Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 2 Wadham Lodge (ESL 24.2.18)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 37

2017-18 Season – Match 56

Date: Saturday 24th February 2018 – 3pm KO

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

Wadham Lodge: Red Shirts, Red Shorts & White Socks



Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

With photos by Neil Hunwicks  (Twitter: @ABridgeTooFar16)

On a freezing cold day at Lower Road, Hullbridge welcomed Wadham Lodge for a crunch match at the bottom of the table. Hullbridge were missing the likes of Jimmy Cox and Russell Harley though still could name Luke Hornsley (captain for the day as well), Callum Ibe, Michael Salako and Rob Hodgson in their starting XI. Wadham’s attack was led by evergreen striker Sherwin Stanley, with Paul Oshin and on-loan goalkeeper Louie Chapman also in the starting XI, with Abdoulie Njai and Abiola Tanimowo options on the bench for Jason Ngandu’s side.

The hosts began the match the stronger with several forays forward, though efforts on goal from forward Luke Hornsley and full-back Charlie Buffin couldn’t get past visiting goalkeeper Louie Chapman. Wadham did also have a glimmer at goal in the early stages with forward Sherwin Stanley being well-tackled by home defender Dan Okah before having an effort from distance.

Although the hosts had more of the chances in the first half, they didn’t really have the urgency or tempo that they needed and Hornsley was a little isolated up top at times. That said, in the latter stages of the half, forward Callum Ibe’s free-kick was parried away well by Chapman. Moments later, Wadham midfielder Jerome Mtumba’s shot needed the intervention of home custodian Jamie Merralls.

Hullbridge forward Callum Ibe was a threat once again today (Image Credit: Neil H)

Half-Time: Hullbridge Sports 0 – 0 Wadham Lodge

After the first-half stalemate, this match needed to liven up a bit and it certainly did though not in the way the hosts would’ve liked. Five minutes into the second period, indecision by Merralls gave winger Danny Francis enough room to lob the ball over him into an empty net after breezing past the home defence. Not one for the back five to savour that. Still, the hosts were behind for only four minutes before Callum Ibe rounded opposition defenders before blasting home past Chapman to level things up.

It got better for Darren Manning’s side on 62 minutes as full-back Matt Rose ghosted into the area, and found himself one-on-one with Chapman before slotting home well,  after being picked out by Hornsley. This lead was wafer-thin though and Wadham were passing the ball around well and restored parity nine minutes later when substitute Abdoulie Njai blasted an effort into the far corner from around 15 yards. The visitors were in the midst of a good spell at this point, with Njai blasting over the bar minutes later and if they had found a better final ball, they had chances to pinch it.

Perry Hirst’s effort went over the bar late on for Hullbridge though Wadham held firm to take a share of the spoils here. Hullbridge did have more than enough chances to win this encounter though quite a few passes also went astray on a frustrating afternoon for the hosts.  Wadham may be the happier side to take a point though it doesn’t really benefit either team given both sides’ current predicament in the bottom four.

On-loan Wadham ‘keeper Chapman making another smart save (Image: Neil H)

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 2 Wadham Lodge



Hullbridge Sports

Jamie Merralls (GK), Charlie Buffin, Matt Rose, Eamon Payne, Dan Okah, Rob Hodgson, Perry Hirst, Matt Tapley (Harry Watkins 74′) Luke Hornsley (Capt), Callum Ibe, Michael Salako

Goal-scorers: Callum Ibe [54′], Matt Rose [62′]

Booked: Salako  |   Subs Not Used: Taylor, Dicks, Pattison & Siemienczuk

Wadham Lodge

Louie Chapman (GK), Ashley Banks, Deniz Alici (Abdoulie Njai 46′), Paul Oshin, Mario Hoxa (Chris Gormley 68′), Terry Foxe, Nathan Joseph, Jerome Mtumba, Sherwin Stanley (Capt) (Abiola Tanimowo 63′), Brian Simpson, Danny Francis

Goal-scorers: Danny Francis [50′], Abdoulie Njai [71′]

Booked: Ntumba   | Subs Not Used: Akanbi, Tuitt

Referee: Steve Marr
Assistants: Jeremy Mott & Jack Morris


Guest Blog: Will’s Eredivisie trip: Feyenoord 1 – 0 Heracles (23.2.18)

Venue: De Kuip Stadion

Sunday 19th February 2018

Written by Will Randle

Tulips? Clogs? Goldmember? I’m sure these are all images that are conjured whenever Holland is mentioned, but for me the first thing that comes to mind is football. As an advocate (or should that be Advocaat?) of the beautiful game, the Eredivisie seemed the logical choice for my latest ground-hop. Way back in September I decided on Feyenoord and with the news that Robin Van Persie had returned to his hometown team around a fortnight before my trip, I was glad I plumped for the Rotterdam club over their Amsterdam rivals Ajax. Why Feyenoord? Two words: ‘’De Kuip’’.

Old-school stadiums have always been a favourite of mine and by all accounts, I’d been reliably informed that ‘’The Tub’’, as it’s known in English, was the grandest of all in Europe. By the time of my first glimpse of the ground from the Erasmus bridge, I found it hard to disagree. With its red and blue seats and magnificent oval roof, I imagine that this is as close as I could get to the Old Wembley. Inside the arena, a novel feature was the use of ‘’Muntens’’ or little coins bearing the club crest used to purchase food and drink. 12 Euros afforded me 5 of the local currency which stretched to 2 pints of Heineken, a snack of two croquettes in a bread roll and a coffee ; which I deemed to be a fair exchange rate. With around 20 minutes to kick-off and suitably refreshed, I was pleasantly surprised to hear that the homecoming hero Van Persie was in line for his first start since his return.

In a patient game which bared very little resemblance to the high-pressing style I’ve grown accustomed to in England of late, Feyenoords’ classic 4-3-3 formation saw RVP take the number 10 role. Despite the Rotterdammers’ careful and considered approach, they were hardly in the game during a first half in which Left Winger Jean-Paul Boëtius, expected to provide a creative spark, repeatedly came unstuck against his full-back. Indeed, despite all the home sides’ possession, it was Heracles who created the better of the chances during the opening 45 minutes; Breukers failed to hit the target, whilst Kuwas looked to be through but for a late offside flag. Vermeij also had an opportunity to test Brad Jones but the Australian was equal to his effort.

The second half started in a similar fashion with an attempt from distance by Kristoffer Peterson hitting the underside of the bar but it was Van Persie who demonstrated his feather touch and clinical finishing, breaking the deadlock around the hour mark. After receiving a pass just outside the box from Vilhena, RVP cushioned the ball with his wand of a left foot before placing it past Castro with a passed finish. Despite the lack of anything that got the Feyenoorders off their seats during the previous 59 minutes, as the ball hit the back of the net, the entire ground appeared to shake.

This moment aside, there was little else to get excited about, until Paul Gladon fired wide during the closing stages, when he looked set to equalise for the visitors from Almelo. Come full time, I was already analysing the match that had just gone and couldn’t help but feel as though I’d just witnessed an almost alien version of the game I watch every week back home.

Firstly, the full backs would barely touch the ball in their own half, their job more reminiscent of a deep lying midfielder in build-up, underlapping simply to recycle. The time and space afforded to them in the final third saw plenty of overlapping runs, but despite the not inconsiderate aerial threat of Jorgensen, the pullback was almost always favoured. Secondly and much more strikingly different, was the time and space afforded to almost every player on the pitch. Both teams played as if there was an unwritten rule, allowing your opposite number to settle and find his pass. Defenders appeared to be much more concerned with defending space and territory, blocking passing lanes and forcing the ball wide, with little desire to press and apply pressure to the ball. While this would appear to gift the opposition the opportunity to either thread a through-ball or strike from distance, this also seemed to be governed by a form of gentlemanly conduct, restricting the player in possession to recycling the ball around the edge of the box, looking to bring the full-backs into the game.

One can’t help but be impressed by the overall technical ability of every one of the 22 on the pitch, with lots of first-time passes out of defence and excellent takes from supporting players, but the lack of direct play developed from being frustrating to almost farcical. As pleasing on the eye as the Dutch game is, you’d feel that based on the patterns of play in this fixture, a direct player with an eye for goal would dominate the league. Overall, I enjoyed my visit to the Kuip, and feel as though there is plenty both the Dutch, with their emphasis on technique and the English, with their high-tempo, aggressive style of play could learn from each other.

Will Randle follows both Everton and Lowestoft Town FC and is a lover of all things football. Will is a keen fan of continental football, as well as an FA Level 2 qualified coach.

You can follow Will on Twitter: @WillRandle92


My thanks to Will for giving his permission to use this article. It’s certainly an interesting diversion from EPL and Non-League Football. Cheers Will!

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 1 Tower Hamlets (ESL 17.2.18)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 38

2017-18 Season – Match 55

Saturday 17th February 2018 3pm KO

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

Tower Hamlets:  Orange & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks



Scott W Reporting  (Twitter: ScottMHC14) with additional photos by Neil Hunwicks (Twitter: @ABridgeTooFar16)


After two postponements inside a week, Hullbridge Sports welcomed Tower Hamlets to Lower Road in a important Essex Senior League encounter, particularly for the home side.

With Rob Hodgson banned, the Sports defence lined up with Charlie Buffin and Matt Rose as full-backs, with debutant Dan Okah and club stalwart Sam Taylor in the centre. An attack-minded side saw Luke Hornsley lead the line on his second debut for the club. Tower Hamlets were missing the likes of Kane Wilson and Jerry Jairette though had Wale Odedoyin and Luke With in attack, assisted by pacy winger Elias Tackie.

The match began with both sides trading chances, Hullbridge winger Callum Ibe’s effort was saved by visiting custodian James Pellin two minutes in before Hamlets forward Wale Odedoyin shot wide of the near post a moment later. The visitors took the lead six minutes in through Elias Tackie’s strike after being found well by Luke With following good hold-up play by the tall striker. Hamlets could have extended their lead though Odedoyin twice couldn’t find the target.

Hamlets winger Elias Tackie beats Sports ‘keeper Jamie Merralls to give visitors an early lead (Image Credit: Neil H)

The visitors arguably had the greater share of the chances in the first 15 minutes or so on a slippery pitch which both sides found awkward. Hullbridge centre-back Dan Okah made a crucial tackle to deny Tackie another sniff at goal just shy of the half-hour. On that 30 minute mark, home forward Luke Hornsley strode past two defenders before placing a good strike past Pellin into the right corner. Hullbridge midfielder Matt Tapley struck a free-kick just wide of goal four minutes before the interval though level it stayed at the break.

Luke Hornsley (centre) is congratulated for grabbing the leveller for Hullbridge (Image Credit: Neil H)

Half-Time: Hullbridge Sports 1 – 1 Tower Hamlets

The open nature of the match continued in the second half, as Wale Odedoyin’s drive from a narrow angle called home goalkeeper Jamie Merralls into further action a minute after the re-start. Hullbridge responded as Harry Watkins’ strike was well-saved by Pellin mere minutes later. The visitors were guilty of missing further good oppurtunities with Tackie blazing over following a good right-wing cross from substitute Danny Childs and then soon after Odedoyin had two more decent chances though the forward couldn’t put them away.

Just after the hour mark, Ibe’s shot on goal was saved by Pellin as Hullbridge were fortunate to remain in the game. Substitute James Ross also couldn’t beat Merralls after latching onto a good ball in by full-back Daniel McCarthy with 16 minutes remaining.

The turning point came soon after as after Pellin had rushed out to clear his lines, from the resulting throw-in, with Pellin perhaps not quite back in position, Luke With unwittingly nodded the ball past his own ‘keeper to give the hosts a priceless lead.

Hamlets’ Luke With (far left) unfortunately heads past Pellin to give Sports the lead (Image Credit: Neil H)

Hullbridge winger Michael Salako headed over the bar late on though the hosts held on to claim a massive three points.

Hamlets’ John Watson shows his positional awareness by clearing an effort off the goal-line late on (Image Credit: Neil H)

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports  2 – 1 Tower Hamlets

In all honesty, Hamlets will be disappointed at their wastefulness in front of goal though there were a number of good performances for them today, including Danny Childs, John Watson and Tola Odedoyin at the back. For Hullbridge, Callum Ibe and Dan Okah stood out for me though it’s arguable that the whole team put in a gritty, if unspectacular shift in today. You can hear my post-match interviews with both managers on Thursday night on the Grassroots Football Show on East London Radio.



Hullbridge Sports

Jamie Merralls (GK), Charlie Buffin, Matt Rose, Sam Taylor (Eamon Payne 46′), Dan Okah, Michael Salako, Harry Watkins, Matt Tapley, Callum Ibe (Joe Pattison 89′), Jimmy Cox (Capt) (Perry Hirst 75′), Luke Hornsley

Goal-scorers: Luke Hornsley [30′], Luke With OG [77′]

Booked: Hornsley, Tapley, Salako | Subs Not Used: Jones, Kimmence


Tower Hamlets

James Pellin (GK), Daniel McCarthy, John Watson, Tola Odedoyin, Igor Furtado (Capt) (Danny Childs 9′), Harry Matthews, Reece Simpson, Elias Tackie (Shunsake Susaki 68′) Jacob Kolanda, Wale Odedoyin (James Ross 63′), Luke With

Goal-scorer: Elias Tackie [6′]

Booked: T Odedoyin, Watson | Subs Not Used: Sinclair, Tobun


Thanks for reading.






Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 1 – 0 Takeley (ESL 10.2.18)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: TBC

Saturday 10th February 2018 3pm KO

2017-18 Season – Match 54

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

Takeley: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Red Socks

The players before KO
Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a very chilly, miserable afternoon at Burroughs Park, two of the division’s top 5 took on each other as Great Wakering welcomed Takeley. Conditions were difficult from the outset and got increasingly squalid as the match went on. Wakering named Nathan Dewberry and Jay Nash in attack with Chris Bryan and Neil Richmond among the substitutes. Takeley were without Jason Todd and Will Green though commanding goalkeeper Ronnie Yates did start, with Carl Mullings leading the line and Mitchell Das & George Wappett on the flanks.
The hosts began the match the stronger of the two sides and nearly led in the first minute as full-back Jason Ring’s centre was back-heeled towards goal by forward Nathan Dewberry though it lacked the power to beat Takeley goalkeeper Ronnie Yates. Takeley responded four minutes later as skipper Nick Barrett’s 25-yard free-kick needed the intervention of home stopper Louis Hawes. Dewberry and strike partner Jay Nash had shots off-target for Wakering before Frank Oatham’s wind-assisted lob needed Hawes to be alert to tip the ball over the crossbar.
As the half progressed, Takeley did unsetttle the Wakering defence more. Winger Mitchell Das sent a free-kick just the wrong side of the post just past the half-hour mark. The home defence, led by skipper Scott Pethers and Oliver Woodhouse needed to be strong to keep the game scoreless at the break.
Half-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 0 – 0 Takeley
After the interval, as the rain continued to come down, Takeley forward Carl Mullings nearly broke the deadlock two minutes in though his header was cleared off the line by a well-positioned Danny Hurford. Oatham had another drive minutes later well-gathered by Hawes as the wind just added an element of doubt perhaps into the player’s minds.
Dewberry wasted a decent oppurtunity to open his account on the hour as he passed his shot wide of goal. Six minutes later, Dewberry was denied by the on-rushing Yates as the match increasingly became a real physical battle in tricky conditions. Takeley had two good chances in the midway point of the half, with Mullings heading over from Das’ great right-wing delivery. Mullings then used his strength well to tee up Das who could only fire over the bar.
Takeley had showed pace and strength today, exemplified by the pace and skill of left-back Andre Humphrey and winger George Wappett who stood out for me today. Though unfortunately for the visitors, there was a late twist as the hosts were awarded a spot-kick four minutes from time, which substitute Neil Richmond duly converted into the left corner. On another day, this may well have been a draw though Marc Das’ side will be cursing the chances they couldn’t quite tuck away today in what was a game of fine margins.
Wakering’s sixth successive league win sees them stay 3rd but gain ground on the top-two, following FC Romania’s draw at Waltham Forest. Takeley drop to 6th spot, though have six matches in hand on 5th-placed Clapton.
Full-Time: Great Wakering Rovers   1 – 0   Takeley

Great Wakering Rovers

Louis Hawes (GK), Jason Ring, Danny Hurford, Scott Pethers (Capt), Oliver Woodhouse, Sam Carter, Billy Johnson (Chris Bryan 77′) Ricky Evans, Nathan Dewberry, Jay Nash, Stephen Butterworth (Neil Richmond 77′)

Goal-scorer: Neil Richmond [pen 86′]

Booked: Carter   |  Subs Not Used: Dopson, Evison


Ronnie Yates (GK), Bryn Thorpe, Andre Humphrey (Lewis Ball 87′), Nick Barrett (Capt), George Powell, Mike Castle, Mitchell Das, Matt Gill, Carl Mullings, Frank Oatham, George Wappett

Booked: Yates, Das, Powell | Subs Not Used: Miles, Bartram

Match Report: Southend Manor 0 – 1 Stansted (ESL 3.2.18)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: TBC

2017-18 Season – Match 53

Date: Saturday 3rd February 2018 – 3pm KO

Southend Manor: Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts and Yellow Socks

Stansted: Royal Blue Shirts, Royal Blue Socks & Royal Blue Socks


Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)


As the we entered the final three months of the Essex Senior League season, Southend Manor welcomed Stansted to Southchurch Park. This was Manor’s first action in three weeks while the Airportmen gave leaders Redbridge a fright in midweek before losing out late on. Manor’s attack was led by target-man Ellis Skidmore with Rhys Fatt and Hamid Zamani providing support from the flanks. Stansted joint-managers Paul Pittuck and Marc Benterman won the ESL’s Managers of the Month for January and fielded a strong XI with Julien Lloyd, Jack West and skipper Ryan Ramsey in attack.

The match started with a bang as merely three minutes in, Stansted forward Jack West struck a shot wide as the visitors looked to gain the advantage. Two yellow cards in the space of less than a minute for Manor’s Lewis Sparrow handed them that advantage as they were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area and Sparrow a very early bath. Stefan Neilsen struck a powerful effort past the wall and although home goallkeeper Klinton Makayabo got a hand on it, he was unable to keep it out as the visitors took the lead with just five minutes gone.

For the remainder of the half, there wasn’t a huge array of chances created by either side as the match struggled to find much rhythm. Manor forward Ellis Skidmore snuffed out the off-side trap but struck his effort wide on eleven minutes while eight minutes later Stansted winger Paul Preston shot wide in what was a decent oppurtunity.

As this encounter started to get quite scrappy, the visitors nearly doubled their advantage though forward Julien Lloyd slotted his shot just wide of the post. Manor winger Rhys Fatt was doing his best to get his side into the match though in truth, he couldn’t quite carve out the quality crosses his side needed.

Half-Time: Southend Manor 0 – 1 Stansted

Due to a power cut, during the break the Stansted management elected to give their team-talk to the players in the stand which added to what was already an interesting afternoon.

After the break, the slippery surface did have an effect on both sides to a degree though Stansted were again looking threatening in the early stages as a corner was bravely headed away by Manor midfielder Robbie Norris at the back stick. The visitors defended stoutly, denying an effort on goal from midfielder John-Jo Slatert ten minutes into the half.

The hosts struggled to contain the pace of the Airportmen’s attacks as forward Ryan Ramsey blazed over from 20 yards just past the hour and soon afterwards, Preston’s strike was well-kept out by Makayabo at his near-post. Preston was in the action again 15 minutes from time as his curling effort needed to headed over the bar by Manor captain Lee Delf.

Manor did enjoy the better of possession in the latter stages as both sides tired though still couldn’t create enough to consistently test visiting custodian Laurence Whymark. With six minutes remaining, substitute Brennon Nolan was well-denied by Whymark though in all honesty, the visitors deserved the win today. Winger Paul Preston in particular was a constant threat down the right flank for the visitors in my view.

Still from 2nd half of the match

Hamid Zamani was dismissed late on as the hosts’ frustration was palpable, finishing with nine men. Stansted went into 12th place, just above Manor following this victory. Check out my post-match interview with the Stansted joint-managers Paul & Marc on the Grassroot Football Show on Thursday night.

My thanks to Manor for their hospitality and best wishes to them for the remainder of the season & congratulations to Stansted on their hard-earned win here although they could have made it more comfortable, had they taken a few of their chances.



Southend Manor

Klinton Makayabo (GK), Grant Webb, Jamie Alexandrou, Charlie Barlow (Ibrahim Kagbanda 63), Lee Delf (Capt), Lewis Sparrow, Rhys Fatt (Alfie Lindfield 59′), John-Jo Slater, Ellis Skidmore (Brennon Nolan 72′), Robbie Norris, Hamid Zamani


Booked: Barlow  | Sent Off: Sparrow [4′], Zamani [90’+2]

Subs Not Used: Newell, Scott



Laurence Whymark (GK), Papa Asamoah, Jahvanne Wilson, Sam West, Chris Moore, Stefan Neilsen (Oliver Fortune 82′), Paul Preston, Elias Olmos (Warren Thomas 62′), Julien Lloyd (Jack Sykes 70′), Jack West, Ryan Ramsey (Capt)

Goal-scorer: Stefan Neilsen [5′]

Booked: J West    | Subs Not Used: Baltazar, McKinson

Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 7 – 0 Burnham Ramblers (ESL 27.1.18)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Burroughs Park

Saturday 27th January 2018 3pm KO

2017-18 Season: Match 52

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

Burnham Ramblers: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Yellow Socks

GWRvBR (Teams just prior to KO)
Both sides just before KO

Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a cold, rainy afternoon at Burroughs Park, Great Wakering Rovers welcomed Burnham Ramblers in another Essex Senior League encounter. Wakering were seeking to keep the heat on the top four, two of which (Basildon & Takeley) were not in action this weekend. Rovers were missing the likes of Jimmy Cook and Aaron Russell though winger Billy Johnson was in the starting XI, alongside the front three of Jay Nash, Nathan Dewberry & Chris Bryan.


Burnham started life without key forward Charlee Hughes here after he left to join Bostik North promotion hopefuls Bowers & Pitsea this week. Lee Hughes’ side was somewhat depleted as Ryan Stillwell and Bradley Morgan were both unavailable. Karl Swanborough led the line with support from Samuel Warwick and Robert Bagnall.

The match began on what was a heavy pitch with the hosts ‘on the front foot’ as five minutes in, GWR forward Nathan Dewberry’s cross was initally blocked by Burnham centre-half Scott Plom, Wakering skipper Scott Pethers blasted a shot over the bar (and into the car park). Dewberry himself blasted a shot over from a good position shortly afterwards. Wakering did break the deadlock ten minutes in a crowded penalty area, the ball fell to forward Chris Bryan and his crisp strike found the left corner.


The hosts continued to press and visiting goalkeeper Joshua Strizovic was called into action to deny winger Billy Johnson’s tame effort and a moment later pulled off a good save to deny Dewberry’s shot. Dewberry did extend the hosts lead midway through the first half though, slotting past Strizovic when one-on-one with the ‘keeper. In a rare Burnham attack, forward Karl Swanborough shot wide to warn the hosts not to ‘step off the gas’.

Rovers forward Jay Nash also twice couldn’t find the target as half-time approached though the hosts did increase their advantage a minute before the break as full-back Danny Hurford’s pass fed Dewberry who blasted an effort past Strizovic.

Half-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 3 – 0 Burnham Ramblers


GWR v BR (Early in 2nd Half)
Snap-shot early in 2nd half

After the interval, Burnham brought midfielder Leon Lewis on in place of Ryan Willsmer as the re-jigged their defence. Six minutes into the half, Strizovic was in the action again to deny Bryan’s header and then in the same attack, Dewberry’s effort on goal. Despite a few more chances that went astray, Dewberry slotted home to claim his hat-trick just past the hour after substitute Neil Richmond’s unselfish pass. On 65 minutes, Richmond was felled in the area by Burnham defender Plom, Richmond himself stepped up to take the resulting spot-kick and duly converted it.


Richmond later had a goal ruled out for off-side though the experienced forward did grab a second with 13 minutes remaining, slotting home from close range after centre-back Oliver Woodhouse did well surging forward in the build-up. Swanborough did force a save from Wakering stopper Louis Hawes on what was a quiet afternoon for the home custodian. Rovers’ Dewberry wasn’t finished either as he netted his fourth with a drive that crept past Strizovic into the net. The torrent of Wakering attacks didn’t end there as late on, Richmond blazed a strike over the bar and Dewberry and substitute Stephen Butterworth were both denied by the ever-impressive Strizovic.


Full-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 7 – 0 Burnham Ramblers


This was a big win for the hosts, though in truth if it wasn’t for the combination of wasteful finishing and good goalkeeping, it could well have been more to be honest. Burnham struggled to find any fluency going forward as Swanborough didn’t get a huge degree of service while defensively they also struggled with the quick passing of the Rovers forward line. Difficult to watch in a way really and Burnham arguably still require points to secure their place in the ESL next season. Rovers’ third win on-the-spin sees them into 4th place….


Great Wakering Rovers

Louis Hawes (GK), Jason Ring, Danny Hurford, Scott Pethers (Capt), Oliver Woodhouse, Sam Carter, Billy Johnson (Neil Richmond 54′),  Ricky Evans, Jay Nash (Finley Dopson 65′), Nathan Dewberry, Chris Bryan (Stephen Butterworth 54′)

Goal-Scorers: Chris Bryan [10′], Nathan Dewberry [25′, 44′, 62′, 82′], Neil Richmond [pen 65′, 77′]

Burnham Ramblers

Joshua Strizovic (GK), Ryan Willsmer (Leon Lewis 46′), Edison Tereziu (Jake Megran 58′), Kyle Musson (Capt), Tomiwa Adebayo-Bella, Scott Plom, William Howard, Alfie Vinton, Karl Swanborough, Robert Bagnall, Samuel Warwick (Jed Bowman  72′)

Subs Not Used: Bond, Burke


Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 6 – 1 Tower Hamlets (ESL 13.1.18)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 61

2017-18 Season – Match 51

Date: Saturday 13th January 2018 3pm KO

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

Tower Hamlets:  Orange Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

The Tower Hamlets ‘huddle’ before KO
Both teams before KO


Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

In my first Essex Senior League match of 2018, I returned to Burroughs Park to see Great Wakering Rovers take on Tower Hamlets. Wakering were missing the likes of Jimmy Cook and Aaron Russell with the forward trio of Jay Nash, Chris Bryan and Nathan Dewberry leading the line, with Ricky Evans and Neil Richmond options on the bench. Hamlets were also depleted with the likes of Luke With, Curtis Pond, Kane Wilson and Igor Furtado unavailable. Wale Odedoyin and James Ross led the attack, while Jordan Stansbury made his debut between the sticks.

The match began with Wakering on the front foot as five minutes in, forward Nathan Dewberry headed over the bar after being found by full-back Jason Ring’s cross from the right. Dewberry did break the deadlock just two minutes later as he robbed the unfortunate Stansbury in possession and slotted home from a narrow angle. Wakering nearly made it two moments later though Hamlets full-back John Watson cleared off the goal-line well. The hosts were not to be denied though as Dewberry grabbed his second of the afternoon on 16 minutes, following fellow forward Chris Bryan’s threaded pass.

Hamlets were on the back-foot in general play though did pull one back just past the half-hour as winger Elias Tackie’s surging run troubled the home backline and the ball found its way to forward James Ross who slotted home. The hosts hit back though as the visiting defence continued to struggle with the pace of Wakering’s attacks. Billy Johnson’s curling free-kick made it 3-1 before Johnson struck again in first-half added-time beating Stansbury when one-on-one.

Half-Time: Great Wakering 4 – 1 Tower Hamlets

Wakering were well on top, and Hamlets withdrew young stopper Stansbury, replacing him with experienced stopper James Pellin after the break. Pellin was called into action, denying Dewberry and a moment later, another Johnson free-kick. Iain O’Connell’s side made it five through Johnson slotting home, completing his hat-trick eight minutes after the break. Dewberry matched his team-mate with 19 minutes remaining, completing his treble and a big win for the home side.

The Rovers defence were solid though in all honesty, the visitors did not trouble them too much, though forward Wale Odedoyin made his presence felt in attack, assisted by the willing running of winger Tackie. Late on, substitute Harry Matthews’ drive forced a good save out of home ‘stopper Louis Hawes before fellow substitute Kayode Tobun’s deflected free-kick also kept Hawes honest. Though all in all, it was a bad day ‘at the office’ for the East London outfit.

Full-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 6 – 1 Tower Hamlets


Great Wakering Rovers

Louis Hawes (GK), Jason Ring, Kia Froud, Scott Pethers (Capt), Oliver Woodhouse, Sam Carter, Billy Johnson (Neil Richmond 77′), Tom Anderson (Ricky Evans 71′), Jay Nash, Nathan Dewberry (Finley Dopson 77′), Chris Bryan

Goal-scorers: Nathan Dewberry [7′,16′ & 71′], Billy Johnson [39′, 45+1 & 53′]

Booked: Bryan  | Subs Not Used: Murford


Tower Hamlets

Jordan Stansbury (GK) (James Pellin 46′), Daniel McCarthy, John Watson, Tola Odedoyin, Jerome Anthony, Elias Tackie, Jacob Kolanda (Harry Matthews 57′), Wale Odedoyin, James Ross, Frankie Sinclair (Capt), Alex Salmon (Kayode Tobun 62′)

Goal-scorer: James Ross [31′]

Booked: Salmon, W Odedoyin | Subs Not Used: Ashinike