Match Report: Clapton 2 – 4 West Essex (Tues 2 Apr) [ECC SF 3.4.19]

Errington Challenge Cup: Semi-Final

2018-19 Season: Match 64

Tuesday 2nd April 2019 – 7.45pm KO

Venue: Old Spotted Dog

Attendance: TBC

Clapton Red & White Striped Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Shorts

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

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The Stags’ clinical finishing secures passage to the Errington Cup Final 

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

This Errington Challenge Cup Semi-Final tie between Clapton and West Essex was too big a draw to miss. Both sides have been notching the goals recently so many may well have thought this would be a fascinating encounter. The Tons fielded Emmanuel Olajide in goal, Lanre Vigo and Conor Duffy as their full-backs, and in-form Giovanni Palmer leading the line. Kirk MacPherson, Timi Abiola and Dan Martin were among the substitutes. For West, they named a strong side as well with Jack Coker in goal, skipper Tom MacLeod in midfield alongside Callum Bloss and Joe Lefley. James Jewers and Cameron Gray were among their substitutes.

The visitors had the better of the early running with forward Symeon Taylor stretching the hosts’ backline. Jon Fowell’s side had the first clear-cut chance though on seven minutes as a lung-busting run by forward Giovanni Palmer down the left saw him pass West full-back Emanuel Wazola before placing a good effort towards the far post, although visiting custodian Jack Coker did well to turn it round the post. The Stags responded by breaking the deadlock three minutes later as creative midfielder Callum Bloss played in forward Michael Mignot who kept his composure to lob Tons stopper Emmanuel Olajide and making the net bulge.

In a match which continued to be played at a frenetic pace, Palmer again surged forward, forcing Coker into another good save before Palmer blasted the rebound wide. Midway through the half, Wazola played in Mignot down the West right flank, before cutting inside into the penalty area and sending in a dangerous cross that managed to evade everyone before being hacked away. West doubled their lead just shy of the half-hour with Wazola in the action again, his teasing ball in from the right unfortunately finding opposing full-back Lanre Vigo at the back stick whose momentum forced the ball over the line.

Clapton got back into proceedings minutes later as a curling free-kick from Ali Al-Nashi thundered off the crossbar with Coker beaten, with the ball falling to midfielder Andy Greenslade who fired home well. West soon restored their two-ggoal cushion, on 38 minutes as skipper Tom MacLeod rose highest at the back post and his knock-down caused panic in the home defence while Mignot nipped in and got a rare tap-in.

Half-Time: Clapton 1 – 3 West Essex

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Clapton started the second-half strongly with the lively Giovanni Palmer continuing to be their best outlet, with Palmer in on goal, forcing Coker into another fine save. The Tons fized two more chances wide wirth Al-Nashi and Greenslade unable to find the target. On the hour mark, Mignot was played in again and cut through the home defence before rolling home to complete another hat-trick. Six minutes later, tricky forward Samraj Gill found himself testing Olajide whilst one-on-one.

To their credit, the hosts kept pouring forward and with West bringing on substitutes and adopting a slightly more defensive mindset, gifted winger Ryan Reed blasted home another stunner from 30-yards into the bottom corner to suddenly enhance the his side’s chances of getting back into the game. However, the hosts would have no further joy as West dug in to seal a memorable win.

Full-Time: Clapton  2 – 4  West Essex

Clapton undoubtedly played their part in what was a throughly entertaining match, with Giovanni Palmer unfortunate to add to his growing goal-tally this term here. Lanre Vigo, Ryan Reed and Ali Al-Nashi all had good games tonight too. For West, Michael MIgnot showed once again how important he is to the side, though ‘keeper Jack Coker also made a number of good saves. Symeon Taylor and Callum Bloss also had good games tonight as well.

It is West who progress to the final at Bishop’s Stortford to face Stansted on May 6th, it will be a proud day for their club.

Teams:

Clapton   |    Manager: Jon Fowell

Emmanuel Olajide (GK), Lanre Vigo, Conor Duffy (Timi Abiola 63′), Ebz Gyamerah, James Falaise (Capt) (Tayo Awoderu 63′), Ahmed Mohammed, Ryan Reed, Andy Greenslade, Jeffrey Cobblah, Ali Al-Nashi (Jaydon Charles 68′), Giovanni Palmer

Goal-scorers: Andy Greenslade [34′], Ryan Reed [80′]

Booked: Palmer, Charles       |   Subs Not Used: MacPherson, Martin

West Essex    |   Manager: Kwame Kwateng

Jack Coker (GK), Emanuel Wazola (Kofi Appiah 78′), Sanchez Hardy, NIck Walk, Josh French, Tom MacLeod (Capt), Callum Bloss, Joe Lefley, Syemeon Taylor (James Jewers 76′), Samraj Gill (Cameron Gray 68′), Michael Mignot

Goal-scorers: Michael Mignot [10′, 38′ & 59′], Lanre Vigo [OG 29′]

Booked: Gill, Jewers |  Sub Not Used: Woodbridge, Ogedi-Uzokwe

Ref: Robert Claussen

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Match Report: West Essex 2 – 0 Redbridge (Sat 23 Mar) [ESL 23.3.19]

Essex Senior League

2018-19 Season: Match 61

Saturday 23rd March 2019 – 3pm KO

Venue: Mayesbrook Park

Attendance: 43

West Essex: Red & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Red Shorts

Redbridge: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

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Mayesbroook Park pitch pre-match

 

Stags’ defensive strength assists in valuable win over Redbridge

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

This weekend’s Essex Senior League match took me back to Mayesbrook Park where West Essex welcomed in-form Redbridge. The hosts welcomed back talisman Michael Mignot into the starting XI here, alongside the lively Symeon Taylor and Samraj Gill in attack with Jack Coker resuming between the sticks, debutant James Jewers in midfield and Sanchez Hardy skippering the side. Tom MacLeod, Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe and Cameron Gray were among a strong Stags bench. Redbridge came into this one in fine form though were missing important players in Connor Okus, Kai Heather and Jon Watson here though still named a front three of Daniel Gilchrist, Petrit Elbi and Taylor Tombides, with Paul Preston just behind them and Rhys Hughes between the sticks. New signing Walid Chaib was on the bench.

Early doors, it was the visitors who gradually asserted themselves in terms of possession and with fourteen minutes gone, Motormen forward Petrit Elbi lofted drive was tipped over the crossbar by West ‘keeper Jack Coker. A good one-two followed at the other end with tricky forward Samraj Gill feeding the ball back to fellow attacker Michael Mignot before Mignot skewed his effort wide. Mignot was predictably giving the visiting defence a hard afternoon with his pace and strength,  his knock-down was blazed over by strike partner Symeon Taylor on 26 minutes.

West were finding the odd pocket of space in front of the visiting backline and just shy of the half-hour, West creative midfielder Callum Bloss’ telling through ball found Mignot though he fizzed his shot wide in the sand-assisted penalty area from ten yards out. For Micky Wetherall’s team, they had enough of the ball though were finding it hard to create the clear-cut chances they needed. Ten minutes before the break, skipper Liam Burgess fired a free-kick in to the back-post but there was ‘nobody home’ at the back-post on that occasion.

In terms of chances, the game wasn’t dull as they continued to be traded around. Elbi fired over once again for the visitors, before Mignot broke through the Motormen defence though his drive was denied well by visiting stopper Rhys Hughes. With half-time approaching, Redbridge forward Daniel Gilchrist made a good run into the box though was stopped by a good interception by West full-back Emanuel Wazola. Moments later, patient build-up play around the 18-yard box eventually found Gill who let fly with a sumptious curling drive, above the reach of Hughes and into the top corner for a fine home opening goal.

Half-Time: West Essex  1 – 0  Redbridge

The visitors started the second half well as strong midfielder Charleston Browne played in full-back Billy Willis though Stags captain Sanchez Hardy cut out the ensuing cross from the right. On the other side of the pitch, stand-in full-back Daniel McCullock made a fine run down the left though Elbi again couldn’t find a way past Coker. Minutes later, Hughes did well again to deny Taylor, this time one-on-one. Midway through the second half though, Taylor made a surging run into the box, got his shot away which was dribbling wide though Mignot was on-hand to guide the ball into the roof of the net.

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West set-piece curator Joe Lefley about to strike a free-kick

Redbridge continued to push for a way back into the contest, though Gilchrist’s powerful effort was well-parried away by Coker. In fairness, the Stags’ backline was in a miserly mood, making all manner of headers away and timely interceptions to frustrate the opposition. On a rare occasion where Gilchrist found a little space in the penalty area, he miscued a good chance wide of the far post with only Coker to beat. West were continuing to look dangerous on the counter, as after Bloss had chipped just over the woodwork, substitute Cameron Gray flicked on fellow sub Tom Woodbridge’s pass to Mignot who fired wide. With minutes left on the clock, Elbi’s frustrating afternoon continued as his drive was well-parried again by Coker, out for a corner.

West did manage to complete a rare clean sheet here which is a testament to their determined attitude today and they deserved their victory as well, showing their usual attractive brand of attacking football to good effect. Redbridge will be disappointed that they couldn’t be more clinical in front of goal as they did well in terms of ball retention in phases during the match.

Full-Time: West Essex  2 – 0  Redbridge

In summary, in my view the front three of Taylor, Gill and Mignot all had good games for West as they each provided a threat and an option for their team. The back five also deserve a mention, as they really ‘stood up to be counted’ in terms of their defensive display. For Redbridge, Petrit Elbi kept going despite not getting on the score-sheet, as did Dan Gilchrist though I also have to mention stand-in full-back Daniel McCullock who usually plays further forward, he did well in an unfamilar role at left-back, giving his side pace and energy down that side.

Finally, I’d like to thank West Essex for their welcome today, what with Barking’s plans for a 3G pitch next season, they may well benefit from being tenants playing here then.

 

If you’d like to watch video highlights of this match, check out WD Sportz footage here: https://youtu.be/O3T1dGghIlY (first match in the episode)

Teams

West Essex   | Manager: Kwame Kwateng

Jack Coker (GK), Emanuel Wazola, Sanchez Hardy (Capt), Josh French, Nick Walk, James Jewers (Tom Woodbridge 67′), Callum Bloss, Joe Lefley (Cameron Gray 75′), Samraj Gill (Tom MacLeod 79′), Symeon Taylor, Michael Mignot

Goal-scorers: Samraj Gill [45′ +2], Michael Mignot [66′]

Subs Not Used: Bromfield, Ogedi-Uzokwe |  Booked: Walk, Wazola

Redbridge   |   Manager: Micky Wetherall

Rhys Hughes (GK), Billy Willis (Ezekiel Adesanya 82′), Daniel McCullock (Quincy Egbejale 82′), Daniel Smith, Dean Hall, Liam Burgess (Capt), Charleston Browne, Paul Preston, Daniel Gilchrist, Petrit Elbi, Taylor Tombides (Walid Chaib 46′)

Booked: McCullock, Smith, Burgess, Hall    |  Subs Not Used: None

Ref: Remi Opolade

Preview: Essex Senior League (Fri 22 Mar/Sat 23 Mar) [ESL 22.3.19]

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Preview piece looking at this weekend’s Essex Senior League action. Pete has elected to take an extended break from doing these pieces due to the huge number of other commitments on his time, something I fully understand & endorse.

So on that note, this week is a solo piece by Scott. What do you think othis week’s fixtures will bring?

Fri 22 Mar

Woodford Town  v  Hullbridge Sports   | Harlow Arena

Scott:  The action this weekend begins with a very tricky test for Hullbridge as they travel to the Harlow Arena to face Woodford. Woodford have had a break in recent times, though have got three wins in their last six to sit in 6th spot, six points behind Takeley so they are capable of giving Sports a tough evening. Sports have had a poor week, after a loss to Southend Manor last weekend before an under-strength side lost at Brightlingsea Regent in the Tolleshunt D’Arcy Cup Semi-Final in midweek. This is a tough one to call (hardly the only one this term) though Sports really need the points to keep up with leaders Stansted. Narrow away win.

Scott’s Prediction:  1 – 2  

Sat 23 Mar

Barkingside    v   Saffron Walden Town    |  Cricklefield

Scott:  Barkingside entertain Saffron Walden at Cricklefield as the first of the Saturday ties. Alex Goldstone’s side have had a trying week with a loss to Sporting Bengal in the Peter Butcher Trophy last weekend before suffering a damaging home loss to Redbridge on Monday night which kept them bottom. The Bloods came from behind to win over Enfield at Catons Lane which put them back up to 3rd, four points behind Hullbridge. Walden will want to finish the season well while ‘Side are starting to run out of games to pick up the points they need to avert the drop. Have to plump for a Walden win here.

Scott’s Prediction:  1 – 2

Enfield     v    Stansted     | Harlow Arena

Scott: Stansted continue their title push as they face Enfield. The E’s will want to avoid another defensive horror show after their conceding five in their last two league matches. In fairness, that was against Hullbridge and Saffron Walden so the fixture gods haven’t been kind to them in that respect here. Stansted have been grinding out wins of late, with wins at Sporting Bengal and Hoddesdon in their most recent matches. They may find the Harlow Arena 3G pitch more to their liking though the points are the priority for them. Enfield can definitely a pose a threat on their day so it’s another tricky away tie for the Airportmen here. Nevertheless, I’ll head for an away success here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Southend Manor   v   Sawbridgeworth Town   | Southchurch Park

Scott: Manor welcome Sawbridgeworth to Southchurch. Adam Peek’s side will be looking to finish the season well following a big win over Hullbridge last weekend which left them ten points clear of the bottom two. Sawbridgeworth’s league form has continued to stagnate recently and are winless in their last eight matches. They did hold Walden recently though losses at Leyton Athletic and Clapton in the last week haven’t helped their morale. Both sides could still win this one though, so I’ll go for a draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1

St Margaretsbury   v   Hoddesdon Town             | The Rec

Scott: St Margs face local rivals Hoddesdon, two days after the sudden departure of management team of Max Mitchell and Tony Faulkner to Bostik South Central side Hertford Town on Thursday. Micky Nathan and Tony Wild are in caretaker charge for this one. St Margs lost to Barkingside last weekend which ended their fine run, while Hoddesdon have battled hard in recent matches before falling to narrow defeats against high-flyers Hullbridge and Stansted in the last two weekends. I have a feeling it may be ‘third time lucky’ here for Simon Riddle’s team.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Stanway Rovers     v   Leyton Athletic    | Hawthorns

Scott: Stanway welcome Leyton to the Hawthorns. Rovers have lost their last three matches, with defeat at Walthamstow last time out. Since then, they’ve dropped to 14th spot. Leyton got a massive win over Sawbridgeworth last weekend to leap off the bottom of the standings to end a long run without victory. Stanway have got more wins at home still so it will be hard though Ath will still fancy they can do something here. Draw.

Scott’s Prediction:  1 – 1

Takeley            v      Tower Hamlets            | Station Road

Scott: Takeley face Hamlets at Station Road. Marc Das’ side had a week off last weekend though lost out at home to Sporting Bengal in their last game. The hosts will still aim for a top-five finish. Hamlets lost out to Aveley Reserves in the Peter Butcher Trophy last weekend, after a home win over Leyton the previous Monday. AJ Ashinike’s side have tightened up defensively in recent weeks so it could be a hard match though I still will plump for a home win.

Scott’s Prediction:  3 – 1

Walthamstow        v   Clapton                    | Wadham Lodge Stadium

Scott: High-flying Walthamstow take on the Tons at Wadham Lodge. ‘Stow have won their last five league games as they seek to ‘gate-crash’ the top two. They won at home to Stanway ten days ago though the Tons have hit form in recent weeks. Three wins in their last four was secured following a midweek win over Sawbridgeworth which sees them in 11th after all the midweek action. Think ‘Stow will continue to rack up the points.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

West Essex    v    Redbridge       |  Mayesbrook Park

Scott: Finally, the Stags welcome the Motormen at Mayesbrook Park. West are winless in their last three matches and their home form continues to pose them problems – with two wins in 15 home matches thus far. They sit 15th, but are only seven points adrift of Ilford in 10th. Redbridge have hit form though with three wins on-the-reel following big wins at Clapton and Barkingside recently which sees them up to 12th in the table. West have had a week or so off due to their Errington Cup tie at Clapton falling foul of the elements last weekend. Have to go for an away win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3 

Match Report: Hoddesdon Town 0 – 1 Stansted (Sat 16 Mar) [ESL 16.3.19]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lowfield

Attendance: TBC

2018-19 Season – Match 59

Saturday 16th March 2019  – 3pm KO

Hoddesdon: White Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Stansted:  Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

 

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Both teams before KO

 

Stansted grind out a hard-fought win at Lowfield

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

This weekend’s Essex Senior League match took me to Lowfield for the first time to see Hoddesdon battle leaders Stansted. Hoddesdon have had a very decent first season in the division, with their defence being one of the better ones in the league so the Airportmen knew they would be in for a tough game here. The Lilywhites made one change from last week’s narrow loss at Hullbridge, with Chris Webb coming in at right wing-back with Aiden Critchley on the other side and a front three of Cyrus Babaie, Joss Lillis and Blue Gallagher. Stansted retained Charlie Turner between the sticks and had wingers Jack Mitchell and Connor Hammond supporting forwards Callum Ibe and Ollie Bell, with Messrs Peagram, Mullings and Palmer all options on the bench.

In the early throngs of this contest, it was the hosts who had the better of the possession as the Airportmen lived up to their characteristics of defending stoutly. The first half-chance came on 13 minutes, with a free-kick found Hoddy centre-back Oliver Gnandi at the back-post though his header lacked the power to beat visiting stopper Charlie Turner, who gathered it compentently. At the other end, Stansted had a few forages forward though dangerous crosses were just out of reach of their intended targets. The windy conditions nearly had a telling hand in proceedings as a good ball in from winger Connor Hammond got caught up before cannoning off the Hoddesdon woodwork.

For the most part, it was the Lillywhites who had the better of the ball before the break, though clear-cut chances just were not there, due to combination of stubborn defending and that final ball for the hosts which wasn’t forthcoming. Even so, Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman’s charges knew they needed to usher in an improvement after the break.

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Half-Time: Hoddesdon  0 – 0  Stansted

Stansted did emerge after the break with renewed purpose, as they forced a few corners on-the-reel to give the Hoddy defence a headache. However, it was Simon Riddle’s side who arguably didn’t make the most of two decent chances. Five minutes into the half, forward Joss Lillis’ header forced Turner into action. Two minutes later, midfielder Scott Hayes bombed on and sent a tame effort wide of the far post with Turner committed. The deadlock was finally broken on 55 minutes as another Hammond corner arrowed into the six-yard line and after a goalmouth scramble, skipper Paul Clayton headed home to give Stansted the advantage.

Just after the hour, Stansted had a glimmer of that lead being doubled as centre-back Sam West’s dinked ball in found substitute Jordan Palmer who sent his header wide. As we entered the last 20 minutes, the hosts remained a threat as Lillis played in fellow forward Cyrus Babaie whose effort was well-parried by Turner. Stansted knew that they had to ‘stay on the front foot’ and minutes later, Ollie Bell’s 20-yard free-kick was well-denied by Hoddy goalkeeper Aaron Bull who was in no mood to concede again.

As the minutes slowly elapsed, Callum Ibe’s pace was stretching the home defence as on two occasions he beat the off-side trap though after good runs, he couldn’t get past Bull with two efforts on goal. In the end, the hosts didn’t quite had enough in terms of finishing to back up their decent ball rentention and defensive qualities as the Airportmen ground out another important three points.

Full-time: Hoddesdon 0 – 1  Stansted

As far as stand-out performances go today, although it was a solid team performance by Hoddesdon, forward Cyrus Babaie, ‘keeper Aaron Bull and centre-back Michael Elliott all had good games today I feel. For the Airportmen, centre-back Paul Clayton, winger Connor Hammond and and right-back Jamie Bennett stood out somewhat here as Stansted showed they can keep racking up the wins and with other results going for them, it sets up an exciting showdown with Hullbridge at the end of the month.

Finally, I’d like to say thank you to Hoddesdon for their hospitality today and wish them well for the final month or so of the campaign.

 

Hoddesdon Town   | Manager: Simon Riddle

Aaron Bull (GK), Chris Webb, Michael Elliott (Capt) (Mulik Rickman 76′), Jack Riddle, Oliver Gnandi, Sam Cross, Cyrus Babaie, Scott Hayes, Joss Lillis (Imani Matthews 85′), Blue Gallagher (Harrison Rockard 65′), Aiden Critchley

Booked: J Riddle, Elliott, Bull, Critchley    | Subs Not Used: Ramthor, C Doherty

 

Stansted  | Joint-Managers: Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman

Charlie Turner (GK), Jamie Bennett, Joe Clark, Sam West, Paul Clayton, Rob Norris, Jack Mitchell (James Turvey 85′), Harvey Brown (Jordan Palmer 58′), Callum Ibe, Ollie Bell, Connor Hammond (James Peagram 70′)

Goal-scorer: Paul Clayton [55′]

Booked: Bell    | Subs Not Used: Mullings, Buffin

Referee: Jide Ogunba

Match Report: Burham Ramblers 2 – 2 White Ensign (Tues 26 Feb) [EaSL Sth 27.2.19]

Eastern Senior League South

2018-19 Season: Match 54

Tuesday 26th February 2019 – 7.45pm KO

Venue: Leslie Field

Attendance: TBC

Burnham: Blue & Navy Blue Shirts, Black Shorts, Sky Blue Shorts

Ensign: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

 

Ensign snatch late point at spirited Burnham

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Players enter the ‘field of battle’ [Image by Scott] 
Report by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] with added photos by Peter D [Twitter: @ped1980]

A rare sujorn to Leslie Field saw me take in a midweek battle in the Eastern Senior League South between mid-table Burnham and top-four side White Ensign. The hosts have picked up somewhat since manager Alex Salmon took charge. Having brought a few more former Essex Senior League players into the squad like former Barkingside and Clapton midfielder James Briggs, the hosts are looking for a top-ten finish. They named a strong XI with Grant Webb at right-back, James O”Brien at centre-back and a front four made of wingers Adam Allen and Joe Howard plus forwards Bradley Morgan and ex-Hullbridge youngster Oliver Miller. Ensign needed to keep the pressure on leaders Hashtag Utd and included in their line-up was skipper David Limber, midfielder John Hillard (who grabbed a hat-trick last weekend) and a front three of Luke Skinner, Dominic Locke and player-boss Brett Munyard.

The first-half wasn’t one of the best you’ll see as both sides battled hard to gain the upper hand. Ensign did look somewhat hesitant in defence as they had to scramble the ball away from their area on two occasions in the early stages. forward Dom Locke was a good outlet down the right to ease the pressure though his good cross in was gathered by home ‘keeper Martin Sawyer. Burnham had two half-chances to break the deadlock before the quarter-hour as first, forward Oliver Miller broke down the left side of goal before drilling a strike just wide of visiting custodian Tim Pitman’s post. Minutes later, a home corner was half-cleared when midfielder James Briggs fired over from 20 yards out.

As the half wore on, both sides wrestled for the momentum and as a result, it did get very niggly for most of the latter part of the half. Ensign did hae a half-chance three minutes before the interval though midfielder Jake McWee’s header lacked the power to bypass Sawyer.

Half-Time: Burnham 0 – 0 White Ensign

 

The second half hardly lacked incident. The speedy Burnham front two did harry the visiting defence right after the whistle though it was Ensign who took the lead on 48 minutes. The home defence momentarily switched off which allowed a neat ball in to find forward Brett Munyard who struck a low effort past Sawyer into the corner. That lead only lasted nine minutes though before the hosts levelled with a fine attacking move. Forward Bradley Morgan found winger Joe Howard who sprinted down the right towards goal, out-pacing the visiting back-line and rifled home past Pitman superbly. Alex Salmon’s side made the most of this good spell as they took the lead five minutes later. This time, Morgan, Miller and Howard were involved in the move which ultimately saw Miller cross in for Morgan to strike home confidently from ten yards out.

Ensign did struggle to ‘raise it’ despite audible warnings from ‘keeper Pitman. In the latter stages, skipper Dave LImber’s back header struck the top of the bar and a 35-yard whopper from fellow centre-back Andy George needed Sawyer to parry it away befopre gathering at the second attempt.

Ensign continued to threaten as attacking midfielder Connor Barmby’s low strike drew another save from Sawyer. The hosts couldn’t hold on for all three points as substitute Nathan Dewberry powered home a well-taken strike, off the inside of the post to secure a point for his side, despite a period of the half where they were below-par and were in danger of defeat.

Full-Time: Burnham Ramblers  2 – 2 White Ensign

Burnham should be pleased with their performance, with spirit and stout defending being part of that. In my view, the front three of Miller, Joe Howard and Morgan showed that they can be a force in this division if they keep their consistency. They had good games today while for Ensign, forward Dom Locke and Jack Maleary stood-out.

Finally, I’d like to thank Burnham for their hospitality and also Ensign player-boss Brett Munyard.

Teams

Burnham Ramblers   | Manager: Alex Salmon

Martin Sawyer (GK), Grant Webb, Tom Howard, James O’Brien, Tyler Robinson, Jason Jones (Capt (Dave Etcheri 82′), James Briggs, Joe Howard, Bradley Morgan (Christopher Scott 90’+2), Oliver Miller (Karl Swanborough 76′), Adam Allen

Goal-scorers: Joe Howard [57′], Bradley Morgan [62′]

Subs Not Used: Kuderovitch, Fleming  |  Booked: Jones

 

White Ensign   |   Player-Manager: Brett Munyard

Tim Pitman (GK), Jack Maleary, Chris Howard (Thando Moyo 68′), Andy George, David Limber (capt), Jake McWee, Connor Barmby, John Hillard (Nathan Dewberry 72′), Luke Skinner, Dominic Locke, Brett Munyard

Goal-scorers: Brett Munyard [48′], Nathan Dewberry [89′]

Booked: Maleary, Barmby   |  Subs Not Used: Ainslie, Austin, Stubbs

Match Report: Saffron Walden 2 – 3 West Essex (Sat 2 Feb) [ESL 2.2.19]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Catons Lane

Attendance: 282

2018-19 Season – Match 45

Saturday 2nd February 2019  – 3pm KO

S Walden: Red & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

W Essex: Yellow & Black Hooped Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

West stand tall to record an improbable win at Catons Lane

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

On a day where all but this match in the Essex Senior League was decimated by the adverse weather this week, I joined ESL President Rob Errington in travelling to Catons Lane for that intriguing clash between promotion-chasing Saffron Walden and mid-table West Essex. The hosts named a strong side with a front two of Daniel Trendall and Charlie Portway, with Craig Calver on the right flank and fellow winger Lewis Francis on the bench. West had the luxury of naming an unchanged starting XI from their win over Enfield last week, which I also covered.

Into the match itself and we’d barely got underway when the Stags silenced the huge home crowd with the opening goal. With a minute on the clock, talisman Michael Mignot bolted down the right flank, evading the home defence before playing in a good centre to strike partner Hakim Medfai who lashed home into the roof of the net from about eight yards. Walden responded with good intent with winger Craig Calver and forward Dan Trendall stretching the visiting defence with their pace and trickery respectively, though the Stags were up for the challenge of blocking their efforts towards goal.

A turning point came on 22 minutes as the hosts were awarded a spot-kick, which the prolific Charlie Portway duly struck home to level things up. The Bloods were not ‘firing on all cylinders’ at this stage though just past the half-hour they spurned a decent chance as a well-directed free-kick found centre-back Karolis Atutis who sent a header breezing just over the crossbar. The Stags roared back at the other end by once again taking the lead on 35 minutes. Energetic midfielder Callum Bloss sent a good low pass in for substitute Symeon Taylor to run onto, and the forward finished calmly past home ‘stopper Neil O’Sullivan. In fairness, Walden hadn’t created enough chances to truly test West custodian Jack Coker by the time the interval arrived.

Half-Time: Saffron Walden 1 – 2  West Essex

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If there was one blemish on the visitors’ record, it was that they conceded too many niggly free-kicks on the edge of their own 18-yard area. Kwame Kwateng’s side were more than useful on the counter-attack, with their pace and fluent passing. Walden did ‘step it up a notch’ after the hour mark, with combative midfielder Jack Mead among those trying to push Jason Maher’s side on. Messrs Portway and Trendall also forced the Stags back four to be consistently alert though again, the clear-cut chances were just not coming. Indeed, the tough tackles and an increasingly tetchy atmosphere on-the-pitch were the things that did come in the latter third of the match. West captain Tom MacLeod had to be substituted with a nasty head injury midway through the half, following a heavy challenge. On 70 minutes, a free-kick for the hosts to the left of the 18-yard area was powered in by substitute Lewis Francis though Coker was watchful in tipping it over the woodwork.

Just as it was starting to look like it wasn’t the hosts’ day, the besieged West defence conceded as Portway was found in a congested penalty area and with that natural striker’s instinct – fired home past Coker to once again bring the Bloods level. If you thought the drama ended there… not by a long shot.

Walden sensed they could end the match strongly though the strong-minded Stags refused to give in while at the other end, the likes of Taylor were giving the home defence a headache or two in the last minutes of the game. With three minutes of normal time remaining, West were awarded a free-kick, just left of ‘the D’ – 20 yards out. Set-piece man Joe Lefley stepped up and struck it sweetly to curl away from O’Sullivan’s grasp (although he got fingertips to it on second look) to send the visitors into (slightly over-zealous) raptures.

Walden continued to probe at the other end for another leveller and were awarded another spot-kick after what what appeared a daft challenge by Bloss in the area. The only thing standing between Charlie Portway and a hat-trick was West goalkeeper Jack Coker. Much to our surprise given his goalscoring record, Portway’s penalty was well-saved by Coker, who kept up his impressive knack of saving spot-kicks this season. Walden kept going, to their credit in search of the equaliser though West held on to gain a hard-earned three points.

Full-Time: Saffron Walden  2 – 3  West Essex

Saffron Walden will be disappointed by the manner of their performance today, though they showed enough to tell you they will be an ever-present threat to most teams in the division. Craig Calver, Jack Mead and Daniel Trendall stood out in my opinion for them, alongside the goal-hungry Charlie Portway. Calver & Trendall with their pace and trickery, Mead for his tigerish nature in midfield and Portway, well he’s just tough to keep quiet for the whole match, it’s as simple as that.

West put in another strong display, showing their increasing belief and they do continue to play good attacking football with pace and trickery that makes it tough for the opposition. In my view, Callum Bloss’ passing shone, though in addition, full-back Emanuel Warzola was strong with his tackling in a committed back four plus Symeon Taylor and Hakim Medfai for their energy and purpose.

All in all, it was another superb advert for the Essex Senior League. For those that believe this division is a tougher one this season, compared to last then this match absolutely endorses that view. Walden stay 4th, while West rise to 10th, ahead of Sawbridgeworth on goal difference.

Updated: Match Highlights (video courtesy of WD Sportz) here: https://youtu.be/GZqKMzS4eDY       

 

Saffron Walden   | Manager: Jason Maher

Neil O’Sullivan (GK), James Crane, Ronnie Ledwith, Ryan Fleming (Capt), Matt Frew, Karolis Atutis, Craig Calver (Joe Maybanks 72′), Jack Mead (Oliver Emsden 72′), Daniel Trendall, Charlie Portway, Tony Da Silva (Lewis Francis 52′)

Goal-scorers: Charlie Portway [pen 22′ & 77′]

Booked: Atutis, Mead, Frew, Maybanks  | Subs Not Used: Laird, Isherwood

 

West Essex  | Manager: Kwame Kwateng

Jack Coker (GK), Emanuel Warzola, Sanchez Hardy, Nick Walk, Josh French, Tom MacLeod (Capt) (Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe 68′), Greg Frederick, Callum Bloss, Joe Lefley, Michael Mignot (Symeon Taylor 23′), Hakim Medfai (Tom Woodbridge 84′)

Goal-scorers: Hakim Medfai [1′], Symeon Taylor [35′], Joe Lefley [87′]

Booked: Warzola, Medfai, Hardy, French, Bloss  | Sub Not Used: Gill

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 24th Nov) [EOFL 24.11.18]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to another of my extended round-up pieces covering the top five tiers of the Essex Olympian League. How did your local side do this weekend?

Saturday 24th November

EOFL Premier Division

In a reduced fixture list due to Essex Premier Cup action, Harold Wood Athletic and Bishop’s Stortford Swifts took the opportunity to reduce the gap to leaders Buckhurst Hill to a single point. Athletic won 3 – 2 at Great Baddow thanks to strikes by John Bradley, Robert Whitnell and substitute Brad Foley to remain 2nd because of their superior goal difference. Swifts are right there with them in terms of points as they won 2 – 0 at Leigh Ramblers. Charlie Brown and Danny Morgan goals saw the visitors to their fourth straight win.

Meanwhile, Old Southendian powered to their third win of the season in defeating Catholic Utd 4 – 0 at Garon Park. Jon Staines and Ryan Stillwell both netted as the hosts were assisted by two OGs as Utd continued their mystifying league form. Rayleigh Town also won, 3 – 2 at home to Canning Town. Joe Hall and Kevin Songolo struck for the visitors though a Paul Morris brace, either side of a strike by former Hullbridge youngster Damien Siemienczuk aided Rayleigh to a third win in their last five and elevate them to 5th place.

Essex Premier Cup R’s

Beacon Hill Rovers  0 – 3  Hutton

Buckhurst Hill  5 – 0  Sungate

Galleywood  2 – 0  Old Chelmsfordians

Kelvedon Hatch  2 – 1  Chingford Athletic

Tiptree Heath  5 – 1  Shoebury Town

EOFL Senior Division One

Now we head into Senior One and we start with a fine win for Rayleigh Town Reserves who won 6 – 1 at bottom side May & Baker EC Res. Doubles for James Nottage and Billy Field were added to by Charlie Sullivan and Taylor Armstrong as Town rose to fourth spot in consigning their hosts to a fifth straight loss. FC Hamlets continued their fine recent form with a 3 – 2 win at Ongar Town. Tyler Sanago-Ishmael, Charlie Heatly and Farren Smith provided the goals for Hamlets and although Town responded through James Stevens and Ross Carpenter, they went down to their fourth loss in five league matches.

Ramsden Scotia had a day to remember with their 5 – 2 home win over Basildon Town. Max Corrigan got another brace with Sam Wren, Ryan Leddra and Anthony Driscoll all also netting to overwhelm Town who pulled two back through the prolific Sener Suavi. Shenfield AFC had a Robbie Hobbrough hat-trick to thank in a 3 – 0 home victory over Herongate Athletic for their fourth league win on-the-bounce which keeps them third. Elsewhere, Frenford Reserves won 2 – 0 at Snaresbrook, who lost for only the second time his season.

EOFL Senior Division Two

Next, in Senior Two, three matches saw 18 goals scored. Harold Wood Athletic’s Ressies matched leaders Runwell Sports on points with a 2 – 1 home success over Rochford Town. Jason Patmore’s goal for the visitors was outdone by Joe Pyne’s brace as Town remain 8th. Lakeside got the better of joint-leaders Toby 5 – 3 thanks to five different goal-scorers. Drew Klessa-Smith, Connor White, Matthew Vambe, Ollie Pettitt and Ryan Budd made up the five while Ben Turner, David Major and Junior Bammeke all notched for Toby who were dethroned to third due to only their second loss of the season.

Newham Utd also hit five with a 5 – 2 win over May & Baker ‘A’. Omar Jomanday secured a treble while Lisandro Tavares also netting a brace to send Newham into 9th place with only their second win this season. Runwell Sports’ match with Upminster ended in an away walkover as their hosts couldn’t field a side.

EOFL Senior Division Three

It was another goal-laden weekend in Senior Three as 23 goals flew in from five matches. First, Wakering Sports won  5 – 3 at Basildon Town’s Reserve side. A hat-trick for Mike Curtis and a brace for Nick Bettis saw them Aaron Bloxham’s side on their way to the points though Town played their part in an entertaining match with Tommy Green bagging a brace and Jake Bridgeman also netting though Sports went fourth with this result.

Laindon Orient reduced Westhamians’ lead at the summit to four points with a 2 – 1 triumph at Hutton Reserves. Jasper Read and James Shadwell’s penalty provided their sixth win in seven matches for Neil Blackburn’s side. Hutton responded through Tom Biddiss though they stay 9th. Leigh Town were held 1 – 1 by Roydon with Zac Mashford’s goal for Town being cancelled out by Charlie Rider for Roydon.

White Ensign Reserves got their fourth league win of the season with a 3 – 1 success at Old Chelmsfordians Reserves. Lubona Wyatt, Chadrack Kisoka-Domingo and Zach Somerset-Butler all netted for the visitors. Also, Academy Soccer were held 3 – 3 by third-placed Old Southendian Reserves.

Finally for the this week, here are the results from

EOFL Senior Division Four.

Buckhurst Hill Res  4 – 2  Galleywood Res

Catholic Utd Res  8 – 1  Shenfield AFC Res

Corinthians  2 – 3  Lakeside Res

Dagenham Utd  3 – 3  Old Barkabbeyans

Epping Town  10 – 3 Leigh Ramblers Res

Toby Res  4 – 3  Canning Town Res