Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri 19/Sat 20 Oct) [ESL 21.10.18]

Essex Senior League

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to my round-up of the weekend’s ESL action. How did your side do this weekend?


Friday 19th October

Sporting Bengal Utd  4 – 2  Clapton  | Mile End | Att: 79

Bengal kicked off the weekend’s action with a rousing comeback victory at mile End. The Tons started the match brightly as they opened up a two-goal cushion thanks to Eusebio Da Silva [5′] and Jeffrey Cobblah [25′] strikes. The hosts responded immediately through Jay Knight though saved their best for the last 25 minutes as Knight got his second on 65 minutes, before goals from recent signing Jason Ngandu [75′] and Steven Carvell [85′] turned the tide and saw Bengal to their 5th win in 6 matches and rise to 6th place. Clapton have lost three out of their last five now.


Saturday 20th October

Hoddesdon Town  1 – 1  Barkingside   | Lowfield  | Att: 93

Hoddesdon were held by a resilent Barkingside performance at Lowfield. Harry Bushell’s 9th-minute goal gave Simon Riddle’s side the lead though ‘Side responded a minute later through Antoine Akinola and more importantly battled on to get their first point since mid-August in the league. Hodd extend their unbeaten run to nine matches.

Ilford  0 – 2  Takeley    | Cricklefield  | Att: 42

Takeley struck late on to overturn a three-match losing run. Charlie Cole was the hero with a lace brace [86′ & 90’+6] which overcame their gritty hosts here, who have lost three of their last five league matches as Ilf look to stay in the top ten.

Redbridge  1 – 2  St Margaretsbury  | Oakside  | Att: 56

‘Home comforts’ continue to elude the Motormen as they fell to defeat to St Margs at Oakside. Prolific scorer Charncey Dash struck again for his side just four minutes in, before Dan Ferringo pretty much sealed the win with ten minutes remaining. Patrick Duggan’s injury-time consolation did little to alter the result as Ricky Eaton & Joey may’s side have lost five of their last seven matches in the league. For St Margs, they go above their opponents into 14th spot.

Stansted  5 – 0  Leyton Athletic  | Hargrave Park  | Att: 36

Stansted blew away Leyton in the second-half to claim the points at Hargrave Park. After a goal-less first hour, Callum Ibe struck on that hour mark, before Connor Hammond [71′ & Ibe’s second [73′] took the game away from Glen Kendall’s side. Paul Clayton [80′] and Jack West [85′] ‘got in on the act’ with strikes late on as The Airportmen notched their seventh win in eight matches to go back to the summit on goal difference. Leyton’s third loss in their last five sees them drop to third-bottom.

Stanway Rovers  2 – 1  Hullbridge Sports   | Hawthorns | Att: 63

Stanway produced a fine performance to send Hullbridge to only their second defeat this term. Rovers led on ten minutes through Toby Blanche, and the Rovers forward pounced again nine minutes before half-time to leave Sports up against it. Nathan Scarborough halved the deficit on 43 minutes though Rovers battled on to claim their third win of the season – all 3 have come at home thus far. ‘Bridge drop back to second n goal difference but are still in a excellent position.

Tower Hamlets  2 – 2  West Essex   | Mile End  | Att: 35

West continued their recent run of scoring late goals as they held Hamlets at Mile End. Symeon Taylor put the visitors ahead on 13 minutes. Hamlets responded with two quick-fire goals through Luke With [44′] and Oseman Usifah moments later. The final turn of the match happened a minute from time as Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe’s strike grabbed a point for his side and retain their recent decent run of form. Hamlets have only won 2 of their last seven now.

Walthamstow  2 – 0  Southend Manor  | Kitchener Road  | Att: 47

‘Stow battled to victory over out-of-form Manor thanks to James Peagram’s spot-kick five minutes after half-time and a late goal from Craig Pope [88’]. Ryan Maxwell’s side have won four of their last six matches as they stay third while Manor’s tough patch continues with one win in their last eight matches.

Woodford Town  1 – 2  Saffron Walden Town  | Harlow Arena  | Att: 285

Finally, Saffron Walden emerged from this battle with another win in front of nearly 300 fans at the Harlow Arena. Craig Calver broke the deadlock on 19 minutes to give the Bloods the lead. That advantage only lasted 15 minutes before Connor Leon levelled though in-form forward Dan Trendall had the last word  as he struck the winner with three minutes left to extend SWT’s unbeaten run to five matches, staying in fourth spot while also ending Woodford’s own five-match unbeaten stretch as they drop to seventh.

That is all for this week. Thank you for reading.


Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 2 – 1 Witham Town (Sat 20th Oct) [BLN 21.10.18]

Bostik League Division North

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 104

2018-19 Season – Match 25

Saturday 20th October 2018  – 3pm KO

Great Wakering Rovers : Green & White Striped Shirts, White Shorts, Green Socks

Witham Town: Yellow Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Yellow Socks

Wakering put in strong display to outmatch Witham


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

On a sunny autumnal day at Burroughs Park, Great Wakering welcomed Essex rivals Witham in what was for me a rare Bostik League Division North match this season. I’d last seen Rovers in their Errington Challenge Cup Final win in May and since then they’ve had a bit of a squad turnover, as well as a new gaffer in Garry Kimble. Here, they went with the front three of Billy Johnson, Marcus Bowers and Stephen Butterworth with ex-Redbridge defender John Mbamarah skippering the side.

Witham are now managed by ex-Stansted boss Mark Ashford as they seek to avert flirting with danger at the bottom end of the division this season. They fielded Luca Collins in goal, with the physical L’heureux Menga and young forward Alfie Cerulli in attack, plus ex-ESL players Sam Ashford and Johnny Ashman on the flanks.

The match didn’t take long to settle as only four minutes in, a long-throw from home forward Marcus Bowers caused chaos in the Witham back-line and a inital fine strike cannoned off the underside of the bar, fellow forward Billy Johnson reacted quickest to nod his side ahead. The hosts had the better of the forward play and with it, the chances though winger Jake Gordon and captain John Mbamarah had efforts that went wide of the ‘onion bag’. Witham goalkeeper Luca Collins was in fine form throughout, denying Mbamarah’s fine header with an equally good save on 17 minutes.

Witham had few chances in the half though skipper Danny Norton nearly took advantage of a slip-up by home custodian Coey Turipa though the ‘keeper recovered by parrying Norton’s lob wide for a corner. Wakering did go into the break with a two-goal cushion as the impressive Bowers struck a low drive past Collins from a narrow angle seven minutes before half-time.


Half-Time: Great Wakering  2 – 0  Witham Town

In the second half, it was a fair bit more even-stevens though on 52 minutes, from Johnson’s corner, forward Stephen Butterworth’s fierce drive smashed off the crossbar. Town did look a threat on occasion with wingers Johnny Ashman and Sam Ashford arguably having the biggest influence with their pace, crossing and touch. Rovers spurned chances to wrap the match up though substitute Billy Harris shot wide with his first touch, while winger  Jake Gordon also saw his strike on-the-volley sail over when one-on-one with Collins.

In the latter stages, the visitors did keep going and substitute Sam Owusu’s effort fizzed wide after good play by full-back Luke Mallett. Fellow substitute Elias Siligato’s shot also pinged off the woodwork though Sam Ashford’s late penalty did give them something to go away with though they will be cursing their inability to create chances in the first half here.

Wakering forwards Marcus Bowers and Billy Johnson and centre-back John Mbamarah stood out for me today while Witham defender Jack Kemsley along with Ashman and goalkeeper Collins did well for Mark Ashford’s side.

Full-Time: Great Wakering  2 – 1   Witham


Great Wakering Rovers  | Manager: Garry Kimble

Coey Turipa (GK), Jason Ring, Tom Skelton, Simon Glover, John Mbamarah (Capt), Brandy Makhendi (Billy Harris 72′), Jake Gordon, George Cox (Aaron Russell 84′), Marcus Bowers, Stephen Butterworth (Adam Vyse 81′), Billy Johnson

Goal-scorers: Billy Johnson [4′], Marcus Bowers [38′]

Booked: Cox    | Subs Not Used: Folkes


Witham Town      | Manager: Mark Ashford

Luca Collins (GK), Luke Mallett, Liam Whipps, Danny Norton (Capt), Patrick Ahern, Jack Kemsley, Johnny Ashman (Sam Owusu 65′), Michael Osei-Saahene (Elias Siligato 65′), L’heureux Menga, Alfie Cerulli (Antoni Paredes-Garcia 79′), Sam Ashford

Goal-scorers: Sam Ashford [pen 90’+4]

Booked: Menga   |  Subs Not Used: Isherwood, Fisher

Preview: Essex Senior League (Fri 19/Sat 20 Oct) [ESL 19.10.18]

Written by Scott W & Peter D

Hello and welcome to another edition of our Preview pieces, looking at this weekend’s ESL action. Pete powered to victory last week predictions-wise to extend his lead. What do you think of our preview?

Also, check out this week’s Grassroots Football Show which Pete and Scott presented here:
Friday 19th Oct

Sporting Bengal Utd    v    Clapton    | Mile End Stadium

Pete: The weekend gets underway at Mile End on Friday evening as Sporting host local rivals Clapton, and the hosts are in fine form right now having netted twenty goals in their last six outings and winning four of those along the way, whereas Clapton have lost two of their last three league outings and have almost conceded as much as they have scored in their last six, so form points to an home win you’d say, well that’s what I believe too.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Scott: Bengal welcome the Tons to Mile End. Imrul Gazi’s side blasted five goals in a midweek win over Redbridge while Clapton were hampered by traffic on the way to defeat at Hullbridge in midweek. The hosts average three goals a game in league action thus far this term and with Clapton being hard to predict, I’ll head for a home win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Saturday 20th Oct

Hoddesdon Town  v  Barkingside  |  Lowfield

Pete: Hoddy are the draw specialists in their last six games, drawing five of those, and with only five scored and four conceded in those last six it shows they are solid but not spectacular.  They come up against a Barkingside who a bottom and winless so far this campaign, and with them having lost their last six and conceding twenty in the process it doesn’t look good for them in this one.  Reckon it will be a narrow win for the hosts.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 0

Scott: Lowfield hosts this clash with Hodd looking to extend their fine recent run of eight matches without defeat. ‘Side are looking to avert a ten-match losing run though did make life tough for Stansted and Walthamstow before succumbing to defeat. Hoddesdon edged Leyton 1 – 0 in midweek and it could be another battle though will go for a home win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Ilford  v  Takeley  |  Cricklefield

Pete: The Foxes form of late is inconsistent you could say, having won two, drawn two and lost two in those games, however after Hoddesdon Town they have the best defensive record in the league over the last few outings so no doubt this will prove difficult for an out-of-sorts Takeley side who have lost five of their last six in the league as ‘the wheels have come off their bandwagon’ recently.  The pre-season title favourites have only scored four goals in their last six games, which is only beaten by bottom side Barkingside, and I feel their poor run may continue here too.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Scott: This battle is arguably more important for the visitors as they are seeking to end their run of five losses in six which has seen them drop to mid-table. Ilford defeated Hamlets in midweek and look sturdy in defence, while Marc Das’ side has seen in-form striker Stuart Zanone depart this week. Factor in a defeat late on at home to West Essex and the odds may favour a home win. Though I will go for a draw here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Redbridge  v  St Margaretsbury    | Oakside

Pete: Only one point and one position separate these two at kick-off and it’s two sides who ‘blow hot and cold’, so predicting this one is tricky.  Both have lost four of their last six although Redbridge have won the other two, although both have conceded a few in that time as well, making it exciting for the neutral at least.  I reckon this one may end all-square.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott: Redbridge entertain St Margs in a match both sides could do with winning. The hosts’ fickle form continued this week as a fine win at Southend Manor in the FA Vase was dampened by a heavy league loss at Sporting Bengal in midweek. St Margs were hit for five at Saffron Walden last weekend though did win in the Herts County Cup this week at Harpenden Town. The Motormen need to shake off the losing feeling at home and they may do that here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2

Stansted  v  Leyton Athletic   | Hargrave Park

Pete: The Aiportmen’s long winning run came to an end last time out as they succumbed to local rivals Saffron Walden Town, so they will be looking to put together another decent run starting with their home game against a Leyton Athletic side who have only one win from six and no wins in three.  They did hold league leaders Hullbridge to a draw recently though in a game they could have easily won, so Stansted need to be aware.  But I feel the hosts will win this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Scott: Stansted face Leyton as they look to get back on the winning trail after a narrow derby loss to Saffron Walden saw their superb eight-match winning run end in midweek. Ath are showing signs of improvement as they played well at Hullbridge last weekend before narrowly being defeated at Hoddesdon in midweek. This one might surprise a few with how much of a tough game it could be. Narrow home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Stanway Rovers  v  Hullbridge Sports  | Hawthorns

Pete: Leaders Hullbridge travel to The Hawthorns to take on Stanway Rovers off the back of getting back to winning ways on Tuesday after they suffered a rare setback against Sawbridgeworth a week before that and they will be looking to make it back-to-back wins here.  The hosts though have improved in recent times and did win last time out against Tower Hamlets, but Hullbridge will be a much tougher opposition most probably and I feel they win this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 1- 2

Scott: Stanway entertain Hullbridge, having tasted victory at home to Hamlets last weekend. Hullbridge got back to winning ways after recovering from a poor start to grab a home win over Clapton in midweek and this one may be a close-fought battle but ‘Bridge could well take the points here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Tower Hamlets  v  West Essex  |  Mile End Stadium

Pete: Hamlets are slowly starting to improve after a woeful start to the season, and they come up against a side who lost all their games in August but have now turned it around to sit tenth after three wins in their last five.  West also come into this one after a brilliant come from behind victory at Takeley, whilst Hamlets lost at Ilford in a game they dominated the second half.  Do fancy an away win here though.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Scott: The Stags travel to Mile End in a fascinating encounter between two unpredictable sides. Kwame Kwateng’s side have only lost two of their last seven league matches of late and have crept into the top ten after a late win at Takeley in midweek. Hamlets will look for more of a goal-scoring threat after losses to Stanway and Ilford this week. Have a feeling this may end honours-even.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Walthamstow  v  Southend Manor  |  Kitchener Road

Pete: Stow are going well at the moment, four wins in their last six, whilst Manor are struggling at the moment having lost four from six.  Manor’s problem of late has been scoring goals, just six in six currently, whilst their defence has not been too bad of late, so if they can find someone who can net a few goals they will be OK.  Whether it happens here or not remains to be seen but these two did draw earlier in the season, but I feel the hosts will win this.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Scott: The next test for Manor is a trip to Kitchener Road to face a blossoming ‘Stow outfit that are unbeaten in nine matches and also are racking up the goals too. Ryan Maxwell’s team plundered four goals in the last half-hour to overcome Barkingside in midweek. Manor battled well though lost out to Woodford in midweek and this could be a tough afternoon for Adam Peek’s youthful side.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 0

Woodford Town  v  Saffron Walden Town  | Harlow Arena (3G)

Pete: This could be game of the day at The Harlow Arena as Woodford Town, unbeaten in five and four wins, take on Saffron Walden Town who are unbeaten in four and both have scored plenty and also have solid defences over the last few games, so it could be a intriguing contest.  Both have come off the back of decent away wins too so confidence will be high for both.  Going for a draw in this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott: Finally this weekend, Saffron Walden travel to Harlow to take on an in-form Woodford side that have won four of their last five matches, the last of those being a battling win at Manor in midweek. Walden are unbeaten in four themselves and with both teams currently in the top six, this could be a highly entertaining encounter. Draw for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

That’s all for now, thanks for reading.

Mini-Report: Burnham Ramblers 0 – 7 Benfleet (Eastern Snr Lge Sth) [EaSL 16.10.18]

Eastern Senior League South

Tuesday 16th October – 7.45pm KO

Venue: Leslie Field

2018-19 Season: Match 23

Burnham: Black & Navy Blue Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Sky Blue Shorts

Benfleet: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Report by Scott W


A welcome trip to Leslie Field saw me taking in a rare Eastern Senior Lge Sth match which saw Benfleet travel to Burnham Ramblers. The hosts named skipper Alex Salmon in defence and prolific goal-scorer Karl Swanborough in attack. Benfleet had Leon Gordon, their skipper in attack supported by wingers Taylor Lawrence and Mason Shave.

Burnham have struggled to adapt to this new division somewhat, particularly in defensive terms. The visitors perhaps would have scouted this before kick-off as early on they did pour forward, as after only eight minutes, the Benfleet full-back unleashed a powerful effort that the Burnham goalkeeper did well to deny.

Unfortunately for Lee Hughes’ side, it was a sighter of things to come as Benfleet roared into a three-goal lead before the half-hour mark. First, ex-Hullbridge midfielder Sam Dulieu opened the scoring on 12 minutes with a low shot into the corner before doubling his tally only seven minutes later with a blasted strike from 15 yards into the corner. Skipper Gordon got into the match with a goal as well after having an initial header saved, he made no mistake stroking home well with 27 minutes on the watch.

The hosts didn’t have too many openings with forward Karl Swanborough lofting an effort over the bar early-doors though the pain wasn’t over yet. The fourth goal for the visitors did have an element of fortune about it as a short cross hit midfielder Jack Unwin [32′] on the forehead which sent the ball careering into the top corner. That said, there was nowt that was lucky about the fifth as ten minutes before half-time, winger Taylor Lawrence smashed a cracker from 25 yards which flew into the corner with terrific technique.

Half-Time: Burnham 0 – 5 Benfleet

You may have thought that the visitors would settle a bit after the break for what they had. Not a bit of it as only five minutes into the second half, Unwin’s powerful effort was parried by the Burnham ‘keeper who was unfortunate to see the ball still trickle into the net.

Burnham fashioned a few chances in the half through Swanborough’s free-kick which just dipped over the bar just past the hour and who I believe to be Oliver Miller, who did keeep the visiting defenders alert in the latter stages though in trith, the hosts didn’t overwhelmingly look like scoring.

Unsurprisingly, the Burnham ‘keeper was the stand-out player on the night for them as he did well to deny Unwin twice in the latter parts of the match and so denying him a hat-trick though Dulieu did get his treble with a super chip over the goalkeeper to seal a dominant victory for the hosts.

Full-Time: Burnham Ramblers 0 – 7  Benfleet

You must credit Benfleet in that they were quick, powerful and clinical in their finishing this evening and much deserved the three points.

No team-sheets available unfortunately tonight. My apologies.

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 13th Oct) [EOFL 13.10.18]

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Olympian League round-up, with data compiled by fellow Non-League writer Scott Lanza, my thanks to him. This round-up takes in the the top four tiers of league action plus a smattering of other results in Senior Lge Cup and the Anagram Records Trophy. Ta for reading.

EOFL Premier Division
Buckhurst Hill soared to another victory with a 5 – 0 home win over Canning Town. Suley Zuhdu and Steve Townsend both notched doubles with Billy Wells the other scorer as Hill went two points clear at the top.

Hutton were held 1 – 1 by Leigh Ramblers at Polo Fields. Tom Price’s free-kick accounted for Hutton’s goal though Ramblers responded through Jamie Selby-Knight as the points were shared.

Kelvedon Hatch were held 2 – 2 by Old Southendian at New Hall. Michael Daniels got both of the Hatch strikes, while Ruari McIntyre and Reece Brandon strikes snuffed out the chances of a victory for Hatch.

Rayleigh Town defeated Great Baddow 4 – 1 as goals from Paul Morris, Bailey Moss, Harry Talbot and Cameron Glover sent the home side to a fine win. Ashley Cole got one back for Baddow though they fell to defeat here.

And finally in the EOFL top-tier, Harold Wood Athletic were also held 1 – 1 by visitors Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Charlie Liddiard struck for the hosts though Danny Morgan replied for Mark Watters’ side as the match ended honours-even.
Senior League Cup

Shenfield AFC  2 – 5  Sungate
Anagram Records Trophy R’s

Manford Way  3 – 6  Sarratt

Sporting Hackney  0 – 4  Catholic Utd


EOFL Senior Div One
In Olympian Division One, Snaresbrook remain leaders after Tyrique Solomon’s hat-trick was enough to power past Rayleigh Town Res with a  3-0 win keeping them top on goal difference. Ramsden Scotia are right on their tails though as they won 1 – 0 at home to Galleywood with Ryan Leddra the difference-maker with the only goal there.

Ongar Town were the stand-out winners in Div One at the weekend with a 5 – 0 victory at home to Herongate Athletic. A brace from James Stevens plus strikes by Lee Perry, Sean Green and Ben Polley consigned Herongate to a spot in the bottom two.

Meanwhile, May & Baker Reserves were thumped 4 – 1 at home to Frenford’s Ressies, who moved out of the bottom two with that win.
EOFL Snr Div Two

In Senior Division Two, Lakeside powered to a 6 – 1 win over Beacon Hill Rovers thanks to a treble from Drew Klessa-Smith, a brace from Connor White and one from Charlie Ashpole. Charlie Brewer got the solitary consolation for Rovers though they were well-beaten here.

Chingford Athletic won 3 – 1 at Rochford Town as Eric Kelly, Jack Yates and substitute Tayo Olasanoye all netted for Ath while Dwayne Francis-Riley pulled one back for Town.

Leaders Shoebury Town edged to a 3 – 2 win over Runwell Sports, thanks largely to in-form marksman Dominic Binns who stood out with another hat-trick to take his tally to an incredible 19 already this term. Aaron Rix and John Smithwick scored the goals for ten-man Runwell.

Toby won 2 – 1 at home against Harold Wood Athletic Reserves with Justin Clarke and Des Gallen notching for the hosts, while Chris Pope halved the arrears for the Ath Reserve side who are three points behind free-scoring leaders Shoebury Town.

Ryan picked up a home win, 2 – 0 over bottom side May & Baker ‘A’ to send themselves out of the bottom two. M & B ‘A’ have a staggering -35 goal difference now after five successive league defeats.


EOFL Snr Div Three

In the solitary match played in Division Three, Laindon Orient out-matched White Ensign Res with a 5-0 home victory. Samuel Lake’s hat-trick plus strikes from Rodney Sarsah-Wilson and James Shadwell saw Neil Blackburn’s side to victory here.



Round-up: Essex Senior League with FAV R1 (ESL) R’s [ESL 14.10.18]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to my round-up of ESL action this weekend, with results from the FA Vase action involving ESL sides. Enjoy.

Saturday 13th Oct – Non-League Day

Barkingside  –   Stansted   | Cricklefield  | Att:



Hullbridge Sports   –   Leyton Athletic   | Lower Road  | Att:

I attended this match, my full report is here:


Saffron Walden Town   –  St Margaretsbury  | Catons Lane | Att:



Sporting Bengal Utd   –   Hoddesdon Town   | Mile End Stadium  | Att:



Stanway Rovers   –   Tower Hamlets   | the Hawthorns  | Att:


Results from FA Vase First Round (Sat 13th Oct)


Leverstock Green  –   Sawbridgeworth Town  |


Little Oakley   –   Enfield 1893  |


May & Baker E.C   –  North Greenford Utd  | Barking Rugby Club


Newbury Forest   –   Newport Pagnell Town  |  Oakside


Southend Manor   –   Redbridge  | Southchurch Park


Takeley  –  Wodson Park   |  Station Road


Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 2 Leyton Athletic (Essex Senior Lge – Sat 13th Oct) [ESL 13.10.18]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: TBC

2018-19 Season – Match 21

Saturday 13th October 2018  – 3pm KO

Hullbridge Sports : Blue & White Striped Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Leyton Athletic: Maroon Shirts, Maroon Shorts, Maroon Socks


Leyton give below-par Hullbridge a scare at Lower Road on Non-League Day 2018



Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with additional photo by Neil Hunwicks (Twitter: @Abridgetoofar16)


Essex Senior League leaders Hullbridge Sports welcomed Leyton Athletic to Lower Road in this encounter on Non-League Day 2018. The hosts were depleted with the likes of Perry Dunn, Ollie Sotoyinbo, Aundre Spencer and goalkeeper George Marsh all unavailable. Clarke Bogard, on-loan from Grays Athletic was between the sticks with a three-man forward line being comprised of skipper Jimmy Cox, Luke Hornsley and Michael Salako.

Leyton Athletic also deployed the wing-back system with Jayesh Gohil and Misha Djemaili on either side of the three-man defence and Christian Londono supporting forwards Dwade James and (new signing) Luwayne Greenwood.

The match began in a sprightly manner with centre-back Rob Hodgson and forward Luke Hornsley both unable to find the target for the hosts though home goalkeeper Clarke Bogard was called into action to claw away an well-directed over-head kick from Leyton top-scorer Dwade James on 7 minutes. In the next attack, Hornsley was denied a chance on goal by a good tackle by wing-back Jayesh Gohil in the area. Moments later, winger Christian Londono’s blistering 20-yard strike cannoned off the woodwork  to reinforce the view they Leyton do have goals in them.

Unfortunately for the visitors though, the hosts went ahead on the quarter-hour as good work from Matt Dicks and Jimmy Cox led to Hornsley stroking home past visiting stopper James Scammell one-on-one. What followed was a quite a dominant passage of play for the visitors as Bogard was much the busier ‘keeper, doing well to deny James and fellow forward Luwayne Greenwood on several occasions as the visitors’ pace really stretched the Hullbridge back-line. Just after the twenty-minute mark, Greenwood in particular contrived to scoop the ball over from close range following a terrific run by Gohil down the right flank.

Having said that, forward Michael Salako perhaps could have extended the hosts’ lead as well before the half-hour marker. On the cusp of half-time, Leyton got the leveller they deserved as Bogard couldn’t stop Dwade James from rolling home, when the forward was again one-on-one with the ‘keeper.

Half-Time: Hullbridge Sports 1 – 1 Leyton Athletic

After the break, Hullbridge were still below their best, particularly in their attacking play as that precious final ball to the forwards was not really there. Even so, out of nowhere, a moment of brilliance from captain Jimmy Cox put the hosts back ahead nine minutes after the break. Cox surged down left the left flank, cut inside in the area and sailed a curling effort past Scammell.

‘Bridge skipper Cox rifles home a cracker… (Image: @ABridgeTooFar16 on Twitter)

Leyton continued to push forward and substitute Daniel Londono called Bogard into action again just the past the hour mark. Gaps were appearing in the visiting defence though substitute Nathan Scarborough’s 40-yard lob evaded Scammell but didn’t find the target. That perhaps was a turning point as on 71 minutes, Christian Londono carved open the home defence again, finding James well and he made no mistake beating Bogard when one-on-one. Bogard then bravely denied James at the striker’s feet in the latter stages though ‘Bridge held on to claim a point, despite what you could describe as a ;below-par’ performance.

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 2 Leyton Athletic

Leyton will be disappointed they didn’t claim all three points though doubts about them defensively remain. Skipper Eli Benoit was certainly giving his team a rollicking on-the-pitch. Christian Londono, Dwade James, Benoit and Gohil stood out for me today in a good performance from them. For the hosts, Clarke Bogard was without doubt the hero though this may prove to be ‘a point gained’ for the hosts come the latter stages of the season.

Finally, my thanks for the hospitality shown by Hullbridge, as ever showing the true club that they are in spirit.


Hullbridge Sports  | Manager: Darren Manning

Clarke Bogard (GK), Matt Dicks, Matt Rose, Jamal Allen, Andre Gumbs, Rob Hodgson, Dan Okah, Matt Tapley (Nathan Scarborough 69′), Jimmy Cox (Capt), Luke Hornsley, Michael Salako (Arnold Achaempong 69′)

Goal-scorers: Luke Hornsley [15′], Jimmy Cox [54′]

Booked: Hodgson, Cox   | Subs Not Used: Risk, Taylor, McLeavy


Leyton Athletic  | Manager: Glen Kendall

James Scammell (GK), Jayesh Gohil, Misha Djemaili, Jason Brown, Eli Beniot (Capt), Cory Rider, Christian Londono, Mario Gjini, Dwade James, Luwayne Greenwood (Daniel Londono 57′), Sheriff Jinadu (Lance Ledgister 57′)

Goal-scorers: Dwade James [45′ +2, 71′]

Booked: Ledgister, Benoit, Gjini  |  Subs Not Used: Seidu, Walsh (GK)