S21-22 Match Report: St Margaretsbury 1 – 3 Little Oakley (Sat 22nd Jan) [ESL 21-22 22.1.22]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: The Recreation Ground

Attendance: TBA

2021-22 Season: Match 50

Saturday 22nd January 2022 – 3pm KO

St Mags: Red Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

L Oakley: Blue & Black Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks


Oakley produce resolute display to win at St Mags

St Margaretsbury 1 – 3 Little Oakley

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

My 50th match of the campaign saw me return to the Essex Senior League and a long trip back to the Recreation Ground for an intriguing match between strugglers St Margaretsbury and mid-table Little Oakley. Paul Holding’s side had garnered two good wins already this week and were looking to pull further clear of the bottom two. This was my first occasion seeing Oakley since their promotion to the Essex Senior and I’d heard good things about a resolute side under Matt Carmichael’s tutelage. Onto the Teams then and St Mags fielded a front three of Miles Holding, Rodney Clements and Tommy Jenkins, with Jon Stevenson joining stalwart skipper Aiden Read in central defence. Options from the bench included forwards Joe Abe and Jake Hayden-Eley. Little Oakley had Daniel Joyce in goal, Jamie Dobkin and captain Lewis Wood as their centre backs with Rory Harman and Ed Nobbs completing their defence. The goal-hungry pair of Danny Garrad & Harry Mann lined up in attack, with support from Michael Brothers and Mason Ridgway-Lumley. Their substitutes were midfielder Tyler Sullivan and the attack-minded Sam Cooke and Daniel Rowe. Greg Rodger and Nick Farthing were among those unavailable.


On a pleasant winter’s day, the match began with Oakley firing in a few shots at goal to test the reflexes of home custodian Harvir Deans, though he was equal to strikes by Harry Mann, Mason Lumley and the experienced Michael Brothers. The hosts did respond with a decent counter which saw the tireless Stefanos Georgiou fizz a decent effort narrowly wide of visiting goalkeeper’s Daniel Joyce’s woodwork. Unfortunately for the hosts, their inability to keep possession did return to bite them on eleven minutes as forward Danny Garrad stole in from the left flank and after evading his marker, sent in a cool lob out of the grasp of the stranded Deans to open the scoring for the Acorns.

Little Oakley did retain the ball better at this point, with St Mags feeling the frustration and getting caught up in a bit of a scrappy match with several free-kicks being conceded. Tricky forward Harry Mann had a powerful strike deflected wide for a set-piece midway through the half, but it was a good indication of what could transpire if the hosts switched off defensively. As it happened, moments after home defender Jon Stevenson was sent to the sin-bin for dissent, the next goal came from twelve yards after a decision that was also hotly disputed by the St Margaretsbury dugout. Even so, referee Benjamin Horne had little hesitation in pointing to the spot, and Mann duly struck home the resulting penalty.


If anything, Oakley could have put themselves beyond reach in the next phase of the game as a speculative drive from the far side by full-back Rory Harman clipped the woodwork with Deans beaten, and Garrad struck narrowly over as well.

With the interval approaching, Paul Holding’s side were starting to find their rhythm. A good left-wing cross by Andy Greenslade found forward Miles Holding though the latter was unable to get sufficient power in his header to get past Joyce in the Acorns’ goal, who could gather relatively untroubled.

St Mags’ Stefanos Georgiou [#5 on right side] looks to test the Oakley defence

Half-Time: St Margaretsbury  0 – 2  Little Oakley

After the break, St Mags having brought on Euan Tungamirai-Hove and Jake Hayden-Eley to replace the promising Charlie Hill and Dylan Gray, they would have a couple of good spells later in the half. First though in the early stages of the second-half, the likes of Read & co. had to deal with a good ball in from the left edge of the penalty area by support forward Michael Brothers which Tungamirai-Hove got in and cleared just ahead of the onrushing Garrad, primed for a far post tap-in. The hosts did switch off defensively on 55 minutes as Oakley substitute Daniel Rowe beat the offside trap but Deans got down low to pull off a good save from the one-on-one opportunity that Rowe had, having made a good run.

To their credit, St Margaretsbury did respond in a positive way, with Georgiou making another decent run and firing his strike narrowly over the woodwork. Georgiou and fellow midfielder Sami Moutawafiq did have more time in possession at this point and were showing good glimpses of their respective abilities, as was forward Tommy Jenkins, who made a few good runs down the left channel in the first-half. Tungamirai-Hove laid the ball off to forward Rodney Clements just short of the hour mark, and his fierce drive brought a good acrobatic save from Joyce as he clawed it over the woodwork.

Oakley begin another forward move

The Acorns had to show their resolute nature to keep themselves ahead, making good interceptions although St Mags didn’t test Joyce with alarming regularity. Midway through the half, a smart ball in by Rodney Clements from the right flank found replacement Joe Abe but when well-placed, Abe could only blaze his effort over the crossbar, much to his frustration. The hosts persistently looked to reduce their arrears but they conceded another spot-kick in the closing minutes, as substitute Sam Cooke was felled by Read’s challenge. Rowe stepped up to convert the penalty and although they were not in top form, Oakley did enough to claim the points here.

St Margaretsbury did get on the score-sheet in the first of six added minutes as Clements was fouled in the area. Clements stepped up himself to strike low into the net past Joyce to erase the clean sheet that could have come for the Acorns but in truth, they should be pleased with the points. Results elsewhere saw Clapton an important win to reduce St Mag’s advantage over the Tons to one point, in a bottom five tussle that will likely run and run.

Tommy Jenkins [#7 St Mags] going forward trying to unlock Oakley’s defence

Full-Time: St Margaretsbury  1 – 3  Little Oakley

In summary, Little Oakley made the most of a disjointed first-half display by the hosts to get themselves ahead but did find it harder after the interval. In fairness though, Matt Carmichael’s side did have enough chances to put the game beyond doubt, particularly in that first 45 minutes.

There were a number of good performances from both sides in this match. Firstly for Oakley, the forward pair of Danny Garrad and Harry Mann posed the home defence enough problems, with Mann’s movement and touch making him hard to track. Garrad came in from the left flank to good effect as well and his goal was well-taken. Ekow Owusu-Boakye had a good match in central midfield, tracking back well at times as well as being involving in attacking moves, with Michael Brothers also playing a good role as a support forward, unsettling the hosts.

For St Mags, forward Tommy Jenkins had a good all-round match, making good runs and making some telling passes to his fellow forwards in a match where his side didn’t create as much as they would have liked. Midfielder Stefanos Georgiou also put in a big shift, looking to dictate the play and playing his part in an improved team showing after the interval. Lastly, a word for forward Rodney Clements who could have been on the score-sheet before the last few moments and showed good energy, pace and work rate with St Margaretsbury looking to get back into the game.  

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

Teams

St Margaretsbury  | Manager: Paul Holding  | Assistant: Richard Dagger

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Harvir Deans (GK), 2 Andy Greenslade, 17 Jon Stevenson, 6 Aiden Read (Capt), 2 Andrew Greenslade, 4 Sami Moutawafiq, 5 Stefanos Georgiou (15 Joe Abe 65’), 8 Charlie Hill (3 Euan Tungamirai Hove 46’), 7 Tommy Jenkins, 9 Dylan Gray (12 Jake Hayden-Eley 46’), 10 Miles Holding, 11 Rodney Clements

Goal-scorer: Rodney Clements [pen 90’+1]

Booked: Read  | Sin-bin: Stevenson [24’]

Subs Not Used: Ajong, Hares


Little Oakley  | Manager: Matt Carmichael | Assistant: James Good

1 Daniel Joyce (GK), 2 Rory Harman, 3 Ed Nobbs, 5 Lewis Wood (Capt), 6 Jamie Dobkin, 4 Bradley James, 7 Mason Ridgway- Lumley, 8 Ekow Owusu-Boakye, 9 Harry Mann (15 Daniel Rowe 52’), 10 Michael Brothers (14 Sam Cooke 79’), 11 Danny Garrad (12 Tyler Sullivan 69’),

Goal-scorers: Danny Garrad [11’], Harry Mann [pen 27’], Daniel Rowe [pen 87’]

| Subs Not Used: None


Referee: Benjamin Horne

Assistants: Trevor Williams & Ray Parmenter

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Senior League (Sat 8 Jan) [ESL 21-22 9.1.22]

Archive Image from Dec 2021 – Ensign v Sawbo at Burroughs Park [Image by Scott W]

Hello and welcome a bonus blog (replacing this week’s Match report as the focused match fell to the weather) rounding-up the four Essex Senior matches that took place on the 8th January. We’ll also have a short look at the standings as well, with nearly four months of the season remaining (if there are no remaining Covid interruptions). Thanks for reading & a Happy 2022 to you all.

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


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Essex Senior League Round-up- Sat 8 January

The match with the most on the line was at the Hawthorns as Saffron Walden Town set aside a challenging week with a 4 – 2 success at fellow top six side Stanway Rovers. Walden started the match the stronger and after leading the way at the interval, two goals from Joe Pullen from a goal apiece for Tom Skelton and Craig Calver was enough to give the Bloods a vital win, which sees them reduce the deficit on the top three to five points. Recent signing Ayo Odukoya got both goals for Stanway though they fell to only their third loss at home this term.

Elsewhere, Athletic Newham went into seventh spot, only two points adrift of Walden following a 3 – 0 victory over Ilford at the Terry Mac. Jailson Seidi opened the scoring for Chris Davis’ side, before a late brace for the League’s top-scorer Richard Kone secured the win for Newham and took Kone to the 25-goal mark this season. Ilford remain in 16th, nine points clear of the bottom four. There was an extraordinary comeback by FC Clacton as they won 4 – 3 in added-time at Little Oakley. Strikes by Danny Garrad and Mason Ridgway-Lumley had put Matt Carmichael’s side two goals up at half-time, but Clacton were level on the hour thanks to goals from Harry McDonald and Jordan Lartey. Tyler Sullivan netted for Oakley with fourteen minutes left to give them a narrow lead but injury-time strikes from McDonald and Mekhi McKenzie secured the points for the visitors which took them back into the top ten.

Finally, in their derby at Hargrave Park, Stansted had first-half goals from John Clarke and Paul Clayton to be thankful for in their 2 – 1 success over Sawbridgeworth Town. Teddy Hall got a late consolation for Kieran Amos & Alex Salmon’s side who continue to seek points to draw in the sides above them .

The six matches that were off this weekend (Sat 8 Jan) were as follows:

Enfield P – P Takeley, Hoddesdon Town v St Margaretsbury, Redbridge v Clapton, Southend Manor v White Ensign, Sporting Bengal Utd v Woodford Town and Walthamstow v Cockfosters.

With regards to the table, Walthamstow are still strong favourites to finally seal the promotion they have sought for some time. They are on sixty points (with 19 wins from their 24 matches), ten points clear of nearest rivals Stansted who are again having a fine season under the tutelage of Paul Pittuck and John Watters. Then we have the chasing pack of Redbridge (3rd – 48 points from 24 games), Stanway Rovers (4th – 47 points from 26 matches), Enfield (5th – 43 points from 22 matches) and Saffron Walden Town (6th – 43 points from 23 matches) who are all striving to find themselves in the play-off mix at the end of the campaign, where the victors will face-off against a struggling side from a local Step 4 division, as I understand it.

At the foot of the table, there are debatably five sides who are most wary of avoiding relegation. Sporting Bengal remain at the bottom after one win all season to date (4 points from 23 matches). Steve Clark’s side also need to help their goal difference though Southend Manor are only seven points better off (11 points from 23 matches) and recently appointed former Hullbridge assistant boss James Wakeling as their new boss. Both teams will need more goals in their armoury to catch up to Sawbridgeworth Town who sit 19th, on 16 points and St Margaretsbury are just above them on goal difference. Clapton also will be mindful of securing points as they are 17th, with 18 points from their 23 matches to date.

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S21-22 Match Report: Southend Manor 0 – 4 Enfield (Tues 14 Dec) [ESL 21/22 15.12.21]

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Essex Senior League  – Premier Division

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: TBC

2021-22 Season: Match 47

Tuesday 14th December 2021 – 7.45pm KO

S Manor: Yellow & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Enfield: White Shirts, Blue Shorts, White Socks


Enfield garner comfortable win at Manor

Southend Manor  0 – 4  Enfield

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

The midweek match was a short trip to Southchurch Park to see Southend Manor face Enfield in an Essex Senior League encounter. Manor were looking to recover from a hefty loss at home to Walthamstow the previous weekend. Enfield were keen to gain the win after being held late on at home to Redbridge four days previously. The hosts were somewhat affected by players unavailable, and named Sean Campbell in goal, with a defensive four of full-backs Jaiden Odle & Ben Sargent plus centre-backs Montel Shonubi and the returning Ope Mosuro, who also skippered the side. Andre Embalo led the forward line, with support from Daniel Medina and Isaac Acquah. Enfield had commanding goalkeeper James Bransgrove between the sticks here, along with a back four of Tyler Corlett, captain Reece Conway and centre-backs George Essuman and Jack Grosvenor. Alex Warman and Dave Cowley were the attack-minded midfield, supporting forwards Louie Johnson, Dwade James and Samrai Gebrai.

This match did have a bit of a slow start, with Manor starting quite well in defending their goal and making it hard for the E’s to make that telling pass into forwards Louie Johnson, Dwade James and Samrai Gebrai. Gebrai made a good darting run into the near post around ten minutes in, only to denied by the alertness of Manor full-back Jaiden Odle who got back to clear with Gebrai about to pounce. Enfield did have more of the ball, but were not creating a huge array of chances.


Tyler Corlett (#5) about to take a throw-in for Enfield

Midfielder Alex Warman was unfortunate to see his fine strike cannon back on the crossbar when it was heading for the top corner and centre-back Jack Grosvenor also headed not far wide from a set-piece. The hosts were sticking to their task quite well in limiting the E’s though going forward, they didn’t unduly trouble a strong physical Enfield backline. Andre Embalo led the line admirably but passes were going astray from the Manor midfield and they were having to cope with more & more pressure as the half went on.

With the interval approaching, two defensive errors were rather costly for the hosts. Firstly, on 38 minutes the E’s broke the deadlock with Gebrai breaking through down the left and finding a low pass which found James in prime position, with his firm strike going high into the net. It got worse just four minutes afterward for the home side, as Warman saw a glimmer of a chance at goal and duly made the most of it, launching a powerful strike from 20 yards out of the grasp of Manor custodian Sean Campbell. Certainly was the pick of the goals in this match.


Half-Time: Manor 0 – 2 Enfield

As we resumed proceedings after the break, the onus were on the hosts to build momentum but any such idea was thwarted seven minutes into the half as Manor ‘keeper Campbell fouled an Enfield forward in the area, which allowed James to step and convert the resulting penalty, although Campbell did get something on it, the ball still trickled over the goal-line. to give James his second goal of the evening.

The only concern of sorts really for the E’s here was that they didn’t put the game beyond any doubt in the next phase of the match. Just before the hour, with the impressive Gebrai involved in another good move, the ball again came to James, but this time his effort was narrowly over the woodwork. Louie Johnson also fired a free-kick over the goal frame although he did put in a good stint to assist his side here.

Ben Sargent (#3) launches a long throw for Manor

The visitors did get a fourth goal with seven minutes remaining. Manor switched off defensively as from a set-piece, Enfield skipper Reece Conway glanced home a fine header into the left corner to complete a good evening’s work for Jamie Cureton’s side. The visitors were much the better side as Manor need to rediscover their goal threat, with substitute Daniel Devey forcing the only real save for Bransgrove to make in the match from a header in the last twenty minutes or so.


Full-Time: Southend Manor 0 – 4 Enfield

To sum up this match, Enfield were comfortable winners and although they didn’t create masses of chances, their finishing was decent and they will be happy with the three points. Manor couldn’t create much in the way of chances, despite competing well in the first half hour or so, dealing with the possession play of their opponents. But two defensive errors before the interval made it an uphill task and they could not respond in the second period.

The stand-out performances for Enfield here were led by a fine match for creative forward Samrai Gebrai, who made several telling runs fown the left flank and put in good crosses, which directly led to at least one goal for the visitors. Dwade James again showed his hunger for goals & showed his importance to the team with his double here, also narrowly missing out on another treble. Tyler Corlett also had a good game in defence, making several well-placed interceptions. For Manor, forward Andre Embalo put in a hard-wrking display, making decent runs throughout and keeping the visiting defence alert, and was a little frustrated by his team’s inability to pick out passes to put Embalo in on goal. Right-back Jaiden Odle also had another good match, making good tackles and showed a high work rate, and midfielder Josh Devlin also worked hard to stifle the opposition’s passing game.

I’d just like to wish both sides a good remainder of the campaign.


Teams

Southend Manor   | Manager: Ryan Gordon  | Assistants: Josh Hutchins & Callum Bolger

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Sean Campbell (GK), 2 Jaiden Odle, 3 Ben Sargent, 4 Montel Shonubi, 6 Ope Mosuro (Capt), 5 Cesario Mendes (14 Daniel Devey 26′), 7 Daniel Medina, 8Josh Devlin, 9 Andre Embalo, 10 Sha’mar Lawson (15 Troy Walters 57′, replaced by 13 Billy Harrison 72′), 11 Isaac Acquah

| Subs Not Used: O. Johnson (GK), Dominguez


Enfield  | Player-Manager: Jamie Cureton | Assistant: Jim Duggan 

Starting XI (Subs): 1 James Bransgrove (GK), 5 Tyler Corlett, 18 George Essuman, 6 Jack Grosvenor (17 Benji Crilley 73′), 8 Reece Conway (Capt), 2 Danny Palmer, 10 Dave Cowley, 4 Alex Warman (3 Toby Barlow 78′), 11 Louie Johnson (20 Hugo Vasconcelos 78′), 27 Dwade James, 14 Samrai Gabrai

Goal-scorers: Dwade James [38′ & pen 52′], Alex Warman [42′], Reece Conway [83′]

Subs Not Used: Murphy


Referee: Daniel Ripton
Assistants: Glenn Michaels & Nicholas Hodges

S21-22 Match Report: White Ensign 0 – 0 Sawbridgeworth Town (Sat 11 Dec) [ESL 21/22 11.12.21]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: TBC

2021-22 Season: Match 46

Saturday 11th December 2021 – 3pm KO

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

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


Burroughs Park surface pre-match

Ensign held by determined Sawbridgeworth at a damp Burroughs Park

White Ensign  0 – 0 Sawbridgeworth Town

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

This weekend’s main match saw a return trip to Burroughs Park for an enticing encounter which saw a new-look White Ensign side face a determined Sawbridgeworth Town who are still looking to climb away from the bottom four. Ensign are still in a transition phase after the departure of previous management team Brett Munyard & Mark Healy which also saw several players follow them to new club Brightlingsea Regent. New joint-managers Jack Maleary & Carl Conway were given the reigns to aid continuity though this match would be a test against a Sawbo side that has started to concede less goals recently and got a big League win recently too.

Ensign had Louis Hawes in goal, with a defensive unit of full-backs Thando Moyo & Courtney Justin alongside centre-backs Carl Conway & skipper Jake McWee. Teddy Henderson and Jason Reynolds-Blanche were looking to support centre forward Luke Woodward, with Jake Chaplin just behind him in the formation. Sawbo had Jimmy Parker once again between the sticks, with Jake Knight and Lewis Wicker their full-backs with Ethan Barton and Joshua Bardouleau in central midfield. Teddy Hall & Morgan Arnold led the forward line with the experienced Daryl Doolan just behind them.


Courtney Justin (left) in possession for Ensign

In the early stages of this match, Sawbridgeworth did start quite well as tricky forward Morgan Arnold struck his strike wide of Louis Hawes’ goal. Seconds later, strike partner Teddy Hall was denied at the near-post by another decent Hawes save. It was soon apparent that the damp conditions would add to a pretty open match which made it tricky for both defences. Ensign did respond on eleven minutes through Luke Woodward’s low drive which visiting stopper Jimmy Parker did well to deny with a one-handed save.

The home side did have more ball retention in the middle part of the first half, as Jason Reynolds-Blanche showed his pace and trickery down the right flank, stretching the Sawbo defence. With seventeen minutes played, full-back Courtney Justin struck a decent effort which Parker again did well to block, in a congested eighteen-yard box from a set-piece. Sawbridgeworth were also decent going forward as well and soon after they nearly broke the deadlock. Arnold once again broke down the left side, finding strike partner Hall who in turn fizzed across a centre which went all the way across the six-yard line just out if reach of Daryl Doolan at the far post and out of danger.


Jason Reynolds-Blanche (#11) making another darting run down the right flank for Ensign in first half

Both sides were continuing to trade chances in what was a really even match. Sawbo had to make an enforced change midway through the first half with Arley Barker replacing the injured Ethan Barton in central midfield. Ensign couldn’t quite build their momentum to assist the hard-working Luke Woodward who was leading the forward line. Reynolds-Blanche was involved in another decent chance just past the half-hour, which ended up with Ollie Bell firing off-target. The visitors again replied down the other end, with a good strike by Arnold again denied well by Hawes. In fairness though, both sides were struggling to find that telling final ball to create clear-cut chances, in the slippery conditions.

Grant Webb (#7) about to take a set-piece for Sawbo

Half-Time: Ensign 0 – 0 Sawbo

If the first 45 minutes was frustrating viewing, things certainly lived up after the break. Sawbo brought on James Falaise to replace joint-boss Kieran Amos at centre-back, alongside skipper Cory Rider. Sawbridgeworth started the half well, with only a assistant’s flag denying Doolan a chance to defeat Hawes one-on-one. There certainly was a big moment on fifty-eight minutes as Sawbo custodian Parker came out from his area and caught Reynolds-Blanche just outside the 18-yard area. It was a bit reckless though as referee Ben Kelly dished out the red card, you had to feel for the young goalkeeper as he trudged off the field. Doolan had to step in as the stand-in goalkeeper for Sawbridgeworth for the remainder of the match.

The tense moments only continued from there on in as Sawbridgeworth at the other end were awarded a spot-kick for an apparent handball in the penalty area. Teddy Hall stood up to take it but Hawes again showed his talent at saving penalties, denying the young Sawbo forward and clawing the ball away. Of course at this point with an added player advantage, Ensign were looking to pour the pressure back on Sawbo. They had chances in the period after Parker’s dismissal with substitute Eddy Cooper firing wide and soon after, another good move involving Cooper found Woodward, whose fierce strike from close range was well saved by Doolan.

Luke Woodward (#19) in possession for Ensign, with Ben Austin (far left) in support

As we entered the latter stages of the contest, it was clear to see that Ensign were feeling the pressure of being ‘favourites’ to get that decisive goal to win the contest. To be fair, the Sawbo defence once again showed their organisation and work rate to clear their lines and also force passing errors from the hosts’midfield. Substitutes Bradley Gates and Cooper did make an impact, Cooper giving his side another option down the left channel and Gates characteristically fizzing passes from deep into the forwards, providing another headache for the visiting backline.


Both co-managers (Salmon & Maleary) look on from dug-outs, Arnold (#11 – centre) in possession for Sawbo

However, you could debate that Ensign didn’t have tons of chances to bypass stand-in ‘keeper Doolan, though Ollie Bell did have a decent free-kick parried away from danger as the minutes elapsed. Sawbo did slow the game down but they also had a fair amount of possession in the opposition’ half too as the hosts couldn’t retain the ball for long periods. Reynolds-Blanche fizzed in another strike in added-time which Doolan gathered before the forward’s momentum took him into the Sawbridgeworth player and after five minutes of stoppage time, Sawbo could at least be pleased with a hard-earned point.

White Ensign will be disappointed by their Team performance today though I strongly suspect they will still claim good wins this term, just maybe less often than they have so far this season. It’s hard to be too critical of this Ensign side, in the middle of a rebuilding phase – It’ still been a good campaign I feel for the promoted side to date.


Full-Time:  White Ensign  0 – 0 Sawbridgeworth Town

In summary, the conditions affected both sides’ ability to play good football but the visitors dealt with them marginally better. Otherwise, it was a really even, open match with both teams having several chances to claim the points. Sawbo did well to keep the stalemate after having to play with an outfield player in goal (Doolan) for 35 minutes after Parker’s dismissal.

There were a number of good performances in this match. For Ensign, I thought Luke Woodward and Jason Reynolds-Blanche had good games today, leading the line well and making good runs down the channels respectively.Both of tgem could be key players in the next few months. Ollie Bell also had a good game today, as did full-back Courtney Justin who got forward well in addition to his defensive duties.

For Sawbo, forward pair Morgan Arnold and Teddy Hall showed a lot of pace, energy and movement to test the Ensign defence and they were unforunate not to score today. Full-back Lewis Wicker put in a very good shift as well, making several good interceptions defensively as well. Finally, a word for forward & stand-in ‘keeper Daryl Doolan who made one very good saveand two more decent ones to keep the scores level.

I’d just like to wish both sides a good remainder of the campaign, thanks to Les from Ensign for his assistance today. Thank you to you all for reading.

Here’s a couple of Extra photos to round out this article:

Ensign set-piece just before the interval
Ollie Bell (#10) about to strike a free-kick as Ensign late on

Teams

White Ensign     |  Joint-Managers: Jack Maleary & Carl Conway  | Assistant: Steve Thomson

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Louis Hawes (GK), 5 Courtney Justin, 6 Jake McWee (Capt), 14 Carl Conway, 3 Thando Moyo, 4 Ben Austin (8 Bradley Gates 56′), 7 Teddy Henderson (16 Eddy Cooper 56′), 10 Ollie Bell, 11 Jason Reynolds-Blanche, 9 Jake Chaplin, 19 Luke Woodward

Booked: Austin, Bell | Sub Not Used: Salako & Maleary


Sawbridgeworth Town  | Joint-Managers: Alex Salmon & Kieran Amos | Assistant: Paul Gissing

Starting XI: 1 Jimmy Parker (GK), 2 Jake Knight, 3 Lewis Wicker, 5 Cory Rider (Capt), 17 Kieran Amos (18 James Falaise 46′), 4 Joshua Bardouleau, 8 Ethan Barton (14 Arley Barker 24′), 7 Grant Webb, 9 Teddy Hall (16 Jake Skeet 85′), 10 Daryl Doolan, 11 Morgan Arnold

Booked: Hall | Sent Off: Parker (GK)  | Subs Not Used: Frances, Spillane

Referee: Ben Kelly
Assistants: Ray Parmenter & Joe Lannon


S21-22 Match Report: Cockfosters 0 – 4 Tring Athletic (Sat 20 Nov) [FAV R2 21.11.21]

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The FA Vase – Second Round Proper

Venue: Chalk Lane

Attendance: TBC

2021-22 Season: Match 43

Saturday 20th November 2021 – 3pm KO

Cockfosters: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red & White Socks

Tring Ath: Green Shirts, Green Shorts, Green Socks


Inspired Tring overwhelm ‘Fosters to progress into Round Three of the Vase

Cockfosters 0 – 4 Tring Athletic

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

With no League action this weekend in the ESL, I decided to visit Chalk Lane for this big FA Vase Round Two match as Cockfosters took on former Spartan South Midlands rivals Tring Athletic. The hosts named a strong squad, with Bartosz Bilinski retaining his spot in goal, with a defence of Rueben Campbell, Prince Madu & centre-backs Danny Haigh and Jamal Brimah. The forward three here were Charncey Dash, George Beattie and Reece Mosanya. Options from the bench included player-boss Ryan Wade, fellow forward Fred Agyemang and midfielder Joe Entwistle. Tring were missing several players but had Dave Saunders between the posts, a defence that included Ben Johnson and Scott Bonner, with Emmanuel Gbejuade and Frankie Hercules on the flanks supporting forwards Chris Blunden and captain Kieran Turner. A youthful bench included Reily Churchill, Ali Mohiuddin, Jimmy Doherty and Temi Bankole.

Kaidyn Michael on the ball (right) for Cockfosters

In the early minutes of the match, it was ‘a tale of two chances’. The hosts had a fine downward header by forward Charncey Dash well clawed away by visiting stopper Dave Saunders with the ball close to the goal-line. Tring responded with some vigour and broke the deadlock on seven minutes as a floated ball in by skipper Kieran Turner was spilled by home custodian Bartosz Bilinski which allowed the onrushing George Carbery to prod home from close range calmly, much to the delight of the visiting contingent of supporters.

Cockfosters had a decent start to the tie, although they were conceding territory to the Tring forward line and they were looking good on the counter-attack. Ryan Wade’s side were feeling the fustration even more after an incident on 23 minutes. The Referee consulted with his assistant before dismissing Dash for lashing out at a Tring defender. Unsurprisingly, Tring were keen to ramp up the pressure the hosts were feeling and just shy of the half-hour, a good run down the right flank by winger Frankie Hercules ended with a fine strike by Turner which thundered off the woodwork.


‘Fosters responded a few minutes later as from 25 yards out, forward George Beattie let fly with a well-struck effort which Saunders couldn’t gather until the second attempt. Athletic managed to extend their lead at a crucial time (on 39 minutes) as another good ball in ended with an initial header coming back off the goal frame with Bilinski beaten, and midfielder John Smith was happy enough to help himself to a tap-in, ahead of a disorganised home defence, which is unusual for them.

There was still more driving play from the visitors for Cockfosters to withstand ahead of the interval as a fine strike by Smith from 25 yards out drifted in the air and needed Bilinski to parry it over for a set-piece, it was a good save.


Half-Time: Cockfosters 0 – 2 Tring Athletic

However invigorating Ryan Wade’s team-talk may have been for the hosts at the interval, Tring effectively ended any hopes of a comeback just two minutes after the restart as more hesitant defending encouraged a move involving forward Chris Blunden and Hercules which found Emmanuel Gbejuade who slotted home with aplomb past the adavancing Bilinski.

On the whole, it was a quieter second half with fewer chances though substitute Fred Agyemang had a decent strike which went wide, soon after entering the field in place of full-back Rueben Campbell. Athletic were still a threat going forward, with the impressive Turner and Hercules both having strikes off-target. Cockfosters couldn’t rally to get themselves back into the contest despite the efforts of Mosanya and Beattie in attack, but you also have to give credit to the miserly Tring defence and the work rate displayed by the entire team here for reducing the amount of chances that the hosts could create.


Ryan Sturges’ side added gloss to what was a memorable day for them as Carbery fired home superbly, high into the net to grab a late fourth for Tring, who advanced into Round Three. ‘Fosters will be disappointed at their performance and not being able to put their opponents under sustained pressure for long periods of the match. Despite the result, it was a good occasion to be a part of and I thank the hosts for their welcome today.


Full-Time: Cockfosters  0 – 4  Tring Athletic

In summary, Tring more than deserved the win and the pain could’ve been worse for Ryan Wade’s side as Tring squandered a few other good chances here. It could’ve been rather different if Saunders hadn’t denied Dash’s early header, but you know what they say about chances missed….

For this match’s stand-out performances I’ll start with the victors. Being earnest, there were a lot of good options to pick from, with George Carbery nabbing two goals today, both of them were well-taken and it was a memorable day for him. Hard to not start with the forward two of Chris Blunden and skipper Kieran Turner who between them were a big headache for the home defence with their movement, passing and work rate. Plaudits to them. A mention too for winger Emmanuel Gbejuade who did stretch the opposition backline from the left channel and didn’t hesitate with the finish for his goal. Finally, John Smith did well from midfield and put in a hard-working display and supported his forwards well. For ‘Fosters, forwards Reece Mosanya and George Beattie did what they could to orchestrate a comeback, with Mosanya testing the resolute visiting defence with sharp runs and passes, while Beattie tested Tring stopper Saunders on two occasions. A note also for enterprising full-back Prince Madu who was a good outlet down the left side and also centre-back Jamal Brimah who also cleared several dangerous crosses well.

I’d like to wish Tring Athletic all the best in the next round of the Vase. Fortunately for the Essex Senior, Athletic Newham and Saffron Walden Town did make it through to Round Three on December 11th.


Teams

Cockfosters |  Player-Manager: Ryan Wade  | Assistant: Sam Ruff

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Bartosz Bilinski (GK), 2 Rueben Campbell (16 Fred Agyemang 57′), 3 Prince Madu, 4 Danny Haigh, 5 Luke Marshall (Capt), 6 Jamal Brimah, 7 Reece Barrett (15 Joe Entwistle 64′), 8 Kaidyn Michael (12 Zivonimir Lopes 79′) , 9 Charncey Dash, 10 George Beattie, 11 Reece Mosanya

Booked: Haigh | Sent Off: Dash [23′] | Subs Not Used: Wild, Hockney, Ungudi, Wade


Tring Athletic  | Manager: Ryan Sturges   | Assistants: Lee Groves & Ian Henderson

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Dave Saunders (GK), 2 Harrison Cornick, 3 Adam Sawyer, 16 Scott Bonner, 12 Ben Johnson (17 Reily Churchill 84′), 15 George Carbery, 8 John Smith, 7 Frankie Hercules (14 Ali Mohiuddin 79′), 11 Emmanuel Gbejuade (18 Jimmy Doherty 67′), 9 Chris Blunden, 10 Kieran Turner (Capt)

Goal-scorers: George Carbery [7′ & 87′], John Smith [39′], Emmanuel Gbejuade [47′]

| Subs Not Used: Bankole, Pitts (GK)


S21-22 Match Report: St Margaretsbury 0 – 1 Takeley (Tues 16 Nov) [ESL 21/22 17.11.21]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: The Recreation Ground

Attendance: 59

2021-22 Season: Match 42

Tuesday 16th November 2021 – 7.45pm KO

St Mags: Red & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black & Red Socks

Takeley: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks



Takeley claim scrappy win over St Mags

St Margaretsbury  0 – 1  Takeley

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

The midweek match this week was a trip to the Recreation Ground to see another interesting match in the Essex Senior which saw St Margaretsbury face visitors Takeley. The hosts are in the midst of another rebuilding phase under recently-appointed boss Paul Holding and fielded Matthew Botlan in goal, with a central defence of Andy Greenslade, captain Aiden Read and Jake Hayden-Eley and Conor Tyrrell led the forward line with support from Rodney Clements & Stefanos Georgiou. Takeley were looking to get back into the top ten with a victory and had Sam Soutar between the posts, with a forward line of Kieran Southgate, Jordan Westcott and George Frodsham with support from Theo Campbell.
 
As the match got underway, the feeling came to mind that the hosts were in growing need of the points to avoid getting drawn into the bottom four. Unfortunately for St Mags, Takeley did open the scoring after five minutes. A decent move ended with a well-directed header from Theo Campbell found the right corner from about six yards, evading the grasp of home custodian Matthew Boylan. The home dugout was audibly keen on saying it was off-side but the goal stood. In all respect to St Mags, they reacted well after conceding that early goal, having a good amount of possession and midway through the half, a good one-two started with St Mags winger Marcus Poncho sprinting down the left-wing and found forward Conor Tyrrell who in turn laid the ball back to Poncho whose strike was angled narrowly over the right corner of the goal.


Takeley did look more assured in their passing at this point and slightly more solid in defence, with the hosts not able to retain the ball in the opposition half as well as they wanted. Even so, Marc Das’ side were a little fortunate to stay ahead as further strikes for St Mags by Poncho and Rodney Clements came back off the woodwork. Tyrrell also had a goal chalked off for an off-side. Takeley had a good spell shortly before the interval though, with Campbell having another effort which struck the goal frame. All in all though, the visitors needed to have more impetus to make the the points secure here after the break.


Half-Time: St Margaretsbury 0 – 1 Takeley

In the second half, the pace of the game did not liven up hugely it has to be said though St Margaretsbury did keep a good amount of possession and before we reached the hour mark, midfielder Sami Moutawafiq and the lively winger Stefanos Georgiou had half-chances to level up proceedings here, although visiting stopper Sam Soutar was looking comfortable. Takeley were holding firm defensively though but their ball rentention wasn’t at their characteristic best.

St Mags kept going as the minutes ebbed away and they did give Takeley a few nervy moments. With three minutes left until added time, a super run down the middle by Georgiou started with a fine turn before evading two defenders and then narrowly firing over Soutar’s woodwork. It would’ve been a fine goal and given the balance of play, St Mags would’ve earned a draw. However, the last few moments were getting increasingly tetchy and the hosts had skipper Aiden Read dismissed in added time for a poor tackle near the half-way line.



Full-Time: St Margaretsbury  0 – 1 Takeley

To sum up this really gritty encounter, Takeley will be happy enough with the three points and they did enough to deny the hosts’ forward moves. St Mags had several chances to at least get a leveller. There is an argument the visitors didn’t retain possession as often as usual but St Mags were simply unable to make the most of the chances they created, in a match which got increasingly bad-tempered in the latter stages. St Mags will need to be more clinical with their finishing going forward though the positive they have to take from this match is they kept the ball quite well at times.

The stand-out performances from this game start with Takeley. Theo Campbell had a really good game. Besides his goal, he made several good runs from deep in support of his team’s forwards. Jordan Westcott also made good runs down the channels and linked-up well with strike partner Kieran Southgate. Skipper George Powell also did a good job as ever of marshalling his tram and his defence. For St Mags, Stefanos Georgiou had a good game as well, making several good runs and was unlucky not to score, as was forward Rodney Clements who played his part aa well, displaying good movement. Winger Marcus Poncho was also a good outlet for Paul Holding’s side down the flanks as his side did threaten to break past the visiting defence on a few occasions.

I’d just like to wish both sides a good remainder of the campaign.


Teams

St Margaretsbury  | Manager: Paul Holding  | Assistant: Dan Evans

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Matthew Boylan (GK), 3 Andrew Greenslade, 6 Aiden Read (Capt), 5 Jake Hayden-Eley (15 Joe Evans 68′), 2 Evan Hove (12 Casey Nolan-Samuels 75′), 11 Marcus Pancho, 4 Charlie Hill, 8 Sami Moutawafiq, 10 Rodney Clements, 9 Conor Tyrrell (17 Jack Mongey 68′), 7 Stefanos Georgiou

Booked: Hayden-Eley, Hill | Sent Off: Read [90’+5]  | Subs Not Used: Mutsviaro, Rodriguez


Takeley  | Manager: Marc Das  | Assistant: Kevin Riley

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Sam Soutar (GK), 2 Mike La Ronde, 3 Alfie Anderson, 4 George Powell (Capt), 6 Freddie Burrell (12 Lewis Powell 66′), 5 Charlie Dobinson, 7 Charlie Allum, 8 Theo Campbell (14 Carmac Clarke 74′), 9 Kieran Southgate, 10 Jordan Westcott, 11 George Frodsham (17 Charlie Gilbert 82′)

Goal-scorer: Theo Campbell [5′]

Booked: Anderson, Burrell, Southgate | Subs Not Used: Wilson, Jelliman


Referee: Leigh Ballinger
Assistants: Darrell Evans & Andy Wheaton

S21-22 Match Report: Stansted 0- 2 Stanway Rovers (Sat 13 Nov) [ESL 21/22 14.11.21]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Hargrave Park

Attendance: 84

2021-22 Season: Match 41

Saturday 13th November 2021 – 3pm KO

Stansted: Royal Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Stanway: Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks



Stanway claim claim good win at Hargrave Park

Stansted 0 – 2 Stanway Rovers

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

The match this weekend saw a long voyage to Stansted Mountfitchet to see the Airportmen take on second-placed Stanway Rovers, who have certainly impressed since returning to the Essex Senior this season. The ‘Blue Brazil’ have also had a good campaign to date and here fielded Jarvis Monk in goal, with a defence of Bryn Thorpe, skipper Billy Coyne plus centre-backs Tom Massey and Paul Clayton. The forward line was comprised of Jack Mitchell, Michael Salako and Michael Mignot with Brad Russell and Ashaan Siddik the creative midfielders. Options from the sidelines included forwards Luke Hornsley & Jamahl Godward and midfielders Dan Okah and Horace Ormsby. Stanway had regular stopper Harry Aldridge in goal, with a back four of Olimide Akinode, and Adrian Cant as full-backs with centre-halves Danny Nesbitt and captain Daniel Smith. Sean Bartlett and James Crisell were the front two, with support from Ernest Okoh and Lewis Francis on the flanks. Their bench included the prolific Ezequiel Franchi & Pavly Manduakila plus Joseph Heron and Joel Older, with the latter two players returning from injury.


Before kick-off here at Hargrave Park, both teams marked the traditional minute’s silence for Rememberance Day this weekend (pictured). Lest We Forget.

Both sides traded promising forward moves in the early minutes of the match, though the first telling moment came on 14 minutes as winger Ernest Okoh found half a yard of space to pounce ahead of the Airportmen defence to stroke home well into the left corner past home stopper Jarvis Monk after a good ball in from the right flank. It was a well-taken goal so credit to Okoh. Rovers were having the edge in terms of possession and keeping it on the deck a bit more as the half made its way to halfway, with the hosts unable to retain possession as well as they’d like but they did have a good opening with technical midfielder Ashaan Siddik getting past at least two Stanway defenders in a fine run across the penalty area before he was crowded out by the miserly visiting backline.



Rovers had to make a change before the half-hour with goal-scorer Okoh limping off with what looked like a hamstring injury, to be replaced by Ezequiel Franchi. Stansted were still frustrated, despite #10 Brad Russell putting in a few good passes in to the forwards. Shortly before the interval, a good ball in found the path of forward Michael Salako but good covering from Rovers centre-back Danny Nesbitt meant that the ball was shielded as visiting custodian Harry Aldridge advanced to gather.



Half-Time: Stansted 0 – 1 Stanway

So Stanway still had a narrow lead to defend as we entered the second period. Stansted did have a good start to the half, with a decent set-piece arrowed into the six-yard box finding defender Paul Clayton but his good header at goal was gathered by Aldridge at the second attempt. Soon afterward, Siddik put in another good lofted ball into the penalty box but Salako blazed his strike over the woodwork. Danny Slatter’s Rovers side were having to do a good amount of defending but they were certainly fired up by the challenge. They were marshalled superbly by skipper Daniel Smith, formerly of Redbridge.

The hosts continued to look for that all-important leveller and did create half-chances, particularly for Siddik and Salako but Aldridge was not tested as much as Stansted joint-managers Paul Pittuck and John Watters would have wanted. Substitute Jamahl Godward had a decent header on goal soon after entering the field, replacing Finley Gregory, who I felt had a good game.



As we entered the latter stages of the contest, with the Airportmen pushing forward still seeking that equaliser, a swift Stanway counter saw them break down the right side with a well-directed centre allowing Lewis Francis to power home a good low finish past Monk to give Stanway a two-goal lead with eleven minutes left.

Stansted did keep going but the realization was there that it ‘wasn’t their day’ and the action in the final third was decisive in this contest, which Stanway did get the better of. You could debate that there wasn’t that much to seperate the sides here though Rovers did win the key moments of this match, which was an absorbing contest and showed two good sides who will be up there in the Essex Senior this term.



Full-Time: Stansted 0 – 2 Stanway Rovers

To sum up this battle of a match, Stanway were just that bit sharper in the way they kept the ball and they had to defend well to deny their hosts a chance at coming back into the match. Stansted did have more possession in the second period but they could not get the better of a superb Stanway backline to continually test visiting goalkeeper Harry Aldridge. Rovers were also a threat on the counter-attack and scored two good goals to claim the three points.

For this match’s stand-out performances, we start with the victors Stanway. The central defensive pair of skipper Daniel Smith and Danny Nesbitt were superb, making many important inrterceptions, both in the air and also on the deck. They gave their side a good base on which they defended their lead that they took early on. Forward Lewis Francis had a good game also, running down the channels well and also playing his part in his side’s forward moves alongside centre forwards Sean Barrtlett and James Crisell. Finally, midfielder Harry Norman played his part in central midfield and drove his side on with a hard-working performance. For the Airportmen, midfielder Ashaan Siddik made several good passes to find forwards Jack Mitchell and Michael Salako. Salako also had a good game, making several telling runs down the flanks and was perhaps unfortunate to not get on the score-sheet here. Finley Gregory and defender Paul Clayton both also merit mentions for good displays that assisted their side as well.

I’d just like to wish both sides a good remainder of the campaign.


Teams

Stansted    | Joint-Managers: Paul Pittuck & John Watters |

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Jarvis Monk (GK), 2 Bryn Thorpe, 3 Billy Coyne (Capt), 4 Paul Clayton, 5 Tom Massey, 6 Finley Gregory (14 Jamahl Godward 75′), 7 Michael Mignot (12 Luke Hornsley 60′), 8 Ashaan Siddik, 9 Jack Mitchell, 10 Brad Russell, 11 Michael Salako (15 Horace Ormsby 80′)

Booked: None  | Subs Not Used: Okah, L Monk


Stanway Rovers  | Manager: Danny Slatter  | Assistant: Liam Daniels

Starting XI (Subs): 1  Harry Aldridge (GK), 2 Olimide Akinode, 3 Adrian Cant, 5 Danny Nesbitt, 6 Daniel Smith (Capt), 4 Jordan Barnett, 8 Harry Norman, 7 Ernest Okoh (18 Ezequiel Franchi 25′), 9 Sean Bartlett (16 Joseph Heron 71′), 10 James Crisell (12 Pavly Manduakila 75′), 11 Lewis Francis

Goal-scorers: Ernest Okoh [14′], Lewis Francis [79′]

Booked: None   | Subs Not Used: Gulliver, Older


Referee: Grant Conway
Assistants: Katie Dorling & Danny Squibb

S21-22 Match Report: Redbridge 2 – 0 Sawbridgeworth Town (Sat 6 Nov) [ESL 21/22 6.11.21]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Oakside

Attendance: 56

2021-22 Season: Match 38

Saturday 4th November 2021 – 3pm KO

Redbridge: Royal Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Sawbridgeworth: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Both teams & officials lead a minute’s silence for Remembrance Day

Redbridge overcome stoic Sawbo to claim good win at Oakside

Redbridge  2 – 0  Sawbridgeworth Town

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

This weekend’s match was a return voyage to Oakside for this intriguing tie between high-flying Redbridge and strugglers Sawbridgeworth Town. Sawbo have started to get results of late, but they knew this was a challenge to stifle the good form of the Motormen here. The hosts fielded new signing Michael Corderoy in goal, with a three-man defence of Joe Elliott, Dean Hall and captain Jack Roult. The forward line was led by Ibrahim Kehinde alongside Tony Martin, with support from Josh Olukolu and Herman Mwanza on the flanks. Their options from the bench were goalkeeper George Martin, forward Tim Ogunrinde and midfielders Darnel Bromfield and Shawn Harris. Sawbo retained Jimmy Parker in goal, with a defensive four of Billy Purdy, Lewis Wicker, skipper Cory Rider and Rowan Dorling. The forward three were Jake Skeet, Morgan Arnold snd Teddy Hall with Daryl Doolan, Prince Alozie, Ben Patrick and James Falaise all options from the sidelines.

The match began with the hosts looking to gain the advantage, with forward Ibrahim Kehinde making a good run down the right channel which ended with a centre which came back to midfielder Robbie Norris who struck at goal but visiting stopper Jimmy Parker was able to gather comfortably enough. The visitors responded well to that early chance as forward Morgan Arnold managed to get ahead of the onrushing home custodian Michael Corderoy and Arnold lobbed him but the strike wasn’t powerful enough to defeat the covering defender Norris who powered the ball away well.



Redbridge went back on the attack and on seven minutes, Kehinde skewed a decent strike wide of Parker’s left-sided post which was followed by Norris striking a free-kick over the woodwork and fellow midfielder Jake Brocklebank also hit an effort just wide. Sawbridgeworth were determined in defence although they looked a little uncertain in the channels, where the likes of forward Herman Mwanza was having some joy down the right flank for George Christou’s side. Kieran Amos’ team were having the occasional foray forward as well, as on 22 minutes Arnold once again got in down the right side, beat the off-side trap and played in centre foward Teddy Hall though Norris got back in again to stifle a oppurtunity at goal.

Just when you felt Sawbo might just make it to the break all square, the hosts broke the deadlock three minutes before the interval. From a set-piece, defender Joe Elliott sent in a decent strike from the left-side, just outside of the penalty area and that effort evaded the visiting backline and rolled into the corner of the net. It was hard to argue that Redbridge didn’t deserve the lead though it was an uncomfortable sucker-punch for the visitors to take.

Half-Time: Redbridge 1 – 0 Sawbridgeworth


A minute after the resumption, Parker had rushed out to gather to deny another decent hosts’ attack but the Sawbo stopper did well to re-gather his position to deny a powerful strike from the impressive Mwanza at his near post on the right-side. There was a relative period of calm in the early part of the second half as both sides wrestled to gain the impetus once again. However, it was Redbridge who got that crucial second goal on 61 minutes. From another corner, the Sawbo defence switched off for a second allowing skipper Jack Roult to guide in a powerful header into the net to double the home side’s lead.

Kehinde was still posing problems for the Sawbo backline though Mwanza was unable to make the most of the forward’s lay-off across the six-yard box. To their credit, Sawbo did end the match strongly in the last ten minutes or so. First, midfielder George Spillane sent in a low strike wide of Cirderoy’s left-side post. Even if their chances of getting a point were lessening by the minute, a good move saw defender Rowan Dorling fizz in a good cross from the right which Arnold nodded down well towards goal but Corderoy made a decent save at his near post. On the ninety minutes, Arnold went down in the penalty area but referee Matthew Pointer waved the appeals away, much to the ire of the visiting dug-out.

After four minutes of added time, Pointer blew up for full-time and the Motormen were happy enough to claim another three points, although Sawbridgeworth had made them work hard for it here.


Full-Time:  Redbridge  2 – 0  Sawbridgeworth Town

In summary, Redbridge had enough of the attacking play and created enough chances to win this match more comfortably, but credit also to Sawbo who defended well for periods of the game although they didn’t really create too much sustained pressure for long periods of the match, save for a flourish toward match’s end.

In this gritty match, there were some very good performances. Starting with victors Redbridge, I thought forward Ibrahim Kehinde had an excellent game, utilising his physicality to hold the ball up well, get in between defenders and contributing well to forward moves. Also thought he deserved a goal today. Winger Herman Mwanza also had a very good match, using his pace, dribbling and crossing ability to good effect here, whilst midfielder Jake Brocklebank and defender Joe Elliott did well, the latter as part of a re-shaped defensive three alongside Dean Hall and skipper Jack Roult. For Sawbo, forward Morgan Arnold had a really good game, utilising his pace to get into the channels and stretch the home backline and made some good passes too. Skipper Cory Rider had a good game in central defence making several important clearances, plus a mention for Billy Purdy and recent recruit George Spillane in central midfield who both put in good shifts for the hard-working Sawbridgeworth side.


I also have to note and congratulate referee Matthew Pointer, who was making his debut here as a referee at Step 5 level following his promotion, after some time in the middle at Essex Olympian League level.

I’d just like to wish both sides a good remainder of the campaign, it is always good to see both these sides in action.


Teams

Redbridge    |  Manager: George Christou  | Assistant: Jack Toghli

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Michael Corderoy (GK), 2 Joe Elliott, 5 Dean Hall, 3 Jack Roult, 4 Jack Brocklebank, 8 Robbie Norris, 6 Josh Olukolu (15 Darnel Bromfield 81′), 12 Sergei Maximov (14 Shawn Harris 65′), 7 Herman Mwanza, 9 Ibrahim Kehinde, 10 Tony Martin (11 Tim Ogunrinde 76′)

Goal-scorers: Joe Elliott [42′], Jack Roult [61′]

Booked: None | Sub Not Used: G Martin (GK)


Sawbridgeworth Town  | Joint-Manager: Kieran Amos  | Assistant: Mick Fitzpatrick

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Jimmy Parker (GK), 2 Billy Purdy, 3 Lewis Wicker (19 James Falaise 82′), 5 Cory Rider (Capt), 17 Rowan Dorling, 4 Arley Barker, 7 Grant Webb, 8 George Spillane, 9 Teddy Hall (15 Daryl Doolan 46′), 10 Jake Skeet  (14 Ben Patrick 70′), 11 Morgan Arnold

Booked: Dorling  | Sub Not Used: Alozie, Thoma


Referee: Matthew Pointer
Assistants: Royan Campbell & Kadir Nazif

S21-22 Match Report: Sporting Bengal Utd 2 – 2 Sawbridgeworth Town (Sat 23 Oct) [ESL 23.10.21]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: 50

2021-22 Season: Match 35

Saturday 23rd October 2021 – 3pm KO

S Bengal: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Sawbo: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks



Fine comeback by Bengal denies Sawbo an important win at Mile End

Sporting Bengal Utd  2 – 2 Sawbridgeworth Town

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

This weekend’s match saw a return to Mile End Stadium to see a big match at the bottom of the table, as bottom two sides Sporting Bengal Utd and Sawbridgeworth Town faced each other. Bengal are now under the management of Shipon Miah and he named Kevin Rrushi in goal, with a defence of Nazrul Ahmed, George Turner, Ehizojie Onoabhagbe and the returning Kamarl Duncan, who impressed in his previous spell at the club. Redon Abazi and Arinze Ossai led the forward line here, with support from the flanks from Oshun Lewis and Joshua Carr. Tariq Fowler skippered the side, with goal-scoring forward Gianfranco Mici on the bench here, alongside fellow forwards Shiblu Miah and Oscar Onuorah. Sawbridgeworth are jointly-managed by Kieran Amos & Alex Salmon these days and Jimmy Parker was their goalkeeper, with a defensive unit of  Rowan Dorling, Lewis Wicker, Billy Stewart and captain Cory Rider. They had a forward three of Teddy Hall, Harry Davison and Morgan Arnold, with experience on the bench in Prince Alozie, Daryl Doolan and James Falaise, who joined the club this week.

The match got underway with a early effort from home full-back George Turner from 35 yards which went narrowly over visiting custodian Jimmy Parker’s crossbar on three minutes. Sawbridgeworth responded well with forward Harry Davison flashing a strike wide of goal, before strike partner Teddy Hall had a chance denied by Bengal stopper Kevin Rrushi. The visitors were finding their fovus going forward, with full-back Rowan Dorling and midfielder Grant Webb combining well down the right in a move which ended with forward Morgan Arnold slotting narrowly wide of Rrushi’s left-side post.



At this point in proceedings, Sawbo were having more of the ball and constructing more chances with it as well. Hall sent in a powerful strike from thirty yards which sailed wide of the far post. Fortunately for Kieran Amos & Alex Salmon’s side, they did make the most of good period midway through the half. Davison was played in well and he finished well with a low strike into the right corner. As we hurtled towards the interval, Sporting had to defend deep at times, but they were led well by Kamarl Duncan, who denied the opposition several times through good positioning and strong clearances.

Bengal stopper Kevin Rrushi was called into action again on 32 minutes and he denied another effort from Teddy Hall from close range. Sawbo were unable to get themselves clear in this match and conceded more possession in the last ten minutes of the half , which allowed Shipon Miah’s side a couple of promising moves, involving Oshun Lewis and Redon Abazi in the channels. Unfortunately for the hosts, their final ball was missing which meant they didn’t test Sawbo ‘keeper Parker on a regular basis.


Half-Time: Sporting Bengal 0 – 1 Sawbridgeworth Town


The visiting forwards still kept up the initative after the break, as Bengal brought all three of their substitutes on before the hour mark. Gianfranco Mici came on at the start of the second half and you sensed he would give Sawbo a different challenge, gathering the ball from deep and dribbling on past players. Sawbo did have another glimmer of a chance through Davison but the effort was gathered by Rrushi. The visitors certainly needed a second goal and on 56 minutes, it turned up in some style with midfielder Billy Purdy’s powerful strike finding the left corner from 25 yards with Rrushi beaten.

The scale of the task for Bengal got harder as centre-back Duncan had to hobble off on the hour, meaning they had to play the last third of the match with ten men. Even so, the momentum started to come for the home side, as Gianfranco Mici capped off a decent move with a well-struck strike that fizzed off the right-side post with Parker beaten. Sawbridgeworth responded as they hit the woodwork on 71 minutes, with Davison unlucky to see a fine curling drive come back off the goal frame.


The substitutes for Bengal were having an impact with Mici’s driving runs proving hard to stop for the visiting defence, and Oscar Onuorah was also stretching the Sawbo backline down the left channel. This was probably Bengal’s best phase of the match and they soon halved the deficit. With eleven minutes remaining, substitute Shiblu Miah ended a decent counter-attack with a fine strike high into the net to really add to Sawbo’s nerves.

All of a sudden, it was Sawbo’s turn to feel the pressure and it affected them going forward, with some decent approach play scuppered by them unable to find that telling final pass. Bengal did complete a rousing comeback four minutes from time as Onuorah struck home into the left corner after finding a half-yard of space past the tiring visiting defence. It was a frenetic end to the match but neither side could pinch a winner in the several minutes of added time played, so it ended in an entertaining draw.



Full-Time: Sporting Bengal Utd 2 – 2 Sawbridgeworth Town

In summary, this was a tense encounter which was understandable given both sides badly needed the points as they the bottom two sides in the division. There was some neat play from both sides though Sawbridgeworth will be disappointed that they couldn’t see the match out, having been two goals ahead with fifteen minutes remaining. Bengal though will be happy to have got something out of the match, although their defensive vulnerability remains and that may prove costly as the season goes on. All in all, this was a good match to watch.

In terms of stand-out performances here, we’ll start with Sawbo. The front three of Harry Davison, Teddy Hall and Morgan Arnold caused problems for the home defence with good movement, pace and in Davison’s case, good finishing as well. I also thought midfielder Grant Webb had a decent match as well, asisting in building his side’s attacking moves. For Bengal, full-back George Turner had a good game, showing good intent to get forward and start forward moves from the left channel and defended well too. Centre-back Kamarl Duncan had an excellent game, making several fine interceptions and really kept his team in the game, before he had to hobble off on the hour mark. Also, winger Joshua Carr showed good movement and pace and substitute Gianfranco Mici lifted the team after his introduction, showing good dribbling, movement and pace.

Best wishes to both teams for rthe rest of the season.


Teams

Sporting Bengal Utd     |  Manager: Shipon Miah  | Assistant: Rui Costa

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Kevin Rrushi (GK), 2 Nazrul Ahmed, 3 George Turner, 4 Kamarl Duncan, 5 Ehizojie Onoabhagbe, 6 Djibril Cante, 7 Oshun Lewis (16 Oscar Onuorah 54′), 8 Tariq Fowler (Capt), 9 Redon Abazi (15 Shiblu Miah 57′), 10 Arinze Ossai (14 Gianfranco Mici 46′), 11 Joshua Carr

Goal-scorers: Shiblu Miah [79′], Oscar Onuorah [86′]

Booked: Cante | Subs Not Used: Omobdi, Ntueba


Sawbridgeworth Town  | Joint-Managers: Kieran Amos & Alex Salmon

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Jimmy Parker (GK), 2 Rowan Dorling, 3 Lewis Wicker, 17 Billy Stewart, 5 Cory Rider (Capt), 4 Billy Purdy, 7 Grant Webb, 8 Jake Skeet, 9 Teddy Hall (14 Daryl Doolan 75′), 10 Harry Davison (19 Jack Walker 84′)), 11 Morgan Arnold

Goal-scorers: Harry Davison [24′],  Billy Purdy [56′]

Booked: Dorling  | Sub Not Used: Potoczek, Alozie, Falaise


Referee: Joseph Sach
Assistants: John Caunt & Kebba Malcolm-Mayenda

S21-22 Match Report: West Essex 2 – 4 Takeley (Sat 16 Oct) [ESL 21/22 17.10.21]

ESL crest

Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Wadham Lodge Stadium

Attendance: 57

2021-22 Season: Match 33

Saturday 16th October 2021 – 3pm KO

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

Takeley: Royal Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Both sides about to kick-off at Wadham Lodge

Takeley outpace West with strong performance at Wadham Lodge

West Essex  2 – 4  Takeley

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

This weekend’s match was a interesting match between two mid-table sides in West Essex and Takeley, in a hastily-arranged Essex Senior League match at Wadham Lodge, after both sides’ initial opponents this weekend had to withdraw because of Covid-related reasons. West had Dan Russell between the posts, with a defence of Michael Morris, Emmanuel Oluwole, Nick Walk and Sam McNally. Skipper Cameron Gray led the forward line here, alongside Symeon Taylor and Moyo Ajibade. The likes of Samraj Gill, Callum Bloss and Demitris Frangeskides were all options from the bench for Kwame Kwateng’s side. Takeley were managed here by Kevin Riley, with manager Marc Das on holiday. Sam Soutar was the goalkeeper for them, with Glenn O’Hanlon captaining the side and a youthful front three of George Frodsham, Elliott Long and Kieran Southgate. Options on their bench included stalwart George Wappett and Theo Campbell.

It was the visitors who got the match underway with the most promise as the stags looked somewhat devoid of energy and focus. Takeley were not going to pass up a chance to obtain the impetus here though and their direct style was rewarded with a goal after five minutes. In a good move involving Kieran Southgate, he found forward George Frodsham who in turn unselfishly played in Elliott Long who slotted home calmly under West stopper Dan Russell’s legs to give the visitors the lead. West Essex were not finding their usual rhythm going forward though Symeon Taylor did make a good run down the right channel and the eventual cross was forced behind by full-ed James Darvill who got in a good position to clear. The hosts were starting to have more possession but didn’t look entirely like they would get back into the match at this point.


Skipper Cameron Gray curled a set-piece from 20 yards wide of the right-sided corner of the goal but it was Takeley who looked stronger on the counter-attack. In another decent move, Frodsham’s initial strike was blocked though the ball was recycled well and captain Glenn O’Hanlon’s stinging drive needed the time intervention of full-back sam McNally for the hosts. West responded with a good mazy run by attacking midfielder Mohamud Kaudeer in a passing move with ended with Taylor’s low shot being gathered well by visiting custodian Sam Soutar.

Takeley did get that crucial second goal nine minutes before the break. Southgate was prevented from breaking past the home defence by covering defender Nick Walk too strongly in referee Matt Rowling’s view and so awarded Takeley a free-kick in a dangerous area (see picture). Long stepped up to curl it towards goal, and although Russell got a glove on it, it still curled in off of the right-side post and into the net. You couldn’t really argue with the visitors having a decent lead at the interval, and West had a lot to do to get back in this game.

Takeley forward Elliott Long (#10) about to strike free-kick which goes in

Half-Time: West Essex 0 – 2 Takeley

We certainly had enough action to entertain the crowd in the early part of the second period. A minute into the half, a good run down the left flank by Frodsham ended with the ball being half-cleared but Takeley continued the pressure as Freddie Burrell fired narrowly over the woodwork. However, West did get that crucial next goal on 48 minutes. Forward Moyo Ajibade’s initial strike on goal was well-blocked, but the ball did fall kindly to skipper Gray who calmly struck low past Soutar to get his side back in the contest.

Or so they thought. Unfortunately for the hosts, Takeley responded immediately at the other end as Burrell powered in a fine low effort beyond the reach of Russell a minute later to restore Takeley’s two-goal lead. West Essex were starting tocreate chances somewhat more readily as the hour mark approached but Gray was unable to defeat Soutar, when one-on-one as he sent another effort on goal wide of the left-side post. The hosts’ day got worse on the hour as Southgate was felled in the penalty area by goalkeeper Russell, which earned him a booking. Long took the resulting penalty, smashing it into the left corner to surely put the game beyond doubt.


To be fair to West, they did show more attacking promise in the last twenty-five minutes, as Demetris Frangeskides came on to replace Ajibade. With 73 minutes on the watch, a rare defensive error allowed Frangeskides to slot home past Soutar with a low strike to make it 2 – 4. The tiring Takeley defence did maintain their focus well as the Stags really pushed forward in numbers. Energetic full-back Michael Morris made a fine late run into the box and was only denied a chance to bypass Soutar one-on-one by a well-timed tackle by teenage midfielder Charlie Dobinson.

Long skewed another chance wide of goal in thew last few minutes but it was without doubt his day anyway as Takeley held on well to claim a very good win here, which takes them up to 12th, while West drop down to tenth.


Full-Time:  West Essex  2 – 4  Takeley

In summary, this match showed that you can’t have a poor start to the match as West did in the opening half-hour, which Takeley took advantage of to give them a two-goal advantage at the interval.  West did threaten a comeback soon after the in

In a match of some quality as this was, I’ll start with the victors. Elliott Long continued his fine season with a fine treble, and he harried the home defence well, giving them little respite, particularly in the first half with his pace, energy and finishing. Strike partner George Frodsham also played his part in that effort too, and was unselfish in playing in Long for the opening goal early on. I also felt right-back James Darvill had an excellent match, both in defence and going forward, making several important tackles and contributing to his team’s counter-attacks well. Finally, skipper Glenn O’Hanlon put in a fine display in central midfield which unsettled the hosts’ rhythm at times. For West, skipper Cameron Gray put in a tireless performance and kept going well showing decent movement and dribbling, deserving his goal at the start of the second half. Centre-back Emmanuel Oluwole put in a good display to stop Takeley ending the match as a contest before the interval, making several good interceptions and showing good positioning. Mohamud Kaudeer also had a good game, looking to build his side’s attacking moves and made a few dangerous runs and telling passes. Finally, Emmanuel Wazola merits a mention for a good performance to assist his defence and build forward moves as well.

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


Teams

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

Starting XI (Subs): 13 Dan Russell (GK), 15 Michael Morris, 5 Emmanuel Oluwole, 23 Nick Walk, 4 Sam McNally (10 Callum Bloss 78′), 6 Oliseh Okganu, 17 Emmanuel Wazola, 21 Mohamud Kaudeer, 11 Cameron Gray (Capt), 9 Symeon Taylor (20 David Bell 79′), 18 Moyo Ajibade (7 Demitris Frangeskides 67′)

Goal-scorers: Cameron Gray [48′], Demitris Frangeskides [73′]

Booked: Russell | Subs Not Used: Hardy, Gill


Takeley  | Interim Manager: Kevin Riley | Interim Assistant: Steven Pridmore

Starting XI: 1 Sam Soutar (GK), 2 James Darvill, 3 Andre Humphrey, 4 Charlie Dobinson, 5 George Powell, 6 Tom Jelliman (15 Theo Campbell 61′), 7 Freddie Burrell (14 George Wappett 66′), 8 Glenn O’Hanlon (Capt), 9 George Frodsham, 10 Elliott Long, 11 Kieran Southgate (16 Charlie Allum 69′)

Goal-scorers: Elliott Long [5′, 36′, (pen) 62′], Freddie Burrell [49′]

Booked: Campbell  | Subs Not Used: L Powell

Referee: Matt Rowling
Assistants: Martin Quinn & Muzackir Hussain