2022-23 Double Match Summary: Essex Alliance Finals Day (Sat 20 May) [EAL 22-23 22.5.23]

Essex Alliance League – Finals Day #2

Venue: Victoria Road, Dagenham

2022-23 Season: Matches 65 & 66

Match Summaries & Photos by Scott W [@TwitterMHC14]

Action still from Atholl v Renegade

Double Issue: Goals reign on EAL Finals Day at a sunny Victoria Road

Part 1: Renegade’s goal glut sees them claim the D1 Cup

           Atholl  1 – 6  Renegade

Saturday 20 May 2023 – 2pm KO | Att: 130 (Est) | EAL Division One Cup Final

Welcome to this special ‘double issue’ blog looking at the Essex Alliance League Finals Day, taking in both the Division One Cup & Senior Division Cup Finals, held at Victoria Road. First up was the afternoon match, interestingly between two of the bottom three sides in the league: Atholl and Renegade.

This match began with a rather open-ended foray, which the Renegade side edged. However, it was Atholl who took the lead after just eight minutes thanks to a neat low strike by Charlie Thompson. The team in orange were finding it increasingly difficult to rebuff the directness and pace of player-boss Okwute Izuchukwu’s side, as the likes of forward Deimar Cardoso and Nana Baah were loading the channels and getting round the Atholl defence. Wellington Ismael fired off-target early on after getting past his marker well. It was little surprise on the quarter-hour when Renegade levelled the tie, as Nigel Seidu’s fine free-kick found the top corner of the net. That goal emboldened them and Renegade continued to be rapid going forward, and before Atholl could settle from conceding, they were behind four minutes later. From a set-piece, Cardoso made the most of stuttering marking to nip in and guide his header into the net, past goalkeeper James Gibson.

To their credit, Atholl were battling hard defensively & were led well by skipper Frankie Williams. Renegade did get a third goal before the break, but this one had a degree of fortune about it. Thompson had the unfortunate statistic of scoring at both ends after his attempted defensive clearance only dribbled into the net. Scoring goals in clusters is often the mark of a good side and Renegade made it four, two minutes before the break. The impressive Cardoso utilised his pace again to good effect before his good, low strike found the net. Atholl were finding it hard to retain the ball at times and that inhibited their efforts to push forward and test a decent opposition backline.

Half-Time: Atholl  1 – 4  Renegade

After the break, Renegade were quite unrelenting in putting pressure on an over-worked Atholl backline. Atholl goalkeeper Gibson did made a fine double save just before the hour, first denying a decent effort by Nana Baah before also doing well to save a follow-up effort by Ismael seconds later. Just as Atholl were starting to build some impetus, Renegade netted another goal with twenty minutes left as Seidu netted with another low strike to make five-one. You had to respect the spirit of the Atholl side as forward Ralph Vincent’s header came off the crossbar with fourteen minutes to play. In fairness though, Renegade were the stronger team here and scored a late sixth goal, thanks to substitute Aamir Salah.

Full-Time: Atholl 1 – 6 Renegade

Renegade deserved their Cup triumph here as they were more than useful going forward & retained the ball better as well, making it tough for their opponents. There were some stand-out performers for Renegade , beginning with forward Deimar Cardoso who really led the attack well, making good runs down the channels, and some neat passes & generally gave the Atholl backline little respite. Centre-back Okwute Izuchukwu led his defence well, and also kept his team going as well. Lastly, midfielder Shivaan Naido put in a hard-working shift as well to link the midfield and attack too. For Atholl, skipper Frankie Williams made a number of good interceptions to keep his team in the tie, particularly in the first half. Charlie Thompson & Ralph Vincent also put in hard-working performances as well, with Thompson showihg good composure in taking his oppurtunity to score.

Atholl Goal-Scorer: Charlie Thompson [8′]

Renegade Goal-scorers: Nigel Seidu [15′ & 70′], Deimar Cardoso [19′ & 43′], OG [40′], Aamir Salah [88′]

Cucos makes another forward run late on for Petrocub

Part 2: Petrocub’s pace & clinical finishing seals impressive win over Woodford East

                  FC Petrocub  4 – 1 Woodford East

Saturday 20 May 2023 – 6pm KO | Att: 450 (Est) | EAL Senior Division Cup Final

The second match saw two top-five sides in the Senior Division contest the divisional Cup in the early evening kick-off at Victoria Road, as FC Petrocub took on Woodford East. This match got underway in a spirited way with Woodford edging it in the early moments, as forward Callum Maltese’s effort came off the crossbar, before Petrocub custodian Alexandru Daraban parried the ball away well following a good searing run by Lucio uare down the left side. Petrocub did respond strongly as East found it tough to retain the ball as the Moldovan side made the most of a defensive error by East to open the scoring on eleven minutes. A good run by Ion Spinu ended with a fierce drive which bypassed East goalkeeper Jozsef Kuzsef & found the net, much to the delight of the Petrocub contingent behind the goal.

As the half went on, Petrocub made several good forward runs which tested the morale & grit of the Woodford backline. Midfielder Gritcan Dumitru fired a decent effort off-target from eighteen yards out, just past the half-hour. East were finding it tough to recycle possession at this point to get into the opposition half & it was little surprise when they conceded again, ten minutes before the interval. Gheorghe Cucos did well to hold off his marker & slotted the ball calmly into the net.

Halil Hassan’s side did push back before the break, with forward Connor Brathwaite’s strike forcing a good save out of Daraban. East were starting to find their rhythm and the question was at the break was whether Petrocub could maintain their tempo and work rate, which was impressive in the first half.

Half-Time: FC Petrocub  2 – 0 Woodford East

After the break, the tension gradually rose. Three minutes after the restart, Woodford had a good chance from Maltese’s set-piece which found Lucio Uare & his header needed the intervention of Daraban to tip the ball over for another corner. Petrocub sensed the potential danger and should have been three goals ahead just short of the hour as another good run by Spinu ended with a neat ball through to Cucos who only had Kuzsel to beat but Cucos’strike was tame & Kuzsef was happy to gather.

The Petrocub fans were really adding to the atmosphere here, and it may well have lifted their side to maintain their levels. Woodford East are known for their guile and they stayed in the contest going into the latter stages, and halved their arrears with seven minutes left, through Uare’s good header which beat Daraban & went high into the net. Understandably, East pushed forward seeking that telling equaliser but Petrocub showed their quality on the counter-attack adding two late goals in added time.

Just into added time, Spinu was well-placed to score after Kuzsef’s initial save from Valentin Gurgurov’strike to grab his second before Gurgurov did find the net moments later with a cool finish to seal the trajectory of the Cup, with the joyous Petrocub fans ready to celebrate at the opposite end. Congratulations to FC Petrocub on a really good performance here, these two sides will face each other again in the Fenton Cup Final next weekend, at New Lodge.

Full-time: FC Petrocub 4 – 1 Woodford East

In fairness, Petrocub showed a lot of hunger & pace which was tough for East to defend against. Whilst it was true that Woodford’s defensive errors were costly, the incisive passing and good finishing were enough to see Adrian Pascanu’s side to their second Cup triumph this term, after winning the London Senior Cup. Woodford will be disappointed by their start to the game, they couldn’t test the rigid Petrocub defence enough during the course of this Final.

In terms of stand-out performers, Petrocub forwards Ion Spinu and Gheorghe Cucos were rapid, also showcasing good inter-link play and passing, as well as cool finishing in an impressive display. Centre-back Vitalii Chiriac was a calming presence as well, marshalling his defence well & stifling good runs by the East forwards down the channels. Finally, Valeriu Gurgurov also pushed down the flanks well & in the latter stages was a good threat down on the counter-attack, also taking his goal well.

For Woodford, credit has to go to forwards Callum Maltese & Lucio Uare. Maltese ran his heart out all game, being the consistent one making darting runs in the centre to give his team-mates an option, while Uare also made a number of superb runs down the channel, made good passes & took his goal well late on. Captain Frank Glock also did a good job defensively alongside Billy Barr, as they rebuffed a number of overloading runs by the fleet-footed Petrocub forwards. Finally, full-back Kai Law had a decent game as well, defensively and also made some good passes forward as well.

FC Petrocub | Manager: Adrian Pascanu

Starting XI (Subs): 88 Alexandru Daraban (GK), 33 Dorin Sirbu, 4 Gheorghe Hadirca, 5 Vitalii Chiriac (Capt), 34 Lilian Puscasu, 18 Gritcan Dumitru (87 Valentin Siciov 80′), 20 Gheorghe Belibov (17 Cristi Ilie 65′), 10 Nicolai Cotruta (89 Nicolae Gutu 61′), 16 Gheorghe Cucos (29 Sergiu Demcioglo 77′) , 15 Ion Spinu, 11 Valeriu Gurgurov

Goal-Scorers: Ion Spinu [11′ & 90’+1], Gheorghe Cucos [35′], Valeriu Gurgurov [90’+3]

Final Substitute: 23 Ion Bojii [90′]

Woodford East | Manager: Halil Hassan | Assistant: Gary Wotton

Starting XI: 20 Jozsef Kuzsef (GK), 2 Kai Law, 9 Billy Barr, 8 Frank Glock (Capt), 12 Ecclesiaste Kipa, 21 Sonny Feltwell, 14 William Letchford, 22 Harry Carter,, 18 Lucio Uare, 7 Connor Brathwaite, 11 Callum Maltese

Goal-Scorer: Lucio Uare [83′]

Subs ON (Time): 17 Andrew Rowe [46′], 3 Eren Mehmet [61′, replaced Law], 15 Tom Osmond [73′, replaced Braithwaite]

Referee: Craig Wood
Assistant:  Lanray Alapafujah & Craig Herbert
Fourth Official: David Leeks

That closes out this ‘double’ issue blog article, I’d like to thank the Essex Alliance League for their welcome on this Finals day. Credit also to all four sides that gave it their all to make it a really good day’s action.


S22-23 Match Report: Harold Wood Athletic 1 – 0 ACD Utd (Sat 13 May) [EOFL 22-23 14.5.23]

Essex Olympian League – Division One

Venue: Harold Wood Park

Attendance: 60 (Est)

2022-23 Season: Match 64

Saturday 13th May 2023 – 1pm KO

Harold Wood: Sky Blue Shirts, Claret Shorts & Socks

ACD: White Shirts, Black Shorts & White Socks

Harold Wood claim promotion with gritty win over decent ACD Utd

Harold Wood Athletic 1 – 0  ACD Utd

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

The final match for me in the Essex Olympian this season saw a nice return to Harold Wood Park, for this EOFL Division One match between promotion-chasing Harold Wood Athletic and mid-table ACD Utd, who also played their last game this season here. ‘Wood Manager John Field has done a fine job in keeping his team in the running for the top-two & his team have led the table for large parts of the campaign. Here, they had Jack Moore as their goalkeeper, a defence of Perry Robinson, skipper Zach Holding, Daniel Spittle and Jack Baines. Louis Bazely, Ben Woolven and Connor Sheehan were in midfield and Leroy Griffiths led the attack, supported by Tyrone Scarlett and Max Shepherd. ACD have had another decent season and boss Jack Munns named Tyler Richards as their goalkeeper, with a backline of captain Jamie Alexandrou, Alex Bessent, James Bell and Ollie Williams. Their midfield featured Jake Noble, Shaun Farrow and Billy Wren, with the forward line being comprised of Jacob Dingli, Samuel Payne and Scott Perkins.

In the early-going here, it was the visitors who settled slightly better and they certainly were up for the battle. Moments later, an early drive by Wood forward Tyrone Scarlett was comfortably gathered by ACD stopper Tyler Richards and Jack Munns’ team soon pushed on again. Ollie Williams was making the most of some space down the left flank, and his cross was half-blocked by Wood’s Ben Woolven but the ball eventually found Billy Wren & his strike needed the intervention of Wood goalkeeper Jack Moore to tip it over although there was an ACD player off-side in the same move. The visitors were certainly competing well and Harold Wood did not find it easy to retain possession in midfield, with Louis Bazely and Connor Sheehan having to work hard to restrict the flowing ACD forward moves.

ACD midfielder Jake Noble breaks forward in 1st half

Harold Wood did have a goal chalked off for off-side, as Shepherd’s low effort didn’t count while ACD defender Alex Bessent headed off-target. At this stage, it was looking more likely that the visitors would break the deadlock but one piece of oppurtunistic quality altered that perception. Three minutes before the break, as a defensive clearance went awry for ACD but just outside the 18-yard area, Wood forward Leroy Griffiths judged the ball coming out of the air superbly and his fine first-time strike sailed over Richards and high into the net. Certainly a goal to savour that one was.

Half-Time:  Harold Wood 1 – 0 ACD Utd 

As we resumed after the break, the visitors brought on Billy Rungay and Shaun Goddard. Again, ACD were a threat down the channels four minutes into the half as another good run & cross by Williams found Rungay at the back post and he headed narrowly wide, under pressure. As we approached the hour mark, Harold Wood Athletic were starting to have more ball time and were testing the visiting defence a bit more readily. A good ball in from Griffiths found defender Perry Robinson but his header couldn’t test Richards. As they often did, ACD responded well moments later, as first Samuel Payne’s strike was cleared off the goal-line by a covering defender and seconds later, Rungay’s shot was gathered by the well-positioned Moore.

The tension was growing somewhat here as we went into the last twenty minutes of this one, as Utd substitute Warren Taylor fired over the woodwork from a decent position. Quick forward Max Shepherd was finding more space down the right flank as the game went on & his strike was narrowly wide. ACD certainly didn’t back off as we entered the last five minutes of normal time, as another good strike by Billy Rungay needed the intervention of Moore as he pulled off another good save, before Bessent’s decent strike required another good save from the Harold Wood custodian.

Max Shepherd breaks down left side for Wood in 2nd half

The four minutes of added time may well have seemed longer to the Harold Wood players but soon enough, referee Richard Wilsher blew his whistle for the last time today & the celebrations could begin for a understandably chuffed home side.

Full-Time: Harold Wood Athletic 1 – 0 ACD Utd

Given the significance of the match for the hosts, this was going to be a nervy one but their second half display made it harder for ACD to create chances, after Jack Munns’ side had put in a good first-half display to not only stifle the hosts but also in creating several chances themselves. Wood had to grind it out towards the end, assisted by a tough backline & a few good saves by young custodian Jack Moore. Congratulations again to all at Harold Wood, as they join champions Old Chelmsfordians in getting promoted to the Premier Division next term.

The stand-out mentions start with victors Harold Wood. Centre forward Leroy Griffiths led the line well and his physical presence was tough for a resolute ACD side to deal with, and his goal was a super piece of technique. Max Shepherd made a number of good runs down the right flank & made some neat passes as well as tested the visiting defence, also getting back to defend well when needed. Powerful central midfielder Connor Sheehan also put in a hard shift for his team, was good aerially & also made some good interceptions. Lastly, a mention for goalkeeper Jack Moore who made some criticial saves in the latter moments of the game to thwart a talented ACD forward line. Congrats to him.

For ACD, I felt defender Alex Bessent had a very good game and made it tough for the hosts to get into any particular rhythm in the first half-hour, making good tackles & showing good defensive awareness. Ollie Williams also gave it everything & put in a number of good crosses from the left side, stretching the Harold Wood backline well. Midfielder Billy Wren also put in a good shift as Jack Munns’ side put in a good display going forward & retained the ball for good parts of the game. Finally, forward Scott Perkins contributed well, making several good runs and had a few chances to really make it a different game as well as putting in some good passes too.


Harold Wood Athletic  |  Manager: John Field | Assistant: Rod Edwards

Starting XI: 1 Jack Moore (GK),  2 Perry Robinson, 11 Zach Holding (Capt), 8 Daniel Spittle, 3 Jack Baines, 6 Louis Bazely, 17 Ben Woolven, 18 Connor Sheehan, 9 Tyrone Scarlett, 10 Leroy Griffiths, 7 Max Shepherd
Goal-scorer: Leroy Griffiths [42′]

Subs ON [Time]: 12 Thomas Butler [68′, replaced Robinson], 5 Jacob Roberts [77′], 16 Freddy Shepherd [89′, replaced Sheehan]

Booked: Griffiths, Butler, Moore | Subs Not Used: Harris & Sykes

ACD Utd |  Manager: Jack Munns | 

Starting XI: 1 Tyler Richards (GK), 23 Jamie Alexandrou (Capt), 5 Alex Bessent, 40 James Ball, 3 Ollie Williams, 36 Jake Noble, 15 Shaun Farrow, 47 Billy Wren, 32 Samuel Payne, 9 Jacob Dingli, 20 Scott Perkins

Sub ON (Time): 2 Billy Rungay [46′], 14 Shaun Goddard [46′], 19 Warren Taylor [68′]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: None

Referee: Richard Wilsher

S22-23 Match Report: Redbridge 1 – 1p Barking (4-5 on pens) (Fri 5 May) [ECC Final 6.5.23]

The Errington Challenge Cup

Errington Challenge Cup – Final

Venue: Parkside (Aveley FC)

Attendance: 377

2022-23 Season: Match 62

Friday 5th May 2023 – 7.45pm KO

Redbridge: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts & Socks

Barking: White Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

Barking’s squad celebrate with the Cup [Image Credit: @EssexSenior]

Tough duel sees Barking emerge with Errington Cup on spot-kicks

Redbridge  1 – 1  Barking  (Barking won 5 – 4 on pens)

Match Report by Scott W [ Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Photos by Scott W & @EssexSenior

The first game of the weekend saw another Essex Senior League Cup Final, this time the Errington Cup Final between Peter Butcher Trophy winners Redbridge and in-form Barking at Aveley’s Parkside. Redbridge were going for a unique treble after their exploits earlier in the week, and boss George Christou named Connor Wheatley as their goalkeeper, with Michael Pindy and Tayo Olukolu the fast attacking full-backs, alongside a central defence of Joe Elliott and Nathan Okoye. Skipper Jack Chawner & Jamie Price were in central midfield, with Abs Thompson & Solomon Ogunwomoju supporting forwards George Purcell and Brian Moses. Barking finished their ESL campaign strongly under manager Nick Harding and had Harvey Simson in goal, with a backline of Kyrell Palmer, Kenedi Dariri, Alfie Leach & captain Eljay Worrell. Jess Norey & Jack Folan were the steel in central midfield, with Darnell Baxter-Alleyne & Sa-Sean Lutumba on the flanks and Sam Shaban and Ahmed Abdulla in attack.

Redbridge’s Tayo Olukolu jostles with Barking’s Kyrell Palmer

I will add right from the outset that this was a real tough duel between two fast forward lines & two strong defences and the first half in particular saw both sides gradually turn up the pace on each other. Chances were not plentiful, but there was intrigue among the more than 350 fans in attendance. On 17 minutes, following a good break down the left, Solomon Ogunwomoju’s firm strike brought a good save out of Barking custodian Harvey Simson. Shortly before that, fast winger Sa-Sean Lutumba let fly with a decent strike from an acute angle just outside the penalty area, and centre-back Kenedi Dariri also headed over. Redbridge captain Jack Chawner also had an effort blocked, as the tension steadily grew. In short, both sides were having their moments with decent forward moves but that decisive goal could not be found.

Sa-Sean Lutumba with the ball for Barking

HT: Redbridge 0 – 0 Barking

After the break, Barking winger Darnell Baxter-Alleyne had an effort off-target after a good turn down the left side, as they were having a good phase at this point. Shortly after coming off the bench, forward Lauric Diakiesse made a good run down the left and the ball eventually came to forward Sam Shaban although he was denied a clear chance by the good positioning of the Motormen’s Joe Elliott who cleared. Redbridge responded through chances by tall frontman Brian Moses who blasted the ball over Simson’s goal & George Purcell who headed wide after a cross from deep by Michael Pindy. Substitutes Reuben Campbell & James Barlow were adding more energy & pace down the channels for the Motormen but the spine of Barking’s defence & midfield were nullifying their chances to good effect, particularly Jess Norey and Kenedi Dariri.

The nerves from both sets of supporters were rising and it looked increasingly likely that the extra 30 minutes would be required, although right on the stroke of 90 minutes, as Barking substitute Tim Ogunrinde struck a superb strike which powered off the woodwork.

After 90 mins: Redbridge 0 – 0 Barking

So extra time began in earnest in good time, and Barking were edging the first period when forward Ahmed Abdulla’s decent strike from a narrow angle was well-denied by Redbridge goalkeeper Connor Wheatley at the near post. Nick Harding’s side did take the lead ten minutes into extra time, as Abdulla turned provider, as his cross was headed in well by Dariri, who had showcased his aerial skills in defence for most of the game. The side in Blue here continued to push down the flanks, with the trickery of replacement Loui Hazelwood making it tough for the hard-working Barking midfield.

Redbridge’s Olukolu again tries to outwit the opposition defence

There was another goal & more drama to come 19 minutes into the allotted thirty as a curling, dipping set-piece by Hazelwood got past Simson and the goal-line before it came off the woodwork, and just like that, Redbridge were level again. Both sides gave it all they had but the dreaded penalty shoot-out would soon be upon us. In some ways, it was fitting as you had to commend the work rate & energy levels of both teams.

After a tense lottery of spot-kicks, it came to the two number 16’s. Firstly, Motormen midfielder Jamie Price (who had a very good game it must be said) blazed his penalty over & then Barking substitute Daniel Brock stepped up & duly blasted his penalty into the net, to cue joyous scenes among the Barking contingent, many congratulations to them on winning the Errington Challenge Cup.

Full-Time (AET):  Redbridge 1 – 1  Barking (Barking won 5 – 4 on spot-kicks)

In summary, this was a battle of two sides who both had strong defences which did affect the quality at times, but the passion that both teams showed at the end of a gruelling season was commendable. Barking edged to a slender lead in extra time, but didn’t panic after conceding and it was hard to not be pleased for them after winning a tense penalty shoot-out. It’s hard on George Christou’s team but their stellar week could not end with further history being made, we wish them well in Step 4 next term.

We start the honourable mentions with victors Barking. In a match which was so tight for long periods, central midfielder Jack Folan had a fine game, putting in a high-energy performance in defence and attack. Folan broke up the play well and made some astute passes. Full-back Kyrell Palmer had a fine game also, dealing well with the threat of Ogunwomoju & Olukolu down his flank & made good interceptions. Centre-back Kenedi Dariri ended a fine season with a strong defensive showing, and his aerial ability also saw him net a crucial goal. Lastly, a word for winger Sa-Sean Lutumba who was a real threat down the left side in what was a cagey first half, utilising his pace and movement to good effect.

For Redbridge, central midfielder Jamie Price had a very good game overall, winning headers and breaking up the opposition attacks well as well putting in a very hard shift & making neat passes. Centre-back Joe Elliott continues to impress this term & he made some vital clearances as well as standing up to the inventive Barking forwards well. Finally, a mention is deserved for forwards Solomon Ogunwomoju & Tayo Olukolu who used their pace well and showed every bit of passion & drive that this match will be remembered for. Ogunwomoju made several key passes & Olukolu showed admirable work rate as well.


Redbridge |  Manager: George Christou  | Assistant: Jack Toghli | Physio: Graham Pitkin

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Connor Wheatley (GK), 17 Michael Pindy, 3 Joe Elliott, 6 Nathan Okoye, 11 Tayo Joshua Olukolu (12 Mustafa Kahie ET 16′) , 8 Jack Chawner (Capt), 16 Jamie Price, 7 Abs Thompson (4 Loui Hazelwood 90′), 10 Solomon Ogunwomoju (5 Reuben Campbell 61′), 9 George Purcell (18 Ibrahim Kehinde ET 2′), 19 Brian Moses (15 James Barlow 75′)

Goal-scorer: Loui Hazelwood [ET 19′]

Booked: Olukolu | Sub Not Used: None

Barking | Manager: Nick Harding | Physio: Ally Maloney

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Harvey Simson (GK), 2 Kyrell Palmer (12 Harry Baker 79′), 5 Kenedi Dariri, 6 Alfie Leach, 3 Eljay Worrell (Capt), 4 Jess Norey, 8 Jack Folan (16 Daniel Brock 84′), 7 Darnell Baxter-Alleyne (14 Lauric Diakiesse 54′), 11 Sa-Sean Lutumba (17 Tim Ogunrinde 54′), 9 Sam Shaban, 10 Ahmed Abdulla (15 Alessandro Wisdom ET 17′)

Goal-scorer: Kenedi Dariri  [ET 10′]

Booked: Palmer, Abdulla, Leach   | Sent Off: Norey [ET 27′, two bookings] | Subs Not Used: None

Referee: Tom Wyatt
Assistants: Connor Cornell & Katie Dorling
Fourth Official: Charlie Roberts

S22-23 M. Report: Redbridge 1 – 0 FC Clacton (Mon 1 May) [PBT Final 22-23 2.5.23]

Peter Butcher Memorial Trophy – Final

Venue: Station Road (Takeley FC)

Attendance: 207

2022-23 Season: Match 61

Monday 1st May 2023 – 3pm KO

Redbridge: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts & Socks

FC Clacton: Yellow Shirts, Navy Shorts, Yellow Socks

Redbridge celebrate! [Image by @TheOnionBag1]

Redbridge battle to retain Peter Butcher Trophy

Redbridge 1 – 0 FC Clacton

Match Report by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Photos by Scott W (unless stated), Essex Senior [@EssexSenior] & @TheOnionbag1, used with thanks

The first game of May saw a welcome return to covering the Essex Senior’s Peter Butcher Trophy Final, as the defending champions Redbridge took on FC Clacton at Takeley’s Station Road. George Christou’s team rotated their squad a bit here, naming George Martin as goalkeeper, with a defence of Bradley Bennett, Joe Elliott and centre-backs Olamiji Ayoola & Dean Hall. The midfield had Remi Nelson, Abd Thompson, Jack Chawner and Jerold Cobblah, with the forward line being led by Ibrahim Kehinde and skipper James Barlow. Clacton were also forced to make a couple of changes but could name Luke Avenell in goal, with a backline of powerful centre-backs Chris Ribchester and Michael Okafor, with Jordan Lartey & captain Billy Wales. Kyelan Marvell and Jack Marshall were in central midfield, with Teddy Collis and Rueben Cowler on the flanks. Top goalscorer Mekhi McKenzie was joined by Adam Tilson in attack.

The celebratory mood for the hosts after their comeback win in the Inter-League play-off Final at Haywards Heath Town just 48 hours previous to today was added to here pre-match with a presentation of the Essex Senior Runners-up Shield as well, seen below.

Redbridge skipper James Barlow presented with ESL Runners-up Shield by Lge President Rob Errington

The match itself got underway and both sides battled from the opening minute, but it was the Seasiders who had the edge in terms of ball time and glimmers at goal. Clacton centre-back Chris Ribchester headed over early on, before fellow centre-back Michael Okafor’s low 20-yard drive needed a decent parry from Motormen custodian George Martin, while the follow-up by Mekhi Mckenzie was also well-blocked. Despite their early promise in terms of play, it was the Motormen who broke the deadlock on twenty minutes as a good ball through the middle found forward Ibrahim Kehinde and he bypassed the off-side trap and slotted home past Seasiders stopper Luke Avenell into the right-side corner.

Kehinde was in on the action again on twenty-eight minutes but this time a fine block by Okafor denied him a shot at goal. Clacton were finding it hard to get down the channels but when they did, wingers Teddy Collis and Rueben Cowler looked to get in behind to produce those telling crosses, while midfielder Kyelan Marvell was also getting on the ball and looking to instigate forward moves with some decent passes as well.

Kehinde in possession for Redbridge (Image by Essex Senior Lge)

Half-Time:  Redbridge 1 – 0 FC Clacton

The rain started before the break as well but both teams were looking to find their fluency here. George Christou brought on Solomon Ogunwomoju at half-time, replacing Abs Thompson and it gave them a little more pace & energy in their forward line. The half began with more battling in midfield, and Redbridge skipper lost his footing at the crucial moment when well-poised to strike just three minutes after the resumption. For the most part, Clacton’s defence was rebuffing the opposition, but a minute it was a good piece of oppurtunism by McKenzie who did well to seize the ball ahead of the impressive Olamiji Ayoola and get a strike away, bringing a decent save out of Martin.

The minutes ticked by as stern defending by this resolute & galvanized Redbridge side was equal to Clacton’s attacks and you felt the longer they could defend, the harder it would be for the Seasiders. McKenzie was still a threat throughout both with his pace & his aerial ability, but unfortunately Tommy Austin’s side overall were not at their best here. Saying that, they forced Redbridge to defend deep in the latter stages but they were not to be denied here.

Joe Elliott on the ball here for Redbridge

It could have been easier for the Blues as on 84 minutes, but midfielder Remi Nelson’s good strike was judged well by Avenell as be parried the all over the crossbar. Despite six minutes of added-time, it was not to be for the Seasiders as referee Daniel Baines soon blew the final whistle, which started joyous scenes for the Motormen, who won the Trophy for the second season in succession – some statistic that is by the way!

Full-Time:  Redbridge 1 – 0 FC Clacton

In summary, this was a gritty battle that Redbridge had to stay alert in to deal with an enterprising Clacton side who couldn’t quite establish enough chances to seriously test Motormen stopper George Martin. In truth, this was a game which didn’t provide a morass of chances for either side, but Tommy Austin’s team could not make the most of their promising patches in the game. The Motormen would not be denied thanks to a strong defensive display. Congratulations to Redbridge on a fine achievement & also on their promotion to Step 4. The quest remains now whether they will notch a memorable treble when they play in the Errington Cup Final on Friday night against Barking, and be the first team to do it since Witham Town did in 2012.

A mention also for hard-working Clacton, who still have had a memorable season under manager Tommy Austin & assistant Ryan Salter. They finished fourth in the league, six points clear of in-form Takeley & reached this Final as well. I’d like to wish them all the best going forward, hopefully they will remain in the ESL next term as they are a good side to watch.

We start the honourable mentions with victors Redbridge. Centre-back Olamiji Ayoola really did have a good game, making several good interceptions and was also a good aerial presence as well. Centre forward Ibrahim Kehinde also got the conclusive goal as well as showing good movement at times. Central midfielder Jack Chawner also put in a very good shift & was a decent outlet from set-pieces as well in a match that was always tight. For Clacton, I must add that central defender Michael Okafor had another very good game, battling well against the opposition forwards & made a few runs forward as well at times, forcing a decent save out of Martin at one point. Forward Mekhi McKenzie also worked hard and had a few half-chances at goal, turning past his marker well too on occasions. Finally, midfielder Kyelan Marvell put in some good passes & did well from some of the Seasiders’ free-kicks too.


Redbridge |  Manager: George Christou  | Assistant: Jack Toghli |

Starting XI (Subs): 1 George Martin (GK), 2 Bradley Bennett, 3 Joe Elliott, 5 Dean Hall, 6 Olamiji Ayoola, 8 Jack Chawner, 4 Jerold Cobblah (14 Reuben Campbell 75′), 7 Abs Thompson (10 Solomon Ogunwomoju 46′), 16 Remi Nelson, 9 Ibrahim Kehinde (11 George Purcell 62′), 15 James Barlow (Capt) (19 Brian Moses 69′)

Goal-scorer: Ibrahim Kehinde [20′]

Booked: Thompson, Elliott, Purcell | Sub Not Used: Pindy

FC Clacton | Manager: Tommy Austin | Assistant: Ryan Salter

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Luke Avenell (GK), 2 Jordan Lartey, 3 Billy Wales (Capt), 5 Chris Ribchester, 6 Michael Okafor, 8 Jack Marshall, 4 Kyelan Marvell, 7 Teddy Collis (15 Toby Harms 90’+2), 10 Adam Tilson (16 Charlie Thompson 69′), 9 Mekhi McKenzie, 11 Rueben Cowler (14 Samuel Thompson 77′)

Booked: Okafor, Ribchester, Marshall | Subs Not Used: Hanna, Lamb

Referee: Daniel Baines
Assistants: Denis Hasanaj & Olabisi Omotosho
Fourth Official: George Barker

S22-23 Match Report: Runwell Sports 5 – 1 Rayleigh Town (Thurs 27 Apr) [EOFL Prem 28.4.23]

Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Venue: St Luke’s Park

Attendance: 30 (Est)

2022-23 Season: Match 60

Thursday 27 April 2023 – 6.30pm KO

Runwell: Yellow Shirts, Blue Shorts, Yellow Socks

Rayleigh: Navy Blue Shirts, Shorts & Socks

Lewis Robson controls the ball for Town

Runwell’s fine comeback grabs victory over spirited Rayleigh

Runwell Sports  5 – 1   Rayleigh Town

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

The last month of the Non-League season continued with another Intermediate match, this time at Step 7’s Essex Olympian Premier Division as In-form Runwell Sports welcomed Rayleigh Town to St Luke’s Park. The hosts were looking for a victory to supplement their top-four ambitions while Rayleigh needed the points to bolster their fading hopes of promotion, in part due to injuries & their hefty recent fixture list. Rob Hodgson’s team named loanee custodian Tommy Woodcock behind a defence comprised of Charlie Buffin, Damian Siemienczuk and centre-backs Matteo Mgoma & Ollie Quick. In central midfield was Taylor Armstrong & Owen Barratt, while the creative Charlie Little and captain Joe Olley supported forwards Gianni Frankis and Luca Frankis. Rayleigh named regular stopper Mark Brown in goal, with their backline being Mitchell Allen, Alfie Larkin, captain Charlie Seaden and Joe Lovett. Ethan Deller and Matthew Oaten were in midfield, with Lewis Robson and Sonny Woodward the support duo to forwards Ebeneezer Djan and Philip Anunwa.

The early stages of this match saw the visitors start brightly, and they did make the breakthrough after nine minutes as a fine darting run by forward Philip Anunwa down the left side of the penalty area past his marker and firing a low drive past home stopper Tommy Woodcock into the net. Runwell couldn’t quite gather their passes at this point and debatably sat too deep which stifled them when they did push forward for the majority of the half. Rayleigh have further chances to put themselves clear though Lewis Robson headed off-target and soon afterward, Anunwa had two chances that didn’t require Woodcock’s intervention, but Anunwa’s third chance was a fine strike which did need a decent save by the Runwell goalkeeper. As we passed the half-hour mark, the weather started to make pitch conditions more tricky and home full-back Damian Suemienczuk made a good run down the left, with his cross being half-cleared, and the ball fell to midfielder Owen Barratt who powered a fierce drive which was blocked by a resolute Rayleigh backline.

Charlie Seaden’s acrobatic clearance denies a Runwell attack

Sometimes in games it matters when you score & that was certainly true here as Runwell levelled just before half-time. A decent cross by Charlie Little got past the visiting defence in a congested penalty area to find forward Gianni Frankis who got enough power on his header to take it over the goal-line before it was hacked away. Not only would this alter the team-talks at the interval for both sides but the depleted visitors (who really had put a lot into this half) faced a long forty-five minutes to come.

Half-Time:  Runwell 1 – 1 Rayleigh 

After the break, the rain intensified and had a further effect on playing conditions. The home side rallied in the the last half hour, and on the hour a good cross by Little tracked the run made by Siemienczuk at the far post but his close-range effort was denied well by Rayleigh goalkeeper Mark Brown, and replacement James Dalton reacted first but couldn’t find the net. However, the hosts did take the lead on sixty-two minutes, thanks to a good strike by Luca Frankis which found the right-side corner. Before Town had the chance to recover their composure, Runwell netted again two minutes later. Luca Frankis again the scorer as the savvy forward netted from close-range with a low finish, past Brown. At this point in proceedings, the torrent of forward moves came from Runwell and they made it four on seventy-one minutes as a neat aerial ball by Joe Olley found Luca Frankis who slotted home to complete a ten-minute treble.

Rayleigh brought on Calvin Armstrong and joint-lead goalscorer Harry Talbot for the latter stages and although Anunwa was still making good runs down the flank, the effects of three games in six days was showing on a still talented side. Runwell further endorsed their top-four credentials, as well as the fact they bossed the second half by adding a fifth goal on 81 minutes, as Gianni Frankis netted from close range to make it five goals for the Frankis brothers in this game, that will be a statistic noted for its rarity.

As the darkness was starting to descend, referee Jeff Stanley blew his whistle for the final time and Rayleigh were understandably gutted given that their promotion aspirations have most likely gone now, but they should be proud of their season all the same. They certainly gave Runwell a good test here, although Rod Hodgson’s team continue to accrue some excellent results this term, in their first season back at this level for two decades.

Full-Time: Runwell Sports 5 – 1 Rayleigh Town

Full credit to Runwell who responded well after a stuttering start to outpace an understandably tiring Rayleigh side after the interval and clinical finishing turned the tide of this match. Rayleigh edged the first half with a high-energy performance & had chances to extend their lead as well but conceding right on half-time proved detrimental. Rayleigh have to face Catholic Utd at home tomorrow (Sat 29th Apr) as the race for second spot heats up.

There were some fine performances by both teams in this match. For victors Runwell, forward Luca Frankis’ rapid treble proved his significance to his team and also battled well in the tricky conditions, making darting runs down the left side. Creative midfielder Charlie Little put in some telling crosses and also contrubuted well defensively too. Lastly, midfielder Owen Barratt and full-back Charlie Buffin put in good, hard-working displays to aid their side in grabbing the initative as the match went on.

For Rayleigh, we start with a deserved mention for forward Philip Anunwa who really tested the home defence to good effect, utilising clever movement to get round his marker on a number of occasions and took his goal well too. Next, young midfielder Ethan Deller also shone, using his pace, good passing and dribbling ability to unsettle the hosts and competed well also. Finally, a word for creative midfielder Sonny Woodward who made several important passes and also skipper Charlie Seaden who used his experience well to marshall the defence alongside Alfie Larkin and made it tough for Runwell to create notable chances in the first half.


Runwell Sports  |  Manager: Robert Hodgson | Assistants: Jason Davis & Ian Read

Starting XI: 1 Tommy Woodcock (GK), 2 Charlie Buffin, 3 Damian Siemienczuk, 5 Ollie Quick, 6 Matteo Mgoma, 4 Taylor Armstrong, 8 Owen Barratt, 10 Joe Olley (Capt), 7 Charlie LIttle, 9 Gianni Frankis, 11 Luca Frankis

Goal-scorers: Gianni Frankis [45′ & 81′], Luca Frankis [62′, 64′ & 71′]

Subs ON [Time]: 12 Jamie Philbrick [46′], 14 James Dalton [46′], 16 Arnola Acheampong [77′], 15 Matt Tapley [85′], 17 Nathan James [85′]

Booked: Armstrong |  Subs Not Used: None

Rayleigh Town | Manager: Paul Higgins | Assistant: Del Lamon

Starting XI: 1 Mark Brown (GK), 3 Mitchell Allen, 4 Alfie Larkin, 2 Charlie Seaden (Capt), 17 Joe Lovett, 6 Matthew Oaten, 10 Sonny Woodward, 8 Ethan Deller, 5 Ebeneezer Djan, 9 Philip Anunwa, 14 Lewis Robson

Goal-scorer: Philip Anunwa [9′]

Subs ON (Time): 15 Calvin Armstrong [53′, replaced Djan], 7 Harry Talbot [70′]

Booked: None   | Subs Not Used: None

Referee: Jeff Stanley
Assistant: Simon Brickwood & Guy Pell-Ilderton

S22-23 Match Report: Barking 3 – 2 Woodford Town (Sat 22 Apr) [ESL 22-23 23.4.23]

Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Mayesbrook Park 3G

Attendance: 73

2022-23 Season: Match 58

Saturday 22nd April 2023 – 3pm KO

Barking: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts & Socks

Woodford: Yellow Shirts, Blue Shorts & White Socks

Barking pounce late on to seal narrow win over Woodford in an entertaining close-season match

Barking 3 – 2 Woodford Town

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

The last Saturday of the regular campaign saw an interesting match in the Essex Senior, with Barking welcoming Woodford Town to Mayesbrook Park. The hosts are aiming for a top-six finish while Town are still hoping to crown off a memorable season with a third-placed finish. Both teams made a few changes here, recognising a busy end to their league campaign in two days time, plus Errington Cup Semi-Finals in midweek. Nick Harding’s side had Harvey Simson in goal, with the defence being comprised of full-backs Kyrell Palmer and captain Eljay Worrell, with Kenedi Dariri and Alfie Leach in central defence. Jess Norey & Jack Folan were the central midfielder pair, with Sa-Sean Lutumba & Daniel Brock on the flanks, supporting forwards Sam Shaban and Lauric Diakiesse. Woodford had Sam Soutar in goal, with Miles Mitchell-Nelson, Simon Omope, Lee Sharpe & Luke Steele in their defence. The three-man midfield contained skipper Georges Kebi, James Runham & Ope Mosuro, with Luke Parrott, Ernest Okoh and Dimi Christou the front three here.

Understandably with such a busy last full week of the campaign to come, both sides were a little reserved in their play, and this meant chances were not plentiful. However, visiting goalkeeper Sam Soutar had to be alert to deny rapid Blues forward Sam Shaban’s effort. In the early going at least, it was rather even, as Town forward Ernest Okoh made a few good breaks down the right channel for Shane Baptiste’s side, with winger Sa-Sean Lutumba also showing intent for Blues down their left flank. Both teams were also keen to play their respective brands of possession football on the deck, and just short of the half-hour, the visitors nearly made the breakthrough. A good counter-attack by Town was started by James Runham’s good cross-field ball which found Okoh, and after another good break down the right side, his decent strike was narrowly over home custodian Harvey Simson’s top right corner of the goal.

Barking did break the stalemate right on that half-hour, as good initial work by forward Lauric Diakiesse on the right side saw him find winger Daniel Brock and his good touch found the advancing run of full-back Eljsay Worrell which the Town backline had not tracked, allowing Worrell the chance to slot home calmly, past Soutar into the right corner. It was a well-worked goal but a disappointing one from the visitors’ point of view. Woodford duly responded at the other end and levelled three minutes before the interval. Okoh was finding space well on the right channel, but this time he cut inside well and fired a low drive past Simson at his near post to level things up. Okoh netted his 18th league goal this season here. Town midfielder Runham also had a decent effort which needed the intervention of Simson, after a neat passing move.

HT: Barking 1 – 1 Woodford

You had the feeling that there was more to come in this match, given that both teams were looking dangerous going forward and had good spirit along with it. Woodford struck first ten minutes after the resumption as a good header by captain Georges Kebi found the net to give the visitors the lead for the first time. but this time it was the hosts’ turn to respond well. Midway into the second half, Diakiesse spurned a decent chance as he couldn’t generate enough power in his header to bypass Soutar, who comfortably gathered. Soon afterward though, the Woodford stopper couldn’t gather a dangerous cross, allowing forward Sam Shaban to stroke the ball home from five yards out to level the match once again.

Again to their credit, both sides were looking for the win as we entered the latter stages. The visitors had a decent chance nine minutes from time, as substitute Bailey Brown made a purposeful run down the right channel and his cross found fellow replacement Wale Odedoyin but he could only fire wide of the goal frame when well-placed. Nick Harding’s side had a golden chance to grab all three points with moments remaining, as referee Alex Baker pointed to the penalty spot, having adjudged there to be a handball by a Woodford defender.

Shaban duly stepped up & blasted the ball home from twelve yards, for his second in this game and his fourteenth league goal in all this term. Woodford kept going into added time but ultimately, they didn’t quite have enough on this day to avoid defeat. However, other results meant that if they will finish very likely finish third, which is some achievement. Barking will finish sixth if they win at Sawbridgeworth Town and rivals Newham fail to defeat Romford at home.

Full-Time: Barking 3 – 2 Woodford Town

In summary, this was an entertaining duel between two sides aiming to finish the league season strongly. Both sides had their forays forwards and nervy ones in defence too. Barking did well to come back from falling behind for first time not long after the interval, but errors from the visitors affected the result & made it a sore one to take for Shane Baptiste’s team.

The stand-out begins with victors Barking. Winber Sa-Sean Lutumba put in a very good display & made several important darting runs down the left side as well as good passes too. Forward Sam Shaban grew into the game as it went on & made the most of his oppurtunities with two goals, one from the penalty spot & also showcased good movement. Midfielder Jack Folan was a good, energising presence to bolster his side’s attacks while centre-back Kenedi Dariri did well at the back, making several important clearances to deal with a dangerous Woodford front three.

For Woodford, forward Ernest Okoh was always a threat down the right side, as well as cutting indide & taking his goal well. Okoh also made a good good crosses. Skipper Georges Kebi is a key player in this team, putting in another high-energy performance in both defence & attack. His goal did change the momentum in favour of the visitors for a time after the break. Lastly, there are mentions for centre-back Lee Sharpe and full-back Simon Omope. Sharpe had another good game, making important interceptions while Omope also made a few good tackles & was a good outlet from the left flank as well.


Barking |  Manager: Nick Harding  | Assistant: Jeff Sears  |

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Harvey Simson (GK), 2 Kyrell Palmer, 3 Eljay Worrell (Capt), 5 Kenedi Dariri, 6 Alfie Leach, 4 Jess Norey, 8 Jack Folan, 7 Se-Sean Lutumba (14 George Okoye 61′), 9 Sam Shaban, 10 Lauric Diakiesse, 11 Daniel Brock (16 Darnell Baxter-Alleyne 61′)

Goal-scorers: Eljay Worrell [30′], Sam Shaban [68′ & pen 87′]

Booked: Deniri, Leach |  Subs Not Used: Baker, Wisdom, Ombok

Woodford Town | Manager: Shane Baptiste  | Assistant: Dee Safer

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Sam Soutar (GK), 2 Miles Mitchell-Nelson, 3 Simon Omope, 5 Lee Sharpe, 6 Luke Steele, 4 James Runham (15 Wale Odedoyin 55′), 7 Ope Mosuro, 8 Georges Kebi (Capt), 9 Luke Parrott (14 Dimitri Nicolaou 74′), 10 Ernest Okoh (16 Zivonimir Lopes 74′), 11 Dimitri Christou (12 Bailey Brown 71′)

Goal-scorers: Ernest Okoh [42′], Georges Kebi [55′]

Booked: Mosuro, Omope, Odedoyin | Sub Not Used: Kiangebeni

Referee: Alex Baker
Assistants: Mihai Nitu & Adam Schroder

S22-23 Match Report: Southend Manor 0 – 8 Enfield (Tues 18 Apr) [ESL 22-23 19.4.23]

Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 72

2022-23 Season: Match 57

Tuesday 18th April 2023 – 7.45pm KO

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

Enfield: Black & White Shirts, Black Shorts, White Socks

Ruthless Enfield humble Manor to secure Essex Senior title

Southend Manor 0 – 8  Enfield

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

This match in the Essex Senior League saw relegated Southend Manor take on Enfield and after other results twenty-four hours earlier, the equation for Jamie Cureton’s side was simple – another three points would seal the ESL title. Manor are looking to build some momentum ahead of next season, and named Bradley Davison is goal, with a backline of Leonardo Stefanes-Ribeiro, Ryan Willsmer and centre-backs Kevin Toualeu & Leon Lewis. Skipper Eliandro Soque was alongside Soumen Nandi in central midfield, with Callum Morris supporting the forward line of Deimar Queni, Tobi Olusanya and Celso Da Silva. Enfield named a strong squad, with Jarvis Monk their goalkeeper and captain, a defence of Alfie Mason, Junior Mubiayi and Jack Johnson. The attack-minded midfield contained Alex Warman, Usman Adeniji, Samrai Gebrai and Louis Johnson, with the forward line being led by Luke Hirst, Tom Richardson and Solomon Ofori.

The early stages of this contest saw the hosts begin with a decent foray forward, with forward Deimar Queni putting in a good cross from the right side, which needed an acrobatic clearance from an E’s defence. Enfield responded immediately with the opening goal, as a defensive error forced home stopper Bradley Davison out of position and he couldn’t gather the ball, allowing E’s forward Luke Hirst the chance to round him & slot home into an empty net. The visitors so nearly doubled their lead on nine minutes as forward Solomon Ofori found fellow attacker Tom Richardson but his effort was blocked by the Manor defence. The open nature of the game continue as full-back Leonardo Stefanes-Ribeiro had a header at the near post blocked. Unfortunately for the home side, that open-ended nature of this game continued.

Moments after Richardson headed wide from another good set-piece, Enfield pretty much made the points safe. On twenty-five minutes, from midfielder Alex Warman threatening free-kick, Samrai Gebrai directed his header well at the near post to find the far corner. Then four minutes later, Hirst was involved again as his run ended with his pass finding Richardson who calmly finished past Davison into the left corner. At this point, the E’s were flying down the flanks almost at will, as Louie Johnson did well to keep the ball in play before his cross was well-gathered by Davison. Another telling moment came on fourty-one minutes, as having earlier been in the sin-bin, centre-back Leon Lewis was also sent off for a tough tackle on Gebrai. The champions-elect were more than happy with their work at the interval, the question was would they drop off in tempo after the interval, we soon got the answer to that.

HT: Manor    0 –  4  Enfield

After the break, there was plenty of action. If there was any lingering doubt over the result, it was extinguished four minutes into the half as Luke Hirst made another good run before finding a crisp low finish which past Davison into the net. Manor still had the occasional foray forward, with Queni doing his best to test the visiting defence in the channels, although substitutes Jack Grosvenor & Jack Cousins contributed to keeping the E’s shut-out intact. On the hour, a good run & cross by Alfie Mason from the left found Warman & his strike forced a decent save out of Davison. Enfield certainly were not finished with scoring goals, as another replacement got on the scorer-sheet on 66 minutes, as Gavin Cockman’s header at the far post found the net, with Mason again involved in the build-up.

It was six on seventy minutes as Luke Hirst sealed his hat-trick after another dazzling run got past the defence and fired home well to secure his treble and took his tally this term to 25 league goals.

The pain for the overwhelmed hosts regarding the scoresheet ended on seventy-six minutes with Cockman being fouled in the eighteen yard area, which allowed Louis Johnson the chance to fire home his spot-kick past the unfortunate Davison to make it an incredible eight goals for the rampant champions. Hirst could have had another in the latter stages as after one of several searing runs by substitute Kieran Bishop, his pass found Hirst whose effort was half-blocked & came off the post, before having another effort which Davison gathered on the goal-line.

The final whistle came and Enfield celebrated with their travelling support as the achievement of promotion was sinking in. Congrats to manager Jamie Cureton, his staff, the players and all at the club.

Full-Time: Southend Manor  0  – 8  Enfield

In summary, the visitors really endorsed their fine season with the manner of this victory, which was ruthless as they added to their advantage steadily during the match. The points here meant they are Essex Senior League champions for season 2022-23. Manor started the game fairly well in their passing & their mindset but simply had no answer to Enfield’s pace, incisive passing & finishing as well.

The stand-out mentions starts with victors Enfield. We have to start with forward Luke Hirst who took his goals well, made good passes and used his pace well to further unsettle the home backline. Samrai Gebrai also had a good game, breaking from the left flank to good effect, getting round defenders well and contributing good passes & a good goal. Central midfielder Alex Warman is an important presence in this team & his set-pieces were decent and tackled well. Lastly, substitute Kieran Bishop added a lot of pace & direct running on the right side, making several important runs & passes.

For Manor, forward Deimar Queni showed good purpise, making several good breaks and neat passes. Soumen Nandi also put in a decent performance, as circumstances in second half meant he pushed forward & kept the work rate going too. Goalkeeper Bradley Davison made a few decent saves as well to prevent the scoreline being higher, while full-back Ryan Willsmer also had a decent game, making a few decent interceptions.


Southend Manor |  Interim Manager: Jerry Omango | Assistant: Jon Casey

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Bradley Davison (GK), 2 Leonardo Stefanes-Ribeiro (18 Oliver Andrayas 81′), 3 Ryan Willsmer (23 James Casey 70′), 5 Leon Lewis, 6 Kevin Toualeu, 4 Eliandro Soque (Capt), 8 Soumen Nandi, 10 Callum Morris, 7 Deimar Queni, 9 Tobi Olusanya (15 Thabo Mgwenya 42′), 11 Celso Da Silva (16 Kian Skilbeck 53′)

Sent Off: Lewis (41′, two bookings) | Subs Not Used: None

Enfield | Manager: Jamie Cureton  | Assistants: Jim Duggan, Gary Hart & Terry Fogarty

Starting XI (Subs): 26 Jarvis Monk (GK & Capt), 3 Alfie Mason (2 Joshua Luther 70′), 5 Junior Mubiayi (6 Jack Grosvenor 46′), 15 Jack Johnson (12 Jack Cousins 46′), 16 Usman Adeniji, 4 Alex Warman, 10 Louis Johnson, 11 Samrai Gebrai, 14 Tom Richardson (18 Gavin Cockman 60′), 9 Luke Hirst, 30 Solomon Ofori (7 Kieran Bishop 53′)

Goal-Scorers: Luke Hirst [9′, 49′ & 70′], Tom Richardson [18′], Samrai Gebrai [25′], Solomon Ofori [29′], Gavin Cockman [66′], Louis Johnson [pen 76′]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: None

Referee: Brian Taylor
Assistants: Gary Telling & Mitchell Rolfe

S22-23 Match Report: Frenford 2 – 2 Basildon Town (Sat 15 Apr) [EaSL Sth 16.4.23]

Eastern Senior League – Division One South

Venue: Jack Carter Centre [3G]

Attendance: 104

2022-23 Season: Match 56

Saturday 15 April 2022 – 3pm KO

Frenford: Red & White Shirts,  Red Shorts & Socks

Basildon: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Headline match sees Frenford grab late leveller to deny Bas a fine win

Frenford 2 – 2 Basildon Town

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

The second match of the day saw a pivotal match in the Step 6 season as promotion contenders Frenford and Basildon Town battled it out at the Drive on the penultimate weekend of the regular season. With there being only one automatic promotion spot, both sides wanted the win to avoid two further matches in the play-offs to follow in quick succession after April 22nd. Dave Forbes’ side named Jack Ryan in goal, with a backline of Aaron Scott, captain Lewis Bartrip, Sam Cross and Ben O’Brien. The midfield had Tom Potter, Billy Karby and Harry Daly in its ranks, with the forward line featuring Charlie Heatley, George Booker and Raheem Gray. Postponements have affected Bas in the last fortnight, and they named Matthew Knight as their custodian, with a defence of Thomas Pain, Mitchell Keen, Daniel Okah and Joe Burgess. Grant Cumming, Charlie Kendall & captain Ryan Scougall were in midfield, with Jamie Bradbourn, Harry Brown and player-boss Marcus Bowers completing the forward line.

There are big moments in these types of games and the first one of them came after just five minutes as Frenford took the lead. A decent corner found its way into the box, and a well-timed run by centre-back Sam Cross ended with a decent header which bypassed Knight & found its way into the net. Basildon responded well though and as we neared the half-hour mark, forward Harry Brown blazed over the woodwork twice, as the home backline struggled to deal with good passing by Basildon which created the chances. Just past the half-hour, the hosts responded with George Booker’s good effort which was superbly denied on the goal-line by Thomas Pain. The end-to-end nature of this match intensified as we approached the interval. Brown’s good strike was well parried away by Frenford custodian Ryan for a corner. Frenford so nearly had a second goal in added time as another firm effort by Booker required another good intervention by Knight to keep the finely-poised match tight.

Half-Time: Frenford 1 – 0  Basildon Town

After the break, the tide turned somewhat as the home defence had a warning as Brown skewed another effort wide but his persistence would soon be rewarded. Basildon were building the momentum well and did level nine minutes into the half. Bowers fizzed in a dangerous cross from the right flank, which took out the home defenders & into the path of Harry Brown who headed home past Ryan at the near post. The tension was moving up the scale as we got into the last half hour, and the visitors were indebted to Knight for denying two good goal-bound efforts in as many minutes by Raheem Gray. Set-pieces and long throws were a threat for the visitors as they pushed hard to break the stalemate, from one such long throw by Bowers, the ball fell to Pain and his super effort was narrowly wide of the left-sided post.

There was a big moment on 71 minutes as Booker was sent off by referee Lee Markwick for his second booking & all of a sudden, Frenford had to rally and battle hard to try and repel a fired-up opposition. The drama would only rise further as we entered the last fifteen minutes, as centre-back Daniel Okah nodded wide from another threatening set-piece, before substitute Alfie Hilton was denied by an excellent covering interception by Frenford skipper Lewis Bartrip. The hosts responded quickly at the other end, as another good pass in by Gray found Charlie Heatley, but his decent effort was off-target.

With only two minutes of normal time remaining, Basildon Town did take the lead. Brown’s initial effort was well-saved by Ryan but Town recycled the ball well and Marcus Bowers turned well before firing in a good, low strike into the left corner, provoking sheer joy from their dug-out. However, that said joy turned to frustation only four minutes later as Frenford levelled to earn a point. Replacement Owen James struck a fine free-kick right into the far corner, past the despairing dive of Knight – that could be a really important goal in the title race. Frenford have reached 75 points now & face Benfleet in midweek & Hackney Wick on the last day.

Harry Brown [#9] on the ball for Basildon

Full-Time: Frenford 2 – 2 Basildon Town

This big match for both sides was predictably dramatic but Basildon nearly benefitted from a fine second-half performance, but a last-gasp fine set-piece by substitute James snuffed out the three points for Town as quickly as it had arrived moments previously. This match was also a superb advert for the division and ensures the race for both the title and the play-off spots will continue in the last week of a highly entertaining campaign.

There were some strong performances in this match. For Basildon, I felt right-back Thomas Pain had a really good game, contributing in both defence and attack, making several good tackles and also good runs down the flank as well as decent passing. Centre-back Mitchell Keen was another player to stand out here, adding steel to a tough visiting backline, being a good presence aerially as well. It would be remiss not to mention a good display from forward Harry Brown whose persistence and pace was a threat, particularly in the second half. He also took his goal well and contributed several other good passes. Lastly, a mention for goalkeeper Matthew Knight who made at least three good saves here to keep his team in the game at a crucial time.

Frenford winger Raheem Gray also had a very good match, utilising his pace and directness well, and put in several good crosses & was unlucky not to score as well. Central defensive duo Lewis Bartrip and Sam Cross both played their part to hold Bas at bay for most of the game, Bartrip making several good clearances & Cross showing good positioning as well as taking his goal well early on. Central midfielder Billy Karby also had a good game, battling hard against an energised opposition after the break and also recycled the ball to good effect too.

There was an impact from other results as well as Wormley Rovers lost at home 1 – 2 to Stanway Pegasus, meaning their match with Basildon in midweek is crucial to both teams’ prospects.


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

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Jack Ryan (GK), 2 Aaron Scott, 5 Lewis Bartrip (Capt), 6 Sam Cross, 3 Ben O’Brien, 4 Tom Potter, 8 Billy Karby, 7 Harry Daly (14 Owen James 65′), 9 Charlie Heatley (15 Sam Ince 85′), 10 George Booker, 11 Raheem Gray

Goal-scorers: Sam Cross [5′], Owen James [90’+2]

Booked: Bartrip, O’Brien | Sent Off: Booker (Two bookings) | Sub Not Used: Munns, Munton

Basildon Town  | Manager (dugout): Lee Bunn | Assistants: Aron Peters & Rhys Fatt

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Matthew Knight (GK), 12 Thomas Pain, 16 Mitchell Keen, 20 Daniel Okah, 10 Joe Burgess, 18 Grant Cumming (4 Michael Onafuye 76′), 8 Ryan Scougall (Capt), 14 Charlie Kendall (17 Billy Hutchison 81′), 11 Jamie Bradbourn (7 Alfie Hilton 24′, himself replaced by 5 Keanu Hill 90′), 9 Harry Brown, 19 Marcus Bowers (15 James O’Brien 89′)

Goal-scorers: Harry Brown [54′], Marcus Bowers [88′]

Booked: Pain |  Subs Not Used: None

Referee: Lee Markwick
Assistants: Emmanuel Armah-Agyeman & Chris Noble

S22-23 M. Report: West Essex 0 – 1 Athletic Newham (Sat 15 Apr) [ESL 22-23 16.4.23]

Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Mayesbrook Park 3G

Attendance: 22

2022-23 Season: Match 55

Saturday 15th April 2023 – 12pm KO

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

Newham: Red & Black Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Sanchez Hardy on-the-ball for West in 1st half

Newham battle to narrow win at West Essex

West Essex  0 – 1 Athletic Newham

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

The first game of a welcome double on the penultimate weekend of the normal Step 5 season saw an early game at Mayesbrook Park, where West Essex took on Athletic Newham in the Essex Senior League. Both sides were in action the previous midweek, with West narrowly losing at Stanway Rovers and Newham getting past a jaded FC Clacton side. Kwame Kwateng’s team had to ring the changes here with several players unavailable. Emmanuel Nwosu was their goalkeeper here, with a defence of stalwart Sanchez Hardy, Mitchell Arthur and Rodney Dame. The midfield included skipper Reece Clarke, Emmanuel Wazola, Saliu Lo Seye and Timmy Moncur. The forward line was led by Lewis Danquah, with Zak Oliver and Sam Bajaha down the flanks in support. Newham still have a good chance of getting a top-five finish given their extensive remaining fixture list, and had Wilkinson Boateng in goal, with a backline comprised of Meer Ishanzadeh, Will Martin and Jeff Idemudia. Their midfield had Dayaan Salifou, Anderson Baro, Abdul Shobowale and Simon Bamidele starting, with forwards Richard Kone and Jailson Seidi being supported by skipper Joel Appiah.

The early stages of this match built up nicely, as Newham forward Jailson Seidi being denied a chance at goal by home skipper Reece Clarke. West duly responded, with the surging breaks of forward Zak Oliver a highlight for them, but two decent strikes from him couldn’t bypass visiting stopper Wilkinson Boateng. Defender Sanchez Hardy also fizzed a fierce strike not far over the goal frame as the Stags showed their attacking philosophy well but couldn’t match their good passing with clinical finishing. Newham were concentrating on building momentum through midfield, but although the likes of Anderson Baro, Abdul Shobowale and Joel Appiah were contributing to their approach play, their chances were few & far between in the first half hour. Talisman Richard Kone fired over the goal frame in the early stages but they did take the lead five minutes before the interval.

A good cross in from the left side evaded a stuttering West defence & found Appiah about six yards out and his neat header found went high into the net. Newham’s lead was nearly pegged back on the stroke of half-time as a powerful free-kick from Clarke for West cannoned back off the crossbar. At the interval, Newham held their lead but would have liked more possession to build more attacks & stifle the hosts’ momentum.

HT: West 0 – 1 Newham

Clarke (#14) clears for West with Izekor (#14) close by for Newham

After the break, there were still chances aplenty. Clarke again arrowed a crisp effort not far over the top left corner, while Seidi also fired wide after a decent cross by Simon Bamidele. Newham had brought on forward Daniel Izekor for Richard Kone after he sustained a knock in the first half. Boateng in the Newham goal was also a good presence for them, as he also denied another set-piece strike by Clarke. As the minutes elapsed, the realisation was growing that it just may not be West’s day. Newham were still useful going forward as well, with Izekor utilising the space between the West defence & midfield quite well, although West were in no mood to concede again here.

As we got into the last fifteen minutes, West thought they have levelled but in reaching the ball high off the deck, substitute Tyson Muaxambi struck a decent strike into the net, although it was ruled out as the forward had also clattered into a Newham defender in the process. As they often do, Kwame Kwateng’s side kept going until the end of the game that was getting more scrappy, and midfielder Saliu Lo Seye and Dillon Luker also had half-chances, the latter of which was gathered by Boateng, who will no doubt be pleased to claim another shut-out. The win takes Newham up to seventh, with five league games remaining to play in the next nine days or so.

Bamidele’s (#18) cross cleared by West

Full-Time: West Essex 0 – 1 Athletic Newham

In summary, this was an entertaining match, with plenty of chances for both sides but the frustrating thing for West will be that they created enough to at least take something from the game. Newham were not entirely at their most cohesive defensively but were still a threat going forward and done enough to claim the points. West will be heartened to see their youthful forward line having their moments also.

For victors Newham, centre-back Will Martin had a really good game, making important interceptions and kept his side in the game by thwarting the enterprising West forward line. Forward Jailson Seidi also contributed well to his team’s forward moves, and was unfortunate not to get on the scorers’ sheet today. Creative midfielder Anderson Baro also put in some good passes and showed good movement, with goalkeeper Wilkinson Boateng being a good presence to keep his team ahead, making several decent saves as well.

For West, forward Zak Oliver put in a hard-working display, making several darting runs down the right flank and should have had at least one goal today. Central defender Rodney Dame had a good game, showcasing good positioning and made good clearances too. Tricky midfielder Timmy Moncur played his part in good ‘pass & move’ football with a number of searching passes, while skipper Reece Clarke also kept his side going with a characteristically high-energy performance and was inches away from scoring with a fine set-piece on two separate occasions.


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

Starting XI (Subs): 13 Emmanuel Nwosu (GK), 2 Sanchez Hardy (3 Harley Davison 73′), 25 Mitchell Arthur, 23 Rodney Dame, 6 Emmanuel Wazola, 14 Reece Clarke (Capt), 17 Sallu Lo Seye,  20 Sam Bajaha (11 Dillon Luker 69′), 22 Timmy Moncur, 9 Lewis Danquah (10 Tyyson Muaxambi 57′), 19 Zak Oliver

Booked: Muaxambi, Arthur  |  Subs Not Used: None

Athletic Newham  | Manager: Chris Davis  | Assistants: Timothy Tejuosu & Ray Bartlett

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Wilkinson Boateng (GK), 2 Meer Ishanzadeh (3 Louis Hiobi 66′), 6 Will Martin, 7 Jeff Idemudia, 4 Dayaan Salifou, 15 Anderson Baro (11 Chris Barbosa 88′), 16 Abdul Shobowale, 18 Simon Bamidele, 10 Joel Appiah (Capt) (12 Idris Aminu 66′), 17 Richard Kone (14 Daniel Izekor 46′), 9 Jailson Seidi

Goal-Scorer: Joel Appiah [40′]

Booked: Idemudia, Salifou, Shobowale | Subs Not Used: Akurang

Referee: Nathan Kitteridge
Assistants: Tom Evans & Simon Crowley

S22-23 Match Report: Shenfield AFC 3 – 1 Wakering Sports Res (Wed 12 Apr) [EPC Final 22-23 13.4.23]

Essex County FA Premier Cup – Final

Venue: New Lodge 3G

2021-22 Season: Match 54

Attendance:  290  (Est)

Wednesday 12 April 2023 – 7.45pm KO

Shenfield AFC: White Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Wakering Res: Green Shirts, Shorts & Socks

Shenfield defeat spirited Wakering Res to claim Essex Premier Cup

Shenfield AFC 3 – 1 Wakering Sports Res

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

The first Cup Final of the season was held at New Lodge 3G, as Shenfield AFC and Wakering Sports Res contested an all-Essex Olympian Essex Premier Cup Final. Shenfield have had a fine run in the competition, defeating promotion-chasing Rayleigh Town in the last four and boss Kevin Williamson named Joe Durrant in goal here, with a defence of Tom Blackmur, Marlon Stratford, Elliott Thompson & Sam Bubb. Alfie MacKay, Marc Holland & Samuel Lock were the midfield ‘engine room’ with co-boss Luke Williamson the advanced midfielder, supporting forwards Ben Absolon and Alex Tredgett. Wakering Res have had some recent history just by reaching to this final after beating Essex Alliance Senior side Woodford East on penaties, following a pulsating 4-4 draw in their semi-final, and the third-tier side fielded Tom King as their custodian. The backline was comprised of Ashley Sexton, Charlie Smith, Alex Jenkins and George Penfold. The midfield featured Taner Dagyaran, Ciaran Sweeney, Liam Clifford and Eben Rowledge. Leading their attack was top-scorer Connor Fardyga and Dave Watson.

The early stages of this Final were a little tense, as both sides managed to get down the flanks to get beyond the opposition defences, Wakering forward Connor Fardyga showed his pace and movement in making a couple of good darting runs down the right side. Shenfield also pushed on, particularly down the left side and their nerves were lessened on fourteen minutes when they took the lead. A set-piece was angled towards the far post by Sam Bubb from the halfway-line, Wakering stopper Tom King advanced out to grab it but the flight of the ball decieved him, allowing centre-back Elliott Thompson to nip in at the back post to head in to an unguarded goal. All credit to the Blues here as their response was admirable, with Eben Rowledge firing not far wide & Fardyga having a tame strike which didn’t unduly trouble Durrant. Hard-working midfielder Liam Clifford’s fierce strike from 30 yards moments later whistled past the Shenfield goal and Kevin Williamson’s team had to graft at this point.

Soon afterward, Wakering Res did get the goal their pressure deserved, as on a congested 18-yard box, full-back George Penfold’s low drive crept into the net to level this increasingly interesting match. Shortly before the leveller, Shenfield forward Alex Tredgett made a good darting run down the left flank, which was blocked out for a corner & from that full-back Tom Blackmur headed off-target. Gary Hanger’s Sports side were holding their own and just before the interval, a superb strike by Clifford from distance thundered off the goal frame – that would’ve been some goal!

Half-Time: Shenfield AFC 1 – 1 Wakering Sports Res

The second half started very strongly, with both sides trading chances. Fardyga was well-placed in the penalty area but his low drive came back off the left-side post, while centre-back Alex Jenkins also headed over. Tredgett was also in the action again, as his strike was well-saved by King. Ben Absolon also broke free of the Sports backline and only a superb covering interception by Penfold denied him a one-on-one chance at goal against King. A key moment came on the hour though as Jenkins was dismissed by referee Joseph Gray for a hard tackle and Sports fell behind barely a minute later. In another busy set play, midfielder Sam Lock had the initial strike for AFC blocked but Tredgett was well-placed to strike low into left corner to give Shenfield a priceless lead.

Wakering still pressed on despite their numerical disadvantage, and were awarded a penalty on 72 minutes after a foul in the box. Ciaran Sweeney stepped up, but his left-sided strike was well-parried by Durrant, who also blocked Sweeney’s follow-up effort. The Blues gave it everything in the latter stages, and another good run by the impressive Dave Watson ended with the fall finding substitute Adem Beji but his effort sailed over the goal frame.

Shenfield had to stay alert but could finally celebrate deep in added time as they notched a third goal, as substitute Frankie Fealty bypassed both the Wakering defence & the advancing King before slotting home into an empty net. The final whistle blew soon afterward & both teams showed what they are about in this fine Final, watched by a healthy crowd with both sides well supported.

Full-Time: Shenfield AFC 3 – 1 Wakering Sports Res

To summarise this match, Shenfield struck at key moments and defended their advantage well, although the Wakering side showed a lot of spirit and had several chances to really alter the complexion of this Final. Ultimately though, defensive errors cost them but they played well overall on a memorable occasion for the Shoeburyness-based team.

The stand-out performances start with victors Shenfield. Forward Alex Tredgett continues to have a good season and showcased guile, good movement and cool finishing for his goal. Goalkeeper Joe Durrant made some good saves & denied Wakering from the penalty spot at a crucial time. Centre-back Elliott Thompson had a good game in defence, and pushed forward to good effect too, taking his goal well with decent movement. Lastly, a mention for full-back Sam Bubb who put in a good shift & was a threat from set-pieces as well.

For Wakering, forward Dave Watson was a good threat for his side, creating decent chances from the flanks and he also tested the Premier Division side’s backline well, and was unfortunate not to score. Liam Clifford put in a good performance in central midfield, showing good work rate and was inches away from scoring & showed decent passing. Finally, George Penfold and Eben Rowledge put in good performances to assist their side in defence and attack respectively.

Congrats to all at Shenfield for this memorable victory & best wishes to all at Wakering Sports going forward.


Shenfield AFC  | Co-Managers: Kevin Williamson & Luke Williamson | Coach: Ben Kent

Starting XI: 1 Joe Durrant (GK), 2 Tom Blackmur, 3 Sam Bubb, 5 Marlon Stratford, 15 Elliott Thompson, 6 Alfie MacKay, 8 Samuel Lock, 10 Marc Holland, 4 Luke Willismson (Capt), 9 Ben Absolon, 17 Alex Tredgett

Goal-scorers: Elliott Thompson [14′], Alex Tredgett [61′], Frankie Fealty [90’+7]

Subs On (Time): 7 Harvey Clarke [replaced Lock, 65′], 11 Frankie Fealty [replaced Williamson, 88′], 16 Aaron Lang [replaced Tredgett, 90’+2]

Booked: Stratford, Absolon, Blackmur, Mackay | Subs Not Used: Cadd, Kent (GK)

Wakering Spts Res  | Manager: Gary Hanger | Assistant: Darryl Cross

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Tom King (GK), 12 Ashley Sexton, 5 Alex Jenkins, 6 Charlie Smith, 3 George Penfold (7 Jack Hanger 80′), 15 Taner Dagyaran (2 Billy Cottrill 80′), 10 Ciaran Sweeney, 4 Liam Clifford (11 Adem Beji 76′), 18 Dave Watson, 9 Connor Fardyga (8 Ollie Greene 76′), 17 Eben Rowledge (16 Steven Valente 76′)

Goal-scorer: George Penfold [26′]

Booked: Beji | Sent Off: Jenkins [60′] | Sub Not Used: None

Referee: Joseph Gray
Assistants: Kadir Nazif & John Caunt

Fourth Official: Andrew Wheaton