S22-23 Match Report: Stanway Rovers 0 – 1 Redbridge (Sat 25 Mar) [ESL 22-23 26.3.23]

Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Hawthorns

Attendance: 175

2022-23 Season: Match 50

Saturday 25th March 2023 – 6.30pm KO

Stanway: Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts & Yellow Socks

Redbridge: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks


Redbridge again battle hard to claim another important win at Stanway

Stanway Rovers   0 – 1  Redbridge

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

The second match this weekend to mark Non-League Day was a rare visit to the Hawthorns to see hosts Stanway Rovers take on promotion-chasing Redbridge in another Essex Senior League Premier match, which was also my 50th match of the campaign. Redbridge were playing their third match in five days here, the perils of still being in two Cup competitions you may say. George Christou’s team had an understandable air of squad rotation about it, but goalkeeper Connor Wheatley started, with a defence comprised of centre-back pair Joe Elliott & Nathan Okoye, and full-backs Bradley Bennett & Tayo Olukolu. Captain Jack Chawner was alongside Jerrold Cobblah and Reuben Campbell in midfield, with George Purcell & Tony Martin leading the attack, with support from Joey May. Stanway are in transition, and have not had an easy campaign being where they are in 13th place. Former Colchester Utd legend Karl Duguid took the team here, and named Alfie Marigliani as their stopper, with full-backs Sean Bartlett & Emmanuel N’Daw and centre-backs Olumide Akinode & Freddy Cooper comprising their backline. Jordan Barnett, Joe Debell & Max Sherlock were the central midfield three, with Harry Thomas, captain James Crisell and Nathaniel Mardell the forward three.


The early stages of this game were entertaining to watch as Rovers looked to pile the pressure on the visitors. Forward Nathaniel Mardell made two enterprising runs down the right flank in these early stages, but couldn’t quite find the final pass or a finish respectively to significantly challenge visiting custodian Connor Wheatley. Midfielder Jordan Barnett also had decent strike just wide of the left-side post. George Christou’s team did push forward, perhaps sensing the need to wrestle momentum back and after one of several good runs made in the match by energetic midfielder Reuben Campbell, his effort was off-target but served as a warning for Rovers to not be too expansive going forward. To their credit though, Stanway responded well and a fine strike by centre-back Freddy Cooper just inside the eighteen-yard box was well-denied by Motormen stopper Wheatley.

What ended up being the decisive goal came on twenty-four minutes as centre-back Nathan Okoye took advantage of indeterminate marking on a set-piece to plant his header into the net at the near post. One of the better phases of the game for the second-placed side also saw in-form forward George Purcell head over the goal frame. Stanway were not fazed by their deficit and skipper James Crisell’s goal-bound effort required another decent save from Wheatley as the visitors had to do their share of defending, with centre-backs Joe Elliott & Nathan Okoye characteristically miserly in clearing the ball away in an efficient way.

HT: Stanway 0 – 1 Redbridge


The second half was a more restrained contest, with less chances cropping up for both teams. Mardell had again fired wide for Rovers in a rare glimpse at goal. Redbridge had a few chances, chiefly an acrobatic strike by substitute Tendi Quamina from just outside the area, which had to be cleared off the goal-line.

Campbell also fired wide for a Redbridge side which still showcased their game management skills to good effect here, and also their lead was slender, they were not extensively pressured in the latter stages and claimed a vital win, which saw them jump back up above FC Clacton into second place, with a key ‘promotion six-pointer’ at Enfield set for Wednesday night.


Full-Time: Stanway Rovers 0 – 1 Redbridge

In summary, Redbridge turned up and battled to their third win in just five days in all competitions which in itself in some going. Their forward play was decent at times, but credit also has to go to Stanway who were able to restrict the promotiobn-chasing side’s chances through exhuberant defending and also showed enough going forward to stay in the contest, even though their finishing wasn’t clinical and they also found Blues stopper Connor Wheatley in good form here. All in all though, Stanway’s youthful side did show that in time, they may improve.

The stand-out mentions starts with victors Redbridge. Forward George Purcell led the line well and brought others into play effectively as the focal point in attack. Right-sided midfielder Reuben Campbell made the most of space to make several good breaks down the channel and also put in some fine crosses which forced the intervention of the home defence. Lastly, centre-back Nathan Okoye got the telling goal & was his usual composed self in defence, making a number of good interceptions both in the air and on the deck.

For Stanway, rapid winger Nathaniel Mardell really contributed to his team’s attacks right from the get-go, and also had a couple of decent chances himself, utilising his good pace and movement too. Full-back Emmanuel N’Daw also put in a good display, being decent in defence and also pushing forward down the left side, pustting in some good balls into the penalty box. Lastly, centre-back Freddy Cooper had a good game, competing well with the visiting forward line, making some good interceptions and pushed forward as well, being a threat from set-plays too.

I’ll close this report by passing on my thanks to Stanway Rovers for their hospitality pre-match.


Teams

Stanway Rovers |  Interim Manager: Karl Duguid | Assistant: Stuart Nethercott |

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Alfie Marigliani (GK), 2 Sean Bartlett, 3 Emmanuel N’Daw, 5 Freddy Cooper, 6 Olumide Akinode, 4 Jordan Barnett, 8 Joe Debell, 7 Max Sherlock (16 Harrison Smith 84′), 9 Harry Thomas (15 Sonny Bastone 63′), 10 James Crisell (Capt), 11 Nathaniel Mardell (14 Sonny Dutton 72′)

Booked: Barnett |  Subs Not Used: Lines


Redbridge | Manager: George Christou   | Assistant: Jack Toghli

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Connor Wheatley (GK), 2 Bradley Bennett (17 Michael Pindy 90′), 3 Tayo Olukolu (16 Dean Hall 46′), 5 Joe Elliott, 6 Nathan Okoye, 18 Jack Chawner (Capt), 4 Jerrold Cobblah, 7 Reuben Campbell (15 James Barlow 72′), 19 Joey May (8 Tendi Quamina 58′), 9 George Purcell (11 Loui Hazelwood 84′), 10 Tony Martin

Goal-Scorer: Nathan Okoye [24′]

| Subs Not Used: None


Referee: Kola Adeyemi
Assistants: Robert Collins & Jozef Buda

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S22-23 Match Report: FC Clacton 1 – 0 Sawbridgeworth Town (Sat 25 Mar) [ESL 22-23 26.3.23]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Rush Green Bowl

Attendance: 127

2022-23 Season: Match 49

Saturday 25th March 2023 – 3pm KO

Clacton: White Shirts, Blue Shorts & Socks

Sawbridgeworth:  Red & Black Shirts, Red Shorts & Socks


Clacton hold firm to earn another victory at home to Sawbridgeworth

FC Clacton 1 – 0 Sawbridgeworth Town

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

The first of two matches to mark a special Essex Senior weekend to mark this year’s Non-League Day saw a first visit to the Rush Green Bowl to see FC Clacton take on visitors Sawbridgeworth Town. Tom Auston’s side are still pushing for a top-three finish which would crown off a terrific campaign. They fielded Luke Avenell in goal, with a backline of centre-backs Michael Okafor & Chris Ribchester, with full-backs Jenson Mulqueen and skipper Billy Wales. Kyelan Marvell & Jack Marshall were the hard-working central midfield, with Teddy Collis & Rueben Cowler on the flanks in support of forwards Mekhi McKenzie & Charlie Collis. Sawbridgeworth were looking to pull further clear of the bottom three and co-bosses Kieran Amos & Ben Taylor named George Edgeworth in goal, with a defence comprised of full-backs Zachary Davidson & Luke Clark, alongside the central defence led by Marcus Dowdeswell & Elliott George. Danny Palmer & Jaydon Charles were in in central midfield, with wingers Ayub Kadiri and Louis Monk. The forward line was led by Bruno Gomes, with support from David Etcheri. 

As was the case with several matches in recent weeks, this match took some time to truly find the impetus, not assisted by several stoppages early-doors. The hosts had the better of the early chances, with centre-back Chris Ribchester’s header over the crossbar from a set-piece and winger Teddy Collis also firing a decent strike off-target. On the half-hour, Tom Austin’s team went close after centre forward Mekhi McKenzie’s good pass found Teddy Collis, whose fierce strike at goal was parried away well by visiting stopper George Edgeworth. Sawbo were defending admirably to stifle the hosts who couldn’t find their attacking, passing rhythm during the first half. At the other end, Sawbridgeworth didn’t have a large amount of ball time, but did have a few runs down the channels, and Clacton did not fall to what would have been a ‘sucker punch’ in the latter parts of the first half, with centre-back Michael Okafor in particular being well-placed to rebuff passes into the visiting forward line.


HT: Clacton 0 – 0 Sawbridgeworth

After a nice burger from the food hut at the break, the second half began in a similar tightly-contested vein, as the inveitable array of substitutes entering proceedings also broke up the rhythm a bit as well. Ferguson, Lartey & Tilson came on for the hosts to replace Teddy Collis, full-back Mulqueen & midfielder Marvell and one of those substitutes had a big part to play just moments after coming on. Midway through the second-half, a good move involving tall midfielder Jack Marshall and forward Mekhi McKenzie ended with the ball finding Jordan Lartey at the far post who evaded his marker well enough to strike from close-range to finally break the stern resistance of Sawbo.

So, Clacton had a lead to defend now and Sawbo had a bit more possession in midfield, but a wayward strike by centre forward Bruno Gomes with 15 minutes remaining, which didn’t trouble goalkeeper Luke Avenell. The Seasiders were helped on by a good home crowd, and came close to ,make it two with moments remaining, from substitute Jack Johnson’s free-kick, the ball found its way to Marshall & his fine header was superbly kept out by Edgeworth’s sprawling save.


Full-Time:  FC Clacton 1 – 0 Sawbridgeworth Town

In summary, this was a gritty battle which Clacton did enough to earn the points, as they did have enough chances & ball time. Sawbridgeworth did defend well as well, with goalkeeper George Edgeworth effectively keeping them in the contest with two fine saves here, but ultimately they could not nullify a strong Seasiders backline and test home custodian Luke Avenell often enough.

The stand-outs here begin wiith victors Clacton. Forward Mekhi McKenzie put in a hard-working display, looking to turn past his marker well and also put in some good passes too to contribute to his team’s attacking moves. Secondly, midfielder Jack Marshall also was a good outlet with his passing and threat aerially too, as welll as contributing to the build-up for the only goal of the game. Lastly, centre-back Michael Okafor led the defence well, showing good positioning and making crucial interceptions as well.

For Sawbridgeworth, centre-back Marcus Dowdeswell had a good game, making several good tackles and his defence made it tough for Clacton to break through as they deallt with crosses well in the air. Goalkeeper George Edgeworth was a good presence for his team and pulled off two very good saves as mentioned & finally, full-back Zachary Davidson bolstered his team’s defensive efforts and offered a decent outlet going forward as well, in support of winger Ayub Kadiri.

Finally, would like to pass on my thanks to Clacton for their hospitality, was good to finally visit the Rush Green Bowl.


Teams

FC Clacton |  Manager: Tom Austin | Assistant: Adam Daniels  |

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Luke Avenell (GK), 2 Jenson Mulqueen (15 Jordan Lartey 62′), 3 Billy Wales, 5 Chris Ribchester, 6 Michael Okafor, 4 Kyelan Marvell (14 Adam Tilson 65′), 8 Jack Marshall, 7 Teddy Collis (12 Kyle Ferguson 56′), 9 Mekhi McKenzie (16 Jack Johnson 87′), 10 Charlie Collis, 11 Rueben Cowler (17 Harry Miller 83′)

Goal-scorer: Jordan Lartey [68′]

Booked: Marshall, Mulqueen  |  Subs Not Used: None


Sawbridgeworth Town | Co-Managers: Kieran Amos & Ben Taylor  | Assistant: Paul Gissing

Starting XI (Subs): 1 George Edgeworth (GK), 2 Zachary Davidson, 3 Luke Clark (16 Shadrac Malembe 62′), 5 Elliott George, 6 Marcus Dowdeswell (Capt), 4 Danny Palmer (12 George Spillane 83′), 8 Jaydon Charles (14 Joshua Bardouleau 62′), 7 Ayub Kadiri, 9 Bruno Gomes, 10 David Etcheri (15 Austen Garrod 74′), 11 Louis Monk

Booked: Dowdeswell, Monk | Subs Not Used: Amos


Referee: Nathan Kitteridge
Assistants: Michael Wallace & Trevor Williams

S22-23 Match Report: White Ensign 0 – 0 West Essex (Sat 11 Mar) [ESL 22-23 12.3.23]

Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 52

2022-23 Season: Match 46

Saturday 11th March 2023 – 3pm KO

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

West: Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

Timmy Moncur (right) on the ball for West

Ensign secure another point in tough battle with West Essex

White Ensign 0 – 0 West Essex

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

The main match this weekend was a late switch to the Essex Senior match between White Ensign and visitors West Essex at Burroughs Park. The recent incessant rain had not prevented the match from taking place, as both sides were looking for the points – Ensign are looking up towards the top ten while West are still in the race for a top-six finish. White Ensign boss Aaron Bloxham rotated his squad somewhat here, but stlll fielded Luis Shamshoum in goal, with a defence comprised of full-backs Ben Sargent and Daniel Monk and centre-backs Montel Shonubi & Archie McFadden. The hard-working central midfield featured Iyiola Adebayo, Oliver Jenkins and stand-in skipper Kyle McAlindon. Forwards Billy Bonham-Dare and Joe Gregory were supported by Ethan Evison. West were looking to bounce bank from a shattering loss at Woodford Town three days ago and had Arthur LeBlond at their goalkeeper, with a backline of centre-backs Rodney Dame and Mitchell Arthur & full-backs Sanchez Hardy and Joel Lamb. Their midfield engine room had skipper Reece Clarke, Oliseh Okuguni & Saliu Lo Seye starting, with the creative Timmy Moncur supporting forwards Ezequiel Franchi & Cameron Gray.

Ensign’s Iyiola Adebayo keeps the ball in first half

Both teams were adapting to the slightly slippery conditions in the early going of this match, although Ensign certainly had the better of the early sighters at goal. Forward Joe Gregory’s effort had to cleared off the goal-line by a well-placed West defender, while anchor midfielder Oliver Jenkins also had a decent strike parried away by visiting stopper Arthur LeBlond. West couldn’t ease the pressure they had defensively for most of the first twenty minutes and their only glimmer at goal was forward Cameron Gray’s wayward drive which was comfortably off-target. As we neared the half-hour mark, the Stags did start to get their passing game going, as midfielders Saliu Lo Seye & Reece Clarke fired wide of Shamshoum’s goal.

Although chances were somewhat few & far between, the battle here wasn’t a hum-drum one and the West backline held on quite well, led by centre-backs Mitchell Arthur and Rodney Dame who were well-positioned and made key clearances too. Ensign were keen to build their way through the thirds from defence to attack and did so well at times, but the noticable thing for me was how focused their midfield was in not allowing West to settle on the ball, with Iyiola Adebayo and Kyle McAlindon in particular giving the likes of Clarke and Moncur little time to build attacks.

Long ball forward seeks to find the run of Franchi (second left) for West

HT: White Ensign 0 – 0 West Essex

In the early stages of the second half, the hosts had a few more decent chances. Four minutes after the restart, full-back Ben Sargent let fly with a well-struck effort which only narrowly flew over the crossbar. Moments after that, Ethan Evison’s set-piece was heading for the far corner and needed the intervention of LeBlond, although he conceded a corner in the process. From that resulting set-piece, enterprising forward Billy Bonham-Dare headed wide of the left-side post. That was a let-off for West and this game was tight just as the reverse fixture was at Wadham Lodge, several weeks previously. Ensign had a let off a minute later as a good ball found West forward Ezequiel Franchi’s run, although the defender got a important touch to take it out of Franchi’s path, although Shamshoum had advanced by this point to narrow the angle initially, and he had to race back to prevent it dribbling over the goal-line.

Ensign build from midfield in 2nd half

As we entered the last half hour, the tide was turning a bit as the hosts’ nerves were starting to rise after not be able to convert the earlier chances. Franchi and Clarke had efforts which fizzed over the crossbar for West Essex before they brought on tricky winger Mohamud Kaudeer, who had two chances on goal which whistled not far wide. In fairness, it would have been tough on Ensign to not take at least a point from this game and the stalemate means they are four games unbeaten now.

In the last few moments of the contest, both sides looked to try and get that decisive goal with West looking to get down the channels to evade an understandably tiring Ensign backline. Ensign brought on forwards Jack Mead and Emmanuel Abudiore with moments left to try and break through the visiting defence, with Abudiore making one or two good runs down the left but ultimately, the stalemate prevailed and both teams took a point each.

Full-Time: White Ensign 0 – 0 West Essex

This match was a a hard-fought battle and perhaps deserved goals for the teams’ respective endeavour. Ensign will be disappointed given they had the early chances but could not convert them. West took a while to retain the ball and have a few good chances though they found Luis Shamshoum in good form in the home goal. On the plus side for Kwame Kwateng’s team, they will be satisfied with the shut-out, as they also had several players unavailable here.

Ensign had some performances in the team to mention. Firstly, a mention for Archie McFadden who played in an unfamiliar centre-back role here and showed good positioning, work rate and tackling. Central midfielder Kyle McAlindon also had a good game, getting through a lot of work and passed the ball really well, plus linked defence & attack well too. Lastly, a word for forward Billy Bonham-Dare who contributed to his team’s attacks well, utilising his pace & movement plus doing a good shift defensively as well.

For West, centre-back Mitchell Arthur was an ever-present, making a number of important interceptions, including clearing one goal-bound effort off the goal-line. After a tough game in midweek, Arthur & his defenders can at least be glad to have a clean sheet. Saliu Lo Seye had a good game in midfield as the visitors found it hard to retain possession & breach a stubborn home backline. Lo Seye made several good passes & showed decent movement as well. Finally, full-back Joel Lamb had a good game in defence, tracking back well & giving an option going forward too. Lamb was involved in a good duel with Ensign full-back Ben Sargent for most of the game.


Teams

White Ensign  | Manager: Aaron Bloxham | Assistant: Nick Wilbrow

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Luis Shamshoum (GK), 2 Ben Sargent, 3 Daniel Monk, 5 Montel Shonubi, 4 Archie McFadden, 6 Oliver Jenkins, 11 Kyle McAlindon (Capt), 8 Ethan Evison, 18 Iyiola Adebayo (16 Jake Chaplin 64′), 9 Billy Bonham-Dare (19 Jack Mead 85′), 10 Joe Gregory (15 Emmanuel Abudiore 90’+3)

Booked: McFadden, Chaplin, Bonham-Dare  | Subs Not Used: Ferris, Turner


West Essex | Manager: Kwame Kwateng | Assistant: George Karsa

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Arthur LeBlond (GK), 2 Sanchez Hardy, 3 Joel Lamb, 23 Rodney Dame, 25 Mitchell Arthur, 17 Saliu Lo Seye, 14 Reece Clarke (Capt), 22 Timmy Moncur (21 Mohamud Kaudeer 64′), 8 Oliseh Okuguni, 24 Ezequiel Franchi, 11 Cameron Gray (9 Lewis Danquah 80′)

Booked: Dame | Sub Not Used: McNally, Wazola


Referee: George Younger
Assistants: Glenn Michaels & Joe Lannon

S22-23 Match Report: Athletic Newham 1 – 0 Buckhurst Hill (Sat 4 Mar) [ESL 22-23 5.3.23]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Terrance MacMillan Stadium

Attendance: 23

2022-23 Season: Match 45

Saturday 4th March 2023 – 3pm KO

Newham: Red & White Shirts, Red Shorts & Socks

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

Newham’s Louis Hiobi pushes forward in 1st half

Newham edge to battling win over out-of-form Buckhurst Hill at Terry Mac

Athletic Newham 1 – 0 Buckhurst Hill

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

The match this weekend saw me make a rare trip to the Terry Mac in East London to see Athletic Newham continue their quest to utilise their matches in hand on rivals to gain ground on the top six, as they welcomed Buckhurst Hill in the Essex Senior League Premier Division. Mark Williams’ team were looking to end a eight-match winless run. Athletic Newham rotated their squad somewhat here, with Daniel Izekor, Jacques Leurs & & Chris Cruz Barbosa all not involved here. Manager Chris Davis named regular stopper Wilkinson Boateng in goal, with full-backs Jeff Idemudia & Louis Hiobi plus centre-backs Chris Nguidjol & Michael Adu. Anderson Baro, Andy Greenslade & Abdul Shobowale were the central midfield three, with the forward line led by Jailson Seidi & Richard Kone, supported by captain Joel Appiah. Buckhurst Hill named new recruit Emmanuel Olajide as their goalkeeper, with a defence of full-backs Cameron Weekes and Brad Rowland, with centre-backs being recent signing Daniel Smith and stalwart Alfie Harris. Jake Moss & captain Harry Markatis were in central midfield. Sam Sollosi & Nathan Sollisi started on the flanks, with Ezekiel Bademosi and George Johnson leading the attack.

I have to mention that I was keen to see how these sides would approach this contest, what we got was a slow start to proceedings, with both teams finding it tricky to keep the ball & find that key final pass into the forwards. Newham did have the better of the half-chances in the early stages here, with home skipper Joel Appiah’s shot gathered by visiting custodian Emmanuel Olajide. Talisman Richard Kone also fired off-target twice as well, while Hill midfielder Jake Moss’ decent free-kick was only just over the top right corner. As the half went on, there was no lack of endeavour from the hosts, with Abdul Shobowale and forward Jailson Seidi making several enterprising runs to unsettle a stern Hill backline, led well by Alfie Harris, who made a number of important clearances throught the match. At the other end, Buckhurst was also finding it tricky to find that all-important final pass, despite centre forward Ezekiel Bademosi being a good presence and testing the hosts’ defensive awareness and pace. Winger Nathan Sollosi had an effort blocked at the far post for Mark Williams’ side. Newham were also finding it hard to find their cohesive, rapid flowing forward moves, perhaps their hectic match schedule of late had influenced that, though Shobowale’s effort aimed at the near post needed the intervention of the experienced Olajide not long before the interval.

Buckhurst’s Cameron Weekes on the ball

HT: Newham 0 – 0 Buckhurst

This game needed both a goal and both teams to find some inspiration from somewhere. To their credit, the hosts did up it a hear after the break as five minutes into the second half, a good pass in by Kone found Seidi well, and Seidi’s good strike was well-parried away by Olajide. What turned out to be the only goal came 18 minutes from time as the influential Seidi was felled in the penalty area, and referee Royan Campbell showed little hesitation in pointing to the spot. Richard Kone stepped up and blasted his penalty into the left side of goal to lessen the nerves of the hosts as they saught to continue their winning run of late. Buckhurst did keep going as we entered the latter stages of the match, being thwarted by a combination of the Newham defence, led well by Chris Nguidjol and a lack of fortune. Moss was in the action again as his close range header at the far post was blocked, with the visitors keen to assert there was a foul in that phase of play, to which they got no reply.

Sam Sollosi (#7) in possession for Buckhurst

Athletic Newham have recently signed ex-Dagenham & Redbridge forward, former Coggeshall Utd boss & general Non-League stalwart Cliff Akurang and he came on for the last few moments, replacing Seidi who certainly played his part here. Buckhurst were running against the clock in their keenness to find an equaliser, and substitute Sonny Shilling fired wide from 20 yards out and in the end, the clock won that particular battle, leaving boss Williams understandably frustrated. For Newham though, the points saw them gain ground on Stansted & Little Oakley directrly above them, with several more matches than them to play.


Full-Time: Athletic Newham 1 – 0 Buckhurst Hill

In summary, this was a battle befit for an end of season run-in match, with neither side bossing the match completely & as a result chances were fairly limited. Newham had enough chances to  ake the points safe but will be content with a hard-earned three points to keen their run going (& bearing in mind their forthcoming, hectic end to the campaign), while Buckhurst’s winless run extends to nine matches now. They had some good moments here, but in the end they didn’t quite test Newham custodian Wilkinson Boateng enough here.

There were some good performances here, beginning with victors Newham. We start with a mention for the hard-working Abdul Shobowale, who made several good runs down the channels and showed some good passing and movement. Forward Jailson Seidi contributed well and his pace, energy and movement made it tricky for the opposition defence. Lastly, centre-back Chris Nguidjol had a good game, making several important interceptions and also showing good positioning as well.

For Buckhurst, centre-back Alfie Harris shone in the visiting defence, making good clearances and stifling a quick Newham forward line on a number of occasions.  Right-back Cameron Weekes also had a good game too, being a good presence in the air, as well as passing the ball well, out of defence at times. Finally, a word for forward Ezekiel Bademosi who put a good shift in for his team, keeping the Newham defence alert with his pace and direct running.


Teams

Athletic Newham  |  Manager: Chris Davis | Assistants: Timothy Tesuosu & Ray Bartlett |

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Wilkinson Boateng (GK), 7 Jeff Idemudia, 4 Christopher Nguidjol, 12 Michael Adu, 3 Louis Hiobi, 15 Anderson Baro, 8 Andy Greenslade, 16 Abdul Shobowale, 9 Jailson Seidi (19 Cliff Akurang 88′), 17 Richard Kone, 10 Joel Appiah (Capt) (18 Simon Bamidele 90’+3)

Goal-scorer: Richard Kone [pen 72′]

Booked: Kone, Nguidjol, Idemudia, Seidi  |  Subs Not Used: Sathiyananthan, Martin & Goumou


Buckhurst Hill | Manager: Mark Williams  | Assistant: Jonny Fowell

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Emmanuel Olajide (GK), 2 Cameron Weekes, 4 Alfie Harris, 5 Daniel Smith, 3 Bradleigh Rowland, 6 Jake Moss, 8 Harry Markatis (Capt), 7 Sam Sollosi (12 Sonny Shilling 73′), 10 George Johnson (14 James Deaney 60′), 9 Ezekiel Bademosi (15 Oliver Williams 73′), 11 Nathan Sollosi

Booked: Smith | Subs Not Used: Tyrrell


Referee: Royan Campbell
Asstistants: Abdel Hamid Zekri & Abdel Wahid Touileb

S22-23 Round-ups: Essex Senior Lge (Fri 24/Sat 25 Feb)

Image from Romford v Barking on Friday night [Image from Scott W]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & ESL Writer

Hello & welcome to the latest of my occasional series, looking at the Essex Senior League – Premier Division programme that took place on the weekend of Friday 24/Saturday 25 February.

Essex Senior Lge –  Friday 24 February 

The weekend’s action begins with three games of Friday & another fine win for in-form Woodford Town, who defeated Stanway Rovers 3 – 0 at Ashton’s. Ernest Okoh, Luke Parrott & substitute Wale Odedoyin all netted for Shane Baptiste’s side, in a win which fortifies their position in fourth, after the weekend’s action. There was a gritty goal-less draw between Buckhurst Hill and Stansted, in front of about 200 spectators at Roding Lane. Hill are 13th, while the Airportmen are eighth. Lastly on Friday, there was a memorable match as the Mayesbrook derby ended with Barking winning 4 – 3 over Romford, in front of 135 fans. Luke Hirst’s treble & a super goal by Ronaldo Kapica overturned a fine Hassan Nalbant double & a Anthony Furlong goal and it saw the Blues rise to sixth. If you’d like more on this game, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2023/02/25/s22-23-match-report-romford-3-4-barking-fri-24-feb-esl/

On Saturday 25 February, leaders Enfield got a much-needed victory, as they won 3 – 0 at Takeley to stay two points clear at the summit. Alex Warman opened the scoring ten minutes in, before a first-half double for Louie Johnson secured the win for Jamie Cureton’s team. Also, Redbridge stay second after a 2 – 0 triumph over Halstead Town. Jamie Price & James Barlow got the goals to keep George Christou’s team six points clear of FC Clacton, who despatched Southend Manor 5 – 0 at the Austin Arena. The ensemble cast of Adam Tilson (2), Jordan Lartey, Teddy Collis and Mekhi McKenzie’s 22nd league goal this term secured the points for Tom Austin’s team.

Elsewhere, Athletic Newham are well-placed in ninth, with several matches in hand on their rivals as they won 2 – 1 at Little Oakley. Richard Kone notched both goals to reach 15 league goals this term. Danny Garrad responded for James Good’s side but they drop to seventh. White Ensign got another fine away result, as they won 1 – 0 at West Essex. Joe Gregory got the telling goal, to send Ensign up to 15th. Ilford won 5 – 0 at Clapton to see the Foxes up to 12th. The ensemble cast of Josh Boxall, Jack Zielinski, Conner Jones, Jake Chadwick and substitute Caleb Adomako-Mensah all scored to assist Richard Ponsford’s sude to the points. Lastly, Saffron Walden Town defeated Sawbridgeworth Town 3 – 0 in front of 321 at Catons Lane. Tom Skelton, Ryan Melaugh & Charlie Smith all scored for Terry Spillane & Michael Toner’s team, who rise to tenth now.

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S22-23 Match Report: White Ensign 1 – 1 Halstead Town (Sat 4 Feb) [ESL 22-23 4.2.23]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: TBA

2022-23 Season: Match 39

Saturday 4th February 2023 – 2pm KO

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

Halstead: Yellow Shirts, Blue Shorts, Yellow Socks


Ensign held to hard-fought draw by Halstead

White Ensign 1 – 1 Halstead Town

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

The main match this weekend saw a return trip to Burroughs Park as White Ensign welcomed Halstead Town, with both sides looking to steer further clear of the bottom three. Ensign were looking to get back on track following a loss at Stanway Rovers in midweek. Luis Shamshoum continued in goal, with a threeman central defence of Montel Shonubi, skipper Mitchell Stuart-Evans & Callum Ferris, with Daniel Monk & Ben Sargent pushing forward from full-back. Ethan Evison & Kyle McAlindon were in central midfield, with central forward Jack Mead supported by Billy Bonham-Dare & Harry Kateley. Halstead are looking to mathematically secure their Essex Senior place for next term & fielded stalwart Jack Cherry as their goalkeeper & captain. Ryan Carter & Matt Travell were their full-backs, with Robbie Bennett and Edwin Plackett in the centre of defence. Jack Schelvis & Jake Brown were the central midfield pair, with Joel Older & Jordan Blackwell the wingers. Centre forward Jordan Palmer was further supported by Alfie Cleal.

The early stages of this match were undeniably cagey, as both sides looked to wrestle the impetus. Forward Jack Mead was keen to turn his marker and was well found by skipper Mitchell Stuart-Evans after a decent advancing run towards the 18-yard box, but Mead’s drive was comfortably gathered by Humbugs’ stopper Jack Cherry. The visitors responded strongly, as moments after having an initial chance snuffed out by Ensign goalie Luis Shamshoum, Halstead winger Joel Older made a fine run down the left flank, came inside and showed good link-up play with forward Jordan Palmer before Older lofted the ball over the woodwork. Ensign were also having their moments going forward as they got first to the second ball in midfield. Harry Kateley’s effort drifted wide of Cherry’s near post.


The match was ever more tense as we drifted towards the interval, as both sides were feeling a little frustrated. Halstead should really have taken the lead two minutes before the break as fter a decent ball in by Older, an errant backpass allowed winger Jordan Blackwell to have a strike at goal with only Shamshoum to beat, but his effort was skewed wide of the right-side post.

HT: Ensign 0 – 0 Halstead


This game did need a goal, and the restart certainly provided that. Barely a minute after coming off the bench, forward Mechack-Kisoka Asuka made the most of a little space just inside the 18-yard box and curled in a fine lob, right into the right corner of the net, beyond the despairing drive from Cherry. It was certainly a moment of quality this match required, and it also served to motivate the Humbugs to respond.

As it turned out, the match swung only five minutes later as Halstead levelled from Blackwell’s set-piece, which bobbled around in a congested penalty area, but full-back Matt Travell did well to lob in a fine finish into the top right corner. Ensign’s afternoon got ever harder as hard-working midfielder Kyle McAlindon was dismissed for a second booking, with 35 minutes still to play.

Ensign’s defence organises with Blackwell [#7] on the ball for Halstead

Ensign were rather up against it with their numerical disadvantage, but were still going forward on the counter, with the influential Ethan Evison twice habvng shots that were not far off-target. The Humbugs were stoic in defence, particularly centre-back Edwin Plackett & full-back Matt Travell. At the other end, Halstead were gradually getting forward on a more recurring basis, with Alfie Cleal’s decent effort well denied. Substitute Mechack-Kisoka Asuka’s pace was continuing to pose problems and he was well denied by a good challenge by Plackett in the latter stages.

In the end though, Halstead were not able to make the most of their chances and had to settle for a point. Ensign can be relatively pleased with the result, and showed again how much of a hard-working side they continue to be under Aaron Bloxham.


Full-Time: White Ensign 1 – 1 Halstead Town

This match was a cagey, scrappy game in the main, but both teams had their moments to score a few more goals, but credit has to be given for their endeavour & willingness to keep the match tight.
 

Ensign had some good performances here, led by skipper Mitchell Stuart-Evans who continued to show his importance in aerial battles for his team, making several good clearances and helped organise his defence. Full-back Daniel Monk had another good match as well, breaking forward well as well as making good tackles in defence. Forward Jack Mead had a good game, posing problems with his pace & movement, as well as bringing others into play well. Lastly, substitute Mechack-Kisoka Asuka made an immediate impact with his pace & took his goal with aplomb, and also tested the visiting backline to good effect after the break.

For Halstead, the stand-out performers were led by the enterprising Joel Older who made a few really good breaks down the left flank, utilising his pace and passing to good effect. He was unfortunate not to score in this game, and that feeling could be shared by winger Jordan Blackwell who also had a good game overall. Blackwell made several pacy right-wing runs, got past defenders well and his set-pieces forced the home defence into action. Centre-back Edwin Plackett led the defensive line and made a few crucial interceptions to keep his team in the game, while finally a word for full-back Matt Travell who also scored a good goal & overall played his part in assisting his team’s defending as Ensign’s forwards were looking to get down the channels, particularly in the first half.

I’d like to thank Ensign for their welcome & also wish both teams a good remainder of the season.


Teams

White Ensign  | Manager: Aaron Bloxham | Assistant: Nick Wilbrow

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Luis Shamshoum (GK), 2 Ben Sargent, 3 Daniel Monk, 5 Montel Shonubi, 4 Mitchell Stuart-Evans (Capt), 14 Callum Ferris (15 Mechack-Kisoka Asuka 46′), 8 Ethan Evison, 12 Kyle McAlindon, 9 Billy Bonham-Dare (6 Charlie Sullivan 57′), 19 Jack Mead (7 Emmanuel Abudiore 82′), 11 Harry Kateley (33 Max Drury 57′)

Goal-scorer: Mechack-Kisoka Asuka [46′]

Booked: Bonham-Dare  | Sent Off: McAlindon [two bookings] | Subs Not Used: Bradshaw


Halstead Town | Manager: Mark McLean  | Stand-in Assistant: Carl Pearse

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Jack Cherry (GK & Capt), 2 Ryan Carter (16 Josh Demetriou 60′), 3 Matt Travell, 4 Robbie Bennett, 5 Edwin Plackett, 6 Jack Schelvis (17 Ben Morris 78′), 8 Jake Brown (15 Joe Vogler 80′), 7 Jordan Blackwell (14 Oliver Lonton 84′), 10 Alfie Cleal, 9 Jordan Palmer (12 Joe Jones 72′), 11 Joel Older

Goal-scorer: Matt Travell [51′]

Booked: Schelvis, Plackett  | Sub Not Used: None


Referee: Gavin Bailey
Assistants: Connor Cornell & Andrew Owen

S22-23 Match Report: Ilford 0 – 0 West Essex (Sat 28 Jan) [ESL 22-23 28.1.23]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: TBA

2022-23 Season: Match 37

Saturday 28th January 2023 – 2pm KO

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

West: Yellow & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks



Hard-fought battle sees West held at Ilford

Ilford 0 – 0 West Essex

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

The Saturday match this weekend saw a return to Cricklefield for an interesting local derby between Ilford and West Essex. Both sides wanted the points for different reasons, with the Foxes looking to get into the top ten and West looking to remain in the top six. Richard Ponsford fielded Tim Pitman in goal, with a defence comprised of Paul Cox & Henry Fisher plus centre-backs Tobi James & Jake Chadwick. The midfield was marshalled by skipper Mitchell McCabe with Mwetsi Matangi alongside him, with Josh Boxall & Mo Kargbo down the channels. Caleb Adomako-Mensah and Joe Lilly led the attack here. West have brought a couple of players into the squad in recent weeks, with loanee Dren Hoti deputising for the unwell Arthur LeBlond in goal, and a backline of Emanuel Wazola, Tala Lo Seye, Mitchell Arthur and Joel Lamb. Their energetic midfield had captain Reece Clarke, Saliu Lo Seye and Oliseh Okuguni in its ranks. David Bell led the attack, with support from Cameron Gray and Zak Oliver.

The early stages of this match saw the visitors start quite well, as their astute passing game did test the levels of focus of their hosts. Forward David Bell and midfielder Oliseh Okuguni had early half-chances that were wide of Tim Pitman’s goal. Ilford were finding it tricky to keep the ball but they still had one decent glimpse at goal as forward Caleb Adomako-Mensah saw a close-range effort fizz wide of the left-side post. As we entered the last 15 minutes of the first half, the Foxes did have arguably their best phase of the game up to this point, with only determined defending by the Stags preventing them from testing goalkeeper Dren Hoti.

Ilford boss Richard Ponsford watches on, early in first half

West Essex were creating promising moments, led by the enterprising running of support forward Zak Oliver, who was breaking down the right flank well, although his crosses was cleared by a stubborn central defence, led by Ilford’s Jake Chadwick. One of those Oliver crosses was well-angled in toards the far post, which Bell got across to well but could only loft his effort over the crossbar.

Half-Time: Ilford 0 – 0 West Essex

The Stags did have the better of the first half which was pretty hard-going for both teams. However, besides a glimmer at goal from captain Reece Clarke, West were spending more time defending in the early stages after the break. This was particularly the case on the hour as a good run by support forward Joshua Boxall down the left side ended with a good ball into the six yard box, which found Adomako-Mensah who timed his header well and was unfortunate as said header cannoned back off the under-side of the crossbar and back out. Bell also had another decent sight of goal but couldn’t direct his strike, allowing Pitman to gather fairly comfortably.

West winger Zak Oliver gets past Ilf’s Henry Fisher

My gut instinct was starting to sense that the stalemate could prevail here, although Ilford were keen to get down the channels, with substitutes Harry Rawlins and Delphin Moorat keen to evade the Stags midfield, who themselves battled well. There was two more chances of note as we entered the last ten minutes. First, substitute Moyo Ajibade did well to break down the right channel, putting a good ball into the box, which fellow replacement Callum Bloss latched on to but his strike sailed wide of the left-sided post. And then with mere moments left, Foxes skipper Mitchell McCabe struck a low-crisp effort which came back off the near post with Hoti beaten.

In the end though, the draw was a decent point for the Foxes who gathered their eighth shut-out of the season, which is good reward for a squad adapting to Senior football this term. West will be disappointed that they couldn’t convert their chances but they also showed parts of their development as a team in the last 12 months – specifically that they are often a tough side to beat.

Full-Time: Ilford 0 – 0 West Essex


So in the end, it was a battling if scrappy contest which neither side could edge. Even so, there was a lot to applaud from both sides as they will be pleased with elements of their respective displays here.
 
For West, the stand-out performers here were led by support forward Zak Oliver who made several good runs down the right flank, and included some good passing & pace as well. Full-back Emanuel Wazola also had a fine game, particularly in the second half as the hosts were getting more lively in attack, with Wazola making some good interceptions under pressure and used the ball well too. Centre-back Tala Lo Seye also put in a very good defensive display, making it hard for the opposition to create clear-cut chances. Finally, a word for dependable skipper Reece Clarke who put in a high-energy display in both defence & supporting the attack.

Ilford had a number of good individual performances here also, with full-back Henry Fisher putting in a very good performance, utilising possession well and making several important tackles to stifle a decent West forward line. Centre forward Caleb Adomako-Mensah also had a good game, showing decent pace & movement. He could count himself unlucky to not get on the score-sheet. Support forward Josh Boxall put in a number of good runs and passes, particularly after the break. While captain Mitchell McCabe also put in a hard shift for his team, becoming more influential in the last half hour.

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


Ilford | Manager: Richard Ponsford   | Assistant: Mark Lilly

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Tim Pitman (GK), 2 Paul Cox (16 Delphin Moorat 13′), 3 Henry Fisher, 5 Tobi James, 6 Jake Chadwick, 4 Mwetsi Matangi (14 Ozzie Nyahunda 46′), 8 Mitchell McCabe (Capt), 7 Mo Kargbo, 10 Joe Lilly (12 Harry Rawlins 66′), 9 Caleb Adomako-Mensah (15 Luke Pike 76′), 11 Joshua Boxall

Booked: James  | Sub Not Used: Fresneda


West Essex | Manager: Kwame Kwateng | Assistant: George Kars

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Dren Hoti (GK) , 6 Emanuel Wazola, 15 Tala Lo Seye, 25 Mitchell Arthur, 3 Joel Lamb (10 Callum Bloss 59′), 14 Reece Clarke (Capt), 17 Saliu Lo Seye (22 Timmy Moncur 73′), 8 Oliseh Okuguni, 19 Zak Oliver (18 Moyo Ajibade 70′), 20 David Bell (21 Mohamud Kaudeer 78′), 11 Cameron Gray

Sin-Bin: Okuguni [90’+2] | Subs Not Used: None

Referee: Dumitru Vasile
Assistants: Karl Dunnage & Adam Schroder

S22-23 Match Report: White Ensign 0 – 0 Redbridge (Sat 7 Jan) [ESL 22-23 8.1.23]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 52

2022-23 Season: Match 34

Saturday 7th January 2023 – 2pm KO

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

Redbridge: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks


Ensign secure hard-earned point and deny Redbridge a much-needed win

White Ensign  0 – 0  Redbridge

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

The opening match of 2023 saw a interesting tussle between second-placed Redbridge and hosts White Ensign, who have already secured some big results in the 2022-23 campaign in the Essex Senior. The conditions were windy and a tad slippery but considering the amount of recent rain, Burroughs Park was in good shape. With boss Aaron Bloxham away, assistant boss Nick Wibrow took the reigns here for the hosts and he named new loan signing Luis Shamshoum in goal, a defence comprised of Ben Sargent, Daniel Monk & Centre-backs Montel Shonubi and captain Mitchell Stuart-Evans. Their midfield featured Iyiola Adebayo, Joe Hunter and Kyle McAlindon, with the forward line being led by Charlie Portway, supported by Billy Bonham-Dare and Kian Bradshaw. Redbridge knew they needed the win here after leaders Enfield’s big win at Buckhurst Hill 18 hours prior and manager George Christou fielded Connor Wheatley as their goalkeeper, with a backline of Reuben Campbell, Joe Elliott and centre-backs Nathan Okoye and skipper Dean Hall. Jerrold Cobblah and Jack Chawner were their central midfield pairing. Michael Pindy and Joey May supported forwards Ibrahim Kehinde and Tony Martin.

The early stages of this match was interesting to watch, given that White Ensign succeeded somewhat in frustrating the opposition, who could not find their rhythm, particularly in attack. Defensively, Redbridge were more rigid as you would expect for a good side & where they are in the table at present, but Ensign still carved out a big chance in the first quarter of the game. Support forward Billy Bonham-Dare managed to evade his marker and slip through a good pass into forward Charlie Portway, but unfortunately for the hosts, his low effort trickled past visiting custodian Connor Wheatley and wide of the left-side post. As the half passed the midway point, the Motormen were starting to find their passing game, with forward Ibrahim Kehinde getting in good positions, but a combination of good defending and a lack of a final pass did frustrate both Kehinde and the visiting dug-out.

Joe Elliott fires in a long throw for the visitors

Full-back Joe Elliott’s long throws were also posing a problem for the home defence, and from one of those throw-ins, support forward Joey May’s header needed tipping over by loanee stopper Luis Shamshoum, a short-term signing from Frenford I understand. Forward Kian Bradshaw was also posing a threat down the right flank wth his pace, though his tame effort when in space in the penalty area was comfortably gathered by Wheatley. Redbridge pushed on towards the end of the first half, with Kehinde having a decent chance on goal which couldn’t bypass Shamshoum.

Half-Time:  White Ensign 0 – 0 Redbridge 

Reuben Campbell [#2] making a good surging run early in 2nd half for Motormen

I had a feeling that Motormen boss George Christou would utilise his substitutes soon after the resumption, and that would prove to be the case, with full-back Jack Roult, tricky winger Samraj Gill and midfielder Jamie Price all coming on before the hour, replacing Campbell, May & Cobblah respectively. Much to their credit, Ensign continued to be resilent in defence and occasionally made decent strides going forward as well, with midfielder Joe Hunter’s looping drive forcing Redbridge stopper Wheatley into action four minutes after the restart. Forward Ibrahim Kehinde also had a header which was well-gathered by Shamshoum after a good ball in by Elliott from the right flank. It was undeniable that the Motormen put pressure on the Ensign defence, though skipper Mitchell Stuart-Evans and full-back Daniel Monk led the way commendably to stifle an increasingly frustated visiting side.

Winger Samraj Gill did make a difference to the visiting forward line after coming on, as he put in several good crosses into the box, but Shamshoum and his defenders were equal to the task, with the Ensign stopper showing as much by palming away a dangerous ball in by Gill from the left flank late on, despite being under pressure from the advancing Jamie Price. Harry Kateley also had come on for Ensign and he also made a few good runs to give the Redbridge defence a couple of nervy moments alongside Bradshaw in the latter stages, but all in all, this was a good point for Ensign, hard-earned as it was. The result sees Ensign drop to 15th, because of Romford’s win at Sawbridgeworth, while the Motormen are now ten points adrift of leaders Enfield. 

Full-Time:  White Ensign 0 – 0 Redbridge


Although there were no goals in this contest, there was a lot of endeavour, a few good chances and some good approach play. Overall, Ensign stuck to their task well & their confidence grew as the match went on. Redbridge were unusually slow to get into their rhythm & although they pushed hard at times, they couldn’t grab that decisive goal to lessen the gap to leaders Enfield.

 Redbridge’s good performances here were led by forwards Michael Pindy and Ibrahim Kehinde, who both put in a good shift for their team. Pindy made several good runs down the right flank and showed good movement while Kehinde showed guile and good willingness to get in between defenders, although both were thwarted by a resilent home defence. Full-back Joe Elliott put in a good defensive display, as well as making a few good surging runs down the flanks. Lastly, substitute Samraj Gill heightened the pressure on a tiring Ensign defence in the last half hour, putting in several dangerous crosses into the penalty area in the latter stages. 

White Ensign had several good individual displays here, led in my view by full-back Daniel Monk who made several important clearances, covered well defensively as well as putting in some good passes forward. Midfielder Iyiola Adebayo put in another good display in both boxes, distributing the ball well alongside Joe Hunter in central midfield and showed hgh energy levels. Captain Mitchell Stuart-Evans was a good anchor in defence as well, making several timely interceptions to frustrate the Motormen attack, while goalkeeper Luis Shamshoum was as assured presence, making a few decent saves and stayed alert well too. 

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


Teams

White Ensign  | Stand-in Manager: Nick Wilbrow | Assistant: Enrico Tiritera

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Luis Shamshoum (GK), 2 Ben Sargent, 3 Daniel Monk, 5 Montel Shonubi, 4 Mitchell Stuart-Evans (Capt), 6 Kyle McAlindon, 7 Joe Hunter (16 Teddy Rumsey 87′), 8 Iyiola Adebayo, 9 Billy Bonham-Dare (11 Harry Kateley 58′), 19 Charlie Portway, 10 Kian Bradshaw

Booked: Bonham-Dare | Subs Not Used: Ferris, O Jenkins


Redbridge | Manager: George Christou  | Assistant: Jack Toghli

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Connor Wheatley (GK), 2 Reuben Campbell (Jack Roult 52′), 3 Joe Elliott, 5 Nathan Okoye, 6 Dean Hall (Capt), 4 Jerrold Cobblah (16 Jamie Price 58′), 8 Jack Chawner, 7 Michael Pindy (14 Tayo Joshua Olukolu 72′), 19 Joey May (20 Samraj Gill 58′), 9 Ibrahim Kehinde (15 James Barlow 72′), 10 Tony Martin

Booked: Cobblah  | Sub Not Used: None


Referee: Alex Baker
Assistants: Gary Telling & Joe Lannon

S22-23 Match Report: Buckhurst Hill 1 – 2 White Ensign (Fri 2 Dec) [ESL 22/23 3.12.22]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Roding Lane

Attendance: 83

2022-23 Season: Match 30

Friday 3rd December 2022 – 7.45pm KO

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

W Ensign: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks


Ensign grab another fine away win, this time at Roding Lane

Buckhurst Hill  1 – 2 White Ensign

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

A rare Friday night outing of late saw a welcome return to Roding Lane to see Buckhurst Hill take on White Ensign in the Essex Senior League. Recent departures from the home side were compounded here by a host of players being unavailable for Mark Williams’ side for this game. Goalkeeper Daniel Blockley was again between the posts, with a defence comprised of Olabajuwon Olagbaju, Will Halford, Alfie Harris & skipper Conor Tyrrell. Jake Moss, Harry Markatis & Oliver Williams were in midfield, supporting a forward line led by Hassan Nalbant and Ezekiel Bademosi, with support from James Deaney. Ensign were looking to vanquish the pain of a heavy loss in their last game, as Aaron Bloxham named Charlie Martin as goalkeeper, with their defence featuring full-backs Ben Sargent & Daniel Monk, with centre-halves Montel Shonubi and Lee Delf. Their high-energy midfield trio here were Iyiola Adebayo, Kyle McAlindon and captain Ethan Evison and in attack, Alfie Lindfield led the line with support from Billy Bonham-Dare & Harry Kateley.

The visitors looked to pinch an early advantage and forward Harry Kateley put the ball wide from a yard or so out, thanks to brave goalkeeping by Hill’s Daniel Blockley, who required some teatment. However, it was Ensign who took the lead after only five minutes as fellow forward Alfie Lindfield’s strike hit the left-side post, only for the ball to curl towards the opposite post and nestle into the net. Buckhurst also had to reconfigure their side after full-back Olabajuwon Olagbaju had to be substituted through injury after 12 minutes, with forward Fehinti Falola replacing him and James Deaney reverting to right wing-back. As the half wore on, Buckhurst did find their possession game and ventured forward to decent effect, with forward Hassan Nalbant having a few decent chances but a combination of good defending and striking off-target meant the hosts were still chasing.

Ensign were a danger on the counter-attack with Harry Kateley breaking down the left side, and another effort on goal from him brought out a good save from Blockley. Buckhurst Hill was also uncharacteristically hesitant in defence, with centre-back Alfie Harris making a few decent interceptions. At the other end, forward Ezekiel Bademosi had a powerful strike at Charlie Martin’s goal, and it came off the woodwork, as the first half was entering its last phase. Mark Williams’ side did get a deserved equaliser four minutes before the interval, as a good run down the channel by substitute Fehinti Falola found Bademosi, who fired home a good effort past Martin and into the corner.

Half-Time:  Buckhurst Hill 1 – 1 White Ensign


After the break, Buckhurst’s plans to push on and gain the upper hand suffered a setback as Ensign re-took the lead four minutes after the restart. An errant clearance allowed Lindfield to strive towards goal and slot home comfortably, low into the right corner. Unsurprisingly, this spurred on the hosts to claw their back into proceedings, and Nalbant again was in the action midway through the half, as his fierce drive was well parried away by Martin. Ensign did respond once again on the counter, with midfielder Iyiola Adebayo advancing towards the 18-yard box before powering a good effort which cannoned off the woodwork.

The tempo wasn’t quite as high in the latter stages which was understandable given the freezing conditions, but Ensign could have made the points safe five minutes from time as Adebayo again garnered some space before his effort on goal was denied well by Blockley. Ensign had to hold firm defensively in the last moments of this game, as from a set-piece, Buckhurst midfielder Harry Markatis brought a fine save from Martin, as Markatis’ 20-yarder forced the visiting custodian to dive away low to his left to claw the ball away from danger.


Full-Time: Buckhurst Hill 1 – 2 White Ensign

In summary, whilst the depleted hosts did show good intent going forward, they were thwarted by several errors – particularly in defence. Ensign showed again that they are up for the tough battles away from home and after a heavy defeat 48 hours before this game, they showed a lot of grit, as well as some neat play at times.

For this game’s ‘stand-out’ mentions, I’ll start with the victors Ensign. Alfie Lindfield had a very good evening, scoring two decent goals and also tested the Buckhurst defence at times as well, having a few other glimpses at goal. Iyiola Adebayo put in a high-energy display in midfield, pushing forward with good movement & passing to go with it as well. Goalkeeper Charlie Martin was a reassuring presence too, making some decent saves to frustrate a fast home forward line. Lastly, a word for full-back Ben Sargent who again put in a good display, making several rapid runs down the right side to add an attacking dimension to the visitors’ counter-attacks.

For Buckhurst Hill, forward Ezekiel Bademosi took his goal well and posed problems with his good running and pace and together with fellow forward Hassan Nalbant, they looked a good forward line, getting down the channels well and putting in good crosses into the box. Early replacement Fehinti Falola also put in a good display and got a good assist, while midfielder Harry Markatis made several good interceptions to assist his team’s defending, as well as sending good forward passes as well.

Teams

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

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Daniel Blockley (GK), 2 Olabajuwon Olagbaju (10 Fehinti Falola 12′), 3 Will Halford, 4 Alfie Harris, 5 Conor Tyrrell (Capt), 6 Harry Markatis, 7 Jake Moss (14 Sajid Aziz 76′), 8 Oliver Williams, 11 James Deaney, 9 Hassan Nalbant (15 Ayomide Ademokun 71′), 12 Ezekiel Bademosi

Goal-scorer: Ezekiel Bademosi [41′]

Booked: Bademosi, Halford  | Subs Not Used: Ferris


White Ensign | Manager: Aaron Bloxham   | Assistant: Enrico Tiritera

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Charlie Martin (GK), 2 Ben Sargent, 3 Daniel Monk, 5 Montel Shonubi, 6 Lee Delf, 4 Kyle McAlindon (12 Teddy Rumsey 64′), 8 Ethan Evison (Capt), 7 Iyiola Adebayo (16 Jack Allen 88′), 9 Billy Bonham-Dare (15 Callum Ferris 88′), 10 Alfie Lindfield, 11 Harry Kateley (14 Jordan Chambers 64′)

Goal-scorers: Alfie Lindfield [5′ & 49′]

Booked: Evison | Subs Not Used: Summers


Referee: Michael Iddenden-Smith
Assistants: James Latham & Olabisi Omotosho

S22-23 Round-ups: Essex Senior League (Sat 26 Nov) [ESL 22-23 27.11.22]

Archive Image – Halstead Tn v FC Clacton earlier this term

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & ESL Writer

Hello & welcome to the latest of my occasional series, rounding-up the full Essex Senior League programme that took place on the weekend of Saturday 26 November. We also include the Reserve Shield action & the solitary Ressie league match in Division Two.

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Essex Senior League –  Saturday 26 November

The weekend’s action starts with an important win for Barking as they powered past Stanway Rovers 5 – 1 at Mayesbrook Park 3G. Charlie Heatley’s first hat-trick inside the first hour led the way for Charlie MacDonald’s side, while Ahmed Abdulla and George Fairhead added further pain to Danny Slatter’s team, who replied through Will Crisell’s goal. At the Terry Mac, Clapton got another big three points as they fought back to defeat Romford 4 – 3. Khyreece Smith-Reid’s fifth league goal this term plus goals from Leon Wildman, Sharn Quinn’s spot-kick & an OG enabled Ross Weare’s side to move eight points clear of bottom side Southend Manor. Romford responded through strikes from Emmanuel Ogunrinde, Adalberto Pinto and Shomari Barnwell’s goal in stoppage time but they are now five points adrift of landlords Barking in tenth.

Takeley continued their recent good form, with a 4 – 0 victory at Southend Manor. Charlie Allum and George Frodsham goals inside the first ten minutes led the way for Marc Das’ side, then Jayden Gipson & Jordan Westcott goals added more anguish for Alex O’Leary’s side. At the summit, Enfield stay at the top on goal difference after a 3 – 0 victory at managerless Saffron Walden Town. Danny Norton, Louie Johnson’s penalty & a Usman Adeniji goal sealed the points for Jamie Cureton in front of 330 spectators at Catons Lane. Redbridge are second on the same points total (36) after a gritty 1 – 0 win at West Essex. Ibrahim Kehinde got the only goal there for George Christou’s side at Wadham Lodge. FC Clacton are now five points clear in third spot after a 2 – 1 success at White Ensign. Jake Clowsley & the league’s top scorer Mekhi McKenzie got the goals for Tom Austin’s side there, while Teddy Rumsby got the goal back for Aaron Bloxham’s team.

Elsewhere, Stansted remain in sixth after a 4 – 0 win at Halstead Town. The quartet of Ashaan Siddik, George O’Connor, Michael Mignot and Andre Embalo all netted for the Airportmen to add more concern for the Humbugs, who stay 16th. Buckhurst Hill got an important victory after the loss of two big players this week, as they won 4 – 1 over Sawbridgeworth Town at Roding Lane. Jake Knight had given Kieran Amos & Ben Taylor’s side an early lead, but Ezekiel Bademosi levelled the match just before the interval before a double from Hassan Nalbant and a late goal by replacement Jake Moss sealed the win for Mark Williams’ side, who reside in eighth. Athletic Newham are ninth after a 3 – 1 victory at Ilford, with Daniel Izekor notching another double and Abdul Shobowale also on target for Chris Davis’ team. Jack Zielinski got the reply for the Foxes there. Lastly in the top-tier, Woodford Town bagged a 1 – 0 away win at Little Oakley, thanks to Wale Odedoyin’s goal to spoil new manager James Good’s first league game in charge, after the resignation of Matt Carmichael this week – I’d like to pass on my best wishes to Matt & his family at this tough time.

Now into the Reserve Shield action, Barkingside Res edged through on Friday night, defeating White Ensgn Res 2 – 1 at Lakeside Sports Ground. Junior Mandeng-Fotabeng netted for the Ensign side, but strikes by Emmanuel Banahene & Kolade Oshun secured the hosts’ progression. Woodford Town Res joined them there after a 3 – 1 victory at Athletic Newham Res. David Avram, Albert James & replacement Izac Clarke all scored for Town in that game. The other two games needed spot-kicks to determine the victor and Billericay Town Res drew 1 – 1 with Frenford Res, before winning 4 – 3 on penalties. Redbridge Res also drew, 2 – 2 with West Essex Development but it was the Stags side who won 3 – 1 on penalties in that one.

Finally, there’s one result in Ressie League Division Two, which saw Barking U23 go back to the summit after a thumping 7 – 0 victory at May & Baker Res.