S22-23 Match Report: Ilford 0 – 0 West Essex (Sat 28 Jan) [ESL 22-23 28.1.23]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: TBA

2022-23 Season: Match 37

Saturday 28th January 2023 – 2pm KO

Ilford: Blue & White Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

West: Yellow & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks



Hard-fought battle sees West held at Ilford

Ilford 0 – 0 West Essex

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

The Saturday match this weekend saw a return to Cricklefield for an interesting local derby between Ilford and West Essex. Both sides wanted the points for different reasons, with the Foxes looking to get into the top ten and West looking to remain in the top six. Richard Ponsford fielded Tim Pitman in goal, with a defence comprised of Paul Cox & Henry Fisher plus centre-backs Tobi James & Jake Chadwick. The midfield was marshalled by skipper Mitchell McCabe with Mwetsi Matangi alongside him, with Josh Boxall & Mo Kargbo down the channels. Caleb Adomako-Mensah and Joe Lilly led the attack here. West have brought a couple of players into the squad in recent weeks, with loanee Dren Hoti deputising for the unwell Arthur LeBlond in goal, and a backline of Emanuel Wazola, Tala Lo Seye, Mitchell Arthur and Joel Lamb. Their energetic midfield had captain Reece Clarke, Saliu Lo Seye and Oliseh Okuguni in its ranks. David Bell led the attack, with support from Cameron Gray and Zak Oliver.

The early stages of this match saw the visitors start quite well, as their astute passing game did test the levels of focus of their hosts. Forward David Bell and midfielder Oliseh Okuguni had early half-chances that were wide of Tim Pitman’s goal. Ilford were finding it tricky to keep the ball but they still had one decent glimpse at goal as forward Caleb Adomako-Mensah saw a close-range effort fizz wide of the left-side post. As we entered the last 15 minutes of the first half, the Foxes did have arguably their best phase of the game up to this point, with only determined defending by the Stags preventing them from testing goalkeeper Dren Hoti.

Ilford boss Richard Ponsford watches on, early in first half

West Essex were creating promising moments, led by the enterprising running of support forward Zak Oliver, who was breaking down the right flank well, although his crosses was cleared by a stubborn central defence, led by Ilford’s Jake Chadwick. One of those Oliver crosses was well-angled in toards the far post, which Bell got across to well but could only loft his effort over the crossbar.

Half-Time: Ilford 0 – 0 West Essex

The Stags did have the better of the first half which was pretty hard-going for both teams. However, besides a glimmer at goal from captain Reece Clarke, West were spending more time defending in the early stages after the break. This was particularly the case on the hour as a good run by support forward Joshua Boxall down the left side ended with a good ball into the six yard box, which found Adomako-Mensah who timed his header well and was unfortunate as said header cannoned back off the under-side of the crossbar and back out. Bell also had another decent sight of goal but couldn’t direct his strike, allowing Pitman to gather fairly comfortably.

West winger Zak Oliver gets past Ilf’s Henry Fisher

My gut instinct was starting to sense that the stalemate could prevail here, although Ilford were keen to get down the channels, with substitutes Harry Rawlins and Delphin Moorat keen to evade the Stags midfield, who themselves battled well. There was two more chances of note as we entered the last ten minutes. First, substitute Moyo Ajibade did well to break down the right channel, putting a good ball into the box, which fellow replacement Callum Bloss latched on to but his strike sailed wide of the left-sided post. And then with mere moments left, Foxes skipper Mitchell McCabe struck a low-crisp effort which came back off the near post with Hoti beaten.

In the end though, the draw was a decent point for the Foxes who gathered their eighth shut-out of the season, which is good reward for a squad adapting to Senior football this term. West will be disappointed that they couldn’t convert their chances but they also showed parts of their development as a team in the last 12 months – specifically that they are often a tough side to beat.

Full-Time: Ilford 0 – 0 West Essex


So in the end, it was a battling if scrappy contest which neither side could edge. Even so, there was a lot to applaud from both sides as they will be pleased with elements of their respective displays here.
 
For West, the stand-out performers here were led by support forward Zak Oliver who made several good runs down the right flank, and included some good passing & pace as well. Full-back Emanuel Wazola also had a fine game, particularly in the second half as the hosts were getting more lively in attack, with Wazola making some good interceptions under pressure and used the ball well too. Centre-back Tala Lo Seye also put in a very good defensive display, making it hard for the opposition to create clear-cut chances. Finally, a word for dependable skipper Reece Clarke who put in a high-energy display in both defence & supporting the attack.

Ilford had a number of good individual performances here also, with full-back Henry Fisher putting in a very good performance, utilising possession well and making several important tackles to stifle a decent West forward line. Centre forward Caleb Adomako-Mensah also had a good game, showing decent pace & movement. He could count himself unlucky to not get on the score-sheet. Support forward Josh Boxall put in a number of good runs and passes, particularly after the break. While captain Mitchell McCabe also put in a hard shift for his team, becoming more influential in the last half hour.

I’d like to wish both teams a good remainder of the season.


Ilford | Manager: Richard Ponsford   | Assistant: Mark Lilly

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Tim Pitman (GK), 2 Paul Cox (16 Delphin Moorat 13′), 3 Henry Fisher, 5 Tobi James, 6 Jake Chadwick, 4 Mwetsi Matangi (14 Ozzie Nyahunda 46′), 8 Mitchell McCabe (Capt), 7 Mo Kargbo, 10 Joe Lilly (12 Harry Rawlins 66′), 9 Caleb Adomako-Mensah (15 Luke Pike 76′), 11 Joshua Boxall

Booked: James  | Sub Not Used: Fresneda


West Essex | Manager: Kwame Kwateng | Assistant: George Kars

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Dren Hoti (GK) , 6 Emanuel Wazola, 15 Tala Lo Seye, 25 Mitchell Arthur, 3 Joel Lamb (10 Callum Bloss 59′), 14 Reece Clarke (Capt), 17 Saliu Lo Seye (22 Timmy Moncur 73′), 8 Oliseh Okuguni, 19 Zak Oliver (18 Moyo Ajibade 70′), 20 David Bell (21 Mohamud Kaudeer 78′), 11 Cameron Gray

Sin-Bin: Okuguni [90’+2] | Subs Not Used: None

Referee: Dumitru Vasile
Assistants: Karl Dunnage & Adam Schroder

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S22-23 Match Report: Woodford East 4 – 2 Hutton (Sat 21 Jan) [EPC QF 22/23 21.1.23]

Essex Premier Cup – Quarter-Final

Venue: Mabley Green 3G

2022-23 Season: Match 36

Attendance: 15 (Est)

Saturday 21 January 2023 – 1.45pm KO

Woodford E: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts & Socks

Hutton: Red Shirts, Red Shorts & Socks


Superb comeback sees the Peacocks into the last four of the Essex Premier Cup

Woodford East 4 – 2  Hutton

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

The frosty weather again thwarted several matches in Steps 5, 6 & 7 so it was an oppurtunity to see two highly-rated sides face off in the Essex Premier Cup Quarter-Finals, as Essex Alliance League Senior side Woodford East welcomed the Essex Olympian leaders Hutton to Mabley Green 3G. Woodford East are fifth in the EAL Senior (Step 7) at present and named Alfie Watts in goal, with a backline of Billy Barr, Kai Law and centre-backs Matt Stacey & Joe Kemp. Eren Mehmet, Frank Glock, Callum Maltese were pushing on from midfield, with forward Harry Robinson supported by Lucio Uare and Ben Smith down the flanks. Hutton were unbeaten in the League coming into this tie, and had regular custodian Adrian Faherty in goal, with a defensive four of centre-backs Johnathon Hilliard & Lewis Scott plus Sean O’Callaghan and George Nash as full-backs. Kyle Linzell, Luke Ricketts & Stephen Judge were the central midfield three, while Jude Keeling, David Johnson & Joshua Seal were the forward line.

This match kicked into life with some verve from both sides. An early free-kick by East’s Callum Maltese needed the intervention of Hutton custodian Adrian Faherty. Hutton were also useful going forward from the early-going here, and took the lead after only seven minutes. A dangerous set-piece in by midfielder Steophen Judge evaded the home defence and picked out centre-back Lewis Scott who nodded the ball home past East stopper Alfie Watts. The visitors were in the ascendancy at this point in proceedings, although had a let-off of sorts as the Peacocks did have central defender Matt Stacey’s header dribble narrowly wide after going all the way across the face of goal. Matt Singh’s team had a goal chalked off also at the other end as another super corner by Judge evaded everyone and found the far corner, only for a foul that was detected by referee Kadir Nazif and he ruled it out.


As ever though, the Reds pushed on and did get the second goal, taking advantage of a little fortune as an initial effort cannoned off his own player & crucially stayed in play allowing forward David Johnson to power home a firm effort to double his side’s advantage. Both teams were engaging to watch in this high-tempo match, and Woodford were starting to find their rhythm past the half-hour mark, as a good effort by Peacocks skipper Frank Glock was well-denied by Faherty. The Reds kept their lead intact at the break, though I felt there was more to come in this Cup tie.

Half-Time: Woodford East  0 – 2  Hutton


That feeling materalised rather quickly, as only five minutes into the second half, Woodford East pulled a goal back, as a rapid counter was started by a long ball through to forward Harry Robinson who controlled it well and sent a cool, low finish into the far corner, with Faherty unable to deny him. This sparked a real sea change in fortunes for the Peacocks, as their threat going forward was morte palpable. Another good forward move ended with a Red defender heading against his own goalpost, but Glock could only fire off-target following-up. East forward Lucio Uare was finding more space since the interval & he made full use of it, sending several good crosses into the box. One such Uare cross evaded the Reds defence & found the run of Matt Stacey at the far post, who slotted home from a yard out to level the tie.


Woodford did get a crucial third goal to complete a stirring comeback on sixty-five minutes as a good strike by full-back Billy Barr made the most of a narrow opening to send the home dugout wild. Woodford East had struck at key moments and really looked to secure a memorable win as Robinson struck a fierce drive inches above the top right corner, with Faherty beaten. Halil Hassan’s side also had a goal chalked off on 83 minutes as substitute Andrew Rowe slotted home past Faherty, but hadn’t bypassed the off-side line. East did get a fourth goal moments later though as club stalwart Ben Smith netted an oppurtunist’s goal into the left corner to complete a fine win for the EAL side & seal some comeback.

Full-Time: Woodford East 4 – 2 Hutton


To summarise this very good enterprising match, Hutton were decent value for their lead at the interval as the Peacocks looked vulnerable at times defensively and couldn’t get past a characteristically tough Hutton backline often enough. After the break, Woodford East showed exactly why they are well thought of with a stirring comeback & some good goals along with it. It was the Reds’ turn to look somewhat shaky and they couldn’t recover and put considerable pressure on the hosts as they suffered a rare loss this term.

The stand-out performances here for the victors Woodford East start with a superb performance from support forward Lucio Uare, who was very good, especially in the second half. Uare broke down the left flank at will and put in some fine passes as well, including for his side’s leveller as well as showcasing good energy levels. Hard-working Callum Maltese & Ben Smith both got some reward for their high work rate, with Maltese putting in good passes and Smith notching the fourth goal. These two players are so important to their team. Also, centre-back Matt Stacey typified the resolve of his team after the interval with some good interceptions.

For Hutton, Lewis Scott had a good game at centre-back, despite the eventual score-line, making good clearances, showing good positioning defensively & took his goal well early on. Midfielder Stephen Judge made several important passes and also from set-pieces like the opening goal for example, while support forward Joshua Seal was a handful for the East defence to cope with, laying the ball off smartly to forwards Keeling & Johnson. Lastly, a word for full-back Sean O’Callaghan who again had a decent game, making good runs down the right side as well as covering well at times.

Finally, Congratulations to Woodford East as they again make the last four & also I’d like to wish both teams a fine rest of the season.


Teams

Woodford East  | Manager: Halil Hassan  |

Starting XI: 1 Alfie Watts (GK), 9 Billy Barr, 4 Matt Stacey, 5 Joe Kemp, 2 Kai Law, 3 Eren Mehmet, 8 Frank Glock (Capt), 11 Callum Maltese, 10 Ben Smith, 19 Harry Robinson, 18 Lucio Uare

Goal-scorers: Harry Robinson [50′], Matt Stacey [61′], Billy Barr [65′], Ben Smith [85′]

Sub On (Time): 7 Connor Braithwaite [46′], 17 Andrew Rowe [80′], 26 Jordan Lema [86′]

Booked: Kemp, Mehmet, Maltese, Rowe  | Subs Not Used: Morris, Martin


Hutton  | Manager: Matt Singh | Assistants: Bill Stratford & Dan Williams

Starting XI: 1 Adrian Faherty (GK), 2 Sean O’Callaghan, , 6 Jonathon Hilliard, 4 Lewis Scott, 3 George Nash, 8 Kyle Linzell (Capt), 7 Stephen Judge, 11 Luke Ricketts, 9 Jude Keeling, 10 Joshua Seal, 17 David Johnson

Goal-scorers: Lewis Scott [7′], David Johnson  [25′]

Sub On (Time): 12 Freddie Miller [72′], 16 Rodney Wilson [72′], 19 Will Marlowe [77′]

Booked: Seal & Judge  | Subs Not Used: Carroll, Gardner


Referee: Kadir Nazif
Assistants: James Allaoui & Norman Miller

S22-23 Match Report: Frenford 0 – 3 St Margaretsbury (Sat 14 Jan) [EaSL Sth 22-23 15.1.23]

Eastern Senior League – Division South

Venue: Jack Carter Centre 3G

Attendance: 48

2022-23 Season: Match 35

Saturday 14th January 2023 – 3pm KO

Frenford: Red & White Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

St Margaretsbury: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Yellow Socks


Excellent St Margaretsbury performance sees them win at leaders Frenford

Frenford  0 – 3 St Margaretsbury

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

This weekend saw a welcome trip to Jack Carter Centre 3G in Gants Hill for the Eastern Senior League South match between leaders Frenford and St Margaretsbury. Dave Forbes’ side were looking to build on their five-point lead at the summit, following Stanway Pegasus’ narrow win at May & Baker 16 hours previously. He named recent signing Josh Blackburn in goal, with a defence of full-backs Augustine Appiah & Jack Sykes and skipper Lewis Bartrip & Sam Cross in central defence. The midfield included Tom Potter, Billy Karby and Charlie Munns, with centre forward Nick Reynolds being supported by Raheem Gray & Johnathon Vandyck on the flanks. St Mags have found it tough to get points away from home since I saw them win at Benfleet in August, but nevertheless they are a tricky mid-table side. Co-managers Paul Holding & Adam Connolly fielded Sidi Haidara as their custodian, with their defence being comprised of Bayon, Berg, Hayden-Eley & Daniels. The hard-working duo of Mulqueen & Moutawafiq were in central midfield, with forwards Marko Protic & Isaac Stevens being supported by Jacob Waring & captain Kamarni Collington.

The visitors started the game well, looking to get in behind the Frenford defence, utilising the artificial playing surface to good effect. They took the lead after only 12 minutes as a surging run by skipper Kamarni Collington down the right flank ended with a good ball into the box which ended up finding forward Marko Protic who fired in a low strike into the net, beyond Frenford stopper Josh Blackburn. The hosts were unable to rally and retain the ball, as the spirited St Mags forward line were understandably buoyed by this early goal. They added a second goal seven minutes later as Collington was well-found this time, and his low finish calmly doubled his team’s advantage, also netting his fifth league goal this term.


The first chance of note really for Frenford came midway through the half as strong centre-back Lewis Bartrip powered a header off-target from a set-piece. But the concern was at the other end, as an effort from close range by forward Isaac Stevens was denied by Blackburn just befote the half-hour mark. Strikes from range by Charlie Munns & Billy Karby kept St Mags custodian Sidi Haidara alert, with Munns’ effort being spilled by the goalkeeper initially before he gathered the ball just before Frenford forward Nick Reynolds could pounce. Sam Cross also fired in a set-piece just before the break which Haidara gathered, but in the main it was the visitors who looked energetic & composed in attack.

Half-Time: Frenford  0 – 2  St Margaretsbury

St Mags skipper Collington (right) on the ball early on

After the break, St Mags set about their task with renewed vigour and added a vital third goal five minutes into the half. A good break down the right flank by creative midfielder Sami Moutawafiq, bypassing his marker ended with picking out Collington who again showed calm finishing by slotting the ball into the left corner, for his second goal of the day. Not long after that, Frenford boss Dave Forbes made changes from the bench, as Tim Dennis & Sam Munton replaced Jonathan Vandyck & Jack Sykes respectively. The hosts did gradually push on in attack, as the visitors were more content to defend their advantage.

Frenford full-back Jack Sykes (#3) breaks into penalty area in 2nd half

Midway through the half, quick winger Raheem Gray saw his strike for the hosts blocked, and very shortly afterwards, a good strike on goal forced an excellent save by Haidara to turn it beyond the post. For the post part, the hard-working central defence of Callum Berg and Jake Hayden-Eley made it tough for the hosts to find the likes of Reynolds & Munns and latterly Wisley Baltazar, who came on for the last ten minutes. The St Mags defence was well supported by the team as a whole who assisted them well, as they completed a fine win in NE London.

Full-Time: Frenford  0 – 3 St Margaretsbury

In summary, this was a good, enterprising game played in wintry, windy conditions. St Mags more than deserved the points and the combination of rapid counter-attacking play, good passing & calm finishing secured the points for Paul Holding & Adam Connolly’s team. Frenford found it hard to retain possession after conceding early doors, against a hard-working visiting side. Resilent defending by St Mags also negated the amount of forward moves by the hosts, although thry had to defend well in the last half hour to keep the conclusive score-line.

There were a lot of good performances from the St Mags side today. They were led by captain Kamarni Collington who scored two calm goals, put a number of good crosses into the box and generally put in a high-energy performance. Tricky midfielder Sami Moutawafiq also made a few good dribbling runs in midfield, providing a good assist as well. Tom Mulqueen had a good game, tracking the hosts’ midfield well and assisting in forward moves too. Lastly, full-back Sammy Bayon was tireless in providing a good outlet on the right flank, putting in good passes and tracking back well

For Frenford, skipper Lewis Bartrip led his defence well, clearing several dangerous balls into the box, as well as posing a threat from attacking set-pieces. Winger Raheem Gray made good intelligent breaks down the channels as well as neat passing at times. Lastly, midfielder Billy Karby & right-back Augustine Appiah put in solid displays, showing high work rate and giving their team an option in counter-attacks, particularly in the second-half on what was a frustrating day for them.

St Mags full-back Sammy Bayon about to clear the ball in 2nd half

Congrats to St Mags on their win & I’d like to wish both teams well for the season ahead.


Teams

Frenford  |  Manager: Dave Forbes |  Assistants: Lee Forbes, Ali Choroomi & Anthony Cook

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Josh Blackburn (GK), 2 Augustine Appiah, 3 Jack Sykes (15 Sam Munton 59′), 5 Lewis Bartrip (Capt), 4 Tom Potter, 6 Sam Cross, 8 Billy Karby, 7 Johnathon Vandyck (12 Tim Dennis 59′), 10 Charlie Munns (16 Liam Newton 83′), 9 Nick Reynolds (14 Chris Reed 76′), 11 Raheem Gray (17 Wisley Baltazar 79′)

Subs Not Used: None | Booked: None


St Margaretsbury  | Manager: Paul Holding & Adam Connolly

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Sidi Haidara (GK), 2 Sammy Bayon, 5 Callum Berg, 6 Jake Hayden-Eley, 3 Kai Daniel, 4 Sami Moutawafiq, 7 Tom Mulqueen (18 Charles Nicol 75′), 10 Jacob Waring, 11 Marko Protic (8 Gerson Artur 82′), 9 Isaac Stevens (12 Miles Holding 75′), 14 Kamarni Collington (Capt)

Goal-scorers: Marko Protic [12′], Kamarni Collington [19′ & 50′]

Subs Not Used: Ndukwu | Booked: Haidara, Bayon


Referee: Dumitru Vasile
Assistants: Jamie Wood & Liam Dawson

S22-23 Match Report: White Ensign 0 – 0 Redbridge (Sat 7 Jan) [ESL 22-23 8.1.23]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 52

2022-23 Season: Match 34

Saturday 7th January 2023 – 2pm KO

Ensign: Red & Blue Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Redbridge: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks


Ensign secure hard-earned point and deny Redbridge a much-needed win

White Ensign  0 – 0  Redbridge

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

The opening match of 2023 saw a interesting tussle between second-placed Redbridge and hosts White Ensign, who have already secured some big results in the 2022-23 campaign in the Essex Senior. The conditions were windy and a tad slippery but considering the amount of recent rain, Burroughs Park was in good shape. With boss Aaron Bloxham away, assistant boss Nick Wibrow took the reigns here for the hosts and he named new loan signing Luis Shamshoum in goal, a defence comprised of Ben Sargent, Daniel Monk & Centre-backs Montel Shonubi and captain Mitchell Stuart-Evans. Their midfield featured Iyiola Adebayo, Joe Hunter and Kyle McAlindon, with the forward line being led by Charlie Portway, supported by Billy Bonham-Dare and Kian Bradshaw. Redbridge knew they needed the win here after leaders Enfield’s big win at Buckhurst Hill 18 hours prior and manager George Christou fielded Connor Wheatley as their goalkeeper, with a backline of Reuben Campbell, Joe Elliott and centre-backs Nathan Okoye and skipper Dean Hall. Jerrold Cobblah and Jack Chawner were their central midfield pairing. Michael Pindy and Joey May supported forwards Ibrahim Kehinde and Tony Martin.

The early stages of this match was interesting to watch, given that White Ensign succeeded somewhat in frustrating the opposition, who could not find their rhythm, particularly in attack. Defensively, Redbridge were more rigid as you would expect for a good side & where they are in the table at present, but Ensign still carved out a big chance in the first quarter of the game. Support forward Billy Bonham-Dare managed to evade his marker and slip through a good pass into forward Charlie Portway, but unfortunately for the hosts, his low effort trickled past visiting custodian Connor Wheatley and wide of the left-side post. As the half passed the midway point, the Motormen were starting to find their passing game, with forward Ibrahim Kehinde getting in good positions, but a combination of good defending and a lack of a final pass did frustrate both Kehinde and the visiting dug-out.

Joe Elliott fires in a long throw for the visitors

Full-back Joe Elliott’s long throws were also posing a problem for the home defence, and from one of those throw-ins, support forward Joey May’s header needed tipping over by loanee stopper Luis Shamshoum, a short-term signing from Frenford I understand. Forward Kian Bradshaw was also posing a threat down the right flank wth his pace, though his tame effort when in space in the penalty area was comfortably gathered by Wheatley. Redbridge pushed on towards the end of the first half, with Kehinde having a decent chance on goal which couldn’t bypass Shamshoum.

Half-Time:  White Ensign 0 – 0 Redbridge 

Reuben Campbell [#2] making a good surging run early in 2nd half for Motormen

I had a feeling that Motormen boss George Christou would utilise his substitutes soon after the resumption, and that would prove to be the case, with full-back Jack Roult, tricky winger Samraj Gill and midfielder Jamie Price all coming on before the hour, replacing Campbell, May & Cobblah respectively. Much to their credit, Ensign continued to be resilent in defence and occasionally made decent strides going forward as well, with midfielder Joe Hunter’s looping drive forcing Redbridge stopper Wheatley into action four minutes after the restart. Forward Ibrahim Kehinde also had a header which was well-gathered by Shamshoum after a good ball in by Elliott from the right flank. It was undeniable that the Motormen put pressure on the Ensign defence, though skipper Mitchell Stuart-Evans and full-back Daniel Monk led the way commendably to stifle an increasingly frustated visiting side.

Winger Samraj Gill did make a difference to the visiting forward line after coming on, as he put in several good crosses into the box, but Shamshoum and his defenders were equal to the task, with the Ensign stopper showing as much by palming away a dangerous ball in by Gill from the left flank late on, despite being under pressure from the advancing Jamie Price. Harry Kateley also had come on for Ensign and he also made a few good runs to give the Redbridge defence a couple of nervy moments alongside Bradshaw in the latter stages, but all in all, this was a good point for Ensign, hard-earned as it was. The result sees Ensign drop to 15th, because of Romford’s win at Sawbridgeworth, while the Motormen are now ten points adrift of leaders Enfield. 

Full-Time:  White Ensign 0 – 0 Redbridge


Although there were no goals in this contest, there was a lot of endeavour, a few good chances and some good approach play. Overall, Ensign stuck to their task well & their confidence grew as the match went on. Redbridge were unusually slow to get into their rhythm & although they pushed hard at times, they couldn’t grab that decisive goal to lessen the gap to leaders Enfield.

 Redbridge’s good performances here were led by forwards Michael Pindy and Ibrahim Kehinde, who both put in a good shift for their team. Pindy made several good runs down the right flank and showed good movement while Kehinde showed guile and good willingness to get in between defenders, although both were thwarted by a resilent home defence. Full-back Joe Elliott put in a good defensive display, as well as making a few good surging runs down the flanks. Lastly, substitute Samraj Gill heightened the pressure on a tiring Ensign defence in the last half hour, putting in several dangerous crosses into the penalty area in the latter stages. 

White Ensign had several good individual displays here, led in my view by full-back Daniel Monk who made several important clearances, covered well defensively as well as putting in some good passes forward. Midfielder Iyiola Adebayo put in another good display in both boxes, distributing the ball well alongside Joe Hunter in central midfield and showed hgh energy levels. Captain Mitchell Stuart-Evans was a good anchor in defence as well, making several timely interceptions to frustrate the Motormen attack, while goalkeeper Luis Shamshoum was as assured presence, making a few decent saves and stayed alert well too. 

I’d like to wish both teams a good remainder of the season.


Teams

White Ensign  | Stand-in Manager: Nick Wilbrow | Assistant: Enrico Tiritera

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Luis Shamshoum (GK), 2 Ben Sargent, 3 Daniel Monk, 5 Montel Shonubi, 4 Mitchell Stuart-Evans (Capt), 6 Kyle McAlindon, 7 Joe Hunter (16 Teddy Rumsey 87′), 8 Iyiola Adebayo, 9 Billy Bonham-Dare (11 Harry Kateley 58′), 19 Charlie Portway, 10 Kian Bradshaw

Booked: Bonham-Dare | Subs Not Used: Ferris, O Jenkins


Redbridge | Manager: George Christou  | Assistant: Jack Toghli

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Connor Wheatley (GK), 2 Reuben Campbell (Jack Roult 52′), 3 Joe Elliott, 5 Nathan Okoye, 6 Dean Hall (Capt), 4 Jerrold Cobblah (16 Jamie Price 58′), 8 Jack Chawner, 7 Michael Pindy (14 Tayo Joshua Olukolu 72′), 19 Joey May (20 Samraj Gill 58′), 9 Ibrahim Kehinde (15 James Barlow 72′), 10 Tony Martin

Booked: Cobblah  | Sub Not Used: None


Referee: Alex Baker
Assistants: Gary Telling & Joe Lannon

S22-23 Match Report: Catholic Utd 3 – 0 Larkspur Rovers (ART R3 – Sat 17 Dec) [17.12.22]

Anagram Records Trophy – Round Three

Venue: Len Forge Centre 3G

2022-23 Season: Match 33

Attendance: 40 (Est)

Saturday 17th December 2022 – 2pm KO

Catholic Utd: Green & White Shirts, Black Shorts, Green & White Socks

Larkspur Rvrs: Black & White Shirts, Black Shorts, Red Socks



Super Hoops outdo gallant Larkspur to progress in the Anagram Records Trophy

Catholic Utd 3 – 0 Larkspur Rovers

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

The prolonged chilly weather continued to affect a myriad of Leagues this weekend, so it was a return trip to the Len Forge 3G to see Catholic Utd’s home match with visitors Larkspur Rovers in the Anagram Records Trophy. Larkspur are having a promising campaign, sitting fourth in the MIddlesex County Premier Division with 22 points from 12 games thus far, only four points adrift of leaders Shepherds Bush FC. Catholic are also in decent form, sitting seventh in the Olympian Lerague Premier but already with several games more to play than any of the teams around them. Manager Simon Thomas had to ring some changes here, with several regulars out with illness. Louis Godwin-Green continued in goal, with a defence of full-backs Aaron Clark & Luke Mackie and centre-backs Jack Leech and Louis Robinson. Joe Burton, Tom Kearnry and skipper Mike Sammut made up the midfild, with forwards Liam Oliver & Aaron Baldwin being supported by Ben Burrows. Larkspur had Bailey Mulhall as their goalkeeper, with full-backs Ben McCarron and Anthony Byfield joined in defence by captain Courtney Francis and Gabriel Joseph. Player-boss Brad Morris was at the base of a midfield also containing Charlie Quinnell, Kammus Metrane, Aidan Hurley and Ryan Durrant. Centre forward Deluxe Mwengula led the line for the visitors here.

There was very little time for the visitors to get settled as barely two minutes into the contest, Catholic Utd opened the scoring. Forward Liam Oliver made a good surging run down the middle, bypassing the visiting backline well before unselfishly finding the run of Ben Burrows, who duly slotted home low into the net past visiting stopper Bailey Mulhall. The only ‘snag’ of sorts for the hosts was that they should have been further ahead before the half-hour mark. Oliver had two further chances that couldn’t find the target, also a third oppurtunity was well-denied by Mulhall’s legs. Overall, the visitors from the Northolt area were conceding possession in midfield and finding it difficult to repel the Utd attacks as well, as they showcased tempo and good passes.

Utd forward Liam Oliver (#17) really testing Rovers backline early on

The early forays forward by Brad Morris’ side were in the most part rebuffed by a solid home backline, although winger Ryan Durrant had a glimmer at goal just short of the quarter-hour, which sailed not far wide of the right-side post. Respect also has to go to the travelling Larkspur contingent who did make the trip, but their frustrations was only heightened just after the half-hour.

Forward Aaron Baldwin fired in a fine curling strike from about 25 yards out which caught Mulhall out, and the ball flew into the net despite the goallkeeper’s best attempts to keep it out. It could have been worse for the visitors as Catholic had a prospective third goal ruled out for an off-side, as Aaron Clark’s fine set-piece was headed home by centre-back Louis Robinson, only for the assistant’s flag being raised to deny him.


Rovers winger Ryan Durrant watched by Utd’s Luke Mackie in 1st half

Despite a few promising moments down the flanks, the half-chances for Rovers were very few in  number, with midfielder Aidan Hurley fring well wide of the woodwork. The home defence, led by  Jack Leech did nullify the chances on goal that Rovers had. Despite this, forward Deluxe Mwengula had already made some promising runs by this point, with Catholic Utd employing the fair high defensive line to deploy the ‘off-side trap’.

Half-Time: Catholic Utd 2 – 0 Larkspur Rovers

Utd defender Louis Robinson clears the ball with Rovers forward Deluxe Mwengula closing, in the 2nd half

The Essex Olympian League Premier side had a good habit of scoring goals at crucial times in this match and they did just that, three minutes after the interval. A set-piece in a crowded penalty area again caught the Larkspur defence off-guard, which allowed skipper Mike Sammut to angle home a decent strike high into the net, leaving Mulhall powerless to deny him. In fairness to the Larkspur goalkeeper, he also pulled off two or three decent saves during the game to effectively keep his team in the contest, so kudos to him.

With respect to the visitors, they did slowly find their rhythm in the second half as Utd slowly but surely changed things by bringing their substitutes onto the field.Durrant was a good outlet down the right side and put some decent passes in, as did fellow midfielder Charlie Quinnell. Unfortunately for them, their comparative lack of options from the sidelines did not aid them here. That being said, they did have a goal chalked off midway through the half. Good play initially by full-back Anthony Byfield ended with a good ball into the area which found Mwengula, with his low strike finding the net but again, the assistant’s flag was up so it didn’t count.

Rovers full-back Anthony Byfield in possession late on

Ultimately, it did not affect the result although I suspect Larkspur will be disappointed with their performance here even though they were missing top-scorer Chris Mathieson (suspended) and several others through injury & illness.


Full-Time: Catholic Utd  3 – 0 Larkspur Rovers

To summarise this decent game in the chilly conditions, Catholic Utd were too slick with their passing and their good tempo saw them to a fairly comfortable victory against a Larkspur side that struggled for numbers but showed some neat play at times, particularly down the channels. But centre forward Deluxe Mwengula wasn’t found by his midfield often enough & therefore despite some good surging runs, ultimately Rovers didn’t create enough to trouble home stopper Godwin-Green enough.

There were several good performances in this match. For victors Utd, their defensive display was led well by centre-back Jack Leech who showed good awareness to get in good positiomns to clear effectively, while attacking full-back Aaron Clark also got forward well and was a danger from set-pieces. Midfield duo Tom Kearney & Mike Sammut also put in good performances to supply the forward line well with good passing & movement, as well as a good goal in Sammut’s case.

For Larkspur, winger Ryan Durrant had a good game down the right side, putting in some good passes at times and showing decent energy levels. Forward Deluxe Mwengula also showed promise, keeping the Utd defence alert despite being the line forward here, as well as showing good pace. Lastly, a word for goalkeeper Bailey Mulhall who produced a few good saves to keep his team in the match, while full-back Anthony Byfield had a decent game also, making several good runs in the second half to add to his team’s attacking threat.

With this win, Catholic now move into the Quarter-Finals of the Trophy & face the conundrum of having a very busy last four months or so of their season in League & Cups. Still, boss Simon Thomas will be happy with their performance levels here.


Teams

Catholic Utd  | Manager : Simon Thomas | Assistant: Tom Harding

Starting XI: 1 Louis Godwin-Green (GK), 2 Luke Mackie, 3 Aaron Clark, 5 Louis Robinson, 6 Jack Leech, 7 Thomas Kearney, 8 Michael Sammut (Capt), 15 Joe Burton, 12 Ben Burrows, 17 Liam Oliver, 19 Aaron Baldwin,

Goal-scorers: Ben Burrows [2′], Aaron Baldwin [32′], Mike Sammut [48′]

Subs On (Time): 20 Carl Read [46′, replaced Burrows], 10 Dominic O’Kane [57′, replaced Baldwin], 16 James Ainslie [66′, replaced Mackie], 9 Daniel Williams [70′, replaced Oliver] & 14 Matt Creevy [75′, replaced Kearney]

Booked: None  | Subs Not Used: None

Larkspur Rovers | Player-Manager: Brad Morris | 

Starting XI: 1 Bailey Mulhall (GK), 2 Ben McCarron, 3 Anthony Byfield, 4 Gabriel Joseph, 5 Courtney Francis (Capt), 6 Charlie Quinnell, 10 Brad Morris, 14 Kammus Metrane, 8 Aiden Hurley, 7 Ryan Durrant, 9 Deluxe Mwengula

Sub On (Time): 22 Dan DeAbreu [55′]

Booked: DeAbreu | Sub Not Used: None


Referee: Daniel Mann
Assistants: Simon Brickwood & Broghan Kelly

S22-23 Match Report: Catholic Utd 5 – 2 Colne Athletic (Sat 3 Dec) [EPC R4 .12.22]

Essex County FA Premier Cup – Round Four

Venue: Len Forge Centre 3G

2021-22 Season: Match 31

Attendance: 25 (Est)

Saturday 3rd December 2022 – 2pm KO

Catholic Utd: Green & White Shirts, Black Shorts, Green & White Socks

Colne Ath: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks



Super Hoops show clinical finishing to defeat Colne in the Essex Premier Cup

Catholic Utd 5 – 2 Colne Athletic

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

The Saturday match in the first weekend of December was a interesting duel between Essex Olympian League top-tier side Catholic Utd and visitors Colne Athletic, of the Essex & Suffolk Border League Premier Division. The hosts are in the middle of a month of Cup fixtures and Tom Harding took the team in this match – he named stalwart Louis Godwin-Green in goal, with a defence featuring centre-backs Louis Robinson & Jack Leech, with the attacking full-backs being Louie Hay and Aaron Clark. Tom Keaney, skipper Michael Sammut and Tom Elliott were in midfield, and the forward line was comprised of Joe O’Kane in the middle, with Franklin Craik and Aaron Baldwin coming in from the channels. Colne Athletic named Robert Waller as their glovesman, with a backline of full-backs Daniel Bradley and captain Josh Vaughan, with Jack Burch and Peter Brough in central defence. In midfield, Joe Heron and Harrison Banner were central, with Keelan Milburn and Scott Yearling on the flanks, supporting forwards Joe McCracken and Dale Brown.

In my view, the early parts of this match were fairly quiet as both teams were keen to retain the ball and not venture forward too rapidly. Colne Athletic centre forward Joe McCracken was looking to win the ball in the air, allowing runners to get in alongside him, while at the other end Utd’s free-flowing possession game was getting in behind the resilent Colne defence, though visiting centre-back Jack Burch displaying good awareness by making several strong interceptions to clear the danger. Midway through the first half, Catholic Utd did take the lead as Ath had a defensive lapse of concentration, allowing an initial cross by Frank Craik to find its way to full-back Louie Hay, who had found his way into the box and struck low into the net. However, Colne Athletic showed exactly why they are having a good league season with a reply barely a minute later, as Keelan Milburn’s effort found the net, much to the consternation of Utd stopper Louis Godwin-Green and the home dug-out.

Louie Hay (#14) motors down right side for Utd

It was the hosts who really did push to find another gear in the latter stages of the first half, although Colne did rebuff their forward moves fairly well, Craik struck over the woodwork from a good position on the edge of the area but that was a warning that the visitors did not heed. On 37 minutes, the Super Hoops took the lead once again, with Louie Hay this time showing good persistence in the build-up, finding forward Aaron Baldwin who again struck confidently, finding the left corner of the net, past a frustrated visiting custodian Robert Waller. Colne would have been keen to get to the interval only a goal in arrears, but on the stroke of half-time, a moment of quality from Baldwin meant it was a two-goal lead for Tom Harding’s side at the break. Baldwin stole half a yard of space coming inside from the right flank before curling in a terrific finish which again found the left corner.

Joe McCracken controlling the ball for Colnre

Half-Time: Catholic Utd 3 – 1 Colne Ath


That goal really set up the second half well, and again Colne showed their resolve by reducing the deficit eight minutes after the resumption. From a good set-piece which found Joe McCracken, his deft headed flick-on was looped up by midfielder Joe Heron’s boot which flew high into the net. For the sizeable period of the half, there was a real battle which saw Colne look to outwork the home midfield. Ben Connell’s side sent another warning as McCracken sent an effort wide of goal, moments after the second goal. Much to their credit, Catholic Utd did work hard in defence, which restricted the chances that the visitors could create.

Both sides started to bring substitutes on by the time we entered the last twenty minutes, but just as Colne would have been hoping for a late leveller, it was Utd who got a fourth goal with three minutes left. The hosts pushed forward down the left side and referee Adam Miller adjudged there was a foul on energetic forward Joe O’Kane I believe, and pointed to the penalty spot. Replacement James Warder stepped up and blasted the spot-kick into left-side corner. And then with Colne chasing the ball at the other end in added-on time, Craik pushed up with a great surging run down the right from his own half, before evading the last defender and slotting in past Waller, off the left-side post.

Colne skipper Josh Vaughan (right) looking to start another forward move

Full-Time: Catholic Utd  5 – 2 Colne Athletic

To summarise this entertaining game in biting cold windy conditions, Catholic Utd raised their game after the half-hour to take their chances, although Colne Athletic certainly challenged them more than the eventual scoreline would suggest. The Border League visitors certainly showed why their are a top-six side in their Premier Division and played their part and forced Utd to defend diligently.

There were several good performances in this match. For victors Utd, we start with forward Aaron Baldwin who took both his goals well with curling strikes, and they came at key points in the match. He also got down the channels well and only good defending by the visitors prevented him putting in more telling passes. Right-back Louie Hay also took his goal well, as well as putting in a performance of high work rate and showed good awareness defensively. Left-back Aaron Clark also put in a good display, probviding a good attacking option, plus he hampered the enterprising, physical Colne side from creating as many chances as they would’ve liked. Finally, a word for forward Franklin Craik who capped another good effort by making a surging run of more than sixty yards in added time to get into position to slot home his side’s fifth goal. Craik also was a good outlet down the channels all match.

For Colne, centre-back Jack Burch put in an impressive display, making a number of key interceptions in defence & also was a threat in the opposition box from set-pieces. Forward Joe McCracken also had a good game, making a few deft flicks and won his share of aerial duels to test the home backline. Winger Keelan Milburn took his goal well, also showing some neat passing while finally, full-back & skipper Josh Vaughan lifted his team at times, as well as being decent in possession and showing good energy levels.

With this win, Catholic now move into the Essex Premier Cup Quarter-Finals, where they could meet another EOFL side or last season’s finallists Woodford East, from the Essex Alliance League’s top-tier.


Teams

Catholic Utd  | Stand-in Manager : Tom Harding | Physio & Stand-in Assistant: Emily Mackler

Starting XI: 1 Louis Godwin-Green (GK), 14 Louie Hay, 3 Aaron Clark, 5 Louis Robinson, 6 Jack Leech, 7 Thomas Kearney, 8 Michael Sammut (Capt), 16 Tom Elliott, 10 Joe O’Kane, 19 Aaron Baldwin, 11 Franklin Craik

Goal-scorers: Louie Hay [22′], Aaron Baldwin [37′ & 45′], James Warder [pen 87′], Franklin Craik [90’+4]

Subs On (Time): 15 Joe Burton [71′, replaced Elliott], 9 James Warder [71′, replaced Baldwin], 88 4 Matt Wilson [88′, replaced Leech], 20 John Nutman [88′, replaced Hay], 12 Luke Mackie [89′, replaced O’Kane]

Booked: Elliott  | Subs Not Used: None


Colne Athletic  | Manager: Ben Connell  |  Assistant: Jason Savage & Kevin Brown

Starting XI: 1 Robert Weller (GK), 2 Daniel Bradley, 3 Josh Vaughan (Capt), 4 Jack Burch, 5 Peter Brough, 6 Joe Heron, 8 Harrison Banner, 7 Keelan Milburn, 10 Dale Brown, 9 Joe McCracken, 11 Scott Yearling

Goal-scorers: Keelan Milburn [23′], Joe Heron [53′]

Subs On (Time): 14 Aran Yarwood [52′], 12 Gareth Evans [65′], 15 Malachi Cupido [75′]

Booked: None | Sub Not Used: Thomson


Referee: Adam Miller

S22-23 Match Report: Buckhurst Hill 1 – 2 White Ensign (Fri 2 Dec) [ESL 22/23 3.12.22]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Roding Lane

Attendance: 83

2022-23 Season: Match 30

Friday 3rd December 2022 – 7.45pm KO

Buckhurst H: Blue & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

W Ensign: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks


Ensign grab another fine away win, this time at Roding Lane

Buckhurst Hill  1 – 2 White Ensign

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

A rare Friday night outing of late saw a welcome return to Roding Lane to see Buckhurst Hill take on White Ensign in the Essex Senior League. Recent departures from the home side were compounded here by a host of players being unavailable for Mark Williams’ side for this game. Goalkeeper Daniel Blockley was again between the posts, with a defence comprised of Olabajuwon Olagbaju, Will Halford, Alfie Harris & skipper Conor Tyrrell. Jake Moss, Harry Markatis & Oliver Williams were in midfield, supporting a forward line led by Hassan Nalbant and Ezekiel Bademosi, with support from James Deaney. Ensign were looking to vanquish the pain of a heavy loss in their last game, as Aaron Bloxham named Charlie Martin as goalkeeper, with their defence featuring full-backs Ben Sargent & Daniel Monk, with centre-halves Montel Shonubi and Lee Delf. Their high-energy midfield trio here were Iyiola Adebayo, Kyle McAlindon and captain Ethan Evison and in attack, Alfie Lindfield led the line with support from Billy Bonham-Dare & Harry Kateley.

The visitors looked to pinch an early advantage and forward Harry Kateley put the ball wide from a yard or so out, thanks to brave goalkeeping by Hill’s Daniel Blockley, who required some teatment. However, it was Ensign who took the lead after only five minutes as fellow forward Alfie Lindfield’s strike hit the left-side post, only for the ball to curl towards the opposite post and nestle into the net. Buckhurst also had to reconfigure their side after full-back Olabajuwon Olagbaju had to be substituted through injury after 12 minutes, with forward Fehinti Falola replacing him and James Deaney reverting to right wing-back. As the half wore on, Buckhurst did find their possession game and ventured forward to decent effect, with forward Hassan Nalbant having a few decent chances but a combination of good defending and striking off-target meant the hosts were still chasing.

Ensign were a danger on the counter-attack with Harry Kateley breaking down the left side, and another effort on goal from him brought out a good save from Blockley. Buckhurst Hill was also uncharacteristically hesitant in defence, with centre-back Alfie Harris making a few decent interceptions. At the other end, forward Ezekiel Bademosi had a powerful strike at Charlie Martin’s goal, and it came off the woodwork, as the first half was entering its last phase. Mark Williams’ side did get a deserved equaliser four minutes before the interval, as a good run down the channel by substitute Fehinti Falola found Bademosi, who fired home a good effort past Martin and into the corner.

Half-Time:  Buckhurst Hill 1 – 1 White Ensign


After the break, Buckhurst’s plans to push on and gain the upper hand suffered a setback as Ensign re-took the lead four minutes after the restart. An errant clearance allowed Lindfield to strive towards goal and slot home comfortably, low into the right corner. Unsurprisingly, this spurred on the hosts to claw their back into proceedings, and Nalbant again was in the action midway through the half, as his fierce drive was well parried away by Martin. Ensign did respond once again on the counter, with midfielder Iyiola Adebayo advancing towards the 18-yard box before powering a good effort which cannoned off the woodwork.

The tempo wasn’t quite as high in the latter stages which was understandable given the freezing conditions, but Ensign could have made the points safe five minutes from time as Adebayo again garnered some space before his effort on goal was denied well by Blockley. Ensign had to hold firm defensively in the last moments of this game, as from a set-piece, Buckhurst midfielder Harry Markatis brought a fine save from Martin, as Markatis’ 20-yarder forced the visiting custodian to dive away low to his left to claw the ball away from danger.


Full-Time: Buckhurst Hill 1 – 2 White Ensign

In summary, whilst the depleted hosts did show good intent going forward, they were thwarted by several errors – particularly in defence. Ensign showed again that they are up for the tough battles away from home and after a heavy defeat 48 hours before this game, they showed a lot of grit, as well as some neat play at times.

For this game’s ‘stand-out’ mentions, I’ll start with the victors Ensign. Alfie Lindfield had a very good evening, scoring two decent goals and also tested the Buckhurst defence at times as well, having a few other glimpses at goal. Iyiola Adebayo put in a high-energy display in midfield, pushing forward with good movement & passing to go with it as well. Goalkeeper Charlie Martin was a reassuring presence too, making some decent saves to frustrate a fast home forward line. Lastly, a word for full-back Ben Sargent who again put in a good display, making several rapid runs down the right side to add an attacking dimension to the visitors’ counter-attacks.

For Buckhurst Hill, forward Ezekiel Bademosi took his goal well and posed problems with his good running and pace and together with fellow forward Hassan Nalbant, they looked a good forward line, getting down the channels well and putting in good crosses into the box. Early replacement Fehinti Falola also put in a good display and got a good assist, while midfielder Harry Markatis made several good interceptions to assist his team’s defending, as well as sending good forward passes as well.

Teams

Buckhurst Hill  |  Manager: Mark Williams  | Assistant: JP Kent

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Daniel Blockley (GK), 2 Olabajuwon Olagbaju (10 Fehinti Falola 12′), 3 Will Halford, 4 Alfie Harris, 5 Conor Tyrrell (Capt), 6 Harry Markatis, 7 Jake Moss (14 Sajid Aziz 76′), 8 Oliver Williams, 11 James Deaney, 9 Hassan Nalbant (15 Ayomide Ademokun 71′), 12 Ezekiel Bademosi

Goal-scorer: Ezekiel Bademosi [41′]

Booked: Bademosi, Halford  | Subs Not Used: Ferris


White Ensign | Manager: Aaron Bloxham   | Assistant: Enrico Tiritera

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Charlie Martin (GK), 2 Ben Sargent, 3 Daniel Monk, 5 Montel Shonubi, 6 Lee Delf, 4 Kyle McAlindon (12 Teddy Rumsey 64′), 8 Ethan Evison (Capt), 7 Iyiola Adebayo (16 Jack Allen 88′), 9 Billy Bonham-Dare (15 Callum Ferris 88′), 10 Alfie Lindfield, 11 Harry Kateley (14 Jordan Chambers 64′)

Goal-scorers: Alfie Lindfield [5′ & 49′]

Booked: Evison | Subs Not Used: Summers


Referee: Michael Iddenden-Smith
Assistants: James Latham & Olabisi Omotosho

S22-23 Match Report: Benfleet 0 – 2 May & Baker (Sat 26 Nov) [EaSL South 22/23 26.11.22]

Eastern Senior League – Division South

Venue: Park Lane, Canvey

Attendance: 25

2022-23 Season: Match 29

Saturday 26th November 2022 – 2pm KO

Benfleet: Sky Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts & Socks

May & Baker: Red & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks


Reece Latimer about to clear for Bakers in 1st half

High-tempo Bakers get good win at Benfleet

Benfleet  0 – 2  May & Baker

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

This weekend saw a return to Park Lane for a big Eastern Senior League South match as May & Baker were the visitors for Benfleet at Canvey Island’s Park Lane. Both teams were looking to grab the win to sustain the their push for the play-offs. ‘Fleet were missing half a dozen players here including Taylor Lawrence, Billy Carter & goalkeeper Florent Gislette.

Oliver Johnson was the chosen custodian here for Alex Salmon’s side, behind a defence comprised of Flynn Monk, Billy Shulver with centre-backs Sonny Hartman & Cory Rider. The midfield included Billy Purdy, Mason Shave & skipper Aaron Russell. Ben Foord led the line, with support from Grant Frances & Deolindo Lima. Bakers’ were looking to move on from a surprise loss at home to Wivenhoe Town a week ago. Jack Riddell was between the posts for them, with their backline comprised of full-backs Kunle Adeyemi & Cain Brougham plus captain Jamie Marsh & Reece Latimer as centre-backs. Kalum Bama, Robert Bagnall & Anthony Cooke were in midfield, with a forward line led by Gabriel Odili with support from Luc Harpon and Idris Aminu.

The early-going in this match was fairly tight, with both sides keen to grab the impetus. The visitors forced a intervention in the first minute as forward Gabriel Odili’s cross needed ‘Fleet centre-back Cory Rider to clear the ball away in the middle of the six-yard area. Rider was involved again soon after in Benfleet’s best early chance. Billy Shulver’s corner was flicked on by Rider before captain Aaron Russell got the final touch but it was cleared on the line by the resilent visiting defence.


Bakers had a few half-chances themselves as they were starting to find their neat, rapid passing game, supporting from the flanks by the rapid Idris Aminu & Luc Harpon. Defender Reece Latimer had headed over at the far post while Luc Harpon also fizzed a strike off-target before the twenty-minute mark. Energetic midfielder Kalum Bama also had a fine strike well-parried away by ‘Fleet custodian Oliver Johnson.

Just when you thought the team-talks would be required to get both teams to raise their levels, it was May & Baker who took the lead a minute before the break. Another neat, fast passing move involving Bama and Odili ended with finding Rob Bagnall at the edge of the 18-yard box, before he found the corner with a well-taken, low finish.


Half-Time: Benfleet 0 – 1 May & Baker

The competitive nature of this match continued after the interval, as tireless forward Ben Foord got round the Bakers defence before getting his strike at goal, but was well-gathered by the alert Jack Riddell in the Bakers’ goal. That sight of goal encouraged Jordan Harris’ side to press forward with renewed vigour and they doubled their lead in some style on 56 minutes. May & Baker midfielder Kalum Bama’s fierce drive was too strong for Johnson to get across to deny him as it found the net.

At the other end, forward Grant Frances were making a couple of clever runs to test the May & Baker defensive high line, but Frances had strayed off-side before his shot found the net and so it was chalked off. The hosts were finding it tough to get past the visiting defence and test Riddell, though midfielder Billy Purdy did slide pastto have a glimmer at goal but he could only scuff his strike wide of the left-side post.

Ben Foord runs down left channel for Benfleet

Benfleet showed some resolve to ward off further forward moves towards the end of the game, with substitutes Abidemi Lamina & Remi Awosanya making good runs but in the end, two goals were enough for Bakers’here, who rise to sixth spot. Other results meant Benfleet dropped to fifth, only a point clear of May & Baker.

May & Baker full-back Kunle Adeyemi (#3) clears ahead of Flynn Monk’s challenge for Fleet

Full-Time: Benfleet 0 – 2 May & Baker

To sum up this hard-fought battle, Bakers showed again why they are tough to play against, mixing a high-tempo game with neat passing & a resolute defence. Benfleet couldn’t quite test opposition stopper Jack Riddell enough here, despite some promising forward play at times. The first goal was going to be crucial here, and Bakers pushed on after the interval to claim a deserved three points.

Both sides had stand-out performers here. For victors May & Baker, midfuekder Kalum Bana put in an all-action performance, putting in a high-energy stint going from box-to-box well, defending well as well as sprinting forward, making neat passes and took his goal very well indeed. Jamie Marsh was also a commanding presence at centre-back, powering away clearances well. Full-back Kunle Adeyemi also made several good darting runs down the left as well as being a strong presence defensively, making several telling interceptions. Lastly, a mention for Robert Bagnall who inter-changed passes well with Bama & Cooke in a fluid central midfield, throughout the game & also took his goal with aplomb.

For Benfleet, Ben Foord once again put in a characteristic hard-working shift running down the channels & put in several good passes as well. Fellow forward Grant Frances also posed problems at times and had a goal chalked off for off-side, as well as making intelligent runs against a tough Bakers’ backline. Deolindo Lima also had a good game, pushing down the rught side and also tracked back well defensively, plus a word too for stalwart Sonny Hartman, who certainly aided his defence against the high number of good balls into the box and made good tackles at times.

Kudos to May & Baker on their win & I’d like to wish both teams well for the rest of the season.


Teams

Benfleet  |  Manager: Alex Salmon |  Assistants: Michael Cundy & Ray Coker

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Oliver Johnson (GK), 2 Flynn Monk (12 Henry Sims 58′), 3 Billy Shulver, 5 Cory Rider (14 Cameron Harris 58′), 6 Sonny Hartman, 4 Billy Purdy, 7 Mason Shave (15 Jack Frost 58′), 8 Deolindo Lima, 10 Aaron Russell (Capt), 9 Grant Frances (17Jake Frost 75′), 11 Ben Foord

Subs Not Used: None | Booked: Monk & Purdy


May & Baker | Manager: Jordan Harris | Assistants: Scott Harding & Rob Leech

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Jack Riddell (GK), 2 Cain Brougham, 3 Kunle Adeyemi, 5 Jamie Marsh (Capt), 6 Reece Latimer, 4 Kalum Bama (14 George Breen 79′), 10 Anthony Cooke, 8 Robert Bagnall, 7 Luc Harpon (17 Billy Gannon 90’+2), 9 Gabriel Odili (16 Remi Awosanya 84′), 11 Idris Aminu (12 Abidemi Lamina 73′)

Goal-scorers: Robert Bagnall [44′], Kalum Bama [56′]

Subs Not Used: T Harding | Booked: None


Referee: Rhys Collins
Assistants: Paul Falvey & Richard Longden

S22-23 Match Report: Leigh Ramblers 4 – 0 Galleywood (Sat 19 Nov) [EOFL 22/23 20.11.22]

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Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Venue: Belfairs Park

2021-22 Season: Match 28

Attendance: 25 (Est)

Saturday 19 November 2022 – 2pm KO

Leigh Rams: Blue & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Galleywood: Yellow & Black Shirts, Yellow Shorts & Socks


Rams take their chances to claim big win over Galleywood

Leigh Ramblers 4 – 0 Galleywood

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

The weekend match this week was remaining with the Essex Olympian League but moving up to the Premier Division clash between Leigh Ramblers and Galleywood at Belfairs Park. An hour before kick-off, we got a early sight of the match conditions which was consistent rain. Mark Hunter’s Rams side featured Dylan Skinner in goal, a defence comprised of Harry DaCosta, Barv Waiwaiku & centre-backs Jamie Skinner and captain Ryan Lowe. The midfield trio were Callum Morris, Billy Field & Matt Brinklow, supporting forwards Andrew Webster, George Moxon & Scott Clark. Galleywood were second-bottom pre-match and had Billy Cropper in goal, skipper Harry Bond, Bradley Taylor, Matthew Hicks & Freddie Bartram in their backline. Louie Herbert, Matthew Buckingham & Sean Barry were in midfield. Ben Smith led the forward line, with support from Roman Sparks & Alex Sparks.

The first half was an absolute battle as the rain continued to gain strength & influence the game. Galleywood pushed forward and had the edge early on, with forward Roman Sparks sending a half-chance off-target inside the opening eight minutes. Defending was getting increasingly tricky giving the inclement conditions and with the game getting increasingly end-to-end, the Rams did take the lead on ten minutes. Central midfielder Callum Morris saw a glimmer of an oppurtunity and unleashed a powerful strike from 30 yards out, which caught out visiting stopper Billy Cropper on its way to finding the net.

Scott Clark (#7) pushes forward for Rams in first half

Most of the rest of the half was a pretty even contest in my view, with both teams venturing forward to good effect at times. Home skipper Ryan Lowe nodded wide of goal from a set-piece, while forwards George Moxon & Scott Clark were testing the visiting backline with their running & pace. Eight minutes before the interval, Roman Sparks was in the action again as his well-directed strike was heading for the far corner, only for a terrific save by home custodian Dylan Skinner clawed it away for a set-piece.

That intervention from Skinner ended up being influential as five minutes later, in attempting to recycle possession, Galleywood lost the ball in midfield and full-back Barv Waiwaiku’s good run ended with a fine pass which found Scott Clark in some space and his strike found the right corner, giving Cropper little chance of denying him.

A set-piece for Galleywood angled in towards home defence not long before half-time

Galleywood did have another chance on goal before the interval as forward Ben Smith could not find the target, firing narrowly over the goal frame from about 18 yards out.. At the interval, Dean Reeves’ team were still in the match but the rain continued unabated, which increased the effort needed to turn the game around.

Half-Time: Leigh Rams 2 – 0 Galleywood

As it happened, that chance for the visitors was pretty much gone after the Rams scored a third goal three minutes after the resumption. A well-angled cross by Matt Brinklow into the six-yard area, which found forward Andrew Webster and his header got the better of Cropper and it trickled into the net. Despite showing some admirable resolve to get down the channels to create crossing oppurtunities, Galleywood were unable to maintain the tempo they had started the game with, as Leigh Ramblers started to find another gear themselves.

Mark Hunter’s side further secured the points with a fourth goal, fourteen minutes from time. A well-measured pass by Brinklow split the visiting defence slightly left of centre of the pitch and found the advancing George Moxon who beat the off-side trap well and slotted home past Cropper and into the far corner. This writer felt it would be a case of ‘who wanted it more’ pre-match but in the end it was also a case of defensive errors proving costly for Dean Reeves’ team, which the Rams had the quality to make the most of.

Other than that, it was a good game considering all the factors mentioned earlier. This big win took the Rams up to seventh place after the weekend’s action, eight points above the top three. Galleywood drop to the foot of the table because of the goals conceded here, but they do have at least one game in hand on all of the teams around them.

Matt Brinklow (#11) about to take free-kick for Rams in 2nd half

Full-Time: Leigh Ramblers 4 – 0 Galleywood

To summarise this battling match played in difficult, rainy conditions, Leigh Ramblers traversed their way through a tricky first half in which Galleywood had a few chances to turn the screw in the second period, scoring some fine goals in the process. To their credit, the visitors kept going but the difficult conditions had an effect on them in the later stages. The main concern for Dean Reeves’ side is the need for more goals.

The stand-out performances start with victors Leigh Ramblers. Firstly, forward Scott Clark had another good game, making good runs & taking his goal calmly at an important time. Winger Matthew Brinklow makes a difference for the Rams and showed so again, conjuring up two assists & making several astute passes too. Skipper Ryan Lowe was his usual commanding self in defence and made several important interceptions in the first half & a few driving runs into midfield as well. Lastly, full-back Harry DaCosta also had a good game, showing good energy & stuck to his role in the side well to shut out a decent Galleywood forward line.

For Galleywood, midfielder Roman Sparks was their most creative player, making several good breaks forward, having two of their better chances & also making good passes too. Captain Harry Bond made a few really good tackles to keep his team in the game as well as showing high work rate, as did full-back Bradley Taylor who also had a good match. Forward Alex Sparks also contributed to his team’s forward moves, particularly before the break.

I will close by wishing both sides a good remainer of the season. Thanks for reading.


Teams

Leigh Ramblers  | Manager: Mark Hunter | Assistant: Nathan Dewberry

Starting XI: 1 Dylan Skinner (GK), 2 Harry DaCosta, 14 Barv Waiwaiku, 5 Ryan Lowe (Capt), 4 Jamie Skinner, 7 Scott Clark, 8 Callum Morris, 12 Billy Field, 11 Matt Brinklow, 9 Andrew Webster, 10 George Moxon

Goal-Scorers: Callum Morris [10′], Scott Clark [42′], Andrew Webster [48′], George Moxon [76′]

Subs On (Time): 3 Thomas Franks [52′], 6 Scott Keys [78′]

Booked: J Skinner | Sub Not Used: Horne


Galleywood  | Manager: Dean Reeves  |  Assistant: Billy Kinchlea

Starting XI: 1 Billy Cropper (GK), 2 Harry Bond (Capt), 3 Bradley Taylor, 4 Matthew Hicks, 12 Louie Herbert, 14  Matthew Buckingham, 5 Freddie Bartram, 11 Alex Sparks, 8 Roman Sparks, 7 Sean Barry, 9 Ben Smith

Subs On (Time): 6 Charlie Priest [52′], 16 Luke Seaton [68′], 10 Lewis Weedon [73′]

Booked: Bartram | Sub Not Used: Skipper, Kinchlea


Referee: Stuart Nixon
Assistants: Joe Cowdrey & David Bloxham

S22-23 Match Report: Shoebury Town 6 – 2 AS Rawreth (Sat 12 Nov) [EOFL 22-23 12.11.22]

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Essex Olympian League – Division Two

Venue: Ekco Sports Club, Priittlewell

2021-22 Season: Match 27

Attendance: 15 (Est)

Saturday 22 November 2022 – 2pm KO

Shoebury: Black & White hirts, Black Shorts & Black Socks

Rawreth:  Blue & White Shirts, Blue Shorts, White Socks


Second-half flourish gives Shoebury big win over Rawreth

Shoebury Town  6 – 2 AS Rawreth

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

The main match this weekend was a first visit to Ekco Sports Club to see Shoebury Town take on AS Rawreth in the Essex Olympian League Division Two. Town were looking to maintain their 100% record and go further clear at the summit. John Galley & Garry Johnson’s side had Sebastian Godwin-Turner in goal, with a backline comprised of Jack Clarke, Dominic Walton, Jenson Gentry & Max Drury. Skipper Callum Merenda was alongside Jason Carter & Aaron Marshall in midfield while the goal-hungry forward line was led by Mechack-Kisoka Asuka, with support from Ryan Galley & Luke Jackson. Rawreth are in mid-table, once again under the tutelage of General Manager Shane Bird, and Ryley Walder was their goalkeeper, with stalwarts Lucas Winzar & captain Muntizir Hussain alongside Frank Oluyitan and Salum Abdullah. Archie Tonks, Kyle Fearon, Max Bellamy & Billy Brown pushed on from midfield with skilful forwards Sonny Newcombe and Luke Cassar also starting.

This match began with both sides really competing well, but the hosts couldn’t quite find their ‘A-game’ which gave Rawreth some confidence. Shoebury forward Mechack-Kisoka Asuka had two early sighters at goal but couldn’t quite bypass visiting custodian Ryley Walder. Rawreth also showed their attacking promise at the other end & took the lead through a clinical finish on 12 minutes. Tricky forward Sonny Newcombe was played in well and Newcombe fired home calmly past home stopper Sebastian Godwin-Turner. The tempo was building nicely as we continued through the half, with Max Bellamy firing off-target as Shane Bird’s team sought to grab another goal. Asuka was the key threat for Town but his header was well-parried onto the goal frame by Walder as you sensed that Shoebury were getting their way back into the game.


Kyle Fearon (right) in possession for Rawreth in first half

Shoebury did get an equaliser right on the half-hour as a decent set-piece by Luke Jackson found Mechack-Kisoka Asuka who guided his header past Walder and into the net. Rawreth had just dropped their intensity a fraction by this point & were punished seven minutes before the interval. Forward Mechack Kisoka-Asuka got his second goal with a well-placed curling strike from 25 yards out, which was too good for Walder to get across and parry.

Shoebury were still a little vulnerable out of possession, as Rawreth showed again why they are notching goals & points this term with their free-flowing passing game. Defensively in the first half, you had to respect their attitude led by centre-back Lucas Winzar & skipper Muntizir Hussain as they frustrated the hosts for large parts of the first 45 minutes.

Rawreth’s defence having to withstand pressure towards end of first half

Half-Time: Shoebury 2 – 1 Rawreth

After the interval though, it was a fairly different game. They say ‘goals change games’ and that was almost immediately apparent here. Just two minutes after the resumption, Shoebury extended their lead as another corner from Jackson angled into the six-yard box and captain Callum Merenda slotted home from close range – Rawreth’s lapses were proving costly for them. John Galley & Garry Johnson’s side were really turning the momentum in their favour as they got a fourth goal on 49 minutes. Jackson sent in another probing set-piece which allowed half-time replacement Suhail Yasin to absolutely power home a very good header right into the far corner, giving Walder little chance.

It got harder for Rawreth, as midfielder Kyle Fearon was forced off moments after narrowly missing the target with a decent strike. Shoebury were pushing forward with more enthusiasm now and Yasin was in the action again as his curling effort was well-blocked by influential skipper Muntizir Hussain for Rawreth. Shoebury did continue to test an understandably tiring visiting defence though, and made it five with 21 minutes left, as Mechack-Kisoka Asuka got his third goal with a low strike past Walder after being well played in on goal.


Shoebury did allow the Blues a little more possession in the last fifteen minures and Rawreth did give them a warning of sorts on 81 minutes, as Winzar’s decent ball was just out of reach for Luke Cassar to strike at. Rawreth did get a second goal a minute later as a angled set-piece from just inside their half found captain Muntizir Hussain who rose highest to power home a fine header past Godwin-Turner & into the net.

This of course further motivated Shoebury to add to their goal tally, which they did a few minutes before time as a neat strike by winger Ryan Galley found the left corner, despairingly out of reach for the unfortunate Walder. Sometimes score-lines don’t always tell the story of a game and while credit has to go Shoebury for the ruthlessness and quality they showed in the second half, you have to respect Rawreth for their approach today, as they also played some good stuff at times and contributed to an entertaining tie here.

Sonny Newcombe [#13] looking to push forward for Rawreth

Full-Time: Shoebury Town 6 – 2  AS Rawreth

To summarise this entertaining game, Rawreth competed very well in the first half and more than held their own against the hosts who couldn’t initally find their astute passing game. Shane Bird’s side were a threat in that first half but after Fearon was forced off, they ended up having to play with ten men for large parts of the second half, which assisted a fired-up Shoebury to gain impetus through their faster passing & high-tempo game & score some fine goals too as they secured a deserved win in the end to go three points clear at the summit.

The stand-out performances here start with victors Shoebury, with forward Mechack-Kisoka Asuka’s fine treble leading the way (moving up to eight league goals this season in the process) but he also put in a high-energy shift, making several good runs. Support forward Luke Jackson also had a very good game, conjuring up four assists as well as stretching the understandably tiring visiting defence in the second half. Early replacement Jack Woodham also impressed with his good play & movement while half-time substitute Suhail Yasin also added energy and scored a terrific header as well early in second half.

For Rawreth, skipper Muntizir Hussain scored a fine headed goal himself, to crown off a good individual effort, making several important interceptions throughout the game. Forward Sonny Newcombe also took his goal very well, and made several good mazy runs and neat passes. Centre-half Lucas Winzar also got a decent assist (for Hussain’s goal) and also dealt with the pressure well to stifle the home forwards for most of the game. Lastly, a word for midfielder Kyle Fearon who made several good turns getting past defenders and made several neat passes until he was forced off, which ultimately changed the game.

I’d like to wish both teams well for the rest of the season. Also, my thanks to John Galley, Garry Johnson & Zoe Johnson for the kind ‘Shoebury welcome’ I got today, it is appreciated.


Teams

Shoebury Town | Co-Managers: John Galley & Garry Johnson | Coaches: Reg Cody, Khystian Mirga & Lee Cody

Starting XI: 1 Sebastian Godwin-Turner (GK), 2 Jack Clarke, 3 Dominic Walton, 14 Jenson Gentry, 23 Max Drury,  15 Jason Carter, 7 Callum Merenda (Capt), 11 Ryan Galley, 4 Aaron Marshall, 8 Luke Jackson, 10 Mechack-Kisoka Asuka

Goal-scorers: Mechack-Kisoka Asuka [30′, 38′ & 69′], Callum Merenda [47′], Suhail Yasin [49′] & Ryan Galley [88′] 

Subs On (Time): 9 Jack Woodham [26′], 6 Lewis Hunt [46′], 17 Suhail Yasin [46′], 21 Zach Somerset-Butler [52′], 5 Alfie Chaplin [58′]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: None


AS Rawreth    | Player-Manager: Shane Bird    

Starting XI: 1 Ryley Walder (GK), 15 Frank Oluyitan, 4 Lucas Winzar, 5 Muntizir Hussain (Capt), 2 Salum Abdullah, 6 Archie Tonks, 24 Kyle Fearon, 26 Max Bellamy, 18 Billy Brown, 13 Sonny Newcombe, 14 Luke Cassar

Goal-scorers: Sonny Newcombe [12′], Muntizir Hussain [82′]

Booked: None   | Subs Named: S Ahmed, Abdulkadir, M Ahmed, Bird


Referee: Guy Pell-Ilderton