Match Report: Burnham Ramblers 2 – 5 West Essex (ESL 9.12.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Leslie Field

Attendance: 16

Saturday 9th December 2017 3pm KO

2017-18 Season – Match 45

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

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

 

Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a day partly beset by postponements due to the inclement weather, West Essex travelled to Leslie Field to take on Burnham Ramblers. Burnham were depleted though still named Charlee Hughes and Karl Swanborough in attack. West Essex were also missing a few key players though the ever-dangerous Michael Mignot was joined by Fatos Zeqiri up front and Jack Coker was back between the sticks.

I had a good feeling about this match before kick-off and that feeling was soon validated. The hosts had a double-chance early on though forwards Karl Swanborough and Charlee Hughes were both denied by visiting custodian Jack Coker. Both sides traded chances soon after that with home skipper Ryan Stillwell having an effort saved while West defender Nick Walk’s chip was saved by Burnham goalkeeper Josh Strizovic and Mignot’s lob struck the bar. It really was an open start to this match.

The visitors struck 17 minutes into the match through forward Fatos Zeqiri’s strike which found its way past Strizovic. The hosts struggled to keep up with the quickness of the Stags’ attacks and Strizovic produced a really good save to deny Mignot on the half-hour. That save was even more important at this point of the match as the hosts levelled minutes later through Karl Swanborough’s tap-in following-up.

The visitors responded just four minutes later as winger Cameron Gray’s initial shot was blocked though midfielder Joe Lefley slotted home neatly into the right corner. Strizovic was called upon again four minutes before the break to deny Zeqiri’s shot with his feet. There was a sense even at this point that there were more goals in this match.

Half-Time: Burnham Ramblers 1 – 2 West Essex

Just a minute after the re-start, the Stags extended their lead as a well-directed long pass found forward Michael Mignot and after rounding Strizovic, slotted home calmly into an unguarded net. Soon after, Gray nearly made it four though his effort was well-saved by Strizovic. Burnham spurned a decent opening six minutes after the break as Hughes fired wide. The visitors made it 4-1 moments after as Zeqiri grabbed his second of the afternoon, wrong-footing Strizovic before blasting home. Kwame Kwateng’s side continued to push with rapid attacks and just after the hour, midfielder Brad Russell’s attempted lob was well-saved again by the over-worked Strizovic.

The hosts got some respite in the form of a spot-kick, tucked away by Swanborough midway through the half to lessen the arrears once again and could’ve given the visitors a tricky last 15 minutes though Swanborough’s twin efforts on goal couldn’t get past Coker. In the last ten minutes of a really entertaining affair, West made it five after Mignot slotted home well from a narrow angle while at the other end five minutes later, Hughes couldn’t connect well with his header which was gratefully claimed by Coker.

Full-Time: Burnham Ramblers 2 – 5 West Essex

All in all, a pulsating match filled with both sides wanting to get the ball down and play good attacking football on a tricky pitch though to be fair, West had done more than enough to warrant the points so credit to them and in doing so, ending Burnham’s four-match unbeaten run. As for the hosts, well on another day they may have scored more and I have the feeling that manager Lee Hughes & his coaching staff will drive them on to a decent finish this term. One thing is for sure, watching Burnham’s matches is hardly dull, as there’s usually goals in them.

Finally, I’d like to thank both Burnham boss Hughes and West Essex Head Coach Kwame Kwateng as it was really good to talk to both of them post-match.

 

Teams

Burnham Ramblers

Joshua Strizovic (GK), Jed Bowman, Edison Tereziu (Jake Croft 46′), Ryan Plom, Fraser Inns (Julian Bavin 46′), Alex Karkoski, Ryan Stillwell (Capt), Ben Burgess, Robert Bagnall (Sam Warwick 63′), Charlee Hughes, Karl Swanborough

Goal-scorers: Karl Swanborough [32′ & pen 67′]

Subs Not Used: A French (GK), L Bond | Booked: Burgess

 

West Essex

Jack Coker (GK), Nick Walk, Ben Leo, Maanoon Khan, Josh French, Tom MacLeod (Capt) (Kofi Appiah 87′) , Brad Russell, Joe Lefley (Tom Woodbridge 76′), Cameron Gray, Michael Mignot, Fatos Zeqiri (James Bromley 81′)

Goal-scorers: Fatos Zeqiri [17′ & 53′], Joe Lefley [36′], Michael Mignot [46′ & 81′]

Subs Not Used: T Ahmed, Carroll | Booked: None

Referee: James Masson
Assistant Referees: Ray Parmenter & Trevor Williams

 

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Match Report: Redbridge 2 – 0 Woodford Town (2017) (ESL 8.12.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Oakside

Attendance: 59

2017-18 Season – Match 44

Friday 8th December 2017 7.45pm KO

Redbridge: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Woodford Town: Yellow Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

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The teams before KO

Scott W reporting  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a chilly evening at Oakside, leaders Redbridge welcomed mid-table Woodford Town in another Essex Senior League encounter. The Motormen were led by Brian Moses and Calvin Poku in attack, with Reside Coxi-Sebastfao on the left flank, who scored a hat-trick against the same opponents earlier in the season. Woodford’s forward line was led by livewire Larry Asare and Ethan Kessel.

Pre-match, one or two may well have had Redbridge down to win this fixture convincingly though as it turned out, it wasn’t quite that. The visitors did start proceedings fairly well as they made sure the Motormen defence were alert with a couple of near-misses. Twelve minutes in, a powerful drive from Town forward Larry Asare was well-saved by home goalkeeper Lewis Greene.

Redbridge couldn’t really get going at their best going forward though Brian Moses and winger Reside Coxi-Sebastfao spurned half-chances. On 34 minutes, arguably against the run of play, the hosts took the lead as from skipper Eljay Worrell’s corner, Moses headed home past visiting stopper Nick Wilson. It stayed that way at the break, with the visitors still well in the match and were arguably unfortunate to be behind, although they couldn’t find that telling final ball to breach the home defence.

Half-Time: Redbridge 1 – 0 Woodford Town

A minute into the second half, Asare struck an effort wide as Town were looking to level. Their chances took a knock when Dion Lewis-Kirwan was dismissed for a second booking six minutes after the interval. Just past the hour mark, the hosts nearly doubled their lead as Moses ghosted past several Woodford defenders but couldn’t find the finish. Although they found it tougher with ten men, the visitors still put the ‘hard yards’ in, particularly at the back with Town skipper Jack Grosvenor making a number of good challenges.

Into the last 20 minutes or so, and Moses & midfielder Shaun Harris had efforts that couldn’t find the target. Town defender Grosvenor denied Redbridge substitute Jacob Dingli a icertain goal with a good goal-line clearance with 15 minutes left. Soon after, Town had a goal chalked off for off-side and their frustrations were evident by this stage. Dingli was denied late on by Wilson as the striker was one-on-one with the Town ‘keeper.

Redbridge sealed the points in added-time as Wilson had denied an initial attack though Moses grabbed his second with a low curling effort into the right corner. They say ‘It doesn’t matter how you win, just that you do’ and on this occasion, Ricky Eaton & Joey May’s side did exactly that without being at their best, not that they will mind much as this was their 8th straight league win. Woodford should take some solace though from their performance here as in phases, they played well and made it difficult for the league leaders.

Full-Time: Redbridge 2 – 0 Woodford Town

Teams

Redbridge

Lewis Greene (GK), Courtney Homans, Eljay Worrell (Capt.), Shaun Harris, Liam Thomas, Jonathon Mbamarah, Tommie Turner, (Thomas Gogo 61′) Patrick Duggan, Calvin Poku (Jacob Dingli 61′) Brian Moses, Reside Coxi-Sebastfao

Goal-Scorers: Brian Moses [34′ & 90’+2]

Subs Not Used: Toussaint, Nelson & Brown-Bamfpoe | Booked: Worrell, Harris

Woodford Town (in estimated position order)

Nick Wilson (GK), Leon Wildman, Ola Ogunwamide, James Walkinshaw, Jack Grosvenor (Capt), Dion Lewis-Kirwan, Gamal Nfodjo, Ryley Scott (Yusuf Topal 83′), Andre Bennett (Djazton Mandica 63′), Ethan Kessel, Larry Asare (De’Juane Taylor-Crossdale 70′)

Subs Not Used: Lefevre, Abdul | Booked: Wildman

| Sent Off: Lewis-Kirwan [51′ – second booking]

Referee: Ede Eruero
Assistant Referees: Michael Iddenden-Smith & Charlie Roberts

 

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 3 – 2 Enfield 1893 (FA Vase R3 2.12.17)

The FA Vase Third Round (Last 64)

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 85

2017-18 Season: Match 43

Saturday 2nd December 2017 3pm KO

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

Enfield 1893: Green & White Shirts, Green Shorts, Green Socks

 

Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On FA Vase Third Round day, Hullbridge Sports welcomed ESL stable-mates Enfield 1893 to Lower Road for an intriuging cup-tie. For the hosts, Russell Harley got the nod between the sticks, with Harry Watkins making his first start and skipper Jimmy Cox and Michael Salako leading the line. Regarding the visitors, they lost full-back Matthew Claxton in the warm-up because of a hamstring injury, David Ottley filled in while ex-Ilford winger Luke Thomas lined up on the right flank with forward John Bricknell being supported up top by Ben Bradbury. Jayden Hocking-Rising and Josh Sykes were options for Matt Hanning’s side from the bench.

This much-anticipated tie (with radio’s BBC Essex also in attendance) got underway with Hullbridge having the first real chance as Cox’s cross from the left found Salako though he couldn’t direct his header past visiting ‘stopper Michael Corderoy. The visitors did have more of the ball in the early stages, with the hosts arguably sitting too deep. Enfield winger Thomas was a consistent threat down the right flank with his direct running and pace.

As we got to the mid-way point of the 1st half, both sides were lacking that final ball to unlock defences thus far. Midway into the half, home midfielder Joe Pattison’s drive was blocked in the area, the referee pointed to the spot after adjudging it to be a handball. Cox stepped up and buried the spot-kick in the right corner.

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Hullbridge forward Cox coverts the first spot-kick (Image: Neil Hunwicks – Twitter: @ABridgeTooFar16 & Used with permission)

Enfield nearly levelled on the half-hour as Bricknell’s free-kick shaded past the top-right corner with home custodian Russell Harley beaten. On the stroke of half-time, Hullbridge midfielder Harry Watkins’ free-kick was saved by Corderoy.

Half-Time: Hullbridge 1 – 0 Enfield 1893

The second half didn’t begin well for the visitors. Already aggrieved at the manner of the first spot-kick given against them, Enfield conceded another penalty two minutes after the re-start. Cox once again duly stepped up for Hullbridge and converted it well, low into the right corner of the net. On the hour mark, Salako was well-denied by Enfield full-back Joe Clark when poised to strike.

On 68 minutes, Clark’s cross from the left found midfielder Joe Johnson though he shot wide at the back post. Five minutes later, the visitors were awarded a penalty after a foul on Thomas, with Bricknell dispatching it well. So, 2-1 with a little over a quarter-hour to play – you knew it was going to get a bit frantic.

The ‘chaos meter’ went up a notch again with 11 minutes of allotted time left as Hullbridge substitute goalkeeper Jamie Merralls, who had only been on the pitch 12 minutes, was dismissed for reacting to being fouled. Home forward Cox had the unenviable task of taking the goalkeeper’s jersey.

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Hullbridge skipper Cox crowns an all-action game by taking the goalie’s gloves late on (Image by Neil Hunwicks & used with permission)

The action was far from over though as with nine minutes of normal time remaining, the hosts increased their lead with a pearler of a free-kick from Watkins, which past Corderoy into the left corner. Enfield showed more guts though a few minutes later to halve the deficit through Thomas’ strike from close range. As we entered six minutes of added-time, Enfield defenders Ryan Cosson and Clark had to be alert to deny Salako another sight of goal. Enfield by this time were peppering the home defence with balls into the box, though the defiant back-line, led by centre-backs Rob Hodgson, Perry Dunn and Jordan Meikle dealt with it well though Enfield substitute Jayden Hocking-Rising’s shot did test stand-in stopper Cox.

As the full-time whistle sounded, unsurprisingly the Hullbridge players & staff showed their delight though they knew they had been in a real battle here, for which credit should go to Enfield. There really wasn’t much to seperate these two sides today, though it is Hullbridge who take their place in the next round of the competition.

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports 3 – 2 Enfield 1893

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Hullbridge players & management show their delight after the winning goal (Image by Neil Hunwicks)

As ever, I’d like to thank Hullbridge for their hospitality, club photographer Neil for the use of his superb images and wish Enfield the best for the remainder of the league campaign. It was also good to be joined by respected colleague Peter Dudley today and we both spoke to Hullbridge boss Darren Manning post-match which you’ll be able to hear on this week’s Grassroot Football Show on Thursday night (7th December).

Teams

Hullbridge Sports

Russell Harley (GK) (Jamie Merralls 67′), Jordan Meikle, Sam Taylor, Joe Pattison, Rob Hodgson, Perry Dunn, Tom Ranger (Michael Edgar 39′), Harry Watkins, Michael Salako, Jimmy Cox (Capt), Charlie Buffin

Goal-Scorers: Jimmy Cox [Pen 23′, Pen 47′], Harry Watkins [81′]

Sent Off: Merralls [79′]

Subs Not Used: Offord, Kimmence, Pallett | Booked: Watkins

 

Enfield 1893

Michael Corderoy (GK), David Ottley (Josh Sykes 76′), Joe Clark, Ryan Cosson, James O’Brien (Capt), Joe Johnson, Luke Thomas, Joe Staunton, John Bricknell, Ben Bradbury, Harry Prince (Jayden Hocking-Rising 65′)

Goal-Scorers: John Bricknell [Pen 73′], Luke Thomas [84′]

Subs Not Used: Thoma, Tirivanhu | Booked: Thomas, Bradbury, Sykes

Match Report: Southend Manor 2 – 4 Hullbridge Sports (ESL 25.11.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 65

2017-18 Season: Match 42

Saturday 25th November 2017 3pm KO

Southend Manor: Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

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

 

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a very chilly & breezy afternoon at Southchurch Park, Southend Manor took on Hullbridge Sports in an interesting Essex Senior League match. For the hosts, winger Jamie Brown was banned and Nathan Dewberry led the forward line with support from the trio of Fatt, Sighiartau and Zamani behind him. Hullbridge were looking to build on a good point at Waltham Forest, new signings Jordan Meikle, Perry Dunn, Joe Pattison and Michael Salako all started for the visitors.

Both sides took a little time to settle down into the match, with few chances materialising in the first quarter-hour. Manor were on the attack when winger Rhys Fatt’s header couldn’t find a way past visiting goalkeeper Jamie Merralls. Fatt did break the deadlock though on twenty minutes as forward Nathan Dewberry’s flick-on found the winger and he slotted home past Merralls into the left corner. The hosts had another good chance seven minutes later as from a corner, Dewberry’s powerful drive was well-saved by Merrralls.

Hullbridge came back into the match though as on 32 minutes as forward Michael Salako had a goal chalked off for off-side. Two minutes later, they were level as midfielder Ashley Pibworth’s drive found the left corner. The visitors pushed for more and home ‘keeper Klinton Makayabo had to be alert to gather winger Charlie Buffin’s 30-yard effort. Centre-back Perry Dunn’s header went wide from a free-kick as the first-half headed to a close.

Hullbridge took the lead two minutes before the interval as Makayabo missed an in-swinging Taylor corner and Pibworth popped up at the back post to grab a tap-in. In truth, there wasn’t much between the sides at the break though the visitors held a slender lead.

Half-Time: Southend Manor 1 – 2 Hullbridge Sports

After the break, Manor looked to restore parity though couldn’t create many clear-cut openings. Even so, they were level on the hour as substitute Jamie Alexandrou’s deep cross found its way to Fatt at the back stick who made no mistake to seal his brace.

The hosts were only level for seven minutes before Hullbridge re-took the lead as Buffin’s pass found Salako who slotted home to grab his first goal in a ‘Bridge shirt. Manor could well have been level soon afterwards though Merralls pulled off good saves to deny efforts from Hamid Zamani and substitute Bayley Newell.

‘Bridge extended their lead with 11 minutes remaining as another Taylor free-kick found its way to skipper Jimmy Cox who slotted home well past Makayabo. Late on, Manor captain Lee Delf’s header was saved by Merralls though it was Hullbridge’s day.

To be fair, Manor were not at their best going forward or in possession today though Hullbridge were more sturdy at the back and had more energy about them in their play and they did deserve this victory in the end, this being new boss Darren Manning’s first win since taking charge.

Hullbridge will savour this performance and it may give them a lift ahead of next weekend’s FA Vase tie at home to Enfield 1893. For the record, Enfield suffered a 0-5 home defeat to FC Romania today.

 

Teams:

Southend Manor

Klinton Makayabo (GK), Lee Scott (Jamie Alexandrou 57′), Ross Johnson (Mohamed Kargbo 72′), Joe Skeels, Lee Delf (Capt), Tyler Fowles, Rhys Fatt, Charlie Barlow, Nathan Dewberry, Hamid Zamani, Vlad Sighiartau (Bayley Newell 65′)

Goal-Scorers: Rhys Fatt [20′ & 60′]

Booked: Skeels, Alexandrou | Subs Not Used: Keys, Good

 

Hullbridge Sports

Jamie Merralls (GK), Jordan Meikle, Sam Taylor, Ashley Pibworth, Rob Hodgson, Perry Dunn, Tom Ranger (Michael Edgar 80′), Joe Pattison, Michael Salako (Luca Frankis 90’+3), Jimmy Cox (Capt), Charlie Buffin (Sam Kimmence 89′)

Goal-Scorers: Ashley Pibworth [34′ & 43′], Michael Salako [67′], Jimmy Cox [79′]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Offord, Gerada

 

Referee: Paul Stratton

Assistant Referees: Jack Racey & Joe Burgess

 

Match Report: Tower Hamlets 0 – 5 Redbridge (ESL 20.11.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: 72

2017-18 Season – Match 41

Monday 20th November 2017 7.45pm KO

Tower Hamlets: Orange Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Redbridge: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a Monday night encounter at Mile End Stadium, Tower Hamlets took on Redbridge in an intriguing Essex Senior League fixture. The hosts still had a few players banned including goalkeeper James Pellin and forward Luke With so Curtis Pond led the attack here, with fellow forwards James Ross and Wale Odedoyin on the bench. For the Motormen, recent signing Martin Tuohy joined the talisman that is Brian Moses in attack, with Calvin Poku and Jacob Dingli options on the bench.

Both sides took a little time to settle on a slippy pitch though midfielder Mata Julio had Hamlets’ first chance of note when he spotted Redbridge goalkeeper Lewis Greene off his line though the stopper recovered to save his lob which was off-target. The Motormen took the lead on 12 minutes as skipper Eljay Worrell flighted in a lovely free-kick into the right corner of the net. This unsurprisingly encouraged the visitors and and after a couple of crosses which were cleared, forward Brian Moses was well played in though he blazed his shot wide of the left corner.

Hamlets did find a bit more urgency soon after that, though Julio and forward Curtis Pond couldn’t hit the target then winger Hasan Mustafa’s shot brought a save out of Greene. In the last minutes of the first half, the visitors did push forward again looking for that important second goal and they got it five minutes before the break as Moses’ downward header was prodded home by Worrell.

Half-Time: Tower Hamlets 0 – 2 Redbridge

Redbridge started the second half with renewed purpose with Hamlets goalkeeper Jerome Anthony being tested by winger Reside Coxi-Sebastfao and Moses in the first third of the second period. The hosts were not at their best going forward all evening though prior to being substituted, Mustafa was a threat down the right wing.

Redbridge extended their lead further 19 minutes after the break when Tuohy slotted home calmly past Anthony. Jacob Dingli came off the bench for the visitors and his toe-poke was cleared for a corner soon after coming on though after fellow substitute Calvin Poku’s curling strike was parried by Anthony, Dingli tucked in the rebound to add some gloss to the score-line.

The Motormen defence had been solid all evening, and wanted a rare clean sheet. Unfortunately for the hosts, they conceded a penalty deep in stoppage-time as Dingli was fouled in the area. Worrell stepped up and put away the spot-kick to claim his hat-trick.

Hamlets were well beaten in the end as the visitors once again showed that they are a ‘force to be reckoned with’ this season and extended their excellent winning run in the league. Hamlets lacked a focal point in attack and found the Motormen back five in miserly form too.

Full-Time: Tower Hamlets 0 – 5 Redbridge

 

Teams:

Tower Hamlets

Jerome Anthony (GK), O’Neal Rowe, John Watson, Aliu Ibrahim, Tola Odedoyin, Hasan Mustafa (Wale Odedoyin 65′), Mata Julio, Curtis Pond (James Ross 74′), Frankie Sinclair (C), Danny McCarthy (Elias Tackie 54′), Igor Furtado

Booked: Sinclair  | Subs Not Used: Tobun, Capleton

 

Redbridge

Lewis Greene (GK), Courtney Homans, Marcus Carter, Shaun Harris, Liam Thomas, Jonathan Mbamarah, Reside Coxi-Sebastfao (Jacob Dingli 64′), Patrick Duggan (Philip Bamfoe-Browne 66′), Martin Tuohy (Calvin Poku 67′) Brian Moses, Eljay Worrell (C)

Goal-Scorers: Worrell [12′, 40′ & pen 90’+6], Tuohy [64′], Dingli [73′]

Subs Not Used: Turner, Nelson

 

Referee: Stacey Ford

Assistant Referees: Martin Quinn & Neil Bailey

Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 7 – 1 Hullbridge Sports (ESL 18.11.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Burroughs Park

2017-18 Season: Match 40

Saturday 18th November 2017 3pm KO

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

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

 

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a chilly afternoon at Burroughs Park, Great Wakering Rovers welcomed Hullbridge Sports in another Essex Senior League encounter. Wakering kept the nucleus of their side with Messrs Richmond and Bryan leading the line while Hullbridge gave a full debut to recent signing Sam Kimmence.

The hosts started this match in the best possible fashion as only a minute into proceedings, a cross from the left flank found box-to-box midfielder Aaron Russell whose near-post header beat visiting goalkeeper Lewis Catling. Hullbridge responded soon after though midfielder Tom Ranger sent two efforts wide of goal.

The visitors were the architects of their own downfall at times in this match and this was the case when on seven minutes, an errant back-pass found its way between visiting defenders and midfielder Billy Johnson ghosted in, nicked the ball, ran into the area and rounded Catling then struck home well. The visiting defence were under pressure by this point, Catling made a good save to deny Rovers a third within the opening twenty minutes of the game.

Wakering made it three on 24 minutes through a Neil Richmond penalty, struck well into the left corner of the net. The visitors then had a goal ruled out, winger Charlie Buffin the unfortunate party. Captain Jimmy Cox then brought a save from Rovers custodian Rees Hawkins. Just shy of the half-hour, full-back Jason Ring’s cross from the right found Richmond though after a good turn, he blasted his shot wide.

Eight minutes before the break, substitute Jay Nash spurned a decent chance as his drive at goal was well-saved by Catling. A fairly rare Hullbridge attack saw Cox’s lofted ball in for fellow forward Oliver Miller saved by Hawkins, five minutes before the break though Wakering were comfortably ahead in this one at the interval.

Half-Time: Great Wakering 3 – 0 Hullbridge Sports

Four minutes after the break, the hosts extended their lead with another spot-kick from Richmond after fellow forward Chris Bryan was felled in the area. Bryan then blasted an effort wide after being found well by full-back Jimmy Cook just past the hour. Hullbridge forward Miller had a header comfortably saved by Hawkins though in truth, the forward line didn’t have much oppurtunity to shine throughout, partly down to the typically solid and committed nature of the home defence.

Wakering pushed for more goals though Johnson and Richmond couldn’t find the target after decent build-up play. Hullbridge did get a consolation on 71 minutes though as Buffin fed Miller who struck a low shot home well from a narrow angle. Unfortunately, that joy was short-lived as the hosts struck again from close range five minutes later. Richmond completed another hat-trick late-on with a close-range strike.

Hawkins had to be alert to deny a good strike by Hullbridge substitute Sam Dulieu as we crept into injury-time though the visitors’ difficult afternoon was compounded as Wakering captain Scott Pethers powered a 20-yard strike into the right corner with virtually the last-kick of the match.

Full-Time: Great Wakering 7 – 1 Hullbridge

Credit has to go to Wakering for a dominant performance and they go above Clapton into 5th place in the table. If they keep playing like this then they will be right in the promotion shake-up at the end of the campaign. As for Hullbridge, well as a neutral, I felt deflated for them though this might be a turning point for them. They fall to the bottom of the pile after Waltham Forest’s win today. Manager Darren Manning has made signings and that may spin things around when they come into the team.

Teams:

Great Wakering: Rees Hawkins (GK), Jason Ring (Charlie Seaden 60′), Jimmy Cook, Scott Pethers (C), Oliver Woodhouse (Louis Robinson 60′), Sam Carter (Jay Nash 21′), Billy Johnson, Ricky Evans, Neil Richmond, Chris Bryan, Aaron Russell

Goal-scorers: Russell [1′], Johnson [12′], Richmond [pen 24′, pen 49′, 88′], Unknown [76′], Pethers [90’+3]

Booked: Evans | Sub Not Used: Dopson

Hullbridge Sports: Lewis Catling (GK), Shawn Coe, Sam Taylor, Ben Perry (Michael Edgar 51′), Angus Poole, Ollie Quick, Tom Ranger (Sam Dulieu 65′), Charlie Buffin, Oliver Miller, Jimmy Cox (C), Sam Kimmence (Howard Wright 76′)

Goal-scorer: Miller [71′]

Booked: Buffin, Perry | Subs Not Used: Offord, Gerada

Match Report: Ilford 3 – 1 Hullbridge Sports (ESL 15.11.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 52

2017-18 Season: Match 39

Wednesday 15th November 2017 8.05pm KO

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

Hullbridge Sports: Yellow & Blue Striped Shirts, Yellow Shirts, Yellow Socks

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The re-designed Ilford programme

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a decent evening at Cricklefield, Hullbridge Sports travelled to face Ilford in another Essex Senior League encounter. For both clubs, it was the dawn of a new era as for the hosts Billy Cove has joined club legend Allan Fenn as joint-manager whilst Darren Manning had his first game in charge of Hullbridge here. Regarding the teams, James Peagram and Andrea Montovani led the line for the hosts while Shawn Coe made his full debut for Hullbridge at right-back. Ollie Miller and captain Jimmy Cox led their attack.

The match was delayed for twenty minutes due to the referee’s dislike for the faint lines on the pitch and to be fair, he had a point. Onto the match then and well proceedings were a bit sluggish to get going to be honest, with both sides needing to defend deeply in what was a bitty opening quarter-hour. Ilford winger George Whitelock did draw a save out of experienced stopper Jamie Merralls though on 21 minutes.

As it turned out, the visitors took the lead just shy of the half-hour as left winger Damien Siemienczuk found himself in a good position, closing in on goal and his goal-bound shot nicked off defender Karolis Atutis past home goalkeeper Chris Clark into the net. The visitors did look a little more active going forward though Siemienczuk blazed a shot wide five minutes before the break. Ilford did level three minutes before the interval as following a good ball in from the left flank, Peagram grabbed a tap-in. Certainly the timing of the goal was important for the Foxes at they headed into the break honours-even.

Half-Time: Ilford 1 – 1 Hullbridge

After the break, the hosts looked to step it up a gear and just two minutes into the second half, Atutis blazed a header over the bar. The visitors were still in this match though as Ollie Miller reminded us on 54 minutes when his strike needed the intervention of Clark to force a corner. Ilford were not at their best defensively, including the goalie though to be fair Clark was playing with a knock and the pitch was a bit slippery too. The hosts took the lead on 62 minutes as Atutis did make up for his earlier misfortune by powering in a free header from a corner. Hullbridge could have levelled things eight minutes later as winger Charlie Buffin’s effort forced a save from Clark with substitute Howard Wright’s follow-up strike being deflected over for a corner.

The visitors did not allow their heads to drop, as evidenced by Ilford’s Peagram working his way into the box though full-back Shawn Coe’s brilliant tackle denied him as the striker was poised to strike. Peagram did get his side’s third goal soon after though as the visitors were static in defending a corner and the striker headed home. Ilford still had to defend in the latter stages though they had done enough to record another three points. There wasn’t much in it at times though Hullbridge know they need numbers as they seek to lift themselves up the ESL table.

My thanks to Ilford joint-manager Allan Fenn and Hullbridge FC for their assistance with the teamsheets.

Full-Time: Ilford 3 – 1 Hullbridge Sports

Peagram 29′, 73′, Atutis 62′ | Siemienczuk 29′

Teams:

Ilford

Chris Clark (GK), Sam Buffour, Justas Paliulis, Isaac Nkosi, Karolis Atutis (Jonah Gregory 70′), Eamon Payne, George Whitelock (Bill Rungay 60′), Chris Lockwood, James Peagram (C), Andrea Montovani (Alex Paraskeva 60′), Alex Akanbi

Subs Not Used: Matthews, Oshin

Goal-scorers: James Peagram [42′ & 73′] & Karolis Atutis [62′]

Hullbridge Sports

Jamie Merralls (GK), Shawn Coe, Sam Taylor, Ben Perry, Angus Poole, Ollie Quick, Charlie Buffin (Sam Kimmence 76′), Sam Dulieu, Ollie Miller (Tom Ranger 63′), Jimmy Cox (C) (Howard Wright 63′), Damien Siemienczuk

Subs Not Used: Osborne, Wallington | Booked: Cox

Goal-scorer: Damien Siemienczuk [29′]