Guest Blog: Essex Alliance League Round-up (Wk 8- Sat 9 Oct) [EAL 21-22 11.10.21]

Hello and welcome to the latest action from the Essex Alliance League, which continues on this blog this season under the “Guest Blog” strand.  This edition looks at the action across the League divisions and some Cup competitions as well from Saturday 9 October. My thanks to the EAL’s Rob Parker. This round-up is posted with the author’s permission with additional reporting by Scott W. Thanks for reading.

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

Essex Alliance League Round-up- Saturday 9 October

SENIOR DIVISION

Just five points separate the top five sides in the Senior Division as the chasing pack took advantage of the leaders being out of action. Woodford East moved to within two points of Chadwell Heath Spartans after they returned to winning ways on the back of a terrific 7 – 0 home win against Leyton Royal in Hackney. Frank Glock and Lucio Uare both scored twice here with Will Letchford , Ben Smith and Adam Tabbani goals rounding off a win.

Jolof Sports remain the only side with a perfect record in the division as they extended their perfect start to four games, still being yet to concede a goal also. They were 4 – 0 victors on Saturday with a home victory against Blue Marlin in East Ham. Mody Gaye, Papa Ndiaye, Bogdan Ursica and Jeremias Visi all netted to move within four points of the leaders.

The other side in the top flight yet to experience defeat are DT FC and the Harlow-based side romped into a 4 – 1 half time lead away to Chigwell Town through goals from Jake Kissiedu, Stanley Green and Billy Golledge & an OG. But Town fought back hard through Ellis Morgan, Harry Tew-Robinson and Wesley Adeyemi goals though their efforts were not quite enough, going down 4 – 3.

It was a big afternoon for Tower United who moved themselves away from relegation worries following a shock away win as they returned home with three points from their trip to the County Ground against Lymore Gardens. Abdi Jama, Kayis Mohamed and Yaqub Haji were the goal scorers to edge the contest 3 – 2, a crucial result affecting both ends of the table.

Another five goal thriller was witnessed down at the Lakeside Sports Ground where Rapid Chingford were the hosts, taking on FC Petrocub, the sides both occupying places in the bottom half. An in-form FC Petrocub side though were the winners on the day, earning a 3 – 2 win to leap above their opponents and up to ninth.

In the final game in the Senior Division, there was a crucial point earned by CSM London who took their tally to four for the season thus far as they held sixth-placed Kit Out London to a 1 – 1 draw in Beckton. Daniel Muamba came off the bench to score an equaliser for Kit Out after CSM thought they had won the game late on via Ramone Senior’s goal, the sides eventually settling for a share of the spoils.

PREMIER DIVISION

North East Lions have closed the gap on the leaders to just three points in the Premier Division after the Walthamstow based side returned home with all three points from their trip to All Prospects in Hainault. Lions were 5 – 1 winners as Mikael Martin netted two with one apiece from Lorenc Hoxha, Adnan Miah and Louis Blake.

Wapping remain in the hunt for promotion as they picked up an important third win of the campaign so far, coming away with all three points with victory in Seven Kings against London Park City. Wapping goals from Sabiq Khan, Mohammed Asrar, Joel Brown and Shamsun Noor were the difference between the sides, helping their team win it 4 – 2.

There was another big win for undefeated Dagenham United who moved up to fourth in the table following a 6 – 1 home win on Saturday against Eastside at Castle Green. Charlie Fiander came off the bench to score twice for Chris Mascall’s side with Jay Fenton, Shaquille Mathurin, Iaia Jau and Victor Mendes efforts also on the scoresheet to give United their second win in three.


DIVISION ONE

In Division One, Wanstead have found some form in recent weeks and have moved into the top half of the table on the back of a terrific 8 – 3 win on Saturday as they travelled to Leyton to take on Forest Green. Zoltan Balogh and Edson Lami were on fire with four and three goals respectively, Robert Clarke netting the other secure a first league win of the campaign.

The day’s other action in the third tier came from Beckton where Kwanzas London Sport were in action for the second time this season with Renegade their visitors on the day. Renegade have made an indifferent start in the league but were able to secure all three points on Saturday, winning 3 – 1 as goals from Fernandez Kogneman, Praise The Lord Masasu and Vincent Follea confirmed the points.

DIVISION TWO

There were two goal filled contests in Division Two where Unitey moved up to fourth place in the standings, coming through a ten goal thriller in a 6 – 4 scoreline at home to Royal Forest. Mohammed Abaker scored a hat-trick and Gaeton Mukoko also netted to give the hosts a crucial victory, their third of the season. Forest goals came courtesy of Thomas Osmond, Joe Owers, Charlie Palline and Joe Meader.

The other game of the day saw Redbridge Community pick up a big win, their second of the season. Redbridge were 7 – 2 victors at home to bottom of the table Newbury East as Jayke Welch and Tevini French both scored twice, adding to further goals from Dean Cole, Dylan Broadley and debutant Akilijo Bullio.


DIVISION THREE

There is a change at the top in Division Three where Royal Forest Reserves have become the new leaders on goal difference as they recorded a third league win of the season with a 4 – 1 victory at home against Terin. Tom Alexander scored twice with Sereign Lette-Jallow and Josh Trainor goals, cancelling out a Fahad Abdallah effort from the visitors.

Lymore Gardens Reserves join Forest at the top on nine points, though from a game more, after they saw off the efforts of Melbourne Sports on the very next pitch. Garden, who have made a terrific start to the new season, will be more than pleased with their efforts thus far, recording a 6 – 2 win on Saturday to trail at the top by just goal difference.

The movement at the top was made possible after previous leaders, FC Baresi Under 23s, saw their perfect start to the season reach a conclusion as they were held to a 1 – 1 draw against ASA in Walthamstow. Harrez Aliane struck for the hosts but an ASA leveller from Ramanan Selvarasa off the bench levelled up the game.

Together United bounced back well from defeat in their opening game of the season last time out as they defeated a high flying Buckhurst Way side in Walthamstow, coming out on the right side of a 6 – 3 win. Andrei Rizea netted twice and Myles Croxford once for Way but a four goal Stanley Kweya performance plus two from Remel Green proved enough in the end.

It was also an important afternoon’s work from Romford based Flyers Under 23s as were up against visitors Harlow Inter on Saturday seeking to open their points account for the new season. And that was exactly what they did, completing a 2 – 1 win at King George’s thanks to goals from Kai Eaton and Muhammed Waqas to move them up to eleventh in the standings.


DIVISION FOUR

Things remain tight at the top in Division Four with Chingford Harriers ahead of their closest rivals on goal difference, aided by their win over the weekend at home against Flyers Under 21s. Harrier goals from Alex Diner, Jake Kemp, Edwin Jabbari and Jemel Richards were the difference with their side cruising to a 4 – 1 win.

The other side sitting well placed for a promotion push are Fairlop Rovers Reserves as their good start to the season continued on Saturday with a home victory against Newham & Havering Borough at Redbridge Sports Centre. Rovers edged a close game by the odd goal, 3 – 2 victors to make it four wins from five this season.

West Essex Under 23s will also be pleased with the start to their season and moved third over the weekend with a narrow win on the road, taking maximum points from their trip to Emerson & Upminster A. Tyler Huggett and Tashan Diamond struck for the hosts but West goals from Charles Jeans, Javen Cole and Ciaran Farrell-Christian were sufficient to earn their side a 3 – 2 win.

The biggest win of the day came from Forest Row where hosts, Collier Row A, made it two wins from three this season with a 9 – 3 home victory against Avondale Rangers. That saw Row move their points tally to nine for the season and shifting up to fourth in the standings in the process.


COUNTY CUP

It was a busy county cup weekend with action across three competitions. In the Essex Junior Cup, there were progressions for our clubs in both ties with Crookz United earning a terrific 6 – 0 home win against Harold Wood Athletic A. Crookz will now travel to Barleylands in Billericay in the next round to take on Hashtag United Development, from the Essex Olympian League’s Division Three.

In the other tie played, it was an all EAL affair in Hainault where Oakside played host to fellow Premier Division side Frenford A. The visitors continued their league form into this competition, completing a 5 – 2 win to confirm a trip to Ramsey & Mistley Reserves in the next round of the competition.

In the Essex Junior Trophy, seven of the eight ties saw our sides progress on with Something From Nothing the biggest winners of the day, the Division One side putting in a solid performance to defeat Dagenham United Reserves 7 – 0 and set up a home tie against Chingford Athletic A in November.

The biggest shock of the day came from Hainault where Division Two leaders, Fairlop Rovers, put an end to Ilford Reserves’ run in the competition, defeating the Division One high-flyers in a 4 – 2 scoreline. They will now travel to an as yet unidentified Mid Essex League side in the third round.

There were three 5 – 2 scorelines in the round and Francis Luke produced what might be construed as a shock as the winless side ended Barkingside A’s perfect start to the season at the Marshes to set up a home game against Brentwood Athletic Reserves in round three.

There was a near miss for Rainham Working Mens Club in Hainault as the Division Two high-flyers were held to a 1 – 1 draw by Division Three Glendale at ninety minutes and it needed the extra time period to eventually separate the teams with the Workies running out 5 – 2 in the end.

The third 5 – 2 result came from Barking Abbey School where Old Barkabbeyans Reserves hosted Ryan Under 23s and it was Division Two side Ryan who made the move into the next round, avoiding any kind of slip up to book a trip to Benfleet Reserves next month.

Belfry are also into the hat for round for the third round as they came through an all-EAL tie at home to RCXI, winning the tie 3 – 1 on the day. They now head up the A12 next month to face Great Baddow in the next round of the competition.

The finalists in this competition from the 2019/20 campaign, Cowley Community extended their form in this competition to another round after defeating FHN Athletic 2 – 0 in Newbury Park on Saturday. They will now take on Rainham Working Mens Club in the third round.

The day’s only reverse against an outside club came at Hendersons’ where Emerson & Upminster Reserves saw their run in the competition come to an end with a narrow 3-2 defeat, going down 3 – 2 against Harold Hill Reserves.

Two of our clubs made their inaugural appearances in the London Senior Trophy over the weekend with FC Baresi renewing old acquaintances with a trip to Middlesex League side, Indian Gymkhana. After the sides battled to a 2 – 2 draw at full-time, Baresi were eventually knocked out on spot-kicks, losing 4 – 3 in the shootout.

In the other Trophy tie played involving our clubs, Athletic Newham Under 23s came up against a side expected to go far in this competition, going down 6 – 3 to Barking Under 23s at Mayesbrook Park to end EAL involvement in the competition.

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & EJC (Sat 9 Oct) [EOFL 21/22 10.10.21]

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

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 9 October. This weekend saw some big results and some surprising results in matches played.  This week, the focus is on the top four divisions with results from Divisions Four & Five and the plethora of Essex Junior Cup matches tie involving an EOFL side and two Essex Premier Cup matches which saw one surprise result.

Many thanks for reading.

Image from Rochford Town v Wakebury (Sat 9 October, Image: Scott W)

Saturday 9 October

EOFL Premier Division 

We begin as ever in the Premier Division, and Basildon Town went back up into second place with a 5 – 2 triumph over rivals Hutton. Adam Bessadi struck twice, with Jamie Selby-Knight, Benjamin Smith and player-boss Marcus Bowers on target here. Catholic Utd went up to fifth spot after a good 3 – 1 win at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts, thanks in no small part to a hat-trick from Jay Nash for Simon Thomas’ side. Joe Holt got the solitary reply for Swifts, who remain third-bottom.

Elsewhere, Galleywood went into the top ten as they won 4 – 2 at Harold Wood Athletic. Thomas Watling grabbed a fine treble to take his personal tally to seven league goals thus far, with Freddie Bartram also on target for the Chelmsford-based side. James Pottle got both of the Wood’s goals, as he reached five for the season here, but Gary Willis’ team are fourth-bottom, six points adrift of the top eight.  In other results, Kelvedon Hatch continued their impressive start to the campaign with as they secured a huge 8 – 0 win over Leigh Ramblers at New Hall. Hatch are now up to fourth spot, whilst Old Southendian also got a surprise 3 – 1 win over Ongar Town at Garon Park, which takes Altar Ali’s side up to seventh spot, while Ongar’s lead at the top is reduced to just a single point.


EOFL Division One 

In the second-tier, Wakering Sports are the leaders by three points still after a superb 4 – 1 home win over Snaresbrook. Aaron Marshall & Stephen Solarin scored, as did substitutes Matthew Catlin and Mohammed Sesay to give Mitchell Gleeson’s side the win. Runwell Sports are the nearest challengers, as an OG was enough to give them a 1 – 0 success at Corinthians, who drop to fifth in a tight top end of the table. Leigh Town also impressed, as they won 3 – 1 at Epping Town. Brodie Horne got another brace to take his tally to eight already this term, with Sam Irvine also netting for Jack Pearman’s side. Substitute Peter Paoletti got a consolation goal but Epping drop to ninth.

In other results, Old Chelmsfordians edged to a 3 – 2 win over Herongate Athletic, with two Robbie Farrell spot-kicks not enough to overhaul the OC’s. Chingford Athletic also got the better of Toby, winning 4 – 2 at Town Mead to go into seventh, two points adrift of their opponents this weekend.


EOFL Division Two

In Division Two, with leaders ACD Utd in Premier Cup action it was a chance for the challengers to gain ground. Shoebury Town rose to fourth spot after a convincing 5 – 1 victory over AS Rawreth at Cupid’s. Stalwart Garry Johnson netted four goals along with one from Oliver Chew to steer Jason Doyle’s side to their third win this season. Rawreth slide to into the bottom four. Wakebury are up to third after a 5 – 3 triumph at Rochford Town, in the match I attended this weekend. Max Hall notched twice, with Will Wheeler, Danny Buglione and Kofi Gyamfi also on target for Matt Cardy’s side. Harry Ford scored two for the hosts, with Freddie Pettitt also notching for Jim Cooper’s side. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/10/09/s21-22-match-report-rochford-town-3-5-wakebury-sat-9-oct-eofl/

Elsewhere, Harold Hill are now three points ahead of ACD at the summit after a nerve-jangling 4 – 3 success over local rivals Harold Wood Athletic Ressies at Noak Hill. Emmanuel Ampaabeng and substitutes Thomas Butler & Tisore Ogungbayi all netted for Steve Hubbard’s side but Hill struck four goals of their own to claim a seventh win in eight games. Also, May & Baker A went up to mid-table after a 6 – 4 win against Rayleigh Town Reserves. Ryan Stowell struck a hat-trick for Matt Guidera & Steve Hogg’s team, with Anthony Cooke, Jeese Martin and Rowan Newland also on target for Bakers’ development side.


Essex Premier Cup

In the two Premier Cup ties this week, Division Two side ACD Utd grabbed a surprise 3 – 1 triumph at Premier side Rayleigh Town. Billy Wren notched twice for Greg Knock’s side, with Charlie Munns also on the score-sheet as they advanced into the next round. The same fortune wasn’t there for Hutton Res as they fell to 5 – 3 loss to Essex Senior Reserve side Frenford Res. Jack Shaw notched another two goals for the Hutton second side, and was joined on the scorers’ sheet by Harry Calder but the visitors triumphed thanks to a treble by Reece Morley plus strikes by Wisley Baltazar and Jack Taylor.


EOFL Division Three

Just two matches in Division Three due to the Junior Cup action (listed below). Basildon Town Res rose to fourth place as they consigned Corinthians Res to a 7 – 1 defeat at Basildon Sports Club. Nathan Fisher grabbed a fine treble, with Conor Mead and replacement Sam Marsh also notched doubles in this big win. In the other game, Wakering Sports Res are now in second spot on goal difference as they convincingly won 6 – 1 at Toby Res


Essex Junior Cup Results

Ashingdon  2 – 4 Pitsea Athletic

Barking U23 A – W  Leytonstone Utd   (Away Walkover)

Catholic Utd Res  12 – 0  AS Rawreth Res

Galleywood Res  0 – 1  Roydon

Hashtag Utd Dev.  4 – 1  Wakering Sports A

Hullbridge Sports Res  0 – 2 Thorpe Athletic

Leigh Ramblers Res  1 – 1  Old Southendian A  (OS won 4 – 3 on pens)

Leigh Town Res  0 – 1  Southend Rangers

Old Barkabbeyans  3 – 0  Tilbury U23

Old Chelmsfordians Res  7 – 2  Epping Town Res

Ongar Town Res  1 – 1 Sandon Royals (Ongar won 3 – 2 on pens)

Runwell Sports Res  3 – 4  Debden

Springfield Res  3 – 0  Thaxted Rangers

Sungate Dev.  5 – 4  Collier Row


EOFL Division Four Result

Shenfield AFC Res  2 – 0  Southend Manor Dev.  | Warley Playing Fields


EOFL Division Five Results

Snaresbrook Res  3 – 2  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  | Nutters Field

Wakebury Res  2 – 4  Pitsea Athletic Res  | Nursery Sports Ground

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & EPC (Sat 18 Sept) [EOFL 21/22 19.9.21]

Archive Image – Rayleigh Tn are now leaders of EOFL Premier

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

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the weekend’s action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 18th September. This weekend, we saw the start of the Essex Premier Cup campaign so the focus this week is the top three tiers of the EOFL & the EPC, with results from Divisions Three, Four & Five. The EPC is a competition which teams from the Essex Olympian, Essex & Suffolk Border League and Essex Alliance League compete (all are Step 7 divisions), along with sides in the Essex Senior Reserve division.

Many thanks for reading.

EOFL Premier Division

In the top-tier, Ongar Town got themselves into a fine position after a 2 – 1 home success over Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Harry Rawlins and Frankie Goodhall got the goals for Richard Ponsford’s side. They will travel to London Road next week to face leaders Rayleigh Town, who got a superb 6 – 0 triumph at Canning Town. The ensemble cast of scorers included Sonny Coutts, Charlie Seaden, Jack Long, Liam Oliver, Paul Morris and Alfie Larkin to give Paul Higgins’ team a fourth consecutive victory.

Elsewhere, Hutton emerged with a narrow 1 – 0 win  at Shenfield AFC which was the third straight win for Matt Singh’s side. Leigh Ramblers finally got their first win of the new campaign after a 3 – 2 success over Galleywood at Belfairs Park. Ben Smith scored twice for the visitors but the Rams were not to be denied here. Lastly, Catholic Utd were held 1 – 1 by improving Kelvedon Hatch at the Len Forge. Lewis Payne netted for the hosts, with Drew Klessa-Smith responding for Darren Hunt’s side.


EOFL Division One

Moving into the three matches played in Div One this week, and Wakering Sports got another victory with a 3 – 1 win at Snaresbrook. Ben Burrows, Paul Brennan and Alfie Fossett got the goals for Mitchell Gleeson’s team. In other results, Chingford Athletic got a fine 4 – 0 win at Beacon Hill Rovers while Runwell Sports got a fine away win, defeating Leigh Town 5 – 2 at John Burrows Recreation Ground.


Essex Premier Cup round-up

This weekend, the Essex Premier Cup campaign began, with some big wins for EOFL sides. First up, Premier side Basildon Town put in a terrific performance to hand Earls Colne a 5 – 1 defeat, with Adam Bessadi scoring twice, with Rhys Fatt, Jamie Bradbourn and Graham Harrison also netting for Marcus Bowers’ team. Division One side Herongate Athletic progressed with a 3 – 1 success at Div Two side Old Southendian Res. Antoine Fontaine, Robbie Farrell and Izaih Antoine bagged goals for Billy Cove’s side. Fellow Div One side Toby also won, 2 – 0 at home to Old Chelmsfordians, with Ben Picton and Albert Perry the goal-scorers there.

Corinthians also got a good 2 – 1 win over Halstead Town Res, with Bill Wilton and Bailey Moss netting for Chris Stoneham’s team. Two Division Two sides allso went through, with Shoebury Town defeating West Bergholt 4 – 0, thanks to a brace from Garry Johnson plus strikes by Luke Ball and Kian Bradshaw for Jason Doyle’s team. Finally, ACD Utd won 4 – 2 at Essex Senior Reserve side Takeley Res. Michael Wade and Billy Wren both netted twice for Greg Knock’s side, overcoming goals from Ezra Forman and Callum Leggett for the hosts.

Other Results in EPC

AFC Barnston  0 – 3  Sungate

Dunmow Town  4 – 4  Springfield (AET, Dunmow won 7 – 6 on pens)

Harold Wood Athletic  2 – 4  Tiptree Heath

Lymore Gardens  1 – 2  Epping Town

Old Southendian H – W  Dedham Old Boys


EOFL Division Two

Back into League action now in Division Two, and May & Baker A got a rare big win as they won 6 – 0 at home to Hutton Res. Gabriel Odili and Abidemi Lamina both struck doubles, while Ryan Stowell and Rolan Newland also notched. Also, Wakebury edged to a hard-fought 3 – 2 success over Harold Wood Athletic Reserves at Nursery Sports Ground. Max Hall, Will Wheeler and Chris Gore all netted for Matt Cardy’s side, with the replies for ‘Wood coming from Ben-Paul Gibbons and Thomas Butler. Other results saw a big win for Manford Way as they defeated AS Rawreth 7 – 1, while Rayleigh Town Res were among the goals again, defeating Rochford Town 7 – 3 at London Road.


EOFl Division Three Results

Hullbridge Res  1 – 2  Basildon Town Res

Leigh Town Res  1 – 1  Corinthians Res

Pitsea Athletic  0 – 0  Collier Row

Wakering Sports Res  1 – 7  Catholic Utd Res

and Hashtag Utd Dev  H – W  Buckhurst Hill U23


EOFL Division Four Results

Canning Town Res  4 – 6  Springfield Res

Chingford Athletic Res  9 – 0  Old Chelmsfordians Res

Galleywood Res  5 – 4  Southend Manor Dev|

Leytonstone Utd  1 – 3  Ongar Town Res

Roydon  3 – 1  Sungate Dev

Shenfield AFC Res  0 – 0  Wakering Sports A


EOFL Division Five Results

AS Rawreth Res  1 – 4  Epping Town Res

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  3 – 2  Wakebury Res

Herongate Athletic Res  2 – 1  Old Barkabbeyans

Leigh Ramblers Res  4 – 1  Collier Row Res

Runwell Sports Res  3 – 2  Snaresbrook Res

S21-22 Match Report: St Margaretsbury 0 – 2 Benfleet (Fri 10 Sept) [FAV 1RQ 11.9.21]

The FA Vase –  First Qualifying Round

Venue: The Recreation Ground

Attendance: 75

2021-22 Season: Match 21

Friday 10th September 2021 – 7.45pm KO

St Mags: Red & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Red Socks

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


The Rec pitch before kick-off


Step 6 leaders ‘Fleet progress with good win at St Mags

St Margaretsbury 0 – 2 Benfleet

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

The first match of a hectic weekend saw a welcome return to Hertfordshire for this FA Vase First Round Qualifying tie between Essex Senior side St Margaretsbury and Eastern Senior League South joint-leaders Benfleet, who were looking for their first win in the competition. For Ray Bartlett’s St Mags side, on-loan goalkeeper Christian North kept his place with a back four of Marvin Wray, Joe Parmley, Dan Palmer and Aiden Read. The forward line was led by the experienced Roddy Lemba, with skipper Tom Cowell alongside, and Ricardo Adewuyi and Sam Rogers on the flanks. Options on the bench were Napier Brown, Jake Hayden-Eley, Jermaine Nicholson and forward Kyle Roberts.

Benfleet have had a very encouraging start to their Step 6 campaign, under Rob Polkinghorn and named former Redbridge custodian Florent Gislette between the posts, will a defensive four of Ryan Willsmer, Martyn Lacey and centre-backs Sonny Hartman and Lee Scott. Well-travelled midfielder Aaron Russell skippered the side, with Ben Foord and Billy Bonham-Dare leading the forward line, with options from the bench including forward Ashley Blackburn, Charlie Sullivan and Adam Wright.

Benfleet certainly had a strong start to this match as they had a penalty shout turned down by referee Mark Bright after only four minutes. It was the hosts though who had the first sighter of goal as centre-back Aiden Read sent an initial header wide. Benfleet went straight up the other end though and a good cross by pacy winger Luc Harpon found forward Ben Foord but his header lacked the gusto to get past home stopper Christian North. However, the visitors were ahead barely a minute later as Harpon managed to evade a napping home backline on the Benfleet right side and cutting inside, Harpon twisted past his marker and struck home low into the left corner, past North.


St Margaretsbury managed to get themselves on the ball with increasing potency as the half-hour approached. First, Tom Cowell had a good chance on goal, with only ‘Fleet stopper Florent Gislette to defeat but his strike lacked the neccessary power and Gislette was glad to gather. Another set-piece by winger Sam Rogers for the home side found Read again but his header was off-target. The chances were quite few & far between for St Mags at this point but Cowell was well played in and a firm shot cracked against the right-side post with Gislette beaten. St Mags were really cursing their lack of fortune as ‘Fleet only went on the counter to double their advantage. Another good run by Harpon down the left side this side ended with a good low centre which found Billy Bonham-Dare and from close range, the forward made no error, sliding the ball home past an exasperated North.

St Mags were up against it when Cowell earned himself a early 10-minute rest in the ‘sin bin’, according to referee Bright seven minutes before the half-time interval. St Mags had a glimmer of a chance just before the break as a good ball in from full-back Marvin Wray tested Gislette but  he was adjudged to have been fouled, denying Adewuyi a chance in on goal when well -placed.


Half-Time: St Margaretsbury 0 – 2 Benfleet

It’s fair to say that the hosts had more of the ball after the break, though Andy Greenslade’s strike went over the goal frame early on in the half. Unfortunately for St Mags, they were also having concentration lapses in defence, which allowed substitute Ashley Blackburn to advance with only ‘keeper North to beat. More fortunately for the hosts, Blackburn was unable to grasp control at the crucial moment and the chance was lost. Just shy of the hour mark, another good centre in from Wray found forward Roddy Lemba but his header was gladly gathered by Gislette.

The chances started to become a little less acute for either side in the latter stages of this match. Replacement Kyle Roberts had a really powerful effort well-saved by Gislette but for the most part the visiting defensive unit really endorsed their growing reputation in stifling a decent forward line of the home side. At the other end, a little note for St Mags keeper Christian North who certainly was not afraid to be a ‘sweeper keeper’ as on a couple of occasions he was well-justified in coming out to get ahead of an opposition forward and clearing well. Another example of this came late on as North came out to deny Foord a clear shot a goal, in what was the tireless Foord’s last involvement of the game before being replaced for the last few minutes by Adam Wright.


Full-Time: St Margaretsbury  0 – 2 Benfleet 

To briefly summarise, Benfleet held on well to deservedly win the tie, despite occasional passages of good pressure by the home side. This is ‘Fleet’s first-ever win in the FA Vase so big congrats to all at the club. St Mags’ main attacking threat came from the flanks though they were well stifled by an obdurate & experienced visiting defence.

There were some fine performances in this match. Firstly, for the victors Benfleet, winger Luc Harpon had a really good impact on the game, despite having to be replaced at half-time. He showed a lot of composure, pace and finishing. Also, forward Ben Foord put in another strong performance, with work rate and led the line well. Goalkeeper Florent Gislette also pulled off some very good saves and will be pleased with his impact on the match. Finally, centre-back Sonny Hartman also typified his team’s defending. For St Mags, midfielder Andy Greenslade had a good game in central midfield, trying to drive his side on alongside Dominic Wynter-Stephens, forward Tom Cowell had two really good chances to score and on another day may well have created a different match, while right-back Marvin Wray looked good with good movement and passing. Lastly, Ricardo Adewuyi also had a decent game, looking to be drive from the left flank and did put some good balls into the danger area.

I’d like to thank St Margaretsbury for the kind welcome they extended here, as ever. I wish both teams a good rest of the season.


Teams

St Margaretsbury |  Manager: Ray Bartlett  | Assistant: James Falaise

Starting XI: 1 Christian North (GK), 2 Marvin Wray, 3 Joe Parmley, 4 Dan Palmer (9 Kyle Roberts 57′),  5 Aiden Read, 6 Dominic Wynter-Stephens, 7 Sam Rogers, 8 Andrew Greenslade, 17 Roddy Lemba, 10 Tom Cowell (Capt), 11 Ricardo Adewuyi (12 Napier Brown 77′)

Booked: Cowell (Sin-Bin 38′) | Subs Not Used: Hayden-Eley, Nicholson


Benfleet  | Manager: Robert Polkinghorn   | Assistant: Robert Rook

Starting XI: 1 Florent Gislette (GK), 2 Ryan Willsmer, 3 Martyn Lacey, 4 Taylor Lawrence, 5 Sonny Hartman, 6 Lee Scott (12 Charlie Sullivan 70′), 7 Luc Harpon (14 Ashley Blackburn 46′), 8 Aaron Russell (Capt), 9 Ben Foord (15 Adam Wright 72′), 10 Billy Bonham-Dare, 11 Mason Shave

Goal-scorers: Luc Harpon [7′], Billy Bonham-Dare [32′]

Booked: Wright  | Subs Not Used: Sahan


Referee: Mark Bright

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 4 Sept) [EOFL 21/22 5.9.21]

Rayleigh Res winger Byron Down about to launch curling pass forward [Image: Scott W]

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

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the fourth weekend of action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 4th September. This weekend saw a double-header of matches for me to see first-hand and some surprise results as ever. As usual, the focus is on the top four divisions with results from Divisions Four & Five.

Many thanks for reading.

EOFL crest

EOFL Premier Division

In the Premier, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts ended Old Southendian’s unbeaten start to the season as Swifts won 5 – 2 at Silver Leys. Sam Chaney netted a treble with Archie Gerard and Toluwani Osiyemi also scoring for Craig Glashan’s team. OS responded with goals from Nick Henesy and Mitchell Ali but a hard afternoon for them saw them down to ten men. Drew Klessa-Smith notched another double as Kelvedon Hatch won 2 – 1 at Canning Town, in what was Hatch’s second win this term. Also, Basildon Town recovered from defeat last week with a 3 – 1 victory over Catholic Utd at the Len Forge Centre. Jamie Selby-Knight, Matt Brinklow and replacement Jamie Bradbourn were among the scorers for Marcus Bowers’ team there.

Elsewhere, Hutton got their first win since the opening day with a 2 – 0 triumph over Galleywood at Polo Fields. Jude Keeling and Will Marlowe got the win for Matt Singh’s side as they again look to get into the upper echelons of the standings. Shenfield drew 1 – 1 with Harold Wood Athletic at St Martins Sch, with Luke Williamson scoring for the hosts and James Pottle levelling for ‘Wood from twelve yards. Also, a dramatic match saw Sungate inflict a first loss of the campaign on promoted Ongar Town as the ‘Gate won 7 – 3 at Ilford Wanderers Rugby Club. The scorers for Sungate were Thomas Ward (2), Jaiden Odle (2) with Arif Mustapha, Scott Truman and Thomas Drayton chipping in as well. Ongar were up against it when they were reduced to nine men at one point, and responded through a double from Frankie Goodhall and one from Joe Lilly.

Finally, in the match I attended at London Road, Rayleigh Town put in a strong display to emerge with a 2 – 1 win over resilent Leigh Ramblers. Shaun Gittleson and Charlie Seaden got the goals for Paul Higgins’ team, with Dan Williams notching a late consolation for Mark Hunter’s side. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/09/05/s21-22-match-report-rayleigh-town-2-1-leigh-ramblers-sat-4-sept-eofl/

Leigh R skipper Ryan Lowe launching a long throw [Image: Scott W]

EOFL Division One

Moving into the three matches played in Div One, and Herongate Athletic saw their 100% start ended with a enterprising 2 – 2 draw with Chingford Athletic at Billericay Road. Robbie Farrell and Harry Watkins struck for Billy Cove’s side, with Andrew Omusi and Alex Gordon replying for Declan Murphy’s team.

Also, Runwell Sports got a fine 3 – 1 home win over Beacon Hill Rovers at St Luke’s Park. Matt Tapley got two goals here for Rob Hodgson’s side, with Kleshay Grant getting his first league goal as well here. And Wakering Sports defeated Corinthians 1 – 0 at Cupid’s with Aaron Marshall getting the decisive goal there.


EOFL Division Two

In Division Two, ACD Utd have three wins from their three matches now after a 6 – 3 win at Rochford Town. Michael Wade scored another terrific treble to make it to five goals this term, with Jacob Dingli, Paul Mangan and Warren Taylor also netting for Greg Knock’s side. Harold Hill made it three straight wins as they won 4 – 1 at Old Southendian Res. Hill were thankful to Peter Tyler, Baciro Bari, Siddy Clarkson and substitute Jack Suters for the match-winning goals. Jack Cripps’ goal was a mere consolation for Josh Bambury’s previous unbeaten side. Harold Wood Athletic Res also got a good win, 2 – 1 over the new Manford Way side. Ben Gibbons and Daniel Spittle scored for Steve Hubbard’s Wood team who earned their first win of the new season.

Also, Wakebury had to fight hard in their 4 – 2 success at May & Baker A, with Max Hall scoring a double for Matt Cardy’s side here, with Ibrahim Kagbanda and Will Wheeler also on target for the visitors. Meanwhile at Cupid’s, Shoebury Town played out a superb 4 – 4 draw with Hutton Res, which saw both sides finish the match with ten men. Harvey Yellop’s brace coupled with goals from James Gardner and substitute Bailey Morris accounted for the visitors’ goals. Shoebury responded through the exsemble cast of stalwart Garry Johnson, Kian Bradshaw, Kirk Hudson and Oliver Chew to claim a decent point.

Finally, in the match I saw at London Road, AS Rawreth fought back late on to draw 2 – 2 at Rayleigh Town Res. John Hanrahan’s penalty and Robbie Allen both netted for Dave Barker’s side, while Tom Binks and Danny Carr responded for Rawreth. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/09/05/s21-22-match-report-rayleigh-town-res-2-2-as-rawreth-sat-4-sept-eofl/


EOFL Division Three

Finally for this week’s main section, in Division Three, Hashtag Utd Development made it three wins from four league matches with a comfortable 5 – 0 victory at Corinthians Res. Replacement Tommy Sykes struck two goals here for Denis Simpson’s team, with Bradlery Bunker, Jake Smith and an OG accounting for the other goals. Toby Res also put in a superb performance, comprehensively defeating Collier Row 7 – 1. Oliver Dingli led the way with a hat-trick , assisted by Thayne Myrie, Rhys Willson and Ben Picton, who were all amongst the scorers here for Lee Glynn’s side.

Basildon Town Res were held 2 – 2 by Buckhurst Hill U23 with Joe Barrett and James O’Brien netting for the Town second-side. In other results, Catholic Utd Reserves edged a nine-goal encounter, winning 5 – 4 against Leigh Town Res at St Thomas More Sch. Plus Wakering Sports Res pulled a brilliant 8 – 2 win at Pitsea Athletic, held at Basildon Sporting Village.


EOFL Division Four Results

Chingford Athletic Res  3 – 3  Springfield Res  | Town Mead 3G

Galleywood Res  0 – 4  Ongar Town Res  |

Leytonstone Utd  0 – 2  Southend Manor Dev.  | Forest Row Centre (Pitch 1)

Old Chelmsfordians Res  4 – 1  Sungate Dev.  | Lawford Lane

Shenfield AFC Res  1 – 1  Canning Town Res  | The Drive

Roydon P – P Wakering Sports A


EOFL Division Five Results

AS Rawreth Res  0 – 2  Leigh Ramblers Res

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  2 – 1  Collier Row Res

Epping Town Res  1 – 3  Herongate Athletic Res

Pitsea Athletic Res 1 – 4  Runwell Sports Res

Old Barkabbeyans  2 – 3  Snaresbrook Res

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

Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Venue: London Road (Back pitch)

2021-22 Season: Match 20

Saturday 4th September 2021 – 3pm KO

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

Leigh Ramblers: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks



Rayleigh defeat Ramblers with a good display at London Road

Rayleigh Town  2 – 1  Leigh Ramblers

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

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

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



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

Half-Time:  Rayleigh Town  0 – 0 Leigh Ramblers

Rams Skipper Ryan Lowe about to launch the ball forward

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

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



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

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


Full-Time: Rayleigh Town 2 – 1  Leigh Ramblers

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

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

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

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


Rayleigh Town  | Manager: Paul Higgins

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

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

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

Booked: H Higgins | Sub Not Used: Baldry


Leigh Ramblers  |  Manager: Mark Hunter   |

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

Goal-scorer: Dan Williams [90′ +4]

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

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


Referee: Karl Dunnage
Assistants: Zara Wickert & Daniel Mann

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

Hello and welcome to the latest action from the Essex Alliance League, which continues on this blog under the “Guest Blog” strand. This shortened edition looks at the second weekend of the Regional Feeder League that took place on Saturday 28 August. My thanks to the EAL’s Rob Parker. This round-up is posted with the author’s permission, with additional reporting by Scott W. Thanks for reading.

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

Essex Alliance League Senior Division – Saturday 28 August

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

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

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

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


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

Senior Division

DT FC  v  Woodford East    | the Harlow Arena 3G

FC Petrocub  v  FC Baresi    | Noak Hill 3G

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

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

Tower Utd  v Jolof Sports   | Mabley Green 3G


Premier Division

Dagenham Utd  v  Crookz Utd   | Castle Green Leisure Centre

Eastside  v  Frenford A   | Hackney Marshes

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


Division One

Renegade  v  RCXI    | Hackney Marshes

S21-22 Match Report: Southend Manor 1 – 1 St Margaretsbury (Tues 10 Aug) [ESL 21/22 11.8.21]

Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 52

2021-22 Season: Match 9

Tuesday 10 August 2021 – 7.45pm KO

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

St Margs: Red Shirts, Black Shorts, Red Shorts

Southchurch Park pitch pre-match

Manor share the points in hard-fought encounter

Southend Manor  1 – 1  St Margaretsbury

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

This week’s midweek match saw a trip to Southend to see Manor welcome St Margaretsbury in the Essex Senior. Manor were again in action three days after their FA Cup progression at the weekend and were missing several players. They fielded a defensive four of Josh Brocklebank, Aaron Marshall, James Hegarty and captain Kiah Froud. They also started with the same front three as last time out with Josh Devlin and Jordan Chambers supporting focal point Luca Frankis. Among the options on the bench were forwards Harry Rogers and Luke Jackson plus midfielder Connor Cobb. Ray Bartlett’s St Margs side had on-loan Hullbridge stopper Christian North in goal, with a back four of skipper Andrew Greenslade, Joe Parmley and centre-backs Tom Hayden and Aiden Read. Ricardo Adewuyi and Sam Rogers were on the flanks, supporting front two Roddy Lemba and Kyle Roberts. The visitors’ options from the sidelines included Napier Brown and Marvin Wray.

Both sides were gradually working their way into the contest early on, as St Margaretsbury central midfielder Dan Palmer fired a strike over the crossbar a few minutes in. Manor had an early setback as forward Luca Frankis had to be withdrawn after just ten minutes, with Harry Rogers replacing him. The hosts couldn’t quite find their final pass in the opposition area, but forward Jordan Chambers was again posing a threat with his pace and movement. On eleven minutes, St Margs forward Roddy Lemba had a glimpse of Jack Allen’s goal but a good interception by home defender James Hegarty denied that potential chance.

It was a warning though for Manor, and they fell behind on eighteen minutes. A fine run down the right flank by teenage winger Sam Rogers ended with a great cross which found Ricardo Adewuyi at the back post who sent in a good header from close range. As it turned out, that lead only stood for five minutes as Manor levelled. A set-piece delivered in made its way in a congested penalty box to substitute Harry Rogers who prodded the ball home from close range after evading the visiting defence.

The match was getting increasingly open at this point as chances built up for both sides. On the stroke of the half-hour, a surging run by St Margs full-back Andrew Greenslade found Lemba who narrowly sent a powerful header over the woodwork. Again, the hosts responded with Aaron Marshall making good runs from left-back. Half-time was quickly approaching as the chances continued. Five minutes before the break, another good centre from Sam Rogers found Adewuyi whse effort was denied by Allen whilst at the other end, Harry Rogers couldn’t get enough power on his strike which allowed visiting goalkeeper Christian North to gather. Rogers had another chance for the hosts just before the interval after being found by a deep cross from Manor midfielder Jordan Faulkner but Rogers couldn’t direct his effort on goal.

Half-Time:  Southend Manor 1 – 1  St Margaretsbury

The second half was set-up nicely but the chances weren’t quite as frequent. Two minutes after the restart, Manor’s Josh Devlin powered a twenty-yard strike at North’s goal but the ‘keeper was alert and gathered. Adewuyi was involved in another decent St Margs move as the hour mark was in sight, as Palmer again fired narrowly wide. The hosts did build up pressure on the visiting defence as the match entered its final twenty minutes. Manor substitute Luke Jackson did well to get a fierce strike in but North was equal to it. Manor centre-back Hegarty had a header wide of goal as well. St Margs also had a header from defender Aiden Read who went just over and a fizzing effort from forward Kyle Roberts which sailed wide too.

Unfortunately, for the visitors the match ended on a less positive note as full-back Joe Parmley was given a straight red card by referee Adam Miller for a hard tackle on Manor midfielder Ethan Evison, which left him needing treatment for several minutes. The challenge also brought about an ensuing melee for a couple of minutes after. After that had settled down, Manor had one chance in added-time as a good ball by Shawn Coe found substitute Connor Cobb who somehow skewed his strike wide.

Full-Time: Southend Manor  1 – 1 St Margaretsbury

St Margs probably will be pleased with a point although both sides had chances to put the match beyond their opponents. That being said, Manor are also harder to beat at present and will hope that continues. In my view, Manor midfielders Ethan Evison and Jordan Faulkner had good games here, showing good passing and movement. Kiah Froud led the home defence well again with a typically hard-working display, and forward Jordan Chambers also did well to stretch the opposition backline here. For St Margaretsbury, Tom Hayden had a really good game at the heart of their defence, while winger Sam Rogers showed a lot of energy and good passing for most of the game. Dan Palmer also did well in centre midfield plus forward Roddy Lemba was a good physical presence in attack and was unfortunate to not get on the score-sheet.

Thanks to both clubs for their assistance with this report & best wishes to them both for the season ahead.

Teams

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

Starting XI: 1 Jack Allen (GK), 2 Josh Brocklebank, 3 Aaron Marshall (15 Luke Jackson 65′), 4 Jordan Faulkner, 5 James Hegarty, 6 Kiah Froud (Capt), 7 Shawn Coe, 8  Ethan Evison, 9 Luca Frankis (11 Harry Rogers 10′), 10 Josh Devlin, 14 Jordan Chambers (16 Connor Cobb 76′)

Goal-scorer: Harry Rogers [23′]

Booked: Evison, Brocklebank   | Subs Not Used: Frost, Acquah

St Margaretsbury  | Manager: Ray Bartlett | Assistant: James Falaise 

Starting XI: 1 Christian North (GK), 2 Andrew Greenslade (Capt) (17 Marvin Wray 76′), 3 Joe Parmley, 4 Dominic Wynter-Stephens, 5 Tom Hayden (16 Jake Hayden-Eley 66′), 6 Aiden Read, 7 Sam Rogers, 8 Dan Palmer, 18 Roddy Lemba, 10 Kyle Roberts, 11 Ricardo Adewuyi (14 Napier Brown 66′)

Goal-scorer: Ricardo Adewuyi [18′]

Booked: Lemba  | Sent Off: Parmley

Subs Not Used: McPherson, Ali

Referee: Adam Miller
Assistants: Glenn Michaels & Robert Collins

S21-22 Match Report: Southend Manor 1 – 0 London Colney [FA Cup EPR] (FAC 7.8.21)

The FA Cup 2021-22 – Extra Preliminary Round

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 79

2021-22 Season: Match 8

Saturday 7th August 2021 – 3pm KO

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

L Colney: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue & White Socks

Manor do enough to prevail over Colney at Southchurch

Southend Manor  1 – 0  London Colney

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

After a reluctant week off, it was the turn of the FA Cup to return this weekend. With the initial choice rained off, it was a trip to Southend to see Manor take on Spartan South Midlands Premier side London Colney, managed by former Peterborough striker Ken Charlery.

The hosts’ starting side included a few known names with the forward line led by Luca Frankis, with support from Josh Devlin and Jordan Chambers.  Teenage midfielder Isaac Acquah was making his senior debut in midfield, with a back four of full-backs Josh Brocklebank and the on-loan Shawn Coe, with centre-backs Alex Jenkins and James Hegarty. Their options from the bench included Ethan Evison, defender Kiah Froud and forward Luke Jackson. London Colney fielded giant goalkeeper Therry Allan-Belleau with a defensive four in front of him comprised of Andrew Simmons and Jordan Gill plus centre-backs Mickey Shuttleworth and skipper Joe Reynolds. Their forward line included Finbar King, Herbie Townsend and Kambo Smith. Their substitutes included Zaid Baker, Jake Clarke and Aiden Tolley.

The match began in quite a scrappy way, with both sides unable to seize the initative in tricky conditions as the familar coastal wind was in attendance. An early move down the left flank involving full-back Jordan Gill and winger Wilberforce Ocran may not have led to a firm chance for London Colney but showed that the hosts had to be alert from the early stages. The first chance of note came on ten minutes as a free-kick on the left side outside the 18-yard area by skipper Joe Elliott was sent in low but didn’t unduly test visiting goalkeeper Therry Allan-Belleau who managed to gather. Colney responded on seventeen minutes as forward Kambo Smith was played in well but with only home custodian Jack Allen to bypass, Smith’s strike was well clawed away by the Manor stopper.


In what was quite a low-tempo match thus far, Manor couldn’t take a good chance on twenty-three minutes as a fine cross by right-back Josh Brocklebank found forward Luca Frankis but Frankis’ decent header went just over the crossbar. Colney couldn’t construe a consistent ream of chances at the other end though and their only chance of the half came as centre-back Mickey Shuttleworth powered a header narrowly over the goal.

Half-Time:  Southend Manor  0 – 0  London Colney

The second half did provide a more enterprising beginning as Colney began to find their passing rhythm which led to forward Herbie Townsend firing a good strike wide of the right-side post. The visitors sought to keep up this good play a minute later as a good move involving Ocran and Smith found forward Finbar King who also struck wide but it kept stopper Allen alert. With the clock becoming a factor, Manor spurned another good chance as Frankis sent in another good header, this time it cannoned off the woodwork.

However, with fifteen minutes remaining, Manor did break the deadlock as a fine run by Jordan Chambers in the opposition penalty box was not dealt with by the Colney defence, and Chambers managed to play in support forward Josh Devlin who kept his composure and struck a low effort past Allan-Belleau and into the net. The visitors had two good chances to force a replay late on but substitute Zaid Baker’s effort was denied by Allen. Soon after, another strike by Townsend was narrowly wide of Allen’s goal. Unfortunately, the visitors’ frustrations were compounded late on as replacement Aiden Tolley did well to stay with the advancing Evison who had evaded his team-mates but Tolley brought him down just outside the area with only Allan-Belleau to bypass, which saw Tolley dismissed. Shuttleworth was also sent off soon afterward for a second yellow to restrict Colney to nine men.

Full-Time: Southend Manor  1 – 0  London Colney

To summarise the match, Manor did enough to progress although the margin could have been a little more comfortable. Even so, it is decent prize money of over £1,000 in reaching the Prelim Round. Colney will be disappointed by their performance but on another day they could well have forced a replay. In terms of stand-out performances here, Manor were led well in attack by tough forward Luca Frankis, who was an aerial threat and kept moves going well for the hosts. Fellow forwards Jordan Chambers and Josh Devlin also contributed to the visiting defence’s headache with good runs, good hold-up play by Chambers and good pace by both him and Devlin. Finally, full-back Shawn Coe also showed good energy, made a few important interceptions and assisted a solid defence today. For Colney, I felt skipper Joe Reynolds had a good game marshalling his side’s backline, with Wilberforce Ocran also doing his best to keep forward moves going, along with midfielder Anthony Stockman and forward Herbie Townsend who definitely looked to get on the ball and keep his side on the offensive.

Finally, I’d like to Wish Colney a good campaign and wish Manor well in the next round, where they face a trip to Step 4 side Felixstowe & Walton Utd. Thanks for reading.

Teams

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

Starting XI: 1 Jack Allen (GK), 2 Josh Brocklebank, 3 Shawn Coe, 4 Jordan Faulkner, 5 James Hegarty, 6 Alex Jenkins (Capt in 2nd Half), 7 Joe Elliott (Capt in 1st half) (12 Kiah Froud 46′), 8 Isaac Acquah (14 Ethan Evison 60′), 9 Luca Frankis, 10 Josh Devlin, 11 Jordan Chambers (15 Luke Jackson 90′ +1)

Goal-scorer: Josh Devlin [75′]

Booked: Faulkner  | Subs Not Used: Marshall, Rogers

London Colney  | Manager: Ken Charlery | Assistant: Callum Fowler 

Starting XI: 1 Therry Allan-Belleau (GK), 2 Andrew Simmons, 3 Jordan Gill, 4 Jack Mace (16 Aiden Tolley 80′), 5 Joe Reynolds (Capt), 6 Mickey Shuttleworth, 7 Wilberforce Ocran, 8 Anthony Stockman, 9 Finbar King, 10 Herbie Townsend, 18 Kambo Smith

Booked: Simmons, Gill | Sent Off: Tolley (Straight Red), Shuttleworth (Two Yellows)

Referee: Daniel Baines

S2021-22 Match Report: Cockfosters 6 – 1 Woodford Town (Sat 31 July) [ESL 21/22 1.8.21]

ESL crest

Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Chalk Lane

Attendance: 205

2021-22 Season: Match 7

Saturday 31st July 2021 – 3pm KO

Cockfosters: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Woodford: Yellow Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Both sides’ observing a minute’s pre-match applause for the NHS

Dominant performance sees ‘Fosters off to a super start at Chalk Lane

Cockfosters  6 – 1  Woodford Town

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

Additional Photo by Peter D [@Twitter: @ped1980]

The second match of the opening weekend saw me return to the characterful Chalk Lane to see a side in Cockfosters that I felt may surprise a few in the top part of the Essex Senior table. Player-Manager Ryan Wade’s side faced Woodford Town, who are still managed by joint-managers Dee Safer & Julian Charles and will shortly move into their much-talked about new ground at Ashton’s. The incessant rain we’ve had in the South East of England this week continued before kick-off but it didn’t affect the quality of the game.

The hosts line-up included a number of players who impressed last season. New goalkeeper, former Enfield Town stopper Matt Nolan started behind a defence of skipper Luke Marshall at right-back, with Danny Haigh and Michael Okafor at centre-back with Prince Madu at left-back. The forward line was led by Billy Healey and new signing Charncey Dash, with chief support coming from the flanks from Reece Mosanya and George Beattie. A youthful bench included the likes of Taylor Wild, Billy Blackwell and forward Jack Hockney. Woodford also named a new stopper in Lee Haylock, with Abdus Salami and Bailey Brown as centre-backs. Skipper Jaydon Charles looked to build attacks from midfield, with Ramiah Mills and Luke May May-Parrott supporting forwards Rasheed Salau and George Thompson, Their bench included rapid forward Richard Asamoah and midfielder Tyriq Alexander.

Right from the opening minutes, Cockfosters started with clear desire to gain the adavantage. The first of several fine passing moves involved winger Reece Mosanya, midfielder Kaidyn Michael and left-back Prince Madu led to a decent strike by forward Billy Healey which visiting custodian Lee Haylock did well to deny. With eight minutes on the watch, a good threaded pass by Madu down the left to winger George Beattie who then found Mosanya well before the latter’s fierce strike which powered off the crossbar. Nervy moment for the Town defence averted. Unfortunately for Woodford, they would concede just after the quarter-hour. Moments after Haylock pulled off another good save from Kaidyn Michael’s initial effort, the hosts kept possession and Healey’s looping centre found strike partner Charncey Dash who easily headed the ball in from mere yards out. Haylock was in action again a couple of minutes later as Mosanya broke past the Woodford defence again though the Town stopper again denied Mosanya’s decent strike.

Mosanya continued his fine performance as midway through the half, another surging run down the right side ended with a well-placed centre, to which Beattie latched on to at the far post and stroked home past the unfortunate Haylock to double the hosts’ advantage. Woodford had a decent five-minute spell with the half-hour approaching, as forward George Thompson’s effort was well-blocked by ‘Fosters centre-back Michael Okafor and then, a good mazy run by winger Luke May-Parrott on the edge of the penalty area ended with his strike tipped wide by home goalkeeper Matt Nolan.

Unsurprisingly, this stirred the hosts into a reaction and they extend their lead on the half-hour. Another fine long pass by Michael found advancing right-back Luke Marshall who in turn found Beattie who sent home another good low finish to give his side a three-goal lead. Four minutes afterward, tall forward Dash evaded his marker in Town defender Bailey Brown before bringing another good save out of Town stopper Haylock, who simply kept his side in the match in the first half with a number of good saves. Cockfosters did notch a fourth goal though on 37 minutes as Mosanya finally got a deserved goal with a fine finish into the left-sided corner.

Half-Time:  Cockfosters  4 – 1  Woodford Town

After an impressive first-half, you may have thought the hosts would move into a slightly more defensive mode after the interval. This wasn’t the case although Woodford did have more of the ball in the early stages as winger Ramiah Mills nearly forced an error by Nolan. The hosts responded and after a good move involving Mosanya and Dash led to another strike on goal by Healey but it fizzed over the goal frame. Ryan Wade & Tony Faulkner’s side did add to their goal tally on fifty-eight minutes as George Beattie was well played in again and again, fired home a crisp strike into the left corner to complete a super treble, much to the delight of his team-mates (pictured) & fans.

Cockfosters players celebrate Beattie’s treble [Image by Peter D]

Only a minute later, it was six for the home side as a fine finish from Billy Healey found the net. The tiring Woodford defence were unable to stop the rapid wave of Cockfosters forward attacks, and on 71 minutes two substitutes combined as as forward Jack Hockney found Billy Blackwell but the over-worked Haylock did well to deny another well-hit strike. The hosts would’ve been a little frustrated as Town did get on the score-sheet three minutes later through a well-taken finish by Rasheed Salau into the right corner of the net.

The hosts were still keen to add to their goal-scoring haul though Hockney was unable to beat Haylock on two occasions, the second occasion Hockney was well found by Michael who had beaten two defenders for pace. All in all though, the hosts will be very happy with the result & performance and it was really good to see it first-hand. Woodford will need to be stronger defensively and start matches better but you had to feel for the players and the management team on what was a tough afternoon for them.

Full-Time: Cockfosters  6 – 1  Woodford Town

To summarise the match, the hosts really did make a statement of intent from early on in this match. They were very impressive and although one-sided matches aren’t always great to see, the ‘Fosters could have scored ten here. Woodford were simply unable to stem the flow of attacks the hosts mustered in the first half, though they did have more joy after the break. For Cockfosters, George Beattie had an excent match and was hungry for goals and it showed with three good goals, as well as his movement and pace. Winger Reece Mosanya was hugely influential as well and was too strong for the opposite with his passing, energy and speed. Billy Healey led the line well alongside new recruit Charncey Dash, they both deserved to get on the score-sheet as they did. Dynamic midfielder Kaidyn Michael’s passing, speed and energy also made a telling contribution to a day they won’t soon forget.

Woodford were very grateful to goalkeeper Lee Haylock who made no less than six good saves and he can be very pleased with his performance today. Winger Luke May-Parrott was also a good outlet down the flank showing good dribbling and movement to ensure the home defence kept their focus. Right-back Jack Murray-Sharpe showed decent composure as well in looking to build attacks and substitute Richard Asamoah also did well to stretch the tiring defence late on in the match. Finally, I’d like to say thanks to the hosts for their assistance and best wishes to both teams for the rest of the campaign.

Line-ups:

Cockfosters    | Player-Manager: Ryan Wade  | Assistant: Tony Faulkner

Starting XI: 1 Matt Nolan (GK), 2 Luke Marshall (Capt) (15 Matt Thomson 79′), 3 Prince Madu, 4 Zivonimir Lopes, 5 Danny Haigh, 6 Michael Okafor, 7 Reece Mosanya, 8 Kaidyn Michael, 9 Billy Healey (16 Jack Hockney 61′), 10 Charncey Dash (14 Billy Blackwell 71′), 11 George Beattie 

Goal-scorers: Charncey Dash [16′], George Beattie [21′, 30′ & 58′], Billy Healey [59′]

Booked: None   | Subs Not Used: Wild, Wade

Woodford Town  | Joint-Managers: Dee Safer & Julian Charles 

Starting XI: 1 Lee Haylock (GK), 2 Jack Murray-Sharpe, 3 Jonathan Makaku, 4  Jaydon Charles (Capt), 5 Abdus Salami, 6 Bailey Brown, 7 Ramiah Mills (15 Luke McElroy 69′), 8 Joshua Gravesande, 9 George Thompson (12 Tyriq Alexander 50′), 10 Rasheed Salau, 11 Luke May-Parrott (14 Richard Asamoah 56′)

Goal-scorers: Rasheed Salau [74′]

Booked: Salau & 1 more (unknown) | Subs Not Used: Lewis, Bayo

Referee: James Keane
Assistants: Daniel Smith & Joshua Evans