Match Report: Corinthians 6 – 0 Wakering Sports (Sat 21st Sept) [EOFL 19/20 21.9.19]

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Essex Olympian League – Senior Division Two

Venue: Stambridge Memorial Ground

2019 – 20 Season: Match 24

Saturday 21st September 2019 – 2.30pm KO

Corinthians: Sky Blue & White Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Wakering: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

 

 

Superior finishing sees Corinthians triumph at Stambridge

Corinthians 6 – 0 Wakering Sports

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

This weekend, I elected to stick with Essex Olympian League action with a trip to the peaceful surroundings of Stambridge Memorial Ground to see two more promoted sides in Corinthians and Wakering Sports face off in this early-season fixture. After watching Epping Town last week, it had a fitting tone with me to see the hosts here. Chris Stoneham’s side has had one or two additions recently, with goalkeeper Nathan Warren recently joining former Basildon Utd & Southend Manor forward Nathan Dewberry in the ranks. Both started here, with Dewberry being supported by lively fellow forwards John Bolton-Smith and Leo Clarke, with Theo Cannon on the bench. Wakering fielded a defensive four of Callum Burns-Green, Brad La Pundire, skipper Russell Beck and Tyler Machon. Player-boss Mitchell Gleeson was in the midfield ‘engine room’ with Zac Wheatley leading the line alongside Craig Paton.

We had an early breakthrough in this match, just as last week with Nathan Dewberry striking a curling free-kick past visiting stopper Tyler Bonham with about 90 seconds on the watch. If anyone thought that goal would be the catalyst for a one-sided match, they would be disappointed. On six minutes, Sports pushed forward with onrushing midfielder Ben Burrows played in well though with only home custodian Nathan Warren to beat, his shot lacked power and the goalie gathered. Buoyed by some stirring runs by left-back Tyler Machon, Sports had a decent spell in attack, though forward Zac Wheatley couldn’t seriously test Warren with a headed chance.

The hosts doubled their lead midway through the half as following a powerful run down the left by winger Leo Clarke, the ball fell to forward John Bolton-Smith who evaded his marker before striking low past Bonham. Wakering nearly pulled one back on the half-hour as Craig Paton’s free-kick cracked the crossbar. Dewberry was denied well by Bonham’s shins minutes later and as the half was drawing to a close, after a good move, winger Ben Rowe was one-on-one with Warren though the ‘keeper denied him with his feet.

Half-Time: Corinthians 2 – 0 Wakering Sports

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The match started to swivel in the hosts’ favour early in the second period. After a good team move involving neat passing, Dewberry fired home low to get his second of the afternoon was denied a third on the cusp of the hour mark. In fairness, Wakering were tiring in the heat as the hosts really got into their rhythm and showed good pace in attack. Midway through the half, midfielder Luke Owen powered in a strike from about 15 yards which cannoned in off the inside of a post. Dewberry then turned assist-maker for the next two goals. He first played in substitute Theo Cannon who fired into the far corner well on 73 minutes before Dewberry then looped in a cool pass for Jake Hodder to coolly fire home six minutes later. In the final few minutes, Clarke blasted a good strike at goal though Bonham did well to keep it out. Sports couldn’t seriously trouble the home back five in the latter stages though they did have positives to take from their first-half performance as both teams played neat, incisive football at times here.

Full-Time: Corinthians 6 – 0 Wakering Sports

In some ways, the score-line is a tad misleading and harsh on the visitors who could really have been level at the break, such were the calibre of chances they had. Corinthians certainly had the better of the second period in hot conditions and were more than worthy of the victory. In terms of stand-out performances, the hosts benefitted from the surging runs of winger Leo Clarke, the cool finishing of forward Nathan Dewberry, plus the energy and touch of John Bolton-Smith, Matt Burrell and Theo Cannon. Sports did have a few players that shone in my opinion today. Forward Zac Wheatley was energetic and purposeful in leading the line, with defenders Brad La Pundire and Tyler Machon showing pace and decent skills at centre-back and marauding left-back respectively. Player-boss Mitchell Gleeson pinged some challenging passes forward for the home defence to handle and forward Craig Paton also had a presence in attack too.

Finally, my thanks to the hosts for the welcome they gave as ever, and I wish both clubs well for the remainder of what could be a very interesting Division Two campaign.

 

Teams

Corinthians    | Manager: Chris Stoneham   

Starting XI: Nathan Warren (GK), Connor Summerhill (Capt), Alfie Knight, Sammy Ayres, Luke Owen, Jordon Stoneham, Leo Clarke, Matt Burrell, Jake Hodder, John Bolton-Smith, Nathan Dewberry

Goal-scorers: Nathan Dewberry [1’ & 50’], John Bolton-Smith [22’], Luke Owen [67’], Theo Cannon [73’], Jake Hodder [79’]

Subs On: Ethan Lemmon, Theo Cannon, Brad Smith, Ollie Brickwood & Blaine Pearson | Subs Unused: None

 

Wakering Sports  | Player-Manager: Mitchell Gleeson

Starting XI: Tyler Bonham (GK), Callum Burns-Green, Tyler Machon, Russell Beck (Capt), Brad La Pundire, Mitchell Gleeson, Ben Rowe, Ben Burrows, Zac Wheatley, Craig Paton, Tom Dosser

Subs On: Danny Pallett, Daryl Wyatt | Subs Not Used: Aston, M Machon

Referee: Chris Bunce

 

 

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

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Action Still from Ilford 1 – 2 Enfield (FA Vase 1RQ on Aug 31) [Image: Scott W] 
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

 

Round-up: Essex Olympian League & Senior Cup (Sat 7 September) [EOFL 19/20 8.9.19]

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

Hello and welcome to this week’s extended round-up of Essex Olympian League action, which includes matches from the top four division, plus a round-up from the Senior League Cup action and results from Senior Division Four and the Reserve League Cup action this weekend – Saturday 7th September. Thanks for reading.

 

Premier Division

As ever we start in the top-tier, as Buckhurst Hill re-opened the refurbished Roding Lane ground with a 4 – 0 win over Basildon Town. Suley Zuhdu’s penalty gave Mark Williams’ side the half-time advantage. Zuhdu struck again after the break and Sam Sollosi got two late goals to give Hill the win on their special day. Rayleigh Town remain top though after a 4 – 3 triumph at Harold Wood Athletic, despite playing nearly an hour with ten men. Reiss Kingsley got all three goals for Ath. Paul Morris netted for Town before being given his marching orders though one from Harry Talbot and a brace from substitute Bailey Moss did the business for Paul Higgins’ team.

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts won 3 – 2 at Canning Town while Kelvedon Hatch defeated Leigh Ramblers 3 – 2 at home. Ryan Lowe and Dan Williams notched for the Rams though their away-day stretch without a win continued. Hutton also notched three points with a 3 – 2 success over Old Southendian, who responded through Ed Gould and Mattias Tonking. Sungate also got a third win in four league matches by defeating Shenfield AFC 2 – 1.

Finally for this division, Springfield handed Catholic Utd a rare loss as the hosts won 1 – 0, thanks to Joe Nathanson’s solitary goal.

 

Senior Division One

Senior One saw three matches this weekend. Manford Way won their first match back in the division with a 2 – 0 success at Ramsden Scotia. Joe Lovell as among the scorers there while Ongar Town won 6 – 0 at Shoebury Town and Snaresbrook also won 2 – 1 at Rayleigh Town Ressies.

 

EOFL Senior League Cup 2019-20

In a myriad of Cup action, AS Rawreth won through, 2 – 1 over Newbury Forest Reserves thanks to two goals from Harry Barham. Epping Town defeated Div Two rivals Corinthians  2 – 1 after extra-time, thanks to goals by Joe Thomas and Joey May. Also, Herongate Athletic progressed with a 2 – 1 triumph at Laindon Orient with Jordan Martyn and Glen Jordan on target for Ath.

FC Hamlets breezed through to the next round with a 6 – 0 home win over Rochford Town. John Gilroy got a treble, with Kevin Baudrier, Ishmael Carter and Darren Serrano-Griffiths all on target. Westhamians hit six past Forest Glade in a 6 – 1 away win. John Massala got five of them, with Shakim Thomas getting the other strike as the visitors went through.

Roydon sent Ryan crashing out as the Div Four side won 4 – 1. Aymen Mekni got a double here, while Lewis Watson and Scot Bown also struck. Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ also went through, following a 2 – 1 win at Leytonstone Utd. William Bray and Billy Carter got the goals as ‘Bridge’s third-team went through. Meanwhile, Toby also advanced as goals from Tolu Dina and Peter Spicer saw them win 2 – 1 at White Ensign Ressies.

 

Other Results in Senior League Cup:

Dagenham Utd  0 – 2  Galleywood  | Ford’s Sports Club (Dagenham U Pitch)

Wakering Sports  2 – 1  Collier Row  | Cupid’s Country Club (Pitch 1)

 

Senior Division Two

We head back into League action now with Senior Division Two. Beacon Hill Rovers defeated Harold Wood Athletic Res 3 – 0 with goals from Will Simpson, Stephen Bennett and Lewis Sherwood assisting Rovers to their opening win this term. Also, Leigh Town won 4 – 0 at May & Baker Res with Shane Cooper, James Roberts, Tom Byford and Sam Gillmore on the score-sheet as Town got their third consecutive league win.

 

Senior Division Three

In Senior Three, Wakebury won their opening match in the Olympian League with a 3 – 1 triumph at Basildon Town Reserves. Liam Jarrett, Oliver Laycock and Charlie Little all netted for the visitors. Alex Witham struck for the Town second-string as they have yet to win in their three league matches thus far.

Toby Reserves maintained their unbeaten streak with a 3 – 1 home success over Hutton Reserves. Marc Porter-Brown got all three of the Toby goals as he kept up his impressive scoring run early-doors this term. Elsewhere, Corinthians Reserves also got their third straight win as they won 3 – 1 against Leigh Town Reserves.

 

Senior Division Four (result)

Old Chelmsfordians Res 2 – 6 Ongar Town Res

 

Reserve League Cup (results only)

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res 3 – 3 Springfield Res (Swifts won 4 – 2 on pens)

Chingford Athletic Development 4 – 0 Shoebury Town Res

Old Southendian Res  7 – 0  Canning Town Res

Runwell Sports Res  2 – 3  Buckhurst Hill Res

Shenfield AFC Res  2 – 1  Galleywood Res

 

 

 

Match Report: West Essex 3 – 2 Woodford Town  (Sat 7th Sept) [ESL 19/20 7.9.19]

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Venue: Mayesbrook Park

Attendance: 28

2019 – 20 Season: Match 21

Saturday 7th September 2019 – 3pm KO

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

Woodford: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

 

 

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West edge a attacking, high-tempo battle back at Mayesbrook

West Essex 3 – 2 Woodford Town

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

This weekend’s match took me back to Mayesbrook Park, to see West Essex’s first home match of the season, as they took on Woodford Town in the Essex Senior League. The hosts named a strong side, with a back four of Sanchez Hardy, left-back Ben Leo plus centre-backs Tom MacLeod and Josh French with Brad Russell in central midfield and a front three of Hakim Medfai, Michael Mignot and Symeon Taylor. Callum Bloss, Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe and Greg Frederick were on the bench. Woodford have been hit by injuries of late after a busy fixture schedule though Alex Reed retained his place in goal, with Frankie Naidoo joining Josh Steele at centre-back. Temi Babalola and Vladut Sighiartau made up their front two, though they were restricted to three substitutes – Mohammed Al-Dani, Connor Leon & Redha Zekri were those options.

Some matches are quiet, ‘slow-burners’. Not so here, in more ways than one. Right from the first minute of this encounter, the ‘Woodford Cultras’ fan group started noisily chanting as they usually do – fair play. Unfortunately for them, it was West who got themselves ahead after just three minutes in as a telling pass by midfielder Brad Russell found forward Michael Mignot who broke free of the attentions of the visiting defence and the on-rushing goalkeeper Alex Reed before slotting home coolly. That lead was only five minutes old though before Town equalised as a well-taken strike by Town winger Samir Ali breezed past Stags custodian Jack Coker and high into the net.

During the next phase of a entertaining contest, it was the visitors who showed the intent with Ali the chief threat from the visiting side with his pace, crossing and trickery. Ali himself also headed wide just past the quarter-hour. Minutes later though, Town fell behind for the second time as a corner was angled in toward the near post and skipper Tom MacLeod powerfully headed home giving Reed no chance. Again though, the gutsy visitors levelled six minutes later as a dangerous cross from the left by midfielder Georges Kebi as skewed over the line by a West defender, and despite a sprawling dive, home stopper Jack Coker could not prevent it going over the line. Woodford attackers Vladut Sighiartau and Temi Balalola were also posing problems, with Sighiartau striking wide from an acute angle on the half-hour.

Nine minutes before the break, Mignot found space again before sending a well-struck curler towards goal though Reed did very well to tip it round the far post. Meanwhile at the other head, Town skipper Andrea Mantovani’s free-kick sailed wide before Reed denied Mignot with his feet with the forward poised for a tap-in.

Half-Time: West Essex  2 – 2 Woodford Town

Quite the entertaining half we had then and we weren’t lacking in chances after the break either. West came out strongly and Reed was called into action again to deny Mignot and another MacLeod header, which he tipped onto the crossbar. Woodford were conceding a few free-kicks in the early stages of this half though on the hour, Sighiartau’s lofted shot whistled just over the woodwork before Babalola was thwarted by a strong block by West right-back Sanchez Hardy. Another pinch point of this contest cropped up on 73 minutes as a great effort by Sighiartau cannoned off the woodwork though Coker did really well to deny Babalola’s rebound.

Moments after that, West substitute Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe was testing the strength and resolve of the Town back-line as he headed over. It was a prelude though to what was the winning goal as a searching pass by creative midfielder Joe Lefley found Mignot who again snuck in on goal and with only Reed to bypass, struck low to give the hosts the lead for the third time. The hosts could have made the points safe in the last few minutes though substitute Callum Bloss’ drive was palmed away by Reed before Mignot fired over. As we entered added-time, Woodford replacement Reidha Zekri did well to find Babalola though he was again denied by Coker as the Stags held on to claim another valuable three points.

Full-Time: West Essex  3 – 2  Woodford Town

In summary, West did deserve the win though you have to give credit to Woodford, who showed all the exuberant attacking spirit you expect from them, despite suffering with a number of players missing today. The Stags were no doubt buoyed by their win in the FA Vase in midweek and the spine of the side stood out for me today. Mignot showed again the value of a finisher, while recent returnee Brad Russell stood out with a number of good passes to the front-men, plus the gutsy skipper MacLeod at centre-back gives it everything and took his goal well. Target-man Ogedi-Uzokwe made an impact after coming on too.

For Woodford, goalkeeper Alex Reed had a fine match, making a fair few important saves in this match. Dynamic midfielder Georges Kebi also put in a very hard-working performance with surging runs through the middle and good passing. Not forgetting the energetic display of winger Samir Ali who was arguably the biggest threat for the visitors, particularly in the first half, as shown by his well-taken goal.

Finally, I’d like to thank West for the welcome they gave as ever, and wish Mihael the very best in his recovery following the serious injury he sustained in the original FA Vase tie eight days ago.

Teams

West Essex    |  Manager: Kwame Kwateng

Jack Coker (GK), Sanchez Hardy, Ben Leo, Tom MacLeod (Capt), Josh French, Emanuel Wazola, Brad Russell, Joe Lefley (Callum Bloss 80’), Michael Mignot, Hakim Medfai (Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe 68’), Symeon Taylor (Cameron Gray 68’)

Goal-scorers: Michael Mignot [3’ & 76’], Tom MacLeod [22’]

Booked: Lefley | Subs Not Used: Walk, Frederick

 

Woodford Town  |  Manager: Dee Safer

Alex Reed (GK), Morgan Seaman, Ellis Routledge, Chris John (Mohammad Al-Dani 55’), Frankie Naidoo, Josh Steele, Samir Ali, Georges Kebi, Temi Babalola, Vladut Sighiartau (Reidha Zekri 82’), Andrea Mantovani (Capt) (Connor Leon 74’)

Goal-scorers: Samir Ali [8’], OG [28’]

Booked: Leon | Subs Not Used: None

Referee: Endrit Malaveci

Match Report: St Magaretsbury 4 – 3 Southend Manor (Tuesday 3 Sept) [ESL 19/20 4.9.19]

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Venue: The Recreation Ground

Attendance: TBA

2019 – 20 Season: Match 20

Tuesday 3rd September 2019 – 7.45pm KO

St Margaretsbury: Red & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Southend Manor: White Shirts, White Socks, White Socks

 

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Last-gasp winner seals comeback win for ‘Bury over Manor

St Margaretsbury 4 – 3 Southend Manor

 

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

Attention turned back to League action as Manor visited St Margaretsbury in a midweek battle at The Rec. The hosts were without manager Jon Fowell who was away on holiday, so assistant Ray Bartlett stepped up, as he had done the previous weekend in their FA Vase win at Woodford Town. The hosts named a back four of Lanre Vigo, Akwasi Marfo, Dan Palmer and veteran James Falaise. The front line was comprised of Kyle Roberts, Kirk McPherson and Napier Brown with the likes of Thomas Opoku and Wisley Baltazar on the substitutes’ bench. Manor went out of the Vase four days previously to Clacton and named loanee Jacob Adams between the posts once again, with Kiah Froud and Connor Burrows at centre-back, with wingers Brandon Williams and skipper Jordan Chambers supporting lead front man Larry Akanbi. Brad Rowland, Harry Rogers and Callum Fitzer were among a youthful bench for the South Essex side.

Some matches you get take a while to settle down. That was hardly the case in this one as six minutes in, the first chance went the way of the home side as in-form forward Kyle Roberts fired over the woodwork with only visiting goalkeeper Jacob Adams to beat. That miss ended up proving a bit costly at this point of the match as a minute later at the other end, winger Jordan Chambers did well to outmuscle the home defence to tuck home a low finish past home custodian Dan Martin to break the stalemate in Manor’s favour.

That lead barely lasted two minutes though as the ‘Bury levelled as forward Kirk McPherson found half a yard of space, calmly finishing low beyond Adams. The tempo of this encounter only grew more feverish as Manor re-took the lead on 14 minutes in a scene the home defence will definitely not want to see again. Early in the attacking move, Manor forward Larry Akanbi hit a post before the rebound fell to support forward Teddy Henderson whose header was parried away by Martin. The hosts were unable to clear their lines though as Akanbi nipped in to strike low into the net to give Adam Peek’s side a 2 – 1 lead. It got worse for the home side as minutes later as Martin was unable to handle a stinging long-range drive or gather the rebound before Akanbi snuck in again to extend the visitors’ lead.

By the midway point of the half, it was clear that the strength of Akanbi and the pace of Chambers was unsettling the home defence. Going forward though, Ray Bartlett’s charges were still useful, with winger Napier Brown testing the visiting backline with his pace and he had a sighter of goal though his effort lacked the power to beat Adams just before the half-hour. Moments later, another Brown cross found midfielder Andy Greenslade though hs header was gathered by Adams. Manor  were thwarted by Martin soon afterward as Chambers’ stinging drive was beaten away well. St Margs went into the break only one goal down as just when you thought the chance had gone, Brown unleashed a accurate drive that Adams was unable to keep out.

 

Half-Time: St Margaretsbury 2 – 3 Southend Manor

Chances were few and far between in the first part of the second-half, with McPherson blazing over with a decent effort four minutes after the resumption. Just shy of the hour, Manor full-back Billy Rungay’s shot also could not get past Martin though both sides seemingly needed a little patch to recover from such a frenetic first period. Manor had to make a double change with both Chambers and Akanbi forced off with knocks as well and if those changes had provoked any nerves in the Manor side, the hosts seized on it. With 19 minutes remaining, St Margs substitute Thomas Opoku made the most of a defensive lapse from the visitors to nip in and slot home to level the match. All of a sudden, Manor were the ones having to withstand heavy pressure as the hosts pushed on in search of all three points. Manor substitute Cameron Harris did well making important blocks alongside the likes of Kiah Froud and Connor Burrows in their defence as home substitute Wisley Baltazar and Kyle Roberts had chances to grab all three points denied.

Unfortunately for the visitors, deep into added-time they conceded a free-kick 20-yards out. Baltazar stepped up to take it and dulty curled home to break Manor’s resistance, give St Margs the points and crown off a enthralling match for the neutral.

Full-Time: St Margaretsbury  4 – 3  Southend Manor

You’ve seen some turnarounds in matches before but this has to be up there with them for this season. The result was tough on Manor who deserved something here but they could have been further ahead at the interval and it’s fair to say the loss of Chambers and Akanbi during the match affected their attacking prowess in the second-half though you also have to credit the hosts for that ‘never giving up’ spirit which ultimately assisted them to all three points. For St Margs, winger Napier Brown did show his pace and crossing ability well, while forwards McPherson & Roberts also were important players for the hosts. Substitutes Opoku & Baltazar also made telling contributions off the bench with their goals.

As for Manor, despite being a late change, skipper Chambers was a real influence on the right flank until he was forced off. Forward Larry Akanbi also made his presence felt and unsettled the home defence. Speaking of defences, Kiah Froud had another important role to play at centre-back with fellow defender Cameron Harris slowing glimpses of what he ‘brings to the table’ in his cameo from the bench. Finally, I’d like to say thank you to St Margaretsbury for their hospitality and wish both clubs well for the remainder of the season.

 

Teams

St Margaretsbury   | Stand-in Manager: Ray Bartlett

Dan Martin (GK), Lanre Vigo, Akwasi Marfo (Caleb Steele 59’), Tom Massey (Capt), Dan Palmer, James Falaise (Thomas Opoku 67’), , Raphael Duyile (Wisley Baltazar 81’), Andy Greenslade, Kyle Roberts, Kirk McPherson, Napier Brown

Goal-scorers: Kirk McPherson [9’], Napier Brown [35’], Thomas Opoku [71’], Wisley Baltazar [90’+4]

Sub Not Used: Nicholson

 

Southend Manor    | Manager: Adam Peek

Jacob Adams (GK), Josh Brocklebank, Billy Rungay (Cameron Harris 72’), Ope Mosuro, Kiah Froud, Connor Burrows, Brandon Williams, Alfie Walker, Larry Akanbi (Harry Rogers 71’), Teddy Henderson,  Jordan Chambers (Capt) (Brad Rowland 57’)

Goal-scorers: Jordan Chambers [7’], Larry Akanbi [14’ & 19’]

Sub Not Used: Fitzer

Referee: Gary Baker

Match Summary: Ilford 1 – 2 Enfield (Sat 31 August) [FAV FRQ 31.8.19]

The FA Vase – First Round Qualifying

Venue: Cricklefield

2019-20 Season: Match 18

Saturday 31st August 2019 – 3pm KO

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

Enfield: Green Shirts, Green Shorts, Yellow Socks

 

 

Enfield battle hard to defeat Ilford in the FA Vase First Qualifying Round

Ilford 1 – 2 Enfield

 

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

Hello readers, due to the chaos that lined the A13 in Western Essex on Saturday, it was tough to even get to a game (annoyingly) so we had to divert to this still intriguing all-ESL FA Vase tie at Cricklefield between Ilford and Enfield. Because I missed the start of the match, the following will be a shorter report than usual, apologies in advance but I still wanted to get something out regarding this match.

Ilford named a fairly strong XI for this one with mainstay Hugo Rossetti retaining the gloves, Tyson Talanya and Lewis Wicker as the full-backs, and Valter Simao and Nicholas Keyamo on the flanks, with youth product Ryan O’Connell and Josh Kraus among those on the bench. Enfield also named a strong side, with Josh Flynn at right-back, loanee Michael Salako joining Alfie Mason in attack with Alfie Cleal and Dean Wallace among the options from the substitutes’ bench.

Ilford had raced into a first-minute lead through Jerold Cobblah, though that early advantage was erased as the E’s restored parity with Michael Salako getting the final touch, and that was after the referee had over-ruled his assistant’s initial flag, presumably for off-side.

After the unorthodox leveller, there were a number of tussles in midfield as both sides looked to grab the momentum. On the half-hour, Ilf centre-back Clifford Newby-Harris poked wide of the right-side post as the edged that phase of the game. Enfield were starting to come back into things in terms of ball retention though still couldn’t quite test Rossetti enough in the Ilford goal. That was until five minutes before the interval as E’s centre-back Josh Woodcock aimed well with a low drive that crept under the goalkeeper’s legs to pass into the net.

The drama wasn’t over there though in an increasingly bizarre period of the match as not one but two Enfield players were sin-binned within seconds of each other, it was midfielder Nana Asamoah and forward Michael Salako who both had to sit out the opening part of the second half.

Half-Time: Ilford 1 – 2 Enfield

Ilford showed they were not out of the contest seven after the break as midfielder Freddie Oakman curled a lovely effort which cannoned off the crossbar before a good pass in by Enfield forward Alfie Mason fed Salako though he couldn’t get the power on the header so Rossetti could come in to gather. It has to be mentioned that Ilf winger Nicolas Keyamo certainly was a headache for the opposition with his pace, trickery and crossing.

Salako was certainly posing a threat for Matt Hanning’s team with his pace and strength though as we entered the latter stages of the tie, it was Mason’s fierce drive that needed a good save by Rossetti to parry the ball out of danger. Ilford certainly put their visitors under pressure in the latter stages though Enfield could have sealed the match as a surging run by Mason down the middle was only denied by a adept interception by Newby-Harris. E’s midfielder Joe Pattison also struck the right-sided post with a firm header in added-time and it was the E’s who ultimately went through to the next round where I believe they will face Enfield Borough.

Full-Time: Ilford 1 – 2 Enfield

 

The frustration for the hosts was understandable though they did have some notable performances today. Defender Clifford Newby-Harris had another good display, as did winger Nicolas Keyamo. For Enfield, the stern backline of Lleweyn-Reid and Woodcock recovered from a few shaky moments, with Thoma the additional anchor in front of them. Messrs Salako and Mason also linked up well in the forward line.

 

Teams

Ilford | Manager: Morgan LaForce

Hugo Rossetti (GK), Tyson Talanya, Lewis Wicker, Santana Porter, Clifford Newby-Harris, Freddie Oakman (Haaroon Belaid 61’), Valter Simao, Said Ali, Felix Laws-Cochrane, Jerold Cobblah, Nicolas Keyamo (Josh Kraus 72’)

Goal-scorers: Jerold Cobblah  [1’]

Subs Not Used: O’Connell, A Embalo, Tolley

 

Enfield    | Manager: Matt Hanning

Lewis Hawley (GK), Josh Flynn, Kevin Bondjanga, Komal Lleweyn-Reid, Josh Woodcock, Matt Thoma (Alfie Cleal 62’), Joe Pattison, Nana Asamoah (Dean Wallace 65’), Michael Salako, Alfie Mason, Ben Bradbury (Capt) (Josiah Ereku 80’)

Goal-scorers: Michael Salako [11’], Josh Woodcock [40’]

Booked: Pattison | Sin-Binned: Asamoah & Salako | Subs Not Used: Shakes, Gormley

 

Preview: Essex Senior Lge,FA Vase & Essex Olympian Lge Fixtures (Sat 31 Aug) (ESL 19/20 30.8.19)

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Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) – ESL Writer & Grassroots Football Show Contributor

Hello all and welcome to an expanded piece looking at the reduced Essex Senior League & Eastern Senior League South fixtures this weekend, plus a look at all the FA Vase ties involving the region’s ties plus the Essex Olympian League matches this weekend. Thanks for reading.

If you’d like more previews on the weekend’s action, have a listen to this week’s Grassroots Football Show from 2 hours 19 minutes in: www.mixcloud.com/EastLondonRadio/grassroots-football-show-29th-august-2019/

 

Essex Senior League

Friday 30th August :  Tower Hamlets   v   Redbridge  | Mile End

The weekend’s Essex Senior action begins at Mile End as Hamlets face Redbridge. Damien Briggs’ team had a fine win at Takeley to cherish in the Gordon Brasted Trophy in midweek though consistency is still what they need to find. Redbridge have had a little time away and could be ready to ‘hit the ground running’ here. Have to plump for an away win here though Hamlets may pull off a surprise.

Scott’s Prediction:  1 – 2

 

Saturday 31st August  – Saffron Walden Town  v  Hadley  | Catons Lane

The only other ESL tie this weekend sees Walden welcome in-form Hadley. Walden progressed in the Essex Senior Cup with a win over Southend Manor in midweek and new signing, prolific goalscorer Charlie Cole could well have a big say in how their season goes. Hadley have also had a good week though as they progressed in the FA Cup last weekend before holding Walthamstow away from home in midweek. This will be a tough match for both sides though the Bloods are a tough outfit and their home crowd could be the difference here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Eastern Senior League South

Saturday 31st August –  Brightlingsea Regent Res  v Newbury Forest | North Road

 

Here is a listing of the FA Vase ties this weekend, with action spread across three days.

The FA Vase First Qualifying Round –  Friday 30th August (7.45pm KO)

 

Clapton  v  Catholic Utd    | Moved to Parkside (Aveley FC)

Hackney Wick  v  May & Baker    | Coles Park (3G)

Park View  v  West Essex   | New River Sports Ground

(all three ties will be settled on the night with a penalty shootout if required I understand)

 

The FA Vase First Qualifying Round –  Saturday 31st August

Erith & Belvedere  v  Fire Utd   | Park View Road

FC Broxbourne Borough  v  Barkingside  | Goffs Lane

FC Clacton  v  Southend Manor   | Rush Green Bowl

Halstead Town  v  Haverhill Borough   |  Rosemary Lane

 

Hashtag Utd  v  Leyton Athletic  | Chadfields

Hoddesdon Town  v  Stanway Rovers  | Lowfield

Holland  v  Baldock Town   | Dulwich Road

Ilford  v  Enfield          | Cricklefield

 

 

Long Melford  v  Little Oakley   | Stoneylands

Lopes Tavares  v  Harwich & Parkeston   | Terence MacMillan Stadium

Potton Utd  v  Frenford   | Biggleswade Road

Sporting Bengal Utd  v  Wormley Rovers   | Mile End Stadium

 

Takeley  v  Burnham Ramblers   |  Station Road

Wivenhoe Town  v  Clapton Community FC (CFC)   | Elmstead Road

Wodson Park  v  Sawbridgeworth Town   | Wodson Park Sports Centre

Woodford Town  v  St Margaretsbury    |  The Harlow Arena (3G)

 

The FA Vase – First Qualifying Round – Sunday 1st September

Benfleet  v  Haverhill Rovers   | Park Lane   (2pm KO)

White Ensign  v  Cornard Utd   | Burroughs Park  (3pm KO)

 

 

Finally, we have a list of the fixtures in the Essex Olympian League divisions this weekend. Check back on Sunday or Monday for my Olympian League round-up here on the blog.

Essex Olympian League Fixtures – Saturday 31 August (2.30pm kick-offs unless stated)

Premier Division

Harold Wood Athletic  v  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  | Harold Wood Rec

Kelvedon Hatch  v  Buckhurst Hill   | New Hall

Old Southendian  v  Rayleigh Town  | Garon Park

Shenfield AFC  v  Hutton   | St Martins Sch (3G)

Springfield  v  Canning Town  | Springfield Hall Park

Sungate  v  Leigh Ramblers  | Ilford Wanderers RFC

 

EOFL Senior Division One

Chingford Athletic  v  FC Hamlets   | Town Mead Leisure Park  (3G)

Rayleigh Town Reserves  v  Herongate Athletic   | Rayleigh Sports Club,

Runwell Sports  v  Ongar Town  | Runwell Sports Club

Shoebury Town  v  Galleywood  | Cupid’s Country Club

Toby  v  Old Chelmsfordians  | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park)

 

EOFL Senior Challenge Cup

Lakeside  v  Wakebury   | Lakeside Sports Ground (3G pitch)

 

 

EOFL Senior Division Two

AS Rawreth  v  Epping Town   | The Warren

Beacon Hill Rovers  v  Leigh Town   | Wickham Bishops Sports Ground

Corinthians  v  Laindon Orient       |  Stambridge Memorial Ground

Rochford Town  v  Harold Wood Athletic Reserves   | Rochford Recreation Ground

Ryan  v  May & Baker Reserves    | Wadham Lodge Sports Ground (Intermediate Grass Pitch)

 

EOFL Senior Division Three

Basildon Town Reserves  v  Leigh Town Reserves   |  Basildon Sports Club

Buckhurst Hill Reserves  v  Collier Row   |  Roding Lane (Pitch 2)

Dagenham Utd  v  Lakeside Reserves  | Ford’s Sports Club (Dagenham U pitch)

Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  v  Toby Reserves  | Lower Road

Hutton Reserves  v  ACD Utd   | Polo Fields

White Ensign Reserves  v  Corinthians Reserves   | Len Forge Centre (3G)