Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 2 – 1 Romford (Sat 19 Jan) [BLN 20.1.19]

Bostik Division North

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 126

2018-19 Season – Match 42

Saturday 19th January 2019  – 3pm KO

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

Romford: Blue & Yellow Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

 

GWR prevail in tension-filled basement battle at Burroughs Park 

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

This weekend saw me dip into the Bostik North to see Great Wakering welcome Romford in what was the visitors’ 1,000th league match, an extraordinary achievement – particularly given their rather nomadic existence in recent years. Gary Kimble’s side had a change in goal with Harry Seaden coming in, with new signing Marc Gorbell joining Ollie Woodhouse in the centre of defence. Physical forward Shomari Barnwell was joined in atack by debutant Matt Rush, on loan from Southend Utd Academy. Boro were once again led by the fearless Danny Cossington, with Nick Reynolds, Ridwan Hussein and Alfie Cleal among their attack. A strong bench contained Reece Hewitt, Khadean Campbell and Roddy Lemba.

The match got underway with a flourish from the hosts, though in the opening quarter-hour, winger Billy Johnson and forward Sham Barnwell missed good chances when through on goal to break the deadlock. Romford gradually found their way back into proceedings in terms of territory though you got the sense the tension was rising, given that both sides really could have done with the points here. Boro forward Nick Reynolds lashed a strike from a narrow angle which Rovers goalkeeper Harry Seaden was grateful to gather. The visitors could have pinched a lead in the latter stages of the half as midfielder Ayo Olukoga spurned two half-chances but was stopped by Seaden. Rovers responded strongly as both Matt Rush couldn’t quite get a shot away from Johnson’s cross before winger Jake Gordon blazed a free-kick over the woodwork, from a promising position.

Half-Time: Great Wakering 0 – 0  Romford

 

The match badly needed a goal and both sides made a change at the interval with Josh Wiggins replacing the injured Gordon for GWR while Boro took full-back Toby Barlow off, to be replaced by Reece Hewitt. Hewitt had a strong start, making two telling interceptions to in his own box to assist his defence.

 

Hewitt then broke the deadlock on 50 minutes as he found acres of room on the Boro left flank, and struck a powerful drive, beating Seaden at his near post to really put ‘the cat amongst the pidgeons’ for the home side. Wakering responded almost immediately though midfielder Lewis Jaggs and Johnson both blazed wide. GWR skipper Pethers was unusally replaced on the hour, by Brandy Makhendi as the armband passed to consistent full-back Jason Ring. Barnwell had ‘one of those days’ for the hosts as his drive smashed against a post at that point. It was looking like the hosts would struggle to convert their chances before Wiggins put Rovers level on 66 minutes with a cool side-footed finish past Aldridge in a crowded 18-yard area. Minutes later, Rush was well-denied by Aldridge who spread himself well to deny a clear shot at goal.

With 19 minutes remaining, Rovers talisman Johnson’s effort was denied by ‘keeper Aldridge, Barnwell followed up with a effort of his own which would’ve gone in, though a brillant goal-line interception by Boro centre-back Danny Cossington denied the luckless forward. Barnwell had two further oppurtunities to break his mini-hoodoo though to his credit, he did keep running and working hard for his team. Wakering’s pressure in the last half-hour finally bore fruit with eight minutes left as a good cross by the enthusiastic forward Rush found Billy Johnson at the back stick who had a simple header from point-blank range.

Wakering held form to get only their second win in their last nine matches while Boro have won one in their last 14 games now as they remain in the drop zone. Centre-back Marc Gorbell led the stand–out performances for the home side with a committed display, with Rush, Gordon and Barnwell also proving influential, even if on another day the latter could have had a hat-trick. Still, you’ve got to put the hard yards in and that also applies to Boro skipper Cossington who must have made four or five superb interceptions today, a credit to his side’s defensive showing. Substitute Reece Hewitt also shone in what was a rare beacon of light in an otherwise forgettable attacking display which boss Paul Martin will want his side to improve on.

 

Full-Time: Great Wakering 2 – 1 Romford

Finally, thank you to GWR for their welcome & hospitality and also was a pleasure to meet the legend that is Boro boss Paul Martin. Wish both sides well in their respective battles to stay in the division.

 

Great Wakering Rovers  | Manager: Gary Kimble

Harry Seaden (GK), Jason Ring, Eljay Worrell, Ollie Woodhouse, Marc Gorbell, Scott Pethers (Capt) (Brandy Makhendi 62′), Jake Gordon (Joshua Wiggins 46′), Lewis Jaggs, Matt Rush (Simon Glover 90′), Shomari Barnwell, Billy Johnson

Goal-scorer: Joshua Wiggins [66′], Billy Johnson [82′]

Booked:  None | Subs Not Used: Bradford, Hawes (GK)

 

Romford      | Manager:  Paul Martin

Harry Aldridge (GK), Nathaniel Joseph, Toby Barlow (Reece Hewitt 46′), Danny Nesbitt, Ayo Olukoga (Khadean Campbell 70′), Danny Cossington (Capt), Chris Taylor, Malaki Toussaint, Nick Reynolds (Roddy Lemba 78′), Ridwan Hussein, Alfie Cleal

Goal-scorer: Reece Hewitt [50′]

Booked: Nesbitt | Subs Not Used: Fisher, Scammell (GK)

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Match Report: Walthamstow 1 – 2 Ilford (Sat 12 Jan) [ESL 12.1.19]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Wadham Lodge Stadium

Attendance: 61

2018-19 Season – Match 41

Saturday 12th January 2019  – 3pm KO

Walthamstow: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

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

 

 

 

Ilford’s gritty display sees them to a five victory

 

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

This weekend’s match saw me re-join ESL President Rob Errington and head to Wadham Lodge to see in-form Walthamstow face an Ilford side who have somewhat struggled for wins of late. The hosts have seen players come & go of late, with defender Bryn Thorpe heading back to Takeley, though new signing Correy Davidson was on the bench. Reece Conway skippered the side here including a very strong front three of Dwade James, Leon McKenzie and Marcus Bowers. Samrai Gebrai and Matt Brinklow were also on the bench. For the visitors, near ever-presents in goalkeeper Hugo Rossetti, full-back Luke Casey and captain Danny Haigh retained their places while Deji Adeniran and Seye Okunlola led the line.

The match didn’t exactly go according to the ‘script’ right from the get-go as after only three minutes, a foul on full-back Luke Casey on the right flank allowed a free-kick to be sent in by support forward Callum Maltese which home goalkeeper James Bransgrove punched away – only for the ball to find it way to Ilf winger Collins Atubrah who lashed home well from 20 yards out. Unsurprisingly, ‘Stow picked up after they conceded, and in the next portion of the game they had the vast majority of the play though didn’t have quite as many chances as their play warranted.

Attacking midfielder Christian Owusu blazed two efforts over the bar before experienced forward Leon McKenzie sent over a tellling cross from the right wing, which Foxes custodian Hugo Rossetti had to punch clear before fellow forward Dwade James could get a header in on goal. The pressure was clearly on the visiting defence at this point (just past the quarter-hour) though Ilford’s committed nature was summed up superbly by captain Danny Haigh’s great tackle on James in the area after he was well-found by rapid full-back Ryan Ramsey’s pass.

The visitors were looking decent on the odd occasion they had the chance to counter-attack though another ‘pinch point’ came on the half-hour as McKenzie’s fine goal-bound header was tipped over brilliantly by Rossetti. An increasingly frantic end to the half saw James uncharacteristically blaze over when one–on-one with Rosetti three minutes before the break while Bransgrove did well at the other end to deny Ilf forward Deji Adeniran from close range.

Half-Time: Walthamstow 0 – 1 Ilford

 

Straight into the second half and new boy Correy Davidson was thrust into proceedings for the hosts, who could have been level two minutes into the second half though somehow James didn’t make the most of a one-on-one chance, scuffing his shot wide of a post. To be fair, it wasn’t just down to the striker having an ‘off-day. Rossetti denied centre-back Craig Pope’s effort from close range, from a ‘Stow free-kick on 54 minutes as Martin Haywood’s side showed no lack of fighting spirit as they battled hard to keep their admittedly slender advantage.

Samrai Gebrai entered the fray with 20 minutes left for Ryan Maxwell’s men and quickly set about giving the tiring Ilford back-line another problem or two with his pace and crossing. Another good interception by Ilford midfielder Billy Golledge to deny a decent chance on goal showed that the Foxes were determined to hang on for the points and although their defending wasn’t pretty at times, in the face of big-time pressure from the home side who pretty much did everything but score, the Foxes stood firm.

And with ‘Stow pouring players foward, Ilford remarkably went two goals up as a good ball in found forward Okunlola at the back post and he made no mistake from close range with 13 minutes to play. Soon afterward, Ilf centre-back Steven Sylvester was dismissed for his second bookable offence and then to make matters really jittery for them, ‘Stow were given a penalty for a hand-ball in the are. James duly converted to atone for the earlier misses and it took another quality tackle from Haigh to deny him another opening in added-time.

Full-Time: Walthamstow  1 – 2  Ilford

 

All in all, this gutsy display from the Foxes was enough to claim a priceless three points for them, considering their recent form. Goalkeeper Hugo Rossetti and centre-back Danny Haigh shone for them today. Walthamstow will undoubtedly have better days than today, indeed it may well fire them up to go on another decent run. They are certainly able to win games well with the goal-power they have, that has not changed. Ryan Ramsey and tenacious midfielder Reece Conway stood out in my view for them today. Also, I’d like to thank ‘Stow for their hospitality as well today.

 

Walthamstow   | Player-Manager: Ryan Maxwell

James Bransgrove (GK), Vinny Murphy, Ryan Ramsey, Reece Conway (Capt), Craig Pope, Gus Douglas, Jack Folan, Christian Owusu (Correy Davidson 46′), Dwade James, Leon McKenzie, Marcus Bowers (Samrai Gebrai 70′)

Goal-scorer: Dwade James [pen 83′]

Booked: Conway, Ramsey, Murphy | Subs Not Used: R Pope, Brinklow, Seoane-Barker

 

Ilford      | Manager: Martin Haywood

Hugo Rossetti (GK), Luke Casey (Jamal Djotsi 59′), Simon Dahl (Festus Lori 72′), Steven Sylvester, Danny Haigh (Capt), Billy Golledge, Collins Atubrah, Lamarr Douglas, Deji Adeniran, Callum Maltese, Seye Okunlola

Goal-scorers: Collins Atubrah [3′], Deji Adeniran [77′]

Booked: Douglas | Sent Off: Sylvester (2 bookings)  | Subs Not Used: Flavin, Docaj

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 6 – 1 Sawbridgeworth Town (Sat 5 Jan) [ESL 5.1.19]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 59

2018-19 Season – Match 40

Saturday 5th January 2019  – 3pm KO

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

Sawbridgeworth: Red and Black Hooped Shirts,  Black Shorts, Red Socks

 

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

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Players pre-match in the fading light (Image: Scott W)

2019 and the second half of the ESL season began in earnest for Hullbridge and Sawbridgeworth with what turned out to be a cracker at Lower Road. You’ve heard the phrase ‘Game of two halves’ a lot, this match was almost two matches in one. Hullbridge, looking to reduce the gap to leaders Stansted, had to make a late change as gooalkeeper Lorcan Morrissey (himself due to replace stand-out stopper George Marsh due to injury) suffered an ankle injury in the warm-up so in came Alfie Cross between the sticks. The ‘usual suspects’ of Luke Hornsley, Adebola Sotoyinbo and Nathan Scarborough made up a formidable front three for the hosts, with Matt Rose skippering the side and recent signing Courtney Homans at right-back.

Sawbridgeworth named promising goalkeeper James Askew in their starting XI, with Joe Wright and Ollie Fortune leading the line and Lewis Deamer captaining the side. Julien Lloyd was among those unavailable due to being banned. What interested me is would an improving Sawbo side pose Hullbridge problems after their Errington Cup exit last weekend to Hoddesdon. We soon got an answer…..

To be fair, the pitch was rather soft in places with added sand in both goal-mouths. Anyway, we had an enterprising start to this match as in the first minute, ‘Bridge midfield dynamo Emmanuel Okunja rifled an effort past James Askew’s left-side post.  Mere minutes later, forward Nathan Scarborough unleashed a powerful drive which Askew had to parry away while skipper Matt Rose also scuffed a shot wide. Fellow forward Luke Hornsley was also ‘in the mood’ as after bypassing two Town defenders, he also fired wide.

The hosts could have been ahead though Sawbo also looked a threat on the counter-attack with winger Daryl Doolan and the front two of Wright and Fortune looking to stretch the home back-line. Indeed, the visitors struck first in this game as on 12 minutes, Doolan powered down the left flank and whipped in a peach of a cross which found forward Joe Wright and he fired home confidently.

John Watters’ side arguably had their best patch of the half just after the goal as just past the 20-minute mark, captain Lewis Deamer struck wide from a corner before minutes later, attempting to catch stand-in ‘keeper Alfie Cross off his goal-line, Wright sent a 40-yard lob wide of the ‘onion bag’. The tackles were starting to getting slightly crunchy as well at times, though Sawbridgeworth’s defence were frustrating the hosts to some degree and ‘keeper Askew also was commanding his area well and made decent saves as well.

On the half-hour, the hosts sensed they needed to find another gear and forward Adebola Sotoyinbo powered in an effort which Askew superbly tipped onto the woodwork. Two minutes later, Doolan had another half-chance, fizzing an effort over the bar.

On the cusp of half-time, the hosts got their leveller as from Rose’s cross, Sotoyinbo reacted first to grab a tap-in. It was the sort of game that could’ve been 2 – 2 at the break, it was that open though on chances alone, the hosts should have been level, even if the timing of the leveller felt like a ‘sucker-punch’ for the visitors.

Half-Time:  Hullbridge 1 – 1 Sawbridgeworth

 

After the break, club stalwart Sam Taylor entered the action for the hosts, coming in at centre-back while Jamal Allen filled in the anchor midfield slot. Taylor immediately had an impact as he denied Wright a clear sight at goal for the visitors. With 54 minutes on the watch, Okunja composed himself in the area going round his marker though was again well-denied by the impressive Askew. The hosts were finding their rhythm by this stage as Sotoyinbo had a low shot cleared off the goal-line before Hornsley fired wide after being well-found by Scarborough.

What followed that was a devastating spell of five goals in 14 minutes, to which Sawbo simply had no answer. First, from Sam Taylor’s sweet corner, substitute Michael Salako’s neat header found the far corner of the net on 69 minutes. Only five minutes later, the hosts were two goals ahead as Scarborough was in the right place to poke home after Hornsley had been denied. Unfortunately for the tiring visitors, it didn’t end there as the hosts were right in the ascendancy.

 

With 14 minutes remaining, Hornsley was fouled in the area and Sotoyinbo stepped up to take the resulting spot-kick and duly converted. The quick and tricky forward then got the goal of the game three minutes later with a superb 25-yard chip which sailed into the corner past a helpless Askew to also complete a fine hat-trick. Sawbo had a half-chance at the other end as after a lung-busting run, full-back Louis Monk blasted over the woodwork with nine minutes left. Soon after, the scoring was rounded off as from Scarborough’s cross, Salako powered home another header to secure a big win for Darren Manning’s side and quite a comeback.

Full-Time: Hullbridge 6 – 1 Sawbridgeworth

 

You had to feel somewhat sorry for the visitors as they didn’t deserve a hammering today, especially after their contribution to the game in the first-half. That being said, they faded quite heavily after the break – which boss Watters will be disappointed about. For Hullbridge though, their goal-power showed again and with that, they did no harm to their goal difference either. It’s not often you see goals pouring as they did here in the second-half and that ruthlessness will undoubtedly leave boss Manning and his coaching staff happy, as well as the home fans.

As ever, thank you to Hullbridge for their hospitality and also best wishes to Sawbo for the rest of their season.

Hullbridge Sports   | Manager: Darren Manning

Alfie Cross (GK), Courtney Homans, Matt Rose (Capt), Jamal Allen, Perry Dunn, Joe Skeels (Sam Taylor 46′), Joe Pattison (Michael Salako 65′), Emmanuel Okunja, Adebola Sotoyinbo, Luke Hornsley (Jonus Fuadianitu 79′), Nathan Scarborough

Goal-scorers: Adebola Sotoyinbo [45′, 76′ & 79′], Michael Salako [69′ & 82′], Nathan Scarborough [74′]

Booked: Skeels     | Subs Not Used: Tapley

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  | Manager: John Watters

James Askew (GK), John Clarke, Louis Monk, Lewis Deamer (Capt), Jo Cunning, Tom Jelliman, Daryl Doolan (Taylor Williamson 84′),James Baughurst, Joe Wright, Ollie Fortune (Isaac Amoah 68′), Danny Palmer (George Froosham 77′)

Goal-scorer: Joe Wright [12′]

Booked: Wright, Fortune    | Subs Not Used: Garrett

Match Report: Tower Hamlets 4 – 1 Grays Athletic Res (Sat 29 Dec) [PBT 29.12.18]

Peter Butcher Trophy 2018-19  – Round Two

Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: TBC

2018-19 Season – Match 39

Saturday 29th December 2018  – 3pm KO

Tower Hamlets: ‘Hi-Vis’ Green Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Grays Ath Res: Red and White Striped Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

 

Hamlets overwhelm Grays Reserves at Mile End

 

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

 

The first match for me in a fortnight took me to Mile End to see Tower Hamlets take on the second-string Grays Athletic side in the Peter Butcher Trophy Round Two stage. The hosts named a mixture of first-teamers and youthful players in their starting XI with Jordan Stanbury in goal behind a back four containing full-backs Kris Queeley and Joshua Rusoke and experienced centre-backs Tola Odedoyin and player-boss AJ Ashinike. Luke With and Dominic Weston were among the substitutes. For Philip Sackey’s team, Manraj Phagura skippered the side with strong forward Theirry Fang leading the line.

The match began in quite a muted fashion as Hamlets set about getting their passing game going with their opponents looking to adapt to both their surroundings and their opposition. Hamlets wingers Yohan Edoukai and Jamie Yila looked handy down the flanks with their pace and trickery. The hosts broke the deadlock on 18 minutes as Edoukai made a darting run down the right and beat visiting custodian Liam Tuitt one-on-one  as the ball went under his legs and into the net.

After a fair period of mostly possession-based play for both sides, Grays did get force their hosts back in terms of territory somewhat. Five minutes before the break, Grays forward Denzil Adebiyi blazed an effort wide of the right-side post, following a long throw into the box. Although the visitors did keep the home defence alert, they couldn’t really bring about that telling final ball to create the oppurtunities to test Jordan Stanbury in the Hamlets goal.

Half-Time:  T Hamlets 1 – 0 Grays Athletic Res

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If the first half was quite quiet in terms of goal-mouth action, the same was less so in the second half. Hamlets took advantage of a half-sleepy Grays defence early-doors as only a minute into the half, forward Suaibo Balde powered home a curling effort into the corner in what was a well-taken strike. AJ Ashinike’s team made it three only seven minutes later from a penalty spot as Montel Williams lashed home from 12 yards, right into the top corner giving Tuitt very little chance.

The hard-working Hamlets forward line continued to stretch the visitors as we got into the latter stages as another good delivery from Edoukai found substitute Eziekiel Kamara though his effort was closed down by the visiting back-line. Hamlets did get a fourth in the closing minutes as a lovely move saw substitute Ismael Traore-Mendy send in a teasing cross which Kamara prod home superbly to add some gloss to the score-line.

In fairness, Hamlets were not entirely dominant in this match and Grays did get a goal, with the last kick of the game. A free-kick came about in a promising position, 20 yards out – captain Manraj Phagura stepped up a curled home a beaut right into the left corner, evading Stanbury and his defenders.

All in all, this was a good afternoon’s work for Hamlets as they advance into the next round. I’d like to thank them for their hospitality today. Thanks also to Rob Errington.

Full-Time: Tower Hamlets 4 – 1 Grays Athletic Res

Tower Hamlets   | Player-Manager: AJ Ashinike

Jordan Stanbury (GK), Kris Queeley, Joshua Rusoke, Montel Williams, AJ Ashinike (Capt), Tola Odedoyin, Yohan Edoukai (Brandon Roberts-Marshall 83′), Flavio Jumo, Suaibo Balde (Eziekiel Kamara 76′), Jacob Katonia, Jamie Yila (Ismael Traore-Mendy 86′)

Goal-scorers: Yohan Edoukai [18′], Suaibo Balde [46′], Montel Williams [pen 53′], Eziekiel Kamara [87′]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: With, Weston

 
Grays Athletic Res  | Manager: Philip Sackey

Liam Tuitt (GK), Robinson Wokoma, David Brookman, Denzil Adebiyi, Qenan Lua-Lua, Manraj Phagura (Capt), Josh Sackey (Jason Thuku 49′), Codei Michel, Luke Sackey, Joseph Gbenko (Furo Ibiama 81′), Thierry Fang

Goal-scorers: Manraj Phagura [90′ +5]

Booked: None    | Subs Not Used: Thorne

Match Report: Redbridge 1 – 2 Sporting Bengal Utd (Sat 15th Dec) [ESL 15.12.18]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Oakside Stadium

Attendance: TBC

2018-19 Season – Match 38

Saturday 8th December 2018  – 3pm KO

Redbridge:  Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Sporting Bengal: Red Shirts, Green Shorts, Red Socks

Bengal overcome Redbridge in awful conditions at Oakside

 

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

The weekend’s Essex Senior League tie took me to Oakside to see Redbridge face Sporting Bengal Utd. It is in some ways hard to fathom the difference between the home side of this term, as opposed to last term though I wanted to see for myself how they would fare against a Bengal side that is in the top ten. The hosts were rather depleted with the likes of Sam Buffour, Vinny Murphy, Larry Asare and Remi Nelson all unavailable with Glody Nsamu and Terrell Miller as full-backs, Daniel Smith and Quincy Egjebale at centre-back with a front two of ex-FC Romania forward Vladut Sighiartau and Michael Ogboin. The visitors were also hampered by availability and illness with Ibrahim Ugradar in goal and a front three of Steven Carvell, Jason Ngandu and ironically enough, former Motormen forward Reside Coxi-Sebastfao. Jay Knight, Bobby Redwood and Adil Haque were all on a strong bench for Imrul Gazi’s side.

To give you an indication of just how gloomy it was, the floodlights were on before kick-off. Both sides had half-chances right from the get-go as Steven Carvell struck wide for the visitors, from winger Codey cameron’s cushioned pass. At the other end, Redbridge winger Muyiwa Osenie fizzed a low shot across goal though that crucial final touch eluded his team-mates. The hosts did break the dead-lock after only five minutes as a looping header by midfielder Bryan Kyungu found the corner. It should be said that the rain was already lashing down and making conditions tricky to say the least, but more on that later.

Sporting had two more chances soon after the goal, as a defensive howler let in Carvell who blazed his effort wide of a grateful home goalkeeper Lewis Greene, scrambling back into position to cover his errant defenders. Soon after, Reside Coxi-Sebastiao pinged a shot into the side-netting as well – the danger-signs were there. Right on the quarter-hour, the visitors were level and what a cracker of a goal it was. Carvell, with the outside of his boot, curled a sumptious curler into the top corner – another one for ‘the personal collection’ I suspect.

Much to their credit, the Motormen did not let that set-back get to them, with winger Samuel Phillips providing a real outlet with his crossing, pace and trickery. Sporting were indebted to goalkeeper Ibrahim Ugradar who pulled off a really good save to deny home forward Vladut Sighiartau’s powerful effort on 20 minutes. The custodian then made further good saves to deny fellow forward Michael Ogboin when he was one-on-one and then Sighiartau again.

The visitors, perhaps realising they could have been behind, poured forward again and from a free-kick four minutes before the interval, Carvell sent over a wickedly dipping free-kick which Greene had to tip over the crossbar. Add to that efforts from Cameron and stand-in full-back David Vaughan which needed the intervention of Greene and boss Imrul Gazi will have been wondering how his side were not ahead.

He didn’t have to wait long. A minute before the break, a Bengal counter-attack started by a long ball by the adept Ashaan Siddik was met by forward Jason Ngandu who set about on a powerful run and then beat Greene one-on-one although the goalkeeper did get a half-block on it but it wasn’t enough to stop the net from rippling.

Half-Time:  Redbridge   1 – 2  Sporting Bengal

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The second-half was somewhat lighter in terms of chances as the conditions continued to make their mark, with driving rain and a freezing wind. ‘No picnic’ for the players & officials I can say though credit to both sides as it was a searing test of their desire and energy levels. The hosts did struggle to create chances at times as the visiting defence show how improved they are this term. with captain Kamarl Duncan and full-back David Vaughan particularly impressive.

What I will add though is that the hosts showed no lack of ‘bottle’ or spirit whatsoever and Kyungu really tried to orchestrate moves forward as well on a surface that was getting ever-harder to play cohesively on. Sporting arhuably finished the match strongly though Cameron’s header and substitute Bobby Redwood’s curling effort failed to beat Greene.

In Fairness, home centre-back Quincy Egjebale and full-back Terrell Miller had good games as they did hamper the onslaught of a once-again quick and slick attacking Bengal side. Bengal will undoubtedly be pleased with the ponts today, though they really had to work hard for them and if they were were more clinicial then it could’ve been four or five in the ‘onion bag’ for them today. Again, credit to both teams for the work rate and drive they both showed for the hardy souls who came out to attend this match.

Full-Time: Redbridge   1 – 2   Sporting Bengal Utd

Finally, I would like to thank Redbridge for their kind hospitality, the half-time food certainly did go down well, that much is 100% true!

 

Redbridge   | Joint-Managers: Ricky Eaton & Joey May

Lewis Greene (GK), Glody Nsamu, Terrell Miller, Liam Burgess, Daniel Smith (Capt), Quincy Egjebale, Sam Phillips, Bryan Kyungu, Vladut Sighiartau (DJ Adelekan 66′), Michael Ogboin, Muyiwa Osenie

Goal-scorer: Bryan Kyungu [5′]

Booked: Nsamu, Sighiartau | Subs Not Used: Duggan, Eaton

Sporting Bengal  | Manager: Imrul Gazi

Ibrahim Ugradar (GK), Raul Gazi (Bobby Redwood 46′), David Vaughan, Joshua Adeji, Kamarl Duncan (Capt), Rokib Choudhury, Codey Cameron, Ashaan Siddik, Steven Carvell, Jason Ngandu, Reside Coxi-Sebastiao (Jay Knight 58′)

Goal-scorers: Steven Carvell [15′], Jason Ngandu [42′]

Booked: R Gazi, Siddik   | Subs Not Used: Haque, S Ahmed, Tandon

Match Report: Sporting Bengal Utd 1 – 1 Leyton Athletic (Sat 8 Dec) [ESL 8.12.18]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: TBA

2018-19 Season – Match 37

Saturday 1st December 2018  – 3pm KO

Sporting Bengal:  Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts,  Blue Socks

Leyton Ath: Maroon Shirts, Maroon Shorts, Maroon Socks

Profligate Bengal are held by battling Leyton at Mile End


Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
This weekend’s Essex Senior League match took me to Mile End to see Sporting Bengal Utd face a Leyton Athletic side that have started to show a bit more resolve under new boss Eli Benoit. The conditions were rather damp and they had a further lashing of rain to gift away but more on that later.

For the hosts, new signing Reece Hewitt lined up on the right flank while Steven Carvell and Jay Knight made up the front two with playmaker Ashaan Siddik supporting and David Vaughan on the left wing. Leyton have lost goalkeeper James Scammell to Romford so Jay Walsh was between the sticks here plus a front three of Mario Gjini, Jason Brown and Lance Ledgister with both Londono brothers (Chris & Daniel) on the bench.

Sporting edged the opening salvos of this encounter, as David Vaughan tested the Ath defence though his centre evaded both the visiting stopper Walsh and his team-mates in the six-yard box. The hosts then saw their first clear-cut chance go awry as from talisman Steven Carvell’s super low ball in, Vaughan contrived to lob a strike well over the woodwork.

In the next part of the first half, both sides traded chances as midfielder Misha Djemaili fizzed a strike wide for the visitors before Carvell saw his powerful strike crash into the woodwork from the edge of the penalty area. Leyton winger Rujorn Tuitt was threatening down the left with his pace and trickery which the home defence did struggle to contain. On the stroke of 20 minutes, Tuitt struck a 20-yard effort over the bar as you wondered who would strike first.

We soon got an answer. Just before the half-hour, Sporting led as Carvell’s seaching cross found Jay Knight who directed a fine header across goal. Eli Benoit’s side was far from out of the game though as both Tuitt and Emmanuel Oluwole both couldn’t find a way past home goalkeeper Mahood Suleyman. As half-time rapidly approached, Carvell couldn’t make the most of a one-on-one chance as his shot was well-denied by Walsh and Vaughan couldn’t tuck home the rebound.

Half-Time: Sporting Bengal  1 – 0  Leyton Ath

The weather started to have a slight impact after the break as the rain increasingly fell down on an already wet surface. Leyton ‘keeper Walsh was fortunate that a misjudged clearance didn’t enter the reach of Vaughan in the area merely a minute after the break. Djemaili called Suleyman into action again eleven minutes into the half as his low drive forced a decent save by the home custodian.

If I was being totally honest, there were phases of the second half which were scrappy as both sides remain competitive, Leyton showing resolve in battling hard to contain the hosts whilst also having creative outlets themselves through Tuitt and forward Mario Gjini, who had been giving the hosts a tricky afternoon with his pace. Indeed, Gjini levelled things up here with 18 minutes to play as his low shot found the corner, whilst well-poised in the area.

Sporting rallied and created a number of chances though Walsh denied substitutes Adil Haque and Reside Coxi-Sebastiao as well as Knight late on plus Carvell drive another effort wide as the hosts just couldn’t restore their advantage. Leyton did finish strongly as well going forward as the game got increasingly stretched though neither side could get that decisive winner.

Full-Time: Sporting Bengal Utd 1 – 1  Leyton Athletic

Bengal will know they had an ‘off-day’ here, particuarly in their finishing though some of their play was indicative of how they have done this seasion so far. Leyton worked hard and defended arguably better than they have in other matches this term and goalkeeper Jay Walsh did well to deny the opposition of a number of occasions. A point apiece it is though on another day it could well have been a different story.

Finally, I’d like to say thank you to Sporting boss Imrul Gazi and to the club for the kind welcome they extended to me this afternoon, prior to kick-off.

Sporting Bengal  | Manager: Imrul Gazi

Mahood Suleyman (GK), Rakib Choudhury, Jon Watson (Raul Gazi 7′), Joshua Adeji, Kamarl Duncan (Capt), Chris Greenslade, Reece Hewitt (Adil Haque 64′),  Ashaan Siddik, Jay Knight, Steven Carvell, David Vaughan (Reside Coxi-Sebastiao 47′)

Goal-scorer: Jay Knight [28′]

Booked: Haque, Greenslade    | Subs Not Used: Islam, Tandon

Leyton Athletic   | Player-Manager: Eli Benoit

Jay Walsh (GK), John Lye, Harry Rixon, Emmanuel Oluwole (Daniel Londono 57′), Junior Miller, Cory Rider (Capt), Rujorn Tuitt, Misha Djemaili (Chris Londono 77′), Mario Gjini, Jason Brown, Lance Ledgister (D’Neil Bryan 62′)

Goal-scorer: Mario Gjini [72′]

Booked: C Londono   |  Sub Not Used: Samangwa

Match Report: Stansted 2 – 1 Ilford (Sat 1 Dec) [ESL 2.12.18]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Hargrave Park

Attendance: 39

2018-19 Season – Match 36

Saturday 1st December 2018  – 3pm KO

Stansted:  Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts,  Blue Socks

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

Stansted battle to victory over energetic Ilford at Hargrave Park

 

 

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

 

The opening match of December in the Essex Senior League programme saw me make the trip to Hargrave Park to see a Stansted side winless in their last three matches take on inconsistent opponents in Ilford. The Airportmen were missing the likes of Jack Folan, Charlie Buffin and long-term injury victim Carl Mulings though still could name the free-scoring Callum Ibe and Jack West in attack with Jordan Palmer and recent recruit Jack Mitchell on the flanks. Fellow new signing Robbie Norris joined Paul Clayton in central midfield with skipper Billy Coyne shifting to right-back.

Martin Haywood’s Foxes were also depleted, with front two Yemi Adelani and Lauric Diakiesse and influential winger Lion Docaj among those unavailable so Seye Okunola led the line with Mitchell Victorin and Reece Mosanya in support. The three leading starters for Ilford this season, goalkeeper Hugo Rosetti, right-back Luke Casey and skipper Danny Haigh all kept their places in the side.

On a weekend where other fixtures fell foul of the weather, it’s fair to say it added quite a layer of difficulty to the playing conditions, though to be fair to the Hargrave pitch, it had fared well given the intense rain of the proceeding few days. Credit has to go to staff as well for getting this match on. Both teams took a while to adapt to the tricky conditions at the start of the match, though the hosts had the first half-chances of the day though forward Jack West’s acrobatic lob and veteran centre-back Matt Frew’s blasted drive couldn’t find the target.

Ilford were setting their stall out well, pressing the hosts at every opportunity though Jack West had another sniff at goal on the quarter-hour for the home side, narrowly lofting an effort over the woodwork. Ilf responded with their best passage of the half with pacy winger Reece Mosanya showing his tricks and stretched the home defence well. Mitchell Victorin smashed a 20-yarder wide of goal on 19 minutes and moments later, midfielder Billy Golledge was only denied a one-on-one chance at goal by a superb gutsy tackle by Frew in the penalty area.

Ilf full-back Luke Casey warmed up the palms of home custodian Charlie Turner with a good strike following a powerful run into the box from the right, mid-way through the half. Meanwhile, Stansted wingers Jordan Palmer and Jack Mitchell were posing a threat for the visiting back-line though at times that crucial final-ball into the forwards was lacking. Ten minutes before the interval, Mitchell sent an effort over the crossbar after being played in by the influential skipper Billy Coyne.

Half-Time: Stansted  0 – 0  Ilford

The game needed a goal and we hardly had to wait in the second-half. A direct run from in-form forward Callum Ibe was compounded by his pass to Palmer who placed his strike well to beat visiting goalkeeper Hugo Rosetti and give Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman’s side the lead only two minutes into the second period.

Merely three minutes later, referee Craig Charles adjudged that a cross into the area by Jack West was handled and had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. West took it himself and made no mistake to suddenly give the hosts a two-goal advantage. Ilford kept pushing, to their credit and nearly had a goal back just past the hour as having made a good run into the box, full-back Morgan Seaman’s shot cannoned off a post before Mosanya gathered the rebound, forcing Turner into another decent save. This was a marker of things to come as on 64 minutes, Seye Olunola did finish off another promising move and the visitors were still well in this contest.

Rosetti did well to deny a looping header by home midfielder Rob Norris with twenty minutes left and although the hosts had a Jack West tap-in from Coyne’s free-kick ruled out in the latter stages. Stansted did manage to see out the match to claim a much-needed three points to go above Hullbridge to the summit on goal difference.

Full-Time: Stansted  2 – 1  Ilford

Both sides gave everything out today in a match that was much better than it could’ve been, given the conditions. Callum Ibe, Jack West and Billy Coyne stood out in my opinion today for the home side while Reece Mosanya, Luke Casey and centre-back Steve Sylvester shone for Ilford. Though the result will be more remembered by the hosts, Ilf are showing their promise with their energetic side and can be pleased with their performance here.

Finally, I’d like to thank Stansted chairman Glyn Warwick & the club officials for their customary kind welcome and their hospitality. It is appreciated.

 
Stansted  | Joint-Managers: Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman

Charlie Turner (GK), Billy Coyne (Capt), Joe Clark, Sam West, Matt Frew, Paul Clayton (James Briggs 63′), Jordan Palmer (James Turvey 78′), Robbie Norris, Jack West, Callum Ibe, Jack Mitchell (Raphael Duyile 74′)

Goal-scorers: Jordan Palmer [47′], Jack West [pen 50′]

Booked: Clayton    | Subs Not Used: Bell

 
Ilford   | Manager: Martin Haywood

Hugo Rosetti (GK), Luke Casey, Morgan Seaman, Steve Sylvester, Dan Haigh (Capt), Jamal Djotsi (Jaman Howe 67′), Mitchell Victorin, Billy Golledge, Seye Okunola, Isacka Mncube, Reece Mosanya

Goal-scorer: Seye Okunola [69′]

 
Booked: Seaman, Sylvester   |  Subs Not Used: J Perry, C Perry