Mini-Report: AFC Basildon 6 – 4 Stevenage Women (Sun 8th Dec) [Women’s 19/20 8.12.19]

FA Women’s National League – Division One South East

Venue: Park Lane

2019 – 20 Season: Match 45

Saturday 8th December 2019 – 2.00pm KO

Basildon: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

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

 

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AFC Basildon hit six in brilliant battle with Stevenage at Park Lane

AFC Basildon 6 – 4  Stevenage

 

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

A rare Sunday match saw me join fellow Non-League correspondent Pete Dudley (Twitter: @ped1980) in travelling to Canvey Island’s Park Lane for this FAWNL Division One South East match between AFC Basildon Ladies and Stevenage Women.

This match gathered pace quickly, certainly assisted by a very early goal as Alex Bailess struck high into the net past Stevenage goalkeeper Grace Brooks after skipper Mollie Debell’s initial effort was blocked. The home forward pair of Holly Turner and Kelly Wealthall were causing the visiting defence problems with both having chances to add to the hosts’ goal-tally. Basildon did double their advantage with 26 minutes gone as Turner manufactured some space behind the Stevenage defence and slotted home, with only Brooks to bypass.

It nearly got better for the hosts nine minutes later as Wealthall glided an effort narrowly wide of the goal frame. Credit to the visitors though as they halved their deficit eight minutes before the interval as skipper Amy Makewell raced beyond the home backline before confidently firing home to make it 2 – 1. The half did not end there though as with moments remaining, Wealthall did get on the score-sheet, evading her marker before curling her effort well into the corner.

Half-Time: AFC Basildon  3 – 1 Stevenage

 

The second half had something to live up to though Basildon did have the majority of the possession and with it, the attacking play. Stevenage did have the odd foray forward and as we began after the interval, they had substitute Erin Pope to thank for a superb strike finding the far corner from a narrowing angle. The hosts responded immediately and after seeing one well-struck drive crash off the woodwork, they did restore a two-goal advantage as a cross by Holly Turner was spilled by Brooks and Wealthall was there in the ‘right place, right time’ to grab a tap-in on 49 minutes. It was a case of ‘deja vu’ only three minutes later as Wealthall happily grabbed a hat-trick, thanks to another close range finish.

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Both sides were showing good energy levels, particularly the home side and skipper DeBell exemplified that from right-back. There was a late flurry of goals to send the crowd home happy as first, Makewell grabbed a second as as a powerful free-kick evaded the home custodian, who was somewhat distracted by Pope in her eye-line. That made it 5 – 3 though it only stayed that way for five minutes before a good header at the near-post by Jodie Osborne was too powerful for the unfortunate Brooks to save, despite getting a glove on it.

The scoring literally ended with the last kick of the match, somewhat fittingly as Ashleigh Deacon’s low strike added a fourth for the visitors who may look back on their first-half performance with some frustration. All in all though, despite the chill of a December afternoon, the quality on show from both sides was a terrific advert for the Women’s game and credit has to go to both teams. Basildon remain 6th after this win, their fifth of the season while Stevenage stay 8th. Thanks also to the club for their kind comments post-match.


Full-Time: AFC Basildon 6 – 4  Stevenage

Goal-scorers (Basildon): Alex Bailess [1’], Holly Turner [26’], Kelly Wealthall [44’, 49’ & 52’], Jodie Osborne [88’]

Goal-scorers (Stevenage): Amy Makewell [37’ & 83’], Erin Pope [46’] & Ashleigh Deacon [90’+1]

Match Report: Corinthians 1 – 3 Old Southendian Res (Sat 7th Dec) [EOFL 19/20 7.12.19]

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Essex Olympian League – Senior Division Two

Venue: Stambridge Memorial Ground

2019 – 20 Season: Match 44

Saturday 7th December 2019 – 2.00pm KO

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

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

 

OS Ressies battle hard to claim big win at Corinthians

Corinthians 1 – 3 Old Southendian Reserves

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

This weekend’s match saw me divert back to the Essex Olympian League ‘arena’ as two of the top six sides in Senior Division Two faced each other in Corinthans and Old Southendian Reserves at the Stambridge Memorial Ground. Both sides were in good form in recent weeks, with only one loss each thus far this term. Chris Stoneham’s hosts named a front three of Jake Hodder, John Bolton-Smith and Nathan Dewberry with Nathan Warren between the sticks and Alfie Knight skippering the side. Bill Wilton and Theo Cannon were among the options on the home bench. They were without Connor Summerhill, Jake Lang and Ollie Brickwood here. The ‘Old Boys’ second-side had regular stopper George Dugdale in goal, a back four of Ryan Kelly, Andrew Cable, Thomas Smith and Thomas Margerison. Greg Molford and Ben Franklin led their attack with Lewis Caplin, David Stubbs and Thomas Adams making up their substitutes’ bench.

As we got started, it was clear that the pitch was in good nick considering the recent rain though was still a little slippery. Chances were not hard to come by in the opening minutes of the match as forward Nathan Dewberry could have added to his glistening goal-tally a minute into the contest though prodded wide of the far post. Seconds later, OS skipper Oliver Tatton-Bennett caught a home defender in possession and his lay-off found forward Greg Molford in a good position though he also shot wide of Nathan Warren’s goal.

At the other end, visiting goalkeeper George Dugdale was called into action just a few minutes in to deny midfielder Luke Owen’s strike though as we got into the second third of the half, the visitors found another gear. Ben Manley’s team found their rhythm going forward even if they didn’t quite have the finishing to match it as winger Jack Dagget twice failed to bypass Warren and early replacement David Stubbs’s near-post effort was blocked at close range.

As the half entered its final five minutes, you sensed this one could not remain a stalemate for long. The hosts kept pushing for that opening goal as Dewberry’s initial effort on goal was blocked, only for a follow-up effort by way of an acrobatic John Bolton-Smith overhead kick to slither wide of the left-side post. Old Southendian Reserves responded at the other end as Stubbs raced clear though when one-on-one with Warren, the ‘keeper pulled off a smart save to deny him. The drama didn’t end there as seconds before the interval, a corner from the far side was powerfully headed in by Ben Franklin to give the visitors a timely lead, despite it being wafer-thin at this point.

Half-Time: Corinthians 0 – 1 Old Southendian Res

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We could have had four or five goals by this point on another day and both sides continued to attack after the break. Corinthians were being frustrated by gritty, uncompromising defending by the visitors who certainly put their bodies on the line at times too. Soon after the break, efforts from midfielder Matt Burrell and Dewberry couldn’t evade Dugdale in the OS goal and on the counter, the visitors could have extended their lead as supporting forward Andrew Turner made another telling run down the middle though Franklin was unable to follow-up as he lamped his strike over the goal frame. Nine minutes into the half, the pace of the game was steadily rising as on the counter-attack themselves, home forward Jake Hodder was picked out well by Dewberry, only for Hodder to fire wide from about twenty yards out.

As we passed the hour mark, it was still anyone’s game though that altered a tad on 64 minutes, with Old Southendian opening up the hosts’ defence which allowed Franklin to power in a firm strike past Warren from about 18 yards to double their advantage. This time however, the hosts responded immediately as Dewberry did add to his growing goal-tally this term as his lofted strike went over Dugdale and high into the net, barely a minute later. The hosts pushed for that important leveller though somehow and combination of the woodwork and Dugdale denied both Dewberry and Hodder in quick succession.

Realising the threat, OS carved out a neat move involving Stubbs and Tatton-Bennett led to the onrushing Turner’s good strike being well-saved by Warren. As it turned out, that move was a pre-cursor as with twelve minutes remaining, Warren came out of his goal-line to distract a visiting forward from firing at goal but crucially, OS retained possession and Tatton-Bennett, wide out on the left side of the box fizzed home from an acute angle right into the corner, much to the delight of his team-mates. With moments remaining, Hodder fired over from substitute Theo Cannon’s free-kick though in the end, it was a hard-fought victory for Ben Manley’s ‘Greens’ here at Stambridge, which sends them up to 3rd, above their opponents here though Corinthians do have two matches in hand.

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Full-Time: Corinthians  1 – 3  Old Southendian Res

Difficult though it is to sum up this really tough battle, in the end the hosts were not at their fluent best here. Why that was the case will differ on your point of view, though you can’t deny that the ‘Old Boys’ really did put a heck of a shift in to frustrate Corinthians in their quest to build momentum with their rapid, free-flowing attacking game. For Ben Manley’s visitors, skipper Oliver Tattton-Bennett had another good game, with support forward Andrew Turner really being hard for the home defence to track, coming in deep from midfield. Thomas Margerison was a rock at the back & a threat from long throw-ins for the visitors too, with Ben Franklin also giving the hosts a headache in defence as well as his two goals here.

For Corinthians, forwards Jake Hodder, John Bolton-Smith and the ever-wily Nathan Dewberry did give the opposition more than a few nervous moments. As a side, they contributed heavily to what was an enthralling match despite not making the most of their chances, particularly in the first half. You have to credit both sides for their energy levels and desire to triumph as well here.

Finally, my thanks to the hosts for their welcome, and I wish both clubs well for the remainder of what is turning out to be a fascinating Division Two campaign.

Teams

Corinthians    | Manager: Chris Stoneham

Starting XI: 1 Nathan Warren (GK), 2 Ethan Lemmon, 3 Brad Smith, 4 Sammy Ayres, 5 Luke Owen, 6 Alfie Knight (Capt), 7 Leo Clarke, 8 Matt Burrell,  11 Jake Hodder, 9 John Bolton-Smith, 20 Nathan Dewberry

Goal-scorer: Nathan Dewberry [65’]

Subs On: 14 Bill Wilton, 16 George Fulcher, 17 Theo Cannon & 12 Dan Cooksley

Booked: Bolton-Smith, Dewberry

 

Old Southendian Res  | Manager: Ben Manley

Starting XI: 1 George Dugdale, 2 Ryan Kelly, 3 Andrew Cable, 4 Thomas Smith, 17 Thomas Margerison, 6 Andrew Turner, 7 Daniel Dowd, 8 Oliver Tatton-Bennett (Capt), 9 Greg Molford, 10 Ben Franklin, 11 Jack Dagget

Goal-scorers: Ben Franklin [ 45’+2 & 64’], Oliver Tatton-Bennett [78’]

Subs On: David Stubbs, Lewis Caplin, Thomas Adams | Booked: Stubbs

Referee: Samuel Laidler

Match Report: Tower Hamlets 0 – 1 Cockfosters (Mon 2nd Dec) [ESL 19/20 3.12.19]

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Essex Senior League

Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: TBC

2019 – 20 Season: Match 43

Monday 2nd December 2019 – 7.50pm KO

T Hamlets: Orange Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Cockfosters: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red & White Hooped Socks

 

 

Clarke stunner edges Cockfosters to win at Mile End

Tower Hamlets  0 – 1  Cockfosters

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

A rare Monday night Essex Senior match took me to Mile End to see the new-look Tower Hamlets side face Cockfosters. Hamlets named a front two of Ezra Ndukuba with Anthony Folkes in support, with Yoan Edoukou and Josh Rusoke on the flanks. Cockfosters had first-choice Brad Robinson in goal, Matt Thomson alongside Billy Murray in midfield and a front two of in-form Billy Healey and Ned Clarke.

The hosts had won two of the last five before this one, while ‘Fosters had lost out in their last two matches. On what was a frightfully cold evening in East London, there were early sighters on goal in this one. First, Hamlets midfielder Ambrosio Preira’s drive smashed against a post after four minutes. Almost immediately, Ryan Wade’s side responded at the other end though winger Rueben Campbell’s drive was well over the woodwork. Moments later, a decent run down the centre by visiting forward Ceykan Karagozlu bypassed the first defender before Hamlets centre-back Alan Zuqolli tracked back and cleared well into the stands and the proverbial ‘Row Z’. Forward Billy Healey also whistled a drive past Ade Oyenuga’s goal soon after as Cockfosters gradually built momentum.

That being said, Hamlets were still dangerous on the counter with good balls in from the flanks being exemplified by full-back Tony Musoke’s cross from the left flank, which brought visiting stopper Robinson into action to punch away from danger. Midway into the half, Oyenuga did well to block another Healey drive from close range though Karagozlu really could have scored on the follow-up, only for it to be cleared off the goal-line.

The visitors did concede the odd needless free-kick just outside 18-yard area and from one of these on 26 minutes, forward Anthomy Folkes fizzed a well-directed effort just over the goal frame. Nine minutes later, the threatening Karagozlu sent in two or three teasing balls into the six-yard area though a teammate could not a decisive touch on them. Karagozlu also had a good effort saved by Oyenuga after evading the home defence though the telling moment came in added-time before the break.

Forward Ned Clarke, who has had a good start to life at Cockfosters, received the ball 30 yards out in a bit of space before hammering home an unstoppable drive with a tad or curl to pass Oyenuga and high into the net. It was undoubtedly one of the goals of the campaign that I’ve seen. And with that, referee Andy Simmonds soon blew for half-time.

 

Half-Time:  Tower Hamlets  0 – 1 Cockfosters

You have to respect what this Hamlets team have done since the summer, given that most have come up from the Reserve side playing in the Essex Alliance League last term. They came out after the break with renewed purpose, and Ndukuba did well to evade his marker before firing harmlessly over the crossbar four minutes into the half.

Cockfosters knew they were in for a battle here as Hamlets maintained the momentum in the next phase of the game, with Zuqolli heading a corner towards goal though Robinson could gather just in front of his own goal frame.

Home winger Josh Rusoke also tested Robinson moments afterward as his drive looked to get a small deflection off the defender though Robinson held firm to deny him. ‘Fosters had a goal chalked off for a foul with twenty minutes remaining, though they held firm as Hamlets couldn’t sustain the possession pressure to continue their attacking intent. A twenty-yard drive by skipper Ali Omar was gathered by Robinson in the dying minutes. Finally, on the stroke of the ninety, Cockfosters substitute George Beattie’s fierce strike brushed a post though they deserved the win although it may have been grittier than they would have ideally wanted.

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Full-Time: Tower Hamlets 0 – 1 Cockfosters

In summary, a tough evening’s work for Cockfosters though ultimately they did enough to claim the points, thanks to that Clarke’s stunning strike. Clarke had another decent game, as did strike partner Billy Healey and winger Rueben Campbell. For Hamlets, forward Ezra Ndukuba was skilful, quick and a danger to the opposition defence while Anthony Folkes provided good support and Yoan Edoukou also did well. Best wishes to both sides going forward this term and also thank you to Hamlets for their welcome.

 

Teams (with shirt numbers)

Tower Hamlets   |  Manager: John Jatto

99 Ade Oyenuga (GK), 2 Jesse Boalenga, 3 Anthony Musoke, 4 Ali Omar (Capt), 5 Allan Zuqolli, 6 Ambrosio Preira (16 Adam Kerroche 43’), 7 Yoan Edoukou, 8 Ben Brookes, 9 Ezra Ndukuba (12 Benas Vaivada 80’), 10 Anthony Folkes, 11 Josh Rusoke

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Anderson, Daniel

 

Cockfosters | Player-Manager: Ryan Wade

1 Brad Robinson (GK), 2 Luke Marshall, 3 Marcus Crowther, 4 Matt Thomson, 5 Danny Haigh (Capt), 6 Dan Odamo, 7 Rueben Campbell, 8 Billy Murray, 9 Billy Healey (12 George Beattie 81’), 10 Ned Clarke (14 Alex Michaelides 67’), 11 Ceykan Karagozlu (15 Kai Bowers 74’),

Goal-scorer: Ned Clarke  [45’ +2]

Booked: Thomson | Sub Not Used: Charles, Haag

 

Referee: Andy Simmonds

Match Report: Southend Manor 1 – 1 Sawbridgeworth Town (Sat 30th Nov) [ESL 19/20 1.12.19]

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Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 38

2019 – 20 Season: Match 42

Saturday 30th November 2019 – 3pm KO

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

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

 

 

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Both teams before KO (Image: Scott W)

Crunch six-pointer for Manor & Sawbo ends honours-even at Southchurch

Southend Manor 1 – 1  Sawbridgeworth Town

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

The last match of November 2019 saw me return to Southhchurch Park to see this crucial battle at the bottom of the Essex Senior as bottom side Sawbridgeworth Town travelled to third-bottom Southend Manor. It is that time of year for tricky pitches and that was the case here. Manor gave Josh Harrison the nod in goal, though the forward line was rather youthful as skipper Jordan Chambers was partnered by Harry Rogers, with Max Makaka and Brandon Williams the chief support on the flanks. Grant Frances, Connor Cobb and Cameron Harris were all on the bench. Sawbridgeworth named a fairly strong side, with Cabham Clarke between the posts along with new signings Cory Rider and Ethan Barton in central defence and midfield respectively. Lee Mackman’s side also had a front three of captain Harry Bushell, Mihai Botosan and Myles Passley, with Prince Alozie, Ryan Willsmer and Lion Docaj on their bench.

It was Manor who had the edge in the early stages of this contest, as mee minutes in a cross from the right flank by winger Max Makaka found skipper Jordan Chambers though he could only head over the woodwork. Chambers soon after had two great chances to break the deadlock with only visiting custodian Cabham Clarke to bypass. The first was those was after a spirited run, the forward could only loft his effort over the target, before being denied by Clarke on the goal-line following a neat pass in by strike partner Harry Rogers.

Harry Bushell gets past Ruben Kennedy (Image by AW in SM v Saw T ESL 30.11.19)
Sawbo skipper Bushell gets past his marker (Image: Andy W)

Undeterred, Manor still had the better of the play into the middle of the half as the visitors rare half-chance saw forward Harry Bushell blast an effort wide. On 26 minutes, Chambers again got past the visiting backline though Clarke denied him again though incredibly Rogers could only skew the follow-up wide of the far post. Perhaps sensing that the pendulum was swinging back their way, Sawbo gained some impetus as nine minutes before the break, pacy forward Myles Passley snuck in past the home defence before his powerful effort crashed back off a post from a narrow angle. Five minutes later, a well-directed long-range effort by Sawbo forward Mihai Botosan bounced off the slippery turf causing ‘keeper Josh Harrison to not gather cleanly and Bushell was the first to react though fortunately for the hosts, he also skewed his drive off-target.

Rogers also struck a crisp shot wide for Manor just before the break though the tension was already rising in this match, and goal-less it was the interval.

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Half-Time: Southend Manor  0 – 0  Sawbridgeworth

The first part of the second half was somewhat different as a minute into it, another rapid run by Chambers in the area was thwarted by Sawbo defender Cory Rider, causing referee Michael Iddenden-Smith to point to the spot. After the first successful spot-kick was ruled out due to an encroachment, the revised penalty by Chambers found the corner to finally break the deadlock.

Chambers about to strike spot-kick (Image by AW in SM v Saw T ESL 30.11.19)
Chambers strikes Manor’s penalty (Image: Andy W)

Six minutes later, Clarke gathered a Makaka free-kick after it had evaded a crowded penalty box though Sawbridgeworth levelled on the stroke of the hour with a pearler of a goal. Left-back Jake Skeet received the ball on the left-side and let fly with a superb curling strike which sailed past Harrison and into the far corner, much to his side’s obvious delight. The visitors looked to pushed on with their tails up, and soon after Harrison denied Passley’s shot, the home ‘keeper was in action again. Botosan’s neat threaded ball found Passley though Harrison pulled off a firm one-handed save with twenty minutes remaining.

The tension for both sides was arguably having an impact, and understandably so. Makaka sent another decent strike from 20 yards fizzing past Cabham’s right-side post before a sweet pass in by midfielder Ruben Kennedy found impressive winger Brandon Williams though he couldn’t find the target when well-placed. There was one more chance of note in added-time as Sawbo winger Aaron Donaldson’s drive from the edge of the area was gathered by Harrison. These sides had to settle for a point in a match that both could have won, although the hosts probably had the better chances.

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Full-Time: Southend Manor  1 – 1  Sawbridgeworth

In summary, although there were flashes of quality by both sides at times during the contest, it is also undeniable that the tension was palpable during the contest as both sides knew how important was to get something from it. In terms of stand-out performances, Manor midfielders Ruben Kennedy and Brandon Williams had a good impact on their side’s attacking intent, whereas on another day skipper Jordan Chambers could have had a hat-trick though he kept going for the majority of the match. Centre-back Reece Latimer also made a few timely interceptions in defence.

For Sawbo, forward Myles Passley was their biggest outlet down the channel and could’ve scored himself here, while ‘keeper Cabham Clarke made a few good saves to keep his side in the contest. Mentions also have to go to full-back Jake Skeet for his stunning leveller and skipper Harry Bushell who looked to drive his side’s forward play going as well. Best wishes to both sides for rest of the season, and it could be a tough one for both.

 

Teams (with shirt numbers)

Southend Manor   |  Manager: Craig Waters

1 Josh Harrison (GK), 2 Josh Brocklebank, 3 Ben Richardson (15 Connor Cobb 90’), 4 Harry Markatis, 5 Kiah Froud, 6 Reece Latimer, 7 Max Makaka, 8 Ruben Kennedy, 9 Harry Rogers (14 Louie Hunt 74’), 10 Jordan Chambers (Capt), 11 Brandon Williams

Goal-scorer: Jordan Chambers [pen 47’]

Booked: Froud, Richardson | Subs Not Used: Harris, Frances, Salako

 

Sawbridgeworth | Manager: Lee Mackman

1 Cabham Clarlke (GK), 2 Michael Folkes, 3 Jake Skeet, 4 Frankie Oatham (15 Prince Alozie 83’), 16 Cory Rider, 6 Connor McQuillan, 7 Aaron Donaldson, 8 Ethan Barton, 9 Harry Bushell (Capt), 10 Mihai Botosan, 11 Myles Passley

Goal-scorers: Jake Skeet [59’]

Booked: Rider, Botosan, Oatham, Barton | Sub Not Used: Webster, Docaj, Willsmer

 

Referee: Michael Iddenden-Smith

Match Report: Stansted 3 – 0 Clapton (Sat 23rd Nov) [ESL 19/20 24.11.19]

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Venue: Hargrave Park

Attendance: 41

2019 – 20 Season: Match 40

Saturday 23th November 2019 – 3pm KO

Stansted: Royal Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Clapton: Red & White Striped Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

 

 

 

 

Stansted out-finish battling Clapton at Hargrave Park

Stansted  3 – 0  Clapton

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

This weekend’s Essex Senior match took me across the county to make a rare visit to Hargrave Park to see in-form Stansted take on Clapton. The hosts fielded loanee goalkeeper George Marsh between the posts, with a centre-back pairing of Sam West and Joe Clark and skipper Paul Clayton alongside new recruit Ashaan Siddik in midfield. Billy Coyne and Jack West were among their substitutes. Clapton have had more changes to their squad recently, though could name William Hunt in goal, a centre-back pairing of captain Cory Rider and Henry Mabassa with a front three of Jayden Antwi-Nyame, Zakariya Muhammed and ex-Barkingside forward Mario Gjini. The likes of Jordan Cornelius and Jayesh Gohil were options from the sidelines.

The match opened with both sides having promising moments. Stansted forward Daniel Cheema did well to advance down the right channel two minutes in, only to be blocked by a well-timed interception by Tons skipper Cory Rider. The first chance of note came on seven minutes as a Clapton free-kick right on the edge of the penalty area by midfielder Jayke Welch smashed off the crossbar. Even then, the hosts took their time to adapt to the unfriendly pitch as Cheema and skilful midfielder Ashaan Siddik gradually had more influence on the game. The hosts had arguably their best spell yet midway through the half as after Siddik had prodded wide, rapid winger Connor Hammond forced visiting stopper Will Hunt into two smart saves. Firstly, a close-range header by Hammond at the near post forced Hunt to claw the ball wide before moment later, Hammond’s fierce strike was well parried out of danger by the Clapton stopper.

 

With eleven minutes remaining of the half, Clapton midfielder Prince Mamboti had a shot blocked before the rebound was struck wide by forward Zakariya Muhammed when in a decent position. The visitors had another good opportunity three minutes before the break, as a free-kick from 20 yards out by Muhammed forced home custodian George Marsh to change direction before making a good save under his own crossbar.

 

Half-Time: Stansted 0 – 0  Clapton

It was goalless at the break, though it was well-poised and instincts told you it would not remain that way. Both sides continued to trade chances as four minutes after the interval, tricky forward Jayden Antwi-Nyame got past the home backline though his centre went tantalisingly across the goalmouth before drifting wide of danger. Cheema once again reminded the opposition defence of the threat he posed as he had an effort well-saved by Hunt. It was an omen though as with 21 minutes left, the hosts finally broke their opponents’ resistance as a rapid 50-yard run by Cheema ended with an unselfish pass to Hammond who evaded the defence, stayed on-side and finished low, although Hunt did get a hand to it. The crucial second goal three minutes later for Stansted as another superb run by Cheema out-paced Rider before firing home well into the corner.

As we got into the latter stages, Tons forward Mario Gjini couldn’t make the most of a good cross in by substitute Jordan Cornelius before home substitute Jack West added a bit of gloss to the result with a smart low finish in added-time to make it six straight league wins for them and stay in sixth place in the standings.

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Full-Time: Stansted  3 – 0  Clapton

In summary, the hosts knew that they were in a game here against a stubborn opposition on a tricky, boggy surface. Ultimately Stansted raised their game in that last half-hour as the Tons started to drift away, although the score-line slightly flattered the Airportmen, given that the visitors contributed heavily to the match, particularly in that first half. The hosts were indebted to forwards Daniel Cheema and Connor Hammond whose understanding and pace really hurt the visiting backline after the interval. Central forward Jack Mitchell and solid centre-back Joe Clark also had good games with goalkeeper George Marsh also making a few good saves to avoid the ‘Blue Brazil’ falling behind earlier in the match.

For the Tons, goalkeeper William Hunt had a fine game, making at least three very good saves in the match, with energetic full-back Daniel Emovan and midfielder Jayke Welch also doing well here. Finally, I’d like to thank Stansted for their hospitality and the welcome received by their committee and their joint-managers Paul Pittuck and John Watters.

Teams

Stansted   |  Joint-Managers: Paul Pittuck & John Watters

1 George Marsh (GK), 2 Adam Fowles, 3 Louis Monk, 4 Sam West, 5 Joe Clark, 6 Paul  Clayton (Capt), 7 Daniel Cheema, 8 Ashaan Siddik (13 Billy Coyne 48’), 9 Jack Michell, 10 Ryan Ramsay (18 James Briggs 79’), 11 Connor Hammond (12 Jack West 74’)

Goal-scorers: Connor Hammond [69’]. Daniel Cheema [72’], Jack West [90’+2]

Booked: Fowles, Ramsay (Sin-bin) | Subs Not Used: None

 

Clapton     | Interim Manager: Wilf Thomas | Assistant: Julian Charles

1 William Hunt (GK), 2 Bleron Ademi, 3 Daniel Emovan, 4 Henry Mabassa, 5 Cory Rider (Capt), 6 Mohamed Mahmoud, 7 Prince Mamboti (15 Valentine Iheanyiogu 83’), 8 Jayke Welch (12 Jordan Cornelius 63’), 9 Jayden Antwi-Nyame, 10 Zakariya Muhammed (14 Jayesh Gohil 71’), 11 Mario Gjini

Booked: Ademi, Rider, Mamboti | Sub Not Used: Brija

 

Referee: Michael Iddenden-Smith

 

Match Report: Benfleet 2 – 3 May & Baker (Sat 16 Nov) [EaSL South 19/20 16.11.19]

Eastern Senior League South

Venue: Park Lane

Attendance: 23

2019 – 20 Season: Match 39

Saturday 16th November 2019 – 3pm KO

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

M & Baker: Red & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

 

Bakers edge a pulsating match with Benfleet at Park Lane

Benfleet  2 – 3  May & Baker

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

The weekend’s match took me to Park Lane, to see the Eastern Senior League South match between Benfleet and May & Baker. The increasing chill of November made it a good job that it wasn’t too long a trip to be fair. The Fleet named Danny Confrey between the posts, Emmanuel Adetokunbo and Finlay Dopson on the flanks with a front pair of Ben Foord and Taylor Lawrence. The likes of Jamie Brown, Alfie MacDonald and Ethan Evison were all on the bench. Bakers were missing the influential Kai Warren, though could still name Carl Patten and Danny Gillham in attack, with Darren Seymour and Henry Osei on the flanks. Gabriel Odili and Besmir Hoxhaj were options from the sidelines.

Perhaps it was the mentioned ‘chill’ that got this game to a strong start as Bakers custodian Frankie Worboyes was in action early-doors to deny the pacey Benfleet winger Emmanuel Adetokunbo from having a clear chance at goal after the latter had bypassed visiting defender Josh Perry. The increasing amount of chances in this match started in earnest about ten minutes in as Bakers skipper Scott O’Connor had a header cleared off the goal-line before Mitch Curran fired wide for the Fleet from twenty yards out. Minutes later, a good team move from the hosts ended with forward Taylor Lawrence striking wide of the right-side post. Bakers should really have led on 23 minutes though as a peach of a cross from the left by forward Carl Patten set up winger Darren Seymour well, only for Seymour to head wide, having evaded his marker.

 

It was a costly miss as Benfleet did break the deadlock moments later. From a good Lawrence corner, Curran got a glancing header which sailed past Worboyes into the net. Much to their credit, Bakers were not rattled though as just past the half-hour, a good run by winger Henry Osei ended up with a fine delivery from the left, though onrushing midfielder Josh Lowbridge could not get his header on target. As it turned out, those missed were not as costly as they could’ve been as five minutes prior to the interval, the match was level. Nifty footwork by Patten gave him a chance to find Osei who had breached the home defence before powering home with only Confrey to beat at the near post.

Half-Time: Benfleet  1 – 1  May & Baker

The attack-focused nature of the match continued after the break, as Benfleet sent out a few ‘warning shots’ just after the restart. Strikes on goal by Adetokunbo, Lawrence and strike partner Ben Foord all failed to severely trouble visiting stopper Worboyes, who gathered on all three occasions. With 49 minutes on the watch, a super strike by Lowbridge was superbly parried onto the crossbar by Confrey before the fortunate home defence somehow kept out the ensuing rebound. Soon after, the enterprising winger Finlay Dopson fizzed a strike wide of the right-side post and it’s worth noting he had a good impact on his side going forward making good runs down the channel.

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For the visitors, Patten really was a very useful focal point in attack and his great through ball found Osei who unleashed a curling effort which went the wrong side of the woodwork. Again though, the chances not taken were costly for Jordan Harris & Alec Simms’ side as Benfleet re-took the lead midway through the half. A pearler of a ball in from deep by substitute Alfie MacDonald found the run of attacking midfielder Aaron Russell who headed home with aplomb. However, the lead lasted eight minutes before the visitors levelled things up once again on 72 minutes. A good free-kick into the penalty box caught the Fleet defence napping, with Patten nipping in to slot home past Confrey.

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Bakers were buoyed by their leveller and looked to push on for the points in the latter stages. With 13 minutes left, a soaring run down the left by Osei fed substitute Gabriel Odili who unleashed a fierce effort which Confrey did well to keep out. Bakers also hit the woodwork from replacement Besmir Hoxhaj’s free-kick before the crucial goal came four minutes from time. Odili outpaced the tiring home backline before firing past Confrey when one-on-one, much to the delight of the travelling side.

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Full-Time : Benfleet  2 – 3  May & Baker

All in all, this was a match that you couldn’t really predict the winner, such was the openness of the encounter, with both sides looking more than useful going forward. You could argue that the visitors wasted a number of good chances though ultimately they did finish quite strongly. Have to add it was good to see Benfleet at home for the first time, and good to see Bakers in action again.

In terms of stand-out performances, for the hosts there were a number of strong performances. Winger Finlay Dopson was certainly a key member of the forward line today with his pace and delivery, with ex-Great Wakering midfielder Aaron Russell having a telling presence too. Finally for them, have to give a mention to goalkeeper Danny Confrey who pulled off a few superb saves today, and winger Emmanuel Adetokunbo also stood out for the hosts. For Bakers, rapid winger Henry Osei really made a difference, after the interval in particular, with forward Carl Patten a big asset to his team with his height and build-up play. Centre-back Josh Perry also had a good game making a few important interceptions with on-loan full-back Cain Brougham making good runs from right-back.

Finally, I would like to pass on my thanks to ‘the Fleet’ for their hospitality today. It makes a difference as we now enter into the cold time of the year.

 

Teams

Benfleet    | Manager: Stuart Batch |

1 Danny Confrey (GK), 2 Charlie Cobb, 3 Martyn Lacey (14 Alfie MacDonald 46’), 4 Jamie Williams, 5 Sonny Hartman (Capt), 6 Mitch Curran, 7 Emmanuel Adetokunbo (16 Charlie Sullivan 60’), 9 Ben Foord, 10 Taylor Lawrence (15 Ethan Evison 78’), 11 Finlay Dopson

Goal-scorers: Mitch Curran [25’], Aaron Russell [64’]

Booked (Sin Bin): Curran | Sub Not Used: Brown, Webb

 

May & Baker |  Joint-Managers: Jordan Harris & Alec Simm

1 Frankie Worboyes (GK), 2 Cain Brougham, 3 Steve Johnson, 4 Scott O’Connor (Capt), 5 Josh Perry, 6 Kane Messenger, 7 Darren Seymour (17 Ben Saunders 83’), 8 Josh Lowbridge (14 Gabriel Odili 67’), 9 Carl Patten, 10 Danny Gillham, 11 Henry Osei

Goal-scorers: Henry Osei [40’], Carl Patten [72’], Gabriel Odili [86’]

Booked: Lowbridge, Odili | Subs Not Used: Leavens, Richardson

Referee: Joe Burgess

Match Report: Southend Manor 0 – 4 Cockfosters (Sat 9th Nov) [ESL 19/20 9.11.19]

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Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 42

2019 – 20 Season: Match 38

Saturday 9th November 2019 – 3pm KO

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

Cockfosters: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red & White Hooped Socks

 

 

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Cockfosters power past mis-firing Manor at Southchurch Park

Southend Manor 0 – 4  Cockfosters

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

The Essex Senior weekend continued on Saturday as I returned to Southchurch Park as Southend Manor took on in-form Cockfosters. Manor named a back four of Derek O’Halem and Kiah Froud as full-backs with ex-Redbridge player Reece Latimer alongside Cameron Harris at centre-back. Right winger Jordan Chambers skippered the side, with a front two of Larry Akanbi and Michael Ogboin. On the bench were the likes of Max Makaka and Oussama Khayar. Cockfosters were unbeaten in their last three matches heading into this one and retained Brad Robinson between the sticks, with Dan Odamo partnering skipper Danny Haigh at centre-back with Reece Monsanya reverting to left wing-back. Billy Healey and Ned Clarke resumed their forward partnership here while George Beattie and Ceykan Karagozlu were among the substitutes.

Before the match, we had the customary minute’s silence to mark this Remembrance weekend and it was observed impeccably. This match didn’t take long to fire up once it started with ‘Fosters player-boss Ryan Wade whizzing a free-kick just wide of the left-side post only two minutes in. A ‘blink of an eye’ later, the net bulged as neat play from Ned Clarke saw him tee up strike partner Billy Healey who made no mistake in firing low past home ‘keepr Josh Blackburn. Moments later, the dozy start by the hosts was compounded as Clarke headed in for the visitors’ second only three minutes afterwards.

‘Danger signs’ continued to sound for the home defence as on nine minutes, a fine cross from the left by winger Alex Michaelides only just eluded opposite winger Rueben Campbell’s head at the back stick. Five minutes later though, the visitors would have a third goal as a peach of a cross by Clarke found Healey’s head and his looping header evaded Blackburn and into the net. It was some start for Cockfosters and not being unkind, though Manor looked a bit stunned by it. Try as they might, they could not really get their passing game going as errant passes went astray, much to the home side’s frustration.

That being said, central midfielder Ruben Kennedy did to an extent get his team going with some astute passes and with twenty minutes gone, he played in support forward Grant Frances though visiting custodian Brad Robinson gathered well at his feet. Manor were creating half-chances but their shots on goal lacked the power to beat Robinson, with forwards Michael Ogboin and Larry Akanbi being denied comfortably before another strike by Ogboin sailed into the side-netting.

Half-Time: Southend Manor 0 – 3  Cockfosters

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Either side of the interval, Manor continued to gradually build their platform of passes, requiring Cockfosters skipper Danny Haigh to make two crucial interceptions to temper the opposition attacks. As we approached the hour mark, more neat work by Clarke ended with another good Michaelides cross from the left which again just couldn’t find the arriving Campbell at the back post. Robinson was called into action again soon after, first denying a Frances strike before the same player angled in a free-kick from 20-plus yards out, which the visiting ‘keeper clawed away.

Cockfosters once again built up their forward play as we entered the last twenty minutes as from a nice back header by Healey, Clarke struck wide. Substitute George Beattie also drew a decent save out of Blackburn , moments after entering the scene. To their credit, Manor were determined to get something out of this match, shown in spades by energetic winger Oussama Khayar, who made several rapid runs down the channel to spur his side on. With 12 minutes remaining, Khayar’s good ended with a shot that went just wide. Soon after that, a good cross-field ball by Khayar found full-back Derek O’Halem who in turn found substitute Max Makaka though his strike just outside the box lacked the venom to bypass Robinson.

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Cockfosters rounded off a fine afternoon with five minutes left as after a fine run by replacement Ceykan Karagozlu, his thoughtful pass found Beattie who couldn’t miss from close range. Despite Akanbi having two half-chances late on, Manor were well beaten here after their poor start had effectively cost them the match.

 

Full-Time: Southend Manor 0 – 4 Cockfosters

In summary, it was the right result despite Manor showing more willingness to get forward and more energy in the second half. Quite a few players stood out for me today – for the victors it was hard to ignore the front two of Billy Healey and Ned Clarke, with their understanding growing and three goals between is some return today. Also, right winger Rueben Campbell had a good game as did Alex Michaelides on the opposite flank and powerful centre-back Dan Odamo who typically was no-nonsense in his clearances. For Manor, right-back Derek O’Halem did well with a disciplined and energetic performance, with Michael Ogboin and midfielder Ruben Kennedy also working hard to get their side going. Also a mention goes to substitute Oussama Khayar who expended a lot of energy with driving runs down the channels to try to get his team going, but to little avail.

Finally, I’d like to thank Southend Manor for their hospitality and wish them and Cockfosters well for the remainder of this campaign.

 

Teams (with shirt numbers)

Southend Manor   |  Manager: Craig Waters | Assistant: Garry Pond

1 Josh Blackburn (GK), 2 Derek O’Halem, 3 Kiah Froud, 4 Ruben Kennedy, 5 Reece Latimer, 6 Cameron Harris, 7 Jordan Chambers (Capt) (18 Harry Markatis 60’), 8 David Salako (17 Oussama Khayar 60’), 9 Sadiq ‘Larry’ Akanbi, 10 Grant Frances, 11 Michael Ogboin (15 Max Makaka 71’)

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Brocklebank, Williams

 

Cockfosters | Player-Manager: Ryan Wade | Assistants: Nick Mountford & Tony Faulkner

1 Brad Robinson (GK), 2 Nick Briggs, 3 Reece Mosanya, 4 Ryan Wade, 5 Danny Haigh (Capt), 6 Dan Odamo, 7 Reuben Campbell, 8 Billy Murray (15 Josh Yoane 87’), 9 Billy Healey (14 Ceykan Karagozlu 78’), 10 Ned Clarke (George Beattie 73’), 11 Alex Michaelides

Goal-scorers: Billy Healey [3’ & 14’], Ned Clarke [6’], George Beattie [85’]

Booked: None | Sub Not Used: Crockett

 

Referee: Reece Pinchback