Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 0 West Essex (Tues 13th Nov) [ESL 14.11.18]

Essex Senior League

Attendance: 62

2018-19 Season – Match 33

Tuesday 13th November 2018  – 7.45pm KO

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

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

 

Hullbridge emerge with the points after late goals seal the win over West at Lower Road

Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with photos by Scott & @ABridgeTooFar16

Another midweek venture in this season’s Essex Senior League took me to Lower Road to see high-flying Hullbridge take on mid-table West Essex. The last two visits to this ground saw ‘Bridge held by Leyton Athletic and Ilford in league action. Darren Manning named a front three of captain Jimmy Cox, Luke Hornsley and Michael Salako with Joe Skeels and Matt Tapley in midfield. West’s season has been inconsistent thus far and after a two-week break from action, they named Jack Coker between the sticks with a back four of Emmanuel Wazola, Josh French, Nick Walk and Josh Kane though Joe Lefley, Sanchez Hardy and James Bromley were among those unavailable.

Both sides traded chances early on, as West goalkeeper Jack Coker denied Hullbridge forward Luke Hornsley only two minutes in. The visitors showed their penchant for counter-attacking with pace at times as well and they had their first half-chance ten minutes in as West midfielder Callum Bloss struck an effort wide. Hullbridge were awarded a penalty on twenty minutes after a foul on Hornsley in the area. Strike partner Jimmy Cox stepped up though his spot-kick crashed against the crossbar and out of play.

West continued to battle hard despite having to take off their main forward Ogedi-Uzokwe midway through the half and did have the odd foray forward though ‘Bridge did finish the half strongly, although the debate is there that they didn’t make the most of their chances. First, with three minutes to go until the break, a strike from home forward Michael Salako did beat Coker but was well-cleared off the line by covering defender Josh Kane. Moments later, a goal-mouth scramble saw the Stags twice deny their hosts on the line as a combination of the goalkeeper and visiting defence got in the way to preserve the stalemate at the break.

Half-Time: Hullbridge  0 – 0  West Essex

West came out after the break with renewed vigour and had some joy in midfield getting past the attack-minded hosts as midfielder Tanvir Ahmed put in a number of telling balls through to substitute forward Hakim Medfai, with the latter having three chances on goal in the opening 15 minutes of the half, though he couldn’t find a way past home stopper George Marsh.

West defender Josh French was perhaps a tad fortunate as another searching centre from the hosts was headed powerfully against his own crossbar. The visitors’ impeccable record during the evening of clearing shots off the goal-line was extended early in the half and as we got into the middle part of the half, it seemed as though the hosts had rather ‘run out of energy’. The Stags had the odd chance of their own as on 72 minutes a powerful effort by Medfai called Marsh into action, sprawling across well to parry the low strike wide. Minutes later, a good ball in from the right by stand-in right-back Emmanuel Wazola found skipper Tom MacLeod though his header was gathered by Marsh.

‘Bridge responded with hunger as Hornsley was a thorn in the visiting defenders’ sides in the latter stages. After he had sent two half-chances wide, a third oppurtunity in the space of five minutes was well-blocked by Coker though it was a sign of late drama to come. With two minutes of normal time remaining, Hornsley’s ball in from the right was seized on by substitute Nathan Scarborough who made no mistake at the near post. Barely a minute later, the visitors’ luck ran dry as another Hornsley cross was pushed away by Coker though it fell to Salako who calmly slotted home to finally put the match to bed that they could have made easier for themselves.

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports  2 – 0  West Essex

To be absolutely fair, Hullbridge created too many chances to not deserve the win though they could do with being sharper in terms of finishing. In my view, Joe Skeels, Luke Hornsley and Michael Salako stood out for the hosts tonight. West have reasons to be pleased with this performance. They do have grit and determination in abundance as they frustrated their opponents and played good football themselves at times as midfielder Tanvir Ahmed, ‘keeper Jack Coker and the central defensive pair of Josh French and Nick Walk did well for them.

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‘Bridge’s Mickael Salako in action (Credit: Neil H)

 

Hullbridge Sports  | Manager: Darren Manning

George Marsh (GK), Matt Dicks, Matt Rose, Sam Taylor, Jamal Allen, Perry Dunn, Joe Skeels, Matt Tapley (Adebola Sotoyinbo 69′), Jimmy Cox (Capt) (Nathan Scarborough 69′), Luke Hornsley, Michael Salako

Goal-scorers: Nathan Scarborough [88′], Michael Salako [89′]

Booked: Dunn   | Subs Not Used: Skinner, Coe, McLeavy

 

West Essex    | Manager: Kwame Kwateng

Jack Coker (GK), Emmanuel Wazola, Josh Kane, Josh French, Nick Walk, Tanvir Ahmed (Symeon Taylor 65′), Greg Frederick, Callum Bloss, Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe (Hakim Medfai 21′), Cameron Gray

Booked: None   |  Subs Not Used: McNally

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Match Report: Walthamstow 3 – 0 Leyton Athletic (Sat 10th Nov) [GBT QF 10.11.18]

Gordon Brasted Trophy 2018-19: Quarter-Final

Attendance: 57

2018-19 Season – Match 32

Saturday 10th November 2018  – 3pm KO

Walthamstow: Royal Blue Shirts, Blue Shoorts,  Blue Socks

Leyton Athletic: Maroon Shirts, Maroon Shorts, Maroon Socks

‘Stow overcome Leyton and the weather to make it into the GBT Semi-Finals

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

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Players, Officials & Management observe the two-minutes silence for Rememberance Sunday. Lest we forget.

On a weekend of exclusively ESL Cup action with the Pete Butcher Trophy making its debut in the schedule, I went to Wadham Lodge to see this Gordon Brasted Trophy Quarter-Final tie. Walthamstow named a very strong starting XI, with James Peagram and Christian Owusu being the front two, Rheo Josephs on the left and the evergreen Lee Flynn at full-back. Leyton had a blow to contend with this week as forward Dwade James left the club to join…. Walthamstow, though he was ineligable for this match. For them, James Scammell continued in goal, with Eli Benoit once again skippering the side and Luwayne Greenwood the focal point in attack.

This match began with the hosts on the front foot, though the main issue was finding the final ball to bypass the three-man Ath central defence. Winger Rheo Josephs was having some joy down the ‘Stow left flank with his pace and crossing and on 19 minutes, Josephs had a sight of goal after being played in by forward James Peagram, though the former’s shot from a narrow angle was taken by Ath goalie James Scammell. On the cusp of the half-hour mark, fellow home forward Christian Owusu also struck wide.

It must be said though that both teams had to contend with a deluge of rain and to add to that, a hefty hailstorm as well. Leyton did show their game at times and looked pretty rapid on the counter-attack though they did also get the wrong side of the assistant referee’s flag on a few occasions. Ryan Maxwell’s side did keep the pressure on as just after the half-hour, Josephs again broke down the left channel, beating the on-rushing Scammell to the ball though couldn’t find the telling centre  to make the most of it in that attack.

As it happened, only a minute later the hosts took the lead as a peach of a free-kick from midfielder Robbie Martin curled right into the danger zone and Peagram headed in cooly. Ath had barely settled back into play when ‘Stow doubled their advantage as midfielder Matt Brinklow unleashed a sublime dipping shot which evaded Scammell’s grasp and then crept under the crossbar. One for the Brinklow ‘play-book’ there I suspect.

Half-Time: Walthamstow  2 – 0 Leyton Athletic

After the break, the rain continued to pour down making playing conditions ever more tricky with the ball holding into the pitch and the like. The hosts effectively sealed the contest five minutes after the interval as from Martin’s pass, Peagram struck home his second of the afternoon.

In the last half hour, Leyton did keep going and tried to keep their rapid passing game going despite the torrid conditions. Skipper Eli Benoit as ever tried to drive his team on by making powerful runs forward though in fairness, home custodian James Harkin didn’t have much to do besides cutting out crosses and the like. ‘Stow at the other end had two good chances to add to the score-line though substitute Joe Benjamin, on debut got ahead of the tiring Ath defence thouh chipped wide and moments later, Peagram’s audacious 40-yard lob hit a post with Scammell beaten. Scammell did well with minues remaining to deny a 20-yard bolt from ‘Stow full-back Ross Pope and in almost the last action of the game, Harkin denied attacking midfielder Mario Gjini’s effort.

All in all, a good win for the hosts who were the better side today. Congrats to Walthamstow and best wishes to Leyton Athletic for the remainder of the season.

Full-Time: Walthamstow   3 – 0  Leyton Athletic

Walthamstow  | Player/Manager: Ryan Maxwell

James Harkin (GK), Ross Pope, Lee Flynn, Reece Conway (Emmanuel Dasho 74′), Craig Pope (Capt), Jack Leachman, Matt Brinklow, Robbie Martin (Gus Douglas 82′), James Peagram, Christian Owusu, Rheo Josephs (Joe Benjamin 50′)

Goal-scorers: James Peagram [35′, 50′], Matt Brinklow [38′]

Booked: Conway, Martin   | Subs Not Used: Gebrai, Edwards (GK)

Leyton Athletic    | Manager: Glen Kendall

James Scammell (GK), Jayesh Gohil (Jonathon Klug 46′), D’Neil Bryan, Jason Brown, Eli Benoit (Capt), Cory Rider, Misha Djemaili (Emmauel Oluwole 56′), Dujan Foster (Francesco Cicconi 56′), Luwayne Greenwood, Mario Gjini, Lance Ledgister

Booked: Oluwole, Brown     |  Subs Not Used: Jinadu, Walsh (GK)

Match Summary: Leigh Ramblers 0 – 2 Harold Wood Athletic (Sat 3rd Nov) [EOFL 3.11.18]

Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Saturday 3rd November – 2pm KO

Venue: Belfairs Park

2018-19 Season: Match 30

Leigh Ramblers: Navy Blue & Black Shirts, Black Shorts & Black Socks

Harold Wood Ath: Maroon & Sky Blue Shirts, Maroon Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

 

Gritty Ath trimuph at Belfairs Park

Harold Wood Athletic made to a trip to Belfairs Park in this Essex Olympian League Premier Division encounter, the only one of the day because of the Essex Premier Cup action.

The hosts had the better of the early action and although they were wary of Ath’s forward line, led by Robert Whitnell, they had two efforts cleared off the goal-line. Although the hosts were unfortunate to not be ahead, the match was pretty even for most of the first half before the visitors went in front thanks to fine work by after a fine run down the left flank, Ade Onileyan’s ball in found skipper Reiss Kingsley running in at the back post who helped himself to a tap-in on 27 minutes.

Half-Time: Leigh Ramblers 0 – 1 Harold Wood Athletic

After the break, Ramblers did have a bit more of the ball though they didn’t carve out too many clear-cut oppurtunities, partly due to the strong defensively display of the visitors, led by Matt Donovan who won no shortage of headers during the whole match.

Just past the hour, the Rams goalkeeper made a really good save, denying a crisp strike which looked like it was heading into the top corner. In the latter stages, Kingsley got his and his side’s second after another good run down the left from the lively Onileyan resulted in a goal-mouth scramble though Kingsley [82′] slotted home well.

Just a minute later, Whitnell’s header was well-denied by the Rams ‘keeper and although the visitors ended proceedings with ten men thanks to Whitnell being sin-binned for dissent, they held on for a hard-fought victory. Ath rise to second spot after their 7th win this term while Leigh stay in seventh spot.

Full-Time: Leigh Ramblers  0 – 2  Harold Wood Athletic

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 2 Ilford (Essex Snr Lge – Sat 27th Oct) [ESL 27.10.18]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 50

2018-19 Season – Match 28

Saturday 27th October 2018  – 3pm KO

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

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

Resolute Ilford hold ‘Bridge in an entertaining affair

 

 

Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with Photos by Neil Hunwicks (Twitter: ABridgeTooFar16) & Scott

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My second match of the weekend took me to Lower Road to see an intriguing tie in prospect between two sides who have started their seasons well. Hullbridge were missing a few key players, with Matt Rose, Dan Okah and Jimmy Cox all banned plus Rob Hodgson was unavailable. George Marsh continued in goal with Shawn Coe and Lewis Risk being the full-backs with Joe Skeels making his first league start for the club. Ilford were also missing the likes of Morgan Seaman, Mitchell Victorin and Callum Maltese. Yemi Adelani and Lauric Diakiesse led the line for Martin Haywood’s side with a powerful centre midfield partnership of Jamal Dzotsi and Jermaine Findlator.

The match didn’t take long to whirl into life as only two minutes in, Hullbridge took the lead as after Ilf custodian Hugo Rosetti made a decent save to deny forward Luke Hornsley’s effort, Nathan Scarborough tucked home the re-bound right into the top corner from a narrow angle. Both sides looked a threat going forward as moments after the goal, a curling drive from Ilford midfielder Jamal Dzotsi was gathered by by home goalkeeper George Marsh. At the other end, home winger Aundre Spencer fired wide from 18 yards.

The Foxes had a good sight at goal on 13 minutes as forward Yemi Adelani was one-on-one with Marsh though couldn’t beat the ‘keeper. This spurred the visitors on as ten minutes later, Adelani’s pace and tricky rounded the defender in the area, sending a low centre for strike partner Lauric Diakiesse to help himself to a tap-in to level things up. The hosts had one or two more chances to re-take the lead though Hornsley and fellow foorward Ollie Sotoyinbo couldn’t get past Rosetti.

Six minutes before half-time, livewire Adelani raced clear of the home defence before calmly slotting past Marsh to give the visitors the advantage though said advantage lasted mere moments as at the other end, Scarborough’s initial strike was saved by Rosetti, Sotoyinbo made no mistake from close range. An entertaining half it was, though at this point you felt defences were not going to be on top here.

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Yemi Adelani (right) puts Ilford ahead, wheeling away in delight (Image: Neil H)

Half-Time: Hullbridge Sports  2 – 2 Ilford

Hullbridge had the better of the early-going after the break though couldn’t make the most of the their chances, though Rosetti did pull off a decent save to deny Scarborough’s powerful effort on 54 minutes. Ilford did gradually get back into the game as Ilford continued to search for telling balls in though much to their credit, the home defence remained undaunted with centre-back Jamal Allen and right-back Shawn Coe particularly impressing.

The weather may have been distinctly chilly but the tension was racking up as well as Rosetti denied Taylor’s free-kick before a nice move involving full-back Lewis Risk and Hornsley resulted in Spencer’s tame shot being gathered by the Ilf stopper. The visitors were thankful that Sotoyinbo’s toe-poke was denied on the goal-line, after substitute Michael Salako had picked him out well.

Late on, Adelani was played in well though just as thought he was was about to strike, a superb tackle by Coe denied him the oppurtunity, almost as quickly as it appeared. It ended all-square though it was in my view, a fair result as both sides could’ve won this entertaining match.

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 2 Ilford


Hullbridge Sports  | Manager: Darren Manning

George Marsh (GK), Shawn Coe, Lewis Risk (Matt Tapley 76′), Sam Taylor, Luke McLeavy, Joe Skeels, Luke Hornsley (Capt), Ollie Sotoyinbo, Nathan Scarborough (Arnold Achaempong 84′), Aundre Spencer (Michael Salako 70′)

Goal-scorers: Nathan Scarborough [2′], Ollie Sotoyinbo [41′]

Booked: Sotoyinbo, McLeavy     | Subs Not Used: None

 

Ilford      | Manager: Martin Haywood

Hugo Rosetti (GK), Luke Casey, Isacka Mncube, Henry Mabassa, Dany Haigh (Capt), Jamal Dzotsi, Yasseir Nazor (Leon Bernard 76′), Jermaine Findlator (Lamarr Douglas 82′), Yemi Adelani, Lauric Diakiesse, Lion Docaj (David Oyeleku 85′)

Goal-scorers: Lauric Diakiesse [24′], Yemi Adelani [39′]

Booked: Haigh, Findlator, Bernard    |  Subs Not Used: J Fudge

Match Report: Barkingside 1 – 6 Woodford Town (Fri 26th Oct – Essex Senior League) [ESL 27.10.18]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 76

2018-19 Season – Match 27

Friday 26th October 2018  – 7.45pm KO

Barkingside : Sky Blue Shirts, Sky Blue Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

Woodford Town : Yellow Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

Woodford overwhelm ‘Side to claim a big win at Cricklefield

Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) | Photos by Scott & Peter D (Twitter: @ped1980)

This weekend’s action started with a trip to Cricklefield to see Barkingside take on Woodford Town. It’s been a while since I’d see Mike Walther’s side though obviously I’d heard about the troubles they are facing at present. As far as the line-up’s go, ‘Side named Mikel Breckenridge between the sticks with Timi Obisanya the focal point in attack, supported by Antoine Akinola and Ebenezer Mbona on the flanks and Harry Matthews skippering the side from central midfield. Woodford named a very strong side with teenage forwards Temi Babalola and Ethan Kessel supported by wingers Taku Mashingaidze and Connor Leon. Alex Reed continued in goal, with Jack Grosvenor captaining once again.

Woodford started the match in a decent fashion, as from support forward Ethan Kessel’s cross, striker Temi Babalola’s header wasn’t powerful enough to beat ‘Side goalkeeper Mikel Breckenridge. In the early going, Barkingside winger Ebenezer Mbona was testing the visiting defence with some promise down the left flank. After one or let-offs, Town did break the deadlock on 14 minutes as Babalola evaded the home backline through the middle and passed the ball low into the net past Breckenridge.

The visitors doubled their lead only five minutes later as in a promising attack, Babalola’s effort was saved by Breckenridge though it fell kindly to winger Taku Mashingaidze who cooly stroked home whilst finding space in the area. The hosts did make visiting custodian Alex Reed gather when a free-kick by full-back Kubilay Akbayrak flew into Reed’s arms. Town Full-back Ellis Routledge also sent a lob to test Breckenridge’s alertness  midway through the half though the ‘keeper was equal to it.

The hosts struggled to outwit a stubborn Woodford defence to create chances and Dee Safer’s side extended their lead three minutes before half-time as from Kessel’s fine centre. Babalola headed home for his second of the evening.

Half-Time: Barkingside 0 – 3 Woodford Town

In the second half, ‘Side did force the visitors back for a short period though moments after substitute Samir Ali fired a decent chance wide, Town striker Babalola got his hat-trick after stroking home a Mashingaidze pass. Town had further chances soon after though winger Connor Leon and skipper Jack Grosvenor efforts fizzed wide.

With fifteen minutes remaining, Woodford were awarded a penalty after Akbayrak’s challenge on Ali which saw the defender dismissed. Ali dusted himself down and scored the spot-kick. Only three minutes later, Woodford added to ‘Side’s tough evening as Babalola unselfishly passed to substitute Marcel McDonald who stroked home into an empty net. Barkingside got a late consolation as the Town defence had a rare ‘shut-off moment’ and substitute Terry Mensah beat Reed from close range.

Full-Time: Barkingside  1 – 6 Woodford Town

All in all though, it was a convincing victory for Woodford who continue to impress this term with their brand of quick, dynamic football. Best wishes to both clubs for the rest of the season and my thanks to Barkingside FC for their hospitality.

Barkingside  | Manager: Michael Walther

Mikel Breckenridge (GK), Kubilay Akbayrak, Toby barlow, Harry Matthews (Capt), Benjamin Imrie, Calvin Petrie, Antoine Akinola, Jermaine Francis, Timi Obisanya (Terry Mensah 57′), Jay Mukonde (Warren Kayembe 46′), Ebenezer Mbona

Goal-scorers: Terry Mensah [90’+1]

Sent Off: Akbayrak    | Subs Not Used: Tyrell, Kennealy

Woodford Town      | Manager: Dee Safer

Alex Reed (GK), Leon Wildman, Ellis Routledge, Malaki Toussaint, Luke Edgar, Jack Grosvenor (Capt), Taku Mashingaidze (Bailey Brown 83′), Andrea Montovani (Samir Ali 48′), Temi Babalola, Ethan Kessel, Connor Leon (Marcel McDonald 71′)

Goal-scorers: Temi Babalola [14′, 42′ & 52′], Taku Mashingaidze [19′], Samir Ali [pen 76′], Marcel McDonald [79′]

Booked: None   |  Subs Not Used: Al-Dani

Match Report: Stansted 2 – 0 Takeley (Tues 23rd Oct) [ECC R2 24.10.18]

Errington Challenge Cup 2018-19: Round Two

Venue: Hargrave Park

Attendance: 63

2018-19 Season – Match 26

Tuesday 23rd October 2018  – 7.45pm KO

Stansted : Blue & Black Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Takeley : Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Stansted progress in the Errington Cup with a late flourish

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

Our travels took us to Hargrave Park to see Stansted welcome Takeley as the Errington Challenge Cup reached its second round stage. Team-wise, The Airportmen rested several of the starting XI that has been making waves in the Essex Senior League so far this season. In came recent signings Charlie Buffin at full-back and James Briggs in central midfield. Jack West and Jordan Palmer led the line while Paul Preston and Connor Hammond were on the flanks, with Callum Ibe among the substitutes. Takeley suffered a blow early this week with star forward Charlie Cole leaving the club. Stalwart Ronnie Yates continued in goal, while Josh Sykes was supported by skipper Jason Todd in attack.

If I’m being really honest, the first half rather limped into life with the bulk of the chances in the early stages coming from set-pieces. Three minutes in, Stansted winger Connor Hammond’s free-kick sailed wide. Five minutes later, a free-kick from Takeley’s Alex Martin was nodded on to a decent header by midfielder George Pullen though home stopper Charlie Turner saved comfortably.

Home winger Paul Preston was looking lively down the right wing, and as we approached the midway point of the half, his strike, heading for the top corner was well punched away by the ever-commanding goalkeeper that is Ronnie Yates. Both sides struggled somewhat to find that telling final ball to breach the other’s defence. To be fair to the visitors, centre-backs Leo Pontes and Bryn Thorpe did a decent job of restricting chances though wingers Preston and Hammond were certainly keeping the Takeley defence alert.

Half-Time: Stansted  0 – 0 Takeley

In the second half, Takeley started things stronger as winger Alex Warman, who did catch the eye at times, fizzed a shot over the bar. Minutes after Martin also fired over the target, forward Josh Sykes sent a good low drive agonizingly wide of Turner’s far post. Stansted did push back in the last twenty minutes with substitute Callum Ibe stretching the visiting back-line with his pace and directness down the flanks. The Airportmen finally broke the deadlock in this tie on 75 minutes as after Yates well to deny an initial effort, centre-back Sam West reacted well to toe-poke in from close range.

With eight minutes to play, Ibe was released down the right and smashed a classy strike from 20-odd yards past Yates into the top left corner to seal progression for Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman’s side. Despite a rather tetchy end to the match, the hosts did prevail while Takeley may take a few matches to regroup though I suspect they will do so soon.

Full-Time: Stansted 2 – 0 Takeley

My thanks to League President Rob Errington, Glyn Warwick and all at Stansted FC for their hospitality this evening. Best wishes to both clubs for the rest of the season.

Stansted  | Joint-Managers: Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman

Charlie Turner (GK), Courtney Homans, Charlie Buffin, Sam West, Matt Frew, James Briggs (Callum Ibe 69′), Paul Preston, Paul Clayton (Capt), Jack West, Jordan Palmer (Olly Bell 72′), Connor Hammond (Lewis Stantiall 83′)

Goal-scorers: Sam West [75′], Callum Ibe [82′]

Booked: Frew    | Subs Not Used: Carvalho, Bennett

Takeley      | Manager: Marc Das

Ronnie Yates (GK), Andre Humphrey, Kyan Gulliver, Alex Martin (Charlie Avent 83′), Leo Pontes, Bryn Thorpe, Mitchell Das, George Pullen (Coby Miles 71′), Josh Sykes (Musape Oguntuga 75′), Jason Todd (Capt), Alex Warman

Booked: Martin, Warman, Das   |  Subs Not Used: T Wickenden

Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 2 – 1 Witham Town (Sat 20th Oct) [BLN 21.10.18]

Bostik League Division North

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 104

2018-19 Season – Match 25

Saturday 20th October 2018  – 3pm KO

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

Witham Town: Yellow Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Yellow Socks

Wakering put in strong display to outmatch Witham

 


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

On a sunny autumnal day at Burroughs Park, Great Wakering welcomed Essex rivals Witham in what was for me a rare Bostik League Division North match this season. I’d last seen Rovers in their Errington Challenge Cup Final win in May and since then they’ve had a bit of a squad turnover, as well as a new gaffer in Garry Kimble. Here, they went with the front three of Billy Johnson, Marcus Bowers and Stephen Butterworth with ex-Redbridge defender John Mbamarah skippering the side.

Witham are now managed by ex-Stansted boss Mark Ashford as they seek to avert flirting with danger at the bottom end of the division this season. They fielded Luca Collins in goal, with the physical L’heureux Menga and young forward Alfie Cerulli in attack, plus ex-ESL players Sam Ashford and Johnny Ashman on the flanks.

The match didn’t take long to settle as only four minutes in, a long-throw from home forward Marcus Bowers caused chaos in the Witham back-line and a inital fine strike cannoned off the underside of the bar, fellow forward Billy Johnson reacted quickest to nod his side ahead. The hosts had the better of the forward play and with it, the chances though winger Jake Gordon and captain John Mbamarah had efforts that went wide of the ‘onion bag’. Witham goalkeeper Luca Collins was in fine form throughout, denying Mbamarah’s fine header with an equally good save on 17 minutes.

Witham had few chances in the half though skipper Danny Norton nearly took advantage of a slip-up by home custodian Coey Turipa though the ‘keeper recovered by parrying Norton’s lob wide for a corner. Wakering did go into the break with a two-goal cushion as the impressive Bowers struck a low drive past Collins from a narrow angle seven minutes before half-time.

 

Half-Time: Great Wakering  2 – 0  Witham Town

In the second half, it was a fair bit more even-stevens though on 52 minutes, from Johnson’s corner, forward Stephen Butterworth’s fierce drive smashed off the crossbar. Town did look a threat on occasion with wingers Johnny Ashman and Sam Ashford arguably having the biggest influence with their pace, crossing and touch. Rovers spurned chances to wrap the match up though substitute Billy Harris shot wide with his first touch, while winger  Jake Gordon also saw his strike on-the-volley sail over when one-on-one with Collins.

In the latter stages, the visitors did keep going and substitute Sam Owusu’s effort fizzed wide after good play by full-back Luke Mallett. Fellow substitute Elias Siligato’s shot also pinged off the woodwork though Sam Ashford’s late penalty did give them something to go away with though they will be cursing their inability to create chances in the first half here.

Wakering forwards Marcus Bowers and Billy Johnson and centre-back John Mbamarah stood out for me today while Witham defender Jack Kemsley along with Ashman and goalkeeper Collins did well for Mark Ashford’s side.

Full-Time: Great Wakering  2 – 1   Witham

 

Great Wakering Rovers  | Manager: Garry Kimble

Coey Turipa (GK), Jason Ring, Tom Skelton, Simon Glover, John Mbamarah (Capt), Brandy Makhendi (Billy Harris 72′), Jake Gordon, George Cox (Aaron Russell 84′), Marcus Bowers, Stephen Butterworth (Adam Vyse 81′), Billy Johnson

Goal-scorers: Billy Johnson [4′], Marcus Bowers [38′]

Booked: Cox    | Subs Not Used: Folkes

 

Witham Town      | Manager: Mark Ashford

Luca Collins (GK), Luke Mallett, Liam Whipps, Danny Norton (Capt), Patrick Ahern, Jack Kemsley, Johnny Ashman (Sam Owusu 65′), Michael Osei-Saahene (Elias Siligato 65′), L’heureux Menga, Alfie Cerulli (Antoni Paredes-Garcia 79′), Sam Ashford

Goal-scorers: Sam Ashford [pen 90’+4]

Booked: Menga   |  Subs Not Used: Isherwood, Fisher