Match Summary: Corinthians 4 – 3 Wakebury (Tues 25 Aug) [PSF 20/21 26.8.20]

Pre-Season Friendly

Venue: Stambridge Memorial Ground

Season 2020-21: Match 3

Tuesday 25th August 2020 – 7.30pm KO

Corinthians: Sky Blue & White Striped Shirts, Black Shorts

Wakebury: Yellow Shirts, Royal Blue Shorts


Stambridge pitch pre-match [Image: Scott W]

Corinthians edge to the win in an enticing pre-season win over battling Wakebury

Corinthians 4 – 3  Wakebury


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

With some parts of normality returning after a hugely challenging last five months, my third pre-season match of season 2020-21 saw me return to Stambridge Memorial Ground to see two good Olympian League teams in Corinthians and Wakebury. Safety measures were in place for both spectators and players alike, with both sides having players unavailable. Joining us for this match was my GFS colleague Pete Dudley along with a few ground-hoppers, which is always nice to see.

The weather was definitely going to play its part in this match with the swirling wind making its presence felt in the first half and with two attack-minded sides, that was going to add to an exciting game. We weren’t disappointed on the latter front as chances came about in the early stages, with a decent visiting attack forcing a good save by home custodian Ethan Lemmon.  Moments later, a breezy team move on the part of the hosts ended with a neat finish by forward Jake Lang to break the deadlock with nine minutes on the watch.

To their credit, the Berries did keep to their attacking ethos, having some good attacks down the flanks and keeping the home defence alert However, their finishing wasn’t clinical enough at this point to make an immediate impact. Meanwhile, at the other end Corinthians also had chances as their rapid supporting forwards were posing a challenge to the opposition defence, though again they also couldn’t make the most of their opportunities.

A free-kick down the left-side channel for the hosts presented a good opportunity with three minutes to play before the break. Midfielder Luke Owen’s delivery evaded the visiting defenders and attacking full-back Bill Wilton was on hand to force it over the line from barely a yard out. The visitors were two goals down at the break, though young forward Harry Kateley had a couple of chances himself to negate the deficit.

Half-Time: Corinthians  2 – 0  Wakebury

Corinthians in possession building an attack in PSF win over Wakebury

As the darkness approached, so did the threatening clouds as the second half got underway. Again, we didn’t have to wait long for more goals as two minutes into the half, Ben Munday (who scored nine league goals last season) hammered home an absolute thunder-bolt of a strike past Lemmon into the net to halve the hosts’ advantage. As we passed the hour mark, the hosts were getting revved up again and after missing at least two good chances, Lang got his second of the evening on 62 minutes with a well-placed curling finish from twenty-odd yards out to make it 3 – 1 to the hosts.

Once again the visitors responded in short shrift as a accurate free-kick from Munday made it a brace for him as well and kept Wakebury in the match. The hosts are a tough side to match though when they are ‘in the mood’ for goals though and restored their two-goal cushion with twenty minutes remaining through a deft lobbed finish from Jake Hodder – who notched eight times in the league last term, with only a certain Nathan Dewberry scoring more league goals for the club last season.

The action didn’t end there as Billy Bonham-Dare pulled another goal back barely two minutes later for the visitors, who stuck to their task well and that will please the management team of Matt Cardy and Dan Blewett. Unfortunately the driving rain rather influenced the latter stages of this entertaining game and although the hosts got the win, both sides have reason to be happy with their exploits here.

Full-Time: Corinthians  4 – 3  Wakebury

Goal-scorers (Corinthians): Jake Lang [9’ & 62’], Bill Wilton [42’], Jake Hodder [70’]

Goal-scorers (Wakebury): Ben Munday [47’ & 65’], Billy Bonham-Dare [72’]

Referee: Adekola Adeyemi


Still from Corinthians 4 – 3 Wakebury PSF (6)

To close, Corinthians showed once again they are a side fill of goals and enterprising play which will set them up well for the coming season, having kept the vast majority of their squad from last term. A note also for Wakebury who fought their way back into the match very well, despite the worsening conditions in the second half.

These sides compete in Essex Olympian League Division Two (Corinthians) and Division Three (Wakebury) and tonight’s game in a good indication for how these sides will approach their respective divisions. Personal opinion here but I wouldn’t be surprised if both sides are aiming for elevation this term.  Finally, it was good to catch with the management from both sides and I wish them both well for the season ahead.


Pre-Season 2020-21: Results from Saturday 15th August [PS 20/21 15.8.20]

Compiled by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello all & welcome to the known results for this weekend of Pre-season games across the area, taking in Essex Senior, Essex Olympian, Eastern Senior League South & Essex Alliance League sides and more with more than 50 fixtures listed here. Thanks for reading.

Results – Saturday 15th August


Alliance Cup Results (Essex Alliance League-linked Competition)

Avondale Rangers  0 – 5  Chadwell Heath Spartans

Chingford Athletic ‘A’  3 – 4  Upshire Forest

CSM London  7 – 1  Chingford Utd

Fairlop Rovers 0 – 3  Frenford ‘A’


Pre-Season Friendlies 

AFC Sudbury Reserves  0 – 4  Wivenhoe Town (12pm KO)

Aveley  2 – 0  FC Romania

Barking  2 – 0  Maldon & Tiptree

Basildon Town  1 – 3  Sawbridgeworth Town

Basildon Utd  3 – 1  Billericay Town XI

Bowers & Pitsea  3 – 0   Hullbridge Sports

Brimsdown  2 – 2  Ilford


Buckhurst Hill  6 – 0  Ware Sports

Buckhurst Hill Reserves  2 – 0  FC Baresi

Burnham Ramblers  1 – 1  Tilbury

Burgess Hill Town  1- 1  Grays Athletic

Bush Hill Rangers  1 – 4  New Salamis (2pm KO)

Canvey Island  1 – 1  Hornchurch (1pm KO)

Catholic United  1 – 2 Frenford


Chingford Athletic  2 – 2  Cuffley

Clapton CFC  0 – 3  Dunmow Town

Claydon  1 – 3 Tiptree Heath

Custom House United  2 – 0  Lymore Gardens Reserves

Debden Park  2 – 1 Glendale

East Thurrock Utd  3 – 1  Witham Town

Emerson Utd  3 – 3  Brentwood Utd

Enfield Town  2 – 3  Brentwood Town   (1pm KO)

FC Hamlets  1 – 3  Jolof Sports


Felsted Rovers AFC  1 – 3 Bishop’s Stortford Swifts (1pm KO)

Fisher  2 – 2  Saffron Walden Town

Great Wakering Rovers  1 – 3  Waltham Abbey

Hackney Wick  3 – 3  Sporting Bengal United (at Mabley Green, 2pm KO)

Halstead Town  1 – 2 Walthamstow

Harold Wood Athletic  4 – 4  May & Baker (2pm KO)

Herongate Athletic  1 – 1  Springfield (2pm KO)

Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  2 – 4  Corinthians


Lakeside United  4 – 3 Ramsden Scotia

Leigh Ramblers  3 – 2  Benfleet

London Colney  0 – 6  Hadley

Manford Way  6 – 0  Harold Wood Athletic Reserves

Old Southendian  2 – 2  Leigh Town

Old Southendian Res  4 – 1 Chingford Athletic Res

Oxhey Jets 5 – 2  White Ensign

Park View  2 – 4  Woodford Town


Pitsea Athletic  1 – 1 Corinthians Reserves  (12pm KO)

Rayleigh Town 3 – 1  White Notley

Rayleigh Town Res  2 – 6  Hullbridge Sports U23s

Rainham WMC  2 – 3  Dagenham Utd XI

Runwell Sports  0 – 4   Hutton (2pm KO)

Ryan  0 – 5  Clapton


Snaresbrook  5 – 2  Shenfield AFC

Southend Manor  1 – 1  Stanway Rovers

Southminster United  3 – 1  Rayleigh Town Development (2pm KO)

St Albans City  5 – 2 Hashtag United

Stanway Pegasus  2 – 2 Coggeshall United

Toby  4 – 0  Epping Town (2pm KO)

Wakebury  11 – 1 Ashingdon    (at Basildon Post Office Sports Club – 11.30am KO)




Pre-Season 2020-21: Results from Saturday 1st August [PS 20/21 1.8.20]

Compiled by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello all & welcome to the known results for today’s opening weekend of Pre-season games across the area, taking in Essex Senior, Essex Olympian & Eastern Senior League South sides with a few more results added in.


Saturday 1st August Results

Basildon Town 3 – 1 Barnston AFC

Basildon Town Reserves 0 – 3 Lakeside United

Bush Hill Rangers 2 – 2 Brimsdown

Chadwell Heath Spartans 0 – 3 Clapton CFC

Chingford Athletic 1 – 0 West Essex

Cressing 0 – 2 Springield

Corinthians Res 5 – 1 Ekco Whitecaps


CSM London 2 – 1 Unitey

Custom House Utd 3 – 6 Glendale

FC Kulture Klub 3 – 1 Chingford Athletic Res

Debden Park 3 – 1 Dagenham United

Epping Town 2 – 2 Jolof Sports (at Ashton Playing Fields)

Fisher 1 – 0 Basildon United


Guru Nanak 1 – 3  Sporting Bengal United (2pm)

Harold Hill 2 – 5 Ilford XI (at Henderson Sports & Social Club)

Harold Wood Athletic 1- 2 Laindon Orient (Midday KO)

Harold Wood Athletic Reserves 1 – 2 Rayleigh Town Reserves

Hashtag United 5 – 1 Frenford

Hatfield Peverel 0 – 4 Rayleigh Town


Herongate Athletic 3 – 2 Wakebury

Heybridge Swifts 2 – 1 Coggeshall United

Hutton 3 – 1 Toby

Leigh Town 0 – 4  Manford Way

May & Baker Res 2 – 2 West Essex Res

Old Southendian 1 – 2 Old Southendian Res

Runwell Sports 2 – 2  Clapton

Sawbridgeworth Town 0 – 3 Sporting Hackney (11am KO)

Shoebury Town 3 – 3 Shenfield AFC

Southend Manor 1 – 2  Lopes Tavares (at Cupids County Club)

Walthamstow 2 – 1 Harpenden Town

Wakebury Res 2 – 3 Harold Wood Athletic 3rd Team

White Ensign 4 – 2 Stansted