Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 3 – 1 Waltham Forest (ESL 10.3.18)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: TBA

2017-18 Season – Match 57

Date: Saturday 10th March 2018 – 3pm KO

Hullbridge Sports: Green & White Striped Shirts, White Shorts and White Socks

Waltham Forest: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Yellow Socks






Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

With additional photos by Andy Wilkins (Twitter: @andywilkins2015)


On a decent if damp day at Burroughs Park, Great Wakering Rovers (GWR) took on relegation-battlers Waltham Forest in another Essex Senior League encounter. For the hosts, Nathan Dewberry was unavailable so Jay Nash and Neil Richmond led the line for Iain O’Connell’s side, with Chris Bryan and Jamie Brown on the bench. For Forest, player-manager Ryan Maxwell was one of only two substitutes on the bench while new signing Tyrone Scarlett led the attack alongside Christian Owusu.

Wakering undoubtedly started the stronger of the two sides with forward Neil Richmond somehow not connecting properly with a header three minutes in while winger Billy Johnson blasted over the bar only a minute later. Forest nearly took the lead moments later in bizarre circumstances as Oliver Woodhouse’s ‘radar’ was off as his misplaced pass found its way past home custodian Louis Hawes and would’ve trickled in the net had it not been for a committed goal-line clearance from full-back Jason Ring.

Winger Stephen Butterworth then spurned two good chances before ten minutes of the game elapsed, the second of those chances being one-on-one with visiting stopper Bryce Billington, who did well in blocking the shot with his leg. On the rare occasion that Forest got forward up to this point, winger Bradley Kaye did draw a save from Hawes though just part the quarter-hour mark, Richmond and Butterworth couldn’t find the target before GWR eventually took the lead on 22 minutes. The ball came to Jay Nash in the area, his shot glanced off the post into the opposite corner.

Even though Rovers led, at times the attacking 4-2-4 formation still lacked a little verve or energy as we got to half-time.

Half-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 1 – 0 Waltham Forest




As the second half got underway, it was rather ‘double or nothing’ as Forest brought both their substitutes on. The hosts looked to find a better rhythm and nearly doubled their lead seven minutes after the break though Johnson’s drive was well-saved by Billington. The visitors had battled quite well at times, and shifted their formation at the break so that Anthony Da Silva was almost playing as a makeshift striker, all 6ft 10 of him. Anyway, just past the hour Forest had a free-kick which hit the bar though at times they lacked cutting-edge.

That said, Forest did level on 67 minutes when Da Silva took advantage of a mix-up in the home defence and passed the ball home calmly to delight the travelling support. Unfortunately for Maxwell’s side, they were only level for four minutes before GWR re-took the lead as after a good passing move, Johnson got a tap-in from close range.

Forest were still in the match though two silly bookings in as many minutes for Owusu made the visitors’ task harder, a man down. GWR midfielder Ricky Evans’ drive was well tipped-over by the impressive Billington as we entered the last ten minutes. Moments later, Johnson finally sealed the points a lovely curling effort which found the left corner.


Full-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 3 – 1 Waltham Forest



Great Wakering Rovers

Louis Hawes (GK), Jason Ring, Danny Hurford, Scott Pethers (Capt), Oliver Woodhouse, Sam Carter, Billy Johnson (Finley Dopson 86′), Ricky Evans, Jay Nash, Neil Richmond (Chris Bryan 60′) Stephen Butterworth

Goal-scorers: Jay Nash [22′] , Billy Johnson [71′ & 86′]

Booked: Johnson, Ring  | Subs Not Used: Froud, Willis, Brown


Waltham Forest

Bryce Billington (GK), Santana Porter, Nelati Gench, Bradley Kaye, Gus Douglas, Elias Silagato, Harry Morgan, Anthony Da Silva, Tyrone Scarlett (Ryan Maxwell 46′), Christian Owusu, Antoine Fontaine (Onome Emovon 46′)

Goal-scorer: Da Silva [67′]

Booked: Douglas, Kaye   | Sent Off: Owusu (2 Bookings)  | Subs Not Used: None


Referee: Eugene Robinson
Assistants: Martin Green & Harry Dunnett



Essex Senior League & EOFL r-up (ESL 5.2.18)

EOFL badge (50th Anni)


Written by Scott W

Hello & welcome to my semi-regular round-up of the action in the Essex Senior League this weekend. This week, Following the ESL action, there’s an extended results check from the Essex Olympian League (Premier Division – Senior Division 4) & Essex Premier Cup Quarter-Finals.


Basildon Utd 1 – 3  Sawbridgeworth Town   | Venue: The Hive | Att: 71

The Bees were upset by resurgent Sawbridgeworth at the Hive. James Mays put John Watters’ side ahead on the quarter-hour, before hot-shot Marcus Bowers [32′] levelled. However, goals from George Pullen [62′] and a injury-time third from Toby Cleaver sealed an impressive win for Sawbo.


Burnham Ramblers 0 – 1 Waltham Forest    | Venue: Leslie Field  | Att: 24

Forest edged this encounter at Leslie Field. Vincente Belho got the only goal to take Forest above Burnham in the table and continue the hosts’ poor start to 2018.


Enfield 1893 1 – 2 Clapton | Venue: Harlow Arena | Att: 146

A Jeffrey Cobblah-inspired Clapton narrowly won this one at the Harlow Arena. Cobblah struck on 32 minutes to break the deadlock before securing his brace with 18 minutes to play. Adu Odukeya grabbed one back for the E’s nine minutes from time.


Hackney Wick 1 – 7 Barkingside  | Venue: Old Spotted Dog   | Att: 21

Barkingside stormed to a big win at the OSD to add to Wick’s pain. Greg Moorse put the hosts ahead before ‘side recovered impressively through another hat-trick from Roddy Lemba plus goals from on-loan Mattheus Santos, Kofi Billzy, Michael Ogboin and James Briggs. Wick host Southend Manor in midweek in another important match.

Ilford 1 – 1 Tower Hamlets  | Venue: Cricklefield | Att: 75

Ilford recovered to hold Hamlets at Cricklefield. Ex-Ilford striker Wale Odedoyin struck just three minutes in before Tony Cookey levelled for the Foxes.


Southend Manor 0 – 1  Stansted
| Venue: Southchurch Park | Att: 92

Stansted ground out another win at nine-man Manor. I attended this match – my report is here:


Sporting Bengal Utd  0 – 2  Great Wakering Rovers
| Venue: Mile End Stadium  | Att: 10

Wakering battled to another three points thanks to goals from Nathan Dewberry [60’] and Chris Bryan ten minutes from time to keep the heat on the top 3.


Takeley  P – P  FC Romania   | Venue: Station Road

Match postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.


Wadham Lodge  P – P  Redbridge   | Venue: Kitchener Road

Match postponed due to compassionate grounds following the sudden passing of a soul connected to Wadham the night before the match. My thoughts & best wishes to the person’s family & friends and also the club as a whole.


West Essex  3 – 2  Woodford Town (2017)
|  Venue: Mayesbrook Park  | Att: 36

West Essex edged a five-goal thriller at Mayesbrook. Woodford struck through Temi Babalola and Takudzwa Mashingaidze though West recovered as through goals from James Bromley, a Joe Lefley spot-kick and the ever-dangerous Michael Mignot midway through the second-half.


Essex Olympian League & Essex Premier Cup (Sat 3.2.18 R’s)


EP Cup Quarter-Finals

Buckhust Hill 5 – 0  Kelvedon Hatch

Catholic Utd  5 – 1  Shenfield AFC

Old Southendian 2 – 1  Manford Way

Waltham Abbey Res.  5 – 2   May & Baker E.C


EOFL – Premier Division


Canning Town  3 – 1  Rayleigh Town

Frenford  7 – 2  Basildon Town

Springfield  2 – 1  Leigh Ramblers

White Ensign 4 – 2  Harold Wood Athletic


Senior Division One


Great Baddow 5 – 0  FC Hamlets

Hutton 3 – 2  Runwell Sports

Newbury Forest  P – P  Harold Hill (Due to a waterlogged pitch)

Old Chelmsfordians 4 – 0  Galleywood

Sungate  4 – 0  Snaresbrook


Senior Division Two


May & Baker E.C Res. 4 – 1   Ryan

Newham Utd  P – P Benfleet

Ongar Town  0 – 9    Herongate Athletic

Rayleigh Town Res.   P – P    Upminster

Rochford Town  2 – 1   A1 Sports

Toby  1 – 1    Ramsden Scotia


Senior Division Three


Harold Wood Athletic Res.  5 – 1  Leytonstone Utd

Beacon Hill Rovers  3 – 1   White Ensign Res.

Debden Sports  1 – 6     Hutton Res.

Manford Way Res.  4 – 2    Old Chelmsfordians Res.

Roydon 4 – 2   Frenford Res.

Shoebury Town  4 – 1   Leigh Town


Senior Division Four


Basildon Town Res.  2 – 1   Southend Sports

Canning Town Res.  0 – 6   Toby Res.

Epping           1 – 0     Sungate Res.

Galleywood Res.  0 – 6   Chingford Athletic

Leigh Ramblers Res.  2 – 4  Old Southendian Res.


ESL & FA Vase 2nd Rd Preview (10.11.17)

Written by Peter D & Scott W

Intro by Scott W

The ESL stages it’s much-awaited ‘Ground-Hop’ Weekend with four matches moved from the traditional 3pm kick-off and I for one hope it is a success. Here are Peter and my thoughts on the weekend’s action (3pm KO’s on Sat unless stated) :

Friday 10th November (7.45pm KO)

Barkingside v Clapton | Venue: Cricklefield

Peter: Game One of the ESL Ground Hop weekend comes from Cricklefield as Barkingside host Clapton. The hosts are having a poor run of form which has seen them lose four of their last five, including a 7-0 drubbing at Takeley last weekend whereas the visitors are on a seven-game winning streak in the league after they beat Hullbridge Sports last weekend, although they did lose in the Brasted Trophy on penalties in midweek. Don’t think this will affect them too much though and predict a narrow away win.

Peter’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Scott: Barkingside welcome the Tons to Cricklefield. The hosts had a day to forget last weekend away at Takeley last Saturday while Clapton won at Hullbridge last weekend. The Tons are getting results of late in the league and they won’t be under-estimated by the teams around them, although they did go out of the Cup on spot-kicks to Southend Manor in midweek. Barkingside need to find some form as they are finding wins hard to come by recently though this is hardly an easy match to come into to find that form. My gut instinct says away win, and the Ultras might well be in attendance to back Jon Fowell’s side.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3


Saturday 11th November – Essex Senior League

Redbridge v Burnham Ramblers | Venue: Oakside (12pm KO)

Peter: Game Two of the ESL Ground Hop weekend sees The Motormen hosts Burnham Ramblers at Oakside and the hosts are flying right now, with nine wins from ten league games, where as the visitors have lost two straight in the league after three wins in a row prior to that, although they held FC Romania to a goal less draw in midweek before losing on penalties. Fancy a home win here though.

Peter’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Scott: The Saturday action gets underway at midday as Burnham provide the opposition for the Motormen at Oakside. Ricky Eaton & Joey May’s side are getting victories regardless of whether they are ‘playing at their best’ or not as evidenced when I saw them at Stansted recently. Burnham gave Tower Hamlets a tough game last weekend as well though this is another tough assignment for the Leslie Field side. Keeping the likes of Moses, Poku & Coxi-Sebastfao quiet is no mean feat though Lee Hughes’s side are a determined outfit this term. The hosts will need to play well though I still think they will have enough in the locker to prevail here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 0


Waltham Forest v Woodford Town (2017) | Venue: Kitchener Road (2.30pm KO)

Peter: Game three of the ESL Ground Hop sees the afternoon kick off between Waltham Forest and Woodford Town at Kitchener Road in Walthamstow and brings together two teams who are on losing streaks although Forest have lost their last seven in the league whilst the visitors have lost their last three. Both are also conceding on average nearly 3 goals a game in their last ten so defences are a problem for both so can see goals in this one. Reckon this could be a high score-draw.

Peter’s Prediction: 3 – 3

Scott: The action moves to Kitchener Road next as Waltham Forest take on Woodford Town. Forest are badly needing some wins to stave off being at the foot of the table, which they are only not occupying on goal difference. Forest have lost their last seven league matches on-the-spin though importantly their last win was over the same opposition at Goffs Lane in the Errington Challenge Cup last month. Woodford have lost their last three league matches though they do currently sit in 10th spot so this is a tough one to gauge. Both sides could be lifted by a decent crowd though I reckon it could end honours-even.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2


Basildon Utd v Southend Manor | Venue: The Hive

Peter: The Bees come into this five unbeaten and sit top of the tree and they welcome a Manor side who saw Adam Peek and Aaron Bloxham take over as Manager and Assistant following Stuart Marshall’s recent departure. Their two games in charge have resulted in a defeat and a penalty shoot out win, but this will be a difficult task against a flying Bees outfit. Manor have lost their last three in the league and I get the feeling they may lose this one too.

Peter’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: The Bees welcome Manor to the Hive. Marc Harrison’s side have found their stride again in recent matches and also possess some good attacking options. They currently sit top of the table by a point and are unbeaten in five matches in the league. Manor have had a decent start under caretaker boss Adam Peek as they gave FC Romania a tough match in defeat last weekend and then beat Clapton on penalties in the Errington Challenge Cup in midweek. This match isn’t easy to call though the hosts will look to make the Hive a fortress again and perhaps enjoy a certain type of ‘victory meal’ afterwards!

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1


Stansted v Sawbridgeworth Town | Venue: Hargrave Park

Peter: A local derby awaits us at Hargrave Park as Stansted host Sawbridgeworth Town with the hosts having lost three in a row in the league whilst The Robins have become more solid of late with four draws in their last six outings. And two 6-0 home wins in the cup over the last week will of given the visitors much heart going into this one although Stansted held Grays Athletic before losing on penalties in the County Cup in midweek. Think a draw is on the cards here too.

Peter’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott: Stansted welcome a Sawbridgeworth side bordering on resurgency in recent matches. The Airportmen may be on a three-match losing run in the league though they did give Grays Athletic a fright in the Essex Senior Cup in midweek before exiting on penalties. Sawbridgeworth welcomed back Toby Cleaver recently and he’s certainly made an early impact. Sawbo held Wadham Lodge last week in league action but they have also picked up two home 6-0 wins in both the Gordon Brasted Trophy and Errington Challenge Cup in the last two weeks so there are signs that John Watters’ men could pick up some results and in league terms, that may happen here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2


West Essex v Ilford | Venue: Mayesbrook Park

Peter: Over the last ten games these two have almost indentical records although over the last five games West Essex have lost three to Ilford’s one and the visitors have won four of their last six so are in better recent form. West Essex did push Brentwood Town to penalties in midweek in the County Cup so can battle when needed. Fancy a narrow away win though if I’m honest.

Peter’s Prediction: 0 – 1

Scott: The Stags battle the Foxes at Mayesbrook Park. Kwame Kwateng’s team battled really hard in a narrow loss to Brentwood Town in the Essex Senior Cup in midweek. That same spirit will be needed as they face Allan Fenn’s side who are on a decent run with only two defeats in their last eight matches in all competitions. Both of those recent losses have been away from home so Ilford will want to redress that here. This encounter could have goals in it, though the Foxes may edge it in my view.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2


Hackney Wick v Wadham Lodge | Venue: Old Spotted Dog (5.30pm KO)

Peter: The final game of the Ground Hop weekend comes from The Old Spotted Dog as Hackney Wick entertain Wadham Lodge in the evening kick-off. And this is an important game down at the bottom with Lodge on their best run of the season having won two of their last four whilst Wick recently ended a five game losing run, however were defeated last time out making it five defeats from six. Could be a good battle this one and I reckon a draw will be a result.

Peter’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott: Rounding off the Saturday action is this late kick-off at The Old Spotted Dog. These two sides have won seven matches between them thus far this term. Wick have won one of their last seven matches in the league and still haven’t trimuphed at home yet this season. Wadham reside at the foot of the table, behind Waltham Forest on goal difference. Wadham have won two of their last seven league matches, both of them at home. The visitors here have been better defensively though in recent matches so this might be a tight one. Draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1


The FA Vase Second Round

Great Wakering Rovers v FC Romania | Venue: Burroughs Park

Peter: Rovers host fellow ESL side FC Romania at Burroughs Park for a place in the Last 64 of the Vase and the hosts have won seven of their last nine in the league and won at Hullbridge Sports in midweek, although they made hard work of it in the end. FC Romania have won seven of their last eight league games and are on a five-game winning streak so it proves to be a super contest at Burroughs Park. Rovers did win the league game here 4-0 but this was around the time FCR were in FA Cup action and with no distractions this time around will be much more competitive I feel. Gonna go for a draw after extra time and a replay next week.

Peter’s Prediction: 2 – 2 (AET)

Scott: Great Wakering welcome ESL stable-mates FC Romania to Burroughs Park. Both sides will want to progress to the next round undoubtedly and Wakering played well at times in their midweek league win at Hullbridge. The Wolves narrowly overcame Burnham in the Gordon Brasted Trophy in midweek. Especially being at home, I think Wakering will edge a tough match.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


Hullbridge Sports v Wembley | Venue: Mile End

Peter: This will be an emotional game for the hosts as joint-managers Rob Hodgson and Aaron Hunwicks announced this would be their last game in charge before Hodgson returns to just playing whilst Hunwicks leaves the club altogether. They could certainly do with a positive send-off after Tuesday night’s loss to Great Wakering Rovers meant they had lost eight of their last ten and sat bottom of the form table. However, they come up against a Wembley side whose recent form of no wins in four may give Hullbridge some hope, but it will still be a difficult game against a top six Spartan South Midlands side. Sadly I feel the visitors will prevail in this one.

Peter’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Scott: Hullbridge take on Wembley at Lower Road. It was announced in midweek that this match will be the last under the current management of Player / Manager Rob Hodgson and Player / Assistant boss Aaron Hunwicks, though the former will stay on the playing staff, at least in the interim period. On-the-pitch, Sports fought back quite well against Wakering in midweek after a poor first half of that encounter. They knocked out Colney Heath away from home in a replay in the last tound of the Vase though will have another tough encounter here though I’d like to believe that Hullbridge, backed by a decent crowd will get the job done here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Tower Hamlets v Enfield 1893 | Venue: Mile End

Peter: Another all-ESL tie sees Hamlets, who have won three of their last five, take on Enfield at Mile End with the visitors having a rather mixed couple of weekends, losing 7-1 to Great Wakering Rovers before winning 5-1 against Woodford Town the weekend after. Not sure what to expect from the visitors then although in an important FA Vase tie against well known oppostion certainly should see them compete well. Hamlets though seem to have knack for goal-scoring recently and with an average of 2.5 a game in their last ten league outings although Enfield are averaging 2.4 a game over the same period. Hamlets have a much better defensive record though so gonna go for a narrow home win.

Peter’s Prediction: 3 – 2

Scott: Finally in the Vase action involving ESL sides, Hamlets welcome dvisional rivals Enfield to Mile End. Hamlets ground out a result at times over Burnham last weekend in the league though a much-changed side got heavily beaten by Sawbridgeworth in the Cup in midweek. A bit like a few other sides, you’re not quite sure which Enfield is going to turn up going by their results of late though they did pick up a big win over Woodford Town last weekend, thanks in part to recent signing John Bricknell. Hamlets will be fired-up for this encounter though and keeping the likes of Curtis Pond and Kane Wilson quiet won’t be easy for the visitors. I suspect the hosts may edge it.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

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Match Report: Wadham Lodge 1 – 1 Burnham Ramblers (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Match Day Centre, Kitchener Road

Attendance: 18

Date: Wednesday 6th April 2017 7.45pm

Wadham Lodge  : White Shirts, White Shorts and White Socks

 Burnham Ramblers : Red Shirts, Red Shorts and Red Socks

Wadham Lodge & Burnham R players before KO (ESL 5.4.17)
Wadham & Burnham players before KO

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a fairly chilly evening at the Match Day Centre at Kitchener Road, mid-table Wadham Lodge took on lowly Burnham Ramblers in another Essex Senior League match.

In the early-going, Wadham and Burnham traded chances, winger Larry Asare blasting his shot over for the hosts and pacy forward Charlee Hughes firing his shot wide of the left-side post for the visitors.

Wadham gradually had more of the ball and the play, forward Charlie Parker hit the post with his deflected effort with 16’ on the clock and then moments later, midfielder Glody Nsamu couldn’t quite get enough power on his header from the resulting corner.

Nsamu did have a part in the opening goal though soon after, as Wadham took the lead through forward Fahinti Falola’s strappy goal after Nsamu had headed the ball on. The home side won’t care about the nature of the goal one bit, I suspect.

Although Wadham had more possession, Burnham looked OK on the counter-attack, as forward pair Charlee Hughes and Craig Heskey kept running at a fairly strong Wadham back-line. On the half-hour mark, Falola could’ve doubled the hosts lead though a strong save from visiting ‘keeper Chris Leonard kept it out, at the expense of a corner. With half-time approaching, Wadham winger Asare was giving the visiting defence a few problems with his pace and trickery. Even so, the hosts had enough chances to really be more than a goal ahead at the break.

Half-Time:  Wadham Lodge 1 – 0 Burnham Ramblers

The second half began with Burnham starting quite well, though midfielder Ryan Stillwell, Hughes and Heskey couldn’t quite find the target. It was sign of things to come though as just before the hour, right-back Charlie Cobb sent in a lovely cross from the right and Hughes headed in past home ‘keeper Lewis Green.

For the remainder of the match, Wadham couldn’t quite keep up the pace and possession they enjoyed in the first half, and soon after the goal both sides got entangled in a bit of a brawl which saw three yellow cards shown by referee David Moreno. After that, the frustration of from the home side was fairly evident as Burnham grew in confidence and could’ve snatched all three points though substitute Jordan Denyer and Hughes both couldn’t tuck their chances away.

Certainly was a battle that both sides could’ve won and the visitors can feel pleased to turn out a gritty performance to take a point which sees them inch a point clear of bottom side Haringey & Waltham in 21st. Wadham remain in 15th place, three points clear of Eton Manor just behind them though Eton have three games in hand.

Full-Time:  Wadham Lodge 1 – 1 Burnham Ramblers

Falola 20’                           Hughes 58’


Wadham Lodge

Joint Managers: James Falaise & Kevin Lucas

Burnham Ramblers

Manager: Lee Hughes

1  Lewis Green  (GK) 1  Chris Leonard  (GK & C)
2  Akil Clarke            (Subbed 75’) 2  Charlie Cobb        (Subbed 71’)
3  Bradley Gayer 3  Grant Webb
4  Glody Msamu 4  George Elliott
5  Alex Akanbi 5  Matthew Coppen
6  Nnamdi Harold-Egole  (C) 6  Ben Timson
7  Robert Clarke      (Subbed 69’) 7  Andrew Mowforth    (Subbed 83’)
8  Joe Thomas 8  Sam Eve
9  Charlie Parker 9  Craig Heskey             (Subbed 84’)
10  Fehinti Falola        (Subbed 87’) 10  Ryan Stillwell
11  Larry Asare 11  Charlee Hughes


12  Calvin Poku 12  Luke Stillwell                  (On 83’)
14  Cemal Agdelan     (On 69’) 14  Luke Moloney                (On 71’)
15  Musa Manneh     (On 75’) 15  Jordan Denyer               (On 84’)
16 James Falaise         (On 87’) 16  Mitchell Ribet
Booked: Nsamu, Akanbi Booked: Eve, Elliott, Hughes, Cobb & Moloney


David Moreno

Assistant Referees:

Eddie Andrews

Kristian Keller

Match Report: Ilford 0 – 2 AFC Hornchurch (PSF)

My 4th match of the season…

Venue: Cricklefield’s

Date: Wednesday 3rd August 7.45pm

Ilford: Red & white shirts, Red shorts & Red socks

AFC Hornchurch: Yellow shirts, Blue shorts & Yellow & Blue socks

Ilford FC training (v AFC H 3.8.16).jpg

(Image: Ilford training ahead of the match)

AFC Hornchurch training (v Ilford 3.8.2016).jpg

(Image: AFC Hornchurch training ahead of the match)

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a nice summer’s evening at the Cricklefield stadium, Essex Senior League (ESL) side Ilford took on last season’s Ryman North’s AFC Hornchurch in what was Ilford’s final pre-season friendly.

The Urchins got going early on showing their intent, though the Foxes held their own in the early passages of play & had a couple of chances to open the scoring before having a penalty appeal turned down.

Unfortunately for Ilford, an Urchins free-kick was spilled by the Foxes ‘keeper and Hornchurch scored from the resulting corner, scoring from inside the box after a good pass.

The Urchins blazed another couple of efforts over the bar as they sought to increase their advantage, whereas the Foxes were trying to get some confidence back in possession.

Hornchurch continued to pile on the pressure and after three corners on the trot, they doubled their advantage just before the break with a good cross into the box and the impressive Urchins forward Leon McKenzie made no mistake, scoring his second of the match.

Half-Time: Ilford 0 – 2 AFC Hornchurch

The Urchins began the second half well with their miserly defence not giving much away, though Ilford still had the desire & energy to create a few chances, typified by a decent effort over the bar from a tight angle.

In the latter stages of the match, Hornchurch kept the ball well and at times, the Foxes struggled to get out of their own half.

The Urchins held on for a comfortable win, though Ilford have no reason to be despondent as their endeavour was promising at times. The Foxes play Burnham Ramblers at home in the FA Cup Extra Prelim round on Saturday (6/8/16).

Full-Time: Ilford 0 -2 AFC Hornchurch

Ilford Manager Allan Fenn commenting on the match said: “Although we made 8 changes to Saturday’s win, I was pleased with the lads who came in. There were players who required much needed match fitness along with a few lads who I needed to look at so all in all and under difficult circumstances I am pleased.”

Thank you to Allan for his comments.


Match Report: Barkingside 1 – 5 Brentwood Town (PSF)

My 3rd match of the 2016/17 season – Pre-season Friendly

Venue: Cricklefield’s

Attendance: 64

Date: Monday 1st August 2016

Barkingside: Yellow & dark Blue shirts, Yellow shorts and dark Blue socks

Brentwood Town:  Claret & sky Blue shirts, Claret shorts & Claret socks

Teams exchange pleasantries before the match..  Barkingside v Brentwod Town (1-8-16).jpg(Image: The teams shaking hands before the match got underway)

Scott W reporting                             (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a wet and fairly chilly evening at the Cricklefield stadium,  Essex Senior League  (ESL) side Barkingside took on Ryman North’s Brentwood Town in a pre-season friendly encounter. Both sides were relegated from Ryman North & Ryman Premier Division respectively last season.

The Blues started the game better, having some early chances, hitting the woodwork and having an effort cleared off the line by the ‘Side defence in the first 10 minutes.

Barkingside came into the game a little bit more and opened the scoring when a ‘Side long ball was misjudged by the visiting goalkeeper and striker Luke With made no mistake with the finish, beating the Blues defenders to the ball.

‘Side had a chance to increase their lead, but the curled effort sailed wide. This seemed to galvanise the Blues who really got into another gear and scored two goals in two minutes as they looked to take control.

In this phase of play, the Blues started to show their passing game & their pace going forward, though ‘Side nearly caught the visiting goalkeeper napping again just before half-time  with a looping shot though the Blues ‘keeper recovered & made the save.

Half-Time: Barkingside 1 – 2 Brentwood Town

The second half began with the Blues clearly on the front foot and also retaining possession better in sapping conditions for both sides, making ‘Side work even harder.

‘Side had a few chances to level in the second half and credit has to go to them for keeping going but as we got deeper into the half it was clear that the Blues were “on it” and after a couple of missed chances, including a decent save by the ‘Side ‘keeper, they got their reward for their persistence with another quick-fire double. First, they scored from close range & then piled in with another after initially hitting the bar, scoring with the follow-up effort.

After missing another couple of chances, Blues showed their second half dominance by adding another goal three minutes before the end, their forward blasting home from close range.

In summary, ‘Side can be pleased that in periods, particularly in the first half, they gave the Brentwood defence a few problems with their tireless running though ultimately, the Blues showed their class & their finishing prowess, particularly in the second period.

Full-Time: Barkingside 1 – 5 Brentwood Town

Match Report: Harold Wood Athletic 2-2 Basildon Utd (PSF)

My 2nd match of the 2016/17 season – Pre-season Friendly

Venue: Harold Wood Recreation Ground

Date: Tuesday 26th July 7.00pm

Harold Wood Athletic: Claret & white shirts, claret shorts with sky blue socks

Basildon Utd: Yellow shirts, black shorts with black socks

Bas on the attack (1st half) HWA v Bas Utd 26.7.16

(Image: Basildon Utd aka the Bees on the attack early on in 2nd half…)

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a quite humid evening at the Harold Wood Rec, Essex Olympian League Premier (EOFL) side Harold Wood Athletic took on last season’s Essex Senior League runners-up Basildon Utd in a pre-season friendly encounter.

The Bees started the game better, getting forward in the early stages, particularly on the right flank though stubborn defending by ‘Wood did keep them at bay.

In the latter part of the first half, ‘Wood found their stride in the match and gave the Basildon back-line some problems. The Bees’ woes were compounded when Brad Foley opened the scoring for ‘Wood around the half-hour mark with a decent effort.

‘Wood had a couple more chances to double their lead, one of them was well-saved by the Basildon goal-keeper.

Half-Time: Harold Wood Athletic 1 – 0 Basildon Utd

The second half began as the first one had ended with ‘Wood unsettling the Bees’ defence and their shape, though Basildon did hit the woodwork with a good free-kick.

In doing so, ‘Wood doubled their lead through a Dan Gillard header and the Bees were really up against it. However, they rallied well and scored two goals, one a good header from inside the box and the other a well-taken penalty after a foul in the area.

Both sides had a couple of chances to snatch it near the end, though it ended in a draw. Basildon Utd will be pleased that they came back from 2-0 down though ‘Wood can feel proud of their performance.

Full-Time: Harold Wood Athletic 2 – 2 Basildon Utd