S 20-21 Match Report: Redbridge 1 – 1 Athletic Newham (Re won 5 – 4 on pens) (Sat 15 May) [LCC 2021 15.5.21]

Len Cordell Cup – Quarter-Final

Venue: Oakside

2020 -21 Season – Match 35

Saturday 15th May 2021 – 2pm KO

Redbridge: Red Shirts, Red Shorts & Red Socks

Newham: Blue & White Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

ESL crest
Oakside pitch pre-match [Image: Scott W]

Redbridge deny spirited Newham on penalties at Oakside

Redbridge  1 – 1  Athletic Newham (Redbridge won 5 – 4 on pens)

Match Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Photos by Scott Lanza (@lanza_sport) & Scott W

This weekend saw me return to the Cordell Cup with this Quarter-Final, which saw Redbridge host Eastern Senior League South side Athletic Newham, who have had a great run in the competition thus far. The hosts were beset by injuries but still named George Martin in goal, a centre-half pairing of Alamiji Ayoola and ex-Romford & Aveley defender Harry Gibbs, with Jack Roult skippering the side in central midfield. Forward Josh Sykes led the line, with support from Abdishakur Farah and Gayene Sanderson. The options on the sidelines for George Christou’s side included forward Tony Martin, plus James Barlow, Sonny Fish and tricky winger Ayub Kadiri. Athletic Newham continued with the attack-minded side which has won them matches in this tournament. Captain Joel Appiah was joined in attack by Richard Kone, with support from Mauricio Rui Carlos and Anderson Baro. Their substitutes’ bench included forward Tony Cookey, plus the likes of Nnamdi Harold-Egole, Blessing Adomah and Simon Bamidele.


The match was about two minutes old when there was a concerning injury to Newham’s tricky support forward Anderson Baro, who had come off worse from a challenge by Ayoola. Much to his credit though, Baro did return to the pitch after several minutes’ treatment. Newham were keen to get their pass & move game going and an early sighter of that emerged on six minutes as Mauricio Rui Carlos got down the left flank and was well intercepted by Redbridge full-back Chikosi Basden. Visiting skipper Joel Appiah was denied a chance at goal on the quarter-hour by Alamiji Ayoola who stuck to his task well. Redbridge went up the other end and countered through pacy forward Abishakur Farah who weaved his way past two defenders before centre-back Christopher Ndoji got in and cleared. Newham burst forward in the next phase as a fine deep cross from the right channel found forward Richard Kone but his header was off-target.

Sykes converts the spot-kick [Image: Scott Lanza]

One of the many telling moments in this match arrived on twenty-one minutes as referee Alex Kyriacou adjudged a handball in the Newham box, and pointed to the penalty spot. Josh Sykes stepped up and his low strike into the left-side corner opened the scoring, somewhat against the run of play at that stage. As we approached the half-hour, Newham were posing a question or two again to the home defence as Alvaro Guerrero’s free-kick was sent in to the near post and home custodian George Martin passed that test of alertness there. The Motormen missed a good chance just moments later as a fine centre from the left side by full-back Jack Blackledge found Sykes but his powerful header was narrowly wide of the near post. Chris Davis’ side deserved that let-off really given the chances they had created and they weathered this passage of play as a good challenge in the 8-yard area by full-back Louis Hiobi ended Farah’s progress of setting up another attack. From the resulting corner, Ayoola lost his marker but couldn’t guide his header to threaten Wilkinson Boateng’s goal.

As the interval was fast approaching, Rui Carlos made a good run into the danger area and managed to get his strike away which did draw a save out of Martin. Newham were looking the stronger side in terms of building attacking moves but also needed to find a bit more rhythm and composure. Redbridge would definitely have been aware of how slender their lead was at the break.

Half-Time:  Redbridge  1 – 0  Athletic Newham

Image: Scott Lanza

In the early minutes of the second half, Athletic Newham needed to stay alert defensively as a decent move involving winger Gayene Sanderson found Farah again but his tame strike didn’t unduly trouble Boateng in the Newham goal. It was the hosts’ turn to have a let-off on 49 minutes as Appiah’s low strike was also gathered by Martin. The visitors were definitely building their attacking rhythm at this point and soon levelled on fifty-six minutes. Kone’s initial effort was partly blocked by Martin but a combination of being unable to gather and his defenders unable to clear left Jeff Idemudia enough time to strike home, much to the delight of the visiting side.

Newham should really have struck again in the next seven minutes. First, Kone somehow couldn’t finish from a narrow angle as the ball agonizingly trickled across an unguarded goal-line, before full-back Carlos Indjai was denied a goal after being adjudged to have strayed into an off-side position. But, the game stayed level and the hosts needed to retain possession better to prevent the waves of energetic attacking moves by the visitors. This energy was displayed well on sixty-nine minutes as a fine fifty-yard run by centre-back Ndoji ended with him finding Idemudia but this time the latter fired narrowly wide.

The Motormen looked to finish the half strongly but despite good running shown by skipper Jack Roult, their main chance came with a minute of normal time remaining as a powerful header by centre-back Harry Gibbs cannoned off the far post and away from danger.

Full-Time (after 90 minutes): Redbridge  1 – 1  Athletic Newham

So the hosts had denied the more enterprising visitors after normal time and we went straight into the shoot-out. It was Redbridge who went first and they scored their first two spot-kicks, thanks to Jack Brocklebank and Tony Martin. Newham scored their first kick through Louis Hiobi but saw Alvaro Guerrero’s strike saved by Martin. The hosts’ narrow lead looked even more precarious as Harry Gibbs blazed his spot-kick over the woodwork.

Richard Kone successfully blasted high into the net to make it two-two but more drama soon followed. James Barlow’s penalty was adjudged to have crossed the line after coming back off the upright, before Blessing Adomah’s penalty was well-saved by Martin. Newham goalkeeper was then equal to Adbishakur Farah’s penalty, punching it away, before Christopher Ndoji’s low strike made it 3 – 3. Ayub Kadiri for the hosts and Jay Jimali for Newham made no mistake and netted their respective kicks so at 4 – 4, it was down to ‘sudden death’. Skipper Jack Roult blasted his penalty high into net past Boateng and then the experienced Tony Cookey stepped up, but it wasn’t his day as Martin pulled off another good save to his left and parried Cookey’s spot-kick to seal the narrowest of victories for the home side.

Result:  Redbridge  1 – 1  Athletic Newham (Redbridge won 5 – 4 on penalty kicks)

This match is difficult to summarize, but I think even the hosts will feel like on another day they could have been beaten here. Newham were unfortunate to not seal the tie in normal time, as their second-half performance was probably enough to win the match. That and they had several good chances as they had the better of the second period. However, you have to also credit Motormen custodian George Martin for making three penalty saves in the shoot-out and that was the difference at the end of the day.

There were a number of good performances from the visitors today, who showed enough to display why they have a very good record of scoring goals and would be a threat to any side in Step 5 or 6, whichever league they are in next season, but that’s all up to the FA now. Forward Richard Kone had another fine game, showing his pace, passing and movement and was unfortunate not to get his name on the score-sheet here. Wing-back Jeff Idemudia gave it his all and added to the forward line when he took that position later in the match, with centre-back Christopher Ndoji making several key interceptions in the Newham defence. Skipper Joel Appiah again had a good game as well, building the attacking moves that gave the home backline a hard afternoon.

For Redbridge, as mentioned earlier George Martin deserves a lot of credit for his saves in the shoot-out, though forward Abdishakur Farah also had a good afternoon I felt and his pace and trickery was a good outlet for George Christou’s side. Centre-back Harry Gibbs and right-back Chikosi Basden also deserve mentions for showing good energy levels and awareness in both boxes.

Redbridge go through then to the last four, where they will face Clapton, likely to be next weekend but its TBC at present. My best wishes to both sides going into next season as well.

Also, my thanks to Essex Senior Media official Scott Lanza for some of the pictures (all credited) from the match today.

Teams

Redbridge    |  Manager: George Christou

13 George Martin (GK), 2 Chikosi Basden, 3 Jack Blackledge (16 James Barlow 60’), 4 Jack Chawner (14 Sonny Fish 80’), 5 Alamiji Ayoola, 6 Harry Gibbs, 7 Jack Roult (Capt), 8 Sam Dickens (12 Jack Brocklebank 73’), 19 Josh Sykes (9 Tony Martin 60’), 10 Abdishakur Farah, 11 Gayene Sanderson (15 Ayub Kadiri 80’)

Goal-scorer: Josh Sykes [pen 21’]

Booked: Sykes     | Sub Not Used: Bennett, Harris, D Hall

Athletic Newham    | Manager: Chris Davis

1 Wilkinson Boateng (GK), 2 Carlos Indjai (12 Jay Jimali 80’), 3 Louis Hiobi, 4 Christopher Ndoji, 7 Jeff Idemudia (9 Tony Cookey 88’), 8 Alvaro Guerrero, 14 Akin Akinola (6 Blessing Adomah 90’ +4), 18 Mauricio Rui Carlos (20 Nnamdi Harold-Egole 53’), 15 Anderson Baro, 10 Joel Appiah (Capt), 17 Richard Kone

Goal-scorers: Jeff Idemudia [56’]

Booked: Kone, Hiobi, Jimali  | Subs Not Used: Mpalampa, Bamidele, Purdon

Referee: Alex Kyriacou

Assistant Referees: Martin Quinn & Nick Reece

Guest Blog: Essex Alliance League Cup Round-up (Wk 5 – Sat 8 May) [EAL 20-21 12.5.21]

Hello and welcome to a guest blog, going through the action in the Essex Alliance League Cup groups on Saturday 8th May, My thanks to Rob Parker from the EAL. This round-up is posted with the author’s permission, with additional reporting by Scott W. Thanks for reading.

Guest Blog written by Rob Parker for EAL  [EAL Twitter: @EssexAllianceFL]

Essex Alliance League – Saturday 8 May

GROUP A

FC Petrocub have moved to within a point of securing the Group A title as they came out on the right side of a five-goal thriller at home against Lymore Gardens at the weekend. Karel Francis and Dylan Roberts both netted for Lymore but a brace from Valentin Siciov in reply plus a Ghenadie Moisei effort for the hosts gave them a crucial 3 – 2 win.

DTFC remain the only other side in contention and they warmed up for their showdown next Saturday with a home victory against Rapid Chingford, less than twenty four hours after their previous fixture (in the Essex Senior Len Cordell Cup Last 16). Jermaine Francis scored twice with Alex Paraskeva netting the other to help them to a 4 – 1 victory.

GROUP B

It remains very tight in Group B with two rounds of games left to go with Kit Out London sitting in pole position with a key game coming up this weekend. Darnell Kithambo scored twice for KOL with Sami Bessadi and Lewis Jacobs also on the scoresheet as they saw off Chadwell Heath Spartans, 4 – 2. Jordan Malick and Niru Hunwicks both grabbed consolation goals for the Spartans.

Woodford East will hope for results to go their way but ensured they remain in the mix following a big 9 – 2 win on Saturday against CSM London. Robleh Xasan and Plamedi Kinkela both netted for CSM but East braces from Jay Stavri and William Letchford, plus single goals from Kai Law, Matthew Stacey, Callum Maltese, Frank Glock and Jake Tibbitts were more than enough.

GROUP C

The Group C battle came to a conclusion over the weekend as we congratulate Frenford A on taking the title, securing the win they needed against London Park City to move into a winning position. Damilola Olaiya, Gouly Djikalou and Isima Iguisi netted the goals that confirmed the silverware, the Ilford side beating their local rivals 3- 0 on the day.

Kwanzas London Sport have moved into second place in a group dominated by draws and they added to their account in this respect, earning a 3 – 3 draw at home against Belfry. The in-form Antonio Semedo scored a hat-trick for Kwanzas with two Patrick Macdonald goals and a Sam Paterson effort ensuring a share of the spoils.

GROUP D

The Group D action came to an exhilarating conclusion on Saturday with the two group favourites both stalling in their efforts, allowing Cowley Community to sweep to a 3 – 2 victory at Dagenham United. Chris Wright scored twice once again with Mark Farinha netting the other to see their side put last season’s county cup knockback to the back of their minds by picking up this silverware.

That result was also made possible as Royal Forest earned a hard-fought point against Unitey to end the visitor’s own quest for the title. Nathan Lupumba scored a brace and Eddy Litambolo also netted for Unitey but their efforts weren’t quite enough as the game ended at 3 – 3.

The group’s remaining game came from Waltham Abbey where Chingord Athletic A hosted Barkingside A with both sides looking to finish their campaigns with some momentum. Chingford will be the happier of the sides in this regards after they completed a 5-2 home win with Eric Kelly scoring a hat-trick and Sam Matthew notching too.

GROUP E

Fairlop Rovers celebrated securing the Group E title last week with a hard fought win at Glendale on Saturday, racing into an early first half lead. Wesley Kangi and Mouhamed Gueye goals in the second half for the Dales kept things interesting but Rovers did enough to hold on to win 3 – 2, thanks to goals from Dylan Bruns, Harry Oliver and Logan Simmonds and pop the champagne corks at full time.

Loughton Lions ensured their runners-up spot in the group as they edged a tight contest away at Old Esthameians in Newbury Park. Lions were 2 – 1 winners on the day to end what has been another good season on a high for the Hainault-based side.

GROUP F

The race for the title in Group F went right to the wire with Royal Forest Reserves ending as champions at the weekend with a victory away at Chingford Harriers. Tom Alexander and Thomas Meggs goals were the difference as they came through 2 – 0 winners in Walthamstow to secure their first silverware as a team.

Custom House United will of course be disappointed having come through the group unbeaten but they will at least finish as runners-up, aided by a win by the odd goal in their clash away at Lymore Gardens Reserves. Lymore put up a good fight as Errol Dinnal-Treasure and Kye Austrie-Alexander both netted but the Dockers came through thanks to strikes by bobby Devlin, Jamie Wooster and Robbie Wooster to win 3-2.

Moving into a final third place finish, Emerson United Reserves ended their campaign on a high as they beat Eastern Avenue on the final day, 6 – 0. Joshua Gibbins was on fire in Loughton with a four-goal haul as Paul Brady and Harry Butler efforts completed a stunning victory for the Upminster-based side.

GROUP G

Together United’s title tilt will go down to the final fixture in the group after both of the top two sides won their clashes. Together were 4-2 victors away at Dagenham United Reserves over at Castle Green with Stanley Kweya grabbing a treble and Remel Green also notching and anything barring a very large defeat in the remaining fixture will assure them of title glory.

Collier Row A made sure of at least a second place finish with an away win at Brentwood United Reserves on Saturday. Row were on the right side of an eight-goal thriller, winning the tie 5 – 3 to move level on points with the leaders and hoping for a miraculous result in the final game. Collier had braces from Tommy Mottram and Connor Brown and one from Peter Adeleye to thank for their goals. Utd Ressies responded through a brace from Bradley Jackson and one from Joseph Cadman-Ithell but ultimately they fell to defeat in this one.

COUNTY CUP

It was London Junior Cup day for one of our clubs as North East Lions made the trip south of the river to take on Wimbledon Casuals with a place in the last sixteen at stake for the winner. In a tight game, it was a Casuals victory as they scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 result.

S20-21 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 8 May) [EOFL 20/21 9.5.21]

Image from Rayleigh 2 – 1 H Wood (Premier Division) (Image: Scott W)

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & EOFL Writer

Hello all and welcome to another edition of my round-up articles, looking the action in week seven of the ‘mini-season’ in the  Essex Olympian League divisions on Saturday 8th May. As ever, our focus here is on the top four tiers, with results from Divisions Four & Five. Thank you for reading.

EOFL Premier Division 

In the Premier Division, Springfield got arguably the result of the weekend, as they won 1 – 0 at Basildon Town. It may not have been pretty for Dan Williams’ side, given that their goal was an OG from a set-piece but that won’t worry the Springfield management team. The win sees them rise up to eleventh spot and Basildon needing points to secure their second place. Bas have a swift chance to exact some payback though – they visit Arun Park next weekend! Bas’ chief challengers could well be Bishop’s Stortford Swifts who made it seven league matches unbeaten with a 2 – 1 success at Kelvedon Hatch. Kurt Smith and Ryan Blackman goals got Billy Cove’s side another win and it sees them go fourth, level on points with Leigh Ramblers just above them. Lee Hamill’s strike for Kelvedon couldn’t prevent their second loss in their last five games, and they fell to twelfth place.

In other action, Buckhurst Hill can win the Premier Division title in midweek after they were made to work hard to defeat Canning Town 3 – 1 at Roding Lane. Alfie Harris’ double and Suleyman Zuhdu’s 20th league goal of the campaign secured Hill’s 13th win in fourteen matches. Canning’s defeat sees them drop back to second-bottom.  Sungate were held 2 – 2 by Old Southendian in East London, with Craig Paton and Jamie Oates scoring for player-boss Connor Lane’s side. OS are two bottom, two points adrift of Canning Town but it was another gutsy point on the road. The ‘Gate remain sixth and they will aim for a top-four finish I feel given all their remaining three games are at home.  

Elsewhere, Rayleigh Town got an important 2 – 1 triumph over Harold Wood Athletic at London Road. Strikes from George Vile and Bailey Moss were enough to see Paul Higgins’ side keep a three-point cushion in ninth spot. Robert Whitnell’s strike from the penalty spot had brought Alex Goldstone’s side level but they fell to defeat, which sees them stay eighth. I was watching this match & my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/05/09/s20-21-match-report-rayleigh-town-2-1-harold-wood-athletic-sat-8-may-eofl/

In the other action in this division, Catholic Utd travelled to Polo Fields and drew 2 – 2 with Hutton. Brad Rowland and Max O’Leary got the goals for Simon Thomas’ visiting side, but Joshua Seal and Alfie Curelli responded for Matt Singh’s team. Hutton remain sixth, while the Hoops drop to fifth after this result. Finally, Shenfield AFC got an eye-catching 3 – 2 win over Leigh Ramblers at St Martins Sch 3G. The win takes them up to tenth spot and Ramblers will have to hope victory in their last match next weekend at Hutton is enough to keep them in the top four at the end of May.

EOFL Division One 

In the second tier, Galleywood completed a terrific 5 – 3 win at home to Snaresbrook, played at Moulsham Sch 3G. Mark O’Sullivan’s side finished the match with ten men but a treble from Thomas Watling (who made it eight league goals in twelve starts this term) plus strikes by Jack Chatterway and Jack Hayes secured the win which kept them in second spot. Drew Barbier’s double (one from 12 yards) and one from Daniel Walsh kept ‘Brook in the match but they drop to eighth spot in this increasingly competitive division.

The hunt for the second-placed finish is also getting tighter. Runwell Sports are a point behind Galleywood in second after a 2 – 0 win at Ramsden Scotia. This was their third win in their last five matches for Jason Plom’s side. They are a point clear of Manford Way who got a important 1 – 0 win at Chingford Athletic with Charlie Heatley getting the only goal of the game for Trevor Grace’s side. Fellow Non-League writer Aaron Moore (Twitter: @aaron_moore25) was there & here’s his take on the match: https://footballreview.net/match-report-chingford-afc-0-1-manford-way/

Image from Rayleigh Tn Res 3 – 5 Shoebury Tn (Division One) (Image: Scott W)

Elsewhere, Shoebury Town got their first win in eight league matches with a fine 5 – 3 win at Rayleigh Town Res. Garry Johnson’s treble plus strikes by Billy Cottrill and a Kirk Hudson penalty was enough for Lee Boosey’s new side. Goals from Harry Barham, Matt Atoo and Matthew Bampus were not quite enough to recover any points for Dave Barker’s side in an entertaining match at London Road which I also attended. Here’s my report: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/05/09/s20-21-match-report-rayleigh-town-res-3-5-shoebury-town-sat-8-may-eofl/ 

Also, Toby got a good 3 – 2 win at Herongate Athletic, with Rhys Willson, Chris Rowland and Louis Hill all on target for Mark Jones’ side. This result takes them up to sixth spot and they will have a say in how the top five shapes up, given they have to play Old Chelmsfordians & Runwell Sports in the next three weeks. Herongate remain second-bottom. 

Meanwhile, Ongar Town garnering the points without needing to navigate a tricky tie with Old Chelmsfordians because the latter were unable to field an XI. It means that nearest challengers Galleywood have to defeat Chingford Athletic in midweek to stave off the party for champions-elect Town for another week.


EOFL Division Two   

We have our first confirmed champions in the Olympian divisions as Leigh Town battled to a 3 – 2 win at Laindon Orient at Markhams Chase. Strikes from Max Jones, Brodie Horne and James Roberts finally secured elevation for Jack Pearman’s side here. Shomari Barnwell’s brace had put Neil Blackburn’s side in strong position earlier in the game but Leigh would not be denied and they get deserved recognition for the form they’ve showed in the last couple of seasons. I’d like to pass on my congratulations to Jack and the whole squad on a great achievement. Laindon remain in sixth, ready to pounce if the sides above them falter as they will be looking for a top-four finish.

Elsewhere, Beacon Hill Rovers gained another big three points with a 3 – 1 victory over promotion rivals Corinthians at Wickham Bishops Sports Ground. The former Burnham Ramblers pair of Karl Swanborough (2) and Bradley Morgan combined to overpower Chris Stoneham’s side and stay a point clear in second spot. Ted Turnham netted a late consolation for the visitors but this result means they are not in charge of their own destiny. That is chiefly because Epping Town moved above them into third spot after a thumping 5 – 1 win at AS Rawreth. Joe Rickett notched four times in this one to take his tally to 14 league goals this term. Peter Paoletti had opened the scoring for the visitors here and Stuart Hoskins’ side are two points clear of the Stambridge side with both teams having three matches remaining. Oh, and they face each other on the last day of the Olympian season in Epping. Rawreth remain bottom, five points off their nearest rival May & Baker A, who lost 3 – 1 at Harold Wood Athletic Res. Darren Wettner, Warren Taylor and Adam Farley got the goals to give Wood’s second side the win which takes them up to ninth spot, whereas the visitors stay second-bottom.

Elsewhere in the division, Old Southendian Res put a spanner in the works of Wakering Sports‘ promotion aspirations as the OS side won 2 – 1 at Cupid’s. Nico Dubouchet’s ninth league goal this term and one from Jack Cripps were enough to overturn substitute Mohammed Sesay’s strike and go five points clear in seventh, with one match remaining on May 22nd – a trip to Epping Town. Sports stay fifth but their chances of a top-two finish appear slim, despite having three matches remaining – and they welcome Corinthians to Cupid’s next weekend.

Finally, Rochford Town drew 1 – 1 with Ryan, with Freddie Pettitt getting the goal for Town. Ryan have four matches remaining, two of those against the top two sides so realistically, the best they can hope for is a seventh-placed finish which would be creditable for Declan Murphy’s team.

EOFL Division Three 

This was quite a day in Division Three. Firstly, Hutton Res gave the title race added impetus as they fought back to win 3 – 2 at leaders ACD Utd. An OG and a Jamie Alexandrou strike put Michael Wade’s team in command but Bill Stratford’s side turned it around through strikes from Jim Gardner, Mike Cason and Jack Shaw and made it seven straight league wins as well. The visitors stay third, but are only two points away from the leaders, who have three matches remaining.

Manford Way Res are also right in the chase for elevation, after a 4 – 0 win over Toby Res at Ford’s Social Club in Newbury Park. David Hornsby took his goal tally past twenty for the league season with a treble here, with Jake Muller also on target. Manford’s second side are a point behind the leaders in second spot, with two matches remaining. It’s worth noting that Points Per Game (PPG) might also be a factor in which sides get promoted in the close season. Hullbridge Sports A picked up a hard-fought 1 – 0 win at Collier Row, which all but ends Row’s chances of a top-two finish. William Bray got the only goal to reduce the deficit between the sides to one point. The youthful Sports side in 7th and Row are in sixth.

Elsewhere, Basildon Town Reserves are three points clear now in fifth after a 3 – 0 success against Leigh Town Res at Basildon Sports Club. Jamie Simpkins’ brace and one from replacement Shaun Watkins were enough to give Richard Bennett’s side the points. Wakebury are also still in contention for that top-two finish as they battled to a 4 – 1 victory at Buckhurst Hill Res. A brace from Charlie Little plus goals from Billy Bonham-Dare and Harry Kateley made sure Matt Cardy’s side picked up the win against a side which certainly earned the visiting manager’s respect. Jason Gomes got the sole goal for the home side. The Berries stay fourth and realistically need at least two of the three sides above them to slip up but they have still had a great campaign to date, regardless of the outcome.

Also, Corinthians Res held Lakeside Utd to a creditable 2 – 2 draw in Stambridge. Utd remain in eighth place after their first draw this term. The hosts remain in tenth after a difficult campaign.

EOFL Division Four Results  

Hashtag Utd Dev  0 – 1  Catholic Utd Res | Barleylands Road

Laindon Orient Res   3 – 3  Leytonstone Utd   | Pegasus Club, Corringham

and

Sungate Res  A – W  Canning Town Res  | Away Walkover

Wakering Sports Res  H – W  Old Chelmsfordians Res   | Home Walkover

EOFL Senior Five Results  

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  3 – 2  Newbury Forest Res  | Silver Leys

Runwell Sports Res  0 – 5  Old Barkabbeyans   | St Luke’s Park

Wakering Sports A   4 – 1 Roydon   | Cupid’s CC (Pitch 2)

and
Collier Row Res  H – W  Herongate Athletic Res
  | Home Walkover

Epping Town Res  H – W  AS Rawreth Res  | Home Walkover

Springfield Res  H – W  Shoebury Town Res  | Home Walkover

S20-21 Match Report: Rayleigh Town 2 – 1 Harold Wood Athletic (Sat 8 May) [EOFL 20-1 9.5.21]

Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Venue: London Road

2020-21 Season: Match 34

Saturday 8th May 2021 – 2.30pm KO

Rayleigh: Navy Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Navy Blue Socks

Harold Wood: Claret & Sky Blue Shirts, Claret Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

Rayleigh dig deep to grab a hard-fought win at London Road

Rayleigh Town  2 – 1  Harold Wood Athletic

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

The seccond match of the double-header day at London Road on Saturday 8th May saw Harold Wood Athletic visit to face Rayleigh Town in the Essex Olympian League Premier Division. Paul Higgins’ side knew they needed a better performance than last week in their loss to Leigh Ramblers but fielded a strong starting eleven here. Mark Brown retained his place in goal, with wing-backs Charlie Seaden and Harry Higgins supporting forwards Bailey Moss and Ruari McIntyre, with George Neller breaking from midfield. Ben Baxter and Alfie Larkin were the hosts’ options from the sidelines here. Harold Wood fielded a back four of Jacob Roberts, Jack Baines, James Ishmail and Matthew Donovan. Their forward line was led by experienced striker Robert Whitnell, with Josh Steel and Max Shepherd supporting him. Ben Dosad and Jack Sykes-Brown were among the bench for Alex Goldstone’s side.

The swirling wind was still harsh enough to really affect proceedings here and the hosts had the first chance of note as a fierce strike from tricky support forward George Neller forced visiting goalkeeper Steven Reynolds into a reaction save with two minutes played. Minutes later, Reynolds was called into action again as Town wing-back Charlie Seaden made a good run down the right channel before firing a strike from a narrow angle though the ‘keeper was up to it. Those warnings were not heeded by the visitors but you have to say they were a little unlucky as Rayleigh took the lead on eight minutes as a floated corner from skipper George Vile caught the wind and swirled straight into the far corner, evading everyone. Athletic were frustrating their dug-out a bit as it took them longer to settle and found Town centre-back Jack Long in good form, making a couple of good interceptions early on.

On 19 minutes, a good set-piece by Vile found Long but his finish unluckily hit a post and the visitors had a minor let-off. And that moment was to be telling at this stage of the game as with 23 minutes gone, good work from Max Shepherd ended with home custodian Mark Brown bringing him down which saw a caution for him and a spot-kick for Harold Wood. Designated penalty-taker Robert Whitnell stepped up and confidently struck home to level the score. Town were perhaps guilty of forcing the game too much in the next ten minutes or so as they were caught off-side on a few occasions, as the match got a bit scrappy but at the same time, there was no lack of effort by either side as both sides perhaps realised the importance of the points here.

Town had perhaps the one half-chance of note before the break as from another Vile set-piece, forward Bailey Moss’ header was deflected out of danger. Rayleigh were showing spirit in droves but couldn’t find that final pass which unlocks defences and therefore, it was even-stevens going into the interval.

Half-Time:  Rayleigh Town 1 – 1  Harold Wood Athletic

As we began the opening phase of the second period, Harold Wood utilised their long throws and from one of those, Shepherd couldn’t quite get enough purchase on his strike to make it a difficult gather for Brown. Ath defender Matthew Donovan was again showing his commanding style of defending, though his side were nearly behind on fifty minutes as Town forward Ruari McIntyre evaded the visiting defence though unfortunately couldn’t find the right pass into forward Bailey Moss on that occasion. However, the physical Rayleigh forward did make a telling contribution with fifty-seven minutes gone as after another good move involving Seaden down the Town right flank, with Reynolds making a good save from Seaden’s strike, the following corner saw Moss force the ball over the line to give Rayleigh the lead for the second time.

Athletic needed to build momentum and possession and they did respond well. Just past the hour, midfielder Dan Johnson fired wide to remind the hosts they had a lot of work to get through to win this tie. Brown showed good handing again in the tricky conditions to deny Whitnell’s crisp strike and then tipping over another good effort from the impressive Shepherd. Rayleigh did exactly what they had to, they put bodies on the line and cleared their lines, despite the odd nervy moment.

Brown’s afternoon got better for him as he pulled off another smart save with fifteen minutes remaining, as a good strike by substitute Jack Sykes-Brown forced the Town goalkeeper into a good save low on the ground. Ultimately though, Rayleigh held on to claim a much-coveted win in this hard-fought encounter.

Full-Time: Rayleigh Town  2 – 1  Harold Wood Athletic

In summarising this match, Rayleigh boss Paul Higgins will be happy, not only with the result but with the energy and grit in the performance of his side today. Harold Wood were a threat today but they were denied a number of times by solid defending and pace on the copunter-attack as well. For the visitors, they will likely be disappointed that they didn’t gain a firmer foothold on the game after their leveller before the half-hour mark. All in all, it was the right result as you had to admire the sheer effort expended by the hosts to garner the three points.

I can only begin the ‘stand-out’ performers with Rayleigh skipper George Vile who showed exactl why he is highly-thought of here at the club. His sheer energy, tenacity in the tackle and work rate drove his team on and made it tricky at times for Ath to build attacks in midfield. Other worthy mentions in my view have to go to goalkeeper Mark Brown who again performed well, showing good handling skills in the choppy winds and a few good saves as well. Right wing-back Charlie Seaden also had a strong afternoon, charging down the flank with purpose and also showed good passing too. Finally, centre-back Jack Long had a good afternoon in a tough central defensive trio alongside Patrick Mills and Will Baldry. For the visitors, right-back Jacob Roberts stood out for me, showing his rapid pace down the flank and also doing his defensive duties well. Forward Max Shepherd was also a near constant threat to the home backline and was unfortunate not to get on the scoresheet today. Midfielder Dan Johnson and centre-back Matthew Donovan also put in good, rugged performances today too as they looked to get their side going from the back. 

The win sees Rayleigh up to ninth spot, and they are a point behind Harold Wood in eighth spot. Both sides have three matches remaining as they look to secure a mid-table finish. Best wishes to both teams for the rest of the campaign.

If you’d like to look at the rest of the weekend’s action in the Olympian divisions, my round-up is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/05/09/s20-21-round-ups-essex-olympian-league-sat-8-may-eofl/

Teams

Rayleigh Town     | Manager: Paul Higgins  | Assistant: Del Lamon

Starting XI: 1 Mark Brown (GK), 2 Charlie Seaden, 3 Harry Higgins, 4 Will Baldry, 15 Patrick Mills, 16 Jack Long, 8 George Vile (Capt), 11 George Neller, 6 Paul Morris, 9 Bailey Moss, 10 Ruari McIntyre

Goal-scorers: George Vile [8′],  Bailey Moss [57′]

Booked: Higgins, Brown | Subs Not Used: Baxter, Larkin

Harold Wood Athletic  | Manager: Alex Goldstone  | Assistants: Joe Benson & Stuart Williams

Starting XI: 1 Steven Reynolds (GK), 2 Jacob Roberts, 3 Jack Baines, 4 James Ishmail, 5 Connor Goldstone, 6 Matthew Donovan, 7 John Bradley, 18 Dan Johnson, 9 Robert Whitnell (Capt), 10 Josh Steel, 16 Max Shepherd

Goal-scorer: Robert Whitnell [pen 23′]

Subs On: 12 Jack Sykes-Brown [58′], 15 Harvey Cooper [80′], 8 Ben Dosad [80′]

Booked: None  | Subs Not Used: Benson, Williams

Referee: Matthew Pointer
Assistants: Adekola Adeyemi & Philip Clarke

S20-21 Match Report: Rayleigh Town Res 3 – 5 Shoebury Town (Sat 8 May) [EOFL 20/1 9.5.21]

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Essex Olympian League – Division One

Venue: London Road

2020-21 Season: Match 33

Saturday 8th May 2021 – 12.30pm KO

Rayleigh Res: Navy Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Navy Blue Socks

Shoebury: White & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black & White Socks

A re-engerised Shoebury win first game in eight at London Road

Rayleigh Town Res  3 – 5  Shoebury Town

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

This weekend, there was a bit of a treat as I visited London Road again for a double-header of matches, starting with this Essex Olympian League Division One clash between Rayleigh Town Reserves and Shoebury Town, who despite being depleted in numbers recently, have steadfastly continued on playing, which is a credit to them. Home manager Dave Barker fielded Jayden Powell in goal with Harry Barham and Jack Taylor the chief support to forwards Eben Djan and Matt Atoo. Visitors Shoebury have installed Lee Boosey as their interim manager until the end of the season and had Kyle Merenda between the posts, Tyler Boosey in midfield and the attack was led by Garry Johnson, Aaron Day and Kirk Hudson, with Dominic Binns unavailable, Mitchell Odd and Simon Pearce were among the options from the bench.

The visitors set their stall out early to test Rayleigh ‘keeper Jayden Powell’s handling skills in the swirling wind as a strike from distance by Tyler Boosey needed the stopper to gather on five minutes. That ended up being a warning as on seven minutes, the visitors did open the scoring. Forward Garry Johnson found a yard of space in a congested 18-yard box to plant his header firmly into the net. Howver, the defensive ‘gremlins’ that have affected Shoebury recently returned a minute later as Harry Barham levelled neatly for Dave Barker’s side.

The visitors looked really motivated for the contest but were fortunate on eleven minutes as Rayleigh forward Matt Atoo evaded the visiting backline before skewing a tame strike wide when through on visiting custodian Kyle Merenda’s goal. Billy Cottrill’s wind-assisted corner was desparingly out of reach for Powell as despite laying a glove on it, the ball flew into the top corner to give Shoebury a two-one lead on 18 minutes. The vistors’ good momentum continued on twenty minutes as a fine effort from Johnson forced Powell into a decent save low down on the deck. Both sides continued to trade chances as Merenda pulled off a good save to parry over Reiss Foley’s deflected free-kick for the home side.

Much to the disappointment of the home dugout, Shoebury were then awarded a spot-kick with 32 minutes on the clock. Johnson stepped up and duly fired home high ibtob the corner to extend the visitors’ advantage. To their crediit, the hosts halved their deficit three minutes afterward as good tracking back by Atoo was rewarded as the ball flew off his block ans sailed past Merenda into the net.

Half-Time:  Rayleigh Town Res  2 – 3  Shoebury Town

Shoebury had a slender lead but were looking fiesty and just about the more likely the score at the interval. Shoebry were happy to be awarded another spot-kick on the hour and forward Kirk Hudson also blasted the ball home to make it 4 – 2. to the visitors. Midway into the second half, a curling free-kick by Foley needed Merenda to tip the decent strike out of danger. Rayleigh were having arguably their best phase of the game as they forced a number of set-pieces but the revitalised Shoebury defence held firm. Rayleugh Res could well have forced a more nervy end to the game had Eban Djan connected with a header or support forward Jack Taylor’s chip not been nervily parried by Merenda in the swirling wind. Atoo also headed wide with eleven minutes left and the feeling was building that it wasn’t going to be the hosts’ day.

That feeling was only elevated on 82 minutes as fine chip by Johnson evaded Powell and secured a good treble for the Shoebury Town striker. Matthew Bampus headed in another consolation for the hosts a few minutes later but it wasn’t enough to avert Shoebury getting their first league win in eight matches here in this lunchtime kick-off.

Full-Time: Rayleigh Town Res  3 – 5  Shoebury Town

In summary, Shoebury did deserve their win given the chances they created and the energy they put into their play for most of the match. News came out this week that a new committee has been appointed so Town will no doubt be looking to stay in this division for next term and they will need the battling qualities they showed here. Rayleigh’s Ressie side also showed promise going forward but their defensive errors were costly.

There were a number of good performances in this game. Firstly for Shoebury, I felt that forward Garry Johnson was a threat with his finishing  & movement and also backed up his record in front of goal this term. Tyler Boosey also had a good game in midfield showing good willingness & energy. Kirk Hudson showed desire and good passing down the channels & finally, Aaron Day also had a decent game. For the hosts, winger Harry Barham took his goal well and tried hard to instigate attacking moves for his side. Forward Matt Atoo was also a presence in attack for the hosts with his strength, with midfielder Reiss Foley looking to drive his team on from midfield. Finally, goalkeeper Jayden Powell arguably kept his side in the contest in the second half with some smart saves.

The win for bottom side Shoebury brings them only one point behind Herongate just above them, whereas Town’s second side stay third-bottom, six points adrift of Ramsden Scotia above them. My thanks to home boss Dave Barker & Best wishes to both teams for the rest of the campaign.

If you’d like to read about all the action in the Essex Olympian Lge divisions this week, my round-up is available here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/05/09/s20-21-round-ups-essex-olympian-league-sat-8-may-eofl/

Teams

Rayleigh Town Res    | Manager: Dave Barker 

Starting XI: 1 Jayden Powell (GK), 2 Matt van Lint, 3 Matt Seago, 4 Reiss Foley, 5 Matthew Bampus, 6 James Braithwaite, 7 Harry Barham, 8 Dean Hazleton, 9 Ebeneezer Djan, 10 Jack Taylor, 11 Matt Atoo

Goal-scorers: Harry Barham [8′], Matt Atoo [35′], Matthew Bampus [84′]

Subs On: 12 James Jarvis [31′], 15 Liam Brooks [61′], 14 Jack Maguire [67′]

Booked: van Lint, Seago, Jarvis | Subs Not Used: None

Shoebury Town   | Interim Manager: Lee Boosey

Starting XI: 1 Kyle Merenda (GK), 2 Billy Horrell, 15 Jack Kindell, 23 Jason Carter, 4 Daniel Brooker, 5 Tyler Boosey, 7 Henry Swan, 18 Billy Cottrill, 19 Aaron Day, 10 Garry Johnson, 14 Kirk Hudson

Goal-scorers: Garry Johnson [7′, pen 32′, 82′], Billy Cottrill [18′], Kirk Hudson [pen 60′]

Subs On: 9 Simon Pearce [46′], 6 Mitchell Odd [46′], 20 Adam Woolsey [46′], 3 Steven Sharpe [60′], 16 Fahad Issa [80′]

Booked: Woolsey  | Subs Not Used: None

Referee: Lewis Moore

S20-21 Round-ups: Len Cordell Cup (Fri 30 April-Tues 4 May) [LCC 2021 4.5.21]

Image from Ensign 1 – B’side on Fri 30 Apr (Image: Scott W)

Written by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – ESL & Non-League Writer

Hello and welcome to my round-up of the six of the eight ties in the Last 16 round of the Cordell Cup which took place this week. The Semi-Finals of the Cordell Cup Plate competition is also looked at towards the end of this article as the two sides who will contest the Final of the subsidiary competition.  

After the round-up, we’ll have a gander at the draw for the Quarter-Finals, ahead of the remainder of the last 16 matches which take place in midweek as some of the sides involved are also taking part in other Cups.

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The Len Cordell Cup – Last 16

St Margaretsbury  2 – 2  FC Clacton (Clacton won 3 – 2 on pens)  | The Rec | Friday 30 Apr

St Mags held Clacton after the ninety minutes but exited on spot-kicks in this tie played on Friday night, which was also live-streamed on the night. Charlie Thompson struck both goals for the Seasiders, though their lead was nullified by goals from Chris Manangu and Kirk McPherson for Ray Bartlett and James Falaise’s side. It needed spot-kicks to decide the tie and it went the way of the visitors.

Fellow Non-League writer Pete Dudley (@ped1980) was there & his report is here: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2021/04/st-margaretsbury-2-fc-clacton-2-fc.html

West Essex  1 – 3  Stansted   | Mayesbrook Park [3G]  | Friday 30 Apr

Stansted continued their improving form with a fine win at West Essex. Jordan Palmer put the Airportmen ahead after eleven minutes. Greg Frederick levelled the tie nine minutes after the interval for Kwame Kwateng’s side but two goals in the last quarter of the game sealed the match. Michael Salako [68’] struck to once again give the visitors the lead, before Harry Bushell [82’] ended the hopes of the Stags and confirm Stansted’s place in the last eight.

White Ensign  1 – 1 Barkingside (Ensign won 3 – 1 on pens)| Held at Lower Road | Fri 30 Apr

Barkingside gave Ensign a scare before ultimately bowing out in the dreaded shoot-out at Lower Road. Ensign led nine minutes before the break through a calm finish by Dominic Locke. However, the hosts couldn’t convert the chances they did create and were pegged back just four minutes from time by Reece Simpson’s powerful header for Steven Le Sage’s spirited ‘Side. Ensign did get through a twitchy shoot-out to advance though to the quarter-finals.  I was at this match & my report is available here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/05/02/s-20-21-match-report-white-ensign-1-1-barkingside-30-april/

Billericay Town U23  0 – 1  Athletic Newham  | New Lodge [3G]  | Sat 1 May

In the last tie of the weekend in the Cordell Cup, Athletic Newham withstood the pressure to complete a narrow win over Billericay’s impressive development side at New Lodge. Joel Appiah got the only goal on 24 minutes to give Chris Davis’ side the win and see them through to the last eight.

Pete Dudley (@ped1980) was also at this match & here’s his report: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2021/05/billericay-town-u23s-0-athletic-newham-1.html

Brimsdown   0 – 0  Clapton (Clapton won 7 – 6 on pens) | New River Sta | Mon 3 May

A tense match in awful conditions (is it really the start of May you sometimes wonder) saw the Tons held by Step 6 side Brimsdown in this match held at the New River Stadium. Despite having the better of the play in normal time, the gritty ‘home’ side held on for spot-kicks, which the Tons got through in ‘sudden death’. Fellow Non-League writer Pete Dudley was at this match & here’s his report: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2021/05/brimsdown-0-clapton-0-clapton-won-7-6.html  

Image from Cockfosters 1 – 1 Barking (Tues 4 May – Image by Peter D)

Cockfosters  1 – 1  Barking  (Barking won  7 – 6 on pens)  | Chalk Lane  | Tues 4 May

The Blues made it through on spot-kicks at Chalk Lane. Kieran Jones gave the visitors the lead on 31 minutes though Charlie Morgan levelled things up for Cockfoster just shy of the seventy minute mark. With no further goals forthcoming, it was left to the shoot-out from twelve yards to decide the tie, and after a nervy battle Barking emerged with the win 7 – 6 on penalty kicks. The Blues will face either Holland or tenants for this competition Hackney Wick in the Quarter-Finals.

For more on this match, the omnipresent Mr Dudley was at this one as well (the man deserves an award, Essex Senior League – just sayin’) & here’s his view: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2021/05/cockfosters-1-barking-1-barking-won-7-6.html

Matches still to come in Cordell Cup Last 16

Holland  v  Hackney Wick  | Wednesday 5 May

DT FC  v  Redbridge  | Friday 7 May

Updated Draw for the Cordell Cup – Quarter-Finals

Stansted  v  Clapton (likely to be reversed due to Cricket)

Barking  v  Holland or Hackney Wick

FC Clacton  v  White Ensign (to be played Saturday 8 May)

DT FC or Redbridge  v  Athletic Newham

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Guest Blog: Essex Alliance League Cup Round-up (Wk 4 – Sat 1 May) [EAL 20-21 4.5.21]

Hello and welcome to a guest blog, going through the action in the Essex Alliance League Cup groups on Saturday 1st May, My thanks to the EAL’s Rob Parker. This round-up is posted with the author’s permission, with additional reporting by Scott W. Thanks for reading.

Guest Blog written by Rob Parker for EAL  [EAL Twitter: @EssexAllianceFL]

Essex Alliance League – Saturday 1 May

 
GROUP A

The race for the Group A silverware remains well poised with FC Petrocub holding a two point gap at the top, helped by a big 6 – 1 win on Saturday away at Rapid Chingford. Vasilica Ilie led the visitors on with a treble here, to which Nicolai Gutu added a brace. Ghenadie Moisei also chipped in with the other goal in this big win which saw the visitors make it three wins from three and in pole position in the group going into their two huge remaining fixtures.

One of those will be against second-placed Lymore Gardens next week and Lymore warmed up for the huge showdown with a comfortable win of their own, ending West Essex Reserves’ hopes of silverware with a 3 – 1 victory. Andre Rashford, Dylan Roberts and Tyrique Peters grabbed the winning goals.

With games in hand, DT FC still have both of the leading sides to play away from home and kept up their hopes with a big home win as they beat FC Baresi 5 – 0 at the Harlow Arena. Carlos Simao notched twice here, with Jermaine Francis, Ayrton Coley and Steve Domfeh also on target to give the hosts a first win in the competition and, with three games still to go, can they chase down the leading pack?

GROUP B

Group B was thrown wide open at the weekend after a huge result in Noak Hill saw Kit Out London keep their unbeaten record in tact by beating another previously unbeaten side, Woodford East. Jay Stavri scored for East but a Erik Rusnak brace in reply added to Sami Bessadi’s goal to make it 3 – 2 to the Kit side.

Chigwell Town returned to contention at the top end of the standings after an impressive 4 – 2 victory at home against Tower United to dent the latter’s hopes. Ross Chimes scored two with Mark Howe and Modestas Dainuskas netting the others to render Tower goals from Abdi Abdikarim and Abubakar Maxamed as just consolation.

And in the group’s remaining fixture, Chadwell Heath Spartans opened their wins account in the group as they picked up a huge 5 – 1 win against higher league opposition, CSM London. Antonio Azevedo scored for CSM but a Rashid Matabaro hat-trick and goals for Rob Hodgson and Miguel Martins rounded things off for Spartans.

GROUP C

Four sides will go into the final weekend of Group C fixtures with hopes of silverware but it’s unbeaten Frenford A who hold the advantage after their beat now second-placed North East Lions 5 – 3 on Saturday to go top. Lorenc Hoxha, Romelle Pile and Chad-Troy Payne goals proved not quite enough for the Lions. Among the scorers for the Frenford developmental side were Gabriel De Souza Dias, Daniel Francis, Isima Iguisi and Joel Opara.

London Park City and Kwanzas London Sport are the other two sides with an outside chance but will require a significant goal difference swing after they could only finish level at 1-1. Antonio Semedo scored the hosts goal but City scored one themselves to send them into a showdown with the leaders next weekend.

In the battle between the fifth and sixth placed sides, Belfry earned their first points of the group after they secured victory in Dagenham against Francis Luke. Jose Nelson Da Silva scored for Luke but three Belfry goals from Gabriel Ogunwomoju, Daniel Osborne and Louis Window were enough to earn a 3 – 1 win for the hosts.

GROUP D

Two sides remain locked at the top in Group D as Unitey and Dagenham United, both sides sporting unbeaten records, met in Loughton on Saturday. With both having won all three games, it was perhaps no surprise to see this one finish level. Brandon Fulton scored twice for Unitey with Sean Kettle and Charlie Fiander goals ensuring it ended 2 – 2 to see this group go to the wire.

Third-placed Cowley Community, a point back, remain poised to sweep up if results go their way and they ensured they will remain interested on the last day as Chris Wright and Mark Farinha efforts gave them a 2 – 1 win against Chingford Athletic A. Sam Matthews scored the Chingford goal in reply.

GROUP E

In Group E, the first silverware was mathematically confirmed with Fairlop Rovers confirmed as group winners after Loughton Lions could only pick up a point on the road at Old Barkabbeyans Reserves. The Lions had two goals from William Osmond and one from Jay Lutman to thank for keeping them in the contest but two Michael Ryder goals and a Josh Robinson strike help Old Barks pick up a first point as the game ended 3 – 3.

The group’s other action came from Newbury Park where the other side with outside hopes, Glendale, saw their hopes ended despite fighting back from conceding early  against Old Esthameaians to lead through two Wesley Kanga goals. But goals from Neil Robinson and Danny Harris saw the tie finish at 2 – 2 on the day.

GROUP F

The drama in Group F will go to the final set of matches with three sides still in with a shout. Royal Forest Reserves are in pole position following a hard fought away win at Emerson United Reserves over the weekend as goals from Tom Alexander and Will Asenso carried their side to a 2 – 0 victory in Upminster.

Custom House United will hope for a Royal slip on the final day after they kept their hopes alive with a big 7 – 1 win at home against Eastern Avenue. Jamie Wooster was in fine form here with a hat-trick, with further goals arriving through Bobby Devlin, Paul Stringer, Robert Wooster and Tommy Douglas.

Chingford Harriers will require a lot of things to go their way to be putting hands on silverware but they will have a big say either way, coming through the Chingford derby contest against Lymore Gardens Reserves in a 3 – 0 scoreline. Paul Shawyer and Darnell Lamothe were on the scoresheet for the Harriers ahead of their showdown with the leaders next weekend.

GROUP G

In Group G, Collier Row A moved level on points with the top placed side in the group on the back of a big 7 – 1 Row victory against Dagenham United Reserves. Rahman Byjid scored for United but Tommy Mottram’s treble led an ensemble cast of scorers for Row which also included Joe Willson’s brace plus one each for Pete Adeleye and Jordan Reece-Peprah to leave them needing the leaders to drop points if they are to challenge.

Brentwood United Reserves have been creeping their way up the table in the last couple of weeks and could still have a big say in things, lying just two points off the leading teams. Their second win was secured as a double from Danny Walker and strikes from Alfie Wiseman and Tony Wyman assisted them to a 4 – 2 home win against Avondale Rangers on Saturday, a result which keeps them in touch.

LONDON JUNIOR CUP

Goals were the order of the day in the London Junior Cup where Jolof Sports’ chase for county cup glory continued with the visit of AFC Cubo Reserves to Dagenham on Saturday. An entertaining game saw Jolof run out 10 – 4 victors to become the third EAL club into the last sixteen where they face either West Fulham or Exeter Old Boys this month.

S20-21 Match Report: Rayleigh Town 0 – 2 Leigh Ramblers (Saturday 1st May) [EOFL 20/21 4.5.21]

Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Venue: London Road

Season 2020- 21: Match 32

Saturday 1st May – 2.30pm KO

Rayleigh Town: Navy Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts , Black Socks

Leigh Ramblers: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

London Road pitch pre-match

Ramblers comfortably get the points at misfiring Rayleigh

Rayleigh Town  0 –  2  Leigh Ramblers

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

The second match of my weekend was at London Road as Rayleigh Town entertained Leigh Ramblers in another Essex Olympian League Premier Division encounter. Leigh are chasing a top-four spot in this division while Town were looking for a strong end to what has been a difficult campaign. Rayleigh were kind in their welcome, as they usually are and named Mark Brown as their goalkeeper, centre-back Will Baldry as their captain and forwards Michael Okafor and Bailey Moss. Optiomns from the sidelines included midfielder Ben Baxter, and the attack-minded George Neller and Harry Higgins.  Ramblers named a back four of Barv Waiwaiku, Joe Hunter, skipper Ryan Lowe and George Moxon, who replaced Harry Haysom who in recovering from a head injury sustained the previous week. Daniel Williams and Justin Hazell led their forward line, with player-boss Ronnie Bridges on the bench alongside midfielder Mattias Tonking.

The match got underway with midfield dynamo Shaun Gittleson looking to get in possession for the hosts and sprint down the sides of the Ramblers backline. The Rams responded with a purposeful run down the left flank themselves, which saw full-back Joe Hunter angle in a lob from deep which home custodian Mark Brown had to tip over the goal frame, which was an alert piece of goalkeeping. Gittleson continued to make mazy runs, showing a lot of endeavour on ten minutes, until visiting captain Ryan Lowe had to make a crucial interception in his own eighteen-yard area. In general, Ramblers were looking slightly the more confident of the sides, looking to build passing moves and work the home backline hard. That growing confidence did result in the stalemate being broken on eighteen minutes, as Billy Carter pinched the ball off of Town’s Ruari McIntyre down the left on a the halfway line before making a good run down the right flank, and his accurate centre found the run of Daniel Williams who helped himself to a tap-in from close range after evading the Rayleigh defenders.

Rayleigh so nearly levelled things six minutes later as forward Michael Okafor was unfortunate but you have to say it was a combination of committed defending and stopper Andrew Webster who snuffed the opportunity almost as quickly as it appeared. The visitors responded quickly down the other end as firstly, Williams found himself with only Brown to get past but the ‘keeper did well to deny him a quick-fire second goal. And then moments after that, the Rayleigh defence was caught napping as Ramblers forward Justin Hazell sent in a well-hit curling drive with Brown again did well to parry away for a set-piece. The hosts were looking a little devoid of confidence though again the precarious nature of the Ramblers’ advantage was shown twice in three minutes, first on 33 minutes as a Okafor sent in a curling drive which Webster had to parry out of danger and then two minutes later as following a neat move involving McIntyre and Gittleson, Okafor again had a glimpse at goal but he could only slide his effort on goal off-target.

Half-Time: Rayleigh Town 0 – 1   Leigh Ramblers

It would be fair to comment as the second half began that Ramblers had shown a bit more impetus but the game was still finely poised. Both sides continued to trade chances in the early stages of the second period. First, Town forward Bailey Moss managed to find a yard of space before sending his fierce strike at goal which demanded a good save out of Webster. Moments later at the other end, experienced midfielder Matthew Brinklow showed good close control in a congested penalty area before finding Williams who fired over. Ramblers had another let-off to be grateful for as a timid back pass from box-to-box midfielder Sam Mountstephens let in Moss who couldn’t find the finish and blasted over the woodwork.

Mountstephens would atone for that error though on sixty-six minutes as a fine threaded pass from Williams tracked the run of Hazell, who made a clever dummy run, drawing away a defender, allowing Mountstephens a free run at goal and he slotted home well past Brown to give the visitors that second goal they were craving. Rayleigh couldn’t quite find the rhythm or tempo that they needed after that really, and being the neutral I try to be writing these reports, I could feel the anguish of some of the home players as they showed no lack of endeavour, even if the quality wasn’t there overall.

There were more chances of note as we entered the last twenty minutes. After another fine run by the energetic Hunter down the left, Brinklow’s fine strike was again denied by the impressive Brown. Eight minutes later, a good counter-attack by the hosts ended with winger Harry Talbot striking at goal from a narrow angle and it sailed wide. All in all, the visitors deserved to win for the energy and drive they showed in the match but on another day, Rayleigh would’ve been in this game and may have made Ramblers pay for those missed chances.

Full-Time: Rayleigh Town  0 – 2  Leigh Ramblers

So to sum-up what was a decent match, Ramblers looked the more confident side and could’ve won by a bigger margin, but Town goalkeeper Mark Brown’s fine saves and a lack of clinical finishing accounted for that. Ronnie Bridges’ side won their fifth game in their last seven here and rise up to third in the standings, four points adrift of Basildon Town. Rayleigh remain ninth, a point clear of Kelvedon Hatch just behind them.

There were a few notable performances from this match. Firstly, for Ramblers – forward Daniel Williams had a fine afternoon with a typically hard-working display as he linked up the attacking moves, showed good movement and passing in an assured performance. Centre-half Ryan Lowe also led from the back in a characteristic fashion, making good interceptions and stifling the promising attacks that Rayleigh did produce. Sam Mountstephens had a good game, bombing on from midfield and took his goal well, while I also felt left-back Joe Hunter had a very good game here, showing a huge amount of energy down the flank as well a number a good crosses and defensive ability as well.

For Rayleigh, attacking midfielder Shaun Gittleson showed his pace, trickery and energy to keep the visiting backline alert. Centre-back Will Baldry was also switched on at all times to drive his side on and do his best to circumvent the waves of attacks that Ramblers mustered. Goalkeeper Mark Brown had a fine game as well as mentioned earlier, and full-back Charlie Seaden rounds out the mentions for Paul Higgins’ side.

If you’d like to have a look at the rest of the action from the EOFL weekend, here’s the corresponding round-up here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/05/04/s20-21-round-ups-essex-olympian-league-sat-1-may/

Teams

Rayleigh Town  | Manager: Paul Higgins

Starting XI: 1 Mark Brown (GK), 2 Charlie Seaden, 12 Alfie Larkin, 4 Will Baldry (Capt), 15 Patrick Mills, 7 Harry Talbot, 3 Ruari McIntyre, 8 Paul Morris, 10 Shaun Gittleson, 6 Michael Okafor, 9 Bailey Moss

Subs On: 16 Ben Baxter [50’ replacing Mills], 14 George Neller [74’ replacing Moss]

Booked: None   | Subs Not Used: Spremull, H Higgins, Franks

Leigh Ramblers    | Player-Manager: Ronnie Bridges

Starting XI: 1 Andrew Webster (GK), 2 Barv Waiwaiku, 3 Joe Hunter, 4 Billy Carter, 5 Ryan Lowe (Capt), 6 George Moxon, 7 Patrick Cannon, 8 Sam Mountstephens, 9 Justin Hazell, 10 Daniel Williams, 11 Matt Brinklow

Goal-scorers: Daniel Williams [18’], Sam Mountstephens [66’]           

Subs On: 12 Mattias Tonking [61’], 14 Ronnie Bridges [79’]

Booked: Carter       | Subs Not Used: Dewberry

Referee: Joe Burgess

Assistant Referees: Alfie Treacher and John Ackred

S 20-21 Match Report: White Ensign* 1 – 1 Barkingside (WE won 3 – 1 on pens) (Fri 30 April) [LCC 2021 1.5.21]

Len Cordell Cup – Last 16

Venue: Lower Road (Hullbridge FC)

2020 -21 Season – Match 31

Saturday 10th April 2021 – 3pm KO

White Ensign: Red & Navy Blue Shirts, Red Shorts & Red Socks

Barkingside: Orange Shirts, Black Shorts, Orange Socks

Both sides warming-up pre-match

Ensign edge a highly-competitive contest with ‘Side on spot-kicks in the LCC

White Ensign  1 – 1 Barkingside   (Ensign won 3 – 1 on pens)

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

The first match of the weekend saw a trip back to Lower Road for the Len Cordell Cup Last 16 match between White Ensign and Barkingside, both of whom played in the Eastern Senior League South in the previous halted regular season. Brett Munyard & Mark Healy’s side came into this match with a 100% winning record in the group stages, while ‘Side started well but have found it harder as the competition has gone on. Ensign made a couple of changes to their side since I saw them defeat Great Wakering a few weeks back, with Charlie Buffin and Charlie Adams the full-backs here, alongside club stalwarts Jake McWee and Andy George in central defence. Connor Barnby and Domonic Locke led the line, with support from Munyard and Luke Skinner. Among their plentiful options from the bench was defender/midfielder Thando Moyo, midfielders Bradley Gates and Harry Skinner plus Luke Woodward and Jason Reynolds-Blanche.

Barkingside fielded youthful goalkeeper Duncan Smith behind a defence of centre-backs Nathan Saunders and Elliott Scott, with Jordan Cornelius and Shaquel Foyewa as their full-backs. Forwards Reece Simpson and Jacob Dingli led the attack, with Archie Hammond, Grant Frances and loanee Jack Gibbons in midfield. Their options included wing-back Jason Jones, forward Quincy Warner and defender Berkcan Belindir.

The start of the match did rather set the tone as in the first few minutes, a familiar rapid run by Ensign forward Connor Barnby was well-tracked and intercepted by ‘Side full-back Shaquel Foyewa. The enterprising play of Ensign winger Dominic Locke was back in vogue again moments later as after making half a yard of space, his goal-seeking effort was well gathered by visiting stopper Duncan Smith. The hosts were cursing their luck in front of goal soon after as on eight minutes, John Hilliard’s free-kick was headed wide by skipper Jake McWee. To their credit, Barkingside did not feel the nerves at this point and launched forward themselves on nine minutes as a fine deep cross by full-back Jordan Cornelius found forward Reece Simpson but his header was agonisingly wide of Louis Hawes’ goal.

It was an energetic start by both teams to this match. ‘Side continued to give the home defence a headache as Archie Hammond showed a good turn of pace before experienced forward Jacob Dingli was denied a shot at goal with only Hawes to beat thanks to a good interception by McWee. Ensign full-back Charlie Buffin needed every bit of his rapid pace to catch Dingli moments later a clear chance, even if the Barkingside player was also adjudged to have strayed into an off-side position. Steven Le Sage’s side were not giving the hosts any room to spray the ball around as they like to do and also made a number of telling interceptions. Smith also came to the aid of his defenders by making two decent saves to deny fierce strikes by Charlie Adams from a narrowing angle. In the main, Ensign centre-halves George & McWee were holding firm against opposition forwards Simpson and Dingli but there was still a tinge of doubt that more headaches were on the horizon.

It was the hosts that finally bypassed their growing frustration to take the lead on thirty-six minutes as a fine through ball from Brett Munyard, playing in central midfield, found the run of Locke who cleverly switched one way then another to understandably bamboozle his marker before finishing low past Smith. Luke Skinner had a further drive from twenty yards a minute before the break but it was a slender lead that the hosts held going into the break.

Half-Time:  White Ensign  1 – 0  Barkingside

A decision which may have proved telling happened on the resumption as Ensign made four more substitutions. Thando Moyo, Bradley Gates, Jason Reynolds-Blanche and Luke Woodward entered the fray in place of Adams, Hilliard, Buffin and Munyard respectively. The visiting defence continued to frustrate the new-look Ensign forward line, exemplified by Cornelius denying Woodward down the left channel five minutes into the second period. Cornelius was also making a good contribution in an attacking sense too as his cross found Dingli who fired wide of Hawes’ goal. Dingli’s strike partner Reece Simpson was also causing problems and Hawes had to be alert to gather a deflected strike from the tireless striker.

White Ensign had a decent double chance as we entered the last twenty minutes of the contest. First, a firm strike by Luke Skinner was well-blocked by ‘Side centre-back Nathan Saunders before Barnby struck the follow-up over the crossbar. ‘Side were starting to gather momentum though as with 75 minutes on the clock, a fine strike from the left flank by Gibbons forced a good save out of Ensign custodian Louis Hawes. Ensign spurned another decent opportunity with seven minutes left as Woodward was denied by a super goal-line clearance by midfielder David Etcheri. That clearance was to be telling as moments afterward, ‘Side dramatically levelled the tie. Simpson got ahead of his marker and powered in a good header past Hawes. Understandably the hosts were getting twitchy as Barkingside tried to pinch it at the death and after seven minutes of nerve-jangling injury-time, it was down to the dreaded shoot-out.

Full-Time (after 90 minutes): White Ensign  1 – 1   Barkingside

So a penalty shoot-out was required to settle the tie, and in the first two spot-kicks – Ensign’s Jake McWee and Jason Reynolds-Blanche both netted confidently. ‘Side had to go second in the shoot-out and while their opening penalty from Grant Frances was saved by Hawes, substitute Jason Jones did fire home into the right-sided corner.

Onto the next wave of two penalties then and Bradley Gates’ fierce spot-kick put his side 3 – 1 up and in a strong position. But much to his disappointment, centre-back Elliott Scott’s strike from twelve yards was skied over the woodwork. However, forward Connor Barnby’s penalty was also blasted over the crossbar before Hawes sealed the contest with a decent save to deny Jack Gibbons following spot-kick so Ensign progressed with a 3 – 1 win on penalties to make it to the quarter-finals of the Len Cordell Cup.

Result:  White Ensign 1 – 1 Barkingside  (Ensign won 3- 1 on penalty kicks)

In summary, this was a pretty even match, with the hosts edging it at times in the first half and ‘Side really finishing strongly as Ensign really had to battle to stay in the contest in the latter stages. Being positive though, the fact that it was a nerve-jangler for Ensign may do them good in the long-term, particularly against sides in higher divisions. Barkingside can be proud of themselves for not only frustrating a very good side going forward but also creating problems for the home defence as well. I also have to mention the reserved & good way that visiting manager Steven Le Sage took this defeat, I believe he’ll still be pleased with this showing and he has every reason to be.

In terms of stand-out performances, both sides were dominated by defenders somewhat. For Ensign, centre-backs Andy George and skipper Jake McWee had very good games, making a number of interceptions and dealing with the enterprising forward play from the visitors well. Winger Dominic Locke yet again made a good contribution with his pace, energy and passing. Also, left-back Charlie Adams also showed he’s got fierce strike in his armoury and showed good purpose making rapid runs down the flank in the first half. And ultimately, the hosts were grateful for goalkeeper Louis Hawes making two decent penalty saves in the shoot-out as well, so credit to him.

For Barkingside, full-backs Jordan Cornelius and Shaquel Foyewa had very strong matches, with good energy levels, passing and also making a number of good challenges between them to further frustrate the hosts from creating more clear-cut opportunities on goal. I also thought Jack Gibbons had a good game in central midfield, showing good poise and a range of passing. Finally, centre-back Nathan Saunders had a good game alongside Elliott Scott, showing a very determined mindset to clear the danger on multiple occasions.

Teams

White Ensign    |  Player-Manager: Brett Munyard  | Asst: Mark Healy

1 Louis Hawes (GK), 2 Charlie Buffin (11 Jason Reynolds-Blanche 46’), 12 Charlie Adams (3 Thando Moyo 46’), 5 Andy George, 6 Jake McWee (Capt), 16 Ben Austin (4 Harry Skinner 41’), 18 John Hilliard (8 Bradley Gates 46’), 10 Luke Skinner, 20 Brett Munyard (19 Luke Woodward 46’), 7 Dominic Locke, 9 Connor Barnby

Goal-scorer: Dominic Locke [36’]

Booked: Locke, Luke Skinner & Gates      | Sub Not Used: None

Barkingside    | Manager: Steven Le Sage  |

1 Duncan Smith (GK), 2 Jordan Cornelius, 3 Shaquel Foyewa (12 Jason Jones 58’), 4 David Etcheri, 5 Nathan Saunders, 6 Elliott Scott, 7 Archie Hammond, 8 Grant Frances, 9 Jacob Dingli (14 Quincy Warner 68’), 10 Reece Simpson, 11 Jack Gibbons

Goal-scorers: Reece Simpson [86’]

Booked: Frances, Saunders      | Subs Not Used: Peagram, Belindir

Referee: Adam Miller

Assistant Referees: Nicholas Hodges & Elliott Hardcastle

S20-21 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Fri 30 April) [EOFL 20/21 30.4.21]

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Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & EOFL Writer

Hello everyone and welcome to an additional midweek edition of my Essex Olympian League round-ups, looking at the three matches that took place in midweek from Tuesday 27th – Thursday 29th April. (Main image is from Ryan 5 – 5 Epping Town) Thank you for reading.

Tuesday 27th April – EOFL Division Two

The midweek action started on Tuesday night in Division One as Ryan put in a determined display to hold error-strewn Epping Town 5 – 5 at Wadham Lodge’s Intermediate grass pitch. Scout Bown netted a treble for the hosts, with Aymen Mekni & an OG accounting for the hosts’ other strikes. Epping had doubles from Callum Turner and Chris Gormley to thank for keeping them in it, with substitute David Limber’s spot-kick ensuring they left with a point. In doing so, they rose to fifth but ultimately lost ground on the top two. Ryan remain eighth.

I was at this match & my in-depth report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/04/28/s-20-21-match-report-ryan-5-5-epping-town-tues-27-april/

Wednesday 28 April – EOFL Division One

On Wednesday night, Manford Way held Chingford Athletic to a 1 – 1 draw at the ‘visitors’ ground at Town Mead. Will Gleeson netted for Lee Bowers’ side, while Robbie Rees’ strike for Manford meant that they left the happier of the two sides and remain firmly in the elevation race in second spot after a highly competitive match. Chingford remain eighth but will still have their eye on a top-four finish.

Fellow Non-League writer Peter Dudley (@ped1980) was at this game & his report is here: https://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2021/04/manford-way-1-chingford-athletic-1.html

Thursday 29 April – EOFL Division Two

Finally for the midweek action, in Division Two, Corinthians had to earn a 3 – 1 win over AS Rawreth at Stambridge. Goals by Leo Clarke, Jake Lang and Jake Hodder overturned a Billy Brown goal for the visitors and claim an important victory and go up to second spot ahead of a big game with local rivals Wakering Sports on Saturday. Rawreth’s spirited performance was far better than their league position suggested.

I was also at this match & my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/04/30/s-20-21-match-report-corinthians-3-1-as-rawreth-29-april/