S22-23 Match Report: Corinthians Ladies 2 – 0 Southminster Utd Ladies (Sun 29 Jan) [ECWFL D1 30.1.23]

Essex County Women’s League – Division One

Venue: Stambridge Memorial Ground

Attendance: 15 (Est)

2022-23 Season: Match 38

Sunday 29th January 2022 – 2pm KO

Corin: Sky Blue & White Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Southm. Utd: Claret Shirts, Claret Shorts, Blue Socks

Corinthians’ Claire Campbell looks to start another forward drive

Corinthians Ladies emerge with hard-fought win over Southminster

Corinthians Ladies 2 – 0 Southminster Utd Ladies

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

An additional match on Sunday saw a welcome return to watching local Women’s football as Corinthians Ladies welcomed bottom side Southminster Utd Ladies to Stambridge Memorial Ground. Daniel Mann’s side started a very busy remainder of the league campaign here and named Zoe Brown as their goalkeeper, with a defence of Nickie Williams, Nicola Murphy, Sarah Murphy and Shantelle Gamble. The midfield included Ashleigh Dorrington-Harvey, skipper Danielle Dorrington-Harvey, Rachael Selfe and Claire Campbell, supporting a forward line led by Ashley Debnam & Fran Murphy. Southminster were still looking for their first points this term, and had Jade Oyler as their custodian, with a defence comprised of Leah Anstey, Carly Willis, Emma Barringer & Shannon Thomas. Their energetic midfield featured Amy Day, Charlotte Pestell, Christie Lucking and Emily Mackler. Amy Yeldham and Cerys Cook led the attack.

Both teams respectfully fulfil the moment’s silence for the late Southminster Utd boss Liam Phillips pre-match

Before we got underway, there was a moment’s silence, remembering former Southminster Utd Ladies boss Liam Phillips, who is much missed by all his family & friends. My thoughts remain with them. He would have been proud of the way Southminster began this game, as they had more possession and pushed the hosts back at times. There wasn’t that many clear-cut chances , but Amy Yeldham & Cerys Cook were both utilising their pace to test the hosts’ defence. As the first half went on, Corinthians gradually had more ball time and showed some neat passing, however the Utd defence was dealing with the battle admirably.

Around the half-hour mark, Yeldham’s good pass found the run of hard-working midfielder Emily Mackler, though the latter’s strike fizzed past Zoe Brown’s near post. Yeldham & Cook also had glimpses at goal for Southminster before the break, as they showed commendable work rate & application given their current league position.

Amy Yeldham [#14, right] races clear for Utd

Half-Time:  Corinthians 0 – 0 Southminster

The second half started with a good spell for the hosts, as they forced a half-dozen corners in as  many minutes. Substitute Marie Barker had a decent chance at goal which wasn’t far wide for the hosts, which served as a warning to Utd which they didn’t heed. Southminster forced a good save out of Brown, from Yeldham’s good effort, which the Corinthians stopper parried round the post. Corinthians took the lead on 66 minutes as a good strike by forward Ashley Debnam from the left side of the 18-yard box found the net, despite Southminster custodian Jade Oyler getting a hand on it.

It was a tough goal to concede for Southminster, and it got harder on 82 minutes, as a good ball in by Shantelle Gamble was cleared into the path of replacement Katy Judd and the ball trickled in after wrong-footing Oyler, to give the hosts a much-needed two-goal advantage. The visitors kept going well but the facet of the game that thwarted them today was being unable to take their chances. That being said, their high-energy performance made it difficult for the hosts to settle and if they maintain this performance level, I think they will gather points before season’s end.


Full-Time: Corinthians Ladies  2 – 0 Southminster Utd Ladies

In summary, this was a very hard-fought win for Corinthians, though you have to give due credit to the high work rate & decent play from the Southminster side, who did not look a side having a hard time this term. There was a little fortune that aided the home side in the manner of the goals, though to be fair, Daniel Mann’s side kept going admirably and took advantage of a good spell in the second half to claim the points.

There were several good performances from the Corinthians side today. Led by forward Ashley Debnam, who made several good runs down the flanks & made some good passes as well as carrying a good portion of her side’s attacking intent. Midfielder Claire Campbell also put in a good display in both defence & attack, showing good work rate and awareness. Centre-back Sarah Murphy also showed good resolve to lessen the impact of a hard-working Southminster midfield & forward line, as Myrphy made several important interceptions. Finally, substitute Marie Barker did add more energy to the hosts’ midfield, as well as making good runs from midfield as well, having several half-chances to make the margin of victory more comfortable for her team.

For Southminster, kudos has to go to hard-working forward Amy Yeldham, as she made a lot of good breaking runs down the channels to test the home defence, particularly in the first half. She also showed good passing & movement, linking up well with fellow forward Cerys Cook, who also had a good game. Cook did well to aid her team’s defending at times and got the better of the opposition midfield at times. Also, Carly Willis worked hard in central defence as well as bringing the ball out from the defence to good effect. Lastly, goalkeeper Jade Oyler was unfortunate in the manner of how the goals were conceded, but made several good saves & generally was a good presence in gathering crosses.


Teams

Corinthians Ladies |  Manager: Daniel Mann | Assistant: Richard Sawyer

Starting XI: 1 Zoe Brown (GK), 5 Nickie Williams, 15 Nicola Murphy, 14 Sarah Murphy, 3 Shantelle Gamble, 10 Rachael Selfe, 21 Ashleigh Dorrington-Harvey, 20 Danielle Dorrington-Harvey (Capt), 8 Claire Campbell, 27 Ashley Debnam, 23 Fran Murphy

Goal-scorers: Ashley Debnam [66′], Katy Judd [82′]

Subs On (Time): 6 Drew Allen [22′], 9 Marie Barker [22′], 7 Katy Judd [78′], 2 Ann Bush

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: None


Southminster Utd Ladies |

Starting XI: 1 Jade Oyler (GK), 12 Leah Anstey, 9 Carly Willis, 3 Emma Barringer, 7 Shannon Thomas, 29 Amy Day, 5 Charlotte Pestell, 8 Christie Lucking, 26 Emily Mackler, 11 Cerys Cook, 14 Amy Yeldham

Subs On: 15 Megan Downes [22′]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Thompson


Referee: Spencer King

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S22-23 Round-ups: Essex Olympian Lge (Sat 28 Jan) [EOFL 22-23 30.1.23]

Archive image – Runwell Sports v Shenfield AFC from earlier this term

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

Hello & welcome to the another edition of the Essex Olympian League round-up. This week, we look at the action in all divisions & Cups from Saturday 28 January, as the weekend’s action was for the most part restored following the restrictive weather conditions in the ladt month.

EOFL Premier Division

In the top-tier, Hutton retained their 14 point lead at the summit, following a 5 – 1 victory at Galleywood. Substitute Matthew Price netted twice here, with Luke Ricketts, Joshua Seal & Connor Hammond also scoring for Matt Singh’s side. Ronnie Edwards replied for ‘Wood, who remain three points adrift at the bottom. Rayleigh Town produced a terrific display in an 8 – 0 success over Bishop’s Stortford Swifts at Thames Road. There were trebles for Jack Long and George Vile, along with strikes for William Vile and substitute Lewis Robson to give Town a much-needed win, given the race for second spot in gathering pace. They went back into second after Toby defeated Leigh Ramblers 2 – 0 at the Nursery Sports Ground. Sonny Leeks’ brace confirmed a big win for Mark Jones’ side, which takes them five points clear of the bottom two.

Elsewhere, Old Southendian are up to fourth spot following a fine 5 – 1 victory over Kelvedon Hatch at Garon Park 3G. Callum Ludlaim had arguably his best day this season, scoring a fine treble, with Mitchell Ali & Nico Dubouchet also scoring for Altar Ali’s side. Joe Newson netted reply after coming off the bench for Darren Hunt’s side, who drop to 11th. Catholic Utd had a battling 2 – 1 victory at Canning Town, with Joe O’Kane & Louie Hay goals sending them sixth, with several games in hand on most of the teams around them. Shenfield AFC remain ninth after a 3 – 0 victory at Springfield, with Jack Maleary, Ben Absolon & Ben Carroll all scoring for AFC. Springfield boss Allan Fenn has also elected to step down, and I wish him well for the future.

Finally, Runwell Sports stay eighth after an excellent 4 – 2 success at Sungate. James Dalton netted two goals for Rob Hodgson’s side, with Gianni Frankis & Owen Barratt adding further goals. Runwell are now ten points clear of the bottom two, as they seek to have a second consecutive campaign at Step 7.

EOFL Divisions One, Two & Three

Division One this week saw some key results. First, Epping Town battled hard before securing a 5 – 3 victory over Herongate Athletic at Billericay Road. Joe Rickett’s superb treble was added to by goals from Scout Bown & Abdul Kamara as Stuart Hoskins’ side remained three points clear in second. Alfie Yeend scored twice for Ath, with Thomas Lambourne also scoring. Old Chelmsfordians remain third at this juncture, following a 2 – 1 win at home to Beacon Hill Rovers, with Jack Walker netting for Rovers. Manford Way also got an important victory, 2 – 1 at home to Corinthians. Dawid Potoczek & replacement Harry Davison both scored for Colin Dobson’s team, who go up to sixth, while their opponents lost ground on the top three.

Into Division Two now and the stand-out result saw Catholic Utd Res defeat Hashtag Utd Development 3 – 1 at St Thomas More Sch. James Warder’s brace & a goal for Daniel Williams secured a win that takes them four points clear of the bottom two. Hashtag’s youth side lost ground on the top two and are also vulnerable to being caught by Harold Wood Athletic Res, who have matches in hand. Leaders Shoebury Town are now seven points clear, following a comeback 4 – 2 win at Wakebury. Finlay Dorrell & Louis Yuille both netted for Matt Cardy’s team but a double for Jack Woodham plus goals for Mechack-Kisoka Asuka & Enoch Gyimah secured Town’s 10th win this term. Finally for this division, Rayleigh Town Res also notched an important 5 – 0 success at home to AS Rawreth.


Now into Division Three, Basildon Town Res emerged with a terrific 8 – 0 win at Corinthians Res, with Louis Hill scoring a hat-trick, added to by Jamie Bradbourn’s brace and one each for Keith King, Daniel Okah and replacement Harry Johnson. Town remain eight points clear at the summit now. Buckhurst Hill U23 also got the three points, with a 3 – 1 victory over Pitsea Athletic at Roding Lane. Harvey Woods struck twice for Darren Gosnell’s team, plus Joe Marjason’s additional goal which secured the win which takes them above Pitsea & into fourth. Elsewhere, Chingford Athletic Res narrowly defeated Springfield Res 3 – 2 at Town Mead 3G. Conor Medhurst’s double & Luke Dimond’s strike outdid goals by Liam England & replacement Adam Jackson for the visitors. Finally, Leigh Town Res got a 2 – 1 win over Toby Res at John Burrows Rec, with Chris Pope and Spencer Izatt the scorers for Josh Burrage’s side, who rise to second spot.

EOFL Divisions Four & Five

Moving into Division Four, and Leigh Ramblers Res grabbed a convincing 7 – 0 triumph at home to Galleywood Res. Charlie Batchelor notched twice for the Rams second-side, with Joe Howson (pen), Luis Bracci, Dominic North, Ethan Nunn & substitute Cameron Jarvis all also scoring here. That result takes them up to fourth & strengthens their chances of being in the promotion race. Ongar Town also won this week, with a 2 – 0 success over Herongate Athletic Res at Marks Hall. Jude Collins & Mason White both netted for Tony West’s team. Also, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res drew 1 – 1 with Roydon at Silver Leys. Matthew Allen netted for Swifts, and Connor Riddoch replied for Roydon. The visitors there dropped to second by virtue of Collier Row’s Walkover win over Pitsea Athletic Res, which takes Row two points clear but they have played three games more.

In Division Five, Basildon Town A went back up to fifth after a 6 – 0 victory against Shoebury Town Res. Donnel Kujinga led the scorers with a fine treble, with Jamie Miller scoring two & replacement Bradley Pike also notching in this win which takes them up to fifth. Also, Manford Way Res extended their lead to seven points at the summit after a 7 – 2 win at Canning Town Res.

Cups

There were three Cup matches this week. Firstly, in the EOFL Reserve Cup, Hutton Res prevailed with a 4 – 1 victory over Runwell Sports Res at Polo Fields. Rodney Wilson, Luke Haydon & substitutes Thomas Price & Ronnie Richardson-Cook got the goals for the hosts there. In the Reserve Trophy, Sungate Res progressed with a 4 – 2 success at AS Rawreth Res. Justin Burrell & Bradley Giles got the goals in reply for the AS side.

Finally, Wakering Sports powered to a 5 – 0 victory over Leytonstone Utd at Cupid’s, in the Denny King Cup. Ryan Curtis & Paul Wines both netted doubles here for Sports, with Mekhi Weekes adding the other goal there.

S22-23 Match Report: Ilford 0 – 0 West Essex (Sat 28 Jan) [ESL 22-23 28.1.23]

ESL crest

Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: TBA

2022-23 Season: Match 37

Saturday 28th January 2023 – 2pm KO

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

West: Yellow & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks



Hard-fought battle sees West held at Ilford

Ilford 0 – 0 West Essex

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

The Saturday match this weekend saw a return to Cricklefield for an interesting local derby between Ilford and West Essex. Both sides wanted the points for different reasons, with the Foxes looking to get into the top ten and West looking to remain in the top six. Richard Ponsford fielded Tim Pitman in goal, with a defence comprised of Paul Cox & Henry Fisher plus centre-backs Tobi James & Jake Chadwick. The midfield was marshalled by skipper Mitchell McCabe with Mwetsi Matangi alongside him, with Josh Boxall & Mo Kargbo down the channels. Caleb Adomako-Mensah and Joe Lilly led the attack here. West have brought a couple of players into the squad in recent weeks, with loanee Dren Hoti deputising for the unwell Arthur LeBlond in goal, and a backline of Emanuel Wazola, Tala Lo Seye, Mitchell Arthur and Joel Lamb. Their energetic midfield had captain Reece Clarke, Saliu Lo Seye and Oliseh Okuguni in its ranks. David Bell led the attack, with support from Cameron Gray and Zak Oliver.

The early stages of this match saw the visitors start quite well, as their astute passing game did test the levels of focus of their hosts. Forward David Bell and midfielder Oliseh Okuguni had early half-chances that were wide of Tim Pitman’s goal. Ilford were finding it tricky to keep the ball but they still had one decent glimpse at goal as forward Caleb Adomako-Mensah saw a close-range effort fizz wide of the left-side post. As we entered the last 15 minutes of the first half, the Foxes did have arguably their best phase of the game up to this point, with only determined defending by the Stags preventing them from testing goalkeeper Dren Hoti.

Ilford boss Richard Ponsford watches on, early in first half

West Essex were creating promising moments, led by the enterprising running of support forward Zak Oliver, who was breaking down the right flank well, although his crosses was cleared by a stubborn central defence, led by Ilford’s Jake Chadwick. One of those Oliver crosses was well-angled in toards the far post, which Bell got across to well but could only loft his effort over the crossbar.

Half-Time: Ilford 0 – 0 West Essex

The Stags did have the better of the first half which was pretty hard-going for both teams. However, besides a glimmer at goal from captain Reece Clarke, West were spending more time defending in the early stages after the break. This was particularly the case on the hour as a good run by support forward Joshua Boxall down the left side ended with a good ball into the six yard box, which found Adomako-Mensah who timed his header well and was unfortunate as said header cannoned back off the under-side of the crossbar and back out. Bell also had another decent sight of goal but couldn’t direct his strike, allowing Pitman to gather fairly comfortably.

West winger Zak Oliver gets past Ilf’s Henry Fisher

My gut instinct was starting to sense that the stalemate could prevail here, although Ilford were keen to get down the channels, with substitutes Harry Rawlins and Delphin Moorat keen to evade the Stags midfield, who themselves battled well. There was two more chances of note as we entered the last ten minutes. First, substitute Moyo Ajibade did well to break down the right channel, putting a good ball into the box, which fellow replacement Callum Bloss latched on to but his strike sailed wide of the left-sided post. And then with mere moments left, Foxes skipper Mitchell McCabe struck a low-crisp effort which came back off the near post with Hoti beaten.

In the end though, the draw was a decent point for the Foxes who gathered their eighth shut-out of the season, which is good reward for a squad adapting to Senior football this term. West will be disappointed that they couldn’t convert their chances but they also showed parts of their development as a team in the last 12 months – specifically that they are often a tough side to beat.

Full-Time: Ilford 0 – 0 West Essex


So in the end, it was a battling if scrappy contest which neither side could edge. Even so, there was a lot to applaud from both sides as they will be pleased with elements of their respective displays here.
 
For West, the stand-out performers here were led by support forward Zak Oliver who made several good runs down the right flank, and included some good passing & pace as well. Full-back Emanuel Wazola also had a fine game, particularly in the second half as the hosts were getting more lively in attack, with Wazola making some good interceptions under pressure and used the ball well too. Centre-back Tala Lo Seye also put in a very good defensive display, making it hard for the opposition to create clear-cut chances. Finally, a word for dependable skipper Reece Clarke who put in a high-energy display in both defence & supporting the attack.

Ilford had a number of good individual performances here also, with full-back Henry Fisher putting in a very good performance, utilising possession well and making several important tackles to stifle a decent West forward line. Centre forward Caleb Adomako-Mensah also had a good game, showing decent pace & movement. He could count himself unlucky to not get on the score-sheet. Support forward Josh Boxall put in a number of good runs and passes, particularly after the break. While captain Mitchell McCabe also put in a hard shift for his team, becoming more influential in the last half hour.

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


Ilford | Manager: Richard Ponsford   | Assistant: Mark Lilly

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Tim Pitman (GK), 2 Paul Cox (16 Delphin Moorat 13′), 3 Henry Fisher, 5 Tobi James, 6 Jake Chadwick, 4 Mwetsi Matangi (14 Ozzie Nyahunda 46′), 8 Mitchell McCabe (Capt), 7 Mo Kargbo, 10 Joe Lilly (12 Harry Rawlins 66′), 9 Caleb Adomako-Mensah (15 Luke Pike 76′), 11 Joshua Boxall

Booked: James  | Sub Not Used: Fresneda


West Essex | Manager: Kwame Kwateng | Assistant: George Kars

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Dren Hoti (GK) , 6 Emanuel Wazola, 15 Tala Lo Seye, 25 Mitchell Arthur, 3 Joel Lamb (10 Callum Bloss 59′), 14 Reece Clarke (Capt), 17 Saliu Lo Seye (22 Timmy Moncur 73′), 8 Oliseh Okuguni, 19 Zak Oliver (18 Moyo Ajibade 70′), 20 David Bell (21 Mohamud Kaudeer 78′), 11 Cameron Gray

Sin-Bin: Okuguni [90’+2] | Subs Not Used: None

Referee: Dumitru Vasile
Assistants: Karl Dunnage & Adam Schroder

S22-23 Match Report: Woodford East 4 – 2 Hutton (Sat 21 Jan) [EPC QF 22/23 21.1.23]

Essex Premier Cup – Quarter-Final

Venue: Mabley Green 3G

2022-23 Season: Match 36

Attendance: 15 (Est)

Saturday 21 January 2023 – 1.45pm KO

Woodford E: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts & Socks

Hutton: Red Shirts, Red Shorts & Socks


Superb comeback sees the Peacocks into the last four of the Essex Premier Cup

Woodford East 4 – 2  Hutton

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

The frosty weather again thwarted several matches in Steps 5, 6 & 7 so it was an oppurtunity to see two highly-rated sides face off in the Essex Premier Cup Quarter-Finals, as Essex Alliance League Senior side Woodford East welcomed the Essex Olympian leaders Hutton to Mabley Green 3G. Woodford East are fifth in the EAL Senior (Step 7) at present and named Alfie Watts in goal, with a backline of Billy Barr, Kai Law and centre-backs Matt Stacey & Joe Kemp. Eren Mehmet, Frank Glock, Callum Maltese were pushing on from midfield, with forward Harry Robinson supported by Lucio Uare and Ben Smith down the flanks. Hutton were unbeaten in the League coming into this tie, and had regular custodian Adrian Faherty in goal, with a defensive four of centre-backs Johnathon Hilliard & Lewis Scott plus Sean O’Callaghan and George Nash as full-backs. Kyle Linzell, Luke Ricketts & Stephen Judge were the central midfield three, while Jude Keeling, David Johnson & Joshua Seal were the forward line.

This match kicked into life with some verve from both sides. An early free-kick by East’s Callum Maltese needed the intervention of Hutton custodian Adrian Faherty. Hutton were also useful going forward from the early-going here, and took the lead after only seven minutes. A dangerous set-piece in by midfielder Steophen Judge evaded the home defence and picked out centre-back Lewis Scott who nodded the ball home past East stopper Alfie Watts. The visitors were in the ascendancy at this point in proceedings, although had a let-off of sorts as the Peacocks did have central defender Matt Stacey’s header dribble narrowly wide after going all the way across the face of goal. Matt Singh’s team had a goal chalked off also at the other end as another super corner by Judge evaded everyone and found the far corner, only for a foul that was detected by referee Kadir Nazif and he ruled it out.


As ever though, the Reds pushed on and did get the second goal, taking advantage of a little fortune as an initial effort cannoned off his own player & crucially stayed in play allowing forward David Johnson to power home a firm effort to double his side’s advantage. Both teams were engaging to watch in this high-tempo match, and Woodford were starting to find their rhythm past the half-hour mark, as a good effort by Peacocks skipper Frank Glock was well-denied by Faherty. The Reds kept their lead intact at the break, though I felt there was more to come in this Cup tie.

Half-Time: Woodford East  0 – 2  Hutton


That feeling materalised rather quickly, as only five minutes into the second half, Woodford East pulled a goal back, as a rapid counter was started by a long ball through to forward Harry Robinson who controlled it well and sent a cool, low finish into the far corner, with Faherty unable to deny him. This sparked a real sea change in fortunes for the Peacocks, as their threat going forward was morte palpable. Another good forward move ended with a Red defender heading against his own goalpost, but Glock could only fire off-target following-up. East forward Lucio Uare was finding more space since the interval & he made full use of it, sending several good crosses into the box. One such Uare cross evaded the Reds defence & found the run of Matt Stacey at the far post, who slotted home from a yard out to level the tie.


Woodford did get a crucial third goal to complete a stirring comeback on sixty-five minutes as a good strike by full-back Billy Barr made the most of a narrow opening to send the home dugout wild. Woodford East had struck at key moments and really looked to secure a memorable win as Robinson struck a fierce drive inches above the top right corner, with Faherty beaten. Halil Hassan’s side also had a goal chalked off on 83 minutes as substitute Andrew Rowe slotted home past Faherty, but hadn’t bypassed the off-side line. East did get a fourth goal moments later though as club stalwart Ben Smith netted an oppurtunist’s goal into the left corner to complete a fine win for the EAL side & seal some comeback.

Full-Time: Woodford East 4 – 2 Hutton


To summarise this very good enterprising match, Hutton were decent value for their lead at the interval as the Peacocks looked vulnerable at times defensively and couldn’t get past a characteristically tough Hutton backline often enough. After the break, Woodford East showed exactly why they are well thought of with a stirring comeback & some good goals along with it. It was the Reds’ turn to look somewhat shaky and they couldn’t recover and put considerable pressure on the hosts as they suffered a rare loss this term.

The stand-out performances here for the victors Woodford East start with a superb performance from support forward Lucio Uare, who was very good, especially in the second half. Uare broke down the left flank at will and put in some fine passes as well, including for his side’s leveller as well as showcasing good energy levels. Hard-working Callum Maltese & Ben Smith both got some reward for their high work rate, with Maltese putting in good passes and Smith notching the fourth goal. These two players are so important to their team. Also, centre-back Matt Stacey typified the resolve of his team after the interval with some good interceptions.

For Hutton, Lewis Scott had a good game at centre-back, despite the eventual score-line, making good clearances, showing good positioning defensively & took his goal well early on. Midfielder Stephen Judge made several important passes and also from set-pieces like the opening goal for example, while support forward Joshua Seal was a handful for the East defence to cope with, laying the ball off smartly to forwards Keeling & Johnson. Lastly, a word for full-back Sean O’Callaghan who again had a decent game, making good runs down the right side as well as covering well at times.

Finally, Congratulations to Woodford East as they again make the last four & also I’d like to wish both teams a fine rest of the season.


Teams

Woodford East  | Manager: Halil Hassan  |

Starting XI: 1 Alfie Watts (GK), 9 Billy Barr, 4 Matt Stacey, 5 Joe Kemp, 2 Kai Law, 3 Eren Mehmet, 8 Frank Glock (Capt), 11 Callum Maltese, 10 Ben Smith, 19 Harry Robinson, 18 Lucio Uare

Goal-scorers: Harry Robinson [50′], Matt Stacey [61′], Billy Barr [65′], Ben Smith [85′]

Sub On (Time): 7 Connor Braithwaite [46′], 17 Andrew Rowe [80′], 26 Jordan Lema [86′]

Booked: Kemp, Mehmet, Maltese, Rowe  | Subs Not Used: Morris, Martin


Hutton  | Manager: Matt Singh | Assistants: Bill Stratford & Dan Williams

Starting XI: 1 Adrian Faherty (GK), 2 Sean O’Callaghan, , 6 Jonathon Hilliard, 4 Lewis Scott, 3 George Nash, 8 Kyle Linzell (Capt), 7 Stephen Judge, 11 Luke Ricketts, 9 Jude Keeling, 10 Joshua Seal, 17 David Johnson

Goal-scorers: Lewis Scott [7′], David Johnson  [25′]

Sub On (Time): 12 Freddie Miller [72′], 16 Rodney Wilson [72′], 19 Will Marlowe [77′]

Booked: Seal & Judge  | Subs Not Used: Carroll, Gardner


Referee: Kadir Nazif
Assistants: James Allaoui & Norman Miller

S22-23 Round-ups: Essex Olympian Lge & Cups (Sat 14 Jan) [EOFL 22-23 16.1.23]

Archive Image – Leigh Ramblers v Galleywood earlier this term

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

Hello & welcome to the another edition of the Essex Olympian League round-up. This week, we look at the action in all divisions & Cups from Saturday 14 January, as the weekend’s action was again affected by the wintry weather.

EOFL Premier Division

In the top-tier, Leigh Ramblers have gone up to second spot after an incredible 7 – 2 victory at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Doubles for Andrew Webster and Tom Franks set Mark Hunter’s side on their way here, with further strikes by Justin Hazell, Matthew Brinklow & Jack Gardner securing a handsome win. Daryl Doolan & replacement Charlie Gilbert replied for Swifts but they are vulnerable having played several more games than the bottom two clubs currently (Springfield & Galleywood). The other result saw Canning Town rise to third after a 4 – 1 win at home to Springfield. Lewis Chapman netted for the visitors but Town got their 7th win this term.

EOFL Divisions One, Two & Four

Division One only saw one match beat the weather, as ACD Utd grabbed a 5 – 3 victory over Wakering Sports at Westlands. Shaun Goddard’s treble saw Michael Wade’s side in command, but goals from Harry Payne & substitute Jacob Dingli were needed to overhaul Paul Wines’ brace for Sports & one goal for Nathan Roche as well. ACD rose to fifth after this win.

Into Division Two now and the only match here saw Old Southendian Res edge to a 3 – 2 triumph over May & Baker at Garon Park 3G. Carl Patten & Darren Seymour netted for the visitors but goals for Nico Dubouchet, Oliver Tatton-Bennett & substitute Callum Ludlaim ensured the points went to Josh Bambury’s side – they now sit 7th in the table, seven points adrift of their opponents here.

It’s straight into Division Four, and Ongar Town got a valuable 2 – 1 success over Collier Row at Marks Hall Centre. Jude Collins nabbed both goals for the hosts here to send up to seventh spot. Row had a setback here, and they will need to amass as many points as possible from their six remaining games to stay in the promotion race. Herongate Athletic Res also drew 0 – 0 with Shenfield AFC Res, which temporarily lifts them up to third.

There was no action in Divisions Three & Five this week, due to postponements.


Cups

Now into the EOFL Senior Cup games, and Hutton breezed through into the next round thanks to a 5 – 1 win over Shenfield AFC, in this tie moved to New Lodge 3G. Connor Hammond struck two goals here for Matt Singh’s side, added to by Luke Ricketts, Joshua Seal & Kyle Linzell strikes. Co-manager Luke Williamson got the Shenfield reply but the Reds went through. Elsewhere, Toby progressed after defeating Harold Wood Athletic 2 – 1 on spot-kicks, following a battling 1 – 1 draw at the Nursery Sports Ground. Chris Rowland netted for Toby, with James Pottle scoring for Ath there.

The other tie saw Old Chelmsfordians overcome a scare at Division Two Wakebury. The OC’s won 4 – 1 on penalties, following a 3 – 3 draw at Cupid’s. Harry Kateley netted twice for the Berries here, with Will Wheeler notching the other goal for them.

One game in the Reserve Cup saw Wakrering Sports Res progress with a terrific 6 – 1 triumph over Collier Row Res on the Main pitch at Cupid’s. Adem Beji & Connor Fardyga both scored twice here for the hosts, with Steven Valente and Substitute Charlie Smith also finding the net for Sports.

In the Essex Junior Trophy, Manford Way Res went through after a 5 – 0 victory at Silver End Utd Res. George Green’s fine hat-trick was added to by two goals for prolific scorer Luke Bennett. But Basildon Town A are out after a 4 – 1 loss to Snaresbrook, leaders of Essex Alliance League Division Two.

S22-23 Match Report: Frenford 0 – 3 St Margaretsbury (Sat 14 Jan) [EaSL Sth 22-23 15.1.23]

Eastern Senior League – Division South

Venue: Jack Carter Centre 3G

Attendance: 48

2022-23 Season: Match 35

Saturday 14th January 2023 – 3pm KO

Frenford: Red & White Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

St Margaretsbury: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Yellow Socks


Excellent St Margaretsbury performance sees them win at leaders Frenford

Frenford  0 – 3 St Margaretsbury

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

This weekend saw a welcome trip to Jack Carter Centre 3G in Gants Hill for the Eastern Senior League South match between leaders Frenford and St Margaretsbury. Dave Forbes’ side were looking to build on their five-point lead at the summit, following Stanway Pegasus’ narrow win at May & Baker 16 hours previously. He named recent signing Josh Blackburn in goal, with a defence of full-backs Augustine Appiah & Jack Sykes and skipper Lewis Bartrip & Sam Cross in central defence. The midfield included Tom Potter, Billy Karby and Charlie Munns, with centre forward Nick Reynolds being supported by Raheem Gray & Johnathon Vandyck on the flanks. St Mags have found it tough to get points away from home since I saw them win at Benfleet in August, but nevertheless they are a tricky mid-table side. Co-managers Paul Holding & Adam Connolly fielded Sidi Haidara as their custodian, with their defence being comprised of Bayon, Berg, Hayden-Eley & Daniels. The hard-working duo of Mulqueen & Moutawafiq were in central midfield, with forwards Marko Protic & Isaac Stevens being supported by Jacob Waring & captain Kamarni Collington.

The visitors started the game well, looking to get in behind the Frenford defence, utilising the artificial playing surface to good effect. They took the lead after only 12 minutes as a surging run by skipper Kamarni Collington down the right flank ended with a good ball into the box which ended up finding forward Marko Protic who fired in a low strike into the net, beyond Frenford stopper Josh Blackburn. The hosts were unable to rally and retain the ball, as the spirited St Mags forward line were understandably buoyed by this early goal. They added a second goal seven minutes later as Collington was well-found this time, and his low finish calmly doubled his team’s advantage, also netting his fifth league goal this term.


The first chance of note really for Frenford came midway through the half as strong centre-back Lewis Bartrip powered a header off-target from a set-piece. But the concern was at the other end, as an effort from close range by forward Isaac Stevens was denied by Blackburn just befote the half-hour mark. Strikes from range by Charlie Munns & Billy Karby kept St Mags custodian Sidi Haidara alert, with Munns’ effort being spilled by the goalkeeper initially before he gathered the ball just before Frenford forward Nick Reynolds could pounce. Sam Cross also fired in a set-piece just before the break which Haidara gathered, but in the main it was the visitors who looked energetic & composed in attack.

Half-Time: Frenford  0 – 2  St Margaretsbury

St Mags skipper Collington (right) on the ball early on

After the break, St Mags set about their task with renewed vigour and added a vital third goal five minutes into the half. A good break down the right flank by creative midfielder Sami Moutawafiq, bypassing his marker ended with picking out Collington who again showed calm finishing by slotting the ball into the left corner, for his second goal of the day. Not long after that, Frenford boss Dave Forbes made changes from the bench, as Tim Dennis & Sam Munton replaced Jonathan Vandyck & Jack Sykes respectively. The hosts did gradually push on in attack, as the visitors were more content to defend their advantage.

Frenford full-back Jack Sykes (#3) breaks into penalty area in 2nd half

Midway through the half, quick winger Raheem Gray saw his strike for the hosts blocked, and very shortly afterwards, a good strike on goal forced an excellent save by Haidara to turn it beyond the post. For the post part, the hard-working central defence of Callum Berg and Jake Hayden-Eley made it tough for the hosts to find the likes of Reynolds & Munns and latterly Wisley Baltazar, who came on for the last ten minutes. The St Mags defence was well supported by the team as a whole who assisted them well, as they completed a fine win in NE London.

Full-Time: Frenford  0 – 3 St Margaretsbury

In summary, this was a good, enterprising game played in wintry, windy conditions. St Mags more than deserved the points and the combination of rapid counter-attacking play, good passing & calm finishing secured the points for Paul Holding & Adam Connolly’s team. Frenford found it hard to retain possession after conceding early doors, against a hard-working visiting side. Resilent defending by St Mags also negated the amount of forward moves by the hosts, although thry had to defend well in the last half hour to keep the conclusive score-line.

There were a lot of good performances from the St Mags side today. They were led by captain Kamarni Collington who scored two calm goals, put a number of good crosses into the box and generally put in a high-energy performance. Tricky midfielder Sami Moutawafiq also made a few good dribbling runs in midfield, providing a good assist as well. Tom Mulqueen had a good game, tracking the hosts’ midfield well and assisting in forward moves too. Lastly, full-back Sammy Bayon was tireless in providing a good outlet on the right flank, putting in good passes and tracking back well

For Frenford, skipper Lewis Bartrip led his defence well, clearing several dangerous balls into the box, as well as posing a threat from attacking set-pieces. Winger Raheem Gray made good intelligent breaks down the channels as well as neat passing at times. Lastly, midfielder Billy Karby & right-back Augustine Appiah put in solid displays, showing high work rate and giving their team an option in counter-attacks, particularly in the second-half on what was a frustrating day for them.

St Mags full-back Sammy Bayon about to clear the ball in 2nd half

Congrats to St Mags on their win & I’d like to wish both teams well for the season ahead.


Teams

Frenford  |  Manager: Dave Forbes |  Assistants: Lee Forbes, Ali Choroomi & Anthony Cook

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Josh Blackburn (GK), 2 Augustine Appiah, 3 Jack Sykes (15 Sam Munton 59′), 5 Lewis Bartrip (Capt), 4 Tom Potter, 6 Sam Cross, 8 Billy Karby, 7 Johnathon Vandyck (12 Tim Dennis 59′), 10 Charlie Munns (16 Liam Newton 83′), 9 Nick Reynolds (14 Chris Reed 76′), 11 Raheem Gray (17 Wisley Baltazar 79′)

Subs Not Used: None | Booked: None


St Margaretsbury  | Manager: Paul Holding & Adam Connolly

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Sidi Haidara (GK), 2 Sammy Bayon, 5 Callum Berg, 6 Jake Hayden-Eley, 3 Kai Daniel, 4 Sami Moutawafiq, 7 Tom Mulqueen (18 Charles Nicol 75′), 10 Jacob Waring, 11 Marko Protic (8 Gerson Artur 82′), 9 Isaac Stevens (12 Miles Holding 75′), 14 Kamarni Collington (Capt)

Goal-scorers: Marko Protic [12′], Kamarni Collington [19′ & 50′]

Subs Not Used: Ndukwu | Booked: Haidara, Bayon


Referee: Dumitru Vasile
Assistants: Jamie Wood & Liam Dawson

S22-23 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Sat 7 Jan) [EOFL 22-23 9.1.23]

Archive Image – OS v Rayleigh Town from last month

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

Hello & Happy New Year to the readers of this column. Welcome to the first edition of the Essex Olympian League round-up series in 2023. This week, we look at the action in all divisions from Saturday 7 January, plus the Cup ties this week.


EOFL Premier Division

Firstly in the top-tier, Hutton extended their seemingly unassailable lead at the top to 14 points after a 5 – 0 victory at Springfield. David Johnson netted twice here for Matt Singh’s side, with Jude Keeling, Tom Stephens and substitute Connor Hammond also netting here. The hosts remain second bottom, two points adrift of Toby. Sungate are in third on goal difference, despite being held to a goal-less draw by Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Leigh Ramblers are up to fourth after a gritty 1 – 0 victory at home to Runwell Sports at Belfairs. Scott Clark again got a crucial goal for Mark Hunter’s team.

Meanwhile, Catholic Utd started the calendar year with a 4 – 1 triumph at home to Kelvedon Hatch at the Len Forge 3G. James Burt scored for Hatch, but a team effort turned the tide as Franklin Craik, Aaron Baldwin, Tom Kearney and replacement Harrison Day all scored to keep Simon Thomas’ side in sixth, but are only two points adrift of Sungate in third. Shenfield AFC also picked up a big home win, as they triumphed 4 – 0 over Galleywood at St Martin’s Sch 3G. Jack Maleary, Ben Absolon, Jack Panons & Ben Carroll all netted here to send them three points clear in ninth, with matches in hand over most of the teams around them. ‘Wood’s tough season continues, as they are five points adrift of exiting the bottom two. Finally, Old Southendian got back to winning ways in some style as they won 6 – 0 at home to Toby at Garon Park, which sent them up to fifth on goal difference in what is a very tight chasing pack.


EOFL Divisions One & Two

Division One only saw three matches this week because of the weather but Epping Town got a huge 6 – 1 victory over strugglers Wakering Sports. Scout Bown netted four goals here for Stuart Hoskins’ team, to take his season’s league goal tally to 16. Edirin Eghwrudje and Abdul Kamara also scored here to add to the visitors’ pain and reduce leaders Harold Wood Athletic’s lead at the summit to four points. Beacon Hill Rovers also got a cucial victory, defeating Herongate Athletic 3 – 2 at Wickham Bishops. Bertie Whymark took his goal tally to seven this term with a double here, with William Strutt also netting for the hosts. Manford Way also drew 1 – 1 with Old Chelmsfordians, with Daniel Demain coming off the bench to score for the hosts there, with the point gained seeing them up to seventh in the table.

Into Division Two, there were some big results for the top four sides. Leaders Shoebury Town are four points clear at the top after an important 3 – 0 victory over Hashtag Utd Development, who dropped to third. Mechack-Kisoka Asuka scored another two goals to take his league goal tally to 13 this term. Substitute Enoch Gyimah added the other goal for Garry Johnson & John Galley’s side here. Wakering Sports Res are up to second spot after a 5 – 0 win against AS Rawreth at Cupid’s. May & Baker‘s Olympian side had to battle hard before completing a 4 – 3 victory at Catholic Utd Res, in a match moved to Waterside Farm Centre on Canvey. Carl Patten struck twice for Josh Lowbridge & Antony McDonald’s side, with Darren Seymour and Alfie Horan also scoring for the visitors there, who stay sixth but are only four points behind Wakering Sports Res in second, which endorses how tight the top half of the table is.

Elsewhere, Hutton Res moved up to eighth following a big 3 – 2 win at Wakebury. Thomas Price, Billy Chilcott and Ronnie Richardson-Cook all netted here for the visitors. Finlay Dorrell & Ben Perry responded for Matt Cardy’s team here but they lost ground on the top two. The other result saw Old Southendian Res win 4 – 2 at Rayleigh Town Res.


EOFL Divisions Three, Four & Five

In Division Three, Basildon Town Res are eight points clear at the summit after a 2 – 1 victory over local rivals Pitsea Athletic Res. Jamie Bradbourn’s brace sealed the points for the hosts, overturning Ath’s goal by substitute Carlos Dias. Ath fell to their first defeat this term & dropped to fourth. Hullbridge Sports Res are up to second after a comprehensive 8 – 0 victory at strugglers Corinthians Res. Jay Knight, Harry Mole and substitute George Mole all got doubles here, with Joe Tuskin and Joseph Gray strikes adding further gloss to the score-line.

Leigh Town Res are now third after a 5 – 2 success at home to Springfield Res at John Burrows Rec. Chris Pope netted twice here for Town, with Jack Pearman, Steve Birnie and Joshua Dalton all on target to render Liam England & William Roe goals for Springfield as consolation goals. Chingford Athletic Res grabbed a 4 – 1 victory at Old Chelmsfordians Res, with the ensemble cast of Luke Dimond, Bilel Benyoucef, George Miller and replacement Conor Medhurst all scoring for Ath.

Moving into Division Four, and Leigh Ramblers Res gained ground on second-placed Collier Row with a 1 – 0 victory at Forest Row. Luis Bracci got the decisive goal there, to raise his side up to third in the table. In the only other game in the division, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res were held 1 – 1 by Ongar Town at Silver Leys. Matthew Allen scored for Swifts, with Benjamin Adams responding for Ongar. Swifts drop to fifth, while Ongar are in eighth.

Finally for the League action this week, In Division Five the leaders are Manford Way Res, who won 4 – 1 at AS Rawreth Res. Callum Thomas, Luke Bennett, Charlie Ewing & Rakim Janneh all netted to extend their lead at the top to five points. Justin Burrell got the solitary goal back for the Rawreth team, who are three points adrift at the bottom. Wakebury Res moved into second spot following a 3 – 1 triumph over Basildon Town A at Shoebury Park. Ross Barnes’ treble saw Joe Creak’s side to their seventh win this term. Jamie Miller got the reply for Bas, who are now in sixth.

Elsewhere, Runwell Sports Res are up to fourth after they won 1 – 0 at home to Sungate Res. Daniel Hobbs got the only goal there at St Luke’s Park. The other result saw Shoebury Town Res draw 1 – 1 with Collier Row A at the Ekco Sports Club (Pitch 2).

In the Cup action this weekend, Canning Town emerged with a 4 – 3 win on penalties in the Senior League Cup after drawing 1 – 1 with Division One side Harold Hill in the early kick-off at Noak Hill 3G.

In the one match in the Reserve League Cup, Herongate Athletic Res got a morale-boosting 2 – 1 victory over Harold Wood Athletic Res, thanks to goals from Kemston Allen and replacement Jasper Stuckey. Josh Portway got the reply for Harold Wood’s Ressie side there but they exited the Cup here.

S22-23 Match Report: White Ensign 0 – 0 Redbridge (Sat 7 Jan) [ESL 22-23 8.1.23]

ESL crest

Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 52

2022-23 Season: Match 34

Saturday 7th January 2023 – 2pm KO

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

Redbridge: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks


Ensign secure hard-earned point and deny Redbridge a much-needed win

White Ensign  0 – 0  Redbridge

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

The opening match of 2023 saw a interesting tussle between second-placed Redbridge and hosts White Ensign, who have already secured some big results in the 2022-23 campaign in the Essex Senior. The conditions were windy and a tad slippery but considering the amount of recent rain, Burroughs Park was in good shape. With boss Aaron Bloxham away, assistant boss Nick Wibrow took the reigns here for the hosts and he named new loan signing Luis Shamshoum in goal, a defence comprised of Ben Sargent, Daniel Monk & Centre-backs Montel Shonubi and captain Mitchell Stuart-Evans. Their midfield featured Iyiola Adebayo, Joe Hunter and Kyle McAlindon, with the forward line being led by Charlie Portway, supported by Billy Bonham-Dare and Kian Bradshaw. Redbridge knew they needed the win here after leaders Enfield’s big win at Buckhurst Hill 18 hours prior and manager George Christou fielded Connor Wheatley as their goalkeeper, with a backline of Reuben Campbell, Joe Elliott and centre-backs Nathan Okoye and skipper Dean Hall. Jerrold Cobblah and Jack Chawner were their central midfield pairing. Michael Pindy and Joey May supported forwards Ibrahim Kehinde and Tony Martin.

The early stages of this match was interesting to watch, given that White Ensign succeeded somewhat in frustrating the opposition, who could not find their rhythm, particularly in attack. Defensively, Redbridge were more rigid as you would expect for a good side & where they are in the table at present, but Ensign still carved out a big chance in the first quarter of the game. Support forward Billy Bonham-Dare managed to evade his marker and slip through a good pass into forward Charlie Portway, but unfortunately for the hosts, his low effort trickled past visiting custodian Connor Wheatley and wide of the left-side post. As the half passed the midway point, the Motormen were starting to find their passing game, with forward Ibrahim Kehinde getting in good positions, but a combination of good defending and a lack of a final pass did frustrate both Kehinde and the visiting dug-out.

Joe Elliott fires in a long throw for the visitors

Full-back Joe Elliott’s long throws were also posing a problem for the home defence, and from one of those throw-ins, support forward Joey May’s header needed tipping over by loanee stopper Luis Shamshoum, a short-term signing from Frenford I understand. Forward Kian Bradshaw was also posing a threat down the right flank wth his pace, though his tame effort when in space in the penalty area was comfortably gathered by Wheatley. Redbridge pushed on towards the end of the first half, with Kehinde having a decent chance on goal which couldn’t bypass Shamshoum.

Half-Time:  White Ensign 0 – 0 Redbridge 

Reuben Campbell [#2] making a good surging run early in 2nd half for Motormen

I had a feeling that Motormen boss George Christou would utilise his substitutes soon after the resumption, and that would prove to be the case, with full-back Jack Roult, tricky winger Samraj Gill and midfielder Jamie Price all coming on before the hour, replacing Campbell, May & Cobblah respectively. Much to their credit, Ensign continued to be resilent in defence and occasionally made decent strides going forward as well, with midfielder Joe Hunter’s looping drive forcing Redbridge stopper Wheatley into action four minutes after the restart. Forward Ibrahim Kehinde also had a header which was well-gathered by Shamshoum after a good ball in by Elliott from the right flank. It was undeniable that the Motormen put pressure on the Ensign defence, though skipper Mitchell Stuart-Evans and full-back Daniel Monk led the way commendably to stifle an increasingly frustated visiting side.

Winger Samraj Gill did make a difference to the visiting forward line after coming on, as he put in several good crosses into the box, but Shamshoum and his defenders were equal to the task, with the Ensign stopper showing as much by palming away a dangerous ball in by Gill from the left flank late on, despite being under pressure from the advancing Jamie Price. Harry Kateley also had come on for Ensign and he also made a few good runs to give the Redbridge defence a couple of nervy moments alongside Bradshaw in the latter stages, but all in all, this was a good point for Ensign, hard-earned as it was. The result sees Ensign drop to 15th, because of Romford’s win at Sawbridgeworth, while the Motormen are now ten points adrift of leaders Enfield. 

Full-Time:  White Ensign 0 – 0 Redbridge


Although there were no goals in this contest, there was a lot of endeavour, a few good chances and some good approach play. Overall, Ensign stuck to their task well & their confidence grew as the match went on. Redbridge were unusually slow to get into their rhythm & although they pushed hard at times, they couldn’t grab that decisive goal to lessen the gap to leaders Enfield.

 Redbridge’s good performances here were led by forwards Michael Pindy and Ibrahim Kehinde, who both put in a good shift for their team. Pindy made several good runs down the right flank and showed good movement while Kehinde showed guile and good willingness to get in between defenders, although both were thwarted by a resilent home defence. Full-back Joe Elliott put in a good defensive display, as well as making a few good surging runs down the flanks. Lastly, substitute Samraj Gill heightened the pressure on a tiring Ensign defence in the last half hour, putting in several dangerous crosses into the penalty area in the latter stages. 

White Ensign had several good individual displays here, led in my view by full-back Daniel Monk who made several important clearances, covered well defensively as well as putting in some good passes forward. Midfielder Iyiola Adebayo put in another good display in both boxes, distributing the ball well alongside Joe Hunter in central midfield and showed hgh energy levels. Captain Mitchell Stuart-Evans was a good anchor in defence as well, making several timely interceptions to frustrate the Motormen attack, while goalkeeper Luis Shamshoum was as assured presence, making a few decent saves and stayed alert well too. 

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


Teams

White Ensign  | Stand-in Manager: Nick Wilbrow | Assistant: Enrico Tiritera

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Luis Shamshoum (GK), 2 Ben Sargent, 3 Daniel Monk, 5 Montel Shonubi, 4 Mitchell Stuart-Evans (Capt), 6 Kyle McAlindon, 7 Joe Hunter (16 Teddy Rumsey 87′), 8 Iyiola Adebayo, 9 Billy Bonham-Dare (11 Harry Kateley 58′), 19 Charlie Portway, 10 Kian Bradshaw

Booked: Bonham-Dare | Subs Not Used: Ferris, O Jenkins


Redbridge | Manager: George Christou  | Assistant: Jack Toghli

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Connor Wheatley (GK), 2 Reuben Campbell (Jack Roult 52′), 3 Joe Elliott, 5 Nathan Okoye, 6 Dean Hall (Capt), 4 Jerrold Cobblah (16 Jamie Price 58′), 8 Jack Chawner, 7 Michael Pindy (14 Tayo Joshua Olukolu 72′), 19 Joey May (20 Samraj Gill 58′), 9 Ibrahim Kehinde (15 James Barlow 72′), 10 Tony Martin

Booked: Cobblah  | Sub Not Used: None


Referee: Alex Baker
Assistants: Gary Telling & Joe Lannon

S22-23 Match Report: Catholic Utd 3 – 0 Larkspur Rovers (ART R3 – Sat 17 Dec) [17.12.22]

Anagram Records Trophy – Round Three

Venue: Len Forge Centre 3G

2022-23 Season: Match 33

Attendance: 40 (Est)

Saturday 17th December 2022 – 2pm KO

Catholic Utd: Green & White Shirts, Black Shorts, Green & White Socks

Larkspur Rvrs: Black & White Shirts, Black Shorts, Red Socks



Super Hoops outdo gallant Larkspur to progress in the Anagram Records Trophy

Catholic Utd 3 – 0 Larkspur Rovers

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

The prolonged chilly weather continued to affect a myriad of Leagues this weekend, so it was a return trip to the Len Forge 3G to see Catholic Utd’s home match with visitors Larkspur Rovers in the Anagram Records Trophy. Larkspur are having a promising campaign, sitting fourth in the MIddlesex County Premier Division with 22 points from 12 games thus far, only four points adrift of leaders Shepherds Bush FC. Catholic are also in decent form, sitting seventh in the Olympian Lerague Premier but already with several games more to play than any of the teams around them. Manager Simon Thomas had to ring some changes here, with several regulars out with illness. Louis Godwin-Green continued in goal, with a defence of full-backs Aaron Clark & Luke Mackie and centre-backs Jack Leech and Louis Robinson. Joe Burton, Tom Kearnry and skipper Mike Sammut made up the midfild, with forwards Liam Oliver & Aaron Baldwin being supported by Ben Burrows. Larkspur had Bailey Mulhall as their goalkeeper, with full-backs Ben McCarron and Anthony Byfield joined in defence by captain Courtney Francis and Gabriel Joseph. Player-boss Brad Morris was at the base of a midfield also containing Charlie Quinnell, Kammus Metrane, Aidan Hurley and Ryan Durrant. Centre forward Deluxe Mwengula led the line for the visitors here.

There was very little time for the visitors to get settled as barely two minutes into the contest, Catholic Utd opened the scoring. Forward Liam Oliver made a good surging run down the middle, bypassing the visiting backline well before unselfishly finding the run of Ben Burrows, who duly slotted home low into the net past visiting stopper Bailey Mulhall. The only ‘snag’ of sorts for the hosts was that they should have been further ahead before the half-hour mark. Oliver had two further chances that couldn’t find the target, also a third oppurtunity was well-denied by Mulhall’s legs. Overall, the visitors from the Northolt area were conceding possession in midfield and finding it difficult to repel the Utd attacks as well, as they showcased tempo and good passes.

Utd forward Liam Oliver (#17) really testing Rovers backline early on

The early forays forward by Brad Morris’ side were in the most part rebuffed by a solid home backline, although winger Ryan Durrant had a glimmer at goal just short of the quarter-hour, which sailed not far wide of the right-side post. Respect also has to go to the travelling Larkspur contingent who did make the trip, but their frustrations was only heightened just after the half-hour.

Forward Aaron Baldwin fired in a fine curling strike from about 25 yards out which caught Mulhall out, and the ball flew into the net despite the goallkeeper’s best attempts to keep it out. It could have been worse for the visitors as Catholic had a prospective third goal ruled out for an off-side, as Aaron Clark’s fine set-piece was headed home by centre-back Louis Robinson, only for the assistant’s flag being raised to deny him.


Rovers winger Ryan Durrant watched by Utd’s Luke Mackie in 1st half

Despite a few promising moments down the flanks, the half-chances for Rovers were very few in  number, with midfielder Aidan Hurley fring well wide of the woodwork. The home defence, led by  Jack Leech did nullify the chances on goal that Rovers had. Despite this, forward Deluxe Mwengula had already made some promising runs by this point, with Catholic Utd employing the fair high defensive line to deploy the ‘off-side trap’.

Half-Time: Catholic Utd 2 – 0 Larkspur Rovers

Utd defender Louis Robinson clears the ball with Rovers forward Deluxe Mwengula closing, in the 2nd half

The Essex Olympian League Premier side had a good habit of scoring goals at crucial times in this match and they did just that, three minutes after the interval. A set-piece in a crowded penalty area again caught the Larkspur defence off-guard, which allowed skipper Mike Sammut to angle home a decent strike high into the net, leaving Mulhall powerless to deny him. In fairness to the Larkspur goalkeeper, he also pulled off two or three decent saves during the game to effectively keep his team in the contest, so kudos to him.

With respect to the visitors, they did slowly find their rhythm in the second half as Utd slowly but surely changed things by bringing their substitutes onto the field.Durrant was a good outlet down the right side and put some decent passes in, as did fellow midfielder Charlie Quinnell. Unfortunately for them, their comparative lack of options from the sidelines did not aid them here. That being said, they did have a goal chalked off midway through the half. Good play initially by full-back Anthony Byfield ended with a good ball into the area which found Mwengula, with his low strike finding the net but again, the assistant’s flag was up so it didn’t count.

Rovers full-back Anthony Byfield in possession late on

Ultimately, it did not affect the result although I suspect Larkspur will be disappointed with their performance here even though they were missing top-scorer Chris Mathieson (suspended) and several others through injury & illness.


Full-Time: Catholic Utd  3 – 0 Larkspur Rovers

To summarise this decent game in the chilly conditions, Catholic Utd were too slick with their passing and their good tempo saw them to a fairly comfortable victory against a Larkspur side that struggled for numbers but showed some neat play at times, particularly down the channels. But centre forward Deluxe Mwengula wasn’t found by his midfield often enough & therefore despite some good surging runs, ultimately Rovers didn’t create enough to trouble home stopper Godwin-Green enough.

There were several good performances in this match. For victors Utd, their defensive display was led well by centre-back Jack Leech who showed good awareness to get in good positiomns to clear effectively, while attacking full-back Aaron Clark also got forward well and was a danger from set-pieces. Midfield duo Tom Kearney & Mike Sammut also put in good performances to supply the forward line well with good passing & movement, as well as a good goal in Sammut’s case.

For Larkspur, winger Ryan Durrant had a good game down the right side, putting in some good passes at times and showing decent energy levels. Forward Deluxe Mwengula also showed promise, keeping the Utd defence alert despite being the line forward here, as well as showing good pace. Lastly, a word for goalkeeper Bailey Mulhall who produced a few good saves to keep his team in the match, while full-back Anthony Byfield had a decent game also, making several good runs in the second half to add to his team’s attacking threat.

With this win, Catholic now move into the Quarter-Finals of the Trophy & face the conundrum of having a very busy last four months or so of their season in League & Cups. Still, boss Simon Thomas will be happy with their performance levels here.


Teams

Catholic Utd  | Manager : Simon Thomas | Assistant: Tom Harding

Starting XI: 1 Louis Godwin-Green (GK), 2 Luke Mackie, 3 Aaron Clark, 5 Louis Robinson, 6 Jack Leech, 7 Thomas Kearney, 8 Michael Sammut (Capt), 15 Joe Burton, 12 Ben Burrows, 17 Liam Oliver, 19 Aaron Baldwin,

Goal-scorers: Ben Burrows [2′], Aaron Baldwin [32′], Mike Sammut [48′]

Subs On (Time): 20 Carl Read [46′, replaced Burrows], 10 Dominic O’Kane [57′, replaced Baldwin], 16 James Ainslie [66′, replaced Mackie], 9 Daniel Williams [70′, replaced Oliver] & 14 Matt Creevy [75′, replaced Kearney]

Booked: None  | Subs Not Used: None

Larkspur Rovers | Player-Manager: Brad Morris | 

Starting XI: 1 Bailey Mulhall (GK), 2 Ben McCarron, 3 Anthony Byfield, 4 Gabriel Joseph, 5 Courtney Francis (Capt), 6 Charlie Quinnell, 10 Brad Morris, 14 Kammus Metrane, 8 Aiden Hurley, 7 Ryan Durrant, 9 Deluxe Mwengula

Sub On (Time): 22 Dan DeAbreu [55′]

Booked: DeAbreu | Sub Not Used: None


Referee: Daniel Mann
Assistants: Simon Brickwood & Broghan Kelly

S22-23 Round-ups: Essex Olympian Lge (Sat 10 Dec) [EOFL 22-23 12.12.22]

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

Hello & welcome to this weekend’s round-up from the action in the Essex Olympian League. This week on Saturday 10 December, we look at the action in all divisions, the weekend’s ‘big freeze’ heavily reduced the amount of fixtures played. Even so, some teams earned big wins in their respective divisions.

Image from Old Southendian v Rayleigh Town this weekend

EOFL Premier Division, Divisions One & Two

In the top-tier this week,  the only game that survived the freeze was at Garon Park 3G, where Rayleigh Town grabbed a late winner to win 2 – 1 at Old Southendian, in the match I attended this weekend. Goals from Jack Long & William Vile ensured Paul Higgins’ side went back up to second, eleven points adrift of leaders Hutton. Connor Burrows’ fine strike on the hour had given Altar Ali’s side the lead but they remain in sixth. If you’d like more on this game, my report is available here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2022/12/11/s22-23-match-report-old-southendian-1-2-rayleigh-town-sat-10-dec-eofl/


In Division One, the only surviving game was at Cupid’s (Main pitch) where Corinthians secured a 3 – 1 victory over Wakering Sports. Bailey Moss netted twice to reach 14 league goals this term, with Max Jones netting the other goal as the Stambridge-based side when within one point of second-placed Epping Town. Luke Winter got the goal for Sports but they remain bottom, without a point, with ten matches remaining this term.

In Division Two, Catholic Utd Res gained a useful three points as they overwlmed Old Southendian Res 7 – 1 at St Thomas More Sch. Franklin Craik netted four goals here himself, with Dominic O’Kane, Daniel Williams & substitute Thomas Kearney adding one each to add to the visitors’ pain. The win takes the Utd second-side up to seventh, while the OS side remain bottom, with Hutton Res only above them on goal difference.


EOFL Divisions Three, Four & Five

In the fourth-tier, Buckhurst Hill U23 put in a superb performance to win 8 – 1 over Toby Res at Roding Lane. Harvey Woods struck four goals here to raise his goal-tally to nine league goals thus far, with substitute Jack Ferris netting twice. Charlie Cole & Eden Reyes alao netted for Darren Gosnell’s talented side. Jamie Sparkes’ consolation goal meant Toby had something to take from the game but they remain three p[oints adrift at the bottom.

Into Division Four now, and Collier Row had to fight hard to win 3 – 2 at Wakering Sports A. Freddie Donkor, Elliott Barrow & Benjamin Whomersley strikes were enough to claim the points & overhaul goals a double for James Loudon for the hosts. Row ‘s revival this term continues as they are now level on points with leaders Roydon, and are 11 points clear of nearest rivals Herongate Athletic Res, having played three games more.

Finally, there were two matches in Division Five. First, Manford Way Res increased their lead at the summit to five points after a 5 – 0 success over strugglers Sungate Res. Luke Bennett powered in another treble to reach 15 league goals (congrats to him) this term, with Rakim Janneh added the other two goals. The Sungate remain eighth of the now nine active sides (see news below).

In the other game, Collier Row Res went up to third after a convincing 6 – 1 triumph at home to Wakebury Res. First-half goals by Ryan Costello & Aloisio Dos Santos were added to by Harry Potts, Jordan Lee & substitutes Danny Gilley & George Coker after the break to ensure the win. Replacement Alfie Stone got the goal for the berries second-side, who drop to fifth spot.

Also, it was announced this week that Epping Town Res have become the latest side to withdraw from the league this term. Hopefully, they will return in due course.

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