Match Report: Barkingside 2 – 1 Hadleigh Utd (FA Cup EPR)

FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round

Venue: Cricklefield Stadium

Date: Sunday 7th August

Attendance: 105

Barkingside: Sky Blue & dark blue shirts, Dark Blue shorts & Sky Blue socks

Hadleigh Utd: Red & navy blue shirts, Red shorts & Red socks

Barkingside & Hadleigh players shaking hands before the match (FA Cup EPR 7.8.16)
(Barkingside & Hadleigh Utd players shaking hands before the match)

Scott W reporting (follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a glorious sun-baked afternoon at Cricklefield stadium, Barkingside took on Suffolk side Hadleigh Utd in an FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round tie.

After the customary handshakes were observed, the match got underway with both sides having chances early on. Hadleigh striker Ben Golding was making his physical presence felt, leading the line for the visitors. The Brettsiders’ took the game to ‘Side as the first half wore on, with decent build-up play contributing to ‘Side looking shaky in defence.

As the half-hour mark came, ‘Side started to come back at the visitors having a couple of free-kicks and a more possession before a Jason Fontaine header needed to be turned wide by visiting ‘keeper Sam Mansfield.

From a resulting corner, ‘Side defender Maxwell Amoako connected with a powerful header past Mansfield to give the ESL side the lead. ‘Side kept the pressure on the Brettsiders’ defence for the remainder of the first period but couldn’t hit the target.

Half-Time:  Barkingside 1 – 0 Hadleigh Utd

Barkingside had the first attack after the break, full-back John Spencer making a good run down the right before slotting the ball to winger Michael Ademiluyi, getting to the by-line before being tackled by the Hadleigh backline.

Hadleigh were still looking dangerous on the counter-attack with decent passing and pace in their armoury. ‘Side at times struggled to clear their lines though they could’ve gone 2-0 in front though winger Ademiluyi was flagged off-side when one-on-one with  visiting ‘keeper Mansfield, subsequently booked for putting the ball in the net, which didn’t go down well with the home fans! It was a harsh decision from the referee, in my view.

Brettsiders’ substitute Dan Knight made an impact soon after coming on, floating a good cross in though Golding couldn’t find the finish for the visitors.

‘Side soon after had two good chances to score, Luke With had a good effort well-saved by Mansfield after good work down the left flank by Fontaine, then saw another header hit the woodwork from the resulting corner.

It looked like ‘Side were edging closer to extending their lead, though they paid for those missed chances as Hadleigh counter-attacked, Knight’s cross blocked by ‘Side defender Spencer. From a resulting corner, Home ‘keeper Francis under severe pressure from Hadleigh attackers, couldn’t reach the ball and defender Damon Artiss nodded the ball in from close range.

That goal sparked a change in the game as the Brettsiders re-took the initiative and went for the win. They had chances to win it, Kyle Cassell again proving a threat with his direct running and passing.

Though ‘Side’s defending was ‘backs-to-the-wall’ stuff at times, in the last few minutes of the regulation time they were still launching players forward. Their attitude was rewarded soon after as in injury-time ‘Side were awarded a free-kick. Sam Edwards scored with an absolute peach of a free-kick right into the top right corner of the net. ‘Keeper Mansfield made a good effort but couldn’t get to it.

After 5 minutes of injury-time, the referee blew the final whistle and Barkingside were through to the next round where they’ll play Ryman North’s Haringey Borough at Coles Park on Saturday August 20th at 3pm.

A morale-boosting win for ‘Side today though Hadleigh Utd can understandably feel aggrieved, even though the winning goal was one fit to win any match.

Full-Time:  Barkingside 2 – 1 Hadleigh Utd

Goal-scorers:  Amoako 37’            Artiss 71’

Edwards 90 +2


Barkingside Hadleigh Utd
1  Jack Francis (GK) 1  Sam Mansfield (GK)
2  John Spencer 2  Ben Elliott
3  George Winn 3  James Ross
4  Paul Wright (c.) 4  Michael Barwick
5  Maxwell Amoako 5  Garry Burdett (c.)
6  George Lutaaya 6  Damon Artiss
7  Michael Ademiluyi                    (Booked) 7  Kyle Cassell
8  Sam Edwards 8  Tom Driscoll
9  Luke With 9  Ben Golding
10  Billy Hickford 10  Brett Crisp
11 Jason Fontaine 11  Luke Simpson (Off for Knight 55’)


12  Dean Ellul 12  Sam Sharp
14  Sam Dowridge 14  James Gaffer
15  Sam Konway 15  Dan Knight  (On for Simpson 55’)
17 Danny Blake 16  Lee Hammond
(GK) Joseph Insoie 17  Jack Lambert
(GK) Sam Hunt
Referee: Kennedy Kikulwe
Assistant Referees: Paul She

Joshua Bratt

Match Report: Southend Manor 0-0 AFC Hornchurch (PSF)

Match report of a Pre-season friendly. (Football)

Venue: Southchurch Park

Date: Monday 18th July 7.45 KO

Southend Manor: Yellow & Black shirts, black shorts with yellow socks

AFC Hornchurch: Dark Blue & Sky Blue shirts, dark blue shorts with Sky Blue socks

AFCH (foreground) & S Manor Warming up before KO 18.7.16

Scott W reporting

On a glorious summer evening at Southchurch Park, Essex Senior League (ESL) side Southend Manor took on Ryman North’s AFC Hornchurch in a pre-season friendly encounter.

As perhaps you’d expect, given the Urchins’ being a division above Manor, they started the brighter of the two sides, being superior in possession & also in creating chances. However, they did not create a glutton of opportunities and what chances they did create; wasteful finishing let the visitors down, hitting the woodwork on two occasions.

Manor defended stoutly from the off really, though they were pegged back in their own half for the most part, struggling to keep possession. Although Hornchurch kept plugging away, they could not find a way past a stubborn Manor defence.

Half-Time: Southend Manor 0 – 0 AFC Hornchurch

As the second half began, you could be forgiven for thinking “It’ll only be a matter of time” before the Urchins make the breakthrough. However, Manor improved after the hour mark and certainly caused some nervous moments for the visitors’ defence. Hornchurch did finish the game stronger and had a few chances to pinch the win late on though Manor held on for a very determined draw.

If Southend Manor defend like they did tonight during the ESL Campaign then they may well have a decent season.

Full-Time: Southend Manor 0 – 0 AFC Hornchurch