Guest Blog: Essex Alliance League Round-up (Wk 3 – Sat 4 Sept) [EAL 21-22 6.9.21]

Hello and welcome to the latest action from the Essex Alliance League, which continues on this blog under the “Guest Blog” strand. The first extended edition of the campaign sees the start of Divisions One – Four this weekend, on Saturday 4 September. 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 Round-up- Saturday 4 September

Senior Division 

Two sides now sit joint-top of the Senior Division after the third weekend of action as Chadwell Heath Spartans took their points tally to seven following a draw away to Rapid Chingford on Saturday. Bradley Downes got on the score-sheet for the visitors to help his side remain unbeaten, Rapid also netted through Federico Ardei in an eventual 1-1 draw. Lymore Gardens have also climbed to seven points and trail the leaders by just goal difference as they picked up a 4 – 2 victory from their game against Blue Marlin. Andre Rashford netted twice with Bradley Williams and Rob Small efforts seeing them to maximum points on the day. Nathan Desnoes and Ni Acquaye scored Marlin’s consolation efforts in reply. 

With two wins from two, Jolof Sports are now the only side with a perfect record thus far and they maintained that with a solid performance away at Tower United, earning a 6 – 0 win at Mabley Green to go third. Joshua Kweifio-Okai was the hero with a hat-trick for his side, further goals arriving through Moustapha Gueye, Mody Gaye and Fode Diakhite. 

The battle between the division’s 4th and 5th placed unbeaten sides saw DTFC meet Woodford East at the Harlow Arena & it was the hosts who took an early lead through Jake Kissiedu. East however held on after that and earned themselves a valuable point late in the game with Jack Haspineall’s effort making it 1 -1 in the dying embers of the game. 

The division’s remaining game saw a glut of goals with FC Petrocub and FC Baresi combining for a total of twelve efforts. Baresi will ultimately have left the happier of those sides however as Tyreece Robertson scored a hat-trick, Hamza Shire scored twice and one apiece from Ashley Godwin, Raymond Pok, Marvin Smith and Paul Benfield completed an emphatic 9 – 3 win. 


Premier Division

The rest of the league joined the action this weekend and Frenford A made an early impact in the Premier Division with a 2-0 home victory as they took on Eastside at The Drive, with both sides looking to build upon solid performances last term. Daniel Francis and Murilo Pereira efforts were the difference on the day as Frenford took all three points away with them to go top. The division’s other two games ended in score draws with the most exciting of those witnessed at Castle Green as Dagenham United shared the spoils with new members, Crookz United, in a 3 – 3 scoreline. A brace from Lewis Bennett and an Iaia Jau goal accounted for the three Dagenham goals on the day while Abdouaziz Jeng, Kevin Osei and John Afrane-Kesey all responded to level it up. 

Fourth and fifth places in the standings are held by league debutants Marcelona and North East Lions respectively after the opening action as they teams combined to record a draw in Harlow. Tashan Benjamin scored the Lions goal but Marcelona were up to the task and scored one of their own to ensure they left with a point in a 1 – 1 draw. 

EAL Division One

There was just the one match in Division One on the opening day with two of the league’s new clubs meeting in Hackney where Renegade played host to RCXI with both sides keen to impress on their competitive debuts. It will have been the visitors who left the happier of the sides as Hassan Sesay and Sammy Anjorin both netted to give RCXI a 2 – 1 victory. 


EAL Division Two

A near full fixture list opened Division Two for the season and Emerson & Upminster Reserves lead the way after a crazy 9 – 5 win in the first game of the season as they beat Loughton Lions at Debden Park High School. Tobi Onafeko and Ross Braybrooke each netted hat-tricks for Emerson with Sonny Scott, Alex Pizzey and Joshua Gibbins efforts rounding off the win. Loughton responded with some vigour though as a brace from Taylor Mclaughlin and strikes by Harrison Andrews, William Osmond and Jake Roberts made for a truly stirring contest.

Two sides sit level in second with FHN Athletic shading it on alphabetical order so following a 4 – 0 away win against debutants Newbury East in their clash in Newbury Park. Owen McConnell scored twice on his debut for FHN with Michael Barek and Terron Fordjoe goals earning the visitors maximum points to start the season. 

Rainham Working Mens Club are the other side in second as they equalled the result of their rivals with a solid 4 – 0 home victory against another of the league’s debutants, in Redbridge Community. Cameron Shakes really mixed things up with a brace as Nick Tormey and Sean Tormey goals rounded things off in favour of the hosts.  Goals were the order of the day in the remaining games where Royal Forest picked up a solid first win of the season as they entertained Ryan Under 23s at Roding Valley High School. Tom Osmond scored twice for Forest with Joe Owers, Harry Killick and George Taylor all scoring to give their side a 5 – 3 victory. Marley Wilson-Braithwaite grabbed a Ryan hat-trick in reply for the visitors. 

There was a seven-goal thriller in Newbury Park where two of the division’s stalwarts, Old Esthameians and Unitey, met for their opening game. Mohammed Abaker scored twice and Ahmed Dousa once for Unitey but their efforts proved in vain as Old E’s had doubles from Neil Robinson and Brad Harris to thank for coming out on the right side of a 4 – 3 victory. 


EAL Division Three

The goals continued to flow into Division Three where Harlow Inter made a great start to life in the competition, producing a stunning performance to beat fellow new side, Terin, in a 10 – 2 scoreline at Chigwell School. Lindsey Marsh scored a hat-trick, Connor Starling and Ben Homewood both scored twice with Macauley Harrington, Matthew Koayloay and Sam Balmforth efforts finishing it off. 

Sitting second in the table, Old Barkabbeyans Reserves produced their own top drawer performance as they defeated Lymore Gardens Reserves 8 – 3 at Barking Abbey. Mehdi Ahorbi scored a hat-trick, Robbie Osborne and Luke Sewell bagged braces and Klodian Meta picked up the final goal to give them a winning start to the new campaign. 


EAL Division Four 

Just alphabetical order keeps the two sides apart at the head of Division Four as Emerson & Upminster A confirmed an opening day 3 – 0 win with a victory away at Dagenham United Reserves at Castle Green. Nicholas Sofianov, Ryan Whitton and Stephen Lee all found the back of the net to make it a good afternoon for Emerson sides in the league. 

One letter back in the alphabet, Fairlop Rovers Reserves made a winning start in Rainham on their competitive debut with a solid win away at fellow debutants, Newham & Havering Borough. Goals from Tino Daga and substitutes, Sean McGilloway and Toby Stephens, were enough to help Fairlop to a 3 – 0 win. 

A familiar face at this level holds third place after this game week with Newham Royals taking on West Essex Under 23s at Salisbury Hall. Aaron Brooks and Daniel Mincer got on the score-sheet for West but Royals rattled in four of their own to take a 4-2 victory on the day, starting their season in a positive fashion.  In the day’s final fixture, two more of the league’s stalwarts met in Loughton where Chingford Harriers picked up an opening victory against Avondale Rangers. The experienced trio of Alex Diner, Nicholas Shawyer and Edwin Jabbari did the damage with their sides three goals on the day. Despite a solitary reply from Laurence Brady for Avondale, Harriers returned home to E4 with a 3 – 1 win under their belts. 

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Fixtures – EAL on Saturday 11 September (Top Three Divisions only – stc)

Senior Division

Chadwell Heath Spartans  v  FC Baresi  | Chigwell Hall

CSM London  v  Chigwell Town | West Ham Community Ground 3G, Beckton

DT FC  v  Rapid Chingford   | Harlow Arena 3G

Jolof Sports  v  FC Petrocub   | Lakeside Sports Ground (2.30pm KO)

Leyton Royal  v  Blue Marlin    |  Fairlop Oak Playing Fields

Woodford East  v  Lymore Gardens   | Hackney Marshes


Premier Division

Frenford A  v  London Cranes  | The Drive

Lomdon Park City  v  North East Lions  | Seven Kings Sch 3G

Marcelona  v  Wapping   | Paringdon Sports Club


Division One

Cowley Community  v  Forest Green  | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park)

Ilford Reserves  v  Francis Luke   | London Marathon Sports Grond, Hainault

Newham Wanderers  v  RC XI    | Wanstead Flats

Renegade  v  Something From Nothing (SFN)  | Hackney Marshes

S21-22 Match Report: Rayleigh Town Res 2 – 2 AS Rawreth (Sat 4 Sept) [EOFL 21/22 5.9.21]

Essex Olympian League – Division Two

Venue: London Road (Back pitch)

2021-22 Season: Match 19

Saturday 4th September 2021 – 1pm KO

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

Rawreth: Green Shirts, Green Shorts, White Socks


Rawreth grab a point in well-contested match at Rayleigh Reserves

Rayleigh Town Res 2 – 2 AS Rawreth

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

This weekend saw a rarity of a double-header in the Essex Olympian League. The early match was in EOFL Division Two, which saw AS Rawreth, now managed by Josh Hutchins, travel to London Road to face Rayleigh Town Res who voluntarily dropped down to this division in the summer. Dave Barker’s home side had Jayden Powell between the posts, with a defensive four of centre-backs Dan Webb and Jordan White with full-backs Lewis Dines and William Vile. Support for the front two of Ebeneezer Djan and Matt Oaten came from wingers Byron Down and Kempson Allen. Their options from the bench were forward Robbie Allen plus midfielders Dean Hazleton and Brandon Martin and Jack Taylor. AS Rawreth embarked on a new era in the summer under Hutchins and assistant Callum Bolger and fielded Oliver Johnson as goalkeeper, with a central defensive pair of captain Reece Samuel and Alex Swan, with Tom Binks leading the attack, supported by Ryan Kenyon, Said Ahmed and Mason MacCullum. On their substitutes’ bench were forwards Danny Carr and Mahir Adbulkadir and defenders Todd Bolger and James Brice.

The match got underway with the right-sided duo of Lewis Dines and Byron Down for Rayleigh looking to use that flank to cause the opposition defence problems. Forward Ebeneezer Djan having an early shot on Oliver Johnson’s goal but it drifted wide. The home side did have more of the play in the early stages, with Dines looking to get his team going. But AS Rawreth were starting to find their rhythm with a little more purpose on the ball as on 11 minutes, centre forward Tom Binks’ lofted effort was gathered by home stopper Jayden Powell. That served as a warning though which the hosts didn’t heed as only two minutes afterward, the visitors opened the scoring. A neat move involving winger Said Ahmed and full-back  Joseph Frisby-Brown found Binks who slotted the ball into the net past Powell on the second attempt.


Town had a speculative chance just before that goal as support forward Matt Oaten attempted a lob from about 35 yards, trying to catch Johnson out off his goal-line but it was to no avail. Rayleigh couldn’t quite gather their pace and rhythm in possession to get in behind the Rawreth defence, with centre-backs Reece Samuel and Alex Swan doing a good job of clearing their lines. That being said, Town still had a number of half-chances, with a poor pass by the visitors midway through the half allowing Town winger Kempson Allen a strike on goal but he could only fire over the goal frame.

Rawreth were having to hold firm at this stage, and Djan’s curling lob  was well-denied by a sprawling save by Johnson. As we passed the half-hour though, Josh Hutchins’ side responded with Binks unfortunate to not squeeze a shot past a congested six-yard area and thus allowing Powell to gratefully claim the ball. Powell also denied AHmed’s strike, cutting inside from the left flank at his near post. Rayleigh knew they had to raise it up a gear after the interval, despite a good move seven minutes before the break which good play from winger Byron Down find Oaten whose imaginative back-heeled effortwas denied at point-blank range by Johnson.

Half-Time:  Rayleigh Town Res  0 – 1  AS Rawreth


Town skipper John Hanrahan was encouraging his players from his anchor midfield role and after a quiet-ish opening phase of the second half where his side were causing the visitors problems, the breakthrough came on the hour. Down was felled in the area and without hesitation, referee Daniel Mann pointed to the spot. Hanrahan duly stepped up and converted the resulting spot-kick low into the net and for the first time in the game, Rawreth were really up against it. The introduction of Robbie Allen from the bench just before the hour had proven a positive one for Dave Barker’s side and the visiting defence were starting to concede set-pieces more often as well. The game turned again from one said set-piece on sixty-nine minutes as Allen powered home a free-kick past the wall and Johnson’s grasp to give the hosts the advantage.

Robbie Allen strikes free-kick to give Rayleigh the lead

Both sides were scrambling for the initative as we entered the latter stages of the game, but Rawreth did end up claiming a share of the points as a close-range finish by another replacement in Danny Carr six minutes from time proved important for the visitors. There was still one good chance with moments remaining as two substitutes combined for Town, with Allen’s good ball in finding Brandon Martin who unfortunately the hosts slotted wide. All in all, it was a decent result for both sides, with perhaps Rayleigh having the better of the the second period, after Rawreth had made an encouraging first-half display.


Full-Time:   Rayleigh Town Res 2 – 2  AS Rawreth

There were a number of influential performances today by both sides. For Rayleigh Town Res, skipper John Hanrahan led his team admirably and was constant encouraging his team-mates as well as putting in a good display in anchor midfield. Right-bank Lewis Dines put in a commendable display and really stood out in the early stages, looking assured and showed good energy levels. Centre-back Jordan White also showed good positioning for the majority of the match whilst substitute Robbie Allen gave his side a lift after his introduction and his goal was a turning point in the match. For Rawreth, centre-back Reece Samuel marshalled his backline well and dealt with a lot of crosses aerially as well. Forward Tom Binks was also a threat for the home defence, looking to breakthrough and had a decent strike in him as well. Said Ahmed had a decent match on the left side too, whilst goalkeeper Oliver Johnson also deserves a mention for two or three smart saves to keep his side in the match.

I’d like to thank both teams for their assistance & wish them a good rest of the season.


Rayleigh Town Res  | Manager: Dave Barker

Starting XI: 1 Jayden Powell (GK), 2 Lewis Dines, 3 William Vile, 4 John Hanrahan (Capt), 5 Dan Webb, 6 Jordan White, 7 Kempson Allen, 8 Jordan Lewis, 9 Ebeneezer Djan, 10 Matthew Oaten, 11 Byron Down

Subs On: 12 Dean Hazleton [30′], 16 Robbie Allen [55′], 14 Jack Taylor [63′], 15 Brandon Martin [79′]

Goal-scorers: John Hanrahan [pen 60′], Robbie Allen [69′]

Booked: None  | Subs Not Used: None


AS Rawreth |  Manager: Josh Hutchins  |

Starting XI: 1 Oliver Johnson (GK), 12 Chris Batt, 3 Joseph Frisby-Brown, 4 Derek Boakye, 15 Reece Samuel (Capt), 6 Alex Swan, 7 Ryan Kenyon, 8 Harry Groves, 9 Tom Binks, 10 Mason MacCullum, 11 Said Ahmed

Goal-scorers: Tom Binks [13′], Danny Carr [84′]

Subs On: 22 Todd Bolger [46′], 14 Mahir Adbulkadir [58′], 5 James Brice [73′], 19 Danny Carr [76′]

Booked: None  | Subs Not Used: None


Referee: Daniel Mann

S21-22 Match Report: Rayleigh Town 2 – 1 Leigh Ramblers (Sat 4 Sept) [EOFL 21/22 5.9.21]

Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Venue: London Road (Back pitch)

2021-22 Season: Match 20

Saturday 4th September 2021 – 3pm KO

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

Leigh Ramblers: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks



Rayleigh defeat Ramblers with a good display at London Road

Rayleigh Town  2 – 1  Leigh Ramblers

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

The second match of this weekend’s double-header was hosts Rayleigh Town welcoming a new-look Leigh Ramblers side who are looking to rebuild after losing key players in the summer. Rayleigh got their first win last weekend at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts and named Mark Brown in goal with a defence of full-backs Charlie Seaden amd Harry Higgins with Harrison Topliss and Patrick Mills in central defence. Their forward line was led by Liam Oliver with Ben Baxter and Shaun Gittleson the chief support. On the hosts’ bench were Jack Leach, midfielder Matt Oaten and centre-back Will Baldry. For Mark Hunter’s new side, James Baker was their goalkeeper, with stalwart Ryan Lowe marshalling a three-man central defence than included Thomas Franks and Paul Hayes. The Rams had Dan Williams leading the line, with Justin Hazell and Barv Waiwaiku supporting him. Options from the sidelines included midfielders Sammie Scates and Ryan Saggers and forward Andrew Webster.

The match got underway wth Rayleigh really looking to make their mark, particularly in terms of ball rentention, though found the visiting backline also in a very determined mindset, looking to soak up the pressure with their full-backs Will Hayes and Patrick Cannon tracking back, it was a five-man defence. The first key chance for the hosts came on thirteen minutes as the tricky Shaun Gittleson did well to get his strike away but visiting custodian James Baker did well to block, with centre forward Liam Oliver unable to convert the rebound from close range at the far post.



The visitors found if difficult to keep possession for any considerable period of time as the relentless Town side, led as ever by George Vile kept trying to break through the resilent Ramblers defensive unit. Rayleigh had plenty of strikes on goal, with Gittleson twice unable to bypass Baker and break the deadlock. You had to respect such a determined effort by the visitors but with Oliver also not having fortune going his way by striking wide when well-placed and midfielders Jack Long and Sonny Coutts also having half-chances during the opening half, the Rams were pretty relieved to get into the interval at nil-nil.

Half-Time:  Rayleigh Town  0 – 0 Leigh Ramblers

Rams Skipper Ryan Lowe about to launch the ball forward

After the break, the visitors did have more of the ball, with Justin Hazell having a decent strike defleted for a set-piece three minutes after the restart. It was another indication that the Town bacline had to remain alert despite looking the stronger side at this point. The difference was at this point, they didn’t have to wait long to finally get on the score-sheet. On 51 minutes, a fine cross from the right flank by Charlie Seaden managed to evade Oliver but it did come to Gittleson, who turned his marker well before firing a low strike past Baker, straight into the far corner.

Rayleigh did step it up a notch after that and nearly doubled their lead six minutes later as a good counter-attack saw the ball played in to Oliver as he struck a fine curling drive towards the top corner of the goal, only to be denied by a superb save by Baker, who clawed it away for another corner.



Ramblers forward Justin Hazell was having to drop a little deeper to grab possession in what was a congested midfield battle, though on 62 minutes it was the Ramblers who went on the counter, with midfielder Jack Gardner’s shot being claimed well by home stopper Mark Brown. Mark Hunter’s side were having a decent spell at this point and had a decent chance created by Ole Hunter’s long throw from the right side of the penalty area which was narrowly headed wide by skipper Ryan Lowe. This only endorsed the fragile lead that Rayleigh had, though with Ramblers looking forward to grab a leveller, a counter for the hosts saw they double their advantage.

A fine ball through by Jack Long found the advancing Seaden who managed to evade the covering defender and slot home low past Baker to finally secure the points on 84 minutes. It was a nervy last five minutes though of added-time for Paul Higgins’ team though as Dan Williams struck a good effort to take something from a frustrating afternoon for him and his side. All in all though, Rayleigh were the stronger side and could’ve had three or four goals quite comfortably here, they deserved the three points. There are encouraging signs as well for Leigh Ramblers though after two heavy losses at Basildon Town and Ongar Town in their first two matches.


Full-Time: Rayleigh Town 2 – 1  Leigh Ramblers

In summary, Rayleigh had more than enough chances in the match but couldn’t convert them thanks to a mix of poor finishing and determined defending by a good Ramblers unit. However, the Rams had to put so much energy into defending, they didn’t create a lot in attack until the latter stages of the match.

There were a number of good performances today. For Rayleigh, tricky forward Shaun Gittleson had a really good match, took his goal well and had a few other strong chances but his pace and movement added to the opposition backline’s headache. Midfielder Jack Long had a very strong game too, winning a lot in the air and assisting his team going forward. Also, full-back Charlie Seaden showed good energy, and added a good assist and a goal late on. Finally, skipper George Vile also did well, with his trademark set-pieces keeping the Ramblers defence alert and also pushing his team on when they were bring frustrated, particularly in the first half.

For Leigh Ramblers, Ryan Lowe again marshalled his defence well and was again commanding in the air, clearing several crosses & making good interceptions. Forward Justin Hazell also showed high work rate, particularly dropping deep to win possession and doing a fine job defensively. Centre-back Thomas Franks had a good match too, dealing with wave after wave of forward moves by the hosts. A word too for returning ‘keeper James Baker who pulled off at least three good saves to keep his team in this match.

I’d like to thank both teams for their help today & wish them a good rest of the season.


Rayleigh Town  | Manager: Paul Higgins

Starting XI: 1 Mark Brown (GK), 2 Charlie Seaden, 3 Harry Higgins, 4 Harrison Topliss, 5 Patrick Mills, 6 Sonny Coutts, 16 Jack Long, 8 George Vile (Capt), 10 Ben Baxter, 7 Shaun Gittleson, 9 Liam Oliver

Goal-scorers: Shaun Gittleson [51′], Charlie Seaden [90’+4]

Subs On: 12 Jack Leach [71′], Matt Oaten [78′]

Booked: H Higgins | Sub Not Used: Baldry


Leigh Ramblers  |  Manager: Mark Hunter   |

Starting XI: 1 James Baker (GK), 2 Patrick Cannon, 3 Will Hayes, 4 Thomas Franks, 5 Ryan Lowe (Capt), 6 Paul Hayes, 7 Jack Gardner, 16 Ole Hunter, 9 Justin Hazell, 10 Dan Williams, 11 Barv Waiwaiku

Goal-scorer: Dan Williams [90′ +4]

Subs On: 12 Andrew Webster [52′], 8 Sammie Scates [78′], 15 Ryan Saggers [78′]

Booked: Cannon, Webster  | Subs Not Used: Keys (GK), Allum


Referee: Karl Dunnage
Assistants: Zara Wickert & Daniel Mann

S21-22 Match Report: Ilford 2 – 3 Athletic Newham (Wed 1 Sept) [ESL 21/22 2.9.21]

ESL crest

Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: TBC

2021-22 Season: Match 18

Wednesday 1st September 2021 – 7.45pm KO

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

Ath Newham: Red & White Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks


Late goal gives Newham another away-day win

Ilford  2 – 3 Athletic Newham

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

The midweek match this week was a trip to Cricklefield to see Ilford take on Athletic Newham. The hosts have a big FA Cup match with Aveley on the horizon, while Newham were looking for their third straight league win. The Foxes fielded Josh Blackburn in goal, with a back four of full-backs Dion Lewis-Kirwan and Josh Taylor, with centre-backs Anthony Kelsey and former Sporting Bengal player Lee Sharpe. Adam Peek’s side did have a few changes to it, as recent signing Michael Ogboin and Jerold Cobblah led the forward line. Options from the sidelines included forwards Tigana Quebe, Kieran Southgate and Ellis Leveridge. Athletic Newham had regular stopper Wilkinson Boateng between the posts, with Louis Hiobi, Christopher Nguidjol and Jeff Idemudia in defence and brought a foward line of Richard Kone, skipper Joel Appiah and experienced forward Simon Bamidele. Their substitutes’ bench included forward Tony Cookey, midfielders Emmanuel Odunaike and Best Toke.

This game didn’t take long to get going in earnest as Newham took the lead after just two minutes. A defensive error by the Foxes allowed in-form forward Richard Kone to steal in and slot home into the left-side corner from close range, past Foxes custodian Josh Blackburn. The hosts had to be alert moments later as a teasing cross from the left channel from Simon Bamidele evaded everyone. Ilford had their first big chance on ten minutes, as Reece Sayers’ free-kick from the right found centre-back Anthony Kelsey who sent a good header goalward which was tipped onto the crossbar well by Newham stopper Wilkinson Boateng.



Adam Peek’ team had a decent phase of the match at this point as advancing full-back Dion Lewis-Kirwan’s strike fizzed of Boateng’s far post. Newham responded midway through the half by doubling their advantage with a great solo run by Kone initially intercepted well by a covering defender, but Kone managed to get to the ball first and fired home past Blackburn. Ilford couldn’t create too much on the counter despite the pressure mounting on the visitors. With about ten minutes to the interval, a good header from a corner by Sharpe had to be tipped wide by the alert Boateng.

Soon after that chance, Ilford did pull a goal back. From another set-piece by Sayers, referee Tom Wyatt detected a hand-ball in the area and blew up for a spot-kick. Michael Ogboin stepped up and duly converted, low into the net past Boateng on 34 minutes.


Half-Time:  Ilford  1 – 2  Athletic Newham


At the break, I had a strong feeling the open nature of the match would lead to more goals & that end-to-end composition of the game continued after the break. Sharpe and Ogboin both had chances with only Boateng to beat, but their respective strikes lacked the power to defeat the Newham goalkeepeer. As it happened, that was a warning as Ilford levelled on 52 minutes. A superb 20-yard thunderbolt from substutute Ellis Leveridge sailed into the top corner to really give the hosts a good chance od taking something from the match.

Just before the hour mark, fellow Ilford replacement Tigana Quebe was well found by Dimi Christou but when Quebe was poised, he was well-intercepted by Newham defender Louis Hiobi. The scoring ended on 79 minutes as Newham got the decisive goal, as Hiobi sent in a terrific cross deep from the left side, which Kone chested down well and allowed skipper Joel Appiah to steal in first ahead of the home defence and stroke home.


Newham would again feel unfortunate as substitute Tony Cookey had a good header chalked off for a off-side four minutes from time. It was fitting that the match ended with two good chances. First, Newham replacement Emmanuel Odunaike powered a fine strike just off-target and then in added-time, Quebe was unfortunate to see a lofted effort go over the advancing Boateng but the ball went agonizingly over the cross-bar.


Full-Time:  Ilford  2 – 3 Athletic Newham

To briefly summarise, Ilford couldn’t get enough ball retention in the final third at times or finish the chances they had although they did give the Newham backline some nervy moments. Newham showed again the pace of their forward line, were more clinical in their finishing and they made the most of a poor start by their opponents and just about deserved the win, thanks to determined defending. For the visitors, Richard Kone had another strong match, showing rapid pace and good finishing to make it eight goals in the last three matches alone. Anderson Baro also had a good match, building attacking moves well. Defender Louis Hiobi was very good in the Newham defence & put in a great cross for their third goal, while Joel Appiah also contributed well to his team’s attacks.

For Ilford, forward Michael Ogboin led the line well and gave Newham a tricky evening and couldn’t had a brace here. Centre-back Lee Sharpe really showed his worth with a committed display to lead the hosts’ backline. Substitute Ellis Leveridge made a difference on second half and his superbly well-taken strike gave his team a chance of a point and fellow replacement Tigana Quebe did well down the flanks and his late lob was inches away from claiming a draw for Ilford.

I’d like to wish both teams a good rest of the season.



Teams

Ilford |  Manager: Adam Peek  | Assistant: Charlie Barlow

Starting XI: 1 Josh Blackburn (GK), 2 Dion Lewis-Kirwan, 3 Josh Taylor, 4 Ope Mosuro (Capt) (17 Ellis Leveridge 46′), 5 Anthony Kelsey, 6 Lee Sharpe, 7 Mo Kargbo (16 Tigana Quebe 36′), 8 Reece Sayers, 9 Michael Ogboin, 10 Jerold Cobblah, 11 Dimitrou Christou (15 Kieran Southgate 69′)

Goal-scorers: Michael Ogboin [pen 34′), Ellis Leveridge (52′)

Booked: Cobblah | Subs Not Used: Fisher, Olukolu


Athletic Newham  | Manager: Chris Davis   | Assistant: Timothy Tejuoso

Starting XI: 1 Wilkinson Boateng (GK), 3 Louis Hiobi, 4 Christopher Nguidjol, 7 Jeff Idemudia, 6 Yousupha Gaye (9 Tony Cookey 73′) , 14 Akin Akinola, 8 Eusfrause Cabulo (19 Emmanuel Odunaike 84′), 18 Simon Bamidele, 15 Anderson Baro, 10 Joel Appiah (Capt), 17 Richard Kone

Goal-scorers: Richard Kone [2′, 23′], Joel Appiah [79′]

Booked: Akinola, Kone, Appiah  | Subs Not Used: Toke, Dame, Leurs


Referee: Tom Wyatt

Assistants: Craig Wood & Mackenzie Klessa-Smith

S21-22 Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 0 – 1 Witham Town (Mon 30 Aug) [ILN 31.8.21]

Isthmian League – Division North

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 261

2021-22 Season: Match 17

Monday 30th August 2021 – 3pm KO

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

Witham: Yellow Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Yellow Socks


Resilent Witham win narrowly at Lower Road

Hullbridge Sports  0 – 1  Witham Town

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]
with added photos by Neil Hunwicks [@ABridgeTooFar16]. Used with permission & thanks.

We had an added treat on this August Bank Holiday Monday with a rare trip into the Isthmian League via local club Hullbridge Sports, as they welcomed an early form side in Witham Town to Lower Road. The new-look Hullbridge side are still gelling it would seem as they’ve lost both League matches thus far, whilst Witham had won both of theirs. Darren Manning’s side elected to field ex-Witham stopper Luca Collins in goal, with a defence of full-backs Rhamar Garrett-Douglas and Callum Thompson with Jake Knight and Dexter Peter skippering the side & making his return after a long-term injury. The forward line was led by ex-Redbridge forward Tony Martin, with support from Lewis Francis and Joao Carlos. From the sidelines, the options included stalwart Matt Rose and recent additions in Charlie Cole, Michael Mignot and Nathan Scarborough. Witham had experienced goalkeeper Rob Budd between the posts, with Kye Jude and captain Billy Willis in central defence. Their forward line consisted of former ‘Bridge hero Luke Hornsley and Ben Search, with support from the flanks by Adam Cheniti and Amaree Robinson-Jones. On their bench were forwards Chinedu Osadebe and Chris Taylor and prospects Jordi Popple and Jamahi Godward.


Witham’s Luke Hornsley holds off Hullbridge’s Rhamar Garrett-Douglas [Image by @ABridgeTooFar16]

In the early stages of this match, it was the visitors who first sent a warning of their intent as five minutes in, a cross in by forward Luke Hornsley was half-cleared by the ‘Bridge defence, but strike partner Ben Search fired in a fine strike but home custodian Luca Collins could gather well enough. The home side responded two minutes later as a set-piece was delivered into the danger area and centre-back Jake Knight’s header was somehow cleared off the goal-line in the nick of time.

Unsurprisingly, that provoked a reaction in Marc Benterman’s team and in a good forward move, winger Amaree Robinson-Jones found Hornsley before the latter fired narrowly wide of goal. Hullbridge were starting to find their rhythm, buoyed by midfielder Brad Russell’s creative passes and were well-denied on 16 minutes. From a Lewis Francis free-kick, central midfielder Lewis Watson rose highest and his header was saved well at point-blank range by Witham ‘keeper Rob Budd. The chances were starting to come for Hullbridge but they couldn’t find the finishing to really open up a commmanding lead. Joao Carlos and Francis were both unable to defeat Budd when well-placed soon afterward.


All the while, the visitors were showing they were more than decent on the counter-attack, with wingers Adam Cheniti and Robinson-Jones showing good pace and movement to test the home backline. Hornsley had a decent strike chalked off for off-side which denied Witham the lead on the half-hour, before the hosts lost Brad Russell to a hamstring injury seven minutes before half-time, with Charlie Cole replacing him. Home forward Tony Martin was showing good link-up play but they squandered another decent chance on the half-time whistle as from full-back Rhamar Garrett-Douglas’ set-piece, forward Charlie Cole could only head wide of the target.

Half-Time:  Hullbridge 0 – 0 Witham


After the break, Witham did force a couple of set-pieces in the first ten minutes of the second period. On fifty-two minutes, more good work by Hornsley in the build-up found the advancing Adam Cheniti whose effort on goal was well-saved by Collins. The hosts’ struggles with finishing promising moves continued on the hour as Callum Thompson fizzed in another good cross from the left side though Cole unfortunately couldn’t connect with it as it sailed wide.

Hullbridge paid a hefty price for not taking the chances they had as Witham broke the deadlock on sixty-two minutes. Substitute Chinedu Osadebe had his initial shot blocked by a well-placed defender but the ball ran on to Cheniti and lashed a low strike past the dive of Collins into the right-side corner. Hullbridge pushed hard to find a equalizer, putting on substitutes Nathan Scarborough and Michael Mignot for Carlos and Francis. Midway into the half, Scarborough put in a teasing cross which found Mignot but his header lacked the power to beat Budd, who parried well.


Watson rises highest but can’t bypass Witham GK Budd [Image by @ABridgeTooFar16]

Witham had an occasional chance at the other end moments later, but Cheniti was denied by Collins. Collins was in action again soon after to claw away a couple of in-swinging set-pieces as the visitors looked to make the points safe. Osadebe had a good strike chalked off by the assistant’s flag but Witham managed to withstand a barrage of crosses in the last few minutes, though a combination of determined defending and an unfortunate Mignot sending an effort narrowly wide meant that the howe crowd were frustrated.


Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports 0 – 1 Witham Town

To summarise briefly, it was a case of spurned chances for Hullbridge in what was a really encouraging performance for the home side. Witham had to be resilent as they were up against it at times but defensively they were commendable as a unit. Ultimately that was enough to claim the points, though they had two goals chalked off for off-side as well. All that’s left to add is that this really was a good occasion, with a fine crowd of over 250 in attendance.


For this match’s ‘stand-outs’ I’ll start with the visitors. Winger Adam Cheniti made a telling contribution, not just with his goal but was a threat from the left flank and contributed to his side’s forward moves well, while experienced goalkeeper Rob Budd made several decent saves and provided a reassuring presence for his team’s defenders, who had to concentrate well during the game. Fellow winger Amaree Robinson-Jones showed good trickery and energy down theright side for the visitors, backed up well by energetic right-back Kahlil Kirwan-Meade who also put in a very good display here. For Hullbridge, midfielder Lewis Watson shone, making intelligent runs from midfield and getting himself in good positions to score & could easily have had two goals today. Full-back Callum Thompson also was assured on the ball and contributed to his team’s moves well. I also thought centre-back Jake Knight and goalkeeper Luca Collins had good games as well.

I’d like to wish both teams a good rest of the season.



Teams

Hullbridge Sports |  Manager: Darren Manning  | Assistant: James Wakeling

Starting XI: 1 Luca Collins (GK), 2 Rhamar Garrett-Douglas, 14 Jake Knight, 5 Dexter Peter (Capt), 12 Callum Thompson, 6 Greg Frederick, 4 Brad Russell (9 Charlie Cole 37′), 8 Lewis Watson, 17 Lewis Francis (7 Michael Mignot 65′), 10 Tony Martin, 11 Joao Carlos (15 Nathan Scarborough 65′)

Booked: Thompson, Martin | Subs Not Used: Rose, Moss


Witham Town  | Manager: Marc Benterman   | Assistant: John Sussex

Starting XI: 1 Rob Budd (GK), 2 Kahlil Kirwan-Meade, 3 Jack Nolde, 4 Billy Willis (Capt), 5 Kye Jude, 6 Callum Matthews, 7 Amaree Robinson-Jones, 8 Ahmed Mohammed, 9 Luke Hornsley (12 Chinedu Osadebe 58′), 10 Ben Search (16 Jamahi Godward 53′), 11 Adam Cheniti (14 Jordi Popple 82′)

Goal-scorer: Adam Cheniti [62′]

Booked: Robinson-Jones, Search  | Subs Not Used: Stanley, Taylor


Referee: Paul Stratton

Guest Blog: Essex Alliance League Round-up (Wk 2 – Sat 28 August) [EAL 21-22 30.8.21]

Hello and welcome to the latest action from the Essex Alliance League, which continues on this blog under the “Guest Blog” strand. This shortened edition looks at the second weekend of the Regional Feeder League that took place on Saturday 28 August. 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 Senior Division – Saturday 28 August

The early leaders in the Senior Division are promoted Chadwell Heath Spartans who have followed up a narrow success in week one with a thumping victory the second time around, beating Chigwell Town in a 6 – 0 scoreline. Miguel Martins and Niru Hunwicks both bagged braces with Samir Aboulainaf and Jonathan Evans goals ensuring the points when home with Spartans. 

Lymore Gardens sit just a couple of points back at the head of the chasing pack as they followed up their emphatic win on Monday night with a point against unbeaten Leyton Royal. Ahmed Faisal had given Gardens the lead but a Royal equaliser by Bogdan Octavian Toana saw them take a share of the points in an eventual 1 – 1 draw, the sides seperated just by goal difference at this stage. 

Sandwiched between the two “L” sides sit a DTFC outfit who remain unbeaten themselves and picked up a point from their trip to Noak Hill to face Kit Out London. Kit Out were ahead but DT fought back to level and then lead themselves thanks to goals from Bill Golledge and Lewis Page before a late strike from distance rescued a point for the hosts for whom Marlon Ortiz and Badr Chiboub were on target in a 2 – 2 draw. 

Jolof Sports got themselves off of the mark in their first game of the new campaign as they made a short trip to fellow Newham-based CSM London at the West Ham Community Ground in Beckton. Jolof goals from Bogdan Ursica, Joshua Kewifio-Okai and Papa Ndiaye were more than enough to earn a 3 – 0 win, keeping CSM winless after their opening two fixtures. 


Fixtures – Saturday 4 September (top three tiers only, full list on the EAL website)

Senior Division

DT FC  v  Woodford East    | the Harlow Arena 3G

FC Petrocub  v  FC Baresi    | Noak Hill 3G

Lymore Gardens  v  Blue Marlin   | Lakeside 3G (2.30pm KO)

Rapid Chingford  v  Chadwell Heath Spartans  | Salisbury Hall SG (3pm KO)

Tower Utd  v Jolof Sports   | Mabley Green 3G


Premier Division

Dagenham Utd  v  Crookz Utd   | Castle Green Leisure Centre

Eastside  v  Frenford A   | Hackney Marshes

Marcelona  v  North East Lions   | Paringdon Sports Club, Great Parndon


Division One

Renegade  v  RCXI    | Hackney Marshes

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 28 Aug) [EOFL 21/22 29.8.21]

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

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the third weekend of action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 28th August. This weekend saw some high-scoring matches and some surprise results as ever. As usual, the focus is on the top four divisions with results from Divisions Four & Five.

Many thanks for reading.

EOFL Premier Division 

As ever we begin in the Premier, and Old Southendian maintained their 100% record with a 3 – 2 win over Kelvedon Hatch at Garon Park. Craig Paton, Mattias Tonking and Taylor Turner all scored for Altar Ali’s side as they held on for a good victory. Sungate also shone this weekend with a 5 – 1 success at Galleywood, with Ciaran Kelly, Ben Absolon and Thomas Drayton among the scorers for the visitors there. Jack Chatterway got the solitary response for ‘Wood in that game. Elsewhere, Springfield edged to a late 2 – 1 victory over Basildon Town at Springfield Hall Park. Strikes from Jack French and Aiden Brown were enough to overturn an earlier Antony Aylett leveller for Marcus Bowers’ side and complete a surprise win. 

Meanwhile, Rayleigh Town got back to winning ways with a good 2 – 1 triumph at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Paul Morris and Jack Long both scored for Paul Higgins’ side, with Sam Chaney responding for Craig Glashan’s new side. Catholic Utd also got a second successive win as they defeated Harold Wood Athletic 2 – 1 at Harold Wood Park. Pablo Passenda and Max Kent got the goals for Simon Thomas’ team, while Matt Donovan replied for Gary Willis’ side.

In other action in the division, Shenfield AFC managed a comfortable 3 – 0 win over Canning Town at St Martins School 3G. Ben Carroll, Pelumi Adedokun and replacement Alex Broadbridge got the goals here in what was a much-needed win for them. Finally, Ongar Town continued their 100% record with a hard fought 2 – 0 win over Hutton at Lakeside Sports Ground, thanks to goals from Frankie Goodhall and Ayodele Awosika.


EOFL Division One 

Moving now into Division One, with Herongate Athletic sitting as early front-runners as they made it three wins from three games with a 2 – 0 victory over Runwell Sports at Billericay Road. Another brace from Robbie Farrell made it five goals already for him this term, as Billy Cove’s side sit three points clear. Toby won their top-of-the-table clash, impressively defeating Wakering Sports 3 – 1 at Cupid’s. A brace from Albert Perry and thunderbolt from Mitch Grace gave Mark Jones’ side the win as they went second. Substitute Alfie Fossett scored for Mitch Gleeson’s side here. Snaresbrook got their first win of the new campaign, winning 3 – 2 at Epping Town. Ife Ogunbayo, Daniel Tesfay and Max Catherall all netted one each to outdo strikes by Andrew Smith and Joe Rickett for Town and ultimately give Rob Caine’s side the points.

Also, Beacon Hill Rovers won 2 – 1 at home to Old Chelmsfordians and there was a hugely entertaining match for the neutral at least at Stambridge where Corinthians came from three goals down to draw 4 – 4 with Leigh Town. Bailey Moss struck twice for Chris Stoneham’s side, with Jake Hodder and Damian Siemienczuk also on target.



EOFL Division Two

In Division Two, it is newcomers Harold Hill who are at the summit on goal difference after a 4 – 0 win at home to Rayleigh Town Res. In second spot are ACD Utd after they won 5 – 2 at Hutton Res. Jacob Dingli and Jamie Alexandrou both got doubles for Greg Knock’s team, with replacement Shaun Goddard also finding the net. Jack Shaw got both of the hosts’ goals here. Also on six points are Old Southendian Res as they made two wins from two following a 2 – 1 win at Shoebury Town. Jack Cripps and Nico Dubouchet got the goals for Josh Bambury’s side, with Jason Doyle’s team responding through club stalwart Garry Johnson.

Meanwhile, AS Rawreth are the last of the four teams at the top end of the table on six points after a 1 – 0 win over Rochford Town at The Warren. Tom Binks got the all-important goal for Josh Hutchins’s team here.


EOFL Division Three

In Division Three, the early leaders are Basildon Town Res after a 2 – 0 triumph over Collier Row at Basildon Sports Club. Jamie Miller and Nathan Fisher saw Tony Bowers’ side to the points. Buckhurst Hill U23 got their maiden win this term with a 4 – 0 victory over Corinthians Res at Roding Lane. The ensemble cast of Buttrint Iecaj, Jason Gomes, Nicolas Chramiec and Flynn Toye got the goals that saw Alan Byers’ team get their season underway in earnest. A hat-trick from perennial goal-getter Joseph Darby saw Hullbridge Res to a 3 – 0 home success over Leigh Town Res at Lower Road.

Elsewhere in the division, Hashtag Utd Development got another victory as they defeated PItsea Athletic 5 – 0 at Barleylands. Samuel Pratt netted twice for Denis Simpson’s team, with Bradley Bunker, Kai Warren and Jake Smith also on the scorer’s sheet. Also, Catholic Utd Res joined them on six points after a resounding 7 – 1 success at Toby Res.


EOFL Division Four

Results

Chingford Athletic Res  5 – 2  Galleywood Res   | Town Mead [3G]

Leytonstone Utd  1 – 2  Springfield Res               | Forest Row Centre (Pitch 1)

Ongar Town Res 3 – 2  Roydon                             | Melbourne Park 3G, Chelmsford


EOFL Division Five

Results

Collier Row Res  0 – 2  Epping Town Res      | Forest Row Centre (Pitch 2)  

Old Barkabbeyans  5 – 6  Leigh Ramblers Res  | Barking Abbey Sch 3G

Pitsea Athletic Res   6 – 2  AS Rawreth Res  | Basildon Sporting Village

Runwell Sports Res   5 – 2  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res   | St Luke’s Park

Wakebury Res   0 – 2  Snaresbrook Res  | Nursery Sports Ground

S21-22 Match Report: Burnham Ramblers 0 – 3 Buckhurst Hill (Sat 28 Aug) [EaSL Sth 21/22 29.8.21]

Eastern Senior League – Division South

Venue: Leslie Field

Attendance: 68

2021-22 Season: Match 16

Saturday 28th August 2021 – 3pm KO

Burnham R: Blue & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Buckhurst H: White Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Both teams enter the field just prior to kick-off

Impressive display sees Buckhurst grab the win at Leslie Field

Burnham Ramblers 0 – 3 Buckhurst Hill

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

The match of the weekend was a rare trip into the Eastern Senior League South, as I made the first visit to Leslie Field in to see Burnham Ramblers in two years as they faced Buckhurst Hill in a top-of-the-table clash. The hosts are now under the management of Luke Goodson and are backed by a growing Committee, including club stalwart Martin Leno. On the field for Burnham, Adam French was between the posts, with a defence comprised of full-backs Albert Galbally and Joe Howard with the centre-back berths being filled by Matthew Stevens-Brown and Louis Pollock. Top goalscorer Adebolu Adeyemi started alongside Shemarie Perkins-Palmer in their forward line, with support from Haziz Kone and Deane Stone. Charles Brewer skippered the side. The options from the bench included midfielder Tom Howard and the attack-minded Liam Barry and Said Issa. Buckhurst Hill came into this one after thumping Park View 8 – 0 the previous midweek and had Daniel Blockley in goal, with a three-man central defence of Alfie Harris, Keaton Moore and Jonah Gregory, with Liam Foster and Ted Buchanan in advanced full-back roles. Forward & skipper Suleyman Zuhdu led the line once again for Mark Williams’ team, supported by fellow forward Tyler Dolan, with the three-man substitutes’ bench being made up of forwards Fehinti Falola, Louis Wynter and Reece Tranter.

The early stages of this match saw Buckhurst Hill seek to gain a foothold in possession and making it hard for the Ramblers to gain any momentum. After only three minutes, a thunderous 30-yard strike directly from a free-kick by forward Suleyman Zuhdu needed an acrobatic tip onto the crossbar by Ramblers custodian Adam French. The hosts’ first chance of note was from a set-piece but forward Adebolu Adeyemi was unable to get his shot on target to trouble visiting stopper Daniel Blockley. You felt it wouldn’t take long for the deadlock to be broken here and on seven minutes, Buckhurst took the lead. A long ball up field by a Buckhurst defender wasn’t dealt with by the Ramblers backline and Zuhdu managed to break away and finish low into the net, with ‘keeper French getting fingertips on it but it still trickled in.

Mark Williams’ well-drilled, high-intensity team were not making it easy to obtain possession from as their quick passing was causing problems for Burnham. Zuhdu again had another strike cleared off the goal-line before the 20 minute mark. Burnham did have a few successful forays forward and winger Haziz Kone showed his skills, getting past defenders and cutting inside from the right flank, unfortunately for him, his strike was deflected which allowed Blockley to claim untroubled. With Burnham losing out in midfield, the lines of Adeyemi and Kone were not much opportunity to cause headaches in the visiting backline. Instead, the challenge got harder on twenty-eight minutes as Hill doubled their lead. Liam Foster advanced down the right flank and his fine cross found Zuhdu who again got the better of the home defence before slotting home past French from close range.

Luke Goodson’s side were feeling the pressure, buoyed on by a decent home crowd but after a few errant passes, in the last five minutes they put their opposition under some pressure, with a good centre by Kone from the right finding Adeyemi who improvised a back heel-like finish in mid-air but it lacked the power to bypass Blockley, who gathered.

Half-Time:  Burnham Ramblers 0 – 2 Buckhurst Hill


The visitors were the stronger side at the interval, though in the early stages of the second period it was the home side who kept the ball a bit better. Unfortunately they still couldn’t quite manufacture the chances they would’ve wanted and ten minutes into the half, a slick counter saw them further in arrears on the score-sheet. This time it was forward Tyler Dolan who turned creator as his superb pass bypassed defenders and found Brad Rowland at the far post, who powered his strike past the defenceless French into the opposite corner.

Burnham kept battling on, despite the odds definitely being against them and on sixty-four minutes, a set-piece by the combative Joe Howard somehow managed to evade everybody in the congested six-yard box before sailing out of play. Having just past the 70 minute mark, Hill showed they were still full of energy as a good cross in by substitute Fehinti Falola found its way into the danger area by this time both Zuhdu and Dolan failed to get a telling touch to send it into the net. The hosts responded straight after, with Adeyemi sending a header narrowly wide though in fairness, Burnham were restricted to few chances by a miserly & energetic visiting defence. The tireless running of midfielder Josh Banfield nearly gave Buckhurst a fourth goal but at the second attempt, but Banfield could only scoop a curling drive over French’s top right corner of the goal. A frustrating day for Burnham ended really with another decent centre into the box, but substitute Said Issa was unable to get past Blockley from close range.


Full-Time: Burnham Ramblers 0 – 3 Buckhurst Hill

To summarise briefly, Buckhurst were good value for the win and the question for me now is – How long can they maintain this form? That being said, Burnham showed enough here to make it fair to say their resurgent start-of-season form can continue and I want to add that it is nice to see a ‘community spirit’ back at the club once again, after what has undoubtedly been some hard times for the club after their relegation from the Essex Senior in 2018.

There were a number of good performances in this match.  For the victors Buckhurst Hill, star forward Suleyman Zuhdu had another good match, causing the home defence continued problems today and deserved his two goals. Strike partner Tyler Dolan also did well to bypass the opposition backline and the assist for the third goal was a good case in point. Centre-back Keaton Moore stood out in a determined three-man central defence, and also made some good passes going forward. Finally. The energy and work rate of midfielder Josh Banfield was nearly rewarded with a goal towards the end and his performance was typical of a hard-working unit.

For Burnham, centre-back Matthew Stevens-Brown led his team’s defence well, making a number of good clearances in the air, while winger Haziz Kone had some good moments on the flank despite not having many oppurtunities to shine today. The same has to be said for centre forward Adebolu Adeyemi but his good movement & clever thinking nearly resulted in a goal before the interval. Skipper Charles Brewer typified his team’s work ethic but Hill didn’t give the hosts much oppurtunity to supply the forwards, tracking back well for the majority of the game.

I’d like to wish both teams a good rest of the season.

Teams

Burnham Ramblers |  Manager: Luke Goodson  | Assistant: Ross Mernick

Starting XI: 1 Adam French (GK), 7 Joe Howard, 5 Matthew Stevens-Brown, 16 Louis Pollock, 3 Albert Galbally, 8 Harry Shawyer (15 Said Issa 76′), 11 Deane Stone (12 Liam Barry 56′), 17 Charles Brewer (Capt) (4 Tom Howard 83′), 14 Haziz Kone, 9 Adebolu Adeyemi, 10 Shemarie Perkins-Palmer

Booked: Barry | Subs Not Used: Lofts, Smith


Buckhurst Hill  | Manager: Mark Williams   | Assistant: JP Kent

Starting XI: 1 Daniel Blockley (GK), 3 Liam Foster, 4 Alfie Harris, 5 Keaton Moore, 15 Jonah Gregory, 12 Ted Buchanan, 16 Jack Griggs (22 Louis Wynter 61′), 8 Josh Banfield, 10 Suleyman Zuhdu (Capt), 11 Tyler Dolan (18 Reece Tranter 76), 7 Brad Rowland (21 Fehinti Falola 69′)

Goal-scorers: Suleyman Zuhdu [7′ & 28′], Brad Rowland [55′]

Booked: None  | Subs Not Used: None


Referee: Fabian Robertson

Assistants: Martin Green & Nicholas Hodges

S21-22 Match Report: Southend Manor 3 – 4 Athletic Newham (Tues 24 Aug) [ESL 21/22 25.8.21]

ESL crest

Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 36

2021-22 Season: Match 14

Tuesday 24th August 2021 – 7.45pm KO

S Manor: Yellow & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

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



Pre-match image as both teams prepare to get the match underway

Superb comeback from Newham claims the points at Manor

Southend Manor  3 – 4 Athletic Newham

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

The midweek main match was another visit to Southchrch Park to see Southend Manor face Essex Senior League newcomers Athletic Newham. Both sides exited the FA Cup three days previously and have been scoring goals – but also conceding them so was we in for more of the same here? Was we ever!  Manor’s squad was again affected by injuries but could still field regular stopper Jack Allen in goal with a back four of Ben Sargent, Billy Harrison with James Hegarty and Alex Jenkins as centre-backs. Luca Frankis once again led the forward line alongside Josh Devlin, with Isaac Acquah and Jordan Chambers on the flanks in support. Options from the sidelines included forwards Conor Cobb and Harry Rogers and midfielder Jordan Russell for Craig Waters’ team. Athletic Newham brought a strong attack-minded team with Richard Kone, skipper Joel Appiah and experienced forward Tony Cookey making up their forward line. Alvaro Guerrero and Anderson Baro were part of a creative midfield and Wilkinson Boateng was once again selected as goalkeeper for Chris Davis’ side.

The match started well for Southend Manor who had an early sight of goal four minutes in as a free-kick from Alex Jenkins found Isaac Acquah in space at the far post but the latter was unable to turn his strike into the net. The hosts were keen to fizz crosses into the six-yard area with visiting goalkeeper Wilkinson Boateng electing to parry the ball away from danger in the early part of the match. Newham were swift on the counter-attack as ever though and ten minutes in, a great pass by playmaker Anderson Baro found the run of rapid forward Richard Kone who hammered a good strike which came back off the left-side goalpost with some pace. That was a warning for Manor which ultimately they didn’t heed but they could count themselves a little unfortunate in how they fell behind here. On fourteen minutes, a clearance from a home defender cannoned off full-back Ben Sargent and into the path of Kone who cut inside and struck home into the net past home custodian Jack Allen.


The home side were causing some nervy moments for Newham from set-pieces and six minutes after they went behind, Manor levelled from one said set-piece. Boateng clawed a cross away but didn’t get enough on it which allowed Manor forward Luca Frankis to pounce and head into the net from close range in a congested penalty area. With the half-hour mark approaching, forward Joel Appiah’s strike was well-saved by Allen, though the assistant’s flag would have denied him anyway. By this point, Newham were really in the match though in another twist, Manor took the advantage for the first time on 32 minutes. Another Jenkins free-kick managed to catch Boateng off his goal-line and the ball was lofted over him and into the net.

However, there was another swift change of fortune barely a minute afterwards as Newham showed all of their quality & skill to level the match again. Richard Kone powered home a fine strike which flew past Allen, low into the net on the left-side. Minutes after that, the tempo was building further as Jenkins had a half-chance gathered by Boateng and visiting forward Tony Cookey also had a decent chance saved by Allen following another good move.


Half-Time:  Southend Manor 2 – 2 Athletic Newham 


After the interval, it was the hosts who edged the opening moments of the second half as Acquah played in winger Jordan Chambers but the Newham defence denied him a clear chance at Boateng’s goal. Frankis also had another effort sail wide but three minutes later, it was Newham’s turn to feel frustrated. Another really good long pass by Anderson Baro found Kone again and after another good run, Kone blazed his effort wide of Allen’s goal. On the hour, Manor responded with a well-taken goal to give them the lead again, as good hold-up play by Chambers occupied the Newham defence, allowing right-back Ben Sargent to advance and Chambers managed to get a pass in, which Sargent fired home a good effort into the corner again. Newham defender Perez Goumou made a number of good interceptions for his side, which would prove important in the latter stages.

Both sides traded chances as we entered the last twenty minutes of the match, with midfielder Jordan Faulkner firing wide for Manor and Cookey also off-target for the visitors. However, the game turned late on as with nine minutes remaining, another terrific run down the left channel by Kone ended up finding Baro who struck his effort wide when in a really good position to score. At this point, Newham skipper Joel Appiah had been sent into the sin-bin by referee Leigh Ballinger. Frankis had to be substituted as well at this point, with Conor Cobb replacing him. Newham went into another gear to try and grab a point with Manor defending deep and Newham got a dramatic leveller on 89 minutes with Kone again involved in the build-up but it was defender Louis Hiobi who fired a good strike past Allen, much to the delight of the visitors.

Newham sensed that the comeback was on right there and barely a minute after replacing Cookey, substitute Reon Reid was well found again by Baro and Reid made no mistake with a good finish to break the hosts’ resolve and ultimately claim all three points in what was a brilliant match for the neutral.



Full-Time:  Southend Manor  3 – 4 Athletic Newham

In summary, this was a really open, entertaining match and Chris Davis’ Newham side really showed they are a strong-willed team, as well as showing the quality they have, particularly in attack. Manor put so much into the match but their decision to defend deep in the latter stages ultimately didn’t go well for them in a match that had pretty much everything – great finishing, great chances created and an enthralling high tempo for most of the match. You have to give both teams a lot of credit for the type of match we saw here.

There were a number of good performances in this encounter. For victors Newham, forward Richard Kone was again the driving force for his team, scoring two goals and creating a lot of problems down the flanks with his movement and rapid pace. Playmaker Anderson Baro also had a good game, making some astute passes and looked to build quick attacking moves, with skipper Joel Appiah playing his part in the forward line and defender Louis Hiobi also made a number of good interceptions during the game, as well as the well-taken late goal. Manor’s stand-out players were led by forward Luca Frankis who took his goal well and generally gave the visiting defence a tricky evening with his physicality and movement. Winger Jordan Chambers had another fine match too, showing a big work rate down the flanks and played his part in his side’ third goal by occupying defenders. Defenders Alex Jenkins and James Hegarty also did well to clear their lines as often as they did but ultimately the pace and creativity of Newham’s counter-attacks did prove telling.

I’d like to wish both teams a good rest of the season.


Teams

Southend Manor |  Manager: Craig Waters  | Assistant: Garry Pond

Starting XI: 1 Jack Allen (GK), 2 Ben Sargent, 3 Billy Harrison, 4 Kiah Froud, 5 James Hegarty, 6 Alex Jenkins, 7 Jordan Chambers, 8 Jordan Faulkner, 9 Luca Frankis (Capt) (15 Conor Cobb 82′), 10 Josh Devlin, 11 Isaac Acquah (14 Jordan Russell 66′)

Goal-scorers: Luca Frankis [20′], Alex Jenkins [32′], Ben Sargent [60′]

Booked: Sargent, Chambers, Harrison | Subs Not Used: Brocklebank, Frost, Rogers


Athletic Newham  | Manager: Chris Davis   | Assistant: Timothy Tejuoso

Starting XI: 1 Wilkinson Boateng (GK), 3 Louis Hiobi, 2 Perez Goumou, 7 Jeff Idemudia, 8 Alvaro Guerrero, 14 Akin Akinola, 19 Emmanuel Odunaike (6 Yousupha Gaye 68′), 15 Anderson Baro, 10 Joel Appiah (Capt), 17 Richard Kone, 9 Tony Cookey (11 Reon Reid 90′)

Goal-scorers: Richard Kone [14′ & 33′], Louis Hiobi [89′], Reon Reid [90′ +1]

Booked: Odunaike, Appiah (Sin-Bin)  | Subs Not Used: Toke, Gbade, Barrow


Referee: Leigh Ballinger

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Guest Blog: Essex Alliance League Round-up (Wk 1 – Sat 21 August) [EAL 21-22 23.8.21]

Hello and welcome to the first of th season’s round-ups of the Essex Alliance League, which continues on this blog under the “Guest Blog” strand. This shortened edition looks at the first-ever weekend of the new Step 7 (or Regional Feeder League) that took place n Saturday 21 August. My thanks to the EAL’s Rob Parker. This round-up is posted with the author’s permission. Thanks for reading.

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

Essex Alliance League Senior Division – Saturday 21 August

Following what was the shortest summer break in league history, the new Essex Alliance League started for our Senior Division clubs on Saturday as the country’s newest Regional Feeder League commenced with five fixtures.

The early league leaders after the opening fixtures are promoted Woodford East who made their bow in the top flight with an impressive 5 – 0 away victory at Tower United at Mabley Green to move top. Callum Maltese scored twice for East with Frank Glock, Sonny Feltwell and Matthew Stacey goals rounding off a top draw performance.

Sitting second on goal difference are another of the promoted sides as Chadwell Heath Spartans made a spirited start to top flight football edging a tight contest against Blue Marlin 2 – 1. Michael Ramsey and Samir Aboulainaf got the all important goals to win the game on their competitive debut at their new home in Chigwell.

It’s merely alphabetical order separating the sides in third and fourth respectively as DT FC opened their new campaign as they finished the last with a victory in a close contest with CSM London, the two sides meeting for the first time. And it was just an own goal that was the difference between the sides, DT the beneficiaries of that key moment to win 1 – 0 at the Harlow Arena.

It was another good day for a promoted side as Leyton Royal became of the third such side to record an opening day victory as they made the trip to Noak Hill to face last season’s London Junior Cup finalists, FC Petrocub. Florin Porceanu was on target with the only goal as another close game ended 1 – 0.

The final fixture on Saturday came from Walthamstow where the division’s fourth promoted side, Kit Out London, made the journey to east London to take on Rapid Chingford who were themselves looking for a positive start to the campaign. There was little between the sides in the end with the game ending in a 1 – 1 draw, both sides earning a hard fought point.


Fixtures – EAL Senior Division

Mon 23rd August – FC Baresi v Lymore Gardens | at Mayesbrook Park 3G (8pm KO)


Saturday 28th August (2pm KO’s I understand)

Chadwell Heath Spartans v Chigwell Town | Chigwell Hall Spts Grd

CSM London v Jolof Sports | West Ham Community Grd 3G, Beckton

Kit Out London v DT FC | Noak Hill 3G

Leyton Royal v Lymore Gardens | Salisbury Hall Spts Grd