Match Report: Southend Manor 1 – 0 Stansted (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Date: Tuesday 16th August 2016

Attendance: 73

Southend Manor: Yellow shirts, Black shorts & Black socks

Stansted: Blue shirts, Blue shorts & Blue socks

Southchurch Park pitch (ESL SM v Stansted 16.8.16)
The Southchurch Park pitch before the match began

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

On a clear evening enriched with sea-air at Southchurch Park, Southend Manor took on Stansted in another ESL encounter. Looking at the team-sheet, Stansted could only name two substitutes on their bench, possibly due to injuries. Manor, on the other hand gave starts to new signings Aundre Spencer, Vinny Murphy & loan signing Tony Stokes.

Both sides started the match a little tentatively, with Manor getting the first chance of the match, forward Michael Hopkins heading wide from a good free-kick by Murphy.

Manor also lost full-back Lee Rome early-on to what seemed like a hamstring injury, to his credit Rome was gutted to have to come off.

Stansted winger Tom Lakin tried to get his side going, going wide and coming into the centre of the pitch to get the ball to try to instigate attacks. Stansted striker Jack Isherwood also sent a drilled effort over the bar.

As the half came toward its conclusion, Manor winger Charlie Gleisinger had a couple of efforts, firstly a good strike on goal which had to be turned wide by visiting goalkeeper Rajan Shergill then shortly after he drilled a shot wide.

Half-Time: Southend Manor 0 – 0 Stansted

After a first half of relatively few chances, Manor had a goal ruled out soon after the restart, Stokes ruled to be offside denying him a tap-in.

Manor didn’t let that dissuade them though as full-back Michael Bottone made a few lung-busting runs down the right flank in support of his side’s attacks.

Stansted at this point, were finding it difficult to conjure up attacks themselves, save for substitute Jack Hayes making a good run down their right flank.

However, it was Manor who continued their pressure in the main, Vinny Murphy scoring direct from a well-taken free-kick, beating Stansted ‘keeper Shergill at his near post.

Stansted had a couple of chances to level, though couldn’t find a way past home ‘Keeper Ryan Karrer and didn’t really carry enough of a threat going forward throughout the match.

Full-Time:  Southend Manor 1 – 0 Stansted

                            Vinny Murphy 72’

‘Manor edged a scrappy affair at times and could’ve scored more though they did enough to earn the three points this evening.

Man of the Match: Vinny Murphy   (Southend Manor)

Teams:

Southend Manor

Stansted

1  Ryan Karrer  (GK) 1  Rajan Shergill (GK)
2  Michael Bottone 2  Ross Gill
3  Lee Rome                         (Subbed 12’) 3  Danny Palmer
4  Eamon Payne 4  Luke Adams (C.)
5  Vinny Murphy 5  James Shadwell
6  Daniel Okah (C.) 6  Connor Martin            (Subbed 20’)
7  Charlie Gleisinger        (Subbed 75’) 7  Sam Ashford
8  Callum Jex 8  Joel Young                    (Subbed 75’)
9  Michael Hopkins          (Subbed 80’) 9  Jack Isherwood
10  Aundre Spencer 10  Kyan Gulliver
11 Tony Stokes 11  Thomas Lakin
Substitutes:
12  Rhys Fatt      (On 12’) 12  Jack Hayes                   (On 20’)
14  Tim Beckford    (On 80’) 14  Matt Wedlake             (On 75’)
15  Sam Short    (On 70’)
16 Matt Keiller
Manager: Stuart Marshall Manager: Mark Ashford
Referee: Lee Markwick
Assistant Referees: Howard Brown

Robert Bradley

Match Report: Barkingside 1 – 0 Redbridge (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Cricklefield

Date: Monday 15th August 2016

Attendance: 95

Barkingside: Sky Blue shirts, Dark Blue shorts & Sky Blue socks

Redbridge: Red & White shirts, Red shorts, Red socks

Barkingside & Redbridge players shaking hands before the match (ESL 15.8.2016)
Barkingside & Redbridge players shaking hands before the match…

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

On a slightly chilly evening at Cricklefield stadium, Barkingside – who have a enjoyed a three-game winning run in League & Cup, took on Redbridge in a ESL encounter.

Both sides were sluggish to get settled in the early stages of the match, understandable as they both played on Saturday, two days before this match.

Redbridge had the best of the early chances though as striker Nathaniel Gordon blazed over the bar when he was one-on-one with home ‘keeper Jack Francis.

‘Side going forward were a bit disjointed, as Jason Fontaine led the line, in place of the banned Luke With and he found it hard-going as ‘Side struggled to keep the ball and construe meaningful attacks.

The visitors continued to have the better of the play and chances as forward Aaron Gordon was denied whilst again one-on-one with the impressive ‘keeper Francis.

It was ‘Side though who had a big chance to take the lead after Sam Konway was fouled in the box, though Fontaine’s penalty was fair well-saved by visiting ‘keeper Chafer. Immediately after, ‘Side had an effort cleared off the line by the visitors defence.

Half-Time: Barkingside 0 – 0 Redbridge

Barkingside & Redbridge players as 2nd half is about get underway (ESL 15.8.2016)
Both teams about to start the 2nd half

Redbridge had edged the first half in terms of the number of chances they had, but they couldn’t stick them away. As the second period began, ‘Side started the better and capitalised, captain Paul Wright’s free-kick headed in by Sam Edwards.

‘Side looked to put the game to bed from then on, though tireless winger Michael Ademiluyi blasted an effort wide of Chafer’s right-hand post.

Redbridge were still a threat going forward though, Nathaniel Gordon once again blasting his effort over the bar from a decent position.

They also had to thank their ‘keeper Chafer as he bravely blocked a Kerkstun Macpherson effort for ‘Side in the dying minutes of the match, though he was struck full in the face in doing so. Good to see he got back up after some treatment and finished the match.

Full-Time: Barkingside 1 – 0 Redbridge

‘Side will be happy to extend their winning run in the league to three matches though it was a hard-fought win. Redbridge on the other hand, will be encouraged by their first-half showing, though they will need to convert their chances better.

Man of the Match: Jack Francis (Barkingside)

Teams:

Barkingside

Redbridge

1  Jack Francis (GK) 1  Callum Chafer (GK)
2  Leon Smith 2  Jack Roult
3  George Winn 3  AJ Adelekan               (Subbed  45’)
4  Paul Wright (C.) 4  Stephen Good (C.)     (Subbed  77’)
5  Maxwell Amoako 5 Joel Griffiths
6  George Lutaaya 6  Tyriq Alexander         (Subbed  67’)
7  Michael Ademiluyi 7  Tommie Turner
8  Sam Edwards 8  Laste Dombaxe
9  Jason Fontaine          (Subbed 80’) 9  Nathaniel Gordon
10  Sam Konway            (Subbed 78’) 10  Aaron Gordon
11 Kerkstun Macpherson 11  Nicholas Brown
Substitutes:
12  Ivan Vungbo              (On 78’) 12  Joe Gent
14  Aidan Lucas 14 DJ Adelekan                        (On 45’)
15  Danny Blake 15 Oliver Bell
16  Billy Hickford 16 Emmanuel Sackey               (On 77’)
17  Joshua George           (On 80’) 17 Jacob Dingli                      (On 67’)
Referee: Joseph Gray
Assistant Referees: Adekunle Jide Fawunmi

Abu Taher

Match Report: Barkingside 4 – 0 Tower Hamlets (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Cricklefield Stadium

Wednesday 10th August 2016 7.45pm

Attendance: 60

Barkingside: Sky Blue shirts, Dark Blue shorts & Sky Blue socks

Tower Hamlets: Orange shirts, Black shorts & Orange socks

Barkingside & TH players shaking hands before the match... (ESL 10.8.2016)
Barkingside & Tower Hamlets players shaking hands before the match..

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

On a pleasant late summer’s evening, Barkingside took on Tower Hamlets in an Essex Senior League match at Cricklefield.

The polite thing to say is both sides took a while to settle once the game got underway. In the early-going, Hamlets did edge it in terms of possession and what they did with it going forward.

‘Side, who made only one change to ther starting XI from Sunday’s FA Cup win against Hadleigh Utd (full-back Dean Ellul replacing John Spencer), did get into the game as the first half wore on, with wingers Jason Fontaine and Michael Ademiluyi giving Hamlet’s defence some headaches with their pace, crossing and running down the flanks.

Target-man Luke With did get a few chances in the first period to head the home side in front though couldn’t take them. Both Fontaine & Ademilumi also couldn’t quite find the target.

Hamlets’ had their moments too, winger Akinyinka Akinlabi for me was their best outlet on the left flank, threatening with pace and crossing. Striker Sunday Wasiu also gave the home defence a shaky moment or two, blasting an effort over the bar early on and stopped by a last-ditch tackle not long afterwards.

Half-Time: Barkingside 0 – 0 Tower Hamlets

As the teams emerged after the break, honestly I wasn’t that hopeful of seeing goals, though I was pleased to be proved wrong.

From the start of the second period, ‘Side striker With showed his intentions, curling a strike wide of the post and having a header from a Sam Edwards free-kick blocked.

Shortly afterwards, Fontaine blasted a shot over the bar while one-on-one with visiting goalkeeper Nicolae Stinca. ‘Side did not have to rue that miss for long though, as Fontaine once again made a good run down the left, his shot on goal hit a post and rebounded kindly to With who bundled the ball home from two yards out.

The goal gave ‘Side the impetus they needed and With had another goal ruled out for offside. Barkingside doubled their lead while inside this good spell too. Michael Spencer’s powerful strike was well-saved by Stinca before With prodded home from close range. In the right place, right time again.

By this stage, Hamlets’ attacks were drying up, though a good run by Wasiu led to him shooting wide.

Towards the end of the match, ‘Side put some gloss on the score-line. First, Fontaine got the goal that his performance deserved, slotting past ‘keeper Stinca and soon afterwards, Ademiluyi joined in the fun too, slotting past Stinca from a tight angle.

Full-Time: Barkingside 4 – 0 Tower Hamlets

With 56’ & 77

Fontaine 84’

Ademiluyi 87’

Man of the Match: Jason Fontaine (Barkingside)

‘Side turned on the style in the second period and in the end fully deserved the 3 points. Tower Hamlets manager Ade Abayomi may well be concerned at how his team fell apart towards the end of the match, conceding three goals in 15 minutes.

Teams:

Barkingside

Tower Hamlets

1  Jack Francis (GK) 1  Nicolae Stinca (GK)
2  Dean Ellul 2  Sergio Sheymz
3  George Winn 3  Ruben Nasco
4  Paul Wright (C.) 4  Ali Ibrahim
5  Maxwell Amoako 5 Leoman Medrado
6  George Lutaaya 6  Ade Orenaike (C.)
7  Michael Ademiluyi 7  O’Neal Rowe                      (Subbed 60’)
8  Sam Edwards                 (Subbed 85’) 8  Lukman Atunda
9  Luke With 9  Rahim Adama Bamba      (Subbed 46’)
10  Billy Hickford              (Subbed 58’ ) 10  Sunday Wasiu
11 Jason Fontaine 11  Akinyinka Akinlabi          (Subbed 75’)

Substitutes:

12  Ivan Vungbo 12  Jermaine Abayomi
14  Sam Konway                   (On 85’) 13  Anthony Ikenwe              (On 60’)
15  Aidan Lucas 14  Joel Ramos                        (On 46’)
16 Michael Spencer            (On 58’) 15  Trecy Bambo                     (On 75’)
17 Danny Blake 16  Joe Biscoe
Referee: James Masson
Assistant Referees: Joe Burgess

Brian Townsend

 

 

Match Report: Redbridge 0 – 2 Takeley (Essex Senior League)

Essex Senior League match

Venue: Oakside

Date: Tuesday 9th August

Attendance: 60

Redbridge: Blue & White shirts, Blue shorts, Blue socks

Takeley: Red & White shirts, Red shorts, Red socks

Oakside pitch (Redbridge FC 9.8.16)
Oakside’s pitch before the match
Redbridge & Takeley players shaking hands before the match.. (ESL 9.8.16)
Redbridge & Takeley’s players shaking hands before we got underway

 

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

Redbridge took on early ESL pace-setters Takeley in an Essex Senior League match at Oakside.

Right from the get-go, it was obvious that Takeley almost had a 12th man on the pitch, courtesy of their vocal boss Marc Das, barking out orders at his team from the touch-line. Takeley began the match the better of the two sides, retaining possession and keeping the pressure on the Motormen’s backline who struggled to close down the visitors at times.

Redbridge, who have brought in a number of new signings after most of the previous squad left following last season’s relegation from Ryman North, showed they were up for the challenge, though will need time to gel. Motormen winger Oscar Williams was arguably their biggest threat in the first half with his pace and directness.

Wave upon wave of Takeley attacks kept Redbridge on the back foot, with right full-back Joe Bees getting forward well & putting some good crosses into the box. With Jack Haspineall making good, direct runs down the left flank, Takeley couldn’t complain that they didn’t have any width. Home ‘keeper Mark Parker had to make a few good saves to deny Takleley’s Charlie Cole.

With half-time approaching, the Motormen had a couple of openings, forward Lee Weems held the ball up well & Adam Hunt saw a free-kick saved by visiting goalkeeper Josh Knight.

Half-Time:  Redbridge 0  – 0  Takeley

As we got underway after the break, the feeling was it was “only a matter of time” until Takeley had a tangible advantage over their hosts and so it proved as Takeley took the lead two minutes after the restart, courtesy of winger Haspineall looping an effort over the stranded ‘keeper Parker after a poor clearance.

Unsurprisingly, the goal geed up the visitors, and looked to extend their lead though Cole & captain Jack Leachman saw decent strikes go just wide. Takeley also had a goal ruled out, Cole adjudged to have been offside. Mitchell Das, son of manager Marc, also hit a post with a drilled effort.

Unfortunately for the home side, they couldn’t quite get a prolonged spell of possession at this point as Takeley still bombed forward. When they did get forward, the miserly Takeley back-line was giving little away. Takeley got a deserved second goal right at the end with Cole slotting past Parker after good work by substitute Reece Barratt.

Full-Time:  Redbridge 0 – 2 Takeley

Goal-scorers:                                 Haspineall 47’   Cole 90’

All in all, a comfortable win for the visitors and while they could have won by a bigger margin, they will be happy with the three points. Redbridge’s joint-bosses Ricky Eaton & Dave Ross will be looking for an improved performance when they meet West Essex at Mayesbrook Park on Saturday (13th August).

Teams:

Redbridge

Takeley

1  Mark Parker   (GK) 1  Josh Knight    (GK)
2  Ore Odutola 2  Joe Bees
3  AJ Adelekan 3  Dan Hammett
4  Ryan Macarthy 4  Jack Leachman (C.)
5  Tyron Thomas (C.) 5  George Powell
6  Tyriq Alexander 6  Joe Ryan                 (Subbed 73’ for Fry)
7  Joe Gent 7  Mitchell Das        (Subbed 83’ for Ricketts)
8  DJ Adelekan       (Subbed 83’ for Da-Silva) 8  Matthew Hurley
9  Lee Weems 9  Jordan Wescott
10  Adam Hunt 10  Charlie Cole
11  Oscar Williams   (Subbed 63’ for  Miller) 11  Jack Haspineall  (Subbed 65’ for Barratt)

Substitutes:

12  Emmanuel Sackey 12  Joe Ricketts                   (on 83’)
14  Anthony Da-Silva    (on 83’) 14  Dan Fry                          (on 73’)
15  Terrel Miller            (on 63’) 15  Sean Sanmoogan
16  Oliver Bell 16  Reece Barratt               (on 65’)
17 Joshua Flynn
Referee: Alex Kyriacou
Assistant Referees: Abu Taher

Thomas Johnson

Match Report: Barkingside 2 – 1 Hadleigh Utd (FA Cup EPR)

FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round

Venue: Cricklefield Stadium

Date: Sunday 7th August

Attendance: 105

Barkingside: Sky Blue & dark blue shirts, Dark Blue shorts & Sky Blue socks

Hadleigh Utd: Red & navy blue shirts, Red shorts & Red socks

Barkingside & Hadleigh players shaking hands before the match (FA Cup EPR 7.8.16)
(Barkingside & Hadleigh Utd players shaking hands before the match)

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

On a glorious sun-baked afternoon at Cricklefield stadium, Barkingside took on Suffolk side Hadleigh Utd in an FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round tie.

After the customary handshakes were observed, the match got underway with both sides having chances early on. Hadleigh striker Ben Golding was making his physical presence felt, leading the line for the visitors. The Brettsiders’ took the game to ‘Side as the first half wore on, with decent build-up play contributing to ‘Side looking shaky in defence.

As the half-hour mark came, ‘Side started to come back at the visitors having a couple of free-kicks and a more possession before a Jason Fontaine header needed to be turned wide by visiting ‘keeper Sam Mansfield.

From a resulting corner, ‘Side defender Maxwell Amoako connected with a powerful header past Mansfield to give the ESL side the lead. ‘Side kept the pressure on the Brettsiders’ defence for the remainder of the first period but couldn’t hit the target.

Half-Time:  Barkingside 1 – 0 Hadleigh Utd

Barkingside had the first attack after the break, full-back John Spencer making a good run down the right before slotting the ball to winger Michael Ademiluyi, getting to the by-line before being tackled by the Hadleigh backline.

Hadleigh were still looking dangerous on the counter-attack with decent passing and pace in their armoury. ‘Side at times struggled to clear their lines though they could’ve gone 2-0 in front though winger Ademiluyi was flagged off-side when one-on-one with  visiting ‘keeper Mansfield, subsequently booked for putting the ball in the net, which didn’t go down well with the home fans! It was a harsh decision from the referee, in my view.

Brettsiders’ substitute Dan Knight made an impact soon after coming on, floating a good cross in though Golding couldn’t find the finish for the visitors.

‘Side soon after had two good chances to score, Luke With had a good effort well-saved by Mansfield after good work down the left flank by Fontaine, then saw another header hit the woodwork from the resulting corner.

It looked like ‘Side were edging closer to extending their lead, though they paid for those missed chances as Hadleigh counter-attacked, Knight’s cross blocked by ‘Side defender Spencer. From a resulting corner, Home ‘keeper Francis under severe pressure from Hadleigh attackers, couldn’t reach the ball and defender Damon Artiss nodded the ball in from close range.

That goal sparked a change in the game as the Brettsiders re-took the initiative and went for the win. They had chances to win it, Kyle Cassell again proving a threat with his direct running and passing.

Though ‘Side’s defending was ‘backs-to-the-wall’ stuff at times, in the last few minutes of the regulation time they were still launching players forward. Their attitude was rewarded soon after as in injury-time ‘Side were awarded a free-kick. Sam Edwards scored with an absolute peach of a free-kick right into the top right corner of the net. ‘Keeper Mansfield made a good effort but couldn’t get to it.

After 5 minutes of injury-time, the referee blew the final whistle and Barkingside were through to the next round where they’ll play Ryman North’s Haringey Borough at Coles Park on Saturday August 20th at 3pm.

A morale-boosting win for ‘Side today though Hadleigh Utd can understandably feel aggrieved, even though the winning goal was one fit to win any match.

Full-Time:  Barkingside 2 – 1 Hadleigh Utd

Goal-scorers:  Amoako 37’            Artiss 71’

Edwards 90 +2

Teams:

Barkingside Hadleigh Utd
1  Jack Francis (GK) 1  Sam Mansfield (GK)
2  John Spencer 2  Ben Elliott
3  George Winn 3  James Ross
4  Paul Wright (c.) 4  Michael Barwick
5  Maxwell Amoako 5  Garry Burdett (c.)
6  George Lutaaya 6  Damon Artiss
7  Michael Ademiluyi                    (Booked) 7  Kyle Cassell
8  Sam Edwards 8  Tom Driscoll
9  Luke With 9  Ben Golding
10  Billy Hickford 10  Brett Crisp
11 Jason Fontaine 11  Luke Simpson (Off for Knight 55’)

Substitutes:

12  Dean Ellul 12  Sam Sharp
14  Sam Dowridge 14  James Gaffer
15  Sam Konway 15  Dan Knight  (On for Simpson 55’)
17 Danny Blake 16  Lee Hammond
(GK) Joseph Insoie 17  Jack Lambert
(GK) Sam Hunt
Referee: Kennedy Kikulwe
Assistant Referees: Paul She

Joshua Bratt

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