Match Report: Southend Manor 0 – 1 Takeley (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 80

2017-18 Season – Match 13

Date: Wednesday 16th August 2017 7.45pm KO

Southend Manor  : Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Black Socks

Takeley : Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Manor & Takeley players just before KO (Manor v Takeley ESL 16.8.17)
The players just before KO

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a pleasant evening at Southchurch Park, Southend Manor took on Takeley in an intriguing Essex Senior League encounter.

The visitors began the match marginally better, though forward Stuart Zanone and captain Jason Todd couldn’t get their strikes past Manor goalkeeper Klinton Makayabo. After a fair quiet spell in the match, with 25 minutes on the watch, Takeley winger George Wappett sent in a nice cross into the Manor box though it was just out of reach of Zanone, who couldn’t quite put in a telling header on goal from it.

Manor almost scored just past the half-hour as a Joe Skeels free-kick found fellow midfielder Lee Delf, though it appeared to hit his knee and the visiting goalkeeper Ronnie Yates had to be alert to stop the ball trickling over the line and in. To be fair, both defences were on top in the first period, though the visitors edged it, both on chances and attacking play.

Half-Time: Southend Manor  0 – 0  Takeley

The second half began at a more frenetic pace, as Manor started well. Manor forward Bayley Newell twice missed the target. Just before the hour, there was a goal-mouth scramble as Delf headed on into the six-yard area though the visitors were just able to clear there likes from a corner, from which Newell sent in a decent cross, just out of reach of winger Jack Adlington.

Only minutes later, Takeley full-back Andre Humphreys nearly caught out Makayabo with a blistering strike from a narrow angle that hit the woodwork. Manor responded on 65 minutes as another Skeels free-kick deceived the visiting defence and defender George Powell was in the ‘right place at the right time’ to clear off the goal-line.

Into the last ten minutes and Takeley forward Mitchell Das blasted his strike wide, in a good position from twenty yards out. With only moments remaining, Manor substitute Finlay Dobson fizzed in a cross from the left flank, though Delf couldn’t find the target. And with the match seemingly heading for a draw, Takeley substitute Will Green powered down the left wing and sent over a good cross and found Zanone who grabbed a tap-in after sneaking past the Manor back-line.

Full-Time: Southend Manor  0 – 1    Takeley

Zanone 90’

All in all, defeat was tough on Manor though in my opinion, it is another indication of the stronger back-line they have this term, compared to last season. Daniel Okah was superb at the back for Stuart Marshall’s side. Takeley will obviously be delighted with the points as they were not at their best in attack, though their defence and their ability to grind out results shows why they may well be ‘in the mix’ come season’s end. Full-back Andre Humphreys stood out for me, with his pace and energy levels.

I’d like to wish both sides well for the rest of the campaign.

Teams:

Southend Manor

Manager: Stuart Marshall

Takeley

Manager: Marc Das

1  Klinton Makayabo  (GK) 1  Ronnie Yates  (GK)
2  Robbie Norris  (C) 2  Nick Barrett
3  Lee Scott 3  Andre Humphreys
4  Lee Delf 4  Matt Gill
5  Daniel Okah 5  George Powell
6  Scott Keys 6  Matt Hurley       (Subbed 78’)
7  Jack Adlington      (Subbed 60’) 7  Bryn Thorpe
8  Callum Jex             (Subbed 68’) 8  Jason Todd  (C)    (Subbed 84’)
9  Michael Hopkins 9  Stuart Zanone
10  Bayley Newell     (Subbed 78’) 10  Mitchell Das
11  Joe Skeels 11  George Wappett    (Subbed 71’)

Substitutes:

12  Finlay Dobson   (On 60’) 14  Freddie Burrell         (On 84’)
14  Rhys Fatt             (On 68’) 15  Will Green                (On 71’)
15  Shay Kelly 16  Reece Barrett
16  Daryl Cooper      (On 78’) 17  Olakunmi Bossanya    (On 78’)
17  Ibrahim Kagbanda

Referee:

Kane Woods
Assistant Referees:

Joe Burgess

Erwin Kegyes

Booked: Skeels, Delf, Norris Booked: Todd, Das, Zanone

Match Report: Burnham Ramblers 3 – 2 Ilford (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Leslie Field

Attendance: 23

2017-18 Season – Match 12

Date: Tuesday 15th August 2017 7.45pm KO

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

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

Burnham & Ilford teams before KO (ESL 15.8.17)
Burnham & Ilford players before kick-off

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a crisp but decent evening at Leslie Field, Burnham Ramblers took on Ilford in another intriguing Essex Senior League encounter.

Ilford showed their intentions early-on as forward James Peagram had a shot on-target, though it was saved by Burnham goalkeeper Adam French. The hosts took the lead after just seven minutes thanks to forward Bradley Morgan’s lob over Ilford goalkeeper Tom Jackson that nestled neatly into the right corner. Ilford responded though as Peagram had another opportunity, his header well-saved by French with ten minutes on the clock. Seven minutes later, Ilford had a good opportunity with a free-kick on the edge of the 18-yard box, after forward John Bricknell was fouled. Midfielder Chris Lockwood stepped up to take it, and curled it nicely into the left corner. Game on.

Both sides traded chances as the half-hour mark approached, Bricknell and winger Harry Watkins for Ilford and midfielder Ben Burgess & Morgan again for Burnham. The home side were awarded a spot-kick with 13 minutes remaining of the first period, as Charlee Hughes was brought down in the area. Bradley Morgan stepped up to take the penalty though cajoled his shot wide of the left-side post. Ilford then got a further let-off moments later when Billy Howard’s free-kick from the edge of the 18-yard box was blazed over the bar.

As the half drew to a close, Ilford had further chances though full-back Sam Buffour, Peagram and forward Khadean Campbell though their efforts on goal couldn’t get past French. In all honesty, I felt Ilford did struggle to settle at times during the half.

Half-Time: Burnham Ramblers 1 – 1 Ilford

The second half started in much the same vein, with both sides having chances. Only three minutes into the second period, Burnham defender Grant Webb did well to block Peagram from having a clear chance at goal in the area. Soon afterward, Buffour fizzed in a good right-wing cross for though Campbell couldn’t find the target for Ilford. Burnham responded in kind, first with Billy Howard’s shot being saved by Jackson and 13 minutes into the half, Burnham re-took the lead thanks to a fine Hughes header that went past Jackson sailing into the Ilford net.

Once again though, Allan Fenn’s side responded quickly as they levelled on-the-hour through Peagram’s tap-in. It didn’t stop there, as Burnham took the lead for the third time through Jed Bowman’s looping shot that found the left corner. In the next little period of the match, it became quite scrappy, getting bogged down by fouls & free-kicks. This was further endorsed by Burnham defender Scott Plom being sent off with four minutes remaining. The hosts did hang on a bit, as Ilford had two goals ruled out for offside. That said, Burnham did have late chances through Burgess and Hughes though they couldn’t get past Ilford goalkeeper Jackson.

Full-Time:     Burnham Ramblers  3 – 2  Ilford

Morgan 7′, Hughes 58′, Bowman 70′   |   Lockwood 17′, Peagram 60′

Plom Sent Off 88′

All in all, this was a compelling match which was also a hard-fought encounter. Ilford were not at their best in either penalty area, and Burnham’s Charlee Hughes gave their backline a headache all match. Yes, on another day Ilford may have got a different result though in my view, you couldn’t begrudge Burnham this win, their first league success of the campaign. I felt Chris Lockwood and Sam Buffour shone for the visitors tonight.

My thanks to Andrew Miller for passing over the team-sheets, keep up the good work Andrew. I send my best wishes to both sides for the rest of the ESL campaign.

Teams:

Burnham Ramblers

Manager: Lee Hughes

Ilford

Manager: Allan Fenn

1  Adam French  (GK) 1  Tom Jackson  (GK)
2  Jed Bowman 2  Sam Buffour     (Subbed 74’)
3  Grant Webb 3  Luke McLeavy
4  Scott Plom 4  Paul Oshin
5  Luke Moloney (C)    (Subbed 65’) 5  Jonah Gregory
6  Bradley Smith 6  Stefan Szajewski  (C)
7  Billy Howard 7  Harry Watkins    (Subbed 58’)
8  Ben Burgess 8  Chris Lockwood
9  Bradley Morgan    (Subbed 88’) 9  John Bricknell     (Subbed 58’)
10  Ryan Stillwell 10  James Peagram
11  Charlee Hughes 11  Khadean Campbell
   

Substitutes:

12  Samuel Warwick 12  Sherwin Stanley    (On 58’)
14  Ben Timson        (On 65’) 14  Liam Burgess         (On 58’)
15  Danny Green     (On 88’) 15  Harry Matthews
16  Lewis Bond 16  Bill Rungay            (On 74’)
17  George Howard 17  Ashley Wackers
   
   
Referee: Stephen Tate
Assistant Referees: Sam Wigington

Nicholas Hodges

   
Booked: Morgan, Bowman, Howard, Burgess, Hughes Booked: Jackson, Gregory, Lockwood
Sent Off: Plom

Keep checking back on this blog for further match reports from the Essex Senior League this season. There’s also a fair few recent ones too.

Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 1 – 1 Southend Manor (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 103

2017-18 Season – Match 11

Date: Saturday 12th August 2017 3pm KO

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

Southend Manor : Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Black Socks

GWR & S Manor players before KO (ESL 12.8.17)
The handshakes before kick-off 

Report by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a bright afternoon at Burroughs Park, Great Wakering Rovers welcomed neighbours Southend Manor in another Essex Senior League encounter.

Wakering started marginally the brighter of the two sides, though the fact this was a local derby was further emphasised by a few strong challenges being made fairly early-doors. Wakering forward Neil Richmond got himself in some decent positions to have strikes on goal at times. Just before the quarter-hour mark, Richmond did have a strike on goal after receiving a good ball in, though his shot was saved by visiting ‘keeper Klinton Makayabo. It didn’t matter though as the assistant referee was flagging for an off-side.

Exactly on the quarter-hour, Manor took the lead as home goalkeeper Rees Hawkins was challenged in the air, firmly but fairly and in doing so, the ball fell to Manor forward Michael Hopkins, who tapped home into an unguarded net. Only five minutes later, Rovers forward Richmond showed his talent again as he sent a looping shot just over the bar from 20-yards out. As the first period continued, the match was fairly even as both sides only had fleeting chances to add to the scorers.

Five minutes before the break, Wakering were awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position, just outside the box. Richmond stepped up, and struck a sweet curling effort into the top-right corner of the net to level the match. The home side soon after lost forward Charlie Kirby to what looked a nasty injury just before the break.

Half-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 1 – 1 Southend Manor

The second half began with Manor boss Stuart Marshall sent to the stands. I’ll come back to the referee later. Wakering had to weather a mini-storm midway through the second half as ‘keeper Hawkins first saved well from Manor substitute Bayley Newell’s strike, then in the same attack pulled off two more good saves as well, one of them on the goal-line to deny the visitors the lead for the second time.

For the next little while after that, the match became quite low-key, partly because the booking count had risen by this point and would rise to nine in total by the conclusion of the match, so the tackles didn’t fly in as much. Anyway, in the last 15 minutes, the hosts did finish the stronger of the two sides, Wakering forward Jay Nash spurning a one-on-one opportunity which Makayabo saved. With moments remaining, Wakering substitute Michael Finneran fired wide of the left-side post.

Full-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 1 – 1 Southend Manor

Richmond 40’                          Hopkins 15’

In summary, this was a tightly-contested match, as expected. Aaron Russell and Neil Richmond stood out for me for Wakering today, Russell with an energetic performance and Richmond for his spark up top. For Manor, full-back Shay Kelly stood out in my opinion with his tackling and running all match. Both sides may well take a point, and though I really don’t like mentioning referees, it’s hard to argue that the man in black had an effect on today’s encounter. I say that as it wasn’t really a ‘dirty’ match, yet the card count… well I’ll let you draw your own conclusions on that. I’d also like to thank GWR secretary Mike Lee for his assistance with the teamsheets.

 

Teams:

Great Wakering Rovers

Manager: Iain O’Connell

Southend Manor

Manager: Stuart Marshall

1  Rees Hawkins  (GK) 1  Klinton Makayabo (GK)
2  Jason Ring 2  Robbie Norris  (C)
3  Jimmy Cook 3  Shay Kelly
4  Ollie Woodhouse 4  Lee Delf    (Subbed 61’)
5  Joe Nightingill (C) 5  Scott Keys
6  Scott Pethers 6  Daniel Okah
7  Aaron Russell 7  Jack Adlington
8  Sam Carter   (Subbed 54’) 8  Callum Jex
9  Neil Richmond 9  Michael Hopkins  (Subbed 76’)
10  Jay Nash 10  Alfie Lindfield    (Subbed 54’)
11  Charlie Kirby  (Subbed 46’) 11  Joe Skeels
   

Substitutes:

12  Nikki Beale 12  Bayley Newell  (On 54’)
14  Louis Robinson     (On 54’) 14  Finley Dopson  (On 76’)
15  Charlie Seaden 15  Harry Hatt
16  Michael Finneran  (On 46’) 16  Lee Scott
  17  Rhys Fatt  (On 61’)
   
   

Referee:

Jamie Pope
Assistant Referees:

Trevor Williams

Dumitru Vasile

   
Booked: Cook, Nightingill, Ring Booked: Keys, Okah, Jex, Norris, Skeels & Fatt

In their next ESL matches, Wakering travel to Wadham Lodge on Wednesday (16th August) while Southend Manor host Takeley, also on Wednesday (16th August).

Match Report: Barkingside 0 – 4 Stowmarket Town (FAC EPR)

The FA Cup – Extra Preliminary Round

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 215

2017-18 Season – Match 10

Date: Sunday 6th August 2017 2pm KO

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

Stowmarket Town : Gold & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

 

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a pleasant Sunday afternoon, Essex Senior League side Barkingside welcomed Thurlow Nunn Premier side Stowmarket Town to Cricklefield on the final day of this season’s FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round ties.

The hosts had what proved to be one of their best chances with only two minutes on the clock as forward Michael Ogboin was one-on-one with Stowmarket ‘keeper Craig Brand though his strike was just over the bar. The visitors soon responded. In the following twenty minutes, Town had numerous chances to open their account though efforts on goal from midfielder Jack Baker, winger Dan Cunningham and forwards Andrew Wood & George Bugg were all well-saved by the over-worked home goalkeeper Will Hunt.

Stowmarket did eventually take the lead seven minutes from the break, as the impressive full-back Ethan Clarke fizzed across a left-wing cross which was met by Wood, who slotted home past Hunt into the left corner. The visitors pushed for a second goal though Barkingside managed to keep the arrears to one at the break.

Half-Time: Barkingside 0 – 1 Stowmarket Town

The second half began in a similarly frenetic way, with Stowmarket forward Wood having another strike on goal saved by Hunt. The hosts then had a chance to level though forward Jerome Martelli blazed over the bar after being played in by Ogboin. Town spurned two more chances as the hour mark approached, though on 61 minutes they extended their lead as Bugg prodded home from a corner.

‘Side had one of their more decent spells in the match just after that goal though Ex-Southend Manor & Clapton winger Aundre Spencer’s shot went side of the right-side post whilst in a good position. Stowmarket did recover and pushed hard though in the last 15 minutes. The home side had a warning with twelve minutes left as they were indebted to a combination of their defence and Hunt as they cleared off the goal-line. Town did eventually wrap up the win though in the last six minutes as first, Ethan Clarke scored with a good deep looping header into the right corner, after being fed by a good ball in by full-back Ollie Brown. Wood then grabbed his second from the spot, blasted into the top-right corner.

Full-Time:  Barkingside 0 – 4  Stowmarket Town

Wood 38’, 87 (pen)’

Bugg 61’, E Clarke 84’

To be fair, Stowmarket more than deserved the win and played very well, they were good on-the-ball & were a hard-working outfit. As for Barkingside, it’s hard not to mention that this is a virtually new squad so it will take time for consistency to come, though today they didn’t really have the ball enough to create the chances that the likes of Ogboin would make the most of. I must also mention goalkeeper Will Hunt, who made numerous saves to keep his side in the match at times.

Best wishes to Stowmarket who host Romford in the next round. Commiserations to Barkingside, who will now focus elsewhere, starting with a home ESL match against Stansted on Saturday (12th August).

Teams:

Barkingside

Manager: Michael Walther

Stowmarket Town

Manager: Rick Andrews

1  Will Hunt  (GK) 1  Craig Brand  (GK)
2  Michael Bottone 2  Ollie Brown
3  Mike Sherwood 3  Anton Clarke
4  Euan Taylor-Reid 4  Ethan Clarke
5  Paul Shaves (C) 5  Phil Weavers
6  Jamie Pooley   (Subbed 53’) 6  Jemel Fox
7  Aundre Spencer 7  Dan Cunningham  (C)
8  Bradley Joseph 8  Jack Baker      (Subbed 62’)
9  Michael Ogboin     (Subbed 72’) 9  Andrew Wood
10  Jerome Martelli   (Subbed 53’) 10  George Bugg      (Subbed 79’)
11  Joe Newbold 11  Remi Garrett    (Subbed 72’)
   

Substitutes:

12  Jason Fontaine  (On 72’) 14  Angelo Harrop   (On 62’)
14  Mendez Gomez Formoso 15  Jon Carver
15  Eamon Payne 16  Ryan Yallop        (On 79’)
16 Tony Cookey 17  Billy Clark           (On 72’)
18  Matteus Santos    (On 53’) 18  Paul Mosgrove
19  Reece Hewitt       (On 53’)  
20  Jayden Mitchell-Brown  
   
   

Referee:

Michael Mackey

Assistant Referees:

David Behling

Grant Mathias

   
Booked: None Booked: Garrett

 

Match Report: Southend Manor 1 – 0 Wroxham (FA Cup EPR)

The FA Cup – Extra Preliminary Round

Venue: Southchurch Park

2017-18 Season – Match 9

Date: Saturday 5th August 2017 3pm KO

Southend Manor : Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Black Socks

Wroxham : White Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

The FA Cup. It is many things to many people. It is the oldest domestic cup competition. It is arguably a lifeline to those ‘smaller’ clubs up & down the country. And perhaps it is a beacon that multi-million pound player transfers don’t really matter.

So, on the first day of this season’s FA Cup, Southend Manor welcomed Thurlow Nunn Premier side Wroxham to Southchurch Park. The match began well with both sides having early opportunities to strike first. The Yachtsmen’s midfielder Harley Black sent a free-kick just wide of the top corner in the first minute. For Manor, forward Bayley Newell had an effort tipped wide for a corner by visiting ‘keeper Will Viner.

Manor had another good chance on 20 minutes when midfielder Callum Jex shot from point-blank range though Viner pulled off a good save. The visitors had two more decent chances soon after as winger Adam Smith struck an effort over the bar, before on the on the half-hour, forward Ross Gilfedder somehow contrived to nod a free-header over the bar from Robbie Sweeney’s left-wing cross.

Half-Time: Southend Manor 0 – 0 Wroxham

Wroxham did edge the first half in my view, though the second half began in quite a low-key way. Mid-way into the second half, Sweeney had a header saved by the dependable Manor ‘stopper Klinton Makayabo.

Manor then had two further chances to open the scoring on the 70 minute mark though winger Alfie Lindfield and Newell both couldn’t find the target. Moments later, the visitors had two really good chances. First, substitute Pete Wilshire found himself one-on-one with Makayabo but the ‘keeper stood tall and saved well. Then defender Shaun Taylor’s shot trickled across the face of goal and hit the bar before two further blocks on the line prevented the scorers being troubled.

With 15 minutes remaining, Wroxham winger Black powered a great strike from 25-yards in at goal, it struck a post. At this point, the visitors may have been thinking that the goal was coming.

It wasn’t to be though as just as we were thinking that a replay at Trafford Park would be needed, with two minutes or regulation time remaining, Newell popped up in the area after a good cross from the left by winger Finley Dopson and blasted a low effort past Viner into the left corner for his first FA Cup goal.

Full-Time: Southend Manor 1 – 0 Wroxham

Newell 88’

The result was tough on Wroxham who certainly had their moments in the match. I wish them well as they look to recover from last season’s struggles. As for Manor, they too had decent spells though perhaps were not at their best today, with ‘keeper Klinton Makayabo & the back four in front of him defending stoutly at times though the Yachtsmen forwards’ pace and trickery did give them a headache or two.

Southend Manor host Gorleston in the next round on Saturday August 19th.

Teams:

Southend Manor

Manager: Stuart Marshall

Wroxham

Joint-Managers: Ross Potter & Tom Parke

1  Klinton Makayabo  (GK) 1  Will Viner  (GK)
2  Robbie Norris  (C) 2  Shaun Taylor
3  Shay Kelly 3  Sam Bryant      (Subbed 65’)
4  Joe Skeels 4  Mark Shadrack
5  Daniel Okah 5  Michael Sommerfield
6  Scott Keys 6  Tom Matthews  (C)
7  Daryl Cooper   (Subbed 35’) 7  Adam Smith      (Subbed 57’)
8  Callum Jex 8  Joe Manning     (Subbed 50’)
9  Michael Hopkins     (Subbed 85’) 9  Ross Gilfedder
10  Bayley Newell 10  Robbie Sweeney
11  Alfie Lindfield      (Subbed 78’) 11  Harley Black
Substitutes:
12  Lee Scott 12  Myron Abodunde   (On 65’)
14  Mitchell Keen 14  Ben Fowkes     (On 50’)
15  Ryan Kelland       (On 85’) 15  Pete Wiltshire        (On 57’)
16  Finley Dopson    (On 78’) 16  George MacRae (GK)
17  Harry Hatt           (On 35’) 17  Dayton Swatman
18  Dominic Locke
21  James Good
Referee: David Moreno-Rojas
Booked: Lindfield Booked: Shadrack, Sommerfield, Matthews

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 0 – 1 Southend Manor (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 86

2017-18 Season – Match 8

Date: Tuesday 1st August 2017 7.45pm KO

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

Southend Manor: Yellow & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Hullbridge & S Manor players before KO (ESL 1.8.17)
Hullbridge & Manor players exchange pleasantries before kick-off

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On an evening with a chill in the air, Hullbridge Sports welcomed neighbours Southend Manor to Lower Road in what was the visitors’ first match of the new campaign, sporting a new-look side. For Hullbridge, captain Jimmy Cox returned to the side.

Manor had the better of the early exchanges, coming up against a resolute home defence at times. In all fairness, the referee decided quite early on that he wasn’t going to mess about dealing with strong tackles & the like in this local derby, dishing out a couple of early bookings. Hullbridge had to deal with an added blow when striker Luka Frankis was forced off after just 16 minutes, with what appeared to be a back problem.

Southend Manor gave league debuts to a few new signings, and it was one of those, midfielder Lee Delf who showed that he was a threat in the air, nodding wide on two occasions mid-way into the first half, after good crosses in by full-back Shay Kelly.

Hullbridge struggled to push into the visitors’ half at times with midfielder Sam Dulieu blasting his strike over the bar on the half-hour mark. For all of their possession though, Manor didn’t quite create the chances they probably should have done. That said, four minutes before the break, Manor did take the lead with a good looping header from Delf that squeezed into the top-right corner, despite the defender on the goal-line’s best efforts to clear.

Half-Time: Hullbridge Sports 0 – 1 Southend Manor

The second half started rather differently as Manor couldn’t retain possession as well as they did earlier. Hullbridge did have strikes on goal from range from winger Michael Edgar and Delieu though visiting ‘stopper Klinton Makayabo wasn’t really troubled. The hosts still had chances midway into the half as defender Rob Hodsgon’s 25-yard drive fizzed wide of the post then forward Ashley Pibworth’s header was well-gathered by Makayabo, from Sam Taylor’s free-kick.

From Manor’s perspective, their attacks promised more than they actually delivered though as the game wore on to its latter stages, and it was nearly their undoing. With eight minutes of normal time left, Hullbridge captain Jimmy Cox headed wide from close range, the frustration evident on his face. Only two minutes later, Manor forward Mickey Hopkins also missed a similarly clear-cut chance to put the game safe for the visitors. Hullbridge were reduced to ten men with three minutes of normal time left as Ashley Pibworth got what appeared to be a straight red card, even though he had already been booked. I believe the reasoning was for was kicking out, in an off-the-ball incident.

The five minutes of added time must’ve seemed longer for Manor as it did get rather fraught at times as Hullbridge chased a last-gasp leveller, but they held on to record a hard-fought victory. To be fair, Taylor and Hodgson did impress for the hosts. Similarly, Delf, winger Jack Adlington and centre-backs Scott Keys & Daniel Okah did impress for Manor, in my view.

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports 0 – 1  Southend Manor

Delf 41’

In summary, the frustration for the home side at the final whistle was palpable and understandable. To be fair, they’ve had two very tough matches in a matter of days.  For Manor, they will know that they’ll probably need to be more clinical at times as they could have won this match more convincingly than they ended up doing. That said, it was still a battling win with what looked like a stronger outfit than last season, with more know-how, particularly at the back and with Delf as the ‘anchor’ midfielder just in-front of the back four at times.

I wish both sides well for the remainder of the campaign. Thank you to Hullbridge as well for their assistance with the team-sheets. Both sides are in FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round action this Saturday (5th August), Sports welcome Ipswich Wanderers to Lower Road while Manor welcome Wroxham to Southchurch Park.

Teams:

Hullbridge Sports

Player-Manager: Rob Hodgson

Southend Manor

 Assistant Manager: Adam Peek

(Manager Stuart Marshall was away)

1  Ryan Emery (GK) 1  Klinton Makayabo  (GK)
2  Charlie Buffin 2  Robbie Norris  (C)
3  Sam Taylor 3  Shay Kelly     (Subbed 61’)
4  Aaron Hunwicks 4  Lee Delf
5  Rob Hodgson 5  Daniel Okah
6  Ollie Quick 6  Scott Keys
7  Michael Edgar 7  Jack Adlington
8  Ashley Pibworth 8  Callum Jex
9  Luca Frankis   (Subbed 16’) 9  Mickey Hopkins
10  Jimmy Cox  (C) 10  Harry Hatt     (Subbed 72’)
11  Sam Dulieu   (Subbed 66’) 11  Alfie Lindfield    (Subbed 83’)
Substitutes:
12  Ronnie Pallett  (On 16’) 12  Mitchell Keen      (On 72’)
14  Charlie Gerada  (On 66’) 14  Finley Dopson
15  Jamie Buffin 15  Ryan Kellland
16  Ben Perry 16  Lee Scott              (On 61’)
17  Angus Poole 17  Bayley Newell     (On 83’)
Referee: Peter Newman
Assistant Referees: Trevor Williams

Karl Dunnage

Booked: C Buffin Booked: Jex
Sent Off: Pibworth

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 2 Waltham Forest (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 47

Date: Saturday 29th July 2017 3pm KO

2017-18 Season – Match 7

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

Waltham Forest: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, White Socks

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On the first day of the new ESL season, Hullbridge welcomed Waltham Forest to Lower Road.

The match began quite evenly though Forest were slightly more comfortable in possession. However, it was the hosts who opened the scoring after just eight minutes, as full-back Arron Hunwicks’ free-kick from the left was neatly headed home by forward Luka Frankis into the top left corner of the net. Forest levelled just two minutes later in a bizarre manner, with midfielder Mohammed Sagaf’s corner finding its way into the net past the Hullbridge back-line.

Forest did have the better of the game after their equaliser, with forward Muhammadu Faal a threat with his trickery and pace. Faal, Sagaf and winger Nana Yiadom all had efforts on goal saved by the busy home ‘keeper Ryan Emery in the space of ten minutes. Although Forest had more of the chances, Hullbridge stood firm to keep parity at the break.

Half-Time: Hullbridge Sports 1  –  1 Waltham Forest

The second half began in the same even manner as the first, with Hullbridge midfielder Sam Dulieu having a point-blank shot well-saved by visiting ‘keeper Nathan Warren. Hullbridge re-took the lead just five minutes after the re-start as Frankis was well-found in the box from a good right-wing cross and made no mistake with his tap-in.

Once again though, Forest responded and levelled for the second time six minutes later as Yiadom stroked his shot into the bottom left corner after some decent build-up play. Both sides had chances after that, mid-way through the second half Forest full-back Bradley Harris powered a long-range strike which was well-stopped by Emery.

Hullbridge forward Michael Edgar’s strike was well-saved by Warren with 17 minutes remaining. The visitors did have an effort cleared off the line though Hullbridge held on for a battling point. To their credit, Forest did create a number of chances and well, they may surprise a few teams this season, if they can keep up their consistency of play.

Full-Time:  Hullbridge Sports 2  – 2  Waltham Forest

Frankis 8’, 50’                     Sagaf 10’, Yiadom 56’

Teams:

Hullbridge Sports

Player-Manager: Rob Hodgson

Waltham Forest 

Manager: Qayum Shakoor

1  Ryan Emery  (GK) 1  Nathan Warren  (GK)
2  Aaron Hunwicks 2  Juelmo Agebane
3  Sam Taylor 3  Bradley Harris
4  Ben Perry (C)  (Subbed 71’) 4  James Curran (C)
5  Rob Hodgson 5  Boris Kipeva
6  Ollie Quick 6  Mohammed Sagaf
7  Jamie Buffin 7  Arjanit Krasniqi     (Subbed 86’)
8  Sam Dulieu   (Subbed 79’) 8  Muhammadu Faal  (Subbed 79’)
9  Luca Frankis 9  Jake Connaris   (Subbed 52’)
10  Ashley Pibworth 10  Glen Tonga
11  Michael Edgar 11  Nana Yiadom

Substitutes:

12  Charlie Gerada   (On 71’) 12  Tristan Gayle
14  Angus Poole 15  Harrison Tweddle  (On 79’)
15  Howard Wright   (On 79’) 16  Callum Bailey   (On 86’)
17  Danilo Cruz    (On 52’)
Referee: Reece Pinchback
Assistant Referees: Nicholas Hodges

Callum Dorling

Booked: Frankis, Perry, Hodgson Booked: Sagaf