Round-up: Bostik Sth Central & Sth East R’s (18th/19th Aug) [BLSC & BLSE 19.8.18]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello once again and welcome to my results round-up of the action from the Bostik South Central and Bostik South East divisions this weekend.

Saturday 18th August

Bostik Lge South Central Division

Chipstead   2 – 4    Ashford Town (Middx)   | High Road | Att: 81

FC Romania  1 – 3   Northwood   |  Theobalds Lane |  Att: 80

Hanwell Town    3 – 1    Bedfont Sports   | Reynolds Field |  Att: 152

Hayes & Yeading Utd   4 – 0    Egham Town   | Beaconsfield Park |  Att: 204

Hertford Town   2 – 1   Chalfont St Peter   | Hertingfordbury Park |

Molesey   1 – 2    Bracknell Town  | Walton Road  |  Att: 65

South Park   0 – 1   Uxbridge  | Whitehall Lane |  Att: 101

Tooting & Mitcham Utd  0 – 0  Marlow   | Imperial Fields |  Att: 226

Waltham Abbey   5 – 3    Cheshunt   |  Capershotts  | Att: 147

Westfield   3 – 2   Ware   | Woking Park  |  Att: 77

 

 

Bostik Lge South East Division

Saturday 18th August

Guernsey  0 – 3  Ashford Utd   | Footes Lane |  Att: 595

Haywards Heath Town  0 – 1  VCD Athletic   | Hanbury Park | Att: 117

Herne Bay   0 – 1    Whyteleafe   | Winch’s Field  |  Att: 228

Hythe Town     3 – 0    East Grinstead Town   | Reachfields | Att: 233

Phoenix Sports   5 – 2    Three Bridges   | Phoenix Sports Ground  | Att: 83

Ramsgate   2 – 3   Hastings Utd    | Southwood |  Att: 217

Sevenoaks Town   1 – 2    Horsham   | Greatness Park  | Att: 166

Sittingbourne   4 – 2   Greenwich Borough   | Woodstock Park |  Att: 148

Sunday 19th August

Cray Wanderers   2 – 0   Whitstable Town   | Hayes Lane | Att: 316

Thamesmead Town   1 – 2   Faversham Town   | Princes Park  | Att: 127

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Round-up: Bostik Division North (Sat 18th Aug) [BLN 18.8.18]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another round of the Bostik North round-up, here on the blog. This weekend saw the second weekend of action of the new campaign.

Audio round-up of all Bostik League Divisions & more here: https://m.mixcloud.com/EastLondonRadio/gfs-extra-results-podcast-saturday-18th-august-2018/

Saturday 18th August

 

AFC Sudbury  0 – 1   Heybridge Swifts    |  King’s Marsh   (3G) | Att: 285

This one was settled very late on at King’s Marsh. Sam Bantick’s 94th-minute spot-kick narrowly edged Swifts to the victory. It goes down on the scoresheet as their first defeat of the new season.

 

Barking    2 – 3  Witham Town   | Mayesbrook Park  | Att: 72

This topsy-turvy encounter was also settled in the dying embers of the match. Things started well for the Blues as new signing Daniel Cheema opened the scoring just two minutes in, before young forward Henry Fisher levelled the match on 28 minutes. The goals kept coming as Rashid Kamara [58′] struck for the hosts though again the spirited visitors restored parity through Andrew Tirivanhu on 61 minutes. More drama was to come though as ex-Clapton & Bowers & Pitsea player Johnny Ashman grabbed the winner on the 90 minute mark to give Town their first win of the season.

 

Basildon Utd   2 – 1   Mildenhall Town   | Gardiners Close  | Att: 159

The Bees made the most of their first Isthmian League match in over 25 years with victory over the Hall at Gardiners Close. Giant forward Brian Moses opened the scoring in the first minute of the second half, though the hosts were pegged back by Thomas Debenham’s effort [64′]. Game on. Though enter centre-stage the Essex Senior League’s top scorer from 2017/18 – Marcus Bowers who got the winner with 11 minutes remaining. Basildon held on to give Marc Harrison his first win in the new division.

 

Bury Town   1 – 1   Romford                   |  Aldiss Park   | Att: 296

The hosts recovered late on to deny Romford a second straight win. Paul Martin’s side took the lead right on half-time through recent signing Roddy Lemba. Town rescued a point six minutes from the end thanks to Tanner Call’s strike.

 

Dereham Town    4 – 2   Coggeshall Town    | Ram Meadow  | Att: 308

Dereham produced an excellent response to a humbling defeat last weekend at Aveley to defeat newcomers Coggeshall at Ram Meadow. Nnamdi Nwachuku gave the visitors a surprise lead nine minutes into the match though only two minutes later, Ashley Jarvis levelled things up for the hosts. Centre-back Luke Wilson restored Coggeshall’s advantage on 23 minutes and it stayed that way at the break.

Two rapid goals from Dion Frary [62′] and Danny Beaumont [67′] gave Dereham the lead before Beaumont’s late second goal confirmed the win for Neal Simmons’ men.

 

Grays Athletic    1 – 1    Canvey Island       | Parkside (3G)  | Att: 221

Ath were held by the Islanders at Parkside. Mitch Hahn’s 36th-minute opener gave Grays the impetus at the break though Frankie Merrifield’s strike seven minutes into the second half helped Danny Heale’s side to claim a draw as both sides remain unbeaten.

 

Great Wakering Rovers   2 – 0  Felixstowe & Walton Utd  | Burroughs Park | Att: 108

Last season’s Essex Senior League champions Great Wakering defeated last term’s Eastern Counties League champs Felixstowe at Burroughs Park. Goals from Steven Butterworth [11′] and Billy Johnson [22′] saw GWR to the victory.

 

Maldon & Tiptree    1 – 0    Brentwood Town    | Park Drive    | Att: 120

The Jammers narrowly edged the Blues at Park Drive thanks to Sammie McLeod’s 90th-minute winner to obtain their first victory of the season. Brentwood’s first match of the new campaign ended in frustrating defeat for manager Craig Shipman.

 

Soham Town Rangers   2 – 2    Tilbury     | Julius Martin Lane  | Att: 156

Tilbury were denied by a last-gasp salvo by nine-man Soham at Julius Martin Lane. Adam Vyse put the Dockers ahead right on half-time and Lewis Smith doubled the lead two minutes into the re-start. After Lewis Endacott and Jon Kaye had both been dismissed for the hosts, Sam Mulready first put away a spot-kick on the 90 minute marker before Mulready struck an injury-time leveller completed an improbable comeback for the hosts.

That’s all for this week. Cheers for reading.

Round-up: Bostik Premier Division (Sat 18th Aug) [BLP 18.8.18]

Written by Scott W (Twitter:@ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to my round-up of Bostik Premier action this weekend. How did your side do?

Audio round-up on all the Bostik League Divisions here: https://m.mixcloud.com/EastLondonRadio/gfs-extra-results-podcast-saturday-18th-august-2018/

Saturday 18th August

Bognor Regis Town   3 – 0   Bishop’s Stortford  | Nyewood Lane  |  Att: 482

A display of late firepower heralded another win for Bognor at Nyewood Lane. Brad Lethbridge’s goal [72′] saw the hosts on their way before a brace from Dan Smith [76′ & pen 82′] completed the day’s work to maintain Town’s unbeaten start to the season. By contrast, Stortford are looking for their first triumph this term.

 

Brightlingsea Regent  0 – 3   Margate    | North Road | Att: 206

Margate’s first-half display was enough to give them all three points at North Road. Joe Taylor broke the stalemate after 14 minutes. Frannie Collin weighed in heavily with a brace before the half was out, first from the spot on 31 minutes and then ten minutes afterward to give Mike Sandmann’s side the win.

 

Carshalton Athletic   1 – 1    Kingstonian   | War Memorial Sports Ground |  Att: 419

The K’s fought back to claim their first point of the season at the War Memorial Sports Ground. Carshalton led through Ricky Korboa’s strike [34′] though just after the break, Louis Theophanous [48′] levelled as Leigh Dynan’s side took a share of the spoils here.

 

Corinthian-Casuals  1 – 1  Merstham   | King George’s Field | Att: 201

Something had to give in this match as both sides had been beaten in their first two league matches. The Moatsiders led on 18 minutes through Reece Hall’s strike though Casuals responded from the penalty spot two minutes shy of the hour mark through substitute Dannny Cunningham. Both sides took their first point of the season as it ended honours-even.

Dorking Wanderers   1 – 2     Lewes  | Meadowbank |   Att: 453

Lewes came away with the points in this battle at Dorking’s new Meadowbank ground. Luke Blewden put the promoted side ahead six minutes before the break. Omarr Lawson doubled the Rooks’ lead on 78 minutes to almost see his side home. Jason Prior bagged another goal two minutes later though the visitors claimed their first victory of the new season here.

Enfield Town  2 – 2  AFC Hornchurch   | Queen Elizabeth II Stadium |  Att: 443

The Urchins produced a stirring comeback to deny Enfield Town the win. Things were looking sweet for Town as Taofiq Olomowewe [18′] and Liam Hope [53′] goals put them in a good position. Though the ‘Never say die’ attitude of Jimmy MacFarlane’s men was on display again as Brad Warner pulled one back with a expert free-kick 11 minutes from time. Sean Marks completed the turnaround on the cusp of full-time as both sides also remain unbeaten.

Harlow Town   0 – 2      Worthing             |  The Harlow Arena  | Att: 220

The visitors withstood the challenge from ten-man Harlow to obtain the win at the Harlow Arena. Goals from Ricky Aguiar [25′] and David Ajiboye [90’+2] did the job to maintain the Woodside outfit’s 100% winning start to the season. Paul Rodgers was the man dismissed for the hosts.

 

Leatherhead  2 – 1  Haringey Borough   | Fetchams Grove  | Att: 335

The Tanners overcame Borough at Fetchams Grove to attain their first win of the season. Strikes from Shaun Okojie [18′] and Travis Gregory [31′] saw player-manager Nikki Bull’s team lead by two at the interval. Haringey halved that deficit two minutes into the second period through hot-shot Joel Nouble though Leatherhead held firm to get the points, Haringey are seeking their first win of the new season.

 

Potters Bar Town  1 – 1  Whitehawk    | Pakex Stadium  | Att: 174

The Scholars continued their promising start to the new campaign as they held Whitehawk here. Steve Brown put Potters Bar ahead on 34 minutes though that lead only lasted five minutes before Harry Shooman restored parity for the visitors. The hosts have taken seven points from their opening 3 matches while the Hawks have taken five from their three games.

 

Tonbridge Angels   1 – 0    Burgess Hill Town     | Longmead   | Att: 409

Tonbridge recorded a narrow win over over the Hillians at Longmead. Joe Turner grabbed the only goal on 26 minutes as Steve Mckimm’s team remain unbeaten. Burgess Hill will need to get that first win on the board soon.

Wingate & Finchley   0 – 3    Folkestone Invicta      | Summers Lane   | Att: 95

Invicta showed their capabilities with a good win at the newly-revamped Summers Lane. Johan ter Horst opened the scoring on ten minutes before second-half strikes from Adam Yusuff [50′] & Jack Evans [57′] completed the win and leave Wingate without a win in their opening three games.

That’s all for this week, thanks for reading.

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 18th Aug) [ESL 18.8.18]

Written by Scott W   (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another of my round-up pieces, this time looking at this weekend’s Essex Senior League action. How did your side & your rivals do?

Saturday 18th August

Barkingside  0 – 0  Enfield   | Venue: Cricklefield  | Att: 58

‘Side were held by visiting Enfield for their third league goalless draw on the trot. It’s also worth noting that both teams are still looking for their first win of the new campaign.

Hullbridge Sports  2 – 1  Stansted  | Venue: Lower Road | Att: 72

The ‘Bridge secured a very good victory in a hard-fought encounter at Lower Road. Darren Manning’s side broke the deadlock just seven minutes in when captain Luke Hornsley struck. The Airportmen got back into contention through hot-shot Carl Mullings’s goal on the quarter-hour. Though on this day, Hullbridge were not to be denied as Andre Gumbs’ powerful strike found the net on 61 minutes to give the hosts a morale-boosting win ahead of their FA Cup tie away to Newmarket next weekend.

Leyton Athletic  0 – 0  Ilford  | Venue: Kitchener Road | Att: 9

Leyton couldn’t find a way past the Foxes at Kitchener Road. The scorers were not troubled here though the hosts are looking for their first league win this term though they do have an FA Cup tie to look forward to next weekend. Ilf have four points from their first three matches.

Saffron Walden Town  4 – 4  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Venue: Catons Lane  | Att: 175

Saffron Walden were held at home by a late Bengal comeback in an absolute fire-cracker of a match at Catons Lane. SWT started well with front-line striker Charlie Portway putting them ahead on 13 minutes from the penalty spot. Tony Cookey levelled for Bengal only two minutes afterward though Portway got his second of the afternoon with 17 minutes on the watch. Lewis Francis [26′] grabbed a third for the hosts and you may have thought that Saffron Walden would canter to victory as they led 3 – 1 at half-time.

As it turned out, it wasn’t to be. Portway grabbed his hat-trick just past the hour mark though goals from Zakariya Hoque, playmaker Ashaan Siddik [80′] & forward Steven Carvell [83′] made sure that Imrul Gazi’s side grabbed a share of the spoils after a terrific comeback.

Sawbridgeworth Town  1 – 0  Woodford Town  | Venue: Crofters | Att: 31

Sawbridgeworth improved to end Woodford’s 100% start to the season. Joe Wright got the only goal of the game to give John Watters’ men a much-needed three points after their FA Cup exit last weekend.

Southend Manor  1 – 2  Hoddesdon Town   | Venue: Southchurch Park | Att: 45

I attended this match, here’s my report: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/08/18/match-report-southend-manor-1-2-hoddesdon-town-esl-18-8-18/

Stanway Rovers   0 – 2  Clapton   | Venue: Hawthorns  | Att: 46

The Tons travelled to the outskirts of Colchester and came away with the points thanks to a brace from Eusebio Da Silva [24′ & 27′]. In the process Jon Fowell’s side handed Rovers their third ESL defeat in a row as their new side continues to take time to gel, perhaps.

Takeley  4 – 1  Walthamstow   | Venue: Station Road | Att: 66

Takeley powered past ‘Stow at Station Road thanks to braces from two of their leading lights up front. Stuart Zanone [18′ & 25′] put his side two goals up to continue his fantastic start to the campaign in front goal. Substitute Charlie Cole made his long-awaited return to goal-scoring form with his first of the game on 78 minutes. James Peagram pulled one back for Ryan Maxwell’s side with ten minutes left though Cole struck again [85’] to give ‘Stow something to think about and continue Takeley’s 100% start to the league campaign.

Tower Hamlets  1 – 3  Redbridge  | Mile End Stadium | Att: 70

Redbridge fought to grab their first win of the campaign at Mile End. Calvin Poku struck twice for the Motormen and were further aided by an OG as they continued their unbeaten start to the season. Hamlets grabbed a late consolation through Amon Walton-Owen though AJAshinike’s side are also looking for their first success of the season.

Thanks for reading, this round-up will continue during the season.

Round-up: Eastern Snr Lge Sth, Thurlow Nunn Premier & Essex Olympian Lge Premier (Sat 18th Aug) [EaSL, TNP & EOFLP 18.8.18]

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello again and welcome to my results round-up of the action from the Eastern Senior League South division, Thurlow Nunn Premier and the Essex Olympian League Premier Division on the weekend of the 7th & 18th August. Enjoy.

Eastern Senior League South (EaSL)

Saturday 18th August

 

Benfleet  3 – 1  Wormley Rovers

Burnham Ramblers  2 – 2  Little Oakley

Coggeshall Utd  2 – 3  May & Baker

Frenford  3 – 2  Holland

Hackney Wick  6 – 1  Brightlingsea Regent Res

Harwich & Parkeston  4 – 3  Fire Utd

Hashtag Utd  1 – 1  Wivenhoe Town

Newbury Forest  4 – 5  Halstead Town

White Ensign  3 – 0  Braintree Town Res

 

Thurlow Nunn Premier Division

Friday 17th August

 

Godmancester Rovers 1 – 3  Histon

Wroxham  3 – 1  Great Yarmouth Town

 

Saturday 18th August

 

FC Clacton  0 – 3  Stowmarket Town

Framlingham Town  0 – 2  Haverhill Rovers

Gorleston  0 – 3  Walsham-le-Willows

Hadleigh Utd  3 – 4  Kirkley & Pakefield

Long Melford  3 – 1  Ely City

Newmarket Town  1 – 1  Brantham Athletic

Norwich Utd  4 – 1  Woodbridge Town

Whitton Utd 1 – 1 Thetford Town

 

Essex Olympian League Premier Division

 

Saturday 18th August

 

Buckhurst Hill  6 – 2  Old Southendian

Harold Wood Athletic  3 – 0  Springfield

Hutton  2 – 1  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts

Kelevedon Hatch  2 – 1  Great Baddow

Rayleigh Town  0 – 1  Leigh Ramblers

That’s all from this round-up, it’ll return next week.

Match Report: Southend Manor 1 – 2 Hoddesdon Town [ESL 18.8.18]

Essex Senior League (Season 2018-19)

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: TBC

2018-19 Season – Match 7

Saturday 18th August 2018  – 3pm KO

Southend Manor: Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

Hoddesdon: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Hoddesdon edge a tight battle at Southchurch Park

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Manor’s players huddle just before 2nd half [ESL 18.8.18]
Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

As the Essex Senior League returned following a week of mainly FA Cup action, Hoddesdon travelled to Southchurch Park to take on Southend Manor. The hosts named a strong starting XI with recent signing Lewis Catling in goal, Mo Kargbo and Rhys Fatt on the flanks and Ellis Skidmore the focal point in attack. Charlie Little and John-Jo Slater were among those on the bench. Hoddesdon named Harry Bushell and Joss lillis among their forward line, the latter having already scored this season before today.

The match got underway to a rapid start as the visitors led inside three minutes. Alex Warman’s free-kick was headed on into the six-yard box where forward Harry Bushell headed past Manor goalkeeper Lewis Catling from near point-blank range. Manor could have levelled six minutes later though forward Ellis Skidmore’s effort was denied by visiting custodian Aaron Bull’s feet.

Manor did make a chance count on 14 minutes as the impressive Mo Kargbo powered down the left flank and sent in a teasing cross which fellow winger Rhys Fatt bundled in at the back post past Bull to level things up. A fairly quiet period of the match followed though Hoddesdon did look decent on-the-ball  and midfielder Kane Lowe made a good run on the edge of the penalty area and his drilled effort was denied by Catling.

Half-Time: Southend Manor  1 – 1  Hoddesdon Town

After the interval, Manor midfielder Robbie Norris was unlucky to see his 20-yard drive cannon back off the crossbar two minutes into the second half. Hoddesdon responded soon afterward though couldn’t make the most of two good chances as centre-back Scott Hayes and Bushell were both denied.

Bang on the hour mark, another good ball in to the centre from Aiden Critchley on the left wing found forward Joss Lillis who headed home calmly to give Town the lead for the second time. Manor could’ve levelled soon after though Skidmore’s shot was well-blocked by the committed Hoddesdon defence. Mere minutes later, Norris headed over the bar and substitute Charlie Little had a deflected strike fizz wide of the post.

In the last 15 minutes of normal time, Hoddesdon substitute Harrison Cage pulled up with what looked quite a bad knee injury, after initially attempting to continue on, he himself had to be substituted. Town could’ve wrapped up the points late on though Critchley’s strike was denied by Catling in the Manor goal.

Despite eight minutes of injury time, Manor could not find a leveller as Hoddesdon held out to grab all three points in this encounter and remain unbeaten early-doors this term. My thanks to Southend Manor for their hospitality today.

Full-Time: Southend Manor  1 – 2  Hoddesdon Town

Southend Manor   | Manager: Adam Peek

Lewis Catling (GK), Bill Rungay, Grant Webb (John-Jo Slater 83′), Robbie Norris, Ore Mosuro, Joe Gilbert, Mo Kargbo, Charlie Barlow (Aaron Baldwin 74′), Ellis Skidmore (Charlie Little 67′), Lee Delf (Capt), Rhys Fatt

Goal-scorer: Rhys Fatt [14′]

Booked: Gilbert     | Subs Not Used: Froud, Evison

Hoddesdon Town   |  Manager: Simon Riddle

Aaron Bull (GK), Jack Riddle, Aiden Critchley (Davey Evans 90’+2), Michael Elliott (Capt), Scott Hayes, Kane Lowe, Cyrus Babaie, Trae Adayemi, Harry Bushell, Alex Warman, Joss Lillis (Harrison Cage 66′, Jake Bowden 76′)

Goal-scorers: Harry Bushell [3′], Joss Lillis [60′]

Booked: Riddle, Critchley, Warman, Elliott   |  Subs Not Used: Smits (GK)

Preview: Essex Senior League – Sat 18th Aug [ESL 17.8.18]

Written by Scott W & Peter D

Hello & welcome to another of our ESL Preview pieces. Pete won last week’s FA Cup special ’round’ so see what you think of our thoughts for this weekend’s action. Thanks for reading.

Saturday 18th August

Barkingside  v   Enfield   | Venue: Cricklefield

Pete: Can Side break their non-scoring hoodoo at the weekend when they welcome Enfield to Cricklefield?  The hosts have not scored competitively this season, 360 minutes and counting, so they will be desperate to put that right no doubt.  Enfield themselves have not started brilliantly themselves so they will also want to put that right.  Thinking the hosts will find the net however, the game will end all-square.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Scott: Barkingside welcome the E’s to Cricklefield after having the FA Cup dream dashed by Leyton Athletic in midweek. Enfield also tasted defeat in the FA Cup last week at St Margaretsbury so Matt Hanning’s side will want to push on from that experience. In my opinion, Enfield have the firepower to score a win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 2

 

Hullbridge Sports  v  Stansted  | Venue: Lower Road

Pete: Both sides come into this one off the back of terrific FA Cup wins and will want to take that form into their league campaign too.  Sports have started the league season marginally better than their opponents although that won’t really prove to count for much i’d suspect.  Reckon this one could end all square too.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott: Stansted travel to Lower Road to take on a Hullbridge side buoyed by their late FA Cup heroics last weekend. The Airportmen have started fair well and defeated battling nine-man Sawbo last weekend in the FA Cup. In my view, these are the types of matches that the hosts will need to win if they are to obtain the top-five finish that the Sports management team desire. I’ll have to go for a entertaining draw here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

 

Leyton Athletic  v  Ilford  | Venue: Kitchener Road

Pete: Leyton come into this one off the back of a terrific FA Cup replay win over Barkingside and have now kept three clean sheets in a row since their opening night debacle at Woodford Town.  Ilford have had a mixed start to their new era but did win their last league outing at Clapton, and I have a feeling this one may end a draw too.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Scott: Leyton welcome the new-look Foxes to Kitchener Road after arguably their biggest result for some time in the FA Cup in midweek. Consistency will be the thing that Jason Ngandu’s side are looking for now though they haven’t conceded a goal in their last two matches in league & cup so things may be on an upturn for them. That said, under the experienced boss that is Martin Haywood, Ilford may present a different challenge for the hosts here. The visitors here are also quite unpredictable having won their last league outing though they exited the FA Cup in a high-scoring game against Sporting Bengal last weekend. Though I have a feeling Ilf might pinch it by the odd-goal.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

Saffron Walden Town  v  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Venue: Catons Lane

Pete: Saffron Walden are four games unbeaten in all competitions so far this season and will fancy their chances at home to Sporting Bengal, although the Mile End side will not be an easy opponent as they possess some dangerous weapons themselves.  Expecting a home win though.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Scott: SWT entertain Sporting Bengal at Catons Lane in what is a good test for both sides. Stuart Wardley’s side needed extra-time to overcome Thurlow Nunn Premier side Wroxham in their FA Cup replay in midweek so will that have left its mark? This is Bengal’s second league match of the season though they will be looking to build momentum after their FA Cup win last weekend. Think this will a hard-fought match though Saffron Walden at home is not an easy prospect for any side. Home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  v Woodford Town  | Venue: Crofters

Pete: The Robins have suffered two successive defeats since their opening day win at West Essex, and will still be smarting from their cup loss to Stansted too.  They welcome to Crofters Woodford Town who along with Takeley have the only 100% record left in the division, although this is the visitors first away game of the season.  But despite this I fancy the visitors to edge this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Scott: Sawbridgeworth welcome Woodford to Crofters in what is one of the games of the day in my opinion. Town are looking to bounce back from successive defeats in league & cup. Woodford present a threat with their pace going forward though the interesting thing is having played both league matches thus far on 3G ‘home turf’, will they be as effective playing on natural grass? I’m going to take a punt and go for an away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

 

Southend Manor  v  Hoddesdon Town   | Venue: Southchurch Park

Pete: Manor found some welcome form in midweek when thrashing Halstead Town in the County Cup, but they will find Hoddesdon Town a much tougher assignment no doubt.  Hoddesdon won their FA Cup tie at Wodson Park at the weekend and remain unbeaten so far this season.  Tough battle expected here and I feel will result in a draw.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott: Hoddesdon make the trip to Southend to take on a Manor side that got their best result for some while in the Essex Senior Cup at Halstead Town in midweek. Hoddesdon meanwhile won at Wodson Park last weekend so they are in good nick as well. This one really could go either way, though I’ll go for a draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

 

Stanway Rovers v Clapton   | Venue: Hawthorns

Pete: Rovers have begun life in the ESL in not the best of form, loosing both games and conceding nine goals in the process, so they will want to put that right against a Tons side who went out of the FA Cup on penalties in midweek, so they will no doubt be smarting from that.  Rovers showed they could compete when leading Tower Hamlets in their FA Cup match 3-1 before it was abandoned, however I fancy the visitors to win this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Scott: The Tons make the journey to one of the recent additions to the ESL in Stanway. The Hawthorns outfit haven’t defended too stoutly as yet in the league though showed more promise in terms of goals in their later-abandoned match v Tower Hamlets last weekend. Clapton have had a mixed week in the Cup as firstly they held Woodbridge away last weekend before exiting on penalties in the replay. Assistant boss Wayne Seal also left the club this week due to family & work commitments so it remains to be seen what impact (if any) that will have. Going to go away win though, regardless.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

Takeley  v  Walthamstow   | Venue: Station Road

Pete: This proves to be game of the weekend as 100% second placed Takeley take on third placed and unbeaten Walthamstow at Station Road with both sides looking to put down a early marker.  Both sides won their FA Cup games as well so their isn’t much to seperate either side in this one, so naturally a draw is what I’ll predict.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott: Takeley welcome the ‘Stow to Station Road after both sides were successful in their FA Cup exploits last weekend. Marc Das’ side also are two forwards light due to injuries. The visitors will be looking to lay down a marker here if they are to ‘keep up with the big boys’ at the top of the table. Got a funny feeling that ‘Stow might just cause a surprise here in a really tight affair.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

Tower Hamlets   v   Redbridge   | Venue: Mile End Stadium

Pete: Neither side have managed to pick up a win so far this season, and with both having disappointing weekends they will be looking to put this right at Mile End.  Hamlets are yet to score in the league this season as well so a first league goal would certainly be a welcome sight for the hosts, whereas The Motormen have two score draws to their name in the league so far, and that is how I see this one panning out.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Scott: The Motormen travel to Mile End to take on Hamlets. I believe that although Hamlets are putting a good side together, it may take time for them to gel. Ricky Eaton & Joey May’s side will want to move on from their FA Cup exit at home to Long Melford last weekend and the hosts will have to be tight defensively to get anything out of this match.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

 

That’s all for this week, see you next week.