Match Report: Southend Manor 2 – 3 Redbridge [ESL 22.9.18]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 38

2018-19 Season – Match 15

Saturday 22nd September 2018  – 3pm KO

Southend Manor:  Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

Redbridge  : Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

The Motormen Find Another Gear to overcome Manor


Report by Scott W (Twitter: ScottMHC14) with photos from Andy Wilkins (@Twitter: andywilkins24)

On a real dreary day in Southend, the Motormen sought to liven up their league campaign after defeat last weekend as they took on Southend Manor. For the hosts, Connor Pearce was the man in goal with a defence of Kye Jude, Grant Webb, skipper Lewis Sparrow and Ore Mosuro just in front of him. For Ricky Eaton’s side, their much-changed side from last term fielded a front three of Calvin Poku, Michael Ogboin and Asher Modeste with ex-Manor centre-back Vinny Murphy carrying the armband.

The hosts started the game brightly though Redbridge won’t be happy with how it came about. From a corner conceded directly from a nervy clearing header, more hesitant defending allowed forward Nathan Dewberry to fire in a deflected strike past visiting stopper Lewis Greene after just four minutes. Manor winger Mo Kargbo could’ve doubled that lead four minutes afterwards as he found himself all alone in the box though contrived to skew his effort wide of the post. Robbie Norris’ drive from range also drew Greene into action though the Motormen goalkeeper did well to palm his effort away from danger.

The visitors had their first sight of goal on 12 minutes as Michael Ogboin laid the ball off to fellow recent recruit Asher Modeste who fired over the crossbar. To be fair to the hosts, their attacks were more concise and quicker, taking advantage of the aerial prowess of box-to-box midfielder Lee Delf, who as ever was a handful in both penalty areas. MOdeste was growing into the game on the right of the Redbridge front three though Manor full-back Grant Webb stuck to his task well at times.

Just past the midway point of the half, Manor doubled their advantage as from midfielder Charlie Barlow’s corner, Dewberry had enough freedom to power a header home at the near post. Indeed, Dewberry was had chances to extend both his and his side’s account though Greene denied him though Kargbo should have scored when he had a half-open goal to aim at.

In the latter stages of the half, Redbridge did ‘go up the gears’ somewhat as a good ball from the right from full-back Terrell Miller was well cut out for a corner by Delf, tracking back. The visitors got an important foothold in the match three minutes before the break as after being found well by midfielder Liam Burgess, forward michael Ogboin made no mistake slotting past Pearce to halve the deficit.

Half-Time: Southend Manor 2 – 1  Redbridge

The visitors started the second half with renewed vigour as the hosts felt the pressure and might have lost their lead five minutes after the interval as full-back Bradley Gayer’s left-wing cross found Ogboin who lifted his strike just over the woodwork. Modeste also put in another telling ball soon afterwards but somehow both Ogboin and Poku mis-read it and the ball evaded both of them.

Burgess also powered a long-range drive which Pearce did well to parry though the Motormen were level midway in the half as Modeste got a tap-in at the back post. In a rare foray forward at this point in the match, substitute Charlie Little played in Dewberry though his low strike went wide. The turnaround was complete as visiting skipper Vinny Murphy curled in a sweet free-kick in the right corner with 14 minutes to play.

Manor substitute Aaron Baldwin twice failed to beat Greene late on though the latter of those needed the Redbridge goalkeeper to clutch hold of the ball near the goalline.

Full-Time: Southend Manor  2 – 3  Redbridge

Credit to both teams on a good game that highlights the spirit of the division, though Manor will feel as though the ‘same ol’ story’ of missing chances has stung them again.


Southend Manor  | Manager: Adam Peek

Connor Pearce (GK), Kye Jude (Rhys Fatt 72′), Grant Webb (Aaron Baldwin 78′), Robbie Norris, Ore Mosuro, Lewis Sparrow (Capt), Jamie Brown (Charlie LIttle 57′), Charlie Barlow, Nathan Dewberry, Lee Delf, Mo Kargbo

Goal-scorer: Nathan Dewberry [4′ & 26′]

Booked:  |  Subs Not Used: Evison

Redbridge     |  Joint-Managers: Ricky Eaton & Joey May

Lewis Greene (GK), Terrell Miller, Bradley Gayer, Liam Burgess, Vinny Murphy (Capt), Laurie Walters, Daniel Smith, Asher Modeste, Calvin POku (Tommie Turner 90′), Michael Ogboin (DJ Adelekan 80′), Ashley Blackburn (Sam Buffour 90′)

Goal-scorers: Michael Ogboin [42′], Asher Modeste [67′], Vinny Murphy [76′]

Booked: Burgess  | Subs Not Used: Bankole

Preview: Essex Senior League (Fri 21st/Sat 22nd Sept) [ESL 21.9.18]

Written by Scott W & Peter D

Hello and welcome and to another of our Preview pieces, this week looking at the weekend’s Essex Senior League action. What do you think?
Friday 21st Sept

Barkingside  v  Clapton  | Cricklefield

Pete: Hosts need a win here to kick start their season, but have found goal-scoring hard to come by, Tons have had a inconsistent start however find themselves fourth in the table.  Think this one will end all-square.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott: This local derby kicks off this weekend’s action as the Tons take on ‘Side. The hosts have lost their last three league matches and lost at home to West Essex on Monday night. Jon Fowell’s team won at Woodford Town on Monday night to go some way to recovering from their FA Vase exit to Newbury Forest last weekend. I believe the hosts need to improve going forward and they’ll need to play well to overcome Clapton here. Away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3


Saturday 22nd September

Enfield 1893  v  Leyton Athletic  | the Harlow Arena

Pete:  Enfield have found some form in their last two outings and have kept two clean sheets in the process against very good teams in Hadley and Takeley.  Athletic are having a tough season so far and find themselves fourth bottom at the start of play, but they did manage to win at Benfleet in midweek so this will give them some confidence.  But feel the hosts win make it three wins on the spin.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Scott: This fascinating match sees Enfield battle Leyton at the Harlow Arena. Matt Hanning’s side have had a good week with wins over Hadley in the FA Vase and a hard-fought success over high-flying Takeley in midweek. Leyton lost their last league match at West Essex two weeks ago though did edge out Eastern Senior Lge Sth side Benfleet at Park Lane in a midweek Essex Senior Cup encounter. Both sides are somewhat unpredictable at present though the hosts may just ‘carry the day’ here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Hoddesdon Town   v   Woodford Town  | Lowfield

Pete: The hosts suffered a disappointing loss in the Vase last weekend and will want to get back to winning ways against a Woodford side who after winning their opening two league games of the season, they have lost their last three including a fiery one against Clapton last time out.  Fancy the hosts to take this one though.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Scott: These two out-of-form sides meet at Lowfield. Hoddesdon lost at home to FC Clacton in the FA Vase last weekend and have also lost their last two League matches. Woodford have lost their last three league games and it’s debatable whether the number of red cards is having an effect on them at present. Draw in my opinion.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Saffron Walden Town  v  Tower Hamlets  | Catons Lane

Pete: Walden begin life without Stuart Wardley after he left the club on Thursday, and it will be interesting to see how the players respond to this news when they welcome bottom-of-the-table Tower Hamlets to Catons Lane.  Walden are unbeaten in four league games so far but have lost their last two at home in cup competitions but Hamlets haven’t won at all this campaign and with just a single point to show in four are finding life tough this time around.  Despite the recent events, I can still see the hosts winning this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 0

Scott: Walden welcome Hamlets to Catons Lane on the back of a week they won’t look back on fondly. First, a surprise FA Vase exit to May & Baker was compounded by another home loss, to Hullbridge in the Gordon Brasted Trophy. And then yesterday the club announced the mutually agreed departure of boss Stuart Wardley. Hamlets arguably needed a boost ahead of this one as they are struggling to register a win themselves with defeats to Stansted and Sawbridgeworth in the League and Gordon Brasted Trophy respectively. Backed by the good crowds they get, I’ll still go for a home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Southend Manor  v  Redbridge  | Southchurch Park

Pete: These are two sides who you never know what to expect next.  Manor have won two but lost four in the league so far, whilst Redbridge have only won win from their five outings to date, but they did pick up a good win at Stansted in the County Cup in midweek, whilst Manor lost at Stanway Rovers, this after they got through to the First Round of the Vase at the weekend.  Hard one to call this so gonna go for a draw.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Scott: Manor welcome the Motormen to Southchurch with both sides looking for the victory. Adam Peek’s side lost out at Stanway Rovers in midweek in their league encounter after a narrow but exciting home win over Haverhill Rovers in the FA Vase last weekend. Redbridge fell to a home defeat to Ilford last weekend though recovered to win at Stansted in midweek in the Essex Senior Cup.

I have a nagging feeling that the hosts will nick a narrow win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Stansted  v  West Essex  | Hargrave Park

Pete: The Airportmen had been in decent form lately, climbing to fifth in the table as a result, but a home loss to Redbridge in the County Cup knocked them back a bit.  West Essex have managed to win three games on the spin in all competitions after a poor start, and they will be looking to claim another three points here.  Expecting the hosts to edge this one though.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: These two improving sides do battle at Hargrave Park. Stansted won at Tower Hamlets last weekend while the Stags backed up a win in the FA Vase with a narrow triumph over Barkingside on Monday night. I feel the Airportmen are ‘building the blocks’ of what could be a good season and though both sides concede goals, I’ll plump for a home win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

St Margaretsbury  v  Ilford   | The Recreation Ground

Pete:  The Bury Boys have had a mixed start to life in the ESL Premier, and sit tenth after two wins, one draw and three defeats so far. Ilford though have surprised a lot of people with three wins from six and only one defeat so far, seeing them third in the early standings.  Both sides drew last time out but I feel the visitors may sneak this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Scott: St Margs welcome Ilford in another intriguing contest. Both sides drew in midweek, with the ‘Bury holding Walthamstow and the Foxes getting a point at Sawbridgeworth. I reckon there will be goals in this one and it could be another draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Takeley  v  Hullbridge Sports   |  Station Road

Pete: A titanic tussle awaits us at Station Road as league leaders Hullbridge travel to second-placed Takeley.  The hosts lost their first game of the league season to Enfield in midweek, which saw them fail to go back above the visitors into top spot, whilst Sports won at Walden in the Gordon Brasted Trophy, this with a much-changed side too.  I feel though that the hosts may bounce back to win here although it will be mighty close.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 2

Scott: This is potentially ‘Game of the day’ as ‘Bridge make the journey to Takeley. The hosts lost their 100% league record in midweek with defeat at Enfield 1893, which followed a hard-fought win at Brantham Athletic in the FA Vase last weekend. Hullbridge held Walthamstow last weekend before getting a good win at Saffron Walden in the GBT in midweek. Darren Manning’s side historically don’t enjoy trips to Station Road though it’ll be fascinating to see if they can keep up their own good start to the season here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Walthamstow  v  Sawbridgeworth Town  | Kitchener Road

Pete: Stow sit sixth in the standings after two wins, three draws and only one defeat so far, whilst Sawbo have had a mixed start and sit in mid-table.  Stow drew last time out at St Margaretsbury whilst Sawbo also drew as well, so predicting this one is tricky.  But I think the hosts will take all three points here.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Scott: Finally on Saturday, Sawbo travel to Walthamstow. Ryan Maxwell’s team have had two draws this week, being held at Hullbridge and St Margaretsbury on Saturday and midweek respectively. Sawbridgeworth were held by Ilford in midweek. This encounter could have goals in it as well, got a gut feeling John Watters’ side may pinch it by the odd goal.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 3

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

Round-up: Essex Olympian League w/ Essex Alliance Rs [Prem – D3] (15th Sept 2018) [EOFL & EAL 15.9.18]


Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to my round-up of Essex Olympian League action from the weekend of Saturday 15th September, with results from the first two tiers of the Essex Alliance League as well.


EOFL Premier Division

Starting off with the Premier Division as ever, current leaders Buckhurst Hill continued their fine start with a 1 – 0 triumph at Old Southendian, who were unable to get their first points of the season. Sonny Shilling struck late on to give Hill the victory.

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts defeated Harold Wood Athletic 3 – 2 as a brace from Charles Brown and a Mark Nougher strike overturned goals from Robert Whitnell and Joe Stevens for Ath who are now three points behind the leaders Buckhurst Hill. Rayleigh Town continued their useful start to the campaign with a 3 – 1 home victory over last season’s champions Catholic Utd. Max Jones ‘came to the party’ again with a splendid hat-trick for the hosts to secure the points.

Elsewhere, Canning Town won 2 – 0 at Sungate thanks to an OG and a Tom Quinn strike. Kelvedon Hatch won 2 – 1 at Leigh Ramblers as Dan Gillard and Mike Daniels strikes saw them to victory with former Essex Senior League player Matt Brinklow netting for Ramblers. Dan Gage’s double for Great Baddow saw them a 2 – 1 away-day win at winless Manford Way. Lee Lashley got their goal though the search for a win goes on.


EOFL Senior Division One

Shenfield AFC powered to a impressive 5 – 2 win at Frenford Reserves with braces for Jordan Elliott and Mitch Day and a Sam Bubb strike. Luke Jacobs and Reece Morley pulled two back for the hosts. Herongate Athletic also won 5 – 2, at home to Ramsden Scotia. Perry Aldridge and Ben Lambert netted twice while Ben Crouch provided the other goal for Herongate while Keegan Risley and Sam Wren struck for Scotia.

Snaresbrook narrowly won 1 – 0 over May & Baker E.C. Ressies with Harry Price getting the only goal. Basildon Town continued their renaissance with a 1 – 0 success at Old Chelmsfordians thanks to Jamie Miller’s strike.


EOFL Division Two

In Senior Two, Rochford Town had a day to remember with a 4 – 2 home win over Beacon Hill Rovers. Jason Patmore struck twice with Dwayne Francis-Riley and Troy Reed strikes adding to the scorers for the hosts. Charlie Brewer and Steve Bennett goals for Rovers weren’t enough to alter the result.

Runwell Sports secured a comeback victory over Lakeside as Callum Prin, Declan Clarke and an OG saw Sports to the points. To round out the action in D2, Toby and Shoebury Town drew 2 – 2 – Peter Spicer struck both of Toby’s goals while Dominic Binns and Aaron Day secured a point for Town. Newham Utd also drew 2 – 2 at Upminster with Kaci Henry and Omar Jomanday getting Utd’s goals.

Finally, in Senior Division Three, Old Southendian Reserves won 3 – 1 at White Ensign Reserves as Ryan Kelly, Pete Jelley and Ben Franklin all scored for OS’ second-string. Zach Somerset-Butley pulled one back for the hosts though they fell to defeat. Meanwhile, Westhamians also got a away win, 3 – 1 at Roydon. Tom Pennells, Ben Jones and Sam Jones supplied the goals for the newcomers while Nader Benzid got Roydon’s goal.

Also, Academy Soccer won 1 – 0 at Hutton Reserves thanks to an early as Luis Ruiz strike.


Essex Alliance League – Saturday 15th September

Senior Division

ACD Utd 4 – 2 Grove Utd

Colebrook Royals A – W Jolof Sports

Docklands Abion 1 – 2 London Cranes

London Park City 1 – 7 Blue Marlin

Lopes Tavares (London) Reserves 1 – 2 East Ham Inter

West Essex Reserves 2 – 1 Singh Sabha Barking


Division One

FC Baresi 1 – 1 Three Colts

Forest Green 3 – 5 Lymore Gardens

Melbourne Sports 1 – 5 Chingford Athletic Reserves

Rapid Chingford 2 – 1 Chigwell


That’s all for now. We’ll be back next week.

Round-up: Bostik Division North (Sat 15th Sept) [BLN 16.9.18]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another round of the Bostik North round-up, here on the blog. This article looks at the action on the weekend of the 15th September. How did your side do?

Saturday 15th September

Aveley  3 – 2  Heybridge Swifts    | Parkside (3G)   |  Att: 243

Aveley Roared back in the secon half to deny Heybridge any share of the points at Parkside. Things looked sweet for Swifts after Sam Bantick’s double [35′ & 49′] had put them two goals up though a devastating six minute spell ended up putting paid to that. Alex Akrofi’s quick-fire brace [67′ & 69′] had levelled things up though Tom Richardson ended up having the final say on 72 minutes to give the Millers their third win in four league outings. Heybridge fell to their third defeat on-the-spin here.

Basildon Utd  1 – 0  Soham Town Rangers  | Gardiners Close  | Att: 108

Basildon continued their soaring form with a gritty win over Soham at Gardiners Close. Jack Adlington nabbed the only goal six minutes after half-time to see Marc Harrrison’s side extend their league run to four wins from as many matches. Soham have lost four of their opening five outings this term.

Bowers & Pitsea  4 – 0  Felixstowe & Walton Utd | Len Salmon Stadium (3G) | Att: 452

Bowers welcomed in their new 3G pitch at the Len Salmon and dismantled Felixstowe in front of a bumper crowd of over 400. David Knight was again the difference-maker and after four goals in the FA Cup last weekend, he grabbed another fine hat-trick [6′, 17′ & (pen) 60′] to set Rob Small’s side well on the way to victory. Lewis Manor added a fourth late on though it was a stellar day for the hosts who are still unbeaten in their four league matches and incredibly, Bowers haven’t conceded a single goal either in that time. Felixstowe fell to only their second loss in five matches here.

Brentwood Town  0 – 1  Grays Athletic   | Brentwood Arena  | Att: 105

Grays edged Brentwood at the Brentwood Arena thanks to an early second-half goal from summer signing Michael Mignot [46′]. Jamie Stuart’s side held on afterward to claim their first win since the opening day of the campaign. Town’s season league-wise hasn’t quite started as yet with two losses in four though this was their first defeat since their first match of the campaign.


Bury Town  3 – 2  Great Wakering Rovers   | Ram Meadow | Att: 280

Bury made the most of some good fortune to pinch a win at Ram Meadow. There wasn’t anything lucky about the time they broke the deadlock though as Ollie Hughes did in the first minute, though the first half ended with a Rovers leveller, from the penalty spot by Stephen Butterworth. Tanner Call’s deflected effort made it 2 – 1 though another pearler from Billy Johnson’s free-kick collection restored the stalemate for Garry Kimble’s side. However, an OG by unfortunate GWR right-back Jason Ring two minutes from time saw Town grab the points, their second win of the season while for Wakering it’s their third loss in five matches.

Coggeshall Town  1 – 1  Tilbury  | West Street | Att: 149

The Dockers denied Coggeshall a handy three points late on at West Street. Connor Hubble had powered Cogg into the lead on 65 minutes though with moments remaining, after a adjudged hand-ball on the goal-line by George Cocklin, the hosts were down to ten men and Luke Smith scored the resultant spot-kick. On the plus side for the hosts, they are unbeaten in three matches now while Tilbury are yet to win in five matches this term.

Dereham Town  2 – 0  Witham Town | Aldiss Park  | Att: 137

Dereham held firm and struck twice in twelve second-half minutes to give them the victory over Witham. Daniel Beaumont [pen 58′] and Ashley Jarvis  [70′] strikes were enough to claim Dereham’s second straight win and see Witham to their third loss in five matches.

Maldon & Tiptree  1 – 2  Canvey Island   | Park Drive   | Att: 186

Canvey had recent signing Josh Hutchinson to thank for their third win of the season. Hutchinson struck on the half-hour to give CIFC the lead though they were pegged back thanks to Decarrey Sheriff’s spot-kick on 69 minutes which continued the striker’s sterling start to the campaign. Late on though, Danny heale’s men claimed the win as Hutchinson got his second of the afternoon to hand the Jammers their first defeat of the season.

Mildenhall Town  1 – 2  Barking  | Recreation Way  |  Att: 145

The Blues continued their upturn in form with a good win at Recreation Way. Afolabi Obafemi broke the stalemate on 24 minutes before on the stroke of half-time, Rashid Kamara stole in to grab a second for Justin Gardner’s side. Thomas Boxer pulled one back for the Hall just past the hour though the visitors got their second win of the season while consigning the hosts to continuing their winless start to the campaign.

Romford  3 – 1  AFC Sudbury    | Rookery Hill  | Att: 116

Boro raced to a fine win at Rookery Hill. A brace from Taylor Tombides [13′ & 21′] plus a third from Jonathon Nzengo on 26 minutes pretty much saw Paul Martin’s side to victory though Ben Hunter reduced the visitors’ arrears on 31 minutes. The hosts secured their third win in five matches while the Suds haven’t won since the opening day of the season.
That’s all for this round-up, thanks for reading.

Round-up: Essex Senior League & Eastern Snr Lge Sth & Thurlow Nunn Prem Rs (Sat 15th Sept) [ESL, EaSL & TNP 16.9.18]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to my mini round-up of the action in the Essex Senior League plus results from the Eastern Senior League South and Thurlow nunn Premier.
Essex Senior League

Saturday 15th September

Hullbridge Sports  1 – 1  Walthamstow   | Lower Road | Att: 76

Hullbridge denied ‘Stow an important victory with a second-half leveller at Lower Road. In first-half added-time, James Peagram struck to give Ryan Maxwell a slightly better team talk at the interval. Sports recovered and ended up with a point thanks to Jimmy Cox’s goal on 58 minutes. Darren Manning’s side stay top of the table at this early stage.

Redbridge  1 – 4  Ilford  | Oakside  | Att: 48

The Foxes sent the Motormen careering off to the first league loss with this surprise win at Oakside. Jamal Dzotsi put the visitors ahead on 31 minutes before the opening 10 of the second half sealed the contest. Yemi Adelani [49′] continued his good scoring run this term and Yasseir Nazor netted six minutes later to leave Martin Haywood’s side in a super position. Ex-Ilford defender Sam Balfour pulled one back for the hosts late on before Adelani got his second of the afternoon in the dying minutes to seal a great day for the visitors.

Tower Hamlets  1 – 2  Stansted  | Mile End Stadium  | Att: 50

Finally in the ESL action, Stansted completed a good win at Mile End. Callum Ibe struck early [7’] and a Paul Clayton goal followed on 20 minutes to leave the Airportmen in a good position at half-time. Clayton struck at the wrong end late on though despite an improvement from the hosts in the second half, Stansted held on for another good three points.


Eastern Senior League South – Sat 15th Sept

Benfleet 1 – 0 Brightlingsea Regent Reserves

Braintree Town Reerves  3 – 3  Frenford

Halstead Town  2 – 1  Fire Utd

Hashtag Utd  3 – 2  Harwich & Parkeston

Lopes Tavares  0 – 0  Wivenhoe Town

Wormley Rovers  1 – 4  Burnham Ramblers




Thurlow Nunn Premier Division

Saturday 15th September

Godmanchester Rovers  3 – 2  Stowmarket Town

Long Melford  2 – 1  Histon

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

Match Report: Saffron Walden Town 1 – 4 May & Baker E.C (The FA Vase 2RQ) [FAV 15.9.18]

The FA Vase – Second Round Qualifying

Venue: Catons Lane

Attendance: TBA

2018-19 Season – Match 14

Saturday 15th September 2018  – 3pm KO

Saffron Walden Town: Black & Red Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

May & Baker E.C. : Black & White Striped Shirts, Royal Blue Shorts, Red Socks

May & Baker shock the Bloods to advance to the First Round Proper of the FA Vase

Report by Scott W (Twitter: ScottMHC14) with additional photos by Pete Dudley (@ped1980)

Our travels this weekend took us to Catons Lane for the first time to see Essex Senior League side Saffron Walden Town take on high-flying Eastern Senior League South side May & Baker. Pre-match, myself and colleagues felt there were goals in this one.

For The Bloods, manager Stuart Wardley was deprived of the talented pair Dan Trendall and Julian Simon-Parson due to injury though still named a powerful front three of Greg Strong, Charlie Portway and Lewis Francis. Wardley himself was named on the bench. Onto the visitors and they lined up with a strong forward partnership of their own with ex-Basildon Utd forward Reece Tranter and Dan Gilchrist leading the line with ex-Dagenham & Redbridge trainee Conor Okus in midfield though regular skipper James Barlow was unavailable.

The match began with the visitors probing forward though they were unable to breach the committed Saffron Walden back-line in the early moments of the match. Visiting forward Dan Gilchrist had a weak shot gobbled up by home custodian Neil O’Sullivan before moments later, M & B winger Craig Hall’s toe-poke was well-blocked by the midriff of O’Sullivan whilst one-on-one with the ‘keeper. The hosts responded with efforts from distance, captain Spike Bell and forward Lewis Francis the parties unable to find the target.

Danger signs were there for the hosts midway into the first half as home defender Ashley Skeggs did well to deny May & Baker forward Reece Tranter a good shy at goal and soon afterward, Hall headed wide of the post. The visitors did make their good spell count minutes later as a nervous back header by Skeggs sent Tranter in and he went past O’Sullivan and calmly slotted home.

SWT had a decent chance to level five minutes later though midfielder Jack Mead headed wide after being well-found from a left-wing cross into the box. The hosts were starting to find their rhythm at this point though M & B defended well and saw through to the interval with their slender lead intact.

M & B free-kick about to be taken (Image Credit: Pete D)

Half-Time: Saffron Walden Town 0 – 1  May & Baker

You sensed that this game needed livening up a tad and four minutes into the second period, the visitors certainly provided some impetus as after a good ball in from the left, Craig Hall’s glancing header sent Micky Wetherall’s side into a strong position in this match. To their credit, Walden responded though found visiting stopper Michael Gooch in good form, showing some good decision-making. As the hour mark was approaching, Gilchrist’s low drive was well-stopped by O’Sullivan following Hall’s good ball in from the M & B right flank. O’Sullivan had to be alert to deny a clever routine from a corner from the visitors which ended in a long-range  strike. M & B got their wish though with 25 minutes left as Gilchrist’s sweet strike sailed past O’Sullivan to send the Eastern Senior League South side into dreamland.

The hosts were a little deflated, understandably, though still searched for a way back into the game and after Gooch punched out a good delivery into the area, Francis headed wide when in a decent position. Soon after that, after a cracking delivery from Francis, SWT forward Charlie Portway smashed an effort against the underside of the crossbar, it did deserve better though perhaps it was a marker that it may not be the hosts’ day.

That said, after Gooch had denied another long-range drive by Bell, Walden did get on the score-sheet with 12 minutes remaining as Portway was all alone in the box and rifled home well. Three minutes later, Bell’s deflected cross was skied over by Francis. In fairness the central defensive pair of Dean Hall and Joe Maskell were very dependable for the visitors.

More gloss was added to the scoreline late on as Tom Harvey powered home a  close-range strike from a narrow angle which only crowned off a momentous day for the visitors and a rare off-day for the home side.

Full-Time: Saffron Walden Town 1 – 4  May & Baker

I’d just like to say a thank you to Saffron Walden for their fine hospitality all-round today, it is a really nice ground as I hope the pictires convey, with the back-drop not being too shabby either.


Saffron Walden Town  | Manager: Stuart Wardley

Neil O’Sullivan (GK), Spike Bell (Capt), James Solkhon, Ashley Skeggs, Jamie Riley, Ruben Da Silva (Joe Cunning 53′), Craig Calver, Jack Mead (Malchi Rivett-Leigertwood 66′), Greg Strong (Ronnie Ledwith 85′), Charlie Portway, Lewis Francis

Goal-scorer: Charlie Portway  [78′]

Booked: Portway |  Subs Not Used: Davies, Wardley

May & Baker E.C.     |  Manager: Micky Wetherall

Michael Gooch (GK), Dean Hall, Kiel Chandler (Daniel Lopes 69′), Tom Harvey, Elliott Carter, Joe Maskell, Craig Hall (Luke Dickins 64′), Conor Okus, Reece Tranter (Lewis Wallen 74′), Dan Gilchrist, Henry Osei

Goal-scorers: Reece Tranter [27′], Craig Hall [49′], Dan Gilchrist [65′] & Tom Harvey [87′]

Booked: Lopes | Subs Not Used: Martin

Referee: Reece Pinchback

Preview: The FA Vase Second Round Quali & Essex Senior League (Sat 15th/Sun 16th Sept) (FAV & ESL 14.9.18)

Written by Scott W & Peter D

Hello and welcome to another extended edition of our Preview pieces, looking at the FA Vase 2RQ ties involving ESL & Eastern Senior Lge South sides and a few ESL fixtures this weekend.

The FA Vase – Second Round Quallifying

Saturday 15th September

Baldock Town v Stanway Rovers | New Lambs Meadow

Pete: Stanway travel to Arlesey Town FC’s New Lambs Meadow ground to take on Baldock Town in the Vase, and they will fancy their chances after an improved last few games and with the hosts being 16th in their division it proves to be a close game no doubt. Despite this, I feel the hosts may prevail.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: Stanway travel up to Spartan South Midlands Premier side Baldock. Lee Fisher’s side won through their replayed game against White Ensign and have shown signs that going forward they are stronger than in defence. Baldock have started their league season in a ‘hit and miss’ manner though they did run Romford close in their recent FA Cup match and also sent Long Melford out in the last round of the Vase.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


Barkingside v Wodson Park | Cricklefield

Pete: This could be a tough one for the hosts despite their one step gap to the visitors, as Wodson Park have won all four league games this season in the Spartan South Midlands One, but the hosts will still feel they should pick up a win here and get their season kick-started. Can they take their chances, that is the million dollar question, my belief is they will do enough.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 0

Scott: Wodson Park make the trip to Cricklefield to take on Barkingside who were dumped out of the Gordon Brasted Trophy by St Margaretsbury in midweek. Wodson are unbeaten in their start to the Spartan South Midlands Division One, up to last weekend. Given that ‘Side are going through a difficult patch at present, I wouldn’t be that surprised if the visitors cause an upset here.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Brantham Athletic v Takeley | Brantham Leisure Centre

Pete: Possible tie of the round in this region sees Brantham host Takeley with the ESL side still smarting from their thrashing at Bowers & Pitsea last time out in the FA Cup. This will be a tough test too although Takeley did win at fellow Thurlow Nunn Premier side Norwich United earlier this season so know they can do it. The hosts are unbeaten this season though and will be a tough nut to crack on their own patch, and I feel they may sneak this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: Takeley face a second tricky trip in as many weeks, following last weekend’s loss at Bowers & Pitsea in the FA Cup. Although Marc Das’ side are unbeaten in the league, they may want to banish that defeat at Bowers out of their memories. Brantham have got through three rounds of the FA Cup and have started the Thurlow Nunn Premier very well and they could have the edge here in this tie.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Clapton v Newbury Forest | Old Spotted Dog

Pete: The Tons welcome Newbury Forest to The Dog confident they can progress against a side a step below them in the pyramid. And it would be hard to argue with that if you look at the form of these two sides and how they have started their campaigns, but Football is not played on paper so doesn’t always follow that way. But I feel the hosts will have too much for the visitors here.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 0

Scott: The Tons welcome Eastern Senior League South side Newbury Forest to Cricklefield. The hosts got a point at Redbridge last weekend. Forest have lost four of their matches in their division thus far though in fairness, adapting to their new division is not an easy task.

Jon Fowell & Ray Bartlett’s side should do the job in this tie and progress.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Hadley v Enfield 1893 | Brickfield Lane

Pete: This proves to be a tough assignment for the visitors as Hadley have began their season well with three wins from four in the Spartan South Midlands Premier, and with Enfield being hit for six at Sporting Bengal last time out, confidence is low, although sometimes defeats like that can kick-start you on to better things. But I feel Hadley will come out on top in this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Scott: Enfield travel to the Spartan South Midlands Premier side Hadley on the back of a heavy loss in the league to Sporting Bengal last weekend. The hosts have had a good start to their division and it’ll take some effort for Matt Hanning’s side to go through here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Hoddesdon Town v FC Clacton | Lowfield

Pete: ESL side Hoddesdon welcome FC Clacton to their Lowfield home and see the visitors come into this one in mid-table of the Thurlow Nunn Premier having won two of their five games so far. Town themselves will be smarting from their late defeat at home last weekend to Hullbridge so will want to get back to winning ways here. Feel a home win will be the outcome.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Scott: The Seasiders travel to Hoddesdon in what could be a tightly-contested match at Lowfield. Both sides have started their respective league campaigns well, Town in the Essex Senior League and Clacton in the Thurlow Nunn Premier. Hoddesdon are a young, hard-working outfit and home advantage may see them progress here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Little Oakley v Hadleigh Utd | Memorial Ground

Pete: Hadleigh United travel to Little Oakley knowing that despite their one step advantage it will be a tough test against the high-flying Eastern Senior South outfit. Hadleigh though have decent cup pedigree and are always a tough side to beat, and I feel they may just prevail in this one too.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Scott: This will be a tough tie for both teams as Oakley have started their season very well while Hadleigh are mid-table in Thurlow Nunn Premier at present, though they did beat Wroxham in the league last weekend. I have to agree with my esteemed colleague that Utd may edge it.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 3

Saffron Walden Town v May & Baker | Catons Lane

Pete: These two have already met at the same ground earlier this season in the County Cup, and the hosts came out on top, just, in a seven goal thriller. May & Baker will travel to Walden knowing they have nothing to lose and with the firepower they posess will cause the hosts problems. Walden though will know what to expect this time around so I feel they will be much more prepared this time, and I feel they will get the job done.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 2

Scott: This cracker-jack of a tie sees in-form May & Baker travel to Catons Lane to face Saffron Walden. The Bloods battled but went out of the FA Cup this week in their replay at St Ives Town. May & Baker dispatched Burnham Ramblers 8 – 1 in the last round of the Vase and are unbeaten in the Eastern Senior League South thus far this season. If SWT are not on their game here, M & B have the firepower to cause an upset. Stuart Wardley’s side might edge it though given their experience.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2

Southend Manor v Haverhill Rovers | Southchurch Park

Pete: Manor welcome another Thurlow Nunn side to their shores when Haverhill Rovers visit for this Vase tie, although their last opponents Ipswich Wanderers are a step below in the First Division North. Despite this I still feel Manor are favourites for this one as the visitors haven’t started their season too well, although they did knock Ilford out in the last round. Feel Manor will win this one though.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: Manor welcome Rovers to Southchurch Park on the back of a win on penalties in the Essex County Cup though will want to improve on their home loss to Stansted in the league last weekend. Haverhill knocked Ilford out in the last round of the Vase and may well be a threat here as the hosts need to improve defensively.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Stotfold v West Essex | Roker Park

Pete: West Essex travel to Stotfold knowing that despite the hosts having lost all five of their league games so far, they did thump Leyton Athletic 4-0 in the previous round, so the Mayesbrook Park side need to be aware. Ironically, West got their season up and running last time out with a 4-1 win over the same opposition and if they apply themselves correctly to this one they will win this one too.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Scott: Stotfold welcome another ESL side in West Essex to Roker Park. The hosts knocked Leyton Athletic in the last round though the Stags finally got their first league win last week, ironically it was over Leyton as well. Kwame Kwateng’s side might rest a few in this one though on the other hand, an FA Vase run would be helpful to get their season going.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Wick v Hackney Wick  | Crabtree Park

Pete: Hackney Wick travel to West Sussex side Wick, yes you read that right, who are also known as ‘The Wickers’. Confusing to say the least but the hosts also a Step 6 side though being a home tie they will feel confident of victory, although the visitors will be sure to put up a fight no doubt and have plenty of attacking talent to trouble their opponents. Got a feeling Wick may win this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: Yup, you’ve got two sides with a lot of ‘Wick’ between them meeting at Crabtree Park. The Eastern Senior League South side travel to Southern Combination Division One outfit on a good run, being unbeaten in their division thus far. Wick have also started their league campaign well and they may edge it though am going for a draw here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Sunday 16th September

Coggeshall Utd v Sawbridgeworth Town | West Street

Pete: The Robins travel to West Street to take on Coggeshall United knowing they will have to be on their game if they are to progress in this one. The hosts recently thrashed then unbeaten league leaders Halstead Town away so will be full of confidence in this one, although Sawbo themselves hit five at home in their last outing so that would of given them a boost too. Fancy an away win here.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Scott: On Sunday, Sawbridgeworth travel to Coggeshall Utd. Sawbo arguably had their performance of the campaign last weekend in knocking Tower Hamlets out of the Gordon Brasted Trophy. That said, Coggeshall had an excellent away win at Halstead in the Eastern Senior League South this week. I believe that this will be a close match though if Sawbridgeworth are clinical, they could get the result here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Enfield Borough v Sporting Bengal Utd | Summers Lane

Pete: Sporting face a tough tie at Wingate’s Maurice Rebak Stadium as they take on an Enfield Borough side who thumped Halstead Town 6-0 at home in the last round. The hosts did lose their last league outing though and Sporting won 6-0 at home themselves last weekend, although they also lost in midweek so similar forms for both heading into this one. I do fancy the visitors just in this one though.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Scott: Borough welcome Bengal to Summers Lane. The hosts smashed fellow Step 6 side Halstead in the last round of the Vase while Bengal enter the competition here after a mixed week. Imrul Gazi’s side won well at home to Enfield 1893 last weekend but went out of the Gordon Brasted Trophy away at Walthamstow in midweek. There may well be goals in this one though given the hosts have had an excellent start to their league season. The hosts may edge it.

Scott’s Prediction: 4 – 2

Essex Senior League – Saturday 15th September

Hullbridge Sports v Walthamstow | Lower Road

Pete: It’s first against fourth in the ESL at the weekend and the hosts will be looking to put a four-point gap between them and the rest at the top with a win here, but Walthamstow will certainly make life difficult for the hosts with their own firepower. Stow could close the gap to the top to three points with a win themselves although I think it may end a draw.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Scott: Into the league action now and Hullbridge battle Walthamstow in a match which will test both sides’ ambitions of being in the upper echelons of the division this term. ‘Stow won through in the Gordon Brasted Trophy in midweek though they lost out in the FA Cup last weekend to Step 3 Beaconsfield Town. Darren Manning’s side will need to be at their best for the whole match to deny the visitors’ goal-power. Draw for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Redbridge v Ilford | Oakside

Pete: The Motormen are unbeaten in the league this season although three draws from their four games shows they are solid if not spectacular. Ilford come to Oakside hoping to end their opponents’ unbeaten start and themselves have started the season fairly well after a disappointing opening day defeat. Not much between the sides though and has a draw written all over it.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott: Meanwhile at Oakside, Redbridge welcome local rivals Ilford. This will be an intriguing contest as both sides have had a similar start to the campaign/ Ilford have lost one in the league while the Motormen are unbeaten though have had three draws in four league matches. The hosts need to turn draws into wins to elevate themselves up the table. Martin Haywood’s side have been improving of late so cannot be under-estimated. Think this may end up being honours-even.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Tower Hamlets v Stansted | Mile End Stadium

Pete: Hamlets are finding life tough this season and they welcome a Stansted side full of confidence and in good form themselves after two wins this week. It’s hard to look past an away win in this one and I feel this is what will happen.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 3

Scott: Finally, Stansted make the trip to Mile End to take on struggling Tower Hamlets. The hosts have yet to win in the league and given their form in other competitions, they need to get a win on the board. Stansted won’t be charitable though as will be looking to build on last week’s win at Southend Manor. Can see the Airportmen securing another victory here.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 2

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