Match Report: Burnham Ramblers 4 – 3 Redbridge (ESL 17.10.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Leslie Field

Attendance: 26

2017-18 Season – Match 30

Tuesday 17th October 2017 7.45pm KO

Burnham Ramblers : Sky Blue & Navy Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

Redbridge : Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Both sides at KO (Burnham v Redbridge ESL 17.10.17)
Both sides at kick-off

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a fairly chilly evening at Leslie Field, Burnham Ramblers welcomed in-form Redbridge in another intriguing Essex Senior League encounter. Burnham had the familiar front two of Bradley Morgan and Charlee Hughes in the starting XI while Lindsipho Mtyanda and tall target-man Brian Moses led the line for the Motormen, with forward Calvin Poku and winger Joshua Hutchinson unavailable.

I’ll mention right from the start that this is some match to try and sum-up. We were set on our way as the visitors struck first in the first minute as winger Reside Coxi-Sebastfao struck the crossbar with his drive and forward Brian Moses eventually tucking it away well. Only three minutes later, forward Lindsipho Mtyanda had a shot saved by home goalkeeper Joshua Strizovic. The hosts rallied though soon after as midfielder William Howard’s shot was saved by visiting custodian Lewis Greene. The visitors edged the early-going in both boxes as defender Vinny Murphy’s crucial tackle denied Ramblers forward Bradley Morgan in the area. Thirteen minutes in, Burnham midfielder Ryan Stillwell repaid that compliment with a great tackle on Moses with the forward primed to strike.

The hosts levelled on 17 minutes as a great through-ball found forward Charlee Hughes and he made no mistake, slotting home well to consolidate a super start to this match. There was little let-up in proceedings as ten minutes later, midfielder Julian Bavin swivelled and volleyed a super strike past Greene to put Lee Hughes’ side ahead for the first time. On the half-hour, it needed a great block by centre-back Jonathon Mbamarah to deny Morgan after the Burnham forward had rounded Greene in the area.

The hosts were not to be denied though as twelve minutes before the break from Bavin’s pass, Hughes was in on goal and slotted home to give his side a two-goal lead. A frenetic first half ended in stoppage time as Mtyanda looped a header home from captain Eljay Worrell’s free-kick.

Half-Time: Burnham Ramblers  3 – 2  Redbridge

The second half began with the visitors much the stronger as home custodian Strizovic denying Mtyanda, midfielder Patrick Duggan and Worrell in the opening quarter-hour or so of the half. Redbridge winger Coxi-Sebastfao was impressing on the left flank with his pace and trickery. It was no surprise when Coxi-Sebastfao himself got the visitors level on 66 minutes as he thumped home an effort past Strizovic following another Worrell free-kick in a spell of sustained pressure from the Motormen.

Strizovic was busy again having to deny Mtyanda moments after the leveller though Burnham found another gear in the latter stages with Hughes’ header being saved by Greene. With nine minutes left, Mtyanda spurned a good chance for the visitors though in retrospect, we couldn’t quite have predicted what was coming. Burnham forward Hughes has a knack for scoring crackers and he came up trumps again with a thunderbolt from at least 25 yards which sailed past Greene to give Burnham the lead once again. In a nervy finale, Stillwell headed wide for the hosts and Moses and substitute Liam Thomas also missed the target with headers.

The full-time whistle blew and unsurprisingly there were contrasting emotions by both sides though what I will say is that football was the ultimate winner in this utterly enthralling contest. Redbridge may look back and wonder how they didn’t get something from this game though the hosts will be delighted with their battling qualities and work-rate, alongside Hughes’ finishing. If this was last season then Burnham may have got overwhelmed though this match is another marker to suggest that they are a different side this term. Congratulations to them and also I’d like to thank them for their hospitality tonight. Best wishes to Redbridge as well for the rest of the season.

Full-Time: Burnham Ramblers   4 – 3       Redbridge

Hughes 17’, 33’, 84’    | Moses 1’, Mtyanda 45’+1

Bavin 27’            |   Coxi-Sebastfao 66’


Burnham Ramblers

Manager: Lee Hughes


Joint-Managers: Ricky Eaton & Joey May

1  Joshua Strizovic  (GK) 1  Lewis Greene  (GK)
2  Bobby Barker       (Subbed 29’) 2  Courtney Homans
3  Grant Webb 3  Eljay Worrell  (C)
18 Julian Bavin         (Subbed 73’) 4  Shaun Harris
5  Luke Moloney  (C) 5  Vinny Murphy
6  Scott Plom 6  Jonathon Mbamarah
7  Samuel Warwick     (Subbed 66’) 7  Tommie Turner    (Subbed 82’)
8  William Howard 8  Patrick Duggan
9  Bradley Morgan 9  Lindsipho Mtyanda
10  Ryan Stillwell 10  Brian Moses
11  Charlee Hughes 11  Reside Coxi-Sebastfao


13  Adam French  (GK) 12  Sam Sheppard
14  Kyle Musson             (On 66’) 14  Liam Thomas       (On 82’)
15  Alex Karkoski 15  Malaki Toussaint
16  Andy Mowforth       (On 29’) 16  Philip Brown-Bampoe
17  Daniel Green            (On 73’) 17  Jamil Shariffu


Kirk Edwards

Assistant Referees:

Paul Falvey

Joe Burgess

Booked: Moloney, Bavin, Stillwell Booked: Moses, Mtyanda, Coxi-Sebastfao

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 3 – 0 Hackney Wick (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 49

2017-18 Season – Match 29

Saturday 14th October 2017 3pm KO

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

Hackney Wick : White Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a nice autumnal afternoon at Lower Road, Hullbridge Sports welcomed Hackney Wick in an intriguing Essex Senior League encounter. Both sides resided in the bottom four before kick-off. For Hullbridge, Lewis Catling came in between the sticks, with Luca Frankis leading the line though Jimmy Cox returned to the squad, sitting on the bench. For me, this was the first look at Hackney Wick since pre-season so I was intrigued as to how they’d get on – I soon got my answer.

Prior to kick-off, we had a minute’s silence (see image) in remembrance of the Waltham Forest chairman Tergut Esendagli who sadly passed away this week. My condolences to the club and to Tergut’s family for their loss. In the opening stages of this encounter, it was a tale of the ‘number nine’s’ as within three minutes, Hullbridge forward Luca Frankis nearly had a clear chance though the ball just escaped his clutches and into visiting goalkeeper Steven French’s arms. A minute later, Wick forward Allan Bastel had a shot blocked by Hullbridge custodian Lewis Catling. It was the home no.9 who put the hosts ahead though Frankis poked his effort into the corner after winger Ollie Miller’s cushioned header into his path.

Hackney Wick responded on 17 minutes as Catling was called into action to push forward Alejandro Ramires’ free-kick wide and then two minutes later, winger Jermaine Nicholson’s shot was also tipped wide. Through most of the remainder of the first period, the hosts pushed forward to clinch that second goal as Wick did struggle to clear their lines at times. Hullbridge was also up for the fight as well as the likes of midfielder Michael Edgar and Frankis ran their socks off to harry the opposition into errors. Nine minutes before the break, Charlie Buffin’s cross from the right flank was headed just wide by midfielder Lewis Watson. The hosts definitely had the better of the play in the first period, though the game was some way from being won with only a slender lead as it was at the interval.

Half-Time: Hullbridge Sports 1 –  0  Hackney Wick

The visitors made a change at the break and they did seem more energised as a result. Defender Aaron Hunwicks had to ‘have his wits about him’ to deny a certain chance five minutes after the break. A minute afterward, French had to save well to deny Frankis at the back post after good play from Miller and fellow winger Charlie Gerada.  That miss wasn’t costly though as on 54 minutes, a long ball found Miller and one-on-one with French, he slotted past the ‘keeper to double the home side’s advantage. I think it was fair to say that the goalkeeper was not happy with the defence in front of him.

Hullbridge lost centre-back Ollie Quick and Gerada to knocks within seven minutes of each other midway through the second half as Wick continued to battle away going forward. Substitute Guled Ahmed made a difference to his side though with twenty minutes left, his free-kick couldn’t find the target. A further effort on goal soon after by fellow substitute Saico Djop was saved by Catling. At this point, the hosts couldn’t quite keep the ball as effectively as they had done though they were led at the back by the presence of player-manager Rob Hodgson. Into the last five minutes or so, the hosts found another gear as Hodgson’s shot was well-saved by French. Moments later, Wick should have got a consolation though Ramires was twice denied by good saves by Catling and following-up, full-back Blessing Adomah sent his shot over the crossbar. The hosts did get another late on as the impressive Miller was found by substitute Sam Dulieu and the winger slotted home for his brace.

Full-Time:     Hullbridge Sports      3 – 0       Hackney Wick

Frankis 9’, Miller 54’ & 90’+3

In all fairness, Hullbridge deserved their win and played decent football at times, though Wick kept going, particularly in the second half and unfortunately couldn’t find that final ball often enough. For the hosts, almost to a man it was a really good, gutsy display though Hodsgon and Miller’s performances stuck out for me today.


Hullbridge Sports

Player-Manager: Rob Hodgson

Hackney Wick

Manager: Tolga Dervish

1  Lewis Catling  (GK) 1  Steven French  (GK)
2  Charlie Buffin 2  Blessing Adomah
3  Aaron Hunwicks 3  Marian Histov
4  Michael Edgar 4  Berkcan Belindir
5  Ollie Quick                 (Subbed  61’) 5  Mark Collins
6  Rob Hodgson 6  Jake Casey
7  Ollie Miller 7  Jermaine Nicholson   (Subbed 66’)
8  Lewis Watson 8  Ibrahim Camara  (C)
9  Luca Frankis               (Subbed 56’) 9  Allan Bastel
10  Jamie Buffin  (C) 10  Alejandro Ramires
11  Charlie Gerada         (Subbed 68’) 11  Prince Yeboah           (Subbed 46’)


12  Jimmy Cox           (On 56’) GK  Vladisav Gorchakov
14  Damien  Siemienczuk 12  Saico Djop           (On 66’)
15  Angus Poole         (On 61’) 13  Simpson Mpalampa
16  Sam Dulieu           (On 68’) 14  Guled Ahmed     (On 46’)
17  Sergo Sidibe


Pat Evans

Assistant Referees:

Nicholas Hodges

Sven Wood

Booked: None Booked: Casey

Report: Southend Manor 0 – 3* Redbridge (*A-A after 80 mins) (ESL 7.10.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

2017-18 Season – Match 28

Saturday 7th October 2017 3pm KO

 Southend Manor : Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Redbridge : Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

S Manor v Redbridge (ESL 7.10.16)
The Players before KO

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a fairly chilly afternoon at Southchurch Park, Southend Manor welcomed in-form Redbridge in another Essex Senior League encounter on Non-League Day.

The first began with the visitors edging the early-going though 13 minutes in, it was almost bad luck for the visitors as from full-back Lee Scott’s right-wing cross, Manor’s Robbie Norris scuffed his shot at the near post. The visitors did get into their stride somewhat though strikes on goal from front two Brian Moses and Calvin Poku failed to find the target.

The Motormen did take the lead eleven minutes before the break as a long-ball found Poku in space and then one-on-one with Manor goalkeeper Liam Pitts, buried his low strike into the left corner. Redbridge led at the break as Manor couldn’t quite find their rhythm going forward though did battle quite well against the formidable Motormen front four.

Half-Time: Southend Manor 0 – 1  Redbridge

Seven minutes into the second half, Moses’ shot was saved by Pitts, A minute later, Manor forward Bayley Newell’s drive went wide of the left-side post. The vistors extended their lead on 61 minutes as after Moses was involved in the build-up , winger Reside Coxi-Sebastfao struck home from close range. Ten minutes later, Manor substitute Charlie Barlow’s shot called Redbridge goalkeeper Lewis Greene into action though he made the save. Soon after, the visitors were three goals up as after Pitts had denied Moses’ effort, winger Joshua Hutchinson tucked in the re-bound. Newell then tested Greene again with a goal-bound effort which the visiting custodian saved with his foot.

With ten minutes remaining, there was a coming together as Redbridge forward Moses and home goalkeeper Pitts challenged for the ball on the edge of the goalkeeper’s area which left both players down. However, it soon became apparent that the ‘keeper had clearly come off worse for wear and the match was halted while an ambulance was called. I must mention that Moses stayed with the stricken stopper for some time, before and after the paramedic crew arrived. Given the situation, the referee eventually called the match off with ten minutes still to play. Pitts suffered a suspected broken leg. I sincerely wish Liam the very best in his recovery and I am sure the entire Non-League community would also echo that sentiment.

As far as the result goes, the League will ultimately decide whether the result will stand or not, though at present I believe it may stand.

Full-Time*: Southend Manor  0 – 3  Redbridge

Poku 34’

Coxi-Sebastfao 61’,

Hutchinson 72’



Southend Manor

Manager: Stuart Marshall


Joint-Managers: Ricky Eaton & Joey May

1  Liam Pitts  (GK) 1  Lewis Greene  (GK)
2  Robbie Norris 2  Courtney Homans
3  Lee Scott                   (Subbed 54’) 3  Billy Golledge
4  Ross Johnson           (Subbed 70’) 4  Shaun Harris
5  Scott Keys  (C) 5  Liam Thomas  (C)
6  Jamie Alexandrou 6  Jonathon Mbamarah
7  Rhys Fatt 7  Joshua Hutchinson
8  Callum Jex 8  Patrick Duggan    (Subbed 67’)
9  Jacob Cleaver 9  Calvin Poku          (Subbed 67’)
10  Bayley Newell 10  Brian Moses
11  Joe Skeels 11  Reside Coxi-Sebastfao


12  Ryan Kelland        (On 70’) 12  Sam Sheppard
14  Hamid Zamani 14  Lindsipho Mtyanda   (On 67’)
15  Charlie Barlow     (On 54’) 15  Malaki Toussaint       (On 67’)
16  James Coppins 16  Tommie Turner
17  James Good  


Peter Newman
Assistant Referees:

Nicholas Hodges

Martin Green

Booked: Cleaver Booked: Thomas


Match Report: Tower Hamlets 3 – 0 West Essex (ESL 6.10.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: 94

2017-18 Season – Match 27

Friday 6th October 2017 7.45pm KO

Tower Hamlets: Orange Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

West Essex: Red & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Red Socks

T Hamlets v W Essex (ESL 6.10.17)

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a fairly calm night at Mile End Stadium, Tower Hamlets welcomed West Essex in a Friday night Essex Senior League encounter. Regarding the teams, Goalkeeper James Pellin made his debut for Hamlets after signing from Southend Manor while for West Essex, Dan Russell continued to deputise in goal for the injured Jack Coker.

The match didn’t start off that lively with few chances coming in the early-going. Fourteen minutes in, a West Essex free-kick by Joe Lefley found centre-back Maamoon Khan though he couldn’t get his shot away on goal. Six minutes later, we had the unusual sight of a fox traversing its way across the pitch. On 24 minutes, Hamlets forward O’Neal Rowe had a good shot saved by West Essex goalkeeper Dan Russell. The remainder of the half saw few real opportunities to break the deadlock though a minute before the break, visiting defender Kofi Appiah’s drive needed a decent save by Hamlets goalkeeper James Pellin to keep it goalless at the interval.

Half-Time: Tower Hamlets 0 – 0  West Essex

The hosts took a few minutes to settle after the break, though ten minutes after the re-start, striker Luke With hit a post from a decent position in the area. The visitors nearly responded a minute later though skipper Tom MacLeod’s header went over the bar from a free-kick. Hamlets did opening the scoring on 59 minutes as hot-shot Curtis Pond made a good surging run and buried a low shot past Russell to give the hosts the lead. Hamlets were unsurprisingly buoyed by their goal and full-back Lamar Earle made another good run though blasted his shot over the bar. The visitors were a man down as Dan Christey was dismissed for two bookable offences midway through the second half. With had another effort on goal saved by Russell’s legs with 66 minutes on the clock though three minutes later Pond was left in space and one-on-one with Russell, again placed a low drive into the corner.

The hosts had the initiative now and nearly increased their lead as Rowe showed good pace and skill to get past Russell in the area though his goal-bound effort was well blocked on the goal-line. Two minutes after coming on as a late substitute, forward Wale Odedoyin found space on the counter-attack and lobbed Russell well to seal the win for Ade Abayomi & AJ Ashinike’s side. To be honest, the visitors did tire after the break though Pellin still had to deny striker Michael Mignot and substitute Isaac Marfo late on.

All in all, the second-half showing from Hamlets won them this match and Curtis Pond laid down another marker in terms of his finishing with two goals though Luke With, O’Neal Rowe and defender John Watson also did well tonight. For West Essex, this won’t be a memorable match as they struggled to give the likes of Mignot and Woodbridge enough service up top. They will have better matches this season though there may be a concern about conceding goals. Best wishes to both clubs.

FT: Tower Hamlets  3 – 0   West Essex

Pond 59’,69’

W. Odedoyin 83’


Tower Hamlets

Joint Managers: Ade Abayomi & AJ Ashinike

West Essex

Manager: Kwame Kwateng

(position order)

1  James Pellin  (GK) 1  Dan Russell  (GK)
2  Lamar Earle 5  Nick Walk
3  John Watson 3  Josh Kane
4  Mata Julio 21  Maamoon Khan
5  Tola Odedoyin 16  Kofi Appiah
6  Jerome Anthony 6  Dan Christey
7  Curtis Pond         (Subbed 84’) 4 Tom MacLeod  (C)
8  Frankie Sinclair  (C) 10  Joe Lefley
9  Luke With            (Subbed 81’) 7  Michael Mignot
10  O’Neal Rowe 9  Tom Woodbridge   (Subbed 81’)
11  Kane Wilson     (Subbed 71’) 17  Fatos Zeqiri     (Subbed 62’)


12  Wale Odedoyin   (On  81’) 11  Cameron Gray     (On 62’)
14  James Ross           (On  84’) 14  Josh French
15  Chaka Barnett      (On 71’) 18  Nick Carroll
17  Alhousman Ndure 24  Isaac Marfo         (On 81’)
18  Montel Williams


Reece Pinchback
Assistant Referees:

Alan Moore

Erwin Kegyes

Booked: Julio, Pond, T. Odedoyin Booked: MacLeod
Sent Off: Christey (2 Bookings)


Bostik League Div. North & South Round-up (30.9.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to a round-up of the action in the Isthmian League Division North on Sat 30th September (reduced due to the FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round) and the updated table (below), with results from Bostik Division South from the same day.. Thanks for reading.

Saturday 30th September

Bostik Division North

Bowers & Pitsea  1  – 3  Norwich Utd

Venue: Len Salmon Stadium   |   Attendance: 200

Bowers fell to a surprise defeat to out-of-form Norwich Utd at the Len Salmon. The Planters were two goals ahead through Hafeez Sanusi’s early brace (10’ & 17’) and on 64 minutes, Liam Jackson put the visitors in a very strong position. Substitute Tony Stokes pulled one back for Bowers though their bad afternoon was confirmed when Lewis Clark was sent off late on. This was Bowers’ first loss in six league matches while the visitors finally registered their first win of the campaign.

Canvey Island 1  – 0  Bury Town  

Venue:  Park Lane      |  Attendance: 288

Canvey  edged ten-man Bury Town at Park Lane. Town were reduced to ten with 15 minutes left as Darren Mills saw red. Mitchell Gilbey continued his recent goal-scoring prowess for the hosts with the only goal here with ten minutes remaining to seal Danny Heale’s side their fourth straight league win. Bury Town have lost their last two league matches, both of them 0-1.

Grays Athletic  0  –  1  Brentwood Town

Venue: Parkside   | Attendance: 172

Brentwood edged Grays to pick a fine win at Parkside. Andy Freeman popped up with the only goal just before half-time to the points and end a streak of five straight league defeats. Grays have now lost five league matches on-the-trot.

Hertford Town 2 – 1  Ware 

Venue: Hertingfordbury Park  |   Attendance: 379

Hertford continued their recent good form with victory here in front of a good crowd at Hertingfordbury Park. Brett O’Connor gave the hosts the lead on 31 minutes, before Michael Toner’s penalty on 61 minutes doubled the lead. Ware pulled one back through Murat Karagul with seven minutes left. Hertford have only lost one of their last six league matches while Ware fell to their fourth loss of the season.

Maldon & Tiptree   4  – 2   Tilbury

Venue: Park Drive   |   Attendance: 116

Maldon laid the foundations for this win in the first-half at Park Drive. The Jammers were well ahead at the break as first Ryan Gondoh put them ahead on 16 minutes. Hot-shot Junior Ogedi-uzokwe made it three by the break with a brace of penalties (20’ & 45’) and then grabbed his hat-trick on 67 minutes. Substitute Luke Hornsley grabbed a quick-fire brace (70’ & 74’) to keep it interesting for the Dockers though Maldon secured their fourth win of the season.

Romford  1 – 1  Witham Town

Venue: Ship Lane           |   Attendance: 74

Romford were held by Witham in which both sides could’ve done with a win. The Boro took the lead on the stroke of half-time through Chris Taylor. Though Town levelled 16 minutes into the second half through Tim Monsheju’s goal.  Romford’s winless run extends to seven league matches through the previous six were all defeats. Witham haven’t won in four league matches now either.

Soham Town Rangers   1 – 1   Barking

Venue: Julius Martin Lane              |   Attendance: 128

Barking maintained their good recent form with a point at Julius Martin Lane. Jay Knight’s spot-kick gave Justin Gardner’s side the lead on 16 minutes. Though Soham denied them the win with a penalty of their own three minutes from time, which Callum Russell duly converted. Soham are winless in their last four league matches while Barking are unbeaten in their last four matches.


Bostik Division North Table (after 30th September 2017 matches)

Position Team P W D L GD (+/-) Points
1 AFC Hornchurch 7 7 0 0 +15 21
2 Canvey Island 10 6 3 1 +11 21
3 Dereham Town 10 6 2 2 +4 20
4 Bowers & Pitsea 10 6 1 3 +10 19
5 Haringey Borough 7 6 1 0 +9 19
6 Heybridge Swifts 6 5 0 1 +11 15
7 Bury Town 10 4 3 3 +8 15
8 Potters Bar Town 7 4 1 2 +5 13
9 Maldon & Tiptree 8 4 1 3 +2 13
10 Tilbury 10 4 1 5 -8 13
11 Ware 8 4 0 4 +1 12
12 Mildenhall Town 8 4 0 4 0 12
13 Hertford Town 8 3 3 2 -7 12
14 Waltham Abbey 8 3 1 4 +2 10
15 AFC Sudbury 7 3 1 3 +1 10
16 Aveley 8 3 1 4 -4 10
17 Barking 8 2 3 3 0 9
18 Soham Town Rangers 10 2 3 5 -6 9
19 Witham Town 9 2 2 5 -5 8
20 Brentwood Town 9 2 1 6 -6 7
21 Cheshunt 8 2 1 5 -6 7
22 Grays Athletic 9 2 0 7 -8 6
23 Romford 10 1 2 7 -15 5
24 Norwich Utd 9 1 1 7 -14 4


Bostik Division South

Saturday 30th September

Carshalton Athletic  4 – 4 Ramsgate     | Venue: Colston Avenue   | Att: 362

Corinthian Casuals  2 – 0    Shoreham    | Venue: King George’s Field   | Att: 160

East Grinstead Town  0 – 3  VCD Athletic   | Venue: College Lane   | Att: 90

Faversham Town   1 – 2   Guernsey   | Venue: Salters Lane   | Att: 155

Horsham  0 – 3   Cray Wanderers    | Venue: Culver Road   | Att: 169

Lewes  3 – 0    Molesey                       | Venue: The Dripping Pan   | Att: 480

Sittingbourne   1 – 0   Hythe Town    | Venue: Woodstock Park   | Att: 158

South Park  1 – 3  Chipstead               | Venue: Whitehall Lane   | Att: 114

Thamesmead Town  2 – 4  Greenwich Borough   | Venue: Princes Park | Att: 83

Walton Casuals 2 – 1 Hastings Utd   | Venue: Elmbridge Sports Hub  | Att: 212

Match Report: Barkingside 1 – 1 Sawbridgeworth Town (ESL 30.9.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 48

2017-18 Season – Match 26

Saturday 30th September 2017 3pm KO

 Barkingside: Sky Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Navy Blue Socks

Sawbridgeworth Town: Red & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Red Socks

Barkingside & Sawbridgeworth players before KO (ESL 30.9.17)
The players before KO


Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a cloudy afternoon at Cricklefield, Barkingside took on Sawbridgeworth Town in another Essex Senior League encounter. For the hosts, new signings Bradley Gayer and Kadeem Brightly made the starting XI while fellow newcomer Josh Coulson was named on the bench. Sawbridgeworth were missing a number of players including influential defender Chris Ratambwa (suspended).

The visitors started the match brightly as they had more of the ball and tried to get their possession game going. Sawbridgeworth goalkeeper Matt Ponter still had to be alert though to deny Barkingside forward Tony Cookey seven minutes in. Only a minute later, a good one-two between visiting forwards saw hot-shot Lewis Francis fire wide from an acute angle. The visitors continued to search for clear-cut opportunities and home full-back Aaron Lesta had a bit of a let-off when he missed a defensive header leaving Francis one-on-one with home goalkeeper Will Hunt though the Town forward was off-side. As the half-hour mark approached, Sawbridgeworth midfielder Billy Skinner shot wide of the post. The visitors then had a free-kick on the half-hour, with a knock-down that allowed Skinner to head past Hunt for a debut goal to put the visitors ahead.

The hosts couldn’t quite create any clear-cut chances themselves, finding themselves up against a committed and determined visiting back four. Town led by a single goal at the break.

Half-Time: Barkingside 0 – 1   Sawbridgeworth Town

Three minutes into the second-half, a long throw from home defender Euan Taylor-Reid caused a split-second of concern for custodian Ponter, who gathered at the second attempt. The visitors had another great opportunity nine minutes after the re-start as Francis’ powerful drive crashed against the crossbar from little more than six yards out. The Sawbridgeworth defence, led by skipper Daryl Doolan were composed and made several good challenges and interceptions during the match. On 56 minutes, ‘Side substitute Michael Sherwood’s header forced a save from Ponter.

In the last twenty-five minutes, the hosts did push forward and to their credit kept going. Town did seem to defend deep at times, which in turn made it difficult for them to find an outlet going forward. On 66 minutes, Taylor-Reid’s header from winger Jason Fontaine’s free-kick was saved by Ponter. Town spurned another good chance as from Joe Wright’s right-wing centre, forward Aaron Thomas lifted his slot over the bar from close range. As we entered the last ten minutes, Fontaine’s shot was parried by Ponter, before bustling forward Sherwood’s follow-up shot was blocked by defender Josh Knight.

Barkingside did get the leveller as we crept into added-time as substitute Gareth Jones fired past Ponter in a good position to give Michael Walther’s side a point in a match they could have lost, if Sawbridgeworth had been more clinical though John Watters will undoubtedly be proud of his side today. Will Hunt, Matteus Santos and substitute Michael Sherwood did well for the hosts today, while skipper Daryl Doolan, full-back Louis Monk and debutant Billy Skinner stood out for the visitors in my view today.

FT: Barkingside 1 – 1  Sawbridgeworth Town

Jones 90 +1          Skinner 30’



Manager: Michael Walther

Sawbridgeworth Town

Manager: John Watters

1  Will Hunt  (GK) 1  Matt Ponter  (GK)
2  Aaron Lesta  (Subbed 46’) 2  Ross Gill
3  Bradley Gayer 3  Louis Monk
4  Jayden Mitchell-Brown  (C) 4  Josh Knight
5  Euan Taylor-Reid 5  Antony Deyonte     (Subbed 67’)
6  Kadeem Brightly    (Subbed 53’) 6  James Mays
7  Matteus Santos 7  Daryl Doolan  (C)
8  Raphael Duyile 8  Billy Skinner             (Subbed 74’)
9  Michael Ogboin   (Subbed  69’) 9  Aaron Thomas
10  Tony Cookey 10  Lewis Francis
11  Jason Fontaine 11  Joe Wright


12  Gareth Jones             (On 69’) 12  Danny Wickenden    (On 67’)
14  Michael Sherwood   (On 46’) 14  Alec Lennon               (On 74’)
15  David Etcheri 15  Neil Tillotson
16  Josh Coulson             (On 53’)  
17  Michael Bottone  


Steve Marr
Assistant Referees:

Martin Quinn

Jeremy Mott

Booked: Taylor-Reid, Sherwood Booked: Knight


Match Report: Southend Manor 0 – 1 FC Romania (GBMT 27.9.17)

The Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy Round One

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 60

2017-18 Season – Match 25

Wednesday 27th September 2017 7.45pm KO

Southend Manor: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Black Shorts

FC Romania: Sky Blue Shirts, Sky Blue Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a wet, damp evening at Southchurch Park, Southend Manor welcomed FC Romania in another Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy First Round tie.

The match didn’t exactly roar into life unfortunately and Manor had to make an early change as Charlie Barlow had to be substituted after only eight minutes, being replaced by Hamid Zemani and the early sub Zemani had a shot on goal that brought a save out of visiting goalkeeper Georgian Bordeanu. To be fair, FCR midfielder Ionut Jugaru sent a drive whistling past the left-side post.

For Manor, winger Rhys Fatt was looking useful down the right with his pace and running though the game lacked clear-cut chances. On 21 minutes, Jacob Cleaver’s header was saved by Bordeanu though the assistant referee was flagging for offside anyway. With ten minutes to play until half-time, midfielder Joe Skeels fizzed a 35-yard effort at goal and it went just over the bar.

Cleaver was pretty much the focal point of the home side’s forward line though with three minutes to go until the break, he had another header which Bordeanu saved. Soon after, FCR winger Kelemen Attila powered a 25-yard drive just over the bar. It was that sort of match that needed something perhaps speculative to kick it into life. All square at the break.

Half-Time: Southend Manor  0 –  0 FC Romania

The second half began as the rain lashed down which was an added inconvience for the players. Zemani had another pop at goal ten minutes into the second-half though Bordeanu saved well. In a match that was still starved of chances and arguably had more talking points elsewhere, Cleaver twice couldn’t beat ‘keeper Bordeanu. Into the last ten minutes of normal time and the FC Romania goalkeeper did well to gather forward Bayley Newell’s right-wing centre with Cleaver waiting in the wings just behind him.

FC Romania, while not at their best, did so flashes of good passing and movement though you sensed they were looking to go on the counter-attack rather than push forward with any great urgency. In truth, the ‘urgency’ or high-tempo was lacking by both sides here as it looked ominous that spot-kicks would be needed to settle this tie.

FCR substitute Sergiu Maximov was denied by home goalkeeper Liam Pitts as the 90-minute mark approached. Just into added time, Manor substitute Micky Hopkins’ shot was tipped wide by Bordeanu, though again the linesman was flagging for offside.

Though there was a late sting in the tail as in three minutes into added-time, FCR substitute Mihai Botosan was in the right place at the right time as with Manor stretched at the back, the forward lashed home from near point-blank range and wheeled away in delight as the visitors edged into the next round.

You could argue that the hosts edged the match in terms of play and chances created though you could also say that both sides were below-par tonight. Manor will now turn their attention back to the ESL on Saturday (30th Sept) where they entertain Waltham Forest while FC Romania travel to Great Wakering Rovers on Saturday (30th Sept).

Full-Time:                 Southend Manor  0 – 1 FC Romania

Botosan 90’ +3


*=Denotes came on as Sub & ^ denotes player going off

Southend Manor

Manager: Stuart Marshall

FC Romania

Assistant Manager: Dragos Ciolca

(Manager Ion Vintila was away)

1  Liam Pitts  (GK) 27  Georgian Bordeanu  (GK)
2  Ross Johnson 2  Florea Ionut
3  Alfie Lindfield^ 3  Vladut Andries
4  Lee Delf  (C) 4  Paul Grigoras
5  Scott Keys 5  Felix Lupu  (C)^
6  Charlie Barlow^ 6  Mihai Circiumaru
7  Rhys Fatt 7  Kelemen Attila
8  Callum Jex 8  Ionut Jugaru
9  Jacob Cleaver 9  Sergiu Pitaru
10  Bayley Newell^ 10  Laurentiu Balosu
11  Joe Skeels 11  Victor Bogos


12  Micky Hopkins* 12  George Stroe
14  Finlay Dopson 15  Sergiu Maximov*
15  Hamid Zamani* 16  Gabriel Ghinea
16 Luke Winter* 17  Dinu Barcari
17 Jamie Alexandrou 19  Mihai Botosan*


Paul Humphries
Assistant Referees:

Michael Iddenden-Smith

Joe Burgess

Booked: Lindfield, Jex Booked: Bordeanu, Andries, Circiumaru