Match Report: Corinthians 6 – 0 Wakering Sports (Sat 21st Sept) [EOFL 19/20 21.9.19]

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Essex Olympian League – Senior Division Two

Venue: Stambridge Memorial Ground

2019 – 20 Season: Match 24

Saturday 21st September 2019 – 2.30pm KO

Corinthians: Sky Blue & White Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Wakering: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

 

 

Superior finishing sees Corinthians triumph at Stambridge

Corinthians 6 – 0 Wakering Sports

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

This weekend, I elected to stick with Essex Olympian League action with a trip to the peaceful surroundings of Stambridge Memorial Ground to see two more promoted sides in Corinthians and Wakering Sports face off in this early-season fixture. After watching Epping Town last week, it had a fitting tone with me to see the hosts here. Chris Stoneham’s side has had one or two additions recently, with goalkeeper Nathan Warren recently joining former Basildon Utd & Southend Manor forward Nathan Dewberry in the ranks. Both started here, with Dewberry being supported by lively fellow forwards John Bolton-Smith and Leo Clarke, with Theo Cannon on the bench. Wakering fielded a defensive four of Callum Burns-Green, Brad La Pundire, skipper Russell Beck and Tyler Machon. Player-boss Mitchell Gleeson was in the midfield ‘engine room’ with Zac Wheatley leading the line alongside Craig Paton.

We had an early breakthrough in this match, just as last week with Nathan Dewberry striking a curling free-kick past visiting stopper Tyler Bonham with about 90 seconds on the watch. If anyone thought that goal would be the catalyst for a one-sided match, they would be disappointed. On six minutes, Sports pushed forward with onrushing midfielder Ben Burrows played in well though with only home custodian Nathan Warren to beat, his shot lacked power and the goalie gathered. Buoyed by some stirring runs by left-back Tyler Machon, Sports had a decent spell in attack, though forward Zac Wheatley couldn’t seriously test Warren with a headed chance.

The hosts doubled their lead midway through the half as following a powerful run down the left by winger Leo Clarke, the ball fell to forward John Bolton-Smith who evaded his marker before striking low past Bonham. Wakering nearly pulled one back on the half-hour as Craig Paton’s free-kick cracked the crossbar. Dewberry was denied well by Bonham’s shins minutes later and as the half was drawing to a close, after a good move, winger Ben Rowe was one-on-one with Warren though the ‘keeper denied him with his feet.

Half-Time: Corinthians 2 – 0 Wakering Sports

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The match started to swivel in the hosts’ favour early in the second period. After a good team move involving neat passing, Dewberry fired home low to get his second of the afternoon was denied a third on the cusp of the hour mark. In fairness, Wakering were tiring in the heat as the hosts really got into their rhythm and showed good pace in attack. Midway through the half, midfielder Luke Owen powered in a strike from about 15 yards which cannoned in off the inside of a post. Dewberry then turned assist-maker for the next two goals. He first played in substitute Theo Cannon who fired into the far corner well on 73 minutes before Dewberry then looped in a cool pass for Jake Hodder to coolly fire home six minutes later. In the final few minutes, Clarke blasted a good strike at goal though Bonham did well to keep it out. Sports couldn’t seriously trouble the home back five in the latter stages though they did have positives to take from their first-half performance as both teams played neat, incisive football at times here.

Full-Time: Corinthians 6 – 0 Wakering Sports

In some ways, the score-line is a tad misleading and harsh on the visitors who could really have been level at the break, such were the calibre of chances they had. Corinthians certainly had the better of the second period in hot conditions and were more than worthy of the victory. In terms of stand-out performances, the hosts benefitted from the surging runs of winger Leo Clarke, the cool finishing of forward Nathan Dewberry, plus the energy and touch of John Bolton-Smith, Matt Burrell and Theo Cannon. Sports did have a few players that shone in my opinion today. Forward Zac Wheatley was energetic and purposeful in leading the line, with defenders Brad La Pundire and Tyler Machon showing pace and decent skills at centre-back and marauding left-back respectively. Player-boss Mitchell Gleeson pinged some challenging passes forward for the home defence to handle and forward Craig Paton also had a presence in attack too.

Finally, my thanks to the hosts for the welcome they gave as ever, and I wish both clubs well for the remainder of what could be a very interesting Division Two campaign.

 

Teams

Corinthians    | Manager: Chris Stoneham   

Starting XI: Nathan Warren (GK), Connor Summerhill (Capt), Alfie Knight, Sammy Ayres, Luke Owen, Jordon Stoneham, Leo Clarke, Matt Burrell, Jake Hodder, John Bolton-Smith, Nathan Dewberry

Goal-scorers: Nathan Dewberry [1’ & 50’], John Bolton-Smith [22’], Luke Owen [67’], Theo Cannon [73’], Jake Hodder [79’]

Subs On: Ethan Lemmon, Theo Cannon, Brad Smith, Ollie Brickwood & Blaine Pearson | Subs Unused: None

 

Wakering Sports  | Player-Manager: Mitchell Gleeson

Starting XI: Tyler Bonham (GK), Callum Burns-Green, Tyler Machon, Russell Beck (Capt), Brad La Pundire, Mitchell Gleeson, Ben Rowe, Ben Burrows, Zac Wheatley, Craig Paton, Tom Dosser

Subs On: Danny Pallett, Daryl Wyatt | Subs Not Used: Aston, M Machon

Referee: Chris Bunce

 

 

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Match Report: Old Southendian Res 0 – 5 Epping Town (Sat 14th Sept) [EOFL 19/20 14.9.19]

Essex Olympian League – Senior Division Two

Venue: Garon Park

2019 – 20 Season: Match 22

Saturday 24th August 2019 – 2.30pm KO

Old S Res: Green Shirts, Black Shorts, Green Socks

Epping: White Shirts, Black Shorts, Red Socks

 

Epping comfortably defeat OS Ressies at Garon Park

Old Southendian Reserves 0 – 5 Epping Town

 

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

Another rare weekend off from Essex Senior action saw me travel to Garon Park to see Old Southendian Reserves face Epping Town in Senior Division Two of the Essex Olympian League. The hosts won Division Three last season while their opposition and strengthened again since they were promoted two divisions, along with Corinthians up to Div Two for this term. OS Ressies’ were missing the likes of David Stubbs, Greg Molford and Oliver Tatton-Bennett though still named Andy Turner and Harry Da Costa as their front two. Tom Judge was the anchor at the back for Ben Manley’s side, with George Dugdale continuing in goal. For Epping, their strong squad saw a bit of rotation with the likes of Remi Nelson, Billy Rees and Patrick Duggan all unavailable though could still field at least five players that have played higher in the Non-League pyramid prior to joining the club. The back four was comprised of Jack Sawyer, Bradley Gayer, skipper Glen Warwick and William Weightman, with Alex Paraskeva leading the attack.

The hosts had a let off only two minutes into this one, as a powerful header by Epping forward Taner Dagyaran thundered back off the underside of the crossbar. The visitors didn’t have to wait long to break the deadlock as on seven minutes, left-back Bradley Gayer’s floated free-kick deceived the hosts’ backline, along with a dummy run by midfielder Tommie Turner which distracted them enough for Gayer’s effort to nestle into the corner. Old Southendian’s second-side did respond as following a telling run down the right by full-back Thomas Margerison which led to a throw-in, towering centre-back Tom Judge headed off-target. The searing heat was not doing either side any favours, though the Greens did force a decent save from Town goalkeeper Trevor Grace, whose one-handed save did scupper a rebound chance.

For the next phase of the half, the home defence were up for the challenge of stifling a quick and skilful Epping forward line. On 32 minutes, another searching long pass by creative midfielder Joey May found Dagyaran though OS full-back Jack Pagett denied him a strike at George Dugdale’s goal. Much to their credit, OS Reserves did finish the half strongly, with forward Andy Turner leading the line well with his pace and running. Seven minutes before the break, Peter Jelley’s cross was deflected wide by centre-back Thomas Adams and although Ben Manley’s side had their share of the ball at this point, they couldn’t quite carve out the chances to isolate visiting ‘keeper Grace.

Half-Time: Old Southendian Res 0 – 1 Epping Town

 

The second half certainly didn’t disappoint either as barely a minute in, Judge’s ball in for the hosts found forward Harry Da Costa, following some neat build-up though the forward could only strike wide. If Town were snoozing for that moment, they certainly raised it minutes later. Five minutes after the interval, their lead was doubled as centre-back Glen Warwick powered in at the near post to head home past a helpless Dugdale. In the ‘blink of an eye’, it was three as Tommie Turner’s low drive snuck in low to really put Billy Cove’s team in a commanding position. It could have been worse for the Greens as a sweet curling drive by forward Eben Rowledge was only denied by a fine save by Dugdale. Soon after, OS midfielder Luke Stillwell fired over with only Grace to beat. Finishing was proving to be the difference as Epping extended their lead still further just shy of the hour as after a super run from Dagyaran down the right flank, his cross found rapid forward Alex Paraskeva, who made no mistake from close range.

Into the last third of this match, and after Margerison had a header blocked for the hosts, the over-worked Dugdale again did well to deny another Dagyaran strike. In the latter stages, Turner struck wide wth Grace doing well to narrow down his angle at the near post before Epping rounded off a fine afternoon for them as Dugdale did superbly to deny Town twice before Paraskeva smashed home the rebound as OS could not clear their lines.

Full-Time: Old Southendian Res 0 – 5 Epping Town

In all fairness, OS Reserves showed no lack of heart & endeavour today, though they did lack that final ball and crucially as it turned out, finishing prowess. Even so, goalkeeper George Dugdale had a fine game and more than arguably reduced what could have been a ‘worse day at the office’. Centre-back Tom Judge, forward Andy Turner and full-back Thomas Margerison also stood out in my view today. Epping showed just why they are highly thought of and could well be up there this term. They just had that added bit of craft and creativity in their play. Forward Taner Dagyaran had a really good game, with forward Alex Paraskeva, full-back Bradley Gayer and midfielder Joey May all also making telling contributions to the cause.

Finally, I’d like to first say thank you to ‘Old Boys’ manager Ben Manley for the welcome, on behalf of the club. It was also great to catch up with the one-off that is Epping boss Billy Cove today. Best wishes to both sides for the rest of the season.

 

Teams

Old Southendian Res    | Manager: Ben Manley

Starting XI: George Dugdale (GK), Thomas Margerison, Jack Pagett, Greg Smith (Capt), Thomas Adams, Tom Judge, Luke Stillwell, Daniel Dowd, Harry Da Costa, Andy Turner, Peter Jelley

Booked: Margerison | Subs On: Kieron Judd | Subs Unused: Manley, Warrington

 

Epping Town   | Manager: Billy Cove

Starting XI: Trevor Grace (GK), Jack Sawyer, Bradley Gayer, Glen Warwick (Capt), William Weightman, Tommie Turner, Joe Thomas, Joey May, Eben Rowledge, Alex Paraskeva, Taner Dagyaran

Goal-scorers: Bradley Gayer [7’], Glen Warwick [50’], Tommie Turner [51’], Alex Paraskeva [59’ & 87’]

 

Subs On: Ryan Folan, David Watson | Subs Not Used: Molloy (GK)

Referee: Mark Irvine

Match Report: West Essex 3 – 2 Woodford Town  (Sat 7th Sept) [ESL 19/20 7.9.19]

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Essex Senior League

Venue: Mayesbrook Park

Attendance: 28

2019 – 20 Season: Match 21

Saturday 7th September 2019 – 3pm KO

W Essex: Yellow & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

Woodford: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

 

 

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West edge a attacking, high-tempo battle back at Mayesbrook

West Essex 3 – 2 Woodford Town

Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

This weekend’s match took me back to Mayesbrook Park, to see West Essex’s first home match of the season, as they took on Woodford Town in the Essex Senior League. The hosts named a strong side, with a back four of Sanchez Hardy, left-back Ben Leo plus centre-backs Tom MacLeod and Josh French with Brad Russell in central midfield and a front three of Hakim Medfai, Michael Mignot and Symeon Taylor. Callum Bloss, Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe and Greg Frederick were on the bench. Woodford have been hit by injuries of late after a busy fixture schedule though Alex Reed retained his place in goal, with Frankie Naidoo joining Josh Steele at centre-back. Temi Babalola and Vladut Sighiartau made up their front two, though they were restricted to three substitutes – Mohammed Al-Dani, Connor Leon & Redha Zekri were those options.

Some matches are quiet, ‘slow-burners’. Not so here, in more ways than one. Right from the first minute of this encounter, the ‘Woodford Cultras’ fan group started noisily chanting as they usually do – fair play. Unfortunately for them, it was West who got themselves ahead after just three minutes in as a telling pass by midfielder Brad Russell found forward Michael Mignot who broke free of the attentions of the visiting defence and the on-rushing goalkeeper Alex Reed before slotting home coolly. That lead was only five minutes old though before Town equalised as a well-taken strike by Town winger Samir Ali breezed past Stags custodian Jack Coker and high into the net.

During the next phase of a entertaining contest, it was the visitors who showed the intent with Ali the chief threat from the visiting side with his pace, crossing and trickery. Ali himself also headed wide just past the quarter-hour. Minutes later though, Town fell behind for the second time as a corner was angled in toward the near post and skipper Tom MacLeod powerfully headed home giving Reed no chance. Again though, the gutsy visitors levelled six minutes later as a dangerous cross from the left by midfielder Georges Kebi as skewed over the line by a West defender, and despite a sprawling dive, home stopper Jack Coker could not prevent it going over the line. Woodford attackers Vladut Sighiartau and Temi Balalola were also posing problems, with Sighiartau striking wide from an acute angle on the half-hour.

Nine minutes before the break, Mignot found space again before sending a well-struck curler towards goal though Reed did very well to tip it round the far post. Meanwhile at the other head, Town skipper Andrea Mantovani’s free-kick sailed wide before Reed denied Mignot with his feet with the forward poised for a tap-in.

Half-Time: West Essex  2 – 2 Woodford Town

Quite the entertaining half we had then and we weren’t lacking in chances after the break either. West came out strongly and Reed was called into action again to deny Mignot and another MacLeod header, which he tipped onto the crossbar. Woodford were conceding a few free-kicks in the early stages of this half though on the hour, Sighiartau’s lofted shot whistled just over the woodwork before Babalola was thwarted by a strong block by West right-back Sanchez Hardy. Another pinch point of this contest cropped up on 73 minutes as a great effort by Sighiartau cannoned off the woodwork though Coker did really well to deny Babalola’s rebound.

Moments after that, West substitute Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe was testing the strength and resolve of the Town back-line as he headed over. It was a prelude though to what was the winning goal as a searching pass by creative midfielder Joe Lefley found Mignot who again snuck in on goal and with only Reed to bypass, struck low to give the hosts the lead for the third time. The hosts could have made the points safe in the last few minutes though substitute Callum Bloss’ drive was palmed away by Reed before Mignot fired over. As we entered added-time, Woodford replacement Reidha Zekri did well to find Babalola though he was again denied by Coker as the Stags held on to claim another valuable three points.

Full-Time: West Essex  3 – 2  Woodford Town

In summary, West did deserve the win though you have to give credit to Woodford, who showed all the exuberant attacking spirit you expect from them, despite suffering with a number of players missing today. The Stags were no doubt buoyed by their win in the FA Vase in midweek and the spine of the side stood out for me today. Mignot showed again the value of a finisher, while recent returnee Brad Russell stood out with a number of good passes to the front-men, plus the gutsy skipper MacLeod at centre-back gives it everything and took his goal well. Target-man Ogedi-Uzokwe made an impact after coming on too.

For Woodford, goalkeeper Alex Reed had a fine match, making a fair few important saves in this match. Dynamic midfielder Georges Kebi also put in a very hard-working performance with surging runs through the middle and good passing. Not forgetting the energetic display of winger Samir Ali who was arguably the biggest threat for the visitors, particularly in the first half, as shown by his well-taken goal.

Finally, I’d like to thank West for the welcome they gave as ever, and wish Mihael the very best in his recovery following the serious injury he sustained in the original FA Vase tie eight days ago.

Teams

West Essex    |  Manager: Kwame Kwateng

Jack Coker (GK), Sanchez Hardy, Ben Leo, Tom MacLeod (Capt), Josh French, Emanuel Wazola, Brad Russell, Joe Lefley (Callum Bloss 80’), Michael Mignot, Hakim Medfai (Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe 68’), Symeon Taylor (Cameron Gray 68’)

Goal-scorers: Michael Mignot [3’ & 76’], Tom MacLeod [22’]

Booked: Lefley | Subs Not Used: Walk, Frederick

 

Woodford Town  |  Manager: Dee Safer

Alex Reed (GK), Morgan Seaman, Ellis Routledge, Chris John (Mohammad Al-Dani 55’), Frankie Naidoo, Josh Steele, Samir Ali, Georges Kebi, Temi Babalola, Vladut Sighiartau (Reidha Zekri 82’), Andrea Mantovani (Capt) (Connor Leon 74’)

Goal-scorers: Samir Ali [8’], OG [28’]

Booked: Leon | Subs Not Used: None

Referee: Endrit Malaveci

Match Report: St Magaretsbury 4 – 3 Southend Manor (Tuesday 3 Sept) [ESL 19/20 4.9.19]

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Essex Senior League

Venue: The Recreation Ground

Attendance: TBA

2019 – 20 Season: Match 20

Tuesday 3rd September 2019 – 7.45pm KO

St Margaretsbury: Red & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Southend Manor: White Shirts, White Socks, White Socks

 

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Last-gasp winner seals comeback win for ‘Bury over Manor

St Margaretsbury 4 – 3 Southend Manor

 

Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Attention turned back to League action as Manor visited St Margaretsbury in a midweek battle at The Rec. The hosts were without manager Jon Fowell who was away on holiday, so assistant Ray Bartlett stepped up, as he had done the previous weekend in their FA Vase win at Woodford Town. The hosts named a back four of Lanre Vigo, Akwasi Marfo, Dan Palmer and veteran James Falaise. The front line was comprised of Kyle Roberts, Kirk McPherson and Napier Brown with the likes of Thomas Opoku and Wisley Baltazar on the substitutes’ bench. Manor went out of the Vase four days previously to Clacton and named loanee Jacob Adams between the posts once again, with Kiah Froud and Connor Burrows at centre-back, with wingers Brandon Williams and skipper Jordan Chambers supporting lead front man Larry Akanbi. Brad Rowland, Harry Rogers and Callum Fitzer were among a youthful bench for the South Essex side.

Some matches you get take a while to settle down. That was hardly the case in this one as six minutes in, the first chance went the way of the home side as in-form forward Kyle Roberts fired over the woodwork with only visiting goalkeeper Jacob Adams to beat. That miss ended up proving a bit costly at this point of the match as a minute later at the other end, winger Jordan Chambers did well to outmuscle the home defence to tuck home a low finish past home custodian Dan Martin to break the stalemate in Manor’s favour.

That lead barely lasted two minutes though as the ‘Bury levelled as forward Kirk McPherson found half a yard of space, calmly finishing low beyond Adams. The tempo of this encounter only grew more feverish as Manor re-took the lead on 14 minutes in a scene the home defence will definitely not want to see again. Early in the attacking move, Manor forward Larry Akanbi hit a post before the rebound fell to support forward Teddy Henderson whose header was parried away by Martin. The hosts were unable to clear their lines though as Akanbi nipped in to strike low into the net to give Adam Peek’s side a 2 – 1 lead. It got worse for the home side as minutes later as Martin was unable to handle a stinging long-range drive or gather the rebound before Akanbi snuck in again to extend the visitors’ lead.

By the midway point of the half, it was clear that the strength of Akanbi and the pace of Chambers was unsettling the home defence. Going forward though, Ray Bartlett’s charges were still useful, with winger Napier Brown testing the visiting backline with his pace and he had a sighter of goal though his effort lacked the power to beat Adams just before the half-hour. Moments later, another Brown cross found midfielder Andy Greenslade though hs header was gathered by Adams. Manor  were thwarted by Martin soon afterward as Chambers’ stinging drive was beaten away well. St Margs went into the break only one goal down as just when you thought the chance had gone, Brown unleashed a accurate drive that Adams was unable to keep out.

 

Half-Time: St Margaretsbury 2 – 3 Southend Manor

Chances were few and far between in the first part of the second-half, with McPherson blazing over with a decent effort four minutes after the resumption. Just shy of the hour, Manor full-back Billy Rungay’s shot also could not get past Martin though both sides seemingly needed a little patch to recover from such a frenetic first period. Manor had to make a double change with both Chambers and Akanbi forced off with knocks as well and if those changes had provoked any nerves in the Manor side, the hosts seized on it. With 19 minutes remaining, St Margs substitute Thomas Opoku made the most of a defensive lapse from the visitors to nip in and slot home to level the match. All of a sudden, Manor were the ones having to withstand heavy pressure as the hosts pushed on in search of all three points. Manor substitute Cameron Harris did well making important blocks alongside the likes of Kiah Froud and Connor Burrows in their defence as home substitute Wisley Baltazar and Kyle Roberts had chances to grab all three points denied.

Unfortunately for the visitors, deep into added-time they conceded a free-kick 20-yards out. Baltazar stepped up to take it and dulty curled home to break Manor’s resistance, give St Margs the points and crown off a enthralling match for the neutral.

Full-Time: St Margaretsbury  4 – 3  Southend Manor

You’ve seen some turnarounds in matches before but this has to be up there with them for this season. The result was tough on Manor who deserved something here but they could have been further ahead at the interval and it’s fair to say the loss of Chambers and Akanbi during the match affected their attacking prowess in the second-half though you also have to credit the hosts for that ‘never giving up’ spirit which ultimately assisted them to all three points. For St Margs, winger Napier Brown did show his pace and crossing ability well, while forwards McPherson & Roberts also were important players for the hosts. Substitutes Opoku & Baltazar also made telling contributions off the bench with their goals.

As for Manor, despite being a late change, skipper Chambers was a real influence on the right flank until he was forced off. Forward Larry Akanbi also made his presence felt and unsettled the home defence. Speaking of defences, Kiah Froud had another important role to play at centre-back with fellow defender Cameron Harris slowing glimpses of what he ‘brings to the table’ in his cameo from the bench. Finally, I’d like to say thank you to St Margaretsbury for their hospitality and wish both clubs well for the remainder of the season.

 

Teams

St Margaretsbury   | Stand-in Manager: Ray Bartlett

Dan Martin (GK), Lanre Vigo, Akwasi Marfo (Caleb Steele 59’), Tom Massey (Capt), Dan Palmer, James Falaise (Thomas Opoku 67’), , Raphael Duyile (Wisley Baltazar 81’), Andy Greenslade, Kyle Roberts, Kirk McPherson, Napier Brown

Goal-scorers: Kirk McPherson [9’], Napier Brown [35’], Thomas Opoku [71’], Wisley Baltazar [90’+4]

Sub Not Used: Nicholson

 

Southend Manor    | Manager: Adam Peek

Jacob Adams (GK), Josh Brocklebank, Billy Rungay (Cameron Harris 72’), Ope Mosuro, Kiah Froud, Connor Burrows, Brandon Williams, Alfie Walker, Larry Akanbi (Harry Rogers 71’), Teddy Henderson,  Jordan Chambers (Capt) (Brad Rowland 57’)

Goal-scorers: Jordan Chambers [7’], Larry Akanbi [14’ & 19’]

Sub Not Used: Fitzer

Referee: Gary Baker

Match Report: White Ensign 3 – 0 Cornard Utd (Sun 1st Sept) [FAV 19/20 FRQ 2.9.19]

The FA Vase – First Round Qualifying

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 52

2019 – 20 Season: Match 19

Sunday 1st September 2019 – 3pm KO

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

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

 

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Ensign defeat Cornard in their first FA Vase match at Burroughs Park

White Ensign  3 – 0 Cornard Utd

Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with additional photos by Andy Wilkins {Twitter: @Wilkins_Media)

Another frenetic weekend on Non-League action ended with this FA Vase First Round Qualifying tie between Eastern Senior League South side White Ensign and Thurlow Nunn Division One North side Cornard United at Burroughs Park. Ensign have had a spirited start to the campaign with a win in the FA Cup recently over Woodford Town and named a strong line-up here with James Parkins retained in goal, Harry Skinner, skipper Jake McWee and Harry Skinner in midfield with a front three of Connor Barnby, Dominic Locke and player-manager Brett Munyard. Ben Austin, Luke Skinner and Reserves graduate Zach Somerset-Butler were all options on the bench.  Cornard are winless in their division thus far this term though you always have to wary of changing fortunes in Cup competitions. They fielded Harry Allen between the sticks, a front two of Chris Morgan and Ezra Drann with new signing George Vallentyne, once of Hashtag Utd, skippering the team today. Matthew Geen, Oliver Judge and Daniel Sakal were all options from the substitutes’ bench.

The home side certainly started proceedings well with rapid winger Dominic Locke making a series of darting runs down the right flank. The first of those runs ended up needing the intervention of Ards full-back David Dowding to clear. Ensign player-boss Brett Munyard found some space though five minutes in between the visiting midfield and defence to unleash a 25-yard thunderbolt which Cornard ‘keeper Harry Allan did well to get fingertips on though the ball still flew into the net to give the hosts the lead.

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Hilliard delivers in for Ensign [Image: Andy W]
Ensign had more promising situations from midfielder John Hilliard’s free-kicks during the half though on 26 minutes, another powerful run from Locke down the right channel ended with his delivery well-headed away by visiting centre-back Neil Goldsworthy. Ensign nearly doubled their advantage just shy of the half-hour as a stinging set-piece by Hilliard was heading right for the corner, but for the intervention of a really good save by Allan. Cornard couldn’t create too much at this point though forward Chris Morgan was keeping the home defence alert with a series of intelligent runs; backed up by the wing play of George Vallentyne. With minutes to go before the break, Morgan had a half-chance on goal though his 20-yarder lacked the sting to beat White Ensign goalkeeper James Parkins.

Half-Time: White Ensign 1 – 0 Cornard Utd

 

Three minutes after the interval, Cornard had a firm opening to remove the deficit they had, with winger Vallentyne’s powerful drive from about thirty yards needing Parkins to beat it away with a strong hand. As it happened, The hosts did extend their lead on 58 minutes with Munyard being played in well by Hilliard and slotted home low past Allan.

Cornard were still posing the odd threat on the counter-attack with Morgan and Vallentyne posing the biggest dangers for the home backline, though Elliot Vile and Andy George had another decent display at the back. Ensign pretty much made the game safe with arguably the best move of the match with another strong run by Locke feeding Hilliard who in turn found skipper Jake McWee who lashed home from a narrow angle with eighteen minutes remaining. That said, Utd really gave it a go in the last fifteen minutes, much to their credit.

Ensign custodian James Parkins certainly earned his kudos today, first denying substitute Matthew Geen twice before getting across well to deny another rasping effort by Vallentyne. Right on the ninety minutes, Parkins rushed out of his goal to assist his defence, though Geen couldn’t bypass the firm back four and find the target. The only dampener on the last sixth of the match really for Dave Childs’ team was the dismissal of left-back David Dowding for two bookings in the space of four minutes late on.

 

Full-Time: White Ensign  3 – 0 Cornard Utd

All in all, this was a very good performance by Ensign who were clinical in their finishing whereas the Ards will rue the fact they created several opportunities in this match though they also found Ensign goalkeeper James Parkins in very good form. Even so, they did deserve a goal for their second-half efforts in particular.

Finally, with regards to stand-out performances here, Ensign’s penetrating attacking play was at times led by the good darting runs of right-sided forward Locke, with creative midfielder Hilliard also making his mark. Add to that the finishing of forward Munyard and the acrobatics of ‘keeper Parkins and that is that. For Cornard, new signing George Vallentyne certainly made things happen, as did centre forward Chris Morgan while centre-back Neil Goldsworthy also deserves a mention for being sturdy in defence.

 

Teams

White Ensign    | Player-Manager: Brett Munyard | Assistant: Mark Healy

James Parkins (GK), Charlie Buffin (Jack Maleary 76’), Elliot Vile, Andy George, David Limber, Harry Skinner (Zach Somerset-Butler 78’), Jake McWee (Capt), John Hilliard, Connor Barnby (Ben Austin 64’), Dominic Locke, Brett Munyard

Goal-scorers: Brett Munyard [5’ & 58’], Jake McWee [69’]

Booked: Barnby | Sub Not Used: Kent, L Skinner

 

Cornard Utd  | Manager: Dave Childs |

Harry Allan (GK), Ben Dethridge, David Dowding, Daniel Brown, Charlie Knight (Daniel Sakal 66’), Neil Goldsworthy, George Vallentyne (Capt), Andrew Fisher, Chris Morgan, Ezra Drann (Oliver Judge 70’), Connor Wlkinson (Matthew Geen 63’)

Sent Off: Dowding (two bookings) | Subs Not Used: McGowan-Harvey, R Drann

Referee: Michael Iddenden-Smith

Match Summary: Ilford 1 – 2 Enfield (Sat 31 August) [FAV FRQ 31.8.19]

The FA Vase – First Round Qualifying

Venue: Cricklefield

2019-20 Season: Match 18

Saturday 31st August 2019 – 3pm KO

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

Enfield: Green Shirts, Green Shorts, Yellow Socks

 

 

Enfield battle hard to defeat Ilford in the FA Vase First Qualifying Round

Ilford 1 – 2 Enfield

 

Summary & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello readers, due to the chaos that lined the A13 in Western Essex on Saturday, it was tough to even get to a game (annoyingly) so we had to divert to this still intriguing all-ESL FA Vase tie at Cricklefield between Ilford and Enfield. Because I missed the start of the match, the following will be a shorter report than usual, apologies in advance but I still wanted to get something out regarding this match.

Ilford named a fairly strong XI for this one with mainstay Hugo Rossetti retaining the gloves, Tyson Talanya and Lewis Wicker as the full-backs, and Valter Simao and Nicholas Keyamo on the flanks, with youth product Ryan O’Connell and Josh Kraus among those on the bench. Enfield also named a strong side, with Josh Flynn at right-back, loanee Michael Salako joining Alfie Mason in attack with Alfie Cleal and Dean Wallace among the options from the substitutes’ bench.

Ilford had raced into a first-minute lead through Jerold Cobblah, though that early advantage was erased as the E’s restored parity with Michael Salako getting the final touch, and that was after the referee had over-ruled his assistant’s initial flag, presumably for off-side.

After the unorthodox leveller, there were a number of tussles in midfield as both sides looked to grab the momentum. On the half-hour, Ilf centre-back Clifford Newby-Harris poked wide of the right-side post as the edged that phase of the game. Enfield were starting to come back into things in terms of ball retention though still couldn’t quite test Rossetti enough in the Ilford goal. That was until five minutes before the interval as E’s centre-back Josh Woodcock aimed well with a low drive that crept under the goalkeeper’s legs to pass into the net.

The drama wasn’t over there though in an increasingly bizarre period of the match as not one but two Enfield players were sin-binned within seconds of each other, it was midfielder Nana Asamoah and forward Michael Salako who both had to sit out the opening part of the second half.

Half-Time: Ilford 1 – 2 Enfield

Ilford showed they were not out of the contest seven after the break as midfielder Freddie Oakman curled a lovely effort which cannoned off the crossbar before a good pass in by Enfield forward Alfie Mason fed Salako though he couldn’t get the power on the header so Rossetti could come in to gather. It has to be mentioned that Ilf winger Nicolas Keyamo certainly was a headache for the opposition with his pace, trickery and crossing.

Salako was certainly posing a threat for Matt Hanning’s team with his pace and strength though as we entered the latter stages of the tie, it was Mason’s fierce drive that needed a good save by Rossetti to parry the ball out of danger. Ilford certainly put their visitors under pressure in the latter stages though Enfield could have sealed the match as a surging run by Mason down the middle was only denied by a adept interception by Newby-Harris. E’s midfielder Joe Pattison also struck the right-sided post with a firm header in added-time and it was the E’s who ultimately went through to the next round where I believe they will face Enfield Borough.

Full-Time: Ilford 1 – 2 Enfield

 

The frustration for the hosts was understandable though they did have some notable performances today. Defender Clifford Newby-Harris had another good display, as did winger Nicolas Keyamo. For Enfield, the stern backline of Lleweyn-Reid and Woodcock recovered from a few shaky moments, with Thoma the additional anchor in front of them. Messrs Salako and Mason also linked up well in the forward line.

 

Teams

Ilford | Manager: Morgan LaForce

Hugo Rossetti (GK), Tyson Talanya, Lewis Wicker, Santana Porter, Clifford Newby-Harris, Freddie Oakman (Haaroon Belaid 61’), Valter Simao, Said Ali, Felix Laws-Cochrane, Jerold Cobblah, Nicolas Keyamo (Josh Kraus 72’)

Goal-scorers: Jerold Cobblah  [1’]

Subs Not Used: O’Connell, A Embalo, Tolley

 

Enfield    | Manager: Matt Hanning

Lewis Hawley (GK), Josh Flynn, Kevin Bondjanga, Komal Lleweyn-Reid, Josh Woodcock, Matt Thoma (Alfie Cleal 62’), Joe Pattison, Nana Asamoah (Dean Wallace 65’), Michael Salako, Alfie Mason, Ben Bradbury (Capt) (Josiah Ereku 80’)

Goal-scorers: Michael Salako [11’], Josh Woodcock [40’]

Booked: Pattison | Sin-Binned: Asamoah & Salako | Subs Not Used: Shakes, Gormley

 

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 1 – 3 Canvey Island (Mon 25 August) [ILN 19/20 25.8.19]

Isthmian League Division North

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 228

2019-20 Season: Match 17

Monday 25th August 2019 – 3pm KO

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

Canvey:  Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, White Socks

 

GKs Johnson & Budd in the Tunnel (HS v CI ILN 25.8.19)
Rival ‘keepers Johnson (Canvey) & Budd (H’bridge) in the tunnel as they enter the pitch [Image Credit: Andy W]

Canvey outgun Hullbridge in the Holiday Monday heat

Hullbridge Sports  1 – 3  Canvey Island

 

Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with main photos by Andy Wilkins [Twitter: @Wilkins_Media] & added photos by Scott W

The August Holiday weekend action was rounded off with a nice visit to Lower Road to see last season’s Essex Senior League champions Hullbridge Sports take on local rivals Canvey Island, an established Isthmian League North side. Darren Manning’s side were looking for their first win at Step 4 while Canvey had won both of their previous league games but had been in action on Saturday with a win at Step 6 Stotfold in the FA Cup. Hullbridge named a core of players that won that ESL title last term. Recent signing Rob Budd continued in goal, with a back four of full-backs Courtney Homans and Matt Rose plus centre-backs Jamal Allen and skipper Perry Dunn. Tim Monsheju and Nathan Scarborough led the three-man forward line, with Luke Hornsley, Yemi Adelani and Joe Wright all options on the bench.

Canvey named a strong side as well with Tobi Joseph and Josh Hutchinson on the flanks, supporting front pair Jason Hallett and captain George Purcell with forward Kane Gilbert and recent signing from ESL side Walthamstow, Samrai Gebrai options on the bench. The match begun in unforgiving, ferocious heat and any suggestion that Mark Bentley’s side may have been jaded from their FA Cup exploits 48 hours earlier was quickly snuffed out as their enterprising play needed home centre-backs Jamal Allen and Perry Dunn to be alert and make decent interceptions in the early stages.

Canvey gave their hosts a further warning as 12 minutes in, following a corner, skipper George Purcell’s rasping drive was deflected away. As it proved, it was an omen as minutes later, a defensive mix-up saw winger Josh Hutchinson break free at the far post before slotting home across goal past home custodian Rob Budd, into the corner. Recent signing Jason Hallett nearly made it two for the visitors on 18 minutes as his powerful effort sailed just wide. Hullbridge started to get back into the game more after the midway point of the half. Forward Tim Monsheju was their most creative spark as firstly his attempted chip on visiting goalkeeper Lamar Johnson went just over the woodwork before his fierce drive was saved by Johnson minutes afterward.

The Islanders’ defence was resolute in diminishing the clear-cut chances that the hosts could muster as the interval came, you felt it was the visitors who could have been further ahead.

Half-Time: Hullbridge 0 – 1 Canvey

 

After the break, with the sunshine still beating down, it was the visitors who had the early chances. Six minutes into the half, a peach of a deep in-swinging cross by centre-back Michael Finneran found Hallett well though the forward could only head over the bar. Midfielder Albert Levett was also making the odd threatening run as well to add to the visitors’ attacking presence. The hosts responded as substitute Luke Hornsley was denied when one-on-one with Johnson with 54 on the watch. Canvey did double their advantage a minute later as winger Tobi Joseph’s unselfish pass found Purcell who had the simple task of firing low past Budd.

To be fair to Mark Bentley’s side, their attacks were taking the opposition full-backs out of the game at times though Messrs Dunn and Allen coped admirably making several well-timed challenges at the back. Just past the hour, Hullbridge substitute Matt Baxter had a great chance to halve the deficit though he was denied well by Johnson with only the goalkeeper to beat. The visitors had dropped down a gear for parts of the second half though moments after bringing on lively young forward Samrai Gebrai for Hallett, the former Walthamstow player had a impact. With eleven minutes of normal time remaining, Gebrai’s neat ball in found Joseph who calmly slotted past Budd to pretty much secure the points for Canvey.

As the game entered its latter stages, home substitute Yemi Adelani was well-denied by Johnson while at the other end, a sweet strike by Purcell swivelling was well-parried away by Budd. Hullbridge did get their first league goal late on, after Dunn had headed over from a corner, Hornsley was felled in the 18-yard area with Adelani tucking away the resulting spot-kick. In fairness, it did not detract from the visitors being worthy winners here with a performance to match.

 

Full-Time: Hullbridge  1 – 3  Canvey Island

Canvey Ultras [HS v CI ILN 25.8.19]
The Canvey Ultras were in good voice today [Image Credit: Andy W]

Finally, congratulations to Canvey on their win and fair play as well to their supporters who added atmosphere throughout the match. My best wishes to Hullbridge as well this term, always good to see friends that we (me & my colleagues) have made in the past few years. Thanks also for their hospitality.

In terms of stand-out performances, Hullbridge still had a few with central defenders Jamal Allen and Perry Dunn among them, with Tim Monsheju also a threat while midfielder Emanuel Okunja and substitute Matt Baxter did well too. For Canvey, the front four of Joseph, Hutchinson, Hallett & Purcell all stretched the home backline while ‘keeper Johnson shone & substitute Gebrai also had an enterprising cameo here.

 

Teams

Hullbridge Sports   | Manager: Darren Manning

Rob Budd (GK), Courtney Homans, Matt Rose, Jamal Allen, Perry Dunn (Capt), Gregory Frederick (Matt Baxter 61’), Emmanuel Okunja, Jamie Salmon, Adebola Sotoyinbo (Luke Hornsley 46’), Nathan Scarborough (Yemi Adelani 77’), Timothy Monsheju

Goal-scorers: Yemi Adelani [pen 89’]

Booked: Scarborough, Okunja   | Subs Not Used: Wright, Gumbs

 

Canvey Island    | Manager: Mark Bentley

Lamar Johnson (GK), Adetayo Osifuwa, Sammy Knott (Dan Humphreys 61’), Michael Finneran, Elliott Warren, Rob Lacey (Kane Gilbert 76’), Tobi Joseph, Albert Levett, Jason Hallett (Samrai Gebrai 76’), George Purcell (Capt), Josh Hutchinson

Goal-scorers: Josh Hutchinson [14’], George Purcell [55’], Tobi Joseph [79’]

Booked: None  | Subs Not Used: Littlejohn, Dulieu

Referee: Craig Pullen

Assistant Referees: Dean Markwick & Charlie Roberts