Guest Blog: Will’s Eredivisie trip: Feyenoord 1 – 0 Heracles (23.2.18)

Venue: De Kuip Stadion

Sunday 19th February 2018

Written by Will Randle

Tulips? Clogs? Goldmember? I’m sure these are all images that are conjured whenever Holland is mentioned, but for me the first thing that comes to mind is football. As an advocate (or should that be Advocaat?) of the beautiful game, the Eredivisie seemed the logical choice for my latest ground-hop. Way back in September I decided on Feyenoord and with the news that Robin Van Persie had returned to his hometown team around a fortnight before my trip, I was glad I plumped for the Rotterdam club over their Amsterdam rivals Ajax. Why Feyenoord? Two words: ‘’De Kuip’’.

Old-school stadiums have always been a favourite of mine and by all accounts, I’d been reliably informed that ‘’The Tub’’, as it’s known in English, was the grandest of all in Europe. By the time of my first glimpse of the ground from the Erasmus bridge, I found it hard to disagree. With its red and blue seats and magnificent oval roof, I imagine that this is as close as I could get to the Old Wembley. Inside the arena, a novel feature was the use of ‘’Muntens’’ or little coins bearing the club crest used to purchase food and drink. 12 Euros afforded me 5 of the local currency which stretched to 2 pints of Heineken, a snack of two croquettes in a bread roll and a coffee ; which I deemed to be a fair exchange rate. With around 20 minutes to kick-off and suitably refreshed, I was pleasantly surprised to hear that the homecoming hero Van Persie was in line for his first start since his return.

In a patient game which bared very little resemblance to the high-pressing style I’ve grown accustomed to in England of late, Feyenoords’ classic 4-3-3 formation saw RVP take the number 10 role. Despite the Rotterdammers’ careful and considered approach, they were hardly in the game during a first half in which Left Winger Jean-Paul Boëtius, expected to provide a creative spark, repeatedly came unstuck against his full-back. Indeed, despite all the home sides’ possession, it was Heracles who created the better of the chances during the opening 45 minutes; Breukers failed to hit the target, whilst Kuwas looked to be through but for a late offside flag. Vermeij also had an opportunity to test Brad Jones but the Australian was equal to his effort.

The second half started in a similar fashion with an attempt from distance by Kristoffer Peterson hitting the underside of the bar but it was Van Persie who demonstrated his feather touch and clinical finishing, breaking the deadlock around the hour mark. After receiving a pass just outside the box from Vilhena, RVP cushioned the ball with his wand of a left foot before placing it past Castro with a passed finish. Despite the lack of anything that got the Feyenoorders off their seats during the previous 59 minutes, as the ball hit the back of the net, the entire ground appeared to shake.

This moment aside, there was little else to get excited about, until Paul Gladon fired wide during the closing stages, when he looked set to equalise for the visitors from Almelo. Come full time, I was already analysing the match that had just gone and couldn’t help but feel as though I’d just witnessed an almost alien version of the game I watch every week back home.

Firstly, the full backs would barely touch the ball in their own half, their job more reminiscent of a deep lying midfielder in build-up, underlapping simply to recycle. The time and space afforded to them in the final third saw plenty of overlapping runs, but despite the not inconsiderate aerial threat of Jorgensen, the pullback was almost always favoured. Secondly and much more strikingly different, was the time and space afforded to almost every player on the pitch. Both teams played as if there was an unwritten rule, allowing your opposite number to settle and find his pass. Defenders appeared to be much more concerned with defending space and territory, blocking passing lanes and forcing the ball wide, with little desire to press and apply pressure to the ball. While this would appear to gift the opposition the opportunity to either thread a through-ball or strike from distance, this also seemed to be governed by a form of gentlemanly conduct, restricting the player in possession to recycling the ball around the edge of the box, looking to bring the full-backs into the game.

One can’t help but be impressed by the overall technical ability of every one of the 22 on the pitch, with lots of first-time passes out of defence and excellent takes from supporting players, but the lack of direct play developed from being frustrating to almost farcical. As pleasing on the eye as the Dutch game is, you’d feel that based on the patterns of play in this fixture, a direct player with an eye for goal would dominate the league. Overall, I enjoyed my visit to the Kuip, and feel as though there is plenty both the Dutch, with their emphasis on technique and the English, with their high-tempo, aggressive style of play could learn from each other.

Will Randle follows both Everton and Lowestoft Town FC and is a lover of all things football. Will is a keen fan of continental football, as well as an FA Level 2 qualified coach.

You can follow Will on Twitter: @WillRandle92

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My thanks to Will for giving his permission to use this article. It’s certainly an interesting diversion from EPL and Non-League Football. Cheers Will!

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Essex Senior League Round-up (ESL 18.2.18)

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my regular round-up of the action in the Essex Senior League this weekend. All seven matches survived the recent inclement weather and points were won & lost in important matches at both ends of the table.

Saturday 17th February

 

Barkingside 1 – 1  Southend Manor
| Venue: Cricklefield | Att: 48

‘Side recovered from a goal down to hold Manor at Cricklefield. Alfie Lindfield gave Manor the lead on 37 minutes though a minute before the break, Roddy Lemba restored parity for the hosts and that’s how it stayed. Barkingside go up one place to 14th, just two points above the bottom four. Manor stay 12th.

 

Clapton 0 – 1  Takeley   | Venue: Old Spotted Dog | Att: 72

Takeley were on the right side of another tough match at the OSD. Nick Barrett’s late free-kick secured all the points which takes Takeley back above the Tons into 5th, though they are nine points adrift of the top three. Clapton’s four-match winning run ended here, and are 12 points clear of Ilford in 7th.

 

Enfield 1893 2 – 0 Stansted  | Venue: The Harlow Arena | Att: 54

The E’s battled to their third win in four matches here. Goals from Ayo Odukoya [35′] and Dan Crowe [40′] were enough to pull Matt Hanning’s side out of the bottom four and into 16th place. Stansted’s third loss in their last four sees them stay 13th though the Airportmen are only three points ahead of that bottom four.

 

Great Wakering Rovers 1 – 1 Redbridge
| Venue: Burroughs Park | Att: 92

The top-of-the-table ended honours even at Burroughs Park. Redbridge led through talismanic striker Brian Moses’ 23rd goal of the league season [11′] though GWR levelled just seven minutes later thanks to Nathan Dewberry. They couldn’t be seperated after that as Redbridge stay top by three points, with Wakering joint-second with FC Romania after their unbeaten run extended to seven matches.

 

Hullbridge Sports 2 – 1  Tower Hamlets
|  Venue: Lower Road | Att: 38

Hullbridge picked up a hugely important win at Lower Road. I attended this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/02/17/match-report-hullbridge-2-1-tower-hamlets-esl-17-2-18/

 

Sawbridgeworth Town 1 – 1  Ilford
| Venue: Crofters End | Att: 47

These two old rivals had another battle at Crofters End. Aaron Thomas opened the scoring six minutes in to put the hosts ahead before hot-shot Tony Cookey levelled five minutes before the interval. Sawbo stay 11th, above Southend Manor on goal difference while Ilford remain 7th though West Essex and Tower Hamlets behind them have games in hand.

 

Wadham Lodge 4 – 2  Waltham Forest
| Venue: Kitchener Road |

Wadham won the Walthamstow Derby and in doing so, grabbed their first win in seven matches. Sherwin Stanley was again the hero for Lodge with a hat-trick while Brian Simpson got the other strike for the hosts. Christian Owusu got a brace for Forest though a run of one win in their last seven sees Ryan Maxwell’s side in 17th place, perched above the bottom four, only a point above Burnham. Wadham remain 20th though are only four points from safety now.

 

 

 

Bostik League North (& South) round-up (BLN 18.2.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to this week’s round-up of Bostik North action with results from Bostik South. There were some crucial battles at the bottom and between play-off contenders this weekend. How did your side do?

Saturday 17th February

AFC Sudbury 1 – 0 AFC Hornchurch
| Venue: King’s Marsh | Att: 315

The Suds narrowly defeated Hornchurch at King’s Marsh. Joe Whight’s spot-kick 16 minutes from time was the difference-maker as the hosts extended their unbeaten run to six matches, they rise one place to 9th spot. The Urchins retained their 13-point cushion at the summit thanks to Bowers’ defeat at Cheshunt as the recent four-match winning run ended here.

 

Barking 3 – 1 Bury Town
| Venue: Mayesbrook Park | Att: 91

Barking continued their play-off charge with a excellent win over mid-table Bury Town. Adem Ramadan broke the deadlock 12 minutes before the interval. Abs Seymour [16′] doubled that advantage before Kemo Darboe, on debut, secured the win with 20 minutes left. Bury nabbed a late consolation through Tommy Robinson though the visitors fell to their 5th loss in their last seven, dropping to 10th spot. Barking’s now four-match unbeaten run sees them retain 8th place, six points outside the play-offs.

 

Canvey Island 2 – 1 Maldon & Tiptree
| Venue: Park Lane | Att: 271

Canvey lept above the Jammers in the table after a good, battling win over fellow play-off chasing Maldon. James Walker gave the Gulls on eight minutes, before Ryan Charles [45′] gave Danny Heale’s side a two-goal cushion. Joe Ellul [48′] scored for the visitors though couldn’t find their way past Canvey ‘keeper Henry Newcombe afterwards. Canvey’s 4th win in their last seven sees them up to 3rd. Maldon drop to 6th.

 

Cheshunt: 2 – 1 Bowers & Pitsea
| Venue: Theobalds Lane | Att: 195

Cheshunt overcame promotion-seeking Bowers at Theobalds Lane. David Knight [21′] struck to gice Rob Small’s side the lead, though that advantage lasted three minutes before Kyle Roberts levelled for Craig Edwards’ side. The turnaround was complete thanks to Jack Lampe’s winner 13 minutes into the second half. Cheshunt’s second win in their last seven sees them iff the bottom, two points ahead of Romford. Bowers’ second loss in their last seven sees their lead over their rivals cut to six points with Canvey and Potters Bar both having 2 games in hand.

 

Dereham Town 2 – 2 Aveley | Venue: Aldiss Park | Att: 159

Dereham were twice pegged back by the Millers in this encounter at Aldiss Park. Rhys Logan got the opener for the hosts on seven minutes. Alex Stephenson restored parity for James Webster’s side on the half-hour. Sam Borrer [57′] restored the hosts’ lead though Aveley left with a point after Myles Keizer-Burrows’s injury-time leveller. Dereham drop to 5th after their 4th draw in their last seven outings. Aveley stay 19th as their unbeaten run stretched to six matches.

 

Grays Athletic 4 – 1 Witham Town | Venue: Parkside | Att: 192

A double of braces sealed Grays’ first win in five matches. A quick-fire Tommy Wade double [34′ & 37′] was followed by hot-shot Kieran Bishop’s third goal for the hosts two minutes later. Bishop [80′] secured the win with his 2nd before Aidara Moulaye got one back for Town though they fall four places to 17th spot. Grays stay 11th.

 

Hertford Town 0 – 1 Haringey Borough
| Venue: Hertingfordbury Park | Att: 258

Haringey Borough narrowly won at mid-table Hertford to keep up their top-six ambitions. Lawrence Yiga struck nine minutes into the second half to give Boro their third win in their last eight games and close to within a point of Maldon in 6th. Hertford drop to 14th following their 3rd loss in their last six.

 

Heybridge Swifts 3 – 1 Brentwood Town | Venue: Scraley Road | Att: 253

Heybridge’s first-half dominance saw them to victory at Scraley Road. Luke Callander’s sixth-minute spot-kick opened the scoring, before Ryan Henshaw [40′] and Harrison Chatting [42′] sealed the win. Luke Foster [83′] got one back for Town who suffered their fourth defeat in their last six, remaining 20th, seven points clear of the relegation place. Swifts rise to 12th after their third straight win.

 

Mildenhall Town 0 – 0 Potters Bar Town | Venue: Recreation Way | Att: 161

The Hall held Potters Bar at Recreation Way. The visitors drop to fourth though have only tasted defeat once in their last eight matches. Mildenhall drop one to 15th spot.

 

Tilbury 2 – 0 Soham Town Rangers
| Venue: Chadfields | Att: 68

The Dockers secured the points thanks to goals from Kurt Smith [45′] and Jack Carlile [Pen 90′] and in doing so rise to 16th place, following their third win in their last seven games. Soham fall below their opponents here to 18th.

 

Waltham Abbey 3 – 1 Romford
| Venue: Capershotts | Att: 103

Abbey prevailed in this battle of two our-of-form sides at Capershotts. Shad Ngandu was the hero for the hosts with a hat-trick [23′, 25′ & 90′]. Andrew Tirvanhu had earlier got one back for Romford on 34 minutes though Boro slip to the foot of the table, two points below Cheshunt after their seventh straight defeat. Abbey ended their own long winless run here and go up to 13th.

Ware 1 – 3 Norwich Utd
| Venue: Wodson Park | Att: 60

The Planters sealed a big win at Wodson Park to go level on points with Ware & Brentwood. Adam Hipperson once again was the visitors’ hero with a treble [33′, 42′ & (Pen) 64′] before Ahmed Abdullah scored a spot-kick [69′] for the hosts. Ware’s third straight loss sees them trade places with Utd, seven points clear of the bottom. Utd’s first win in five was a timely boost to their chances of survival.

 

Bostik Division South results – Sat 17.2.18

 

Chipstead 1- 2 Corinthian Casuals | Att: 125

Cray Wanderers 1 – 2 Carshalton Athletic | Att: 318

Faversham Town 0 – 2 Whyteleafe | Att: 192

Hastings Utd 2 – 3 Hythe Town | Att: 423

Herne Bay 3 – 1 Ramsgate | Att: 272

Horsham 2 – 1 Phoenix Sports | Att: 135

Lewes 2 – 0 Greenwich Borough | Att: 591

Molesey 1 – 1 Shoreham | Att: 39

Sittingbourne 1 – 2 East Grinstead Town | Att: 141

Thamesmead Town 3- 1 Ashford Utd | Att: 139

VCD Athletic 2 – 2 Guernsey | Att: 102

Walton Casuals 2 – 1 South Park | Att: 171

 

Essex Olympian League round-up (EOFL 17.2.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to a mini round-up of all the action in the Essex Olympian League this weekend, looking at the results from the Premier Division all the way to Senior Division Four.

 

Olympian League  –  Premier  Division

Basildon Town P – P  Leigh Ramblers

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

Canning Town 0 – 1 Frenford

Frenford edged this contest over Canning Town thanks to a solitary goal from substitute Driscoll to see them stay top by two points. Town are in 11th place.

 

Catholic Utd  P – P  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

Harold Wood Athletic  P – P   Springfield

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

Kelvedon Hatch  2 – 1  White Ensign

 

Manford Way 1 – 3  May & Baker E.C

May & Baker returned to winning ways with a comeback win at Manford Way. Reece Tranter had put the hosts ahead, though goals from Johnson, Elbi and substitute Osei sealed an important win for the former leaders. Manford drop to 9th spot while May & Bakers rise to second place.

 

EOFL – Senior Division One

 

Galleywood  1 – 4  Snaresbrook

 

Great Baddow  2 – 0  Runwell Sports

Baddow extended their unbeaten run to ten matches as a Sam Mead double ensured the win over bottom side Runwell Sports. The hosts go top by two points due to this win and the fact that Buckhurst Hill were not in action today. Sports stay bottom, level on points with Galleywood though they have five matches in hand on Sports.

 

Newbury Forest  P – P  Buckhurst Hill

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

Old Chelmsfordians 1 – 0  Harold Hill

 

Old Southendian  5 – 1   Shenfield AFC

The hosts powered to a big win over mid-table Shenfield at Garon Park. Sam Jones (2), Nick Henesy (2) & Jon Staines secured the points and stay 3rd, six points off the leaders while Shenfield remain 6th.

 

Sungate  2 – 3   Hutton

 

 

EOFL   – Senior Division Two

 

Herongate Athletic  5 – 3  Toby

Newham Utd  P – P  May & Baker E.C Res.

Ramsden Scotia  P – P   Benfleet

Rayleigh Town Res.  P – P  Ongar Town

Rochford Town  8 – 3  Ryan  (Ryan are Relegated from EOFL Division Two)

Upminster  0 – 1    A1 Sportsr

 

EOFL – Senior Division Three

Beacon Hill Rovers   P – P   Shoebury Town

Debden Sports  P – P    Leytonstone Utd

Frenford Res.  5 – 2  Harold Wood Ath. Res.

Hutton Res.  1 – 3     Leigh Town

White Ensign Res.  2 – 5  Manford Way Res.

 

EOFL   – Senior Division Four

Leigh Ramblers Res. 4 – 0    Canning Town Res.

Old Barkabbeyans   1 – 5    Old Southendian Res.

Southend Sports  1 – 0   Epping

Toby Res.   P – P     Sungate Res.

 

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 1 Tower Hamlets (ESL 17.2.18)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 38

2017-18 Season – Match 55

Saturday 17th February 2018 3pm KO

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

Tower Hamlets:  Orange & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

 

 

Scott W Reporting  (Twitter: ScottMHC14) with additional photos by Neil Hunwicks (Twitter: @ABridgeTooFar16)

 

After two postponements inside a week, Hullbridge Sports welcomed Tower Hamlets to Lower Road in a important Essex Senior League encounter, particularly for the home side.

With Rob Hodgson banned, the Sports defence lined up with Charlie Buffin and Matt Rose as full-backs, with debutant Dan Okah and club stalwart Sam Taylor in the centre. An attack-minded side saw Luke Hornsley lead the line on his second debut for the club. Tower Hamlets were missing the likes of Kane Wilson and Jerry Jairette though had Wale Odedoyin and Luke With in attack, assisted by pacy winger Elias Tackie.

The match began with both sides trading chances, Hullbridge winger Callum Ibe’s effort was saved by visiting custodian James Pellin two minutes in before Hamlets forward Wale Odedoyin shot wide of the near post a moment later. The visitors took the lead six minutes in through Elias Tackie’s strike after being found well by Luke With following good hold-up play by the tall striker. Hamlets could have extended their lead though Odedoyin twice couldn’t find the target.

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Hamlets winger Elias Tackie beats Sports ‘keeper Jamie Merralls to give visitors an early lead (Image Credit: Neil H)

The visitors arguably had the greater share of the chances in the first 15 minutes or so on a slippery pitch which both sides found awkward. Hullbridge centre-back Dan Okah made a crucial tackle to deny Tackie another sniff at goal just shy of the half-hour. On that 30 minute mark, home forward Luke Hornsley strode past two defenders before placing a good strike past Pellin into the right corner. Hullbridge midfielder Matt Tapley struck a free-kick just wide of goal four minutes before the interval though level it stayed at the break.

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Luke Hornsley (centre) is congratulated for grabbing the leveller for Hullbridge (Image Credit: Neil H)

Half-Time: Hullbridge Sports 1 – 1 Tower Hamlets

The open nature of the match continued in the second half, as Wale Odedoyin’s drive from a narrow angle called home goalkeeper Jamie Merralls into further action a minute after the re-start. Hullbridge responded as Harry Watkins’ strike was well-saved by Pellin mere minutes later. The visitors were guilty of missing further good oppurtunities with Tackie blazing over following a good right-wing cross from substitute Danny Childs and then soon after Odedoyin had two more decent chances though the forward couldn’t put them away.

Just after the hour mark, Ibe’s shot on goal was saved by Pellin as Hullbridge were fortunate to remain in the game. Substitute James Ross also couldn’t beat Merralls after latching onto a good ball in by full-back Daniel McCarthy with 16 minutes remaining.

The turning point came soon after as after Pellin had rushed out to clear his lines, from the resulting throw-in, with Pellin perhaps not quite back in position, Luke With unwittingly nodded the ball past his own ‘keeper to give the hosts a priceless lead.

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Hamlets’ Luke With (far left) unfortunately heads past Pellin to give Sports the lead (Image Credit: Neil H)

Hullbridge winger Michael Salako headed over the bar late on though the hosts held on to claim a massive three points.

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Hamlets’ John Watson shows his positional awareness by clearing an effort off the goal-line late on (Image Credit: Neil H)

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports  2 – 1 Tower Hamlets

In all honesty, Hamlets will be disappointed at their wastefulness in front of goal though there were a number of good performances for them today, including Danny Childs, John Watson and Tola Odedoyin at the back. For Hullbridge, Callum Ibe and Dan Okah stood out for me though it’s arguable that the whole team put in a gritty, if unspectacular shift in today. You can hear my post-match interviews with both managers on Thursday night on the Grassroots Football Show on East London Radio.

 

Teams

Hullbridge Sports

Jamie Merralls (GK), Charlie Buffin, Matt Rose, Sam Taylor (Eamon Payne 46′), Dan Okah, Michael Salako, Harry Watkins, Matt Tapley, Callum Ibe (Joe Pattison 89′), Jimmy Cox (Capt) (Perry Hirst 75′), Luke Hornsley

Goal-scorers: Luke Hornsley [30′], Luke With OG [77′]

Booked: Hornsley, Tapley, Salako | Subs Not Used: Jones, Kimmence

 

Tower Hamlets

James Pellin (GK), Daniel McCarthy, John Watson, Tola Odedoyin, Igor Furtado (Capt) (Danny Childs 9′), Harry Matthews, Reece Simpson, Elias Tackie (Shunsake Susaki 68′) Jacob Kolanda, Wale Odedoyin (James Ross 63′), Luke With

Goal-scorer: Elias Tackie [6′]

Booked: T Odedoyin, Watson | Subs Not Used: Sinclair, Tobun

 

Thanks for reading.

 

 

 

 

 

Essex Senior League & EOFL Round-up [ESL 11.2.18]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my semi-regular round-up of the action in the Essex Senior League this weekend. This week, Following the ESL action, there’s an extended results check from the Essex Olympian League (Premier Division – Senior Division 4)

Saturday 10th February

 

Barkingside P – P  Wadham Lodge  | Venue: Cricklefield |

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

Great Wakering Rovers  1 – 0  Takeley   | Venue: Burroughs Park  | Att: 76

I attended this match, my match report is here:
https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/02/10/match-report-great-wakering-1-0-takeley-esl-10-2-18/

 

Hullbridge Sports  P – P   West Essex    | Venue: Lower Road  | Att:

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

Redbridge P – P  Basildon Utd    | Venue: Oakside   |

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  1 – 3  Enfield 1893   | Venue: Crofters End | Att: 28

Enfield upset Sawbo with an excellent victory at Crofters. Ben Bradbury struck on 18 minutes to give strugglers Enfield the lead before Billy Skinner levelled for John Watters’ men on the half-hour. Bradbury grabbed his second just shy of the hour before Joe Johnson [73′] secured a much-needed win for Matt Hanning’s side.

 

Sporting Bengal Utd 2 – 3  Southend Manor
| Venue: Mile End Stadium  | Att: 20

Manor edged Bengal to claim all three points at Mile End. Manor led through Rhys Fatt’s opener 20 minutes in before goalkeeper Klinton Makayabo found the net just a minute later. Steven Carvell [32′] halved the deficit for the hosts before Alfie Lindfield restored Manor’s two-goal cushion 20 minutes from time. Syed Tanvir Ahmed pulled another one back for the hosts five minutes later though Manor held on to claim an important victory.

Stansted  2 – 3  Clapton   | Venue: Hargrave Park | Att: 122

Clapton powered to an important win in difficult conditions at Hargrave Park. The Tons led thanks to goals from Jay Morris [12′] and Dylan Ebengo [20′] before Ryan Ramsey struck for the Airportmen on the half-hour. Jeff Cobblah [63′] continued his scoring run to make it 1-3 though Julien Lloyd rounded out the scoring for the hosts two minutes from time.

Waltham Forest  1 – 1   FC Romania   |  Venue: Kitchener Road  | Att: 30

Forest hit back to hold FC Romania at Kitchener Road. Vlad Sighiartau put the in-form visitors ahead seven minutes after the break. Elias Siligato struck [74′] to level things and it finished that way as FCR lost ground on rivals Great Wakering.

 

Woodford Town (2017) 5 – 2  Burnham Ramblers
| Venue: Goffs Lane  | Att: 25

Woodford weathered a Burnham comeback to secure a good victory at Goffs Lane. Gemal Nfodjo [2], De’Juane Taylor-Crossdale [2] and a super Andrea Montovani free-kick secured the win for Town, Karl Swanborough and Robert Bagnall scored the visitors’ goals in a seven-minute spell.

 

Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

 

Harold Wood Athletic P – P Canning Town

Leigh Ramblers 0 – 3 Catholic Utd

May & Baker E.C  2 – 3 Frenford

Rayleigh Town P – P  Kelvedon Hatch

Springfield  0 – 2  Manford Way

White Ensign 3 – 0 Bishop’s Stortford Swifts

 

EOFL – Senior Division One

 

FC Hamlets 1 – 2 Snaresbrook

Galleywood P – P Buckhurst Hill

Harold Hill  P – P  Hutton

Old Southendian  2 – 2 Runwell Sports

Shenfield AFC  2 – 3  Great Baddow

Sungate  P – P Newbury Forest

 

EOFL – Senior Division Two

 

Benfleet 1 – 1 May & Baker E.C Res.

Ramsden Scotia  P – P  Herongate Athletic

Ryan   2 – 3  Newham Utd

Toby   3 – 3 Rayleigh Town Res.

 

EOFL – Senior Division Three

 

Frenford Res.  0 – 3  Shoebury Town

Hutton Res.   1 – 4  Beacon Hill Rovers

Leigh Town  P – P  Leytonstone Utd

Manford Way Res.  H – W Debden Sports (Sports failed to raise a side)

Old Southendian Res.  2 – 0  Harold Wood Ath. Res.

 

EOFL – Senior Division Four

Basildon Town Res.  P – P   Galleywood Res.

Southend Sports  P – P  Sungate Res.

 

 

 

 

Bostik League North (& Sth) Round-up (BLN 11.2.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another Bostik North round-up, here on the blog.

Here’s the round-up, followed as usual by a list of the results in Bostik Division South this weekend:

Saturday 10th February

 

AFC Hornchurch 2 – 1  Haringey Borough
| Venue: Bridge Avenue  | Att: 158

Hornchurch secured another three points at Bridge Avenue. The Urchins led 28 minutes in through George Purcell’s opener before Purcell [72′] grabbed his brace. Lionel Stone pulled one back for Borough four minutes from time though Haringey fell to their fourth loss in their last nine matches as they stay seventh. Hornchurch maintain their heady gap at the summit after their fourth win on-the-trot.

 

Barking P – P Cheshunt | Venue: Mayesbrook Park  |

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

Brentwood Town  P – P Canvey Island  | Venue: Brentwood Arena |

This match was also postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

Bury Town 2 – 1  Mildenhall Town
| Venue: Ram Meadow  | Att: 337

Bury Town emerged from this battle with the victory. Influential player Cemal Ramadan found the net once again five minutes before the break to give the hosts the lead before Thomas Debenham [57′] replied for the Hall. The hosts grabbed the points thanks to Ollie Hughes’ winner 12 minutes from time and in doing so their second straight win, remaining in 9th place. Mildenhall’s second loss in their last six matches sees them drop to 18th.

 

Grays Athletic 2 – 2 Maldon & Tiptree
| Venue: Parkside  | Att: 174

This tussle ended honours-even at Parkside. Maldon struck twice either side of the break through recent signings Jimmy Shepherd [36′] and Joe Ellul [51′] to put the pressure on Ath. The hosts responded late on though as Stanley Muguo [79′] & ex-Hertford striker Tommy Wade [87′] secured a point for Jamie Stuart’s side. Grays remain 11th after four draws in their last seven matches while Maldon have lost three of their last eight encounters, they reside in 6th.

 

Heybridge Swifts  6 – 1  Ware
| Venue: Scraley Road  | Att:193

Heybridge powered to a fine win over strugglers Ware at Scraley Road. Ryan Henshaw’s 5th-minute goal put Jody Brown’s side ahead, before Marcus Milner [16′] levelled for the visitors. Matt Price [27′], Harrison Chatting [31′] and Juan Luque [44′] struck to give Swifts a big lead at the break. Price [66′ & 77′] completed his hat-trick to give the hosts a second straight win, they rise to 13th. Ware’s 4th loss in their last seven matches sees them stay 21st.

 

Potters Bar Town  0 – 1  Aveley
| Venue: Pakex Stadium  | Att: 121

Aveley struck early to claim an excellent win at Potters Bar. Ryan Cosson came up trumps with the winner eight minutes in. The Millers also had to see out the last 23 minutes with ten man following George Doyle’s dismissal. The hosts’ six-match unbeaten run ended here though they stay 3rd. Aveley stay 19th after their 4th win in their last 5.

 

Romford  0 – 2  Dereham Town  | Venue: Ship Lane | Att: 58

Dereham added to Boro’s pain with a routine win at Ship Lane. Sam Borrer [45′] and Ryan Crisp [69′] goals secured the win for a Town side that ended the match a man down after Seamus Kelleher’s dismissal 15 minutes from the end. Romford’s 5th straight loss sees them remain second-bottom, a point clear of Cheshunt. Dereham’s recent run of just one defeat in their last ten sees them up to 4th spot.

 

Soham Town Rangers  5 – 0  Hertford Town
| Venue: Julius Martin Lane | Att: 134

Soham secured a handsome win over Hertford at Julius Martin Lane. The hosts were three-up at the break through goals from Joe Carden [15′], Callum Russell [28′] and Marcus Hall [37′]. After the break, Craig Gillies struck just past the hour before Russell [68′] gothis brace to give Soham their 3rd win in their last four to rise to 15th. Hertford’s 5th loss in their last nine sees them drop below Soham into 16th spot.

Tilbury  0 – 0  AFC Sudbury
| Venue: Chadfields  | Att: 81

Tilbury held the Suds at Chadfields to a goal-less stalemate. The hosts recent run has seen them pick up two wins in their last nine matches, as they fall to 17th. Sudbury’s unbeaten run extend to five matches now as they remain 10th in the table.

Waltham Abbey 0 – 1  Bowers & Pitsea
| Venue:  Capershotts  | Att: 83

Bowers edged to the victory at a soggy Capershotts. Substitute Charlee Hughes [62′] grabbed his first goal for the club, just a minute after entering the action to secure the win. Abbey’s 7th-straight loss sees them down to 14th while Bowers remain 2nd after their 6th win in their last 7, gaining ground on Potters Bar Town in 3rd.

Witham Town P – P Norwich Utd   | Venue: Spa Road  |

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

Bostik Division South  – Saturday 10th February 2018

 

Chipstead  2 – 2   Molesey     | Att: 68

Corinthian-Casuals  2 – 0  Horsham   | Att: 203

East Grinstead Town 1 – 1  Faversham Town  | Att: 70

Greenwich Borough 1 – 3  VCD Athetic    | Att: 71

Guernsey 2 – 2  Thamesmead Town    | Att: 530

Hastings Utd  2 – 1  Ashford Utd  | Att: 420

Herne Bay P – P  South Park

Hythe Town 6 – 0  Shoreham  | Att: 175

Lewes P – P  Carshalton Athletic

Phoenix Sports 2 – 5  Whyteleafe  | Att: 122

Ramsgate 1 – 2  Cray Wanderers   | Att: 186

Sittingbourne  P – P  Walton Casuals