Preview: Essex Olympian League (Sat 14 Dec) [EOFL 19/20 12.12.19]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to my preview of Essex Olympian League action on Saturday 14th December. The Olympian League gets its own Half-Season Report episode on Grassroots Football Show, set for next Thursday (19th Dec), check out @ELRFootball on Twitter for details. This weekend’s are highly likely to be subject to change/postponement due to inclement weather, with the exception of artificial pitches, noted as [3G] below.

Saturday 14 December

Premier Division


Basildon Town  v  Catholic Utd    | Basildon Sports Club

Canning Town   v   Sungate    | West Ham Community Grd [3G]

Harold Wood Athletic  v    Old Southendian   | Harold Wood Rec

Kelvedon Hatch   v    Shenfield AFC    | New Hall

Leigh Ramblers   v   Buckhurst Hill    | Belfairs Park

Springfield   v   Bishop’s Stortford Swifts    | Springfield Hall Park


Senior Division One

Chingford Athletic  v   Lakeside   | Town Mead [3G]

Galleywood   v   Herongate Athletic    | Clarkes Field (* 2.30pm KO)

Old Chelmsfordians  v    Toby   | Lawford Lane

Rayleigh Town Res    v    Manford Way  | London Road

Snaresbrook   v   Runwell Sports   | Nutters Field


Anagram Records Trophy – Hutton  v  FC Hamlets  | Polo Fields


Senior Division Two

Beacon Hill Rovers  v  Laindon Orient   | Wickham Bishops Sports Ground (1.30pm KO)

Corinthians  v  Harold Wood Athletic Res  | Stambridge Memorial Ground

Epping Town  v  Wakering Sports   | Stonards Hill

May & Baker Res  v  Rochford Town  | May & Baker FC

Old Southendian Res  v  Leigh Town   | Garon Park



Senior Division Three

Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  v  Basildon Town Res   | Lower Road

Leigh Town Res  v  Corinthians Res    | John Burrows Recreation Ground

Wakebury  v  Collier Row   | Shoebury Park

White Ensign Res  v  Hutton Res   | Len Forge Centre [3G]

Lakeside Res  v  ACD Utd  | Lakeside Sports Ground [3G]




Senior Division Four

Roydon  v  Ongar Town Res  (1.30pm KO)

Forest Glade  v  Catholic Utd  Res

Laindon Orient Res  v  Canning Town Res

Leytonstone Utd  v  Old Chelmsfordians Res

Shenfield AFC Res  v  Galleywood Res

Wakering Sports Res  v  Chingford Athletic Development


Senior Division Five

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  v  Springfield Res

Collier Row Res  v  Herongate Athletic Res

Roydon Res  v  Leigh Ramblers Res

Runwell Sports Res  v  Newbury Forest Res

Wakering Sports Development  v  Shoebury Town Res



Mini-Report: AFC Basildon 6 – 4 Stevenage Women (Sun 8th Dec) [Women’s 19/20 8.12.19]

FA Women’s National League – Division One South East

Venue: Park Lane

2019 – 20 Season: Match 45

Saturday 8th December 2019 – 2.00pm KO

Basildon: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

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



AFC Basildon hit six in brilliant battle with Stevenage at Park Lane

AFC Basildon 6 – 4  Stevenage


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

A rare Sunday match saw me join fellow Non-League correspondent Pete Dudley (Twitter: @ped1980) in travelling to Canvey Island’s Park Lane for this FAWNL Division One South East match between AFC Basildon Ladies and Stevenage Women.

This match gathered pace quickly, certainly assisted by a very early goal as Alex Bailess struck high into the net past Stevenage goalkeeper Grace Brooks after skipper Mollie Debell’s initial effort was blocked. The home forward pair of Holly Turner and Kelly Wealthall were causing the visiting defence problems with both having chances to add to the hosts’ goal-tally. Basildon did double their advantage with 26 minutes gone as Turner manufactured some space behind the Stevenage defence and slotted home, with only Brooks to bypass.

It nearly got better for the hosts nine minutes later as Wealthall glided an effort narrowly wide of the goal frame. Credit to the visitors though as they halved their deficit eight minutes before the interval as skipper Amy Makewell raced beyond the home backline before confidently firing home to make it 2 – 1. The half did not end there though as with moments remaining, Wealthall did get on the score-sheet, evading her marker before curling her effort well into the corner.

Half-Time: AFC Basildon  3 – 1 Stevenage


The second half had something to live up to though Basildon did have the majority of the possession and with it, the attacking play. Stevenage did have the odd foray forward and as we began after the interval, they had substitute Erin Pope to thank for a superb strike finding the far corner from a narrowing angle. The hosts responded immediately and after seeing one well-struck drive crash off the woodwork, they did restore a two-goal advantage as a cross by Holly Turner was spilled by Brooks and Wealthall was there in the ‘right place, right time’ to grab a tap-in on 49 minutes. It was a case of ‘deja vu’ only three minutes later as Wealthall happily grabbed a hat-trick, thanks to another close range finish.


Both sides were showing good energy levels, particularly the home side and skipper DeBell exemplified that from right-back. There was a late flurry of goals to send the crowd home happy as first, Makewell grabbed a second as as a powerful free-kick evaded the home custodian, who was somewhat distracted by Pope in her eye-line. That made it 5 – 3 though it only stayed that way for five minutes before a good header at the near-post by Jodie Osborne was too powerful for the unfortunate Brooks to save, despite getting a glove on it.

The scoring literally ended with the last kick of the match, somewhat fittingly as Ashleigh Deacon’s low strike added a fourth for the visitors who may look back on their first-half performance with some frustration. All in all though, despite the chill of a December afternoon, the quality on show from both sides was a terrific advert for the Women’s game and credit has to go to both teams. Basildon remain 6th after this win, their fifth of the season while Stevenage stay 8th. Thanks also to the club for their kind comments post-match.

Full-Time: AFC Basildon 6 – 4  Stevenage

Goal-scorers (Basildon): Alex Bailess [1’], Holly Turner [26’], Kelly Wealthall [44’, 49’ & 52’], Jodie Osborne [88’]

Goal-scorers (Stevenage): Amy Makewell [37’ & 83’], Erin Pope [46’] & Ashleigh Deacon [90’+1]

Preview: Essex Senior League (Sat 23 November) [ESL 19/20 21.11.19]

Manor v Cockfosters (Archive Image by Scott W)

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

Hello and welcome to this week’s preview of the Essex Senior action this weekend as nine matches take place.

Saturday 23 November – 3pm KOs

Cockfosters  v  Woodford Town  | Chalk Lane

Woodford are the next visitors to Chalk Lane as they face Cockfosters this weekend. Ryan Wade’s side are entering a blip as they lost at Sawbridgeworth last weekend, to be followed by a loss to Redbridge in midweek at home. Woodford’s week has been slightly better, as their two home games in the last week saw them hold Saffron Walden in a match they nearly won, with tht being followed up by a defeat to Sporting Bengal Utd in midweek to leave them tenth going into this match. I believe this one will be a highly-entertaining encounter with a few goals in it. Going to venture towards an away win as Town’s rapid attacking line will take some stopping.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2


Hadley  v  Tower Hamlets   | Brickfield Lane

Hadley’s run of home matches continues with Hamlets making the trip to Brickfield Lane. The Bricks have convincingly won their last two league matches at home against Clapton and Ilford. Tower Hamlets were beaten well by Walthamstow last weekend and although they will give Anthony Clark’s side a good test, the hosts look very strong indeed at present and with games in hand on all the current top four (Hashtag, Saffron Walden, Takeley & Walthamstow) they cannot be ignored, far from it. Home win for moi.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1


Hoddesdon Town  v Sawbridgeworth Town | Lowfield

Hoddesdon face local rivals Sawbridgeworth in what is an important match for both sides, for very different reasons. Simon Riddle’s team were last in action in midweek where they drew with Ilford, also at home. Sawbo finally got that first league win last weekend, defeating Cockfosters though in midweek they lost out at home to reinvigorated Stansted. The hosts only have one win in their last five matches and are losing pace with the top four while Lee Mackman’s visitors will want to claw some points back to close in on nearest rivals Clapton and Southend Manor. This is a hard one to call though the Lilywhites are unquestionably a tough side to beat, so that may edge it in their favour.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


Ilford  v  West Essex    | Cricklefield

The Foxes welcome the Stags to Cricklefield. The squad rebuild is well underway for Jonny Fowell’s team and they did well to draw at Hoddesdon in midweek, while West battled hard before succumbing to leaders Hashtag at Mayesbrook last weekend. The hosts haven’t won in three matches while Kwame Kwateng’s West side have lost their last four on-the-spin. Honestly, I think the visitors will take a point here & that could well happen.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1


Redbridge  v  Enfield   | Oakside

Redbridge face Enfield at Oakside in a re-run of their Errington Cup tie from the end of last month. The Motormen won that tie, though have had contrasting fortunes in the last week. A hefty loss to Stansted last weekend was bridged by a good win at Cockfosters in midweek. Two wins in their last eight games isn’t great though and their home form they will know needs some sprucing up (one win in five thus far). Enfield’s week hasn’t been super either. They made Takeley work hard last weekend before falling to defeat and Saffron Walden handed them another loss in midweek. The tide will turn for Matt Hanning’s side and it could do here as Micky Wetherall’s team looks for that old adage: consistency.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


Saffron Walden Town  P- P  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Catons Lane

Scott’s would-be Prediction: 3 – 1

Update: This match at Catons Lane is now off due to issues at the grund caused by the recent downturn in weather. It will be played in due course.


St Margaretsbury   v  Takeley  | The Recreation Ground

St Mags take on in-form Takeley at the Rec. Ray Bartlett & Tony Wild’s side have had two weeks off league-related action though did exit the Herts County Cup in midweek away at Ware in a nine-goal thriller. Their last league match was a good win at Ilford though this will be an altogether different test. Marc Das’ side have beaten Enfield and Walthamstow in the last week, both away from home to extend their winning run to five matches to sit 3rd, two points adrift of leaders Hashtag. It’s hard to see the visitors not racking up another win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3


Stansted  v  Clapton   | Hargrave Park

The Airportmen face Clapton at Hargrave Park. Messrs Pittuck & Watters have overseen a fine week with wins over Redbridge and Sawbridgeworth. The ‘Blue Brazil’ have five wins on-the-bounce now which has rocketed them up to 7th in the table before this weekend. The Tons have had ten days off after their loss to Takeley. It would be a surprise if Stansted don’t get another three points here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1


Walthamstow  v  Southend Manor    | Wadham Lodge

Finally this weekend, ‘Stow seek to get rid of the memory of rare loss in midweek as they face Manor at Wadham Lodge. Ryan Maxwell’s side overwhelmed Hamlets last weekend before coming unstuck themselves in a gritty battle with Takeley in midweek which saw them drop to fourth after their 12-match unbeaten streak this term ended. Manor have had a week off following a narrow loss at Saffron Walden. Could be another battle this but you’d be surprised if the hosts did not prevail.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 0

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri 15/Sat 16 Nov) [ESL 19/20 17.11.19]

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

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Senior League round-up of all seven ESL matches this weekend. Thanks for reading.


Essex Senior League

Friday 15th Nov

Woodford Town 1 – 1 Saffron Walden Town | Harlow Arena | Att: 123

Woodford backed up last week’s win at Redbridge with a spirited display against Walden at the Harlow Arena. Anis Mehmeti got the opener for the hosts after twenty minutes and it looked like the Towners were going to consign Saffron Walden to a demoralising defeat. Not so though. Gavin Cockman popped up deep in added time to salvage a point and extended the Bloods unbeaten run to three matches. Woodford rise to ninth as one of four teams on twenty points. Walden lose ground on their rivals and fall to fourth as all of their immediate rivals won this weekend.

Saturday 16th Nov

Enfield  1 – 2   Takeley   | Woodside | Att: 101

Takeley were made to work hard to gain an important win at Enfield. In a match where both goalkeepers excelled, Sam Taylor put the hosts ahead after just four minutes, though that lead lasted all of two minutes before Charncey Dash levelled for the visitors. Mitchell Das’ spot-kick three minutes after the interval ended up being the winner as Marc Das’ team gained a fourth win on-the-bounce to rise up to third, ahead of Walden on goal difference. Enfield remain 14th.


Hadley   7 – 0  Ilford  | Brickfield Lane  | Att: 78

Hadley kept up their envied record at home as they smashed Ilford at Brickfield Lane. The damage was surely done in the opening half-hour as Cameron Ferguson’s early brace on 6 and 18 minutes put Jonny Fowell’s side on the back-foot. Sam Edwards made it three for the Bricks six minutes later and the one-sided nature of the match continued after the interval. Solomon Ofori grabbed a double [48’ & 73’] to make it nine league goals* for Hadley this term. Manny Hammond and Sam Lyon also struck late on to make it an incredible 15 goals in Hadley’s last two home games, without conceding. They sit 5th, six points ahead of Cockfosters in 6th after their seventh consecutive league win. Ilf remain third-bottom, nine points above Sawbo.


Sawbridgeworth Town  3 – 2  Cockfosters | Crofters | Att: 35

Sawbridgeworth emerged from this battle with Cockfosters with their first league win of the season. Either side of the interval was the crucial time as Myles Passley struck a quick -fire brace [44’ &49’] to really put Ryan Wade’s side up against it. Moyo Jordan-Ajibade backed up a promising start to his time to the club with the third eight minutes later. Wade himself got one back for ‘Fosters with eleven minutes left, though time was running short to force a draw despite substitute George Beattie’s added-time second for the visitors. Sawbo have cut the gap to nearest rivals Clapton to six points. Cockfosters remain sixth though they lose their four-match unbeaten run here.


Stansted  6 – 1  Redbridge    | Hargrave Park | Att: 77

The Airportmen had a highlight for their season here as they heavily defeated Redbridge at Hargrave Park. Connor Hammond broke the stalemate with 32 minutes played. Darnel Bromfield made it even-stevens going into the interval, though unfortunately for the visitors, it was not a second half they will recall fondly. Hammond restored Stansted’s lead just two minutes after the break before Ryan Ramsey made it three just shy of the hour mark. A late treble salvo by Sam West [78’], Jack Mitchell [79’] and a Daniel Cheema goal two minutes from time meant Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ side made it four straight wins to rise to 11th place. The Motormen have lost four on-the-spin now and stay 15th.

Tower Hamlets  0 – 4  Walthamstow   | Mile End | Att: 48

Walthamstow took advantage of an early sending off for Hamlets to complete a comfortable win at Mile End. Dwade James got the opener for ‘Stow with his 15th league goal* of the season for Ryan Maxwell’s side. Steven Carvell got the second at his old ground, with substitutes Ollie Fortune and Lewis Francis wrapping up the points to elevate ‘Stow to second spot. Hamlets drop to 12th after only their second defeat in five league matches.

(*Source = FA Full-Time ESL site)

West Essex  0 – 3  Hashtag Utd   | Mayesbrook Park | Att: 138

Leaders Hashtag extended their lead at the summit to four points with victory over West at Mayesbrook Park, in front of a healthy crowd of 138. The trio of Harry Honesty, Ross Gleed and George Smith got the goals for Jay Devereux’s side as they overcame the spirited Stags, who ultimately lacked end product as they fell to their fourth straight loss to remain 7th.

Preview: Essex Olympian League (Sat 16 November) [EOFL 19/20 14.11.19]

Archive Image: W Ensign Res v Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ from Sat 2 Nov (Image: Scott W)

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


Hello and welcome to this week’s listing of the Essex Olympian League action, this coming weekend (Saturday 16th November) in the Premier Division to Senior Five. Thanks for reading.

EOFL Crest

Essex Olympian Lge fixtures (2pm KO’s unless stated)

Premier Division

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  v Rayleigh Town   | Silver Leys

Buckhurst Hill v Leigh Ramblers    | Roding Lane

Harold Wood Athletic  v  Springfield   | Harold Wood Park (Pitch #1)

Hutton  v  Sungate    |  Polo Fields

Shenfield AFC  v  Old Southendian    |  St Martins Sch [3G]


Senior Division One

Old Chelmsfordians  v  Manford Way   | Lawford Lane

Ramsden Scotia  v  Ongar Town   | Nursery Sports Ground

Runwell Sports  v  Galleywood   | St Luke’s Park, Runwell


Shoebury Town  v  Toby   | Cupid’s CC (Pitch #2)

Snaresbrook  v  Chingford Athletic   |  Nutters Field

Lakeside  v  Herongate Athletic  | Lakeside Sports Ground [3G] (2.30pm KO)


EOFL Senior League Cup (1.30pm KO)

ACD Utd  v  Catholic Utd   | Westlands Playing Fields

Roydon  v  Basildon Town  | Paringdon Sports Club


Essex Premier Cup (1.30pm KO) – Rayleigh Town Res v Kelvedon Hatch


Senior Division Two

Beacon Hill Rovers  v  Ryan   | Wickham Bishops Sports Ground

Corinthians  v  AS Rawreth  | Stambridge Memorial Ground

Laindon Orient  v  Harold Wood Athletic Res  | Ford’s Sports Club (Basildon)


Leigh Town  v  Wakering Sports  | John Burrows Recreation Ground

Old Southendian Res  v  May & Baker Res  | Garon Park

Rochford Town  v  Westhamians  | Rochford Recreation Ground


Senior Division Three

Basildon Town Res  v  Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  | Basildon Sports Club

Buckhurst Hill Res  v  Lakeside Res  | Roding Lane (Pitch #2)

Toby Res  v  Collier Row   | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park – Toby Pitch)

Wakebury  v  Hutton Res  | Shoebury Park

White Ensign Res  v  Leigh Town Res  | Len Forge Centre [3G]


Senior Division Four

Chingford Athletic Development  v  Ongar Town Res

Galleywood Res  v  Catholic Utd Res 

Leytonstone Utd  v  Old Chelmsfordians Res

Wakering Sports Res  v  Laindon Orient Res


Senior Division Five

Collier Row Res  v  Old Barkabbeyans

Herongate Athletic Res  v  Wakering Sports ‘A’

Leigh Ramblers Res  v  Newbury Forest Res

Roydon Res  v  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res

Springfield Res  v  Runwell Sports Res



Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri 8/Sat 9 Nov) [ESL 19/20 10.11.19]


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

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of the Essex Senior League action, which includes matches from the nine league matches on this Remembrance weekend of Saturday 9th November. Thanks for reading.

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Friday 8 November

Essex Senior League


Redbridge  1 – 2  Woodford Town   | Oakside | Att: 78

Woodford emerged from a tough battle with Redbridge at Oakside with all three points on Friday night. Andrea Montovani put the driven visitors ahead on 27 minutes. Town had more chances to go further ahead and they paid for those misses as Taylor Tombides [68’] levelled things up, though it was substitute Lance Ledgister who got a late winner for the Towners with three minutes to spare. I attended this match and if you’d like more, my report is here:


Saturday 9 November


Hadley  8 – 0  Clapton   | Brickfield Lane | Att: 45

Hadley maintained their brilliant home record as they crushed the Tons at Brickfield Lane. The Bricks were four goals up at half-time and had an ensemble cast of Alfie Bartram, Solomon Ofori, Cameron Ferguson, two from Luke Jupp plus Shaz Anwar and substitute Jason Rice to thank for this hugely dominant score-line. As a result, Hadley go into third after their sixth win in succession. Clapton’s fourth loss in their last five sees them remain second-bottom.


Hashtag Utd  5 – 2  Enfield   | Chadfields  | Att: 222

The Tags went through the gears to claim another big win, this time over out-of-form Enfield at Chadfields. Rapid winger Joshua Osude put Jay Devereux’s side ahead with 34 minutes gone, to which ex-West Essex forward Samraj Gill plundered a second with a great strike four minutes before the interval. Gill then teed up Jesse Waller-Lassen ten minutes after the restart. The E’s managed to get on the score-sheet thanks to skipper Ben Bradbury with twenty minutes remaining. The match had an entertaining finale as first, Harry Honesty made it 4 – 1 nine minutes from time, before Aundre Spencer got another one back for Matt Hanning’s side five minutes afterwards. Then at the death, Ross Gleed struck from 25 yards out in added-time to add a reminder of the threat Utd pose in the Essex Senior title race as they now extend their lead at the summit to six points, though all the rest of the top four have games in hand on them. Enfield’s third straight defeat sees them drop to 14th.


Ilford  0 – 2  St Margaretsbury   | Cricklefield | Att: 42

St Mags fought to a decent win over Ilford at Cricklefield. Ray Bartlett & Tony Wild’s side saw goal-hungry forward Kyle Roberts move to Ware this week, though had defender Dan Palmer to thank for putting them ahead here on eleven minutes. Ryan Reed then showed his ability once again with a fine free-kick two minutes from time. St Mags go back into the top ten while Ilford sit 16th.


Southend Manor  0 – 4  Cockfosters   | Southchurch Park | Att: 42

Cockfosters made the most of a superb start to claim the points over Southend Manor. Billy Healey put the visitors ahead after only three minutes, and continued to dazzle the slow-starting Manor side as Ned Clarke doubled that lead with six minutes played. Healey then got a third for Ryan Wade’s side with fourteen minutes gone and they were well on top. Despite Manor picking it up after the break, substitute George Beattie made it four five minutes from time after good work by fellow replacement Ceykan Karagozlu. I also attended this match, my report is here:



Stansted  3 – 2  Hoddesdon Town | Hargrave Park | Att: 62

The Airportmen retained their recent good vein of form as they resisted late pressure by the Lilywhites to grab the points at Hargrave Park. Ashaan Siddik joined the club from Sporting Bengal this week and he got the opener with 26 minutes on the watch. Two goals either side of the break from Connor Hammond [40’] and Daniel Cheema [47’] put Messrs Pittuck and Watters’ side in control. Though as ever, Hoddesdon do not ‘throw in the towel’ and gave their hosts a nervy finish as strikes by Isaac Marfo-Jacobs [77’] and Sam Cross with four minutes to play showed their typical resilience. Stansted held on for their third straight win which saw them rise to 12th, while Hoddy drop to eighth.


Takeley  2 – 1  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Station Road | Att: 61

Takeley got anther three points as they edged this battle with Sporting Bengal at Station Road. George Powell netted on ten minutes to put Marc Das’ side ahead, before two minutes after the restart, Jason Todd made it two. Bobby Redwood responded for Bengal five minutes after that on the eve on manager Imrul Gazi’s birthday. The hosts held on to rise stay fifth.


Tower Hamlets  3 – 2  West Essex   | Mile End | Att: 35

Hamlets made a stirring comeback to deny West Essex a much-needed victory at Mile End. Suaibo Balde struck twice for Hamlets here, with Anthony Folkes also on the scorer’s sheet, while Hakim Medfai and Cameron Gray goals had put the Stags ahead. Hamlets rise to 11th while West’s blip continues as they drop to seventh.


Walthamstow  0 – 0  Saffron Walden Town  | Wadham Lodge |

Finally, ‘Stow were held by Walden in this top-of-the-table clash at Eadham Lodge. Both sides may be happy with a point given the difficult the conditions though Town remain second, six points adrift of leaders Hashtag with Walthamstow dropping to fourth though retain their unbeaten record after ten matches.

Match Report: Redbridge 1 – 2 Woodford Town (Fri 8th Nov) [ESL 19/20 9.11.19]

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Essex Senior League

Venue: Oakside

Attendance: 78

2019 – 20 Season: Match 37

Friday 8th November 2019 – 7.45pm KO

Redbridge : Royal Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Woodford: Yellow Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks






Woodford strike late to grab win in entertaining battle at Oakside

Redbridge 1 – 2 Woodford Town

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

This Essex Senior weekend first saw me head to Oakside on Friday night to see Redbridge entertain Woodford Town in a battle of two mid-table sides. Redbridge fielded Jake Larkins between the posts, with centre-backs Dean Hall and recent acquisition Eamon Payne, and a front three of skipper Tom Harvey, Taylor Tombides and Tony Martin. Daniel Gilchrist, Rujorn Tuitt and James Barlow were all options from the bench. Woodford, now under the stewardship of boss Ross Weare, had Eli Benoit and Morgan Seaman as their full-backs with skipper Tola Odedoyin at centre-back alongside Joshua Steele and Lauric Diakiesse leading the line. The likes of Lance Ledgister, Chinua Archer and Tyler Fowles were options from the sideline.

Woodford certainly started the match on a strong footing, with forward Lauric Diakiesse powering a strike which flew back off a post with only four minutes gone. Minutes later, after a corner by skilful midfielder Andrea Mantovani, an initial effort by Diakiesse was blocked, which led to centre-back Joshua Steele hitting wide though the hosts would consider themselves warned at this point.  After 18 minutes, tricky winger Anis Mehmeti got in on the efforts on goal as he fizzed an effort wide too, while moments later, the Motormen’s first real sighter of goal saw forward Tony Martin blast a drive into the side-netting.

Action Still with Redbridge manager Micky Wetherall looking on from the sidelines (Image: Scott W)

As the rain lashed down on the ground, Woodford were showing all of their energy, pace and passion and were testing the home backline, with anchor midfielder Harvey Brown making two good interceptions in the first half. Eventually though, Town would not be denied and they broke the stalemate short of the half-hour as Mantovani curled in a low drive into the right-side corner after an initial effort was repelled by the Redbridge defence. Unsurprisingly, the already fired-up Woodford fans were revved up by the opener and Town had the ball in the net nine minutes before the break, though it was chalked off for an off-side.

Half-Time: Redbridge 0 – 1 Woodford Town

The second-half began with Steele again getting up from the back for the visitors and drilling an effort wide. The likes of Mehmeti and rapid winger Dion Lewis-Kirwan was really adding to the home side’s headache as they were too fast for defenders to stick tight to. That said, the Motormen did break back into proceedings as the hour mark approached as Martin played in the ever-threatening Taylor Tombides though he failed to beat visiting custodian Alex Reed, who gathered his effort well. Woodford were also dealt a blow as Diakiesse was shown a second yellow for an apparent tussle in the opposition area just past the hour mark.

Still image with Ross Weare watching on from Woodford Town dugout (Image: Scott W)

At the other end, home stopper Jake Larkins also denied Town superbly twice, with the latter occasion being from Steele, after being put in by Mehmeti. The amount of chances Town had to put the game away did cost them somewhat as midway through the second half, Martin unselfishly played in Tombides following a counter-attack, and the goal-hungry forward made no mistake from close range.  As we entered the last twenty minutes of the contest, it was the hosts’ turn to not make the most of chances as substitutes James Barlow and Dan Gilchrist were unable to bypass Reed in the Woodford goal. Redbridge substitute Rujorn Tuitt also had a strike deflected when well-placed in the latter stages though it was Town who ultimately got the points with three minutes remaining. A super run down the right channel ended with a pinpoint cross to substitute Lance Ledgister, who buried it in the corner past Larkins.


Full-Time: Redbridge 1 – 2 Woodford Town

In the end, Woodford’s pace and energy made life hard for Redbridge who created several chances themselves though ultimately fell to that late winner by substitute Ledgister. Considering the tricky conditions, this was a good marker for two good attacking sides & therefore a good ‘advert’ for the Essex Senior.

In terms of stand-out performances, for victors Woodford I must pay a special mention to livewire wingers Anis Mehmeti and Dion Lewis-Kirwan. Mehmeti was a constant threat with his trickery, pace and directness. Lewis-Kirwan also had a really good game and you have to respect his persistence having recently returned after a long spell out injured. Fair play to you, Dion and your club. Creative midfielder Andrea Mantovani had a real influence on his side’s forward play while left-back Morgan Seaman also put in a good energetic shift as well tonight.

Finally, I’d like to wish both sides well for the remainder of the campaign and given that both teams are attack-minded; it was good to see both sides in action here.


Teams (with shirt numbers)

Redbridge  |  Manager: Micky Wetherall

1 Jake Larkins (GK), 2 Jordayne Henry, 3 Jack Blackledge, 4 Harvey Brown, 5 Dean Hall, 6 Eamon Payne, 7 Connor Okus (18 James Barlow 46’), 8 Darnell Bromfield (12 Daniel Gilchrist 57’), 9 Taylor Tombides, 10 Tom Harvey (Capt), 11 Tony Martin (15 Rujorn Tuitt 70’)

Goal-scorers: Taylor Tombides [68’]

Booked: Larkins | Subs Not Used: Edmunds, Raymond


Woodford Town   |  Manager: Ross Weare

1 Alex Reed (GK), 2 Eli Benoit, 3 Morgan Seaman, 4 Joshua Steele, 5 Tola Odedoyin (Capt), 6 Frankie Naidoo (8 Georges Kebi 74’), 18 Chris John, 11 Anis Mehmeti, 7 Dion Lewis-Kirwan (14 Lance Ledgister 64’), 10 Andrea Montovani, 9 Lauric Diakiesse

Goal-scorers: Andrea Montovani [27’], Lance Ledgister [87’]

Sent Off: Diakiesse (two bookings) | Subs Not Used: T Joseph, T Fowles, Archer

Referee: Jide Ogunba