Essex Senior League

Saturday 7th September

Cockfosters  2 – 1  Tower Hamlets  | Chalk Lane  | Att: 38

Two goals in three minutes was enough for the ‘Fosters to defeat Hamlets at Chalk Lane. Billy Healey opened the scoring for the hosts on 31 minutes, before player-boss Ryan Wade’s spot-kick two minutes later put the hosts in a strong position. In-form Suaibo Balde struck again for Damien Briggs’ team though they still fell to their sixth league defeat this term. Cockfosters are unbeaten since the opening day now in the league.

 

 

Enfield  4 – 4  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Woodside   | Att: 65

The game of the day for goals was certainly at Woodside as Enfield drew 4 – 4 with Bengal. The E’s took the lead after just four minutes thanks to Alfie Cleal though Bobby Redwood nullified that lead for Imrul Gazi’s side on 18 minutes. Cleal struck again on 26 minutes before Nana Asamoah made it 3 – 1 to the hosts eight minutes afterward. The momentum continued to swing in this entertaining again as Redwood struck twice more to claim his treble before the interval [43’ & 45’] to ensure it was level. Komal Lleweyn-Reid netted eight minutes after the resumption to hand Matt Hanning’s side the lead again. It wasn’t to last though as Curtley McIntosh netted on the hour for the visitors as this one ended honours-even,

 

Ilford  3 – 0  Clapton   | Cricklefield  | Att: 37

This quickly-convened encounter saw the Foxes defeat the Tons at Cricklefield. Nicolas Keyamo put the hosts ahead on 12 minutes before returning centre-back Steve Sylvester made it two eight minutes into the second-half. Clifford Newby-Harris also netted four minutes later as Morgan LaForce’s side got their second successive league win, while Clapton fell to defeat.

 

Redbridge  2 – 3  Saffron Walden Town  | Oakside  | Att: 73

Walden saw of the threat of the Motormen to grab the win at Oakside. Jason Maher’s side led proceedings on five minutes thanks to Gavin Cockman’s opener. Taylor Tombides kept up his goal-scoring form with the hosts’ leveller ten minutes before the break though a strong start after the interval for the Bloods was a telling factor here. First, Jack Isherwood struck on 51 minutes before Cockman got his second of the afternoon midway through the second half. Tombides got a second for the hosts late on to ensure a nervy end though Walden held on to go top, and are still unbeaten.

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  2 – 3  Hashtag Utd  | Crofters

Hashtag recovered from a poor start to grab all three points at Crofters. Sawbo started well and led by two goals thanks to Aaron Donaldson and Harry Bushell. Veteran Neil Richmond came off the bench and soon levelled things up with a brace [71’ & 86’] before George Smith got the decisive goal with moments remaining as the Tags got their fourth straight league win. Sawbo remain bottom though the signs are more promising than it looked a month ago.

 

Stansted  1 – 1  St Margaretsbury   | Hargrave Park  | Att: 48

St Margs’ continued their decent mini-run with a draw against Stansted at Hargrave Park. Wisley Baltazar got his second goal in as many games with the opener two minutes after the interval for the visitors. The Airportmen did get a point though as Jack Mitchell struck with 19 minutes remaining, though they haven’t won in the league since the opening day now.

 

West Essex  3 – 2  Woodford Town   | Mayesbrook Park  | Att: 28

West got the points in a hard-fought, high-tempo match at Mayesbrook Park. Michael Mignot got another double here, along with a powerful header by skipper Tom MacLeod. Town levelled on two occasions here through Samir Ali and an OG. I attended this match & my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/09/07/match-report-west-essex-3-2-woodford-town-sat-7th-sept-esl/

 

Eastern Senior League South Results

Friday 6th September  – Frenford 2 – 3  Benfleet

 

Saturday 7th September

Brightlingsea Regent Res  0 – 1  Harwich & Parkeston

Burnham Ramblers  0 – 1  Lopes Tavares

Coggeshall Utd  2 – 2  White Ensign

Halstead Town 5 – 0 Fire Utd

Little Oakley  7 – 0  Wormley Rovers

Wivenhoe Town 6 – 2 Hackney Wick

 

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The FA Cup  – First Round Qualifying  (ESL Sides) Results

Saturday 7th September

Hadley  3 – 2  Arlesey Town  | Brickfield Lane  | Att: 127

The Bricks continued their fine FA Cup run with a win over Arlesey Town at Brickfield Lane. The goal-getters for Anthony Clark’s side were Shaz Anwar, another spot-kick by Alfie Bartram and one from in-form forward Solomon Ofori. Charlie Thake and James Hatch responded for Town though the ‘fortress’ is holding at present for the ESL side.

 

Takeley  0 – 1  Potters Bar Town  | Station Road | Att: 166

After denying White Ensign in extra-time in the last round, it was Takeley’s turn to feel the heart-break here as an added-time goal sealed progression for Step 3 side Potters Bar in front of a very decent crowd at Station Road. Bradley Sack was the hero for the visitors as they FA Cup journey goes on.

 

 

Sun 8th Sept  – Aylesbury Utd  0 – 3  Walthamstow  (to be updated)

Match Report: White Ensign 3 – 0 Cornard Utd (Sun 1st Sept) [FAV 19/20 FRQ 2.9.19]

The FA Vase – First Round Qualifying

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 52

2019 – 20 Season: Match 19

Sunday 1st September 2019 – 3pm KO

W Ensign: Navy Blue & Red Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Navy Blue Socks

Cornard: Blue & White Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

 

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Action Still [Image: Scott W]

Ensign defeat Cornard in their first FA Vase match at Burroughs Park

White Ensign  3 – 0 Cornard Utd

Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with additional photos by Andy Wilkins {Twitter: @Wilkins_Media)

Another frenetic weekend on Non-League action ended with this FA Vase First Round Qualifying tie between Eastern Senior League South side White Ensign and Thurlow Nunn Division One North side Cornard United at Burroughs Park. Ensign have had a spirited start to the campaign with a win in the FA Cup recently over Woodford Town and named a strong line-up here with James Parkins retained in goal, Harry Skinner, skipper Jake McWee and Harry Skinner in midfield with a front three of Connor Barnby, Dominic Locke and player-manager Brett Munyard. Ben Austin, Luke Skinner and Reserves graduate Zach Somerset-Butler were all options on the bench.  Cornard are winless in their division thus far this term though you always have to wary of changing fortunes in Cup competitions. They fielded Harry Allen between the sticks, a front two of Chris Morgan and Ezra Drann with new signing George Vallentyne, once of Hashtag Utd, skippering the team today. Matthew Geen, Oliver Judge and Daniel Sakal were all options from the substitutes’ bench.

The home side certainly started proceedings well with rapid winger Dominic Locke making a series of darting runs down the right flank. The first of those runs ended up needing the intervention of Ards full-back David Dowding to clear. Ensign player-boss Brett Munyard found some space though five minutes in between the visiting midfield and defence to unleash a 25-yard thunderbolt which Cornard ‘keeper Harry Allan did well to get fingertips on though the ball still flew into the net to give the hosts the lead.

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Hilliard delivers in for Ensign [Image: Andy W]
Ensign had more promising situations from midfielder John Hilliard’s free-kicks during the half though on 26 minutes, another powerful run from Locke down the right channel ended with his delivery well-headed away by visiting centre-back Neil Goldsworthy. Ensign nearly doubled their advantage just shy of the half-hour as a stinging set-piece by Hilliard was heading right for the corner, but for the intervention of a really good save by Allan. Cornard couldn’t create too much at this point though forward Chris Morgan was keeping the home defence alert with a series of intelligent runs; backed up by the wing play of George Vallentyne. With minutes to go before the break, Morgan had a half-chance on goal though his 20-yarder lacked the sting to beat White Ensign goalkeeper James Parkins.

Half-Time: White Ensign 1 – 0 Cornard Utd

 

Three minutes after the interval, Cornard had a firm opening to remove the deficit they had, with winger Vallentyne’s powerful drive from about thirty yards needing Parkins to beat it away with a strong hand. As it happened, The hosts did extend their lead on 58 minutes with Munyard being played in well by Hilliard and slotted home low past Allan.

Cornard were still posing the odd threat on the counter-attack with Morgan and Vallentyne posing the biggest dangers for the home backline, though Elliot Vile and Andy George had another decent display at the back. Ensign pretty much made the game safe with arguably the best move of the match with another strong run by Locke feeding Hilliard who in turn found skipper Jake McWee who lashed home from a narrow angle with eighteen minutes remaining. That said, Utd really gave it a go in the last fifteen minutes, much to their credit.

Ensign custodian James Parkins certainly earned his kudos today, first denying substitute Matthew Geen twice before getting across well to deny another rasping effort by Vallentyne. Right on the ninety minutes, Parkins rushed out of his goal to assist his defence, though Geen couldn’t bypass the firm back four and find the target. The only dampener on the last sixth of the match really for Dave Childs’ team was the dismissal of left-back David Dowding for two bookings in the space of four minutes late on.

 

Full-Time: White Ensign  3 – 0 Cornard Utd

All in all, this was a very good performance by Ensign who were clinical in their finishing whereas the Ards will rue the fact they created several opportunities in this match though they also found Ensign goalkeeper James Parkins in very good form. Even so, they did deserve a goal for their second-half efforts in particular.

Finally, with regards to stand-out performances here, Ensign’s penetrating attacking play was at times led by the good darting runs of right-sided forward Locke, with creative midfielder Hilliard also making his mark. Add to that the finishing of forward Munyard and the acrobatics of ‘keeper Parkins and that is that. For Cornard, new signing George Vallentyne certainly made things happen, as did centre forward Chris Morgan while centre-back Neil Goldsworthy also deserves a mention for being sturdy in defence.

 

Teams

White Ensign    | Player-Manager: Brett Munyard | Assistant: Mark Healy

James Parkins (GK), Charlie Buffin (Jack Maleary 76’), Elliot Vile, Andy George, David Limber, Harry Skinner (Zach Somerset-Butler 78’), Jake McWee (Capt), John Hilliard, Connor Barnby (Ben Austin 64’), Dominic Locke, Brett Munyard

Goal-scorers: Brett Munyard [5’ & 58’], Jake McWee [69’]

Booked: Barnby | Sub Not Used: Kent, L Skinner

 

Cornard Utd  | Manager: Dave Childs |

Harry Allan (GK), Ben Dethridge, David Dowding, Daniel Brown, Charlie Knight (Daniel Sakal 66’), Neil Goldsworthy, George Vallentyne (Capt), Andrew Fisher, Chris Morgan, Ezra Drann (Oliver Judge 70’), Connor Wlkinson (Matthew Geen 63’)

Sent Off: Dowding (two bookings) | Subs Not Used: McGowan-Harvey, R Drann

Referee: Michael Iddenden-Smith