S21-22 Match Report: Benfleet 6 – 1 Holland [Sun 26 Sept) [FAV 21/22 26.9.21]


The FA Vase – Second Round Qualifying

Venue: Park Lane , Canvey

Attendance: 62

2021-22 Season: Match 26

Sunday 26 September 2021 – 2pm KO

Benfleet: Sky Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts,  Sky Blue Socks

Holland: Orange Shirts, Orange Shorts, Orange Socks


Terrific performance sees Benfleet power past ten-man Holland at Park Lane

Benfleet 6 – 1  Holland

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

This weekend’s second match saw a return to Canvey’s Park Lane for a fascinating all-Eastern Senior League South tie as Benfleet welcomed Holland. The ‘Fleet were looking to advance again after knocking out Essex Senior side St Margaretsbury in the previous round. Florent Gislette was once again the goalkeeper here for the hosts, with a defensive four of Ryan Willsmer, Martyn Lacey plus centre-backs Lee Scott and Cameron Harris. The forward line was once again comprised of Billy Bonham-Dare, Ben Foord and Luc Harpon. Holland named Finlay Shorten between the posts, with a defensive unit of Tom Ayton, Rueben Cowler, Steve Downes and stalwart Joe Martin. Scott Sloots led the line here, with support from Ryan Mahon and Josh Rutter.


There were many quirks in this match. The first of them arrived barely two minutes into the contest, as an goalkeeping error by Benfleet custodian Florent Gislette allowed the advancing Scott Sloots to slot home into the left corner, much to the silent surprise of the home suppport. However, the hosts were not behind for long as little over five minutes after that, they levelled things up as a good break down the right side of the penalty box by Billy Carter ended with his pass finding forward Billy Bonham-Dare who struck home confidently past Holland stopper Finlay Shorten. At this point in proceedings, things were pretty even, with a looping header by Holland midfielder Keelan Sorrell on the edge of the 18-yard box being gathered by Gislette.

To be fair to the home side, Holland glovesman Shorten had been the busier keeper making two good saves to deny another promising performance by the Benfleet forward line, at this point. At the other end, Holland forward Sloots was a threat in the air. However, it was Benfleet who took the advantage for the first time on 28 minutes, as Carter again found the space to put in a telling pass, this time finding tireless forward Ben Foord who displayed fine technique to get the ball under control before firing home well into the right corner, giving Shorten little chance.

The Seasiders were feeling frustrated as they were limited to strikes from long-range, with Sorrell having a decent effort which sailed wide of Gislette’s left-sided post. Six minutes before the break, the visitors suffered a setback when Sloots was dismissed for adjudged to have lashed out at a home defender. Referee Samuel Everitt didn’t hesitate for a second as Sloots walked off. Things got rather worse for them before the break as moments after ‘Fleet skipper Taylor Lawrence couldn’t test Shorten when in a great position to score, the hosts did extend their lead.


Lawrence did rather make amends for that miss a few moments previously though as from a free-kick, he powered home a fine strike into the right corner past Shorten to make it three-one to the hosts. It got even better two minutes later as the Seasiders’ resolve took another hit. Bonham-Dare was adjudged to have been fouled inthe area by Shorten, with Lawrence stepping up to convert the resulting spot-kick, sending a low effort into the right corner again. Those last ten minutes of the half really upscaled the size of the visitors’ task but you have to credit the ruthlessness of Rob Polkinghorn’s side, who certainly made the most of it to put themselves in a commanding position at the interval.

Half-Time:  Benfleet  4 – 1 Holland


To their credit, the Holland unit kept going admirably, despite being reduced to ten men. Centre-back Joe Martin typified their resolve and they did enough to prevent Bonham-Dare’s header finding the net after being well found by Foord, soon after the resumption. Foord did get a second goal with 54 minutes on the stopwatch. Another good ball in found him before Foord sent a superb low finish past Shorten at his near post. Paul Phelan’s did keep their intent going but found telling counter-attacks hard to come by, with a good run by Rueben Cowler down the left flank ending with his scuffing his effort on goal wide of Gislette’s far post.

Benfleet completed the scoring on what was a memorable afternoon for them on 72 minutes with another smart forward press, involving Foord and replacement Mason Shave before being finished well by full-back Martyn Lacey who neatly tapped home from close range. By this point, Holland knew it wasn’t going to be their day though a set-piece did spin away from the path of Ryan Mahon late on. Foord still had time to create another decent chance, sending a curling effort narrowly wide of Shorten’s far post.

All in all though, it was a very strong result and performance by ‘Fleet as they continued their good form in League & Vase this term.

Ryan Mahon on the ball for Holland

Full-Time: Benfleet  6 – 1  Holland

To summarise, Benfleet’s superb performance made this a more one-sided game than many had expected. Granted that Holland’s red card did dampen the chances of them coming back into the game but they struggled to create the chances they needed after they fell behind and they found the home defence in good form as well.

There were a number of influential performances here, with two-goal Ben Foord standing out for Benfleet with his goals being good clinical finishing, as well as displaying good movement and work rate. Fellow forward Billy Bonham-Dare was also a constant presence in attack and could’ve got a second goal today. Midfielder Billy Carter delivered an energetic display as well and contributed well to his side’s forward moves, while centre-back Cameron Harris also had a fine match making several important tackles. For Holland, Midfielders Ben Dixon and Kieran Michaels showed good intent and passing as they looked to build counter-attacks, while Keelan Sorrell had a good game in anchor midfield, assisting his defence well and centre-back Joe Martin also restricted the strong Benfleet forward line as he made several telling interceptions.

Best wishes to both teams for the rest of the campaign.


Benfleet      | Manager: Robert Polkinghorn  | Assistant: Rob Rook

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Florent Gislette (GK), 2 Ryan Willsmer, 3 Martyn Lacey, 5 Cameron Harris, 6 Lee Scott, 7 Billy Carter (12 Mason Shave 60′), 8 Joe Hunter (14 Charlie Sullivan 78′), 9 Billy bonham-Dare, 10 Ben Foord, 11 Luc Harpon (15 Ashley Blackburn 60′)

Goal-scorers: Billy Bonham-Dare [8′], Ben Foord [28′ & 54′], Taylor Lawrence [42′ & 44′ (pen)], Martyn Lacey [72′]

Booked: None    | Subs Not Used: None


Holland  | Manager: Paul Phelan  |  Assistant: Rob Barnett

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Finlay Shorten (GK), 2 Tom Ayton (12 Cameron Dolphin 46′), 3 Rueben Cowler, 5 Joe Martin, 6 Steve Downes, 7 Ben Dixon, 8 Kieran Michaels (Capt), 9 Scott Sloots, 10 Ryan Mahon, 11 Josh Rutter (14 Jamey Williams 46′)

Goal-scorer: Scott Sloots [2′]

Sent Off: Sloots [39′]   | Subs Not Used: Finch, Watts, Fowler (GK)


Referee: Samuel Everitt

S20-21 Match Report: Ilford 2 – 4 Colney Heath (FA Vase R2) [FAV 20-21 5.12.20]

The FA Vase – Second Round Proper

Venue: Cricklefield

2020-21 Season: Match 19

Saturday 5th December 2020 – 3pm KO

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

Colney H: Black & White Hooped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks


Ilford 2 – 4 Colney Heath

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

The first match after the enforced month-long break in November saw me travel to Cricklefield for this intriguing FA Vase Second Round tie between Essex Senor side Ilford and unbeaten Spartan South Midlands side Colney Heath. Ilford were missing a few of their squad for this one including both the Djotzi brothers and the likes of full-backs Bailey Pryce and Sean Ekila but lynchpin skipper Steve Sylvester was in the back four, alongside Ronnie Bullen and full-backs Charlie Hannam and Naseer Ishanzadeh. The potent front three of Dion Lewis-Kirwan, Yemi Adelani and Mo Kargbo all started with forwards Larry Akanbi and Fred Agyemang along with Ian Vangu and Caleb Steele on the substitute’s bench. Colney Heath are second in the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division at present and they would start as favourites here. Matt Evans was the glovesman, with a front three of returning skipper Spencer Clarke-Mardel joined by Jack Woods and league top-scorer George Devine. Options from the sidelines included Marcus Mealing, Danny Fitzgerald, Bailey Stevenson and Aaron Jewell.

The early stages of this contest were a bit subdued as both teams looked to set their stall out to gain the early advantage. Colney forwards Jack Woods and Spencer Clarke-Mardel looked to drive down the flanks to arrow in crosses to test youthful Ilford goalkeeper Josh Blackburn. The first real chance came on the quarter-hour for the visitors as a fine right-wing centre found forward George Devine those his header lacked the power to bypass Blackburn. No matter though as the Magpies did break the deadlock with twenty minutes played as forward Jack Woods made no mistake with a calm, low finish after breaching the Foxes backline. As it turned out, Adam Peek’s side were only behind for four minutes before a deep cross from creative forward Dimitri Christou superbly picked out the run of rapid forward Dion Lewis-Kirwan who rose to fire in an equally superb header right into the top corner with visiting custodian Matt Evans understandably beaten. It was a terrific goal.  

Much to their credit, Colney Heath were looking as solid and organised as you would expect given their exploits this season so far, and their persistence of firing crosses into the Ilford eighteen-yard area continued, with Foxes full-back Charlie Hannam fortunate to slice a clearance beyond his near post, it could have gone anywhere. Both sides were also conceding free-kicks with alarming regularity. On thirty-six minutes, one such free-kick for the Magpies ended up falling to central midfielder Harry Shepherd and he confidently blasted low into the net to once again give Ryan Thompson’s side the lead. It could have been worse for the hosts as Heath had a goal chalked off for as Woods was deemed to have fouled stopper Blackburn who couldn’t prevent the ball going into the net, three minutes before the interval.

Ilford did importantly get back level a minute before the break as Christou was banking the assists again, with his left-sided corner finding full-back Naseer Ishanzadeh who powerfully headed past the Colney defence.

Half-Time: Ilford  2 – 2  Colney Heath


Ilford showed a lot of grit and spirit to keep themselves in this tie, and immediately after the break it was the hosts who got at their opponents with pace and strength going forward. Five minutes in to the half, Mo Kargbo did well to release forward Yemi Adelani but unfortunately he could only find the side-netting with only Evans to beat. Ishanzadeh had another chance to add to his side’s tally as a corner was well recycled in the Colney eighteen-yard box but his effort was skewed wide. Those chances would prove to be telling as just past the hour, Jack Woods was at well-placed again at the back-post to nab a tap-in from mere yards out as the Magpies led for a third time. The visitors were gradually getting their way back into the driving seat in terms of play moments before that goal. With twenty minutes remaining, substitute Ian Vangu’s goal-saving clearance earned him the plaudits of his goalkeeper.

Blackburn was to be in the action again with fifteen minutes remaining as a firm strike from Colney substitute Marcus Mealing needed the Foxes stopper to claw it away. Unfortunately for the Foxes, Colney did rubber-stamp their progression to Round Three of the Vase as Martin Standen’s late goal vanquished any chance of a comeback with four minutes left.   

Full-Time: Ilford  2 – 4  Colney Heath

To be fair to Ilford, they showed a lot of industry and pace going forward but they also have a knack of conceding goals and that is what ultimately cost them here. All in all, Colney Heath did deserve to go through and forward Jack Woods has to lead the honourable mentions for me, given his work-rate down the right channel and two goals helps a bit too. Full-back Dominic Knaggs and midfielder Harry Shepherd also did well for Ryan Thompson’s side.

For the Foxes, Dion Lewis-Kirwan was again a tough prospect to deal with his his pace, movement and passing. Fellow forward Yemi Adelani also gave the Colney defence problems and full-back Charlie Hannam did a solid job in lessening the threat of the visiting forward line. All that’s left for me to do is wish Colney Heath well for the rest of the season & in the Vase and thank Ilford for their welcome today.

Teams:

Ilford    | Manager: Adam Peek 

1 Joshua Blackburn (GK), 2 Charlie Hannam, 18 Naseer Ishanzadeh (12 Larry Akanbi 65′), 4 Jerold Cobblah, 5 Steve Sylvester (Capt), 6 Ronnie Bullen, 7 Dion Lewis-Kirwan, 8 Alfie Walker (15 Ian Vangu 13′ replaced by 14 Fred Agyemang 79′), 9 Yemi Adelani, 10 Dimitri Christou, 11 Mo Kargbo

Goal-scorers: Dion Lewis-Kirwan [24’’], Naseer Ishanzadeh [44’]

Booked: Adelani, Bullen | Subs Not Used: Sarr, Steele



Colney Heath   | Manager: Ryan Thompson 

1 Matt Evans (GK), 2 Dominic Knaggs, 3 Max Jessop, 4 Jay Lovell, 5 Yasin Boodhoo, 6 Martin Standen, 7 Chris Griffin, 8 Harry Shepherd (14 Marcus Mealing 46′), 9 Jack Woods, 10 George Devine (15 Aaron Jewell 62′), 11 Spencer Clarke-Mardel (Capt) (16 Danny Fitzgerald 46’)


Goal-scorers: Jack Woods [20′, 64′], Harry Shepherd [36′], Martin Standen [86′]

Booked: Clarke-Mardel  | Subs Not Used: Stevenson, Walsh



Referee: Ivan Gelov

S20-21 Match Report: Southend Manor 0 – 1 Cockfosters (Sat 19th Sept) [FAV 20-21 19.9.20]

The FA Vase – First Qualifying Round

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 46

2020-21 Season: Match 9

Saturday 19th September 2020 – 3pm KO

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

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

Cockfosters win a hard-fought contest at Southchurch to progress in the FA Vase

Southend Manor  0 – 1  Cockfosters

Report & Photos by Scott W ([Twitter: @ScottMHC14] with additional photos by Andy Wilkins (Twitter: @wilkins_media)

The Saturday game this week saw me return to Southchurch Park to see this all-Essex Senior FA Vase First Qualifying Round tie between Southend Manor and Cockfosters. Both sides were on a high after good wins in midweek league action. Manor fielded Klinton Makayabo between the sticks, with skipper Reece Latimer alongside Liam Jarrett in central defence. On the flanks were Jordan Russell and Ben Allen, with Ronnie Edwards and Luca Frankis leading the line. Among the replacements were midfielders Matthew Keiller, Gianni Frankis and Deividas Sertveitis. The ‘Fosters named a strong squad with Brad Robinson retaining the goalkeeper’s jersey, with wingers Rueben Campbell and Reece Mosanya supporting Carl Mullings and player-boss Ryan Wade in attack. On their bench was the likes of George Beattie, Harley Haag and Ned Clarke.

Both sides just before KO [Image: Scott W]



Onto the match itself then and given the wind-affected conditions, that only added to a cagey start to this Vase tie. To their credit, Manor started quite well with a free-kick from midfielder Darnel Bromfield just lobbing its way over the crossbar on six minutes. Home custodian Klinton Makayabo had to be alert twice in as many minutes as firstly on ten minutes, the French ‘keeper gathered Ryan Wade’s shot before a minute later being ever-watchful in tipping opposite number Brad Robinson’s wind-assisted free-kick over the goal frame. Manor responded moments later with a decent move involving Ben Allen and Ronnie Edwards before he passed on to winger Jordan Russell whose drive was saved by Robinson. Winger Allen showed he was up for the contest moments later by getting the better of powerful visiting centre-back Dan Odamo moments later.

Chances were at somewhat of a premium as the visitors were forced to alter their tactics, with Marcus Crowther having to revert to left-back after Prince Madu was forced off with a bad knock.  Both defences were on top for the majority of the half, with Dan Odamo and substitute Josh Fajobi clearing their lines well and Reece Latimer, Joe Elliott and Liam Jarrett doing the same at their end of the pitch for Manor. We finished the half with two half-chances. First on 39 minutes, Wade had another sight of goal quickly snuffed out as his shot was blocked at close range. Scarcely a minute later at the other end, Allen sent a well-hit curling drive narrowly over the right-side corner of goal.  

Half-Time: Southend Manor  0 – 0  Cockfosters

Thus far the game had stuttered in patches though the intrigue was still there. Cockfosters started the second half strongly, with a fine run and cross by attacking full-back Danny Haigh only just evading forward Carl Mulings’ head at the far post merely two minutes after the re-start. Tricky midfielder Kaidyn Michael also fizzed a strike off-target as assistant boss Nick Mountford was trying to get his side into the ascendancy. On the stroke of the hour mark, another good run down the Manor right by the impressive Russell ended with a wind-affected clearance by Fajobi which found its way to Manor forward Luca Frankis, with his lay-off finding strike partner Ronnie Edwards though he was unable to bypass the highly-rated glovesman Robinson.

Manor were having enough of the ball and although replacement Deividas Sertveitis had some joy down the left flank since coming on, making some good runs, Manor were unable to sorely test Robinson. As we entered the last ten minutes, the hosts were given a warning as Campbell fired another strike wide after getting past the home backline. Even so, Cockfosters were mightily relieved when they finally broke the deadlock with five minutes left. A corner from Mosanya found Fajobi and the back post and his powerful header found the net. Manor did try to force the game to spot-kicks with Robinson making a strong punched clearance in a congested 18-yard box but it would be heartbreak for Craig Waters’ side this day.

Full-Time: Southend Manor  0 – 1  Cockfosters

To summarise, it wasn’t the best of spectacles as games go, but the conditions had a part to play in that. Manor will be disappointed at the defeat, however I believe there have more positives to take from their performance today than not. If they can keep this squad together then they may be in for a better season than last term. Cockfosters will have easier matches where they are in the game a lot more than they were at times today but their back five are resolute and coped well with losing Prince Madu to injury fairly early on.

Stand-out performances for me, starting with the visitors were Danny Haigh at right-back who was a threat going forward as well. Rueben Campbell and Kaidyn Michael did well instigate moves and made good driving runs too. Finally, substitute Josh Fajobi played his part in their defensive line making good clearances well before popping up with the winner late on. For Manor, centre-back Reece Latimer had another fine afternoon, clearing crosses in effectively on a regular basis. Right-back Joe Elliott also put in a good shift, particularly in defence while Jordan Russell had a good game on the right flank, making testing runs and crosses. Also, forward Luca Frankis showed good movement and trickery to bring others into the forward moves. Credit has to go to Cockfosters for staying in the game as they did and they progress to the Second Quali Round, where they will play away at Park View in the next round.

‘Fosters ‘Keeper Robinson watches on (Image by Andy Wilkins)

Teams

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

1 Klinton Makayabo (GK), 2 Joe Elliott, 3 Billy Harrison (12 Matthew Keiller 75’), 5 Liam Jarrett, 6 Reece Latimer, 14 Jack Frost, 7 Jordan Russell, 8 Darnel Bromfield, 9 Ronnie Edwards (13 Gianni Frankis 70’), 10 Luca Frankis, 11 Ben Allen (15 Deividas Sertveitis 61’

Booked: Frost  | Subs Not Used: Price, Rogers

Cockfosters  | Player-Manager: Ryan Wade   | Assistant: Nick Mountford

1 Brad Robinson (GK), 2 Danny Haigh, 3 Prince Madu (17 Josh Fajobi 19’), 4 Matt Thomson (Capt), 5 Dan Odamo, 6 Marcus Crowther, 7 Rueben Campbell, 8 Kaidyn Michael, 9 Carl Mullings (14 Harley Haag 86’), 10 Ryan Wade (15 George Beattie 88’), 11 Reece Mosanya

Goal-scorers: Josh Fajobi [85’]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Clarke, Seymour, Murphy

Match Report: White Ensign A – A (0 – 3) Wroxham (Sun 3rd Nov) [FAV 19/20 R2 4.11.19]

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The FA Vase – Second Round Proper

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 96

2019 – 20 Season: Match 35

Sunday 3rd November 2019 – 3pm KO

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

Wroxham: Royal Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

 

 

 

Floodlight failure means Wroxham unable to complete win at Burroughs Park

White Ensign 0 – 3 Wroxham

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

The final match of a hectic weekend saw a return to Burroughs Park for the latest match of White Ensign’s record-breaking FA Vase run, at home to Thurlow Nunn Premier (Step 5) high-flyers Wroxham. Enisgn have already won at home to Cornard Utd and Buckingham Athletic in the Vase this term, though this would be an altogether tougher assignment. Ensign fielded goalkeeper James Parkins between the posts, a defence of Charlie Buffin, Thando Moyo and centre-backs Elliot Vile and Andy George with a front three of Dominic Locke, Connor Barnby and player-boss Brett Munyard, who had recovered from illness. Ben Austin and John Hillard were among a four-man substitute’s bench. Wroxham named captain Ollie Sutton in goal, with a midfield of sitting midfielder Jordan King, Harvey Black plus wingers Simon Lappin and Charlie Clarke supporting forwards Shaun Taylor and ex-Norwich City veteran Grant Holt, still going at the age of 38, which commands respect you have to add. The Yachtsmen could afford to name six substitutes with Tim Henery, Ryan Oakley and Tom Huckerby among them.

White Ensign looked to start the contest strongly with neat attacking play as in the opening minute support forward Connor Barnby struck an effort straight at opposition stopper Ollie Sutton from 20 yards out. Wroxham predictably responded soon afterwards, as midfielder Harvey Black struck narrowly wide of the right-side post on the quarter-hour. Black then had another opening soon after from a corner though he was unable to divert the ball past home custodian James Parkins. As we entered the midway point of the half, Brett Munyard’s sweet free-kick found centre-back Elliot Vile’s head though Sutton flew in the air rapidly to make a fine one-handed save to deny him.

 

 

That chance would hurt the hosts as only a minute later, a good ball in to the back-post by the visitors found wily striker Grant Holt, who headed back across goal and strike partner Shaun Taylor evaded his defender and bicycle-kicked home from about six yards past Parkins. Ensign could have levelled on 26 minutes as another fine free-kick from Munyard was foiled by Sutton who kept his focus and his bearings to tip it over. Wroxham were starting to unsettle the flowing passing game of the hosts, though not before on the half-hour a good ball in by energetic full-back Charlie Buffin found rapid winger Dominic Locke whose cross from the by-line found forward Luke Skinner though his header lacked direction as it flew wide.

The Yachtsmen were always a threat at the other end of the pitch, with Holt being well denied by a great tackle by centre-back Andy George, denying him a sniff of goal. Moments later, Barnby did well to play in Munyard though he couldn’t bypass Sutton and the glaring chance only increased when the rebound found Luke Skinner, only for the latter to skew his effot wide, after more good work by Locke down the right. Sutton got a bit of luck just before the interval as he rushed out of his goal too quickly though Munyard could only head wide with the goal gaping.

Half-Time: White Ensign 0 – 1 Wroxham

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After the interval, all the good chances Ensign had came back to bite them somewhat as four minutes into the half, desite loud cries of off-side by the home supporters, winger Charlie Clarke nipped in to beat Parkins one-on-one to give Jordan Southgate’s side that crucial second goal. Unsurprisingly, the visitors grew in confidence after that and could have been further in front if Holt hadn’t blazed wide when one-on-one with Parkins on 53 minutes. They didn’t have to wait long for the third though as five minutes later, a superb cross in from the left had enough height to evade centre-back Elliot Vile and fell right on Clarke’s head who powered home well to really add ‘insult to injury’.

 

With 21 minutes remaining, Locke was denied by combination of defender and Sutton though the big story was just about to hit us. With around fifteen minutes yet to play, quite suddenly the floodlights went out around the around all at once and despite pleas from the visitors to see the game out, referee Stephen Matthews halted proceedings. Despite efforts to restore the stricken generator station, the referee soon after had no option but to abandon the match.

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Lights out…. Play is halted (Image: Scott W)

Match Abandoned after 75 mins with score: White Ensign 0 – 3 Wroxham

All in all, this was a closer match than the scoreline may seem, though equally Ensign were unusually not clinical with their chances and were found a little wanting in their passing to the forward line. Wroxham took their chances well and showed good levels of craft as well as energy and skill.

Finally, with regards to stand-out performances here, Dominic Locke once again shone for Ensign with pace and power as well as decent passing ability to go with it. Connor Barnby also supplemented the forward line well with movement and pace, while full-back Thando Moyo made several important interceptions to stifle the impressive visitors, and the other full-back Charlie Buffin put in a typically dynamic, energetic display with good defensive nouse as well good energy. For the Yachtsmen, ex-Scottish International Simon Lappin showed enough skill and creativity to really get his side ticking, while Shaun Taylor and Charlie Clarke were constant threats to the over-run home defence at times. Anchor midfielder Jordan King also deserves a mention for breaking up opposition attacks well at times. Finally, goalkeeper Ollie Sutton made two superb saves to keep his side well in the contest before they were in the ascendancy.

Thanks also to Ensign for their hospitality today, it was also great to see former Premier League players Grant Holt and Simon Lappin in action as well. It doesn’t come around every day. It would appear the situation is that the FA have decided that the replayed match will take place at Wroxham’s Trafford Park on Wednesday night. I can only add that you can never second-guess what the FA decide.

 

Teams

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

1. James Parkins (GK), 12. Charlie Buffin, 17. Elliot Vile, 5. Andy George, 14 Thando Moyo, 4. Harry Skinner, 8. Jake McWee (Capt) (Ben Austin 46’), 10. Luke Skinner (9. John Hilliard 63’), 7. Connor Barnby, 11. Dominic Locke, 20. Brett Munyard

Booked: H Skinner | Sub Not Used: Ainslie, Maleary

 

Wroxham  | Manager: Jordan Southgate |

1. Ollie Sutton (GK & Capt), 2. Wyatt Hill, 3. Travis Dodsworth, 4. Jordan King, 5. Mac Gee, 6. Chris Skipper, 7. Charlie Clarke, 8. Harvey Black (12. Tim Henery 65’), 9. Grant Holt, 10. Shaun Taylor, 11. Simon Lappin

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Poynter, Oakley, Manning, Dasaolu, Huckerby

Referee: Stephen Matthews

Round-up: Essex Senior League & FA Vase Second Rd (ESL sides) (Sat 2 Nov) [ESL 19/20 3.11.19]

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Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Senior League review, looking back at the seven matches that took place in the League, with three ESL sides taking part in the FA Vase Second Round Proper also. Thanks for reading.

Saturday 2nd November – ESL

Cockfosters  1 – 1  Hoddesdon Town  | Chalk Lane  | Att: 87

The ‘Fosters ended their run of three-home matches on-the-spin with a late leveller against Hoddesdon. Joss Lillis put the Lilywhites ahead on 37 minutes and Simon Riddle’s side may have thought they were heading for a gutsy win though substitute Billy Murray netted in added-time to deny the visitors the win and extend the hosts unbeaten stretch to three matches. Ryan Wade’s side drop to eighth, with Hoddy only ahead of them on goal difference in 7th.

 

Hadley  3 – 0  Woodford Town   | Brickfield Lane | Att: 46

Hadley’s terrific home form continued as they set aside Woodford at Brickfield Lane. A brace from in-form forward Luke Jupp and one from lively winger Solomon Ofori ensured the Bricks made it five league wins in succession, rising to fourth in the standings, seven points adrift of leaders Hashtag. Woodford’s third defeat in their last five meant they fell to 11th place though their squad rebuild will mean patience is needed at this point.

 

Ilford  3 – 1  Enfield   | Cricklefield | Att: 28

The Foxes overwhelmed inconsistent Enfield at Cricklefield. Tela Trivelato opened the scoring on 11 minutes for Jonny Fowell’s side though the bulk of the scoring came in the latter stages of the contest. Ikechi Eze netted direct from a corner with 16 minutes remaining to give he hosts that crucial second goal. Matt Frew pulled one back for the E’s after coming off the substitutes’ bench though Trivelato had the last word as he netted his second with a minute of normal time to play. Two wins from two at home since Fowell took charge means they rise to fourth-bottom. Enfield drop to 13th.

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  P – P  Redbridge    | Crofters

This match at Crofters fell foul of the elements and was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

Southend Manor   1 – 0   Clapton    | Southchurch Park | Att: 12

Manor recorded what could be a very important win over fellow strugglers Clapton at Southchurch Park. Michael Ogboin got the only goal as the Southend side ended a streak of five matches without a win to go above the Tons into 17th, twelve points above bottom side Sawbridgeworth.

 

Sporting Bengal Utd   2 – 1  Hashtag Utd   | Mile End | Att: 101

Sporting put in a big performance to end the Tags’ ten-match league winning run at Mile End. Quick-fire goals from Bobby Redwood [30’] and talisman Steven Carvell only a minute later put them well on their way to the win. After the break, Imrul Gazi’s side had to be very resilent as Utd forced their way back into the match through Ross Gleed’s free-kick 15 minutes from time. Despite the league leaders pressurising the home side hard in the latter stages, Bengal did emerge with their first win in six matches, which puts them up to 9th place in the table. Hashtag’s fantastic streak is over though with nearest rivals Saffron Walden and Walthamstow both in FA Vase action this weekend, they remain four points clear at the summit.

 

St Margaretsbury  1 – 2  Tower Hamlets   | The Recreation Ground | Att: 19

Hamlets emerged with a fine win at St Mags. Goals from Ben Brookes [10’] and the in-form Suaibo Balde just before the break ended up giving the East London side the victory, their third win in their last four. The hosts replied through their own chief goal-getter Kyle Roberts on the half-hour though still fell to first loss in five matches. Hamlets rise to 12th spot now while St Mags drop to 10th.

 

West Essex  1 – 5  Takeley   | Mayesbrook Park  | Att: 28

West’s week went from bad to worse as Takeley powered five in a big win at Mayesbrook. In a match played in awful conditions, Jason Todd [23’] and Mitchell Das [26’] goals put Marc Das’ team in the ‘box seat’ before Bryn Thorpe made it three five minutes before the interval. After the break, former St Margaretsbury striker Charncey Dash made his mark for his new club by grabbing a fourth on 55 minutes, then Michael Castle added further gloss to the score-line with the fifth 18 minutes from time. Brad Russell’s strike was scant consolation as the Stags dropped to sixth spot after this loss, with Takeley rising above them into 5th after ending a run of four matches without a win.

 

 

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The FA Vase Second Round Proper (ESL Sides)

 

Saffron Walden Town  3 – 4  FC Clacton   | Catons Lane | Att: 235

Walden exited the FA Vase in an enthralling contest with Thurlow Nunn Premier side FC Clacton at Catons Lane. New signing Ricky Griggs put the visitors ahead with a minute gone, though Charlie Cole levelled only four minutes later for Jason Maher’s side. Lewis Francis struck to put the hosts ahead with 16 minutes played, though nine minutes afterward Adam Hampson restored parity for Clacton. The tide really turned in favour of the East Essex Coast side as Hampson got his second 12 minutes before the break and Griggs netting just before the interval to make it 4 – 2. Ryan Fleming made it tight with the hosts’ third goal nine minutes after the break though Cacton withstood the pressure to advance.

News: Tonight (Sunday), it’s been announced by Saffron Walden that long-serving forward Lewis Francis has departed, with the club thanking him for all his efforts in his time there. I’d like to wish Lewis well in his next chapter, certainly been an important player for the Bloods.

 

Stansted  1 – 0  Mildenhall Town  | Hargrave Park | Att: 142

The Airportmen edged a close game with Thurlow Nunn Premier side Mildenhall at Hargrave Park. Ryan Ramsey got the only goal on the stroke of half-time to ensure that his side are the only ESL representatives remaining in the FA Vase this season. Congrats to co-managers Paul Pittuck & John Watters and the team on their progress.

 

Walthamstow   2 – 3  AFC Uckfield Town   | Wadham Lodge | Att: 74

AFC Uckfield sent ‘Stow out of the FA Vase with a narrow win at Wadham Lodge. It started well for the hosts as Ollie Fortune struck ten minutes in to put them ahead, though the start of the second half saw the game turn. First, Dan Okosie struck five minutes after the resumption to level the tie, before Ellis Cormack put AFC ahead five minutes later. Richie Welsh got a crucial third goal for the visitors with 18 minutes left and though Samrai Gebrai made it a tight finish with a second for ‘Stow 11 minutes from time, the visitors held on despite the hosts being unhappy at ‘unsportsmanlike behaviour’ by their opposition. Even so, Ryan Maxwell’s side will hone their focus in on the league, as they have matches to catch up on in the following weeks.

Match Report: White Ensign 4 – 1 Buckingham Athletic (Sun 13 Oct) [FAV 19/20 1RP 13.10.19]

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The FA Vase 2019 – 20: First Round Proper

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 90

2019 – 20 Season: Match 29

Sunday 13th October 2019 – 3pm KO

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

Buckingham: Orange Shirts, Orange Shorts, Orange Socks

 

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Ensign make Round Two of the Vase as clinical finishing sees them defeat Athletic

White Ensign  4 – 1  Buckingham Athletic

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

The weekend’s second match saw me return to Burroughs Park to see White Ensign face Spartan South Midlands Division One side Buckingham Athletic in the FA Vase First Round Proper as Brett Munyard’s team looked to advance this record-breaking Vase run. Ensign were missing defenders Elliot Vile and David Limber plus forward Connor Barnby tough did field James Parkins between the sticks with skipper Jake McWee reverting to centre-back alongside Andy George, with a front three of player-boss Munyard, Luke Skinner and Dominic Locke. Recent signing Jason Reynolds-Blanche joined full-backs Thando Moyo and Jack Maleary as options from the bench. Athletic fielded Joshua Mcadoo in goal, with full-backs Daniel Hassell and Stuart Ironmonger and a front two of Matt Cruse and Jeremiah Adams.

Both sides had half-chances in the early minutes of this encounter with Ensign winger Dominic Locke’s drive from 18 yards having the accuracy but lacking the power to defeat visiting goalkeeper Joshua Mcadoo, who gathered comfortably. At the other end, a fizzing drive by Athletic midfielder Jacob Williamson wasn’t far off the top corner before sailing over. The visitors nearly led on ten minutes as Jeremiah Adams got in on goal ahead of home custodian James Parkins though he could only lob over with the glovesman retreating.

The hosts were seeking to find their offensive rhythm as we past the quarter-hour mark, with creative midfielder John Hilliard looking for that telling pass into the forwards. The visitors were adopting a high defensive line to catch the Ensign attack off-side though with 25 minutes played, Locke played in Munyard who couldn’t get a telling strike away as the angle rapidly became more acute at the near post. Ensign did break the deadlock two minutes later though as forward Luke Skinner received the ball around eight yards out, took a touch past his marker and lashed the ball home past Mcadoo.

Things got better for the Eastern Senior League South side as five minutes later, a free-kick from deep by Hilliard found Munyard who ran on and his centre found centre-back Andy George who stroked home well to double his side’s advantage. As half-time approached, Athletic had a sighter at goal as Williamson’s free-kick had to be cleared at the 2nd attempt.

 

Half-Time: White Ensign 2 – 0  Buckingham Athletic

There was certainly enough action in this match to keep you wondering who would emerge victorious, as Athletic played some neat football at times, though they just couldn’t quite pin down that oh-so-important final ball or their finishing. However, it was the hosts who another big stride to progression two minutes into the second period as good persistence by Luke Skinner ended with him playing in Munyard who slotted in past Mcadoo with only the ‘keeper to beat.

That said, any notion that Buckingham were out of the contest were quickly snuffed out as on 49 minutes, Jeremiah Adams tucked in a rebound after Parkins had made a one-handed save to deny the initial effort from close range. Game on, again. Ensign once again pushed forward, with Skinner having two further chances going just off-target. Athletic could count themselves unfortunate as well as ten minutes into the half, Adams hit another good effort which clipped the corner-angle of the woodwork from a narrow angle. Visiting winger Chris Parr then shot just wide moments later to emphasize that Neil Griffiths’ side were creating chances.

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Ensign restored their three-goal lead just short of the hour as a superb run by Locke, chasing a ‘lost cause’ down the left wing saw him cross in though it evaded Skinner though did find a unfortunate defender at the far post who convincingly headed home into the opposite corner. Credit has to go to Buckingham as they did not stop striving, though were thwarted by a combination of close misses and brave tackles by the home defence, notably by centre-back Andy George. Munyard was also denied a second with 15 minutes left as his effort was cleared off the line as Ensign stood firm to prevent a nervy end to this tussle.

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Full-Time : White Ensign  4 – 1  Buckingham Athletic  

The scoreline may give you the impression that this was a serene, comfortable win for Ensign though there are matches (there’s been a few in the 2019-20 season alone) where results have been a bit misleading and this is one of them. Athletic were more than decent at times and made the hosts work hard though in the end, the sheer pace, incisive attacking moves and finishing were the difference-makers here as Ensign moved to Round Two, where they will welcome Thurlow Nunn Premier side Wroxham.

In terms of stand-out performances, for Ensign there was the dynamic pace and passing of winger Dominic Locke, the sheer persistence and craft of forward Luke Skinner plus the energetic full-back Charlie Buffin and tigerish midfielder Ben Austin. Buckingham had some good performances too with winger Chris Parr, goalscorer Jeremiah Adams among them.

Finally, you have to take stock of the difference that there is at Ensign this season, led by the on-pitch management team of Brett Munyard & Matt Healy and the committee off-the-pitch. I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say that they are ‘being noticed’ in the area and you have to say good on them for that.

 

Teams

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

1. James Parkins (GK), 12. Charlie Buffin (2. Jack Maleary 82’), 8. Jake McWee (Capt), 5. Andy George, 3. James Ainslie, 4. Harry Skinner, 16. Ben Austin, 18. John Hilliard (9. Jason Reynolds-Blanche 65’), 11. Dominic Locke (14. Thando Moyo 78’), 10. Luke Skinner, 20. Brett Munyard

Goal-scorers: Luke Skinner [27’], Andy George [32’], Brett Munyard [47’], OG [59’]

Booked: H Skinner | Sub Not Used: B Gates

 

Buckingham Athletic |  Manager: Neil Griffiths

Joshua Mcadoo (GK), Daniel Hassell (Nick Bines 65’), Stuart Ironmonger, Jack Menday, Daniel Staley (Capt), Robert Tapp, Kevin Owusu (Jack Carter 65’), Jacob Williamson, Matt Cruse, Jeremiah Adams (Robbie Carter 65’), Chris Parr

Goal-scorers: Jeremiah Adams [49’]

Booked: D Hassell | Subs Not Used: K Adjei, S Balls

Referee: Liam Giles

Round-up: Essex Senior League & FA Vase First Round Proper (ESL sides) [Fri 11/Sat 12 Oct ESL19/20 14.10.19]

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Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this weekend’s review of Essex Senior League & FA Vase action involving ESL sides on Non-League Day – Saturday 12 October, here on my blog.  Thanks for reading.

Essex Senior League

Friday 11th October

Woodford Town  1 – 1  Clapton   | Harlow Arena [3G]  | Att: 59

Clapton fought back to claim a point at the Harlow Arena. Tola Odedoyin opened the scoring five minutes before the break. The hosts, now managed by Ross Weare, couldn’t take their chances and the Tons levelled six minutes from time through an OG.

Saturday 12th October

Cockfosters  P – P   Redbridge   |  Chalk Lane  |

Unfortunately, this match fell foul of the weather as it was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Hoddesdon Town  2 – 6  Hashtag Utd   | Lowfield | Att: 395

Hashtag roared back from a two-goal deficit to claim the points at Lowfield. Isaac Marfo-Jacobs put the hosts ahead on the half-hour, before Jack Lee netted again nine minutes later to put Simon Riddle’s team two goals up. That lead didn’t last long as Ross Gleed’s strike a minute later and Luke Wilson’s first goal for the club five minutes after the interval levelled things up. Jeese Waller-Lassen put Jay Devereux’s team ahead on the hour before Harry Honesty [65′], George Smith [75′] and a late Gleed penalty made it a day to remember for the Tags in front of a huge crowd of nearly 400.

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  0 – 3  West Essex   | Crofters  | Att: 38

West Essex got their fourth straight league win with victory over battling Sawbridgeworth at Crofters. Josh French broke the deadlock on 22 minutes after making a rare run the length down the middle of the pitch and finishing from Michael Mignot’s clever pass. Sawbo had their goalkeeper Brandon Bullman dismissed with 19 minutes remaining as Mignot and Greg Frederick adding late goals to seal the points for the Stags.

I attended this match & my report is here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/10/12/match-report-sawbridgeworth-0-3-west-essex-sat-12-oct-nl-day-esl/

Southend Manor  1 – 4  Tower Hamlets   | Southchurch Park  | Att: 30

Manor fell to a second consecutive home loss as Hamlets got a surprise win at Southchurch Park. Michael Ogboin got the consolation for the hosts though doubles for Samuel Kifwasima and Suaibo Balde saw John Jatto’s side to their first win in five matches.

Sporting Bengal Utd  1 – 2   St Margaretsbury | Mile End Stadium

Bengal lost at home again, this time to St Margaretsbury at Mile End. Ryan Reed’s free-kick put the visitors ahead ten minutes before half-time. Steven Carvell levelled for Bengal on 65 minutes before Kyle Roberts kept up his super scoring record recently with the winner ten minutes later.

 

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The FA Vase First Round Proper (Fixtures – ESL sides) –

Friday 11th October

Biggleswade Utd  4 – 4  Saffron Walden Town (AET)

Walden were held at Biggleswade Utd in an epic battle on Friday night. Charlie Cole’s brace & Gavin Cockman put Walden 3 – 0 ahead. Enrique Amador’s hat-trick and Kieran Igbanol got the home strikes and Ryan Fleming got the Bloods’ fourth in extra time though it will require a replay in midweek to settle this tie.

Saturday 12th October

Broadfields Utd  1 – 3  Walthamstow

A brace from Dwade James assisted ‘Stow to the next round as they won at Broadfields. James opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 18 minutes as Ryan Maxwell’s side led at the break. James struck again on 51 minutes before substitute Ollie Fortune got the third three minutes from time. Ismael Ehui got a late consolation for the home side.

Hadley  0 – 2  Milton Keynes Robins  | Att: 56

Milton Keynes Robins got a surprise win at Hadley. Alex Filip [45+1] and George Shrieves [77′] got the goals as the visitors brought Anthony Clark’s side back down to earth after their FA Cup run ended last weekend.

Harborough Town  4 – 1  Enfield

Enfield started well before bowing out at Harborough Town. Josh Sykes put the visitors ahead 18 minutes into the contest though Town got that crucial leveller just before the interval through Josh Walsh. Aaron Preston hit a brace on 66 & 88 minutes, in between was Ben Williamdon’s strike eight minutes from time.

Stansted  5 – 1  Aylesbury Vale Dynamos | Hargrave Park | Att: 80

The Airportmen got a morale-boosting win over Spartans South Midlands side Aylesbury Valr at Hargrave Park. Moses Carvalho got the opener for thosts on 36 minutes before Daniel Cheema got his first of the afternoon four minutes later. The Dynamos halved the half-time deficit two minutes after the resumption thanks to Dan Wilson’s goal, though Cheema quickly took the game away from the visitors with another brace on 54 & 63 minutes to complete a fine hat-trick. Carvalho then got his second midway through the half to complete a fine afternoon for Messrs Pittuck & Watters.

 

Wellingborough Town  4 – 3  Takeley

Takeley exited the competition here as Wellingborough edged them through goals from Ryan Lovell (2), a Luke Stone spot-kick and one from Matt Long. Glen O’Hanlon, Bryn Thorpe and Coby Miles all struck for Marc Das’ team though their focus is now on their League adventures now.

Preview : Essex Senior League (Fri 11/Sat 12 Oct) [ESL 19/20 10.10.19]

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Archive: Still from St Margaretsbury v Southend Manor in ESL from Tues 3 Sept (Image: Scott W)

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

Hello and welcome to this weekend’s preview of Essex Senior League action on Non-League Day – Saturday 12 October, here on my blog. Also includes the fixtures for ESL sides in action in the FA Vase First Round Proper.  Thanks for reading.

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ESL Fixtures

Friday 11th October

Woodford Town  v  Clapton   | Harlow Arena [3G]  |

The weekend’s action starts with a new dawn for Town as they welcome Clapton to the Harlow Arena. Manager Dee Safer has moved upstairs to become Director of Football with the Towners’ aspirations of moving to Ashton’s in mind reportedly. Coach Ross Weare steps up to lead a new-look management team. On-the-pitch, Town have been inconsistent so far this term with four wins from their eight games. They have also had a break from action recently while Clapton have had a poor last two games, with heavy losses to Saffron Walden and Cockfosters. On paper, you would favour a home win though Woodford need to tighten up defensively I feel.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Saturday 12th October

Cockfosters  v  Redbridge   |  Chalk Lane  |

Redbridge have a third straight away game, this time travelling to Chalk Lane to face Cockfosters. The ‘Fosters have had an entertaining last couple of matches with a big win over Clapton last weekend followed by a narrow loss to Hashtag in midweek. Redbridge won at Southend Manor last weekend before seeing their midweek match at home to Hadley fall foul of the hefty rainfall. Although both sides are not finding wins easy to come by, both are scoring goals so don’t be surprised if this one is another goal-fest. Narrow away win for me given this is the hosts’ third match in eight days.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 3

 

Hoddesdon Town  v  Hashtag Utd   | Lowfield |

Hoddesdon entertain fellow high-flyers Hashtag at Lowfield. Both sides are in prime form, with the Lilywhites being held by local rivals St Margaretsbury in a high-scoring draw last weekend. Hashtag followed up a weekend at Stansted last weekend with a narrow win at home to Cockfosters on Wednesday night to make it seven straight wins in the league. Former East Thurrock Utd & Aveley assistant Joe Keith has also joined the club to link up once again with manager Jay Devereux.

This is a tough one to call given Hoddesdon’s defensive record and the form of the Tags’ front-men. Yup, you guessed it – I’m going to plump for a draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  v  West Essex   | Crofters  |

Sawbridgeworth welcome free-scoring West Essex to Crofters, with that first win foremost in their thoughts. Sawbo fell to a frustrating loss at Enfield last weekend to extend their winless run. By contrast, West have had a fine week, with a comeback win at Sporting Bengal last weekend followed by a home triumph over Stansted in midweek. The Stags may find this trip tricky though if they can maintain their recent consistency, they can grab another three points.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

 

Southend Manor  v  Tower Hamlets   | Southchurch Park  |

Manor welcome Hamlets to Southchurch Park, on the back of a mixed week. They lost out to Redbridge last weekend before going to Takeley and bringing back a respectable point in midweek. Ironically, Hamlets last match was a home loss to Takeley which made it four straight league defeats for the Mile End-based side. Despite this indifferent form, Manor will need to play well to overcome the rapid, youthful visitors.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

Sporting Bengal Utd  v  St Margaretsbury   | Mile End Stadium

Finally in the league this weekend, the other Mile End side Sporting Bengal face St Margaretsbury for the second time in ten days after St Margs penalty shoot-out win in the Gordon Brasted Trophy recently. Bengal’s recent form must be frustrating for manager Imrul Gazi, with a loss in their last match at home to West Essex. St Mags held Hoddesdon last weekend before succumbing to Walthamstow in midweek in what was a rare game without scoring. Think this one will be another high-scoring affair.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2

 

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The FA Vase First Round Proper (Fixtures – ESL sides) –

 

Friday 11th October

Biggleswade  v  Saffron Walden Town

 

Saturday 12th October

Broadfields Utd  v  Walthamstow

Hadley  v  Milton Keynes Robins

Harborough Town  v  Enfield

Stansted  v  Aylesbury Vale Dynamos

Wellingborough Town  v  Takeley

Round-up: Essex Senior League & FA Vase 2RQ (Fri/Sat 13 & 14 Sept) [ESL 19/20 15.9.19]

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

 

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Senior League round-up piece, with a look at all five ESL matches this weekend with a partial round-up of the FA Vase action involving ESL sides too. Thanks for reading.

 

Essex Senior League

Friday 13th Sept  

Woodford Town 5 – 0  Southend Manor  | Harlow Arena | Att: 60

The weekend’s action started with a fine win for Woodford in a one-sided affair at the Harlow Arena. Temi Babalola opened the scoring ten minutes in, before Josh Steele [35’] and Georges Kebi [41’] extended their lead into a comfortable one. Late goals by Marcus Painter [78’] and Nektrarious Varouxakis four minutes later ensured a hard first match for Jerry Omango & Craig Waters’ side. Town got their first win in four matches here which took them into the top half. By contrast, Manor’s fourth defeat this term sees them second-bottom.

Saturday 14th Sept

Hadley  6 – 0  Sawbridgeworth Town  | Brickfield Lane  | Att: 68

The Bricks outclassed Sawbo as they fired six goals to record their third league win this term. Ned Clarke led the way with a hat-trick, in-form forward Solomon Ofori nabbed a brace of his own while Manny Hammond got the other goal as Sawbridgeworth’s poor league run continued.

 

Hoddesdon Town  1 – 0  Clapton   | Lowfield | Att: 85

Hoddesdon clawed their way to a late win over out-of-form Clapton thanks to an added-time spot-kick by Isaac Marfo-Jacobs. Simon Riddle’s team got their third win on-the-spin to also reside in the top ten. Clapton remain in the bottom three.

 

Sporting Bengal Utd  4 – 0  Ilford   | Mile End | Att: 35

Bengal got arguably the result of the day as they swept aside Ilford at Mile End. Steven Carvell opened the scoring on 17 minutes before Curtley McIntosh continued his scoring run with the second two minutes before half-time. New signing Chaka Bennett stuck with 20 minutes left and Codey Cameron added more pain for the visitors eight minutes later.

Stansted  2 – 1  Cockfosters   |  Hargrave Park | Att: 42

The Airportmen came from behind to notch their first win since the opening day with victory over Cockfosters at Hargrave Park. Reece Mosanya had put the visitors ahead after seven minutes, though after the interval the hosts responded. First, Daniel Cheema levelled three minutes after the break, before Carl Mullings got the winner midway through the second half.

 

The FA Vase – Second Qualifying Round   (ESL sides)

Friday 13th Sept:  New Salamis  2 – 0   Tower Hamlets   | Queen Elizabeth II Sta.

 

Saturday 14th September

 

Enfield  2 – 1  Enfield Borough   | Woodside | Att: 43

Enfield defeated Step 6 Enfield Borough at Woodside thanks to strkes by Joe Pattison [34’] & Olly Miles with 15 minutes to go as Matt Hanning’s team backed up their win at Ilford in the last round to make it to the First Round Proper. Congrats to them.

Frenford  3 – 2  Hashtag Utd   | Len Salmon Stadium [3G]

Hashtag came unstuck as a late winner from Ian Sawyer saw Eastern Senior South side Frenford go through to the next round. Luke Woodward put the hosts ahead before strikes by George Smith and Jesse Waller-Lassen turned the tide in favour of Jay Devereux’s team. Super-sub Ian Sawyer had the last word as two late goals saw his side to a dramatic win at the Len Salmon Stadium.

 

Takeley  3 – 0  Wormley Rovers   | Station Road  | Att: 38

Takeley secured their passage into the next round as they defeated Wormley at Station Road. Quick-fire goals from Michael Castle and Jason Todd on the half-hour set them well o their way before Nick Barrett added another penalty five minutes later.

 

Other FA Vase results:

FC Clacton   4 – 1  Redbridge    | Rush Green Bowl  | Att: 145

Whitton Utd  2 – 1  St Margaretsbury   |  King George V Playing Field

West Essex  2 – 4  Brantham Athletic   | Mayesbrook Park | Att: 37

Congrats to Enfield & Takeley on making it through to the First Round Proper of the FA Vase.

 

 

 

 

 

Preview: Essex Senior League (with FA Vase 2RQ & EaSL fixtures) (Sat 14 Sept) [ESL 12.9.19]

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Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Preview piece looking at the five Essex Senior League matches, plus a listing of the Essex Senior & Eastern Senior South sides involved in The FA Vase weekend, plus fixtures in the Eastern Senior League South for Friday 13th September – Sunday 15th September

 

Essex Senior League

Friday 13th Sept  –  Woodford Town  v  Southend Manor  | Harlow Arena

The first of the weekend’s league action starts here with this battle at the Harlow Arena as Manor travel to face Woodford. Despite having a number of players unavailable, Woodford battled hard before losing out to West Essex last weekend. On-the-pitch, Manor have been inactive though off-it, it has not been quite so quiet, after news emerged of chairman Jerry Omango appointing himself as the club’s new manager, with support from the coaching staff. Difficult to gauge this one as Manor will need to keep the same core group of players that started the season in my opinion to do alright. Wins have not been too far from Town’s grasp of late and they may get one here.

Scott’s Prediction:  3 – 1

Saturday 14th Sept

Hadley  v  Sawbridgeworth Town  | Brickfield Lane

The Bricks welcome Sawbridgeworth to Brickfield Lane. Anthony Clark’s side are certainly in the midst of a ‘bubble’, particularly at home after a win over Arlesey Town in the First Round Qualifying of the FA Cup last weekend. They are unbeaten at home in the league thus far as well though they do face a busy ten days ahead with Cup action, in the Gordon Brasted Trophy and back in the FA Cup. Sawbo have been improving in some ways, just not in results terms recently as they lost out narrowly to Hashtag Utd last weekend, having led earlier in the match. Hard to go against a home win though it may be a tight one.

Scott’s Prediction:  2 – 1

 

Hoddesdon Town  v  Clapton   | Lowfield

Hoddesdon welcome Clapton to Lowfield. The hosts had a free weekend last time out and will want to get their league campaign rolling here, while the Tons had another disappointing defeat last weekend at Ilford. This will be a tough match for the visitors and I would head for a win for the hosts here.

Scott’s Prediction:  2 – 0

Sporting Bengal Utd  v  Ilford   | Mile End

Bengal entertain an Ilford side that has seen a mini-renaissance of sorts recently. The Foxes comfortably defeated Clapton last weekend to put them up into the top half with two wins from their opening six matches. Bengal played their part in a terrific match for the neutral with a high-scoring draw at Enfield last time out and are only one spot below their opposition in 10th spot, with only goal difference separating them.  This is Imrul Gazi’s first home league match this term so that may their side a lift. Draw for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Stansted  v  Cockfosters   |  Hargrave Park

Finally in the ESL this weekend, Stansted welcome Cockfosters to Hargrave Park. Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ team were held at home by St Margaretsbury last weekend before defeating Eastern Senior South side Benfleet in the Essex Senior Cup in midweek. The ‘Fosters defeated Tower Hamlets last weekend and have only lost once in the league, at Takeley on the opening day. This will be another intriguing battle, though the Airportmen’s steely defence may give them the edge here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

 

The FA Vase – Second Qualifying Round   (ESL & EaSL sides)

Friday 13th Sept   –   New Salamis  v  Tower Hamlets   | Queen Elizabeth II Stadium

 

Saturday 14th September

 

Enfield  v  Enfield Borough   | Woodside
FC Broxbourne Borough  v  Wivenhoe Town   | Goffs Lane
FC Clacton   v  Redbridge    | Rush Green Bowl
Frenford  v  Hashtag Utd   | Len Salmon Stadium [3G]

Langford  v  Hackney Wick

Lopes Tavares  v  Catholic Utd   | Terence MacMillan Stadium

Takeley  v  Wormley Rovers   | Station Road
West Essex  v  Brantham Athletic   | Mayesbrook Park

White Ensign  v  Newbury Forest   | Burroughs Park
Whitton Utd  v  St Margaretsbury   |  King George V Playing Field

Sun 15 Sept  –  Coggeshall Utd  v  Long Melford   | West Street

 

And.. Eastern Senior League South (Sat 14 Sept)

 

Barkingside  v  Brightlingsea Regent Res   | Cricklefield

Benfleet  v Little Oakley    | Park Lane

Burnham Ramblers  v  Holland  | Leslie Field

Harwich & Parkeston  v  Halstead Town  | Royal Oak