Report in-Brief: White Ensign 4 – 3 Catholic Utd (EOFL 19.5.18)

Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Saturday 19th May 2018 – 2.30pm

2017 – 18 Season: Match 71

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The Len Forge Centre 3G pitch before KO

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a sun-bathed mid-May afternoon, I made my first visit proper to the Len Forge Centre to see EOFL Premier champions Catholic Utd finish the season at local rivals White Ensign.

In what ended up being a rather entertaining encounter, the hosts led after just five minutes with home skipper David Limber forcing the ball home to give his side the lead. A depleted Utd squad struggled to hold the enterprising attacking play of the hosts at times with Godwin-Green making a couple of important saves to keep his team in the match. Though three minutes before the interval, winger Lloyd Wilson struck to double the hosts’ lead. Though Utd responded only a minute later through centre-back Ellis Sands.

Half-Time: White Ensign  2 – 1  Catholic Utd

After the break, the match became even more open-ended as first, Limber struck again [50′] to restore the hosts’ two-goal cushion though again, the Super Hoops hit back through Dan Williams’ header.

Liam Sewell’s sweet strike thundered into the net to make it 4 – 2 on 65 minutes before another from Catholic defender Sands completed the scoring on a day where the hosts celebrated 4th place.

Full-Time: White Ensign 4 – 3 Catholic Utd

 

 

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Match Report: Sawbridgeworth Town 0 – 1 Great Wakering Rovers (ECC Final 5.5.18)

Errington Challenge Cup Final 2017/8

Venue: Capershotts (Waltham Abbey FC)

Attendance: 211

2017-18 Season – Match 69

Monday 5th May 2018  – 3pm KO

Sawbridgeworth Town: Red & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Red Socks

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

 

 

 

Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

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On a baking hot day, Waltham Abbey’s Capershotts ground hosted the Errington Challenge Cup Final between Sawbridgeworth Town and Great Wakering Rovers, who were gunning for the league and cup double. Sawbo named Aaron Thomas and Toby Cleaver in attack while the vastly experienced Matt Frew joined captain Louis Deamer at the heart of the defence with Daryl Doolan among the substitutes. For GWR, they named a very strong XI, though Kiah Froud stepped in for Jason Ring at right-back. Neil Richmond led the line after being rested in Wakering’s final league match on Saturday.

Before the match, the stadium fell silent for a minute’s silence to remember non-league stalwart and former AFC Hornchurch secretary Pete Butcher, who sadly died last week. I’d like to join the chorus of the Non-League community in sending my best wishes to Pete’s family and friends at this sad time.

As the match got underway in front of a very healthy crowd of over 200, Wakering’s leading scorer Neil Richmond was ‘in the mood’ early on though scuffed an effort wide while Sawbridgeworth captain Louis Deamer nodded wide with a back-post header moments later. Rovers found Sawbo goalkeeper James Mays in good form as he denied both full-back Aaron Russell and Richmond in the same attack. Sawbo were stretching the Rovers back-line meaning custodian Louis Hawes did have to ‘rush out’ a bit and twenty minutes in, Hawes just about denied forward Toby Cleaver though the match was a bit scrappy at times with clear-cut chances at somewhat of a premium.

As half-time approached, Wakering midfielder Ricky Evans powered an effort from distance that Mays gathered before at the other end, a good first-time cross from the right by full-back Mark Robinson, which couldn’t quite be turned home by forward Aaron Thomas who sent his effort wide.

Half-Time: Sawbridgeworth Town  0 – 0  Great Wakering Rovers

After the interval, the heat was only going to add to the players’ fatigue though Richmond was once again posing problems for the Sawbridgeworth defence and eight minutes into the half, the evergreen striker’s strike cannoned off the post. That chance was a warning of things to come though as after being well-found by Butterworth, Richmond slotted home for his 31st goal of an impressive campaign.

Wakering continued to push forward though Mays denied Richmond twice further, the second of those occasions following a deft lofted pass from winger Stephen Butterworth’s free-kick. The Sawbridgeworth stopper was much the busier of the two goalkeepers in the second half and further earned a “Man of the Match” award by pulling off two more good saves to deny Rovers substitute Chris Bryan, either side of Sawbo substitute Ollie Cleaver’s header that was saved by Hawes and turned in but the goal was ruled out following a assistant referee’s flag being drawn.

In truth, while Sawbridgeworth did show some nice build-up play in their attacking moves, they couldn’t assert themselves going forward against a typically-stubborn Wakering defence. As we got into five minutes of added-time, Sawbo substitute Daryl Doolan’s strike was blocked by the alert Hawes as Wakering held out comfortably to secure a double that sees them leave the Essex Senior League as the first winners of the newly re-named Errington Challenge Cup!

Full-Time: Sawbridgeworth Town  0 – 1  Great Wakering Rovers

 

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The officials collect their momentos
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Wakering celebrate with the trophy! (Credit: Pete D)

If you’d like to view match highlights (courtesy of WD Sportz) click here: https://youtu.be/ss_j4LzzFlo

Also, as part of the tie-in with WD Sportz, GFS co-presenter Pete D & myself conducted the post-match interviews with both managers: https://youtu.be/sy5NQpsnk3U and co-did a post-match sum-up: https://youtu.be/br86_AyXuj4

Teams

Sawbridgeworth Town  | Manager: John Watters

James Mays (GK), Mark Robinson (Ollie Cleaver 71′) Louis Monk, Lewis Deamer (Capt), Matt Frew, Tom Jelliman, Danny Wickenden, George Pullen (Jack Cousins 84′), Aaron Thomas, Toby Cleaver, Zak Johnson (Daryl Doolan 56′)

Subs Not Used: Hunter, Wright  | Booked: Robinson, T Cleaver

 

Great Wakering Rovers    | Manager: Iain O’Connell

Louis Hawes (GK), Kiah Froud, Aaron Russell (Danny Hurford 46′), Scott Pethers (Capt), Aaron Waters, Sam Carter, Billy Johnson (Chris Bryan 59′), Ricky Evans, Neil Richmond, Jay Nash, Stephen Butterworth

Goal-scorer: Neil Richmond [58′]

Subs Not Used: Seaden, Dopson  | Booked: Waters, Carter

Referee: Jamie Pope
Assistant Referees: Jamie Wood & Michael Wingate
Fourth Official: Brett Grant

Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 5 – 0 West Essex (ESL 28.4.18)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 120

2017-18 Season – Match 68

Saturday 28th April 2018  – 3pm KO

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

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

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The pre-match ‘West’ huddle (Credit: Andy W)

Report by Scott W (with photos by Andy Wilkins (Twitter: @andywilkins2015)

On a crucial day in the Essex Senior League, Great Wakering Rovers welcomed ‘surprise package’ West Essex to Burroughs Park. GWR knew what they had to do – a win would see them promoted whilst if Basildon slipped up then the title would also be theirs. Onto the team news and for the hosts, Danny Hurford remained out of action due to illness so Aaron Russell stepped in as a make-shift full-back while the attack was led by Messrs Dewberry, Richmond and Butterworth with Jay Nash, Chris Bryan and Bayley Newell all on the bench. West had ‘shuffled the pack’ in midweek due to their extensive fixture schedule and were missing Ben Leo and Joe Lefley though club captain Tom Macleod continued in a more advanced role, supporting forwards Michael Mignot and Musa Manneh.

Onto the match itself and whilst the hosts looked threatening as ever in the early stages, West captain Tom Macleod sent a overhead kick just over the bar on six minutes.  This spurred the hosts on further and only minutes later, a drive by midfielder Ricky Evans was thwarted on the line by a visiting defender. Forwards Stephen Butterworth and Nathan Dewberry couldn’t find hit the target in the next passage of the game although Rovers were pretty dominant in terms of possession. As half-time drew near, tigerish midfielder Sam Carter sent two headers just off target though the wind was certainly in the Wakering sails and on the stroke of half-time, Wakering striker Neil Richmond was unselfishly played in and when one-on-one, just found the net despite West midfielder Brad Russell’s valiant effort to clear off the line.

Half-Time: Great Wakering Rovers  1 – 0  West Essex

Rovers held a narrow lead at the break though daylight did start to come as three minutes after the interval, winger Billy Johnson thundered a free-kick off the woodwork before only a minute later, Wakering were awarded a spot-kick, which Butterworth duly converted into the corner of the net.

Stags goalkeeper Jack Coker was to be by far the busier stopper in the second half as just shy of the hour, Richmond’s drive was blocked by Coker although he didn’t know too much about it, due to being unsighted. West talisman Michael Mignot barely had sight of goal today though three minutes short of the hour-mark, his run needed the intervention of home custodian Louis Hawes who gathered the ball at the striker’s feet.

A quick duo of goals for the hosts just past the hour ended this match as a contest really as first on 63 minutes, Carter powered a header off of a good leap into the net and then three minutes afterwards, a terrific 30-yard strike from Dewberry flew into the left corner of Coker’s net to certainly send the Green & White Army on their way to promotion straight back to the Isthmian North.

With eleven minutes remaining, Mignot had a goal chalked off for an offside though truth be told, it didn’t affect the true path that this match was going. Wakering ended the scoring with seven minutes left as only a minute after coming off the substitute’s bench, Bayley Newell slotted home to grab himself another goal and secure Iain O’Connell’s side another three points.

Full-Time: Great Wakering  5 – 0  West Essex

The squad remained on the pitch  post-match to first applaud the Supporters’ Player of the Year which was midfielder Sam Carter and following that, the tension was palpable as we awaited news on the result elsewhere. As it turned out, Basildon being held in their match at Sporting Bengal meant Rovers had not only secured promotion, but also the Essex Senior League championship along with it, which triggered joyous scenes to finally erase the pain of last season’s hurtful relegation.

 

Congratulations to the Great Wakering squad, management and the Committee on their success and also a thank you for their hospitality, I wish Rovers well next season back in the Bostik Division North. As for West Essex, they will have better days than this and they know a win against bottom side Hackney Wick in midweek will mean that they will secure 6th spot, ahead of Clapton. Credit also goes to the Stags for congratulating the champions before they left the pitch.

 

 

You can catch video highlights of this match, courtesy of WD Sportz here: https://youtu.be/P05tZK9zo_k

And post-match Interviews with both managers by myself (guesting on WD Sportz) here: https://youtu.be/MSvRx0cpyP0

Teams:

Great Wakering Rovers  | Manager: Iain O’Connell

Louis Hawes (GK), Jason Ring, Aaron Russell, Scott Pethers (Capt), Aaron Waters, Billy Johnson, Sam Carter, Ricky Evans, Nathan Dewberry (Bayley Newell 82′), Neil Richmond (Chris Bryan 71′), Stephen Butterworth (Jay Nash 69′)

Goal-scorers:  Neil Richmond [45′], Stephen Butterworth [pen 49′], Sam Carter [63′], Nathan Dewberry [66′], Bayley Newell [83′]

Booked: None    |  Subs Not Used: Froud

West Essex   |  Manager: Kwame Kwateng

Jack Coker (GK), Sanchez Hardy, Josh Kane, Nick Walk, Josh French, Greg Frederick (James Bromley 71′), Brad Russell (Kofi Appiah 83′), Cameron Gray, Tom Macleod (Capt), Musa Manneh (Isaac Marfo 64′), Michael Mignot

Booked: Russell  |  Subs Not Used: Adebayo, Woodbridge

Referee: Liam Giles

Match Report: West Essex 5 – 1 Wadham Lodge (ESL 21.4.18)

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Essex Senior League – ‘Kick It Out’ Day 2018

Venue: Mayesbrook Park

Attendance: 84

2017-18 Season – Match 66

Saturday 21st April 2018 – 3pm KO

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

Wadham Lodge: White Shirts, Red Shorts, White Socks

 

Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a warm spring afternoon at Mayesbrook Park, West Essex welcomed relegation-battlers Wadham Lodge in one of the designated matches supporting the Essex Senior Lsague’s “Kick It Out” Day 2018. The hosts made only one change to the starting XI from their midweek win at Hullbridge with Josh French replacing Kofi Appiah at centre-back alongside Nick Walk with Tom Woodbridge and James Bromley options from the substitute’s bench.

Wadham rocked up here on-the-back of a fine win in midweek and had Louis Chapman between the posts with the attacking four of Abdoulie Njai, Kieron Southgate, captain Sherwin Stanley and Daniel Francis with young forward Rujorn Tuitt on the bench.

The match was preceded by a training session for youngsters, led by West Essex Head Coach Kwame Kwateng himself. The visitors knew their job and how much they needed the win here and broke the deadlock scarcely a minute into the match as a long throw-in caused chaos and midfielder Paul Oshin stole in to help the ball home and give Jason Ngandu’s side something to hold on to.

Only a minute later, the hosts’ start to the contest got worse as after a foul on Wadham forward Kieran Southgate in the area, the referee awarded a penalty though Wadham’s wily striker Stanley attempted to put off West goalkeeper Dan Russell by taking his time over the spot-kick, only for Russell to deny him with a good save. The hosts did gradually get themselves going and ten minutes in, the livewire that is forward Michael Mignot made a great run down the right flank, fizzed a good cross into the box that just evaded the outstretched foot of strike partner Isaac Marfo and the ball trickled harmlessly out of danger.

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Wadham full-back Banks takes a throw-in (ESL 21.4.18)

During the first 20-25 minutes, the Wad Army did have a healthy chunk of the attacking play though couldn’t quite create many clear-cut chances. Good link-up play mid-way through the half between West skipper Tom MacLeod and Mignot resulted in the latter firing wide though you still sensed the Stags had ‘more gears to find’ at this point. As the half entered its latter stages, Wadham defender Ashley Banks made a good challenge on Mignot though moments before, Marfo and midfielder Brad Russell’s efforts on goal couldn’t beat visiting ‘stopper Louis Chapman.

Right on the stroke of half-time, Brad Russell’s cross into the box was cleared by Wadham centre-back Chris Gormley. The resulting corner caused panic in the penalty area and the ball found its way to Mignot who speculatively back-heeled an effort past Chapman to give the Stags the leveller they so needed and undoubtedly the visitors would have been disappointed at the timing of the goal.

Half-Time: West Essex 1 – 1 Wadham Lodge

As the second half began, the hosts were determined to start this half better than they had the first. Seven minutes after the break, Wadham winger Abdoulie Njai made a good run down the right wing though blazed his shot harmlessly wide. West were starting to create more by this point and three minutes shy of the hour-mark, a superb curling left-wing cross by Ben Leo found Marfo in space, who nodded home well past Chapman to put the hosts ahead for the first time.

The visitors were awarded another spot-kick on 67 minutes though midfielder Michael Osei’s penalty was superbly tipped onto the woodwork by Dan Russell. To be fair to Wadham, their heads may have dropped but they didn’t as minutes later, substitute Rujorn Tuitt (who had replaced injured skipper Stanley) found his way into the area though a really good interception by Leo snuffed out the potential chance.

Two goals in three minutes did kill off the contest. With 78 minutes on the watch, a corner found MacLeod who calmly headedhome to give Kwame Kwateng’s side a two-goal cushion. Two minutes later, Mignot claimed another assist as his pass found defender Josh French at the back-post and he made no mistake with a cool finish. Stags ‘keeper Russell still needed to be alert to deny Njai with his outstretched foot, whilst one-on-one.

West remained hungry for goals late on, and after substitute Tom Woodbridge headed over, Mignot claimed his second to further assist his hopes of being the league’s leading scorer in two weeks’ time. All in all, West Essex’s attacking threat overwhelmed the troubled Wadham back-line in the second half as they just couldn’t live with their pace and movement – hardly the first side though this season to have found West difficult to play.

 

Full-Time: West Essex 5 – 1 Wadham Lodge

In closing, I’d like to mention that it was an honour to join Essex Senior League Chairman Rob Errington for this match, on such an important day for the ESL. It has to be said also that both sides put on a good game here for the larger crowd in attendance today.

 

Teams

West Essex  | Head Coach: Kwame Kwateng

Dan Russell (GK), Sanchez Hardy, Ben Leo, Nick Walk, Josh French, Brad Russell (Musa Manneh 85′), Greg Frederick (Tom Woodbridge 82′), Tom MacLeod (Capt), Joe Lefley, Michael Mignot, Isaac Marfo (James Bromley 63′)

Goal-scorers: Michael Mignot [45′, 90′], Isaac Marfo [57′], Tom MacLeod [78′], Josh French [80′]

Booked: Mignot   | Subs Not Used: Kane, Khan

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Wadham Lodge | Manager: Jason Ngandu

Louis Chapman (GK), Brandon Kelly, Ashley Banks, Chris Gormley, Terry Foxe, Abdoulie Njai, Paul Oshin, Michael Osei (Nathan Joseph 80′), Sherwin Stanley (Capt) (Rujorn Tuitt 65′), Kieran Southgate, Daniel Francis

Goal-scorer: Paul Oshin [1′]

Booked: Osei, Gormley | Subs Not Used: Rider, Kirwan

 

Referee: Chris Cooper

 

 

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 5 West Essex (ESL 17.4.18)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 49

2017-18 Season – Match 65

Tuesday 17th April 2018 – 7.45pm KO

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

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

 

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Both sides before kick-off (Image: Scott W)

Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

With additional photos by Neil Hunwicks (Twitter: @ABridgeTooFar16) & Peter Dudley (Twitter: @ped1980)

 

On a nice spring evening at Lower Road, Hullbridge Sports welcomed a West Essex side that still had an outside chance of grabbing sixth place come season’s end. Hullbridge meanwhile could have done with one more success to absolutely confirm safety and they named the front two of Luke Hornsley and Adebola Sotoyinbo with Charllie Buffin and Matt Rose on the flanks. Matt Dicks and Jimmy Cox were among those unavailable for Darren Manning’s side so Conor Mead took the armband and reverted to a centre-back role alongside the recently returned Perry Dunn.

West Essex themselves named a strong side with the front-line of Isaac Marfo and talisman Michael Mignot with the creative likes of Brad Russell and Joe Lefley in support. Josh French and James Bromley were on the bench with Dan Christey and goalkeeper Jack Coker still unavailable. Club skipper Tom MacLeod did return to the starting XI.

The match started with the visitors pouring forward though forward Isaac Marfo and defender Tom MacLeod could not find their way past home goalkeeper Jamie Merralls. The hosts did have the odd foray forward in the early stages of the match though found the Stags defence in a stubborn mood. West Essex forward Michael Mignot stated his intent just past the 25 minute mark as his goal-bound header was blocked.

Arguably the best chance of the first half for Sports came moments later as a powerful drive by winger Charlie Buffin was well-tipped over by Stags custodian Dan Russell. The visitors responded just past the half-hour by taking the lead as the ever-dangerous Mignot slotted past Merralls calmly into the right corner of the net. Home forward Luke Hornsley did have sight of goal minutes later though his strike was straight at Russell who gratefully gathered.

Nine minutes before half-time, West doubled their lead as midfielder Joe Lefley cooly put Mignot in on goal and the forward finished well. The visitors had a couple chances to further extend their lead very soon after, with full-back Ben Leo’s fine left-wing cross just evading Marfo in the box. That said, the Stags were in no mood to be denied as a minute before the interval, Lefley’s sweet strike found the bottom corner. In all honesty, West’s movement and pace was very difficult for the home defence to handle thus far.

Half-Time: Hullbridge Sports 0 – 3 West Essex

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‘Bridge forward Sotoyinbo beats Russell from the spot (Image: Neil H)

As the second half began, Sports did threaten a comeback as moments after the inital whistle, a foul on Hornsley in the area by West centre-back Kofi Appiah was spotted and strike partner Adebola Sotoyinbo duly converted the resulting spot-kick. Sotoyinbo shot wide for the hosts only two minutes later though soon afterward, Mignot continued to give the home defence a tough evening’s work and snuck in to gather a ball from the left flank and stroked past Merralls, although a home defender may have got the final touch.

Just past the hour mark, Hullbridge pulled another goal back as a wind-assisted 40-yard free-kick from skipper Conor Mead found its way into the net past Russell and suddenly, the Stags defence looked a bit rocky as Hornsley and substitute Eamon Payne, playing as a makeshift forward, were proving a presence for the hosts’ front-line. Stags full-back Leo did msake a couple of good tackles as the hosts did threaten to eat further into West Essex’s lead for a short period.

However, the match was more than settled with eight minutes of normal time remaining, a corner from Lefley was powerfully headed home by substitute Josh French, to cap a throughly good night’s work for Kwame Kwateng’s side. The only downer for them was that midfielder Brad Russell limped off late on.

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 5 West Essex

Hullbridge boss Manning will know there is still ‘some work to do’ to ensure his side improves next season as they are practically safe now. They travel to Hackney Wick on Saturday, while West Essex host Wadham Lodge in one of the three designated matches suppporting ‘Kick It Out’ day on Saturday.

 

Teams

Hullbridge Sports | Manager: Darren Manning

Jamie Merralls (GK), Shawn Coe (Eamon Payne 46′), Sam Taylor, Perry Dunn, Conor Mead (Capt), Joe Pattison, Dan Okah, Charlie Buffin (Howard Wright 82′), Luke Hornsley, Adebola Sotoyinbo, Matt Rose

Goal-scorers: Adebola Sotoyinbo [pen 46′], Conor Mead [62′]

Booked: Dunn   | Subs Not Used: Burrell, Poole

 

West Essex  | Head Coach: Kwame Kwateng

Dan Russell (GK), Sanchez Hardy, Ben Leo, Tom McLeod (Capt), Nick Walk, Kofi Appiah, Bradley Russell, Joe Lefley, Greg Frederick (Musa Manneh 71′), Michael Mignot (Jonathan Tyrell 82′), Isaac Marfo (Josh French 64′)

Goal-scorers: Michael Mignot [31′, 36′ & 50′], Joe Lefley [44′], Josh French [82′]

Booked: Appiah, McLeod, Russell, Walk  | Subs Not Used: Bromley

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Referee: Michael Scott

Match Report: Burnham Ramblers 1 – 2 Basildon Utd (ESL 16.4.18)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Leslie Field

Attendance: 72

Monday 16th April 2018 7.45pm KO

2017-18 Season: Match 64

Burnham: Navy Blue & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

Basildon: Green & White Striped Shirts, Green Shorts, Green Socks

 

Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a slightly chilly Monday evening at Leslie Field, relegation-threatened Burnham Ramblers welcomed promotion-chasing Basildon in what was a critical Essex Senior League encounter. For the hosts, Joshua Strizovic resumed duties between the sticks while Charlee Hughes also returned in attack, alongside Karl Swanborough. Basildon also welcomed back star striker Marcus Bowers into the starting XI, with Jack Adlington and Jamie Brown on the flanks. James Peagram and Matt Brinklow were among the options on the bench.

The visitors started in a dominant fashion, with wave after wave of attacks in the opening quarter-hour. Seven minutes in, centre-back Zac Littlejohn’s powerful drive  forced an excellent one-handed save from Burnham custodian Joshua Strizovic at full-stretch. Winger Jack Adlington miscued his shot from point-blank range in what was a let-off for Lee Hughes’ side. Burnham did make their way forward at scattered intervals though forwards Julian Bavin and Charlee Hughes should have done better but blazed efforts over the bar.

Bees’ forward Marcus Bowers was once again proving a physical threat to the over-worked Burnham back-line and felllow Basildon forward Oli Spooner also made a nuisance of himself in the number-ten role. After the visitors had a goal ruled-out for off-side on the half-hour, Spooner headed wide from a good delivery from winger Jamie Brown. Burnham skipper Alex Salmon typified his side’s stubborn defending, making two crucial blocks though you wondered whether the Ramblers defence could keep defensive display for the whole 90 minutes. In all honesty, Basildon should have been two goals ahead at  the break.

Half-Time: Burnham 0 – 0 Basildon

Into the second period and five minutes in, Hughes fired a shot from a narrow angle though visiting goalkeeper Connor Wheatley gathered. Moments later, the hosts conceded another free-kick, just outside the edge of the penalty area after Brown’s shot was adjudged to have been blocked by a hand. Bowers stepped up and blasted a sweet strike past Strizovic into the left corner. It was no less than the visitors deserved really and on the hour, Bees substitute Matt Brinklow was denied a good sniff at goal by Burnham winger Alfie Vinton, tracking back.

With 64 minutes on the clock, a Basildon corner was punched out by Strizovic though the ball fell kindly to Bowers in the area, who blasted another well-struck effort past the unsighted Strizovic, who managed to get a hand on it but couldn’t divert it over the bar. Burnham rallied though Hughes’ powerful goal-bound shot was parried by Wheatley. Just after that, the hosts were down to ten men after Vinton was dismissed for expressing his frustrations rather too fiercely.

The Bees should have been further ahead though Brinklow’s effort was cleared off the line. The hosts punished Basildon for that miss as Jamie Marsh’s fine cross was struck home by Hughes. Wheatley had to be alert late on to react to Burnham midfielder Bill Howard’s back header, which the ‘keeper tipped over the bar well. The Bees held on to claim another important win.

 

All in all, Marc Harrison’s side deserved the points with an assured display at times and their attacking pace and movement though Burnham did work hard at times, though they struggled to assert themselves in the first half. Things look bleak for Burnham now as they really need to win both of their remaining fixtures though it looks as though their fate is ‘out of their hands’ now. Basildon return to action at Southend Manor on Wednesday night and a win there will see them go level on points with Redbridge.

 

Teams:

Burnham Ramblers  | Head Coach: Lee Hughes

Joshua Strizovic (GK), Tom Bennett (Tomiwa Adebayo 49′), Ricardo Bailey, Charles Brewer, Alex Salmon (Capt), Jamie Marsh, Alfie Vinton, William Howard, Karl Swanborough, Charlee Hughes, Julian Bavin (Scott Plom 73′)

Goal-scorer: Charlee Hughes [77′]

Booked: Howard, Hughes, Bavin, Salmon, Brewer

Sent Off: Vinton (Foul and Abusive language) | Subs Not Used: Hanlon, French (GK), Lewis

 

Basildon Utd  | Manager: Marc Harrison

Connor Wheatley (GK), Jamie Selby-Knight, Chris Charlery, Joe Skeels, Joe Burgess, Zac Littlejohn, Jamie Brown, Grant Cumming, Marcus Bowers (James Peagram 65′), Oli Spooner (Jack Renew 71′), Jack Adlington (Matt Brinklow 60′)

Goal-scorer: Marcus Bowers [53′, 64′]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Putt, Phillips

 

 

 

Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 4 – 1 Wadham Lodge (ESL 14.4.18)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 78

2017-18 Season – Match 63

Saturday 14th April 2018 – 3pm KO

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

Wadham Lodge: White Shirts, Red Shorts, White Socks

 

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Report by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

With photos by Peter Dudley (Twitter: @ped1980)

On a lovely blue-sky day at Burroughs Park, league leaders Great Wakering welcomed relegation-battlers Wadham Lodge in an interesting encounter that had ramifications for both ends of the table. Wakering named a front three of Nathan Dewberry, Neil Richmond and Jay Nash with Aaron Waters partnering Scott Pethers in the heart of the defence. For Wadham, goalkeeper issues meant assistant boss Dwayne Uylett had to go in goal, and veteran forward Sherwin Stanley once again led the line, with support from Danny Francis and Abdoulie Njai.

The match began at a fair pace, and Wakering broke the deadlock after only three minutes when Neil Richmond sent a lovely strike with the outside of his right foot past stand-in keeper Dwayne Uylett from inside the area. Wakering kept their foot on the pedal too though a good tackle by full-back Ashley Bankole denied winger Billy Johnson a good sight of goal in the box. The hosts were quite wasteful finishing-wise as within a few minutes of each other, Ricky Evans, Jay Nash and Nathan Dewberry all took long-range shots to try and catch out Uylett but couldn’t find the target.

With 21 minutes on the clock, Nash’s goal-bound effort was well-kept out by Uylett though Richmond’s follow-up strike was denied for an off-side. The Wadham stopper also did well to deny Dewberry’s drive on the half-hour. Wadham looked OK goibg forward on the rare occasion they pushed forward and midfielder Brandon Kelly fired a shot from distance wide of the post. Wakering finally doubled their lead a minute before the break as Billy Johnson unleashed a 20-yard pile-driver which fizzed high into the back of Uylett’s net.

 

Half-Time: Great Wakering Rovers   2 – 0  Wadham Lodge

 

As the second half began, the visitors deserve credit for ‘giving it a go’ as two efforts from attacker Abdoulie Njai couldn’t beat home custodian Louis Hawes though it was a warning. For the most part, the Wakering back-line was quite untroubled though at times they did drop their intensity going forward. The over-worked Wadham defence was breached again with twenty minutes remaining as Richmond’s delivery found Dewberry who gratefully secured a tap-in from point-blank range.

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Wakering captain Scott Pethers strikes a free-kick (Image: Peter D)

However, Wadham rallied on 76 minutes as following a poor challenge on the edge of the area by stand-in defender Ricky Evans, Danny Francis netted the resulting free-kick past Hawes. Any lingering doubt over the destination of the points here was soon snuffed out though five minutes later as Wakering substitute Bayley Newell kept his composure to lob over two Wadham defenders into the net.

Full-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 4 – 1 Wadham Lodge

All in all, a job well done today for the hosts who maintained their recent imperious form yet didn’t really have to reach top gear in order to get the win. Wadham remain in a precarious position in the bottom two, five points from safety but with six matches to play. Wakering move five points clear of stuttering Redbridge who are 2nd and only need three more wins to secure the title.

 

Teams

Great Wakering Rovers | Manager: Iain O’Connell

Louis Hawes (GK), Jason Ring, Danny Hurford, Scott Pethers (Capt), Aaron Waters (Aaron Russell 64′), Sam Carter, Billy Johnson, Ricky Evans, Nathan Dewberry, Neil Richmond (Bayley Newell 77′), Jay Nash (Chris Bryan 71′)

Goal-scorers: Neil Richmond [3′], Billy Johnson [44′], Nathan Dewberry [70′], Bayley Newell [81′]

Booked: Evans    | Subs Not Used: Dopson, Froud

 

Wadham Lodge  | Manager: Jason Ngandu

Dwayne Uylett (GK), Nathan Joseph, Ashley Bankole, Terry Foxe, Chris Gormley, Brandon Kelly (Nathan Muskitta 71′), Kieran Southgate, Paul Oshin, Sherwin Stanley (Rujorn Tuitt 79′), Danny Francis, Abdoulie Njai (Cory Rider 88′)

Goal-scorer: Danny Francis [76′]

Booked: None   | Subs Not Used: Tanimowo, Ngandu